Thursday, 19 July 2018

Jar of Lucky Stars

Lucky stars are so fun to make!  The basics are: grab a strip of paper, fold at 108 degrees continually to make a pentagon, push the edges in to pop the middle.  You can find detailed instructions here.

Here I've used StickerKitten's Unicorn Fairground collection not just for the stars but also to decorate a jar to hold them.

Any excuse to make a shrink plastic unicorn, right?!

I also stamped a strip of vellum with the word unicorn to label the jar.  I used tiny glue dots to adhere the vellum to the glass - this gives the cleanest finish possible when combining seethrough glass and mostly seethrough vellum.

 You can grab your StickerKitten supplies here!

 Linking up at Inspire Me Mondays!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 13 July 2018

shining star

I used to have wax crayons as a kid.  I don't remember them being quite this much fun though...

You can watch me playing here:

Here is the finished layout...

I left the rest of the layout pretty simple so the focus could be shared between the photo and the background.

I used a sparkly silver acrylic piece as my title.  This 'Shining Star' is one of the acrylic embellishments that Skull And Cross Buns currently have on offer.  Check them out here.

I'm off to see what other childhood favourites I can rediscover!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Planner Bookmark

I'm sharing my latest planner accessory made using Crafty Ribbons supplies...

I've taken a couple of big buttons, 3 inches of elastic and some of my favourite ribbon; grosgrain Swiss dots.  I chose the ribbon and buttons to match the front of my Pirongs planner.

I attached the stripey button to one end of the ribbon with a few stitches of blingy old thread.  On the other end of the ribbon, I attached the spotty button and the loop of elastic.  Then simply wrap the ribbon around the planner and hook the stretchy loop over the stripey button.  I also added a length of the same ribbon to the spiral binding using a larks head knot to use as a bookmark.

The buttons I chose are 34mm wide and you can find them here and here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 9 July 2018


I was very excited to be asked to design some sketches for Lottie Loves Paper,  a fab UK scrapbook kit club.  The first one is up in their Facebook community as a challenge with a £15 prize for the winner.  Here is the sketch and my take on it...

The bird in the photo is Lurkey the Turkey and I am in love with her!  Seriously, I want a pet turkey now... the budgie wouldn't mind sharing, I'm certain of it!!  (She genuinely tutted as I typed that...)

The ink and tulle are from my stash, sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps and the rest are from Lottie Loves Paper's June kit.  They are from the Pretty Little Studio collection by Zinia called Sunny Memories.

 I stuck to the sketch pretty faithfully - when I drew up the sketch I knew what I wanted my finished layout to look like!

I used my sewing machine to make giant scalloped frills from tulle and filled them with sequins.

Here is the process video...

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 6 July 2018


I met an alpaca called Cola.  He lived with George and Elvis (who will be featuring in other layouts soon!) and they were great fluffy woolly chaps.  Then they were shorn... hehe!  They were not impressed, especially Cola, with their new hair-dos!

When I arrived home from meeting Cola there was a parcel from Skull and Cross Buns.  I opened it gleefully and had to chuckle at the aptness of the supplies.

One Acrylic Cola Bottle, one Retro Sweeties stamp set, one Quirky Sentiments stamp set featuring the word Smile!

I used my MISTI to create the background stamping.  I can't stamp well without the MISTI and it doesn't take much effort to use it. The only issue is I can't film while using it as my desk isn't big enough - I have the big ol' 12x12 MISTI.   I placed the stamp and rotated the paper so I got 4 impressions before needing to reposition the stamp.

How perfect is that cola bottle?!  And I love that the glossy accents I used to stick it down kind of makes it look like it has liquid inside!

I used the 'life is' stamp and added 'so unfair' using pink fresh alphas.

And told the story with journalling strips.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 5 July 2018


I was rather inspired by this weeks card at Muse...

Here is my take:

I used stamps from StickerKitten (hot air balloon) and Skull And Cross Buns (sentiment) with Distress Oxide inks.

The sequins come from SpiegelMom Scraps.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Touched By Sunshine

Here is the next installment in my Pretty Little Studio guest designer stint.  I was sent Zinia'sSunny Memories to work with and have been having so much fun!

This layout was a right pickle to make.  What was in my head did not turn out well so, as you'll see in the video, parts were pulled off and set to the side...

I am happy with the final layout though.  The flowers in the kit are great shapes and colours.

It is very subtle but I added some texture paste through a stencil from Skull And Cross Buns in the background.  It shows better in real life than it does in the photos.

The parts that were ripped off the layout found a new home on a card...

I added some paper inside the envelope and a little flourish inside the card too.

Thanks for stopping by...

Here's the process video:

Supplies used:

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

hello love you

I'm very excited to share my first Skull And Cross Bund DT piece with you today...

I was sorting through some bits and bobs in my craft room and came across a bundle of red and pink bits from a valentine's swap I did earlier this year.  I didn't want to find a home to store them so I used them on this layout...

I added in Skull and Cross Buns Decreasing Circles stencil, Geometric Heart Acrylic in hot pink and stamps from the Quirky Sentiments and Retro Sweeties clear sets. 

Here's the video:

Glittery Hands Box - June

Sharing a layout made with my June Glittery Hands Box today...

Check out the write up over on the Glittery Hands Box blog!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Hot Air Balloon Card for StickerKitten

In Unicorn Fairground there are a few packs of wood embellishments. I sometimes struggle to actually use wood bits rather than just hoard them!

You can't really hoard when you are on a design team though... kind of defeats the object!

There were a couple of clouds in the ephemera pack and I paired them with a balloon for this card.  I layered up a few layers of white fibre paper and the cloud die cuts and ran them through the sewing machine.  Once sewn I trimmed the fibre to the shape of the cloud.  They fluff up a bit at the top and bottom to add some dimension too.

And the balloon?  I painted it with some Shimmerz paints.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Guest Designing for Pretty Little Studio

Hi guys! I'm back with another layout using Zinia's Sunny Memories for Pretty Little Studio.

The starting point for this layout was the gorgeous deep magenta colour that features in the collection.  I pulled out a 3x4 card, a 4x6 clear card, a banner piece and some labels. 

I used my craft knife to carefully cut around part of the design on the 3x4 card so my photo could slide underneath.  I decided early in that staples would feature heavily in my design.  I often hide my staples underneath layers but this time I wanted them showing.  As I got further in I realised my stapler didn’t have the required reach so I added the staples first and then used tape or glue to attach the pieces where I wanted them.

My favourite thing to do with acetate is layer things both beneath and on top of it, and to use dimensional adhesive to add some height.  I hid the majority of the dimensional adhesive behind the photo and flower but decided as it didn’t show too much that I would go ahead and add some to the corners too.

I used some tracing paper and a black pen to copy the floral design from the patterned paper, took a photo of it and converted it into a cut file.  I cut three out from white cardstock and added them in which in my eyes brought the layout together.

Here is the process video...

Supplies used:

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Kraft Card

I caved and bought a set of Polychromos.  I used them for the first time on this card and I find myself wondering why I didn't buy them a few years ago!  I am in love.  I totally have no idea if I'm doing it right or using them to their full potential so I've signed up for Sandy Allnock's new class to see how good I can get!

The flower stamp is from Concord and 9th and the sentiment is from Feed Your Craft.  I stamped it onto ribbon instead of cardstock.  It would be slightly crisper on cardstock but I like the extra texture it adds and that you can see faint polka dots showing through from the other side.  And, you know, I got to use ribbon!  That's always something that makes me happy!

Linking up to Muse which inspired the kraft background.
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