Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thank You Tuesday 44-2017

Today's prompt is to create a thank you card using the die cut masking and stamping technique.

This is such a simple card.  I die cut three leaves from a set then used the die cut images to mask and sponge over.  I blended three colors of distress inks (Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed).  I die cut the sentiment and tore a border from cranberry card stock.  It is just a little touch but brought out the colors in the card nicely.  I added some white Nuvo drops and the card base is white.  Perfect for a Fall thank you!  Have a safe Halloween!!!  Gracie

Monday, October 30, 2017

Masculine Monday 44-2017

Today's prompt is to create a masculine card using the die cut masking and stamping technique.

I love how this card turned out!  I used the circle die to cut two circles from craft brown card stock.  I used one of the circles to mask on the card panel and sponged with distress inks (Frayed Burlap, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs).  I cut the sentiment from the craft card stock and adhered it and the circle die cut to the panel.  I placed the panel on brown card stock and used a craft brown card base.  Gracie 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Clean & Simple Sunday 44-2017

Hello, everyone!  Gracie this week's as the CADC Designer.

This month's theme is Die Cut Techniques.

This week's technique is Die Cut Masking & Stamping inspired by Jennifer McGuire.

Today's prompt is to create a clean and simple card using the technique.

I love this technique!!!  It makes such a subtle effect.  Today I die cut a snow flake using card stock (on Jennifer McGuire's video she uses masking paper).  I placed the die cut in several areas on white card stock and sponged around it with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Spun Sugar.  I die cut the "merry" sentiment from glitter card stock.  I added some light pink rhinestones for sparkle. I put the white panel on a white card base.  It is very simple but I love how it turned out!  Gracie

Saturday, October 28, 2017

One Stamp Set Saturday 43-2017

One Stamp Saturday is pretty easy to do with a stacked die cut because the die cut takes center stage.

This is another sentiment cut that follows the technique shown by Jennifer McGuire here.  I used a two sided paper from an collection by Authentique called Flourish.  This collection also has solids to match, so I pieked three of them to make the additional layers.  The cut was from the Cricut cartridge called Teresa Collins - Easter Basket.  Since the "happy" cut already had a solid shadow behind it, it made it ideal for the technique.  I did stake the center cut too so that it has some real dimension.  A quick Birthday stamped from Club Scrap's Moroccan Spice Greetings brought it together. - Densie

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Freestyle 43-2017

My freestyle Friday card using the stacked die cut technique.

I piked a basic heart design and cut it out of patterned paper and three matching solids from a 6 x 6 and a 12 x 12 paper packs by Graphic 45 called Botanical Tea.  After cutting them horizontally at the widest part of the heart, I pulled them slightly apart and glued them together that way.  It is easier to use liquid glue instead of the tape runner I usually use because you can adjust it a little while it is still wet to get the alignment right.  I then stamped the center of the opening with a floral heart from a Unity Kit of the Month called Always Been You (December 016) using a Distress Oxide ink.  I did stamp it off on another paper first to make it more subtle.  The sentiment was done in brown ink using Altenew Painted Greetings. - Denise 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Colorful Thursday - 43-2017

This is our color inspiration for Thursdays in October.
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Here is my card with both the colors and the layered die cut technique.

Since the shadow for the leaf I was cutting out was pretty intricate, I decided to separate the layers both vertically and horizontally.  I also played around with my alcohol inks for the leaf in the middle.  Alcohol inks are so addicting and you just keep playing until you have what you want. I did pop it up on foam to give it some dimension. A Fall sentiment on gold at the bottom and it was done. - Denise

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WOW Wednesday 43-2017

Wow Wednesday is when we ramp up our cards with glitter or sparkles. 

Here is a glittery Christmas card.

