Thursday 18 July 2013

Any thrifty crafters out there????

Hi there!
I have been so busy this week I have not had a spare moment to blog! But hopefully change is afoot! This year I have gone from a full time job which I dropped down to part time to take on another part time role I was offered out of the blue, so working full time hours between 2 jobs has meant a very hectic life and it wasn't sustainable so this week was the last week of my notice period and next week my first week with just one part time job!
It was not an easy decision and will mean cut backs and lots of planning! We need to budget and plan meals to start with and see what that brings! This also means a bit of thrifty crafting too!
I have plenty of stash so will continue my clear out but would love some thrifty tips!
Lisa x

Thursday 4 July 2013

Dates for your diary!

My diary is such a mess!! I am that busy these days currently juggling 2 part time jobs (although I am working my notice on one of them!) and running my craft classes, workshops and demos! I struggle with how to keep my diary, electronic or paper and at the moment seem to be keeping both! I like an electronic diary as i can schedule my craft classes that are monthly and it just repeats them without me giving it a second thought but i can scribble on paper so tend to always seem to return to that!!
Either way, I have some dates for those local readers of mine!
Friday 12th July - Papercraft Class - Low Hill Community Centre - 7pm - 9pm
Saturday 13th July - Technique Class - Hobbycraft Wolverhampton - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunday 21st July - Parent and Child Craft Class - Hobbycraft Wolverhampton - 1pm - 2pm
Tuesday 30th July - Papercraft Class - Hobbycraft Wolverhampton - 9:30am - 11:30am
Saturday 3rd August - Die Cutting Demonstration - Hobbycraft Telford - 11am - 3pm
I am going to start popping the upcoming dates in my side bar too with more details on the events page!

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Crafty clear out

I have updated the for sale page (tab across the top!) and will be adding some more items tomorrow too, if you want anything the rules are on the page! Enjoy!

Monday 1 July 2013

Butterflies and flowers craft class

I wanted to show one of my recent classes (I have a couple to blog but am a little behind so thought I would share my favourite first!!) You all know I have a love of the colour pink and an addiction to dies so this was a selfishly designed class using my fave colours and lots of die cutting!!
the box above and below was die cut using the sizzix favour box die, I like its simplicity as you can decorate it for absolutely anything, the flower was again a sizzix die cut and I showed my class how to add shape and dimension to their flower die cutting using a stylus (one of those pen like tools with a small metal ball on the end) and a foam mat (a mouse mat turned over will do the trick too!!)
After inking the edges of the flower you simply use the stylus to draw from the centre of the flower all of the way down the petals.
When doing my last couple of  Hobbycraft demos I have had this out on the table and it has got lots of ooohs and ahhhs so i think it is a technique I will demo more in future!
We also made a matching card and tag, we added a lattice die cut to the bases of these and then embossed it to give it a different look
Lastly is the main card we made, I absolutely love this card!!
I demonstrated to the class how to cut a frame using framelits dies and also how to stamp through the waste like a stencil
I was having a play with the photos i had taken and made this cool header for my written tutorial, I think i will do that for all of my tutorials now as i really like the look!
I will be back with more later on in the week, i have a craft room to tidy and next weeks class to prep!
Lisa xxx