"We do not remember days, we remember moments." Cesare Pavese

Friday, July 30, 2021

Spellbinders Open House Collection

 Hello!  I'm back with several more Christmas cards that I made with products from the new Spellbinders release.  These cards are from the Open House collection.  


For this card I used the Open House Door Base etched die set and sentiments from the Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips Glimmer hot foil and die set.   The main panel was die cut with the largest Essentials rectangle die and then I did some scoring of the panel to create the look of siding.  Honestly, it is really hard to see the scoring in the photo. :(  The door was die cut from dark blue cardstock and the windows, door handle, mail slot and lintel from Glacier cardstock.  I also used the flower and foliage dies from the set to create my door swag and the little swags on the windows.  Some light yellow cardstock was die cut with the solid window dies and adhered them behind the window frames.  I then adhered all the pieces to the front of my card and finished with the sentiments that I foiled in silver.   Really like how this card turned out!  Going to add it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes. 

This second card was created with the Open House Topiary etched die set and a sentiment from the Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips hot foil plates and dies that was foiled with red foil.  I used two Essentials rectangles dies to die cut some older Christmas patterned paper.   I die cut all the pieces for the topiary from various cardstocks and glitter cardstock and then adhered all the pieces together.   I adhered my finished topiary to the striped patterned paper rectangle along with the sentiment.   The polka dot paper was adhered to a kraft cardstock base and then I popped up the smaller panel.  I think it is nice to see how you can use dies that are designed to work with other dies in a separate way and still create a wonderful design. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Wednesday with AJVD...

 Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I have a post up on the AJVD blog and here is a little peek of my project:


I hope you will head over to the AJVD blog to see the full project.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Monday, July 26, 2021

More Spellbinders July Release!

 Hello!  I'm back with more projects to share using products from the Spellbinders July release!  This release is super awesome, but I can tell you that are even more fabulous products releasing in August!  By the time September rolls around I may have all the Christmas cards I need for the year!   Today I'm sharing cards that I made using products from the Tis the Season collection.  You have already seen one of those products and that is the Mini Christmas Sentiments Glimmer plate set.  If you have a Glimmer system this set is a must have for creating Christmas cards! (Compensated affiliate links used through out this blog post.  When you use my links I earn a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support!)

This was the first card I made and it uses the new String of Lights Glimmer plate.  I hotfoiled the plate twice on white cardstock using Citrine foil and then I die cut it down with a Spellbinders Essentials rectangle die.  The sentiments were foiled in red and then die cut with a sentiment strip die.  I used the Christmas Blooms die set and die cut the little poinsettias from red cardstock and the leaves and flowers centers from a bright green.  I layered up the flowers and leaves and adhered them to the panel along with the sentiment strips.   I love the clean, modern look that this card has. 


I was having so much fun with the String of Lights plate that I had to make another card with it.  This time I foiled the panel with Aura foil and then die cut it with an Essentials rectangle.  I die cut the pinecones and foliage from the Christmas Blooms die set from white cardstock and rose gold metallic cardstock.  The sentiment was also foiled in Aura.  I layered on all the foliage and then adhered the sentiment strip.   Not your traditional Christmas colors, but I love how this one turned out!

This card came about as I was laying out many of the Mini Christmas sentiments in order to foil them at the same time.  I foiled the sentiments in Aura, gold, black, silver, red and green foils.  Now I have lots of sentiments to use on other cards!  These sentiments were all foiled using Aura although now that I think about it I should have used the Skybright foil as that would have looked amazing with the Glacier cardstock that I used.  I was going to try to foil all the sentiments on a panel and die cut it, but I'm just not that skilled with my foiling so I foiled the sentiments on white cardstock, die cut them and adhered them to a panel of Glacier cardstock.  I then made the poinsettias from the Glacier cardstock, adhered them and added a little light blue gem (from the July Spellbinders card kit) to the center of the flowers. I really like how all the cards turned out, but I think this one is my favorite!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

foiled butterflies

 Hello everyone!  I'm popping in with a little card I put together the other day using my PinkFresh Studio Small Butterflies hot foil plate, foil from Spellbinders, the colors from Color Throwdown and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  The monthly challenge at PinkFresh Studio is to use butterflies so I will be posting my card there, too.  I foiled the butterflies using Aura foil... it is so beautiful!   I then colored three of the butterflies using Copic markers in the CTD colors.  I don't have the matching Small Butterflies die so I just trimmed them out.  I die cut the leafy branch using the Curvy Leaves die set from  PinkFresh Studio from kraft cardstock and then adhered it across my white cardstock panel per the sketch.  I adhered the butterflies and the sentiment.  I finished off the card with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew to the butterflies and Pretty Pink Posh Crystal Clear sequins.


