Thursday, August 1, 2019

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

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!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mandela Stencil Ink Blending

 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

Monday, July 1, 2019

Bouquet of Roses

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

Friday, June 21, 2019

I'm Published in Scrapbook & Cards Today!!

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

Friday, June 7, 2019

Simon Says Stamp Pretties

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

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Yellow Wellies by Simon Says Stamp

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 :)
Monday, April 15, 2019

Penguin Hugs

Hi guys
I've 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.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Floral Friend

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

Monday, March 11, 2019

Wink of Stella Florals

Morning guys
How was your weekend? Mine was lovely. I actually did a bit of crafting as well as some videoing of techniques for Instagram. Watch this space!
Interestingly, I did used to video for my YouTube channel but it was a slow and tedious process. Im all about efficiency and when I wasn't so well, I would struggle learning new tasks.

Todays cards are an example of how vibrant Kuretake Wink of Stella coloured pens can be. I love using them on florals. To get a bit of dimension, I allow the first layer to dry, then go over some of the areas that I would like to see darker. The image above is called Create Something Beautiful. the sentiment is from the set called Folk Art Florals. Both are by Wplus9. The florals below are from the set called Kind Soul from the same company.

Can you tell that I have dies cut 'Hello' out of the
middle of the flowers?
Wow, that really messed with my head as it seemed scary to spend the time colouring it in just to die cut it. I don't think the photo picks it up too well, but in real life its pretty cool.

Well, this week is my last week where I can say I am '40 something'!
Not sure how I feel about that really. Time keeps moving on by and milestone birthdays are a good reminder to make the most of your time with people you care about.
Thats why this year, my family will come to Canada and we will have a big party in August!!!!!

Have a wonderful week crafty peeps and see you next time.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Honey Bee Design

Hi guys,
I have been setting up my new doing so it has allowed me to reflect on some of my achievements since card making. My time with Honey Bee Stamps was not long but very valuable. The lovely ladies at HBS opened a door for me to practicably understand what is required when being part of a design team.
Since that time, I now work part time and I have created more time to bring card making into my world. This post is really to showcase the work I did as one of HB designers, but also to give a shout out to the owners too. Thanks ladies!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Creativation 2019

Hi Guys, 

I was able to attend Creativation 2019! I thought I would end up missing it as my membership had lapsed.
Then I received and email with a code in and voila! I had one week to sort myself out with a flight and a hotel. What can I say? 
Thank you Debbie More Designs for giving me the opportunity to be around such creative people again! 
I made sure that I hugged a few familiar talented ladies and did a few Make 'n' Takes.
 Also, I immersed myself the best my confidence would allow. I tried to be in the moment and take in some creative inspiration.

So where do I go from here, I ask myself? Well, going and sitting around my lovely stamps and being in my craft room would be a start. 

Hugs,  Cheryl