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!






Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches - CAS Thank you

And the cleanest & simplest of the Training makes for you now.... this is a quickie and isn't it gorgeous... this was CASEd from this card by the ever-so-clever Allison Okamatsu
Stamped and die cut Wild Wasabi canopy... double layered banner... Crumb Cake tree trunk and a spot of Linen Thread to finish off
Simple ...but SO effective...

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea

Another make from Team Training... isn't it gorgeous....

This card was CASED from the incredibly talented Dena Rekow... and her original card can be found here along with a how to video tutorial
But the detail I liked the best!

The Brick Wall ... which is a Crumb Cake embossed card panel sponged with Craft Whisper White to make it all look shabby chic... gorgeous.... that technique will be used again....

Look at the detail on this shot... I think you can even see the Wink of Stealla...

Monday, 15 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches Apple Tree

Now there is an enormous amount of activity going on behind the scenes at The Craft Spa!! 

The Autumn Winter pre-order box has turned up and I am gleefully coming up with ideas... creating... and will be back to share some great projects with you soon...
But for a few days I am concentrating on making.... and not breaking off to photo and blog... I find that my flow is SO much better that way....

So in the meantime I am scheduling and  sharing some more Training makes... first up 3 more cards with Thoughtful Branches... Remember only available this month... and I don't want you to miss it... as it really is fabulous and incredibly versatile...
First up... the apple tree behind the picket fence... this was CASED by Julie from the uber-talented Stampin' Up! 2016 Artisan Design Team member Jessica Winter in Austria whose original card can be found here...

The background is Aqua Painter watercolored Pool Party and Wild Wasabi on Watercolor Paper.

The Crumb Cake picket fence is made using the new Classic Label punch...just so perfect for this fence style... and very good for labels too!!

Though when I got home I just had to gloss up those apples with the Precision Fine Tip glue.... they look good enough to eat!
See you tomorrow!