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Spellbinders – Two Simple Cards

Hello crafty friends!

I am very excited to share my projects with you today. I have been a fan of Spellbinders for the longest time – the quality of their products is amazing and the designs are unique and inspiring. When the lovely Yana Smakula contacted me and asked if I wanted to play with some goodies, I couldn’t believe it! I was flattered by her offer, and totally jumped at the opportunity!

Card making is fairly new to me, but I have been enjoying this form of paper crafting more and more lately, so I decided that that’s how I was going to use the two sets of dies I received. The Die D-Lites Dainty Florals Etched Dies were right up my alley. My projects feature floral images 99% of the time, so I felt completely comfortable. I knew what I wanted to do and the card turned out exactly how I had imagined it. The Die D-Lites Hip Llama Etched Dies, although a little more challenging for me, were a lot of fun to use. In this case, I had an idea in mind, but the card turned out completely different.

Here is the first card:
Floral card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders - #cardmaking #cards #floral #diecutting
I opted to use only one of the dies in the Dainty Florals set. I cut it up four times and backed it as I would normally do a cut file. The warm and delicate colors in the new Confetti Wishes collection by Pink Paislee gave the card that soft look I was going for and coordinated perfectly with the style of the dies.
Floral card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders - #cardmaking #cards #floral #diecutting
I started by heat-embossing a sentiment from The Stamp Market Simply Penned stamp set on a 4”x5.25” smooth white cardstock. I stamped it in the middle of the panel, as I wanted the floral elements to frame it somehow. I then layered three of the flowers in the top right corner of the panel, and just one in the opposite corner. Everything was foam mounted to achieve dimension.To finish the card, I added black enamel dots in the center of the flowers, and stamped some dots in a light pink color around the die cuts. The front panel was then adhered to an A2 card base created with Confetti Wishes patterned paper.
Floral card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders - #cardmaking #cards #floral #diecutting
My second card features the Die D-Lites Hip Llama Etched Dies.
Llama card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders - #cardmaking #diecutting #cards
As I said at the beginning of this post, my original idea was very different from the way this card turned out. Let’s say that what was supposed to be a split background created with Distress Inks ended up becoming my actual llama. LOL! For the front panel of the card, I decided to go with a diagonal design. I cut some patterned paper from the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection and adhered it to the top and bottom of my white card panel. The cacti design is really cute and is perfect for the theme of the card. To create some separation between the patterned paper and the white panel, I layered pink cardstock underneath it. I find that it also makes the colors pop a little more.

For the sentiment, I used the same Simply Penned stamp set (I love the font!). I heat-embossed it onto a vellum piece that was cut in a diagonal to fill the space in between the patterned papers.
Llama card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders - #cardmaking #diecutting #cards
Now onto the llama! You can see the split color in the picture below. I thought it was fun, so I didn’t bother trying to blend the colors more or cutting the image again. Instead I decided to work with it and just inked the edges with Scattered Straw Distress Ink to give it some shading. I also cut an additional llama out of black cardstock as a layering piece – I like the offset look, and once again it makes the die cut pop. All the other little details on it, such as sunglasses, bow tie, blanket and llama mouth were cut out of patterned papers from the Good Vibes collection. I used a white gel pen to highlight the embossed portions on the blanket, and finished the card with black enamel dots and some twine. After adhering my panel onto pink wood grain cardstock, I then placed it onto an A2 card base.
Llama card by @enzamg for @Spellbinders - #cardmaking #diecutting #cards
I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and have found some inspiration on how to use these dies. I had a lot of fun playing with them and definitely recommend them.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!
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Pink Paislee – Spring: Spring Cards

Hi friends! I am back today with a new set of cards for “Spring” week. When I think about spring I think of flowers and butterflies, pretty colors and fun patterns. The Pick-me-up collection includes all of these things and more – it’s just perfect to give your project that spring feel.

Spring cards by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee with the #pppickmeup collection. #cards #spring #cardmaking

Both cards are square, measuring 5.25×5.25 inches. I like big cards; I can put more embellishments on them 😉

The first one has a pink polka dot background. I simply layered one of the 3×4 cards from the cut-apart sheet on top of a scalloped die-cut frame, and gave it dimension with foam adhesive.

