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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

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Mother’s Day – HIMCR #147

Happy Saturday! This week at Hiding in my Craftroom we are challenged to create a project for Mother’s Day! This can be a card, a tag, an altered item for a gift, a scrapbook page about mom, or anything allusive to this sweet celebration!

The sponsor this week is Pickled Potpourri!

The giveaway is a $7 gift certificate!
I had the chance to use a lovely image from Pickled Potpourri called Nature’s Greetings Butterfly. I like how organic the butterfly looks! Here is my card for this week’s challenge: 

Pickled Potpourri – Nature’s Greetings Butterfl
Flourishes – Garden Picks, Spring Bouquet
– A2 matting basics
– Gold Ivy
– Grand Calibur die cutting machine
 Ranger embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder – Pearlescent, Silver Starlight
Zap! heat tool
Merletto crystals
Bazic – Two sided tape, foam tape
Other generic materials
Textured cardstock in bone white
Specialty embossed paper in lilac
5/8″ gross grain ribbon in lilac
I started off this monochromatic card, creating my own patterned paper. I stamped a floral design in lilac repetitively on white cardstock. After that was done, I die cut an octagon shaped window on the patterned layer. To add more to the design I framed the window with a die cut from the same set and added a lilac background to it. Before the frame was adhered I wrapped a piece of ribbon around each of it’s sides to create the illusion that the ribbon was crossing the window to make the bow.
The butterfly digital stamp comes originally in black, so I edited it’s color to match perfectly the lilac I was using on my design. Once that was done, I fuzzy cut the butterflies, heat embossed them with pearlescent powder and added a little crystal to each of them.

Now for the sentiment, I heat embossed it in silver on light weighted vellum paper, and added some crystals to it’s corners to frame it.

I enjoyed making this card so much! I hope you like it and feel inspired to join this week’s challenge at Hiding in my Craftroom.
For more inspiration please check out my teammates’ designs:
Kathy Up in the Night with Kat
Samantha Designs by Sammy
Gracie CHGraciellie Design (You are here)
Nancy Design Inventions
Melanie Afternoon Scrapper
Lisa LJ Creations
Jennie Jenscrapstoo
Sue Sue’s Paper Crafts
Lena Lena’s Creations

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, stay creative and inspired.

This card is participating in:

Suzy Bee’s Bloomin Challenge

No Designer Paper
Sweet Stampin Blog

Things with Wings
Sisterhood of Crafters

Jo’s Scrap Shack 

Mum’s the WordPaper Issues