Despite the on going clear out in the basement, my work table still looks like a bomb has gone off on top of it. It’s littered with projects I’m working on which you’ll get to see soon along with some new craft materials I found last weekend at Expo Creativ in Luxembourg, exciting stuff. I visited Lux Expo with friends taking public transport to get there for a change. Honestly, I have no idea why I don’t do it more often. It’s so cheap and painless and in March it’ll be free too so it’s a bit of a no brainer! We were pleasantly surprised to discover a few new craft stands as well as some familiar faces. We have to continue to support this local event even though it’s tiny in comparison with Frankfurt or Dortmund. It’s still the only event of its kind in the country. Lena keeps telling me I need to have a stand there too, maybe one day!
I’m continuing to use my A6 bullet journal this year, it’s the only one I regularly kept up in 2019. I’m using one called Scribbles That Matter which I found on line and it’s great. I don’t get any bleed through with my pens and I’m mostly using a Micron pen for my doodles. This little one won’t be used with watercolour paints as it’s for carrying around with me and on the go planning so has to be functional and practical. It does come with a nifty pen holder but I’m reusing my hand painted cover so the holder gets lost inside, but I’m sure I can knock something up if I need it.
January kicked off with the first Facebook challenge of the year on the WOW! Facebook page. The new theme is Love, Valentine, Wedding etc so it was a brilliant opportunity to create some hearts. I’m not an obviously, all pink and red hearts sort of person so jumped at the chance to try out some new colour combinations coming up with these two cards. I simply can’t decide which of the purple colours I like best, Royal Crush or Persian Indigo, they’re equally gorgeous. Photography isn’t my strong point and I really wish you could see how wonderful they are. I love that little splash of colour on the top one created by simply dipping a piece of watercolour paper into Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat. It’s a technique I love.
Have a great weekend I hope it’s a crafty one and I’ll speak soon.
A new year means a tidy up in the basement so I’m having a little sale of craft materials with 40% off until January 31st using the code JAN2040 at the checkout. Time to grab your favourite Distress ink or stencil as well as stamps and much more.
As well as the sale I’ve created a new section, the Bargain Basement where I’ve added all of the paper packs and stickers. This is because once they’ve gone I won’t be stocking any more. I want to take Basement Studio in a different direction this year so I would like to destock the papers and kits.
Firstly, a very happy 2020 to everyone, I’ve had a tummy bug for the past 24 hours so not a great start to the year, but hey on the bright side I’ve lost those extra Christmas kilo’s! There’s always a bright side.
Remind me next Christmas not to bother with a December journal, even the smaller format didn’t help. I failed dismally and it lies unfinished (unstarted actually) in my box of Christmas crafting bits. I’ve closed the lid and put the box away not to be opened until Christmas 2020! Some you win, some you loose, just as long as I learn from it!
I think maybe this was why I took a long hard look at my planners and decided what it was I really wanted out of them and for a while now I’ve had a longing to go back to using an art journal. I’ve missed it as it used to be such a big part of my life. So in the above photo, on the left is a brand new Dylusions square journal all ready to be inked and painted in. It’ll probably take me a while to dirty the first page but once I have I’ll be off like a rocket.
Next is a bullet journal for every day planning in a rose gold cover I made for it from some amazing paper fabric. The Simple Stories travelers notebook has two Moleskine sketchbooks in as the size is perfect for them. The pink case has a Basement Studio planner to keep me on track, and after that is a hand bound watercolour sketchbook for a bit of watercolour play as the Moleskine isn’t really up to the job. Next comes my calligraphy practice book. The last two books are an A6 bullet journal in a hand made cover for carrying around in my bag and a brand new itty bitty mini travelers notebook just because everyone should have one!
I’ve started the every day bullet journal and had the chance to use my Hearts stencil I designed for Paper Pen and Plan and their January Kit Box. I created this graphic design by simply masking with washi tape and using Distress inks through the stencil. I love how it worked out from such a simple design.
