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Monday, 11 June 2018

Watercolour to the max!

Hey lovely peeps.

I'm here with another card for A Blog Named Hero's Facebook group, and it's taken the watercolour theme to the max! I couldn't have watercolored more if I'd tried.

I'm super-in-love with this card. The colours in real life are so soft and subtle. 

Any horticulturalists out there (or even flower-enthusiasts) PLEASE don't look to hard at my freehand flowers. I was going to do just the leaves/vines but I got carried away and ended up adding flower petals/bulbs as well. Let's just pretend they look awesome, shall we?

I used the Hero Arts Mice Tea set AGAIN (Not apologising), and the delicious Schminke Watercolour paints (DROOL).

I hope you like it! I'm very happy with this little card. Now to decide who I'll send it to!

Sending you all lots of crafty hugs, be sure to check out A Blog Named Hero!!

See you soon

Linda xo

Friday, 27 April 2018

Can't stop, won't [stop using Alcohol Inks]

Hey there friends,

Good morning from Alcohol-ink-obsession-land. I'm here and I'm deep in the highlands of it. WOW I'm finding it hard to create anything that doesn't start with those gorgeous blooms of colour.

I'm not concerned about this, it'll pass at some stage and at least I'm creating, right?  I'm up on the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page today.

Ok so on to my card.  I've stuck with the theme for A Blog Named Hero's current challenge which is

Here it is,

For the card I took my alcohol inks and dropped colour around my card, then splashed some alcohol over the top, and blew on the puddles, to shift the colours where I wanted them. Once I was sufficiently high from the fumes, I set that aside and stamped my sentiment.

Once the card was dry, I stamped and heat embossed the beautiful floral and jar image from the Hero Arts Monthly Card kit from several months ago (Can't stop using this either!), carefully masking off the jar rim area.  I used Hero Arts white embossing powder as always.

I adhered my sentiment, popped the coloured panel on foam tape and layered that onto a piece of coordinating fuchsia cardstock, then adhered all of that to a white cardbase.  Easy Peasy, and barely a hint of a headache from the smell :)

Thats all from me!

Be sure to check out the A Blog Named Hero site for heaps more inspiration and enter the challenge while you're there!

See you soon

Linda xo

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Oh how I wish I was in Scotland

Hey there peeps,

I hope you're all well and happy, here in Perth it's moving into the cooler months, and I'm pretty happy about that, I'm one of those people who loves the cold and mist and rain.

So todays card is all about that really, I wanted to create a scene, and while, originally I was planning a springtime sort of theme, it ended up quite wintery--and I'm ok with that.  I was thinking about Scottish highlands and the way the mist creeps around, making everything look less bright. Lovely.

Here's my card;

I went with a no-line colouring technique to make the images seem softer and more 'in the scene'.

Very simply, I stamped everything in Hero Arts Wet Cement ink (which was a tad too dark actually but I stamped it off once and used the second generation technique to make it paler). I then used my Prismacolour pencils to colour everything and the well only, with some gamsol.  I made sure to creep some green onto the stones and wood of the well, I wanted it to look nice and mossy--a-la-Scotland.

For the grass and sky, I freehanded some light colouring across the areas, and added grass tufts to the lawn. I then used a MFT stencil/mask for some cloud shapes, and I gently rubbed a little Hero Arts white Unicorn ink VERY gently of the edges, and then some Broken China distress ink over as well, to give a foggy look rather than crisp white clouds in the sky.

The sentiment is from the same CM240 Wishing Well set from Hero Arts, and is embossed with Hero Arts embossing powder (the only one I ever use actually!)

I added a faux stitched border around the edge, and some butterfly trail dots for some added fun, with a white gel pen.

Hope you like it!

I'm over on the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page sharing this today, so feel free to leave me a like or a comment over there! I'd love to hear from you.

See you soon!

Linda x

Sunday, 4 March 2018

I'm back!!


I'm super excited to be here today because I've been invited back for another year on the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Team!

I've created a card that I'm sharing over at the FB page, and I hope you like it! 

Here's a sneak peek;

I hope you like it!! 

Can't wait to meet the entire new A Blog Named Hero Team, it's going to be an amazing year!

See you again soon,

Linda XO

For this card I used;
Ranger Alcohol Inks
Delicata Gold Ink
Hero Arts Black Dye Ink
Hero Arts 'Ornate Henna Patterns' Stamp Set
Hero Arts Stamp & Cut 'Love' 
Ranger Multi Matte Medium

Monday, 6 November 2017

Challenge Me Christmas Card with Michelle!

Hi friends!

I'm here with a fun little post today, I'm teaming up with the gorgeous Michelle Lupton, one of my favourite crafters, for a special Challenge Me A Christmas Card event!

We were challenged to use the theme FINLAND today and so that's what we've done!

