October was my first month on the Citrus Twist Kits Design Team and I had lots of fun creating my projects with the Scrapbook Main kit “Good Vibes” and the Embellishment Kit. Here’s a quick overview 🙂
First of all I made this layout using the Scrapbook Main kit and the Embellishment kit which both contained lots of Pink Paislee/Paige Evans “Oh My Heart” and Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes “Carousel” and I think they go together really well! Probably my favourite part was the gold/pink glitter ribbon from the Embellishment kit! I mean, I love everything that’s gold – and if it glitters, even better 😀
This second layout was created for my 3-to-Inspire blogpost (here). My challenge for you was to
use as little patterned paper as possible
frame your photo with embellishments and diecuts
add some paint splatters
I loved the flower die cuts in the “Oh My Heart” (Pink Paislee) ephemera package and decided to use almost all of them on one layout:
And (maybe) my favourite project of the three are these cute little customised notebooks which are perfect as little gifts or as a quick and easy crafty project with kids! You can find the step by step instructions and more detail photos here.
I was so excited to try out the Platinum 6 machine! Not only are the sleek design and the colours right up my alley, I also love the fact that the sides of the machine fold up and the handle is removable for easy storage. Now I can easily slide my Platinum 6 in my sideboard where I keep my bigger tools and I still have so much space left to store other things 🙂 This is what the machine looks like when the sides are folded up:
And below you can see it with the sides folded down. The dark gray circles are really strong magnets that keep the sides in place when they are folded up:
I really enjoyed working with the Platinum 6 and the Textured Flowers die set from the Timeless Heart collection. The dies cut through my papers like butter and what I love most about them is that they not only cut the flowers and leaves, but they also emboss tiny veins on them! I decided I wanted to make some layered flowers and use them on a layout (although I have SO many more ideas for other projects where you could use them!), so I pulled out some paper scraps in colours that would fit my photo and started cutting the different sizes of flowers and leaves.
I made three layered flowers using different sizes and numbers of layers to add some variety. For the one on the top right of my photo I also die cut some gold glitter paper and the dies worked perfectly. To repeat the gold elements, I used some scribbled circle dies from my stash and cut the same gold glitter paper. For some more texture I used the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (in Mother of Pearl) and this bubble stencil behind my photo and paper cluster.
To curl up the petals of the flowers I just used a pencil and rolled the petals over it. Obviously you could give your flowers even more dimension, but since this layout will go into a page protector sooner or later, I didn’t want to make it too high. But I did add some brads, wood buttons and enamel dots in the center of the flowers to make them look even cuter 😉
Because I wanted the focus to be on the photo and the flowers clustered around it, I decided to add my journaling in the form of some hidden journaling. For that I included a paper pocket on which I layered some more patterned papers, as well as my photo, and slid in a tag. On the tag I wrote a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald with my typewriter, it reads: “For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you have a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.”
I made this whole layout to remind myself that it’s good to have dreams and that it’s worth believing in them and working for them, even if not everyone understands them. And, as the quote says, that it’s never too late to change direction!
Here’s another look at those gorgeous flowers where you can see all the details in the petals and leaves that you get from the Spellbinders dies! I really am very much in love with them. Normally I would have never made such a “bulky” layout but with these dies I just couldn’t stop and wanted to add more and more flowers, haha 😀
Even after this one project, I am already a big fan of the Platinum 6 (and yes, that is my true, honest opinion). And you know the best thing? Right now you can get the Spellbinders Platinum 6 machine for just $69,99 over at Scrapbook.com – so you save a whopping $50!! Included are also an operation instruction booklet, a standard platform, two Clear Cutting Plates, one Embossing Plate and one Embossing Mat; so everything you need to get started (apart from your favourite dies of course 😉 ).
I will show you my project with the other die set in the coming dies, but until then you can find more inspiring projects with the Spellbinders products on their blog here.
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Spellbinders Platinum 6 - Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
Spellbinders - Tool 'n One
Spellbinders - Textured Flowers Dies - Timeless Heart
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Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Bubble
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Mother of Pearl
Hey there 🙂 Summer is in full swing around here, so I thought it’s the perfect time to share a mini album that I made about my favourite events and moments from Summer 2016. The base of the album was inspired by Stephanie Bryan’s “Summer Bucket List” mini album class at Big Picture Classes. I did change it a bit though, to make it a little sturdier.
