Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy 4th of July Week

Hello crafty friends,

I'm looking forward to the upcoming 4th of July weekend.  My In-Laws throw a small party every year and I truly enjoy it.  I love chatting w/their friends.  Growing up my parents didn't do any entertaining, so I've always been in awe of the stories about my In-Law's parties.

I'm not sure which of the three patriotic cards I made I will be attaching to my In-Law's host/hostess gift, but I think any one of them would be very welcome.

Card #1 - I used the cute Beach Turtle Whispers die as my star player on this card.  I die cut it from watercolor paper and used Distress Ink to watercolor my element red and blue.  I added Glossy Accents over the turtles for some added interest.   The tag was also watercolored on watercolor paper. I printed the text on that's on the tag before cutting it into a tag.

Card #2 - I used the beautiful Dolphin Fun Whispers die on this card.  I die cut 3 red elements and 3 blue elements from pattern papers.  I started by positioning one of the red elements on the center of my card and arranging the others into a grid. I only needed 3 of each, because the parts I cut off on the right side were I used on the left side.

I stamped some stars on the white spaces (I'm can't seem to make cards w/white spaces) and added dots of Stickles.

Card #3 - I used the Cove Whispers die on this card.  This die is currently out of stock, but should be back in the stores soon.

This was probably the easiest card off all three to make.  It took minutes.  I started by printing a flag image to about the size of the die (3.5"x4") and die cutting the element from it.  I made a quick video of this.

I stamped some fireworks in white on the background, right on the blue grid pattern paper.

When I set out to make these cards, I challenge myself to make patriotic cards with each of these dies, because I feel that most dies can be made to fit most themes.  Of course, an Americana/Patriotic theme is a pretty easy one to achieve :)   Until next time

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hooray For the Red, White & Blue

Happy Monday!! Lisa here, and since we will be celebrating Independence Day in the USA on Saturday, I've created a couple of cards using the new Whispers Statue of Liberty die from the June release for the occasion :)

The Whispers Statue of Liberty is one of my all-time favorite dies (I seem to say that about all of the dies, but it's true!!) I remember the first time I saw the Statue of Liberty in person...I was ten years old on a family vacation. I was blown away!! She was so massive and beautiful and I was mesmerized :)

I cut the Statue of Liberty three times, once in red, white and blue. I only adhered the bases together so that the stars would look like fireworks shooting off the card. I added the stars that were cut from the die to one corner. The "4" is a Downhill Font die and "th" is A Little Mint Font die.  I cut the Statue of Liberty one more time in white and then added the stars to the bottom.

And another version of the Statue of Liberty on star paper. I covered her in Moonrise Glitter Tinsel from Sparkle and Sprinkle and oh my, the sparkle is amazing!! You can see it better here...

To see all of the awesome new dies from the June release, click HERE. And we would love to see your creations using Die-Versions products on our Facebook page HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

More Fun with Die-Versions!


I'm here today to share a fun card made with a Die-Versions new

I had to Google these flowers, to see what colors were prevelant,
and what I found were mostly pinks and yellows, with a few whites.
I decided to have some fun, and go with the yellow (which had pink
centers, on Google) and a very bright pink.

Here's what I created:

I think it will cheer up my Chemo buddy, don't you?
What gal doesn't like a bit of pink bling, now and then!

Hope you will become a follower of the Die-Versions blog,
and do a bit of shopping at the Die-Versions store - they have some wonderful new releases!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Message in a Bottle

Hello Die-Versions Fans,

Today I am here with a beachy card for those summer days at the shore!!

For this card I used the new Whispers Message in a Bottle die and I cut it out once with white paper and once with blue vellum paper.  I cut out the cork with some cork paper I have.  For the note in the bottle I used some linen color paper.  I also cut out two of the little crabs from the Whispers Beach Scene die using red paper. For the background of the card I took a piece of Distress Watercolor cardstock and colored it with my gelatos.  After placing the bottle and the crabs on the beach I took some MuddPuddles Malibu Beach and lightly put that on top of the gelato beach to give it some beach texture.  Then I took the sentiment  from one of my stamp sets and stamped it with black ink  on the tan paper and then inked the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress ink  and attached that to the watercolor paper.  Then I ran that thru my Zutter Distress It All and attached it to the kraft card stock base.  So now don't you want to go straight to the beach and hunt for your own Message in a Bottle?  I sure do!

