Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cutting Intricate Dies such as Memory Box

Aloha, everyone,

Recently I have been trying to cut the very intricate dies by Memory Box. However, I can't get a clean cut. I have tried shimming thin extra layers, using new plates, etc. Then today, frustrated with all the work it takes, and not having success, I decided to search online for possible causes and fixes. I found this great link posted by Memory Box at YouTube - check it out:

He uses various tricks to get the dies to cut cleanly. The problems appear to be that the dies may be too thin since the same problem happens to many people using a variety of machines. He gets success by building up with scotch tape (and leaving it on permanently), but adds a thin metal type plate that I guess I'll be needing to purchase if I want to avoid the aggravation.

I only have five of their dies for now. But I was not going to buy anymore until this problem is fixed. Unfortunately, my Madison Window die does look like it has a deformity on one entire half of the outter die - it's all rough and that's where I can't get a cut and it slides out from under, even when using tape. Wonder if I can get a replacement - I'll try.

So it looks like lots of people have had to address this issue - I'm not the only one. If you are, try watching the video. It has answers.

Aloha for today - Rosy

Saturday, April 14, 2012

So Many Blog Hops, So Many Challenges

Well, this morning I stumbled across a another exciting site which promotes card challenges and blog hops, as well as their own designed stamps. So, of course, I had to buy a couple sets to 'test out' on my own LOL.
If you have not been there, I absolutely encourage you to try "There She Goes Again." They have fabulous sets of stamps (need acrylic blocks to use) with the BEST shipping rates yet!!!
I put a blinky at the bottom of this blog in case you want to check them out.
How does everyone keep track of all the blog hops, challenges, stamping companies, products, and yet kick out the cards like we originally wanted to do? Wow, keeping balanced with this ... "hobby" and life's responsibilities is sure a test!
If you have figured out a way to keep up with all the stamping activity, would you share it with me? I feel like I am on an upside down map with no gps or compass.
With hugs and smiles,
Animated romantic moonlight dance