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Showing posts with label Inlaid Die Cuts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Inlaid Die Cuts. Show all posts

Monday, 5 February 2018

Let's start the week with a challenge ......

Happy Monday ......

And big Hello to all you STAMPlorations fans!
Thank you to all who played along with our January challenges.  Don't forget to check back on Feb 10th to see if you are one of our lucky winners. And get ready, because there's a whole load of brand new products on their way over the next three months.  But ... we also want to let you all know that for the next couple of months we are going to do things a little bit differently here on the Blog.

You've probably heard that there's been a new addition to the STAMP family.  Sherry's gorgeous little girl ... Winter, came into the world back in December.  So in order to give Shery a little time to catch her breath after the birth, and to adjust to daily life with two little ones, as well as running the store, we're going to take a little 'Winter' break.

Instead of all the different monthly STAMPlorations challenges, there will be just one challenge each month.  It will have a theme, and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome!
We will return to our regular challenge program in May.

The rules are simple ......

  • create any type of project .... cards, mixed media, tags etc. as long as you follow the theme
  • STAMPlorations products are not a requirement .... but we would love to see them
  • Enter as many times as you like as long as each entry has it's own blog post
  • You must display the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
  • You must comment on the entry before yours in the gallery ...... lets spread the love
  • And for an extra chance to win, comment on the challenge post AND the Designers Blog posts throughout the month.
Prizes ......
TWO (2) winners of a $25 Gift certificate .... randomly drawn from all the entries
ONE (1) winner of a $25 Gift Certificate ...... randomly drawn from all the comments left on the Designers Blogs throughout the month.

Shery is also offering a generous 10% (no coupon code needed) off all stamps, stencils and dies in the store from February through to April.
Go on .... why not play along.

So .... the theme for February is ..... PAINT IT RED
Create a project with a love theme .... or the colour red in it!

Now normally it would be the CAS Card Challenge for me so I've stuck with that and,  as it's February, it had to have a love theme for Valentine's Day,  and the red bit was easy

I've used the pretty CUTplorations Clustered Hearts Die ....... and cut it from, Pink and Red Glitter card and again from a beautiful matte Red Mirri card

I then cut the hearts from a piece of white cardstock and stamped the words underneath (from the STAMPlorations Pocket Blooms)

I then mixed and matched the various hearts from my coloured die cuts and inlaid them into the cut out in the white card ..... gorgeous!

Now it's your turn to join in the fun.  Create your project and link it to the challenge blog.  Follow the simple challenge rules and you could be one of our winners.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

I'm off to pack the last of the boxes ready for the move tomorrow.  Removal men arrive first thing and we should be in the new place by late afternoon ..... can't wait!

Cheerio until next time ....

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Hello, Hello, Hello .....

Happy weekend to you .....

I hope you've had a good week and that you're all enjoying the weekend.
I've been hosting a Stampin Up! party this afternoon so my weekend has got off to a great start.  Tea, cake and lots of laughs with my crafty ladies, and lots of new SU goodies too.  It's always a fun afternoon when Lyn, my SU demonstrator comes round ..... expensive but fun!
Thanks ladies for a great afternoon.

I'm playing along with this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge today ........

I've been having fun this week trying out Loll's Tissue Paper Watercolouring Techniques ..... you've got to give these a go they are so much fun and really easy to get brilliant results. Check out the link to Loll's YouTube video.

CAS Mix Up ....... what's all that about then?  It's right up my street ...... CAS design, lots of white space, Mixed Up with rubber stamping and different techniques using mixed media products. You can find all the details on the CAS Mix Up Blog

This month it's all about using Tissue Paper, along with rubber stamping and my choice of technique/product is inlaid die cutting.  Here's the result ........