With this mini album I also tried a few things for the first time, like the accordion binding and adding my journaling with my new We R Memory Keepers typewriter that I got from my former colleagues as a farewell gift. And: I can already tell that this will be a game changer for my scrapbooking projects! Lots of my layouts and mini albums lack a bit of journaling and the reason usually is that I don’t want to mess it up with my handwriting.. I try to add hidden journaling whenever I can, but I think having some “open” journaling does add a lot to a project.
Because the basic structure of the album is so simple, I actually managed to start and finish this one in one evening! I’m notorious for starting the next mini album before I finished the last one, but this time I was determined to get it done before I moved onto the next one – and I did it! Cue happy dance 😀 I’m really happy with how it turned out and that I now have a record of some of my Summer 2016 highlights. Flipping through this album makes me really happy 🙂 So, be prepared for a whole truckload of photos. Oh, and at the end of this post I also linked the two videos I made for this album: one short(er) flip-through and one detailed walk-through with some explanations and babbling from me 😉
Each page of this album is a pocket page which I used to tuck in one photo on which I sow a piece of vellum. To add some journaling to the vellum I used my We R Memory Keepers Typecast typewriter and also embellished them with some sequins, stamps or the like. On this first page I listed some of my favourite memories from that summer, like the Adele concert we’ve been to in Barcelona or the fact that this was the first summer in our new apartment and I could go full on crazy plantlady on our big balcony 😀
On this page (above & below) I added a little shaker pocket that I made with a 4×4″ page protector and my Fuse tool. There’s probably (almost) no mini album of mine that doesn’t have a shaker pocket.
On some pages I also let the vellum flip stay on top of the pocket – that way you can read the journaling when flipping through the album.
For this page (above) it was really difficult to choose what photo I wanted to use because it’s about our Costa Brava trip and I have probably hundreds of photos. So I tried to find one that would work well with the colour scheme of this spread and would also look good with some vellum layered on top of it.
Actually, for all of the pages I was looking for very bright photos that had lots of white space – they are great to add some journaling to them.
At the end of the album I also included this paper bag to hold some more bits and pieces, like tickets, ephemera and some more favourite photos. For the closing “mechanism” I just added to brads and some punched out paper circles and then wrapped some golden twine around them.
As I said, I’m really happy with the result and I’m also proud of myself for actually having finished a mini album 😀
What do you think? I hope you like it! What kind of mini album maker are you – do you also start a new one (or two, or three.. 😀 ) before having finished the first or do you always finish your mini albums right away? (If you are the second type – tell me your secret! 😉 )
And now,as promised, here are the two videos that I made of this mini album:
Aaaaand *drumroll* these are also the first videos on my new YouTube channel!! And to celebrate I thought a giveaway was in order 😉 To be entered to win, just leave a comment on of the two videos. For additional entries, visit my Instagram profile and look for this photo. There you’ll find more information.
After a bit of a scrapbooking hiatus, I finally felt inspired and sat down to make some layouts again two weeks ago. And I have to be honest: I’m really, really happy with the results 🙂
Working with the gorgeous Gather collection by Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper and some bits and pieces from other recent collections made it a lot easier. I really like the soft colours and the patterns in this collection and I have almost used up all of the papers I have of it, so I think that really is a success! While until not too long ago I still had some things in my stash that I used to hoard, waiting for the “right” project to come along to use them on, I have finally overcome this thinking and just use what I have and love!
But I don’t want to talk too much since this post will be quite picture-heavy. So without further ado, here are (some of) the projects that I made recently. I would love to hear how you like them!
(I’ve also divided it up into several posts because there are just too many to share in one go – so I call this one the “vacation edition” 🙂 and looking at all of these summer-y layouts, makes me really wish it was warmer outside!)
