Tuesday, 11 December 2012

been trimming the tree

hi there everyone i have just sat down  after trimming my tree
im still  getting ready for Christmas only a few more bits to sort then im all caught up
the end is in sight as they say  but i'm truly sorry i haven't had time to post


finally got a half decent shot of the lights  it’s taken me 4 hour to decorate  but looks pretty
i also managed to get some pictures framed and up on my wall
these little water colours were painted ages ago  im slowly getting them all framed and in place
just wanted something different to look at lol

so as you can see im still plodding on and i think im still on track lol
we are planning a little birthday dinner for my mum  this weekend
im so looking forward to that
it will be the first time my sons and their partners mum and i have managed to all be together  in ages
i do hope your Christmas arrangements are coming along nicely
I’m hope to get some colouring done soon it seems ages since i sat and just coloured an image
 time has just run away with me this month that’s Christmas for you lol  
thank you for dropping by
hugs linda xxx

Sunday, 2 December 2012

been busy

i know i have been MIA again im so sorry
had electricians in doing some updates boy that was a day to remember no kettle lol..
then i started a mega clean up here  getting ready for Christmas
i can see a light at the end of the tunnel which is nice lol
but i haven’t stopped crafting
i have still been  doing bits and bobs of an evening

these are extra stocking fillers for my mum and DIL
had so much fun doing them thanks to the tutorials from Sarah from  Beaders Companion
i made my first bracelet and earrings to match the floating necklace
hope to get some more crafting done once the Dreaded House Work is all done and dusted
thank you for dropping by
hugs linda xxx

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Prepare to be Fantasized With Sheena

 Fantasy paints and stamps launch day has arrived
the fabulous Leann Chivers from Crafters Companion will be standing in for Sheena
a few more things that have been treated to a new lease of life with these awesome paints
bookmarks on acetate ,cards and wall hangings


i do hope you have caught the show
and are loving how you can transform anything to go into your home or as a gift
as i said at the start of the sneaky peeps these paints are magical they truly are
i found myself just watching them do there thing…. it’s great fun to see and the results are simply the best ever
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Monday, 26 November 2012

Fantasy jewellery

Good Morning everyone
i have a couple of pieces of jewellery for today
i got the blanks on line and just dropped in the fantasy paints
you can really make some stunning gifts
a made a ladies bangle and some cufflinks

don’t forget to try and catch the launch with Leann tomorrow
thanks for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sheena Douglass fantasy paints

heavens above it’s blustery today
at least it’s not raining thank goodness
so here are a couple of papier Mache frames
that have been fantasized
using the Pebeo Fantasy paint and Sheena's new stamps



i first painted the whole frame in acrylics  then sprayed over with spray and shine from crafters companion
for that extra gloss look this also gives the paper some body
im amazed at how paints and stamps can transform a simple drab brown paper frame
into a lovely object to grace anyone's home
thank you for looking
hugs linda xxx

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Sheena's Fantasy Paints

Good Morning Everyone
so back to the Fantasy paints  yes they work beautifully on flat surfaces
i set myself a challenge to push these paints as far as i could
would they go onto round surfaces ?
with alot of patience  Yes They will !!!!

you have to do the outline first let it dry then do one section at a time allowing the paint to settle and form a sort of skin
before you move around the jar to the next section
you can speed up the drying using your heat gun (the hairdryer one)
but go easy or you will bubble your leading
i think it worked very well


you could even  recycle your jam jars to make some little tea light holders for your garden
i think they would look so pretty on a summer evening dotted around just attach a wire hanger once dry the paints are set solid so no fear of them peeling off the glass
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Back to Nature

Good Morning Everyone
im all caught up on samples  so i had some me time
with my needle felting
it’s been years since i made my first needle felting project a miniature jointed teddy that i gave to my mum …
i had to search for my box of wool tops …trust me that’s a story for another day lol
i decided to make this  last night
My Little Acorn

made from 100% British wool with  crystal German glass glitter for the frost effect
i gave it a blast with the spray and shine
from crafters companion to seal the glitter and stiffen the top
im now sporting a lovely plaster on my finger lol
after stabbing myself with the needle a few times but hey i had fun making it..
well worth the pain
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xx

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Fantasy Pendant and earing's

