Saturday, 3 August 2019

Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge Blog August #josttt008

Can you believe it's time again for the Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge Blog Design Team to serve up some fabulous papercrafted products to our readers? These months pass too quickly. This time the grid was chosen by Kaylin Krawczyk.  We had an option this month to join in with the fabulous Double Trouble Blog. This presented us with the chance to include something round in our card or to go a step further by incorporating other elements. I opted to keep with the round theme and not join in with the more advanced part of the challenge. OK so it was easy given that I already had circles on my card... let's call it one of life's serendipitous moments.

For my Joy of Sets grid I chose Circle, Animal and Plaid working down diagonally from the top right or up diagonally from the bottom left depending on the way you look at it. 

So here is my card -

As you can see it's a near circle card with a plaid layer of DSP and a cute little snail stamp on the front sitting atop a mound of circles.

I used Stampin' Up! thick Whisper White card stock for the card base which I cut using a 4 inch large circle die from a nesting set by X-Cut. I then used a flower shaped die which I think was from an X-Cut nesting set also. I used two different papers from a paper popper pad by Pollyanna Pickering which I think was a Christmas themed collection. I off set the two flower die cuts and wrapped some silver yarn around the upper layer just to add a little something.

I then used a smaller circle die to cut a disk of Whisper White, added a layer of the more plain DSP cut using a Starburst punch from Stampin' Up! and finishing off with a cute snail stamp to fulfil the animal element of the grid. This is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Easy Events which I could not bear to part with in my recent stash cull.  I stamped it in Pretty Peacock ink, again from Stampin' Up! and used an aqua blender to bring some colour onto the shell and to the gift on the snail's back.  To finish off I added some Stampin' Up! basic rhinestones and created a little insert to ensure the card always stands up. You can see how I did this in the tutorial video on my You Tube channel.

Why not come and play along with us and add your own entry using the tic tac toe board to the JOS challenge blog post. We love to see what other people do with it and enjoy popping in on new blogs.

Thank you for dropping in on mine. Have a great weekend.

Andrea x

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Keeping Things Together

Sometimes it's good to break things up and breathe new life into them but it's also good in this increasingly busy world to consolidate some things and minimise the amount of time we have to spend doing something, especially when that something is a hobby or a luxury (or both).

So since beginning the closing down of Crafty Little Things as a business I've considered which elements of it I want to keep and carry on with as my hobby, given that my business sprang from a hobby in the first place it seems natural to return to that. I don't think I could cope with the stress of life without my creative hobbies to refresh me. It would be easy to perhaps close down everything and return to just crafting for crafting's sake and not share anything I make or do with the world other than on my personal Facebook page as I used to. However, I've really come to enjoy the community of crafters on various platforms and I do love crafty challenges, sharing hauls, finding out about sales and bargains and participating in swaps. I love all of  that and don't want to let go of it. So...

...I've decided to keep this blog going although it will now also feature other crafts I might have a go at from time to time and not just papercraft. I'm also going to keep my You Tube channel which has always had a crafty theme but been more ecclectic anyway in terms of what I share there and I'm going to keep my Crafty Little Paper Things Facebook page although it's now been rebranded to just Crafty Little Things as I will also be sharing other crafts on there in the future. My Instagram account remains as is except for my new logo and I'm going to be updating my Crafty Little Things Twitter account too. So even though I'm no longer a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I'm still going to be around and still using Stampin' Up! and sharing my purchases and my projects because I love to do it. My website will be going which is a shame but it's not essential now I won't be selling anything.

I'm really hoping to find time to take part in more card making challenges in the coming months and to carry on with some scrapbooking which I started but didn't get too far with so watch out for those. It's an exciting time for me, even though it's been hectic relocating, preparing for a new job, closing down my business but still putting time enough into it to make ends meet for a few weeks but I'm nearly there with all of that and normal life will soon be resumed.

Thank for sticking with me!

Andrea x

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge Blog Design Team July 2019 #josttt007

It's that time again when the Joy of Sets Challenge Blog post another set of lovely cards created by the design team. I love being a part of the team and really enjoy making something using the Tic Tac
Toe style card element boards. This one was a tougher one for me than before and was created by the lovely Laura Awsom Geffert.

I went with the top horizontal line and so chose to incorporate the elements Glitter, Beverage and Twine or Ribbon into my card.

I used all Stampin' Up! products for this one and stuck to a two tone colour theme of Mint Macaron and Calypso Coral on a simple easel fold card. There is a video giving full details available on my channel and I've dropped it in at the end of the post too if you want to take a look at that.

I used the Tea Together stamp set and Tea Time Framelets to cut out the tea cup and the roses. Using an aqua blender allowed me to just bring the colour from the stamping onto the images a little more. I used a couple of scalloped circle punches for the sentiment which is fixed onto the card on top of a strip of ribbon from the Magnolia Lane suite of products. the paper I used was from the Garden Lane suite of products.

For my glittery element I went with Wink of Stella which I added to the tea cup and the roses and then I added a glitter dot to the sentiment from a retired set of embellishments from Stampin' Up!

If you want to play along with the board this month, head over to the challenge blog and use the link at the end to lead us to your blog post with your entry. We choose our 3 favourites and winner each month unless there are only a few entries in which case we choose just a winner, but we do have a good number of entries most months. The winner gets to be a guest design team member.

If you want to join in with other Joy of Sets challenges and project sharing then you can join the Facebook group.

Thanks for popping in, do go and show my fellow Design Team ladies some love. We really do appreciate it.

Have a great weekend.

Andrea x