Saturday, January 9, 2016

Paper Smooches Dies Play


It's a gray Saturday morning here. Yuck. Is it bad that I'm already over winter? hahahaha. Got a ways to go, don't I? Our realtor is having an Open House here tomorrow and I feel the need to do a little more clean up on our back patio (it looks like summer just up and died out there) and it's hard to get motivated to do outside work in this kind of weather. That's hard for me because I love outside work. I'll get a little more coffee down me and put on a big sweatshirt and knock it out. I've got the kiddos to run around all day. Joy. :)

I played pretty much all day yesterday in my crafty space. The house was all clean and only a few loads of laundry to do - I enjoyed having a "day off". It's been almost eerily quiet here with the holidays behind us. NOTE: I am not complaining.

I tested out a new die I just ordered from Paper Smooches - the Single Rose die.

I'm playing along with this month's Paper Smooches challenge - use 4 colors (red, pink, coral, green). I die cut the rose from Kraft cardstock to make the neutral out line then I pulled out four different pattern papers to complete the inside of my rose. I loved doing this. I had a relaxing day. 8-) (Nerd alert) I layered my rose using foam tape over a watercolor panel I washed over with a red and green ink to match with my rose. I also added a harlequin pattern with spackle by rubbing it over a stencil (MFT). I stamped a sentiment from Sentiment Sampler on a die cut flag and attached it with foam tape, as well.
I'm also playing along with Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Something New (new die), Jade's Sparkling Butteryfly Creations Anything Goes - All Things Bright & Beautiful Challenge, and Die Cut Divas - NEW Technique/Die/Stamp/Colors Challenge (new die).  
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I also experimented with some stripes in my die cutting and REALLY liked how this turned out. It's not a new idea, just new for me to try. I've seen it done a lot and think it would be intimidating to tackle but I tried it out and now I'm hooked. I'm trying to get more use out of my dies and papers lately and it's been a fun little kick I'm on. :)
For this card, again using four different colors, I pulled out my Paper Smooches Curly Clouds dies.

I made this fun little "silver lining clouds" card and kept cackling with glee at how it came out. (Nerd Alert #2) I die cut my clouds from my cardstock strips and then die cut again with Silver Glitter CTMH Cardstock. I layered them together over a solid white card base that I sponged a purple and blue ink on for a little more depth. I added the sentiment from Spiritual Sampler and a few sequins to finish it off.
Since I broke up my die cuts, I was able to get another card from this same exercise and I'll share it in a later post. I'm never good at making two similar cards while I've got everything out, but I did it this time and have to admit I can see the appeal. I normally would let the scraps hang out on my desk for ages and get annoyed at them in my way, but still not be able to throw them away because they are perfectly good - I'm just not in the mood to use them. Eck. That's how I roll.
This card is to play along with the current Paper Smooches challenge, as well, Four Colors. (Silver, Purple, Blue, Green)
I'm also playing along with Cards In Envy - Shiny New Year challenge (shiny - silver glittery lined clouds), CASology's SIMPLE challenge,  AAA Cards - Glitter challenge, and Die Cut Divas- NEW Technique/Die/Stamps/Color Challenge (new technique - die cutting stripes).
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Thanks so much for stopping by today and indulging me and my die cuts and my rambling! I hope you liked everything and will come back to visit again. :)
God Bless,
Phillipians 4:6  NKJV (New King James Version)
      "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;"


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  1. Mandy, what a fun post to read! :) I love the first card (I just bought myself that PS rose die, too, but haven't played with it yet) and I am in love with your silver glitter-lined clouds on your second card! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

  2. Mandy, both of your cards rock! I love the fun papers you used for your die cuts especially those adorable striped clouds. Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

  3. Your Get Well card is so pretty, love the texture! And the Clouds are so fun!! Thanks for joining in the fun at Die Cut Diva's!!

  4. I am loving both of these cards and definitely want to sneak away and try it for myself. Thank you for joining the Diecut Divas new technique, die ,stamp colour challenge. Cathie DT

  5. Gorgeous cards Mandy, a lovely design with pretty colours........your background is delightful with the lovely on the die-cut flowers!!

    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  6. Fabulous! Love your clouds with the shiny edges! Perfect for our challenge at Cards in Envy! Thanks for sharing!

  7. fabulous card, unique. Thanks for playing with us at AAA Cards!

  8. Mandy, What fun ways to use your dies! (Gonna have to give a few of these a try.) Thanks so much for sharing your little card card with us at Cards in Envy. :)

  9. Lovely cards.

    Your rose looks like a stained glass window.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  10. I never would have thought to cut the clouds out in different colors and make them have a silver lining. Fantastic creativity.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  11. cute cards!!! LOVE your clouds and silver lining!!! Thanks for playing with Cards in Envy!!!!

  12. These are such beautiful and fun cards (love those clouds!)

  13. BIG FAN of the stripes, Mandy & silver lined?! Too funny and superb! ;) Always fun to pop by to see the great things you've been up to! :)

  14. I really love the watercolour and texture paste background. Looks great with the rose.


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