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Altenew Build-A-Flower: Bellflower Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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August 01, 2019

I am proud to be participating in the Altenew Build-A-Flower: Bellflower Release Blog Hop + Giveaway. To celebrate this release Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave your comments on the Altenew Card Blog and/or the Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on 8/10/2019.The Altenew Card Blog is full of fabulous inspiration. There are some amazing designs from such creative people. Make sure you leave comments for a chance of winning the giveaways!By scrolling through my blog post you will see my designs as well as links to all the Altenew products. I have added large pictures to help you see the stamp set and bundles, up close and personal.


My first card was inspired by the colour combos of Coral, Green and Taupe. I knew I wanted to do something with a gold trim that was elegant, and with alternative colour combos. As well as using the Build-A-Flower Bellflower stamp set I also used Altenew's Floral Frame stamp set. The set has great sentiments in it and has matching dies! 


My second card is a bright and cheerful colour combo. Green and yellow. I decided to use just the closed petal design here from the Build -A-Flower Bellflower stamp set. My thoughts were the sun rising and the morning dew. I achieved the background with a little ink blending, then splattered it with white. I added a black frame to make the flowers pop. The clear drops just added that little extra to imitate the morning dew. 

Of course, I have shown you some alternative colour combos when using the Bellflower stamp set. If you want to save a bit of money and stamp it using the original designed colour combo, there is an opportunity to buy the Build-A-Flower Bellflower stamp, die and ink bundle saving 5%!

**One thing I want to mention...I attended a class with Altenew a couple of years ago at Creativation. I spoke to their marketing director May (who is as cute as a button BTW). I asked her if they would consider labelling the Build-A-Flower sets with numbers and letters. It was my belief that sometimes it was hard to distinguish between the layers, despite having the pictures on the back. Im not sure if there were others that suggested this addition to their stamps, but I have to say the Build-A-Flower stamp set is labelled!!! Yay!! Check out the picture below. I believe this is really helpful, especially for stampers who are not as experienced. 

Before I leave you I wanted to make you aware that Altenew also have a monthly subscription opportunity for their Build-A-Flower designs and you can sign up HERE!

Go show some love.....and maybe win!

Mandela Stencil Ink Blending

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July 10, 2019
 Hi Guys,

If you read this today, then you will get to see all three colours of cards that I made using the Mandela stencil by Honeybee Stamps. Even before Instagrammers!

All the colours were achieved by blending two different distress oxide inks per card.

The pink card uses Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry, the green uses Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough, and finally the yellow uses Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade.

The sentiments come from the stamp set called Hello Gorgeous, also by Honeybee Stamps.

They have matching Honey Cuts (love that name!) too. For each centred die cut, I cut it three times to give added dimension.

There's something about lush colours together that just makes me happy....looking at these three cards make me happy....hope they make you happy too!!

Bye for now

Cheryl x

Bouquet of Roses

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July 01, 2019

Happy Canada Day guys!

I wanted to give a shout out to this beautiful stencil by Simon Says Stamp called Bouquet of Roses. Stencils are a great cheap alternative to full background stamps. This one was used for two different techniques, ink blending with Oxide Distress Inks and for adding dimension,  Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.

For the ink blending card I used the Distress Oxide Inks called Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade. For the dimension card I used  Nuvo Embellishment Mousse called Mother of Pearl.

To see short videos of the both techniques in action, checkout my Instagram  @linkcraftycards 

Bye for now, Cheryl x

I'm Published in Scrapbook & Cards Today!!

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June 21, 2019

Well, I have official bragging rights of my cards has been published in the summer issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today - Summer Edition. It is released today and you can read it for free here

The Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine is always a well laid out, quality magazine and I am pretty chuffed (that's British for proud), that they thought my card was good enough to grace their pages. Thanks so much to them!

The stamp set used was designed by Hello Bluebird and it's called Be Happy.
The sentiment is also by Hello Bluebird. Colouring with Copic Sketch Markers is a constant leaning process and it will never be perfect. I just keep practicing and some images turn out better than others. Sometimes just adding a bit of something, something like the dots with a white gel marker, can make all the difference.

