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

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

Merry Poinsettia Christmas

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

I first adhered some patterned paper onto a 5 x 7 card base.

The wreath, poinsettia dies, branch dies are from last years Concord & 9th ‘Holly Jolly’ virtual event, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I used Concord & 9th card stock for the poinsettia leaves and the additional branches – as well as the shadow layer behind the sentiment.

The words are die cut out of glitter card stock – layered a couple of times with white card stock.

Some gold glitter drops applied to the centre of the poinsettia, the leaves curled slightly for dimension.

I hope you can come and join us with your festive creations.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challengeanything goes – option to add sparkle/glitter

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Addicted To Stamps dies cuts and/or stencils

Daisy Chain Challenge use dies

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

For Someone Special

Hello there. Another time to play in my craft room whilst watching the Maker Mania 5 presentations – so many ideas and techniques to try later. Here is what I created whilst I was watching – multi-tasking in effect:

Onto a patterned paper background panel, I glued the row of rabbits, and used a little stamp from Lawn Fawn ‘All The Clouds‘ for the facial features. I did try drawing some on myself, but it looked like a hot mess – so I searched the CML app for face – and these popped up – just right for the bunnies.

The flowers are from The Greetery and die cut from Heffy Doodle and Concord & 9th card stock – a lot of die-cutting – a lot! And then layered and stuck down to create a positively cornucopia of flowers.

I have found that I shy away from small die-cutting and layering images like these small flowers, but actually I have had a lot of fun with this over the past few days. The hardest thing is which colour to go with which colour – but I manage……

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeanything goes with patterned paper

Just Add Ink – choose two from three elements – texture/patterned paper/layers (patterned paper and layers)

Just Us Girls Photo Inspiration

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – anything goes

Hey there

Hello once again. I have created a card using the current colours for Color Throwdown:

I used Concord & 9th card stock to die cut the blossoms branch – light green, dark green, and Honeysuckle – the nearest to a plum I have.

Before sticking this down – snipped at certain places to create the look you see – I took some white card stock and splattered some pink.

This panel was adhered to the card base, then the altered blossom branch, and then I added some light pink sticky dots to the centre of the flowers, and some green dots to the bottom. The sentiment is a die from Time For Tea Designs.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – celery green, sage green, pale pink, plum

Crafty Catz – anything goes – option to add flowers

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Papercraft Challenge – anything goes

Butterfly Thanks

Hello, I have a card to share which turned out looking quite simple – but took lots of die-cutting, snipping, and many a change of mind.

I want to make more ‘thank you’ cards for my friends who have been there for me over the past couple of weeks after my mum passed away – and if I can continue to craft to help get through this and create my own little way of saying how much I appreciate them – then all the better.

I used the colours from the Color Throwdown challenge to create this, and I knew I wanted to use this die from Memory Box – the problem was – which colour for which layer…….?

I actually die cut out of all four colours for the challenge – pink, red, cranberry, Kraft – and finally – yes finally – decided on the way you see here.

On a white card base I adhered the Kraft piece, onto which I adhered the die cut using Concord & 9th ‘Ballet Slippers’ for the pink.

The inset ‘cranberry’ butterflies were die cut out of a dark red glitter card from Crafters Companion and paper-pieced into place – to leave the pink outline round them.

The red ‘Poppy’ card stock butterflies were snipped off from the whole piece I had die cut and stuck down onto their respective position, which was on top of the pink card stock already there.

The sentiment is from Time For Tea Designs – the bold ‘thanks’ word stamped with ‘Poppy’ and ‘Cranberry‘ Concord & 9th inks to match the card stock – creating an ombre effect on the word, with the smaller words stamped in black. This sentiment stamp set comes with matching dies – always a bonus.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – red, pink, Kraft, cranberry

Creative Knockouts lots of layers

The Card Concept photo inspiration

TTCRD anything goes

As You Like It Challengetrue love or fabulous friendship

Just Us GirlsFriends

Creative Knockouts
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Poinsettia Wreath

Hello. I have had time to play in my craft room today, and created this card:

Taking the colour scheme from the current Color Throwdown Challenge, I started with a black 7 inch square card base. Onto that I layered a slightly smaller dove grey card from Concord & 9th which I had dry embossed with a wood grain embossing folder, and slightly ink blended with Distress Ink.

