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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Did you know...

...that papercrafting is an 'extreme' sport hobby!

It is, you know.

Think about it...

How many times have you taken part in the "get out of the way of the falling pokey tool/craft knife" challenge. You know the one...

You just put said item down on the desk and it starts rolling towards you and before you can grab it, it is falling towards your lap/foot. Isn't it amazing how quickly we can jump back from the desk to miss the falling object (yet we weren't quick enough to stop it rolling off the desk to begin with - go figure). Even Mr Bolt would be impressed by our turn of speed.

A while back a friend ended up in A&E after a day at a crop where she tried to catch her craft knife instead of performing the traditional 'jump back' - it is amazing how much blood results from a craft knife sticking out of ones thigh. The A&E staff were rather amused - they obviously don't understand the dangers involved in this hobby.

Then of course there is the "slice".

This activity can be performed in a variety of ways...

1. The scissor de-gunking - it doesn't matter how careful we try to be cleaning the glue and gunk off our favourite scissors (yep, even the 'non-stick' ones). We all know not to rub the cloth up and down with the blade side of the scissors facing into our palms but that last little bit of gunk wont come off so you turn every thing over to give it another rub and...

2. The craft knife blade changing - the blade is not sharp enough to give a clean cut so you decide to change the blade. It's stuck. You tug and pull and your hand slips - surprising how sharpe that blade still is, isn't it...

3. The paper cutter/trimmer blade change - I can quote from experience on this one. My trimmer blade was causing feathered edges and there was paper clogging the cutting channel so I cleaned everything and changed the blade. I had gotten used to the blade runner staying upright when inserting a piece of paper due to the paper dust clogging the hinge. In a second I saw it falling towards the paper and didn't want the blade to damage it - so I grabbed. It is a rather painful experience. Who knew that a teeny, tiny metal diamond could cause so much pain & blood...

Have you participated in the "boob clamp"?

The equipment for this event is the Quickutz Squeeze or the Crop-a-dile.

A number of ladies over at UKScrappers reported some time ago that this was a regular occurrence when trying to cut/punch through stiffer materials (they also said that being slightly better endowed in the boob department had also contributed)...

I'm sure you can think of many other "extreme" aspects of our sport craft.

Do share any other "events" that you have taken part in........................................................

6 comments:

Chidkid said...

Fantastic! Made me laugh out loud!

Sandra said...

This has so made me giggle

Virginia said...

Tee hee hee yes guilty if some of these myself

Jane O'Sullivan said...

Yep been there and done some of those.....I have also been known to take part in the stick yourself to anything with big globs of glossy accents challenge (you know where you squeeze, squeeze and squeeze the bottle and nothing comes out so you give it one more gentle squeeze and half the ruddy bottle comes out in one go!!).

sue jones said...

Ha Ha and all true too!

Bubbles said...

I list my 'crafing mishaps' in my blog... from glittering the pets to fighting a losing battle with my ATG - you're so right - it can be a dangerous hobby! lol
Luckily I have never ended up in A&E... fingers crossed! :)