Thursday, 16 August 2018

Altenew August 2018 Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!

Today I am excited and honoured to take part in Altenew's Blog Hop to celebrate their August release. This post is very picture heavy as I was very inspired by the beautiful products, I couldn't help myself :)

If you are taking part in the blog hop, you might have arrived here via Agnieszka Malyszek's Blog. If you would like to hop along with the rest of the participants, you can start at Altenew's Card Blog and I will leave all the blog links at the end of the post.

There is a giveaway as well which you can see the details of at the very end of my post!

The first cards I made were made using the Smiles and Hugs stamp and Die Set, Geo Frames Die Set, and I've even used a sentiment from Script Words Die 3!

You can watch the video on how I made these easy box frame dies here:

Here's  closer look at the Dahlia flowers from the Smiles and Hugs Set which I coloured using Arteza Brush Markers and stamped with Permanent Black Ink:

This is the closeup of the card I made in the video:

The next card was made with Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set and Die. The green border was stamped using the Halftone Squares Stamp Set using Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink. I heat embossed the flowers from the set in WOW Gold Rich Pale Embossing Powder and water coloured them! I added splatters with gold and black ink for additional interest.

Here's a closer look at the card made using the Hello Gorgeous Stamp and Die Set:

This card was also made with the Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set and Die. I stamped and die cut the frame using Geo Frames Stamp and Die:

Close up of the heat embossing with the Hello Gorgeous Set and Geo Frames Set:

My next card was made using the the Halftone Squares Stamp set again using various Altenew Inks. The "sweet" sentiment is from Script Words Die 3. I stamped out the background first and made an eclipse card using the die! I love how this turned out :)

And here's a closer look at how finely detailed this stamp is! Plus I adore that gradient effect:

The Inks I used for the above card are in order: Midnight Violet, Heart Beat, Orange Cream, Fresh Lemon, Sweet Leaf, Turquoise, and Lavender Fields.

My next card was made using the Mega Greetings 2 Stamp and Die set. I used the Halftone Squares Stamp on the "happy" die cut using Tide Blue Ink. Can you tell that I am in love with the Halftones Squares set, haha?! I used the Halftone Squares Die set to do some dry embossing on the background panel for some subtle texture.

Here's a closer look at the dry embossing  and stamping. The "happy" was die cut several times and I stacked them up to get that chipboard style dimensional look:

My last project was a frame that I made to hang in my home using the Smiles and Hugs Stamp and Die set and I die cut the sentiment from Script Words 3 using gold metallic mirror card!

I've made a very short time lapse video on how I assembled the wreath:

And here's a closeup of the wreath and you can see the brilliant shine of the metallic die cut Welcome:

Thank you so much for taking a peek at my blog and the next stop in your hop is the uber-super-duper talented Erum Tasneem!

A very special thank you to Altenew for including me in this brilliant lineup of guest designers!

The full blog hop list:


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, August 22nd for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 26th August!

Friday, 20 July 2018

Nathalie Kalbach New Release!

Today on Nathalie Kabach's blog, we are celebrating her new stamp release with Rubber Moon Designs! There are two sets called Small Circle Jumble and Large Circle Jumble which I absolutely adore and are so versatile. I can very easily see myself using this for art journal pages, scrapbook layouts, and for cards as I can have here :)

I have used my MISTI stamping tool to create a pattern using a variety of stamps from the Small Circle Jumble and inks from Altenew! I topped the card with a dicut sentiment which is by Altenew as well. I also made a quick video showing how I assembled the card:

Thank you so much for stopping by! Visit Nathalie's blog to see more designs and samples by Nat and the rest of the very talented Creative Squad!

I'll be sharing more projects using these delicious stamps over the next few weeks! Thank you so much for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Video Tutorial: Encaustic Embossing

This is a technique that I have been developing and demonstrating for years: Encaustic Embossing!

