Friday, 28 February 2020

Pop Open Presentation Box for a Gift Card - Plus Video Tutorial

Hi everyone

I feel like a hermit !   I have been so busy finalising my new craft room set up.   I have arranged and then re-arranged stuff.   Its quite a process finding what works well in terms of storage, accessibility,  layout, etc.  Plus I am working on my latest Hochanda samples for Craft Stash.

But I finally found time to slip in a little project which I really enjoyed putting together.  I think this is rather a pretty and fun way of giving someone a Gift Card. 



I used the Fun Accessory Die Set by Simply Made Crafts to decorate the inside of the my box and for the sentiment on the box lid.  The set contains some really useful little birthday/party themed word dies and balloons, plus other dies.  There are a total of 16 dies in the set.

The card stock is by Tonic Studios and the pretty pink decorative paper is by Chloe. 

This is my latest step by step video tutorial, taking you through the process of putting the box together:-


I hope you like this idea.  It would work well for many different occasions.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you will pop back again.   If you haven't subscribed with either my blog or my YouTube channel, then I would love you to do so.  That way you will be notified each time I post a project or a video tutorial.  You can follow m4 on Instagram too.

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

Linda xx

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Friday, 21 February 2020

Star Shaped Box - Using Fabulous New Dies by Simply Made Crafts

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Craft Stash UK  recently sent me a selection of the new Surprise and Delight range of dies by Simply Made Crafts and when I saw the Star Box Die Set I could not wait to get to grips with it. 

This clever set makes it super easy to create these gorgeous and generously sized star shaped boxes.  The finished box measures 7 (at its widest point) x 4 inches.

Helen Griffin is the designer of the Simply Made Crafts range. This was my first attempt at making the star box, and was the sample I sent off for Helen's appearance on Hochanda, debuting her brilliant new collection.


What an incredible way to gift something to someone?   My box is very sturdy.  I used Craft UK A4 Smooth White 300 gsm Card Stock  The beautiful gold 230 gsm textured card stock is Tonic Studios Speciality Card in Golden Mosaic 

At just £26.99 for the complete set of 16 dies, this would be a great set to add to your crafty stash, if you like to make boxes that have the real WOW factor.  Available from Craft Stash UK, shipping is free for UK orders over £15.  The set is also available to order in the US Mainland, Australia and Europe.

Well that's it from me for today.  Hope you like todays project.   You can get full details of the products used by clicking on any of the red highlighted text above.

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

Linda xx

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Pretty Greetings Card Using Dies by Card Making Magic

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Today's card has been made using the Oval Box Collection of dies by Card Making Magic, designed by Christina Griffiths.   I can honestly say I have never seen so many dies in one pack.  There are an amazing 31 pieces in total - and such great value for money at just £26.99, from Craft Stash UK.





I wanted to create a card that really made a statement and opted for a selection of the larger layering oval dies.  I used a selection of die cut flowers from the pack, plus some floral embellishments from my stash.  I felt that the card would benefit from some larger stems, so I used some ivy dies that are in the Landmark Occasions Collection Ultimate Number & Overlay Die Set, also by Card Making Magic.

You will note what looks like an embossed section to the right of the card, this was achieved by using yet another Card Making Magic die - this time, the Double Sided Border Die.

I went with a rather bold colour choice.  I used Fushia Pink Centura Pearl card stock from Papermilldirect.


Just for the record, the card base is a whopping 8x8 inches.

I am a Craft Stash Design Team member and Craft Stash have generously sent me the Landmark Occasions together with the Oval Box Collection of dies to design with and I hope to be bringing you more creative projects over the coming weeks.

If you are new to Craft Stash, then you might be interested to know that shipping is free to the UK for orders over £15.  Plus you will receive 10% discount if you are placing your first order with them.  Craft Stash also ship to Mainland USA, Australia and Europe.

Well I do hope you like today's project.  It kept me out of trouble for the best part of the morning !!

Thank you for visiting, and I hope that you will pop back again.

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

Linda xx

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Monday, 17 February 2020

Simply Made Crafts - Split Cube Box Die Set

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As part of the Craft Stash Design Team I was fortunate to get my hands on the new Split Cube Box Die Set by Simply Made Crafts, designed by the lovely Helen Griffin.   This Die Set is part of the new Surprise and Delight Collection and I made today's little project for Helen's recent appearance on Hochanda.


It's a really lovely project and very easy to put together.  The finished box has two hidden triangular compartments that fold up together to make the cube.  It's perfect for holding little gifts or treats.  It would be lovely to use as wedding favours, bridal showers, etc.

