Monday, 28 December 2009


Oh dear. I cannot craft at all, in any shape or form (especially attempt to use a sewing machine), because my craft space looks like it's experienced an earthquake. I had no room before Christmas presents arrived, now it's filled. I am trying to put off the task of sorting out every box, so as to actually achieve decent, craft storage. Then I might no longer live in a pigsty :)

I write this post because I am intrigued: what do everybody else's craft spaces look like????

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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Get your skates on

The snow in Preston is slithering away, and today, all the pavements that were days ago filled with compact pretty snow have now turned to ice. The whole place is like glass. Very winter wonderland, but horrendously dangerous. Take care everybody who lives here.
I own a pair of ice skates, but they often live in a box in my wardrobe, but today got them out ;)
Ice skated in the street...well, with help (otherwise would have done some damage due to falling in the snowy bits).

A very crafty affair

The whole of December, as is for many crafters (although, alot of other crafters are more organised and have sorted by November), has been spent making Christmas cards. Since July, we have been making Christmas cards as samples in the shop, but by the end of November I decided I really must start with my own. T'was hard at first, all Christmassed out from doing shop samples, but then I was off. I've only just uploaded snaps of cards, gifts and the shop, and there are still more to upload. But thought I ought to add some piccies. After all, this is a craft blog! Hmm, New Year's resolution, do more regular blogging!I tried a bit of knitting on a card, my newly found skill :) Next stop a jumper! I love this stamp, so elegant - one of our main Christmas stamps in the shop this year. It looks good in so many colours, my favourite was Adirondack Cranberry (above).I used quite a bit of Blonde Moments Colour-Yourself Christmas paper, where these trees came from. I inked them with Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint Distress Ink Pads to get nice aged trees.

Starting to have a go at making my own backgrounds, and experiment with aging and distressing, plenty of ink and paint! Above, I used Cut'n'Dry foam and baby wipes to rub lots of different inks onto the card, the last being Fired Brick Distress ink. Then, I used the Hero Arts Giving Tree stamp over the top - not always re-inking the stamp, so that some of the trees fade into the background.

Did a few cards involving figure stamps - stamp the figure several times on different patterned paper, and cut out different parts, to get patterned dress, socks, etc.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Happy Christmas to you all

We'd just like to wish you all a lovely Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We're putting together a list of classes, which will be sent out at the weekend, and I'll put a list of them on here (down the side of the blog) and on our website. The website will also be having a revamp, as it's been put aside amidst all the preparations for our birthday in November and then Christmas!
Looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year. But before I leave you, just got to add a few piccies of the snow! Cannot remember a time, ever in my lifetime, when it's snowed this much in Preston, and actually STAYED for days! It's a miracle, and we might just have a white Christmas..hope you do too.