The 'Original' Creative Crafting Magazine written by Crafters, for Crafters

Creative Crafting magazine began in August/September 2009, when a group of crafting friends on the Creative Connections network decided that it would be a good idea to raise awareness of the crafting community. From this point they started work and the first issue of Creative Crafting was published in October 2009 and are still publishing today.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Week 7 . Ready - Set - Post

This week, the competition was to win a Years Subscription for our Live Interactive Banner Advert from our Halloween issue onwards (6 issues). All you had to do was comment on this picture.

Ready - Set - Post Image

Unfortunately, some of you did not leave any contact information, so we couldn't directly email you without 'friending' first. Please remember to leave your email address, or Facebook page address so we can contact you directly in the comments box. Thank you!

  1. Karen Rickard 
  2. Japan Crafts
  3. Miss Bohemia
  4. Mad About Bags
  5. Pirate Pixie Crew
  6. Rach Ael 
  7. Averilpam Design
  8. Natasha Middleton-Lidbetter 
  9. Julia Wykes
  10. Lane Lynn 
  11. Libby's Made It ‎
  12. Melissa Merchant
We used Random.org to choose or winner, and the lucky crafter is.... Julia Wykes from Bodkin and Bead

CONGRATULATIONS!


Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Guest Blog Post - Betty Bee

Crafting over cocktails
Traditionally when you think of a “crafter” you envisage someone working alone, perhaps in a cosy workshop with nothing for company except the radio. For many undertaking a craft project is a wonderful way to carve out some “me” time and tune out the white noise of everyday life.
It doesn’t have to be like this though and for those who enjoy sharing what they are working on social networking has made it much easier to “meet up” with like-minded individuals who share your hobbies. Crafters have been remarkably adept at changing with the times. Websites have sprung up, on-line forums exist and even crafters who specialise in fairly traditional arts casually refer to tit bits they have picked up on twitter or on the creative crafting site. So its no great surprise that there is an increased demand for social events, which include a craft element. Taking the world of cyber socialising and replacing our avatars with real people.
I’d seen a few of these events advertised and was quite intrigued. As I associate my hobbies with that pleasurable time when the rest of the world sleeps and I can be totally alone with my projects I wasn’t sure I liked the idea but a few friends had attended a local event and had been very enthusiastic.  So a few weeks ago I headed to a craft night in Liverpool. The premise was that we would be taught how to make lanterns whilst sitting in a trendy café, catching up with old friends and perhaps making a few new ones along the way.
I’m always excited to learn new things and as I did my hair and make up I thought how a few years ago I would have been making the same effort for a night of cocktails. Either crafting has become trendy or I am a young fogey (don’t answer that)
The night itself was surprisingly popular. I had gone along with four friends and when we arrived there were at least another twenty girls already seated with drinks, ready for the tutorial.
So what about the nuts and bolts of learning a new skill in a “girls night out “ type atmosphere. The demonstration on how to make a variety of lanterns wasn’t terribly thorough and even though I consider myself quite adept at turning my hand to new disciplines I wasn’t particularly clear what to do. The saving grace though was that detailed handouts were on each table so we were able to quickly work out what we needed to do and go and load up on materials, which were all, piled high on a supply table.
Maybe it was the company I was with or the pot of delicious apple and cherry tea I was able to buy from the bar but having arrived sceptical about social crafting I absolutely loved the exsperience of making lovely items whilst catching up with friends. Having all opted to glass paint old jam jars it was wonderful to see how different each of our finished lanterns were. One friend Helen decorated hers with red hearts and fashioned a clever little tea light holder using copper wire whilst another Claire went for a delicate green palette and a distinctly vintage flavour. For mine I decided to make a lantern for my little girl so using a little bit of decoupage decorated my lantern with pictures of cupcakes and a pale pink glass paint wash.
In terms of really digging deep and learning all there is to know about a particular craft these classes probably leave a lot to be desired but for a fun creative social experience meeting like minded people I highly recommend them and skipping home carrying my new lantern I had the lovely warm feeling you get from a good night out with none of the hangover the next morning.
Copyright Betty Bee 2011
Betty attended an event run by www.thecraftcreative.co.uk
To follow more of Bettys craft adventures follow her blog http://talesfrombettybeetowers.blogspot.com/

Week 6 . Ready - Set - Post

Welcome back to week 6, of Ready - Set - Post. This week you have the chance to win an interactive A6 advert in the next issue of Creative Crafting Magazine.

