Tuesday, 17 July 2018


Evening all, hows the new week treating you?

Can you guess what stamp set I’ll be using for today’s card? 
That’s right it’s the Time for Tea (147069) again. Don’t worry I’ll be placing an order at the end of the month and new stamp sets will be included. However this being said I hope your are seeing how many designs can be created when you have limited supplies. You all know my journey is just starting but exciting times are ahead with some successful creations (I hope). 

I started with a base of So Saffron, one of my favourite colours from when I was a demonstrator 5 years back. To create some drama for this card I wanted to do some sort of embossing, using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334) to create this cross affect. I think this really helped bring the whole design together and the subtle touches like these really make the card. 

The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate onto Whisper White card stock, fish tailed and place over Pear Pizzazz card stock that has been punched out with the Pretty Label Punch (143715). Using the foliage stamp from this set, I off printed the Pear Pizzazz and then using the outline stamped this as well in the same colour. I did this with the flowers in Highland Heather and So Saffron. All these elements were hand cut, to avoid having to do this purchase the bundle and get 10% off the Stamp Set am Thinlets. Save yourself. 

I wanted the card to have a main point of focus, so using the the cup and saucer in Smoky Slate I used a Aqua Painter (103954) and painted this in Highland Heather. Once I had all the elements together it’s was just gathering them all together and we got the image below.

As always all the products used to make this card are available online buy visiting my store using the ‘Order Online’ page. Please share this card on your social media and feel free to tag me so I get to see all your great creations! 

See you around!

The list of all items used are as follows:

Stamp Set:    Time for Tea (
147069 - £16.00) or the Bundle (148410 - £36.00)

Ink Pads:       So Saffron (147109 - £7.00)
                      Highland Heather (147103 - £7.00)
                      Pear Pizzazz (147104 - £7.00)
                      Smoky Slate (147105 - £7.00)

Card Stock:   So Saffron (108611 - £8.00)
                      Pear Pizzazz (131290 - £8.00)

                      Whisper White

Punches:        Pretty Label Punch (143715 - £17.00)

Adhesives:     Stampin' Dimensional's (104430 - £3.75)
                       Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755 - £3.75)

Accessories:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)
                      Aqua Painter (103954)

Sunday, 15 July 2018


How are we all this Sunday morning?

I’m excited to bring you today’s card using the Botanical Bliss (146612) this is definitely quickly becoming one of my favourite stamp sets! I took inspiration from the catalogue today and in particular the image to the right. The catalogue not only is the place too look at all the Stampin’ Up! Goodies but also a key source for inspiration. I love the way the Crumb Cake was used with the Pool Party.

As the inspiration is a tag it was easy enough to change to a card and using a Crumb Cake base to the size of our Narrow Note Cards (145583). Using the Crumb Cake ink pad and the long leaf design stamp along the base, I also stamped the Friend sentiment in the ink colour onto Whisper White card stock using the Pretty Label Punch to round one end.

Three other colours were used in the making of this card, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz & Highland Heather. The bird was stamped onto Whisper White card stock and the leaf pattern in Pear Pizzazz onto the coordinating card stock. This is the moment I tell you how much I wish I had the Thinlets that go with this set! Would have save a little to when cutting these out!

In the catalogue image the Fresh Fig button is used, as an alternative I used Highland Heather to stamp some of the small flowers out and cut them out. I really enjoyed putting this card together with the final outcome exceeding expectations!

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See you around!

The list of all items used are as follows:

Stamp Set:   Botanical Bliss (146612 - £18.00) or the Bundle (148333 - £38.50)

Ink Pads:     Crumb Cake (147116 - £7.00)
                    Highland Heather (147103 - £7.00)
                    Pear Pizzazz (147104 - £7.00)
                    Pool Party (147105 - £7.00)

Card Stock: Crumb Cake (121685 - £8.00)
                    Pear Pizzazz (131290 - £8.00)

Punches:      Pretty Label Punch (143715 - £17.00)

Adhesives:   Stampin' Dimensional's (104430 - £3.75)
                     Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755 - £3.75)

Thursday, 12 July 2018

A Very Vanilla Card...

Evening all!

