Tuesday 21 June 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - 'Midsummer'

It's time again for a new fortnightly challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania - and the theme this time is 'Midsummer' to include flowers/floral wreath, just make sure you also include some die cutting and/or dry embossing.

You do have to use a manual die cutting/embossing machine for Cuttlebug Mania entries (it doesn't need to be a Cuttlebug but it must be manual, not electronic). And, you can't mix the two, it must be all manual please. Then make your entry, link into the challenge, link to the challenge in your own blog post and and make sure that you also say what products you used for any die cutting/embossing.

Details of our sponsor can be found over on the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge blog.

There certainly was a hollow laugh here when I was making my DT card last week ..... whilst rain hammered on the windows.

Of course I adore poppies and roses, but another great favourite of mine is the fuchsia - I think they look like little ballerinas dancing in the breeze. As luck would have it, I had a die set here that's been waiting for ages for a first outing and this is what I came up with:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank, tent style

- olive green card cut slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- snippet of white card, embossed using a Crafts-Too 'Lattice' embossing folder, trimmed slightly smaller than the green layer and glued in place

- snippet of white card onto which I stamped the sentiment using SU's 'Mossy Meadow' ink and an Inkylicious sentiment stamp called ''Wonderful Day'

- then, using the largest die from the Spellbinders 'Floral Ovals' set, die cut the sentiment panel then glued it in place on the card front. Tip, it's always much easier to stamp a sentiment first and then die cut it

- the fuchsia leaves and flowers were all die cut using olive green, pink and purple snippets of card stock and Joanna Sheen's 'Fuchsia' dies set, then assembled onto the die cut oval above the stamped sentiment. This was the most fiddly part of the card, but great fun to do

- there was a gap underneath the sentiment which looked a bit out of balance so I added a row of three fuchsia pink pearls

- final touch, a double layered sparkly 3D butterfly, in fuchsia pink with a touch of purple

We'd love to see you over at Cuttlebug Mania, it's a great theme with plenty of scope and the challenge runs for two weeks.

I'd like to enter this card into into the CAS Mix Up June Card Challenge (my second time this month playing over at this fun challenge). The theme this month is 'stamping + die-cuts ...... + my own choice of dry embossing'.

And, also the current Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge. I was thrilled to be picked as a favourite in their May Christmas Challenge, where you had to use a gift on your card. Happy dance here :)

And last but by no means least - the fabulous Allsorts Challenge Week 368, where the theme is 'How does your garden grow'. It's been far too long since I played over at Allsorts so I'm delighted to be linking up this week!

Crumbs, I think that's record number of challenge entries for me with just one card.

Edit: Psssst, I can already see that a few of you love this fuchsia die set. Make sure you call in at the Playground from Sunday onwards there's one as part of next week's prize! Was keeping it secret but don't want folk rushing off to buy it without at least having a chance in the Snippets draw :)



  1. A lovely card Di - a great design and beautiful fuchsias.
    Kath x

  2. Beautiful! I love that fuchsia

  3. Great flowers you used !
    Beautiful butterfly !

  4. A really pretty card Di, I love the fuchsias!
    Janice x

  5. Wow you've certainly covered a few challenges with this lovely card. Fuchsias are a great favourite of mine - I've said I won't buy any more dies but I could very easily stray towards this set!

  6. It's so pretty and perfect for our theme Di, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  7. That is super gorgeous and Fuchsias are my all time favourite too. I used to have 13 different varieties in my garden on the IoW :-D

    IKE xx

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  8. Perfect fuscia colours Di, it is so pretty

  9. It's a great post Di and why not it's a card that can be entered for lots of lovely challenges.....Your card Di is a stunner l love the fuchsia's one of my fav flowers xx

  10. Beautiful card Di. Congrats on entering so many challenges with it. You are a super star!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  11. Home from Edinburgh for a few days Di then on to Wales!! Playing a bit of catch up but am seriously hoping I will have time for the Playground before I go!
    Great fuschias (one of my fave flowers) and a fab card. xx

  12. This is delicate and gorgeous. Nice work with all those tiny diecut pieces.

  13. Beautiful card Di. Lots of texture with the embossed background. Love how your beautiful fuchsias tuck perfectly into your lacey-edged oval. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  14. Love your pretty die cut oval and pretty fuchsia's Di. Your textures and die cuts work so well together. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs, Nancy

  15. You certainly did Di and wot a lot I got for my monies worth. I love fuschias too. Alas my fuschia bush didn't survive the winter . It was looking beautiful last year. Love your card , the colours are perfect. Thank you for fluttering by . I will certainly put your card in twice. It's about time you won somethinck. Hugs Mrs A.

  16. Hi Di,
    what a super card, and a very lovely design.
    Those fuchsias are very pretty as is the gorgeous butterfly.
    Thank you for joining the Butterfly Challenge with this.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. GD

  17. Gorgeous card Di, love the flower die and the fact that you have used a white background with a lovely EF and die.

    Kath x

  18. Oooo what a stunning flower die and a gorgeous layout that suits it perfectly, Luv Sam x

  19. These fuchsias are adorable!! And such an elegant design for them! Love very much the contrast of these colours with the white of the embossed background and the oval frame, gorgous!!

  20. This is beautiful Di and I too love fuchsias with their cute little skirts and I love the way you have mounted this one on to the Floral Oval die cut mat and the embossed background looks fabulous with it. Fabulous butterfly and pretty pearls too. x

  21. What a pretty card Di! I love the embossed background with that intricate die, but those flowers look amazing with all of their rich color!

  22. Wow! Love this beautiful Fuchsia creation with crisp embossed BG!Love the beautiful matting and attractive colors to popped up the die!

  23. I too love fushias and this is a super looking die and you've made it shine in this fab card.
    Thanks for linking up to HLS this month. :)

  24. Such a pretty card, Di. My mother's parents always had these in their garden. I always thought they were so pretty. X

  25. I love the dainty fuchsia too, Di! These are so pretty on the dainty oval! Love the extra texture of the embossed background too! Thanks so much for sharing with us again at CAS Mix Up!

  26. A lovely card Di. Fuchsias were my Dad's favourite, and he had loads of different ones. And when we went to S.Ireland, we found them growing like weeds in all the hedges. I like all the oval frames, but somehow my die-cut ones never match the main image in size as well as your's does, so I end up resizing one on my Silhouette cameo instead. Kate x

  27. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  28. Stunning card, you're so right about the ballerinas. Mum had some beautiful double fuschias that were the size of your hand last year. Cara x

  29. Lovely card, have not used my embossing folders for quite a long time, maybe time to get them out and play.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

  30. I used to grow fuschias Di, and one like this, but ver time I lost them in dry periods. Wonderful work, lovely card indeed!
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Shaz in Oz.x

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  31. Well done on being chosen as one of the Top 5 at Allsorts - it's well deserved with this lovely card!
    Kath x

  32. I love how you framed this Di!Your blooms and butterfly are gorgeous. Beautiful card.Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  33. I love how you framed this Di!Your blooms and butterfly are gorgeous. Beautiful card.Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!


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