Summer Garden Party with Roald Dahl & Ice Bucket Challenge!

IMG_3175.JPGI’d love to be having a garden party right now. It’s not really the weather, is it? On the plus side, that’s less cooking!!
A little while back I created this party set using the Roald Dahl products from docrafts to show that it doesn’t need to be used just for kiddy projects!

IMG_3176.JPGit was really easy to brighten up some simple paper party products- all really inexpensive but when all the prettying up happens it doesn’t cost too much either.

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Last night the family got together to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. I’ve read quite a bit of the pros and cons of this challenge but it’s great to encourage the kids (& us) to go a bit further than the usual and do a little to help others. We decided that most of us would contribute towards Meningitis Now which is a charity close to our heart. Sadly ( or relievedly!) as my eldest was videoing me, my memory became full so it didn’t tape! Ha ha!
The kids were good sports. We’d been out for the evening and it was actually pitch black, cold and pretty wet by the time we’d finished it!
It reminded me that there are few things we can all do together that take no skill and can all be enjoyed by any age.
The screams of shock and laughter were very loud ( bless those neighbours!!) but it was really good fun. I’d encourage you all to have a go..but do it in your own way..buckets full of ice may be too much, but I’m sure you can creatively come up with a way of giving. I’ll leave you with this link to a guy who put all the Ice Bucket Challenges into a larger context..love this!

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See you soon x

August 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm 5 comments

Cutting Edge Blog Hop!

I was having a little surf across the internet and came across this event

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Pretty Pink Posh are sponsoring the event here along with a ton of sponsors

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The idea? You post a brand new project using die-cuts and everyone gets to blog hop and be inspired. You can win for joining in and win for commenting across at least 5 blogs. I do love die-cutting and have some super simple projects to show you
1st technique – stacked diecuts creating a shadow effect ( forgive me that’s it’s Christmas related 😉) it’s using the Christmas sayings set from XCut

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2nd technique- inlaid die-cutting. All the fun of dimension but in one layer. These dies are from XCut again

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and the 3rd simple technique; using the negative space from die-cutting to create a simple and subtle shaker card by incorporating vellum. I’ve used one of my favourites, the Louie’s ABC’s dies from Lawn Fawn

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Rather shockingly, there’s no stamping- but a whole lotta die-cutting instead!
Do go and join in here you’ve until tomorrow night to link up!

If you love dies and want to win over £50 worth ( incl some stamps) head over to this post and comment to win!

August 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm 14 comments

Docrafts Giveaway!!

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Hi! How are you all?
This project was posted recently over for docrafts Monday. I’m posting it today because it’s the perfect introduction to my Give-away!
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It’s actually recently been my 5th blogging Anniversary! I’m amazed I’m still going and still creating. I’ve loved blogging- it’s been a brilliant journey and I’ve made some amazing friends! So it’s only right I do a giveaway!IMG_2076.JPG

I’ve posted lots of makes showing the style of projects you could make with some of the recently released XCut dies.
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Being lucky enough to work freelance for docrafts in different ways means that I can pass their generosity on to you! Here’s the prize…2 of the brilliant Shadow Box style dies and 2 fab stamp sets. The prize is worth over £50!!
So how do you win them?
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1. One entry for following /subscribing to my blog ( there’s a box on the right column) leave a comment to tell me you’re following.
2. One entry for following me on Twitter ( @craftstampink). Leave me another comment to say you’re following.
3. One entry for telling me who would be your ideal papercrafting companion ( real or fictional) in the comments.
4. One entry for following me on Pinterest ( Keren Baker @craftstampink) and tell me you’re following.
That’s a total of 4 entries. The closing date is 29th August and I’ll use random generator to pick a winner after that date!
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My ideal papercrafting buddy would be Orla Kiely or maybe Einstein! IMG_2869.JPG

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I’ll ship internationally too so the best of luck! IMG_3528.PNG
See you next week xx

August 21, 2014 at 8:22 am 51 comments

Dazzling Diva Challenge ♯39 & Back to School!

