Monday, 29 September 2014

Unique Blog Hop

Welcome and today I'm taking part in the unique blog hop.

I was invited to take part by my Stampin Up upline Zoe Tant  and you may have reached me from her blog, http://stampingscene.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2014-09-24T07:30:00%2B01:00&max-results=2

As part of the Unique blog hop I'll be answering the following questions

1. What am I working on?
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
4. How does your writing/creative process work?
So what I am working on ?
Well at the moment my craft desk is as clear as it gets because I have had a lot of visitors this weekend to celebrate a family birthday. So a fair bit of last week was spent cleaning and tidying. Now cleaning is not my favourite activity in any way and I'm not normally so very tidy, particularly when it come to crafting.
So before the big clean up I was working on lots of little Christmas gifts for some upcoming fairs I will be doing and also I have been asked ot provide make at home kits for the TOAST shop in Leek.
Here's a picture of my last 2 makes which were for the birthday in question.



How does my Work differ from others of it's genre.
This is a bit of a difficult one and I'm not so sure that it does - I like instant gratification so try to keep it clean and simple and quick. Although I'm not sure all my class ladies will agree with that !

Why do I create what I do. ?
I like to sit and make things most evenings, it keeps me busy and also I find that with hubby and 2 teenagers in the house I really have no where else to sit in peace and quiet. Mike plays the piona in one room, the kids fight over the TV room and the loser has the lat free room with a computer so I find myself relegated upstairs !  Not that it is a bad option as I have a purpose built room that is 25 foot long. It also serves as a quest room.


How does my writing/creative process work ?
Hopefully fast ! as I have a horrible tendency to leave things to the last minute. I am a little similar to a supermarket delivery - I get it done " just in time".
Over the last couple of years I have changed my processes as I used to need a lot of inspiration from others and used pinterest a lot.  Now I may have seen something on the web for a general idea but will go upstairs with a vague idea and see what papers and stamps take my fancy.


So I hope that gives you a bit of a flavour of me.

Next in the blog hop will be Fiona , a friend who makes beautiful bespoke family trees and other gifts. Although I know at the moment she is working on lots of little Christmas makes.
https://plus.google.com/107429487778764841633/posts




Thursday, 11 September 2014

Advent Calendar using Stampin Up Tiny Treat Boxes and 25 days stamp set.

Well what can I say ?- sorry seems to be a good choice. I just can't believe that I haven't blogged since May.

I have however been busy making things and enjoying the summer months. The allotment has done well and I've spent many hours picking fruit for my husband to eat it ALL in a few minutes.

I've decided to get ready early for Christmas so here's my first make for the year - an advent calendar.
It uses the tiny treat boxes and 25 days photopolymer stamp set from the Autumn/Winter catalogue. These boxes are fantastic value for money at £6.25 for 25 sturdy kraft boxes that measure about 5cm.

I've almost finished my second advent calendar which has been made using some now retired stock of the mini milk carton die and an old alphabet/number die.

Come back soon to see a picture.

If you want to buy any of these items or just browse the catalogues here's a link to my store.


http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/dawnhoward/