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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Just a quickie!

Just a quickie to let you all know there is a fab offer on at www.clarecurdcrafts.co.uk right now!
 
You can treat yourself to any Tim Holtz distress ink pad in stock, with a bargain 10% off!
 
 
 
Hop on over and see what other bargains we have in store to treat yourself with. 

Best thing of all?  All orders are packed and sent the same day if ordered before 2pm on a weekday - how's that for service?!

Don't walk.. run!! :)

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Friday, April 26, 2013

HUGE Project Life Giveaway!

Edit: Giveaway now CLOSED!  All winners have been announced on the innercircle.com blog :)

Hi bloggers!

SO, how do you fancy the chance to WIN all of these goodies?



That's right, TWO mini albums and TWO mini kits of YOUR choice from the above selection - awesome, huh?

Well, thanks to the amazingly generous Tammy Morales at ScrapbookersInnerCircle.com, this could all be yours! 

How to enter for a chance to win this giveaway:  
  • Leave a comment with your name + city + country on this blog post.  Don't forget to tell me your selections!
  • This giveaway is open to anyone with a European or Canadian address.  
  • Comments will close 7 am EST on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
  • The winner will be posted on Monday, May 6th, so be sure to check back!

Now for the awesome part, BONUS!!


There is an additional prize, for any one who pre-orders between March 1 - May 4th at ScrapbookersInnerCircle.com -   they will be entered in to a draw to receive their ENTIRE order for free. That's right, Tammy will provide the winner with a full refund for their pre-order including taxes and shipping.  How generous a prize is THAT!?
 
SO, what are you waiting for? Go Pre-order your next gorgeous Project Life kit, right now - and you could win it all for free!
 
Click here to buy Project Life in Europe
 
 
Just as a closing statement, I would like to say how much I love this shop and the service I have received in the past.  Tammy goes above and beyond the call of duty when you need her, always on hand to answer the stupidest of questions (I know it's 2am, but I just need to know how many cards there are in the core kit) and always with a smile. 


This was my last order - look how well packaged it is!  The items come in sturdy, plastic wrapped packaging to begin with - but then they get all that Styrofoam love too! 

The best bit? How my heart pounds when I know my order is here and the smell of freshly printed card whilst flicking through the beautiful designs.  If you've never experienced this before - make your order today - you're missing out :)

I hope you're one of the lucky ones - fingers crossed - it could be YOU!
 
Please check out 'Scrapbookers Inner Circle' Social networking to find out about other great giveaways leading up to National Scrapbooking day (May 4th).
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Did I ever tell you the one about my new venture?


OK, so, I think it may have totally slipped my mind - but I've been a busy girl lately! 

After quitting all of my craft 'work' responsibilities, I finally reconnected with the passion I used to have and I've been creating much more.  It's felt amazing!  I never wanted to fall in to the trap again where I had so much commitment that my passion for craft turned in to a chore.  When I discovered Clare Curd was opening her own shop, well - I just had to join her.  I absolutely love this woman, she's like a talented bundle of fun and positive energy - and we always have the craziest conversations, so I knew this could work! 

Well.. fast forward to a few months ago and I took on the role of Design Team leader - and GOSH do I love it! The girls I work with are just amazing, in every way!  They ooze talent, they're kind and they inspire me every day.  I can't see this ever feeling like a chore or zapping my creativity the way it did before.

Today, my work is featured and i'd love you to go check it out and see the amazing talent I work with!  So, without further blatherings.. here's my post!

Today I have two cards to show you featuring the 6x6 paper pad from Cosmo Cricket called '2wenty Thr3e'.  You can pick it up from here for a bargain £4.94 whilst our special offer discount is still running!

Cosmo Cricket 2wenty Thr3e Patterned Paper Mini Deck
 
Both cards feature the '2wenty Thr3e' Element Deck, £2.24, as the main embellishment to show that very quick cards and much inspiration can be achieved from this nifty little pad!

Cosmo Cricket 2wenty Thr3e Element Deck
 
So, here's card number 1:
 
Products Used: Cosmo Cricket 2wenty Thr3e Element Deck, Cosmo Cricket 2wenty Thr3e Patterned Paper mini deck,  Teresa Collins Everyday Moments Stamps,

For this card, I felt the image was too flat, so I cut and outlined two yellow rectangles and adhered them to the paper with foam to give a 3D effect.  I wanted to embellish the card but without being too fussy, so I stamped the Teresa Collins flower on to the same yellow and this created a visual triangle on my card - which gives it a better balance.  The Teresa Collins clear stamp also allowed me to add another greeting to the front because I could see exactly where I was stamping!