I used Centura Pearl pastel card stock and 300gsm white card stock.

This set is £22.99 available from Craft Stash UK.  Delivery is free to the UK for orders of over £15 and is also available to order in the US Mainland, Australia and Europe.  If you are placing your first order you will receive a 10% discount too !

Thank you for visiting and I do hope you will pop back again soon.

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

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Friday, 14 February 2020

Masculine Valentine Card - I Love This Sentiment by Altenew

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Well now lookie here - it's Valentine's Day !

After the inevitable hype following the Christmas season, the day we get to send a special card to our dear hearts is finally here.

Did you work yourself up into a stushi trying to put one together?   Well I personally find masculine cards are always a challenge no matter what the occasion.

But putting this one together was made easy because I stumbled across a great little stamp set by Altenew.  It's called "The Best Thing" stamp set.  It comes in a dinky pack but I think it speaks from the heart - well it does for me anyway (and it only costs £4.99 from Craft Stash UK).



So I simply used some Wood Textures decorative paper by Craft Consortium together with Nesting Heart Dies by Docrafts and put together a simple card with no fancy frills.

I am happy with it, and I just hope that hubster appreciates the love that went into it. I shouldn't doubt him because he is hugely supportive of everything I do creatively.  I count myself as being very lucky to have him.

Thanks for looking and I hope you will pop back.

Have a super day and ................."happy crafting everybody!".

Linda xx

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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Sympathy Card in Memory of One of My Lovely Crafty Friends

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I received some very sad news last week.

I struck up a lovely friendship via mail with Karen approximately five years ago, shortly after I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  So I guess that made us pen pals. She sent me a beautiful and sweet letter and card out of the blue introducing herself and it was the start of how I got to know a beautiful, kind and talented lady from Liverpool with a wicked sense of humour.  She began ordering from me and went on to join my team, before I resigned.

Over the years I was treated to beautiful hand-crafted cards and gifts from Karen.  We exchanged cards, presents, emails and had a few hilarious telephone conversations.  I have kept every one of her cards and messages. 

Whilst I knew she was battling a terminal illness, the speed of her passing was a shock and really filled me with great sadness.  We need more "Karen's" in this sometimes horrible world.  She was a little ray of sunshine, despite her battles with poor health.

I discovered that like me, she was also a big fan of Altenew stamps, so I feel it is only fitting that this sympathy card was made using the Beautiful Day stamp and die bundle, in honour of her memory.



I like to think that Karen would approve.  We had pretty similar tastes.  RIP my beautiful crafty friend.

Linda xx

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Craft Room Relocation - DIY Mouse Pad

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I am in the process of relocating and setting up a new craft room.  It's been time-consuming and fun and ....... costly !

So, to save myself a few pounds here and there I have been making do and DIYing.

I bought myself a glass surface protector for my admin desk, where I sit and create blog posts, deal with emails etc.    I love the protector but needed a mouse pad too.   Having looked online, I struggled to find one I liked.   Most were huge and just not what I wanted, so I decided to make my own.   It may only be a temporary one until I can the right one, or ..... you never know ....... I may well stick with it as I rather like how it turned out.


All I did was take a cereal bowl.   The diameter of mine is 5-3/4 inches.   Obviously if you require bigger, then you can customise.   I drew around it on pretty decorative paper (this is from the Perfect Moments 12 x 12 inch paper pad by First Edition - I just love their papers).   The pink is soft and compliments my glass decorative mat beautifully.

I also drew two more circles; one on plain white card stock and one on a sheet of cork.   I cut out all three then used the lovely set of dies by Bright Rosa called Sweet Words.  It contains the word "create" together with coordinating shadow die.  So I die cut the shadow from the centre of my decorative paper, then I die cut a further white shadow and popped in place of the one I removed from the decorative paper.  But, before doing so, I also die cut the the word "create" from the centre of the white shadow and die-cut it again from a piece of patterned paper, inserting it into the centre of my shadow die cut.  The purpose of creating the all the inlays was so that the word sits flush within the paper and card and laminates well, without any lumps or bumps. I then popped the decorative circle on top of the white circle, placed them in a laminator sheet and ran them through my laminator.

I trimmed around the laminated circle, leaving a little clear lip all the way around.

Then I grabbed some super-glue and glued the cork circle to the reverse and voila !!  I have a super cute DIY mouse pad which does not slip on the surface of my desk.


I am very pleased with my foray into the world of mouse-mat making - it saved me some unnecessary expenditure for now, and I love it so much that I was itching to share it with you here.

I do hope you like it too.


