Planning Out Loud: W/B 19 November 2018

It’s a day later than usual, but here’s this week’s Plan With Me video. I was so busy preparing for yesterday’s Health and Wellbeing Day that I didn’t have time to record on Friday – I didn’t want to squeeze it in and rush it, so I decided to postpone it to Sunday when I had more time. So, here it is … I know we’re technically still in Autumn, but I fancied a change and used the lovely warm Winter Dreams sticker collection from EllieBeth Designs UK for this week’s set-up. Hope you like it as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by. xxx

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Heath and Wellbeing Day: Cards for Recovery

It’s Saturday evening, and I’m sitting on the sofa with my feet up. It’s been a long day, but a fruitful and enjoyable one – I’ve been selling my cards out the local Health and Wellbeing Day.

All week, I’ve been painting watercolour cards and thinking about how best to display my wares. In the end, I decided to divvy the cards up into type, to help people find what they might be looking for, so I had a stand for Christmas cards, a stand for birthday cards and three baskets: one for thinking of you and get well soon cards; one for friendship cards and note cards; and one for thank you cards and congratulations cards. I definitely think it helped as I sold more cards this year than I did last year!

I wasn’t just selling cards this year, though. I was also raising money and awareness for my local Recovery College, and have donated 25p from the sale of every card to their Just Giving page. The Recovery College has played a massively important role in my recovery from mental illness, and I wanted to give something back to them. The money raised via the Just Giving page will be going toward the publication of the Hope book which will be made available to people living with and recovering from mental illness. Going forward, I’ll be donating money from the sale of all the cards I make.

Thank you to everyone who came along and bought cards today! It was lovely to chat to you, and I hope you enjoy sending the cards. If you couldn’t make it to the Health and Wellbeing Day, but would like to purchase one or more of my cards, you can find them in my Etsy shop. Postage and Packing is free within mainland UK and rates are low for the rest of the world.

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Cheeky Studio | Ice To Meet You … Succa!

Hello, lovely friends! Today, I’m sharing a process video for a layout I created with the August kit from Cheeky Studio which is based on the Notebook Nancy ephemera designed by Cheeky Studio owner, Tuesdae Hubbard.

Also, earlier this week, I shared two cards I created with left over bits from the July kit. I took some of the Sweet Succulent ephemera, trimmed off the white edges and layered them over a spot of mixed media. I love how they turned out – so light and delicate!

Don’t forget you can get 10% off your orders at Cheeky Studio with my discount code: natalie10.

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow! xxx

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Crafting Out Loud: Watercolour Business Cards

This Saturday, I’ll be selling my cards at our local Health and Wellbeing Day (which is also a craft fayre!) but I just realised I’ve run out of business cards, so I’ve made some more. Here’s the process video.

From now on, I’m going to be donating 25p from the sale of every card I sell to the Recovery College. They’re trying to raise funds to publish a new ‘Hope’ book, the first edition of which I was given in hospital and still have today. So, hopefully (See what I did there?), I’ll sell lots of cards and be able to donate lots of money to the college.

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Design Team News and Weekly Round-Up: 05 – 11 Nov 2018

Hello! It’s Monday, so it must be time for another weekly round-up.

For Cheeky Studio this week, I shared two project. The first was a birthday card I made using the left over Sweet Succulents clusters from the July kit, and the second was a homework-themed layout, created using the August kit, featuring the Notebook Nancy ephemera. The kits themselves aren’t available anymore, but you can still buy the individual ephemera packs on the website. Don’t forget to use my code natalie10 for 10% off your orders!

Speaking of Cheeky Studio, I created another layout featuring their ephemera for my Mixed Media Monday series on YouTube. For this 12×12 I used the ‘On the Cover’ ephemera to scrap this picture of my children sitting in our local library, reading books. To create the mixed media background, I used Nuvo Shimmer Powders and LOTS of water on a piece of Vicki Boutin Foundations paper – it took the water really well. I’m impressed!

For Mama Makes, I made a stack of watercolour Christmas cards and used the ‘merry christmas’ stamp from the Cozy Christmas stamp set. It was the perfect size for these 4×6 cards. For Skull and Cross Buns, I used the Santa’s Workshop set to stamp the robot and doll, the Merry Christmas Neon Sign Rubber Stamp and the acrylic stocking embellishment on top of an embossed panel I coloured using Gelatos.

My biggest project this week was One Week In My Bullet Journal. Every day, I filmed my planning sessions and shared them on YouTube. The photos below show how the week turned out. I used the EllieBeth Designs UK Poppy Fields stickers as it was Remembrance Day yesterday. Rachel donated 100% off the profits from the sale of this collection to the Royal British Legion – which totalled £250.

