Do you think Spring is here yet?

I hope you all had a fab Easter, especially if you were one of the lucky people to have been on a break. No, such luxury for me!! I’ve been working through the break and so haven’t had a chance to craft. No worries, I will definitely be making up for that soon.

I went out into the garden this morning, this is rarflowere!! I am supposed to be a gardener, well, that’s what I say to everyone, however, it’s quite depressing to be outside in April and still see snow lingering around. Where are all the flowers they promised I’d get in spring if I planted them in October?? I’m at a bit of a loss as to if I should plant things that I’m supposed to in March, even though it’s April. It’s all very confusing. I can’t even imagine how the birds are feeling.

Anyways, forget the garden, I’ll just end up really confused and frustrated so let’s head back to the craft yard, probably a better bet.

I had been “tidying” the craft yard for the last few days and getting distracted so it probably took a lot longer then it should have. But those distractions weren’t just wasted time as I did come across a lot of things that I had totally forgotten about. Is it just me, or have you ever bought stuff, thinking you haven’t got one only to find an identical “thing” as soon as you go to put your purchase away? I did find a lot duplicates while I was spring cleaning so I’m a lot more organised now, although I still need to sort a lot out. A few of the distractions caused me to make a card or two, so this is what I ended up with. It’s amazing what you can do when your tidying. I found a load of sticky gem stones and a couple of flower dies that I had bought a long time ago. Put these things together with some new items and hey presto.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve got such a lot of stuff that I’ve just forgotten about. I think I am going to have to do a bit more “tidying” and see what sort of a reaction the next lot of distractions causes.

If you’ve done the same as me and bought 2, 3 or more of the same thing, let me know and together we can think of some ideas to use it.

Well, until next time

Hina x

 

Back and ready to go again

Desk at Harrogate

HAD SO MUCH FUN, THANK YOU HARROGATE =D

Hey Everyone, I’m back from Harrogate and a happy to be home, but it was great fun at the Great Northern Papercrafts Show. My workspace was a big mess, as per usual, but then again, what’s new?? We had some lovely samples, made my Kath and myself and even though I tried I didn’t get any more done while I was at the show. It was quite busy and to be honest, I spent a lot of time talking to the lovely people that came to stand instead. I thought that was a better choice.

Let me tell you, a huge lot of punched confetti was left behind for the cleaners, which, I’m sure they won’t be happy about as the AdvantEdge was put through its paces over the weekend. I met lots of guys’ n gals and, let’s say, my first visit will definitely be followed by a second later on in the year. I can’t wait.

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I was exhausted by the long drive back but was so pleased that a fajita dinner was waiting for me when I got home. THANK YOU GIRLS!

Well, I suppose we will all be preparing for the HobbyCrafts show at the NEC later this week. Although, I am not sure yet, as I haven’t had the go ahead, there may be a surprise. I don’t want to say anything right now because I don’t want to disappoint, just in case. The AdvantEdge will definitely be there along with me and Rachel. Kath will be doing the Fiskars workshops, so it will be a fun four days.

Well, I’m going to sort out the washing and unpack now. So, until later.

Happy Crafting

Hina x

 

It’s Showtime

This weekend is the Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza in Harrogate. Are you going? If you are then make sure you come and see us at the Art of Craft stand, where we’ll have a load of goodies for you including the brand spanking new AdvantEdge.

AdvantEdge-Punch-System_product_mainI’ll be demoing this fab new tool to the Fiskars range, so it’s your opportunity to come and see it first hand. I know I’ve mentioned it previously but I can’t say enough about it.

It’s probably one of the easiest tools I’ve used to make borders and I can truly say that I haven’t wasted any pieces of paper or card because there’s just no need to line anything up once you’ve put your paper into the tool. It does it all for you. It’s a really easy system.

The starter kit comes with the tool and a lovely floral punch and there are a further 8 you can get separately, there’s pictures of the designs below. It’s not just for paper either, it’ll punch up to 210gsm.

There’s also another new tool called the Interchangeable border punch and the punches that fit into that can also be used with the AdvantEdge. This gives you access to another 8 punch designs to choose from. You’ll feel like a spoilt princess. Let me mention that you can win one of these fabulous gadgets by going to www.Fiskarettes.co.uk. All you have to do is join the blog and upload a picture of one of your projects. You don’t even have to use Fiskars tools. If your project is voted the favourite, you could be the new owner of one of the newest tools around. You have to give a go, you’ve got nothing to lose.