That's it from me for today - I still have much to do in my craft room.  It's getting so well organised .... I can't find anything !! LOL !!

Thanks for visiting today and I do hope you will pop back again for a future visit.

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

Linda xx

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Pretty Fairy Card Using Faraway Forest Stamps and Dies by Daisy Mae - Available Worldwide

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Hi everyone

I am still in the process of moving into my new craft room - it's been a long haul, but I am sure it will all be worth it in the end and I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.  My flooring is being laid today!

In the meantime, I thought I would share another of the card samples I made using the new Daisy Mae Faraway Forest stamps and dies.  This was one of my samples from Clare Rowlands' recent release show on Hochanda.  You can see the rest of my samples on the Craft Stash website along with samples made by other members of the Craft Stash design team.



I loved having the opportunity to use my Tonic Studios Alcohol marker pens.  They are lovely to use and blend beautifully, and this sweet little card was my personal favourite from the samples I designed.


By the way, this adoreable little Fairy is from the Dandelion Elf stamp set.

Available from Craft Stash UK, Daisy Mae products are available to order from the UK, US Mainland, Canada, Australia and Europe.  Shipping is free in the UK for orders over  £15.  For more details regarding the Faraway Forest release, you can visit the Craft Stash UK website by following the affiliated link below:-

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I hope you like today's little project and I would like to thank you for visiting today. I do hope you will pop back.

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

Linda xx 

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Scented Tealights Gift Box with Presentation Card - Video Tutorial

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Hi everybody

Today I have a lovely gift box which I sized to hold 9 scented tealights together with a presentation card to be enclosed in the box.  This card enables you to include a personalised message for the recipient of the tealights gifts.

I decided to make this box using items from the Papercraft Society Kit Box 3 designed by Paula Pascual which is now sadly sold out.  However, if you have a good selection of pretty papers and dies, you can go "freestyle" and decorate however you so wish.


I enjoyed creating this project and I hope you enjoy my latest step by step video tutorial showing you how to put one of these together.



The Papercraft Society introduces a new kit each month by some great designers.   The latest kit designed by Christina Griffiths can be found on the Craft Stash UK website.   Delivery to subscribers in the UK is free and the kits are also available to order in the US Mainland, Australia, Canada and Europe.  Delivery to those countries is £6 per kit.

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Thank you for dropping by and I do hope you will pop back again.

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

Linda xx







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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Soft Watercolouring using the Altenew 36 Half Pans Set of Watercolors & a Fancy Hello !

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I have the watercolour bug at the moment and have been reluctant to put my Altenew 36 Half Pans set of Watercolors away since last week.

So forgive me for appearing a bit of a "one trick pony", but I have been attempting to perfect this watercolour technique.

It's amazing how changing just the card colour combo can alter a look.   I used the same watercolour palette as previously but just switched the card stock, opting for a lovely coral and dark grey combination to complement my "artwork".

If you haven't watched any YouTube videos by Creationsceecee, then I would highly recommend that you do if you get a moment.  Her tips and techniques for creating simple watercolours are brilliant.   I have decided that I really need to invest in some more watercolour brushes.



Instead of a stamped sentiment, I chose to use my lovely Fancy Hello Die by Altenew.   I die-cut three words and stacked them to create a focal point with great dimension.  I think it's an absolute snip at £4.99 and ever such a pretty font.

I used my Gemini Stitched Rectangle dies setting the die-cut rectangles at "jaunty" angles once more.   I really do like this technique.



I like how it all came together.  Hope you like it too.

Thank you for stopping by.   I would love for you to pop back and would be thrilled if you could think about subscribing to my blog if you haven't done so already.

That's it from me for today.   I am off to finish decorating my new craft room, which I hope to share in a blog post here sometime next week, after my new floor has been laid.

The supplies I used for today's project are from Craft Stash UK who provide free shipping in the UK for orders over £15.  Craft Stash also ship to Mainland USA, Australia, Canada and Europe.  Please see my Product List with affliated links below.

The coloured card stock I used is from Stampin' Up!   I am currently using up my old card stock.

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

Linda

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Friday, 24 January 2020

Altenew Watercolor - My Freestyle Flowers

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This is a first for me.

I have never before made a card using anything other than stamps and/or dies.

Yesterday I felt inspired to sit and try to create something from scratch and decided to try some "gentle" painting with watercolours.   I used my Altenew 36 Half Pans set.



I admit to feeling a bit hesitant about sharing this because I am by no means artistic when it comes to picking up a paint brush and creating something from nothing, but I am quite pleased with my first attempt at making a card using my own small piece of artwork.



