Well, I managed to persuade hubbie to let me buy two new Bigz dies in the Sizzix sale yesterday.  They were such a bargain!  I picked up a scalloped rectangle album for £7 instead of £28 and the reindeer which wasn't quite so much of a bargain (only reduced from £13.99 to £8.40) but I have had my eye on this for quite some time.  I am now eagerly awaiting the postman, but it says on the Sizzix website it could take as long as ten days.  TEN DAYS????!!!!  Don't they realise I have crafting needs, Christmas will soon be here and gone and where is my reindeer?  I'd like everything in the post please, preferably yesterday (even though this time yesterday I hadn't even ordered the dies....) but failing that, Monday morning...or rather early afternoon since our postman changed the order in which he does his rounds and we now have to wait until lunchtime to get any post....  Chances are I won't get these until at least the end of next week and that is if I am lucky and Sizzix haven't already run out of these dies!

So, in the absence of these much longed for dies, I decided to get crafting, get out my Big Shot and look see what I made:

Isn't that one gorgeous poinsettia and that brad is to die for.  It's a Stampin' Up! antique brad and I tell you, they are absolutely gorgeous.  In fact, they are so gorgeous, I just do not want to let them out of my hands and the only reason I used one here is that I can give this pillow box to my daughter for Christmas and get the wrapping (and the brad ;) ) back!  If I was Gollum, these would definitely be my precious!!!

The pillow box was made using a Sizzix/Stampin' Up! pillow box die and is just big enough to hold two Cadbury fudges from a Heroes tin.... don't ask where the rest of the chocolates went to, some of them went into my son's advent calendar, and the rest...well, that's my secret!   The poinsettia was made using a template from Paper Garden Designs:

The files are so easy to use but since I don't have a cutting machine, I actually used the png files, then layered papers from this kit to make the petals/leaves:

Aren't those colours gorgeous and I love those flowers!  The leaves are relatively easy to cut out using scissors, so don't let the fact that you may not have a cutting machine put you off.  A cutting machine is on my wish list but an iPad comes first (as and when I can afford one)!!!!

The gift tag was again made using papers from the kit and the centre of the button on that white snowflake flower in the preview but I also used the ornament png from these cutting files:

Aren't they neat?  You can actually use them for gift tags or for cards and I will let you see how the cards I am in the process of making from these turn out later.  

In the meantime, I need to go get the church notices started and then make some bible verse tags but before I go, I'll leave you with my new siggie for the Digichick forum that I made using the Glitter and Memories collab:

I just love that kit!  It has so many scrumptious items in it!  

Happy scrapping!