Monday, 6 July 2015

Following the Yellow Brick Road

It's been a while again....but 2015 has got off to a great start in the Craftypagan household. We've had some fun family trips including a short break over Easter at Blackpool which of course the kids absolutely loved!

This year has also been a time of reflection, especially spiritually. Before having the kids my spirituality was such a big part of my life, I even met Ian through a pagan website. But, time disappears when you're raising kids and especially since my back worsened with two pregnancies. The kids though, whilst still young-Isis has only just turned 3-are able to play themselves a bit-they're not so dependent and with that little bit of personal freedom comes some extra time.

I've been able to get back into reading a bit. Goddess worship and devotion was a big part of my path and I'm rediscovering myself and my path. I've just picked up Lisa Lister's book 'Code Red' and its fabulous!

I've been working on adding some new designs to the shop and as a huge huge fan of the Wizard of Oz I wanted to get some more Oz items created. And so I made these cute Wizard of Oz invitations.
Click your heels..
and these Wizard of Oz Quote tags.
These are so fun for parties and weddings.
I've been thinking about getting a Wizard of Oz tattoo-I've been pinning some super cool ink on one of my Pinterest boards-you can have a peek Here.

So I'm going to be adding some different content on here and I realise lots of my original followers came because of my cardmaking etc so I hope you'll still continue to follow me but hey if not I understand. I plan on adding some pagan/spiritual posts, still be adding my etsy makes but adding etsy business posts, some wedding inspiration stuff, bit more about my life in general, maybe some fashion posts too.

This past week or so Summer has finally arrived in the UK. Isis hasn't been well recently which we think may have been down to her heart so she has been at home rather than nursery. This little pic was of her chilling in the paddling pool last week.


Thanks for stopping by!





Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas Is Coming....

I still haven't gotten back into the swing of blogging. Ah well I shall keep on trying! So I wanted to blog today about Blog and Buy Sale which is a Blog that started 3 years ago and basically it supports designers and artists who sell their handmade work online. It's such a great resource and Craftypagan Designs featured on them way back when they started.

They've just published their Christmas Wishlist and it has so many fantastic products on there you could probably get most of your Christmas shopping done! These are a couple of my fave products:











Well worth checking out! Some of my products are also in there;) My cute pocketbook is perfect for your fashionista friends, vintage lover or seamstress.












Thursday, 24 July 2014

Where did the time go?

It feels like ages since I last blogged, and in fact it Is ages! But I'm finally back working on my shop with Ian and feel like I'm back in the land of the living now that my little girl has now started nursery.

Since I last blogged we have had a new addition to our family-Isis Rose who is now 2 years old. Her and Leo are adorable together! It has been a bit of a rough ride though and getting back to work has taken longer than usual. Isis was born with congenital heart disease, a particular defect called pulmonary stenosis and it wasn't discovered until she came down with a cold at 2 weeks old and during the check up my GP heard her very loud heart murmur and we got sent for tests. Ultimately she had to have heart surgery at 10 weeks to reduce the narrowing in her heart and it did work to the extent that if she hadn't of had it within a month or so she would have died and it has opened the valve up somewhat but unfortunately it isn't a total 'fix'. This pic of her was a few weeks after her operation.
She still has her heart problem which she will always have and we have regular check ups to see how the heart is functioning etc. and she could well have more heart surgery in the future. Her heart problem has also meant she has been poorly a lot and takes longer to recover than other children, and we just have to be really careful to watch how she is when she's poorly because things could worsen very quickly. There are lots of other elements to it but safe to say things have been difficult.
Isis September 2013
We are lucky though, there are so many other children with problems worse than her. The hospitals have all been great. All you can do is try and live in the moment as much as possible and get on with things.
Leo and Isis Summer 2013
It feels great now to be able to work on my shop etc and do something for me. I've started making some new bits and bobs. I really want to extend our Wizard of Oz section. So far I've managed to make this set of Wizard of Oz bookmarks.
I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging-we might go in slightly a different direction but I hope you'll come along with me:)

Also I'm on Instagram now so if you want to follow me there I'd love it and I will follow you back too! http://instagram.com/craftypagan

Friday, 9 September 2011

Last Candy Re-Draw

Still not claimed so the first person who leaves a comment under this post can have it:) If you're the first can you also email me at craftypagan@gmail.com

Thanks!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Another Candy Re-draw!

Oh dear! Not claimed again! So the winner this time is Karen Tallon. Please email within 4 days to claim at craftypagan@gmail.com.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Candy Re-draw

Hi guys,

The person who won the candy hasn't claimed so I've re-drawn-the Winner is KITTIRIN If you can email me at craftypagan@gmail.com I will get your prize to you! If it hasn't been claimed in 4 days I will re0draw again!

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Blog Candy Winner

Hi guys!

Apologies for the lateness, been a bit under the weather but I've now got a winner for you!

There were 88 entries and random org picked number 28 which is MARIAN.

If you could shoot me an email at craftypagan@gmail.com and I'll get your goodies posted off to you!! Thanks everyone for entering!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Blog Candy Alert!!

