Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Hooked on die cutting

Although I still get a lot of pleasure out of stamping and colouring, lately I've been playing with more and more dies and very recently made a card using a die from the utterly fabulous Memory Box Open Studio 'Baptisia Distressed Collage' die set. I know that Liz (see this card!) has been playing with this lovely set of dies recently (and I just fell in love with it!) - and am sure I've seen it being used elsewhere in the Playground. This is my first play ......... as I did wait a little while before giving in to temptation:

I used:

- 4" x 5.75" white card blank, tent style

- slightly smaller piece of white card stock, with opposing corners die cut using a die from the Memory Box Open Studio 'Baptisia Distressed Collage' die set

- worked out where I wanted the sentiment to go and stamped it using Memento 'London Fog' ink and a stamp from the 'SU 'Sincere Salutations' set (discontinued) 

- used a Memory Box 'Geneva Vine' die to cut out the central die cut, then inlaid it with green and pink die cuts, from snippets

- backed the whole piece with double sided adhesive sheet and layered it onto a piece of pink card

- the corner die cuts now had exposed sticky (as intended!) so I then sprinkled Crystal Glamour Dust over and gave it a good brush over with a soft brush to remove the excess. I use a long handled Avon blusher brush for this - bought specially for the purpose

- finally, added tickles of clear Wink of Stella to the pink flower heads. In real life I like that the corners really twinkle and it's when you turn the card for the light to catch it that the more subtle shimmer shows on the flowers

Edit: Thanks to Andrea for pointing this out to me - this card fits in with the current Memory Box # 10 challenge which is blossoms and/or bunnies. Where have I been all this time, what a great challenge - especially if you adore Memory Box products as much as I do!

And, thanks to Sarn's encouragement HERE, I hopped out into the sunshine yesterday and bought some Cadbury's Creme Eggs. Did a few bits of shopping elsewhere (including buying the bunnies in Hobbycraft) and then came home and quickly made these:
We have a lovely young neighbour who usually calls by with a small Easter egg for us. So there are three of these little 'eggs on thrones' waiting for Hemma - one for her, and one each  for Gerry and Nina, her Mum and Dad. Ha! And there's two left over in the box of five to be scoffed too :) Well I never!

Thanks Sarn for the idea - nice one :) 

And slap my wrist, due to going out to play in the sunshine I neglected the Playground today - will catch up ASAP! 

Di
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37 comments:

  1. I am in love with all of those corner dies by MB and have had 2 on my wish list since last fall! Your card is just lovely and the little treat boxes are delightful! I love the bunnies ;)

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  2. I've been drooling over those dies since Liz first showed us her work with them and now you've got me drooling even harder, your card is gorgeous. And so are your cute egg holders. Although..... FIVE Cream Eggs in the box? I thought they came in boxes of six??? Di.... Parsnip.... what happened to the 6th one?
    Jane

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    1. Nope, boxes of five now Jane :-( surprised me too!! xx

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  3. OH Di!!!!
    ... your first card is certainly drool worthy, so well done .. and loved the ice spike on post below too :D
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

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  4. Beautiful card Di, so elegant. I'm very impressed with your egg boxes. Will check out the posts to find the instructions. I am sure they will be very well received.
    Janice x

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  5. A lovely card, the MB dies are fabulous. Great Easter egg treat boxes too.
    Kath x

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  6. That's really tough for you with two spare eggs Di, any chance we could have them up in the treehouse ?

    Pretty card and I need that corner die.

    B x

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  7. I bet you are glad you succumbed to temptation for those dies - love the card and also the little Easter treats.

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  8. Well if you've got any eggs to spare.... but no doubt Parsnip will be searching the Playground for them!

    Gorgous card and super egg boxes.

    You know your card would be perfect for the MB challenge 'blossoms +/or bunnies' and a great prize on offer
    http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/outsidethebox/challenge/

    I bought those MB corner dies and some of the TH ones - had to have them but not got around to using them yet! xx

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    1. Thanks Andrea - duly entered! xx

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  9. Welcome to the wonderful world of die cutting. My first love :)
    Pretty card, Di. X

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  10. Great card Di love the pink and green against the expanse of white

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  11. Die cutting is also my favorite technique.
    I will keep your card in mind because I like this very much!!
    Lia xx

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  12. Love your die card so elegant. What great egg boxes too - so much nicer than shop bought which I am boycotting, more box than egg! I'm also boycotting creme eggs but yesterday succumbed to the dessert ones - oh wow they are delicious, but only if on offer lol!

