Saturday, 22 October 2022

November Class

 This month (as Christmas is rapidly approaching) we will be making a gift box, with a slot for a gift card.  There are 2 versions, and you will have enough materials to make either one, so you can choose either!

It would be helpful if you had a score board, but if you don't have one, don't worry - there will be extra there!  Otherwise, the only other thing you will need is your usual craft kit.  

Version 1 is suitable for a bar of chocolate or some teabags in envelopes (like Twinings) and a gift card.



Version 2 is made specifically to hold 2 of the Aldi own range of hand sanitiser - but of course, you could pop sweets in there instead.  Probably best to use a poly bag to put them in if they aren't wrapped though!  And of course, there is also a slot for a gift card too.




Wednesday, 19 October 2022

October Class

In October, we will be making 3 cards.  Shirley will be leading the class, and you will just need your normal craft kit.

Card 1


Card 2


Card 3








Sunday, 26 June 2022

July Class

Shirley is leading the class in July - and these are the cards we will be making.  Apart from basic craft kit, it would be helpful to have a pair of tweezers...

Card 1


Card 2

Card 3 - this is a choice (either a blue or a pink version).


Please be aware that due to various holiday commitments, there will be no class in August - we will return, hopefully suitably refreshed, on 24th September 2022.

Hope everyone has a lovely summer - see you in September!

June Class

 The class was led by Jackie this month and we made three cards, using embossing folders and metal dies.  All equipment was supplied.

Card 1 - Simple card using flower dies, an embossed background and a die cut sentiment with mat (die from Creative Crafting world).


Card 2 was a quick and simple card with a mat onto a patterned base layer.  The mat was embossed, and two die cut butterflies and bases (folder and dies from a free gift on the front of a magazine).


Card 3 was another quick and simple one - a simple plain black mat, with an embossed orange layer stuck onto one side of the card.  A plain white sprig on the top, a die cut sentiment using the same colour card and three black gems to lift the top corner.



Sunday, 29 May 2022

May Class

 We have three more lovely cards for the May class (led by Shirley).

The first is a decoupaged seaside view


The second is a geometric design, which can be used for many occasions, depending on the sentiment used.


Thirdly, we have a very pretty easel card


All materials will be provided, just normal craft kit (glue, scissors, ds tape etc) is required.





Monday, 18 April 2022

April Class

 We are ringing the changes a bit in this class - there will be 2 regular cards, and then for card 3 you  have 3 choices!  The cards this time were largely made using dies/stamps from a crafters companion box set, and an embossing folder/die cutting freebie from a magazine.

All materials and equipment will be provided - just normal craft kit (scissors, tape, glue, foam pads) are needed.

Card 1


Card 2


Card 3

Choice 1


Choice 2


Choice 3


Wednesday, 23 March 2022

March Class

 Shirley is leading the class this month - and we have 2 very special projects for you.

Before Covid (new version of BC!) we had planned a trip to Hautbois for another weekend, and one of the things we planned to do there was using an embroidery hoop as a frame.  Well, we all know what happened - lockdown!  

The hoops have been stored away in my craft  room ever since, but we are now getting them out and they will be used in the first project Shirley has come up with!


If you have a water brush, it would be helpful if you brought it with you for this one, but otherwise, only your basic kit is required.

For our second project, we will be making a CAS card - I personally really like this one...


All being well, I hope everything goes to plan despite the worry of increasing covid infection numbers again.  

We are taking all the usual precautions regarding sanitising all the surfaces, and distancing as far as practicable, so hopefully there will be no need for concern.   It would be appreciated if those attending could also take an LFT test in the morning, just to further minimise the risk.



Saturday, 19 February 2022

February Class

 Well, this would have been better if I hadn't left it as a draft!  Better late than never - these are the cards for this month's class.  I hope everyone is doing well - and survived Storm Eunice!

Just bring your normal craft bag - you will need glue, double sided tape, a mat, scissors etc - but all tools and materials will be provided for you.

This is our first card - and we will be colouring with distress inks and embossing, and using gilding flakes.



This is our second card - very straightforward with just a little distressing around the edge - and that is optional!


This is our last card and another quickie - although additional images will be provided so you can decoupage the flowers if you like...





Friday, 10 December 2021

A new year, and hopefully a better one is coming

 It's been a while.  Who could have known that Covid would rip through our world like it has?

When it first started, I thought it would last a few months.  Then we realised it would be a year - and now, in March 2022, we will be talking 2 years.  It's been a tough time for a lot of us - and as a group, we have lost some of our regular ladies - Lily, Eileen, Pat.  All of whom will be very much missed.

We have had some sessions in the hall since September, and with fingers crossed against the power of Omicron, we have booked the following dates for next year.

January - 22nd

February - 26th

March - 26th

April - 23rd

May - 28th

June - 25th

July - 23rd

August - CANCELLED due to holiday commitments

September - 24th

October - 22nd

November - 26th

December -10th

Hoping to see everyone again then...

Sunday, 4 October 2020

The challenge is over .... for now.

Six months ago, when lockdown first started and we had to cancel classes, Shirley suggested we do a virtual thing to occupy our time until classes could begin again.  I had the blog, and so the virtual weekly craft stash challenge was born.

Back then, I thought it would be for 6 to 8 weeks.  I had no idea that the pandemic was going to last so long, be so all encompassing.  And would wipe out the whole year.  Sadly, we are nowhere near going back to normal, even now.

It has been strange times for all of us. We have had to be strong in ways we never dreamt of, dealing with restrictions and loneliness, needing to be resilient and stay positive.  I really hope that this weekly challenge has helped our little group in some small way to do that.  We may not be able to meet face to face, but there has been this contact, this small collaboration.

I want to have a special mention here to Chris and Lorna, who have not only provided at least one card for the challenge each week, but have also made several hundred cards for their chosen charity.   There is a silver lining to every cloud - and I am sure their charity(s) will be really happy to receive these cards.  

The latest guidance say restrictions may be in place for six months, so while I am taking a break now, I am also thinking of starting a monthly challenge for 2021, so even if classes can't begin straight away, we can do something!  

In the meantime, I hope everyone stays safe and well -  happy crafting!