Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Hats Off Grad

A CAS one layer card!  And a toast to the new grad: new beginnings!

I stamped directly onto the card, then masked the image and sponged distress ink around the silhouette. Because the sentiment is a clear stamp I bent it to where the hat would be if it was lifted off.

Stamps: My Favourite Things
coloured with Copics

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Monday, 26 December 2016


A blue Christmas, well blue and silver really.  And you already know I like simple...  and you might have guessed I really like smooshing.

The background is matt metallic silver paper.  For the tree, I coloured white card using smooshed distress inks, then embossed it before adding silver Glimmermist.  This meant it collected in the nooks and is quite subtle.  Then trimmed it to a tree shape, inked the edges and raised on 3D foam.

Words EF: C
raft Creations
Star EF: Sullivans
Liquid Pearls, silver cord, silver star.

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Contrast Merry Christmas

Christmas doesn't have to be red and green to be merry and fun.  I like the contrasts for this one and the simplicity; after you see the colours, the gold embossed sentiment becomes the focus. 

Dies: Spellbinders
Stamp:  Hero Arts

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

that's fishy

I have someone who loves this stamp so I'm always trying to think of different ways of using it.

Background is made using distress inks.  The fish is painted with a thin layer of KindyGlitz for shimmer. The splatter is metallic gold.

Stamp: Inkadinkadoo

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Vintage Birthday

I used a sketch and a bingo board as an inspiration starter for this one.

Allsorts:  blue&brown-dimension-masking line.

Car Stamp: Tim Holtz
Sentiment and background dots: Verve Stamps

The circle area is masked.  I used distress inks to 'spotlight' that corner and also for the dots stamping.  Edges distressed. The car and sentiment is stamped using Versafine inks in sepia and black.  The banners are coordinating scraps with the top one raised on thick 3D foam, and the whole front is also raised on 3D foam for dimension.  A strip of glittery tape is added for the road.

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Gift pouch

Christmas all month long at Come And Get It challenges, join in the fun, check out the ideas:

This penguin is so cute from sponsor Bugaboo:

Pouch is made using We R Memory Keepers tool.  Penguin is stuck on with 3D glue dots to make it stand out.  I used multicolour dots because we have a colourful summer Christmas, and we do have penguins (lots of kinds), and this one sparkles in the sun.

Image: Bugaboo (Penguin Reindeer)
Coloured with Copics
Snowflake Die: Couture Creations
Ribbon, KindyGlitz
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Elf Christmas

What could be nicer than a wee elf to read out the challenge over at Come And Get It?  You guessed it - a month of Christmas challenge: cagichallenge

and our sponsor - Make It Crafty - provided this cute image:

Image: Make It Crafty
coloured with Copics
Die: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: Papermania
Ribbon, white gel pen, gold pen

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Ribbon Santa

Good Old Santa.  I like this modern looking version from Angies:  AngiesCardsandDigis

The challenge over at Crafters Café is use ribbon on anything.  Check it out:  crafterscafe

Layers and colours.  I like that the paper has the traditional colours then zoops it up with turquoise.  I used the die sentiment because it looks like a postmark.

Image: Angies (Santa Head)
Coloured with copics
EF: freebie from Practical Publishing
Die Sentiment: Craft Creations
Die label: Spellbinders
Paper:  Rosie's Studio
Ribbon, gold cord, bell

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Monday, 12 December 2016

A Christmas candle

A vanilla scented candle decorated using embossed electicians tape, decorated with ribbon and bling.  Not only will the candle shine at night but the bling shines during the day.

What could be a nicer little home made gift?  And in non-traditional colours.

EF: Couture Creations (Twiggy Christmas)
Electricians Tape, ribbon, gems, large gem brad.

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Vellum roses

I used a sketch for the design of this card, and used multiple stamps onto vellum  to construct the four layer rose.  Each layer has a 3d glue dot adhering it.  I love the look of vellum but, because solvent ink is used, I hate cleaning the stamps afterwards!

Roses layers stamp: Verve
Sentiment stamp : Verve
Doily die: Couture Creations
EF: Docrafts

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Mistletoe bough

I love using analogous colours and used this turquoise and lime combination as a non-traditional Christmas colour choice.  I wanted a tone on tone effect and lots of texture. 

I used two embossing folders and two patterned papers, and the plain coloured card has inked edges. The sentiment diecut and mistletoe diecut are multi-layered.  The flake is raised above the chopped up tulle; pearl added.

Holly EF: Sullivans
Snowflake EF: unknown
Sentiment die: Creative Dies
Mistletoe die: Couture Creations

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Snowflake Box

I wanted a box to put some chocolates in for a little gift, so made one using We R Memory Keepers box maker.

I used  green and silver patterned paper for the box (which is really moss green, not gold like it has photographed), silver paper for the snowflakes and a scrap of green dotty paper for the sentiment.  I put the sentiment on with deep 3D foam tape.

Box paper: Dovecraft
Snowflake die: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: Papermania
Also: glitter tape, Kindyglitz and a large pearl

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Monday, 5 December 2016

Southern Christmas Penguins

We don't have polar bears or red-breasted robins but we do have penguins - lots of them and lots of variety too, some of them endangered like the yellow-eyed penguin.

Anyway, this one is doing a little dance to wish you  the joys of Christmas.

