Quick and Simple...

Hi everyone, here is my design of the week for Dies R Us! It's amazing how fast and easy it is to create a card using dies; a little sponging, some foam pop ups, a simple sentiment and poof, your card is done!

This thank you card starts with a piece of kraft paper, corners rounded, edges sponged with Distress Ink Walnut Stain and layered onto a white card base. A blue card stock by BoBunny is cut with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals. The clouds were added using a Cloud Stencil from Inky Antics and some Summer Sky from Memento ink.

The birdhouses were cut from Die-Namites Fancy Birdhouses die; the birdhouse on the left has the silhouette of a bird perched on it. I re cut the left birdhouse from a scrap of yellow paper, cut out the bird and glued the bird on top, covering the original bird.

The banner is from the Paper Smooches Streamers Set and is stamped with a sentiment from Avery Elle. TIP: If your banner has a curve and your sentiment is a clear cling type of stamp, you can curve your stamp slightly, on the acrylic block, to fit the banner. 

To finish the card small birds, cut from Impression Obsessions Small Bird Set, were added to the sky and sentiment.

See, quick and simple! Using dies makes life much easier and purchasing your dies at Dies R Us is quick and simple. DRU represents many die companies, that's why they are your one stop shopping store!

Until next week… thanks for stopping by! 


Spring is Here...

Hi, its Robin with my design of the week for Dies R Us! It's hard to believe today is the first day of Spring and Easter is just around the corner.

My card uses Memory Box Twisty Stalk and Taylored Expression's Banner Stacklets 1 dies. This quick and simple card can be put together in no time! 

After cutting the banners I sponged the edges, of the floral card stock, with Distress Ink Shabby Shutters and glued them together. The Twisty Stalk was glued to the banner using a product I just found, E6000 IN A SPRAY BOTTLE! OK, maybe you already use it, but to me it's a new find. Makes gluing the fine detailed dies, like Tattered Lace, a snap to put on your cards. This glue dries clear and gives you a little time to position your die cut. I hold my die cut over a trash can in my studio and spray. TIP: When using this glue make sure you do a couple of test sprays into the trash can first, spray your die cut and wipe the nozzle with a damp cloth or paper towel when done. If you forget, you just pick off the dried glue and you are good to go. 

The base of my card is made up of three layers. The floral layer, Flower Patch from Echo Park, is sponged with Distress Ink Salty Ocean and is stitched around the edge to the other layers. All layers were then added to my white card base. I put buttons on the banner for flowers and added the banner to the layered card using foam pop ups.


The sentiment was stamped on heavy weight velum with StazOn ink and adhered to card with small glue dots.


Friendship Wreath

Here is my design of the week for Dies R Us, your on line "super store" for dies.  It's so nice to shop at one site, knowing you are getting a GREAT selection and price!

This design again uses Memory Box Norrland Flower die, but this time I used it as a flower, not a four leaf clover! It's amazing what you can create with just one die.

I used two wreath dies, Trulani Wreath from Poppystamps and Bramble Circle from Memory Box.  I made a snip in the Bramble Circle and wove it into the Trulani Wearth; I felt both wreaths, together, added to the design.

The flowers were created using card stock in complimentary colors. For the greenery I used my go-to dies for foliage, Memory Box Winterberry Sprig and Penny Black Leaves set.

The card is layered with a faint damask paper from K&Co and a sentiment from Penny Black (Gratitude) was added.  The white card stock is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then sponged with Distress Antique Linen. I cut a circle using Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circle die and adhered the wreath.  Foam pop-ups give the embossed panel with the wreath a bit of depth.  Greenery and flowers were added along with white pearls in the center of the flowers.

Until next week… thanks for stopping by! 


Happy St Paddy's Day...

This St. Patrick's Day card is quick and easy!  Using Memory Box Norrland Flower and Impression Obsession's Mini Rectangles Tag 1 dies this card went together in a snap. Although the Norrland Flower die is generally used to make a layered flower on a stem, it has always reminded me of a four leaf clover; so, with St Patrick's Day around the corner I couldn't resist. I used a shamrock embossing folder from Darice to create the background which is layered with emerald green cover stock.

After die cutting the shamrocks and stems I gave them a light sponging with Memento Bamboo Leaves and placed a small green pearl in the center of each. I assembled the shamrock bouquet  before placing on the card.  

The next step was to stamp my sentiment, cut out the sentiment with Impression Obsession's Mini Rectangle Tag, give the tag a light sponge on the edges and added another pearl. After adhering the bouquet to the card, the tag was added with a small foam pop-up; a bakers twine bow finishes the card.

And don't forget to visit Dies R Us for ALL your shopping!  DRU carries many (as in a bunch) of your favorite die companies and you can't beat their prices, seriously!  Shipping is FREE with a minimum purchase of $35.


Great News…..

I have some wonderful news to share with you!  I have been purchasing many of my dies at Dies R Us, an online retail shop that specializes in dies. They represent MANY of the top die companies, so it's a one stop shop for me. 

DRU announced they were creating a blog and were looking for Design Team members to showcase die cutting.  Well, I sent in my resume, held my breath and…..ta da, I was chosen. I'm still up in the clouds doing my happy dance.

The blog is up NOW and if you leave a comment on the introduction post you will have a chance to win one of ten, $10 gift certificates to the Dies R Us store. So pop over to the blog, check out all the talented ladies I will be designing with, leave a comment and go shopping at Dies R Us.  We each have a day of the week to post, Monday thru Friday, my day to post is Thursday.

Here is a mini look at my first card as a member of the Dies R Us Design Team!

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