Wednesday, 14 December 2011

My name is Linda and I'm addicted to Tags

I'm mostly only making tags these day, just trying lots of different techniques, making lace and tassels and putting charms together, having a lot of fun. I really like this one, I cut a couple of Marianne Designs Doilies out of scrap card and used them as masks, sponging over them with watered down ink pad in whispers. I inked up stamps in the same ink...not watered down though. The Stamps are a set by Tim Holtz, fast becoming another if I needed another one. I used bits of the same flourish stamp to decorate around the edges of the tag. Finished off with some charms (the heart says Made with Love), beads and some of my crocheted lace and a tasseled crocheted ribbon. 

 A couple of close ups of the details ...

I'd like to enter my tag in the challenge at 
Totally Paper Crafts for ~ Anything But Christmas

Saturday, 3 December 2011

My Memories Suite Giveaway Winner

I have a winner for My Memories Suite Giveaway. It's Stacey G.

  Stacey's said
Congratulations Linda! Your pages came out great! Your Grandson is quite adorable! Love so many features of this software. I love the vintage pages. Lace Dream & Antique Rose are quite pretty! Thank You for the opportunity!

Congratulations Stacey, I've sent you an email with details how you can get your software. 

For those who would still love to play with this great software, you can use the code STMMMS43270, anytime to get $10 off. Remember there are lots of free kits, templates and quick pages on the My Memories site, and many others starting at only $0.99. These can be used on photoshop programs, as well as just be printed out and used as 'normal' page.  

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Delight in a Tag

Another tag to show you. This is actually the first one  I made, though I've shown another in a previous post. Papers again are Kay & Co, fibre Basic Grey, Mask (bird on a branch) by Tando and stamps and distress inks by Tim Holtz. 

I'm entering this tag in the Bows and Berries Challenge ... Make a Tag 27th nov

Friday, 25 November 2011

Hey Man! Tag you're it!

You see here my first tag for a Man, pretty near my first tag too. I've been wanting to try steam punk too, and hope this qualifies. My papers are Kay & Co, the little pix are from a 12x12 of postage style images. The fibre is Basic Grey, the pocket watch, buttons charm and chain are from Beads Direct. The crocheted lace and tie are handmade. 
I hope you can read the sentiment, Travels Inspire. Thought the perfect thing for a 'luggage tag'

I want to enter this Sentimental Sundays Challenge....Tag for a Man

Thursday, 17 November 2011

*Using outside content in your My Memories Suite software* from Lisa Jurrens on Vimeo.
I've just worked along with this tutorial to learn how to use digital papers I already have on my pc...and I have a lot of them - yet another one of my addictions. It's so great to be able to make use of all these wonderful papers I've bought, in addition to those on My Memories. These papers are from Donna's Bearly Designs, and the added embellishments are part of the My Memories suite

You can do some really cool things with this software, and there are so many detailed tutorials to hold your hand every step of they way. If you are still undecided about having this great tool, I suggest a look at the above tutorial, or pop over and visit the blog to view any of the tutorials there. There are a great number of designers for you to browse through on the My Memories site, and many, many free papers, templates and quick pages that you can use with or without this software. 

To enter my give-away of this software program please go here. You can use this code STMMMS43270  any time to receive a $10 discount on the software. 

Sunday, 13 November 2011

The Craft Barn 600 followers Candy

If you haven't already seen this fantastic £200 candy over on The Craft Barn blog, I suggest you scoot right over now and enter HERE. It is open until 25th November. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

My Memories Suite Giveaway

I have to admit, I've been longing to have a go with this wonderful Scrapbooking Software - My Memories Suite -so when it was offered to me I jumped up and down and then jumped at the chance. I can't begin to tell you how how easy (not to mention fun) it is. I did the first page while I was feeling quite poorly - now at my best I only function on half a brain cell - so it had to be super-easy.

This is from one of the made just add the pix....and leave it at that if you choose.  However,  you can still play around with it. I moved the shadows and changed the embellishments. I hadn't found the buttons at this point, or it would have been covered lol. 
This next couple of pages is using what's called a photo only template, so you add the backing and everything else yourself. You still have complete freedom and can move the photo's anywhere around the page. 
I loved the staples and clip so went a little mad lol. 
You can even add stitching to the buttons. 
 There is so much more you can do, cards and well as add sound and all kinds of cool stuff. There are plenty of How To Video's on the My Memories Blog, so you can have your hand help every step of the way if you wish.

As stated in the title, I'm allowed a copy of this to giveaway - someone is only two steps away from having this to play with too.

1) Be a Follower
2) Take a look around  My Memories and come back and leave a comment telling me which Kit, Quick Page, etc you most like. 

There are always loads of Free Downloads, a wonderful Dollar Store section. I already had kits prior to the software, but was able to go into my account and download the software versions of them all. 

Want extra entries...of course you do...
Follow on any or all below and leave a separate comment for each

If you'd prefer not to wait you can use the code below to get $10 off My Memories Suite Scrapbooking Software right now. Simply go to My Memories and make your purchase, copy and paste STMMMS43270
into the promotional code box and it will be deducted from your order. All you have to do then is download and enjoy. 

This giveaway will run till 30th November.  

Thursday, 3 November 2011

It needle-be a Rainbow

I needle felted this Rainbow finch (Gouldian Finch) some months ago, and it's been keeping my daughter company hanging beside her bed since then....along with the Hummingbirds I felted. You can see the posts here and here, I hope you can see that my technique has improved a little. I made his beak myself with papier mashe, and coloured it with promarkers. 

A few more views below, wish I'd shown his tail clearer.

