Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Baker Ross Christmas Blogger Box - Overview And Pom Pom Bauble Make

Hi everyone,

It's happy post time again, and this time it was some Christmas craft goodies from Baker Ross. I think Christmas is one of my favourite boxes, there's always something different to try, and for some reason I find Christmas one of the most exciting things to craft for!



My box this time didn't disappoint. There was a good mix of things that I would use again, and for different crafts, and it's a box that has made me think on my feet. There's no patterned papers or pretty topper - nothing is done. I think my favourite items are probably the roll of jute twine, just because I think it'll add a shabby chic/rustic touch to so many things, it will last for ages, and I'll have fun adding little touches to it, also the glitter paper. I LOVE glitter card/paper, the self adhesive kind that doesn't shed. The colours are just so vibrant, I don't understand why some crafters cover it up so much with their layering, I want to see it sparkle.

So here's my box in full:




  • Bark Stars - £3.99 for 20 - Good size for different projects, and you can decorate the surface easily, but some of them were a bit curled up so wouldn't sit flat on anything.
  • Jute Twine - £2.99 per reel. Big reel and good quality jute. Handy to have in my stash.
  • Hessian Roll - £4.50 per roll. Good amount for your money, though not as easy to use as the self adhesive sheets. Good to shape round craft products.
  • Self - Adhesive Glitter Paper Sheets - £2.45 for 5 sheets - Lovely range of colours, no shedding of glitter, easy to use and cut - good value for the price, but the size of the sheets is too small, won't go very far. I'd prefer to buy A4 sheets, or more in 1 pack.
  • Mini Pom Poms - £2.45 for 500 - good amount in a pack, like that there are different sizes included, and a good amount of each colour. Bit hit and miss finding the right adhesive to get them to stick to things, but fun for all ages to use.
  • Self-Adhesive Felt Sheets - £3.60 for 18 sheets - Good selection of colours, easy to use, need a good pair of scissors to cut. Handy for backgrounds and basic shapes.
  • Craft Baubles - Pack Of 6 - £3.49 - Easier to work with than some of the other bauble shapes they have, though a bit small in terms of decorating. Good quality and size, though a bit pricey for 6.
  • A4 Coloured Card - £2.99 for 50. I've not opened this yet, but a good selection of colours, and just what I needed for my stash - which has too much pastel in it.



Pom Pom Makes

I have a few blog posts planned which will be up in the coming days and weeks, but I thought I'd share my first make with the blogger box here. Although my four year old nephew isn't really into drawing and painting much yet, he does quite like sticking and some crafty activities so I shared my pom pom pack and craft baubles with him and we made these.





I did try and make some kind of pattern but that didn't really work, however they are bright and fun, and something different for the crafty tree this year. We did have a fail trying to get them to stick though, we tried glue, tacky double sided tape - which worked better, but for a final attempt at sealing and sticking them, I've sprayed them with hairspray. So far, so good.



* This blogger box was sent as part of the Baker Ross Blogger Network activity, but all opinions and feedback are my own.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Sarah Hurley Botanical Stamps Overview

Hi everyone,

This is my first official blog post as part of the Sarah Hurley Community, and I am quite excited to get going and share some of Sarah's new products with you all. First up is a new range of stamps themed as 'botanical' so all things floral and fauna, perfect for me and my Pawprints and Petals page.

I thought I would kick off by giving you an overview of the range and a little review, then hopefully share a few projects over the next weeks to show what you can do with them. There are 8 sets in the range, all priced at £5.99. With each set you will get at least one sentiment, and a variety of different flowers and foliage. I received the Birthday Flowers, Friendship Flowers, Thank You For The Flowers, Brushstroke Roses (my favourite so far), and Thinking Of You Flower sets.




Things I Like:

It's something everyone is talking about now, but it does make a difference if you get a full stamp sheet, and a choice of different images to stamp with. I do sometimes buy a big/intricate stamp if I really like the image, but I also enjoy using smaller stamps, and cutting, pasting, layering and creating with them, so the Sarah Hurley stamps win there. I've already tried using them for small projects, and creating a scene on a card and they work well.

I also like how some stamps such as the flowers are solid and others an outline, again great for layering. I need to invest in some new colour ink pads and try faded backgrounds, but I find ink quite pricey.

For me each stamp set is quite different, which again is refreshing as I see so any floral products on the market that are the same repeated, patterns, it gets boring. I've seen some of the makes my fellow community members have made, and for me they can be bold, modern, and if you want bright, and that's what I want with flower products.




Not So Good:

I've been thinking a lot about this and there's only a couple of things I could find to comment on. The stamps are made from good quality, tacky materials, but they don't take the ink clean off when I'm cleaning them after use, I've had this before with stamps, still completely usable, but some have black marks left on them from inking.

The only other thing I'd say was with the sentiments, which look hand drawn or painted. Whichever way they were produced, I think having used them all, some of the words/phrases have been made into stamps which are a bit small for the style of writing, and I would have preferred a different font or bigger word for a clearer finish.

Overall:




I like the hand drawn/painted look to these stamps, and although I wasn't too sure at first how they might come out, I have been pleased with the results. There are co-ordinating papers to go with these stamps, double sided (yes!!), but while a few of the flower designs do say Spring to me, others can be used for all different occasions and seasons!

Each stamp set in the Beautiful Botanical range retails at £5.99 and the set of matching papers is £7.50 each. These products will be available very soon at www.sarahhurley.com .

* I was sent these stamps as a member of the Sarah Hurley Community/Design Team for the purposes of experimenting/review/possible project blogs. All opinions are my own.

I'll be back soon with some gift box/packaging ideas using some of the Botanical stamps. Thanks for reading and please comment and let me know what you think, and what your favourite crafty products are.


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