Bamboo Shoots…..

With so many releases from die manufacturers it's hard not to add a few, (OK a lot) of new dies to my stash. Using Memory Box, Bamboo Shoots, along with Elizabeth Crafts Congratulations dies, this card came together in a snap!  I had the grass covered card stock in my paper file, just begging to be used…so I gave in.  The grass paper worked perfectly with the Bamboo Shoots.  The dragonflies, from Penny Black, and rick rack from May Arts along with pearls completed the card.


Anniversary Card…..

OK, maybe I'm over doing it with this Marianne Craft die but it's amazing how many ways you can use this die.  This anniversary card was made using the die as an embossing element AND as a cut out (silver), see there is more to a die than just cutting out!  I used the die and embossed opposite corners of my card stock, attached some sheer ribbon on the diagonal and then adhered the cut outs on the remaining corners.  The product I used to emboss is called the "No More Shims" embossing mat; this is really a must have for embossing and makes embossing very simple.  I layered my card stock with a matte silver paper and adhered that to my card base.

I then attached a sheer bow and put an organza ribbon rose in the center; both ribbon and rose are from May Arts.  The sentiment is Large Fancy Sentiments by JustRite and is stamped with the new Delicata silver ink by Tsukineko.  

The card was finished using a Flourish die cut from My Favorite Things, a faux glass button from Bazzill and embellished with Gems by Hero Arts.


Victorian Inspiration…..

I just love this corner die from Marianne Craft Designs; it is so versatile.  I used a Spellbinders flower die to create the delicate rose.  The small flowers are made using a punch by EK Success.  The photo is a download from the Internet that I printed on fine art paper and then sponged the edges with Distress Ink (Tea Dye).  The sentiment is from a set by JustRite using their coordinating die to cut out.  The card is finished with a lace trim that was hand dyed, a tea dyed looking rick-rack, some off white netting and a pearl flourish.


Marianne Design Dies…..

I was searching Pinterest a few months ago and saw some of the most amazingly beautiful cards created with Marianne Design dies and embossing/cutting folders.  I was hooked, I had to have some of these intricate dies and folders.  The dies were fairly easy to find, my local stamp shop could order most of the ones I needed (wanted) for and the Internet was a great resource, but the embossing/cutting folders were a bit more challenging.  And, I have to admit, I purchased a few from England because that was the only place I could find them.  Here is my first card using the Marianne dies; I love the corner die and the flower die that cuts a slot in the petal to insert ribbon.