Monday, 18 October 2010

Reuse, Recycle!

Zoe's bag containing al her crochet goodies caught my eye at the Isle of Wight crop. I was seriously impressed when I found out that she had not only made the bag herself but she had made it from a jumper that she had felted!
 Here is a close up of the flower!
All you have to do to make your own felted bag (or other goodies!) is find wool jumpers that are 100% wool. Why not pay a visit to your local charity shop or raid the Christmas jumper pile! Once you have found your jumper you need to boil wash it between 3 and 5 times!! Once you have felted your jumper you just follow these instructions to make your own bag... it really does look very straightforward! I'll add it to my to try list!! They would make great Christmas presents so who knows I might get my butt into gear this side of Noel!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Feeling Christmassy

How do you spell Christmassy anyway? Not how I have! I have just loaded some new ribbons onto the site including a lovely Christmas red and an Olive green which will be perfect for all those Christmas cards. Really looking forward to setting too and making some more cards (yes I have done some already!). Would anyone be interested in a card class? I was thinking of a couple of hours in the day and then repeated in the evening for those who aren't available in the day, perhaps once a fortnight. I am thinking of including a technique, a colour inspiration and a card sketch for each class... I've got loads of ideas so let me know if you would be interested (just at the planning stages at the moment... need to sort venues and costs out). Here are pics of the Christmas ribbons... you can buy them here. (last one on the page and first on the next page!)

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Crop Number 4!

I had a great time at the Littlegreen Crop on Saturday and it was lovely to see some new faces (including one lady I had met 5 years ago!) as well as the usual suspects! Had a lovely, if not manic day. I had expected 6 for my class and ended up with 9 which was great but meant I had a quick scrabble to make up the extra kits. It was lovely as 4 of the ladies in the class completed their first layout ever. They were all very pleased with themselves and pleased with the finished page. We did laugh as the experienced scrappers stuck to the instructions exactly and the beginners all tinkered and played with their pages! Here are the photos of the pages I managed to get... sorry LuLu, Lindsey, Vivien and Melly for not getting yours.

This was Karen's first page ever. What a great start!
This was Franchesca's page. She is only 12! What an amazing page. She came up with the changes to the original idea all by herself.
 Kay's page, another first ever layout.
 Linda is scrapping an album of the homes they have lived in. This is her hubby in one of them.
 Sara had some amazing photos of her cat, my photo of her layout doesn't do it justice at all.
And finally I didn't manage to get photos of everyone else's work Sue ran a little layout competition which she won with this layout!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Just a few pictures!!

Well the ladies were so prolific with their layouts over the weekend. Paige did 13 layouts and others weren't far behind. Unfortunately I photographed a lot of the layouts late at night so the photos aren't at all good but hopefully you will be able to get some inspiration anyway. Here are just a few of the pages and cards...
Debbie made over 40 Christmas cards over the weekend. This was my favourate design with the massive snowflake in the middle.
A great picture of Anna and I LOVE the big punch used on the right border. I have it on order if anyone is interested :)
 The crochet doily on this page is so scrummy.
Love the hand stitching around the edge and the hand stitched swirl on this page.
Julia made cards all weekend too. I love the snowman stamp on this card... stamped with Faded Jeans Distress Ink.
Julia also did some great brayering using the Big and Juicy pads and the Adirondack Dye Pads. A definite for my to try list.
 I love the simplicity of this layout.
Julia Dunnit did this layout. See the close up of the punched out circles to match the patterned paper. Cute but very messy! Again another punch on order, it's just under an inch so would look great in 1" punched out circles.
 Love the corrugated alphabet used on the title for this page. This is one of my fave pages of the weekend... not sure who did it though!
One of my favourite pages of the weekend by Julia Dunnit.
 I love the colours on this Lost and Found page by Sam.
 Lynda did this stunning page using the brand new Prima papers (note to self load them on the website as soon as you have done blog post!) They look so cool on the black background and she has used the rub-ons too for an added touch of elegance.
 Another of Lynda's pages.
 And another!
 Paige's 10 things you are page. Love the colour combo!
 Christmas Stars by Paige... great collection.
 10 things by Sam
 Another page by Sam
 Paige's superhero husband!
 Teresa's Granny doing what she does best.
 10 things by Teresa... see a common theme here!
 Teresa's new granddaughter
 Love the lacing on this page and the hanging baby frame.
 The title of this page says it all... Remission.
 Another of Debbie's cards... aren't the fake brads cool!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Locked out...

I have some great photos of the ladies work from the weekend which I will post tomorrow. Today just a quick photo of the car loaded to the gunnels! If you run a crop and would like the Cre8tive shop to attend get in touch. I intended to post yesterday but the lock went on the office / stock room door. I spend most of the day ringing round locksmiths trying to work out if I could get the part needed to fix it. £55 later and the door is all fixed and I can lock up all the goodies again. Phew!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Crop number 3

I am currently sitting on the ferry on the way to the Isle of Wight. The ferry left at 7am so you can imagine the unearthly hour I had to get up. The roads were lovely and clear as all 'normal' people were still snuggled up in their beds. I am going to a weekend retreat which actually started yesterday but I am just staying tonight. I have just brought some Basic Grey kits to do so am travelling extremely light (the car is stuffed full of shop stuff so not much room for my own goodies!) As always I will try and get some shots of the ladies pages so you can get some inspiration. Have a great weekend whatever you are doing.