Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Friday, 26 May 2017

Timeless Textures - A .... Happy .... Mistake!

Earlier this week I showed you the card I created using the 'Celebrate' Celebrations Duo embossing folder. Today I am showing you the card I created using the second folder in this set .... 'Happy'.

Now .... I will be honest, I almost gave up with this card! Although I never had any problems embossing using the 'Celebrate' folder, I had no end of problems with the 'Happy' one! 

I wanted to emboss White card .... and I tried both our normal Whisper White and our thick version. Neither worked, I just got too much cracking and creasing around the 'H' which I couldn't ignore :o) I tried spraying both with water and rubbing alcohol. I also tried putting it through the Big Shot every which way. This problem can occur because the letters are large and the embossing very deep .... the letters are smaller with the 'Celebrate' folder, so it wasn't an issue.

Anyway, I thought I would give it one more try using a bit of scrap coloured card - which happened to be in my least favourite colour of Peekaboo Peach ....... and Hey Presto! It worked first time! No spritzing with anything, the card was completely dry and it went into the Big Shot seam side first. So ..... if you get the same problem as I did when trying to use this folder on White or Vanilla card ..... switch to our coloured card and use that instead :o)

I was pleased with the result, but I wanted the embossing to stand out more. The folders coordinate with the Happy Celebrations stamp set, but I don't own this - so I decided to try one of the stamps from the Timeless Textures set. I used the same colour ink and stamped over the embossing ...... and loved it! So much so that it went from a 'scrap piece' to my focal layer! :o) 

I didn't want to create another Birthday card, so decided on Father's day instead. I used one of the stamps from the Crazy About You set (will be retiring soon!).

Even for a 'Man' card, I (surprisingly) love this colour combination - Basic Grey, Peekaboo Peach and White ..... honestly, who knew eh? :o)


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Seaside Shore - Team Training Swap

This card was my swap for my Team Training meeting earlier this month.

I usually do mini cards for my swaps, but this month being a little more organised, I managed full cards :o) I also gave my Seaside Shore stamp set it's first inking! Thank goodness this is one of the ones carrying over to the new catalogue, because I will get to play with it some more ..... hopefully!

I hand cut the fish and anchor .... using the ⅛" hand held punch for the top of the anchor.

I also went over the fish with the Clear Wink of Stella pen. This gives such a wonderful glisten, but sadly doesn't photograph well :o)


Monday, 22 May 2017

Work of Art - Celebrate

I have a lovely bright card to share with you today! :o)

spritzed my White mat lightly with water and then used one of the Celebrations Duo embossing folders on the centre of it.

I then chose one of the images from the Work of Art stamp set to stamp over the top of the debossed word. 

I thought that a neutral colour would be best for the sentiment and backing mat, so chose Basic Grey ...... I think it looks gorgeous! :o)


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Daisy Delight - Embossed - Sneak Peek

Daisy Delight is one of the new stamp sets coming in June in the new Annual Catalogue. As a Demonstrator, I get the opportunity to pre-order items during May. 

I love this stamp set! The large Daisy is gorgeous and of course, there's a matching Punch for it :o)

I stamped the Daisy onto Powder Pink card stock using Versamark and heat embossed using White powder. I created three layers and stacked them on top of each other.

The centre of the flower was stamped onto Berry Burst card stock and again, heat embossed using White Powder. I cut this out by hand because I couldn't find my ½" Circle punch .... which fits perfectly :o)

The background layer is White Glossy card stock!!! This is coming back into the catalogue! 

I stamped the Daisy randomly all over it using Versamark and heat embossed with White Powder. I then used a sponge and gently coloured the card all over with Powder Pink ink. I added a little Berry Burst ink into the centre of the flowers.

The paper is another new product - the Fresh Florals DSP stack!


NOTE: Sneak Peek Products will not be available until 1st June