My little crafting world....

Hi all
I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my other social media pages:
Crafty hugs & stuff


Wednesday 27 March 2013

I just finished my fab Sister's birthday card and this is the only place I can post the pic as I don't think she's even aware yet that I have a blog! I loved the colours and might also use them for my Daughter's 18th Birthday which is on Tuesday!!!There is an acetate front which you can't really see. Hope she likes it!
Suz x
First I covered mount board with a page from an old handwriting book, painted over it with white chalky paint, coloured with some green & blue cosmic shimmers.
 I cut the letters from plain black card & flower roses from white patterned card roses using my Cricut. I coloured the roses & the two larger flowers with cosmic shimmer sprays glued them and added a pearl in the centre of each using Creative Expressions glue. I coloured the letters by stamping with Versamark then dusting with cosmic shimmer mica powders then went over with Crackle Gaze. I stamped the image using a free stamp from a Papercraft mag (Stamp by Jayne Nestorenkos) coloured with promarkers and sprayed the girls & flowers with Spray & Shine from Crafters Companion to give a sheen
I then put it all together onto blue/ green textured cardstock, concertina folded the sides and added acetate for the cover. There is also a stand at the back which I've border punched - just peeping at the bottom.
 I might enter it for a couple of challanges if I can work out how!

Sunday 24 March 2013

Thanks so much to all the girls for the fab workshop yesterday, really busy, got lots done! You were all so wonderful, and your creations were lovely. Hope you enjoyed the inky play at the end too. xx
Bunny Love!

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Wedding Anniversary card

Made this for a family members 20th Wedding Anniversary (China - hence the cups & saucers!).

Tuesday 19 March 2013

So I decided to try and enter a few challanges. The biggest challenge is on how to go about it as I'm such a non-gadget girl and trying to upload things is a nightmare (hence the lack of pics on my blog-note to self, GET HELP!!). These are for the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challange Anyway here goes... and tutorial below.

It worked!!!

I love these and they are so simple to make:
  • Die cut white shrink plastic with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die 1 x largest, 2 times medium and 3x smaller flower)
  • Punch holes in the larger floweres where the 'jump rings' will need to go
  • Colour using alcohol inks
  • Shrink each of the flowers and mould the petals upwards to shape while still warm (but not hot!)
  • Glue flowers together and add pearls in the middle as shown, using glossy accents.
  • Attach chain, some glass beads and the earring and clasp findings and "ta-dahhh"
I'll be running a workshop on shrink plastic jewellery after Easter, contact me if you are interested.

Saturday 16 March 2013

Fab morning yesterday 'Getting Crafty' for Comic Relief. Huge thanks to those who donated gifts, entered competitions, gave money, and were just generally lovely company.

Friday 8 March 2013

Lots of crafty play in the last few days with some old favourites: Wednesday afternoon it was shrink plastic, die cut then coloured with alcohol inks and Promarkers. Yesterday it was salt dough which was an experience: I stamped into some and used shape cutters for some. Lessons learnt: 1. you need a deeply etched stamp as the images sink a bit during drying, 2. if placing on a rack to dry make sure it is a fine mesh ie with the wires not too large of far apart (mine was not and the images I placed have lost shape as they sank between the metal wires of the grill). 3. Don't make too much - it gets boring and now I've got three trays of shapes to store during drying and to decorate after, and I still have two batches of dough I didn't use!!!

Please note the picture on my mug of tea!

Friday 1 March 2013

Something a bit different. And I now KNOW I am lethal with both UTEE and a heatgun, got into a right old mess with both! Funny though, and I'll definitely play again.