Tuesday 1 September 2015

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Anything Goes

Hi folks! The Cuttlebug Mania Challenge is back after our Summer break, with a nice and easy theme to settle you back in - 'Anything Goes'.

All you have to do is to use a manual die cutting/embossing machine (it doesn't need to be a Cuttlebug but it must be manual). Then make your entry, link into the challenge, link to the challenge in your own blog post and and make sure that you also say what products you used for any die cutting/embossing. We're a nosey lot and do like to know just what you've used :)

The sponsor for this challenge is Craftie Charlie:

Here's my offering:
I used:

- 7" x 5" white card blank, tent style

- a layer of SU's 'So Saffron' card stock, embossed across the centre using a Quickutz folder called 'Flowers' - one of the very first ones I ever bought

- then I topped and tailed the panel with snippets of SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' topped with snippet strips of Pink Petticoat 'Wild Blossoms' paper. Using the folder cross ways was a good way to leave some nice flat space at the top and bottom ready to cover with the patterned panels

- the images are all from Stephanie Barnard's The Stamps of Life set called 'Cookie', and I stamped them using Memento 'Gray Flannel' ink

- coloured the images using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending solution - the wee doggie is based on Stephanie's own little Maltese dog named Cookie, but it's also very much like a Bichon Frise with a 'puppy cut' :) I deepened his nost and eyes using a black fine line marker and the stamp image actually has a darling bow on its head - which I covered with the party hat this time round

- next I die cut Cookie and the party hat using dies from the matching set - for some reason you don't get a die to cut out the parcel, but in fairness it's less intricate and was easy to fussy cut

- the sentiment, which is also included in the stamp set, was die cut using a die from the XCut 'Speech Bubbles' set 

- the die cut elements were then all popped onto the embossed panel using thin sticky pads. So that the hat lies level I used sticky pads for the top part but used narrow red line sticky tape along the bottom edge where it overlapped Cookie's head

- final touch, added some clear Wink of Stella to parts of the hat and also the bow/ribbon on the parcel 

Here's a little tip you might already know about - to do with die cutting stamped images using the matching dies. There are more and more of these sets about right now, I dithered for ages before buying this particular set due to the white margins - but am so glad I did 'cos Cookie was whimpering to be bought!).

Let's say you've stamped and coloured your image, and now you want to line up the matching die properly. This is how I do it:

I took all four dies from the set and cut a card template from each one (used snippets of course!) then discarded the inner part and kept the outer part. I only did all four shapes to save time in the future.
Here you can see that I've got the hat template on the right, awaiting it's turn to be used. On the left is the doggie template, positioned as I want it over the stamped image (see the darling little bow on Cookie's head that I mentioned earlier?) and held in place with Scotch clear removable tape.

Next, I slotted the actual die into the 'slot' of the template - and also taped it in place. If you wiggle the die into place it will let you know when it's positioned properly :) Then you just die cut as normal, both the image, the template and the die will run through your machine fine.

I kept all four templates and just popped them into the packet with the dies - which are also stored along with the stamp set. Normally I store dies on magnetic sheets but find it's best to keep matching dies and stamps together.

And my Scotch tape does look a bit grubby - that's because I'm a bit mean and re-use the pieces until they're past their sell-by date :) A good place to store them is either partially and lightly stuck to a plastic filing tray as I do - or even on the handle or side of your die cutting machine. 

So that's my DT card for this fortnight's Cuttlebug Mania challenge - it would be lovely if you come and play, it's also an ideal opportunity to combine your entry with a Snippets Playground entry - two for the price of one! I do spot quite a few Playmates now joining in with Cuttlebug Mania :)



  1. So sweet! I've not tried any image and die sets yet - I have to say, I quite enjoy fussy cutting so the dies don't tug at me..... yet....

  2. A pretty colour palette Di and what a cute doggy, he's not unlike a little terrier called Poppy no too far from me that rules the roost over the lab's and what's worse they all let her.

    B x

  3. Aw what a cutie, and he's even more adorable with his party hat!
    The only image and die sets I currently own are Tim Holtz blueprint ones. Which I am, incidentally, completely in love with. Definitely the way to lazy decoupage, lol. x

  4. That's a cute card DI . . . and THANK YOU for sharing that die cutting tip, cuz sometimes you THINK you have the die in the right place, but it turns out you're WRONG which means you have to start again or put up with a wonky result!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. I love your cute doggy Di and thanks for the advice on how to make the die placement easier, and the embossing with the floral paper top and bottom is so pretty. I have one or two sets of stamps with matching dies but have not been sure about the white area around the image and have usually ended up cutting it off with scissors which kind of defeats the object, but having seen a lot of images like this now I think I am adapting to the look of them and using a die is quicker and easier. x

  6. I love your card Di and can understand why you had to have this set. That little dog really is cute. Thank you so much for explaining how you die cut sets of matching stamps and dies. I have quite a lot of set of that type and hadn't heard of this before but know I'll find your tip very useful. Barbxx

  7. Such a cute card, Di. I love it!
    Em x

  8. So cute Di!! Love the pretty pastel colours xx

  9. Fabulous image and it looks fabulous on your lovely card. Not tried any of these myself but I know where to come now for the instructions.

    Kath x

  10. Your card is a sweety and I have learn a great trik from you!! :D Now I know how perfect diecut a stamp! Thanks so much!!

  11. Very cute Mrs. That dog is soooooo cute.
    I came over to get link for Snippets and saw this and realised I could join in with Cuttlebug!! Yea a twofer!!!!

  12. A lovely card Di and thank you for the tip about die cutting the stamped image.
    Kath x

  13. Adorable card! What cutie-pie! I like you design! Thanks for the tip about die cutting!

  14. I can see why you had to bring this little cutie home with you. He's just adorable, huggable, and all that good stuff. A deliciously delightful card, with the pretty dp to add to the scene. Thanks for taking time to do the tutorial. Sometimes these cuts don't turn out just exactly like you saw them when viewing the demo! This will work a lot better I should think. TFS & Hugs

  15. Cookie is sweet as can be, Di! I know he's so happy you brought him home to live with you! Great tips on die cutting the stamped images. That's especially tricky with the solid dies!


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