Saturday, March 25, 2017

Beautiful cards

Hello!  I'm over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today with a dramatic monochromatic card.  Check it out here for more detailed instructions on how to make this card and the supplies used.

In the blog post, I mention that this is a great design to mass produce, especially if you enjoy coloring.  It's also easy to modify using your favorite colors.  As an example, here is another I made using blues and greens with a touch of purple for a much softer look.  You can also switch out the flower stamps for any florals you may have in your crafty stash - although it's always great to have a variety of them.  :)

Here I used Altenew Beautiful Day with some Poppystamps butterfly die cuts with the Beautiful die from Quietfire Design Amazing Beautiful metal die set.

So which card do you prefer?  Dramatic or soft?  

Amazing Beautiful - Metal Cutting Dies

Challenges I am playing in (with second card):

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Celebrating 19

My nephew is turning 19 this year (wow!) and as you know, masculine cards are hard to make but I came up a fun yet masculine card using coloring bursts and the new stamps and dies from ODBD.

I started off with a blue card base and then a white layer above.  I used color bursts for a fun organic splash of color.  I then die cut the ODBD Large Number dies to personalize it for him.  The Celebrating from the new anniversary set Celebration clear stamp set was white embossed on blue card stock and then die cut using ODBD Double Stitched Pennant Flags die.  The white layer was then popped up with fun foam so that the numbers would be emphasized.

I hope you can play along with this month's challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge:  Anything with ODBD stamps.  And if you'd like more inspiration, please check out by my talented Challenge Team sisters ChrisJulie, and Robin.  Remember that you have until April 2 to link to the ODBD blog.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Thank you

Here is another card I made during my craft play date.  My friend brought along her Sweet and Sassy Stamp set Kindness set and we combined it with A Way With Words thank you die set.

The different sizes of the dogwood was clear embossed on white cardstock and then sponged over with distress ink Worn Lipstick.  I then added the thank you in gray with a white offset.

thank you - Metal Cutting Dies

Friday, March 17, 2017


Gold embossing is one of those things that look so elegant and beautiful but I always forget this particular technique.  So I broke out my gold embossing and combined Altenew's Beautiful Day and A Way with Words Prayers metal die.  

The prayers metal die was cut on a copper metal craft sheet and then adhered to a black layer for a shadow look.  The peony was colored with Copics (G14, YG11, E000, RV21 ).  Honestly, I had not intended this light colored peony but since I am still building up my Copic collection, this is what I ended up with.  I kind of like it. 

Thanks for looking!  Have a great day!

Challenges I am playing in:

Blessings Prayers - Metal Cutting Dies

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tulip Side-step card

Have you enjoyed the new stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs?  I chose to highlight the side step card today.  This is a great die that gets the cut and fold just right - no measuring needed!  

I started with some light blue card stock. I then added some grass and a no-line watercolored Tulip (I also used the coordinating Tulip die to save me on some fussy cutting).  To make it more like outside, I added some clouds and some grass.  The Circle Scalloped Rectangles was perfect for framing the butterfly shape die cut (from the  Trois Papillons die set) of my sentiment Happy Spring from the same Tulip stamp set.

For more inspiration using the March Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog and the DT's blogs:

Dawn * Cathy * Lisa * Helen * Kathy * Sandee 
Sabrina * Robin * Diana Lori * Julie