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Thankful Blooms – Dies R Us

November is the month to celebrate, and be thankful with family and loved ones. What better way to share how thankful we are than with a card? This time at Dies R Us we invite you to join our Thankful challenge. For your inspiration I made a Fall themed card, with lots of die cuts.

Dies – Spellbinders – Nestabilities – A2 Tranquil Moments / Cheery Lynn – English Tea Party Doily / Spellbinders – D-Lites – Decorative Wrought Iron / Spellbinders Donna Salazar Collection – Carnation Creations / Poppystamps – Dies – Pine Garland / Avery Elle – Elle-ments Dies – Simply Tags: Everyday / Cas-ual Fridays – Casual Vine Fri-dies
Inks – Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink: Tangelo, Sunshine, Berry / Distress Inks: Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Embossing
Stamp – Flourishes: Zinnia stamp set
Papers: Leather textured cardstocks in beige, light brown and white/ Shimmery embossed paper in green / Craft metal

Adhesives – Elmer’s Glue-All / Uhu All Purpose adhesive
Tools – Grand Calibur die cutting machine / Zap! heat tool
Other: Inkadinkado embossing powder in Glam Gold / Merletto pearls and crystal stickers / Lara’s Crafts Jute twine

The die cut card base sure add lots of detail to the card, but that of course wasn’t enough. I layered one side of the card’s front with part of a doily die cut and wrought iron die cut. I added die cut leaves, jute twine, and some handmade flowers that I colored with different inks and Inka Gold (see how to here). To finish my design I added pearls, crystals and of course a little tag with a Thanks a Bunch sentiment.

For added inspiration visit Dies R Us Challenge Blog, and check out what my teammates have created. Link up your project for a chance to win a $10 voucher to the store! Our winner and favorites will receive a badge too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my card.

I’d like to submit this card to: 
Thankful – Poppystamps

Sketch #110 – Cardabilities

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Shabby Chic Gift Tag – Dies R Us

It is incredible how fast this year is going by, don’t you think? A new month begins, and as every first of the month it’s time for another Dies R Us Challenge: Gift Tags. Of course our main rule is that you use die cuts on your project. In fact, I tried to add as many as possible to my shabby chic tag! I have been doing so much lately, I was happy to finally get a bit of time for myself to sit on my desk and make my tag. I was instantly inspired… I needed the break badly!

Dies used:
Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Labels Twenty-Five 
Spellbinders – Borderabilities – A2 Scalloped Borders Two 
**NEW**Spellbinders – D-Lites – Fancy Label Tags One 
Spellbinders – D-Lites – Fantastic Flourish 3 
Spellbinders Donna Salazar Collection – Rose Creations 
Spellbinders Donna Salazar Collection – Carnation Creations 
Impression Obsession – Birds 
Cas-ual Fridays Casual Vine Fri-dies

To make my tag I die cut two labels, one from pink cardstock and another one from floral patterned paper (see here). The patterned label was also cut with a Borderabilities die, and was then mounted on top of the pink label. I love how the the patterned layer looks against the pink.

I added a piece of pink ribbon approximately across the middle of the tag, vertically, hiding the ends behind the patterned piece. I adhered a flourish corner, some vines die cut from green cardstock, old handwriting patterned paper (see here) and craft metal I painted with silver acrylic paint. I also attached some birds, I die cut twice and mounted to create a decoupage effect. I continued embellishing my tag with some small flowers and a little tag on which I stamped “with love” from Avery Elle Simply Tags stamp set.

To finish the design I added some crystals, applied a bit of silver acrylic paint here and there to add detail, and tied a piece of pink ribbon on the top. I love how this tag looks! It would look lovely on a gift bag but it would also look very nice adorning the front of a card.