Of course this first layout is one of my favourites – it includes a photo of one of my absolute favourite corners in my favourite city in the whole wide world + lots of white space + florals + black and white patterned paper + gold details. Not sure how I could now love that 😀 For the title I just cut up this patterned paper from the Gather collection by Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper <3
This second layout is a perfect example (in my opinion) for how mixing and matching different collections (even from different brands) can work out perfectly! The papers are from the Gather collection, the wood veneer pieces from the Gossamer Blue October kits, the white thickers word from American Crafts/Amy Tangerine’s “Oh Happy Life”, the floral and chipboard stickers from Dear Lizzy’s “Saturday” and the golden rub-ons from the Pebbles/Jen Hadfield’s “Warm & Cozy” collection. Each collection taken on its own has a very different look and feel to it than the others, but single bits of them combined can work together beautifully!
On the first and last layout I also tried to incorporate some mixed media elements (okay, just one – gesso) and I’m really liking the look of it. I really want to do more of that on my future projects!
Alright, that’s it for today! I hope you like the layouts and maybe feel inspired to mix and match some of the collections in your stash!
It’s been a bit quiet around here – again – and I apologise. Although I’m not sure I really need to, because, after all, this is my space and I’m the one who decides how regularly I want to post here and what I want to write about. And this thought already leads me to the underlying “theme” of today’s blogpost: making what I want. Just because I want to. Not because I have to.
You know, I could just go ahead and share the photos of the results of yesterday evening’s spontaneous halloween-themed crafting session (and you are absolutely welcome to just skip ahead, look at the pretty pictures and go on with your day 😉 ). But I really want to tell you something more about the “why” of this project. So if you are interested in hearing more about it, go grab a cup of coffee/tea or whatever you like and make yourself comfortable. It might get wordy.. who knows 😀
First of all you need to know that I’m not really into halloween at all. I haven’t “celebrated” it as a kid (it wasn’t all that popular when I was younger and it’s only now becoming more and more popular over here in Germany), I don’t really like dressing up and to be honest, I don’t really “get” it. So this also means that I’ve never done any halloween decorating or crafting because, I mean, what for if I don’t have any kids who would be into it and neither me nor S. celebrate it? When the halloween-themed crafting/scrapbooking products started hitting the online shops earlier this year, however, I was desperately trying to find a reason to buy some of those cute products 😀 (like this adorable mummy, those cute spiders or these eyes – so cute right?!) But I just couldn’t justify buying something only because it was cute, knowing I wouldn’t (be able to) use it. So I tried to get them out of my head. As halloween was coming nearer and nearer, I was still thinking about what I could make with them. But I kept thinking that I don’t really have a use for any of them and that they don’t go with any of my projects I was/am working on for my design teams.
And then it hit me. Why would they need to go with my DT projects?! Why would I need to make something with them to promote sth? Why would it need to be for me?
As I was driving home from work (which luckily is a scrapbooking shop 😉 ) yesterday, I had a lightbulb moment and decided I would make some cute little treat bags and boxes for my colleagues and their kids! So after I had already gone about half of they way, I turned around, headed back to work and grabbed some products I would need for my project (and finally also the mummy, the spiders and the eyes I talked about earlier :D). I was SO excited to get back home and start crafting! And to be honest, I haven’t felt like this in quite some time. Don’t get me wrong: I love my DTs and I like working for those awesome companies (I wouldn’t if I wasn’t convinced by them!) but there is a difference between making something just for fun, just for me and having to make something with certain products and with a deadline in mind. At least there is for me.
While I was working on all of these little bags and boxes you can see in these photos yesterday evening, I was grinning from ear to ear the whole time! Whenever I finished a little piece, I would show it to S. – proudly grinning at him 😀 I didn’t look at the clock even once, I was so absorbed in it. When I was done with the basis for the pillow boxes and the treat bags, I started decorating them. While doing that, I tried to customise them as much as possible to the person I wanted to give it to, which was so much fun!
I filled the bags and pillow boxes with different kinds of candy. The ghosts are actually lollipops which I covered with a facial tissue 🙂
I really cannot wait to give those little gifts to my colleagues! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see the faces of their kids when they give the gifts to them but that doesn’t really matter because I know they will be delighted and I just had so much fun making them (can you tell I had fun?! haha) that that’s enough for me.
