Friday, 26 August 2016

And Some Like it Hot!

Same card as yesterday... but a completely different bright and vibrant look...

As this time I was having a play with my Bermuda Bay Ombre ink pad.... starting off with the Direct to Paper technique... This ink pad is great for this technique as you have 5 shades to work with in the one pad...
I swiped my ink pad with the palest end to the centre (darker to bottom) and then repeated from the other side (palest to centre again, darker to top) ... I then swiped the darkest portion again at the very top and bottom... hence the not so smooth graduation of darker colour to the top and bottom edges...
Bermuda Bay Ombre Stampin’ Pad
The graduation is really smooth but again I could have got an even smoother effect had I used  my normal Whisper White cardstock (or no doubt even better with Shimmery White) but that will have to be for another day... another series!
Now watch this space...as once that Ombre pad was out... I had a good play!!

So do you like it hot? or cold?
Oh and before I go... not a Bermuda Bay lover... well also available in Rich Razzleberry and Calypso Coral... and shhh.... I am going to let the cat (or rather ink pad!!) out of the bag.... coming soon in Black and Emerald Envy

Rich Razzleberry Ombre Stampin’ PadRich Razzleberry
Calypso CoralCalypso Coral Ombre Stampin’ Pad

Thursday, 25 August 2016

And the Winner is....


It is time to announce the winner of my 7 year Blog-A-Versary candy...

Note that this is my second post today... scroll down if you just want to see today's creative post...

So drum roll please... the draw said... D'Ann in the USA
D' Ann said.... Happy Blog-aversary! I am in the US and follow your blog by email for about a year now. Your cards always have the wow factor and are so gorgeous & always inspiring! I love that you provide measurements in imperial. I would love to see you create holiday treat bags or boxes. 

So D'Ann... you have won the 2 tutorials for the Handled Cantilever Box and the Suitcase Mini Album...
Retro Fresh Man Bag, Briefcase, Make Note, AmandaBates,CraftSpa 029
But wait... I have not finished... I double dipped!!!!

I then decided to do a UK only draw too as the SU! goodies were sitting there all forlorn and in need of a better home....
So another drum roll please..... the 2nd draw said ...
Ali in the UK...
Ali said ... Happy anniversary, I am in the UK and follow your blog daily you are a must go to blog, I love your makes and find them very inspiring

So yes Alison... you have won the booty (although you can still choose to have the 2 tutorials as an alternative)

If D'Ann and Alison would like to click here and email me ... then your blog candy will be on its way to you both very soon.... congratulations! And thank you for your really lovely comments... blush!

Thank you so much to everyone that left a comment... your feedback was so useful to me when thinking about what to post in the future... and I have a few new ideas to try now.... Though some of the other comments made me blush too!! You are all so kind and so lovely.... I will be back to you with a reply to your comments... my other life just completely took over after I posted my blog candy post.... maybe end of next week!

I am glad to see that I am still posting a lot of crafty inspiration for so many of you.... and that many of you are learning from me and getting use of the tutorials I post. It makes it all worthwhile - as well as enjoyable!

Some Like It Cold! Botanical Snowflakes...

Lovely little simple card to share today... 

Again using the fabulous Wonderful Year stamp set for the greeting that says it all!! But white heat embossed this time...
Then the Sponge Brayers were out for a bit of first time inky fun for the Emboss Resist technique... charged up with Soft Sky ink and just rolled across until I was happy with the effect... 

Note that my embossed panel is actually Thick Whisper White as this is my go-to cardstock... but with hindsight I would have been better using normal Whisper White... or even Shimmery White... next time!
The fabulous snowflakes are indeed the flowers centres from the Botanical Builder dies... just perfect! You can thank my wonderful downline Moya for this little inspiration... 

Laid on a white mat on a Soft Sky card blank...  and finished off with the new and coming Fancy Frost sequins in Soft Sky...plus a few rhinestones too


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wonderful Year & Embossed Debossed Pine Boughs Part 4

Embossed debossed pine boughs this time... yes seriously!

Just a delicate swipe of Versamark on the raised face of the Pine Boughs embossing folder before winding through the Big Shot...
Then a liberal dusting of copper embossing powder on the ink on the de-bossed face ... rough tap off... brush off as much of the rest as possible... then heat to melt...

Finished off with the other greeting in the Wonderful Year stamp set... again copper embossed. And all on a Copper Foil mat...
Not 100% clean & crisp heat embossing... but effective none the less
PS Back to normal posting time today!!! Last 2 weeks have been a bit of a challenge to keep up...so some posts some days have been very late!! 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Wonderful Year & Embossed Pine Boughs Part 3

Two for one today... and note there is a group shot at the end of this post...

