Sunday, 6 April 2014

Dies and Punches at Stamping Sensations

For our April Challenge at Stamping Sensations we would like you to show us what you can do with your

***** DIES AND PUNCHES *****

Your project can be anything you like as long as it uses punched and/or diecut elements. And some stamping, of course!

Our fab sponsor this month is once again PDA Card & Craft, who have very generously donated a whopping £40 voucher to be spent either online or in their shop in Langley Mill, which is on the Notts/Derbyshire border.

PDA are well known for their quality cardstock, which they supply in just about every shade and type you could possibly want, but they also sell a huge variety of craft materials, so the winner of this fantastic prize will be spoilt for choice!

Anyway, on to my project. I've called it "Spring Triptych", and have used both dies and punches.

I began by cutting an A4 sheet of card into three equal pieces and trimming one end of each with the Britannia Dies Small Lattice Edge. While looking through my patterned paper stash, I came across some that I've had for so long I'd forgotten all about it! If I remember correctly it came from Lakeland, when they had a craft section, in a pack with some glittered butterfly and flower stickers. I thought it would be perfect for a Spring project, with its tulips and butterflies, and pretty Spring colours. I traced around the edge of the lattice die to hand cut the paper to fit the top of each panel. (The die only cuts the outer edge.) I didn't want to cover up the paper too much, so I just added some diecut shapes (Spellbinders Labels 4) and some tiny punched butterflies. On the two outer panels I stamped a tulip (Stampin' Up)  and the centre one has some punched flowers and leaves and a sentiment (Inkylicious).

Once each panel was complete, I inserted some eyelets and joined the panels together with narrow ribbon. A spot of glitter glue on the punched butterflies and flower centres provided the finishing touch.

A little aside here! When the trend for diecutting first started, I wasn't interested. I certainly didn't intend to spend a lot of money on something that I might use once or twice and then stick in a cupboard, never again to see the light of day. At the time, I was running a card making class, and some of the members had bought Cuttlebugs. They were soon raving about them, and wanting to use them in the classes. I resisted for a while, but then I discovered Spellbinders dies and was impressed by the effects you could get with them. I gave in and got a 'bug of my own. And promptly fell in love with it! Of course, since then the variety of types and styles of dies has just grown and grown, not to mention that of machines, both manual and electronic. I remain faithful to my 'bug, though. I don't feel any need for larger dies, or electronic cutting. I can do everything I want to with the Cuttlebug, and a great many of my projects contain at least one element produced by it. It has never let me down. I can't see why on earth I would want to trade it in for a smarter model .....

My creative teamies have a gorgeously eclectic selection of samples for you over on the Challenge Blog, so do go over and be inspired. Last month's Pink theme was very popular, and I reckon this one is going to be equally so. I'm really looking forward to seeing lots of entries, so dig out those dies and punches and get cracking! Thanks for looking.

PS. Just realised this also fits the Butterfly Challenge (No. 4), so I'm going to enter it there.


brenda said...

This is very pretty Lynne and full of lovely fresh Spring colours. I was very much like you with dies in the early days but they do grown on you.

Hope you have a good Sunday.

B x

Sally H said...

A stunning card that is perfectly spring-like. I love everything about it! I hadn't thought of using that die for the top of a triptych - brilliant idea! Gorgeous work, Lynne. Have a great day xxx

pinky said...

What a stunning piece Lynn. The colours are just beautiful and I really want that top die!!

craftimamma said...

Really pretty and just the thing for Spring Lynne! Love all the teeny die cuts you've used to enhance your design and they are just right to go with the pretty papers.

Lesley Xx

Maxine D said...

Oh what a fabulous project Lynne - love the colours, the design and the dies cuts are amazing.
Yes, I love my 'bug too!!

Mrs A. said...

So glad you did flutter in as this is gorgeous. I love the trellis shape at the top and you sure have a steady had to cut the paper to match the shape. Lovely spring colours and of course lots of butterflies to compliment. hugs Mrs A. (butterfly challenge).

Diane said...

What a stunning piece Lynne and great idea.

Hugs Diane

Tracy said...

Hi Lynne,
Marvellous creation, love the image, and the die cutting and punching is fabulous.
Happy crafting
Tracy x