What to do when your dies are all joined together

Hi All,

I have recently bought some stamp sets with matching dies which have arrived with all the dies linked together.  Some of the pieces are tiny and I didn’t want to have them all rattling around in the storage bag so I thought I would show you how I use them without separating them.

This is how they arrive when you purchase them. You will note that there is a small metal link keeping the dies together.  You will also notice that the top two dies also have a tiny heart and a butterfly, now these do have to be removed otherwise when you cut out the flamingo stamps that match these dies, you would have a cut out in the middle of them.  I removed these tiny pieces and left the rest of the dies joined together. Hope that is clear!

Flamingo stamps and dies

Place the dies onto your MISTI if you have one, and lay the stamps into their corresponding die space as shown below.  Note: This photo is taken after the dies were picked up on the door of the MISTI, remove the dies and your stamps are all in position, ready to be inked.


If you don’t have a MISTI an acrylic block that is large enough to fit across all of the stamps will do the same job.

flam 5Place your stamping paper into the MISTI.

Ink up the stamps – you will now be able to stamp all of your images in one go.  I coloured my stamps at this stage while they were still all on the same page.

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Once you have finished colouring take your images to the die cutting machine, lay the dies over the top of the images and run through.

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All your images cut in one go (you can save those that you don’t want to use right away. And your dies are stored safely and will not easily become lost.

A quick and easy card made with this cute set of stamps and dies.



I hope you can follow these instructions and that they are useful to you, there is nothing more frustrating that loads of tiny pieces that can easily become misplaced.

Happy Stamping (and die cutting)






Angel Wings – Wall Hanging


I have a little obsession going on with wings at the moment.

After scouring the internet for a while I found a free template to make paper wings.  If you would like to try making some yourself here is the link Angel Wings

This frame was laying idle in my craft room, the glass had been broken some time ago, so I removed the back board and lined it with some thin batting, then covered the batting with hession.

It was a bit of a conundrum as to how I would attach the wings once they were made. The fiishes wings are approximately 6″ long and 2 1/2″ wide.   The solution was to add some strips of thick card to the back, which I built up to give a three dimensional effect. I added some metal elements from my stash (hearts always seem to go hand in hand with wings), this filigree heart was a junk shop find – part of a very unattractive necklace.

I wasn’t sure whether I had finished at this stage so I added some metal corners to the hession but I can’t decide whether they are required or not. What do you think?

Angel Wings

It’s Melbourne Cup Day tomorrow – AKA “the race that stops a nations”.  A public holiday for a horse race, I don’t know!  I’m not a fan of sports which include animals, so I won’t be placing a bet or watching the race.  Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a lovely day. May it also include some crafting time.


Christmas Cards

Three Robin Christmas cards

The cute robins are from a stamp set from Clearly Besotted, they come with matching dies which always makes things easier for those who do not enjoy fussy cutting.  I have added a list of products used at the end of this post.

The two smaller cards are just 4″ square. One is on a Kraft card base, the other is white patterned cardstock which I reinforced inside to make it a little more robust.

Two Robins Xmas card

The pretty background paper is from Stampin’ UP!  I coloured the robins with Polychromo colouring pencils (I am not the best at colouring).  The tiny Santa hat comes with the stamp set as does the tree stump.  I handcut the frame from a piece of gessoed canvas and the leaves are cut from a Memory Box Christmas tree die.  A few silver micro beads to represent the ground and a small greeting from Penny Black’s Snippets Stamp Set finish this card.

One robin card

The Branch Die from Memory Box was cut from glitter paper with leaves from the Memory Box Christmas Tree die.  Again I handcut a tiny frame from canvas and placed my robin in front of it.  A few sequins, a tiny greeting, and voila!

White card Christmas Tree

This card is 3 3/4′ x 7 3/4″  I cut two Memory Box dies from the Elyse Christmas Tree, one from silver cardstock and one in white.  I glued them together slightly off centre of each other so that a glimpse of the silver can be seen behind the white. Another handcut canvas frame and a tiny sentiment from Penny Black completes this card.

