Sunday, 5 June 2016

Jumbo hugs...

Jumbo Hugs

Happy Sunday! It's release day over at Clearly Besotted and I'm back with one more card using the new release and Stephanie is sharing the full reveal too. Be sure to set your alarms to bag the new goodies from 10pm tonight (UK time). :)

I've been busy playing with the new Petite Baby Shower stamp set and couldn't resist stamping a rainbow troop of elephants. The mix-and-match nature of the stamps meant that the hardest and most time-consuming part of this card was deciding which design of elephant and elephant ears to stamp!

tips and tricks

  • I traced over the eyes of the elephant with a fine-line pen to provide a more contrast against those fun polka dots. It makes so much difference!
  • When it came to stamping the elephant ears, I decided to use the same inks but swapped the colours around on the elephants to add a little fun to the design.
  • I lightly drew a line across the card front as a guide to stamp the troop of elephants across. Using clear stamps makes this so easy! If they don't sit quite straight, then just add a thin strip of glitter tape to ground them! ;)

Don't forget to pop across to Stephanie's to check out the full release today, find links to the rest of the fabulous Design Team sharing their final sneak peeks, and to make your shopping list for tonight! As always, it's a fabulous release containing something for everyone!

Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of Blogland today!


Friday, 3 June 2016

Tiger lilies

On your Wedding Day

Happy Friday! I'm popping in today to give you a sneak peek of what's in store for you with the new June release from Clearly Besotted. All of the new products are available for purchase from on Sunday 5th June from 10pm (UK time).

When I received my parcel of Clearly Besotted goodness (trust me, it's like Christmas every month!) I was immediately taken by the 'To Have & To Hold' stamp set. I love lilies and there are so many varieties out there that you could pretty much colour these any way you like and you'd probably find that you've captured a variety of lily perfectly!

On your Wedding Day close up

For some reason, I'm gravitating towards orange at the moment. I also fancied a good colouring session, so I've transformed the lilies from the set into tiger lilies. I used a no-line colouring technique by stamping them with Desert Sand Memento ink. The sentiments of the stamp set cater for weddings, but you really could use these beautiful lilies for any occasion.

I decided to pair the bright tiger lilies with navy and touches of gold. I love this classic, sophisticated colour combo. I also coloured over the lilies with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. You can't see the sparkle on my pictures, but trust me, it's there!

That's all from me today, but be sure to visit Stephanie to check out more sneak peeks and links to the rest of the Design Team sharing even more fabulous projects!


Friday, 27 May 2016

Altenew & Tombow USA collaboration blog hop


Happy Friday! I'm joining in the fun of a special collaboration blog hop as Altenew joins forces with Tombow USA! You should have hopped across here from Beth Watson. If you haven't, then be sure to start out at the Tombow USA blog to join in the fun. :)

Tombow USA kindly sent me their fabulous Bright 10-pen set of Dual Brush markers to play with and I had a blast discovering their properties, especially when combined with water! I paired the markers with Altenew's Sketchy Cities America 2 stamp set to create this card:

You make my world go round

The sunset background was created by heat-embossing the cityscape onto watercolour paper then scribbling red, orange and yellow markers on top and blending them with a wet paintbrush. Easy peasy! I simply added a stamped sentiment and strips of corresponding glitter tape across the top and bottom of the scene then secured it onto a card front.

You make my world go round close up

Now a blog hop wouldn't be a blog hop without prizes, right? Be sure to comment on the blogs along the hop as there are two $30 Tombow USA and two $30 Altenew gift certificates up for grabs. Winners will be picked randomly from comments left on the blogs by June 3rd and announced on the Altenew Blog and Tombow USA blog on Saturday June 4th. :)

Well that's all from me today, so it's time to hop along. Next on your hopping adventure is the talented, Anna Kossakovskaya!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



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