Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday test

Here's a test run with some new dies and a new way of displaying the finished pieces.

The frame for the woven scraps is a 20" bicycle wheel.  The bells are vintage cookie cutters.  Tim and Sizzix teamed up for the gingerbread men (folded so they can hold hands), tattered poinsettias, holly and branch, cardinal and branch and Noel Bigz dies.  The Noel kinda looks like faux mercury glass (up close).  All these pieces were cut from a discarded chipboard box.  Hey, it's going on the front of my house (somewhat protected stoop) and I don't expect it to last more than one season so why not?  And it's a very inexpensive way to test run a die, color combo, stability, etc.

I used plenty of distress stains and inks and liquid pearls to color everything.  Because I know I'll be changing things out as the seasons change I didn't want to glue anything down.  And you can't really wire paper to the spokes.  Hmmmm....velcro to the rescue! 

Sorry I'm not a good photographer but the images do look really amazing up close.  My neighbor was caught speechless when I told, then showed, her the backside to prove this was plain old chipboard from a soda case. 

Off to see what other items I can repurpose for the holidays!


  1. PINNING!!!! Squeals of delight here! Now that is recycling!

  2. Very creative! I would have never thought about using a bike tire.

  3. Wow, really, really cool, Susan! Totally creative idea!