List of products used:

  • White Background Paper Stampin’ UP!
  • Kraft A4 Cardstock
  • Memory Box Dies: Elyse Christmas Tree and Woodland Branch
  • Stamp Sets:  Clearly Besotted “Red Robin” and Matching Dies
  • Penny Black “Snippets” greetings stamps

How are you going with your Christmas cards this year?   Do you send cards at all?  If it wasn’t for running my card making classes I would probably not have started mine yet.  I tend not to make multiples of the same card, but make individual cards as the mood or inspiration strikes. I do enjoy making Christmas cards but find myself steering clear more and more of the snowy scenes. Being mid summer in Australia when Christmas comes, it seems a little pointless, although I do really love the look of them.  I do send cards overseas to family, so I can indulge in the winter scenes with those.

I wish you all a lovely weekend whatever you are doing.  Have fun.

Happy Crafting All.




Those Crazy Birds – in a Grid

Hi, quick post today.  A card I made for my younger brother who is sick in hospital at the moment.

Get well soon Buddy.

Crazy Bird Grid Card

Gotta love those Crazy Birds.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

Products Used

  • Tim Holtz – Bird Crazy Stamp Set and Dies
  • Ranger Distress Oxides
  • Ranger Distress Markers
  • Sharpie White Paint Pen
  • Grid Die from My Favourite Things
  • Neenah White Cardstock
  • Stampin’ UP! Black Cardstock
  • Como Sketch Pad Card base



World Card Making Day

I’ve created a special card for this special day.

I did some gilding and flower making – I made a frame and forgot to add it to my card, but then added it later.  and I like the effect that created.

WCMD flower spray card

I may do a picture tutorial on the gilding and flower making for those who haven’t tried these techniques.

The background panel is vellum laid over a piece of designer paper, I really like the soft effect this creates.

A closer look at the flower spray and again with the frame.

N.B. I used Glossy Accents to be sure the flowers stayed in place.  I had a strip of leftover gilding which I trimmed to 1/8″ to complement the black of the frame. I think it brought everything together nicely.  A few diamonte and sequins finish this card. The leaves are metal filigree elements from my craft stash.

I hope you had time to get crafting on World Card Making Day.  I would love to see your creations.


Happy Crafting, People


Question: Do pets grieve?

I googled this question during the weekend and there were no really conclusive answers, though many people, vets and animal psychologists had their opinions.

So let me add my own personal answer to the question.

This is Pebbles (AKA Fluffystuff).

Fluffystuff Where is my sister

Outgoing, playful, enjoys her food, not a talker but leaves you in no doubt as to her feelings about anything.  Loves to be outside no matter the weather.  I adopted her and her sister Ebony (AKA Black Cat) together, sixteen or so years ago, from a backyard breeder.

Sadly Black Cat died of various ailments a few weeks ago, and if Fluffy isn’t grieving then I don’t really have an answer for the way she is behaving.  I left Black cat’s bed where it was for a few days after she passed, thinking it may be easier if everything didn’t change quite so fast for Fluffy.  However, the morning after there was no Black Cat in her bed, I woke to find that Fluffy had pulled out her bed and disrupted all of the bedding , clearly confused as to where her sister was.  I removed the bed and bedding at this point.

Meal times were always spent together.  Black cat, being the talker, would come and find me (Fluffy in tow, simply observing quietly), and make a hustle in whatever way she could to get my attention.  We would all three of us proceed to the kitchen where I would do my duty as cat mum, and provide tasty meals. They had designated places on the mat where the food bowls are kept.  Having all the space to herself has made no difference to Fluffy, she goes to her place and if the bowl is not where it should be, she is confused again.

Fluffy has become a talker, looking at me and miaowing, which wasn’t really a feature of her personality before.  She is staying inside the house most of the day, again not really like her old self at all.  She is more clingy than before, and sits almost on top of me in the evenings when we are watching tv.  She follows me around in the mornings for about half an hour before going to her daybed and staying there all day.  This is not how she was before Black cat’s passing.

Clearly my girl is missing her sister and so am I.  I have heeded some of the advice in the articles I read, spending more time with Fluffy, I am talking to her but trying not to indulge the behaviour so that it becomes habit.

Do I think pets/cats grieve?  Oh yes I do. In fact I know they do.  It’s quite heartbreaking because I can’t change the situation, I can’t explain.  I hope that time is a healer for cats too.