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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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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Provocraft Alphabet - Personalized Cards

One of the most used die sets that I have is my alphabet!   I have never made a card that has been personalized with the recipient's name that has not been  admired or treasured.  Added to this, when struggling for that something different....this could be the answer....
Tommy's birthday card - some lovely decorative paper, a border from the same pack, a ribbon, a peeloff  ...
 and his name.

This alphebet is Harmony - I only have the one set and have found this adequate for greetings, names or just initials.  If you look at my Love and Marriage Label on the sidebar you will find lots of examples of how I've  used these dies.  I like this particular set because they can be spaced evenly or unevenly, or even interlocked, and with using  double side tape - adhering them is easy. 

 Cut a small square, place DST on the back.
Sandwich:  A / B / die cut face up / Card with DST face up over the letter to be cut / B
Using this method you only cut where you need and the DST does not stick to the die.

Always remember that with the Provocraft dies you do NOT use the C Plate - if you do - something will break!  I know this - I have done this!

Buying dies is expensive!  How many dies do you have that you use?  How many sit in the cupboard?
As crafters we all have the tendancy to want ALL...but with the vast amount of dies on the market, sometimes choices have to be made!    I realise that  I'm always alerting you of new dies and embossing folders, even machines (more about that on Thursday)!   I share my experiences and information with you because knowledge if a powerful thing, with it you can make your choices wisely and your dies and folders will pay you dividends, if you don't! 

Have a good day,


tracy said...

i have yet to buy an alphabet set, very hard choosing the right one.
what you say about wanting all is very true, i could buy them all and only stick with one.
great card by the way

Shoshi said...

This is such a cute card, Ikki! I bet Tommy will love it! I adore the little animals all marching across the card so purposefully - just adorable! Great colour combinations too. Personalised cards always go down a treat, don't they.

chrissy xx said...

Great card, he will loooove it!
Back Thursday! I for one am soooo glad you have your blog, keeping me informed and showing us what to do is great, wasn't too sure about my Cuttlebug at first, but now wouldn't be without it..

Unknown said...

I only have 1 alphabet too & its this one. So versatile.

Sharon said...

That is so sweet. I really like the look of that alphabet.

There's something on my blog for you :o)

Max said...

I haven't any alphabet dies either ...but haveplenty of alphabet stamps so have never really seen the need.

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Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

Anonymous said...

they are beautiful cards....

Jenny said...

You are so right about dies Ikki, I have Harmony and the Typewriter ones, and never used either. I'm also serial embossing folder addict. Have a 'really useful box' full of them, and yet I just stick to the odd few that can be joined together for a bigger card. Everytime I see one of your gorgeous cards, I think '....must get that folder/die out....'

Hugs Jenny x

PepPop said...

I agree with you, I like the idea of alphabet dies but TBH the price really puts me off. Maybe someday... Jaqui x