Monday, April 15, 2013

Those teeny, tiny flower dies!

Oh my!  I just fell in love with IO's Spiral Flowers die!  This 5-die set makes the cutest little flowers ever!  Here's a sample of 3 cards I'll be doing for my Die of the Month class for Kept Creations on May 3rd.  Each month I introduce a new die or dies and show the ladies different ways in which to use them (refer to my Mustaches dies post HERE).

To give you an idea of how tiny these flowers are, I placed one on the head of Abraham Lincoln on a penny.  Take a peek!  Isn't that a scream?

This first card I combined some Art Impressions stamps to create a wreath and then shaped my flowers to decorate the wreath.  I used a Spellbinder die for the card base and topped the look off with a tiny 1" bow made on the Craft-Dee BowZ to complete the look.  A tiny bit of Stickles was added to make it shimmer a bit.

This next card was made using IO's Shake Its windows.  I created my own colored cardstock for the flowers by using different Memento inks and blending them onto the cardstock.  I then die cut the flowers, rolled them and placed them inside the Shake Its windows.  Before sealing it up, I added some Prills (gotta love them!!!) and a bit of glitter which is a little hard to see in this photo).

Then, to encourage my student s to get more out of their dies in an unconventional way, I simply die cut the spiral flowers and glued them down flat onto the same colored card stock giving it an embossed look.  I added Dimensional Pearls to the centers and the sentiment is backed with Washi Tape then tapped it all with my dots stamp.

Here's another card I did just for the heck of it.  I used this lovely Lattice Background die by Spellbinders on a 4-1/4" square card, added my tiny flowers and some extra leaves (Memory Box) and some Viva Pearl Pen for accents and it was done.

And here's a close-up of the flowers.  So adorable and so many possibilities!

Well I hope you've enjoyed this post and I'd love to hear from you.  Even better, I'd love to see some of you at this class.  We do have lots of fun with dies!

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

On the map...

I picked up some old maps at Kept Creations and thought, now wouldn't these make a nice card?  So I set to work and it was just one of those cards that put itself together.  Why can't that happen all the time?  If I needed to create a card for a class, I'd be agonizing over it and making things just perfect.  A little OCD maybe?  LOL!  Well here's the result and I just thought I'd share.

I used Distress Inks to "weather" the map a bit and tore the edges.  I made the roses using an MFT die and 3 different Distress brown inks.  The leaves were also colored using Distress ink.  I just finished it off by curling some of the edges to add to the "used" look.

Hope you like it and feel free to leave comments.  I always love hearing from you.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella!