Making a start

Its difficult to know where to start with this venture! I’ve been crafting and card making for over 15 years. Yes I know! I’ve been secretly building up my crafty skills subjecting family and friends to all kinds of arty gems (horrendous mistakes ) for years. I’ve been gathering craft materials like a women possessed.  Experimenting behind closed doors, a lone crafter. But no more. I’ve decided I’ve probably learnt enough ( and spent enough) to justify coming up for air to share my passion. Yes it’s therapy and yes nothing is safe from glitter but who cares! I hope that by writing this blog and sharing my mistakes and successes I can inspire someone. I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time but like everything else life and lack of confidence has got in the way. So…. Here goes! Gulp! ….


I’ve decided to start with something a little out of the ordinary. I’ve been experimenting with the Todo machine. This is a machine that die cuts, hot foils, letter presses, embosses, and stamps. My first picture above shows what can be achieved by combining the hot foiling function with an embossing folder.IMG_2287 (Edited)

Once the foiling has been transferred on to the card it has been inked to create a scene using distress inks and a Sheena Douglass scene stencil. I then have cut some flower shapes from black card using tattered lace dies and a ‘hello’ spellbinder sentiment. Oh yes and obligatory bling added too!


You can see what the card looks like on a plain black card base. Very simple! I will go into more detail in regard to the foiling technique in my next post and look at some other examples. Todo really is fun!


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