I started with a pretty simple Christmas tree image on my Cricut Explore from the cartridge called Close to My Heart -Artbooking.  I manipulated it to be taller and skinnier that the original cut.  I then cut once each on a green, red and off white glitter card stock.  I cut each negative image in half lengthwise on my paper cutter and stacked them slightly offset on the card front.  I then took the green positive image and put it in the middle along with ornaments made by using a paper punch with the scraps. It was hard to get a good picture because it is very shiny. I decided with all that shine, it didn't need a sentiment on the front. - Denise

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Thank You Tuesday 43-2017

Today's Thank You card most closely follows the technique this week by Jennifer McGuire shown here.

Here is my card. 

I used a cartridge called Sentimentals for the Thank You because it had the shadow around the words.  I cut it from both the pattern and solids in the 6 x 6 paper pad from Authentique called Adventure.  I did learn that when you have lines coming in (like around the T) they don't layer as nicely as straight lines or those that curve out. The thank you was also cut out and the layers built up. - Denise

Monday, October 23, 2017

Masculine Monday 43-2017

Masculine Monday continues with a stacked layered die cut technique.

I used a striped patterned paper with three different solids all from the same 6 x 6 paper pad from Basic Grey called Bow Ties.  Because the top is striped, it is a little hard to see the layers in the picture, but in real life they really show the depth.  I also stacked the middle arrow with all the layers so it really pops of the card.  This was a simple arrow cut that had a shadow from the cartridge called The First Few Years.  I attached the shadow and arrow to a rectangle the same size as an A-2 card so that they would all cut at once and could be centered.  The stamp is from a set by Fiskars and is called In Search of Adventure. - Denise

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Clean & Simple Sunday 43-2017

I am up this week using a layered die cut technique shown in a video by Jennifer McGuire shown here.

Today is Clean and Simple.

This card was pretty simple to make as I just set up a arched shape on my Cricut with a cut line across the bottom of the arch.  I then cut it in six different colors of cardstock.  They were then stacked and separated just a little on the card.  I used a stamp from the Unity stamp set called Your Own Rainbow that seemed appropriate for the card.  Making all these layers does make the card a little heavier. - Denise

Saturday, October 21, 2017

One Stamp Set Saturday - 42-2017

This is my last card for the week. It’s One Stamp Saturday. Here's my card.

For this card, I chose Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Octagons dies. This card was assembled similar to Monday’s card. In addition to the cardbase, there are 5 card panels adhered to the front. I nested the octagons and adhered them with tape. I lightly marked, with a pencil, the horizontal centre of the dark blue panel, so that when placing the dies, they would be centred on the panel. I die cut the blue cardstock. I carefully removed the largest die from the bundle of dies. Placing the lime green directly below the blue cardstock, I positioned the bundle of dies to be nested within the opening of the blue cardstock. I repeated the process of removing the largest die, stacking two card panels, positioning the bundle of dies and die cutting the bottom card panel. Before adhering the panels, I stamped the sentiment (now, honestly, I can’t remember which stamp set it came from – embarrassed). I had to find a sentiment that would fit in the opening of the smallest octagon. I trimmed the card panels, except for the blue, which is the top layer.  I adhered all the panels and erased the pencil mark. 

Thanks for dropping by. See you next month.

Friday, October 20, 2017


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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
There’s just something about interactive cards!  And Waterfall Cards are among the best interactive card techniques.  They look intricate, though, so we’ll let you in on any hints we uncover along the way.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one for yourself.
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 29, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.  If you would prefer to be notified if you win, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you.  The winner will have until November 16, 2017, to claim their prize.
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Gracie on our design team shows us three great cards.

I had so much fun making these cards!  This is the 1st time I have tried a waterfall card.  The first card with the angels is made using 2 Raison Boat stamp sets.  The stamps are colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  This was a case of measure twice to cut once!  I used an embossing folder from Darice as a panel and cardstock from Recollections. The second card was made using a new stamp set from Whimsey Stamps.  They also were colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  I placed them on paper from Simple Stories Hello Fall collection. The third card was made using a digital stamp set from Bugaboo stamps and the sentiment is from Art Impressions.  The cats were also colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  I am unsure where the paper came from - it has been in my stash for a while! - Gracie

 Denise also has three cards.

