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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Bunny Top Note Easter Box

Happy Wednesday Stampers. I've been wanting to make something extra cute for my Easter treats this year. I had a look on youtube and found this super easy top note box and immediately knew  what I wanted to create!  And this was it …….



I used the woodgrain stamp in Soft Suede and then ran the wood grain embossing folder over each top note before attaching it to the box. I distressed the edges and lightly hit the embossed lines so it would stand out a bit more.  Here is the tutorial for the box here



Next I thought I would share a few pages I recently added to my Creative Art Journal.




 I hope you have a great day and will visit again soon. Cya!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

My Mixed Media Mini…Day 2

Welcome Back. Beautiful Spring Day here with sunshine all around…..for the moment:-) Today I had a little time to work on my mixed media mini album. I wanted to share the progress I have made. The pictures aren't as I would have liked. I recently purchased a new Pentax and I freely admit to not knowing much about photography much less this new camera. So apologies for the lighting. The Espresso embossing looks black in the photos but it's a lovely rich brown in person.

This is what I started with today…...


I thought this coin envelope would make a nice journalling tab.













If you have any questions about the stamps, techniques or colours please contact. I would love to hear from you! Have a Happy Tuesday and come again. Cya soon!

Monday, 31 March 2014

My Mixed Media Mini…..

Welcome. Today's project is my version of a mixed media mini album. I love mini albums so much! But I admit I don't go for long drawn out tutorials. Again, I don't have the time, patience or focus for anything too complex. Although today's mini isn't an afternoon project( well it could be if you work much quicker than I do!). The mini it's self is very simple to do. The embellishing is purely up to you on how elaborate or simple you wish to make yours.  As you can see with mine it is going to take me this week, assuming my work load doesn't get too hectic and I can squeeze in a few hours of "me time".

So let's get started with the basics. I started with the kraft envelopes Stampin Up sells. I happen to get my hands on the UK and US ones and only just found a couple days ago that they are different in size! The US measure approximately 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 ", where the UK version is 3 1/2 x 5". No idea why they varied the size but for this project they came in very handy!

I have stitched together 4 small and 4 medium size envelopes. If you don't have any Stampin Up ones just use what you have on hand.






Once you have stitched the two medium envelopes and two small envelopes together you will end up with one end on each grouping. I decided to seal these together to add some interest inside my album. You of course could simply arrange yours so this seals to the front and back of the album and then cover it with your choice of papers. I like to be different:-)


Once I have attached the two sides together I began adding some fancy edging to the pockets formed by cutting the ends of the envelopes off.

Now the fun bit! Embellishing. I am really happy with the result. What do you think?







I am especially proud of the fact I managed to up cycle a coaster from the British Heart Association. Every year they mail out these coasters to people and I just don't have the heart ( no pun intended ) to send them back. So today it has found another use, covered in lovely papers mind you, but better than ending up in the trash …er……rubbish.

So there you have it! If you like what you've seen then stop in again. I will be adding more pages, tags and lovelies to this mini. Have a wonderful day. Cya soon!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Bunch of Flowers Wreath

Happy Friday Y'all. Another long week here and l am looking forward to a relaxing weekend in my studio! I am having crafting withdrawals and need a nice long session of glue, scissors and stamps.

On to today's project. I am especially proud of how this wreath turned out. I have had this burlap ribbon in my stash for a while. I found it's a little too "bulky" for card making. But it's perfect for a wreath! Have a looksey……



I found a roll of Stampin Up Burlap ribbon covered my 9" wreath. I was hoping to make a larger one but couldn't stretch it.




The flowers are a combination of all my retired and current Stampin Up dies and punches. I even managed to use up the remainder of Tea for Two Designer Series Paper. I think these papers have really complimented the burlap to give me the Shabby Chic look I was aiming for.



 Well that's it for today folks. I hope you have a great weekend and will visit again. Cya!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

hello from the secret garden

Happy Wednesday Stampers. I hope you've had a good start to hump day. I have spent the morning at the dentist , so not such a great start for me! I have managed a little time to make this card though.

 I have combined  gingham papers and the Secret Garden stamp set to create this cute little "hello" note.





 This card has definitely brightened my day, I hope it has yours too! Thanks for stopping by. Cya soon.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Art Journal…….

Welcome! If you haven't been following me lately you may have missed the first few pages of my new Art Journal.  I freely admit this is a new journey for me. I am not sure what others chose to use their art journal for…..maybe their aren't any rules. For myself, I am using this as a way to express my creativity. I don't intend for my journal to have a theme or particular colour scheme. I have tried that in the past and it just don't work for me. Perhaps that's due to my lack of focus lately. I lose interest in those projects.

So on to today's pages…..


I found a stash of retired Stampin Up Designer Series papers I had forgotten about. I knew I wanted to work on the chalkboard technique as I recently bought these great little quote stamps and hadn't had a chance to use them.






I embossed these little birds in black. I mounted it on some black card stock but found it was too bold so I rubbed it down with the embossing buddy and that gave it a much softer look.








Well there you have it! I am enjoying working on this album and am thinking I would enjoy taking a journalling class if time allows. I hope you will give one of these albums a go as well. Come back again. Cya!

From My Heart

Happy Monday Stampers. I hope you had a great weekend. The weather could have been better but at least I didn't have to feel guilty staying inside crafting.

Today I have combined From the Heart with my all time favourite Stippled Blossom to create these cards.



I love the look combining these two sets gives, so soft and feminine. The colours used here are Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar and Pistachio Pudding. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

I hope you will come again and more importantly get busy stamping! Cya soon.