Sunday, 21 April 2013

First Impressions - Crafty Creatives Box 10 #ccbox10


-Spoiler Alert-
If you are a subscriber to crafty creatives and haven't received your box yet then don't read on!


There are a million beauty subscription boxes going around and if I'm honest they've never appealed to me. They cost more money than I'd usually spend on beauty products every month and it's always a bargain on whether you're going to get bad things or good. But when I heard about Crafty Creatives, a crafting subscription box, I knew it was something I'd love. The thing about the beauty boxes is that things you don't like  you won't use, but in a crafting box it becomes a challenge, find away to use everything. I love to craft, it's a hobby I picked up from my grandmother. But life often gets in the way and I don't get the chance to do so often enough. I'd been umming and aahhhing over subscribing to this for ages and eventually I signed up, my first box being the April box. Each box is £12.95 which I think is good value for money considering that includes posting and packaging.


I was really apprehensive as to what the theme was going to be, it's so exciting trying to guess, especially when they posted a teaser picture on Twitter. This months theme was 'blue', I'll admit that when I read this on the card I was a little bit disappointed, it just sounded so boring in comparison to other months but as soon as I looked through the box this went away. It's full of hidden gems.


In every box you get an art card which has a piece of art on one side and a little description of everything in the box. This cute little illustration is by Catherine Moody.  I really love the picture but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the card. If you are a regular Crafty Creative-r then please tell me what you do with the cards, I don't want it to sit and gather dust in my room!


There's also a kit in every box. This kit contains everything you need to make a blue bird felt mobile. I've already started making this. So far I've already cut out half of the bird patterns I need. I plan to finish it sometime this week. It would make a lovely present for my nephew!


These felt balls come all the way from Nepal, how cool is that? I really love all the shades, they go so well together. The art card suggests stringing them on a necklace, I think they'd look great all strung together on a nice(maybe green) length of ribbon. I might do that with them and give the necklace to my grandmother. I also might use these for a secret DIY I have in mind(if I do you shall see about it on this very blog!).


Next is this selection of glitter and beads from Stix2. I'm not too fussed about these if I'm honest. I really dislike glitter(I seem to be the only one) so I'll probably end up donating that to one of my friends taking art in the hope they can get some use out of it. The very fine beads are similar to the beads they use in caviar manicures so I might try using them in that way and seeing how they hold out. I've had a look on their website and they do have some pretty nice stuff.


Next is the A5 sheets of card. These confuse me. It says they are card but they feel like the gortex stuff we used to protect the tables with at primary school whenever we painted. I'm not too sure what I'm going to do with these. Mini canvas. This is far too cute! I can't wait to see what mini art I choose to grace this with. Although I wish it came with a mini easel, that would have finished it off perfectly!



These bottles of Americana acrylic paint are from Deco Art. I haven't painted anything since I finished my Int2 coursework over a year ago, my final piece was done using acrylic paint! I'm going to see what I can use this to paint. And if I can't think of anything to paint then I have a few friends that are doing advanced higher art next year that will probably happily accept these as a donation.


These cute little glass beads are from Musha Makes. I haven't decided whether I want to make some jewellery with these or whether I want to sew them onto something for some added detail. They are really beautiful though and I love the stuff on the online shop, especially the washi tapes.


The highlight of this box has to be the Jumping Clay. This is a new product. It's a jasmine scented air drying clay. It also comes with some instructions to make a butterfly phone charm, which I have already made. I really enjoyed using this. It wasn't sticky at all, it didn't feel like you were using real clay and it smelt so good! Would really recommend buying this, it's perfect for younger kids, so much cooler than playdough.


Another thing that I really liked was this fat quarter of cotton. How pretty is this material? It's the right size for my super secret DIY I've been mentioning, so look out for this material somewhere else!


 And lastly these bird pendants. very cute. I'm going to string these to make two necklaces, one I will keep for myself and the other I'll give as a gift. Not sure who to give it to just yet though.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this box, I can't wait to get crafty and hopefully use everything. I'm definitely keeping my subscription and can't wait to find out what next month's theme is. Are you a Crafty Creatives subscriber? And if so what  did you think of this month's box? 

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