Sunday, 4 October 2015


Good Sunday morning all!  I haven't used teal card in what seems like forever, so I picked it up for this one and love the way it came out!  I started by embossing the background with the Beaded Fanfare embossing folder.  We are sold out on this folder, but plan to bring it back in sometime soon as we have had many requests for it.  I cut two of the Pyxis Gemini dies in white using both cutting edges and backed both of them with teal card.  I raised them with mounting foam and added the to the sides of the card, trimming my embossed background so it did not extend past them.  I backed the entire piece with a piece of coconut white card.  For the focal element, I used the Lisbon die, cut in teal card.  I cut the centre of it out with the inner cutting die in the set.  I backed the frame with white card and added mounting foam to raise it.  I stamped my sentiment and covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet so I was able to cover it in Diamond Sprinkles before gluing the frame over the top of it.  I attached it to the centre of the card and then added flatback pearls to embellish the die cuts and corners.  The card was completed with a white pierced mat, a thin teal mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8" in size.

The winners of this week's comment game are:

June Smith!!!
Liz Spooner!!!

For the extra qualifying post of Wed. Sept. 30th, the winners are:
Lorraine Freeman!!!

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

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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Lined Poinsettia Background

Hello bloggers!  Today's video shows you just another way to use the Mini Poinsettia striplet.  It is a bit more work, but the results are worth it (maybe just for those really special people in your lives, definitely not for batch cards! LOL)

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

Carol Quinn!!!

Congratulations!  Please email me at to confirm your address and claim your card!

The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Friday, 2 October 2015

Christmas Double Day

 Hello bloggers!  Usually Christmas double days are completely different sort of cards, but the two cards today are virtually the same, except for the colour and sentiment die.  I just thought you might like to compare them side by side.  First up is the Peace on Earth card.  I used blue tissue paper to create the background, tearing pieces of it and adding them to a piece of white card with Cosmic lacquer.  I overlapped some areas to get a deeper blue hue and scrunched up the tissue to create the textural look to it.  I left it to dry overnight, then rubbed the top with a bit of Golden Light gilding wax to highlight it and bring some gold into the background.  I cut two of the Winter Trees in white and also the Peace on Earth die.  I added some highlights to the trees with dries clear glue then sprinkled them with Iced Snow.  I glued them on to the card and raised the smaller tree with mounting foam.  I pierced a white mat, added a thin gold mat and finished with another white mat.  The finished dimensions are  8" x  8" in size.  Scroll down to see card number two.

 Card number two was aimed more towards the look of solitary moonless evening so I selected black tissue paper for this one.  I do apologise that my pics of this one aren't quite as bright as I would have liked, but it is quite striking in real life!    Following the exact method above, I added the torn tissue paper and attached it using Cosmic Lacquer, making sure to scrunch the tissue up as I applied it.  Once completely dry, I rubbed Pearl Moon gilding wax across the top to grab all of the tissue texture and add highlights.  I cut two of the Winter Trees and the Noel die in white card.  I sprayed all three with permanent spray glue and coated them with Silver Chrome polished silk glitter.  I glued them into place and added a small piece of mounting foam to raise the smaller tree to bring it forward.  The card was completed with a white pierced mat, a thin silver and 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, 1 October 2015

Paved Pearl Background

Hello my crafty friends!  This is a bit different in that I have done a background with my Paved Pearl technique, usually it is a border around my topper!  I just love the textural feel to it, don't you?!

On another note, the call has just gone out for the Creative Expressions Design Team.  All the details are included in this link for you
If you have always wanted to be part of a design team, now is your chance to show off your stuff!

 The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 10" in size.  All for now, Sue x

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Hello there crafters!  Today's giveaway is a gentle card, very subtle with a white and gold theme, but really pretty in person.  I started by embossing coconut white card with the Star Swirls embossing folder.  I rubbed Enchanted Gold gilding wax over the top of the embossing for a subtle accent.  Next, I ran dries clear glue all the way around the edge and coated it with Iced Snow and allowed it to dry.  For the focal element, I cut an oval using the Peeking Snowflake.  I added a gold edge by using the oval dies from both the Peeking Snowflake and the Lattice Snowflake die sets.  I cut several of the Jingle Bells die in white card and sprayed them with glue to stack them for dimension.  I sprayed the top of the sentiment and then sugared it with Diamond Sprinkles.  One more Jingle Bells die was cut in gold and I used it as an offset shadow, gluing it below.  I created several poinsettias for the card by cutting the Classic Poinsettia out of vellum in a variety of sizes and adding the Open petal Poinsettia cut out of white card on top.  I offset two for each flower and added a small clear Dazzler to the centres.  I arranged the larger flower on a piece of white tulle, then set the two smaller flowers in the opposite corner.  I pierced a white mat, then added a thin gold mat and another white layer to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 8 1/4" in size.  If you would like a chance to win this card, just leave me a comment and I will enter you into the drawing.  The winner will be announced on Saturday's blog post.  All for now, Sue x