Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Die Re-registration Technique

Hi bloggers!  Today's video shows a really great technique that can be used time and time again with all of your dies.  I have kept the card very simple for the purposes of the video, but you can easily see how you can expand on this idea with multiple colours and more detailed dies to add infinite possibilities to your creations.

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A quick note also, Julia Watts has shows on Create and Craft TV today at 10am and 3pm today with new Couture Creations dies and folders.  Be sure to tune in to see her dynamic demonstrations!

 Finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x

Monday, 1 September 2014


 Hello bloggers!  How is this for a cheerful card on a Monday morning!  It may be a bit hard for me to describe this one as it is done on three different levels, but I will try my best.  I started by cutting an oval aperture in my coconut white background.  I then cut the Austrian Collection Innsbruck die out of coconut white card using both the outside and inside decorative cutting inserts with the oval outer cutting edge.  I cut another smaller oval aperture in this piece as well.  I matted this with a periwinkle blue version cut without the decorative inserts.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the small oval die from the set.  I made two other slightly larger mats out of white and periwinkle blue card.  I cut an oval opening in the first one so that I was able to recess my sentiment into it.  I stacked all the mats by adding mounting foam so they stair stepped upwards, but still allowed me to recess my decorative die cuts downward into them.  I cut several different sizes of the Delicate Daisies (Open petal) and created an assortment of sizes of flowers that I added to opposite sides of the aperture.  I used 8mm white flatback pearls for the centres.  I seated the larger flowers with a Bakers Twine tied bow.  Using the side view butterfly from the Magical Butterfly set, I cut two of them and glued them together for a three dimensional look to it and added it to the upper corner of the aperture and added 3mm pearls for the body.  I completed the card with a simple double white mat. There is just something about the periwinkle blue and the coconut white card together that just sings to me.   I loved the way it came out, even if it was a bit of work!  The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x 8 3/4" in size.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Christmas Wishes

Good Sunday morning all!  I was going to keep the Christmas cards for Fridays but I had already loaded this one up for today.  I am still sure they are more than enough Christmas cards to do double days as well as a few scattered here and there!  In other words, I made a lot of Christmas cards!  I love the simplicity of this one.  I stamped the Quilt Block background by Justrite using a Snow cap Adirondack pigment ink pad on to white card and heat set it.  I inked over the background with Aqua Adirondack ink, bringing the pattern up just so it looks like a ghost image in the background.  I used the Justrite Snowflake and a Cobalt blue Archival ink and over stamped the background.  I matted it with a thin white mat.  I stamped my sentiment on to vellum using a Clear Perfect Medium pad and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I cut it into a strip and mounted it across my card.  I used a Create a Flake for my snowflake which I seated on the end of the strip.  I cut a larger white mat and ran double sided tape around the edge and coated it with Iced Snow for a bit of bling.  I layered up my background on it then added my final double white mat with the inner pierced layer.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x 8" in size.

Now for the Comment Game Winners.  This week's winners are:
Jean Johnston!!!
Jill Berg!!!

For the extra qualifying post of Wed., Aug. 27th, the winners are:
Fiona Young!!!

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

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Christmas Wishes

 Hello everyone!  More Christmas cards!  I may have to start "double days" again soon to get through all of these before we end up on Christmas' doorstep!  How do you feel about that?  Overdose or not?  This card shows my first attempt using the new texture pastes.  I will probably use these again as I found it quite fun to do!  The down side is there is a bit of a wait for it to dry, but if you were to do a bunch of them in a big batch, you could just pull them out as you need to use them and voila!  I used the Cosmic Shimmer Gold Pearl texture paste through the large polka dot mask on to soft vintage gold card for this one.  You just need to tape the mask down with removable tape and then use a spreader to pull the paste through the pattern on the mask (I used an old gift card for my spreader).  I really like the tone on tone look myself, it gives you texture without fighting for attention too much.  I gave it a thin white mat and added it to the top of the card above my stamped greeting, which I embossed in gold.  I stamped the Justrite Wreath in black on a piece of white card.  I did a messy watercolour wash with Distress markers and cut it out with the Majestic Circles.  I stamped just the bow area again on gold card, heat embossed it in gold and cut it out by hand to overlay on the original.  The card was finished with a white pierced layer, a thin gold mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7" x 8 1/4" in size.

The winner of this week's Wednesday card giveaway is:


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

Friday, 29 August 2014

Thanks For Being There

Hello all!  This is what I call a "petticoat card."  I love doing these as they are just so girlie!  I cut eight Italian borders out of kraft card and highlighted them with Antique Linen while still in the die.  Using kraft card for my background piece as well, I glued them in an offset manner to the background piece to create the "petticoat" effect.  Doesn't it just remind you of a dress your Mom put you in when you were little (not you male crafters out there though I hope! LOL)  I matted the piece with a thin white mat to help make it pop then a black mat to frame it.  I stamped my sentiment (from the Bold Sentiment set by Cr. Exp.) in black, cut it into a flag and matted it with red and black.  I used the Classic Rose with the insert piece to make the flower (there is a video titled Filigree Blue Wedgewood which shows this technique)  I seated the flower on the end of the sentiment tag with some black jute twine and embellished it with Curled Vines.  I finished the entire piece with a double red mat with a pierced inner mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  9" in size.  I hope you like it! All for now, Sue x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Winter Wonderland

Hi there crafters!  I have a lovely card for you today showing off my new Christmas dies.  I was over the moon with how this one came out and I think you will like it as well.  The video shows you in easy steps how to make this beauty and it isn't too long either!  I have, however, missed extra taking photos of this card, so sorry!

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Hi bloggers!  Back to a card giveaway day after missing it due to last week's die launch and giveaway.  While this card is pretty straightforward, nothing tricky, it is quite striking so I thought it was worthy of a giveaway day.  I stamped the Justrite Iron Swirls background stamp on to a piece of black card using a Clear Perfect Medium pad.  I heat embossed the image with True White detail embossing powder.  The image was then cut to size and matted with a thin white mat to frame it and make it pop.  I used the mauve seam binding and wrapped it both directions like a present, adding a messy bow to the junction.  I wanted to give it a bit of a feature so I cut the bow loops down the centre, creating a shabby chic sort of look with frayed edges.  I made two matching stick pins and added them to the bow, finishing it with a black jute twine bow and a crystal sparkler.  I stamped a sentiment and cut the ends into a flag.  I edged it with Shaded Lilac and then tucked the end under my sparkler.  To add a bit more colour, I added a pierced mat layer with a deep lilac card and followed with a thin white mat to set it off.  I finished the card with a black mat with Cosmic Shimmer black PVA glue dots around it and a final mat of lilac.  The finished dimensions are
 6 1/2" x 7 3/4" in size.  If you would like to be entered in the drawing to win this card, just leave a comment on the post (directions are on the side of my blog if you have never done so).  I will draw a name and announce the winner on Saturday's blog post.

I still haven't had all the Christmas die winners claim their prizes.  Please check the list that was posted on Monday to see if your name is on it and email me!   All for now, Sue x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Dotted Daisy

Hi bloggers!  This one is not my usual type of card, but it is a great one if you need a quick card or want to use of any leftover scraps of card.  I also show you how to achieve still another look with your Delicate Daisies dies (more versatility!)  It isn't too long so I hope you can take a few minutes to enjoy it.

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The finished dimensions are 7" x 8" in size.  All for now,Sue x