Happy 2019, Everyone!

and a Happy New Year!

Easy UPCYCLED Stamp and Die Storage File Box

Next on the list to tackle is my stamp and die storage problem. Things need to be stored safely but also be easy to find - and stamp and die sets need to be stored together. This is my solution (I've also made a video)...

Quick and Easy Heat Gun Stand

I made my mind up to take my storage in hand - I'm so tired of everything being all over the place. I started with the glue gun stand in the previous post, and decided my next step was my heat gun storage problem.

Easy Peasy Glue Gun Stand

Don't know about you, but I've had a few glue guns in my time. And they always fall over.The only one that didn't fall over was too heavy for me! So here's a really easy solution...

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

The Christmas season is definitely upon us, so I decided to put up a Christmassy header, background and email button!

Much fun - hope you like them!

Don't forget - you can put your decorations up any time now (from 1st December onwards) but it's bad luck to take them down before 12th Night (6th January).

FLY cheeseboard - DT for Imagination Crafts

This is my last Design Team piece for Imagination Crafts, for this particular session. It's an MDF cheeseboard which I've decoupaged and painted.

AGATHA - a scrapbook canvas for Imagination Crafts DT

This one is a bit different - I've done a canvas, but as a scrapbooking project, as part of my DT for Imagination Crafts. A little tongue in cheek (I used a rat trap and part of a poster for The Mouse Trap), this celebrates the wonderful Agatha Christie.

SUNFLOWER - DOUBLE CANVAS with lights - for Imagination Crafts

This piece is actually a double canvas - with LED lights behind it! Created for the Imagination Crafts show on Hochanda, this DT piece took on a life of its own.

CROSS-BOUND PLANNER JOURNAL - Imagination Crafts DT project

Here, I've altered a blank Planner/Journal by Imagination Crafts - which was spiral bound until I got my hands on it, lol.

VINTAGE Altered Book - for Imagination Crafts

This time, I thought I'd do an Altered Book for a change. This one is titled 'Vintage', as that's the word on the front, lol. This is one of my samples as part of the Imagination Crafts DT.

PAINTBOX & BRUSHES - for Imagination Crafts

Today, my DT sample for Imagination Crafts is a paintbox and brushes!

KEY HANGER board for Imagination Crafts DT

I can't believe it's that time again - another Imagination Crafts show on Hochanda on 24th November! This item is my key hanger.

CAKE LACE - silicon moulds with Imagination Crafts Structure Paste

Having done a comparison of several products in my last post, I decided to try Imagination Crafts Structure Paste with my cake lace mould - I'm hooked on the product (and also these moulds).

CAKE LACE MOULDS comparing Stamperia and Viva art mediums

I've been fascinated with the various YouTube videos on how to make lace using caulk and silicon molds - and wondered if this could be done using art mediums. Yes it can! Below, I've listed the four products I'm trying.

Paris DT for Imagination Crafts: vase and shopper

My final Design Team samples for Imagination Crafts for the Paris themed show: an upcycled vase and a shopper.

Paris theme - two cards and a tag

More Design Team art for the Imagination Crafts show - again, the theme is Paris. This time, two cards and a tag.

Parisian Couture 

PARIS Shadow Box - for Imagination Crafts

Today, my Imagination Crafts Design Team post is my Paris Shadow Box. 

Two Eiffel Tower cards - for Imagination Crafts

Here are two cards, both featuring the Eiffel Tower - and both very different.

PARIS in Springtime, Paris in Winter - for Imagination Crafts

Today, I'm giving you two canvases - Paris in the Spring and Paris in the Winter. All products by Imagination Crafts.

Paris in Springtime

PARIS Makeup Canvas - for Imagination Crafts

I love the theme for this month's Imagination Crafts projects: PARIS. One of my very favourite places on earth.
Click the Read More link below right to see the rest...

Rose tablet cover

This is another tablet cover, perfect for an iPad Mini or the Samsung Galaxy S2 - I've used Imagination Crafts Shadow Rose stamp throughout.

Bird Cage card - another Imagination Crafts DT project

Time for a quick card- using my favourite Birdcage and Cogs mask, plus the Weather Wash stencil, a stamp, some string and a couple of sequins.

TWEET - wall decor piece for Imagination Crafts DT

Hi gang - my TWEET wall decor piece was just shown on the TV, so I thought you might like to see a closer view!

HEY PRETTY BIRDIES - my second DT project for Imagination Crafts

Happy Friday! This is a lovely way to start the day - another DT project for Imagination Crafts!

My 1st Imagination Crafts DT project

Hi gang! Not only am I highly delighted to be on the Imagination Crafts Design Team - here's my very first official DT project!

Never Give Up - digi scrapbook page

It's been ages since I did a digi scrapbook page, but I saw this set online, had to have it, so here you are!
Never give up!

It's quirky, it's fun, it's definitely my style - even with or without photos. There are 3 doodled ladies, so I chose one of them and one from the word art collection, and had this done in under half an hour (including time taken to make a cup of tea) all from the My Arty Heart collection by G&T Designs.

