Friday, 25 April 2014

BEEN PLAYING WITH SCAN N CUT AGAIN !!!

ok i know this is a blog showcasing spellbinders and my cards well i thought could i combine the two using the brother scan n cut and spellbinders and the conclusion i come up with is yes you can...

i have many in fact some of you would say extreme amounts of spellbinder dies i have posted a picture of just one walls worth on here before. well the collection has grown in fact i just brought the new d-lite sets which include woodland animals, fairies, trees and twigs and what i would call corners.

out of the whole collection i would say my favarite would be the hedgehog since a young age i have been fascinated by them. anyway i thought i would do a simple card using the hedgehog die





ok so this was the card i made, i thought the hedgehog would be great for a male card

and i think it looks quiet cute,

materials used

a4 gold card for card
co ordinations orange for matt
black card for base
beige card for hedgehog and sentiment
faux pearls cosmic shimmer glue


so i started with my dad which is a preset on the scan n cut machine i cut that out
then i ran my black card stock through the cuttlebug with an embossing folding which was the simplicity one
made a flag using gold and black card stock

i cut out the hedgehog plus sentiment using the cuttlebug

when i placed them on to the card i wasnt really happy i wanted a faux nestie behind the hedgehog and sentiment now if you were doing this by hand and scissors you would not have had a perfect cut so what i did was.
i placed both dies on to my scan mat and scanned them through the scan n cut which then gave me the whole die i then got my card and placed it on to the cutting mat
i selected the whole area of the die and cut it out
on the scan n cut

now i have tried to get as close as possible with my camera to show you the cut your looking at the faux nestie behind the hedgehog cut out, the orange card !
they is no snagging no loose card nothing its a beautiful clean cut image,
as with the sentiment nestie too
i never thought a cutting machine could cut so cleanly, i have the cricut imagine and i could never get a clean cut with it. and i would never be able i a million years to cut this perfectly using scissors .

so now all of a sudden my spellbinders have grown so not only using the cut out die of each i can now create a nestie easily using any die through the brother scan n cut amazing!!!


i would love to know if you have a brother scan n cut or if your planning on buying one , if you have one already what do you do on yours i would love to hear from you especially to know what you have discovered since using the machine.

anyways please leave a comment so i know you have been and read and to generally let me know what you think


see you soon folks

ttfn xxx




Monday, 14 April 2014

BROTHER SCAN N CUT !!!! IS IT WORTH IT?


ok my new toy arrived the brother scan n cut so i thought i would post my view of the machine here , ok its true what they say you will open box plug in and play within 10 mins 
but over the weekend i really didnt get chance because i was a a craft fair which wasnt very busy but heyho back to the machine.
on first impressions you think how can this machine do everything it says so after a few attempts i was fussy cutting my stamped images but then i wanted to mainly try the installed images, i found a bunny so being easter soon thought i would weld two bunny shapes together and see if i could produce a card 
the result was....

yes i made the above bunny card

 secondly i wanted to make some shaped cards so this one below was the next attempt
i also cut out the fonts and egg from the preinstalled images

 not bad !!!
 thirdly there is a guy who showed the machine on c and c
john bloodworth now he makes everything seem simple and he has his own blog which i will give you all in a bit because he helped produce the next card i made.
the font eggs the eggs flowers and swirls are all pre installed images within the machine but the wonderful lattice star shape is from johns blog he has done a few files for everyone to save and use at their own leisure
and his blog is gentleman crafter so if you click the link your will be taken there.
 now this last one again is from johns blog well the lattice sq and atc in the middle are, i gold leaved my lattice sq and added some flowers from my spellbinders to it i think the lattice sq is lovely


now i love this last one this was from a file download svg cuts site 
i had to down load all three layers add them to scan n cut canvas then transfer to the scan n cut machine now in all honesty i only managed to work that out today 
i have never crafted with svg files in my life and had no idea what to do but this site was straight forward enough to use. 
and this little mum card was the outcome. john is also going to do a blog post regarding converting svg files soon so hopefully i can use different sites when he does that so watch this space.

now i was not convinced this machine was going to be worth it but after a few plays im converting to it. lets say im not sending it back......
the more i play the more i learn and like it ok it wont take over the way i craft but i can adapt it to make my life easier ie no more fussy cutting using scissors lol
this machine has alot to offer every crafter and i think if your serious about crafting then this is a must for anyone.

