Sunday, 31 August 2014

Heartfelt Creations Retreat Day 1

As well as attending a Heartfelt Creations workshop, I also attended a retreat with them and Oyster Stamps and had a great 2 days.  The projects were fairly similiar to the workshop  in that they were trying to teach the techniques rather than cutting and layering but used different stamps sets and not all of the cards had flowers on them this time.

I though that the workshop organisation was really good - just a shame that the hotel let it down a little but was very impressed with Oyster Stamps - they certainly run a good ship. 

We used Sun Kissed Fleur and Cards from the Heart class kits and I must admit that this was showing Heartfelt Creations in a new light to me.

I was a first a bit apprehensive when I saw what we would be making as they seemed a kittle dark for me but by the end of the workshop I was certainly sold on them and will certainly be using their products and the techniques I learnt in the future.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Mother's Present

I am feeling rather pleased with myself that I am managing to do a few of the crafts that I have not done for a while and this time it is knitting.  I used this pattern to make my mother a twin set some 25 years ago and it has now worn out so I decided that it was about time I got my knitting needles out again.
It seemed to take much longer than it used to but I guess I must be out of practice.  I used a Sirdar pattern and double knit wool for this and must admit that I enjoyed it.  It is also good that it is something that I can do on the train each day going to and from work.

The photos have not come out very well and they are actually the same colour, although they do not look it and I found it awkward to place to get a photo.  They are also looking rather creased as they had not been washed due to the fact that I only finished them the day before my mother arrived to stay with me for the weekend.  They do look better in real life.

She was very pleased to get it and absolutely loved it so the effort was worth it.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Birthday in Blue

This card was made with Periwinkle blue and a metallic grey that I had in my stash.  Again I used Sue Wilson's dies as I have to admit that these are my favourite dies and they make such lovely and quick cards.
I have not had much time for cardmaking recently due to trying to get my mother's birthday present made as well as attending some workshops so to be able to make quick cards is just what I need.
This was for a friends birthday and I used paper from LOTV Beach Bliss pack.  I then cut out the topper in alternating colours using Sue Wilson's Spanish Collection Cordoba die and finished it with her Finishing Touches Faux Quilled Blooms.  The happy birthday was cut out using a Tattered Lace die.