Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Owls on a branch....cross stitched

Morning, Claire N back with you and sharing something different today.
Did you know that Sarah also designs cross stitch kits?
Sarah asked me to stitch up one of the first kits, and of course I obliged. I find it so relaxing, usually in the evening while I'm watching TV, but these super little designs (approx 3inch in size) come together so quickly, so if you are new to cross stitching you really feel like you've achieved something fairly early on in the project.

Each of the kits come supplied with a very clear and easy to follow pattern guide, all the threads required and a needle. The owls are the second of Sarah's designs, so check out the shop here for the first kit (or here where I have previously stitched and blogged about it) 


Monday, 14 July 2014

Creative Blog Hop, question & answer time...

I have been asked by my lovely and hugely talented friend Clare Brown to join in with the Creative blog hop. I have to say it seems hugely daunting, following in the footsteps of such creative people who have their own stamp ranges, or have (in my own opinion) their own completely unique inspirational style. Crafting however encompasses everyone, and we all encourage each other and particularly our children to be creative don't we?
This is a fun, continuous hop full of inspirational people and their blogs. I can assure that you won't be disappointed by joining in.

So it's Monday and it's my turn to post, to start of I have answered a few questions about myself and my work.

1. What am I working on?
At this particular moment in time I am away on a break as the children have finished school for the summer holidays. I have packed some crafting supplies (I couldn't bear the thought of having nothing to hand). Its so hard to know what things to pack when you are so used to having all your stash available at your finger tips. But going back to basics, and really thinking about what I ultimately love about crafting, I decided on some inks, some kraft card, and a few of my favourite stamps. I have only had one evening playing and I was really pleased with these tags,

I made sure that the children have had activities to amuse them on wet days though and one of those, projects I have started with my youngest son is Pom Pom making. This is something that takes me back to my own childhood, so of course it was a matter of time before I introduced my boys to it. Its slow going because I want my 6 year old to have the delight of completing it all by himself, but I tell you, my fingers are itching to get it finished..... haha.

I do however have projects waiting for me back in my craft room, as well as papercrafts and cardmaking, I sew and cross stitch. I made sure that all my DT commitments were up to date before coming away, but I do have a couple of cross stitch patterns that I am mid way through. One is a sampler of all Kings & Queens through history, represented in little comical caricatures. I am stitching it onto a linen aida so that it will match a previous historical sampler I completed years ago.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre
I think I would say that my style leans more towards the less is more way of thinking. I don't go overboard with embellishments, particularly frilly fancy ones. I don't use glitter or bling, and I very rarely use pinks and reds. I love all those elements on other peoples work, they look fabulous and I think there is a real art in getting in right.....but it's not an art I have.
I adore natural colours and all shades ranging from cream to brown as a basis for all projects. To add colour I always lean towards blues, teals, greens and to add that splash of boldness I will use limes and turquoises. Anything outside these palettes I am out of my comfort zone.

Many people find mens cards daunting but I really enjoy them, and I think it's because of the colours that I am naturally drawn too, as well as my love and passion for all things in the natural world. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Simply put, I love to be able to create something from nothing, and enjoy the process that entirely consumes your thoughts....its a fantastic way to relax.

I have always felt the urge to create. I was useless at Art as a subject at school, but at home, from the earliest age I always had a project on the go. I would sew my own stuffed toys, I used to cross-stitch and do tapestries as well as make and hand draw birthday cards. So to create is a way of life for me, my relaxation, my way to unwind and to have time to escape. I have expanded my skills and have taught myself to sew, to quilt and patchwork, and make curtains & blinds.

If I am unable to sit and create on my own, then I get my children involved and generally that means I am baking, and there are times (particularly christmas) we have cakes everywhere, of all kinds to suit all tastes.