I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge! Remember that as always Dies R Us will give away a $10 voucher to one lucky winner! I invite you to stop by Dies R Us Challenge Blog and check out what my teammates have created… They made some gorgeous tags for you to see!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

This project is participating in:
Shabby Chic – The Craft Place Challenge

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Back to School Vintage Style – Dies R Us

September has begun! And as every 1st of the month a new challenge begins at Dies R Us! Our 13th challenge is “Back to School”. I know some of you may need the inspiration to create some fun back to school cards for your kids or teachers, so I hope you can join us and play along!

As always one lucky winner 
will receive a
 $10 voucher to the store

I decided to go for a vintage styled card, using some charming alphabet cards I found on Pinterest. I also was inspired by a photo from a Dolce & Gabbana children’s catalogue for the textures, patterns and colors on my card. I admit I love this picture:

To make this project I die cut the card base with Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Timeless Rectangle. The little doilies were die cut with Spellbinders – Delicate Doilies. I used a classic combination of colors: burgundy, navy blue and light brown.

The cardstock used for the card base and layers is leather textured. The plaid patterned layer on the back and the little alphabet cards were printed on white pearl linen, the last ones were sponged with Distress Ink in Old Paper. The sentiment from Docerela’s Teacher’s Pet stamp set was heat embossed in gold on vellum. To finish the card, I couldn’t resist adding a chunky bow made of 1 1/2″ satin ribbon embellished with a large vintage button.

What I love most of this card is the sweet sequence of words on the alphabet cards: A for apple, B for boy and C for cowboy! So lovely. I know this is a card I would love to give my son when he starts elementary school. But I will have to wait a few years for that!

I hope you enjoyed my project! If you’d like to link up your Back to School creation please visit Dies R Us Challenge blog. My talented teammates have created beautiful cards for your inspiration too, so I invite you to check them out!

Before I go, I want to wish you and your kids a good and successful year. I hope all of you can accomplish your goals! May your families be blessed and guarded by the Lord as this new school year begins and may He also give you the strenght, skills and energy that it requires.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

GIVEAWAY: For a chance to win my current blog candy, please click here.

PS: If you’d like to try out the images I used on my card please visit my Pinterest and click on the “Projects for Kids” board.

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes – 2 Cute Ink
Back to School – Craft your Passion  
Back to School + A Sentiment – Sentimental Sundays
Back to School – Milk Coffee Challenge

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Cheerful Birthday Card

A new month begins together with a new challenge at Dies R Us! This time we are challenged to make a birthday card. Easy right? Well, I wanted to make a very cheerful, floral, summer card, with lots of layers, and so I did.

Dies used:
Spellbinders – A2 Matting Basics A
Spellbinders – Wrought Iron
Spellbinders M-Bossabilities – Enchanted
Spellbinders – Carnation Creations
Spellbinders – Damask Motifs
Spellbinders – A2 Filigree
Spellbinders – Gold Circles One
Spellbinders – Gold Elements
Spellbinders – Fancy Framed Tags Two
Spellbinders – French Frills
Spellbinders – Standard Circles Small 
All dies available at Dies R Us. Click to be directed to the store.

I started off by dry embossing my sand beige card base. Then I adhered a patterned layer with a die cut corner that adds interest to the card. I layered many dies to create the focal point of the card. The little carnations bouquet finishes the design very delicately.

The white label was stenciled first with Distress Ink in Spun Sugar. Then I stamped the sentiment with Brilliance ink. Finally, I stenciled the label with embossing ink and heat embossed it with pearlescent powder. 

Though there is a lot going on with this design, it all seems to fuse together nicely and I think the result goes along perfect with the celebration theme of the challenge. 

I really want to encourage you to play along and join our bi-weekly challenge at Dies R Us. Remember that when you link up your creation you also have a chance to win a $10 voucher to the store! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

This card is participating in:
Die Cuts & Flowers – Natalie and Amy’s Challenge

Happy Birthday to You! – Cards in Envy

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Christmas in July – Dies R Us Challenge

A new month begins and with it comes a new a challenge at Dies R Us: Christmas in July. Starting today you can link up a christmas card to the challenge for a chance to win a $10 voucher to the store. The main rule is to use dies.

