Saturday, 24 September 2022

Welcome to the September CraftAlong event with Watercolour Techniques!


Hello and welcome to our CraftAlong even this month!  Today in our live video session we made this card together and I taught how to do "No-Line Watercolouring".  Our theme this month is colouring images with Watercolour and I have featured a number of different watercolouring techniques.  Our Classic inks are water-based and therefore they are PERFECT for all kinds of watercolouring. 

If you missed the video, dont worry - you can watch the replay!

Those that placed orders of $60 or more with me in August would have received a packet of supplies that allow you to craft along with me this month. Those customers will also receive free of charge the bundle of tutorials I have prepared showing lots of different ways to use watercolouring in your projects. Additionally if you are in my team you will also receive this bundle of tutorials free of charge. 

If thats not you, never fear! You are also welcome to purchase these tutorials for $20aud if you wish. I've included a button below which will direct you to PayPal for payment.  The tutorials will be available to you once payment is made.  This also includes not only 5 different tutorials (with step-by-step instructions) showing different techniques, but also a PDF with full measurement for 9 different projects featured.  And the PDF has the measurements in both metric and imperial... so I've got you covered! 


To see all the tutorial cards scroll down below...

I really hope you enjoy crafting with me this month!  Dont forget that all orders placed with me for $60+ of Stampin'Up products this month (September) will qualify you to receive the supply pack for the October event!  More details on this event in my newsletter next week with the October theme, but I can tell you that the date will be October 22nd @2pm.  Pop it in your diary! 

See you on a live event real soon!  

Linda D

Here are the cards included in the tutorials, with step-by-step instructions on how to do the different watercolour types:

No Line Watercolouring in Purple

Watercolouring a Waterproof image

How to use Watercolour shapes

Painted Poppy images

Colouring with Black Embossing 

Colouring with White embossing

Simple watercolour with the OceanFront set

Building a scene with the Oceanfront stamp set

Sunday, 11 September 2022

US Trip Recap.....

 Im back! Did you miss me!?  

After 2 and a half weeks in the US I am finally home. 

We started our trip with Paul's brother and Sister in law in Mississippi... it was good to have a few days to adjust to the time zone and start to feel "normal".  They live about an hour from New Orleans. 

I then headed to in to New Orleans for the Stampin'Up Backstage conference.... and I have to tell you that it was completely AMAZING! 3 days of awesomeness is hard to talk about in a way that does it justice... so instead I am going to share some of my favourite pictures with you....

Our Gang of girls at the Hotel. Zahra, Susan, Jaimie, myself and Robyn

I finally got to meet Susan in real life!  She was the best roommate ever! 

Some of the Australian contingent (plus Susan!)

The conference itself was amazing - so many great things to learn and understand

Our leader Sara helping us learn some awesome thing. I hope to become a better leader by attending these kinds of events. 


And then we moved to to Michigan. For those that don't know, my husband is from there and he has not had the opportunity to go home for 4 years! (Stupid Covid!)  So grateful to be able to tack this part of the trip on to the conference.   Here are a few of my favourite photos from Michigan:

Paul's family home

We saw SO MANY fawns!

The Hollyhocks were out

Paul and I at Inspiration Point!

Lake Michigan - can you believe that is all fresh water!

The amazing Mackinac Bridge (pronounced Mack-In-aw) that joins Mainland Michigan to the Upper Peninsula - it's 5 miles across!

Male Cardinal on the bird feeder

Watching the sun go down across the Pickford fields

Gorgeous pine tree

We went on a Soo Locks Boat tour... the Locks are amazing! There is a 25 foot difference between Lake Superior and Lake Huron - so the locks were built to allow boats to pass through. 

Beautiful sunset sky

Paul's sisters house with her beautiful garden

Manistee's beautiful "Tunnel of Trees"

Coming home

Thats a quick recap of my trip in pictures!

I am now back to doing live videos each Friday and Sunday evening... so I hope I will get to see you tonight!  

Thanks for sharing this journey with me!

Linda D

Monday, 8 August 2022

Video Tutorial: The Leaves of Holly set is BACK!


Hello friends! I was so excited when I went in to check on the Leaves of Holly stamp set that it is BACK IN STOCK!  Hooray!  I know I had a lot of customers that were waiting on it to arrive, and so now they have been able to put in their orders not only for the stamp set, but for the bundle and suite as well. 

So if you have been waiting on this one, then hop over to the ONLINE STORE, and grab it now!

And if you would like to see what I did with it last night.... you can watch my most recent Sunday Night live video.  We made the card above (plus a second project with a different set) and its always a fun way to spend a Sunday night!  Click on the video link below to watch. 

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Introducing my new CraftAlong Creative Event


Hello friends!

Today I am really excited to share something with you that I've been planning for a little while. 

This month I will be travelling and so the usual "Online Class" I've been sending out will change a little. Instead I will be doing a LIVE public video session with you on Saturday 24th September at 2pm (Sydney time). Our theme this month is Watercolour techniques.  You can watch it live and create and interact with me and each other or you can watch the replay.  We'll make the project together and then I'll also show you several more projects made with more Watercolour techniques.  There will be recorded tutorials available to make these projects also available. 


