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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Celebrate

Hello there, today I am sharing another card for my Guest Design spot over at Craft Mojo. For my card today I am using the Paper Smooches Free Spirits set along with some papers that I thought matched my cocktail perfectly. I have started out with a small piece of white cardstock and stamped the glass and umbrella on them. I have coloured them with Copic markers and fussy-cut out. I have adhered the glass directly to a panel of white cardstock and popped the umbrella up with a foam dot.


I have added some clear Wink of Stella to both and then added Glossy Accents to the glass. The sentiment, from the Paper Smooches Salutations set, has been stamped below. I have then taken a white card base and added two strips of Doodlebug paper to the bottom at angles. The card panel has then been popped on top with foam tape.

 
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COPIC MARKERS: RV23, RV25, Y06, YR61, YR65, BG01, BG05, BG07.

Those colours remind me of a tropical beach! :) Please pop over to the Craft Mojo blog to see what the DT have been up to. Thanks so much for visiting me today, hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Video | Simon Says Stamp Haul #7

Hello there and good afternoon to you! I am popping in quickly to share a small Simon Says Stamp haul with you. There were a few bits that were out of stock during my last order so I wanted to pick them up. Here is what I got:
 


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 Thanks so much for visiting me today, see you tomorrow!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Tag | Getting To Know Me

Hello there, I have a little bit of a different post to share with you today. I was recently tagged by the lovely Rebecca over at Melly Moo and also Sarah over at Sazzle Dazzle Crafts to take part in a different type of blog hop. Unlike the usual ones where bloggers take part in sharing creations they have made, this one is about getting to know the blogger/card maker. It is all about the creative process and basically just getting to know people a little more.
 
Before I get started with the questions, I wanted to thank Rebecca for tagging me. If you do not already know Rebecca I encourage you to go and visit her blog. She is an amazing card maker and such a sweet, lovely person too. I have had the privilege to watch her card making style become her own over the last few years. If you haven't already, please go and show her some love :)

I was also tagged by Sarah, although technically Rebecca got there first, I just wanted to take a moment to thank her too. She is an amazing card maker and I just love her style.
 
So on to my questions ...
 
What creative projects are you currently working on?
 
Here in the grotto, you can pretty much guarantee that I will have an organisational project on the go most of the time. I love organising and I am constantly trying to streamline the storage/organisation of my products so that they better work for me and my card making process. Of course I have had tons of inspiration from the ultimate craft organisational guru, Jennifer McGuire. I like to take her ideas and tweak them to fit in with what works best for me and my space.


I have recently moved my paper pads to my Ikea Raskog cart and I am loving them much better on there. I can flick through the pads so much easier and they even look quite pretty!

 
I am also working on the Clearly Besotted Stamps September release. I have the privilege of being part of the Design Team so I get to play with these amazing products in advance. I love sharing my teaser cards with you. I think it is a great way to share how the products can be used and also give you all peeks to see which ones you are going to like (all of them most likely!). Stephanie will start the teasers on the 1st September and the DT will follow suit on the 2nd :)
 
What inspires your designs?
 
This is a great question but the answer is ... EVERYTHING! It could be packaging where the graphics/layout has inspired me, colours that I see and of course fellow card makers. I am inspired on a daily basis by the amazing Clearly Besotted Design Team - Aimes, Caryn, Debby, Mandy and Stephanie - these girls ROCK! I also love Pinterest and Instagram for daily inspiration from crafty peeps. There are so many talented people out there.


I took this photo the other day of some Lilies in my hallway. I adore the colour and this photo makes me want to get out some flower stamps and colour away!
 
What method/process do you apply to each of your creative projects and how long does each project take to complete?
 
This is a little difficult to answer as it completely depends on what kind of card I am making and what for. For design team work I usually start with the product - the stamp or die. I then decide on the layout, colours etc. in response to that product. If I am just sitting down because I want to create, then it may often start with a layout or design I have in mind and then I will find the products that I want to use for it.
 
The time it takes completely depends on if I have a whole design in my head before I start or not. Even when I have a whole design in my head, sometime when I apply this to cardstock it doesn't quite work out how I had planned it. If I need to change my design this can take a little longer. Cards usually take from anywhere between 30 minutes - two/three hours to complete. If you stick in some Glossy Accents or Embossing Paste in there, well that is an hour added on right there! ;)
 
If you had to describe your signature style, what would it be?
 
