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15 Oct 2011

Living on the edge & another giveaway

I love border and edger punches. I do, I DO!!!. They were a long time coming from when I first started cwafting!

And now Tonic Studios have brought out these babies. Check out this card using an edger and border punch. I love the clean look of just white on this card. I'm so, so excited about these punches because of their simplicity and scope for creating the perfect card.
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Look at all the frilly layers!
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I urge you (yes, urge is I word I often use because I can't think of another word right now!) to watch this 4 minute vid! I know a number of my friends are salivating at the thought of having them in their grasp........ perhaps you might be the same??!


One lucky commenter will be in with a chance of winning one edger/border punch of their choice if they leave a comment below.

I'm off to London tomorrow for a few days calling in at my favourite residence (if you haven't tried airbandb - you haven't lived!), QVC and a secret location in Clapham to make a crafting video for Disney **insert loud, annoying scream here**

Edited to add:
You see this beautiful elfin girl here? I could cry for her. I really could.
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Tonight, we were out with the dog and she was talking to me about reading "Of Men and Mice". I asked her if she understood it and she thinks she does but I think its heavy going for her, its way beyond her understanding. She can read but Ellies process of reading is managing to physically read but not necessarily taking in the story as it unfolds. So I'm going to read it with her so I can help her along the way but man - will it ever click with her, I wonder? Do any of you have any suggestions on how we can get her to leap from reading to reading and understanding? I'd be so grateful.

50 comments:

Brenda Gascoigne said...

What a genius idea that gear system is! These punches are beautiful, and I love the idea of that plain white card. Not something that would ever have occurred to me, but exquisite in its simplicity. xx

Darcy said...

mmm gorgeousness as always. I really do think Tonic are the brand for people to look out for these days.

Bernice said...

I love the tonic edge punches I already have and these look delicious!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Lovely edges and borders. I was leaning towards the screen and murmuring "That one!" at each punch. :D

I do with Tati what you do with Ellie, letting her read first and then going over the text again with her. She is eager to please and says she understood everything but sometimes she seems to caress the words with her eyes and none stick to her memory.

Nitasha said...

I'll admit it...yep I'm drooling a bit! These punches rock! Oh, and so does your card- love the tone on tone!

crafty....du said...

Wow a giveaway :) thanks for a chance of adding to the stash - wow Disney have fun and remember to breath keep up the good work FAB as always

Scrapping4fun said...

Gorgeous card and loving the new punches!!!

Anonymous said...

Your card is so pretty. Might just have to put some of those punches on my Christmas list.
Has Mice and Men been made as a film? Or is it being "done" on stage anywhere you can get to? I'm not suggesting that you replace the written word, but sometimes it helps to see a performance in order to understand what the book is "getting at". Good luck Ellie! :-D Jude.x

Anonymous said...

why oh why do they still study this? I did however understand it is only used for GCSE course work so maybe they have done this in error and she can chose something else until the time she is ready to do her course work later on in school life? this link so say explains why they use it! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12829392

It has a omplex way of explaining its meaning to a younger child but there are some study guide bits of info online to explain the complexities to you and then maybe you can focus on one aspect of it at a time and discuss it in language Ellie can understand almost re writing it to help her grasp the concepts one at a time? change the character names to a modern day equiv and then say X person is doing the same as ,,,,,, in this story ....can you see they are doing the same sort of thing/have the same types of behaviour and the Author is trying to make it fancy by using these words which mean ......... etc etc.
from what I recall the main story is about loyalty and friendship with a lot more indpeth meaning and hidden stuff if you can delve that far! Write out the key concepts in words Ellie can grasp and then as we suggst start from there. *** Tell her teachers because there is no point in her studying a book used for GCSE level course work nowadays if she has to fight to understand it* Surely at her age this is a bit above her req standard as it is for GCSE work now. Hopefully they can assist her as she wont be able to do the req work at school eg any written work or analysis if she cannot grasp the key concepts.
hope they can see this and assist her to choose a book which is more suitable to her needs/enjoyment/level of course work key stage etc?

TheBeautyLootyRoom said...

maybe you could try and get Of Mice and Men on dvd, watch it together first and then begin reading it. being able to visualise what happens can help make the text easier to understand.

as far as getting your head around themes, imagery and understanding characters the best way is to take it a couple of pages at a time and really try and break it down and make notes in the book as you go along.

xxxx

Sue said...

I know you want Belles to read, but how about after she has read the book, for her to watch the film. It might just click then.

