Hello crafty friends and Happy Halloween! I took a drive on Monday up to Ocala, which is the largest town near my Mom. I heard that there was a stamp store there and wanted to pay it a visit. I had a lovely surprise as I saw my Vintage Lace Motifs on their shelf and that is the very first time I have seen them for sale anywhere in the States. It was very cool to see them displayed on their die wall! I felt like a proud Mom! In their honour I have chosen a card for today that I made recently which uses them. I started with a piece of decorative paper from my stash and used the edgeability dies to cut the top and bottom to give it a scalloped look. Next I set to work on the focal element. I cut two of the Parisian Motifs, one in blue and one in white. For the white one, I nipped away the inside piece by cutting right at the base of the lacy edges. Then I tucked those edges underneath the shorter pieces on the blue die cut. It probably is difficult to follow that, but if you have the die cuts in hand, you will probably be able to see exactly what I have done by looking closely at the pictures. Next I cut two of the Vintage Lace pieces and scored through all the sections. I nipped into the centre and then concertina folded all the score lines. Do this to both pieces then glue them together to form a round piece. I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with a small circle die and mounted it in the centre to complete my focal element. I cut several of that lovely swirl from the Heartfelt Creations Dutch Iris die set and added them cascading across my card. I wrapped some silky crush ribbon around the card and tied a double bow and added it to the side. A pearl embellishment and a couple of pearl stick pins were thrown in for good measure too. Pierced the edges to give it a nice frame and finish it off. The demo version of this card that I did on Create and Craft had a butterfly in the corner. I rather liked it but they whisked it away before I could get a piccie of it for you, so you just have to imagine one there on this one! All for now, Sue x
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Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Hello there! More of the Labels 20 samples to show today. This is one of my personal favourites as I was very pleased with how it came out. Sometimes I start a card with an idea in mind and then end up veering off course, but this one came out exactly as I had envisioned it from the beginning. I used the Heartfelt Lace border twice to simply emboss the design on the background. If you find that your embossing tends to cut into your card, try using a sheet of copy paper between the die and your card. You can also use your die while there is a cut die still in place in it as that helps to cut down on the depth of the embossing. I then cut a frame using the largest size of the Labels 20, skipping a size of die and used the next one for the inside of the frame. I embossed it while still in the die using the Enchanted embossibility folder. To do this, you much place your die on one side of the folder and keep the folder open! Cover with your tan mat, add a few sheets of cardstock to make up the depth that you lose by keeping the folder open, then cover with your raspberry adaptor plate and run through the machine. If you close the folder, the die will cut into your folder and ruin it! I added the matching pearl Nestabling to the edge. Next I stamped the Labels 20 from the Justrite Kindness set using a clear perfect medium pad onto vellum. I heat embossed it with white powder and mounted it behind my frame and trimmed the excess away. I stamped my sentiment in coffee archival and cut it out with a small circle die. I inked it with Antique Linen and mounted it with foam in the centre of my focal element. Next I used the Justrite scallop border stamp on taupe card and white embossed it. I cut it out with the matching edgeability die. I added a mat piece in camel card to match my focal piece and cut it also with the same edgeability die. I matted the pieces up and added them to the side of my card as an accent. I tied a double bow out of white silky crush ribbon and added a pearl embellishment to the centre. Two pearl stick pins finished off my bow and pearls in the corners and piercing the edges finished off my card. I just love the sheerness of the vellum in the frame, I have to remember to use vellum more often!
