Thursday, 14 November 2019

Perpetual Style Advent Calendar For Little Treats

I have been ever so busy designing for the Craft Stash Design Team and an upcoming Hochanda programme, that I have had very little time to craft for myself !  Not that I am complaining.  I am having a great time working with some great brands and products.

But I felt it was time to slip in a crafty little Advent project in good time for Christmas to hopefully please the Christmas crafters.


So I felt that an Advent Calendar would be a nice project.   This one is a Perpetual Style Calendar, purely for December.   The numbered cubes are a great size and I have sized them to hold larger treats.   Each of the cubes in my photo are holding a mini bag of Haribo treats.

I had great fun designing and making the one in the photo.  Its quite blingy and ornate, but it could be made in more traditional Christmas colours and themed for little members of the family.  For adults you could pop some costume jewellery, make-up items, etc into each cube.  Each cube measures 2" inches square.

The products I used to make my Advent Calendar are all byTonic Studios.  I used their Temperance Upper Case Simple Type Dies, Temperance  Lower Case Simple Type Dies, Temperance Numerals Simple Type Dies and also their gorgeous Festive Miniatures Snowflakes Trio Die Set.  The fabulous Black and Gold Foiled Craft Card is also from Tonic Studios.  I will provide affiliate links for both the UK market and the USA in the photos in my Product List below.  However, I have discovered since filming my video that the dies are not available from the Tonic USA website.  The good news is that they are available from Craft Stash, if you are ordering from USA mainland, Canada, Australia or Europe.

Well I do hope you like the look of my cute Advent Calendar.  If you fancy having a go yourself, just click the link below for my step by step video tutorial.  But perhaps make yourself a cuppa first, because it is fairly lengthy.


Thank you for stopping by and please pop back soon, as I hope to have some more projects for you to try in the not too distant future.

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

Linda xx

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Altenew Ornamental Flower Stamps & Dies - A Birthday Card

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I recently purchased the Altenew Ornamental Flower Stamps and Dies bundle from Craft Stash and it did not disappoint.


The appeal of Altenew stamps for me is how a lot of their stamp sets are made up of stamps that facilitate triple step stamping. 

This is my favourite way to build up colour and intricate detail when stamping.  Finding colour combinations that work well together to produce colourful and attractive images makes stamping fun, and I am also a huge fan of stamps that have coordinating dies.  For today's card I used a selection of Nuvo Diamond Hybrid inks by Tonic Studios.  Their bundle available from Craft Stash has been reduced to an amazing £25.99 from £39.96

I used the Altenew Fine Alphabet Dies for part of my sentiment and the gold heat embossed sentiment is from the Taylored Expressions Simple Strips stamp set.


One of my crafty friends is an Altenew fan, so I made this card for her recent birthday.  I was pleased with the simplicity.  The pretty paper is from the gorgeous Raspberry Pink Luxury Foil 8 x 8 paper pad by Chloe, available from Craft Stash.

I love this pretty stamp set and shall be working on some alternative colour combinations and sharing them with you.

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


PRODUCT LIST
Ornamental Flower Stamps and Dies by Altenew - £25.49 from Craft Stash


Raspberry Pink Luxury Foil 8 x 8 Paper Pad by Chloe - £9.99 from Craft Stash


Nuvo Diamonds Hybrid Ink Bundle by Tonic Studios - £25.99

Fine Alphabet Dies by Altenew









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Friday, 8 November 2019

Rainbow Hugs for a Dear Friend

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We all know of someone who probably could do with a big hug right now.

I know I am no exception.   But when there is distance between you, it can be very disheartening.

So, I guess the next best thing to do is to send a big fat hug in the post.


I wanted to create something cheerful looking, and a rainbow coloured card just seemed appropriate.  After all, we are all looking for light at the end of rainbow in troubled times.

I used the beautiful Heart Band dies by Bright Rosa, designed by Paula Pascual and available to order from Craft Stash.   If you click the word link you will find details of the complete range by Bright Rosa.

View the complete Bright Rosa range available from Craft Stash by clicking the photo
To create the rainbow effect I die cut the central detailed heart in several rainbow colours before sitting down to complete the task of inserting a mosaic type pattern using my coloured die-cut pieces.

For the rainbow sentiment, I used the Love Word dies, again by Bright Rosa and die-cut the word Hugs and a coordinating shadow background.  I do love this versatile set of of word dies.  I think they make a really nice bold statement and focal point.


I hope my card manages to do the job I can't physically.   I think it's important to take the time to let someone know that they are being thought of.

Hope you like it and I hope that you will pop back for a return visit.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  It's much appreciated.

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

Linda










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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Celestial Nights Paper Pad & Elements by Craftwork Cards and the Festive Foliage Hexagon Dies

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For those of you who haven't heard, I am now a Craft Stash Design Team member, and I have really been enjoying creating cards and 3D projects which have recently featured on Hochanda and also on the Craft Stash Live broadcasts on Facebook and YouTube.



