Sunday, 24 May 2020

My Tip/Hack for Heat Embossing Multiple Small Die-Cuts - Video Demonstration

Hi everyone.

I hope your are enjoying the weekend and today's sunshine.

Today's blog post is really about how I like to save myself time when I find I am wanting to heat emboss multiple small die-cuts for a project.   I am all for saving time and passing on tips/hacks to those who may be interested.

Heating embossing small die-cuts can be pretty fiddly and time-consuming.   I created a little short-cut for myself and thought that I would share it with you.



I have put together a quick demonstration on this video, and I do hope you find it useful if you have not come across this method before.   I have to say that this particular method is one that I have come up with myself, but if it is already out there in the big wide world of papercrafting/videos/Pinterest, then all I can say is that "great crafty minds think alike".



Anyway folks, that's about it for today.   Thanks for stopping by.  I would love you to pop back.

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

Linda xx
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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Ballet Diarama using Fabulous New Paper Discovery Dies

Hello everyone, and happy weekend!

I wanted to share a project which I recently created using dies from the fabulous new Paper Discovery collection of dies.


If you thought creating diaramas was tricky or daunting, think again !

Both Olga Direktorenko (the designer behind the brand) and CraftWorld's Lou Collins demonstrated how easy it is to create the basic box shape during yesterday's first ever CraftWorld Live.

There are various die sets which coordinate with the Quintessential Conservatory dies, and I have used several for this cute girly project.   I also used the new Silhouette Dies for the ballerinas, together with the Interior Panels and the Outside Additions sets.

You can let your creativity run wild, using some or all of the collection.

I do hope you like this project.   I meant to say - it folds flat too !!

See Yesterdays CraftWorld Live video here:-



Anyway folks, that's it from me for today.   Thank you for stopping by.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.

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

Linda xx
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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Blended Floral Mandala with Foil Accents

Hi everyone.   I hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather.   It does occur to me that it would be lovely to upsticks and move some of my crafty bits and pieces into the garden and watch the Robins !    We have two pairs and I spy a few babies.

Today I have a card to share that I like to think is clean, simple and unfussy.



I used my beautiful Floral Mandala Stencil by Apple Blossom Designs and did some blending using a selection of my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads.   I do love gold foil accents on a crisp white base, which I think adds a sophisticated element to the simple design of my card.

I used my Fine Alphabet Dies by Altenew and my Birthday Wishes stamp set by Bright Rosa for the sentiment.

I am keeping it short and sweet today, but I hope you like it.

Thank you for looking and please pop back again sometime.

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

Linda xx
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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Box with Fun Flower Topper & My latest Video Exclusive to CraftWorld Subscribers Only

Hi everybody and welcome to today's blog post. I hope you are all doing OK.

I recently created this gift box which has a gorgeous fun flower topper.   It's a topper that cetainly makes an impact.  The finished box dimensions are 4-7/8" x 4-7/8 (w) x 2" (d), so it's a fair old size. 

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO DEMONSTRATION AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS OF CRAFTWORLD 
The flower topper was created by using two heart shaped dies in differing sizes.   You need twelve die-cuts in each size.  I used the gorgeous Simply Spots Paper Pad by Daisy Mae Designs.


Both the dies and the paper pad are available to purchase as a bundle from Craft Stash UK for £9.99,  This offer runs from today through to 27th May, and is exclusive to CraftWorld subscribers only.  The recommended retail price for the two combined would normally be £11.99, so I think that £9.99 for both the paper pad and the set of dies represents absolutely brilliant value for money.



I did share here on my blog recently that I am now one of the Experts on the fabulous CraftWorld website, and that as such, I would be sharing some content that would be exclusive to CraftWorld subscribers only.    That being the case, this video will not be available on my YouTube channel, so if you are interested in viewing it and have not subscribed to CraftWorld yet, then I would be thrilled if you would do so.  It is free to join.  You will find forums, competitions and challenges and much much more.  It's a fantastic site if you enjoy crafting.  There are many groups that you can join.  Click on the photo link below to be taken the website:-

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For those that are not already aware, Craft Stash delivers to the UK, US Mainland, Australia, Canada and Europe.   Deliveries to the UK are free for orders over £15.   If you are ordering from overseas, you can simply select your currency on the Craft Stash website and place your orders.