Spring cards by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee with the #pppickmeup collection. #cards #spring #cardmaking

I then adhered three floral chipboard stickers on the right side and some twine on the opposite side, both to balance the design and bring in something “special”. I wrapped the twine around the top panel of the card three times and added the super cute shaped sequins along the string, in between the swirls.

Spring cards by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee with the #pppickmeup collection. #cards #spring #cardmaking

Spring cards by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee with the #pppickmeup collection. #cards #spring #cardmaking

Tiny puffy sticker flowers added the final touch.

For the second card, I used the Butterfly Background cut file (ID #257774) designed by Paige Evans. I reduced its size to fit the card and backed it with all sorts of colorful papers.

Spring cards by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee with the #pppickmeup collection. #cards #spring #cardmaking

The top panel has three layers of patterned paper on it to add an extra element of color and make the cut file pop a little more.

Spring cards by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee with the #pppickmeup collection. #cards #spring #cardmaking

I kept the rest of the card simple – just a sentiment and some gold thread to repeat the same gold accents of some of the papers.

Spring cards by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee with the #pppickmeup collection. #cards #spring #cardmaking

I’m pleased with how these cards turned out. I can say that they make me think about spring. Do you agree?

Have a lovely day!

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Altenew March 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone and welcome to the Altenew March 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.

Another amazing release this month, full of gorgeous stamp and die sets. You should have arrived from Laurie‘s blog. Here is the complete list for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog
Laura Bassen
May Sukyong Park
Laurie Willison
Enza Gudor —You are here—
Heidi Jakobs
Erum Tasneem
Kathy Racoosin
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Nina-Marie Trapani
Sandra Dietrich
Nicole Picadura
Vicky Papaioannou
Flora Monika Farkas
Therese Calvird
Anna Komenda
Yoonsun Hur
Kymona Tracey
Marge Yoon
Virginia Lu
Justine Hovey
Terhi Koskinen
Joni Andaya
Jennifer McGuire
Debby Hughes
Simon Hurley
Svitlana Shayevich
Lilith Eeckels
Carissa Wiley
Agnieszka Malyszek
Lydia Evans
Mayline Jung
Simon Says Stamp Blog

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2018. Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, March 29th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2018.

I’ll also draw a winner to receive a $30 gift certificate from all the comments left on my personal blog 🙂

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Now onto the projects I created for this release. I have a layout and a card to share with you.

For the layout, I used the Cross Stitch Flower stamp set and coordinating dies, and the Mandala die.

I started by stamping all the flowers that compose my wreath. I wanted it to be colorful, but also soft at the same time. Here are the Altenew Crisp Dye Inks I used:

  • Coral flowers: Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry.
  • Yellow flowers: Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle.
  • Purple flowers: Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Midnight Violet, Deep Iris.
  • Stems: Just Green, Hunter Green.

With the coordinating die I created the cross-stitch pattern, but decided to only cross-stitch the darker area of the flowers, closer to the stem. I then fussy-cut the images, which I arranged in a circular shape to form the wreath.

Once all the flowers were in place, I decided to fill the center with the Mandala die design. To give it some color, I backed it with cardstock that I had previously watercolored in a warm coral shade.

The rest was just a matter of arranging photo and embellishments onto the page. I added layers of patterned paper behind the picture, and chipboard stickers from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection. The wood veneer origami birds are also part of the same collection.

For the butterflies, I stamped them with the Painted Butterflies set and fussy-cut them. I chose colors that coordinated with the rest of the shades on the page. Black splatters finished the layout.

The second project features the new Cross Stitch Canvas Die. So many possibilities with this one. I decided to stick to the traditional cross-stitch design and create rows of different colors.

The top and bottom sections of the card have a pattern of smaller and bigger stitches, while the center keeps the same simple design. Since the background is the focus of this card, I simply added the Thinking of You sentiment, which is also an Altenew craft die that you can find in the store. I left a few rows empty to break the continuity of the pattern.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win gift certificates to the store. Your next stop is Heidi Jakobs‘ blog.

Have a lovely day!