A couple of years ago, I did the waterfall cards for all of my family's birthdays.  Here are three of them.

This card used a lot of cuts from my Cricut. I mostly used the Life is a Beach cartridge.

  I made a lot of "sea" jokes for a 6 year old who loved mermaids.

 This card was inspired by the song about monkeys jumping on the bed.  I played around with the strip holding the flip to look like a bed and used a punch on the bottom to mimic a bed skirt. It took some playing around to keep the wall paper and bedspread in place as the flips took place, but it turned out pretty good.  The monkeys were cut with my Cricut along with the bed posts.

And finally all the monkeys are off the bed.

A more sophisticated card.


Who doesn't love to compare age to wine?  Sorry for the quality of the pictures because I just snapped pictures as I made them not knowing I would be posting them online a few years later. - Denise

Now you’re off to visit with Debbie. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!
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Friday Freestyle - 42-2017

It’s Friday Freestyle and the challenge is to use the Stamped Die Cutting technique in any way I wanted. Here's my card.

I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 1 die. I nested the dies and used tape to hold them in place. I die cut using a light pink, dark pink, orange and yellow cardstock, as well as the leftover inked panel from Wednesday’s card. When diecutting the light pink, I marked the horizontal centre so that when I aligned the dies, the shape would be centred.  I adhered the light pink panel to an A2 cardbase. I then adhered the label frames. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn’s Tiny Tag Sayings: Birthday.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Colorful Thursday - 42-2017

Today is Colorful Thursday and the challenge was to use this color prompt 

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on my card along with this week's technique - Stacked Die Cutting. The colours seemed very fall-like. So, I decided to make a pumpkin-inspired card. Here's my card.

I started with Spellbinders Nestabilities Pumpkin dies – the smallest 4. Like the other cards, I nested the dies and used tape to hold them in place.  I die cut cardstock in colours closest to the color prompt. I ended up with lots of pumpkin frames. For the sentiment, I used Paper Smooches’ Word Salad.  I arranged the frames and adhered them to my A2 card. To finish the card, I added a strip of shiny gold cardstock.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WOW Wednesday - 42-2017

It’s WOW Wednesday which means stepping the card up with the use of sequins, glitter pens, Nuvo drops etc., along with continuing with the Stacked Die Cutting technique for this week. Here's my card.

For this card, I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8 dies. I adhered 3 dies with tape once nested. I die cut the dark pink panel, after lightly marking with a pencil the horizontal centre, so the die cut would be centred on the card. I also used the bundle of dies, to cut the orange and yellow cardstock. For a bit of something different, I inked up some white cardstock with distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade and picked raspberry) and die cut using the same bundle of dies. I stamped the sentiment from Mint Owl Studio’s Banner Sentiments 1 stamp set onto the small yellow label. I adhered the various label frames. To step the card up, I added sequins and some dash marks with a Sakura gelly roll silver pen. To finish the card, I erased the pencil marks. 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Thank you Tuesday - 42-2017

Today is Thank You Tuesday for our Stacked Die Cut week.  Here's my card.

I used Memory Box’s Cherub Hearts for this card. I adhered the 5 heart dies with tape keeping each heart nested in the centre of the previous heart. I die cut 5 pieces of red/pink cardstock with all the hearts. (I have lot of extras to make more cards). I adhered  the hearts to a white A2 card. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches’ Many Thanks stamp set. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Masculine Monday - 42-2017

It’s Masculine Monday. Continuing on with Stacked Die Cuts this week, here's my card.

