Hello! Today I am doing something new. It was thought up by my friend Wendy over at http://scrapbooksandcookbooks.blogspot.com and it's called Buy It Try It Monday.
We are both guilty of making crafty purchases and then forgetting about them, so BITI is a way to remind us to actually go into those shopping bags and use the stuff before the ink fades on the receipt.
My BITI for this week is a great one. I was at The Range looking for a very specific die set that I had seen before Christmas and by the time I got back, it had gone. I spoke to the head of the department and we ended up gassing for ages about how becoming the department manager had got her to take up so many crafts! Anyway, I asked her to give me a bell if she got anymore in and she phoned me on Friday and put one by for me. I collected it minutes before I was due out on the school run and used it when I got in.
It took me two goes to cut it properly as you can see from the photo. The first one didn't cut on one corner. Shim time!
I also have learned that you have to run complex border designs through twice, the second time at a 90 degree angle to the first. If the design runs parallel to the rollers and it's complex enough, it won't cut. So after doing this all twice, I think I've cracked it...
Figuratively of course. Nothing has actually cracked!!
Oh, one more thing--
Pictured between my two efforts is the Spellbinding tool-in-one which I use to clean out all the little bits of paper from my dies. Wendy, it works great for me, so if you want to offload your one, I know a 7 year old apprentice who would like to have her own.... :)