Thursday, 20 October 2016

How I reached and achieved a six months no spend on craft stuff | Top tips on how you can too

Hello there, firstly I apologise for my absence on here lately, this is down to me re-evaluating things and putting my energy into organising my life and finding the right balance to put into my crafting, as at times I've been crafting to just to get my work on my blog and now think I need to start crafting for me first. From now on I'm going to focus more on the quality of my work than the quantity of my blog posts, I so hope you agree with me on this one? Yes there will be slightly fewer posts each month but I'm hoping there will be of higher standard and I'm hoping to do more tutorials, tips and tricks posts too if you like this one.

Right on with the the blogpost, back earlier in the year I decided to have a massive craft stash sort out, I took no prisoners and really got rid of a awful lot of stuff, things I'd not used for years to brand new things that were just sitting in a drawer. I was totally ashamed and astonished at how much I'd collected over the years. From that point I sat there and set myself a more purchasing craft things, I didn't know how long it would last or if I could do it...but I did and in September I reached six months no spend. Which I am totally thrilled about it and very proud that I've managed to do it. Below is some tips and tricks on how you can do the same, or save money on your crafting. So hope you don't think I'm preaching as that's not how I wanted to put it across, its just to help others in crafting life.    

Willpower  is definitely needed !!!!  

  • Blitz your craft room /space or area, look through everything you have and ask yourself this, do you use it? have you used it lately? do I need it? Be ruthless and just keep the things you really do use or will use. I found this part of the process totally refreshing and therapeutic, it certainly spurred me to carry on. The things you no longer have many options to head, personally mine was donated to a local charity shop but you can donate to schools, charitable organisations or of course you can sell them on auction sites, car boot and jumble sales near you.
  • Use what you have already, that is the obvious I suppose, but we all have craft supplies that we may have only used on or maybe twice, like clear stamps a lot of us use a couple of the stamps in set and put them back in our storage boxes. Well get them out and play about with them and see what else you can with those supplies, believe me you will be surprise what you can make with them.
  • If you already own a electronic die cutting machine, see this as free shop at home as you can design your own cutting files or use elements you're already purchased. Lately I've been loving the stitched A2 (US) panels and instead of purchasing dies I created my own. Also is abundance of FREE cutting files you can pick up on the internet (as long as you make sure to adhere to their copyright and angel policy) both Birds Cards and Miss Kate Cuttables are very good. Also you can do a whole lot more than cut just cutting files, you can create your own stencils, embossing folders, stickers and of course decorations for the home. 
  • CD ROM papercrafting for backing papers....Yes you heard right...CDRoms don't seem to be used as much as they use to be these days, I'm a massive fan of them because you can print as many as you want and have them at home on hand when you need them, like having a little FREE craft shop at home day or night. Printing them these days is more economical when you use super smooth card or paper and print on just normal settings, you don't need all singing and dancing printer as mine is only about £49.99 and that was couple of years back. I've decided once all my paper pads have been used up I vowed that I won't be purchasing anymore and use solely CD ROMS to print off backing papers. 
  • Making your own card blanks and envelopes, this is a major saving when crafting as pre packed card blanks can be expensive. I use two different score boards for making my own and had these score boards for many years now, for card blanks I use big score board and for making envelopes I use the Envelobox board. 
  • Embrace D.I.Y !! You won't believe what you can find online or even pinterest on how to make your own crafting tools, like when I made my very own DIY Stamping tool that was found on Youtube. You can make your own texture paste, mini blending tools and so much more with household items you may already have. Just search online and you will be surprise what you can come up with.

We are so very lucky to have such wonderful craft industry and we see so much new and amazing products every month and we would all like to own it all, but most of us just don't have that sort of budget, so the next time you see something you want, try to see if you can create it yourself using what you have already have. I use to feel that I needed to have the latest things to be modern and on trend but I've realised you don't have too. 

I so hope you're enjoyed this post and would love your feedback on the subject and hear if you agree or if you found this of help to you. Would you like more tutorials and craft advice in the near future?         


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Thank You | Lawn Fawn

Hello there, well today I'm sharing with you a card that was made over the weekend, yes it's a another thank you card...but it seems that I am sending out so many of these thank you cards out at the moment that I need to make more.     

