Saturday, May 16, 2015

Stretching your Dies


Hi everyone.  Back with a reminder of Happy Little Stampers May CAS Challenge - Die-cuts and Punches.


I have been seeing some beautiful cards around with the layout above.  Love the split of the card front with pretty paper peeking out from underneath (coloured panel is made with brushos and lots of water).  I have so many techniques on my "to-do" list and this is one of them.  When I saw this card done by the very talented Angela (from the tool shed), it really inspired me to move this to the top of the list.  I hope you'll check out the link ... Angela's card is amazing!!

The reason for the title of this post ... it's always great when you can use a die for something other than it's original intended use.  This curved die is a snowbank die from My Favorite Things ... and it works perfectly for this design.

Bonnie is our Guest Designer this month, and she has made a fantastic die-cut card to share with you today. Check out the challenge blog to see.  Thanks Bonnie!!

I hope I've inspired you to join in our fun CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers. The challenge is open until the end of the month, so there's still lots of time to play along.   Come join in the fun and add your CAS card with die-cuts or punches to the gallery.

There's also a DT call over at the Happy Little Stamper's blog.  Three calls in fact ... one for the Sketch challenge, and one for the CAS challenge ... and one for the new Christmas challenge that will be starting at HLS in July.  We hope to see lots of entries for these fun Design Teams ... come join in! :)

I'll be back again soon with a different way to use die-cuts.

I'm entering this card into ATS&M Challenge (#144 - CAS). :)

Edited to add:  I'm also adding this card to AAA Cards - celebrating a 1st birthday --- congrats to them!!









Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wishes (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Smoky Slate (SU!); Brusho Colour Crystals (emerald green, purple, turquoise)
Accessories & Tools:  Snowdrifts die (My Favorite Things), Moonlight and Kaldeiscope Butterfly dies (Memory Box), water mister

Challenge:
HLS May CAS Challenge - Die-cuts
ATS&M #144 - CAS
AAA Cards - 1st Birthday


39 comments:

Brenda said...

This sure is a beautiful card Loll! I love how you have the underneath peaking out like. Your brusho technique looks amazing and such beautiful colors too! I love that butterfly as well, indeed an amazing card. Hugs, Brenda

Gibmiss said...

Hi Loll
Fabulous card ... Love the butterfly....
Hugs Sylvie xx

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Loll, LOVE the split panel, such a great way to showcase the gorgeous brushos panel and butterfly.Cathy x

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous Loll!!! Your Brushos and Design are Stunning My Friend! TFS

craftytreen said...

Lol, this card is lovely. I love the simplicity of it, but also the colors are so pretty and the crispness is really wonderful. I always love your cards, but im not sure I tell you often enough. I follow so many cardmakers, and some days its all I can do to see the cards, let alone leave messages.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Another stunner Loll! Every card that I see with backgrounds made with Brushos reminds me that I really should have a go with mine . . . I bought them about a month ago and still haven't gotten round to trying them yet! Have a lovely weekend! Hazel xx

Joyce said...

This is just gorgeous. What a clever and creative way to use your dies. I'm pinning this one and plan to try something similar (hopefully not EXACTLY the same). That background is just gorgeous, and I think I see a bit of it on the inside of the card (?) which is such a nice touch.

Pam said...

Love! Love! Love! This is gorgeous, Loll.

Tenia Nelson said...

So so cool!!

Shona Chambers said...

Talk about beautiful!! I know what you mean, this layout has been used a lot lately and they all look amazing. I just love the colours you blended, so serene, especially against the white. Stunning card Loll!

Shona Chambers said...

Was so taken with your card I forgot to thank you for sharing it with us at ATSM this week!!

Kylie said...

I love using my dies like this. The brusho background. The colours are awesome. Then the butterfly.... LOVE it!!!! Thanks for also linking up at ATSM xx

Anita in France said...

Gorgeous, Loll ... one of my fave colour combo's ... stunning against the white! Anita :)

Julie B said...

Gorgeous as ever Loll. I've just used the same die and layout but more of that later! :)

Linda said...

This is simply beautiful Loll ...... fab layout (must give this one a go!) and I just love the colours of Brusho you've used. Nice little touch to use the same behind the butterfly too ..... hugs Linda xx

Kirk and Melanie said...

Lovely!! I love the colors, the layout, the butterfly, the technique.... Thanks for sharing!!

Susan said...

Oh dear, I may have to buy a new die so that I can do this split card front layout! I love how you've done it with the gorgeous colours in the split and then the same colours in the butterfly - just beautiful!

Inkyfingers said...

I love the split cards too Loll and your example here is just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

you have been doing some beautiful work lately Loll. I particularly like this card! Love the colors and the simplicity!

Bobby said...

I've seen a lot of this design, too, but does it make me do it? Of course not. By the time I get ready to make a card I've forgotten it. Maybe your wonderful creation will inspire me to get it done.

Valerie Nolan said...

Fab layout Loll, simple but so stunning! Gorgeous colours too .
Val x

Barb Ghig said...

You certainly have inspired me to take a closer look at my dies...This is such a gorgeous card, Loll! Your water colored panel and butterfly are just beautiful, and I really love the shape of the curve! I may have to CASE this one :)

I also want to say thank you again for your heartfelt condolences, and for covering for me this past week! You are so kind...Thank you!

SARN said...

It really is a stunning CAS card Loll. Thank you for visiting me (I played along with HLS Sketch for the first time!).

Hugs, Sarn xxx

MaryH said...

Some gorgeous colors with the Brusho-s! I LOVE it! Also really like the idea of the snowbank die as you've used it here. TFS that link, and I have time to go check it out! Must try this...as it's really a beautiful effect. Of course I am loving your magnificent blue Brusho butterfly too...he looks ready to lift off & fly! TFS & Big hugs.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Background colors are beautiful, I love how the mix. The top panel cut white a wavy line creates beautiful movement on the card. I love her for that expression.
hugs,
Bozena

Bonnie said...

I love the split background with the pretty watercolor and matching butterfly! Another great way to use dies! Thank you for the opportunity to be this month's guest designer. I have really enjoyed it!

Sue said...

Beautiful butterfly and colours!

Lee-Anne said...

Love that gorgeous color peeking through! What a wonderful effect...love this, Loll!

Jen Mitchell said...

Beautiful! I love the colors peeking through your "snowbank!"

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful stunning card! [I am back from my trip now, so my regularly programmed commenting will resume :)]

Pat said...

This is beautiful Loll and I love the colours you have used in the curved space and behind the die cut butterfly. Such an elegant card. x

D- said...

I saw your card at AAA cards and came over for a peek. Thanks for sharing your sweet card. LoVe your butterfly.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Beautiful card, love the curved edges on the front panel. Xx

Jane said...

Loving the split front design and fab colours. Stunning card! Thanks for joining in AAA Cards birthday celebrations.

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

Oh, gorgeous card, Loll! Love those die cut edges and butterfly!

Angela said...

Dear Loll, thank you so much for your kind words on my card and for showing me YOUR awesome version that I must case! You are a great designer of clean and gorgeous cards!

cm said...

Your split panel, showcasing the gorgeous sponging and matching butterfly, is incredibly eye-catching! A wonderful stretch of your snowbank die...
Hugs~c

Skylark said...

Congrats on your win at AAA cards Loll. Gorgeous card, may just have to CASE it! Recently got a few Brushos but not had chance to play yet! Stef x

Skylark said...

Have CASEd your card for my DT inspiration at CC&S this week Loll. Haven't had a go with the brushos yet, just used inks. Hope you're OK with that. Stef x