Saturday, August 27, 2016

How To Select a Die That Keeps on Giving....

 Hello friends! 
Like you, I love using dies to create all sorts of designs. 
But how do you know that the die that you are lusting for is "the one"?
I am no shopping expert, but I do have a limited budget just like any average crafter.
The following are the criteria that I think of when I make a purchase of dies. I had explored this topic before and thought I'd bring it up again, hopefully, it is not boring to you. LOL
(yeah, it's a serious business, I'd say).
1. can it be used only as IS?: all dies are created for different purposes and some can be used in creative ways. I bet if you think REALLY hard, a light bulb might come up in your head....
2. is it seasonal? Some dies are obvious. For example: Merry Christmas die doesn't go far beyond Christmas card-making unless your name is Chris. But if your name happens to be Chris, then it's an extra brownie point! Also, if you see Happy Valentine's Day Die, think "Happy Day"!!
3. can part of the die be used in a creative way? Can it work with different type of materials/medium? Today's card illustrates this point (with pattern paper and partial use of the die).

For example, when I see this die Birthday Wishes Frame Die : I see the word "Birthday","Wishes", "Birthday Wishes". I also see the frame. I also see that it can be used as a square die (by trimming off part of the bottom). Obviously, it is a Polaroid frame, you can utilize it to put any object of affection in that frame. Think photo cards! ...the possibilities are endless. 

My 2nd take with Birthday Wishes Frame Die.


I had fun paper-piecing the little Japanese girl. The frame was created with pattern paper (without the birthday wishes sentiment). Now you've got a totally different look from the die!
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Here is another look of yesterday's card with the same die.

Hope you are inspired by this post and you would now look at your dies with fresh eyes!
I have at least one more take with this Large Frame Die, please stay tuned.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Virtue of Color White

Hello friends!
My post about using Large Frame Die is coming up next.


 This Butterfly Trio has been HARD to come by and it is now back on stock.
If you are thinking of getting it, it is TIME to get it over Simon Says Stamp

I am sharing another Butterfly Trio with the color white.

The positive side of white conveys freshness, cleanliness and simplicity. However, it also projects stark, cold and isolated. For  today's card, I utilized the color white and I also apply as many colors as I can in the design. The result? I think you get the best of the color white.

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I started out with white-embossing the largest butterfly from Butterfly Trio (Penny Black). I colored it with Kuretake Watercolors (36).  Then I did the tone on tone stamping with Script Cling Stamp.  (also back in stock).


Here is the close-up of the butterfly.
 In the end, I white-embossed the sentiment and added white splatter. And of course, the white doily provides the perfect backdrop for the butterfly.

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White reminds us the the purity of childhood. It is the prettiest color that can coordinate with any color. Do you use white often? I hope this post inspires you to use white more.

Thanks for stopping by!

A Card with a Large Frame Die

Hello friends!
I am trying out a new (to me) die today.
Here is my first take with this Birthday Wishes Frame Die.

I had combined a few elements from the recent craft stash that I have and put together a fun card.  The hexagon paper was a piece from Tim Holtz "Motif Resist" Collection (from July Monthly Card Kit from SSS). I loved the watercoloring the paper and had to make good use of it. 

This is the result.

 This card is slightly smaller than the A2 size (measures 4 x 5 1/4"). I stamped two butterflies from Altenew's Botanical Garden. 
The soft and pastel colors from the inks match perfectly with the watercolored Hexagon.  

For the next two days, I will show you more examples of using Birthday Wishes Frame Die.
Thanks so much for stopping by!