Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

Something from {almost} nothing...

...is Shimelle's new class.  I like taking her online classes - and on Friday I met her at the Twisted Thread show at Olympia.  I wasn't planning on going to the show (more thread/wool than paper) but as I was in London I thought I might as well...
I knew Shimelle was running a workshop (which I'd like to have done but it clashed with my hospital appointment) and I waiting for the lift and wondering where she'd be so I could swing by and say hello (she's a fellow Banana Frogger afterall- it would've been rude not to) and when the lift doors opened she was standing inside! spooky! (and convenient.. lol)
Really nice to meet her - here she is on her stand where she had some really nice products - I had to resist the papers (I have too much already) but I couldn't resist some of the American Crafts Fabric Alphabets - mmm v nice apple/lime green in a font which is little bit like the 'Captain Howdy' font. Like I say - too nice to resist.. but I have to remember that things aren't too nice to use...

Next to Shimelle's booth was a knitter/ crocheter (card is downstairs so will fill in her name later) who had the hugest knitting and crochet needles - the crochet 'needles' were like spears! lol  If I had time to sit and crochet at the moment I'd have bought one to try it out... (Yvonne P would have loved these.) ...  These would build up crochet pieces lovely and quicky and would create great throws (as displayed on her stand)

Around the corner there was another knitter with great hats and bags - kicking myself for not getting something from her (like the hat on the left hand side of the photo - the wool was lovely.. and my mum and my m-i-l are both good knitters so they could knitted the purchase for me - and look at those lovely wood buttons! Now they're what I call a button - if you're going to have a button have a really big one!  May have to speak nicely to my Dad - he's turned big buttons (on his lathe) before for floor cushions so one for a hat shouldn't be too hard for him.. :o) 10 inches across were the biggest ones this seller had... Lovely

So, like I said way back at the top of this post, I'm doing Shimelle's class which encourages you to attack your stash (eek) rather than buying new (thats how I'm interpreting it)- revisiting all the things you have and may have forgotton about.. so with that in mind I made this quick little card - circles punched from scraps - 'cos we all have those don't we!, and a free stamp (craft stamper, v cute owl) and a greeting stamp - OK that might be relatively new but only because I 'needed' a greeting stamp to go with the little owl... honesty guv ... :o) 
Photo quality's not too good - sorry - the colours are stronger in real life.

OK, so this isn't the most sophisticated card I've made - but I like it - the owl makes me smile!

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