Out on the Road

Hi Guys,

Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile but life just seems to take over sometimes and things are out of your control. I’m back now, not sure how long for though, so no promises. No, I’ll try my best.

Fiskars will be out on the road doing demos all over the country, so watch out for us. Kath will be doing demos in Scotland so make sure you go and visit her at a HobbyCraft near you, or at least close by. I’m sure she will be letting us all know where she’s going to be on her blog. And, Rachel and the others will be out and about too. Take a look here to find out the dates and locations of demos near you.

I had a great time at the Oxford Street and Bluewater John Lewis stores, although it was a little while ago. A belated thank you to all the people I met, crafters and John Lewis staff, I had a great time. Hopefully see you again soon.

stockholmpanoramaI am demoing for Fiskars a little further afield too, I am off to Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday to demo at a show out there for 4 days and I’m so excited. The week after that I’m in Oslo, Norway, so really looking forward to that too. I’ll be taking pictures and letting you all know how it went when I get back. As long as I can get access I’ll put a few things on facebook and twitter too while I’m out there.

 

I still have work tonight and a million things to do before I leave on Wednesday so farvel for now as they say in the Nordic states.

Until next time …

Hina x

 

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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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.

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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

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.

 

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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

Back and ready to go again

Desk at Harrogate

HAD SO MUCH FUN, THANK YOU HARROGATE =D

Hey Everyone, I’m back from Harrogate and a happy to be home, but it was great fun at the Great Northern Papercrafts Show. My workspace was a big mess, as per usual, but then again, what’s new?? We had some lovely samples, made my Kath and myself and even though I tried I didn’t get any more done while I was at the show. It was quite busy and to be honest, I spent a lot of time talking to the lovely people that came to stand instead. I thought that was a better choice.

Let me tell you, a huge lot of punched confetti was left behind for the cleaners, which, I’m sure they won’t be happy about as the AdvantEdge was put through its paces over the weekend. I met lots of guys’ n gals and, let’s say, my first visit will definitely be followed by a second later on in the year. I can’t wait.

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I was exhausted by the long drive back but was so pleased that a fajita dinner was waiting for me when I got home. THANK YOU GIRLS!

Well, I suppose we will all be preparing for the HobbyCrafts show at the NEC later this week. Although, I am not sure yet, as I haven’t had the go ahead, there may be a surprise. I don’t want to say anything right now because I don’t want to disappoint, just in case. The AdvantEdge will definitely be there along with me and Rachel. Kath will be doing the Fiskars workshops, so it will be a fun four days.

Well, I’m going to sort out the washing and unpack now. So, until later.

Happy Crafting

Hina x

 

It’s Showtime

This weekend is the Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza in Harrogate. Are you going? If you are then make sure you come and see us at the Art of Craft stand, where we’ll have a load of goodies for you including the brand spanking new AdvantEdge.

AdvantEdge-Punch-System_product_mainI’ll be demoing this fab new tool to the Fiskars range, so it’s your opportunity to come and see it first hand. I know I’ve mentioned it previously but I can’t say enough about it.

It’s probably one of the easiest tools I’ve used to make borders and I can truly say that I haven’t wasted any pieces of paper or card because there’s just no need to line anything up once you’ve put your paper into the tool. It does it all for you. It’s a really easy system.

The starter kit comes with the tool and a lovely floral punch and there are a further 8 you can get separately, there’s pictures of the designs below. It’s not just for paper either, it’ll punch up to 210gsm.

There’s also another new tool called the Interchangeable border punch and the punches that fit into that can also be used with the AdvantEdge. This gives you access to another 8 punch designs to choose from. You’ll feel like a spoilt princess. Let me mention that you can win one of these fabulous gadgets by going to www.Fiskarettes.co.uk. All you have to do is join the blog and upload a picture of one of your projects. You don’t even have to use Fiskars tools. If your project is voted the favourite, you could be the new owner of one of the newest tools around. You have to give a go, you’ve got nothing to lose.

Well, I think I’ve rambled on for long enough and I probably should pack. Time permitting, I’ll try and take a few pics at the weekend and tell you about my adventure when I get back. I’d also like to mention that if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see on this blog please leave a comment and I’ll do my best. So, until next time,

Happy Crafting

Hina x

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Tacky Solutions

After enjoying a beautiful sunny day yesterday, I thought it’d be an age until we saw the sun again, but no, we have a blissful day once again. Maybe the rumours are true and summer really is around the corner. Think it might be time to dust off the sandals?

So, let’s get back to the adhesives that we were talking about before.

