Friday, March 21, 2014

Do (craft) and Die (sets)!

Well - where did that week go then?
So much for creeping in and adding my card just a couple of days late for last week's Daring Cardmakers' Fairy Tales challenge - I finally uploaded it yesterday - I'll show that in a minute.  First though it's this week's rather exciting one.
Our lovely and incredibly talented Beckie Dreyer is also a designer for DoCrafts, and this week arranged for each of the DCM team to receive a nice package of  DoCrafts/Xcut goodies.  There were papers and die-cut sheets from the Gorjuss range, and various sets of shape and alphabet dies - so we have a wide range of DoCrafts products to show off on the Daring BLOG this week,

The challenge this week is a simple one;  
all you have to do is use die-cuts on your cards. - especially Xcut dies if you have them (but don't worry if you don't, just use your favourite dies instead)
Join in with us and you could win an Xcut alphabet die set....

I was thrilled to bits when my giant jiffy bag arrived to find a set of nesting circle dies - the biggest is a humongous 8" diameter!  I know that this die set is going to get a lot of use.  Also in the nag was a rather curvaceous alpbabet die called "Alice" and a sheet of Gorjuss girl die-cuts.
Here's my card

 I used the second largest circle folded in half to make the rocker base, then cut away the part I didn't need with another of the circle dies. 
Next I glued to pieces of card together, then taped 2 of the circles onto it (with washi tape to keep them in place) and cut to create the (red) frame section
The moon was made by cutting a circle from glitter card with a smaller of the dies then using the same die to take a "bite" from it

So I think I gave the cutting performance of these dies a good workout and I'm so pleased to say they did brilliantly well - coping with double thickness Bazzill and even a couple of different sorts of Glitter card - often the nemesis of many dies!
The "DREAM" letters were also cut  from glitter card and I was really impressed at how well the die cut all those fiddly curvy shapes - just once through the ebosser and they popped out nicely
The little girlie die-cut sheet has several pieces so you can build up your design decoupage style - the pieces I used all came out from the sheet really well, with no little teary-taggy bits to spoil the image. She's very sweet and she doesn't have a head shaped like a potato like some do.... ;)

Also used:
Chantilly Lace Doily Stamping Frame - Crafters Companion
2x flowers made using a Marianne die, plus 1 coiled rose
Leaf punch - Nellie Snellen
3x Star punches
Silver cord, Jewels, Bazzill card, Glitter card, Lokta paper for flowers

 Here is the die set you could win by joining in this week

Find out more and see all the fab cards the team have made using their DoCraft and X-cut goodies by clicking HERE

So now a revisit to last wee's challenge which was all about Fairy Tales
I based my card on the story "Ruplestiltskin"  I think I liked this story because at the end he screams "A witch must have told you" and stamps his foot so hard that it goes through the floor - at least it does in the pictures I remember from my Ladybird book!  I will admit to still stamping my size 3 every now and then.......
Papers are from Maja Designs
Die is cut down from a Spellbinders Labels
Spinning Wheel is my own template cut on the Silhouette Cameo
Aslo used: raffia (for the straw), Gold thread, Lace, Gold ribbon. Pink pearls

I'll be back over the weekend with some Crafters Companion projects - there are new dies launching on Create and Craft at the weekend........
Thanks for visiting


Angelnorth said...

Love the little moon swing and your use of the circle dies looks great! Nice to see you managed to get to the fairy tale theme too, I know you hate to miss one!

Kath said...

lovely design, Kathy. Clever use of circle dies.

I love the spinning wheel on the other card. Really good.