Lately, I’ve been on a buying spree – I see it, I buy it!_Well, that’s not exactly true. My problem started with HSN. I was channel surfing one day and saw a Crafters Companion pitch for a new die (see below) and I had to buy them. Then I saw another video about envelope dies. Now, years ago, I used to make my own with nothing but a ruler, a pair of scissors and a glue stick. Who knew that those wonderful manufacturers actually made dies that took all the guess work out of it!
This time I was smart, at least I thought it was a smart move. I researched engaging, HSN, Sizzix and a couple of other sites. The problem was, the more I saw, the more I wanted and yes, I bought all told a dozen or more dies later. Still I don’t feel too bad – I rescued dies from a certain death of boredom and gave them a new home – MINE!
I am really excited to share this post with you because I love presents! Yes, I know what you are thinking – who doesn’t love presents? Well, these “presents” are for shaping cards. You see, for as long as I have been card creating, I have always tried to use different shapes for cards. I used to make pumpkin lace-up cards for my son’s class when he was in grade school. I made library return pockets for bookmarks and flowers in baskets and the list goes on. When I found a present rubber stamp with a “removable” lid I was soooo happy. So fast forward to 2016.
In issue 158 of Quick Cards November 2016 http://www.cardmakingandpapercraft.com/blog/inside-quick-cards-158 there was a template for a present card. So I copied it and used it that year for my holiday cards. I was still on the hunt for something more permanent when I happened upon Crafters CompanionDie’sire Create a Card Accordion Card – Christmas Present Square Accordion Die. It was great but I had to buy an overlay also or stamp around the edges. It did make for an interesting card though.
The BEST present was a Sizzix Dies Stephanie Barnard Framelits Fold-Its Gift which I found by accident while scrolling though Pinterest and I bought it that night! Finally, a die that can be made for all occasions with all different bow and paper colors. I am now in Crafting Heaven!
After years of trying to make the correct sizes for matte cards and fed up with rising costs of pre-made folded cardstock, I finally broke down and bought a scoreboard. As usual, I researched the different ones out in the marketplace: ScorePal, Martha Stewarts’s Scoring Board, Crafters Companion Ultimate Tool.
I first saw the Crafters Companion ScoreBoard while TV channel surfing and ultimately watched the demonstration on HSN. It all seemed so easy! But the cost seemed a tad too high. I searched my favorite on-line stores and “brick and mortar” and ultimately ordered and have since received Martha Stewart’s Scoring Board.
What I like: not overly big in size, 1/8” channels, stylus and envelope maker storage, crisp, clean lines, tutorial videos and finally price.
Don't ever change yourself to impress someone, cause they should be impressed that you don't change to please others -- When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, always remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test --- Unknown