Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Birds and the....BUG?

So, I saw this stamp set by Inkadinkado a few weeks ago for the first time at Archiver's.

I was impressed by the fact that it wasn't just "another one of those bird sets" in my mind, rather a prettier, more decorative take on a theme that I'm normally not that into. My Mom really likes birds though, and I like owls. While I wait with anticipation for the Wise Owl release from Papertrey Ink, finding this "Birds Galore" set at Jo-Ann yesterday will satisfy my craving for now...


What's more? Well, I got this little green thing called the Cuttlebug a few weeks ago for my birthday. For those of you who are just as new to the die-cutting/embossing/nesting phenomenon as I am, you'll feel my pain. There is SO much to be done with this little guy and I am reeling in the downward spiral of untapped potential mixed with a healthy dose of NO TIME. Anyway, there is much to be learned and even more to be done, but for now, I have mastered the embossing technique with both nesting dies and embossing "folders".


The folders are a breeze. Sold seperately, they are the perfect "A2" size (standard handmade card size) and you literally just put your cardstock in the folder, roll in through the die cut machine, and presto! All done.


I believe this Cuttlebug pattern used above is called the "Textile" embossing folder, which produces a pretty, damask type pattern. I thought this was the perfect embossing folder to start with to be used with my new bird set. The "Just because" sentiment is from the new Floral Frenzy stamp set from Papertrey Ink.


Anyway, enjoy! Oh, and a question for today: For those of you who own the Cuttlebug, what is your favorite thing to do with it? Hit me up with a comment or two if you feel like it. I'd love to hear from you!

6 comments:

Katie Renz said...

Hi Jess,
I have been meaning to stop and say hi and let you know that I read your comment,yada, yada, yada, ever since the blog hop. Yikes, that was a while ago.

Anyway, I LOVE my cuttlebug. I mostly use it for the full size embossing folders, but there are some essential die sets you MUST get. The little tags and the nested flowers are a must. Inking/Painting up the folders is a cool way to use them - if you can handle the mess :) There are also new narrower folders available as well. I just got a set of those, but haven't played with them yet.

Anyway, take care!!!

IamDerby said...

I love my cb, my favorite thing to use it with is nesties. I love my nesties. second favorite would be the cb embossing folders.

sarita said...

love this card!! the colors are terrific - is there a template for the card? or can you say how you did the curved sides...thank you

the whimsical butterfly said...

Sure. It's actually a sticker, believe it or not. It's part of the Yours Truly line from Archivers. It's just a big circle sticker, but you can cut paper into a circle as well. What you do is cut the circle in half, and then invert the sides so it's curve sides facing in..does that make sense? I ran the sticker through my CB before I cut it to emboss it. Fun stuff! Thanks so much for looking!

the whimsical butterfly said...

Sure. It's actually a sticker, believe it or not. It's part of the Yours Truly line from Archivers. It's just a big circle sticker, but you can cut paper into a circle as well. What you do is cut the circle in half, and then invert the sides so it's curve sides facing in..does that make sense? I ran the sticker through my CB before I cut it to emboss it. Fun stuff! Thanks so much for looking!

sarita said...

makes perfect sense to me!! thanks!!!