Just a little note before I go, I am taking a short trip up to Savannah Ga this morning for a few days. I'll post piccies on the weekend from it and tell you all about it. I have scheduled posts for each day, but I may not be able to answer emails while I am away. All for now, Sue x
Monday, 29 October 2012
Hi bloggers! I hope everyone had a great weekend and got to do some crafting! I know I did! Today's card has some of my favourite things, my new blush card, micro beads, matching stamps, embossing, to name but a few! I started with a white background and embossed it with the Mystic embossibility folder for texture. Next I stamped the large Fleur de lis patterned stamp using a clear Perfect Medium pad onto blush coloured card. I heat embossed it with white powder. I used some Victorian Velvet around the edges to bring out the pattern a bit more. Next I cut an aperture in this piece using Labels 20 (the die that is one size down from the largest in the set). I used the matching stamp from the Justrite Kindness set and stamped it on white card with a clear Perfect medium pad. I heat embossed with white powder again. I like the look that you get with the white on white stamping. It is very subtle but it is enough to add interest to your card, but doesn't distract. I mounted my aperture over this piece using foam mounting squares. I stamped my sentiment on blush card and cut it out with one of the fancy tags two dies. I like the way that this one can be easily used vertically. I used a bit of Victorian velvet while still in the die to highlight the sentiment. I mounted it on foam pieces and placed it in the centre of my aperture. I made three beaded flowers using the Bitty Blossoms dies and sticky adhesive sheets over my blush card. To make this process easier, I always recommend that you only peel back the backing paper a little bit at a time, then dip it in the beads and then do another section. These flowers can be very bouncy since they are spiral and you have to be careful so you don't get parts of it stuck to itself with the sticky adhesive paper. I added pearls to the centres and cut some leaves out of white card as accents. I pierced the edges to complete the card. This is exactly the kind of card I like sending "just to say hi!" All for now, Sue x
Sunday, 28 October 2012
It's Sunday so time for the comment game winners and since we had a post with over 200 comments this week, there are two sets of winners! This week's winners are:
"P" in Wales!!!
and from our post with 200 comments, the winners are:
Congratulations! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your address and claim your prize! Thanks again for all your great comments left on the blog, I so enjoy reading all of them! All for now, Sue x
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Good morning all! A really simple card today to remind you not to forget to use your dies to simply emboss with. They are absolutely stunning when used in this method. I hear it time and time again from people that they have forgotten that they can do this! This technique is especially effective when using detailed dies as it really shows them off. I have used my Vintage Lace dies for it on today's card. I used the large motif with one of the smaller dies inside of it. Once embossed (using the tan mat and pink plate), I inked over the dies with Antique Linen to highlight the embossed areas. I stamped my sentiment below the embossing and on the other side of the card. I used a black rhinestone swirl as an accent between them. For the card, I created a sort of petticoat using the krinkly kraft paper (aka twistwrap kraft paper). I cut two strips of it and by running my thumb firmly across the edge, it creates a ruffle in the paper. I did not have to actually gather the paper to create the ruffle which makes it so easy to do. I used some Black Soot distress ink to distress the paper ever so slightly on the edges. I glued them to the bottom of my card with a slight offset to them. I cut a Vintage Lace border in black and glued it across the top of my border. I added some black rhinestones along the edge as accents. I matted it in black and pierced the inner mat to finish my card. It would be nice in other colours if you are not a lover of the earth tones like I am. All for now, Sue x
Friday, 26 October 2012
Hi bloggers! I have really been enjoying all your comments lately as I feel a bit removed while I am here in the States. It is really nice to feel like I am not being forgotten while I'm away! Thank you for that! Sorry to hear that the weather has been rather dull lately too, but hopefully today's card will brighten up your day! Those lavender lovers out there should take a shine to it at least. I started by cutting two of the Heartfelt Decorative Lace borders in white. I cut two strips of lavender card and used them behind the lattice portion of the border as an accent. I glued the borders on to my background with the lattice areas flanking the top and bottom of the card. Next I cut the largest die in the Labels 20 set out of lavender card. I picked a deeper purple and cut the Heartfelt Oval Window die. This die has lovely big swirly areas so I used it to hug the next layer on my focal element. I stamped the large Labels 20 from the Justrite Kindness set using a clear Perfect Medium pad and I heat embossed it with white powder. I cut it out with the matching die and tucked the swirls from the window around the curves of the die. Such a nice fit! Next I used the small Labels 20 stamp from the Fleur de Lis set and embossed it with white on a lavender card. I stamped the sentiment in the open area using a black archival ink pad. I cut it out and mounted it with foam pieces in the centre to complete my focal element. I tied a messy bow out of three pieces of mauve (their name) seam binding and added two pearl stick pins and a round Dazzler to the centre. I added my bow to the side of my card with glue dots and pierced the edges of my white mat to finish the card. Almost as girlie as yesterday's card, but not quite! All for now,
