Thursday, 3 August 2017

What are the differences between US and UK models of the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform by Tonic (1707E vs 1708E)?

So what's the difference between the US model of the Tim Holtz stamping platform (1707e) and the UK model of the stamping platform (1708e)?

We have all waiting eagerly and there have been a lot of uncertainty about the nature of the changes/redesign.  Well here's what we've found out so far:

It appears that the only change we can see, is that there is a difference to the ruler meeting in the corner.

The UK version (1708e) has an enclosed right angle corner where the top and side rulers meet.  Additionally the rulers on this UK version, form a raised edge which you can use to butt your project up to.  These rulers/butt bar are moulded onto the platform (as if resting on it). 

Whereas the US version (1707e) has been redesigned so the top and side ruler are not joined up in any way and each ruler is flush with the base platform and not itself, raised.  So an additional raised lip has been added to act as the ‘butt bar’.

Here’s a picture comparison between the two models:

All coming back into stock soon : Tim Holtz Stamping Platform products.

If you are aware of any other differences please leave a comment, much appreciated.

Do you have a preference?

Enjoy the rest of the evening
- Janice

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Owl and the Fox

Just a little something to show today made by me (Louise).

I made these cute owl and fox gift boxes using the Sizzix die called "Owl and Fox" by Jen Long.

I pretty much made them the same as on the front of the die set because I was in a hurry.
I have to say they are quick and fun to make and you can use up bits of card oddments.
My daughter gave these to her teachers, ten in total when she left school a couple of weeks ago, after sitting her final exams.
Each box fits three Lindt chocolate balls which was very handy as the gift and also very yummy!
Guess who over estimated how many would fit and ended up with spares?  Honest, wasn't done on purpose!!

They went down very well apparently - well whoo wouldn't love to recieve this as a gift (see what I did there - very cunning eh!)
And I know it will be a die set I will use again and again.

Here's the picture from the front of the die set and click on it to take you to more details:

Owl and Fox by Jen Long

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Bee-cause you're special

Today we have a card by the lovely Chris Scott using a technique called "baby wipe technique".

Chris has used a baby wipe to create a stamp pad by adding drops of distress ink refills in different colours onto the wipe close together. You then take your stamp and press into the baby wipe and then stamp onto your card.
 The effect is a beautiful watercolour effect and you can add lots of different colour to one stamped image.

For this card Chris has used the a clear stamp set called Busy Bee by Hobby Art which has lots of designs in the set, including the sentiment Chris used.
The tiny bee's are really sweet too and Chris used glossy accents on the wings to make them stand out more.
To finish the card a few die cut wild flowers are added using the Tim Holtz Wildflowers dies set and these have been coloured using distress inks to match the card.

You can see other artwork by Chris on her blog : 'Always About Colour'.

Products used by Chris, include:

Spiced Marmalade distress ink
Scattered Straw distress ink
Peeled Paint distress ink
Wildflowers die set
Glossy Accents - Clear dimensional embelishment
Glossy Accents
Busy Bees clear stamp set

Monday, 26 June 2017


I love the colours of this pretty card by Sara using Sue Wilson dies.

Sara has created a aperture in the card using the Eternal Rings die by Sue Wilson.

Coloured card is used behind the aperture and pearls added to the flower centres to create
a truly pretty panel.

Flowers have been die cut and build up using the Sue Wilson Chrysanthemum die and the leaves are die cut from the Spring Foliage set.

Micro Beads are used to make the centre of the flowers and give a lovely effect.

The sentiment is from a Woodware clear stamp set called Jane's Script and is a lovely sentiment set with words perfect for many occasions and a lovely size to stamp onto cards.

Products used for this card include:
Chrysanthemum die set

Eternal Rings

Spring Foliage
Micro Beads
Jane's Script clear stamp set

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Sara's Butterfly Magic

Today we have a very pretty card with lacey butterflies and a glittery background.

For this card Sara has removed a panel from the right side of the card and replaced with acetate.  Then on the right hand inside of the card, added a strip of glittery card so that it shows through acetate when the card is revealed out of the envelope.

A pretty border punch and ribbon add a elegant touch to the left side of the card.

The products used for this card include:
Ribbon and small pearls
coloured card stock

Sue Wilson Cutting Die - Finishing Touches Cascading Butterflies
Cascading butterflies
SO: Martha Stewart Craft Punch - Floral Lace
Floral lace punch
Stix 2 - A4 Extra Thick Clear Acetate (4 sheets) 300 micron
Thick acetate

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Cascading Butterflies

This card from Sara is a very pretty card and also as a touch of sparkle to it.  We all love a bit of sparkle :)

Sara has used the Meridian corner die to die cut two corners of a piece of lilac card, then used the butterflies outline die in the centre.

On some white card she has then cut a full set of the butterflies dies and replaced the pieces back in the lilac card base.

Using adhesive film and glitter a sparkling background has been created and then placed behind the lilac card.

Ribbon and pearls add a finishing touch to card.

Products used include:

Meridian edger
Creative Expressions Double Sided A4 Adhesive Film Sheets - 5 sheets
Adhesive film
Sue Wilson Cutting Die - Finishing Touches Cascading Butterflies
Cascading butterflies
SO: DecoArt Glamour Dust Sprinkle on Glitter - Crystal 29.5grams
Glamour Dust
SO: Craft UK Ltd 6x6 inch Cards and Envelopes - White (50)
Card and envelopes

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

With Love

"Pretty in Pink" is the card for today.

Sara has made this beautiful card using just pink and white cardstock and dies.
The base is a 8x8 card and a pink slightly smaller piece of card is used for the first layer.
Sara has then die cut the heart design (from standard heart nestie) out of a slightly smaller piece of white card.

Using the Tim holtz mixed media die set she has die cut the fancy corner out of white card and used this behind the heart with some pink backing.  Doesn't it look really effective?
Shows how versatile the mixed media dies sets are.  And how you can mix and match outline dies with fancy detailed details.  Loving it :)

Then to finish off the card, Sara has used the Sue Wilson Spring Foliage die set from the Finishing Touches range and also some lace, glitter and cute ribbon.   Notice how there are 3 shades of the pink flowers and each one has a pearl center - looks so elegant.

Some of the products used for this card, include :-

Sue Wilson Cutting Die - Finishing Touches Spring Foliage
Spring Foliage
Sizzix Thinlits Dies - Mixed Media #2 by Tim Holtz (3pk)
Mixed Media #2
Sue Wilson Cutting Die - Finishing Touches Cascading Butterflies
Cascading Butterflies
SO: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Heart Classic
Classic Hearts
Self-Adhesive Lace - White (1 metre)
Self-adhesive Lace

Friday, 9 June 2017

Good Luck

A Good Luck card for today made by Sara Rosamond.
This is a really lovely and quick card to make and a great way to use the Sue Wilson
Easter Basket die set in a very unusal way. Similar to our previous post where Sara has used the basket handle for the Hot Air Balloon, she's been thinking more outside the box basket and come up with this gem - using the basket handle upside down for a horseshoe.

Thin, 3mm, ribbon is then threaded through and a brad used to make it look like it is hanging on the card.
A die cut of a little black cat is featured in corner and comes from the Sue Wilson kinetics 3D window box die set to finish off card.  

Beautifully simplistic for any Good Luck occasion you need to create a card for. 

Thanks for the inspiration Sara :)
See some of Sara's other artwork on her blog : "inky fingers"

Products used on this Good Luck card, are-
Sue Wilson kinetics Easter Basket set 
Sue Wilson kinetics 3D window box accessories set
6x6 white cards and envelopes
Hobby House pearls