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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 paper craft 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 both frames and apertures. 

My ‘sandwich’ recipe for using a magnetic mat for cutting Frames 

  1. A Plate
  2. Embossing Mat
  3. B Plate
  4. Magnetic sheet
  5. Two Nestabilities Dies (Facing up so they doesn’t cut the magnet!)
  6. Cardstock to be cut
  7. B Plate.

I found that using that 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 ;) 

To cut Frames with your Nestabilities 

  • Select the two die shapes that will become your frame and place them on the magnetic sheet
  • Arrange the dies on the sheet to the desired frame shape. Eg; a scallop circle on the outside with a smooth circle within it.
  • Carefully place the magnetic mat and dies onto the Cuttlebug and put your cardstock on top
Cutting frames using Cuttlebug & Nestabilites Dies Pt1

Cutting frames using Cuttlebug & Nestabilites Dies

 

  • Add the B plate on top.
  • Wind the handle on the Cuttlebug to cut the frame.

  

Cutting frames using Cuttlebug & Nestabilites Dies Pt 2

Cutting frames using Cuttlebug & Nestabilites Dies

 

Here is the resulting frame, after cutting a scallop outer circle, with a smooth circle inside. 

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

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post, my second Easter Card design for 2010. 

A6 Easter Card, 2010

This card was created using 

Rubber Tapestry Stamps: 

SHO20024 Partridge in a Pear Tree 

SBR 04004 Winter Pine Border 

SPO 20018 Speckled Egg Wreath 

Ink: Ranger, Adirondack Dye Inks 

Paper: White Hammered card from The Paper Mill 

Spellbinders Nestabilites 

Small Circle 

Scallop Circle Small 

Olive Organza Ribbon 

The inside and back of the cards also feature the nesting bird. 

Nesting Bird image, is repeated inside and on the back of the card.

These kind of cards take a while to make but they do make very pretty results. 

Best wishes and thanks for  reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post one of my two Easter Card designs.

Easter Card for 2010.

This card was created using the following items;

Rubber Tapestry Stamps:

  • SHO20024 Partridge in a Pear Tree
  • SBR 04004 Winter Pine Border
  • SPO 20018 Speckled Egg Wreath

Ink:

  • Ranger, Adirondack Dye Inks

Paper:

  • White Hammered card from The Paper Mill

Spellbinders Nestabilites

  • Small Circle
  • Scallop Circle Small

These kind of cards take a while to make but they do make very pretty results.

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 piece I made for the Six By Four Challenge set earlier in the month. The theme was Layers.

My 6x 4 Challenge piece for Layers, May 2009

My 6x 4 Challenge piece for Layers, May 2009

 

There are layers in the flower and also in the paint to create the rusted effect on the picture frame. I created the frame usning layers cut with Nestabilites dies.

Stamps used; Crafty Individuals crackle, girl and border

Stampers Anonymous J3-1081 for the text

Hero Arts Italian Poetry Background

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here is a picture of the ATC that I created for the Stamping Mad Forum’s ATC Swap for February 2009. The theme was ‘Warm Colours’

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Inks Used;  Ranger Adirondack Dye Inks, Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Adirondack Pigment ink and Ranger’s white gel pen.

Stamps; Crafty Individuals, Katzelkraft,

Die Cuts, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a tutorial for making great table decorations. You may remember some while ago I posted a tutorial on how to make a Bon Bon box, well this is the same idea on a smaller scale.

The finished piece will look something like this;

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You Will Need

  • Square Card stock; any size but 6×6″ is best for a table settings
  • Scoring board ( I use a Scor It )or steel ruler and embossing tool
  • Crop-A-Dile or other hole punch
  • Cutting mat; to protect your worksurface
  • Co-ordinating ribbon
  • Scissors

 

Method

  • Score your card into thirds
  • Rotate card 90 degrees
  • Score card into thirds again
  • You now have 9 squares scored on your card
  • On each of the four corner squares, score a line diagonally, from the corner of the square in toward the centre.

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  • Fold along the diagonal lines 
Folding in the corners

Folding in the corners

  • Punch a hole in each of the four corner squares

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Showing the holes in the corner squares

Showing the holes in the corner squares

  • Take a piece of co-ordinating ribbon and thread it through the punched holes.
  • Draw the ends of the ribbon together and tie a bow. Your finished box will look like this;

 

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Extras

Use cardstock that will suit your chosen theme, if you have craft CDs that print background papers try using those. The finished sample was created from papers printed from the Season’s Greetings CD in the Artylicious range produced by Glenda over on Graphicus. (see links below) One side printed green the other red using the Smudgy Holly design and the square background image, this prints a square just smaller than 6″. For this size I scored at 2″ and 4″. I edged the paper with gold metalic marker which finishes the edges nicely. You could use red or green pen as an alternative. It is best to ink the edge with something as without it you will be left with a white cut edge.

If you start with cardstock 6×6″ and add tags with your guests names and these make perfect place cards to which you can add the confectionary of your choice. Use a die cutting machine to create perfect tag shapes every time. I used a Cuttlebug and Nestabilities dies made by Wizard to create my tag. Embellish with additional artwork to your hearts content.

I have not included specific measurements with this tutorial as you can make this project any size you wish, as long as your starting cardstock is square. These are really quick and simple to make, and you can co-ordinate them to the rest of your table. With a little supervision even the kids could help make these ;) keeps them busy during the holiday ;)

 

Links

Graphicus; http://www.graphicus.co.uk/

Season’s Greetings CD; http://www.graphicus.co.uk/

Wizard; http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/

Cuttlebug; http://www.provocraft.com/products/index.php

Scor It; http://www.scorit.com/index.html

 

Have fun and I hope you have enjoyed this series of tutorials on boxes. Thanks for reading and see you soon.

Billie

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Today I would like to share a box tutorial with you. I figured this one out for myself and I haven’t seen it elsewhere.

The finished box will look like this;

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You Will Need

A4 cardstock

Steel ruler

Scoring tool

Double sided tape

Optional Extra; Scoring board, I used a Scor It board

 

Method

With your card in portrait orientation, score the long sides of your card at 22mm and 188mm 

Rotate your card 90 degrees, your card is now landscape orientation, and looks like this;

Long sides scored

Long sides scored

Score at 114mm, 135mm, 249mm and 270mm.

Your card now looks like this. I have added numbers and letters to help us assemble our box.

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Cut along either side of the following tabs; B,D,G and I. As shown in the picture with a dotted line.

 Fold up pannel 4 and Glue tab D to the inside of side C

Glue tab I to the inside of side H

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Fold over panel 5, glue tab E to the outside of side C

Glue tab J to the outside of tab H

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Glue tab B to the inside of tab A

Glue tab G to the inside of tab F

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Here is the box closed.

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The hooles you see in the demo’s box are for a ribbon closure. If you wish to include a ribbon tie closure, punch holes in the panels 1&5. Thread ribbon from the inside to the outside and add a tag.

The Next Step

The demo box was created using plain pearlescent card stock, for a more decorative alternative, use your  favorite craft CDs to create papers themed to your project. Here is a picture of my decorated gift box.

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I used plain white card, which I sprayed using Ranger Color Wash spray.

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I stamped images from Katzelkraft stamps with Adirondack dye ink.

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The tag was created using Spellbinders Nestabilities dies. I inked the edges with Adorondack dye ink using a Cut n Dry foam.

Best wishes and thanks for reading.

Billie :)

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