Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hi bloggers!  How about a  milk and sky blue card combo for today's giveaway card?  It is a lovely, soothing colour combination I think!  I started with the New Zealand Background cut out of milk card.  I attached a piece of sticky adhesive sheet to the back and sprinkled Diamond Snow over the front cut out areas, then added a piece of Sky Blue card to the back by just peeling the other side of the sticky sheet and attaching it.  I used the inner cutting die to cut an aperture out of the centre.  I added mounting foam to the back to raise it for dimension.  Next, I cut two Milford Adornments in milk card and added them to the aperture so that the straight edge was even with the lines at the top of the aperture.  I stamped my sentiment and added some texture by running it through the Daisy Burst embossing folder.  I cut a frame out of sky blue card by using the matching inside dies from the background and the Wellington shape.  I glued the frame over the sentiment and trimmed away the excess card.  I mounted it in the centre of the aperture and added two Sweetheart flowers as accents.  I completed the card with flatback pearls and my usual piercing and matching matting and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8 1/4" in size.  Please leave a comment to be entered into the drawing to win this one! The winner will be announced on Saturday's blog post.   All for now, Sue x





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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Defining Your Dies




Hi crafters!  If you want to make your dies really pop out on your projects, add a shadow die cut.  It is a bit more work, but I think you will agree that the results are worth the extra effort too!






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


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Monday, 2 May 2016

Best Wishes

Hi bloggers!  A bit of a simple card today, but I loved the ease of it and it is always handy to have a quick make when needed!  I cut the Pierced Rose Background out of sky blue card, leaving a wide border around it.  I backed it with a piece of coconut white card.   Next I cut it into three wide sections.  I added mounting foam to the back and re attached them to a piece of coconut white card with a small gap between them.  I stamped my sentiment from the Delightful Sentiment set by Creative Expressions and cut it out with the Pierced Flags die set.  I cut a Blushing Rose die out of white and backed it with a sky blue solid piece and seated it on a bow tied from thin black satin ribbon.  I seated it at the end of my sentiment strip and added some Lace Edged Leaves cut out of white card as accents.  I did a bit of matting and layering with white, sky blue and black to frame and finish the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8" in size.  All for now,
Sue x





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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Wishing You

Good Sunday morning all!  Today's card is a bit of an experiment for me, but I rather liked the striking way it came out.  I used a piece of acetate and covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I peeled the backing paper off and added some Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes to it,but I did not cover the entire piece.  I left areas quite open on it.  I sprayed the piece with adhesive glue then backed it with a piece of black card to add depth to it.  I trimmed it then matted it with a piece of coconut white card and a thin black mat.  I cut two of the Australian Borders out of black card and glued them to the sides of the card.  I stamped a sentiment (from the Cr. Exp. clear stamp set called Amazing Sentiments)using a Black Archival ink pad, then cut the inside of the Australian Background to create a frame for it.  I backed the frame with a white piece then added it over the sentiment and trimmed away the excess.  I added to the centre of the card with mounting foam.  I completed the card with a white pierced mat, a thin black mat and another white layer.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.

The winners of this week's comment game are:

Jacqui oakes-alcock!!!
Sunset Bay!!!
Linda Graham!!!

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, 30 April 2016

Double Cutting Dies




Hi bloggers!  Depending on the die, you can sometimes cut your card and then cut over the same area with just a turn of the die and get some great patterns.  You just need to have another die to cover the not so pretty areas on the inside!  Don't be afraid to try, it is only a bit of card!

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

Stella Munn!!!

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














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






Friday, 29 April 2016

You're Amazing

Hi crafters!  I have been having a play with one of the  Stamps to Die For that match my die Wellington die.  I started by stamping the Lily Corner in black and cutting it out with the matching Wellington die outer cutting edge.  I coloured it with Distress markers (mostly Rusty Hinge,Mustard Seed, Forest Moss and Peacock Feathers), using a wet paintbrush to lift colour off in areas to create light.  I stamped the lilies again and hand cut the two larger ones , coloured them and added them back over the originals with a bit of mounting foam to raise them for dimension.  I used a white gel pen to add dots to make them into Tiger Lilies, as a suggestion that John Lockwod gave me.  John drew these beautiful flowers and his suggestion was spot on!  I stamped a sentiment and gut it out with an oval, inked the edges with Tumbled Glass and mounted it the upper corner with foam.  I created a backing piece for the stamped image by cutting both edges of a piece of coconut white card with the Dorado Gemini Die.  I wanted to add a bit more emphasis to it so I cut two more of the same die out of white card, but used both cutting edges this time.  I then glued them atop the original areas cut out of the white card so it gave more weight to the edges.  I matted it on to a larger piece of coconut white card, then added my usual pierced matting and layering to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x






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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Increase Or Decrease It




Hello there my crafty friends!  Today's video is all about making your dies work for you.  Whether you need to make your dies larger or make them smaller to fit the projects you are working on, it is quite easy to do and I can show you how in today's video card.











The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x