Saturday 19 January 2013

The sparkly white stuff...

A Christmas Thank You


Today's card is a good example of what you can see out of my window today. Yup, the white stuff has fallen & it's looking like I'll be spending my weekend in Derbyshire. However, if you're not like me & have access to your crafting supplies, then why not join us this weekend on A Passion for Papertrey & create a thank you project?

I laughed to myself as I made this card a couple of weeks ago: was I tempting fate by creating this snowy, sparkly landscape? I guess I was! :)

tips and tricks
  • Not keen on how glitter can get EVERYWHERE? Use Stickles by Ranger instead. I use the shade of Crystal, which gives a transparent sparkle guaranteed to coordinate with whatever colour you need it to.
  • Frame a focal point: mat & layer your focal point onto a slightly larger piece of card stock the same colour as your cardbase. 
  • When stamping a background, let your stamps overhang the edges and stamp off the edges of the card. 
So there you have it: crafting & tempting fate. where did I put my summer-themed crafting supplies....? *wink*


Tuesday 8 January 2013


Ahoy, Birthday Boy


Or should that be, Ahoy!? Belated New Year wishes, peeps! 2013 is bringing a blog-makeover here & a new format when it comes to my posts. I figure that you're here to see the pics of my projects, check out what I've used, & maybe grab a few tips & tricks along the way. We'll get used to it, I hope....!

So let's cue some fun stamping to whip up a card to celebrate my sweet nephew, Tom's, 8th birthday. New stamps (well, not super new as there's been another release since this set!) from Clearly Besotted Stamps to the rescue. The ship & sentiment are from the recently released mini-set, Ahoy Matey. Love this set - so fun to ink up! :)

tips and tricks 
  • Consider using primary colours when it comes to cards for children for the fun factor
  • Embellish stamped images: I added eyelets to the stamped pirate ship (3 down, a million to use still!)
  • Create a custom sentiment by partially inking stamps and pairing them with other sentiment stamps
Be sure to check out Clearly Besotted Stamps because there's oodles of new goodies to feast your eyes on, including dies! I'm very lucky to have a set that I've designed with a coordinating die available too - more on that later this week! I feel the need to celebrate so watch this space...

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Card Deets
{Ahoy, Birthday Boy}
Stamps: Ahoy Matey (Clearly Besotted Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Blue Stripes from Margarita Collection (American Crafts)
Accessories: Eyelets (We R Memory Keepers)/ Promarkers


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