Friday, May 26, 2017

Using Die Cuts to Stencil A Background and a BIG SALE

Good morning ~ I’m often looking for ways to extend the use of my dies and creating a stencil to make a background is the perfect way to start.

Here's two cards I created to inspire you using products from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Lets get started:
Cut the Flower Lace 1 out of heavy cardstock and use it as a stencil by blending Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over the top of an A2 sized white cardstock panel.  Save the stencil to use on another project.  Cut the stenciled panel using a Stitched Rectangle.
Apply a 2×2″ square of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the top of a piece of Spring Green Soft Finish Cardstock and cut a Dragonfly.   Peel the release sheet from the dragonfly and apply Spring Peridot Silk Microfine Glitter to the top of the dragonfly.  Cut a second dragonfly out of the same Spring Green Soft Finish Cardstock and layer the two by gluing  the body of the bottom dragonfly and placing the glittered dragonfly on the top.  Fluff the top set of wings by gently folding them up.
Cut the largest Dotted Scallop Rectangle and gently blend on the same color distress ink around the edges of the panel.
Assemble the card layers as shown and stamp the sentiment from Dream Sentiments onto the front panel.
Apply sequins in complimentary colors.
Here's another card I made using a sentiment from PTI's Bold & Beautiful.
I also wanted to tell you about the BIG  Memorial Day SALE going on over at Elizabeth Craft Designs

The marked down items are some of the newer dies and you can save 15% off your order using code MDW2017.  You won't want to miss out on this!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Daisy Pop-Up Birthday Card

Hello~  I've got a pop-up card to share with you today using lots of dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
This was made for my sweet mother-in-law's birthday back in April and I'm just now getting around to sharing it.  Do you ever do that?  Create cards that you don't get around to sharing or sometimes never share?  My card file is full of them!  Anyway, here it is and I hope you enjoy it.

This is the front of the card using a couple of landscape die and the ECD Daisy.  The bee is an old Quickutz die and the sentiment from General Sentiments is stamped on a Stitched Fishtail Banner.

 Moving on to the inside where all the fun is, I started by using the Lots Of Pops die to build the pop-up section.  If you've never created a pop-up card before let me say, do not be intimidated.  The pop-up die makes creating them so easy to build on and the directions are so easy.  The design ideas are limitless so just let your imagination take over and go for it!
 Here, I added a trio of daisies to the background layer and I added a folded banner that I attached to the middle layer using strips of clear acetate to give it some height. ETA: The hills are created using Stitched Hill Dies.
On the front layer I used ECD Barrel Basket and filled it with Garden Notes Ivy and two of the sweet Birds from Joset's designs. I further added strips of grass in graduating sizes on each pop-up layer.  I added color to the daisies, birds, basket, grass and ivy using Distress Inks.
A closer look at all that dimension.

I hope you'll be inspired by today's project to make a pop-up card to brighten someone's day. The look on their faces when they open them is pure delight!

I'll be entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Little Critters
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Two Projects ~ Two Challenges

Good morning~  I'm so happy to have found time this week to play along with two different challenges.
I was inspired by Melissa Phillips stunning card found HERE for PTI's Create Along With Us.
Here's my version:
 I used Mix & Match Flourishes Die to cut the frame using Pale Peony card stock.  The leaves are from Embellished Elegance and the flowers are from Ruby Rose.  The sentiment is from Happiness In Bloom.

My next project is a tag for the Tag You're It challenge.  I haven't played along with their challenge in quite some time but was thankful to find time to play as I loved Lindsey's CAS style on her beautiful tag. 

Here's my take using PTI's Tag Sale #3 and Nostalgic Notions.
For some reason the photo came out really dark and washed out.  I don't know why.  In real life the colors are vivid and the white is bright, but you get the idea.  ;0)

There's still time to play along with both of these challenges so check them out and join in on the fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Thinking Of You with Asters

Hello friends~  Today's card features some wonderful dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I started by blending on Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Tattered Rose and Antique Linen and then spritzing it with a solution of water with a drop of bleach.

 I cut the panel using Fishtail Borders and mounted the bottom portion to an A2 sized card and the top portion using foam tape to give it a little lift.

I cut the smallest Entwined Oval out of Kraft card stock and adhered it to the top portion of the card so that it hangs slightly over the bottom.
 I cut the Pair Of Leaves 1 out of olive green card stock and added a bit of color using ColorBox Dark Moss Chalk Ink.
 I then cut several Garden Notes Asters out of pink card stock, adding color with Distress Inks and assembling the flowers.  I added some Prills to the centers of the flowers.  I love the realistic look the prills give.    

