Thursday, 28 February 2019

Climbing Roses and the Butterfly Gala Bundle - A Happy Mistake

I messed up !

I guess it was a happy mistake, because it ultimately led to today's card which I am just so pleased with.

I had decided to make myself a one layer card using my beautiful Climbing Roses Cling Stamp Set.  I had my heart set on Coastal Cabana with Gold heat embossing.

I used my Stamparatus to stamp the flowers in clear Versamark, and leaving the card stock firmly in place in the Stamparatus with the weight of the magnet, I coloured just the leaves with my light Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends pen. I chose Bermuda Bay because it tones well with Coastal Cabana.

After all the leaves were coloured I loaded up the stamp, which was still firmly in place, with more Versamark and re-stamped over the image.  A precision stamping tool, such as the Stamparatus, is a card making essential for this technique.

There will be some reading this who might say ..... "why not just stamp and heat emboss the image before colouring with Blends pens?"  Well I have found that in doing that, often the super shiny heat embossing becomes dull when it makes contact with the ink from the Blends pens, and I personally find the finished result disappointing.  I think it's a reaction of the alcohol based ink coming into contact with the embossing.  Call it "picky" if you wish .... but I prefer to think of it as "wanting as close to perfection as I can get", and if this method means taking longer to achieve that, then so be it.  It all boils down to personal choice.

The next step is where my error came about.  Although I had applied my embossing buddy over the entire front of my card design before re-applying Versamark, what I neglected to ensure was that my hands were spotless.  They were, but my thumb had made contact with the Versamark pad, so when I picked the card up from the stamparatus, there was a nice fat Versamarked thumb print in the bottom right-hand corner of my design - not what I intended !!

Being the frugal soul that I am (cough ! cough!!), I wanted to rescue my design, having laboured over the colouring of the leaves.  So, I decided to cut the front of the card on the diagonal, going from bottom left to top right.  Then I simply added a piece of Whisper White card stock behind my Coastal Cabana front layer, leaving me with a two-tone card front. I gold heat embossed the sentiment on the white half.

I was pretty happy with the outcome, but felt it needed just a little something extra ........butterflies!!!  So out came my Butterfly Gala Bundle and voila.  In a few moments I had stamped and punched two beautiful butterflies and added them to the design.

I just love how the whole thing came about from a silly mistake.  It is actually far prettier than the original design I had intended.

Improvising often plays a big part in card making.  It certainly did with this card.  I really didn't want to bin the whole thing because of my silly mishap and I am pretty chuffed with my finished two-tone card.

Maybe that mojo of mine that went AWOL has decided to come out of hiding - I do hope so !!

Thanks for looking and happy crafting.

Linda xx

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

A Host of Beautiful Botanical Butterflies - Customer Thank You Gifts

I wanted to share some really pretty notebooks which I have created to go out in the post to some of my February Customers in their Thank You packs.

I took some little Asda Memo Pads, removed the covers and recovered them using these gorgeous papers which are in the  12 x 12 Botanical Butterfly DSP packs.   This DSP pack could be yours for FREE if you place an order of £45 (excluding shipping costs).   It is among many FREE products for you to choose from during Sale-A-Bration, which ends on 1st March 2019.

I punched out some of the butterflies with my Butterfly Duet Punch and placed them on my toppers, and now they are ready to go flying off to their new homes with my latest February customers.

Hope you like them!  Thanks for looking and please pop back.

Happy crafting everybody.

Linda xx

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Updating My Ugly Work Area With Pretties and a Touch of Rose Gold

Hello folks

It's been a little while since I last shared a Blog Post, which I mainly put down to lack of motivation and have self-diagnosed as a severe case of the craft room blues ! My room is currently quite a creamy colour (verging towards pale yellow).   I have outgrown that and I am being drawn to a cool pale grey.  So I got to thinking that Rose Gold accessories would be a nice way to introduce a little luxury and warmth to combat the coolness of pale grey.

I have an Ikea Peg Board and I love it, but decided to try and make it more pretty to look at.  It currently holds my embossing powers, paper towel on a roll, binder clips, some metallic threads, adhesives and washi tape.  So going with the Rose Gold theme, I used some copper coloured washi tape to revamp the clear square pots.  This was a simple and inexpensive trick but ties everything in beautifully.  Then I used my Daisy Punch to make a cute little box framed copper daisy on a smokey slate polka dot background.