Well, I think I’ve rambled on for long enough and I probably should pack. Time permitting, I’ll try and take a few pics at the weekend and tell you about my adventure when I get back. I’d also like to mention that if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see on this blog please leave a comment and I’ll do my best. So, until next time,

Happy Crafting

Hina x

ButterfliesBalloons

CupcakesWinter Frost

PaisleyRosace

IronworksChristmas Balls

 

To Stick or not to Stick – which Adhesive is the Question!

What a beautiful day it is today, sunshine and tweeting birds. I hope its nice where you are.

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I was getting down to sorting out my craft room when I picked up a box that hadn’t been looked into since it arrived. Once opened, I realise it’s the Stix2 goodies needed for the Harrogate show coming up soon, probably sooner then I think actually.

A whole load of different adhesives spill out and this makes me think it must be so puzzling for a new crafter to figure out which glue to use with what.

My choice of adhesive for card making has always been double sided tape purely for its ease of use and no drying time, however it can be difficult to reposition, sometimes impossible, without tearing your project. I know that a tip for this is to use some glue stick over the tape so it becomes slidey making it easier to manoeuvre.

WP_20130303_030Double sided tape is great for thin slivers of paper to embellish projects with. Just stick the tape on the back of paper or card before cutting out, peel off the backing and hey presto!

Although I’d love to use double sided tape for everything, it’s not ideal for all projects. For example, if you’re making a box, it’s better to use a wet glue like PVA and hold down the bits you’re sticking together until dry. You can hold it down with your fingers but it does get a bit boring, so just use something like a paperclip or clothes peg, so you can free your hands to do something a bit more exciting like making a cup of coffee, with a biscuit of course.

If you’re as impatient as me, Stix2 has thought about the problem us tape lovers have about waiting around and they do a tape that looks red, as seen above. When you use it, you’ll see that it’s not red at all but ultra clear and ultra sticky. This is ideal for boxes, etc. and no waiting time. Guess, I’ll have to give that coffee a miss for now.

It’s also good for sticking ribbon, heavier embellishments and Glitter! I have tried it with embossing powder and heated and it is perfect.

     

Well, I’ve got to a point where I’m stuck for words now, I’ll leave it until next time for some more tips about glue. In the meantime if there’s anything you’d like to ask please use the comment box below or use it just to let me know you stopped by.

Have a great day and happy crafting

Hina x

As promised

Interchangeable Boarder Punch Designs

Hi guys, I said I’d upload some pics and here I am!

I wanted to show you a couple of projects made with the new fantabulous gadget from Fiskars, the AdvantEdge and by using it you have a definite advantage if you like to decorate your cards and scrapbooks with fancy borders or ribbon borders.

When the Stitches trade show came to the NEC, I demonstrated the AdvantEdge and also its baby brother, the new Interchangeable Border Punch. As I’m a self confessed gadget girl, I loved both of these tools.

First of all, whenever I’m at a show I do get a lot of ladies asking if the border punches are a unit in their own right, or if they can get “cartridges” to swap the designs. As we know, until now, we had to get different punches for each design and if you’ve got space issues like mine you have cluttered cupboards bursting open and storage nightmares. Well, Fiskars have listened to all our prayers and sorted out the storage problem, as the “cartridges” are all stackable and to top it all off, they have also given us some fabulous designs.

WP_20130218_005The Interchangeable Border Punch’s big brother, AdvantEdge uses the largest punches currently on the market, measuring 2.25″ x 2.25″ the punch outs can be used as toppers for greetings cards as well as edgings, in this case bigger is definitely better! Slide and lock technology allows for very quick and easy production of borders saving time and any paper/card from mucked up attempts, as it works first time and every time. Idiot proof or Hina proof as I like to call it. The starter kit comes with a beautiful floral design and a further 8 designs are available separately. The kit also comes with an adapter plate, which is genius, as this allows the use of another 9 designs, made for the interchangeable border punch.

I will be demonstrating these fab new tools at The Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza on 16th & 17th March 2013. This takes place at The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. If you are there, I’d love to see you so come along and say hello.

Fiskars are actually giving away one AdvantEdge as part of a competition. All you need to do is go to www.Fiskarettes.co.uk join up on the website and upload a picture of one of your makes, you don’t even have to use Fiskars tools in particular. SO DO IT NOW!!! You never know and lets face it, what have you got to lose?

Before I go, here’s a couple of pics of cards using the AdvantEdge and Interchangeable Border Punch. Hope you enjoy them. Feel free to let me know what you think or if you have any questions. I’m always open to suggestions so if you’ve got any ideas send me a comment.

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Until next time… Happy Crafting

Hina x