OBC – Trouble With Intricate Dies

ONE BOOB CHRONICLE – Trouble With Intricate Dies

Recently, I received a package in the mail from Katinah Walker.  In the massive box of wonderful things was a Sizzix die set.

Sizzix die set

Sizzix die set

I have used two of the dies for the “Wands” I am creating.  One is a scalloped circle and the other is a very intricate “doily” die.

Scallop circle die and intricate doily die

Scallop circle die and intricate doily die

I didn’t have much trouble with the scallop circle die.  I cut some DCWV paper to 4 inch squares and ran the die and paper through my Sizzix Big Shot.  It didn’t take long for me to make 26 of these.  The doily die….that is another story that I have video of my many trials in getting the right set up to work well.

For the doily pieces I cut two sheets of Colorbok white textured card stock into three inch square pieces.

Let’s just say that I nearly gave up after struggling to make five of the doily pieces.

Die cut scallop circles and doilies

Die cut scallop circles and doilies

During the time I have been absent, I have watched a lot of YouTube videos on die cutting intricate dies.  Some people use dryer sheets during the cutting to make the dies release, some people use waxed paper.  I’ve also seen videos that strongly urge the viewer to not use either method.

Since I did not own any intricate dies….before Ms. Katinah Walker blessed me with this set….I just only half paid attention to the video instructions.

I don’t own dryer sheets so I attempted to use a paper towel.  FAIL

I changed the position of the die on the cutting plates.  Face up and face down.  FAIL

The die did cut the doily, to be sure.  Releasing the die cut from the die is another story all together.  Then spending a lot of time poking out the holes with a piercing tool was not my idea of an enjoyable process.

Then I read the instructions on the Sizzix packet.

The instructions suggest using waxed paper on the intricate die and run it through the machine three times.

BAM!  Only a little bit of poking with the piercing tool to get the holes open.  That worked so well, I was able to complete all the doily pieces in a couple hours.

The intricate doily die

The intricate doily die

The conclusion of the die cutting day resulted in a three hour nap.  Good grief!

What are your stories or advice in using intricate dies?  I would really like to know so tell me in the comment section below.  I will be having a video up HOPEFULLY by Friday.

Leslie

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OBC – Gifts from far and wide

ONE BOOB CHRONICLE – Gifts From Far and Wide

During this past year, while I have been going through the treatment for breast cancer, my YouTube community has blessed me with gifts of all kinds.  From Italy, Canada, the United Kingdom, and various places here in the United States.

I have been thinking of a way to thank each person who took the time to make things for me and send all kinds of crafting supplies.  I had watched videos on the making of “Pocket Letters” which are made from baseball card sheaths.  I just have not been able to think what I can put in each of the small pockets.

Recently, I received an astoundingly beautiful “Loaded Envelope” from a friend in New York.  Roberta Commeau.

Gifts from New York.  A "Loaded Envelope"

Gifts from New York. A “Loaded Envelope”

This is something that I can do, and I am excited to begin the process.  I need to make 26 of these.  Starting with the “wands”.

I spent the weekend making rosettes from glittered paper I have in my stash.

If you have not tried to make a rosette, and don’t know how to make one, I have some step by step instructions for you.  These rosettes can be any size you would like to make.  Mine are 2 inches by 12 inches.

This is a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock from an old DCWV paper pack.

A 12 x 12 card stock sheet from DCWV

A 12 x 12 card stock sheet from DCWV

Since I am making so many of these rosettes, I can get six from one sheet of paper.  I turned the paper over to expose the blank back side.  Using my Martha Stewart Score Board, score the paper every 1/4 inch.

Score the paper every 1/4 inch

Score the paper every 1/4 inch

Before you cut the paper into strips, MAKE SURE THE SCORE MARKS ARE HORIZONTAL.

Turn the paper so the score marks are horizontal

Turn the paper so the score marks are horizontal

I cut the paper into 2 inch strips.  Using a Martha Stewart Border Punch I then punched one edge of the strip.

Cut the paper into 2 inch strips

Cut the paper into 2 inch strips

Use a border punch for a decorative edge

Use a border punch for a decorative edge

The punched strip

The punched strip

Next step is to make the accordion folds along the strip of paper.

