Thursday, 13 September 2007

DCM and Beate's sketch

This weeks little extra on DCM is:

Big & Little We'd like you to use items in pairs of Big and Little - so you need to have both sizes on your card ie big & little buttons, big & little die cuts, big & little hearts, big & little circles etc The theme of your card can be whatever you like this time, so that's nice of us, isn't it?
This could only mean one thing for me.........shrink plastic! Now I know Rosie you'll be shaking your head in disbelief, but I really like the stuff you hate!! Well that is apart from the panic and swearing that occurs everytime I use it (like telling it off is gonna make it behave)!
I decided to use the weekend sketch from Beate's blog

to make this:
The paper is last year's from American crafts. I used the funky tree brass stencil and chalked onto the plastic, then used the stencil in the bug. I got a nifty little sheet of rubber that you put between the cutting mats of the bug so you can do any brass stencil in there. (For me this is fantastic as it can get a bit painful doing the usual way of embossing.) The greeting is from a studio g stamp set that I treated myself to last week!!

I've done well so far this week and haven't bought anything crafty at all! Tony and I have challenged each other to see who cracks first and buys something hobbywise. Usually we egg each other on to treat ourselves by saying, 'well we don't go to the pub/out etc so bugger it, it's our only fun!' But we seem to have gone a bit overboard!! I did find myself on ebay watching some felt on Tuesday before I realised what I was doing!!!

I keep looking at Pink Petticoat and thinking about whether to go down the print it yourself route and this week noticed that if you signed up for the newsletter you got a free download of papers - see it's free, so it doesn't count Tony -so I did! I have to say they are gorgeous papers and my opinion I would buy them, but as I'm fussy I'd need to get a new printer as with this type of paper, you're only going to be as good as your printer. My current one is quite a good one, but as it feeds the paper from underneath and curls it back on itself, when the paper is wet with ink, I get roller lines down it which still show when dried, plus I can see the dots of ink. So I am going to be keeping my eyes open for a better printer on special offer so I can buy kits from there.

I made this notebook with some papers from there:

The letters were cut using the bug and a paper with daisies all over it, then highlighted with glossy accents. All ribbons are from ribbon oasis.


Andrea, said...

Lovely cards, that brass stencil is great

Leigh said...

great card and love your notebook.

Rika said...

Beautiful work!

Clare said...

Great idea, the shrink plastic has worked really well.

Unknown said...

AAARRRRRGGHHHHHH Shrink Plastic!! My eyes are burning from reading those two evil words LOL

Great card ad notebook Kaz by the way! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card and notebook! Thanks so much for trying out the sketch!
Hugs and smiles