I was a ‘Pompom Virgin’ until we were asked to do a whole show on them for Create and Craft. Although, I’d seen a lot of them on our first TV series of Crafty Beggars when some of our contestants worked through the night to…
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Having realized that pompoms are all-year-round items (not just good for gracing hats and scarves in winter) I went to town with them for one of our recent shows. They are satisfyingly easy to make, especially if you use the pompom makers that Create &…
Crafty Beggars, Wendy Turner Webster and Julie Peasgood, want to show you how easy it is to craft your own DIY wedding. Each Crafty Beggar has handcrafted their very own wedding project that promises to be a showstopper on your big day.
Julie here from the Crafty Beggars! I’m so excited to write my first blog post for you lovely ladies and gents in the US. I’ve decided to create a DIY Wine Bottle Lamp for you today. All you’ll need are the supplies below, a bit…
Hi all! It’s Julie from the Crafty Beggars. I had great fun using this Art Basic Mixed Media Essentials kit along with their stencils and top quality texture brushes – they provide hours of guaranteed fun! For the ‘Live a Thankful Life’ picture (don’t you…
Wendy Turner from the Crafty Beggars is back with more crafty creations! This time she’s using Webster’s Pages to create numerous crafts that are sure to inspire.
- Websters Projects Made Easy Kit with Keepsake Bag
- Glimmer Mists Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Brights – 12 Pack
- Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint 2oz
1.) Webster’s the Name
This aptly named Webster’s kit was quite a revelation… I’ve got to admit it didn’t look like a huge product to begin with. I soon discovered it is the crafty kit that just keeps giving! In fact everything in the next few crafts featured here has something in them from the Webster’s pack. But first, and foremost, it is a keepsake album complete with fabric bag and I had fun both decorating the bag with some Prima flowers and ends of velvet ribbon and taking a trip down memory lane with some treasured photographs.
2.) It’s been Framed
I was told that these Create and Craft adhesive rollers are best sellers, and after a bit of use I can see why – perfect for paper crafting when you don’t want to get blobs of glue on your materials but far too ingenious to stay hidden! For this card I made some random sticky lines as an abstract frame for one of the larger Webster’s motifs and then sprinkled over some glitter. Forgetting my hands were covered in glitter I rubbed my face and spent the rest of the day like a human glitter ball. Funny how no one ever tells you these things!
3.) Inspiration is just a Phone Call Away
Whilst up at my mum and dad’s house rummaging around in the garage (the scene of countless boxes of my ‘stuff’) I came across a rather sturdy black box which had once housed a mobile phone (by ‘once’ I mean about 12 years ago!). I brought it home and covered it with some of the rather beautiful papers from the Webster’s pack and also the cream frame that you can see on the top. It now lives in my bedroom with some of my favorite pieces of jewelry inside. And people wonder why I keep old stuff for so long
4.) ‘Shimmer me Timbers!’
These plain and rather boring looking desktop drawers have been lurking around our house for ages, mostly sitting in the office housing paper clips, drawing pins and rubber bands. It seemed like the perfect base to try out some of the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and indeed the porous wood absorbed the shimmering colors really well. I thought I’d try out a technique I’d seen on the web to get the distressed look on the top. And it worked a treat! I cut a piece of the Webster’s papers to size and glued it into place. Then I brushed a layer of glue on top. When that had dried I got some sandpaper and started rubbing – mainly around the edges to leave no hard lines and then a few areas in the middle to spread the look! The real key is the next and final stage – paint over the top with a very thin brown paint (I used one of the brown colored glimmer mists but some cold tea will do!) and hey presto your distressed look is complete.
5.) Bloomin’ Lovely Necklace
I LOVED the rose motif which came with the Webster’s kit and thought it deserved to take center stage somewhere. Of course one can never have enough jewelry (I say that so often!) and it’s great to wear something that no one else has, which of course is the great advantage of making something yourself. Each flower is made up of five hearts and a button in the center completes the picture. The black base is simply cardboard cut from an unwanted shoe box.
6.) The Color of Copper
I used some Turquoise Acrylic Paint and then the Gold Mister Spray and to get the ‘copper’ effect on this picture (bit of a love theme going on), and it worked particularly well on textured paper. The green reminded me of the Statue of Liberty and the greetings card is the result of that particular thought! I found the distinctive design on one of those ‘How to Draw The Statue of Liberty’ sites. I was going to give the card to someone but have ended up keeping it and putting it up on my own shelf – a fab reminder of my visit to see the great lady!
Hi all! It’s Wendy of the Crafty Beggars and I’m here to show some of the lovely things I’ve been working on with items from Create and Craft. I used the following products from Create and Craft to create the following projects. It was so…
The wonderful Wendy from the Crafty Beggars has been hard at work with some of the amazing products here at Create and Craft! Check out all of her beautiful creations below. Then, tune-in on Sunday’s for the Ready, Steady, Craft hour! ArtC Nova Scotia Wood…
We love getting to know our hosts, guests and production team here at Create and Craft! We can’t wait for the Crafty Beggars to join us. Here are 5 Questions with Julie of the Crafty Beggars.
Julie of the Crafty Beggars
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know?
I am a Nichiren Buddhist and I have been chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo as a daily practice for the last 33 years. Chanting comforts, motivates, inspires and enlightens me and I never go away without my Buddhist prayer beads.
I also have 17 rocking horses! I started collecting them when I was 16 and they are all shapes and sizes, including Dobbin – a huge, vintage horse on bow rockers, which I bought many years ago from a toy museum that was closing down.
What is your favorite craft?
It has to be a combination of découpage and collage. I love decorating boxes and furniture, and I also make pictures and cards using pretty papers, lace, old maps, stamps, tickets, buttons and all kinds of memorabilia I have collected over the years. It gives me an excuse to hoard rather a lot of stuff (not that I need any excuse)! One of my favorite pieces is a memory box I made on a South Pacific cruise when the Pitcairn Islands were on the itinerary. I decorated the inside and outside with photographs, little stars, shells, local stamps and the lyrics of a welcome song that the Islanders greeted us with. Each time I use it I’m reminded of a wonderful holiday and some special people and places that we visited.
Why do you love to craft?
What started as a hobby has grown over the years into a passion. According to my husband, crafting is the only time I truly relax. I think the therapeutic effect of making things with our hands can never be underestimated. There’s a real feel good factor about designing something unique and original. At a time when it’s easy to feel like you’re drowning in a sea of technology (which can compound stress and not reduce it) crafts can be the perfect antidote. There’s also the pleasure of passing a passion on. I teach people how to make sock teddies (transforming a lone sock into a teddy bear) and I love the idea that after one of my workshops, people will be making sock teddies with their children or grandchildren..
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I feel very fortunate to have travelled a lot in my life as I also work as a travel presenter and writer. I am a Contributing Editor of Cruise International magazine and I write regularly for several UK newspapers. If I could travel anywhere it would be to Alaska. It’s a place I am longing to visit. One of my dreams is to see a whale breaching. I have witnessed dolphins, seals, even penguins, but I have never seen a whale and I believe there are eight different species that frequent the icy waters of Alaska!