Something Special!

Made in May!

Made in May is a chance for many to help raise awareness and money for SMA Australia by making and selling handmade items. “Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a degenerative motor neuron disease. SMA affects infants, children and adults worldwide. It is suggested that incidence of SMA occurs one in 10,000 births[1]. It is a complex disease affecting individuals across the lifespan for which to date, there is no known cure.” For a more in depth explanation please go to http://smaaustralia.org.au/sma/general-sma-info/ 

I have decided to participate in Made in May as I personally know a young girl with SMA. As the info will tell you, their intellect is not affected. This young girl while quiet, is also very observant and won’t hesitate to tell on her younger brother! She is able to attend school and participate in some activities, but as her body doesn’t move and function quite the same as the other children she needs more supervision and help. She can be as stubborn as any other child and will make her feelings and thoughts known if she is asked to do (or eat) something she doesn’t want to do! I look forward to seeing her grow up and hearing of her achievements.

I hope that by supporting SMA Australia this May I can help raise awareness.  I have also created a special product that will only be available during May. The full proceeds of this product will be donated direct to SMA Austraila. I will also be donating a portion of all my other sales made during May. I hope the money will help support families affected by SMA and for research into the treatment of the disease.

TEAriffic!

Never underestimate the value of a well made cup of tea! (for some they may substitute tea with coffee) Something seemingly so simple as a cup of tea can have such an impact on how the rest of the day unfolds. I’m sure your tastes are a bit different to mine but hopefully you can agree with the concept.

“If asked, How do you take your tea? I reply, Very seriously”
image credit: Twisted Doodles

Once one has had a decent cup or two, one is ready to take on the world! (or at least tackle the washing basket!) It is interesting that something most of us take for granted can bring such joy and harmony. It can also comfort the bereaved, tame the board room and inspire the creative.

I would be curious to know how many litres of tea is drunk around the world. Plenty I would think, especially when you include all the different types – English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Ceylon, Green Tea with or with out extra flavourings, white tea, Jasmine or Camomile and other herbal teas – just to name a few.

Then there would be a debate about loose leaf tea versus tea bags, water temperature, sugar or sweetener, milk (of any sort) or no milk….the list goes on.

One thing I hope we could all agree on though is that there isn’t anything better than a well made cup of tea. One you are able to drink in peace or with friends and family, one you are able to flavour or sweeten to your own liking and most importantly, one you can finish!!!

So without further ado, I’m off to make myself a brew!

(PS: Green tea with hot water, lemon essential oil and a dash of honey!)

Featured Image is a downloadable print available from my online shop. Click here to view.

Ombré

The definition from Wikipedia:

“Ombré/ˈɒmbreɪ/ (literally “shaded” in French) is the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.[1] It has become a popular feature for hair coloring, nail art, and even baking, in addition to its uses in home decorating and graphic design.[2]”

This feature can also be used in papercrafting too, especially cardmaking. Take a look below.

This butterfly stamp is from Close To Heart and perfect for this look.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink pens to colour them in. I wanted to use bright colours so the butterflies would stand out.

Here is the finished card. Each butterfly has lighter and darker colours AND each butterfly is slightly different from each other!

To see more of my cards head over to Instagram @craftyfoxcards 💜

Foil Prints

Who loves inspirational quotes?  I know I do.  So I started collecting them. But instead of just having them on my phone or computer I wanted to share them with you.

By doing this I have been able to combine my love of both design and craft!

I get to select and design the layout and then use a special machine to foil it.

Example:

“be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons! BE YOU!”

For more information or to see more designs check out the online shop.

BE INSPIRED!