Make the mountain and valley folds on the strip of paper

Make the mountain and valley folds on the strip of paper

Accordion folded strip

Accordion folded strip

Attaching the ends of the strip is the next task.  As you look at the ends together you will notice the ends are matching.  You need to cut away one of the 1/4 inch pieces to make the overlap needed to join the two edges.

Matching edges, you need to cut one away

Matching edges, you need to cut one away

Remove one 1/4 inch strip

Remove one 1/4 inch strip

Now you can join the strip

Now you can join the strip

Add the adhesive of your choice to one strip, then place the other edge over the adhesive and press tightly.  Then set this aside to dry.

Add adhesive to one edge

Add adhesive to one edge

Join the edges and press firmly

Join the edges and press firmly

Set aside to dry

Set aside to dry

I have used a 1 inch circle punch to make pieces to hold the rosette together.  That will be some tricky business.

One inch hole punch

One inch hole punch

Make the fasteners

Make the fasteners

Now comes the tricky part.  These little guys are not always cooperative.  Turn the rosette piece over so the decorative edge is against the table.  Begin pushing inward on the rosette until it starts to lie down.

Keep working the rosette as you go along.  There will be places you will have to do some adjusting until it finally lies flat.

Turn the rosette over on the decorative punched edge

Turn the rosette over on the decorative punched edge

Start pressing inward on the folds

Start pressing inward on the folds

Pressing inward and down will cause the rosette to collapse

Pressing inward and down will cause the rosette to collapse

Sometimes a little adjustment is necessary

Sometimes a little adjustment is necessary

There is your rosette

There is your rosette.

Next challenge will be to turn your rosette over.  It will pop up but don’t worry.  You have already trained it the way it needs to be.  Add glue of your  choice to one of the 1 inch circles and attach to the center of your rosette.  Then put it under something heavy until it dries.

Turn the rosette over

Turn the rosette over

Add adhesive of your choice to a 1 inch circle

Add adhesive of your choice to a 1 inch circle

Press the punched circle into the center of the rosette

Press the punched circle into the center of the rosette

This  is how it will look

This is how it will look

Put the rosette under something to allow it to dry

Put the rosette under something to allow it to dry

This is my finished stash of rosettes ready to be made into “Wands”.  I need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby or Michaels for some paper straws.

As I make these I will show you the process.  For the remainder of creating these “wands” I will be using my dreaded hot glue gun.

Thank you, Roberta, for your inspiration.

Leslie

DIY Embellishments from paper scraps and stickers

Handmade embellishments

Handmade embellishments

This week I have been working on getting “coordinated” embellishments made for the Envelope Mini Album I have been working on.

I can’t seem to muster the strength to get a video made for joining the three signatures of the Envelope Mini with spine pieces.  Not just that, I can’t seem to muster the strength for much of anything.

Anyway – on to the reason for this post.  Enough crying about my life right now.

I bought some baby stickers from Tuesday Morning, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby long before Christmas.  I want to take the plain stickers and give them a “home” to live.  A showcase for the art work.

Chipboard stickers from Tuesday Morning

Chipboard stickers from Tuesday Morning

Mix of Chipboard and flat stickers from Michaels

Mix of Chipboard and flat stickers from Michaels

Chipboard and card stock stickers from Michaels

Chipboard and card stock stickers from Michaels

I have scraps!  Ranging in size from 1-1/2 inch by 7 inches, 1/4 inch by 7 inches, and 1-1/2 inch by 3 inches.

Scrap pieces from the Envelope Mini

Scrap pieces from the Envelope Mini

1-1/2 inch by 7 inches

1-1/2 inch by 7 inches

1/4 inch by 7 inches

1/4 inch by 7 inches

1-1/2 inches by 3 inches

1-1/2 inches by 3 inches

I’ve made rosettes from the 1-1/2 inches by 7 inch strips.  Using the “B*@&(}d” hot glue gun and clear liquid glue, lace trim was added to the back side of the rosette and a chipboard sticker piece to the front.  One of the 1-1/2 inch by 3 inch pieces was included to create one of those fish tail thing-a-ma-bobs.

Rosette with lace trim

Rosette with lace trim

Rosette with lace trim and a fish tail

Rosette with lace trim and a fish tail

Various punches have been used on the scrap pieces as I have attempted to layer multiple items together for visual interest.

