Bumble Bee's Craft Den

I enjoy crafting and like to try my hand at different things. If there is anything that you see on here that you would like made, please feel free to contact me bumblebeescraftden@gmail.com or by going to my page on Facebook www.facebook.com/bumblebeescraftden. You can post on the wall or send me a message there. I appreciate any comments that people leave so please feel free to comment!!!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Lovely Stamps By Ryn

I recently found out about a lovely stamp designer in Canada called Ryn.  She designs the most beautiful rubber stamps, they are really deeply etched and superb quality.  They come already mounted, ready to stick to an acrylic block.  I ordered a couple of stamps to see for myself as I'd heard such good reports about them and I was not disappointed!!!

I ordered the popular 'Water Droplets' - which looks like this

Water Droplets 

This stamp is sold out at the moment but it is fabulous for backgrounds and for putting droplets on leaves etc.  You can put 3D gloss onto each droplet and they look very realistic. Here's a tag that I made using this stamp along with Distress Inks, 3D gloss and Treasure Gold wax. The sentiment is by Inkylicious who also do fab stamps!!!

The other stamp that I bought was a lace one that I have only tested on paper but not actually used in a project.  It's really pretty, this is what it looks like

Flower Lace 2 
I thought this would look nice on a Vintage project.

You can see and purchase the above stamps and the rest of the range here and they take approx one week to arrive, give or take a few days.

**Photos used are from Ryn's website and are used to illustrate the stamps only**

Sunday, 24 March 2013

NEC Hobbycraft Show and a Tag!!

Well what silly weather we are having for this time of year!!  Yesterday, despite it snowing in the north of England, I caught the coach to Birmingham for the Hobbycrafts Show at the NEC.  After a few blizzard like storms along the way, I arrived in Birmingham on time.   It was snowing and had settled on the floor.  I had to catch a local bus to take me to the NEC and this was very late arriving and then took 25 minutes to get to the NEC - nearly as long as my journey from Bristol to Birmingham!!!  I arrived around midday at the NEC and got straight on with my shopping.  I'd arranged to meet a fellow crafter from one of the Facebook groups I am in so spent the day walking around with her and her little boy.

There were some lovely items available there and I managed to get most of what I had on my list as well as a few extra things!  My favourite new things have to be the Treasure Gold and Copper waxes that I bought they are are fab for rubbing onto virtually anything to give a metallic sheen.  They even work on metal!!  I also got some lovely new stamps from Inkylicious, I love their stamps so much!!!

Here's my little shopping bag full from the NEC

I made this tag today to try the Treasure waxes out and was very pleased with the result and how nicely they finish off an item.  The light wsn't great today and the colours are actually more vivid than they look in the pic.  I think you can just about see the gold and copper metallic bits on the textured parts!

Did anyone else go to the NEC for the Hobbycraft Show this time around??  If you did, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and got to buy and see some lovely things!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Handcrafted Items....

Good morning, just a quick one from me.  I saw this over on Facebook and thought is was something worth thinking about.  Alot of people don't seem to want to pay alot for handcrafted items or think that maybe they should be cheaper than a mass produced item, so this poster hits the nail on the head really!  Most crafters don't get paid anything like the minimum hourly rate and can take hours handmaking an item and I think sometimes people forget this!

Anyway - feel free to copy it and pass it on.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Spring is in the air!

Time certainly flies, can't believe it has been a couple of weeks since I last bogged!!  It seems Spring is starting to make an appearance and I for one cannot wait for some improved weather and some colour in the garden!!

I've been busy making some things for Mother's Day that people have ordered.

The first was a hedgehog bag charm for a nannie for Mother's Day, in the UK Mother's Day is this coming Sunday.  I've always thought it strange though that it's not mother's Day on the same day around the world!

Anyway - here is the hedgehog bag charm

I've also been making more felt hearts which seem to be popular for Mother's Day as well!!

They look nice all ready in my box to pack up and deliver!!

I have also been playing at making some leather flowers.  I got some scraps of coloured leather the other day and cut out some flowers using a Sizzix Framelits.  I have not stuck any of it together yet but this is how it looks so far!

I'm pretty happy with how this is looking so hopefully once I stick it together and add something in the centre of it and a brooch pin on the back, I will still like it!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a great weekend xx