4. How does your writing/creative process work?
It all depends on my mood really. As a member of a design team, I will quite often have a theme/brief to fulfill, but there are times when I sit down and play for pure pleasure, but I am not one for sketching out a project or planning too much. I just see where the mood takes me. I am trying to change that though, and I think to push forward and become a craft writer I should have an element of structure to what I do.
I generally start off finding a stamp that takes my fancy and have a particular colour in mind for that day, and see where that takes me. I like to take my time, and quite often I will leave a project on my desk for sometimes a couple of hours, possibly days (depending on what the kids are up to) and come back to it with fresh eyes to finish it off. If I am using design papers then I am completely in decisive and I'm afraid pretty much every sheet of patterned paper comes out, and 're-filed' on the floor until the project is finished. this does cause a big problem as I share my craft room with my husband who works from home.....ooops.

Thanks so much for sticking with me on this epic post, I have actually really enjoyed it, and made me realise a few things about myself, so now that you know a little about me it's now time to meet my 3 creative bloggers. Just click on their names which will direct you to their blogs and check back next Monday for their very own blog posts.

Deena  - I chose Deena because when I first ventured into the world of blogging (back in April 2011), hers was the first blog that i followed and her style of cards just struck a chord with me. I still admire them greatly today, as Deena manages to capture everything I love about colour and design on a page. At the time too, if I remember correctly, Deena had just begun sharing her drawings, and was making the first tentative steps in developing the gorgeous creative blog she has today. Since then she has grown hugely in confidence and is sharing her artwork with everyone, here are a few words to introduce herself.

Hello,  I am a proud Mom of two beautiful boys and married to the most wonderful man for 17 years now!  I am so lucky to stay home with them full time,  and to also have time to pursue the fulfillment of my creative needs!
I started blogging to keep myself creatively motivated and inspired, to explore new ideas, and to share my own ideas and design techniques with all my friends, old and new!
I find the creative blogging community energizing, and it has helped me define my creative style in card making, while also opening doors to new creative outlets.  I enjoy the process of learning new techniques, and challenging myself to grow creatively, and I really enjoy sharing what I have learned along the way.  I hope I will  inspire you to take a creative moment with me!
I have been a creative designer for CUSTOM CROPS; a wonderful online scrapbook and craft supply store.  You will find many FREE card making and scapping tutorials and fun projects there!
I was also an original founder, coordinator and  design team member of Crafty Creations Challenges, for over 4 years.  Please give them a visit  as you will find wonderful inspiration and challenges there!
I am thrilled to have opened the doors to my own online shop: A CREATIVE NEED, where I sell my original art sketches digitized for use as high quality stamp images.   A selection of my digital stamps are also available online at SQUIGGLEFLY.
I hope you’ll join me for a creative moment!

Ria Montefalcon is a fellow member of Sarah Hurley design team, and brings her own clean unique style. I always look forward to Ria's creations for her fabulous sense of style, ability to match patterns and colours, an amazingly clean, precise and professional way. When I am stuck and need inspiration a visit to Ria's blog always gets me crafting again. Here are a few of her own words to introduce herself.
When I was a kid, I used to watch my mom sew our little pajamas with each of my siblings names hand  embroidered also by her. From that early beginnings I started to enjoy doing needle works, embroidery, sewing, other things made by hand and arts & crafts in general.
This blog is a personal journal of what I’m currently working on during my free time or what I wish will be doing.
I’m working thousand miles away from my home country and  every time I have the chance to do something creative, I’ll be making cards, hand stitching a small project  or sitting in my sewing machine doing a project just because.
I also love to travel and have special interest in photography.  You may see some travelogue some times on this blog too.

Elaine is also another friend, and amazingly creative person I have had the pleasure to get to know through Sarah Hurley's design team. I first found Elaine in blogland a couple of years ago, when I happened across the challenge site she runs via her own creative blog. Elaine loves to explore others crafts outside of cardmaking, and loves to sew. Elaine loves to incorporate her passion for butterflies and photography into her crafting projects, and this has become her unique trade mark. 


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Your Day ...

