Hi all! I hope you’re well.
This week I have been working with the Imagination Crafts planner journal, when I got it home I couldn’t wait to decorate the front!
This is decorated with Spectrum Sparkle pens, Sizzix dies by Katie Skilton, Sue Wilson stitches flags by Creative Expressions and one of my stamps from the Mama Makes store.
I also had fun inside of course! I created this great background by blending my distress inks with a blending tool and then sticking a sentiment in the middle. The sentiment is from Sarah Hurley.
Finally, I experimented with a journal page! These stamps are planner stamps from imagination crafts, I love the font here. I have also embellished with washi tape from Tiger and distress ink. I used Memento to stamp out everything else.
I hope you love what I’ve been crafting and if you’d like anything I have mentioned go check out www.imaginedesigncreate.co.uk as most of it is on there.
Have a lovely Easter everyone!
Just a quick one today to share a make.
I recently signed up to Clarity Gold and this was the first stamp I got, I love it!
Hope you like this quick card I made with it.
Have a lovely weekend!
Hi guys, happy Pancake day!
Here in our home we always get loads of friends together for pancakes, I love getting creative in the kitchen, especially now my little one is growing fast and can help!
We found some great toppings this year.. and some fruit too!
Anyway I thought I would post a really quick and easy pancake recipe for you all!
All you need is:
300ml of Milk
200g of Plain Flour
Whisk this together until you have a smooth batter and there you got ready for a pan.
Before pouring the batter into the frying pan, make sure the pan is hot and oiled up, preferably with one of those spray low calorie oils.
Pour in the batter slowly, you don’t want your pancake to be too thick and ended up like a naan bread!
Wait until the pancake has no wet bits on the top and prepare to flip! Or if you’re not feeling brave, maybe get a super wide spatula to help you flip!
And viola! Pancakes ready to serve, spread and slice!
What do you love your pancakes with? I love chocolatey goodness, my brother loves fruitiness and my partner lived good ol’ fashioned sugar and lemon!
Enjoy your pancakes everyone!
Hi guys, hope you’re having a great Monday.
I recently received a product to review from Chalkola, some lovely chalk markers in lots of lovely colours.
They are a lovely premium wet wipe marker with a chalky finish. They have a 6mm bullet tip on the party colours and a 5.5mm tip of the earthy markers. They are child safe, water based, non toxic, low odour, acid free, quick dry and long lasting! So I gave them a try.
First I gave them a go on white card. They take time to prime, you have to shake and then pump them, but once the nibs are following they are nice and juicy and full instructions are on the back of how to prime them.
Once I had tried them on white and saw the gorgeous pigments I was desperate to try them out on black, which I found really showed off the colour and made me wish I had a metallic set!
Next to put them to the true test I wanted to try them on different mediums like MDF and glass. They applied really smoothly and dried pretty quick too!
Now I feel like the world is my oyster and I want to go decorate everything! I’m especially glad I got a white pen in both packs as I think I’ll be using that a lot with my new calligraphy obsession to get that chalkboard look that’s so on trend on my projects.
Really loved working the Chalkola today and you can get yourself some right here on Amazon. They’re a great price too for artist quality! I also have a 15% off code 15OFFSTR which is valid on Amazon or the Chalkola website.
Now if you’re a big fan of Crafter’s Companion like me, you’ll have noticed they have been advertising a ’12 months of scrapbooking’ craft along they have right now. The last craft along I took part in was Colourist and I loved it! I absolutely adore scrapbooking so this one was a no brainer for me.
Every last Monday of the month (starting January 30th) Crafters Companion are going to launch scrapbooking videos for everyone to craft along with! There’s even a kit you can buy for £18 with a huge saving so you can craft along with the same kit on the video. January’s bundle was the gorgeous Sara Signature English Country Garden set, complete with papers, dies, embossing folders and embellishments.
Check out my finished page for January!
I love the papers and the butterfly dies, they’re gorgeous, there’s so much goodness to play with in this collection! Also check out my calligraphy! If you’ve been following me on Instagram (MamaMakesBlog) you’ll know I have recently taken up modern lettering and I’m so excited to feature it on my work for the first time here.
