September Craft Diary by Kathy Hodson

My favourite month has been a buzz of activity with all of the Christmas ranges launching on Create & Craft TV.

I have loved creating the samples and demos for each and every collection and sharing them with you on my blog and social media, as well as the live shows.

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September got off to a great start with a show to launch the First Edition Christmas paper pads and Dovecraft festive dies.  This followed on from the August Bank Holiday Blockbuster promotion, which included the First Edition Christmas die sets and Craft a Card dies.

As expected, these dies were hugely popular with Craft a Card dies selling out! We managed to get more stock and do a second show where they sold out again!  It’s easy to see why they’re so popular though. They cater to so many crafters as they can produce a wonderful card in just one pass of a die cutting machine. However, they can also be used as the base of a card with more embellishments and techniques including paper piecing, snipping, layering, adding sparkle, colour or texture as well as making use of those negative spaces.
 

I created this project for the Create & Craft members’ newsletter. I love how the night sky scene comes to life with some ‘lights’ in the windows using yellow card and a gold moon and sleigh whooshing on its way to deliver the presents.

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I also think these would make fantastic home décor pieces for the festive season when placed in a frame or you could make paper lanterns by fixing four together and popping in a battery operated candle.

I predict that our design team will be working on more Craft a Card designs in the future as they really do make crafting a breeze.

It is very difficult to pick just one favourite from the 2017 Christmas collection, but if pushed, I would probably have to choose the Dovecraft Time to Sparkle range. I am never able to resist gold foiling or glitter and this collection contains both. A crafter’s dream!

I think it’s testament to this collection that when creating samples with this kit I designed six scrapbook pages in just one evening. (I do have to confess however, that I did craft away until the early hours making cards as well. I just couldn’t stop!)  It just goes to show that this kit isn’t just limited to Christmas as I created layouts with autumn and nature themes, plus a baby photograph too. I used the paper packaging to create that one! 

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When putting the kits together for the Create & Craft shows, I try to make sure that there is something for everyone so a dedicated scrapbooking kit has been added as well as a general papercraft kit. Of course you can use elements from both kits for a huge range of crafts outside of cardmaking and scrapbooking.

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Personally this month I combined my birthday and craft by enrolling on a beginners crochet course which my husband funded as my present! I love a good workshop where you can meet new crafty friends, learn a new skill and come away with the finished project.  My granny square is not going to win any prizes but I’m very proud that in just two hours I was able to learn how to make it and a week later, still be able to remember all the steps!

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My plan now is to combine materials in my craft so watch out for yarn embellishments on my cards and scrapbook layouts! I think I could do with learning how to pause time too so that I can fit in all the crafty projects I have in my head.

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iccrafter

Super projects Kathy fab Christmas cards, great family photos, love pumpkin 🎃 soup, lovely Autumn coloured wool good luck with the granny squares.

martinalucy

Crochet is something I've not tried yet, lovely colour tones on your square. Well done.

pollypurplehorse

Fab shows, I was tempted to buy stuff! in the end I just bought one FE die set with cute winter animals :D Ohhh Granny Squares! I haven't done any crochet for a long long time, my grandmother did teach me when i was a little girl but I'd probably need a refresher course now :D

MayJay

Great projects Kathy. It is good to learn new skills. I enjoy crochet as it grows so quickly. Squares are a great way of using up oddments of yarn.x