Monday, 4 May 2015


 Hello my crafty friends!  I hope everyone enjoyed the blog launch last week!  I still have so many cards to show you from previous releases as well so I hope you don't mind if I post some of those first.  Today's card is one of my favourites.  You may have seen it briefly during the last blog die launch or at Ally Pally or even on the POTD shows recently, but I think it still deserves it's day on the blog!  I started by cutting an aperture with my Decorative Frames from the Italian Collection out of white card..  I backed it with black card to create a dramatic backdrop.  Next I used an assortment of various flower dies to create some pretty flowers to go around the top of the aperture.  The Camellia complete petal, the Delicate Daisy open petal, the cornflower and even the tiny flowers from the Blossoming Branch were all used.  I even added in some foliage from the Delicate Fronds die set.  Next I cut a frame using the Classic Adorned Square Noble die set.  I cut a thin edge of black card using both of the Noble square sets and glued it on to the frame.  I mounted it with foam over the aperture.  I cut the expressions die "Enjoy" in white and glued it to the centre of the aperture.  The card was then finished with a white pierced mat,  a thin black mat and another wider white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  7" in size.

I thought I would include a pic of my Mom's 92nd birthday, which was last Monday (scroll all the way past the cards).  She is looking very well and yes, we did eat all that cake! LOL   All for now, Sue x

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Finishing Touches

Hello there my crafty friends!  Last but not least!  The Perfect Peonies, Complete petal and Open Petal die sets!  I love the way this die makes such beautiful flowers!  As requested, I have made these sets a bit smaller to keep the cost down.  There are, however, enough different sizes in the sets to give you a lovely range of flower sizes for your creations.  I have paired it here with many of the die sets you have seen over the past five days, including the Lattice and Lace Striplet, The Noble dies, the Dandelion Clocks (as well as the Ornate Pierced Rectangles from the previous release!)  This is the last post for the new release so one final time to leave a comment to be included in the die giveaway. The winners will be drawn out and posted on my blog on Friday May 8th so don't forget to check back to see if you are lucky!  Well I do hope that you have enjoyed the past five days and like what you have seen!  All for now, Sue x

Finishing Touches

Hello and welcome back!  More Finishing Touches and these are real beauties!  The Majestic Monarch die is stunning, don't you think?  It can easily be changed to suit your needs with a few small nips too, so versatile as well as pretty!  The new Dandelion Clocks are so interesting and they will add such a unique look to your floral elements as well.  Use them as flowers, flower centres, foliage around your flowers and many other uses.  If you would like to be included in the drawing for these, you know what to do!  There is one last blog post showing the final sets of the release.  Please join me back here at 4pm for it.  Don't be late, it's a beauty! LOL  All for now, Sue x

Finishing Touches

Hi bloggers!  Day five and the final day of the Spring Die Blog Launch.  It is the Finishing Touches range today, an ever popular category within the die line.  First up is the new Foldover Flowers.  I love this die, it is another one that doesn't look like much but when you see what it can do, you will be amazed!  I specifically designed it to be used with felt, but you can also use paper and lightweight card to make the flowers as well.  Cut it, fold it over and glue the edges, then roll for the perfect felt flower.  You can see just look how lovely it comes out  on the sample shown here.  It comes in two sizes (the largest one is shown here) for true versatility.  The new Maidenhair Fern die provides a lovely detail to your floral elements.  I am sure it will be a real go to die in your crafty arsenal.  Leave me a comment to be included in the drawing and join me back here at noon for the next blog post.  All for now, Sue x

Saturday, 2 May 2015


Hello all!  The newest additions to the Expressions range have arrived.  I know, I know, finally, a "Happy Birthday" die!  I wanted to design one that would work easily on either a card for a male or female. I love this one and think I have reached that goal.  Dress it up or dress it down and it will work perfectly as it will be equally at home either way!  These expression dies are especially useful to those of you that do not stamp, but love to add a personal greeting to your cards too.  Along with the Happy Birthday, there is also a "Just a note" and a vertical "Thanks" to add to the Expressions range.  Word dies have been very popular and much requested, so hopefully these will tick a few boxes for you!  Let me know what you think of these by your comments and don't forget to be back for the last day of our blog launch at 6am tomorrow.  You might even know what is in store for you! LOL  All for now, Sue x

