Friday, 24 April 2015

A Lot for Little!

Hello Crafters wherever you may be in our wonderful world!
The other day I got rather annoyed!
Something popped up on my Facebook feed as things seem to do more and more.
There was a video attached and I started to watch. The presenter started going on and on about how expensive crafting, particularly paper crafting is. ( Of course she was sponsored and of course she was pushing brands)

I was grumbling and flicked it off...yes it can be....but in no way does it have to be!
So I set myself a little challenge.
  •  To make the best use I could of  one piece of image paper
I also used
One set of texture stamps ----well and truly used many, many times!
Leftover card stock from a class and remnant cardstock pieces.
A piece of copy paper used to sop spray off a stencilling project.
Well loved and very used embossing folders.
Pieces from junk mail
The last of embellishments from a magazine front.
fibre scraps from the "Too short box"
Tiny amounts of paint and ink.

The cost for all eleven cards was very little. The satisfaction and crafting challenge for me was priceless!
What do you think of the cost of crafting?
Does it hold you back or do you love being clever and thrifty with what you do?
Have a super weekend and I hope you get time to ....get your fingers messy and your mind joyful!

PS I'd love to see what you are working  playing with......Time To Create Your Way Facebook Group

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

That's the Way We Like It!

Hello and thank you for dropping by. I love it when you leave me a comment, stops me feeling so alone!

I've been exploring ways to use re-inkers and I'm a bit excited too! There's a run down of Part 1 of my Workshop Experimentation in the latest Time To Create Newsletter!

Of course I love to make with the experiments and the prompts from this months Lasting Memories Challenge Blog rather inspired me --- Family Travel Traditions was the first.

When most Long Weekends roll around we --- Stay Home! 
We leave the traffic jams, the crowded beaches and the long wait times at the restaurants to the tourists.

We love our area and how lucky are Super Star and I to explore and enjoy our unique area when there is quiet. Most of the year the weather is wonderful! Spending the day at Idyll Hours always offers up interesting!

All the papers on this piece I have made. There's a reinker background which received wonderful NEW stamped images from Carabelle Studio.
The gorgeous butterfly stamp is from the new ranges from Prima Marketing and the paper is a varnish experiment.

As this was quite absorbent paper I love how the Birgit Koopsen stamp softened and bled slightly. The vine rope is another find from the florist!

Now just in case you are thinking - oh they are hermits locked away at Idyll Hours talking to the earthworms, I do love to travel too! Currently my passport is hidden away so the sight of it doesn't have me taking action on my urge to wander.

Idyll Hours is our slice of Paradise but within a few hours of us there are tropical delights just waiting to be explored.

The stencilling that is on Paradise was really interesting as I essentially used the Stencil Girl stencil as a stamp.
The first layer I haphazardly covered with black gesso and stamped it down.
I kept spraying it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Colour then flipped it and stamped multiple times....more ideas are percolating about this technique!

The paper on under the photo is Random Rubbish dressed up with Viva Decor Glass Effects Gel - these are interesting on many surfaces!

Travel stretches our horizons and expands us in so many ways but when you can't just go, there's a wonderful world right outside you door which also can delight you, if you look!

Challenges Entered
Lasting Memories Challenge Blog. - Family Holiday Traditions and Sunny Shores
Inspiration Emporium  - Everything Goes - coming here for the first time via Ann
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