Thursday, 27 August 2015

National Beading Week
Secret Beadalong

Pattern by Jean Power

One month to go and this is my choice of items from the list of ingredients we have been given.

We were also given details to get a head start on making a bezel for the rivoli's (the bright pink crystals.

The evening before day 1, Jean emailed the instructions for the first pendant

Day 2 - Pendant 2

Day 3 - Pendant 3

Day 4 - Pendant 4

Day 5 - Pendant 5

Day 6 & 7 we made the necklace for the pendants.  The final picture below is my finished necklace.
Hope you like it as much as I do, I thoroughly enjoyed this project and have no hesitation in taking part again next year if there is a Secret Beadalong.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Long Absense

Oh my God, I can't believe that it has been 13 months since I was last on here blogging ..............

Such a lot has happened:-

1st July 2014 I decide to start my own business and see if I can sell some of my products instead of giving them away.  I have been to business market events, fetes and fairs to varying amounts of success, but it means that I get my name out there, so if you see Saffron Crafty Creations come and say hello!

I now work two afternoons a week at Tanzee Designs, which is brilliant, except that I get over whelmed with ideas on things I want to make next, I have a huge pile of projects now waiting to be completed and that is without any orders!

I still make cards and I love getting messy with some of the different techniques.

I started this year running some workshops at Tanzee Designs using seed beads, I started out with a Hugs and Kisses bracelet in December, in green red and gold, I changed it to dark blue after Christmas:

Dark Blue Hugs & Kisses

Christmas Hugs & Kisses using silver instead of gold

The Hugs & Kisses bracelet is a two needle technique, so I started to teach the Flat Spiral which is a lovely tutorial for a beader just beginning their journey.

Flat Spiral
I then found another pattern using superduo beads (twin holed beads) and this is a super easy design
Nice and Easy Superduo Bracelet.
In September I am adding another design to the mix, this is called Vintage Bracelet, again it using two needles but is much simpler than the Hugs & Kisses.
Vintage Bracelet

I have been decorating some MDF hearts and these are prooving to be popular

A card for a Hand Fasting Ceremony

A Wedding card for a special couple

Birthday card for a special Man in my life.

Finally, the biggest change over the last 12 months is the latest addition to our family, Rocky was adopted last June as his previous owners circumstances had changed and we think he's adorable, but he's definitely my dog, lol

I think this post has been a bit long, so thank you for your time in catching up with me and I will be back  ..................

See you again

Saturday, 17 May 2014


Hello Everyone,

The sun is shining and at last the temperature has warmed up at last, just need my hubby to get my summer clothes from the loft as I'm starting to melt!  lol.

I have been up to lots of lovely things both in card making/papercrafting and jewellery making.

I hope to  have some news to share with you later next month!  In the meantime here are pictures of some of the things I have made since my last post:

Owl is by Same Poole, Creative Expressions, this was designed by Sandy at Sparkle Dreams and was from the last workshop.

Made for my brother for his birthday this month, used Woodware Fluff It on the clouds and a Marianne Die for the motorbike.

Male Birthday card, I just love this stamp, the motorbike is a Marianne Die.

Cut out on the Cameo, this was for a card swap with Silhouette Crafting Friends for May.

for a birthday swap with Silhouette Crafting Friends, cut out using the Cameo.

A tutorial by Beadifulnights.  The photo doesn't do this set justice. 

Made at May's workshop hosted by Out of the Blue, Amy & Carol.  A chocolate wrapper!

Cloudy glass beads and findings used to make this gorgeous bracelet.

From a You-Tube tutorial by Beadifulnights, excellent tuition by Aleisha.

from another You-Tube tutorial by Beadifulnights.

I hope you like my creations and I will be back again with updates on latest makes.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Card Workshop March 2014


What a mixture of weather we are getting at the moment, sun one minute and the next we are getting hailstones and rain!

