Thursday 13 August 2015

Hello (Altenew Design Team!)


Happy Friday Eve! I hope you're well and looking forward to the weekend – it's nearly here y'know. :)

I'm sharing a card today that felt a little surreal to make. It's my first card as part of the Altenew Design Team. Yup, somehow I've been asked to join what I can only describe as an amazing pool of talent. I'm still a little gobsmacked by it all. Have they asked the right Amy Gray? Ha!

Well mistaken identity or not, I'm extremely honoured, excited and a little daunted to be part of such a wonderful team. I had a blast making this little clean and graphic number with the help of my new favourite Sohcahtoa stamp set (I can't resist pattern-building geometric stamp sets; especially when they feature triangles!) and the Halftone Hello die.

If you're interested in finding out more about this card or checking out my formal introduction, then pop across to the Altenew blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share my happy news with you. Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday 5 August 2015

Dino-mite birthday


Happy Wednesday (halfway through the working week – woop!) and happy Clearly Besotted release day! Yup, the August release of CB goodies are available to purchase from 10pm tonight (UK time).

I'm celebrating the release with a little card created using the adorable set, You Rock. I love how the set is geared towards stamping your own little scene with style and ease. And seriously, who can resist the punny sentiment too? Love it!

I added a little more detail to my dino with the help of Glossy Accents (Yes, I've finally found them!) and a googly eye. So cute. :)

Dinomite close up

If you haven't already popped across from Stephanie's then what are you waiting for? Be sure to hop across to check out the full reveal of the August release. It's certainly a tough choice to pick my favourites, but these dinosaurs are definitely up there. ;)

I'm keeping it short and sweet today so I'm going to leave you to peruse the fabulous new release and let you make the tough decision of what you need and what might happen to jump into your virtual shopping basket!


Tuesday 4 August 2015

hello (literally!)


Hey! (or should that be, hello?)

Thanks so much for stopping by today or for sticking around during a bit of a tumbleweed time here on the blogeroo. It's been a crazy, hectic, chaotic and insane few weeks that's left us sometimes wondering if we could bite off more than we could chew, but somehow (and don't ask us how!) we've managed to move house whilst working full time without a removal van in sight!

I've unpacked my crafty goodies and today I'm sharing the first card I made in my new craft room. The sentiment is so fitting: hello new digs, hello crafting, hello blog, hello world: I've missed you! Oh, and how could I forget? Hello new Clearly Besotted August release! :)

This card features a brand-new Shaker Shapes Square Hello die and I shook things up a little bit by deciding not to create a shaker card with it. I'm sure the rainbow trend has passed, but I love the happy vibes from a bright rainbow colour combo.

tips and tricks
  • The trickiest part of this design is die-cutting the aperture die centrally from the card front. Using Washi tape to secure the die to card front did the trick for me!
  • I used my scraps of cardstock to cut the individual letters from coloured cardstock. It means less waste and I can do a few letters in one pass through my die-cutting machine. 
  • Need more dimension? Why not coat those colourful letters in Glossy Accents? I would have done this myself if I could remember where I'd unpacked my Glossy Accents! 
Seeing as I didn't want to spend hours searching high and low for my Glossy Accents, I decided to add a little sparkle to my letters instead with the help of my clear Wink of Stella pen. :)

hello close up

Well, I know for a fact that the rest of the Clearly Besotted Design Team have some amazing samples to tease you with so I urge you to pop across to Stephanie's if you haven't already. Oh, and please welcome our Design Team guesties, the lovely Cindy Lovell and my super-fun and talented friend, Keren Baker!

Thanks so much for stopping by today or for hanging around here waiting for something to happen! I really appreciate it and hope you can stick around for more stamping shenanigans tomorrow!



I am on various design teams and receive free product to use and promote. I geniunely love the products of the companies and all opinons are honest and my own.

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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