Roald Dahl & Cute Friends!

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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 5 comments

Add a Little Dazzle Design Team!

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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.

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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 13 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

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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!

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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!!
xx

July 15, 2014 at 10:29 am 8 comments

Mama Elephant and hopefully an Improvement

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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!

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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!
xx

July 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm 8 comments

PaperArtsy Guest Designer Day 3

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Hi! My last day over at PaperArtsy’s blog for this month.
A rather more simpler affair but still focussing on creating your own embellishments and stamping with paint. I never thought that stamping with paint would give such good results. Just shows how beautifully good the PaperArtsy Fresco paints are.
Do go and visit here
Will run for now-just relaxing after standing in the rain for a couple of hours during the kiddos sports day!
xx

July 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm 2 comments

PaperArtsy Guest Designer Day 2! & to-do’s

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Hey everyone!
That’s a little peek of the project over at PaperArtsy’s blog
I hope you’re all ok- you wouldn’t believe quite how much running around I’ve been doing.
Today was postadocraftsmondayproject,goanddosomeshopping,do3loadsofwashing,finishmyaccounts,writefeedbackform&invoice,startaproject,maketea,gotoschoolearlyforameeting,pickuponekid,drivehome,feed3kids,take2kidstooneplace,driveandturnuplateforanotherkid (halfanhourlate-gotwrongtime),drivebackandmaketeafor5more,onedropshisteaalloverthecarpetsoihavetocleanitup,moreclearingaway,findtshirtsforsportsdaytomorrowwhilstreallyhopingitrainstomorrow!
The restofthenight will include, pickups, bedtimes, washing,setting the table and craftyworkcatchup.
Little wonder I’m feeling quite tired today!!
See you tomorrow with my Make The Day Special post and the final PaperArtsy post!

I’m off to rest 😉. Not! x

July 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm 7 comments

PaperArtsy Guest Designer & Feeling Inspired

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Hi! How are you?
I’m over at PaperArtsy tonight and for the next 2 days.
I’ve been experimenting a whole ton with this project. Some experiments worked better than others..you’ll see what I mean when you visit here
Ironically it’s been a bit of a struggle creating. I’m finding my time more pressured with one thing and another and my mojo just disappeared completely. My projects are what they are but do you ever get the desire to rip up your project and start all over again?
I’ve loved experimenting though with PaperArtsy’s gorgeous products- you wait- I’ll sit down without the requirement to make anything and my creative mojo will suddenly return!Strangely though, I have felt more inspired by people recently rather than creatively.
In my demo job I meet many wonderful people often with struggles and challenges of their own and yet, the love of being creative brings us all together.
If my mojo would like to return soon, I’d find that very helpful but in the meanwhile I shall enjoy seeing how other people create and how some people are encouraged to keep going through their crafting.

See you tomorrow with another sneak peek!

July 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment

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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.
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