If you want to follow along with the scrapbook-along you can! You can sign up right here, ready for February’s instalment. Jen is a fantastic scrapbook demonstrator, so much inspiration in her videos and on her Instagram (the_scrapbook_lady_uk).
If you join us on our mission to get the UK scrapbooking, make sure you tag me in all of your posts, I wanna see your layouts! As you know one of my passions is preserving memories, I’ve worked with technology too long so I know all too well everyone’s pictures need to be printed and decorated with loveliness.
Have a great weekend!
I absolutely cannot believe it’s christmas in just a weeks time, it feels like it jumped out on me about a week ago and I’ve been panic buying ever since!
Of course, I have a bit of a crafty christmas gift list, and I thought I would share it with you all as, I don’t know about you guys, but all of my family have been pestering me asking what I want some christmas! Hopefully my list might give you a little inspiration…
Now I asked John Lockwood what his crafty essentials were and this was one of his top tips. For some reason I really struggle with a guillotine and my matts and layers just get smaller and smaller and I waste a lot of time trying to measure! I think these would help me out a lot and save me a lot of time!
Speaking of measuring and cutting, another thing I hate measuring is fabric! On my wish list this year I have some charm packs from Moda. The designs are gorgeous, especially the treehouse one above. I don’t know what I’m going to make yet, but I just LOVE gorgeous fabric.
I adore baking as you know but the one thing I have never made is freshly baked bread but I love the smell in the supermarkets near the bakery! I would love to make some at home so this bread maker would be ideal. There are also lots of bread machine recipes by Panasonic online to get started. This one features Artisan bread, Rustic Sourdough and it has a scone mode! HELLO! It also has a Fruit and Nut Dispenser and Gluten Free programme for my super annoying brother’s girlfriend (ha, just kidding, love you really).
Right this seen a little strange but bare with me. If you’ve seen me around this year you’ll know I’ve become slightly addicted to my acrylic nails but as you can imagine, it can get difficult when peeling off double sided tape, and I use a lot of double sided tape when making cards! Sue Wilson recently introduced me to Scotch Double Sided tape which has no backing, more time saving in the craft room! Seems sad but a great stocking filler and hey, why not get some for yourself and wrap your christmas gifts really neatly and quickly!
I just adore the Spectrum Noir sparkle pens, they are so special and the bling when dry is out of this world! I love the clear overlay ones I have already but I would love to add some coloured ones to my collection.. AND the holiday ones come in a red sparkle storage box, how cool!? (I’m a sucker for cute packaging.)
I have totally fallen in love with adult colouring this year, especially with the new Colorista range released from Crafter’s Companion. How adorable is this colouring book? I totally love Spongebob but the Colorista colouring pads that are glittered and foiled are great also, but I already have those.
Let me know what you would love for christmas this year! I hope you’re more prepared than me!
Wishing all of my lovely followers a very merry christmas and a 2017 full of love, laughter and crafty goodness!
So one of my close friends from work recently admitted to being sucked into the craft world, uh-oh, we all know how that feels!
She asked me for a list of crafty essentials to get started and I thought, you know what, you’re probably not the only one wondering this, in fact I remember wondering this myself a couple of years ago.
So here we have it, my top 10 paper crafty essentials:
- Cardstock – If you’re going to make cards I recommend getting a good quality card stock for the base. I have 300 gsm white cardstock, but it’s always a good idea to have a good supply of black and kraft card also. Make sure the card is a good gsm (grams per square metre) or your card will be flimsy and may fall over after you have embellished it. Crafters Companion do a great selection here. While your there grab some coloured card stock and some glittered, the Crafters Companion glittered card stock doesn’t shed and to me that is amazing! Note: If you fancy making shaker cards you’ll need acetate, make sure that is a good weight too (some stores call it construction acetate.)
- Scissors/Guillotine/Tools – Two types of scissors are normally needed for paper crafting, big ones that can cut through all sizes of card and little ‘snips’ which are good for cutting out tiny detail such as decoupage pieces. If you’re like me and you can’t cut for toffee, grab yourself a guillotine to do to measuring for you. I recommend Tonic for any kind blades, Tim Holtz scissors are fabulous and Tonic Guillotines have never let me down. (If you’re 100% useless at any kind of measuring like me, see my dies section later on that will save you so much hassle matting and layering.) Also if you’re thinking of die cutting grab yourself a Spellbinders Tool In One or the Tonic pokey tool, to make sure you get all the little bits out of your die cuts.
