Now I'm definitely not a big fan of repeatedly cutting out for creating decoupaged creations. So I was chuffed to find not one but several companies now manufacturing stamps and having dies made to fit them. Heartfelt Creations is one of those companies:
check out these stamps, dies and resulting creations - they're brill (and coming instore soon so watch this space!):
can you believe these leaf dies make these stunning flowers:
What a relief to have a die like this one above, with varying flower sizes - as I couldn't bear the thought of cutting each one of the flowers out in the next couple of cards!!
and then the same die set as earlier but in conjunction with different container stamps and also on a page layout giving amazing results:
And here's another company producing stamps and dies to match - hopefully instore really soon:
same base stamp but look how those 2 cards above give completely different end creations.
Apart from the Cuttlebug version 2 and the Cricut Imagine, there's not really much new from Provocraft. The only thing that did catch my eye are these 'all in one' embossing folders.
It's a hinged embossing folder with lego-like parts (positive and negative) so you can build up a matrix of designs to emboss and you know they are always going to be in the right location for you with no moving about.
and here's some of the designs to fit into the hinged embossing folder base:
Another great feature is that you can mix and match the designs from each folder set giving you unique, repeatable results suitable for all occasions.
This company had some cool dies that when embellished with chalk and all corresponding elements layered together, look just so amazing:
Sizzix have brought out a range of dies specifically for jewellery making:
Here's some samples using their 'pro' dies (don't forget pro dies are very large and can currently only be used in the Big Shot Pro or the AccuCut:
Loving these cut and emboss dies:
And here's some samples using their embossing folders:
Finally, a snippet of some of the new Eclips cartridges:
and a couple of shots of samples using the Eclips cartridges:
As always, we will be stocking the very latest Sizzix dies, embossing folders and Eclips goodies, the first of which should begin arriving this March!
Next time, I'll be reporting on various stamp companies I spoke to....
In the meantime, happy crafting