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October 17, 2015

Hip Kits: October Card Set


Phew, don’t look now, but I am all over internet! DON’T go googling – I assure you I am at all times fully clothed, I have no relationship with Kanye or Taylor and to my knowledge I’ve done nothing to go ‘viral’. What I meant was I’ve been on a bit of a scrapbooking binge. I kicked off the week over on the Citrus Twist blog, then made my big announcement over on the One Little Bird blog, I then conquered the Studio Calico popular board with ‘Together Whatever‘, returning here and now for Hip Kits before heading back over to Citrus Twist tomorrow for sketch challenge AND the best bit is unlike other activities that will get you all over the internet – I’ve pretty much done it all in my daggy PJ’s. *Sob* my mum would be so proud.

October Hip Kit Card Set by Aimee Dow #HipKits #PinkPaislee #AmericanCrafts #JenHadfield #PebblesInc #SimpleStories #Prima #watercolour #AmyTangerine

Anywho… I want to tell you about another recent experience I have had. Oddly enough in my PJs too. Just incase you hadn’t heard, I was asked to join the Hip Kits Project Life Team. I’m not going to lie I was pretty apprehensive. I’m trying really hard not to over commit myself, but I’m not above sweet talk and when Kimberly said we would get ALL of October’s kits as a bonus, well *cough* I folded like a piece of pattern paper.

When the big fat box arrived less than a week later, the mailman caught me by surprise. It was only 7.40 in the morning and I was not yet out of bed. I took the package from him with not the slightest hint of shame or modesty because lets face it – we had both been here many times before.  What was different this time round was I cracked the box open the second the door shut. I’ll admit I was really curious. I had not been a Hip Kit’s customer in the past and really had no idea what to expect. Well, when my husband got out of bed two hours later, I was found playing with the spoils (watercolour pencils) in the hallway. Here is how it all went down:


It all started with the nest. You see when you spread 6 jam-packed kits our around you on the floor that’s pretty much looks like a giant scrapbooking nest and it wasn’t long before I was trying to figure out new and cool combos for layouts and spreads. Pink Paislee’s Cedar Lane and Jen Hadfield’s DIY Home are a match made in heaven, but who knew that there are Dear Lizzy and Documentary and Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers Papers that work to perfection too. Some serious thought went in to bringing these kits together and just as I was feeling my most inspired it dawned on me  – I don’t have any Autumn photos printed. What is a girl to do with a desperate NEED to scrap? Now I will never claim to be a card marker. In fact I will pretty much use any other scrap title before that one, but desperate times call for desperate measures:


This is me playing with a mix of the main kit, the embellishment kit and Project Life kit. The blue paper, the transparent arrow, wooden arrow and the tab are from Cedar Lane. The Heart and stripe paper are from DIY Home. Layer upon layer until I was happy with the finish product.


My second card is born from something else. It is absolutely no secret that I am a white cardstock girl. I can count on one hand the amount of times I have used coloured cardstock and yet every kit I have ever gotten sends me a million sheets. I have enough pale blue, pink and cream to make albums for an entire kindergarten. I’m not going to, but I could.  When I opened the cardstock kit from Hip Kits, I was stuck by just how beautiful the storm and kraft papers where. Just once I wanted to be the one to use coloured cardstock and so I did. I must apologise though – that twine bow is not in the kit. It was a scrap that had fallen out of my husbands pocket the day before, from when her was tying up our tomato plants. My bad. It must of got mixed up while I was building my nest.


Last, but not least, I give you my experiment with the colour kit. It is very rare in this day and age that a new product comes across my desk (or floor), that I have never tried before. So I was super excited to give Prima’s watercolor pencils a go. First I used an off cut from my white card and drew a bunch of leaves. Second, I went over the leaves with a watercolor brush and just like magic they were pretty little watercolored leaves! Best of all though the process was really clean. You got to love that. I let the background dry and mounted it to some kraft cardstock. I used patterns from the Cedar Lane wreath to outline my painted leaves with a sharpie, but as I was doing it I got to thinking about what else I might be able to watercolor. Turns out the pencils work brilliantly on veneers too! I used the bottle green, the jade green and teal pencils to create a layered rust effect… and that’s right when I got busted. It took me another 45 minutes to pack up the very generous contents of the each kit, but it was still totally worth it.

