I received my Cuttlebug folders from the special HSN promotion - they came very quickly! I have started to try them out and here is a simple card I made with the "Flurries" folder. Here is a LINK if you want to see images of all of the folders.
I embossed the design on a piece of watercolor paper - I love the results when you use this heavy weight paper. Then I used two kinds of Stickles to accentuate the embossing and give a frosty feel to the card front.
I thought I would share my thoughts about the various kinds of "clear" Stickles. The five varieties are Stardust, Crystal, Frosted Lace, Diamond and Icicle. At first I thought it was silly that there were so many but I have come to realize that they actually are different and I prefer certain colors for certain projects...
I used two varieties on this card - the Diamond and Icicle. If you look at this photo you can see that the fatter swirls have thicker glitter - this is the Icicle Stickles (try to say that five times fast!). They look bluer than in real life - probably due to the background paper I used for the photo.
The Icicle and the Diamond colors are nearly the same - a sort of pinky gold look - but the Icicle particles are much larger. You can see how much larger the bottle tip is in this photo - the big particles need a larger opening to get out of the bottle!
The Frosted Lace Stickles are not very sparkly - they have a much more subtle shine and look almost gray.
The Crystal Stickles have a green cast to the color - it definitely makes a difference to some projects.
Finally, the Star Dust are more of a multicolor effect with pink, blue, green and purple glints of color. Star Dust and Diamond are the ones I reach for most often.
I added a stamped sentiment with another swirl - heat embossed in dark blue (sorry about the photo - it makes the embossing look black).
My original plan was to simply adhere the embossed, stamped and Stickled topper to a dark blue card but this looked too plain to me once the Stickles had dried.
I decided to add an additional bright blue mat layer to give the card more dimension and add some definition to the edges. The embossed layer was cut at 4 x 5 1/4 inches and the blue matting layer was cut at 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches.
The final card is simple but very pretty with the swirls and sparkles (which are so hard to capture in a still photo). Using the two different types of Stickles gives it more dimension and contrast in the light.
Here is one more shopping tip - I got these stamps at Joann's - reduced to $3.97. I also have a "VIP" card for Joann's (I got it through my quilting guild) which gives me an extra 10% off regular and sale price items, so I saved even more. I will be making some more Thanksgiving cards using these.
Finally - there is a new update for Design Studio and the Gypsy. Here is a LINK to the message board post with more information. I haven't had a chance to try everything out yet but this is a BIG and very much wanted update and it looks like there are many improvements - so be sure to update CDS and run the Gypsy Sync for all the new improvements.