If you are placing your first order with Craft Stash, you will receive a generous 20% discount!

Anyway, that's it from me today.  Thank you for popping by and I would love you to please pop back again.

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

Linda
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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May Die of the Month

Hi everyone.  I hope all is well with you in craftland.

I received my Amazing Paper Grace May Die of the Month which goes by the very grand name, the Fleur de Lis Grandeur Fold Over Die.

I mulled over for a little while different designs and ideas.   I thought the set would lend itself very well to a box project and it would indeed.   But, the idea I have come up with is ......................... invitations!     So that is what I have made with my APG May Die of the Month.   



The front has been layered in deep pink and gold on a white card base which is 4-1/4" square.   I used the flower that comes with the set to decorate the front, die cutting it first in gold card stock, and then using flowering foam to make the two top layers of the flower.   The leaves are not part of the kit.  I used my Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Venise Lace die set for those.

Inside you have the usual space for wording your invitation.  I printed mine off, before adhering it.

I made a pocket for the inside right-hand side for placing an RSVP inside (there are no letter/word dies included with the APG May Die of the Month.  I sourced mine from my crafty stash)



I guess that if you were making invitations for a wedding, you could include a Menu Selection too.  Also, you could colour co-ordinate wedding invitations to match the colour theme of your wedding.

It's a simple idea, but the intricacy and the delicate looking nature of the dies make it rather special.

I like it and I hope you do too.




The Amazing Paper Grace May Die of the Month set is limited to the month of May only.

If you would like to find out more about the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club click here.


Spellbinders also run several Value Club options, which are available to those wishing to join multiple clubs at once.  To find out more, click here

Thank you for stopping by today.  I do hope you will pop back again.

Bye for now and ........................"happy crafting everybody!".
Linda xx
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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Time for a Birthday ! Using Time on Your Hands Die & Stamp Set by Paper Discovery

I have the Time on Your Hands Die and Stamp Set by Paper Discovery available from Craft Stash UK.

If you find making masculine cards a bit of challenge, well then this set is a very useful addition to your craft stash.

It was hubby's birthday a couple of weeks ago, and this is the card I came up with.   I have to say that it was ever so quick and easy to put together.   I think cogs and timepieces make great themes for masculine cards for all occasions.


I used some alphabet dies and also created the little black strip with the words "Old Timer!" on my computer, before printing, cutting and including on my card.   I won't tell you just how old my "Old Timer" is, other than he will be celebrating a significant birthday next year.

Anyway, I am happy to report that he loved his card, so much so, that it has only just come down.

Well I will keep it short and sweet today and hope that you like my card. The Time on Your Hands die and stamp set , although currently out of stock, is available to order from Craft Stash when re-stocked, if you live in the UK, US Mainland, Australia, Canada and Europe.  Delivery is free in the UK for orders over £15.   You can follow my link and request to be notified when back in stock if you wish to add this set to your crafty stash.

Bye for now my crafty friends and ........................................"happy crafting everybody!".

Linda xx
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Monday, 11 May 2020

Butterflies Border Rainbow

Hi everyone - I hope the start of the week finds you all well and coping with lockdown, wherever you may be.

Today I have another rainbow inspired project to share.   


I recently received my eagerly awaited collection of new Spectrum Noir Classique Alcohol Marker Pens and was dying to put them to good use.

So I used my Butterflies Border die set by Bright Rosa and created a pretty rainbow of butterflies. I love how you can use these dies to create lovely borders on your card projects, or you can use them as I have done here to create a cool shadow border around my entire intricate die-cut butterflies.

The sentiment is from the Bright Rosa Birthday Wishes stamp set 

I am really pleased with how this turned out.  I think the black background really makes the focal point pop!  I decided to embellish it a little further using some enamel dots from my stash.

