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Regular viewers will know that I am a BIG fan of the Cuttlebug. It took me ages to buy one but now I have one, I wouldn’t be without it. A Cuttlebug is a die cutting and embossing machine. Now for a marriage made in heaven, add Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders. 

One of the best things about the Nestabilites dies, is that as their name suggests they nest! Once you have a bit of a collection of Nestabilities or Nesties as they are  fondly known, it is fun to mix and match the combinations of shapes. Using the dies you can cut and emboss card or paper mats for papercraft projects, but add a magnetic mat to the mix and you can cut frames and apertures using the dies. 

I bought my magnetic mat from an office stationary supply store (Staples) but you can get them from all over the place these days. Try to get a magnet with a white backing as it is less likely to mark your projects. Here is a tutorial that show how to make  apertures. 

I found that using the following combination of plates gave a good cut without embossing the edges of the card and without excessive wear on the magnetic sheet. Bear in mind that different magnetic sheets will vary  in thickness, as will the embossing mats that you use. So experiment to see what combination works for you ;) 

My recipe for using a magnetic mat for cutting apertures 

  • A Plate
  • Embossing Mat
  • B Plate
  • Magnetic sheet
  • Nestabilities Die (Facing up so it doesn’t cut the magnet!)
  • Cardstock to be cut
  • B Plate.

To cut Apertures in your card 

  • Select the die shape that will become your aperture and place it on the magnetic sheet
  • Place the magnetic sheet into your chosen base card
  • Arrange the die on the sheet to the area you wish to have an aperture
  • Carefully place this onto the Cuttlebug and put the B plate on top.
  • Wind the handle on the Cuttlebug to cut the apertures.

Cutting an aperture Card Part 1

Cutting an aperture Card Part 1

The picture shows the ‘sandwich’ before the card is closed and the B plate added. 

Aperture Card Part 2

Aperture Card Part 2

Here is the resulting card. 

Hope this helps you out if you are new to the Cuttlebug or are looking for new ways to get more from your supplies. 

Come back next Friday for a tutorial on How to Cut Frames using your Cuttlebug. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to share a picture of the thank you cards I made to give to my lovely friends and family who sent me such wonderful birthday gifts.

Cuttlebug; Thank You Card 2010

Cuttlebug; Thank You Card 2010

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Swirls

Nestabilities: Labels 1

Stamps: Making Memories Clear Stamps; CardMakers set

Ink: Adirondack Dye Ink: Pitch Black

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, a review of; 

Provocraft Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

Why I bought them

Since I have a lot of trouble with dexterity, embossing using an embossing tool and metal stencil is beyond me. These folders make embossing so much easier. 

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

 

Pros

The Embossing Folders are well made, from a sturdy plastic. As the name suggests they open like folders. You simply open the folder, pop in your card, run it through your Cuttlebug and you are done. There are a wide selection of designs to suit many different styles. 

Cons

Not really got any cons on them. It can be a bit tricky to determine which pattern is which, once you discard the packaging. To get round this, I emboss a piece of pearlescent card with each folder, then file the card in front of the folder it matches, in the box in which I store them. It would be good if Provocraft wrote the design name on the folders, but again if you want to quickly sort through them in the box, just use a permanent pen to write the folder name on it. (As I did, shown in the picture above). The (D) is because this particular folder De bosses rather than Embosses. To have an embossed pattern on a specific side of the cardstock, I just flip the card over, for this particular folder. This one is Textile. 

Value for Money

Great! Around£5 each, they are sturdy and don’t take up much room to store. 

Would I buy Again

Yes, definitely. These are great to collect :) 

Links

Provocraft Manufacturers site. 

Cuttlebug area of the Provocraft site. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to share a picture of my latest book. 

Pamphlet bound book with embossed panel

Pamphlet bound book with embossed panel

This one is a pamphlet stitch binding and features an embossed panel. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Today, I would like to share with you, a picture of my latest book.

Coptic Stitched book with Fantasy Film Paper within an inset panel.

Coptic Stitched book with Fantasy Film Paper within an inset panel.

This one features Fantasy Film and coptic style binding.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, a video tutorial showing tips for getting more, from your Cuttlebug Embossing Folders.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Earlier this year I bought Tim Holtz book, Compendium of Curiosities. The other day I decided to have a go at some of the techniques he showed in there. 

Here are my results with Weathered Wood Grunge, although I did the technique using textured card, rather than Grungeboard but it still works. 

Weathered Wood Panel

Weathered Wood Panel

Small Weathered Wood Panel

Weathered Wood Panel

This is a little pamphlet stitched book that I created with one of those panels. 

Weathered Wood Grunge style book

Weathered Wood Grunge style book

As you can see, I used the sanding technique on the cover of the book, to add some more distressing. This is a great fun technique to do. Check out Tim Holtz book for instructions for how to create Weathered Wood Grunge. 

Given the embossing involved, this also counts as one of my pieces for this month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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