For the coming week, I’m using the Grateful Heart collection and am again combining my personal tasks and my creative work tasks in the same bujo. I liked having everything in one place last week, so I’m hoping it works well for me this week.

Angela Fehr’s Watercolor Mastery course continued with its second week last week. We looked at value and how to master it and bring depth and vibrancy to your watercolours. We painted Notans and Value Studies before trying a painting based on a high-contrast photo. I chose a photo of a lotus flower as it was beautifully lit and had the full range of values. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out although I think the background still needs a bit of work.

Week 3: Colour, Not Just a Theory

This week, we are looking at colour and how to use it to affect the mood of our paintings. On Saturday, I tried my hand at a beach scene. I used a photo I’d taken on our trip to Knoll Beach a couple of weeks ago and made a Notan and Value Study before attempting the actual painting. I’m finding the Notans and Value Studies really helpful – they make me look properly at the picture and help me determine where to focus my painting attention.

Over the next few days, I plan to paint this scene again, using different colours to play with the mood. I also want to paint it looser and with more expression.

Finally, here are some other cards I made. This Saturday coming, I’ll be selling my cards at our local Health and Wellbeing Fayre. As I’m doing a lot of watercolour practice at the moment, I’ve decided to focus on painting watercolour cards to sell too. They always seem to sell well – and if the Christmas cards don’t sell-out, I’ll just use them myself!

Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by! xxx

Don’t forget, if you’d like to buy anything from these shops, you can use the discount codes below!

  • Cheeky Studio – for 10% off your order, use the discount code: natalie1o (excludes kit club subscription).
  • EllieBeth Designs UK – for 10% off your order, use the discount code: NATALIE10.
  • Mama Makes – for 20% off your first order, use the discount code: IMNEW.
  • Skull and Cross Buns – for 10% off your order, use the discount code: DESIGNTEAM.
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One Week In My Bullet Journal: November 2018 – Day 7

This week, I’m doing a video a day and inviting you all into the nitty-gritty planning details of my personal and creative life! Here’s today’s video. Thanks for stopping by! xxx

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If you’d like to financially support my channel please visit my online shop, StonetableDesignsUK, and buy one of my unique, handmade cards. Thank you!

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One Week In My Bullet Journal: November 2018 – Day 6

This week, I’m doing a video a day and inviting you all into the nitty-gritty planning details of my personal and creative life! Here’s today’s video. Thanks for stopping by! xxx

Come join the Crafting Out Loud Facebook group. We are a supportive bunch of arters and crafters sharing our makes, tricks and tips with each other.

If you’d like to financially support my channel please visit my online shop, StonetableDesignsUK, and buy one of my unique, handmade cards. Thank you!

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Cheeky Studio | Hang In There Kiddo

Hello! For my Cheeky Studio Design Team makes this week, I created two projects. The first is this birthday card which features two clusters from the Sweet Succulents ephemera pack. I love the colours in these pieces; they’re so soft and gentle. Before sticking the clusters to the page and trimming their edges, I splattered the card with some watered-down Distress Oxide inks to make the two clusters feel connected and part of the same card.

For my second make, I created a 12×12 scrapbook layout documenting my daughter’s hate-hate relationship with homework. These photos have always made me chuckle, so they definitely deserve a layout of their own. I used the August kit from Cheeky Studio which is based on the Notebook Nancy ephemera pack, from which I pulled the iPad, mobile phone and notebooks – all of which my kids use for their homework. If you’d like to see how this layout came together, you can watch the video below.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off your orders at Cheeky Studio with my discount code: natalie10. (Excluding the Cheeky Kit Club.)

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow! xxx

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One Week In My Bullet Journal: November 2018 – Day 5

This week, I’m doing a video a day and inviting you all into the nitty-gritty planning details of my personal and creative life! Here’s today’s video. Thanks for stopping by! xxx

Come join the Crafting Out Loud Facebook group. We are a supportive bunch of arters and crafters sharing our makes, tricks and tips with each other.

If you’d like to financially support my channel please visit my online shop, StonetableDesignsUK, and buy one of my unique, handmade cards. Thank you!

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One Week In My Bullet Journal: November 2018 – Day 4

This week, I’m doing a video a day and inviting you all into the nitty-gritty planning details of my personal and creative life! Here’s today’s video. Thanks for stopping by! xxx

Come join the Crafting Out Loud Facebook group. We are a supportive bunch of arters and crafters sharing our makes, tricks and tips with each other.

If you’d like to financially support my channel please visit my online shop, StonetableDesignsUK, and buy one of my unique, handmade cards. Thank you!

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