Hope you like it and thank you very much for taking the time to stop by for a visit today.

Ta ta for now and ..............................."happy crafting everybody!".

Stay safe.

Linda xx
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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

MY CARDS GIVEAWAY - Follow My Expert Page on CraftWorld, Leave a Comment

Hi everyone and welcome to my Card Giveaway.

Blogging regularly and sharing my card designs means that I have an abundance of handmade cards, and probably more than I could ever use up.

So I have decided to do a “giveaway” of my most recent makes.   I will be adding more cards as this month progresses.




If you would like the opportunity of receiving them, simply head over to the CraftWorld website and subscribe, if you haven't done so already.   CraftWorld is a growing online community for crafters.   Its free to join and you will find there are regular challenges, competitions and special offers.  Once you are active on the site, please follow my new Expert Page - Papercraft With Crafty, and then leave me a comment under the post for this “giveaway”. 

I will draw a name at the end of the month using a random name generator. My "card giveaway" is open to UK and overseas followers on CraftWorld only.

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Please do not leave any comments here on my Blog
.  This is open to CraftWorld members and followers of my Expert Page only.


Thanks for visiting.

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

Linda xx 

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Monday, 4 May 2020

A Little Dotty Rainbow of Butterflies

Hello everyone and so begins a new week in lockdown.   I wonder how you have been spending your crafty time throughout the weeks so far.  Have you been using it as an opportunity to hone your crafting skills or perhaps to discover new crafts?

Crafting is a great distraction from these stressful times.  Yesterday, whilst the day was at times a little overcast, I decided to put together something bright an summery and cheerful.   I do love butterflies and I love polka dots, so what nicer way to combine the two than this ? 



I recently bought the lovely Simple Spots 8 x 8 inch paper pad by Daisy Mae.  I love the pretty rainbow of pastel shades and I love the price too - only £5.99 !!   I have used this pad so much in the short time I have had it that I can see that I will need to invest in another pack.

The butterflies are from the Bright Rosa Butterflies Border die set and my die-cut sentiment is also from Bright Rosa.  It is part of the "Friends Words" die set.   You may be able to make out that I chose to die cut it twice, once in black and once in white and then slightly offset and stacked it to create maximum impact.

If you weren't already aware, these products are from Craft Stash UK and are available to order if you live in the UK, US Mainland, Canada, Australia and Europe.  It's simple to order  by clicking on my affiliate links and selecting your currency.  Delivery is free in the UK for orders over £15.  If you are placing your first order with Craft Stash, you will receive a 20% discount.

I am really pleased with this card.  It's a simple idea, but I think it's very effective.   Hope you like it.

Thanks for visiting, and I would love you to pop back.

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

Linda xx
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Friday, 1 May 2020

A Bridge Fold Card With 3D Flower Die-Cuts

I have been looking at fun folds and decided to have another go a making a bridge fold card (this style is also often referred to as a U fold card).



I love this style of card, which folds flat to fit in a C5 envelope.

The card is cut at 8 x 4-1/4 inches and is scored at 1-1/4, 2-1/2, 5-1/2 and 6-3/4 inches on the long side.

There are five decorative panels which are from the Simple Spots Paper 8 x 8 inch Pad by Daisy Mae.  I love the little polka dots sheets which come in an array of pretty colours.  Four panels are cut at 1 x 4 inches and the centre panel measures 2-3/4 x 4 inches.



I used the Bright Rosa Sunflower Band die set to create the bridge that joins the card, selecting the smaller of the two bands.  It is perfect for this size of card.  I love this die set because the flowers are so large and create such great and dramatic impact.   The small flowers which decorate the right-hand panel are from the Bright Rosa Sunflower Border die set.

It is worth mentioning that Craft Stash are running a special offer, whereby if you purchase the Sunflower Bundle, it will cost you only £16.99!  Now that really is a bargain price.


I decided to add a nice 3D butterfly.  This is also a Bright Rosa die from the Butterflies Border die set.

