Monday, 9 April 2018

Published again and something different!

Hi all!

Well, where has this year gone? I can't believe the date! This morning, I actually double checked it was April and not March! for some reason, and probably 'cos I''m "losing it", I thought it was still March and when I had to use the date on a hotel booking, I really did do a double-take!
So, time's flying by really quickly again and I guess it won't be too long before it's the dreaded Christmas!!!
Enough of that now. It's quite gloomy :(

So, this weekend, I had some time to make a nice little "something different" using the free gifts which came with Papercraft essentials magazine - issue 158. I haven't opened the mag yet to read it but I was just desperate to make something with the freebies and this is what I came up with!

Alongside the free stamp/die/stencil set, I used distress inks for the background/reeds and water effect and Spectrum Noir sparkle pens for colouring the cute frog, the duck and the frame. I bought the little cloud dies from an online store but no idea when or where from!!!

I used the little wooden easel to display it which I bought (I think) from Stamps Away!
They do come in handy now and again!

Recently, my cards have been published in Papercraft Inspirations magazine, as part of their Reader Tester Team.
I say recently, but in reality, I think I've been in the mag every month, bar one, for the last 9 or 10 months!
This is 2 photos of this months mag , issue 177 May 2018 - the front cover and my project :

As the pic is quite small, here's my card in a larger photo -  I'm unable to blog my pictures until they've appeared in the mag for obvious reasons!
This image is from one of my favourite stamp/digi stamp companies, Lili of The Valley, and, if you follow the link it will take you directly to their page to purchase this gorgeous digi stamp.
She's my fave because she's also my birth month!!!

With the stamp, I used First Edition paper pad Wanderlust  (which is available from The Range) and I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir marker pens.

While we're on the subject of published pieces (!!!), here is  my carousel card in issue 176 (April).

Apart from cream and pink cardstock, I used a circle die and a border edge die to make this card, as all of the imagery is created from the printables, available to download in the magazine.

So, there we are for now.
I'm still waiting to hear from Craftstash re the design team, although I was so happy to hear my name and see my cards on their Facebook Live show a couple of weeks back!

Here's wishing you all a peaceful and happy day/night :)

Lesley xxx

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