We love to know that people are interested and following

Monday, 24 May 2021

We did say any/all crafts are welcome

So here is a chainmaille bracelet that I (Zoƫ) made, it looks like a row of suns around your wrist.

It is a very simple weave, each rosette is built on a single jump ring with an inner diameter of approximately 1cm.  It is usual to use the inner diameter of jump rings in chainmaille.  23 contrasting jump rings (approx 4mm) threaded on.  22 more jump rings of the same size but in the original colour then go round the outside each ring fed through 2 of the previous ones.  You can make some real statement jewellery with chainmaille and it is very satisfying to do.

Have you joined in with our challenge yet?  The theme is SUNSHINE and yes we really do hope to see all sorts of crafts.  You can find all the details here.

Monday, 17 May 2021

Brenda couldn't help herself

Brenda actually made about 4 samples for the challenge and has chosen to share another with us all.   I'll leave you with Brenda to explain what she did.

Another inky creation from me, a little scene from the bottom of my garden where the Fairies love nothing better than to come out and play in the sunshine, but they are very shy so you have to be really quiet to see them. The background is as usual oxides, Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin, stencilled sunrays and the scene built up with several Lavinia stamps stamped with Versafine black and some white highlights.

Isn't it gorgeous, you can feel the warmth of that sun from through the computer screen.

We have been thrilled with the entries so far but there is still plenty of time to join in.  We would like to see all sorts of crafts. No blacksmiths yet but a wrought iron sunshine scene would be a welcome as any other.   Our challenge runs to the end of the month and you can join in here

Monday, 10 May 2021

Glorious Sun by Art Angel

Art Angel has been so enthused by our challenge she created this incredible sun to share with you all and inspire more of your creativity.  Her description of how she went about it is below, take no notice of her opening remark it might have seemed simple to her I'm sure you will agree it takes an artist to come up with this.

For this piece a lot of skill, effort, talent was required...... NOT!!! I am a strong believer in no waste, reusing and recycling, this was started on a sheet of A3 card, it’s where I catch over spray from smaller projects and test out blocked spray bottles when trying to get them to flow again! It’s where I clean my brushes! I wanted to use it in the sunshine challenge so added a few final coats of yellow and orange dye based spray through a stencil to help the warm sunshine glow along, then used the same stencil with Pearl medium. Left it to dry and cut out my sun shape using a biscuit tin lid to get the circle, the rays were done freehand. My sunshine is larger than the width of A3 as I extended two edges by gluing the waste from cutting the rays by sticking the off cuts to the back of the card to complete my circle, using these bis truly meant no waste. Finally i inked the edges of the rays with distress oxides, and used gold gilding wax on the set Pearl medium to highlight those little balls and around every edge, just to finish off!

There is still lots of time to join our first challenge and the theme of Sunshine here.  We are open to all kinds of craft, if you knit, paint, sculpt, whittle, or anything else and can use it to reflect the theme we would love to see it.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Our First Challenge is here

Hello and welcome to our very first challenge.  Thank you for taking an interest we hope you will be inspired to take part.   We are all about crafting from card making to cooking, from sewing to rug making and just about any craft you can imagine.  So please show us your scrapbooks, your journals, your mixed media pieces, your jewellery.  What ever you craft we hope to inspire you to create more and share it.

We are a Just for Fun Challenge opening on the 5th of each month until the end of the month.  Each of the team will choose a project that appeals to her best and give them a shoutout at the end of the month.

Our first theme is SUNSHINE.  What represents that to you?

In Welsh Heulwen, in Dutch Zonneschijn and German Sonnenschein

Here are some ideas to inspire you from our amazing Design Team.  (there are links to each team members social media set up on their name.)

Art Angel



to follow health issues stopped play!






You can join us from your own blog, Face Book, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media site you use.  Please use the Inlinkz tool to enter the challenge with a link back to your post.  It will also help if you can use #ROCsunshine01 on entries from places other than Blogger.

A quick reminder of the rules

We should be able to see how the theme inspired you without explanation.

Please pop the challenge theme badge on you post and a link back to us.

You can enter as many times as you wish

You can enter as many other challenges as you wish.

New projects please, no back linking

We might not be able to comment if your site requires us to sign in or provide our email etc.

If entering from social media other than a Blog please use the challenge hashtag #ROCsunshine01

Please be aware that by entering the challenge you are providing public access to your blog and/or social media.  We will use the information collected to visit and view your project and to comment/communicate with you.   We will also re-publish your project picture and a link if you are selected for a shoutout.  Shoutout winners will also have their work published on our Pinterest,Twitter and Instagram sites. We will not use your information for any commercial gain.  We are not responsible for the use made of your public information by any third party.  You will retain copyright to your work by entering here you are giving us permission to reproduce it as outline above.

So let the spring of creativity start to flow.  

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Shoutouts and challenge update

Good morning from the team here at River of Creativity. We have had some lovely messages asking if all is OK which we appreciate and apologi...