Friday, 10 May 2013

Clean and simple...

Good aftermorning, Bloggers! (It is morning as I start typing this, but will probably be afternoon by the time I finish and post it!)  What a difference in the weather this last couple of days...we've gone from 23 degrees and wall to wall sunshine, to 12 degrees (if we're lucky!), torrential rain and gale force winds!  Oh, the fickle British weather, never ceases to surprise you!?!
Anyhow, I'm here today to share a couple of CAS cards that I have made using my new Memory Box Precious Hearts, Stars and Corner Bow dies.  I absolutely ADORE these dies and decided to have a go at cutting something different with them...cue big man's latest empty trainer box!  I was pleasantly surprised at how well the dies cut through the box grade cardboard, which it did without a fuss - I just passed the plates back and forth a few times and the results look almost like chipboard.  Since getting these dies, I have wanted to hang the hearts/stars from the bow in some way, so this is what I came up with...

...I just love the result!  It was a little fiddly to glue the swirls on, but a fine tipped applicator and a little patience paid off!...
...I paper pieced the hearts by drawing around the aperture in the die and cutting from small patterned papers.  Some little pearls finished where the hearts join the flourish, and there you have it!  I loved it so much that I went on to make another version using the Precious Stars...
...Just as pretty!  You can see better in this pic just how thick the card was that I used.  I paper pieced the stars with a blue plaid and polka dot and added diamantes to this one...
...I added an insert with a printed verse inside both of the cards and the sentiments on the front were printed using Palace Script font.  It's great when an idea works and I think I'll defintiely be cutting up more cardboard in future - that'll save the recycling bin!  Hope you like my little creations and take inspiration to look at your dies a bit differently!  Thanks for dropping by and I'll see you soon, hugs, Lisa x
I'd like to enter my cards into the following challenges :
Challenge #166 CAS
Anything Goes
You Can Say that Again
Anything Goes
Your Favourite...Die or Punch
(My favourite dies of the moment are definitely my newest Precious Hearts and Stars dies!  I keep just cutting them out of scraps and looking at them, they are so pretty!  Plus, they are so versatile too - they can be just a small embellishment on a card, or like here be the main focal point...I LOVE them!)

15 comments:

Ali said...

They are gorgeous!!! Ihave the hears (as you know :-) ) and the swirls die hmmm may need to have a little go - oh dear the star ones are gorgeous too.... (can I ask what paper do you use for your inserts?) I dont normally bother with the inside of my cars but thinking maybe I should??

Janette said...

Hi Ella, Love your CAS cards, both are gorgeous.
Thanks for joining us at CraftyCatz this week.x

Jane said...

Ooowwwhhh Lisa you clever girl, these look just brilliant. The hearts and stars are so addictive aren't they and work so well on any card. These 2 cards are very clever indeed and I see you are also using my other fave Memory Box box die too...excellent choice. Have a lovely weekend, we have sunshine here at the moment so I will blow some your way x

Candy C said...

Lisa..your cards are so pretty. I love the clean and simple lines of these. Those Memory Box hearts and stars are so so lovely. I really like how you've utilized them to create such a sweet design for your cards. Love the little pearls, too. Thank so much for the sweet comment you also left on my blog. <3 Candy

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! Stunning cards Lisa. I really love how you have used those dies. I have used the corner bow with the hearts hanging down as embellishments but never thought to make them the focal point, they look wonderful!
I hope you have a good weekend

mixamatoasties said...

These are fabulous! I love them.

Thank you for sharing at Totally Papercrafts this week.

Susan

coops said...

both so stunning lisa.i love the hearts and stars and the cas designs are really effective :D

xx coops xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

Two really stunning CAS cards. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Totally Papercrafts.

Hugs
Cathy DT
xxxxxx

Samantha said...

I totally adore both cards, so very inspiring I will have to give them a try!
I Love all your dies you chose to use and can see why they are your new favourites
Thanks for joining in with our first challenge at As You Like It,
hugs Samantha :0)

Mad Moose said...

Love it! simplicity at its finest! Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

Katina said...

WOW!!! I love these Lisa, they're GORGEOUS!!
xx

Annette said...

I have these precious hearts and stars too and I love them. They're just so pretty and easy to use. I love how you've used them here though. It's a fab card.
Thank you so much for joining in with our first challenge.
Annette
My blog : Netty's Cards
Proud to design for As You Like It Challenge.
xx

Kelly Neis said...

Oh I love what you did with the die cuts!! Fabulous cards, I need to give it a try too. Love them both. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design.
Hugs Kelly DT

Stephanie Eaken said...

FAbulous cards! Love the die cuts. You rocked them both!!! Tahnks for joining us at SGC!

Shuly said...

oooh i LOVE those cards!!!! very elegant