Friday, 3 July 2020

Pretty Young Thing and No Line Colouring - First Time For Everything

There is a first time for everything and this is my first attempt at no line colouring.   Not sure that I quite nailed it, but boy did I have fun trying !



I saw this gorgeous "Pretty Young Thing" stamp designed by Trudie Howard, which is a part of her Fashionista Collection,  and before I could blink, it was in my "online basket" and it's delivery was eagerly awaited.

I invested in my Spectrum Noir Classique Alcohol Marker Pens recently, and have enjoyed putting them to good use.   I have always found colouring and blending to be relaxing, and putting this card together just that.

I was a little reticent about sharing this as I truly doubt my blending and shading abilities, but I was pleasantly surprised by this first attempt at a new concept in colouring for me.  So be kind and gentle with any comments you might share. LOL !!



I do hope you like it and if my first step into this form of colouring has given you a good old giggle, well sobeit.  I like to think that in some way my card has brought a smile, however that may be.

Thanks for stopping by, and please pop back.

Bye for now.
Linda x
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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Fanfare Please ! Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace July Die of the Month

How apt is the name of the July Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month?  It's the Fanfare die set and it's stunning.  It made putting together the two projects on my blog post today so easy and inspiring.



I love the shape of the main die which will also look pretty splendid as a box topper.  So if you are a fan of detailed and elaborate cards with lots of flowers and foliage, you could make a special box to match your card.

My next card is an easel card and the design of the die works brilliantly for this style of card.





I love how these turned out.  It's always a pleasure to work with detailed and intricate dies, and I love the fact that the three flower dies are also included.   The leafy foliage that I have used are separate Spellbinder dies from the Cinch and Go Flowers III set.

I hope you like what I have created and that it gives you a few ideas and inspiration.

The Amazing Paper Grace July Die of the Month set is limited to the month of July only.

If you would like to find out more about the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club click here.


Spellbinders also run several Value Club options, which are available to those wishing to join multiple clubs at once.  To find out more, click here

Thank you for stopping by today.  I do hope you will pop back again.

Bye for now and ........................"happy crafting everybody!"


Linda xx
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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Foiled Happy Birthday Card using the Gemini Foil Press

I have not really done much foiling lately and thought it was time to remedy that!  After all, my Gemini Foilpress was an expensive treat to myself a little while ago and I promised myself I would make great use of it.  The truth is, I have been involved with Design Team stuff , commissions and requests for projects and just felt a little overloaded (in a good way !).

So, having managed to get some stuff out of the way that has been pre-occupying me, I enjoyed some proper downtime playing with my foils and stamps.   



The gorgeous Pretty Peonies Foil Stamp used for today's project was a much wanted Christmas present.   I loved it the moment I saw it.  It appears that it is no longer available from  Crafters Companion, but a quick Google search will bring up some stockists, if you like it.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is also a Gemini Foil Stamp  I decided to try some Gemini Papercraft Foil in Silver Shimmer on dark grey card stock and think the result is quite sophisticated and stylish. I love the way it gently shimmers, which I think is really clear from the topper.  I used Gemini Stitch Edge Circle Dies for that.



My Gemini Foilpress did all the hard work on this card.  I had it made in probably 10 minutes !  I shall try it again, putting together some different designs and ideas.  And what's more, I shall use the same Pretty Peonies Foil Stamp and see what different looks I can achieve.  I promise to report back with the results.

That's it for today folks.  Thanks for stopping by.

Off for a coffee and a rummage through my card stock.

Bye for now and ......................."happy crafting everybody!"

Linda
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Thursday, 25 June 2020

My Very First Napkin Card ! No Fuss Transfer Using Stix2 Anything Adhesive Tape Sheets

I have to come clean and admit that when Napkin Cards became the thing to make for card makers a few of years back, it kind of left me cold, and I avoided making any.

However, I came across some beautiful napkins recently and they left me inspired and ready to dive in and make my very first Napkin Card and ......................... this is it :-


I have to say that the creative experience was an extremely enjoyable one and it was not half as fiddly as I had anticipated all those years back.

I found a super easy way to transfer my piece of paper napkin to card stock.  I simply used some Stix2 Anything A4 Double Sided Adhesive Tape Sheets.   I cut mine to the required size and applied it to a piece of white card stock cut to the same size.   Then I removed two layers from my napkin which I also cut to the required size for my card, leaving just the single top sheet.  I peeled the backing sheet off the adhesive tape on my card stock and very carefully applied my napkin, top side facing up, and then gently swept over it with my bone folder to remove any small creases and ................voila!   I had a base on which to apply all my collective elements.  I used some sweet little paper flowers, die cut gold leaves, a wooden shaped frame, some ribbon and heat embossed sentiment.