Well that’s all from me today, have a lovely weekend and I’ll be back soon trying to break out of my usual colour comfort zone!
I don’t know how many of you keep a December journal? It becomes more popular every season. I love the idea of it and love the preparation but I don’t think I’ve ever managed to make it past day twelve. Well actually that’s not true I think I managed to finish one once but I didn’t get around to it until Easter! Sigh!! In the past I’ve made travelers notebooks, an altered book, junk journals, ringbound, you name it I’ve tried it!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this past year it’s that the passport sized Misty Rose travelers notebook is the planner which I keep using regularly and seem to have no problem filling out. This made me think that perhaps this size would be perfect as a December journal this year.
With this in mind I made myself an insert, well actually it’s one which I already had – a mixed media insert for my Misty Rose by Prima and sold by Paper Pen and Plan. I simply covered it with paper from the November Sweet Treat Box by Paper Pen and Plan as well as a few stickers from a collection kit I bought from them last year.
I seriously hope that this is going to be easier to fill than previous books! Anyway It’ll look good in my bag plus if I’m out and about it’ll come with me seeing as it’s in my travelers notebook cover.
Hello again, here’s another post from me. This time a very cute (can I say that about my own project?) little Christmas project using some fabulous metal embellishments from Mitform Castings.
Mitform were generous enough to send the Craft Stamper office some of their castings to try out and we had a brilliant time creating with them. My little sardine tin scene is a project I’ve had in my head for ages now, ever since I brought the tin back from a holiday in Portugal. As soon as I recieved the castings I knew this would be the opportunity I was waiting for to create my diarama. With everything given a little wipe of gesso and texture paste snow, I sprinkled on some WOW! glitter to give it some sparkle.
The street is actually created from my own house stamps which I shrunk down using shrink plastic! I was absolutely amazed at how well they fitted in the tin. The tree or pine cone was found and the little car comes from a Monopoly set (an old one from the recycling centre). It all sticks so well using E6000 glue. That stuff is good!
As Mitform were so generous, we’ve decided to have a giveaway on the Craft Stamper Facebook page which you can find here. Or the blog post is on the Craft Stamper blog here. You can find my house stamps here.
Welcome to the WOW! Embossing and Jillian Vance Design blog hop where you’ll be wowed (can I say that?) by some amazing inspiration from both design teams.
For my inspirational piece I was very kindly sent this fabulous stamp set from Jillian Vance Design called World Adventure which I fell in love with the minute I saw it. I thought it would be perfect for a travel journal so that’s exactly what I did. I believe there’s also a Christmas version of the same stamp too.
Here’s my travel journal.
From WOW! I used Metalline Flame and Fluorescent Blue to emboss my design. I love how those colours work together.
Of course as it’s a blog hop there are prizes to be won too, from WOW! Embossing Powder the winner will receive a $25 Gift Card, and from Jillian Vance Design a $25 Gift Card.
Winners – Please be sure to leave your comments on each DT blog post (including WOW! Embossing Powder & A Jillian Vance Design blog posts) Please comment on each post to be eligible to win 2 x $25, Gift Card to A Jillian Vance Design or WOW Stores. It will run for one week with the winner announced on Monday, October 28th.
Here is the line up order starting at Jillian Vance Design –
It’s been a while since I hosted a workshop with the Mosaik ladies so I’m looking forward to our next one on the 26th October 2019. The theme is gel printing, a subject I adore. I bought my first Gelli plate many years ago when they first came out and loved it but since lots of other projects took over it got pushed into a cupboard and almost forgotten about until recently. A revival of Gelli print projects made me fall in love with it all over again and this is what prompted me to hopefully inspire our Mosaik group.
We’ll be using an 8 x 10″ plate which is bigger than my original so I’m excited too. I’m no expert at it but I hope to bring some ideas and a few tips along the way, and hopefully we can use some of the prints to create little booklets or cards, that is if we don’t get too carried away and forget the time which is easily done!!
