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!


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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.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

A floral birthday card...

Happy Birthday

Happy Friday-Eve - or as the case may be, Good Friday-Eve! Every Friday-Eve is good though, right? *wink*

Well good or not, it's time for another fabulous CASE Study to knuckle down to - I hope you can join in the fun with us as we CASE our muse, Jaclyn Miller. 

Today's card is inspired by this project of Jaclyn's:

Check out the original post of this project here. 

OK. So I took a pretty liberal approach to this week's CASE Study but I promise that if you look hard enough, you'll find the following features from Jaclyn's project on my card:
  • The use of wax paper (I used vellum for the same effect)
  • Minty green goodness (It looks more blue on my pictures but I promise I used minty markers!)
  • Sparkly gold (Seriously? How could I not resist that one LOL!) 
  • The love hearts :)
As soon as I laid eyes on this pretty Authentique paper from the Classique: Elegant 12 x 12 collection I knew I wanted to colour it. I'd seen the talented Kathy Racoosin do something similar with stamped flowers covering a card front in the recent Online Card Class. I think I may have to try this with stamped flowers, and colour the background too; it felt so therapeutic just sat in the sunshine colouring! :)

tips and tricks
  • I used gold Cricut Iron-On Glitter material for my gold elements. It worked really well with simple paper punches! Just be sure to peel off the top, clear layer before punching/die-cutting it as you may struggle to get a clean cut if you don't.
  • My vellum circle looked a little lost behind the sentiment so I stuck it in an ancient embossing folder to give it a little more interest. I purposely chose a distressed woodgrain style to coordinate with the nature/flower theme. 
  • The gold touches on the patterned paper along with my punched hearts help to create a visual triangle to allow your eye to follow the design. 
Apologies that we're experiencing some extremely sunny weather and it's thrown my photography out. My photo is waaaaaaay over-exposed but I've since run out of daylight to photograph in! I hope the sunlight sticks around, I'm not complaining in any way whatsoever!

I hope this little close up shot gives you a little more idea of what the card looks like IRL:

Happy Birthday Close Up

Be sure to check out the full deets of the challenge over at CASE HQ and also see what the rest of the super-duper CASE Study DT whipped up for your viewing pleasure. After that, why not play along with us?

One more piece of official, exciting CASE Study news...
Wanna join us every week? CASE Study is looking to expand its family. We're on the hunt for creative peeps to join our design team! Be sure to check out how to apply here!

Right, I'm off to make the most of this glorious sunshine. I know it won't last long - especially with Easter bank holidays approaching! I'll be back tomorrow to share some Easter treats - if you follow me on Instagram then you've already had a sneak peek of 'em. :)


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Monday, 14 April 2014

Too tall for a photo booth...!

giraffe birthday

Happy Monday! It's the first morning of the Easter break so I've had a lovely start to the week with a lazy morning, stamping in my PJs and then a quick lunch date with the guy (who's still at work this week!) This morning's project I created was this fun, cute birthday card with some Top Dog Dies and Clearly Besotted Stamps goodies. :)

giraffe birthday close up2

I think whenever it comes to creating cards with cute critters the addition of googly eyes is almost a must! I love how they can bring a character to life. :)

giraffe birthday close up

I used the new Top Dog Dies Camera Finishes Die Set to create this giraffe who is slightly too tall to fit into one picture in a photo booth LOL! I hope one day to use this same die with real photographs to create a fun, personal project but until then, stamped images will suffice. :)

tips and tricks
  • I lined up each section of the photo mats together and stamped the giraffe in one go, capturing a piece of him on every square.
  • To achieve the background in each square, I created a mask of the giraffe and sponged Distress Inks over the top. The bottom is simply created by placing a straight-edged piece of paper across the bottom to mask the ground/sky. 
  • The main panel of white card in the centre looked a little plain so I lightly stamped a ledger background in the same blue ink I used to sponge the sky behind the giraffe. It makes such a difference!
Right, it might be the first days of the holiday but I've gotta scoot! Picking up my guy from band practice, then off to a gym induction. No rest for the wicked, eh? *wink*

I know I always say it, but thank you *so* much for you visits. Every single one is appreciated! ♥


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