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As Featured On Blitsy – How To Make A Mixed Media Tote Bag

I have a mixed media project over on the Blitsy Blog at the moment with some inspiration to art-up your tote bags.

(I use affiliate links on this blog so some of the links in this posts are affiliated).

Tote bag makeover with art

I’ve become a bit of a tote bag collector. It was kind of an accident, I started buying them for DIY projects and article work. But then it became a bit of a habit.

They are so useful to have to hand so every now and again I replenish my stocks with a new tote blank ready for decorating or a get given them at blogger events. It seems to be the thing at the moment for many of the events I find myself at to give out canvas tote bags, Yay! Tote Bags! Sometimes these totes have a logo on them but sometimes they are blank, so they get added to my growing collection.

It is a fun project to do – arting-up a tote bag so I hope you will go take a look at the tutorial then give it a go yourself. But don’t forget to share the result on the Blitsy Addict Secret Facebook page (Shhh! It’s a secret!) or on the Blitsy Inspiration board.

Thanks for popping in.

Kim

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As Featured On Blitsy – MAMBI The Happy Planner Hacking

If you have been reading my blog this week then you will know that I have been singing the praises of the Me And My Big Ideas (MAMBI) CREATE 365™ The Happy Planner™. I have a new obsession, you can tell can’t you?

Well, I have some good news, you can get your very own Happy Planner in the Blitsy sale this weekend. Oh yeah! It’s your birthday! Ok, so it might not be your birthday but I’m just getting a bit over excited and all. (By the way I do use affiliate links and there are some in this blog post).

To give you a bit of inspiration of what you can do when you get your Happy Planner I have been planner hacking and I have a tutorial for a collage planner cover over on the Blitsy blog right now.

Buying The Happy Planner From Blitsy

For us in the UK (sorry my readers from other countries, I can’t advice on prices for your countries) the Happy Planner from Blitsy including postage and packaging works out around £19.28 (according to xe.com at the time of writing this blog post), that’s approximately £12.87 for the planner itself. This means you can drop something else into your shopping basket and not have to worry about import tax and duty as long as you make sure the goods don’t cost more than £15 before postage and packaging is added.

But a quick note, again for those in the UK: be careful of using the 40% off codes on Blitsy as when these are added you can get a super deal BUT the original un-discounted retail price of the item is placed on the delivery label, even though you did not pay that amount. That price on the delivery label can tip you over the £15 (approximately $23 depending on exchange rate) import limit and you might get charged duty and import tax even if you did not pay that price (they can only go by what is on the label). So you would need to factor that in when working out if you are saving money or not. I have no idea why this happens when you use the 40% codes and I have pointed it out to the guys at Blitsy and they said they would look into it.

Of course you will have to wait a little longer to get your planner if you order it from Blitsy as it does take a few days for dispatch and then it will take some more days to travel from the US to the UK! But it is only like a 2-3 weeks delay before it is in your hands and sometimes not even that.

So thems me Blitsy shopping tips of the day and if you want some more MAMBI Happy Planner inspiration then check out my other Blitsy Planner hacking blog post or my Me And My Big Ideas CREATE 365™ The Happy Planner™ blog post from Wednesday.

Catch you later Happy Planner Hackers and Blitsy Shoppers

Kim

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As Featured On Blitsy – DIY Mixed Media Keepsake Envelopes

It is my turn on the Blitsy blog today and I have a how-to for these super cute DIY Mixed Media Keepsake Envelopes with a FREE template you can download to make your own with so go check it out!

DIY Keepsake envelopes, click through to tutorial and template

I have to admit to being a bit besotted with these, hope you will be too, when you make your own.

Don’t forget to check out the latest Blitsy sale items whilst you are over there.

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As Featured On Blitsy – Mixed Media Planner Pocket Page

Calling all mixed media fans and planner fans, I’ve merged two of my favourite things at the moment to bring a mixed media planner pocket page tutorial to the Blitsy Blog.

A mixed Media planner pocket page tutorial

Go check out the Blitsy Blog to find out how I put this page together.

