Handcrafted Dreamcatcher for Someone Special

Very recently I had someone special to create a gift for and it really got me thinking… it had to be something suitable for posting to Australia but I also wanted it to be something with a personal touch, so I went looking for ideas.

I decided that a laser cut mdf dreamcatcher was perfect for a new baby’s room, particularly one with the quote “Never Let Go Of Your Dreams” with feathers, stars, moon and a cloud.

I ordered this dreamcatcher from our supplier and could not wait for it to arrive so that I could start working on it… I had already decided which colours of Dylusions paint I was going to use. The morning it arrived I was straight on with the first layer of paint.

The dreamcatcher outer circle was painted using Calypso Teal, the writing was painted alternately in After Midnight and Tangerine Dream before each of the star, feather, moon and cloud elements were given a coat of gesso before being finished with glitter Stickles.

Each of the elements of the dreamcatcher have been connected using blue and white twine to add to the free flowing effect that a lighter ribbon/twine gives.

A few people asked me who I was working on this gift for but I was very secretive about who the recipient would be, but now they have received it and vlogged the parcel they received (showing both the dreamcatcher AND the handmade card we made from Cards And Candles For All Occasions), I can now confirm that this was a very special gift for a very special little boy…

The beautiful baby boy being Archie, gorgeous son of the very talented Adele and Aaron Toomey aka Inkie Quill and Inkie Beard!!

Those of you who know me and/or follow my other blog (Eljay’s Creating Memories Journey) will know that I also love scrapbooking and following many wonderful YouTubers in the scrapbook community, so when Adele shared Archie’s gift on their daily vlog on Mr & Mrs Rad, together with a few crafty things I had sent to Adele, naming me and thanking me for being a longterm fan and subscriber, I have to admit that I did have a bit of a fan girl moment 😍😍😍 lol. I just *had* to screenshot the moment, so here you go… I doubt Adele realises that she made my day this morning!!

Here is the vlog post where you can find Adele sharing her happy mail… “Mr & Mrs RAD Ep #139 ~ You Can’t Bite Daddy’s Nose Archie!”.

I would love to hear your thoughts on my latest Dreamcatcher and if you are interested in seeing more of my work you can follow us on Facebook at Cards And Candles For All Occasions.

Thank you for reading.

xxx Love Laura xxx

Happy Post – Little Rainbow Moon

There is a mixed media artist who I have been following on Etsy and Facebook for some time now… the style of their work is so well suited to my own art journaling techniques (although she is far better than me) and they sell a range of planner and journaling stickers and accessories. The shop is Little Rainbow Moon 💖

When I discovered that Little Rainbow Moon has started selling Monthly Subscription Boxes I was absolutely gutted that I had missed the July box as this had an arrows and feathers theme… anyone who knows me will know of my love (or is it obsession?) anything feather or wings related, so when Jo announced that the items would be available in her Etsy shop individually, needless to say I was sitting there waiting for them to be loaded and checked those items out instantly just to make sure that I didn’t miss out!!

So my order has arrived and here it is… I love everything about it and can’t wait to order more of Little Rainbow Moon’s goodies!!!

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First of all we have this gorgeous Personal Size Planner Sticker Set – I love the theme, the artwork is beautiful and dreamcatchers are something I have always had around me so this kit really speaks to me and I can’t wait to use it.

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Of course I then added to my shopping basket the Feather and Arrow Ephemera pack which I am over the moon with, there are so many pieces in this pack that I can’t wait to start using them in my journals and planners.

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I also purchased a co-ordinating “Dare To Dream” dashboard for my Travelers Notebook – this is the first TN dashboard which I have bought so other than it looking pretty, I’m not sure if I’ll use it for anything else. My dashboards in my planners have my page flags, post its, etc on them but those are not really needed in my travelers notebook.

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Even although I said I was only going to buy items from the Feather and Arrows kit this month, I couldn’t help adding in a few extras!! Jo’s work has a very addictive quality – once you start collecting her work, I really don’t think you can stop lol.

I love the quote on this Butterfly Tag, and like feathers, wings and dreamcatchers, I also have a love of butterflies as they have some personal significance to me and are just so beautiful and elegant. In this photo also shows the Journaling/Planning Word Stickers – the colours are gorgeous!!

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The Rainbow Ephemera pack is also fantastic value for money and such pretty artwork, they are perfect for adding a little colour to any project you’re working on and I can already think of lots of ways of using them.

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As you will have worked out by now, I also love using quotes in my work so the set of Quote Cards from Little Rainbow Moon were an obvious choice for my journaling – so many great quotes and lovely backgrounds to choose from 🙂

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Lastly, I couldn’t go shopping on such a fab Etsy shop without feeding my Washi Tape addiction lol… I have another set of three Washi Tapes to come but here is the haul so far 😂

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Lastly, I have pre-ordered my August and September Mystery Kits and if the goodies which I’ve already got are anything to go by then I can’t wait for them to arrive.

Don’t forget to pop over to Little Rainbow Moon on Etsy to see more of their fab work and treat yourself to something pretty.

xxx Love Laura xxx

Bits Of Stationery: Christmas Planner Kit

Following on from my post about my new Christmas planner from Paperchase, I went onto the Christmas Planner Addicts group on Facebook in search of new accessories for my planner.

