Julie Mogford Designs Release

Hi there!

Hope you’re having a lovely day. One of my lovely designer friends has recently set up her online store with digital designs. Julie Mogford  has created some wonderful designs whether you like colouring, geometric designs or beautiful florals (which she’s so well known for!). It’s my pleasure to guest design using some of her illustrations which are available as SVG (cutting files) and PNG and even a PDF colouring page too.

If you visit  her blog– she’s got some gorgeous projects that’s she’s created using her designs. I’ve gone down the svg route; cutting these designs with my Silhouette Cameo. All of these would be perfect printed out and coloured and the beauty of digital files is that you can size them to your preferred dimensions too.

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Enough of file talk! What have I actually created? The Gardenia files are a collection of flowers and leaves. I’ve simply cut them out from white cardstock, adhered them to some patterned paper, trimmed the outside out and then added some depth using Prismacolor pencils.

The background was using the Rose Window file. If you check out Julie’s blog you’ll see some of the ways she’s used the patterned file foiled and it looks really amazing. I imported it into my Silhouette software, traced the image and then cut it out. You’ll find it’s created this wonderful stencil-like layer (which actually would make a wonderful stencil!) and I’ve adhered straight to the base and added the floral layer.IMG_0232

You can see the detail better on this picture; just a beautiful image. If colouring is more your thing, print out the PNG files, resize them first if you want and then add some alcohol markers or pencils, or add sponged inks too. Once you get used to digi files, you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried them before! So versatile.

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The Gardenia file comes with a beautiful scripty font, that I made use of and I used the other flower so you can see this image too. The background was made with the negative shapes left from the cut out background in the previous card. I picked the whole lot of leftovers up with Orafol (which is a transfer tape used with vinyl and electronic cutters) and it’s useful for positioning multiple images. Add some 3D foam pads to the reverse and you have an unique texture for your base layer.

These designs have been so much fun to work with. You end up being more creative with digital files, and here’s a secret (they’re so inexpensive too!).

I want to wish Julie the very best with her new venture. She’s certainly not a new face in the crafting world but her design skills are well known and loved. If you’ve never tried digital images- let me encourage you to purchase one or two and have a play. If you want more ideas of what to do with them, just get in touch!

Have a lovely day, and don’t forget to visit Julie’s new store!

See you soon!

xx

July 17, 2017 at 10:00 am 4 comments

PaperArtsy Aqua topic 

Hi there! Hope you’re having a good day. I’m over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight kicking off their fortnight of Aqua themed posts. I gathered a pretty eclectic bunch of stamps to make an acetate based piece 

Do pop over, I’d love to know what you think! 

Keren x

July 10, 2017 at 7:05 pm 1 comment

This is what makes my ideas take off! 

Ok, hey everyone. A slightly different post for you today. No projects- just hopefully some inspiration for you. 

Our family recently visited Manchester Museum and I was totally blown away artistically. I wanted to leave quite soon afterwards as I wanted to rush home and create! 

A museum? You were inspired by that? I’ve got a bunch of photos–and I could have taken so many more. Here’s a few to show you. 

These butterflies were stunning- but it was all about the lighting and spacing for me!


Even a subdued monochromatic scheme can look stunning with careful placement and a plain background. 

This tribal necklace caught my eye because of the feathers, the colours and the shape. That patterning, colour scheme or shape would be the perfect starting point for a project. 

This section was fascinating. It appealed to the 3D lover in me. The hanging at different heights. The juxtaposed elements. The black contrasting background and clever placing of lighting. Each section was entirely glass- meaning that as you looked down the length of the hall- all the displays enveloped each other. Cleverly group enough of two contrasting elements and the design scheme will work. 


This display took the realistic and teamed it with the representational. Keeping the colours muted but the shapes realistic gave it a magical look- and a winters feel. There were so many details in there- I could have looked for ages. Again- clever use of depth with elements in stages and the outlined botanicals. Simply wonderful. 

Then THIS! the suspended wooden skeleton next to the sphere of flight. My heart stood still and I just gazed. I toyed with asking all the people to get out of the shot as I loved the lines of the upper balcony framing the perspective towards the stairs at the end. I thought better of it and took a better look nearer the sphere.

I had to look at the way it was engineered. Looking at the spindles and I just thought ‘vellum’ the entire time I was gazing at it! 