Also check out the Blitsy’s Secret Society page on facebook. It is the perfect group for us Blitsy Addicts, just ask to join or give me a shout in Facebook as I think I can add you to the group.

I *HEART* Blitsy so they are one of my affiliate programs and some of the links in this blog post are affiliated, I have a full run down of my affiliations on my Disclaimers and Disclosure page.

Thanks for popping in and enjoy the tutorial.

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As Featured On Blitsy – DIY Stencils Using Dies

Hey guys, I have a feature on the Blitsy blog today all about making the most out of your cutting dies.

Sneak peek of mixed media journal cards tutorial on the Blitsy Blog

Intrigued? Then pop on over to see the full step by step tutorial on the Blitsy blog and let me know what dies you will be using.

I *HEART* Blitsy so they are one of my affiliate programs and the links in this blog post are affiliated, I have a full run down of my affiliations on my Disclaimers and Disclosure page.

Have a sunny Thursday.

Kim

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A DIY Storage Tip For Studio, Office Or Kitchen

If you are one of my regular readers then you might remember that I have recently moved house, so when the guys at the Self Storage company Space Station Storage asked me if I would like to share a storage idea I thought ‘what a good idea!’ I mean storage is a bit of an ongoing project for me at the moment as we are still unpacking boxes. Ok so we moved in July last year but I don’t think we will finish unpacking any time soon.

Here is one of my favourite storage tips that can work well for lots of areas in the house but is super perfect for my studio and seeing as I’m still not sure where everything is I do need to make some more of these!

Turn a cutlery drainer into storage

Turn an uninteresting cutlery drainer into a pretty, sectioned storage basket. The great thing about this upcycle is you can theme it to fit any room in your house and store anything you need – even cutlery if you want!

Things you need to Turn a cutlery drainer into storage

You Will Need:
Cutlery drainer
Patterned paper
Glue (Mod Podge is perfect for this)
Brush
Spare card
Pencil

Step 1

Stand the Cutlery drainer on card and draw around the bottom sections

Give the cutlery drainer a good clean to remove any dust and dirt then stand it on the card. Draw around each of the bottom sections and cut them out. Then place the cut outs into the bottom of each section and trim them to get a good fit. The cardboard covers up the draining holes and makes a flat floor for each section.

Step 2

Glue strips of torn paper to the cutlery drainer

Tear the patterned paper into strips and decide if you want the white paper core to show or not, both looks work well depending on what you want.

Brush glue over a section of the cutlery drainer and add the paper. Brush more glue over the top of the paper. Keep working in sections until both the inside and outside of the drainer is covered. Then let the whole thing dry.

Use the new storage for pens, brushes, bits and bobs or even cutlery!

There you have it, one very handy pen holder for my desk.

If you are looking for some more desk storage ideas then try this upcycled tin can make over.

Tin can upcycled into a brush holder

Thanks again to the guys of  Space Station Storage for the inspiration to share one of my favourite storage ideas.

I would love to hear your storage ideas, particularly if they are upcycle and recycle ideas, but really any of your storage ideas would be great I need them all! Do share in the comments below if you have any.

Catch you later storagators!

Kim

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Simply Cards And Papercraft Masterclass Gelatine Printing

Hey guys,

Just popping in for a bit of a heads-up. You all know that I LOVE writing for magazines and it keeps me pretty busy, well I have already got some favourite articles coming out this year and here is a heads-up about one of them.

Kim Dellow's Gelatine printing masterclass in Simply Cards and Papercraft 134

[Photo credit: Practical Publishing International Ltd]

It is a masterclass that I did for Simply Cards and Papercraft about monoprinting with gelatine plates, which as you know is a cheap, DIY alternative to Gelli plates.

Why is this one of my favourites so far this year? Well for a few reasons actually, I just love how the cards turned out (yeah it always surprises me, even though I’m the one making them – are you like that too or is that just me?!), the colours are lush and I love the way that the guys at Practical Publishing make them look gorgeous (I want ALL their photo props and equipment (and skill LOL!)).

