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Project 19

Beginning of a new week, and a new project from the book. This one is called Black and White Beaded and is designed by Sue Wilson. Here is her version

Given the fact that I have to rely on what is in my admittedly extensive stash, I was limited by the micro beads I had. I used the gold ones in my last project so I decided to use the red and blue (mainly blue) ones I had from Crafty Creatives a long time ago. Given that fact, I decided to change things up again by omitting the black from this project in place of blue. Here is my version

I used a feather embossing folder and some blue paper from an old Gorjuss stash I had. 

The quote is stamped on a framelit Gorjuss piece. I decided to change it slightly by putting the last piece at right angles to the rest.

Finally I played to my strengths (or at least ignored my weakness) by making a paper bow, and attaching a button to the centre.

The good thing about this card is you can easily adjust to either masculine or feminine, simply by altering the sentiment and the colour scheme. 

Spending wise, the phone bill this month came to £25. I also used the £25 from That's Life, and £20 I had been given for my birthday. I decided to get a heat gun, some embossing powders and some UTEE. Now I know that everybody advocates getting a melting pot in order to utilise UTEE properly, but I'm quite happy with using a heat gun or perhaps an old saucepan to melt it. I'm looking forward to doing some experimenting with this, and already have a few ideas for how to begin to use it.

Task wise there has been a change to a couple of them, namely the number of presents has dropped by one. I won't get into why because it's private. So here are the task updates

1. Starry night cross stitch (on final page)
2. Complete project book (19/21)
3. Complete book plans (no progress)
4. Read and review 100 books (40/100)
5. Make 14 christmas presents (no progress)
6. Make 11 birthday presents (started work on two new ones)
7. Make calendar and box and tags (started planning the calendar)
8. Hit savings target (25%)
9. Kili cross stitch (no progress)
10. 50,000 words (no progress)


  1. The replacement beads work BRILLIANTLY and go so well with your chosen colours. I think the result you've got is really lovely, and if you compare it to where you originally began your crafting blogging - you'll see exactly how well you've done since then. You've grown in confidence and talent. You should be puffing up your chest and feeling rightfully proud of yourself.

    The heat gun ... You'll be stunned at the effects you can get with that gun. Don't just heat it from on top ... try heating it (your project) from underneath. BUT ... you MUST be careful because you can easily set your project on fire. Heat guns get massively hot very quickly - so keep checking by looking at the underside (without tipping the paper).

    I've been a crafter for donkeys years and got my first heat gun about ten/twelve years (I think) ago. But I only bought a melting pot either last year or the year before. I wouldn't be without it now ... but it's like anything else in your crafty stuff ... you don't use it every day. (Think of the microwave in the kitchen, or your carving knife or potato masher. You don't use those everyday, but you wouldn't be without them!)

    Don't hanker after a melt pot just yet. Give yourself time to get used to your heat gun. But ... the next thing I'd say buy is perhaps a guillotine. You'll soon fall in love with it. (don't buy a paper trimmer - one of those things which have a cutting blade which kind of spins around as you move it down your paper. The blade quickly blunts in a trimmer - where-as in a guillotine the blade never needs replacing - so no extra costs).

    Sending crafty squidges your way and hoping that everything is fine and dandy in your world. ~ Cobs. x

    Oh... P.S. I have a little trick regarding those miniature beads ... I'll email you in the next couple of days and tell you about it. {winks}. ~ C. x

    1. ooh secret techniques - gimme! lol

      I actually got a guillotine the other day, as I was getting fed up of wibbly lines!
      Thanks for the warning about the heat gun - bit nervous trying it now!

  2. Ah, don't be nervous about it Ems. The heat gun is a brilliant piece of kit and you won't turn your house into a pile of cinders, I know you won't. You're not playing with fire, but simply playing with heat. You'd only set fire to your project if you held the heat gun in one place for too long. You won't do that because you can see when you need to move the gun, because the embossing crystals or powders melt and glisten!

    Aw I didn't mean to frighten you to death. Heating from the top is a piece of cake! Heating from below just means that you have to do an extra 'eye it' check - to make sure that you're not scorching the paper or cardstock. But you'll learn as you go along.

    While I'm writing ... Did you know that you can use the heat gun on your shrink plastic? Give it a go and watch how super-fast the shrink plastic shrinks! It's like a magic trick. lol. ~ Cobs. x

    1. Faced my fear Cobs! Have a look at todays blog post and see what I did with UTEE :)


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