Saturday, July 16, 2016

July Leading Lady Diane Jaquay | Take Two

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Our July Leading Lady, Diane Jaquay, is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed learning more about Diane...CLICK HERE or her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.  Today see Diane's incredible creativity and ingenuity with showcasing one cutaway set!

Ladies and gentlemen, Diane....

Hello everyone, I'm so happy you stopped by for Take Two of my Leading Lady role!  I have to confide something with you all today, I'm just loving the whole idea of being a "leading lady", even if it's not on an actual stage.  When I was about 7 years old I broke my arm and the doctor who treated me always called me Sarah Bernhardt.  I don't remember much about being 7, but apparently I had a flair for the dramatic even at that tender age.  When I was in high school I was "star struck", and devoured everything that had anything to do with my favorite actors, actresses, films and plays.  I took dance and acting lessons, and was certain I was destined for great fame!  A friend of mine in high school, Douglas Carter Beane, who later went on to become a Broadway playwright and screenwriter, wrote a play in high school and wrote a role in it specifically for me to play!  For all the passion I felt for acting growing up, it didn't last past high school.  I quickly realized I suffered from major stage fright and really preferred being behind the scenes.  I think I hit my sweet spot for "performing" when I discovered the world of card making and blogging, I can show my stuff without actually having to show my stuff, if you get my drift, haha!

Now on to today's cards!  When I was creating my cards for last week, the ideas just kept coming and coming, and I kept making more and more cards, way too many to show all at one time.  So I decided to make today "creative use of dies part 2".  Specifically today I'm featuring one of my favorite Winnie & Walter die sets,  Essentials: Noelle Cutaways.  Have you noticed that scallops are everywhere these days?!  I remember when I first started scrapbooking 20 years ago everyone was using those scallop edge scissors, but at some point they became passe.  Well scallops are back now, and I'm loving them again!  For my taste, the frames in Essentials: Noelle Cutaways have the perfect size scallops, nice and big!  I also love Essentials: Audrey Cutaways when a project calls for a more delicate scallop.



For my first card I cut several of the large scallop frames and trimmed the edges off to add rows of scallops to my "hugs" card.  I used white card stock but this would look really pretty done with patterned papers too!



To make the rest of the card I first cut In a Word: Hugs Cutaway from white card stock several times and did some ink blending with several shades of pink distress ink to color the top layer.  I glued the words together to achieve a thicker die cut.  I stamped the adorable bird from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T. Designs on watercolor paper and colored it with my Zig Clean Color watercolor brushes and then I fussy cut it.  I stamped the leaves from In Bloom: Addie's Garden with green ink and fussy cut them (I made this card before I had the matching dies).  The final touches on this card include a strip of gold glitter tape, some splatters of pink ink, some Glossy Accents on the birds belly, and a few gold sequins.




For this next card I used the corners of the smaller scallop frame die in Essentials: Noelle Cutaways to make a faux lacy border.  To make this card I first randomly stamped flowers and leaves from In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya on a panel of white card stock.  I used PTI inks, Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, and Vintage Jadite.  The word "love" is from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T. Designs, as is the phrase "today and always".  I stamped them on black card stock and embossed in white.  I die cut the word "love" using LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T. Designs Cutaways.  I used 5 corners trimmed off of the die cut frames to make the border.  I overlapped them slightly to fit the card, here's a close up for you:




For my next card I used die cuts within a die cut, using the flowers from In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers Cutaways to cut flowers in an angled panel cut from the large frame in Essentials: Noelle Cutaways.





After I had die cut the angled scalloped panel you see at the bottom of the card, I masked off the edges and did some ink blending with distress inks (Mustard Seed, Candied Apple, Raspberry Fizz, and Ripe Persimmon), roughly trying to apply the ink colors where I had cut the flower openings.  Originally I had only planned to have color and flowers at the bottom of the card, but I made an oopsy!  The picture below shows the ink blending I did, and a nice big splotch of orange ink where it didn't belong (doh!)




 To cover up my mistake I cut another scallop frame and added an angled piece of it to the top of my card.  I did some more ink blending on some of the white die cut flowers to coordinate with what I'd done at the bottom.  I could have done exactly what I did at the bottom of the card for the top but I thought it might be more interesting to have both the negative AND positive die cut flowers on the card (plus it was much easier to do it the way I did lol!)  I die cut the sentiment from black craft foam.  The word "hello" is from The Big, the Bold, and Happy Cutaways and the word "you" is from The Big, the Bold, and You Cutaways.  I finished the card with some black twine and a few colorful sequins.




For the next card I decided I to make die cut frame with a circular opening in the center to add a sentiment.




