Don’t you just love the new year, all shiny and clean? What ever happened in 2018 can jolly well stay there along with the remains of the turkey and crispy pine needles!
There’s something about the freshness and promise of January 1st that gets me so excited. I’ll be starting a new planner and a new planner style along with a new sketch book as I’ve actually filled up my old one at last.
Going into 2019 I look forward to lots more exciting things to come with Craft Stamper magazine and getting to know alot more of how things work behind the scenes. I’ll be continuing to work with WOW! Embossing Powders and some exciting new products they have coming up, taking a bit of a step back with Canvas Corp Brands by joining their Alumni program and carrying on my work with Paper Pen and Plan as a Creative team member.
I have some big craft market plans too as this was something I really enjoyed in 2018 and one or two new ideas for the Basement Studio shop too.
So, I’d better stop talking and start doing before the novelty of fresh starts and all things new wears off!
A very happy new year to everyone and may 2019 turn out to be the best yet.
I’m still enjoying looking back on some of my holiday photos especially as here in Luxembourg the weather is still in the high 20’s, although we’re waiting for this to change any day. This particular collection of pictures was featured on the Canvas Corp Brands Web site a week ago as part of their Gypsie Travels feature. They were taken while we were visiting The Hague as we came across this gorgeous little antique market tucked away from the main streets down this leafy avenue.
There were some typically iconic Dutch antiques, like these clogs. No doubt they’ve seen plenty of hard work. They don’t look very comfortable though!
I came across these ink pens and nibs and bitterly regret not buying any. They were so pretty and would have made my desk look far more important than it is.
Morning everyone, well it’s been quite a week here in my little basement with a couple of projects on the table plus a bit of extra work which I’ve been keeping to myself for a few weeks now involving the Craft Stamper Magazine.
I’ve been contributing to this awesome magazine for quite a few years now as well as three of its sister magazines in the past. As well as designing for this amazing magazine I’ve now joined the team as Assistant editor. I’m absolutely thrilled and proud that Trish has such confidence in my abilities. I look forward to the exciting times ahead in this new role.
There’s nothing like a new start to make you have a jolly good tidy up and boy did my basement need one! I went through my shelves of handmade journals and photo albums and picked out my favourites. Some of them had been completely taken over by …..stuff!! This is what the tidied version looks like.
The Planner Shelf
I think the planner shelf looks a whole lot better too. At least I can get things in order now.
Good morning coffee lovers and tea drinkers and non caffeine related drinks lovers too, lets not be drinkist here.
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.
Boy, this has been a long time in the making. I think we started this process over a year ago but life got in the way somewhat, like it does.
Anyway from now on this will be my new home where I hope to inspire and keep you up to date with what’s going on in my world. If you’ve come from my old blog, thank you for following me here, I really really appreciate it and if you’ve just discovered me “Hello” and “Welcome” I hope you’ll stay around.
For the moment the blog is the only part which is up and running, the shop is still being stocked with goodies and I’m hopeful we’ll be able to open that side of things very soon but until then I’ll be bringing you my version of mixed media, art journaling, scrapbooking, mini book making, cards and much much more.
My social media links are on the top left and I hope you’ll follow me there too. I also plan to have a mailing list for a newsletter so you’ll be able to see what’s going on, where and with what.
That’s it, the only thing left to say is let’s “go get crafty” together, I now declare this web site OPEN.