Demo at John Lewis

Hi Guys

Firstly, just to say, I’M BACK!! I know you’re all saying, 2where have you been?” Well, my house has been being decorated after the subsidence of the property had been sorted out and it is all topsy turvy. There is furniture all over the place and clothes and things everywhere too. It’s all still being sorted and I can’t really get into my craft room as it full of things that shouldn’t be in there and I can’t do any crafting. I can’t believe how long it’s taking!!

Even though the house is a mess I still needed to let you all know that I’m off to London, John Lewis on Oxford Street to be exact. I will be demonstrating in the store tomorrow, so if you’re around the area or visiting then pop in and say hello. I ‘ll have the Fiskars AdvantEdge, Interchangeable Border Punch and some other Fiskars tools so if you fancy a crafting afternoon be sure to visit.

I’m hoping to do some sightseeing today so will hopefully have some pictures to upload in the next day or 2.

Hope to see you there.

Until next time, when I’ll have some more news for you,

Hina x

 

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Craft Yard Clearout & Giveaway

Ok, so, here’s the story. My house is subsiding and the builders are coming in to straighten it out soon. This means that I have to sort stuff out and being a bit of an eclectic and hoarder it’s not going to be easy. I think the family will be really pleased as they always seem to complain that they’re tripping over my stuff, I say that they should just open their eyes – maybe that would help, instead of saying their bruises are my fault!!

These are the reasons why I’m asking for your help now. I’ve decided that I’m going to be giving away a few things here and others, which will be found on eBay, when I get around to it.

acetatesMy first giveaway  is a stash of printed acetate that I came across in the Craft Yard, the picture doesn’t really do them justice, they are very pretty. So, if you fancy some free acetate then add your name to the bottom of this post and also leave a comment, I’ll get one of the cats – Tippy or Nufnuf, depending on who’s around, to draw a name out of the “hat” (or the moggy bowl) at the end of the month or after I have 30 names. I will be doing giveaways on a regular basis, so watch this space.

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Nufnuf1 TippyI hope you enjoy the blog as much as I do writing it. If you do, please leave a comment so that I know you’re out there. Also, if you would like to send me a picture of  any projects you have done I will happily upload them. Just include your name, location and technique you used. It would be lovely to see them. Until next time

Hina x



Messing around in the Yard

cardHaving found some time from somewhere I decided I would mess about in the craft yard. Sometimes it’s just nice not to be making anything in particular and finding bits n bobs you have lying around. This is normally the case when I “tidy up”.

I thought I’d get some of the die cuts out that I did at Ally Pally while demonstrating the Fiskars Fuse, and see what happens.

So, I quickly decided what to put together to make a card but then I thought I’d throw in a few other things, just because!!

I remembered the WOW embossing powders I got when I was at the NEC last month, there’s some fab colours that WOW do and I think I got about 14 different ones, so they’ll be coming out again soon. After picking the colour I heat embossed the dress diecut, it needed a bit of sparkle. Then I was hunting around for a sentiment and I found a box of phrases to go, you know, the ones that come in a box that looks like a Chinese take-away. It’s amazing what you accumulate over time, so I fished out a phrase and that was it really. Added a few embellishments and it was all done.closeDress

If I started to use all the things I already have and not buy anymore stash, I’m sure I would find whatever I needed in the yard. Now, there’s a thought…

Anyway, I hope this gives you a few ideas about looking around your craft areas for stash you might have forgotten about and putting together things new and old.

Let me know that you stop by and If there’s anything you want to comment on, please feel free, it would be lovely to hear from you.

Until next time …

Hina x

Gadgets Galore!

Hey Guys

Wow, it’s been so long since I wrote a post on the blog, I apologise. It’s been all go for the last few weeks so I’m sure I’ll be forgiven.

From Ally Pally

View From Ally Pally

I was at the beautiful Alexandra Palace last weekend and it seems I haven’t stopped since. The Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show was great last weekend, even though during setup, the day before, we always wonder if we’ll get there on time. Well, we did get there and lots of crafty ladies and gentlemen stopped by, it was so nice to see you all. I also got a chance to catch up with my other craft buddies and made new friends, so all in all a fabulous time was had.

