April catch up with Emma Jewell

9 May 2021

Hello! April whipped by in a flash! I started the month with my birthday, perfectly timed with the opening of restaurant gardens so I celebrated with a visit to my most favourite pizza place. I got some new stamps and a stamping block I was after from my partner Mike; I do love a crafty birthday present!

We also had a little party in my mum and dad’s garden. Mum even whipped up a personalised banner and cake toppers for me and my niece on her machine! 

There’s no rest for the wicked though; I spent the day of my birthday hosting the first of 12 zoom workshops for Hobbycraft. I was teaching basic vinyl techniques, which was great fun!

I kicked off the month by presenting a show on The Craft Store. I skyped in from my craft room again showing off some techniques for scrapbooking with your machine. I’m hoping to be back in the studio in May. I’ll miss wearing my slippers and taking a little nap in-between shows though!

I created a blog post showing you how to create this fabulous, quilted style scrapbook page for The Craft Store blog. It’s one of those makes that looks super complicated but is really easy to pull together.

I’m really enjoying watching TV at the moment, there are so many fab creative TV shows on. I’m absolutely loving the Sewing Bee of course and swooning over Esme’s sequin outfits. Every year I watch it and pledge to designate some time to finishing off some my sewing projects and making a whole new wardrobe (it’s yet to happen!).

I’m also absolutely loving All that Glitters. It’s similar to the Bake Off but for jewellers. It’s really interesting to see all of the different techniques used in jewellery making.

My third fave right now has to be the third season of Glow Up, where make-up artists battle it out to create make up looks to different briefs. It’s so creative!

I’m reliving the 90’s this month and crafting with plastic beads. I dug out my stash and have been making fun bracelets and necklaces! As you can imagine there are beads all over the house! But, I’m finding it a nice calming and nostalgic activity to do of an evening.

I was very excited that the shops reopened this month so I could finally get back into a Hobbycraft store. I’ve been dreaming about standing in a craft shop for so long! I can totally pass on clothes shopping, but I could not wait to be able to browse for craft stuff again. I spent far too much money on craft supplies I didn’t need (I couldn’t help it) and spent some time hovering around the Cricut aisle on the off chance that someone needed Cricut help! 

This month I created this fabulous sticker sheet for Hobbycraft that features my own illustrations in Design Space. It can be downloaded for free and cut on your machine using the print then cut feature.

Talking of illustrations, my British Food image set dropped into the Design Space image library this month. I’ve had lots of fun creating some fab makes with some of the images. 

I’ve been busy drawing up my next set of designs for the Cricut Design Space image library. These will be inspired by the British seaside and British sayings. I’m looking forward to them being available for you to create with very soon!

The main reason I haven’t been up too much craft-wise this month is that I’ve been very busy beavering away building an app! The Cricut Club app will launch in May. It will be full of videos teaching you everything I know about Cricut! At the beginning of the year, I promised myself I would find a way to bring my Cricut knowledge to you, so an app seems like the perfect way to do that. You can have access to a Cricut BFF in your pocket 24/7!! Lots of crafting has been swapped for video editing and app-building lately – but I am so excited to share it with you!

I hope you had a fabulous April!

Love and Glitter,