Circle Christmas card/ The Flower Challenge #61 Reminder

Today’s project is a circle Christmas card that looks like a Christmas ornament.

Hello everyone,

We are halfway through the month of October. This month’s theme is “Use a Shape” I am sharing a circle Christmas card I created as a reminder to participate with us at The Flower Challenge.
This is our 5th birthday and there are lots of prizes to win.

So without further ado let’s get to my project.

I decided to create a circle card that looks almost like a Christmas Ornament. First I had to create a circle card base to begin with. Then I added a circle frame with vellum in the middle.

The decorating of the front of this card was so much fun. I had bought some of the Christmas release dies by Tim Holtz a couple of years ago which has all the Christmas elements but I had hardly used it.

I cut out a few Christmas trees, candles, presents and some foliage with pattern paper. Started adding all these elements on my circle frame, some with liquid glue and some with foam tape for dimension.

The last part was to add a sentiment on my card . I usually keep some extra stamped and embossed sentiments strips in a cup which I reach out when I need one. The warm wishes sentiment was perfect for my card.

This finishes my project. Hope this inspires you to pull out your hardly used stamps and dies to create some fun cards for Christmas. There’s still time to participate at The Flower Challenge and win awesome prizes.



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Use A Shape/The Flower Challenge #61

Hello everyone!
We here at The Flower Challenge are celebrating our 5th anniversary. Check out the whole lot of prizes by generous sponsors on The The Flower Challenge blog.

This month’s theme is ‘Use a Shape’ . For my project today instead of using a shape die or a shaped card I decided to arrange my flowers in a shape of heart. I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s video about using small dies creatively.

Here let me show you my card so you understand what I meant.

I used Bohemian cover plate by Simon Says Stamp to create the fun pierced background. But I still wanted my focus on my heart shape.

These small flowers are perfect for my arrangement. With different shades of purple card-stock I created the flowers using the Craft A Flower die from Altenew. This one is called Dendrobium Orchid Layering Die set. Smaller flowers looked better within the shape so I skipped the larger ones.

In order to complete the proper heart shape I added some enamel dots in colors that matched with my floral arrangement.

Finally to complete the card I added the die-cut hello and sending you a big hug sentiment strip underneath.

This completed my card . I just can’t stop staring at this card as I think it turned out so pretty. What do you think?

Hope this inspires you to participate in the flower challenge with us for a chance to win prizes.

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Spellbinders Garden Club Collection

Garden Club Collection dies from Spellbinders designed by Susan Teirney-Cockburn is just magical and a must have in your craft room.

Hello everyone!

As you all know, I love die cutting and especially die cut flowers, which is why I have been absolutely obsessed with Susan’s wonderful dimensional flowers.

Let’s begin!


The first card I’m showcasing today is this beautiful birthday card. I’ve used the Oriental Lily and Wellies die set from the Garden Club collection by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. Of course I had to watch Susan‘s how to videos a couple of times before even attempting to create these cards. So, I highly recommend watching her very detailed tutorials yourself so that you can create beautiful cards just like these.

I started by diecutting a bunch of floral pieces with orange card stock and the leaves with olive green card stock. What I found out was that 60 lb cardstock works better than the thicker card stock as you can shape them more easily with the ball stylus.
Then, I added some detail on the die cut pieces using copic markers by creating darker shades of orange in the middle of the petals and some dots with black multi-liner pen.

Shaping these flowers was probably the most tedious part of this process, but also the most fun! Again, I followed the instructions by Susan on her YouTube videos.

For the background, I decided to use pattern papers in gray and yellow combination as I knew it would complement my bright orange flower very well. The flowers and leaves were then arranged in a cluster. To add texture, I also added some extra foliage behind my floral cluster using two shades of the pale blue card stocks.

Lastly, it was time to add a sentiment. I wanted to use the small die of the month for September 2021 from Spellbinders which has a bunch of beautiful sentiments with shadow layers. For this card, I used a birthday sentiment.


For my second card I used another die set from this collection called Hybrid Tea Rose and Tea Pot, also by Susan.

For this card, I started by cutting the flower petals with pink and dark pink card stock and the leaves with dark green card stock. To add a little detail and depth inside the petals, I used copic markers. Then, I went ahead with shaping the flowers with the help of some tools and of course the video instructions by Susan.

I created a 8 1/2 x 3 1/2“ card base with white card stock and added some layers of pattern paper. The circle frame that you see in the background was cut with the Hemstitch Circle Die from Spellbinders. Then I arranged my flowers in front of the card.

