Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Trim your stocking!


Hello, and welcome!

Sometimes I have lots of ideas for projects, and sometimes the ol' crafty mojo goes walkabout - does that ever happen to you?  Fortunately there are plenty of resources - magazines, blogs, YouTube and good old Pinterest - to help when Crafter's Block strikes.  

The Stampin'Up! catalogue is just chock-a-block with inspiration and that's what I've been CASE-ing (that's Copy And Share Everything) for today's project.

Here's the video - 
The stocking on the left is my version of one in the catty.  The one on the right was me using up scraps and leftovers from a previous project.  I really like this colour combination and I may have to rethink my Xmas deccies this year...hmm....

Things don't always go to plan...what to see what happened this time?  

Keep crafting,

Keren

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Happy Stampaversay to me!

Hello, and welcome!

No, you aren’t seeing things – it’s a blog post on a Sunday.  Not my normal day for blogging, but it’s a special occasion.  This month I celebrate three years as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  The time’s flown by, and in recognition of the occasion,  I’ve made myself a card and joined in the Pootlers Birthday Blog hop.

If you’ve landed here by following the link from Sam Hammond’s blog, then you already know what it’s all about.  If you’ve arrived on this post by another route, please do hop over to Sam’s blog where all will be made clear and you can see what some of my team-mates have been making.

For my card, I wanted to use the Bundle of Love DSP, and wanted a Powder Pink background with gold foil.  However, this DSP doesn’t come in that combination – I could have Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla, or gold foil and Very Vanilla.  So I customised my paper, by sponging Powder Pink over the foiled side.  I really like the result!

What else?  I made some knotted Powder Pink ribbon roses, added a doily and a bit of lace trim, a stamped & embossed sentiment and some washi tape.  (You can see what I used at the bottom of this post).

Thank you for visiting me today- I appreciate it !

Keep crafting,

Keren



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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Silver and gold

Hello, and welcome!
I am so in love with the Year of Cheer DSP.  It's so beautiful, whether you leave it white or add colour to it.  For today I've left it as it comes, and used up my scraps of foil (I don't throw them away - what do you take me for?)  to make the wreath.

So this card is not only pretty, it's thrifty as well!
See you again soon,

Keep Crafting,

Keren

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The best laid plans..

Hello, and welcome!

You may recall that, in my last post, I was super-excited about attending OnStage local in Solihull.  I had my bagful of swaps and was looking forward to showing you all what I'd got in exchange.

Well - it didn't quite go as planned.

I never got there.

What follows  is the whole sad story - you might want to skip ahead to the YouTube video.

To be absolutely honest, something had been telling me "not this time" for a while.  The event sold out really quickly and I only just booked about 15 minutes before it reached capacity.  If I'd arrived home from work half an hour later, I would have missed it.

Never mind, I had my spot and started making my swaps in good time.

Then I hurt my back.  I have no idea how - I just sat down and pain shot up my spine and down my right leg.  It was the first day of my two weeks holiday, as well, and I spent most of the time trying to find a position to sit/stand/lie down that didn't cause sheer agony when my back went into spasm.  

It got better - I was well enough to return to work at the end of my leave - but I couldn't drive without pain until about a week ago and was seriously considering cancelling until about a fortnight ago as I wasn't confident that I'd be able to drive the 2 1/2 hours it would take.

There were other things that were going to make it difficult to go away - the cat needing a operation on her eye, for example - but nevertheless I was determined to go and looking forward to it.  So on Friday afternoon, I set out.

I got as far as Cardiff - about 45 minutes from home - when my 3-month-old car, with fewer than 1,300 miles on the clock, began showing a Tyre Pressure warning light - which wouldn't go out even after I'd put more air in the tyres.  By now it was dark and my nerves were in shreds.   I thought that the problem was probably the monitor system, but couldn't be sure - and really didn't want to be stuck at the wrong end of the motorway (and yes, I do have roadside assistance/recovery cover but if there really was a problem if I wanted to be at home!)

