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8 Sep 2014

Another configuration box! (Cutting file)

This was another project I started doing on holiday (vacation). This time its more of a summer/ beach theme being as my holiday location was in a beach town in Cornwall.

I bought the house shape box from a local discount store ( Buyology). I coloured it with Ranger distress inks Evergreen Bough and Mustard seed. I had to use a brush to get into the corners of the squres. I lined the house with paper that came free with a magazine. I can't rememebr what the paper was.

I stamped a few text around the box with some brown archival ink. The contents if the boxes were  either bought ( fish, shells and compass) in shops we visited  or made  ( life belt, anchor and bows). The e blue heart I took with me and is from another configuration box I made ages ago and I decided I didn't like so took it apart again.

The leaves are a ribbon I found in the cake making section of a hardware store we visited again during our holiday.
The compass is adhered to a cork from a wine bottle we had. It brought the compass forward because it looked a bit lost at the back of the box section.
I made the anchor today  to finish it off. I cut it with my Pazzles from chipboard added some dimensional paint and covered it with copper wax guilt from Treasure. The anchor has plaited twine around it.

The life belt was made by cutting out the circles and adhering the red to the white circle. I used my bone folder to curve the belt. I then wrapped some twine around it.
The shell in the left was placed on some netting to resemble fishing net and a few beads were glued to it to add interest.
The bows are again made from twine just to bring it all together and there you have it finished!

If you would like the anchor cutting file you can download it from HERE


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6 Sep 2014

Silhouette Pixscan mat

I bought a Silhouete Cameo Pixscan mat and it arrived yesterday so of course I've had a little play with it.
I personally didn't find it as straight forward as the company make out. I had difficulty getting the lighting correct so the camera could  produced a good quality photo of the calibration page. Once that was done properly fair play the software identified my camera which was good.
I tried to cut out some things using the camera method and I was very disappointed. It took a few attempts for the machine to recognise the registration marks but I finally got there.   The cut was a little off on one cut but way off on another.
As you can see in my photo the heart inside the circle was cut  sligthly lower (1.5mm) than the actual shape.

The bird on the heart was 3mm off the design. The shape should have been all pink but as you can see its not!
I cut another heart and again it was about 1mm off line. This was a black hear with apink pattern in the centre but the edge on one side showed the white surrounding paper.

I figured that maybe the fault was in  the way I took a photo of the mat.

I thought it might be better to use my printer scanner instead. I followed the instructional video given by Graphtec but my scanner wasn't even detected by the software so that was a total failure.

I'll reserve judgement on this Pixscan until I've asked on a few forums and given it a few tries..........

How has anyone else got on with it???

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2 Sep 2014

Nanny's boys album

I've been on holiday (vacation) for the last two weeks. It was a lovely relaxing time and I did manage to do some crafting.
Unfortunately I didn't have all the tools and stash with me to complete the three projects I started. Its something I can finish now I'm back home.

Well sort of because I'm also back in work after the summer break. They next few weeks will be busy meeting my new students and sorting out their work so I hope to fit in some crafting as well!

Tonight I finished constructing a mini album for my mother in law. I want to update the photos she has of her great grandsons especially as they are now turning two.


The album is a simple one with pages and cover bound with the "Bind it all. I used the Papermania dots and stripes collection. Its nice and bright so suitable for young photos.

I just used cereal packet cardboard for the covers. I cut out the lettering and mat using my Pazzles. It seems to be giving me a much cleaner cut since I replace the cutting strip. The flower and picture are things I had in my stash.I used the Bind It Al to cut some holes on the open end  and threaded some green ribbon through the holes to use as closures.




The pages were 12 x 12 papers folded in half and adhered  around the edges. I matted the pages  with plain paper because using  more patterned paper would be too much.

 I used stickers and pictures  to decorate each page. each page and drew various patterns around the edges of the mats. Of course I tried to use pictures that showed the  grandson's interests. One grandson loves Thomas the Tank engine and the other one just loves his cars!!

For the inserts I kept to the same theme. I cut out them from the left over dots and strips and again  mated them with plain paper and decorated them in the same way as the pages. Again I decorated them with what ever stickers and pictures I had left in my stash.
You'll have to excuse the pictures for some reason my computer wouldn't let me rotate them! That's my excuse anyway LOL

All I need to do to finish it completely  is to buy some ink cartridges for my printer, print off some photos and add them to the album .