All you had to do was comment on this picture.

Ready - Set - Post Image

Here all all the entrants that entered this week. Not many of you this week though for such a fantastic prize!

Unfortunately, some of you did not leave any contact information, so we couldn't directly email you without 'friending' first. Please remember to leave your email address, or Facebook page address so we can contact you directly in the comments box. Thank you!


  1. Chris Hyde ✫ ✫ ‎Jimmy James Designs 
  2. Tracey Kifford 
  3. Deborah Davey 
  4. Claire Wildgoose 
  5. Vegan Sudz Shop ‎
  6. Denise Higgins
  7. Little Floating Craft Company
  8. Top Sock Drawer
  9. Miss Bohemia
  10. Kelly 'womble' Johnson
We used Random.org to choose or winner, and the lucky crafter is.... Deborah Davey from Two Cheeky Monkeys. 

CONGRATULATIONS!


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Guest Blog Spot - RedHeadThread

HI my name is Kirsty McGuinness, a redheaded mum of a 14 year old girl and an 8 year old boy. After being a stay at home mum for such a long time I wanted to get a hobby to keep me going during the long winter months so last year my mum got me a cross stitch kit as a challenge as I had always been terrible at sewing when I was younger! I loved it! It took me many hours but the final result was beautiful and everyone was very impressed! I tried a few more kits and started giving them away as presents to friends who had only every really seen cross stitch work their grannies had done and they all fell in love with the art form too. I am only 33 and a bit of a geek at heart so I began doing some stitches of things I loved like star wars, black books, the might boosh and cheeky sayings the kids have said and put my work online for people to have a look and a giggle at and since then my business has taken off in a huge way! I went live online in April and since have sold my work through the internet, in shops around my home town of Belfast and in many markets around the country and love every minute of it. It a very slow art form and each piece can take from 2-22 hours to make so there is a lot of love goes into each unique design. I have also started taking commissions from customers and have converted kids drawings into stitches, business logos and funny quotes from people’s family members and most recently have taken on stitching name places for a wedding! One of my favourite designs was for a lady who wanted me to stitch a Jim’ll fix it badge for her husbands birthday present which was such fun to do, so geeky and retro, right up my street!!
If you would like to pop over and see my work check out my website www.redheadthread.co.uk or facebook/redheadthread for up to date details of new designs and where I will be during the summer season selling my treasures at the many markets throughout Northern Ireland although I post all over the world !
Since starting my business it has opened up my eyes to so many amazing forms of art work I never know existed and through facebook have found some amazing items to buy for my home and met some fantastic friends. Check out Fat Free Felt, Dab and Dash, Pilfred and Fanni loves Fufu all completely different and offering gifts that you couldn’t get on the high street!


Week 5. Ready - Set - Post

It is week 5 already of our all new weekly competition of Ready - Set - Post! This week you all had the chance of winning of an interactive chunky banner advert in the August issue of Creative Crafting!

All you had to do, was comment on this cute little image!

Ready - Set - Post Image


As usual, all the entrants are listed and numbered below. We had 21 crafters enter the competition this week!
  1. Kim Harvey-Nash 
  2. Deborah Davey 
  3. Scottish Princess Designs 
  4. Lisa Garside 
  5. Margaret Forsythe 
  6. Phoenix Brighton 
  7. Charis Lynn Jetton 
  8. Ro Regan 
  9. Kristine Sims 
  10. Mystic MoonShadow's Magickal Jewellery
  11. Judith Brandsness Wolford 
  12. Woodland Gifts 
  13. Karen Rickard 
  14. Kelly 'womble' Johnson ‎
  15. Zhuzh 
  16. Sammi's Wooden Bunting Plaques 
  17. Averilpam Design ‎
  18. Miss Bohemia 
  19. Amanda Bryan 
  20. Anita Mistry 
  21. Eleanor Stafford 
We used Random.org to choose our winner! This weeks lucky crafter is Kim Harvey-Nash from Kims Colourway!