For the sentiment I used the word happy from the small die of the month for September 2021. I used the same pink and dark pink card stock. And then I I embossed a word anniversary from an old stamp set from Spellbinders. Added the sentiment strip below the word happy to complete the sentiment.

As a finishing touch I added some pink gems in the group of threes across the card.


The third card features the Geranium and Antique wooden bucket die set from this collection .

This card I found was the most tedious as it has a bunch of small flowers and hence included a lot of die-cutting and shaping of the petals. But how this turned out is just amazing.

Since. I remembered finding the dark red geraniums mesmerizing . So. I started by die-cutting a bunch of dark red petals and some green leaves. Went ahead and added some shading on the edge of the leaves using red distress oxide ink.

I created a 6 x 6“ top folding card base with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of pattern paper matted with brown card stock. I then started arranging my flower petals on the bottom left side of my card front.

Now I needed a sentiiment. I created red and white happy die cut and a stamped and embossed birthday sentiment underneath to complete the sentiment. For the stamens I glued some tiny beads in the middle of the flowers.

I think this card turned out so beautiful even without any extra embellishments.

I hope I was able to inspire you to use these dies and create beautiful cards like these.

In the past also I have created some cards using Susan’s dies. Don’t forget to check them out .



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The Flower Challenge #59 Reminder

Hello Everyone!

We are half way through the month and here I am sharing my project for the reminder post for The Flower Challenge #59.

In case you haven’t already don’t forget to check out the creating designer team’s creations using dies. This month’s theme is “Use Dies”

Here for my card today I have used the Altenew’s Craft a flower die of the month called California Giants. I used this die set and shades of pink cardstocks to create this beautiful flower. This flower is large enough to fill the most of the card front.

I used the simon says stamp embossing folder with some distressed oxide ink swiped on the embossing folder before sending it through the die cutting machine. This created this soft blue floral background for my card.

The sentiment die cut is also from the same die set from Altenew.

Hope this gives you some inspiration to play along with us at the Flower Challenge.



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Fun Sparkly Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are fun to create and the sparkly ones and my favorites.

Hello everyone!

As we are all in the midst of celebrating Christmas in July, I am here sharing two cards I created using the Spellbinders latest release dies and stamps.

First Card


The Focal point for my first card today is this cute elf holding lots of Christmas presents. Who wouldn’t want a lots of presents right? The fun part is that it’s leg swings side to side. To create this cute elf I used the Shopping Spree Etched Dies from the Be Merry Collection. I cut out all the pieced from red card-stock and light blue card-stock. When assembling the pieces together I made sure to alternate the colors. After I finished arranging all the pieces together I doodles some stripes and circles on some of the presents.

Sparkly Background

For the background of this card I wanted it to be really sparkly. So I stamped a light blue card-stock panel with All over snowflakes background stamp from Simon says stamp using Unicorn white pigment ink and poured sparkling clear embossing powder. As pigment ink stays wet for a while I was able to emboss this beautiful background. I heat set it to achieve the fun and sparkly snowy background for my card.


For the sentiment of this card I cut a white card-stock in a curve with a pair of scissors so it would look like a snow bank. I then stamped it with one of the sentiment from the stamp set Home for Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp from the Be Merry Collection.

I then matted the background panel on a black card-stock, foam mounted my elf and the sentiment strip. For the finishing touches I added some flowers and leaves and some sparkly snowflake sequins.

Second Card

My second card uses the Special Delivery Etched Dies from the Tis the Season Collection. This die creates this fun car and the heap of presents that you can either put on top of it or elsewhere.

The Focus

The main focus of this card is this car but also the frame around it makes it stand out more. I cut out the pieces of the car with red card-stock and the presents with pattern paper that matches my project. For extra interest I added the strings and the elements in the car with sparkly gold card-stock and also the vellum layer to mimic a snow bank on the back of the frame.


I created the background the same way as I did on my first card besides I didn’t add the sparkling embossing powder on this one.


The sentiment for this card comes from the same stamp set Home for Christmas Sentiments. This time I stamped the “Warm Wishes” on red card-stock and embossed it using white embossing powder. Cut it into a strip and added it towards the bottom of the rectangle frame.

The frame and the red holiday car are all popped up on my panel using foam tape.

For the finishing touches I added some stickles droplets and some snowflake sequins from my stash.

This finished my second card. Hope you get inspired to create fun and sparkly Christmas cards like these.



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Die Cut Daffodil Card/ The Flower Challenge

Die cutting is one of the popular process in card-making. I have created a die cut daffodil card to showcase this fun technique.

Hello Everyone!

