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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.

So in quick news, unfortunately life suddenly got really busy and I've had to take on extra shifts at work, which means I'm unable to stay on the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies team, I'm so sad to have to leave already but family takes precedence.

In happier news, I'm still with the A Blog Named Hero FB team, and I'm here to share my card for there now!

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!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

A lil bit of exciting news

Check it out here...

L xx

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

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

Tuesday, 27 October 2015


Hello friends!

It's been SUCH a long time but I'm so very excited to be here today because I, along with MANY of my friends am here to celebrate the darling, ridiculously talented, kick-ass KELLY LATEVOLA.

You may or may not know, that one year ago, Kelly started a new series on her blog called CASEing Genius. She takes three cards from someone crafty, and makes her own inspired project from them.

We all got together and thought it would be fun to do the same with Kelly's incredible work!

Here are the three cards I cased...

and here is my VERY poor take on her genius..

I went with bright colours, watercolour and big bold sentiments.

Kelly--you are seriously SUCH an inspiration to me and you've got literally NO idea how amazingly talented you are. I'm so excited to get to see what you create each week, and to be your friend.

Congrats on your milestone :) Here's to many many more!

What is a blog hop without some fun prizes?! Leave a comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, October 29th along each stop in the hop to increase your chances of winning a prize from one of our sponsors: a2z Scrapbooking, Altenew, Create a Smile Stamps, Dee's Art Impressions, DJ Kard Kreations, Hero Arts, Ink Road, Lia Stampz and Simon Says Stamp,! Winners will be notified by email after October 29th.

Here is a full list of the hoppers!! (Get comfy, it's a big'un!)

a2z Scrapbooking
Amy Tsuruta
Ardyth Percy Robb
Brandi Hall
Char Kochensparger
Cindy Chiu
Darnell Knauss
Dawn Turley
Debra James
Deepti Malik
Donna Idlet
Elizabeth Campau
Ellen Haxelmans
Heather Ruwe
Jennifer Loftfield
Joan Bardee
Kara Vrabel
Kathy Wade
Katie Gehring
Kristie Goulet
Kristina Beagle
Kymona Tracey
Laura Jane
Leigh Penner
Lin Brandyberry
Linda Trace
Lindsay Amrhein
Lydia Evans
Maria Sabina Raita
Marika Rahtu
Martha Lucia Gomez
Michele Cunningham
Michele Ferguson
Michelle Lupton
Michelle Williams
Monica Maier
Niki G.
Nina-Marie Trapani
Rubeena Naz
Shelly Kurth
Taunya Butler
Thordis Dogg
Vera Yates

See you again soon I hope friends!

Linda xx