Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tuesday Tip/Technique

Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Hello friends
Today's Tuesday Tip/Technique was featured previously on the Crafty Power Blog
but I have received quite a few requests to detail it again so here goes...
This is a technique using Spellbinders® Expandable Pattern dies.
I've used Botanical Swirls for this demonstration but it also looks
wonderful with Butterfly Magic.
You need one 3D Foam Creative Sheet - remove the backing sheet (keep to one side)
and stick your 3D Foam Creative sheet onto a piece of white card.
On the other side, position your die template and run through your die cutting machine to cut –
no need to emboss.
This is how it will look when cut.
Begin to remove certain sections of the layer sheet - pokey tool works perfectly for this.
I chose to reveal the leaves and swirls, leaving the background in place.
Cover with glitter and then tap off the excess.
Using the backing sheet you put to one side, lay over the glittered surface and
burnish lightly with a bone folder.
You can then remove the remainder of the top layer and cover with a different colour glitter.
Again tap off the excess, burnish and your sheet is completely decorated.
I then chose to die cut with Spellbinders® Classic Hearts.
A simple card to keep the beautiful hearts as the main feature.

Fun and sparkly to do!
Take care friends, back tomorrow.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Jill of All Trades!

Monday, 1 September 2014
Hello friends

Firstly congratulations to Chris from Norfolk 
who is the August Charity Kit winner - start to stalk your postman!

Also Pat asked yesterday what die created the pointed circle on the card, that is all 
part of the Exquisite Circles die - there is 6 in the set and assorted circular shapes.
I've just sold my last one of these but always drop me an email and 
I can order them in.

So did you all have a nice Sunday? 
This is what I did.... (not craft related at all!)
With the help of Mitchell and my nephew James we laid a new greenhouse base for my 
parents.  Dad had planned to do this before his accident and as he now needs to take 
a while to recover and rest we wanted to get it done.
I discovered that I really liked laying block paving!
 I'm rather impressed for a first attempt -  
it doesn't wobble when you walk on it either!
Everything was overseen by the building inspector...
And there was a real sense of satisfaction when it was done.

Stop by tomorrow - it is definitely craft, Tuesday Tip/Technique.
Can it really be September already?!

Take care friends.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Have you got the winning ticket??

Sunday, 31 August 2014
Hello friends

As promised announcing the winning ticket today and it is....
please check your August Charity Kit and if you have 257
please email hope-chances@live.co.uk with your address details.
The prize is a goodie box of dies, stamps, adhesives and more!

Today's craft project is a predominantly white card with a touch of pastel.
Starting with a pale pink base, combining A2 Matting Basics A with impressabilities 
(Flowers) creates the pretty background.  
The central feature is Exquisite Circles and the butterfly centre is Les Papillions.
The bottom edge of the card is created with Classic Ric Rac.
Sometimes mixing shapes does work!

I should mention that more pre-loved dies have been uploaded to the website,
it is always worth stopping by now and again to check what is new :)

Take care friends - roast dinner day!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The C Word!

Saturday, 30 August 2014
Hello friends

Today's post is a little late being published...helps if I press that 
schedule button! 

It's a Christmas card - I got told off on Facebook for mentioning Christmas 
but in the crafting industry we do work months ahead and I'm happy
to talk about Christmas any time of the year - I love it!

I've gone for navy blue and white card and used 
2013 Holiday Trees (available here) -
I wanted a sort of pine tree forest look.
Adding a few crystal gemstones and my favourite - a tag and twine,
job done!

LoraineC - wishing your son well in his skydive - how brave!

Take care friends - have a great weekend and stop by tomorrow...
announcing August's Charity Kit winning number.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday Die Day

Friday, 29 August 2014
Hello friends

Another favourite FDD revisited today featuring a window die -
this is Window Two but works perfectly with other window dies including
Window One and Window Four.
The size of the die is 2½ x 3⅝” and this is how it looks cut/embossed.
Tags are definitely back! 
I've covered one of the Ranger Manila Tags (currently on sale on the website here)
with pretty paper and inked the edges.
On the reverse side of the window I've placed a further shaped piece of patterned paper.
The view from the front.
Added a little stamped tag with twine.  Love how the window opens.
Tiny champagne pearls make great window knobs!
Attached to the tag with a little lace threaded through.
some tiny flowers and leaves and finished.

The shop re-opens tomorrow after its little summer break.
Have a wonderful weekend, hoping for August weather please not this rainy stuff!

Take care friends.

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