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Hi guys! This is definitely a girlie girl card, from the lace border to the swirly die to the messy bow and embellishment. Every inch of it is all girl today. I started by cutting an aperture in the background with the Heartfelt Decorative Window. Leaving the die in place, I placed it on the tiny polka dot mask and embossed the background. I stamped my sentiment on coconut white card and embossed a bit of texture into it using the Creative Expressions Flourish folder designed by Sam Poole. I placed mounting foam on the back of my aperture and mounted it over my sentiment so it was raised for dimension. I cut one more of the Decorative windows in pink blush card and glued it to the inside of the aperture piece. Next I cut one of the Decorative Lace Borders from Heartfelt Creations. I cut the border into three sections. The first section was the lattice part of it. I backed this with a piece of the Blush card to give it a bit of colour. I used the remaining sections of the border by slightly overlapping them for a lacey effect. I tied a messy bow out of seam binding and added a pearl embellishment to the centre. To complete the piece, I used Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to add dots around the top half of the card. I hope it isn't too girlie for you! All for now, Sue x
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Hi bloggers! Today's card is a really simple layout, but I just love the negative space from swirl dies myself. I picked out some Graphic 45 papers for this one. They may not appeal to everyone, but I just loved the colours in them. The patterned stripe paper was light enough to be used on top and show off my sentiment. I really liked the darker background paper, which has small butterflies on it (so appropriate I thought) and thought it would look smashing peeking out through the swirl cut outs. I used my favourite swirl die for this one too. It is part of the Heartfelt Creations Dutch Iris die set. I taped it into place in the lower corner and ran it through the machine to cut my first swirl. Adding a small piece of waxed paper between the die and your card really helps aid in the removal too. I used the die a second time to create the look of one long die cut by slightly overlapping the cutting edge on the die with the area that was previously cut. I stamped my sentiment using a black archival ink pad and then added 3D foam mounting pieces to raise the entire piece over the background below. Using the same paper that is showing through the swirls, I cut two of the butterfly die that is part of the Heartfelt Creations Butterfly border set. One was simply cut and embossed, but one was cut with a sticky adhesive sheet attached. I micro beaded that butterfly and adhered it to the top of the other butterfly by gluing only the body. The butterfly wings were left free and were formed to show off both of them. I added three black rhinestones to the body as an accent. The entire piece was matted with a thin mat of soft gold to give it a frame, then I finished with a black pierced edge layer. Can you see the tiny butterflies in the background? All for now, Sue x
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Hi there crafty friends! Today's card is one of my favourites from last weeks shows. It has all the girlie elements that I just love, flowers, embossing, Nestabling, gorgeous matching stamps, you name it! I started with my background as I usually do and embossed my coconut white card with the Enchanted Embossibility folder. I stamped my Justrite borders using black archival ink on purple card. I cut them out using the matching scallop edgeability die. I also cut a matching white and purple piece to use as mats on either side. I added small pearls to the centres of the design in each scallop. Next, I stamped the Fleur de lis large patterned stamp on purple card with a black archival ink pad. I cut out the largest size of Labels 18 and used the matching black rhinestone Nestabling on it. Using the Labels 20 JustRite stamp from the Kindness set, I stamped it in black and cut it out with the matching die, layering it up on my focal element. I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with a small die from the Heart Circle set. I inked through the die with Dusty Concord distress ink and mounted it with foam for dimension in the centre. Using the Bitty Blossoms set, I cut several of each of the sizes of the flowers, inked them with Dusty Concord before removing them from the die, then rolled them up to create the flowers. I cut a few small flowers using the tiny flower from the Heartfelt Scalloped Posey die. Finally I added a few inked leaves that were also from the Bitty Blossoms set to finish off my floral sprays. Rather than going all the way around the card, I added some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue dots to the top and bottom edges of the card to finish the piece off. Aside from the flowers, which are time consuming when there are so many, this card is very easy to recreate because the stamps give it the illusion of being an involved card to make. I hope you like it!
Now, as promised, the name of the winner of the Anniversary drawing for a set of the Vintage
Lace dies. The prize goes to:
Congratulations! Please email me at email@example.com to confirm your address and claim your prize. A great big thanks to everyone that left comments. I was gobsmacked by all the amazing, supportive comments. We have a great crafty family here and that is MY favourite thing about the blog! All for now, Sue x
Monday, 22 October 2012
Morning all! I think I will let you be the judge of this one. I have photographed this card with a bow and without a bow (scroll down to see) Let me know what you think? I started by cutting an aperture in the centre of my taupe card using the Grand Decorative Oval die. I then embossed the negative piece using the Garden Lattice Embossibility and lightly inked the edges with Black Soot distress ink. I cut another aperture out of black card using the next smaller size in that set. I mounted that piece under the first one so the black edge was all that was showing. I cut a Fancy Lattice out of soft gold card and glued it behind my aperture opening. I matted my entire piece with soft gold card so you can see it through my aperture. I stamped my sentiment on taupe card and cut it out with the tag from the French Frills by Samantha Walker. I cut another tag out of black card and only used the outer area that cuts from the tag. It is a very interesting tag to use as it has two pieces to it. I mounted it over my aperture opening with a bit of a bow in it for dimension. I added the bow, stick pins and a fancy button because I felt it needed something more, but I thought it would be interesting to photograph it both ways and let you decide. I used the Cosmic Shimmer black PVA to all the junctions in the embossed background and pierced the edges to finish it off. What do you think?
