Friday, 3 June 2016

Raspberry Pink Zinnydori, First Impressions & Review!

ANOTHER dori? Yep, yes indeeedy!
At the moment I am slightly obsessed with my creative journaling, so why not embrace it!
I own a lot of patterned fauxdori's, but not many plain ones. So when Zinnia from Simple Heart asked if I wanted to review one of her fauxdori's I of course said yes!

I had seen the Zinnydori's about before on social media, and I loved the look of them, I will get to the specifically unique part that always caught my eye in a little bit.
But first of all, what I received in the mail was the Zinnydori, in a zip pouch (perfect if you want a little extra protection in your bag), and also an insert & some adorable Totoro stickers! I didn't know I would be getting a few extras, so thank you Zinnia!

The Zinnydori itself is actually one of the heaviest empty dori's I own, I genuinely really liked the fact that it is kind of weighty. It means that even if I don't have it full up with inserts, it will still feel a bit chunky. It is made of PU leather (fake leather), and it did have a very strong gluey smell to it when I first took it out of the plastic. The smell did fade a lot after I'd had it sitting on my desk for a few days though. 
The main section of the cover is double layered by the looks of it, and it has a some what squishy feel too it, which I personally love!

This is the unique part that always caught my eye when I saw it in photos! The pockets! They are just soooo pretty! They have a slight wave to them so even if you don't fill them with stuff, they will still look pretty.
The dori has four elastic's, the two middle ones go through the same holes so they can be used as one. I think the fact that you can fit up to four inserts on the original elastics without adding more is really great.

This was the insert that she sent me, it's exclusive to her shop so you won't find it anywhere else. 
I personally absolutely love it! The style of this insert is totally up my street. Bold, fun and simple is something I tend to look for in things like this. I don't like them looking boring, but I don't like them over decorated! There's plenty of space in each section too, so if you wanted to journal creatively in here, you can do.

Overall I am very impressed with this dori, the smell was a bit off putting to start with as it was very strong, but thankfully that's faded a lot since I've been using it!
If you want to watch the video I did sharing my first impressions, then you can do so here:

I have a discount code for you guys to get 20% off anything on her shop! Just use the code GREENCOW20, it expires June 30th though so take advantage of it! Take a look at her shop here.

- Daisy X


*Please note, even though these products were sent to me free of charge, this does not sway my views and opinions. I will always share my honest views on the product and company.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

April Pipsticks Pro Pack, 2016!

It's been a while since I shared a Pipsticks Pro Pack on here! My April pack went walkies in the post, so I had a replacement sent out which arrived at the start of May, so I've only just been able to get my April Share up. If you are new to Pipsticks, they are a sticker subscription service, so you get a pack full of stickers sent out to you every month! I know right? Awesome!

The April pack has been based around the idea of 'cutting loose, creating art, making music & partying!' Along with some cute dog stickers thrown in for good measure. In the info sheet they say that there are also a few giveaways coming up on their social media platforms, so I'll leave those at the bottom of this blogpost if you aren't yet following! Also if you share a photo of how you are using your Pipsticks pack, and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #mypipsticks then you may be featured on next month's info sheet, which goes out in all the packs. 

Above is the full contents of this pack, as always there is a mixture of sheets & loose stickers. Along with a postcard, the quote board to keep things flat, and the info sheet. There are lots of new stickers I've not seen before in here, but there are also some that I have. I've had the glittery stickers in past packs,  though I don't know if I've have the exact shapes or colours before. The bright pink banners are something new though, and I'm really excited to use those!

There's some reaaaaalllllyyy cool stickers in here which I'm thinking (after a little research) are from the original packs of Pipsticks? They have 'The Sticker Club' url at the bottom, which when I typed it into my address bar, it takes me to the Pipsticks website. Either way, very cool, and totally my kind of sticker! Bright, bold and fun!
The butterflies and dragonfly stickers are beautifully detailed, I know I'll definitely be able to use them in my journal for any Spring themed pages. 

There were lots of fun little characters in this pack, these used to be the types of stickers that I'd struggle to use, especially the bigger ones. Smaller characters would fit easily in little gaps on a journaling page, or in a planner. But the bigger ones I'd find harder to use, until I realised how dang cute they look on the front of some happy mail. 
Envelopes are probably one of my favourite things to decorate, I think it's the fact that I know it will be seen by more than just the person receiving it. So adding a cute little character on the front, is such a simple way to add something fun to the mail, and hopefully put a smile on the postman/woman's face!

So if you love stickers, variety, and a want something that's a little cheaper than all the other subscription services out there. Pipsticks is something you should definitely consider!
You can subscribe here.

