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One of those projects that just keeps going!

I’ve had a couple of hours down time in the hotel this morning as I’m not on Create and Craft until 4pm so need to be back there by 2….I thought I’d do a spot of knitting on one of my UFOs (UnFinished Objects!)

This one is a true labour of love as it is my first ever garment and will be a nice cosy jumper (hopefully!)

20140304-202048.jpgouple of years ago (yes really!) but in my defence we moved house and my knitting stash was packed away for six months and then the last few scorching weeks of summer haven’t inspired me to carry on with the jumper.

The jumper is a James C Brett pattern with some lovely cable detail down the front. The front and back have been done for a long time, I completed the sleeves a couple months ago before the temperatures rocketed and the yarn was put away. Now all I have to do is finish the roll neck, which to the seasoned knitter may only be a few hours work but I’m a relatively new knitter so it feels like it’s taking me forever lol, and then put the sleeves in before sewing up…..good job my fabulous mother in law lives next door but one and is a prolific knitter!

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So now that the change of season is heading rapidly towards us and I have unleashed the knitting stash I have decided to restart and get it finished once and for all! I just hope it fits, I will update you when it’s finished over the next few weeks….

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Wishes, whispers and wonderful fairies!

So it’s pick of the week time on Create & Craft and this time it’s the turn of My Craft Studio to take centre stage with the stunning Wishes and Whispers cd set. With 19 shows planned there are quite a few samples that I can share!

When we decided to do a new disc of fairies we wanted them to look like storybook fairies, the beautiful fairies we all remember from our childhood with the innocent faces and flowing beautiful dresses. So we turned to Lisa Fox, children’s illustrator, a lovely lady that we have worked with before for our cd Roms. This time was a little different though as she hadn’t worked with fairies before so we worked together to get the look we wanted and then came up with the scenarios for the fairies.

I had an absolute blast making the samples for these shows and it’s only been going for just over 24 hours and we are over a quarter of the stock sold so its already touch and go as to whether it will last the week!

The first sample I want to share with you is one of my many favourites – I’m rather fickle when it comes to favourites with these fairies so expect to see more favourites over the next few days….

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So for this one I printed the topper, background and sentiment from the disc all on one sheet of supersmooth to save paper and got busy with the crafting!

I used my a4 dotty embossing folder from Crafters Companion to emboss some gorgeous purple centura pearl paper. I cut the topper to size and used a Dusty Concorde Distress Ink Pad to add extra detail to the edges and created a little matting and layering for the topper.

Next I cut the background to the right size for the card and added more Dusty Concorde to this before matting onto the embossed pearl and popping onto the card front.

I added the topper with Shaker Tape to give a little more dimension.

Next I added the gorgeous dandelion die cut that I made with my Tattered Lace die, supersmooth card and the fab glitters that we have on the shows too and finished with the sentiment from the disc that I also glittered with the help of a quickie glue pen!

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Let me know what you think, back with more soon….

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And here’s one I made earlier!

One more quick post before I go and do some baking!

Here is a card I made earlier this week with one of the new Tattered Lace Oriental dies and a Wafer…..’ooh what’s a wafer?’ I hear you say! Well tune in to Ideal World at 9pm on Wednesday 14th and the lovely Nancy Watt will tell you all you need to know!

For this one I used three distress inks -black soot, peacock feathers and pine needles, I used the wafer to build the scene and cut the crane from super smooth card before colouring him too. To make him stand out I edged him with a black promarker and finished off with some white bulrush embellishments from the die at the bottom.

What do you think?

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Inky messy fun!

So today I’ve had great fun finishing off my ATCs for this months challenge. The ATC swap that I take part in is run on Twitter by @sezzied78 (Sarah) and this months theme was flowers.

Earlier in the week I stamped and coloured my main flowers and background cards with promarkers for the ATCs and the plan was to keep them nice and clean looking. However, today I went to finish them off and my roll of silver craft metal had fallen onto my desk from the top of the cupboard so I decided it was a sign that I had to use it on my ATCs! Time for a slight change of creative direction….

I ran the metal through my Ebosser in an embossing folder – this really stiffens the metal and gives incredible detail – then I got out my alcohol inks, these haven’t been out for aaagggees, far too long!

So I used Cranberry, Wild Plum, Lettuce and Butterscotch as these would tone nicely with the colours I’d used on the flowers. I always mix a little on a scrap piece to get the colours blending before going onto my project:

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I then used a Tattered Lace alphabet die to cut my letters from gold mirror card and used the ink that was left in the felt pad to colour tint these and it was time to put them together!

Here’s a sneaky peek of how it all turned out!

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Oh! And the stamp is one of my old favourites I got years ago from the lovely website Stamping Bella

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Hope you like them, and fingers crossed I’ll get the go ahead soon to show you some of the designs I’ve been watercolouring today for an up & coming launch…..

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New month, new blog, new me!

Ok so here I am in the green room and I’m thinking about my blog when I decide to check the site….I think I need a lesson in using this app on the ipad because it would appear that my last three entries were still in drafts and hadn’t posted so huge apologies for no blogs appearing since May!!!

I hereby promise to pay more attention when updating the blog and to actually press the right button for it to actually update!

So since my last (published) blog we have launched our Christmas CDs along with the beautiful Pastel Prelude, I’ve done a few one hour shows and Nancy has continued to take the crafting world by storm demonstrating the amazing Tattered Lace dies which are designed by Stephanie!

Last week Kathy Mills demonstrated our beautiful four day deal which was a choice of 3 for 2 on 5 different Christmas paper kits.

Last Friday our fabulous Nancy Watt was in Derbyshire for a lovely evening of celebration for her upcoming nuptials, we did have fun but as is the law in our gang ‘what happens on girls night, stays on girls night’ 😉

I’m working with the graphics team on some stunning new artwork that has been designed by one of our favourite illustrators, the very lovely Lisa Fox who designed Smudge for us a couple of years ago. When I get the all clear I will share some sneak peeks for you….if you are an MCS platinum member you can already get a sneak peek on the forum!

I’m hoping that the new discs will launch in a couple of weeks and have been busily crafting away on samples.

I’m still in love with Ernie my Ebosser, he works very hard when I’m in the mood for crafting at home and you never know, when we launch the next discs there may well be a new die or two on the shows…

More info to follow as soon as I’m allowed………

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