Saturday, September 23, 2017

Neat and Tangled September Release

The new release September goodies at Neat and Tangled are awesome as always!

I used the cute foxes from the Merry Kisses stamp set, and their matching dies as the focal point on this card. But instead of the traditional orange or red colour for the foxes, I thought I would turn them into Arctic foxes by keeping them a grey and white colour.

It matched my idea of using the Landscapes stencil to create snowdrifts. I used some texture paste and sprinkled superfine white glitter all over the top of it. The set of two stencils are the inverse of each other so it allows for some fun tricks, and I sponged on some blue ink into the gaps. 

The second time I used my Landscapes stencils I made more of a country wheatfields kind of look by stamping the Landscapes Textures through it in a variety of orange and yellow tones.

I also turned the Oak Leaf die into a tree instead, and used this card as my Father's Day card!! My dad is a farmer so it made sense in my eyes ;-)

Also this month at Neat and Tangled we have been partnering with Benzie Design who make the most luscious felt. I got rather practical by starting work on Moriah's birthday invitations already (it's actually not until November, but it feels good to be organised!) using the Magical Day stamp set.

Inspired by the unicorn theme I used the Benzie felt to create a headdress she can wear to the party! I have more details and even a video tutorial on how to make these up on the Neat and Tangled blog HERE.

And you can find all the new release stamps, dies, stencils and sequins in the shop HERE.

PS. I'm giving away a Magical Day stamp set on my Instagram account this weekend. You can find me HERE.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Letters to Tikvah

Tikvah has been our 'in utero' name for each of our pregnancies. It began with our first baby. Not knowing her sex and therefore having double the options of names, we were finding it hard. One day I opened the Name Book at a random page and stuck my finger out with my eyes closed. "We're going to call the baby.... Tikvah!" I exclaimed as I read what I was pointing at.

And so it stuck.

Moriah became Tikvah II, Judah was Tikvah III and Shiloh was called Tikvah IV.

I started creating Shiloh's baby album whilst I was still pregnant, and one of the things I wanted to do was to get the other kids to contribute. I asked each of them to write her a letter - welcoming her to the family, detailing some hopes they have for the future, and whatever else they wanted to include. Judah was less than 2 at the time so his is more like a bunch of scribbles... but I love it just the same!

I tucked each letter into a little pocket, and this became the first page in her baby album.
It makes me happy!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Coffee is Love, Love is Coffee

I've been meaning to make something for the Coffee Lovers Bloghop pretty much every time they come around. After all.... I do love coffee! But I haven't found the opportunity before now.

Yay! Yesterday I coordinated a 2 year old and a 2 month old's naps and I got some time to craft!!
The theme (apart from coffee... or tea... or cocoa) is Fall and so I started by deciding on an appropriate colour scheme and then went from there.

I recently bought a new 6x6" stencil which I wanted to try out. It's called Buffalo Plaid by Carta Bella and I got mine HERE. I can see lots of possibilities with this and it was really fun to use! So that became the background for my card.

And then I used a combination of Neat and Tangled's Perfect Blend stamp set for the coffee cups, and Krumspring's Coffee is Love stamp set for the sentiment.

I filmed a very impromptu timelapse video of my process if you care to check it out! I'm not sure if it'll work very well here in Blogger, but I'll upload it to my Instagram account as well!


You can find all the details for the Coffee Lovers Fall Bloghop HERE

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bunches of Country Florals

I used to think I didn't really 'do' floral cards. But that was before I received a big box full of the latest Sizzix Lifestyle releases! I actually let the Trophy Husband do a comeback unboxing video to see his spin on all the new dies, and you can catch that on my YouTube channel HERE.

It's always fun to then see which of the die sets I end up playing with first because usually these are the ones that become long term favourites. One of the sets that caught my eye was the Country Florals set.

I love that it includes dies for a bunch of different flowers as well as leaves..... and it also includes those antlers too! I just adore this funky addition and I used them to frame this bouquet for a thankyou card.

I was so inspired I ended up doing another version of the same card design a couple of weeks after the first. This time I opted to tone down the colour palette even more, omit the antlers and layer in a few more flowers instead. That's because I wanted to focus on the florals so that it matched the sentiment I chose.

I stamped the 6" long "thank you" and masked a small section so I could add in the "bunches" as well. These are from the Stretched Sentiments stamp set from Ink Blot Shop (another new favourite aquisition!)

So it turns out I really do love making flowery cards after all! ;-)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember!

I'm so excited to have been asked to contribute to the STAMPtember celebrations at Simon Says Stamp!

As part of the Neat and Tangled team I was sent the exclusive stamp set the two companies have released in collaboration. It's called 'Hello Pumpkin' and it is SUPER cute!! There are matching dies for this as well in case you don't like the fussy cutting involved ;-)
And here's what I've made with it...

I tried to work in as many of the stamps as I could (without going too crazy!) and I ended up with this story-book like scene. It was crying out to be watercoloured so that was the direction I took it.

