Oooh, perfect pines… mmmm.
On Sunday night I was playing with one of my new sets of dies, which is sold as a bundle with the coordinating stamp set. The dies are the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies and the stamps are the Peaceful Pines stamp set, and they are, well, perfect pines!
I spent a couple of hours on Sunday (once the twins were happily tucked up in bed and snoozing) sat on my living room floor with my Big Shot, some dies and some cardstock. Firstly I cut a whole bunch of pieces to make pretty little Curvy Keepsakes boxes, and set them to one side, then I broke out the Cucumber Crush card and my Perfect Pines dies and proceeded to cut a million cute little trees! (Okay, a million might be exaggerating, but I cut a LOT!)
As a bunch of little trees does not make a very exciting photo, really, I don’t have a picture of my creations to share with you today, but I will be sure to share when they are turned into more of a completed project. I have big plans for my perfect pine die cuts. So instead I am going to do a bit of a Product Focus post, and share some of the official Stampin’ Up! images with you of this lovely little bundle.
The stamp set and dies are made for two step stamping, two step die cutting and general merriment. The stamps are photopolymer, meaning that they are perfectly clear for accurate placement and are wonderful for heat-embossed baubles and stars. The dies come with decorative accents as well as three different sizes of tree, each with its own accent die. One is strings of lights or tinsel, one has shaped branches/ fronds, and one has random chunky lights or baubles. Having cut them all out, I have to say that my favourite is the one which gives the 3D branches effect. It is too cute!
It is definitely easiest to cut the accent first, then line up the outline die to cut the tree from the paper. This is how it is shown in the catalogue, but of course I didn’t read that before starting to play! It is always good to try things your own way, though, as some people find their way is easier.
You can obviously then cut another layer with the tree die and layer the colours up to get the accents shining through – this is especially effective with tinsel and glittery pines!
Here’s a lovely idea of how to use your pines once you have created them. I didn’t do any stamping this weekend, I just went with the dies, but I am definitely going to do some stamped pines as well to add to my cards and tags.
And in case you needed a ton of tag designs, here they are!
Love them, and they are so easy when you have your Perfect Pines dies and Peaceful Pines stamps. Don’t you just love a coordinating product range?!
I won’t be doing much (if any) crafting tonight as I have a Scouting meeting to attend and there won’t be any time left over for crafting, I don’t think. But I will do what I can for a project share for tomorrow, along with the new weekly deals. If not, I will definitely be back to share some more catalogue loveliness with you. I have some unshared projects, for sure!