Thursday, 24 August 2017

The Simplest of Them All... Hearts & Hometown #8

Finishing off the series (as made so far) with the simplest of them all.... definitely one for the glitter and shine lovers!

But before I start...  please think "Get Better Quick" vibes for my son today!! Yes it is finally Knee Op Day... we have had to wait a long time for this cruciate ligament repair! 11 months since it was damaged... Just hope everything has healed and he is walking normally by the time he goes to uni in 4 weeks time... how much nagging will there be about his physio programme....

So back to the card... die cut house panel in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper... harder to cut through than standard card but worth it! 
I place the die cut face down over the up turned glimmer paper ... roll through twice... then I turn over the paper and the die intact and roll through twice again... as I do find that the turnover does make a big difference to the standard of the cut...

Note that the Glimmer panel is narrower than the Night of Navy panel...
Glimmer panel stuck in place... 

Smoke trails stamped in Whisper White craft ink... 

Greeting white embossed to finish...


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Joy to the World... Hearts & Hometown #7

Decided I should keep my makes using the Hearts Come Home and Hometown Greetings dies altogether on the blog after all... so another CAS card for you today...

White emboss resist sleigh & smoke then Night of Navy brayered night sky

Straightforward die cut front white panel with Smoky Slate stamped and hand cut house added... note that the front panel is the same width as my night sky panel...
Night of Navy stamped greeting... oh I do like a large greeting!

Finished off with plenty of Dazzling Diamonds glitter over Tombow glue on the roofs, trees, snowman and horizon...

Simples...
And a little tip for you... the white embossed smoke trail & Santa's sleigh were simply positioned by laying the die cut houses temporarily over the white panel for my night sky, stamping the trail & sleigh in Versamark... then heating to melt. Finished off with plenty of Sponge Brayer action. 

I do find that the Sponge Brayers give me an easier and neater (as less hard lines/streaks)  finish than the old rubber version... though I do have to brayer over more times to build up the depth of colour as in this case... 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

WOW! 8 year Blog-A-Versary of The Craft Spa...

Another Anniversary! Must be a week for them....

I really can't believe that I have been scrawling away and sharing my creative soul on this blog for 8 years now... though the first 4 years or so were a bit more ad-hoc!

Hopefully I have brought you all some inspiration, some new ideas, a few tutorials you have used... and a laugh or two... usually at my expense!

And I just want to say a big thank you for your support and encouragement of my crafty endeavours - without you none of this would get written and shared!

Though I will admit to life being very busy at present as the household prepares for my son's cruciate ligament knee operation this week , 7-14 days of crutch mobility... and then university in 4 weeks time... so I will apologise in advance should my daily scheduling not happen quite as you are used to!!

But do bear with me... as once he is gone... I will have more time to spend on creating and sharing! I might even start to do some extra things you wouldn't expect!! Could be a new chapter if all goes to plan...




Monday, 21 August 2017

Tri Fold Hometown Greetings card #6

Remember this Tri Fold card from 2 years ago... Well I had to make another with my new -very favourite- Hometown Greetings houses dies didn't I!! 

Front layer finished off with silver foil behind the church and house to the right... though that was a bit tricker than first envisaged!!
A just Score, Fold, Cut and Go card... tutorial here if you fancy a go... Though I did pop this one onto a Night of Navy card blank I happened to have laying around...
And did I share the Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings video with you!? Well just in case I didn't... here you go... click on the pic...
Now I might just have something different for you tomorrow!! Though I do still have more Hearts Come Home projects to come at some point as I had such a good creating session with them!! Think I made 10 designs in total with a few more ready to assemble... 


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Simply Coloured Hearts Come Home!! #5

Now this is one of the simpler ones with Hearts Come Home and Hometown Greetings... but one that had my ladies jumping for glee looking at the display from across the room!

Die cut houses border quickly watercoloured with a blender pen and ink... Spot the details...

The Smoky Slate roof on the white house...

The pop of the red doors (by marker direct for those)...

And the texture on the tree... which unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of... but I used short strokes of my blender pen with Garden Green ink to get a layered effect going down the tree... looks quite lifelike!
Popped onto a Night of Navy mat and finished off with a Whisper White smoke trail and a Tombow and Dazzling Diamonds glitter snow line underneath

And an admittance... this card will have to be made again... as I had a major boob... the house on the right was supposed to be the same Smoky Slate as the house on the left ... but
(a) I picked up my Aquapainter by mistake and
(b) I was using the scrap paper that I had been sponging lots of Pear Pizzazz on for my Dino Rama scene...
(c) I didn't realise until just now
So the house ended up as a funny shade of green grey! Good job it really doesn't take very long to make..

Friday, 18 August 2017

Special Anniversary Blog Hop - Global Stamping Friends

Hello and welcome to the Global Stamping Friends Special Anniversary Blog Hop...

Well it all started 12 months ago! Though I was later to the party... I couldn't resist joining in the fun and Blog Hop to celebrate the first year of the Global Stamping Friends group.
So the theme is Anniversary... so I made a special anniversary card for everyone in the Global Stamping Friends group... and one that will be re-purposed in due course for our 20th Wedding Anniversary later this year!

So as I was thinking of my husband's 20th anniversary card ... the papers had to be special... the card had to be a Fancy Fold... the style had to be fairly clean and simple... and the colours fairly monochrome....
So a sneak peek for you ... of the beautiful Year of Cheer speciality papers...white plus silver, gold copper and champagne foiling... suitable for Christmas and most all year round... truly stunning... and some new Champagne Foil sheets to match! Which I have used for my mat on the front... beautiful very subtle colour....

