Technique – die cutting

Featuring die cutting

Stamplorations birthday

Happy Friyay, people!

My first Stamplorations order arrived this morning – I had been coveting the ‘Birthday’ die cut for quite some time so I knew I had to use it straightaway!

I decided to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and used a panel I’d made with distress oxide inks to cut the base panel and the word die. I cut the second, smaller rectangle from some fabulous handcrafted cotton paper by Tonic Studios – isn’t it beautiful? It really shimmers in the light. Finally, I stamped a small ‘happy’ greeting onto a white banner and adhered everything to  a kraft card base.

I’m also adding this to the Stamplorations ‘Never-ending Anything Goes’ linky.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to my dear Dad!

My dad prefers very CAS cards and so I decided to use the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge as my inspiration for this card.

I created a few background with Ken Olivier colour bursts a while ago and thought one of them would be perfect as it was ‘dad colours’!

I used a Simon Says Stamp Star die and then snipped the die cut in a few places so that I could arrange the stars to reflect the sketch. I also die cut a few smaller stars.

To finish off the card, I embossed a sentiment from an older Hero Arts set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Bold Simple Flowers

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge (coral, aqua, green and yellow) and decided to ink up the Altenew Simple Flowers set which I’ve had for quite a while but have never got round to using!

I don’t have the dies so fussy cut the images once the ink was dry – simple shapes = easy fussy cutting! if only it was always that easy, eh!

For the base, I used a background die from Altenew and adhered it to a white base card. The sentiment is also by Altenew.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Penny Black flowers and exciting news!

Hello everyone!

For today’s colouring, I chose a smaller image from a set by Penny Black. I think I would have preferred to have watercoloured these beautiful flowers, but as I’m trying to use The Day Marker 30 Day Challenge to practice with other mediums, I pulled out my Prismacolour pencils again! I really do love the texture of these pencils! What’s more the waxy surface can help with crafting missteps! Want to know mine?

Well, the original stamp has dots around the centres of the flowers, so I thought I’d use a black gelly roll pen to add them on after I had assembled the card. Big mistake. The black dots were far to heavy for the delicate image. At first, I tried to correct it with a white pen and then I realised I could lift off the dots with a craft knife. Seriously, those heavy pen dots slid off so easily! I added the dots with grey pencil instead, but they don’t really show.

I used the Avery Elle Burst die to create a frame for the image and raised it from the base card using some funky foam. Oh, and can you see that I caved and used my Twinkling H2Os – for the background. They are so shimmery, I love using them!

I’m entering this into the current Flower Challenge (use a previous challenge – I’m going with Challenge number 18 – ‘anything goes’); the Penny Black Saturday Challenge (also ‘anything goes’) and the Penny Black and More challenge (‘in the garden’).

Now onto my Exciting News!

I’m am so delighted to say that I am joining the design team of my nearest craft store, Crafts-U-Love. I think most of us have to buy our crafty stuff online nowadays and nothing beats seeing the products in person. I’m so pleased that Crafts-U-Love has an amazing store, crammed full of fabulousness, within driving distance and when I saw a DT call, I just HAD to apply. I’m so excited to be joining the team this year! My first design post will be around 15 June! Such fun!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Happy Birthday, Lovely

Hi everyone!

For Day 2 of the Daily marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, I coloured this beautiful Concord & 9th ‘Hello Lovely’ floral stamp. I just don’t use this beauty enough.

I used my new Prismacolor pencils again – I am loving the learning process! Colouring with them definitely takes me longer than when I use my Twinkling H2Os but I love the texture!

Once I had finished colouring, I decided to add some hidden die cutting. I always find this so nerve-wracking as I always worry I’ll mess up the beautiful image, but this one worked out! Phew!

Thanks for stopping  by!

LucieG.

Stencilled birthday

Happy Friyay everyone!

Simon Says Stamp is hosting quite a few stencil challenges this week so I decided it was time to open up the Simon Says Stamp ‘Hope Blooms’ stencil!

I used regular distress inks to create the flowery background and then used a stamp from a flower set to create the centres. I didn’t want to overpower the delicate flowers with stencilled leaves, so I used a stencil from the Bokeh set to add a spotted background.

To finish off the card,I added a die cut greeting, also from Simon Says Stamp.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge, Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (all three themes ‘Stencil It’) and the Color Throwdown Challenge (aqua, lime green and white)

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.