Aqua Birthday

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Hello Everyone,
The card that I am sharing with everyone today is for a very special lady, my Mother-In-Law Alison, and I wanted to try my had at clean and simple. I find clean and simple hard to achieve – Do you think I achieved this?

I was inspired by AAA card challenge #122

I love stencils! I have a folder full of them but sometimes I forget that they are there :/ But I got out a favourite stencil – Crafters Workshop Open Flowers and since my MIL loves aqua I chose to use Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and a sponge dauber.

For the sentiment I used a Happy Birthday Die that I got from a magazine – isn’t it pretty. I cut this out using my Cuttlebug and some aqua card stock and some black card stock. Before cutting these out I put some double sided adhesive paper on the back of each to make attaching these to the card a lot easier.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project today. And as always I would like to leave you with this thought:

Vonnegut

Oh this is so true. I was questioning trying this style of card but I ended up having so much fun. Because I was sitting at my craft desk and I appreciate any time I get to spend here.

Have a Happy Crafty Soul Growing Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

 

Cutting Pad Revival

Hello Everyone,
Today I am sharing with you a tip on how to flatten your cutting pads for your Cuttlebug or Sizzix Machines.  Here in Australia trying to get a hold of crafting supplies can be a drawn out affair.  So I had to find a solution because I wanted to try out my Quilt Die
Image result for quilt die cutbut my Cuttlebug pads have been progressively been getting more warped after many card making adventures. Where do most of us turn when we need information …. yes the internet. I looked at blog posts and YouTube but most of them talked about ‘cooking’ their plates.  I didn’t like the idea of doing that but then I ran across this YouTube video from Lindsay the Frugal Crafter where she bent her plates using just hot water and her hand strength.

I really liked this idea but my hand strength these days is almost next to nothing so I needed to find a solution that would suit me.  I first cleaned both sides of the plate with dish soap and a scourer to remove the embedded paper. And I came up with this for the rest of the flattening process.
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I put my Cuttlebug B plate in the bottom of this glass baking dish and poured boiling water over it. I waited 2 minutes for the plate to warm up and then put the bottom of my mortar and pestle on top.  I left it like this for 15mins but you could leave it until the water cooled. And my plate was nice and flat but I didn’t use it until it was completely cooled. And it worked perfectly and I was able to make this card
07-2018-quilt-christmas.jpgI needed my plates to be working well with all the cutting for this card. But I love how it turned out I will definitely be using this die again. And want to look into more of the cover up dies.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my post I hope that you may have found some useful information here. And as usual I want to leave you with this final thought:
If you’ve kept going because you didn’t have any other choice… Signs You Might Be A Zebra You might be an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome / EDS Zebra if… you can find the humor through the pain
This picture says it all and more.

Have a Happy Crafty Zebra Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy