Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happy Birthday with the Go Press & Foil

Well hello there my fellow crafters and happy JUNE!!!! What the heck people, this year is zooming by.
Bridget here, up on the blog today and there is no fancy schmancy project for you this time, nor any of my ten minute quick projects..just a teeny bit of inspiration.

I recently added a Go Press & Foil to my craft tool arsenal. Yes, I know, another toy, another thing to take up space but this one, oooooh this one is going to get a workout.

I have given this incredible tool quite the workout. So what I have for you today is a few samples of how many different things you can use the hot foil stamps for. Now remember the hot foil stamps do not cut, they are just the metal based "shape" to permanently adhere foil to the paper etc.

The foil for the machine is available in over 20 different colours and effects so one hot foil stamp can look completely different depending on which foil & effect you use. Prepared to be amazed, this tool is incredible.

So here we go. Let's check out some of the materials I have foiled this one hot foil stamp too. Please note this is just a TINY sample of the things it can do.

First up I have the standard foil to paper application and I am sure you will agree this looks just stunning. If I had used textured paper the texture would show in the foil. 
Perfect, consistent results every time.

Next up we have foiled onto faux leather. I love this technique, I think it looks just beautiful.

The same hot foil stamp was then applied to vellum and I am sure you will agree this looks just lovely too. And no the vellum does not get affected by the heat of the Go Press & Foil machine.

This sample shows the hot foil stamp being used for letterpress, no foil, no heat required. The slightly spongy material in the tool allows for a brilliant impression on the letterpress paper.

Last but not least I applied a gold metallic ink to the hot foil stamp..yes you can do that and again did the letterpress technique and voila, another beautiful look.

In the card sample at the top you will see that I have hot foiled in gold some die cuts that I had done on smooth cardstock. Think how beautiful some of your delicate die cuts will look in a shimmery metallic foil.

So that wraps up my show and tell for this week.

There will be WAY more projects on the Design Team blog coming up showing a gazillion things you can do with this tool. So keep checking us out..we love it when you come & visit us and leave us some love in the comments. See ya soon. Happy foiling.

Products Used
C0725334 Go Press & Foil Machine
C0725288 Anna Griffin Happy Birthday Hotfoil stamp
C0724824 Go Cut & Emboss machine.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

10 Minute Card with The Ritz Collection

Hello everyone from a nice and warm(ish) Gold Coast. The last few weeks have been INSANE for me. We all have times when life gets super busy but yet occasions still happen..birthdays & life events don't stop JUST because we are busy. It's at times like this that we need an emergency solution..a quick easy but effective card in a flash.

The Ritz Collection has the answer as the papers are all coordinating and the foiled embellishments in the back of the paper pads are already die cut for convenience.

Let's throw this card together..ten minutes and we will be done.

We start with a 5 1/4" square card base. On top of that layer a piece of black 5 1/8" square and then a piece of the patterned paper measuring 5" square.

A strip of the foiled paper at the back of the pad adds a nice focal point. 

I layered one of the elegant ladies from the back of the pad on a piece of black cardstock, popped on some 3d foam dots at the back and placed it on the card.

For the flower I took some glue and lightly added it to the tips of the petals, leaving it to dry until it went tacky. I cut a piece of gold hot foil and just touched it to the dry but tacky glue on the ends of the petals. This may be one of my favourite things to do this year..doesn't it look drop dead gorgeous.

Glue your flower to your card. How many minutes was that? Bet you it was ten minutes or maybe even less.

Thank you for playing along with me today. I hope you will join me in June for a few new projects.

Happy Crafting.

The Ritz Collection Evening Cocktail ULT157823
Couture Creations Belle Vintage Blooms CO724300A 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Let's go Cruising - a layout using Rambling Rose

Hello wonderful crafters..I hope you are all having a Magnificent May.

My Design Team contribution is a layout using the "power of the paper". Rambling Rose is so beautifully designed it requires very little to be added to it to end up with something very pretty.

Using the patterned paper with all the frames as seen in the picture below and cut out all the pictures, leaving you with a blank "picture frame".

I added a piece of plain cardstock behind it to provide stability. This was only attached once the photos had been placed behind the openings.

Print out a series of photos that will tell a story on your layout. 

Fussy cut a few butterflies from various papers in the paper pad..this will give you a selection of colours and sizes. The new scissors are just AMAZING for fussy cutting.

I added a sentiment from the ephemera pack. 


And just like that you have a lovely 12x12 layout finished. Give this one a try..any theme will work.

Thanks for joining me.

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"Thanks" Step Card with Rambling Rose

Hi everyone, Bridget here with another inspirational project using the gorgeous Rambling Rose collection from Ultimate Crafts

My project this week is an easy step card. I started off with a piece of cardstock cut to 6 ½” x 12”. Score at 4 ½”, 9” & 10 ½”.

Decorate each of the blank sections with a selection of the patterned papers from this gorgeous collection.

I hand cut a few roses and a butterfly to add some dimension.

There is nothing too difficult in this card. 

Threw in a few border pieces from the ephemera pack..too easy.

Rambling Rose also includes a bunting and a beautiful alphabet stamp. I used this to create my sentiment for the card.

This card was super quick & easy to put together thanks to the beautiful designs of the Rambling Rose papers. Not much extra was required.
Thanks for joining me..see you all again soon!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fabulous..A fresh attempt at mixed media

Hello Crafty people..long time no see! I have had a busy few weeks and sadly my Design Team submissions had to take a bit of a back seat. BUT here I am back again with a layout inspired by a very lovely lady called Farrel Tailor whom I spent some time with recently while teaching on a cruise.

I have only dabbled in mixed media as I genuinely do not understand all the "rules". I do not know which products work with which etc and it was only sitting next to the talented Farrel that I learnt that there is no right or wrong..just play, try and learn. So I did with this layout featuring my husband and middle son. I gathered my La Aquarelle supplies and went for it. I still have heaps to learn but its a start..so I hope you will have a go at getting out your gesso etc and "having a go".

After choosing my patterened papers I applied some Gesso with a baby wipe..just a random pattern in the center. I dried it with my heat tool.

Next up I made up some texture paste to use with my La Aquarelle stencil using texture paste and some blue pigment powders. I used the Rolling Mesh 6x6 Stencil for this layout. I let that air dry for a bit.

  The pigment powders create a very pretty shimmer.

Next up I cut  a few pieces of patterned paper to frame my photo. These were just randomly stuck to the back of the photo. 

I broke up the "neatness" of the stencilling with some mists and loved the shimmer the copper spray gave to the layout.

I also used a variety of sprays to colour up some flowers to match the patterned papers.
The metal dragonfly was a gorgeous addition to the layout.  The photo corner is one of the brass frames cut in half..I love that!

So there you go, a bit of a try learn play session with gesso, texture paste, pigment powders and mists. It was heaps of fun. I hope you will have a go for yourself. 'Til next time, see ya XX

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