Friday, 23 June 2017



Hallo Everyone!

Nice to have you join us
for today's blog post/tutorial
by Helen Chilton, who has
been having a lot of fun
with flower stencils and dies
along with the acetate and 

"This tag uses the Wendy Vecchi and 
Ranger Enamel Accents. 

Love these as there's so much you can
 do with them and the colours are so vibrant

Put some Garden Patina onto your craft mat 
and get your stencil ready.....

.....then scrape over the Enamel Accents 
in a thick layer and leave to dry.

You can see here the glossy finish that you get.

Die cut some Tim Holtz wildflowers.

Squeeze the Enamels straight onto the die cut 
to give it a raised, glossy finish. 

This is very easy to do as it stays where you put it.

You can draw into it with a cocktail stick if you wish.

Then add Distress inkpad colour over the tag - 
the stencilled enamel will act as a resist. 

I've used coordinating colours here but you 
could quite easily colour over in bright orange 
and not get a muddy mess.

Rub over the Enamel with a baby wipe 
to remove any ink.

Add stamping to the background -
 I used the matching Wendy Vecchi Archival
 inkpad colours.

Add some dots for decoration.

I decided at this point I wanted another flower
 so I just stencilled one with a bit of Cut n Dry 
and cut it out.

I then coloured it with the Electric Lime Enamel 
and looked at how to arrange my flowers. 

These die cuts are great as they're very flexible.

I finished with some white flowers on top,
 a few words and some rope.

You can even decorate the words!

And there you have it - Enamel Accents used as a resist, 
for colouring, to give a raised glossy finish and for doodling."

Materials used:

Stamps used:
Kaisercraft: Postmarks, Blossom

Enamel Accents:
Wendy Vecchi: Leaf Green, Garden Patina, Cactus Flower
Ranger: Lemon Twist, Classic Cherry, White
Tim Holtz Thinlits die: Wildflowers 2
Imaginations Crafts Art stencil: MU43
Distress inkpads: Shabby Shutters, Broken China
Wendy Vecchi Archival inkpads: Leaf Green, Garden Patina

Thank you Helen for giving us
such a beautiful project, not to
mention highly informative tutorial

That will be me getting the enamels out
later on and decorating some wildflower
die cuts.  Think they'll be a really
useful addition to my stash

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 22 June 2017



Hallo Everyone!

You might want to pay
a lot of attention to 
Louise Thomson's tutorial
today - she has given us
a trio of greetings cards

The fun starts here ...........

"Hi there!
Having been challenged  to create 
something using acetate and enamel
 I decided a clean and simple style would
 work really well. 

I selected a fairly basic set of resources
 to create three different clean and 
simple cards, suitable for lots of occasions.

For card number one

I used a square white card
 and die cut 'bright bubbles' from it. 

Using a steel ruler and a craft knife 
I sliced about an inch off the edge of the card

I then added a piece of acetate the 
same size as the original card front 
and added the die cut bubbles back in.

I blended a few bright distress inks onto 
white card and die cut the bright bubbles 
die again.

I used the coloured die cut pieces to fill
 in some of the holes on the card

I blended a little more ink on to white card,
 and cut out some lettering using another sizzix die.
I stuck these on to the edge of the acetate.

Finally, I finished the card with some dots of enamel.

For card number two

I used the sizzix alphabet dies to cut out 
the word 'celebrate' (For obvious reasons this has 
to be done with a few rolls through the big shot.

I backed them with a piece of acetate

I used some bright distress inks to create
 a rainbow effect panel.

With the rainbow panel cut out, I edged it 
with 3D foam mount tape 

and filled it with sequins and seed beads
then sealed it with a piece of acetate to 
create a shaker and stuck it to the
inside of the card as a surprise

To finish the front of the card I dotted 
some enamel accents around the lettering
 and using the point of my craft knife, 
I dragged out the enamel dots to create a 
splat effect.

For card number three

I sliced the edge off a square white card

Using more of my rainbow inked card 
I cut out the letters 'happy'

I replaced the missing piece of card with 
acetate and added a strip of white card back
 on to the very edge.

I stuck the lettering on to the acetate 
and stamped a birthday sentiment below

Finally, the card is finished off with some more
 lovely dots of enamel accents"

Materials List:

Distress inks - scattered straw, abandoned coral, wilted violet, lucky clover, mermaid lagoon.
Enamel Acents - Grape soda, Forget-me-not, Lemon Twist
Birthday stamp (by Craft work cards, similar one here)

Thank you very much Louise for
showing us how to make these 
 very effective cards

I feel a purchase coming on
those dies would be such a
useful addition to my stash..........!

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 21 June 2017



Hi There!

If you are north of the equator 
then make the most of the daylight:
it is the longest day of the year!

Sorry, but for us it will from tomorrow
be all the way downhill to the shortest
day in December.  

Don't know about anyone else but I
feel that summer has only just

Here's Jane Castle with a really
delightful card to keep our spirits up

"For my project today I had a pretty
 good idea of what I wanted 
the finished card to look like 
and I learnt a few things along the way!

The first being how difficult embossed 
acetate is to photograph.....

To begin with I started with a 15cm x 15cm 
card blank which I placed on my cutting mat 
open with the fold at the top. 

I then measured 7cm down from 
the fold and cut the bottom part off. 

From the spare piece I measured 4cm,
 cut this part off and kept this safe with the card.

I then cut a strip wider than I needed 
from my heat resistant acetate and using 
various stamps from Tracey Scott's 01 stamp set 
and heat embossed the images using white EP.

Next using various colours of Ranger's Enamel Accents
I added colour to some of the circles.

I found that the Enamel Accents flowed/spread 
more on the acetate than they do on card stock, 
so not only do you not need to add quite 
as much as you would normally to a project 
it also doesn't stay as domed in the centre.

Using another stamp from the same set 
and Versa-Magic ink in Sage I stamped 
along the edges of the card that would 
frame the acetate insert. 

Happy Birthday was stamped in the same ink 
onto a spare piece of white card.

After deciding on the position of the acetate 
I also felt colour was needed behind the acetate.

Having roughly cut the acetate to size 
I found out that the Enamel Accents don't 
cut with a craft knife when on acetate!! 

Luckily I had enough spare acetate 
so I could avoid cutting through any areas 
of enamel.

I found the easiest way to attach the acetate 
to the card was to secure the acetate 
to my cutting mat with masking tape, 
place double sided tape on the card and then 
bring the card down onto the acetate.

I then trimmed the sides to match 
the size of the card.

Before securing the distress card to the 
inside of the card I lightly sanded the area that 
would be behind the acetate and stamped 
an image on the other side to show 
when the card was opened.

The front of the card was then decorated 
with the Enamel Accents.

I love the vibrant colours of the Accents 
and I can see many possibilities for 
using them; especially on Christmas projects------ 
Sorry I know we're only just getting into Summer!!"

Items Used

Ranger Wendy Vecchi Enamel Accents in Cactus Flower and Potting Soil
Ranger Enamel Accents in Classic Cherry and Caribbean Coast

Thank you Jane - glad to 
see you are thinking ahead too!

Don't worry folks we might yet
have a lot of summer to enjoy.

Of course for all of you in the southern
hemisphere - we hope your winter is
as mild as ours was........!!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx