Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday Die Day ...with a difference!

Hello friends

First off...WOW WOW!! Thank you for all your kind comments yesterday,
I got quite emotional reading them all and Susan - you made me laugh out loud -
not too shabby for a Kentish girl at all! :)

It's Friday and it should be Friday Die Day but seeing as I'm still on cloud nine
from yesterday's news I've got a different idea...

This week it is.... Friday "Give Away Dies" Day!
You all know how much I like my butterflies - Les Papillions, Flutters,
and my favourite flowers - Bitty Blossoms, Layered Poinsettia and more ...

but what die set do you return to again and again?
Perhaps it's your Nestabilities, Tags, Ovals, Matting Basics.
All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what your favourite
Spellbinders die has been so far.

I am spreading die happiness!

4 winners will be announced next week and each will receive a set of Spellbinders dies!
So don't delay tell me your die today!

Elliott and I catching a coach first thing and travelling to the very wet
but beautiful Lake District, hoping to blog from there so stay tuned.

Have a lovely weekend, take care friends.


Diane said...

I use lots of my dies often, but if I had to choose a "go to" die it would probably be the border dies (there were several sets with different edges and patterns that matched them, can't remember the official names now) . A close second would be my flower dies. Put the two together and it's easy to come up with a pretty card.

Jackie said...

I lover all my Spellbinders dies and it's hard to pick just one favourite. Top of my list would be Bitty Blossoms and Card Creators, because they just turn out so beautifully every time.

Kitty Davies said...

Hi Christine.
First of all many congratulations, well done and maybe one day I will say Hello to you. My favourite die is bitty blosoms I just love the tiny butterflys. Have a great weekend. Take care Kitty.

Patricia Youdell said...

Hi Christine
Firstly many congratulations on your exciting news.
I have quite a few dies and it is difficult to chose which is my favourite die as this changes often. However, at the moment it must be my borderabilities (set 2)
Pat x

Chris said...

Hi Christine,
I love my decorative ovals and also a pretty circular die that I can't remember the name of, butterflies of course, bitty blossoms, my medallions sets, my grand squares that put a very nice edge on the base paper of the card, sorry Christine I could go on, I think I love them all and they all get used at some time.
I do hope you and Elliott have a lovely time and that the sun shines for you.
Chris xx

Stamping Bubbles said...

Morning Christine
This is a tough question - am I allowed to choose 2? My go to everyday die set is floral ovals. This is such a pretty die and works brilliantly with my favourite stamps. However at Christmas time my must have die is the layered poinsettia die set. It is so versatile, you can vary the size and the layers, and the colours too.
You may be in for a drier weekend than you are expecting. I have just looked at the local weather forecast and we are in for a fairly settled weekend with the odd shower. Light winds too.
I hope you and Elliott have a brilliant weekend in the Lakes. Enjoy.

Jacquie said...

Morning Christine, Gosh now you have asked something, my favourite die, there are so many, this time of year I tend to use the Layered Poinsettia and snowflakes die the most but usually I guess if the Grand Ovals as I love oval dies and have started to collect a few more, then of course there are the curved boarders, Radiant rectangles, Nestabilities like Lables Twenty oh I could go on and on lol!

Have a wonderful time in the Lake District, does not matter what the weather up there as its such a beautiful place and scenery whatever the weather, in fact i wish I was coming with you lol! Enjoy.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

jdunkley said...

Out of all of my Spellbinders dies I think that my 'go to' set has to be Labels One. They are so practical for sentiments or to emphasise the embellishments and go with practically any style of card that I am making. They are also just a bit different to the average rectangle. Have a wonderful break, I am off on one myself next week!

Sandra Biggs said...

Hi Chrstine
Congrats again. One of my favourite dies is the basic lattice along with Les Papillions. They make lovely cards.
Best Wishes

mags said...

HI Christine. I use my Spellbinders dies a lot but I always return to my favourite flowers, bitty blossoms and the poinsettia for my Christmas makes. Congrats on your new position with Spellbinders and have a good weekend.

Janice said...

Morning Christine
Good to hear you are still on cloud nine, carry on enjoying
that feeling!
A difficult question, but the dies I return to again and again are the labels. No numbered set in particular, as I use them all regularly.
Thank you for the chance of winning. Gorgeous card today, pretty colours you have chosen.
Wishing you and Elliot a lovely weekend away.
Janice x

Bea said...

Hi Christine - what a poser I think that I use my favourite dies depending on the season - so for lots of projects throughout the year I use the fancy lattice,although rarely on cards! but for Christmas cards I go back to frosty forms as it is so versatile. Sorry if that it is a bit of a cheat! Hope you and Elliot have a great weekend
take care

Sandra said...

Good Friday Morning Ms Spellbinders International Ambassador !!!!
Has quite a ring to it, you will need quite a Business Card though! I am still so thrilled for you Christine, I am really looking forward to hearing about all the different things your new role involves.
Now favourite Spellbinders now there's a question, the two I use the most are 1 Spellvbinders Foliage
2 labels 20/ Floral Ovals
But I have also always wanted the Homespun set and the Bracket Box, the latter because I have been dabbling in making a bit of jewellery and would love to created my own, pretty, sturdy boxes!
I hope that you and Elliott have an amazing time, what a beautiful part of the world to be visiting, plenty of photos please!
Sandra xxxx

Anonymous said...

Sorry a bit behind with the news CONGRATULATIONS! What a brilliant and deserved opportunity.

I have 2 favourite sets, is that allowed? resplendant rectangles and on the edge.

have a great weekend, its a beautiful part of the country. JuliaT x

Wendy L said...

I love my Labels 4 spellbinders, used above all others but I love my Marianne butterflies and would dearly love the spellbinders papillon. My most used has to be all my flowers, I adore flowers and butterflies.

Enjoy the Lakes,I used to love going there and not too far from where I lived in UK. xxx

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Firstly I want to say CONGRATULATIONS again on your fantastic news. How exciting, and how lucky for Spellbinders for getting such a lovely talented lady on their international team :)) (that double rainbow is only gong to bring you more good things. This news also means that I hope that I get a chance to meet you on your travels. Any plans to come to Oxfordshire? Sandra and I will be first in line for tickets if you do : ))
Thank you for offering us the chance to win great dies. I only have a small number of dies(sadly no butterflies-they are on my wish list) but the most used are the Layered Poinsettias. Good luck in the draw everyone.
Have a lovely time in the Lake District Christine and Elliott, I hope you don't get too wet, but sure you will enjoy the break anyway : ) Take care.

button said...

Congratulations.....My favourite die is bitty blossoms and at the moment, fancy tags two! I love the Lake District, it looks like the fairies have sprinkled everything with fairy dust at this time of year - it is beautiful.

Jane Willis said...

The real workhorses of my kit are the Nestabilities plain and scalloped circles, but they're basic tools as essential as scissors and glue. For real versatility, my favourite is Jewel Flowers and Flourishes - some element from it seems to appear on almost everything I make.
Have a lovely trip, I adore the Lake District in autumn

alex said...

Have a lovely break Christine, recharge those batteries before you hit the ground running with your new role at Spellbinders. You do ask difficult questions, how can you pick a favourite I love them all, but currently my flower builder are favourites, my most used are petite ovals and matting basics xx

Carole Z said...

HI Christine, this is a tough question...butterflies are a big one for me too, I love Papillions, but my al time favourite of the blossom dies has to be the poinsettia, which in different colours and used different ways, doesn't just have to be for Christmas. The other dies that get used all the time are labels and Squares..grand and small -have a great weekend! hugs Carole Z X

PharmacyMichele said...

Firstly-Congratulations on your news, saw it on the Spellbinders blog. If you can choose where to visit then please add Southport-theres 2 craft shops nearby.

My favourite dies would have to be the squares-standard & grand as i'm useless at getting lines straight. Someone laughed when I bought them but they've been worth every penny!

The weather "up north" is looking good for your trip-theres a beautiful sun rise again today so fingers crossed for you both.


Toni said...

