Here again with one last entry into Jo's Christmas Kickstart Challenge with the theme of Delectable Die-cuts. (There are still a few days left. I hope you will join us!) This card is made with some lovely diecuts that my crafty pal, Karen Ladd, sent me a couple of Christmases ago.
I knew I had these die-cuts around somewhere, but could never put my hands on them when I was looking for them. I always ran across them later and put them in a safe place where I would for sure remember them....... Hahaha!! You know what I am saying, right? I lost track of them over and over.
The stag would have been perfect for Jo's Moves on Hooves challenge, but of course I didn't find them until just the other day. I teamed the stag and tree up with a tag (from the hidden middle of a background panel) and used a background from my pile of layered and dry embossed backgrounds.
WARNING: This is the somewhat sanitized version of how I make these backgrounds. The version I deleted made me sound psychotic....which might be closer to the truth, but I don't think I want it on my blog!! Ha.
I make these backgrounds from those pesky scraps that fail to scurry safely into the dark corners of my craft room before I grab them and glue them onto cardstock. They tend to get a false sense of security because I ignore them for a long time. They proliferate and pile up and continue to reproduce. I benignly help them along by sorting them by color families so each clan has its own little haven. Then.....WHAM!!!.....out I come with my white craft glue and grab them by the handfuls and glue, glue, glue, glue. It is very satisfying to see a pretty background emerge from all these varied strips of paper that most sane crafters would just toss out. I usually dry emboss the panel and sometimes also heat emboss it. (See example of that HERE.) I love the arty collage effect.
Supplies used include:
Stag and Tree diecuts from Karen Ladd (maybe she will tell in the comments what brand they are!)
Darice - Dot Background embossing folder (for tag)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (tag and background panel)
Darice - Damask embossing folder (for background)
Yarn from my stash
Vinyl Sentiment Sticker (from Gloria Stengel....a LONG time ago. THANKS!!!)
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock
Various scraps for the background
Hope you like my card. I was so glad to find these fun diecuts to use. (You will be glad to know that I finally have them in a safe place so I will know where to find them next time!! Ha.) Thanks so much for stopping by.
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #7 - Delectable Die-Cuts
2. Double Trouble Challenge #25 - Wood + Woodland Creature + Cupcake Inspiration Challenge (I did all three...YAY!!)
3. Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday April Challenge - Wings, Tails &/or Spring Blossoms
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Animal Antics
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #380-381 - Anything Goes
6. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #181 - AG Christmas
7. Unstampabelles Challenge #88 - Krazy for Kritters
8. Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #467 - Woodland Creatures