Off-Topic Tuesday: My Latest Obsession

It started with just one pen. Now there’s three.

Fluffy Pens

I would be more, but they keep falling prey to the kittens at work (my poor Easter Bunny lost his ears.)

Who knows what it is about these pens, but I can’t stop buying them. Look at all that cuteness! (And at least no one steals them from me.)

Video Friday: How to Make an Exploding Box Card

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As I’ve continued to try and try out new card styles, I came across this video on the Docrafts channel. Below is my first attempt at an Exploding Box Card – not too adventurous, but I’m going to work up to it!

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My Exploding Box Card used the ‘Happy Birthday’ from XCut’s Ornate Sentiments and paper from Kaiser Craft

 

Wishlist Wednesday: Lawn Fawn

Back in April, I managed to find some time off work to head to the Craft 4 Crafters show. On my best behaviour, I stuck to a strict budget, but temptation came in the shape of these next products. I resisted and put them on my mental wishlist instead, but it was a definite struggle.

I fall in love with anything cute and quirky, so of course I immediately fell in love with Lawn Fawn! The punny sentiments are just an added bonus. Plus, many of their amazing designs combine both dies and stamps, making for some amazing card designs.

It’s impossible for me to pick just one thing for my wishlist this week, so here’s my top three Lawn Fawn products of the moment that I hope to have coming my way soon!

1. Pizza My Heart

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Image taken from Lawn Fawn

Pizza. PIZZA. There aren’t many things I love as much as pizza, which is  why this cute little stamp set is top of my wishlist. Don’t get my started on the cute little faces that you can add to these slices!

2. Critters Ever After

Critters Ever After
Image taken from Lawn Fawn

Hippogriffs and Dragons and Unicorns oh my! I have some perfect fairy tale themed cardstock I could partner with this for some adorable cards.

3. Plan on It

Plan On It
Image taken from Lawn Fawn

I love organisation and planning, and this stamps would made my Filofax even more beautiful! I’ve been tempted by bullet journaling recently as well, and this stamp set might make it a little less daunting! The tooth will definitely make dentist appointments a little less scary as well – just look at that little guy!

Project Monday: Hobbit Doors

When I was very young, I was gifted with a copy of The Hobbit by my grandmother. I read it immediately, and then again, and fell in love with Middle Earth and it’s lore. Even though an amount of it went over my head at the tender age of ten, I still sat entranced watching the original trilogy of movies. As times gone on, my passion has only grown.

But I digress. This is not a post about my love affair with Middle Earth, but rather an introduction to a product I’ve loved creating.

My sister’s university housemate (and close friend) is getting married this summer. Shortly after I bought my Big Shot Plus, I got a request to make something for the wedding. “We’re not sure what yet, but something.” Time passed, and they came back with a request.

New address cards, that would suit the ‘Hobbitness’ of their new address.

Well, how could I refuse a request like that?

So, for the past month my mind has been buzzing with ideas for these new address cards. When given a theme you love and almost free reign it’s amazing what you can come up with. I experimented with embossing, combining different dies, using new card shapes.

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Here’s just a select sample of my early designs. I don’t want to show all of them as it may spoil the surprise! I made the cards with a mix of white and coloured card, mainly so I could show colour ideas without spending too much money on card stock just for samples. The samples and my notes went off to the Bride-to-Be, and I’m off to Cardiff this week to settle the final design to start making.

I imagine not all bespoke requests are this fun, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts!