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Monday 1 November 2010

The Joy Trouvaille

Good afternoon all,

This is my new toy, the Joy Trouvaille. It takes A4 sheets of card etc, so you can now cut apertures in A4 card, without having to play around with odd bits of card shims, to try and stop marking the other half of the card stock.

I have taken photos of step by step, cutting an easel card with a large Nestabilities die. The first photo is the actual machine. It is very simple to use and very easy to wind the plates through.

In the photo below, I have folded an A4 card in half and also on the gate fold line for the front, then opened the card again, laying the card down, with the right side up. Using low tack masking tape to hold the die in place, I placed it centrally across the gate fold line. (You can turn the die length ways, still centrally across the gate fold line and this will cut a fold back pop out.)

The next photo shows the most important stage, the placing of the top plate. Once you have secured your die in place, turn the card and die over, so the cutting blade is facing up and place onto the base plate. The top plate is now put down onto the card, only up to the gate fold score line, so only half of the die is under the plate. You can just see the top of the die peeping out of the card.

The next photo shows the sandwich placed on the tray of the machine. Carefully place the sandwich on the machine so as not to move the position of the top plate, turning it around, so that the end where the die is, goes through the machine last. Wind through the machine.

The next photo shows the completed card with other sizes of the Nestie, matted onto the card base.

The Wine Country labels are also from a set of Nesties I bought a couple of years ago. The Happy Birthday is a copper garden plant label that I placed in a Cuttlebug folder and ran it through my 'Bug'.

I am pleased to say my Son-in-law liked his card and also the vintage bottle of wine that went with it!!

I hope you will have a go with this technique and I highly reccomend the Joy machine, which I bought from Crafty Ideas by Kaz.

Thanks for visiting,


Carol Sxx

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