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2012 in review


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Tonic Studio Petal Pairs 3D Flowers Tutorial

Tonic Studio Petal Pairs 3D Flowers Tutorial

Hello all my dedicated flower followers!

Firstly I would like to thank you for popping over to take a look at my first ever tutorial.

I did originally set out to put this into PDF Format, however life is so busy at the moment you ladies would probably have had to wait another month or so, and as crafters, that’s just not good enough, we want it now!

This tutorial is by no means the correct way of doing these beautiful flowers, however after extensive research by myself I find this technique produces the prettiest and most fuller flower.  You should also note that I am not an employee of Tonic Studio nor do I actively advertise their sole products.

Once you have grasped the basics its down to you and your style and I’m sure you will be pleased with every flower you produce thereafter.

Lets get started.

Tools you will need;

  • Tonic Studio Petal Pairs Punch (however any flower punch resembling would be appropriate). If you don’t have a punch I would refer you to my page Cards By Lucinda, where for a small fee, I would be happy to send you some.
  • Glue Gun, this could be daunting to some of you so whilst you get used to the technique you may wish to use wet glue however it does take longer to dry and will not provide the sturdy body of flower.
  • Card stock no thicker than 220 gsm since most punches tend to struggle after excessive use.
  • Cocktail Stick,
  • Embossing tool, and
  • Embossing matt.





Firstly punch out 5 of the same flowers. Take two of these flowers and curl the petals around the cocktail stick.








Take your 1st flower holding the flower as I have in diagram, pop a blob of glue on petal.







Now bring it towards its adjacent petal and twirl it between your finger tips, until the glue is dry, (this should only take a few seconds).







Holding the flower again like I am in the diagram, place a large blob of glue over the 2 petals.  (This may sting from the heat of the glue, so please be careful!) You will also need to pop a blob of glue on the single petal at the bottom. Then wrap these 3 petals around the 2 centre ones.  Again twirl in your finger until the glue has dried.








You should now have your tight inner bud looking something like this!









Now pop a large blob of glue in the centre of your 2nd flower (the ones you curled around the cocktail stick).







Place your tight inner bud into the centre of the 2nd flower and press down firmly.  The excess glue should spill out the sides, wrap all 5 petals around the bud, the excess glue will secure these petals in place.








You should now have a larger bud!








Take your 3 remaining flowers and using your embossing tool, shape your flowers to a more rounded appearance.







They should look a little like this!





Turn them over, curls towards work surface!








Place a large blob of glue in the centre of one of your remaining 3 flowers and press the bud firmly into the centre, bringing the 5 petals up towards the bud.  The excess glue will secure the petals in place.  Do this for the remaining 2 flowers, using a little less glue each time.  The trick is to rotate each flower as you overlay so that the petals underneath can be seen between the top petals.







If you have anything like this, then my job here is done! If not, go back to the top of the page and start again!!!!







I hope you have found this useful. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.  Please feel free to upload your pictures to my page Cards By Lucinda.  Please also send your friends here to pick up the tutorial.  Should any of you wish a little more help or have any questions please feel free to contact me via my page or leave a message/comment here and I will endevour to get back to you.

I would appreciate you becoming a follower of my blog and facebook page, since this is where I plan to post more tutorials, ideas and keep you up to date with how these are developing for me as a crafter!  I’ve lots in the pipeline!

Thank you once again and enjoy.

Lu xx

Catch up Lu your a bit behind!

Catch up Lu your a bit behind!


Well, I was all excited thinking yeay! I’ll blog and enter a challenge! lol! How wrong am I.  I’m a bit slow these days, having the kids home for their school holidays is causing me a bit of memory loss!

I sat down last night and followed a Sketch, I used a Magnoila Stamp, sat back and thought, ‘yep I like that’, I’ll go blog it! I didn’t read the rules properly, it was meant to be a Christmas Image!  Well I like it anyway so I posted it to my page.  Ok, lets start again, I don’t mind, like I said I liked the sketch.

Really proud of my next attempt although I couldn’t and still can’t find the sentiment stamp that I really wanted to use!  So let’s blog! Hang on a minuite this doesn’t look like the sketch I’m meant to be following! Scratch head, must have the wrong site! Double check, tripple check, steam coming from ears, I’m a day late! doh!

Anyway like I keep mentioning, I really liked the sketch, so instead I’m blogging both cards just to show the Sketch!

