Well, it's certainly a bit on the warm side, to say the least! Very different from when I last posted anything but I guess that's the British weather for you. One extreme to another!
I'm certainly finding it quite a challenge to craft during the extreme heat. I like to work at night and as soon as I open the windows, it seems like the entire insect population descends on my craft room. Not only that but the fan, currently on warp speed, blows all my bits of paper everywhere. Oh well. It's a tough job but someone has to do it.
Just before the (now official) heatwave struck, I was busy making some paper projects in response to Phill Martin's request (phillmartin.blogspot.com) for three people to join his Serif Craft Artist Pro2 Design Team. I've never tried out for a DT before but because it was Craft Artist (and Phill!) I decided to give it a go. He specifically wanted people who could do gift type projects which was quite a challenge for me as I mainly do cards and scrapbook pages.
Sadly, I didn't make the final cut (now I know how the rejected candidates on The Apprentice feel!) but I did discover I could craft under pressure and produce some quite professional looking gifts, apart from the party mask which went horribly wrong.
Here is a door hanger I made using one of the templates from Craft Artist Pro2. I designed the backing paper from one of my own photos, using it to "colour in" the stencilled butterflies. I then distressed the paper with a glitter digi-brush. After adding the text (and no, I don't know who Anna is, either!) I made the decoupaged butterflies and flowers by filling another stencil with grouped embellishments from the Butterfly Paradise digikit. After that it was just a case of cutting out the template, mounting it on card and adding the ribbon and gems.
It's certainly a project I'd be happy to do again. All I need now is a few doors!