Die Cutting Twofer

Hello there. It’s my time to host at The Alphabet Challenge. Having reached the letter ‘D’, I chose the theme of ‘die cuts‘. Any occasion, any creation -as long as there are die cuts involved – then you’re good to go.

I die cut sooooo many of these little layering dies from Spellbinders – I had so many left over that I created two cards:

This die set from Spellbinders ‘Color Block Mini Petals‘ only has two dies to it – a very small set. However, I think it certainly packs a punch. There is a background petal shaped die, then the other die cuts out the layers. I decided to go with a fairly simple colour scheme – but as you can see I placed each of the four colours in different order on each petal.

It’s time consuming, it’s fiddly – but I actually quite enjoyed it. I sometimes get my ‘fiddly’ head on – though rarely! – and I knew I had to just be patient, go with it, and see what happened.

I used Concord & 9th card stock – three greens and a yellow – and I knew the card stock would die cut perfectly so it was just a case of using my little Heffy Doodle mini die cutting machine over and over and over again…….

Putting the layout together also took a bit of time – which petal and which colour-way to go where. Again, time consuming….

I chose a matching green for the sentiments and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder, and even found some Concord & 9th gems in the same colours to ‘sprinkle’ down. I can’t remember ordering them – but ‘found’ them so used them.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘die cuts’ creations – I look forward to seeing all your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Pearly Sparkles layer it up

Dies R Us anything goes with a brand they sell – include a die

Crafting Happinessanything goes

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts or embossing folder

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengelayer it up

Sip Sip Hooray

Hello once again. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge – and we have 3 new DT members – I’m so excited to seeing more creations on our themes. Dawn has chosen the theme for this challenge – ‘Sentiment as the focal point‘. Here is my card:

Once again I used one of ink smooshed backgrounds but in a bright and colourful palette, as a background to this old sentiment die panel from MFT stamps.

I layered them by using the stitched rectangle dies, and opted not to put the ‘innards’ back into the words. You can still see what it says, and I think the ‘innards’ would cover more of the colourful panel than I wanted.

I hope you can come and join us in this challenge – I look forward to seeing all your sentiments in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Seize The Birthday birthday with real or faux stitching

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Craft Rocket Challengebirthday

AAA Birthday birthday and ‘Let’s Party’

Love To Craft Challengeanything goes

Beelieve In Yourself

Hello. Popping in to share a card using a new stamp set from Claire Manning Creative for the current challenge at Festive Friday. When I saw Claire demonstrate this on her YouTube channel – I just had to have it:

This is a layering stamp set called ‘Buzzing‘, and I thought it would go perfectly with one of previously made Distress Ink smooshed backgrounds – and I like how it turned out – all that rich yellow and that stark black….

The body of the bee is stamped in Versafine Black Onyx to get that deep and dark black, and then the wings were stamped. Usually, you stamp the yellow, then the black – but as I had yellow on the background panel – I didn’t need to do that.

And as we all could do with some encouraging words every now and again – then this sentiment from Clearly Besotted fitted the bill nicely – from one of their bee stamp sets.

I may have to play with this the way Claire did on her YouTube video – using a spray of water on the layers to give a water-colour effect – watch this space!

using Bee, yellow, black

Yeti and Penguin Christmas

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new ‘anything goes Christmas’ challenge. Here is my card:

All of these elements were created during an online event with Jenn Shurkus – I just didn’t put the cards together during the class – or since. I have an envelope full of the coloured images, so I decided to use some of them to create this card.

The background panel is stamped with snowflakes and onto that I adhered some vellum. I felt this would enable the images to stand out a little more.

As the images were already coloured and die cut, I played with the layout and used either glue or 3D foam to stick them down.

I hope you can come and join us with you Christmas creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Addicted To Stamps any occasion

Christmas Blog ChallengeChristmas and three colours (purple, teal, orange)

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

ABC Christmas Challenge – J and K

Hello there. ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters J and K. Wei is hosting, and this time we want to see your Christmas themed creations with ‘J for Joke and/or K for Kraft‘. I was inspired to make a card for each theme:

J for Joke
K for Kraft

For the first card I used the Tim Holtz die ‘Arthur’ and created him with a cream textured card stock with some brown ink blending around the edges. The hat is from a Simon Says Stamp die set – with some glitter applied to the white parts. The background is an ink smooshed background from my stash. The joke sentiment stamped onto some patterned paper and placed using 3D foam squares.

