Friday, May 22, 2020

Stamping with Die Cuts

   It is Friday, May 22, 2020, for those who need the reminder. Today, I will be sharing with you how to create stamps with your dies. 
   All you need is some thin craft foam to create these foam stamps. I used these fun party icons by Frantic Stamper.
   With the foam die cuts, I attached them to a stamping block with a repositionable adhesive. When stamping a word make sure the word is backwards on the stamping block. Treat these like normal stamps. 
   This "Make a Wish" die is amazing since creates is an edger die so that means all those letters stay attached to the bottom part of the cardstock. 

Here is the end result. A custom stamp pattern paper card using dies. 
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Monday, May 18, 2020

Let's Shake with SID

   Can you believe it we are over halfway through the month of May? Well since it is mid-month that means it is time for a Stick It Down card sketch reveal. 

    I opted to make this the large circle into a shaker element. That cute dog image is a digital stamp image that came from this month's sponsor, Angie's Digital Stamps
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio and Cardstock Warehouse), pattern paper (My Mind's Eye and Studio Calico), sequins (SpiegelMom Scraps), manual die (Spellbinders), markers (Crafter's Companion), stamps (?), washi tape (Scotch Expressions), die cut machine (Spellbinders), page protector. 

   To create this shaker I stack and glued together 7 die cut frames. I glued that to the backer solid frame. I added the colored digital stamps and sequins.  I then glued a solid die cut plastic and added one more wood frame to that. 

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You have until the end of the month to play along with any - or all! - of our sketch challenges. Just post a link to your creation in our sidebar. If you share on social media, be sure to tag #StickItDown.

  One randomly selected winner will receive a prize from Angie's Stamps! We'll also choose one winner from each sketch to be a guest designer!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dies R Us Planner Clips

  Hello everyone, Mandi here, from MJ's Kraze, Today, I will be sharing with you on how to use your dies in creating fun felt bookmarks. 

   
   The first step is to get some stiff felt. I found out this works better for intricate dies than the felt sheets. I am working with Jeanine's Art Classic Butterflies. I cut two of the outer outline die and one in the detail die. 

   With your favorite liquid fabric glue apply adhesive to one side of the die cut. Place a paperclip in on top of that. Apply to the out die cut and sandwich the pieces together. 

   Now onto gluing the detail piece. Here is a tip, spread the glue to the back with a toothpick. This is where you want to make sure you use a non-toxic glue since this will get on your fingers. Now, place it on top of paperclip sandwich.

    That is all it takes to create these fun bookmarks that work great in planners.   

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Dies R Us Pop-up How To

   Last week, I shared with you are love card and today, I will be showing you how to use die cuts on the inside of your card with a simple pop-up feature. 

   First off cut liner card base a 1/4" smaller than you card base. Here I did a folded 5 1/4"x 4" so it fits an A2 card. I wanted two pop-up features so I did 4 horizontal cuts along the fold, 2 cuts are about 1" and the other 2 are about 3/4". Then connect the matching cuts with a vertical scoreline.
   Push the two pop-ups in so it looks like this. Adhere cardstock liner to your card base. 
    When it comes to adding the die cuts, you want to adhere it to one side of the folded mechanism so the fold is free to move. I used the lovely butterfly dies from Jeanine's Art.  I had one die-cut on the right side of the top fold and the bottom fold it is on the left. To tie the front card design to the inside, I added some of the Tim Holtz Funky Floral die cuts from Sizzix to the writing area. Here is what the inside of the card looks like.
   Now let's look back to the outside. See how decorating the inside can make a handmade card look even more special. 



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Monday, April 20, 2020

Stick It Down April Reveal

   How about a little card inspiration for today, featuring April's card sketch from Stick It Down. 

   I opted to change it up a bit by moving the sentiment strip. 
Supplies: cardstock (The Paper Studio), pattern paper (My Min's Eye), sequins (SpiegleMom Scraps), stamp and die (Stampendous), dye ink (Hero Arts)

   I did a cheat on this birthday card. I just received this stamp set from a giveaway and the packaging came with the great colored images of the elephant and leaves so I die cut it out.  


Here is a closer look. You know I couldn't resist adding some sequins. 

If you play along this month you have a chance to win $20 credit to Handipaper, they offer amazing cut files for electric die cutting machines. Also, one winner from each sketch to be a guest designer!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Love Card For Dies R Us

   Today I am up on the design blog for Dies R Us. I want to share with you how to create a pattern paper using die cuts. This is what the finished project looks like. 


   To get started I used the Funky Floral Him Holtz die from Sizzix. I love the large flower so I die cut it in two colors of cardstocks and I die cut the fringe flower centers kraft, those will be used later.   I adhere it to a cardstock panel that will go on a card front. 


   I trimmed any of the overhangs die cuts and adhere it to a card base that had pattern paper on it. To make the flowers pop I took a .08 pen and outline the die cuts. I then added a little metallic washi tape along the top. 

   Now onto the finishing touches. I added the fringe flower and yellow sequins for the centers. I top it off with the "love" die cut from Paper Smooches


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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Day 36

   Like so many around the world, my family and I have been under our own Stay Home orders but for us, we implemented it way before the government said so that is why it has been 36 days. 

   Last week, I took some of my so much free time and put to use the last of terracotta pots from my failed container gardening from 5+ years ago into creating this Waster bunny. Unlike all the previous ones that I created this will be for inside only.

   Here are some close-ups. Since it is for just indoors I did a lot of detail work. I love that large paper flower. It is from a peony wreath cut file from the Silhouette store. I used a lot of things that I had on hand to decorate, some things were 10+ years old.

   The large pom-pom that I used were created with the We R Memory Keepers pom-pom maker. I love that thing. 

   The buttons were from some old pajamas of mine that were 10+ years old. The lace was leftover material from a jean skirt that I made. 
   One thing about the stay at home order I was able to complete this 42" statue under a week.
 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New Deign Team - DRU

   I just wanted to announce that I am part of the DiesRUs Blog family. Starting this month you will see projects based on dies. Head on over to their site to see inspiration and the store for dies. 
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