Friday, 31 August 2012

Craft Barn Die Cutting Demo Day 8th sep

  Hi all, Last weekend whilst I was in my local craft shop,
 The Craft Barn I was asked if I would like to help out and demo the Tim Holtz Vagabond machine at their demo day on the 8th Sep. Now I was asked because they know I have a Vagabond not because Im a whizz of any kind ;)
To say the least I was taken back and after a days thought I decided what the hell lets give it a go.
 Basically on the day there will be several of us showing how each of the main machines work, The Vagabond, the Cuttle Bug, the Grand Calibur , Big Shot, sling shot and pea shooter.  Ok so a few of those may be made up ;)
 All I have to do is show how the machine works with all the different dies that are out there and the sorts of material the machine will cut etc. (not to hard??)
 Oh I also need to make a sample board and some pieces of work giving examples of die cut and embossed pieces.
The first pic is the sample board I have made, It has now been label'd with each of the materials. I have a few past projects I can take along and have made a box and a tag, nothing mind blowing but hopefully they show off die cuts and embossing?

Firstly the tag, I really wanted to make this tag using the same techniques and finishes as an ATC I made for a swap a month or so ago. I used the Tim Tag die and cut out a tag in craft card, two in mount board one in acetate.The craft card was embossed with the metal plate folder from Tim Holtz and painted with a copper patina effect from the Andy Skinner workshop, the 2 bits of mount board were then cut with a craft knife so they became frames, the top one was stained with distress inks and then embossing powders to give it a rusty look, the acetate was stamped with a Paper Artsy steam punk stamp.I also cut a couple of cogs from the Tim cogs die and gave them the same finish as the frame.The acetate was layered in between the mount board so it was raised from the patina effect and recessed from the front of the tag. the cogs were cut and stuck on around the edge. I used a couple of other embellishments to even out the colours a little.
I would like to enter this tag into the challenge over at Catered Crop where their challenge is 'No Stress To Distress'
I think rust and patina'd copper is distressed?? ;)

I would also like to enter it into Card Crafters Circle
their challenge is 'For The Fellas'
And I would like to enter it into Simply Create Too
where their challenge is 'So Old Or Vintage'

And of course there is the DragonsDream Tag It On
challenge 'Art For Arts Sake'

Secondly I made this box, Its a simple little wooden box,I stained the top with distress inks and then stamped over the top in sienna archival ink with a cover a card stamp and the 'love' stamp from Dyan Reaveley. This was then coated with a couple of coats of UTEE. I used the movers and shapers butterfly die, embossed them with a script folder and coloured them with distress inks as well.For the sides I used the on the edge die and used the same colours and stamp as i did for the lid, they have also been coated in UTEE to tie it all together.
For the inside of the box I ran some card through an embossing folder and again used distress inks for some colour but added a little black so it was not quite so in your face. I also added another butterfly for the shear hell of it ;)

Hopefully they show a few of the different dies in use??

If you are about on the 8th Sep and want to see me make a fool of myself pop on down to the Craft Barn It would be great to see you, and if you do know me from Blog land say hi ad introduce yourself x

Thanks for sticking with this post,I do waffle at times. ;)


  1. The tag is fab! Great textures and colours are great together! Good
    Luck with the demo, wish I was closer And could pop in, sadly too far!!! I am sure a fun day will be had by all!! Trace. X

  2. How fabulous Mark that the Craft Barn want you to demo - just shows how good you are! Your tag is brilliant and so is your board - great ideas. The box is gorgeous and you can never, ever, have too many butterflies. I would love to be a fly on the wall when you demo the sling shot and pea shooter - lol. Hope you have a great day. Anne x :)

  3. Love especially the frame tag with the rusty look, Mark!
    Great stuff, you are showing - as usual ;)

    Greetings from Vienna,

    die amelie

  4. Hi Mark!
    How fantastic to be asked to demo at The Craft Barn! You'll be great! Hope to be able to pop along on the day.
    Your tag is amazing, as is the little box, love the blue & red!
    Will you be at Andy's class on Sunday?

