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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Alys Inky Fingers

Hi Guys and girls

well you know me always on the look out!
So I subscribe to Alys Inky Fingers stamp club every month, which means that every month, a new set of stamps, and a suggested layout arrives, not only that I also get a discount at shows, and stuff like that. I bumped into Aly at the Leigh papercraft show recently, and bought one of her dies, or maybe 2 I cant remember, and eventually got round to cutting it , It was one of her Molly Moo Dies, a corner, which when I had seen it I thought Hmmn.....I wonder...........
So I put it through the machine, as you do, new die, dont know how it will cut, and Oh My Goodness!
I leapt onto the website, here, and ordered the rest of the dies she had! Then, as I do actually have Alys phone number, that was it, on the phone "Have you got any more Dies?When are they coming in, and oh I just placed an order.....blah blah blah"
Up shot of it was that she was filming the next day over at British Craft Network HQ, you know that new crafty fix I keep blathering on about? So why didn't I meet her there and grab the rest of my order, quicker than posting it out, etc.
So Next morning shot off to the BCN HQ, got lost on the way, had to be directed by phone, oh what a day that was!
Well I couldn't go empty handed could I? So the night before I quickly made this card, which I forgot to photograph, so this has been taken at Aly's for me, and emailed back, we did try to send it via phones, but I have trouble with photo's on a Blackberry, so that didn't work, and its taken sometime for us to manage to get the picture back to me!
I had seen the delicacy of the corner die, and immediately thought Snowflake! Which luckily Aly hadn't seen, though she did see flowers!
So the Corner die was cut 6 times, then scored from the 2nd 3rd and fourth points towards the centre, then lay one on top of the other, and offset them slightly, add a silver Pearl and hey presto, Half a snowflake!
The main image is one of Aly's stamps, from the aforementioned club, and came in a set. But I only used one, stamped in black soot, then stamped without re-inking. The main image was stamped with versamark, and silver embossed.
The whole point of the card was really to show off the snowflake, so I kept the card quite simple, a shaped card blank in Black, an layer of silver mirri embossed with Crafters Companion Snowflake folder, some black ribbon in the background, to break the shine of the silver, and the black white and silver topper matted onto black and silver mirri. The sentiment, came in the same set as the trees, and some clear glitter was added to the base of the trees, and the edges of the snowflake, though I think in future I will nick the white gel pen idea, so effective!
Now when you look at Aly's shows at the places where you can see her Face, you might spot this card in the region of her head, lol
But I have "stolen" loads of tips and ideas from the shows on BCN, some from Aly, some from Sharon at Glitter perfect, Rob Adams, Tricia, Sue, Mike and Ian, Kay Rutter, Kay Halliwell-Sutton, and am enjoying the slower more relaxed pace of shows on BCN. Such a nice change to sit and watch rather than stress out, and be hurried into making choices.
Now I am buying what I want to, not what I am being forced into, and I am a lot happier!

Right got some stuff to do, this has been a long labour of love with my dictation program, so I am off, to finally get some crafting done today.
I do have more from Aly, but those will have to wait until she has the items in her hand, and I will remember to photgraph them first!

Hugs

Lou

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