Friday 4 August 2017

Filling in time on a wet afternoon

More rain here last week, so I whipped up four more Christmas cards.

The cards were finished and sitting on my desk waiting for me to write this blog post when I spotted that Bonnie had made a 'not totally dissimilar' card HERE. Bonnie used stamping but it shows that I could be 'on trend' as they say - that would be a first for me!

I made four cards, all the same design and two of them have the backing frame and 'Noel' in gold with the tree in silver - and the other two have the metallics reversed. I like both versions but for some reason the ones with the frame in gold just seem to stand out more - possibly as the frame is 'stronger' in gold than silver:
Needless to say the cards were really 'tricky-woo' to photograph!

I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- piece of mirri card trimmed smaller than the card front and glued in place

- piece of white card, die cut using a die from the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set - and then kept to one side

- then die cut the tree using a NBUS Tim Holtz Sizzix die called 'Woodlands' and either gold or silver metal effect adhesive sheet made by X-Cut, a dream to use

-also die cut the word 'noel' using a Poppystamps 'Noel Snowflake' die and either gold or silver mirri adhesive sheet as above

- then placed the tree and the sentiment (I snipped the dangling snowflake off the sentiment for this card) onto the piece of die cut white card and ran it through the Cuttlebug, using the embossing plates and an embossing folder as a 'shim' 

- glued the white card layer onto the card front, already nicely decorated with the tree and sentiment

I've had the Sizzix tree dies for ages (comes in a set of two, the one I used is slightly narrower than the other one) and of course now I can't understand why it's taken so long! Love them!

As I've said before, running the piece of card through the Cuttlebug after the die cut pieces were put in place really 'sets' them and also gives a beautiful finish with mirri card or this X-Cut adhesive sheet in particular, almost as if the card has been foiled.


  1. These are absolutely gorgeous Di! I love the elegance of white and gold together!

  2. Hi Di, two wonderful cards for your Christmas card stash, love using mirri card but is truly a pain to photograph. Tricky-Woo reminds me of All Creatures Great and small.... the name of a very pampered pooch. Have a wonderful weekend... Megan

  3. Love these 2 shiny Christmas cards Di. Thank you for reminding me i have these dies - still unused!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  4. These are very elegant Di, what a super design. I agree re photographing...but you have done a great job.It looks like the sun might be making a return dreary it's been this week! I even made some halloween bits as it felt more like autumn! Hugs xxx

  5. What better way to spend a wet afternoon - these are lovely cards even if they are difficult to photograph. That sounds like a handy tip for making sure the pieces are well adhered - thanks for sharing.

  6. The weather this summer - oi vey! But a good excuse to get those Christmas cards going. Before I read on I genuinely thought these were foiled. They look fabulous. Xx

  7. These are stunning Di,I love the use of the gold and silver on the white. This weather is awful at the moment, I'm hoping for a better day today.

    Sue xx

  8. These are both so pretty using the gold and silver together Di, and a great idea to reverse the colours on two of the cards. These are very effective and so elegant. x

  9. Beautiful, Di. I know all about trying to photograph the shiny and the shaker. Ugh! [Bunny]

  10. Very pretty and you've done a nice job capturing the shine in the photo!

  11. Stunning, love the silver and gold combo both ways round!

  12. Wonderful cards, Di! I thought for sure you used foil. Love the shine from those mirror sheets. I've never used foil, but this looks like it's less work than foiling for the same effect. Love them!

    Trina xx

  13. Lovely Christmas cards, the shine of the trees and sentiment looks magnificent and love this Sizzix trees!

  14. Beautiful in both silver and gold. Very striking cards, Di.

  15. Lucky you, we have had wet mornings and afternoons but strangely enough the sun has appeared around 5 p.m. for a couple of hours but it has brought the cold wind with it, what is going on. Someone said to me today "well it looks like Mother Shipton was right, she said that the seasons would all roll into one, didn't realise that Mother Shipton was a for seer of the future, thought she just lived in a cave.
    Oh yes, the cards, got carried away there, what do you mean, I should be.
    Gorgeous tree, love it in both the silver and gold, great idea to mix the mirri card and a fab CAS/LIM creation. This has endless possibilities, you could mix red and green and even use blue mirri card or your can just do the same card in just one colour of mirri card. A great purchase, should get your money's worth from this die Di.

    Kath x

    1. Oh gosh, I recall Old Mother Shipton's Cave! Went online to read about it as I recalled that Paul Daniels was a part owner many years ago. In the part about the petrifying well it says it takes between 2 and 5 months to petrify a teddy bear. I just did it in one second flat by jumping out from behind a door and shouting 'Boo' at Parsnip! Snigger. x

  16. Gorgeous cards Di, love the metallic combo and the super TH tree xx

  17. These are sumptuous yet CAS - the perfect solution.

    Gosh, I've been to Mother Shiptons caves too

    Have a great weekend


  18. A lovely creation as always Di and thanks for your kind words.

    Sorry to be such a bad blogger still, I can but hope for better health soon and to get back to normal again - whatever normal might be !

    B x

  19. Fabulous tree die and gorgeous blingy cards! Love them! Hugs xxxxxx

  20. Gorgeous CAS cards, Di. I love the mixture of silver and gold. I never think to use both on one card, but it really works here. xx

  21. Wow! Super cards, Diane. Love the silver and golden colours! Kisses, my friend!

  22. Gorgeous cards, Di. I really should start thinking about Christmas...
    Em xoxox

  23. Very elegant cards Di. I must try that embossing trick!

  24. Great cards, Di. I like that diecut in the gold pretty!


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