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!

Friday, 31 December 2010

Altering die shapes

I know it's nice to buy new die shapes, but when seeing C&C's Pick of the Week was 2 sets of 4 new dies called Labels A....to.....H at a cost of over £160, I couldn't help think.....expensive!  AND, where does it stop!    Some of the shapes interested me, but just how many dies do I need?   Will I use them?  HOW often?????  If money is not a problem - great, but what can you do if it is? 

Do you use ALL your dies?   I have to confess that I bought a set of Wonky Squares at least 3 months ago and they are sitting in my overcrowded box unused!  I needed them badly at the time, but did I?!?!?  I think now I did not! 

One of the solutions to buying dies is to look at your dies.....could you alter them?

With some of my dies the answer is "YES"!

Labels Small and Large can be made smaller or larger

Using the Labels 2 die like this.....

                   you have  a different shape

Tracy made a different shape with her Mega Rectangles cutting it like this....
and it turned out like this..

This is rather a nice shape, thanks Tracy.

Labels 4 die can be used this way

I have only change the top of the die, but you could easily change the straight edge by cutting the die again.

This is how I used the new shape
If this post has made you think, you will find my tutorials covering this subject under the labels section "Altering die shapes", and if you have discovered any new shapes that can be made from your dies - I'd love to hear from you so I can feature them in my Followers' Gallery.

Well it's the last day of the year and also my last post showing you round my blog.  I hope you have found something of interest and that the labels section will become a useful aid and a source of inspiration .  I have no problem with you using my ideas, but just ask that you mention the Cupboard when you do, so helping me spread the word of what this great little green bug can do!

Tomorrow I will take a look back at some of my favourite cards of 2010.  Have a Great New Years Eve.


Twiglet said...

So glad to see you are as creative as ever as we end a year and steam into the next! All the very best to you for 2011! -Jo

Helen's cards blog said...

Thanks for that, it has made me rethink how to make better use of the nesties I have, rather than making my wish list even longer.


Christine B. said...

Thanks for the great ideas. I wish you a very Happy, healthy, crafty New Year. Hugs x ChrisB

Yvonne Russell said...

Great ideas. Thanks for the inspiration and all the best for 2011.

jordiegirl said...

I also saw the Pick of the Week with the Spellbinders Dies but knew I could not afford and did not need more, I have about 4 sets and I am sure I can make lovely cards with the ones I have.

Your post is very interesting and has made me think about how I can alter the dies I have too, I will be giving it a try once I have finished making the wedding stationery I am doing at the moment.

I am so pleased I stumbled across your blog, it is very interesting and helpful.

Happy New Year to you.

Von said...

More fabulous ideas :)
Happy new year to you

Carolynne said...

Yes they are expensive but I did have Christmas money to spend so I bought the labels and also the Grand Calibur but still waiting patiently for them to arrive. Your blog is an inspiration to me as I am still pretty new at this die cutting malarkey but I am loving learning new things. So have a Happy New Year and keep doing what you do so well in 2001