Friday, June 15, 2018

Red Kimono

For today's project, I've combined two of the new Exclusive dies from Cheapo DiesKimono and some of the negative pieces from the Fan die.

I began by stamping an old medallion rubber stamp from Outlines (I don't think they are in business any longer) with VersaMark and then heat setting it with Gold Detail embossing powder.

Next I die cut the Kimono from white cardstock and then adding color using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker (Red Berry).  I love the shimmer these markers give. I wanted a background so I used the die cut and traced around it onto a piece of glossy paper and fussy cut it out.  I adhered the die cut on top of the cut out.

The four corners of the card base are embellished with pieces from the Fan that was die cut for an earlier project.  I used some of the dots as well as portions of the fan pieces at the bottom.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Oriental Fan

Hi everyone, today I'm using the Fan die from Cheapo Dies, along with some Distress Oxides and Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.

My card today uses the inlaid die technique.  To start out, I die cut the Fan from white cardstock.  I saved all the negative pieces for future use.  Then I started to add color to the main negative piece by applying Distress Ink (Festive Berries) and Distress Oxide (Fossilized Amber).

Once I was happy with the blending, I added another layer of texture using a The Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini Chicken Wire Reversed) and Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Indian Gold).

The die cut Fan was lightly covered with Black Soot Distress Oxide.  The DO gave it more of a bluish grey tone instead of a deep black tone.

I also covered the mat below the focal point with more Indian Gold embellishment mousse.  This is what is showing through the cutouts on the Fan.  A Zva Creative self adhesive embellishment adds more interest.

The final step was to add two strips of black cardstock behind the focal point.  I wanted a gap between the two, and if you look closely, the strips are of different widths.  All of this gives it a bit of "not the normal type card" look.  Streaks of Indian Gold embellishment mousse finish it off.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Radiant Candle {Scrapy Land #91}

Hey everyone.  It's the first Wednesday of the month (can you believe it's June already!?!), so that means there is a new Scrapy Land Challenge beginning today.  The theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

It's never too early to begin Christmas cards and this is an easy one to do (five quick steps) and you can make lots of duplicates in a short amount of time.  

I used the following dies to create this card:
Memory Box - Radiant Candle
Tonic Studios - Mixed Rectangle Layering Basics set (any rectangle die will work. Here are some other examples.)

1. Die cut the rectangle piece and dry emboss it.  I used the Crafters Companion Christmas Merriment embossing folder.  
2. Die cut the Radiant Candle and be sure to save the negative pieces.
3. Color the holly leaves, berries, candle glow, and candle flame with Spectrum Noir Sparkle glitter pens.  
4. Adhere candle to dry embossed mat and insert the negative pieces.
5. Adhere the focal point to card base.

Now it's your turn to create any type of project (as long as you include any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  You have until June 20.  Two winners will be chosen and each will receive a $10 gift certificate.  Be sure to check out the details on the Scrapy Land Challenge blog.  While you are there, definitely check out what the rest of this awesome team has created.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Sunflower Trio

Today I'm showcasing the Sunflowers die from Cheapo Dies and I've paired with their unbranded die Dotted Rectangle set.

This was a pretty quick card to put together.  I die cut the Sunflowers from white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.

The centers of the flowers was given texture and dimension by adding glue and flocking (Amber Wheat).  Instead of adding glue to the area and then sprinkling flock on top, I added an outer edge of glue to the center of each flower, applied the flock, and then swirled the two together with my fingertip to mix them together and cover the entire flower center.

Once the Sunflowers were dry, I pop dotted it onto a piece of marbled cardstock die cut using the Dotted Rectangle set.

The sentiment is a stamp set from Avery Elle (Sentimental), was stamped with Brilliance ink (Pearlescent Ivy), and was fussy cut.  This was also pop dotted on top of the fence.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Loads of Love Double Easel

Hi everyone, today I have a double easel card featuring a couple of the Cheapo Dies die cut sets.  They are the Loads of Love die set along with the unbranded Cross Stitch Circle set.

