Saturday, 13 February 2016

4 days left and don't want to count anymore!!!!!

4 days.  I should be ironing.

Haha, nah, I'll leave that until Tuesday.

Today, I decided to have a play with stuff that's hanging round my craft room - this is kinda where it all started with this blog challenge, using old stuff which was hanging round.  And trust me, I have a lot of stuff.

For this card I decided to use some die cuts, which are ready and waiting.  I believe the dies are from Tonic and Couture Creations:

First I decided to cut an aperture into my square card, which is just a little smaller than the die cut.  Glue the die cut in place over the aperture

I then added a decorative panel behind the detailed die

And another over the top.  I actually fell out with the black layer, as it looked to heavy, so I pulled it off again!

I added this lighter panel instead, using 3D foam

I then decorated the front of the card with these pretty flower die cuts.  The white one was trimmed and added in separate elements

I then added a rub on in the centre, and popped  a little dot of cosmic shimmer PVA to each point of the die

This is a lovely simple card to put together, but effective. 

Friday, 12 February 2016

Just 5 days left

I've had a lovely day today, ticking boxes and crossing stuff off the "to do" list.....oh, actually, that's not true.  I added 20 things to the "to do" list!!  haha, still had a good day though.

And managed to get my blog post done.  Yesterday I had a play with the scraper foil card, but had ideas which I wanted to test out, like stamping on the scraper foil.....

First I stamped and embossed in white using a cool stamps from Stampendous, onto the scraper foil:

I then scraped away some of the black coating, on the flower head, leaves and stalk

The card had some scratches on it, so to hide them, I decided to draw on a dotty pattern.

I wanted to add a little more colour, so I used the adirondack pens to colour in the foil uncovered when scraped

I added a little blue onto the petals

And green onto the leaves and stalk

That's it, I then decided to mat and layer this onto a card

Such a simple process, but I really like the effect

Thursday, 11 February 2016

6 days remaining

Finally, my challenge post. Sorry (again) for the late post. In all honesty I've been chatting on the phone (it's back) for over and hour - so couldn't load the photos onto my computer :) haha. Not a great excuse, but it's true.

Anyhow, here goes. So, the challenge was to use 

Scraper foil
Gilding wax

Thank you for the challenge, Ruth, please send me your address and I will send the finished card to you, my email is

The search for scraper foil was successful, I found professional grade scraper foil, with a selection of tools! Who knew it was such a thing. I restrained myself quite well, and didn't buy the whole kit, but I did buy enough to have a play.

The experiments began:

Scraper foil is essentially, a coated card.  You can get different colours of foiling, I used a holographic.  I remember this stuff when I was a kid, you could buy them with images printed on, which you then scraped off to reveal the foil which looked quite stunning against the black.  I started by coating my foil with gilding wax

I then ran it through the embossing machine with an embossing folder.  Using sandpaper, I removed the black coating, which reveled the holographic foil.  The part which had been debossed retained the gilded finish

I then decided to add a little alcohol ink to the foil, to see how that looked

Pretty cool

My second piece was gilded and embossed

But this time, rather than remove all the coating, I used the scraper tool to just remove sections.  I like this, the foil almost looks like little gems.  It really suits the embossing folder as well.  This folder is one of the Couture Creations folders, I'm not sure which one but I can check if anyone needs to know

I changed to the bronze gilding wax, to see how that would look using the same technique

But the one that I went with was the silver.  This time I was quite heavy handed with the silver application, however I still wanted some of the black to show, as I feel this is integral to the design, and the reason I am using scraper foil

I continued playing - as obviously I haven't anything else to do (fooooollll).  This is a die, which I embossed as opposed to die cutting, and a different embossing folder

I like how you can just scrap sections of the image, so can be quite specific

As I had played for quite a while, I decided to work on a quick card.  I embossed a larger piece of the scraper foil card, and covered it with the Pebeo gilding wax.  Allow it to dry for a few moments, then buff it off with a soft cloth, for a beautiful sheen

Now scrap off the coating in the centre of the circles.  I used a cross hatch design, which looks quite effective.

I then used the same embossing folder to emboss the design on some acetate.  This is the heavy weight acetate.  I used adirondack permanent pens to colour in the leaves

When this is laid directly over the top of your card, the leaves really stand out, and look almost jewel like

I used black and a stunning green metallic card to mat and layer

Obviously acetate is tricky to stick down, so I cut my card layers down first which I intended to strap across the front of the card

I stuck the card to the acetate, using strong double sided tape

And then added adhesive under the layer of card, onto the acetate.  This allows me to stick the acetate to the card, whilst hiding the glue

I finished the card with a sentiment, ribbon and a few little gems

You can see the added texture the acetate adds to this card

I hope you like your card Kim.  Thank you everyone who joined in this time, I plan to ask you for challenge idea's on Monday - so get your thinking caps on, and we'll see how many good suggestions I get this time.  It'll be the last challenge before....the Big Day!!  eeeekkk xx

Night all :)

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Where I'm hiding :)

This is just a little post for those who are still wondering where I've disappeared too, and why the silence - as I do still get regular questions on facebook - so figured it was easier to share on here for everyone.

