Saturday, 27 September 2014

Holiday time!




No posts for the last week I'm afraid as I have been away on my hols. We went to Old Colwyn and had a lovely time. The scenery was beautiful and I got lots of crafty inspiration

Monday, 8 September 2014

Mish mash

This week has been about catching a few minutes here and there to craft so I have been doing random bits and pieces. 
I have done a bit of jewellery... 
I have made a bespoke card for a customer... 

I have practiced book folding...

And I have been promoting my button selling page between all this. 
I have had a very busy week what with Thomas going back to nursery school and Daniel teething but it's nice to keep my hand in and craft when I can. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Something new

Today I fancied trying something new so I have had a go at book folding. I have seen lots of examples of this and some of them are incredible. 
I bought some hardback books at the charity shop the other day on anticipation of this and today I finally got around to giving it a whirl. 
This is the book I started with 
It took a while juggling a sick baby and a little boy who had a very bad dream but I finally got it finished 
I am quite pleased with it. It is nowhere near perfect but good for a first go I think. 
I don't think I am ever going to settle with what I'm currently doing. I am constantly seeing new things I want to try. 
I have 11 more of these books to try out different patterns so I'm looking forward to that!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The 'C' Word

It's that time of year again, the time of year when crafters start thinking about the biggest event in the crafting calendar... Christmas! Personally I love Christmas and this love has grown since I have had children. 
Last Christmas was the first one I had found the crafting bug for and I spent a lot of time making hand sewn fabric and felt Christmas decorations 
I did manage to sell a few and also did my first Christmas craft fair. 

This year I am hoping to expand my range of Christmas items. Obviously I am going to make Christmas cards but I have also gotten some Christmas fabric (which I love!) to make some bunting. 
When I get some time for sewing I have lots I want to try before Christmas and hopefully will get to do a couple of fairs. 

I am going to try and make most of my family something for Christmas so I suppose I better crack on! 

Happy Crafting Christmas!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Practice makes perfect... I hope!

I have been practising inking techniques this week when I have had time. I have made a few errors that I have not been able to salvage and a few that I have. I haven't yet produced a card that I am 100% happy with but I'm hoping I will get better with practice. 
I have always started off by producing a background piece 
This one I was not very happy with as the colours haven't blended  very well. However I kept it as I thought I might still be able to use it. 
I also did a couple that I was happy with that I stamped onto 
I love the pale colours on the square one and the foliage stamped onto the yellow one. 
The red piece from earlier I (think) I managed to rescue by using a larger stamp on it 
Personally I think it looks alright! 
Here are the finished cards 

Friday, 22 August 2014

Creative kids!

I have always loved being creative even if I didn't know I was 'crafting' and I want to start my children off young. Thomas is 3 next month and he loves being creative.
 He enjoys singing and dancing and putting in shows and he loves making birthday cards for family members. He has just started nursery school and has developed a love of painting and colouring. 
I often get him these books that to add water to a picture and these will keep him occupied for hours 
I try and do things with him such as painting and baking but also let him play with buttons and things. As he gets older I hope to develop his love of being creative and teach him to express himself. Daniel is 15 months and is developing his personality. 
He is proving to be completely opposite to Thomas in most respects but I hope that he will enjoy being creative as much as Thomas does. 
In the mean time here are some of Thomas's works of art! 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Quick card required

I got asked to make a sympathy card today and wanted to try out an inking technique I learnt at a workshop. I started by inking a piece of backing card. 

I then stamped my main image onto white card and coloured using spectrum noir markers. 

I then layered my inked card onto purple card then onto my main card. 
I stamped a few daisys and a sentiment straight onto my inked card. 

It took about 30 minutes all together and I am pleased with the result. I really love the blended inks in the background. I hope the customer is as pleased. 


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Introductions

Hi everyone. This is my first blog and I am brand new to all of this so I think a brief introduction is in order.
My name is Emily and I am 27. I am married to Liam and have two boys Thomas who's two and Daniel who's one. I started dabbling in craft after having my second son and initially had a go at making memory wire bracelets. That has progressed and I now do quite a lot of jewellery making.
I also have taken up sewing. I started making hanging hearts and felt christmas decorations and since then have been bought a sewing machine. My favourite things to make on the sewing machine is bags but I am in the middle of my first item of clothing which is a dress for myself.
I have recently been dabbling in papercraft and have had my handmade greetings cards in a shop for two months now. All the buttons in the shop feature buttons.
Today I attended a card making workshop and it has sparked my enthusiasm for making cards. I don't have a lot of knowledge of different techniques but I enjoy learning and want to try new things.
I have tried out a lot of different crafts and have enjoyed most of them!
This blog is going to be about my crafty journey, learning and trying new things and my successes and failures.
Things that are successful will make it onto my facebook page www.facebook.com/floralfancy