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I had a chance to get creative on the weekend and try something new.  This is a cross between a wall weaving and macrame.  I had a spare hoop around and wool (not quite the right material) but here's my first attempt.  I'm pretty happy with how it came out and that I had a chance to do something create and refresh my brain.

Don't make creativity and afterthought. It helps with self care and is a time for you.

Happy crafting.

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Baby on board

I have to admit I find it easier to be creative when I have a purpose. If it's someone's birthday, a wedding, Christmas time or a baby. It's just so much easier to try and kick off a crafting session when you have someone in mind for the card.  

A good friend of mine is having her first baby in March and I was attending the baby shower on the weekend.  I used the A Little Wild stamp set to make this card. Along with Swirls and Curls embossing folder on the base card stock.  I also used a Layering Circle Framelit to cut out the circle that the cute little bear is peaking out from.

I completely forgot to take photos the day I made it so these were snapped on my phone before heading out.  My forgetfulness means I forgot to take a photo from the inside. If I had you would have seen that I had stamped another image of the back of the bear and layered it so you could see it on the inside from the back.  Oh and I water coloured it all in using Stampin Blends. They are super easy…

How to build creativity into your life

After a big year in 2018 I took some time off over the New Year and as I usually do, and spent some time reflecting. Reflecting on the year that was, and thinking about the year that is to come. Over the past few years I've been setting intentions for my life as an alternative to New Year's Resolutions. Rather than focus on a goal around health or specific achievements I've focused on words that reflect traits or attitudes I want to bring into my life. Studies show that by setting positively framed intentions and being mindful of them you are able to program your subconscious mind to help you make decisions to help you achieve those intentions. I've found this incredibly helpful the past few years and have carried it forward to 2019 where my word for the year is INTENTIONAL. What does that have to do with creativity and this blog? Great question. I'm glad you asked it.

My blog turns 10 this year. In fact it turned 10 on Saturday. Something I didn't realise unt…

Coordinating sets to create amazing cards

I love a great stamp set, designer series paper & accessories that coordinate to make amazing cards. Not only does it make getting into your creative flow easy but you can quickly make a great set of cards to use or to bundle together and give as a gift.  Here's a series of cards I made using the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set, some retired designer series paper, the Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies and some retired coordinating stickers.

I'm really happy with how these turned out.  The thinlit dies and co-ordinating stamp sets are really easy to use and make these cards look a lot more complex than they really are.

Want more inspiration and to get your hands on this stamp set? You can shop the supplies for this card online in my store or pick your favourite goodies from your wish list to make your own.

Happy crafting.


Birthday bonanza

I love a great stamp that looks like you've worked really hard but is super simple. Last week I showed you birthday cards using a background paper and how simple it is to make a birthday card which looks great.  This week it's all about the background stamp.

Background stamps are fantastic because they can be customized to any colour for any occasion. They are super simple to use and really create something eye catching. For this card I used the Marbled clear mount background stamp. It has kind of a dreamy tie dye wash kind of effect.  Technically you could actually make your own marbled paper using water and inks and soap but who has the time to do that and dry the paper. And why would you when you can do something so easy. I think this would look dreamy if you inked it up using a few different shades of ink. 

To finish it off I added a few layers of card on my Whisper White base. A gold button and some ribbon. A heat embossed sentiment added a little more dimension. You co…

Happy Birthday to you

I don't know about you but around this time of the year it seems like everyone is having a birthday. Makes me wonder sometimes what happened 9 months ago but I can't find a correlation as it's spring down under and autumn in the northern hemisphere. Is there something in the water at the changing of the seasons?

Anyway back to crafting... I find I need to have a stockpile of birthday cards at this time of year. For those I know are coming, and the new friends I've made who seemingly all have birthdays in June & July. (What were all your parents up to - seriously?!)

Here's a simple one I made that only involved a little layering with a designer series paper and the come bigshot die cuts using the Stitched Shapes framelits and Happy Birthday thinlits.

Here's another one using different colours. 

Seriously this is the simplest card to make, and so quick. By changing up colours and patters you can make this suit any birthday occasion.  Got to love that. It'…

Good friends

Good friends can be hard to come by. The best friends are those that are fast friends, and life long friends, and friends who stick with you through thick and thin. You know the kind. You click instantly on meeting and you find yourself sharing deeply. You live on other sides of the world, and can't meet face to face often, but when you do it's like no time has passed at all. The ones who drop off care packages when you are sick, or random flowers for no reason. They are the ones to cherish. The best kind of all.

I made this simple card to celebrate friends. A stamped a flower from the Oh So Eclectic Stamp set across the page in black ink and used blender pens to colour in the flowers. You could also use ink and a aqua painter.

I love a repeated image. It a really effective way to create a card that is both striking and simple at the same time.  Here's a close up of my colouring. I'm not the best at this, but there is something therapeutic about staying in between the…