What three words best describe your personality?
Creative, Planner, Reserved
What’s your worst habit?
I feel it might be procrastination as I am known to over plan projects however my daughter tells me it’s worrying about everything too much.
What are you currently reading?
I never really seem to have time to read books at the moment but I am busy visiting my favourite blogs, discovering the world of Pinterest and looking through paper crafting ideas books.
Do you have any new years’ resolutions?
Probably just to keep pursuing my paper crafting dreams without neglecting my family (but that does not include housework!).
What’s your favourite quote?
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
What would be your theme song?
Absolutely no idea! I have a favourite song that motivates me to keep going though – I’m Every Woman by Whitney Houston.
Are you on pinterest? What’s your favourite recent pin?
Yes and loving it! Way too many to decide what is fav. Probably anything on my Christmas board.
If you could go anywhere (real or not) where would you go?
Mmmmm that’s a big decision. Perhaps to the world beyond to see my darling Dad and Nanna.
How do you feel about garden gnomes?
I don’t really know and I don’t own any either but I adore the ones that flash their cute little butts at you from amongst the foliage.
What part of creating do you enjoy most?
The little finishing details to make the project complete while I am creating. I also love watching the reaction on people’s faces when I give them something I have made. I truly believe giving is better than receiving!
What sort of papers/embellishments most make you want to card make?
Generally ones that have blues and pinks in them, lend themselves to crafting in the shabby chic style and more often than not come from My Minds Eye.
Can you share some projects using your current favourite products?
My absolute favourite product to have on hand when I am card making is a 6x6 paper pad. I love the way the 12x12 paper patterns are miniaturised making them perfect for my card making. You also get a sample of the entire collection and some added bonus papers as well from time to time. My favourite company is My Minds Eye (MME) and The Sweetest Thing and Lost and Found 3 are my choice for this project. MME paper pads have double sided papers which make creating even easier particularly when making your own flowers. All the elements co-ordinate across the collection and also work well with other collections that they release. MME papers also work well with other companies embellishments as you can see here with my series of tags.
For this project I chose to make an inspiration board for my craft studio displaying a series of tags that showcased the elements that I absolutely love to include on cards and OTP projects. I have a shabby chic style which has also led me to look at ways of repurposing embellishments and more recently creating different ways to display my creations/cards. For this project I repurposed a photo frame by removing the photo matting, glass and backing board and replacing it with chicken wire making the perfect inspiration board to hang my tags from. I’ve also sanded and distress inked the frame.
The tags showcase some of my favourite die cut flowers, punched foliage and doilies. Butterflies are also another favourite. I love to finish them off with buttons, pearls or bling in the centre. Three of my most loved trims are twine, lace and seam binding. You can easily say my number one addiction after making flowers would be using seam binding! I love to spritz and scrunch it to give it that shabby look. TH Distress Ink is also my no 1 choice when I want to distress or change the colour of the seam binding to co-ordinate with my projects.
Buttons, bows, pegs and pins also feature on many of my creations. I will finish off my buttons with different twine tied in knots or bows – a button will never be on a project without it being threaded. So by now you can probably guess I need to pay attention to the finer details on my creations. By using edge distressing and inking techniques can “shabby up” the project – nothing needs to be “perfect” which is just why I love the shabby chic style so much.
These two cards are created from the Lost and Found 3 – Oliver 6x6 paper pad. The cards highlight how versatile the collections are for card making as they lend themselves to both male and female cards. They do also include many of those favourite elements I shared with you on my tags – butterflies, flowers, banners, twine and buttons!
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Harry Potter or Twilight? Twilight although my family watch Harry Potter all the time so I feel I may be converting!
Chips or Twisties? They are both equally addictive but I think Twisties win hands down.
Bath or Shower? Shower
Cheese or Chocolate? Cheese! I am not of fan of anything sweet, fruity or sugary at all.
Coffee or Tea? Tea most of the time - unless I am out or the coffee machine at home is on for the weekend then I’ll have a latte.
Jeans or Skirts? Jeans, but my dress and skirt collection is growing a little.
Christmas or New Years Eve? Christmas most definitely! I love watching people open their gifts particularly if I have made it for them.
Ikea or Op Shop? Ikea – love the prices and visiting their store always motivates me to be organised.
Ninjas or Pirates? RRRRR I would have to say pirates me hearties! I met Captain Jack Sparrow at Disneyland and it was awesome!
Pool or Ocean? Pool – not that I swim much these days.
Sunset or Sunrise? Sunset! Great time to reflect on your day and life with a glass of red wine.
Phone or Text? Text for the quick things but a phone call to catch up with friends and family is a must.
Desert or Snow? Snow as long as I am not shovelling it off the driveway. We lived in the US for 2 years and I think it is the No 1 thing I was not sad to say good bye to!