Thursday, 18 April 2013

Taking Inspiration #1

Do you use Pinterest? I am an avid pinner, however after I have pinned something I don't often return to it, well, except for recipes. I see so many pretty pictures that I add to my inspiration boards and never get around to using them as actual inspiration. With that in mind I have decided to try using different pictures from these boards more when I am crafting in the form of a 'taking inspiration' challenge.

Here is my first prompt;

First of all I loved the soft pretty colours, the delicate layers of the ranunculus flowers and the pale blue wash on the cup, I also about the stamps I have that I could use to mimic the pattern on the cup.

I pleated some crepe tissue paper by hand and then dyed it with various different shades of pink inks and sprays. I stamped the background using PTI Daydreamer for the circles and a small floral flourish from Peace, Love & Joy. Unfortunately I should have stamped off the paper on the top of the card to make it look more grounded but I am happy to add another card to the almost always empty birthday section in my card holder.

I then loosely used the following picture for the next card;

I actually only made this to try out my new Rosie Posie stamps from Papertrey Ink, speaking of which I received this package of goodies a couple of months ago...

I am ashamed to say that I haven't used half of this stuff yet and I'm already preparing to put together another order for my birthday next week! I need to schedule myself in for some crafty time so I can give these babies a real workout!

Thanks for reading,
Ang x

Monday, 15 April 2013

Easter Catch Up!

Ok, I know, I know, Easter was a while ago and I am only just getting round to posting this!

First up is this bee-ee-ay-utiful card from the very talented Nat over at Kool Kitty Musings, isn't it gorgeous? My favourite part is the sweet little nest with the darling blue eggs, just perfect!

I saw these pretty decorated egg cartons on pinterest and it sparked my imagination

Here is my version that I sent to the lovely Nat.

When I saw these cute chocolate eggs for sale on the run up to Easter I knew what I wanted to do with the boxes. Egg 'n' Spoon from Cadburys, just a teensy bit yummy!

I tried spray painting one of the boxes but the smell was horrendous so I covered the second box in a layer of gesso then 2 coats of white acrylic paint.

I then filled each cup with little treats and goodies. I am so pleased with how it turned out, I have one more box left and I can't wait to make another!

Thank so much for reading, have a great week!

Ang x

PS - How did I forget to post THIS Easter fail?

At the time it all seemed like such a good idea
  • ingeniously (and I use that in the loosest possible sense) using passé fibers to create a nest? Check.
  • adding hand coloured little feathers? Check.
  • badly coloured eggs? Yup.
  • poorly executed ribbon banner? Uh huh.
I was quite proud of it, until I looked at the photo and all I saw was a tangled mess of *cough whisper* pubic hair. Poor ink choices, colouring, and the banner? Nope, sometimes you just have to learn a lesson and this lesson was 'throw it in the bin'!

PPS - I also give up on trying to fix the fonts and font colours on this post.


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