Technique – die cutting

Featuring die cutting

Birthday Starbursts

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a beautiful autumn day here today so I spent a lot of it in the garden, raking up yet more leaves and preparing my garden for winter.

I only had a short time to craft and this is what I came up with! In fact, this card came together in record time for me! It’s my take on the current challenge sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches blog.

I used a Penny Black sentiment die and some Crealies dies that I bought from my local craft store. I was originally intending to cut the sentiment from silver glitter card but when I tried it out with the sample die cut that I keep in with my die (that happened to be cut from black card), I really liked the boldness of the black so I decided to go with that!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Silver snowflakes

Happy Saturday!

The colour combination for this week’s Color Throwdown challenge is one of my favourite festive combos – blues and silver.

I decided to use the heat embossed background technique that I first tried as part of Online Card Classes’ Merry Making class last month. This time, I created a base using some older Stampendous embossing powder and then stamped and embossed the beautiful Hero Arts snowflake background. I love this technique and still can’t believe how the powder from the stamped image just melts into the background to create a completely smooth base!

I wanted to add a die cut sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, but it didn’t stand out very well against the background so I added a vellum oval – I love how you can still see those beautiful embossed snowflakes through it!  To finish off the card, I added some Lawn Fawn snowflakes.

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – Happy Holidays.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Day 16 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

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

The sponsor for Day 16 was Ellen Hutson. I have some wonderful Essential by Ellen stamps and dies and so it was quite difficult to decide what to use for today’s tag! I really like the set of tags that Lindsey M-P created for the challenge and got to work on my take!

I loved how Lindsey used a stencil for the background to one of her tags and so I stencilled a brick base onto my tag before adding the die cut Ellen Hutson tree!

Now, confession time! When I stamped the greeting, it wasn’t quite centred… I was so concerned that it was straight, I completely forget to centre it! To balance it out a little I added a few die cut starbursts to the background – I think they work ok!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 9 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

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

The sponsor for Day 9 was Paper Sweeties. I must confess, I have never heard of the brand so spent a good while on their website looking at their fab goodies! I really liked Lisa Bzibziak’s tag using patterned paper and die cuts so I got to work with some of my oldest Basic Grey patterned paper and dies from Impression Obsession and Lawn Fawn. I finished off the tag with a Hero Arts Sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 7 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

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

Birch Press Design was the sponsor for Day 7, which was a little problematic for me. I have a few dies and stamp sets by them, but nothing festive and I’d made a decision at the start of this challenge that I was going to stick to my Christmas supplies – as I have SO MANY of them! So, I decided to use some Memory Box dies and stamps as I think it is a sister company.

Tracey herself was my inspiration for this tag – I’m pretty pleased with how the snowflakes in the set layered up!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 6 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

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

The sponsor for Day 6 was Lil Inker Designs – and the DT had come up with tons of amazing tags! As I had bought a cute (unused) Lil Inker Designs die at the end of last year, I knew I wanted to use that for my tag. I took one of Lynda Pryor’s tags as inspiration and got to work!

I used the ‘Merry & Bright’ die to make a shaker tag – my second so dar this year! I’m loving it! I like how Lynda used patterned paper as the backdrop for her shaker – perfect way of using up some of my massive paper mountain (which never seems to go down!). To finish of the tag, I stuck it to a frame cut from a Spellbinders die and then added some ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.