Saturday, 12 April 2014

This is my favourite new toy


I bought this huge die with a view to make my own match boxes(no I haven't got a serious smoking habit!) I had in mind to make a magnetic advent calendar using match boxes and a baking tray something like this

But the boxes are way to big and I would need a really big baking tray. So I used the boxes to hold two tea lights/chocolates for our craft stall.
I've got another idea for the advent calendar using the boxes so watch this space.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Sparkly bird

Crafty Individuals is one of my favourite places to play. At a recent workshop we made this lovely 6x6 canvas.
The background was made using plain cream card, cut into assorted shapes to cover the canvas. These were stamped using CI stamps and coloured with distress inks. The frame was painted with Farrow and Ball paint in a lovely lilac/mushroom colour. Then the edges were embossed in silver. The image is this stamp.
 I've added coordinating flowers to finish. The speckly finish was a light spray of white enamel paint (Jean did this for me as I am so so heavy handed and I didn't want to spoil it).

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Have you tried.....

to make one of these block cards?

They can be a bit tricky as there's quite a bit of measuring but they do look very effective. Very easy to follow instructions are here. If you try it post a link so I can have a look.....please. 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Baskets and boxes

Getting ready for our tabletop sale on Sunday at The Manor Youth and Community Centre Coulby Newham Middlesbrough, Sunday 30th March 10am.



If you're in the neighbourhood pop in and say hello.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Hi

remember me.....yes well I've had a bad case of cantbebothereditis but I glad to say I seem to have recovered without any after effects. Today I thought I share some pictures of a couple of baby boxes I have made for our forthcoming Ladies Charity lunch in aid of Zoe's Place,a local children's hospice.
They started off as hamper boxes from Harrods(kindly donated by my niece.


As soon as I saw them I thought baby gift boxes.They were a bit awkward to cover but they look so cute.




A friend and I are doing a few craft fairs in the area so if you want to see where we are and what we're selling pop over to our Facebook page Nicestuff crafts.
Ok now that I've got rid of that nasty "cantbebothereditis" I'm off to get crafting....and blogging.Thanks for popping by.

Monday, 10 February 2014

A perfect wet weekend

Is it just me but I find January such a long dull month? But not this year, Jean had organised a crafty weekend in the pretty seaside town of Whitby. On a wet Friday we headed to Whitby, famous for it's fish & chips, the 199 steps to the abbey and Dracula.

It wasn't sunny when we visited.
Nor did we climb the steps
But we did eat these.......


15 crafters crafted away for 2 & half days
Cutting, sticking, pasting, eating chocolate

We bought a jigsaw (as if we didn't have enough stuff with us!)from a charity shop

We each had about 8 pieces and took turns to complete it. But one piece was missing and someone had put an odd bit in.....

I managed two cards and a moneybox



plus a tag and another card that I forgot to photograph.

A great weekend looking forward to doing the same again next year ladies. I mean what else is there to do on a wet and dull January weekend?

Saturday, 8 February 2014

First Glue & Stick of 2014

A welcome return to my favourite workshop.We meet once a month and we make "stuff". It can range from mini books to canvases to sewing projects. A wide range of projects and this month we made a practical birthday box to keep our cards in. 
Designed by the talented Gail it was worth all the measuring and cutting.
A perfect way to store your special cards. 
Guess what we're making next month???? Yep cards. Talk about being prepared I'll have no excuse for missing anyone's birthday.