Monday, 14 April 2014

Too tall for a photo booth...!

giraffe birthday

Happy Monday! It's the first morning of the Easter break so I've had a lovely start to the week with a lazy morning, stamping in my PJs and then a quick lunch date with the guy (who's still at work this week!) This morning's project I created was this fun, cute birthday card with some Top Dog Dies and Clearly Besotted Stamps goodies. :)

giraffe birthday close up2

I think whenever it comes to creating cards with cute critters the addition of googly eyes is almost a must! I love how they can bring a character to life. :)

giraffe birthday close up

I used the new Top Dog Dies Camera Finishes Die Set to create this giraffe who is slightly too tall to fit into one picture in a photo booth LOL! I hope one day to use this same die with real photographs to create a fun, personal project but until then, stamped images will suffice. :)

tips and tricks
  • I lined up each section of the photo mats together and stamped the giraffe in one go, capturing a piece of him on every square.
  • To achieve the background in each square, I created a mask of the giraffe and sponged Distress Inks over the top. The bottom is simply created by placing a straight-edged piece of paper across the bottom to mask the ground/sky. 
  • The main panel of white card in the centre looked a little plain so I lightly stamped a ledger background in the same blue ink I used to sponge the sky behind the giraffe. It makes such a difference!
Right, it might be the first days of the holiday but I've gotta scoot! Picking up my guy from band practice, then off to a gym induction. No rest for the wicked, eh? *wink*

I know I always say it, but thank you *so* much for you visits. Every single one is appreciated! ♥


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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Um...I won!


Happy Saturday, happy weekend, happy Easter hols (if you're on 'em!)

It's a very happy day here as I've just been notified that I won the competition to find the UK's best arts and crafts blog!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! The only way you can win this is through your votes so thank you to everyone who voted so much. I all owe you one - ha! :D

In other random news...
We've now reached the end of term and have the sweet (in more ways than one - hellooooooo Easter eggs!) Easter holidays. I'm hoping to get knuckled down to some serious crafty, inky business. :)

In the past week, we've been so busy trying to raise money for a very worthy charity that supports deafblind children and adults: SENSE. Our colleague is completing 30 challenges before she's 30 and we challenged her to dress up as an octopus all day at school (I'm talking secondary school here!)

Couldn't resist sharing a picture of the event (click it for a larger pic). She had a well deserved drink at the end to celebrate the end of term and the fact we raised over £100. :)

Sorry there's no new crafty project to share today - just random news. I'll be back soon with something crafty - promise! 

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Super Simple Stamping (and postage friendly!)

This is my second post of today. Please scroll down or click here to see my CASE Study post - thank you! :)

Tulip Birthday

It's the 10th of the month so that means it's time for another Clearly Besotted Stamps challenge! :)

This month we're springing into spring with our projects. I inked up some fabulous, graphic tulips from the new set, Pretty Petals, for my take on the challenge.

Tulip Birthday Close Up

Nothing fancy here (except for maybe the Wink of Stella touch on those tulips - I'm totally addicted to sparkles right now!) Just simple stamping and a flat card that will be postal friendly. :)

Be sure to pop across to Stephanie's where you'll find not only full deets of the challenge, but get to see what the rest of the CBS DT inked up for your viewing pleasure.We really hope you can join in the inky fun with us!

Keeping the stamping simple and the blog post simple today. Thank you so much for popping by today and have a great weekend!


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