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13 June, 2012

WOYWW No 158

Time for the weekly Workdesk Wander where we link with Julia Dunnit's blog and share what's on the desk today, Wednesday. Follow the link from her name to see what it's all about.

I must say that I have really enjoyed my new desk arrangements. Everything is so much more accessible and the work space remains clear enough without shrinking to minute size until I can't think let alone do anything. Bliss on a stick!!!

This week, my desk is experimental with some pulling out of hair for one trial run, and a happy surprise with the other. Here is the worst first...

I bought this doily die and struggled with getting it to cut evenly. I added shims and then sticky tape to the back until the whole thing was half a millimetre thicker, going round and round.
Not much point in that, I mutters to meself, and I peels it all orf and I starts again.... with a few unprintable interjections.

Can I be bothered with pricking out all the bits even when it works? Probably not!
Next is the mandala brass stencil that I bought at Picture to Page recently. Had a little play with the Copic pens and airbrush with very appealing results I think and plenty more to do with this.

Copic markers and stencil.
And here are some Winter flowers that add grace to the room and my grumpy mood from endless nit-picking with die-cuts. The thryptomene is flowering like mad and goes so well with the camelias and lavender.

Gracing the breakfast table.
Travel well everyone.
Ros.

48 comments:

Neesie said...

Morning Ros,
Hopefully you've got some sun too. Yesterday was a fabulous day wasn't it?
Now I thought I was creating tedious tiny detailed work for the eyes but that doily work looks incredibly intricate. I think I'll stick with 'tangles'!
Your vase looks beautiful. I love to bring garden flowers into the house where I can fully appreciate them.
No Mr Linky...so pick a number any number ;D
Have a wonderful Wednesday ~ Enjoy! Neesie xoxo

Sandy said...

hmm I was finding this with one of my die cuts too I found this link on the internet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1RmOwCOlEo
It says that all die cutting machines are different pressure so that might explain why you are having trouble. Hope this helps Sandy :)

Redanne said...

Don't you just hate all those little bits, it gets me frustrated every time too. Love the result though. Also love your mandala, it looks brilliant the way you have coloured it. Still no Mr Linky! Happy WOYWW, Anne x

sandee said...

Your flowers look beautiful, they would make me smile too! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

RosA said...

Hi Ros,

That doyley die looks great! Have you got it to work properly yet? And which machine did you use it with? Cuttlebug?
I'd better have a look up in the back corner of the garden to see if my orchids are flowering too. Camellias and orchids ... my favourite flowers. I have various camellias flowering nearly all year round which is lovely.
Have a good week!
RosA

Judy said...

LoVe that brass mandala stencil.Love fresh flowers!

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...oh gosh how annoying having to prick out all those ickle bits of paper, I'm not surprised your pulling your hair out, loVe your other piece such beautiful colours as have your gorgeouse vase of flowers, thanks for sharing...Mel :) #7

Helen said...

Gosh that is one fiddly looking die!! Hope you've finished by next WOYWW.... Helen, 3!

Rita said...

A lovely idea, lets hope you enjoyed it. I love the flowers on the table, such pretty colours. Enjoy your day. Hugs Rita 29 xx

Julia Dunnit said...

You made that name up. Surely something so beautiful can't me named after some drug company rep's idea of a good name for a pill!!!
The die thing is a pig. Makes me stamp my feet in frustration...maybe Sandy's link will prove helpful..or take it back. Iknow that's hard on the shopkeeper, but the company will never know otherwise...

okienurse said...

I think all the doily dies are really nit picky! I have bought a couple and rarely use them for the reason you mentioned. Love the beautiful flowers! Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing. Vickie #42

EELS said...

I Have this doily die too and it is very intricate. I bought a Cuttle Hug metal plate to use in the sandwich before rolling through the machine and it works awesome, worth buying.

Love the pretty flowers.

jill said...

The only trouble i find is all those little bits get everyone not matter how carefully i try to get them all in the bin.
Hope you get all the little bits out of the dollies .
Happy crafting jill #62

Tertia said...

I hate dies like that!! They never seem to want to work for me. A friend told me to use a dry babywipe, but I have never tried it, so I don't know if it works.
It is a really nice die though. The Copic airbrushing? well, now I am seriously jealous - we don't have them over here in South Africa.
Happy WOYWW

Helen said...

Hi Ros I don't think they have quite cracked the intricate dies yet. They are a bit of a faff. I'd like to be the one to create a non stick one :-) Fab flowers makes me want to see the garden! WOYWW Hugs from Helen 14

craftymonki.com said...

Beautiful dies, I love intricate patterns.

Happy WOYWW

Zoe #12

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Ros -mm have you tried rubbing it over with a clear candle wax before you cut, or some wax paper as you cut to encourage it to come put with less effort?? I dont have the fine ones like yours but found it helped with Marianne dies which have fine bits.. hope that helps and happy WOYWW, Shaz in oz.x

http://calligraphycards-shazinoz.blogspot.com.au/
till mr linky wakes up :D

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

PS meant to say the flowers are awesome picked some of my roses today to love their fragrance..love Shaz in oz.x

Ann B said...

Have had the same trouble with a couple of the 'delicate' dies myself and gave up completely on one of them. Still your doily one is so pretty I would be inclined to have a few more goes.
Ann B
#21

Laura said...

Can't help with the die I'm afraid. I'm stuck in the dark ages with a craft knife and cutting matt!
Laura 78

nerllybird said...

