Mementoes In Time


Sizzix 'Original Dies' Challenge Projects

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while will know that we don't just post about our templates and products, but about papercrafting in general. That is why we have so many project tips, techniques, ideas and freebies, completely unrelated to items we have for sale, which fund the website.

I personally like to pass on things I have tested and found, as it is nice to think that others can find something useful when they browse our site. This thought has inspired this blog post for an occasional series that might pop up on the site from time to time and is aimed at those of us who have been around in the crafting world for a while and have a cupboard full of the old Sizzix original dies.


If you are anything like me, you will have cupboards overflowing with craft equipment and materials, that you never seem to have time to get around to using. The other day, I decided, enough was enough and I was going to try to use everything at least once. Believe me, with the amount of stuff I have, that is one serious challenge!!


The biggest problem, is my collection of Sizzix original dies, as they take up so much space. I was never much of a scrapbooker and the die cuts do tend to be a bit on the large size for cards, so I haven't used them much beyond a few card projects and fundraising for school fairs. If you search about on the internet, there aren't many project ideas for using these dies either, so it can be difficult to be inspired.

I just can't seem to get rid of them though, as I love the way they were the original popular craft die, they are virtually indestructible, can cut through almost all craft materials and are very simple, leaving you 'the crafter' to be creative. There are so many different dies around now, but I tend to think they are just too ornate and fiddly, leaving the crafter with little space to add value.

So, I've decided to start an occasional challenge series, to try and use all my Sizzix dies, starting with the large red ones, then moving onto the medium yellow and finally the small green ones, although individual projects may feature red, yellow or green dies.This could take some time!

Along the way, I'll be trying to use stamps, embossing folders and other equipment, as well as different inks and craft materials and involve a range of different crafting techniques. If we ever manage to get to the end, I'm going to try and start going through my Hero Arts and Stampin Up stamps and then my extensive Cuttlebug embossing folders. I'm still thinking about whether to take on my Quickutz dies, as this might be one step too far for sanity!

If you have a collection of Sizzix dies and would like to join in this little challenge, then just post a link in the comments section below the blog post for any projects you have finished, using the die that we are featuring in that post. It might be nice to build up a range of projects for each die, for others to refer to. You could also upload them to the Photo Gallery too.

The first project will start at 'A' with the Album Cover and Pages dies, so look out for that if you are interested and please do post a link to any projects you have completed yourself. If you prefer, you can upload a photo on your member profile, or send a photo by email.


Actually,  I don't own all the originals dies, by a long shot, so there will be a fair few missing, but we should be able to cover a few over the months ahead. Happy crafting!


Categories: General , 2012 to 2013

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