Hi there everyone
back with more Jewellery this time made with Mount Board  and Fantasy Paints
i cut the Jigsaw shape using a spellbinder jigsaw die then punched in the hole
Dripped the Pearl paint straight on top  with a cocktail stick
i found i had more control applying the paint this way

it doesn't flow over the edges  as you would think it would
then dropped in the rose colour and gave it a swirled with a cocktail stick
   left it to settle then placed in the clear gems once they dry they are held fast


once dry i coated the back of each piece with spray and shine  from Crafters Companion to seal them
  added the jump rings and findings
just imagine if you had an old jigsaw puzzle  Why not transform them into jewellery 
thank you for popping by today
hugs linda xxx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Fantasy Paints With Sheena Douglass

Wow  it’s been killing me not to spill the beans
i got to play with some new Crafting Goodies the Fantasy paints and stamps
coming your way  very very soon
Sheena Douglass
on the 27th over on Create and Craft TV
Sheena still can't travel long distances after her Operation so the lovely Leann  from Crafters Companion 
will be doing the TV  Launch as a Sheena Stand in bless her ...
here is a card using one of the new stamps to accompany the paints


P1050911close up
so what are these paints …. i hear you ask …. all i can say is they are Magical….  they will go onto any surface
there are no brushes involved you drop the paints into the area and let it do it’s thing
you get some stunning effects  either on there own or by mixing the colours
they do take longer to dry than the fusion paints but honestly
it’s well worth the wait they dry rock hard ….don’t crack even on acetate
i found myself just watching the paints react with each other  lol
i truly can't express how lovely these paints are… my pictures do not do the paints justice
i do hope you will tune in for the Launch
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

I did it Yipeeeeeeeee

Ok your thinking im crazy  Noooooo
i made this!!!!
my very first piece of jewellery


Im so darn chuffed with myself you wouldn't believe it
now don’t get me wrong  it’s taken me best part of 30mins
to get it finished My tongue was out more than a little LOL
note to self...... get one of those beading mats!!!  chasing the beads around was a lark…
i have used some  brown ceramic beads which i love
and semi precious  clear crystals from Crafters Companion 
which i have had in my stash for ages
im going to make another for my mum just to say i love her
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Taste of Winter

A little topper ready to go on to a card 
using Spectrum Noir  from Crafters Companion 
and Mo Manning Digi’s
now admit it how many of us have done this ????
I for one always like to catch a snow flake this way
she is such a sweet image to colour already to add that touch of sparkle 


TN1, TN2, FS1, FS8, CR5, BG1, BG2, BG3, BG4, HB1. HB2, BGR1, BGR2, BGR3, OR1, CR10, DR5, DR7
EB1, EB2, DG1, DG2, DG4, EB3, EB6, LY1, LY3, GB1, GB2, GB3, GB6, GB8, GB11, Blender Pen
thank you for popping by
hugs linda x

The First Noel

Hi There crafters i do hope your all well
i have  been colouring again with my
Spectrum Noir and 2 Mo Manning digi’s
she is singing her heart out  don’t you think?


i have had so much fun colouring her in I haven’t used my pens for over a week now
so thought it was time to have a little play i have matted and layered onto
an 8x8 snow white centrua pearl card blank and core-dinations
from Crafters Companion
with a simple layer off silver glitter card with some crystal glitter to add that bit of sparkle
here is the full colour list
TN1, TN2, FS1, FS8, CR3, TN3, TN4, TN5,TN8, BG1, BG2, BG3, DG1, DG2. DG4, OR1, CR10, DR5, DR7, HB1, HB2, GB1, GB2, EB1, EB2. EB5, EB6
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

3 for today

hi there crafters
wow what a weekend i have had
went to a winter fair on Saturday  came home shattered but happy
caught a cold and feel a bit rough to be honest…
so to make up for being MIA here are my cards

coloured with H20’s and Spectrum Noir
sorry for quick post  must dash lots to do …
hugs linda xxx

Friday, 16 November 2012

Launch day for Swalk

Good morning all you lovely people
it’s Launch day for Swalk from Crafters Companion over on
Create and Craft 12 midday UK time
here is my card


coloured  with H2O’S and Spectrum Noir Pens
i have also created a backing paper using the H2o’s onto snow white centura pearl card
using just 3 of the colours from the topper   matted onto core-dination silver mirri and silver glitter card
the wired flowers i had in my stash but fit perfectly with the pink theme
i do hope you can catch the show
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Die-sire Flower Die Table Decoration