Imagine this a lampshade or suspended from a bedroom ceiling. Granted, it’d be a dust magnet- but oh, how wonderful it’d look. The flight theme continue with this stunning exhibit 

Amazing cranes. They came out of the glass box and onto the ceiling. Pure theatre. You know how much I like off the card projects? Here’s one in the making. 

This was beautiful. Lit up and contrasted with the black- it looked like a giant stamp. I could see this with some Perfect Pearls and Versamark onto a matt black cardstock. A little lighting up from the rear with some cutouts and acetate…can you see where my mind is going? 

Here’s you can see what I meant about seeing the other exhibits through the glass. This showed clever framing, artistic positioning and the gaps between the glass boxes had a patterning that drew all the exhibits together. Honestly, it was sublime.

Truthfully. I learned very little. I was too busy being agog at the art. I didn’t see half of it as the kids were restless and wanted some lunch. Lunch was an altogether less lovely affair, but Manchester museum– I was smitten and I’ll be coming back …alone!! 

Hope you’ve been as inspired as I was. See you soon! x

July 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm 6 comments

Winnie and Walter Premiere Day 4

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June 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm 10 comments

Winnie and Walter Premiere Day 3

Hi! Welcome to another Release Day.

Make sure you pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog each day as there are some amazing ideas using all the sets and dies. Today is a cute set by Evelin T Designs called Party On; full of cute animals and fantastic sentiments.

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I’ve used my Nuvo Aqua Flow pens to watercolour this banjo playin’ bunny. He looks a bit melancholic but really, he’s just overcome by the melody!

The heart swag or bunting is so clever and versatile. You’re going to want the matching Cutaway dies. I realised half way through that I actually had them- instead, I carefully trimmed them out by hand. Duh! There’s so many lovely images that I know you’ll want to have this one on your wish list!

Just one more day until the release tomorrow evening! Do pop back once more for a party and cake loving elephant !

Keren x

June 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm 3 comments

Winnie and Walter Premiere Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of the Winnie & Walter release. Everyone seems to be loving this release so far. There is the chance to win it all- if you pop over to this post.

Today I’m focusing on a set of dies called Big Balloon Cutaways. These are wonderful for creating shaker cards as they have an inner dotted die for each of the larger dies enabling a shaker frame to be easily created. Instead, I’ve created a project using the smaller dies.

I decided to create an acetate base and arrange the die cut balloons on it in a pattern. Trim off any edges that protrude and then add some Distress ink onto the new Birthday Cutaway and some extra balloons.

The little ribbons are part of the balloon die set and I’ve stacked the die cut onto a purple die cut to give a shadow. Avoiding adhesive is always a challenge- the solution this time is to die cut a matching set of balloons and adhere them onto the reverse of the front side so no adhesive is visible.

Add twine strings before the birthday die cut is adhered and glue the strings in a curled design.

Do go and see the Winnie and Walter blog for more inspiring projects using the new products.

See you tomorrow  for Day 3

Keren xx

June 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm 5 comments

Winnie and Walter Premiere Day 1

Hi! Hope you’re having a good day. I’m excited to bring you a post all about the fabulous new release from Winnie & Walter.

We’re showcasing the new products over 4 days. This is Day 1 and I’m showing new Cutaways that go with this set ‘In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals With Angelica Suarez’. I didn’t actually use the Cutaways with the set, as I didn’t have them when I was creating this project- but you don’t have to have them if you enjoy a little fussy cutting!


I stamped the strawberries in 2 different inks- interestingly, one of the colours moved once I’d added Glossy Accents on top. I love the effect though; it looks far more realistic.

I used the In Bloom: Paulina’s Greenery Cutaway for the background wreath to base all the greenery on top. The stripes were supposed to have been black, but were dark brown the next morning when I looked. Crafting at night has its drawbacks but I like the softness of the brown.

I’ve used this set with the Cutaway: Party – it’s such a fresh and pretty set.

and lastly, I’ve used the Cutaway die really simply- using stripes of cut cardstock. It’s got a Christmas vibe about it. I might add some festive florals to it at later date.

What an amazing set- I do hope you liked my projects and come back again tomorrow for a little more of the new release!


Thanks for joining me today and catch you again tomorrow. Don’t forget to pop over to the Winnie and Walter blog to see some inspiration from all the other Talent team. 

Keren x

June 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm 5 comments

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