Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SugarPea Designs December Challenge Theme - Anything Goes!

Gotta love an anything goes challenge and SugarPea has one for you this month!   

I decided to keep my card simple and get ready for some of the thank you cards I will be writing after Christmas.  I dug out some watercolor paper and just played around with dropping splots of color on the wet paper.  After the paper was dry,  I stamped the three trees from the Merry Christmoose stamp set and then doodled in some more color.  At this point, I almost trashed the idea and thought about starting again with my Copics - but I hung in there!  I cut out the window using the Gift Tag Sugar Cuts Die.  The sentiment and doodles are done by hand and my ScorePal was used for the horizontal lines inside the doodle.

Using the tag die to cut the window was fairly simple.

Here are the steps I used:

 STEP 1:
•Mark how big you want the square to be on the edges of the die.
•Tape the die where you want the window on the paper.

•Move the die so the marks you made are lined up with the end of the plate. Your die and paper will hang off of the platform - which is what you want so it doesn't cut the paper.

After you make the first cut, your window will look like this!
One more cut left . . .

•To cut the fourth side, turn your die around and place the rounded corner side on the uncut edge of the square.
•Line up the side edges in the grooves of the die.
    •Tape it down.

•Only run this last side through the machine and then back it out.  I just do mine to the point where I hear it cut and not any farther.  That way I don't have to worry about how exact I lined up the sides of the die with the already cut square.

This is a great way to get  more options out of one die!  To be honest, I am more in love with the idea of the card than this actual card.  I think I will be playing around a little more with using a simple window and a few of the "extra" stamps to create some quick thank you cards.  Hmmmm - how about a window with heat embossed snowflakes and a watercolor wash over them?!?  So many ideas and so little time (right now!!).

Play along with the December anything goes challenge.  The prize is a $10 gift certificate to the SugarPea store; if the winner uses a SugarPea stamp, the prize is increased to $15!

Challenges Entered:
Love to Create #146 - Create a Scene
Sentimental Sundays #237 - AG
Sister Act #87 - AG


  1. What a clever way to make your window Cathy. I love your watercolored scene!

  2. Great tut and very clever way to use the die. This is a great card... I really like the watercolor and those gorgeous trees. Glad you also showed that whole stamp set because I think I am going to have to buy it... it's so flippin' cute!

  3. Simply gorgeous! Love how you did this!! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Love to Create: Create a Scene Challenge!! We hope you will come back and play again really soon!!

    Many Blessings,
    LTC DT

  4. Gorgeous card! Love how you used the die to create the window for you scene! Thank you for joining our "Create A Scene" Challenge at Love to Create this week.
    Ruza ~ LTC Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  5. Gorgeous with your fabulous design! Thank you so much for joining us at Love to Create "Create a Scene" Challenge!
    Jackie ~ LTC owner/designer

  6. Love your little scene inside the window. And great job explaining how to use your tag die to make the opening. I always forget about that option with my dies, so this is a good reminder.


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