Feb 18, 2017


Hello Dear Dies R Us Friends!!
Darlene here today sharing a card of encouragement.
With all the crazy things going on in today's world, sometimes our burdens get a bit heavy and we forget what's really important in life.  I have learned through the years to PUSH through the negative and EMBRACE the positive.  So today's card will hopefully encourage someone to 'B Happy' ... life is too short to be anything else!!!

The dies from the Dies R Us store that I've used on today's creation are:

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection  CED-5201
Sue Wilson Designs - Carribean Island Collection - Background

Sue Wilson Spanish Collection- Cordoba CED-1206
Sue Wilson Designs - Spanish Collection - Cordoba

Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection  CED4201
Sue Wilson Designs - Scandinavian Collection - Background
Sue Wilson Laurel Leaves   CED1437
Sue Wilson Designs - Finishing Touches - Laurel Leaves
Memory Box 'Classic Uppercase Alphabet'  #98361
Memory Box - Dies - Classic Upper Alphabet
Tutti Designs - Dies - Easter Tulips
Tutti Designs 'Happy Word Set'  Tutti 228
Tutti Designs - Word Set - Happy

 I have used the outer die from the Caribbean Island die set for my background.  Once die cut I used various Tim Holtz distress inks to sponge on some happy colors.  I have used the inner dies from the other Sue Wilson sets to create my oval sentiment panel.  I just learned that a lot of her similar 'collection' sets are interchangeable so that's where I came up with the idea for today's sentiment panel.

Remember, if by chance these dies are Out of Stock (as a couple of today's dies are) ... check back again because things turn around quickly!  Just because you can't find it today doesn't mean it won't be there next time. 
EDIT:  When I originally wrote up this post there were FOUR dies Out of Stock at the store BUT when I checked before publishing this post they were ALL BACK IN STOCK so I have shared the links for you.
See What I Mean!!!  LOL   Dies move in & out of the store quite quickly!!

I die cut the Easter Tulips twice and simply turned the one over so it would be facing the opposite direction.  I had originally thought about die cutting from different colors and replacing the tulip heads but then changed my mind and went with achieving my color on the background.
So with that being said, these yellow tulip heads were laying on the work table and I just didn't have the heart to throw them away!  You know how that is!!  LOL!!
I've used Nuvo crystal drops to accent the 'B' on my sentiment panel as well as adorn the center panel behind the flowers.  By using a pair of flat tweezers and a little squeeze, I gave these laurel leaves a bit of life.

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  1. Wow this is fabulous.. Loving the virbancy of this beauty and use of dies. I also am Creating with these same dies. Have a fabulous weekend.

  2. A beautiful, brightly coloured 'happy' card Darlene! What a fabulous selection of dies you have used to create it. Lots of inspirations there too, thank you!

  3. Such a bright and cheery card, Darlene, and well needed these days. Love how you colored the frame with a variety of color to give it that happy feeling. I also love those dies you used.

  4. Spring Has Sprung! Loving your garden full of tulips! Gorgeous colors and your card makes me very HAPPY!

  5. Wow Darlene, this is gorgeous! A psychedelic explosion of fun!!

  6. This will surely bring a smile to someone's face! Love the pretty flowers popping out from this colorful framing!!

  7. What a fabulous card! Love the bright colors and the flowers. Sure to make someone happy.

  8. the colors, the dies, the entire card!!!! this is one fantabulous card!!! you rock this Darlene!


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