Friday, May 31, 2013

100% Dream Big - Inspirational Messages for your Handmade Cards

As you may or may not know not only do I love to be creative and crafty but I love to inspire others to live their best life as well.   As I grow and change and evolve in my own life its so wonderful to combine my art and send a positive message out there at the same time.

So below I have crafted a card with the inspiring message 100% dream big.  You could absolutely gift it for a birthday or any other special occasion, and I often do this.  If you follow me on instagram you will see that I often post photos of cards I have made for birthdays that have a message on them of positivity rather than just a plain old Happy Birthday! Don't get me wrong HB is perfectly fine as well but it's nice to think outside the realm of the usual card sentiments and  have something original and inspiring.

Many family and friends say that they keep my cards because they are so special and different and often have a sentiment that is inspiring as well as the attention to detail in each card.  I love that they do and even if they don't that's okay too.  From my perspective you can never give out too much love and positivity in the world in whatever form you choose to do it.  Words are so powerfully whether you speak them or write them.

Next time you gift a card try adding a beautiful heartfelt message.  I dedicated a whole kit to inspiring cards called Dream Big you can view it here if you need some inspiration to get you started.

Main items used for this card are Pink Paislee Cottage Farm Ephemera Studio Calico drift wood veneer flowers and leaves. Note I painted some of the wood chips white for the card. Ribbon from Our Ribbon Store

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Step by Step Scrapbooking Layout U R Sweet

It feels as though I haven't scrapbooked a layout in ages and to be truthful I haven't.  The motivation to scrapbook is a challenge these days as I feel more drawn to mixed media art and journalling and cards.  Sometimes the guilt sets in about it but I try not to beat myself up about it as its meant to be fun and not a chore.  So anyway I decided to have a play with some sprays and paints on white cardstock which eventually turned into a layout so I got my mixed media fix as well.

Here it is below, simple but bright and fun. U R SWEET Scrapbook Layout

Step one

On a white cardstock base using inks, sprays and paints and a template of your choice decorate your paper.  It will need drying time between layers.  If you don't have any templates you can make them up by cutting shapes in some paper and then spraying them that way. 

The template used here was  The Crafters Workshop Balzer Designs Circle Regiment 12 x 12 Template and Studio Calico - Mister Huey's Mask - Chevron - 4 x 6 inches.

Step two

The yellow dots were made using a mixture of texture paint with some yellow paint mixed to make the colour for the dots.  I also used a smaller dot template for this but you could use the circle regiment as there are several sizes of circles on it.  Make sure you layer the texture paint thickly so it is dimensional and you will need to let this dry overnight or for a few hours before continuing.

 Step three

While you have the texture paint out mix in another colour and use the cut out to create your shape for a template.  I used the butterfly punch from EK Success Large butterfly punch, and then used the cardstock where the butterfly had been punched out from.  I put it down on baking paper layered the texture paint onto it the whole where the butterfly shape is, making sure it is at least a couple of mm's thick and then lifted of the cardstock and was left with the butterfly shape.  Once again this will need several hours to dry before you can peel it off and it won't break.  You can see mine in the picture below.  When it was dry I dragged a little white paint across it to highlight and give the shape some added definition.

 Step four

Cut some strips from patterned paper and layer them across the page. The patterned paper I used was Pink Paislee Christy Tomlinson She Art - Soar 12 x 12 Patterned Paper.
I cut randomn strips from this paper that I thought would suit my colour scheme.

 Step five and the remainder of the layout

I actually started this layout without a picture in mind.  So once I knew roughly my colour scheme, I went through some photos to find one to suit.  This photo is from a few years ago but suited the theme and colours.

Embellishments I also used to decorate this page were

Pink Paislee Cottage Farm Ephemera.  I used the Hello Flag jouralling card, the strip of Black Arrows under the journalling card and the Yellow and white circle next to it all came from this pack.

Pink Paislee Secret Crush Photograms 
I used the grey card on the right of the photo.  There are several to choose from in this pack.

I spritzed and splattered using color shine from Heidi Swapp - Mustard

I did this in the top right hand corner.  I splattered by opening the lid and pulling the lid off and splattering onto the paper from the end of the pipe attached to the spray nozzle.  I spritzed using the spray nozzle.  You can see the different colours by spritzing it, it actually looks more mustard but by splattering the ink it is more concentrated so looked more melon in colour.  Great effect and suited my page colours just perfectly.

To continue the dotty theme I used
I placed them randomnly around the grey u r sweet heart frame see close up below.
Also added some cabachons I had lying around 

 So there you have it a little mixed media using supplies you will probably have on hand.  It was fun to use some paint and actually get messy for a change.  It was also great to keep the layout clean and simple with not too many layers of patterned papers which is my usual style.  Its always a great challenge to get out of your comfort zone and create something a little different. 

I hope this inspired you to get the supplies out and start crafting up a storm.....

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gorgeous Gift Tag Making Kit - DIY

Do you love making your own gift tags and cards.  This brand new kit focuses on just the gift tags.  Hours of creative fun to be had and all the supplies are there for you, no running around buying supplies from here and there, just set aside some time, open your pack and indulge in your artistic skills.

In this kit you have 40 assorted tags to make so, you won't be needing to purchase any for a while to come, and your gifts will look stunningly beautiful adorned with your gift tags.

More details of this kit are in the listing, find it here
Gorgeous Gift Tag Making Kit - DIY

Don't forget to view our new selection of products to inspire and get you itching to create in store now.

Happy Creating Peeps xx

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Celebrating Sisterhood - DIY Card Making Kit

Did you know a new card kit was released on the weekend?

Well if you didn't you certainly do now...

This kit is to celebrate all the women in our lives, filled with bright pink, black and grey and featuring some beautiful sentiments on the cards if you are crafty you will love this kit and the cards it will produce with your creative skills.

Grab it here

Celebrating Sisterhood
Card Making Kit
Designed by Anna Pontikis

Here is a close up of one of the cards you will create in this kit
just in time for Mothers day, or alter the sentiment to just make it say I love you and you can gift it to anyone.
Hope you love it as much as I did creating it. 


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