Monday, 6 July 2015

Mix It Up Monday: Sprinkles of Life with Mint Macaron



Today is, of course, Mix It Up Monday, so I thought I’d mix things up with some Mint Macaron by making a fun shaker card. 


At first glance you can’t tell it’s a shaker, as all the little flowers are hiding behind the tree, but they appear when shaken. I mixed them up with a little glitter which, in retrospect, was a mistake, so don’t do that if you CASE this one as the glitter sticks to the window sheet horribly and you effectively end up with frosted glass. So there you have it: I make mistakes, so you don’t have to!



I had to find a new spot in the garden to take this photo as my old spot is now covered in rubble. We are now a few days into our building project and so far, so good, although it’s the little things you miss… like being able to walk out your back door (which is no longer there - we’re bricked in!).

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Caturday: Popeye


Meet Popeye. He belongs (as much as any cat ever “belongs” to Jane, who owns the cat shelter. He’s a big softie with people but very much the boss of of Jane’s other cats. Well, some of them... she does have 15!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Sprinkles of Life cupcake shaker gift tag



HELLO!!!?? CAN YOU HEAR ME OVER THE DRILLING????

Yes, the builders have moved in and, overnight, our house has become smaller. That’s not how extensions are supposed to work, is it? But they can’t build the new bit without some demolition work first so now I’m squished into the kitchen, with ear plugs in, as they are lifting the floor just on the other side of the wall. 

So I’ll keep this brief as I’m keen to get out of the house. 

This was one of the Make & Takes at my Catalogue Launch Party at the weekend. It’s a shaker gift tag and, because I didn’t have anything suitable to “shake”, I used sugar sprinkles from the baking cupboard. (I went out and bought sequins for the actual guests.) We used white jute ribbon, strands separated,  for the top. 

Can’t stand the noise any longer, sorry, gotta go!


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

This is the Life Project Life accessory pack



Let’s talk about Project Life. Now, stop that. I can see some of you rolling your eyes. Personally I love the concept and wish it had been invented when my children were small as it would have made scrapbooking a LOT easier for me. But I know it’s not for every scrapbooker, and I appreciate that not everyone scrapbooks. 

But wait. Even if you think Project Life isn’t for you, I want you to take a look at the Accessory Packs. These are add-ons to the Project Life card kits, but they offer many more possibilities. 

Scrapbookers… can use these as embellishments for traditional scrapbooking. Ready-made journalling panels, little pieces of DSP (you were only going to cut up the big sheets anyway) and fun embellishments in small quantities were exactly what I was looking for when I was scrapbooking more frequently. Now they’re here… and they’re in SU colours so you can match them to your existing supplies. 

Non-scrapbookers… will be harder to convince so take a look at these cards. Think of these accessory packs as a sort of a card kit; you can create quick and easy projects by combining them with your existing craft stash. You’ll have lots of variety so won’t get bored and your projects will look different to everybody else’s because not everyone has thought of using the accessory packs in this way! Yes, some of the cards have words on them which don’t always lend themselves to cards, but there’s always the other side which is invariably word-free. 

I made these three cards in a very short space of time. I used “Way to Go” and “Hi!” to cover up the words on the Project Life cards (I could have turned them over but I liked the colours better on this side) and the “Hello” card did most of the work for me, although I did back it with some Basic Black cardstock and use some of the washi tape to highlight the strip. Yes, you get washi tape in these accessory packs… NOW are you convinced?



Monday, 29 June 2015

Mix It Up Monday: Watercoloured Wetlands





It’s Mix It Up Monday again and time for another colour combination from my In Color charts. This one - Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon, Soft Sky and Soft Suede - just screamed “beach scene” to me so I thought I’d combine it with a bit of watercolouring. 


I simply squeezed my ink pads to create a pool of ink on the insides of the lids and then added water so that I could paint simple stripes of colour across my watercolour paper. The colours blended together into some semblance of a beach scene (hurrah! That was the plan!) and then I left it in the sunshine to dry, while I dried my ink pad lids thoroughly (this is important - you don’t want to dilute the ink in your pads). 

Next I added the appearance of texture with some bubble wrap; I wrapped this around a clear block and used it as a stamp around the bottom edge of the paper. It came out a bit smooshy - probably because the brand new Tip Top Taupe ink pad was so wet - but I quite liked it. 

I was going for subtle with the Delightful Dijon stripes stamped with Gorgeous Grunge but then I dropped the stamp so subtle went out of the window as I moved into “more is more” territory. 

The goose is stamped twice in Soft Suede; once directly onto the watercolour paper and again on Very Vanilla, cut out and pieced on top so that the tail can overlap the border. Daughter said it needed birds, so I hand drew those with my Tip Top Taupe marker. 

At the edge of the sea - which I admit doesn’t quite come across as the sea; I needed another blue but that wasn’t in the brief - I have dotted my chalk marker to look (a bit) like the waves. 


The small print

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