Wednesday, April 17

Easter Card Making with Stampin' Up!

- This Post Contains Items Gifted in Return for this Review -

Subtles Stampin' Write Markers* | You’re Inspiring Clear-Mount Stamp Set* | Clear Block E* | Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes*
I've mentioned in a few blog posts recently that I've been getting more into crafting again. It's a great way to switch off in the evenings and do something productive. My latest project has been playing around with these Stampin' Up! stamps which are perfect for Easter. 

My collection of clear-mount stamps has grown rapidly over the past few years because they are so much easier to store than blocks. These Stampin' Up! ones especially because they come with their own case. The quality and detail on these daffodils are amazing - I was surprised by how easily the fine lines on the flowers stamped. 

These stamps aren't just for Easter though, with sentiments like 'Happy Mother's Day' and 'Happy Birthday', they are the perfect stamp for any spring occasion. They are so easy to use for both beginners and experienced crafters alike. 

Included in my parcel of goodies were these Stampin' Write Markers. They aren't something I've come across before but they allowed me to colour straight onto the stamp which allowed me to get more colour onto a single stamp. Plus they are easier to store than my stack on ink pads. 

I've only had a couple of days to play around with designs for these Easter cards but I really like the simple, minimal look these stamps create. I can't wait to give some more designs ago because I think they are a great addition to my stamp collection. 

Check out my last craft post - Craftiosity Subscription Review with uOpen

Monday, April 15

Easter Gifts with Biscuiteers Hand-Iced Biscuits

- This Post Contains Items Gifted in Return for this Review -
Biscuiteers Beatrix Potter Biscuit Tin* - £38.00
I think everyone on social media has seen pictures of Biscuiteers beautiful hand-iced biscuits by now so I was especially excited to be sent a box so I could see them in real life. 

Sweet treats are perfect for Easter but if your loved one isn't a huge chocolate eater (I'm sure they exist somewhere) then this box of iced biscuits from Biscuiteers is the perfect solution. While they have more traditional shapes like eggs or the sweetest lambs and chicks it was the Beatrix Potter box which caught my eye.  

These biscuits are seriously gorgeous featuring all your favourites such as Tom Kitten, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Jemima Puddle Duck, Mrs Tittlemouse and Hunca Munca. However, if you are worried it is all style over substance I can confirm that these vanilla biscuits taste as good as they look. Its texture is somewhere between the snap of a gingerbread and the crumble of a shortbread.

I was sceptical that all the characters would arrive in one piece so you can imagine my delight when I opened the box to find them all so well packed. Luckily they have a 1 month shelf life so they can be kept until Easter Sunday.  

So, these are probably the most expensive biscuits I've eaten in my life! They aren't something I'd treat myself to either but they are handmade in the UK and the quality is unbelievable. They really are edible works of art and perfect if you want to give a gift that is an extra bit special. I think the tin is a nice touch too and something I can reuse of display when I'm sad all the biscuits are finished.

Biscuiteers also have a range of gluten-free biscuits too and if this box isn't in your budget you can also get the Beatrix Potter biscuits in different gifting options.  

If you want to do some baking instead this Easter why not check out my Simnel Cake Recipe.

Tuesday, April 9

Spring Floral Smock Dress

Dress: ASOS | Jacket: Tu at Sainsburys | Shoes: Cath Kidston 
I am like a magpie when it comes to bright, colourful patterns so obviously I spotted this dress straight away on my local facebay. I spotted the ASOS label and the woman only wanted £3 for it so I messaged her straight away.

Maybe you can see by my face in these photos but I am delighted with the bargain - especially because I've never picked up clothes on facebay before. I mentioned in last weeks 'Spring Summer Wardrobe Must Haves' post that a floral dress is a staple in my wardrobe during spring and summer so I know I will get plenty of wear out of it. 

At the moment I'm loving giving a home to second hand clothes whether thats via facebook or charity shops. Plus it's more sustainable and purse friendly too. 

Excitingly, today I could definitely get off with wearing a dress like this and tights outside because it is getting warmer. FINALLY! I'm looking forward to adding new things to my spring/summer wardrobe while still trying to be more sustainable too.