Monday, August 21, 2017

Dies R Us A "Tin of Cards"!

I'm up on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog this beautiful Monday morning.  Today I'm sharing an altered tin containing mini gift cards.  I taught a class a while back using these tins with Christmas tags in them.  I loved the idea and decided to make a few to give as gifts.

I started by tracing the tin lid and bottom.  The bottom I traced twice and trimmed one of the papers to fit inside the tin.
Next, I inked all of the edges before adhering the papers to achieve a vintage appearance to the tin.  I cut a thin strip from the collection pack cover to use around the outside of the lid.  This worked well and showed the image on all of the patterned papers.
The top of the tin is embellished with fussy cut and die cut papers.

Here are a few angle shots that show the dimension on the tin cover.


I made four mini cards that measure 3x3 covered with the same papers.  They are embellished using die cuts and have various greetings on them. 
And, here is the finished tin and card collection...
I really had fun creating all the tin and mini gift cards.  This makes a great gift that keeps on giving!
Featured Die Cuts
Memory Box Amana Circle
Memory Box Lorelei Leaf
Memory Box Virtuoso Music*
Poppy Stamps Ornate Tea Set
Prima Crocheted Doily
Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Rectangle Nestabilities
Thanks for stopping by the DRUS Blog...I hope you are inspired to use die cuts on all your projects.
Visit the Dies R Us Store and browse their awesome inventory of die cuts to add to your stash!

Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Double D "All White" Challenge!

Hi everyone and welcome to another Double D Challenge!

It's time for the second mood board challenge in August and we're going sans color with an "All White" theme.  We offer four different photos to inspire you.  Use one or as many as you like!  Link up your project at the bottom of the "All White" Challenge post in the Double D Challenge Blog by midnight, September 3rd for a chance to win!

We'll be choosing a Creative Winner along with 3 others to receive our Double D Badge to display on your blogs.  In addition, a prize will be offered with the winner being chosen by random draw.  Everyone with an entry has the opportunity to win this prize.  International entries are welcome too.

You could win this Paper Smooches stamp set!

Our "All White" mood board offers a variety of beautiful inspiration.  How could you not be inspired by one of these photos...the beautiful horse, decadent icing, lovely flowers and elegant chair!

I was inspired by the intricate design of the flower vines along with the contoured lines of the chair.

This card is 5" x  7" in size.  Not the typical for me, but the embossing folder and background die cut that I wanted to use were this size.  I've been "die-ing"  to use this lantern die cut since a friend of mine finally found it for me (thanks, Rose!).  The design went well with the curves and swirls of the background die.  I placed the sentiment inside the lantern instead of a light.  The roses and pearls added more dimension and detail to the design.
From my stash...
Amy Design Roses Die Cut
Anna Griffin Flourish Emblem Die Cut
Bazzill Cardstock
Couture Creations Small Dots Embossing Folder
Marianne Designs Lantern Die Cut
Kaisercraft Pearls
Ranger Embossing Powder
Recollections Pearl White Specialty Paper
Spellbinders Labels 25 Nestabilities Die Cut
Tsukineko/Memento Ink
Challenges entered:
So, please join us at the Double D Challenge Blog!  You'll find the challenge rules located at the top of the blog.  Link your entry using the Inlinkz icon found at the bottom of the current challenge post.

Thanks so much for stopping by...
I hope my "All White" design has inspired you today!

Friday, August 11, 2017

CropStop Guest Designer Baby Boy Shaker Card

Hi crafty friends!  This is my last Friday as Guest Designer for CropStop
 Today I'm sharing a shaker card that I made for someone that will soon be having a baby boy!

I've been on a crafty spending spree ordering new stash from all the recent releases that are showing up everywhere.  One item that has already arrived is Authentique's "Cuddle Boy" designer collection...a bundle of super cute baby boy papers. 
I created this "boy" shaker card to share with you...

I selected a few of my favorite papers from the pad along with items for the shaker and  embellishments that I planned to use.

The 6 x 6 card base is made from navy cardstock with a layer of the patterned paper.  I used die cuts to create the second layer which will also house the shaker box.

I matched the circle die size to the shaker card pouch, centered it and cut.

The top photo shows where the shaker pouch will be placed.  After placing the "Boy" sticker in the center of the card base, I sprinkled the sequins and adhered the shaker pouch over everything.  This is topped with the second layer that I cut previously.

This next step is a little tricky because there are two die cuts used.  I wanted to add a finished touch around the shaker pouch and decided on a star pattern die to go with the sequins. 

Using the two die cuts together, I created this star frame surrounding the shaker pouch.

Although it's a baby boy card, I couldn't resist adding a couple of yellow roses along with the other embellishments.

From my stash...
Authentique Cuddle Boy Collection
Bazzill Cardstock
Close To My Heart Cardstock
Doodlebug Buttons
Dress My Craft Sea Breeze Sequins
Impression Obsession Shaker Pouch
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Recollection Roses
 Spellbinders- Standard Sm. Circle, Star Circles, Grand Label 1

Thank you CropStop for inviting to be a Guest Designer on the CropStop Blog.
It has been a pleasure!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

CropStop Guest Designer Week #2 - Christmas Tags!

Good morning fellow crafters!  We are a few days into August and it's my second of three Fridays as Guest Designer on the CropStop Blog.  Today, I am sharing a couple of Christmas tags I made.  The past month I was busy making "Christmas in July" cards and can't seem to get it out of my system.  You do know that we only have 22 weeks until Christmas, right?

I have a huge supply of small patterned paper pieces that need to be used so I decided to continue my Christmas binge and create a stash of gift tags for special gifts I give.  Gift tags are a great way to use up the leftovers!

I started with basic Ranger tags and covered them with patterned paper.  One would have a vintage look with inked edges and the other more traditional Christmas colors.

I sorted through everything and decided what I would use on each of the tags. Then I moved it all around until I was happy with the arrangement.

The finished tags!

Close up of the details.

Supply List
Cardstock -  Bazzill, Core'dinations
Die Cuts - Cheery Lynn, Spellbinders
Embellishments - Jolee's, Little B
Flowers - Petaloo, Prima
Ink: Clearsnap, Close To My Heart
Patterned Papers - Photoplay, Quick Quotes, My Mind's Eye, Mulberry Paper
Stamp - Stampin' Up
Other: Burlap Fabric, Christmas Tag, Mulberry Paper, Ribbon, Sequins, Twine
Stop by the CropStop Store for a great selection of crafting supplies!
Thanks for stopping by.  Please stop back again soon!



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