Craft Art


The Fiskars Fuse


I purchased this wonderful machine from HSN on one of their specials.  I didn't take the stagered payments or whatever they call making payments for months on your credit card, I just bought the thing.  I wanted something that would cut any size die, and this will cut anything up to 12" x 12" which in anyone's book is a good sized die.  I also purchased some of the dies they had on special to go with this wonderful contraption.

The dies work just as they are advertised.  You put the die in the orange cover and put an embossing plastic on top, you ink the embossing plastic part without getting the ink on the die or the felt around the outside of the die.  To do this I have found that it is much to the inkers advantage if you cut the die out of scrap paper that is big enough to cover the outside of the die and then lay that piece of paper on top of the die and then ink the embossing plastic part.  This way you do not get any ink on the felt around the die, it is much less messy.  The cutting mats that come with the fuse are just plain weird.  The top is a funny material that the die actually cuts into, coming from the hard acrylics plates of the sizzix machine this confuses me and seems so strange.  They work don't get me wrong they just seem strange. 

I use my sizzix plates and platforms in the fuse, they work just fine for me.  I have the magnetic platform and it works wonderfully in the fuse.  For the thinner dies and the embossing folders I just use the regular platforms, using the magnetic platform to cut the thinner dies using both top and bottom acrylic cutting mats.  I also use the regular large steel dies with the top and bottom acrylic plates and they work just fine.

I purchased the adapter kit with the fuse and really don't use it but it sets next to the Fuse just in case I might need it.  I think I used one of the skinny litte pieces of plastic with my sizzix platform trying to get a good cut from one of the spellbinder of those with the intricate edges...I never got it to cut correctly.  I spent one whole afternoon pulling and pushing the little pieces of paper out of the die until I just gave up and put that die in the to be donated pile.

Now lets talk the overall size of this is big, really big.  Common sense would indicate it would have to be big to cut a 12" by whatever length die but actually finding a place to put it in the craft room is the problem.  I have a twin bed in my craftroom/extra bedroom situation and this machine sits on a big cutting board on the twin bed.  This works but it would be nice to have it on a work bench of some sort.  But unless I can figure out how to twitch my nose and make my house bigger this machine has to stay on the bed.  The machine does fold up into a somewhat smaller size but folding it up doesn't make it any less heavy so it still weighs the same, of course.  So even folded up to take or carry this machine weighs alot, it weighs so much I can't in good conscious call it a portable machine. 

I like this machine and the other machine I had is in the give to my daughter box so she will be happy until she sees this machine and then she will want one of these.  I have to admit I did keep the heavy red original sizzix for smashing pop bottle caps though so I must just like heavy machines.


Watercolor Runway Cards

I did a review on the new Prima watercolors and decided I would try one of those cards on the youtubes that is just wet water color on wet paper and see what happens.  I used the Tim Holtz Runway stamps and watercolor paper.  I put some patterned paper on the card front and glued on some sequins for a little bit of bling.

This one I used a flesh colored watercolor on the legs, arm, and face with a purple on the dress and hat.  I really like this look with these particular stamps.  The flesh color has harsher lines as it dried then the purple did.

This one I used two different colors of blue, the flesh color, and a brown for what i think is supposed to be a dog......I also added some sequins to the background.  This one turned out differently, of course since it is watercolor on wet paper.  But I like this stamp done in this loose watercolor sort of background with the colors kind of in the right place for a picture. 

Thank you for looking.


Tri Fold Anniversary Card

Over on Artsy Inkers we are having Winterfest 2016 and one of the challenges is named "Surprise your Valentine".  I worked all afternoon on an anniversary card for this challenge.  Do you see where this is going?  I got it all done, took pictures, uploaded them to the computer, resized them for the gallery, and then decided to look one more time at the instructions for the challenge named "Surprise your Valentine".  Then it hit me, one of the perimeters for the challenge is it must be a Valentine's card.......I am still shaking my head over this one, how did this turn into an anniversary card?  So I went and made another one in a Valentine theme.  So this one goes here.

The challenge at Artsy Inkers is here.

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I used a piece of double sided scrapbooking paper for this card.  It has snowflakes on it because the anniversary is in January.  The bellyband is from one side of the cardstock and the outside of the card is from the other side.  The snowflakes on the bellyband are cut from the Tim Holtz snowflake die set.  I put two strips of the paper on either side of the opening because it just didn't look right without them.

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I have this set of stamps that has the itty bitty houses and that once upon a time sentiment stamp.  I thought that would be kind of neat inside an anniversary card.  I colored the itty bitty houses with Derwent color pencils.  I colored the flowers with gel pens.  I stamped Happy Anniversary in archival black ink.  This card is like a shutter and when the card closes the area around the once upon a time stamp gets smaller and smaller like a shutter opening and shutting.  It's really kind of neat.

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Part os the challenge was to also decorate the envelope.  This is the front of the envelope.  I stamped the snowflakes in memento ink and the snowmen in archival black.  I colored some on the snowmen with Derwent colored pencils.

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And here is the back of the envelope.  This is pretty darn nice for an envelope.  I enjoyed making this card and the one in the thread in the link above.  There are also several other of these cards in the Winterfest 2016 gallery album Located Here!  Please look and join into our Winterfest 2016.  And thank you for looking here.

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