  5. These fab projects will show off the Vagabond beautifully I'm sure - how cool to be demo-ing! Congrats you! The tag is so fantastic, definitely distressed. I've just started the Timeworn Techniques online, and am having a ball - though not as much time for it as I'd like at the moment... And thanks for your HDH congrats - was pleased but surprised as I wasn't that happy with it. I have emailed Barb, but I think it's not working - you've reminded me to try again! Have a great day on the 8th - wish I could come and play...
    Alison x

  6. Hey Mark...thanks so much for stopping by the ol' blog and leaving such a nice comment. I was stoked when Ranger told me that they were going to feature the tag! :) Did you sign up for Andy's Outcasts online class? I can't wait to it to start. I've finally gotten all of my supplies together. Getting that clay and plaster in the US was a bear. Andy was sweet enough to give me some advice on what to get over here.

    Have a great weekend!
    <3 Candy

  7. Fantastic projects here Mark! The board is a great idea - people like to see what can be done rather than just being told. I LOVE your tag!! I'm also doing Andy's Timeworn this time. I'm really enjoying it but I've got pieces of card all over the place in various states of painting and drying! Hopefully I'll get there on the 8th and heckle you (only joking!) and I wish you lots of luck with your 'demo'. I'm at Andy's class this Sunday so perhaps it'll give me an extra boost with the course!
    Have a great weekend.

  8. So proud that the Minions get to say "we knew you when". You are going to be awesome as a demonstrator at the Craft Barn! Lucky you! What a fabulous way to show off your talents.
    Good luck!!

  9. Mark: What a wonderful tag! Glad you could join in our Challenge #21 - "So Old/Vintage. PS I think crafting [and You're great at it!] is a lot, lot, lot safer than rock climbing! Keep crafting!

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  10. Beautiful project. It definitely does what you inteded it too. Just for the record, you can a new diecut machine to the's called Fuse by Fiskars. It was advertised on HSN several months ago, and I fell for it. I'm waiting for the pea shooter next. :D
    Thanks for playing along with us at Simply Create Too in our vintage challenge. Hope you'll come again soon.
    Erica (Simply Create Too DT Member)

  11. Great for the Fella's card! Wonderful layering and love the gears! Thanks for joining us at Card Crafter's Circle!

  12. Hi Mark,
    you're just too modest :-) of course they asked because you're a great talent! Nobody who has a look at your work would doubt this. I'd so love to be there and watch you in action .. :-) The tag is just stunning, love it how you combine the A. Skinner techniques (which I don't know anything about but they impress me all the more *g*) with T.H. products in so many of your works, that's just a perfect match in your hands. The box could be a touch more 'masculine' for my taste but that doesn't count :-)
    Great projects again ...
    Suzanne xx

  13. Fantastic tag Mark! Great idea to use two (or actually three) layers!! Gonna try it also, thanks for sharing :-)
    Love the color combo on the box. Good luck with the demo... wish i could be there.

  14. Fabulous tag Mark,love the rusty frame look .. simply Brilliant.. good luck with the demo.. Thank you for dreaming with us at TIO... May x

  15. Well I don't know if it was your nudge or mine, but Barb's now been in touch so thank you! Have a great day today...
    Alison x

  16. Oh pish.. not today - next week...

  17. Wow. This is amazing. Love it! Hope you demo goes well.

  18. Really inspiring work....specially your rusty tag...simply amazing!

  19. Thats great, hopefully I'll be able to pop along and see what you get up to.....

  20. That box is brill. You should open up an etsy shop to sell your stuff. Good luck at the craft barn x

  21. Great tag I love the frame and your box is ace! Thanks for sharing with us at Dragons Dream TIO. Elizabeth x

  22. Your created fantastic pieces of art. Thanks for sharing at TIO.

  23. Thanks Mark, Can't find your mini album anywhere on your blog??? I guess you are still working on it. Sample board and little box are great, I'm sure your demo will be great on Saturday too. I demoed my Cuttlebug once to my church craft group and they were quite amazed as I swapped round the cutting plates to cut different types of dies and do embossing! Have fun, BJ

  24. I have never seen anything so creative as this project..awesome! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Card Crafter's Circle!

  25. beautiful projects you made, i love the box with the butterflies!