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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!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Last week for Challenge #52: Anything Goes at Unstampabelles.....

Just have to share this photo with you
Isn't it a corker!
Now that is the real Australia!

The Evolution Of The Bum photo snapped by Lea Atherton, has won a top award global agent Getty Images’ competition . Picture: LEA ATHERTON

The Evolution of the Bum features seven naked blokes from the ages of 2 to 84.
The Evolution Of The Bum photo snapped by Lea Atherton, has won a top award global agent

Apparently, when organizing this photo, the photographer told the fella's she didn't want to see any jiggly bits!

Well, the challenge at Unstampabelles does say Anything Goes!!!
I'm sure there is a flower or two in the bush around them too to fit the TWIST

My Christmas card is recycled and has no naked men on it

Do you get sent cards at Christmas that are so good they cannot be thrown away - I don't mean handmade, I mean commercial? So do I.

This image of the small penguin was one of them
A great image and a good design
Why throw it away - recycle it!

So I made a bendy card out of it.

You can see the card had a sentiment on the bottom and I left it there

It is hidden by the arms of the bendy card
The red felt flower just went exactly!

I added some embossed strips and a die cut and some blingy bling
The commerciasl card has a sheen on it and made it a bit hard to photograph in places

Hope you like it!

You can also go to Unstampabelles and see what else the DT has provided for inspiration


I will enter this in the following: 
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Embellish and sparkle
My time to Craft: Let it Snow
Alphabet Challenge: Tis the Season

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Crafting with Dragonflies has a new challenge

Hello all - we are once again challenging your Christmas card making skills over at Crafting with Dragonflies:  by asking you to add a ribbon to your card!

I don't know about you but I have a LOT of stamps and dies for Christmas ( I really mean a LOT) and papers too - I seem to accumulate them year after year, and then I cannot decide what to make or how to make anything from them. This year I was determined to use my dies at least once on a card - to justify their purchase more than any other reason!

This card is a result of that - I loved this die when I first saw it and was determined to use it this Christmas - it makes such a great silhouette effect. 

A Stampin' Up embossed sentiment in gold EP, on a Whisper White card with some Poppy Parade ink smeared around - I then attempted to draw a line around the oval and have discovered that my hands are not letting me have the fine motor control I used to have!

That is half the reason that I used the sparkling snowflake dies - to distract from the wobberly line
They were die cut from a Sizzix die

The mount is one of the last pieces of Poppy Parade (such a pity that colour is no longer available) I had - used because the ribbon I had originally chosen to use was that colour - it was also too wide for the card and had to be swapped out for this one; still red with gold trim but more narrow and the red is a bit darker.

The background paper is also from SU's Holiday catalogue

Tried several ways to get the gold to show properly

Finally, holding it in the sunshine did the trick!

Hope you like it

Why not enter your own version of Christmas card with ribbon over at

where my other DT teamies have made some lovely things and they are also on display

Monday, November 16, 2015

A quick post for Unstampabelles Midway in the November challenge

Welcome to my blog. I am just posting about the card I have made for Unstampabelles Week 3 (midway), late as usual. I have been making Christmas cards and listening to the cricket and suddenly realised I had not made or posted my card. I knew what I wanted to make and quickly  assembled the materials - except I forgot to use heat resistant ascetate and had to start again and just use ink to colour the swirls instead of embossing powder.

I embossed the ascetate with swirls

Added some prima flowers and a rub-on to a tag

Die cut a square and added the ascetate window

Drew around with a gold pen and had a wobble in the hand at the end - bugger

No time to fix

So, it is as it is........

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Knee deep in Christmas things.........

....making Christmas cards at the moment......

You know when you purchase a magazine and there is as 'free' gift with it - well, this set of cards came from one of those and it had 6 cards with a printed background already, and some foil sheets, along with a great embossing folder - yep, all in the one set. So I made up the six cards this afternoon. Even if I sold them for $3 a card I would pay for the magazine, and still have the folder to use again as well as some extra foil.

 Here are the six cards completed - some follow the magazine suggestions and some don't

Some were the same  because I wanted to see how the foil worked with the folder - nice and crisp outlines and I was able to cut off the sentiment and reattach where I wanted it to go.

Luxury ribbon from a gift!

This one required the foil to be cut up and glued to card and then attached - good idea that woked quite well so that's added to the memory banks!

This one had a white circle in the middle so I cut that out and put some foil behind it - simple!

The first one - just followed the magazine and added some bling

Stamped and embossed in green SU powder into the white space printed on the card, added a strip of washi tape and a Hilde pointsettia that I had coloured recently and fussy cut out. I made two of these nearly the same - Hilde flower coloured slightly differently. 

Then I cut the front off one card, die cut the centre from the circle and made my first shaker card, using an image from LOTV that I stamped and coloured with Copics ages ago. 

I must say once I remembered to put the acetate on  FIRST before laying the dimensional blocks around the edge of the circle things went swimmingly and I enjoyed making it. 

This last card would suit the current challenge over at 

I will enter this one in the following challenges:
Christmas Card challenge: Anything Goes
Penny Black and More: Christmas - my image is hand stamped and coloured

Monday, November 9, 2015

Second post at Unstampabelles for November

What is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day is a memorial day which take place every year so that countries in the (British) Commonwealth can remember members of the armed forces who have lost their lives serving their country.

When is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day is always 11th November (11/11). It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, that combat in World War 1 came to an end in 1918.

Remembrance Day has been observed since 1919

At Unstampabelles this month the Challenge#52 is Anything Goes
with a twist of Flowers

and this is the prize - a poppy die

I decided for the second week I would make another Remembrance card
One specifically for the 11/11 Armistice Day or  Poppy Day

I had already cut two of this word die so used the second one again on this card

My background was created by me in word, and then printed off onto some card
The die is from Memory Box

I kept it simple

I hope you like it.

Remember you cannot use stamps (digital or rubber etc) in an 

project but we would love you to put your ingenuity into operation and create something unique and different and following the theme of 

Anything Goes; with a twist of Flowers

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS: code word HERO

Some news:
Fellow crafter AussieAnnie has had to start her blog over, and is rebuilding her followers and so I have decided to put her Blog Candy here and link it to her new blog so you can find her again, and if you were a follower and lost her or would like to be a follower, you can click on this link and find her again! Besides, it's a great blog candy as you can see!

Annie's Blog Candy -  ends on the 5th December