I love the effects that you can achieve with encaustic wax and when I was first introduced to the technique, I wondered if it was possible to do this with embossing powder, and the answer is ... YES!

WOW Embossing Powder: Bluetiful, Fuchsia Fusion, Rose Glitnz. Altenew: Script Words Dies

WOW! Embossing Powder: Fuchsia Fusion, Blue Topaz, Silver Ultra High. Altenew: Thinking of You Stamp
You will have to use a non-steam iron for this as a encaustic iron will not get hot enough as the embossing powders melt at a higher temperature than wax.

WOW Embossing Powder: Lagoon, Oyster Glitnz, Gold Ultra High, Go Figure Stamp. Altenew: Thinking of You.

WOW Embossing Powder: Pixie, Lemon, Inca Glintz, Gold Ultra High, White Ultra High, Wall Art Stamp. Altnew: Thinking of You

I would also recommend using transluscent embossing powders, but you can use any embossing powder that you have in your stash. I have used a variety of the WOW Primary Embossing Powders which can be found in the links below.

WOW Embossing Powder: Lemon, Pixie, Gold Ultra High. Altenew: Thinking of You

WOW Embossing Powder: Lagoon, Oyster Glitnz. Altenew: Thinking of You, Script Words Die
Affiliate links used where possible with no charge to you:


WOW UK Store
WOW Embossing Powder Information Website
Altenew USA Shop
CraftStash UK: Altenew Thinking of You Stamp 
CraftStash UK: Altnew Products

You can watch my video below on how I created these glorious backgrounds:

WOW Embossing Powder: Fuchsia Fusion, Blue Topaz, Mayan Glintz. Altenew: Script Words Die

WOW Embossing Powder: Fuchsia Fusion, Blue Topaz, Mayan Glintz. Altenew: Thinking of You 

I hope that you give this technique a go, thank you so much for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Friday, 6 April 2018

Video Focus: 8 Card Ideas with Altenew Cube Cover Die

Today I'm sharing a few ideas on how to use Altenew's Cube Cover Die which I am obsessed with! When I saw this die, I knew I had to have it, it has a clean and simple geometric look which lends itself really well to many different card designs. 

I have made a video with a voice over (please excuse my voice as I am recovering from a cold) showing how you can use the die in many different ways.  I'm also testing out a new software which has been a major learning curve for me and unfortunately I have had a little trouble with the sound, apologies for this, I am hoping to improve on this for the future!

There are so many other ways you can use this die which I have not mentioned including using the die cut as a stencil which you can use with inks, sprays and event embossing paste.

Altenew and Birch Press have layering cover plate dies and some of them can be quite expensive so I decided to experiment to see if I could replicate the look with a single die and when I saw the Cube Cover Die, I knew I had to give it a go. 

Layered Die cuts using Happy Together Stamp by Altenew
Layered Die Cut using Thinking of You Stamp and Script Words Die by Altenew 

You can watch the video for an overview of how I made the cards and created that layered look:

Here's a closer look at other cards I made and I have linked to other blogs and videos that I was inspired by:

Dry Embossed Background using Beautiful Lady Stamp by Altenew

Partial Die cut Panel using Adore You Stamps by Altenew
Above inspired by:

Die Cut Inlay Panel
Above inspired by:
Shaker Card using Script Words Die by Altenew

Dimensional Card using Crafty Life Die by Altenew
Above inspired by:

See Through Die Cut Card using Wings of Hope and Script Words 2 Die Set by Altenew
Above inspired by:

I live in the UK and I bought all my products from Seven Hills Crafts:

Thank you very much for taking the time to watch my video and read my blog! If you have any questions, please do let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

I hope that this has given you lots of idea on the many ways that you can us this versatile die. 

Have a lovely day!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Video Tutorial: Little Birdie Crafts Journal

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are doing well! Today I have a very special video to share with you. I was contacted by Harish and Rashmi Closepet who are owners of an Indian Crafts Manufacturer called Little Birdie Crafts, they do fabulous embellishments and flowers which are probably the most beautiful I have ever seen.

