So I wish you all a very Happy 2018!
We spent three weeks in UK over Christmas and New Year visiting friends and family and had a lovely time. Not many photographs taken, I have no idea why, but we enjoyed a day out at Watchet in North Somerset and I did take a few there. It was a wet and windy day but it was lovely to be out on the beach and near the sea.
Before we went away I had read about Craftpods, a quarterly box of seasonal craft ideas in a letterbox friendly box. It sounded like a fun idea and so I ordered the winter box. I collected it in UK but did not open it until this week when I had time to appreciate it and enjoy the contents.
I opened the box to find a welcoming message from Jo, the originator of the Craftpod.
And underneath the beautifully wrapped goodies!
And oh yes, there is chocolate!
Essential nourishment for any craft project.
There are two projects in the box - one embroidery, the other a linocut stamping project. Everything that you need is included.
Three linocut blades, a piece of Mastercut which is a lino substitute and easier to cut, an ink pad and some simple designs to try out.
The embroidery project is of a pretty winter berries design and comes with a hoop for framing your finished embroidery.
Also included in the box is a sheet of winter themed stickers and a pretty postcard.
I have been planning to do more printing this year and so the lino cut project appealed straight away and so I soon made a start on my first print block using the pine cone design supplied.
In less than an hour I had unpacked my box and made my first prints. The Mastercut was really easy to work in to and the design very effective. I cleaned up my block and then used it with a gold pad to print into the sketchbook I made here
and love the effect I obtained. Am thinking about applying a wash of colour over the page now.
I shall definitely be ordering another Craftpod - a little box of goodies to brighten any day!
Friday night is the first FNSI of the year - hope to see you there!