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Monday, 24 September 2012

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #70 Feathers/Fur!

Hello Hello!

I'm here with this week's new challenge theme over at Shopping Our Stash!

Furry or Feathered Friends- anything that features furry or feathered friends (any animal, bird or animal/bird print paper -No Insects or spiders)

Here's my card!
I created the die in my silhouette studio software, after watching a tutorial on the Online Card Classes-Cut Above the Rest class. (highly reccommended!)

I added some washi tape to the cardbase where I knew the diecut would sit, so that it would show through.

Next I went around the edges of the diecut shape and the central panel, with distress ink to add some extra shadow. Finally I stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts) and popped the centre panel up on dimensional adhesive to create some dimension and give a great shadow.

Super fast card! I diecut several of these bird at once! You'll be seeing the 'positive' of the image in another card soon.

I hope you'll give this challenge a try! It will be so fun to see what you've made.

Be sure to pop over to the blog to see the rest of the DT's inspiration! They're amazing as always.

See you again soon with more creations inspired by the current Online Card Class--Kick Start (it's amazing, I seriously recommend signing up NOW!!)

*crafty hugs!*

Linda xx

Thursday, 20 September 2012

there is no doubt....card #3 :)

Hi again!

I'll get straight to the card shall I?

I started with another section of that Mister Hueys-afied watercolour paper, and decided to diecut the GORGEOUS Fresh Daisies die from Simon Says Stamp. LOVE.

Then I decided to diecut it another 8 times from white cardstock, so I could make the image sit raised up from the cardbase :)

I CAAAAREFULLY adhered all the levels together, then added the original piece (with the colour on it) to the top. I added some stickles, 'cause I can't help myself.

shiny :)

see how raised up it is?! Looks like a store-bought embellishment :)

Next I heat embossed the sentiment from Ali Edwards' set Loving Words--one of my faves :)

I then added the piece to the cardbase, before adhering the (now 3-dimensional) daisies diecut. 

I think this card would work really well as a wedding card, sympathy card, or just about anything. I'm so in love with the colours!

OK that's it for me! I'm off to get some couch-time in before bed, I've spent the entire day cleaning and I'm pooped!

See you again soon!

*Crafty hugs*

Linda xoxoxo

Card #2: Butterflies

Hey Howdy Hey there--

Back for card Number 2?? Well here 'tis!

The 'watercoloured' piece I used for the main section on this card was from my playing yesterday.

After I finished 'painting' yesterday's card with the Mister Huey's, I had heaps of ink left on my craft mat. Never one to waste good ink, I took another full sheet of the Simon Says Stamp Watercolor paper, added some more water to the inks on my craft mat, then placed the paper right onto the mat, twisted it this way, and that. Then I got a lovely mottled, mixed up effect of the colours.

To add a bit of extra interest, I then placed the Studio Calico Intertwined circles mask over the top, spritzed with Mister Huey's Dewey (gorgeous bluey-green) and dried it with my heat gun.

I had the heat embossed sentiment on vellum from yesterday, so I used that and added a brad that had been rolling around on my desk for weeks. (I have no idea where it came from LOL)

Next I stamped the row of butterflies from Hero Arts in black ink, trimmed the cardstock down and rounded one corner :)

Then I took a Pool notecard and stamped the newspaper background image in Pool Shadow Ink. Lovely tone on tone.

The main piece felt a bit lost on the pool notecard, so I took some Hero Arts Pool ink, smeared it directly on some scrap pool notecard (from a failed card last week that had to be taken apart), then used that as a matte.

I popped the central piece up on some dimensional adhesive and declared the card to be finished :)

I like it, simple, but pretty. I'm still in love with that dreamy background piece that's covered in Mister Huey's.

Here are the goodies you'll need to pick up from Simon Says Stamp if you want to try this:

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Card 3 will be up next!

*Crafty hugs*


THREE CARDS to share!!

Hi there hi there!

I've got three cards to share today, but I'm going to do them over 3 posts, so I can add them to the student gallery over at
I was really inspired the way Jennifer made a card using scraps from her desk.

Here are the scraps I started with:

Her scraps were most definitely prettier than mine LOL. The green watercolour pieces were left over from my playing yesterday with the Mister Huey's, so I decided to put the leftovers to good use.

This first card is probably my least favourite, it gave me fits making it, despite the simplicity--but my husband likes it the most, so it's DEFINITELY a masculine card. It's killing me not to add some hearts or glitter or SOMETHING!! VERY simple.

Here's what you do:

Diecut some vellum using the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Hexagon Borders die (cut like BUTTA!), trim out a section of the front of the card, (slightly wider than the hexagon strip), adhere the vellum and all your other strips onto the front of the card.

Stamp sentiment.

Stamp the sentiment again using darker ink. (Brown didn't work well LOL)

Fret over how masculine the card is.

Round the corners... Wish you hadn't.

Figure someone masculine will like it. (and it was true!!)

 OK that's it for this one,

The goodies you'll want to buy so you can make your own are below.

See you in a bit for card #2!!

Linda xx

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Another online class ...

Hello Hello!

 So, as you all know, I've taken a *few* (cough cough) of the classes available over at the fabulous Online Card Classes, and they're always UH-MAZING. So I'm taking the latest one :)

Here is the card I made after seeing the GAWJUSS one Kristina made.

There will be more with this colour scheme. I'm in love.
I used Mister Huey's mists on my craft sheet, then water coloured in the embossed image. LOVE LOVE LOVE. such an easy and dreamy way to colour!

I have another card to share with you based on day 2 of the class, where Maille Belle made a lovely card using a piece of washi tape as inspiration.

 I used the Lawn Fawn Flutter By set, and masked the flower off so I could stamp it multiple times. Then I coloured in with Copic Markers I thought matched the tape the best.

Well, I hope you like! I'll be back with more soon I'm sure, this class is chock-a-block full of inspiration! There's still time to sign up!

see you soon! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Linda x

The first card:
The second card: