Friday, 20 September 2019

Beautiful Day Card - Altenew

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Hello everybody.

Here is a little first for me.   I am sharing a pretty card that I made using the Beautiful Day Bundle from Altenew.  I have long been an Altenew fan and it was so nice to receive this order and have a play.


I even did a spot of watercolouring !!

I do love the beautiful detail in the Altenew floral stamp sets.  The Fancy Hello Die is also from Altenew.

I used the Gemini Isometric Embossing Holder for the background panel - because I wanted to add some interesting texture.

I do hope you like it.   I will say that I have put some Affliliated Links in the promotional photographs below to markets here in the UK and in USA.   Simply click on each photo to be taken to the relevant market.

Unfortunately I do not have affiliated links for the die set in the UK because I gather that Craft Stash has sold out.   If you use any of my affiliated links to place an order for any of the products I have used, I will earn a small commission, but it will not impact in any way on the cost to you. 

Thank you for looking.  I hope you will pop back.

Bye for now and ......................"Happy Crafting Everyone".

Linda xxx
PRODUCT SUMMARY

Beautiful Day BundleStockist:  Altenew USA Site


Beautiful Day StampStockist: Craft Stash UK

Watercolor - 36 PansStockist: Altenew USA

Stockist: Altenew USA

Stockist: Craft Stash UK


Gemini 3D Isometic Embossing FolderStockist :Craft Stash UK
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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Cute Gable Style Gift Box With Straw Handle


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It seems like ages since I shared a box project. 

I have spent the last month researching products from different paper craft brands and have been having a blast revamping my craft stash with lots of new "toys".   It was during my quest for pretty papers that I discovered Chloe Endean.  A lovely crafty friend had recommended her brand to me and I am so glad she did.  Thanks June !


I have to say that the quality of the papers in the Raspberry Luxury Foiled 8 x 8 inch Paper Pad is just fabulous and the designs are gorgeous.  I can say hand on heart that there is not one design that I do not like.  They are all pretty stunning.  They made putting together today's little gift box an absolute treat.

I have lived in a little Stampin' Up! bubble for the last six years and I now find I am really like a little kid in a candy shop with my pick of anything that grabs my fancy. 


I did have to invest in a 1/4 inch handheld punch for this project.  The quarter inch hole will securely hold the straw handle in place.   Any larger, it will simply fall out and any smaller, you will never fit one through.  I used paper straws for my project (environmentally friendly) and having invested in several packs in different designs, they all seem to be of a standard diameter which fit securely in place through a 1/4 inch hole.  I bought my punch relatively cheaply from Amazon, (see affiliated link below in the product summary below).

I love the Summer Blooms stamp set and coordinating dies I used too.  They are modern and contemporary and just very pretty.   I am a big Chloe fan !   I bought my Chloe products from Craft Stash (where you can get 20% off your very first order).   Craft Stash do run some great promotions.  They ship to the UK, Europe and USA mainland. 

I do hope you like this of box design and feel inspired to have a go at making one.  The boxes are nice and easy, and although they probably look like they could be complicated, I promise you they are not at all.  I have made a step by step video tutorial, so make yourself a brew and sit back and relax.  Having been suitably refreshed, I hope you will then scamper off to your happy little craft space and make one yourself !!



I originally saw this style of box demonstrated on YouTube by Crafty LittleMissK.  She made a little cubed version.  I decided to elongate the design and this little gift box is a good size for lots of little treats.  It measures 2" inches high, 2" inches wide and 4-3/8" inches long, and is pretty sturdy.   How sturdy your box is will depend on the quality and weight of the card stock that you use.  I used Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl card stock, and at 300 gsm it is just wonderful to work with.  I bought a pack in assorted pastel colours (see affiliated link in the product summary below).

Oh, by the way ....... remember I recently revamped my little craft space? ......... Well I shall be doing so yet again.   My daughter recently bought her own place and I am inheriting her bedroom and turning it into my new craft den !!   Its about 12 x 9 feet and I am so excited.  Any tips, recommendations and advice will be gratefully received.

Well that's it from me for today.

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

Linda xxx

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PRODUCT SUMMARY:-


Papers by Chloe - Raspberry Luxury Foiled Paper Pad 8 x 8 inches


Summer Blooms Bundle
Centura Pearl Card Pack - Pastels












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Monday, 16 September 2019

More from the Tonic Garden Party Suite - Today I have used Summer Flowers

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Today I have another project using stamps from Tonic's new Garden Party Suite of stamps.  I love flowers and I wanted a really clean and simple card, which I think I achieved using the pretty Summer Flowers Photopolymer stamp set.  There are 17 stamps in this set. 
 


I stamped and heat embossed the floral motif using Wow Opaque Bright White embossing powder and then simply coloured in the flowers using my new Nuvo Alcohol Markers.   I did not do any blending with them, and just applied them direct to the stamped image in an array of pretty colours.  I defined the white outline of the flowers using my Feather Grey Nuvo Alcohol Marker to create a very pale grey shadow.



