Birthday Bits And Pieces

Happy Monday everyone!! Just a few days ago, DT member Beth told you that we were going to be showcasing our "fabulous embossing plates, grunge plates, dimensional dies, stitching and piercing plates" over the next few weeks. Well today, I'm going to show you how to apply these products to your layouts.

I'm sharing 2 birthday layouts that I created about 2 my boys. I tell you, I can not believe that my older son turned 7 just 3 weeks ago and my baby will be 3 in less than 2 months!! Where in the world has the time gone?

I wanted to add just a touch of texture to my background, so I sandwiched the paper between the Desert Floor Embossing Plate and an embossing pad and used a mallet to bang the texture into the paper since it was too big to send through my embossing machine.

Cheery Lynn Designs has a wonderful array of 2" x 3" layered dies that allow you to create the perfect little embellishment for any project. I used the Index Card here to highlight part of my journaling as well as add another red element to my layout.

I am all about incorporating texture onto my layouts! I love how the Piercing Plates not only add texture, but allow me to add perfect stitching (in the case here, faux stitching). All of the holes are pre-punched for you, all you have to do is stitch! How easy is that?

I created textured journaling border strips by die cutting the smallest of the XL French Flair dies and embossing it with Desert Floor. I cut the piece in half and aligned it next to my photo.

On this next birthday layout, I'll show you how to change up the look of a couple of the dies by using small pieces of them.

I added a fun playful look to the Coved Rectangle dies by making them into "tickets". I achieved this look by cutting them half, inking them and then adding a rub-on and penwork.

The XL French Flair die becomes a journaling spot that houses my title. Again, I cut out the die and trimmed off the piece that I needed and saved the rest for another project.

The Dimensional Star Buttons were used as is, but the addition of some colorful baker's twine help to take these over the top.

A plain black circle cut using the Classic XL Circles is used to mat the bowling ball making it pop right off the page!

Below are photos of all of the products that I used on these 2 layouts. Click on each to find it in the store.

I hope you have been inspired to use Cheery Lynn Designs dies in different ways!

Our DT posts a new project every single day, so stop by tomorrow to see what we're up to!!

Until next Monday,



  1. Tanisha you quite ambitious pounding your background! You've created very beautiful pages. I love the tickets, great idea!

  2. Tanisha, love how you used the dies to create the tickets and highlight the bowling ball...and the faux stitching with the piercing plate... excellent idea! Everything came together in two beautifully composed layouts... and I understand totally...our children do grow up so fast! My "baby" is almost 19.. sniff, sniff.!! :-)

  3. Lovely pages- fantastic use of the dies!

  4. Tanisha, these pages are great, so much color and movement. Wonderful mix of dies and papers. Fabulous!


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