Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Spellbinders Platinum Cutting Machine

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 Good morning!

As you know, I moved house this year and designed a whole new craft room. One of the new gadgets I purchased for my new room was the Spellbinders Platinum Cutting Machine. I had my eye on this after attending a couple of Creativation's. Primarily, why I decided to purchase it was because of the large platform footprint. Originally, I have been using my electronic die cutting machine. This was great, but I wanted to be able to cut several dies at once and I also see if the severe warping of the cutting plates was reduced. I should point out here, that this machine is the large platinum with 8.5" plates. Don't get it mixed up with the smaller version of this machine. They both look exactly the same, but the smaller one is the Platinum 6.

Interestingly, the electronic machine really helps with not having the manually crank the handle and have repetitive movements of the wrist and hands each time but, if I can cut more dies at a time with this machine, I would be reducing the repetitions.

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What I have found is that the Spellbinders Platinum is remarkably sturdy! Apart from it being a beautiful machine in the looks department...it is also a solid piece of equipment. I really like that! 

I have a mini machine from a different company, which also sits on my desk. I have found this to be useful for any little sentiment dies. But for sure, the Spellbinders machine is fantastic for multiple die cutting. I have been using it now for the last couple of months, and the warping of the plates appears less. I'm not sure if that is down to me using it less or because the plates are so big. I feel I can not comment on that just yet after only a couple of months usage....so I will get back to you on that!

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Either way, no complaints from me so far. In my opinion the Spellbinders Platinum Cutting Machine appears to be a good investment for me and I can see why I was originally drawn to it after using it at Creativation. 

What I will say to you guys is, don't just run out and buy one if your present cutting machine works perfectly well. But, if you are at the point of purchasing a new cutting machine and you want a machine that has longevity and offers the option for multiple die cutting, and for cutting larger and longer dies, then give this machine some thought. Cutting machines are a considered investment, hopefully I have given you some information to help you in your decision.

Bye for now!


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Monday, December 28, 2020

Honey Bee Stamps Farmhouse Tree Builder Embossing

Hi guys!

I know some may say ‘that’s it, Christmas has gone now’ but I still hold on as long as I can! Hahaha.

Have you been able to have some nice times and moments over the last few days? 

I want to share a couple of cards that I designed from the Honey Bee Stamps set called Farmhouse Tree Builder. I showed how the stamp set could be used with Copic markers and die cut, but I also wanted to share how the tree stamp looked embossed! You can never have enough trees in your stash really and even though I die cut the Merry die for these designs, you could easy do the same with an alternative die cut like ‘happy’ for example, then emboss birthday. Try to think out of the box with your Christmas stamps and don’t think they are obsolete outside of the Christmas season.

We are heading into a new year, and it looks as though the vaccine has given us hope that we can try to find some normality back into our lives. Though, just returning to as it was, isn't really my ideal. I would prefer to think that I learned something over this last year. Generally, because of a difficult childhood, I never really assume things often or take for granted what I have. I believe we have experiences, and they sculpt who we become. 2020 has shown how life can change suddenly and that we should value where we are in the now.

I appreciate you and even the small things like visiting my little blog. so, thank you if you popped over and took the time to read my thoughts today.



Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Fun Santa by My Favourite Things


Who doesn’t love a fun Santa? This guy is from a classic stamp set called Jingle All The Way by My Favorite Things


This stamp has been a long standing staple in my stash and I know you guys will understand why. This collection was made for a group of friends we miss who live in the UK and I wanted to make cards that were really cheerful and fun. 


Christmas is only two days away and today we would have been at a traditional party at our Newfoundand friends home as its Tibs Eve. This is a tradition in Newfoundland as the day to get drunk and celebrate Christmas with all your friends, before having to spend all of your time with your family. Apparently, it is a sacred practice, and you don't miss Tib's eve lightly! hahahaha.



Well, we are missing all our friends this year as well as our family in the UK. This makes me sad but I also know it is the right thing to do to protect other people.

Happy holidays !




