Technique – inlaid die-cutting

Featuring inlaid die-cutting

It’s a frame up!

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards! This fortnight we are challenging you to ‘use a frame’ and our sponsor is Stamplorations.

I often use frames on my cards, but it’s been quite a while since I used this sketch frame die from Simon Says Stamp. I inlaid a blended background that I created with regular distress ink and then added a Simon Says Stamp flower die cut on top.

I wasn’t going to add a greeting at first but then I decided to include one. I planned to add a small die cut sentiment but didn’t have any that could fit into the space I wanted to use – so this is actually cut with a ‘happy valentine’s day’ die – but I think it works quite well!

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – ‘Anything Goes’.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by our sponsor Sherry as well as the super-talented Natasha as our Guest Designer. Natasha’s instagram handle is ‘craftawaywithme’ but she has just started her own blog – craftawaywithme.com. She has some fabulous creations – you must pay her a visit!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

Geometrics

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards! This fortnight’s theme is geometrics’ and our sponsor is Uniko.

This was quite a challenge for me. I knew I wanted to use inlaid die-cutting with the cool triangle dies that I bought from Simply Graphic a few months ago AND incorporate the colour combo from this week’s Color Throwdown challenge (aqua, black and white). But the design…. well that was a real challenge! I tried so many different versions and decided on this super-CAS layout in the end. The ‘hi’ die is by Lil inker Designs and I replaced the dot above the ‘i’ with a triangle from one of the unused black die cuts to reflect the theme!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by Carol from CarolG Creates. She has some fabulous creations – you must check out her site!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

Heart shaker card

Happy Friyay everyone!

I just saw the palette for the Winnie & Walter colour challenge and decided to play along at the last minute.

For the base, I used a couple of Winnie & Walter stamp sets and once I’d embossed the sentiments/hearts, I added a soft layer of Chipped Sapphire distress ink.

I then got to work on my focal point – I can’t believe I have never got round to using this sweet heart Winnie & Walter die that I bought a few years ago! It’s so perfect for inlaid die cutting AND a shaker! I created some blended background with regular distress ink and cut them using the die before inlaying the little pieces. I added some sequins and seed beads before adhering the heart to the base with funky foam.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Perfect Day Challenge

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight’s theme is ‘perfect day’ and our sponsor is Precious Remembrance Shop. They’ve got a cool range of stamps and also some planner/scrapbooking goodies that would be perfect for Project Life.

Now I must confess that I found this challenge theme incredibly difficult! I tend to think in terms of perfect moments rather than days – catching up with family and friends, seeing a new part of the world, crafting, finding a bargain, even simply my evening commuter train just running on time (yes, rare and even then rarely perfect!).

In the end I decided to go with a wedding card, after all, we all want the bride and groom to have their perfect wedding day don’t we?

I stamped/embossed an older Magenta stamp that I’ve had for maybe a decade. Do you think I used gold embossing powder? Well, actually I didn’t – I used Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink and clear embossing powder! I was pleasantly surprised to see that it looked quite golden! After colouring the image with my Twinkling H2Os, I masked it off and added some regular distress ink to ground the image.

To add a bit of interest to the background, I cut a white card panel with an Avery Elle die and then inlaid some white glitter card before adhering the image panel.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by Dyane from Precious Remembrance Shop and Sharon from From My Craft Desk. She has some fabulous creations on her blog – I love her style so much – you must check out her site if you haven’t already done so!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

Seeing dots

 

Happy Saturday everyone!

So, it should come as no surprise that I LOVE background dies. The Altenew Doodled Dots cover die is no exception and I was fortunate enough to get mine during Dies to Die For’s recent Easter discount weekend. It is such a beautiful die – I’m looking forward to using it with an ink blended background, but first of all I decided to play along with this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge (pink, red, mint) and used it with some coloured cardstock.

(That cardstock really is mint-like in real life, honest! Unfortunately it looks quite aqua in my photos…)

I’d love to say these were quick makes. That would be a lie! It took HOURS to inlay all those little dots….. I may have got a little frustrated… but now that it’s over, I like having the set of three cards to compare! Plus three more cards to add to my ‘stock’!

To finish off the cards, I used dies from Savvy Stamps and Penny Black.

So, which one is your favourite?

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Blended Blissful Butterflies

Happy Easter Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards, but before I get on to that I must just say that the response to the last challenge was AMAZING! So many beautiful CAS cards in our gallery and some wonderful inspiration! THANK YOU.

Anyway, this fortnight’s theme is ‘a favourite technique’ and our sponsor is Sugar Pea Designs.

Favourite technique! How can I choose just one? Heat embossing – who isn’t amazed by that process?! Dry embossing – so effective! Colouring – so soothing! TOO MANY FUN TECHNIQUES!

In the end I decided to combine a few of my favourite techniques – inlaid die cutting, ink blending and adding shimmer – although realistically I’m not sure that last one is really a technique!

Anyway, for my card, I blended some distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac and Cracked Pistachio) and spritzed some perfect pearls that I had mixed with water. I then cut the blended panel and some glitter card with the Memory Box Blissful Butterfly Border.

So that the die cut would be truly inlaid, I also cut the base card with the die and then added a cardstock panel to the inside of the base card. This panel then served as a base for the die cut. Hope that makes sense?!

This is the reverse of the panel, on the inside of my card.

Once I’d inlaid the glitter outline and blended butterflies, I added a Winnie & Walter sentiment to finish off my card.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by one Guest Designer – Anita from Neet & Crafty. She has some amazing creations on her blog, so please drop by her site!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.