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WOYWW 566 – Easter Crafting with the Cricut Maker

Firstly, how did we get to week 566 in this global craft desk hop?! Obviously we need to keep going until 1000 now, and that is more than 8 years away. Yes, I actually got the calculator out and worked that out. If you want to join in with ‘What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday’, then go to Stamping Ground.

I am late today, which is better than missing out a week entirely, which I did last week. I have actually been busier than usual since Lockdown started in the UK. Plus, last week I was not too well – high temperature and even less energy than normal. It wasn’t a fever though and no persistent cough (just the constant tickly throat caused by hayfever, we think).

Another thing taking up my time and energy is coping with a delivery from Tesco. No longer can the driver bring the boxes through to the kitchen and help unload. Now he leaves them on the doorstep in a lot of plastic bags and I have to wipe down/remove external packaging, carry through to kitchen in a plastic laundry basket (which is disinfected afterwards), take bags and packaging straight out to the bins in the garage, wash my hands several times and leave some items in a separate area of the porch or pantry, if they are not needed immediately. Post and parcels are handled the same way, with a quarantine area in our boiler room for at least 24 hours. I used to work professionally in food hygiene and cleaning practices, but I haven’t gone as far as putting a full white suit/mask on!

I hope that everyone is well(ish) and keeping busy. There still aren’t enough hours in each day for me to get fully through any To Do List, let alone the long list of things I would like to do.

My photos today are of yesterday, as then I was doing some crafting. I used my Cricut Maker to make some Easter cards and cute bunny boxes for the granddaughters. I also designed some Easter cards in Procreate and printed them out. Just one more card to design today for an uncle/aunt who are churchgoers and will appreciate a card with a religious theme.

Today I am packing up all the parcels and cards – several birthdays this month as well – for the courier to collect tomorrow. Therefore, my craft room is very messy and very uncrafty.

Card designed with Procreate on my iPad
Some bright card scraps for the scrap box
Crafting in progress
Finished Easter cards
Finished bunny boxes (with mini chocolates inside for the 3 granddaughters)

Stay Safe everyone. I am intending to do some mixed media crafting in the coming week, but I won’t promise anything, as I may just eat hot cross buns and watch YouTube!

Ali x

ps It is noted that a few people are not able to leave a comment on my posts. I will go back and check settings again, but there are also many who are having no problems, so it is all a puzzle to me. Email me at hello@aliwade.com if you ever want to get in touch.

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Tea Towel Excitement (*Updated)

You can now order this design as a teatowel. Only available until the end of May 2020, so grab one or more now.

Last week, at the very last minute, I was reminded of the annual Wraptious Tea Towel Competition. With only a few hours before entries closed, I decided to use my Funky Bunny and add it to a pink background. Very simple to do and I think it makes a great tea towel.

Sadly orders are closed at the moment due to Coronavirus, but once they are able to print them I will remind you!

Click on the image below to go to the Wraptious website, and take a look at all the other entries whilst you are there. They are all fabulous.

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Funky Easter Bunny

Whilst having a look on Pinterest yesterday I saw a drawing project involving a bunny outline and assorted pairs of glasses. I loved the finished examples being shown, so this morning I downloaded the template, converted it it into PNG files with Affinity Designer (free 90 day trial at the moment), and got drawing/colouring on my iPad with Procreate.

It has taken me a lot of the day to get it finished (in a few sessions in front of the tv). A lot of extra time was spent getting the pair of glasses I wanted to use converted into a clear background (using the Magic Eraser app). However, I then realised I could have just traced over in a new layer, deleted the original layer, and saved as PNG with transparent background! I definitely learn every time I do a project.

Here he is (definitely a boy!). Click on the image to download the template for yourself from teachstarter.com.

Obviously this was originally for children, but anyone of any age can have fun filling in the different sections, perhaps use different colours/textures. You can definitely print it out and do it all on paper/card.

It kept me entertained for another day whilst on ‘lockdown’.

Give it a go, and tag me if you post on Instagram @aliwadedesigns.