I’m determined this time to keep my gel plate out on my worktable for as long as is practical this time. Have a good week
I’m a big fan of Scandinavian design and this stamp set was crying out for this look. Keeping it simple with one colour of embossing powder, Primary Pink Robin, created the traditional folk design I was after.
With a large block it was easy to arrange my stamps in a pattern I liked so I could stamp the whole thing in one go. I only had to add the little leaf stalk afterwards. This sort of design would make a lovely Christmas look too.
The second card uses the die set, simply embossing the elements with Primary Chartreuse and Pink Robin twice to get a nice rich depth of colour. I brought in the Cottage Garden stamps to tie the two cards together just using a British Summer grey powder to keep it simple.
Now every blog hop has prizes and you have the opportunity to win a Newton’s Nook Designs $25 gift card, and from WOW! Embossing Powder, 6 x Embossing Powders (of your choice) PLUS carry case so Here’s how to win: Leave comments on the WOW! Embossing Powder Team blog posts using Newton’s Nook Designs products all week (September 23 – 27).
One winner will be randomly chosen from the blog posts throughout the week so the more posts you leave comments on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Friday, September 27th at midnight GMT to comment. The winner will be announced on the WOW! Embossing Powder blog post on Monday, October 1st.
Even though I no longer have school aged children (just one at uni), I love the start of the new term. It reminds me a bit of new year and a fresh start. It must be all the shiny new things in the shops, especially the pens and pencils, I want it all!
Lots of things have been happening over the summer, including holidays away, and there have been lots of projects in between. I’ll recap a few here.
First up, there have been quite a few projects for WOW! including these ATC’s. The theme for September is Embellishments which opened itself up to so many possibilities. Here I chose to create little embellishments from die cuts and embossing. A bit of sewing and they’re done!
The same powder from the Riviera Trio was used on these circles and again sewn onto for extra texture. The powder was set onto texture paste for much deeper dimension and heating it with a heat tool created bubbles too. I love that finish!
For this one again I used a die cut but covered it with gel medium and embossing powder. Heating the powder over the gel medium created some wonderful texture which adds to the magic!
I’ve rediscovered how brilliant ATC’s are again after falling out of love with them for a while. This little one was made for Paper Pen and Plan and even though it looks as though I painted the whole background I’ve actually only used a small amount of paint smeared over this already painted scrapbook paper. A good trick if you have little time or inclination to wait for paint to dry!
At Paper Pen and Plan we’ve been enjoying our tiny travelers notebooks and have created Tiny TN Tuesday in our Facebook group. While away in the Summer I found a gorgeous OXO tin in an antiques shop and discovered it was perfect to hold my tiny and a few collage bits. I feel a bit disrespectful to my Grandma’s tin but honestly, OXO is the cutest.
A couple of days ago I had a stand at a local arts and crafts fair. I really didn’t think I’d make it as I’d been so busy in the lead up to it but the weekend promised to be warm and sunny so I packed up my books and headed off. This was a huge event with well over 200 stall holders and the weather was superb! (except for a few gusts of wind which threatened to take our tent away over the fields). Thank you to all the people who came and supported me, I truly do appreciate it. Here I am with Katherine who I shared a spot with. Thanks Tine for the photo. x
Now it’s back to reality and back to work. There’ll be a workshop coming up soon in October which I’ll fill you in about soon.
Have a good week and I hope the sun continues to shine.
I totally forgot this post which has been in draft for a while now. Intending to post while I was away so I thought I’d better get it out there!
I cannot get enough of the Vintage Botanicals collection by Simple Stories. I think it’s my favourite collection to date.
It was just the right choice to cover a couple of inserts for my Carpe Diem Travelers Notebook and take to France on holiday with me. I love the vintage feel, it’s not too vintage and is packed with colour and layers, and has a real Summer vibe to it.
I used it too to decorate my monthly planner pages for July using both the papers and sticker elements. You can find lots of Simple Stories supplies at Paper Pen and Plan on Etsy.