I considered working with the concept of the Finnish flag but none of my ideas panned out, so I decided to go for a typical Finnish Christmas. Snowy Snowy Snowy.

Here's my card

I used copics to colour the Lawn Fawn houses, and Distress inks for the trees (which are an old woodblock stamp from Hero Arts), and for the sky, I purposely swiped strongly, using Distress Oxide inks--I wanted the sky to have a swipey effect like the sky might have from clouds or snow swirling around.  Lastly I added LOOOTS and LOTS of stickles :)

To check out Michelle's, hop over to her blog post HERE.

See you again soon!


Thursday, 21 September 2017

With love from all of us

Hi there lovelies!

I'm here today to share a card I made using the delightful Lawn Fawn Winter Village stamp set.

To make the card, I first watercolored my background using Holbein Watercolour paint, then set that aside to dry.  Once dry, I took my Hero Arts white spray mist, and flicked drops all over the paint, to give the effect of snowfall.

I used the same paints to watercolour my images, and I fussy cut them all out leaving a small border. I diecut two snowy slopes using the Stitched Hillside Borders, with some Simon Says Stamp linen cardstock.

I adhered everything together onto a 5.25 square cardbase, and added accents to the windows, snow, and sky with Stickles, Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.  I finished the card with a heat embossed sentiment from the same set.

This set was pure joy to work with. I can't wait to make more cards with it!

Hope you enjoy :)

See you again soon!

Linda xo

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Hi there crafty peeps

I'm here today to share a cad with you that I made recently, using some old but oh-so-cute Lawn Fawn stamp sets. I'll be adding it to the current Lawnfawnatics challenge too :)

This card is 100% Lawn Fawn and boy does it make me happy :) I love those critters. Thought it would be cute to have a photo of them all together--maybe they'd gone camping?! What do you think?

To make the photo frame a little more distressed looking, after I'd copic coloured it, I added White Wink of Stella pen, to give it that whitewashed effect. Then I added stickles coz I can't help m'self.

Hope you like it!


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Hello There Little One

Hi there crafty peeps!!

I've been crafting a lot lately, but not had the old blogging-bug much. Its hard when it feels like I'm talking to no-one! I never know what to type lol.

Anyhoo, I made a card using the delightful new set from Neat and Tangled, Party On!

I used it on the card I made for the Neat and Tangled Design Team reunion, which you can see HERE, and I canNOT stop using it.

For my card today, I bent the giraffes neck a little, while t was on my acrylic block, and positioned it so it looked like it was peering down at the little bird.  I thought it would be a fun way to make a welcome-baby style of card.

The images are coloured with copics. The background was done with Holbein watercolours, the sentiment is a combo of Simon Says Stamp, and Concord & 9th.  That lovely little background is heat embossed with clear powder, and is from an older Avery Elle set.

I hope you like it! I'll be back with more soon

Linda xo

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Thankyou for helping me Grow

Hi there crafty friends,

This has to be pretty short because I've got a cutey patootie almost-4-year-old staring at me waiting to go craft with her.

I'm with the A Blog Named Hero FB team, and I'm here to share my card for this month!

This month's theme is embossing.

I'm one of those people who uses a crafty item (in this case my Zig Clean Colour Markers), for the first time in ages, and then kind've internally yells the entire time, to myself, "Why haven't I used these for so long?!".  Then I don't use them again for ages lol.

So I stamped the jug onto some cardstock, then the gorgeous flowers (I masked off the base of the stems so they'd go inside the jug).  I wanted the jug to look like an old copper piece, so I only added TINY bits of colour, right to the outside edge of it, then dragged the colour inwards using a fine water brush. Adding tiny dots in the corners, and dragging those inwards too, to achieve the level of rustiness I was after.

Next I went after the flowers. Now I have a rule about flowers (it's not a hard and fast rule, but it's one I keep in mind when colouring them). I try to never make all the flowers exactly the same. Because they're not, in nature. So for some I added more of the darker purple shade, for others I added almost only blue (only a TINY speck of the purple right at the end). I tried to ensure there was some shading as well.

For the back panel, I used a MFT stencil my lovely friend Lisa sent me, swiped some versa mark over it, and then used Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder.

I had lots of fun creating this, and as an added bonus, it was all new product I got to play with! Always fun to receive crafty goodies in the mail.

OK so head over to the FB page or the main blog and check out all the other DT's amazing projects.

See you again soon!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

CONGRATS! Wedding Card with Lawn Fawn!

Hey crafty peeps!

I'm here sharing a card with you today, that I made about 2 years ago, and totally forgot to blog!

I made it for my sweet cousin who was getting married,

I used a Hero Arts notecard, and Lawn Fawn's Happily Ever After set (sadly now retired!)

Keeping this post short and sweet--hope you like the card!


