Mar 31, 2014

Cute Japanese Girl

Hi everybody!!
Every Monday Mikha is here, bringing you new inspiration!

Okay, I found it hard to set the title of the post. 
Just let it be, and just ignore it.

Spring hasn't ended yet :) that's why today I'm gonna show you my card using cute Japanese girl from Paper Shelter, surrounded with gorgeous Spellbinders - Floral Oval.

Don't you think this dies is just gorgeous? No wonder this is Out of Stock so fast!
Don't afraid, you could be on the waiting list ;) Just click "Put me on the Waiting List" button, and Dani will send notification once it arrive!

I love adding embellishments. Put corner here, and flowers around her.

I cut the smaller dies, then dry emboss the sentiment. 

Added corrugated paper and flowers here too :) 

Thanks for looking!
I hope you're inspired then show us your creation at our Dies R Us Facebook Page ;)
Waiting you there xx

And also, have you visited Dies R Us Store? We have wonderful dies over there!!

See you next Monday with new inspirations ;)
Don't forget to come back tommorow, and the other days too!
We have much talented DT Girls that love to show you what we made.

Have a wonderful day!!


Mikha Adriani

Mar 28, 2014

Ahoy There!

Greetings Dies R Us fans!

Today I'm calling all Pirates!

If you are like me & have a little pirate in your life, then you are sure to love my inspiration for this week.

This cute little character is Magnolia's Pirate Edwin & he's been coloured in Copics. I've got him perched on some 'rope' & have framed him with some 'skull n crossbones' using Spellbinders Classic Oval & Classic Scalloped Oval dies.

I've used the Die-Versions Sweet Petite Sailing Ship & the Spellbinders Standard Circles for the vintage clock, as layered embellishments neatly to the side.
I've also tucked in a tag edged with some washi tape & the 'Ahoy There' sentiment underneath it all.

Everything has been secured down with some 'rustic' staples & I've finished it off with just a couple of 'jewels' too.

Thanks for stopping by & spending time here with me.

Please stop by the Dies R Us shop on your voyage to your studio to retrieve all of the dies used in this card.

Happy Crafting!

~  Alicia  ~

Mar 27, 2014

Quick and Simple

Happy Thursday everyone! Here is my design of the week for Dies R Us! It's amazing how fast and easy it is to create a card using dies; a little sponging, some foam pop ups, a simple sentiment and poof, your card is done!

This thank you card starts with a piece of kraft paper, corners rounded, edges sponged with Distress Ink Walnut Stain and layered onto a white card base. A blue card stock by BoBunny is cut with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals. The clouds were added using a Cloud Stencil from Inky Antics and some Summer Sky from Memento ink.

The birdhouses were cut from Die-Namites Fancy Birdhouses die; the birdhouse on the left has the silhouette of a bird perched on it. I re cut the left birdhouse from a scrap of yellow paper, cut out the bird and glued the bird on top, covering the original bird.

The banner is from the Paper Smooches Streamers Set and is stamped with a sentiment from Avery Elle. TIP: If your banner has a curve and your sentiment is a clear cling type of stamp, you can curve your stamp slightly, on the acrylic block, to fit the banner. 

To finish the card small birds, cut from Impression Obsessions Small Bird Set, were added to the sky and sentiment.

See, quick and simple! Using dies makes life much easier and purchasing your dies at Dies R Us is quick and simple. DRU represents many die companies, that's why they are your one stop shopping store!

Until next week… thanks for stopping by, Robin! 

Mar 26, 2014

Come & sit a spell!

Hello again, friends!

I hope you are all enjoying these last few days of March & getting ready for some beautiful spring days! To keep in the spring mood, today I'll share a beautiful garden bench card with you. It looks really hard, I know, but I assure you it's not!  I did use a lot of different dies on this one though, so I will list those before we get started.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Bench, Elizabeth Craft Designs Agatha Edges, Impression Obsession Small Birds, Impression Obsession Cat Set, Memory Box Puffy Clouds, Memory Box Grand Oak Tree & Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight.  I realize that sounds like a lot of dies, but the main one you will need is the garden bench. You will all want to decorate your scene the way YOU like!

Although this isn't the usual order of things, I want to start right out with the inside of the card this time.

This is a straight on shot of the inside of my card.  Below is one taken from a slight angle so you can see how beautiful the bench really is!