My die-cut sentiment is from the Fun Accessory die set by Simply Made Crafts.

I am pretty chuffed with this cute and colourful card. There is space on the reverse of the centre panel to stamp on an appropriate greeting and write a message to your recipient too.

Hope you like it.

Thank you for stopping by and please do pop back.

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

Linda xx
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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Collage Style Card - A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That !

It's fun to make cards with mediums other than stamps and ink !

For todays collage style card I chose to use fabulous textured paper from the Perfect Moments 12 x 12 Premium Pad by First Edition



I picked a selection of dies by Bright Rosa (listed below), some little brass charm elements by Papermania, and some little wooden embellishments that I have had in my craft stash for ions.  I also use my Ivory Seashell Nuvo Crystal Drops to add to the texture.   I threw in a bit of sewing with some gold thread and also used this behind my huge flower to add some additional subtle texture.   I really think cards like these are a wonderful idea to send to recipients who maybe sight impaired, as there are so many different textures. 



It was fun to do.

I hope you like it and that perhaps it inspires you to have a go at something a little different, if you haven't tried mixed media cards before.

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

Bye for now and stay safe, and .............................."happy crafting everybody!".

Linda xxx
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Tuesday, 28 April 2020

A Pretty Get Well Card

Hi everybody and apologies for my little hiatus.   It took me a little longer than I hoped to recover from my back problems.

However, after taking things easy and resting, I am slowly getting back up to speed.



Today I have a pretty Get Well card which I put together using the beautiful Summer Garden Paper Pack from Altenew and Flower Forming Foam by Crafter's Companion

It is a very stark reminder during these worrying times, that Get Well cards are, unfortunately, needed more so than ever - if not to bring a little cheer to the recipient, but then also to make those of us with friends and relations who are in need of a little lift and support, feel like we are doing something small but thoughtful to show we care.

My flower forming skills do need honing - that's for sure, but I have really been enjoying using my Flower Forming Starter Bundle. I should add here that the Lilac Foam and the leafy die that I used for my card were not part of my Flower Forming Starter Bundle.  I have had this foam and die lying about in my craft stash for some time now. 


I do love the colour palette of the papers in the Summer Garden Paper Pack, and this paper design in particular happens to be my favourite in the pack.

I used my Wonky Stitches Oval Dies to frame my sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Card Making Magic Beautiful Bird Collection Stamp Set.

I do hope you like today's project.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I would love you to pop back again.

Take care my crafy friends and stay safe.    Bye for now and ........................."happy crafting everybody!".

Linda xxx

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Sending Hugs Card - Creating Your Own Distress Background Papers with Distress Oxide Inks

Hi everyone

Today I have a card to share made using some Tim Holtz distress oxide inks and products by Altenew.


Starting with the diagonal distressed background panel - for this I used some Creative Expressions Foundations Card Stock in Baby Blue.  I cut the panel at  x 7 inches and then used my guillotine to cut across that panel on the diagonal.

I used a blending brush to work in some coordinating blue distress oxide inks in Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean.   Once I had a good even coverage I grabbed a spritzer and light sprayed some water.  I used a paper towel to dab up the droplets.   Then I resprayed again, a little heavier in places, and kind of swished the paper towel as I mopped up the spray which gave me the nice mottled finish.

Then I used my Beautiful Day stamp set to stamp up each of my images in versamark onto some more of my Baby Blue card stock and then used an Altenew Alcohol Marker in Caribbean Sky to colour in areas of the stamped foliage before heat embossing in gold, and die-cuttng each piece (I don't have a link for the dies as Craft Stash do not appear to stock them any longer. They can be purchased from other stockists in the UK or directly from the Altenew website).

I selected my sentiment from the set and did some masking off of some of the words.   I stamped "& happy thoughts" directly onto my card base and stamped the word "sending" onto a piece of the Baby Blue card stock, again heat embossing in gold.  Then I used my Fine Alphabet die set by Altenew to die cut the word "HUGS".