I love my new large wall clock (and yes I know the time on the wee little alarm clock is different.  The battery has died and needs replacing !).

I invested in the coolest Clip Board Calendar from Sainsburys.  It's fab.  It has each month printed on twelve pieces of Rose Gold and Marble Card.  On the reverse of each month there is a place to add notes for the month, i.e. birthdays, appointments etc.  It looks so pretty, yet is really useful.

I bought the Marble and Rose Gold printed quote from Dunelm Mill.

My daughter bought me the gorgeous embroidered note book from Accessorize for Christmas and I decided to display it because it is so pretty.

I have added a cute little fake Peony in a little round glass vase (from tkmaxx).

It's a start and I have a long way to go, but I am happy.

My desk is a complete no go area at the moment whilst I endeavour to make it more user friendly.  Over the coming weeks I will be undertaking a little bit of a revamp.  Nothing spectacular due to lack of finances, but just enough to get the old mojo flowing again. What I have been doing is investing in a few key pieces to work around and give me some inspiration. 

Having nice stationery, i.e. coordinating pens, stapler, note pads etc is a great basis to work from too, when creating a pleasant working environment.   I have to say that I really did enjoy putting together a Wish List and indulging in a spot of online shopping.   The Rose Gold craft scissors are wonderful ...... like a gorgeous craft ornament.  I just keep stroking them !!

So there you have it ...... some of my key purchases as I begin re-thinking, re-organising and glamming up my work area.

Not sure when the revamp will be complete as I have still to source some new desk space and haven't even stated that yet; but I do hope to share it with you when it's complete.  There is lots of painting to be done too.   Oh my - what have I started ?

Thanks for looking, have a lovely day and happy crafting.

Linda xx

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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Climbing Roses Cling Bundle

Today's pretty monochrome project uses the fabulous Climbing Roses Cling Bundle.

I have used layers of Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo and stamped in Flirty Flamingo ink.

I die cut the topper and that too is layered on three layers of die-cuts and some pretty foilage in Flirty Flamingo to give some clear dimension, definition and texture.

It's quite sweet and simple really.

Hope you like it.  Thanks for taking a look and I would love you to pop back.

Happy crafting.

Linda xx

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Monday, 18 February 2019

Clear Tiny Treat Boxes - How Pretty !

The clear tiny treat boxes really are dead cute and really versatile, lending themselves to all sorts of ways in which to decorate and utilise them.

I decided to pretty some up using some of my Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies and some Gold Foil sheets (well just a little piece of Gold foil which sent a long way !)   I used my Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on the reverse of the foil so that the die-cuts could be applied without any unsightly mess. 

I finished mine with some Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon - perfect for an after dinner gift of Imperial Mints!  These would also make great little pillow gifts, wedding favours, place settings too.

Hope you like it.  Thanks for looking and please pop back again.

Happy crafting !

Linda xx

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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Stampin' Blends & Fable Friends - I'm a Poet !

Hello everybody and Happy Sunday !

I sat down to make up my February Thank You packs to date and was just itching to use the cute new Fable Friends Cling Stamp Set.   I love the stamps because they just transport me back to my childhood.  They are quaint and just lovely and a joy to colour.

I selected the gorgeous rabbit motif and a handful of blends, and spent some time mass producing multiple card toppers on Whisper White layers which I had die cut with my Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies.  When I finished I added some Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon and adhered to Crumb Cake card bases.

Below is a little step by step of how I coloured my stamped images.

Step 1 - I stamped my bunny in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then applied Dark Smokey Slate.

Step 2 - I blended with my Bronze Blends Pen.

Step 3 - I blended with Dark Crumb Cake.

Step 4 - I added Light Crumb Cake and blended around the face, ears, feet and tummy.

Step 5 - I added Dark Pool Party.

Step 6 - I blended with Light Pool Party.

Step 7 - I added Dark Petal Pink to the inner ears.

Step 8 - Light Olive for the grassy patches.

I had a whale of time creating this first batch of February cards.   I think I shall be using another of the charming images for my next batch.

Hope you like today's little project - or not so little project.  It took a good few hours!

Thanks for looking.

Have a lovely rest of the weekend.

Linda xx

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