Firstly, I had a great weekend with my crafting pals a our 'Craftathon 2014' this year. We are a group of crafters who met online through the Craftbubble Forum, which is sadly not in existence now, but we all still keep in touch regularly and we try to meet up a couple of times a year. My pal Kathy has written an excellent description of Craftathon on her blog here if you'd like to learn more.
I thought I'd share a few pix of the weekend activities to give you a taste of all the fun we had. Our main project for the weekend was to decorate/alter a Tando Creative clock blank. In addition to this, we all put together a 'shoe box' project where we made an item and then put together a set of the materials we used so that everyone else could replicate our design or use the materials in their own way to create a unique design. This gave us six projects to work on over the weekend in addition to the clock.
Here's my finished clock
I covered the blank with black gesso first
Here's how everyone else finished their clocks - I love how they are all so different
My shoebox project was this altered chipboard shape
I stamped the Create, Inspire, Dream stamps onto canvas heart shapes using Versacraft ink then ironed to make the ink permanent. I made the rose embellishments using silicon moulds and air dry clay, then coloured them using Distress Inks and a light brushing of Treasure Gold guilding paste. The background is papers from the DoCrafts Madame Peyraut range, the main sentiment is an Inkyliscious stamp and the shaped layers cut with a set of nesties. All layers distress with Distress Inks and Treasure Gold.
Here's what everyone made with their pack of materials
Here we are, stash unpacked and all settling down to work on the first day
Lauren's shoebox project was this cute birdhouse made using a Sizzix die - this is how everyone's turned out, so pretty aren't they
Cherry challenged us with a journal page for her shoebox project
here are the three which were finished by the end of the weekend, such creative work from the Craftashoniers
My Dad's shoebox project was a clock made using an old CD/DVD with a selection of designs to choose from, these three were finished by the end of the weekend.
Deb set us the task of creating a pretty door hanger, here's her original - front
and back - so pretty in pink !
and our interpretations of Debs' design
Sadly I don't seem to have a pic of Kathy's shoebox tag book project which was splendid, but here are the ones finished by a couple of the Craftathoniers
Nicola's shoebox project was to create a decorative tag using a number of techniques, to produce a lovely finished tag like her original (here she shows each of the stages)
My Niece joined us for the first day and here's her beautiful finished clock - well done Becky
And here's my Dad's fabulous finished clock
And now to Cake !
Nicola spoiled us all by bringing along her delicious homemade cake which was greatly enjoyed by all over the weekend - slurp....
We all went out for dinner on the first evening at a local pub/restaurant
at the end of the meal, they surprised me with a delicious birthday cake, complete with candles ! It was my birthday a few days later and I received some fabulous handmade cards and great gifts, I was thoroughly spoiled - thanks everyone
Eventually the weekend came to a close, here we all are in our last group pic
We all agreed that this year's format with a main project plus the individual 'shoebox' projects work really well and we are likely to repeat it at next year's get together at Craftathn 2015. We were able to take away with us the packs of materials for the shoebox projects we didn't manage to finish over the weekend so we could complete them once back home.
This was a rather picture intensive post, thanks if you've stuck it though to the end and checked out some of the things I got up to since my last post.
I have a few more to share with you over the coming days, I hope you've enjoyed today's posting.