Happy New Gear!

Hi Readers! TGIF! We have some super creative inspiration from Debby Hughes today!! Enjoy!


Hello, Debby here and I’m working those stamps and dies again today in order to get the most mileage out of them :D To be precise my first card uses a couple of the newer dies in a slightly different way than intended. These little Christmas mice are made with a bow from the Brilliant Gifts die for their ears and tail and the body is a pad from the Paws die!


For each mouse I cut the above portion of the Brilliant Gifts die twice, once from Fog card and once from Cotton Candy for the inner ears before trimming the present portion away to leave just the ears and tail. Then popped a Fog body on top (pad from the Paws dies) and voila one adorable little mouse. The only thing needed was, of course, a cute wiggle eye ;)


Having made two mice it was now a case of creating a little scene for them. I started with the Wrapped Mailing Label die cut from Neenah solar white card and clear heat embossed the sentiment from Peace on Earth onto the top portion of the die cut before inking with Distress Inks in Broken China and Chipped Sapphire. The snow layer is foam mounted on top and is made from another Wrapped Mailing Label partially cut with the Stitched Slopes and Hills die. To embellish I tucked in an Abby snowflake cut from glitter card and a Copic coloured and glittered tree I had left over from this project. Everything is mounted on a top folding Neenah card base.


I can’t take credit for this idea! I was emailing with Celia Cawthon and she mentioned wanting to make some Fishing Vests with the Ugly Sweater set. Very kindly Celia agreed to let me run with that idea for my second card today :D So a fishing vest huh? I stamped the vest image from Ugly Sweater in Memento Tuxedo Black and drew in lots of pockets with a Copic multiliner. I have so much respect for stamp designers having even attempted to make a small adjustment to the image!


Once Copic colored I stamped the ornament string from Presents and Ornaments as the fishing rod and the twirly string from Ornaments as the fishing line. The partially stamped sentiment from Snow Gear is inked in Schoolhouse Red. Then also in Schoolhouse Red and the new Sparrow ink (love this grey/brown colour!) are some of the cute fishes from Best Fishes. Finally I Googled how to tie a fishing knot for the twine at the top of the panel. Then mounted the panel onto a top folding Schoolhouse card base. I’m hoping this fishing card will make someones New Year happy :D

Well, that’s this month’s installment of getting the most from your supplies. Have fun experimenting!


Thanks for reading today and thanks again to the always amazing Debby for this inspiration!!

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  1. I love how you found a way to use these dies in a different way then originally intended. I adore the pun in the 2nd card. Thanks for sharing.

  2. OMG, super cute! Both of them! How clever to use the two die cut pieces to make the mice! Love it, love it, love it! And the fishing gear is so perfect for the angler! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Debby, you do sweet and funky in equal measure! LOVE the idea of the fishing vest (and so would my DH). Awesome use of the dies and stamp sets, and I may need the Sparrow ink, too.

  4. Freaking amazing! Would love to see inside Debby’s mind- how did she get to mice from those dies? Fantastic creativity.

  5. Love the idea of getting multiple uses out of things like dies/stamps etc!!! Your cards are just fantastic!!! TFS!!!

  6. Very, very, VERY clever use of dies to make the mice!! This really tickles my brain. So impressive and well done, Debby.

  7. You out did yourself with these new takes on stretching your stamps & dies! Those mouse ears are so flipping cute and love the revamp of the sweater stamp yo create a great masculine card!!!

  8. Clever use of the stamps and dies. The vest was a fun twist (thanks Cecilia).
    I think the little mice are just too cute! Love all the sparkle. You did a great
    job with the coloring.

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