Thursday, 2 March 2017

Imagination Crafts large Pansy stencil

I just love spring flowers and simply adore the large Pansy stencil from Imagination Crafts.
I've wanted to incorporate textiles, threads and fibres into my mixed media work for a while now and with the shift in crafting habits to fabrics, sewing, knitting etc it seems like the perfect time.
I also wanted to try something different with these large stencils.
The embroidery hoop has been in my stash for ages and I had a supply of calico so decided to use that instead of cross stitch fabric.
I then raided my daughter's embroidery threads and also had some purple wool!
As this is a decorative item and will not be washed I used the regular Starlights in Amethyst, Dried Rose, Canary Yellow and Green. these are such gorgeous colours and you can't help but think of Spring and sunshine when using them with all their wonderful sparkle.
I often use a sponge to apply my mediums through a stencil and this is what I did, masking off areas for different colours as I went along.
I just love how vibrant the Amethyst is for the Pansy, all the colours are gorgeous.
Once dried I used the Butterfly panel  and Falling Leaves panel stencils around the pansy, moving and masking as I went.
Once dried I added the stitching using the embroidery threads and wool.
The hoop was aged using Rusty Patina in Rustique and Verdigris.
I really enjoyed trying something different and creating this project, a lovely idea with Mother's Day coming up.
Thanks for looking today xKx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Docrafts cottage window emboss and cut folder

A few ideas and my demonstration makes using this fab die cut and emboss folder from Docrafts.
It's proved hugely popular at the demo's and with the samples posted on social media, I love it's versatility.
Keeping it simple I've combined with Docrafts mini sentiments dies, hugely useful! Along with some papers from my stash in a different version.
Thanks for looking today...
Crafty Hugs xKx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Last of my Valentine makes...

A couple more makes from yesterday's Valentine's cards to share using stamps by
Polly Allsorts and a fab little paper pack from the £1 shop! A few trimmings and voila!
Thanks for looking today, love and crafty hugs xKx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Popping in with a couple of makes for Valentine's, first a cute cd clock made using stamps designed and supplied by Polly Allsorts.
A cute stamp set with the stitched hanging heart and four buttons, the papers where from a pack I picked up at The Works before Christmas.

Secondly a card using these adorable Badgers from Lavinia stamps along with the Background Script  which is such a useful stamp and the Quirky Mushrooms.

Before Mr. C shot off to work he bought me a cuppa and for someone who doesn't do romance, I then found this, bubbles, Nespresso Limied Editions and chocolates all presented in -

Thank you Mr. C you're my world, Oh and he's cooking ;-) X
Happy Valentine's day lovely people, Love and Crafty Hugs to you all xXx

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Catch up from Creativeworld Frankfurt

Can't believe it's almost two weeks since my first trip to 

Thought I'd catch up on this while I'm currently recovering from a horrid flu bug which hit at the weekend and unfortunately meant I had to cancel a craft class on Tuesday.
Sad to miss this but look forward to our next catch up soon.

Craig from the Association for Creative Industries formerly CH-UK had arranged tickets for 
myself and two other crafty buddies to attend.
Unfortunately our friend Selina was very poorly and unable to attend, we did miss her but managed to get some information she wanted from specific stands.
We travelled on Friday from Heathrow and arrived late afternoon, checked in and then off out for an evening meal. 
Saturday was an early start to spend the day at the show, it really is a massive venue, the show presented some 343 exhibitors from 37 countries.
It was lovely to have a base at AFCI and see many lovely friends and crafty folk over the two days.
The diversity and talent of craft was huge and such an honour to see the variety of inspiration from so many countries and artists, we met some wonderful people!
After Saturday at the show we found a close by Italian bar/bistro, not a German restaurant as we were not up to walking any further, which served an amazing buffet menu and we spent a couple of hours resting our feet enjoying a lovely three course buffet and a very good bottle of red.
Back at the hotel it was shower, a roundup of the day, plan for tomorrow and bed!

We were at the show until just after 3 p.m on Sunday when it was time to make our way back to the airport for our journey home.
You definitely need good walking shoes, Fitbit counter reading some 25,000 plus steps over two days!
Next year we will be booking for the duration of the show so we can pace ourselves more comfortably and look forward to Selina enjoying the experience with us.

