Friday, 27 March 2020

So Beautifully Organised Stationery Kit - Giveaway Winner Announced !

Hi everybody

This post is a little late in coming and I do apologise, but I have just been really busy!

Back on Saturday, 11 January this year, I decided to do a little "Giveaway".   I shared with you the first So Beautifully Organised Stationery Box Kit by Craft Stash and promised to give one away.  To be in with a chance of winning, UK readers of my Blog simply had to leave me a comment and I would go on to choose a name from the list of those who did so.



Anyway, without further ado, I am please to share that the name that was randomly drawn from my list was a lady called "Christine" who commented at 13.13 p.m. on 14th January.

Congratulations Christine, I look forward to hearing back from you with further details so that I can send you your So beautifully organised Stationery Kit.

Enjoy the rest of your day everybody.

Linda xxx

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Beautiful Birdcage Collection - Bird Cage Box Project

Hi everybody - I hope you are all coping well with the early days of "lockdown" wherever you are.

I wanted to share a sample project I recently designed for Craft Stash UK for use on their website and also Hochanda TV.

I made this box using the Beautiful Birdcage Collection 3 piece die set designed by Christina Griffiths for her Card Making Magic brand.




This is a little step by step pictorial to show you how I put this box together.













The finished box looks very eye-catching but the beauty is that it is just so easy to make.   People will think it has taken you ages when, in fact, this took me about 20 minutes (half an hour, if you include all the die cutting).

What makes it even better is the price - just £14.99

Click illustration for full details
Well that's it from me today.  Thank you for stopping by and I would love you to pop back.  Perhaps think about subscribing to my Blog if you haven't done so already.

Take care everybody and keep safe.   Bye for now and ............................."happy crafting!".

Linda xx
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Monday, 23 March 2020

New Fabulous Feathers by Apple Blossom

I was ever so excited when Craft Stash sent me this gorgeous stamp set, in order to put together some card designs for their website and Hochanda TV.

I have always liked feather motifs on cards.  There is something ethereal and pretty about them.



I decided to use their Fabulous Feathers stamp set to create this card using Pink Plain card stock from papermilldirect 290 gsm, and some simple white heat embossing, using my Wow Embossing Powder.

My card base is 7 x 5 inches.  The pink panel measures 4.75 x 6.75 inches. 

I thought it was nice touch to just finish off the whole thing with a scattering of sequins.

Simple but pretty.   I do hope you like as much I do.   I think this design would look lovely in lots of differing pastel combinations.

The big bonus is that it's nice and easy on your bank account too - at only £6.99 for the set. 

Thank you for looking and I do hope you will return again, as I will be sharing more designs made with stamps, dies and stencils from the Apple Blossom Feathers Forever Collection.

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

Linda xx

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PRODUCT LIST:-

Fabulous Feathers by Apple Blossom from Craft Stash UK - £6.99
Available to Order in UK, US Mainland, Australia, Europe 



WOW Opaque Bright White Regular Embossing Powder £2.75 from Craft Stash UK
Available to Order in UK, US Mainland, Australia, Europe 


WOW Two Speed Heat Tool (UK Plug) - £ 21.59 from Craft Stash
Available to Order in UK, US Mainland, Australia, Europe 






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Sunday, 22 March 2020

A Rainbow of Kindness using Aqua Markers by Spectrum Noir

I wanted to make a pretty rainbow background and decided to experiment with my new Aqua Markers by Spectrum Noir.    I have the complete set of Aqua Markers and the link I have provided will allow you to see the different colour families for the markers.

I have to say that I found the markers really easy to use and I loved the soft colours that I selected.  I used the widest Water Brush from my Water Brush set to blend out my colour palette.  I used Crafters Companion Water Colour Card cut to 5 x 3.5 inches to fit my Note Card base.



Once my watercolour blending had completely dried I applied some Jacquard Alcohol Ink to dot some pretty gold "splatters" around the card base, before die-cutting my sentiment twice and then stacking the die cuts to give the sentiment greater depth and dimension.  The word dies are the Fine Alphabet Dies by Altenew

I am pleased with how my card turned out, and really impressed at how easy I found the Aqua Markers to use.

Hope you like it too.

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

That's it from me for today, so bye for now and ............................."happy crafting everybody!".

Stay safe.

Linda xx

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PRODUCT LIST:-
Spectrum Noir Water Brush Three Piece Set - £ 7.99

Watercolour Card Pack 15 Sheets - £3.99









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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

For Mother's Day - Painted Flowers by Altenew


Hi everybody

So here in the UK Mother's Day is almost upon us - and it was with this in mind that I set about choosing something pretty with which to make my Mother's Day cards for this year.   Don't worry, my mum's don't read my Blog !!!

I invested in the Painted Flowers stamp set by Altenew at the beginning of the year.   I know it has been around for a few years now, but there is just something rather lovely about it.   Being a fan of triple step stamping, this little stamp set was a "must have" to add to my growing Altenew stash.


I have made two of these for both my mum and my mum-in-law, in the same style but with slightly differing sentiments. 

I also used the Altenew Fine Alphabet Die set, together with the Simple Strips bundle by Taylored Expressions.

I dotted a few colour coordinating sequins around my stamped panel to add a little sparkle, and have to say that I am really pleased with how this card turned out.   My card base measures 6 x 6 inches. I am not sure how clear it is from my photo, but you may just spot that I did a couple of embossed lines to help frame the whole card, using my scoring board.

