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.
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.
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.
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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
March has been a funny month so far. The beginning of the month was super cold, then the sun came out and we had a brief taste of Spring and then the snow and cold temperatures returned just to keep us on our toes and after another hint of sunshine the rain has returned to make us feel miserable again.
Meanwile in the studio there have been lots of projects on the go.
This card made using WOW embossing powders and glitter along with the fabulous quote stamp went up on the WOW blog a couple of weeks ago.
The theme for the month of March is Sparkles and the quote was the inspiration behind the card. It was a brilliant opportunity to go over the top with glitter, something which normally makes me nervous but it gave me great pleasure this time around. I only wish my photo would have captured how much the die cuts do sparkle, it’s amazing.
The beginning of March I did something a bit different and contributed to a new online magazine called the Creative Planner by submitting a coloring page for their self care challenge. If you’d like to download and use my colouring page or indeed read the whole magazine you’ll find it here. The Creative Planner are on Facebook and Instagram if you want to follow them too.
For a while now I’ve been sewing notebook covers in felt which have been very successful with orders coming in for custom sizes and applique designs on the front. I’ll continue to make these notebook covers which you can find here on my Etsy store at basementsixtyfive along with pen holders also in felt but I’ve also been making covers in canvas which brings other possibilities like being able to paint on it too. This little A6 version was made using canvas from Canvas Corp and I created a blog tutorial showing how to get the design on the canvas fabric. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of this and others in the future. The design is of course my stamped houses which looks just so cool here on the front.
I’m still experimenting with different bullet journal layouts but the one thing I’m sticking with for now is my hand drawn style and the watercolour paints. I know this one is far from perfect but it’s definitely the style I want to continue with. The mini stickers come from Paper Pen and Plan on Etsy They’re just the perfect size too.
Have a good weekend everyone and I’ll catch up next week.
Hello everyone and hello to March. This week has been so absolutely cold and taking morning walks has made it feel like my eyeballs have been freezing in their sockets but at the same time we’ve had some gorgeous sunshine to with it so the countryside has been beautiful. Cooper loves it but then he’s got the perfect coat.
A couple of weeks ago I posted on the WOW Embossing Powder blog a tutorial using Melt It which you can see here.
It was my first time using the Melt It powders and I was absolutely thrilled with how it worked out. I think this heart which I made into a planner charm is my favourite one so far.
I only had to make a little leather dangly bit and another one from gold thread to turn it into a gorgeous charm.
It goes on my travelers notebook superbly well.
Have a good weekend and stay safe in the cold weather.
It’s always an anxious time launching something which has been in my head for ages, then sketched out and thought about for ever before seeing it realised into an actual product and hoping that someone somewhere will like it as much as you….. and breath! That was my feeling when I launched my own stamp designs just over a year ago. Since then they’ve been very popular and given me a huge confidence boost.
I’ve recently had to have a restock and this time they’re better than ever. They come this time with cling mount on the back which they didn’t have before giving them a much better stamped image plus much easier to mount on a stamping block.
There are five individual houses to choose from with phrases or words and a row of town houses together.
To buy these and more click on this link to go to the shop.
Have a good weekend and I’ll see you soon.
￼Well January has been a bit of a mixed bag so far. My lack of blogging has been due to a broken laptop which has gone away to be fixed so I’m left using my tablet for writing which is a slow process and my phone for photos. I’m getting a bit fed up of one fingered typing. My fat fingers keep making mistakes and the auto correct changes my text into something altogether rubbish, sometimes totally inappropriate too.
That’s not good…… Hopefully it’ll come back soon before I go bonkers.
Meanwhile…….having a bit more time on my hands meant I could have a bit of a tidy up in the studio and as a result came across a pile of leather pieces. I’d almost forgotten about them in the back of a cupboard. Given to me by my friend Lena, they originally came from a sofa swatch book so are mostly A4 size but with odd holes and stitching where they were held into the book.
They’re just the right size and stiffness for making into notebook covers like this. I broke four needles sewing the strap on but it was worth the effort.
I’ve made this green one big enough to take four to six notebooks comfortably with a wrap around and button closure. I love it. I might make some more this weekend.
One of my goals for this year is to journal more so last Friday in the studio I did just that and had a blast. I missed the paints and inks alot last year so I intend to bring my journal out as much as possible in 2018.
It was a perfect opportunity too to use my house stamps. After stamping and cutting them out I was happier to leave them uncoloured againsed the crazy background and I think it worked.
For this Friday in the studio I’ve turned to the journal in my travelers notebook where I’m going to start documenting the months. I’ll add some photos, notes, ephemera and stickers and keep it sketchy and informal. It’ll be a place where I can highlight everything which happens during the month plus I can add some arty backgrounds in too.
That’s it for this week. Have a good one and I’ll speak soon.
You might at one time or another find yourself overwhealmed by having so much going on or a big project/idea you really want to put into motion but just getting started is difficult and it’s easy to become disheartened, and loose focus. Everyone suffers from it at some time or another and the easiest way to deal with it is to give up and not bother. After all, why carry on if everyone else seems to be making a better job of it?
Well, take heart in the fact that this is me most days. What am I going to do about it? Telling you lot for starters. That’s a load off, then I’ll add this quote to my bullet journal where I’ll see it almost every day. It’ll be a little reminder in those times of self doubt that this is my mantra for the year.
The original sketch was part of a doodle challenge or in my case a sketch challenge hosted by Paper Pen and Plan on Facebook.
Once it was in my brand spanking new bujo I set about colouring it in with the watercolours which came in the January Sweet Treat box from Paperpenandplan on Etsy. I love these cards for carrying around in between the pages of my journal. They’re handy for traveling too.
I’m having a great time sketching random objects.
I’m looking forward to filling my sketchbook with more random stuff.