Wednesday, June 01, 2016

~LadyBug Happy Mail + a Giveaway~

Hello Scrapping Cottage friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit today. It's Mary Marsh here bringing you the Wednesday edition of the Blog. Make sure you read all the way to the end of the post for some giveaway information.
Today for your viewing pleasure, I am featuring a couple of new dies set from the May release. I have used the "Hello Spring" and the "Garden Friends" dies.  The "hello spring" has 7 other dies besides the Hello word and the "garden friends" has a butterfly, bee and the ladybug in a circle die. Both sets are super cute dies and can be easily used on your project.
I wanted to create a card of encouragement for my BFF who is battling breast cancer. Email and phone calls are good but everyone likes to get some happy mail. So let's get started with how I put this card together.
This week I again started with my layout. I came across this sketch on Splitcoaststampers last week. As soon as I saw it, I thought of the garden friends dies and knew I would use it for my card this week.
My goal on the Wednesday post is to show you how simple it can be to create a card. By either using a sketch, a color combo or both.
Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Black Layer: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Striped Patterned paper: 3 5/8"  x 4 7/8"
This is the layout I used. I changed it up just a bit but the basic sketch is there. A sketch is a starting point and you can always make changes to accommodate your image or available dies. The numbers on this sketch indicate your card layers.
I used my red card base for layer #2 and the striped patterned paper for layers #3 & #4. See what I mean about changing it to suit what you are doing on your card?
 For the large circle #5 on the sketch, I used the CottageCutz stitched circle die and the Basic Circle die. My greeting is stamped on this layer. For the smaller circles on this layer, I used the Hello Spring die and cut the flower images as well as the hello word. The hello word I cut 3x for dimension and glued together with multi-matte medium from Ranger.
 They were just the perfect size for my card. Its a 3 piece die- the scallop layer, the flower and then the center. I sponged red ink on the scallop to darken it up just a bit. There is a slight contrast in colors. And, for the center I used black cardstock.
For the circle #6 on the sketch I used the "garden friends" die and just cut out the ladybug. I cut it out twice. Once in red and then again in black. I used the die inlay technique with the black pieces filling in the red. It makes it stand out on your card nicely.
That's my card for this week.  Thanks for sticking with me to the end.
 Here is the giveaway info I mentioned at the beginning of the post. How would you like to win all the cardstock pieces to re-create the card I have shown today?  All you will need is some glue and your own stamp for the sentiment. I cut out an extra set of everything I used today and would like to give it away.
 Leave me a comment on your ideas for using the "Garden Friends" stamp set besides what I have shown you today. I will select one lucky comment and get it out to you in the mail. You will have until Saturday to submit your ideas.
So until next time.........inky hugs!!!


Karen in PA said...

What a fun giveaway, Mary! When I see round dies, I always think of toppers for canning jars. Make some trail mix, put it in a canning jar, top with the darling ladybug topper die, and give it to someone going camping. :0)


cebelica said...

Oh, this is pretty! I love what you made!
I think this set would be also great for making (decorating) calendar pages for spring months. :)

Anita Kejriwal said...

Very nicely made

Tina Z. said...

wow, this is so cute, I love ladybugs and I have one ladybug die from CC :). I would love to make some tags with this set!

Aartje said...

Awesome card, great sketch for this new dies. Love your colorusr.
I think these new dies are geeat for CAS cards but they can also be a detail on a "normal" card.
Thanks for the chance.
Hugs Aartje

Valerija said...

This is amazing. I love ladybugs and butterflies. With this set I would like to make some invitations for my little daughter's Birthday.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Hugs, Valerija

Vladuška said...

Mary, I like color combo very much and great usage of all these dies.

Marjeta said...

Great dies. Very useful in summer project. And lady bug I can send to friend of mine, who is preparing to operation of hip. Just for wishing her luck.

ellyscard creatief said...

Great card and a nice way to use the bug die.
I will used the same way and make a card for my granddaughter, se loves animals.
Thanks for the chance.
Gr, Elly

Janja said...

Great color combination. I really like it.

Tracy said...

I thought of tags when I saw this set, so fun and cheery on a package!