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Ribbon or twine...

Who doesn't like ribbon or twine.  It's a cardmkaing staple right, so no excuse not to pop on over to the Let's Craft and Create blog and take part in our latest challenge.for a chance to win a lovely set of heart dies by Lawn Fawn . I just might enter myself, love that die set.

Ribbon: American Crafts Amy Tangerine Yes Please; Punch: Stampin Up;  Paper: American Crafts Amy Tangerine Yes Please

Dainty flowers for sad times...

For me, the most difficult card to make is for a friend who's lost a loved one.  Simplicity is the key here, it just doesn't seem right to load the card down with embellishment.

 I've printed a line drawn digi stamp straight onto the front of a recycled  A6 card blank from Paperchase, adding just a hint of colour with chalks. 

The flecks of colour in the recycled card give texture, warmth and add interest to an otherwise simple and some might say bland design.  I love it!

Digi stamp: Pink Petticoat (retired)  Font: Mister Sirloin BTN Rare;  Colour medium: Dovecraft chalk palette - Earth tones

Reviewing a new die cutter...

I was happy with my old Cuttlebug embosser and die cutter, apart from a paper trimmer and craft mat it was the first considered paper crafting tool I purchased.  It has stood me in good stead for the past 5 years and I wouldn't be without it.  Although being a lurid green it looks out of place in my neutral toned craft space!

So when Cricut got in touch and asked if I'd like to sample the new Kirstie Allsopp Cuttlebug I jumped at the chance.  Swayed by the new streamlined profile and retro styling, but mainly, if I'm honest, that the machine was designed in Kirstie's exclusive duck egg colour, a much better fit in my craft space, and that my 'B plates were getting kinda worn and needed replacing!!

I've been using it regularly for over a month now and I've found it gives great results with both cutting and embossing.
It comes with an 'A' plate, 2 'B' plates and instead of a 'C' plate as my old model, a rubber embossing/cutting mat which works better than the 'C' plate for cutting with thin metal dies - Spellbinders, Sizzix, Xcut and cArt- Us.

I love how the handle tucks away when it's not in use!

It comes with a little starter pack of Cut & Emboss Dies three piece set: Tags
and an A2-size embossing folder: Polka Dot Frame. 

There's a further six brand new Cuttlebug folders designed by Kirstie.  Each set includes an A2 embossing folder and 5" coordinating border. They're available from various stockists you can see the whole range here at Cutting Edge Crafts .  My favourite is the Zig Zag

Overall it's a BIG improvement on my old machine
  • Smoother operation - handle easier to turn
  • Improved results with thin metal dies
  • Sleek styling  - handle tucks away
  • Not forgetting the duck egg colour

All opinions are my own.