CONGRATULATIONS!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Guest Blog Spot - Claire Toplis

Hi meet Rainbow Fish part of my classroom display for the play corner. Now I have no art skills at all, but I managed to do this. I managed to sketch out the basic shape of Rainbow Fish and gradually painted it and added the detail. What do you think do you like it?
The theme this term is water So I was put in charge of this classroom display and play corner . The play corner is on a under water aquarium theme. Here are some photos. I designed the whole thing, I must admit Rainbow Fish is a great educational resource.
Note the cut out rainbow Fish characters on blue film ( which is the water ).
Here we go inside the aquarium shell material to the side and blue material covering the top. Honestly it really feels like an aquarium in there, shame I am too big too play in there. Look who it is! It is Olivia the bozz eyed Octopus though sadly her lips fell off.






Careful those giant waves don't sweep you away! more Rainbow Fish characters on the waves.
More Rainbow Fish art . I hope you have enjoyed my pictures and I hope it gives you ideas for your classroom or at home. It is so simple to do and encourages a multitude of play ideas and helps promote their leaning. I welcome your comments. Thank you.

You can visit Claires blog at http://ninjakillercat.blogspot.com 



Monday, 11 July 2011

Guest Blog Spot - Roood Boogie



We are Cara and Paul, the people behind Roood Boogie Bespoke Temporary Tattoos. 
 Along with the obligatory passion for all things arty, crafty and creative, we both come from the 9 to 5 slog in merchandise design, which covers an array of disciplines from product sourcing, branding, design and marketing.    

But outside of office hours, we’re just your average pair of rock n’ rollin’, hippy, internet junkie, cocktail-pitcher swilling, inked and pierced, music loving nerds – and that’s pretty much the spirit of Roood Boogie…

it all started when Cara was putting together gift bags for her mates hen night and we realised we had the means to actually make these one-off temporary tattoos, customised with the names etc of the bride and groom, and using our own artwork based on the hen nights vintage theme.  Needless to say, at the hen-do they went down a storm...

We were bombarded with enquiries, so started to look into the possibility of setting it up as a small business.  We looked around and, there are other companies who can produce temporary tattoos to spec, but none of them offer the service on small quantities.  

And to be honest it was all a bit dreary and business-like – none of them came from a true ‘tattoo art’ angle – it was all corporate logos and football club crests, and very little in the way of the free spirit art vibe that we have at Roood Boogie...  plus there were no bespoke temporary tattoo services in the uk with any social media presence, so we decided to step in and fill the gap...
And that’s when we began to really see the full scope of potential markets for the service - 
Things like
  • ·         hen and stag night
  • ·         themed parties
  • ·         product and brand launches/promotions
  • ·         a good merchandise line for bands
  • ·         a fun product for illustrators and designers to promote or sell their work
  • ·         and of course, a service to tattoo artists, who can have their flash sets produced as temporary tattoos, for re-sale as a kind of 'try before you ink yerself permanent' kinda thing...

It's this last concept that's really caught the imagination of a couple tattoo artists who we ran the idea past.  They loved it and ordered several packs on the spot.  



And we were lucky enough to get the awesome Joolz Denby on board with the idea – Joolz gave us license to use some of her New Model Army artwork and various tattoo designs, and these special edition sets can be found on our Etsy shop.  Plus it was Joolz’s endorsement which contributed to us getting over 100 likes within days of creating our facebook page, which is still our main web presence. 

So at the moment we’re busy scribbling and building up our design catalogue, with tattoos which can be bought off the peg or customised at no extra cost, or just used as inspiration for customers’ own designs – things like henna-inspired, maori and inca, floral designs, even working anaglyph 3D tattoos – which we are sure are truly unique!

