Wednesday, 20 November 2013

5 cards made with my new Hunkydory kits

This week I bought the Hunkydory Touch of Class kit which features 'Champagne Bubbles' for wedding anniversaries, Handbag Heaven (along with cupcake designs - not used them yet).
I made 3 anniversary cards using the Champagne Bubbles printed cardstock, foiled toppers and sentiments, paper ribbons and just added a little extra foiled backing paper and glitter card and matt pearl cardstock to matt and layer the designs onto.

I also made a birthday card using the Handbag Heaven cardstock, foiled topper and foiled sentiment and an A4 sheet of black glitter card folded in half to make an A5 card base.
 This last card combines 2 Hunkydory kits, the topper and gold foiled sentiment came in a goodybag swap on DOcrafts and feature 'The First Dance', I trimmed down the topper so it would fit an A5 cardbase, made from my new Hunkydory Antique Flourish 'The Manor House' mini kit, and a co-ordinating foiled sentiment.
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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Christmas bauble made at a class in Canada (mislaid it and only found it whilst tidying my craftroom today!)

Whilst staying in Canada this September I got cabin fever and was terribly homesick as I'd never been so far away from my grand-daughter but also my daughter, who works full-time but 2 weeks before we flew to Canada she broke her arm and was off sick, so I knew she would struggle as she couldn't do anything and has no coping strategies and was terribly bored, she learned how to type with her left hand so she could get online or she would have gone stir crazy. I amassed a massive phonebill but a dear friend paid it for me, knowing the reason for it, which was a real blessing.

Anyway we weren't getting out as much as we had hoped and on the drive to our host's home we had driven past a small scrapbook store, so I asked our host's housekeeper and it was only one block away, just 5 minutes walk on a lovely country path so I went there with my hubby Andy and met Herb and Lyn the proprieters, such lovely people, there was a cardmaking class taking place but they were happy for me to browse around them. I bought quite a bit of stash from them as they sell loads of Graphic45 and Bobunny products and its all up to date, not like my outdated craft store back home. Herb told me about 2 classes they were running and I decided to do them both, the first one was to decorate a christmas bauble, the 2nd class later in the week was to make and decorate an autumnal Bobunny tag book, I shall upload the pictures when its finished, I had to leave the class early as our hosts dog died suddenly and he wanted to go and say goodbye to her and then take us out to take his mind off it, so June the lady who ran the classes, Herb and Lynn's DIL took my email address and emailed me all the photos of how each page of the book should look like, but its not finished yet, so that will be for a later post.

the bauble class was great fun, we chose a Christmas themed peel-off that had room to be coloured in, and stuck it on the Perspex bauble. I have never used Sakura pens before, we used a combination of sakura glaze and Sakura soufflĂ© pens and I found it hard to get a smooth finish to the white soufflĂ© pen, but it is a handmade item and I enjoyed making it even if its not perfect!

We then tore and curled musical score papers, as well as lots of thin curling ribbon, another first for me, never curled ribbon before, we popped them inside the bauble then added the metal hanging cover, and we finished off by adding thin red ribbon and a loop of patterned organza ribbon to hang the bauble from, I really enjoyed the class and was pleased with my first ever decorated bauble, if I can source some more I shall make some with my grand-daughter Carrie.

                                                                  front of bauble

                                                                back of bauble

Friday, 8 November 2013

A busy week crafting whilst at my daughters flat, 5 forever friends cards and 1 cross-stitch card

This week I have spent 4 whole days sitting in my daughters flat as her new kitchen is being installed, I had to hide away in her front room away from the noise and dust and to keep out of the way of all the comings and goings in her small flat. The kitchen is now installed and looks gorgeous and all the tiling has been done by lovely workmen, but we still have to wait til next week for the washing machine to be plumbed in,  all the sockets to be installed along with an extractor fan, the ceiling will be replastered, then new lighting installed, the walls will be decorated then the floor will be retiled.
hopefully the work will be completed by the end of next week, and I shall do some more crafting whilst waiting for it to be finished.

The reason I'm telling you al this is because being stuck in the flat with nothing to do it was the perfect opportunity to craft and not feel guilty that I should be doing something else, I spent 4 days watching craft tv and crafting.

for the first 3 days I stitched a Christmas cross-stich card, it came free with this months World of Cross-stitch magazine, which is normally £4.99 per issue but the publishers gave me a very special offer of 3 issues for 33p each, along with 3 other cross-stitch magazines and quick cards magazines.
The cross-stitch was quite intricate but it was very enjoyable and it helped the 24 hours I took to sew it pass so much more quickly than they would have without this distraction.

Earlier this week I purchased some craft items from a fellow docrafter, they were 2 Creativity magazines with their free gifts, and lots of Forever Friends Christmas stash, epoxy stickers, papers and die-cut toppers and sentiments, the parcel was waiting for me when I got home Wednesday evening and I couldn't wait to start crafting with them, so on Thursday I took all the FF items to the flat and I made 5 Christmas cards with them, the card blanks were sent to me by a docrafter recently.