Friday, 29 January 2010

Foil Play January sale ends soon!

The Foil Play January sale ends on Sunday, so there are only a few days left to save 25% off everything in sale categories.

There are still many bargains to be snapped up in the sale (while stocks last), so don't miss out!

Full details of what's included in the sale are here. To receive the discount, just enter and apply the code JAN25 when checking out.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Card with embossing, swirls, glitter and a bit of bling

It's ages since I blogged any card samples, so it's about time I did. Here is the first of the year. I made this card for the monthly card swap on the Craft Telly forum.

The theme was either using bleach, or a card of your choice. I thought that getting involved with bleach was bound to end in tears (and lighter furniture or carpet), so I decided a bit of sanding instead would be safer.
I used a 10 x 8" card as the base card and covered it with a K&Co paper with a muted swirl pattern. I embossed some white core card using the Crafts Too daisy folder (pictured above) for the larger panel and a Sizzix folder for the smaller flower. I rounded the corners of both, as well as the edges of the card, with my corner chomper. I then lightly sanded the embossed card, to bring out a little of the white core and make the embossing pop out.

I used a chipboard flower as the focal point, which has been covered with double sided self adhesive film, then a liberal sprinkling of ultra fine art glitter. I used silver in the centre, then ice pink and rose pink working outwards. I secured the flower with a gem brad, and added a smaller, matching brad to the bow on the embossed flower bouquet.
I finished the card with some card candy on the corners, a couple of swirls cut with Ellison dies and a liberal sprinkling of Kanban pearls and bling. The finished result brought to mind QVC presenter Julian Ballantyne and his 'less is more' mantra - but I enjoyed making it, sometimes it's fun to go a bit OTT with the embellishments ;-)

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Foil Play website upgrade

Good news to report on the website front, last night we moved Foil Play to a new server (I say we, actually webmaster Steve did all the hard work!).

The previous web server was shared with other websites, so high demand for server resources from other sites could occasionally slow Foil Play down. We've addressed that by moving Foil Play to its own brand new, dedicated server which should provide a much improved browsing and shopping experience for you. It also allows more scope for future development of the site.

We have done lots of testing before the move, so you shouldn't notice any major differences, other than hopefully improved speed. Please bear with us though if there are any small glitches - we will do our best to get them sorted asap!

Thursday, 21 January 2010

DIY die cut decoupage from National Crafts

Here's something new and exciting from National Crafts, the company behind the G18 range of die cut decoupage.

With DIY decoupage you can print out die cut decoupage and toppers using your own images - so you can produce your own bespoke and completely unique designs.

National Crafts has created inkjet printable die cut sheets for use with home printers. No scissors required and no bits falling off through the printer! Each decoupage sheet can make two full 5 layered traditional AND inverted pyramids. Each topper sheet can make six toppers. Each sheet features 2 banners.

There's a bumper starter kit available containing a CD and a huge selection of paper, CDs and paper packs are also available separately.

Friday, 15 January 2010

A feast of New Year Kanban goodies at Foil Play

There's a fresh selection of great new Kanban goodies in store now at Foil Play, you may have seen many of them on QVC, particularly during the recent craft day.
First up, the Wobblers! If you're looking for something completely different and fun with it, the Wobblers will fit the bill. Each Wobblers kit includes a foiled and die cut wobbler, a template for making a wobbler base and illustrated instructions.
There's also a selection of die cut mini Wobblers toppers, co-ordinating sentiments and rubber stamps available.
If you liked the Spring Seasons Collection, you'll be delighted to see these lush Autumn Season toppers and co-ordinating cardstock.
A CD is available, containing over 300 diverse background designs and extras (including sentiments, borders and more) specifically created to co-ordinate perfectly with the Autumn and Spring card, die cut toppers and clear rubber stamp collections.
Easter is on the horizon now and Kanban has released a selection of new die cut topper sheets and co-ordinating cardstock.
These copper foiled Native Americans toppers are stunning - and ideal for male cards. A selection of cardstock, sentiments and adhesive paper ribbons is also available to provide a perfectly co-ordinated look to your card projects.
Also ideal for male cards, these Air and Sea foiled and die cut stacker sheets, which come with gorgeous vintage look co-ordinating background card.
For a retro look, there's a great new selection of transport foiled and die cut toppers, again with co-ordinating background card.
There's a great selection of die cut sentiments and verses this month from Kanban, great for adding a finishing touch to your cards.
LinkFor a touch of luxury, check out these beautiful Satin Shimmer cards - a combination of mirri and satin finishes available in silver and gold.
There's a selection of goodies suitable for children's cards too, starting off with Kidz Got Talent - each pack contains a foiled and die cut topper sheet, with co-ordinating die cut creased backing card.
Super Tiny Heroes is a range of holographic foiled and die cut topper sheets, with co-ordinating die cut borders and foiled card.
Check out also these cut holographic foiled Robot Friends die cut toppers.
As always, at Foil Play you can pick and choose the designs that you like and will actually use, rather than investing in a huge kit and p&p is free if you spend over £5.00. If you already have a kit, you might like to stock up with a few extra of the designs you particularly like.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Buzzcraft Ladies of Leisure die cut stacker sheets

Currently featuring as part of the Pick of the Week on the Create and Craft TV channel, new Ladies of Leisure die cut pyramid stacker sheets from Buzzcraft are now available to purchase individually at Foil Play.
There are eight different elegant designs in the range. Each sheet features two pyramid stacker projects (which could be stretched out to four projects if you use alternate layers) and a selection of co-ordinating borders and greetings toppers. The sheets are die cut, so no scissors are needed.

As ever at Foil Play, p&p is free if you spend over £5.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

New At Your Service and Easter die cut decoupage from Craft UK

More new goodies at Foil Play, this time from Craft UK. 'At Your Service' is a selection of die cut sheets celebrating the work of public servants, particularly those in the armed forces. Designs include:
  • Army;
  • Navy;
  • Airforce;
  • Police;
  • Fire Brigade; and
  • Medics
Easter is on the horizon and there are two new die cut sheets to celebrate Easter, featuring a cute selection of bunnies and chicks.
Some of the most popular male die cut decoupage designs have been re-released in classy monochrome with silver foiled highlights.
Popular floral designs have also been released in a new format in the Exquisite Blooms range. The designs are in full colour with gold foiled highlights.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Vintage die cut Ladies of Elegance toppers, Glamour and Grace pyramid decoupage from Doolicraft

I promised lots of new goodies and here is the first installment (with plenty more on the way!).

Doolicraft has just released these beautiful vintage themed die cut topper and pyramid decoupage sheets.
Each Ladies of Elegance sheet contains a selection of eight beautiful die cut toppers, whilst each Glamour and Grace sheet contains two die cut pyramid decoupage projects (you could actually make four if you used alternate layers).

The sheets are printed in sepia to add to the vintage look and feel - some sheets also have a delicate hint of colour.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Huge savings in the Foil Play January Sale!

The Foil Play sale is now on with 25% off everything in sale categories.

It's time to have a good clearout and make way for lots of new crafting goodies in 2010, so there are thousands of bargains to be snapped up in the sale (while stocks last), including:
Full details of what's included in the sale are here. To receive the discount, just enter and apply the code JAN25 when checking out.

Happy New Year from Foil Play - wishing you all the very best for 2010!