Saturday, 28 May 2016

Striplet Frame Card



Hi bloggers!  Striplets are such a useful die, there are just so many things that you can do with them.  Don't they make a fabulous frame!  The sweetheart flower makes a great accent too and I show you a different way to use it in today's video.

The winner of this week#s Wednesday Card Giveaway is:

Crafti Moggie (Pearl)!!!

Congratulations!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your card.








 The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  7 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Friday, 27 May 2016

Many Thanks

Hi bloggers!  Today's card has a bit of a stained glass look to it.  I started with a piece of black card and simply used gilding wax to create this look.  I started by adding Enchanted Gold wax with my finger and just adding it all over the card.  Next I added Golden Light, then Deep Red, then Summer Blue.  I rubbed the piece with some kitchen roll to polish it and help the colours meld into each other a bit.  I cut the Scattered Leaves Background out of black card, then nipped it in half and removed a bit of the centre to create a square rather than a rectangular background.  I glued it over the gilding wax background.  I added mounting foam to the back and attached it over a piece of coconut white card that I embossed with the Jacobean Floral embossing folder.  I stamped a sentiment and cut it out with the smaller oval from the Lauren die set.  I used the larger oval to cut a black oval to mat it.  I cut the tag from the Lauren die in white then nipped it in half and attached the ends to the oval and mounted it across the centre of the card.  The tag ends helped hide the seam from the background where I cut it in two.  I completed the card with a white pierced mat, a thin black mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x






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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Configurations Card


Hello there my crafty friends!  Configuration cards are always so easy to do and the results are just so spectacular.  I just love the way the black pops against the aqua card, don't you?  I hope you can take a few minutes to watch the video.







The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x


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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway


Hi bloggers!  Today's card giveaway is a sweet birthday card!  I started with a piece of coconut white card and used the Dorado Gemini die on either end of it to cut a pretty edge.  I used the outer cutting edge from the Melbourne die to cut an aperture in the centre.  Next I cut the Australian Background die in white and cut away the two longer sides to use as borders.  I added a thin aqua card backing to them and glued them to the inside of the Dorado edges, wrapping the ends around the back of the card.  I added mounting foam to raise the entire piece for dimension and then added it over a piece of aqua card.  I cut the Melbourne die using the decorative die  and then recessed it into the aperture opening.  Using the Birthday Circle die from the Perspective range, I cut the lettering in white, then added it to an aqua ring backing.  I mounted it on foam and placed it on to the Melbourne die.  For the very centre, I cut the small ring in aqua and glued it into the opening, then cut the cupcake in white.  I added a bit of aqua ink while still in the die ten glittered the flame on the cupcake and mounted it on foam in the centre.  The card was completed with a paper pierced edge using my piercing ruler, a thin aqua mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x  9 1/4" in size.  Leave a comment if you would like to be entered into the drawing to win this card.  All for now, Sue x



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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Sparkly Background Birthday Card



Hi crafters!  The New Zealand Background has some beautiful floral cut outs that you can use your leftover small bits of sticky adhesive sheets on to add glitter!  It looks like you have used a whole sheet, but it is a great way to use up small pieces.  Have a look at the video to see how.
























The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x



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Monday, 23 May 2016

Thanks For Everything

Hi bloggers!  Today's card showcases another of the matching Stamps To Die For.  This one matches the Wellington die and it is called Floral Oasis. I started the card by preparing the background.  I cut two of the New Zealand Noble borders out of coconut white card.  I glued them to another piece of white card for a tone on tone look.  Next I stamped the Floral Oasis stamp with a Black Archival ink pad and cut it out with the Wellington die. I used Distress markers to colour the image (Spun Sugar and Mustard seed for the flowers, Forest Moss for the leaves and Shaded Lilac and Stormy Sky for the edge)  I mounted it in the centre of the card in a diamond orientation.  I stamped a sentiment from the Amazing Sentiment clear stamp set by Cr. Exp.  I used the inner ring from the Happy Birthday circle to frame it and mount it in the centre of the stamped image.  Finally, I finished the card with a Paved Pearl Technique border.  I do have this technique as a step by step tutorial at the top of the blog if you want to see how it is done.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x






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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Best Wishes

Good Sunday morning all!  I started by embossing a square of wisteria card with the Eternal Ivy embossing folder for some background texture.  Next I cut two of the Ravello Striplet out of coconut white card.  I backed them both with a solid white backing piece then cut them in half down the centre.  I glued all four pieces to the edges of the embossed background, overlapping them at the corners.  I cut thin strips out of wisteria card and glued them to the edges as accents.  For the focal element, I cut the Hamilton die out of wisteria card and backed it in white.  I mounted that to the centre of the card, then added another Hamilton die cut in white but I removed a bit of the design so that it could be layered up and still show some of the original die underneath it. I had originally trimmed it a bit differently but was showed a cleaner way by a friend from the blog so used that as it showed off the lower die cut much better!   I stamped a sentiment from the PetiteLavish  Sentiment set by Cr. Exp. and seated a New Zealand tag frame over it cut in wisteria and backed in white.  I finished the card in my usual manner with pierced mats and layers and added flatback pearls to the dies as accents.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.

The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Karen Lotty!!!
Narrowboat girl!!!
gingernuts!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x






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