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Sunday, 31 January 2010

New Toy

I have a new toy! A Sizzix Texture Boutique, a little embossing machine, which looks like a handbag ...... really too "cute" looking for me, but thankfully what it does far outweighs how it looks :-) All you do is make a "sandwich" of the supplied plates and your chosen cardstock plus embossing folder, and wind it through the machine - it's like magic LOL.

I have now bought ...... er...... let's just say "several" and leave it at that ...... embossing folders and have been having great fun playing with them. The picture on the left shows two samples, Morrocan Screen and Spots and Dots, both Cuttlebug folders, which fit through the Sizzix machine. The latest Little Girl layout has had the letters run through the machine using the Tiny Mosaic pattern, they look fabulous. I am having to resist the urge to texture all letters now :-)

Monday, 18 January 2010

Rising to the Challenge(s)

Our normal craft weekend was postponed by a week due to snow, so we had a mini cybercrop on our forum instead :-) Six of us set challenges - mine was a sketch - and we had a whole Sunday to scrap plus a week to finish off and upload. Well. Could I find my mojo anywhere? Couldn't come up with much at all, then DH says "shall we go and watch Avatar at the cinema?" Since we don't go out much, I leapt at the opportunity, thoroughly enjoyed the film and got back three hours later still with no inspiration at all.....
At the end of the day I had done two out of the six, so I have been doing the rest over the past week and at the crop yesterday. Finally got them uploaded today and am really pleased with them. I made a conscious effort to use older papers, as I have a bulging storage problem...... I also had to make sure that most of the LOs were of Little Girl, as I must progress her album forward.... only 4 more weeks to go before handover!

Monday, 4 January 2010

...... and in with the New!

Happy New Year!

I managed to get a bit of time in the craftroom between our visitors leaving and my going back to work. Just to play around really, with no specific thing in mind. I came up with these ATC backgrounds, not sure how I will finish them yet, but have a vague idea of doing something with all the metal embossing stuff I bought last year and haven't really used. The backgrounds are various shades of ink direct-to-paper and overstamped, the two on the left have had copper metallic ink used, though it hasn't photographed all that well.

I will post the pics of the finished articles as soon as they are done - watch this space ...... :-)