A little embossing

Hey guys! I’m back with another fun post. Today I’m sharing a few of my favourite things: SHC, embossing, script and a stamped background. SHC or Seven Hills Crafts is an awesome website and their May Theme Challenge is “Embossing”.

Just to give you a little back story, before I found the SHC website I had a really hard time getting the stamps I wanted since many of my favourite brands like Mama Elephant, Concord & 9th, Hero Arts etc. are based in the US. Shipping would take forever and would cost a lot. So finding a UK-based website that stocks all my favourites and has great service has been amazing (not so much for my wallet though :)) ).

Now on to the project. I had a request from a friend for some decoration for a bachelorette party which included a “Bride to Be” wand (yup, that’s a thing). I decided to use two of my faves, “Sophisticated Script” and “Peony Bouquet”. I used the smaller peony to stamp a background in a light pink with some light mint leaves.

  • Tip: if you only have one ink pad and you want to use a layering stamp like I did here, simply stamp off for the first layer.

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For the phrase I knew I wanted to use Gold Embossing Powder. I got my letters out but I realised I wouldn’t be able to align them if I was using Versamark, which is a clear ink. So instead I stamped the phrase in black ink first (any ink will work as long as you can see it well), then I re-stamped each letter using Versamark. That’s the beauty of clear stamps 🙂

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I have to say this script looks fantastic embossed. The bride was quite pleased with it and so am I. Here’s a little look at all the decorations I made.

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DIY Ink Pad Storage

Hey guys! Today my post is about organization & storage. Now I don’t know about you, but I struggle to stay organized in my craft studio. Being messy and having a small studio don’t mix well. So when I redid my studio I put a lot of thought into how I could maximize the space I had and keep things handy but organized.

One of the first issues I tackled was my ink pad storage. Originally I kept them in my desk drawer, but as my collection grew I realised this system would not work long term. I could only fit 18 pads in one drawer and, since I had 33 total, this would mean filling both drawers up, leaving no room for some of the other things I needed to store close at hand. WP_20160316_16_07_37_Pro

So one day I was looking around on youtube and I found the perfect solution! I came across a video which showed how to make your own ink pad storage tower out of cardstock!  You know I love a good DIY and this is just genius! Super simple to make and you only need a few inexpensive supplies.

The video is in German but the measurements are all written down on post-it notes and it’s really easy to follow.

I’ve changed it up a bit to suit my personal needs (I wanted to fit 12 ink pads in one tower and I also didn’t need the reinker tray on top). You can do the same if you want to (you just have to adjust the backing piece measurements as I did).

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These are all the supplies you’ll need for one tower:

  • 7 sheets of A4 cardstock (I recommend using thicker cardstock, 300g, to ensure the tower is super sturdy and durable)
  • paper trimmer
  • liquid glue
  • double sided tape
  • ruler

In order to make the 12 slots I cut down 6 of the sheets to 10.5 x 25 cm. I scored each one at 2, 12, 14 and 24 cm. Then I folded on the score lines and used some strong double sided tape to glue the flaps.

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After I assembled all 12 slots, I used some liquid glue to adhere one on top of the other (you can see this in the video). To give stability to the tower you need to glue a backing piece. Since I went with 12 slots I adjusted my size by measuring the height of my tower (you can see it’s 24.8 cm). So my piece measures 21 x 24.8 cm (score lines are the same: 5.4 cm and 15.6 cm).

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I glued it to the sides of the tower and voila! The completed project(s)!

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I love that I’m able to store my inks vertically now, which saves me a lot of space, and they’re right behind my desk for easy reach.

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Hope you like the idea as much as I did! Check out the video and give it a try :).

Banner Blast #GDP026

Hey guys! Life’s been surprisingly hectic lately so I’ve been missing from the blog for a while, but I’ll be returning to a regular posting schedule now (hopefully!).

Today I’m playing along with the Global Design Project. I always check out their challenge on Monday because it’s a great way to get inspired and start off the week with a creative bang. Now, granted, sometimes I procrastinate and things get in the way but it’s a great habit to get into.

This week’s challenge is a Sketch Challenge.

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You’ll see that I didn’t take it too literally, which is ok. Often, by trying to be true to the sketch you end up limiting yourself and even getting frustrated with your project. Remember that the sketch is there to give you inspiration but after that initial spark, don’t be afraid to run with it and follow your creative process.

You’ll be surprised what you end up with :). I ended up with a banner! Ok, no surprise there. If you’ve been to my blog a few times you’ll know that I’m a sucker for banners.

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I really like how this turned out. It’s really fun and colorful and great to have around when you need a little pick-me-up. You can hang it in your house or in your craft area for a little fun decor.

Big things come in small packages – GDP#023

Hey guys! Today I am featuring a project that is close to my heart.

One of my close friends recently suffered a loss and I wanted to make something for him and his wife to show support and try to ease their grief in some small part. It strikes me as I write this how lucky I am to have the means to create heartfelt things for my friends and family.

While I didn’t start out with this in mind, it ended up working with this week’s GDP theme challenge.

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I started out by making a 6×6″ envelope using some Mint Macaron Envelope Paper and the Envelope Punch Board. For the tag I used the balloon and one of the sentiments from SU’s Honeycomb Happiness. The sentiment was exactly what I needed and there are few things I can think of more cheering than balloons (ok, maybe ice cream and pizza).

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I wanted the tag to have a very soft look so I used watercolour and also the Ornate Tag Topper Punch for a nice, elegant finish. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and embossed in gold.