Today I'd like to share with you my DT card for the new Sarah Hurley 365 Challenge - Celebrations.
I am previewing a set of fantastic stamps that are soon to be in Sarah's shop. They are a wonderful collection of doodled images, and as you can see the flowers layer up beautifully.

I have stamped and embossed with white powder the three flowers included in the set, and added little pearls in the centre to finish off.

To add some texture to the background, I opted for a new technique (to me certainly), and that was using versamark ink through a stencil, and then embossing with it. I was chuffed with the results, and as you can see from the close up, i have layered up with this technique. I have used two stencils and embossed with two different embossing powders. I will write up a tutorial on how I done this at a later date.

Thank you for taking the time to read through today, and I look forward to seeing you join us in the Celebration Challenge, it is running for the whole month so plenty of time.


Friday, 27 June 2014

Time for Tea ?

Hello, well it's been a busy week that has seen my oldest son leave primary school, and my youngest finish for the summer holidays. We have made good headway towards preparing for secondary school, the bedroom has been de-cluttered to make way for a new desk, and the new school uniform is in hand.

I must admit, I have seen my way through copious amounts of peppermint tea (as per usual each week).
Ironically however this card came about because the day I made this we had an unexpected power cut that lasted the whole day - hmmm....that meant no tea, so I had to make do with these....LOL!

I used the small tea cup from Sarah's Picnic In the Park stamp set. After i had stamped them repeatedly I doodled and customised each tea cup before colouring them with promarkers. Relatively simple to make but can be achieved in a short time and can be unique each time.

Card Recipe
Tea cup stamp, Picnic in the Park Stamp Set
A wink of stella clear glitter pen
Glossy Accents
Accent Gems

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today. For details of the stamps used head over to Sarah Hurley 365 blog.


Friday, 20 June 2014

A Touch of Teal ...

Hello today I'm sharing with you a lovely summery card, with my favourite 'thing' of mine at the moment, white embossing powder. For more details how this card was put together head over to Sarah Hurley 365 blog.

Just as a note to myself, I thought I'd show you how I prepared the card blank, becasue I was really pleased with the outcome and was a bit reluctant to cover it's something I think I'll re-visit for another card.
using the direct to paper technique, i.e. applying the ink pad straight to the paper, before over stamping (with the same ink colour) with a large background stamp.

Thanks for looking today, and I will look forward to returning your visits.


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Clear Stamp Storage

 A couple of weeks ago, as the brighter weather appeared, I began having a spring clean of my craft room.
I'm pleased to say it it very nearly sorted, because the last of my new shelves went up the other night, but it will take a few days rearranging to decide what live where.

Anyway I thought I'd share with you how I store my clear stamps. There are more details over at the 
Sarah 365 blog. I'm sure many of you will recognise these folders as the EZ Storage system from Crafters Companion, they are fabulous and you can fit so much into them.

So just a quickie from me today, as I have more organising to do.....LOL!

Have a lovely day x


Monday, 9 June 2014

It's a 'World of Imagination'......BLOG HOP launch

The time is nearly here YAY !!..... tomorrow we celebrate the launch of the new product range from

We invite you to join us on a BLOG HOP to discover  new delights from the range

This is a range Sarah has been working on for over a year and is now super pleased to be sharing it with the world with this initial launch. You have met the Mayor of Make Believe over on the facebook page, and he is waiting to greet you, as you enter his new colour fun world, there is something for everyone.

 I have another little peek for you here now,  I know for sure that my youngest son will definatly be a fan of this kit

This super fun felt craft kit allows you to make your very own Pirate Hat (and there is a mini kit to make a matching eye patch!)

 Each of the Design Team will be sharing the reveal of a new product on their blog too, and at the end the Mayor of Make Believe will be waiting for you at the 365 blog to see what you thought of the range, tell him what you would like to win and we'll pick one lucky winner to win the prize of their choice. You have until  15th June at midnight GMT to let us know.

So come and join us, we can't wait to hear what you think, head over to Nicole's blog for the next reveal.

Thanks so much, we look forward to seeing you again x