Hi Inlaid Die Cuts Card

I won a set of alphabet dies from Taylored Expressions a few months ago and I decided to use them for the PTI Make It Monday challenge to embed die cuts in the background.

hi embedded ie cuts

I used washi tape for the black dots. The paper is from Webster pages I think. You can check out the post on Nichole’s blog for directions but the basic idea is that you use the dies to cut the shapes out of the background then also out of a contrasting paper and put the die cuts into the holes in the background. Easy right? I thought my die cuts didn’t have enough contrast so I inked them. Tricky since I’d already adhered them into the background but I cut the dies again from scratch paper and used the negative space as a mask. I also cut the letters from the same paper as I used on the card; the holes are hiding underneath the white panel! 🙂

I’m also entering this in Seize the Sketch 7. And in the SSS Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

seize sk 7

Enjoy, Rebecca

Berry Sorbet
Paper: white CS-PTI, DP-Webster’s pages
Accessories: TE alpha dies, heart die-PTI, washi tape-Queen and Co


Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Roll the Die Challenge

I don’t usually do the Make It Monday PTI challenges but this one really spoke to me. You have to use a die as in dice, not a paper cutting die, to help you choose what products, stamps and sketch to use! I LOVE a good challenge!

PTI die challenge

You can check out the challenge here PTI Roll the Die Challenge. My work sheets are below. I used an iPhone app to ‘roll the die’ and circled each element as I rolled. I decided to photograph them so you’d know I didn’t cheat! I ended up working with: horizontal layout, sketch 2, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, white and black; Tiny Treats:Valentine, BB: Hearts and twine. I was thrilled by everything except the sketch, yikes! and having to make it horizontal, which as you’ll read below, I forgot as I created.

PTI die challenge note1

I have to admit, I made a few mistakes. I nipped the top off one of my white cardstock circles but I didn’t redo it as I knew it would be hidden under the ribbon. But, when I stamped and positioned it, I forgot I was supposed to use a horizontal layout! I was already finished when I realized so I turned the cupcake and sentiment circles and the heart button. But oops, now the hearts are sideways and I can’t turn it, A-because the little flaw would show and B-the adhesive I used to stick the ribbon is pretty heavy duty. I think I’d even have a hard time removing it to put in a new circle!

PTI die challenge note2

I also would have flipped the sketch right to left if had I planned it from the beginning. I really like any notched element like the ribbon to point towards the right. Is that weird? Is that because I am right handed? Because we read right to left? To be honest, I think I’ll flip it back. Everything worked out so well except that single, annoying element I forgot. I feel like this challenge whupped my butt! You may have noticed that my pink ink doesn’t look quite right. I assure you that it looks fine IRL!

Enjoy, Rebecca

BB:Hearts, Bitty Background Blocks, Tiny Treats: Valentine
Ink: pink-SU!, Memento black, Archival ink
Paper: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, white, black CS
Accessories: button twine, buttons, hibiscus burst ribbon-SU!, Nesties circles, dk pink ribbon-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics


Mojo and Make It Monday Challenge Card


I am going to type everything at the top of this post so my BFF Rebecca (yeah, same name, I know!) doesn’t see it before she closes this page.

This card uses the Mojo sketch for this week and also meets the requirements for this week’s PTI Make It Monday to make a shaker card using dies. I hadn’t thought to use dies before and I really had a fun time with it. I think this also qualifies for the JustRite colour challenge if I still have time to enter. ETA Darn, missed it, again!!!

I used Labels 1 Nesties for the outer frame and PTI’s heart die for the inside. I had a sheet of foam dimensional material that I cut instead of fun foam. The acetate sheet comes from stamp packaging. Way to recycle right?


Hopefully this is down far enough on the page that she won’t see it!

teddy bear mojo225 sfytt

Isn’t that ice cream paper the cutest?? I made the heart button with another PTI heart die. The little words inside the shaker box are from Mega Mixed Messages and I hand cut them. Also in the box is clear micro beads and some glitter, a mix of white and gold I think, I bought it like that. The bear is paper pieced and shaded with Copic markers. Actually, I though the paper needed muting so I coloured the whole image with E71.

My girlfriends threw me the best Teddy Bear themed baby shower in honour of my new baby, Theodore, Teddy for short. I love it! Rebecca even bought honey bears for everyone and HANDCUT 30 or 40 bear shaped tags! WOW! So the shaker words say ‘wish’, ‘friend’, ‘merci’ and ‘thanks’. I took a photo of how I layered the shaker box so if you’d like to see, just let me know.

