Tuesday, 5 July 2016

CUTplorations Die Release Hop Day 3

... and overall Blog Hop DAY 7 ...

Hi All! It's PARTY TIME!!!!! STAMPlorations is turning 3 and they are celebrating BIG! It's Blog Hop Time!

..... and Shery is releasing a new product too ... CUTplorations thin metal dies ... this is day 3 of their release ...

First up is my DT contribution to DAY 7 of the blog hop. Today I was working with two of the CUTplorations word dies, hugs and smile ....

... in combination with CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, ARTplorations Stencils: Leaf Prints and Kathryn's Big Wishes stamp set.

The first card is super easy to make ... cut a Crazy Double Running Stitch rectangle, spritz with ink, cut out the word hugs, layer on a contrasting base card, attach a leaf using decoupage gel glue (it helps to keep the shape) and finish off with a couple of clear gems. You can see how I made the leaf in my short Easy Leaves video here.

For my second card, I stamped, masked and coloured to build up my image and stamped sentiment before cutting the word smile into it keeping all the elements even the little fill in bits one normally would discard as they were due to become part of my sentiment base layer. I also cut the word smile twice more from white card to build up my sentiment for a 3D effect. Have a close look ...

Now back to the blog hop ... as with every blog hop there will be prizes for commenting on participating blogs. You can find all the links for DAY 7 here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

The prizes for commenting are:

Prizes for commenting on the STAMPlorations blog and STAMPlorations designers blogs:
  • THREE (3) winners of $25 gift certificate
  • SEVEN (7) winners (1 per day) of $10 gift certificate
All prizes will be randomly drawn using Random.org

.... hold on, that's not all ... there is also a Linky Party you can join to help us celebrate

How does this work:

  • there is a mood board below for you to draw inspiraiton from
  • create your project (No back linking, projects must be new, but you can use any brand of product. We would be tickled pink if you were to use STAMPlorations products, but it is not necessary.)
  • display the mood board in your post
  • link to any of the 7 blog hop posts
  • the linky will be open until 5th July, it will close lateron  today
Here is the mood board, remember it needs to be displayed in your blog post to qualify ...

Here are the Linky Party prizes:
  • one winner of Kathryn's Big Wishes
  • one winner of three CUTplorations word dies, winner's choice
All winners will be drawn by Random.org.

This is me finished, one last look at my cards ....


I shall be back soon. Have a lovely day!

Monika xxx

link to DAY 1DAY 2DAY 3, DAY 4, DAY 5, DAY 6, DAY 7 of the Blog Hop

here is what I used:
CUTplorations thin metal dies Words: hugs and smileCrazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies
hugs-worddie smile-worddie preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle
ARTplorations Stencils: Leaf PrintsKathryn's Big Wishes
preview-web-stencil-001-leaves-large.jpeg preview-DAI-KathrynsBigWishes


  1. So beautifully done. Especially like the balloon card with the 'hidden' sentiment on it!

  2. That new smile die sentiment looks gorgeous on your card, fabulous layout x

  3. Love your style!!! These are two amazing cards with wonderful techniques used!!!

  4. LOVE that second card - your die-cut sentiment is to die for! The first card is pretty, too!

  5. Beautiful cards :) The 3d effect for the sentiment is appealing!

  6. Both are great cards but I absolutely love your hugs card. The way you have created sucha a clean card and the placement of the leaf rocks!

  7. LOVE the festive simplicity of the first card...I always love the look of the negatives of dies. And your second sweet card is so masterfully colored.

  8. Wonderful cards. They both are so well constructed and very appealing.

  9. wow, great idea and stunning cards!

  10. Love the inlaid technique you used on the secon card. Adding more layers to give a 3D effect totally changes the look

  11. The large letters
    look so cool on
    your cards. Great
    Carla from Utah

  12. Fab cards..love the way you have added the lollipop..

  13. Love the raised effect, and off to check out your leaf video

  14. Love your cards! The second one with the 'smile' word die is awesome.... love the way it carries into the design!

  15. These are both awesome! Love that Kat is standing on the lollipop!

  16. Awesome font and I especially love the smile card.

  17. I really love that technique you did on the 2nd card and want to try that - so neat.

  18. great cards. Love your use of the die with the balloon.

  19. Love your amazing cards. Grat job!

  20. Your cards are both gorgeous, but I love the precious Kathryn card! Your card design is wonderful, and I love the popped-up die-cut word!

  21. These are fab cards.

  22. Awesome! Love them both!

  23. The use of leaf on first card looks very interesting n loved the inlaid die-cutting on second one :)

  24. Two amazing showcases of these marvelous new word dies! Everyone needs some hugs and smiles in their collection...these two are heading straight to my shopping list!

  25. Your cards are AWESOME and the use of the dies looks so very cool on BOTH of these cards!! Fantastically done!!


Thanks so much for stopping by. Your comments are very much appreciated. Have a lovely day! Hugs XXX