Once the card was assembled I added a sentiment banner using a stamp from General Sentiments.

You can find all these dies at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I'll be adding this card to the following challenges:
Crop Stop! ~ Distress Inks found in store
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Going Dotty

Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters ~ Encouragement
Double D Challenges ~ Flowers Galore
Creative With Stamps ~ Flowers

I hope you enjoyed today's card.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Magical Fairy Collage

Once in a while I like to step outside of my crafty box and create something besides cards that could be gifted to someone special.  I have a friend who loves fairies and she makes the most precious fairy gardens in the summer time.  You can find them hidden under trees, in broken planters and found items throughout her yard.  It's truly magical to walk around and find all these wonderful little scenes. 
I've got a project up on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog that I hope is truly magical as well!

Let's get started!
I began by creating 4 different colored panels that I blended color onto using Distress Inks and splattering them with water. 

 Once they were dry, I cut each panel using the Memory Box Grove CollageThicket CollageTimberland Collage and Wildwood Collage and then layered them according to the size of the opening using foam tape to give them dimension between the layers.

  I went from largest to smallest opening but these can be layered in either direction or used alone for many amazing looks.

I cut two sets of Poppystamps Mushrooms and Toadstools out of white card stock and colored them using Copics.  I used a white gel pen to add polka dots to some of the mushrooms and then went over the dots with Icicle Stickles.

I cut a Frantic Stamper Fairy & Flower out of black card stock and added some Elizabeth Craft Designs Sea Glass Silk Microfine Glitter to her wings.  

I cut two Frantic Stamper Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers to give the mushrooms and fairy a place to rest at the bottom of the collage.

I added lots of scattered sequins to give it a dreamy look.

Here's a close up of all those wonderful layers.

I hope you enjoyed today's project and are inspired to make one yourself.

Here's a list of dies that can be found at Dies R Us:
Memory Box - Dies - Grove CollageMemory Box - Dies - Timberland Collage Memory Box - Dies - Thicket CollageMemory Box - Dies - Wildwood CollagePoppystamps - Dies - Mushrooms and ToadstoolsFrantic Stamper - Dies - Fairy & Flower Frantic Stamper - Dies - Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers
If any of the dies are out of stock, simply click the button for them to notify you when they're back in the store.  No obligation necessary, just a kind convenience.
I'll be entering this project into the following challenges:
Crop Stop! ~ Challenge Linky Party
Simon Says Wednesday ~ Going Dotty
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ It's A Frame Up

Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 
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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Friday, May 12, 2017

Everything Will Be Okay

Good morning~  I've got a card to share that was my second take on the Make-It Monday idea to use sentiments to create a background.  

I used a sentiment from PTI's Painted Petals for the background and Banner Style for the main sentiment.  It's framed using a Main St. Pinpoint tag from Poppystamps and the flowers are from PTI's Courage & Kindness.

I'll be entering this card into the following challenges:
Dies R Us ~ Flowers
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ It's A Frame Up
The Sisterhood of Crafters ~ Encouragement
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sending Smiles ~ Pop Up Card

Good morning~ Today's card is all about inspiring us to send some "Happy Mail" just to brighten someone's day.  Let's do our part to keep snail mail alive!
It's my turn to post over at the Dies R Us Inspiration blog today with a cheerful pop-up card... 

Let's get started!

I cut the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Pop Up out of some green card stock.  and adhered it to the inside of an A-2 sized card base and added a few clouds from Memory Box Stitched Cloud Trio.

I cut three Frantic Stamper Sunflowers out of white card stock and colored them using distress inks.  I then tucked the flowers into a Cheery Lynn Nested Flower Pot that was cut from Kraft card stock and colored in the same way
This mailbox from Lawn Fawn Happy Mail is so darling cut out of pretty printed paper.

 The letter inside the mailbox unfolds to reveal a sweet message for the recipient.

Two Elizabeth Craft Designs Birds add a fun and whimsical touch as this little birdie delivers the message.  

  Here's the outside of the card.  It is completely flat when folded for mailing....

 and a fun card with lots of dimension when opened!

Here's a list of products that can be found at Dies R Us:
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Pop-Up Dies Memory Box - Dies - Stitched Cloud Trio (NEW)Lawn Fawn - Happy Mail Dies Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Birds

I hope you're inspired by today's project and will create some "Happy Mail" to brighten someone's day!  Don't forget to come join in on all 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.

I'll be adding this card to the following challenges: 
Word Art Wednesday

The Crop Stop!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit
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