Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Hi bloggers!  You probably figured that this card would be the next up for grabs!  Fresh from it's demo appearance on my shows last week, it is looking for a really good home.  Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the drawing for it.  I will announce the winner of Saturday's blog post.  I cut two of the Regal Striplet using just the inside decorative die to create a background.  I used spray glue to adhere them to another piece of coconut white card, then used Polar White Sparkle Texture paste to grout it and let it dry for several hours.  Next I cut the frame using the Classic Adorned Rectangle set and the new Blue Dusk card (very similar to Periwinkle but a bit lighter).  I raised it with mounting foam and placed it over my grouted background once it was dry, trimming away the excess from below the frame.  Next I used the scalloped edge die that is part of the Lavish Swirls diagonal die set to add a fine border all the way around the edge of a coconut white backing card.  I seated the frame on it and added some pearls in the corners.  I cut the Thank you die in both white and black and offset the black die ever so slightly to look like a shadow.  I backed it with the oval cut out of Blue Dusk card and glued it in the centre of the frame.  Next I made a single Cornflower by cutting 2 each of several sizes and gluing them together and then adding a black 8mm Dazzler to the centre.  I seated it on a blue satin bow, some white tulle and two of the Splendid Swirls as embellishments.  Finally I made two matching stick pins and added them to my bow.  I did my usual piercing around the edge before adding a thin blue and black mat and finishing with a white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x





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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Gilded High-Low technique


Hi bloggers!  Here's another way to do my High/low technique.  Use Gilding Flakes for the "low"  and Diamond Sprinkles for the "High" and you will have some beautiful texture for your card.
























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


Monday, 27 July 2015

Best Wishes

Hello bloggers!   I have been playing with my Lattice and Lace Striplet again!  I started by cutting three of them without the outer cutting edge in the background milk card.  I backed it with Mocha card.  I don't think I have ever used this colour card before, but I really like it.  It is sort of cross between a brown and a grey colour (not that my pictures show it very accurately!)  It may not be every ones taste but I think it may grow on you if you give it a chance!  Next, I cut two more of the striplet out of milk card, but this time, I used the outer cutting edge with it.  I cut two backing pieces out of milk card too for a tone on tone look.  I added mounting foam to those and offset them between the three in the background.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the Pierced Flag die set, using a slightly larger one to mat it with Mocha card.  I ran a gold paint pen along the top and bottom edges of it.  I mounted it across the card with foam.  Using the Perfect Peony set, I made a multi layered flower using two of each of the larger sizes of the peony.  I used a gold paint pen around the edge of each flower before assembling it.  A single cream pearl adorned the centre.  I seated it on some cream tulle and arranged Mosaic leaves and Splendid Swirls around it for embellishments.  I did some double matting with a mocha and a gold mat behind my background piece as well as my final mat layers, which included a paper pierced milk mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x







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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Thanks For Being My Friend

 Good Sunday morning all!  Today's card offering started with an embossed background using the Daisy Tiers embossing folder.  I cut four of the Ornamental Corner in coconut white card.  I nipped off the extra part on each to make them all symmetrical in shape and glued them into the four corners.  Next I cut the Classic Adorned Square Noble die out of raspberry card (from my stash) and I used the inside cutting die to create a frame.  I added mounting foam to the back and adhered it to the centre of the card.  I used the inside decorative die to cut the lacy die out of coconut white card.  I mounted it in the centre of the frame in a diamond orientation.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the inside square die in the set.  I lightly inked it with Picked Raspberry before removing it from the die.  I cut a Refined Rectangle out of white card, and cut it down into a square and mounted the sentiment on it before placing them in the centre of the card.  I completed the card with a pierced white mat, a thin raspberry mat and a larger white mat.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.

Now for this week's Comment Game winners.  They are:

Carole Z!!!
Kiraneries!!!
Pat S. Witney!!!

From the extra qualifying post of Wed. July 22nd, the winners are:

Helen Jones!!!
Kitty Davies!!!
Pat Aberdeen!!!

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








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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Twice Die Cut Technique


Hello there my crafty friends!  Did you know that you can often change the shape of your dies by cutting them twice?  Today's video will show you how it's done with the Portuguese collection Lisbon die.

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

Myra From Florida!!!

Congratulations!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your card!









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Friday, 24 July 2015

Christmas Double Day

 Hello bloggers!  Another Christmas double day again, what a quick week it has been!  I have two very traditional looking  cards for today's offering.  For this first card, I embossed a white background using the Swirling Holly embossing folder to add texture.  I cut two of the Snowflake corners and coated them with spray adhesive and dusted them with Diamond Sprinkles.  I glued them in opposite corners.  Next I cut the Ornate Pierced Design Noble out of white card and backed it with vintage gold card.  I cut  the centre out to create a frame and added mounting foam to raise it.  I embossed a piece of vintage gold card using the Bed of Roses folder to use as a background for my frame.  I decided to paper grout it with Polar White sparkle texture paste to bring out the pattern a bit more.  Once dry, I glued my frame over it and trimmed away the excess from underneath.  I cut the Vertical Joy die out of coconut white card and sprayed it with adhesive and glittered it with Diamond Sprinkles.  I cut the solid letters out of white and glued them in place behind.  I added mounting foam and glued it in the centre of my frame.  I made two poinsettias using both the Classic Poinsettia die and the Open Petal Poinsettia die.  I added them with some Holly spray and white tulle to the lower left side of my frame.  I completed the card by using my piercing ruler to create a pierced white mat layer.  Next I added a thin vintage gold card mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/4" in size.  Scroll down to see card number two.



The second offering today is a silver pearl and sky blue angel card.  I used the Illusion embossing folder with a piece of coconut white card to add texture to the background.  Next, I used the Ornate Pierced Rectangle Noble die to cut an aperture in the silver pearl card.  I used a paper cutter to cut the outside edge into a rectangle.  I used the two largest dies in the set to add a thinner sky blue frame which I glued to the edge of the aperture.  I mounted it on foam over the embossed background.  I cut the Christmas Angel 2015 out of silver pearl card (from my stash).  I added her with foam in the centre of the frame.  I used the various twinkle stars in the set and cut them out of both blue and silver pearl card and glued them to the background.  I added the word "peace" from the Dove of Peace die set.  I completed the card with a white hand pierced mat layer, a thin silver and blue mat and a wider white mat.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  9" in size.  All for now, Sue x


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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tone on Tone High Low Technique


Hi crafters!  Another one of my favourite techniques, my High/Low Technique, but this time it has been done with a tone on tone variation for a much more subtle background.  It adds beautiful texture to your card projects without taking away from your focal element!

Just another quick reminder that my shows are on C & C today at 4pm with Dave Bradford and at 7pm with Andy Love.  I do hope that you will be able to tune in to see some fun new techniques and demos!










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







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