Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Cutting Cafe

I have a giveaway today from Regina Easter, designer and owner of The Cutting Cafe which is your one stop shop for fantastic cutting files - you don't have to own a die cutting machine either, all the cards shown below were done by printing out the patterns and cutting out with scissors. Of course, if you do want SVG files, you can cut right out on your machines as well. Regina is offering three sets of your choice to the winner - thanks Regina. Just leave a comment under this post to enter your name in the draw, and be sure to pop over to The Cutting Cafe and sign up for emails and visit the blog - there is some fabulous inspiration on there...

Now back in the day, when Provocraft had just introduced the Cricut onto the market, there was a very lively and active message board. Regina started a challenge blog called Bitten by the Bug (very enterprising of her, as challenge blogs were practically unheard of then). I was a huge fan (still am) of her work, in fact she was a real crafting goddess in my eyes, so imagine my delight when she asked me to join the Bitten by the Bug team. After a couple of years, Regina left the team to set up her Cutting Cafe company, and I followed her over there as a member of her first design team.

We have never met, she lives in California, but although I left the team as I got busier with magazine commissions, we still keep in touch, and care about each other....

I learnt so much from that girl - not least, my abiding passion for black and white ribbon, what she can do with a ribbon bow has to be seen to be believed! So if you are new to The Cutting Cafe, I really urge you to pop over and wander around, I promise you will be inspired

Here are a few of the designs that I came up with - it all seems a while ago now, most of these were taken in 2009. This first one is a folder that I made to Regina's pattern, filled with matching notecards...






This next one was for Mother's day, I seem to have been a big fan of Prima flowers back in those days, hardly ever use them now, funny how we change...



St Patrick's Day...



I remember loving this next one when I made it, the curved sentiment (you're the apple of my eye) curves perfectly around the apple....



and this beautiful shaped card set got a lot of use. See the black dots on the border? I printed the file onto the pink marbled paper and the dots were part of the file, just gorgeous...




and here is the same card, this time printed onto kraft card and turned onto it's side, I used to to cover the top of an oblong box which I tied with gingham ribbon (what else!)...



So another wander into the past for me. I can't tell you how much I am enjoying digging back into the furthest reaches of my blog and rediscovering old posts, I've been reading the posts too, it's really stirred up some memories and smiles, especially when I find posts about the children and some of the funny things they said that I have forgotten about. Happy smiles..

Please leave a comment under this post to enter todays giveaway, and if you missed yesterday, scroll back to enter for a Craftwork Cards prize. Wiiners will be drawn on the 22nd September, and announced on the 23rd. I'll be back tomorrow with another look-back post x

52 comments:

  1. love the apple card so cute - I know what you mean about the prima flowers I have loads that I will never use.

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  2. Love all of Regina's images and of course all your cards using them. Another design team member was Carole Lowe Beath that also lives here in AZ. We met through the Cricut message board and have become very close friends. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.
    Pat From AZ

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  3. Enfys my friend. My oh my how long has it been? About 5 years plus. Those were truly the good o days. I miss those days BUT your talented self have went on to bigger and better things and your so good at it. Anyways thanks for letting me sponsor your blog. LOVE YA TO PIECES

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  4. Another great selection Enfys. I love them. I must go and check out Regina's blog - sounds great

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  5. Enfys,
    I love all the cards. I will have to check out Regina's blog also. Love the posting about the artist drawing Robin Williams. Hope you have a great Sunday.

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  6. These are all lovely. I especially like the hot pink with black. It's been a while since I've used that color combination.

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  7. I will have to check out Regina's blog, too, looks interesting. Love all your cards, even the old ones!! LOL

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  8. Glad to know you don't have to have an electronic cutter.... just scissors and an xacto blade for this girl!

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  9. Love the cards - and you've introduced me to another great blog to read!

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  10. I also have many prima flowers in a jar that I never use . . . the grandchildren love sticking them on their makes tho. Love your look back through past makes, lovely cards Enfys. Sue x

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  11. I love Regina's designs. Your cards are fantastic as always!

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  12. I have commented already Enfys but popping back to say what a fantastic blog Regina's is, I have added to my favourites and will visit regularly for inspiration. There are some fantastic ideas there. Thanks Enfys. Sue x

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  13. Love these again today! Lots of inspiration. Off now to look at The Cutting Cafe ~~~waving~~~

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  14. Love the note card holder Enfys and that apple card is so sweet.

    Great seeing your trip down memory lane.

