Monday, 5 December 2016

Mind Crafternoon BLOG HOP


Join Crafter's Companion as we host a Crafternoon Blog Hop for the mental health charity MIND .
        
12pm on Mon 5 Dec 2016 - 5pm on Fri 9 Dec 2016
         
       
Looking after your mental health is incredibly important.  I have struggled with severe depression and anxiety for many years.  Now, for the most part, I am managing well and living a productive life. 
          
The stigma assigned to poor mental health can be as much of an issue as the problems themselves and whilst this is improving, there is still a long way to go.  Social inclusion, understanding and mindfulness are all ways in which we can improve not only our own mental health but that of others in our communities as well (both local and online!).
                       
So, whilst you enjoy this week of crafty fun, please take time to contemplate what you could do to make life a little easier for yourself or others around you.   
           
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How the BLOG HOP works:
          
1. Visit each blog in the Hop List
(Enjoy the inspirational projects and tutorials by each blog host!)
              
2. Comment on each blog along the way 
 (Leave your email address so that you can be contacted if you win!)
            
3. Win prizes!  
(The host of each blog will choose 1 commenter each 
to win a product used in their inspiration piece!)
                 
You should have arrived here from Angela's Blog
NEXT STOP: Gemma's Blog
                                       
If you get lost along the way, or come to my blog from anywhere other than Angela's Blog, then jump to the top of the hop list below and make sure you hop to each blog on the list!
               
Christmas Wreath, Blog Hop and Prizes... what more can you want! Featuring Crafter's Companion and Sam Lewis
If you would like to know HOW this festive Christmas wreath was made, come back on Thursday for a full photo tutorial!

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I used the following materials:
Christmas Wreath, Blog Hop and Prizes... what more can you want! Featuring Crafter's Companion and Sam Lewis
         
HOP LIST!
                  
Crafter's Companion UK Blog
                           
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Don't forget that Crafter's Companion are hosting the MIND Crafternoon event to fundraise for the charity!


Throughout the week there are also fun events and raffles with amazing prizes happening over on Facebook.
Be sure to Join the Facebook Crafternoon Event!
       
Get your Raffle Tickets HERE!
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CraftersCompanionUK 
        
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  Thank you as always for popping by.
             
xxSAMxx

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Anger - Wreck This Journal #1

I picked up the Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith from Amazon a few months ago and have only just got round to making a start in it.
      
The paper in this journal is the normal paper that you find in any regular novel.  A couple of light coats of gesso and it's good to go!
                   
Wreck This Journal page by Sam Lewis using just gesso and 2 simple ingredients!
             
I flipped through and chose a page that appealed to me in that moment.

The instructions for the page I chose read:
"fill in this page when you are really ANGRY"
     
I wasn't actually feeling angry at all when I started this page but felt in a good position to be able to express how I've felt at these times! 
                 
Wreck This Journal page by Sam Lewis using just gesso and 2 simple ingredients!
                          
Wreck This Journal page by Sam Lewis using just gesso and 2 simple ingredients!
                 
MATERIALS LIST:
       
Gesso - White 
Inktense Pencil - Black 
Pental Water Brush
Sharpie - Red
                            
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Below are a few more pages I've completed in the journal, not worthy of their own blog posts so....
       
Wreck This Journal - Instructions Page by Sam Lewis
               
Wreck This Journal - Page Numbers Page by Sam Lewis
                          
Wreck This Journal - Rebelling Against a Blank Page by Sam Lewis
                       
Thank you as always for popping by.
    
xxSAMxx
   

Monday, 28 November 2016

Framing your colouring projects - With Bloobel Stamps!

Today I show you how to make the most of your colouring projects by displaying them with pride!

Christmas is coming whether you like it or not and the digital stamp featured in this project is "Jolly Santa" by Bloobel Stamps.  I adore Lisa's quirky, fun style. She sure is one talented digital artist!


Sam Lewis shows how to frame those special colouring projects. Featuring Bloobel Stamps and Spectrum Noir Markers.

So, grab your coloured project, a frame (I picked mine up for a bargain at my local charity shop!) and some paint!

After giving the frame a coat of white gesso, paint it with red acrylic paint.  Then dry brush white gesso over the raised areas.

It really is THAT simple!

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I used the following materials:
                 
"Jolly Santa" by Bloobel Stamps
           
Printed onto Crafter's Companion Neenah Cardstock
         
Coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers
                   
White Gesso
         
Red Acrylic Paint
             
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Sam Lewis shows how to frame those special colouring projects. Featuring Bloobel Stamps and Spectrum Noir Markers.
              
SPECTRUM NOIR - COLOUR LIST:
                 
RED
DR7, DR6,DR5, DR4, CR9

BLACK
True Black, IG10, IG9, IG7, IG5, IG3

BEARD
IG4,  IG2, IG1, Blender

CUFFS
BGR3, BGR2, Blender
         
BUCKLE
GB9, GB7, GB3

IN MOUTH
IG4, CR5

TONGUE
DR7, DR6, CR7

SKY
IB1, BT4, IB2, BT5, BT9, TB9

SNOW
IG2, IG1, Blender
                 
Links you need to know 
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Thank you as always for popping by

xxSAMxx

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Wishing you a Hoppy Christmas...


Today I'd like to share a project made using a few of the freebies from  
CRAFTER'S INSPIRATION MAGAZINE (Issue 12).

Christmas Card by Sam Lewis, featuring freebies from Crafter's Inspiration Magazine (Issue 12). Coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers..
  
I created a simple scene from the rabbit and a few of the snowflakes, all of which are found on the free CD Rom! I then printed it onto Neenah Solar White Cardstock, and coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Markers. 

It sadly doesn't show on these photos but once I added the stars with white paint marker, I also added a little of the Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to the large stars.
         
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SPECTRUM NOIR - COLOUR LIST:
      
RABBIT
IG1, IG2, IG4, Blender
FS6, CR3
   
SKY
IB1, BT4, IB2, BT5, BT9, TB9

SNOW
IG1, IG2, Blender
           
Christmas Card by Sam Lewis, featuring freebies from Crafter's Inspiration Magazine (Issue 12). Coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers..

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Links you need to know 
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Thank you as always for popping by.
       
xxSAMxx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

S & C - Decoupaged Letters - Birthday Party Collection

My wife and I recently visited Crafter's Companion flagship store in Newton Aycliffe and WOWZA, what heaven it is for us crafters! (our spouses... not so much!! although they do have a cafe to keep them occupied whilst we browse!)
        
Anyway, whilst there I picked up these adorable paper mache letters!  So much fun and my wife loved it so an all round success!
   
Decoupaged letters by Sam Lewis, featuring the Sara Davies Birthday Party Collection from Crafter's Companion.
                
From the
BIRTHDAY PARTY COLLECTION by Sara Davies 
I used the following: 

6X6 Paper Pad 
Die - Traditional Bunting
Stamps - Let's Party
6X6 Embossing Folder - Scattered Dots

OTHER MATERIALS:
                    
Decoupaged letters by Sam Lewis, featuring the Sara Davies Birthday Party Collection from Crafter's Companion.
                
Links you need to know 
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Thank you as always for popping by
 
xxSAMxx