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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Look for my Cards at the NEC

Hi Guys and Girls,

well I said I had been busy didn't I?
Did you believe me?
Now I know that the lovely Papercrafts Ltd are taking my cards to the NEC with them, I can show you what I have been working on.
 This is using the Happy Birthday die, both as a stamp, (cut in Funky Foam) and as the diecut.
 This one is using Double sided sticky, Cut the Happy Birthday from Double sided sticky,, and mount on the card, then pop the die back over, the die cut, and emboss the die into the card, before mounting on mats and layers.

This is one of the Corner Dies, used as a snowflake, and also embossed into the picture
And this one is using the Corner Trellis die, to create an embossed background.
The corner dies are the subject of some new Videos Rob Addams is doing on the British Craft Network.
So hope you will keep your eyes open for them if you are NEC bound, hugs


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Create it 4

Hello again,
Okay the Boys over at Kraftyhands asked me to make a card for the Create it 4 magazine. The magazine is a bit different, there's a step by step on each of the designs, but theres videos and artwork on the CD. Each Magazine contains @10 designs, and worth having on the bookshelf.
So heres my Card for the Magazine.
 All the artwork is on the CD. just print it off.
So the instructions are in the Magazine for how I did this, so why dont you pop off and order yours?


March Challenge

Well you dont seem to hear a lot from me lately do you?
Fact is I am BUSY!!!! I have a craft fair the weekend before Easter, some comissions which I dont photo, as its not fair to put someones card up without their knowledge, and the DT work is keeping me extra busy as well, so its all go on this end!
The loads of DT stuff will be up as soon as I know things are going to air, and I do have one comission that I will share at a later date, including the cut files for it, svg, mtc, dxf AND fcm formats, approval having been given, but not yet.
Today is the start of the new challenge over at Kraftyhands, and a chance for all my American followers to get a head start!
March in the UK has lots of  important dates, St David's Day, St Patricks day, My Birthday, My Mum's Birthday, My Brothers birthday, 3 Aunts Birthdays, My Sons Girlfirends Birthday, 2 Cousins Birthdays, sometimes Easter, the beginning of the Formula One Season, and last but not least, Mothers Day!!!
This year its on the 15th, so not long to go, and the theme for this months challenge is One for Mothers!
Not necessarily Mothers day, but a MUM card if you please!
So Mine comes from the CD Summer of '59, a lovely, light fresh CD, based around those Big Skirts with loads of layers.

This is more or less direct from the CD onto 250gsm card stock. A bit of lace from my stash, as they always had that final layer of Laced edged Tulle didnt they? Cosmic Shimmer Pearl Drops, some square light green gems from my stash, and some glossy accents for the final layer of decoupage, to lift the ladies from the background a bit more. The sentiment is included on the cd, and uses a Stampin' Up punch.
Currently I am running my designs through my eldest sons girlfriend, Sam (21), who has never seen this artwork before and was very taken with it, her words, "It's really light and different, I love it!"
So what can you create for the One for mothers Challenge over on the Kraftyhands Blog? While you're there dont forget to grab your free Bently Bonus artwork, the boys have a new Pup, and every so often have Bently Bonus's up for grabs, free artwork from their cds or individual designs, and I hope to pop along to your blogs and comment



Saturday, February 07, 2015

Kraftyhands February challenge

Okay the challenge over at Kraftyhands is Hearts and flowers, very appropriate for February, just wish hubby would remember................
But never mind!
This time I have used a fab CD, Vintage Valentines, which is being featured this month on the Kraftyhands sites.
Its quirky, and a bit of fun, and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, if you're of a certain age!
So an A3 cardstock, cut to 8x8 inch card base, embossed with crafters companion/sheena, A4 floral embossing folder.
the Centre piece, and decoupage are from one of the 6x6 card making sets on the CD, as is one of the mats. the other is part of the matching insert for the card, but as this is an 8x8 not a 6x6, I chopped it in half and used part of it on the outside, and the verse on the inside.
the paper ribbons are from the kit as well.
the branches are tattered lace, and the flowers from my stash
you can join in over here, and I hope to pop to your blogs and comment, xxx

Monday, February 02, 2015

Sowing the seeds of love 11 am BCN

well the show starts soon, 11am on the http://www.britishcraftnetwork.tv/, and I cant wait to see what everyone else has come up with,  so here's another of my samples for the show:
I find this CD useful for anyone who likes gardening, male or female, and no age restrictions either. It can be very CAS or as layered and distressed as you want

today at 11 am

Hi Guys and Girls,
well the shows premier is launched today on the British Craft Network, Sowing the Seeds of love, so heres one from my samples to give you an idea of whats on the cd:
This is A3 based. Its one of those side stepping cards that is becoming popular. but because of the decoupage, taken straight from the cd with no size adjustments, and I wanted a walled garden look, from the backing paper, it had to be A3 sized.

