Thursday, June 30, 2011


This week. it's all  about favourites, and this is mine... dies, dies, and more dies! ~Ü~
Yup, I can't have enough of them! So, today's cards are all about die-cuts. I had just realised that I did not use a single stamp or patterned paper on these! Just lots and lots of kraft, my favourite kind of paper.

I wanted to create a card that I can easily reproduce, so die cuts were the way to go. The base is embossed on two different papers, so I get a frame. The butterfly is cut from corrugated board (gotta love those steel ruled dies! ~Ü~), then part of the top layer was torn away to create a shabby look. Having a curved fence is kinda funky {can't believe I've never tried that!}, and finished off with a layered die cut flower. Everything was liberally edged with distress ink, another favourite technique of mine! The butterfly, flower and leaves were spritzed with glimmer mist for a little sparkle. 

The next card is all about hope. The layout is based on a CLP sketch. The card base is layered with kraft and print, the edges torn and inked. Spritzes of glimmer mist give them a subtle sparkle. The butterfly is cut from painted corrugated board, and the same gold paint applied to the label. The sentiment is also die-cut. I did not have matching eyelets, so these white ones were coloured with a brown marker. Some of the colour has rubbed off, which give them a more distressed look. The liquid pearl swirls did not quite work out the way I wanted, but they're there to stay, anyway. The whole card was attached to a distressed, corrugated card base, with an easel stand at the back.

The inside of the card defines the sentiment on the card front. It's printed from the computer, then torn and layered on yet another die-cut. ~Ü~

Challenges entered:

The Shabby Tea Room - Week #68, My Favourite Things
Truly Scrumptious - Challenge 60, Things with Wings
Divas by Design - Challenge 5, die-cuts and puches
Stamping for the Weekend - Challenge 11, My Favourite Things
My Mum's Craft Shop - Challenge 12, something old (alphabet dies), something new (TH mini dies)
Our Creative Corner - Your Style
CLP Challenge Blog - Sketch Challenge 37

supplies: Sizzix dies, Spellbinders border die, Cuttlebug alphabet dies, Sizzix embossing folder, Viva Decor Pearl Pens, papers, buttons and twine from my stash.


Dolly Daydreams said...

Wow! I love this what genius ! I love my die cuts too and tou gave given me plenty of inspiration. Especially love how you did the butterfly stunning !!


Marjie Kemper said...

Oooooh, these are gorgeous!

Hege-Annie Simonsen said...

Oh, I love your krafty, vintage styled cards! Awesome!! Great take on the CLP sketch for June on the second card here!! Thank you so much for playing in the fun with us!!! :D We'd love to see you next month, too!

Hugs, Hege

Stampin'Piper said...

Looks soo beautiful! Great work!

Thanks so much for joining the CLP June Challenge!

Hugs Tanja

Michele Oliver said...

Your cards are amazing. I love how you use the Kraft. Beautiful.

Paula said...

wonderful creations

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Both cards are gorgeous!! Awesome work! Thank you so much for joining us this week at The Shabby Tea Room!

Shabby Tea Room Designer

Jacq said...

Hi there,
Two Gorgeous creations!!! Love the Kraft, the die cuts look fabulous. Love the vintage style of these cards. Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design and Good Luck.
Hugs Jacqui xxxx

Sarah said...

Hello, wow two stunning creations. Love the creative ways you have used your dies and the colour schemes are just gorgeous. Thanks for joining in with us this time at Divas by Design. Sarah

Nancy Wethington said...

Beautifully done! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

Marlies said...

Both your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I love the vintage look!
Thanks for joining us at Truly Scrumptious
hugs, Marlies

Nancy said...

These are both wonderful! I really like the way you've attached the sentiment to the front, then the inside, of the second card - great detail!
Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

cebelica said...

Absolutely stunning!!! I love all the details and the natural colours.

Thanks for playing with us at MMCS challenges this week!

Carrie said...

wow..totally fabby cards.. love the vintagy/shabby feel..Thanks for playing at MMCS xx

Michele said...

Such gorgeous cards. Love the colours and the details. Thanks for joining in with our 'Things with Wings' challenge at Truly Scrumptious. Hugs Michele x