 

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Mama Elephant Christmas Hugs

 


Good morning! I am able to share with a unique Christmas card to day that I made for my hubby. He’s seen it now 🥰 
This cute scene was created using two super cute stamp sets by Mama Elephant called A Beary Christmas and Fuzzy Hugs. There’s lots of techniques used here, masking, die cutting, stamping, ink blending and Copic colouring. I finished it off with some glittery snow ❄️


 Are you nearly ready for our virtual Christmas this year? What a year! We will have stories to tell our grandchildren and great grandchildren that’s for sure. Stay well and safe, and I will share a few more Christmas cards over this coming week to keep you inspired 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄




Monday, December 14, 2020

Joyful Christmas

Good morning! 
Today I am sharing a slimline card. I ordered the new stamp set called Joyful by Simon Says Stamp. This stamp set has beautiful festive foliage and I loved how the sentiments were more oblong (if you know what I mean?!) Good for slimline cards. I don’t tend to use gold an awful lot, but at Christmas gold contrasted with dark green foliage just looks so lush. There was a bit of Copic colouring and ink embossing for this design, finished off with a little bit of embellishment. 

I have quite a few Christmas cards to share on the run up to Christmas so keep an eye out on my Instagram and blog. 🎄🎄🎄









Saturday, December 12, 2020

Gnomes For Christmas

 

Hi guys,

We all love gnomes right?!
This guy is one of the gnomes from the great stamp set from @simonsaysstamp called Spring Gnomes. Yes, you read that correctly..spring. I decided this little gnome had a Christmas Santa thing going on and I paired it with the greeting from @simonsaysstamp new stamp set Joyful Season. Lots of techniques going on here. Masking, embossing, ink blending, Copic colouring.
 Thank you Simon Says Stamp for giving us gnomes!




Monday, December 7, 2020

Do You Believe?

Happy Monday!
Not long until Santa comes now.....I wonder if he will be wearing a mask and using copious amounts of antiseptic hand wash?
I am sharing a Christmas card that I made a couple of weeks ago. I have been busy designing, but was determined to get them posted so you could get some ideas and inspiration for your crafting.
This card was made using a stamp set called Christmas Cheer, by Simon Says Stamp. I also used a sentiment set from them also and yes, you guessed it...it’s called Believe.
You will see I did some ink blending for the background over ink embossing.. I coloured him with my Copics and then added a bit of snow, and some writing on his list.
I kinda like the way this turned out...good job I made three as I am sure I want to keep one for myself!






 

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Christmas Decorations 2020


I thought I would share with you my Christmas decorations for 2020.

We moved home this year...yes, in the middle of a pandemic! That was not the plan though, the pandemic, I mean. We put a deposit on a home in October 2019...who knew a pandemic was going to hit?!

Anyway, we love our new home, and you have seen my new craft room, so I thought you would appreciate some decorative inspiration too.

Hopefully, Christmas will be an enjoyable one for all of us and that 2021 takes us more into a world of safety, peace and prosperity.


Friday, December 4, 2020

Holiday Cheer with Honey Bee Stamps

Hi everyone!

I am honoured to have been asked to participate in Honey Bee's 12 Days of Christmas this year! It is their 5th year, can you believe that?


I am sharing two cards with you today. I designed several projects actually as I was so excited with the release. Keep an eye out on my Instagram and Blog over the next couple of weeks if you want to see more!Both projects that I am sharing were designed using the paper stack called Holiday Cheer,  the stamp set called Farmhouse Tree Builder and the Merry Die & Stamp set. 


There's two parts to the Christmas tree in the stamp set which can be used on their own, or as a two part stamp technique. This is how I used it for my first design. I cut it out using the matching Tree Builder Die Set and glued it directly to the background paper. The sentiments you see were embossed, including the base, but I die cut 'Merry' three times and popped it up to give great dimension.  I finished off with some pearl embellishments and used my white gel pen for the snow.


My second project used the same products as mentioned above, only this time it was different stamps within the Tree Builder stamp set. I coloured those cutie stockings and the floral garland with my Copic markers. After die cutting them, I popped them up to give dimension. I used two parts of the 'Merry' die this time, after first white embossing it. The background paper already had snow, so I can not take the credit for that! 

Both projects were not terribly complicated, but because I make a lot of Christmas cards,  it's great when the design comes together relatively quickly. I have to say that the Farmhouse Tree Builder set will be staple in my stash for years to come, because of it's so wonderful and versatile.