Feb 28, 2017

Poppy Gift Set

Good morning friends~  Birgit here with you today and I've got a gift box that's just perfect for holding a set of coordinating cards.

The jumping point for this project is the clear acrylic box on which I created a little floral spray to jazz it up for gift giving. 
I started by cutting a Sue Wilson Carribean Island Collection Background and mounting it to the clear box and wrapping some ribbon around it.  The ribbon is tied in a bow so it can be easily untied and opened to insert the card set.
I cut the Sue Wilson Exquisite Poppy out several times and added color using distress ink and a black marker for the centers.
I shaped the flower pieces on a molding mat and assembled the flowers, adding some black prills to the centers.

I also cut out a few Frantic Stamper FernsDee's Distinctively Dies Berry Sprigs and two of the small  Elizabeth Craft Designs Dandelion Fluff.  I added just a bit of extra grey color to the tips of the Dandelion Fluff using a Copic marker.

I played around with the design until I came up with the one I liked and adhered everything down using Glossy Accents.

 I added some Mercury Glass Stickles to the berries to finish it off.
Four of these cards with envelopes fit perfectly inside along with a pretty pen.  A nice little gift to give to someone.

I hope this gift idea has inspired you.  Here's a list of dies I used that you can find right now at Dies R Us:
Sue Wilson Designs - Carribean Island Collection - BackgroundSue Wilson Designs - Finishing Touches - Exquisite PoppyDee's Distinctively Dies - Berry Sprigs Frantic Stamper - Dies - Fern

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

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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