Be sure to check the DV Blog often for more creative ideas on how to use your dies. And you can always share with us what you create with our dies on the DV Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Patriotic USA Card

Happy Tuesday!! Lisa here to share a project with you using one of the new dies from the June Release.

The new USA Whispers die is one of my all-time favorites and with the Fourth of July just around the corner, I couldn't wait to create a project with it. It is currently sold out but should be back in stock soon. I popped it up with foam tape for dimension and used patriotic papers from Bo Bunny.

The pull-out tag is a Stars Tag die. I used a Wee Petites Super Stars die for the center of the bow.

To see all of the awesome new dies from the June release, click HERE. And we would love to see your creations using Die-Versions products on our Facebook page HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Monday, June 22, 2015


notecard and envelope

Anne here and today I have a very colorful notecard and coordinating envelope to brighten your day. All of the dies are newly released from Die-Versions.

To start out, the Jumping Dolphins were used on the envelope and were watercolored using Distress Inks (Pumice Stone, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral, and Mustard Seed).

card front
The front of the card showcases the new Beach Turtles, which were colored with Copic markers and the shapes on the shells and the sentiment (created using the DV Frank font) were watercolored with Distress Inks (Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral, and Mustard Seed).

inside of notecard

inside, left panel
The same colors of Distress Ink were used for the inside  as well (Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral, and  Mustard Seed).  The Tiki was die cut from watercolor  paper and a black background was placed behind it.  The sentiment is the new Nautical font.

inside, right panel

Be sure to check back often to see what the rest of the DV team creates with all these new dies.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

#1 Dad

Hello crafty friends,

Today I have two Father's Day shaker cards using the #1 Dad Sweet Spots die.

The #1 Dad Sweet Spots die cuts a complete circle element, but it's super easy to keep the circle in place with a few small pieces of tape on the back.   I love this die as well as the #1 Mom Sweet Spots die and I reach for them every year around this time.

Here are some older projects with this die:

From us at Die-Versions Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tropical Flower

Hello everyone,
I am sharing my last card from this release and if you like all my cards please check Die-Versions Dies store and check if you want any. I am totally in love with this die and I am sure you will like it

Below is the stunning die I used.

Whispers - Tropical Flowers

Isn't it pretty :-)

Thanks so much for your visit today.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Princess in the boots with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends!
Today I am  going to share a new vintage style card made with themed  products and our new Die - Versions May released Vintage Boot die.

Whispers - Vintage Boot

I used Western themed paper and the sentiment that fits perfectly our Boot die cut.

 My lovely princess wears boot and not the glass slippers!
And this is totally perfect then and now.

Both boot and the background are made from patterned paper that fits the background of my card.
 I hope I have inspired you to create something fun today!  Please be sure to check back to the DV Blog often for more great ideas on how to use your dies!  And please share with us what you make on the DV Facebook Page.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Vintage Heart Locket

Hi everyone, Anne here and today I'm showcasing several Die-Versions dies on my tag.  The dies I used for this tag were: Vintage Heart LocketVintage KeysFrank font, and Wee Petites - Heart Doodles.

Deco Foil is such a hot trend right now and I wanted to join in on the fun.  There are lots of You Tube videos out there showing you how to use a laminating machine, how to use embossing powder, how to use Thermo-Web's specifically designed adhesive, and the list goes on and on.   Well, I didn't feel like fooling with my laminating machine and I didn't have the special adhesive, but.....I thought "Why won't it work with my SNS Tear-ific Tape?  It's super sticky and holds just about anything."  So I gave it a go and am so happy with the results.

