Clear 2 inch circle stickers

Sticker Love!

I’ve finally managed to look up from my cutter to realise that I have neglected some of my other printed items.  It’s been a really long time since I last listed my 2 inch clear circle stickers. The reason for this is once again due to certain technology issues which I won’t go into.  Let’s just say that not all laser printers are equal. 🙂

I am happy to say that that they are officially back and listed here in my Etsy shop.

Clear 2 inch circle stickers

Clear 2 inch circle stickers

While I was in the zone I also made the templates for these cute heart stickers. I added to them my stash a while ago and thought it was about time I tried them out. I think they came out really well and are also available in my Etsy shop here with a white background. Other colours may follow soon.

Heart shaped stickers

Heart shaped stickers

I have got the sticker bug back so expect to some more clear stickers coming soon. Are there any sticker shapes and sizes that you could recommend I try? I’m always open to suggestions, or any excuse to expand my stash and experiment on new styles.

New paper cutting tool

I’ve been a little busy distracted recently….. well since October to be precise. My workflow has completely changed as I’ve started all over again with a shiny new cutter and different software. This is something I had thought about but didn’t expect to happen for at least another year.

Unfortunately my Silhouette Portrait had to be retired during the busiest month of the year. I tried to get Cameo to troubleshoot it with me but after a week I admitted defeat. This left me with the choice of either buying another or taking the bold step to buy something I’d coveted for some time.

Obviously I took the plunge and bought my dream cutter. It can do dual head cutting and it flashes purdy colours when it boots up. It’s basically a raspberry pie with disco lights so definitely an upgrade with a lot less limitations.

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Creating my first Bujo – Bullet Journalism

It’s been a while since I posted last and it got me thinking about all the things I’ve been doing since my last post. I have a long list of exciting topics that I want to share with you, some of which were planned and some impromptu. Unfortunately, I haven’t found the time to fit them in.

I realise that despite using spreadsheets for my day job – I have a lot to learn about planning and being organised. I also need to find a way to remember things and balance my time better.

I think I have the answer…….


My first BuJo – Learning to be organised!

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What’s in your colour palette?

Making colour palettes for projects is really good fun, I used to do this a lot when working on websites.  You could take a photo of your favourite sunset and use it as the inspiration for your design. I spent many a quiet hour doing this.

My question to you is have you ever made one for yourself?

Using the ColourToy app you can make a colour palette from a photo of yourself. Here’s what my palette looked like:

My colour palette

Oddly, the first make-up I bought from the Body Shop was almost identical to these colours. What’s really nice about the app is that it also gives you the hexadecimal code so you can recreate the colours exactly. Continue reading

Our Etsy Craft-tea Party #EtsyCraftParty

IDEAS Birmingham Etsy team took part in #EtsyCraftParty focusing heavily on the ‘Craft-tea Party’ aspect. With crafting, eating cakes and sharing a virtual cuppa online being our usual thing, meeting up at Boston Tea Party and doing it all for real made for an amazing afternoon followed by much after-party fun.

BTP Corporation Street is a fantastic venue, the staff are so friendly and the cakes……. well the cakes can speak for themselves. I had heard their Earl Grey was amazing but I didn’t quite believe it would quickly go to the top of my favourites. Much respect to Lottie from SimplyCharlotteB & PaperOwlPackages for recommending them both. Continue reading

Copyright or Copy wrong?

Imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery, especially when it comes to copying your creative work. Forget all the bad examples big business has shown by copying their competitors, making slight changes and calling it innovation! This only dilutes what could be a marketplace with an abundant stream of ideas.

Lazy Mind Copy Idea written on a scrabble tile coaster.

Copyright is something that concerns all artists and designers.  Whilst influence is natural plagiarism is far more calculated. Did you know that the practice of copying work and making slight changes is known as ‘Derivative Works’ and that only the original copyright owner has the right to make them? Continue reading

Etsy UK Captain’s Summit 2016

This month I took part in the 3rd Etsy UK Captain’s Summit in Cambridge with Lottie from SimplyCharlotteB. The Summit was an opportunity to share help and advice on team issues like how the Etsy Made Local Christmas markets went, while catching up with friends and partaking in tea and cake. Lots of tea and cake!

Etsy Admin organised the event around the theme of the Great British Bake Off!  I have to say a big thank you for all the effort that went into making it a really great weekend. I was very happy that I didn’t need any of my emergency food. Big big-ups to Francesca, Ajeet, Sarah & Susannah for looking after everyone so well and for the constant supply of tea and cookies. Continue reading