Friday, January 30, 2015

sowing the seeds of love BCN sneak peeks

well the beginning of Feb marks the newest release from the Boys at Kraftyhands.
A new CD I think aimed at Gardeners, or anyone who like florals. I must admit, I wish I had got my hands on some of Rob Adams tools to go with the cd!
heres one to tickle the taste buds!
so tune in next week to see what the boys, and girls and myself have come up with. I do think this is a very versatile CD!
Also if youre old enough like me, or a child of the eighty's, then the words sowing the seeds of love sent a song dancing through my head for days!!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

would you drive a car when you were only allowed to buy fuel from the car manufacturer? And what I found out!

would you drive a car when you were only allowed to buy fuel from the car manufacturer?
Well? Would you?
If the car companies tried to do what printer manufacturers do, then the answer would be NO!
I posted a few weeks ago about what I had said to my MP, you can find it further down
So in my continuing quest to get this sorted heres the letters I have recieved:

 and here's what I wrote to the Competition and Markets Authority, and what I found out!!!
Dear Sir/Madam

As advised by Mr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, I am contacting you to raise my concerns with Printer Manufacturer monopolies.
In America, the scenario we have with Printer Manufacturers is Illegal, which made me query the UK Situation.
Here is a copy of the text of an email, I sent to My MP Mr Michael Meacher Dated 30th Dec 2014: See blog post here
I then proceeded to contact each of the 4 main Printer manufacturers to query the warranty adjustments Mr Cable states can be made.

Canon, 0207 660 0186, Printer dept Michael.
They categorically DO NOT offer any adjustable warranties with regards to their printers. Any use of unofficial cartridges or CIS immediately voids their warranty. In addition they do offer printers that will take heavier weight cardstocks, up to 300 gsm, but the warranty ONLY covers use of Canon's own 300gsm card stock, no other manufacturer is allowed, otherwise the warranty is VOID.
Hewlett Packard, 0207 660 0596 Claire. No adjustment to any Warranty to enable use of unofficial Cartridges, or CIS is available. Warranty is VOIDED if used immediately
Epson, 01952 607111 No warranty adjustment is available to use unofficial Cartridges. Epson are now offering one A4 printer model with their own CIS, Called an ECOTANK, model number L355, for the cost of £249.99 inc vat, so will not make any adjustments to warranties as they have their own CIS which is only available for one model. The CIS is a an open system, and refillable, but information does not clarify as to wether other companies inks can be used to refill the CIS without voiding the warranties.
Brother, 0333 777 4444, No adjustable  warranties are available at all. Any use of unofficial Cartridges or CIS immediately VOIDS the warranty.
So it would seem that MR Cable is Wrong in his assumption that Printer manufacturers provide adjustable warranties.
Each of the printer manufacturers have complete monopoly over any inks used, or even in some cases materials used in their printers. Warranties are immediately voided if you use another companies ink cartridge or INK.
Those who work from home, or have hobbies requiring a lot of printing, eg, card makers, amature photograhpers, if they do NOT want to risk voiding their warranties are held to ransom by these companies.
I understand that I do NOT have to purchase a printer. However in a lot of cases, as stated in my original email to Mr Meacher, we are forced to use printers. Childrens school homework is now done via a computer and internet access. Everything is electronic now-a-days, thus you need a printer.
I understand that printers would be more expensive and that companies would lose revenue if they made ink affordable and printers expensive.
However my original points still stand. Ecologically it is irresponsible of printer manufacturers to adopt this stance, I also believe it is irresponsible for Printer manufacturers to force you to buy their cartridges which are NOT refillable, and are a constant addition to our ever growing land refuse resources.
I still view this as buying a Toaster from Sainsburys but only being able to toast Sainsburys bread in it!
I would like you to Inform myself as to how this situation is NOT a monopoly. The country would be in uproar if we were forced to by car Fuel in the same manner that Printer manufacturers force us to buy ink.

I am forwarding a copy of this email to My MP Mr Michael Meacher, I will also endeavour to email a copy to Mr Cable. I will also be publishing this information via social media sites.

Yours Sincerely,

So Canon do a printer that takes 300gsm, but its ONLY covered by warranty if you only use Canon 300gsm card.
Epson now do a CIS or Ecotank as they now call it, for ONE A4 printer which takes up to 255gsm.
Both of them still hold you hostage though!
So the question remains, would you buy a car if you could only fill up at the manufacturers garages? Would you use other garages which were cheaper even though it VOIDS the cars warranty? So why  do we allow it to happen with our printers?