Just as I was contemplating the fact I very rarely ever make one-layer cards (since I still don't consider myself a stamper and colourer) I decided that I really couldn't resist adding a touch of dimension, and those wood veneer arrows gained a place in the design ;-)

Something else that I really love about this set is that all proceeds from it's sale will be donated to support the medical bills that Danielle's father (Danielle is the founder of Neat and Tangled) is facing during his health battle. You can find more info about that on their GoFundMe page.

You can find this exclusive stamp set and dies at Simon Says Stamp! now. Remember, these are limited edition so once they're sold out they're gone forever.

And if you love this, you might also be interested in the new release products from Neat and Tangled. Some of the sets include the same characters you see here - that bear and mouse - in different scenarios. So cute!! Find them HERE.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Jot Magazine September Mood Board

It's time for another Mood Board challenge at Jot Magazine, and this is what I've made!

This is a bit of a variation on my normal go-to colour scheme of pink and aqua. This time it's mixed with navy and peach as well. I love how these challenges push me to places I wouldn't think of myself!

Here's what the Mood Board looks like:

I started my card first by pulling out some scraps of paper and a few embellishments that match the colour scheme. That's usually how I roll for these types of challenges! I then use them to dictate how the design of my card is going to go as far as focal point and sentiment are concerned.

But of course, I can't forget the mood board itself and on this occasion I draw inspiration from the vertical lines in the bottom two pictures. I line up squares of my patterned paper and then sew it all down with my sewing machine. I let the lines of thread mimic the vertical lines from the mood board.

I hope you'll join in with us for this September version of our challenge! You can find all the details for it HERE on the Jot blog!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Studio Calico Starlight - the Spetember Release

Oh man, it was totally time I dusted off my layout-making skills and put something big on a 12x12" piece of paper again! The September scrapbook kit from Studio Calico was exactly what I needed to inspire me. The colours and designs in this kit are totally me!
But thinking I might be a little rusty I decided not to go too crazy. I used a 8x12" photo to dominate the page and then just added some clusters of cute things, and highlighted the colours of the photo with some paper strips.

Everything on this page is from the Main Kit Only, with the exception of the alpha stamps I used to create the title. They're called Blocked Alpha and Numbers and are available as a separate purchase.

I love the combination of this bold graphic alpha with a handrawn feel to it because of the scribbly shadow. I stamped my title onto watercolour paper with black embossing powder, then coloured them with Color Theory Inks to match Bethany's shirt in the photo. Oh... and then I ended up adding Stickles over the top for some glitter. Couldn't help it!

But new layouts aside, it was the new release stamps Studio Calico specifically asked me to play with, and I couldn't be happier to agree to that! They asked me for 3 cards... I 'accidentally' made 6!
(Yes, I know I'm only sharing 5 here, but the last card I'm not overly happy with so I'm not sharing it! LOL!)

I first started with the Thanksgiving stamp set with it's grassy frame type of stamp, and a million options for sentiments to pop inside. I had this idea for how I wanted the finished card to look, but I wasn't sure if it would work, so I did a mock-up version first with a blue and yellow background. It seemed like it would turn out ok so I did my 'good' version in the yellow-pink-red-blue spectrum. I finished it off with some puffy asterix from the Scrapbook Kit.
But I kept looking back at my mock up version and couldn't bear to throw it away. It's not perfectly stamped but I figured I would finish the card anyway, and try to cover up the defects with buttons! LOL!
And now I have a set!

I fell in love with the Fall Plants set. I think it's my favourite! It has a great mixture of flowers and vegetables (of all things!) and my 'failed' card featured the carrots. But then I had an idea to just take one of the flowers - the layered pansy - and stamp a whole field of them in rainbow colours. I wanted it to represent reproduction and growth and fertility to match the sentiment from the same set. I'm always in need of new baby cards so this is perfect.

Another delicate and elegant stamp set from this release is the Floral Thank You set. It's got a mixture of detailed floral images and bold graphic sentiments. They work together really well, so on this card I decided just to let them shine by themselves. This is about as CAS as I can get!

And lastly I took the Everyday Magic stamp set and whipped up this final card. There are lots of great images and funky sentiments in this set, but I stuck with just a couple. I was inspired by the 'heart of gold' phrase and had this idea to stamp a grid design of the hearts in gold. Pretty obvious right?! To kick it up a notch I also took the same heart stamp, inked it up with Color Theory inks, spritz it with water and then slammed it down on the paper to create the splatters behind each one. Messy but fun!

The Studio Calico September kits are called Starlight and they're now available.
You can find all the stamp sets I've worked with as add-ons in the shop here. Which one is your favourite?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What's an eMook?! The Story of Jot Pockets 1

Popping in real quick to share something exciting!

Have you heard of an eMook before? I have to admit that before this week I hadn't either! But my friend Kim Archer (the genius behind the hugely popular Jot Magazine) has just released one, and it's spectacular! It's called Jot Pockets and it's filled with inspiring ideas to help you create DO-ABLE pocket pages.

