Technique – die cutting

Featuring die cutting

Copper snow

Happy Monday everyone!

I had a couple of hours free this evening so I finally got round to joining a couple of challenges again! I’m playing along in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge using the unusual colour combo from this week’s Color Throwdown challenge.

I knew I wanted to use a copper and black background and originally planned to stencil some copper paste onto my card base. As time was not on my side, I decided that using a background die may be quicker – and it was! I chose an older background die by Hero Arts which I stuck onto some copper cardstock. I decided to use the Antique Pine Label die by Memory box as my focal image which I coloured with bundled sage distress ink. The green looks so light in the photos, but it’s darker in real life! Sometimes I find taking the photos so stressful!

Anyway, to complete my card, I stamped a Clearly Besotted sentiment onto some kraft card and added a few kraft snowflakes and dots.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Joyful Snowman

Happy Sunday everyone!

Now that my crafty mojo has returned, I’m focussing on a few more festive cards – I need to get my cards posted pretty soon!!

Today I’m using the fabulous bold Immense Joy (51-742) die kindly sent to me by Penny Black. I paired it with one of my favourite snowman dies (Snowman Joy 51-272) to create this super quick CAS card. I used distress inks to create a background panel and then masked off the area around the centre of the ‘O’ so that I could create a little snowy backdrop for that fabulous snowman!

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LucieG.

Cardinals scene

Hello everyone!

I think/hope that my crafty mojo has returned! This morning the stars aligned and I actually had time to sit down at my craft table and play with some stamps and dies kindly sent to me by Penny Black.

As soon as I saw the On a Limb die set (51-749), I could not wait to get my hands on it and play with those wonderful cardinal dies! I have bought MANY cardinal dies over the years but havn’t really found the right ones… until now! These dies are perfect to me – just the size and shapes that I have been looking for! Be warned, they will crop up on more festive cards!!!

Anyway. for this card, I created a simple background from blended distress inks and lots of glitter! I coloured the cardinals with distress inks and used an old journalling pen and coloured pencils to add some detail to the images. The rather apt sentiment is from the Festove and Feathery mini set (30-926).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Harvest of Happiness

Happy Sunday everyone!

The weather is starting to turn more wintery here – there’s more of a chill in the air and leaves are dropping like crazy. The crisp sunny days are being replaced by cloud and rain. But I still want to make pretty autumn cards! I think we can still embrace the joys of autumn until the end of the month, don’t you?

So in celebration of all things autumn, here’s a card I made with stamps and dies kindly sent to me by Penny Black.

First of all, to ground my autumn scene, I created my background using a small gel plate and aqua colour burst/shimmer powder. Then I cut images from the Pumpkin Parade dies set (51-754) and coloured them using distress inks.

After arranging my little scene, I stamped a sentiment from the Always Thankful set (30-932) to complete my card.

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LucieG.

Inspired by Pyracantha

Hello everyone!

It’s been a few weeks since I crafted. Life has been pretty busy and I’ve had lots of boring chores to tend to. And when I had some downtime for crafting. my mojo went AWOL. But, as is so often the case, today’s beautiful inspiration pic for the Color Throwdown challenge made me want to hit the craft table. I’m using stamps and dies kindly sent to me by Penny Black.

The palette of brown, yellow, red and orange made me think of my beautiful pyracantha! I had been wanting to use the fabulous bold berry die from the Winter Stems die set (51-751) for a while so I got to work. I cut the berry branches from brown card and glitter card. I felt the red and orange were a little too close when I was arranging them so substitued the red glitter card for satin mirror card – I quite like the mix of textures that it provides, do you?

Anyway. after spending a rather long amount of time arranging the berries on the branches, I put them to one side and blended some brown distress inks on my card base to ground my arrangement. I then adhered the branches and added a fabulous bow from the Jumble Bauble die set (51-743). I stamped a sentiment from the AlwaysThankful set (30-932) and added a few sequins to complete my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

A Mustard Sunflower

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I’m playing along in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge using the fab colour combo from this week’s Color Throwdown challenge.

I chose some Stampin Up paper from my patterned paper mountain and added a flower and leaves from The Greetery’s Sunflower Botanicuts die set, which I cut from some panels I’d made from distress spray stains some time ago. You would not believe how long I spent playing with the position of the leaves!! Anyway, I still felt it needed a little something extra so I added some Memory Box stems cut from vellum.

Finally I added a Hero Arts sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.