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

My MP has shown interest in Printers! Why?

I have a printer, well its number 7 of the same model, so when it decided to break again over New year, I was somewhat fed up.
One thing that annoys me is the fact that if I use a compatible brand of printer cratridge then I i8mmediatly invalidate my Warranty on my printer, so being in a bad mood with my printer I emailed my MP via Write to them, a government email system for all MP's.
This is what I wrote:
I write with regard to printer manufacturers .
Please can you explain to me how the government has not tackled this problem before?
In America it is Illegal to void a warranty or repair if you have used ink cartridges not made by the Printer manufacturer. Yet in the UK, if we use another brand of Ink cartridge, as in NOT made by the Printer manufacturer, eg, Hewlett Packard, Epson, Canon, Brother, etc, which cost on average £12.00 for 6 milliliters of ink per cartridge, the printer manufacturer can VOID the warranty of a printer?
In this era where re-use and recycle is encouraged by all Government parties, can you please explain to me why we are filling dumps with printers where its cheaper to buy a new printer instead of a set of ink Cartridges? Where a re-useable system of controlled ink-flow is allowed to VOID a Warranty, by reducing the need for buying ink cartridges which in turn are then tossed in the bin.
In the current economic Climate pennies are tight, yet all government and local government departments prefer you to print out forms at home, to cut YOUR costs, yet put the additional burden of paying in the region of £40.00 to the client in order to print out a letter to send to you?
After a couple of months of not using the printer, as you dont want to use up the ink incase you have to print out yet another form, you need to print out another form.............only to discover that the ink has dried in the cartridge through lack of use, or even worse, dried in the printer head. The only thing to do then is...............go out and buy another printer!!!! Its cheaper in a lot of cases to buy a new printer than to replace the Ink Cartridges, and definitely cheaper than replacing the print head.
In my situation the Ink cartridges cost: £41.09, the printer costs £89.00, and the print Head is £149.99. For my printer I could buy a CIS System, a Continuous Ink System (Controlled Ink Flow) for £40, and 400 milliliters of ink for £12.00. Most standard cartridges contain 4-6 Milliliters of ink, and they charge @£12.00 per cartridge.
In most cases the printer is in the region of £30, and the cartridges cost in the region of £40, from most Supermarkets.
With a view to re-cycling, and re-using can you please explain to me why NO government has tackled this issue, which is Illegal in America, and what the government can and will do about this?
How on earth have the printer manufacturers been allowed to decide to Void a warranty if you use some one elses ink? Its like buying a toaster from Sainsburys, but only being allowed to toast Sainsburys bread in it! or Buying a Ford and only being allowed to refuel at a Ford garage! Or being forced to buy paper and envelopes from the Post Office, so that you can send a letter!
Common Sense dictates that this is a ridiculous situation, and I would like you to rectify this nonsensical impasse as soon as possible, especially with regard to re-use of ink cartridges and CIS systems.
Yours sincerely,

Today I recieved a reply from my MP, (Which brings me to another rant, as all my post had been opened and read, then stuck through my letter box!) heres his response:
Thank you for your recent email about warranties on Commercial Printers.
I have to admit I am quite astonished by some of the points you have made here. As a former Environment Minister, the potential environmental effects of this policy alone are very troubling.
I have written to the government Minister who has political responsibility for business competitiveness on your behalf, and asked him for comments about this.
I will be in touch with you when I receive a response, 

So any one want to write to their MP? lol, as my MP normally sends long detailed reasons why something is done or not done, this letter is out of the ordinary for him, in its honesty, personal opinion, and brevity! And I didnt know he was the former Environment Minister either, lol. But if enough people complain about this making references to things like using a ford car and having to use ford Petrol, and the deliberate cheapness of printers versus the cost of the ink, then we might be all able to use compatibles, or CISS systems without voiding the warranties of the damned things!
Which in our situation is quite important, as we can use a LOT of ink!!!!

New year means changes

Okay the Kraftyhands Challenge blog has now merged with the Kraftyhands main Blog, so for entires you need to go here!http://kraftyhands.blogspot.co.uk/
For details on my card here's the link to youtube:

Monday, December 29, 2014

Brother Scan N cut WILL cut lines

Okay hours of sweat and tears, but it does work, and its simple, once I figured it out. No more double lines on my cuts, now it cuts lines!!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I am late! Kraftyhands Blog Challenge


well actually its afternoon, and I have just found out that I missed the post date!
The challenge over at Kraftyhands this month is No Squares Allowed.
Now I know there is a small sq on this card, but it is part of the original design work,  from a really old Kraftyhands product, Fast Speed machines.
The card is a commission, the lady wanted a Scooter, so we have an A4 Slider card, and its mostly rectangles, so it qualifies!