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  • Create and craft.tv

    Currently watching create and craft TV, SKY channel 671.
    Does anyone else watch this channel, or even buy things from it?
    Everything looks a little too informal and Twee, for my taste. But, maybe, that's just me.
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  • #2
    I watch the channel quite a bit but only when the 'good' crafters are on (in my view) - Barbara Gray, Sheena, Julia (new American crafter). I cannot abide the CD ROM crafting - they try to sell you a CD with 2 million terrible images, but they fail to tell you that you will need to spend £100 on printer inks to print it out and the same on decent card stock. I watch it for techniques and have learned quite a bit when I was first starting out. I have heard a few bad stories about their customer service and deliveries. (I think their call centre is in India).

    If you like decoupage and printing out papers then this is the channel to buy from. QVC is going the same way too.
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    • #3
      I have to admit I haven't watched it for a while, but although they call it Create and Craft, they never seem to cover any other craft except cards. And yes some of them are really lovely, but if you dont make cards, it doesn't offer much to any other crafter.
      Has it changed?

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      • #4
        I rarely watch it because it gets on my nerves after a while(oops did i say that out loud...)
        I have bought a couple of things from them in the past - usually when they have special deals and only on basics because the quality can be a bit hit & miss and the kits are a real disappointment. I have seen the cd crafting and its generally dire and very samey.

        QVC have high postage but fast courier delivery, the customer service is good and they sell mainly Kanban products so the card quality is generally good as most Kanban kits contain 300gsm cardstock.

        The kits are basic unpack and stick affairs and you would get sick of them way before you have used up all the bits. They tend to be cute or 'feminine' (flowers or "elegant ladies") and of course everything is exquisite, beautiful, amazing and any other superlative the bored presenter can think of to say...my favourite is the male presenter whose eyes shone as he stroked the card declaring it to be ooh so exquisitely tactile

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        • #5
          I hadn't heard of this channel but I may have to check it out, sounds like it could be quite a giggle!
          Karly
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Christa View Post
            I rarely watch it because it gets on my nerves after a while(oops did i say that out loud...)
            Now you've said it I feel I can confess - I can't even manage 5 minutes of it before having to turn it over, the presenters just completely do my head in
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            • #7
              I watch it a fair bit on freeview, but it stops at 1pm.
              I havent bought from it but got some good tips from them.
              Theres one presenter that gets on my nerves, its like she is right out of stage school.
              https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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              • #8
                I love this channel but can sooo understand all your comments...you know when something is annoying but you watch it anyway?!!! Kanban, Joanna Sheen, Sue 'by eye', Glenda (superb stamper & ink techniques), K & Co, Pinflair, the Glitter Girls and a few others are my favourites. Stephanie 'very effective' Weightman seems to have disappeared, but I did love her giggly personality I think the male presenter is Nigel, he gets on very well with the Glitter Girls, hehehe!!! I learnt a heck of a lot of techniques from the crafters and bought a lot too, some kits but mainly individual things. The one lady I have to turn the volume down or off for is Sarah from Crafters Companion, I love her demonstrations, she's so clear at showing them but she talks so fast!!! I just can't cope with it when she goes hyper!! I bet she's really nice too, but sorry, talk s l o w e r I get muddled as to who is on which channel, Create & Craft or QVC but if you pick and choose I'd recommend watching them. I must admit that cards and scrapbooking are the main areas but every now and again there's jewellery/beading, knitting, silver clay (the one you polish to shine)... I tend to go through the channel planner and record then fast forward to the nice bits!
                Facebook page, Cottage Charms & Cards: http://www.facebook.com/update_secur...20677888001883

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                • #9
                  Stephanie has been back for about a month now.Her and Nancy have a right laugh!
                  https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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                  • #10
                    Ooh lovely, I like Nancy...I'd love to go on a girls night out with them, I bet they have a fabulous time! Stephanie has always got gorgeous nails too =)
                    Facebook page, Cottage Charms & Cards: http://www.facebook.com/update_secur...20677888001883

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                    • #11
                      I watch it on and off but prefer the QVC craft hours. I must admit to having a lot of kanban kits but I never use them as they are I tend to use a lot of my own items fromthe craft box to make sure that they are all a bit more individual. For toppers that look fantastic and sell the cards well and come in decent sized kits I think that they are fab. I dont use Create and Craft so much but cant beat their prices on silver and gold mirror card pack of 50 and always get that from them. Quite often have it on in the background but like several of the others I cant get into the CD roms. I am sure once I have decent card to print on and refilled the inks in the printer that the preprinted ones are probably not that much more expensive and I like the foiling on them which you cant really replicate yourself (not to such high standard) unless you spend an awful lot of money on a foiling pen!
                      www.safimelcardsandpendants.co.uk

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                      • #12
                        Cannot stand Leonie, loves the sound of her own voice and not much crafting gets done, all she wants to do is sell, sell. So no do not watch much now as boring unless the good ones like Joanna Sheen, sue 'by eye' to name two.

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                        • #13
                          Oops! Looks like I opened the flood gates here. I must admit to not having much (any) practical experience of what they do. As our crafting will be a future enterprise.
                          But, of course, being a bloke. I do love some of the gadgets & gizmos they sell. Like the cricut, for example.
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                          • #14
                            None of it really appeals to me. You will see a lot more genuine and interesting craft on things like How Its Made on Discovery and on the old Fred Dibnah programmes that are often repeated. However I did see a chap with a lathe on C&C which was quite unuaual. I'm sure there is lots of scope for this channel to widen its horizons and go beyons the cards and sticky backed plastic that it only seems to feature. Regards LC

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                            • #15
                              Yep, I agree with you LC...when I first started making cards I thought it was brilliant with so much about card making, but now I'm doing jewellery I've realised how limited their other areas are. There was the occasional beading or silver clay feature, knitting & cross stitch but very few and far between. I remember seeing the chap with the scroll saw, doing jigsaw things, but I agree, they could cover a whole load of different crafts. Even Joanna Sheen is more about cards than pressed flowers now, though they are gorgeous and she does try and incorporate them into her cards when she can...also Christine of Pinflair, used to do the sequins pinned onto polystyrene shapes and I haven't seen her do those for ages either, again she is more card orientated now. But I suppose they're after the sales and ££££s. I still enjoy watching them but for jewellery I now watch you tube videos or JewelleryMaker on 655.
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