crafty adventures of a makeup loving Japanophile!



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

Monday, 16 November 2015

Hero Arts Christmas Blog hop!!!

Hello friends!

I'm super excited to be here today because it's time for the...*drumroll*


So we thought we'd all get our holiday-themed thinking hats on and create a whole PILE of projects for you to hop along and enjoy!

You should have come here direct from the mothership herself, the Hero Arts blog!  (There's a full list of hop participants at the bottom of this post).

If you happen to find a link that doesn't work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today's hop.

Giveaway - We stashed away THREE of the November 2015 My Monthly Hero kits to giveaway to readers of this hop.
The winners will be randomly chosen from all of the blog hop comments, across all blogs, received by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, November 22nd. Check the Hero Arts blog for the announcement of the winner on Tuesday, November 24th.

Ok so here is my card:

see that shine?!

I took a piece of off-white cardstock and stamped the gorgeous geometric star from Hero's new Joy to the World stamp set, multiple times using Versamark ink. Then I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

Next I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Black Dye Ink, and went about 'offsetting' all those big stars, with lots of little teeny ones. All stamps are from that same set. Talk about a good 'un!

That's it!

I hope you like!

Hero Arts
Linda Trace
Libby Hickson
Lisa Stein
Niki Garcia
Amy Tsuruta
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Mateja Povse
Suzanne Dahlberg
Michelle Lupton
Bhavana Kesarkar
Mariana Grigsby
Chitra Menon
Gayatri Murali
Isabel Rivera Ruiz
Clare Prezzia

After me is my sweet and talented friend LIBBY! Be sure to go over to her blog and leave her some lovin! (make it good!)

See you soon! Now let's get hopping!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Lawn Fawn cups--thanks for picking me up


I thought I'd share a card I made that was intended for publication but due to life getting "in the way", I missed the deadline (shame coz I actually like it!)

I'm also going to be putting it in to the SSS Wednesday Challenge this week which is to give THANKS/THANKSGIVING, as well as the current Lawnscaping Challenge theme of Thinking of you (as it's a thanks for encouragement/help card).

To start out, I took a piece of Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock and folded it into a card.  I then stamped multiple Lawn Fawn cups from the Love you a Latte set, all over the cardstock using Hero Arts Wet Cement Ink.  (to save time I used several stamps on the one acrylic block and just kept turning it and twisting it to adjust the angle :))

Next I stamped and diecut around 15 more cups, this time using Copic-friendly cardstock and Black Dye ink from My Favourite Things.

I then coloured them in with copics :)

Finally I used a sentiment from I have no idea where (if you know, drop me a comment :)) because I loved the double meaning of the coffee/caffeine pick-up and the friendship one :)

Then I adhered the cups so they 'overlapped' their tone-on-tone stamped versions!

Hope you like :)

Have a crafty day!

Linda x