26 January 2013

More Crazy Wonky Sqaures

This morning I made a few more wonky blocks with my scraps. I liked the effect so much I decided to cut some more fabric. I know the whole idea was to use up my scraps! I decided to cut up the big usable chunks in to different size strips. When making the blocks I just kept adding a strip, turning the block not worrying which strip I added next, I have managed to make 24 blocks in total.

I have now added some small pale blue and white checked Tilda  fabric, which wasn't in my box! 
What do you think?

I think the Tilda fabric really sets the blocks off, don't you?

All ready for layering up and quilting. The finished blocks are all 8" x 8" square, I have arranged them as six rows of four. A nice size for a lap quilt or throw.

Happy crafting and sewing hugs Lynne xox

25 January 2013

Crazy Wonky Squares

Today I have been having another day sorting my crafty stash, this time my fabric collection! It is now sorted in to 'Unfinished Projects', 'Usable Sized Pieces' and 'Fabric scraps'. When is a fabric scrap to small to be usable? It has too be tiny, I can only bring myself to part with incy wincy little bits! lol

When I'd finished I had a table full of usable fabric scraps. I will just share a small section with you.

So what shall I do next? mmmm sort the scraps in to colours, and then I took the blues, and sorted into size, squarish bits, strips etc.

Next I took the lengths of blues all different widths from 1" inch wide to 3" inch wide and ironed them. I had some small chunky pieces of dark blue approx 2 x 3. OK so off we go, I sewed the chunky bits to a strip. I did n't square anything up with my cutter and ruler. I just got straight in with the sewing and cut in to chunks with scissors and no quarter inches seams either! I just keep adding strips of different widths, turning the block and chopping off with scissors with a little bit of pressing in between. 

I have squared them up to eight and half inches. 

What do you think to my crazy wonky squares? 

Everyone different 

I have now started to join the blocks together with pale blue and white checked fabric.

What do you do with your left over fabric scrap?

Well its snowing again here in Sheffield tonight so more sewing I think.
What ever you are doing this cold winter night 
Happy crafting and sewing hugs Lynne xox

23 January 2013

Craft Den ATC Swap

Craft Den ATC swap I have been asked to start the ATC swap up again several times over the past few months so here we go..... 

I know most of you will already know but just in case 

Artist Trading Card

An ATC is  212"  x 312" inches or 63 mm × 89 mm in size 

The theme for the 1st swap is SEWING every 4 weeks we will have a different theme.

Here are a couple I have made

If you would like to join in, send your ATC with a SAE enclosed

To: Craft Den
23 Loxley Road
S6 4TE

Don't forget to put your names, emails, or blog names on the back along with the date and theme.

I will take pictures of all the ones we receive and put on here. If you live locally just pop them in the studio.
Any question email: sales@craftden.co.uk 

Happy crafting hugs Lynne oxo

Each swap will run for 4 weeks all ATCs for the 1st swap must be in for: 
Wednesday 20th February 2013
You can enter up to: 5 ATCs each

 Thank you Carol for your questions. 

22 January 2013

Brrr its cold tonight!

 I hope you are all managing to keep warm. 
It has definitely dropped a few degrees tonight, don't you think brrr? 

 My card I am sharing tonight is one I made a couple of weeks ago.

I used distress inks in various colours for the background. Stamped the clouds in blue and foliage in purple  a quick blast on the heat gun to mark sure all ways dry. Then stamped the clouds again and background text stamp in clear VersaMark and embossed in white. Matted and layered on purple and then on white cardstock.

The recipe for this card is:
Main card: Craft Den white 8" x 8"
Stamps: IndigoBlu
Ink Pad: Ranger Archival Cobalt Blue and Deep Deep Purple Distress Ink pad Victorian Velvet, Shabby Shutters, Broken China. VersaMark.
Embossing powder: White

All products used available from the Craft Den

Keep warm and safe. 
Happy crafting Hugs Lynne xx

20 January 2013

Sewing theme card

Its snowing again here in Sheffield tonight. After a mild dry day, a lot of the snow has melted this afternoon, so I suppose we have room for more. lol I had already planned a crafting day and as a lot of the stuff was still out from yesterday it would have been a shame not too! lol 

 My card this evening has a sewing theme, its great having all my stamp sorted!
The pictures not great as the light was poor, I have gone close up, might try and take a better one tomorrow.

For the background I stuck a piece of dress makers paper pattern to a square of white card. I then randomly stamped all over. I stamped some more sewing images on white card, mounted them inked with antique linen distress ink and add dark brown cardstock.

The recipe for this card is:
Main card: Craft Den white 8" x 8"
Backing paper: White card and stamped paper pattern
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz, PaperArtsy sentiment.
Ink Pad: Ranger Archival Coffee, Jet Black, Distress Ink pad Antique Linen
Bigz Die: Ateration Sewing theme
Ebellishements: Ribbon slider, ribbon, pins and muslin from statsh
All products used available from the Craft Den

Keep warm and happy crafting hugs Lynne xox

19 January 2013


The card I am sharing with you tonight is one I made a couple of weeks ago using PanPastels.

