Dec 31, 2016


Welcome back Dies R Us Friends!
Here we are on the last day of 2016 ...
We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

 Darlene with you today!  I know we who are in the northeastern part of the USA are in the middle of winter ... but it's never too early to start thinking of warmer days that consist of flowers and birds singing in the trees.  Hence the inspiration for today's creation.

I recently purchased the Sue Wilson 'Indian Ocean Collection - Background' die set (#CED10011) and couldn't wait to use it on a card.  My card size is 5x7 and there are actually pieces to this die set that I did NOT use ... it's a 7 piece set!
Sue Wilson Designs - Indian Ocean Collection - Background
I had a large scrap piece of designer paper in my stash from another project and thought possibly it would give me the springtime look I was after so used it as the background as well as some of the other pieces (inside rectangular panel ... sunflower).
Here are the panels I cut and used for the background on my card.

Other dies I've used for the foreground of my card are:

Impression Obsession - Dies - Bird On Branch
Cheery Lynn Designs - Sunflower

Sue Wilson Designs - Petite Peony Cluster

For the floral element, I die cut the Cheery Lynn Designs Sunflower three times ... one time each from dark green card stock, white card stock and the daisy designer paper.  
Next I shaped the designer paper panel petals and stacked them being sure to offset them just a bit so all layers are seen.  

After placing the peony cluster in the bottom right corner I felt the sunflower needed a little 'something' so I die cut another peony cluster from the dark green card stock ... cut it apart and tucked it in around the sunflower!  Awww that's better!  LOL

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  1. A lovely Spring feel to your card Darlene, just what we need! The different dies you have used go so well together, the sunflower looks stunning in e different papers! As always, a great tutorial with fabulous inspiration!

  2. Love that sunflower, Darlene! I never thought to use the SW peony cluster for the leaves only, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.

  3. LOVE that bird on a branch die and your pretty flowers! That background die is so beautiful and makes for a perfect backdrop! Happy New Year! xo~

  4. Oh my goodness Darlene, is that ever gorgeous!!!! Your layout of this card and use of all the dies is just perfection, I totally love the layering on the flower, that is just stunning!!

  5. Darlene, I love your card. It is beautiful. Love the background die.

  6. Another gorgeous card Darlene! You're on a roll girl!! The daisy paper makes the perfect backdrop for all these wonderful layers. I do love the Sue Wilson dies for sure and I think that this one needs to go in my cart. ;0) Always the enabler, you are.

  7. Another beauty. You are the master of dies and composition. So pretty.

  8. Darlene, what lovely layers! the papers, the flower! great job!



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