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 🙂

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A little bit of bling #tgifc36

Hey guys! Today I’m taking part in the TGIF Challenge.

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Challenges are a great way to step outside of your comfort zone and try something different. So I got my embossing powders out and while I was trying to decide between the silver and the gold I thought why not use them together ? So I did!

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I really liked the way the embossed sentiment turned out so I experimented further with the box. I embossed it with the Woodland Embossing Folder, then I ran my Versamark Ink Pad over the raised surface and sprinkled some parts with silver and the rest with gold embossing powder. This gave it a nice grainy, grungy texture.

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I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I encourage you to challenge yourself and experiment, you’ll be surprised by the result!

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A flurry of wishes (Crafty Christmas #1)

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing my first Christmas project of the season :). I know, it seems kinda early to be thinking about Christmas, but when it comes to hand crafting you have to plan ahead (like waaaay ahead).

Today I’m showcasing my favourite Christmas stamp set, A Flurry of Wishes. This one was love at first sight <3. My friends know I have a thing for snowflakes (and winter in general) and celtic knots so this was just perfect for me. And it has a matching punch, I mean what more could a girl ask for ?
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I’ve already made several projects using it but probably my favourite one is the banner I’m sharing today.
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The image just doesn’t do it justice. It’s got beautiful font, some gold for sparkle and plenty of snowflakes…it’s soft, yet crisp and modern at the same time.
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And since I loved it so much I decided to make some matching Christmas ornaments as well. These would make a great hand made gift for friends or family.
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Christmas, at least for me, is a reminder to look at the world with wonder, to allow yourself to feel joy and share it with those around you.

Memories in a jar (DIY keepsake)

Today I have a sweet little keepsake idea (I just love this one!).

This summer I went to the south of Italy with two of my close friends. We went to the beautiful region of Puglia, known for its majestic olive groves, magnificent sandy beaches and amazing food. Everything about the place is inviting and beathtaking. So naturally it offers endless creative inspiration.

While I was there I collected sand and small pebbles from some of the beautiful beaches we went to (I always seemed to have ziplock bags with me 🙂 ).
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So when I got back I thought…hmm…now what ? I didn’t want to stick the bags in a drawer and just forget about them.

And then it hit me! I had a few empty Ikea Rajtan jars in the kitchen so I set to work. Luckily I had enough sand and pebbles to fill three jars. I made one for myself and another two to give to my friends who were with me on the trip.
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This was the perfect way to remember our trip. When I’m feeling particularly nostalgic I take the lid off and take a whiff. It still gives off that lovely, salty sea smell (I’m sighing just thinking about it).

To decorate it I cut a circle out of watercolour paper, used a light blue to give it a soft background (you can’t really see it in the photo, it’s very light) and then I wrote the location, month and year on it and added a little flourish to fill the space around the edges. Tied a piece of coarse linen twine around it and done!
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I keep mine on my desk and it always makes me smile <3.

DIY pencil holder

Hey guys! Today I have another fun and super easy project. I’m showing you how to turn a regular tin can into a beautiful pencil holder in just a few minutes.

These are three I made for my colleagues at work. They bring a little whimsy to our otherwise simple brown desks.
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This is super easy to do and all you need is a tin can, a piece of designer/scrapbooking paper of your choice and some double sided tape.

Step 1: Measure the length of your tin can (in my case you can see it’s 10.3 cm.). You can use any size can you want/have, just wash it out after you eat the yummy inside :).
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Step 2: Cut your paper to match the length of your can.
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Step 3: Wrap the paper around the can to see how much you will need. Make sure you leave a little overlap and mark it with a pencil so you’ll know where to cut.
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Then cut the excess off.
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Step 4: Put a strip of double sided tape on the inside of one of the edges.
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Step 5: Take the backing off your tape, wrap the paper around and stick it down. Press well to ensure it sticks nice and firm.
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And voila! You have a beatiful piece of decor that can hold your pencils, paint brushes, pens etc.
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Next time you make spaghetti make sure you save that can 😉

A photo is worth a thousand words

In keeping with yesterday’s color challenge, today I’m sharing a lovely idea I got from Teneale Williams. I saw this in one of the Artisan Design Team Blog Hops and I knew I had to make one.

I actually ended up making two :), one for myself and one as a gift for my mom.
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So the first thing you will need is a 18 x 24 cm (7 3/4″ x 9 3/4″) frame. I wanted to see how it would look with both a thick frame and a slender one so I got one of each. The silver one is a Ribba frame from Ikea and the black one is from my local Jysk store. Nothing fancy, just regular (inexpensive) frames.

Next you’ll need six 5 x 5 cm (2″ x 2″) photos. To get these tiny photos I used the Collage feature on PicMonkey. This is a fantastic (and free) picture editor which I use all the time.

I’ve made a few Print Screens of the process to help you get the general idea. But once you play around with PicMonkey you’ll see it’s very easy and user friendly.

Once you’re on the site you want to click on the Collage option:
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A window will pop up to allow you to select which photos you want to upload:
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Once uploaded your page will look like this:
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Since we want a 10 x 15 cm (4″ x 6″) overall size you have to set it to 1800 x 1200 (make sure you unlock the boxes by clicking the little lock icon).
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Now it’s time to drag & drop your photos. You will also see a menu of options on the left. Make sure you set your spacing to 0 when you don’t want a white border around your photos. For other collages you might but we don’t in this instance.
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Keep adding photos by dragging & dropping:
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When you’re done with your collage click save:
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Save it to your computer and you’re done:
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Then all you have to do is print the photo and cut it into squares.

The other little squares decorating the first layout are from the Moments Like These Project Life Accessory Pack, but you can use any scrapbooking or designer paper you have (just cut it to 5 x 5 cm). In the second version I made some of my own squares using vellum, sequins, stamps, designer paper etc. So you can make it your own.

I do hope you give it a try. It’s super easy and makes for a great home decor piece!

Global Design Project #GDP009

I’ve been following the GDP challenges since they first started but (life being crazy as it is) I haven’t had a chance to participate. This week, when I saw the challenge it was a done deal.
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I love Stampin’ Up’s new In Colors. Mint Macaron is hands down my favourite color at the moment (sorry Coastal Cabana, I still love you).

I know the time for ice cream and strawberries has passed, but that’s the beauty of papercrafting; you can make summer last as long as you want (or at least until you still have a stash of summer edition chocolate).
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The recipe for this is simple. Sprinkles of Life + Cherry On Top DSP + Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder = ❤