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I am going for it this week with the stencilling.   I have caught the masking bug !!



I blended the background by sponging Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz inks.   I die cut the butterfly and used it as as stencil, sponging over the die cut and creating a little of host of pretty butterflies.

I love the sentiment which is from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer stamp set.



I adhered my stencilled layer to a Whisper White note card.

I like the muted tones of this little card.  Its very understated and actually quite hard to capture in a photo, but I have done my best.

Hope you like it.

Thanks for looking and please pop back again !

Bye for now,

Linda xx


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I really enjoyed making this one !



I did some ombre sponging, starting with Rich Razzleberry and working through Berry Burst, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral and So Saffron.

Then I created a mask by die cutting what I describe as the trellis die from my Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  The mask was laid over the ombre base and then I sponged through the mask using all of the above colours.

I really like the result - it's soft but effective.



The black die cut sentiment was heat embossed several times with clear embossing powder to achieve a really nice shiny effect.

Hubby came in and his verdict was "Wow - I like that.  Very contemporary" !!  He loved the colours too.  High praise indeed !

Well I hope you like it too.  Its a very nice and absorbing technique.  Should keep you out of mischief for a while !!

Thanks for looking - and I hope you will pop back again.

Bye for now,

Linda xx


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So there I was messing around applying inks to my little piece of Whisper White card stock.

I sponged on some Island Indigo, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist.



I loved the blend of colours on my card stock and when I was happy with the coverage, it struck me how pretty this would look with some stencilling.  I grabbed the closest thing to a stencil, which just happened to be my Delicate White Doilies.

Placing a doilie on the card base, I sponged over it in Island Indigo.  Then I repositioned it a couple of times on the lighter areas and sponged over again, this time using Pool Party.

I was thrilled with the result - its really soft, subtle and pretty !



Then out came my favourite Saleabration freebie, Amazing You.  I love the sentiment which I stamped off before applying to the card stock, for a softer tone of Island Indigo.  Simply die cut with my Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layer Ovals Framelits Dies, the topper is perfect and the injection of the crisp white just lifts the whole thing.

Its just a lovely little card - and I shall definitely use those Delicate Doilies for this technique again.

Thanks for looking.  I hope you will pop back again.

Bye for now,

Linda xx


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Here is a very simple card made using the partial-die cutting technique.



I kept the colour scheme quite understated in Whisper White, Powder Pink and Smokey Slate.

I like the way the pretty butterfly is the focal point.



I also thought it would be nice to stamp the sentiment "Thank You" inside the card on the Powder Pink layer, because I think stamping the inside of cards is often overlooked.



Its pretty,clean, simple and unfussy.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you will pop back and visit me again.

Linda xxx


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I tried something which I haven't tried before.  Some diagonal scoring on my Simply Scored scoring board.



The background was perfect for showing off my layered heart topper, the centrepiece being the pretty intricate heart which I stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink.  I managed to obtain quite a nice dense white image by using my Misti and stamping several times before drying with my heat tool, re-stamping again and drying.

I layered my card onto a piece of Sweet Sugarplum card stock before applying to a Whisper White note card base.



I love the textured look of the diagonal background and the layers of hearts through which I punched a hole and added some ribbon to create a pretty tag topper.

Its a pretty little card which I am pleased with.  I shall be trying some more diagonal scoring for backgrounds because I think it looks pretty cool !

Thanks for looking and please pop back again soon.

Bye for now,

Linda x


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I am hoping that these cards do as I intended - put a smile on the face of the recipients. These are amongst the cards that will be going out to my customers come the end of the month.





I love how the same design looks so cool in different colour combinations.  I stuck to bright ..... because I just love crisp and bright !  I also love the technique of stacked shadow layering, using the same colour card stock as the ink to act as a shadow for the die cut word/sentiment.



The cards have a modern and contemporary vibe.

I love them.  Hope you do too.  If you haven't tried the technique ...... then give it a go.  You will be hooked !

That's it from me today - thanks for looking and please pop back again.

Bye for now.

Linda xx


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Now here is a little project which I first shared on Facebook a couple of years ago.

Its quite complex in its construction which is probably the main reason why I have not shared instructions on how to make it before now.



I would class this as an intermediate project which might frustrate beginners in papercrafting, but I would love to be proved wrong.   The cutting and scoring of the template, together with the placement of the adhesive is very specific for the construction and successful completion of this open topped box.

But the complexity is worth it for the end result - a pretty and unusual open topped box with an angled bottom.  I think it would be a perfect box for soap makers who make things like bath bombs, and is great for showing off the contents in clear cellophane wrapping

Anyway - enough from me.  You can judge for yourself whether it's a project for you by watching this step by step video tutorial.

Open Topped Gift Box With Angled Bottom - YouTube



I have been quiet in Blog Land this last week as I have been busy temping.  I hope to enjoy some quality crafting time come the weekend.  It's Friday everyone - YAY !!!

Thanks for looking and I hope you will pop back again.

Bye for now,

Linda xx

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Last week I designed a card using the lovely Falling Flowers stamp set for the first time.   For that project I used Night of Navy card stock with gold heat embossing and added some chalky white ink with a blender pen. http://www.papercraftwithcrafty.co.uk/2018/02/falling-flowers-from-stampin-up-chalky.html



Its such a pretty stamp set that I decided to try the exact same technique again but this time I used clear heat embossed images on Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  I love the contrast of the white blending with this colour.



I  offset the sentiment to the right of my card front and framed it with some die cut circular frames and I really love the result. 

Hope you like it.

Thanks for looking and please pop back again.

Linda x

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Party Panda Valentine

As Valentine's Day looms ever nearer, today I have this cute little card showcasing just one of the three cute little Pandas in the set.



The Party Pandas stamp set is one of the free items available for customers to choose from in this year's Sale-A-Bration promotion if they place orders of £45+ (not including shipping costs).  It is proving to be extremely popular with Stampin' Up! fans.

News of my new Facebook Craft Forum & February's Valentine Sketch Challenge & Prize !

I thought I would share my card with you today and also let you know that I have started a Crafty Forum on Facebook called Stampin' Fans Crafty Forum.  Its a very new group but I hope that it will grow in popularity.  I will be running creative challenges for members so it's my hope that people will find it fun and enjoyable.

My February challenge for the members is a Valentine Sketch Challenge, and for the winner I have a prize pack of adhesives, useful and handy for all paper crafters.

So, if you fancy joining in and having a go, please click the photo below which is a link to my Crafty Forum.  I would love to see people joining in and sharing their interpretation of the sketch challenge.  Participants must use Stampin' Up! products which may be current or retired.  The winner will be randomly selected after the challenge finishes on Wednesday.  So do have a look and maybe join in.  Remember - you have to be in it to win it !!


Thanks for looking and I hope you will pop back again.

By for now.

Linda x



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I always find making these cards very difficult.   It gets me thinking about the person who is being mourned and generally it just makes me very sad.

This week we have said goodbye to a really lovely lady who has been a treasured friend and neighbour of my lovely Mother-in-Law for some 47 years.   A lifetime.  She was one of the first people to visit me when my son was born nearly 30 years ago.   She was a hoot with a wicked and infectious laugh.

She leaves behind a lot of lovely memories.

So, I got out my Hopeful Thoughts stamp set and keeping it very simple, I created this little card, choosing to use copper embossing on Very Vanilla cardstock.



I guess crafting isn't always fun.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look.  I hope you will pop back again.

Linda xx

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