I downloaded my copy yesterday and I'm purposely taking it slow because every page has got me running to my scrap room to try out something new I've seen in it!

So if you're into memory keeping through pocket pages, or you want to learn how, then grab your copy for the special early bird price HERE.


PS. An eMook is a cross between an eBook and an a digital magazine ;-)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Krumspring Anniversary Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Krumspring Stamps 1st Anniversary Blog Hop!! YAY!!

If you're on the blog hop trail then you should have landed here from the amazing Amy Lee's blog. But here's the whole list if you're a little lost.....

I've been so lucky to be part of the Krumspring Dream Team for the past few months and keep pinching myself that I get to work with Maria's fun stamps! And now here we are celebrating not only the 1st anniversary, but a whole new release to go with it!!

8 BRAND NEW SETS of stamps are available right now in the Krumspring shop! There's everything from classic florals, essential background stripes, on-trend coffee, funky animals and some very cheeky fruit!

But for the card I'm sharing with you today I chose to work with the "Drinks Are On Me" set.

This set includes four different shaped glasses, lots of other bits to fill them with - fruit and flowers and straws and bubbles, and quite a few sentiment options too. It's so fun, and gives you so many possibilities for different themes. I'm thinking you could use the tropical elements for a holiday card, the champagne glasses for weddings, and the wine glasses could easily go on a masculine card. 

In my usual style I ended up throwing the whole rainbow of bright colours onto it, as well as a touch of bling to give it some sparkle. I can't help it!

Now it wouldn't be a blog hop without some PRIZES would it?!!
Leave a comment here, and on each stop of the hop - not only will you catch a boat-load of inspiration, but it will give you 16 chances of winning a $10 gift certificate to the Krumspring Shop!
But there's even more good news! You'll also go in the running to win the GRAND PRIZE which is a great big bundle of Krumspring stamps!

The blog hop runs until August 23rd at 12pm CET and the winners will be announced on the Krumspring blog very shortly after that.

Your next stop along the way is... the incredible Mayling Jung!!
Good luck and happy hopping!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Neat and Tangled's 5th Birthday Celebrations

August seems like it's a busy month - I've seen so many stamp and craft companies celebrate their birthdays this month! This weekend I'm going to share with you two companies that I'm lucky enough to work with, and the birthday celebrations that they've got going on.

Today I want to tell you all about Neat and Tangled!

Neat and Tangled are having their 5th birthday and they're going BIG with the celebrations. Earlier in the month we had a blog hop, and now on the blog they're showcasing a different guest designer every day until the end of the month! And of course, there's a bunch of new releases which are great for birthday and celebratory occasions. 

I made this card combining quite a few of the new releases. The super cute stamp set is called "Wild Ones" and comes with lots of party animals - I've chosen only to feature the monkey for this card. Of course, there's a matching set of dies as well.

For the sentiment I've used the "Hooray" dies - love that there's a die for both the word and the shadow so you can do all sorts of mixing and matching. And I've stamped the "All the Sprinkles" stamp just along the edges of the background panels to help capture that party atmosphere!

My second card was where I wanted to branch out and do a bit of technique experimentation.

The "Balloon Duo" stencil has been REALLY popular and you can see why. It comes with two stencils which you can combine together to create a layered image, or of course you could just use them separately. I wanted to try out my new Distress Oxides on black cardstock because they turn out nice and opaque, and then I took it even one step further by adding shaded details with some Prismacolour pencils.

You can find all the new release Neat and Tangled products in their shop HERE.
And catch all the excitement on their blog HERE.

Happy birthday Neat and Tangled!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sizzix Lifestyle Bag Toppers, and some Unicorn inspiration!

I actually have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to gift-wrapping inspiration, but you wouldn't know it if you ever received a present from me because I always tend to leave it until the last minute - leaving me with little time to get too fancy. 

But recently I've discovered a whole new way to jazz up my wrapping game. I'm using the plain kraft bags that I have in my hall cupboard, but making them fancy with the addition of a few simple diecuts and embellishments from my stash.

This autumn-inspired decor is courtesy of an old packet of Basic Grey ephemera and the Sizzix Little Deer die, as well as the Sizzix Woodland Foliage die. Perfect combination! 

And it might not look like it, but this bag was even easier to decorate. This stunningly detailed Sizzix die is called Meadow Butterfly #2 and it's actually all one piece. I cut it out of a variety of coloured papers and then snipped out the different sections before layering them back together again.

Overall I'm quite chuffed with this technique for gift wrapping. It's another way of getting more use out of my dies, it helps whittle down my stash of scrap paper and it creates a fabulous result! I'll be doing more of this in the future I suspect!

While we're on the topic of parties (well.... kind of!) then you might be inspired by this bunch of kid's party ideas Sizzix Lifestyle have on their blog this month. You can find all the instructions along with a video on how to make these over here on their blog!


PS. The Trophy Husband has been back to his old tricks and uploaded an unboxing video of the latest release Sizzix Lifestyle dies that I received. Check it out!!


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