Sunday, 11 December 2022

Your Old Die Challenge cards (part 2)


Good Sunday Morning Ladies, 

Looking out of the window yesterday and seeing the beautiful 🌞 sunshine in a clear crisp sky can't fail to make you smile, everywhere was white, each blade of grass was beautifully iced, it makes being cold a lot more bearable.  We ventured out to do some Christmas shopping,  not such a wise idea, as you can imagine everywhere was ridiculously busy, on the plus side the sun beaming through the car windows, warming my face felt like therapy, I got a good dose of Vitamin D !! 

Today we are travelling down to take Paul's Mum out for lunch, it will be nice to spend some time with her , fingers crossed the journey will be ok, we are just doing a day visit, so it will be a long day.  

What are you all up to today? 

Let's see which dies you all uncovered   .......


Lilian's Description:  

Hi, here is my card for this week.

Its a memory box die which I haven’t used for years. 

Cut it twice and used the flowers on top of the bottom one, so much easier than trying to colour the whole thing. 

The stencil is also an old one, not sure where 

You are definitely the Queen of creating a beautiful scene to set your dies in Lilian, such a beautiful card.  Thank you so very much for taking part XXX


Maria's Description:

Oldie die is Austrian Background die by SW on a bluish glitter card. 
The Merry Christmas is a die that came in the post this morning Emoji
On the other card is a die I never used before and it is a no name,
must have got it from wish at some time. The Poinsettia is by SW,
must have been the first set and this Merry Christmas die also came
with the post this morning oopsEmoji and a few snowflakes from my stash.

Maria your Mojo came back with a Festive Bang!  Your cards are AMAZING, that Australian background is one of those dies that you can use for any occasion, I love the sentiment you have used in the centre too.  Your second is a fantastic ' traditional' style Christmas card, that gorgeous plaid paper topped with the gorgeous Poinsettia looks incredible.  Thanks so much for taking part XXX 


Sue's Description:

My challenge card uses a The Works Christmas tree die, an unknown stag die and Hunky dory snowfall acetate. I think it needs something else but can’t work out what! Any ideas will be gladly received. 

Sue I love that Christmas tree, the stag is very majestic too, the acetate gives a lovely snowy background.  I'm not sure it needs anything else, the only thing I would suggest trying is to mat the card front onto either a gold,  green or red mat then layer on to white. I think that sometimes your eyes have nowhere as a stopping point, so the card just disappears into the background.  It's hard to explain,  maybe just sit it into a geen/Gold mat and see what you think.  Thank you so much, it was a lovely surprise to see your card XXX


Karen's Description:

Card 1:  Here’s the finished card
A Serif background and image
And the sentiment is a very old Paper Boutique die

Card 2:  Here’s the card I made and forgot to send that’s similar to Sue’s 
CE/SW EF - Contemporary Poinsettia 
Gemini die - Lyra and SueW sentiment

Card 3:  I made this card this morning for a neighbour who has just announced their engagement 
I have used an old Sizzix heart die layered that I picked up on eBay layered onto acetate 
CE Swirling Heart EF and a Sue W sentiment and Pierced Flags I used a piece of Pink Frog 36cm x 15cm card to create the tent fold card blank

Wow Karen 3 absolutely stunning cards, I forgot how much I like that Lyra die!  I remember all the different handbags that we used to make with it. Your serif card is so pretty, I love the idea of cutting that intricate image on the Scan & cut!   The engagement card you designed for your neighbour is amazing, very modern too!!  Thank you so very much for 3 fabulous Challenge cards XXX 


Janet's Description:  

Oh Janet what a pretty card (card 2)  so, so pretty,  I have thst gate die and that same 'Happy Birthday ' stamp,  I forgot how much I loved the pretty font, the font matches thst background die beautifully,  such a lovely girly card.  

My first card this week was made by using SUE WILSON EDGE DIES.These were some of the very first dies I bought when I started die cutting.

My second card is again a SUE WILSON DIE (this die is really a 'gate' but I cut the die cut down to cover the card.

