Tuesday, 16 January 2018

WPlus9 Friends For All Seasons- Love U!

Hi everyone!

How are you all? It's a really miserable rainy day here- perfect for crafting!

The other day I had a play with doing some backgrounds with stencils. It's not something I've done before because, as you know, I'm a designer paper girl but it's good to experiment and try different things...


The other thing I did was ink up some WPlus9 stamps I've had forever. So the background I made with the MFT Geometric Grid, sponging some distress ink. I coloured up the lil bear, flowers and duck from the set and then cut out with the matching dies. The sentiment is the fabulously useful Altenew Label Love set which I've just started using all the time. Just added a teeny heart. 
Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate it! See you later in the week! x

Crafty stash used: Stamps (WPlus9, Altenew); Dies (WPlus9); Stencil (MFT); Inks (Tim Holtz); Heart (MME); Copics

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Lili Of The Valley- The Charleston!

Hey crafting buddies!

How goes it? Hope you're all doing good and managing to fit in some crafting time this week. I'm focusing on some Christmas Project Life this week but have quite a few cards I haven't posted yet so today I'm going to share this LOTV stamp called Charleston...


Such a cute image! I coloured using copics and the no-lines technique- a first for me! Yes, I know I'm waaaaay behind the curve but I never seem to have the time to try a new technique. Course, once you've done it once- you're sorted!! I glued a piece of black cardstock to fit a card blank and then glued 2 pieces of patterned paper together to be slightly smaller in size. I then cut an aperture and raised the patterned paper panel up on foam tape. I glued the image to the card blank and adhered the patterned paper panel on top. I stamped out the "anniversary" and die-cut the "happy" in black cardstock and covered it with Pico Embellisher to give it shine. Finally added some recycled trim and burgundy hot fix crystals. I thought the font on the sentiment and the trim looked quite art deco to match the image.


Here's your close up!

Thought I'd enter this into the LOTV Facebook Challenge. See you soon and thanks for dropping by today! x

Crafty stash used: Stamps (LOTV, PTI); Copics; Paper (Carta Bella); Cardstock (PTI); Trim (recycled); Dies (PTI, Nestie); Pico Embellisher; Hot fix crystals

Monday, 8 January 2018

Stamping Bella- Fairy Tale Squidgies!

Hello everyone!

Hope you're doing well! As we're seeing all the Valentine's Day products coming out at the moment, I thought I'd share a romantic card I've done for hubby featuring Stamping Bella's Fairy Tale Squidgies and the Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Fairy Sign stamps...


I stamped the matching sentiment above the squidgies and then I coloured both the squidgies and the sign with copics and fussy cut out the sign. I designed a basic sketch using these Kaisercraft papers and stuck all the papers together save the green base one which I stuck down to the card base. I then die-cut an aperture out of the top layer to showcase the squidgies, added a die-cut frame and raised that whole layer up on foam pads. Is that clear as mud?! I then adhered the fairy sign and some sequins. Ta da!


Here's the close up of those cuddly squidgies!! Awwww!!

See you later in the week for some LOTV! Have a great start to the week! x

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Stamping Bella); copics; Papers (Kaisercraft); Dies (MFT); Sequins (Lucy's Shop)



Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Melinda Has A Map

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

May I say I'm so happy to see the back of Christmas cards!! Yay!!!

I've been colouring up some Stamping Bella images and thought this one was a great one to kick off the new year- the sentiment is particularly apt considering all the possibilities a new year can bring!

Here is Uptownie Melinda Has A Map...


I coloured Uptownie Melinda with copics and fussy cut. I then cut a couple of scenes from some paper from Carta Bella and adhered them behind some die-cut polaroid pictures. On one of the polaroids I stamped the sentiment from Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Sign. I then arranged them on a kraft card base, put Melinda up on 3d foam pads and stuck down. Et voila!!


Such a fabulous image to colour. I love that you don't have to see a character's face to make it a stunning image!

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Stamping Bella); Copics; Papers (Carta Bella); Dies (MFT)

Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 TO DO LIST REVIEW AND 2018 TO DO LIST!

As it's the last day of the year I thought I'd share with you my review of my 2017's To Do List and what I achieved or didn't achieve!! And my thoughts for 2018!

Plus of course I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR for tomorrow!! Love ya!!

Here was this year's list…



YEAR OF REFLECTION!
2017 was a bit of a different year for me and was definitely a year of reflection. I gave up all Design Teams in May to give myself a break from the deadlines and feeling the need to craft. It was a big step as I’ve constantly been on many DTs since I first started crafting. This gave me time to focus on doing some courses, using some different stamps, doing Project Life (about my little boy) and some other little projects I haven’t had time to do.

I also had a massive think about my blog and about the type of crafter I want to be. At the start of 2017 I was very focused on finishing my blog, doing blog videos, sharing craft hauls and wanting to do some technique-based tutorial videos. Well, during my year of reflection, I decided to scrap all of that!! The simple reason is I just don’t have the time and I thought, hang on a minute, why spend time doing craft haul videos when I could spend that time crafting??!! So I deleted my YouTube channel and those sections on my blog. Sorry to those of you who enjoyed viewing them- I know I love looking at other people’s- but I just can’t fit it all in.


  •  I finished my blog overhaul and overhauled it further by deleting the video sections but it is done now!
  •  As I said above, I’m no longer doing haul videos.
  • I’ve had a ball doing Project Life about our son. He’s 4 now and since the beginning of the year, I’ve been documenting moments in his life. I’m now on our second album and we love flicking through them, looking back on funny moments, what he said etc. I heartily recommend it!
  • As I gave up my DTs, I made a lot of non DT cards this year. 
  • I completed a hair and skin copic class this year but still have a clothes one and backgrounds one I’d like to do.
  • I completed my Distress Inks course and have been making quite a few cards using this medium- generally LOTV and Purple Onion.
  • I’ve yet to begin my online pencils class
  • I completed my online planner course. Ironically, planner decoration is something else that I’ve given up this year due to time constraints.
  • I’ve decorated a few pages in my Smash book- yet to show you on my blog. I would like to carry on doing more in my Smash book.
  • Unfortunately I haven’t had time to experiment with mixed media though I did make a few cards using stencils for the first time (yet to show you on my blog) so that was a start!
  • I didn’t start the die inventory
  • I used my my copic airbrush (a couple of weeks ago!) but I've struggled with the quality of the coverage (very patchy) so I need to investigate why it's not working as I'd hoped
  • I think I entered 2 challenges though I did win a lovely MFT voucher from one of them!
So this is this year's list. What, if any, plans do you have for this coming year? Craft room organisation? Learning a new technique? I'd love to hear! x








Sunday, 24 December 2017

My fav makes of 2017!

Hey everyone!

This is the time of the year I normally share my fav makes of 2017 and take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for supporting my blog and taking the time to comment here or like my photos on Instagram so THANK YOU! I really mean it, you guys are the best!!


I'll be sharing my most liked makes on Instagram as well so watch out for that as well.


But back to my fav shares. As I wasn't blogging for a couple of months, I've added a couple of additional cards to a couple of months to make it up to the 12 cards.


Here they are...


January


February

March


June



July

Aug

Sep

Oct


Nov


Nov

Dec

Dec

So all there's left for me to say is have a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all my crafting lovelies!!!! Thank you so so much for all your love and support throughout 2017!

I'll be back next week with my round up of 2017 crafting TO-DOs and my new TO-DO list for 2018!

Love ya! xxx



Friday, 22 December 2017

All Dressed Up- Christmas Couple

Hi everyone!!

This is my last Christmas card of the year! I was really pleased to have been asked to Guest Design for All Dressed Up showcasing an image from the latest release by Wendy. This is Christmas Couple....


I coloured this sweet couple with copics, added white gel pen and Stickles to their snowflakes and fussy cut. I cut a white panel and adhered a strip of paper to the bottom. I then die cut 3 snowflakes, stuck the image in the centre and layered the panel with 3d foam strips. On the front of the card base, I adhered a large piece of contrasting paper and then stuck the panel to the front of the card. I then stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of cardstock and die cut and then mounted on 3d foam pads and added to the front panel.

Don't forget to pop over to the Facebook page to see all the team inspiration.

I must apologise for the quality of the photo. iPhoto have updated their package and I haven't got to grips with it yet- why do they do that?! If it ain't broke....

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you soon x

Crafty stash used: Stamps (All Dressed Up, Elzybells); Copics; Papers (Basic Grey); Dies (MFT); White gel pen; Stickles