So back to my intended use of the BIG wording in the Wonderful Year stamp set... 2 to choose from...
As the greetings are so large ... a larger white mat was required...and then I realised I am getting already low on my Copper Foil Sheet stash... really should have just pre-ordered 3 packs!

So instead I wiped the Versamark pad thickly along each edge of the embossed Pine Boughs panel, added copper embossing powder, tapped off and heated to melt...
Not a neat edge on either card for my taste... as I couldn't wipe exactly (maybe not patient enough!)... but could be a way round whilst you are waiting for your Copper Foil sheets ... so I thought I would share in any case...
And as I know you like these... here is a group shot for you... so far!
Another in this series tomorrow as I thought of something else after the group photo...

And then still loving this stamp set... which is code for more coming...

Monday, 22 August 2016

Wonderful Year & Pine Boughs Embossing Part 2

So here is the clean & simple card I was intending to make in the first place....

Just a copper embossed greeting from the fabulous Wonderful Year stamp set...coming soon...
Plus a dry embossed pine bough from the Pine Boughs Embossing Folder... coming soon...

All on a Copper Foil mat...coming soon...
And finished off with Fancy Frost sequins... coming soon... Now these are actually Sweet Sugarplum (ie quite pink!) but in the flesh they take on a copper hue...so I reckon they do the job rather nicely! the pack also has Soft Sky and White Gold sequins (just so you know for 1st September!)

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Copper Embossed Wonderful Year & Pine Boughs

Another spoiler alert!

So whilst I had the copper embossing powder and Copper Foil sheets out for the Baptism card... A quick little christmas card using the new and coming Wonderful Year stamp set popped into my head...
But bear in mind everything was going wrong that day... so I cut my mats wrong!! Which meant 2 things... firstly I couldn't use the intended (very large) greeting  - and secondly the mats were short!

Not one to be beaten... I remembered my dotty copper washi tape in the Affectionately Yours pack and my white mini Pom Pom Trim... so a quick dressing up and a bit more depth later... and here you go...
So much coppery shine!!

Though I'll attempt to cut things right tomorrow and have another go!!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

In it to win it?

Me again... still celebrating my 7 year Blog- A-Versary... Are you in it to win it!

See here for what you need to do!

Doesn't matter where you are in the world! Doesn't matter if you are a demo! It is just a bit of fun... and you could win something....

Just go for it..... nothing to lose... and I really do appreciate your feedback...

Friday, 19 August 2016

All God's Grace - Baptism Card

I originally had big plans for 2 magnificent cards to send to some friend's celebrating their Baptisms this weekend... But everything that could go wrong did go wrong... and things couldn't be found... know those days???
So those plans were cut short... but I think this card does what it needs to in a simple but stylish way... and I know it will be truly appreciated for all its simplicity...
Wording and cross from All God's Grace all copper embossed... Scallop square cut using Layering Squares Framelit dies from the up and coming Copper Foil sheets... I have been waiting for these.... can you see the shine!! The rest just Thick Whisper White card....

Thursday, 18 August 2016

7 year Blog-aversary! And Blog Candy

Gosh doesn't time fly when you are doing something you love!  It doesn't seem like it...but it is 7 years ago that I started this little old blog...

Back then I was ecstatic when I reached 20 followers. And now.... over 1500 of you are following this blog...and about 700 of you visit me each and every day... well WOW!!! Thank you SO much for your time, your valuable comments, putting up with some of my ramblings... and just for sharing in my crafty world! I know that my life is a lot better for it!!

So as a tangible thank you to my Followers... I think it is time I offered some blog candy! These may prove useful for your Christmas makes this year...
Antique Tags stamp set, Festival of Prints paper stack and some co-ordinating Satin Ribbon there...
No big rules... Apart from I can only send the products shown within the UK... (in order to comply with SU! policy...)

For everyone else around the world... how about a Cantilever Box Tutorial... and... a Suitcase Mini Album Tutorial for free. Any UK winner can opt for the Tutorials as an alternative...

So to be in to win it.... 2 things...

Be a Craft Spa Follower (pretty please)... preferably by Google Friend Connect or by email... so that I can see you over to the right hand side... though I am more than happy if you subscribe by other methods too....!!

Add a comment on this post/or by email if you wish it to be more private!!...
As I am nosey... I would love to know more about you!...
(1) Which country you live in ... eg UK, USA, Australia etc etc
(2) What method you actually use (or will use if you are a new subscriber today!) to follow my blog. eg Blogger Reading List/Feed, Email, Pinterest, Feedly, BlogLovin etc etc
(3) Anything else you would like to add that will help me determine my blog direction for the future!! oh...eg... What kind of papercraft projects you like? What you would like to see more of/less of on my blog? How long you have been following The Craft Spa? How did you first come across The Craft Spa?

I will select a winner at random on 25th August.

Thank you!