Just a snippet of the stands visited as I couldn't bring it all back in my hand luggage so had to be selective! Lol
Craig very kindly bought the rest home to take to Stitches for me to collect.
Back home I have had deliveries of some fabby dies, stamps and products I researched during my visit. 
So just 10 days until Stitches which will be a mix of crafty fun and relaxation as I'm booked into the lovely Arden hotel and leisure club with my daughter for the weekend. along with Angela and Selina. 
A hot tub and spa will definitely be on the agenda. 
We've all been under the weather health wise so I hope we can all enjoy the weekend together.
I'll soon have my next Docrafts demo dates to upload and get preparing for.

I hope you are avoiding the germs and bugs around and keeping snug in the cold, damp weather.
Love and Crafty Hugs xKx

Monday, 28 November 2016

Diary Roundup, crafting and celebrating

Good Morning,
I'm popping in this morning to catch up on the blog before tackling today's job list and heading off for an early blood test at the doctors.
It's that busy time of year isn't it, are you getting organised for Christmas or all ready sorted...
There is a couple of craft classes to catch up on, last week we used stencils from
Festive stencil and mini Dahlia.
We used with Kraft card, distress inks and on the Dahlia for a touch of glitz, Starlights from
How beautiful are these results...

The week previously was very CAS, clean and simple, using Blooming Marvellous Dahlia from
You can probably tell I do love a Dhalia!
I also made a card birthday card for a special friend of mine, we met up for lunch and a good catch up just before her birthday which was lovely.

Last Tuesday was an evening of celebration as we attended Jennifer's new member ceremony at the
Chartered Accountants Hall in London.
It was a very special evening celebrating the fantastic achievements of all these new members, reminiscing over the gruelling three year study and 16 exams while "life" was put on hold to obtain success from all the study and exams.
We relived and looked back over the period and the recognition at the evening's celebration was so special.
The building itself is beautifully historical, wonderful inside and as the Christmas decorations had been put up it was like walking into the magic of Narnia, we had time to tour the building and the stunning rooms during the evening.
I will share the professional photo's when we receive them.

On Saturday we had Paul's annual Christmas bowls award evening for the outdoor club he plays for, he received two awards during the evening.
It's a festive evening with musical entertainment and a wonderful buffet put on by the wives of members.
This is usually the first of our Christmas "Do's" and it was a lovely evening catching up with the 
members and enjoying early festivities.
Ok, so that's my catch up for now must dash for my appointment, have a good Monday and thank you for visiting today, love and crafty hugs xKx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Workshop, mentoring, networking and fun Sarah Hurley Live Event

Hi there,

How are you all...
It's certainly been crazy busy here lately and I really have to pace myself to manage pain and be careful after my recent diagnosis of severe osteoporosis.
Treatment is starting after Christmas, there's a wait to get seen at the hospital to start the injections.
In the meantime I'm being sensible, have strong pain killers and a hot water bottle is a god send!
Onwards and upwards!...
Last Wednesday I went to Loughton, Essex to meet up with friends I made networking in Coventry last year with CHA-UK.
We met prior to Sarah Hurley's Live Event on Thursday and had a nice meal and catch up over a bottle of red.

On Thursday at the event location we were met and warmly welcomed by Sarah and her amazingly lovely team and Craig from CHA.
Coffee and pastries on arrival while we chatted and looked at what was in store for the day.
There was a panel discussion to start, announcements and seminars followed and Sarah was amazing telling her story and 25 mad, bad and crazy hilarious things that has happened to her in business.
I really respect Sarah for sharing these experiences so openly and honestly and I could relate to many of the things that were spoken about and discussed during the event.

There was plenty of tea and coffee and a lovely lunch, shopping experience and goody bags.

I was so lucky to have won a mentoring session with Sarah, I can honestly say that since joining CHA-UK and meeting Sarah I realise how much I've grown and developed without even realising it.
There are a couple of areas I still want to address and develop which is where Sarah's mentoring comes in but I'm thrilled to be in the position I am and doing something I truly love, teaching and sharing my passion for craft.
After lunch I held a workshop and so did Shabneez, who's project was gorgeous and I was so pleased to meet Shabneez, such a lovely lady.
For the workshop I used Sarah's Doodle Doll Christmas stamp sets and we created lovely tags to use for presents, as bookmarks or tree decorations.

After the workshops we finished the day with Sarah's lovely decorated cake and Prosecco!
There was also a couple of raffles.
Congratulations and a massive thanks for all your hard work to Team Hurley on Sarah's first Live Event, I'm already looking forward to the next one!
A super jam packed day, thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Have a good evening and I'll catch up again soon...xKx