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I have been having a lot of fun playing with my Inkadinkado Stamping Gear.
I really like how this particular design turned out, I am going to use it as the background for a card.
I used a multicolor Versamark ink pad, so the ink is darker on the outside of the design, and fades nicely towards the middle.
I think that I have finally got the hang of turning the paddle around so I can reach all the sides without having to risk taking my other hand off the frame. 
The stamps that come with these sets are particularly nice ones.  Very clear and versatile designs too.

I have been having a lot of fun playing with my Inkadinkado Stamping Gear.

I really like how this particular design turned out, I am going to use it as the background for a card.

I used a multicolor Versamark ink pad, so the ink is darker on the outside of the design, and fades nicely towards the middle.

I think that I have finally got the hang of turning the paddle around so I can reach all the sides without having to risk taking my other hand off the frame. 

The stamps that come with these sets are particularly nice ones.  Very clear and versatile designs too.

Mum and I spent the day at Colemans Craft Warehouse, doing jewelry making classes.

I liked the stitched beaded bracelet (bottom) the most, it was very fiddly, and I have never done something like this before… but the results are quite nice (sorry for poor picture thought).

The pink one was made in the afternoon class and has grown on me a bit now.  It was all very random.. we were just given piles of beads and told to string them on wire, really.  And I am not very good at random.

We had lots of fun, made new friends and enjoyed the company of fellow crafters!

I found a really good, free program for designing one’s own bead loom patterns.
Easy Bead Patterns
Easy to use and gives nice clear charts.
The only downside appears to be there is no way to grab a section and repeat it, but otherwise, for little designs, it is very user friendly.
I designed the fish bracelet above on graph paper, but this software should make future designs a lot quicker and easier.

I found a really good, free program for designing one’s own bead loom patterns.

Easy Bead Patterns

Easy to use and gives nice clear charts.

The only downside appears to be there is no way to grab a section and repeat it, but otherwise, for little designs, it is very user friendly.

I designed the fish bracelet above on graph paper, but this software should make future designs a lot quicker and easier.

A little needle felted pussy cat, about 4 inches long.
I asked the ladies at my Thursday craft group what I should make with the masses of yellow wool roving I seem to have.  A kitty was suggested.
So it was very much a “make it up as I go along” job.
He is a bit odd, but quite cute.
And I didn’t poke the needle into my finger too many times, either :-)

A little needle felted pussy cat, about 4 inches long.

I asked the ladies at my Thursday craft group what I should make with the masses of yellow wool roving I seem to have.  A kitty was suggested.

So it was very much a “make it up as I go along” job.

He is a bit odd, but quite cute.

And I didn’t poke the needle into my finger too many times, either :-)

I just had to make these loom band pencil charms.. to hang on the box I keep my coloured pencils in!
They are really easy and quick to make, I think I will make a couple more to turn into brooches too.
Here is the tutorial on YouTube - so you can make some too. 
Loom Band Pencil Tutorial by Made By Mommy

I just had to make these loom band pencil charms.. to hang on the box I keep my coloured pencils in!

They are really easy and quick to make, I think I will make a couple more to turn into brooches too.

Here is the tutorial on YouTube - so you can make some too. 

Loom Band Pencil Tutorial by Made By Mommy

I have been making some little rosette embellishments today.
These are just perfect for Artist Trading Cards, tags and on crackers and gift boxes.  I like to have a few ready made for when I need them.
The rosettes and flower shapes were cut from the excellent Accordion Fold Flowers die set by Sizzix.  This set not only makes it really easy to make rosettes, but also can make lots of pretty flowers too.
The images in the middle are one inch circles from the Tin Teddy Ladies in Hats and Tin Teddy Antique Japanese circles collage sheets.
Ooh, and now I am thinking these would look great with ribbon “tails” like a proper rosette…. *scoots off to try*

I have been making some little rosette embellishments today.

These are just perfect for Artist Trading Cards, tags and on crackers and gift boxes.  I like to have a few ready made for when I need them.

The rosettes and flower shapes were cut from the excellent Accordion Fold Flowers die set by Sizzix.  This set not only makes it really easy to make rosettes, but also can make lots of pretty flowers too.

The images in the middle are one inch circles from the Tin Teddy Ladies in Hats and Tin Teddy Antique Japanese circles collage sheets.

Ooh, and now I am thinking these would look great with ribbon “tails” like a proper rosette…. *scoots off to try*

My first scrapbook spread for many years.  I have been finishing off old ones, but this is the first “from scratch” one for about 10 years!
And it is very “old school”, but I don’t care!  I will get  back into it at my own pace and that is that, hehe.
I may well add a bit more embellishing later on, I do like busy pages, I am bad like that.

My first scrapbook spread for many years.  I have been finishing off old ones, but this is the first “from scratch” one for about 10 years!

And it is very “old school”, but I don’t care!  I will get  back into it at my own pace and that is that, hehe.

I may well add a bit more embellishing later on, I do like busy pages, I am bad like that.

We went to a Steam Rally and my father bought me this fantastic velvet “slightly steampunk” hat.
I will wear it at the Dickensian craft fair near Christmas… and whenever else I think I can get away with it!

We went to a Steam Rally and my father bought me this fantastic velvet “slightly steampunk” hat.

I will wear it at the Dickensian craft fair near Christmas… and whenever else I think I can get away with it!

I have die cut lots of tiny flowers and leaves using the Marianne dies at the front of the picture.
They will go into little pots and then whenever I want to add a few flowers to a card, tag, ATC or other project.. I will have plenty to use.
Making one’s own embellishments is fun, and economical :-)

I have die cut lots of tiny flowers and leaves using the Marianne dies at the front of the picture.

They will go into little pots and then whenever I want to add a few flowers to a card, tag, ATC or other project.. I will have plenty to use.

Making one’s own embellishments is fun, and economical :-)

(via Dishfunctional Designs: How To Keep Other People From Using Your Good Scissors)

(via Dishfunctional Designs: How To Keep Other People From Using Your Good Scissors)