Friday, 21 December 2012

Festive Friday Die Day!

Hello friends
It is Friday Die Day and I've made it a little bit different and festive. 
For the second week running it is not a tag! 
I may need to apply a cold towel to my forehead soon - what is going on!!?
Photos are a little shadowy - I think it forgot to get light this week, such dull rainy days.
I'm featuring Classic Scalloped Circles Large from the Nestabilities® range.
So often we return to our reliable 'Nesties' for shapes, mounts, apertures etc 
but how about doing something a little bit more with goes...

You receive 6 die templates with this set - this is how they look cut/embossed.
 I have selected die template No. 3 (you always count from the middle outwards)
and cut/embossed an assortment of festive papers (Simple Stories - Handmade Holidays)
I'm still using up lots of scraps and this project is perfect for this.
 With each die cut, fold in half.  Use a bone folder to get a sharp edge.
 Then fold into quarters.
 You need 4 but I got carried away and made 8!
Apply a little adhesive down into the corners just to keep the folded flaps together.
 Align them to create a flower design.
 Use a die cut as a backing so you have a base to affix the 'quarters' to.
 Once in place tweak/lift up the layers.  I chose to ink the edges too.
 Rummage in your button jars/boxes and select one or two, tie a bow with bakers twine.
 I layered the buttons and stuck them in the middle with 3D Foam Squares.
 I decided to use my flower on a jar, an empty one but I do intend to put some nice goodies in there!
A close up picture. 
Simple to make, uses up scraps and buttons - do you have tons of buttons?  I swear mine breed!
How is everyone doing with their Christmas shopping/plans?  
I'm nearly there - I'm not sure how it all came together - maybe it was those little elves!
Have a wonderful Friday.
Take care friends.


Carole Z said...

Morning Christine! Wow what a fab creation, am going to have to try this, though don't have this die (yet) so will have to see what other I could use...have a great Friday! Carole Z X

nmty said...

hi Christine, fabulous project today, and very festive, just love it. Love the spiders web on the jar too.

pleased your xmas preparations are coming together.

enjoy your day.

lv norma

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, WOW, this flower is stunning, will have to try this, got the papers, not got the die, sadly, will have to improvise ha ha.
I still have some wrapping to do, fresh shopping and turkey to get, Bank to visit for my gift-velopes. Have been ill for 5 weeks now and can't get rid of the racking cough, doctor has given me steroids this week, so hope they work their miracles. My hubby deserves a 'medal' he has done everything, he is an absolutely angel.
I hope all your preparations are going well, Christine.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine.
This flower is really lovely,and you have done another great tutorial, Thank you. Take care. x.

Christine Harrop said...

This is great Christine. So simple yet so effective. Definitely added to my to do list. Christine x

Redanne said...

Love what you did with the dies today, will definitely have a go at this as is looks so effective. We are lucky this year as it is our turn to visit the family so I only had to do presents/cards - makes a lovely change. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and successful 2013. Hugs, Anne x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
What a great idea, I have the dies with the small scallops think they will work just as well will be making this later.
Going to my daughters for Christmas day so not had so much to do this year.
Have a good day.

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, great to see basic shapes in action and wow this is a fabulous idea, def have to try this one.
Im addicted to buttons, everytime i see nice ones have to buy them but love looking in charity shops for them. Emma

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine

Loved your tutorial today, what a great way of using up the srapps and thanks for the count tip i will remember that .

So pleased your preparations are coming together .

For the first time ever i am away this Christmas , so i have only had the presents and cards do.

Take Care
Elaine H X

Janice said...

Morning Christine
I just love this flower, it's gorgeous and so effective! Even better for me is that I already have theses dies, they were my first Spellbinders purchase!
Thank you so much for the tutorial, I really look forward to your FDD's.
Pleased to hear you're nearly organised with Christmas.
Have a lovely day
Janice x

Lacelady said...

Inspired used of a plainish die. Thanks for the idea.

hazel said...

Lovely idea Christine and i love that jar. My shopping is all done just got a few more things to make and wrap up xx hazel

Ita said...

Hi Christine,great step by step as always,a great idea,I do not have the Dies,but will try it with another die,I get confused some days when leaving comments on your blog, my new son in law's name is "Dia" ,the welch for David and somtimes I will type Dia not Dies lol.I am getting organised ,slowely no tree or decoratios up,gifts done and baking nearly done.I am going slowely as I do not want to be burned out.

loftylass said...

Hi Christine - love what you have done with this set of dies - I will be having a play this weekend for sure. Just the present wrapping left to do.. I think!!
Have a wonderful Christmas and many thanks for all your lovely blogging.

baconbits said...

Hi Christine,
What a wonderful creation - i am glad that you have featured an older set of dies as i think we all get carried away with the new and forget about the basics.
Amanda x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. Really lovely idea. I have these dies in the smmaller size so maybe the lagest size of them will do.

Apart from Iceland this afternoon, everything seems to be done. Ordered the meat and veg to be picked up on Monday. Just as well I'm organised as I've woken up with a rotten cold this morning and have been back to bed for a couple of hours.

Val in Spain xxx

Anonymous said...

What a great idea Christine - will be attempting these as decor for many items. It is always good to see some of the older dies being used in many different ways - keep up the good work. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year with your boys, Bella and family.
Val C xx

AnneRD said...

A lovely idea Christine, two of these stuck together would make a great bauble for the tree (which I am only just putting up!!) Many thanks for all your inspiring ideas. Anne

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, how lovely. A beautiful project. I am saving all your ideas for next year, Ive not had time to do everything I wanted to. I too like that you have used the basic dies, I guess it is easy to forget them with all the beautiful new ones on the market.
Glad your preparations are going well. Did the shopping last night, at work today - last day though. Going out tonight for a meal so no tea to cook.
Have a wonderful day.
Elizabeth x

Carole said...

Christine I swear you have 48hrs in your days! I am going to start in January for next year. I love all your inspiration. Thanks.
Happy Christmas to you and yours.

Elaine said...

Fantastic christine and even better as i have these dies. Have a great weekend x

Carolyn H. said...

Hi Christine, What a super FDD tutorial today. Thank you. Like others, these dies were a set I purchased sometime ago.
Well, with all gifts wrapped, most of the baking done (just the ham to bake this weekend)I'm ready to party.
Have yourself a lovely weekend.
Crafty Christmas Wishes, carolyn x

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