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Friday, 15 July 2011

Doing It The Hard Way

My dad always reckons that if there was a hard way to do anything then it would be me that would find it.  I think that's a slight exaggeration but this time I think he might have it right!

This week over at LILI OF THE VALLEY it's a colour combo challenge, and one of my favourites - Pink and Blue.

Yesterday, because it was so cold, wet and windy, we abandoned the idea of visiting the zoo and stayed local.  One place we did get to was The Range.  I wanted to stock up on Bristol Board but also fancied having a try with one of the X-Cut glass cutting mats and, yippee, they had them in stock so as soon as we got home it was out of the box and I had A&E on speed dial.  Now, logic says that with it being glass it will be slippery - but until you put a craft knife to it you don't appreciate just HOW slippery!  Anyhoo, I had the idea of paper piecing for this challenge and was pleasantly surprised at how precisely the glass mat let me cut.  Here, let me show you


I would have been struggling to get it that precise with scissors I can assure you!

It was at this point however that I realised I'd done it the hard way.  It would have been far easier to have cut out Milly Flower Power and matted her onto the blue!  Anyway, here is the end result



Sorry that the picture is on the squint - I was trying to get all of it in the patch of sunshine (failed) on the work top.  So, there is Milly, teamed with PaperMania Capsule Collection Blueberry and some stonkingly pink Coordinations card and a tiny bit of Pink Petticoat.  Martha Stewart border and leaf punches, LOTV corner, WOC flower.

Thanks for popping over for a look-see, it is always lovely to see you.  Off to the seaside today for a fish and chip lunch and a game of crazy golf.  Oh it is going to be so painful going back to work on Monday.

Hugs Sxx  


16 comments:

Loz ♥ said...

:) yep, you sure did do it the hard way!! but the result is still the same.. I love the spotty blue sky background! I'm not sure what your glass cutting mat is - but it sounds like you better concentrate!! Can't image how easy it would be to craft minus some fingers ♥

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

OMGoodness - what precise cutting - I think you deserve a medal! The glass mat sounds like a bit of a health hazard, but you've ended up with a fabulous card so it was worth the risk!! Love the stonkingly pink card and the gorgeous Milly !
Hugs, Sylvia x

Pink Dandelion said...

Gorgeous card Squirrel, I have a glass cutting mat but only cut straight lines on it. Always use scissors for fine stuff but will give the knife a go next time. Debs xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

This is gorgeous. I wish I had known you wanted a glass cutting mat as I have just stopped using mine and gone back to an Xcut large mat.

Happy Birthday for tomorrow. I have some new candy on offer so tomorrow may be a good day to enter, you could be lucky. Marianne x

Victoria said...

This is fantastic, see you have been poorly like me, get better soon xxxx

Whisper said...

Oooo simply adorable and well worth the effort, Luv Sam x

Pops x said...

Hi sweetie this is stunning, hugs pops x

coops said...

wow hun you must have the patience of a saint.well worth all the cutting though she looks gorgeous and really pretty colours and details.
be careful with the craft knife.

xx coops xx

craftymum said...

Amazing Squirrel!!!!!!
hugs sarah x

Samantha said...

I think all your efforts were worth it so cute and so pretty! love the colours and the flower is so vibrant against the blue! great choice :0)

Jackie said...

Hard way or easy, they are fantastic.
Happy Birthday, I hope it's a great one :o)
Jackie xx

Helen said...

Happy Birthday Squirrel!
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Gorgeous card - your cutting out is brilliant...must give that a go when I'm at my Mum's!
Helen x

Zippy said...

Brilliant card love and worth all the hard work! Love the papers and colours too! xxxx

Wishcraft said...

Oh nooo I missed your birthday... I'm so rubbish! Hope you're having a fabulous day. Love your card, so cute and pretty :o) Lisa x

Julie said...

Wow Squirrel,what a wonderful card,love how you've cut out the background,looks like that new cutting mat is going to be a good investment! Have a good weekend,Julie x

darcy48 said...

Wow what a fab idea and brill card Arlinex

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