Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Coffee Shop Stepper Card

I decided to have a play with some digistamps I've had sitting in my stamp folder for a while now. I'll be entering this into the brand new Crafting from the Heart Challenge Blog which has an "Anything Goes" theme this week, as well as the "Anything Goes" theme at Artistic Inspirations Challenges and the "No People" theme at Left of Center Challenges.

I'm also going to have a play with side steppers, which I've tried with varying degrees of success in the past.

First of all though, to my trusty Inkscape...what would I do without this program, honestly!

The stamps I'm using are from a variety of sources. The bakery comes from The Stamping Boutique, the stack of teacups comes from Pink Cat Studio and the individual cups and cakes come from Digi Stamp Boutique.

These are the stamps scaled and positioned roughly where they'll be on the final card:

I printed them on Super Smooth card, used my Cricut to cut the most complicated section (the grouped digi at the front) coloured the images with ProMarkers, then glittered various parts with my quickie glue pen, and they were ready for the card.

To make the card I measured a 3cm step and an 8cm side panel from 300gsm rose pink card.

Then it was just a case of piecing it all together and tada!

I hope you like it.

MC x

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I'm back!

After a huge gap in my blogging and crafting life, I'm back with a vengeance! Just by way of explanation: last year my work became very busy and blogging took a bit of a back seat. I started to get more wedding orders, and that just became a priority, along with my full time job and craft orders. But something has happened which has made my life change pace once again. 8 weeks ago, this little creature made his way into our lives!

This is Chael (Ch-ayl) Andrew, and he's an absolutely fantastic wee boy. He's made me reconsider everything in my life, especially my work life, and I've decided to really get into my crafting again. So, the blog has returned!

Because we live in a 2 bedroomed house, our lovely big "hobby" room which had our library, music equipment, party space and a big craft area in it has been turned into a nursery. This was a labour of crafting love in itself:

But we had a little walk-in cupboard built in it to use as storage as he wouldn't need that whole huge room. As soon as I saw how spacious the little cupboard was it was adopted. It's now the Craft Nook! I love it so much but it's very compact. I'm just happy to have a dedicated craft space. Sorry about the picture quality here, this was taken on my phone:

I'll put up a separate post about the nursery and one about my new craft space soon.

Anyway, now that I am up and running with my crafting I'll be back very soon with more blog posts. I'm also going to start applying for design teams, so watch out crafty world!

MC x