- Glass Mat – If you have a crafty workspace or want to protect your dining room table, I would recommend buying a glass mat, Tonic do a nice one with measurements on. Not only does it protect the surface but it’s great for blending on. A brown non stick craft mat is also a good choice, Ranger make a good one.
- Glue – Cosmic Shimmer is sworn by in the craft industry but I also don’t mind Anita’s tacky glue. I also recommend a tape pen or double sided tape for when wet glue isn’t suitable, Crafter’s Companion’s tape pens are fantastic. If you’re in a rush and feeling brave, try a hot glue gun, but they’re a little messy and dangerous for my liking. If you need some dimension, grab yourself some foam pads or some silicone glue, Collall is a good brand to go with for this. If you’d like to make gift boxes or shaker cards, grab some red liner double sided tape. You will need most of the adhesive I have listed so it might be worth investing in a bundle, Crafters Companion do a good adhesive bundle with everything you need.
- Die Cutting Machine and Dies – If you’re just getting started in die cutting, get yourself a small machine. I recommend the Spellbinders Sapphire or Prizm but if you want to go bigger I recommend the Big Shot Plus or the Gemini, depending on your budget. To start with, get some basic dies that will help you. Sue Wilson does some fantastic double pierced squares and rectangles to get you started in matting and layering or Crafters Companion do some basics too, go for nested so you get all different sizes. Sizzix do some ‘framelits’ dies which are similar, you can get tag shaped ones also which will come in handy. Get yourself an alphabet set for personalisation as well as some numbers for those ‘big age’ birthday cards and then expand into dies of cute designs that would be great for toppers. I personally hate my handwriting and I am not very good at stamping so most of my dies are sentiments, Tim Holtz words dies are gorgeous and Crafters Companion do some great ones too.
- Paper Pads/Toppers – If you don’t fancy dipping your toe in the die cutting world yet, maybe pick up a paper pad with some co-ordinating pre die cut toppers inside. Crafters Companion do this a lot, especially in their Sara Signature collection. DoCrafts are also good at the co-ordinating pre die cut toppers/paper pad thing too, they also tend to also co-ordinate their ribbon and embellishments which is great because everything matches perfectly giving your cards a professional look.
- Stamps, Blocks and Inks – There are three types of stamps in the crafting world, wood mount stamps, clear mount stamps and photo polymer stamps. Wood mount and clear mount are some what a dying breed, most of the stamps you find on the market these days photo polymer as they are cheap to make and easy to stamp with. When working with photo polymer and clear mount stamps you will need your own blocks to put them on. I recommend the Slims from Inkylicious or Rock-A-Blocks from Crafter’s Companion. Don’t forget to buy a range of sizes to ensure you have a block for every stamp you may invest in, most blocks come in a set of different sizes. Of course, when using stamps you will need ink! There are two types of ink on the market and you will need both. A pigment ink is a waterproof ink so this is great if you’d like to stamp an image and then colour it in with watercolours. There is also dye based ink which is not waterproof but is great for detail and can be more vibrant in colour. I recommend getting a Memento (dye based) in Black, a Staz On (pigment based) in black, a clear sticky Versamark ink for embossing (more about that later) and Tim Holtz distress inks for all the colours you need. Tim Holtz makes mini distress inks which are great if you want to build quite a collection of colours and he sells a cute handy tin to keep them all in. My good friend John Lockwood recommended Wendy Vecci’s ink ‘Watering Can’ as it’s less sharp than a black ink if you can stamping out sentiments. It is very popular and a bit of a devil to get hold of but I managed to grab one from the BIC Warehouse on eBay. As for stamps, make sure you buy a variety of sentiments as well as designs you like. I would tick to clear polymer stamps if you are a beginner so you can see where you are stamping but make sure it is a thick etch, try to avoid cheap unknown brands when buying stamps because if you don’t get a good impression it could be down to the cheap quality of the polymer used to make the stamp and not your stamping skill! I am a big fan of the Stampin Up stamps and the ones from Creative Expressions. Another great product to use when stamping is the Pebeo drawing gum/masking fluid, which allows you to mask off different parts of an image so you can colour or stamp over to create depth. Sheena from Crafters Companion does some great techniques with this. Before you stamp anything make sure you rub the surface you’re going to stamp on with an anti static bag, Woodware sell these on the Crafter’s Companion website.
