Add A Little Ornament & Metal Offer!

Hi! It’s an Ornament challenge (or Anything Goes) this week at the Dazzling Diva Challenge #36.

For the ornament, I started off diecutting some white metal sheeting with the Tim Holtz rosette die. After attaching it to some cardstock at the back I added some green sequins as a handle.
I stamped one of Papermania’s latest stamps from the ‘Create Christmas’ range in white Stazon on the Dark Chocolate metal and then ran it though a dots embossing folder.
Metal is very soft and flexible and so to keep the dots from pushing back in, I added embossing paste into the holes to keep them solid.
Next, I adhered the metal to cardstock and trimmed it out. This was tricky- if I did it again, I’d stamp it twice, cut out the deers separately and then stick together.
I next die cut some snowflakes from an XCut Christmas symbols set and also the Die-namics ‘Let it Snowflake’ set in Brushed Copper.
I then slightly rubbed the dots with a file and this sanded away the top colour which helped accentuate the dots. Then, just add it all together!!

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I’m back tomorrow with my usual natter and some of my recent magazine projects!!


July 30, 2014 at 11:32 am 8 comments

Pretty Rain & Balancing!

Afternoon! It’s another weather-related card. Living up to others expectations of a weather-commentating country, I couldn’t pass by the umbrella in this Hello Baby set without adding a little rain.
Pretty rain at least.
Of course!

This is the project I’ve used over at Make The Day Special and if you click the link it’ll take you straight to the set.
I’ve used the matching die set and cut out the umbrella using some Add A Little Dazzle metal sheeting. It’s such a gorgeous shimmer on your cards and I added a little deluge of metal dots to act as the rain.
For the bunny, I’ve used the ‘no-lines’ stamped technique that’s been doing the rounds for a while.
I’d not tried it before and using a light coloured ink ( Sahara Sand; Memento -I think) to stamp the image and then using Copics to colour up to that line gives it a artistic look that’s soft and subtle and perfect for a baby bun!

Sadly, it’s the summer holidays.
Before you assume I’m wanting rid of weather/kids or both, it’s a simple statement that is all about balancing.
I’ve tried to clear a ton of work from weekends for August at least but I’ve still lots to complete during the week.
The kiddos are being reasonable..ish. I’ve been superbly helped by the loom band craze which is still going strong in our house.
Despite constantly picking them out of the vaccuum cleaner, they are a boon.
A wonderful relaxing and creative time spender that means I get to sort out my schedule whilst they decorate their arms!
Win win.
Well sorta.
Better go. French toast is calling and who am I to ignore it?!!

See you tomorrow with my post for Add A Little Dazzle!

July 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm 3 comments

Christmas In July & Christmas really.

Today’s another day over at Add A Little Dazzle this weeks challenge is continuing the ‘Christmas in July’ theme but with a colour inspirational photo. We’re using Pucker me Pink & Precious Pearl

If you’d like to join in, you can do so here. You just need to use the colours photo as inspiration & you could win a voucher for the online store.
Now it’s supposed to be a card- but I’d give this in preference to a card; you could keep it longer than Christmas and save it as a home decor item. The die is a wonderful XCut one and you can purchase it here His little message in his beak is from WPlus9 (Holiday Wreath set) and because it’s stamped onto the metal, it’s beautifully bendable!!)
Weirdly enough- we are having our own Christmas in July on Sunday. We missed it last year and there are not many days left in July. We’re just organising who is coming round for the Giants visit to the city (these are massive wooden puppets that parade around the streets of Liverpool and it’s a form of collective theatre- it’s brilliant!).
Well- I’ll be back tomorrow- I’ve lots and lots of projects to show you!

See you when I’ve recovered from trying to do the housework in this heat. Housework is never the best of ideas at anytime but today- let’s just say I’ve done today’s workout!! xx

July 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm 11 comments

Roald Dahl & Cute Friends!


I’m still in a total Christmas ‘kick’ but it is fair to say that at some of the demos it freaks the customers out that we should be doing Christmas so early- so despite wanting to share some fun Christmas projects- including some inspired by Jennifer McGuire – I’ve got some Roald Dahl cards that are in the current Creativity magazine.
The new range is scrumptious, lick swishy and delumptious. Do get hold of them if you can- there are some amazing stamp sets ( that I’ve yet to get my hands on) but the papers and stationery sets are just inspiring.
I’ve gone a little quirky- this range just so appeals to my creative side. The other cards are in the mag.

