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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Happy Heart Sentiments Offer Ends Tomorrow!

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Just a little note to remind you that the Introductory Price on the new 'Happy Heart' Sentiments, ends tomorrow!

You can find them *here* in the Boutique : )

Love Liz xx

  • Tags: Hand cut from 300gsm White Card
  • Patterned Papers: 'Automne'
  • Sentiments: 'Happy Heart' Sentiments
  • Small Bow Die: Lil' Inker Designs
  • Paper Twine, small hearts & a tiny silver clothes peg

Thursday, 29 January 2015

A Simple 'Happy Heart' Card

Thursday, 29 January 2015

A simple little card I've made using my new 'Happy Heart' Sentiments.

To make it, I cut around a printed sentiment so it was 1cm less in height & width than my card base, mounted it centrally to my card base, leaving a 1/2cm border at each edge and added some printed Washi Tape strips to the top and bottom edges. I finished it with a selection of small sequins & crystals and wrapped a length of Linen Twine around it as a closure.

I actually had a tiny pale pink heart-shaped crystal which I had wanted to add to it. I had just one left. But whilst I was putting the card together, it disappeared somewhere on my craft desk and I got fed up of looking for it. So I made my card without it. I think a little pop of pink would have just finished it off really nicely. But I like my card without it anyway.

I'm now off to buy some more crystals. Or maybe I should just tidy my craft desk : )

Love Liz xx

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Happy Heart Sentiments

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

I've added a little something new to the Boutique this morning : ) It's a new set of sentiments, with a romance theme, which I've called 'Happy Heart'.

'Happy Heart' is a set of 24 sentiments, in a selection of hand-lettered and mixed-typeface styles. And they are all for telling someone special just how much you love them. The set does include a couple of sentiments specifically for Valentine's Day, the biggest day for love of the year, and our next big card making occasion. But they are suitable for many more special moments & occasions too : )

Let me show them to you ...

'Happy Heart' Sentiments

'Happy Heart' Sentiments

The set includes
- 24 romance-themed sentiments in a selection of hand-lettered and mixed-typeface styles
- They print as 4 different sentiments to a single sheet of A4,
- on a white background,
- ready for you to cut around or punch to size.
- Their retail price will be £2.99.

These are the sentiments included in the download ...

And this is how they look in print, along with some close-up details of my cards : )

If you'd like to take a closer look, you can find 'Happy Heart' Sentiments *here* in the Boutique.

And they are just £1.99, just 'til Sunday 1st February!

And I hope you like them!

Love Liz xx

  • Card Bases: A6 Card hand cut from a sheet of A4 White Card. One printed with 'Mushroom Whisper' from 'Natural Neutrals'
  • Sentiments: 'Happy Heart' Sentiments
  • Heart Punch: Woodware Regular (Orange) Craft Punch
  • Gold Glitter Card, Plain Red Colour, Fine Red Glitter, Natural Linen Twine.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Treat Week Sale Ends Today!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Just a quick note to remind you that the Treat Week Sale ends today.

You'll find Treats all around the Boutique. All priced at just £1.00!

And retiring items are *here*.

Love Liz xx

  • Card Bases: 125mm White Square Card Blanks
  • Patterned Papers: 'Dandelion Clocks', 'Zebra Print' & 'Animal Print' from 'Marshmallow' Pattern Paper Pack
  • Sentiment: 'Simplest {Everyday} Sentiments'
  • Kraft Button Twine & Ivory Button Twine from The Ribbon Girl

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

So … hello 2015! Didn't that come around quickly? I can’t believe 2014 has come to an end. My dad used to tell me that the older we get, the faster the years fly by. And in 2014 that was certainly true for me. Oh how time flies!

2014 was a bit of a roller coaster year for me. It’s been a year full of ups and downs, challenges and triumphs, and far too many life and work lessons to mention. I felt as though I was taking 2 steps backwards for every one I took forwards for most of the year. And I still feel a little as though I have a full year of last year's work ahead of me, even though the year is now at an end. But in other ways I can see exactly where my time actually went. It has been, at times, a year that was more then just a little frustrating I can tell you!

The past couple of years have been the same really. Because I can now see how 2013 was full of similar little hurdles and lessons as well. In hindsight, I may have been wiser to take some of them on board at that time. But I didn't.

So for me, some of my New Year Resolutions for this year, are the same as they were at the beginning of last. Even the year before. Like these …

- finish my studio. Do you remember that? My 'Creating Space Project' from the beginning of 2013?
- come out from behind my computer a little more. I'm not yet quite sure how that will manifest itself yet. But, hey, it's good to have a goal, right?
- do other things with my designs. Stay with digital. But broaden my horizons into other areas too. Just a little.
- give myself chance to breathe. And create more. And stay true to myself.
- and get organised. Well, perhaps that should be stay organised! I seem to be able to get myself organised when I need to. I think staying that way is my real challenge!

In a way, each of my New Year Resolutions feels like a little gift to myself. With the advent of a new year, all of a sudden, ‘next year’ has become ‘this year’. All of those hurdles & lessons are, quite definitely, now in the past. This new year is my chance to try again, to re-commit to the promises I've already made to myself.

So I am looking forward positively : )

Anyway … onto the good stuff. Shall I tell you how I made my cards?

I created the background for both my cards in exactly the same way … a light spray of Spray Mount Adhesive across my card base, with an even lighter sprinkle of gold chunky glitter on the top. I sprinkled it all over the card base for the grey card. And just across part of it for the white one. Then I left them to dry overnight.

For the gold glitter star, I applied a thick layer of PVA adhesive to a star shape cut from white card. And added an equally thick layer of gold glitter - the same chunky glitter I'd used for the background.

I did this at the same time as I did my background. So it too, was left overnight to dry. I have to admit to being a little surprised to discover how much the edges had curled as it dried. But it was a pleasant surprise. I really liked it.

I then added it to my card with a length of button twine, secured in place with handmade Washi Tape, made from a sentiment.

The faceted star was created using the same star shape cut from ready-glittered gold card, which I simply scored across all five points, folded gently into shape and mounted it to my card using silicone glue.

And voila! Two very sparkly cards to wish you all a Happy New Year : )

Thank you all, so much, for all your wonderful support throughout 2014. You always make me feel like a very lucky girl : )

Happy New Year everyone!

Love Liz xx

  • Grey Card Base: Paperchase
  • White Card Base: Dovecraft
  • Sentiment: 'Christmas Sentiment Ribbons'
  • Star Die: Papertrey Ink
  • Chunky Gold Glitter, Gold Glitter Card, Button Twine