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A crafty thunderstorm

So after spending the morning and half the afternoon tidying my craft room I decided to get myself sorted and make something, after all it was thundering and throwing down with rain!

It took about an hour to decide what I wanted to do so after labelling the edges of my distress ink lads so I can see the colour at a glance I decided on a bit of stamping.

I got out my favourite bag of stamps, all from the very lovely Stamping Bella and spent a while picking the colours. I wanted to go vintage in colours but decided to add some colour into it and thought I’d mix it up with a bit of lilac in there too.

First I stamped my design onto supersmooth card using walnut stain distress ink, then I coloured it with cinammon and caramel promarkers, I let them dry before using a Tim Holtz floret mask with walnut stain and vintage photo distress inks and then went coloured in the stamp twice again with lilac promarker to highlight with a touch of colour. After this I added dusty concord distress ink around the edges and over the stamped image and starry night Stickles in the corners.

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Next I created my background using the Tim holtz mask, an inkadinkado background stamp and the same distress pads and Stickles.

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To make the card up I used some craft metal with a Tim holtz embossing folder and cut two tattered lace Elegant Flourishes before creating the matting and layering with some off cuts of card stock from Die Cuts With A View. I finished with some more Stickles for a bit of sparkle!

Here’s the finished card – hope you like it, I’m pleased with the result 🙂

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The age old debate…how do you store yours?

So just how do you store your crafty stash?

I have just spent the best part of the day sorting out my crafty stuff and whilst it looks spotless to me now it still looks messy to a none crafter….I.e. the old man lol!

I have drawers of stamps, inks and pens. Boxes of fancy papers and embellishments and they are all tidied away again now but my desk, (my working area as I like to call it!) well that is another matter. I guess it’s because we need to have the stuff to hand don’t we? Things that you use every time you craft such as base card, tools, glue, coffee etc. and what’s the point in packing stuff like the Ebosser away when it’s such a beast to take out and put away again so that lives on the other corner of my desk.

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I feel very lucky today as my fabulous hubby came in mid tidy up and suggested some new shelves to make storing card easier and ribbon storage too so he says if I can live with it for now, when the spring comes and he gets his new shed then he will make me some. I just wish it was spring already!

I remember when I first started crafting and kept all my stash in one little carrier bag, but you see everything that I have I need! When I got it I had a plan for it and the plan is still there, I reckon I could quite comfortably craft for the next ten years without buying anything else other than glue but does that mean I will stop buying pretty things and bargains? I think not!!!

Let me know if you have any amazing storage secrets that might help fellow crafters and I will share them!

Ps lets not get started on my knitting needles and yarn stash…………..

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The joy of down time!

Well one of the things that, if you let it, could become a little boring about a pick of the week on create and craft is the amount of time in between the shows.

There are many things that we can do to keep ourselves occupied, mainly prepping the next show! This time though, our prep is all done so I’ve brought over some of my oddments of yarn, some crochet hooks & needles and am doing some simple squares that I can take the local RSPCA for them to use as blankets – the beauty is that when. I spoke to the they said that they can be any size as they will use smaller ones for cats and larger ones for dogs which means that I can just do some quick & easy stuff and get it to them in time for the cold weather. Another great thing is that the cats & dogs don’t particularly care what colours they are either, they just want to be cosy…

My favourite thing about crochet is that I can do granny squares without too much worry so I can still chat with people like Barbara Grey, Sheena Douglass, Janice Phillips and lots of the other guests too.

Here’s my first one – large granny square crocheted with an 8mm hook and James c Brett marble chunky leftovers

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Miserable days and make up!

Well I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure there should be a law against having a full face of make up at 7 o’clock in the morning! It’s a total contradiction for me as I’m am soooooo not a morning person but once I have the make up on I almost feel human while my body is saying “go back to bed you silly woman!” It doesn’t help that today is the first morning I’ve had to set the alarm this year to get up while its dark outside, and then it’s throwing it down too! Give me an afternoon over a morning any day lol!

That said, the reason I have my make up on so early is because we are celebrating the 6th anniversary of the launch of My Craft Studio and I have an 8am show on Create and Craft this morning.

I can’t believe it is six years since we launched, with our little old fairies, flowers and butterflies volume one in a one hour show on a create and craft members event, look at us know 10 discs in the set! Who’d have thought it…..

The pick of the week is amazing, ten discs and each one is very different,so from digi stamps address books, teddy bears to elegant ladies, woodland creatures to fabulous paintings this is a collection for everyone! I’m so proud that everyone at team MCS has had an involvement with this collection, from choosing their own style of disc all the way up to actually designing it themselves.

Fingers crossed I’ll be able to get you some backstage gossip! Got to rush now, just been told that my 8am show is now a two hour show so need to make sure my demos are all at the ready!

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Charity begins at home and that’s where I knit!

Last year I was too late to take part in the Innocent Big Knit where you knit mini hats to go on Innocent Smoothie bottles. Innocent donate 25p for each bottle sold with a hat.

I thought I’d missed this years deadline until I saw an advert yesterday on TV and the deadline has been extended so today I got busy!

I made 8 little hats both with knit and crochet, some from patterns on the Innocent website and some on a blog I found through google!

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Ozzy Blackbeard has several links to patterns in different places plus some of their own designs too.

I have seen today in a magazine that this is the highest profile knitting for charity event out there so I have decided that, having given today to this one and considering the amount of half balls of yarn I have, that I am now going to do blankets in varying sizes for the local RSPCA. I have called and the lady said that they will use smaller ones for the cats they are looking after and larger ones for dogs so I’m going back to my hooks and needles to get busy Once again…….

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