Monday, 30 March 2015

Up and Away!

Can you get much cuter or happy than these Mama Elephant Up and Away stamps? Here's a card I made last night, also using the Lawn Fawn journaling card and MME papers. Coloured with Promarkers.

I also tried out my new smooth watercolour paper with Avery Elle's Ellie and Distress Inks. Pretty happy with it except the ink bled on the balloon because it was too wet, lesson learnt for next time!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

My first shaker card!

I seem to be spending far too much time on Instagram and Pintrest recently admiring the amazing cards other people have made. Really inspirational although not so good for the bank balance to see all the awesome stamps and dies being used that I don't currently own (more on that later!) So shaker cards are big at the moment, and I love any excuse to use sequins so I've tried my own using my current favourite Wplus9 Bubble Talk elephant again.

I've watercoloured him with Black Soot Dostress Ink. The paper and circle dies are from Lawn Fawn. I'm happy with how he's turned out even if the sequins seem to stick round the edges and the watercolour card is a bit too off-white for my liking.

So to remedy this for next time, I visited my favourite art shop in Cardiff to get some lovely smooth white watercolour card for next time! 

I picked up that fab new Cracked Pistachio and a couple of others at the NEC Hobbycrafts show last weekend, and maybe a few more lovely bits too...

A mixture of online and NEC purchases here. I love the Avery Elle elephant and I've wanted the Mama Elephant Up and Away stamps for a while now! Safe to say I'm a very happy crafter and just waiting for a few free evenings to get stuck in. A two year old and a full time job do get in the way!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Make The Day Special March challenge

If I'm honest, colour challenges are not usually my thing. I much prefer a sketch or a theme. But this month's Make The Day Special blog challenge has some really fab colour options, and actually it was a great excuse to have a dig through my paper scraps bag! I used the darker colour scheme of the three, and my lovely Wplus9 bubble talk elephant stamps and dies, and my always-favourite Lawn Fawn Finlay's ABCs.


He's coloured with Promarkers, but I was at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC on Friday and picked up loads of new distress inks for the next elephant!

I was hoping to have a chance to try the other colour ways too before the challenge ended but time has run away with me. Mostly that I was in Dubai last weekend visiting my sister, can't really complain about that! 

Monday, 2 March 2015


So I went to a crop last weekend and managed 3 layouts, and I'm pretty pleased with all of them! My Ivy aged 1-2 album is now so full it doesn't close properly and probably weighs more than she does. I think I'll allow myself to start some age 2 pages onwards now!

I had fun die-cutting circles for this one. Had to be done really with a "bubbles" photo, didn't it?!

This photo amuses me. We were packing for a weekend away in Barcelona without her and she jumped into my suitcase, strapped herself in and starts using my toothbrush! Kids are funny!

And Ivy's birthday present, which now lives outside of course!

Thanks for stopping by!

PS- I'm honoured to be chosen as a runner up in the Make The Day Special February challenge, thanks for that. I'm working on March as we speak!