Sunday, January 24, 2010

news for C'bug owners

If you're a crafter, this is a fun weekend! Most of us didn't make it to Anaheim for CHA, aka the Craft and Hobby Association Craft Supershow, but I've been having a fun time checking out blogs and updates on the new items coming out from various manufacturers.

Making Memories has a system for making the Slice a hands-off machine. It involves using a cutting pad that is glass on one side, an embossing surface on the other, and a metal plate sandwiched between. The metal allows the Slice to be affixed to the glass or embossing surface via magnets that are attached to a plastic collar that's fitted to the Slice's base. That was very slick design work! Looks like it works like a charm. I also read that they'll be releasing some colored pen attachments later this spring, which sound like fun, and there are new cards on the way as well.

Spellbinders already held their week of sneak peeks at their new dies. Some of those looked great!

The other items that caught my eye were the new embossing folders and dies made by Sizzix in association with Tim Holtz, his Alterations line. He has his own machine, too! It's electric and looks like a vintage suitcase--very cool. And Tim has new colors of Distress Inks being released, among many other fun things. Check out his blog for more details, but his embossing folders will not only have great designs but vary the depth of the embossing as well. Fun stuff! Love innovative ideas like that! These will be in the larger size of the usual Sizzix folders, too, so they'll emboss an entire A2 size card front.

What I saw just a little while ago is that ProvoCraft is finally catching up with some of the items that have been missing from their arsenal. They're coming out with some 12" border dies that look similar to the ones by QuicKutz, at least in the photos. They'll be releasing some dies that cut and emboss and that sound quite similar to the Sizzix Cut 'n Emboss dies. And they're finally making long cutting plates available--13" A and B plates, which is good news for those of you who want to use those long borders without having to make two passes or want to use the Sizzix XL Bigz dies without having to figure out how to resize the Sizzix plates to fit. For pure aesthetics, they're going to release the Cuttlebug in a couple of new colors, a red and a blue, both with flourishes. Sounds like the machine is otherwise unchanged. Then there will be a new batch of embossing folders released later this spring. I read most of this C'bug info on Pezadoodle's blog, so click over there to see her take on these and her photos as well.

Lots of fun stuff being released over the next few months! I just touched on some of the stuff that sounds intriguing to me. Hope you've been saving your pennies!

Edited to add: Just saw another video of Cuttlebug's new product that cuts & embosses. I shortchanged them. This line is called the Emboss Plus. These are A2 and probably 5 x 7 size folders, multilayered--they do cut and emboss in one pass. One layer can be peeled back so that the design can be inked (worked like a stencil). The flip side shows the image(s) of the design(s) on the folder. Looked like about 10 folder designs being released. Should be interesting!

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