Tag Archives: die cuts

Cherry Blossom Birthday Card

Supplies:

  • Stamp and Die set – Spellbinders Many Birthdays (Happy Birthday sentiment)
  • Die set – Spellbinders Sakura Blossoms
  • Patterned papers – Basic Grey 6 X 6″ pads: Eva, Blush, and Infuse
  • Sequins – Little Things from Lucy’s Cards (lucys-shop.com) – Tiara
  • Foam – Spellbinders Pop-Up Die Cutting Foam Sheets
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Gold embossing powder – Lawn Fawn

These cherry blossoms were perfect for a friend’s birthday card. I cut the flowers and leaves from some very old Basic Grey paper pads that I’ve had in my stash for years (I found dates of 2006 and 2008!). They’re kind of antique papers! Anyway, I save them for special projects because they were so lovely. I die cut foam and adhered the heat embossed sentiment onto the foam layer for some really nice dimension.

I layered the blossom die cuts in a variety of colors and patterns on top of the small cut-out panel. I used the “waste” for centers of the blossoms and added a gem on top to finish out the flowers. I then scattered sequins around the rest of the card to finish it up. Thanks for visiting.


Mousie: One of My Favorite Things

  • Stamp set – My Favorite Things Odd Couple
  • Die (love sentiment) – My Favorite Things Lots of Love
  • Die (cloud) – Lawn Fawn Stitched Rainbow
  • Die (stitched heart window) – Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables
  • Patterned paper – Doodlebug Designs Love Notes
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock

I am still having a good time making Valentines, and again I’m featuring a cute critter. Gotta do it! Critters are just meant to be on Valentines! This is a simple card with just a few stamped images and a few dies. I was guided as I designed it by the sketch in the current challenge on the My Favorite Things website (sketch is shown below). Thanks for visiting today.

Challenges:

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #580 (using the sketch below)

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #463 – My Heart Beets for You: Cards with Hearts and/or Vegetables


Lawn Fawn Valentines for 2022

I made a little collection of critter Valentines this year featuring Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. I’m keeping them in the family since I’m giving them to my mom to share. Maybe if I’m good, I’ll get one back!

I colored all of the cute critters with Copic markers with very simple blending and I used some patterned papers I had on hand to add some festive backgrounds. I’ll provide my supply list below and then I’ll give you a look at each card individually.

Supplies

  • Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets:
    • Scent with Love stamps and dies
    • Scent with Love Add-on stamps and dies
    • Scootin’ By stamps and dies
    • Stud Puffin stamps (for Sending Love sentiment)
    • Stitched Hillside Borders die set
    • Valentine Hearts Border die set
    • Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frames die set
    • Grassy Hillside Borders die set
  • Patterned papers:
    • Echo Park Hello Valentine Collection – Be Mine Bouquet and Special Delivery
    • American Crafts papers – 348946 and 359971
  • Translucent vellum
  • Cardstock
  • Copic markers

What better way to show you care than to share cupcakes?!

Of course, a skunk and fox would be playing together and celebrating Valentine’s Day!

We’ve got some skunk roping happening here.

Some critters are speed demons on their scooters; others prefer to rest on the sidelines!

We’ve got all kinds of happy here with a lovable skunk and fox.

Thanks for stopping by today. I really got into the card-making zone during the past few days. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little collection.

Challenges:

Lawn Fawnatics “Lots of Heart”

Festive Friday Challenge #FF0102 – Inspiration: Red, Pink, Hearts, Cute


My Skunky Valentine

I know it has been way too long since I’ve posted here. I spent December carving stamps for the #carvedecember challenge on Instagram. I’ll be creating a blog post about my hand-carved stamps soon. Today I’m back to share some cardmaking.

Supplies

Stamps and dies by Lawn Fawn:

  • Scent with Love stamps and die sets
  • Scent with Love Add-on stamps and die sets
  • Small Mini Slimline Stackables die set
  • Simple Puffy Cloud Frames die set
  • Grassy Hillside Borders die set

This card was so much fun to create! As soon as I saw the Small Mini Slimline Stackables die set, I saw so many possibilities! So for this card, I cut the smallest in the set in three colors and covered the card base for a fun background. The colors I chose were not necessarily traditional for a Valentine. From there I created a scene with the cute skunks in the Scent with Love and Scent with Love Add-on sets with clouds and grass from other die sets in my stash. There’s very little better than cute critter stamps, and Lawn Fawn always comes through for me!

I colored all of the stamped and die-cut elements with Copic markers. I blended the die-cut grass with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #117 – With Love


Hey there, Pumpkin!

  • Stamps – Newton’s Nook Designs “Newton’s Boo-tiful Night”
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park “Bewitched” and “Halloween Magic” collections
  • Die – Little B – Circles
  • Sequins – Hero Arts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I stamped several Newton’s Nook images out recently for Halloween cards. The images are so cute! I colored this one with Copic markers and fussy-cut it out. I have so many fun Halloween papers, I just got some out and started playing with ideas. I decided on the plaid background and then I wanted some dots for contrast. I like repeating the dots/circles, so I added a circle die-cut and round sequins for some more interest. I kind of like the design I ended up with, so I may need to remember it for future cards!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Challenges:

Inky Paws Challenge #160 – Cozy Plaid Theme

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #456 – Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Inspiration Station Challenge #16 – Pumpkin Patch


Autumn Leaf Inspiration

I love creating monotype prints with leaves on my gel plate! The leaves in all shapes and sizes are calling me during these Autumn months. These are vine maple leaves that are turning at this time of year. I was able to capture some lovely color on a recent trip and immediately printed with some of the leaves..

