Summer is here!

Kim Sutton, Blyth Craft Emporium
Well, summer seems to be here, and I am trying very hard to design for Christmas (shudder). It comes around so fast! I need to start planning 12 Christmas projects to teach and I can only think about going on holiday...sun, sand, sea, moussaka and ouzo - heaven. I am also distracted from concentrating on Christmas as I am enjoying playing with new designs that some creative viewers of Create and Craft have sent me. Such fun! I am very excited. We are giving freebies away in the new issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft: 17 readers will win our new Sleeve Pop Up Template. Made in our lime green strong polypropylene; it will let you create a crafty kinetic card with confidence. No measuring required - I don't do numbers!

I am looking forward to meeting lots of lovely crafters at the Summer Crafting event at Doncaster in July. I am taking workshops on the Friday and demonstrating all day Saturday and Sunday. I just love the consumer shows. It’s great to chat and share tips and techniques. Some of you crafters are so clever, I always learn something new from you.

I have been very indulgent lately. I have to confess to buying 156 ProMarkers. I absolutely love them! I do admit, I've been neglecting stamping because I love water-colouring the image (which takes up so much time) and I got out of the habit but ProMarkers have made me re-visit my stamp stash. I have also been buying a lot of Dimension Fourth stamps recently. What I really need is more time!

Jonathan (my hubby) has been setting up a mini studio at home so I can do some tutorial DVDs but I can't stop crafting. My craft room is in such a mess and when I go to tidy up, I always find something that inspires me to make more samples. My worktop is now three foot deep and I can easily get lost behind it. He only knows I am in there because he can hear Create and Craft on my telly.

At the moment, I am so in love with Kanban card, I think I have become a collector. I get two of everything, one to use and one to stroke. I have recently 'found' a stash of crafting goodies over two years old and still
don't want to use some of it. Sounds familiar I bet!

If you'd like to keep up with my antics, follow me on Twitter @kimsuttonbce.


Kim Sutton is an expert crafter who designs products for Create and Craft and often appears on the show too! She loves lots of different techniques and also owns Blyth Craft Emporium, a big reader favourite at the Origin Craft Awards!

Here's what I did at the weekend!
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