Thursday, 29 December 2016

2017 Desk Calendar with Inspirational Quotes for each Month

Some of you might know (as I haven't exactly been quiet about it!) that I am the proud owner of the Heidi Swapp Minc foiling applicator.   And I just love it !

Having it has given me the scope to stretch myself and step out of my comfort zone.  I have the freedom to customise and personalise projects just as I want them.  I find that very liberating.

I invested in a Zutter binder a good few years ago, and it has mostly sat collecting dust, and I wanted to put that to good use also.

My daily Pinterest searches have helped me to acquire a rather large collection of inspirational and motivating quotes and I was hoping to incorporate them into something useful, practical and actually quite pretty.

So this is what I came up with :-





It's my very own unique desk calendar.  I was taken with the message on the cover.  I truly hope that 2017 does become my year to sparkle - especially after 2016 which has been, in all honesty, pretty miserable.  There have been various personal and health issues which I would never wish to bore you with.  Plus - just look at all those wonderful talented stars of stage and screen who have departed, some really rather too soon.

So, looking upwards and onwards, each page of my calendar gives me some thought provoking quotes to digest.   It's a world away from my usual card and box projects, but I really did have fun creating it and using the fabulous Minc to foil each page.   Its glitzy and gold and sparkles - just as I hope 2017 does for me and all my family and friends near and far.  

Thanks for stopping by today - and I hope you like today's sparkly project.

Bye for now.

Linda

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Happy Birthday Dan ! A Tagul Cloud Foiled Birthday Card


This is an almost Stampin' Up! free zone today !    Apart from the fact that I used Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla card stock, Copper Foil Sheets and copper thread.

My daughter's boyfriend celebrated his birthday at the weekend.  I find masculine cards notoriously difficult to master.  

Anyway, I am really enjoying my new found love of foiling with the Heidi Swapp Minc machine.  One of the online groups I have joined shared a link to an app called Tagul a couple of weeks ago.  Its brilliant - and I decided to use it to create a Tagul cloud in the shape of a birthday present and added lots of personalised sentiments.

This is the result:-

I used some Rose Gold Foil on Very Vanilla cardstock and it foiled beautifully.

A couple of weeks ago my daughter Abby was taken very poorly.  This is the Tagul Cloud Get Well card I created for her using the same app:


This time I used Teal Foil on Stampin' Up Pool Party card stock and layered it onto Bermuda Bay cardstock and a Whisper White base.

Its really very difficult to take a decent photo of a foiled card, but I hope these provide a good indication of what can be achieved.

Here is a link for Tagul:-

https://tagul.com/   

Word of warning though - you could get hooked like me !!!!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Bye for now.

Linda



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Sunday, 11 December 2016

3 Inch Cubed Box with Drawer and Video !

Last year I did a tutorial for a 2 1/2 inch Gift Box with Drawer.  It proved to be very popular.

So with that in mind, I have upsized the template to create a 3 inch cube which is a really good size.



I used Basic Black card stock and papers from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series 12 x 12 pack.  I had fun decoupaging the cute little houses onto the panels.  I do love the nordic theme of these papers.

Anyway, I will keep it brief today and hope you like my box and this accompanying video tutorial:



Off for a special meal later today and maybe a spot of Christmas shopping !  Have a great day whatever you are doing and thank you for stopping by today.

Linda
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Super Sturdy Business Card Holders

For today's project - I took a fabulous original design for Business Card Holders by Sam at Pootles Papercraft, and adapted it.

My Business Card Holders have reinforced (double thickness) sides which makes them really very robust.


I chose to make one using pretty 12 x 12 Designer Series Papers in the Brights collection.  I also wanted to experiment with something a little more formal and personalised, showing my name and Blog address, so I created a post card sized document in Microsoft Word, laser printed it onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, which I then ran through my Heidi Swapp Minc foiling machine and then cut to size.

I am thrilled with both designs - and hope to be using them in the New Year at various events.

