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Good morning from a the sunny Dutch coast where we’re taking a few days break to recharge and rest. It’s the first time taking the dog too so his reaction to the sea will be priceless.
This week it was my turn to post on the WOW blog and the theme for the month is Embossing Glitter. I’m really embracing my glittery side and find myself adding some to almost everything these days. I never thought I’d say that.
I have this awsome stamp set from Jane Davenport which I used on this card and thought it reminded me of Asian art which inspired me to go for this Asian design.
July is here and the weather is just glorious for the moment. I’m working outside as much as possible on our little shady terrace which has a wonderful view of the garden and endless inspiration for sketching, painting and planning.
I must have had a summer vibe going on when I made up this mini album. I’ll be taking part in a small hand craft market coming up in September so I need to build up some stock for my table. I’ll be selling photo albums and felt creations for starters. I’ve lots of other ideas in my head but it remains to be seen if I actually get around to making them a reality.
It’s also my piece for the WOW Facebook Challenge this month where the new theme is Embossing Glitter.
Hello there, I hope you’re all good and ready for another week of fun and inspiration. Today marks the start of the blog hop between WOW Embossing powders and Catherine Pooler and I’m totally thrilled to be part of it.
I fell in love with this stamp from the “Love Is In The Air” set the minute I set eyes on it as it’s just gorgeous. I can see it’ll become one of my go to stamp sets in the future as it’s so virsatile.
As well as the stamp set I also used two beautiful Catherine Pooler ink pads and created the watercolour background by smooshing some on my craft mat and spritzing it with water. You really don’t need much as the colour is so juicy and intense.
I used Chocolate Caramel Pearl powder from WOW to emboss the image and the contrast is perfect.
Happy Monday from a very stormy and wet Luxembourg. I hope the weather’s good where you are?
This week marks a very significant change for me as next monday I’m going to be having a full hysterectomy done. Without going into lots of horrid details basically it’s something I’m actually looking forward to as it’s been a long while coming. By a twist of fate this weekend was Mothers Day here as if to make a point but I’m not sad about it, in fact I think I’m ready for this next phase of my life. I’ve had my beautiful girls and couldn’t want anything more. Grandmother-hood bring it on.
Funnily enough I was also asked to make this new baby card recently which also set me off thinking about grandkids.
Pretty, girly and sweet with a pinch of glitter was the brief I set for myself so that’s what I did using my WOW embossing glitter and some shiny Glintz powders to cover my die cuts.
I love the dimension too it really brings it all to life.
Anyway I’m off as I’ve a busy week ahead.
Lots of love
Hello there and welcome if you’re new here. I’m thrilled to be taking part in this hop between WOW and Honey Bee Stamps. I was sent this gorgeous package from Honey Bee and I couldn’t wait to play with the goodies inside.
They very generously sent me a fabulous flower border stamp and die called Zen Floral which has a very useful die to go with it. I used it to create this bordered card along with a Honey Cuts die called Hello Gorgeous Words.
Look at this little clip, isn’t it cute? Even if I do say so myself I think I had a flash of real inspiration here.
The clip came as part of the June Sweet Treat box from Paper Pen and Plan and Clare set us a challenge to create something using it so that’s just what we did. The idea hit me when I saw the jumbo sized tissue paper circle confetti which Clare has started putting in the boxes as part of the packaging. I had the thought to make tissue paper flowers and glue them all onto the clip but sadly the confetti was just a bit too small. However the box packaging was full of lovely tissue paper which I could cut circles from as much as I wanted.
The process couldn’t be simpler. You just need a hole making tool, a brad to hold the layers of tissue together, a circle of card a bit smaller than the tissue and a little felt bobbly ball for the centre which conveniently came in the Sweet Treat box too.
With about 8 or 9 layers of tissue, I made a hole and pushed the brad through to just hold them together while I snipped all the way around not quite into the centre.
Taking each layer individually I scrunched them up into the centre to create the ruffled effect. I glued the card circle onto the back along with the top of the clip and a second card circle.
I ended up making two and thought it would look much better if I glued them back to back to make a pompom flower.
Much better. If you want to see what the other designers did with their clips you can go to the Paperpenandplan facebook group
To buy a Sweet Treat Box of your own or a subscription go to Paper Pen and Plan.
Stay around as later on there’s a very special post coming up.
It’s June and my wedding anniversary month, in fact it’s today. As the theme this month on the WOW Embossing Powder Fans Facebook page is anything goes I decided to create something romantic especially as June is known as the wedding month.
Here’s a little close up of the detail.
Products used: WOW Embossing Powder, Taffeta Pink and Pink Sherbert Embossing glitter, Just Saying stamp set. Catherine Pooler Be Mine ink pad, Pretty Pink Posh Lovely script die.
To enter the challenge visit the WOW facebook page for details.
I’m participating in an arts and crafts market this weekend where I’m selling my books and covers. What ever you do have a good weekend.
As I sip my second coffee of the day I’m longing to show you a little project I finished on behalf of WOW for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is happening right now.
The Coffee Loving Papercrafters are a fun group of people who share a love of coffee with their love of paper craft and so they decided it would be fun to host a blog hop to showcase some of their talent and WOW Embossing Powders is taking part in the hop. I along with the other designers have come up with coffee themed projects of our own and this is mine.
Whilst not a card I decided to go with my first thought which was to use one of the million coffee sleeves I’ve managed to squirrel over the years to make this little sketchbook.
Of course the inside pages had to match up too so my daughter and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon coffee dying paper together in the Spring sunshine to make my pages.
I love making these quick books, I find them addictive and adorable and a great way to use up small scraps of paper and fabric. Of course you don’t have to go to the extreem of dying paper but it is satisfying and the smell too is amazing. I especially love the way the paper warps and feels once it’s dried.
Some of the pages I also used in this collage which I posted on the WOW blog recently. It was made on one of the black pages of my mixed media journal which really make everything pop out.
Below you can see I even used a tea bag on the page. These make great collage papers and layer beautifully.
I stamped and embossed using the new Glintz powders from WOW as they really blended well with my materials. You can read the full blog post here.
Anyway, back to my little coffee sleeve mini and if you go to the WOW blog you can enter the Coffee Lovers hop for yourself and win some fabulous prizes.
We’re already half way through April and before you know it we’ll be in May and looking forward to Summer. That does scare me a little bit. When I was younger time seemed to drag by so very slowly I was wishing my days away but now I think it’s like being on a bob slay ride. I’ve still got lots of things to cross off my to do list from New Year and new things are being added all the time. It’s the same for all of us I suppose. We just have to make every second count and try not to waste any.
The reason for the rant was because I can see from my blog that I’ve not been keeping my posts up as frequently as I should. Time has been going by so fast I’ve not had chance some weeks to sit and write. Anyway, I think you’d much prefer the pretty pictures so here are a few.
Last week I had a project up on the WOW blog where this months theme is Foils. I adore using foils especially through a stencil as I did here.
At the same time WOW are also running their monthly challenge over on the their Facebook group where anyone can join in with a project. Again Foils are the theme and here I simply used the foil with some double sided tape to create a border around my April bullet journal page.
I’m practicing my hand lettering too and the more I do the better it gets.
Have a good week