The beautiful thing about this entire card is that the bench folds completely flat once you close your card!
The bench die is placed on the fold of your card (any size you like) and you run it through your die cut machine. Your bench will easily fold for you and you will notice there is a hole or space behind the bench. What I did was to cut a piece of blue cardstock the same size as my card & glue it to the outside of my card. That covered the hole and gave me the illusion of blue sky. I also cut a piece of blue for the top inside of the card as well and began adding the trees, clouds, birds & grass.

This is the actual front of my card when it is closed.  As you can see, I took the Agatha Edges & cut the blue  with one of the die edges before I glued it to my white original.  I also cut out the filigree design with one of the other dies in that set for a more finished look.  The sentiment was cut with my Spellbinder A2 Filigree Delight.

There you have it! What looks like a fairly "plain" birthday card on the outside, will open up to a beautiful garden scene that will delight someone & make them feel how special they are to you!

If you haven't checked out the posts from Monday & Tuesday, be sure you go back to do that now.  Don't forget to check each day as there will be a new inspiration for you made with new dies to tempt you!  Speaking of tempting you.....better head over to Dies R Us right now to see what wonderful new dies they just got in!

I'll see you next Wednesday!  Have a wonderful, wonderful week!


Mar 25, 2014

Spring Has Sprung . . .

Happy Tuesday to all you wonderful DiesRUs fans!
Darlene here with another inspiration card to share with you!
The calendar says that it's officially SPRING,
 so that's my theme for today!

BUT, before I share my card and details with you, I've seen some questions about the Winner's Announcement from our Launch.  You can find that list of winner's over on our Dies R Us FB Page.  Congrats to all the winners!

Now, back to today's card creation.
Here are the dies I've used on today's card 
which are available at our Dies R Us store.
Remember, if by chance it's Out of Stock, just click on the 
"Put Me On The Waiting List" button and you'll be notified when it's available.

I just LOVE birds, hummingbirds (and squirrels, lol) so I truly enjoyed making today's card.  My background paper from a Prima 'Fairy Belle Collection' pad and my sentiment was a stamp that is so old, I couldn't even read the mfg. name on it any longer.  
There are so many BEAUTIFUL butterfly dies available in our store (and you'll be seeing a lot of them in the near future), but I had these little MS butterflies laying on my worktable and since I've recently been on a mission to use up scraps, I couldn't help but add them to my card.
Look at the detail on this hummingbird die from Frantic Stamper ... isn't he gorgeous!
I merely die cut him out of garden green card stock then rubbed on a little turquoise blue Gelato to give him a more realistic color appeal.
I just had to share another closeup so you could see the detail on the birdhouse, corner ivy flourish and flowers.  Aren't they just fabulous!  I could have done more accenting on the gold finch but truth be told he was a last minute addition and I just simply didn't think about it  ran out of time. LOL

You will LOVE the Cheery Lynn Designs flower strips that are available in our store.
SO versatile ... for instance, on this Sweet William strip, there are several layers (that all cut at one time) to build the Sweet William flower, but here I've simply used the smaller layers to create my tiny vine flowers.

Well, that's it for me today!  I could just go on and on about these fabulous dies but will not drive you crazy with my finger babbling any longer.  Please be sure to pop over to our store to find the dies you'll love to create with!

Remember to stop back tomorrow to see what Sherri has created!  She has been creating some JAW DROPPING gorgeous creations to inspire you and I have no doubt she'll have another beauty to share with us tomorrow!  
You won't want to miss a day of inspiration being offered here at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog!

I'll be back again next Tuesday ... 
hope to see you then!


Mar 24, 2014

Shadow Box - Especially for Long Distance Relationship Couples ;)

Hi everybody! :)
It's Monday, and it means Mikha is here, brings you some inspiration at Dies R Us Inspirational Blog!

Today I'm gonna share a shadow box I made before I move.
Yes, I was in a long distance relationship for 3 years! Sure it's hard, but it's beautiful :)

That's why when I saw this Milk Coffee image, I instantly fell for it. Totally like us, I love to draw, and my boyfriend plays guitar!

Dies I used here are Lifestyle Dies and Spellbinders - Classic Oval Large.
It's a usefull dies! And I love using it! Totally obvious where I use which one, hehe...

And here's my colouring details. 

Yes, you're right!
I used the classic oval here :)
Don't you just love it? 

I added flowers and also pearls chain around the shadow box. 

And bow, button and also key and padlock charm on the top. 

Here's my shadow box.
Actually I made it could stand, like table decoration, hehe :) 

I hope I inspire you.
Thans for visiting the blog :)

Have you visited our store?
We're having tons new dies arrive!! You'll spend days just looking at them ;)

Don't forget to check back tommorow, as Darlene gonna share something sweet!!