For details of the inks used, please see my Product List below.

Well that's it from me for today.  Thank you for visiting me and I would love you to pop back.

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

Keep safe.

Linda xx
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Product List:
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink - Amazon £3.84
Altenew Tropical Mini Cube Set  - Craft Stash £14.99
Shipping available to UK - US Mainland, Australia, Europe
Free shipping to UK for orders over £15

Painted Flowers - Available from Craft Stash UK £11.99
Shipping available to UK, US Mainland, Australia, Europe
Free Shipping to the UK for orders over £15.00

Altenew Sweet Dreams Mini Cube Set £14.99 - Craft Stash UK
Shipping available to UK, US Mainland, Australia, Europe
Free shipping to the UK for orders over £15.00
                                     
                       

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Monday, 16 March 2020

Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop


Hi everybody

I was thrilled to be invited to join the Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop.  This Blog Hop is intended to showcase designs that can be achieved using kits available from the various Clubs run by Spellbinders.

If you have arrived here from Kathy's Blog, then "hello".   I am so pleased to welcome you to my Blog.   I would love you to take a little time out to find out about my project for this Blog Hop, and leave me a comment before heading over to Varada's Blog.

I was sent the Amazing Paper Grace March Die of the Month by Spellbinders, and this is the project I designed specifically for today's Blog Hop.  It's my large open top presentation box.



My presentation box is very sturdy.  I used white 300 gsm card stock and I can tell you it is super strong enough to hold this whopping helping of chocolates.

I tied some silver corded elastic under the rim beneath the decorative top and slipped the white ribbon around it and tied the bow which sits securely in place.

The following photos form a little pictorial which takes you step by step through the process of creating my box.  I do hope you like it.





ONCE YOU HAVE SCORED THIS SQUARE PIECE (ABOVE), CUT AWAY THE FOUR SMALL SQUARE CORNERS






*  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WIDTH OF THE 4" X 4" PIECE OF CARD STOCK TO LINE THE INSIDE OF YOUR BOX WILL PROBABLY NEED TO BE TRIMMED TO FIT, SO KEEP A PAPER TRIMMER HANDY.


I hope you find this easy to follow, but for those of you who are not fans of pictorials, I have put together this YouTube video tutorial, showing you how to make my box:-


GIVEAWAY:



To celebrate this release, Spellbinders are giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky blog readers - selected from the comments on this blog hop.  So leave me a comment here and then hop along for additional chances to win.   The Giveaway closes on Sunday, March 22nd at 11.59 pm EDT.   The winner will be announced in the Blog Hop post the following Tuesday.   The winner will be responsible for shipping costs, duties and taxes.

This illustration below shows what dies are included in the Amazing Paper Grace March Die of the Month set which is called Elegant Infinity:-
Click illustration for full details of the Spellbinders Clubs
I have enjoyed being a part of this Blog Hop, and there are some other really super projects being shared.  Just click on the links below for more creative inspiration:-

Spellbinders Blog
Yana Smakula
Nichol Spohr
Tina Smith
Bibi Cameron
Jean Manis
Henriƫtte van Mierlo
Daniel West
Gemma Campbell
Dina Kowal
Virginia Lu
Jenny Colacicco
Jill Hilliard
Joy Baldwin
Jennifer Snyder
Marie Heiderscheit
Ashley Tucker
Svitlana Shayevich
Rebecca Luminarias
Brenda Noelke
Kathy Clement
Linda Parker
Varada Sharma
Hussena Calcuttawala
Jeanne Jachna
Michelle Short
Yasmin Diaz
Laurie Willison
Ilina Crouse
Laura Volpes
Alicia Havranek
Channin Pelletier
Michelle Zerull
Annie Williams
Sheri Holt
Norine Borys
Ivana Camdzic
Desiree Kuemmerle

Thank you for visiting and enjoy the rest of your day.

Linda xx
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Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Pretty Birthday Card with Celebrate Life by Tonic Studios

I have a bunch of birthday cards to make for birthdays which are looming.  Its funny, because for our family, after Christmas, there is a lull and then bam ! It's a bit like waiting for a bus and then six of them turn up at once !!

Anyway, it gave me a nice excuse to finally get to grips with a cute set of stamps which have been lurking in my craft cupboard, waiting to be played with.

I bought the Celebrate Life stamp set when they launched last year (they are now reduced to a budget friendly £9.00!).  I liked the selection of cute little animals, different outfits, presents, cupcakes, etc., all great for celebrating birthdays.


It also gave me a chance to sit and while away some time colouring with my Nuvo Alcohol markers.

I coloured my stamped images in shades of blue pink and grey and once they were finished, I masked them off with a large oval die cut and created a blended background using my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.

I like the limited colour palette which I think makes for a nice cohesive effect.

This will be making its way to its recipient in the post very shortly.  Hope she likes it.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you will pop back for a return visit.

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

Linda xx
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PRODUCT LIST


Tonic Studios UK - Celebrate Life £9.00

Tonic Studios UK - Celebrate Sentiments £9.00




Tonic Studios US - Celebrate Life $9.99

Tonic Studios US - Celebrate Sentiments $9.99

Tonic Studios UK - £4.99


Tonic Studios USA - $5.99

Tonic Studios USA - $5.99

Tonic Studios UK - £4.99

Tonic Studios UK - £4.99

Tonic Studios US - $5.99









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