Gemini Dies

Hi Crafters!  How about a few new Gemini dies!  I would like to introduce the Pavo and Pyxis Gemini die sets in this blog post.  I have used the Pavo die set on the card shown here.  It has a beautiful styling that will add lush detail to any of your cards or projects.  The Pyxis die set has a stunning  scalloped arched feature to it.  Do you remember seeing it on the last post for the Portuguese Collection?  Leave me a comment and I will enter you in the drawing for these die sets. One more for today so I would love it if you could join me here at 4pm for the last post today.  All for now, Sue x

Noble Dies

Hello Crafters!  There are three new Noble dies that are all related and work together to give you more options.  However, if your budget does not stretch that far, then the results you can achieve with a single set are stunning as well.  There are two sets with beautiful debossed features, which allow so many different techniques and looks for your card making. The larger set has my signature piercing and decorative cutting inserts.  All sets have been sized to work within the smaller die cutting machines too so no need for an A4 sized machine to use these.  If you would like to win one of these, you know the drill!  Please pop back at noon for our next instalment!  All for now, Sue x

Friday, 1 May 2015

Portuguese Collection

Welcome back crafters!  The last of the Portuguese Collection is the Lisbon die set, shown here.  It is the largest die in either of the two new collections so it works great to use as a backdrop with the other dies or alone for larger cards.  As you can see the new sentiment dies fit nicely within as well.  I hope you have been enjoying the release.  Two more days to follow as well.  If you like this set and would love to be entered in the drawing, just leave a comment.  It is as simple as that!  One comment per die post please, but you can leave comments for every die along the way.  We have some new Noble dies to share with you in the morning so I hope you will be back bright and early for the 6am post!  All for now, Sue x

Portuguese Collection

Hello my crafty friends!  Next up on the agenda is the Portuguese Background (shown here) and the Portuguese Sintra die set. Once again, this collection background has been done in several different dies to allow for greater versatility and cutting ease.  With an almost art deco style to it, I think this one will be a great pick for those dreaded male cards. LOL  Can you also see the Stacked Diamond Striplet peeking out from behind?  It makes a great accent!  Leave a comment if you want to be included in the drawing for these two die sets.  Join me back here at 4pm for the last post for today.  All for now, Sue x

Portuguese Collection

Welcome back crafters!!  Day three of the Spring die release blog launch.  Today showcases the new Portuguese Collection.  We have the beautiful Porto die (shown here) and the Portuguese Border, corner and tag die set up on offer to win with this blog post.  Shown with the Canadian border, you can see how well the dies from the two collections will work together to give you outstanding results.  Like the Canadian Collection, the Portuguese dies all come with separate cutting edges and decorative inserts.  The centre designs in each shape have been paired up to give you beautiful matting and layering capabilities, while the outside shaped design is quite different.  If you would like the chance to win either of these two dies, just leave me a comment.  While you can (and should) comment on each and every blog post for a chance to win, only one comment per  post is allowed, however.  Duplicate posts will be removed before the drawing takes place (it's only fair that way!)  The next blog post is scheduled for 12 noon, don't be late! LOL  All for now, Sue x

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Canadian Collection

Hi bloggers!  Last but not least today from  the Canadian Collection is the Border, Corner, Tag die set.  I have used the border here cut twice and inverted towards each other to create a wide band at the bottom of this card. It is just so pretty!  The card also shows the various parts of the Toronto die off nicely as well!  I hope you have enjoyed the first two days of the latest spring die launch.  We will be starting the morning off  bright and early with another collection so be sure to join us at 6am.  In the meantime, get all your comments caught up from the previous posts so you can be sure to be entered in all of the die drawings!  The drawing winners will be posted on Friday May 8th.  Do you have a favourite yet, one that perhaps ticks all the boxes for you?  I would love to know.  Please also feel free to "pin" all your favourites.  The button has been added to the bottom of all the posts for your convenience.   All for now, Sue x

Canadian Collection

Hi crafters and welcome back!  The three dies within the Canadian Collection are the Vancouver (shown here), the Toronto and the Montreal.  These are all beautifully detailed with separate cutting edges for versatility.  The outer design on each three is quite different but the inside shape is the same across them all, but with matting and layering size differences.  You may even notice the Lattice and Lace Striplet and the Petite Arched Adornment used on this card.  They all work so nicely together!  If you would like a chance at winning one of these three sets, just leave a comment.  Join me back here at 4pm for the last set in the Canadian Collection.  All for now, Sue x