I handed my notice in at C&C way back in August! Gosh, it doesn't seem that long ago, time has flown.  It was a big decision.  I loved my time at C&C, and I was given such an amazing opportunity.  However, as we do in life, it was time for a change.  I used to love the creative freedom, and when that was taken from me - it did feel like a massive restriction, and for us crafty types, you know that's not a good thing, so when a new opportunity came my way, I felt it was right to give it a go.

I was on garden leave for 3 months, and now I have to wait another 3 months before I can tell people where I'm going to work - and actually start work!  This has been the reason for my crafty countdown.  I now have a WEEK before I start work.

I sincerely loved my time at C&C, the experience was incredible, but the people I met were even more important - I have met friends for life.

And now, the new chapter awaits.  I'm excited, and nervous.  6 months not working has gone so fast, but it almost feels like I'll be starting from the beginning - fingers crossed I remember what I'm supposed to do.

Although, I can't tell you where I'm going as yet, I can tell you I will be back on your screens.  I'll be doing workshops and much more.....

Thank you for all the wonderful messages I have received, it has been incredible.  I do hope you will follow me on my journey - these things are always better with a bunch of crafty mates :)

That's it - I have a WEEK!!!!

A week.


Don't think about it, as I get palpatations :)

Now, the good news is, I managed to find scraper foil - well I had to buy some actually, as mine is in such a safe place I feel I may not find it again for some time.

The bad news.

I've gone and left my phone in Cambridge, which means I can't take photographs.  Can you believe it - I don't own a camera!  I've only just realised this fact.  I knew my phone had become an extension of my arm, but I didn't realise just how important it was.  How very silly.  Anyway, this means, I'm afraid I can't do a blog post like I generally do - so I will do my challenge tomorrow when, hopefully, I will be able to pick my phone up.

Instead, can I bore you with my reminiscing again - I do like an excuse to do this (not that I've lost my phone just to give myself an excuse to look through old photo's!).

Okay, do you reconise this chap:

It's our very own, award winning, Dean Wilson :)  This was on my second (I think) CHA trip.  This was one that required very early mornings, scarily early!  We were in Vegas, so going to bed at 8pm was just strange - but when you need to be getting up at 3am, it needs to be done.  Another brilliant experience. The CHA is so inspirational, with so many incredible designers and products.

Obviously we got to work with so many really lovely people.  The shows from Spellbinders were always brilliant, and here we have the fabulous Kim and Ken, bringing us some stunning dies from Spellbinders.

The quality of this photo isn't brilliant, but I had to share it anyway.  My sisters hen do, one of my favourite weekends away, ever.  Such good fun.  We had a brilliant house, with a hot tub and it's very own swimming pool.  We had massages, a night out, fancy dress, fireworks and a murder, mystery evening.  We really crammed it in.  Oww, and our very own bar man :) Such a brilliant bunch of girls xx

haha, these make me laugh.  There's so many people I'll miss at C&C, we did have such a good time (and obviously worked very hard).  The beautiful and talented Sarah Milsop, and myself, prepping shows :)

This is the last photo I'll share this time.  I love this photograph.  My little Teela Mai.  She's 14 now (or 15, I'm a bit rubbish with time).  Doesn't she just look like the happiest dog in the world, and she still does this - skips along smiling, but she has also become really cheeky.  She now sticks her head in my handbag without any shame.

Normal service will continue tomorrow :)

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The craft countdown - 8 DAYS

Good morning crafters.  Well, after an extensive search (and tidy!!), the scraper foil is not to be found.  So frustrating - I can see it.  Anyway, I'll nip out and buy some today.  In the meantime, I have done my blog post, but the finished piece needs to dry, so I won't be able to post a decent photo until tomorrow - however, this is todays play:

I started with some bottle tops.  I've kept these for so long, because they would most definitely come in handy.  I figured I could pop them in a reverse canvas, so dug out a little canvas I have:

Spookily enough, I had these printed card circles sitting on my desk - perfect! This helped me decided on my colour scheme

I cut the circles down - wishing with each one, I had the relevant punch

I embossed some card, and edged the frame

Cover the whole thing with gesso

I then covered the inside with Mod Podge glue, and sprinkled in some flakes - I've had these since the QVC days.  I think they might be paint, or chalk.  I'm not sure, but they're lovely.

I painted the frame with colours which will co-ordinate with my paper

And then dusted gesso over the top

I added a little frayed string, and then glued my bottle tops in place

I popped a couple of  dazzlers on the string

This tag was also sitting on my desk (it's a very busy desk), I chopped some mount board down to layer and give dimension, then cut the word "Enjoy" from my fav magazine

Now to play with the layout, adding flowers

Changing my mind, and removing flowers!

Then adding them again.....

I then filled each bottle top with glossy accents - this is the bit that's going to take a while to dry

Remove flowers :)

Leave to dry. Hopefully I'll be able to tackle that challenge tomorrow - the hunt for scraper foil will continue.