I used my Spellbinders Curved Borders Dies to die cut the white card panel, before applying it my base card which is a gorgeous pearly pastel green.  This pearly card is from an assorted pack of coloured card from Crafter's Companion (see photo link below).   I also die cut a separate curved border using my Spellbinders Curved Borders Two dies (see photo link below) and adhered this over the curved white card panel.

I finished with a little smattering of sequins to add a touch of sparkle.

I rather like it and I hope you do too.

That's it from me for today.  I hope to be back with a box project and video tomorrow - so watch this space.

I do offer affiliated links below to the products I have used, and by clicking on the promotional photos below, you will be taken to the online stores for full details of the products. If you order using my links then I will earn a small commission, for which I thank you.

Bye for now and happy crafting everybody.

Linda xxx
Summer Flowers
Tonic UK 


Tonic Studios USA


Spellbinders Curved Borders Two
Cut:Emboss:Stencil


Centure Pearl Card Pack - Pastels


Wow Opaque Bright White
Embossing Powder


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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Tonic Studio's new Flora Background Stamp - Emboss Resist Technique

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I have recently been busy investing in some new stamps and giving my crafty stash a complete overhaul.   It has been a case of "out with the old - and in with the new".

Anyway to cut a long story short ....I discovered Tonic !!  I was lucky that the launch of their gorgeous new Garden Party suite came about just I was starting to look around for new stamps.  I have always loved floral stamps and this, frankly, huge Flora Background stamp was right up my alley.  It measures a whopping 6"x8" inches (A5), and I see huge crafting potential for it.


For today's card, I just kept it very very simple.   I used my Wow Opaque Bright White embossing powder and stamped and heat embossed the large floral panel onto white card stock.  Then I selected some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks for my blended background, using a blending tool to merge my colour palette.  The colours I used were Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Scattered Straw.


I do love the Distress Oxides inks because they are basically hybrids, which contain mainly pigment ink, but also some die ink.  This means they begin to oxidize as soon as you use them, leaving a chalky looking, dense and opaque finish.  Distress inks on the other hand are die inks and therefore have a transparency, making them much brighter.  That is a little lesson I have learned recently and I thought I would share it in case you were wondering about the difference between Distress and Distress Oxides.

I decided to revisit the Eclipse technique for today's design, by die-cutting the hearts from my panel.  I also die cut several extra hearts in both sizes, stacking them to add some great dimension.  I finished with a simple bright white sentiment heat embossed on black card stock.



I love the way it turned out.

I do offer affiliated links to the products I have used and by clicking on the promotional photos below, you will be taken to the online stores for full details of the products. If you order using my links then I will earn a small commission.

Tonic do free shipping for orders over £30 and they have also recently introduced a payment plan, enabling you to spread the cost of your orders, should you wish to do so.

Thank you for stopping by and please pop back.

Happy crafting everybody and happy Sunday !


FLORA BACKGROUND STAMP
TONIC - UK
FLORA BACKGROUND STAMP
TONIC - USA
















Tim Holtz Distress Oxide
Dried Marigold
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad



Tim Holtz Distress Oxide
Squeezed Lemonade


WOW Opaque Bright White
Ultra High Embossing Powder












Ranger Alcohol Ink Mini
Applicator Tool
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide
Picked Raspberry




XCut Nesting Hearts Dies









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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Arteza Glitter Jars Review - 54 Assorted Jars Per Box !! Available in The UK, Europe and USA

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I was recently invited by Arteza to join in a collaboration and review some of their products.   

This is the first of my reviews.   I chose to review their premium range of 54 Glitter Jars which come in a vast array of colours and finishes.  In total there are 33 beautiful colours, 11 of which are holographic, 9 are neon colour finishes and there is one glow in the dark Jar which is green and perfect for Halloween, which is looming.



The price point of the Glitter Jars is pretty impressive at £29.99 for the UK market and $34.98 for the USA.  Bear in mind too that Arteza do offer a payment plan for their products whereby you can spread the cost.  Not only that - shipping is FREE !  

I was amazed to see the range of goods Arteza carry, from general artist supplies such as brushes, canvasses, watercolour colour paper, paint mediums etc., right through to products that would definitely appeal  to crafters worldwide, from fabric paints, self-adhesive vinyl in assorted colours, wood slices and felt, to names just a few.

Back to the jars - the glitter is very very fine, non-toxic and gives a superbly smooth finish when used with self-adhesive sheets applied to cardstock.   I also tried some stencilling using Deco Foil transfer gel.  The effect this produces is much rougher and courser, but is still undeniably pretty and makes a great statement and focal point.

