Saturday, 24 July 2010

More summer bargains at Foil Play

I have been in ruthless mode again and added lots of new items to the clearance section on Foil Play, to make way for all the new stock that is coming soon!
New bargains include:
If you're after a bargain, check out the clearance section - but don't hang around too long and miss out, once clearance items are sold out, it's very unlikely that they will be restocked again!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Kanban Christmas Quilts cards

So here is the first batch of Christmas cards glimpsed in yesterday's post, made from a sheet of Kanban Christmas Quilts die cut toppers and co-ordinating card.
I made a mat with a 5 x 7 inch Cuttlebug embossing folder for the card above, and used Sizzix Texturz plates to make backgrounds for the three A5 cards. The 180gsm pearl card that I have in stock is ideal for embossing, but is disappearing fast!
I cheated and sliced the mats made with the Texturz to stretch them to fit the cards - the gaps are under the bands of co-ordinating card. I also did this with the stripey strips from the topper sheet to stretch them out a little and make them fit the last two cards.
On all of the cards, I accented the nose of each Santa with Glossy Accents, to add a little texture.
I used Craftwork Cards Oh My Word Christmas button greetings toppers on four of the cards, with co-ordinating mats cut from the smallest scalloped circle nesties die.
The Kanban Santa Scenes Christmas Quilts topper that I used for these cards is pictured below.
As you can see, I got plenty of cards out of the sheet and co-ordinating card sheet - I also made a stepper card with some of the toppers, blogged here.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

What's on your workdesk Wednesday

It's July, so it must be time to get stuck into making Christmas cards - right?

I'm not the most organised crafter (as you can tell from the usual state of my work table!), but I do prefer to make a few Christmas cards now and then when the mood strikes, rather than end up with lots of pressure in December - although I have been there too! I've been playing with embossing folders and toppers and for once I have actually produced a few cards at the end of it - I'll blog them in more detail over the next week or so.

If you're curious about WOYWW, more details of what it is about and how to join in are on Julia's Stamping Ground blog. It basically involves snooping on other crafters' stash, and seeing what they are up to - great fun!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Foiled swirly bird card

As this foiled swirly bird is already quite showy, I thought I'd make a fairly simple card base. I mounted it with foam pads onto a couple of layers of pearl card, the top one embossed using a Tim Holz Texture Fades embossing folder and rounded the corners of both layers with a corner chomper.

To make the bird, I covered a fairly thick sheet of A4 card (like the card at the back of a writing pad) with a sheet of double sided adhesive film. I then die cut the card into various shapes, including the bird, using a Big Shot and a selection of dies.

I used copper rub on foil for the legs, and two different turquoise holographic foils for the tail and body. The foiling onto the adhesive film worked well, I did have to touch it up in a few places by filling in with a Sakura Quickie glue pen and letting it dry before going over it again with more foil.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Kidz Got Talent - Music Rocks cards

More brilliant Kanban Kidz Got Talent cards from Angie, this time ideal for a teenaged boy, using the Music Rocks kit.
Again Angie has used the topper on the inside, and shaped the edge of the card to match the topper.
The extra topper from the sheet has been used to make another shaped edge card, with a birthday themed border from a Super Tiny Heroes die cut ribbon border sheet.
Angie also added a co-ordinating strip of black glitter card to the inside of the card.
The Kanban Kidz Got Talent Music Rocks kit that Angie used to make these cards is pictured above.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Kidz Got Talent - Superstar cards

These great cards which Angie made using a Kanban Kidz Got Talent kit would be ideal for teenage girls.
For the Superstar card, Angie shaped the card edge to match the girl topper for a really original take on this kit, with as much going on on the inside as on the outside!
A close up of the girl topper with blinged up greeting topper:
Angie used the extra topper from the kit along with the head and extra star elements to make the top card, which has been accented with a denim border and bling on both the denim and the girl's belt. A very simple card, but unusual and really effective, I'm sure you will agree.
The Kanban Kidz Got Talent Superstar kit that Angie used to make these cards is pictured above.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

What's on your workdesk Wednesday

Better late than never, here's my WOYWW entry for this week! As you can see, I've had my Sizzix machine out. I use my Big Shot a lot, but for the original small & medium dies, I find it quicker and easier to use the Sizzix. I also prefer using the Sidekick for the Sizzlits type dies. You can see my box of embossing folders towards the rear of the table - so much stash and so little time to play with it!
It was my birthday this week, and I thought I'd include a couple of group shots of the gorgeous cards that I received from friends on the Craft Telly forum. They are all beautiful, and really made my day. If you'd like a closer look at the individual cards, you can see them here.
If you're curious about WOYWW, more details of what it is about and how to join in are on Julia's Stamping Ground blog. It basically involves snooping on other crafters' stash, and seeing what they are up to - great fun!

