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It is called crafting in bed.
And whilst every care should be taken as this one does include the use of a flame it is actually pretty easy to do (well for me I cannot speak to anyone else)


at any rate you can craft this anywhere however due to illness and lack of crafting I wanted to find some things I could easily do in bed so on my worst days I did not feel like I was missing out on at least a little bit of creativity.

Mini Album Class

This year I started volunteering to teach craft to people with mental illness. Like Me and I am sure many a crafter.

The degrees of mental illness and ability vary, so the challenge for me is to make it fun, easy enough for everyone to be able to grasp, but also challenging enough so that each thing we create does not bore those with more ability or make them feel like I am talking down to them.

For the most part I am teaching Non Crafter’s. People who truly believe they are not creative. I believe there is no such thing because everyone can do something even if it is just stamp onto a piece of cardstock.

Our resources are Limited. So I always try and think of things that are not resource heavy and that can be either used by the person making it or given as a gift.

I tend to go towards the gift giving side of things for the reason that at the end of each project coming out of it with something to give family and friends is a very good feeling. Each small win helps boost a persons confidence and that is no small thing when you are suffering with Mental Illness.

So This Album idea was created.

I made kits up and the extras will go into my etsy store at the end of this week. The Album itself is from the Quickutz Santa’s workshop die set, I use quickutz and Tim Holtz Dies within the album. Various Distress Inks, Foil Tape, Glimmer Screens, gel medium and glitter. As well as various quote stamps and a fiskars circle punch.

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For the cover We used the Tim Holtz spritz and flick technique with water. Blended layered inking over the branch, as well as on the birds using pom poms instead of blending tools (I just don’t have enough to go around and craft pom poms when on sale are a cheap alternative) It was also a good lesson on placement and using up space.

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The first page used the spritz and flick technique again and also a little inking.

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The next pages use a technique with gel medium, stencils and glitter. It was actually one of the more successful things with my group as they really enjoyed it and it was quite simple for them to do.

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The cogs and gears covered with foil tape was a little bit of a challenge the first time round. it is a little fiddly however when I gave everyone a toothpick to push the foil through to the other side (the non display side) it seemed to go a lot smoother. My group still have the sanding part of this one to do.

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some more inking and placement.

and finally

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Yep even more inking (after all practice makes perfect)

I love how this turned out each page stands on it’s own, each person has room to use whichever quotes they wish in whatever order, choose their own colour combos etc. I know it’s quite structured but not rigidly so.

So far there has not been a mistake that has not been able to be turned into a different take on the album page that it is on.

I keep reminding my class there are no mistakes not really, as crafting can be very forgiving and adaptable in that sense.

A Washi Tape Card

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This card was done super quick (and I mean like in about 20mins). It was for my Nieces birthday even though it turned out far more Masculine than I intended for it to.

I have been playing with decorated masking tapes and washi tape cards lately using my score board to get the lines needed to cover over. Though you can tell I was in a hurry as one of my lines is still wonky even with a guide.

I used my envelope guide and did my lines 3/4″ appart 3 on each corner then added the washi tape over the lines. Pretty simple but effective and something I will try again the next time I need a masculine card.

A little Tattered Inspirations

I am so lucky to be on the guest DT for Tattered Inspirations. Every parcel you receive from Carol’s etsy store is like getting an amazing gift no matter how small your order is. It is packaged with a lot of love and care.

I was so happy to have two kits to work with a blossoms and a valentines kit. Here is what I got including the extras and wrapping:
(pic to come)
The first thing in my mind that I wanted to try was Claudine Helmouths techniques with Multi Medium and transfering images onto fabric.
I love how the images turned out and the addition of the burnt edges gave them a more romantic old world charm.

Inspired by Donna Salazar’s work with Corrugated cardboard and my love of recycling I turned a box flap into an album. (you paint one side of the flap with water let it seep in and peel back to reveal some or all of the corrugated card underneath), I painted it white and then used matt multi medium and glittered each piece before sticking the flat sides together.

Then it was just a matter of choosing quotes and assembling my wee album with some jump rings. I then pulled out my score board and made a lovely red box for the Album to sit in and viola a valentines day gift of a lovely romantic sort for someone very special (it could easily with the changing of a few quotes make a lovely mothers day gift or friendship gift.)

So here are the pics








and with a little cranberry colour wash and some leftovers here is a card I made as well


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A wedding Card

I am so happy to be able to share this with you based on this prima tutorial with my own spin ( I don’t own plain circle dies so used scallops and also did my own thing  with the rest of the card)

I made this card for a friend who is getting married she is using lilac as one of her colours and it is a garden wedding so I wanted the card to match in with the theme a little.

I also have to admit I did not look at the tutorial again once I started. Though I am really happy with my take on the card 🙂 and the Bride to be loved it as well and that is the most important thing.

So here are the pics

Closed Card



and a closer view of the inside