Thursday, 23 September 2010

News, Awards and a card...

Hi Blogland, I hope things are well with you all today?
You'll remember that last week we had 2 BIG family Birthdays. So we ALL took a day off on Monday and had a family day together to celebrate. Lot's of food, drink, fun and games.. a really good time together.. We have 2 more family Birthdays to come in September.. MINE!!, and also my Nans 80th.. September really is a busy time for us all and it's a Month that really flies by...Also in September was the shops 7th Birthday and along with all the cards and gifts from our lovely customers, we also received this award from Toni.. So, seeing as I have finally worked out how to attach it to my blog (you wouldn't believe I used to be an IT Analyst before Pinnacles would you!!). I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to Toni for awarding this to us...

More good news to share with you.. I have been accepted as a Design Team Member for the Cuttlebug Blogspot.. I was a bit apprehensive about applying but when I received an e:mail this week saying that I had been accepted I was over the moon. Thank you Nilda for this great opportunity.. So watch this space and also over on the Cuttlebug Blogspot to see what I, and the other Design Team Members come up with over the coming Months.That all said and done, here is today's little project. The last couple of posts have featured my parents Birthday Cards, and seeing as I don't have to get my Nan's 80th card done until the end of the Month I thought I'd pop back into Christmas...
I've had a bottle of Enamel Accents staring at me on my craft desk for weeks now.. And on this project I finally got yo use it..I started off by embossing some thick Acetate using the new Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folder, Tall Pines. This comes in a double pack along with another Embossing Folder called Branch Tree. These are great value and I'm just loving the new packaging too.. I have plans for that!!!Once embossed I took my bottle of Black Enamel Accents and drizzled it into the debossed side of my image. The debossed side was almost like a mould and as long as you don't squeeze the bottle of Enamel Accents to hard you can just fill up the area you need as the Enamel Accents are quite thick, the sort of consistency of Glossy Accents.. Once covered I put it to dry over night as recommended.Once the image was dry I was able to see the full effect on the front. I was a bit worried that I might have missed a bit or got an air bubble or 10, but the whole thing came out really flat (which is a good thing!) and smooth..
But what to do with it?? mmmm
Now, you know I'm loving my side stepper cards at the moment, and also the range of Twilight Card Stock we have in storeso I put the 2 together. Check back here for the instructions on how to make your own Side Stepper card.I then attached the Acetate to the card with some Glass Brads.When using Acetate, tape or glue is not really an option for me as you always know it's there, unless I'm attaching it from the back of the project.I then took a shape from the Large Labels Nestabilitie set and cut it out in Sliver and Black Glitter Card,I then took the next size down shape from the Small Labels set and cut out my frame from the Silver Cardand stuck the two together andapplied my sentiment.I added some additional die cut trees to the stepper side of the card. I hope you can see in the photo how the embossing on the Acetate has turned it White around the edges of the trees, framing them and giving them a shadow, dimension or even the effect of snow? I was going to go round the trees with the White Enamel Accents, but it really didn't need it!
It's weird, the picture above was taken with the camera flash on, giving an effect of say dusk,where as this picture was taken with the flash off, giving a darker night time effect.So, after I'd finished playing with my camera!! I attached my sentiment and there you have it! Hopefully Lyn, and everyone else, this will give you another idea for your cards this year!
Don't forget Club Members Weekend starts Tomorrow, look forward to seeing those who are coming along then.
Thanks for checking us out, see you soon.


  1. wow!!! This is awesome. I have to try this! I really love that you made this christmas card without the 'traditional' christmas colors. It is gorgeous! I'm so proud to have been chosen to work beside you as part of the cuttlebug spot design team.

  2. Gorgeous card - love the embossing folder you've used!
    Looking forward to working with you on the Cuttlebug Spot! :0)
    Helen x

  3. Oh what a terrific idea. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Now I'm going to have to try this idea.

  4. Andy, with cards like this your blog certainly deserved the 'Cherry on the top' award...there is always something 'extra' to find in your posts/projects.

    Toot toot and many congrats on your DT position - as I already follow the Cuttlebug blog I will be looking out for you.

    Toni :o)

  5. Oh! WOW, I was looking at this briefly in the shop but didn't know what you had done with this.... you little sneaker!!! Absolutely, bloomin' lovely. Mega well done for a completely new idea, I gotta have a go now..... well when I get the enamel!!!!

    Also a massive congratulations on your new venture on the Cuttlebug Blog Spot Design Team .... yeah see how scary these things can feel!!! You deserve it, every bit,

    Hugs, Renee xx

  6. Great project. Looking forward to working with you at the Cuttlebug Spot.

  7. Welcome to the Cuttlebugspot DT Andy! I'm really looking forward to working with you.
    This card is absolutely amazing!

  8. hi your technique in this card...i am also stopping by to congratulate you on our new adventure as a member of the cuttlebug spot dt.

  9. What a great card! Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to see what you create for the Cuttlebug Spot.

  10. Great card and the techniques you use and do. Wow~you are such an enabler. I have got to get me some of the enamel accents and give that a try. Thanks for sharing and I am now a follower of your blog. Congrats on the Cuttlebug spot!

  11. I love love love the card. What a great looking card. Its a good use of the dry embrossing folders. Thanks for sharing.
    Ft Worth Texas

  12. So - a cousin to Glossy Accents, eh? Brilliant use of acetate, as well as the enamels - another triumph, methinks! Well done Andy, and many congrats