On the whole we are overwhelmed at the initial success of the project, and we can’t wait to see how it develops.  At the moment we are looking to work with more artists and designers who would like to use their artwork for tattoo sets to be available through our Etsy shop.

But we’re also loving the personal, bespoke element of the service – so far we’ve produced personalised tattoos for festivals, bands, clothing labels, as well as smaller individual orders for people who want to trial different designs or tattoo positioning before they face the tattoo gun for real.

If anyone out there has any ideas and/or would like to collaborate, just give us a shout!


Friday, 8 July 2011

Guest Blog Spot - Polka Dot Blue

Hello lovely creative crafters, I’m Leonie from Polka Dot Blue, a craft and design blog www.polkadotblue.blogspot.com and I’m really excited to be guest blogging here today.

Today I’m sharing a little project of mine, but first I need to tell you a little secret...I’m terrible at origami.

Last year I was gifted an origami calendar; 365 pieces of origami paper with a different project for each day. After two weeks and many failed attempts I came to realise that my unique take on this ancient art form just wasn’t working out. So I decided to find alternative projects for all of that beautiful paper. 

Welcome to my ‘Top Four Things to do with Origami Paper that isn’t Origami’.

Number 1:
Bird-Bunting 

This is almost too easy, make a template of the shape of your choice; it could be birds,  boats or even letters, and cut out enough to make two metres of bunting. Sew onto a 2 ½ metre length of thread, et voila! Colourful and fun bunting.




Number 2:

Greetings Cards
This project is also pretty easy. To make greetings cards I simply sketched various designs onto tracing paper and then transferred them onto the back of the origami paper. I then cut each design out and glued it onto a card blank. The designing is the longest part, but they are very well-received by friends and family.




Number 3:

Love Letter Envelopes
Origami paper is just the right size to make tiny 7cm square envelopes. These are perfect for adorable love letters or using as a very cute and personal gift tag.









Number 4:

Gift Bows
A beautifully wrapped gift makes even the mundane amazing (socks, for example) and there is absolutely nothing better than an awesome hand-made bow. I made this project using this fantastic tutorial: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html.



So there you have it, my favourite things to make with origami paper. What are you favourite paper projects?
Thanks for reading!



Thursday, 7 July 2011

Guest Blog Spot - Tickled Pink Crafts


Happy Birthday

This post could actually be called Happy Anniversary or Congratulations or Hello or I Love You, or anything else that you might want to say with a card.

According to Wikipedia the tradition of sending cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese and Egyptians, and the custom truly came to the fore in Victorian times. Nowadays it seems that you can buy a card for any occasion and those clever marketeers even invent special days to try and encourage the consumer to buy them.

Here at Tickled Pink Crafts, Miss Tickled handmakes beautiful cards, which are fun, funky, classic, elegant, subtle and, more importantly, unique. There is no danger of you sending the same card as someone else, and you can be sure that it will stand out from the crowd on the recipient's mantelpiece.





I suppose the most traditional way of making cards is by using rubber stamps and then either embossing them or simply colouring the image. Miss Tickled has developed this into a fine art, using professional artists pens, pencils and inks, combined with clever distressing techniques to create gorgeous images which she then mounts on the cards.

She also uses her own diecuts from paper, foam and fabric, and turns them into funky yet classic designs.



She is incredibly skilled in using different types of plastic, resin and enamel to create tiny pieces of art which she then incorporates into a card which will surely be admired for a long time after the event it celebrates has passed.

And finally we come to her magnificent shutter cards! These are truly unique and can be commissioned in colours and styles to suit whatever special occasion you are celebrating. You won't find cards like these in the shops!

At the moment we have a special offer of 10 cards for £10 + £2 p&p, so pop along to our website or have a look on Facebook and make your choice. And don't forget, if you don't see what you want please get in touch.