This card is heavy – there are three panels of different shades of teal, adhered to the white card. I carefully lightly marked the vertical centre of the darkest teal panel with a pencil. I used Quickutz Nesting Starburst dies for this card. I positioned the four smallest dies and taped them in position. NOTE: tape the non-cutting side of the dies (yup, on more than one occasion, I ended up taping the wrong side!)  Position the dies in line with the pencil mark. Die cut the first panel. Carefully, remove the largest die. Position the next darkest panel directly under the first diecut panel. Then, carefully position the remaining dies, so that they are in the centre of the first diecut and diecut this second panel. Again, remove the next largest die from the grouping. Position the second panel directly over the third, lighted teal panel and carefully position the grouping of dies in the centre of the opening and die cut this third panel.  Finally, with a piece of sparkly silver cardstock, die cut the smallest star. I didn’t do a good job of perfectly positioning the panels before diecutting the successive stars. I found that if I trimmed each panel a bit, I would be happier with the finished product because the next step is to adhere the various panels to one another with the darkest on top. For the sentiment, I heat embossed with silver embossing powder from Lawn Fawn’s So Jelly stamp set. Remember to erase the pencil marks.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Clean and Simple Sunday - 42-2017

Hi! It’s Sue here at Card A Day Challenge Blog. We’re so pleased that you’ve stopped by.  This month, the theme is die cut techniques. This week, we’re highlighting a technique demonstrated  by Jennifer McGuire. The technique that I’ll be focusing on this week, is what she calls Stacked Die Cutting.  You can see her video here.  You’ll need nesting dies – which are dies of a specific shape which fit into one another (sort of like the Russian nesting dolls, except with dies). The “trick” is to tape the nesting dies together, so that each die is positioned evenly within the next larger die and next smaller die.
Let’s get started. My first card is for Clean & Simple Sunday. 

Here’s my card.

I used Technique Tuesday’s Nested Stars die and dark red and gold cardstock. I taped the three dies, attempting to keep the dies positioned evenly in the centre of the next larger star. I cut the gold stars from some gold cardstock. Then, deciding that I wanted the star to be off-set, I die cut the red stars with the taped dies positioned on the red panel, where I wanted the stars to be.  I used gold heat embossing for the sentiment from The Alley Way’s Mistletoe Kisses. Using a gold Sakura Gelly Roll pen, I added dash lines on the red star. I adhered the various stars, nested within each other.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

One Stamp Set Saturday 41-2017

Today's prompt is to use one stamp and die set with the die cut technique. I chose to use the "Dry Emboss" technique to raise up the image to make it look like a puffy sticker.

I love the look on this card!  It is really simple to make.  I started with Lawn Fawn's Thankful Mice stamp and die set.  I stamped the images on whisper white card stock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers.  I die cut five blanks of each image and placed them behind the images and attached them with washi tape.  I ran them through my Vintaj using my embossing pad.  The images are now raised up!  Too cute!  I mounted the panel on craft card stock and plaid paper from Simple Stories Hello Fall.  The card base is craft card stock.  Be sure and watch this week's link and go play with your stamps and dies!  Have fun!  Gracie  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Freestyle 41-2017

Today's prompt is to create any card using a die cut technique.  Today I chose to do an inset die cut.

I started my card today with Tim Holtz's French Flight stamp and die set.  I stamped the image on whisper white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I die cut the image.  I took the panel I die cut the image from and placed foam tape behind it.  I mounted it on graphic 45 paper.  I adhered the image down in the "window".  I die cut some birds and the sentiment and added Nuvo glue and Nuvo silver guilding flakes.  I added some heat set heart metal accents.  The panel is on a white card base.  I think this would make a pretty Anniversary card!  Gracie

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Colorful Thursday 41-2017

Today's prompt is to use a die cut technique and the color prompt below.

I chose to use the solid dimension technique.

I used a butterfly stamp and die set - source unknown. I stamped the butterfly in three colors (Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush, Crisp Canteloupe, and CTMH Pansy.)  I stamped them with a second image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I die cut the images then die cut blank images fifteen times.  There are five images behind each large butterfly.  I placed them on gold glitter card stock.  The sentiment is stamped on purple card stock and is included with the stamp set.  I used a purple card stock base.  Gracie

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WOW Wednesday 41-2017

Today's prompt is to create a card using a die cut technique and step it up using sequins, glitter pens, etc.  I chose to use the action wobbler technique.