Oh Janet what a pretty card (card 2) so, so pretty, I have thst gate die and that same 'Happy Birthday ' stamp, I forgot how much I loved the pretty font, the font matches thst background die beautifully, such a lovely girly card.  

Your first card is lovely too, those edger dies give that lovely 'Broderie Anglais' lace look, the pretty papers work so well with it too, it looks like a beautiful M&S dress my Becca had as a little girl. 
Thank you for two gorgeous cards my lovely XXX 


 Sonia's Description:

I’ve used a Sue Wilson background set, added the Tim Holtz butterfly and small punched flower.

Oh Sonia this is definitely a 'Simply Perfect' card, 
That background works so well as the swirls around the centre echo the shape of the butterfly, it's like they were made to go together.  Thank you so much my lovely for a beautiful challenge card  XXX


Oh Ladies,  what can I say but WOW,  you have created a stunning display of cards, showing that these old dies still have many more years in them yet.  We must all try to use them more throughout next year,  I will do my best to remind you. ❤

I hope you all manage to stay warm & cosy today ,

Sending my love and hugs to all of you,



  1. Morning Everyone
    from a white world of Sheffield.Yes we have our first covering of snow this morning.
    As you will guess our doors will be closed and we will be staying in doors.

    What a fantastic set of CCs this morning.
    All so beautiful making the statement that our 'old' dies will always create beautiful images.
    I am hoping to use more dies in future and not buying paper sets as much. (that's the

    HUGS are on their way to you all.
    SANDRA have a safe journey -both ways- and I hope Paul's Mum is well.
    Take care and stay safe.xxxx

  2. I hope the journey is as stress free as it can be and that you can enjoy being with Paul’s mum
    Today’s cards are gorgeous and a great reminder of some of the dies I have eg that Memory Box flower die Thank you Janet for this idea and it’s definitely worth visiting again
    We are going to try and do a little bit of shopping today but it’s mainly “a pick up what we’ve ordered and get out” no browsing!
    I posted all of the cards I needed to post yesterday I only send to a few relatives and friends as most are no longer with us I was staggered at the cost of the postage!
    Take care everyone xx

  3. Hi everyone
    Beautiful cards today, they’re all lovely and it’s great to see the old dies being used 😊
    I can’t believe how cold it is. I took an extra cardigan to wear at work while sitting in the office, I’m so glad I did as the heating isn’t working properly and it was as cold inside as it was out 🥶 Surprisingly some of the residents didn’t seem to mind and said they weren’t feeling cold at all 😯 Usually unheard of, when you imagine the elderly wrapped up in blankets in the height of summer! Bless them ☺️
    Keep warm everyone
    Sending hugs to you all xxx

  4. Hi everyone
    Fabulous cards from all of you, they are all wonderful and it was fun to dig out the oldie dies again. They do tend to end up in the background.
    Hopefully your journey to Paul's mum will be alright for you. Have a good day .
    I saw a friend over this morning as we decided it was to cold and way to busy to go out anywhere. After yesterday's bout I just didn't have the energy to do anything other then to sit infront the tv and watch some films and catch ups like Strictly.
    Hope you all had a good day as possible and will have a nice evening together. Many warm hugs to you all xxx

  5. Hi Sandra and all looking in today. Beautiful challenge cards today. It’s interesting to see those old dies still being used years after being bought to make fabulous up to the minute cards proving that the initial outlay is worth every penny. That’s what we can tell our families anyway 🤣🤣🤣
    Sandra, thank you for the advice. It was so obvious and I’m always so grateful when you help me out of a hole my lovely. I will definitely be adding a frame tomorrow.
    I hope you have had a good day with no problems on the roads xx
    The grand children got Christmas cakes (using Mum/Great Gran/GG’s boiled fruitcake recipe of course) made yesterday, one small one each. They will marzipan and ice them next weekend. They all added the icing and sweets decorations to their gingerbread houses too. Sending love and hugs. Take care xx