I can honestly say I have not stopped crafting since the arrival of my starter kit. I have so many cards to share with you but unfortunately you’ll have to wait for a little to see all of my little creations. Make sure you stay toned and pop back to see.

So today’s card is using the other stamp set I added to my starter kit, Time for Tea (147069). I think the main attraction to this stamp set was the way Stampin' Up! showed it off with all the copper accessories, which you’ll soon realise are something of my favourite things.

I’m not going to lie I looked at this stamp set and my heart dropped as I didn’t have a clue where to start. I’m sure you’ll recall that I did purchase the coordinating Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper (146894), so I basically just started cutting bits up. As you’ll see is didn’t use much and only choose a small strip with the Coastal Cabana spoon design sheet but the subtleness of this really works for this card. This DSP was mounted onto some Coastal Cabana card stock and place on a Very Vanilla Card vase, measuring at 10.5x14.8cm.

To break up the large empty spaces I used the silhouetted leaf stamp in Calypso Coral, however as per my previous post below, I did off stamp this to remove some of the link to soften the colour. Following this I stamped the sentiment in Smoky Slate and punched the top half of the sentiment with the Pretty Label Punch (143715). As the sentiment doesn’t fit into the much a stamped the word friendship onto Calypso Coral card stock and flag either end.

The card still felt a little empty and as I seemed to have plenty of time on my hands, I stamped the foliage in Coastal Cabana and the flowers in Calypso Coral. Having to cut these little bits out was actually quite enjoyable and really finished the card off.

The list of items used are as below:
Stamp Set: Time for Tea (147069 - £16.00)
Ink Pads: Smoky Slate (147113 - £7.00), Calypso Coral (147108 - £7.00) & Coastal Cabana (147097 - £7.00)
Card Stock: Calypso Coral (124392 - £8.00), Coastal Cabana (131302 - £8.00), Very Vanilla (106550 - £9.00) & Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper (146894 - £13.00)
Accessories: Pretty Label Punch (143715)

Please let me know what you think in the comments below or head over to my Facebook page for more updates and conversations.

See you around!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Especially For You

Shall we start how we mean to go on? I’m back and today’s post is going to be the first card I’ve made since 2012. I know it’s scary. I thought I best start small and work my way up to a larger more complex card.

For today’s card I want to use the Botanical Bliss Stamp Set, the following image shows all the stamps available. There such a good verity of sentiments and floral imagery. Not to mention the coordinating the Thinlits!

I started with a base of Smoky Slate card stock measuring at 6 inches by 3 inches folded to make a small 3x3 note card. Using the coordinating ink pad I stamped out the beautiful larger flower (as above). Easy so far right? I’m not going to make it difficult trust me. Then using the Pretty Lable Punch to cut out the piece of Whisper White card stock and snip off a bit from the right side. If your smarter than me and don’t want to waste any of your card stock, you can just position the punch just missing this end bit. 

To brighten up the card I though I’d introduce some So Saffron into the mix by stamping the silhouette flower twice. Now as you would have noticed this isn’t as bright as as you would expect. Don’t worry my ink pad has plenty of ink but what I did was stamp it onto some scrap paper prior to stamping onto the Whisper White. I love this effect and I think you’ll be seeing it a lot more! To finish the card off I choose the sentiment “Especially For You” which is also from Botanical Bliss.

The list of items used are as below:

Stamp Set: Botanical Bliss (146612 - £18.00)
Ink Pads: Smoky Slate (147113 - £7.00) & So Saffron (147109 - £7.00)
Card Stock: Smoky Slate (131291 - £8.00) & Whisper White (106549 - £9.00)

As always please feel free to share this post with your friends and like minded crafters. If you want to know any more about purchasing any of the products used in today’s card please feel free to contact me. Alternatively you could add this into your starter kit along with many other goodies totalling £130.00 for just £99.00.

See you around!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

A New Journey

As Rupaul says "Guess who back in the house".

So after a 5 year hiatus I'm back! A lot has happened in this time, I went to College and University, finally left McDonald's and got engaged. Shocker I know and who'd have thought this would have all happened in just 5 years. 

