Thursday, 26 November 2015

Four Square Frame

Hi crafters and Happy Thanksgiving to my American blog followers!  Here is another use for the beautiful Heraldic Square die.  I just love all the ways this one can be used!

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

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hi there my crafty friends!  Guess what, no Christmas card for the giveaway!   I thought I would give you a reprieve today! LOL    I started this card with a piece of peach card and cut four of the Pavo Gemini dies in white.  I used both cutting edges for them as well as the decorative centre piece.  I created a frame by hooking the ends of each of them into a large square shape and glued them to the card.  For the focal element, I cut the Porto die in white and backed it with white, then used the smaller die in the Porto set for the frame around the sentiment.  I cut this one in white and backed it with white card as well, but used the inner die to cut it into a frame.  I stamped my sentiment and then mounted the frame over it.  I cut three flowers using the Classic Foldover flower and some matching peach felt (from my stash).  I rolled them and just cut them at different lengths to create different sized flowers.  I added some white Mosaic Leaves around them as accents.  I finished the corners with some white pearl corners and added my usual pierced mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 8 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  If you would like to be entered into the drawing to win this card, just leave me a comment.  I will post the winner's name on the Saturday blog post.  Al for now, Sue x


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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Framed and Adorned

Hi bloggers!  Another way to use the adornment dies in today's video.  They look great when used on the inside of frames, don't you think!

The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.    All for now, Sue x
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Monday, 23 November 2015

Best Wishes

 Hello there my crafty friends!  I have a card made with the latest release for you today.  I started by cutting the Tessa die out of coconut white card using just the decorative outer die.  Below that I cut the Window Striplet minus the cutting edges.  Using a piece of peach card, I lined up the Tessa die and situated the inner die from the set to cut into the peach card.  I added mounting foam and layer the two pieces up for a bit of dimension between them.  I stamped my sentiment and placed it to show through from the back.  I actually had a flower laying around that I hadn't used, but had made from the Classic Rose die and felt.  There is a video showing this technique on our Creative Expressions Youtube channel.  I added the flower with some peach and white pastel Bakers Twine as an accent.  Finishing up the card, in my usual pierced and matted manner, the final dimensions are 8" x  8 1/2" in size.

I just thought I would also let you know that I had a really nice surprise recently when a lovely gal named Becky contacted me to say that she had included my blog in an article that she had written about the five best blogs for a Homemade Christmas.  Here is a link to her article if you are interested.    I was delighted to be included in her submission and wanted to share it with you!

Julia Watts has shows today on Hochanda at 11am, 2pm and 5pm with Justrite stamps and dies at some great prices!  Don't forget to tune in!  

There are still about half a dozen unclaimed winning dies.  Please be sure to scroll down and check the list of winners that was posted yesterday.  All for now, Sue x

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Blog Launch Die Winners

Hello there my crafty friends!  Thank you once again for the wonderful response to my latest release.  It truly does make me happy to read all the lovely comments that you have left!  It doesn't hurt that I get to draw winners to giveaway some free stuff too! That always makes me happy!  LOL

Here are the results of the last 2015 die release drawings!

Double Pierced Noble Rectangles Set B: DarcyDaydream!!!
Double Pierced Noble Squares Set B: Arwen Perry!!!
Bold Thank You: Mavis Lynch!!!
Just Because Ornate Frame: Haze T!!!
Brighter Days ornate Frame: Saba!!!
Glad You're my Friend Ornate Frame: Lilysmum (Theresa)!!!
Alexandra: Sue Foster!!!
Hannah: Gwen 70!!!
Zoe: Nanna Pat!!!
Emma: Culliesocks!!!
Tessa: DeCor!!!
Grace: Spoole (Sheila Poole)!!!
Ornate Octagon Striplet: Cards2Di4!!!
Lattice Window Striplet: Yvonne Gunton!!!
Intertwining Circles Striplet: Icelady (Sandra)!!!
Corvus Gemini die: Jan D. Florida USA!!!
Indus Gemini die: Granny Sue!!!
Fanciful Trim: Margaret Rogers!!!
Meridian Edger: Jan Ltc!!!
Swirly Lace Edger: TDQ Karen!!!
Cathedral Background: Lindsay Martin!!!
Scalloped Lace Buckle Bar: Pat James!!!
Delicate Filigree Buckle Bar: Izzy Wheadon!!!
Bearded Pansy: Marg (Bristol)!!!
Blushing Rose: Lea Brawn!!!
Heart Of Hearts: Jane Franklin!!!
Daisy Cluster: Lorraine Freeman!!!
Petite Peony Cluster: Kate From Kendal!!!
Orange Blossom Complete petal: Tressa (Kettering)!!!
Orange Blossom open petal: Aquarius!!!
Orange Blossom leaves: Lesley S. in Sussex!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at to confirm your address and claim your winning die.  Please enter the name of the die that you won in the subject line of the email as it makes it so much easier for me to get everything sent out correctly!

