Monday 6 September 2021

Using up the little bits - You are Amazing

Do you ever find inspiration comes from the most random of places? This card literally came about when I was cleaning up from another card. I had trimmed lots of little strips of cardstock which I was sweeping into the bin when I thought to myself, gosh these little bits look like confetti.... ding, a card was born lol.

I just love how this card looks and the fact it turned out how I imagined is even better because lets face it, that doesn't always happen!

The font on this sentiment is beautiful and I was a little sad when this stamp set retired. But you know, some stamps never leave you stash and this is one of them.

I'm certainly not one to keep scraps but this card just proves you can make something pretty out of anything!

Happy Crafting,

Saturday 4 September 2021

Just Add Ink #570 - Hats Off

 Ok so I know with lockdown, it's tricky to keep track of the days, but seriously how did Fathers day sneak up on us? And also, while I'm thinking about it, September!!

So while I found a present at the petrol station (he loves chocolate so it's all good!) I realised I was going to need to make a card for the kids. Now I could get them to make the card, but I've only just cleaned up my craft room and didn't feel like letting those hooligans in there.

Also, I saw the perfect colour challenge happening over at Just Add Ink and so I decided to run with that.

Coastal Cabana is my all time favourite SU colour (alongside Crumb Cake obviously) so I knew this challenge would be perfect.

So, I finally got to play with the Hat's Off bundle which is awesome. Great set for boys, young and old and perfect for my fathers day card.

It's a it tricky to see, but the blueish strip on top of the lack strip is actually a piece of rushed silver cardstock, which is in the holiday catalogue. It's shinier in real life but hard to capture in a photo. I find it hard to create mens cards without all the sparkly so using some foil cardstock is a good alternative.

Right, time to get this card written up and wrap the chocolate. At least I didn't eat it before he gets it this year.

Happy Crafting, 

Friday 3 September 2021

Artisan Showcase for August -

Happy Spring people and I for one am absolutely ready for warmer days, time spent with the family at the beach or enjoying lazy days around the pool.

Lockdown has certainly been challenging and homeschooling has been... fun lol, but it has given me more craft time then usual which has came in handy for my Artisan projects. And that brings me to today's post which is this months card, created using the Evergreen Elegance bundle.

I felt like doing a bit of blending and then I wanted to make a shaker and so obviously I couldn't choose, which meant I had to make a card with both.

I absolutely love the Subtle Shimmer Sequins and they are perfect for a shaker card. While our blending brushes make creating a beautiful blending background easy peasy.

The second card is a little more simple but still stunning. I used the coordinating punch, to punch out heaps of the trees in white and then adhered them to the white cardbase. It makes such a pretty, subtle background which I just love.

And now I better get back to homeschooling these three crazy kids. Is it time for a gin!!

Happy Crafting,

Saturday 17 July 2021

Artisan Showcase for July - Sweet Symmetry Suite

Gosh I seriously can't believe I'm now past half way with my time on the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design team. It's been such a fantastic ride and I have seriously enjoyed every minute of it.
But today I get to share my cards using the Sweet Symmetry Suite, which to be honest, I hadn't given a second glance in the catty, but it's now become on of my absolute favorite suites.
Photopolymer stamps are just crying out to be used in this way, creating repetitive patterns in different colours. I got my colour idea from the gorgeous coordinating designer series paper, which I then went on to use to create matching envelopes for these cute cards.

The second card was a little trickier to make as I had to keep moving and lining up with my previous stamped image. Now if you had a stamp position tool, this would be so much easier, cut I went a little old school and just created a noughts and crosses board with faint pencil lines and used that to guide where to stamp my next image. Once the inks dry, you can then just gentle rub out your pencil lines
I really do think this suite is a real winner and I know once you've checked out what the other artisans have created with it, you'll be adding this to your next order!

Happy Crafting,

Saturday 3 July 2021

Artisan Designer Series Paper Showcase - You're a Peach

 To celebrate our beautiful designer series paper special, the Artisans were asked to create something fantastic with different designer series paper to show how amazing our papers are.

I was luck enough to be asked to use the You're a Peach paper and I knew instantly I wanted to create a home decor piece, or something I could actually pop up in my craft room.

So, I decided to go back in time, dig out my hot glue gun and create what felt like a million rosettes!!

 I have to admit I was thrilled with my handmade wreath once the sore fingers from all the hot glue had got better!!  I can't rememer thelast time I made rosettes, as I think I used them on Christmas gift tags one year and created over 100 of them. It really did put me off!


 I wanted to create a little tanner in the middle and out small alphabet dies where perfect for this. I then used our double banner punch to create the little flags. Another must have in the craft room.

And that's how I created this pretty little piece of art and all I have to do now, is wait for my husband to finally put a nail in the wall so I can hang it up!

Happy Crafting,

Saturday 26 June 2021

Artisan Post - Rainbow Snowflake Wishes

I was super late to the Snowflake Wishes bundle that came out in last years Christmas Catalogue, but I decided at the last minute I would buy it because 1) I loved seeing what everyone had made with it and 2) I thought if I had it a whole year early I would be able to get a head start on my Christmas cards... but here we are pretty much 6 months out from the big day and I've finally inked up the stamps!

So I felt I had to create something a little left of field as snowflakes have been done to death and anyone who's followed my Insta page long enough will know that I just love rainbow order. So it seemed like a fun way to put a new spin on an old favourite.

This first card I just used our blending brushes to create a rainbow background. I then white heat embossed the snowflakes and then added a few die cut snowflakes too. I really love all the layering of the different white accents, which obviously make the coloured panel pop.

For my second card, I did a similar thing, but this time I created a watercoloured wash card panel and then used that to die cut my snowflakes from.

I added a few little stamped snowflakes in the matching colours and finished the whole card with some rainbow coloured bling!

I really do love this bundle and I was so glad to see that it carried over. I'm pretty sure it will be around, in my collection for sometime to come!!

Happy Crafting,

Sunday 20 June 2021

Artisan Showcase for June - Hand-Penned Suite

Welcome to another Artisan Showcase where this month I got to create with the beautiful Hand-Penned bundle.

I wanted to use colours that aren't necessarily in the coordinating designer series paper and I actually had a pile of scrap strips on my desk so I decided to use those and came up with this two gorgeous designs.


One of my favourite ways to emboss has always been clear heat embossing powder onto black cardstock. It always gives such a WOW to a card and when the stamp used has a fair it of detail, which this large flower stamp had, it really does give the card that expensive look.

So that's for me today, as always you can purchase any of the products I've used from my Stampin' Up! shop.

Happy Crafting,