So - I went home.  And the following day, in daylight, it turned out that the monitoring system needed to be reset and all was well.  Except that I was in Swansea, not Solihull.  I thought about going anyway but would have got there at lunchtime and wasn't sure they'd let me in.


I did some colouring instead.  I'm not the greatest colourer-innerer but decided to experiment with the three kinds of colouring media that SU carries - the Stampin' Write markers, the Watercolour Pencils and the new Stampin' Blends.
So anyway - no swaps to share ( I have about 40 mini fans to dispose of - anybody want one? Email me if you do!) 

 So today's video wasn't what I'd planned!  

As a thank you for putting up with my one-woman pity party, I've posted a bonus video, which shows you the out-of-the frame technique I used on the sample above.  



This is just for you, my blog/Facebook friends.  I'm planning on including a few (exclusive) extras from time to time (out-takes, bits of technique I've covered before or don't really go into on the main YouTube video) - let me know if you think you'd like it.  

Thanks for staying with me up to now!

Crafty Hugs,

Keren

PS - There was quite a nasty accident on the motorway at about the time I would have been passing on my way back home and I might well have been caught in it - so perhaps my guardian spirit was looking after me!  xxx
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Mini folding fan favours

Usually at this time of year, SU demonstrators are hitting the road with joyful cries of "Telford, baby!" - this being where OnStage Local (our demo conference/training event) is held.  This year, for a change, it's "Solihull, baby !" as the venue has changed, and that is where I shall be, so I'm really, really hoping that the scheduling for this post and the YouTube video works!


When I was a little girl, my sister and I loved pretending to be posh ladies, fanning ourselves with bits of paper concertina-folded and drinking "champagne" (otherwise known as cherryade) out of our mother's sundae dishes.  Sometimes I'd spend my pocket money on a paper fan from the market and swan round the place, being very grand and fluttering my fan like mad.  It must have been hilariously funny for onlookers!  Still, I did love my fans!





I made a full-size version of these folding fans back in the summer and I thought a mini version would make a nice item to swap with other demonstrators at OnStage.  It does get quite warm in the conference room - so I hope these will be a nice practical item.  

They'd also make nice party favours or goody-bag items.
I've scheduled the video, and you should be able to link from it here -

https://youtu.be/5OA-MkbktL4

It wasn't easy to keep track of where all the score lines needed to go while filming, so as I promised, here's where you need to crease the paper.

Score at (all measurements in inches) -

¾  1 ½  2 ¼ 3 -3 ¾  4 ½ - 5 ¼  6  6 ¾ 7 ½  8 ¼  9  9 ¾ 10 ½  11 ¼

Turn the paper over and score at-

3/8  11/8  17/8  25/8  33/8  41/8  47/8  55/8  63/8  71/8  77/8 85/8  93/8 101/8  107/8 115/8


If you find that the ball tool jumps out of the channel a lot, you can help it run smoothly by lubricating it - rub it on a bit of dry soap, a tumble-drier sheet, or even rub it on the side of your nose!


I'll be telling you all about OnStage (well, as much as I'm allowed to) in my next post and I'll also be showing you what I got in exchange for my swaps next time, so please do come back on Wednesday!


Keep Crafting!


Crafty Hugs,


Keren




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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Tulle shaker card

Hello, and welcome!

I can't stop playing with the Hearts Come Home bundle.  It was the first thing on my wish list when I saw the Autumn-Winter catalogue back in the summer (one of the advantages of being a SU demo is that we get to see - and buy - new products before they go on sale to everyone else.  Sweet!)  

Today it's a Tulle shaker card.  I like this style of card because, if you're careful you can move the shaker bits (sequins in this case) through the net.

Here's how I made it -

I did promise that I'd tell you where to score if you are using  8 1/2 by 11 card, which would be at 3 7/8" and 7 3/4" (Metric - score at 10 cm and 20 cm)

Hope you have a go at this kind of card - they are fun to make!

See you soon - and keep crafting!

Crafty Hugs,

Keren


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