Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Shaped Background Technique

Hello my crafty friends!  I've got a good one for you today!  Don't forget, your background dies can be used for loads of things beside just a simple background for your card!

We had a last minute call from C & C yesterday wanting some more die shows today.  Unfortunately, my schedule was full, but John Lockwood has kindly agreed to step up and do the shows today at 10am and 3pm.  This will be John's solo debut, but he did a stellar job last Thursday so I know he will do a great job!  Don't forget to tune in and see his fabulous demos!

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Finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

Monday, 20 October 2014

Thinking Of You

 Hi crafters!  I had a request for this card, which was my last demo on the One Day Wonder shows on Thursday.  I used the Bevelled Glass Striplet to cut the background, cutting it twice to create an continuous background.  Once cut, I glued it to a piece of white card.  Next I used the inside cutting ring from the Innsbruck die set to cut an oval in the centre of the background.  I added mounting foam to the background of this piece to raise it for dimension and added a piece of the same blue card to the back which covered just the aperture opening.  I cut one of the Innsbruck dies in white using the inner cutting die and the decorative insert.  I recessed this piece into the aperture opening, gluing it into place there.  I stamped my sentiment from the Justrite Extra Grand Sentiment set on to blue card and heat embossed it in white.  I ran a bead of dries clear glue along the edges of the strip and dusted it with Iced Snow and allowed it to dry completely.  To make the floral embellishment, I cut several sizes of the Delicate Daisy Complete petal and used a stylus to shape the petals upwards.  I inked the ends lightly with Stormy Sky distress ink, then added glue to the tips and sprinkled on Diamond Sprinkles and let it dry well.  I stacked all the pieces, offsetting each one to create my flower. I finished it with a large flatback pearl in the centre.  I cut two of the Petite Vinery in white and seated my flower on some white tulle with the vinery added around it.  I tucked the end of the sentiment strip under the flower and attached the other end with a glue dot with some bend added in to it for a bit of a flowing movement.  I matted the card with a thin blue mat and a final white mat.  On the inside white mat, I added Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue dots around the edge to frame the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Old Oak Tree

 Good Sunday morning all!  First of all I should probably say that I am either very late or really really early with this card with it's Happy Father's Day sentiment on it.   However, in my defence, I did make this card earlier in the year and the sentiment was just right at that point! LOL   I do think, however, it is a great card for a guy any time of the year so with that in mind, I decided to post it today.  I really like this stamp as it is so versatile for those pesky guy cards we all have to make from time to time!  I decided to make the entire card a bit distressed and started by tearing the edges on two pieces of Sky blue card.  I inked the torn edges with Tea Dye distress ink.  I stamped my sentiment in the lower left corner.  I mounted them on a piece of white card.  Next I stamped the Old Oak Tree stamp on to kraft card in Black Archival ink.  I cut it out using the Innsbruck die set and outer cutting insert for a bit of decoration around it.  Before removing it from the die, I inked it with Tea Dye for a bit of definition.  I cut a small circle out of copy paper and used it as a mask for a moon shape.  Using a white pencil, I added some haze around the mask and then a bit of outlining around the tree.  I used a blue pencil to add colour to the lake and tie in the blue background card.   Before adhering it to the card, I cut a piece of hessian (burlap) and removed a number of the strands in both directions.  I glued this to the card, then attached my focal element die cut on top.   I finished the card with a double kraft card mat and added Cosmic Shimmer  Choco Brown PVA glue dots around the edge.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  7 3/4" in size.

Now for the weekly Comment Game Winners.  This week's winners are:
Sue Edwards!!!
Deb E Isle of Wight!!!
Karen Zg Ratcliffe!!!

For the extra qualifying post of Wed. Oct.15th, the winners are:
Audrey, Wicklow, Ireland!!!
Natalia Smith!!!
Sandie Braithwaite!!!

