Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Neat and Tangled June Release

The June release from Neat and Tangled is pretty darn awesome. I reckon it's my favourite bundle of products in one hit so far!

And speaking of bundles, this is the first month where they're offering you the chance to purchase the whole release as a bundle too (it saves you 10% off the retail price of buying everything separately), and you can find it in the shop HERE.

Now let me show you what I've made so far.....

The first card uses the Bloom Stamp set and matching dies to create the floral border and the large sentiment. I love how the extra flowers that come in the set correspond to those in the border so you can have them popped up separately.

And that cute little bird? That actually comes from the Beach Day set but I couldn't resist adding him here like he's singing the phrase at you ;-)

My second card started with the Flamingo Floatie stamp and die - I'm such a sucker for flamingos at the moment, and as usual I embossed them in gold glitter. I seem to be doing that a lot lately!

And for the background I used the Rice Paddies stencil. That's what it's called, but it also represents many other fluid or marbled patterns found in nature. And when I used this slightly darker blue ink over the lighter blue cardstock I found that it created the perfect pool ripples!!

It just so happened that the Welcome Home stamp and dies came at just the right moment for me personally. We just moved house one week ago and so we've started that process of updating everyone with our new address. Having a few of these super-cute tags on stand by for our 'special' friends has been really handy - the address is on the back.

And since our new house is by the beach, the Beach Day stamps and dies came in handy again for some extra embellishments to create this little scene. I used the new sequin mix, called Sherbert, to represent some sand - don't you think the colours are just perfect for this?

I'll finish off with just a sneak peek at the card I've made for the Neat and Tangled blog this week. Clearly I was inspired by my tags to use a similar type of design, but in the corresponding video I'm going to show you not only how I created my card, but I'll share some stenciling and watercolouring hacks for the budget-conscious crafter ;-)

You can find my blog post already up, HERE.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June mood board at Jot Magazine

June already! And winter is upon us!
I guess winter does make me think of crisp white frosty bejewelled colour schemes (a bit like snow!) and so this current Mood Board at Jot Magazine really does fit the bill.

Here's the card I made up as an example:

The two images in the mood board that inspired me the most were those gold rosette pinwheels in the bottom right corner, and the pearl jewellery the girl is wearing.

I had need of a winter wedding card so this was perfect timing for me, and so I wanted to keep my card very regal and elegant. I started with the background of white on grey - using my Neat and Tangled Scalloped Cover Plate Die to cut out a white 'lace' to overlap the pale grey background.  Actually, I attempted to make my own grey marbled paper... but as you can see it didn't quite work out!!

And then I wanted these really thick chunky textural gold flowers all overlapping one another, so I did a bit of a handmade job on those as well. I took some of that cardboard/chipboard you sometimes get in your scrapbooking order to prevent the papers from getting bent... and painted it with gold acrylic paint. Then I used my Sizzix Bigz Tattered Florals Die to perfectly chomp out all those little flowers.

Are you feeling inspired to play along? Anita from Flutterby Designs is our generous sponsor once again, so you know there's going to be an awesome prize on offer!
Check out all the details on the Jot Magazine blog right HERE.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Krumspring Star Power and the New Release!

You might remember how I said that during May we were highlighting a different Krumspring stamp set each week? These were some of the older releases, but still very classic designs and they deserved some attention!

I wanted to share with you the card I made with the last feature stamp set called "Star Power". It's got some of Maria's signature geometric patterns in it, including one giant star..... which ironically I didn't end up using on this card because I wanted to do something a little bit different ;-)

Instead, I focused on the lots of other smaller stars you can find in the set, and I turned them into a night sky scene above a city. Why a city? I have no idea! Maybe because I was also desperate to use my new Sizzix Cityscape dies designed by Tim Holtz and this seemed like a good opportunity!

Can you tell I've been practicing my ink blending?
I needed to!

In other news, the newest release stamps have just gone live in the Krumspring shop and you can buy them as one bundle (there's 4 new sets) or individually of course. But you know you're always going to save money when you bundle them together. Speaking of saving money.... 

This is valid until June 10th!
And let me share with you just some of the sneaks of what I've been up to with these stamp sets already...

Firstly there's this fabulous Funky Pineapples Set which I am absolutely IN LOVE with! I stamped some out and started colouring them before I even had a plan in mind for what I was going to do with them! LOL! 

Then there's the Awesome Triangle Wizard Stamp which is another classic Krumspring design and makes for great backgrounds. I used mine to stamp a border onto some handmade Project Life cards which I got all of the kids to write some journaling on for the welcoming page to my 2017 album. 

You can actually see the whole page and lots more detailed images on the Krumspring blog HERE

And lastly for now I'll leave you with this simple little tag I whipped up using just a single heart stamp from the Monkey Madness set. Isn't it funny how sometimes the most simple of images or ideas can sometimes be so very effective? I do so love me some rainbows!
But certainly, I will still have some gorilla-oriented projects coming up real soon too!



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