I am a very slow reader and often find I can't remember whatIO have just read, so have to go back and read it again.

hello gorgeous said...

hey gorgeous, what about talking books...or maybe if it's out on dvd loan it from the library.... watching or hearing it may help the story implant better...once she knows the story, reading it may be a lot easier to understand ???? worth a try tho' ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

Andrea said...

Oh my! These punches are beautiful - love the idea of being able to punch heavy weight card - I tend to have eyes bigger than my punches and jam them!!! Love the white card too xxx

Jo E said...

Those border punches look divine! I bought the butterfly tonic studios punch after you recommended it and I have not been disappointed. I used it for my daughters birthday invitations and had so many compliments. Absolutely love the all white idea you've used on this card. I would never have thought of that but it's stunning.

Are they really still doing Of Mice and Men? Good grief we did that back in my day! Talking books suggested by someone else sounds like a good thing to try.

Scrapbookdoll said...

i don't know these punches but they look awesome...
marie-anne

GrĂ¡ said...

Beautiful borders & edgers, difficult to choose only one :)

Julia said...

OMG What fantastic punches. They are now on my list of must haves. Love that photo of Ellie. Wish I could help with the reading problem!

rach said...

Love those punches what a brilliant idea. I'd love to win the butterfly one.

Tracy said...

I have just purchased one of these punches and it's so easy to punch with, perfect for people with weakness in their hands or wrists.
I'd love to collect them all. Love your WoW card!
Hugs Tracy x

ally said...

wow these look fabby and tonic are brilliant with punches

Debbie said...
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Debbie said...

totally drooling over these punches, it would be so hard to pick a favourite. Love your card
:-)

EmmGee said...

Loverly, juberley! These look like musts for the C*******s list. Been looking for a large snowflake Tonic punch, that flowery edger could be a Christmas one, especially with the white on white idea. Thanks again. x

Chris T said...

Love the border punches - something I lack in my little stash!

If you want to get Belle to enjoy and read a book how about trying some of Michael Morpurgo's books. He writes beautiful animal stories for children (he wrote Warhorse)as she loves animals so much it might help her make that jump

Sarah said...

OMG what a fantastic invention. Never seen these punches before, so will be keeping my out for them as I'm just so fed up with punches sticking and then you having to throw them away as they become unusable.

humel said...

The punches are beautiful and gorgeous and lovely, as is your card :)

Regarding comprehension: my suggestion would be to break the book down into small chunks (a page or so or even a paragraph or so at a time) and discuss it together. Maybe ask Ellie to put into her own words what has just happened, or to talk about how a character might be feeling. Look for key words together and talk about the author's choice of language. Ask plenty of questions aimed at comprehension, but always focusing on just a little bit at a time (you can always build up to bigger 'chunks' as and when she seems ready). I hope that helps a little xx

'The Crafting Owl' said...

Kirsty, I love those punches and NEED to play with them. They lookk so delicate and will be so useful for so many different projects xxx

Lizzie said...

Yes, I agree with the ideas for helping Ellie to understand the content of what she's reading - see the film version (pre-vetted by you I suggest, just to be sure it's going to help!), borrow a talking book version from the library - or download it from the Net. "Of Mice and Men" is quite a challenging text. It isn't a long book, but the ideas it deals with do take a bit of thinking about. I wonder if you have read it yourself already? Once she does begin to get to grips with it, you may have some tricky questions to answer. Good luck to you both!

I somehow managed to click my mouse on the little bar that measures how far you have got through a video. I saw Kirsy Introducing the Punches, then Kirsty Showing the Pretty Punched Patterns... That was all. I thought "Gosh, a bit short. Was that it then?"
Then I read some of the comments... "gear system"? "up to 400gsm"? what, what, what?
Duh... So, I watched again - the whole video this time. And of course, I now want all the edgers, for my book-binding, and all the lovely borders for my scrapping... Sighs...

X's to Belle! And I hope you have a fabulous time - both in London this WKnd and at Frankfurt when you go there! XX

Jaki Morris said...

I love the borders, I really must buy some. 'What?' I hear you cry
Yes, it's true I have NO border punches.(hangs head in shame)

About the reading, I'll message you about some suggestions that might work.
Jakixx

Bumblebee said...

Love those edger punches!
As for reading and understanding, when I was at school we were able to buy books which are like "Understanding shakespear" etc, I'm sure they would do them for all the main GCSE texts. Might be worth looking on amazon/ebay. Also, see if there is a film, because although its no substitute for the book it could help her visualise some of it.
Bx

May said...

wow these look amazing, thanks for the chance to win, love May x x

Lisa-Jane said...

