Friday, July 20, 2018

For Your Wedding Day

It's my day over on the Cheapo Dies Blog and I created a card celebrating a wedding using the Rose, one of the exclusive dies from Cheapo Dies.

To start off, I ran the card front of my card base through my Xyron machine so that the entire area would be covered with adhesive.  (You could have also used a sheet of double sided adhesive.)

I die cut the Rose multiple times and randomly laid them onto my cardbase.   Once I had a pattern that I was happy with, I made sure to burnish the die cuts onto the adhesive using the piece of release paper created from running this through my Xyron.

Next, I covered the entire front with Waterscape glitter and burnished it into the exposed adhesive with my fingertip. 

The sentiment (from the stamp set Ornate Greetings by Sparkle N Sprinkle) was stamped with Distress Oxide (Peacock Feathers) and heat embossed with Clear embossing powder.  A strip of coordinating ribbon was adhered to the card front and then the sentiment on top of that.  Since the ribbon itself is dimensional, this gave the sentiment an added lift without having to use pop dots.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Aged to Perfection (Scrapy Land #94)



Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge and the theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

The dies used for this card were:
Card Deco: Frame Card Stamp 4K
Sue Wilson Designs: New York Collection-Madison Square
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Square

I created this birthday card for a friend of mine using the Art Impression stamp set Big Birthday Wishes and colored i with Copic markers and adding touches of sparkle with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.  A few well placed Nuvo Crystal Drops help accent the dots of the birthday cake and the heart on the apron.

The mats for both the front and the inside images were die cut using the Sue Wilson die.  The card base was die cut using the Card Deco die.

Now it's your turn to join us  You have until July 29th to play along for your chance to win one of two gift certificates to Scrapy Land.

Friday, July 13, 2018


Hey everyone, wouldn't you like to go on vacation to some tropical island? Today I've created card depicting this vacation getaway.  It  uses the Palm Trees exclusive dies from Cheapo Dies.

I started out by creating the background using Yupo paper and Nuvo Shimmer Powders (Blue Blitz, Violet Brocade, Catherine Wheel).  The photos don't do justice to these powders - they are SO shimmery in person!  I set that aside to dry and began working on the focal point.

I die cut the Palm Trees three times (in black, dark green, and orange cardstocks) and then paper pieced the colored cardstock back into the silhouette.

The sentiment is from the Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp set called Leafy Flourish and  was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with White Detail embossing powder.

The final touch was to add a few Nuvo Jewel Drops (Sea Breeze) to the card base.

This was a quick card to put together but I think it gives quite a punch of color and definitely makes me wish I could take a vacation in the tropics.

Be sure to visit the Cheapo Dies blog daily for more inspiration from the Design Team.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Flying Monkeys

Hey everyone!   I created a fun Halloween card using the Monkey Barrel die from the exclusive line from Cheapo Dies.  I was going through my stamps and thought this would be the perfect sentiment to go along with this die. :-)

I die cut the monkey from this seven piece set multiple times and from various pieces of cardstock.  The rings of the barrel were die cut from some adhesive backed glitter paper I had.

The stamp set I used is Witching Hour by Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, I stamped the sentiment and the witch using VersaMark and then added Ebony Spark embossing powder to the witch and Clear embossing powder to the sentiment.  The platform allowed me to position the witch perfectly between the barrel and the monkeys (all of which I had already adhered to my card.  Normally I stamp first and then add my die cuts, but because I wanted the spacing just so, I did it opposite of what I normally do 😊).

Be sure to visit the Cheapo Dies Blog for daily inspiration, all using the exclusive line.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Happy 4th of July to all my American friends!

It's also the first Wednesday of the month and time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is always anything goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

As you can tell, I went with a Patriotic theme and used the following dies:
Die-Versions: Fireworks (other patriotic choices are here)
Memory Box: Rectangle Basics set

Start off by die cutting a solid piece of cardstock with the larger rectangle die.  Then go down a couple sizes and die cut a piece of acetate (or recycled packaging material like I did) and use a corner rounder to round the corners.

Next I added the sentiment to the acetate by stamping in Archival ink (Manganese Blue).

I die cut the Fireworks die cut twice, once from fun foam and once from white cardstock.  I colored the cardstock using Copic markers and then added Clear embossing powder over the whole thing for a shiny look.  After this was completed, I adhered this to the fun foam for added dimension.

As a final step, I added more texture by adhering Scarlet Fragments (by Stampendous) randomly around the background.

Now it's your turn to join in on the fun.  There are two winners and both will receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  You have until July 15 to upload your projects.  

Friday, June 29, 2018

Impossible Card Kimono

Today I'm trying my hand at an "Impossible Card", which is so popular at the moment.  They are really easy to create and you can find tutorials all over the internet.  I used the one from SplitCoast Stampers.

I used the new Kimono die from Cheapo Dies and followed the guidelines for the second card shone on the tutorial.

Once everything was ready, I colored the Kimono with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers and adhered patterned paper to my card base.

The sentiment is an older rubber stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle (Leaf Robe) and was stamped with Versacolor ink (Lagoon Blue).  For a little added dimension, I heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder.

This was so easy to make that I'll definitely be making more in the future.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Geisha Girl

Today's project uses the Geisha die and is embellished with some negative pieces left over from one of my Fan die projects. Both of these dies are from Cheapo Dies.

I began by die cutting the Geisha from white cardstock and then applying VersaMark over the entire die cut and heat embossing it with Gilded Ivory embossing powder.

The crane was given a bit of color from Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Indian Gold).  Nuvo Sequins (Vanilla Delight) were added here and there for added eye candy 😀.

The sentiment was given a bit of extra bling by coloring the letters with a Spica glitter pen (Lavender).

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Let's Celebrate {Scrapy Land #92}

It's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge and I have a pop up birthday card to share with you. The theme is always anything goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

I used the following dies to create this card:
Tonic Studios: Bottle Wrap die set
Die-Versions: Happy Birthday Pop Up (here are some other choices)
My Favorite Things: Party Banner (here are some other choices)
Spellbinders: Grand 12" Heirloom Scroll Border
Sizzix: Balloons Step Up (here are some other choices)

You have until July 1 to come join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge and have a chance of winning one of two $10 gift certificates to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

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.