In The Craft Room 9th November 2013
Iris folding back by popular choice
It was back to a normal crafty afty this week, if you can call any of our craft sessions normal, so I say ‘normal’ in that the ladies just got to do what they wanted to do instead of a “structured session” .
There were a couple of birthdays to celebrate with the group this week though, so I managed to take a couple of sneaky photos as I thought it might be a nice idea to introduce you to the crafty afty craft group starting with the birthday girls (they will probably lynch me for this, but I am hoping that the cup cakes I made for them will make amends, and it will help that they don’t follow my blog yet)
So first up is Jackie, who is one of the original group who first came about 18 months ago to learn the art of Kimekomi and been a regular ever since.
Jackie wanted to make some Iris folded Christmas cards similar to the ones we made in the workshop a few weeks ago. Iris folding seems to be back, the dies and embossing folders that you can get now make it so much easier.
Jackie also seemed to like the cup cakes, diving straight in before I even had chance to take a photo
The second birthday girl is actually my mum, Margery who will be celebrating her 75th birthday this week and who has now become rather addicted to zentangling. She spent the afternoon learning new tangle patterns and how to do tangle challenges from Jenna my daughter who is also addicted.
Diane, who is a recent addition to the group, and relatively new to crafting, after attending the iris folding workshop and then the Kimekomi workshop last week, also came back this week wanting to do more Iris folding for Christmas and made a beautiful card using the spellbinder dies which I just had to show.
The cup cakes this week were a mix of recipes from various sources, including The Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home cook book’s strawberry milkshake cupcakes for the icing (Jackie’s favourite) and The Primrose Bakery’s raspberry cupcake sponge recipe, but switching the raspberry jam for strawberry and finishing with a fresh strawberry on top.
Apart from making the refreshments, I just spent the afternoon just keeping a watchful eye over proceedings, helping and advising when needed and generally having a nice relaxing afternoon.
Then after they had all gone I got out my new Tim Holtz sizzix framelit snowman set from Country View Crafts (love this company, apart from stocking most of Tim Holtz range, they are in the UK and are free P&P)
When having a go at the Tim Holtz October tag we found a way of making lovely backgrounds using a pearl Adirondack paint dabber and distress stains. Just by dabbing the paint onto a craft mat with a couple of distress stain colours ( i used worn lipstick and blue jeans stains), spritzing with water and swirling tag through and dabbing to get any missed areas gives you a really nice marbles pearlescent look. I then used chipped sapphire round the edges of the tag and the snowman,layered him up and finished with a few glittered snowflakes.
Next week I will try and introduce you to Jenna and Lisa, if they will let me, though I think they got wise to me this week and getting photos may pose more of a problem!!!