Sunday, June 5, 2011

MFT June Guest Designer Contest and BAD Stamping News!!!!

Here is my entry for the MFT June guest designer contest.  The challenge was to Get Personal (personalize something).  Right away I knew I wanted to make a baby card for our former neighbors, I just had to make it work with my limited MFT stash!  So I thought Fred Bear would do the trick.  I did have to use non-MFT alphabet and sentiment sets, though.
I cut out the daisies and popped them up, then created a name banner with the Perfect Posies die.  The flowers are strung together with crochet trim that I cut in half so it was skinnier. I put a dimensional on the back of each flower to hold them in place.
So the bad news is MY BIG SHOT BROKE before I finished cutting out the flowers/centers!!!!!  The shaft (where the handle connects on the inside) snapped in half!
I couldn't believe it!  I bought it when I was an SU demo, so I called them right up.  GOOD NEWS, it was still under warranty so they are sending me a brand new one!  If you bought a Big Shot from SU the warranty is good for 3 three years, and mine would have been up in October, so the timing was pretty good, phew!  Now, how to finish this card WITHOUT the one thing I use on every card.  I thought about tracing the die and cutting them out, I thought about running to my friend's house to use her machine, and then I tried something:
I turned the die cutting side up, put my scrap paper on it, and then did a "rubbing" with the metal edge of one of my small hand held punches.  That created a nice groove for my scissors (I used paper snips) to follow, and so I was able to finish the card.  So yes, all 5 flowers PLUS their sunburst-y centers were cut out by hand.  You would never know if I hadn't told you, not bad, huh?

Thanks for stopping by, hope your week is off to a great start!

4 comments:

Jackie Pedro said...

This is flippin' ADORABLE!!! Hooray for you being able to figure out how to cut out the flowers!!!! So glad you're big shot was still under warranty!!

Tracey said...

A broken Big SHot is very bad news but I am glad you are getting a new one!! Love your gorgeous card! Perfect hand cutting!!

Lisa H. said...

wow! I can't get over how CUTE and sweet this card is. that flower banner is wonderful....and I would cry if my big shot broke...so glad to hear SU stood behind their prodcut!

Stephanie said...

Becky, I {heart} this card!! And after I read what you went through to complete it, I love it even more. I would've probably cried if my Big Shot broke, holy wow. Glad you got a new one and at no cost, yeah! :)