Next time I promise to have a Project Life spread for you, but today I hope you I’ve give you a bit of insight into the full range of Hip Kits.

Aimee Xx

Aimee Dow Graphic

P.s. thanks to those who wrote to me about the bug in the comment section – it has now been fixed.

September 5, 2015

September Jot Moodboard


Just a quick pop in today – it’s been such a huge week. Hubby and I went away to celebrate my 31st Birthday/Babymoon and I have come to realise just how spoilt I am. On Wednesday, I went to visit Amy Tan on her latest spotlight tour. Thursday, poor CJ came down with a really bad case of the man flu and just yesterday we attended our very first antenatal class. So much is changing around here, but I am still trying to maintain my craft habit, even if it is just for a few minutes a day. It all counts! This super quick and easy card I made for this month’s Jot Mood Board is great example of that.


I must confess this is not a colour scheme I have had a lot of practice with and the Mood Board itself has a very retro Scandinavian vibe. Once I had gone though my 6×6 pads for blue and pink florals, I managed to come up with something completely different. I’m calling it “retro glam rock tattoo style” and you know, I kinda dig it! It’s great mix of Shimelle’s first collection (Did you know American Crafts often makes pre-made card bases and envelopes to go with popular collections?) and Basic Grey’s Mint Julep. Triple point score to me for using TWO collections that are over year old.

Now let me see how you rock the board:

September Jot Moodboard

Don’t forget add your entries over on the Jot blog for chance to win this month’s great prize pack from Elle’s Studio and some love from the amazing Jot community.

Aimee Xx

February 20, 2014

Studio Calico Cyper Crop 2014


Well that was an interesting start to the week. Monday’s post broke all the records here on Betwixt and Between. I had more traffic that day than any other in the year-and-a-half I have been writing. It was also the most up-front and honest I have been on here. If you want to see more of that side of me, just say so in the comments and I will make more of an effort.

Today however, I’m going to show you some of the scrapbooking projects I completed in January. If you follow me on Instagram or Studio Calico, you will likely have already seen them, but for everyone else, here are the pages (and card) I created for Studio Calico’s Cyber Crop:

Challenge #1 was to create a page inspired by something in your inspiration book. I picked this one by Tina Aszmus and here is my take:


Challenge #2 was a colour palette challenge. Stress Baking would have to be my favorite layout of all the layouts I did for the crop.


Challenge #4 was to create a page with an old kit – I used Neverland and I combined it with challenge #7 which was a sketch challenge.


Early Riser was created for Challenges #5 and #8. One required the use of die-cuts and the other some form of layering. I am not normally any good at layering, but I am very happy with the way this one turned out.Adow

Finally Challenge #9 was a card sketch. Cards are not normally in my wheelhouse, but if you aren’t going to stretch for a challenge, then when will you?  I’m glad I did. I really like the design and the matching envelope.


Sadly I didn’t win any of the challenges, but I did get a ton of really good feedback. I am also beginning to warm to 12×12 scrapping. If you would like to know any more about the Studio Calico Cyber Crop, click here. If you have any questions regarding paper and elements or anything else for that matter, just leave them in the comments.

Aimee xx


October 3, 2013

Christmas Cards and a Giveaway!


Oh god, where did that come from? I swear it was only yesterday we were in the depths of winter and then BAM!!! Christmas exploded everywhere! Myer put out their decorations a week ago, Christmas puddings are now avaliable in Safeway and Kellie has released her Christmas stamps. I guess there is nothing left to do but make Christmas cards.

Okay, clearly I’m kidding. There is a mountain of things to be done. In our house it all starts with a colour theme. I’d like to say this is a democractic decision, but I’d be lying. 99% of the time, I pick our Chrismas colours. CJ is lobbying for black and white after seeing a black Christmas tree in Big W last year – I think he may have to settle for gold, white and black.

