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Crop & Create Sept 2023 – Crafters Companion

The Crop & Create event kicked off with a beauty of a class taught by Sara Davies with Crafters Companion. We received wee pots of gilding flakes in silver, gold and copper and this was a first for me to use this sort of product. Definitely a learning curve, but I’ll definitely try more of this in the future.

I especially loved the first card with the butterfly on the marbled paper – this combined stamping on acetate and adding gilding flakes to the back of the acetate. The pink marbled paper came in our kit, but I’m not a pink fan so I straighaway had to try again using some aqua/teal marbled paper from my stash … I really love the results!

In the below photo the top two cards (heart and butterfly) used kit supplies – I enjoyed using the stencil and glue to create the hearts, but not quite as keen using glue to stamp with for the butterfly – that technique definitely needs more practice on my part! I decided to just do one ‘extra’ card using my own stash as I didn’t have enough gold left over to do more samples – so I combined the two techniques in the one card for the bee card.

For the bee card I used a honeycomb stencil by Brutus Monroe, and the Beautiful Bees stamp set by Gina K Designs. I added the few gold flakes I had left randomly over the honeycomb stencil then added copper flakes to fill in the spaces. I love how it looks on the darker background! I would’ve loved to do a Christmas scene with gold and red, but I guess I need to go shopping for more gold gilding flakes first 😉

Things I enjoyed:

  • I loved learning new-to-me techniques and the opportunity to try products I’d never seen before.
  • I really love how richly textured the gilding is on the cards, and love how easy it was to apply the flakes to adhesive tape to act as a mock layer.
  • I actually really enjoyed the pace of this class – normally Sara is like the Eveready bunny and there’s no way I can keep up without pausing the video, but in this one she took it as a more leisurely pace and seemed to pack so much more into the two hours than I’d expected, especially when taking it slowly. I loved everything about this class from beginning to end.
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Crop & Create Mar 2023 – Crafters Companion

I cannot tell a lie, I’m grateful that the March event this year kicked off with a set of dies from Crafters Companion in the class with Sara Davies. After being so disappointed with their stamps in the past, I heaved a sigh of relief when I saw that no stamps were included. I don’t mean to be so rude about them as they’re a terrific sponsor of the event, but I can’t hide my relief this time round.

With them being a UK company, their dies are designed for the metric sized cardfronts, I think, so next time I use them I think I’ll try on our Australian A5 card bases to see the difference.

Things I enjoyed:

  • As always, I loved the watercolour techniques to make the backgrounds, and love that we got more markers to play with.
  • It was great to try a new-to-me product that holds all the die cuts in place until you’re ready to place them onto the card – that was really awesome and super helpful for this technique.
  • I especially love the bee dies, and can see me making more of these in the future in different colours.
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Crop & Create Fall 2022 – Crafters Companion

I have been so slack sharing my completed projects this last year – I started working on the Crop & Create Delivered Fall event projects when it kicked off in September 2022, but then due to ill health didn’t complete them. Well I finally put the final card together over the last week, so I thought it was time to go through and share them all now … I’m slowly working through the March 2023 event classes now as well, ahead of the next Fall event box arriving at the end of this week!! I’d better get cracking!!!

I have to say I think these event boxes are super good value for money, and the classes really have a great mix of styles and products so there’s usually something for everyone. Some turn out to not be to my personal taste, but I always like to try everything … sometimes the projects I’m not keen on teach me something new or I find a new favourite technique I’ll want to use again and again in the future.

The event kicked off with Sara Davies from Crafter’s Companion – I have to be totally honest and say that I was super pumped about the projects and the ‘art deco’ style stamps were one of my favourites in the event kit box … but it was let down by the awful quality of the stamps. Both stamp sets I received in my kit had flaws in them, but they don’t use photopolymer so the actual stamp quality in general wasn’t good, so I didn’t bother to get them replaced. It was really disappointing, as I was really looking forward to these products. I’ve since tried some of my older stamps I’d purchased from Crafter’s Companion but hadn’t christened yet and had issues with some of those as well, so it’s now one of the few brands I won’t purchase stamps from again. As always, though, I try to find positives from each class – even those that disappointed me 🙂

Things I enjoyed:

  • I loved working with the watercolour markers to create ink smooshed backgrounds, which is something I’ll use again and again.
  • I loved learning how to make an exploding box – I’ve wanted to try one of these for a long time, so it was great to finally find to courage to try one. Not sure I’ll do many of these in the future, but it was great to pushed outside my comfort zone.
  • I loved using the watercolour markers to colour in the stamped images, and will definitely do more of this.
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Crop & Create Delivered – Crafter’s Companion

Another fun project set for us by Crafter’s Companion, and their stamp and die sets they provided will be really useful in the future!

Card project by Crafter's Companion

Some of the things I loved about this class:

  • Using my favourite colours in the class caught my eye early on – I love the simple layering using two tones of one colour hue with the layering stamps.
  • I adore the large vertical sentiment stamp and die – this will be used a lot for sure!
  • I usually make quite busy cards, so the simple layout with minimal elements took me outside my comfort zone but I really love the results. Perhaps there will be more in my future … ?
  • Easel cards are one of my favourite styles of card, and this one was no exception.

Inks those I chose to use were: