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The Unseen Dies

The new mini catalog is chalk full of incredible products. I probably need them all, but maybe that's not possible. 😂 So I - like most of you - made a wish list. It's not organized and prioritized, but from the start, I knew some of the things I wanted first. On my first order during the demonstrator pre-order in August, here are some of the things I purchased:

-Beary Christmas Suite

-Merriest Trees Bundle

-All About Autumn Suite

-Them Bones Suite

But something kept nagging at me. There were these dies I just couldn't get off my mind, and a second pre-order was necessary. NECESSARY, I tell you! Those dies are none other than the Handcrafted Elements Dies.

When I saw them on the top of page 21 for the first time, I just knew. It was a feeling. Yes - I'm being a little dramatic, but sometimes a product speaks to me. 😆

When the Dies arrived, I took them out of the package and lovingly looked at them and saw how beautiful they really were. However, I didn't play with them until getting ready for event I did with my team over the weekend. We made four beautiful cards with them and paired them up with the All About Autumn Designer Series Paper. They make the perfect match, and a quick and easy 6" x 6" One Sheet Wonder.

But what really made me happy is when I made this card during What's Up! Stampers on Wednesday.

I looked for layout inspiration for this card in the September-December 2023 Mini Catalog, and believe it or not, I found it on the Them Bones Suite pages - page 48, to be exact. The layout really didn't end up the same, but I was grateful for the inspiration.

For my card, I actually started with a piece of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Very Vanilla Thick cardstock, folded in half, for my card base. I embossed a quarter sheet (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") of Pecan Pie cardstock using the Leaves Fall 3D Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!®'s Online Exclusives. It's perfect for this project!

As for the focal image, it is actually made from two of the dies from the Handcrafted Elements Dies.

I cut the one on the left out with Pecan Pie cardstock and the one on the right with the beautiful Pecan Pie Oxidized Specialty Paper.

I layered those two die cuts together, I added them to a piece of 3" x 3 1/2" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to really make them pop. Adding a sentiment on a banner-cut 2 1/2" x 3/4" label and a sweet ribbon bow makes the whole thing just beautiful, doesn't it?

Oh, I almost forgot the Designer Series Paper (DSP)! I wanted to use a DSP from the Annual Catalog, and the Let's Go Fishing DSP was pure perfection. I love how the fishing paper doesn't have fishing gear on all the sides. It makes it more versatile, and I love this plaid!

You can watch as I make this card here. When I made it, I asked how many people had even seen the dies in the catalog. Not many had. This tells me that was an unseen set of dies before I shared them. I loved opening the world of possibilities that comes with these dies. So much fun! Check out the supplies I used to make the card (with links to my online store) at the bottom of this post, and if you decide to purchase them, you won't regret it!

Happy creating!


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