First up was Papercraft Essentials, which had a lovely embossing folder - two designs separated by an elegantly curved border, perfectly sized for a 15cm square card - and also a pair of sentiment stamps, lovely bold wording that will be very useful on CAS cards. The embossing folders from both magazines go through the Grand Calibur using the C-plate/folder/Grand Raspberry plate sandwich.
For my first card I used the embossing folder with some Coredinations card, sanded it lightly and added a die cut butterfly and a charm from my stash, finishing with ribbon and gems.
I'm sharing this one with Mrs A's Butterfly challenge - T is for talisman
Next I used the same folder to emboss some pink patterned vellum, and covered the whole front of the card with it. I finished the edges with a little matching distress ink, and also swiped the distress ink over the curved border to give it a little emphasis. I picked out the edges of the border with black peel offs. The sentiment is one of the stamps from the set, cut out with one of the Nestabilities Labels dies (I can never remember which die is which number!) and matted on to a black die cut. A butterfly cut from the Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes set finishes the card off.
I'm sharing this card at Cuttlebug Mania where there is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge this week - I've used the middle horizontal line , pink/emboss/birthday.
Next I turned to my copy of Cardmaking and Papercraft where the cover gift was two embossing folders, a background and a co-ordinating border, and a cameo stamp. I have to say the cameo stamp wasn't 100% satisfactory, as there appears to be some kind of crease in it so that the silhouette face doesn't stamp evenly, so after stamping I had to go over some areas with a fine tipped marker pen, which is reflecting the light differently in the photos so it shows up more than it does on the actual card. But it's a very pretty design and the perfect size for my oval Nestabilities and the Spellbinders fancy ovals dies.
I used black card with a pale blue core, from the Coredinations Black Magic range, for the background, and blue card with a white core, from my stash, for the foreground, lightly sanding both to reveal the cores. The sentiment is a tattered Lace die.
I'd like to share this with Creative Card Crew #91 - Die Cuts
So I had the magazines to read and inspire me while I was away, AND some fabulous freebies that I know I will use time and time again - Bargain!