Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Kid's got a brand new bag....

Emilie bag

I told you I'd be back with something crafty this week and here it is. Albeit a previous project I'm yet to share with you, but it still counts, right? ;)

Over the past few months I've been on an exploring adventure with my Cricut Explore and found a reason to enjoy some time ironing. I know, you heard me right. This machine, once teamed up with Cricut Iron-on material, has me loving ironing. I never thought I'd say those words. Ever.

We've celebrated a few special occasions that the Cricut Explore has catered for perfectly. I decided to create some personalised tote bags to celebrate my guy's goddaughter's first birthday. Nothing but pink glittery sparkles for the special little lady. :)

So impressed was I at the ease of creating the design, that I tweaked it to celebrate the arrival of our friends' baby boy.


I though this tote made a sweet way of presenting the gift we'd bought the happy parents. It literally took minutes to make which is always a bonus as this was a last-minute idea of mine. :)

I was surprised a few weeks ago to receive a request from our friend to create two more bags for her to give to her friends' children as gifts. I think it's safe to share them on here now - it was probably safe to share them as soon as I made them but you never know who may be peeking at your blogeroo. For those of you who follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you may recognise these bags as I snapped them during the creative process on the ironing board. :)



It was just a case of opening up the previous design I'd saved on the Cricut Design Space software and chaining the names. The only thing I had to double-check is that I'd spelt the names correctly. I had. Phew!

That's all from me today, thank you so much for visiting and I hope I've managed to show you that ironing can be fun. Well, fun when it's in the name of creating anyway! ;)


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Excited, overwhelmed and surreal...


Happy weekend! Well, Sunday anyway. :)

So. I've kinda been MIA. Sorry about that, but this little thing has been taking up a lot of my time:

Yup. That's right. The first issue with me as the editor of Simply Cards & Papercraft hit the shelves last Thursday. Excited, overwhelmed, and surreal do not even begin to describe how it feels. To see the finished result of something you work so hard on gives a satisfaction I can't comprehend right now. I'm seeing it as I do the food shopping with my guy, as we go for a shopping trip and date night at our local shopping centre, at my mum's (she's my #1 fan) It's following me. It's crazy!

The price paid for this career change has been stepping away from CASE Study for a while until I can get myself organised and comfortable in what I'm doing. I'm getting there, don't worry.

The good news is that I do have some crafty projects to share with you later next week. I promise.

And in the meantime, y'know, if you fancy checking out this issue yourself (if not for the content, for the fabulous embossing folder and stamp set that come free with it!) then you can purchase it here or if you're in the UK then check out your supermarket, newsagents or WH Smiths. Shameless plug there, sorry. ;)

You can also follow the magazine via the blog, twitter or Facebook. I'd love to see you over there!

Thanks for hangin' around and visiting whilst I've been MIA. I really, really appreciate it!


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Hi Lovely (new SSS goodies!)

Hi Lovely

Happy weekend! It's a super sunny one here in Sheffield. :)

I'm playing catch up with this week's CASE Study. It's a few days late, but if there's a chance to CASE our new muse this month then I'll make it happen! So who is the muse I'm so happy to be able to CASE? None other than Shari Carroll!

So get set, and get ready to be inspired by this card of Shari's:

Check out the original post of this card here.

I love Shari's background and that prompted me to get out a stencil and play with my embossing paste. The general layout has been CASEd too.

Hi Lovely Close Up
Seeing as Shari is the Creative Director/Product Manager for Simon Says Stamp it seemed rude not to play with, and give you a sneak peek of, a new Simon Says Stamp stamp set. This set, Friendly Flowers, is part of the upcoming "This is the Life" release available from 11th July. Perfectly pretty solid stamps, including one seriously sweet polka dot strip. I'm a happy stamper!

tips and tricks
  •  I decided to turn my flower by colouring the centre black and adding black dots with a black Promarker. So easy! 
  • The flower and leaves were inked up with Distress Inks and then spritized with water before stamping onto cardstock. I then added more detail to them using a darker shade of Distress Ink with my paintbrush and water. I then added extra details with my Promarkers once the ink had dried.
  • Have you spotted it yet? Yup, Glossy Accents make an appearance again and add so much shine to the centre of my poppy. I can't resist a good glooping of the stuff!
I mean just look at that gloopy, Glossy Accents goodness. Irresistible, no? :)

Hi Lovely Close Up2
I hope you can join in the studying fun with us! Be sure to check out the full deets of the challenge over at CASE Study HQ along with the rest of the design team's, including our guesties Amy T and Tenia Nelson, fabulous creations!

Must dash. This sunshine isn't going to stick around forever!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Faux Watercolour Roses


I'm finding it hard to believe it's July already - the months are zooming by before my very eyes! But a new month means some new goodies from Clearly Besotted Stamps - yay! So cue a sneaky peeky post today of a fabulous new set available for purchase from Saturday 5th July at 10pm BST (UK time)

Today I'm giving you a sneaky peek of what I think is my new favourite set, Sweet Rose (Shhhhh! Don't tell the other sets!) I decided as soon as I saw the set that I wanted to play with my Distress Inks to create a soft, watercolour effect. The result from the solid rose stamp was simply stunning, I think I gasped aloud! It honestly makes you look like a true artist and the result is soooooooo easy to achieve.

Sweet Roses Close up

I then went ahead with more Distress Inks to paint the water in the jar and the surface. Again, you don't need to be an amazing artist to achieve the effect and that's the total bonus. I almost felt like I was cheating as I created this little scene.

sweet roses close up2

tips and tricks

  • I used watercolour paper to stamp on to, this soaks up the water and Distress ink way more than regular cardstock and helps maintain the lines of the solid stamp.
  • In order to achieve the watercolour effect on the solid rose, I simply inked up my stamp with Distress Ink, lightly spritzed it with water and stamped it once on scrap card before stamping it again on my watercolour card.  I then added a touch more shading with the same colour Distress Ink picked up with a damp paintbrush.
  • The stamp set comes with stems and leaves but I wanted to keep mine simple so I faintly drew a stem with a pencil and went over it with a wet paintbrush with green Distress Ink. Once it dried, I gently erased the pencil lines. 
Just one more close up shot of those roses. It still amazes me how easy this look was to achieve with that stamp!

Sweet Roses Close up3

Well I hope to have more sneaky peeks in the coming days, but for now I recommend you pop across to Stephanie's for more peeks from her, the fabulous design team and our guestie for the month - Jen Nelson!

Right. Must dash. Thanks so much for visiting today!



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I'm flattered if I've inspired you and you want to CASE anything of mine, but please don't enter it for commercial publications or competitions.
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