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Friday, 6 July 2018

It's been a while!

Hi everyone, it's been a while, so sorry. We've been incredibly busy with the shop this year and time is just flying by!

We have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you products which we hope you'll love. Those of you who are subscribed to our newsletters or follow us on Facebook or Twitter will know just how many gorgeous new products we've been bringing in this year!

You can always find out what's new in by visiting our shop at and checking out our Just In section or our News articles (link at bottom of shop's front page). And the best way to get to know what's happening is to subscribe to our newsletter. We send these out generally once a week, sometimes twice.

We are also advertising in Craft Stamper and Crafts Beautiful magazines so keep an eye out for us in those two fabulous publications and hopefully you will be inspired by the products and projects featured ;)

So, with all of this going on, there has sadly been very little time to actually "play"! Much to my frustration I might add, but needs must and all that.

I do have a few things to share with you, which showcase some of the products we have in stock, so, in no particular order, here are some pretty pictures for you to look at, along with details of the main "ingredients" used for each project. I hope they might inspire you.

These first two are small deep box frame pieces, measuring about 5 inches square. Products used were First Edition Botanical Notes papers, Tim Holtz word stickers (I can't remember which ones though), Sizzix Thinlits Butterflies (this one is currently reduced - but only for a couple of days!!!).

Next, we have some bits and pieces made using the a-maz-ing bubbalux! It's definitely a product you have to play with to get to know it, and at the moment it's more a case of my inexperience with this product rather than the product being hard to work with, because it is not hard to work with, you just need to play with it a bit! You can die-cut it (using Bigz and similar dies), emboss it, paint it, print on it, stamp it, heat it for shaping .... the possibilities are endless. It's very sturdy stuff and suitable for use inside and out.

Obviously, the main ingredient for all of these makes was the bubbalux - which comes in 6 colours by the way! I also used acrylic paints and gilding waxes, plus a topcoat of varnish on some items. I cheated and die-cut all the pieces except the bookmark as I have arthritis in some of my fingers so using a craft knife can be very painful for me, but don't let that stop you using templates and a nice, sharp knife!

I made a 3-leaf pendant, with the die-cut leaves being embossed using an embossing folder - this stuff embosses really well!

A bookmark - I cut a piece of bubbalux to size and ran it through my die-cutting machine using a small embossing folder, then I painted each butterfly by hand - time-consuming but worth it! 

A small hanging mandala. This was again die-cut but then I used an embossing tool to hand-emboss the design onto it - easy-peasy! Glued on some mulberry paper flowers and wire stems to decorate, coloured with gilding wax.

A keyring - again, die-cut, with hand-embossed design. I actually coloured this with alcohol inks - bubbalux takes alcohol inks really well. Then distressed the edges using an emery board.

A picture frame - the front has been embossed using an embossing folder. Then I painted it with acrylic paint and once that was dry I sanded back using an emery board to give a distressed appearance. I die-cut the multi-layer flower and ran it through my machine between my cutting pads - they have been used loads and so have lots of texture on them now, which was perfect for what I wanted to achieve here! A couple of coats of red acrylic, then sanded back with the emery board again.

Finally with the bubbalux, some layered flowers and some foliage, all made using Sizzix Bigz dies, then each piece was heated to shape it. It gets really pliable if heated for long enough, but it also cools very quickly, so stiffens up again very quickly. The great news is that if you aren't happy with how you've shaped a piece, you can just heat it up again to flatten it out and then start again! None of these pieces are painted - these are the bright colours that the bubbalux comes in! There's also blue and black, which I haven't used here. I turned these flowers and foliage pieces into a mobile but it hasn't quite worked out as I hoped - novice mobile maker here - so I haven't shared a photo of that as it needs some more work to refine it!

Next, we have some cards. This first one was made using Craft Consortium's Wildflower Meadow 12x12 paper pad and a Sizzix Intricate Florals die - Decorative Corners. I used an assortment of Sizzix and Creative Expressions dies for the sentiments on the cards. Stamps used are from my personal stash. I made this first card for a friend and liked the idea of her having a vase of flowers from me every time she opened the card - they will never wilt and die!

Then two made using First Edition's Botanical Notes paper pad and assorted dies.

Another card, this one made using First Edition's Botanical Beauty paper pad. I also used several Sizzix dies, including Tropical Bird and Meadow Leaves, both by Sophie Guilar.

One more card, this time made using First Edition's Blacked Out paper pad and Tim Holtz's Stitched Slots die. I also used the Sizzix die called Male Occasions.

So there you are, a few bits and pieces, which I hope you will like and which inspire you in some way.

Thanks for reading this and, fingers crossed, it won't be quite so long before the next post! In the meantime though, do pop over to our shop to take a look at not only the products I used in these makes, but also all the new goodies which have just arrived! And don't forget, all UK orders over the value of £15 qualify for free UK shipping!

Happy crafting, enjoy the summer while it lasts.

Bye for now!
Julie x

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