I used my 2 1/2" double sided Tear-ific Tape and adhered one side to cardstock and die cut out my Vintage Locket, Heart Doodles and my letters.  Next, I peeled off the protective liner from the die cuts and placed the Deco Foil (non colored side) against the adhesive.  I burnished the foil into the adhesive with my fingertip and peeled off the remaining piece of Deco Foil.  I didn't have any bare spots or gaps or wrinkles.  Worked like a charm!  (Of course, after I did this and created my project, I saw yet another blog where that person thought the same thing I did and used the adhesive she had on hand.  Great minds.... :-).)

One of my favorite ways to add dimension to a die cut is to use fun foam.  What if you don't have any fun foam handy?  What do you do then?  Well, die cut 3 or 4 pieces of the shape you want and glue them together.  That's what I did today for the key.  I then covered the top layer with Versamark, sprinkled a heavy amount of Silver Lightning embossing powder on it, and heat setting it (after replacing the excess embossing powder back into my container.

I did use fun foam to add dimension to my KEY letters and adhered them to the fun foam after applying the Deco Foil.

For the background on my manilla tag, I started out by adding Distress Ink (Spun Sugar) to the entire thing.  Then I used my Falling Snow stencil and added Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks.  It left a soft background which made the red Deco Foil pop even more.   A couple layers of lace and ribbon finish off my vintage looking tag quite nicely.  The ribbon was white and I dyed it using the same colors of Distress Stains.

Be sure to come back often to see what the rest of the design team has created just for you!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Happy Bird-day!!

Hello Die-Versions Fans!!

Today I would like to share with you a card that I made with the new Whispers Tropical Flamingo die!  I am loving all these new and fun Tropical dies!

For this card I used a white card stock for the base and inked it with Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral Distress Ink.  Next I added the piece of ombre paper.  Then I cut out the Whispers Tropical Flamingo die twice, once with watercolor paper and once with green paper.  I used theTim Holtz Abandoned Coral Distress Ink to color the Flamingo and highlighted it with my white pen.  Then I fussy cut the leaves portion of the green cut, added some leaf lines and then attached that to the flaminga and then added that to the card.  I stamped the sentiment with black ink on a spare piece of the ombre paper, inked the edges with Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral Distress Ink and added that to the card. Oh and I colored the flamingo's eye black.  I hope you like my card!
Please be sure to stop by the DV Blog often to see all the wonderful projects the Design Team comes up with!  You share your creations with us on the DV Facebook page!  We love to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Manly card with Whispers Gears die

Hello Die-Versions fans!

Emmy here with a new card to share with you. I really like to use steampunk elements on my project and you can imagine my reaction when I saw Die-Versions May 2015 release - all the steampunk shapes and objects at one place! For this post I've prepared a manly card, where I used the Whispers Gears die as a finishing touch.

And here are some close ups:

I hope you enjoyed today's post! Come back tomorrow for more inspiration from our talented design team!

Emmy xxx

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Hi there,
Archana is here on the blog today, sharing another card using one of the very interesting die from Die-Versions Dies Tropical release.

Whispers - Tiki

Just amazing die to use on CAS cards.

Thanks so much for your visit.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Hello love card with Irit

 Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new post!
This time I made a card with gold- red and white Love colors and used one new stamp set from IBS and a few gorgeous Die Versions dies.

 I stamped with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with gold powder and decided not to color the image as this card has three colors already and doesn't need any more colors to be a fancy Love themed card.
There are a few dies used on this pretty flat and simple card.
I made the border with Torn Notebook edge Spiral; Sweet frames love frame was used as a frame for a stamped image inside; Heart Burst die was cut into two halves and arranged on the top and the bottom of the card  
I added some puffy stickers and even some bling and still it's a kind of a CAS card after all.

 I hope I have inspired you to create something fun today!  Please be sure to check back to the DV Blog often for more great ideas on how to use your dies!  And please share with us what you make on the DV Facebook Page.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fun with Die-Versions

Die-Versions has another great new release, and I had a great time
creating with one of the new dies.

for my card.

Here's what I created:

To begin, I die cut the lamp from a piece of patterned paper. I put some adhesive on the back side, die cut the lamp again in black, and inlaid the pieces into the opening on the patterned paper. I cut one more time, using some yellow patterned paper, and filled in the light itself. To finish, I stamped a sentiment, matted the layers together, and Voila!

