I've taken the plunge and bought my first die cutting /embossing machine! After much deliberation went for the Cuttlebug - (1) because I found a good deal on the internet, and (2) it folds up and so takes up less of my tiny workspace. I am really pleased with it so far and have been busy making some use of it over the last 24 hours. I made these post-it note holders for my nieces and the little 'matchbook' notepads for my ex-colleagues, all of whom I will be seeing this week. Needless to say both ideas are copied from creative crafters I've found on the internet. I've adapted them a little - I used the chipboard that comes as a stiffener on lots of items instead of coasters for the post-its and just covered it with papers that came free with a craft magazine. I embossed the paint sample cards and of course used my beloved scallop circle punch copiously on both projects. I may have to take another trip to B&Q to collect some more colour samples soon!
NOW - I'm must thank Jeanette "here" (thank you very much for your kind help Jeanette) for giving me instructions on how to insert a link into my blog..... so I'm trying it out here and here to show where instructions for both projects can be found. Fingers crossed I've done it correctly!
Hooray, hooray - it works!!!!