A Shoe to “Die” (Cut) for…

Do you love shoes? Check out this beautiful shoe die from Tattered Lace:

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The paper on this top-folding card is Graphic 45. The arched die cut is Spellbinders Arched Windows One, edged a bit with Old Paper Distress ink; the tiny pearls on the shoe are Hero Arts. I used Elmer’s Fine Line glue pen to attach the shoe and Therm O Web’s supertape to attach the ribbon.

And did you notice the darling bow tie at the top? That’s a die from Cheery Lynn and I am getting such a kick out of using it.

After I cut out the shoe, I notice the negative space left from the die and decided to use it as a stencil:

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And here’s the result (again with the bow tie):
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The dotted background paper is from Simple Stories’s Snap collection; the dies are Spellbinders Label 8 and that adorable Cheery Lynn bow tie.

Fabulous Finds Friday — Random Cards & Pretty Paper

Last week I played with some wonderful baby paper from Graphic 45. This week, I tore into another pack, a little funkier. Here’s a quick card (I puposely did not add a sentiment because I have a few possible uses for it.):

(butterfly paper, Graphic 45; background stripes by Hero Arts; butterfly stamp, Layers of Color; scallop border punch, Stampin’ Up!; text on border, Stampers Anonymous.)

Next up is a card using a stamp from LaBlanche, makers of the beautifully etched white silicone stamps.

The silver cardstock (from Wausau) was run through my Spellbinders Grand Calibur using a Cuttlebug folder that I bought before Christmas but never used — I love it! I had a piece of scrap paper that had been sprayed with two colors of Clearsnap’s Smooch Spritz. I stamped and embossed the ship (black ink, clear powder) on the scrap. I rounded the corners and layered it on black before mounting the whole thing to the card. The sentiment (Hero Arts) was stamped and black embossed, then trimmed and mounted using foam tape.

Here’s anothere use of the ship stamp (I’m not really fond of this card, but am sharing it anyway!) It needs a sentiment on the bottom!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Next week I will show a variety of cards — and a mini book! — made with papers from Close To My Heart.

Fabulous Finds… Tuesday? Graphic 45

I know it’s a little early for a Fabulous Finds Friday, but I couldn’t wait to share these cards made with Graphic 45 papers. I’m a huge Graphic 45 fan, but these papers are so different from my “image” of the company’s metal products and embellies, I was immediately intrigued.

Sweet baby papers, but with a vintage flair — so Graphic 45! From the Little Darlings collection.

Here’s the first card (all decorative papers from Graphic 45):

The wonderful rocking hourse image (Close To My Heart) was black embossed on a scrap, then cut with a Spellbinders die, as was the black layer. The background was stamped using the Hero Arts envelope lining stamp and speckled ornaments stamp in Memories Soft Sage. The edge of the text paper was distressed then inked with the same soft sage.

Is this a cutie or what? (baby words and self-stick lace by Hero Art). “Baby” was inked with aqua ColorBox pigment ink then clear embossed. The edges were distressed and inked with Hero Arts Soft Sand shadow ink.

For the next card, I face a real dilemma. These papers are two-sided and it almost killed me to cut up this adorable side:

But cut I did and here’s what happened:

Same basic techniques, same CTMH stamp. The lacey piece is from a knit blanket a friend gave me. The blanket itself was worn, torn and stained, so I cut off the edges. I thought about trimming the edge a bit more neatly, but decided I liked it a little ragged.

Thanks for coming by!