Sunday 4 November 2012

4th Nov - Die Cuts

Everyone up for a new month of challenges?! Hope so as today's challenge is to use die-cuts on a layout. Either use your electronic die-cutter, manual die-cutter, punches or store bought die-cuts.

Here's what the design team created for this challenge...

I used my Silhouette Cameo to create my die cuts from patterned papers. Cutting files are from Lori Whitlock and papers/stickers from Jenni Bowlin Studio.

I don't have any electronic die cutting machine - but I do have a BigShot and tons of dies and punches! But for this challenge I thought: Why not using up the existing die cuts you get with kits or collections? Here we go: die cut doily, die cut stickers, die cut vellum, die cut fabric, die cut sequins, die cut chipboard, die cut puffies, die cut alphas and other die cut embellishments!


I am not the owner of die-cut machine so this challenge was a bit coplicated for me. I found few punchers and I made circle punches and I also used doily lace which has already been die-cuted.
And that's how it looks now. :)


I had a fun time with this one.  I am currently enrolled in a Studio Calico Silhouette class and I figured I should put some of my new cuts to good use.

I loved delving through my dies to choose some for this challenge and went with Tim Holtz tattered leaves and also some leaves from a Spellbinders rose kit.  I layered up the leaves behind the photo and then stitched a string of them too.  For those that don't know what PGL is - it's an outdoor sports place that lots of schools take the older children away to. They do all sorts of activities and can use high ropes, and big swings...needless to say my son wanted me to document it in a page - he loved the trip.


I really enjoyed this challenge (partly because it was my idea but) mostly because it made me pull out the dusty Silhouette and forcing me to make my ideas real. I have been watching all Cameo users recently and loving the looks of cuttings and thinking my old Silhouette wouldn't due. It does... still going strong, stillmaking me happy.
I used it for cutting out the title adorable face paint. I used Crafter’s workshops stencils with distresses to make the background and the amazing Teresa Collins Tell Your Story Collection and Studio Calico Wood Veneer Stars to get that little extra.

Being a newbie to the Silhouette Cameo machine, I decided to try a simple floral design as an accent to my fussy-cut flowers. I also used the same cardstock to cut my title, helping to balance my page with the kelly green color.

I was challenged this week with no electricity and as a result, no use of my electronic die cutting machine. I was glad that there is such a wealth of great pre-die cut product out there. I was able to put this page together in no time. I used die cut frames from Studio Calico and some printed die cuts phrases and arrows from Pink Paislee.

As always please link up your creations in the side bar to win a great prize! We would love to see what you cut out!!


  1. every single one is awesome!!!

  2. I'm new to your blog & want to participate in the challenge. Are there any rules to follow & when is the due date?

  3. Hi Lynda - there are 2 challenges each month - link up on the sidebar before the last day of the month and you've got a chance to win our prize! Can't wait to see what you make!

  4. Love these! I did a 2 page spread, so my linky pic is a little odd. :)


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