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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dies to die for......

Hello Peeps - no naughty pictures for you this post - sorry! I am posting for Electic Ellapu's December challenge (which runs for two months) and for which I foolishly suggested the theme - which means I have to pick the winners! The theme is........but wait, no wait.....(warning: lots of photos here).................

I have a tale to tell........
...see this...
My trusty Big Shot died at the weekend - tragedy! 

Also - emergency!

I hadn't completed my Christmas cards and this year I was working with lots of dies to create!

So, off the Spotlight - nup, none in store!


Off to Berridale I the craft place there.....

Told my sad story - they laughed and said I was the second in that day with the same story!
However, they did have two left of the Sizzix Blue one's!

Whew - disaster averted!

Meanwhile hubby has pulled apart my old one -stripped it to it's bones!
Lots of bearings have been compromised - reminds me of my back!

He is off today to see if he can get them replaced at a bearing shop!!!!

Meanwhile I went back to die cutting



I made six of these cards using this one die and then a few others

I started with SU card stock Mossy Meadow and Ivory, with a cream square commercial card base: I cut an Ivory square for the front and embossed it with swiss dots

I die cut the whole and then partly die cut the doves to be able to layer the birds

I laid my card over jac paper to begin with and die cut it thinking it would be easier to stick it down as apposed to using glue......mmmmmm, not sure, both a pain

I added two strips of sparkly washi tape and a Petaloo flower!

I ran out of cream flowers so used a brown one - they both look good
Which one do you like best?

Then I did this one by die cutting two copies - a red and a gold and carefully extracting the gold bits and adding in the red - stole that idea from Pinterest

Simple but effective with the DP scene behind it from BoBunny

Then I went on to other dies and other cards........

......and embossing folders too.......

Die cut the NOEL


and the deer

To create this

The embossing folder; then Versamark and white embossing powder on the tree trunks, add the sky by wiping blue ink into the space between the trees, remembering to put the sun/moon in as well, add stamped trees and some ink to create a ground, and then outlining the birchiness of the trees with a pen before adding the die cut deer. Oh and a gold wooden star. 

Another one using the same embossing folder - but reverse side and inked the folder first
This one is in the grunge style without being grunge.......

Lots of gold paint just wiped everywhere

Yep, all over the wooden snowflake too

....and the die cut deer.....

Background stamped with the SU Grunge stamp set

Then onto real heavy duty die cutting......
....well, not really......

Acetate fronted card, with a die cut top and die cut scenery

It didn't stand on my stand so I had to hold it to take the photo

Die cut village inside is Memory Box and the sled is SU
I embossed the acetate and it looks like snowflakes falling

There you are - die cuts everywhere!

Go on over to Eclectic Ellapu and be inspired by the teamies

You have 2 months to get something added!


Anonymous said...

Let's hope hubby can get some new bearings! Makes me think I am not hoarding I mean keeping my old Epic 6 for no reason.
Fantastic cards. You have a lot of patience to fiddle with mixing colours. I know you ran out of white flowers, but I prefer the white not that the natural is unpleasant. A great collection of cards.
I have only made the cards for CHD so far, must get a wriggle on soon. Knee deep in birthday week at the minute need to go ice a sponge cake.

Wynn Walton said...

Oh dear Susan a disaster averted thank goodness. Your cards are so clever. I think I like the last one best and the embossed acetate is inspirational. Thank you Hugs Wynn x

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Wow Susan! These cards are stunning! My favorite are the two with the trees in the background; but I also love the village one too. Do you know which embossing folder that is for the trees? I love it! Also, what dies are those for the deer on that last card? Incredible creations!

I am your newest follower and would love to have you follow my blog as well.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous creations! Hugs, Gloria