Saturday, 17 May 2014

Absence

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

Hello,

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:

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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

Perseverance

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 http://craftylittleideas.blogspot.co.uk/ 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



Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Last Weeks Workshop & Activity



Hello Everyone,

I can't believe it is February already, where has the time gone. Having so much rain is awful and my thoughts and prayers go to those who have been affected in this country. However it has meant that I haven't wanted to go out, just the excuse I needed to stay in and craft.   :)

If you have been following my blog you will be aware that I have recently ventured into jewellery making, I am still making cards, but it is nice to have a choice of crafty things to do. I am currently knitting myself a cardigan as well. I have knitted my husband a pair of socks, I just need to sew them up, he does like thick socks for riding his motorbike.

I am finding that sometimes craft skills overlap, I came across a lovely design for a friendship bracelet on Craftsy which uses 8mm beads and crochet, I just had to have a go and will show the completed bracelet soon.

I went on a Basic Bead Workshop run by Claire Thomas of  Bohemianbeads at Tanzee Designs



We made a  beaded floating necklace, bracelet and earrings





Above is a button bracelet and matching earrings.  Each chain in the bracelet has two buttons one either side.




the picture above is my very first attempt at Chainmaille


 


I have shown the Kumihimo necklace before, but I have now added a lovely glass heart pendant. 



I have used a die to cut the square topper, I then used a celtic knot Dreamweaver stencil and gold paste, I distressed the patterned square by accident as I had made a mistake with the stencil and partially scrapping it off I noticed that it gave a nice distressed look.  I then matted on to white card, then onto copper mirri card and placed the topper on a 6" x 6" basic white card base.


I had seen Claire making a button bracelet during one of the Bead and Banter mornings and just had to have a go, I used 11mm 2 holed buttons and decided not to have a colour theme, which I think has worked very well.  I am part way through a matching button necklace, well it would have been criminal not to use the left over buttons.  :)

Please stay tuned for the next installment of Saffron Crafty Creations makes, who knows what we will bring next!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Zentangle 

Since I last blogged I have completed another Jewellery making workshop in wire wrapping, we made a brooch and two rings.   I haven't taken any pictures of these yet so I will show and tell later on.

On the last card making workshop Carole & Amy's project for us was utilizing Zentangle with Dreamweaver Stencils.  I did start mine during the workshop but didn't actually finish it.

I must say that I find it relaxing tangling and am eager to do more.



This was made using the Dreamweaver Stencil  of a Hot Air Balloon.  Once I finished doing the Zentangle I cut around the image and matted on to black card, then a plain white card, I printed off a background square and matted that on to the spotted pattern paper, all this was then attached to a 6" x 6" white card base.  I used enamel accents by Inkssentials for the faux brads.



Dreamweaver stencil also used for this card and the same process as above was used except that I used some ribbon on the right hand side.



This I just had to do as I love Owls and anything to do with Owls.  A Dreamweaver stencil was used yet again and the same procedure as in the first card.  I  decided that this would be suitable for one of our nephews birthdays  this year.

I am hoping that I will get some time to play with the stencil some more, I would like to see how they turn out using different mediums and techniques. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog,  keep watching this space for my next creations, see you again soon. 

Sharon xx

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Jems Designs - Enigma CD and My Latest Jewellery Creations




Hello Everyone and a very warm welcome to my new followers.

I hope you are all well and finding some time for crafting, my mojo seems to have left me, I hope it's just temporary.

I have a couple of workshops this week, the first being Tuesday morning at Tanzee Designs in Wotton Under Edge http://tanzeedesigns.co.uk/, this is for Kumihimo with Beads, I just love Kumihimo braiding I find it really relaxing.

The next is Thursday evening with Amy (from Out of the Blue Gift Shop in Chipping Sodbury) http://craftylittleideas.blogspot.co.uk/  & Carole http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/ and this workshop is a Card Making Workshop, I wonder what delights Amy has in mind this month!  It will be the first session since November and I am looking forward to going.


Enigma CD, I printed off the basic hexagon card topper and used the second largest, I also printed off the basic quick card template and intended to use that, but changed my mind, I used Tonic Studio Corner Dies round the edges raising the butterflies, I added some glitter and a purple rose.  I also made a co-ordinating insert, unfortunately I forgot to take a photo.


This was my second card using the Enigma CD, this time I used the basic quick card and a topper, I decided I wanted a decorate edge and used some black lace, and of course glitter was used on the mask and flourish.

This is the insert for the card above, I used black peel offs for the Happy Birthday on the left and just cut out and layered the inseerts.

I apologise for the quality of the photography especially with the glare from the mirri card, perhaps I ought to take a photography course next.


This is the bracelet I made at the Kumihimo with Beads workshop this morning (14th Jan 2014).  I learnt lots of tips from Claire at Tanzee Designs.  Thank you.

This Shambala bracelet I started at the bead and natter morning at Tanzee Designs last Thursday.

I also started this Kumihimo necklace at the natter morning and finished it off at home over the weekend.