Monday, 9 September 2013

Hobby/ Craft Room

Hi again, hope you are all well. Today has been the first day of kitting out our new hobby room. We pulled down our old garden shed about a year ago as it was falling apart due to the back basically rotting away. Once the shed was completely cleared we were left with a larger site than we had originally thought.

So the thinking caps went on and we decided that as we both have hobbies that entail paint, glue and a lot of mess so a garden room that was insulated and had electricity with a small garden storage shed on the side would fit the bill very nicely.

After trawling various web sites for a design that appealed to us both we settled on one and talks started with a firm and planning permission was applied for as the apex shaped roof height was higher than  normally allowed.

Weeks passed, neighbours received letters from the planning departments and no-one objected, but low and behold permission was not granted as we live in a green-belt area!!!

So back to the drawing board and we finally decided on a smaller design with a flat roof and a separate shed. This was built a couple of months ago, but due to other things going on we hadn't got round to kitting it out yet.

A couple of weekends ago our Daughter and 2 of our Grandchildren came to stay and the new craft room was turned into  a shop, which was great fun.

Not quite sure what they will think the next time they visit !

So after drawing up loads of mock plans for furnishing the inside we have finally took delivery of the work benches, chairs, storage unit and a glass display cabinet for Robs models that he makes and paints.

Both items here were flat packs from Ikea and went together amazingly well. The storage unit will have drawers in 2 of the cubicles ( making then tomorrow) and the work benches will be going in next.

It looks pretty stark at the moment but once all the wool, card-making stash, sewing machine etc are all installed and everything has had a good coating of glitter I'm sure it will become much more homely.

Rob ordered this rack for his acrylic paints, it came as a flat pack and went together very easily and I quickly dashed off and gathered up some of the Ranger Alcohol Inks and Stickles bottles!

They fit beautifully and it would sit either on a shelf above a table/ work bench or if there was space just to the side on the table.

I also thought it would look lovely decorated in some of ones favourite papers, paints etc.
It was purchased from and I think I might be sending for one also.

Must finish now and cook some dinner, will update you on progress and look forward to sharing some of the things that are made in our new Hobby Room.

Thanks again for stopping by and if you have any favourite must have items in your craft/hobby room do leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
Jane x

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Gilding Flakes using Judi-Kins Embossing Powder

Hello again, and I hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday afternoon. We've just been blackberrying and I thought I would tell you about a product which I purchased over a year ago and have just got round to using!!!

Maybe some off you are already aware of this product but for those of you who are not its called Judy-Kins  Embossing Powder  Sticky Stuff EP260, and its an embossing powder that stays sticky after its been heated. So then you can apply gilding flakes, glitter, foil and probably many other things too.

I like using gilding flakes but there have been several occasions where I have just wanted a small addition and not wanted to use the double sided adhesive clear sheets, or wanted a stamped image in the gilding flakes.

So this is where this embossing powder comes in, you stamp the image as normal using versa mark or the make of clear ink that you have, and then sprinkle the Judi-Kins over the image as you would with any other embossing powder, and then shake off the excess.

The grains of powder are slightly more course than the every day embossing powders, but nowhere near as thick as UTEE.

When heating the stamped image with your heat gun take care as this powder melts much quicker, so be prepared to move the heat gun onto the next part of the image sooner than you would be used to.

Then cover the embossed image with gilding flakes and push then onto the card stock to make sure they adhere as you would do normally.

Next rub the excess off in the normal way using a course sponge or whatever your preferred method is.

And there you have it, a stamped image coated in gilding flakes.

I hope this has been of help to some of you, and if anyone has used this product and has any tips or other suggestions please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Thank-You for popping by and reading todays entry, I am just finding my way around the site at the moment so hopefully I will be adding new bits and pieces as I get to grips with it all. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Bye for now Jane x