Hi there crafters
when we got asked to do these samples our Lovely Louise Welsh who has the job of controlling
well trying…. LOL to keep the DT in check…..
let your imagination run wild …
So i did here….. is a modern table decoration
using centura pearl card and the Sun Flower Quilling Dies
from Crafters Companion

i made the cone from the 16x16 snow white centura pearl card
draped that in black tulle then set about cutting the  large and small Sun Flowers leaves and swirls with my eBosser
after assembling the flowers i attached everything  with Collall 3Dgel
finally adding the  strips of crystal gems  that i had in my stash for years and never used them
made a few tulle bows to place behind the main flowers
i truly enjoyed making this it’s great fun and so easy if you have the Dies
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

New Spectrum Noir Blog Challenge

Good Moring Everyone
  a new Monthly Challenge  has started  over on the
of any shape form or colour 
there are a full set of rule over on the blog if your new to challenges
why not join in you never know you might be the lucky winner
here is my card
Using my Spectrum Noir pens from Crafters Companion 
and my new stamp from Wild Rose Studio
here are the Spectrum Noir Colours i have used
IG1, IG2, IG3, IG5, IG8,I G10,  HB1, PP1, CR3, CR4, GB5, OR1,
CR10, DR5, DR7, LG1, LG4. BGR1, BGR2, BGR3, BGR5
thank you for dropping by today
hugs linda xxx

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

New Swalk Stamps

Hi Me again
alittle swalk card
using one of the new swalk stamps that will be coming soon


coloured the pony girls hair and skin with my Spectrum Noir pens
then added the H2O’S on the horses mane tail bow and girls cloths a little sky and grass  
you really do get some super effects using both mediums
the embossed panel is using the folder that came with my ebosser
with core-dination card and silver mirri for layering dew drops and ribbons to finish off
thanks for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Die-sire Flower die Card

Hi there everyone
this really is a simple card to make using the New Die-sire Flower range

I used large Sunflower die to make
a Gerbera
I rolled a centre in same colour card then added 3 strips of petals 
simply matted onto a pre embossed panel in snow white centrua pearl card with a strip of same coloured core-dination as the flower stamped the sentiment with versa fine ink
with a touch of class glitter in middle of the flower and dew drops to finish off
this Die is so versatile if you curled the petals upwards it could also be a Chrysanthemum or a Dahlia
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Victorian Bonnet

  just finished  this Bonnet
thought i would share with you made from card 
 i was going to cover it with fabric …..but fell out with that idea  far too fiddly ….so thinking cap went on !


set too painting it with my Black Fusion Paint  when that had dried
i gave it  a good blast on inside and out
with the Crafters Companion spray and shine 
that didn't take long  to dry so i could then set to decorating
with lace ribbon roses  feather and a few crystal gems thank god for Collall 3d gel  lol

thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Swalk with H2o’s

Hi there crafters
you might already know that there is a new set of Stamps coming soon the Swalk  Range
Launching this Friday over on Create and Craft  New Pick of the week
the great news is that there will also be 3 Swalk CDs on the show
and one of those is Digital images  so get out your Spectrum Noirs
included in the show will also be H2’Os so i thought
i would make a card using both my pens and paints


it’s very hard to get the right light to show the pearlized effect you get with H20’s
i have coloured her dress  and bow in with the paints the rest is coloured with Spectrum Noir pens
onto Neenah card 
if your using Neenah to paint with your H20’s  be careful not to get your card too wet or it will start to buckle
and don’t use your pens over the H20’s as you will pick up the H20colour on your  pen nib
not a good idea
thanks for popping by today
hugs linda xxx

Sun Flower Die Lantern and card

Good morning everyone
  thank goodness for my eBosser
would never had time to cut all these flowers with out it..

I used the large sunflower and small sun flower with the swirly leaf die
and a spellbinder leaf die from my stash


once you get the hang of quilling the flowers  the possibilities are endless
they make a lovely focal point on any project for each large sunflower i cut 2 small petal strips and 2 large petal strips
if you want a smaller flower use less strips of petals
thank you for popping by today
hugs linda x

Monday, 12 November 2012

A Little Wild Rose Studio for this Evening

Had some me time with my Spectrum Noir pens
and my new
Wild Rose Stamps

Simple card nothing fancy
colours i have used are IG1- IG2- IG3- CR3- HB1- GB1- Blender pen
BGR1- BGR2- BGR3- CD10- DR5- DR7
thanks for popping by
hugs linda xxxx