But there is an even bigger reason why it is a favourite of mine and that is I get to share with you one of my favourite techniques for getting cheap, easy, fun and unique printed cards using inks.

Now if any of you have tried using inks on a gelatine plate it doesn’t always work out that successfully but with this masterclass you can put those niggles behind you. So have fun and I can’t wait to see what you do, please do come back to share with me any of your makes using this masterclass I would love to see them!

Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue 134 cover

You will find the full masterclass in issue 134 of Simply Cards and Papercraft and there is a bonus card on their website, which, by the way, has lots of lovely extra makes from loads of other designers, so a good place to check out regularly #hint #hint.

Catch you later geliprintators!

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Blitsy Tutorial Time: Turn Your Notebooks Designer Gold

Hey, you know that I’ve gone a bit gold crazy right? Well take a peak at this quick makeover idea for your notebook covers:

DIY gold designer notebook cover makeover

The full tutorial is over on the Blitsy* Discover blog. I’ve used a Krylon Gold Leafing pen which you can often find on sale over at Blitsy* so keep your eye out!

If you want some more gold ideas then check out my Get The Look – Gold Transfer Foil.

Enjoy!

Kim

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Blitsy Tutorial Time: DIY Bespoke Loved-Up Coasters

Well I am a luck bunny! I’ve got another tutorial up on the Blitsy website* today.

This time it is a coaster revamp to give your Valentine’s table a bit of a bespoke love!

Upcycled Valetnine's day coasters

You can find the whole tutorial on the Blitsy Website* under the ‘Discover’ tab in the top right hand corner of your screen.

Hope you like it and have some coaster revamping fun with it!

Happy Valentine’s day for tomorrow!

Kim

[Just so you know both the links are referral links, if you click them and then go on to buy something I get a referral fee from Blitsy. Thanks for your support.]



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DIY Watercolour Gem Journaling Cards

I’ve been experimenting with the Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens, have you tried them yet? They are a fine line marker pen filled with an opaque, water-based paint and I’ve got to say I’m a bit in love with them. There are lots of techniques you can do with them but I thought I would show you these fun little watercolour effect gem journaling cards I’ve made and how I made them.

You Will Need:
Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens
ZIG Watercolor BrusH2O
Watercolor paper
Faber-Castell Pencil
American Crafts Becky Higgins Project Life Dies
Spare paper
Scissors

Step 1

You need to draw some gem shapes. If you can’t sketch the shapes try making yourself a paper template like the one shown above for the octagonal shaped gem.

It is a symmetrical shape so I folded a piece of paper in half then half again and drew the shape in the folded corner of the paper, then cut it out.

Step 2

Now when you unfold the paper you have the gem basic shape. You can draw around it on the watercolour paper in pencil and fill in the interior details by hand.

Step 3

Next I added colour using the Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens and a waterbrush. Press the nib of the Graphik Line Painter pen on a piece of plastic so that some of the paint comes out, then pick up the paint with the waterbrush and fill in the different sections of the gem sketch.

Step 4

Colour each section of the gem separately to give each ‘side’ of the gem different colour intensities, as if the light was catching the gem in different ways.

Step 5


Let the gem sketch dry completely then with a clean waterbrush add water to one of the gem sides. Before the water has time to dry flick the pen over the picture, the pen will give a nice splatter effect and with luck the gem side with the water will catch some more colour to give a really intense look.

Let the paint dry completely then cut the gem sketch out with the journaling die to use as a journaling card.

Cute aren’t they? I have another watercolour effect tutorial using the Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens on the Blitsy Blog so don’t forget to go check Blitsy too.

Catch you later.

Kim



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Tea Tray Art With Wayfair

Hey Guys, what are you all up to this Sunday? Looking for a new project to get your teeth into? If you are then you might fancy having a quick peek at the Wayfair.co.uk website and blog.

I’ve got a tutorial up showing how to make some tea tray art for the home.

Whilst you are on their site check out some more blogger inspiration on their blog and bag yourself a bargain for your home too!

Enjoy!

Kim