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Ready or not for Christmas?

By Kassi Hulet
Posted in Inspiration, on October 31, 2017


Hello my fabulously creative friends Kassi and Raluca here today! I'm so glad you stopped by LDRS Creative today! It's the end of the month, and we have a special treat for you today... TWO design team members teaming up to spark your creative juices! I'm Kassi, and I'll get us started!

I wanted to challenge myself to do a card that used mostly dies, and no stamps... Wait, no stamps??? I know, crazy! If you know me, you know I LOVE stamps, and stamps are almost always the focal point of my cards... so this was a challenge for me! The incredibly beautiful holiday dies from LDRS Creative made it a LOT easier than I thought it would be, and I love how it turned out!

The paper is from the BEAUTIFUL 6x6 paper pack Winter Land

The dies I used are Merry Word Die, and Snowy Day 

Ok, let's talk about these dies for a second... 

I LOVE the Snowy Day die set!  It comes with 2 dies... one is the smooth edge swoop, the other is the swoop with the snowflakes... both are have stitching marks... And they are AMAZING layered, or on their own. The snowflakes are a great way to jazz up a winter project, but the smooth edge one is perfect all year round! It's one of those dies I'll be reaching for over and over. 

Another thing I want to point out about these dies, is that they may be thin, but they are mighty! They cut more than just plain paper. Seriously. I've die cut mulberry paper. I've die cut flocked paper. I've die cut velum. I've even die cut thin cork.

Quick tip: A super easy way to add a little dimension to your project is to die cut some craft foam (like I did for "Merry"). Layer that right under your card stock cut out, and you have perfectly fitting, custom dimensional dies cuts! Super easy!!!!

To finish my card off, I wanted the word "Christmas" to be small, but still stand out... and since I challenged myself not to use stamps, I had to get a bit creative. This little banner was created by cutting a piece of card stock from the Winter Land pack, and feeding it through my old fashion Dymo label maker (you know, the ones that emboss the letters). It's an awesome way to use up thin scraps of printed card stock!  For more details on how to turn your card stock scraps into fun word strips, check out my blog by clicking HERE... But only AFTER you finish reading this post... I'm turning it over now to my TALENTED teammate Raluca and you won't want to miss what she has to share!!! 

 Hello everyone and welcome back to LDRS Creative. This is Raluca and today I am excited to share a new card with you.
After the absolutely gorgeous Christmas card created by my talented teammate Kassi, I thought to share a card for all of you out there that aren't really ready to start your Christmas cards yet ;)
As you already probably noticed I'm more of a CAS girl and I'm so happy when I can play with all the fabulous LDRS products and create a clean looking card. 

For today's project I used the following products: You sentiments stamp set and Eleganza - Stamps & Dies. Another gorgeous set that you can use for this design is Daisy Daisy - Stamps & Dies (for the flowers) and we have an entire collection of sentiments stamps for the sentiment. 

And now, let's get started with this card! :)

First I stamped the sentiment on a white panel and then I stamped some of the flowers and leaves from the set onto the panel using black ink.

Next, on another piece of white cardstock I stamped again some of the flowers and leaves from the set and I colored them using alcohol markers and colored pencils. 
The best part of this stamp set are the coordinating dies for some of the flowers and leaves which makes cutting them so much easier ad fun.
Using the dies I die cut a part of the images and for the rest I fussy cut them using a pair of scissors.
I created some floral arrangements and I mounted all the images using foam tape. To add more details and for more effect I used yellow Nuvo Drops to create some beautiful enamel dots all over the panel.

To finish my card I mounted the panel onto a white card base using craft foam and that was it. Super easy, super fast, really relaxing and with a fabulous result!

And just a little tip: you can color the images using different color combos and get different results. And even better, you can create a set with all the different colored cards so you could have a gift ready for a relative or a friend. Awesome, right?!

That's all for today! Thank you so much for stopping by!
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Have a lovely and creative day,
Kassi & Raluca

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