 

 

I was demonstrating the 3 new Fiskars tools which are the Fuse Creativity System, AdvantEdge and Interchangeable Border Punch. I absolutely love all these tools because the large range of designs for the punches and dies are so beautiful. It’s one of those where you want them all and it’s so hard to choose just a couple.

Dies

Fuse Dies

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AdvantEdge Punches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuse

The Fuse getting pretty

Lunch

Lunchtime, yum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My next stop is going to be Manchester, but it’s not until September so I should have a few more ideas with the tools by then. If you’re around that area I hope to see you there.

In the meantime, I will be posting on the Fiskarettes Blog as well as this one and I hope to be getting some responses from you all.

Before I go, I wanted to mention a new page, It’s called Just Niralee and its all about a uni photography student. Have a look and let me/Niralee know what you think.

Until next time

Hina x

Crafting Heaven…

The sun has finally deciding to come out and play, although it’s taking a bit of persuading, and the cold and wind are still very reluctant to go. It looks like it is going to be a memorable April 2013 even if it’s only the weather we remember. Feeling like a treat is in order I go to the craft room and open up the box which contains a magnificent machine, which is The Fiskars Fuse Creativity System!!

Now, I love to stamp, I love to emboss and I love die cutting, so this is like finding heaven. I love, love love it. Why? Because, this machine will do all of these things together in one pass. I used to dream of being able to do this years ago when I first started stamping and getting it all smudged, my prays have been answered, I’m a happy crafter, can you tell?Fiskars Fuse Creativity System Competition

I know that you want one too, and you can, I suggest you get yourself off to the Fiskarettes Blog and submit a project so that you can win one. Get your skates on because the competition isn’t going to be around for ever.

I feel so lucky that I have the Fuse already and I know that it’s going to be an invaluable tool in my craft room from now on. Its ease of use is definitely a plus and the fact that I can use all the dies that I purchased from other manufacturers means that I don’t have to discard them just because I have a new piece of equipment. Having the potential to use up to 12”x12” dies is an added bonus for scrap bookers and card makers alike. In addition to all of this, it will cut multiple sheets with one die and one pass, which means time saving! And, when you have finished all your cutting, stamping and embossing, it will fold neatly away using minimal space. Above all, thinking about why we want a Fuse and the objective of having it, is that it can be used to make beautiful creations.

I’ve been busy making samples as I will be at Alexandra Palace, London, for the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show this weekend, 13th-14th April 2013. So, come along and see the Fuse being demonstrated and have a go yourself. The Fuse will be available to purchase at the Art of Craft stand, which is where I will be too, so pop over and see us. I’m looking forward to meeting all you crafty guys n gals.

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So until next time

Hina x

Melt Pot Virgin

It’s still so cold outside that I’d quite happy to stay indoors and discover new crafting techniques.

Ranger Melt PotI dig out the melt pot I bought a few weeks ago and think, right, it all looks fairly easy so let’s have a go. I imagine that I’m going to produce the most fantastic embellishments for my cards…

I get started and read the packaging which doesn’t really give me any clues how I’m going to make anything. The pot has a sticky triangle on it, which is a task in itself to take off; I have to get the stick stuff remover! Anyway, I digress.

Thinking that the best thing to do is use a foil pastry case inside the pot, I don’t want to dirty it on the first attempt, I eat an apple pie – this has to be done first you understand. Once that’s done I start mixing some embossing powder, clear and red.

WOW EmbossMelt Pot 3Melt Pot 4

Hey, it’s melting and it looks really cool. I bought some texture treads, so once it’s melted I pour it out onto a heat mat and stamp into it. I don’t like it. Ok, let’s start again. I don’t think I’ve got enough so I start to mix a bit more of the clear embossing powder and a few more colours, but now the pie case isn’t big enough. Oh, forget the case, just use the pan, after all, that’s what it’s been made for!!  Next problem, no one told me that mixing a load of colours just makes it look sludgy. Oh well, maybe it won’t be as bad as it looks. So I pour it on to the mat again once it’s molten and stamp into it again, I quite like this attempt, however I still hate the colour.