Prices are very reasonable for a non UK subscription:
Pipsticks Pro Club Classic Pack - $14.95/£10.32 + $3/£2.07 P&P (Per month)
In the Classic pack you get 15+ sheets of stickers, a postcard & a quote card.

Pipsticks Pro Club Petite Pack - $9.95/£6.21 + $3/£2.07 P&P (Per month)
In the Petite Pack you get 7+ sheets of stickers, and a mini quote card.

You can also get 15% off these prices when you subscribe, if you use the code GREEN15 

(Price conversions are not exact and may change as and when the conversion rate changes, also remember that Pipsticks subscriptions can be cancelled anytime.)

Check out the Pipsticks social media here:

- Daisy X


*Please note, even though this pack was sent to me free of charge, this does not sway my views and opinions. I will always share my honest views on the product and company. Some links are affiliated.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Lollipop Box Club, April 2016!

A box full of clouds?! Yes please!
This month's Lollipop Box Club, box was themed around 'Cloudy Days' and I was asked by the owner Lisa, if I would like to unbox one on my channel. So of course I said yes!
The Lollipop Box is a craft subscription box, that's based in the UK. Each month there is a different theme and all the goodies inside can be used on a variety of different crafty projects.

Oh and of course there is a lollipop in there too! (This rainbow one tasted exactly like those fruit pastille ice lollies, it just wasn't cold haha!!). There were lots of loose items and also some items that were packaged up into separate paper bags and pockets. I was very impressed with the packaging in this box, you can tell a lot of time and effort went into packing everything up!

In this box there were a lot of little bits and pieces, rather than full packs of things. So if you prefer getting a variety of things from different places then you will most probably love this box.
I personally enjoy this, as it gives me a lot of things to play with on my projects, and you kind of get a 'taster' of things! It lets you try new things out without spending money on a full pack. 
For example if you haven't used flat back cabochons on your projects before, in this box you get two cloud ones. So you can have a play with them, see where they work best, and then if you like them you can always buy more. 

I recognised the Pygmy Cloud branded items that were in there, it was lovely to receive some of their products. I'm a fan of their designs and the quality of the products is also really nice!
As far as what you get, going off of the contents of this box, I think this is definitely aimed more towards papercrafters. There's lots of paper goodies, tags, ribbon tape, gems, to-do lists, die cuts, buttons etc. So I know I will get a lot of use out of the items in this box.

Along with the physical products, there were also digital products that you can download for free. This month was lot's of cloud themed icons, quotes & headers, that can be printed onto sticker paper to use. I've not got around to doing that just yet, but I'm definitely going to!
There were a few items in the box which were a little different to the rest, there was a cloud hook, a cloud clip, a DIY cloud badge and a special gift which was a crocheted coaster.  

The Lollipop Box Club box is £15 & free shipping to the UK, or flat rate shipping to anywhere outside of the UK. You can use the code 'PROMOCOW' to get £2 off your subscription!

This subscription comes in a large letter box too, so it will fit through your letter box.
If you want to watch the full unboxing of this box, then you can do so here:

Let me know what you think of this box, below!

- Daisy X


Monday, 2 May 2016

Brimbles Box Journaling Pages! April 2016

*Blogpost was originally put together for the Mrs Brimbles Blog*
With this month's Brimbles box I decided to use the contents to decorate my journaling pages.
I recently went to see Zootropolis at the cinema with my brother, and seeing as it was a kind of fun film, the April box had lots of fun bright things that just went really well with what I was journaling about! I absolutely loved working with such bright colours, and fun stickers!

These journaling pages didn't have any photos on, I decided to just use the things I had collected during the day. We actually got given a free sticker book and stickers when we went to see the film, so of course I didn't turn that down. It was a lovely day spent with my brother, and I also beat a few anxiety worries, so definitely a day to be documented! Hence the use of the pink 'Documented' sticker on the page on the left.

I of course kept the cinema ticket to stick in! One of the many reasons I like buying tickets at the cinema rather than online, is because you get a 'proper' ticket. They look a lot nicer in a journal or scrapbook! We also got charged for teen tickets rather than an adult, which was highly amusing. I'm nearly 22 and my brother is 19... But hey! All I said was 'two tickets to see Zootropolis please' so I'm not going to complain if they want to charge us less. I used the cry laughing emoji sticker to represent the 'lols' we got out of that.

I used the rainbow dashed journaling card from this pack of ephemera by Mrs Brimbles, to create a little flap on the page. I stuck one of the stickers we got from the cinema on the front, and decorated it with the purple & pink heart washi tape, and some arrow stickers from the sticker sheet that were in my Brimbles Box. I also used from film strip washi tape that I got on eBay.

