Just a quick drive by from me as I'm leaving hubby on his own this weekend and heading north - to Craftathon 2014, which will be held in Rugeley, Staffs. This is the fourth year we've held this and, if you are sitting comfortably then I'll tell you how it all started ...... it was on the original Craftbubble (now defunct) forum and on a group originally called Let's Get Stamping which morphed in to Craft Mad and Loving It - because we do! We were a small group of die hard crafters and got on so well on-line that a meeting seemed almost inevitable at some point. One day whilst discussing our crafting days, a germ of an idea for Craftathon was born. Our first group meeting was in Accrington (Lancs.) and we had a workshop booked at Dawn Bibby's store (now also defunct - don't THINK it was anything to do with us!!!!). My dear hubby trawled t'internet and found us a B&B quite handy to the store (the chain hotels didn't seem interested in offering a good rate so we voted with our feet!) AND who were happy to have a glitter haze of crafters descend for the weekend!! Just six of us made it to that meeting but from all corners of the U.K., some arriving by train and others by car (some of us even managed train AND car!!). Our workshop was taught by Rachel Greig of Dark Room Door and I think it's safe to say that we all had an absolute blast, tried products we'd never even heard of and got on like the proverbial house on fire!!! There was no chance that this would be the only time we would meet!, and THAT'S how Craftathon started! During the following year we decided that the formality of the pre-arranged workshop was great but we thought how much fun it would be to do our own, we had crafters of all types and skill levels so everyone would bring something to the table and that's how Craftathon 2012 was conceived - we hired a hall in Bristol and worked out our own agenda of "workshops", the formula ROCKED so we did it again in 2013 in Hereford, when it was organised by Clare - thanks Clare!.
So, nothing LIKE the quick drive by blog post as I had planned but ..... a number of people have asked about Craftathon so I thought it was high time to explain!
Anyhoo, this year's get together is in Rugeley, kicking off on Friday, and there will be SEVEN of us this time. It's being jointly organised by Wynneth and her crafting dad, known as Sir Andy of Stafford! Our primary workshop will be making an MDF clock (using the blank shown below). Obviously, different crafters will approach this in different ways and at different speeds so we're thinking we may need drying times, catchup time and thinking times so we've each devised a "shoe box" project to fill in those awkward little gaps. What's a shoe-box project? A surprisingly simple concept and perfect for our needs ..... everyone attending has been tasked with making something (needn't be a card, could be a tag/book/ATC etc) which may be completed in 30 minutes or less. Once the item has been produced then each person needs to reproduce all of the materials (x the number of attendees) and bag them individually. and then (shoe) box them. Once at Craftathon every person can then simply take a bagged project from the box and, after studying the original, can then make their own version ...... schimples! Due to the fact the materials are all bagged up then, should we run out of time, people can simply photograph the original and then take their baggy home and complete the project , at their leisure - perfick! WELL, THAT'S THE PLAN!
|Our basic clock blank|
Anyway, having shot myself in the foot by having a dummy run on the packing and then thinking "what the heck? I may as well leave it packed" I found myself without my first port of call stash and rediscovered an old favourite. You probably saw the set deployed on Wednesday but, in case you missed it - it was this set ..............
|C1466 - Instant Memories from Close to my heart|
And here's how it panned out this time ...
- ATC blank
- Holographic silver paper (originally "broken into" for a recent LIM challenge so it's technically now a "snippet"!!) - I sanded the centre of this piece to give a "key" to adhere my image panel to ..
- White card snippet
- All images by Close to my heart except the Paper Artsy "splatter"
- Inks used: Memento rich cocoa, Paris dusk, London fog, vintage sepia, dandelion, Brilliance copper
Earlier this week it was lovely and sunny ... I was JUST about to walk to the local post box with a card for a pal celebrating a big birthday early next week when ...
Needless to say .... I didn't go!!! I may be many things but terminally stupid isn't one of them!!!
And now for the Friday Funny, brought to us this week by my pal SandraT - ENJOY, it's not so much FUNNY as INCREDIBLE to think how things have changed!!
Me? Sadly, I qualify as POSITIVELY ANCIENT - I scored 11!
Over at CAS-ual Fridays they've been launching a new Design Team this past few days - with prizes and, guess what? I WON one of them!!! This is what I'm hoping will be landing on my mat sometime soon
|See the rest of their awesome range of stamps and dies here|
Their new Design Team will be launching their first challenge today and I'm sorry to have to be missing it - hope you'll stop by and check it out here though!
Anyway, my apologies for this somewhat rambling post - hope you found it informative and thanks for persevering right to the end! Have a fab Friday and a GREAT weekend - I know I plan to!