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12/12/2012

Christmas

Good morning. I know, I know...pretty soon, enough already with the Christmas cards. Then I have to start on some Valentine cards. Won't be as many of those however! I don't make (or send) as many Valentine or other cards as I do Christmas cards. Ok, here's the scoop on this card: Diecut Memory Box Winterland Tree using a snippet of gold mirror cardstock. (This was a leftover piece from removing the interior of an earlier diecut) So pretty, and this die cut like butter. I ran it through the (manual) Big Shot -forward & back- & it cut very well. Had to pick the tiny bits out of the paper, but wasn't bad at all. [BTW, the story on the B.Shot: I returned my Electric Big Shot to Sizzix. One night it just stopped with a platform, plates, a Memory Box die & cardstock right in the middle of the rollers. Nothing I did would move it back or forward. It's late at night, and I'm upset - mainly thinking of my nice MB die being ruined. So I hunted on the internet trying to find information on where a reset button could be on the BSE. Couldn't find any documentation, so I fired off an email to Sizzix, explaining what had occurred. Next day I got an email reply advising me to box up the machine only, return to Sizzix. What had been happening to me, when I would have to back the sandwich out very laboriously because the machine would just stop, is a known problem with the motor (I'm guessing it overheats). Before I was able to barely inch the sandwich out, inch by tedious inch. This time it wouldn't even try to move. So BSE has hopefully arrived at its birthplace, will be fixed or replaced with something else (I'm guessing a Vagabond), since Sizzix no longer produces the electric B.Shot. I wrote about this, as I understand some of you have had similar problems. Hope this will help you.If you've had a similar problem, I suggest contacting Sizzix] Back to the card: using blue c/s that would match the cardbase, I used CBug EmbFolder on the mat behind the tree (think it's called Holly Ribbons....unfortunately I cut the name off the cardboard when I stored the folder). Used Alene Easy Flow glue on the tiny bits to adhere the gold tree to the embossed blue c/s. Then added some red rhinestones. This layer was affixed to some snowflake design paper (a snippet from another project - another removed interior piece). As I've said before, when I make a mat under a layer, I diecut to remove the part that is hidden to save bulk, and those pieces come in handy for another project. These were just the right size for what I needed to do. All layers were adhered to a Bazzill blue cardbase, the Merry Christmas outline sticker added, and Bob's your uncle, another card. Longest part of this one, was poking out the little bits in the swirls. Many fell right out, but there are some tiny places that took a quick poke. Have a great day, and come again soon. Blessings & Hugs.
 Edit 1: I had this post scheduled as the daughter was here, and I wanted to save my time for her. I had some cards ready, so got them scheduled to post. Now that this post is live, and has some snippets, I'm headed over to Pixie's Playground to sample some 'good' eggnog, enjoy the festivities. Those girls know how to throw a party! Hope you'll pop by to see what's going on. Lots of lovely cards to browse through while you're having a cup of something.
Edit 2: Got an email from Sizzix today, asking if it was acceptable to me for them to replace my defective BSE with a Vagabond. Now folks, THAT is what I call real good customer service!! So if you are having similar problems to what I described above, you may wish to contact Sizzix while they are still willing to stand behind the Electric Big Shot (which is called the Big Shot Express, I think.). Hope I have helped someone else by posting this info.

7 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Another terrific card - love the blue embossed panel and the tree is gorgeous. Elizabeth xx

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Mary Hi I saw your post on my blog and the folder is by sizzix and I got it thro Stampin up and they are new there were two in the package but no name if you can find a site on here for stampin up they are on page 188 bottom left corner. I ordered them thro my girlfriend. they were $8.95 and they are beautiful. They have die cuts that coordinate with the folders as well. And this card is beatutiful. Love that tree...

Brenda said...

Beautiful card Mary! I am loving that mirror paper-where do you get it? So pretty and it is perfect for that die cut tree, which I love by the way!! What brand is it? I'm sorry to hear about your big shot-I didn't even know there was an electric one. So you have to mail it back with your dies in it??? I hope they fix you back up and get something back to you soon my friend. Hugs!

Di said...

Fabulous Mary! I love the red and gold - perfect! Hope you have more luck with the Vagabond 'cos I know that had problems too - hang onto all the paperwork!

Hugs, Di xx

Mary said...

One of my favorite dies. Love the bling you added. Perfect card.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Very pretty Christmas card - love the die cut and the embossing.

So pleased to hear about good customer service from Sizzix. Great news.

Hugs,
Sarn xxx

Bonnie said...

This gold tree is beautiful on the blue! I'm glad Sizzix is working with you on your machine. Isn't that nice!