.............. I had a first play with a new die :) A while ago I offered my Tim Holtz 'Bird Cage' die to a good home and Diane of 'Keep Forever Cards' won it. And blow me down, didn't she then offer me the gift of a, new to me, duplicate TH die of hers that I had on my wish list! How kind and I've been itching to use it ever since it arrived:
- A6 white card stock, with about quarter of an inch trimmed off the bottom so the embossed panel would fit properly
- embossing folder is TH's 'Texture Fades - Bricks', embossed onto more of the same white card stock to get the right shade match. I absolutely LOVE this folder and was influenced/driven/forced to buy it after seeing some beautiful cards using it over on your blogs
- TH 'Holiday Lamppost' die courtesy of Diane's generosity. Lamp post is SU 'Basic Gray', the holly is a snippet of shiny green card and the gold inside the lamp is self-adhesive champagne/gold sparkly film. It took me a bit of thinking how to do this, doh, then I realised I just needed to die cut the film (top of the lamp only) and use the pieces that would normally be discarded - sometimes things are so obvious that I totally miss them!
- red pearls (Hobbycraft) - the die does come with berries as well but I was innocently hell bent on making a card that would cost me the price of a large letter stamp come Christmas :(
- no sentiment, for a change
This card is for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge where this week's theme is to 'use a die cut and/or punch'. And it's also for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for June - where it's always 'anything goes'.
I have to say that Hazel's weekly challenge is one I always try to enter, Hazel's themes are always fairly flexible and it builds up the stock of Christmas cards too :) Of course Sarn's Rudolph Day is a great help too.
And, while I had everything out I made an extra two cards the same. Just had a quick count up here - and there are 42 Christmas cards in the box, am almost (but not quite) on target. I can see a bit of making more than one of each design going on from now on.
Remember, the Playground is now open until Sunday noon this week as I'm out 'playing Maid Marion to Robin Hood' all day at the local Village Carnival! It re-opens on midnight Sunday (UK time) so it's only a 24 hour shift in time. I had to delete yesterday's post saying about the change in time as it's mucked up Blogger here :(