Technique – inlaid die-cutting

Featuring inlaid die-cutting

Non-traditional Ornaments

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge which has a combo of orange, peach, red and pink.

I found this a bit of a challenging combo… probably because I immediately though of creating something flowery but my initial design would have needed a green and I couldn’t get that out of my head. In the end, I pulled out some Simply Graphic ornament dies and distress inks and got to work on (yet another) non-traditional Christmas card. I wanted a bit of sparkle so used a Tim Holtz stencil to create a subtle glittery background. The sentiment is by My Favorite Things.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Fall Mason Jars

Hi again everyone!

Next up today I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge which has a fabulous  autumnal combo of orange, kraft and brown.

To start, I adhered a frame from Penny Black’s Framed die set (51-622) and then cut images from the wonderful Autumn Decor set (51-653) which I coloured with distress inks and distress oxides. I decided I wanted to have larger stem as a focal point so I added an image from the Garden Greens set (51-652).  Finally I added a sentiment from the Autumn is Calling set (30-863).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Beyond Grateful

Hi again everyone!

Next up today I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge  which has a fabulous  combo of turquoise, kraft, brown and white and I’m using the sketch from the CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge.

I created three panels for each of the colours using my distress oxide inks and cut them with Penny Black’s Leaf Patter background die (51-432) I applied a piece of thin card to the pack of the turquoise panel and inlaid leaves from the kraft and brown panels. I wanted to add another colour and so I used the die a fourth time to cut some shimmery cream card and inlaid the smallest leaves into the turquoise panel. Unfortunately, you can’t see the slight shimmer in my photos. I cut the panel in the shape from the sketch challenged and adhered it to my card base.  Finally I added a sentiment from Penny Black’s Ever Thanks set (30-813).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

AAA Cards One Inch Strip

Hi there!

It’s time for another challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using a one inch strip only. Our optional twist for this challenge is ‘coloured card base’!

I wanted to use one of my border dies for this card – quite a few were wider than an inch but this old Poppystamps Bubble Daisy Border die was well under an inch, which meant I’d have room for a sentiment too. Yay!

I decided to do some inlaid die cutting so I cut the image four times – once in white then once again in the colours for this week’s Color Throwdown challenge (red, yellow and blue). I originally wanted to adhere it to a kraft card base, to follow the optional twist, but I actually preferred the daisy chain on a white background. The colours popped a little more! To complete my card, I added a sentiment by Clearly Besotted.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined a previous challenge winner, and another of my favourite cardmakers, Janet – go check out her blog, it’s so inspiring!!

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 11

Hello everyone and welcome to Day 11 of Christmas in July 2021!

It’s also time for another challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using a ‘twinchie’. Our optional twist is Christmas in July! Yay!

What is a twinchie I hear you ask? Luckily our lovely admin Jane has provided a description –  “a square or circle up to 2″. Everything should be contained in it, (no added mat or layer outside the twinchie). It’s ok not to use all of the 2″ allowed, but nothing should spill over”.

I have to confess, I was very tempted to go with an inchie again as I really enjoyed the challenge of just using a square inch, and we had some AMAZING cards in our gallery for the last inchie challenge. I don’t use imperial so I was really surprised at how big a twinchie seemed after planning for an inchie. Nevertheless, in the end I went with the challenge theme as the larger size means I can use my beloved dies!

I used the fabulous Poppystamps Modern Wreath die which has a diameter of 44mm which is perfect for the challenge theme. I cut the wreath from various glitter papers and then inlaid the die cut pieces.

To complete my card I added a sentiment from my go-to Mama Elephant set – I was so pleased to find that it fit the centre of the wreath!

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined a previous challenge winner, Deepti, who has some lovely inspiration on her blog!

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2020 – Day 5

Hello everyone and welcome to Day 5 of Christmas in July 2020!

It’s also time for another challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card in ‘minutes’; our sponsor is Time for Tea Designs. Our optional twist is, Christmas in July! Yay!

I don’t really love making cards against the clock, as cardmaking is my hobby, but this one came together pretty quickly – just a couple of die cuts, some ink blending and stamping.

You know when you see a stamp or die that you HAVE to have and you are SURE it is going to be super popular… and then you never see anyone sharing their makes with it online? That’s how I feel about this Modern Art Treeline die from Poppystamps. I remember snapping it up as soon as I saw it back in 2016 and was excited to see how others would use it… I never saw anyone else use it. So weird.

Anyway, for my card. I lightly blended some regular distress ink on my card base and added the outline die cut before inlaying pieces cut from an ink blended panel I created some time ago. To complete my card, I added a sentiment by Mama Elephant.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined a previous challenge winner, Kylie, who has some lovely inspiration on her blog!

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.