What beautiful flowers. Sorry to hear you're having so much trouble with your die - I must say, those doily ones do look horribly intricate!
Helen S #23

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love that mandala stencil - I could live with patterns made by that on my wall!! I am a pattern freak, celtic knots, zentangle etc etc - they all float my boat. I love the colours you've used with it as well.
Gorgeous flowers too, I've never heard of Thryptomene, but it makes for a good partner with the other flowers.
Hugs, LLJ #1 xx
PS I think I might go mad if I had to cope with those dies cuts, think the machine would be hurled out of the window!!

Darla said...

That looks very tedious...lovely bouquet.

Di said...

Hi Ros, Folk suggested wax paper to me. I have the paper but no time to try it out :(

Lovely flowers! Di xx

Glenda said...

If you have a really intricate die, just use wax paper between the die and the cardstock. It will pop right out. As for cutting unevenly, just keep turning it and running through your machine again. Sometimes I run it through 4 times. It is a little extra work, but so worth the effort!

butlersabroad said...

That die looks very pretty but a complete pain in the butt, the stencil on the other hand though, is truly fab. Love the flowers, the wind was damaging my peonies so I brought them in the house and really enjoyed them.

Hugs
Brenda 107

Monica said...

just getting into die cutting and think i will stick to simple.

May said...

The dies with all those little bits drive me nuts...the effect afterwards is gorgeous but doing it grrrrrrrr.. Stunning flowers just beautiful.. Hugs May x x x#20

Helen said...

Now that die does look fiddly. Hope you suss it out soon cos the finished doily looks fab xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

What a wonderful bouquet of flowers! Had to laugh at the pricking pits out of the doily, NOT! I'm with you on that. However, I love what you did with the mandala stencil! Have a wonderful week! Darnell 129

Emily said...

Ok so having read all your other comments I can only deduce I am mad as I would happily sit and poke out all the little bit!!!

Love the effect of Copics with the airbrush.

Hugs Emily #52

Helen T said...

I love the effect with the Copic markers & stencil. The flowers are lovely too - always a nice touch to any room :) - Helen T #48

Scrappydiva said...

Oooh remind me not to get that die then! I'll be completely bald by the end of it all if I had to pick it all out. It's lovely to look at but I don't think I could stand the work!!

Those flowers are lovely!

Scrappydiva (#125)

Bernice said...

Your flowers look beautiful. I know what you man about those dies - have you tried putting Quickutz ejection foam on it - sometimes that helps!
Bernice (67)

My name is Cindy said...

Hello Ros, don't you just hate it when dies are more troublethan they are worth? But you've got some good suggestions there, may even try a couple myself!! Happy WOYWW Cindy #39

Robin Panzer Art said...

Goodness I wouldn't want to pick out all those little bits either. The mandala turned out lovely! Happy WOYWW!

RosA said...

Hi Ros,
I am almost certain I came by here yesterday? I guess I imagined it?
That doyley looks great, but fiddling with it would drive me crazy. (I have a WOYWW ATC for you if you'd like to send me your address details.) Have a good week.
RosA # 102

scrappystickyinkymess said...

I am loving doilies at the moment too :) Not sure if I can add a link, but check out this way I used them. http://scrappystickyinkymess.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/cheery-lynn-doily-dies-an-interesting-use/

I think that one has to be my fave Cheery Lynn doily as it is so useful but I like the look of the one you used too - I must have a play with it :)

Mary Anne (5)

CraftygasheadZo said...

Pretty flowers, I once saw someone on Create & Craft, Sue Wilson, I think show how she gets little bits of of dies by tapping them against the desk edge, and also by putting grease proof/wax paper type thing between the die and card/paper to help it all lift out easier. Take care & enjoy this week's snooping, am going for the better late than never approach this week! Zo xx 56

SophieNewton said...

Woah, that doilley die would have me chucking it across the room in a serious fit of "lack-of-patience". Stunning effect but don't think I could do it x
Sophie #68

Maxam Made said...

Good Morning! just came across you lovely blog! Try using wax paper on your doily die, I have the same one and use it in a grand calibur. I was ready to toss all my dies till I tried this and it really works! put wax paper on the cutting side and then your paper.
Ginny

Sarah said...

don't you just hate fiddling with a die when you had big hopes for it... glad the other was kinder. Love those blooms - so cheery in a room! Thanks for calling by …Sarah.

Valerie said...

I used a die very similar at a Stampin Up event. I decided then I didnt want to mess with it even though it makes a beautiful piece! The airbrushing is cool. I have the system...seeing you use it has inspired me to use mine! Lovely flowers!

Neet said...

Oh those flowers Ros! Beautiful colours and they blend in so well with the curtains behind.
Now about those dies - try putting a piece of waxed paper in first - then your cardstock and you should find it easier to get them out.
Hugs, Neet (like the White Rabbit - late) #59 x

Morti said...

Oh dear.... you've not been having much fun, have you? Is there no way you can put a thin layer of foam on the cutting side to act like ejection foam does on Kwikutz dies etc? The finished item is beautiful though....sigh....

Lovely blooms, bet they look much better in real life!

Morti #49

Queen Of Toys said...

Hi Ros,

You poor thing, what sort of cutter are you using, and as for picking out the bits use some blue tack it does it faster, you have to throw the blue tack out coz it fills with paper bits but hey it is worth it. I always keep a piece of it on my vagabond or bigshot.

Have a great crafting week
Eliza #65
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Samantha Elliott said...

You would have to have the patience of Job to faff with that die to get all the pieces out. Though I have heard of peopole using wax paper or low tack masking tape to get the bits out!
Good luck and thanks for visiting!
xx

Chris said...

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