Month: April 2019

Sparkler Butterfly

Hi friends!

I am back with my entry into the current CAS on Friday challenge which has the theme of butterfly.

I used the Birch Press Design Sparkler Butterfly Layer Set with coloured cardstock. The base layer is standard white card, but I wanted the bottom layer to sparkle so I die cut the second layer from white glitter card as well and inlaid the little centre pieces before adhering the final two coloured layers.

While the butterfly is stunning by itself, I wanted to add a little soft detail to the background, while keeping the card CAS. I softly applied some distress oxide ink through the fabulous Shrubbery stencil from Funky Fossil Designs.

I stamped a sentiment from My Favorite Things to finish off my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Stretching background dies

Good morning friends!

It’s time for a new Crafts-U-Love Design Team post! This month I received the amazingly intricate Organic Tim Holtz background die *  and a pack of paper by the Paper Boutique *. You can find how I made the card on the right in my earlier post here.

I absolutely LOVE background dies and have amassed quite a collection over the past few years! They are a big investment but I justify it by thinking of alternative ways of using them! As you can see, today I have created two cards from one die cut background.

For both cards, I used some paper from the Paper Boutique pack and added distress ink around the edges. The papers are such good quality that the ink blends beautifully and very quickly!

So, on to the front of the cards! I cut the background from a black panel and stuck the whole die cut to a piece of Press’N Seal to ensure that I didn’t lose any little bits later. I then used an oval die to cut out the centre. I put that die-cut centre to one side and got to work on assembling my first card.

I covered the die cut in glue (seriously this is what took the longest time out of the whole process) and then adhered it to the pink background paper. This is where the Press’N Seal comes into its own – as soon as all the elements of the die cut are adhered to the base, you simply peel off the Press’N Seal! It’s a little pricey on Amazon, but the roll has lasted me for ages and makes it so easy for these sort of cards.

I took two oval dies and used them to create a frame from a piece of black card. (Set aside the rest of the black card, you’ll need it for Card 2!) I adhered the oval frame to the centre of the card. To finish off my card, I used the Belated Birthday Wishes sentiment die from Creative Expressions. I love these sentiment dies! There’s a huge variety and the price point is brilliant. The dies cut all sorts of card (including glitter and mirror card) beautifully!

I then turned my attention to the second card, which is essentially made from ‘leftovers’!

First I trimmed down the black cardstock I had used when I cut the oval frame and adhered it to the second paper background panel. I covered the reverse of the die-cut oval in glue and adhered it to the centre of the frame before removing the Press’N Seal. I used the Just for You sentiment die from Creative Expressions and a few Papermania gems* to complete this card.

These cards came together very quickly, I don’t know how long they took, but definitely less than an hour!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Products marked with a ‘*’ were sent to me by Crafts-U-Love for DT assignments.

Vase of birthday wishes

Hi friends!

Today, I’m playing along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge!

I used a die from an Impression Obsession vase die set that I picked up during the Dies-to-Die For Easter sale. I’m really looking forward to using all of those dies over the next few weeks! The funky stems are all from Simply Graphic.

Once I’d assembled my card, I added a small tag with a stamped Hero Arts sentiment and a few of my new Nuvo Summer Sunrise glitter drops. The glitter drops are a lovely subtle warm orange, but a little too subtle for this card as I really wanted to coordinate with the orange die cut. To get the deeper colour, I just added a dot of coloured pencil where I wanted to position each Nuvo drop – that gave me just the extra splash of colour that I was after!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Hi shaker card

Hi there!

It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! We have a CAS sketch for you this fortnight and the optional twist is ‘shaker’. Our sponsor is Winnie & Walter.

I LOVE Winnie & Walter products, especially their dies, and I recently placed an order for a stack of their dies – so I knew I wanted to use one of them for my take on the challenge.

I chose the ‘hi’ die as it would be big enough to create a nice shaker. I cut it from some cardstock and got to work on my shaker element. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Well, EVERYTHING went wrong. First I forgot the acetate before adding the foam. Then I got glue all over my acetate on the next attempt. Can’t remember what went wrong with attempt no 3 but I do know this card finally came together on the fourth try. Seriously, talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill.

I created a shaker mix using a few packets of sequins that I’d had in my collection for a while plus some seed beads. Really pleased with how my mix worked with the colours of my card.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined by the talented Raga from Perky Hobby – do drop by and take a look at her lovely work!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Birthday Wreath

Happy birthday to my lovely mum!

My mum loves wreaths so I always make at least one for her on each special occasion!

Here’s the card I made for her this time – I used the Simon Says Stamp Floral Sparkle Wreath that I picked up when it appeared one their deals and steals page a few weeks ago.

I cut the wreath from different coloured cardstock and then did some inlaid die cutting. And while I was at it, I created four more inlaid die cut wreaths – got to build up my birthday card pile!

Anyway, I added a touch of Pixie Dust to the wreath before cutting around the image using a Penny Black die. Finally I added a sentiment from Hero Arts to complete my card.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (anything goes) and also the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge where the theme is ‘Mother’s Day/Flowers’.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Embossed flowers

Hello there!

It’s been a while since I played with my embossing folders so I decided to use one for my take on the CAS Colours & Sketches sketch challenge.

I masked off three rectangles and then lightly blended some distress ink, using colours from the Color Throwdown colour palette (yellow, orange, navy and green).

I then used a Crafts-Too embossing folder to emboss the entire panel which I stuck to my card base. I added a strip of ink-blended cardstock and a Simon Says Stamp die-cut sentiment in navy.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.