Sunday, 15 July 2018

Bring out your inner chemist tutorial!


I'm on a cleanup and tidy mission which is huge in scope.
I feel like my studio quietly groans each time I bring something else in.
I often manage to find a place and then promptly forget where it is.

Do I see you nodding your head in agreement?

When I had to wriggle and shove one of the embossing powder drawers the other day,
I began investigating.
The state of some embossing powders was very sad indeed.

This was one of those craft show bargain bulk buys.
It's now hard and uninspiring.

As it happened the night before we had emptied
 a store filled pepper grinder.
Definitely looking at that grinder was an aha moment.
Next came the lab coat (not) and a lot of experimentation began.

I ground up the old gold embossing powder.
Looking at it I knew it would need a bit of help.

I added some Pearl Ex powder to the mix.

Then I began to empty a few of the embossing vials 
that had only a little powder left.
In all there were about five colours and textures,
which I layered into one of the empty vials.

Earlier in the day I had been talking to a delightful customer from Leura,
an area of my early adult times that I loved.

I have surprise gifted her,
her own unique embossing powder.
Not even Chemist Julie can remake it exactly!

Here it is embossed on white and black cardstock.
I love the subtle blue flashes, particularly on the white.

Before I knew it an hour had disappeared.
Of course the bonus is one empty shelf.
Twisting around in my imagination
are a whole lot of possibilities!

If my tutorial inspires you to experiment with your embossing powders
I would love to see what you do.
Why not share your creations with me over at
Time To Create Your Way Facebook Page?

Until next time happy experimenting.

Don't forget your entry to Rhedd's Creative Spirit July Challenge.
There's a fortnight to release your creative spirit and play.

Julie Short

Sunday, 1 July 2018

July Challenge

Hello Everyone!
It's Julie here from Australia ,
where we are shivering through a very cool winter.
I know in the Northern Hemisphere people are planning holidays
and all the other great events that happen when there is sunshine.

Sometimes it's hard to find any time for yourself.
I don't know about you but I get scratchy when I don't make.
It soothes and invigorates me.

We thank you for sharing your makes with us and supporting us too.
We enjoy seeing what others do and every month am inspired and learn a whole lot
about a technique or product use.
 What you recycle and repurpose is awesome.

Sadly we have lost 2 of our teamies this week...Rupa is moving on to pastures new and Elaine is taking an extended break from crafting...we wish them all the very best.

Now enough from me.
Sandie had the difficult task of choosing this month.

Her Winner is


the Runner Up is

Pat Martin

The Design Team Favourite is

Paper Beauty.AK.

We celebrate our diversity as a design team.

This is what we have been up too.
Please visit our blogs. 
We LOVE your encouragement.

What is this?

Judy started with an old trailer heat vent cover... 


Mixed Media Canvas

A little wooden box left in the sea.


Priya altered an old plastic bowl to give a metal finish with Alchemy waxes

Recycled and resized journal covers...
more on my blog.


A altered tin plant holder


Why was I so desperate...and what did I do?

                                    Mid month I will be back...
                                   I am on a studio mission...
                             Find out more on the 15th July..
                          I will look forward to seeing you all...


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