Craft shows, meeting Dave Bradford and making the most of leftovers by Jillian Lepper

Hi, my name is Jillian and I am a crafter – I always have been! My mum started it all… she made mine and my sister’s clothes whilt I was growing up and at a young age, I was given a toy sewing machine.

Throughout my time as a secondary school teacher, I continued to craft – it was my “happy place”  and now retired, I spend plenty of time in my shiny new crafty room working on a variety of different crafts!

There has been a lot of buzz about the NEC recently!  One day, I will make it down there …looking at the Hochanda show output from there, it looks fab.  However, for me, it was the SECC show this year. I attend twice a year and this year it was lovely to see Hochanda represented along with many of the faces from the channel demonstrating in their kiosks.  There was certainly more buzz there than there has been for a bit and I hope Hochanda continue to support that show.

I had a lovely day there, as usual.  It feels a bit like Xmas did as a child….mounting excitement about the ‘toys’ I will get to play with making it easy to get up early for the journey through to Glasgow.  I even got to meet the lovely Dave Bradford – thanks for the photo, Dave.  My bum does not look big in that chair!

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And, of course, I came home with lots of new products to play with.  In fact, I was really good this year and made no big impulse buys as early Xmas presents for myself.  But it is still a fair old haul.  What do you think?

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I have a number of the House of Zandra patterns and a stockpile of felt from a previous Hochanda offer, so I reckon my fingers will be busy as I watch telly over the winter.  The items make lovely baby gifts when made up and are something a little different. I know I could use the machine to speed things up, but I like a bit of ‘slow sewing.’  In fact, to show how nice the patterns are when made up, here’s one I made earlier for a new arrival.  Can you guess his name?! The presentation box originally held a bottle of wine, but a coat of paint, some decoupaged paper and a bit of bunting transformed matters.

Jillian Lepper project

However, that craft show haul made me feel a bit guilty so I decided to make a start on some of the leftovers I have in the craft room.  I found this lurking in a folder, leftover from last year.

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Uninspiring from the back, but turn over and I could  see where I was going.

Jillian Lepper project

The Tim Holtz mixed media die cuts into the craft card, so backing with scraps of mirri card allows the poinsettia to sing.  But it is not enough on its own.  So I set myself a challenge…finish it with bits from the box.  What box?  My leftover box (another upcycled wine container…is there a recurring theme here? )

Jillian Lepper project

This contains all the die cuts I have had leftover, or which I have made to clear my desk of scraps.  I keep them in tiny bags, loosely themed, inside the box.

This die cut has been previously harvested, but I reckoned there was enough there to act as a sentiment plaque.  Stamped, I felt the message need a bit of help to stand out. A few lines with a Sakura stardust pen in a similar tone just sharpened up the text, I felt.

Jillian Lepper project

But I needed to hide the missing bottom…..so I was lucky enough to find a few poinsettia die cuts lurking in my box.  They  seemed very flat until I attacked them with my Spectrum Aqua pen in a dark red and felt that made the subtle difference.  The one on the left has been attacked…the RHS die cut is as it came out my box.

 

Jillian Lepper project

Clustered together at the bottom of my sentiment plate, they linked the mixed media die cut and sentiment plate together.

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But I didn’t have quite enough to fill the gap in the middle….so another fumble in the box revealed one solitary twig die (Another Tim Holtz, I think, Festive Foliage)  cut in the wrong colour.

Brown and red layered Spectrum Aqua to the rescue, poke the recoloured die cut in among the poinsettias before the collall glue gel dries and wait for the whole lot to dry before adding glitter glue, gem and sequin centres and  mounting onto an A5 card blank.

Jillian Lepper project

Jillian Lepper project

Jillian Lepper project

I tied a length of gold thread to finish and I now have another Xmas card for the stock, and a chance, guilt free, to turn my attention to my craft show haul.  It has been a really busy family time, so I haven’t been able to spend lots of time in the craft room, but I do hear those new toys calling me…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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