Monday, June 13, 2011

*Use It Tuesday #9*

I am so excited that today is the first challenge for the new Design Team at the Use It Tuesday Blog.  I really hope that you will pop on over to the Blog and play along in the challenge!!  The best part of the Use It Tuesday challenges is that there are only two in each month (the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays) so there is LOTS of time to play!!!

Challenge #9 is to use a punch or a die that has been in your stash and never been used....  as soon as I saw the challenge I knew what I wanted to do.  A big thank you to my friend Irene for the inspiration behind this card....
Items Used: 
*Cardstock: PTI White; Bazzill Bling
*Images: Hampton Art
*Ink: Blue Encore Ultimate Metallic
*Tools: Big Shot; Nellie Snellen die; heat tool
*Embellishments: Kaiser Rhinestones; Blue Pearl embossing powder
*Challenges:  Use It Tuesday #9

There is a story behind this die....  I have a few Nellie Snellen dies that I got when Mom passed away.  Mom had bought them and used them for a while.  These dies come with a paper backing that join several different sizes of the shape (in this case, the fancy oval).  Mom brought them to my house for me to try out a few years ago and I was confused as to why you'd want these dies since they were all sizes joined together.  I played a little and decided I didn't like them.

At Christmas I received a beautiful Christmas card from my friend Irene, a card that looks amazingly similar to the card I've shared with you today.  And I asked Irene how she did it.  It was Irene who informed me that you were to cut those dies apart to use them!  I did a quick internet search and sure enough!  I wonder why Mom never knew that??!!  I have four die sets that I took from Mom's craft room, and all four were still attached together.

So I went to work cutting the pieces apart.... and they've sat in the binder with my Nestabilities, being ignored until this challenge came along.

So a big thanks to my Mom for buying these beautiful dies.... I know she'd be happy that I'm using them....  and a big thank you to Irene not only for the inspiration for my creation, but for telling me that it was OK to cut those dies apart!

Now, it's time for you to go visit the rest of the design team to see what they have created...
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Jane Izumi Matsumoto said...

So beautiful and simple... love the focus on the sentiment and the die that you used. The story behind your die is lovely. I am sure your mother is very happy to see you using them. :)

papillon said...

and i'm still in love with your card: it looks so... sweet! and that message says it all :)))

Sonya said...

Your card is just darling--simple, yet stunning!!

Heather B said...

That's a great story, Nancy. I've never heard of a Nellie Snellen die. I'll have to check it out. Love your gorgeous card!

The Mama Monkey said...

I LOVE your Clean and Simple style! I find myself leaning more toward that direction every day. There is something about the white space that is striking! Great card!

Tracy.H said...

This is awesome, Nancy! I will have to take a look at those next time I am over. :0)

Dinah said...

i love how simple and elegant your card is :)

Benzi said...

What a beautiful glad you figured out the dies. I'm sure your Mom would be very happy and so pleased with your great card!