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Arts & C rafts - Top Tips ?

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Whizzz Tue 16-May-06 20:06:50

How about a thread for sharing general tips ?

Maybe everyone already knows some of them - but maybe a few people don't

eg.
I use parcel tape to remove all the tiny bits of paper scraps that stick to Sizzix dies & the cutting mat

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 20:12:30

Thats a good one Whizz
I pick them out with my teeth


Seriously that is a good one cuz I sit for ages trying to get them out with a pin (not recommened)
I try you idea now

Whizzz Tue 16-May-06 20:14:16

I was a bit worried that all would say 'of course we all know that you silly moo'

I also use a matchstick to spread glue when sticking thin Sizzix letters onto cards

Whizzz Tue 16-May-06 20:14:19

I was a bit worried that all would say 'of course we all know that you silly moo'

I also use a matchstick to spread glue when sticking thin Sizzix letters onto cards

Whizzz Tue 16-May-06 20:14:30

OOps

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 20:14:38

Hey clever clogs it works, thanks hon

SoupDragon Tue 16-May-06 20:21:15

"don't have a baby because it b*ggers up your free time"

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 20:23:42

If I'm doing a load of letters I stick the card or foam to a sheet of double sided sticky paper then when i've cut them I peel of the paper and it's ready to stick, if I'm only doing a few I do it your way

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 20:25:07

Are we feeling a bit blue at the moment SD
>>>>>>Big hugs>>>>>

Pixiefish Tue 16-May-06 20:26:35

I use a glue pen to glue letters

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 20:28:31

Actually I can go one better
Don't take up crafting cuz it cost you a bluddy fortune

I'd end it by saying "Buy a card from the shop" but I daren't cuz I think I'd get thrown of A&C

Pixiefish Tue 16-May-06 20:44:45

LOL caroline- totally agree

I also sometimes use the Xyron for letters

CatBert Tue 16-May-06 20:48:38

Now THAT has made me smile carolinett... A&C on MN has inspired me to get making some cards of my own (used to do bits and piece years ago, but have none of the stuff left, so starting effectively from scratch).

I so far have made 2, yes TWO new baby cards, and I keep thinking "£67 for two cards... Hmmm. My friends better keep popping out baby boys for a while yet, otherwise I am really never going to break even"

Whizzz Tue 16-May-06 20:51:58

Yes MN has a lot to answer for

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 20:57:26

Welcome CatBert
It's like riding a bike you never forget
You'll soon be spending a flippin fortune

Opps I mean you'll soon be making loads of cards & making a profit

Great to have another crafter on board

poppiesinaline Tue 16-May-06 21:11:59

PMSL SoupDragon

Best tip: Pop onto MN if you are stuck cos someone will always have a fab idea.

kickassangel Tue 16-May-06 21:53:42

OK, if this is a tips site, can someone please explain sizzix to me? there's so many around, what's a good general starter, how much does it cost, is everything compatible with everything else? is there a really obviuos web site i shoudl be looking at?

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 21:58:16

have a lookatthis
then come back with some more quetion
This is the US site were the sizzix was born

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 22:02:37

Cheapest I think to buy the machine is on ebay a few of the girls have bought from thisguy

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 22:02:40

Cheapest I think to buy the machine is on ebay a few of the girls have bought from thisguy

Pixiefish Tue 16-May-06 22:14:54

beanie buddy on ebay is good.

Or have a look at the market place on ukscrappers for a second hand one.

most dies work in the sizzix APART for the Big Shot thick cut ones.

Some of the smaller dies need an adaptor or a convertor and they're extra.

the big shot cuts everything and can be bought for £75 fro sarahscards

kickassangel Tue 16-May-06 22:16:37

many thanks, computer v slow tonight so will look again another time.

kickassangel Tue 16-May-06 22:39:47

So, i think i'm right, if i buy the big machine, it will take all the dies, but the little one can only take the little dies. there's several on ebay, and i have some birthday money to spend, so i shall hang around & try to grab a bargain

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 22:40:12

Well I'm off to bed if no one else has any more crafty tips for me.

Carolinett Tue 16-May-06 22:47:50

If you want to cut with the small dies like sizzlit you have to buy a convertor not sur how much they are these days. if you buy one of those you can cut all the sizzix & sizzlits dies

just to complicate it a little more if you buy a further convertor it's like a flat metal plate you can cut any accut dies

So you need two different converter used together to cut with an accute die.
Thats because they are thinner than the sizzlits and you need to build up space on the sizzix machine

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