Oct 1, 2016

A Fun Creation and NEWS!

Hello Dies R Us Friends!
It's Darlene with you today!   Before I share another inspiration sample using dies from the fabulous Dies R Us store, I'd like to share some news with you that is both sad &  happy!  

It's hard to believe this fabulous team has been sharing amazing creations with you each and every day for the past 6 months and now that their term has come to an end, I'm thrilled to say that most of the team will be staying on for a second term ... but sad to tell you that two of our very talented, dedicated team mates will be leaving us.

We would like to extend THE BEST  OF EVERYTHING to 
Donna Ellis and Olivia Marmara  ... we will miss you!

On a happier note we'd like to extend a warm welcome 
to the newest member of the team ...

Alicia O'Bryant

Here's a few words from Alicia . . .
I am married with one teenage son and currently live in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I am originally from Georgia where most of my family still resides.  I have been crafting since childhood.  I made beaded jewelry for over 25 years while participating in hundreds of art shows and selling to art galleries and retail shops.  I have been stamping for even longer but once I was introduced to scrap booking in the late 1990's paper crafting took on a whole new meaning. I currently enjoy making cards, scrapbooks, mini albums and mixed media/altered items.  I will also still make some jewelry on occasion. Other than paper crafting I enjoy concerts, hiking, camping, vacationing and spending time with my family and furbaby.  I am very excited to be working on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog Design Team.

Now, onto today's card creation.
I'm working very hard at being ahead of the rush this year with my holiday cards so here's another one to add to my stack.  There are so many awesome holiday dies available at the Dies R Us Store which makes it quick an easy to make a fabulous card in just a little time.  Today I decided to combine a few of these fabulous dies onto one creation.

The dies I have used on today's card are:

Sue Wilson Festive Collection - Poinsettia Mini Background #CED3049
Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection - Poinsettia Mini Background
Tutti Designs - Gifts under the Tree #TUTTI-131
Tutti Designs - Dies - Gifts Under The Tree
Cheery Lynn Designs - Merry Christmas #B186
Cheery Lynn Designs - Merry Christmas Set

 I actually had a few die cuts laying on my work table just waiting to be used and this beautiful Tutti Designs tree happened to be one of them.  A lot of times when I receive my dies I will do a quick cut from white card stock (anxious to see what it looks like cut out, lol) and then I can add color as needed.  Today I wanted to keep some of the white showing through on the tree so simply sponged on a little green ink.

A Christmas card just doesn't seem complete sometimes without a touch of sparkle so I turned to my Stickles box and added red to the berries in the frame and ribbons on the packages under the tree.  Then some Diamond Stickles to help decorate the tree. 

To add extra dimension to the sentiment, I die cut it twice ... once in white and once in red ... then carefully layered one atop the other for a nice shadowing effect.  What do you think?

 Please remember, each an every day of the month there's a new inspiration sample shared here on the blog by this fabulous design team.  Please be sure to pop in regularly.
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Thanks so much for stopping by today! 


  1. Donna and Olivia you will be missed. Sending cyber hugs and kisses on new your journey and endeavors, Welcome Alicia. Look forward to seeing your beautiful creations and being on this awesome team. Darlene, this is a beautiful holiday beauty. I also am creating something smiliar. Great creative minds. Have a beautiful weekend.

  2. Wishing both Donna and Olivia all the best for the future, it's been a delight working alongside them on the team. A big welcome to Alicia, I'm looking forward to seeing your crafty makes!
    Fabulous Christmas card Darlene, the tree is stunning! Super inspiration and tutorial, thank you!

  3. Welcome, Alicia! Looking forward to seeing your creations!

    Darlene, you have mesmerized me once again with another SW frame! Her frames are always utilized beautifully on your pretty projects! Your festive, spruced up snowy tree scene is truly a winter wonderland!

  4. Wow what a beautiful Christmas card! I am loving the glorious layers and fabulous dies you pulled together.....it's STUNNING! Donna and Olivia it was wonderful getting to know you both, you are wildly talented ladies! Welcome Alicia, you're going to have so much FUN here!!!

  5. Beautiful card, Darlene. Like the background paper peeking through the SW frame and the tree fits perfectly in the center. Sad to see our teammates leaving us but we can and will follow their work personally on their blogs. Looking forward to seeing Alicia's inspirational work. Welcome Alicia!

  6. Beautiful job Darlene of pairing the dies, love how you decorated the tree. Sad goodbye to our old team mates and wishing Alicia a big welcome!

  7. Darlene, your Christmas card is beautiful. I love it.

  8. Donna and Olivia, you will be so missed and a HUGE welcome to Alicia! Darling your card is so gorgeous and festive. Love it!!


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