Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Illuminated Angel Striplet

Hello bloggers!  More Christmas for you today!  The video shows a lovely way to use the Illuminated Angel Striplet  to create an elegant card for the festive season.  Don't forget to check out the metallic linx, it is a great new product to add a bit extra to your cards and projects.

The finished dimensions are 7" x
7 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Monday, 26 September 2016


Good morning crafters!  How about a Special Occasion Shadow box card to start off the week!  I have used milk card, vintage gold card and black card to create this one.  I started with a piece of milk card as the background and embossed it with the Jacobean Floral embossing folder.  I highlighted the embossed area with Enchanted Gold gilding wax rubbed over the top and then buffed.  Next I cut the Shadow Box out of gold card and added mounting foam to the back to raise it and added it to my embossed background.  I the lower corner I added the bells cut in gold and shadowed in black.  Above that, I cut the champagne bottle in gold, shadowed it in black and cut one more out of milk card.  Using my scissors, I trimmed away the label area on the milk card and glued it to the gold bottle.  I cut the embossed heart from the set out of gold card and attached it to the larger middle box.  I cut the Stacked Love die in milk and black as a shadow and attached them to the top of the heart.  Above that section, I used the Mr. and Mrs. die cut out of milk and black card.  I shadowed it with the black, then nipped them apart to rearrange them for use in the longer thinner box area.  The ampersand was glued top and bottom to the frame of the shadow box.  For the last section, I decided to use the Happy Couple die on top of the shadow box frame.  I cut the die in milk and black.  I used just the tuxedo part out of the black die cut and glued it to the top of the milk die cut.  Next I used the die and lightly embossed it into milk card and cut away the bride and glued her behind the open cut out area on the original to make the piece solid.  I was then able to hide mounting foam to raise them above the shadow box frame.  I completed the card with milk, gold and black mats and my usual paper pierced edge.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x  7" in size.  All for now,
 Sue x

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Double Brussels Sunday

Good Sunday morning all!  I thought these two cards were the perfect pairing to use for today's double day. Think masculine card for this first one, black card, no frills, no flowers, plus the gilding flakes just show up so nicely on the black card!.   I started with a piece of black card and cut the Belgian border out of it repeatedly (eight times) without the outer cutting edge.  I attached a sticky adhesive sheet to the back of it once cut and turned it over and gilded the exposed adhesive areas on the front.  I used Silver Dream gilding flakes on this one.  Next I used the outer cutting die from the Brussels die set to cut an aperture in the centre of the card.  I added mounting foam to the background to raise it for dimension.  Next I coated the Royal Palace Stamp To Die For with Flake and glitter glue.  I covered the stamp with a piece of black card and quickly ran my hand over it to transfer the stamped image to the card.  Once the flake and glitter glue goes completely clear, you can use your gilding flake on it, but don't forget to clean your stamp straight away.  Using a small piece of rubit scrubit pad, I refined the gilding flakes on the stamped image to remove any extra flake.  I cut the image with the Brussels die  and I used the inner die to cut the centre of it as well to create a frame.    I cut the inner decorative die from the set out of coconut white card and glued it behind the opening.  I seated the entire shape back into the aperture and stamped my sentiment, cutting it out with the oval in the Antwerp die set.  I added mounting foam and placed it in the centre of the card.  To complete the card, a white, black, white mat order was used with Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue dots around the inner white mat.  The finished dimensions are
7 3/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

Card number two started by embossing three strips of coconut white card using the Provencale Lace embossing folder.  I added thin back mats and mounting foam and attached them to another piece of coconut white card to create my background.  I wrapped a piece of frilly edged white ribbon around the lower portion of the card and added a double bow to the side.  I topped the bow with a decorative rhinestone accent, some silver metallic linx and a couple of matching stick pins.  The focal element for this card is merely the cut out piece from the above card (we can't waste it now can we!)  I used the inside cutting edge from the Antwerp to cut the centre out of it to create a frame.  I cut the decorative die from the Antwerp and glued it in place behind the frame opening and added another white backing piece to it.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the oval die in the Antwerp set.  Black and white mats were used on this card to finish it as well, but I pierced the inner layer this time.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8 1/2" in size.

The winners of this week's comment game are:

York's Butterfly!!!
Netty the runner!!!
Barbara V!!!

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, 24 September 2016

Double Fan Card

Hi bloggers!  Today's video card uses the Ornamental Accents die set to create a stunning double fan card.  There are so many ways you can use these dies, but in their simplest form, they make a lovely fan.  Why not start there and then branch out into all sorts of other ways to use them.  Your creativity will begin to just spill over once you have a play with them!

The winner of the Wednesday Card Giveaway is:

Iris Harbourne!!!

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

I hope you can tune in for my shows today on Hochanda.   They start at 9am and then again at 12 noon, 4pm and 7pm for the final show of the day!

We also still have two unclaimed dies from the drawing, please check the list (scroll down several posts to find it) and see if your name is among the winners!

The finished dimensions are 7 31/2" x
 9 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Friday, 23 September 2016

Christmas Double Days

Hello all!  Double the fun today with two more Christmas cards!  First up, I used the inner die from the Poinsettia Mini Background and cut three panels across.  There is a very thin strip of card between each, but the centre covers it up.  I left a large margin and added mounting foam to the back of it.  I added a strip of white pearls all the way around the edge (I cut the double strips down the middle to use a single row all the way around).  I mounted it over our Ruby Red card.  For the focal element, I cut the Holly Octagonal die in both white and black and offset the black behind it as a shadow.  I cut the centre of the Ornate Holly Framed Peace die and added a red backing then cut the inside of it to create a frame.  I added mounting foam and raised it over another piece of white card.  I cut the peace die in both white and black and shadowed it and glued them into the centre of the frame.  Both pieces were added to the centre of the card.  I added pearls to the flower centres then completed the card with white, red and black mats.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  9 1/4" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

Card number two uses our new Midnight Blue pearl card (I know it looks like it is black in my picture, but when you scroll down you can see the shimmer better in the other pics.)  I cut the outer die from the Poinsettia Mini Background this time in white.  I backed it with the Midnight Blue Pearl card and then cut the centre out to create a frame.  I added mounting foam to raise it for dimensions.  I cut the Holly Octagonal die (same as in the first card) and cut it in half and mounted it to the insides of the frame sides.  I stamped a sentiment and centred it in between the die cut and mounted the frame over it.  As an accent, I cut the Christmas Rose die in white and added the centres in a pale pink and cut the leaves out of a ale green.  I seated the flowers on some white satin ribbon and mounted them in the lower corner of the card.  I completed it with white and blue mats to match and of course my usual paper piercing done with my piercing ruler.  The finished dimensions are 5 3/4" x  7" in size.  Two completely different cards done with the same basis dies.  I hope this will give you a few ideas for your own cards going forward.

I forgot to mention that I am doing the One Day Special tonight at 8pm on Hochanda.   It will be the first set of shows featuring my Christmas 2016 die release, so if you need some inspiration for your festive cards, you shall have it! LOL  All for now, Sue x

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