Friday, 29 April 2016

Spring Wreath Project With Baker Ross


Crafters, have you ever had the problem of starting off a project, completing one element, and then having no idea what else to do to finish it? That was me recently as I felt like making a wreath, got out my Baker Ross Wreath Rings, and some spring themed Artepatch Paper - covered the front of the ring, and then ground to a halt.

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I thought the project might lay gathering dust for a while, but Baker Ross delivered a new blogger network box the other week and that provided some much needed ideas. Inside this box was a pack of sisal sheets - 5 in assorted colours. I'd never come across this fibre before, but it was easy to cut and use, and the mix of bright and more subtle colour choices was spot on. The main plus point for me was the packaging leaflet had a few photo's for inspiration. I often get my stash out and just experiment, but sometimes when I am trying new products I value some tips or photo ideas to get me started.

The neutral sisal sheet I cut a piece from for the middle of my wreath, using the idea given to add some thread and a bead or 2 across the area. It was easy to cut the thread to size and just push it through the sisal at each end. The adhesive hessian sheets I have blogged about before made an appearance, and the rest of the decorations came from my embellishment box. It was a relaxing time picking, choosing, and arranging until I was happy with the finished product, then it was just a case of getting out my double sided tape and securing it all. I backed it with another wreath ring again to give some strength, but the decorations are light on this one, so it would work without and you could just paint the back.

Sitting pretty in the office

Hope you enjoy this colourful Spring make - Do check out Baker Ross, they have a larger than expected range of basics for all ages. These products were gifted to me as a member of their blogger network, but all opinion and feedback is my own.

* Coming Soon * Baker Ross challenge me to make something with sea grass - this is going to be a challenge.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Name On Rice Creations - Keyring Review

Saturday blogging of a creative nature, as I recently was lucky enough to be picked as a tester for Name On Rice Creations. They were offering a group of lucky customers to order a product simply for paying postage. There was a choice of items available that could be customised a bit.

This page caught my eye because of the name - Name On Rice Creations - what could it mean? How could you possibly write on rice. I had to try it out.



There are bookmarks, bracelets, bag charm/keyrings, Christmas decorations and a few other items available, all based around a cute little vial which houses pretty sparkly things in liquid, and your name on rice. It's all slightly mysterious, but I like not knowing exactly how it's done and what's been used.

I chose a keyring, with pink sparkle, my name on the rice, and you also get to choose extra charms, so I ended up with a pawprint and a petal (my craft page is called Pawprints and Petals). It's a busy and popular page, so I had to wait a little while to receive my item, but it wasn't too long, and it arrived well wrapped and with an organza bag to keep it in.

As this item is so different to the craft I've seen so far, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It was smaller than I thought after seeing the photo, and the bits move about a bit like a snow globe, so I couldn't see my name at first. It's very cute though, and since you get to choose the charms, I think it would work as a gift for young or old.



I'm a happy shopper, and if you'd like to check out all the items on sale that can be personalised, you'll find Name On Rice Creations on Facebook. A personalised bag charm or keyring would normally be £8 plus postage.

Monday, 18 April 2016

News - I've Joined The Sarah Hurley Community

Hi all,

Hope everyone is well. Just wanted to share some exciting news with you all. I am now working with my second craft company, and have been chosen from lots of applications, to be part of the Sarah Hurley Community.

Sarah Hurley is an entrepreneur from Essex I have interacted with and known of for a while. It's been interesting for me to see a local crafty business grow, and grow they are. Check out Sarah Hurley Website for more about Sarah, all her business ventures, and when you can see her as a guest demonstrator on Hochanda, a newish craft channel.

You'll hopefully see all the community pop by on various social media platforms in the near future, introducing some of the new Sarah Hurley products, trying and testing things, and producing all kinds of fun content. From what I have heard so far there are some fun things planned - so watch this space.


Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Craft Projects - Easter Peg Picture And Easter Bookmark

It doesn't seem that long ago that I was opening my last box of blogger network goodies from Baker Ross, but a new Easter themed box arrived a little while ago, and I've finally managed to get my craft on and come up with a couple of ideas.

