Friday, 24 January 2020

Altenew Watercolor - My Freestyle Flowers

This is a first for me.

I have never before made a card using anything other than stamps and/or dies.

Yesterday I felt inspired to sit and try to create something from scratch and decided to try some "gentle" painting with watercolours.   I used my Altenew 36 Half Pans set.



I admit to feeling a bit hesitant about sharing this because I am by no means artistic when it comes to picking up a paint brush and creating something from nothing, but I am quite pleased with my first attempt at making a card using my own small piece of artwork.



This card is on its way to someone who is very special to me.   Hope she likes it !!!

I need to mention that I watched a brilliant YouTube tutorial by Creationsceecee for creating easy watercolour flowers.

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Bye for now and .........................."Happy Crafting Everybody"!

Linda xx

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Pretty Fairy Shaker Card using Stamps and Dies from the new Faraway Forest range by Daisy Mae - Includes Process Video

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Hello and welcome to today's project, which is this pretty fairy shaker card that I have designed using some of the brand new Faraway Forest range of stamps and dies by Daisy Mae.   The range was kindly sent to me by Craft Stash, in order to prepare some sample cards, ready for presentation on the Hochanda Channel on 25th January.



So if you are a fan of fairies, this product range by Daisy Mae, designed by the mega talented Clare Rowlands could be right up your street.

I have always loved making shaker cards - but I have had a few disasters in my time!    So my top tips are to make sure you create enough depth for your sequins or whatever medium you wish to use, so that they can move about freely within the "window".   I used three layers of foam adhesive tape for my card.  Also be sure to apply a Powder Tool of some sort generously around the inside edges of your window.  This will ensure that any sticky residue from your foam tape/strips is disabled so that the shaker contents don't adhere all around the sides once you have put your project together.    In my video, you will note that I apply my Powder Tool generously before popping on my sequins.  I then give them a little shake around to see if there are any "sticky" areas.  If there are, then I simply move the sequins aside and shake some more of the powder over the offending area.   Once I am happy that most of the sequins will move around freely, I stick the whole project down.  Then give it a good old sh ...... sh........ sh.........SHAKE!


I used a selection of Nuvo Alcohol Marker Pens by Tonic Studios, plus some pretty background paper from Stamperia.  Its a 12 x 12 pack of 10 double-faced sheets.

This is my step by step video showing you the process I followed in order to make my card:-




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Have a super day and ..............................."Happy Crafting Everybody !!"

Linda xx

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Saturday, 11 January 2020

So Beautifully Organised Stationery Box Kit - Box Opening and Some Examples of How I Have Customised My Kit - PLUS MY GIVEAWAY FOR UK SUBSCRIBERS

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Hello Everybody

Well it's been a little while since my last Blog Post - so Happy New Year to you !!!

Christmas has been and gone and we are well into the New Year.   I have been busy enjoying an extended Christmas break and now find myself in the early stages of creating a new craft room as I have outgrown my current one.  So I shall be dipping in and out of social media for the foreseeable future, until I have reorganised my new craft space.  Fingers crossed, I hope to be up and running by the end of this month.


In the meantime, I thought I would take a few moments to show you the beautiful stationery kit which I received from Craft Stash and share my thoughts and opinion of the kit and contents.  This is the So Beautifully Organised stationery kit

The first thing that grabbed me was the purchase price.   It's just £14.99 for the kit which contains all you need to create a beautiful Travelers Notebook.

The Travelers Notebook Cover is super sturdy and the whole kit is super pretty !!  There are two booklet inserts in the form of a slimline basic planner and another slimline book/insert which is lined and illustrated on each page with a pretty floral motif.  This is just perfect if you like journalling.  There is also a greetings card and envelope, a pretty pen with an inter-changeable tassel, plus two further tassels which can be used to decorate your inserts and the Travelers Notebook Cover.  Included in the kit are two very large and very attractive sheets of patterned paper, sheets of tissue paper, and a complimentary pack which includes strips of Washi Tape, a sticker sheet and another piece of pretty paper and plus a few pieces of ephemera. 

The kit is based on designs by Helen Colebrook, who incidentally also has her own journaling range of stamps, dies, stencils etc available to order from Craft Stash UK.  I am so taken with the kit that I have invested in some of Helen's dies and stickers and am eagerly waiting for them to arrive, in order that I can get to grips with journaling, which is something that I honestly have never tried, but I intend to have a go at now that I have this beautiful Stationery Kit

I have done an unboxing video which also contains some of my own ideas for decorating my Traveler's Notebook:-


I love the kit so much that I am excited to doing my first "GIVEAWAY" !   My Giveaway is aimed at UK residents only.   I am sorry that I could not include overseas readers of my Blog or overseas viewers of my YouTube channel on this occasion.



I ordered myself a further kit which I am going to be giving it away.  So to be in with a chance to get your hands on my spare So Beautifully Organised Stationery Kit, if you are in the UK, simply leave me a comment in the comment section below and I will randomly select one name from the list of commentators.

