Thursday, June 9, 2011

Less Is More Challenge...Week 18

Morning folks...I'm tuckered out from the mega Spring Clean in the of those jobs that you wish you'd never started but once it's done you're glad you did..but why do us crafters feel such a need to hoard stuff.. .just wish that I could flick the "tidy everything in sight" button to OFF seems to be permanently stuck at OFF when it comes to spring cleaning the rest of the house....sound familiar.
Mr Mojo and I have come to a little arrangement....if I could have just one more play...yes the chance to join in one more challenge...I promised I would put my crafty hat on and get stuck into worky stuff today so time to join in the fun over at LESS IS MORE....and this week is all about....
 shades of brown...clean and simple

Papers: Tim Holtz Kraft Resist Pad
Dies: Magnolia....DooHickey Doily Flowers & Bon Voyage Foliage
Tim Holtz Distress Ink...Brushed Corduroy & Walnut Stain
Brad: American Crafts
Image: Paperartsy...Words 4

What I initally thought was going to be a quick churn it out card turned into a die cutting nightmare.....I fell in love with this Doohickey Doily Flower Die the minute I saw it and it just had to come and take up residence in the cubbyhole...don't know if I am quite so enamoured with it now. What a faffing around to get it to die cut properly...I am waiting for the Wafer Thin Adapter arriving for the Vagabond and fingers crossed that may solve the problem...but what a TO DO trying out various shims before I could get it to cut cleanly with the Cuttlebug or The Big Shot.....where am I going you have any magic tips and tricks you can pass on...I am so not into faffing.
Well a deal's a Hi Ho.. Hi's off to work I go. Catch up with you all tomorrow for some sneaky peeks of more Altered Art....yes me having fun with paint again.
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Beautiful card Kath very elegant & an interesting comment about your flower die. Jx

  2. Hi Kath, great to have you join our challenge again this week, this is lovely, I love the overprinting on the leaves too!
    Some dies are SO dependent upon card thickness etc., I hate it when they don't cut cleanly, looks like your faffing worked though!
    Thanks so much
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

  3. This is just gorgeous Kath.
    I found when my new leaf die would not cut very well,I put thick papers throught he cuttlebug over and over, then took the leaves out, fresh paper, and away I went again, and that seemed to 'limber' up the die, and now it's a breeze.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

  4. Lovin' the DooHickey die , Kath , think me want one .
    Love your card too , good luck with the callenge.
    Have more painty fun today .
    Anne xxx

  5. LOVING your card - I have doo hickey envy!!


  6. Oh hunny, all the faffing was totally worth it! What a beautiful card. Hugs, Sxx

  7. gorgeous card Kath and the flower die is a beauty, hopefully once your adapter arrives you'll be off and running
    have a great day

  8. Love the card Kath.
    Sorry I can't help you with the die. I have these but they cut perfectly through the Big shot and I've never needed a shim or anything. I just use the multi-purpose platform and the two acrylic mats.

    I hope someone can offer you the advice you need.
    Edna x

  9. Love that flower Kath. Great card. x

  10. Well your faffing around paid off Kath . . .I really LOVE the card you've made.

    Hugs, Sandra

  11. hi kath, what a beautiful elegant card!!! love your collours!
    xx petra

  12. What a fantastic card Kath, as always!
    i love those dies, I need them NOW lol

    Glad you did a deal with Mr Mojo, he is an understanding chap at times, just hate the way he pops up unannounced!!

    The vagabond shim is so thin, I was amazed, but I guess its been tried and tested and works! I find running a piece of paper as well as the card can help. But, I've found some just don't work cleanly full stop. So me no help at all!

    Thank you so much
    Diva LIM mandi
    "Less is More"

  13. Gorgeous card Kath. Love all the textures yet so CAS.

  14. Lovely card Kath,sorry cant help with your die.
    Sue xx

  15. Gorgeous card Kath, well worth all the bother with the flower die.
    Very elegant. I've got so many things I want to do today! I need to blog a DT card, make an acceptance card for an evening reception and I really want to make a LIM card. And I'd like to play too!!

    Where did the lovely day go? Time to take the boys for their next walk and it's pouring. Guess it was too nice too early.

    Kat xx

  16. this card is just beautiful. Love the beautiful paper flower

  17. It's gorgeous Kath - the flower and leaves make a real statement all by themselves.

    Love Lynda xxx

  18. Fabulous card and loving your style. Annette x

  19. Just stunning - the die cut flower is gorgeous. Buddy looks great too! Lynn x

  20. Fantastic card. All the components work so well together! Lovely!

  21. A fabulous card - well worth all that effort

  22. This card is gorgeous Kath, your so full of great ideas.

  23. Well this challenge is right up your street Kath, and you did a brilliant job. I know what you mean about some dies not cutting cleanly though, I have a butterfly one that is a nightmare so it lives in the back of the cupboard unless I am desperate! This flower really is pretty though. Hope you are well, I am struggling with a plane bug - oh well...
    En xx

  24. This is stunning certainly worth all the faffing. Love it.

    Kath x
    PS. Thrown 3 cards in the bin for the PB challenge this week, can't doodle for the life in me.

  25. Hi Kath, an absolutely fab card, love every thing on it. I have all makes of dies and a big shot, when I cut the thin dies I use the big base plate (mine is the old kind not a multi one), clear plate a Spellbinders white spacer plate , die card, and lastly the other clear plate. This works for nearly every thing. If it doesn't I have a very thin plastic shim which came from an old Zippy Mate die cutter set. When using shims card is soft and will condense so try to use hard things where possible. I have seen some metal shim plates advertised but out of stock at moment,think it was at Dies to Die For. Sue x

  26. Sympathize with the dies - I hate punches that don't cut cleanly. Love what you achieved with this though - worth all that effort it was most definitely. I've continued filling the bin with Copics blending.......
    Absolutely love this card & it certainly brightened my evening browse in blogland. Night.
    Paula (PEP)

  27. This is stunnig!! I love the placing of the floral spray, and the stamping below, it's beautiful!

  28. Hi Buddy, sorry mum has disrupted your space in the cubbyhole - im sure its all tidy now! Love to you and mum(love all her stuff on the blog)

  29. beautiful piece of art,love it!

  30. Fabulous card, gorgeous colours and beautilyful delicate. Karen

  31. Kath, your card is elegant! Great soft colors...and the dies are awesome!
    Susan@Keeping in Touch

  32. Oh my gosh Kath ... how did I miss this one. Absolutely gorgeous. Elegant too. Such a wonderful layout.

    Well done.