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  13. I love that card! The subtle sparkle you added really lifts it. I'm glad you caved in and bought the dies. I just have one question about the Easter egg boxes, did you have to buy extra eggs in case you scoffed them? No? Just me then....oops! Cara x

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  14. You have made such a gorgeous card Di using the Baptisia collage dies and then that pretty vine and I love the idea of using the backing adhesive and filling the sticky are with beautiful sparkle. I adore your cute creme egg boxes too and I'm sure your neighbours will love them. x

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  15. By the 'D....evil dies I was tempted!! As we all are Di....but at least you have used yours and not put them in the NBUS box..so a pat on the back...a very pretty card. I intend making some Easter egg thrones too...they look so pretty and such a brilliant idea...thanks to Sarn for the 'workshop' Off now to see the best hiding places in the playground!!

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  16. Oh Di! Your creations are so fantastic! I've got much to learn.
    Hugs, Liv

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  17. OOOOOH . . . your die cut card is SOOOO pwetty Di. And Spring-like too. Love it.

    Great job with the Egg Thrones at the ASHC workshop too!
    Rushes off to check out those dies . . . .

    Parnsip is busy toasting Hot Cross Buns, and Brenda is on hooch duties while I demonstrate egg throne making!

    Hugs, SaRn xxx

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  18. I say miss thisz card is rather lovely. Hmmm is this a die I know nuffin about!1 Erm not given choklit up for lent then!! hugs Mrs A.

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  19. This is a beautiful card! I love that die and you made a stunning card with it. Dies do things we can't otherwise do on a card like those gorgeous cut out corners. Great job and such soft colors.

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  20. Beautiful card Di. Gorgeous mix of die-cuts and love the inlaid technique used for your bloom branch.

    Those egg thrones are adorable. Thanks for sharing ... check out Sarn's post and then watched the video. Hoping I have time to make a few. :) xx

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  21. Gorgeous card Di! Inlay can be tricky, but you nailed it perfectly.
    I love the CAS look of die cuts, but like to color too, so I've been hunting more stamp and die sets.....double the fun!!

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  22. Oh, your CAS is so sweet and elegant, love the design so different with these diecuts and the flowers with snippets! Such a great work!
    And your boxes are a true delight, with these soooo cute bunnies!

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  23. I love this pretty die cut card, those corners are fabulous. Your little egg boxes are lovely as well.
    Jean x

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  24. SO pretty and left over creme eggs, what a pain ... ;-) x

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  25. Well you are really spoiling us today, not just one fabulous creation but three, put me to shame.
    Love them all, great dies, great card and super egg boxes, well done you.

    Kath x

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  26. So if I come by with an egg can I have one of the extras?! Now my mouth is watering! Beautiful card, Di--love the distressed die & the inlaid flower & of course, that it's pink!

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  27. I love your little egg holders for your cadbury's creme eggs, they're so cute.
    A great card using dies too.

    Have a super Easter Di.

    Hugs Erika. x

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  28. Hello Di, What lovely makes today. The card is gorgeous and I love how you've used the two dies together with a bit of planning.

    I could have done with you around today for help when I cut out a new teapot die then coloured and stuck all the bits back in place. It took ages and I got into a real mess. I had to resort to talc to take some of the stick away!

    I love the little creme egg boxes for your neighbours. They are absolutely lovely with the bunnies and ribbon bows. A very Happy Easter to you both and little Parsnip. Barbxx

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  29. Such a beautiful card! Lovely design and the colours are divine! Your egg boxes are gorgeous too! xxx

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  30. I started commenting on this and then I guess there was a shiny thing... and here I am back again days later. Very elegant looking die cut card. I know several folks who are on a die cut craze. I'd have to organize my dies before undertaking something like that so I'll just sit back and watch y'all have at it. Love the eggs boxes. Sarn inspired me as well (yes, the gal who only ever makes cards).

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  31. Fabulous card! I love the corner die - so pleased you gave into temptation. ;-) The Geneva Vine die is one I've not come across before - it's such a beautiful die. I do much more die cutting than stamping these days and I'm sure this one will make it onto my wishlist. :-) xx

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    1. ... forgot to say how much I love your little Easter treat boxes. xx

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  32. They are such cute boxes! I love your card too, those gorgeous distressed corner dies are on me wish list, sadly that is something that never shrinks, a bit like me these days lol! No Easter Eggs in our house though because we would eat them Karen x

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  33. Such a pretty card and yes those dies are on my wish list too!

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  34. That is a great card Di. I have been meaning to ask you what you store your dies in. I have bought a couple of storage files neither of which have been very successful. I do not have many dies but they are increasing in number with Christmas and birthdays!

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