I’m really really pleased with the result of this lightbulb moment idea and it just reminded me that it is really important to make something just for fun, just for you, every once in a while! And “just for you” in that case doesn’t necessarily mean that you will keep the final product in the end, but rather that you make it because you want to and that it doesn’t really matter if in the end the project ended up somewhere in a box or in someone else’s home or maybe even no-one else besides you sees it. Sometimes the journey really is the reward 🙂
So I guess what I am trying to say with this (probably too) long blogpost is: When was the last time you made something just for you, just for fun? Just because you wanted to. It’s probably been too long ago. So: what is the first project that comes to your mind that you’ve wanted to make for quite a while but just didn’t (for whatever reason)? And I’m not necessarily talking about someting big like learning to knit or going to a pottery class. It could be something simple like making some “just because” cards with some stamps that you have lying around that you haven’t used (in a while or ever), or making a little mini album about you/your favourite memory/person/… or… Whatever it is: Make it! Don’t overthink it. Don’t actually start thinking about it all that much, just start!
And if you do, I’d love to know what it is that you’ve made (or want to make) 🙂
Please note: As I explained above (in very much detail :D), I didn’t make any of this for promotion. However, I still want to list the products I used because someone might be interested to know what a certain product is in case they wanted to get it, too.
Hey there 🙂 Today is the first of October and this means today is also reveal day over at Gossamer Blue!! The October kits are filled with pretty products, lots of florals and gorgeous colours. I especially love all of the pieces from the Crate Paper “Gather” collection (by Maggie Holmes) in there!
To be honest, when I unpacked my kits, I wasn’t all too excited about the pieces from the new Amy Tangerine “Oh Happy Life” collection, however. It’s not that this collection isn’t good, it’s just that it’s not very “me”. The colours are a bit too bright and bold for my taste and I’m not very into the colour combos and the patterns. So I was a bit hesitant about using those papers and embellishments and first stuck to all the pretty things from the “Gather” collection 😀
Although when I was finished with my projects for the October kits (9 layouts and 1 gift set with two boxes, a card and an envelope. let me repeat, NINE layouts! I haven’t done this many with one kit in a very long time, so this shows that the kits are really good!) and looked through them again, I realised that actually half of the layouts were made almost entirely with stuff from the Amy Tangerine line!! And the interesting thing is that they still feel “me”. Maybe not as much as the other ones (I mean I’m still not really convinced by one or two of them) but I still managed to make something with it that I do like. And it pushed me to try out something different. Nothing revolutionary or super exciting, just little things like using clear stickers layered beneath my patterned paper or a new (for me) colour combo like green + yellow..
I’m always really inspired by Suse Fish (one of my all-time favourite scrappers. everything she touches is just pure gorgeousness #fangirl). I love when she incorporates some mixed media touches into her layouts and they still feel really soft and light, like this one here. So I wanted to try my hand at making a layout like this, too.. well, the result is the above layout. I’m still not really sure what to think about it. I’m a bit torn. I like the texture but I’m not convinced of the yellow watercolour.. but maybe it’s just because there are quite a lot of “non-me” elements, like the colour combo.. I don’t know. What do you think?
Although the colour combo itself really does work when I look at this layout:
I’m a bit in love with this cute little dear epoxy sticker <3 and that leaf wood veneer piece!
Anyways, I’ll stop rambling now and just show you the rest of my layouts so you can make up your own mind about how much “me” they feel to you 😉
I’m really really happy that I finally have some new photos I can use for my layouts and even more so that quite a lot of them are actually good photos of me! S. really has stepped up his photography game (after enough whining and complaining from my side 😀 )
The one I used on the layout below is one of my absolute favourite photos he took. It’s not posed, just a genuine shot (and my hair looks good, haha).
And here’s the last layout of the “trying something different” group 😉 ..I’m still not too sure about this layout. However, when I flipped through my album to show S. the layouts I made with the kits, he said that this was one of his favourites. So yeah, I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder 😉
I’d love to know what you think about these layouts and which one is your favourite. I’d say mine is the second one, but probably because it feels most typically me.