Thank you for coming to celebrate with me!
Hugs, Cheryl

Simon Says Stamp Pretties

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June 07, 2019
Hi guys
I was a busy beaver over last weekend ensuring I made some cards before I went away camping this weekend. Well, I shouldn't really say camping, its more like 'glamping'! We brought our first ever trailer, so it will feel luxurious having running water, our own bathroom and a comfy bed. Quite excited about the whole adventure actually.
The card above was inspired by a few personal experiences in my life recently.
Simon Says Stamp have been a staple in my craft room since time began. I was probably one of their first customers actually. Over the years, SSS have grown so much and now produce their own stamps, dies, cardstock, inks, dies....everything. I vouch for their quality. And no, I don't get any commission or goods for free from them...they probably dont even know who I really am, I just believe this to be true.
The stamp set used is called 'Love'. It has a matching die set too. Countless times this stamp and die set has been useful, so I advise you to get it for a staple and value for money set for your stash. I had some pretty paper left from one of their card kits. For a little something, something (a saying that sticks in my mind from @lorafadora ) I embellished it with the Love die. Then, I ink embossed the sentiment from the stamp kit.
Keeping up with the coral, pretty theme above is the second card made using a Simon Says Stamp set called Delicate Flowers. I ink embossed the images using white embossing powder, then blended the oxide ink called Abandoned Coral over the embossing. This is a really easy, yet effective technique. For the gold trim, I generously blotted Versamark ink along the edges of some cardstock, added gold embossing powder, then heat set it. Don't be impressed by the clarity of the black sentiment, I can not take the credit for that. It was cut from SSS's ready made sentiments that they sell. As a tip, if you have difficulty stamping like smearing, getting sentiments straight...these are a solution for you. Though I think it would help if SSS left a larger gap between the sentiments, as I found it quite fiddly to cut with a cutter.
Well, enjoy your weekend...I intend to under the trees!
Bye for now

Mama Elephant Competition Entry

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May 24, 2019
Hi guys,
I love Mama Elephant stamps! Their images are so cute and I have to say that they are one of the original cute image stamp companies out there. I have many, many of their stamp sets and they have continued to put out fantastic quality images time and time again. If you haven't checked them out...(and not sure how that could be possible), please do so.
Mama Elephant has set up a new competition called Top Card Designers. You have to design an original new card for a chance to win a great prize of a free goodies and a chance to guest design...YES PLEASE!
Anyway, this is my entry. I'm pretty intimidated as there are so many clever and skilled card designers out there, which are far better than me I'm convinced that there are more people who craft who are like me, that just keep trying and not always perfect. Be assured, this project took me at least two hours to complete and despite the near perfect looking end result, it did not feel an easy thing. I love it though and even if it isn't successful, its a joy to look at for me.

Wish me luck!!
Cheryl :)

Yellow Wellies by Simon Says Stamp

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May 19, 2019
It's been a while hasn't it?!
I try to keep adding to my blog on a regular basis but times flies by and I realize I haven't chatted with you in a while. Exciting stuff though, we purchased a new truck and trailer over the last couple of weeks and so we have been a bit pre-occupied :)

Just look at this adorable set of wellies! In the UK we call these Wellington Boots, not sure about everywhere else, haha. The die set was part of a monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp, though I know you can purchase this die separately. It's pretty versatile as any patterned paper could change the look easily. This type of card would be pretty well received from a gardening enthusiast I think.

Todays job is driving out and staying overnight in a hotel so we can get some miles on the new truck. Apparently, you have to use a new engine before it is supposed to pull a load like a trailer.
I plan to take it easy, go for a swim and sauna, then dinner with the hubby this evening, yay.

I hope your Sunday is a peaceful one.
By for now
Cheryl :)

Penguin Hugs

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April 15, 2019
Hi guys
Ive made a few cards recently, but this one is a favourite. I love penguins and this stamp set by MFT Stamps is from the set called Penguins of Paradise. The Hugs die is MFT also. I have added a couple more pics below of some other cards you may like, I hope they inspire your creativity.
Hugs, Cheryl

Floral Friend

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April 07, 2019
Hi guys
I've been a bit behind in my blog posts recently, not sure why except the weeks seemed to just disappear sometimes. I put out a short video on Instagram on how I ink blended the background for this card. I used a beautiful stencil from Newton's Nook. The distress oxide ink colours are Abandoned Coral and Squeezed Lemonade. One thing I will say about the oxides, they blend very smoothly. I recommend the oxides over their predecessors when brush blending. You don't need the pressure, which is ideal with the light brushes.
Are you having a relaxing Sunday? What are your plans?
I will be getting the hot pot on to make a beef curry. I also plan to make a keto friendly quiche Lorraine. Oh, and around that, card making of course!
Bye for now
Cheryl x

Some Bunny

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March 20, 2019

Last weekend I was celebrating my 50th birthday so was a little busy!!!
Luckily, I had a great time in my craft room before that and decided to make an Easter card. It's not until April 21st but if you are making a few cards, you have to get started really.
Easter is not a big card making time for me, though I do enjoy the time of year.
This bunny has been in my stash for a few years now, and I seriously love him! He is a great image to colour. On this card I used Copic markers but I have also used Zig markers in the past. With not being a very talented colour person, I can move from left to right in gradients quite easily as there is no complicated shadow aspects.
The overlapping effect on the Easter eggs was achieved by a technique called masking. This technique is achieved by stamping your first image, the masking it off so you can stamp another age over it. It creates the illusion of images being in front of or behind.
This guy and the easter eggs are from the same stamp set called Some Bunny by the fab Simon Says Stamp team.

Its midweek so not log until the weekend folks, so enjoy the rest of your week.
Bye for now
Cheryl :)

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