Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Happy STAMPtember!

Birthday girl

Happy September, or should that be STAMPtember? I can't even believe that it's September already, but one things for sure: I'll celebrating September with some fabulous news goodies from Simon Says Stamp as part of their STAMPtember celebrations. If you're new to STAMPtember then welcome to a fabulous month-long stamping party full of new goodies, inspiration and much more!

I'm kicking off STAMPtember with the help of this new oh-so-handy Birthday Frame die paired with this brand-new Best Hugs stamp set along with the new Island Crush Hybrid Stamping Ink Cube Pack. I guarantee that this die and stamp set are going to remain firmly within my crafty reach. I love them!

Birthday girl close up

Oh, and I couldn't resist adding magical sparkles with my Wink of Stella pen and gloops of Glossy Accents to the die-cut element of the sentiment. :)

tips and tricks

  • Get more from your inks! I used the SSS ink not only to stamp with, but as a watercolour paint to paint stripes across my card front as well as sponging it onto my white die-cut sentiment to create a soft ombre effect. 
  • To make the word 'BIRTHDAY' pop, I sponged Hot Mama ink towards the bottom of my stamped sentiment. This also has the added bonus of that panel imitating the ombre 'girl' sentiment. 
  • For a fun twist I stamped a heart to dot the 'i' of the 'girl' sentiment. This complements the solid heats stamped onto the card front from the same stamp set. 
It's only a matter of time until I use this die for a fun shaker card but before I get a chance to do so,  I just know that there are some fabulous designers who are also partying STAMPtember stylee so be sure to pop across and get some serious mojo-boosting inspiration. You may just find that a couple of goodies pop into your virtual shopping basket too! ;)


Thursday, 13 August 2015

Hello (Altenew Design Team!)


Happy Friday Eve! I hope you're well and looking forward to the weekend – it's nearly here y'know. :)

I'm sharing a card today that felt a little surreal to make. It's my first card as part of the Altenew Design Team. Yup, somehow I've been asked to join what I can only describe as an amazing pool of talent. I'm still a little gobsmacked by it all. Have they asked the right Amy Gray? Ha!

Well mistaken identity or not, I'm extremely honoured, excited and a little daunted to be part of such a wonderful team. I had a blast making this little clean and graphic number with the help of my new favourite Sohcahtoa stamp set (I can't resist pattern-building geometric stamp sets; especially when they feature triangles!) and the Halftone Hello die.

If you're interested in finding out more about this card or checking out my formal introduction, then pop across to the Altenew blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share my happy news with you. Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Dino-mite birthday


Happy Wednesday (halfway through the working week – woop!) and happy Clearly Besotted release day! Yup, the August release of CB goodies are available to purchase from 10pm tonight (UK time).

I'm celebrating the release with a little card created using the adorable set, You Rock. I love how the set is geared towards stamping your own little scene with style and ease. And seriously, who can resist the punny sentiment too? Love it!

I added a little more detail to my dino with the help of Glossy Accents (Yes, I've finally found them!) and a googly eye. So cute. :)

Dinomite close up

If you haven't already popped across from Stephanie's then what are you waiting for? Be sure to hop across to check out the full reveal of the August release. It's certainly a tough choice to pick my favourites, but these dinosaurs are definitely up there. ;)

I'm keeping it short and sweet today so I'm going to leave you to peruse the fabulous new release and let you make the tough decision of what you need and what might happen to jump into your virtual shopping basket!



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