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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Christmas Candle {Scrapy Land #89}

Today is the first Wednesday of May and that means 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.

Since it's not too early to be getting started on Christmas cards, that's just what I did.  I used the Festive Glow die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs and added additional greenery by using one of the dies from a Sizzix set (Tim Holtz - Home For The Holidays).  Any type of greenery or branches would work for additional filler as well. Here are some options.

The candle pieces were die cut from white cardstock and then I heat embossed Sparkle embossing powder to the candle base and Firecracker Red embossing powder to the overlay.  The flame was colored with Copic markers and then given added bling by applying a Spectrum Noir Sparkle glitter marker on top

The greenery was die cut from various shades of green cardstock and then arranged together before adhering on top of the candle.  The bow (also part of this set) was die cut from mirror cardstock.

The card base was dry embossed using a Crafters Companion embossing folder (Christmas Merriment).  This is one of my favorite Christmas embossing folders to use.

You have until May 13 to upload your project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  There are two winners, each of whom will receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

We can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Yellow Submarine

We all live in a Yellow Submarine, a Yellow Submarine.....

Here with my take on the Submarine exclusive die by Cheapo Dies.  When I saw this die, the Beatles song Yellow Submarine immediately started going through my mind.

I die cut the submarine twice so that I could add a shadow behind the yellow one.  I stamped the music background (Stampabilities stamp) onto black cardstock and then embossed it with Clear embossing powder.  Next I added a couple colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Peony Pink, Cornflower Blue) using my finger tip.  The yellow submarine was pop dotted on top of the musical notes.

The white mats were die cut using the Dotted Rectangle Set of unbranded dies from Cheapo Dies. (Unfortunately, these are temporarily out of stock as of this writing, but these would work just as well.) After adhering the music background, I wrote some of the lyrics to the Beatles' song around the edges.

For a final touch, Nuvo Crystal Drops (limoncello) were added to the corners. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Tassel

Today I'd like to share a card that is perfect for the newly graduating person in your life.  I used the Cheapo Dies exclusive die called Grad Cap and the scalloped/stitched circles are the Scallop Stitch Circles in the unbranded section.

Using the Scallop Stitch Circle set, I die cut a piece of patterned paper and a piece of blue cardstock.  I heat embossed the sentiment (which is from a rubber stamp set called Graduation Party Time) with Bracing Blue embossing powder.

I die cut the Grad Cap twice from black cardstock and saved the negative pieces.  I added a bit of gold to these negative pieces using a Nuvo Mica Mist  (Antique Gold) and then adhered the second outline die cut on top.

I cut off the tassel that is part of the die cut and added this one for an even more realistic look.

The card base was dry embossed using a Tonic Studios embossing folder (Simple Stripes).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sweet Baby {Scrapy Land #88}

It's the third Wednesday of the month and you know what that means....time for a brand new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  (You can see just how many brands there are here.)

Today I created this baby card for a friend's daughter who is having her first child.  The happy couple decided not to find out the baby's gender, so my card can go either way😀.

Each individual rectangle was die cut from a Tonic Studios set (Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics) and the images in the center of each of the rectangles are from Die-Versions (Baby Icons; Sweet Wordlets: Baby; Sweet Wordlets: Sweet).  They were die cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  

A couple of Sue Wilson Designs embossing folders (Climbing Vines; Quilted Flowers) were used to dry emboss the mats under each baby icon.  Lil' Inker Designs (Quilted Stitched Pattern die) was used to give the Graphic 45 background paper a vintage quilted look.  

On the inside, I added a couple more Baby Icons and die cut a couple mats for the message.

Now it's your turn to play along with the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until April 29.  Two winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.