The first thing I decided that I needed to order was the Christmas Planner Kit from Bits Of Stationery and it has just arrived this morning… to say that I am delighted with it really would be selling Rachel’s work short, the quality is fantastic and there is far more included that I thought. I’m so happy with this kit and can now start my Christmas planner 🙂

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If you’re looking for any accessories, dividers, dashboards or charms for your planner set up then I would highly recommend that you pop over to visit Bits Of Stationery on Etsy.

Happy Post – The Plump Planner

Lots of people within the planner community often talk about The Plump Planner on Etsy but the shop is so popular that she only opens for a few hours each weekend.

I have been browsing this shop for a number of weeks now and finally managed to place my order when she was open last weekend and am so happy that I did. My order arrived within a few days and the quality is fantastic, The Plump Planner’s prices are also so reasonable too so I can definitely say that I’ll be ordering again.

These are the sets of stickers that I ordered in my very first Plump Planner order and I am over the moon with them, I opted for:

* Grumpy Pants
* Just My Type
* Counted Sheep Again
* I Am A Unicorn
* I Found My Unicorn
* Woodland Friends
* Forest Friends
* Simple Succulent
* Over The Rainbow
* Dream Big

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As soon as I received my order I knew exactly which kit I wanted to use first but my planner was already decorated up until the end of August, but undeterred I found the first blank week (commencing 29th August 2016) and set about my newest weekly layout, here is is with my Simple Succulent set from The Plump Planner, alongside my Mood Tracker and Pain Tracker stickers from The Geeky Planner and decorated with some washi tape.

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The Simply Succulent set goes so well with the decorative Cacti stickers from London Gifties which I had purchased a while ago but hadn’t quite worked out what I was going to use them for.

Here is my completed weekly spread 🙂

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I would highly recommend The Plump Planner on Etsy and will be back soon to order more stickery goodies!!

Happy Planner Weekly Layout – w/c 25.07.2016

Today I thought I would share with you my weekly layout in my Happy Planner for week commencing 25th July 2016, this layout was created using the Monsters Inspired Weekly Kit, Mood Tracker and Pain Tracker stickers all from The Geeky Planner on Etsy.

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The Geeky Planner’s stickers are all great quality and her weekly layout kits are more than enough to cover two full weeks planning, or if you prefer more white space then you could easily make them stretch further.

You can find The Geeky Planner on Etsy, by clicking >HERE< – I can’t recommend their stickers highly enough 🙂

Today is a Planner Day!!! #PlannerAddict

Cards And Candles For All Occasions has re-opened today after two weeks annual leave and the first thing on the agenda is planning. I need to plan the next few weeks for the business and get everything set up so that we know where we are.

Firstly, we have my MAMBI Happy Planner which has pretty much everything in it… this stays on my desk so that me and my partner know exactly what’s happening without having to look for my individual personal and business planners.

This is my weekly layout in my personal planner for week commencing 18th July 2016. The stickers you see here are by two different Etsy stores which are:

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The Geeky Planner

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I have recently decided to set up a Christmas planner after joining the “Christmas Planner Addicts” group on Facebook and purchased a gorgeous red personal sized planner from Paperchase for just £4.75 complete with dividers and inserts – a perfect bargain for planning Christmas on a budget!!!

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And of course, as fellow planner addicts will know, a new planner needs new accessories so I shopped around and found this lovely Christmas Mystery Kit from My Unicorn Planner which includes some beautiful planner clips and this Christmas tree journalling card. I highly recommend this shop to any planners out there 😀

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Next I decided that I needed some new stationery so I browsed Etsy and found a Mystery Stationery Box from The Delightful Unicorn which arrived this morning and I love, even some retro sweeties as a treat.

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On the “Christmas Planner Addict” group on Facebook, I recently entered a RAOK (Random Act Of Kindness) giveaway for a selection of Christmas washi tape samples and was lucky enough to win these, from the lovely Rosie Meer – another little bit of Happy Mail to arrive this morning 🙂

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Lastly, I sorted through my sticker stash and found a few Christmas stickers to add to my Christmas planner supplies so here they are:

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So this is my ‘everything’ planner and what I’ve got for setting up my Christmas planner.

My next post will be my newly set up Business Planner 🙂

The Geeky Planner Rocks!!

Anyone who knows me will know that since the beginning of the year I have slowly but surely developed a bit of a planner addiction, to go alongside my ever growing stationery addiction.

I started off in March with a Me And My Big Ideas Happy Planner, then decided to buy a Websters Pages Color Crush Personal Planner for in my handbag when I’m out and about… since then I may have added another couple of planners and travellers notebooks to my collection 😮

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Since I’ve started to use my Happy Planner I have become really involved in the decorating process as well as the practical planning side and have found lots of wonderful planner supply shops on Etsy, the one shop I use stickers from every week is The Geeky Planner as she has so many functional stickers including “Mood Tracker” and “Pain Tracker” which I find really helpful in monitoring my Fibromyalgia.

I have just had another delivery from The Geeky Planner which is all functional stickers and will come in so handy in keeping me organised, helping me to remember what I’m doing when and generally look pretty too 🙂

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The Geeky Planner also has a range of decorative weekly planner layouts, I’ve bought (and used) several of these over the last few months and have got a bit ahead of myself in my planner decorating – it’s already done up til the end of August, so here are my four ‘Geeky Princess’ layouts for August 🙂

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So all in all, I think that it’s safe to say… I love The Geeky Planners sticker… they are gorgeous designs, they are shipped quickly, Leanne’s customer services is brilliant and they are fantastic quality!!

I’d definitely recommend popping over to www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheGeekyPlanner