Saturday 2 October 2021

Mixed Up Saturday featuring Magazine Review


💜💚💛Happy Birthday 💛💚💜

Good Saturday Morning Ladies, 

Please join me in wishing our lovely Margaret a very Happy Birthday, I hope you get to eat lots of cake 🎂 🥮.  I know that Pops will spoil you rotten making sure you have all of your favourite

We are off to a Cake sale and Coffee Morning in the village hall to raise money for Macmillan so we will go and buy some cake, the local ladies bake some delicious looking cakes, so I am looking forward to that.  Other than that we have to get rid of our tomato plants and the French Bean plants, but the weather is supposed to be terrible so that might not happen.
What have you all got planned? 

Karen's New Diecutting Machine 

Karen decided to go for the 'Go Power ' die cutting  machine by Couture Creations to replace her Platinum machine.  I am literally so excited for you to have your first Electric die cutting machine Karen and I have to say that after reading all of the really positive feedback comments on this machine I had decided that this would probably be my next big work horse die cutting machine,  I am really interested to hear your feedback too Karen both initial thoughts and also as you get use to it in a few weeks time.  Thankfully our Karen has written a little introductory review, which is something really useful as we know that we are all totally honest with each other!  

Karen's Review...

The pressure on this machine is powerful So much so it has left an impression on the B plate
So far it is cutting all of my dies I have, ones by Spellbinders, Sue W, Tonic and various others including those from China
The embossing mat is extra thick and embossed like a dream including folders that are quite shallow 
The “mouth” is easy to feed You do not have to ensure all of the plates are exactly lined up
The downside The base, plate A is quite heavy to pick up (I am used the base being fixed on the machine - Platinum) The C plate does warp ever so slightly but rotating it and turning it over has straightened it again
The embossing mat is so thick and the pressure is so good that it scared me slightly when the mat slipped backwards My old tan embossing mat works fine 
It also takes the Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Molds and Hot Foil Machine dies.
I have not had to use the metal shim yet
The dies that come with it are good but maybe we as crafters would not necessarily buy them
I love it so far

Thank you so much Karen, it sounds like a great machine, please keep us updated XXX

Simply Cards & Papercraft 

Magazine Review 

I treated myself to a couple of Magazines that I like the look of, so I thought I would share it with you too...

This first feature shows you different ways to make the most of your Free gifts, there is a feature showing you how to use the dies to make a stamped background.  The different little stamps have created some great backgrounds.  There are some quite nice cards to be honest. 

This feature is a guide to the 'StampCuts' range from Creative Expressions, it looks like you ink the die (which creates the stamped image) as well as die cutting.  It looks a bit messy, Im not sure if want ink in my die cutting machine, the cards that she has made are nice, but I think you could achieve the same by using the Poinsettia stamps and dies that you already have.  What are your thoughts? 

I love lace so these cards really appeal to me, all of the cards that Sandra Rayner has Designed are lovely Feminine cards but not to over the top, I think that less is definitely more with lace.

Helen Griffin makes some amazing 3D Craft projects, she has used the Free dies to create sone fun Christmas craft ideas here, I particularly like the gift boxes.

I would love to be able to do Calligraphy,  my hand writing is terrible 😫, Lou Collins makes it look so easy though, Not that I would ever right a Christmas Dinner Menu, its pretty much the same every year in our house!!! 🤣😂

The Magazine has some free SVG cutting files, which have been used to make some fun Christmas projects, I always forget to check out the free downloads with Magazines!! 

We all have a collection of embossing powders that we use for sentiments or to make colouring a little easier on stamped images, Teresa Morgan shows you different techniques to achieve some fun backgrounds,  try adding Embossing powder to modeling paste or texture paste for a glossy raised 3D background.  The card with moth on has a lovely coppery frame created by triple embossing (adding 3 layers of embossing powder). I do this to sentiments sometimes it looks really effective,  I was inspired by Jenny Maguire !! 

These lovely cards were made with Heartfelt Creations 'Holiday Collection '.  There are some lovely cards here, I think that you could create these cards with things already in your stash. 😉

These cards are so pretty, I love the colour scheme too, They have veen made with a Poppystamps Die set called 'Fern & Daisy Pop Up Easel" it looks as though you can use the whole piece as a background or chop into it to have individual fern/foliage pieces.  

I absolutely love all of these 'Clean & Simple' designs that Claire Rhodes Brandon has designed, one 'Top Tip ' I read is to use Watercolour card when just embossing a die into your card as its fibres are more stretchy and it is less likely to crack! I will definitely be giving that a go.  So many inspirational cards in this feature! 

John Lockwood demonstrates 'Two Jays' Finger Stamps, which look to me to be exactly the same as 'Card IO' stamps,  where you use lots of tiny stamps to create a pretty background image.  Some nice cards featured, I think i'll stick to my Card-io ones though. 

