AAA Cards Game #109 – Die Cuts Only

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Hi! I’m back with a fun Clean and Simple Card today for AAA Cards Game #109.

Special tips for competing (and being eligible to win) in this game:

  1. As always, we’re looking for Clean and Simple (CAS) cards, BUT for this game please feature die cuts as the main and focal point.
  2. For this specific challenge, we will make one exception for the addition of a stamped sentiment only, but not stamped images that have been die cut.
  3. As always and for all of our games our definition of  Clean and Simple means that white space should not be patterned, embossed or textured.

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Our guest designer for this challenge is Noga Shefer.

Here’s my card using the CUTplorations Lowercase Alphabet Plate Die and “Beautiful” Word Die.

To make this card I used 3 basic techniques:

  1. Paper piecing – putting pieces of paper together to create a larger image or a new background paper.
  2.  Die cutting – using thin metal dies to cut out shapes, words or even holes (negative die cutting).
  3. Dry embossing – using an embossing folding, or in this case the die cut word “beautiful”, and an embossing machine to leave an imprint on the card stock.

To make the rainbow part of the sentiment, I adhered narrow strips of card stock together to sticky label and then die cut the word “beautiful.” Please see the card below for a better idea of how I did this and also how I used the negative part of the die cut.

I die cut another “beautiful” and used that die cut to dry emboss the white panel two times. I die cut 2 more “beautifuls” and adhered them in a stack under the rainbow one. I also die cut the letters for the words “you” and “are” twice each and stacked and glued those together.

I left space in between the two embossed “beautifuls” for the die cut words to fit.

So, my sentiment actually says “beautiful you beautiful are beautiful.” 🙂

 I mounted the white panel on a dark gray, top-fold card.

I hope that you enjoyed visiting today. I am always happy to have visitors and to read your comments. I hope that you’ve been inspired to play along.

Be sure to stop by the AAA Cards challenge blog to enjoy Noga’s and my teammate’s lovely Clean and Simple Cards.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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You are beautiful – with rainbow & dragonfly

Hi! I’m here today with a quick “just for fun” post.

 

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Updated Tuesday, February 6: I am very happy to share that I had 2 cards chosen for HMs at CASology.  This card was Joyce’s choice for an honorable mention at CASology’s SWOON challenge.

Joyce said, “Melissa L’s card is so stunning, with its rainbow stripes and white die cuts.”

Thanks, Joyce!

AAA Cards Game #102 – Ink Blending

I’m very happy to be back with you for Game #102.

AAA Cards is a challenge blog for Clean and Simple (CAS) Cards.

Unless otherwise stated in the blog post for a particular challenge only players who submit CLEAN and SIMPLE cards will be eligible to be a winner.

Please include the following game image in your post to be eligible for this week’s prize.

Instagram users please use #aaacardchallenge.

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Here’s my card using an ink blended background, some stenciling, die cutting and an ombré sentiment.

I used 4 STAMPlorations products.

First, I used a CUTplorations For the Birds die and

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 a Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Die. preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-RectangleI ink blended red, orange and yellow on another die cut rectangular small piece of white card stock. Then I used the ARTplorations Plaid Maker stencil to blend green over the other colors.

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The wonderful, and hope inspiring, sentiment is from a coordinating stamp set, “For the Birds.”

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I hope that you are inspired to play along* and remember our rules if you’d like to play to win the prize for this challenge. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members’ blogs.

Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

See below for the coupon and more information.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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Some things to remember…. 

We are looking for Clean and Simple (CAS) cards. Look here or see the above graphic for AAA Cards definition of CAS.

We’d like you to mention and link to us within your post and include the game image. Instagram users please use #aaacardchallenge.

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Cherish. I need to cherish things that are truly precious, like my faith, for example. I am reminded of the following.

1 Peter 1:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

 

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{Mixed Media Tutorial} Melissa Makes a Sunflower Summer Inspired Calendar – Mixed Media Tutorial for August 11, 2017

Hi! I’m here to share another mixed media calendar with you today. I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create it.
Here’s the mini calendar page that I made.
Please head on over to STAMPlorations’ Blog to see more of the calendar page and  the process that I used to make it.

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I hope that you enjoy the tutorial and look forward to reading your comments over the STAMP blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
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P.S. Here’s a coupon code for you. There’s no expiration, as long as I’m a STAMPlorations Girl, this code will be valid.
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AAA Cards Game #95 – Rainbow

Hi! I’m happy to be here today with a post for AAA Cards Game #95 – Rainbow.

AAA Cards is a bi-weekly challenge blog for Clean and Simple (CAS) Cards. Unless otherwise stated in the blog post for a particular challenge only players who submit cards will be eligible to be a winner.

Our sponsor for this game:

We’ll pick a top winner and some runners-up.

It could be you!

Here’s my card using STAMPlorations Big Greetings and Trendy Birds 2 stamp sets.

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  I have a fun discount for you! Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

Use COUPON code

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and receive 20% OFF at STAMPlorations!

Simple stamping + coloring with Derwent Inktense pencils = a bright, rainbow birdie CAS card.

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I hope that you are inspired to play along with us. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members’ blogs.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Grace, Peace & Happy New Year,
Melissa

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