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Win and Tonic…Christmas is coming 

Hi! Hope you’re ok?! Without wanting to scare anyone – I’m popping on a Christmas card as that’s the theme at Win and Tonic challenge.

You’re probably wondering what that is? It’s Tonic Studio’s challenge blog. They have a monthly topic and always a really decent Tonic prize. This month is ‘Christmas is coming’- so something festive. I’ve created a Christmas card using all non-seasonal products.


So- I’ve firstly used Bunched Bouquet ‘Autumnal Sprig Set 1’ for the wispy leaves and then Bunched Bouquet Traditional Spray stamp set for the leaves.

The hanging bough is created by die cutting the Trailing Blossom die set in brown cardstock. Then die cut a circle out of a Patterned Panels Deco Diamond 1331E and colour the leaves with Nuvo Aqua Flow pens.

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Add a little glitter paper top to the ‘bauble’ and you’re done. I’m going to try and get hold of some of the newer Tonic Christmas ranges- as they’re so versatile.

Do join in with the challenge-as long as it has something tonic on the card, you’re able to enter. It starts today and get your card onto the linky before the 13th of Sept.

See you soon,

Keren xx

(I’ve added a pinnable long pin for Pinterest just below)

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August 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

Clearly Besotted August Release- Part 4

Hi there!

Welcome to any of you who are new here. It’s the final day (for the moment) for my projects using the latest Clearly Besotted August release.

This card is all about the Peacock using the perfectly titled Strut Your Stuff stamp set. When I saw these peacocks, I imagined one of them holding a balancing pole and walking confidently over the city skyline on a rope wire.


I’ve used the Scene It set to create the backdrop- loosely colouring it at the bottom and using alcohol markers to give some perspective.

Had I thought well enough about the whole scene, I’d have added the rope wire at an angle across the page. The horizontal line is too exact and doesn’t add depth to the picture.

The adorable guy was coloured in Prismacolors and I cut into his hands with a craft knife and slotted the pole into them. The sentiment was spot on for the scene and he looks proud as a peacock (ahemm..) to be doing so well. His balance is perfect and with the right poise he’ll make it all the way over without falling off!

I do hope you’ve had a good look at the new sets here and have had a little inspiration from the lovely Design Team plus Stephanie & Jenny.

I’ve loved creating with the sets; these stamps always give me the craziest ideas!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week!

Keren xx

August 4, 2017 at 9:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted August Release-Part 3

Hello again! 

I’ve really enjoyed hearing across social media how much you’re loving the sets. We’ve done ‘garden’ and floral and today is…mischief!

Having a little cat myself, I know what sorts of trouble they can get themselves in, and this little kitty is no exception. The set is called Fluffy Furball. It’s another smaller set but with 3 main images plus sentiments means the images are still a great size.  

I seem to rarely do CAS, and I pictured the little fella knocking over a vase. Not having a vase or bowl, I turned to the Simply Succulent set which usefully has a bowl and used that instead. I’ve coloured him in with Nuvo Aquaflow, which I’ve already told you are fabulous. He really does look like he’s sorry…after the fact though!! 

My second daft scene incorporates two of the kitties and one annoying the other by teasing her with a toy mouse. I’m not sure whether she’s scared or exasperated, but either way, it made me smile creating it. 

The door card was simply made by just adding 4 rectangles to give the illusion of a door. A brad for the handle and pop the little cats on afterwards. The cats were coloured with alcohol markers ( in case you’re wondering!) 

Really simple! 

I do hope you’ve enjoyed the feline fun and call back tomorrow for the final day ( consecutive at least- I’ll be creating some more projects shortly!) and this time a plucky little peacock trying to balance everything! 

See you soon!

Keren xx

August 3, 2017 at 9:00 am 7 comments

Clearly Besotted August Release-Part 2

Hi! Welcome back to a few more projects using the new Clearly Besotted August release. People are enjoying having quarterly releases- it’s a bit more relaxed and gives you more time to play with what you have!

Today I’m using Make A Wish- a really gorgeous set.

I’ve simply water-coloured them with Gansai Tambi watercolours and added detailing with Prismacolors and a white gel pen. Fussy cut out and add to a blank with the sentiment stamped onto Matt Dura-lar. Such a beautiful image.

Just For You is a gorgeous floral set- and I love the contemporary vibe. I am showing you a dud, however. It’s not my favourite project at all and a bit boring but I wanted to include it so you could see the stamped in the flesh. Just don’t do what I’ve done with it; give it a bit of character and soul!I’ve added colour using Tonic Nuvo Aquaflow markers- which are wonderfully colour saturated pens. They are easy use and are wonderful watercolours or can used straight from the pen as they have a soft and fine nib.
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So- dud and all. The sets are very lovely. Do go and visit Clearly Besotted’s blog if you want an overview of all of the sets and pop over to the shop to see what is on offer this release.

What have been your favourites and which ones are on your wish list?

See you tomorrow with some cuties of the furred variety!

Keren xx

August 2, 2017 at 9:00 am 7 comments

August Clearly Besotted Release Part 1

Hi! How are you?

Today sees the next quarterly release from Clearly Besotted. There’s such an amazing range that I’m bringing a small selection for the next 4 days. If you haven’t seen the sets in full, do pop over to the blog. Today I’ve picked a gardening theme- with the first one being Simply Succulent.

I wanted to create a scene making a feature of the different plants and pots and thought this triple bench would work. The succulents are great fun to colour and I’ve just used alcohol pens with the images stamped in Nuvo Hybrid ink which is a great ink for both alcohol markers or watercolour. I thought a overhanging canopy would finish off the card; it folds straight down so can still go in an envelope.


Next up: Birds of a Feather. This is another smaller set like the Simply Succulent but has some pretty bird images. To make this I used a tent folded card and cut a rectangle out of the top of the folded edge.

I wanted to give the impression they were all sat on a telegraph wire so stamped the line onto a strip of acetate. I attached the acetate onto the inside of the card and then adhered the birds to it.

I coloured the cut out birds in with Prismacolor pencils and then added some crackle glaze with a little glitter sprinkled over the top before it dried.

I loved these two sets- and I’m changing gear a little and showing you a couple of the floral sets tomorrow, so please pop back again tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting; I’d love to know which sets are your favourite so far.

Keren xx

August 1, 2017 at 9:00 am 12 comments

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

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