Fabulous Finds Friday from Fiskars

(Wow. How many times do you get to write a five-F sentence???? Without using a dirty word?)

Anyway … For cutters, scissors and punches, Fiskars is still golden.

Fiskars has a tool for every need, but my focus is usually on those that are particularly useful for paper crafters.

For example, it was punch lust at first sight when I saw this adorable XOXO punch:

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This was perfect for Valentine’s Day cards — so fast and easy. But I see more uses. I have several weddings coming up and I think this could be a card making winner. Here’s a quick one I made, inspired by some scraps on my desk:

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(The sequins are from Lawn Fawn.)

The punch was also perfect for some foiling:

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(I am somewhat obsessed with foiling since I’ve been playing with various foils and adhesives from Therm O Web. But that’s another post…. stay tuned. The background embossing plate on the above card is the grid folder from Spellbinders. Love it.)

At the Januray CHA show, crafters of all types were checking out the new Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail*.

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I sometimes get a little wobble with smaller personal trimmers, so this should be a boon to my cutting. The reinforced aluminum cut rail (with a locking system) promises to eliminate cutting wobble – which is a problem with my old personal trimmers. (Or maybe it’s me? Either way, this one is a delight.) Other nice features include a paper clamp/smudge guard (something else I need!), a self-leveling extension arm that stretched to 15 inches, and an extra wide base for a bigger work space.

(Here’s my big admission — I was recently working on a small, crowded desk and put the trimmer on my lap so I didn’t have to move to a larger, cleaner work table, assuming I could find one. I know, I know … lazy crafter. Don’t judge. But the good news this, this is so sturdy, it still cut fine with just my flabby thighs for support.)

More exciting Fiskars punches are in the works.

*Fiskars was kind enough to send me this cutter to try. 

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Fabulous Finds Friday — and a Tip

I am loving all the dies that match stamps! Although I rather enjoy cutting out images (it’s a great mindless activity to do while watching TV or talking on the phone!) it’s kind of cool to be able to just have a die do all the work, especially around scalloped edges.

So here’s my Fab Find today: stamps and dies from Stephanie Barnard.
Plus a little tip at the end!

First, two cards made from the Birthday Cake set:

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Paper: BazzillBasics Miss Teagen Sue; Cake inked in Stephanie Barnard Guava; celebrate inked with Hero Arts Wet Cement and edged using Imagine Crafts daubers; Prima flower; KaiserCraft rhinestone; Making Memories trim; Ranger Liquid Pearl silver dots on cake.

And since I had a piece of scrap leftover, I made this one:

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Same ingrediants, plus Judikins Aegean Silver embossing powder on heart; Martha Stewart punch.

One more:

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Bazzill paper; Stephanie Barnard stamps, inks, dies.

Here’s the trick …. I punched out the strip, but it wasn’t long enough. So I simply pieced it together:

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…hiding the “join” under the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by! Are you ready for some Valentine cards? Coming up!

Gettin’ that Holiday Spirit

Yes, it’s getting to feel a lot like Christmas (go ahead, sing along. You know you want to.) And Chanukah. (Hmmm…. no good Chanukah melody. Sigh.)

Here are three cards to get the season going:

The card above was made while I was working on my mixed media article for Crafts ‘n things magazine. I used Donna Salazar’s new Mix’d Media Inx, a  creamy, slow-drying pigment ink from Clearsnap (ColorBox). I stamped in white on navy blue card stock, then embossed with clear powder. (long design is a bolio from JudiKins; menorah is a very old stamp from Limited Edition.)

And something a little different … sort of seasonal, sort of wedding, sort of any time…. I dunno. I just felt this was a good time to share it.

(Spellbinders’ Nestabilities die cut flower; border punch; gold mum paper from Paper Source.)

And a similar card: (I think if I replace the “happy” with a seasonal greeting, it would work as a Christmas card.)

Thanks for stopping by!