I love how the finished card feels - kind of like fabric.


This card making technique has really inspired me to have ago at some other styles of card, using these napkins.  They are just far too pretty for people to use to wipe their fingers on at the dinner table !!

Hope you like today's project and I hope you will pop back again soon.

Thanks for looking.  Bye for now and ...................."happy crafting everybody!".

Linda xxx
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Wednesday, 24 June 2020

CraftWorld Exclusive Video Demonstration - My Fold Flat Book Box

Hi everyone

I wanted to share that over on the CraftWorld website today, I have a CraftWorld exclusive video demonstration on how to put together this lovely fold flat book box.





This style of box is really useful if you are giving a few small treats/gifts to someone.   The style is perfect for all those little stocking fillers that are gifted at Christmas time.



For this project, I used Princess Pink Pearlescent card stock by Tonic Studios, Pink Raspberry Luxury foiled papers by Chloe and Love Words dies by Bright Rosa.

If you would like to find out how to make this cute box, why not head over to the CraftWorld website and subscribe if you haven't done so already.  Registration is free, although there is also an option to upgrade your subscription if you wish.  I would love you to "follow" me on there. 

CraftWorld is a website aimed at the papercrafting community and is quickly growing in popularity.

Thank you for stopping by, and I would love you to pop back.

Bye for now and ......................"happy crafting everybody!"

Linda
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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Cute Creature Treat Boxes - Video Demonstration

Hi everyone. 

With all the doom and gloom that surrounds us during lockdown and this horrible pandemic, I really wanted to create a fun project.   I was trawling through Pinterest and I did find lots of punch art projects which made me smile, and I thought that it would be nice to use the inspiration I found there to put together these cute creature treat boxes.    Once you have the basic treat box base, you could have a blast using your dies or punches to create lots of funny/cute creatures or characters.



So, I thought that today I would drop by with a video demonstration for you.   It's been a little while since my last one, due primarily to the fact that lockdown has given me a few challenges, one being that my husband is working throughout lockdown in the room adjacent to my craft room.  As the walls are paper thin and a great deal of his time is spent on the telephone, or in conference calls, this leaves me little time to knuckle down and record any videos because of all the distractions and the noise.     I am not a night time crafter.

However, I did manage to find time to record this video demonstration recently and wanted to share it with you.




I think these would make great favour boxes for kiddies parties.

Anyway, I do hope you like the idea and maybe you will enjoy putting something similar together.   If you enjoy crafting with your children or grandchildren, you could have a fabulous time conjuring up some different designs together.

I used my Gemini Stitch Edge Circle dies and my Creative Stitched & Pierced Nesting Hearts Dies together with some handy punches that I have in my stash.   I am sure if you enjoy papercrafting, you will have similar items in your own crafty stash.

Thank you for popping by and I do hope you will visit me again.

Bye for now and ........................."happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xx
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Thursday, 18 June 2020

Soft Distress Oxide Blending on Pearlescent Card Stock

I love this Blushing Pink Pearlescent card stock by Tonic Studios and decided that it would be nice to add some soft distress oxide blending to the embossed centre focal point of my card.  For this I used my Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink pads.   I wiped over the blended piece with a piece of kitchen roll once I had completed the blending to remove any excess surface ink.


I used the Fancy Floral Garden Embossing Folder by Chloe together with the coordinating Summer Bloom stamp set and Summer Blooms Elements Die Set which I heat embossed with WOW! Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder.   The vellum leafy elements are from my mixed craft stash of leafy dies.  I think they add to the overall softness of the look I was aiming to achieve.


I meant to add that the frame around my centrepiece was die-cut using my Gemini Stitch Edge Circle Dies.

I am pretty happy with how this one turned out and I know just who I am sending it to.  Hope she likes it.

Thanks for stopping by.   My blogging has been a little sporadic lately, but that is because I have been juggling a lot of different ideas and opportunities and working conditions.  I hope things are back on an even keel very shortly, and would like to thank my regular subscribers for sticking with me.

Bye for now and ...................."happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xx
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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Spellbinders new Elegant Twist Collection designed by Becca Feeken

Hi everyone and welcome to today's blog post.

I am thrilled to be sharing that I am a guest designer this month on the Spellbinders Blog.  On my blog www.papercraftwithcrafty.co.uk,  I get to share lots of my creative designs and I was so fortunate to be sent the entire collection of the beautiful new Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Twist Dies designed by by Becca Feeken and just couldn't wait to use them. 



This beautiful box was my first project and I felt so inspired by the dies, that it just came together really quickly and easily.   I do love to make gift boxes and I think this one is just lovely.  Now, when I had finished, I was looking at it as a pretty girly gift box, but on showing it to my hubby, his first reaction was "it's beautiful and it would be perfect for a baby boy's christening"!   So there you go, it's pretty versatile too by all accounts.