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So why did I need a 6×6″ envelope ? I started with the idea of making something using a quote I had found and really liked. At times like these it’s difficult to find the right words to comfort someone and I thought this quote was beautiful and said it better than I ever could. I played around with some brush lettering fonts (the one I ended up using is called Chasing Embers) and printed out a few options. Then, I decided I wanted to use the stunning constellation paper from the Going Places DSP stack as the background. The white of the copy paper was a bit too harsh for my liking so I layered a piece of vellum with small gold spots on top and added some gold washi as a finishing touch.

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If you have someone in your life that needs some encouragement or support this is a really simple idea that you could use to make their day better.

CHA 2016 – My top picks

Before I get on with my list I just want to explain what CHA is (in case anyone is wondering). The CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Mega Show is like the prom of crafting events. It’s the industry’s biggest tradeshow and it’s where companies showcase their newest products.

Some of these products won’t even be available until February / March but I like to make a list ahead of time so I can prepare my poor wallet for what’s coming :).

So first up is We Are Memory Keepers (WRMK). I’m a big fan of their products, particularly their punch boards, so it’s no surprise that the first thing on my list is the Alphabet Punch Board. I literally flipped when I saw this!

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I love making banners but I often find that after I’m done preparing things for a workshop or a birthday I run out of time and I end up not making one. But what if it only took a few minutes to make ? Yes, please!

This thing can make all the letters of the alphabet, plus numbers and some symbols. And if that wasn’t enough they even have these super cute 3×5 paper pads to go with it. Just pick one out and start punching. I can see myself using this for everything from baby showers, birthdays, bake sales, craft fairs and more.

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The next thing on my list is the WRMK Organization Gallery. This is the most gorgeous wall display I have ever seen! Period!

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Six different ways to display your artwork, things that inspire you or store some of your favourite things. I’ll be ordering these as soon as they’re available.

Next up is Heidi Swapp. She always comes up with the most amazing products. Her Minc and Marquee Love collections are some of my faves. This year she came out with a Light Box collection and it literally brought tears to my eyes. This reminds me of those old movie theatre signs where they would switch out the plastic letters (here’s a visual to help with that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieaYv50BTdU).

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Also new in her Minc line is the reactive paint. This means that you can paint anything you want and then foil it. Check out a pic here. I mean come on…genius!

Next up some stamps, because that’s my main jam :).

There are a couple of awesome stamps from Altenew that caught my eye. Altenew is known for its beautiful floral stamps and this Peony Bouquet set is just stunning.

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The other Altenew stamp that I really like is Way too Sweet. This stamp set is just sooooo adorable. Can you ever have too many ice cream stamps ? Not in my book 🙂

PicMonkey Collage2The next stamp comes from Pinkfresh Studio and it’s called Bibliophile. I don’t even have to explain why I love this, it just ticks all the geeky boxes of my heart.

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Next up is Lawn Fawn. They are known for their cute stamps and silly puns. And in this category are Year Six and Donut Worry. Both of these just crack me up :).

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For me however, the most exciting thing coming out from Lawn Fawn is the Stamp Shammy. This was created specifically for cleaning off photopolymer stamps. Can I get a woot-woot ? No more lint or fibres stuck to your stamps and no more worry over chemicals and cleaners damaging them. Just good ol’ water and the shammy 🙂

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Next up we have scrapbooking. I mostly do Project Life these days but I still like to put together the occassional mini album or layout so I do like to have a few things to play with. The collection I’m most excited about is Better Together by Amy Tangerine. Mix tapes, postcards, records, donuts, polaroids, this is retro amazingness. The colors are super vibrant and there’s a lot of watercolor elements and textures. You can check out some close-up pics here. Love it!

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Another collection I really like is Shimelle‘s Starshine. This one also has a retro feel to it but it’s more a nod to the 50’s. It’s all about dreams and exploring and it’s awesome. That set of washi tapes…get outta here! Love it!

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And last but certainly not least is the Fancy Free collection by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. This one has a softer look to it and it’s just gorgeous. Those string art templates are amazing!

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So hold on to your wallets folks, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride 🙂

Just my type #GDP019

Hey guys! TGIF 🙂

I have a cute little set of notecards for you today using (you guessed it) the typewriter from Tap Tap Tap! I’m playing along with this week’s GDP theme challenge.

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These are very easy to make (you can see here the supplies I used):

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The notecards are 5″x7″, scored at 3 1/2″. I used the inks to watercolor the typewriter but, because I’m using Very Vanilla (which is not as thick as regular cardstock), I used minimal amounts of water to avoid any warping or bleed through. I also used a watercolour graphite pencil to do some shading.

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For the sentiment I used my (actual) typewriter. The great thing about this is that you can make up your own fun sentiments. I actually came up with a second one which cracks me up :).

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Aren’t they silly ? I love them!

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You’re Vintage

Hey guys! Today’s project(s) features some of my favourite elements (vintage, retro, type, quotes). I’m also using the Tap Tap Tap stamp set which is one of my faves.

If you’re giving someone a book as a gift it’s always nice to also include a bookmark. If it’s a hand made bookmark even better! I wanted something simple since the design of the book was very minimal.

I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (if you’re going for a vintage look it’s always better to work with a cream color rather than a bright white) to 2″ wide and I punched the top using one of my tag topper punches (quick and easy). The length of the tag or bookmark doesn’t matter as you can always trim it down later (in fact it’s better to leave it long so you don’t run out of room for your writing/stamping).

Next, I picked a quote and used my old typewriter to type it out. I know what you’re gonna say, not everyone happens to have a typewriter and, while I think having one is amazing, you can either write the quote by hand or download a typewriter font and use a printer to get a similar look.

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I really liked how this came out so I ended up making a couple more for two other gift-giving occassions.

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The tag particularly cracks me up :). There really is no end to the puns and funny sentiments you can come up with using a typewriter.

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