This is my video tutorial - hope you like it :-



Thanks for popping by today.

Bye for now !

Linda


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Order your Christmas Gift Vouchers from me today !

CHRISTMAS IS COMING  !  

Do you have a Stampin' Up! Wish List for this Christmas ?






If so, drop a big fat hint to your loved ones, casually mentioning that they can order Christmas Gift Vouchers from me for you for whatever amount they require by simply phoning me or emailing me at Linda@papercraftwithcrafty.co.uk.   Alternatively, don't drop a big fat hint at all - just grab the bull by the horns and come right out and tell them !

These Gift Vouchers can only be redeemed exclusively through me on Stampin' Up! products.

Similarly you may be wishing to gift Vouchers yourself to friends and family.  

Order your Stampin' Up! Christmas Gift Vouchers from me today - and I will arrange to send a Voucher beautifully presented as a card using the gorgeous Lovely As a Tree Stamp which I have foiled and added plenty of bling for an extra special sparkly Christmas surprise !  Payments via Payal only.

I look forward to helping you make it a really special Christmas for someone you love.  

Thank you for stopping by today.

Linda




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Monday, 5 December 2016

Ho Ho Ho Revisited


I thought that for people who are new to my Blog that it might be nice to revisit this project and video which I made last year.

Unfortunately most of the punches I used for this project are now sadly retired.  But if you are a creative crafter, it's easy and fun to improvise and make do with the tools you have to create your own version of Santa.  So I do hope that if you have not seen this before, you like it and maybe perhaps have a go.   It is an Envelope Punch Board project.

Click the video link below this photo to take you to my video tutorial.






Thank you for stopping by.


Linda

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

A personalised Happy Penned & Painted Birthday to my Sister !


I have been lucky to receive some lovely new stamp sets from my team leader as a reward for my recruiting and leadership achievements during the last Stampin' Up! year which ended at the end of September.



Amongst them is the gorgeous Penned & Painted Photopolymer stamp set, which is a two step stamping set.  Its my sister's birthday today and I wanted to do a personalised card for her incoporating some foiling.   So, I used a layer of Pink Pirouette card stock and stamped on the beautiful petals and leaves using Blushing Bride for the Flowers and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.

I just kept it very simple.


I found a lovely quote by the author Marion Garrett about sisters and decided to incorporate it, as the sentiment really does mean something special to me.   I also added my own personalised Happy Birthday message. I ran the top layer through my gorgeous new Minc foiling toy.

I feel  a sense of  creative freedom in being able to add things to a card which mean something personally to me and also to my recipients, and have found that laser printing and then foiling my own sentiments is so liberating.  My cards are now able to say exactly what I want them to say.

I added a layer of Gold card and adhered to a base layer of thick Whisper White cardstock.

I am so happy with this pretty personalised and feminine card - I hope you like it too.  More importantly - I hope Annie likes it

Happy Birthday Sis !!

Whilst I was creating this card, hubby made a request for one for a poorly work colleague.  Again, I was able to come up with a nicely personalised Get Well Card using the same stamp set - and "yes" ....that is how she spells her name.



Thanks for stopping by.

Bye for now.

Linda

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Combining Foiling and Stamping - Definitely Dahlia Thank You Card


Today I have a video for you.  I posted this card earlier this week - which you may have missed as it appeared in a post about the personal successes I have had since I joined Stampin' Up! and how it all boils down to building a great team and having great customers.

The video explains the process of using a stamped image, in this case the fabulous Definitely Dahlia, and stamping, laser printing/copying and foiling the sentiment using the Minc by Heidi Swapp.   Hope you find it interesting.

Of course, you don't have to foil the sentment at all - how about heat embossing with clear Stampin' Emboss Powder ?  Or, simply stamping?

I am just enjoying exploring ways of using foiling to enhance my own Stampin' Up! projects.








Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have found this post interesting.

Bye for now,

Linda

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