Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tuesday Tip Technique

Hello friends

Here she - Bella coiffured!
She has a wardrobe of jumpers in case she feels a little chilly with her short fur.
I had thought she was getting a little tubby but with her haircut I can see it must
have been her curly fur.  Good job I hadn't put her on a diet!

Delighted to report car got through its MOT - good job too as I'm doing a 
great deal of driving!

Back to craft...

Yesterday's card has triggered off today's Tip Technique - thank you Rita for your question.
The yellow background was created with the NEW 6 x 6 Matting Basics dies.

Hurrah!  We now have square matting dies, I've been campaigning for 
larger square dies since Grand Squares was discontinued.
Again, these dies come under the special UK release that was launched at 
Stitches a week ago.
Today for TTT I thought I would clarify why there are two sets of matting dies,  
A and B, how they work alone or combined.

These dies come under Spellbinders® Card Creator range, it means you can
create perfectly spaced layers and also use them with coordinating Card Creator sets.

By using 6 x 6 Matting Basics A you have a spacing of 1/4" between each layer and again
the same with Matting Basics B.
  If you combine the two sets you have narrowing matting options.
Hopefully the photos make it a lot clearer.

These are available to pre-order on the website here.  Available early March.
It really makes card making a breeze and I know there are many of you that will be
delighted that we can be perfectly "square" again! :)

Mrs B (Sue) and Sandra - absolutely thrilled you are coming along to 
Farnborough on Saturday!  Can't wait to see you both. 

Take care friends, I'm back tomorrow with ...cats!


Jane Willis said...

Bella looks beautiful - compared to yesterday's photo it's like one of those fancy before and after photos you see!
I'm coming to Farnborough too (being only 5 miles away it would be rude not to!) but not sure yet what else is happening at the weekend so I may have to go on Friday in which case I'll miss you, but if I can make Saturday I'll stop by and say hello

Jacquie said...

Morning Christine,

Doesn't Bella look a gorgeous gal? She does look so well behaved and quite a treasure.

So happy you have these squares for sale not only to make perfect squares but also to make perfect frames with too! I shall have to pre order when I get paid at the end of the week lol!
Have a great day.

Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Chris said...

Hi Christine,
Lovely photo of Bella, she is just so cute, I think you should feature her everyday. I'm glad to see the matting squares back, I have the rectangles and use them such a lot, I think matting finishes your cards off really nicely.
Chris xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Oh, Bella looks so cute doesn't she, definitely no diet needed as she looks really fit and healthy.
The 6 x 6 Matting Basics dies look great, so useful. Christine do you know Why do Spellbinders discontinue really popular dies? It is such a shame when they do!
Counting down to Saturday, only 4 sleeps now : )
Take care x

PharmacyMichele said...

Bella looks beautiful & definitely not fat! The matting basic squares look great-i'd be lost without my grand squares.


Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Bella looks lovely so cute. Love the square dies so much you can use them for . love Jean Z xx

Carole Z said...

Bella looks so cute after her coiffure! (Well she always does, but she looks pleased with her cut, lol). I have these matting dies and they are so so so useful. I use them all the time, hugs Carole Z X

marg said...

Good Morning Christine
Thank you for campaigning for those Dies!I don't know why they discontinue such useful ones!
My biggest regret was LF-168 which I never got !
Bella looks like a little puppy now.... its still nippy so I think she will need her jackets!
Again thank you for getting those Dies made for the UK!
Take care
Love Marg

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Christine, goodness Bella looks like a different dog, she could model when trimmed, but personally I prefer them about a month later when a good covering comes back. The layering dies make such a difference to cards, they just look that much nicer and I like the edge detail. Looking forward to getting mine. X Ros

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Bella looks absolutely gorgeous with her new haircut, she is so photogenic and obviously loves having her picture taken.
I am so glad Spellbinders are bringing out these 6x6 matting basics dies, I will definitely be wanting these sets. I make lots of 8x8 cards and was really upset when they stopped doing the Grand dies.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

val jones said...

Hi Christine. Doesn't Bella look cute- just like a puppy again. Her photo cetainly brightens the day.
Love the new dies. I've just counted mine and i have far too many sets so only room for one more and it had to be the Kitty Play of course.

Love val in Spain x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Bella looks so proud of her new look, she certainly like the camera.
The matting dies in 6x6 squares will be so useful.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Bella looks so proud of her new look, she certainly like the camera.
The matting dies in 6x6 squares will be so useful.

ElizabethS said...

Hi Christine, glad about your car and Bello looks equally as cute with her coiffured fur...
These dies are great, so easy to use and look perfect every time.
Elizabeth x

Ann said...

Hi Christine

OOOOOH Bella looks very posh I luv the little jumper idea Bless her.

Thankyou for making it clear how the "A" and "B" sets work wil be so nice to get the mats and layers even with the squares.

Luv n hugs Annxx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
Doesn't Bella look the bees knees now she's had a hair cut. loving the square matting basics. I loved the grand labels 1, but they discontinued those as well, just as I'd found them via Christina Griffiths. I'm hopping to meet you as well as Mrs B and Sandra. I'm coming down with my sister in law but I'm hoping to meet up with them as well.

Janice Wallace said...

That's one cute looking puppy dog now.
These dies do make cards look so much nicer.
Janice W

utilitygirl said...

Bella looks very smart now - but I thought she was lovely before her hair cut anyway.
I have the rectangular card creator dies but the squares look like one for my wish list. Using my perfect layers ruler at the moment, which is fine as long as the card is thick enough.
Looking forward to seeing the cats tomorrow.

Lesley Thomas said...

My goodness Christine, what a difference a day makes to Bella- I am so glad she has some 'woolies' until it gets a bit warmer.

Love the idea of the square dies, but just can't afford it at the moment, perhaps later.

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Bella looks lovely.
The new dies look great,Thank you for TTT.
Have a good day. Take care. x.

Rita said...

Thank you Christine. To say I am delighted is an understatement. It just makes for better matting and layering. Bella looks beautiful after her makeover. Hugs Rita xxx

LoraineC said...

Bella looks very beautiful, I no longer have my Yorkie but remember the lovely smell when she used to arrive home from a cut and blow dry!! Lovely card yesterday and the matting dies look very useful. X

hazel young said...

Lovely dies sets. Hadn't realised grand square was discontinued glad i have them. Christine do you know if all the grand dies are discontinued xx hazel

Stamping Bubbles said...

Hello Christine
Bella looks fabulous after her trip to the beauticians and definitely not fat. Gald to here your car passed its MOT too.
It is great to see Spellbinders bringing out square dies. Definitely 2 sets to add to my collection. I was never able to get my hands on the Grand squares and I would love to be able to get hold of grant circles too. I understand why Spellbinders discontinue dies but it would be great if they didn't discontinue the basic dies.
Finally thank you for all your help yesterday. My order is now placed and I am looking forward to it arriving. My desk looks very bare without my Grand Calibur.
Take care

Janice said...

Bella does look very glam now!
These square dies would be very useful, something to think about. I currently use the perfect layer rulers for matting and layering.
Janice x

Kitty Davies said...

Hi Christine. Beautiful Bella.
I am looking for Grand decorated Ovals. Thank you take care Kitty.

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