Apr 1, 2018

Introducing our New Design Team and a fun card creation!

Hello Everyone
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Darlene with you today and before I share my creation using dies & other products from the fabulous Dies R Us store, I have a couple announcements to make.

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First of all, we sadly said goodbye to several of our DT ladies at the end of March.  We can't thank these ladies enough for their dedication and fabulous inspiration through out their Dies R Us DT term.  Best of Luck to each of them in their future endeavors!

But on a happier note, I'm thrilled to say  Bev CodeColleen LoVetteDonna Phelan and  Judy Meeks Woodland will be staying on for a second term AND I am pleased to introduce you to our newest Design Team Members. 

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Please extend a warm welcome to:


The card I have to share with you today was inspired by an Island trip hubby & I have coming up in May.

It all began with creating my 'water' background using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio, watercolor paper and a water sprayer bottle.

I stamped 'peacock feathers' on my craft mat, spritzed with water than drug my watercolor paper through the ink.  Next I dried the panel with my heat tool and repeated the process using the 'cracked pistachio' ink.  Spritzing & drying until I had what I wanted.  Lastly I spritzed with water, let it sit for a minute then dragged it with a dry paper towel.  That created my 'water drops'.

The dies used for my ocean scene are:

Memory Box 'Graceful Branch Oval' #99465
Impression Obsession 'Have A Nice Day'
Frantic Stamper ' Swimming Mermaid'
EK Success CutterBee ' Nautical'

After die cutting my mermaid from a scrap of white card stock, I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for my coloring.

I have repurposed one of the plastic die cut packaging containers into a window
for my underwater scene.  I save all my packaging from dies that I feel
can be repurposed on other projects and cut it to size depending on
the need.  Today, I have cut a panel the same size as my oval cut panel
and adhered it using 1/4" scor tape.
I have cut a narrow strip of scrap background watercolor paper to hide my adhesive.
A narrow strip of dimension tape was placed between the panels before adhering to my base card.

Here are a couple of close ups showing the coloring on the seahorse and the sentiment.

The seahorse was colored with the oxide inks and the sentiment with the Spectrum Noir markers.

Here's one more look at the finished project. 

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always . . .


  1. So happy to have worked with all of you talented ladies and can't wait to meet and work with all of the new DT Members! Have a fabulous trip, Darlene! And now, on to your card! WOW! Love your background and that beautiful Mermaid, adding her to my wish list!

  2. What a great card, love how creative you are.

  3. Beautiful creation! Love that background and the combination of dies - perfect!

  4. Beautiful card! Definitely making me want to take out my oxide inks and having a messy play!

  5. This card is stunning! I love this composition!

  6. All you talented ladies will be missed, I have enjoyed seeing your creations every month. Please, PLEASE don't be strangers. Hope we see you around the web. Welcome to all our new Teamies - so happy to have you onboard, and I look forward to your beautiful works of art in the next few months!!! Happy Easter, everyone!!

  7. Thanks for having had me on the team. It was such a pleasure working with you all. Welcome to the new ladies, you're going to love this team. Darlene, your card is gorgeous and makes me wish summer was here. We tend to head to the islands for a couple of weeks in the summer. We are very much a tropical kinda family. I hope you and your hubby have a great time!

  8. What an adorable card Darlene! I Love the deep sea background and that lovely mermaid doing her thing. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be part of this amazing group. I've loved every minute of it! I'm excited to see all the new designers creations and get my daily dose of inspiration here. Have an amazing time on your trip!!


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