Enjoy, Rebecca

flourish under shaker box and Mon Amie-SU!, bear-TE, mini words-PTI
Ink: Chocolate, ivory-SU!, memento black, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress
Paper: dark brown-stash, probably Bazzil, kraft-SU!, DP-MME
Accessories: heart dies, square pinked die, button-PTI, black liquid enamel-Ranger, foam dots and dimensionals sheet- Jody Morrow, Nesties labels 1, silk ribbon-May Arts, lace-vintage, EK Success Mini scalloped punch, MS micro beads, Art Institute Glitter, Copic E71,74,77


Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge–Polaroid Technique Butterflies

Thanks for visiting! I’ve had a hard time playing along with the PTI blog hop the last few months. I wish they would publish the theme a week or so in advance as a reminder! Anyway, this month, I managed to find time to play!

PTI blog hop butterfly polaroid technique

This month, the theme was an inspiration photo. I’ve used the colour combo somewhat substituting yellow sponged with apricot for the orange, kraft for the natural tone of the shades and I also used the butterfly motif from one of the pillows.

PTI july 11 insp

I tried out Nichole’s Polaroid technique from one of the Make it Monday posts from last month, modifying it a bit. I masked off the center of my card and sponged white ink all around. Then I overstamped with the leaf image from Life. I cut a CS panel to fit inside the masked area and stamped around the edges of it with a scroll image from Vintage Labels. Then I die cut and sponged butterflies and circles as accents. Last I added a label I cut using oval Nesties and attached using a technique from one of the Stamp-a-Faire challenges, notching my card for the twine.

One thing to notice is that I used negative space several times on this card. The negative space from the masking, also the negative hearts inside the dies and the negative space created when I die cut and removed the rickrack. I just thought it gave an interesting look without adding another layer or another colour.

Here’s a die-cutting TIP for you. I was having trouble getting my die cuts out of my dies. Then I put one of my dies up in the corner of the cutting mat. It fell right out! I guess the less used the mat the easier it falls out of the die. Maybe the paper isn’t pushed in so far? Not really sure but I am going to make note of this and keep doing it!

I hope you like my card! If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to leave a comment or subscribe to my blog. Both RSS and email options are on my sidebar.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Life, Vintage Labels, Mega Mixed Messages-PTI
Ink: white-PTI, celery, apricot, olive, baja-SU!
Paper: soft sky, kraft-SU!, DP-PTI
Accessories: dies, twine-PTI, oval Nesties, thread, foam dots-Jody Morrow, rhinestones-Kaisercraft, notches cut with Crop-a-dile


Daffodil Challenge Card

I managed to get 3 challenges into this one.

daffodils challenge card (3)

This is for Mojo 179.

And Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday challenge 3 : Glitter Strips with Scor-Tape.


And JustRite Stampers 49: Direct to Rubber. This one is the hardest for you to see. I used two colours with the Rock n Roll technique for the sentiment but it is really hard to photograph. I don’t have a macro lens for my DSLR and so I can only get so close and my crop in isn’t so hot, shame because it looks so pretty IRL. I used green for the base colour and rolled the bottom edge only in purple. So to help you see it, I edited the photo with WAY too much saturation, it looks silly but you can see it at least!

daffodils challenge card closeup (2)

I love colouring jugs like this in silver like galvanized steel. I always add a bit of rust using E08. I start with a base colour of cool grey then add the ‘rust’. Then I continue colouring the jug so the brown blends in to look like just like rusty spots.

The purple on the tulips is intended to NOT blend in. I was colouring them like these.

Don’t you just love them? I am really in to pink centered daffodils so I coloured them like the one here.

pink daff

Enjoy, Rebecca

sentiment-Everyday Button Bits, flower-JustRite stampers
Ink: celery, amethyst-SU!, memento black, brown, Distress ink Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap
Paper: coral, ivory DP-Crate Paper, green, purple DP-Wisteria Basic Grey, baha breeze, natural white CS-SU!,
Accessories: punch-EK Success, lace-vintage, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Scor-Tape, SU! glitter, MFT doily die, lacey circle, oval Nesties, Copics Y21, YG63,67, R10,22, G21, 24, V00,09,15, E08, C00,1,3,5,