A really simple design, lots of white space, using the Say Hello  die set from Concord & 9th.  This is a fab die set .... 2 pieces one of which cuts the word as above, including the outline and the other part cuts the word much finer (you'll see what I mean later on)

I followed Loll's instruction and coloured my tissue paper using Distress Inks ...... smooshed onto a craft sheet, spritzed and then laid the tissue over the top to soak up the colour.
Once it was dry I adhered it to a piece of white card stock using IndigoBlu Slap It On as my adhesive and left it to dry.
This was then die cut using the large hello die ......

I love the texture that you get from the tissue paper ......

I used the same die and cut the word from black card and also from a white piece that had been cut to fit the front of my finished card.

I then inlaid the tissue paper hello along with a black border into the white panel ...... love the effect!

A simple stamped greeting and a few dots of glitter glue add the finish touch

Here's a couple more versions using up the die cut pieces ....... the first one is using the panel of die cut coloured tissue

Inlaid with the black hello and this time I added in the white border.......

I also used the second part of the die .... the fine cut word.  see how I've layered it on the top to add more detail ......

I also adding in a touch of gold embossing powder too.  Simply wiped gently over the top of the raised areas with Versamark ink ..... I used my finger but you could use the ink pad itself.
Sprinkled on the gold embossing powder and heat set ...... love this effect.

I stamped some words to finish the greeting, and a little bit of gold thread for added interest

A few pretty sequins add a touch of sparkle.

Finally the white version ........

Using the black left over card I inlaid the white hello and the tissue paper border .....

A little bit of stamping to add detail to the bottom ....... I used Distress Oxides for the flowers, they're great on dark cardstock, and a bit of white heat embossing for the word friend 

And again I finished off with a few dots of glitter glue here and there

I think I can say that's good use of all that die cutting .... well you know I don't like to waste anything!

Time to put my feet up now I think and catch up on some TV. 
We've got the little man staying with us tonight, so it might have to be Pokemon or Power Rangers for now until he goes to bed.  Then it's time for a cheeky G&T ....  and the last episode of The Night Manager. 
I've finally managed to get my hands on a new Aromatic Tonic from Fever Tree so it would be rude not to try it ..... the decision I have to make is which gin do I put it with!  Cheers folks! 

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your weekend.  
It's supposed to be nice weather here tomorrow ..... so it's looking like BBQ for Sunday lunch!

Cheerio until next time ....

Thursday, 26 January 2017

NBUS number 9 ........ wasn't that a song title !?

Happy Thursday .......

Sorry ...... for the song that's now going around your head ....... mambo number 5!!!
Another late night post .... you can tell hubby's away!  Not for much longer though ..... he's back tomorrow night.

Before he gets home, and the weekend gets underway I'm playing along with Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9.

This week one of the optional themes is Hidden Word ...... or Camouflaged Word
What do you think .......

It's not that well hidden ....... but it is camouflaged at least.

I stamped the pretty butterfly ..... which by the way is my NBUS item.  It's the smallest image from the Penny Black set ..... Butterfly Trio and I love them all!
You know how it is, new flutterby stamps are released, you decide you're not going to buy them because let's face it ..... how many butterfly stamps do you need! You always use the same ones. Well, if you're anything like me it's about twice as many snowflake stamps and I have loads of those (again ...... always use the same ones!)  So ..... this gorgeous set found its way into my stash but it's only just seen ink ......... it'll be seeing a bit more I think, the large image is stunning!

Anyhow .... I stamped the butterfly in various colours of Memento ink ......

I then die cut the word 'happy' from the stamped card (using the CUTplorations happy die) and again from a piece of plain white card so that I could layer it up and add a touch of dimension

I love using this inlaid die cutting technique and I think it looks fab when the die cut is part of the main image.
I added the rest of my sentiment underneath ........

