Etsy hauls

I don’t just sell on Etsy. I’m often drawn into spending everything from my Paypal account in the supplies section.

I’ve got some things still in the post but I thought I’d show you a couple of things I’ve bought lately from some pretty cool UK sellers on Etsy.

IMG_2724This cute MT washi is from Fox and Star and I love it! I love thin washi and want more of it as it’s perfect for more subtle planner decoration than full size washi.  Despite being by MT (which is usually an expensive brand) this was only £2.85 for all three rolls.

IMG_2726This fab stickers are from SpudgyStationery. They’re meant to be for use with the Instax Mini but they’re so cute I couldn’t resist. They’ll be perfect for either my planner or cardmaking.

IMG_2730These giraffe stickers are from the same shop and are adorable!

I keep favouriting items and shops and I’m fairly certain I’ll be buying more soon – watch out for more haul posts!

Do you use Etsy for craft supplies?

Em x

Experimenting with creating gift tags

I decided to do something a little different this week and experiment with making gift tags.

At lot of the ones I find in shops are pretty boring and I liked the idea of doing some more unique ones and some that match my cards. I also wanted an excuse to play with those cute little stamps I bought from Beligum the other month.

First I made and cut out some simple tag designs using my Silhouette and just had a play around stamping on them in different ways.

IMG_2688First I coloured in the present stamps with my Promarkers.

IMG_2690They looked pretty cute except for one problem.

IMG_2694Big downside with the Promarkers there. So I had to back the tag with another blank tag so it didn’t look scruffy.

To try and get round the bleeding issue I used pencils on the cats and I’m not sure on the end result. Do they look cute? Or do they look scruffy?

IMG_2718The ink was also not dry when I started colouring in the cats – hence the bits of stray blank ink on the tag… oops.

So with colouring not foolproof I just left a couple stamped without colouring in (loving the Papermania gold ink on the goldfish) and wrapped washi around another two.

IMG_2720I like these, but can’t help but think they look a little too plain and boring.

For my next idea, I decided to make some to match my cards. Again I used the same tag and placed shapes used in my cards in them using the Silhouette software and cut them out in different coloured card.

IMG_2722These are definitely my favourites. Even Ed liked them. I’m tempted to make some more of these and pop them in the shop. The question is, do I sell them in singles, multipacks or in special packs with the card they match? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments!

I’m not done with tags, I’ve got one other idea I want to try out, part two of the tag journey will come soon!

Do you make your own gift tags?

Em x

Review: Seventeen Eye Eye Crayon

I love experimenting with eye colour.

Lipsticks don’t really suit me and I have the worlds tiniest lips so if I want a bit of colour, eyes and nails are where I go for it.

These new Seventeen pencils caught my eye as I love eyeshadow pencils as a great way to add just a line of colour if you don’t want to go full on bright eyelid whilst still having the flexibility to do a full eye.

IMG_2684These are just out and are £3.99 each but all Seventeen cosmetics are buy one get one half price at the moment so I got these for a nice £6.

As you can probably tell by how much there is inside of the blue lid after only one use these pencils are soft. The gold/bronze is probably slightly softer but both easily glide over the skin. They’re easy to use and I found getting a neat line on my eyelid pretty straightforward.

They claim to be waterproof and after an evening of wear there was minimal slipping – just a little in the inner corner of my eye. There was a little transfer to the top of the eyelid, but it wiped away easily. I did wear it with an eyelid primer underneath but even applying on the back of my hand I could tell this stuff sticks around.

IMG_2686As you can see, the colours are pretty vibrant too.

Really happy with these and once again, Seventeen have impressed me with the quality of their cosmetics.

Have you tried these pencils?

Em x