Sunday, 22 January 2012

Wags N Whiskers DT, a forgotten card and I need some crafty advice!

I was just intending posting my Wags N Whiskers card for this fortnights challenge which is Valentines/Love, but while I was looking for the pics, I also found I card that I made and never posted which was made for Digital Tuesday. Not sure why it was never posted on my blog, but thought I may as well post it today anyway.

So first up is my Wags N Whiskers dt card. I was getting a bit tired of making Valentines cards since all of the dt's I am on have had Valentines as a theme and I made them all over a couple of days, so I decided just to make a "love you" card for this one.

I used the WnW "He Loves Me" stamp and coloured with Promarkers. I used the rubber stamp version but if you like digi's, you can also get any of the Wags 'n Whiskers stamps in digi form too.

The papers are DCWV (I think!) and I used some paper doilies, lace and ribbon from my stash, and a pretty rose bud from Little Snippets (link in my sidebar). The sentiment is from a stamp set I got ages ago as free gift with a magazine.

 I am having trouble cutting ribbon just now as I left all my good scissors in my old house!, so I am having to use a cheap pair that are really rubbish at cutting ribbon, or anything else for that matter! and the ends of all my bows look terrible! I have ordered a pair of scissors along with my Tesco food shop so hopefully they will be a bit better and do me until I can get in town and get a decent pair!

My other card as I said is one I made for Digital Tuesday. I can't even remember what the challenge was!, but the sponsor was Spesch Stamps and I have used one of their lovely digi images on my card.

The papers are all scraps, I am not sure where the base one came from but the others are Dovecraft.
For the flowers, I used a SU! 5 petal punch and also a woodware punch for the smaller flowers and added a tiny pearl in the centre.
Oh and I just remembered that the challenge was "punch it out" lol, which is why I used punches for the flowers. I also used a punched border, some lace from my stash and some leaves cut with a Marianne Designs die and the flourishes which were cut with a MFT die.

 A close up of the sweet image, and that's it from me.

Actually before I sign off, I wanted to ask all you lovely crafters for some advice :)
I desperately need a new paper cutter or guillotine but have no idea which one to get! At the moment I have a horrible cheap one which I bought just to tide me over until I could afford something better after my old one broke. It is the worst cutter in the world!!! It rips some papers and when it does actually cut I have to tidy up the edges with scissors because the blade is not sharp enough to give a crisp cut (although it has always been like that since I bought it), and I can never get a straight cut with it!
To make things worse, the plastic guard thing which holds the paper in place moves around when it should stay still, so I never know what the paper will end up looking like after I cut it!! lol
So, my question is, what cutter or guillotine do you recommend??
I don't have a huge amount of money to spend on one, so it has to be a reasonable price, and I'm not bothered about it having different blades (like the ones you get with wavy cutters etc), just something that cuts straight and crisp that won't break the bank:)
Any advise would be very much appreciated.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments :) I have been trying my best to get around everyones blogs, but blogger isn't cooperating and doesn't want to load up some blogs for me, but I will keep trying!


Brigitte said...

Hi Lora, fantastic cards!!! I specially like the second one, the image is so sweet and your colouring is briliant! As for a paper cutter, my very favorite (and I have 3, lol!!!) is by Carl 12"A4 personal paper trimmer. The only down side to this one is that it's exactly 12" so if your paper is slightly bigger, it won't fit. It's also very cheap. Another one that is very inexpensive and surprisingly good is the Cricut (the green Provocraft paper trimmer) and it cut slightly bigger paper. I hope this helps! Hugs, Brigitte

Rachel said...

I wasn't sure if I should buy an expensive cutter when I was looking around for one last year. I ended up settling on a Cutterpede because it was inexpensive, and I read good reviews. I haven't had a problem with it at all. I love the extendable ruler. I just make sure my paper is pushed up against the top of the main piece of the cutter and not the ruler part of the cutter. I also ended up buying the the smaller one too!

Rufus said...

Love my Tonic's. They are guillotines and I've got 2, a large 12 x12 and a small (I think it's 4x6) it's great for those small cuts, or trimming. I've only had 'em about 8 months, but they are still sharp and accurate. Nothing worse than a bad cutter!!!!!Had a crummy one before I got the Tonic's!

Céline said...

i have a cutterped and i like it, it's not to much expensive and you can change blade and other things
hope it's help