Hi guys! As a thank you to all my followers I think it's about time I did another Blog Candy so I've been collecting some yummy bits and bobs for you all-there's loads here! This post will stay at the top of my blog until it's finished so scroll down for new posts!

Stamps Close-up


What you can win:

1 Basic Grey Hello Luscious 6 x 6 Paper Pad
1 Pack of Kaisercraft rhinestones
1 Stickles in Waterfall
1 Wooden Mini Birdhouse to Alter
1 x Mixed Bag of Charms
1 x Pack of Prima Flowers
1 x Paper Makeup Stamp-'Look after my heart I've left it with you'
1 x Sugar Nellie Manga Stamp 'Cheerleader'
1 x Wags and Whiskers rubber Stamp 'Gemma and Bella's Spring Fun'
1 x Whimsy Stamp 'Skunk'
1 x The Greeting Farm 'Flutter Anya'
1 x The Greeting Farm 'Ruby'
1 x Sugar Nellie Simply Adorable 'Joy'
1 x Gorjuss Stamp 'I Found My Family in a Book'
1 x Sweet November Stamp 'Darby and Skip'
1 x Prima Background Stamp with rhinestones (flora)

Phew!

How To Win: This Candy will remain open until June 20th 12am GMT. All you have to do to enter is leave a Comment and add my Candy Pic to your Sidebar with a Link-if you want to follow me you can but it's not a requirement-just spread the word! I will enter a winner at random after that date and they'll have 3 days to contact me or another winner will be re-drawn.

I will post International so everyone can enter!! Good Luck! Rowena aka Craftypagan

Thursday, 9 June 2011

SCACD Spotlight-Something A Bit Steampunk

Morning all! Fun post again for you today because as part of the Quixotic Paperie 2nd Anniversary celebrations this month, we are throwing the spotlight on some of the fantastic stamp companies in stock.

First in the spotlight are SCACD Stamps! I absolutely love the SCACD range-the different artists means there's something for everyone!

SCACD Stamps is run by the lovely Susana of Susana's Custom Art & Card Design in the US. TheSCACD Stamps range is available in the UK exclusively at Quixotic Paperie.

There are three fab artists in the current range from SCACD Stamps - Carmen Medlin, Elisabeth Bell and Victoria Case, each with a different style.





As part of the celebrations and the spotlight today, we have a PRIZE GIVEAWAY! Pop on over to the Quixotic Inspirations blog to get all the details and enter the draw to win some fantastic SCACD Stamps and more!

ALSO - until midnight on Sunday 12th June you can enjoy 10% off the SCACD Stamps range (does not stack with existing offers).

Now, on to the inspiration! Some of the Quixotic Paperie Design Team have SCACD creations to show you today, and we also have some special guests from the SCACD Stamps Design Team!

This isn't a hop - feel free to dip in and out of the list of designers in whichever order you fancy!




So as part of all this I decided to have a play with Carmen Medlin's image 'Naturally Styled'. This image was actually part of the new release and after seeing the image on the hop (original post here) I bought it immediately-with a few others!!

I decided to go all Steampunk and used the absolutely gorgeous Graphic 45 papers Steampunk Debutante.
I used the fab Make it Crafty Chipboard Gears Galore which I inked and rubbed perfect pearls bronze onto. Here's a close-up:

The lovely crochet ribbon in bronze is available from Quixotic here. Here's an image close up-image is coloured with copics.

I'm going to enter this into a few challenges:

I used the sketch over at Sketch and Stash-the stamp is new! I'm also entering over at A La Card Monkey who's theme is vintage. And Craft Your Passion-anything goes challenge, Crafts and Me-Stamp Something challenge, Anita B-Layer it On, Oldie But a Goodie-Layer it On.

This card will be for sale in My Etsy Shop shortly.

Thank you so much for joining us, we hope you enjoyed checking out SCACD Stamps with us today! I'm off to see the other girl's makes! See you again soon and thank you for any comments you might leave! Ro xx

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Alice in Wonderland Stationery Set

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As part of the month long celebrations forQuixotic Paperie's 2nd Birthday all the Design Team ladies are making a special project-along with all sorts of other fun days! And this is mine!

For my project I just had to play some more with my Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderlandpapers-and decided to team them up with the awesome Artistic Outpost Wonderland Collage Stamps. What better combination!

I've made some notecards-a Set of 8 with envelopes using the papers and stampsbut decided they needed to have a proper 'home' so I made a box for them! There's going to be quite a few piccies so hope you've got a cuppa!

Notecard Box:
Bottom Lid with quotes:

2 of the 4 notecard designs:

last 2 of the 4 notecard designs:

All the notecards:
You can also purchase the stamps directly here at Artistic Outpost for those not in the UK or Europe.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Deep Ocean Blogspot-Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly-Anything Goes
Bearly Mine-Anything Goes
EAC-Distress

That's it from me-I'll be back Thursday! This Set will be available to purchase in My Etsy Shop very soon.

Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you may leave-I truly appreciate them! Rowena xxx


Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Quixotic Paperie 2nd Birthday Celebrations!


Good Morning all! Hope you're all well!