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Hi! Now, in some ways..this photo is depressing ;-)

Back to school.. ughh. Here’s what I made with the photo as inspiration

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I’ve used the Lawn Fawn set ‘A Good Apple’ and the globe from the Paper Smooches set ‘Smarty Pants’. I’ve used a ton of colours with the craft metal sheets which you can find here

If you fancy joining in with this challenge No.39- just get any inspiration any which way.

To join in go and visit the challenge here & you can use the inspiration photo or ‘anything goes’. You DON’T have to use craft metal sheets and its worth entering as due to the summer break, there weren’t as many entrants so that means you stand a better chance of winning the $15 voucher from the Boutique. Then, upload it to your blog or online gallery.

If you upload to online galleries, please also use tag/keyword DIVA38. Then leave a link to your project here . Please use a direct link to your post and not just your blog.

I’m also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is all about ‘Back To School’ here

 

With all this talk of school- I have a few more bits of school uniform to get.

Let’s hope it’s quick and painless! (I’m such an optimist!!)

Keren xx

August 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm 9 comments

Speed Crafters Challenge!

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Hi! I’m posting something different- I was chatting over on Twitter with a new blog friend (who’s very lovely and funny!) Ingrid about how long it takes to craft and we got onto talking about speed crafting. We decided to have a go ourselves- just for fun, & have a few friends join in too. It’s something that others might like to join in with so if you fancy it, do have a go and leave a link in your comments. If enough people want to join in, we might make it a regular thing!speed-crafters-badge

These are the guidelines (or rules, if you prefer!)

1. Craft for no more than 10 mins
2. Mention the time it took you to create your project in your post (you might be super-speedy and it might take you less time… and it would be interesting to know).
3. You can create ANY project whatsoever
4. You can get your supplies ready before you hit your timer

Here’s what I made for mine…

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Can you guess the time?

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I have several observations from the process.

1. Don’t mist your cardstock..it won’t dry & when you blitz it with a heat gun, the cardstock warps.

2. Don’t use 3D foam pads- I wasted a minute or so simply peeling the silly backings off!

3. DO get all the supplies ready & have a rough idea of where you’re going.

4. It’s FAB- it makes you make split second decisions rather than umm’ing and aah’ing like I usually do.

From here, if you fancy a gander at what the other girls did… here are their links..go visit Nikki next from A2A Addicted to Art

Donna from Artfully Challenged

Pamellia from My Little Craft Things

and Ingrid from Ingrid’s Crafts Corner

 

 

 

 

 

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In the interests of honesty- I did cheat..slightly. The card warped so much that I did in fact mount it on another piece of card just for photography purposes but didn’t add anything to the design. Will you let me away with that one..just this once?!!

See you later, for an Add a Little Dazzle post this afternoon

xx

August 20, 2014 at 10:00 am 11 comments

A Different Sort of Relaxing & Entertaining!

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Morning everyone! Sorry for my tardy posting.. these holidays aren’t half busy.. and I’ve still uniform to get hold of! Today’s card is a little less relaxing than the previous one but I thought I’d do more of a humorous one!

Last week we were breathing deeply with a substantially serene card. Today? not so much! I’ve made a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ relax card and it’s one that tons of you will relate to! The sort of card you’d send wishing someone a ‘great holiday’ or ‘big adventure’.
It’s that wonderful driving to your holiday feeling where you’re bumper to bumper with the car in front. It’s using this fun Lawn Fawn set ‘Happy Trails’

 

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Cute huh! Despite us not being a camping family.. we have had some ‘camping’ disasters I can tell you (& it wasn’t all down to the camping ;-) )

I die-cut the ‘relax’ using Cole’s ABC’s & as they seemed to disappear into the Let’s Polka paper (Lawn Fawn) background, I added a line of green marker around each letter & liberally squirted a significant amount of Stickles onto the letters!

 

 

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For any of you setting off soon, don’t forget the really annoying kids CD’s to be played full blast for the ‘delight’ of everyone else in the car.

Speaking of holidays and kids and entertaining.

I was thinking about my own childhood this week, as yet another kid said ‘what are we doing today?’

