I’ve never been a tidy crafter – the bigger the mess, the better the project outcome has been my experience before. But I suddenly seem to have tipped over into the room being a mess all the time, even before I start, and now I’m losing the joy of actually crafting at all. I have too much stuff – and no idea where any of it is.
So I have decided I need to sort myself out and get this room organised. One problem is that I actually think my hobby is collecting craft equipment, rather than crafting. I LOVE new stash. And I am a gadget geek. I saw a wood burning tool on sale in Lidl’s and despite never doing it, nor having an urgent desire to try it, it landed up in my trolley (because OMG only £5.99) and joined the masses of unused stuff in my craft room. I have to stop doing this! Same for various pencils, pens, watercolour brushes, paper….
So. The plan is to tackle the room in stages. I have some large cardboard boxes labelled with the categories – Stamping, Diecutting, Colouring, Embellishments, etc and they are currently living on my upstairs landing. As I come across things, I am putting them in the relevant box, so I can a) keep everything for one thing together, b) see what I have, and c) decide if I want to keep it.
When I have the room largely emptied, I then plan on moving the table etc out and look in the cupboards that are behind it (as I have NO clue what is even in them) and then think of removing the counter top and cupboards that frankly just encourage me to dump and run, and replacing it with kallax units and storage boxes. Or whatever IKEA is calling them now…
That’s the plan – let’s see how I get on!
I have been a bad blogger recently. I used to post more frequently and share more than just the challenges I am lucky enough to be part of as a member of the Design Team for Crafty Cardmakers. And then I somehow seemed to not do that so much…
So my resolution for 2019 is to be a more sharing crafter. To post the failures as well as the wins. To share hints and tips and actually do more crafting, rather than buying crafting stash!
Fingers crossed I manage to stick to that, eh?
Happy New Year folks!
My project was a clock, with working parts, that I created using an SVG file from the Dreaming Tree, and my scan n cut machine.
I followed the colours they suggested on the website, but I am not sure I really like them – of course, the beauty of using the scan n cut is I could change the colours to suit myself as it only depends on what card I have!
In this case, the brown card was actually kraft card, overstamped with a bark texture stamp using a dark brown ink pad as I didn’t have any wood patterned cardstock to use. I coloured the flowers using distress inks…
Judy is hosting today’s challenge, Lots of Layers.
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the Lots of Layers theme.
As Christmas is inexorably approaching (and I need to get a wiggle on finishing my cards!) my card this time has got lots of layers – but is a Christmas card!
I used my favourite 6 x 6 card base, and onto that layered some plainish Christmas paper from my stash. (I should say here that I was inspired to do this card by a demo I saw on Create and Craft by Hobby House – not the same papers or images, but she did use the stamens in this way…)
I had decided to use a Hunkydory Topper Deck card as my image, so cut the other christmas papers in colours to match it that I had to size so I could layer and rotate them as shown. I mounted the topper deck card onto gold mirri, and positioned it in the centre on foam pads with some pinflair glue gel on them (so I could lift them up to position the stamens in the right place).
To finish the card, I used a white gel pen to put a double row of faux stitching around the edges, stamped a sentiment and made a bow with items from my stash, and put some gems in the corners of the layers. I’m really happy with it – and it is mostly old stash I’ve had for ages!
Angela is hosting our challenge today, Explosion of Colour
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the Explosion of Colour theme.
My card was a folding box card, made for a friends son who was going to be 10. These cards are very easy to do – and are so effective! And better still, they fold flat to go into an envelope.
I used plain white card for the base and the struts inside and printed off some pictures for the decoration which were cut out and mounted onto black card to make them pop. I cut out and mounted onto black card the pictures of the characters, too, and attached them to the struts so they appeared to be behind one another, as they would in life. Finally, I cut out his name and age with dies, and attached them to the struts too.
There was space on the back for a personal message, and I put the happy birthday sentiment on the back of the box.
It’s my turn to host our challenge today, Fairies or other Mythical Creatures
My card was made for a friend’s daughter who was 5. She loves sparkle, pink, princesses and unicorns… so all made their appearance on this card.
I used a large scalloped circle die from (I think) Tattered Lace to cut out the base of my rocker card, and then used the next size die down to cut out the base paper. The silver frame was a Lynda Chapman die, from her doily collections and onto this I layered a square from a hunkydory stamping pad which I had trimmed to size and rounded off the corners.
I stamped the princess and unicorn onto stamping card, and coloured them in using promarkers before fussy cutting them out and layering them onto the background image using foam pads. I went over the unicorn with a clear wink of stella pen to give it that “magical” sparkle (although it doesn’t show up so well in the photo, sadly).
I used gems from my stash around the edge of the rocker card and to highlight the stars around the moon in the background. The silver base for the age plaque was a die from my stash, as was the plaque itself, and the numeral 5.
Good luck with the challenge – I look forward to seeing everyone’s cards!
Kim is hosting today’s challenge, Lace or Ribbon
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the Lace or Ribbon theme.
My project was a hexagonal box which was made to hold a present for a 21st birthday. I have had the template for this for ages – I can’t even remember whose template it was! But it always comes up trumps when I need that extra special gift box. I have contemplated scanning it into my scan n cut, but I’m not sure if that would breach copyright… so I just painstakingly draw round it and cut it out.
The box base was made out of pearlescent card, and the paper used to decorate it came from a pad I got (I think) from B&M. The lace was from my stash, and the sentiment panels and sentiments and 21 were dies from my stash. I used some chain to add the angel and hand made charms to the front.
Maike is hosting today’s challenge, Autumn Colours