This box looked quite challenging to start with, it had several Easter themed decopatch packs, but the rest was a blank canvas of quilling items, pegs, and some self adhesive hessian - what to do??

Easter Bookmark




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For this I used:
  • Orange ribbon (stash item)
  • Patterned backing card (stash item)
  • Sheep topper (stash item)
  • Decopatch paper - 4 sheets in a pack, 4 different designs. £2.99 each. Would definitely recommend Baker Ross for their Artepatch range, some lovely designs in bright colours, and something a bit different to the standard offerings in the shops. I liked having bolder Easter patterns and plainer designs.
  • Self adhesive hessian - £3.60 for 4 sheets. This could be my new favourite thing - like the idea of using a natural, textured backing for cards and other projects, having it self adhesive is really handy, and I think worth the money as I could get quite a bit of use out of the 4 sheets.
Easter Peg Picture

I've had a small number of mini pegs in my stash for a while and had no idea what to do with them, so when confronted with a bigger pack I was a bit lost, but I got some out the pack and started playing around and decided to try sticking them to a background, and that's where the idea for the flower came from, and it grew from there into a picture. I like the finished product and combination of different textures and materials, from the needle felted flower leaves to the stamped paper banner. It was all mounted on a piece of cardboard saved from some packaging, and I'm thinking of standing it on our new sideboard/dresser as a decoration.



Additional Items I used (different to above)

Green needle felting wool (stash item)
Quilling paper - £1.50 for 100 strips
Quilling tools - £1.50 - Bit disappointing, would prefer a bigger tool and was a bit tricky getting the quilling off the tool once I'd wrapped the paper around. Decent for the price, although I've used better quality tools.
Bunny stamp and alphabet stamps (stash items)
Patterned paper (stash items)
Mini Pegs - £.2.75 for 100. These will last a while so worth the money, although one of those extras I'd like some project ideas with.



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 Really enjoyed making these two projects, and hoping to squeeze in a couple more things before Easter. These items were gifted for the purpose of this craft project, but all feedback and opinions are my own. Have you got any craft planned for Easter? makes with or for the family? I'd love to hear what you've been up to so please feel free to comment below and leave your links - there's lots of easy ways to comment, even if you're not a blogger.


Thursday, 3 March 2016

So Post Beauty Samples - Max Factor, YSL, Candy Crush And More!

One of my friends who is into comping and hunting out free things sent me a link a while back and said if I went on it I could get a free beauty sample, and could send her one back in return. I wasn't really sure what she was talking about, but check out the link and the company and saw that it was a beauty sample offer from So Post, a company that connects brands with people. So I decided I was happy to give it a go, applied, and sent the offer back to Vicky.

At this point I was still a bit sceptical about what I'd get back, thinking it would just be a sachet with a tiny little drop of product in it, so I was quite surprised to receive a mini tube of Benefit Primer in the post - very usable, and lasted a little while too - a win all round.



I'm not sure where these free samples that are sent via So Post are advertised - whether the brands market these samples, or there's exclusive deals with freebie sites - I've only ever seen them promoted on one freebie page I joined - but since receiving the primer I have received some other bits and pieces all of which I have liked and enjoyed using (apart from the Max Factor lipstick which I gifted to my sister as the colour didn't suit me).

To me this is how sampling should be - you get enough product to make a judgement on the colour, scent, whether it suits your skin tone/type - and then you talk about it on social media/to your friends - and maybe buy a full size product as well. Much better than a foil sachet with barely anything in it. I realise that some brands may not have the resources for this - but if the ones that do produce a limited number of samples - which people are claiming for themselves - sending to friends and thus spreading the word - and talking about it afterwards - then there is value in offering free samples in this way.



I think my favourite of the samples I have been lucky enough to receive is the YSL Touche Éclat Foundation - I got to choose a shade I wanted to try and it arrived in a box with another bottle which was one shade warmer - I didn't expect that! I'm trying to make the samples last and not use them every day as I really like the coverage/finish and the colours are ideal for me - there's quite a lot in each little bottle though, and they were colour matching in store as well so I managed to grab an extra sample. The only low point is the price - a full size bottle is around £32.50 - still it could me one of those make-up items worth the investment.