I started out by die cutting the largest Cross Stitch Circle Set from white cardstock to create the first easel.  Smaller dies were used from this set to create the second easel.

Nuvo Shimmer Powder was added to the cardstock to create the color.  I spritzed it pretty heavily with water and then spread the color around with my finger.  This broke down the white cardstock (which is what I wanted) and created little "pills".  This was the added texture I was looking for.  Once I was happy with the color, I let it air dry and then added a layer of Multi Medium Matte on top to make sure the "pills" didn't fall off.

The truck was heat embossed using an older embossing powder that I had on hand. 

A Copic marker was used to add color to the sentiment and then a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker added a bit of shimmer.

Be sure to come visit the Cheapo Dies Blog for daily inspiration.

Until next time....

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hello {Scrapy Land #90}

Hey everyone, it's time for a brand new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells and there are two winners chosen.  Both of the winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Dies used:
Sue Wilson Designs - Dandelion Clocks
Sue Wilson Designs - Noble Collection: Double Stitched Rectangles, Set B
Savvy Stamps - Hello  (Here are several other examples that would work just as well.)
Spellbinders - Labels Twenty Five (Any type of shaped label or frame die will work.)

For my card today, I started out by using the negative portion of a Spellbinders die cut.  This was spritzed with a Nuvo Mica Mist.

The backdrop for frame was created using Distress Oxides and Distress Inks along with a few Tim Holtz stencils.

The focal flowers are the Dandelion Clock dies by Sue Wilson Designs that were distressed with Oxides.

The focal point was then matted using one of the largest Double Stitched Rectangle dies.

You have until June 3 to join in on the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge and for a chance to win one of two gift certificates.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration.

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Gang's All Here

Hey everyone.  Today I have a fun birthday card using the Octopus exclusive die from Cheapo Dies and the Dotted Rectangle Set from the Unbranded section of Cheapo Dies.

To start off, I die cut the octopus three times from white cardstock and then I added color using Distress Ink and Distress Oxide (Fired Brick).

After die cutting the Dotted Rectangle, I spritzed it with Nuvo Mica Mists (Fresh Pear, Nebula Blue, Antique Gold).  The photo doesn't do justice to how shimmery this mica mist really is in person.

I only adhered the heads of the octopuses to the backdrop so that their legs could curl up and around.  Nuvo Glitter Drops (Midnight Sky) was added to their eyes.

The dark blue layer was dry embossed using an older Sizzix embossing folder (Swirls).  This was then adhered to the cardbase, which was also spritzed with the Mica Mists.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team is creating for your inspiration on the Cheapo Dies Blog.


Friday, May 4, 2018


Today I've created a bookmark using the Bookshelf exclusive die from Cheapo Dies.  The sentiment was computer generated and then die cut using the Cross Stitch Circle Set of unbranded dies from Cheapo Dies.

This mixed media project incorporates pages from a book that are 75 years old (the original owner of the book wrote his name and date inside the cover), embossing powders and Nuvo Embellishment Mousse along with the die cuts.

To start this project, either die cut a tag or use a pre-cut one.  Next adhere some type of adhesive like Mod Podge or Multi Mat Medium to the base.  I used Multi Mat Medium and then began tearing pieces of the vintage book pages and layering them on top of each other.  I brushed more adhesive on top of each piece of book page that I laid down.

Once this was dry, I added a coupe different types of embossing powder (SNS-Fleur de Lis; Distress Powders-Vintage Photo) and heat set.  The final step for the tag/bookmark was to add some color using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Lilac Lavender).

The next step was to die cut the bookshelf from blue cardstock.  I adhered this to one of the blank pages from the vintage book and then quickly cut around it.  This was then adhered to the bookmark.

As a final step, I created a "ribbon" using a bit of washi tape.