Technique – die cutting

Featuring die cutting

Luna sponged heart

Hello and Happy Saturday everyone!

Today, I’ve been trying out a new technique – applying Cosmic Shimmer luna paste with a sponge. I would never have thought of it, but I saw Simon Hurley’s video about sponging glitter paste (via the new CAS Stencil challenge blog) and thought I’d give it a whirl with luna paste.

I used the Mosaic Heart stencil by Simon Says Stamp and I love how it turned out – the coverage is much thinner than applying it with a palette knife, but it’s still so shimmery in real life!

I was originally planning to cut part of the stencilled heart off to create my CAS card (the heart is really quite large!), but I couldn’t quite bring myself to do so! Instead, I cut around it so that part of the image hangs off the edge, preserving the beautiful heart!

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

I’m entering this into a number of challenges:

CAS Stencil challenge – sponging

Time Out challenge – loving

Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – stencil

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – something new (my new Moonlight Sea luna paste)

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Heart stems

Hello friends!

I am so honoured to be the Guest Designer over at the Case This Sketch challenge this week.

There’s a fabulous new sketch to play with – I had a lot of fun coming up with my card!

I cut four thin strips of cardstock to create an ombre-effect base. I then cut the Impression Obsession heart stems and added four of them to my card. Finally I added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted to finish off my take on the sketch.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

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A pocket of berries

Hello everyone!

I’m playing along with the current Case This Sketch Challenge today.

When I saw the sketch, I decided to do some partial die cutting with an image from the Penny Black Sunny Wishes set.

After embossing the image, I used a circle die to cut part of the image and fussy cut the rest.

I used the same circle to cut part of a background I created ages ago using some distress stains. I then cut the rest of the panel using a rectangular die so that I had stitching all around the panel, rather than just where I had cut the circle.

I adhered the panel and the image to the card base and finished off my card with a die cut sentiment from Mama Elephant.

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In the frame

Hello everyone!

My latest Simon Says Stamp order arrived this morning! Always a good way to start the day!

Anyway, I had resisted buying the Outline Floral Frame at the start of Diecember and my resolve lasted all of 28 days when I snapped it up in the Simons Diecember sale. I couldn’t wait to play with it!

I decided to colour it using my Twinkling H2O watercolours! This is seriously shimmery in real life!

I added a Happy Birthday die cut, also by Simon Says Stamp, and a few Nuvo glitter drops to the centre of the flowers to finish off my card!

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday and Wednesday challenges where the theme is ‘something new’.

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New Year Party

Hi everyone!

It’s been a very long time since I played along with a My Favorite Things sketch challenge. Not sure why as I do love a sketch challenge!

Anyway, I saw this week’s challenge pop up on Instagram and realised that as I had the Gift Box Cover Up die, I could easily play along! Sticking with my current New Year’s obsession THEME I created a background using distress oxide inks and the MFT firework stamps. I have had these stamps for a while and this is the first time I’ve used them. Best layering firework stamps ever! The polymer is trimmed to a point in one place on each stamp to make it really easy to line up the stamps. I’ve bought a few firework stamp sets over the years, and most of them have been a bit disappointing (probably user error!) but this set has to be my favourite now!

Anyway, after stamping the background, I die cut the Die-versions Party Crowd from black glitter paper, cut out the figures I wanted to use and stuck them to my base card to create an outside/balcony scene before adhering the frame using funky foam.

Finally, I added a sentiment from my favourite/most used Simon Says Stamp Holiday Words on a Line die set to complete my card.

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Starry 2019

Hello friends and happy Friyay! Although, I’m not sure about you but I had no idea what day it was when I woke up – post-Christmas limbo time I guess!!

Anyway, now that I’ve given out my festive thank you cards, I’m working on my new year’s cards.

I decided to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge again this week – and so this is my take using a Creative Expressions stencil, a couple of the Cosmic Shimmer luna pastes and some very old Cuttlebug dies!

I’m loving the luna paste so much – it has a much smoother consistency than the Nuvo embellishment mousse and I’m hoping it will survive a little longer than my mousses!

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