Spellbinders Shapeabilities – 2011 Snowflake Pendant
Spellbinders Reindeer Magic, Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Making Memories paper – Wedding
Merletto crystals
Pelikan glitter glue
Bazic two sided tape and foam tape
Other generic materials
Organza ribbon
Leather textured cardstock in white

I like white christmas cards so I couldn’t resist trying out one. As you can see the snowflake die is the focus of the card and I double layered it to make it look fuller. I added a little glitter glue and a crystal to finish it up.

To join the challenge all you have to do is visit Dies R Us Challenge, follow our guidelines and link up your creation. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

Before you go, remember there’s a giveaway that you don’t want to miss. Click here to check it out!

Thanks for your visit. 

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes – Sweet ‘n Sassy
White on White – Merry Monday
W is for White – Simon Says Monday Challenge
Christmas in July – The Squirrel and The Fox
Anything Goes – Word Art Wednesday
Anything Goes – Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

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Dies R Us Challenge #1

Hello my dear friends. I’m excited to let you know that Dies R Us challenges begin today! Now there will be a new place for crafters to showcase their talent and share their projects! Great news is I’m part of the Dies R Us challenge blog DT, so on the 1st of each month you’ll have the chance to check out one of my designs there, featuring dies you can find at the Dies R Us store

I have to thank everyone who’s part of Dies R Us, from Dani (owner) to Darlene (DT coordinator) and all the ladies in the design team (A and B), for their warm welcome, kindness and support. You should know that this DT is amazing, and everyone in it has a gorgeous style of their own. You will travel worldwide visiting each of our blogs, since this team is international! 

Our very first challenge is: 
Anything Goes
One lucky winner will receive 
a $10 gift certificate to Dies R Us!
The main rule is you have to use dies on your design. The participating project can be anything from a card to a scrapbook page, an altered project and more. A winner and three favorites will be announced on May 13th. All will receive a Dies R Us badge to showcase on their blogs!

Today I have a card and a brief photo-tutorial to share with you. I wanted to create a Mother’s Day card using dies in an altered way. Here it is:

Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Parisian Motifs 

Spellbinders Shapeabilities – Parisian Accents 
Spellbinders – Nestabilities – A2 Filigree *Shery K. Designs paper – Downtown
Flourishes stamps – Spring Bouquet
Ranger Embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Glam Gold
Zap! heat tool
Merletto crystals
Bazic two sided tape and foam tape
Other generic materials
Papyrus cardstock in Peach
Textured cardstock in Aquamarine
Eggshell cardstock in white
1″ saten ribbon in peach

* Please notice that the dies I used are listed and linked to Dies R Us, so just click to visit the store and purchase them if you like. If a die is unavailable you can click on ‘add me to the wait list’ and they will contact you once it’s back in stock.

As you can see the dies were folded and overlapped to create a 3D medallion. Below I’ll show you how the original dies look like and how to modify them:

1. Die cut and emboss two of the medallions from the Parisian Motifs set and cut it in half. 
2. Score each half’s outer quarters. And then score each quarter’s half.
3. Once you fold it as shown you will have 4 fan shaped elements. Attach them together to form the final medallion. I used a square piece of two sided tape to put them in place.
4. For the center of the medallion die cut and emboss two round labels from the Parisian Accents set and attach them one over the other as shown. 
To put the card together I started off by die cutting the A2 filigree from patterned paper for the background. Before attaching it I wrapped a piece of ribbon vertically to it. And though it seems like I wrapped ribbon horizontally too, those are actually the bow’s tails. If you’d like to see how I made this bow, click here for a brief video tutorial. I heat embossed a sentiment in gold and finished my design with some crystals.
I hope you can join our challenge. Feel free to invite some friends to play along too! Just visit Dies R Us Challenge Blog and link your project.
For more inspiration please visit my teammates’ blogs:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time.

This card is participating in

Anything Goes 

Simon Wednesday Challenge

Cuttin and Stampin

Craft-Dee Bowz

Stampin Royalty