Saturday, February 21, 2009

FCD presents die-normous fun!

Welcome to the FireCracker Designs by Pamela February Blog Hop!

If you came here from Happy Hour over at Marie's - WELCOME!!!!!

If you are just stopping by my blog today you really ought to go to Pamela's first and then continue on the hop from there...don't worry I'll be here when you get back! LOL
Most of the time there is a little goodie after a hop so you really want to start at the beginning and follow through to the end so you don't miss out!

Ready to get on with the post? I am :)

So what do you do with something like this?

Well silly it is called a die cut and you stamp on it!

Now here is a really cool piece of information for those who are scissor challenged or
have a bit of handicap that makes cutting fine details hard...
WoOt wOoT!
Yeah I am one who has some hand difficulties and cutting can be quite a challenge at times so this is so awesome that Pamela offers die cuts for many of her sets which allows me to layer things up and not have to cause myself undue pain in the process!

I am not going to go over all the deets about how to stamp them as Pamela already has a really awesome tutorial showing how to do that ...just click {here}
Don't forget to come back and finish the hop though {VBG}


Now that you are back check out what I did with my fish die cuts from the
Something Fishy set.

Pretty amazing what a little color can do to a white piece of paper isn't it! LOL

So now I have these pretty stamped fish that I rubbed some pearl ex on to make them shimmer a little. Now what? Well you can use them on any project really but I choose to make a card with one of them. I cuttlebugged (yes I do think Webster's needs to add that to the ole Dictionary!) a bubbly background and ran a little blue ink over it just enough to highlight some of the bubbles. I then matted this onto some green textured card stock. Then I adhered some of the plant pieces (which are also die cuts!) to the bottom of the bubbly layer and also added a little hardware to frame the word Shine. Since I choose to use this word I stamped and cut out the light from the Something Fishy set and added it to my already stamped die cut fish.. I placed him with his tail amongst the plant life and his light "shining" out front. After I had the whole top assembled I mounted it onto a white card base. (this hides the hardware poking through!)

Here is what I ended up with! A fun little card and I can add whatever message I want to the inside although I am thinking of a birthday greeting for a little boy and adding that I hope he shines all day on his special day!

So what do you think? Die cuts are pretty awesome aren't they! I challenge you to give them a try and share your results with us all too! Now I imagine you are all ready to swim on to the next portion of the hop so off I send you to

Julie's . . . Mahalo

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Anonymous said...

Oh WOW Karyn!!! This is so stunning!! Really LOVE your texture BG and the colors of you fish!! SO CUTE!!!

Nancy said...

Gorgeous!! I love the lead in, too!!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Wonderful, Karyn! Love the fish and you made it look so good.

pinky said...

So clever, love the card.

Ursula said...

Awwww, how charming!! I adore how it all came together; the colors are so happy, and the BG texture is just perfect! Fabulous, Karyn!!

Anonymous said...

This is adorable..I just love it! Makes me want the die cuts for this one! Great Job

FireCracker082 said...

great job Karyn!! love the explanations and details you gave too! LOVE that bg texture, just perfect for this card, and really dig the way you layered it all together, and you showed how well this works for a boy card!! Just don't see enough of that!! grin...good stuff!

Stef H said...

WOW! This is good. Why hasn't anyone thought of this before???? But I'm sure glad Pamela did!!!

Heather said...

This is super! Love the colorful fish. Great job!

christina d said...

Here I am Karyn! I love your fishies and what a wonderful card for a boy. There's alot of possibilities here.

Lyn S said...

Cute card! All those layers and textures look fabulous!

scrappinkaren said...

Love the way you put it together. Good Job

Marie said...

OOo! I want this set too! I love your ink choice. Great job putting it together!

Cheryl said...

Too cute~! Love what you did with the fish.

Creatively Lisa said...

Sweet card. Your fish are great. What a nice job you did.

Swedie said...

The fish are cute!


Libby Hickson said...

Ooh I love it Karyn! The fish looks wonderful stamped in multicolor ink like that!!!

StampinCathy said...

Cute card and love how you did the fish. Lovin all this eye candy.

Diane said...

Beautiful...what fun!!!

Lori said...

Karyn, I just love your card and the way you gave us a short tutorial! So pretty! Thank you! Hugs Lori R.

Unknown said...

Really cute card! How nice not to have to cut these out. Thanks for sharing.

Bonnie in SC said...

Thanks for sharing. The goldfish are darling. Good job.

JP Card Crazy said...

How the way you stamped the fish and used the cuttlebug background!!

mimihughes said...

love, love the fish!!

Kim said...

Super cute! I own this stamp set and love it! Great idea for a card.

~Kim D
kimd412 at aol dot com

Janice said...

Very cute and your coloring is awesome.

Lulu said...

LOVE this set and the fact that they're cut and ready to go is so brilliant!! Great card Karyn!