Although I don't have many dies or embossing folders yet I thought I would make use of my Big Shot that I purchased just after Christmas. Did you know that you can squidge bottle tops really easily? It's so satisfying and easy, much better than my previous method (hammer and wood). So with this in mind I squidged a few through and got all creative making some mini works of art (well in my eyes they are) ATC style. I don't swop my ATC's but they are satisfying to do and I sometimes use them as a topper on cards or group some together and frame them. One of which I made, I added a little holder from a toilet roll (covered in patterned paper of course which I found while blopping, but can I find the blog...no! apologies to whoever I stole this idea from) and gave to my best friend Kelie-Marie today, I hoped she liked it as it was just a little friendship gift as she really is a good friend.
Next I used an embossing folder with thin art metal which came out beautifully. I got out the old alcohol inks (that haven't seen the light of day for some while) and dabbed, dropped and mixed them to cover it. Decided to get ahead of myself and make it into a Mothers Day Card. As I was on a roll I made another card but this time using a flower technique I have been wanting to try for a while. You can find the technique here http://scrappingtonight.blogspot.com/2010/01/another-paper-flower-tutorial.html as shown by the talented Anna Bowkis.
So if you haven't succumbed to the squidging delights of metal,covered toilet rolls or paper flowers get out there and check out these blogs for lots of crafty inspiration.