Among some of the products I was fortunate to work with were the Celestial Nights Paper Pad & Elements Bundle, together with the Festive Foliage Hexagon Dies by Craftwork Cards.  I did, in fact, receive the complete Celestial Nights Bundle which incorporates some other really beautiful sets of dies too.

There was a degree of pressure in terms of meeting deadlines and forwarding my makes to HQ in time for the Hochanda live broadcasts which meant that I just did not have the time to photograph any of my projects.   However, the lovely folks at Craft Stash have taken photos of some of my designs which are on their website, along with designs by other members of the Craft Stash Design Team.

Anyway, I thought I would step in today with a Facebook Live broadcast of my own and demonstrate how I made this pretty card using the above mentioned products. 


If you missed my Facebook Live, you can catch it here:-

https://www.facebook.com/papercraftwithcrafty/videos/1009849456025485/

I think the Paper Pad and Elements Bundle is super and very well priced.   A lot of people are nervous of stamping and creating their own toppers for cards and boxes, and the Elements pack takes all the stress out of that.   I used the elements pack to decorate cards, tags and boxes and was really impressed with how my projects turned out.   I believe the bundle and indeed the individual paper pad is currently sold out, but if you visit the Craft Stash website, you can subscribe, leave your email address, and Craft Stash will alert you when the products are back in stock.

I do hope that the Craftwork Cards Celestial Nights collection inspires you as much as it inspires me and that you like today's pretty card project.

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

Click any of the links I have provided above for more details.   I use affiliate links, but this in no way impacts on any costs to you.  I will receive a small percentage of any orders placed using the links I provide and for that, I am very grateful.

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

Linda xx

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Simply Made Crafts - Traditional Paper Pad & Stamp Bundle

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I have been having a little play with the Traditional Paper Pad and Stamp Set Bundle by Simply Made Crafts from Craft Stash which I ordered recently.  I have to say that it was the lovely Robin that sold this Bundle to me. I think he's dead cute !  He is part of a 21 piece stamp set. 

The coordinating paper pad is a 12 x 12 inch one which has 24 single sided sheets of 180gsm paperstock in 12 designs.   At £15.29 for the bundle, I think this is brilliant value for money.


I put together a simple card which I embellished with some die-cut foliage.  I coloured my stamped Robin using some Nuvo Alcohol marker pens and then used my Spellbinder Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles to die-cut the image and layered before adding to my layer of pretty paper.

It was a quick and easy card - perfect if you are making Christmas Cards in bulk.

Hope you like the cheeky little chappy.

Thank you for stopping by.

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

Linda

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The Papercraft Society - Kit 3 Designed by Paula Pascual Available to Order until 21st November

Kit 3 designed by Paula Pascual is out now and available until 21st November. See the full contents in the video reveal here:-


The kits are full of exclusive papercraft goodies WORTH OVER £60 for as little s £18.74* per month.

From ONLY £18.74 per box on yearly plans / Free UK Delivery / Cancel anytime. Delivery is £6 per kit to Europe, Mainland USA and Australia.

Take a look at the video and visit the website. You will be amazed.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you will pop back.

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

Linda xx

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Sunday, 27 October 2019

Christmas Card - Elongated Hexagon Dies by Bright Rosa

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I think that the Elongated Hexagon Dies designed by Paula Pascual for her Bright Rosa Range are just stunning.   I love the geometric lines which captures such a funky and contemporary look and makes a really cool card base.  I used the dies for today's card project and also the really eye-catching Christmas Word Dies from the Bright Rosa Range, to create a Christmas Card in a non-traditional colour theme.


You certainly get value for money with the Elongated Hexagon Dies, as there are 20 dies in the pack.  You will require a die-cutting machine such as the Big Shot Plus, designed to take large A4 dies as the basic template cuts out your card base which incorporates the elongated hexagon front, and which makes a 5 x 7 inch card.


If you are a fan of non-fussy cards, then I think the Bright Rosa range is definitely worth considering investing in.  I consider the price point to be quite exceptional and great value for money.

This card was quick and easy to put together and I think it would be great in any colour.


The Bright Rosa range is available from Craft Stash.  If you are a first-time customer you will receive a 20% discount on your first order and shipping is free for orders over £15.

Products from Craft Stash are available to order in the UK, USA (Mainland), Europe, Australia and Canada.

I have placed affiliate links in the Product List Below, which if you use them to purchase of the products (just click the photos for full details), I will gratefully receive a small percentage at no extra cost to you.

Hope you like today's project.  Thank you for looking and I do hope you will pop back again.

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

Linda xx

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Elongated Hexagon - £19.99

Christmas Words - £15.99


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Friday, 25 October 2019

A Hello Card using Garden Treasure Stamps and Dies by Altenew - With Distress Oxide Blended Background

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Yesterday was an Altenew day for me.

I do love the brand and its gorgeous floral stamps and matching dies, so I dug out a little selection and set to work.

I used the Garden Treasure stamp set and coordinating dies for this card.

