Sunday, 16 December 2018

Stocking Fillers For Crafters

Hi everyone.

Crafters are so easy to buy Christmas presents for, aren't they? Even if you think they already have enough craft products to fill the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, they're always delighted to receive some more. As someone who definitely falls into that category and has enough crafty stash to fill the Blackpool Tower Ballroom every night for the next six weeks, I finally decided that 2018 was the year I was going to have to start sharing it with the rest of the world and so 'Share My Stash' was born.

Now, as well as making handmade cards for my small business MJL Creative Cards, I'm also making and selling handmade craft supplies. These are all lovingly created from items in my own crafty stash that I've collected over the years but that have been refreshed and brought up to date in a unique and creative way. As a crafter myself, I'm really excited by the products I'm now bringing to the crafting retail world. I just have to make sure I don't buy any of my own products!

So if you are still looking for those last minute stocking fillers for family members, friends or colleagues who are crafters, or if you have little people in your life who love crafting with mum or gran (or even dad), there is still time to head over to Share My Stash on Folksy to see what crafty goodies are waiting for you there. There is free UK postage on everything in my shop too.

To give you an idea of the sort of things that can be made with my products, I've put together three sample Christmas cards (well, it is the middle of December) using three different products that are all still currently available in my online shop. There are lots of non-Christmassy products there as well which should keep everyone crafting well beyond Boxing Day. Just a word of warning though. Most of the products I make are a "one-off" and when they're gone they're gone, so please don't miss out.

You can be taken directly to each of the products I've used for my sample cards by just clicking on the product images below.

I made the first card using one of these cute felt gingerbread men which are decorated with buttons, sequins, seed pearls and ric-rac braid. Gingerbread men are always a nice alternative at Christmas to robins and Santas and these look good enough to eat. (Please don't though!)

And here is the sample card I made using this product.

For the next card I used three of the pink paper Christmas flowers that are one of my favourite products in the shop. I really like the colour combination of pink and black on Christmas cards as I think it gives them a really stylish and contemporary feel. The flowers were all assembled by hand from some really pretty 6 x 6 papers and are really easy to attach to a card blank with just a dab of 3D glue or some foam tape. They also have a clear faux gem in the centre.

And here is the card I made using just three of the flowers.

My final product choice is the pack of 24 Christmas paper squares and you only need a few of them to make a really stylish and original card. The paper squares are hand-cut from the remains of a Papermania paper kit. There are some really stunning contemporary and more traditional Christmas images in the designs and the paper quality is excellent. Some of the squares are foiled too for extra "bling".

This is the sample card I made and I think it is probably my favourite. I just love the slightly vintage style mixed with the contemporary.

So hopefully I have given you a flavour of what I've being doing for the last few months. And if you are all organised for Christmas (boo!) and don't have any more gifts to buy, then do pop back to Share My Stash in 2019 as there will be lots more products coming in.

Meanwhile, may I wish you and all those close to you a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Melissa x