Hi everyone!  Melissa Phillips here today and I am so excited to get to you join you for Card Cafe Thursday!  I've got a couple of fun cards to share with you that are all about utilizing dies with your favorite paper-crafting supplies including patterned paper, vellum, cork, etc.


With spring right around the corner, my butterfly dies are getting a lot of use.  I used multiple layers of patterned paper to add plenty of character and dimension to my butterfly and layered it over a die cut vellum tag which was then layered over a chipboard frame.


Felt and cork die cut hearts were used to embellish the center of my butterfly along with button twine.  A die cut doily in the background provided some softness and helped add to the shabby feel I was hoping to achieve with this card.


Across the bottom I layered a gold foil sticker over a strip of tea-stained twill and vintage trim and stitched them in place using my sewing machine.  I love the homespun feel that machine stitching gives.


The Sizzix Originals Houses die is one of my current favorites right now along with the Sizzix Hearts #3, and Tags #5 dies.   


I die cut my large tag from gold foil vellum from Crate Paper, just as in my first card and layered it over a second tag that had been embossed to add texture.  I then stitched on my die cut house and roof, cut from some playful and fun patterns.


Lastly, just a few Crate Paper rubons to bring in some springy florals, a junk bow tied at the top that uses fabric and trim scraps, and a bit of stamping down the side.  

Dies are so versatile and can fit any style and theme you're in the mood for 🙂

Melissa Phillips

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(Supplies:  Cardstock:  Bazzill, Patterned Paper; Crate Paper, Kaisercraft, and We R Memory Keepers; Chipboard:  Crate Paper; Dies:  Sizzix; Stamps:  Sizzix; Rubon Transfers:  Crate Paper; Die-Cuts:  Crate Paper; Gold Foil Sticker:  Crate Paper, Vellum:  Crate Paper; vintage trim, fabric, cork, buttons, button twine)