Friday, March 17, 2017

Dies R Us Open DT Call

The current term for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog Design Team is coming to an end so they are once again in search of 11 or 12 crafters who enjoy working with die cuts for the next Inspiration Team. 

All of the details can be found on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.

Deadline to apply is March 18.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sue Wilson Swiss Collection - Zurich



I think one of the best ways to show off a die is by cutting it on black cardstock and layering it on a lighter background.  I used the Sue Wilson Swiss Collection - Zurich, CED 9103 backing it on white paper and raising it up on the card base with dimensional foam, but you can't tell it's raised up. 



The rose in the center is the Single Rose by Paper Smooches A2D256.  I cut the rose on black cardstock first, then adhered the black die cut to a piece of white paper.  This made adhering the pieces back in a lot easier.  When I was done gluing in the pieces, I manually cut around the edge of the rose.  To cover any white paper that might be showing around the edge, I applied some black ink with an ink dauber:




To finish the card, I adhered some tiny pearls around the edges.


This card could be used for an anniversary, wedding, and birthday, among other things.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann


Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection


You've probably seen a lot of other Design Team members using this background die from the Sue Wilson Caribbean Collection.  I personally like this die because when I use it, I don't have to do anything else to the background of my card.  The die alone makes a complete background and it's so pretty.  For being such an intricate die, it also cuts out perfectly every time.



Since this die stays on your paper when you cut it out, I decided to cut it right into my card base.  I folded a piece of 8.5 x 11" black cardstock and trimmed it down to fit into my Grand Calibur.  I had to cut off about 1" from the edge to reduce it to 10" instead of 11".

I opened the card base to it's full size, placed the die where I wanted it on the card base and cut it out:


Then I trimmed around the edges of the die so it fit evenly on the card base.  I knew I was going to put white cardstock under it so I used 1/8" double sided tape around the edges of the black die cut and adhered the white panel to it:



I wanted the center oval to be white so I could stamp on it, so I cut out the oval alone with white cardstock, stamped it, then adhered it to the center of the die cut:


I stamped it with a greeting from a stamp set called Warm Fuzzies by Julie which is one of the Essentials by Ellen (Hutson) collection.  Then I cut some of the foliage and flowers from the Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet kit (B777), which by the way, has become one of my favorite flower dies. 

 I cut two of the larger flower in pink and layered them with a piece of foam tape to raise them up a little.  Then I used more foam tape to adhere the top, smaller, white flower and adhered the foliage:


I also wanted to see what this Caribbean Island Collection Background die would look like if I reversed the colors and cut it out of white cardstock and mounted it on a black card base.  This is what it looks like:


They actually don't look all that different, do they?  To me, the white die cut looks lacy and a little more delicate.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Frantic Stamper's Rose Cutout Border Revisited

I've been playing around with an older die that I had to see if I could make something totally different from my typical card style.  I've had this Frantic Stamper Rose Cutout Border die for a while.  Here is the most recent card I've made with it:


This is what the die looks like:


It only detaches from your paper along one edge (the top edge in the above photo).  

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge:

To make today's card, I started off with a 4.25 x 11" card base that I folded in half.  I placed the die along the right front edge of the card:


Then I manually cut along the fold of the card at the upper right front panel to detach the excess paper:


I then folded the card and traced around the floral edge onto the back flap of the card so I could manually cut that out:


The next step was to fill in the flowers and leaves.  I decided to use two different shades of pink vellum for the flowers and white vellum for the leaves:


I didn't want all of this to show on the inside of the card so I cut another panel manually with the floral edge traced onto it and adhered it over the inside top of the card:


Below is what the inside of the card looks like now that I covered the vellum:


And this is what is looks like once it's folded up:


I don't own many vertical stamps and found this one from Hobby Lobby worked the best.  I stamped it with Picked Raspberry distress ink and framed it with a layer of pink vellum underneath:





These are some of the cards I made last year with this same die:





For the above card, I cut the Rose Cutout Border along the edge of the card base and backed it with white paper.

For the card below, I cut the border out on white paper and manually cut around the top side to detach it from the paper:



The stamps I used on both cards are from the Frantic Stamper Clear Stamp Set FRA-CL-038.

There are so many other ways to use this Rose Cutout Border which can be seen on the Dies R Us Inspiration blog.  Design Team member Connie made this  amazing gatefold card with the same die.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kissing Flamingos and 24 Hr. Tim Holtz Sizzix Sale


Today's card is one I made for an anniversary but could also be a Valentine's card.

 I used the Accessory Word dies #1 and Accessory Word dies #3 for the phrase "hugs and kisses".  These word die sets are all the same size fonts so you can mix and match them to make unlimited phrases when paired with Accessory Word dies #2 as well.  

When I buy word dies, I try to find ones that are thick enough to adhere to a card using just a glue pen and yet not too big that they don't fit on an A2 card.  The Frantic Stamper Accessory Word dies are perfect for my A2 and 5x7 cards.

I also used the Frantic Stamper Lawn Flamingo die, cutting it twice and placing them together to form an open heart.

All of the dies I used are available at the Dies R Us Store.  If you haven't checked out this store before, now is a great time.  They are having a one day sale on Tim Holtz Sizzix dies:


SPECIAL ORDER
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We have made available a selection of dies for the next 24 hours.
We will take orders until February 22nd @ 10 pm ET

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet


I have to admit, I found this card by Laurie and fell in love with it.  It is then that I was introduced to the Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet kit.


I love all the greenery options you get in this die set.

I also used the following dies on my card:






Thanks for stopping by! -- Ann

White Thank You



For today's card I used the Frantic Stamper Tufted Cushion Card Panel and covered it with a sheet of white vellum.  

   The flowers are the Sue Wilson Orange Blossom Complete Petals.  I used some of the flowers  that have the rounded edges to them and bent their petals with tweezers.  The leaves are from the Sue Wilson Family Tree, and the Thank You is by Dee's Distinctively.  

These are some of the dies I used on the card:







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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Marianne Design Lots of Love


I cut the Lots of Love die 4 times on white cardstock.  After poking out the center hearts of each frame, I cut the die one more time on a piece of glossy cardstock that I had applied alcohol inks to and placed those hearts back into the frames.  To add some shine, I covered the center hearts of each frame with glossy accents.

Marianne Design - Creatable - Lots of Love

Thanks for stopping by ......  Ann

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Garden of Love ...



To make the card, I stamped the Queen Anne's Lace stamp by Nellie Snellen several times in black Stazon ink.  When the ink had dried, I simply painted on various colors of distress inks around the tops of the flowers then ran the entire card panel through an embossing folder.  I stamped the greeting on vellum and cut it out with a flag banner die.

To see other cards I've made using this stamp, click here.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Fantastic Florals which can be seen here.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann