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4/04/2016

HLS Christmas Challenge - April - Die Cuts

Welcome to the HLS Christmas Challenge. The challenge for the month of April  is to use some die cuts on your card.


Our challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers where the prizes will be:

 $30 gift certificate to the winner
$10 gift certificate to each of our Favorites
 
 
 
Since I'm a die junkie the hardest part of this challenge was deciding which dies to use - LOL. Recently had made this card using frame die cuts, so had snippets left from that project. Rewatched Catherine Poolers' youtube, decided to combine the snippets with poinsettias, and Voila. Lots of die shapes.
 
 
 
- added remaining halves of the double frame die cuts which were from different 6x6 paper packs; overlapped the frames, instead of leaving spaces as on the previous card. This was a much easier effort than the spacing. Arranged in a pattern so that there would be space at the top folding card to add a cluster of poinsettias & leave space for a sentiment.
 
-Memory Box Blooming Poinsettia (861) and Small Blooming Poinsettia (902), die cut several times from white snippets...colored with copics, shaped with the McGill stylus - formed into flowers. Added some tiny beads in the center of one flower.
 
- Used HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments with a new product: Nuvo Glue Pen and some Heidi Swap Minc Gold Foil.  The Nuvo glue is water soluble, so after cutting the transparent sentiment apart to make it fit the area, covered it with the glue. Used the Mini Misti, stamped twice - 'reinking' on the 2nd time. Used fingers to burnish the foil over the sticky glue, placed the card between some folded printer paper to make a carrier, and ran through the Big Shot. (here's a video showing the process).
Works great with no laminator or Minc.
 
I really like the look, but learned 2 things: (1) Do the foiling prior to applying anything with dimension that you don't want to get crushed - (2)a chunkier, bolder stamp image would show off better. This is a lovely Calligraphy stamp, but since the letters are slender, you don't really get the beautiful effect of the foiling as much. Still very pretty, and is giving me lots of ideas for using some of the other bolder font HLS Sentiment sets I have.
 
Hope you will join in with this fun challenge, get a head start on building a Christmas card stash for 2016 & perhaps win a fab prize too!

PLEASE REMEMBER YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE HLS STAMPS TO ENTER OUR CHALLENGES

Thanks for joining me today. Big hugs. 


 

42 comments:

  1. Fabulous creation, gorgeous poinsettias.

    Kath x

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  2. This is quite pretty with those vivid red poinsettias! I love the angled dsp too and especially how you tucked that sentiment between them! Great card Mary!

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  3. This is absolutely gorgeous, Mary!! I love the design with those beautiful papers!! Wow, the poinsettias are amazing!! What a stunning card my friend!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  4. This is gorgeous Mary and I love the tutorial using the Nuvo Glue with the foil and your sentiment looks great using that technique. The bright red poinsettias look fabulous with the frames. That is another great technique. x

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  5. Beautiful Christmas card love how you used your papers on an angle and beautiful poinsettias
    Carol x

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  6. What a lovely card Mary, and great use of all the die cuts!!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  7. Oh WOW Mary! This is an amazing card ... I LOVE the dimension and life you have given to those beautiful Poinsettia my friend! Gorgeous! Have a wonderful week! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  8. Wow, loving this card Momma Mary!! The poinsettias are amazing looking and I love the paper snippets on the background. How fun that you did foil embossing too! I haven't tried that either, but really want too. lol You are really trying a lot of techniques out and I think that is so fabulous! Hug, Brenda

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  9. Pretty card! Liked the design, and enjoyed the video link that you shared...I like the look of the angled designer paper...Must give that a try! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. This is a great card. I not only love the flowers but I love the design because you got those angles down pat!

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  11. This is a lovely card Mary. The poinsettias look beautiful and I really like the way you've positioned your pretty papers. Barbxx

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  12. Very clever Miss Mary! Love the angled frames - great idea and the Poinsettias are beautifully gorgeous!

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  13. Hi Mary, Fab card. You will have a good stash of Christmas cards come December.

    Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

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  14. Hello Mary, beautiful card with the poinsettias, so very Christmasy, gorgeous colours and layout, Kate x

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  15. Wow this is an amazing card Mary!! I love the poinsettias! And the use of the leftovers frame die cuts is brilliant! I love it!
    Xoxo Olga

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  16. oooooh! I love your poinsettias, Mary, and the gorgeous background made from die cuts and papers! beautiful technique - I want to do it, but have not had time yet. Looks amazing! hugs, de

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  17. WOW this is stupendous, what a lot of clever things you have done, love the poinsettias and the papers and the foiling does show up and is wonderful. Off to see the video, to see if I could mange it.

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  18. Oh wow Mary what a beautiful card those flowers look amazing I love the papers and card design, excellent make
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  19. Love it Mary...as you know poinsettia are my Christmas favourites and your card is stunning...bright and real Christmas colours....your design is striking ...fab card xxxx

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  20. Super duper snippet use, Mary! And gorgeous shaped poinsettias! Thanks for the info about foiling.

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  21. LOVE the dimension on your beautiful poinsettias Mary. And that foil is so pretty ... have not tried that ... YET! :) xx

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  22. Mary, this is such a beautiful card! Love the poinsettia die cuts you used and the frames make such a fun design for the background. That gold Merry Christmas really pops. It took my breath away. Hope you have a wonderful week. I wasn't expecting it to be so chilly in NC.

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  23. Wow Mary, this is just amazing!! Looooove your poinsettias!! You have coloured and shaped them really well! And the background made with the borders snippets looks very beautiful! I have seen the videotutorial and it inspire me to recycle a pile of my scrap pieces, too. :D I have always too much scraps around...
    I love your choose of patterns, so sweet! And the sentiment in gold is just perfect, your card is very festive!

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  24. I really like the poinsettia, it makes your card is beautiful. Wonderfully shaped and painted flowers are a great decoration card.
    hugs,
    BozenA

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  25. Gorgeous card! I love how you put the designer papers at an angle. How nice to have so many dies that the issue is "what ones to use?!" Not complaining, mind you, I have my fair share too.

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  26. Those are fabulous poinsettias Mary and I love your mix of pattern papers. Thanks for the link to the video it was really interesting.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  27. Very pretty Mary - your poinsettias are fantastic - I do love them.
    sandy xx

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  28. Oh wow Mary, I love the design of your card, the 'angle' of the backing paper looks amazing and the poinsettias are stunning! A truly beautiful card! Hugs, Anne xx

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  29. Brilliant 3 dimensional Poinsettia card !! I have also become your latest blog follower !

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  30. OK, this is seriously wonderful Mary!!!

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  31. Beautiful flowers Mary the card is lovely............Lis

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  32. Wow what a beautiful creation. Love all the details of this card.

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  33. Just love the dimension you added to your card with the flowers! And, I have foil- need to USE it- it is such an elegant touch!

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  34. What gorgeous poinsettias, Mary! And I love the way you used up all those snippets. Thanks for the explanation on how you did the sentiment - I might have to try that as it looks so nice.

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  35. Your poinsettias are so beautiful and the elegant font of the sentiment is lovely - the sentiment looks great in gold!!! Such a beautiful card with a lot of loveliness to look at!!!!
    Have a great day!!!!
    Hugz

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  36. Awesome. Love this design and the pretty added goodies..xx
     {aNNie}

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  37. Stunning card Mary, like the dimension and subtle colors added to your poinsettia's and the background papers!

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  38. Bold, dimensional and so striking, Mary ... so much wonderful depth and texture ... fabulous! Hugs, Anita :)

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  39. I've been following HLS some time, and several of the designers, and finally I've started to join in the challenges too.
    Love your new way of using snippets - snippet ideas are always welcome, all of us DP addicts have them:) stunning with the large die cut poinsettias.

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  40. OH my stars, Mary! Breath-taken-away gorgeous happening all over your lovely poinsettia card! Dimension, texture, colours...AND your abundant creativity! Talk about being WOWed!
    ~c (carol)

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  41. I know it isn't the time of the year for these flowers, but they look so real! Great work of art! Enjoy the weekend!

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