Hi, Thanks for dropping by.

My name is Eileen but to friends in the card making world I'm known as 'ikki'. (which is pronounced I-KEY) From where or how this came about I'm not sure - it just got shorten from my original craft name of Ikemo by various friends along my crafting way! I started crafting whilst recouperating from an accident, and from my first attempts with peeloffs and paint - I was hooked! Now my passion is my BUG! and now BEADING!

In the Cupboard you will find ideas, news, tips and techniques to help you get more from this fab little machine. So come in - join the fun and Cuttle with me!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Joy Trouvaille Die Cutting Machine

Well I've ordered the Joy Crafts Trouvaille die cutting machine and it should (everything crossed!) arrive today!  I'm like a child on Christmas Eve! 

I waited patiently to see the new Cuttlebug V2 and I was so disappointed with the presentation by the demonstrators on C&C, and the presenters eventually got on my nerves with their stupid comments that I feel I have made the right decision after months of dittering!  I have the Cutting/Embossing sandwich for the machine - they are very concise and tested by an owner/seller, but I obviously have not tested them myself.  As soon as I can I will, and I'm also thinking of adding a new page to the Cupboard that will cover all the recipes in one place, which will make them more accessible.  That's another job in progress!

Tips for today:

Wire - if you want to make embellishments, I find a finer wire the best.  I've no idea what it's called - mine came in a job lot from ebay, some even off a bottle of wine!  (That's something else you now know about me - I like wine - preferably RED if you're buying!)     When I first started using beads and wire, I bought a box of mixed colours of a thick wire and beads - I have use some of it, but it is more difficult to loop.  You also need round nose and cutting pliers. 

Glue - I have a thing about getting messy glue on cards - I'm a bit of a tidy freak I suppose.  I use various types depending on what I'm doing, but a  most useful is a Prit stick (or even the cheaper sticks sold in Poundland etc., work well).  When using DST - you can run the glue stick over it so you have a bit of play before the tape graps.  If you find the glue has gone (not sure of the word) but lumpy, not running well, I find that my spotlight above my desk comes to it's rescue.  Just a couple of seconds close to the light and the heat warms the glue and it will then run smooth.  Worth a try instead of binning it as I used to do! 

Well back to watching for the postie, so for now "bye".


By the way the draw for a new scoreboard is still open - check out the post below. 


Shoshi said...

Great tips, Ikki! Thank you so much! I have often struggled with tape being "stuck on contact" with no chance of moving it, and the Prit solution looks a good one! Also warming a worn out one - I've thrown so many away in the past.

Yvonne Russell said...

Can't wait to see your JT projects and hear your thoughts on using it. Love the A4 sized concept.

Unknown said...

OOOhhh I am intrigued by your new machine! Will be watching x Leigh x

Scrapcat 1 said...

hope the new machine is all you want it to be,I will be waiting for your verdict as I am dithering about the larger size spellbinder dies. Does the JT cut the thicker Sizzix dies do you know?

Lynne K said...

I saw the Joy machine demonstrated by Gordon at Once Upon a Stamp, and it did look very good. Unfortunately their website says they have none in stock now until further notice. It's the one I would go for if I decided to get a larger machine, but I'm still very happy with my original 'Bug. Will look forward to hearing how you get on with the Joy machine. PS. Thanks for the tips - very helpful, especially the one about warming dried up Pritt sticks.x

Unknown said...

Great tip about the pritt stick Ikki, I threw loads of those kinds of sticks away because they looked too dry. They were only cheap from somewhere like Tesco - those bargain bin buys!

I'm really looking forward to you getting that machine and wondering whether to reserve mine before she sells out... hmm a good idea!

Paula x x x