The wreath was die cut twice, and I cut one of them to add more layers to the part that was showing.

The poinsettias were die cut from a cream textured card stock I had and the edges were inked with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink – but then I added some Weathered Wood as I didn’t think it was grey enough. The extra darker leaves were die cut from the same cream card stock, but ink blended before I die cut with the same grey Distress Inks.

I stuck the wreath down with glue – leaving some of the twiggy bits unstuck for dimension and movement, and the poinsettias and leaves were stuck down with 3D glue – I like to use that for the more dimensional elements when I’m adding more – like the extra leaves – so I have some time to play around with the layout.

I then added some stickles to the centre of the flowers.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownblack, grey, cream, kraft

Addicted to stamps and Moreany occasion

Krafty Chicksoccasions

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas – option to use the word ‘Joy’ (option not taken)

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Happy Bird-Day

Hi there. Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has started a new challenge for the month of September. The theme is ‘Winged Things’ – in a CAS style. I had to make a birthday card, as it’s my birthday this month – so here is my card:

For the circle I used the Concord & 9th turnabout we received as part of the their Summer Camp, using their ink cubes, and then used a stitched circle die.

The bird die is also from Concord & 9th – Birdie Talk – and using their card stock too……so it’s turned out to be a Concord & 9th card really…….

It would be great to see your CAS style cards with this current theme – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge CAS

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Addicted to CAS CAS NATURE

INTAAS birthday

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Gem of A Craft Challenge
International Art & Soul

Color Throwdown – Winter Scene

Hi guys. I am lucky enough to have been randomly chosen featured stamper for a recent Color Throwdown Challenge, and so once again I am Guest Star Stamper for the new challenge.

Here are the colours for this week:

blue, grey, light blue, white

And here is my interpretation of those colours:

I started by ink blending two shades of blue Distress Oxides onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock. This card is a new purchase for me, and I can certainly see why this is a favourite for ink blending – I am sure I will use this again and again.

Once blended, I die cut the Forest Backdrop in Concord & 9th ‘Dove’ card stock, as well as die cutting all the other elements in that same colour – with some white for the house roof, the underneath of the trees and the moon.

I stuck down the backdrop, then added all the elements, with either foam squares or directly with glue, and then added some glitter oen to all the white areas.

I also added some of the stars in grey and white for the sky – adding the glitter pen to them all.

The moon is actually two die cuts placed together to create a shadow effect. I did contemplate shading the die cuts with a Copic marker, but I struggle with that – unlike Nichol Spohr – but I will keep practising – just not with this card….

I enjoyed the challenge of using these colours to create a card, and I hope you can join the team this time round. xx

I shall also be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends anything goes

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes

Time Out Challengecoloured card base

Jingle Belles Rock photo Inspiration

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Thank you for your kindness

Hello once again. I am managing to make some cards – I can start to sit normally with my foot down for short periods – I don’t have to keep it elevated all the time. I am being careful and not doing too much of that, but as I am able to get into my craft room I am so much happier…..

Here is a card I created as a thank you to all the people who sent me ‘get well’ wishes, and flowers, and just keeping in touch with me over the past few weeks:

I made a few of these – the same colours and layout – as I liked how it turned out so much.

I used a dark blue slimline base card, and the die cut elements from the Concord & 9th ‘Eclectic Garden’ stamp and die set. The banner is also from Concord & 9th, as is the sentiment.

I decided to keep the birds single white layer to stand out on the background. I did some that were layered with colour, but I thought this idea was better for these colours.

I used some Tonic Nuvo drops in the centre of the flowers and the end of the shorter banner words.

I’m probably going to play a little more with these birds – different colours etc – but they look so elegant in white, don’t they?

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Inspiration Station Challenge – photo inspiration

Color Throwdown – purple, green, blue

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – anything goes

Cupcake Inspirations – Oh Birdie

2 Crafty Critters Crazies – anything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals – anything goes with an animal

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