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

 

Snow day turns to make day

Hello Crafty friends. I has been snowing again here in Northants and it’s very cold so I was happy to be cosy in the craft room making a lovely birthday card for one of my friends.  I thought that I would share it with you all, but shh, don’t tell her, although I’m sure she won’t mind.

I used the new AdvantEdge and the punch that comes as part of the starter kit. It’s really simple to make and very quick, so here goes.

Floating Card

  1. First choose the card colour that your recipient will like and chop part of the front off using a paper trimmer.
  2. Take some acetate and attach to the inside of the card so it takes the place of the card that you cut away. Trim away  any excess.
  3. Using the Advantage and the floral punch, punch out the design using a patterned piece of paper or card. Attach this to the acetate.
  4. Then take piece of the card you cut away and stick it to the end of the acetate so it looks like your punched image is floating in the middle.
  5. Attach a greeting and embellishments to the card to complete.

As I say, this a very quick and easy card to make.

You don’t have to use the same tools as I have, find what you have in your crafty tool box and just adapt it. Although, I will say that the AdvantEdge does have some really pretty punches.

A couple of tips on adhesives:

To stick the acetate I used Stix2 ultra clear tape, the type with the red backing, which, incidentally, is ultra-sticky too.

To stick the punched motif I used Crafter’s Companion spray adhesive,

Those are my tips, but what would you stick acetate with? Make sure you let me know.

** SHOW INFO ** I will be at the craft show in Harrogate this weekend, so If you happen to be going, come and say hello, I will be at the Art of Craft stand.

Well, I hope you like the card I made and you have a go at making one too.

I’m sure I’ll see you soon, until then…

Happy Crafting

Hina x

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