A couple of tips for you this morning – MS Punches and printer ink!

I love it when people share finds and tips on their blogs and today I have 2 of my own for you!

Firstly whilst browsing You Tube I came across this video showing how to make different borders with your MS punches to get more out of them by measuring the pattern, doubling it and then punching both sides of a strip of paper this width to get a really lovely decoration.  I tried it late last night with my String Lace punch and love it! Some of the other punches make fab patterns, give it a go. You can also punch circles with the corner punch out of the PATG sets and make great doilies for matting.

This is what I ended up with

Not a great picture but you get the idea!
My 2nd tip is for printer ink. The dreaded minefield of compatibles and refilling yourself. I have researched and researched this and the Kodak inks are very cheap in comparison but my HP printer which I love is so expensive to run but I found a solution at last! This site sells the inks in 100ml bottles and the caps and needles called SquEasyFill  to fit which avoids the need for syringes. I have just filled my 2 blacks and printed and they are great. It is really easy to do although apparently Epson printers aren’t so easy 😦 but I can highly recommend this site. Martin gets straight back to you with any questions you pose and the service is fab.
One thing I have discovered is that you should not leave the cartridge until it is empty, keep checking them and fill them regularly and you should be fine. I needed 5 inks and with the Squeasyfill tops they cost me under £25 and will fill the cartridges lots and lots of times so in comparison this is THE cheapest way in my opinion.


LOTV Book card

I found the tutorial for this on Tina’s blog a few weeks back and have been meaning to make one so set about it today and this is the result.

The front

The inside, there is space for a handwritten message

Side view

Back view
I used brown and cream as my theme to match the cute LOTV image and used my new Prima Jack n Jill celebrate papers, MS punches and my new Magnolia Doohickey dies, which I got from Nikki they are soo cute and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, gorgeous ribbon from the Ribbon Girl and I think that’s about it!
This will be for sale on Ebay.