Sunday, August 31, 2014


Every BDAY party needs one of these guys...

Die Cuttting & Baking


I did some baking this weekend.  I made some cookies and a large pan of brownie cake for my son Peter's 14th bday party on Saturday.   And guess what, when it came time to decorate the brownie cake, I went into my craft room and pulled out one of my favorite birthday die.  The Solo Sentiments - Happy Birthday die.

Before I show you how I added die cuts to the brownie cake, let me back up and give you a little back story.  While in the baking section, looking for candles and inspiration that were "boy like" and "teenage like", I found sugar sheets like this one in a couple of colors.   I was excited and right away I was thinking of my favorite big bold birthday die, so I picked up the gold one and walked out of the store a happy Mom :)

I cut the sugar sheet in half, so I was working w/two 6"x8.5" pieces, which gave me 4 Happy Birthday die cuts.
I instructions said to remove the sugar paper from the plastic backing, but I ended up not doing this.  I kept the sugar sheet on it's plastic backing when I cut the sheet in half and when I made my die cuts.  The plastic backing did not die cut.
Noticed how the sugar paper die cut stayed within the die. Trust me it wasn't stuck.  It was super easy to lifted a corner and pulled the die cut out.

I was able to die cut four, which I placed (at Pete's request) on each corner.

LOVE how it turned out.  I'm so going to do this again.  I'm picturing a two maybe three layer cake with white frosting and these same die cuts in different colors all the way around the cake :)

Now, it's out of the kitchen and back into my craft room to scrapbook some of the bday party photos! Until next time... take care.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Die-Versions/Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop

Welcome to the Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop!

The joint blog hop with Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle begins today (7am EST) and goes until Aug 17th (5pm EST), so there will be plenty of time to check out all the great projects created by both teams. The theme is Christmas, so you'll get lots of great inspiration for your upcoming Holiday cards.

Die-Versions manufactures low profile dies made right here in the United States and Sparkle N Sprinkle manufactures rubber stamps, glitters, embossing powders, and flocking, also made in the US. This is like a match made in heaven - low profile dies combined with lots of bling! Doesn't get much better than that.

One winner will receive a Grand Prize consisting of a $50 gift certificate from Die-Versions and a $50 gift certificate from Sparkle N Sprinkle, for a total of $100. The winner will be announced on Aug 17th on both the DV Blog and the SNS Blog as well as their Facebook pages.

In order to be eligible for the Grand Prize, please:
• Leave a comment on each Designer's blog
• Follow both companies on Facebook (DV Facebook page; SNS Facebook page) if you haven't already so you can keep up to date on all the latest goings on. (I'm sure that all of the Designers would love for you to follow them too, but that isn't a requirement to win this prize.)

You should have arrived here from Eret's blog. If not, then you should begin at the Die-Versions Blog and end at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog. If you get lost along the way, you can go to either the DV Blog or the SNS Blog to see the complete list of participants.

We'd love it if you'd like to leave a comment at either the DV Blog or the SNS Blog telling us which projects were your favorites. :-)

Now that we got all the official rules out of the way, lets have some fun :)

As you probably know by now, the Die-Versions Designers received the same set of supplies from Sparkle N Sprinkle. Here's a photo ...

Using the Die-Versions Whispers - Seasons Greeting Script die, Sparkle N Sprinkle Pine Forest Stamp and Cloud Nine white glitter I created this card.

I started by stamping the pine trees twice, side-by-side on a piece of white smooth card stock.  I fussy cut around the tops of the pine trees and colored the white trim with a copic maker. Next I added glue and the Cloud Nine white glitter everywhere I wanted "snow".  I set this aside to dry.

I took a plain white card base (5"x6.5") and covered the front with a piece of blue "snowy" pattern paper from the Polka Dot Party paper pad by American Crafts. Next I die cut the Whispers - Seasons Greeting Script die from sliver glitter paper.

Once I had all my components, I adhered my stamped pine tree element at the bottom of the card and trimmed the access.  Finally, I adhered the season's greeting die cute and my card was done.

I wanted to show the versatility of the Pine Forest Stamp, so I created this other quick card, this time using the pine tree as bushes on either side of my winter cabin door :)

We hope you enjoy this blog hop and it gives you lots of inspiration!  Don't forget to leave each of us a comment and follow both Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle on Facebook.  Your next stop on the blog hop is Irit.