Monday, 4 April 2016

Festive Die Cuts .........

Happy Monday ......

It's the start of a brand new week ..... although it's a bit late in the day I know.
It's been a busy old day ..... trying to get back to normal (whatever that is!!) after hubby's week off work.
I've been catching up with things like housework, paperwork, the mountain of washing that appeared when Lauren and the little man came home from their holidays.  Speaking of the little man ..... he's still on school holiday so I'm on Grandma duty too,  and of course there's this month's Design Team projects to get done.  The beginning of the month is always a busy time ...... blog challenges etc.,  but hey! I wouldn't have it any other way.

Speaking of challenges .... it's time to launch this months Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge
Our theme for April is ....... Die Cut/s

We all love them ..... whether it's the thin metal dies or the chunky Bigz versions.  We've all got lots of them, and if you're anything like me they don't always get used!!  Well ..... now's your chance. Have a look through your collection and see what festive designs are in there ..... or why not use a non-Christmas die and make it festive.

I've got a nice, easy CAS design for you this month ..... using a die by Penny Black called joyful
This one is a Christmas design .....  a pretty poinsettia ..... but I suppose it could be any number of flowers really depending on what colours you used.

I cut the die twice, from plain white cardstock, coloured the pieces using Distress Inks, then layered them together to give a bit of depth

I stamped the pretty text from the HLS Thinking of You set onto a piece of white card using a Gold ink to create a bit of a background for my poinsettia

I attached the bloom over the top and added a nice festive sentiment (HLS  Mixed Christmas Sentiments)

And then to finish off I sprinkled on some Fran-tage Chunky White Embossing Enamel to give the look of falling snow ..... love this stuff on Christmas cards.

Now it's over to you ..... what will you create?

If you need some more inspiration pop over to the HLS Blog, there'll you'll find some fabulous designs from the rest of the DT as well as our Guest Designer for this challenge, the lovey Christine from Splitcoast Stampers

Don't forget it's also Birthday Month for Happy Little Stampers and we're celebrating for the whole of April ........ watch out for prizes and giveaways!
As always the challenge is sponsored by the HLS store .....

And this month the challenge winner will receive a nice $30 Gift Certificate to spend in the store
there's also a $10 Gift Certificate for each of the challenge Favourites.
What are you waiting for .... get those entries in.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off now to watch some of my latest addiction ..... Grey's Anatomy.
We've only just started watching it ...... right from the start of Season 1 so there's a lot of catching up to do.  They're on Season 12 or something like that ....... and we're only just part way through Season two!!!  All that Dr McDreamy to watch (sigh!)

Cheerio until next time .......



  1. Such an effective use of this gorgeous poinsettia die. It looks wonderful backed by the subtle script background. Fabulous colors on the die shape and looks great with all the layering dimension. TFS & Hugs

  2. Oh how lovely this card is! That falling snow Frantage sure is dreamy and the perfect effect for the snow. Awesome sauce and beautiful! Red and gold are classic. ~Niki

  3. Love this elegant Christmas card Linda, and thanks for the tip about the white embossing enamel - I hadn't come across that before.
    Enjoy your viewing of Grey's!
    Carol x

  4. Gorgeous card Linda, love the die and enamel 'snow' brilliant design :)
    Hugs, Kaz x

  5. This has created a great card. I think it's card for someone special. I love her every detail, but the falling snow is simply fabulous ... white embossing enamel ... what is it? Poland is the end of the world :-(

  6. I think that may possibly be the most beautiful poinsettia I have ever seen, I need to research it! Lots of twists and turns in Grey's Anatomy but I am sure you will enjoy it.... Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Linda . I am loving your crisp and beautiful festive floral card !

  8. You know, Linda, I never thought I'd hear myself say this: your card is every bit as dreamy as Dr. McDreamy!! I have a feeling it's going to remain permanently in my list of Top Ten Cards of 2016!! Enjoy your busy days!! Hugs, Darnell

  9. An absolutely beautiful card - perfectly CAS too. I love the way you used the text behind the poinsettia and then sprinkled the embossing enamel around it.


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