If you have missed the card for today, just scroll down!  All for now, Sue x

You Are Special

 Good Sunday morning all!  I've been doing some subtle letterpressing as I started this card by inking up my Bed of Roses embossing folder with a Clear Perfect Medium.  I ran a piece of coconut white card through the machine to transfer the ink to the card.  I dusted it with Pearlescent Mica powder for a very subtle shine in the floor of the design (you can see this in the close ups).  I cut five of the Corner Squares dies in white and then backed them with a blush card solid piece using just the outer cutting edge.  I arranged them as a border going down the side of the card by overlapping the slightly and raising one end on each of them with foam.  Next I cut the You are Special die several times in white and layered them up for dimension.  I cut it once out of blush and used the flower fall away to piece back into the white one.  I added some Cosmic Lacquer and some Diamond Snow and allowed it to dry.  I backed it in blush card using an oval die.  I wrapped flesh seam binding around the card vertically and tied a messy bow.  I used the Diagonal Foldover flower die and cut it out of white felt to create my flower.  I topped the bow with some Bakers Twine and added my flower.  The sentiment was placed over the ribbon with mounting foam.  I completed the card with my usual pierced mat and matching layers.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8" in size.

Due to the die launch, I haven't done the Comment game this week, however, I will be doing the drawing for the winning dies and posting it later today, so please don't forget to check back to see if your name is among the winners!  All for now, Sue x

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Elegant Vase

Hi bloggers!  A truly simple card for you today and one that doesn't take long to create either.  Great for those last minute, I need a card quick sort of situations! LOL

The winners of this week's card (s) giveaway are:

Ginnie Rutter!!!

Narrowboat girl!!!

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

The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x

Friday, 20 November 2015

Christmas Double Days

 Hello crafters!  I have  channel card and a buckle card for you today, two of my favourite styles of cards!  First up is the navy blue and white channel card.  I started by cutting a piece of coconut white card into two sections, one larger than the other (about 3/4 and 1/4 in size).  I embossed both pieces with the Frosty Swirls embossing folder for texture and added mounting foam to raise them to create the recessed channel.  Next I cut the Classic Adorned Rectangle inside decorative die in white card, using the inner oval to cut it into a frame.  I backed it with Navy blue card and added foam to the back, attaching it to the top of my card.  I cut a mini Snowflake striplet in white and backed it in blue and glued it into place in the recessed channel I creating in the card.  I cut the thin borders from the Lavish Swirls diagonal and attached them to each side of the recess with a strip of white pearls along each edge.  I cut the snowflake tag and added it across my focal element die and then added two slightly larger snowflakes to the ends.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with a small oval die, using the die to trace around to create a faux mat in Navy blue to go behind it.  I completed the card with a pierced white mat, then added a thin navy blue mat and a final white mat to frame it.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8 1/2" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

Today's second card is a buckle card created using the Deboss Snowflake die and the matching stamps (designed by John Lockwood).  I stamped three of the Shooting Stars Medallion and embossed them in gold.  I used the matching die to cut all three out and used the inner die to cut them into frames.  I cut a long strip of milk card and wove it through the die cuts, turning the outer dies horizontally while keeping the centre die vertical.  I added tape to the back to secure them then added mounting foam.  I embossed a larger piece of milk card with the Let It Snow folder for texture.  I cut the Scandinavian Border in gold card and cut it down the centre, adding a half to the top and bottom edge of the card.  I ran a length of cream pearl strips along each edge as well.  I added my buckle feature in the centre of the card and used the inside of the stamped frame as my sentiment adding it the the centre with foam.  I completed the card with a milk pierced mat, a thin gold mat and a final milk mat in my usual manner.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  9" in size.   All for now, Sue x

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