Mar 18, 2017

Open DT Call

Hello Crafters!
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Feb 27, 2017

Stitched Blooms

Hi, Connie here with you today.

I am sharing the pretty Poppystamps Stitched bloom trio dies.  Instead of shaping them with a foam mat and stylus like I usually do I thought I would share a different way for those of you that may not have those tools.  I took my bone folder, and while holding the middle part of the flower, so I don't rip off the petals I ran the bone folder along the bottom part of the petal to give it that curve, kind of like how you do when you want to curl ribbon. If you don't have one of those either you could use a Popsicle stick or maybe a small paint brush handle. Stickles in Starry night were added to the center of the flowers. For the big flower I used all three die and layered them together for two of them I used only the two smaller dies.


Next I cute my cardstock at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches and taped the Poppystamps - Tulisa Corner collage die to the upper left hand corner and cut it out, I then added a piece of scrap paper I had to the back before applying it to my card base. 

I just love the style of that corner and you can see the stitched flowers here also!

Next I cut the Memory Box -- Fresh Foliage die I added a little ink to the leaves to tone down the green card stock I had.

Next is the pretty Poppystamps Eyelet stitches border die, I love all the stitched borders in this die, unlike the other stitched border dies I have been using these actually cut a scallop on one side.

I finished the card off with the Poppystamps Pinpoint main street tag die, all I had to do is add the little gem and sentiment.

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Here are the dies used in this card.

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Feb 26, 2017

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection Background Die

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 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.  To see further details on the cards I made, you can go to my blog.

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Feb 25, 2017

Manly Men

Good Morning!  Happy Saturday!
Donna Phelan back again to share a couple of Masculine cards with you.
I find these a bit difficult to make, BUT if you pick out a couple of awesome dies from the Dies R Us Store, they become much easier.  Let's take a look!
This CAS masculine card uses the fantastic dies, Birch Trio, by Memory Box and Snow Drifts by Die-Namics.  Cutting 2 rolling hills from the Snow Drift dies in Green card stock, I sponged the edges in Always Artichoke ink to add some depth.  Then I stamped my trees in Old Olive ink.  Cutting my Birch Trio several times I spritzed them with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold, this also adds a bit more depth to a very flat (and easily mailed) card. 

My sentiment was heat embossed in Green Embossing Powder on to a hand cut Vellum Strip.  A very simple Masculine card.
My second card is just as simple and manly.

I created my background by scoring every 1/2" on Ivory card stock.  Then I swiped ink pads in Bermuda Bay, Dove Gray and White inks.  This gives a nice aged look to the Wood Grain Technique.  Images stamped in Black Licorice ink on to a Spellbinders Perfectly Pierced Classic Frame.  I masked off my duck image to stamp the cat tail and reeds behind him.  Copic Markers. 

And what's a duck without feathers?  These are fun dies by Poppy Stamps, Drifting Feathers.  I first cut them in Tempting Turquoise card stock and again in Vellum.  Layering the two to give a different look.  Stickles in Waterfall and Yellow to add a bit of sparkle.
Other Hill and Feather dies that could be used:
Impression Obsession
Hill Landscape
Poppy Stamps
Stitched Hills
Impression Obsession
Feather Set
X Cut Dies
Filigree Feather
I used this Birch Tree Die:

Memory Box
Birch Trio

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Feb 24, 2017

Thinking of You

Morning Peeps, 
Berni here with another creation for the Dies R Us Inspiration blog!  The Dies R Us on-line store carries a huge assortment of amazing dies by several manufacturers. . 
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I wanted to create a card with a silhouette; and then it hit me, I have this fabulous die with a bird on the branch with leaves. Next was the pattern paper behind the silhouette die to make it pop. I also wanted to contain the silhouette in a frame, so I pulled out this 6 all in one frame die. I used the scallop and pinking cut frame. And that is that. So easy peasy.

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Thank you for stopping by. See ya real soon, Berni

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Feb 23, 2017

Folder "–úarriage"

Hello, friends! 
Natalya here with a folder for a marriage certificate for Dies R Us Inspirational Blog
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Here's the cute dies that I used: 
Impression Obsession Dies - Ornate Oval Frame:

Hugs, Natalya!

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Feb 22, 2017

Hello Sunshine!

Hello, Janice here with you again to share my latest card 
made for the Dies R Us Inspirational Blog.

A sunshine card to make me think that Spring is on it's way very soon!

I started by embossing a 7"x 5" card base with a Darice embossing folder.
Next, using the Lawn Fawn - Spring Showers die set, I cut the clouds and sun in white card, colouring the sun and edging the clouds with Promakers.

I generated the word 'sunshine' on my computer, then I used the smallest die from the
Sue Wilson Designs - Frames and Tags - Pierced Flags, to cut the flag.
For the larger yellow one, I used the middle die and white card, which I coloured with a Promarker.

Lastly I added the word 'hello', silk flowers from my stash, sequins and diamante gems to decorate.

Here are the products I have used:-

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Feb 21, 2017

Pretty Asters

Good morning friends~ Birgit here today.
Now that Valentine's Day is behind us, I'm even more eager for spring to arrive!  Since I know we're not even close here in Maine, I opted for another spring like card using a vintage image that was cut using Memory Box Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers.

I started by cutting the Memory Box Piestra Tile out of soft pink card stock and the Poppy Stamps Hampstead Corner out of soft green card stock and mounted them to an A2 sized white card base.

Next I cut the Elizabeth Craft Designs Asters out of white card stock and colored them using Copics.

I then molded them and glued them together using Glossy Accents.  I just love how they look when they're all put together.  So pretty!

Next, cut the Impression Obsession Love Die out of white card stock that has adhesive sheet adhered to the top of it.  Run it through the die cutting machine and gently peel off the release sheet and add ECD Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the top of the die cut word and polish it to give it a good shine.  
I assembled the card and added some Yellow Stickles to the centers of the asters and then added some Crystal Stickles to the petals of the asters on the image.

 A lovely spring card to brighten someone's day!

I hope you're inspired by today's card.
Here's a list of dies I used:
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Aster Memory Box - Dies - Piestra TileImpression Obsession - Dies - LoveMemory Box - Dies - Open Studio - Stitched Rectangle Layers

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit