Friday, 4 September 2015

Christmas Double Day

 Hello there my crafty friends!  Both cards today are more on the CAS (clean and simple) side, no flowers, no extra frills and loads of white card!  I started this one by cutting an aperture in the middle of a piece of coconut white card with the oval from the Peeking Snowflake die set.  I added mounting foam to the back to raise it.  I used one of our newer embossing folders called Star Swirls to emboss the piece of white card that I seated the aperture over.  I cut a slightly larger piece of white card and added the aperture to that leaving room below for my Peace sentiment.  I cut it in both black and white and used the black one for an offset shadow behind the white one.  Next I inked some white card with Forest moss and crushed olive and cut several of the Holly Spray out of it.  I tucked it around the left side of the oval as an accent.  I cut two of the Dove Of Peace in white.  I sprayed one with adhesive and coated it with Diamond Sprinkles, then attached just the bodies of the second one to it so that the wings were free to pull forward.  I added the dove to the centre of the oval and finished the card with several white mats, including a paper pierced one.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  Scroll down to see card number two.





 Card number two also started with an oval aperture cut in the centre.  Next I embossed the entire piece with the Snowflake Lattice embossing folder.  I raised it with foam to create a recessed aperture opening and added small 3mm white flatback pearls to all the embossed junctions.  I used the Lattice Snowflake die and cut it out of aqua card.  I covered a piece of white card with a sticky adhesive sheet and cut an oval out of it.  I peeled the backing paper off and attached it to the back of the Lattice Snowflake and coated it with Diamond Sprinkles.  I glued it into place in the recessed aperture opening.  I used the two larger ovals from the Peeking snowflake and Lattice Snowflake die sets to create a thin frame.  I added mounting foam to the frame and added it around the aperture.  I cut several of the peace die and layered them up, then sprayed the top with glue and coated it with Diamond Sprinkles as well.  I placed it on a small oval in the centre of the frame.  I finished it up with a white, aqua, white matting and my usual piercing.  I liked the simplicity of the design, but you could easily add some snowflakes or poinsettias if you want to dress it up a bit more.  The finished dimensions are
6 1/2" x  8" in size.  I hope you have enjoyed another double day!!   Have a favourite?  All for now, Sue x








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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Inlaid and Embossed


Hi crafters!  Another festive card for today's video offering.  This is a really good technique to add some texture and interest to your backgrounds.  I hope you enjoy it!











The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x



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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hi bloggers!  These weeks seem to be flying by,  don't they!  I feel like it was just yesterday that I was offering the last giveaway card!  It's Wednesday once again and time for a new card giveaway and today's offering is a simple yet elegant card made using the Canadian Background.  I selected milk card and peach card for this one.  I started by cutting the Canadian background out of milk card.  Next, I cut the background into strips, following the lines of the design.  I backed three of the strips with another piece of milk card and added mounting foam to the back of them to raise them for dimension.  I cut another Canadian background, again out of milk card, but this time, I backed the entire background with peach card.  I attached it to a larger piece of milk card and then added my three strips down every other row, leaving a row of the background showing through in between.  I added cream flatback pearls to the raised strips as embellishments.  I made a flower from milk card, using the Perfect Peony Complete petal die set and inked the edges with Tattered Rose before assembling.  Once assembled, I "sugared" the flower with Iced Snow and allowed it to dry before adding it to my card.  I seated it on some cream tulle and added some Maidenhair fern as accents.  I stamped a sentiment and cut it out with the Pierced Flags die set.  I made two matching stick pins and added them in behind the flower.  I finished the card with a milk mat which I paper pierced, then a thin peach mat and a final milk mat.  The finished dimensions are 5 3/4" x  7 3/4" in size.  If you would like to be included in the drawing for this one, just leave me a comment.  I will post the winners name on Saturday's blog post.  All for now, Sue x







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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Let it Snow


Hello bloggers!  We are heading into a batch of my Festive die videos, but this is about the time that we should think about getting our Christmas cards done (or at least started!)  I hope that these next few weeks of videos will give you some ideas and get you going!










 The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x









Monday, 31 August 2015

Just A Note

Hello crafters!  How's this for a change from last Monday's grungy shabby chic card! This one has a real clean and simple styled feel to it I think.  I just love the pop of the slightly different shades of aqua card against the white and black.  I started by using the Montreal die to cut an aperture in a piece of coconut white card.  I added mounting foam to the back to raise it and placed it over another piece of white card.  I cut the Just A Note die three times and layered them to add some thickness to the lettering.  I added it to the centre of the aperture.  By the way, this die has been designed with a tilt on both the "Just" and the "Note" so that you can place it in several different orientations.  I decided to give both words a slight tilt here.  I cut several of the Perfect Peonies Complete Petal die set out of varying shades of aqua card (from my stash) and rather than using them doubled up as I regularly do, I placed them around my aperture singularly, but with a small black Dazzler added to the centres.  I added this to a few larger white mats, keeping it fresh and simple, no embossing at all to complete the card (not even any piercing!)    I have to admit that it isn't easy to not add bits, but I do love the look of plain white card!   The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/4" in size.  I do like mixing it up from time to time to keep you on your toes.  Did it work!  LOL    

I also wanted to mention that JOhn Lockwood has shows on Hochanda today at 1pm, 3pm and 6pm.  They felt that since there were some technical issues on the launch day that were being ironed out, that they would like John to do few more shows.  I hope you will be able to tune in!  Don't forget that you can now watch the shows online on the Hochanda website if you are not able to see them on Freeview or Sky!  All for now, Sue x




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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Just For You

 Good Sunday morning all!  I thought I would show off one of the matching stamps for my Caribbean Collection dies.  First off I created my background by using just the decorative insert from the Cygnus Gemini die set on each side of the background.  I raise it with foam and added it over another piece of white card for a tone on tone look that showed off the detail nicely.  For the focal element, I stamped the Island Garden Stamp To Die For stamp in black Archival ink.  I coloured it with Distress markers (Shaded Lilac, Forest Moss and Worn Lipstick)  I covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet and cut it out with the matching St. Barts die.  It is easy to line up through the sticky sheet if you hold it up to the light, the black lines will easily show through.  Once cut, I covered it with clear micro beads for a lovely texture.  I cut two Caribbean corners and added them to the top and bottom of the die cut before adding it to the centre of my background.  I cut the centre of the St. Barts die in white and layered it up in the middle with foam and topped it with my sentiment, which I cut out with the smallest die in the St. Barts die set.  I inked it with Shaded Lilac before removing it from the die.  I completed the card by piercing a white mat and adding another white mat for backing.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.

The winners of this week's comment game are:

Chaffinch!!!
Berina RGA!!!
Linda Mitchell!!!

From the extra qualifying post of Monday Aug. 24th, the winners are:
A Happercrafter6!!!
Clare W!!!
Jackie Meechan!!!

For the extra qualifying post of Wed. Aug. 26th, the winners are:
Jan in Sheffield!!!
Rosemarie F!!!
Hazel Young!!!

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




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