Friday, 29 May 2015

Friendship

 Hello blog friends!  I just love the simplicity of today's card offering.  I started by cutting the Canadian Background die out of coconut white card.  I just love this die and it has proven to be so useful (as I hope to show you on many later blog posts!)  I used it here in it's simplest form, just using the outside cutting die to create a rectangle border around my card.  I picked custard card to use with it and added mounting foam to the background and seated it over the custard card for a soft yellow creamy background.  I cut the Montreal die in white using both the inner and outer cutting edges to create a frame.  I backed it with a custard card cut out, gluing them together then reseating the inside die for a clean cut to my frame.  I added mounting foam to the back of the frame, then stamped my sentiment on another piece of white card.  I covered it with an adhesive sheet, then coated it with Diamond Sprinkles.  I added glue to my mounting foam on the back of the frame then seated in over my sentiment.  I cut away the excess from around the edge then glued it in the centre of the background. I added small white flatback pearls to the background as embellishments.   I completed the card with my usual paper pierced edge (by using my piercing ruler) and a custard mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x








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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Ivy Trellis



Hello crafters!  Today's video shows how to use the Greek Island Background easily.  Part of the die is designed with a deboss feature to it and I show how to use it simply.   It really is a simple card, but with beautiful results that I am sure you will love.



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 The finished dimensions are 5 3/4" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hello everyone!  How about a pinwheel sort of card for today's card giveaway?  This was a demo I did back in Feb. but in case you didn't see it, here's a quick rundown.  I started by embossing periwinkle card using the Leafy Quad embossing folder.  I did it twice with two different sized squares so I was able to layer them up for a bit of interest.  I matted each piece with a thin black mat to frame it.  For the focal element, I cut four of the centre die from the Times Square out of coconut white card.  I cut four more out of black card.  I cut eight squares to back them with, all out of white card and glued them all together.  The four white on white pieces became the "square" part of the pinwheel while the black on white pieces became the "diamond" part of the pinwheel.  By inserting each piece but keeping the same orientation, you end up with a pretty pinwheel look to your card.  I recommend doing this with glue dots first then after getting all the pieces in place, use glue under the edges to secure them.  That was it allows you a bit of wiggle room until you are happy that they are all straight and how you want them (well it works for me that way at least! LOL)  Next I stamped my sentiment and covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I coated it with Diamond Snow for a bit of bling.  I cut the centre die from the Madison Square set in white and glued it over the sentiment  I cut a thin black mat for it as well and mounted it with foam in the centre of my pinwheel.  Finally, I added five small Camellias in periwinkle with black pearl centre around my sentiment.  The card was then completed with a white pierced mat, a thin periwinkle and a thin black mat and a last white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  If you would like to be included in the drawing to win this one, just leave me a comment.  The winner will be announced on Saturday's blog post.  All for now, Sue x




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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Inlaid Ivy



Hi bloggers!  A really lovely card today for your video treat using the Greek Island Border in a different sort of way.  It is a really useful die and this is just one more way to get the most out of it!  I hope you enjoy the video!

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The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Thanks For Everything

Morning crafters!  A bit of a peachy one for today. Although peach isn't a colour that I use very often, I always really like it when it is finished.  The milk card looks a bit vintage with it as well.   I started by doing some faux leterpressing on my background.  I used the Peach Bellini Adirondack pigment ink to ink up my Rambling Blossoms embossing folder.  I used  a piece of milk card for the background and letterpressed it through the Grand Calibur, transferring the ink to the floor of the embossed design.  I cut the Kefalonia die out of milk card using both the inside and outside cutting edge to create a frame.  I inked it with the same Peach Bellini pigment ink before removing it from the die.  I added it to the centre of my background with mounting foam.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the Caribbean Island tag.  Inked the edges of it as well before removing it from the die.  Using the Complete petal Camellia, I made six flowers of varying sizes out of milk card.  I inked the edges of all of them with Peach Bellini ink to tone them to the card.  I arranged them on either side of my sentiment as embellishments.  Finally, the card was finished with my Paved Pearl technique using Ivory PVA glue dots all the way around a wide border.  There is a tutorial for this technique at the top of the blog.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  7" in size.  All for now, Sue x






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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Just For You

 Good Sunday morning all!  I hope you are enjoying your bank holiday weekend!  Today's card is another one of those that I made when I first received the die prototypes!  It is a really simple card, but striking nonetheless I think.  I used a piece of aqua card and cut the Ornate Pierced Rectangle Noble outer decorative die, then I switched and used the inner decorative die from the Classic Adorned Rectangle Noble die.  I left the two dies in place then lightly inked around them with Aqua Adirondack ink for a soft tone on tone look.  I stamped my sentiment on white card and cut it out with the smaller oval from the Classic Adorned set.  I added a slightly darker shade of aqua card as a mat that was cut with the slightly larger inner oval from that same set.  I added mounting foam to the back and layered it over the same shade of darker aqua (from my craft stash).  I used some of the teal hand dyed silk ribbon that I picked up at the trade show last July and topped it with a flower cut from the Delicate Daisies open petal die set.  The card was finished in my usual style of a paper pierced mat, a thin aqua mat layer and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/4" in size.

Now for the Comment Game winners for the week.  This week's winners are:

Desiree P!!!
Gwen 70!!!
Snuffy Snoo!!!

For the extra qualifying post of Friday May 22nd, the winners are:

JJ!!!
rosiejt!!!
Lynne Mills!!!

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, 23 May 2015

Best Wishes

 Hi bloggers!  A really sweet card for today's offering.  I started with a piece of blush card and used the Eternity embossing folder to give it some texture.  I cut a smaller piece for the lower half of the card and used my score board to give it a thin line detail.  I taped the two pieces to slightly larger piece of blush card and cut a very thin black strip as a divider.  For my focal element, I used the Ornate Pierced Rectangles and the Classic Adorned Rectangles to cut a white piece and a thin black mat as the backdrop.  I cut the Rhodes die in black and backed it with white, using both the inner and outer cutting edges to make a frame.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the Pierced Flag die set and mounted it across the frame.  I tied a messy bow out of flesh seam binding, added a black jute bow and topped them with a crystal sparkler.  I added three small black Dazzlers to the upper corner as embellishments.  I pierced a white mat layer then added thin blush and black mats before adding a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  7 3/4" in size.

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

Susan Battensby!!!

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




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