Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Blog candy on Maggies Crafts

Am loving Maggies Crafts blog - she's got a fab Blog candy giveaway going on for once she gets her number of followers up to 100. Would love to win, as I'm seeing promarkers galore! Link's below for anyone who wants to join up and enter

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Loving my Promarkers

Won this stamp, and given I'm pregnant thought it would inspire me to create some lovely congratulations cards. I'm a big fan of Promarkers - they're easy to use, combine colours and blend...makes my colouring look great (whatever my former geography teacher used to tell me!). The colours on this card are typical for me - lots of purples and pinks.

Wire wrapped ring - first attempt

Have always wanted to try some wire wrapped rings, but never got round to it...wanted to try and course, but they always clash with other things. So got on the old Google search, and
found a couple of 'how to's' and youtube specials...and here are my first attempts at a wrapped cluster ring. The purple-y one was my first, and think there's too many large beads, which made the ring very heavy and meant the sizing got smaller than I'd allowed for.

Second attempt went better - neater wrapping, smaller beads and better shape overall. Pleased with it, but will need lots of practise. Got some other wire wrapped rings to try as well - glad I've got a week off to make the most of the practise time!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Arts In Action day

Today, a friend and I decided to go to the annual Arts in Action show/displays at Waterperry House near Oxford. It's all about getting different types of artists to show their wares, do demos, plus there're practical classes to try and music to listen to.

Luckily the weather held off as it was all in marquees. However we were a little disappointed as we were expecting more demos/people working at their stands, and more opportunities to buy some supplies on different types of crafts - too much of it was art/painting based.

Neither of us bought much - some of the work was not really our cup of tea, although some of the jewellery work was stunning (my favourite piece was £3500!)...most work was very out of price range for what we expected. The best bit was the lovely Waterperry Gardens Apple juice we tried, and watching the glass blowing demo.

It was a nice morning out, but definitely won't be going again - a bit too museum like in the displays for us.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Stamp win

I love entering competitions, and have been winning quite a few small things recently now I'm back on the comp entering roll again. A few weeks ago I received a glitter glue product from a cardmaking magazine, and yesterday I got another parcel. This one was a lovely 'Expecting Nikki' clear stamp. Perfect for making congratulations cards for pregnancies.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Realised I've got a couple of birthdays coming up - so picked out a couple of cards for those. Also, decided that I'd make a bracelet for one of them. I've not used any of the vintage brass findings yet, so initially struggled to decide what colours to use but am really pleased with how it turned out. So much so, I'm not sure I want to give it away.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Loving 'charm' bracelets

I just love charm style bracelets with loads and loads of beads to make them jingle when you're wearing them. I made a couple today to put up on Misi (if I decide not to keep them, that is!)
I also fancied mixing some turquoise with silver beads & spaces, and ended up making a whole set. Think it's one of my favourites so far - helped by the fact that I love the colour turquoise.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Week off meant lots of card making

Selection of a couple of my favourite recent makes, using my lovely Promarkers and some fabulous papers I love.

Misi shop now open

After having to turn down a school fete stall (clash of date, no display equipment, no time to prepare/make more stock etc, plus very scary as haven't done anything like that before) to sell my jewellery, have decided I seriously need to sell some of my jewellery to free up some space in our utility room where all my craft supplies are currently stored. Will please my husband, and hopefully get back some of the money I've spend on supplies over the past few years.

So have set up my Misi shop. Bit scary, and my photos could do with some work...but I think it'll be good to get an idea of what people like as well as hopefully selling some items.

Have decided only to do jewellery given that it's much easier to post compared to cards, plus I can sell some of my cards on the B&B anyway.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Still no crafting happening

Can't remember the last time I got out my craft goodies and got creative. Even though I have bought some card making supplies I've just not had time to get going. But this weekend my best mate Helen was here and as she's the person who loves my cards the most, again she bought a supply to keep her going until I see her next.

I think I have next weekend free, so Sunday will be attempting to make some cards, especially as next time I see Helen, we're meeting up at her parents house where her mum has a shop and B&B, so will hopefully get enough stock to leave some with her mum and see how they sell. (Jewellery will have to wait until I have some more inspiration).