Spring Fling Blog Hop

Hi there! How are you ?

Today I’ve a project on the Winnie and Walter blog joining in with Shay for a prizes galore blog hop.

17 fabulous stamp and papercraft companies have got together to do a special blog hop and will be giving away 17 prizes to 17 lucky winners!


I created something  inspired by The Card Concept “Fresh Flutters” photo challenge and used In Bloom: Addie’s Garden and In Bloom: Addie’s Garden Cutaways for the flowers and leaves and cut out the butterflies using Essentials: Audrey Cutaways and the sentiment is In a Word: Congrats Cutaway. I loosely coloured in the flowers using Distress inks. 


The butterflies are attached to some coiled coloured wire. It’s hard to see them, but if you peer hard, the colour of the wire matches the colour of the butterfly. The congrats is die cut and then white gel pen dots added in the centre of each letter. 

I cut out over 20 of the flowers (!) stamping in Metro Grey hybrid ink (a brilliant versatile ink from Tonic Studios that you can use for alcohol inks or watercolours or heat dried on non-porous surfaces) arranging onto an acetate semi circle and the blue bottom is supposed to be a blue vase.

Hopefully it is giving a spring vibe and there are a whole lot more beautiful projects on the hop so do take time to see if you fancy prizes and inspiration too! 

First stop is DeNami Designs! (who organised this Hop!)

I’m just prepping to go and demonstrate for Fiskars at the Spring Knitting and Stitching show at the Highland Show centre in Edinburgh. Do say hi if you’re going to be there! 

See you soon! 

Keren x

April 25, 2017 at 7:55 am 2 comments

Tonic Studios Delicate Detail Stamp set

Hi! Hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter. We spent it at church and with our family and I didn’t eat a lot of chocolate as was too busy cooking!

During the Easter weekend, Tonic Studios launched their Delicate Detail stamp sets over on Hochanda and they were really well received. This is the first of two posts showing some of my samples for the launch to give you an idea of what you can create with them.

First up is a box – a simple pizza  box with some basic layers and very simply gold embossed with the beautiful henna stamp.

The tag is using the set of 4 clear sentiments that come with the whole range. At present the sets are only available from Hochanda as one complete set but they will in time, be available separately.

This second project uses one of my favourite styles- the ‘off the page’ with acetate structure behind and lots of fussy cutting from the stamp I’ve photographed alongside.

You can see more of the detail here- the leaves are simply coloured with alcohol markers. It’s hard to see, but the base card is actually purple.

This card was hard to photograph with the lighter colours. Its one of the gorgeous Vintage stamps white embossed and coloured with Distress inks. Simple, but grouped a little differently to give a contemporary look.

This last one is using the henna circle again- but done in a very easy project. We had to prepare some easy demos for Paula Pascual so she could do demonstrations in super quick time.

I’ve loved creating with this stamp set collection and hope you’ll enjoy using them too!

Enjoy the rest of your Easter break and I’ll be back with the second part of projects using this set

xx

April 17, 2017 at 11:38 am 7 comments

Brand New Kori Kumi Collection! 

Hi! Hope you’re having a lovely day. 

I’m here with a project using the brand new Kori Kumi collection by Santoro brought to you by Craft Consortium! 

Is she gorgeous! This is using one of the stamp sets. So clever to create a  watermelon umbrella! 

The paper is from the 8×8 paper pack collection– all beautiful designed so that you can use the packaging as well as the contents! 

I’ve coloured using alcohol markers and Prismacolor pencils. I wanted her to look like the umbrella had her flying! 

She’s just fun!

I wouldn’t mind one of those umbrellas, nor having a flight right now! Anything t avoid all this rain. My daughter who is watermelon mad, will absolutelY LOVE this range!

I’ll be back with some more samples using this lovely new range. Hope you like it! Crafts Consortium have brought an even wider range of Kori Kumi so do look out for it in your local craft store or Amazon

Keren xx

March 22, 2017 at 2:36 pm 12 comments

Uniko Studios Originally Organic Additions

Happy Monday everyone! 

