Today's blog post is a bit of a lengthy one with a pile of newsy bits at the end.
Here's today's card -
I started by cutting the Spellbinders Grate Effect Card Creator die (just the decorative inner die, not the outer frame die) out of Coconut White Card. I used the Spellbinders Tool n One on the back of the die cut to remove the 'hairy bits' that you often get around the edges of the design. I placed a piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet on the front of the die cut. On the back, I added Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Decadent Grape and Decadent Teal Mica Powders, spreading them all over the sticky areas with a Soft Dusting Brush. I removed as much of the excess Mica Powder as possible and then sealed the whole area with another piece of card. I turned the piece over, removed the other backing sheet from the adhesive and added Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Sprinkles all over.
Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics B. I laid 3 of the dies on my card and ran them through the Grand Calibur with the emboss sandwich first. I then removed the middle die and ran the remaining 2 dies through the Calibur with the cut sandwich. I cut a mat out of Coconut White Card using the largest die in the Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basics A Die Set.
John Lockwood's Tulip Elements Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival. I added a small piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet ovet the top, peeled back the top backing sheet and rubbed Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow all over. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Spellbinders Pierced Delight Die D-Lite Die Set and inked through the die with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I cut the largest die in the same set out of Coconut White Card.
Tim Holtz Ruler and adding a mat of Rich Plum Card.
I am really excited to announce that Phill Martin has asked me to join him on his next Craftathon in Nottingham on Sunday 30th August. When I spoke to Phill yesterday, half of the places had already gone so you need to book early if you'd like to join in the fun. Details below -
We stayed at a new hotel in Analipsi in Crete called Insula Alba Resort & Spa. Sounds very posh, doesn't it? Well, it was pretty posh and we were well chuffed when the coach dropped us off there just after midnight. However, the hotel has only been open 3 weeks (I think) and they are having some teething problems as you would expect - none of which actually ruined our holiday. Irritating - yes, but it supplied us with quite a few stories to tell!
Anyway, the view from our room -
At night -
Today is the final day of the launch of Sue's Festive Dies on her blog and the last day of 10% discount on the same dies on my website here. Remember to enter FESTIVE in the Coupon Code at checkout to receive your discount. Offer ends midnight today. Free postage on orders £20 or over (UK only).
Tracey Laughton is running something new at Creative Expressions HQ in Kettering. It's called Try it Tuesday and the first one is tomorrow. You can find out more by visiting the Creative Expressions Blog here from 8am today.
Finally, just a reminder that I have a workshop at Creative Expressions on Tuesday July 7th, Yardley Gobion near Milton Keynes on Saturday July 18th and at That's Really Crafty in Loughborough on Monday July 27th. Details are on the workshop page of this blog here.
Well, I think that's about all for now. Be sure to stop by later to see if you've won one of the Giveaway Cards.
Thanks for stopping by.