crafty adventures of a makeup loving Japanophile!



Sunday, 15 March 2020

A Blog Named Hero: Challenge time!

Hi there!

It's time for another challenge over on A Blog Named Hero.

I've been big into Bullet Journalling lately (or Bujo as it's commonly known) and I'm loving the chance to use my stamps in my Bujo :)

Here's an idea of something you can do!

I used the super sweet Cup of Love stamp set, and coloured them with Prismacolour pencils.

Super easy and fun!

Hope you show us your "Anything but a card" projects over on the blog, be sure to enter for your chance to win one of two gift cards from Hero Arts!

See you again soon!

Linda xo

Sunday, 16 February 2020

A Blog Named Hero Challenge: BIRTHDAY

Hi there friends

Its time for another challenge over at A Blog Named Hero, and this month we want to see your

Such a great time of year to really make a bunch of cards, ready for the year ahead!

Here's mine

I coloured in the delightful bouquet with Copic markers, and just added it to the background which I'd stamped with the concentric dot circle stamp, something I've had my eye on for such a long time.  Then I added a few little finishing touches with glitter gelly roll pen and white gel pen.

thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop by the blog to check out the rest of the DT's projects.

Craft with you soon :)


Wednesday, 15 January 2020

New challenge at A Blog Named Hero

Hi friends,

Happy new year!

I'm back with a card I'm sharing over at A Blog Named Hero, for the newest challenge.

I used an older cling background stamp, and white heat embossed it before using the Colour resist technique with three Distress Oxide inks.  I then diecut the happy die, out of cardstock that I had coloured myself, using the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink (and dried!) then another layer out of black cardstock.

For the final sentiment I used a tiny Hero Arts alphabet set called Alpha Tags stamp n cut which I also white heat embossed.

I set the layers up on a black notecard,  and added a few finishing touches with a white gel pen to make the 'happy' diecut look ore dimensional.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll join us for the challenge :)

See you again soon!

Linda xoxo

Friday, 20 December 2019

Challenge Me a Christmas Card!!

Hi there friends,

I'm excited to be here today, becaseu I'm joining my good friend Michelle Lupton, for her yearly Christmas extravaganza!

Every year, Michelle invites her crafty friends, to create a christmas card, based on a theme of their choosing.

This year I chose ALCOHOL INKS! So fun.

Here's my card:

I used the Hero Arts Bauble DI655 Poinsettia and Ornament Die, cut it twice and used my rainbow of alcohol inks on it, as well as some gold mixative.

I then diecut the Concord and 9th Merry Die, from some Yupo paper that I'd covered in gold mixative.

To pop them up I used some black fun foam, and added my silver cord...I wish I'd had gold but oh well! You gotta use what you can find :)

I love the blurry puddles and overlapping colours! I'd like to paint a whole wall like this!

I hope you'll head over to Michelles blog to see the gorgeous project she's made, I know she'll blow you away!

Thanks for stopping by!

Merry Christmas!

Linda xx

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

A Blog Named Hero wants you to SPARKLE

Hi friends!

I'm over on the A Blog Named Hero site, with a new challenge card.

The challenge this month is

Here's my card:

 I used all Hero Arts goodies on this, love the combination of glittery happiness and soft pretty colours!

 I hope you'll join us in the challenge for your chance to win one of two gift vouchers from our sponsors, Hero Arts!

See you again soon!

Linda X

Saturday, 16 November 2019

A Blog Named Hero challenge!

Hi there crafty friends!

I'm excited to be here today to introduce the new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero, this month we want to see what you do with

Here's my card,

I used the sweet CM339 teacup flowers stamp set and did some soft stamping, then tried out no-line colouring. Boy does that take some time!

I added a little sentiment on an old-school banner (Love!) then added some ink blended around the edges of the circle.

That's it from me!

Hope you'll join us in the challenge!

See you again soon,


Friday, 18 October 2019

A Blog Named Hero Challenge: NATURE!

Hi friends!!

I'm popping in to show you my latest card for the current challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.

 The DT have really done it again, with some beautifully inspiring projects, so be sure to head over there and check them out!

Ok so here's my card.

Pretty self explanatory :)

I added some glitter gelly roll pen on the veins of the wings, too.

Hope you like it! Head on over to the blog to check out the other DT projects, and join us for a chance to win!

See you again soon!

Linda xo

Sunday, 15 September 2019

September challenge!

Hi there friends

It's time for a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero, and this month we're challenging you to make a project

Here's my card, I used an older MMH kit, which is SUPER cute and fun, and happily, still in stock! (why?!)

I did some tricky masking and repeated stamping for this one. Sorry for the photo, I could NOT get it to look right! You get the idea :)

I hope you'll join us on the blog for the challenge!

Thanks so much for joining me, I gotta run finish some uni work!

Crafty hugs,


Sunday, 21 July 2019

Christmas in July

Hi again friends,

Today I'm sharing a card with you that is up on the Hero Arts blog.

As I mentioned last time, we're challenging you to create a card thats themed Christmas in July, over on A Blog Named Hero, so this is another take on that theme.

I used the Hot Air Balloons from CM325 Sky’s the Limit stamp set, and turned them into baubles--nothing like stretching your stamps to use them in unusual ways!

I coloured them in using copic markers, then added extra details with a glitter gelly roll pen and white gel pen. I diecut a stitched circle and added my sentiment from CL722 Merry Christmas Messages.

