Saturday 18 January 2014

A lovely response...and Sherlock!

Hello friends

Thank you for the lovely response to the return of Friday Die Day.
I intend to keep it going, before I had to take a break I had managed to
do nearly 50 Friday Die Days including...

A2 Fancy Postage Edge, Aster Flower Topper, Bauble Blossoms Two, Bird Sanctuary,
Bitty Blossoms, Square Bracket Edge Box, Carnation Creations,
Classic Scallop Hearts, Create A Flake Three, Daily Flower Topper,
Die D-Lites Window, Die D-Lites Wrought Iron, Edgeabilities Classic Scallop,
Exquisite Circles, Fleur de Lis Accents, Floral Burst, Floral Tags,
Foliage, Foliage Two, Gold Corners, Gold Labels Four, Grand Peony Creations,
Grommet Tags, Home Sweet Home, Impressabilities - Flowers,
Ironwork Accents and Motifs, Jewel Flowers and Flourishes.
Labels Twenty Two, Labels and Tags, Layered Poinsettia
Les Papillions, M-Bossabilities - Garden Delight,
M-Bossabilities – Numbers and Letters, Medallions Two,
Mix'd Media Elements, Mix'd Media Playtime, Potpourri,
Romantic Rectangles, Rose Creations, Scallop Circles, 
Summer Blossoms & Tags, Vintage Lace Motifs and Wonderful Wings!
Now that's quite a few dies and projects - here's to the next 50 or more!

This month's Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine features a couple of 
projects of mine in the Q and A section.
One of the questions: Can you use die-cut shapes as stencils?
Answer: Most definitely!
I used Botanical Swirls - one of the expandable pattern dies to create a mask/stencil.
I placed it onto a white piece of card and spritzed with a mister.
Wait until it dries before you remove the stencil...I am always impatient at this point!
I then used this as a background to a simple card featuring 
Carnation Creations. Some light inking on the petals with Distress Ink.

Now for something completely different... do you watch Sherlock?
If you do and caught the last episode there was a lengthy scene involving
a lift in a rather swanky office block.  
Well, that was filmed at the office where I work in London, St Botolphs.
The reception...
and the lift area...
They actually did the filming last August - you can tell because it isn't raining! 
The building is incredibly modern and a far cry from my other workplace.... 
I know which I prefer!
Have a lovely weekend dear friends.
Take care.


Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Great news about you continuing with Friday Die Day, so many brilliant projects, and now so many more to come : )I saw your answers in CMPC yesterday, you do have to wait until it is dry before lifting the stencil don't you, I learnt the hard way! I know which building I would choose to work in too, the same one as you : ) Enjoy your weekend. Take care.

Chris said...

Morning Christine,
I love your card today, what a great idea. I have this large die and hadn't thought of doing this with it. I received my goodies from you yesterday and intend to spend the whole weekend playing. Thank you for my lovely free gift, you are such a generous lady. I love the new Sherlock,it's brilliantly written.
Happy Weekend.
Chris X

Magzeeann said...

Hi Christine.The card today is gorgeous,I love the colours and the design. I also have this die but hadn't thought to use it like this~ thank you!Have a super weekend, love and hugs to you all,
Maggie x

marg said...

Hello Christine
I love the image of Elliott on the side bar!
My you have been busy with the Friday Dies!
I prefer that workplace too!
Love Marg

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Wow! what a lot of projects I can't believe there 50 Die Days, roll on to the next 50.
I love your card very elegant, love the die it's on my wish list, think I'll have to wait for my birthday.
Love the Sherlock series, I did miss the last one as I was watching Sue Wilson from CHA, I must catch up with it on iplayer, and there's no contest on the best place to work.
Have a good weekend.

loftylass said...

Hi Christine.... love the card. I haven't thought to use my die cuts like this... I have so many unused Glamour mists stashed away that I now will unearth and start using them!! Thank you for the reminder. Your office building is indeed 'very swanky' but I adore your other workplace.
Have a lovely day.

Unknown said...

