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Hello everyone,

I was a very lucky girl and got some new crafty products for Christmas, one of which was the WRMK Fuse tool, and I thought I would use it for my project today – a fun, shaker card perfect for Valentines day, which features the Little Pick Up stamp and Sending You Sentiments Stamp sets and the Poinsettia sequin mix from Honey Bee Stamps.

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After reading some tips online, I let my fuse tool get nice and hot before using it – they recommend 10 minutes at least. Whilst it was heating, I stamped the pickup image from the Honey Bee Stamps Little Pickup set, as well as the heart cargo, onto Neenah cardstock with memento ink, and reached for my copic markers.

I had this heart die cut from the teal chevron patterned paper on my desk from my project last week (click here to see it), and I thought it would make the perfect shape for a cute Valentines tag. So I die cut another heart and glued the two die cuts back to back.

I then stuck the same heart die onto a scrapbook pocket using washi tape, and carefully used the fuse tool to trace around the die, making sure to sprinkle some sequins inside before sealing the top. I used the poinsettia sequin mix, which are a gorgeous mix of reds, whites and clear sequins.

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I used my crop-a-dile to add an eye to both the plastic and paper heart, and then threaded a piece of seam binding ribbon through them. Before tying a pretty bow, I added a cute silver charm for extra fun!

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I stuck the truck and hearts onto the front using some glue dots, and then decided to add a sentiment on the back of the paper. I used stamps from the Sending You Sentiments set, and heat embossed these with liquid platinum embossing powder from Ranger. Lucky for me, this sentiment fit perfectly inside one of the smaller heart dies and was the perfect final touch for this sweet shaker tag!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!

Lesley

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Hey everyone!

SURPRISE… no card to share today, but instead I decided to do a little stamping on another medium to create a fun, handmade bangle!

This is a project for Honey Bee Stamps, where I am featured on the blog today! The project uses the long floral border image in the amazing Zen Florals set – I simply adore the way the flowers are all connected to create one cohesive image. It is darling! When I first pulled the stamp off its backing, whilst I was holding it in the palm of my hand (whilst looking for an acrylic block large enough to hold it), I instantly thought that it would make a really pretty pattern for a bangle. And of course, once I get a crafty notion into my head, there just isn’t any way to stop me!

I did have to do a little experimenting, but the good news is that I can share with you guys the way that yielded the best results, so you can give it a go too!

I started by pinching a few wooden craft sticks from my daughters room. Technically they are tongue depressors which we use to apply cream, but I’m pretty sure you can also find them in the craft aisle too. Next I carefully stamped the long border image onto the craft stick using some black Stazon ink.

After the Stazon was dry, I pulled out my Spectrum noir colouring pencils and picked some bright summery colours, and carefully coloured in the flowers. I kept a sharpener to hand because a really sharp lead makes it easier to colour in the detailed areas. Next up, I wanted to seal the wood. You may be able to use something like clear nail varnish, but I used a product that I have in my stash called MicroGlaze. It comes in a little pot and looks and feels a bit like a lip balm. You simply rub your finger onto the waxy surface of the glaze, then rub your project. It instantly creates a seal and your project is waterproof!

Up until this point, the wooden stick is straight and flat, so it could be used as a bookmark, but I wanted a bangle, so I needed to bend the wood. I placed the stick into a tupperware container of water, and left it overnight – about 6-12 hours works well.

In the morning, I took the stick out from the water and the stick was more pliable. I was able to carefully bend it and then I placed it inside a narrow glass to dry for the rest of the day. Once it was completely dry, i could remove it from the glass, and it magically held its shape!! Isn’t it fun! I did go back over the images with another layer of coloured pencil, a little white gel pen and a final layer of micro glaze, and this really made the colours pop.

Why don’t you give it a try! But I would recommend that you hide your new creation from your daughters…. as my beautiful new bangle was promptly swiped by my five year old! 🙂 But seriously, how could she resist?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day!

Lesley

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Hello crafty friends, thanks for joining me today, when I am sharing a HungryHeffyCrafts doodle with you guys! A few months ago I drew a sketch of our team at work, and then a colleague asked me to paint something to go on baby Austin’s nursery wall.

I sketched around for ages and then ….totally forgot about it! WHOOOPSIE!

Finally this past weekend, I was reinvigorated to get the project finished. I am quite pleased with how it turned out! Apart from the fact that I am kicking myself about one thing….when I uploaded the photos to my computer I suddenly realised that there should not be an apostrophe! UGHHHHH! How irritating! This is why I shouldn’t spell at half past midnight!!

Anyway, I thought you might enjoy a few photos of the finished piece.

I used both my Koi watercolours and Winsor and Newton watercolour paints, first, and then used my spectrum noir colouring pencils to add detail and to outline the images.

So the whole family is Liz, Chris, Maggie, Monty and baby Austin! I swear I have stalked poor Liz’s Facebook photos so much in a bid to get the sketches just right! LOL

Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!! 🙂

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