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Blogger Networks

I love to craft and even more so when I have the chance to share it with people, be that family or friends, blog readers, or by working with craft brands. I enjoy a crafty challenge and trying out new things - I once described myself as a card maker - but I now try different forms of papercraft cross stitch, needle felt, glass painting and more. I am grateful to have been chosen as a member of two great blogger networks (have you spotted the badges on my blogs?) - where I get to introduce you all to the brand, and try out different ideas with some of their products. I'm excited to bring you posts as a member of:

Baker Ross Blogger Network

Baker Ross are an art and craft supplies company with a brochure packed full of basic craft supplies, kits, tools, accessories, even party items. When I first joined the network I was impressed by the size of their range, which continues to grow. The company were keen to work with adult bloggers to show what could be done with their basic products. Their aim was to show that although they get a lot of orders from families, for children's schools and community groups, there are a lot of products that appeal to adults too. Please keep an eye out online for makes from myself and the rest of the network. It's a lot of fun and has really helped me develop as a crafter.

The Sarah Hurley Community

I was recently picked to be a member of the Sarah Hurley Community, and to go through an application process of sorts, and then to be picked is something I am proud of. Sarah Hurley has a lot of strings to her bow, including corporate design work, demonstrating on the Hochanda TV Channel (search for The Store on Freeview), and her own range of personalised products, craft kits, stamps and more. I have followed Sarah's progress with her company for a while, and am excited to get to know the brand and see where the community takes us. There'll be a few of us sharing content, introducing products, and hopefully working on lots of fun projects and content over the next few months.

Content from both networks will be labelled in all their sparkly craftiness for you all to see. I hope you enjoy the makes.


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