Mikha Adriani

Mar 21, 2014

Do you Believe in Angels?

Greetings Friends of Dies R Us. Thanks for joining me on this Friday. The weekend is just around the corner, and if you are like me that means I get to have some crafting time in my Studio! Yippee! Today's card inspiration is brought to you by a few different companies. My card below was created using the following dies:

This gorgeous 'Lil Angel Wings' stamp is by Sherri Baldy (aka My Bestie) and I've coloured her with Copics. I'm hopeless at trying to keep my cards soft with that vintage feel (which I think is such an adorable style however I just can't seem to master) so my cards are always filled with wonderful colour!

The beautiful and delicate Memory Box Vaudeville Frame really pops in colour against the soft grey background paper I've used. I've also brought out the colours in her dress with the line of Lala Land Rolled Roses along the bottom, which is layered on top of the Magnolia DooHickey Swirls. I've actually cut one of the curls off so that it would line up across the bottom smoothly. 

My 'Believe' sentiment is stamped on the second smallest die in the Spellbinders Heart Circles set. I've finished off my card with some rhinestones in the same array as the roses and a couple of gathered ribbons running down the sides.

Thanks for stopping by and spending time here with me. Be sure to click over to the Dies R Us site to check out all of the New Arrivials and all of your favorite brands all in the one spot! And please come back next week to get another dose of inspiration from all of the talented members of the Design Team.


~ Alicia ~

Mar 20, 2014

Happy First Day of Spring...

Hi, its Robin with my design of the week for Dies R Us! It's hard to believe today is the first day of Spring and Easter is just around the corner.

My card uses Memory Box Twisty Stalk and Taylored Expression's Banner Stacklets 1 dies. This quick and simple card can be put together in no time! 

After cutting the banners I sponged the edges, of the floral card stock, with Distress Ink Shabby Shutters and glued them together. The Twisty Stalk was glued to the banner using a product I just found, E6000 IN A SPRAY BOTTLE! OK, maybe you already use it, but to me it's a new find. Makes gluing the fine detailed dies, like Tattered Lace, a snap to put on your cards. This glue dries clear and gives you a little time to position your die cut. I hold my die cut over a trash can in my studio and spray. TIP: When using this glue make sure you do a couple of test sprays into the trash can first, spray your die cut and wipe the nozzle with a damp cloth or paper towel when done. If you forget, you just pick off the dried glue and you are good to go. 

The base of my card is made up of three layers. The floral layer, Flower Patch from Echo Park, is sponged with Distress Ink Salty Ocean and is stitched around the edge to the other layers. All layers were then added to my white card base. I put buttons on the banner for flowers and added the banner to the layered card using foam pop ups.


The sentiment was stamped on heavy weight velum with StazOn ink and adhered to card with small glue dots.
Be sure to check out all the DT's posts each week for inspiration, tips and techniques. Then go shopping at the DRU store!

Until next week… thanks for stopping by, Robin! 

Mar 19, 2014

Let's Get Fancy!

Hello, again die fans!

Welcome back to another day of inspiration!  I decided today I would share a couple of dies with you that will allow you to create an amazing card that looks like a pro did it!  If you have ever seen the fancy accordion cards in magazines or online & thought they were beyond anything you wanted to tackle, then think again!  These beautiful and complicated looking cards are not complicated at all!  In fact, once you do your first one, you are going to want to do one for everyone on your card list! They are easily created using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Oval Card die #ECD-772. Although you can decorate the panels any way you desire, I used one of the frame edges made especially for the die (Elizabeth Craft Designs Oval Flourish Frame Edges #ECD-777) as I love the look it gives your finished card.  Here is a photo of my finished card as it appears completely folded and flat for mailing.

This is a beautiful card isn't it?  But just wait until you open it!!

This is the front side of the finished card as it appears once you open it.  The center ovals are all connected and appear to "float" through the card.
This is the back side of your finished card. With all the surfaces available for sentiments or images, your decorating choices are virtually endless!
This is how your card will look before you connect the tabs which allow the ovals to float through your card. You will decorate your panels before you connect the ovals. Don't worry if it looks complicated! There are really simple instructions with the die. It is literally 4 steps to complete this gorgeous card! And I guarantee anyone you send this card to is going to feel really special!

Be sure to check out the rest of the amazing dies we carry at Dies R Us!  We are adding new dies and new companies all the time. You no longer have to order from several companies & pay separate shipping when everything you need is all under one company now.