I added my baubles, some on dimensional adhesive, and drew in the string and bows.  For the backing card, I took PS311 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock in Mist (How gorgeous is this colour!) and I repeatedly stamped the sentiment (from an older out of stock set, but any of your sentiment sets would work, or even snowflakes!) in a coordinating ink, for a lovely soft tone on tone look.

I hope you like it! 

See you again soon,

Monday, 15 July 2019

A Blog Named Hero Challenge!

Hi crafty peeps,

I'm here to share my latest card on A Blog Named Hero, which is for our latest challenge

I coloured and coloured and coloured for this one! I hope you like it :) It's pretty self explanatory and I hope you love the bright happy colours as much as I do!

Make sure to join us for the challenge :)

See you again soon!

Linda XO

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Blog Hop with Hero Arts!

Hi there!

I'm super excited to share this card with you today, because it's a part of the Hero Arts three-day-long 45th anniversary blog hop!

A Blog Named Hero is a part of it and we're so thrilled.

Here's a peek of my card, but you'll have to head over to the blog to see the whole thing, and all the other DT projects, which are AMAZING.

I hope you'll hop along and don't forget to comment (On the blogs in the hop) for a chance to win one of the prizes from the amazing sponsors!

OK that's it for me for now, see you again soon!!

Crafty hugs,

Linda XO

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Happy Anniversary curious kitten!

Hi there crafty peeps!

I'm here to share with you, the card I've got up over on the Hero Arts blog.

I thought it would be fun to combine one of my oldest with one of my newest Hero Arts stamps on this card, to celebrate Hero Arts' 45th anniversary!

To see the full card, head over to the blog :)

I hope you like it! It caused me some troubles I'll admit, but I'm so happy with the finished card!

See you again soon

Linda xo

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

May Challenge at A Blog Named Hero

Hi crafty friends!

WOW this month has F.L.O.W.N by. I do not like.

Here's my card for the new crafty challenge up on A Blog Named Hero, we're so excited for Hero Arts who are celebrating their 45th anniversary!

To go along with their fun throwback mini-challenges that they've been holding, (where you guess the year of the catalogue), I thought I'd combine one of my oldest stamps (love that old Hydrangea woodblock!!) with one of my newest Hero Arts products, the Butterfly Confetti die.

I watercoloured it up using Hero Arts watercolours then fussy cut it out, and added a sentiment from the new CM355 From the Vault Cute Animals (from the brand new Summer catalogue! How Lucky am I?!)

Then I ran a piece of cardstock from the Hero Hues sampler pack through my diecutting machine, but with a rubber mat, so I embossed instead of diecut, the Butterfly confetti die.

For a final touch I splattered with some gold spray!

I hope you like it!

Talk to you again soon,

Linda xoxo

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Challenge Time at A Blog Named Hero

Hi there!

I am on a teaching prac this week and last week and boy oh boy are those 0-2 year olds CUTE but hard work! I am totally brain dead and sitting at my craft desk almost literally saw me asleep sitting up BUT I managed to make something...

It's challenge time over at A Blog Named Hero and this month we're keepin' it...

Here's my card. Super quick and easy to make and SO cute in real life (don't you love it when one of those rare occasions happens?! lol)

I used

Hero Arts Mail Jumble Background Cling
Hero Arts Hero Hues cardstock (sampler pack)
Hero Arts Layered Topiary
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Stamp-edge postage dies
Neenah White 110# Cardstock
Copic Markers in BG0000, BG01, BG11, BG13.
Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pen in Clear.

Love it! So happy with how it turned out. YAY

See you again soon!

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Hello Hello

Hi there my favourite crafty peeps,

I'm very excited to be on the Hero Arts blog today, showcasing a card I made to promote the A Blog Named Hero challenge that started recently.

Here is a sneaky peek of my project

I hope you'll come over to the blog and check it out, and join us for the new challenge!

See you soon!

Linda XO

Embossing time!

Hi there crafty friends,

It's me again!

I'm here with a card I made to go along with the latest A Blog Named Hero Challenge, which is;

 O.K here's my card-io (hah! If only it counted as cardio),

As you can see, I stamped the beautiful  CM261 Hero Florals Magnolia stamp, several times around the edge of the cardstock. I then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. The sentiment is from  Hero Arts too of course.

Now this is the part where I added another hour or so onto my work-time, because I thought it would be a good idea to add some shading to all the flowers. ALL. THE. FLOWERS. I admit, it looks great in the end but boy-oh-boy was I questioning my sanity. 

Anyhoo, for a final touch, I flicked over some gold metallic ink across the card front.

Super easy, and so effective!

So I embossed all the things, now it's your turn!! I'd love to see what you come up with, be sure to join us!

See you again soon,

Linda XO

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Some Hero Lovin' of late.

Hi there crafty friends!

Long time no speak.

I've been cuh-cuh-crazy busy lately, as I've started studying again. Just another ball to juggle eh!?

I thought I'd stop in and share with you some of my recent cards for A Blog Named Hero (and some not so recent!).

That's all I'm posting for now, I have an essay to write! EEK!

See you again soon, Crafters

Linda xo

Friday, 11 January 2019

A Blog Named Hero WINTER theme


I'm up on the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page today, and I've got a card that follows with the theme of WINTER.

I had one up a couple weeks ago, but forgot to share it here, so here 'tis!

I used my new-to-me Magnolia stamp, some kraft paper and my beloved Polychromos pencils for this one. Super simple, but gosh I love the softness of pencil colouring!

I'll see you again soon :)

Linda x