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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Happy Birthday Julie

Happy birfday to you
Happy birfday to you
Happy birfday dear Jewleeeeeee
Happy birday to yewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!'s another Ladybug's birfday and that's our Julie's...only one left this year..... mine!!!!! I started making her card EARLY and ended up scrapping it at the 11th hour cuz I wasn't happy with it. Made another which I mailed yesterday only to fiddle with the first and now wish I had of sent that one hmph! I'm showing you the second one today cuz I made it with my NEW TOY!!!
First things first...this is what I've been teasing you about....

Ta dah!!! What do you think? Do you know what it is? It's only the Joy Trouvaille die cutting machine! I've got the Cuttlebug and the Big Shot but you can't use any of the larger dies in them so I've been hankering after one of the Big Guns...The Grand Calibur or the Sizzix Big Shot Pro. Only problem is the GC hasn't been getting great reviews and the SBSP is too expensive and too big to store. After seeing Laurie's card on TLT though I knew I had to make a move.

I met up with Lynn and Elaine for a coffee then a quick trip to Craft World. When I was discussing the GC with Donald he mentioned the JT which I'd never heard of. He said Gaynor and Karen loved it and would use it ahead of the GC. Throwing caution to the wind I bought it and the Grand Big Scallop Circle dies.

I know it's not the prettiest of fact it's pot ugly! But it's all about the performance right? When I got it home I googled JT for reviews and it all started off pretty good then went rapidly downhill. I found Ikki's Cuttlebug Cupboard who has been reviewing JT since January and she's had problems with cogs breaking and embossing folders not going through. The cog problem was similar to the GC's and was fixed early on but the main problem since seemed to be certain embossing folders were to thick to go through. It was looking pretty bleak...I hadn't even taken JT out of it's box. I emailed Gaynor and she reassured me that if I wasn't happy I could exchange it so with that in mind I got a couple of embossing folders of different thicknesses and ran them through and guess what? It didn't break! In fact the impression was very impressive.  Once I got started there was no stopping me and I broke out the dies and started on Julie's card and this is what I came up with...

It's not square...yay me lol. It took a while to love it but now I do. Ideally I would have had a brown border of some sort beneath the pp but I didn't buy the Grand Circles and the large Nestie circles were too small.

I'm not sure what has impressed me more...the JT or my circle sentiment!!! I've failed miserably in the past trying to make one but when I saw Gaynor's card it inspired me to try again. After almost 2 hours of googling and playing I gave up...failed again. I emailed Gaynor and she pointed me in the direction of this blog. It was the best tutorial I've seen for circle easy and if I can do it anyone can. Thank you Gaynor :-D

 I'd love a few more of the Grand dies and I hope to pick up another one or two (but they're silly expensive so probably just one) at the craft show at the SECC next week :-D I've only used the JT for a couple of days and so far so good. The only negatives at the moment are the plates aren't clear and the the suction works great on my kitchen table but not on the work surface in my craft room. But those aren't enough for me to exchange it....yet! I'll let you know how I get on but if any of you have got/had a JT I'd love to know what your experiences are.

Ok...that's it for today...I'm off to play some more with JT (shame it wasn't Justin Timberlake lol) so hopefully I'll have more to show you soon.

Thanks for stopping by...hope you have a great weekend.

Catch ya later x


DesignerDiva said...

Oh lol Kerry your posts are like a breath of fresh air! I love this card, very impressed with your round sentiment and I'm sure Julie will absolutely love it. The beads as icing is a fab idea - may have to borrow that - and Nikki looks fabby all glittered up. I was really pleased with myself when I made my shaped card as I only 'do' square so I know how you feel! Already the JT has justified you buying it, but you're so right about it being ugly!!
Fab that TLT has just hit 300 followers
Hugs Laurie xx

Julie said...

Well I have to say first hand that this is an uber gorgeous card!! Thank you my envelope has enhanced my day no end!!! Now I have the answer to my question too,I soooo need this new gadget! Will have to alter my Christmas list:D
Have a great day,the birthday Girl! X

pinky said...

I have been watching these machines on C&C Kerry, butt ugly but the lady had decorated her machine to which my husband says 'is she really a crafter' it did look a right mess lol. I will be keeping an eye on you about this one. I love the card you made and your circle sentiment is excellent!! Top marks for perseverance!

Diane's Card Designs said...

Wow Kerry love your new machine. I'll be keeping and eye on your work and seeing what this mama can
The card you have made is gorgeous. Fabulous shape and love all that glitter. Trying to work out how you got that sentiment round the circle......Going back for another look.
Have a lovely weekend,

P.S Just put a card on my blog and have put the back :-)

Lisa Jane said...

oh lol... you had me in stitches .. it is a strange looking machine .. very 70's i think lol...but cant wait to see what else it can do .
Love the card ..that's one of my favourite designs at the moment .. but i don't have any dies or a machine big enough ..
Lisa x

mixamatoasties said...

Gorgeous card Kerry. Love that it's not a square. I should really try that sometime, lol.

Now, can we have a card with the ornament punch please?

Susan xxx

Wendy said...

This is gorgeous Kerry,love the shape and fab image,that cake looks yummy the beads are a great idea.
Wendy xx

Gaynor said...

Gorgeous Kerry, told you it was easy, I love the shape of the card, me thinks there might be a circle sentiment on most of your cards from now on lol. Gaynor :)

Amanda R said...

Great card Kerry but you are right, that is one ugly machine! Maybe you could sew up a pretty cover like a tea cozy kind of thing! Thanks so much for including the link to the circle tutorial, am printing it out right now!

Whimsey said...

Fabby; interesting looking machine most definitely - I'm with Lisa - 70-ish looking, but hey if it works!!

LOVE the circle sentiment - you rock!

Pami said...

I don't think I have heard of this machine! It does look a bit, urm old fashioned!! But I hope you enjoy working with it! I bought my GC ages ago and havent bought a single grand die yet! Love your shaped card and as always love the glitter and beady things! Pami x