Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fringe Scissors meet Hardwood

Its been a funny old day so far. Had to go to Huddersfield to Yorkshire music library to deliver and pick up scores for the rehearsal tonight as we start work on Brigadoon. A funny tale of........ come and watch and find out in April.
Craft wise I have had a project in mind for a while to do in a workshop in January so I thought I would give it a go, iron out the problems time it to see how long it took etc. After 3 hours work I am only 1/2 way through! Might have to re think this one. This was taken in natural light at 3 o clock in the afternoon. Don't like winter.




At least this part shows off the fringe scissors and the wonderful Hardwood stamp which I love but haven't used as busy doing Christmas cards...... maybe I could incorporate it there too. Thinking.... This picture was taken using the flash. The system has cut the bottom part of the picture off but I hope you can see how the scissors work.



Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Decorated Candles

This makes a lovely gift, a decorated candle, a box to match and a card.
I have used Bearing Gifts for one set and Festival of Trees for the second set.

The Bearing gifts set uses the All is Calm designer paper and lost lagoon ribbon. The Festival of trees uses the Trim the Tree paper stack and Real Red satin ribbon from the seasonal catalogue.

A class to make one of these sets is only £8 Get in contact to book your place for Tuesday 11th November 7 - 9.30. Only 5 places.



Monday, 27 October 2014

Memory Keepers. Project Life

Well workshop over. It was so hectic I never got chance to take any pictures. All the ladies did really well making 1 of everything and stamping for the rest to put together at home.
Next workshop is 22nd November. My colleague Elaine is organising that one we are looking at making crackers and decorated table items.

Now for something different
How many photos have you got on your phone............ loads is the general answer. I decided I wanted to do something more with mine. Stampin'Up! have recent introduced Project Life. I have posted some pages earlier in the year but I' ve got better at it.






The weekend before the workshop I was taking part in my other hobby. I was doing my FIRST open water scuba dive. It was in a quarry near Morecambe. The water was a balmy 15 degrees!











I have stamped shoals of fish across the pages to
 link them together.





The Brown Trout were very large and came to be fed.












The black fish is a sturgeon. He was the largest of the lot. There were lots of small fish in shoals but they swam too quickly!










My husbands strange sense of humour!


Friday, 10 October 2014

Workshop 25th October 1.30 - 4.30

So much to tell you. I have been very busy preparing for the first Christmas workshop.

5,4,3,2,1 Get into Christmas

We will make 15 cards A choice of 3 programmes.
Get your Santa On, Endless Wishes and Festival of Trees
£30 including stamp set or £18 bring your stamp set with you

Using your chosen stamp set you will make 
5 very simple one layer cards, 
4 cards using matting and layering. 
3 cards adding ribbon and/or bling. 
2 requiring the big shot or other techniques and 
1 WOW card. 

All materials will be supplied just bring your adhesives, your trimmer,  and blocks. Also your stamp set if you haven't ordered one.

Booking is essential so we can ensure we everything you need ready and waiting for you. 
Closing date for bookings is 17th October






 This is the Get your Santa On set. Your WoW card makes a little box that contains a set of gift tags. Using traditional colours we use all stamps in the set.










Endless Wishes in cool colours. Using Not quite Navy, Soft Sky and Silver ink. I have added vellum and acetate. The wow card, a pop up box card.









 Lastly Festival of Trees. The stamp set is included in the price but not the punch. That is available to order as an extra.
The wow card contains a (battery) candle which flickers away behind the vellum









Please contact me to book your place email: karen@krafting.co.uk Booking closes on 17th October to enable us time to order all the materials and ensure we have everything well packaged for you at the workshop. We also have homemade cake and tea. :)

Monday, 6 October 2014

To Washi Tape or not to Washi Tape

I must admit to having a bit of a love for rolls of wash tape but I am still struggling to find a use for it! 

I have tried cards but always feel they look scruffy. Everyone else's cards look great using it then I had a lightbulb moment....... I am a fan of tearing paper, vellum etc I always tear the double sided tape and I was tearing the wash tape, when I cut it with scissors it looked so much better.
Many thanks to another lady on pintrest for this idea......I've used washi tape successfully!


 Gorgeous grunge being on the table was used first, in Always Artichoke, not a colour I have used much. Muddy green is what I would call it.

I then cut short lengths of washi tape and put it over the big blotches from the gorgeous grunge. It just added a splash of colour.


 I stamped a tree punched and added that on dimensionals. I think I wold like to colour the bauble with dazzling details just to give it a bit more bling.

Some random snowflakes and luscious Wild Wasabi ribbon and Voila  a card with washi tape that looks good.


The sentiment is from the Really Good Greetings set that you get free is you have a qualifying party in October. Ring now for more details.



Friday, 3 October 2014

Festival of Trees


This  Stampin'Up! product has been the highest seller for the last two weeks.
You really do not need to ask why, it is such good value for money, the stamp set with 13 stamps and the tree punch all for £24.95. Have you got yours? Message me now to order or go on line at
www.karenwatts.stampinup.net
and order through my online shop.

This is card number 3 from the 2nd Wednesday stamp class. Its another case from pinterest, so many brilliant ideas on there.
I have stamped the trees in two different shades of green to give a bit of depth, the lighter ones first then the darker green stamped in-between but over the lighter ones. Only the darker green trees have been decorated with baubles and gold tinsel. (The tinsel doesn't show very well on the photo). A bit of red ribbon and some gold sequins just finish it off.


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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Endless wishes meets vellum and white ink

I didn't know I did subtle, I usually don't! But I am so pleased with this card. This is the second card from the 2nd Wednesday group.
Starting with the vellum we tore across the rectangle, so two pieces were alike.
We stamped the large and the small snowflake from the set using the white ink. I find it a bit 'claggy' but it works really well if you are not too heavy handed. We then set this aside to dry and made a different card. This ink does take a while to dry and smudges really badly.
Once dry We added candy dots to the top two corners then glue dots underneath and stuck the vellum to the card. This enabled me to position the sentiment where it looked right. For this I used Night of Navy.
I tied the two ends of the White Satin Ribbon together then cut to make the tie over at the side. I put a glue dot under the ribbon to hold the vellum in place.
Lastly added three Rhinstones. I have a lot of this size left as I tend to use the smaller ones on the sheet first.
There are so many ways you could use this as a base but decorate it differently. I hope you like it.



Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Silver


Today we have a little bit of silver. This was one card we made at the 2nd Wednesday of the month craft class.

I've started with a basic grey card base, matted to that white natural card. I added to the speckled effect with gorgeous grunge stamped in silver.
I cut a 1/2 size piece of the matt silver card and punched out stars. Even though I know these pop all over the place when you punch you need to gather them up!
 I tied the smokey slate taffeta ribbon through a star and around the edge. This piece of card was then stuck on using dimensionals. The punched out stars were added with glue dots.
The sentiment 'peace and joy' is from the Really Good Greetings stamp set that you get free with a £200 party/order. Have you booked your party yet?



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