And finished off with a few dots of glitter glue for a touch of sparkle

I've really made the most of the time I've had while hubby's been away ....... the house is spotless and tidy! Well .... apart from the old craft room that is, but we won't go there! I can keep the door closed. I've been busy ....... catching up with DT stuff, trying to get ahead of myself a little bit before the move next month.
I've also had a workshop to prep ...... the lovely ladies are back this weekend for our first workshop of the year.  We're going right back to the basics ........ as requested.  So, simple stamping techniques creating beautiful CAS cards ..... with a few tips along the way for adding those special little touches. And ....... one of the finished cards can sit on a desk all year round ..... hmmm, wonder what that can be!
Here's a little sneaky peak .......

Easy layering techniques, and stamping with different coloured inks

Simple heat embossing for a really elegant look.

More of those butterflies again ....... I loved my challenge card so much that I recreated it with a different look .....

And, there's a little bit of cute in there too ....... for a really quick and easy design

Oh well ..... it's getting late.  Another busy day tomorrow then we're out for dinner when hubby gets home.  Apparently he's had fillet steak and lobster this evening .... it's alright for some!  Wonder where he's taking me tomorrow night .......

Thanks for popping by.

Cheerio until next time ......

Thursday, 1 December 2016

On the first day of December .......

Happy Thursday ......

And welcome to December!!!  Only 23 sleeps until the big man in the red suit pays us all a visit.  I love Christmas .... can you tell!

There's a lot to get done before the festivities can begin though ..... and I don't mean all the shopping, the gift buying, and the wrapping!  The cleaning, the cooking, the cards to send ...... not forgetting decorating the tree!!!
No ..... I'm talking about this month's Blog Challenges.  Let's get December underway with the STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge.
As always the theme is Anything Goes ..... with an optional Colour Twist.  What else could it be for this month but ..... RED and GREEN ..... very festive!

Have you got all your Christmas cards done? ..... or is time running out and you're thinking you'll have to actually buy some this year.  Well ..... how about this ..... a nice CAS, fun design using the CUTplorations Jingle All The Way die along with the Warm Hands Warm Hearts stamp set.

I die cut the saying first from a piece of white cardstock, then again from green card, and finally once from red glitter card ......

I then inlaid the green version into the white card ..... cut the bottom section off the sparkly red one and layered that on the top ..... easy, but very effective

I stamped the Christmas stocking from the Warm Hand, Warm Hearts stamp set onto a scrap of white card, coloured it using Copic markers and then fussy cut around it, before attaching it to the card front using foam pads

A few dots of glitter glue here and there for some added sparkle and you're done!

Now it's your turn ..... don't forget you don't have to use the colour twist, and it doesn't have to be a Christmas design ..... anything goes.

Check out the STAMPlorations Blog for all the Challenge details and you'll also find more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on there too.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

I've had a lovely girlie afternoon out with my daughter.  A bit of shopping in town, didn't spend too much!  Then a nice, long lunch out before picking up the little man from school.
Hubby's not home until late, so no need to cook dinner.  He's out on a work's thing this evening so ....... it's just me, a nice glass of red (or two) and Mr Michael Buble!  Yes .... it's time to get the festive tunes playing, get the baubles out, and decorate the Christmas tree.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ........ come on, sing along!

Cheerio until next time

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

There's still time to play along ......

Hello there, me again ......

The first Holiday TAGplorations Blog Hop from STAMPlorations is well underway ..... have you joined in with the fun yet?
No problem .... there's still time you know!  You have until November 25th to link up your festive tags .... there's some fabulous prizes up for grabs.  Check out the STAMPlorations Blog for all the details

Today is the final day of the inspirations posts ..... there's been some amazing tags created by the Design Team ..... hope you've enjoyed seeing them all.

Today's tag from me is a nice CAS design ...... classic black and gold with one of those cute little Christmas Reindeer taking centre stage again ....

The tag's been cut twice, from black cardstock, using the CUTplorations Luggage Tag Die.
Taking one of the tags I then die the words from the top using one of  the CUTplorations phrase dies, and cut it again, this time from gold glitter card.

I inlaid the gold die cut into the black tag and then joined both tags together to securing the words on the back.

I stamped the reindeer onto Kraft card, coloured him using Distress Inks and fussy cut around him.

He was given a touch of sparkle with some glitter and a festive jingle bell tied around his neck before attaching him onto the tag using foam pads.

I finished off by adding a few dots of snow with a white gell pen, and edged around the tag with a gold marker

I'm also linking this up to the 12 Tags of Christmas with Loll & Friends ........ I'm trying to play along each day, so far so good but it is only Day 2!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.
The trip to town this afternoon was postponed last minute due to the fact that the weather was dreadful.  The warm and cosy craft room seemed a much better idea ..... and I do have a workshop to get ready for.
I still made a start on my Christmas shopping though ...... the mobile phone and the bank card are wonderful things.  I got just what I wanted and it's waiting for me to collect on Friday.

Cheerio until next time .....

Monday, 12 September 2016

The weekend workshop ......

Happy Monday .......

What a miserable start to the week it's been .... it's rained nearly all day!  Luckily I didn't need to go anywhere so I've spent most of the day in the old craft room ..... I've had a couple of birthday cards to get in the post and I've been tidying up!
I decided yesterday to have a clear out of a few things ..... seemed like a good idea at the time!   Today was all about clearing away the debris!

Back to the weekend though ..... here's a full look at what we got up to, playing with Mica Powders.

Some of the ladies were familiar with those little pots of shimmery pigments ..... for others they were something completely new.

I should really use mica powders more often ..... when I do use them I love the effects you can get. Everyone had great fun trying out all the different colours ..... seeing how they looked on black card and then comparing the same techniques on white .... a totally different look.

I showed them all one of my favourite things to do with mica ...... use as a spray over inked cardstock, cover with clingfilm, scrunch it and leave it to dry.  It creates the most gorgeous shimmery, frosty effects and we had some fab colour combinations too.
Once the card was dry we cut into it and used it with dies to create some really simple, but very effective cards .......

This is my favourite die at the moment ...... Mod Hex background from Poppy Stamps.  I love it .... and so did most of the class at the weekend.
I simply used the die to cut the apertures in a piece of white card, cut it again, this time from my coloured card and inlaid one into the other ..... easy

Love the frosty look from the white pearlescent powder ...... but I also like the gold version too ....

The 'happy' die is one of the brand new CUTplorations dies from STAMPlorations.  Great font and such a nice size

We also used the powders straight from the posts ..... dusted over images stamped with Versamark ink.  Again on black card ..... love this effect

Everyone was amazed at all the detail that the powders pick out ..... the only thing with this technique is you have to remember to seal the powders in some way, otherwise they can rub off .... a bit like chalks do.
I find either a cheap hairspray .... the cheaper the better, or mist with a fine water spray and let it dry. I'm sure there's an actual product for this on the market, but I've never used one!

We did the same thing onto white card ..... totally different effect.  I think you get a more delicate look ......

You do have to be a bit more careful applying the powders onto white card .... I tend to go for the paler shades.   You don't want to work them too much as they can colour where you don't want it ..... and stain the white card.

It's always a good idea to use an anti-static bag over your card before you start ...... whether you're working on black or white card, it does cut down the risk of getting the powders where you don't want them.

Next we mixed the mica powders with a tiny bit of water and used them as paints.
Stamped the images onto the card ..... for the black version we used Versamark Ink and clear embossing powder ....... and then coloured in the images

There's one of those CUTplorations dies again ....... and look at the shimmer from the paint ..... so pretty

Here's another version ...... the words have been embossed this time using a fine detail embossing powder

And again, a completely different look on white card ....... you may have already seen this one, it was my DT inspiration for the Craft Stamper challenge last Friday .....

I just love the shimmer ......

This time we stamped with Black Versafine Ink before using the clear embossing powder.

I think I'm safe in saying everyone enjoyed the workshop .... they're all looking forward to the next one which is a good sign, and they all went home with very long shopping lists ..... ooops!!!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio util next time
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