Monday, 30 June 2014

DIY Sparkly, Glossy Hearts...


Happy Monday! I hope your start to the week is a good one. It's certainly been a sunny one here - I'm not complaining!

I'm popping in today with a card featuring lots of Simon Says Stamp goodness. The background was created by repeatedly stamping one of the scribble flowers from the Scribble Flowers stamp set. I love how they make a cool, modern frame. A frame that perfectly fits a masked sentiment from the SSS set, Garden Flowers. Perfect-o-mondo!


To draw your eye to the focal point and add a bit more interest I framed the sentiment further by tying a loopy bow with long tails (my favourite kind of bow) and some DIY sparkle hearts.


The hearts were created by collecting hearts from punching a Martha Stewart heart border punch on some Doll Pink SSS cardstock and then covering it with a good ol' Wink of Stella along with a glopping of Glossy Accents. For the larger heart, I stamped the heart from Clearly Besotted Stamps' Once Upon a Time stamp set (Also available at SSS) on Doll Pink cardstock, cut it out and flipped it over. It too had the same sparkle and glossy treatment. The hardest part is waiting for those Glossy Accents to dry!

Well that's all from me today. Time to hit the gym after a long day at work. Am I crazy? Probably. But I know my body will thank me for it. Just maybe not today....! Ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Thursday, 26 June 2014

Thanks (for putting up with the technical issues!)


Happy Friday-Eve - just! I'm squeezing in this week's CASE Study post a teeny, tiny bit later than my regular blogging schedule. My feet haven't touched the ground since starting my new job and my brain hurts from information overload! 

Excuses aside, I'm here and it's better to be late than never, right? So here's my take on this week's CASE Study as we're inspired by this wonderful card by Pamela Ho:

Check out the original posting of this card here. 

Pretty obvious to see what inspired me on this one! I stole CASEd the colours, the layout and the circles with an extra touch of CAS style in the form of plenty of white. Ahhhh white space, I do love thee. :)

You may notice - if you move close to your screen and squint - that I played with some Wendy Vecci translucent embossing paste and a star stencil from Memory Box. I love tthe subtle detail that translucent paste adds to a design.

I hope you can pop across to CASE Study HQ to get the deets of the challenge and your weekly mojo boost as the CASE Study DT knock your socks off with their takes on Pamela's card!

So I've gotta keep it super short and sweet today as I have some things to get my head around before I head back to work tomorrow. I need to get myself organised! Stat!

Thanks so much for popping by today and thanks for bearing with the technical issues here on the blogeroo; the majority of them are fixed but there's still a few technical gremlins I need to sort out over the weekend. I'd much rather be papercrafting - or sleeping!


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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Technical Issues...


Just a heads up that I know that things don't look too pretty on the blogeroo right now. Turns out that some of my images have disappeared and I've not a clue why! Argh! I'm working to get this fixed ASAP, but until then you may just have to avert your eyes from the surroundings and focus on the projects (if they show!)


Aimes :)

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Painting the town...

paint the town

Pheweee! What a roller-coaster of crazy, chaotic, fun I've been on since the weekend!

Well firstly I can announce my new job/career/adventure to you seeing as I've been doing it for the past week (that's if you haven't already discovered it via my Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!) I am now the new editor of the magazine, Simply Cards & Papercraft! It's a UK publication and I'm absolutely delighted to be on board with such an amazing team of people. Working with creative peeps is amazing! There's a lot to learn and so apologies if the blogeroo appears to be a little neglected right now; once I get into the swing of things I'll be back to my regular posting schedule - fingers crossed!

But enough about editing. It's Friday-Eve so it's time for another fabulous new CASE Study to knuckle down to. This week's CASE Study, that we hope will get the mojo tickin', is brought to you by our talented muse, Pamela Ho:

Check out the original post of this card here.

Seeing Pamela rock that cityscape die totally inspired me to whip my Clearly Besotted Stamps cityscape die through my Cuttlebug. I painted the city/town red with a red Distress Ink pad, adding a bit of texture by splattering water over the top.

I don't have a sentiment about painting the town red so I used some ancient Doodlebug alphabet transfers. Feels good to use the old stash I've been hoarding. ;)

tips and tricks
  • I'm far out of my comfort zone in playing with focal points at angles. In order to make it easier for me, I like to place a mat underneath my tilted panel at a square angle. It gives more flow to the tilted panel and keeps me happy- ha!
  • The addition of a mini bulldog clip adds a fun touch to the design. It was originally going to be twine, but in the back of my mind I wanted to keep this as a card that could be for a guy. Twine can be girly, but bulldog clips can certainly suit both!
  • I painted the town red quickly by tapping a red Distress Ink pad on an acrylic block and spritzing it with water before smooshing it (yes, that is a technical term, ha!) all over my the cityscape.
Well now it's your turn. Be inspired by Pamela's card and get creative! Check out the full deets of the challenge over at CASE Study HQ along with the rest of the talented CASE Study DT's creations.

Well it's back to the day job for me. I still have to pinch myself that I get to immerse myself in the papercrafting world for my job. It's awesome.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Falling snow in June...

hello beautiful

Happy weekend! It's one of surreal, mixed emotions here as yesterday was my final day at school and I now start to look forward to my new job/career on Monday (more on that later!). My amazing colleagues and friends had me sobbing by lunchtime - it was inevitable I guess!

So seeing as I'm not going to be seeing my colleagues and friends so much now, I'm going to need a good stash of 'hello' cards to post to them! :) 

hello beautiful (close up)

Cue a few of my favourite Simon Says Stamp goodies to come to the rescue that will have me whipping up hello cards in no time (handy seeing as I'm going to have little spare time on my hands in the future!) This card features a beautiful flower and sentiment stamp from the set, Summer Garden, as well as some fun with white embossing paste and a Simon Says Stamp stencil. Yes, it's a stencil called 'Falling Snow' but it's been known to snow in June, right?

tips and tricks
  • Although the stencil is perfect for creating snow falling as a background, it also works as a fun polka dot pattern for many occasions.
  • As the polka dots are closer in proximity at the top of the card, the focal point for the flower and sentiment are best placed at the top too. If I'd have placed them on the bottom, the design wouldn't flow so easily and would force your eyes to work harder. ;)
  • The sentiment stamp had a larger space inbetween the words; this meant that it was too long for the width of the card. I therefore simply inked and stamped the sentiment one word at a time to reduce the spacing.
Extra sparkles have been added to my flower with the help of gold stickles and dusting of magical sparkles with my clear Wink of Stella pen. :)
hello beautiful (close up)

Well it's back to preparing for my first day of a new adventure on Monday. If I find time, I might squeeze in a bit of inky therapy too of course. :)

Thanks for stopping by today. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Scribble Flowers = Geometric Pattern


Happy Friday-Eve! It's amazing how quick a final week at work after ten years there can zoom by. I'm desperately trying to savour the moments and register the memories to keep. I'm going to be an emotional wreck tomorrow - ha!

So before I start blubbing, let's get studying - CASE Study stylee! Come and join the fun with us and be inspired by our muse, Pamela Ho's, card:

Check out the original post of this card here. 

Oh helloooooooooo masking! Those colours are great too - they tend to be my go-to colours for guy cards. So armed with my Simon Says Stamp's Scribble Flowers stamp set and some scrap paper, I got busy masking and stamping this geometric pattern. :)

Check out the full deets of the challenge, including the rest of the amazing creations from the rest of the CASE Study DT, over at CASE Study HQ. I hope you can find time to play along with us! :)

Right. My mission for today is to purchase some yummy doughnuts to take into to work tomorrow and not to cry in front of the students. Wish me luck! :)

As always, thank you so much for visiting today. I hope you have a happy Friday-Eve!


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