Good luck everybody !!

Linda xxx

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Friday, 20 December 2019

Foiled Embellishments - No Laminator or Foiling Machine Required. Video Demonstration

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Hi everybody.

Today I am back with another foiling project, only this time you do not need a laminator and you do not need a foiling machine.

I was able to create these pretty foiled flower embellishments using just Deco Foil and WOW! Bonding Powder.




It's a simple, fuss free method and if you would like to see more, then  I have filmed a video demonstration which I hope you will enjoy.



This foiling technique is perfect for creating foiled elements to embellish your cards and 3D projects. 

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you will pop back again sometime.

Bye for now and ......................................"Happy Crafting Everybody!".

Linda xx


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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Foiling Die-Cuts using the Gemini FoilPress - Video Demonstration

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Hi everybody.  Following on from my last video demonstration for using Foil Stamps with the Gemini FoilPress, I thought I would pop back today with a follow-up demonstration whereby I have been foiling die-cuts to co-ordinate with my foiled projects.

I am happy to report that it is very straightforward and the results are very pleasing.


For instance, I die-cut the word sentiment for the above card, and came up with a method for foiling it which works for me.   I have followed a couple of video demonstrations where, for whatever reasons, the settings given just did not give me the results I was happy with.

So this short video demonstration gives you my recipe for achieving a beautifully foiled die-cut.


I do hope if you have the Gemini FoilPress or are thinking of getting one, that you find my demonstration useful.

If you are unfamiliar with the the Gemini FoilPress, it is worth mentioning that it is intended to be used in conjunction with the Gemini Junior Die-Cutting Machine.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope that you will pop back soon.

Bye for now and ....................."Happy Crafting Everybody!".

Linda xx

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Sunday, 15 December 2019

The Gemini FoilPress - I Love It !! Video Demonstration

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Hi everybody and "Happy Sunday".

Today I thought I would share a video I recorded demonstrating how I made this pretty card using the Gemini FoilPress.



The FoilPress is my new "favourite craft toy". 

I purchased it over two months ago (maybe more) and it sat where I had unboxed it, unused; quite honestly, I was almost afraid to touch it.  I had watched quite a few videos by different contributors to YouTube extolling its virtues and now that I had one, I was really scared that I might be disappointed in it's performance.   Well I shouldn't have dallied.   I have used it several times over the last few weeks and I am simply blown away by the quality of the foiling and the results I have been getting.

My only regret is that I haven't invested in more Foil Stamps to play with, but Christmas is within sniffing distance and I have put some on my Christmas Wish List.  I just hope Santa is listening !!!

Anyway folks, I hope you enjoy my video where I take you through the process of how I made this card.  Its really very simple and not at all complicated.  I just used a few Tim Holtz Distress Inks for my background and the Foilpress did the rest of the work !



Hope you like it.

The Gemini FoilPress is designed to be used in conjunction with the Gemini Junior Die-Cutting Machine.

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Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will pop back soon.

Bye now and ................................"Happy Crafting Everybody!".

Linda xx

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Distress Oxide Blending on Colour Coordinated Cardstock & Video Tutorial

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Hi everybody.

Today I wanted to share this pretty card with you which I made by using various shades of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks on colour coordinated card stock.   By blending the complimentary tones I achieved a really gentle, subtle effect.


I chose a pretty floral stamp which I stamped all over each of my background panels and then heat embossed using Gold embossing powder.



I do like using the Sizzix Curved Border Two Dies to create interesting and pretty borders.   I kept the sentiments very brief by simply adding a festive word to each of my cards.

I love how they turned out, so I thought it would be a good idea to take you step by step through the process of creating them by filming a video tutorial.  Hope you like it.



Well that's it from me for today.  Thank you for popping by and I hope you will pop back again.

Bye for now and ............................."Happy Crafting Everybody!"

Linda xx
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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Gift Bags with Three Separate Compartments

Hello everyone - it's been a few days since I last posted and I have been super busy designing some more 3D projects to share with you.

Today I have these really useful Christmas Gift Bags.   They are a good size, measuring 9" wide by 8" tall and 2-1/8" deep. 


I decided that for this particular design I wanted my Gift Bag to have three separate compartments, the centre one being capable of holding a mini bottle of wine, or a cocktail in a can, or tall cylindrical boxes of sweets such as Smarties, Milk Buttons, etc.


The Gift Bags are very sturdy too.

I had fun with the bows on the front of my bags, opting to make them angular as opposed to rounded and I really like how they turned out.

I have made step by step video tutorial which is rather long - so you may want to designate around 50 minutes to watch it, or perhaps watch half first and the other half when you have more time.  I do hope you like it and feel inspired to have a go at making one yourself.  If you do, why not share it on my Facebook Page which you will find access to in the side bar of my Blog.


Thanks for visiting and I hope you will pop back again for a return visit.

Bye for now and ......................................."Happy Crafting Everybody!"

Linda xx

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