Month: January 2016

Bah Humbug Crazy Bird #379

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Love the crazy bird stamps for a Christmas card with a difference.  I’ve used the Crazy Things accessories set to add his Santa hat and deflated balloon.  I found it easier to stamp the santa hat first, then mask it off with Stix2 Masking sheets and then stamp the bird.

The bird and balloon have been coloured using the Koi Brush Pens and a little water from a waterbrush to get a lovely watercolour look.

Perfect for a Christmas card with a difference!

Happy Crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

 

OMG Tidy up my craft stuff?? #378

It comes to us all… the dreaded craft stuff tidy up!  It’s been a bit of a manic few months and when I’m busy, the craft stash piles just get bigger and bigger.  My stash is regularly back and forth between home, the shop, club and workshop venues and I’m constantly grabbing items out of boxes, so eventually it all just needs putting away and a good sort out!

I know there are a few tidy exceptions, buJan5bt most crafters I know tend to have a bit of creative craziness about their crafting area.  I don’t know about you, but I find the most difficult item to sort out is what to do with all your creations.  Some of the pieces I make I turn into cards, some are for display in the shop, but when I demonstrate I often create lots and lots of lovely artwork pieces and it’s tricky to know where to store them!

This is my work desk at the start of the process – piled high with half made artwork and samples.  I thought I would just gather everything together and sort through. I’m afraid some pieces didn’t make the grade.. not quite giving me any inspiration, so they were put in the recycling, but a lot of the half done pieces and backgrounds, I’ve kept to work on for another project.

Jan5It’s handy to have a stash of backgrounds in different mediums for those days you either want a dry background on the quick, or just don’t have the time or inclination to do the messy crafting.

Jan5aAll my finished pieces are now neatly put in one box and I have some plans up my sleeve to create them into some sort of journal or book so I get to enjoy my artwork.

So what do you find most difficult to keep tidy with your crafting?

happy crafting (or tidying)

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

Did you know our January sale is currently on in the shop – 20% off dies and stamps, 10% off beads and lots of other individual offers!  The sale runs at least to the end of this coming Saturday.