Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Dies R Us Challenge - Happy Birthday

Hello Friends
It's time for a new challenge over on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.
But before I share my creation with you, we at DRU
have some exciting news to share ... check this out!

Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in USA & Canada called Didi Crafts 

It will ship to both the US and Canada. Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different. Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!

Today our theme is:


I've created two cards using the same dies but 'mixing it up' a bit.

The dies used today are:
 Serendipity Dies - Party Balloons Reverse

Memory Box - Dies - Open Studio - Wrapped Stitch Frames
My original idea was to use the deep purple (looks black doesn't it) to cut out
my frame then reinsert a few of the balloons.  
But then I decided to die cut it again from a deep blue card stock for the frame and use the deep purple panel on the inside (as seen above).  
This left me with bits & pieces of both so I decided to create TWO cards and as stated ... mix it up a bit!

As you can see, on the 2nd card I 'snipped' the word belated from my sentiment die which makes it a 'current' birthday wishes creation.   Isn't it fabulous when you can use one die in different ways!

I hope you will come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 

  Hope to see you there!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .


  1. Both cards are lovely! I'm always so impressed with your die usage and today is no different. Well done Darlene!

  2. Fabulous use of the die to create such beautifully designed cards...and two no are the creative queen today!!

  3. What wonderful cards and these colors are just perfect for masculine cards, which I always struggle with. That's a great tip about snipping a portion of the sentiment die off to extend its use. So clever!

  4. Both these are adorable and I love how you used both the negative and positive pieces to create these birthday cards.

  5. Super cute and fun set of cards, Darlene. Love those balloons and the colours you used.
    Enjoy your evening.
    Big hugs,
    ♥ Lena
    Lena’s Creations

  6. oh, wow! I love these. That is a great balloon die. And, your colors chosen for these cards are so dramatic looking.

  7. Love when you can get two cards from one plan too. Great colors. I think I need that die.

  8. they both turned out just great, yes it is great when we can get more uses out of the same die!

  9. This is very cool! Love the balloon die you've used, and blue is my color! Perfect!

  10. I do love the reverse dies. This brand is new to me, but I'm intrigued. Smart to not waste a thing and get two awesome cards in the process!

  11. Awesome set of cards Darlene! Love the balloons...some fun dies!!

  12. I really like the color scheme of both cards! They're very festive and rich looking with all those colorful balloons and pretty background! Nice job on both!


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