On the other side of the flap I stuck another one of the stickers we got, and I popped one of the little sticky tabs from the sticky notes that were in my Brimbles Box. I tend to use any sticky tabs that already have words on, like stickers. Because the film sticker was quite dark, the sticky tab really helps to break up all the dark colours. Without it there, it would have just looked really glum and bland.

I decided to keep my bus ticket from the trip to the train station as this was one of the things I was most anxious about doing. It's a nice little reminder that I managed it, and didn't freak out! I stapled this to the page so it could easily be lifted up, and I could put things underneath it.
Underneath I added one more sticker we got at the cinema, and used this orange 'Admit One' washi tape, which was also from eBay, to decorate around it. I added one of the striped flag banner stickers from the sticker sheet in my Brimbles Box to the corner of the Zootropolis sticker. It felt a little bare without something there, so this small addition helped to fill the gap.

At the bottom of this page I wanted to add a little cluster of washi & stickers, just to help balance the pages out a bit. I went ahead and added some more of the film strip & heart washi, and then added this yummy looking donut sticker! Once we got home I ended up having a nap, watching tv & eating 'crappy' food, even though I didn't have a donut, the donut does represent the type of food I went for, haha!

Once I'd done the journaling I decided to go over random words and phrases with the highlighters that came in my Brimbles Box. I love this technique when it comes to journaling, but I've never had more than two colours of highlighter to do it with. Now I have a whole set, so I did go a little bit crazy! I love how it turned out though, there was so much colour going on around the edges of the journaling, the written section looked very bare in comparison. 

Hopefully you enjoyed seeing how I used a lot of the items from this month's box! I really enjoyed using them to decorate my journaling pages! 

- Daisy X


Friday, 29 April 2016

The Glittery Hands Box, Mermaid Lagoon! April 2016

I've got the Glittery Hands Box to share with you today! I did do an unboxing on this, on my YouTube channel, so as always if you haven't seen that then it will be at the bottom of this blogpost for you to watch.
The Glittery Hands Box is a craft subscription box, and April's box was the first one! 
This month's theme was mermaid lagoon, so as you can probably tell everything was themed around mermaids! (Get ready to see lots of beautiful mermaid-ey colours!)

For a first box I was very impressed with the originality of it, there were lots of Emma's own designs on things, and she designed the welcome card beautifully! The only part I was a little on the fence about was how much the items in the box varied. 
I rarely dabble in the fabric side of crafts, I have a sewing box and I have minimal knowledge of how to do things. I just don't enjoy it as much as my papercrafts. So I know personally there's a few things in this box that I probably won't end up using.

As far as the papercraft items go though, there was a really nice mixture of things. There was paint, die cuts, ink, a stamp, stickers, paper, glitter and sequins! Lots of things all themed around mermaids that I can think of multiple uses for. I recognised a few of the brands on some of the products too, so I know they will be good quality.
The other bits and pieces though as I said before, I just wasn't so sure on. I will definitely keep the pin wheel in my sewing box, because they will come in handy when I need them. The hair grip, as I said in my video, I have thin fine hair (one of the most frustrating combinations!). Hair grips like this just never stay in my hair, so I'm not to sure what I will do with it. 
There were also iron on glittery stickers, which again, I can't really think of a ton of things to use them on. So I'll most likely RAK them onwards.

Something I thought was a really nice idea, was that Emma has mixed the sequins & glitter herself. So it's not just a mixture you can buy off the shelf. I think it's a lovely way fit them in with the theme of the box, and I absolutely loved the colour combination of the turquoise and dark pink.
Emma had chosen perfect containers for both of them too, I've received glitter in the mail before and it wasn't the best experience.. So to have the glitter in a dinky little tube, secured all nicely, was perfect!

Overall I would definitely recommend this, it was the first box so I had that in mind when unboxing it, but I think Emma has done an amazing job with it! It would make a great gift for any crafter, especially if they are a crafter who likes to try new things. Personally I would still buy one in the future, even though there were a few things I wasn't so keen on, because there's a lot of unique products in there that I was really impressed with. Plus this is the first ever box, so I'm excited to see where things go with it!
If you want to see the unboxing video I did, then you can do so here:

The box cost's £15 + P&P if you subscribe, or £18 + P&P for a one off box.
You can get 20% off your subscription with the code GLITTER12 (Must subscribe before June 1st 2016 though).

Let me know what you thought of this box!

- Daisy X