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StickerKitten | Waterfall Birthday Card

I've found this fun card I made a few years back but never shared on my blog. The main ingredients are the Farmyard Ephemera  and  Pretty Stitches Patterned Papers from StickerKitten. I started off with the packet of ephemera, one waterfall mechanism, 3 squares of patterned paper, 3 squares of white card (about 12mm smaller than the patterned paper squares) and a card blank.  I added in a piece of patterned paper the size of the card front and a slightly smaller panel of white card later on as I felt it added a much-needed splash of colour to the design. I added a touch of ink bending to my white squares before adhering ephemera and sentiments in little scenes.  The first scene – the one that will be positioned on the front can use dimensional adhesive but the second and third scenes are best kept as flat as possible.  I had a rummage through my stamp collection to find an alpha stamp set to add “it’s your birthday” to the second scene.   Then it was
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A design aspect I am really enjoying using this year is reptition.  As I've looked back through my creations so far this year it seems to be a recurring theme - perhaps my go to design. This layout has multiple watering can die cuts.  Rainbow colour is, and always will be, another of my go to design elements. Rainbow anything is cheerful and that's what I need when I'm crafting. This next layout features a wooden crate slat that I used oyt of context.  Without the rest of the die set it doesn't make itself known as part of a crate, it's just a rectangle with holes at eother end.  I've threaded them on cotton and made a feature of them. In this next photo you can see them as intended on the right hand side. And then back to rainbow, but this time tag shaped rainbows... I love how this one turned out and it reminds me to sew on more of my projects.  Even white thread on white card adds so much texture and subtle interest.

Guest Designing | Heffy Doodle

I have the absolute honour of guest desiging for Heffy Doodle this month.  Here is the first of two posts for them. I have two projects to share with you today featuring the Scripty Merry Christmas dies .  First up is a scrapbook layout.   I scrap in A4 these days as buying 12×12 albums was getting a little too expensive for me.  My style tends towards clean and simple and I’m a big fan of a white background.  This time I’ve gone for a really pared back colour palette taken from the 6×4 colour photo.  I knew I wanted to make a feature of the Scripty Merry Christmas dies so set about cutting a lot .  I’m not sure what the final count was but I cut plenty of the words and the shadows in both white and red cardstock and adhered them together mix and match style.  The red and white words were giving a slight candy cane vibe so I ran with that and adhered them to a panel of silver cardstock on an angle enhancing that red and white stripe feel.   Now I had this panel and the photo I

Dinosaurs | The Best Stamp Sets Ever?

Every once in a while a stamp set comes along that just steals your heart.  For me, Pretty Pink Posh's Dinosaur Friends and Dinosaur Additions have done just that. They are sets I have used for design team work for My Perfect Stamp over and over again.  I have the matching dies too which has opened up the possibility of even more ways to use them. I have heat embossed... made cards... Stamped and coloured with copic markers... scrapped... and even made a wreath which has proudly hung on my door for months now... And the thing that gets me is every time I pull it out I am flooded with ideas - still now, months after its release and at least 15+ projects in  

Cards | Colour Throwdown 757

  A trio of 'congratulations on passing your driving test' cards.  Why a trio?  Hmm, I do only need one but I figure if I'm playing with this many stamps I may as well stamp multiples!   I would not want to do this type of project without a MISTI.  Mind you, I don't really enjoy any form of stamping without a MISTI these days.  It's such a good tool and a must have in my craft room. I started off going through my stamp sets and pulling out anything positive and congratulatory.  I also threw in a Vrooom! and a Beep! for good measure! I arranged them in my MISTI, snuggling them together in a pleasing way with as few gaps as possible.  Gaps don't matter all that much as it's easy to go back and fill the in with a second phase of stamping. I picked my inks based on this week's Colour Throwdown challenge.  To mix things up I did one background with ombre stamping. I pulled out a few dies from my stash... I wanted to pop up a section or panel of the backgrou

Fox | You'll Only Use It Once

  As each of my nephs have arrived I have made them a 'name frame shaker box'.  I'm clearly not very good at naming things but those four words cover exactly what I'm trying to get across!  This little pickle has foxes on his buggy and so I went with the theme of foxes.  I bought a fox die on clearance from Seven Hills Crafts.  It's not new by any means, it's from W Plus 9's February 2016 release!  As I said, it was on clearance (and I was feeling the pressure to make this the best project ever) so I thought even if I only use it for this, and maybe a card for his first birthday, that'll be enough.   I mixed up a shaker sequin mix to match my foxy colour scheme.  Some of the stars are glow in the dark which will add a bit of a fun touch after the lights have been turned out.   I think it went down quite well.  And just as I was going to stash the dies away for next year the perfect opportunity to use them again popped up.  We needed a thank you card for

Shape Series | Triangle Makes II

  Here's a round up of everything triangle-y from the last few weeks.  Everything from a small bit of patterns paper that features a triangle design to projects created with triangles at the heart of the design. This layout was for a Scrap Squad lift and features a piece of green triangle patterned paper amongst other scraps from my yellow, blue and green paper boxes. This cut file was designed specifically for my shape series.  I've also added triangle stencilling in the background and used some triangle patterned paper to back parts of the cut file.   This layout has some stencilling that uses a hexagonal design that is made up of triangles... tenuous link to triangles but *shrugs* This layout is all about that 6x6 patterned paper... it is marvellous!  It's from a Honeybee pad and I love everything about it! There is a textured triangle stitch design on the background of this card.  Also had a little play with coloured embossing powder which is something I'm keen to u