Good morning one and all. I must apologise for being AWOL for a couple of days but you know how real life has a nasty habit of interfering with crafting. Nothing mega, just lots of little busy bits that pulled me away from the craft room. Not good when I've got a list of cards that need to be made for folk.
Mind you, on Friday, Nesta and I went out for lunch to have a catch up and it turned into an almost 5 hour yap fest. Don't think the pub were thrilled with us making two drinks last all that time (we did eat too) but hey, we're cheap dates !!!
Anyhoo, I hope you have all been behaving yourselves as we have two new ladies who have dipped their toes in the pond. A big warm welcome to Oksana and Lesley. Lovely to have you both following and if you want to leave a comment anytime, that would be fab but knowing that you are having a peek is great so thank you.
Thank you too for your comments on my Diwali cards. I was genuinely surprised at how many peeps hadn't heard of it but you live and learn eh. I will post this years' when I've actually got round to making them.
Just a few notes. . . . . .
Ita, hope you are still improving chuck and all the best.
Hazel Chalmers, keep up your smashing holiday reports.
Sue (Snowqueen62) I've seen the carpets are coming so have you finished the decorating?
Sue (Ollliesmam) do you know how the card donation thing is going?
Jackie D, are you still on the high seas?
John, when can we book on Lockwood's Craft Retreat?
and Patricia. . . . . . . stop speeding around the pond again. Slow down and have a rest!
Now, today's card was the result of my first play with mica powders. I wanted to get some gilding wax originally but whenever/wherever I wanted to order from was always out of stock of the ones I wanted so I gave up. Then I saw the fabulous demo Sue Wilson did on C&C with the leaf card with the mica and I thought "I has got to get me some of them!!!" so I did.
I made a 6x6 card using some gold embossed card from C&C as the base. I then cut a slightly smaller piece of chocolate coloured card from my Lidl hoard. I ran this through my GC with the That Special Touch Lattice Mask to emboss it.
I lined up the mask over the embossing and inked through it with Versamark. I then brushed some light gold mica powder over it (I knew that freebie Estee Lauder eyeshadow brush would come in handy lol !!!) I buffed over it with a dry wetwipe, then gave it a waft of cheapy hairspray to seal it.
I was pleased with the effect so I didn't want to cover too much of it. I just cut the second smallest SB Captivating Squares out of the gold card, stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with Bronze embossing powder, then foam padded to the choccy layer.
Choccy layer then foam padded to the gold base card and that was that.
Here is another piccy, taken without flash. . . . . . . . .
and here is a piccy of my new mica set. . . . . . . . .
Its a set of 12 from ebay for £6.50 (free postage). They are 6ml pots and silly me didn't notice that the same seller had 12x10ml pots for £6.95. These are the metallics set, ordered Thursday evening, arrived Saturday lunchtime.
There are some other colours I may get as well but I'm going to enjoy messing with these so sorry in advance for the plethora of mica festooned creations that are about to descend on the pond.
Hope you have a great day and that all is well with you and yours.