Saturday, 13 May 2017

It has been a while!


Well I know its been a while but I'm back and will be returning to blog on a regular basis with lots of crafty makes including papercraft, scrapbooking, home d├ęcor, mixed media and most important all of my projects using the fabulous Powertex!

I think, some of us, since we have had Facebook have neglected our blogs and posting our crafty makes and passing on inspiration and information.  I aim to rectify this and blog at least once a week! and will let you know so you don't miss anything!

As you know, I'm sure, my crafting has taken another turn as both Mark and myself have been involved in the wonderful world of Powertex! We have both become certified tutors and I have also had the privilege of joining the Powertex Design Team and also representing the company on HOCHANDA. My blog posts won't always be centered around Powertex but when they are they will also be published on the Powertex Design Team Blog so that all you lovely addicts can have a peep at what we have been doing.

Anyhow, to kick off re-starting my blog I am going to share with you a Powertex project that I have been working on for my show last week.

I have used one of the kits that we had on the show called the Home Deco Art set.  I have used a 30cm x 30cm canvas frame and then with my Bronze Powertex and my Stoneart powder I have created the Stoneart effect as the background of the piece.  The realistic effect that it gives you is incredible and I am loving working with these particular products to create the look that we have got.

This is a couple of close up shots of one of the flowers that I have made to embellish the stoneart canvas.  The flowers are made from Stoneart clay which has been made using the Ivory Powertex and the Stoneart powder mixing equal amounts together and creating a clay that has a pastry like consistency. Keep mixing until your gloves (or fingers) do not stick to the clay and then you will be ok to start using the clay for whatever project you want.  In this case I have used the Daisy and matching leaf moulds that are exclusive to Powertex and can be found on their website.  (When using Ivory Powertex to make clay it is also suggested that you mix in a little of the Translucent Powertex with the ivory as this helps with the correct consistency.) The clay will last for several weeks if you keep it in a airtight container so if you mix too much up keep it for another project.
I left the flowers and leaves to airdry for a few hours and then used by Powertex Powders mixed into a little Ivory Powertex to create a lovely powder blue colour and then sponged this on to colour up the Daisy flowers.  The leaves were done in a similar way using the Green powder and then dry brushed over using some of the Colourtrix Green which gives this fabulous colour. I just added a little yellow to the middles to finish the flowers off.
For the rest of the canvas I used texture fabrics dipped into Ivory Powertex and also a variety of sizes from the sand and balls kit to add interest and lots of dimension.
I hope that you have been inspired to have a go at the Stoneart both for making backgrounds and for making clay to make embellishments and more texture to your projects.
It really is a lovely project to get your teeth into and the end result is so satisfying!
Please send photographs into the Powertex Addicts Facebook page to show us all what you have been getting up to, we love it when everyone shares their work.
I will be back with another project soon but, for the time being, enjoy your crafting and
bye for now,
Jo x

Saturday, 5 September 2015

The concertina effect!

Good Morning fellow crafters!

I hope everyone is well and all the children in your house are all back to school and are happy.
The nights, unfortunately, are really pulling in and the mornings have quite a nip in the air so I think Autumn is well and truly on its way but that always gives us some extra time to get stuck into our crafting projects and hopefully I can give you some inspiration with the projects that we have been busy doing in class today.
The projects were all based around concertina dies and this one is from the Crafters Companion Die-sire range.  This is the rectangle design and I have also used the Jingle bells overlay.  The photograph doesn't show off the glitter card but it is quite sparkly.
The poinsettias are from a punch and I sprayed them with a pearl spray to bling them up a bit.
The next one definitely has a Autumn feel to it using this really lovely Graphic 45 paper and Heartfelt Creations Sunflower stamp.  The sentiment is from a paper artsy set that I love to use.  This die set is from the Elizabeth Designs collection.
I have also got some lovely pictures from our recent Dabble Day which was a fabulous success again and thank everyone for attending.
Busy ladies doing what they do best!
Our next Dabble day is in November and this will be Christmas so looking forward to this one.
Today we have the lovely Clare Charville coming to the shop for a demonstration day and on Sunday we have a workshop and I am a student!! Hopefully, if I finish the project I will be able to show you it next week.
Hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend and thankyou, as always for popping in.
I would love to hear if you have had a go at the concertina type card.
Must dash a busy day ahead,
Bye for now,
Jo x

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Our Birthday Weekend

Good Morning my lovely crafty Friends,

Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.
Today I have some fabulous news and some sad news.
Firstly the sad news. Unfortunately I am having to step down from the Allsorts Challenge Team as other things have become more pressing.  I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the team for over 4 years and I have seen some fabulous work from both members of my team and also from the lovely crafters taking part in the Challenge each week. This has not been an easy decision but one I must take.
So now for the fabulous news! Let's Create has been nominated for the Best Independent Craft shop in the Midlands area! we are soooooo pleased and can not thank whoever nominated us for this enough.
Voting starts during September and so we will have everything crossed!!
 I have some lovely photographs from our birthday weekend and would love to share them with you.
It was a tremendous success and so many of our lovely customers came along to celebrate thankyou to everyone that came along to the demo day and the workshop.


As you can see a brilliant day had by all! 
I will still be posting on my blog on a Saturday morning so hope that you can still pop in to say hello and see what we have been getting up to!.
We have a children's birthday party at the shop today 10 10 year olds so lots of messy play ahead!
Have a fabulous weekend whatever you are planning and see you soon,
bye for now
Jo xx

Friday, 14 August 2015

Week 318 - Use your favourite colour

Good Morning!