Friday, 2 June 2017

An Oxide Ink card...

Hi crafty peeps!

I'm over at a2zScrapbookingBlog with a card I made using Distress Oxides and Hero Arts' Road Trip stamp set.

Check it out at the link above, but first of all, here's a peek of my card

I hope you'll pop over and check it out :) I'm excited to be joining their DT again, so I'll be over there with projects a lot!

See you again soon

Linda x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A Celebratory Blog Hop with A Blog Named Hero!!

Hi friends!

I'm here to participate in the 5th Anniversary Blog Hop for A Blog Named Hero!! So exciting.

First of all, I'll get to the info about the Hop!

A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $400!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes!  
Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th. 
Today's prizes include the following: 
Good luck and happy hopping!!

You should have come here straight from A Blog Named Hero,  so onto my card!

this photo is JUST slightly crooked enough to be making me crazy. please tilt head accordingly

tilt more...nah just kidding

I decided to use one of my very first Hero Arts stamps for this card, she's a darling little thing and no matter how many crafty-purges I do, I always hold on to her just a little longer.

I started this card out by die-cutting my circle die out of kraft cardstock, then using my stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped the Hero Arts girl.

I set to work colouring her in using my Prismacolor Pencils (anyone else as obsessed with these as I am!?) and I only used a tiny bit of blending solution over her face and hair.

Next I took my kraft cardbase and stamped the Hero Arts Lattice background cling stamp using Versamark, and heat embossed using white embossing powder (also Hero Arts).   I adhered the coloured circle panel on top using dimensional adhesive.

Lastly I ran my Simon Says Stamp Congratulations die through with some black cardstock, cut the die down so it only said 'Congrats', and adhered it using Glossy Accents.

That's it! Super fun to make and easy peasy!

I hope you enjoy it and the rest of the amazing projects the participants have made, I'm sure they'll be gorgeous as always.

A Big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my darling A Blog Named Hero.

Next on the hop is the brilliant Hero Arts themselves!

Thank you for joining me!!

See you again soon.

Linda x

Supplies below:

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Remember me?!

Hi there!!

Wow I've been a BAD blogger. This year has literally FLOWN by and I've barely looked in my crafting room. I've missed it badly but just not been happy with the few things I managed to put together. HOWEVER! I've been feeling the itch lately (the tingly fingers, you know what I mean) so I let it stew for a day or two then marched myself in here today to make something!

I'm so happy to be back blogging again and hope (slash-intend) to really keep at it.

SO today I've got a card that uses one of my favourite stamp sets, the images really just make me happy.


The set I'm using is Map Love by Concord & 9th-- seriously it makes my heart go pitter patter.
To create my card, I took my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers  and scribbled colour down onto some watercolour paper (from Target--thanks Lisa!).

I then sprayed it generously with water to make the colours spread and run together.  Once it was dry (thanks heat-gun!), I made sure the panel was flat, and stamped the world-map stamp using Versamark ink, and heatset it with Hero Arts fine white embossing powder (the best in my opinion!)

Lastly I cut the panel down, added the sentiment and attached it to a piece of aqua cardstock from MFT with a little 'trim' border of black (which was diecut using the Simon Says Stamp Postage Edge Die) and added some pearl accents from Hero Arts :)

That's about it! I do hope you like it and forgive me for my LONG blog-cation!


Linda xx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Sending Hugs

Hi there!!

PHEW It's getting *HOT* in Australia, I'm already melting and dreaming of winter!
I was lucky enough to be sent one of the new products from the recent Simon Says Stamp release Create Joy and I thought I'd share a cute card I made using my new die.

Instead of using it as a die, I decided to use it as an embossing tool, and for an extra kick, I decided to use an unexpected colour-palette (in a way).

 To start with I took the die, and ran it through my Big shot, with an embossing mat, instead of the cutting plate,  so that it pressed into the pale green cardstock. I repeated this process on the opposite corner of the cardstock and again on another scrap piece.

I then coloured in each of the flowers, but I decided to go with a soft tone on tone look, rather than the traditional bright red poinsettia :)  I used my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, but your Prismacolours of Spectrum Noirs would do the job beautifully too :)

I then cut out one of the flowers using scissors, because I wanted quite a clear border around the edge (i have to make things hard for myself!).  I finished the card off by stamping that gorgeous sentiment (another SSS goodie!) and rounded three of the corners of the stamped panel, before adhering the lot to a dark green cardbase.

To give a final little bit of interest, I adhered the third poinsettia to the top left, using dimensional adhesive. This gives a nice extra point of interest, without overwhelming the tone-on-tone look of the entire card.

Well that's it for me!

Thank you so much to Simon Says Stamp for sending me the beautiful die! It's going to get used a LOT, I can already tell.

See you again soon!

Linda x