8 August 2019

Taking a Little Break

Hello there, I just wanted to pop in to let you know that I will be taking a little break from my blog for the next couple of weeks.
 
 
As many of you will know, I have been suffering with chronic migraine for some time now. It has been getting progressively worse over the last six months and it has now got to the point where I am having migraines almost 24 days out of the month. As you can guess, this is no fun at all! I have tried various different treatments for migraine but as of yesterday (as long as everything went well, I am writing this in advance!), I have started a course of Botox.
 
My doctors think that at this moment in time, this is the best treatment for me, so fingers crossed that it helps. They have warned me that things can get worse before they start to get better, hence taking a couple of weeks off, but hopefully the side effects won't be too bad.
 
I do have a couple of posts scheduled, but otherwise, I will be back later in the month. Thank you so much for your continued support. Wishing you all a wonderful couple of weeks! :)

6 August 2019

So Happy For You

Hello there, I am over on the Hero Arts blog today, sharing a card using the new As You Wish stamp set and coordinating dies. This set has a princess/Cinderella theme to it but I thought the man and woman inside a heart would work well for an engagement card.
 
 
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
 
 
For more details on how I made the card, please head over to the blog post here. Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate it. Hope you have a lovely day!

5 August 2019

Hero Arts August 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the Hero Arts August 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. The kit has a fun medieval and magical theme to it. For the hop, you should have arrived here from Mariana but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 
To start of with, I made a tag that I shared over on the Hero Arts Blog. I really love the magical elements in the kit and love the font on the sentiments especially. I started off by die cutting a Nesting Tag Infinity Die from watercolour paper and then creating a night sky/galaxy background at the top using various colours of Reactive Inks plus, navy and black to go on top.
 
 
I also added on some splatters of white, as well as the Iridescent White Shimmer Spray. I cut two further tags from white cardstock and partially cut these using the Nesting Cloudy Infinity Dies. These were added on to the background tag and then I stamped, coloured and die cut the unicorn from the main kit stamp set and added him on top. For more details on how I made the tag, please see the blog post here.
 

For my card today, I wanted to use the fantastic Fancy Castle Die from the main kit and combine it with the Dragons & Unicorns set which is an add-on this month. I started off by taking an A2 top folding card base and blending ink on to the top portion with blending brushes. I used Blue Hawaii and Blue Raspberry Reactive Inks. I then spritzed on a mist of White Iridescent Shimmer Spray (yes,I am obsessed with this again at the moment!) and set it aside to dry.
 
 
I took the Fancy Castle Die from the main kit and cut this from a panel of white cardstock. The die just cuts the top line, so you can have it at any height that you want. This was added to the card base with tape runner. I took the unicorn and shooting star images from the Unicorns & Dragons set and stamped these on to white cardstock with Intense Black Ink. They were coloured using Copic Markers and die cut out using the Unicorns & Dragons Frame Cuts.
 
 
I added the shooting star and unicorn to the card with foam tape and then stamped my sentiment. I wanted to use this card as generic happy birthday card so I took the sentiments from the Mix & Match Compliments set and stamped these on to Pitch Black Cardstock with Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink. I applied White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. They were cut in to strips and added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I added dots of Spica glitter pen to the images.
 

SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Purple Unicorn - V09, V17, V15, V12, Spica 01 Lavender, white gelly roll. Unicorn on card - E53, E51, E50, B04, B00, B000, BG13, BG11, BG10, Spica 18 Baby Blue, 08 Turquoise. Shooting Star - V17, V15, V12, B00, B000, BG13, BG11 BG10, Spica 01 Lavender.
 

THE KIT:
 
The August 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit contains a 6" x 8" clear stamp set, 17 coordinating Frame Cuts. 1 Fancy Castle Die, 2 5.5" x 8.5" sheets of Mirri Matte Lava Purple Paper, 2 5.5" x 8.5" sheets of parchment paper, 3 Glimmer Ink Pots (Gold, Purple & Red) and Dragon Scale Sequins. All of this is valued at $83.49 but you can get it for an amazing price of $34.99 (approximately £28 depending on exchange rate). The kits often sell out quickly so you can subscribe here so that you never miss a kit. International subscribers receive a discount on shipping too! the kits begin shipping on 9th August 2019.
 

ADD-ONS:
 
There are some fantastic add-on products this month. These are products that work well alongside the kit, as well as on their own. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from your favourite Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them:



BLOG HOP:

Here is the list of all the participants in the hop today:
 
 

GIVEAWAY:
 
Hero Arts are giving away one kit to one lucky blog hop reader. The winner will be selected from all the comments left across al the stops in the hop. Sop the more you comment, the better the chances but please only one comment per blog. Giveaway closes Sunday 11th August at 11.59pm PST and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts Blog the following week.
 
Thank you much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. Next on the hop is the fantastic Yana. Hope you have a good rest of the day!

4 August 2019

VIDEO | Card Making Haul - July 2019

Hello there, today I have a haul to share with you. It is quite a random haul really, not many stamps or dies but more tools.
 
 
I also purchased some watercolour paper (which I tried out here) as well as some glossy cardstock. A big investment for me this month was the Taylored Expressions blender brushes. I say they were an investment because they aren't exactly cheap here in the UK but I am hoping that they will be worth the money! Here is a look at everything I got:
 


If you are viewing this post via email subscription, you can watch the video HERE on YouTube.
 
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have shared in the video. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
 
 
Like I mention in the video, I am not sure yet how to store the Waffle Flower mat, if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

1 August 2019

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted August 2019 Release Preview

Hello there and happy Clearly Besotted August 2019 Release day! I am back to share a look at the release with you. I think there is something for everyone in this release and for all seasons too.
 
 
The new release goes on sale tonight at 8pm BST here in the UK and you can purchase the sets from the Clearly Besotted Shop. If you are international, you can purchase the sets now over at Simon Says Stamp. Here is a look at the new sets:
 


If you are viewing this post via email subscription, you can watch the video HERE on YouTube.
 
 
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I shared in the video. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
 
 
I love that a lot of the sets are geared up for the different seasons and aren't all those critters adorable? For more information and inspiration using the new sets, please head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog. Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful day!
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