Now, my Mum will correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember having something to do every day that was amazingly exciting and fun. None of my friends did, and, at the risk of sounding older, I don’t think we did..we amused ourselves.

That’s not to say my Mum didn’t take us out for fun days or for treats. She did. We used to have this lovely coffee shop near where we lived in Nottingham and they sold ‘elephants feet’. They were a huge treat.

No, obviously not real elephants feet.

Choux pastry buns, slathered in chocolate and filled with cream.

They also had Coke in bottles with straws, and we loved going.

I am, to my kids, an entertainment organiser and I’m thinking of banning the phrase ‘what are we doing today?’!

I can’t do this ‘holiday club experience’. It would cost a fortune. One of mine told me recently,

‘Im bored, I have nothing to do’.

You’d think that I’d committed a parenting crime.

‘Good’, I replied.

They were somewhat shocked.

‘It’s important to be bored. To learn how to amuse yourself and go and find things to do. You have a ton of toys upstairs, please go and find something to do’.

They sloped off, and found a book that they’re enjoying quite a lot. We’ve also had a renaissance in Lego although my bruised feet are testament to the fact that their clearing away skills leave something to be desired.

Oh, and loom bands?

Wonderful absorbing hobby & I have quite a collection of bands and rings. However, I do not want to pick another one off the floor for quite some time!

Did you go out a lot on holidays or do you spend a lot doing tons of holiday day trips? I’d love to know!

Back tomorrow with a little metal action in preparation for school (arggh.. I’ve said it. The ‘s’ word!)

Keren xx

August 19, 2014 at 9:55 am 10 comments

Dazzling Diva Challenge ♯38 & Divas

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Hey! How has it come around so quickly? Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s blog hop- there’s still time to hop and comment before Friday & win some fab prizes. It’s the weekly challenge over at Add a Little Dazzle & this week it’s an insirational photo. As we’ve been hopping with Altenew, it only seemed right to use one of their sets.. SohcahtoaSohcahtoa_grande

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I went for the colours- if you look really closely, there’s a red hue towards the bottom.

Yes, they are all individual triangles..stamped in Mint Julep (Hero Arts). I then cut out some of the parts I’d stamped in black & added the Perfect Peacock craft metal sheet behind.

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You can see how with a bit of burnishing from behind using the Add a Little Dazzle paper pencil tool, it gives an embossed look, which irl is pretty cool.

However..the card was ok- but I suddenly found myself looking at the stamp set and thinking on refracted light in prisms.

Don’t you hate it when that happens ;-) ?!

So, with a bit of playing around- here’s the next card…

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Love the vibrancy of the metals and the really cool font on the sentiment. Were I to remake this, I’d use thinner strips of metal & I also wouldn’t have added the tiny triangle (which gives it an almost rainbow pencil look, but is in fact there to hide some rather unseemly adhesive. The ‘prism’ would have better in black- but you live and learn!

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If you fancy joining in with this challenge No.38- just get any inspiration any which way. This second card is stretching the original photo somewhat- but look at the lines of the bridge and the tree and that’s where I went from.

Spurious?

I like to think not!

To join in go and visit the challenge here & you can use the inspiration photo or ‘anything goes’. You DON’T have to use craft metal sheets and its worth entering as due to the summer break, there weren’t as many entrants so that means you stand a better chance of winning the $15 voucher from the Boutique. Then, upload it to your blog or online gallery.

If you upload to online galleries, please also use tag/keyword DIVA38. Then leave a link to your project here . Please use a direct link to your post and not just your blog.

 

I was going to write and tell you about a certain breed of divas not so far from me. Those kind of divas that are challenging to care for & steer.

However, due to sometimes the said divas reading this blog, I’m guessing it would be inappropriate.

I can tell you a story.. once upon a time…

Hmm.. that’s too transparent.

I have a friend…

Nope. That’s an old one.

Lets just say I’m being kept on my toes to such an extent that dancing back to back ballets en pointe for a whole week might possibly be a breeze!

Does that help? ;-)

Off to breathe deeply and relax.. and that’s the theme for the post tomorrow!

See you when I’ve found my sanity. It’s gone again! xx

August 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm 10 comments

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