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

Stamped Oxford Box & Long Pins!

Hey! Hope you’re ok.

Well I’m busy trying to up my game technologically speaking and so have been learning about creating long pins for Pinterest. I have added it at the bottom of the post- (in case you want to use it!) but it’s going to be useful for me! I watched a really useful YouTube video here that tells you pretty much all you need to know!

So, onto my project! My love with the Tonic Oxford Box continues and I’ve created my own patterned cardstock using the new Tonic Initial Frames (currently available from Hochanda- but will be available all over very soon)IMG_0728

I’ve used one sheet of dark teal coloured cardstock for the basic outline die and then a plain white cardstock. Just stamp the pattern in a controlled pattern using the Black Shadow Nuvo ink and then die cut another outline.

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Construct the box and cut out a handle slightly longer than the box so when you position it, it will curve. The only downside to having a curved handle can be that it will crease. So, to avoid that, add a piece of thick acetate underneath and your handle will keep its curve! Simple!

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I’ve added decoration in the form of Tonic’s Bunched Bouquet Autumnal Sprig Set 1 by stamping in Black Shadow and adding colour using the Aquaflow pens and also the Tonic Glitter Markers which dilute beautifully with water. I added some large eyelets from my somewhat exhaustive collection of yester-year (couldn’t bring myself to throw them in a recent craftroom purge and I’m now SO glad!). I’ve cut out another frame and removed the inside , adding a rectangle of acetate to create a faux slide-in frame. Add the coloured cut out flowers and I now have a receipt box for all my postage receipts and craft supplies. Easy!

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This would be useful for so many things- and I can’t get enough of this die! I’ve yet to use any of the tabs of really decorative panels. That’s for another time! Here’s the long pin- I feel like I’ve actually achieved something today!

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Have a lovely day!

See you soon!

Keren xx

 

June 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm 5 comments

3 Ways With Stampin’Up! Wood Crate Framelits Die

Hey!

How are you ?

When I saw this die- I knew it would be really useful for a whole host of things. 

I’ve created 3 projects- and they’re a lot of fun to make! I’ve created a YouTube video showing them and the die ( do subscribe- I’m going to finally be making videos!)

First up- simple. Just two die cut pieces ( you need to cut two for each Crate), stamped before assembling and then adding some little details and adding Maltesers. The perfect party favour or little gift.

Next up; seasonal ! 

This is using some new Stampin’Up! papers and adding some sleigh detailing in cardstock and stamped sentiment using Letters For You set. My stamping looks bad- but the set is designed to look distressed (haha!).

Lastly, I’ve done something really different with it and created a party centrepiece or unique party invite ( yes, I know- you’re never going to get that in an envelope!)

To create this- die cut two of the shapes in white cardstock.

Fold and score them so one will nearly sit on top of the other but with the end parts folding out the other way. 

Next, score a line down the middle of each ‘arm’ and fold inwards. You can trap the elastic or twine to attach it to the triangular folded base.

Then, just add details. I’ve used the Confetti Celebration stamp set from SU! to add all the detailing and the cushions are stamped with Numbers of Years set. 

I have more ideas with the die set coming up. If you’re interested in getting any of these products, email me and I’ll point you in the right direction ( so I’ll benefit a little too!)

Thanks for dropping by and have a lovely weekend!

Keren x

June 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm 4 comments

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