Have you received any great samples or freebies lately? If not then the Facebook group and website Latest Free Stuff is a good place to go to see what offers are around. Getting some free beauty samples has definitely been fun!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Crafting With Hunkydory Perfect Petals Members Free Gift

Hi everyone,

It's been a little while since I have blogged craft - I was so overloaded with crafting for the Christmas shop I tried selling in, and then moved house - but now all my things are fairly well organised - in fact I think my craft stash is better organised than it was before - so I thought I'd share a couple of quick makes mainly using a Hunkydory card kit.

For anyone who doesn't know Hunkydory, their products are always really good quality, often foiled and detailed, and I've found you can get quite a lot out of one kit, even a topper kit if you are economical and don't try and use it all up on one or two projects. Their club is free to join and you get access to lots of content on their website, sometimes you will see a 'club price' for items if your signed up and signed in. They do free gifts - I was slightly sucked in when I saw the word 'free' - but every so often they introduce a members gift and you can order this, and either pay £2.99 postage if you've ordered it on it's own, or pay nothing if you have other things in your basket.

The Perfect Petals Kit included several topped sheets, card inserts, papers and card - plenty to make a good few cards, and ideal for tags, maybe gift boxes for light items as well. I think there's a lot you can do with it, but today I wanted to share a couple of quick makes.

I used a kraft card style blank here, along with ribbon tied in a double bow and a small flower gem. All the rest was mixed and matched from the kit. The card blank was just opened out, and then each side was folded into the middle. I'm a little unsure about mixing and matching different patterns sometimes, but I think this turned out well.

This card again used some small flower gems from my stash, and a brad which I stuck through a small part of a border strip I'd folded from the kit. Happy Mother's Day was stamped using alphabet stamps from the Papermania/Do Crafts Urban Stamps Collection.

Hope you all enjoy these new makes - will be back soon with something I've made for the Baker Ross Blogger network. if you're a crafty blogger too I would love to hear more, so do please connect and share your links etc. All support and comments are much appreciated. You can also easily comment as a guest if you're not signed up to any network given in the options.

Have a great day everyone.



Sunday, 28 February 2016

Beauty Review - Scottish Fine Soaps - Larch And Lavender Body Butter

Hi all,

Hope everyone is well and enjoying a frosty winter day (it looks lovely out the window here, and miles better than gloomy wind and rain). The blog has been a little quiet of late, that's what comes from moving house just before Christmas, then catching up with everything!! I thought I'd share some beauty with you today in the form of Scottish Fine Soaps Larch and Lavender Body Butter.

I was kindly sent this to try out before Christmas, and first impressions were good. It comes in a 200ml jar and I really liked the branding, although it might help my favourite colour is purple. The box and jar has simple and clear wording on, with a simple graphic to reflect the ingredients of the product - I think it would stand out to me on a shelf, especially with the purple accents on the packaging.

The ingredients I was a little sceptical about though, I am a big fan of the relaxing properties and scent of lavender, but I wasn't sure about combining it with larch, and the fact that the box promises 'uplifting scents of Scottish Woodland in Spring', would I want to use something smelling of Woodland? Actually yes I would! Just like the other Scottish Fine Soaps products I've tried the scent is there and lingers - but it's not overpowering at all, or plastic/artificial smelling.

Scottish Fine Soaps Review Item
Although it doesn't say on the packaging it seems as if the body butter has been whipped, as it has a slight mousse texture to it. It's not too thick and goes on nicely without any greasy after effect. I've also used it several times just on my hands as they were feeling dry and although it's too early to tell if it will have a lasting effect, they do feel smoother.

I did go through a period where I had a lot of beauty products - body butters, hand cream etc. as presents and just didn't use them that often - I'm not always the best at keeping up with routines - but so far I'm pleased with this product and would consider buying it again, although I think this jar is going to last me a long time yet, so it might be a while before I am in the market for a new body butter!!

Here's the product link if anyone would like to check it out for themselves - a 200ml jar currently retails at £11.50. Do let me know if you've tried any of their other products before, would be good to know what else you've rated.

Thanks for reading and have a good day everyone.

* This product was gifted to me for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are my own.