Friday, 16 September 2016

Special Release Blog Hop Day 3

Hello Crafty Friends!

Welcome to DAY 3 of the CUTplorations Christmas Release Blog Hop & Linky Party over at STAMPlorations. Today my teamies and I are showcasing 15 Holiday Themed Word & Phrase Dies, 1 Dual Stitched Edge/Border Die and 1 ATC & Gift Card Envelope Die from their CUTplorations Range. Get ready for some real eye candy!

I am showcasing six of the dies mentioned starting off with the ATC & Gift Card Envelope Die ...


I made some gift cards with matching envelopes ...

  • cut the envelope from pretty paper and assemble
  • create a label to sit just inside the beautifully stitched frame and decorate using stamps from the Gone Postal and Large Snowman (stamp lab stamp) sets 
  • create a matching gift card using the above stamps plus the snowflakes from the Christmas Block set

These cards and envelopes are perfect for gifting notes, earrings .... too.

Next up is a card using the 'Warm Winter Wishes' Phrase Die ...


This card is Cased from our CASEplorations Challenge featured card by Ksenija. Details of the challenge can be found here. 

Next up is a card mainly featuring the 'Merry Christmas' Phrase Die ...


Next up is my card featuring the Word Die 'Wonderful' ...


Next up is my card featuring the Word Die 'Magical'... 


  • on a brusho background stencil the bubble tree from the Christmas Trees ARTplorations Stencil in matching ink
  • add shimmer to the bubbles by first applying gold eyeliner and then a coat of glossy accents. It really brings out the shimmer when catching the light
  • die-cut the word 'Magical' and attach to your card
  • stamp the rest of the sentiment using stamps from the Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year
  • stamp the large star from the Christmas Reindeer set and finish off with sequins, pearls or gems, should you wish to 
I tried capturing the glimmer in the photograph below, hope you can see what I mean.

Please note: There will be a Mixed Media tutorial on the STAMPlorations Blog here from 12 noon Pacific (8pm BST) later today featuring the 'Magical' Word Die with some added magic.

Last, but not least is my card featuring the 'Peace On Earth' Phrase Die ...


  • stamp the Christmas Candles in Archival ink and watercolour adding some splatters too
  • die-cut 'Peace On Earth' from your panel and once more in red
  • layer on red base card and inlay the red diecut as you go along
  • finish off by adding some glitter glue and sequins

It's over to you now ,,, All you have to do is ... leave a comment on my blog, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to leave a comment there and to find the links to all the other participating blogs, then pop over to leave some love there too. You might even want to join in with the linky party. Commenting closes 20th September, and the winners will be announced 22nd September. All the info will be here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

  • THREE (3) commenters randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMP blog and designers' blogs (Days 1 to 3 posts) wins a $10 gift certificate to the shop
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from the flash diecut linky party wins her choice of any 3 holiday-themed word dies
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from the flash diecut linky party wins her choice of stamp set & coordinating dies (Christmas Reindeer or Warm Hands, Warm Hearts)

Flash Die-cut Linky Party:

The flash diecut linky party starts September 14 and ends on September 20.  Anyone can link up to 3 new projects featuring diecuts (any brand).

Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here.

That's it from me for now. I shall be back later with another project to share ... oops, I almost forgot ...STAMPlorations have an offer on  .... just for their blog followers and CUTplorations Christmas release week blog hop participants, from September 14 to 21:
  • All orders of at least $20 ship free worldwide. Use code: CHRISTMAS. 
  • Both stamp sets are 10% off and all dies in the CUTplorations Christmas release are 5% off -- discounts are automatically applied (no coupon needed)
Make sure you hit that 'follow' button on the STAMPlorations Blog before shopping!!!

Have a lovely day!
Monika xxx

links to previous days: DAY 1DAY 2

here is what I used apart from today's new release products:
STAMPlorations Stamps:
Christmas ReindeerGone PostalVIGNETTE Christmas BlockSketchy Coffee Cups
preview-TBK-ChristmasReindeer preview-SheryRuss_GonePostal copy stmp1073.jpeg SRD-SketchyCoffeeCups-preview
Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New YearHoliday Sketches: Christmas Candles
stmp1074.jpeg stmp1071.jpeg
CUTplorations Thin Metal Dies:
Luggage Tags Nesting DiesCrazy Double Running Stitch Rectangular Nesting Dies
preview-stamplorations-luggagetags preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle
ARTplorations Stencils:
Christmas Trees ARTplorations Stencil


  1. Awesome collection of cards. Love the gift card envelopes. LOVE your bubble tree (I have that stencil!) and "Peace" is my favorite word so the "Peace on Earth" is a must have for me.

  2. Love the gift card envelopes! Awesome cards featuring these new holiday word dies! Trying to decide which die is my favorite! I really love Warn Winter Wishes!

  3. You are definitely ready for Christmas...with your cards, anyway. You are going to have many delighted recipients when they get these beauties. Such lovely and brilliant designs.

  4. Wowza! What fun cards and I love the envelope with the matching card. What a perfect way to include like you said jewlery or some other little gifts. These little envelopes would work great to hold little goodies for the countdown to Christmas!

    1. Great idea, Jerrie! They would work well for an Advent Calendar too. XXX

    2. Wow - what a wonderful selection, the dies are fantastic

  5. The technique you used to ciut out die and put it back in the brusho background is so cool.

  6. So many different styles!!! Loved them all.

  7. Wow! So many brilliant makes! Love how the stencilled tree shines, it looks liquid...

  8. Love your projects. These dies are amazing and will create such a festive selection of cards this Christmas. Thanks for the chance of winning some of these awesome dies:)

  9. stunning cards! I am in love with word dies these days! You cards are beautiful!


  10. Fabulous cards. I really love that snow man. He is going on my wish list Thanks for the inspiration

  11. Awesome work on
    all you cards and
    tags, all so pretty.
    Carla from Utah

  12. Love how you showcased the atc envelope. So cute. Hugz

  13. Lots of lovely cards. I like them all.
    Valerija xx

  14. wow, stunning creations with stunning dies!

  15. Monika, scrolling through your cards today was sheer delight, each one bringing a bigger, brighter smile to my face. The gift cards with the matching envelopes are the highlight for me! I agree with the comment above: this die would be marvelous for an Advent calendar! Amazing showcases...looks like I'll be making yet another order to STAMPlorations!

  16. Fabulous - I just love your snowman gift cards!

  17. WOW - FABULOUS cards Monika!!!
    SO MUCH to LOVE, especially your MAGICAL card with the bubble tree and your DELIGHTFUL gift card holders with their matching envelopes!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

  18. I love that snowman.
    He is my idea of a fat, jolly bundle
    of fun (and cold).
    Great cards.
    thanks for sharing.

  19. Everything is awesome! I am loving these new dies and you have showcased them beautifully! xxx

  20. This sentiment and how you used them is just out of this world. Perfect.


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