Saturday, 25 October 2014

Tethered Hearts

Hi Bloggers!  This one was another special request so I thought I would oblige!  I started by cutting the Tethered Hearts Striplet twice out of white card and once out of peach card, all using the outside cutting edge.  I used the edge die alone to cut solid backing pieces, two out of peach and one out of black.  I glued all the pieces together to form three striplets.  On a background piece of white card, I added the two white striplets to the sides with mounting foam and the peach striplet to the centre, raised a bit higher with foam.  I used the ovals from the background to cut a white mat for my oval element, then made a faux mat out of black by tracing the outside shape of the die and hand cutting it.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the inside of the French Provence die.  I inked it lightly with Tattered Rose before removing it from my die.  I cut a tag from the Austrian set out of peach card to go behind it.  Using the Classic Rose die, I made a flower out of peach card, then added in Faux Quilled Leaves and a swirl to embellish it.  I finished the card with a mat of black, then a white paper pierced mat using my piercing ruler.  A thin black mat then a final white mat finished it off nicely.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4'' x 8'' in size.

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

Lynda Brock!!

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

I had some more great news yesterday.  I was nominated in the British Craft Awards for the best blog category (along with Julia Watts and Sam Poole too!)  I have included a link to the site on the right hand side of the blog is you would like to cast your vote, just click the link!    All for now, Sue x

Friday, 24 October 2014

It's A Double Day

Hello all!  It's time again for another Christmas double day, they do come along quickly, don't they!  This first card was created using the Holly Accessory Kit die set.  I started by embossing a piece of white card using the Swirling Holly embossing folder for detail.  To create the wreath, I simply cut loads of the holly solid die as well as the matching open Holly die in the set using about four different colours of green card stock.  I think the differing shades of card adds a lot of interest to the wreath.  I glued the solid shapes in place first, then added in the open Holly shapes on top randomly all around the wreath.  I cut several of the Holly berries in red and glued them around the wreath as well.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it into a strip with forked ends on both sides.  I attached it across and upwards on the wreath, then cut a Mosaic Poinsettia to add as an accent.  I finished the card with my usual pierced white mat, a thin red mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  Scroll down to see card number two.

Card number two is my favourite of the Let It Snow samples that I made.  I started this one by cutting several of the Peace die out of white card.  I used these to create the swirly border edge around the silver card.  I actually had this in mind as I designed the Peace die so I was looking forward to trying it out when I received the prototypes and I loved the way it looked!  I cut a smaller piece of silver card and used the Innsbruck die to cut an oval aperture.  I glued a piece of acetate across the back of it and cut my Let It Snow die in white and glued it across the centre.  I attached a thin strip of sticky adhesive to some white card and used the die a second time and lined it up to cut just the word "snow" this time.  I nipped away the swirls so the letters were free, peeled the backing paper off and coated them with Diamond Sprinkles for bling.  I glued these atop the original die cut.  I ran a bead of dries clear glue around the edge of the silver card and dusted it with Iced Snow and let it dry.    I scattered small flatback pearls around the background and on the snowflakes in the die cut.  I completed the card with a white pierced mat, a thin silver mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are
6 1/2" x  8" in size.  I hope you have enjoyed today's double feature!  All for now, Sue x

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Double Die Cutting

Hi crafters!  Today's video really shows you how to get the most out of the Austrian border die!  You may not have thought that you could do this so it is a really good video to watch to give you more ideas for your dies.  I hope you enjoy it!  All for now, Sue x
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Good morning all!  I thought this card might make a nice one for the Wednesday card giveaway.  I hope you think so too.  I started by embossing a piece of coconut white card using the Snowflake Lattice embossing folder for some background texture.  I cut several of the Classic Poinsettia in red card.  I matched the sizes of the dies with the same ones in the Filigree Poinsettia set and cut them in white, overlaid them and glued them together, then offset them to make two flowers.  I glued them in the corner of the card, then added several Holly Spray sections around them.  I added small 3mm white pearls to the spray as accents.  I stamped my sentiment from the Joy To The World stamp set by Creative Expressions and then cut it out with the Salzburg die.  I ran a bead of dries clear glue around the edge and dusted it with Iced Snow.  Once dry, I added it to the upper corner of the card.  I matted my card with a white mat, a thin red mat and a final white mat.  On the inside white mat, I added white Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue dots all the way around the edge to frame it.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  9" in size.  If you would like to be entered in the drawing for this card, just leave a comment on today's post.  The winner will be drawn and announced on Saturday's post.  All for now, Sue x

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 to confirm your address and claim your crafty prize!  Al for now, Sue x