What child wouldn't like to receive an action wobbler card?  I started today using a Wplus9 stamp and die set.  I stamped all the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers.  I used the die to cut out the rabbits.  I attached them to the panel with an action wobbler.  I added rhinestones, Wink of Stella, and silver sheer ribbon.  The panel is on purple card stock and on a white card base.  Gracie

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thank You Tuesday 41-2017

Today's prompt is to create a Thank You card using a die cut technique.  I chose to do masking.

I started today with Technique Tuesday Fuchsia stamp and die set  I die cut a "mask" using white card stock.  I stamped the image and sentiment on a panel with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.  I placed the "mask" over the image and sponged with Mustard Seed Distress ink.  I added some Wink of Stella to the image.  I placed the panel on olive card stock and a yellow card stock base.  Gracie

Monday, October 9, 2017

Masculine Monday 41-2017

Today's prompt is to use a die cut technique creating a masculine card.  The technique I chose today is masking with solid dimension.

The stamp and die set I chose was Tim Holtz's Compass Blueprint.  I actually combined two of the techniques since the die set is intricate - there is one stamp and four dies.  I stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  I had to stamp the image six times!  I used the first die cut to mask the entire compass then sponged around it with Rusty Hinge Distress ink.  I colored the remaining die cuts with Spectrum Noir markers.  I die cut each image five times and stacked them behind each colored image before attaching to the card.  It has a lot of dimension!  I added a metal dot in the center of the compass.  I placed the panel on brown card stock and on a blue card stock base.  I really like how this card turned out.  Gracie

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Clean & Simple Sunday 41-2017

Hi!  Gracie here as this week's CADC Designer.

Our monthly theme is Diecut Techniques.

 This week's inspiration comes from Jennifer McGuire.

Today's prompt is to create a card keeping it clean and simple.

Dig out those stamp and die sets and lets have fun this week!  I started today's card with Lawn Fawn's Winter Sparrows Stamp and Die set.  I used the "impression with the die" technique.  After stamping the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloring the images with Spectrum Noir markers, I placed the dies over the images and ran the panel through my Vintaj using an embossing pad.  It leaves a lovely impression around the image!  I mounted the panel on green and red card stock and placed it on a green card stock card base.  Less than eleven weeks until Christmas!  Time to be shopping!  Gracie

Saturday, October 7, 2017

One Stamp Saturday

Today's Prompt:  Use only one die set with the technique

Today's card was created using Lawn Fawn's Balloon Die set.  The set includes several balloons and balloon related accessories.  I used colored c/s to create the top layer, white c/s for the second and third layer. The strings are two layers of white c/s, which would have been difficult to layer without using Jennifer's technique.  Since birthdays and balloons go well together, I chose a birthday sentiment (Catherine Pooler SOA).  

I enjoyed working with Jennifer McGuire's Die Cut Layering technique.   I don't have many of the detailed dies she used, but I was happy to make work with items I had on hand.  - Kimberly

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Freestyle

Today's Prompt:  Create any card using the technique

I decided to go with another clean and simple card.  The concept for this card started with the Tim Holtz chit chat sticker.  The Casual Friday Treble Clef Die is a great match! (also it is one of the few intricate dies in my stash)   The top layer is glitter paper (paper cut). I cut two additional layers from white c/s and applied the layers directly to the card using Jennifer McGuire's inspiration video. - Kimberly

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Colorful Thursday

Today's Prompt:  Use the technique and the color prompt provided.

Color Prompt: 

The focal image is a Memory Box Stamp and Die Cut.  The background papers are from a Papercut Layered Card kit.  I used Distress Oxide Inks on watercolor paper for the leaf base. I sprayed the paper to create the "Oxidized Effect".  (Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade).  I stamped the image with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink.  I die cut the image once and two times with white c/s.  Jennifer's technique allowed me to adhere the layers easily.  I like the effect of the layered background with the layered focal point. - Kimberly