Now you might be wondering where this "square" scalloped frame came from.  Did you know that you can make square frames from most rectangular frames?  To make this I first cut a rectangle frame with the smaller frame from Essentials: Noelle Cutaways from shiny gold card stock.  Next I moved the die down on the paper until I formed a square shape.  It's important to fit the paper and die together snugly when you move it, and I recommend using washi tape to keep it in place when you go to make your second cut so nothing shifts.  If you look in the corners of my frame you'll see that you do get one extra line in each corner when you do this, but I don't think it looks bad at all or takes anything away from the beauty of the frame.  After I had my square I used a circle die to cut out the center of the frame.  I stamped and watercolored the flower and leaves from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora, and fussy cut them.  I stamped the sentiment from Merry & Bright with Evelin T. Designs in the center of the frame.  I finished the card with some black ink splatter and gold, red, and clear sequins.




One last little fun idea for using the scalloped frames from Essentials: Noelle Cutaways, they make really darling little gift cards when folded in half!




It would be fun to sit and make a bunch of these for birthdays or holidays, don't you think?  They would also be fun to place in your child or spouses lunch sack with a little love note written inside.  The stamp sets I used on these are LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T. Designs, My Precious and Wishing You with Evelin T. Designs, and Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T. Designs.

Whew, we made it!  This was a long post but I hope I've given you a few new ideas for using your Winnie & Walter dies and stamps!  Please be sure to pop over to my blog, It's all about the ART!, and leave a comment for a chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate to Winnie & Walter!  I'll be drawing a random winner at the end of the month from all those who leave comments on my blog for my Leading Lady posts during the month!


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29 comments:

  1. WOW...chock full of inspiration...love everything diane!

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  2. Diane is a leading lady for sure! Love these cards! I've always loved scallops - to craft with and eat!

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  3. Gorgeous cards! Love that beautiful poinsettia!

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  4. Boy, Shay, you really picked another great Leading Lady. Diane's awesome.

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  5. WOW! I had no idea that scallops could be so versatile! Blown away with your creativity and ingenuity, Diane! Few ideas? Nope: loads upon loads of ideas! I'll be looking at my scallop dies with fresh eyes...
    ~carol

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  6. All so beautiful! I adore your tweet birdies and I love your sentiment cutaways!

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  7. Wow....This post is like an entire card-making class all rolled into one fabulous session. I adore all the wonderful tip and techniques. Your cards are just beautiful!! I am off to visit your blog.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  8. You have do many wonderful ideas! I especially love the tiered scallops.

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  9. Wow, wonderful variety of cards you created.

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  10. Diane is an amazing designer!

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  11. Oh I am late! But never too late to send you some love for these gorgeous cards... OH do I love every bloomin' thing you've done with my own favorite cutaway, Diane! I'm seeing Noelle through new eyes: YOURS!!! xx
    =]

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  12. Amazing projects, Diane! Noelle Cutaways is one of my very favorites by W&W... love the creative use you gave to those wonderful scalloped dies! The 3rd card is simply super duper gorgeous!
    Loved reading how you almost became an actress. I'm just like you, I much prefer being behind the scenes.

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  13. Holy Moly! Your cards are amazing, Diane! I adore the floral using the negative die space- outstanding! You are a top notch leading lady!

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  14. You come up with so many beautiful and wonderful ideas with such fresh creations! There is lot of things to see with awesome tips and techniques! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  15. Oh wow! Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Love your creations!!!! Really beautiful!!!

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  16. From cute fun bright and cheery these cards are amazing!

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  17. Another spectacular performance Miss Sarah B!

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  18. Especially like the hello you card and the way you fixed your boo boo.

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  19. Diane, you ROCK! This week projects are STUNNING and the designs are amazing! Thank you for sharing them with us!

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  20. Beautiful cards, Diane! I love how you showed us how you saved the ink blended card....hate when those ink splotch mistakes happen, but you recovered beautifully!!

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  21. Awesome projects! Diane is so creative and is doing a fantastic job as Leading Lady. Love seeing all these great designs, so much inspiration!

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  22. Awesome projects! Diane is so creative and is doing a fantastic job as Leading Lady. Love seeing all these great designs, so much inspiration!

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  23. WOW Diane, your work is amazing. Love the Cutaways you used too they are awesome!

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  24. WOW Diane, your work is amazing. Love the Cutaways you used too they are awesome!

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  25. Wow, so many wonderful ideas...

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  26. Goodness! Lots of pure fabulousness! xxx

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  27. Diane you are definitely a leading lady when it comes to cards! These are all so very beautiful! I love your ideas for using dies in creative ways! So very inspiring!

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