Hi Christine, I love the card you have made and also so pleased you have managed to get FDD back, really enjoy it.
Also love the image of Elliott on the side bar, is that a self portrait done by Elliott.
So glad life is getting back to some normality for you
Take care, have a good weekend
Sue x

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, love the card today so pretty, and just love your super offices. I would like to thank you for your lovely little freebies in my order such a nice touch all my love Jean Z xxx

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine, beautiful recap on your Friday die days projects. Have to say I didn't like the look of the offices in Sherlock - too modern for me, can't believe you work there, shame they didn't cast you as an extra! lol. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Emma x

Wendy L said...

Amazing achievement. What a claim to fame!!!
Thanks for visiting me too, I appreciate it and your opinion, xxx

Valerie said...

Hi Christine, shame they did not put you in the show, or let you meet the stars!!! Love today's card, will use that technique today, as long as there is no washing up, hoovering, cleaning bathrooms, clothes washing, ironing, food shopping, cooking etc. You get the picture, normal day!! Have a good week-end. Love Valerie

Debbie said...

Love this die and fab idea to use it as a stencil as we sometimes forget.Beautiful card.Have a nice weekend dearie.Hugs Debbie x

Janice said...

Morning Christine, looking forward to more crafty inspirations from you this year. Have a good weekend - hope the shop isn't leaking again with all this rain we are having. x Janice x

Lacelady said...

Well done for getting all those die days done so far in advance! Love the pics too. How is the damp in the shop these days?

Maggie said...

Hello Christine. I have missed some of the previous FDD so it's great to see what you have done. So much inspiration. I did so enjoy the new Sherlock and wish there were more. What a smart place to work, but like you I'd prefer to be in the other place.xxMargaretxx

Pat S Witney said...

hi Christine.
Glad to hear you will continue with Friday Die Day. Didn't have time to post yesterday. But my. didn't you get to do a lovely lot of cards. Don't watch Sherlock, but I also know which building I'd prefer to work in as well.

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Christine, Well I for one would never have thought the dies can be used as stencils, I will look at them for the potential as your card is lovely.
Very good photography showing both work places, and i like the idea of working in one and creating in the other as your shop window looks so inviting and friendly. Have a great weekend.
X Ros

Laura O said...

nice card you made with this stencil .I think I would choose the nice homely studio ,while I like modern I think sometimes its a little clinical .Laura O

hazel young said...

Afternoon Christine yes i did spot you and your cards in the magazine. Hope you have a great weekend xx hazel

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Lovely card,and another super idea.
Like you I know which building I prefer.
I am really surprised you have done nearly 50 FDD,but looking forward to many more,I hope you have a good weekend. Take care. x.

SusanP, Kent said...

Wow, 50 tags all in one pic makes a beautiful montage. Love the spritzed background idea for the card. I've been entranced by the Sherlock series. Very clever script. Dominic Cumberbatch has the most 'spellbinding' eyes. Your office building is amazing. I wonder how the producers came to choose it as a backdrop for filming? I'd be more creatively inclined to work in your studio though. Have a great weekend.

Carolyn H. said...

Hi Christine, Fantastic, the return of Friday Die Day (only caught up today) Loved the project, looking forward to the next collection.
I agree with you, I would prefer the crafting studio too! But a great series of Sherlock, enjoying it so far.
Have a great week end. Love Carolyn

baconbits said...

Evening Christine
Love todays card and all the FDD cards - you were busy.
My paper pad arrived today - the freebie was lovely to find - Thank you.
Amanda x

Carole Z said...

love Sherlock..they film quite a bit in Bristol and the glass house at the end of the last episode is not far from where I live, :)

AnneRD said...

Lovely card today and another great idea for making best use of the dies. Nice to see Ellott featured on the sidebar! Anne x

Anonymous said...

Great make ! Your shop window is better than the modern office x

Janice said...

What a great technique this is Christine, and a lovely card!
I don't watch Sherlock, but have to say your office looks very 21st century! Much prefer your studio though 😊
Janice x

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