Hi, Thanks for dropping by.

My name is Eileen but to friends in the card making world I'm known as 'ikki'. (which is pronounced I-KEY) From where or how this came about I'm not sure - it just got shorten from my original craft name of Ikemo by various friends along my crafting way! I started crafting whilst recouperating from an accident, and from my first attempts with peeloffs and paint - I was hooked! Now my passion is my BUG! and now BEADING!

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Monday, 23 August 2010

Nestabilities - Labels 2

Do you find sometimes that no matter how many dies you have none seem the right size or shape?  This happens to me quite often and it is real frustrating!

On my desk on last week's WOYWW I had a label 2 die cut on which I had watercoloured with Inktense pencils an image from the EI Townhouse Stamp themeplate.  Having done to a reasonable, but not entirely satisfactory colouring job, I looked the shape and thought...."now What"!  I could not come up with a design that looked right with the shape....so....knife in hand......holding breath.....I cut across the top and bottom of the die cut and ......

and I had a new shape

this new shape allowed me to stamp a scene onto a strip of card, matching up the tree and bush behind the house so that my new shape could be lifted on foam pads to give some dimension to the scene.  I like my new shape and think it could be very useful to ring the changes with the Label 2 dies - Wonder if any of the other labels can be changed?.....yet another challenge! 

Hope you like this idea, and if you use it - perhaps you would let me know so I can pop over.


Annie said...

just had to say I always stop by when you post, but don't leave comments - until now! I love the new shape and how you coloured the image then turned it into something far more interesting!
hugs, annie x

Carolynne said...

WOW, how clever. Think I may be using this in the future.

Susan (aka TomsMom) said...

Wow Ikki, how fabulous is that! It never ceases to amaze me what ideas you come up with. I don't seem to be able to think outside the box. I have this set of dies and have never thought to do anything else with them. I just love this idea. This card is stunning, as all your cards are.

tracy said...

what a brilliant idea.

Miranda said...

Hi Ikkie, what a great idea! Looks very nice on that card. Love the design. About the 'cutting'machines, it seems that Tim Holtz has a new one coming, also A4 and electric! You can use all kinds of dies and comparatively with the 'Trouvaille' cheaper(this one is 190,euro)I am already saving, LOL, bye Miranda

Sew This N That said...

Oh ikki, you are a star! I have labels 8 and sometimes my images are too big for the dies, now I can play in a different way :)
*hugs* Heather x

Nessie said...

Ikki, a stunning card. I do not have these dies, but I am sure I could adapt this technique also with other dies. I like your embossing of the neew home as well.
Thanks for commenting on my blog about the Marianne dies. Nothing worked, hinestly I tried everything and contacted Marianne in NL. She was very helpful and agreed that the butterflies are beautiful, but a pain in the neck for cutting. She sent me (for free!) another die (a beautiful circle die) and that worked much better.

chrissy xx said...

Great idea thanks for that. Will give it a try.
You never cease to suprise me!!!

craftimamma said...

Fabulous idea Ikki and gorgeous card too. Thanks for sharing both!

Lesley Xx

Merry said...

This is so lovely and what a wonderful idea Ikki. I love your colouring too.

tracy said...

hi ikki
after reading this post earlier it helped me in a little problem i had tonight
i wanted to use a mega nestie around a image, the most suitable was too long but too narrow turned,
remembering your post i cut out the image using the perfect size then took a bigger and twisted it so i therby cut the sides but not the top and bottom, you might also be intersted to see what i have done with the marrianne butterfly i have,
i have looked at your other postings on the marrianne die and im hoping to give the stencil one a try, i think its fab.
your blog is so educational for us not so clever peeps lol keep up the good work.

XxJULESxX said...

wow thanks for that! gorgeous card too!!