Today I am participating in The Flower Challenge #59 along with the talented design team to share inspirations for creating die cut cards. This month’s theme is “Use A Die” (Option of a slimline card). I have incorporated both in my project today.

The Focus

The main focus of this card is the die cut daffodil flower in the front. For my card today I have used this beautiful die set called Daffodil Layering Die Set from one of the Monthly Subscription that I have been ordering. These dies cut the different layers of the flowers so you can layer them to create a realistic looking flowers. The die package comes with the layering instructions so it’s easy to figure out the orientation of each piece.

I have used shades of yellows and oranges card-stocks from my stash for the flower and greens for the leaves and stem.

The Background

For the background I used the latest Spellbinders mini slimline die set that is also one of the monthly subscription. It is the large die of the month for the month of July. I had just received my order in the mail couple of days back. This month’s die is this pretty mini slimeline card layers along with some flower dies and an envelope die that is perfect for the mini slimline card. For those who don’t know what slimline is, it is a slimmer and more longer size of cards. Mini slimline usually measures 3 inches by 6 inches or 3 and a half by 6 and a half inches.

I die cut a lemon yellow stripe pattern-paper using one of the biggest dotted die and an yellow piece with the second dotted die. After that I also cut the yellow piece with the daffodil die in one side of it so that it will show the opening for the flower to sit on.

I adhered the yellow piece using foam tapes for dimension and the pattern 0paper piece directly on the card-base using liquid glue.

Then, I added the flower with foam tape so it is the same height at the yellow piece. The leaves are adhered directly with liquid glue.

The Sentiment

For the sentiment of this card I stamped and white embossed a sentiment on darker yellow card-stock. It read “A little soemthing for” and added the Birchpress Bold die that says YOU underneath to complete my sentiment. I cut off the you from this sentiment strip.

This finishes my card. Hope this inspires you and you will play along with us at the flower challenge. Don’t forget to checkout the other talented designer’s projects. Our Guest Designer this month is my favorite Therese Calvird from Lost In Paper. I have always admired her card-making style immensely.



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Faux Foiled Butterflies/Alex Syberia Cut Files

Today, I am sharing a bunch of faux foiled butterflies. Foiling requires a specific machine or a particular printer, but you can simply create a look of foiling by just using a foil card stock instead.

Hello everyone!

My project today contains a lot of fluttering faux foiled butterflies. Don’t forget to catch them all. 🙂

I was super excited when Alex sent me a message saying that she is creating some digital cut files for this month’s release. As I have been loving creating die cut cards more than stamps these days, I jumped with joy when I found out the new release had cut files.

I own a Silhouette Cameo digital die cutting machine. It is well loved for past 8 or 9 years. It was my first ever bought die cutting machine, but I am ashamed to say that I had only been using the basic version so far. These digital files work with the designer version as they are .svg files. It was perfect excuse for me to purchase the Designer Edition which has endless possibilities.

First Set

For my first set of cards, I used the butterfly cut file which is one half of a butterfly. The beauty of using a digital file is that you can resize it, flip it to get the mirror image, or stretch it taller or wider. By flipping the half, I was able to create whole butterflies very easily. I created some large butterflies and some small ones. The idea was to make a slimline card with a row of butterflies for my first card, which you can see here.

I used a gold foil card stock I bought from Michael’s to cut all these butterflies. One sheet was enough for 5 butterflies, or 5 pairs of wings. I’ve noticed that the intricate design cuts beautifully if the card stock is thin.

I created an offset layer for the backing for each of the wings and cut that with a rainbow foil card stock that I had received with one of my Simon Says Stamp card kit. This was perfect for creating all these gradient rainbow colored butterflies.

Then, I wanted to add an extra layer of the gold backing piece which was slightly bigger than the rainbow piece. This way, when you look at these butterflies from the top, you see all three layers.

To give the butterfly depth, I adhered the center side or the body of the butterfly with glue and the wings with foam tape. This gives the illusion that the butterfly wings are in flight.

These cards have so much dimension and layers to them.

For my first card I wanted to create a slimline card with three butterflies, each gradating in color from purple to green.

Second and Third cards

For the two cards with the large butterflies I created gate fold cards that unfold from the middle each flap having a half butterfly. These cards close to reveal a full butterfly, but can be opened to read a handwritten message. I created two cards; one with a pink to purple gradient and one with a blue to green gradient.

Second Set

The leftover negative pieces of these butterflies still stuck on my silhouette cutting mat gave me the idea.
They were just too pretty to be thrown away. I thought of picking them up with low-tack tape and adding them on a dark card stock to create the look of foiled butterflies. It was so easy and too much fun. Then, I die cut the body and the antenna for these butterflies using one of my Spellbinders die and the same gold foil card stock.