There are many types to choose from and everyone has their own preference. Double sided tape and wet glue is ideal for sticking things flat onto a project but what if you want some dimension to give extra texture to your project? WP_20130305_002

There’s a few options on the market from foam pads to silicone glues, there’s also glue gels and glue dots. These are all readily available and you’ll discover which one you prefer.

Have you ever got a handmade card from someone only to open the envelope and an embellishment falls off as you’re trying to get the card out? So, it’s a good idea to find the right adhesives for your project.

I know that there are a lot of us that love decoupage and the easiest way to assemble a topper is by using foam pads, there are various sizes you can get and they even come in black if you don’t want to see a white edge under a dark image.  These are ideal if you want your project to look fairly uniform, however, if you want to curl the cut outs and give your project a more “realistic” look, say for a floral topper, then it might be better to try some silicone or glue gel. Silicone glue is great if you’re not sending a lovely made card to a friend. Opening a card and getting a whiff of silicone glue is enough to knock them off their feet for a couple of minutes.  Not a great start to the day.

WP_20130305_009Princess Pinflair has approached this issue and found a great solution. Her glue gel is ideal as it doesn’t contain any silicone so solves the problem for people with silicone allergies too. No more smelly cards. With these types of medium, you can decide the height you want and adjust until you’re happy.

Silicone and glue gel is also ideal for securing heavier embellishments down permanently. But, If you’re strapped for time and want a quick alternative, glue dots are great, they won’t give as much dimension as foam pads or the glues, but they are super sticky so heavy embellishments won’t fall off and there’s no drying time! WP_20130305_003

I hope you’ve found this useful but if you’re still a little puzzled, let me know in the comment box and I’ll reply to you ASAP. Any other comments are all welcome so please feel free.

 

Before I go I just have to share this with you:

It was such a lovely day yesterday and it was topped off with a handsome dinner of Tortellini Pesto Soup, yum.  You can find the recipe here http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/449616/tortellini-and-pesto-minestrone Try it, it’s so good.

Let me leave you with that until next time … Happy Crafting

Hina x

To Stick or not to Stick – which Adhesive is the Question!

What a beautiful day it is today, sunshine and tweeting birds. I hope its nice where you are.

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I was getting down to sorting out my craft room when I picked up a box that hadn’t been looked into since it arrived. Once opened, I realise it’s the Stix2 goodies needed for the Harrogate show coming up soon, probably sooner then I think actually.

A whole load of different adhesives spill out and this makes me think it must be so puzzling for a new crafter to figure out which glue to use with what.

My choice of adhesive for card making has always been double sided tape purely for its ease of use and no drying time, however it can be difficult to reposition, sometimes impossible, without tearing your project. I know that a tip for this is to use some glue stick over the tape so it becomes slidey making it easier to manoeuvre.

WP_20130303_030Double sided tape is great for thin slivers of paper to embellish projects with. Just stick the tape on the back of paper or card before cutting out, peel off the backing and hey presto!

Although I’d love to use double sided tape for everything, it’s not ideal for all projects. For example, if you’re making a box, it’s better to use a wet glue like PVA and hold down the bits you’re sticking together until dry. You can hold it down with your fingers but it does get a bit boring, so just use something like a paperclip or clothes peg, so you can free your hands to do something a bit more exciting like making a cup of coffee, with a biscuit of course.

If you’re as impatient as me, Stix2 has thought about the problem us tape lovers have about waiting around and they do a tape that looks red, as seen above. When you use it, you’ll see that it’s not red at all but ultra clear and ultra sticky. This is ideal for boxes, etc. and no waiting time. Guess, I’ll have to give that coffee a miss for now.

It’s also good for sticking ribbon, heavier embellishments and Glitter! I have tried it with embossing powder and heated and it is perfect.

     

Well, I’ve got to a point where I’m stuck for words now, I’ll leave it until next time for some more tips about glue. In the meantime if there’s anything you’d like to ask please use the comment box below or use it just to let me know you stopped by.

Have a great day and happy crafting

Hina x

From there to the new Craft Yard

Hello everybody, it’s Hina Modha, I have got a brand new domain and will be sharing some more inspiration with you together with some of the trials of life.

As I haven’t done anything online for an age, I will need to get organised and figure out what I am going to do with this site, otherwise, it will end up looking like my workshop, and trust me, you dont want that to happen.

I have left it to a time when I am leaving to go the NEC tomorrow, see what I mean about organisation. However, I will be taking some pics while away, so you may find something of interest if you come back in a week or so.

I should pack and so until later my buddies. Keep crafting and watch this space.

Hina x