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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

Friday, 7 December 2018

Challenge Me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton!!

Hi there crafty peeps,

I am excited to be a part of the wonderful christmas collaboration that Michelle Lupton is doing

I haven't had a chance to get crafty in such a long time and this was a really fun one to do.  When Michelle approached me a few months ago, I found this image on Pinterest and really fell in love with the shine and shapes--not to mention the mouthwatering colours!

 For my card today, I let the inspiration take me where it wanted, and I used the right side of the photo.

To create the top section, I swiped some Viva Gold paste onto the cardstock and made a thin layer with a nice organic, swipey 'edge' to it. I wanted to represent those gorgeous votive holders in the inspiration pic.

For the lower half, I was really loving the grid-like pattern of the paint palette in the photo, and I'd just finished watching a movie set in the middle east, so I was thinking of their beautiful Moroccan tile patterns etc.

I used some delicious Schminke watercolour paints and created a set of colours I was happy with, adding and removing greens, blues or even just more water, to create a variety of depths and hues.

The shimmery gold and silver are from my Zig Kuretake paint palette. Just look at the shine they create.

To finish, I added some torn vellum and put some lovely old alphabet stickers and thickers to good use. The little enamel-style dots are handmade ones I created a few months ago.

I hope you like my card! I had fun getting painty and playing with mixing the colours.

To check out Michelle's beauty, go HERE and leave her some comment love :)

Michelle, as always, thank you for being a lovely crafty friend and such an inspiration to so many.

Merry Christmas to you all!!

Linda xo

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!