Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013: That's a Wrap!

Rock Star

Happy New Year's Eve! For some of you, it may be 2014 already, but here it's the final day of 2013. So in order to 'wrap up' 2013, I thought I'd share some of my Christmas wrapping with you. A very literally take on wrapping things up. :)

I decided to make a bit more of an effort when it came to wrapping up my guy's presents this year and have plenty of inspiration from my Pinterest board. So I got out a few Clearly Besotted Stamps goodies, some gold ink, and some other bits 'n' bobs and played.

The accordion-folded bows are so easy to make: simply fold a piece of card like you're making a fan, tie a piece of string around the centre and fan the ends out.


I decided that I'd create name labels even though all the presents are for Chris - I like that extra personal touch. :)

Geek Close Up

For those smaller presents, I simply wrapped a piece of black card around the gift as the acordian-folded bow was a little too big.

Each band of black card was stamped with a pattern in the same gold ink used on the wrapping paper.

True Love

tips and tricks
  • I pre-cut the paper for each gift and then proceeded to stamp the stars in gold ink randomly. This saves the daunting of task of thinking you have to stamp a HUGE sheet of parcel paper in one go! :
  • The accordion bows can be created to any desired size, it simply depends on the size of the sheet of card you start with. To create a rosette embellishment, simply fold a longer length of card and secure the ends together. 
If you're dying to know what's inside each lovingly wrapped gift here goes:
  • Guitar-shaped salad spoons (Because he rocks in the kitchen as well as on stage!)
  • A chocolate version of a Spectrum keyboard
  • A phone case disguised as a secret service envelope
  • The new Bastille album - Bad Blood (I think I may listen to that more than Chris - love it!)
But there was one gift that I didn't dare wrap up:

Image Source: KD7LMO.net

A clock created from recycled valves, nixie tubes, from the 1950s. Far too fragile to wrap up and transport to my guy's parents' where we celebrated Christmas. You can see the one I purchased for him in action here.

Well that's a wrap from me, literally! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! Here's to 2014 *clink!*


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(Products listed do not include parcel tape, basic string and mini pegs.)

Friday, 27 December 2013

Decorate a Doily...

you inspire me

Well I'm back on-line, a little later than planned as a card I'd created and photographed on Christmas Eve failed to get uploaded and scheduled to post in the midst of the Christmas chaos! Sorry!

I hope you've all had/are having a lovely time over the holidays. Although I've been ill and even lost my voice over Christmas and Boxing Day (aka Mum's Birthday!), I was still able to have fun and appreciate the lovely time with family. Everyone is back at work today and I'm still in my PJs blogging live with a hot lemon by my side. :)

So it's not really Friday-Eve but Friday and that still means we have a fabulous new CASE Study! Find time to get crafty if you can and knuckle down to studying this inspirational pic featured by our muse, Cath Edvalson, on Moxie Fab World a while back:

Check out the original post of this pic here.

My card today was inspired by the following:
  • The lace
  • The white and kraft colour combo
  • The colourful flowers on the doilies
Now I'm not a doily person per se, but I do love them in stamp form. Cue Clearly Besotted Stamps' Delightful Doilies with a little bit of decoration thanks to an ancient flower punch I found in my stash. :)

tips and tricks
  • My ancient flower paper punch wasn't strong enough to punch through my thick cardstock so I simply coloured some paper with a red marker and punched flowers from that!
  • If you're not confident about stamping the doily centrally, then stamp it on a larger piece of card first and trim it down to size. I like to use this ruler for that trick, or a square Nestability die.
I hope you can find time to join in the fun with us over the holidays and for the last CASE Study of 2013! Be sure to check out what the rest of the CASE Study DT created - you won't leave disappointed! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'm hoping to get back to a bit more of a regular creating/blogging schedule now the presents have been exchanged and unwrapped and we're back home. Thanks for stickin' around! :)  


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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Little Robin...

Season's Greetings

Oh boy. Friday-Eve is upon us and it's now less than a week until Christmas! Are you ready?

No matter what I have left to do (and let me tell you, it's a lot!), there's always time for a spot of studying CASE Study stylee! :)

Today's card is inspired by this wonderful inspiration pic that came courtesy of Cath Edvalson on Moxie Fab World.

Check out the original post of this picture here.

I think it's pretty obvious to see how this picture inspired today's project. How could I not feature a little bird on my design? And how could I not turn that little bird into a robin? :)

tips and tricks
  • I turned this die cut bird into a robin by colouring him all over with a brown alcohol marker, adding detail with a dark brown marker, and colouring his breast red.
  • To add a little more to this robin, I then covered his red breast with red Stickles. The fact I coloured it red underneath makes gives him a deeper red breast.
  • To create my snowy ground I tore a piece of card to create a mask and smothered the bottom section with Sparkle Medium (a sparkly type of embossing paste)
  • See the branches? They're made from twine. Tiny dots of Glossy Accents and a bit of manipulation with the twine makes a great branch with texture.  
  • The die originally cuts the robin facing the other way, but I simply flipped him to have him facing this way. :)
Please do check out what the rest of the CASE Study DT created - they never fail to boost my own mojo week after week. And when you've had that mojo boost, come and join in the fun with us too! :)

Keeping it super short and sweet today. Still have plenty to do and not enough time to do it in! Eeek!


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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

A Geometric Christmas Tree...

Modern Tree

Well it's the final full week before Christmas and the final week before I finish for the holidays. I have a ton of work to do and a ton of things to do before the 25th. The only thing I know for sure though is that Christmas is coming whether I'm ready or not! 

I'm still creating Christmas cards. Turns out that I've totally underestimated the amount I need and I've had a few last minute requests. However, today's card is one that is already on it's way somewhere as I was organised and posted my international Christmas cards last week. :)

Now Christmas has come a bit early for me. I've already received my present which was a shiny new phone. The only reason I received it so early is because I've been such a good girl this year my old phone broke and well, I'm going to be honest here, I'm totally lost without a data connection by my side at all times. Ha!

So why am I babbling on about an early Christmas present? Well because it totally inspired this card. The Motorola Assist logo sparked a Eureka! moment that I couldn't pass up on:

Source: Google Play

Hello, geometric Christmas Tree! :)

Modern Tree2

It's pretty easy to see how this inspired me, right? I changed the colours and added a touch of gold - trying to keep it trendy here! What made the design super easy was being able to die cut my triangles using the triangle die from the Clearly Besotted Stamps' Geometric Style Collection. The hardest part was choosing the colours!

tips and tricks
  •  The font matches the modern, graphic design of the tree and each sentiment is purposely stamped in this form to make it appear like a bucket underneath the tree. To stamp centrally, I always like to mark the centre of the card lightly with a pencil before stamping.
  • The cool blue and hot pink compliment the modern design but the world's your oyster when it comes to colours. Experiment! 
  • Why not try using up your patterned paper scraps and make your own patchwork style tree?
That's all from me today. I'm off to the post office today to get the rest of my cards out and no doubt make a few extra ones later tonight!*wink*


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(N.B The gold card is from my stash that I've had for years! I haven't got a link for it sorry!)


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