    Toni xx

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  15. Great items, off to check out the site!

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  16. Love the monochrome look with a touch of pink. The apple card is sweet & Reginas blog is inspiring.

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  17. Beautiful cards, Enfys. I can see how your style has changed somewhat. Must go check out Regina's blog.

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  18. Yes, I've been a Regina Easter fan for many years now. She has amazing projects!

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  19. Love seeing all your creations from earlier years, as always ... AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Gorgeous projects. Loved the shaped card against the orange

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  21. Love Regina and her creations! She is so talented!

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  22. Thank you for sharing your lovely creations. I would love to spend time just watching you make things!

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  23. Love the apple card - will have to lift this one! Oh I'm so glad you included Regina in your post - I had forgotten the name of her store and will be visiting regularly now - very talented lady to be sure. Thanks for sponsoring Enfys blog, Regina!

    Jackie

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  24. I think that the apple was my favorite, but enjoyed all of the projects! This was before I found you, so they are all new to me. Thank you. BethAnn M.

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  25. I remember how much love our cricuts got! My baby is in its box waiting patiently for me to get the room to set it up. Thanks for the great memories. If you should choose me in the draw, pick again,as I have no way to print or cut. Hugs Jess

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  26. The ribbon bows are gorgeous. I can't choose which card I like the best as they are all so great. Will definitely pop over and have a peek at Regina's blog.

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  27. Love the 2 birds on the shaped card. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  28. Cute cards. Love the apple probably because my granddaughter is a teacher and it's so cute. I follow Regina and have bought lots of her files. All are so cute and usually just what I'm looking for.Just made two guy cards with the Tools set.

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  29. Your cards are really timeless. Thanks so much for this look back at some of your earlier creations.

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  30. I love all your creations. Thanks for the celebration.

    Hugs, CyndiU

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  31. Some gorgeous cards Enfys. Off to check out Regina's blog.
    Mags
    x

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  32. Just love all your cards. Thanks again for all your ideas.

    jdaisy9402 - Jan

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  33. Can't believe you made all those pretty cards years ago. Just love looking at the old cards and reading your comments. Bev18105

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  34. Checked out Regina's blog and am now following her.
    I love the cards you made from Regina's images. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  35. En, I am so loving this! I remember that card set for sure!! And the gorgeous dotted border shaped card! What fun this is!!!
    Thank you to Cutting Cafe and to you for always having such great projects and fun stories!! Heading over to sign up now!

    Sue Brailey

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  36. I also remember Bitten by the Bug challenges, when I first got my Cricut. Just don't seem to use it as much now, will have to change that. Thanks for sharing your memories. Hugs, Ursula

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  37. Oh My!!!! you are really bringing back good ol' memories!!!! not only what Regina can do with ribbon but the beautiful ribbon she uses...
    Beautiful cards you made Enfys, and can be re-made....cause their not out of style...luv your celebration enjoying every post!!!

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  38. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

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  39. You are right. The apple card is just the cutest. I loved your work back then and even more now. Thanks for sharing your gift. Kate

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  40. Even though they are the first ones you made, they still look current!!! Please add me to the prize draw. Thanks, Karen x

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  41. Wow, all these makes are fabulous dearie.This is the reason I follow you as your creations are inspiring and always blow me away.Isnt it nice all the people we come across in our crafting that we have as dear friends now.Thank you for the chance to win.Big hugs Debbie x

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  42. Your cards are fantastic! I love them everything! hugs, Helena

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  43. A lot of great cards! I especially love the pink and black one with the two birds !
    Thanks for this chance to win and I will look forward to checking out the new blog !
    Anna N.

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  44. Enfys,
    I think I am already a follower and have been for sometime . I love the CD's as you know. Strange to look back at older cards and see what you do today. If you cannot see me as a follower on there please let me know. I have them list on the blogs I follow on my blog. Hope you had a chance to visit and see what I posted last night. The hardest thing I have ever made.
    Good luck to all. I love the Christmas CD..

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  45. New to your blog and to the cutting cafe, own a silhoette portrait so will be visiting them shortly. Thanks for the great inspiration.

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  46. So many great ideas and so many chances for new products. Thank you thank you thank you.

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  47. Wow, love that apple card! Thanks for another dose of inspiration!
    Hugs /Sofia

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  48. What wonderful designs! I have to say the first one, the folder with the note cards is my favorite.
    I remember Bitten by the Bug, although I never did the challenges, I did enjoy seeing what people were doing.
    Thanks for the memories!

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Enfys x