This card is on its way to someone who is very special to me.   Hope she likes it !!!

I need to mention that I watched a brilliant YouTube tutorial by Creationsceecee for creating easy watercolour flowers.

Thank you for stopping by.  I would love you to pop back, so please think about subscribing if you haven't done so already.

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

Linda xx

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Pretty Fairy Shaker Card using Stamps and Dies from the new Faraway Forest range by Daisy Mae - Includes Process Video

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Hello and welcome to today's project, which is this pretty fairy shaker card that I have designed using some of the brand new Faraway Forest range of stamps and dies by Daisy Mae.   The range was kindly sent to me by Craft Stash, in order to prepare some sample cards, ready for presentation on the Hochanda Channel on 25th January.



So if you are a fan of fairies, this product range by Daisy Mae, designed by the mega talented Clare Rowlands could be right up your street.

I have always loved making shaker cards - but I have had a few disasters in my time!    So my top tips are to make sure you create enough depth for your sequins or whatever medium you wish to use, so that they can move about freely within the "window".   I used three layers of foam adhesive tape for my card.  Also be sure to apply a Powder Tool of some sort generously around the inside edges of your window.  This will ensure that any sticky residue from your foam tape/strips is disabled so that the shaker contents don't adhere all around the sides once you have put your project together.    In my video, you will note that I apply my Powder Tool generously before popping on my sequins.  I then give them a little shake around to see if there are any "sticky" areas.  If there are, then I simply move the sequins aside and shake some more of the powder over the offending area.   Once I am happy that most of the sequins will move around freely, I stick the whole project down.  Then give it a good old sh ...... sh........ sh.........SHAKE!


I used a selection of Nuvo Alcohol Marker Pens by Tonic Studios, plus some pretty background paper from Stamperia.  Its a 12 x 12 pack of 10 double-faced sheets.

This is my step by step video showing you the process I followed in order to make my card:-




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Have a super day and ..............................."Happy Crafting Everybody !!"

Linda xx

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Saturday, 11 January 2020

So Beautifully Organised Stationery Box Kit - Box Opening and Some Examples of How I Have Customised My Kit - PLUS MY GIVEAWAY FOR UK SUBSCRIBERS

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Hello Everybody

Well it's been a little while since my last Blog Post - so Happy New Year to you !!!

Christmas has been and gone and we are well into the New Year.   I have been busy enjoying an extended Christmas break and now find myself in the early stages of creating a new craft room as I have outgrown my current one.  So I shall be dipping in and out of social media for the foreseeable future, until I have reorganised my new craft space.  Fingers crossed, I hope to be up and running by the end of this month.


In the meantime, I thought I would take a few moments to show you the beautiful stationery kit which I received from Craft Stash and share my thoughts and opinion of the kit and contents.  This is the So Beautifully Organised stationery kit

The first thing that grabbed me was the purchase price.   It's just £14.99 for the kit which contains all you need to create a beautiful Travelers Notebook.

The Travelers Notebook Cover is super sturdy and the whole kit is super pretty !!  There are two booklet inserts in the form of a slimline basic planner and another slimline book/insert which is lined and illustrated on each page with a pretty floral motif.  This is just perfect if you like journalling.  There is also a greetings card and envelope, a pretty pen with an inter-changeable tassel, plus two further tassels which can be used to decorate your inserts and the Travelers Notebook Cover.  Included in the kit are two very large and very attractive sheets of patterned paper, sheets of tissue paper, and a complimentary pack which includes strips of Washi Tape, a sticker sheet and another piece of pretty paper and plus a few pieces of ephemera. 

The kit is based on designs by Helen Colebrook, who incidentally also has her own journaling range of stamps, dies, stencils etc available to order from Craft Stash UK.  I am so taken with the kit that I have invested in some of Helen's dies and stickers and am eagerly waiting for them to arrive, in order that I can get to grips with journaling, which is something that I honestly have never tried, but I intend to have a go at now that I have this beautiful Stationery Kit

I have done an unboxing video which also contains some of my own ideas for decorating my Traveler's Notebook:-


I love the kit so much that I am excited to doing my first "GIVEAWAY" !   My Giveaway is aimed at UK residents only.   I am sorry that I could not include overseas readers of my Blog or overseas viewers of my YouTube channel on this occasion.



I ordered myself a further kit which I am going to be giving it away.  So to be in with a chance to get your hands on my spare So Beautifully Organised Stationery Kit, if you are in the UK, simply leave me a comment in the comment section below and I will randomly select one name from the list of commentators.

Good luck everybody !!

Linda xxx

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