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

Saturday, 18 October 2014

If Nothing Ever Changed

 Hi bloggers!  I have cut the Austrian Background out of a white gloss card.  I just thought I would see what it looked like on a whim as I don't usually use gloss card.  However, I thought it was rather interesting when used with other matte card. After cutting the Austrian Background die,  I raised it for dimension and mounted it over some coconut white card.  I stamped my sentiment in black on white card and cut the Salzburg die to create a frame for it.  I added a white back mat layer to my frame, then added mounting foam to raise the frame over my sentiment.  Using the Complete and Open petal Delicate Daisies, I created a couple of black and white flowers as embellishments.  In the upper corner, I cut a butterfly out of white glitter card from the Magical Butterflies set .  I added some thin antennae from a sliver of card and white flatback pearls down the centre of the body.  I completed the card with a white pierced mat layer, a thin black mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  9" in size.

Now for the winner of the Wednesday weekly card giveaway.  This week's winner is:

Clare Walters!!!

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

Friday, 17 October 2014

It's A Double Day And Some News!

 Hello bloggers!  I believe it is going to be a "Believe" sort of day with both cards featuring the Believe die!  The first one up mixes it with all sorts of holly elements.  I started with a milk piece of card and used the Swirling Holly embossing folder to add texture to my background.  I cut a strip of decorative paper from my stash that had a holly motif to it and added it to the bottom of my card.  Next I stamped the Holly bow stamp using both Forest Moss and Crushed Olive distress markers and colouring directly on to the stamp with them.  I stamped all the pieces on to milk card and cut them out with the Classic bow die set and assembled it to create a 3D bow for my card.  I cut a strip of milk card and stamped off my bow stamp to create a very faint holly pattern.  I matted it with olive card and added it between the sections of my card.  I glued the bow in to the very centre of it.  For my focal element, I cut a Decorative Frame from the California Collection out of milk card.  I inked it with Antique Linen before removing it from the die. I cut two of the Believe die in milk card and one in olive green card.  I glued the two milk die cuts together and then offset the olive green one behind it for a shadow.  I glued it in to the centre of my die cut.  I cut a couple of holly pieces out of the Holly Accessory kit and added the open Holly piece (from the same set)on top in the same green.  I cut some of the berries out of red card and glued them to it and then added the finished hollies on the top and bottom of my focal element.  I finished the card with a pierced milk mat, a thin olive green mat and a final milk mat.  I added a couple of flatback pearls and a small pearl swirl to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

 This second card has a completely different feel to it I think so that is why I thought it would be good to show them together.  I started with the background and stamped the Justrite Snowflakes all over the background using a Clear Perfect Medium on to blue card.  I covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet and then coated it with Iced Snow for a frosty feel.  It is difficult to see the stamped images in my pics, you have to really look for them, but they show up ever so nicely in real life!  Next I embossed some white card with the Frosty Swirls embossing folder.  Just to be a bit different, I hand cut the edge following along some of the swirls.  I added mounting foam to the back and adhered it to my snowy background.  I cut several snowflakes from the 2012 Snowflake Pendant in both blue and white and layered them up to create two snowflakes for the side of the card.  I cut the Believe die several times out of coconut white card and stacked them and glued the together.  This gives the appearance of being raised for dimension without having to use mounting foam.  I glued it to the upper corner of the card.  I completed this card with a white pierced mat, a thin blue mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8 3/4" in size.  Happy Double Day!

  Now for my news!  I recently had an email from Crafts Beautiful Magazine to say that I had been nominated in their Best Blog category of the 2014 Craft Awards!  I was very excited to hear that, especially since the nominations come from their readers!  The voting is official open now so it would be lovely if I could persuade you to go over to the Crafts Beautiful website to cast your vote  for me in that category! Creative Expressions has also been nominated for several different categories as well including best sticking product, best paint range to best stamp range.  Here is a link to the voting:

 All for now, Sue x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Mosaic Poinsettia

Hello crafters!  It's time to show off the Mosaic Poinsettia!  I loved the way this card came out myself.  I know that many of you might not be keen on the black card in the centre, but it really shows off the ivory embossed sentiment beautifully.  This card also graces the front of  this month's issue of Creative Cardmaking (issue 72) which was quite a surprise to me when I saw it as I had no idea that it had even been submitted!

I do hope that you will be able to join me during my One Day Wonder shows today.  They have added an extra hour on as well so my shows are at 8am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm and 6 to 8pm.  I will have one of our new team members, John Lockwood with me during my later shows as well so I hope you can tune in to see all of our demonstrations today!

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