Thankyou so much for popping in and a quick post today as it is our birthday weekend at the shop this weekend and the fabulous Sheena Douglass is coming to demonstrate today and hold a workshop tomorrow and there is lots to do!! can't wait though it is going to be a fabulous time.
This week for Allsorts it is my turn to host and I have chosen :-

"Use your favourite Colour !"
as the theme for the Challenge this week and

as you can see from the clue in the title I do like all shades of red - I think that it really brightens everyone up and it is cheerful. This is the card I would like to show you using red!

There is plenty of red in this project starting off with the poppies from the Victorian Florals collection of dies and stamps from Sheena and these have been coloured in using Aqua Tints.
The background has been made using the wonderful Brushos and I am pleased to say that we have got them re-stocked on our website again if you would like to have a go at using these fabulous crafty goodies.  Remember p and p is free over a £10 purchase.
Thankyou for popping in and please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to have a look at the Teams inspiration for this weeks theme.
Thankyou so much for popping in and hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend. I will pop some photographs of our birthday weekend on here so that you can have a peep.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Week 323 - Inspired By Summer

Good Morning my fellow crafters!

I hope that all is well with you all and after having a week of glorious sunshine in Fuerturventura both Mark and I are feeling tip top!
I thought I would share a photo of our lovely holiday
A lovely chilled out holiday doing absolutely nothing for a week!!! perfect!!!
This has refreshed us for the next few months of very busy times with our Shops birthday weekend with the fabulous Sheena Douglass doing a demo day and a workshop! happy days!!
I cant believe that Let's Create will be 5 years old! where has that time gone.
Anyway - back to today! our lovely teamie Tracey has asked us for some inspiration using the title -
Inspired by Summer!
(if I had had time a nice scrapbook page of holiday would have been lovely but maybe for another time)
This is a card that I made for our very dear friend Gary and he was with us on holiday so a beach theme was appropriate.
This is a stampendous stamp and I used pro-markers to colour.  I highlighted the sand with some sand coloured embossing powder around the chairs to make it look authentic. Just simple matting and layers with colours taken from the main picture made the rest of the card and the kraft card tag with the sentiment on.  I love making cards for friends.
I hope that you like it and please leave me a comment I love to hear from you.
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to have a look at the lovely inspiration from the team members and have a go to be in to win some lovely prizes from our very generous sponsors.
Thankyou so much for popping in and see you next week.
Bye for now
Jo xx


Saturday, 25 July 2015

Week 321 - Allsorts Challenge

Good Morning my fellow Crafters!
I hope everything is good with you all and that the last week has been a kind one to you.
I am a very excitable person this morning as we go away for a week in the sunshine today with some very dear friends and I can't tell you how much we are looking forward to it. (Because of this I wont be around for next weeks blog but I am sure you will forgive me!
Today Susan has asked the Allsorts Teamies to make a project and  -
Add a Butterfly
Well, as we all know adding a butterfly to a project is not a difficult one for a crafter and we have so many choices in our crafty stashes from stamps, dies and toppers.  I thought I would share with you a project that I did a few weeks ago for a Friend's birthday and she said that she loved it and I was a happy bunny.
There is quite a combination of different crafty products as you can see.  The main focal point is the parchment butterfly which is a pattern that a lovely friend of mine Josie Davidson has designed and I traced it in black and coloured it in pearlescent paints and embossed to highlight. The background is grid work using one of the pergamano grids and this pattern is so adaptable to so many different projects.  The die cut is the Sweet Pea from Tattered Lace and the flowers have been made from paper clay using a Katy Sue mould.  As you can see I have matted a layered the background in cerise pink pearl card and white glitter.
I hope that you like it as much as my friend did when I sent it to her.
The team have made some fabulous projects over at the Allsorts Challenge so please pop over and take a peep and get some inspiration if need be. Why not have a go at entering the Challenge this week as we always have some fabulous prizes up for grabs, thanks to our great and generous sponsors.
Anyway, must dash now as our plane wont wait! and I will catch up with you again when I get back home.  August is a really exciting and busy month for the shop so will have lots to tell you about.
Thankyou, as always for popping in and hope that you can find a minute to leave a comment for me.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Week 320 - ~Allsorts Challenge - Use a banner or flag

Good Morning! and welcome to Saturday and Allsorts challenge day!
I hope that all is well with everyone and that the lovely sunshine is making everyone happy and smiley.
Today at Allsorts the Team have been asked to show you some projects using ~
A Banner or a Flag
Well this wasn't a difficult one for me as one of my most favourite and very well used dies is the bunting die from Joanna Sheen's Signature range and I used it on this wedding card which was an order a couple of weeks ago.  The wedding was held in a very pretty garden followed by afternoon tea in the gardens and the customer wanted me to reflect this in the design.
As you can see it has very pale, but pretty colours and I also used the Sweet Pea die from Tattered Lace which is so delicate.  I then embellished it further using a dainty punch .  The couple's die is also from Joanna's range.
The background is from Crafters Companion - one of the Create a card range.
I hope that you like the design and also that you take time to check out the other team members at the Allsorts Challenge blog.
I hope that you all have a fabulous weekend, we are spending a few days with our friends Caroline and John in Norfolk and we are really looking forward to a couple of days of just chilling!
I hope that the sun keeps shining and maybe we can fit a BBQ in!
Enjoy whatever you are doing and please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the project this week.
Thankyou for popping in and take care.
Bye for now
Jo xx