ATCAS Challenge #29 – Die-cut(s)

Hello lovely ladies and HAPPY NEW YEAR !

Its been such a while since I posted I nearly forgot how to do it ! The run up to Christmas and New year is always a busy and very hectic time for us at The Pap residence as we own a jewellery shop and I work with my husband. This year it was decided ( by someone who has never worked in a shop ! )  that all of the shops in Greece should be open seven days a week from morning until for three weeks . Well that’s fine and dandy if you happen to have lots of staff but if like us and the many other small businesses in Greece it means you just don’t get a break . Food shopping is the worst,  it’s always a mad dash at the last-minute to the butchers the bakers and the candlestick makers to see what I can rustle up as it falls to me to cook for all of the family Christmas day .  Mr P and I are totally knackered were just too old for this palaver and I really don’t know how many more Christmases I have in me !

On to the matter at hand  a brand new year has begun and its time for our first challenge at ATCAS. Our hostess for the next fortnight is the superbly talented and all round good egg Loll. She is one of the nicest ladies I have ever worked with and for those of you that are not familiar with her blog  ( shame on you ! )I urge you rush on over as its jam-packed full of inspirational wonderment and such.

Now what did the lovely Lollypop choose as her code word

ATCAS - code word diecuts

Well of course as soon as I saw it I did a couple of flick flacks and somersaults around the living room( well in my mind anyway ) . As my regular followers will know I LOVE my die cuts and I have all manner of Machines of the die cutting variety but what to do……so much to choose from…..I could do this , or I could do that , or even yes that thing that I have wanted to do for ages . I pored and pored over my designs and die cuts, I cut and re-cut until my desks were filled with all manner of the things and then it all went blank , I was suffering from die-cutting dementia I had all of these wonderful shapes but no clear plan and not even an unclear plan so what did i do ? well I just shoved them in a box and ignored the buggers until the deadline was upon me and I had to get moving.

After much ado and mess making, hair pulling and the gnashing of teeth ……..



I was inspired once again by the amazingly talented Mayuri of Candles in the Garden her card making is exquisite each piece a work of art.

I used my Cameo for the die cut which was really tricky as I use 350gsm card and it needed four passes to cut it cleanly and I had to have several attempts in order to get the result I wanted. I then took a piece of heavy card stock and sprayed it and half of my desk ( and yes I did have it in a box ) with some gorgeous Dylusions inks and then placed it under the die cut.


More Cameo creativity and would you believe that I lost the birdies eye in all of the chaos and couldn’t find a black pearl or my black copics.



I love the 3d aspect here, I cut the image twice and then rotated one of them placing pop dots underneath  and adhering to the other to give dimension. I love how if you look closely you can see the shadow, looks a lot better in real life.

I would to add this last one to:-

ETA: Moxie Fab World Challenge Trendy Star Power Challenge

We are once again sponsored by Deedees’s Digis who is offering the lucky winner three sets of digis


We would love for you to join us at ATCAS for our first challenge of 2014 lots of amazing inspirational creativity by the rest of the amazing DT and we also have another treat in store , we are welcoming the lovely and very talented Nancy Littrell as guest DT member. Nancy doesn’t have a blog but you can see her fabulous work here at Splitcoast stampers.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year