Thursday, 15 January 2015

Create a Calendar - February

Morning, thank you for joining me (Claire N) today as I share with you my next page in this mini series where we are creating a calendar.
February, traditionally is portrayed as the month of Valentines Day, but I see it as my sisters and niece's birthdays, so I wanted to do something a bit different. 

As I stand at my kitchen window, seeing what I can see out in the garden, I find myself watching our resident Robin bravely defending his territory from the fencing panels around our oil tank. Our little character sits atop his fence panels alongside the evergreen Ceanothus plant (that unusually already has a couple of blue flowers in January!).

So it is that scene that I wanted to create, using Jaine's Robin's stamps, originally designed for Christmas, so I was conscience not to make this piece look festive.

Thank you for joining me today, for a few more details, and to find inspiration to make your January pages, head over to Sarah Hurley's 365 blog.


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

New Series - Crafting on a Budget - Sentiment Stamps

It was nice to get back to my desk, and put away my festive supplies and start crafting with some pretty fresh colours.
I have begun a new series of posts on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog, running monthly through the year, with the theme - Crafting on a Budget. There are a couple of reasons why I wanted to do this

  • To encourage newcomers to the crafting world, and show them that it needn't cost a fortune to dip their toe in and see if it is the hobby for them (.....I won't say anything about how addictive it can be....hehe!). 
  • I will aim to make recommendations for those on a budget, as to what will work best for all occasions, and help the beginners build their stash slowly, but still with the possibilities for making a variety of cards.
  • To share ideas with fellow crafters on how we can get the most from our stash. Perhaps for New Year you have decided to not spend as much on supplies, or have promised yourself that you will make sensible purchases and want to get the most out of what you buy.

I made a set of five cards using the basics (card and tape etc), one stamp set, and a few embellishments. Because my main passion is for stamps I think I will concentrate more on how versatile stamp sets can be. For example, these cards are all sentiment based, with now image as a focal point.

I have included a few tips and techniques along the way.

Tried to show the versatility of  tiny stamps that appear in sets. As part of Sarah's sentiment stamp set, there are three little stars, and on the card below I have tried to show how useful it could be in finishing an otherwise simple card.

Also for the beginners I have tried to take a bit of the mystery away from how cards are constructed. I havn't focused too much on dimensions, that is entirely individual and is how unique styles are developed. But I have been asked in the past how I've made cards, and more often than not, when broken down like this it makes sense.

The post is a bit lengthy, so you may want to head over with a sup of tea (and maybe a biscuit). 
For those of you seasoned crafters you may not learn anything new, and I am by no means an expert, so if you have any tips you could add in the comments they would be most welcome. 

I actually really enjoyed going back to basics, sometimes we get so involved with techniques and products that we forget a simple sentiment is just as effective.

Thank you so much for reading, hope to see you again soon. x


Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Bookmarks

Hiya, how was your Christmas and Boxing day, feeling relaxed and endulged?
 I am, apart from easy peasy dinners I havn't done very much at all....and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I'm sharing with you today one of my Sarah Hurley Xmas Lookbook projects.
I really enjoyed making these cute bookmarks, and tried something new.

I done a little bit of beading (nothing ground breaking...LOL) but it added a little bit of silver bling for the tassle, to show off the cute little shrink plastic characters.

I have done a full write up in the Lookbook, if you are interested, and if you cross to the Sarah Hurley 365 blog I have added the link to it there.

many best festive wishes,


Thursday, 25 December 2014

Documented December, day 25 - The Big Day

If you joining me today, thank you so much and a Very Merry Christmas to you, hope you are having the most wonderful day possibl with those that you want to be with.
Over on Sarah Hurley's 365 blog, as part of the Documented December series I am sharing my page for today.

This is a Christmas Card to you, and thank you for your support through this year.

See you again soon


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Documented December, day 23 - Christmas Traditions

We all have traditions at Christmas don't we, whether they have been handed down from our parents and grandparents, or as parents ourselves establishing new traditions for our own children to happily think back on.

With us, I always make my own Christmas cake and mince pies, even though i am the only one who eats them. They are my most favourite sweet treats of all I think, so I really really look forward to this time of year for that reason.
When I am making the cake the boys love to join in, they both have a fascination for cracking the eggs, and have been known to argue over it....LOL!
Anyway they do chop the brazil nuts and glace cherries for me, and then everyone has to have a stir of the mixture, make a wish and bring us good luck for the New year.

Come and join us over on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog, and share your Christmas traditions with us.

Best Wishes
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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Calendar - January

Hello and Thank you for joining at the start of this brand new project, that I have embarked on along with two of my team mates from the Sarah Hurley DT.
When asked by Sarah if we have any plans and thoughts for the 365 blog next year, i though it was a perfect opportunity to finally start a project that I have been wanted to start for  ages now.

I have always liked the idea of creating my own calendar, something to make and showcase my own personal craft style. It comes from the fact that every year, either I, or my sister buy a calendar for Mum, who once said it was bad luck to get your own.

Using a calendar template, that will be available via Sarah Hurley's website, I have created the first month, January.

Pop over to our blog to see the other products I used, and perhaps download the template and create your own too.
We will have a Pinterest board where myself, Clare, and Jaine will post our months, and we would love for you to join in too.
We will post our pages each month regularly to build up an entire calendar for you.

Thank you for stopping by.
best wishes

Documented December, day 21 - Christmas Games

Board Games play a huge part of our Christmas entertainment, and if they turn silly....well that's all the better.
We all play, and its never a chore for our two boys (ages 7 & 13) to join in.

I'm sharing this page on Sarah Hurley's 365 blog, so if you fancy popping over to follow the series and have a look at what the rest of the design team have been creating, we'd be glad of your company.

So cheerio for now, and hope your preparations for Christmas are all going to plan.