So today I am going to show you how to make THREE super easy cards with Kellie’s stamps (pictured above). I made all three of these cards in under an hour with next to no resources at all. Seriously – I mean three in one hour, not an hour for each. First off – my confetti card:

For this project, you will need the following items:

The process is very simple. Take your white cardstock card and make random gold spot stamps with the eraser on the pencil. It is the perfect size for confetti and it creates an awesome effect. Once I decided on the placement of my spots, I stamped my greeting with black ink, but it was at this point that I thought it was just missing a little something…BLING! So I took out my trusty embossing pen and drew over a few spots before coating in gold glitter embossing powder. You may notice however, there is no heat tool in the picture above. I do have a heat gun, but the toaster works just as well (just hold the card over the toaster) and I don’t have to go faffing about setting it up and making sure its on a heatproof surface. The other great thing about this card is you don’t have to be neat. It looks even prettier with loose gold specks here and there.

The Washi Tree Card.

I can’t take all the credit for this one, I saw something similar on Pintrest. I have more washi than you can possibly imagine and it gives me great joy to use some of them up. For this project you will need:

To begin with I covered a scrap piece of cardstock with gold washi – you can use as many or as few as you like. Once that’s done, just cut out your triangle tree. I don’t really have exact heights and widths for you because I just eyeballed it. Whatever you think will fit your card. I used foam sticker squares to adhere my tree to the card, just to give it a bit more dimention but you don’t have to if you don’t prefer. Then when everything is all lined up – stamp your oh-so-cute greeting. Wallah! All done.

Wreath Card.

This is probably the hardest of the three cards, but by no means is it challenging. It’s actually my favorite too. In the six hours since I made it, I have even contemplated turning it into a digital file and just printing them off for Christmas. For this card you will need:

The first thing I did when gathering materials for this card was to find a cup that was just the right size for the card, but big enough to fit my greeting. Once that was established, I used a greylead to trace around the cup onto my card. I drew leaves and a bow and when I was happy with their placement I went over it with a sharpie. I left it for a minute or two before erasing the greylead for fear of smudging the ink. After that it was just a matter of going around the outer edges of my leaves with a gold foil pen and stamping my greeting – which by the way is just wicked perfect for this card!

It honestly couldn’t be easier.

Now to the giveaway part.  I will be giving away a $10 voucher to Kellie’s store to one of the commenters below. All you have to do is tell me which card is your favorite. It doesn’t even have to be mine. It can be one of Kellie’s, Jodie’s or the lovely Karyn’s. Just follow their links and come back and tell me. I will pick a winner by the end of the weekend. Just incase you don’t win though, It’s not because I don’t love you. Here is just a little something on the side:

I highly recommend you get the Christmas stamp set!

September 13, 2013

Around Here… Crafty Edition


I think the jig is up. I have always said I’m just a Project Lifer. Don’t count on me for anything else – I’m not crafty, I just want to document our story. The thing is though, what does one do with the left over supplies? Why buy a card when you have an abundance of perfectly good material to make one, just sitting on the shelf?20130913-082846.jpg It honestly couldn’t be any easier. All this card took was some pattern paper left over from a Studio Calico kit, white cardstock, a die cut from a Basic Grey waterfall pack, a glue pen, glitter, a stamp, gold ink and some Dear Lizzy Alphas I picked up on sale. All supplies that I already had. It took me less than 10 minutes to make. I’d like to say this is a once off occurrence, but it’s not:
20130913-083513.jpg This one was just scraps of cardstock and odd sheets of paper I had left over from an old Basic Grey 6×6 pad. The hardest part was stapling the squares together before I glued them down.

The way I see it, I’d rather take the 10 bucks I would have spent on cards and buy PL supplies instead. Oh, speaking of supplies, the two Give a Girl a Stamp sets you see in on the cards (Father’s Day and Birthday) are currently sale. The Farther’s day set is just 3 bucks! If you spend over 10 dollars, you can use the discount code: Aimee and get another 15% percent off! Awesome, huh? You will never have to buy another card either!


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