I made one card with the negative pieces of one large butterfly and one card with the negative pieces of two small butterflies. I loved how these turned out.

The sentiment of these cards are prestamped and precut sentiment strips from my stash which I had made a while ago using Taylored Expressions stamp and die. I used all birthday theme sentiments for my cards today.

It was a lot of fun creating these faux foiled butterfly cards. I was so happy with the result I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. I really hope you will give this idea a try.

You can visit Alex’s Etsy Shop if you are interested in purchasing these digital cut files:

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Spots or Stripes/The Flower Challenge #58

Spots or Stripes are very fun to incorporate in a card design. This month’s theme for The Flower Challenge #58 is “Spots or Stripes”.

Hello Everyone!

Before you know it, it’s already July. The Flower Challenge design team have all come up with fabulous designs for this month’s challenge. My pick for the card I created for today’s post is “Stripes”. Stripes are fun. Even though black and white stripe is my all time favorite, today I am playing with bright colored stripes.

The Background

The background is where I wanted the stripes to be. I took a 4 and a quarter by 5 and a half inches panel of Bristol Smooth card stock and placed Altenew’s Classy Stripes stencil on top. Using Washi tape to secure it in place, I started ink blending. Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey colors of Distressed Oxide inks blended so well.

The Focus

The flower challenge #58

For the focal image of this card I wanted to use the Altenew’s new Craft-A-Flower die I received in my subscription for this month. It is Peruvian Lily layering die set. Although I have never seen a Peruvian lily in gray colors, I didn’t want a bright floral image on top of my bright background. So, I colored the layers of the die cut in W3 W5 and W7 colors of Copic markers. In your world of creations you can create any color flower you fancy, right?

The layers of the leaves are colored in YG13 YG17 and YG76.

The Sentiment

I had this old Simon Says Stamp called Big Birthday stamp set. I really liked the words on one of the stamps. In my brain I was debating between the idea of placing the sentiment on a strip of white card stock or vellum. Then, I came up with this fun idea of making a framed vellum window where I could stamp the sentiment. I used two dies from the Waffle Flower A2 layers die set and cut out a frame from Neenah card stock. I stacked two of them to make it sturdy and added the vellum layer at the back. Then, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Watermark ink and sprinkled white embossing powder and heat set it.

After that, I added this window panel on top of my striped panel with foam tape. I love how it softens the bright striped background.

I added the flower and the leaves on the vellum window using liquid glue. Also, I thought this card already had so much impact that it didn’t need any extra embellishment.

All I had left to do was to mount this on a A2 card base and pick a matching envelope, and my card was ready.

What do you think?

Now go ahead and check out all our talented designers’ project inspiration. And don’t forget to share your project with “Spots or Stripes” at The Flower Challenge!



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The Beautiful Sentiments Vignette Collection

I was so excited when I opened the package from Spellbinders and received Becca Feeken’s dies from the latest Beautiful Sentiments Vignette Collection. I received two sets of dies and one stamp set.

These are the three Happy Anniversary cards featuring Spellbinders dies.

Hello Everyone!

Today I am playing with these intricately designed dies by Becca.

My first set of cards are created uisng the Happy Anniversary Vignette Etched Dies from Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Collection by Becca Feeken.

First Card

I bought these beautiful pattern papers when I visited Michael’s with my mom and she really liked these papers, insisting I should buy them. I thought these would work perfectly with Anniversary cards and especially these beautifully designed dies. The teal and pinks and all the gold foiling on these pattern papers are so pretty.

Happy Anniversary card featuring Spellbinders dies.

I cut out all the layers of these dies from the different pattern papers I chose to use on these projects. Then, I mixed and matched the different layers.

For my first card, I used the pink dotted panel for the background and the circle behind the sentiment. The beautiful filigree was cut with Neenah card-stock in 110 lb. weight. Behind that is the layer with large pattern.

The sentiment which says Happy Anniversary was cut with the matte gold card stock which has become one of my favorite metallic card stocks lately.

Second Card

Happy Anniversary card featuring Spellbinders dies.

For my second card, I used the striped pattern paper for the background and the pink dotted one for the circle piece behind the filigree piece. The pretty foiled teal paper for the circle was perfect. It was too busy for the sentiment to show, so I added a layer of vellum circle on top to mute the noisy pattern. There you go! Now the sentiment just pops against the vellum backed piece.

I used the gold filigree design on this card.

Third Card

Happy Anniversary card featuring Spellbinders dies.

