August Craft Diary by Kathy Hodson

Christmas has officially arrived! It's a joy to be able to start Christmas crafting in the summer and be able to celebrate the season properly in December.

Metaphorically Christmas Eve came when the amazing Trimcraft Christmas craft stash arrived. From gorgeous tactile textured First Edition papers to stunning imagery in the Simply Creative pads and a huge range of dies to suit every festive taste, not to mention embellishments galore.


Then we celebrated our mid-year Christmas Day at our bloggers' event where we crafted handmade crackers, decorated wreaths, made charity Christmas cards and felt tree decorations with the new collections.


It was also very fun to take full advantage of the festive decorations. I had to get a photo in front of our handmade fireplace!


To see the bloggers let loose on the brand new Christmas craft stash was quite something! Each used their favourite techniques and styles resulting in many different variations of each project.


Meeting so many crafters with different approaches to craft opened my eyes to new crafty opportunities and techniques such as more off the page crafts and even 'smash booking', a form of creative scrap booking. It was a wonderful opportunity to develop as a crafter as well as making new crafty friends.


After the big day, now it feels like I am in the midst of the festive parties enjoying the merriment of the season as I have started launching the collections on Create and Craft.

The first launch was the Simply Creative range last weekend. The viewers obviously agreed that the papers and embellishments are irresistible as we sold out in just two shows.

kathy2.jpgIn my demos I showed how quickly and easily a card can be made with the pads and embellishments. In the second show I did five demonstrations!


 I love how the Trimcraft range caters for such a wide variety of crafters, from those who craft every now and again and want speedy results to those who enjoy spending hours on their craft or even run a craft business.


The collections cater for all and offer so many possibilities and there's much more to bond with shows coming up featuring First Edition dies and Craft a Card dies, Dovecraft dies and the full Dovecraft collections. These include two decadent Time to Sparkle kits, the adorable Helz Cuppleditch Wonderland collection and the traditional Magic of Christmas items.


 I can't wait to see what you've been making with these collections when you start uploading them to the Inspiration area.

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Looks like all you had a lovely day! And life always needs more sparkle! Gorgeous products too, I love textured paper, it gives everything such a luxurious feel 😊