I’ll show you more of my projects in the next few days (and I’m almost certain that I will make even more with these kits. Maybe until I have nothing left but scraps 😉 ) and I am really excited about those that I haven’t shown you yet 😉
Chirp, chirp, chirp… yeah, sorry. That’s the only thing that you could “hear” around here in the past few weeks.. Things just got a bit too much. While almost everyone at work was on vacation somewhere nice, I stayed where I was and held the line 😉
But now things are finally getting back to normal and I’m about to head out to the Costa Brava for a week with S. to relax and regenerate a bit. But before I leave, I want to show you some of the projects that I’ve made with the super pretty (and jam-packed) Gossamer Blue September kits.
The kits contain a lot of Crate Paper’s “Cute Girl” collection, the We R Memory Keepers “Urban Chic” line and “Take Me Away” by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. Especially the Scrapbooking kits and add-ons have a very girly, cutesy vibe – which I like but which made it a little difficult for me to make some projects since I don’t have any kids and the colours/patterns don’t fit most of my photos too well.
This one of Enzo, a friend’s golden retriever that I dog-sitted for almost two weeks in July, was perfect for the papers since the photo contains some pink as well. I’m really happy with how the layout turned out although I couldn’t add any sewing machine stitching because it broke down on me while I was working on these projects ..Buh!!
This next layout was made with the Life Pages main kit which has more fall-ish colours and I am absolutely in love with them!
Instead of patterned paper I used two of the Life Pages cards behind the photo. Because I didn’t want to mess up the clean and simple look of the page (and because I don’t like my handwriting), I added some journaling on one of the cards and tucked it behind the photo and the other card.
So that’s it for now. I have quite a few more projects to share with you and I’m quite excited about them because they are “different” from my other projects and you will see why 😉
Psst, if you follow me on Instagram, you might be able to guess what the difference could be 😉
Hey there! 🙂 As you might have seen on Instagram yesterday, the Gossamer Blue design team had a little Instagram Hop going to show you lots of different projects that were made with the pretty Gossamer Blue March kits. (If you haven’t, you can start with my photo and then just click on the person that I’ve tagged in the photo, from there you’ll hop to the person they tagged and so on. Until you end up at my photo again 🙂 )
I shared a little sneak of three of the five cards that I’ve made with the kits in the IG hop and today I want to show you the whole set of five:
I kept the cards quite simple (as I usually do) and used only papers from the 6×6″ Pink Paislee C’est La Vie paper pad. I absolutely love the soft, romantic and a bit (okay, maybe a lot) girly colour scheme – and those patterns are divine!
I paired the papers with some embellishments from the same collection but also mixed in some My Mind’s Eye “On Trend 2” and Crate Paper “Bloom” (the rubber sticker) embellishments. I think they work absolutely perfectly with the Pink Paislee papers! Those golden acrylic mirrored shapes from the On Trend 2 collection might be my absolute favourite thing about those cards!! Oh, and the fact that my Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays coordinate SO well with the cards. I mean, look at those colours – I’m having all the heart eyes for this colour scheme.
I really can’t decide which of the cards is my favourite because I really like how they all look together as a set. So right now I’m still thinking about giving the whole set as a gift to someone so they could use them. I think it would be a pretty gift if I made a little box for them that goes with the colour scheme and style of the cards.. So we’ll see.
Have you ever gifted cards that you’ve made (in a set or as single cards) to someone for them to give them away, or also got some as a gift – did you like them? I’m still not sure if it’s something someone really would appreciate.
I’ve already shown quite a few sneaks and also full projects that I’ve made with the Scrapbook Werkstatt March kits on Instagram but nevertheless I wanted to share them all here in one place so you can ooh and aah at all the pretty pieces that are included in the kit “Glitzerblume” (glitter flower – which fits the kit very well since it is full of florals and lots of gold & glitter!!). However, because I’ve made quite a lot of projects with this kit, I’m going to split them into to blog posts. Today I will share my three top favourite ones!
Although the weather around here is still really cold and feels more like winter than spring, working with the kit put me in the mood for spring! The papers and embellishments are all really fresh and have a light and airy feel to them. And with all of the florals in the kit it is impossible not to get spring fever 😉
This first layout definitely was the easiest and quickest one that I’ve made with the kit BUT it is also my most favourite of them all! It’s the first time that I’ve tried a big (or rather huge) photo layout and I must say, I love it! You just don’t have to add much more to the page to make it special. That’s why I only added the title, some stamped phrases (made with stamps from a Gossamer Blue stamp set) enamel dots and the fringed paper strips.
