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Dies R Us Challenge #1

Hello my dear friends. I'm excited to let you know that Dies R Us challenges begin today! Now there will be a new place for crafters to showcase their talent and share their projects! Great news is I'm part of the Dies R Us challenge blog DT, so on the 1st of each month you'll have the chance to check out one of my designs there, featuring dies you can find at the Dies R Us store

I have to thank everyone who's part of Dies R Us, from Dani (owner) to Darlene (DT coordinator) and all the ladies in the design team (A and B), for their warm welcome, kindness and support. You should know that this DT is amazing, and everyone in it has a gorgeous style of their own. You will travel worldwide visiting each of our blogs, since this team is international! 

Our very first challenge is: 
Anything Goes
One lucky winner will receive 
a $10 gift certificate to Dies R Us!
The main rule is you have to use dies on your design. The participating project can be anything from a card to a scrapbook page, an altered project and more. A winner and three favorites will be announced on May 13th. All will receive a Dies R Us badge to showcase on their blogs!

Today I have a card and a brief photo-tutorial to share with you. I wanted to create a Mother's Day card using dies in an altered way. Here it is:

Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Parisian Motifs 

Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Parisian Accents 
Spellbinders - Nestabilities - A2 Filigree *Shery K. Designs paper - Downtown
Flourishes stamps - Spring Bouquet
Ranger Embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Glam Gold
Zap! heat tool
Merletto crystals
Bazic two sided tape and foam tape
Other generic materials
Papyrus cardstock in Peach
Textured cardstock in Aquamarine
Eggshell cardstock in white
1" saten ribbon in peach

* Please notice that the dies I used are listed and linked to Dies R Us, so just click to visit the store and purchase them if you like. If a die is unavailable you can click on 'add me to the wait list' and they will contact you once it's back in stock.

As you can see the dies were folded and overlapped to create a 3D medallion. Below I'll show you how the original dies look like and how to modify them:

1. Die cut and emboss two of the medallions from the Parisian Motifs set and cut it in half. 
2. Score each half's outer quarters. And then score each quarter's half.
3. Once you fold it as shown you will have 4 fan shaped elements. Attach them together to form the final medallion. I used a square piece of two sided tape to put them in place.
4. For the center of the medallion die cut and emboss two round labels from the Parisian Accents set and attach them one over the other as shown. 
To put the card together I started off by die cutting the A2 filigree from patterned paper for the background. Before attaching it I wrapped a piece of ribbon vertically to it. And though it seems like I wrapped ribbon horizontally too, those are actually the bow's tails. If you'd like to see how I made this bow, click here for a brief video tutorial. I heat embossed a sentiment in gold and finished my design with some crystals.

I hope you can join our challenge. Feel free to invite some friends to play along too! Just visit Dies R Us Challenge Blog and link your project.

For more inspiration please visit my teammates' blogs:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time.

This card is participating in

Anything Goes 
Simon Wednesday Challenge

Cuttin and Stampin

Craft-Dee Bowz

Stampin Royalty


  1. Such a lovely card! I really like the way you used the folded die-cut!

  2. Gorgeous card with lovely design and color! Wonderful tutorial explaining the folded die cut...well done!

    1. Thanks so much Maria! I'm glad you liked the tutorial!

  3. Fantastic Gracie ... what a beautiful creation and thanks so much for sharing these tips! We are so thrilled to have you as part of the Dies R Us family! Great job! Have a wonderful day!
    HUGS from OHIO, USA

  4. Such a creative use of these dies. I didn't realize the top one was really two. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and the inspiration. Beautiful colors and I do LOVE that bow! :)

    1. Thanks Jen! I linked the video tutorial just for you!

  5. Absolutely stunning, Gracie! I LOVE how you've used the dies and layered them so beautifully to make this a gorgeous card that really showcases the wonderful sentiment for your mom! Hugs, sweet friend!

    1. Thanks so much dear Cheryl! This is one technique I came up with years ago, and I continue to enjoy working it. And I just linked this card to the current ODBD challenge!

  6. Gorgeous card and lovely design!! Your work is amazing!!

  7. How absolutely gorgeous Gracie! I love the use of the dies & I love your bow! The colors are so Spring! Perfect for Mother's Day! :)The Gold Embossing just tops it all off elegantly! :) Totally PERFECT! :)

  8. Gracie, it's very very elegant card, you've made it really cleverly (using the dies) :-) Hugs! Barbara

  9. Very beautiful...and LOVE the pretty colors!!

  10. So pretty! Love the big bow. The design and colors are fabulous. Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog! :)

  11. Your card is so pretty Gracielle!! I so love all the texture, layers and colors with the embossing. So springy!! Thanks for joining the ODBD challenge this week.

  12. Gracie,
    What an elegant card, and great job on the tutorial. Love all the detailing you did, just gorgeous.

  13. Lovely card. I really like the design and especially like the tutorial. Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month. Join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara

  14. Great card. I love how you used two and three of the same cuts to create your design. Thanks for playing along with us at Cuttin' and Stampin' this week.

    Tammy S.

  15. Great Card Gracie, I love your color choices! Thanks for sharing!


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