Monday, 23 March 2020

Peony Bouquet

My Simon Says Stamp Peony Bouquet stencil finally arrived last week and I got to have a bit of a play over the weekend! Stencils are new to me so I had some fun trying out lots of ink blending with this gorgeous bouquet! 

For my card I used Distress Oxides in: Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Mowed Lawn & I added a Thank You Script die from Pretty Pink Posh.

I also decided to make a quick tag using Lawn Fawn Tag You're It! I blended some Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxides and added a Tiny Tags Sayings sentiment stamped in Seedless Preserves!

Entering this into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Stencil Fun!" (perfect timing!)

Looking forward to creating all the things with this beauty!

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Currently

crafting//
...I made this easel card for an upcoming 60th Birthday - I recycled the art deco image cut using LF stitched scalloped rectangles, the "60" was cut with LF Finley's 123s and mounted on an LF scalloped circle and I also added some Poppystamps stitched butterflies. Patterned papers are from DCWV Love & Grow.

Entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"

watching//
...I'm Not Okay With This was super dark but funny and I thought it was great! Cable Girls S5, and I finally watched Parasite -  I thought it was brilliantly done!

reading//
...The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman was super cute, gorgeous cover as well! I also enjoyed Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi although I've noticed I've lost my love for YA recently (I need some recs!)

k dramas//
...I'm so sad that Crash Landing on You wrapped up - and in such a bittersweet way! I also got into Hyde, Jekyll, Me and have just started Hi Bye, Mama! 

wishlist//
...this super cute Weasley enamel pin! (i'm starting my pin collection!!) & this Bookish Babes tote bag (i love a good tote!)

Have you binged anything good lately? 

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Pop Up Slider Card

 
I made a DIY Pop Up Slider Birthday Card this week using some new patterned paper. Let me tell you, patterned papers are my jam!! I have boxes full of gorgeous pads of paper that I hardly use *sighs* I had so much fun with this, my first interactive card!

It turned out to be super easy to construct (I watched a few YouTube tutorials) - it looks a bit complicated, especially if you're doing it without the aid of specialty dies, but honestly all you need is a paper trimmer and your trusty craft knife!

I settled for these floral papers from DCWV Love & Grow. I used the Mama Elephant Big Happy Birthday as my main attraction, cut from silver glitter card and added extra sentiments from Birthday Messages and Scripty B'day for the inside and pull up flaps! I also made a matching yellow envelope!

Entering this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Two Or More Patterned Papers"

Friday, 31 January 2020

Currently

oof, it's been a long and harrowing start to the year, it feels like January has just dragged ever so slowly, alas we've made it through, just, and I'm praying for a brighter new month. here's what my January has looked like (the good bits):

reading//
...absolutely adored Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert - super cute contemporary romance and unexpectedly steamy, two thumbs up from me!

binge watching//
...The Good Place, wow I'm tearing up just thinking about that penultimate episode!! finally got around to Line of Duty S5 WOW I love this show!! also binged High Seas and B99 S6 in the prep for the new season!

wishlist//
...swooning over this gorgeous Peony Stencil from Simon Says Stamp! I was lucky enough to win a gift card to SSS so I think I may just pop that in my cart! I've also become obsessed with enamel pins and I'm digging this Princess Bride pin !

highlights//
...a cute shopping date with my bestie, a fun games night where I discovered how competitive I *actually* am, reorganising my craft room, finding a gorgeous stack of patterned paper on sale!


what were the good bits of your January? xx


Thursday, 9 January 2020

Cupcake Wishes

I received so many lovely craft goodies for Christmas and I finally got the chance to have a play with them this week when making my first Birthday card of the year!!

Supplies used that are new to me: 
Mama Elephant Cupcake Wishes
Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide 
Scrap Dragon Scallop Square Die
Kraft Card set

I also made a matching envelope using the We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board which was also a Christmas gift!

Entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Something New"

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Favourites of 2019!

Writing this, I've realised the following: 2019 was the year I became obsessed with Korean Dramas!! my music tastes are super mainstream; I've watched A LOT of TV this year; I wish I saw more Movies this year; and I should really listen to more podcasts! Anyway, here's a list of everything I LOVED this year! 

shows// 
(not including k dramas, that deserves its own category!) 
- Derry Girls
- Schitt's Creek
- Call My Agent!
- Umbrella Academy
- After Life
- Modern Love
- The Crown
books//
Red White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston
- The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang
- Her Mother's Secret, Natasha Lester
- What I Like About Me, Jenna Guillaume

k dramas// 
- Romance is a Bonus Book
- What's Wrong With Secretary Kim
- Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung
- One Spring Night
- Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo

movies// 
- Yesterday
- Avengers: Endgame
- Last Christmas


songs// 
- Boy With Luv, BTS (obvs!)
- Lights Up, Harry Styles
- Adore You, Harry Styles
- South of the Border - Ed Sheeran
- Circles, Post Malone

podcasts//
- Office Ladies

crush//
I think for the most part 2019 was all about Keanu hehehe!

What have been your faves of 2019?
Wishing you a safe and happy new year (and new decade!!)

Christmas Crafting 2019

Quickly sharing my Christmas cards for this year, feat. Mama Elephant Cool Penguins! I started by die cutting and ink blending, splattering some white gouache for a snowy effect and then heat embossing snowflakes. I also used white glitter card for some sparkly snow! 

Distress Oxides: Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves
Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangles
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
Mama Elephant Union Square Dies
Distress Oxides: Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves
Snapdragon Stitched Oval Dies
Sentiment from Lawn Fawn Tiny Tag Sayings

These are my fave Christmas creations so far! In the end I think I stamped, coloured and fussy cut close to 70 penguins LOL It was definitely a labour of love! 

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Currently

crafting//
...I made this super quick 30th Birthday card for a friend using the Cherry Tree Floral Panel die from Die-Cutting Essentials Magazine Issue #33 which I cut from glitter card, I cut the "30" four times from Lawn Fawn Finley's 123s and stacked for dimension, the sentiment is from Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes, and added a few butterflies from Poppy Stamps!

Entering this into:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Let's Sparkle"
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"

listening//
...lots of Christmas music!

binge watching//
...The Crown S3 - so so good, I miss the original cast but I now have a weird crush on Prince Charles!!?? And I finally got around to Modern Love - what a super gorgeous series!

reading//
...I'm onto Deathly Hallows as part of my annual HP re-read! I just got the new version of The Goblet of Fire, super gorgeous illustrations - I just wish there were more of Cedric!! *insert crying emoji*

wishlist//
...this super adorable Harry Potter Cross Stitch, Frank Body Lip Trio & Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia cologne!

What is your go to scent?