I prepped my background panel by blending a selection of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks with my blending brushes (mine are make-up blending brushes which I purchased from Amazon and which do the job perfectly at a great price).



Once I was happy with the blending I added some white speckles by loading up a fine long nibbed paint brush with watered down white ink and randomly flicked the brush at the panel.

Whilst that dried I used the Garden Treasure set of stamps and dies by Altenew, again using my Tim Holtz Distress Inks and some Gold Heat Embossing.

I die cut the sentiment using the really useful Altenew Fine Alphabet dies.  I love these dies because they are not so big that they overwhelm the card, but equally they are not too small.  In the words of Goldilocks - "they are just right"!

I love how the card evolved.  It was a pleasant why to spend some down time.

Hope you like it too and thanks for looking.

I have placed affiliate links below which if you use them to purchase any of the products, I will gratefully receive a small percentage, but at no extra cost to you.

That's it from me for today.

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

Linda xx

PRODUCT LIST - Unfortunately the stamp set and dies is sold out on the Craft Stash website but there are other beautiful sets available.


Craft Stash UK/USA/EU/AUS/CAN (select your currency)

Craft Stash UK/USA/EU/AUS/CAN (select your currency)

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Let it Snow - Sparkling Snowflake Cut & Emboss

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I used my Sparkling Snowflake Cut and Emboss by Chloe yet again ! 

I do love this beautiful set which incorporates a large 6x6 embossing folder which also partially die-cuts a beautiful large snowflake at the same time that it embosses.  There are 8 little snowflake dies also included in the set.

I obtained some fabulous card stock by Chloe's Creative Cards and have been eager to use it.  It's very pearly and crisp and the colour I used for today's card is called Lagoon.  It's a pretty bluey/green shade and it shimmers beautifully when it catches the light.





I love the single solitary little snowflake in the centre panel if my card.  I die-cut three of these and stacked them for great dimension before adding to my square panel, and adhering to my cut and embossed base card.

I used two different sets of alphabet dies for the sentiment.

The small dies are from Tonic Studios and the larger alphabet dies are from Altenew.

I am all snowflaked out for now.  I have certainly got some mileage out of this gorgeous set in the form of cards and a beautiful gift box.

Thank you  for stopping by.   I hope you like today's project and will make a return visit in the not too distant future.

Please see my Product List below with affiliate links.  If you use any of the links to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission, but at no extra cost to you.

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

Linda x

PRODUCT LIST

Sparkling Snowflake Cut and Emboss by Chloe
from Crafter's' Companion UK - £24.99

Sparkling Snowflake Cut and Emboss by Chloe
from Crafter's' Companion USA - £34.99



Tonic Studios UK
Temperance Style Lower Simple Type Lower Case Alphabet Dies
Select UK or other currency on website



Altenew - Fine Alphabet Dies 

Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles - £1.99 Craft Stash UK
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Amazon Prime (UK) - £54.99









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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Winter Wonderland Large Gift Box by Tonic Studios

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Imagine being given a gift in a box like this !   Isn't it stunning ?



I was invited to be Tonic Studios Guest Designer for this month and received the gorgeous new Winter Wonderland set of dies.



All I can say is - it's amazing.  It really is. You have the base die for forming the elegantly shaped gift box,plus a host of further dies with varying designs for decorating the panels and also for creating pretty decorative accents/labels.  There are two really useful word dies included and a cute little tag die.  So you have the capacity to create boxes in many different designs. 

You do need a die cutter big enough to take A4 paper in order to be able to use this kit.  I used my Big Shot Plus.


I felt spoilt for choice - but soon happily set out about choosing my materials and my decorative elements.   I opted to use a beautiful pearly white cardstock as the base for my boxes and chose some really pretty papers from my Craft Perfect 6x6 Mint Blush Card Pack.  This pack has some beautiful subtle shades and gorgeous textures.   I opted for Duck Egg Toille and Salmon Harlequin.



The boxes are really easy to put together.  They are such a good size too.  I honestly cannot wait to see the reaction from the recipients of my gift boxes this Christmas.   They just make the act of gift-giving that little bit more special.




I really did enjoy using this set and I am thrilled with how my first boxes have turned out.  I am going to try creating some that will be suitable for masculine gifts and will share those with you over the coming weeks.

Although the box is called the Winterland Wonderland Large Gift Box, it is very versatile and could easily be used for many gifting occasions and themes and not just seasonal gifts.  You would just need to use your good old trusty crafty stash for creating toppers that are not seasonal.

I made a step by step video showing you all of the kit and how to put one together:-



Hope you like it. 

You can find full details by using my affiliated links below, where you can shop either here in the UK or in the USA.

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a great day and ......................."Happy Crafting!"

Linda xx

Tonic Studios UK - £39.99
Tonic Studios USA - $49.99

Tonic UK - £5.99
Tonic USA - $7.99

Craft Perfect - Pearlescent Card - Pearl White A4 (5 pack)
Tonic UK


Craft Perfect - Pearlescent Card - Pearl White 8.5 x 11(5 pack)
Tonic USA


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