I placed each of my die cuts along the diagonal, hiding the hard join with the foliage pieces to create softeness.

I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out.   I like the balance of white space versus blue.

Hope you like it too.

Thanks for popping by ...... I hope you will pop back again.

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

Linda xx
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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Super Quick Beautiful Layered Flowers Using Gemini Double-Sided Papercraft Dies by Crafters Companion

I do love time and labour saving products, which is why I was happy to invest in the Gemini Double-Sided Rose Papercraft die by Crafters Companion.

The beautiful Rose that is the focal point of my card today, consists of four die-cut layers in differing colours for the rose, and two layers for the leaves - all passed through my Gemini Junior in just one step; so there was no toing-and-froing. I simply selected the colours of cardstock to make up my layers and cut them all in one go.



The rose is a super size and really creates great impact.

I  used the pretty Simple Spots Paper Pad by Daisy Mae and the Gemini Isometric Cube Embossing Folder to create my base layer.   The large "Beautiful" word die is a Gemini Papercraft Die by Crafter's Companion.  The set includes a statement word die and a full outline die.  The stamped sentiments are from the Birthday Wishes Set by Bright Rosa.

I love how bright and cheery this card looks.  I am big big fan of using greens and pinks together, enhanced by large areas of white.

I hope you like it too. 

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

I have been "out of action" due to a back problem which is making it quite difficult to move about or even craft at the moment.   I took advantage of the lovely weather on Sunday and did some planting in my garden and I am now paying the price for that.

But that won't stop the ideas flowing.  I have some lovely projects in the pipeline.

So bye for now.  Stay safe my lovelies and ............"happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xxx

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Saturday, 18 April 2020

My First Attempt at a Mixed Media Project - ATCs Inspired by Marta Lapkowska

There are many crafters who inspire me.  One such crafter is the very lovely Marta Lapkowska of Maremi Small Art.

During "lockdown" I have found myself watching lots of crafting videos, seeking new ideas and inspiration.

Marta is somebody whom I have admired now for a long time.   Apart from being truly inspirational and extremely talented, I am drawn to her warm nature and her honesty.  She published a lovely video tutorial the other day involving her daughter Emily, who I think has definitely inherited her mum's talent.

Marta and Emily decided to make some mixed media ATCs of Kindness (ATC stands for Artists Trading Cards).  I felt so inspired by what I saw that I challenged myself to dive in a have a go.  So out came:-

  • Gesso
  • Cardboard
  • Lace
  • Nuvo Drops 
  • Gold Multi-Surface Alcohol Ink
  •  Distress Inks
  • Gold Thread
  • Vellum
  • Stamperia Paper
  • Pearl Embellishments
  • Stamps and Dies and some time later I ended up with ....................................................................................... this !



I really enjoyed my crafty time yesterday, trying something new.   Have you ever tried making ATCs?  I believe there are several ATC swap groups around and I guess you could use these to decorate albums, journals, planners, cards even.

Anyway, I had a lovely time making this and it definitely won't be the last time.

Thank you for stopping and please pop back.  I would love you to.

Take care, stay safe and ......................."happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xx
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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Layered Pastel Butterflies - A Pretty Focal Point

Hello everyone.

I thought it would be nice to share a spring inspired card with you today.  I do love to use pastel colours as there is something delicately pretty about mixing and coordinating soft and subtle shades.



For this card I used some watercolour card and a selection of Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in Lime, Pink Diamond, Soft Lilac and Dew Drops.   I used a blending brush to create some little colour swatches, and then took one of my dies from the Butterflies Border die set by Bright Rosa and die-cut four pastel coloured butterflies in each colour. 



I used some Gemini Stich Edge Circle dies by Crafter's Companion to create a circular frame and layered my butterflies onto this, finishing up with an enamel dot. The gorgeous dotty background paper is from the new Simple Spots 8x8 inch Paper Pad by Daisy Mae Design.  I love these papers as they come in 6 pretty colours, so lots of colour options to choose from.

