Monday, August 11, 2014


Just Because Purse Card


Today I would like to share with you a great place where you can get a variety of dies that are easy and fun to use. Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my Stampin' Up! dies, but sometimes you want more variety than what they offer. So when I need to find some other dies for my project I head on over to Top Dog Dies.

It is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies as well as many other brands that you already know and trust. Some of the other brands that you can find on the Top Dog Dies site are; Little B, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, Savvy Stamps, and Cheery Lynn Designs. They are also a leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace which is a new line of dies with intricate designs that were designed by Stephanie Weightman.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Top Dog Dies. I received two dies to use and play with so I could share some fabulous projects with you! The two die sets they sent me are the Purse Card Finishers Set. This includes the Purse Card die as well as the Purse Card Finishers wafer thin dies.

I had so much fun playing around with these dies that I actually created 5 projects to share with you today! So make sure you keep coming back every few hours to see a variety of uses for these two wonderful dies! Without further adieu here is my first project. A greeting card using the die exactly as it was intended. 

  • Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts
  • Card Stock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush
  • Ink: Strawberry Slush
  • Accessories: Champagne Glimmer Paper, Stampin' Sponge, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Stampin' Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen, Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
This is exactly how the finishers die came in the package. My only complaint about this die is that all the pieces are held together and not separate. I didn't want to have to use them all together and it did not come with any instructions. So I just did what I wanted to. I used some side cutters to cut the die pieces apart and a file bit on my dremel to get rid of the sharp edges. 

I started off by cutting a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock 4-1/4" x 11". You have to either be very careful positioning this piece on the die or use 12" x 12" card stock cut at 4-1/2" x 12". But since I only keep 8-1/2" x 11" card stock on hand I was just careful with my placement and didn't have any issues. The cut and scored the purse shape for me. I used the purse outline die from the finishers set to cut some retired DSP and glued it onto the front of the card with some Glue Stick. I used a craft knife from the inside of the card to cut the slit through the DSP that holds the purse closed.

Next I took a scrap of Whisper White card stock that was 1/2" wide and stamped the greeting from A Dozen Thoughts in Strawberry Slush ink. I stuck this onto the bottom of the card front with some Stampin' Dimensionals and used Paper Snips to trim the edges even with the DSP. I colored a few rhinestones with the darkest Coastal Cabana Blendabilities marker and stuck two of them on either side of the greeting.

I wanted to add some sparkle to the card front so I cut some 1/4" wide strips of Champagne Glimmer Paper and glued it on with some 2-Way Glue Pen then used Paper Snips to trim the ends even with the edge of the DSP.

I honestly thought that the detailed pieces were going to be a pain to clean all the little pieces out of. Previous dies I used that had a lot of detail required poking at with a needle tool to clean out every single itty bitty shape. So imagine my surprise and delight when the die popped right off the card stock totally clean and the die cut shape was cut cleanly through! You could almost hear angels singing! In case you are wondering that is one of my very well loved Big Shot plates in the background. 

Anyway... back to the card. I glued the little flower onto the flap with some 2-Way Glue Pen and added another colored rhinestone into the center of the flower. I took a piece of Melon Mambo ribbon and tied a little bow on the front handle.

On the inside I cut some more DSP and another strip of Champagne Glimmer Paper and glued it on the inside.

That's it! A cute and simple card ready for sending! 

Take a look at some of the other projects I made using this wonderful die set!