For the ombré fringe I used the Moments paper from Maggie Holmes’ “Bloom” collection (Crate Paper). I started at the bottom of the paper and cut off four strips of paper. Then I cut into those strips from the bottom, but I didn’t cut completely through them – only so much that I could pull up the small strips to create the fringe.
To finish it off the LO I just added this beautiful big “create” glitter die cut word from this Pebbles Inc. package. Yes, there are six different gorgeous glitter words in that one package and I have already used most of them 😀 Like on this next layout:
For this layout I used almost no patterned paper, except for the border at the top of the page. I wanted those beautiful flower die cuts from the Bloom ephemera package to be the center of the page so I only added the glitter word and that pretty gold glitter tag. Beneath the glitter tag I layered a second one where I could add some journaling.
And last but not least the third layout in my top three favourite ones for the Scrapbook Werkstatt March kit. And this one features lots of elements from the first two layouts: a fringe border, lots of florals and some gold glitter, because you can never have enough of that! 🙂
I must admit that the floral pattern on this page might be my favourite floral patterned paper ever!! Unfortunately (for me), it’s not a whole sheet of paper but only a small card on this Fresh patterned paper from the Bloom collection. So, Crate Paper: could you make this pattern into a whole sheet, pretty please?? I will buy lots of it, I promise! 😀
Alright, so that’s it for the first batch of layouts made with the SBW March kit. I have to say that I am really happy about each one of them – they turned out exactly like I imagined, maybe even better!
I’m curious though: which of those three is your favourite layout, and why? 🙂
And, because I can’t pass up a good floral pattern: which is/are your favourite floral patterned paper/s?
Have a great week y’all! I will share the rest of my projects with the SBW March kit later this week.
Just stopping by real quick to share three easy-peasy cards with you that I’ve made with the Gossamer Blue January kits – and you know what’s great about them? They are perfect for Valentine’s Day, too!
For the first one I just used different strips from the Heidi Swapp Washi Booklet that was in the January Main Add-On Kit, adhered them to the card and then just embellished it with two of those adorable golden hearts from the Crate Paper “Hello Love” collection and some Heidi Swapp stickers.
For the other two I decided to stick to the same “recipe”: I chose one black and white patterned paper and cut it down to fit the card. Then I splattered some Heidi Swapp Color Shine mist over them (Primrose and Cherry on the left and Gold Lamé on the right), added a sentiment (from the Seven Paper “Goldie” collection), some glitter heart stickers and one “special” item.
On the left one I glued down the black and white baker’s twine from the Scrapbook Main kit writing “love”. For that I first wrote out the word with some liquid glue and then started putting down the twine from left to right. For the right card I used the geometric wood veneer heart (also from the Crate Paper “Hello Love” collection), backed it with different pieces of patterned paper and then glued it to the card, too.
Each of the cards took me about five to ten minutes maximum – I love me some easy cards! 🙂 (You can see more easy-peasy card ideas here, here, here, here and here).
What about you, do you like quick and easy or more intricate and embellished cards? Feel free to leave me a link to some of your cards, I’d love to see! 🙂
Hey there! 🙂 It’s that time of the month again, when the Gossamer Blue Design Team has a whole lot of inspiration for you and for how you can use your Gossamer Blue January kits!
I have a layout for you today for which I mostly used the January Scrapbook Main kit and the Life Pages Themed Add-On, which was my absolute favourite Add-On maybe of all times! I mean, it’s full of Crate Paper “Hello Love” goodness, so how could you not like it?!
Anyway, the layout is about the (definitely) most special gift someone has ever given to me – my engagement ring. And what’s so special about it, is not only that it symbolises the bond between S. and me but everytime I look at it I am reminded of the whole story that lies behind this ring and our engagement. (You can read about our engagement story here – it’s quite long but there are some pictures too 😉 )
The ring was made just for me after a design that S. came up with and that he had then made by a friend/acquaintance of him who is a goldsmith. I love the ring – for me it couldn’t be any more perfect or fitting and I love the fact that no-one else in the world has the exact same ring! 🙂