Friday, 30 June 2017

Custom Shimmer & Shine Alpha Tutorial

Hello lovelies! Today, I have a little 'How To' that I hope will show how easy it can be to customise Rinea Foiled Paper! I wanted to add a soft, subtle shimmer and shine to some recent layouts for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge but couldn't find an embellishment that I was happy with. Enter my Metallics Foiled Paper Variety Pack - a swoonsome collection that includes a selection of 'Matte' and 'Glossy' Gold, Silver and Copper. It's so on trend, it hurts! :)


The Foiled Papers die-cut so well (but I would recommend some release paper for smaller or more intricate details) and I was thrilled to have some custom alpha embellishments for my cards and layouts. I could have left it there - with some basic, die-cut alphas in some of the lovely metallics - but I wanted a little variety and decided to emulate some of the two-tone alphas I've been seeing recently.


Creating this look is so simple. Haul out an alpha die-cut, choose a little bit of washi tape that compliments or contrasts with the Foiled Paper. Add the washi tape to the Foiled Paper, using the die-cut as an aid; run through the die-cutter; and voila!


I've had a lot of fun combining my customised alphas with my Watermelon Whimsy {June's Counterfeit Kit} stash and I am certain that this technique will turn up over and over, as I make my own kits each month! 


I've already started to experiment with some of the other Rinea Foiled Paper colours; different washi; and, of course, different die-cuts. So much fun! Watch out for more soon!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Dream Big Pocket Letter {It's Arrived!}

A little while back, I sent out a batch of Pocket Letters and none of them arrived at their destination. I was so disappointed! Luckily, the second Pocket Letter that I've made and mailed for the lovely Pang (who's on IG as @hello_gnap) has arrived! I really hope that Pang feels it was worth the wait!


The base of the Pocket Letter is the Posh Collection from Simple Stories. I loved the classic mix of colours and the cute, fun sentiments. I've added some elements from Dear Lizzy and Papermania, but have mostly created my own embellishments - some of which I've added to the Pocket Letter; and some I included in a little collection of 'extras'.


I've been thrilled with the Gummiapan - Stitched Banners Die and the Gummiapan - 2 Diamonds Die - both from Swedish House Crafts - because I've been able to make co-ordinating embellishments from with my scrap stash. I've added some little labels, stitching and sparkles to them, as finishing touches. And there I have it, a Perfectly Posh (and Polished) Pocket Letter.


Oh my! Try saying that when you have been up all night crafting and drinking wine! (Which, of course, I never do!) 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Happiness {Sunday Sneak}

It's been a little while since the last Sunday Sneak, while I've been busily working on Design Team work for RineaSwedish House Crafts and the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. But now, I have a little sneak to share. 


It's a fun, happy little project, that I'm not allowed to share in full. Just looking at the colours makes me feel happy. Care to guess what it's for?