I got my Big Shot in the mail and I love it! It is bigger than the cuttlebug, but the Big Shot is prettier and more functional for me. So I made this video on the reasons why I switched. If you have any questions leave a comment or e-mail me.
Sorry I haven't posted in so long - I don't know where all the time goes, but there never seems to be enough of it. Ive been pretty busy. I went to AnimeNext, (anime convention) last month, where I had a great time & purchased some copic markers. I haven't really had time to play with then that much though. I had a 2 week vacation and I got a lot of household thing accomplished (replaced carpeting, spring cleaning, organizing, yard work, etc.), but no crafting. I even reformatted my hard drive & redid my main computer because it was starting to run slow. I also installed Windows 7 RC on my Laptop - LOVE IT!!(Hope everyone got in on the pre-order for $50) Now I'm back to work and I never feel creative when I come home. I don't feel like doing anything when I get home from work.
Last weekend I went to my local stamping store The Creative Corner where they were having a 5yr anniversary celebration - make & takes, refreshments, & prizes (I won a great Hero Arts stamp) and this weekend I have finally made a couple new videos & I made a card!! I am going to try to keep things a little more simple, I was wasting a lot of time editing my videos, I think that was one of the reasons I stopped making them for a while they just got too complicated & took so much time. I have not even reinstalled any complex video editing software on my computer - so have only very basic editing capabilities right now which is actually so much simpler & faster. I am hoping to do a lot more quick videos about tools, showing techniques & the finished project rather than showing the entire process.
I ordered the Sizzix Big Shot today (pink & black). I have a Cuttlebug which I love but the Big Shot has a few features that I wanted and I got it at a great price. Joanne Fabrics.com has the Big Shot for 59.99 + tax & free shipping on orders over $25 until Wed (promotional code EBD209). I plan on doing a video of it when i get it and why I decided to switch.
I think that's it - oh wait I also plan on having some Blog Candy for my 40th Birthday on August 4, don't know what yet so stay tuned.
My daughter needed a card for her friends birthday so I decided to make a video while creating it. It is a cute cupcake card I made with a chipboard UPC tag I got off a $1 basket that I bought at Target. The card base is from a package of 8 Thank You cards i got at AC Moore on clearance a while back for $.25 - the glitter was on clearance at walmart for $.75 & the patterned paper was a stampin up hostess level 1 item (free). Don't you just love free & clearance items!
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G-Squared Thank you card Stampin Up Patterned Paper Martha Stewart Border Punch Paperchase (Borders) Dot Stickers Target Cupcake Chipboard UPC Tag Mainstays (Walmart) Glitter Inkadinkado Clear Stamps Versafine Ink Martha Stewart Glitter Glue Stampin Up Dimentionals Ranger Glossy Accents ATG
The color combination for Inspiration Challenge #52 @ kwernerdesign's blog was really hard this week, I had to think about it for a long time and all I kept coming up with were 4th of July type ideas with stars. Then yesterday I got 2 new design cards for my Slice (Spring & Words and Expressions) while looking at the design booklets, I came up with the idea for my card. I did not do a video for this one as I have already done 2 videos this weekend. I used my Slice to cut out the chick, umbrella, and the saying. I textured the peices with cuttlebug & sizzix embossing folders, then used glossy accents on the raised surfaces and the words. I wish it showed up better in the picture, the glossy accent made them look shiny & wet. Now back to the rest of my day off - its back to work tomorrow.
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Cardstock - American Crafts, Colorbok, Best Occasions (walmart) Making Memories Slice (Spring, Word & Expressions Cartridges) ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inks Cloud 9 Design Rain Dots Micheals Rhinestone Gems Provocraft Cuttlebug Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Sizzix Embossing Folder Ranger Glossy Accents Stampin' Up 2 Way Glue Pen ATG
Wow, 2 videos in 2 days - Ive been busy!! Today I made a card with a lot of Making Memories products. I figured since I calibrated my Slice yesterday I should use it to make something, right? I used the Slice to make a mask/stencil and a faux chipboard frame. I think the card turned out pretty good. Thanks for stopping by & enjoy!
Making Memories "Chloe's Closet" Paper, Flower Gem, Rub-ons Making Memories Slice, Trimmer, Ribbon Tsukinek Versamark & Versamagic Inks Ranger Distress Ink & Embossing Powder DCWV Card Base Stampin' Up 2 Way Glue Pen Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive ATG
I made a video on calibrating the Making Memories Slice. I received the new Basic 1 Design Card v1.7 a few weeks ago (you get this disc by registering your Slice), but had not calibrated my slice yet. There is a tutorial on the Why Slice website on how to recalibrate - so I really wanted to show the differences, before and after, although my slice did OK before the calibration and there is not much difference to the shapes I cut - I can still tell a difference. I also have a couple of tips on my video on choosing the best cutting patterns. I hope this helps someone.
This first photo shows 1 1/2 in circles cut with the slice on top of punched circles - the blue one is before calibration - you can see clearly that is is not circular, the white ones are the results of calibration. The left one (E) is my final calibration and is a much better circle.
The second photo shows before & after shapes cut with the slice at 1in. Blue is before & white is after. the biggest difference I saw was in the circles & scallops.