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Semi Shadow box card

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 *.

I immediately started pondering a way of showcasing the beautiful die with the papers… and here’s what I came up with – I’m calling this my semi shadow box card! I knew I wanted to raise the die cut background and while I probably could have used a couple of layers of foam tape, I decided to adapt a pop-up shadow box card. There are tons of tutorials online – Jennifer McGuire has a super video here,  but I decided to create a quick step-by-step too!

Step 1 – Die cut the background die on watercolour paper

As this die is incredibly intricate, I used a metal shim when I ran this through my cutting machine. . You can see that this background die doesn’t create a frame, so you can easily create a bigger die cut panel if you want one.




Step 2 – Colour the image using distress inks

I chose a few distress inks which I smooshed onto a craft sheet, diluted with water and started to colour. So relaxing!

You can see that I didn’t poke through all the waste pieces at this stage as I prefer to colour with those in situ. At the end of the process, I removed all the spare pieces and coloured any bits that I had missed (there’s always the odd branch here and there!).

Step 3 Create a frame and prepare a card back

I chose a piece of paper from the Paper Boutique pack and cut a frame for the die cut piece from it. I used this frame as a guide to create the back of my card which I cut to the same height. I added 3cms to the width of the frame for the base as the two sides would be folded twice.

I then made four scoring marks on the card base – 1cm and 2cms from the left and right side.


Step 4 Score along card back twice on each side

Although I do have a scoring board somewhere, I find it easier to use my trimmer to score card stock.






Step 5 Fold in the sides of the card

I then folded along the score lines to create a ‘Z’ on each side. I folded inwards at the 2cms score line and then the other way for the 1cm score line.









Step 6 Attach the die cut panel to card back

Before attaching the panel, I added some more paper to the back of my card to provide even more of a contrast for the die cut.

I added some strong adhesive to the sides of the panel – I always reach for Scor-tape which is super strong and has stood the test of time for my cards!


I then added the frame on top of the card and finally adhered the Thank You die cut from Creative Expressions to finish off my card.

Although it is only half a box card, it really is amazing stable and I didn’t need to used anything to prop it up!

Thanks for stopping by!


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

Merry Christmas die cutting

Hello Everyone!

While we aren’t sharing any DT creations over at the Crafts-u-Love Facebook page this month, I did receive a DT package which included the fabulous Tim Holtz Mixed Media Christmas dies. I have actually had my own set of dies in my stash for AGES and this was the impetus I needed to actually use them! So I got to work using the festive palette from this week’s Color Throwdown challenge (red, green, white and kraft).

The holly is cut from an old background that I created with distress oxide inks a while back and I added some red Nuvo glitter drops for the berries.

To finish off the card, I used an older Tim Holtz sentiment die (Retro Merry Christmas). And yes, I left the dot of the ‘i’ off ON PURPOSE! Honest! It’s quite a large dot and I just didn’t like the look of it next to the ‘Merry’!

Now, as I mentioned, I already have the Mixed Media Christmas die set so I am going to give away the new set that Crafts-U-Love sent me. Just head over to my Instagram account to find out more!

Thanks for stopping by!






Day 26 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

Day 26 is a bonus day with A Jillian Vance Designs as sponsor. As usual, the designers had come up with some amazing inspiration and I was particularly taken by two tags using a deer head with glasses! So quirky! Now, unfortunately I don’t have any glasses dies, but I decided to create my own take on Rosemary Dennis’s tag.

I used an old Tim Holtz/Sizzix die that I have had for AGES, but rarely use nowadays as it’s one of those thick BIGZ dies and has been banished to the depths of a cupboard. So glad I came across it by chance on Saturday and that I can use it so quickly after!

I added glitter ornaments from my beloved Pretty Pink Posh Festive tree die set and adhered the whole image to a tag cut from Basic Grey. Ah, I still miss Basic Grey! Just as well I have a small mountain of it still!

I’ve loved this challenge even more this year! It’s been such fun stepping outside my comfort zone from time to time and using a variety of my festive supplies – old and new alike!

Thanks to Tracey and all the designers who made this such a fun event!

And thanks to you, of course, for stopping by!


Day 19 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 19 was Jillybean Soup. I do have some of their embellishments and stamps, but nothing suitable for a festive tag, so I decided to use Hero Arts stamps for my take on Lindsay M-P’s pretty tag.

I embossed the tree stamp from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November 2017 kit with some Stampendous glitter embossing powder that I’ve had forever! I then used the die to partially cut the tree and cut around the top of the tree by hand as the die cuts a hole at the top, which I didn’t want.

I lightly blended some distress ink over part of the tag base and the used a Sizzix embossing folder to create the background texture. I added some Stickles to the embossed snowflakes and a sentiment from Hero Arts to finish off my tag.

Thanks for stopping by!



Happy Friyay people!

It’s getting closer to Halloween and I still haven’t got round to using the fabulous Sizzix/Tim Holtz ghost die that was part of the 2017 release. I loved this die so much that I bought the whole set! But, in my defence, I bought it in the sale so I snagged a real bargain!

I created a background with my distress oxide inks and then added the die cut ghosts which I had covered with a generous coat of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer gloss!

To finish off the card, I added a sentiment I cut from a  VERY old Cuttlebug alphabet set.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – both have the same theme of Halloween/spooky!

Thanks for stopping by!


Happy Halloween to you

Hello Everyone!

I’ve been seeing a lot of colourful Halloween cards in my Instagram feed recently so I decided it was time to pull out my distress oxides and make a few colourful backgrounds myself!

I love how well the oxide inks blend. Still love the original, but the oxide inks are fabulous for creating quick colourful backgrounds!

Once I was happy with my background, I spritzed/blotted some water droplets and then adhered my favourite Halloween purchase from last year – the Sizzix moonlit owl die – which I managed to pick up when my local craft shop was having a sale!

I added a sentiment from Poppystamps to finish off the card.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – they both have a theme of Halloween/spooky.

Thanks for stopping by!