 Its nice to do some albums again.  I have another one to finish but that's for another post.............. stay tuned folks

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12 Aug 2014

Configuration box.

I decided to make a configuration box after spotting a wooden box in a local bargain store. The quality of the box was really good. I coloured it using  salty ocean and mowed lawn distress inks from Ranger.


I lined each section with paper from either Papermania or Docrafts prints collection. I've had the pad for ages and of course I can't find it  to let you know now I've tidied up.... typical!!!
Most of the other elements I had in my stash and had bought from a different bargain shop ages ago. I had some flowers left over from my hydrangea project so I made them into a basket of flowers and adhered them to a section with hot glue.  The button is from my mother's button box and I coated them with bronze gilding wax.  The lettering came free with a magazine. I filled the bottles with beads from my stash and tied some black raffia around the neck.  The lace butterfly was from an old hair band. I simply added elements to each section fixing them with my glue gun. The whole thing reminds me of my mother because she loved flowers and was very creative and was especially skilled with anything to do with sewing. It was the second anniversary of her passing last week and as I said in a previous post we've been sorting out  her house recently so she is in my mind a lot at the moment.

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11 Aug 2014

Be Bold (Sunflower cutting file)

Another journal page I needed to do. When things are not going so well in specific areas of your life you sometimes have to stand your ground and stick up for yourself. That is what this journal page is all about. I'm usually an easy going sort of person but Ive noticed lately that I'm less tolerant than I used to be and have gained the confidence to speak out when things are not as they should be.



I sprayed the page with dyslusions spray inks of various colours  for the background. I then stamped some printed text stamps using archival ink.  The flowers were cut out using my Cameo from a FREE CUTTING FILE from SVGCuts  using different shades of yellow paper. I adhered the layers to my page using Modpodge and cut strips with a welded word for the main  and other stems.  I added molding paste spread through punchonella in the centre of each flower and coloured it brown when dry. I went over the lines and shaded with Pitt pens. I finished it off with lines of dots using my white Sharpies pen. Oh yes I added a few rub ons too.

I wish I was like this when I was younger, I was too much of a shrinking violet in those days!!
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10 Aug 2014

toot toot (cutting file)

Here I am again. Its my two grandson's second birthday in the next month or so,  I'm on holiday just before one Grandson's birthday so I thought I'd get started on their birthday cards today wile I have the time.
Both boys are mad keen on the little brio train set we bought them and the one grandson is absolutely obsessed with Thomas the Tank engine and the other prefers Percy soo there was no problem thinking of a card for each of them.
I downloaded a train paper piecing svg/pdf file and transfered it to a print and cut file and cut them out on my Cameo.


 I folded an A4 card in green and blue then matted some yellow striped paper from the Paper mania capsule collection ( dots and stripes).  I adhered all the pieces together and placed in on the card. I used Glossy accents to give a shine to the eyes and bumpers. I painted some Wink of Stella onto the mouth an red part to give them some shine.

When it was all dry I used my Pazzle to cut out the banner triangles and adhered them to the top of the card, I added some bakers twine to complete the banner.
Finally I again used my Pazzles to cut out the theirir names and the number 2 from glitter paper and fixed them to the card.
All I have to do now is print of a greeting for the insert.

If you would like the Thomas  file you can  downloaded it  from Thomas piecing file from Cute as a Fox blog

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9 Aug 2014

New Direction. (cutting files)


I'm slowly getting back into the swing of crafting so its time for a bit of journaling. Actually I started doing this page at the end of June and completed it over a few weeks. I just hadn't got around to taking photos ( again!)There are a  lot of changes happening where I work and my role also seems to be changing so I felt a journal page for this was very apt.


I used some home made alphabet stencils and molding paste to add some dimensions to the background. stencils coloured the page using  Next I coloured the page with  orange Dylusions . The green was darker than I expected so it didn't turn out as bright as I wanted. I used various circle shapes to stamp white paint circles. I used my stamps to create some added interest to the background. One was musical notes and a text one stamp , I think the print was a creative expressions stamp. the musical one is an old one.

I cut out the arrow shapes using my Pazzles from some paper (scraps) from my stash  and adhered them to the page. Finally I  stamped the lettering ( Stampendous)  and edged the arrows with a Sharpies black marker.
You can download the arrows from HERE
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