Technique – die cutting

Featuring die cutting

Hello flowery friend

Hello friends!

There’s a fabulous colour combo over at CAS Colours and Sketches this week and I have been looking forward to using it all week!

I created an ink blended background with a couple of Altenew inks and then cut it using one of my favourite background/frame dies – the Outline Floral Frame from Simon Says Stamp.

I cut some blackberry coloured cardstock using sentiment dies from Simon Says Stamp and Karen Burniston and added a few sequins to finish it off.

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge where the theme is ‘friends’.

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Hello Spring Blossoms

Hi everyone!

There’s a feeling of spring in the air today – I can see buds appearing across the garden!

So I felt it was right to pull out my Pretty Pink Posh Cherry Blossoms stamps and dies for my take on the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I coloured the flowers with Twinkly H2Os and Prismacolour pencils and arranged them on a rectangle of Basic Grey paper.

The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp.

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Birthday vase

Hello everyone!

There’s a super sketch for this week’s challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for die cuts and I was itching to pull out my dies again after my wood-mounted stamp challenge!

For my take, I used some old Basic Grey papers with dies from My Favorite Things (vase) and Simply Graphic. The sentiment is also by My Favorite Things.

Once I assembled the card, I felt it needed a little something extra towards the right side of the card so I added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops. They look clear by they are actually translucent grey!

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Seeing Purple

Hi there!

I’m back with another card using a stamp from my wood-mounted collection. Today, I chose Penny Black’s ‘Portraits’ stamp and decided to play along with the photo challenge over at the Just Us Girls Blog.

I coloured the flowers in purple watercolour and added some details with my Twinkling H2Os. I dotted a ton of silver stickles over the flowers and adhered a glittery Waffle Flower die cut sentiment to finish off my card.

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Sending Spring Birthday Cheer

Happy Sunday everyone!

I pulled out another one of my older Magenta Art Stamps this morning. I’m afraid to say I have never used this one as it was so much bigger than I thought when I ordered it and quite honestly the size scared me! I was concerned about my ability to stamp a decent impression (although Magenta stamps stamp beautifully) and then my ability to colour the image – especially that big leaf!

But this past month focussing on wood-mounted stamps has really renewed my confidence in stamping without the MISTI and I have been practicing my colouring so I decided to give the stamp a whirl! I’m so glad I did!

I coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os using the palette from this week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge (saffron, yellow and green). I didn’t want too many layers on my card so I embossed a My Favorite Things frame die around the image and adhered a die cut sentiment from Honey Bee (as well as stamping ‘sending’ from a Clearly Besotted set). Finally, I added a few Nuvo Jewel dots to finish off my card.

Et voila! Day 21 colouring done!

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Broken Record

Hello everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we want to see your CAS cards using one corner only, with the optional twist of ‘music’. Our sponsor is Uniko.

I have quite a few music stamps and dies and decided to use an older record die from Taylored Expressions, together with a very new stamp set from My Favorite Things.

As I was going to be using a corner I decided a longer sentiment would work quite nicely although I must confess I am a little bemused by it! A broken record never made me happy when I was a child! But I decided to just go with it and stamped it down after smooshing some distress ink on my base card. I then die cut three little records and cut into one of them to break it.

Et voila, a very quick CAS card!

My teammates have created some beautiful designs over at AAA Cards and this fortnight our guest designer is Karen who has some beautiful cards and photos on her blog, Random Reflections – you must check it out!

Looking forward to seeing all the entries!

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