Thursday, May 6, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

 Hi Artzy friends -

This weekend is Mother's Day and I needed a card to send to my mother-in-law. My husband is driving out of state today to see her for the first time in well over a year!


I pulled out two of my favorite older Dare 2B Artzy products to create this simple yet pretty card.
The Trellis background die creates a beautiful background great with any type of image. 

If you're a newer D2BA follower I have a little tip for you, discovered by Artzy design team member Melody Blake. One layer of the diecut looks like this - 


But if you cut 2 panels, and turn one of them 180 degrees, you get a pattern like this - 


Pretty cool, huh? 

I cut two layers for my card but kept them lined up, just to add a little dimension.

The pitcher of flowers is from the Refresh the Soul stamps and Water Pitchers dies.


The sentiment is from the Bouquet 4 You stamp set.

I hope my mother-in-law enjoys this card; teal is one of her favorite colors!

And I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day and weekend!

Please join in our blog challenge for May which is Flowers. Link up any flower themed project this month for a chance to win a $15 Dare 2B Artzy gift certificate.




Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!

Avra








Sunday, May 2, 2021

May Flowers

 Hi Artzy friends -

Happy May! Spring is in full swing in most of the United States, and here in Ohio that means that lots of spring flowers are in bloom! 

Coincidentally, Dare 2B Artzy's challenge for May is Flowers! 

Just link up your project on the blog, which follows the theme of flowers for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the Dare 2B Artzy store.


I used a cute bunny pushing a wheelbarrow full of flowers, from the Hippity Hoppity stamp set on two cards for this challenge.


On the slimline card I embossed a white panel with the Slimline Wildflower background die. My embossed sentiment is from the Honey Bunny stamp set. I cut the word friends as well as the vellum shadow layer with the Friends Double Layered Word Die.



My second card is an A2 sized card. I embossed this background with the Wacky Boxes Background die, and then lightly inked over the surface with a light blue ink. The Happy Spring sentiment comes from the Honey Bunny stamp set.


I have watched 3 different crafters use this technique recently of embossing with dies and finally gave it a try! It's always fun to try new things with product that you already own!

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Avra

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Shadow Box Cards

 I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's recent post on shadow box cards and wanted to try some of my own using Dare 2B Artzy stamps and dies. I have since picked up some additional tips from Cindy Sartain's recent virtual event where she made an adorable shadow box card too!


Whenever I try a new-to-me interactive card or fun fold card, I start simple, and make a "prototype" using white cardstock. I never want to waste colored or patterned cardstock in case it doesn't work out or I don't enjoy the technique.
Well, I enjoyed making these shadow box cards so much that I couldn't stop, and I made three with some cute Dare 2B Artzy images that I had already colored and die cut! 

As I mentioned, my first card base is using white cardstock, and is an A2 size card. It features images from the Raccoon Party stamps and dies, including the cute little "splat" die. I also used the Double Dot Circle die to cut out the window in the front of the card.


The raccoon is suspended from a strip of acetate attached to the left side of the shadow box. 




The next card is also fairly simple but I covered the front and inside panels with paper from the All the Buzz collection. The image and sentiment are from Puppy Kisses.The sentiment banner is created with a die from the Wavy Slimline Framelit set. This is a 5" x 7" card. 


This puppy is attached to the back of the card with an action wobble spring. 


My final shadow box card is also 5" x 7" and was created with images from the Honey Bunny stamp and die sets.
The grass "hill" was cut with a die from the Curvy Slimline Border dies. The patterned papers are from the  Home Grown collection. 



The bunny is suspended on a strip of acetate attached to the right side of the shadow box. 




There is no limit to the amount of layers and dimension you can achieve with a shadow box card. I'm excited to try some more complex designs in the near future! 

I hope you are inspired to try a new-to-you technique or card fold using Dare 2B Artzy stamps and dies!

Please join our monthly challenge here, for a chance to win a $15 store gift certificate. The theme of the April challenge is Bright colors.


Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Avra












Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hugs Soon!

Hi Artzy friends -

Are you hoping to be able to see some friends again soon, without masks on? And maybe be able to get a few hugs, at least from family members who don't live in your household? As more people across the country are able to get vaccines I am hopeful that these things can begin to happen soon! 

These sweet bears, from the Bear Hugs stamps and dies, have removed their masks, and are sliding over for a hug! 




