Polkadotparadiso

Cardmaking, Planning

Silhouette Portrait – alternative die cutter

After about a year of cardmaking I really needed some sort of cutting machine/implement. I first tried the Fiskars Shapecutter and while it was okay to use (after lots of practice), I was restricted by the templates available. I then started looking into die cutting machines such as the Sizzix Big Shot and the Cuttlebug. While I liked the idea of these, they seemed extremely expensive both in terms of the machine and the price of the dies. I made multiple not-so-subtle hints to my other  ...

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Beauty

Signing up to Birchbox

I don’t want to make this another ‘here’s what I got in my box’ post as now we’re in to December, November’s box is pretty much old news. I kind of wanted to come at it from another angle; why I signed up, how I found the signing up process and conclusions as to whether I’ll keep my subscription. I will touch on the products, but only briefly to mark my stand out items from the box. Why a beauty box when you’re not very adventurous,  ...

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Cardmaking

Cardmaking for men

I hate making cards for men. I know I’m not alone on this one! I try and avoid it as much as possible but when people ask you for cards, it’s difficult to say no. As it stands I’ve now made three cards for my grandad’s upcoming 80th birthday (annoyingly, I didn’t take a picture of one) and I keep trying different things but nothing has ever sat right with me so far. I don’t know whether I just feel more comfortable with flowers and butterflies or what but  ...

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Cardmaking

The Range opens in MK

I love shopping. Being able to go somewhere like Hobbycraft and looking at all their cardmaking/scrapbooking supplies is heavenly. I can actually spend hours in there and boyfriend hates going there with me now. In fact, he just refuses lately. People kept saying to me that if I liked Hobbycraft I’d love The Range. I’d never really heard of that place until a year or so ago much less lived near one. But then I heard one was opening in little old Milton Keynes! I knew it was my  ...

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