F is for Flowers

Hi Im Back ....
 it’s been full on here for past few weeks as ever
not had time to think let alone blog sorry about that 
but got time today to share some super new stuff
here is  what i have  been getting up to
have brought out their own Flower  Die-sire Dies
there are a large selection of different dies in this collection


for this card i used  the small sunflower on Felt with Snow White Centura Pearl
my all time favourite Embossalicious Folder   the tag die from crafters companion a leaf die satin ribbon and dew drops
you will need a quilling tool that really does help when making the flowers
i didn't have one so had to roll all by hand 
Leann has done a you tube video on how they work if your new to quilling
Leann’s  Quilling  tutorial with full details of all the dies available
thank you for popping by today
hugs linda xxx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

3 New Step by Step Tutorials

Have you seen the 3 new Step by Step tutorials

over at

 Crafters Companion 

you will find all 3 in the download section under spectrum noir

they are  very easy to follow

if you joined in with the Birthday Celebrations

you might already have one of these little cuties so why not pop over  down load and get Colouring

they are free

i do hope you will give them a try

hugs linda xxx

no card today just my ramblings

Hi there everyone
hope all your Halloween arrangements went to plan
i had a couple of little darlings at my door last night but  had to go out shopping
  all the shelves already full with Christmas stuff  ouch!
that is just around the corner and has ever i will not be ready lol
no matter how i try im never ready for Christmas…

im still very busy behind the scenes with samples  my new printer arrived yesterday with a few goodies
from the Crafters Companion Birthday Week 
had to set everything up and get it ready for even more samples …so all is good again on that score
isn’t it typical when something breaks down you always need it lol….
can't share with you yet…. but i will say i have had a ball !!! some really delicious things on the horizon
it’s something i have never done before  a challenge  but in a good way lol
hopefully i will be able to fit in some colouring later today 
off out with my mum tomorrow im hoping the rain stays away
i do love spending time with my mum that is always a pleasure we do have a laugh.
so please forgive me not sharing a card with you
i hope your day is full of happy thoughts
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween Everyone
my new printer has arrived so of coarse i had to test it
what better could i have printed out for a test run this cutie from Saturated Canary
haveing just got back in from shopping thought i would do alittle colouring
with my
Spectrum Noir Pens

the colours used are
TN1- TN2- FS1- FS CR3 CR6- BT3- CT4- GB1- GB3- GB5- BG3- TN4- TN7- EB8- CG1- CG2- HB1
I hope you all have a lovely Halloween
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Wintery Wednesday with Jayne Nestroenko

Hi There everyone
OH it’s cold here today the sky is very heavy  im sure we will be in for some rain
so my card for today is  Just My Imagination Stag Stamp
from the lovely


a simple little card using Centrua Pearl Card 8X8 embossing folder  Spectrum Noir Pens  3Dgel 
and the collal all purpose glue
Spellbinder dies crystal glitter and a satin and organza bow to finish off
thank you for popping by today
hugs linda xxx

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Back with Jayne Nestorenko

Hi there everyone
it’s been a very busy few weeks here  samples galore
so i thought i would share another card using the
just my imagination stamp


i have coloured the stag onto Neenah card stock With my Spectrum Noir Pens
  i matched the background  colour as close as i could to the backing panel
that i had embossed with my all time favourite 8X8 folder
Heat embossed the sentiment in white with satin ribbon and dew drops to finish off
im off to colour more samples busy busy busy ! is the order of the day for me.
thank you for popping by today
hugs linda xxx

Monday, 29 October 2012

Tutorial on creating Deep Shadows

Hi There Everyone
well it’s alittle brighter here in my part of the world
a lovely crisp winter morning
so today it’s my turn for a tutorial over on the
Here is my finished card

it’s very easy to do you get great results every time
do try and pop over  if you get the chance
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Sunday, 28 October 2012

WITCH way to the party

 God did i need a drink ..... what a day i had yesterday ...
printer finally died on me
 thankfully i have my laser printer so could still print my digi's off  ...i swear I'm jinxed at the moment 
laptop battery needed replacing  now printer and to top it off i snapped my necklace chain   late last night
Halloween is looming alright  lol ....
so though i would colour to calm me down and help me relax
not had Spectrum Noir out in over a week
yes i was getting itchy finger lol
so last night i coloured these two saturated canary  digi images just for the heck of it ...

