Friday, 30 September 2016

Cheerful Tags Chocolate Box

There are lots of versatile things in the new Autumn/Winter catalogue.  The Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies and co-ordinating stamp set Here's to Cheers is no exception.

You can make Bottle Tags for boozy gifts, Tags for presents and Tags as Toppers for boxes and cards too.

That is how I chose to showcase the Bundle with this attractive chocolate box gift wrapper for a 42g mini box of Guylian chocolates.

Shown below in two colourways both using Night of Navy as the base colour, one box uses DSP from the beautiful Petals and Paisleys Specialty Design Series Papers with a dash of Very Vanilla, and the other one is made with the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Papers with a touch of Flirty Flamingo card stock.

I kept the box fairly plain, just adding some gorgeous decorative papers to the box sides and then adding the Tag Topper using the same DSP.

Note the beautiful Copper embossed foil on both DSPs, and also the new Copper Stampin' Emboss Power.  Copper is very on trend this season.

This little box is a gorgeous way to make an inexpensive gift look a little more special.  Perfect for Teachers' Thank You gifts for example.  Or even Bridal Showers ?

Anyway, I hope you like what you see.  I have made a video tutorial which gives your step by step instructions.

Thank you very much for dropping by and having a look.

Have a lovely day.

Bye for now


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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Special 80th Birthday Card - Tuition by Martine Smith from Oyster Stamps


I thought I would drop in and tell your all about a fantastic workshop I attended at the weekend.

The workshop was great fun and run by Martine Smith and Tracey Holt of Oyster Stamps.

I had seen it being advertised online and having long been a fan of the fantastically glamourous style of cards that Martine specialises in, I knew I was just going to have to attend.  I messaged a couple of my lovely online crafty friends and was really delighted when they too said they would be very interested.    It was really exciting, because we knew this would be a great opportunity to finally meet each other in person and participate and doing something we all love.  Not only that, I found myself sat beside a fabulous lady who I have not seen since my school days !!  What a small world.

The workshop took place in a lovely village hall in West Wittering and was very well attended. There was an endless supply of gorgeous homemade cakes and Martine managed to soldier on throughout the day, despite having a really nasty cold.

We were provided with all the tools to enable us to craft some beautiful flowers.  It was a nice opportunity for me to use some non-SU products.   However, I did take along my beloved Pool Party inkpad.   We heat embossed the flowers onto Velum and on the reverse sponged on some colour.  They were die cut, and Martine then demonstrated how to create and shape the gorgeous flowers.

We were given two different projects and as I didn't manage to complete either of mine, I brought them home to add some finishing touches.  So out came my Large Numbers Thinlit Dies (the recipient of this card is going to be 80 years young very shortly) and Pool Party cardstock.  I added some vine leaves die cut in Pool Party card stock too.

As the card is for a very special birthday (the lady in question is having a Surprise Birthday party), I wanted to make it extra special.  So I created the beautiful hat pin and added a pretty bow as a focal point for the card.   The beauty of this is that she will get to keep the hat pin as a memento of what I hope will be a special day for her.

I am selling these hat pins in packs of three.  Details can be found by clicking on the tab along the top of this page entitled "Purchase My Decorative Hat Pins".   Please email me at or visit my Etsy Shop where you will also find them on sale too

So all in all, I had a really fabulous weekend working alongside lots of very talented crafters.  Special thanks to Martine, Tracey, June, Linda and Noreen.  It was so nice to meet you all.

Hate to say it, but I believe I may have brought home a little bit more than I bargained for ........I think I have the start of nasty cold.

Anyway - thank you for dropping by today.  I do hope you will feel inspired by my project.

Linda x

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Decorative Hatpins

A few weeks a go I did a post using a decorative hatpin as a focal point for one of my cards.

It received a terrific response with lots of people enquiring as to where they could obtain them.

Well - as a result I am now selling the hatpins in assorted packs of three for £7 plus P&P.

Here is a little reminder of my project for those of you that missed it:-

If you would like to purchase my hatpins, just contact me by email at :-

Thank you for stopping by today - do pop back again soon.


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Friday, 16 September 2016

Covered Notebooks and Thank You's !

Thank you so much to those of you who continue to support me with their orders.

Its a blessing and its very much appreciated, and I hope that this week my customers will love these
mini covered note books and "Thank You" cards.

I chose to concentrate mainly on the beautiful Paisley and Posies Suite this week, having always been a huge fan of Paisley prints.

All but one of my note books are covered in fabulous papers from the Petals & Paisleys Speciality Designer Series Paper pack.

The pink dotty number from the Pop of Pink Designer Series paper has two die cuts from the Paisley Framelits set.   The Framelits may be purchased separately but can also be purchased as part of a bundle.  The beautiful co-ordinating stamp set has a huge variety of pretty motifs.  You will see that I have used some of these on my Thank You cards.

You may also spot that I used my Pansy Punch and Flower Shop stamp set on one set of notebooks. They just seemed to go so well with the pretty paper.

I chose to use my Layering Circle Framelits as the focal point on the note books.  These are incredibly useful both on cards and also for creating toppers and tags.

I kept the cards very simple layering Soft Sky cardstock onto Whisper White and heat embossing in White Stampin' Emboss powder.  The super stylish sentiment is from the stamp set "One Big Meaning".  It was a little time consuming heat embossing all the cards, but I am thrilled with how they turned out.  I finished the cards by adding some pretty Fancy Frost sequins.

These will be sent out today in  my "Thank You" packs.

Its not too late to request the new seasonal cataloge (free of charge !).

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy your day and please do pop back again ........


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