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Guest Blog Spot - Betty Bee


Modern Life is rubbish so lets get crafting

It’s been a pig of a day, bad tempered and irritating in equal measures. For many people the only way to redeem it would be to crack open a bottle and put their feet up in front of the TV. That is of course unless you are a crafter.
A crafter will clear the dinner dishes away, put the kids to bed and then with the radio tuned in to something relaxing start working. Not that it feels like work. Whether you are crocheting a blanket, decoupaging a jewellery box or painting a chair you will quickly enter the craft zone and feel your troubles melt away.

The therapeutic qualities of arts and crafts have long been recognised and classes are run in hospitals, prisons, care homes and having been a life long crafter I’m a massive fan of using your crafts as a relaxation tool.
That’s not to say mastering new disciplines is always the fastest way to achieve blissed out contentment. We all know the black clouds that form when an idea doesn’t work out, or a project simply gets the better of us. Our crackle glaze goes lumpy or we sew our tapestry to our trouser leg but often even the moments when you are shouting at your sewing machine are good as they totally force you into the moment. There’s little time to worry about, love, money or kids when you are trying to get the tension right on an ancient singer machine.
For my part I get the most satisfaction from up cycling items. Turning discarded items usually destined for the tip into beautiful pieces you will use and enjoy.
It makes me feel virtuous as it’s a green way to get new things (and I’m a gal who loves to shop) and the feeling of satisfaction I get when I finish reupholstering a chair or make a cake stand out of mismatched pates from a car boot is really hard to beat.

Crafting is also a brilliant way to indulge your creative side and carve out a space that’s just for you. In a world where we are increasingly slaves to our phones and computers (guilty as charged) it actually forces us to step away from the laptop and engage our brain in a more practical way.

So the next time you feel stressed out, don’t buy up all of ASOS.com or eat that family pack of twirls, log onto Creative Craftin and see where the mood takes you. Its natures Prozac-trust me.

Copyright Betty Bee
Betty Bee regularly shares her craft projects on her blog http://talesfrombettybeetowers.blogspot.com and writes a regular column for Vintage Life Magazine “Betty Bees How to…” which show readers step by step craft projects
Betty Bee
0151 625 2842

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Week 4. Ready - Set - Post

Welcome back everyone to week 4, of Ready - Set - Post! The weeks competition was to win a fantastic prize of a one years subscription (6 issues) interactive Banner advert.

For an chance of winning, all you had to do was comment on this picture!

Ready - Set - Post Image
Here are the 17 crafters that entered the competition this week.

  1. Kirsty Fox 
  2. Valerie Mc Hugh 
  3. Mark Carmichael 
  4. Handmade With Love 
  5. Margaret Forsythe 
  6. Fourteen Candles 
  7. Jennifer Brett 
  8. Pat Cruse 
  9. Louise PaperPanda 
  10. Averilpam Design 
  11. Shelly Roberts
  12. Miss Bohemia 
  13. Deborah Davey 
  14. Damselfly Gemma Jewellery Designs 
  15. Kim Harvey-Nash 
  16. Japan Crafts 
  17. Little Floating 
We used Random.org to select our winner, and *drum roll please*, the winner is Gemma Andrews from Damselfly Gemma Jewellery Designs.


CONGRATULATIONS!




Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Guest Blog spot - Pam Harrow from Loves a good yarn.

We would like to welcome our first Guest Blogger, please meet Pam Harrow from Lovesagoodyarn.
Hi there, as a happy mum of 2 little ladies and a happy wife of one wonderful man, my other joy in life at the moment is crochet.

I have been able to knit since for what seems like forever but more probably since I was about 6 or 7, this has been an on and off affair for the last 30-ish years but it was last year when my mum showed me how to make a crochet chain to finish off a knitted toy that I fell in love with crochet.  It makes so much sense, I feel much more creative when I crochet, I have come up with my own patterns, something that I never would have considered with knitting.

To say I am 'hooked' is an understatement, ask my husband as he has to fight his way past all the yarn that is rapidly taking over our home!  It is because of this that I have opened my Folksy shop to sell the things that I make.

