16 April 2013

Die Magic part 2!

Thanks you everyone for visiting and leaving kind comments. And for being so understanding regarding my aaaaaaaaaaargh! blog nightmare!

So, without further ado, here is part 2!

4) If the shoe fits …..
Slipper from Sizzix gallery....

OK, so it’s another way to use a flower, but I’ll confess this photo really caught my eye. You could adapt this and create a flower from fabric and use it to jazz up a ‘real’ pair of shoes from your wardrobe. It might work particularly well with ballet pump-style footwear … you could create colourways to match the outfit of the day.

5) Don’t be like me, get your dies onto your scrapbook pages!

Scrapbook page

The Sizzix site has lots of project ideas – as indeed, do many of the other die manufacturers. I like the way this LO has employed a number of dies – from the scallop-style frame and the bold snowflake, to the background the for title, to the stars.

6) Keep it simple ...

I love the simplicity of this  Pinterest card. It uses two dies – a ‘labels’ die (I think this might be a Nestability) and a butterfly die. There are lots of lovely butterfly dies out there and they’re really versatile. Try Googling for ideas if there’s a die in your collection that you think might have more potential than you’ve yet discovered – you might be surprised (and inspired) by what you find.

7) Deck the halls

Ok, so it’s not Christmas, but check out THIS  lovely idea for a Christmas wreath. All you need is some empty drinks cans (please cut and prepare with care) and a leaf die (or several). You could also use Tim Holz alcohol inks or similar to colour the leaves.

8) What’s the background?

No links for this one. Just some suggestions for what you use to cut your die shapes from. Cardstock, both plain and patterned, are obvious first choices. But what about using a page from an old map or atlas … sheet music … a recipe book … maths text book … foreign language book … calendar … holiday brochure … newspaper or magazine advert … telephone directory … children’s book. Depending on what you use, the result can look quite different!

9) Am I green with envy?

Yes, of course I am because I love all Linda Brown's creations!  If you take a look at her blog, you can see some of the lovely things she creates with, among other things, a range of dies. I love the way she draws on colour and texture and shape in her work.

10) And finally …..

Yes! Here’s one I made earlier. I call this my acetate sandwich card. To make this, I ran two pieces of cardstock/paper, one a plain and one patterned, through my die cutter at the same time (with a Nestabilities Labels One die). You can find the details of how I made it a little further down my blog. Just scroll down past Tallis and the ‘censored’ item to find out more!

I hope you feel inspired to make more of your dies and that your creative juices are flowing. I know that mine are, after putting this lot together!

Thanks for staying with me so long - if you would like to be in with a chance of winning a crafty goodie bag, please leave a comment below with your UKS name too (if that's where you're 'from' and I'll make a random selection at the weekend.



  1. Off to find a die cut slipper I need one! The card is lush, you'll be pleased to know I dusted down my big shot to have a play today :) JoPink

  2. Thank you, we're always looking for new ideas for the dies, and will certainly be using some of these, especially cutting the does from book pages etc to make them look more varied,

    Poohbear on UKS but I was a contributor in the blog hop so not expecting to be in the draw, just identifying myself. :)

  3. Jo - glad you're removing the Big Shot cobwebs! And House of Bears, you're very eligible for the draw, worry ye not!

  4. My bigshot is out on loan at the moment but guess what I'll be doing as soon as it's back! Thanks for the ideas Mole. Tagsie

  5. More great ideas! Will be playing with my slice soon!
    Laura Godfrey

  6. Some lovely ideas here, I especially love the wreath made from drinks cans, thank you

    Chris55 - UKS

  7. Some of the projects people produce are truly inspired, aren't they? I love looking at the Sizzix catalogue and other such sites - so this article is great. I am of a very practical nature, and like to make things that will have a purpose, so a lot of these things, like the slipper, don't really do it for me - but I do still like to look at them!

    One thing I do have stored at the back of my mind is to use my dies for fabric projects, and I must say my oval framelits came in very handy to cut a neat piece of fabric to darn a patch in my husband's windbreaker .... :D

    Thanks for the inspiration and very interesting reading! (UKS Alibri)

  8. I don't have very many dies but it looks like I will be making a very big wish list later tonight. UKS - Scrappyyo

  9. thank you for the great ideas ...I've not long had my bigshot so all the help I can get is appreciated thanks again
    scrappybluecat uks

  10. Thanks for the fab ideas, love your acetate card. UKS Jolene

  11. Loads more clever and useable ideas here. Most inspiring (Eileen C)

  12. Lovely to see you posting again and your acetate card is very pretty. I blinked twice when I read that the wreath was made from cans - great links, thank-you!

  13. Lots more ideas - thank you :) I especially love the 'keep it simple' card! :)
    chrisrydal x

  14. Even more super ideas .. thank again for collecting them together. I really like the wreath, and so many different ideas for backgrounds.. great!!