Tag punch and a Martha Stewart border punch

Tag punch and a Martha Stewart border punch

1 inch circle punch, 1-1/2 inch oval punch

1 inch circle punch, 1-1/2 inch oval punch

1-1/2 inch Scallop punch

1-1/2 inch Scallop punch

Some of the larger stickers are featured on their own.

Black card stock scrap

Black card stock scrap

Black card stock, Martha Stewart punch, 1/4 inch colored scrap

Black card stock, Martha Stewart punch, 1/4 inch colored scrap

1-1/2 by 7 inch scrap for fish tail, 1-1/4 by 5-1/2 inch card stock scrap

1-1/2 inch by 7 inch scrap for fish tail, 1-1/4 inch by 5-1/2 inch card stock scrap

I have a whole slew of photos of my precious granddaughter.  One of them is of her homecoming and being greeted by Daisy the Dachshund along with Bogie the Boxer.  I have a chipboard paw print from my stash of many many years.  Stick it atop a rosette, add a fish tail to the back and I have a special embellishments just for the “Welcoming Committee” 😀

Embellishment for the "Welcoming Committee"

Embellishment for the “Welcoming Committee”

This embellishment creating is something I can do.  Work on these things for an hour or two until my fingers feel like the tips are going to explode and my feet are filled with firework sparklers.  Spend some time in my recliner to get the pressure off for a while then go back at creating a few hours later.

Normally, I would have that 9 inch by 13 inch cake pan full of stuff in one day and ready to go on with something else the next.  Hey, at least I am getting something done!  That makes me happy.

Now, if I could go through the Facebook posts, messages, and notifications without falling asleep within 30 minutes…that would make me less guilty of abandoning my friends and family.

Give this sticker embellishment thing a try.  See what you can come up with using scraps and things from your stash.  I bet you can make some truly amazing things that will look like you bought them from the store.  *fist pump*

Leslie

Tool Envy. The roadblock to creativity.

Sometimes, not often, a bit of envy creeps in on us in the paper crafting arena.  There are so many tools on the market for paper crafters.  Die cutting machines, embossing machines, die cutting AND embossing machines, Score Boards AND Scor-Pals, electronic cutting machines like the Cricut.  Paper trimmers, hand tools, and punches.

It would cost a fortune to trick your craft space out with the latest and greatest.  Or even with the oldies and goodies found at yard sales, thrift shops, and auction sites.

Having been a new craft person myself, years ago, I spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos on creating all manner of things.  I found myself in a catastrophic “Hoarder” position. Each video I watched I knew I just HAD TO HAVE the tools used in the videos.  It got so bad that I had to stay out on the road as a truck driver to (1) earn back the money I spent in the craft stores and (2) STAY OUT of the craft stores so I wouldn’t spend any more money.

My YouTube channel is all about using what you have.  No More Tool Envy PART 1 and PART 2.

So for those new to the paper crafting world that don’t have a die cutting machine to use the Tim Holtz rosette die; or can’t quite afford to plonk down over $30 for a Score Board or Scor-Pal; or find the $15 to $20 border punches.  I have two videos up today on creating accordion fold rosettes using nothing more than a pencil, ruler, bone folder, a pair of scissors, a paper trimmer, some kind of adhesive, and a bit of your time.

Accordion fold rosettes

Accordion fold rosettes

Making the rosettes the “Old Fashioned Way” is easy to do.  I have quite a number of Christmas themed stickers that are 15 years old that need to be used up instead of neglected and stuffed away.

My second video, or Part 2 of No More Tool Envy, I use those old stickers by giving them a face lift, if you will.  Adding glitter glue and a bit of ribbon.  Or take two stickers that are exactly the same and making them dimensional.

Dimensional stickers

Dimensional stickers

OLD stickers, lace, and glitter glues

OLD stickers, lace, and glitter glues

OLD chipboard pieces, stickers, and lace

OLD chipboard pieces, stickers, and lace

Even OLD decorative edge scissors

Even OLD decorative edge scissors

Make use of your new found creativity and explore the avenues that open to you as you USE WHAT YOU  HAVE to create awesome things.

 

Leslie