Difficult decision Christine, to choose a favourite one die. I love so, butterflies, Christmas. ..all just fabulous.
Maybe Bitty Blossoms and Poinsetta if I was forced to say...have a lovely time in the Lake District both of you. Hope the weather is kind to you.
Toni xx

hazel young said...

ooo difficult one back to basic tags closely followed by labels 33 which is great for sentiments. Have a wonderful time xx hazel

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine
I so love your backing paper and the flower in the center of your butterfly is a very good idea and looks lovely { i will be pinching this idea } .

The dies i keep turning to time and time again are the bitty blossoms and the striplets , i just love them .

Hope the weather will get better for you at the lakes ,but i am sure you will have a good time anyway .
Take care
Elaine H X

jacqui said...

Love them all and not sure I could choose, but do love my deckled edge rectangles, labels 33, branching out ............ The list goes on and on, I couldn't possibly choose! Enjoy your trip to our beautiful lakes it is surely well deserved x

Suzi Reid said...

I love my card creator set, there are sone many ways it can be used, I love making frames with it, great with butterflies ,

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Wow! I somehow missed your news yesterday, many, many congratulations, you deserve something good to happen. Love your beautiful creations today. Now a favourite die, that's so difficult, it changes every few months at the moment it's the basic layering dies, so useful, and the aster dies come out a lot too, and not forgetting the poinsettia.
Hope you have a lovely break with Elliot.

AnneRD said...

Hi Christine, firstly, have a fabulous time with Elliott this weekend you both deserve it. Really looking forward to seeing where your travels will take you in you Ambassador role, and do hope you will be able to come to Wales.
Regarding my favourite die(s) They have to be Papillon and Fleur de Lys. I used them on the last two cards I made for my mother, for her 98th and 99th birthdays, sadly a 100th is not to be, so they have a special place in my heart! Anne x

Vanessa Heron said...

What's a die? (Sorry, couldn't resist) Clearly I need some so I can find out!

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said.....

Hi Christine. So glad you are still on cloud nine and deservedly so! I've decided to add a border to 'you know what' so I'm still working on it. My go-to dies are Labels One and I have collected most of the different sets. Of course with Chrismas preparation, my Layered Poinsettias will be well used.

Love, Belinda. X

utilitygirl said...

This is a lovely card Christine. I especially like the background. Hope you and Elliot have a great weekend and its not too wet - the Lake District is also on my 'bucket list'
I think my most used Spellbinders are
Grand Labels 1 and Jewel Flowers and Flourishes. Although, of course, I do like them all and its a job to choose a favourite.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, My favourite 'go to' die would have to be Layered Poinsettias, I use it countlessly and I always adore how it looks depending on how I curl it or layer it. It is my 'favourite of all time'. I also use regularly my Back to Basics Tags, and recently I have been using Grand Scalloped Squares for frames.
Have a lovely time in the Lakes and enjoy the 'vistas'.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Christine said...

Hi Christine, congrats on your news.
My favourite die is the Floral Ovals, so versatile, followed by the Decorative Labels One in all sizes !!
Enjoy your weekend, hope you don't come back with webbed feet.
Christine (Andypandy) x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Hi Christine. You must be so excited with all that is happening, your new job and a wood cabin to craft in
My go to dies are the circles, plain or decorative as the make a perfect mat for butterflies or flowers
I would love to win a die set as it would be so nice to come home to. I am in Saudi at the moment with my daughter and baby grandson visiting my husband and I am really dreading coming back to the cold UK
Enjoy the Lake District

SusanP, Kent said...

Dear Christine, hope you're wrapped warmly for cloud nine! I just know that you're going to make an excellent International Ambassador for Spellbinders.
The dies I use more than any other are squares which I've found so much more versatile than they appear. Also love Les Papillons Two and Opulent Ovals.
Your card is so pretty. The background paper is gorgeous and I love the muted colours.
Have a super time by the Lakes.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Congratulations on your brilliant news!
My favourite set of dies is the Fancy Floral Ovals set. I use this a lot as it frames my images beautifully, but I use my dies every day and I have quite a collection going now. They are so versatile and can make even a plain card look fabulous.

Lacelady said...

