Friday, 1 June 2012

Half term - Yipee!

Hi there!
First of all can I say a big thank you to all the peeps who have visited me recently and left lovely comments. Much appreciated. I am not at work for a week now, so I will hopefully find a bit more time to play and visit blog land. I'd also like to say welcome to my latest followers.
Top of my wish list this half term was to find time to have a play with my flitter glu that I won from Samuel Taylor's in their April challenge. I also won some lovely Yorkshire Dales mega flakes, which are glorious shades of green with hints of gold and bronze. After a longer than usual Karate Class (2 full hours - Sensai lost track of time!)  I came home, had my tea and began to play, and this is the result.
 I used a mixture of distress inks - bundled sage, Victorian velvet, tea dye and wild honey (I was inspired by the fabulous birthday card I received from Lisa - thanks my friend!). The stamps were from Inkylicious and were stamped in the same distress inks and versafine onyx black. I sprayed with a little glimmer mist too. The Hero Arts butterflies (Been using this a lot recently!) were my mega flake experiment.
The flitter glu is incredibly sticky stuff and dries tacky, so concentrate on getting it off your stamps ASAP, I managed to do this by having a little pot of warm water there to drop my clear stamp into as soon as I had used it. If you don't manage this you will definitely need the glue remover. This sounds a bit scary, but don't be put off as the results are stunning!
As usual the photo isn't as good as in real life, but you can just see a hint of the colours. The little sponge buffer that came with it really brings out the shine too.
Here is my other butterfly.
Over the years I have bought several products for use with gilding flakes, and never had a great deal of success, but I do rather like this stuff! It stamps well, showing lots of detail and is easy to use, not requiring a heat gun. I would recommend the Indigo blu easy peasy stamp cleaner for getting sticky off, and not just on your stamps too. I managed to get some on my fleece which didn't come off in the washer, but did come off with the solution.
This thank you card is heading off to Samuel Taylor's store, and I will be back after some more experimenting and playing. Thanks for looking!


Ruth said...

This is really beautiful. I love the shimmer on your butterflies. Ruth x

Vicky Hayes said...

I can see why you're a fan Sally - the effect is stunning. I love the golden meadow you've created with the shimmering butterflies. Enjoy your break! Vicky x

Paula Whittaker said...

love everything about this card.Hope you enjoy your break!

Paula (PEP) said...

Super colours & I love the way the ribbon at first glance looks as if it is holding the right hand grasses under control & then when you look a bit more closely you realise it extends across under the butterfly. Lovely effect with the gilding.
Paula (PEP)
Enjoy the break.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE this, Sally!!! It is stunning!!! I'm putting this in my inspiration folder!

Have a fab half term!

Lisa Jane said...

ooh your card looks fabulous .. i love the effect the gilding flakes give
Lisa x

Helen in the UK said...

Love the warmth of the colour scheme, the depth you've created in the background and the hint of glitz with the gilding! Have seen the Flitter Glue demoed on C&C, but good to hear a non-biased opinion :)

Victoria said...

One word: WOW!

Faith A said...

So VERY beautiful, love the glow you have with it.

Anke said...

Wonderful Sally, fantastic card, I love it.