Bonus ….Custom cut frames with Gina Marie Dies!

Time to get busy and knock out some sample combos.. these dies are going to be so much fun.  They are fabulous as intended with the in and out cuts; but they are even better when you start doubling them up to make frames

… and even better when you start making combos.
 I had a quick play with some of my dies and came up with this one which I really like.  These frames are made up of :

MINI HEART LACE SQUARE DIE SET – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

and  the

DOT STUDS ON BOTH SIDES OF CUTTING LINE SQUARE – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

 

and then this image shows all THREE cuts
…and here is a sneaky peek at another combo…so stay tuned for more of these fun frames.  I wonder how many combos I can come up with without ordering any more new dies lol.  Although there are a few I might just have to grab to expand my frames capabilities lol.  These were made using my We R Memory Keepers Genius Ultimate Magnetic Platform on my Sizzix Big Shot

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The elusive search for a good paper cutter….

Well ..I finally decided it was time to find myself a  new cutter.. no one ever seems to find that ULTIMATE crafters paper cutter  lol.  I haven’t dumped my current cutters.. but they are now relegated to just being used for specific things.

So now I think I got it all covered… will be testing this baby out to see just how accurate it is  later tonight.  But for anyone interested, this is what I got.  It’s not something I have seen in my local Walmart, but we stopped by one the other day on the way home from being out of town.. I was looking at this online a few days before, so grabbed it when I saw it  🙂 Mine is blue, not green though… Swingline ClassicCut LITE Guilotine

My biggest problem is trimming up the edges of cards after all the layers are on if they didn’t line up perfectly, or I change my mind at the last minute about something and want to trim it up…. usually that means multiple layers which are a pain to cut with a rotary style… sooo.. I grabbed a Guillotine.  It’s nothing fancy, it’s far from expensive.. but  it’s big enough for almost all of the things I cut and  from the quick test play I had.. it works pretty damned good. There is no real guard on these so beware of little fingers, and your own as the blade is underneath and you should be careful when picking it up too. My son is under strict instructions that it is something he NEVER touches unless he is with me and I say it is ok for him to hold the handle… but I still put it away out of reach when it’s not in use.

My Fellows is fab for wavy scallop cuts and perforations, but the laser is dead and it just doesn’t seem to cut as well as it used to.. after about 6 years, I’m really not complaining 🙂 It’s not the blade per se more it doesn’t seem to cut as straight as it used to..or maybe ..it’s me LOL



My Recollections signature Paper Trimmer, that poor baby has taken some abuse lol…. it’s still a  great cutter for  foam and scoring..and funnily enough the thing that makes it not good for paper cutting.. makes it fabulous for my shabby edge cuts.

It’s one of those trimmers with a channel and not a cutting strip..so if you don’t put a piece of scrap underneath it to cut, it  gets filled up with crap gives you a shabby edge, or pushed the cut into the groove …. but I love the shabby look it gives, it’s not as pronounced as tearing….which I suck at lol, but it’s still rough enough to give interest.


Yes I know it would cut better if I cleaned out all of the crap from the adhesive foam lol…



…and then I picked up a We R Memory Keepers Cutter one day, just because it looked interesting… sadly  that is still sitting on the side of my file cabinet till I figure out exactly what to do with it and how it works.. it’s like a long magnetic ruler with multiple cutting sliders…. but..alas, my desk is NOT magnetic lol… but I will figure that one out.

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Gina Marie Designs – In and Out die sets * BONUS CUT !

Now this is something  not everyone has figured out yet about these great dual stitch dies, so I figured I would share… there is actually a THIRD cut. That’s right.. you don’t just get TWO cuts  per die,  if you are sneaky…. you can pull out a 3rd  really cool and useful cut. Just by combing  two of the dies from the set, VOILA.. you now have 3 cuts.



Now let me just say this is not as effective on some of the dies.. specifically the rounded corner ones. as the corner angles are not set up to form a uniform curve on the sizes. Individually you have the perfect corner cuts.. but combined.. it’s not a cut that nests well… saying that if you wanted to do it.. you just get a 3rd funky frame cut.. which you may actually like…. not everyone wants that uniform look.