I like that each jar has two different types of dispenser - one for pouring on the glitter and one for sprinkling.   There was no sprinkling for me as each of my projects required a substantial amount of glitter, so the pourer was ideal.  I would say that I was pleasantly surprised when using the glitter applied to self-adhesive sheets on card stock, that there as very little shedding.   I was sure to place each piece face down onto plain paper and rub the back back and forth firmly with my bone folder and this helped to compress it all firmly.

I made a couple of cards, a pretty tag and an embellishment for my planner.  I do have many more ideas up my sleeve, so do watch this space.  I have 54 jars to experiment with !!!! 

Here are two of my projects made using the glitter.  The flower clip for my planner was made using Sizzix Adhesive Sheets, and the background for my pretty blue card was made using a stencil and some Deco Foil transfer gel.   Please see my video below

THIS CUTE LITTLE BEAUTY IS A CLIP FOR MY PLANNER
USING SIZZIX ADHESIVE SHEETS (SEE MY VIDEO BELOW)

MY VIDEO SHOWS YOU HOW I MADE THE BACKGROUND FOR THIS 
            PRETTY CARD USING DECO FOIL TRANSFER GEL
I loved being given the opportunity to review and work with the Glitter Jars and thank Arteza for this collaboration. 

This is my video review of the Arteza Glitter Jars including several examples of how I used the glitter:-



I have not been paid for this review, and I did not purchase the product.   I do offer affiliated links to both the UK and USA online stores in the product photos below.   If you use any of those links to purchase the Glitter Jars then I will receive a small commission.

(CLICK ON THE PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS USING UK AND USA LINKS BELOW TO BE TAKEN TO THE ONLINE STORES)

GLITTER JARS UK
GLITTER JARS USA

I do hope you like my sparkly examples of how you can use the Glitter Jars.  Thank you for stopping by and please pop back.

Happy crafting everybody.

Linda xxx

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Monday, 9 September 2019

TOO GOOD NOT TO SHARE - HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE PAPERCRAFT SOCIETY CRAFT BOXES ?

Have you heard about The Papercraft Society Craft Box ?  Available in the UK, Europe, Mainland USA and Australia. 


The lovely Christina Griffiths from Card Making Magic is the first featured designer for Papercraft Society.  Christina has created an exclusive set of products and projects for Papercraft Society Craft Box subscribers.


Each Papercraft Society Craft Box is exclusively available to subscribers.  The Papercraft Society will deliver a gorgeous craft subscription box with products exclusively selected by a different celebrity designer each month. The contents of each box will remain top secret until the day it arrives!   Who doesn't love a surprise !

Treat yourself to a beautiful box for £60(that box is super pretty!!) full of exclusive papercraft goodies.  The first box is now open for subscriptions and you can choose from month-to-month, 3 months or yearly plans to suit you!

FREE UK delivery or £6 per box for shipping to Europe, Mainland USA and Australia.


Find out more here :-
https://www.craftstash.co.uk/papercraftsociety

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

New Beginnings


Hi everyone and apologies for my little haitus.

I have been on annual leave and a lot has gone on "behind the scenes" with big big changes for me personally.

Firstly, I am no longer a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  I made what was a huge decision to resign.  There were many reasons that I took into consideration before doing so and it was not done lightly.

I was a demonstrator for nearly six years, and during that time I built up a fantastic and much valued customer base.  It is those people whom I have to thank for helping me to grow as a papercrafter.  The many many happy chats on the phone, the lovely cards and gifts; the email messages and little words of advice and encouragement and support helped to spur me on.

So with some sadness, but also an excited heart, I can share that I have been accepted on many affiliate programmes such as Arteza, Tonic, Altenew, My Favourite Things, Lawn Fawn, Hero Arts, Sizzix and Spellbinders.... to name just a few.

I shall be locked a way for a little time working on some exciting new projects, using lots of different new and innovative papercrafting "brands" and products and enjoying myself.

There is a huge big wide papercrafting world out there and I am going to dive in and have fun crafting without limitation or restrictions.

I hope you will join me on the way.

Thank you for reading.

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

Linda xx




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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Abstract Impressions - So pretty

The Abstract Impressions stamp set really is so pretty.

You can use the two-step stamping technique in so many unique colour combinations.   My card today is a very simple one layer card.


I stamped my flowers using second generation stamping for the first layers in Petal Pink and Flirty Flamingo to give a much softer lighter impression.   I came in directly from the same ink pads using the next layer using the same colours.    I repeated the process for the leaves using Pear Pizzazz.

I decided to use my Well Said stamp set for the sentiment, combined with the die-cut birthday sentiment from the Well Written set of dies.   I thought the die cut word would look pretty with a sparkle, so I used some Sparkle Glimmer Paper for that.


This was a super quick and easy card.

Thank you very much for having a little look, and I do hope you will pop back for a return visit.

Bye for now and........................"Happy Stampin!" everbody.

Linda xx

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