Sunday, 24 July 2016

Another Year

Good Sunday morning all!  Today's card is a really simple one that I thought would be a nice make for a man in more suitable colours.  Don't you think?  I started with a piece of sky blue card and cut the decorative die from the Bruges set in the very centre of it.  I backed it with milk card then added the inside cutting die to cut an aperture out of both pieces.  I added mounting foam to it to raise it.  I stamped my sentiment on milk card and centred it in the aperture and attached it.  I cut four of the Belgian borders in milk card using the decorative die and the outer cutting edge.  Two were backed in milk card and the other two were backed in sky blue card.  I placed one of each colour together with the straight edges touching and added them to both sides of the card.  I cut a length of cream double pearls strips down the centre and ran then down the middles of both border sections.  I completed the card with a milk mat that was paper pierced, a thin sky blue mat and another milk mat.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 3/4" in size.

The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Clare Powell!!!
Barbara V!!!
Jess Watson!!!

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

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Gate Background Card

Hello bloggers!  The Arbour Gate is a very versatile die, don't just think of it as a gate.  It can do so much more.  Today's video shows how you can use it to create a pretty background element on your cards too!

The winner of Wednesday's weekly card giveaway is:


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

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

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Friday, 22 July 2016

You're Wonderful

Hello bloggers!  I love a card with a frame and this is no exception!  I started by cutting a multi layered frame out of both Duck Egg blue and milk card using the Stitched Lattice Frames die set.  I used the largest and smallest die to create the milk frame and the two largest dies to create the duck egg blue frame and I added mounting foam to both to give them dimension.  Next I cut the Pictor Tri- Gemini die in milk card.  I cut two of one shape and two of the other shape and backed all of them with duck egg blue card.  The longer shapes were added to the inside of the frame on the longer side and the shorter Geminis were added to the shorter side. I cut the Lattice portion of the die set out of milk card and seated the entire frame over it.  I covered a piece of milk card with a sticky adhesive sheet and then glittered it with Iced Snow.  The entire frame was seated over the glittered sheet so it showed through the lattice area.  I stamped a sentiment then created a frame from the Belgian tag die using both duck egg and milk card and seated it over the sentiment.  I attached it in the centre of the frame and added my usual mats and layers to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Framed Rosette Card

Hi bloggers!  Adding a pretty rosette to your card is sure to give it the Wow factor.  They are a bit of work, but such a nice addition too!  The Gillian die is just perfect for making decorative rosettes too!

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

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Hi crafters!  Today's card giveaway was meant to be a demo from the past set of shows, but again, never quite was able to get to it!  I thought it was a pretty card though and shows off the Ornamental Accents quite nicely!  I started with a piece of sky blue card and used the Pictor Tri- Gemini die to cut a decorative edge on bother edges.  I used just one of the decorative dies in the set and the matching cutting edge.  I then used the Double Pieced Noble Ovals to cut a large oval aperture in the centre.  I added mounting foam to the back of the piece and embossed a piece of white card with the Jacobean Floral folder and seated it behind the aperture opening.  I added that piece to a slightly larger piece of white card so the edges were just showing from underneath the  top piece and I split a row of double pearls and added one to each side.  I cut five of the Ornamental Accents in white and arranged them in a fan shape and added them to the inside of the aperture.  I cut a sky blue poppy with sticky adhesive paper on to create a sugared flower with Iced Snow and I seated it on a satin ribbon bow at the bottom of the fan with some Olive Branches as accents.  The aperture was completed with a thin white frame that I cut from the next size up in the Double Pierced Noble Ovals and I raised it with some foam for dimension.  I stamped my sentiment then cut it with my paper cutter into a tag shape.  I inked the edges lightly with Stormy Sky and tucked the end under my flower.  The card was completed with a white, blue, white may combo and my usual piercing.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x  8 3/4" in size.  Leave a comment to be entered into the drawing to win this one!  All for now, Sue x


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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Happy Birthday To You

Hi bloggers!  Today's card is a bit of a different use of the Shadow Box dies, but it just shows you what versatility they have!  I started with the background and cut the Happy Birthday triple line die three times, lining it up directly underneath each time I cut it.  Also, using wax paper really helps with this die so you don't stretch the card when removing the die.  Once cut, I sprayed the back with permanent spray adhesive and added it to a piece of wisteria card to show through it.  I trimmed it with a small border around it and matted it on black card.  Next I cut the Happy Birthday Shadow Box frame out of coconut white card.  I decided to use only a few of the cubbie cubes so I trimmed the largest one away and two of the smaller boxes.  I added a piece of acetate to the backs of both pieces, then mounting foam to raise them.    I placed the larger box in the upper corner and the two smaller boxes in the lower right.  I cut out the Happy Birthday to you sentiment twice, once in Iris card and one in black.  I offset them with the black acting as a shadow and then added it to the acetate in the larger box so it looks like it is floating.  I did the same thing with the present and party hat and glued them into the two smaller boxes. In the lower corner, I added a couple of poppies cut out of iris card and used a thin black marker to add the embossing lines to them.  I seated them on a black jute twine bow and added olive branches cut out of black card.  I completed the card with white, iris and black mats.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Monday, 18 July 2016


 Hello my crafty friends!   Today's card offering was one of the demos from the shows on Saturday.  It had been damaged quite badly making the trip across the pond, but I had some time before the shows and I was able to put a new frame on it!    I started by cutting the Swiss Background out of aqua card.  I used the inside cutting edge to cut it into a frame but I left a wide margin around the outer art of it so I was able to add mounting foam there.  I embossed a piece of white card with the Daisy Burst embossing folder and seated the frame over it for a bit of texture showing through.  I used the Double Pierced Noble Rectangle dies and cut a frame for it.  I set up three consecutive dies to create the frame and embossed first, then removed the middle die and cut the frame.  I added it with foam over the background die.  For the focal element in the middle, I cut the Zurich die out of white and backed it with aqua card.  I cut it down the centre and removed a section, then reassembled it and added it to the middle of the frame.  I stamped a sentiment and cut it out with the oval in the middle of the Swiss Background die and added it with foam.  Finally, I cut several Exquisite Poppies out of aqua card and added them with a satin ribbon bow around the sentiment covering the join lines in the die.  I completed the card with a white, aqua, white mat sequence.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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