Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dizzy Cirles

Most of the time I like to think outside of the box.  That is how my brain works.  My brain breaks down how something works and then takes it apart.  I observe each step and see how I can improve on it.

If I come across a problem, I do a similar thing.  I look at the problem, find the root of the problem and focus on the root until I come up with a solution.  Let me give you an example.  One day I was making cards using my Fiskar's stamp press.  I had a batch of cards I needed to make, it was taking me forever and I was no longer enjoying the process.  

Here is how my brain broke it down.

Q: What is the problem?
A:  I am not enjoying stamping.

Q:  Why am I not enjoying stamping?
A:  I keep messing up and wasting cardstock.

Q:  Why am I messing up and how am I wasting cardstock?
A:  I am getting an incomplete stamp and when I try to restamp I can't line up and I miss, that is how I waste the cardstock.

Q: How can I line up better?
A:  By having the stamp go to the same spot.

Q: How do I get the stamp in the same spot?
A:  If I can keep one side of my stamp press hinged to my stamp area.

The rest is history.  Since then I have been running around in circles.

So today, I am making a card using the Dizzy Circles from Close to My Heart.  How was that segue into today's card?  

So back to problem solving for a second.  I wanted to stamp rotating my image as seen in Maureen's video.   I first started by printing  Cyndie's Hexagon template, This template was made to stamp on a circle.  My heart was set on a square card.  So I started to think about how I was going to make that happen.  I need to center my square card within the template.  I cut down a square to fit in the Hexagon.  It was an odd measurement.  I then went onto my Silhouette software and created my own template

This card was so fast and easy with an awesome result.  I love the way it turned out.  When I saw this stamp set had to have it.  It reminded me of the Spirograph set I had as a child.

I took an Online Card class and Jennifer did a card that rotated a leaf stamp in rainbow color pattern.  She placed her sentiment on a strip across the middle to cover the uneven pattern in the middle.  With MISTI, there was no need cover the center because it was perfect.  This card is a perfect example at why I smile when someone says they don't need a MISTI.
So I challenge those die hard Stamp-a-ma-jiggers and stamp pressers to make this card as quickly as a MISTIfyer.  Send me a link to your video and a close up of your card center.

Thanks for stopping by and I will leave you with my card tutorial video on how to make this card.  
I am also adding another fun video at the end that will have your eyes spinning in circles.


  1. This is awesome! I'm printing the template (thanks so much for sharing!), and when my MISTI gets here I can't wait to try this!

  2. A very pretty and multifunctional card.... Can't wait for the organized chaos card!


  4. What a great idea----LOVE your card. Can't wait to try this technique.

  5. I LOVE my MISTI. This is so neat. Can't wait to try it.

  6. Wow, this is a beautiful and amazing card, Iliana! And what a great video! Thanks for sharing the template, and how cool that there is sharing like from Cyndie and the other gal who provided .svg files! Love it and really love my MISTI! Hugs!

  7. Love your card Illiana! Now to go look for the template to play with your idea!!!!
    Thank you so much!
    Paper Hugs,

  8. Great card...would not be possible without the Misti...I LOVE mine! My Misti gives me a wonderful sense of confidence when stamping...no more ruined cards.

  9. Love that card. I can't wait to try that! I like your post; you are a good writer too. I can't imagine going back to a stamp-a-ma-jig or stamp press ever again. I no longer waste a bit of card stock, and my stamped images are perfectly even and crisp with MISTI.

  10. WOW, love this card, love this technique. Karen x

  11. Amazing!!!
    Many thanks for the template :o)

  12. Cool idea! Love your new template and card. Have to say, I feel a little sorry for the hamsters, though... 😳

  13. You are just brilliant!!!! Thanks so much for the template. Hmmmmm ... Do you think this could be done in A2 size increments? I don't have a cricut or silhouette to try. Anyone???

  14. Thanks so much for sharing the template, Iliana. So kind of you. I absolutely love my MISTI! Makes me, and my OCD card making, so happy. :)

  15. Wow!! I watched your video and amazed how this MISTI can do with this stamp set. Thanks for the tempalte, Illana!

  16. Love your MISTI. Wow, It makes it so easy to make multiple Christmas Cards, with perfect Stamping ev everytme. One question (I thought I'd asked it before, but can't find it now) When I clean the Stamps on my MISTI do I use my Stamp Cleaner on my Cleaning Brush or do I clean the Stamp & Misti with the Novus 1? Thanks for this Amazing invention

  17. The novus 1 is to keep the MISTI clean and removes any residues. I only use the absorber cloth or baby wipes to clean stamps on the MISTI. I don't trust other cleaners with the acrylic.


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