Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Die -> Stencil -> Lettering -> Video Tutorial...


I'm over on the Top Dog Dies blog today with this card. It features a mish-mash of products and techniques. It's kinda similar to yesterday's card but I like to think that this one is a little more grungy. :)

I've been playing with stencils on this card (as well as stamping of course!) I used a swoon-worthy Memory Box stencil to select random stars to draw around my sentiment and I created a stencil of my own using a Top Dog Dies die.

I used the Top Dog Dies Vintage Alphabet Die to create my lettering by simple creating a stencil from it. I did the same for yesterday's card too. I've braved the camera and created a little mini-video-tutorial to show you exactly how I do this. I do babble a lot but I hope it gives you a better idea of how easy this is to do:

If you can't view the video for any reason, check it out here. :)

Easy, right?! To grunge up my card a little more I added some stamped flourishes and ink splatters - it makes such a difference to the design which looked a little bare before. However, I then realised the flourishes stamped over my lettering so I shaded the lettering using a pale blue marker.

Well that's all from me today! As always, thank you so much for stopping by today! 


Products Used

Monday, 21 April 2014

Top Dog Dies & Scrapbook Circle Unite!


Happy Easter-Bank-Holiday-Monday! :D

I'm hopping in today as part of a fantastic hop as Top Dog Dies and Scrapbook Circle unite!  You should have hippety hopped over here from Scrapbook Circle, but if you haven't then be sure to start out at the Top Dog Dies blog.

Top Dog Dies are giving away one Scrapbook Circle List Kit and Scrapbook Circle are giving away 2 prizes of $50 in Top Dog Dies wafef-thin dies! Be sure to pop over and register over on the Top Dog Dies blog to be in with your chance to win! Check out this Top Dog Dies offer too:
Oooh and there's a special discount code for Scrapbook Circle too: Use the code 'scrapbook20' to receive 20% off your order today through to May 31st 2014.

Scrapbook Circle create monthly scrapbook kits that include custom printable and coordinating digital files. Exclusive items are included in each kit and is chock-full of current, trendy products. As a card-maker myself, I had no problemo getting busy with the kit! :D

Lucky for us Top Dog Dies DT, we got a stash of goodies to work with and I couldn't wait to get busy with some gorgeous Studio Calico paper and these cool, kraft speech bubble stickers. Love them!

I added a touch of Top Dog Dies goodness in the form of the photo corners from the Camera Finishers Die Set. I just rotated them 90 degrees to act as arrows instead to direct your eye to the sentiment and also to coordinate with the patterned paper.


I also used the Top Dog Dies Vintage Alphabet Die as a stencil with my white gel pen to create the sentiment. Easy peasy!

For a touch of extra detail I got busy with a Memory Box Stars stencil and some translucent embossing paste. Oh, and a scrap of gold Cricut iron-on material finishes the card off. :)

Well I hope you get lots of inspiration on the hop today! Next on your hop is the fabulous and fellow Amy, Amy T! :D

Thank you so much for hopping by today - happy hopping!


Friday, 18 April 2014

Milk & Eggs...

Easter Milk Carton Close Up

Happy Good Friday!  Today I'm travelling across to see my side of the family to deliver these Easter treats to my nieces and nephews. I like to create something every year for them and although I'm sure that they're waaaaaay more interested in the contents of the items I whip up for them (mini chocolate eggs this year), I still like to create them. :)

So what is it this year for my lovely nieces and nephews? Milk cartons! Nope, there's no real link to Easter with milk cartons but I love the shape of them so that's what we're going with:

Easter Carton 2a
Apologies about the total over expsoure in these two pictures - it's that darn sunshine. Small price to pay for happy sunny days though, right? ;)

Easter Carton 1a
This year's containers were so easy to create thanks to using my Cricut Mini. I simply cut the the milk carton from various sheets of this lovely paper collection, Splendid Sunshine, from Echo Park Paper Co using the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More 2 digital cartridge. I think this patterned paper is pretty fitting for Easter with it's springtime vibe. :)

Easter Carton 5

You may notice that the photo props (Cadbury's Mini Eggs) deplete as the pictures continue. What can I say? They just disappeared somehow! ;P

Easter Carton 6

To secure these sweet cartons, I added some tape inside the top flaps. Twine didn't hold it secure enough to prevent me or my guy from breaking into them for my liking.

Easter Carton 7

After safely securing the tops with tape, each carton was decorated with Doodlebug twine, and a die-cut tag and stamped sentiment from Clearly Besotted Stamps' Tag Along stamp set and die collection. Oh, and a mini peg too - I just couldn't resist! ;)

Easter Carton 10

Here's hoping that these cartons surviving their transit today! Have a fabulous Friday, whether you celebrate Good Friday or not, and a wonderful weekend (bank holiday here we come! - woop woop!)

Thank you so much for visiting today!


Products Used
FYI: There are two links to all Clearly Besotted Stamps goodies. One links direct to the UK store and one links to a USA supplier, Simon Says Stamps.


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