Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Having a breakdown....

Yep!  I finally broke down and bought myself a Spellbinder's Grand Caliber and I LOVE IT!!!!!  Wow- so easy to use.  I have always loved Spellbinder dies....they were first given to me by my husband and kids several years ago for my birthday.  And I have used the Wizard for years with them.....and it now is pretty difficult to use.  I do have a big shot but have been coveting those HUGE Grand Nesties......I think they are the coolest thing ever for scrapbooking but have really held off on getting them due to the fact that I haven't had a  die cutter that was big enough to accommodate them.  But since I really like how they look when I am trolling scrapbook sites  yesterday I took the plunge at Hobby Lobby with  my 40% off coupon!  And have been playing ever since.  I love how I am able to cut and then emboss many dies at once.  I can literally cut out each section of a card, all at once, in one or two pass throughs.  That for me is a huge improvement especially as I love to layer up my cards.  Before, I had to cut and then emboss each single layer.....and if I had a card with, say, 5 layers, that meant 10 pass throughs for cutting and embossing.  Now it is down to two as I load up the big plate with several dies at once.  So, I just thought that between yesterday's post about the AMAZING rulers I found and today's post about my the Grand Caliber and grand dies I would pass on how much I like these new tools and how much easier they make some of my crafting!  As for yesterday's post....I know that rulers don't seem like a tool that would be so "exciting" but really, seriously....go to the site I have linked up and watch the videos.....I find they are really great for cards and sooooo great for scrapping.  Really. Every mount is perfect.  Ha!  Done with my exciting testimonials!  Today's card features a shaped card that is basically me  trying out my Grand Caliber and one of my new grand nesties.  I am pretty happy with how this turned out and will def play around with these larger dies more. A lot more.  The stamp is a Northwoods Rubber Stamp Company beauty that I actually fussy cut out from it's background and reset.



Thank you for stopping by and for those of you who have sent me private emails on how my training is going for my 60 mile walk I will tell you it is going GREAT!  I am putting in app 75 miles a week and am loving it!

Be well,
Sheila

8 comments:

Elizabeth Allan said...

Your "breakdown" sounds like the good kind Sheila!! Have fun with your new machine. Your card is magnificent!

Lin said...

Gorgeous summery bright card - glad to hear you're happy with your newest acquisition!

Robin K. said...

Now that's the kind of "breakdown" to have! Your card is beautiful! I'm with you-any kind of tool to make the job easier is gold:). Very impressed with your training-has to be a great feeling of accomplishment!

Sasha said...

Hi Sheila...where have you been? I missed you.
Love your gorgeous card...such beautiful rich colours! And you have coloured your petals wonderfully! Love your embossed background, too.
Lucky you treating yourself to a GC. Would love one, but only had my Big Shot a few months x

Greta said...

I'm jealous, Sheila! I've been coveting those big nesties myself, but for now I'm sticking with my Big Shot. This card is just gorgeous! Love how you colored the flower & it all goes together perfectly!

Dawn said...

What fun Sheila. I thought about getting the Grand Calibur but have held off so far. Glad you are enjoying it though.

judkajudi said...

Oh, I was reading some of your older posts and you mentioned Devils Lake and the bluffs .. my favorite place in the whole world!! When I need a visual image to become calm and serene, I picture myself on the South Shore of Devils lake, under a tree with a good book ... kids playing nearby! Happy memories!!

Maureen Morton said...

Will expect to keep seeing more of these trophies from the new machine - this is wonderful. Great colors! Really love that special little tag (you know I love hearts!).