With making the decision to step away from carding making and in turn Stampin' Up wasn't easy and it definitely felt like something was missing. As you might imagine I am so happy to be back, however starting back up doesn't come without its draw backs. I have nothing other than what I received in my starter kit making this a complete fresh start!

Each month you'll see what I'll be ordering and making from all the goodies. Don't worry this post isn't just going to be me rambling on, I do have a video of the items I choose in my starter kit. 

As the video states I've joined at the perfect time because Stampin' Up are offering you a whole suite of ink pads for free (normally valued at £63.50) when you sign up as a demonstrator.The chart below gives you a full list of the colour suites. This is amazing especially when you are already getting £130.00 worth of Stampin' Up goodies for only £99.00. If you are considering joining or want any more information, please contact me and I'll happily help in anyway possible.  
I hope you stick around to enjoy my journey with me and see what creations are made from the above products. 

See you around!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The Anatomy of an Angel by Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst, who is an internationally recognised British artist who majority works in works in sculptures and interrelation piece.  We constantly see the repetition of death though his work and is famous for his ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ 1991 (A shark concealed in a Formaldehyde Solution). This was displayed at the Tate Modern last year with serial other pieces of his work.
In September last year while working in London I was able to go and see his expedition there, one piece got my attention, ‘The Anatomy of an Angel’.  This Sculpture shows an angel sat on a rock with sections of her flesh removed revealing its anatomy. Hirst based this piece on Alfred Boucher’s sculpture ‘L'Hirondelle’ which also is of an angel sat on a rock. Hirst made his version of Boucher’s ‘L’Hirondelle’ to show that the imagery of an angel maybe not be as powerful and as holy as religion states, showing that on the inside they are the same as humanity.  
The concept with religion is presented through the angelic statue that shows how society values religion in the different periods. Religion in the 1920’s when the ‘L’Hirondelle’ was created was facing a battle with education and feminism in society. This in comparison to modern society, religion and education are now found on a level playing flied. Even though 84% of the world’s population (to the Washington times) are still religious, we find its not dominating our culture as it did. Hirst altered the ‘L’Hirondelle’ to show that we as humans are the same on the inside of the creatures called angels in the bible. Whether he does this in his own religious beliefs is unknown, however though my research and discovering that he was once religious, I’d say it represents his loss of faith by comparing us with the imagery of an angle.
As stated above the continue battle between evolution and religion is continued in Hirst’s piece of work. When looking into the religious aspect to the piece I’ve found myself asking ‘If there is biology to religion and how religion explains it?’ From the information found on the creation of the angels as a race, we can not specify when or how they came to be. Only that like humanity they were made in god’s image. It’s also clear that they weren’t created in the same 6 days in which the Earth and humanity were. Therefore this could lead to the evidence that angels were in fact created in humanities image however with improved abilities and Devine intervention.  This supports Hirst with his sculpture and his ideas on how angels and humanity are alike.
The sculpture fits well with the types of images the younger generations are facing through different aspects of their lives. Today’s cultures we find are centred on mythology meeting reality, which in themselves are opposites. We see this through the types of literature being written and the television and film that are being shown. The sculpture is a perfect example of this with the way Hirst is showing us how we have the anatomy the same as the angel. Bring down the walls between humanity and the mythical, just as today’s generation is being shown through the media.
We can also look into how modern society considers beauty, personality and stereotypes. The angel itself is figured in how artist have imaged them in most drawings and paintings, not following the exact description of them from the bible, ‘living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings.’ This could have been done so that the audience of these painting would follow and aim to look and act like what they were viewing. This is exactly the case In Boucher’s work; he was trying to show how people should behave with all aspects of their lives, instead of rebelling from the religious ways. We can see again that Hirst argues against this by showing we are all alike under the flesh. However he still uses a stereotypical beautify and angelic image of a women to do this.
On Hirst continual theme of death we can see that the angel has been dissected like most of his work. Allowing the audience to see the mechanics of the creatures and how they work. Now anyone with a basic level of biology will know the general layout to the human body. Making it clear the anatomy is the same as ours. Not only this we our shown the angels bones and a section of its skull, this in particular is something that collected my attention. This is because within death and decay it’s the bones which are left for many years after, allowing us in the future to look back and make the past reality with the findings. The sculpture makes it clear that when the flesh and the organs are gone and we are left with bones, there is no difference between anybody. Which is why Hirst’s continue comparison comes down to the face in death we are all the same.
Overall with Hirst’s sculpture, the beauty and elegance of the piece is remarkable. The biggest questions are found when studying it closer and looking into the history, however this is hidden under the simply design and posture of the angel. This was all possibly done to show the simple message of we are all alike, from showing the history of ‘L’Hirondelle’ being used to make people follow a normality by being religious, then with Hirst peeling away the layers to show them that with everything happening was just natural progress within society. The piece still holds an elegance in which I haven’t seen before and appeals to me because of the culture I’ve been surrounded by (mythology meeting reality). However from the research I’ve found myself conflicted by its religious meaning, holding no actuate description of an angel or fitting into an opinion of any of the sides mentioned. 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Best Days Fly By by Loui Jover