Don't forget to stop back each day to check out the amazing cards our design team has for you!  And if you have any questions, feel free to ask!  I'll see you again next Wednesday! Enjoy the rest of your week!


Mar 18, 2014

Pretty in Purple

Good Morning DiesRUs Friends!
Darlene here, and I'm so excited to be back again to share another creation using some of the fabulous dies available at our Dies R Us Store!  Have you seen the new companies added to the list ... WOW!  Be sure to go check it out ... we are truly becoming your ONE STOP SHOPPING DESTINATION for DIES!
Today I have a card that was made as an anniversary card for friends of mine! 
(She loves PURPLE!)
Here's a list of the dies I used on today's card:
This list is 'direct linked' back to the store to make it easier for you to 'Click & Buy'.
Some items are selling out quickly so be sure to get your order in!
If you find it is sold out ... be sure to click on the "PUT ME ON YOUR WAITING LIST" option!
Did you notice all the little purple hearts I've used as embellishments?  
They are actually the little pieces that came from the Spellbinder 'Heart Circle' die once cut.  They are perfect ... why not use them to embellish on your card front or the inside of your card!  
Too cute to just be tossed in the trash can!! 

Here are a couple close-ups ...

Look at the detail on these dies ... isn't it just beautiful!

A touch of purple Gelato has been added to the leaves on the flourish as well as
the center flower petal panel on the Sweet Williams.  
It really brought out the texture on these flowers and leaves.

I just had to use this adorable Frantic Stamper Hummingbird ... notice the HEART shaped detailing he has!  Perfect for this creation!  A little dab of Liquid Pearls was used for the flower centers.
 I hope you have found inspiration in today's card creation!
Please be sure to stop back tomorrow when Sherri will have another delightful creation to share with you.  
Remember to pop over to the STORE to see all the new arrivals!  
The prices are FABULOUS 
FREE SHIPPING on Qualifying Shipments over $35 ...  WOW!
I will see you again next Tuesday ...
but you can come back ANY DAY for new creations, tips & tricks from the DRU TEAM!

Mar 17, 2014

Let's Go With Feminine Colours ;)

Hi everybody!!

For the very first day of this week, Mikha is giving you an inspiration ;)

This time I'm gonna share another card, with sweet pink and purple colours combo.
Do you like it?

I'm using Art By Miram freebie image, called Rosie.

The dies I used are:

My favourite colouring medium is Copic, and I coloured her with it!
I also love adding rhinestones and doily :)

I also love ribbon, that's why I decorated ribbon with charm and heart pearl on the top of the cage :)

I simply just arrange Doily Flowers and Hellebores from Magnolia, then added Heart Swirl.

I inserted 3 Tilda Ticket here.
All the papers are from Magnolia.

Thanks for visiting our Inspirational Blog!!
Don't forget to check it again tommorow, as Darlene will share a wonderful creation!! ;)


Mikha Adriani

Mar 14, 2014

Modified Die Cuts

Greetings lovely people, Alicia here to wrap up this week of inspiration. So glad that you've come by today to check out our Dies R Us blog. Please scroll down & make sure you check out all of this weeks posts by all of our talented designer, as there are some great tips in there!

Now for my tip this week, I'm going to explain how to get more (or actually less) from your dies, by modifying what you are cutting. First up is a photo of my creation. I've tried to keep it as clean and simple (CAS) as I can, which is quite a challenge in itself! I've used the cute Magnolia 'Edwin with Lizard' stamp & tried to keep with the flavor of the month - green (to be sure).

I've actually used 3 different dies, plus a couple of punches in this creation. The first 2 dies used are for the image & the image frame, being Spellbinders Classic Ovals Small &  Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Small. Both of these dies are staples in my supply.

The third die I used in my creation is actually the third smallest die from the Spellbinders Donna Salazar Creative Book Pages (the small blue one), slightly modified.

As my card isn't overly large, I didn't want the green matt as wide as the full die however I did want it longer. So I simply cut my paper to the size I wanted & placed the die centrally over my paper strip so that I got the 'tab' features I was after, but threaded my paper over the die so that it stayed long & was not cut by the die. 

My little newsprint flower was made by layering x3 large daisy punches and a single medium daisy, all edged with Distress Ink Vintage Photo & scrunched. I finished it off with some twine sewn through a button.

Once all elements had been cut & assembled, I added a few strips of Washi tape & a simple 'Happy Birthday' sentiment.

Thanks for spending your precious time visiting our blog. I hope that we've left you with some inspiration! Please come back on Monday to see what stunning creation Mikha posts next!

~ Alicia