Image: Pink Petticoat coloured with Reno marker pens.

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Bear Tag

Christmas-anything-but-a-card is the challenge theme at Come And Get It this time:  cagichallenge

Sandra Caldwell (Babycakes) is our sponsor and has this cute new image hot off the design board:  shop/babycakes
#1219 Bearly Lit Up

coloured with Copics
Tag die: Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Border die: Couture Creations
Sentiment Die: Poppy Stamps
Also: ribbon, kindyglitz, white gel pen, inked edges.

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Kiwi Christmas

In the southern hemisphere at Christmas time we are not looking for warmth, we are looking for coolth!

The EF with kiwi images is just right for us, with our native birds and flowers , jandals/flipflops, other iconic symbols and lots of stars.

I dyed some card with distress inks, then when dry, using dark blue ink, I letterpressed with the EF (Craft Creations) .  I really like the depth and texture it gives, and apart from the metal stars, I think it needs nothing else.

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Layered Circle Feathers

Lots of Layers for the Die Cut Divas challenge this month: 

The white base card has a blue layer, a white mulberry paper layer, then a patterned paper.  Three distress-ink-dipped feathers are tied with silver cord and gems added to balance the composition.

Circle dies: Spellbinders
Large feather die: Hot Off The Press
Small feather die: Spellbinders

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Birthday Bubbles

In the Crafters Café this week we have a birthday theme.  Coming up to Christmas a lot of people get their birthdays overlooked, so we are celebrating.

Our sponsor provided this image:

and I think it says it all, what a ride!

Image: BloobelStamps
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Verve
Die: cArt
Star stamp: Practical Publishing freebie, gold ink
Also a scrap of tulle, Kindyglitz

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Monday, 28 November 2016


This is for the son of a friend who graduates in engineering next week, so I had to "engineer" something...

The outside is very blokey and I was lucky that his name spelt out of the positives of the diecut.
The grey and blue are the colours of his engineering degree hood, and the black for his gown. And of course inside I went a bit mad with colour ...

Word die:
Number die: Cuttlebug/Provocraft
Hat & degree die:
Star die:

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Floating Feather

A floating feather.  I loved the camera work in a scene in the movie Forrest Gump where the feather floated through the town.  The music represents the song of the bird it came from, and the gems are the floaty bit.

The navy blue card is not that dark in real life, here it looks black.  I inked the edges of the feather.

Feather die:  Hot Off The Press
Stitched rectangle die: DieNamics

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Vintage Birdcage

I usually favour a simple design, but now and then I break out of my box and do a 'frilly' one.  Also it was time I got out of my colour rut, and tried a combination I've never used before.

I used a sketch from Verve for the design:

Circle Dies: Spellbinders
Papers: Kaisercraft

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Elf Peeking

This is such a cute image, it reminds me of one of my grandchildren.  The frame is on thick 3D foam tape and stands out from the background.

Image: Bugaboo
coloured with Copics
Die Fancy Frame: Kaisercraft
Inner diecut frame: Nellies
Tag die: Cuttlebug
Stamp sentiment: Hastings Rubber Stamps
Candy cane EF: Practical Publishing
Lights EF:
Also, gold cord, gems

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YNS : colours chosen: green-yellow-red, for the sketch I 'wonky-ed' it up a bit to add interest and movement.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Deer Wonder

This deer looks at the stars and wonders what it's all about.  Maybe it's Christmas.

Deer diecut from manila card.  Blue card cut into a tag, stamped and embossed with silver.  And wasn't that ribbon with silver edge a good find?

Deer die:  Couture Creations
Star stamp:  Practical Publishing freebie
Sentiment stamp: Practical Publishing freebie
Corner punch: Couture Creations
Also: Silver embossing, ribbon

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Friday, 25 November 2016

Summer Christmas Tree

We have Christmas in the middle of summer, so our icons are different from a winter Christmas.  This EF has NZ birds and flowers as well as a pair of jandals/thongs/flipflops.  We usually spend Christmas outdoors at the beach or somewhere cool.

I diecut a scalloped triangle (Spellbinders) and sponged distress inks on using the negative cut as a stencil to highlight the items, and then used a gold Sharpie for the big star and silver for the small ones.  I matted it onto silver metallic paper.  I like the simple look which is quite deceiving as it took ages to do!
EF: Craft Creations

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Concertina Butterfly

I made this for a friendship cardswap using instructions from a youtube tutorial (just google concertina card).

The edge of the card is punched and inked, coordinating papers on the inside panels with inspiring messages.  The butterflies are die cut from sparkle card.

Punch: Fiskars
Diecut labels: Spellbinders
Dies Butterflies: Spellbinders
Also: ribbons, sequins, gem

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Thank You Bag

November is thankful month at Die Cut Divas, so check out my teamies work here:  die-cut-divas

The image is from super sponsor Bugaboo, get it here:

I love the colours of this card and the contrast.  The teal card is actually a subtle sparkle, but it doesn't quite show in the photo. I like the subtle dimension the dry embossing gives without taking over the whole design.  The lettering is card several layers thick.

Image: Bugaboo, coloured with Copics
Circle Dies:  DieNamics
Sentiment dies: Spellbinders
leaf punch: unknown
Base card corners dry embossed with large ball tool

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