I very much fall into the clean and simple style of card making, I often go for a minimalistic look too. The card is pretty much guaranteed to have a fair amount of white space on it. Here is a card I think fits my style quite well:
 
 
What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?
 
I think this one is quite easy ... white cardstock, black ink and a colouring medium (Copic Markers would be my preferred choice!). Oh I better have stamp to make the image hadn't I? oh and a guillotine to cut the cardstock ... oh and some foam tape to layer the panels together ... and .... the list could go on couldn't it! ;) I share my 10 favourite tools for card making here.
 
Who shall I tag?
 
As part of the tag I get to tag two other card makers who I admire. There could of been so many people that I could tag. Like I said above there are tons of card makers who I love but I wanted to pick these two individuals because not only are they amazing card makers, they are lovely people too. I would say that both of their styles are slightly different to mine but they both also have that crisp, precise look to their cards that I just adore! In no particular order I would like to introduce you to ...
 

 
This woman is amazing! Simple as that! Her use of colour is simply stunning. I adore Mayuri's designs, you can tell that she puts so much work into them, they are true pieces of art work in their own right. Mayuri is currently part of a number of design teams including Winnie & Walter and Neat & Tangled. I truly believe she brings these products to life and showcases them beautifully.



If you do not already know Joy's work, where have you been?! I adore her clean and simple but layered style, she is an amazing colourer and I just love her cards. She also makes amazing videos too. Joy is part of a number of design teams, one of which is La La Land Crafts. She truly brings the characters to life. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Joy over the past few months and she is just as nice as she is on her blog, a true kind and caring person :)
 
I really hope that you enjoyed getting to know me a little more today. Thanks so much for visiting me :)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Big Bang Confetti

Hello there, I am currently taking part in the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps 2 class. I love these classes and I take a lot of inspiration from them but I do not always have the time to do my homework. I know right, naughty girl huh? ;) As soon as I saw Debby's card on day seven I knew I had to have a play.
 

For my card I have used the Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti stamp set. I have stamped the triangular shape using the four different colours and then I have gone in with the individual solid images and stamped these randomly too.
 
 
I have stamped the sentiment from the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The You set. I love the font in these sets! I have then finished off with a few Doodlebug silver Sprinkles and Studio Calico star wood veneers.
 
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Thank you so much for visiting me today. It has really cooled down here in London the last few days, I have to say I do prefer it! :) Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Gerbera Daisy

Hello there, I am back today with another Guest Design team card for Craft Mojo. They have a great supply of MFT products in the shop so I wanted to combine some of those for my card today. I went for a white on white look with a pop of pink. I first started with a white card base and then I have added a MFT rectangle frame on top with foam tape. The sentiment, from the WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments set has been stamped in black MFT ink and then cut out using the MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags Die-Namics.
 

I have then taken the MFT Gerbera Daisy Die-Namics and die-cut two larger daisies, one from Doodlebug Bubblegum cardstock and one from Doodlebug Bubblebum Sprinkles Vellum, as well as the smaller one using the vellum too. These have been layered together and the centres also cut from DB CS. The flower has been added to the card and then I have liberally sprinkled with Doodlebug sequins and gems.
 
 
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Thanks so much for visiting me today. If you get a chance, please pop over to the Craft Mojo Blog to see what the DT have been up to. Have a  great day!

Monday, 11 August 2014

#happybirthday

Hello there, I am back today with a card I made for my brother for his birthday. He is a techy man so when I saw the #awesome stamp set from Lawn Fawn I knew I wanted to use it on his card. I first took a panel of white cardstock and stamped the social media icons on it, followed by the sentiment below.
 

The icons have then been coloured using Copic Markers, adding a little Glossy Accents to the lens on the Instagram icon. I have then popped the panel up on to a black card base with foam tape. A very simple card but hopefully it works!
 
 
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COPIC MARKERS: Twitter icon: B000, B12. Instagram icon: E42, E43, E57, E59, C5, C8, R24, R27, Y18, Y19, G12, G14, B24, B26. Facebook icon: C1, C2, B91, B95.
 
Thanks so much for visiting me today, I hope you all have a great week. See you on Wednesday for my next Craft Mojo Guest Designer post :)