Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Be happy


I'm back again to continue with the sneak peeks of the new Clearly Besotted release (available for purchase from 5th March 10pm UK time) with a card that uses a mixture of goodies. I love combining products to create something new - I always feel like I'm getting even more use from my beloved supplies. :)

So it's a case of eye-spy with this card – I used the birdhouse die from the So Tweet Die Collection as a stand-alone shape and added the 'be happy' sentiment from On Your Day and stamped a couple of subtle sunburst images from the Sunburst stamp set.

Of course, I couldn't resist throwing in a Hambly Screenprint and some geometric-stenciled-goodness too along with the obligatory sequin and star sequins. :)

tips and tricks
  • The triangular design of the stencil echoes and complements the shape of the birdhouse as do the hearts on the Screenprint.
  • Get more from your co-ordinating die and stamp collection by considering using the die shapes alone and decorating them.
  • Do you think I threw away the negative heart from this die-cut shape? Of course not! Always save them - they can make the perfect finishing touch to a future project. 
Well that's all from me today. As always, please do pop along to Stephanie's if you haven't already and check out even more sneak peeks from both herself and the amazing Design Team. You won't be disappointed!

I'll be back tomorrow (release day!) to share another sneaky peek in time for you to make your shopping list. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Celebrate new CB goodies!


Well it's hard to believe that it's March already. The weather certainly doesn't feel like spring as I've had to commute through snow this morning!

Nevertheless it's a new month which means it's time for a new release of goodies from Clearly Besotted! So cue a few days of sneaky peeks before the new release is available for you to purchase from 5th March 10pm (UK time!).

I was torn on what to play with first from the release, but I thought we could kick things off with a little celebrating. Celebrating with the new set, Sunburst, which features fabulous burst-style images for you to layer and create custom patterns with. Did I mention that it also contains two sentiments in an extremely versatile font? I love it!

I stamped my circles off the side of the card front to create layered semi-circle pattern. It kinda has a Cinqo de Mayo/Mexican vibe to it. Maybe it's those colorus! Anyways here's an example of extremely simple stamping from a crafter with limited time LOL!

tips and tricks
  • Swap the colours to create a different feel to the card. Soft pretty colours would work just as well for a more feminine feel.
  • The tiny pattern stamped by the sentiment helps to balance the design – I just couldn't resist adding a gem too.
  • The 'oomph' factor for this card is the bright-coloured card base. It really does make the stamped panel 'pop'!
  • I stamped this pattern by marking the midpoint of the cardstock first and stamping around it to ensure the pattern was equal. You can always stamp more than you need in length then trim the ends for an easier option.
Well that's all from me today (better late than never, right?) but if you haven't already, then do check out what's happening over at Stephanie's and see who else is sharing some sneak peeks of this fabulous release.

I'll be back tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, 16 February 2015

Altenew February 2015 blog hop!

Vintage Rose Birthday

Happy Monday! I hope you've had a lovely weekend whether you celebrated Valentine's or not. We celebrated our first Valentine's as husband and wife by going to see Scott Bradley's Postmodern Jukebox live here in Sheffield. It was AMAZING! If you're a fan of talent and a classic spin on modern pop songs then I highly recommend them. :)

But I digress. I'm not here to babble. I'm actually posting today as part of an amazing blog hop to celebrate Altenew's release of new goodies!

Welcome to Altenew's first 2015 blog hop! Not yet a year old, this company was launched in April 2014, and has quickly gained recognition among paper crafters. All the stamps that you will see being used here are available for purchase at the Altenew store and for pre-order at Simon Says Stamp.

Well I can hardly believe that I've been asked to be part of such an amazing line up of amazing talent. I'm pretty sure Altenew owners, Jennifer and Tasnim have the wrong Amy Gray LOL! But I'm here now anyways! You should have hopped here from the delightful Donna Mikasa. If you haven't, then be sure to start out at Altenew HQ.

I created three cards using some fabulous new stamp sets from the release. I had plenty more sketched out and only time stopped me from inking my little heart out! The first card uses three sets, Birthday Greetings (an essential set for any cardmaking stamper IMHO!), Wood Pallet Background and Vintage Flowers. All three sets will remain on my desk within grabbing distance for sure! The flower and leaves were a breeze to stamp using three different shades of ink and are so detailed! Great if you're not a fan of colouring. ;)

For my next card I got busy with the set, Halftone Thanks:

thanks a million

I kept it very simple for this card to let that awesome halftone stamp shine. The ombre look is still on trend and this stamp makes it so easy to get the look. I think I might have to make more of these in different colour ways. :)

Finally, an extremely simple card for my brother's birthday:

let's celebrate

This card uses a combination of Birthday Greetings and Invisible Numbers. I have Project Life in mind for Invisible Numbers since receiving our wedding photographs, but I love how it can be used to create personalised birthday cards too. It was an added bonus that the 'let's celebrate' sentiment from Birthday Greetings uses the same font and was just the right length to sit underneath the date. FYI – the format of dates here in the UK start with the number first rather than the month. ;)

Now a blog hop wouldn't be a blog hop without some prizes along the way, right? To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners! The winners will be chosen from comments on the Altenew blog.

There's more! I will choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be two stamp sets of your choice. You have until Friday February 20th, 11.59pm EST to leave your comments. You may enter up to two comments on:
  • The project or the stamps
The winner will be announced on Saturday February 21st at 9.00am EST – good luck! :D

Well that's all from me, thanks so much for stopping by. It's now time for you to hop along and check some more Altenew goodness from the marvellous Melania Deasy! 



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