The first one is a Magnolia Stamp little Tilly I’m unsure of the name of this one, but its a real cutie. I hope you like it.

The second is an image from Suerya, she does lots of images for Make It Crafty.  The sentiment stamp is meant to have a little star at the top but I didn’t ink that bit properly! I’ve since put 3 pearl gems in its place and it looks alot better!

What do you think!

Thank you for humering me on this one.

Lu x

Sparkle me Tilly!

Sparkle me Tilly!

Boo!  Didn’t you see me hiding behind that tree over there! I’ve been waiting for ages for you to find me!

No?  Won’t use that excuse for not blogging again then!

Welcome back, nice to mingle with you all again.  I’ve been so very busy with work and children lately its seemed a bit unfair to put that extra time into blogging my cards and entering challenges, but I’ve made a whole batch of cards lately that I am sure I will be able to entre into future challenges very soon.  Some of you may have already seen them on my facebook page.

So onto this challenge, a nice reliable site to come back with, Sketch Saturday.  I have kept to the sketch and kept it clean and simple.  Now if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know that I’ve just discovered Magnolia Stamps! well not just, I did that while ago but I’ve purchased some now, well, lots!

They are wonderful stamps that you can mix and match with other images and really get you practising your techniques.  I have no technique lol!  I practiced on copy paper and nailed it, I did it on the ‘proper stuff’ and failed!  I went out of my mind! but i’ll show you those another time, you’ll have a laugh just like they did over on the Facebook page!

Anyway, here is my card for the Sketch Saturday Challenge, I didn’t have to mask or do anything fancy, I have come across these wonderful little die cut shapes that are screaming out for ‘Tilly’ to be sat on them, so used those instead!

YES! on this occasion I cheated!

I have coloured ‘Tilly’ using copics B12, BG05, V95, V15 and skin tones E000, E00, E02

Everything else has come from my craft stash!

Hope you like!

Lu xx

The Little Things!

The Little Things!

‘Sometimes it’s the little things that really make your Day! So Here’s a special wish to bring a smile your way!’

Lots of sad people around these last few days, so this is for all those that need cheering up! Love you all!

The image is from Sassy Cheryls (got to get me some more of these) and card and paper stock, ribbons and pearls are from my craft stash. Coloured using my new wonderful Copics B12, B02, BG05, Y11, Y15, E53, E57, E77, E49, E000, E00, E02

I am entering this card into the following challenges;

Sketch Saturday – Follow Sketch

Cupcake Craftroom – Layers

Thank you for taking the time to look.

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

I’ve been reminded today that the other side of the world is having winter!  and since I’m on the design team for an Australian Challenge Blog I thought it fitting to make a ‘Chilly Card’.

The new sketch challenge for A & T Digital Design starts today, so you know what you need to do! pop along and make a card following the sketch provided.

I’ve used an A & T Digital Image, one drawn by the talented Anita, she’s been busy doing more this week, so keep an eye out.

I’ve coloured using copics and embellished using lots of different bits from my craft stash!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges;

The Paper Players – Christmas In July

The Squirral & The Fox – Christmas In July

Thank you for stopping by

Lu x




What does Summer Mean to you?

What does Summer Mean to you?

What does summer mean to you? Well for me it means flowers and hot colours and the perfect way for me to show this off this week was to use my brand new shiny digi stamp from Sassy Cheryl’s, you can get her here.   She’s so cute, I wish I could wear my hat and hair like her’s, don’t think i’d get away with it though!

I did the classic, colour her up and then frantically search around for papers to match!, I really should tweek my technique and plan a little!

I’ve used my new Copic Markers to colour her up too! Yipee they’ve arrived and I haven’t stopped using them!  I used the follwoing colours ; (she says now frantically looking for colour chart, because I didn’t right them down!)

E000, E00, E02 for skin tones, T38,YR16 & YR68 for Hat & Shoes, V000, RV35 & R85 for Dress and flowers, E53, E57, E77 & E49 for hair

Card stock – need I say Stampin Up

Paper stock – Kate Knight Totally Tropical Summer Papers

Lace & Ribbons – Craft box stash

All kind of dies! and mulberry paper roses with 1 handmade paper one thrown in there!


I am entering this card into the following challenges;

Sassy Cheryl’s – #121 Summer (My 1st ever entry!)

Bearly Mine – Anything Goes

Clear It Out – Anything goes using 2 types of ribbon

Once again thank you for stopping by, I look forward to reading your comments.

Lu xx