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Sketch Challenge, Fancy Friday Blog Hop

I love my parents.

No really, they are just the BEST!

If you had told me this time last year that I would go to Canada to meet my Artisan friends, I'd never have believed it possible!  It's rare that I get away on my own, let alone travel to the opposite end of the globe!  But my amazing Mum and Dad stepped in and invited my kids to stay with them in their home for the nine days I'd be away so that it could happen.

There are no words for how grateful I am!

No automatic alt text available.The fabulous Allison Okamitsu had just about every stamp set available for us to play with at her crafting retreat.  Whilst flicking through her stamp collection, I was drawn to the At Home with You set.

I wanted to make a special card for my parents and it seemed like the perfect fit!

I used today's Fancy Friday sketch and modelled the front door scene off my parent's actual home for this design.

The red brick texture was made using textured embossing paste which I'd coloured with a little Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze ink refills.  Such a fun technique!

I hope that you enjoy this project.  If you're inspired, play along with the sketch - we would love to see your creation!

For more gorgeous sketch inspired designs, click the link below!  Next up is my very Fancy Friend Cathy Caines!  I can't wait to see what she has made for this challenge!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: At Home with You, Timeless Textures
Inks: Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler reinkers, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, VersaMark, Memento Black, Smoky Slate
Papers: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Smoky Slate
Accessories/Tools: Aqua Painter, Bakers Twine, White Heat Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, At Home Framelits Dies, Stampin Sponge, Texture Embossing Paste, Stencils and Palette Knives. 


Whilst in Canada I got to catch up with my amazing Crafty Carrot Co girls in person!  I'm so excited about the plans we've hatched for 2018.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Facebook for all the goss!  

Exciting News, Artisan Design Team 2018

So this happened!...

I'm so relieved that I can finally share the news with you all.  I'm beyond excited, nervous, honoured and overjoyed to receive this incredible Artisan Design Team award.

As an Artisan, Stampin' Up! will provide myself, and my 15 fellow teammates from around the world, with current goodies so that we might create beautiful things to inspire you!  I just can't wait to receive my first parcel and get started.  I really do hope that you'll follow along with the monthly hops throughout 2018 and be delighted by what we share!

Of course, Stampin' Up! not only give us the latest product to play with, but we also received this gorgeous Tiffany Bracelet memento, a personalised Artisan stamp and a little shopping spree money to spend on any catalogue items we like!

Pretty amazing right?!

Is being an Artisan a future goal of yours?  Confidence in blogging is an essential requirement!  A few months back I ran some free training for any crafter interested in building skills in this area.  You can find out more about this LET'S GET BLOGGING CHALLENGE *HERE*. 

Gift Jar Inspiration, Let's Get Hopping Round #2

Quirky Critters, Let's Get Hopping, DIY Gift Jar inspiration, Naturally Eclectic, Homemade Muesli Recipe, Jennifer Frost, Stampin' Up!, Watercolor Pencil technique

Confession time, I have a hoarding problem!  Specifically glass jars.  Every time I empty one in my kitchen I clean it up and hide it away - saving it for when I can fill it, dress it up and gift it out.
Reused jars make for a thrifty packaging choice, but are also much more environmentally friendly than new or plastic packaging options - a great fit for my growing green mindset. 
The growing jar collection is driving my hubby slightly crazy though, so I asked my "Let's Get Hopping" friends for help. Today the group are sharing some cute DIY gift jar inspiration.
Quirky Critters, Let's Get Hopping, DIY Gift Jar inspiration, Naturally Eclectic, Homemade Muesli Recipe, Jennifer Frost, Stampin' Up!, Watercolor Pencil technique

Muesli Bar Muesli

This year I've been handing out a lot of muesli.  Yes, you read right, muesli lol... A few years ago I changed my diet to cut out preservatives and quit sugar.  I love a bowl of muesli and coconut milk for breakfast in the morning.  It's also a yummy topper for fruit and greek yoghurt.  Both my kids happily tuck into this for dessert most nights!  
While I'm making the weekly batch, it's easy to pop aside in a jar to gift.  A few friends have since asked for the recipe so I'm adding this too.  See the bottom of the post for details.
Quirky Critters, Let's Get Hopping, DIY Gift Jar inspiration, Naturally Eclectic, Homemade Muesli Recipe, Jennifer Frost, Stampin' Up!, Watercolor Pencil technique

Matching gift card

I know my food and gift choices might seem a little quirky to some - what better fit for the gift tag than the very cute "Quirky Critters" Quail.  And of course, while you are making a tag, why not make a card to match too! 
There is a lot of hype in the Stampin' Up! world at the moment with the impending release of the brand new Stampin' Blends markers, set to go on sale November 1st.  I have not got these yet, but I do have the gorgeous watercolour pencil collection that is so fun and easy to work with.  I was inspired to pull them out and put them to work here!
Play along!

Click the link below to find out what fun gift inspiration Diana has in store for you!  

What's your fav DIY gift jar idea?

If you have a favourite DIY gift jar idea to share I would love to see it.  Add your pic to Instagram with the hashtag #letsgethopping2 and comment here on the blog so I know to keep an eye out for it!!

Make this card with me!

Watch along as I colour these bright birds over on my YouTube Channel *HERE*  or
register today to make this card and tag project at my upcoming Bendigo class THIS SATURDAY!  Learn more *HERE*

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Quirky Critters
Inks: StayzOn Black, 
Papers: Whisper White, Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White
Accessories/Tools: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Bermuda Bay Striped Ribbon (retired), In Colour Doily (retired)

I've just put together a handy blog post planner, especially for paper-crafters! With this printable bundle, you can make sure that every blog post you write is brought together smoothly and is working hard to serve you and your audience well. Learn more *HERE*


This recipe is my take on a few favourites I've come across over the last few years.  I use the below as loose guidelines when making up a batch - I adjust to what is in my pantry at the time and I kinda guess my measurements but it always works out delicious.
Preheat oven to 150c fan forced.

In a large roasting pan, combine:
- a bag of rolled oats (700 - 900g),
- 1 cup coconut flakes, 
- 1 cup shredded coconut,
- 1 cup raw buckwheat groats,
- 1 cup chopped nuts (we love macadamias but walnuts, almonds and cashews work well too),
- 1 cup of seeds (I use a mix of sunflower and pepitas), and
- 2 tbsp of cinnamon.  
In a small saucepan, add:
- 1 cup of oil (I use half a cup of coconut oil and half a cup of extra virgin olive oil) with
- half a cup of rice malt syrup
gently warm and stir until combined.

Stir oil mix through muesli a little at a time until all the ingredients are evenly coated. 

Put in the oven for 10 minutes.  Toss and cook for a further 10 minutes.  Toss again and cook for a further 5 - 10 minutes until evenly toasted. 

Allow to cool and then store in an airtight container - or glass jar!