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The Pen and Paper, Cardiff

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I started drafting out this post whilst I was in Cardiff, last week.  I was sitting on a bench in the middle of the street… The sun shining brightly and the wind in my hair (which had to be tied up so I could actually see what I was typing).  Looking up, I could see stores lining up both sides of the street.  The lampposts adorned with the Welsh flag hanging off them and lots of beautiful flowers hanging in the air.  Royal Arcade based in CardiffTo my right was the street I had just came out of.  A small side street known as “Royal Arcade”.  In fact, it has now been marked in my memory as a place to revisit if I have the chance to go back.

Cardiff is a beautiful city with lovely architecture everywhere you look.  It’s interesting to see a mix of the new and the old in a city – and I think that’s particularly noticeable here.  There’s quite a few little alleyways with shops in them.  Really sweet places like the Royal Arcade or others like the Morgan Quarter…  Each housing different businesses.

These are just a few of the things that have stood out about the city, things that I’ve started to fall in love with in my short stay there.  However, as a stationery addict, the real reason for this post does boil down to the small alleyway I mentioned at the start. In the Royal Arcade, there’s a large and beautiful stationery store that I’ve always wanted to visit.  In fact, I’ve stalked them on Twitter for at least a year now but only last week did I have the opportunity to actually see it in person.  This retailer is The Pen and Paper. Continue reading “The Pen and Paper, Cardiff”

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Valentine’s Day Stationery: Miscellaneous

Welcome to the third and final part of the Valentine’s Day Series.  If you haven’t found a present yet, well… time is definitely running out!  But don’t fear – for Reema is here!  Wow, that was pretty cheesy, wasn’t it?  Moving swiftly on, there’s only a few days till Valentine’s so this last post will contain a whole bunch of ideas that I’ve titled as “miscellaneous” stationery as they don’t quite fall under any one category.  There’s still plenty of time to do these ideas because even if you do a “simple” version of them, they could still be really thoughtful and sweet.  So without further ado, let’s jump right into the first one.

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National Stationery Week – Handmade Day

Foil Inspirational Flag StickersDay 6 of National Stationery Week is here and it’s all about handmade goodies!  I’m a huge fan of crafts and handmade goodies – in particular, I’m trying to dedicate more time to making cards to send to people.  As I get around to creating more, I’ll be sharing these creations with you – in particular on my Instagram channel, so follow that if you’re interested to see more.

However, for now, I wanted to give you a quick update on something that I’m really excited about.  I have mentioned this a few times in passing or hints but I thought it’s about time to make a quick announcement…  I’m working really hard on opening up an online shop!  I’m currently creating designs for the items I plan to stock and trialling them but it will be an Etsy Store for foiled goodies.  Foil Today MarkersStarting with stickers, I’ll go into various other planner accessories and soon cards too.  I have some designs ready for listing and am definitely working to get more up and ready.  The main delay right now is that I have had to send back some of the equipment I wanted to use to get it fixed and the company hasn’t done anything about it in weeks!!  Incredibly frustrating, yes, but it’s given me some more time to create some goodies and focus on my blog so it’s all good in the end right?

I would love to hear what you think of these samples and what you would like to see more of!  If you have any suggestions or ideas then please do let me know.  You can follow my instagram to see more sneak peeks as they are ready and some examples of them in use.  I really love creating these goodies so I am happy that I now get to share them with you.

Is there anything that you’ve handmade today?  I would love to see what you make!
Gold Foil Number Stickers

If you have a blog or instagram account, which you’ve been creating and adding things on then please do send the links my way!  I’m really excited to see what everyone has created or plans to create.  Thank you!

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Share Handmade Kindness – ft. Honey Bee Stamps

Share Handmade Kindness badgeThe Share Handmade Kindness challenge is an amazing initiative created by the lovely Jennifer Mcguire.  It’s a challenge that has been set up for the month of November that does what it says on the tin – challenge you to share handmade things out of kindness.  This could be anything from writing letters to baking cakes and as long as it’s handmade, it’s allowed.  The month has been split into 4 weeks, each with a different challenge and this week’s challenge was to share kindness with family and friends.  I wanted to do a quick post to introduce you to the challenge, if you haven’t heard of it already and share my support of it as I will definitely be playing along with it.  My week one creation features some notecards that I have made with a very cute stamp set by Honey Bee Stamps, which I’m very excited to be playing around with today.  Continue reading “Share Handmade Kindness – ft. Honey Bee Stamps”

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October Favourites – Stamps

I can’t believe that it’s November already, it really just feels like the other day when I was writing about my September obsessions!  Nonetheless, it’s the end of the month and I thought it might be nice to share some of my favourites again.  Last time I spoke about some things that I loved doing – activities like writing letters or watercolouring.  It was 5 broad topics that I picked last month so I thought I would do something different this month and instead focus on my favourites in one theme!