they are already to go onto cards later today  i have added the crystal glitter but not showing very well
not your traditional Halloween colours  but hey who cares lol
i have used Spectrum Noir  Pens from Crafters Companion
here is the full colour list
TN1- TN2- FS1- FS8- CR3- HB1- HB2- BT1- BT2- BT4- IG1- IG2- IG4 – EB6- RB7- EB8
thank you for popping by
hugs Linda xxx

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Saturday is here with Crafters Companion

Hi there everyone
wow it’s turned cold we have blue skies but a chilly wind here in my part of the UK
some have had snow Already !!!! no way do we need that yet im not ready !!
so here is my card for today
a bright spring card to cheer you up on a chilly day like today


the image is printed from the decoupage section from the new Mulberry wood CD
I love ducks lol ….  these two are so darn cute had to cut then out and make a card
the images on the new mulberry wood CD are scrummy
something for every occasion on there do check it out ….

i have used the New Picket fence die for this card
the decorative strips at the top and bottom are the waste strips from the die cuts
why waste them…. you get some lovely effects  from the left over  when using dies
simply matted and layered onto core-dination card stock on a 8x8centrua pearl card blank
cut from the 16x16 centrua pearl card from Crafters Companion
with card candi to finish off
thank you for popping by today
hugs linda xxx

Friday, 26 October 2012

picket fence and butterfly die-sire die cards

Good Moring everyone
my word it’s chilly this morning winter is well on it’s way
i hope your all well in your part of the world
so today i thought i would share two cards from the new die-sire die range from

the image is from the new Mulberry wood cd decoupage section
matted onto centrua pearl with  paper lace doilies 
i then cut out two length using the picket fence stuck them end to end to make a border
added the satin ribbon bow and buttons to finish off

centura pear embossed with the large dot embossalicious folder 
die cut the squares then  the swirl  from centura pearl card
butterfly  i then cut the butterfly out in pink mirri and silver glitter card stock glued together with 3dGel
with  silver metallic bow and dew drop to finish off
thank you for popping by today
hugs linda xxx

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Die-sire Die Card

Good Morning all
its as dull as dish water outside
really damp and miserable here fingers crossed it brightens up later
so for today i have a card using the new  Die-sire die
this  Large Scallop frame is  a fabulous size
as you can see on this 8x8 card
the strip along the edge is the off cuts from the Picket Fence die
i wrapped some metallic thread  around to make and embellishment
i think it looks quite pretty lol waste not want not as they say the image was coloured with Spectrum Noir onto Neenah
with dew drops to finish off
thank you for popping by today
hugs linda xxx

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

New Die–sire Dies

Hi There Everyone
So sorry im late posting been finishing off a project
have released some new dies
in the Die-sire range


here is my card using the Butterfly and Leaf swirl die
the sentiment is from Sheena Douglass stamp range heat embossed in Gold
backed onto  the panel embossed with the embossalicious folder also from Crafters Companion
with satin ribbon and dew drops to finish off
onto an 8x8 centura pearl card blank
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Back with Jayne Nestorenko

For Today
my card is another one from the
Just my Imagination stamp range from
i had fun with this one
i used the left over from a die as a stencil
used my distressing inks to colour then over stamped the tree all onto centura snow white card
embossed a a panel of plain white then matted onto orange and lime green glitter card i had in my stash
stamped the sentiment with distressing inks all layered with 3D gel
Thank You for Popping by
hugs linda xxx

Monday, 22 October 2012

Got Side Tracked with Flower Fairies

Im so happy
 i went up to my craft room to find something
and found 6 un-cut Flower Fairies Friends
stamp plates that i had totally forgotten i had
i can remember Crafters Companion bringing them out
it was years ago !!!!!!

  i had to colour this one in 
the Rose Fairy
in Spectrum Noir
here are the colours i have used
TN1- TN2- FS1- CR3- CR5 –HB- DG3- BG1-  GB1- GB6- GB9- FS3- FS7- CR6
i have had the most enjoyable time colouring in this afternoon
thank you for popping by
hugs linda xxx

Using Ice grey with Spectrum Noir Pens to create dimension

Hi there crafters it’s my turn to  do a tutorial
over on the
i have used a limited colour pallet 
in no time at all your ready to make a card

so please do try to pop over if you have a moment
thank you for popping by today
hugs linda xxx