Ok so what dies am I referring to? not the regular stitched dies.. but the new ones.  Just pop “In and Out” into the search function and you will get to see all of the new  double stitched dies I am referring to.  Now I don’t have ALL of these..and I can’t guarantee that all of the designs will  work for this technique…but if you are buying them anyway for the double cut.. you might as well at least know that a 3rd cut is possible. 🙂


I  can’t show you the full image as it is for an upcoming DT project… but you can get a sneaky peek at part of it, which shows the  traditional inner cut.


Now here is the fun part…. if you nest two of the dies on your cutting plate .. you can see on the left the traditional use, which is the inner and outer cuts… BUT you now have a THIRD cut.  Nesting your dies  gives you this double stitched frame cut too.  I discovered this last year  with my first Dual Stitched dies and  use this 3rd cut a lotWhat a great way to get even more value from dies that are already fantastic value…

Here you can see what I meant about the rounded corner dies… still a cool cut specially if you wanted to decorate the corners, or just wanted something a bit different.  You still get your regular in and out cut.. but the frame.. that’s just a cool unexpected bonus.

These are the 3 sets I just got… now be warned ladies these pierced dies have TINY holes and they are a bit more pernickety than your average die.. but totally worth it for the look you get.  I am really hoping  that Gina Marie Designs release this dual stitch design in more stitches soon.. the larger stud dot  and  all of the various stitches they already have on singles… I am ALL OVER THAT.  I love these dual stitch dies ..  or In & Out as they are called on the GMD descriptions. They need a new name… In & out just doesn’t cover how cool these dies really are lol.

Now I personally found that these cut much better for me on my machine using my Magnetic Platform.  I have read a lot of people complaining about their sizzix Platforms, but I actually picked up a We R Memory Keepers Platform last year on clearance at my local Michaels and it’s fab.  I just run these fiddily dies through back and forth, turn it round and run it through again to make sure I have even pressure. Not all machines cut the same pressure all over.. could be anything from worn bearings, to worn plates..or as in my case last year .. a broken chassis inside that you have no idea is even broken till you strip it down. It worked, but had uneven pressure issues… anyhwo there is a whole post somewhere on here about my little fun and games with my Big shot last year and the Fabulous Customer Service by Sizzix.

As I was saying I just use that WRMK’s magnetic base on these.. I added a card layer below the die and it doesn’t effect the hold of the magnets at all..and then used the thicker top plate from the set.  If you are still having any probs with a clean cut.. be sure to run it through back and forth, rotate  the plates and run it through again..and then  if you have to.. and your project permits.. just rotate  it so the dies go through at an angle.. or 90’s if it fits…. and you shouldn’t have any issues.  The biggest problem is cleaning up the hundreds of tiny cut outs haha.. that stuff gets everywhere.

If you are interested this is the Magnetic Platform I use. QuicKutz® We R Memory Keepers™ Genius Ultimate Magnetic Platform set

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Note to self… crafting hauls….

Should really wait till you actually have time to craft!!! LOL  Sadly this little lot doesn’t even include the pens and such I ordered last month and still haven’t had time to play with properly .. but dang me and the lil man are gonna have fun next year  LOL.. I hope!

This little lot includes 3 Blitsy orders
Chameleon Pens from Hobby Lobby and refills and nibs order from Chameleon Pens
CraftingAbility order
Stazsh Up order
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Overstock.com
and an order of Cricut Blades that a special lady gifted to me 🙂

It also doesn’t include CraftsUPrint cutfiles and various artists digital stamps I might have grabbed this  month *grin

And I already put away 1 Scrapbook Outlet order of Gina Marie Designs Dies, Crafting Ability Order and a Blitsy order that I showed you sneak peeks at the end of last month..mostly pens.  I am making up for almost 8 months of virtually no craft shopping  🙂  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME !!!

I’ll be showing some of these a bit more closely in upcoming posts and projects..  but if you have any questions, leave a comment 🙂

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Blitsy Cyber Sale extended!