Friday, 9 July 2010

Kanban clear rubber stamps

A veritable feast of Kanban clear stamps is now in stock at Foil Play!
There is a huge selection suitable for a wide variety of occasions to choose from, including:
  • Little Friends and Special Moments;
  • Birds of Paradise;
  • Retro Transport;
  • Urban Belles;
  • Damask Divas;
  • Moulin Divas;
  • Bamboo and Simba;
  • Woolly Bears; and
  • Cavendish Ladies
You will have seen all of these designs previously in the format of die cut topper sheets, now you can have the versatility of stamping with them too.
Kanban Stamps are manufactured with the highest quality acrylic materials. With each element being “easy peel” they provide clean and sharp imagery for the very best results and come with care instructions provided .
At Foil Play you can choose the individual stamp sheets of your choice, they don't come bundled with card or acrylic blocks that you don't need. Stocks are limited, so don't miss out on this delicious selection!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Staf Wesenbeek pyramid decoupage

Staf Wesenbeek Christmas designs (based on paintings by Dutch Artist Staf Wesenbeek) are now in stock at Foil Play, I've also restocked the beautiful floral, bird and butterfly designs which have already proved very popular.
Each kit contains a pyramid decoupage sheet, printed card and envelope. The main image is mounted inside the printed card and the pyramid is mounted onto the angle cut front of the card (as shown in the examples pictured).

The printed card supplied in the pack has either a textured appearance or back image to compliment the front design and each pack contains an illustrated instruction sheet. This is traditional decoupage, so you will need either scissors or a craft knife to cut out the design elements.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

What's on your workdesk Wednesday

Well here we are at Wednesday again and, oh what a surprise, another untidy workdesk! Main activity that has been going on here is bagging up glitter. I haven't done much with my die cuts from last week, apart from some iris folding type filling in of the negative swirly bird die cut. For those interested, the swirl bird die is Bigz Die - Bird, Lovebird by Debi Adams, 655361. I got it in the Ellison sale last Christmas.

Here's a close up of my latest embossing folders - I thought I'd try some of the new larger cuttlebug folders and also couldn't resist some of the Tim Holtz Texture Fades.
If you're curious about WOYWW, more details of what it is about and how to join in are on Julia's Stamping Ground blog. It basically involves snooping on other crafters' stash, and seeing what they are up to - great fun!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Gorjuss die cut pyramid decoupage kits

More gorgeous Gorjuss decoupage kits have arrived at Foil Play - this time a lovely selection of oval and twisted pyramid designs. Each pack contains an A4 sheet of die cut Gorjuss pyramid decoupage and co-ordinating background sheet.
The kits have been produced by The Crafthouse Press, based on artwork by Suzanne Woolcott. For more information on Gorjuss, check out the Gorjuss website and blog.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Oriental cards with Kanban toppers

Oriental continues to be a popular trend in card making, deservedly so when you look at these two beauties with paper flower brooches made by Angie!
For the first card, Angie used an oriental floral paper as the background.
She also added card embossed using a Cuttlebug script embossing folder to the background.
The second card features sumptuous Kanban black glittered acetate on a black card background.
A close up of the paper flower brooch and a touch of pearl bling on the corner of the topper.
The Kanban oriental maiden, blue topper sheet that Angie used to create these two cards is pictured above. A bargain at only 45p, and containing 9 toppers.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Kanban Couture Ladies cards

Kanban Couture Ladies are a lush selection of die cut topper sheets perfect for larger cards with more than a touch of glamour. If you've been following my WOYWW posts, you may have had a glimpse or two of these cards in the making!
For the first and last cards, I used 7 x 10 inch cards, the middle card is 8 inches square. For the first card, I used two co-ordinating HOTP papers to cover the card, trimmed with die cut borders taken from the Couture Ladies topper sheet.
I used Martha Stewart punches to create borders on the other two cards and added a liberal sprinkling of bling too. On the first and third cards, I've used die cut co-ordinating greetings toppers.
The Kanban Couture Ladies Audrey, red die cut topper sheet that I used to make these three cards is pictured above. Co-ordinating die cut greetings topper sheets are also available.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Denim trim rock guitar cards with Hunkydory toppers

Angie made these two guitar themed cards using toppers from a Hunkydory card kit, trimmed with denim from the belt of a pair of jeans - aren't they brilliant!
The toppers are actually two layers from a pyramount project, but as you can see, they work perfectly as individual toppers too.
Angie has also used the jean button as the centre of one of the flowers, for a perfectly co-ordinated look.
The Hunkydory Last Night at the Proms collection card kit that Angie used to make these cards is pictured below.
The kit is one of a wide selection of Hunkydory products available at Foil Play. It contains: 2 x 300gsm foiled and die-cut topper sheets; 1 x 300gsm foiled border sheet; 1 x 300gsm pyramount sheet; 2 x 300gsm patterned card blanks and 4 x 350gsm luxury A4 silk-art card sheets and makes approximately 10 luxury cards.