Messing around in the Yard

cardHaving found some time from somewhere I decided I would mess about in the craft yard. Sometimes it’s just nice not to be making anything in particular and finding bits n bobs you have lying around. This is normally the case when I “tidy up”.

I thought I’d get some of the die cuts out that I did at Ally Pally while demonstrating the Fiskars Fuse, and see what happens.

So, I quickly decided what to put together to make a card but then I thought I’d throw in a few other things, just because!!

I remembered the WOW embossing powders I got when I was at the NEC last month, there’s some fab colours that WOW do and I think I got about 14 different ones, so they’ll be coming out again soon. After picking the colour I heat embossed the dress diecut, it needed a bit of sparkle. Then I was hunting around for a sentiment and I found a box of phrases to go, you know, the ones that come in a box that looks like a Chinese take-away. It’s amazing what you accumulate over time, so I fished out a phrase and that was it really. Added a few embellishments and it was all done.closeDress

If I started to use all the things I already have and not buy anymore stash, I’m sure I would find whatever I needed in the yard. Now, there’s a thought…

Anyway, I hope this gives you a few ideas about looking around your craft areas for stash you might have forgotten about and putting together things new and old.

Let me know that you stop by and If there’s anything you want to comment on, please feel free, it would be lovely to hear from you.

Until next time …

Hina x

Melt Pot Virgin

It’s still so cold outside that I’d quite happy to stay indoors and discover new crafting techniques.

Ranger Melt PotI dig out the melt pot I bought a few weeks ago and think, right, it all looks fairly easy so let’s have a go. I imagine that I’m going to produce the most fantastic embellishments for my cards…

I get started and read the packaging which doesn’t really give me any clues how I’m going to make anything. The pot has a sticky triangle on it, which is a task in itself to take off; I have to get the stick stuff remover! Anyway, I digress.

Thinking that the best thing to do is use a foil pastry case inside the pot, I don’t want to dirty it on the first attempt, I eat an apple pie – this has to be done first you understand. Once that’s done I start mixing some embossing powder, clear and red.

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Hey, it’s melting and it looks really cool. I bought some texture treads, so once it’s melted I pour it out onto a heat mat and stamp into it. I don’t like it. Ok, let’s start again. I don’t think I’ve got enough so I start to mix a bit more of the clear embossing powder and a few more colours, but now the pie case isn’t big enough. Oh, forget the case, just use the pan, after all, that’s what it’s been made for!!  Next problem, no one told me that mixing a load of colours just makes it look sludgy. Oh well, maybe it won’t be as bad as it looks. So I pour it on to the mat again once it’s molten and stamp into it again, I quite like this attempt, however I still hate the colour.

What to use to make it look a little nicer? How about perfect pearls? After brushing on some colour, it doesn’t look too bad. So, I’ve just got to have a bit of clean and then I’ll get on and put a card together, well that was the plan.

Melt Pot 5In my cleaning frenzy, I’ve mislaid my little creation and can’t find it anywhere. I’ve looked all over so I expect I’ll now find it when I least expect it. When it has been found, I’ll make sure to make a card straight away and share it with you all.

Have you had any memorable experiences with a melt pot? If so, be sure to let me know, and if you’ve got any ideas of what I should do next with my hot cauldron please feel free to leave me a comment.

Until next time

Hina x