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




Design copyright These City Days 2016
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.



Design Copyright These City Days 2016

 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.



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