Big Shot or Cuttle Bug?

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I’ve been looking round and still deciding if i should get a big shot or a cuttle bug? These 2 machines are the most popular I’ve seen most crafters used. Well, it’s been close over a year since I’ve started crafting and have taken this purchase into deep consideration. I know these machines are not cheap, all over a hundred dollars, that’s why I’ve been taking so long to come to a decision. I also noticed that the metal dies aren’t that cheap as well. It looks like a $300 invest for me ūüėÄ Honestly, with that money, I could buy more stamps, copic markers and other craft stuff. Thus, I’m looking through reviews and¬†comparison to help me facilitate my choice.

At the moment, I’m still in¬†favor with the cuttle bug, as it is compact and sturdy. I don’t see myself needing an xtra large die plate in the¬†future and I feel that it’s the only reason why people get the Big shot for. I normally work on cards, ¬†gift wrapping and occasionally scrap/album booking, thus I don’t see a need to emboss or cut objectives bigger than the size CB is providing.

Feel free to drop your opinions on which and why, I would love to hear your views as well (:

ps. I hope to get a decision and purchase my very first die cut machine!!

Haul: Papertryink

New items are in fresh from papertryink! Yes, if you look in the right, you’ll see PTI under the items i LUV! I’m a big fan of their stamps, there are more mature as compared to lawn fawn’s. So I¬†decided¬†to purchase these new items from them!

Stamps

A few sets of new stamps! Can’t wait to use them as they are so darn pretty!!! Sadly, the $15/24 collection starting from ¬†Feb 2012 onwards do not include cd cases *boo-hoo* I love how their stamps can be stored!

Buttons

Buttons! I honestly do not own a bag of buttons at all, this is my first bag of mix ‘candies’. They come in a lovely colour of vintage cream! I find them¬†suitable¬†if you want to use them with any colour! This big has an awesome mix of designs and sizes. I use them a props too ūüėÄ

CD cases

I think keeping my stamps in cases are so much neater! Plus they are ‘scratch-proof’, the corners of stamp sheets always leave me with a scratch or two.. So a ‘safer’ alternatively. I believe it’s an good investment!

110lbs Paper

Finally!!!! 110lbs PAPER!!! You have no idea how tough it is to find heavy weight paper in¬†Singapore! It’s close to impossible! 80lbs paper to feel soft to me… Anyway, love their colours!!! The shades are all so pretty!¬†Definitely¬†my paper supplier from now on ūüėČ

Scor buddy

Woohoo~ Scorpal! Decided to invest on one! It’s helps the folded lines look more professional ūüėČ Will try to make other things with this!

Stamp cleaner

Since I’ve been stamping, decided to invest in the refill! I originally bought this cleaner from lawn fawn which only comes in the smaller bottle. On papertryink they have the bigger bottle but it’s a refill only, so why not?

That’s all for today’s haul!

Tips and Tricks: Colour/Stamp Kissing

Stamp kissing can be so fun and adds a new design to any of your solid image stamp! It’s a simple method that creates another design to your solid image stamps! Here’s how to a stamp / colour kissing effect!



What you need:

Here’s a few items you need to get this effect:

  1. 2 ink colours – Dark & light
  2. A solid stamp image (Lawn Fawn)
  3. Background image (Hero arts)

Picture Tutorial:

Let start colour KISSING!

  1. Stamp your solid image on to your card stock in a light colour
  2. Ink up your background stamp with the dark colour ink
  3. Clean your solid image stamp and place it onto your background stamp
  4. Line up your solid stamp with the stamped image on the card stock.
  5. Stamp it!

Video Tutorials:

Colour Kissing

Stamp Kissing

Hope you enjoy this stamping trick! Till next time…

Rainbow candies (LS33 & EB)

I’ve decided once again to enter two challenges, since I was working on a new card, why not? This card challenge is for lawnscaping challenge¬†and¬†embellish blog !

Here’s their challenge¬†respectively:

A simple equation of:¬†simple and clean + washi tapes = …

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I would say I had lots of fun with this card! I’ve got a few washi tapes and¬†I’ve¬†been wondering what to do with them… and¬†embellish¬†blog came up with the challenge with many pretty inspirational creations by their wonderful team!

Lawnscaping challenge is constantly inspiring me by showcasing all the beautiful card designs weekly, even the simple & clean cards are all so darn pretty! I have to say, the design team is always on the ball! And I simply love their challenges that they host!

Here’s a little detail on the card:

In order for the bottle to look glass-like, I’ve glossed up the bottle! For that clean clear finish, making it look like a real bottle.

Sweet Spring (CFC50)

Here’s a card for Cas-ual Friday Challenge 50! Here’s the challenge:


CFC50: Spring is here so show us your Clean And Simple creations with flowers or trees.

Sponsored by the generous SRM Stickers!

Here’s my card:

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Little flower blossoms

Embossed leaves frame and sentiment, for the glossy effect. Pearls for a touch of elegance.

Inside of the card, decorated with roses

Retro sounds

For Simon Says Stamp CHALLENGE! This week challenge is sponsored by the lovely¬†Heidi and¬†Kim Hughes, the designer of the lovely¬†Paper Smooches!! This week challenge¬†theme is …

ANYTHING GOES !! ūüôā

First winner gets a $50 Voucher to spend in theSimon Says Stamp Store.

Second winner get a choice 2 stamp sets from Paper Smooches!!!

Here’s my entry to this AWESOME CHALLENGE!!!

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Details on the card

Sentiments with a little dimension

Birthday Blossoms

Another order for a birthday card! I personally love working on birthday cards ūüėÄ With my stash of birthday stamps, i’m always on a look out for more! Anyway, here’s a new card! It’s simple yet sweet for any mature lady.

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Tulip blossoms in three pretty colors!

Simple sentiment.

Patching Sunshine

Inspire by lawn fawn’s Patchwork Paper Card,¬†¬†here’s a card I made! Suitable for any happy occasions! I’m actually using it as a birthday card! Its my very first time doing such an¬†elaborate¬†paper piecing so it does not look perfect but i like how patchwork paper piecing actually blends the colors together. The texture of the patchwork is pretty interesting too.

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Pearls at the corner. Patchwork with stitches. Cream twine for the bow. Sending you sunshine sentiments.

I love adding little details inside of the card too. So here’s some presents to go along with the wishes.

Bunnies sending some love out (LS#32)

Decided to try a challenge for the first time! This card piece is for lawnscaping challenge #32 proudly sponsored by lawnfawn! WootWoot!

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I created a scene with a few of lawn fawn’s stamps and greetingfarm stamp set! My first try at challenges, hope to do more as time comes! Anyway, i think i’m not very good at creating scenes, lol… Well, i gave it my best so it doesn’t look to boring!

For STAMP A SCENE challenge! Here’s my go at it:

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Embossed air mail tag.

Sentiments for this card.

Dimesions to make the bunnies POP!