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Monday, 8 December 2014

Craft Crop - 30 November 2014 - Organised by Tracy Payne and Amy Gould

Just over a week ago I went on a Craft Crop organised by Tracy Payne and Amy Gould.  I have followed Tracy's work for a long time now and met her once at Stamperama at Stevenage.  Amy I worked with on a Design Team.  It was lovely to see Tracy again and meet Amy for the first time.

This was Tracy's first Craft Crop.  I don't go to many craft events due to my health.  I have only been on a one day course and it was so bad I would never go back even if the company was still in business now.  I knew though I didn't have to worry with regard to Tracy and Amy and I was proved right.
 If you pop on over to Tracy's Blog you will see what the card should have looked like.  As you can see mine differs slightly.  I am OK following step-by-step instructions if I have a picture to follow each step of the way.  If I follow just written instructions I seem to go a wee bit wrong!!

During the morning of the Craft Crop we got some tips on how to colour with distress inks.  I have used them before but because I have focusing and tracking problems with my eyes and dodgy hands I tend to stick mainly with my alcohol markers.  I struggled a bit.  I think I need to invest in a new paintbrush.  I am going to go into the image again and change the hair colour of the fairy.  I've got a lot more to learn.  I have used dark brown for shading before but never used black but had a go.
All the papers and embellishments were provided for the card.  We spent time in the after using various Joy dies to add as embellishments for the card.  If you didn't know Tracy is the Noor! Design UK distributor.  She brought with her lots of the Joy dies and lots of Dutch Doobadoo products.  I love their stencils and have fallen in love with their structure paste.  Amy brought a lot of goodies from her shop for us to purchase so I have got some presents from Amy's shop for Christmas off one son and some items I wanted off Tracy she didn't have on the day, so she placed an order and they have arrived today.  These are off my other son so they will not be used before Christmas - I promise!!

I know it is a big decision for some people attending a Craft Crop.  I was worried about my health but I was able to go at my own pace.  It did mean I had to spend a lot of time at home finishing off the card but it was well worth it.  It's a card I will be keeping for myself for a change.

Tracy is hoping to undertake more Crops in 2015 so fingers crossed I can attend.  She's hoping to do alcohol markers and maybe more on distress inks.  I thoroughly enjoyed the day.  I know it was a lot of effort put in my Tracy and Amy and I appreciate that.  I make all my cards solely to sell to raise funds for different charities so it was nice to see the dies up close as sometimes when you see them on a blog or in a web shop they look bigger than they are.  I can't afford bad buys so I do try and source out things first before buying so this was a perfect opportunity.

Here's hoping for more Craft Crops that I can attend in 2015.

I had initially said that I wasn't posting this card into challenges as I'd been given the idea/all items for it from my Craft Crop but Tracy has said to go ahead and enter challenges with this card so I will do as I am told.  It might also help to promote her Craft Crops.  Tracy held her Crop in Bedfordshire.  Pop on over to her blog and let her know if you are interested for future Crops.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Challenge - Christmas/holidays
Penny's Paper Challenge - Your favourite colour - my favourite colours for Christmas are red and green
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes with a twist all things Christmas
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
CRAFT - Christmas
Aud Sentiments Challenge - BINGO board - I have gone for the bottom horizontal row of lace, patterned paper and charms/trinkets
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - Anything goes with a twist of spots/dots
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Christmas
Sweet Stampin - Things with wings
Di's Digi Designs - Christmas
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
The Ribbon Girl - Anything goes card challenge
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes and option to create your own challenge
Robyn's Fetish - Christmas cards
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Pile it On - Anything goes Christmas/holidays
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned paper December Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes or snow
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Melonheadz - Lots of embellishments
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas

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Sylvia Meppen-Rentenaar said...

Kym, you made a beautiful card. It looks very laborious. I can imagine that you were worried about your health during the workshop. But luckily you could rotate at your own pace. I am glad that you enjoyed it. I hope you often do this kind of workshops. You can do this. This is clear. Big kiss, your friend from the Netherlands xxx Sylvia

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

This is a fabulous card lots of detail.Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW what a BEAUTY! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at 613 Avenue Create! We hope you’ll come join us again real soon! Great job!
613 Avenue Create DT

Vannessa said...

This is just gorgeous Kym and I so wish I had gone now! Hopefully the next one will be at a better time for me to come along. And should you go again, it will be great to meet up too.

Hugs, Vannessa x

Dee's Craft Room said...

Gorgeous card, great original design and fabulous embellishments. Thank you for taking part in the Crafty Boots Christmas Challenge.

Wishing a happy Christmas to you and your family.


Paper Panda said...

Lovely card, and I love all those embellies and lace! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge!
Mandy x (PPCC DT)

Sandie Gough said...

wow, so much detail <3
thank you for joining our current challenge over at http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Sandie (Aud Sentiments DT)

Anonymous said...

Hello, A stunning card, loving the detail and the beautiful colours. Thank you for joining us over at CRAFT challenge this week.

Teighan DT

Debbie said...

What a fabulous card. Thanks for entering the Scribbke and Scrap challenge. Good luck.

Virginia Lu said...

So much details and love went into this design, Kym! I love the colors and elements in your card! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Christmas/Holidays” Challenge!

Andrea Norris said...

Wow Kym, there's lots of detail on this card:) it must have taken you ages. I know what you mean about keeping a card for yourself I hate to part with some of mine!

Thanks for joining us at TTCRD
Andrea x

Kat said...

Great card with so much funny embellishments, Kym.! Thanks so much for participating in our Not Just Cards Challenge Blog.
Hugs, Kat DT

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Céline said...

thanks for playing with us at di's digi

Shona Hamill said...

Stunning card. Thank you for sharing with us at the C.R.A.F.T Challenge this week. Shona xx

Cass said...

Beautiful card.Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'
Cass xx

Camille Short said...

Wowza! This beauty just jumped right off the page at me! I love the powerful colors, Fabulous card...love it.

Pami said...

Such a gorgeous card Kym! I had hoped I could go on the workshop but unfortunately couldn't make it this time! Maybe the next one! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin' this week, good luck! Pami x

Michelle said...

I wouldn't change anything on this card. It is absolutely lovely. I love all the detail and the image is beautiful. Thank You for sharing with us over at The Robyn's Fetish Challenge blog.

Michelle (DT)

Pollard Carole said...

Stunning this is gorgeous Tracy is a fab designer Thanks for playing Crafting by Designs Challenge good luck love and hugs Carole x DT

Aunty Sue said...

A beautiful card and thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments I hope you will join us tomorrow for another challenge and Merry Christmas

Bettina L. said...

This is beautiful. Love the details with the snowflakes, lace and added bells. Thanks for playing at
Crafty Sentiments and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina GD Member at Crafty Sentiments xx

Shar said...

Very pretty!! Lots of embellishments for sure! Thanks for playing along with us at Melonheadz Friends. :) ~Shar

Lexie said...

Fab images, stunning card. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous Christmas card Kym, it sounds like you really enjoyed the Craft Crop.
Thank you so much for joining us at Di's Digi Designs.

Helen said...

Gorgeous card - so many beautiful details.

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.

Helen x

Anna Jasiolek said...

You have made a really festive project for our month-long challenge at Pile It On, love this sweet stamp. Thank you for joining us and don't forget to check on Wednesday who's the winner. Good luck and best wishes for the new year!
Anna xxx