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.
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 –
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.
What could say summer more than a dandelion just waiting to explode into the warm air? I think that is probably one of the reasons why I love this stamp set from WOW! Embossing. Teaming it with a simple watercolour background emphasises its delicacy I think!
Welcome to a two day hop with a fabulous colaboration between WOW! Embossing and Technique Tuesday. It will run over 2 days and be split between the teams with the winners being announced the week of the 1st of July on both the WOW! Embossing Powder and Technique Tuesday Blog.
If you’ve just arrived here this is day two of the Hop where you’ll find inspiration a plenty!
PRIZES – No Blog hop is complete without a prize! WOW! Embossing Powders has 6 powders of your choosing along with a WOW! carry case to store your powders safely in. Technique Tuesday is giving away 2 x $20 gift certificates to their store and the Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on ALL THE POSTS on both days. We encourage you to leave comments on both days the more comments you leave the more chances you have to win these fabulous prizes. To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally.
I was very lucky to be sent this beautiful stamp set by Technique Tuesday called ‘Inspired Dragonfly’ which I love. I can see it becoming a firm go to in my craft box. I also recieved a coordinating die too which you can see on my card below.
Happy Friday and hello spring? The end of February was glorious where we are, warm, sunny and dry. I think we got a little carried away with ourselves and started to imagine outdoor activities and ice-cream! I know, I’m guilty of pushing the woolly pullies to the back of the wardrobe.
However, March came in and whoops!! Stormy, wet and cold weather was back. My wardrobe is a mess, as the woollies have been dragged over the spring garments and scarves pulled out from under thin tops. Ah well, it was a bit bonkers to be honest not to mention worrying.
My morning walks with Cooper are a good opportunity to watch the season change however and gather some inspiration along the way. The pine branch above will find its way into my sketch book and may even be used next Christmas. The fern will be used in a print I think and already I’ve added a small piece in my Simple Stories planner layout. I touched it with a brayer and a little white ink to tone it down and help it blend into the page better.
I also used a little on my WOW! Embossing Powder Facebook challenge piece. This month the challenge is all about foils and I was desparate to use mine in an abstract way. I love abstract backgrounds and using them this way over a smooshed ink layer was so much fun.
I’m declaring March Nature Inspiration month just because I can! Why not try including a little nature in your work?
IT’s a stormy Sunday here in Luxembourg with the wind and rain lashing outside, but inside it’s cozy and warm and I don’t feel bad about spending it in the basement studio cutting and sticking and doing what ever comes naturally!
It started with a simple clearing out of my bits and pieces cupboard and ended up with a collage page made using tea dyed paper, tea bags and a leaf collected on a forest walk. I love a bit of collage and picking up this leaf one day last week, I knew what I would do with it. I adore the black pages in this mixed media journal from Prima and I’m considering painting all of the other pages black too. However that would mean I’d not be challenged by the other pages in the journal which are vellum and Kraft as well as white.
It’s not that I’ve a black heart inside but I love a bit of drama and cutting these hearts and mounting them on black created just the right sort of drama I was looking for. The particular set I used is called Confetti and consists of these three fabulous colours which contain flecks of silver powder. The effect is stunning.
I did make a card with a more conventional coloured background but I’ve plans for these black hearts so watch out! The new Trios will be in the shops from March and the other collections are just as amazing.
Wow, December 1st has arrived and it’s time to start bombarding social media with Christmas makes!! My work table looks like a bomb has exploded in my studio, seriously!! I have to vacuum the floor every day to pick up the glitter before the animals tread it through the house on their paws!
Last weekend I hosted a workshop for the Mozaik ladies where we made a Winter themed canvas. We had a wonderful day and I have to say it’s the first time everyone actually finished a project from start to finish so I’m hugely proud of all of them.
I’ve been promising the ladies for quite some time now a mixed media canvas project and for one reason or another we’ve never quite taken it on. So I was determined this time to go for it and throw all sorts of materials and techniques at them and they really embraced the theme. Every one of them produced something wonderful which made me very happy.
As it’s the first of the month, that means a new WOW! Embossing Powders Facebook Challenge and the final theme of the year is Silver and Gold.
I brought out my favourite stamps, which I use every year without fail (everyone has their favourites), the script stamp is from IndigoBlu and the star is a wood mounted one from Stampers Anonymous and paired them with Metallic Silver and Atlantic Seaspray Embossing Powder from WOW!.
Right now I’m crafting myself silly preparing for a Christmas Market where I’ll have a small stand.
Today two amazing companies are teaming up and invite you to WOW! Embossing Powder and Studio Katia Collaboration Blog Hop! Our Design Team members are sharing their creativity with you through stunning and inspiring projects they created using fabulous products from these two amazing companies. Be sure to check every stop on the way to enjoy all the inspiration we have for you and for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!
You can win TWO $25 CAD Gift Certificates to Studio Katia Store and 6 WOW! Embossing Powder powders of your choice along with a WOW carry case to store you powders safely in.
Winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on ALL THE POSTS and announced on WOW & Studio Katia Blogs on November 27, 2018.
Here’s how to enter:
– Leave a comment on this blog post and on every stop of the Blog Hop
– Follow Studio Katia and WOW! Embossing Powder on Instagram
– Like Studio Katia and WOW! Embossing Powder on Facebook
– Make sure to leave all the comments by Sunday, November 25, 2018, 11:59 pm GMT Make sure to leave a comment on each stop of the Blog Hop for your chance to win great prizes!
And what have I made? Well, let me show you. I was very kindly sent a beautiful tea themed stamp and die called ‘A Cup Of Thanks’ which was crying out for some gorgeous colouring. I embossed the image with Oasis powder before choosing my colours. Even though the image would have looked lovely in glorious colour, I thought it best to stick to just three colours so it wouldn’t look too busy.
In the package, I also received some fabulous little packets of sequins and beads which gave me the inspiration to make a shaker card.
The ‘Thanks’ is also part of the teacup die set from Studio Katia and once cut I gave it a coat of Calypso Embossing Glitter.
After colouring my teacup, I over inked with the Embossing pad and sprinkled over Clear Sparkle to give it a lovely glittery look.
It would make a lovely thank you to go with a little gift at Christmas, maybe make a tag to match perhaps?
As well as the brand new heat tool from WOW! Embossing Powders which is absolutely amazing! You have to get one!
With all those left over butterflies the only thing to do was to show them off by gluing them to some twisted hazel twigs and putting these into a glass bowl.
Anyway, that’s enough about me, please go on and discover all the other inspirational projects the other designers have to offer.
The Blog Hop prize announcement will be made on Wednesday, October 22, 2018, on both Pink & Main & WOW! Embossing blog. The Prizes to be won are a $25 gift certificate to Pink & Main store, 6 x powders + carry case from the WOW! Embossing Powder Store.