- Alcohol Markers – Now I’m quite new to the alcohol marker scene but I have found a great beginner set to be the Graphmasters. They come in all kinds of lovely colours and blend really well. I also have the Colorista range from Crafters Companion which are lovely bright colours but they don’t blend too well unless they are colouring the glittered colouring pads that came out with them when they launched. Copic are a brand with a great reputation and Spectrum Noir also have a good reputation in the craft industry but I have heard they can dry out quickly. I would recommend alcohol markers over your cheap markers, just purely because of the blending capabilities, you can’t see any colouring streaks and there’s some great techniques to be done with them. Crafters Companion recently did a video tutorial course on alcohol markers and Creative Expressions are also rolling one out so check out their websites for those.
- Embossing – So there’s two types of embossing in the crafting world, one kind is where you put card in a folder and imprint an image onto card and the other kind is when you stamp an image in clear embossing ink, put embossing powder over the top, tap off the excess and heat the powder to melt it to the pattern of the ink. With heat embossing of course you will need a heat gun, DoCrafts do a fantastic pink one and there’s a great folding one on the Crafters Companion website by Woodware. When shopping for embossing powder, try and get a ‘detail’ embossing powder because if you go for the cheaper brands you won’t get a nice detailed image, it might come out kinda blocky and if it’s a sentiment it may become unreadable. I really recommend Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder or Stampendous.
- Embossing Folders – As previously mentioned, embossing folders are a bit of a dark horse of the craft market but they can be great for backgrounds and lots of techniques can be done with the emboss/deboss detail on them especially when mixed with gilding wax or gilding polish. You will need a die cutting machine to use them though. Crafters Companion do some lovely designs and so do Sizzix and Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. If you’re going for gilding wax I highly recommend Pebeo or if you want to try more of a mousse style polish, try the Cosmic Shimmer gilding polish.
Well there’s my top 10 crafty essentials, sorry for such a lengthy blog post! I hope it all makes sense and you guys get some top tips out of my recommendations. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments below.
So it’s been a busy week at Mama Makes, on Thursday I ventured out to London to visit Sarah Hurley in Loughton.
Sarah was hosting an event called ‘Sarah Hurley LIVE!’ where she gave seminars with herself, Craig from CHA and Natalie from Stamping up, we had lots of lovely advice sessions and make and takes with prosecco and cake! To top it all of there was a shopping area so it was a truly awesome day.
I met lots of lovely people and made some new crafty friends, including people who I vaguely knew from the Sarah Hurley community, it was nice to finally put a face to a name. Sarah had posters and leaflets made of her community and it was really weird seeing my face everywhere and being recognised from a leaflet!
The make and takes were fab! We made a gift tag using the Dolly Sketches stamps from Sarah Hurley’s range which were so lovely and I must buy them all on payday… we also made a paper poinsettia with Shabneez, it was lovely to learn how to shape flowers.
As for shopping I had to refrain a lot! I got some Heidi Swapp goodies, Stampendous embossing powder and some Lawn Fawn stamps, in fact I wanted all of the Lawn Fawn stamps and I have decided they are definitely on my christmas list this year! New favourite stamp brand for sure!
I had a fab day at Sarah Hurley Live and I think, without saying too much, that after my mentoring session with her there are some crafty adventures on the horizon.
Hope you have had a fab crafty week!
Just a quick one to announce the winner of the Crafter’s Companion birthday blog hop competition!
I had such fun making this cushion and now it’s going to the lucky home of…
Congratulations! Don’t forget to get in touch with [email protected] with your postal addresses to claim your prize!
Thanks so much to everyone who entered for all your kind comments. 🙂