The sentiment is from the Bright Rosa Birthday Wishes stamp set. 

I think there is a certain niavety about the card design which appeals to me. Hope you like it too.

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

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

Linda xx
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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Have You Heard About CraftWorld ? It's a Fabulous Online Crafting Community and I Would Love You to Join Me There

I thought now would be a good time for me to share that I was recently invited to join the Expert Panel on the CraftWorld online crafting website.   It's a fabulous site dedicated to crafting in many different forms. It is FREE to register and, once you do, you will receive notification of offers, challenges, giveaways and loads of ideas and inspiration.  

It's all very new and exciting for me and I do hope to be introducing some exclusive video content for CraftWorld members only, which will not be published on my regular YouTube channel.  

If you would like to follow me there, when you have registered you will find an "Experts" web page, under the "Social" section, and there you can opt to follow myself and other members of the Craft World team.   

I would love to see you there.

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Thanks for stopping by.

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

Linda xx 

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Monday, 13 April 2020

My New Craft Room Reveal 2020 - Video Tour

Well I managed to get around to filming this video last month and, having edited out some very wobbly bits, I feel ready to finally share it with you.  It's still a little wobbly in places, so my apologies.



My daughter moved out last summer and I hummed and hahhed about claiming her old bedroom as my new craft space.  I had re-done and reconfigured my previous craft room only last year, but I still wasn't happy with the limited space that I had.  So after Christmas I decided to grab the bull by the horns and start from scratch.   We stripped her room of all the old furnishings and carpet, repainted it and had some wood effect vinyl flooring laid.

I made a few small investments in additional Ikea furniture, i.e. a corner table and a small set of Alex drawers and set up a new craft room with the welcome help of my long-suffering hubby.

I moved into this space and it took me a couple of weeks to get the storage right so that it suited my needs and the way that I like to craft.  I have two mobile trollies which I have set up as one die-cutting station for my Big Shot/Gemini Junior and one which holds a lot of my mixed media tools and things, such as water colour pads, paint, colouring pencils and everything I reach for on a daily basis.  I can move them to wherever I choose to sit and craft.   I have three key crafting areas; my main desk in front of the window, my corner desk and the main worktops, which I keep as clear as possible in order to be able to set up my scan n cut, foiling machines as and when I need them.

I was going to share some more photos, but I recently had to replace my laptop and I have just discovered that the photos I need are secreted away somewhere on that.  So in the meantime, I will give you a link to a video I filmed which shows you how have I have set up my space.



I have not gone into every nook and cranny.   In fact I have, in all honesty, got rid of lots of old crafting stuff that was taking up space and just never got used.  So I have lots of spare drawers and a few spare cubes and cupboards and that makes me quite happy.  I was feeling very overwhelmed by everything I had before I started this room project.

I used to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and as a result I amassed virtually the whole catalogue of their products !!   This left me with little spare cash to invest in other brands.   So I have been selling off all my Stampin' Up! stuff and reinvesting in other brands.   I don't have a lot of any one thing, and it has been a little like starting from scratch !  But I have been enjoying every minute.

This has all been very cathartic and liberating and I do love my new craft room.   And guess what ?  It has turned me into a neat freak !!   Well only in terms of my craft room.   I can't bear to see it all untidy, so at the end of each day I have a good old tidy up so that everything is ship shape and ready for my next daily crafting session.

Thank you for stopping by and if you have watched the video, thanks for taking the time.   I hope you like what I have done.

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

Linda xxx

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Sunday, 12 April 2020

More Stencilling with Die-Cuts - Butterfly Borders by Bright Rosa

Hi everyone - I hope you are all doing OK.

I wanted to share a bright and cheery project today, and decided to concentrate on more stencilling using dies from my crafty stash.

I used the beautiful Butterflies Border Die Set by Bright Rosa to create a dramatic die-cut for this one and got blending with a selection of Distress Oxide inks by Tim Holtz.




The beautiful butterfly die-cut created a great stencil to work around.

My sentiment is from the Fancy Greetings stamp set by Altenew.

