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!

In the Cupboard you will find ideas, news, tips and techniques to help you get more from this fab little machine. So come in - join the fun and Cuttle with me!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Tippy Thursday - Making borders

Tippy Thursday again, and today I'm looking at using those little dies that tend to get overlooked!

This die is my most recent purchase.

It's from the Marianne Creatables range and consists of 3 dies.  The fancy scalloped rectangle and 2 leaves.  Stating the obvious - the leaves can be used as leaves, but is there something else you can do with them?

How about making a border......
I make my own cards and have lots of strips of card left over like this...
Using the Bug sandwich:  A  /  B  / card  /  die cut down  /  C
(All of the die cutting tips I give can be adapted to your own machine, but because I only have experience of  the Bug, and feel I don't need tell you what recipe to use, because you will know!  BUT, if you do need help - just ask).
From a peice of card 6" x 2" you will have 4 leaves and the die cut strip...now
I have added two scored lines to the top and bottom of the strip, then when placed over a decorative paper...you have a nice little border, which can be adjusted in length to suit your project.
 AND, you still have 4 leaves to use!
Time restraints have not allowed me to finish my card....hopefully later I will be able to get it finished!! 

Hope you like this idea of using your smaller dies....don't leave them at the back of the Cupboard....get them out and make full use of your of all your dies!



Doreen said...

Ooh I have never thought of using the negative part. what a fabulous idea, how silly of me all those negatives I have thrown out.Thanks for the tip.xxx

chrissy xx said...

Looking good up to now! Will be back.

Lynne K said...

Great tip! It makes a lovely border. Look forward to seeing the finished card!

Annie said...

What a clever idea Ikki. So pretty too.
A x

Sew This N That said...

What a brilliant idea!
*hugs* Heather x

Carolynne said...

Thanks for this ikki. I recently bought some dies from creata and there are small dies included that I must admit was not sure what to do with them. I am going to use this great tip and see what I can come up with.

Merry said...

Such a pretty idea Eileen...can't wait to see the card you create with this border.

Jose said...

Great idea and lovely die, had to have, just bought it! You should be on commission :)

Jose said...

Great idea and lovely die, had to have, just bought it! You should be on commission :)

Bets said...

t so far, I never fail to be inspired by you! I hope you don't mind but I have nominated you for the Cherry on the Top Card award. You can pick it up on my blog at www.blackbutterfly2007.blogspot.com

tracy said...

hi ikkie
i would be honoured to have my project shown in your friday feature, i dont know how to e mail you direct lol,
lol tracy xxx

Unknown said...

I have quite a lot of the flower/poinsetta dies from MC but not the one you've featured here. Liking the look of what you did here Ikki.

Can't wait to see what you do with it and to see the finished project.

Paula x x x