The shabby chic style of crafting is something completely new to me! As I am always up for a challenge I wanted to give it a go, and honestly it took me less than an hour to make this mini album, which I am so please about! I used Eileen Hull's Sizzix Journal die which is a must if you are into making mini albums, art journaling and travelers' notebooks.

Here's the video tutorial I made:

Rashmi sent me some info about the company:

Harish & I came back from Australia after having lived there for 10 years wanting to do something which can employ & empower Rural women. We started a small factory employing about 40 women in Bangalore & started making handmade things & started exporting them. Then we reached out to smaller villages where there was no rain, low employment rates & started smaller Rural centres there employing local women. 

Today we employ more than 2000 women directly & indirectly! We also support an orphanage which houses around 55 children & some elderly challenged women. We also support a child rescue centre in a city close to Bangalore. All the products we manufacture in the Little Birdie brand are totally handmade. Every petal in the flower you see is hand embossed, hand shaded, hand glittered. We export our products globally & In the year 2007, we started Itsy Bitsy , a Hobby & Craft store in Bangalore. Today, we have 20 stores Pan India, covering 7 major metros & there are more in the pipeline! We are truly a vertically integrated Craft business that does everything from ideation to designing to sourcing to manufacturing & Retail !  

Our core business is making handmade paper flowers but we are also into making intricate laser cut Chipboard shapes, Burlap flowers, fabric flowers, embellishments, stencils, colour sprays, Adhesives, Mixed Media paste, crackle medium, Gel medium, Chalk paints, Metallic paints & more! All our Adhesives & mediums are ASTM / EN 71 approved. Our International customers can buy from our Little Birdie website: The minimum purchase is $150 & the shipping is absolutely free. I hope this info helps 🙂 🙂  Let me know if you need anything else.

Thank you for sending me all these gorgeous products and I hope to visit your stores some day and meet the rest of your team! <3 

Thank you for visiting my blog and have a fabulous day! :)

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Video Tutorial: Triple Embossing With Intent!

This is one of my favourite take on triple embossing, as you can take advantage of the properties of various embossing powders! The finished project has a gorgeous faux metallic finish. 

The video also gives a brief overview on how to use Melt-It, mixing and using Sparkles Premium Glitter to create 3D shapes. It also shows off how to highlight embossed surfaces with Fab Foils which really brings out the details. This is of my most favourite styl of classes to teach!

Click on the video below to see how I completed the whole project!

And here's a closeup of all that textured deliciousness: 

WOW Embossing Powder Products used:
Perissa Embossing Powder
Ebony Regular Embossing Powder
Clear Ultra High Embossing Powder
WOW Clear Slow Drying Inkpad
Fab Foil Ice Blue
Santorini Sparkles Premium Glitter
WOW Heat Tool
Butterfly Silicone Mould
Melt-It Foil Trays

Thanks for stopping by an have a great day!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Video Tutorial Making Easy Cards With Double Sided Tape

Today I'm here to show you one of my go to techniques for when I need to make a quick and easy card to send out to that special someone. Double sided tape is heat resistant so it can be used with your favourite WOW Embossing Powder or WOW Sparkles Premium Glitter or WOW Fab Foil!

Watch the video below to see how I created the cards. I would absolutely love it if you can leave any comments or feedback and I am working on improving my camera skills! :) 

And here is a closer look at the finished cards that I made:

 WOW Fab Foil ( Rose Gold and Turquoise); Sentiment from WOW Starburst Stampset

 WOW Sparkles Premium Glitter (Seahorse, Santorini and Thistle), Sentiment from WOW Starburst Stampset
WOW Embossing Glitters (Neptune, Zeus, Black Twinkle), Diecut From Altenew Script Words 2

Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope that you have an amazing weekend!