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From x stitch I moved into card making - now I am playing around with mixed media! I am taking part in different workshops and with help from crafty pals, learning about different mediums and techniques. Hope you feel inspired to create after a visit to my blog - Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Another Mystery Stitchalong

This one is a fantasy stitchalong and is a collaboration between Durene Jones (designer) and Lakeside Needlecraft (shop).

The background and border were released on July 1st.

There are 12 circles and a fantasy character will be released each month. August release was Pegasus.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Is it too late to be good?

Another design by Lizzie Kate

I will make this into a bell pull, so far I have stitched 3 Christmas Ornaments - I just need to finish them off.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Charlie Bear Sampler

One of the cross stitch forums that I am a member of has an alphabet stitchalong on the 26th of each month and I thought I would use this opportunity to start (and finish) a teddy bear sampler that I have have had for some years.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Lizzie Kate 'Spooked' Myster Sampler

I have taken part in a mystery sampler by the designer Lizzie Kate - it is a mystery as you don't know what it looks like until the chart arrives. It is in 3 parts and we are all anxiously awaiting the last part.

Part 1

Part 2

The blue lines are where I gridded the fabric to make life easier. One more part to go and then it will be finished!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Crafty Ideas Workshop

Yesterday saw myself and 3 other crafty pals heading to a mixed media workshop hosted by Crafty Ideas (used to be The Pink Tulip).

We were working on canvas and had this sample for inspiration

We used different techniques including stencilling, stamping, embossing and gilding foil.

The leaves are stamped and embossed on card, acetate and copper sheet. We used modelling paste through the stencils then sprinkled embossing powders over them. The picture was taken at Thoresby Hall a few years ago where we had a lovely week and fantastic weather.

Crafters at work!

Thanks for a lovely day ladies

Monday, 8 August 2016

Journal 52 - Week 31

Week #31
Alternate Prompt ‘Letting Go’
Create a spread that expresses something you need to let go of. Start by writing it all out and then painting over it, if that works for you.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Journal 52 - Week 30

Week #30
Explore the word ‘mirth’ and what it means to you. Create a spread about mirth as it shows up in your life. If you prefer, substitute the words ‘laughter’ or ‘fun’.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Journal 52 - Week 28 & 29

Week #28
“Summer Nights”
Create a spread the celebrates summer nights where you live.

 Week #29
“Camp Out”
Create a spread that documents a camping trip – either one you’ve taken,
or your ideal camp out. 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Journal 52 - week 25 and craft retreat

Week #25
Alternate Prompt ‘Wine’
Include images of or quotes about wine in your spread.

It reads 'forget love I'd rather fall in wine' which leads me on to the craft retreat :).

It was organised by Kylie from Happy Little Stampers and she is based in Australia - she did a fabulous job of getting sponsors, we had a goody bag (on Kathy's blog here). Here is what was on our desks for us.

Colour craft and sizzix also provided plenty of prizes for the challenges throughout the weekend. Kylie did a demo with brushos and starch 


and we all made cards to enter the challenge.

There were a couple of other challenges including a treasure hunt and an Australian themed Christmas card.

I made 2 cards, both of which I forgot to take a pic of, and one of them I gave ti Kylie as a thank you card. I will try and remember to get a pic of the other one. 

Everyone's creations!

I created a few journal pages too which will be on my blog this week.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Journal 52 - week 27

Week #27
“First Kiss”
Create a spread honours a first kiss – first ever, first in a relationship, first kisses to come.