For the second card I created a shaker card using an ink smooshed background which I embossed using a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder, then applied Sizzix lustre wax. I placed this into a shaker creator from Tonic Studios, added glass beads and some thicker glitter and sealed it.

I die cut a Hero Arts Christmas cover panel out of Kraft, and stuck that down onto the front.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas creations – following one or both of our two themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

First card:

Peace On Earth Christmas challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

12 Months of Christmas – anything goes Christmas – option not taken

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Second card:

Dies R Us challengeanything goes with a brand they sell

Arty Divas Challengeanything goes

Die Cut Divasanything goes with die cuts or embossing folder (both)

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

Hummingbird Birthday

I have a card – two actually – to share today following a couple of days in my craft room:

I chose to use the Concord & 9th bundle and create two cards, as I couldn’t decide which of the hummingbirds to use.

I used a dark blue base layer for the birds, and other colours as you see. I also added another base layer for the bird to create another layer and thickness so I didn’t have to use 3D foam squares.

The floral arrangement I kept one colour – dark blue – to ensure the hummingbird was the star of the show, and also layered that twice – those little stems are a trifle challenging – but I managed!

The sentiment is from another C9 stamp set, white heat embossed and die cut with a banner die.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown mint green, light yellow, navy, strawberry

Addicted to Stampsbirthdays

Seize The Birthdaybirthday – option butterflies or hummingbirds

Pearly Sparkles layer it up (several layers on birds and florals)

Moving Along With The Times – birthday

CASology CAS botanical

See You Soon….

The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘C’, and Dawn has chosen the theme of ‘CARS’. Here is my card:

I stamped the images first, coloured with Copics, then used the matching die sets to cut them out.

These were stuck down onto a white panel with 3D foam, this panel layered with a Lawn Fawn panel, then adhered to a white card base.

The sentiment is from the same car critter stamp set.

I look forward to seeing your ‘car’ creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Papercraft Challenges animals (on the farm)

Creatalicious Challengeanything goes

Arty Divas Challenge anything goes

Love To Craft Challengeanything goes

It’s Wine O’Clock…..

Hello there. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz, and the theme chosen by Claudia is ‘Food and/or Drink‘. Here is my card:

I chose several images from a Clearly Besotted stamp set, stamped haphazardly around a card panel, then coloured with Copics.

The sentiment and the ‘hics‘ are stamped as you see. This panel was then layered with a dotty paper, and then onto a white card base.

I look forward to seeing your food and/or drink creations…..xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals anything goes with an animal

Crafty Friends – animals

Shiny Merry Christmas

Hello there. A little break from posting for me, but I’m back with a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas’. Here is my card:

I matted and layered some Lawn Fawn card stock – the foiled snowflakes – onto silver mirror card and teal card, then added a the die cut sentiment from Hero Arts.

I think the foil is enough shine and bling so I didn’t add any other jewels.

I hope you can come and join us – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Peace On earth Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeanything goes with patterned paper

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge – Blend

Hello. Another card to share today, this time a CAS card for the new challenge starting at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge. This time the theme is ‘BLEND’ – as long as it’s a CAS card – then you’re good to go. Here is my card:

For this card I used a Pinkfresh Studio stencil – it’s a layering stencil but I masked off everything except these leaves. I then ink blended – Distress Oxides – through the stencil. The second layer – the leaves detail – I used Gina K Design glitter paste.

Onto a second piece of card I ink blended the same colours, and adhered it to the side of the card base, just reversing the order – purple opposite the yellow leaves and yellow opposite the purple leaves.

I stamped the sentiment and adhered it as you see.

I hope you can come and join us with your CAS ‘BLEND’ cards. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challengeanything goes (option of scene not taken)

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

Addicted to CAS CAS Friendship