I loved this die so much I had to create one more card. This one is special. It has an extra shaker element to it. I used the floral foiled pattern for the background. As I was planning on making a shaker card I didn’t need any other layers but just the filigree piece with the sentiment. I skipped the circle die this time. So instead of separating the sentiment from the filigree piece, I left the sentiment onto it. I could easily add a piece of acetate behind the sentiment and made it pop with two layers of foam tape so that my shaker elements would move freely behind the window.

Some beads and star sequins were used from my stash for the shaker element. I was overjoyed when I realized I had just the right sequin mix that matched my project perfectly.

This one is my favorite of all three. How about you? Let me know what you think!

The other die I received was this Forever in our Memory Vignette Etched Dies from Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Collection by Becca Feeken

I created two cards with this die.

Forever in our Memory card featuring Spellbinders dies.

First Card

Forever in our Memory card featuring Spellbinders dies.

This card is a 5 by 7 card. These dies work perfectly with the A7 card front, so I decided to create one with this die. I cut a panel of peachy pink card stock and embossed it using Spellbinders Flowers and Leaves Embossing Folder. This was for my background. I used a pattern paper cut with the shadow layer of this die so that the embossed background would show. The swirly part of this die cut was cut once with an olive green card stock and once with a gold card stock. I layered the olive piece on top of the gold piece, slightly offsetting it so that only a little bit of gold peeked through. The Forever in our memory sentiment was also created the same way.

Second Card

I created the second card using this die as a shaped card. I haven’t created a shaped card in a long time, but these dies presented a perfect opportunity for me to create one today.

Forever in our Memory card featuring Spellbinders dies.

As simple as it is, I cut the layers with pattern paper and the pink and olive green card stocks and layered them on top of each other. For the card base, I used the shadow layer of this die and partially cut the folded card base so that just a little bit of the fold was uncut.

I adhered some gold pearls where ever it looked appropriate on the card front and called it done. The pink piece on the back is an envelope for this card I made using an envelope punch board.

The third product I received was this beautiful stamp set called Beautiful Inside Out sentiments. This stamp set has 7 sentiments that goes with all the dies that Becca created for this collection. You can use these sentiments in the inside of the cards or the outside, hence the name “Inside Out Sentiments”.

Card featuring Spellbinders' Beautiful Inside & Out Sentiments.

For the last but not least card today, I used one of the sentiments from this stamp set for the outside of the card.

My color palette for this card was somewhat the same as the last two cards I made using the Forever in our Memory cards: pink and olive green.

The Background

I used the floral pattern paper for the background. Then, I embossed the olive green card stock piece which was embossed using the Spellbinders Flowers and Leaves Embossing Folder.

The Tag

I used one of the dies from the Forever in our Memory Vignette Etched Dies from Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Collection by Becca Feeken to create this tag. I just had to punch a hole on the top with a hole punch.

You can see how I stamped one of the sentiments with Ranger Archival Ink in jet black on the tag. If you are thinking how I made the gold borders, they are cut using the die from Arched A2 & Slimline Card Creator – Small Die of the Month.

The Flowers

The main beauty of this card are the dimensional flowers that I created using the dotted pink pattern paper. This is Button and Daisy Chrysanthemum Etched Dies from Susan’s Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn.

If you would like to see other cards made using these dies, click here.

This was my final card for today. I hope this inspires you.



Here is the link to all the products released this month in this collection:

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Clean and Simple Card

Love creating Clean and Simple cards? Have you participated in the flower challenge yet? If not here’s a reminder. Feel free to create and share your projects at The Flower Challenge. This month’s theme is Clean and Simple.

Hello everyone!

Here is my project for the reminder post today.

Slowly but surely I am perfecting my CAS technique or let’s say CAS challenge. Clean and simple but with a pop of red on black and white is my project today.

Clean and Simple sending hugs and kisses card for The Flower Challenge

I used this beautiful layering stamp set from Ton Stamps. This one is a huge stamp set which has so many beautiful sentiments that covers most of the occasions. It is called Peony Memories.

Clean and Simple sending hugs and kisses card

On a panel of Neenah card-stock I stamped the layers of the flower with Altenew Inks. Diecut the flowers with the coordinating die set.

Clean and Simple sending hugs and kisses card

The black and white stripe across the middle is just a pattern paper strip. I popped up the layer of stitched rectangle cut in half showing the black and white stripe in the middle.

Clean and Simple sending hugs and kisses card

Then I popped up the flowers and leaves on one side of the opening. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on black strip of card-stock. The fonts of these sentiments are one of my favorite and I have used them so many times in my projects.

If this inspires you to create some CAS projects please go ahead and post at The Flower Challenge.



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