Anyway I will share a few photos to show you how I put together with box, complete with measurements in case you feel inspired to have a go yourself.

Box Lid - card stock measures 9-1/2" x 8-1/4" inches.

Step 1

Long side score @ 1", 2", 7-12" & 8-1/2" inches
Short side score @ 1", 2", 6-1/4" & 7-1/4" inches

Step 2

Cut away the three shaded sections on each corner, and snip up to the score lines annotated with dashes on the long sides (that measure 9-1/2" inches).


Step 3

Snip small wedges as indicated on the photo below, which will make it easier to put your box together.


Step 4

First apply double-sided adhesive tape to the side sections shown below which have the fold down tabs on each end, and stick them down.  Now apply double-sided tape to the top and bottom section, but DO NOT stick them down yet.


Step 5

Flip the card stock over and apply double-sided tape to each of the corners as shown below.


Fold in each corner in nice sharp right angels and stick down.

Step 6

Fold in and stick down the remain side sections.


For the box base you will need card stock that measures 12-1/8" x 10-7/8" inches.

Long side score @ 1", 3-3/8", 8-3/4" and 11-1/8" inches
Short side score @ 1", 3-3/8", 7-1/2" and 9-7/8" inches

Cut and put together as per steps 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 above and decorate using a selection of dies.

I used the Elegant Twist Rectangle Etched Dies and also the Splendid Trilliant Etched Die set to decorate my gift box.   Note that I sized the base so that the beautiful intricate triangular elements are shown in all their glory.



For my next project, I wanted to create a clean and simple card and for this little beauty, again the Splendid Trilliant Etched Dies provided the focal point along with the Elegant Twist Ovals Etched Dies.   I also used the Elegant Twist Square Etched Dies



The foiled sentiment is from the co-ordinating Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Plates Border and Sentiments by Becca Feeken.




I had such fun putting these projects together and just wanted to thank Spellbinders for giving me the opportunity to work with the entire collection.   I will be sharing more creative projects using the Spellbinders Elegant Twist Collection designed by Becca Feeken over the coming weeks.

NB.   If you are in the UK and wishing to order any dies from the Elegant Twist Collection, they are available to order from Craft Stash UK by following this link Elegant Twist Collection.  Delivery is free for orders over £15.

Thank you for dropping by and I do hope you will be inspired to make a return visit.

Bye for now and ..................."happy crafting everybody!"


Linda xx


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Saturday, 6 June 2020

Stencilled Distress Oxides on Pearlescent Card

Have you visited the CraftWorld website yet?   Well I did earlier today and was inspired by a beautifully stencilled card, so much so that I decided to while away some time using my Lace Layering Stencil from the Tim Holtz Collection by Stampers Anonymous.

I wanted something soft and pretty, so I used some Blushing Pink Pearlescent Craft Perfect card stock by Tonic Studios which is a really beautiful peachy pink.



To compliment this I selected three Shades of Distress Oxide Inks in Carved Pumpkin, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry.

The colours all blended beautifully and I was able to achieve a rather pretty and varied tone on tone effect.


To give the frame around the topper some impact, I also shaded the card stock with the Distress Oxides.

My card base is 7"x5" inches and the pearlescent layer is 6-3/4" x 4-3/4" inches.

I love how this turned out and I thank Susanne over at CraftWorld for today's inspiration.  

I hope you like it.  Thanks for visiting and I hope you will be back for a return visit sometime soon.

Bye for now and ...................."happy crafting everybody!"

Linda 
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Friday, 5 June 2020

Soft and pretty - I Raided my Die Stash

I think it's safe to say that I am one of those crafters who sometimes just bogs herself down, trying to make up cards/projects using one specific brand for say, just the one project.

Well not today !   I decided to pull out an assortment of dies, some which I have had for a good few years.



I used Spellbinders Cannetille Rectangle dies for the intricate centre panel, dies by Card Making Magic for the leaves, dies by Sue Wilson for the flowers and the weeny stitched and pierced heart is by Creative Designs.

I gave my card several layers, and each layer was dry embossed on my scoring board around the edges to give a nice bevelled appearance.  I use this trick a lot, because I think it adds a nice finish.

I finished it off with a gold heat embossed sentiment from the Tonic Studios Summer Flowers stamp set.

I used some lovely pearlescent card stock for this project.   The main card stock is Barely Blush by Tonic Studios and the soft pink flowers are in Centura Pearl Baby Pink card stock.

I love how this turned out.  I am keeping my options open with this card because I think it could be used for anniversaries and for birthdays.

Hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ciao for now folks and ........................"happy crafting!"

Linda xx
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