 I'm entering this at Paper Playtime Challenge for their Anything Goes, Past or Present.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Hopped in with a Bookmark card

Card with a detachable bookmark was the swap card my group did this month, and I had a lot of fun making it. The bookmark is magnetic and I saw it on Doodle Buddies Naush has some great projects, I'd recommend giving her a look-see. Her magnetic bookmark tutorial is here.

As you can see, it's a multi-fold card, giving me a lot of space to play with. It was my first go at using a banner, and it's really a cheat as I used the cut-off from my cardstock - which is a rik-rak cardstock stack. I've also stamped all over the place on this project. Having just discovered my 'skill' has improved, I've become a little addicted. My papers are Kay & Co. A stack of 360 sheets which I had in a wonderful offer of £9.99. I love the papers. My stamps are clear sets from Papermania. The cute bunny from one and the sentments and flowers from a second set called Honey and Hugs. Die-cuts are nesties and colourants promarkers and Lyca pencils. 

A couple of inside leaf shots.
The large rik-rak in the center panel is 'waste' from the rik-rak stack.

Front of Bookmark.
Inside. I've hidden the magnetic strip under the paper.

I'd like to entre this in the Challenge at Crop Shop for Unique Folds 

Friday, 28 October 2011

turquoise nature charm bracelet

This bracelet is for my daughter, as she's still bedridden it will be a while before she'll be able to wear it. I gave it to her and told her she'll be able to use it to strengthen her arms when she's a little better lol - it's quite a weight. Meanwhile it's hanging beside her bed for her to see.

I've used lamp beads and 2mm Rattail, from Ebay.

My charms are from various places.
 The leaf, tree and butterfly is stash, too long to remember the seller. The bee is Ribbon girl, the hummingbirds, flower and hand-made (isn't that cute) charm are from The Bead Shop

I've used decorative button knots, which is learned to make from the book Ornamental Knots for Beaded Jewellery. It's by Suzen Millodot and she has loads of wonderful u tube tutorials too. 

With sliding button knots as the closure.

A Fantastic Project Award

This lovely award was given to my by Lori at Lori's Artsy Obsessions . She's created this award herself and you can see the rest of the recipients here. Thank you Lori for giving me the honour of being among the first to receive this award. 

There are so many bloggers out there who inspire me, but I can't give the award to everyone so I'm passing this on to 5 fantastic crafters who's projects have captured my eye most recently. I realise that not everyone one likes to display these awards, and I respect anyones desire to keep their blog uncluttered; that being said I hope you'll accept my appreciation of your work, and should you wish, display and pass this on to 5 others. 

I've linked to direct projects but I know you'll enjoy looking around the blogs once you get there. I've so enjoyed following Carlyann's Smash adventure. I always find Barbara's colouring skill inspiring and often use her as a guide when colouring backgrounds. Her art journal is full of wonderful things. Anne's colouring is always great and I loved the realistic look on this project. I love to see vintage, one of the things I'd love to perfect, and I always have my eye out for those who do it so well Another of my loves is multi folds and paper constructions (though not done many in the last year). Stacey is awesome at them and these baskets are no exception. 

Well done ladies. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Another LUFP

Just wanted to share a project I'm very proud to be involved in, to make a crocheted patchwork blanket. It's for the daughter of a friend, she was diagnosed just a few months after her baby daughter was born. She's undergoing chemo at the moment. A group of us are each making squares and my friend will be putting them all together and making the quilt. Her favourite colour is purple and I have a few other squares in purple with a pink flower on it. All the squares will be joined together with purple yarn. 

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Link Up For Pink Party

I made this bag charm (which will soon be on a bag very near me) for the Link Up For Pink Party being held over at Touched By A Butterfly, and a couple of other blogs.
Eighteen months ago I lost a friend of over 20yrs to breast cancer, she only lived 3mths after her diagnosis.  

I've only recently got back into jewelry making, styles have changed so much that I feel like it's a brand new craft, and I'm enjoying learning a lot of new techniques thanks to the wonders of u tube lol. 
Some close ups, I'm enjoying twisting wires. 

 I made this little bracelet for myself too, using 2mm white rattail and ceramic beads, two have flowers and the center bead has the pink ribbon, as you'll see in the close ups below.

 For those interested in such details, I've used a square knot, macrame.

Hope you'll also make a pink project and join the link up party. 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Digi Papers Sale

Eiglas is having a half price sale of her wonderful Digi Paper sets. Each set has a generous amount of papers, at least 12 papers in the sets I bought, along with lots of digital elements to add to your pages...such as lace, stitching eyelets etc. 
These are the pack I bought

I did actually buy 5 sets but i don't seem to have the sample pic of the 5th. 

At only £2  set right now they are well worth a look Here

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Winners for week long Feline Thankful Blog Hop

Well the Blog hop ended yesterday, and we had a wonderful time. Thank you to all who participated and all your lovely encouraging comments. It was great to read of the appreciation you have for the Feline Playful Blog, we are very proud of it and glad to be of use. 

Using Random Generator I chose two participants and this is the result.....

 commenter 78   Trace  Wins GDT post with Totally Tilda

commenter    5   Sandra Wins  $10 GV from Bonibleaux Designs

To collect your prizes, ladies, please send an email to with 'Weekly Winner' in the subject line. Please mention in your email that you won on my blog Lindysmaid. Enjoy. If the winners haven't made contact by 7th Oct, the winners will be re-drawn.

The last day of the daily winners has been posted on Feline Playful, make sure you check if you've won there, and don't forget there is still the wonderful grand prizes to be drawn too. 

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