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Posted 3/5/2012 by twinkles in General Stamping
 

twinkles
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Posted: 3/5/2012 1:09:37 PM
a few months ago, someone had put up a Memory Box dies topic. Well, i went and looked for these dies on the internet and have now found a local place that has them. A very serious addiction has formed LOL.
i would love to see more of what others have done with them. I will put forth some pics when i can but the dies seriously rock. I even found some cloud dies and I am in serious memory box heaven. they cut well and the best part is they are made here in the US. I never knew MB dies existed until this board. LOL

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Posted: 3/5/2012 3:40:40 PM
Well, that was me who put up the Memory Box topic....and I'm with you on their 'love ability.' I'm still collecting them - do wish I had the clouds. The new Poppystamps shutters for both Grand and small Madison windows are on their way to me, as well as the door. (Ellen Hutson is first to have these in stock.) These dies far outshine anything QK/LC ever came out with - so intricate, and yet so easily cut! Best of all, some of them (i.e. windows) actually emboss!

I would love to see more cards posted using these dies. I hope to upload some as well, but it will be later this month.

Molly

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Posted: 3/5/2012 5:17:31 PM
I just bought a couple of Memory Box dies and matching stamps at an LSS on Saturday. I got a tag and flower wreath. I don't often upload my things to the gallery but if I make something i'll share here.


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Posted: 3/6/2012 4:11:13 AM
I carry them in my store but they usually sell out within a day or two then the company takes THREE WEEKS to ship another order-beyond frustrating. But I will gladly special order anything you want.


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Posted: 3/6/2012 7:27:21 AM
Hi Molly I just peamailed you

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Posted: 3/6/2012 9:58:24 AM
I just purchased 6 more MBDs. Brings my stash up to 15.

One of them (Tessatina) is soo going to work for 'fretting' (see 'purposeful punching thread). Which raises a good point about this style of dies...

Apart from matters of image, working with separate dies--like MBD & Nestabilities--is greater control I can have over the cutting & combining.


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Posted: 3/6/2012 10:14:29 AM
Daniel - want to second the awesomeness of the Tessatina border. I'm going to try your fretting technique with that one - should work great! Again - hard to name one or two favorites; every single MB die is wonderful!

Molly

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Posted: 3/6/2012 11:18:22 AM
They really are, Molly! Can't decide whether to 'dang' or 'smooch' ya for putting them on my radar! A bit of both most likely.

So pleased Twinkles brought the topic back. Sorry 2Ps doesn't carry them, but would certainly consider shopping for them here. That said, I just ordered a few more... I'm getting the big Madison window! Been jonesing for that one! And I ordered the 'screen door' & 'window box'.

Don't want to 'hijack' the thread, but... For those who use diecuts--MBD & other brands (wanna play fair)--do you ever 'double diecut'? By that I mean working with same piece of paper/cs & 2 different dies.

Once I get my window, I think I'd like to see what happens when I use 'Tessatina' to make a piece large enough to recut with the window die. Figure I'll have to layer the lattice strips on a base & then use the window die. Otherwise I'll (probably) end up with confetti!


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Posted: 3/6/2012 11:46:58 AM
Interesting thoughts, Daniel. About the Grand Madison window - it looks wonderful with a "scene" cut to fit behind it - looking inside/looking outside. Do you have the TH/Sizzix brick wall embossing folder? The window looks terrific layered on top of that. Embossing folder inked with Distress ink (i.e. tattered rose, fired brick, aged mahogany.)

I want to *see* what you do with the screen door.

Molly

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Posted: 3/6/2012 11:58:50 AM
One reason I wanted the Madison was to use it as 'scene view', Molly. Same for the 'screen door'.

Glad you mention embossing folders. It's the topic for my next thread... Just ordered a whole bunch along with the MBDs...


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Posted: 3/9/2012 10:26:57 AM
My 3 new MBDs just arrived--Grand Madison Window, Grand Flower Box & Classic Screen Door. Cool!

Looking to see if I can make arches out of the window & door, but would love to find arch dies. Don't see any among the MBDs. Any suggestions of arch dies? Yeah! I can make my own, but would love to have love to have dies for pointed & rounded arches as a basic...


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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:12:41 AM
I just bought the Orchard Tree Frame and was very disappointed that I couldn't cut cardstock with it. I had been visualizing how beautiful it would look cut from Textured Glossy cs. That didn't work so I tried regular glossy and then regular cardstock. Nada.

At first, I thought it was because my B Plates were warped so I tried brand new ones, and those didn't work either. Some parts of the design cut beautifully, and some didn't cut at all. I came here and looked up Molly's original thread and followed the advice there to cut once, turn the paper and die a quarter turn, and cut again. That really helped, but now I have a shadow cut and have to cut away the extra thread of cardstock throughout the design.

I pulled out an older MB frame die and tried that. Same problem. I had only used it on patterned paper before and hadn't realized it would not cut cardstock. Now, I'm very disappointed. These are very expensive dies, and I'd like to be able to use them with more than pp.

I noticed that one poster had returned hers and MB sent her new ones that worked, but I'd like to feel confident that something I buy today will work today. I hate having to complain to the manufacturer.

QUESTION: Has anyone here used the metal plate that MB sells to be used with their dies? If you have, I'd appreciate feedback. I'd be willing to buy that if it will work in my Cuttlebug.

Thank you.
Daria

ETA: I just found this video about making intricate dies work.





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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:33:57 AM
Glad you posted, Dar! One thing I've learned about cutting any material is that it can make a real difference which surface I put on the cutting edge--regardless of the brand. With materials like glossy it's usually glossy face on the die. I also find that some materials require an extra shim. Don't know if the metal plate will help, but try playing with your shims. I use cereal box cardboard for mine & I stand up to get the best weight & leverage when I crank thru my CB. HTH.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:40:01 AM
Thanks, Daniel. I used a single sheet of cardstock to shim, and the sandwich was already extremely tight. It only helped a little bit.

I added a link to my original post. There's a video of how to make intricate dies work--spot shimming or using the metal plate adaptor. I can't say that I'm thrilled with having to put tape on my dies to make them work (spot shim), but it's worth a try. I like the idea of the metal plate better since I wouldn't have to figure out just where to put the tape. If I get one, I'll post back about how it worked.

Daria


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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:59:27 AM
Daria - I can vouch for the metal shim. I've only had to use it on one or two Memory Box dies - but it does do the trick. Mine is labeled for the cuttlebug, but I use it in my Big Shot. I seem to remember it works better under the die (with the die facing up), rather than over the die.

Here's a link... metal shim

I think any of the metal shims are just about the same. HTH

Molly

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Posted: 1/4/2013 12:16:03 PM
Molly, thank you! I'm going to get one.

Daria

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Posted: 1/4/2013 12:48:26 PM
I have found taking care to start the paper and die behind the plate's top border label (approx 1"does make a difference.

Sample cards--great examples can be found in the 2 Pea gallery by using the search tool at the top left column and typing in Memory Box dies.
Also like most companies MB has a blog where they feature examples.
A general internet search of "Pinterest cards Memory Box dies" provides more examples.

Thanks for sharing!


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Posted: 1/4/2013 1:10:05 PM
Great tips, y'all!


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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:20:26 AM
Thanks everyone for your great tips!! I have the same problem with a few of my MB dies. I will have to pick up a metal shim, I have seen them but I was not sure if I needed it...or if it really helped...

Bon



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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:57:36 PM
What a wonderful thread and I am going to order my metal shim this afternoon. I plan to have better luck. Thanks so such to everyone. This information has been so helpful


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