Chaps Like Denning - card

I was just noodling around with some leftover bits from my DT makes for Imagination Crafts, for their August TV show (in a week or two) and came up with a men's card - always notoriously difficult.

The phrase 'Chaps like Denning' is from a vintage children's book.

Eiffel Tower card No 2

More fun using the Paris plate I designed for Blade Rubber Stamps.

Again, using Tim Holtz's Bigz die 'Eiffel Tower' (which fits my stamp).

I'm on the Imagination Crafts Design Team!

I'm pretty thrilled - I've been accepted for the Imagination Crafts Design Team!

SNOW QUEEN journal page

The Snow Queen journal page is finally finished! I have been messing around with this, off and on, for a few months.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION insert for Travellers Notebook

I just finished the cover of my Under Construction fauxdori. It's a standard size Travellers Notebook refill, and this time I went for a masculine vibe, to go with the brown paper insides!

I made interior pockets and a page marker from the leftovers of the paste paper, and originally the little journal looked like this.

Inside front cover
Inside back cover

However, I didn't like it - BORING - so I changed it!


Inside front cover
Page marker

Much better now!

Eiffel Tower card No 1

I had a lot of fun with this - using images from my Paris plate of stamps (from Blade Rubber Stamps).

I found that Tim Holtz's 'Eiffel Tower' Bigz die fit my stamp! Mega fantastic! So I cut several of these, stuck them together to create a rigid piece which then sat beautifully on the air dry clay frame I made.

I stamped the 20s lady in the hat onto watercolour paper, painted with watercolours, then cut out with a circle die. I finished off with some Stickles glitter round the edge.

Finishing touches were some Prima flowers, and the phrases (also from the Paris plate) stamped onto watercolour paper, painted, cut out etc, and mounted to drape across the card. 

 The Metro sign also had a touch of Stickles.

This is the 'Paris' plate, from Blade Rubber Stamps.

Faux vellum effect Library Pocket

I think my mojo is finally coming back - I was hit by the crafting urge today, and felt like making something. That something was a Library Pocket - always useful, whether you journal or scrapbook or like adding ephemera to your planner.

Here's a video of my take on the technique, plus a little 'how to' on making a Library Pocket.

This particular pocket doesn't need any measurements - I simply sized the images to fit an A4 (letter size) sheet of text weight paper (the cheap everyday paper you use in printers and photocopiers).

I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos and came across one by Aristi Moorjackie showing the faux vellum technique, using olive oil. There are several others around, but this was the one I liked the best (she has some really nice samples).

I used Serif Craft Artist 2 (any graphics programme would work, including Paint) and some digi printables from the Polkadoodles Belle Papier CD Rom (no affil, but I bought it and love it).

Do give the technique a try - great fun, and not too messy either.

Digital scrapbook layout using Polkadoodles Belle Papillon collection

This is my first scrapbook layout for ages - totally digital, using my creaky old Photoshop CS2. Thank goodness it still works on Windows 10! I'm using paper, ephemera etc from the Polkadoodles Belle Papillon CD Rom. (No affil, etc)

The only let-down is me squinting in the sun, but this was the best of a bunch of photos (so you can imagine how bad the others were, lol).

The only pieces I added (apart from photos of Himself and me) are the stitching, some staples and a ribbon. Every single other item is from the CD.

This did take me a while, mostly resizing and adding drop shadows etc, plus the text, as I'm a bit rusty.

Have to say, this was fun! And I'll be doing a lot more.

Change the Photobucket images in the HTML in your Blogger blog to Flickr

For Blogger blogs only, here's how to change Photobucket images embedded in your blog code - and move them to Flickr, eg: a custom signature. 

 Scroll down for the video

I also show you exactly how to back up (and reinstall) your Blogger blog template. I've used a very old saved template on my Freebies blog as the example.

Here's a pic from my blog, showing the signature blocked by Photobucket.

Here's the same one, but with the image code now on Flickr - signature restored!

I made a short video here on YouTube, showing exactly what to do.

Step by step:
  1. Go to THEME, then back up your blog as explained in my video. 
  2. Save this to your desktop or into a folder (but don't change the title of the template under any circumstances, or it won't work).
  3. Click on the HTML button under the pic showing 'Live on Blog', which is next to the orange Customise button.
  4. You will now see the actual code of your blog.
  5. Click inside the box (see my video) and click CTRL + F on your keyboard (COMMAND + F on a Mac). This will bring up the Find (search) box.
  6. Copy and paste this code in:
<div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'>
You'll see it highlighted. 

Immediately BELOW this line, you should see your image code, which will have the word Photobucket in there somewhere, with a load of letters & numbers, something like this:
<img src='' style='border: none; background: transparent;' />
If for some reason you can't find the image, even though that piece of code highlighted, try deleting that and pasting the image code in - it should show up nicely (see my video for 2 different methods of finding it). All you need is the bit starting http and finishing jpg.

Next step is to find your original picture on your computer, and post this to your Flickr account. Find the BB Code as per my video instructions, and replace the Photobucket code with this.