I used some Distress Oxide inks and acrylic paints to make some leaf prints right after I collected these maple leaves. We traveled to central Oregon recently, which is a fall tradition for us, and it is fun to print botanical immediately after I gather them! It was a little cool, so I didn’t set up my gel plate outside like I do sometimes, but it was still very pleasant. I decided to quickly make a card with one of the prints.

Often when I make cards from gel prints, it is hard for me to cover up the print with a lot of stuff. With this, the leaves (the right-hand leaf) are really the focal point and a simple die-cut sentiment really keeps the card simple and elegant. I added a little ribbon across the top to visually balance out the sentiment, repeated the black with a mat around the print and adhered it all to a navy card base. I added a smattering of epoxy dots I had in my stash and called it done!

Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Daisy Chain Challenges – Challenge #57 – Autumn and/or Halloween


Silhouettes on Ink Blended Quadrants

I attended a virtual card-making retreat recently and learned how to make this card. All of the classes were online and it gave me the opportunity to attend something that I would not have been able to do in person, so it was very nice.

The instructor for this card (and some others I haven’t made yet) was Gina Krupsky (aka Gina K) and we used Gina K Designs stamps, masking paper, inks and dies to create the card. Masking areas with their Masking Magic kept each ink color discrete, each quadrant clean and made the entire card come together seamlessly.

The stamps and dies we used have not been released yet, so I do not have the names of the sets.

Thanks for visiting today.


Valentine Balloon Card

Supplies:

  • Dies – My Favorite Things – Heart Air Balloon, Huge Love; Lawn Fawn – Grassy Hillsides Borders
  • Stamps – My Favorite Things – Mini Meows
  • Ink – Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China
  • Copic Markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

Well, I’m very late in posting my Valentines. We had an ice storm here in the Willamette Valley on February 12th (freezing rain that accumulated to over an inch on everything) that caused lots of tree and power line damage. Our power was out for almost 8 days and I had very spotty internet access, so I didn’t even try to post anything during that time. I’m still catching up on things and adjusting to being able to turn on real lights! We were very fortunate here compared to many across the country who had much worse circumstances. But we did enjoy Valentine’s Day under different conditions with a grilled dinner!

So now on to the card. I have always loved hot air balloons and as soon as I saw this die set at our local store, I had to have it! I inked the background with Distress ink and inked some additional paper a little darker to use to die cut the LOVE sentiment. The little clouds were part of the Heart Air Balloon die set, so I cut some of those for the sky. Once I assembled the balloon and inserted cat 😉 I popped it up so it would look like it was floating. I colored the kitties with Copic markers in the colors of our two cats (Max in the balloon and Sissy on the ground). They are not exactly in love in real life, but we’ll just go for that effect for purposes of the Valentine! I really had fun making and giving this card (I made one for my husband and one for my son). Thanks for stopping by. Better late than never!

Challenges:


Springtime Birdhouse

I’m jumping ahead to Spring for a short visit! We’ve had rain, hail and sunshine this first week of February here in the Willamette Valley (and the Groundhog did not see his shadow). So here is a cheerful birdhouse made completely with Lawn Fawn dies. I decided to die cut all of these pieces in lots of happy colors and do some mixing and matching. This card had absolutely no stamping either. That doesn’t happen very often.

Supplies:

Dies – Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Birdhouse Add-On, Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frames and Outside In Stitched Bubbles (for the “hi.”)

Cardstock in a variety of colors, plus Kraft for the card base

I plan to make more of these with some other color combinations and also to make a version with the Magic Iris die in the birdhouse opening for a little interactive fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: Crafty Animals Challenge #47


World Cardmaking Day 2020

In my constant endeavor to find something positive in this highly unusual (okay, CRAZY!) year, at least we have a day dedicated to making cards! Right? So I spent today making a few gel plate prints and then I made three cards with some of them. Here’s what I did.

Above you can see the prints I made, using leaves from plants growing in my yard. Nothing exotic, to be sure! The difference in this gel printing experiment is that I used mini Distress Ink cubes direct to the gel plate to create kind of a geometric pattern. I didn’t brayer the ink out, but left it for a more distinct pattern.

I then placed the leaves on top of the inked plate and then pressed the paper over. Then I removed the paper and the leaves and replaced the paper, lining the paper onto the plate as it was before. This partially defined the leaves with remaining ink.

Here are the cards I made from the prints seen above.

I used sentiment dies respectively, from Sizzix, Elizabeth Craft Designs, and My Favorite Things. I layered the prints with cardstock and added some sequins. The center card also has ribbon and a border made with an EK Success “Fleur de Lis” border punch. I definitely shopped my stash with these cards!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy World Cardmaking Day!