The three background layers of this slimline card, as well as the sentiment strip,  are cut with the Wavy Slimline Framelits dies. The two patterned layers are cut from papers from the Ice Cream Social collection.

Aren't they cute without their masks covering their little smiles? (A fun feature of this set is that it does come with mask stamps and dies that fit the bears perfectly!)



Please join our March challenge, Anything Goes, for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate!


Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!

Avra













Thursday, March 25, 2021

Dare 2B Artzy/Brutus Monroe Collaboration

Hi Artzy friends - 

Today I have a shaker card that I created with some great new Dare 2B Artzy products, along with some fun products from Brutus Monroe!

This adorable raccoon from the Raccoon Party stamp and die sets, is wishing you a happy birthday with a yummy ice cream cone! The ice cream cart inside the shaker window is from the Turtley Awesome stamp and die sets.
The colorful pennants, also from the Raccoon Party dies, along with the cheery rainbow background, created with Brutus Monroe's Rainbow Mixed Media stencil, and  Clay Sprinkles inside the shaker, combine to really make this a party on a card! Don't those sprinkles look just like ice cream sprinkles/jimmies?

To create the sparkly rainbow background I first stenciled my rainbow ink colors, on Ranger Distress Heavystock. This is my new favorite cardstock for ink blending, even with wet techniques.


At this point, I should have left the stencil in place before applying the Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste, but I did not. It was easy however, to line it back up. Because the texture paste is transparent, it will dry clear (whether you are using gloss or matte), to allow the ink colors to show through. This photo is after the paste was just applied.


I then sprinkled on some Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter, and left the panel to dry overnight.


I was so pleased when I checked the next morning to find that as the panel dried it completely flattened out! And look at that sparkle! 


I shook off the excess glitter and I was ready to assemble my shaker care, with the raccoon and ice cream cart images that I had already colored with Copic markers. The window in my card panel was cut with a die from the Dare 2B Artzy Double Dot Circle framelits, and I still have my pretty sparkly rainbow circle to use on a future project!.
I added my sentiment, also from Raccoon Party, by stamping it with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossing with Brutus Monroe Ultrafine Icicle (clear) embossing powder.
I cut the pennant shapes from Raccoon Party out of several colors of cardstock and attached them to a piece of twine across the top of my card.

This was a really fun project, and I just love looking at the sparkly rainbows on this card! 




Be sure to check out all of the great products offered by these two wonderful companies!

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Avra



























Thursday, March 18, 2021

Spring Birthday

 Hi Artzy friends-

Today I have a cute and easy birthday card to share with you. April and May are the busiest birthday months in my family so I need to get my birthday card stash built up now! Dare 2B Artzy has some adorable new stamps to help me do that!


The Honey Bunny stamp and die sets scream spring to me, but this little bunny can be used year round, and the sentiments cover a wide range of occasions as well!


I cut a piece of white cardstock with the Leaf Background die, and mounted it on the green and white polka dot paper from the Home Grown collection of beautiful spring papers. The reverse side of the dots is the pretty daisy pattern, which I used to cut with the leaf shaped die from the Leaf Background die set. 

I heat embossed the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Well Wishes stamp set. The greetings in this set were designed to fit perfectly in the leaf shape, and can also be used on the fronts or insides of any of your other cards.

I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny,  and also heat embossed the "Hopping by to say..." on a white card stock strip.


I die cut one more orange layer with the stitched rectangle die that also comes in the Leaf Background die set and assembled my card.
I really do need to make more of these in the coming weeks!

Don't forget to join our March challenge on the Dare 2B Artzy blog for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the Dare 2B Artzy store


Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Avra








Sunday, March 7, 2021

Anything Goes Birthday

 Hi Artzy friends-

Today I am sharing a slimline birthday card that I created for the March challenge on the Dare 2B Artzy blog. 


The challenge is Anything Goes so create any type of card at all and link it up for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the Dare 2B Artzy store


My card for this challenge was made with the new Slimline Tropical Leaf Border dies, cut twice out of different shades of green, and offset for some texture and dimension. The cute little elephant and sentiment are from the Baby Elephant stamp and die sets. The background paper is from the Artzy Doodles collection.


Thanks for visiting, and have an unforgettable day!

Avra