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:
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Saturday 30 November 2013

New Craft Room - work in progress!

Hello creative people.
I've not posted for a few days, but have been frantically busy preparing for a charity fundraising event in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital Charity tomorrow, where I'll be running 4 workshops and in between trying to renovate a room which will be my new Craft Room!
As you'd imagine we'd hoped it would be finished by this weekend (rofl) and instead we've had problems capping gas pipes, complications with the electrics and plaster falling off of chimney breasts and holes to fill in flooring where we took away the fire surround & hearth! Here is a pic of it as it stands. I'm still very excited with the progress but I still can't sugar soap the walls & paintwork because there's more messy remedial work to (shame!!).

In then meantime my daughter may have come down with food poisoning or a 24hour bug and I'm just praying whatever the poor girl has got that I don't flipping catch it - especially with all the work I've done for tomorrow- eeeeek!

Wish me luck.

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Journal Cover

And here is the cover of the journal, inspired by Andy Skinner, which I taught at the workshop last week. So many layers of paper, glue, inks and paint it took ages!

And here is one of the inside pages, just playing with different mediums and techniques.

I thought both of these could be entered into the Country View Crafts challenge which is 'letters' as I used die cut letters for both these pages.

Finished art journal page

I had fun preparing for my Introduction to Art Journaling workshop last week. Gave me a perfect excuse to play. I spritzed water onto my journal page, spritzed two strong colours of Luminarc sprays, then blew them around with a straw and once dry I splatted Picket Fence distress stain over and stomped it down with some force (very therapeutic)! Then today I finished the page off by cutting out images from magazines to make the mismatched character and went around the image with black ink, stamped a fab phrase from a set by Dyan Reavely and heat embossed it with white Wow powder. Finally I quilled a bright flower for her hair to be a bit contrary! This page could be perfectly innocent, or have a naughty side with those dark background colours, depends on your imagination!

Think I'll enter this into a few challenges just for fun!:

All Crafts Challenge Theme is anything goes but not cards!
 Anonymous Stamp Challenge Theme is anything/ no theme
Artistic Inspirations Challenges - theme is anything goes/ friendship
Di's Digi Designs - Girly
Musically Challenged - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (perfect theme I think!)
Punk You Girl - Angels and Demons - and I think this girl is both, if she opened her mouth wider she'd probably have fangs!
Challenges for Everybody - Anything goes
That Craft Place Ltd - Sentiment (lovely to see the fab Jools on the DT of on this site!
Craft Stamper Magazine challenge - splatter (did a fair bit of that!)

Sunday 10 November 2013

Quick JoFY Christmas card

Here is a quick Christmas card using a paper piecing technique with the lovely JoFY stamps, and )ov course) some Stickles; great for the boys (still managed to add that glitter though!).
Will enter this into the following challenges:
Sweet stamping challenge - Christmas is coming
and also their Christmas at Sweet Stamping Challenge which has a male theme
 Stamping Sensations - Christmas
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Christmas Sparkle 
Crafty Calendar Challenge Blog - All things Chrismas