Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'Christmas Animals'

The current challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania is 'Christmas Animals' and it's our last challenge before the two week Christmas break. We'll run for two weeks (until 22nd December) and then will be back on 5th January with a new challenge.

You do have to use a manual die cutting/embossing machine (it doesn't need to be a Cuttlebug but it must be manual, not electronic). And, you can't mix the two, it must be all manual please. 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.

Our sponsor for this fortnight is A Day for Daisies:
http://www.adayfordaisies.com/

And this is my card following the challenge theme:
I used:

- A4 300gsm white card, full length but cut to 5.75" width - just enough to accommodate the main Presscut die from the set called 'Step Card Cutting' and also go through the Cuttlebug with a smidgen to spare on either side (it needs two passes, one from either end, for a Cuttlebug)

- after folding the card I flattened it out again and added the red patterned scalloped edge rectangle and strips, die cut from a sheet of paper from the LOTV 'Classic Christmas' paper pad

- the image was stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a Stampendous stamp called 'Special Delivery', coloured using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending fluid and then die cut using a Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die

- the sentiment is by Personal Impressions from their 'Many Greetings' set, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink, trimmed and then mounted onto a snippet of green card to pick up the green in the holly wreath

- added some 'Icicle' Stickles around the little deer's hooves as snow

- this time I also remembered to take a photo of the inside of the card showing the patterned liner which was cut from the slightly odd looking 'spare' die that sometimes flummoxes folk - with a plain white scalloped 'printed then die cut' sentiment panel on top 

This really is such a cute stamp, sent to me by the lovely Kay from New Mexico earlier this year and very typically American in design I should think. We certainly don't have such sweet looking postmen in the UK :)

So now it's your turn! Remember, you can also use up some snippets at the same time as following the 'Christmas Animal(s)' theme - along with manual  die cutting and/or embossing.

Di
x

23 comments:

Jane said...

What a great card Di, he is such a gorgeous postie and the way you have presented the whole card has a fabulous feel of a postage stamp...brilliant! Xx

Pippa said...

Lovely card Di, and your right our posties are no way near as cute as your little chap!

vinita jain said...

Deery cute postman guy! Love this step up creation, Fabulous!

Aquarius said...

Great step card and you are right the image is really sweet

brenda said...

Super colours and design which make for a lovely creation Di.

B x

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous step card, and this cute "post-deer" :D is just a cutie!! A perfect festive card!

Barb said...

A lovely card Di. He's a very cute postie. I see what you've done with that extra die! Barbxx

SARN said...

That die is just wonderful for the shaped card. How cute is that little reindeer postie! So sweet.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Pat said...

This is a pretty stepper card Di and the image reminds me of a cute version of the American pony express.. lol. x

Mrs A. said...

Can we commandeer
him to be postie for the playground this christmas please. The penquins have gone on strike apparently. hugs Mrs A.

Sandra H said...

Soooo cute Di! love the scalloped edged christmas paper and adorable image too.....sending season wishes xx

Kathleen said...

Really cute image, very different idea and great colouring.
Fab card.

Kath x

Mrs A. said...

The Doc tried to put his jimmy jams on tonight and they promptly fell down cos someone has nicked the cord!!!!!!

Carol L said...

What a cute and fun image, and I like the step card design too! I really like the vintage feel of this one!

Lucy Woods said...

Beautiful! Love the gorgeous bold design!
Oh I love ADFD wish I could enter lol
Lucy x

MaryH said...

Great pencil coloring on this cute little postal deer! I love him popped up on your stepper card...which is decorated most pretty! Love the way you've done the interior treatment as well. TFS (and thanks to Kay for being so sweet) and Hugs too.

Karen Petitt said...

Oh my goodness Di - that has got to be the most stinking cute image I have seen for a long time lol! Your card is just gorgeous and completely frames that image making it the star. I will have to check out the Day for Daisies images now I'm going to be an aunt, they may have some cutie pies I will need lol! Karen xx

Greta said...

So sweet--love the layers, Di!

scrappymo! said...

That is just the sweetest image! I love the card design and the shape. It looks fab! The stitched die is so on trend!!!

Kath said...

A great card Di and I love the cute image.
Kath x

Di said...

Ha! I almost suggested he should check them out but wondered if that was perhaps too personal a level of information :)

Hugs

Di xx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

That vintage deer is a great focal image for your step card, Di.

Donna said...

Sweet design image, Di. I must invest in some stitched rectangles of my own. X