Tuesday 9 June 2015

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'Hello Sunshine'

The challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania for the next two weeks is 'Hello Sunshine' - by that we mean for you to use the Sun in your project. All we ask in addition is that you use a manual embossing/die cutting machine (it isn't limited to just Cuttlebugs) and that you say in your blog post which products you used. This is my card:
I used:

- A6 white card blank

- herringbone backing paper from the MME 'Blush' paper pad, die cut with the largest die in the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' die set (this die actually just cuts the perforations, you have to trim the outer part off yourself if you want to cut a mat as I did)

- plain white card stock, duster brushed across with Tim Holtz 'Tumbled Glass' for the sky and then 'Faded Jeans' for the sea

- then I stamped the sailing boat in Memento 'Tuxedo Black' using a stamp from Uniko's wonderful stamp set called 'Nautical Treasures'

- next I stamped the same boat onto a piece of slightly different paper from the MME 'Blush' paper pad and added the 'Fleur-de'Lis' onto the large sail before cutting the sails out and paper piecing them onto the main image of the sailing boat

- die cut the image using the next size down from the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' die set

- the 'Nautical Treasures' stamp set comes with some beautiful extras so I added the small compass points in the top left hand corner and then just slightly curved one of the sentiments and stamped 'Just For You' along the back of the main sail

- next die cut the sun from a snippet of yellow card, using the sun die from the Joy! 'Sun and moon' set

- added two clouds, die cut from a snippet of white card using the MFT 'Cloud Trio' set, the top cloud was popped up on a thin sticky pad

- then I just hand drew in the seagulls using a fine point liner pen to fill in what looked (to me) like blank space calling out for a little 'je ne sais quois' :)

So, there's my DT offering - and it was great fun to make. I adore Uniko products  (thank you so much to my little blogging friend who so kindly gave me a voucher to start me off), the service from Bev is absolutely 1st Class and the clear photo polymer stamps are fabulous quality (they even come in their own DVD sized storage case much like SU's stamps do).

This sailing boat works brilliantly for paper piecing - you can colour the background as you wish (like I did with the sea and the sky), then after stamping in black you just cover up the background by paper piecing! Easy peasy.

So, with the theme of 'Hello Sunshine', why not come and join us over at Cuttlebug Mania? This fortnight we're sponsored by Stamp n doodle. Someone has to win, and of course we also pick three runners up.



  1. Fabulous card! Really cheering & summery x

  2. A fabulous card Di, it would be perfect for so many occasions.
    Kath x

  3. OOOH lovely. Hello Sunshine indeed! xxx

  4. This is gorgeous Di and I love the paper pieced sails and the sentiment placed along them. The die cut sun and clouds and the little extra embellishments are just perfect too. x

  5. Love your sunny, ocean scene Di. Such a happy card. :) xx

  6. A super card Di. Love the paper pieced sails and the way you placed the sentiment.
    Jean x

  7. Beautiful design, with these popped elements and the simple background! Love the sails of your boat and stitched frame on the DP back layer!

  8. I see the lil inkers bug bit someone else too! Those stitched panels look great with this cute little boat! I'm loving the little sun and clouds too!

  9. Love this sail boat, Di! Looks like calm seas!

  10. Love this card Di! The background paper is awesome, the scene perfect for that person who loves the beach/ocean. You have made a serene scene and it makes me want to go sailing....almost. lol Hugs, Brenda

  11. I love the pp you used. So summery. And I really like how you curved the sentiment along the sail. What a great idea. Fabulous card.

  12. A great card Di. Very well constructed. I like the little sun/cloud cluster, and the curved sentiment. Kate x

  13. What a fun sailboat! Love the pattern on the sails. It pairs well with the one in the background, but I wouldn't think that just looking at the papers. Nifty sun too!


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