Note that this lamp post is a great size for your A2 cards! Some that I've seen are pretty short, but this one would make such a nice backdrop for other dies or images. Can't wait to use it again!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hope you will become a follower of the Die-Versions blog,
and do a bit of shopping at the Die-Versions store - they have some wonderful new releases!

Thanks for stopping by!
Patti J.

Other supplies used:
Gina K. Designs Stamps (retired)
Heartfelt Creations Paper Pad
Patterned paper from my scrap pile
Tombow Permanent Adhesive Runner
Bazzill Black Card Stock
Perfect Paper Crafting Perfect Layers Rulers and Cutting Mat
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Perfect Paper Crafting orders!)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Anne here for today's blog post and I'm using the new Steampunk Hat  as the focal point of my card.

After die cutting it out of watercolor paper, I used several Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the image and just a little bit of water.  To tone it down some, I added white Wink of Stella on top.  The gears on the hat were inked using a VersaMarker, covered with Silver Bells embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle and heat set.  I also added a pearl string from Mon Ami Gabby.

The background was created using white cardstock, a Dreamweaver stencil (Gears) and embossing paste.  While the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled Blackened Bronze and Silver Detail embossing powders on it and then heat set it.  When you heat set embossing paste, it tends to make the paste bubble and that was exactly what I wanted.  It gave it a rough texture plus the Blackened Bronze gave it a rusted look to certain spots.  To add color to the white cardstock, several Distress Stains were applied.  I kept adding different colors until I was happy with the results.  And since most embossing pastes act as a resist, the Distress Stains didn't change the color of my gears.

Some floral paper, lace and a rosette (plus a couple more layers :-) ) add my finishing touches.  Be sure to visit often to see what the rest of the crew has created for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, June 8, 2015


Happy Monday!! Lisa here to share a project with you using one of the new dies from the May Release.

These are in honor of all the ladies who love to ride motorcycles :) I started off with the Whispers Floral Background die for the base of the cards. The Whispers Vintage Motorcycle was cut twice, once in black for a shadow, and popped up with foam tape for dimension.

These cards can be used for any occasion, so I just used a Sweet Wordlet Happy die for the sentiment. A Wee Petite Button die was used on the ribbon.

To see all of the awesome new dies from the May release, click HERE. And we would love to see your creations using Die-Versions products on our Facebook page HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Book cover tutorial with Die Versions dies

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my " take an ugly notebook and make it pretty journal"  post.
And I finally used my new Die Versions lovely Vintage Bicycle die from the new May release. 

This time I took this Oral B notebook (that's what you get for being a dentist) and totally recycled it to a pretty travel journal.
This is how it looked before. 

First I painted it with Tattered Angels Decor and DIY Jade color paint. This is a perfect paint to cover this paper cover with just one single layer and no primer at all!

Then I gathered and trimmed some lovely papers to make the colorful red/Kraft/beige cover piece.
I used Cherry Lynn Designs card makers dies to make 2 dotted red pieces, one Kraft script piece and one Vintage America map piece.
Then a smaller pieces from Vintage America 8*8'' pad were cut  and punched with Binding edge punch. I cut one single Post card from the same set and a few USA images from Ephemera set and paper cuts.

The trimmed papers were arranged to a " like layered card" piece.

Now it is a FUN time! Stamping it is!
I used this adorable 7 Gypsies stamp set that was just a perfect fit for the theme.
Most of stamping was made over the Post Card piece and I stamped the Hot air balloon over the patterned paper and hand cut it to glue over the piece.

 And now the finished project:
I just added a piece of natural twine under and over the arranged cover piece and glued it over the painted cover.
I added a die cut Vintage Bicycle  (double cut from cardstock) and those USA 2015 title on the corner.
More red twine and colorful staples and this cover is all done.
 It's pretty flat after all as it's not for a display, but for a real use. So I decided that those layers are  all I need to finish this travel journal.

I hope I have inspired you to create something fun today!  Please be sure to check back to the DV Blog often for more great ideas on how to use your dies!  And please share with us what you make on the DV Facebook Page.