Cards, Christmas

Christmas Door Card

Because I don’t know what else to call this! LOL So…on these cards, can I just say–WHAT.THE.HECK. How do you use these?? I first tried running it through an 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock, cut in half, and lining up the die to make 2 cuts that you adhere together. Don’t do this. It doesn’t work. It ends up with you wasting at least 20 card bases because they don’t line up correctly and aren’t rescue-able.

Next, I tried something similar with 12×12 cardstock cut in half. I don’t think this is necessary, the 8.5 x 11 would have been plenty, but I did eventually figure out that they needed to be folded just beyond the edge of the die. However, this isn’t foolproof, either, as I repeatedly found out. Seriously, out of 24 cards, I had only 6 usable bases. :(

The most frustrating part of the whole experience was the utter lack of directions. Not a paper insert, nothing printed on the package, not even a QR code to a video, or a mention of the Sizzix website, nothin.’ :(

I love how these turn out, and I saved all the teeny tiny pieces I had previously cut to be used in the future, but in general, I don’t think I would wish this die on my worst enemy!

Scrapbooking

Frugal Scrapbooking Hack: Cheap Shaped Brads

I found this awesome pack of studs similar to ‘bedazzling’ bling in some clearance bin. They’ve made useful stand-ins for expensive shaped brads.


Simply place background over a piece of fun foam or an old mouse pad, push in to place, flip the whole shebang over, and fold over the prongs with a popsicle stick. I bought this pack of various sizes and shapes of studs for about $2 in 2005 and it’s still going strong!