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A little project I made a while ago!

So I was mooching around the ipad earlier today and found these photos of a card I made a while ago with the intention of blogging it it then matters medical took over so here it is!

At the first Summer Crafting Show I got a lovely set of Be Neighbours stamps from the very lovely Nicky Hall at Polka Doodles – here they are:

So these beauties have remained unused for 3 years until a few weeks ago when I got the urge to take them out of the packet instead of just stroking them and putting them away again! What I love about them are the little bits of foliage, stones and extra elements to add to your design, it can be a different stamped image every time you use them!

I stamped with black Memento so that I could use my Promarkers for colouring and this was one of those projects where I decided to go monochrome so I got out my Ice Greys and started to add some tone to the design.

Next I got out some of my beautiful Cosmo Cricket papers that I got years ago and have kept in the stroking pile – it’s my ambition to use a lot of my stash instead of buying or printing more! Once I’d done a little matting and layering I changed my mind about the greys and got out some coloured promarkers – I love that with alcohol pens you can change your mind and just colour over the top! You can see why I added colour can’t you?!

I added a little distress ink to the edges of the image:

So then I got out my favourite Tattered Lace Floral Dies which you have seen before and got cutting with my Ebosser and the off cuts of Cosmo Cricket papers…

I absolutely adore these dies, there are two versions of it – the Crafting.co.uk one and the Hobbycraft one. They have been designed to work beautifully together and create the most stunning embellishments.

Here’s the finished card, hope you like:





Can’t craft, Will craft! There’s always a way….

Soooo, it’s been too long since my last blog but there’s a pretty good reason! I have had a suspected trapped nerve which has been causing all kinds of trouble for my right arm for a while now – being right handed its a little bit of an issue and means I can’t really craft at the minute.

Anyway, I was complaining about my boredom to the doctor last week and she said that I should be ok doing a bit of crochet every now & then but not to go mad at it so that’s what I’ve been doing!

I decided I needed to set out on a small project so that I couldn’t get too carried away with it so I challenged myself to make a set of coasters. I have yarn left over from the blanket/throw that I made a few years ago which sits on the back of the sofa……

So I decided to use it and make some matching coasters. It’s a gorgeous James C Brett Yarn, Marble chunky in shade MC6 (I love it so much I even know the shade without checking the ball band!) and I just love the chocolate browns with flashes of teal that suddenly appear as you work through the ball.

So I got out my hooks, decided on a 6.5mm for the job and started out with a Magic Loop, 12 trebles into the loop, tighten the loop, join and then 2 trebles into each stitch on two more rounds. I allowed myself to do one a day and now have a lovely set of 4 with lots of yarn left so I may do some square ones next week too 🙂 what do you think?