I added some texture by glueing on a smattering of sequins and also included one solitary die-cut butterfly.

I am really pleased with the result, and I hope you like it too.

It seems a shame to be spending such a beautiful sunny Easter weekend indoors, but it really is small price to pay for our health and lessening the burden on our already over-stretched National Health Service and, indeed, health services all over the world.  I do hope that those of you who are crafters are finding some lovely and creative ways to channel your energies.

Stay safe and healthy my crafty friends.

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

Linda xx
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Thursday, 9 April 2020

Hello Lovely ! A Simple But Pretty Card using Products by Altenew

Hi everyone and thank you for stopping by.

Today I have a simple but pretty card to share. 



Not much to say about it really, other than it was super quick and easy.  I used the following products and if you click the links below, you can find out more details regarding price and availability:-

My card is a 7x5 card base and the stamped panel measures 4-3/4x 6-3/4.

I die-cut my "hello" sentiment and I part-stamped a sentiment from the Fancy Greetings stamp set.
It's possibly a little difficult to determine from my photo, but I did emboss some lines around the outer edges of my stamped panel.  I do like to do this as it adds just a nice extra little detail.

I'm pleased with it and I hope you like it to.   

The inspiration for my card came from similar cards on Pinterest, no one card in particular, but I do love to surf the Pinterest site for ideas, techniques, colour combinations, etc.   Where do you find your inspiration?

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

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

Linda xx 
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Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Ombre Blended Background Using A Die-Cut as a Stencil

Have you tried using die-cuts as stencils?

That's what I have done for today's little project.   I die cut a large panel using my Bright Rosa Snowflake Panel Die Set.   This provided a nice stencil for my ombre blended background panel.  I used a blending brush and a selection of Altenew Crisp Dye Inks from their Sweet Dreams Mini Cube SetI used a make-up blending brush to blend horizontally from bottom to top going from a darker shade through to the lightest.


I used my Celebrate Life & Celebrate Sentiments stamp sets by Tonic Studios to create the focal point, using a selection of Altenew Artist Markers to colour in my cute little rabbit.

The sentiment was heat embossed in Wow! Fine White Embossing Powder onto a black background.

Then I selected a couple of my nesting Crafter's Companion Stitch Edge Circle Dies, cutting my stamped image, and circles large enough to frame it (two of each), before layering them to give definition and dimension.

I have to say that I rather like my finished card.  The ombre blending looks lovely and subtle and the die cut panel provided a beautiful stencil to work with.

I hope you like this little cutie !   The stamp sets I used are both now reduced in price and if you click on the text links above, you will find all the details.

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

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

Linda xx

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Friday, 3 April 2020

News Flash !!! The Amazing Paper Grace April Die of the Month is now on Release - It's a Pop-Up 3D Vignette Typewriter


Hello everyone

The Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace April Die of the Month is now on release - and it's a set of 14 dies that go together to form an amazing Pop Up 3D Vignette Typewriter.

I decided to use my dies to create a 3D vintage typewriter to attach to the front of an 8 x 8 inch card base.  The typewriter can be laid flat across the front of the card base for posting or maybe even popping into a custom made presentation box.

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace April Die of the Month


Its such a clever concept.  There is something rather charming about vintage typewriters, and you could let your imagination run riot with all sorts of colour combinations, and ways of using the dies.  You could just make up one typewriter and stick that directly to a card front, instead of going the whole hog and putting together the vignette.



I have made sure to weight my card so that it retains its balance when stood up,  by adding two extra plain square panels on the inside of my card.  I also added four decorative corners to this panel, utilising dies from the Amazing Paper Grace March Die of the Month.  When investing time to create a beautiful card front, why not make the inside pretty special too?




The current Amazing Paper Grace March Die of the Month set is limited to the month of April only.  If you would like to find out more about the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club click here.  Spellbinders also run several Value Club options, which are available to those wishing to join multiple clubs at once.  To find out more, click here.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  I do hope you will pop back again.

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

Linda xx

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