The recipe for this card is:
Main card: Craft Den white 8" x 8"
Backing paper: White card and Bo Bunny Double Dot
Stamps: Kanban
PanPastels: Dairylide Yellow, Permanent Red and Violet
Ink Pad: Ranger Archival Plum
Ranger Stickles: Gold
Ribbon: Maroon and White Check
All products used available from the Craft Den

I did make a card today, not very happy with how it turned out! If I can tweak it tomorrow then I will share.

Happy crafting hugs Lynne xox

17 January 2013

Brr its so cold outside!

Just a quick post tonight, no cards, I have a couple of cushions instead. 
Recently I was asked to make two patchwork cushions in green and peach colours for a present.

The cushions are both 18" square.

I hope you are all managing  to keep warm tonight, it is so very cold outside.

My wise old dog has got himself wrapped up keeping warm

our other dog Alfie wants to play. Ikes ignoring him and has put his head under the cover

Alfie has left his ball just in case he changes his mind  lol

Happy crafting love and hugs Lynne xox

16 January 2013

Get well card

Hello all my crafty blogging friends, getting a bit of a regular on here again, aren't I? It is one of my new years resolutions to try and put aside a little blogging time, another resolution is to organise my stash better so I spend more time crafting and less time looking for things.

Last week with this in mind I started to organise my stamps, first by companies and then into categories, putting the Christmas ones away, sorting the birthday ones in to male, female, children, wedding, sentiments etc this revealed I had several Easter stamps  mmmmm why I wonder had I got so many Easter stamps? come to that why had I got 3 of the same wedding stamp? 

So when the snow was falling on Monday I thought it high time to ink a few of those Easter stamps, then out came the Copics and I made a few Easter cards. Well that got a few of you rushing for your diaries yesterday when I blogged an Easter card! I still have some more to share but I will save them for another day...

Todays card is a get well card that I made for my brother-in-law who had a knee op.

The recipe for this card is:
Main card: Craft Den white 8" x 8"
Backing paper: Bo Bunny Double Dot and oddments from off cut box
Stamps: Magnolia Nurse Tilda
Punch: Fiskars Star
Card Candi: Craftworkcards
Button, twine, bandage from stash
Hand written sentiment: Wishing you a very speedy recovery
All products used available from the Craft Den

Hope you like it.
Happy crafting hugs Lynne xox

15 January 2013

Buttons and Bows

The challenge over at Anything Goes this fortnight is 'Buttons & Bows'

The recipe for this card is:
Main card: Craft Den white 8" x 8"
Backing paper: Prima Fairy Flora
Stamps: Assorted Easter Magnolia 
Copics and Distress Inks
Flowers: Hobby House
Web ribbon: Lilac
Leaf punch: EK Success Rock Fern
All products used available from the Craft Den

Hope you like it.
Happy crafting hugs Lynne xox

14 January 2013

Altered Mirror Workshop

A few pictures to give you an idea of the Altered Mirror. This one was made by Kathryn on an earlier workshop with Hels

The Altered Mirror workshop with Hels Sheridan on Saturday April 6th will vary slightly from this one as we will be using new products and dies released at the CHA this weekend. We will also be making fabulous flowers and using the melt pot.

Thank you Kathryn for the pictures.

Exciting News

Good afternoon  to all my crafting blogging buddies. I hope you are all managing to keep safe if you had to go out and keep warm if like me you have been lucky enough to stay in. I have managed a little bit of craftyness in between doing a few jobs today. The studio is now closed on Mondays at least for the winter months. So I get to have a day off! Hurrah! well that is the plan although I have got lots of of chores to catch up on :-( Anyway that's enough waffle now on to my exciting news.
We have 5 new DT members 
Welcome on board ladies

looking forward seeing all your lovely creations.

If you have time why not pop over to our challenge blog Anything Goes and say a big hello to the DT old and new.

I will hopefully be back later with one of the cards I have made today.

What ever you are up to Enjoy!
Happy Crafting.
Hugs Lynne xox

11 January 2013

More dates for your diary...

Craft Den Workshops 2013

Friday 8th March '13 - 10:00am - 4:00pm - All day workshop with 
Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals House shaped printers tray.

6th April '13 - The Altered Mirror all day workshop with Hels Sheridan

4th May '13 - Demo Day with  Hels Sheridan

6th July '13 - Full day workshop  Hels Sheridan
Project to be arranged


Saturday 18th May '13 Full day workshop with Kate Crane

8 January 2013

A few dates for your diary

6th April '13 - The Altered Mirror all day workshop with Hels Sheridan

4th May '13 - Demo Day with  Hels Sheridan

6th July '13 - Full day workshop  Hels Sheridan
Project to be arranged

We also have some other guest tutors visiting us this year for workshops so watch this space!

2 January 2013

Magnolia Ink Magazine now in stock

The 1st Issue of Magnolia Ink for 2013 has arrived complete with free gift!

The studio and shop will be open tomorrow Thursday 3rd January 2013 from 10am - 4pm
Friday 4th 10am - 4pm
Saturday 5th 10am - 4pm