Runs with Scissors and Creative Dies
Hello and welcome back. I’m so glad we can meet again at the Penny Black blog where it’s been a very intricate week. I have to say, there’s lots of itty bitty pieces scattered all over. Those intricate dies punch out so much incredible detail and the scraps have to go somewhere. I think the itty bitty bag in the itty bitty vacuum cleaner is full.
The word intricate can mean “complicated, detailed, elaborate, complex or having many complexly entangled elements”. All of which is true when describing the more intricate creative dies from the Winter Wonderland release by Penny Black. However, none of this is true when it comes to using them. Just make the sandwich for your die cutting machine as you would for any metal die and crank the handle or push the button. For some dies, you may have to add a “shim” of an extra sheet of cardstock just to make sure all the tiny details are cleanly cut.
The most intricate die by far in this release is Stellar. It is a full A2 size and makes creating a card easy peasy. I’ve tried many color combinations and each one has its own beauty. Today I chose to make multiple cards using Stellar, or portions of it, just to see how many variations there can be with this die.
I cut full-sized Stellar out of shimmery pale blue paper and mounted it on ivory linen cardstock. I placed a small circle in the middle as a background for the Noel sentiment. The sentiment dies certainly fall into the intricate category with their loops and flourishes.
For this card, I‘ve cut the large circle away from the full diecut. Again, there’s a little circle in the center as a base for the Joy sentiment. And because I run with scissors, I mixed cute with elegant by adding the gift bearing cat from the transparent set Winter Play.
This time I trimmed away the circular part of the diecut, leaving an “outlined” snowflake. And because I still have a “few” sequins left, I added a bit of sparkle. The gorgeous Season’s Greetings sentiment completes the classic look.
And here we are at the place where I share a story. I’ve told you how I almost ruined Christmas one year by insisting on having only handmade ornaments on our white flocked tree (Martha Stewart was my inspiration). And then there was the year when I sewed every one’s outfit (badly). How I envied my friend whose family tradition was to spend the day in their pajamas. I’ve always wondered why Christmas can’t be more like Thanksgiving; good food, good company and fewer expectations. I am learning, though, with the help of “feedback” from the family.
I must add here that I am the WORST gift buyer on the planet. My intentions are sincere and I really think about the person I’m shopping for when I buy a gift. Or so I say …
One year when we were spending the winter in our RV in Arizona, we made a trip to a small town in Mexico. I was overwhelmed and over-stimulated by the sights and sounds of the small markets set up all up and down the streets. There were watches, purses, clothing, jewelry, trinkets and some serious yard art. All would have been well had I not become fascinated with the leather goods vendors! Having four sons, I would still have been fine had I chosen a wallet for each, but they didn’t catch my eye like the “hand tooled” belts! I was so excited to select a belt for each son (guessing at the size) making sure everyone’s belt was unique.
You could hear a pin drop when the first son opened his gift and found this very western style belt. You could see the disappointment on the faces of the other three … maybe that wasn’t disappointment so much as it was horror. My youngest son, who faces opposing counsel daily in a courtroom, was the one who courageously spoke up: “Mom, when was the last time you saw us dress up as cowboys?”
And then I had to hear about how I’ve always bought the same thing for each son, but in a different color, the youngest always receiving the ugly orange one. By the time the “feedback” ended, I was laughing so hard I was crying. Thank goodness I knew better than to buy a belt for my daughter that year. I think she received a “genuine sterling silver” necklace and my undying thanks for calming her brothers down.
I’ve removed the “outline” row from this center snowflake. The Stellar die is, indeed, intricate but it is also very delicate. I love this pastel snowflake on the tiny gingham patterned paper. And since I used only part of the Stellar die, it seemed appropriate to use only part of the “Let it Snow” sentiment.
And this lovely frame is what is left when you remove the large circle portion of Stellar. I love how the delicate frame shows off the solid Dove diecut. Any element you chose for the center would be enhanced by this frame.
One of my friends at the retreat I went to last month used a lavender and silver color combination on a Christmas card. I had to try it and I’m so happy with the result. Two Twirl Trees are better than one, I say. And I couldn’t leave the trees untrimmed.
There you have it; five ways to use one intricate die plus one bonus card. The dies in the Winter Wonderland release ensure you will be able to make lovely, unique Christmas cards to share with friends and family. (Take that, Martha Stewart).
Cooper finally made it to the groomer’s! He is on his way out of the craft room (he hangs out under the table) and into the kitchen for dinner. He loves me, but he loves his dinner more!
Oh, my! I’ve been having so much fun reminiscing about Christmases past that I didn’t notice the time. I’ve put the scissors away and swept up the bits and pieces. I’m sure Martha Stewart would find a use for all the tiny scraps, but I have decided to let Miss Martha do her thing without me.
On a personal note, Evelyn Rose’s mommy has been working on an intricate project of her own. Next week Evelyn Rose becomes a big sister when her baby brother Jack enters the world. When Ev’s daycare teachers ask her if she wants a baby brother, she shakes her head no; when they ask her if she would prefer to be an only child, she nods yes. This should be very interesting!
Shop for today’s Penny Black Supplies:
- Stamps: 30-265 Winter Play
- Creative Dies: 51-078 Stellar, 51-091 Twirl Tree, 51-070 The Gift, 51-058 Joyous Wishes, 51-060 Exultations, 51-067 World of Wishes
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