The card is one of my Large Square Double Display cards.... which I haven't made for ages... Various tutorials linked for you here as this card has proven so popular over the past years... Just click on the word "here"... 12x12 inches here...12x12 centimetres here, A4 centimetres here and I must do a US Letter inches version now I realise I haven't!
I have also used another new product coming soon... Foil Snowflakes (in silver and also gold - and cream on the back too) so this card was super simple to decorate... and proves that snowflakes are not just for Christmas!

So a quick couple of tips with Snowflakes...  One cut in half and used on the side panels... and the other had a quick snip all the way round to produce a smaller version when required... or just to be frugal...
Check out my flower on the front and the frame around my anniversary wishes... And check out that foil shine of these papers too whilst you are there... and the champagne foil mat and champagne buds with the copper leaves...
And here are a couple of pre-release video links so you can check out these stunning papers for yourselves... available from 1st September... click on "here" or the little visual underneath...

(1) Year of Cheer suite here. This should show the Foil Snowflakes too...
(2) All the papers in the Autumn Winter Catalogue here
And now it is time to pass you onto the wonderful Donna Gray in NSW Australia... just click on the big arrow... and till next time!

Roll Call - Special Anniversary Bloghop

3. Amanda Bates  (YOU ARE HERE)

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings Bridge U Fold card #4

A Simple Fancy Fold in the Navy & White series for you today seeing as it is Fancy Fold Friday...

A perfect Card Fold for this set of dies.... whether you call it a U Fold, a Bridge Fold or a Centre Box Card Fold.... or even a Bridge U Fold Card that I used for the title!
So the one today has been tweaked in size a bit to fit the full length of the border die cuts across the central section... and still fit in a standard C6 envelope... but I think I want to further tweak so I will be back to this fold another day!

But click here to see my chalets in the snow version I posted earlier... the chalet one being based upon the U Fold Card tutorial I posted here... though using just one box insert

So 3 simple borders die cut for the 3 main elements of the scene...
A bit of Whisper White stamping on the background to create the starry night scene... Spot the smoke in the centre!

A couple of Smoky Slate stamped and hand cut houses to add some interest at the back and finished off with a couple of die cut trees using the Card Front Builder dies...

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Carols of Christmas Group Shot and Round Up

I was asked to put up a group shot of my Carols of Christmas card makes so far...  so here you go... 2 versions!
Out of interest which visual do you prefer? Photo Collage or Wood Caddy? (actually a Gardeners Caddy that I couldn't resist!! Thanks TK Maxx)

Card Front Builder dies and co-ordinating Carols of Christmas available to purchase on early release now... in wood or clear mount bundles with 10% off...

Click on the individual photos below for more details and direction...
And here is another group shot to finish off the post...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings #3

Keeping to my Night of Navy & White theme....

Two of the three house lined border dies in the set used here... both panels cut centrally and then hand cut to the end

Glimmer trees die cut using the same border dies and added...and small glimmer pieces stuck behind the windows for a bit of extra shine...
Nightsky panel achieved using the Baby Wipe Swoosh (or Swipe) technique and then die cut using the Card Front Builder dies... I used this die twice across the top - starting at the right hand side so that I didn't end up with 2 moons!!

There is a small starry die in the Hometown Greetings set that can be used... but I was feeling lazy and the other dies were still out!
Finished off with a white embossed greeting...

And the one thing I would do different next time... put a piece of silver glimmer behind the moon aperture to get that "by the light of the silvery moon" effect....
And some simple instructions for anyone not familiar with the Baby Wipe Swoosh technique...

(1) Grab a Baby Wipe and an ink pad...
(2) Press the top of the closed ink pad so that ink transfers onto the inside of the lid...
(3) Open up the ink pad and dab your baby wipe onto the lid to pick up the ink...
(4) Swoosh (swipe or wipe!) your baby wipe across your piece of card... 
(5) Swoosh & build up colour & texture until you are happy...

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings available from 1st September... but Card Front Builder dies and co-ordinating Carols of Christmas available now... in wood or clear mount


The Clearance Rack has just been updated

Clearance Rack
Lots of lovely retired Spring Summer catalogue goodies just added today... Just click here to go straight to the Clearance Rack page....

And a quick Tip for you: Select NEWEST in the SORT BY drop down field at the right hand side... then all the newly added items pop to the top of the list...

Feel free to order anything else whilst you are there... I would love to send you a gift in September!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings #2

STOP PRESS... The Clearance Rack has just been updated!! Click here to go straight there... and remember you can add anything else to your order whilst you are there...

And a quick Tip: Select NEWEST in the SORT BY drop down field at the right hand side... then all the newly added items pop to the top of the list...

Back to today's card ... Bit of a series coming your way with these... as I have just had a few hours to "play"... and I am loving what these Hearts Come Home and Hometown Greetings dies do... from a super simple card to something more fancy...

There again the architectural element of this bundle is right up my hometown street!!!
Front die cut Glimmer panel... Middle die cut Smoky Slate panel with a stamped Smoky Slate house covering the Slate house to the right... 

2" Circle punched moon in the Back Night of Navy panel... with Santa and his sleigh stamped in black . Finished off with white embossed wording... and a Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon & bow 
And seeing as it Tuesday Tips day! A quick tip about the glimmer panel... I hand cut the top curve to the left... that way I could see my Slate snowman and the curve was in a downwards direction instead of an upwards!