I'm also going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of out with the old, in with the new as my Small Butterflies foil plate is new and everything else I used is old.




Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


Friday, July 23, 2021

Spellbinders Christmas Release!

 Hello there!  I hope you have had a great week!  Spellbinders has just released some FABULOUS new Christmas products and over the next few weeks I will be sharing projects made with many of those new products.  You can find the July Christmas release right here.    I also want to let you know Spellbinders also has a lot of previously released Christmas products on sale through July 25th.  Just click on the link in my side bar to go to that sale.  (Compensated affiliate links used within the body of this blog post.  Using my links earns me a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support!)

First up are cards that I made using products from the Trim the Tree collection.  This card was created using the O'Christmas Tree etched die set.  The set consists of six dies.  There is a die that cuts a solid tree and one that cuts the over lay or can create an impression on the solid tree.  I used it to die cut an overlay for my card.  There is a die to cut the star for the top of the tree, as well dies to cut little stars and balls for the tree.  I love aqua combined with red so I had to create a card using that combo.  I die cut the solid tree from red glitter cardstock and the overlay from aqua.  I adhered it to a panel of white cardstock die cut with an Essentials rectangle die.  I die cut the star for the top of the tree, as well as the small stars from the red glitter cardstock and adhered them to the card as you see.  The sentiment is from another new product from this release called the Mini Christmas Sentiments Strips for the Glimmer hot for system.  These sentiment plates and dies are from the Tis' the Season collection and you will be seeing the sentiments from this set alot!   The sentiment was hot foiled with red foil and then adhered to the tree.  To finish I added the panel to an aqua cardstock base. 


For the second card I used the Glimmer plate that is part of the Trim the Tree collection.  This the Shining Christmas Tree Glimmer hot foil plate set and it was designed to work perfectly with the O'Christmas Tree die set.  I foiled the tree using gold foil on dark green cardstock and then die cut it using the tree die from O'Christmas Tree.  The star was foiled in gold, as well and then die cut with the star die from O'Christmas Tree.  I the cut polka dot paper from a older pad of Christmas papers, adhered a strip of red glitter paper to the strip and then adhered that to my card front.  The wishing you a sentiment is actually part of a larger sentiment from the Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips hot foiling set and was hot foiled in gold on dark green cardstock.  I die cut the sentiment down using a small banner die from another Spellbinders set and adhered it to my card base.  I adhered the tree and finished it off with the little ornaments die cut from red glitter cardstock.  I'm going to add this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of out with the old in with the new.  The hot foil plates are the new and the patterned paper and glitter cardstock are the old.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Make Magic Release!

 Hey everyone!  I here to share three cards that I created with a die from the new release from Simon Says Stamp called Make Magic.  Simon was kind enough to send me a fun die called Sunburst.   You can check out the new release right here.  First up is a card that I made using the die as it was intended.  I die cut bright yellow cardstock with the die with the idea to adhere it directly to my white cardstock base.  I have a very old Simon Says Stamp sunshine word die that I cut from black cardstock three times and adhered together.  I found the tiny hello in the Simon Says Stamp Friendly Flowers stamp set and stamped that on the die cut using VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink.  I then adhered the word.  The die cut was then popped up on the white cardstock panel with foam tape.  Super simple.  (Affiliate links used in the body of this post where possible.  Using the links earns me a small commission at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support!)  I'm going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge as I used the old Sunshine word die and the brand new Sunburst die on my card.



For the next two cards I used the die to make stencils.  Originally I was only going to use negative portion of the die cut as a stencil.  But then thought it would be fun to use the positive die cut as a stencil as well.  For the card using the negative part of the die cut I used distress oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey.  I blended on the Squeezed Lemonade and then used the Wild Honey only at the bottom for the sun.    Once my blending was done I die cut the panel with a rectangle die, added the sentiment (from the SSS Hello Darling stamp set) and some light yellow sequins.


For the second card I used Dried Marigold and Wild Honey distress oxide inks.  After blending the two colors on my cardstock panel I die cut it down with a Spellbinders Essentials rectangle die and popped it up on a panel of black cardstock die cut with a large rectangle die.  The sentiment came from the Simon Says Stamp Smile Circle die that I have never used.  It is a circle die that has smile in the center.  I simply die cut several of the circles, trimmed out the smile and stacked them.  I then adhered that on the card along with some clear jewels from Pretty Pink Posh.  


I had fun creating these three cards and pushing myself to use the die in a different way.  I hope you enjoy my projects!  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!