Thursday 20th March saw us at the Card Workshop in Chipping Sodbury led by Amy and Carole.  Carole's team made a card  using a technique she had seen and liked by Sue Wilson, the card I made that night is below:


7" x 7" white base card

1 - white square 6.5" x 6.5"
1 - white square 5" x 5"
1 - white square 4" x 4"
Extra piece of white card for stamping out the flowers
1 - black square card 6.9" x 6.9"
1 - black square card 5.3" x 5.3"
1 - black square card  4.3" x 4.3"

Distress Inks (3 shades)
Woodware Flower
Water spritzer
double sided tape or glue
foam pads
black Pencil
Sentiment Stamp


Spodge the distress inks on to a heat resist craft mat and spritz with water, swirl the card over the inks and ensure that all the white is covered, then use a heat tool dry the card, if you are too impatient to wait for it to air dry. Temporarily layer the squares on to each other using a tiny amount of double sided tape.  Using the floral stamp ink up with  black archival ink and stamp across all three layers.  Gentle take apart the layers then matt on to the black card squares.  Don't forget to stamp additional flowers so that they can be layered.  Add embellishments and a sentiment as desired.

These instructions were courtesy of Carole and Sue Wilson.

I was really pleased that I finished the card in the session this month.  I really enjoyed making it so on Friday saw me make another, with a slight variation.  I used a different flower stamp also from Woodware and I used Cosmic Shimmer mist to add a sheen to the background, the sentiment stamp is from Phill Martin.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Computer Problems

Hello Everyone!

I hope that you are all well and are enjoying the sunshine, isn't it gorgeous!

I am sorry for the lack of blogging, but I had a problem with my computer, thankfully it wasn't terminal.

I have been doing quite a few workshops recently at Tanzee Designs in Wootton Under Edge, I have taken some photo's of the jewellery I have made, I hope you like them.

This is a necklace that hasn't got a fastening.

This bracelet was made using seed beads.

This is a shamballa style bracelet and seed beads in a daisy design.

I have also made a some other pieces and thought I would share these as well:
This bracelet has been crocheted using S-Lon.

This bracelet I have made for my Mum, using faux pearls and elephant charms
This is sample of the wire wrapped brooch I was determined to master after the class.  It can be either a brooch or pendant.

I have also been to Sparkle Dreams in Swindon and participated in a couple of their workshops and had a lovely time making the following cards:

This was my first attempt at this style of card and I quite like the effect

This workshop was named Emerging colours, you stamp a multi coloured background and then stamp with versamark and use clear embossing powder for the camera image, once that has been heated a black stamp pad was smeared over the top giving the above effect.

This was also from the same workshop but instead of stamping the image, patterned backing paper was used and an almost solid stamp, using the same technique as above but used  Tim Holtz distress ink (peacock colour) to high light the image.

I have also made a card using Peerless Designs Tangletastic CD 1, this was for a monthly card swap for Silhouette Crafting Friends.  I have also made a couple of other cards:

Well sorry this has been a long post, hopefully I will be able to post again next week the makes for this week.

Monday, 24 February 2014


Hello Everyone,

I hope that everyone has survived the horrendous storms of late without too much damage.  

On the 13th February Amy from Out of the Blue held her monthly Cardmaking Workshop with the assistance of Carole  8th Wonderart.  The topic for this session was to decorate an MDF shape, they had already been primed so we had 2 hours to be creative.  

I hadn't attempted this type of project before so looked forward to being creative.  You know what they say about all good plans!  Well mine didn't work out on the night,  I was too impatient to let the distress inks dry, even with a heat gun, and I ended up wiping everything off and starting again.  I think by this time the heart was very distressed and damp so it still didn't want to play, so I stopped and brought it home unfinished.

I have spent the last couple of weeks doing little bits every day and making sure that it dried thoroughly between layers.   I'm not entirely satisfied with the end result but here it is:

The stamp I used was Sun Kissed Fleur Swirls by Heartfelt Creations.
I have also been feeding my creativity making some more bracelets, using the techniques I have recently learnt courtesy of Claire Bohemian Beads who runs some of the classes for Ann at Tanzee Designs in Wotton under Edge.

I used 6mm black and silver beads for this bracelet, a black button, silver 1mm cord and silver jump rings.
This attempt was made using anodised jump rings,  these mark with pliers very easily, I will need to put something on my pliers to prevent damage in the future.
After I had made the button set I showed in my last blog I made a necklace to go with it, I enjoyed making them so much I bought a kit that used shells, there are 3 shells per link on the bracelet and is surprisingly weighty.

This bracelet was made in the shamballa style, I used 1mm black cord and three red skull beads and two red beads from my stash.

This bracelet was made using  Kumihimo braiding and gorgeous teal Toho seed beads.

Please come back and see what I have been making next, I am feeling an urge now to have a bit of break from the jewellry and create some cards or even have another go and altering a MDF shape!  Who knows what I will end up doing.

Happy Crafting and see you soon.  

Sharon.  xx