If you didn’t manage to grab all the deals you wanted yesterday, the Blitsy Cyber Sale has been extended…  woo hoo.  Free Shipping on orders over $29.99 and faster shipping times
Lots of big name brands still on sale up to 80% off !!!

….and of course…. still a chance to get some scissors  on orders placed before  the end of the month.
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My Blitsy sleepover Black Friday Haul

Just in case hubby peeks at this…. THANK YOU honey ..it’s perfect.. just what I hoped you would get me for Christmas LOL

I was naughty.. not THAT naughty.. but naughty….  but if I get me some Golden Scissors and  won the $1000 prize..oh hell yeah..I could spend that in under 15 minutes lol.

I picked up the We R Memory Keepers Laser Square I have been covetingblitsylasera new extended platform for my Big Shot.. badly needed
A gelli print plate which will be fun to use with the little guy and something I have  been dying to try
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A Hampton Art Stamp Perfect Tool

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..and a couple of little dies including this oneblitsyleaves

I have a packet coming tomorrow with my first order too…

You still have time to go grab some great deals.. Free Shipping on orders over $29.99 AND

new faster shipping/processing times too…. 🙂

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CraftingAbility & Cohas coupons

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Stop by the website to get all your last minute gifts for that crafter or scrapbooker in your life. From Wink of Stella Glitter brushes and markers, to photo glues and tapes, Gansai Tambi paints, and Manga art supplies, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your crafty list! And, with their ongoing sale, you can still save 20% on all items listed at CraftingAbility.com, or use the coupon to receive free shipping on US orders!

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Saucy card — Imagine that !!! lol

Who woulda thunk it huh.. me doing something a bit saucy.. huh LOL

Don’t panic it’s not THAT bad..but it’s definitely NOT a mermaid, or a cute fairy  ..sorry M.. no butterflies either lol.  This is the second of two images I picked up by new artists, to me at least.  This is
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She was hand colored, then scanned into the computer so I could add some borders and print her out on Canvas Paper.  I frayed up the canvas edges… which sometimes is easier said than done, but I love that slightly grungy look.  This particular Canvas Paper is something I have had for YEARS…  but it isn’t widely available anymore   :/ I did find one place still selling it… www.consumercrafts.com in small packs of 2 if anyone wanted to give it a try.  Sadly, a lot of my specialty papers that I love are no longer available… so once I get through my stash… I shall have to look for alternatives.

She was colored with Chameleons and Zig Kurecolor,  my goto combo for most projects and a Zig Memory System Chalk Pen for the card background.. I love how nicely they play together 🙂  I added in some extra detail under the skirt area to give the impression of sheer frills…it’s kinda hard to see in the pics though.. sorry.

The image is “Arcadia Pin-Up” by ShadowClocksyDigis  which you can find on Etsy and also Facebook.  She is foam padded with a sheet of Darice Adhesive foam and the sentiment is a Heidi Swapp die.

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Power Poppy “PURE PRAIRIE BOUQUET” matted art

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this digital stamp “Pure Prairie Bouquet” to play with from the New Releases over at Power Poppy.  It’s a gorgeous bouquet assortment  of flowers and for those of you who like to  work in authentic colors, Marcella even kindly supplied a guide  showing what all of the plants are (see below).  A quick scout around google images revealed all of these gorgeous flowers and foliage in their glory, now the hard part… picking the right color for those that come in multiple varieties LOL

I decided to start with the ones that only appeared to have one color ..and then worked my way through the rest one by one, picking the color choices I thought worked best in the overall project.

As usual my  pen selection was Chameleon and Zig Kurecolor, but this time my addon was a few pens from my Zig Memory System Collection… not the Ranger Distress pens  which I often use in collaboration.

So.. here it is… it’s in a simple black photo mat and will be joining the other pieces in my
“Abandoned Art” bucket to be dropped and hopefully bring a smile to some random stranger one day….if one of my friends doesn’t claim it after seeing it in my blog/facebook etc.

