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by Julie Brooks

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Friday, 8 June 2012

Bits and pieces

Hello everyone and apologies for the lack of posts - I've both been away and busy working on various projects so haven't had a chance to post anything until now.

Well, what a lousy week weather-wise, typical for Bank Holidays and school holidays! It certainly hasn't tempted me to set foot outside much other than to do the essential things that have to be done, like food shopping and, of course, increasing my crafty stash! I took the plunge this week and bought ..... a Sizzix Big Shot! Yikes - new territory for me! I have never in my life used a die cutting and embossing machine and I have to be honest and say I am a bit scared! I also bought a few dies and embossing folders, but I haven't tried it yet, it's just taking up a corner of my desk and waiting patiently for me to pluck up the courage to get to know it a little better! Please tell me I haven't made a big mistake in buying it! There will be posts in due course recording my first efforts with it - should be interesting!

I have made a few cards over the last couple of weeks and can share some here now. There's nothing flashy, they're all fairly basic, but that's all I've had time to do. Still, better than nothing!

An 8 x 8 pearlescent card using Craftwork Cards Sweet Pea papers. This is very similar to one of my design team application projects but there are a few variations in the design.

This one uses Craftwork Cards embossed papers, which I used to not only provide the background but also punched some flowers out of, which I lightly inked to reveal the floral embossing.
These next few are all made using papers from a paper stack called Garden Party which I purchased more than 2 years ago and had barely used! I have a few paper stacks lurking in a drawer, so I've decided to start working through them. I love blues and browns together but have to say I'm extremely tired at the moment and so my design efforts are a little lacking. Still, I think they're nice cards all the same.

I used some cork washers on this one for something a bit different. Unfortunately the colours haven't quite come out right on the photo.

This one has two ribbons, chocolate brown and the lovely aquamarine blue, tied together.

Same paper as above but a different section. No ribbon on this one.

Again, some cork washers, but this time with twine threaded through and tied on the middle one. The papers on this card were from four different sheets in the same pack and they all work really well together.

I just couldn't get the colours right on this when I photographed it - so frustrating when that happens.

I was really happy with the way this one turned out, but again the colours haven't quite come out right in the photo.
I forgot to mention, on all the cards featuring the humming bird design, that aquamarine design is glittered, but you can't really tell from the photos. It's really pretty and very effective without being too glitzy.

Now, just before I go, I must mention that Craftwork Cards have a slot on QVC soon. On Monday 18th June, Julie Hickey will be showing off some new kits, etc., so be sure to tune in at 10am to see what's on offer!

Right, that's all from me for now.

Take care and I'll be back soon.

Love from me xx