I am thinking of doing a blogpost each month with an overview of what I have bought, what I have been loving and what cards I have made each month. Let me know what you think and if you would like to see more of this type of post.
What I have been loving this month.
I buy my card blanks from Ryman stationary. I have tried other card blanks that I can purchase locally, but for the price these are the ones I love. They come in various sizes and I have them in UK A6, 6″x6″ and 5″x7″. At the start of the month I was loving the A6 size. It is the closest in size to the American A2 that you see all over blog land, although they are slightly skinnier and taller. By the end of the month I had used them so much I had run out. I do need a trip out, but not in the snow! In the mean time I have really been getting into 5″x7″. The bigger size can be a bit daunting at first, but it gives you more space to “fill up” with white space to give you a beautiful CAS card.
Other things I have been loving include all things Altenew. I have loved Altenew stamps and inks for a while now, but this month I have started getting into both the Artist Markers and their layering dies. I bought the set of Fantasy floral dies at the beginning of January.
Which leads me onto :
What I have bought this month.
It was February half term in the middle of the month and working in a school I had a week off work so I decided to spend some of the Christmas money I had left and purchased a few things from Seven Hills Crafts.
I love my Set A of artist markers and therefore I needed set B. Particularly because it has some browns and greys which are great for colouring animals, (I now need Set C). I still keep collecting the inks and you can never have too many blues. So the set of deep blue seas inks jumped into my basket. My first set of flora and fauna stamps is the Happy Little Woodland set. I have been lusting after some stamps from this company, after seeing all the beautiful samples on-line. I would also really like some of their texture stamps, but they never seem to be in stock. Too popular I think. I haven’t inked up this stamp set yet, but watch this space.
I subscribe to Creative stamping magazine and at the end of January I had this edition which came with this lovely set of stamps. I have had a little play with stamp set, but know I will be using it lots in the future, especially for the girls at work, those two lady images are beautiful.
At the end of the month issue 54 came out. I love the stamps with this issue as it has lots of images that can be used for masculine cards.
As you know I love all things Altenew so when I saw the new Simply cards and papercraft magazine, whilst doing the supermarket shop in half term, I just had to have it.
See the cards above for a sample using this die. The die is of a thinner quality compared with dies from Altenew, but I was really impressed with the results. They cut like a dream in my little Cuttlebug. I know I will use this die a lot and I coloured the layers using my new set of Altenew markers.
Non crafty things I have been loving
The Walking Dead has restarted – Yay!
I’m currently reading H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald
Not loving –
The snow and the Beast from the East, (now called Storm Emma). I normally love winter, but this one started early and is finishing (soon I hope) late. I am well over it. Can’t wait for spring!
I hope you like this post in a new style for me. Please let me know and Keep it Crafty!