I think it's my Bitty Blossoms I use the most, but I love them all, and keep going back to the Cherry blossoms with the branch (sorry, not sure what it was called, but I think you will know what I mean. I like those because there are a lot of flowers you can cut out at one time, rather than having to keep going through and through to get enough.

Jen Brown said...

Congratulations on your exciting news Christine, so pleased for you. I use a lot of different Spellbinders dies, but I think the one I use most often would have to be Opulent Ovals. They are just great, and seem to fit nicely on any size card. But I also love my Bitty Blossoms lol. Hope you and Elliot have a lovely break. Enjoy J xx

Sarah said...

Hi Christine

First of all congratulations on becoming an ambassador for Spellbinders. What an amazing achievement - you must be delighted and it is so well deserved. I think the die I use lots is the Nestabilities Standard Circles Large Die Set.
Enjoy your time in the Lake District.

Sarah x

Anonymous said...

Hi, Congratulations on you new direction. Spellbinders are a wonderful company to work for, and so very good at customer service, as I've already experienced first hand. My favourite die set is Majestic Labels Twenty-five. I use it all the time, it's so easy to make a very pretty card, with little effort.
Enjoy your ' break '
Sharon. ( craftyshazza)

Laura O said...

great news ,will be great to travel and craft at the same time ,Like you I always go for butterflies and flowers ,Ilove the JEWEL FLOWERS AND FLOURISHES set has great flowers a,butterflies and a few flourishes too, has it all to make great cards ,Laura O

Sara Hart said...

Congratulations Christine, I can't think of anyone better for the Job!
Checking my spellbinders stash I can only say that I love them all! If I have to choose just one! No way, but I do tend to use circles and grand circles more than anything, but love the Layered Poinsettia most at Christmas.
Have a Fab break, my most favourite place ever is the Lake District. Have fun X

Carolyn H said...

Oh Christine, you really do put us on the spot when you ask us toname our favourite dies!
Mine have got to be the flower dies - I've always loved flowers from an early age. Grandmother took us to the woods and fields to learn all the wild ones, and i loved it.
Next come the Christmas dies, baubles, poinsettia and snowflakes - been making Christmas cards recently and so enjoy all those.
Enjoy your trip to the Lake District this weekend and dont forget to take the WELLIES!!!
Love Carolyn.

Carolyn Bell said...

Hi, I'm glad you had a lot of lovely comments! My favourite dies are the flower ones, they are so versatile and useful, then of course I cant forget the butterflies. Hope you both have a great time up in the Lake District, love Carolyn x

Elaine said...

Hope you are having a wonderful time I love Cumbria and where I got married. One day might retire there lol.
As for spellbinders I love lots of them but I think the one I always use it labels 4 but I love fall foilage aswell x

Anne O said...

Hello Christine
Oooohhhh, where to start? I love les papillons 2 -it's my go-to embellishment. But at this time of the year when I think about Christmas cards! I love snowflakes! I can't get enough of them (probably got 5 spellbinder sets!), and my favourite is the 2013 set. Blue, white, silver - I love them all! Have a lovely weekend in the Lake District! Best wishes, Anne O

Anonymous said...

I love all of my dies but my extra, extra special fave is Bitty Blossoms. Have a lovely time in The Lakes, my favourite place!Annie S.

Domino said...

Radiant Rectangles. It's not really my style at all but I am drawn back to this set time and time again. Congrats on the new role. Sorry to see the shop go tho', it was good to see how it was progressing.

Linby said...

I love all of them, but if I can only choose one I will go with A2 distressed edges as they are so useful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine congratulations on your news. For Christmas I love the poinsettia and foliage die sets. The sets I use most must be labels 4 both the ordinary size and the grand. Wendy


So many dies so little time to play. My favourite would be the Card Creators. But the basic shape dies also come in a close second.

CraftyJo said...

I have to say that I love my 'Fallen Angel' dies, they're so useful for the dreaded man-card :) that I use them lots of times.

Valerie said...

If I had to pick a die set I would be with you and pick Bitty Blossoms. You can make them look pretty or grungy and they fit in the smallest of spaces. Enjoy your time away, you all deserve it. Valerie xx

val jones said...