This month I have really loved stamping so I thought I’d share my top products in this area.  I use the stamps in a variety of ways – from creating greeting cards or letters to decorating my planner.  My focus was trying to use one set of stamps in different ways to get the most out of them.  I also purchased a few new products this month, which I’m really enjoying.

Mama Elephant – Pandamonium

Mama Elephant - Pandamonium ZombiesMama Elephant Pandamonium stampsI’ve owned this set for a while now and really enjoyed using it for different occasions.  It’s one you can use to send cards to those you love, especially with all of the cute lovey dovey sentiments but you can also use it for New Year’s or Christmas.  I went one step further with it this month to see if I could do anything else with it and from that came a bunch of fun Halloween goodness!  I shared a picture of these in my Halloween Planner spread last week but I absolutely love how flexible these stamps are.  It was so easy to turn these cute pandas into zombies.  I think this is definitely one set you’ll see featured a lot more in my upcoming crafts as I have fallen head over heels with it all over again.

Mama Elephant - Pandamonium lettersI think what I’ll love most about this particular set is that it contains the same animal but in many different poses and angles.  This gives you the opportunity to create a whole scene of pandas or to use the one that fits your needs best.  Very often, I wish that there were a few more angles of a stamp and this set provides for all of your needs.  I really enjoyed creating the monsters from it and then the next day, using them as they are to add a simple design to an letter set.


Docrafts – Forever Friends (Classic Decadence)

Docrafts Forever Friends stampsThe Forever Friends Classic Decadence stamp set is quite new to me and yet, I’ve already played around with it more than some of my other stamp sets.  Like the Pandamonium set, this too can be used for so many occasions.  There are many different angles and sizes of these teddies but this time, each is carrying a different item.  Birthdays, celebrations, thinking of you… whatever the occasion, you’ll probably be able to find a use for this set.  There are the obvious ideas – such as the teddy with a cupcake could easily go for a Birthday card or the one with the champagne glass works for a congratulations or graduation card.  But there are other ideas you could easily do from this set too…  For example, you could even use the teddy at the bottom right to put the star above him on a Christmas Tree.

This month, I decided to make some simple cards and letter sets using these stamps.  I wanted to try making something simple and so, I stuck to just using the stamps with some colouring, die cutting or washi tape.  These are really easy to replicate – and mass produce, if you wanted to do that.  Here are some examples of things that I made with the Forever Friends set recently…

Forever Friends Examples

The Greeting Farm – Do Si Do Anya

The Greeting FarmThe Greeting Farm stamps are ridiculously cute.  They also have digital stamps available for download, if you prefer to print your stamps (or want to use them for digital crafts).  Unfortunately, I don’t have a working printer so can’t play around with those at this moment but I do love their rubber stamps.  This Do Si Do Anya is super cute. Their characters are simple but cute and you’re bound to find ones that you love.  This Anya can easily be used for any occasion – just add the sentiment you want. use a different background scene or combine with other stamps to create the card for your occasion.

The Greeting Farm - Do Si Do AnyaHave I mentioned that these stamps are also incredibly fun to watercolour?  It is so relaxing painting these on the sofa, whilst watching some TV or hanging out with the family.  I love stamps that fill most of the card and therefore don’t require so much concentration to colour or create!

These three stamps are the ones that I have really been loving this month.  There are others that I have used throughout the month but these three stamp sets have really stood out for me and I have enjoyed using them in different ways.  I think these favourites are the ones that I reached out for most in the month and will definitely continue to do so into the next!

If you are interested in keeping up to date with crafts that I create, check out my instagram account here.


If you’re interested in purchasing or seeing these stamps in more detail, be sure to check out the company’s website!  The products that I have mentioned are…

Be sure to check out their website for more information about the individual stamp sets!

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It’s almost Halloween!

Halloween Spread (2)When I was a kid, my neighbours and I would dress up and go around the neighbourhood trick-or-treating.  Halloween has never been really big in the UK but we always loved to celebrate it.  For whatever reason, it seems to have died down now and I rarely see anyone celebrate it here.  But it’s a great holiday that I remember loving when I was younger so I thought it was worth talking about.  For those who don’t know, it’s coming up this Saturday so I thought I’d dedicate a quick post to it today – as next week’s post is probably way too late!  Hopefully something will inspire you to celebrate Halloween in your own little way, whichever country you’re in!  So here’s to Halloween, let’s make it a scary one (or perhaps one filled with lots of candy and cuteness). Continue reading “It’s almost Halloween!”