Started with stitched panel created in the silhouette software and cut on the silhouette, Then using my DIY stamping tool I stamped the first flower from Lawn Fawn Flutter by set using versafine onyx black ink, then masked the first flower with a piece of sticky note that I then cut out to create mask to stamp the second flower and the same for the third flower. Using Uni 0.1 fineliner to fill in any gaps from the stamping. Coloured in the images using colouring pencils . 

Again using my DIY stamping tool stamped thank you from Clearly Besotted Mini Message set using versafine onyx black ink just below the flowers. Applied double sided foam tape to the back of the panel and adhere to the A2 US size card which I made. Adhered three clear iridescent sequins using micro glue dots and I decide to add three self adhesive gems to the sequins to finish.  

Well as you can see I managed to replace my camera towards the end of last week, if you follow me on social media you may of heard about my camera saga, but for those who did not I'll cut a long story short. My previous camera was only 16 months old and it just broke down one day and the stockist from which I purchased it from wouldn't do anything about repairing it, but anyway I have brand new one now so hopefully you will be notice the difference. 

Do you like to send thank you cards? I like to send thank you cards and do so regularly, not just for the big things in life but for all the small things people do. 


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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Watercolouring | Giveaway

This giveaway as now ended

Hello there, I'm back to day with a card I've only just made this afternoon and decided that I would make into Thank You card and I've been looking through my craft stash and found some unused Clearly Besotted stamps, so what a better way of sharing my work with you guys than to have a giveaway and more about the giveaway will be nearer the end of this post.  

Made A2 US size card using Crelando yellow card, created a panel within silhouette software and added two diagonal stitched lines on the right side of the panel. Stamped the image from Daisy and Dandelion clear stamp set using my DIY stamping tool and versafine onyx black ink, I coloured in the image using watercolour pencils and added water using my zig water pen. (I always watercolour on a piece of hardboard and attach low tack masking tape to the edges of the panel) I always give it a quick zap with my heat tool to dry the watercolouring. 

Stamped Thank You from the Altenew stamp set from Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine, adhered double sided foam tape to the back of the panel and attached to the card blank. To finish I added a few clear enamel dots I made from Anita's 3D glue gel on piece of craft mat and left to dry and adhere the finish dots with zig fine glue pen.   

To be in with a chance of winning this finished card and the set of Clearly besotted stamps, all you have to do is to leave a comment below. You have up to Wednesday 28th September 2016 10am BST to enter, this is open internationally too. The giveaway will be random using Go on give it ago, you never know it could be you.  The winner will be announced soon after this date. 

I'm still having problems with my camera and lighting, so I'm sorry about the photos, just hoping I can fix this problem very soon.   


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Daisy and Dandelion stamps used have been retired  

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Simon Says Stamp Challenge | Movie & Clean and Simple

Hello there, as the title suggests I've been creating a card this week for the challenges at Simon says stamp, which Monday's challenge is At the Movie's and Wednesday's is CAS. So I thought about my favourite film that's been my favourite since I was little, you might of already guess it...yes it was set in New York!! Well if you haven't already guessed it's Home Alone 2 Lost in New York. When this is on TV it makes me think of Christmas and get all warm and cosy. If you're not seen this movie yet, I'd highly recommend  you watch it.     

Made A2 US size card from black card, opened the silhouette software and created stitched rectangle then created a internal offset rectangle to create frame and added an element I purchase from silhouette store called New York Skyline by Studio Calico into the middle of the frame and once I released compound path, I welded them together then cut it out the silhouette.     

Next I rubbed a little cornflour over the panel to remove any static, using my DIY stamping tool I stamped "A Little Note" from Clearly Besotted Mini Messages with perfect medium and poured over WOW bright white embossing powder and heat set with heat tool. Cut a piece of Crelando sky blue card to fit slightly smaller than the panel itself and adhered to the card with double sided tape. Applied double sided foam tape to the back of the panel and adhere to the card, finished off with a few sequins and I adhere them using micro glue dots.  

I always fancied visiting New York since I was child, as I can imagine it's like walking onto a real working film set. Flying is not my thing at all as I have serious fear of flying! I went to Florida many years ago that flight was traumatic enough to have put me right off flying. Sorry if the photos don't look as good as they usually do, but I'm having a few problems with the lighting and my camera at moment even with using my Ikea lamp the photos are coming out with pink tint for some reason, so I will have to look into that for next time, I suppose all the sunshine we had does'nt help.

This will be entered into the following challenges

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge BlogSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

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