Hi Christine. Lovely card today especially love the use of the newspaper print.
My favourite die is usually the newest one I've bought of which there are many. However every day i use my circle and oval dies, I wouldn't be without them. They are basic but oh so necessary, so they have to be my favourites.
Bye for now.
Loval in Spain x

Clai01 said...

Hi Christine
really struggling to chose a favourite Spellbinders die as there are so many winners, but I think my vote goes to Branching Out as you can ink/ stencil the foliage to match the season or festive card/project and I love the versatility as it's not just for Christmas but has a home all year round.
Congrats on your new role and enjoy The Lakes one of my favourite places! x
I guess Branching Out would be great to use for scrapbooking your memories from this trip. x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine, Well that is a tough one as it all depends on the season! Generally the borders are used quite a lot but one I use most is bitty blossoms so I suppose that would be my first choice, but butterflies are a close second. You and Elliot have a lovely visit to the gorgeous lakes.
Carole N xx

Ella's Design said...

Morning, Christine! Like most other people, I use my SB dies on a daily basis, it is very unusual for there not to be a nestie or die of some sort on my creations! As for favourites, well I do love my Floral Ovals, they are just so pretty and frame images beautifully and then there's my latest addition which is Labels Eleven, a nice change from the usual ovals and circles and is ideal for matting images and nice and easy to create faux mats too!
Hope you have a wonderful time in beautiful Cumbria and that the rain stops for you at times! Hugs, Lisa x

joyce mose said...

My usual go to die is label 1, both the plain & fancy edged. But I have so many, it's really hard to choose. Have a lovely break and congratulations on you exciting news.
Joy x

Janice said...

Hi Christine, my favourite die is Delicate Aster it looks great in whatever colour I choose. Have a great holiday. Janice

SusieB said...

Hi Christine, havent posted for a while but congratulations on your new venture! !

My favourite dies are the jewel flowers and flourishes. Such a pretty flower, with a flourish and leaves. Whenever I see you use them it always makes me smile because I use them a lot too!!

I hope the rain keeps away for your trip away.

Have a great break,



Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine Congrats again :) I love ALL my Spellbinders dies but I think my most used die is Classic Rectangles co-ordinated with the Classic Scalloped Rectangles. I class these as one set lol. enjoy your weekend away. xxx

Ann said...

Hi Christine

Many congratulations well done you.

I love my spellbinders dies Bitty blossoms and tiny butterflies Grand dies box making I just adore little boxes.

Have a wonderful weekend hope the weather stays kind for you enjoy.

Hugs Annxx

Jackie Elliott said...

Congratulations and if I must choose my favourite then it has to be the poinsettia dies at the moment as I'm doing the Christmas cards with them this year :)
Hope you both dodge the raindrops and have fun in the Lakes!

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christina
Love the butterflies on this card, wish I had some. My favourite dies are the matting basics as I can make my own cards. Have a fantastic time in the lLake District. I hope you are able to dodge the showers.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine
Love the card have a lovely time in the lakes to both of you
Kind regards
Tracey mcintyre

pinksparkle said...

Hi Christine, my such exciting news you've shared, congratulations!
My favourite die is the bracket edge box set, I love them. I have made so many variations using embossing folders and patterned papers and card. I have a stash of them all lined up! I am going to put them on the table at Christmas dinner with little gifts inside. Have a great time in the lake district and best wishes in the new role!

Cinders61 said...

You deserve something wonderful now after the stresses of the last year. You will be a wonderful ambassador. My favourite die set is the jewel flowers and flourishes. I love using flourishes everywhere. Gillian x

Rach83 said...

Hello Christine,

Congratulations on your new position in the Spellbinders family. You are one talented lady and there will be no stopping you now! I realy hope you'll visit Scotland soon.

I have A LOT of Spellinders so this is a hard one! I think it would have to be Labels One. I love the shape and it's great for square cards. The co-ordinating dies are just lovely too.

I love your butterfly creation - so pretty and girly. Keep up the great work.

Hope you've had a great time in the Lake District. Fab photos.

Rachel x

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