And on to card number 2:

Products Used: Cosmo Cricket 2wenty Thr3e Element Deck, Cosmo Cricket 2wenty Thr3e Patterned Paper mini deck, Paula Pascual Journalling spots clear stamp.
 
Once I had matted my Element deck sheet on to a scalloped border of patterned paper, I set about trying to make my own 'simple' embellishment by stamping journaling spots on to 2wenty Thr3e patterned papers and cutting them out.  I felt they worked really well and when layered up with scraps of paper and greetings die cut from another paper, the card was finished in a cinch! 
 
I'd really like to highlight these stamps, as they gave me a really clean impression and were a joy to use:
Paula Pascual Stamps - Journalling Spots
 
They have so many uses and could make any pile of paper scraps in to useful journaling blocks for scrapbook pages, cards and Smash books - or get inventive and use as jar labels or gift tags.  The possibilities really are endless and they've been a staple in my craft set!  £4.91 is a snap so grab your set from us today here :)
 
I hope you enjoyed my cards today and I wish you all a very warm and wonderful week ahead.
 
 

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Fate and MME Be Amazing

It would have been more 'trendy' to call it 'MME - Be Amazeballs' wouldn't it?! It's not a word I think will be showing up in my vocab any time soon, but then I said that in the 90's about 'LOL' and I find myself slipping the odd one into written conversation.. oops.. LOL ;)

I've had these paper collections since they come out, for me, it was love at first sight.  I'm not the kind of girl that likes to butcher papers that have beautiful graphics or writing on them.. I just have them hanging around until the writing has some meaning to what I wish to scrapbook or we have a spectacular breakup where I declare "it isn't you.. it's me.. I just can't do this anymore.. i'm cheating on you with October Afternoon".


Lee was taking some pics at the window with my camera and I was hovering about nagging him to take them outside because the glass would make the picture suck.. blah blah blah.  Then, he turns to me with such a smile of pride on his face and shows me his pictures taken through the heart on the window :)  That's impressive imagination for a man isn't it?!

Here's a fancy pants close-up to show I actually used some ribbon on my layout - hurray!!

Oh and buttons.. ding ding double points!!!

Wishing you all a fabulous Easter :)

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Ooh Leaf - Glazed misting and mini alphas

I've always kicked myself for not picking up the world famous Studio G £1 set of mini wooden alpha stamps.  KICK!  I thought that wooden was not the best format for alphas, I can't see where i'm stamping - it will be wonky - a mess!  But well, wonky and messy is all the rage these days ;)

So, imagine my joy when I found a similar set in Hobbycraft for £3.  Ignore that it's £2 more expensive - it's been about 5 years since I regretted buying those aforementioned stamps.. £2 counts for inflation!? There's a whole array of fonts, but I managed to be a good girl and just get two sets!

I use so many tiny alpha stickers in my Project Life, these babies will save me a fortune!!


See how messy is all the rage?? *ahem*

Close-up to show the splats are glazed, raised blobs - so cool!

 
I love this boy, he can be so cheeky but he just gets away with everything because he's adorable!!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Absolutely Fabulous using old Stash from American Crafts

I've been trying to use old stash lately and have really enjoyed 'shoppin' my own stash' to see what forgotten treasures lurked around! 

These American Crafts collection kits are timeless and very easy to throw on some extras from the buttons or brads pile.  (Admit it.. we all have a million brads that sit there crying, doomed to the cupboard because last time you used them, you dropped them on the floor and ended up on hands and knees at 4am picking up 15000 of them).


You see, not much stash used, but I do like my clean and simple layouts! (in reference to yesterdays post). 

Hmm. 
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Big Girl

Over on UKS, my lovely friend Chris challenged us to do the weekly UKS challenge which was a sketch!  It was a fortnight ago now, but here's the finished piece anyway!

 

I've had these K&Company felt flowers since forever!  'Wild Saffron' - how retro is that?! Once the layout was complete, I added the title and the word 'big' was in white Thickers.  It seemed a bit naked so I decided to colour all of the letter stickers and the doily with a brown Promarker so they matched and add doodling around the page to bring it all together.

Hmm, an interesting one..

.. I find i'm like my 'messy' layouts less compared to the clean and simple ones - but then they don't use up much stash?! LOL

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