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Zig Kurecolor Alcohol Markers & Giveaway

It seems to come up a lot lately in some of the cardmaking and coloring groups I am in on Facebook… lots of people are trying out the  Zig Clean Color Markers, but few know about the Zig Kurecolor set.  Since I am a huge fan of the Zig Kurecolor markers I have, I thought I would share this info for anyone who might be interested.

I had been struggling to find a skin tone  that suited my style and budget when I ran across these on the CraftingAbility website. I already had the set of Memory System Markers and loved the tips on those… so when I saw that Zig had alcohol markers with the same  fine tip, I grabbed some to try.

The brush tip on the  Zig Kurecolors isn’t like most brush tips I have tried, it’s a bit fatter, rounder and and not so stiff and I love it.  Add in the fab fine tip and … the fact I finally FINALLY found my color. SOLD !!!!

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I am not a huge fan of pinky/orange faces… it reminds me too much of girls who can’t find the right foundation makeup.  Just personal preference, each to their own.  I picked up 3 pens to try and get a good skin combo and  the one I  absolutely can’t live without … Pale Beige #731.

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Now Zig do two types of Zig Kurecolor….refillables, much like the Copic, Spectrum etc… and one that is not marketed as refillable.. but TOTALLY is and really would be another great selling point if they were marketed as such.  The pens are slimline, so won’t hold as much ink as the ones marketed as refillable.. but they are super quick and easy to fill, so I am not worried about that at all.

No replacement tips for these ones.. since they aren’t marketed as refillable, however that is not to say that the replacement tips wouldn’t work in these, I just haven’t had any to try… but you know I will  give it a shot when I do lol.  But they do come with my two favorite tips and so far, I have had no need to replace them anyway and I am not the most delicate of people when it comes to markers.

Zig seem to have very durable tips that have held up to my scribbling and Cricut Explore perfectly.  They also play nicely with other alcohol markers I have and I am definitely one to mix and match my pens.  So if you have other alcohol pens, but just can’t find the right skintones for your tastes, or feel like you are missing some colors you would like.. or you really just need different tips..check these out.

Me, as soon as I can, I’ll be  buying every single one of them lol.  I just have to decide between the dual tip refillables and these Manga pens I currently have…and really like.

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The Refillable version comes in two versions of dual tip.. the twin and twin ‘s’ .   I believe all Kurecolors come in the entire color range, but don’t quote me on that.

The Twin pens ( twin and twin’s’ ) also have replacement tips which can be purchases in packs of 10.  Please check the details on these as not all tips can be used on both pens .  I’m hoping to get my hands on some of these myself soon to try, and if and when I do… I’ll be sure to let you all know.  One of these, not sure which model yet, will be available on special order for anyone interested..( 10 days or less) I’ll let you all know as soon as they are listed, or you can sign up for their newsletter. Because I’ll be grabbing some myself to play with 🙂

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and then of course there are the refills… 25ml in whatever colors  you need.  If you fall in love with the 731 like I did, I highly recommend you buy these in multiples ..lol I can tell you it’s hell when you run out and have to wait for refills.  I have 3 now and happy as a clam. I am soo not running out of that color again lol. Refills come in single color, or sets ..I believe it’s sets of 10, or 12 to correspond with the pen sets.





The color range is not as vast as Copic, but with 136 pens in the range ( 135 colors and a blender pen),  plus tip blending capabilities….there is more than enough color variety for most peoples needs …and budgets.   I just got my mits on a set of the Hair and muted tones manga pens… so  expect to see projects  and a review of those soon too.


I think I read somewhere that these inks are also suitable for paint guns.. so I’ll be giving that a shot too. I know my other alcohol inks worked in it.
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Ok and now for the fun part…. CraftingAbility.com have very kindly supplied a 12 pack set of the Manga skintone colors for one of you lucky peoples!

The set contains the following colors:

Pale Beige, Vanilla, Ivory, Champagne, Light Bisque, Rose Beige, Flesh Colour, English Rose, Blush, Pale Blush, Pink Haze and Porcelain.

You can enter  here by commenting on this post and telling me why you would like to try these. One random lucky person will get their hands on this 12 pack set.



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