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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Is there anybody out there?

Well I have been sooo absent just lately but tell you what – I don’t care!! I have had a wonderful December and I’ve been really busy IRL, not just in my craft room!
But I just popped on to blog what I’ve been doing the last couple of days. With my birthday and crimbo cash I treated myself to a brother scan n cut so I have been playing – a bit different for me but I’m hoping there is some logic to it as hopefully I won’t buy so many dies. (yeah right). However  I reckon if I use even 30 elements that would have been a die, say at an average cost of £12 the machine will have paid for itself. Well that’s my rationalisation, not that I need it!!
I have some birthdays coming up so thought I’d make some cards using the the snc.
IMG_1610  Used pre-installed elements to cut the words, letters and balloons. Well that’s 3 dies I haven’t got already right? (actually quite a lot more if you include every letter of the alpha………. AND you only need to cut the letters you want!)
Glary photo yuck. But used direct cut for the leaves and shapes to cut the mats. Note: I was trying to avoid having to trim all the edges by getting the circles in the same place – the mats are inverted - unfortunately reducing the size of the circles doesn’t mean they reduce from  the centre so I still had to fiddle with the edges after lining up the centres. However, there probably is a way to do it I just haven’t figured it out yet.
Next I thought I would try to make a  ‘stencil’ effect using pre installed snowflakes. I saved this layout and could now cut this out in duflex and make my own stencil/embossing folder.  I cut this out a few times whilst fiddling about and now have a big bag of snowflakes!! So here are err, a couple more cards using the waste/stencils. IMG_1613
And a ‘Merry Christmas’. (Oh yeah, I am trying to get most of next year’s cards done before mid January – it sure helps in the pre-christmas rush!! Total so far: 24)
These aren’t very designery – just using up what I am cutting!!
Finally I signed up to ‘canvas’ and successfully downloaded and cut out this beautiful trellis file from Monica's Creative Room. I managed this technological feat courtesy of the gentleman crafter – the helpful instructions on this blog are invaluable!!

Really love this one – the background paper was from a lovely envelope that I received a birthday card in and the bauble was a gift tag from a present – so essentially made with scraps (tight or what?).
That’s it for now, will try and get back in the swing but more parties tomorrow so can’t promise. Hic. and New Year’s Day might not be too good either……….Happy New Year!!


BJ said...

Adore the trellis card and love how you have used up bits and bobs too, you'd never know.

Helen said...

Hi Cindy, you've got yourself a great looking toy there... love the cards you've made.

Glennis said...

You are doing really well with your new 'toy' - lovely cards. I am going to check out that link

Princess Judy Palmer said...

My gosh! You've been a busy little beaver. I love to see that people are playing with their presents and trying them out this time of year. You seem to have your new toy figured out pretty good. They are all fabulous cards! I'm impressed with your Christmas card goal and impressed how many you have made so far. I'm tired of cold and cold weather stamps so I'm avoiding Christmas for now! Later I'll tell you it is too hot to think about it.

Alizabethy said...

You have been a busy bee playing in the craft room! A great set of cards for next year. Would love to do an ATC swap with you with the blue bird one - Dawn

sally said...

Talk about getting ahead on the Xmas card front!!!! The trellis one if gorgeous :-)

Have fun tonight and here's to a healthy & happy New Year.


chrissies said...

Hi Cindy-nice to see you again.

What ab great addition to your crafty goodies if it helps you make such wonderful cards. I too made a Christmas card yesterday and intend to keep making a few until the feeling wears off:)

My little Christmas Garland I won as one of your giveaways is up on the wall again this year and admired by all.

Have a great 2015

Love Chrissie x

Shoshi said...

No need to rationalise your fun new purchase, Cindy - just enjoy it!! - as you obviously are - what a stunning collection of cards. You certainly have been busy. I've been meaning to contact you to thank you for your lovely card and for thinking of me! I have been poorly over Christmas, you are right - but feeling a lot better now, thank you. Thank you for your lovely comment, and I'm glad you like the latest card - my poor friend is going to get it late. An e-card will have to suffice for the day itself! Glad you like the soaps, too. A bit more work before the pressies (late!) are finalised.

Have a very happy New Year.

Jacee said...

Hi Cindy, yes I'm out here! lovely cards, great designs, you've certainly kept yourself busy.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Hugs Jacee

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