Today is an exciting day! Why? It marks the 2nd Anniversary for Quixotic Paperie!

2 years ago on 1st June 2009, Elaine (Quixotic Cards) took the leap and opened an online craft store selling a small selection of crafty stash. Now, the store features stamps from favourite companies around the world, lots of pretty papers and embellishments and other papercrafting favourites.

To celebrate this year, we have a month filled with fun! Stick with us as we show off projects featuring products from around the store, bring you tutorials and tips, and throw the spotlight on some of the awesome stamp companies in stock at Quixotic Paperie! There will be prizes along the way (and a big one at the end of the month), so you won't want to miss a thing!

To get the ball rolling, this week there is a birthday special offer at Quixotic Paperie:


1st June to 8th June 2011


10% Off Throughout The Store!


(This does not stack with existing sale offers or discount coupons, and does not include Gift Certificates.)


Plus, the Design Team are all showing off their favourite creations from their time so far with Quixotic Paperie!

Pay a visit to the rest of the team to see a round up of their favourite makes.



But first, here are a few of my personal favourites!

I Love Whimsy Stamps and Crissy's Carousel Horses are my personal faves in the range-this is card I made last year featuring 'Wings of Hope'. The gorgeous papers are Basic Grey Olivia.

When Graphic 45 arrived at Quixotic Paperie these were the first papers I bought-'Halloween in Wonderland' and I am in love with them as they combine 2 of my favourite things-Halloween and Alice in Wonderland! I don't think they're limited to Halloween makes at all-I will be showcasing these papers next week!

This was the first image I used- 'Stepsisters'- when Mo Manning's images got turned into rubbah and is one of my favourite cards I've made-it very quickly found a new home after selling in My Etsy Shop. The papers are from one of my all time favourite pads-Tim Holtz 'Vintage Shabby'

One of my most recent cards using the fabulous Christy Croll image 'Alice'. I went a bit darker with this card and got out the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland papers again! This card is still available to purchase here.


Don't forget to pay a visit to the other lovely ladies in the DT (links above). See you all again soon for more fun!

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Proud Momma

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Afternoon all! For those of you who have had a long bank holiday weekend hope it was a good one! I've popped on to show you a card I made over the weekend-it's a New baby Card and features the gorgeous stamp by Whimsy designed by Crissy Armstrong called Proud Momma. I coloured the image with my copics and also did a dotted background-great fun to do if you've got a bit of time to have an extra play!

I've used the gorgeous Prima papers 'Melody' stack and used te same papers for the little flowers I punched out. I added some pearls to the centres using the Viva Decor pearl Pen in Ice White (re-stock coming soon).

Close up of Image:
I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday (followed sketch)
Creative Card Crew-anything goes
Southern Girls-lace and pearls
Delicious Doodles-lovely lace
Totally Papercrafts-girlie and pink
Crafty Sentiments-Special Occasions
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge-New technique (dotted background with copics)
Party Time Tuesdays-Anything Goes

This card will be in My Etsy Shop shortly here.

Also don't forget to enter my Huge Blog Candy Here.

See you tomorrows!

This week is going to be a fun one as it's Quixotic Paperie's Birthday and there will be tons of things going on-indeed I will be back here tomorrow with a fun make!


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Oh Alice!

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Good morning! Hope your week is off to a good start! Popped along to show you a make made with the gorgeous new Stamping Bella-Christy Croll image Alice (just been re-stocked too!). I really love her style of images so just had to have a play with this one! She has been coloured with copics.

I decided instead of going down the traditional route of turning her into quite a girly Alice I'd go a bit dark;) so out came the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland papers (LOVE these!). I cut up the playing cards to make them into an embellishment which are the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland pack.

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges: Make it Mondays (anything goes).

This card will be added to My Etsy Shop in this Section shortly.

That's it from me today! Rowena xx

Sunday, 22 May 2011

A Gothic Wedding Card

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Evening all! Hope a good weekend has been had by all! I had a lovely day yesterday at the seaside with Leo and my mum (pic below of me and Leo in the sand).

Anyways recently I discovered Cristy Croll and her fabulous images after seeing Elaine stocking some of her awesome Stamping Bella stamps. This though is a digi available here. Really love all things gothic (my house has an unusual amount of bats in it-not real ones obviously!) so these images are right up my street. I decided to make an easel card-I think I've probably only made 5 in my life but I love them so and they always look so special! I coloured the image in with my trusty copics!
I took inspiration from the challenge at Tiddly Inks in that I used lots of layers on my card so I am entering this there. I'm also entering this at Simon Says (sparkly and shiny), Truly Scrumptious (anything goes), A Spoonful of Sugar (anything goes), Paper Play (sparkle galore).

All the papers are DCWV La Creme-probably my fave ever set of theirs-it is so luxurious with all the flocking. I also used some awesome Make it Crafty swirls which I am now officially addicted to-soo versatile to use! I inked these and then added Viva Decor glitter on top.

Close up of the glittered skull.

This card will be added to my Etsy Shop shortly.

Think that's about it! Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you leave me-I love hearing from you! Ro xx