Here's the exciting bit... I will be sending out supply packs by mail to make the project live with me.  How do you get a supply pack?  Simply place an order for $60 or more of Stampin' Up! products during the month of August.  Then in the first half of September I will be sending a supply pack out to everyone who ordered in August - you'll receive the pack in time to CraftAlong with me on my live video.  You will ALSO receive exclusive video tutorials that I will send out by email after the live event.   


Please note that you dont need any special Watercolour skills to be able to make these types of projects.  However I would recommend that you have the following items:

  • Watercolour Paper
  • Water Painter (or brush and water)
  • Inks - colours of your choice, including a light neutral tone (eg sahara sand, grey granite or smoky slate)
  • Paper Towel
  • Line drawing stamp that can be coloured (more details about this will be posted soon)

I am so excited about this new event and I cant wait to CraftAlong with you!  To go shopping use the SHOP NOW button here on my site or click HERE

Linda D

If you wish to order the items listed about I have posted the following product list - just click the item you wish to purchase to be taken to the store. 

Product List

Monday, 25 July 2022

Video Tutorial: Easy Diorama Card!


Hello friends!

This month I joined an awesome new group of video hoppers! The Global Video Hop is a team of Stampin'Up demonstrators who each post a video on a theme each month. This month the theme was "Layered Cards".... and to me nothing says "Layers" as much as a diorama card. After all, its the layers that make it work right?

So I would like to introduce you to the blog hop, and to my card today. Watch the video below, and if you would like to see other videos in the hop click the "Next Video" link in the description of the video. 


Linda D

Friday, 8 July 2022

Welcome to the July Online Class - let's make Christmas cards! Registrations open now.



One sure way to make sure you have plenty of Christmas cards to send in December is to START EARLY!  My theory is that if I make just several Christmas cards each month from July onwards I will be more prepared come Christmas time. 

So this month saw the release of our brand new Mini Catalogue (AKA Holiday catalogue) and all the sparkly glimmery goodness that is inside.  I've chosen one of my favourite suites to start with - the Boughs of Holly suite - and all the cards in this month's class use these products.  The good news is that you don't have to have these products to create the cards - you can substitute with other products and images you might already have. Having said that, if you DO own these products, your cards will turn out more like mine of course. 

Here are all the details on how to get the class:

Option 1:  Tutorial Only - $20

No matter where in the world you live, you can purchase just the tutorial component of the class.  The tutorial will step you through each card, and all the measurements are included too (in both imperial and metric), so that you can recreate these projects at home.  You can do the tutorial at any time that suits you as it is all pre-recorded content. The "Purchase Now" button below will direct you to pay via PayPal - if you are unable to pay via Paypal please contact me directly.

Please note that your tutorial link will be emailed to you within 48 hours of placing your order for the class.

Option 2: Tutorial plus Supply Pack
If you are in Australia you have the option to receive the class supplies as well by placing an order with me of $50 or more.  The supply packs contain everything to make up these projects even if you don't own these specific products.  When ordering please use the host code B3JMSJDN as this will identify to me that you wish to do the class.  (Please note that if your order is over $250 do not use a code as instead you will receive host benefits on your order. In that case, message me to let me know you would like the class)

Whats in the Supply Pack?  All the pre-cut cardstock, DSP, die cuts and embellishments ready to assemble. All you need to do is to add your own sentiments or other images and adhere it together, following the instructions in the tutorial. I have created a Recommended list of supplies below. 

Option 3: INKsomniacs team members only
If you are a member of my INKsomniacs team of demonstrators you are welcome to purchase the Tutorial only option for $20, but you will still receive the supply pack as well. 

PLEASE NOTE: This class will be available until Monday July 18th.  I will have all the supply packs in the mail by Thursday 21st July at the latest. 

Recommended items

For this class I am working with the Leaves of Holly stamp set, which is on page 25 of the new Mini catalogue.  If you dont have the set you are welcome to use any similar sized Chrismtas sentiments you might already have. 

I also used the following inks:

Evening Evergreen (dark green)

Sahara Sand (for sponging)

Pool Party or Soft Sea Foam (for blending)

Additional items:

Blends Markers - Cherry Cobbler (dark red) and Soft Succulent (Mid green)

Sponge Dauber

Blending Brushes

In addition you will need scissors and adhesive. I have used Tombow multipurpose, dimensionals and Seal adhesive.  Please dont be put off by the long list of items in the images below. Some of these are suggestions, but you can make do without them.  For example I have used the Stylish Shapes dies to cut the circles and squares on the cards, and these will be included in the supply packs. You can use other punches or dies as required. 

To summarise, here's what you get in this class:

  • Video Tutorial with step-by-step instructions
  • PDF with measurements for all the projects
For those that also receive the supply packs, all materials are included to make up the cards as shown above (Except ink, tools and adhesive)

Product List