Jul 13, 2020

Let's Rock & Roll!

Welcome crafty peeps...

Vicki here from He"artful" Validation of Vicki sharing some fun inspiration with you.  I was recently inspired by a challenge about music and wanted to play along with the theme.   And, not just any music...but the music of Elton John.   As a teen of the 70's, I remember the glam pop and rock icon as a great entertainer.

I've used the die cuts shown below to create a collage card using Elton John song titles.

Cheery Lynn Rock & Roll Jukebox
Cheery Lynn Whistle A Happy Tune
Poppystamps Sugar Plum Faerie
Precious Marieke Candles
Tutti Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles

*Select Cheery Lynn Die Cuts are available in the Dies R Us Store.

 I did a little research and created a card with a few of my favorites.

I went with retro colors of red and turquoise, included a black base and images along with silver metallic accents.   The jukebox is already assembled in this photo to prevent me from losing pieces!

Here's the finished collage card...

"Rock & Roll"

I used an oldie, but favorite background stencil and yellow distress ink.   Maybe a clue. ; ; (wink, wink) The sentiment is three layers adhered together for dimension.

There are eight songs in all...can you  name them?
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Jul 10, 2020

Butterfly Spinner

   Mandi here from MJ's Kraze. Today's card that I will be sharing with you is a spinner card. This type of card is perfect to showcase a die-cut. 

   The first thing I did was use temporary adhesive to hold the cardstock onto the card base. Tape the die in place and run it through your machine. You might have to add a shim to the die-cut plate sandwich to be able to cut through both layers. Remove the paper from the card base. 
 Die-cut the layered Jeanine's Art Classic Butterflies twice but make sure to die cut the image once on with the right side of the paper facing up and once when it is facing down. This ensures the when glueing the die cuts backs together that it lines up perfectly. 

   Now glue a piece of string to the center of the card base. Adhere to the die-cut pattern paper to the base, making sure to match the negative die-cut space. 
 Last, this is to add the die-cut. Once it has dried spin the die-cuts around a few times. While holding the wound up die-cut close the card and slide it into the envelope. When the card is removed from the envelope and open the die-cut will spin. 

Here is a little video of the card spinning and how to prepare it for the envelope. 

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Jul 9, 2020

Buzzing By Spinner Card

Howdy Y'all!

Mary Ellen here from Creative Time With ME! Today I have a fun interactive die cut card! Do y'all like to make interactive cards too?

Stamps: Langley Boy Designs Gettin' Buggy With It!
Paper: CTMH White Daisy
Ink: CTMH Intense Black, Ranger Archival Ink Aquamarine
Accessories: Carta Bella Vintage Airplane, Elizabeth Craft Design Sliders & Spinners, MFT Puffy Clouds, homemade stencil (SU! Rainbow Builder Framelits), CTMH Round Sponge

I have a video to share with you on how I created this card!

Supplies used (not listed under the card picture)

Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion

Spellbinders Tool 'n One Multi-Purpose Craft Tool

3M Foam Tape

CTMH 3-D Foam Dots

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Jul 8, 2020

A Little Christmas Cocoa

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the inspirational blog for Dies R Us.  I'm Monica of HeartcraftPaper and today I have a simple yet beautiful card as a part of my Christmas In July crafting.  A group of us girls on Instagram and sharing Christmas crafts in preparation for the Christmas holiday.  I have to say that this is my favorite holiday of the year.  I think that it brings out the kindness and joy in people.  Most of the year we focus so much on ourselves that we don't really think much of others.  So this is the perfect time to send a lovely holiday card to a loved one that you don't always get to talk to or see. 

This time I was inspired during my last visit to Starbucks.  You may have guess that I had a warm chocolate filled cup of joy in my hand with inspiration hit.  I mean, who doesn't think Christmas when they are enjoying such wonders.  I knew that I had a die that fit this perfectly and so I set out to make my Christmas Cocoa holiday card.


Yvonne Creations:  Hot Drink
1/4" Foam Tape
Scotch Tape
Distress Ink:  Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Mowed Lawn

Let's get started...shall we?

I started by cutting out a 5.5"x 5.5" square of the Plaid from the Carta Bella Christmas Delivery set.  This is a double sided paper that has dots on the reverse side.  I didn't want to make it too busy so I chose to use the dotted side since it was black and white.  This would really make all of the color I would add pop.  With my square cut out I centered the larges of the Reverse Stitched Scalloped Circle Window Die set.  

Using scotch tape I adhered the cut out back into my square piece using the quilting technique.  This allowed for me to then add double sided tape to the back and adhere it to the card base.

With my window and card base made, I set that aside to create my sentiment cut out using the glitter cardstock and the Merry Christmas Flourish.   I decided on using glitter cardstock in order to make the sentiment really shine where where it will be placed.  Sometimes combining different textures and pints make a card even more beautiful.  Consider paper types when making your crafts. 

With the sentiment cut out, I used liquid glue to adhere this inside of the window I created.   I used a set of tweezers to help me make sure that I was able to set this under the edge of the window.  Set this aside.

Time to work my die cut embellishments.  White the cards is lovely, it does need some color.  I die cut out my hot chocolate mug using the Hot Drink Die.  This is a set of six different dies: the mug, drippings, whipped cream, marshmallows, and cinnamon sticks (two sizes).  I used the red gingham Doodlebug cardstock print for the mug, tan for the drippings, brown for the cinnamon sticks and white for the whipped cream and marshmallows. 

While I embossed the mug so that the deer shape, because of the print, it didn't really show very well.  In order to correct that, I placed the die over the cut out and using a white gelly roll pen, I colored in the deer.  This made it stand out against the print as well as having a raised edge. 

Moving on to the drippings, I decided to give it a bit more depth by blending some Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto the edges.  This helps when using die cut images to give some color so that it doesn't look flat.  Once colored, I adhered it using liquid glue just under the slit created by the die on the mug.

For the cinnamon sticks, I used a black pen to just create some definition lines.  Nothing much more.  Using a dot of liquid blue on the bottom end, I insert them both into the die cut slit so that it appears as if though it is coming out form inside the cup.  I made sure to have the small of the two in the background. 

For the Foam I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to add some color to it.  I didn't want it to be just white, but to have a touch of a tan color, so this was perfect.  I didn't go in too heavy handed with the coloring, just on the upper edge of the die cut. 

With the mug completed, it's time to add it to the card.  I used a single layer of foam tape on the part of the mug that would be directly on the polkadot paper and two layers of foam tape on the section that would be over the window.  This way it has stability and at the correct height. 

For the final touch to the mug, all that is left is to adhere the marshmallows.  I used one in the mug and three on the left of the mug.  They looked as if they fell out.  Now you can choose to add some clear Wink Of Stella at this point to make those mallows pop.

We are down to the final touches of the card.   Using the Patchwork Holly die, I cut out my leaves out of green cardstock and the berries with the reflective Bright Red Starry Cardstock.  I figured I would add a bit more shine to the card this way.

To put together my holly bunch, I first added some color.  I did this by blending in some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink along the edges of each of the holly leaves.  I then glued them into bunches of three (1 small, 1 medium, 1 large) so that I had two bunches.  I then glued them together so that the center points would be together.  Using the liquid glue I adhere the berries at the center alternating between big and small. 

All that's left to do is to adhere this using liquid glue onto the upper left corner so that it settles over the window cut out nicely.

This is how your card will look once complete.

Thank you all for visiting the blog today.  Don't forget that you can also find this posting and more inspiration on the HeartcraftPaper Blog.  You can find the link on the right side of my blog page.  

Hope you share your Christmas In July crafts with me as well.  

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