I always seem to have numerous projects on the go at the same time, some are easy to take out, others are too delicate/complicated so they stay at home, I am currently working on orders taken at the last craft fair that I did, in between this, family life and working as a minibus driver for a charity I am also trying to work in winter/Christmas (!) stock for craft fairs later in the year.

There you go, that is me, Pam Harrow aka Loves a good Yarn.

Girls Sumer Hats and Free Flower Pattern

Well it is that time of year when the school has started to ask the little people to wear their sun hats when they play outside, so I decided to make the girls new hats for this year.  Last years hats were gorgeous but as I had made them from 100% cotton, one play outside with water and the cotton gave into the laws of gravity and dropped something dreadful!
So this year I decided to use a blended yarn, a cotton and acrylic mix, so the hats still look and feel like cotton but hopefully (fingers crossed!) the acrylic should help the cotton stay in the shape I make it.The pattern I used last year and re-using this year is the Sofie Floppy by Adrienne Engar and this pattern can be found here.I love this pattern and it suits my girls totally, here is them wearing their hats.

Now you will see that I have added pink and yellow flowers to the hats and it is this pattern that I am going to give you.Before I start I would just like to point out that this pattern has come out of the confused scrambledness of my head but I am not totally 100% sure that it is original or if at some point I have read this pattern elsewhere and stored it away until it surfaced again ( I do have my original scribbles and notes), so if this pattern bears any resemblance to yours or to someone that you know then I would like to apologise as I did not mean to copy.This pattern will be written in UK terms, US terms will be in brackets ( )Stitches usedslst - slip stitchch - chaindc (sc) - double crochet (single crochet)tr (dc) - treble crochet (double crochet)2trtog (2dctog) - work a treble but stop before the last yarn over and pull through 2 loops, work the next stitch to the same point then yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook.2 dbtrtog (2trtog) - work a double treble (wrap yarn over hook twice before starting) but stop before the last yarn over and pull through 2 loops, work the next stitch to the same point then yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook.I am using DK weight yarn with 4.00mm hook, but any yarn weight with suitable hook will do, tension (gauge) is not important.(For those that are going to use the photo tutorial, please accept my apologies for the fact that blogger has decided to change some pics from landscape to portrait and I cannot seem to change them back again!)
- 6ch and join into a loop with a slip stitch
- 1ch, 15dc (sc) into ring

- sl st in front loop only to close

- with new colour - (if changing colours)
Work the rest of this round in front loops only- *2ch in sl st, work a partial tr2tog (dc2tog) over next 2 sts - do not complete the final yarn over and pull through 2 loops, repeat in next st before final yarn over and pull through remaining 4 loops, 2ch and sl st in next dc (sc)

- rep from * 4 more times making 5 petals, sl st in 1st ch (change colour at sl st if changing again)

Now at this point you might be thinking this flower looks hideous, all straggly and ugly but bear with it, it will improve immensely when the back loops are worked into and pull it all back into shapeThe back of your work should look like this

Now with the yellow yarn from round 1 that you dropped before, sl st into the back loop of the sl st from round 2

Now working in the free/back loops from Round 2To make these petals visible behind the first petals these need to be taller so they will be worked like this- *3ch, work a partial 2dbtrtog (2trtog) (wrap the yarn over the hook twice, pull loop through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops 2 times in each st before yarn over and pull through remaining 4 loops), rep from * 4 more times making 5 larger petals.Your finished flower should look something like this



Now weave in your ends and Vóila, one double layer flower!The flowers can be done in 1, 2 or 3 colours and in each instance will give many different results depending on colours used.

And for those of you who just want the pattern, here it is just written out, no pics;

- 6ch, join with sl st into a loop
- 1 ch 15 dc (sc) into loop and join with sl st - optional colour change
Work this Round in Front Loop Only
-  * 2ch, 2trtog (2dctog) over next 2 sts, 2ch slst into next st, rep from * 4 more times - 5 petals
Optional colour change here 
Work this Round in Back/Free Loops of round 2
- *3ch, 2dbtrtog (2trtog) over next 2 sts, 3ch slst into next st, rep from * 4 more times - 5 petals.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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