Love those edger punches!

I think unless Elli needs to read a certain text for school (but possibly not if she is not doing GSCEs) then let her read whatever she wants, she'll take what she wants from it. When you are reading with her, either you to her or vice versa, ask her what the characters are thinking and feeling, what might happen next, why did they do that etc. I agree with everyone else too about audio books as they take away half of the problem so that it takes away the decoding part of the task and makes it just a comprehension issue. Any way of talking about the story is great for aiding their understanding. But more than anything, it has to be fun.

Anne E said...

Gorgeous punches.

Ellie is so lucky to have such a lovely mum. x

MamaBeamsie said...

What stunning borders. Beautiful cards as always. x

Tracie H said...

We have just done Of Mice and Men which was a heartbreaking struggle for us as J saw too many comparisons between the book and his own life :(

We watched the film on you tube, in segments, which made reading the book more understandable.
HTH.x.

Just_a_bean said...

Love the new punches - my butterfly punch also gets lpots of use!

Lesley said...

Wow, these look fabulous, I know what I want to put on my Christmas list but which to chose, I want them all.

naomi_m said...

I wonder if watching a movie or tv adaptation along side reading the book would help. Then she'd have a visual aid to go with the words.
Oh and the cards are beautiful.

Lil' 'Ol Me said...

Kirsty I studied of Mice and Men last year with my student. What a book! Not one I would pick up and read voluntarily!! I bought the GCSE notes (amazon were very good price) It is a huge help even if for you! It explains it well for you to understand what the plot is and what the story is trying to portray and then you can put that in your own words to Ellie. My student has Aspergers and he finds English so difficult. How can he understand a character when he doesnt do body language, sarcasm, prejudice, emotions etc? However he did pass his English GCSE with a B...I wanted to kiss him, I was so proud of him.Im not studying it this year at the moment so you could borrow the notes if you like. Or I could see if my student wants to sell it to you...cheaper secondhand :-)
I love the punches and have just started using border punches myself this week :-)

Lil' 'Ol Me said...

I forgot to say....there is a DVD available. We watched it several times so that my student could visualises the characters so when reading the book he didn't confuse himself with who was saying what. Hope this helps and you understand what I am trying to say.

Michelle said...

There's a very good DVD with John Malkovich, which I bought when my daughter was studying. It helped tremendously.
Great cards by the way x x

Helen said...

Love the punches - such lovely designs and look really easy to punch! Thank for offering the chance to win them.

Beautiful picture of your lovely daughter.

Helen xxx

Anonymous said...

I love Tonic punches too. I love the all white card. Maybe if Ellie listened to an audio book it might free up the task of literally reading and she might be able to absorb it more. I don't know, but it might be worth a try? My husband is dyslexic (I don't know if Ellie is or not) but he has an insatiable thirst for knowledge so he has found Audio books a Godsend. Good Luck x.

Jane said...

Wow I hear the words "Of mice and Men" and I feel a shudder memories of O' Level Eng Lit. It is definitely not a book I would pick up voluntarily. My Daughter has Aspergers Syndrome and for what seemed like yrs she we struggled for her to comprehend what she was reading. It was just a process without comprehension, but all of a sudden Jacqueline Wilson then Harry Potter arrived then twilight wow shes a bookworm now. However with her books come her obsessions lol. But It would seem that having films/tv to watch along as well has helped her x Hope this helps x

A & E said...

Love how you've used the punches! Would love to give it a go! :)
As a huge Disney fan... You must be so excited!!

xx

-E

Stampersue said...

Hi Kirsty I have got some of the Tonic edger punches and they are great - makes cards look so elegant. Love the utube clip - off to have a play with punches now.

Stampersue
X

Anonymous said...

how lucky you are to have one another the love just oozes out of you i'm sure things will work out for you God bless you both

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

Audio books are better option as it would allow her to process the story rather than processing words. This worked brilliantly for one of my kids and as he really could not read he loved the fact he could hear the Harry potter stories. Aged 21 he still reads every night using audio books. You can get them as mp3 files or CDs. Local libraries have lots. Let me know if it works. Loving those tonic punches too x

-Agnes- said...

Hi Kirsty, thanks for the chance to win an edge punch - it would be my first! xx

Keilly said...

Stunning card, I so love these CAS cards and the frilly borders look amazing! A must have in your crafting cupboard!! Thanks for the chance x