i will continue to post updates on the machine as and when i try something new but for any questions please ask or go to johns site he has everything you need to know there.

please let me know if this blog was helpful to you in any way

happy crafting folks see you soon please leave a comment

ttfn x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

LOVING THESE CARDS.....whoop whoop

good morning britain!!!! and everyone else in the world that reads my blog.

well my news today is that i gave up smoking Tuesday, so this is day two lol
i never smoked in the house anyway it was always a garden pleasure but i woke up decided  that's its no point in spending a fortune no more as they have gone up loads, went to docs on Monday got patches and gave up Tuesday. now i can treat myself lol
well this is my view don't think the husband agreed lol as i went and brought the new brother scan n cut machine. as from today im still waiting for it to get delivered. and i cant wait to see if its as good as lot are saying, i will play with it for two weeks and if it doesnt live up to my expectations it can go back. So watch this space i will write a bit about it when it arrives.

anyway todays card again is a boxed one for the show on saturday

this is an unusual wedding card, as its using black card stock

theirs a few different techniques used to make this card and i will try and remember and list what i did

firstly i embossed my embossing folder to get a letter press effect

to do this i took a spellbinders embossing folder and wiped perfect medium over it ran it through the grand calibur then sprinkled embossing powder over it and heat set it.
i did this on the risen side so i could get the debossed embossed if that makes sense lol
my second technique was using my micro beads on the cross i cut the milk card cross first covering in double sided adhesive sheet then set beads into it, then cut another cross out of blk card to make shadow behind milk card
another technique used was faux pearls using cosmic shimmer glue.
i used my clay to make embellishments flowers a bird and leaves.

in general i liked this card and i think its a bit different from the normal wedding cards you get.
i dont think black card makes it any less a wedding card.

after saturday all the cards on the blog (if not sold) will be available to purchase at my online shop
so please pop over and see if anything takes your fancy for that special person.

THE SHOP

i will keep up all update about my giving up smoking, brother scan and cut machine the craft fair on saturday next week as from now till sunday im going to be so busy.

so see you all monday take care have fun and have a good weekend

ttfn xxx







Thursday, 3 April 2014

Sneak peek revealed!!!!

good morning folks,

Today's card is another air dry clay one but using a heartfelt creations die set.
i am really enjoying making this style of card at the moment, Im making them for the craft fair im doing. Im making 5 to take with me so only have 2 more to make now which hopefully i will get them done today,
these cards are for varied occasions could be birthday,Easter,anniversary, get well the list goes on.
on my embellishments i waited for them to dry and then i found out my spray and sparkle silver and went over them,
im hoping you can just about see the sparkle on the embellishments in the close up.

This was the finished project, the card i used was a really nice duck egg blue and silver
you can see i have used a heartfelt creations die set,
this one was called layered scalloped posy set .
this card took me about 2 hours to complete start to finish.

 On this picture you can just about see that i have used my micro beads on my die cut outs, i love these beads they give interest and texture and on the silver card i used it almost makes the card look like a glitter card.
 in this picture you can see the dimension that the flowers and bird give to the card.
you can also see the shine from the spray and sparkle i have used on the embellishments
again you can see the dimension
also in the heartfelt creations die set are these tiny flowers which i cut out and shaped using bore tool to give dimension. in each tiny flower there is a crystal gem.
i also used my cosmic shimmer pearl glue to make faux pearl gems on the micro beaded die, you can just about see them here.













on this picture you can see the effect and shine i got from the spray and sparkle, i even gave the bird a coat and i really liked the effect it gave.








This is the finished card with its matching box  price of this card is £9.99

if your interested in purchasing then please contact me via MY SHOP it will not be on the site just use the contact form stating which card you are after and i will contact you back asap.






















stock  and methods i used to make this card

blank white card
textured silver card
dimpled silver card
duck egg blue card
heartfelt creations die set (layered scalloped posy set)
micro beads
spray and sparkle silver spray
clay embellishments (handmade)
silver peel off
crystal gems
cosmic shimmer pearl glue
foam pads and silicone glue

methods used
matting and layering
card piecing
faux pearls made using cosmic shimmer pearl glue
die cutting
and micro beading die cut pieces

i hope you like this card and box set just as much as i did making it.
feel free to leave a comment or ask a question.

thats all for now folks take care have a good day and i will be back in a few days

ttfn xxx


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