I have put in so much time completing work recently that I managed to carve out a little time recently to create with some non-work products. 

I’m so glad I got the chance to make this one! 

I met Bev from Uniko Studios a year or so back at the Port Sunlight show. She’s really lovely and is exhibiting again this year I think too. I spend so much time using products from the US ( which I love!) but it’s only right to support companies from the UK- and I love she manufactures her stamps here too! 

This set is from a recent new release and is a follow up from a previous set (which is gorgeous!) called Originally Organic Additions


I did contemplate cutting apart the heart shaped foliage image as with clear stamps, it’s so easy to re-line them up, but played with just the individual foliage image and did a whole lot of fussy cutting!!

I inked the stamps with a subtle mixture of distress inks and distress oxide. The flowers are coloured simply with Zig Clean Color markers and there are lots of little gel pen dotted details. 

I love how Uniko provides the solid and outline images in the set. Makes for such a more versatile set. There’s another brand release just out- so do go and visit the Uniko blog to see.

I’m off on Wednesday to visit the NEC for Fiskars- so I’ll try and update you as to what’s going on at the show!

Have a really lovely day,

Keren xx

March 13, 2017 at 9:34 am 10 comments

Stampin’Up! Letters For You! 

Hello! How are you all? Welcome to some new followers; it’s lovely having you here! 

Today I just wanted to pop on quickly and show you a card I created using 3 new Stampin’Up! sets;

‘Letters For You’; 

 which are the lovely distressed looking letters, ‘Falling Flowers’ 
which is the foliage on the cards and ‘Number of Years‘ which is some of the little flowers and a superbly useful number set


The letters and numbers are quite sizeable and great for scrapbooking too. Each letters/number height is 5cm. You can get matching dies for the numbers and letters if you can’t be fussed cutting them out! 

I’m placing an order shortly and hosting a party on hopefully Friday March 24th so do drop me a line if you fancy coming or just want to get any of these sets and I’ll sort you out! 

I love the way that because of the size of the letters, I could add the sentiment placement around the letter and give it a really different look! Oh, and my stamping isn’t dodgy- they’re supposed to look that way! No; really!!

Better go; I have multiplying mountains of washing that are looking at me menacingly! 

See you soon

Keren xx

March 11, 2017 at 11:16 am 6 comments

Fiskars And Kindness At Stitches

Hi lovely blog friends! I wanted to show you a bit from the Stitches show at the NEC a couple of weeks ago.

I was very fortunate to have been asked to attend and demonstrate for Fiskars with their Sewing & Haberdashery tools. This in itself was both funny and scary. I am really comfortable demonstrating papercrafting having done it for so long, but Quilting and Patchwork and Sewing? That’s another story.

I have to admit that once I’d dusted off my sewing machine, I absolutely loved the challenge and enjoyed learning new skills and getting to grips with some brilliant tools. The ‘wow’ tool of the show had to be the Fabric Circle Cutter which makes light (& quick) work of creating circles from fabric. You could also use it for paper, but that’s another discussion, and I wanted to focus on the sewists tools.

Sewists. Yup. New word to me too. Asking people whether they’re a sew-er doesn’t slip quite as easily off the tongue when you’re actually trying to avoid calling them ‘sewers’ (as in the waste disposal kind!). You can see the tool in this picture below.

 

It comes as a plastic template with an orange rotating tool that fits into the template’s channels. It’s kind of challenging for me to describe it in words, which is why I’ll be creating a video very shortly to give a run down of the latest tools and some cross-over tools for papercrafters too.

See the fabric above? Yes, it’s gorgeous isn’t it. That really was one of the highlights of the show for me. A little story about kindness.