Loui Jover is an Austrian artist who was born and lived his early life in Europe.  Being a suppressed artist from a young age Jover was found drawing in books his ideas, cartoons and other illustrations. This secrecy is what he says ‘Allowed my style and ability develop with natural progress’ giving him the opportunity to freely use a number of styles and approaches. After leaving college trained in commercial and graphic art he found his way back to his drawing. 
Jover’s style and preferred material to use is vintage book pages for a background with ink/pen as his drawing material. An example of this is the drawing ‘Best Days Fly By’, the image depicts the shadow of what I assume to be a young boy on a swing. However knowing how the artist draws from his childhood memory to inspire him with his art, it could lead the viewer to consider that the child sat on the swing is older than we lead to believe. The said child may be seeking escapism from reality by reliving a simpler time of his childhood. What lead me to this evaluation are the 2 images of mathematical equations displayed in the background. These equations themselves from my research would be tort to an older child, which supports that the images of a younger Jover looking back. 
The title of the drawing also bring dimension to the piece in more ways than one. ‘Best Days Fly By’ could be seen as a metaphor for what the image depicts. While on a swing the feeling of lightness and the ability to fly become apparent. The idea of being able to fly has always had the idea of freedom and escapism, not being grounded almost to one place or person. The saying is generally used ‘to fly away’ and in this case means exactly that, the artist wants to hold on to the memories however time in this case just escapes from him not allowing him to enjoy that moment longer. 
It could easily be said that the meaning of freedom is equally expressed though the way the artist uses the technique of the ink. This allows it to move freely course though the pages allowing different tones throughout the drawing. The best example of this in this piece is what we assume to be the sky/clouds. However you can see on many of his drawing the drip marks from when the ink has run free from its own image. This is supported by the way Jover never uses a formal outlines to his drawings, only using light and shadow to create the image.
The way in which the artists primarily sticks to using black in his drawings brings an interest on how his remembers these moments themselves. Somewhere I remember hearing that we remember things in black and white, explaining the use of these colours being used throughout history to show flash back on television and film.  Researching into this I found that this was normally the case for people who grew up with a black and white television, only allowing their brains to register these colours. Looking at the dates of Jover’s birth and when coloured television was introduced we can see this may be the case for him. It was introduced into Australia the same year as his birth; however we know that he spent the first few years of his life in Europe. Assuming he didn’t immigrate to Australia until the age of 4-6 this would be relevant to him. This also allows the book pages to fit in with the whole concept of the colour of the text and aged look to his aged drawing. 
The concept of using book pages in his work gives another dimension to his work. As we know his drawing represent a moment from his childhood and the book pages almost represent ‘his story’ while growing up. It’s not known if he uses relevant book pages or in a few of his pieces music sheets, however if they were then it bring a personal touch to each drawing. Also by using specific book pages could bring a whole new meaning to each piece allowing emotions and senses to be used in the drawing.
In conclusion the artist Jover has used a textural background using the book pages which with being a current artist is high on trend being used across the board from fashion to advertisement. This will also follow straight into the next trend of typography we’ll be seeing very soon used a lot. This makes it a highly appealable to the current generations viewing his work. As for myself I’m drawn to his work due to the meaning behind each piece and the way he allows the ink to express meanings and levels to the drawing that may not be primarily seen.