Die Cutting with Spellbinders Hip Llama

Howdy! There is another big birthday this month. My sister turned 50. I wanted to create a critter fun type card for her.

Memory Box Brilliant Stencil

I used a stencil and Oxide inks to make the background.  I used 3 different colors of ink. Then I cut the oval shape from the panel I created.

Next I cut out this fun llama. It has some embossing to it which really adds to it. For the llama I used a Copic pen to highlight and color the hooves. Then I ink blended over the whole llama kind of here and there. For his blanket I made sure the embossing was done well by running it through my die cut machine a second time. I then sanded it a bit and went over it with an ink blending tool. On the shades I used a clear Glaze pen which doesn’t show in the photo.

The sentiment is stamped with some pigment ink.

Entered over at Die Cut Divas for their March Challenge.


  • Spellbinders Hip Llama Die Set
  • Memory Box Brilliant Stencil
  • Simon Says Stamp More Sketchy Banner Greetings Stamp Set
  • Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
  • Oxide Distress Inks
  • Copic Markers

Merry Monday #288

Merry Monday #288

I am happy to say I got one done for the Merry Monday Challenge. It was challenge #288 with a theme of no stamping this week. I was excited to use this die set for the first time. So cute.

The background is done with a stencil, Versamark and sparkly embossing powder. I inked the background and the edges of the snowy hills. The rest is die cuts.

  • Stencil – Memory Box Tiny Snowflakes
  • Embossing Powder – Judikins Iridescent Sparkle
  • Die Cut Set – Sizzix/Tim Holtz Home for the Holidays (662419) – I used some wood grain papers for the trim on the car and the sentiment. I also had some foil paper for the bumpers, tires and gift.

Sunny Butterfly Birthday

Sunny Butterfly Birthday

This was a fun one to make. Along the way I made several combinations of butterflies and a few greetings. Finally it came together and I am really happy with it.

The background – Memory Box stencil Brilliant which is a bit challenging to work with because of all the small pieces that come to the center. I used clear embossing paste mixed with ink sprays by Heidi Swapp and Ranger. I also sprinkled in some Art Glittering System ultra fine glitter in Oyster which is a very cool color. I just ran into this in my stash and have had it for a very long time.

The butterflies – I used a Sizzix Tim Holtz die set called Mini Detailed Butterflies. I first water colored with purples and cut out some butterflies. I decided I wanted the underneath layer to vary so one is cut from just a light purple card stock. The top detailed part of the butterflies I first cut out of black card stock. Nope didn’t work for me. Then I took out the purple paper. Yes that works. I colored over all the butterfly pieces with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen (I don’t remember the exact name). Then came the greeting. Black with white embossing? No. White with black embossing. No. Finally I got to this one using a Lawn Fawn die Everyday Sentiment Banners, Rose Gold Embossing Powder by Stampendous, the sentiment from I think it is a Simon Says Stamp set and of course I can’t find the package right now.

Here is a twist on the card above.

Sister Butterfly Birthday

For this background I blended Distress Oxide inks. The same butterflies are cut from black paper and not layered. The sentiment is from a My Monthly Hero set from March 2016. I die cut the banner from this set and then stamped the greeting with a Avery Elle pigment ink in a orange/yellow color and then sprinkled Judikins Translucent Gold embossing powder over it and heat embossed it. I tried so many combinations of things for that greeting from different color embossing powders to different greetings and dies. Finally it worked out.

Merry Monday #277 Cards

The inspiration for both of these cards was Merry Monday #277. The theme was stencils. I love using them but haven’t been doing that lately. I only posted the first card. I am not sure about the rules of how many you can post.

Merry Monday #277

The background – I used a Memory Box stencil called Birch Trees. I inked over that with Faded Jeans Oxide ink. After taking the stencil off I sprayed over it with Perfect Pearls. Since it was Oxide ink it gave a nice look and the water spots made it look like it was snowing.
The deer are cut out of brown paper with little spots on it if you look close. I used an Impression Obsession die called Deer Trio.
The birds are cut with a Memory Box die called Resting Birds. I think this die came in a surprise box on my door step and many months later I still don’t know who put the box there.
Sparkly Snowflakes

The background – I used another Memory Box stencil called Winter Large Snowflakes. I used Nuvo Glimmer Paste to create the nice sparkly snowflakes.

The sentiment – I stamped with Versamark using a Hero Arts stamp with no name the product number is G5619. I heat embossed over that using Ranger Snowflake Tinsel powder that I just got. I am not sure how much I like it. The reason being is you get glitter heavy some places and hardly at all in others. I did the heat embossing from underneath too so I would not blow off the glitter. Then I added the two snowflake sequins. And.. I almost forgot the die used to cut out the sentiment is by Top Dog Dies called Gift Tag.

Almost Merry Monday Blue Bird

Christmas Red Bird

After making the blue card I liked it a lot and decided to make a red version. I used a different stencil for the background and added red glitter to the embossing paste. The stencil is a Memory Box stencil called Tiny Snowflakes (88583).

Almost Merry Monday Blue Bird

Merry Monday’s theme this week was a tag on a card with texture, bling and die cuts.

Well I finally got it together to make a card for Merry Monday at the last hour, which I haven’t done in quite awhile. That was all great and I was running on time. But then.. when I went to post it I remembered I forgot one element of the theme. Um where’s the tag on my card? Does that ever happen to you? Darn it. The good news is I really like the card and I got a Christmas card done. So the inspiration for this card was the Merry Monday Challenge for this past week.

The background – A Memory Box stencil called Large Snowflakes (88586). Embossing paste with ink added.

Frame – Simon Says Stamp die Holiday Frames (SSSD111393) cut out of the nice DCWV Glitzy Glitter paper. I love the smooth texture of this paper. It is a challenge somewhat though to cut out things with dies. The backing is thick so you have to work to get the small pieces out. I even rolled it through the Grand Calibur more than once and added a paper shim. I did get there though.

The bird is a stamp by Judikins called Whats Up Chickadee that I got a few months ago and finally used. I colored it with Copics and went over that with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

So as you can see I have the bling, a die cut and the texture on the background. Oops no tag…

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