I’d better go- we’ve been avoiding flying ants today- nasty swarms of them crawling all over people. All the girls were feeling pretty itchy in the playground. Thankfully I was wearing a dark top which they didn’t seem to make a bee-line ( or should that be ant-line) for !!
We’ve also had a one of Will’s friends over. Seeing them play and hearing them chat made my heart sing. Just to hear their funny conversations and their mutual discussions over the frustrations over having red hair was adorable. Their laughter over nothing was a delight and I loved seeing two little boys enjoying each other’s company so much!
Why can’t they stay that much fun?!
Tonight I’m busy in PaperArtsy land- planning and creating for my last month of guest designer. I can’t believe how quickly it’s flown.
Hoping to leave with a bang but right now it’s looking more ‘fizzle’ than ‘bang’ 😉

See you when I’ve covered myself in paint …again!! x

July 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm 6 comments

Add a Little Dazzle Design Team!

Hi everyone! I’m really pleased to tell you about a new Design Team I’ve joined. It’s called Add A Little Dazzle and they are a company that (amongst other things) sell these amazingly coloured metal sheets.
Metal isn’t something I’ve worked with before but it’s really really awesome- easy to cut with scissors, die cut and emboss ..and the shaping? A cinch.
You can see here some close ups- the challenge this week is a colour one- to use Baby Blue and Wondrous White. The challenge is up here.
We don’t have a UK retailer ( yet) but I’d order them from the US now I’ve actually got to creating with it.

I’ve die cut the letters using the Louie’s alpha die from Lawn Fawn and the snowflakes are from Die-namics. Once die cut, you can bend and shape so easily and get some beautiful dimension.
Monica from Add A Little Dazzle was asking about envelopes to fit with this card as it’s obviously ‘off the page’! Well- I never let an envelope size bother me- I’d simply slide it into a 6×6 envelope. If you were wanting to create these sorts of cards, the most efficient way of designing a solution is to work out the size of envelope you want to send it in and work backwards from that point. I’d also slot in a little tissue paper either side of the raised area to protect it during transit.
Hope you’ve enjoyed something a little different. You’ll be seeing a whole ton of metal ( ha ha!) from me from now on.

See you soon,
When I’ve stopped stroking the metal! xx

July 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm 14 comments

3 for Tuesday & That End of Term Dash!

Morning! So- 3 quick flashes of projects. I don’t know why I don’t post everything- I just forget! The first is the project for today over at Make The Day Special

A simple die-cutting technique that I’ve used again for the next set of cards too. Just die cut a ton of different colours, stack- leaving a slight shadow to the left or right with the next colour and keep stacking and shifting until it’s the rainbow effect you were hoping for! This one is using the WPlus9 Trio of Happy dies.
The next two are projects I created during my demo on Saturday. These two were unplanned and ‘fly by the seat of your pants whilst there’s a whole room watching’ cards- so I was quite pleased ( read amazed and relieved!) with how they came out!! I’ve used their new ‘Christmas sayings’ die set which is actually really brilliant!


I said it was going to be quick!!
My list is multiplying by what seems an exponential rate! ( and that’s a big word for me on a Tuesday morning).
Having realised that school does in fact finish next week and there are a whole load of thankyou cards and baking to do, I need to write lists so I don’t forget.
We don’t do big gestures- just calorie ridden ones. The sort of present for the teachers that is easily shared and hopefully quickly gone!
I’ll show you what I’ve created once I’ve thought of exactly what I’m doing.
( ha ha).

I’m entering these word die projects into the latest Moxie Fab World challenge. Its called Wonderful Words challenge-It’s all about word dies right here

Until then- I’m continuing to create rather a scary load of Christmas cards.
I’m at Sycamore Garden Centre on Saturday- so do come and wave nicely at me!
See you once I’ve come out of denial that school is actually ending next week!!

July 15, 2014 at 10:29 am 23 comments

Mama Elephant and hopefully an Improvement

If you’ve been with me since the beginning of this blog ( unlikely- but a few have!), you might recognise this card project which was one of my first on this blog.
Over at Make The Day Special, they’ve a challenge to take an old card of yours and CASE yourself. It’s quite an interesting process. Apart from the fact I was quite embarrassed looking back at some of my attempts, it was interesting seeing my creative journey.
Here’s how I cased it!

It’s a distress inked background that’s sprayed with water. A, it gives a lovely touch, but B (& more importantly) it hides some of my dodgy blending!
The set is the Hunny Bunny one from Mama Elephant and I hope you can deduce a little progression!

Better go- I’m off to a Variety show with son no.1. He’s doing some puppeteering! I’m sure there’ll be a related blog post- I can just feel it!

July 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm 8 comments

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Hi there! I'm Keren, a Mum of 6 living in the UK with my extremely long suffering husband. I craft for therapy (with 5 kids, what do you expect!). I do some freelance craft work, hold craft classes and love papercrafting, scrapbooking and fabric. Baking is another passion too.
Things in my life that are important to me is being a Christian and I go to a great church in Liverpool.

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