These lovely cards are all made using Altenew products,  the flower featured is called a 'Balloon Flower' i'm not sure if that's a variety of flower to be honest it doesn't look like a balloon.   I really like it though and as with all Altenew stamps you have lots of layers that build a lovely detailed image, they come with matching dies too, which makes it even easier to create beautiful cards. 

This last feature shows us how to 'Carve stamps', you can start by carving a design into vegetables, I am guessing it will be quite basic, simple designs to start with.  Plastic erasers can be used too, although they aren't very big, If you have had a go and enjoy carving your own stamps there is a a specific prodict by Speedball called 'Speedy Carve Block' you can draw your design onto the block and use a Lino-cutter to cut it out.  🤔😲🥺 This one is definitely not for me, I am way to nervous with a sharp blade!! I would be fun to create your designs though. 

That's all for this review,  I have another magazine so maybe I will do one next Saturday too.  It's fun to see new products and get some bew ideas for products we already have. I hope you enjoyed the review my lovelies xxx.


Ladies I hope that you all stay warm and dry this weekend and get chance to relax and unwind,

Sending Love and hugs to all of you, 



  1. MorningEveryone
    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARGARET.I just know you will have a lovely day with loads of love around you.

    KAREN- an interesting looking machine. Enjoy you 'machine age'.

    Off to M&S foodhall this morning and coffee with Jim's Niece. It doesn't seem two weeks since we were doing this.

    HUGS are winging their way to you all.PLEASE TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.xxxx

  2. Happy Birthday MARGARET Your is in the post I had forgotten that our post is only picked up once a day now and that’s early in the morning
    As SANDRA has said it is early days with the machine but so far so good I will let you know how I get on with big A4 type dies and again in a few weeks time
    Fantastic magazine review SANDRA I am interested in this technique where you add embossing powder to texture paste and a great tip about dry embossing with watercolour card
    Well we’re definitely off to Countryview Crafts today I am so looking forward to seeing stuff I do have a little list! No doubt extras will fall into my basket My excuse is I work hard and don’t drink or smoke So when OH has a Guinness I think ker-ching I can add that to my craft stash! 🤣
    Have a lovely day Take care Thinking of you all xx

  3. Happy Birthday Margaret, hope you have a good day !

    Thank you for the magazine review Sandra. Have a fun day!
    Janet- have a nice day meeting up with family.
    Karen- waiting to hear what you give this machine for grade after having a proper run, have fun today at the craft fair. Looking forward to see what you bought :)
    I'm still feeling rough so haven't done anything for days. Sorry Sandra but no cc from me this week. Have tried a few times but nothing worked.:(
    Have a good day everyone, many hugs to you all. Maria xx

  4. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. First of all I have to say a big thank from Mum/Margaret for all of your beautiful cards and birthday greetings here today xx
    Sandra. Thank you for a great review. I do like to know what is inside a magazine before buying it. I know I too have this magazine and i think it has lots of cards and gift bags etc. that I would like to make. Probably the first magazine for a long time that I can say that about.
    I agree with you about the “balloon?” flower stamps. The Stamp cuts are not something I can see me buying as I already have stamps and matching dies which you can use by themselves if you want to. We always have the same Christmas dinner too 😁 I’m looking forward to seeing your next great review. I’m pretty sure you are not going to be out in the garden today as it is so wet and windy isn’t it! A “stay in the warm and dry” day for definite xx
    Karen, thank you for your first review. It sounds like a good strong machine. The included dies and embossing folders are great for new die cutters as there is a nice selection to start your die cutting journey. I think they are more useful than other brand include with their machine. It will be interesting to see how well it works as time goes by. The “do they or don’t they “ question about whether the plates warp or not is always of interest too. Enjoy the lack of manual handle turning 😁 xx
    Maria, sorry you are still feeling a bit rough. Keep looking after yourself please xx
    Have a good day, if you can stay dry! Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  5. Hello,
    Happy Birthday Margaret, sorry your card will be late, have to wait for R to post for me, and I forgot to give it to him. Hope your are really spoiled and have a lovely day.

    Karen very interested in your new machine, I always keep my Gemini plates under the machine and that helps to keep them flat.

    Maria so sorry to hear your are still suffering with your colds.

    Sandra, great magazine review, I’m almost tempted to buy that one.

    Have a good evening all ,Lilian

  6. Hi everyone
    Happy Birthday Margaret, I hope you’re having a lovely day xx
    Karen, glad you’re enjoying the new machine. It looks and sounds fabulous. Enjoy your visit to Countryview Crafts, will look forward to hearing what you buy 😊
    A great magazine review Sandra, some great articles 😊 Enjoy the cake sale 😊
    Well, what a miserable wet and windy day, fingers crossed the better forecast for tomorrow is correct.
    Have a good evening everyone. Sending hugs to you all xxx