Saturday 27 November 2010

Jewellery Box and Sticky Winner

Sitting here typing all I can see out of the window is snow, snow, snow, and with Christmas Day just 4 weeks away ot feels very festive. I am knee deep in card and gift making so was wonderfully inspired by this fabulous jewelry box made by Louise Crosbie, especially as she has shared the instructions so we can all have a go, jusy click here to go ot the online class.

Louise has also been reviewing The Ultimate glue and this is what she says:

I sell my crafts on Folksy so I need to be 100% certain items I glue on to my altered art are going to stay on and not be rattling around loose in the packaging on arrival at the home of the buyer. I have had trouble with glues and metal objects. Glossy accents and Bostik are the two adhesives i was using. glossy accents are a little temperamental about what it will adhere to and if its going to hold. and Bostik does that "stringy" thing where it leaves a trail from the glued object all the way back to the tube and over anything you passed the tube over. so i often spend time picking the stringy web of glue back off... So, how would The Ulimate fair?

Here are the types of test I did on this box with the glue.

1) I attached the Tim Holtz Ornamental Plate on top, a reasonably large surface being attached to another large surface. so maybe an easy test but still an important one. a heavy ornate item on my textured surface. It passed with flying coulours, thats not coming off even if I want it to.
2) attaching the filigree teardrops. these items have next to no surface touching the box. they are hollow so its literally just the rims that i could add the glue to. they too are stuck fast ( and i have picked and poked and prodded.
3) my main test i think. I wanted to dangle a chain from the box but i didnt want to get a drill out and start trying to figure out what to attach it to, so, i simply added a small blob of glue at each end and attached it by one link... just ONE link of chain pressed in to the glue at either end and left to dry. its now there for life ... I put two crystals over the links and those are also bonded fast. I also attached the Foundation Feet with the glue.

4) it dried in 100% clear and it was thick enough straight from the bottle to hold things in place quickly, so you dont have to sit holding it till it got tacky.

So is there a down side?
Well there are a couple of small niggles that are not to do with bonding power.
1) the nozzle has a very large opening so you are not in control of the amount of glue from it. I overcame this by squeezing some glue in to a bottle lid and used a glue brush (old paint brush) to paint the glue on to the smaller items or thin items.
2) the glue is very thick o again its better to apply it with something other than the nozzle supplied.

I guess the ultimate test for me is... Would I sell items I had used this glue on and feel confident they will not disappoint the buyer? YES I would and will. maybe not on absolutely everything but I have confidence in this glues holding power and versatility

So now, drum roll please as we announce the winner, drawn out of a hat, of a bottle of this amazing glue all to herself it is Netty! Well done and please drop me an email to with your addreess so I can get it in the post to you. Happy Crafting Moira

Saturday 20 November 2010

The Ultimate Arrives!

A while ago Vanessa Banks told me about Crafters Pick "The Ultimate" glue and I got excited. Like many crafters I have searched for that one glue that will do pretty well any job, you know "one glue to bind things and forever bind them!" and when I tried it I was hooked so at last we have it in stock. This stuff looks like, and behaves like, PVA but it sticks pretty well anything to anything and it stays stuck - metal, plastic, wood, ceramics, oh and er paper and card! Even the lovely people at Ten Second Studio use it with their metal. We have a bottle to give away this week all you need do is leave a comment and go in our random draw. Draw closes Friday 27 November.

These Layouts have been made using papers from the Sweetness range by Pink Paislee. Deckchair Days has been made by queen of all things shabby Ruth Phillps, an the other features my DH and one of our dogs Paddy.

Friday 5 November 2010

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas

Yes I know I'm sorry but as fireworks explode all around this evening we must face the fact that we are now in the run up to the Christmas period. Personally I love it, seeing friends and family, laughing together, remembering the year, knowing that once Christmas is over the nights start to draw out again as we head towards Spring. I try very hard to make cards and gifts all through the year to keep me busy and try and prevent having a huge amount to make in a rush! And as you can see Louise Crosbie has been busy doing the same, these lovely Christmassy items would cheer any house on a cold winter's day. The full detials of how to make the Gift Box can even be found in our Altered Projects online clases section. Louise has used the Lost Coast "Praying Angel" stamp as well as the Catslife Press "Most Wonderful Time" stamp.

It is my lovely husband's birthday this weekend so I'm celebrating by offering 20% off the new Websters Pages ranges - Waiting for Santa, Sweet Season, Hollywood Vogue and WonderFall. The offer runs out on Monday 8 November.

And finally - drum roll please - our winnder of the £20 Gift Voucher for joining our Customer Blog Roll is Sue of
Sue the Iron Blog. Congratulations and the Voucher is on it's way to you. I woukd love to know how your blog got that name Sue.

Happy Bonfire Night everyone, hope you have a good one and a safe one