Sunday, 22 May 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - It's our second birthday!!

It's the AAA Cards Challenge 2nd Birthday and to celebrate, the Design Team are having a blog hop! You should have arrived here from Jane's blog.  The blog hop starts at the AAA Cards Challenge page.  We hope you'll join us in the fun - there are lots of prizes up for grabs!

For my card I chose to go very red.  I used the fabulous My Favorite Things Die-Namics Birthday Centerpieces die, cut in the front of a card base made from Paper Trey Ink Pure Poppy cardstock.  Their card is really sturdy (I think it is 120lb) perfect for card bases.  I then die cut a 2 from the MFT Die-namics Bright Lights Numbers in DCWV gold glitter card stock.  I adhered it inside the card so you can see it peep through to the front when the card is shut. To finish, I applied clear Wink of Stella glitter pen and Glossy Accents to the letters on the front, et voila! Super quick, simple and effective :D

Here are some of our wonderful, kind and generous sponsors - go check them out.  All of us on the DT team love their stuff!!!

So what do you need to do to win some of the great goodies?  The guidelines are below, and can also be found at the AAA Cards Challenge website. 

I'm also offering a little crafty bundle of goodies to someone who gives my favourite answer to the question below in the comments on my blog. 

So my question is:

I love discovering new crafty products but often the crazes drive things out of stock (and me crazy!)  What is the best product you've discovered that is completely underrated right now?

Your next stop on the blog is the fabulous Justine.  If you get lost at any time, all of the links are below:

I can't believe the AAA Cards Challenge is already celebrating its  

Please join in the fun - we can't see what CAS creations you come up with to help us celebrate!!!


Sunday, 8 May 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - Inlaid Die Cuts

Hi everyone  - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the moms, mums and mothers out there!  It is my first proper Mother's Day today (the english Mother's Day is in March but we didn't celebrate as I'm here in the US) so I'm super excited as I write this - to have a day without dirty diapers/nappies which the hub has agreed to do all of !! Woooohoo!!

We have a new challenge at AAA Cards - this week it is your chance to show us your inlaid die-cutting skills - and remember to keep your card Clean and Simple (CAS). Our kind sponsor this week is:

They have $20 up for grabs for the winner!  We also have a new Design Team member - Sandie - her cards are awesome, as are all of the DT so go check out the challenge.

For my card I used the gorgeous Simon Says Stamp Bird of Roses die.  I randomly watercolored some Tim Holtz watercolor card stock using Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac Distress inks.  Once dry, I die cut the bird from it, ensuring to keep the die all together.  I then die cut the bird twice more - once from  4.25" x 5.5" Neenah Solar White 80lb card, and once from silver DCWV foil card stock. 

On a 110lb scored Neenah Solar White card base I applied glue runner all over the front and applied the 80lb Solar White card front on top - I'd popped out the die cut leaving just the bird shape.  I then added the foil outline.  Then I proceeded to (painstakingly) add the watercolored shapes into their respective holes.  This goes much quicker as long as you keep the original die cut all together.

To finish the card I stamped a Simon Says Stamp sentiment in Versafine Onyx black ink, fussy cut it out and popped it up on foam squares. I was super happy with how this turned out - definitely one of my favorite cards (if I do say so myself).

We hope you'll join us over at AAA Cards Challenge.  Remember we have $20 up for grabs from Happy Little Stampers for the winner.  Keep your card CAS to ensure your best chances.

Have a great weekend!!

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