Hi everyone and thanks for coming to visit today.
I was very lucky to be given the chance to be guest designer over at the Penny Black and More challenge where the theme this month is 'anything goes with a stamp'... so the perfect excuse for me to ink up one of my fabulous new Penny Black stamps. The one I've used is called 'Butterfly Dance' which I coloured with Promarkers and I used chalks for the background. I stamped a Clearly Besotted sentiment and then stuck the image to a linen effect card base. At this point I wasn't quite sure what to do with my card but then my eyes fell on some Tim Holtz 'crazy birds' that I'd got already coloured and cut and this little chappie decided to wander over and take a closer look at those butterflies dancing about. A Memory Box die-cut ladybird decided to get in the act too and after adding some die-cut letters (also from Memory Box) I had a father's day card for my Dad. Must admit that when I bought this stamp I didn't think of using it for a masculine card, but for a keen gardener I think it works.
I do hope you will come and join in the challenge and also be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes. A big thank you Penny Black and More for letting me join you this month.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
The Artistic Stamper challenge 'all thing bright and beautiful'
The Craft Barn Two Weekly challenge 'butterflies'
That's Crafty challenge 'masculine'
Cupcake Inspirations challenge 'flowers'
and as I used snippets for the letters and ladybird I'm heading over to join in the fun at Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge
I actually got round to trying out my new Crafters Companion Gemini electric die-cutter yesterday.
First off I ran a couple of embossing folder through it and then cut some dies - okay so far and great not having to crank a handle, but when I tried to emboss a die it cut the embossing mat. Now I'm not sure if this was a machine fault or just a substandard embossing mat, but the Grand Calibur embossing mat I've got has been well used for at least 5 years and is still in great condition.
So we boxed up the machine and Hubby took it to the local Hobbycraft store where the manager told him I'd used it incorrectly and should have placed the die face down. So when hubby phoned and told me I said show her the instruction booklet where it clearly states the die is face up and I'd layered exactly as stated. He duly went back into the store and on arriving back home (with the Gemini) told me she insists it's my fault the die had cut the mat and there is absolutely no fault with the machine or embossing mat and they weren't prepared to do anything about it. Of course the first thing I did was send an email to their customer service and I'm just waiting to see if I get a reply.
I know I've probably just been unlucky but now I really wish I'd gone for the Tattered Lace Big Blue electric die-cutter AND I definitely will not be spending another penny in Hobbycraft.... not even on a pack of glue dots.