What to use to make it look a little nicer? How about perfect pearls? After brushing on some colour, it doesn’t look too bad. So, I’ve just got to have a bit of clean and then I’ll get on and put a card together, well that was the plan.

Melt Pot 5In my cleaning frenzy, I’ve mislaid my little creation and can’t find it anywhere. I’ve looked all over so I expect I’ll now find it when I least expect it. When it has been found, I’ll make sure to make a card straight away and share it with you all.

Have you had any memorable experiences with a melt pot? If so, be sure to let me know, and if you’ve got any ideas of what I should do next with my hot cauldron please feel free to leave me a comment.

Until next time

Hina x

Do you think Spring is here yet?

I hope you all had a fab Easter, especially if you were one of the lucky people to have been on a break. No, such luxury for me!! I’ve been working through the break and so haven’t had a chance to craft. No worries, I will definitely be making up for that soon.

I went out into the garden this morning, this is rarflowere!! I am supposed to be a gardener, well, that’s what I say to everyone, however, it’s quite depressing to be outside in April and still see snow lingering around. Where are all the flowers they promised I’d get in spring if I planted them in October?? I’m at a bit of a loss as to if I should plant things that I’m supposed to in March, even though it’s April. It’s all very confusing. I can’t even imagine how the birds are feeling.

Anyways, forget the garden, I’ll just end up really confused and frustrated so let’s head back to the craft yard, probably a better bet.

I had been “tidying” the craft yard for the last few days and getting distracted so it probably took a lot longer then it should have. But those distractions weren’t just wasted time as I did come across a lot of things that I had totally forgotten about. Is it just me, or have you ever bought stuff, thinking you haven’t got one only to find an identical “thing” as soon as you go to put your purchase away? I did find a lot duplicates while I was spring cleaning so I’m a lot more organised now, although I still need to sort a lot out. A few of the distractions caused me to make a card or two, so this is what I ended up with. It’s amazing what you can do when your tidying. I found a load of sticky gem stones and a couple of flower dies that I had bought a long time ago. Put these things together with some new items and hey presto.

Framed 1 Framed 2

PreciousPrecious 2

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got such a lot of stuff that I’ve just forgotten about. I think I am going to have to do a bit more “tidying” and see what sort of a reaction the next lot of distractions causes.

If you’ve done the same as me and bought 2, 3 or more of the same thing, let me know and together we can think of some ideas to use it.

Well, until next time

Hina x

 

Out of the cold

 

HobbyCraft NECBack home from Birmingham and into the warm. We had a lot of fun at the NEC while at the HobbyCrafts show. It seemed to be snowing the whole time the Fiskars Team were there, I’ve never known it to be so cold in March before. Even though the winter decided to stay for longer than normal, the lovely crafty ladies and gents still managed to venture out and come to see us, it was great to see you all, meeting the regular crafters and new ones alike. We spent a fabulous 4 days together and I will miss my buddies Kath and Rachel, however, we will be together again in November for the next NEC show. Ready to get into mischief again, I’m sure.

 

HobbyCraft Show NEC  HobbyCraft Show NEC

This time, I had time to shop as I didn’t have to do the Prima shows, and let me tell you, I managed to get some fab stuff. Anything sparkly and I go weak at the knees and there was no lack of glitter, gems and shiny items. I could definitely have brought the lot so I did have to seriously discipline myself.

Distress Ink, Mask, Stick & Spray Sticky back gems

There are some pictures missing due to the fact that I am totally amazed at how much I crammed in my car, I obviously had problems with self control, and haven’t emptied it yet!! I think a visit to craft buyers anonymous is due.

I also got a melt pot, which I’m really looking forward to having a lot of fun with, and if you’re a novice at using one, like me, let’s learn together. I know I’ll make lots of mistakes and I promise I’ll tell you about them.

In the next few weeks I am going to make time (space) and sort out my stash so I can get on and do some making. I will be using both new and old craft box goodies so if there’s anything you want me to do let me know.

I’m off to get ready for my airport run now, lucky me!! So, let’s see what the roads are like to Heathrow and hopefully I’ll get back at a decent hour and the journey won’t be too long.

So, until next time

 

Hina x