I was at the desk demonstrating the circle cutting tool over and over and over again. It was a tool that so many attendees wanted to see in action and because of this, we went through a lot of fabric. I’d brought some with me, Enfys even went out and purchased some extra, but we still were rocketing through it. On the Monday morning I spoke to our team and decided to try and beg, borrow or ..beg for some more fabric. There were quite a lot of fabric wholesalers present. This is a trade only show and was a wonderful showcase of some of the best products in the Quilting and Papercrafting world.

I went to two different places first- both recommended to me to see if they had some offcuts. Neither were able to help and I was wondering whether I’d need to cut circles in my skirt at this rate! I happened upon a stand called Fabric Freedom who had the most incredible collection and there were 100’s of fat quarters everywhere. I asked the lovely staff if there were any offcuts I could have, asking if we could do a trade; some amazing Fiskars scissors in return.

They sorted out a massive bunch of Fat Quarters, way beyond what I’d hoped for and didn’t even expect the scissors in return. I did pop back, with some of the Classic Fiskars and some gorgeous fashion inspired scissors too. The man even offered to give us some more if we ran out. I was blown away by his generosity. People in the industry do know who are the good guys and these were certainly some of the nicest and kindest that I’d met.

We took some of his business cards and made sure that as I demoed, I talked about the company and sent a few his way. I am going to create a project using their fabric , but due to work commitments I’ve not had time yet. Instead, here’s one of the projects I made when prepping for the show. Suffolk Puffs or Yo-Yo’s are so easy. Just cut out a circle, put a running stitch around the outer edge, pull the threads together tight and then flatten it. This was how I made this wreath, using fabric from Aldi; yes, Aldi! It was a beautiful set of Fat Quarters and perfect for this project.

The other highlight of Stitches was meeting and working with the Fiskars team. My demo buddy was the incomparable Kath Stewart who showed me the ropes and kept us all entertained. She’s one of the funniest people ever and I was so glad to have spent the few days with her. Next up would have to be the wonderful Enfys Cashmore who runs the Fiskarettes Facebook page and runs the Design Team too. She’s been a real help and is funny and lovely and so very supportive.

I couldn’t leave out Diane Williams from the Design Team either- she bought such a lovely gift which included some incredible chocolate! It was so lovely to finally meet her. I didn’t stop laughing or chatting the entire time. I have some more dates to demonstrate Fiskars tools, so if you’re at the Sewing For Pleasure show at the NEC March 16-19th, do come to the Siesta stand and say Hi! We’re next door to the Hobbycrafts show, so there’ll be plenty to see!

It wasn’t all work though, the lovely Enfys and Kath and I went out for a couple of meals. This was a particularly memorable one where Kath was trying to work out the provenance of a cow on the menu. I think the whole restaurant could hear us laughing! It was fun meeting Xavier from France and Steve from the UK side too. I continued to be really impressed with Fiskars; their tools, their care for their staff and the way they operate. I’m now building quite a wonderful collection of their products!

See you soon,

off to do some more sewing!

xx

March 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm 2 comments

Fiskars Feather Punch

Hey! 

Sorry I’ve been absent. I’ve been away working at a trade show and lots of magazine work. I do have lots of posts coming to try and keep you all updated. I’ve a run down of the Stitches show coming tomorrow but for today, quite possibly the simplest card ever but using one punch and some lovely rainbow coloured scraps.

Working with Fiskars design team has taken me right back to my crafty beginnings; so many of us began with punches. It’s easy to dismiss them as beginners tools, but they’re so much more than that and have really made me think more creatively. Add to that, there’s no faffing around positioning dies etc etc and you have a super speedy make.

Fiskars have brought out a whole series of new shapes, in the handheld, the power punches, squeeze tools and the border punches. This feather shape is a squeeze punch which are really fab for those who struggle with traditional style punches. 

Just grab a load of scraps of paper, punch, position and add a little sentiment from a Mama Elephant set ( Wanderlust).

I’ll be back tomorrow with another post and a normal schedule of blogging! 

xx

March 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm 4 comments

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