Now for the winners of the Blog Candy Contest! Starting with THIRD place, the winner is......
The SECOND prize goes to:
And finally, the FIRST prize for the Blog Candy Contest goes to:
Congratulations to all! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your address and claim your prize! All for now, Sue x
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Good Sunday morning all! First of all, let me say Wow! I could not believe all the wonderful comments I received on yesterday's blog post! Before noon, there were already over 200 comments, so many were even from brand new blog followers too, I was really excited to see! Another year it is then, it's settled! For today's card I have a vintage styled Christmas card to show you. Actually this card used the ornament piece that was left over from another card (I just couldn't see wasting it!) I picked a wine/maroon coloured card as a background for my card and my ornament. For the background, I used a grey card and some matching Teresa Collins paper as an accent strip. I added a piece of cream layered scallop lace from Creative Expressions. I stamped the oversize sentiment in the corner using a clear Perfect Medium pad and then I heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine embossing powder. For my focal element, I cut out the Heirloom Ornament for 2010 out of milk coloured card. I left it in the die, and transferred it to the negative side of the Holiday Magic embossibility which I had inked with Antique Linen distress ink. The ink was then transferred to the floor of the design on the card for the faux letterpress technique. The aperture was used for another card and I used the ornament for this card so no waste! I cut a larger ornament out of the same colour as my background as a mat and to give the card balance. I added a small bow (by my standards at least! LOL) tied from satin/grosgrain ribbon and added a fancy button from my stash to the top of the ornament. A pearl swirl and a pierced edge served as the final touches for my vintage Christmas card.
Now it is time for the weekly comment game winners to be announced and since we had so many comments on yesterdays post, there will be two sets today. This week is all about winners in fact! I also cheated a tiny bit (we were just shy the goal of 3700 followers at that time)
and drew the winners for the Blog Candy Contest yesterday so you wouldn't have to wait for my return to do that! I will announce those on Monday and then Tuesday will be the Anniversary prize announcement. I have also arranged for the prizes to be posted out in my absence so no waiting there either!
Todays winners are:
Chrissie J Lui!!!
Congratulations to all of today's winners! Please email me at email@example.com to confirm your address and claim your prize. Don't forget, the Grand Blog Candy Contest winners are being announced on Monday's blog and Tuesday is the winner of the Anniversary prize. All for now, Sue x
Saturday, 20 October 2012
Hello there bloggers! Today is a real milestone for me and you! I have been posting every day for the past year and you have been popping in to look every day too! I made a conscious decision one year ago to post my cards each and every day without fail and I have been able to do that! No "I'm too tired" or "I have too much work to do" excuses! I have enjoyed it immensely so I want to say a big thank you to all of you that have been with me all the way as well as those of you that have just recently discovered the blog. One year ago I sat looking at a huge pile of cards that I had made and realised that nobody had really seen them for more than a few seconds on air during shows. I thought, what a waste! By allowing me to bring them to you through my blog, I have felt a real sense of purpose for my card making.
I thought that I would do a giveaway today as a sort of anniversary present. If you leave me a comment today telling me what you have enjoyed most about my blog, I will draw a winner from among the names and give away a set of the Vintage Lace dies that I designed. I am flying on Sunday to the States and I want to be sure that everyone that comments is in the drawing so I will do the drawing on Monday and then post the winner on Tuesday. (I will post the comment game winners for the week tomorrow as usual though) How does that sound?
To recap today's card for you, I started with the background which was milk coloured card embossed using the Dainty Dots A4 size embossibility folder. I inked the edges with Antique Linen distress ink and matted it on taupe card. I cut the largest size of Decorative Labels 8 in taupe card as a backdrop for my focal element. Next I stamped my sentiment on milk card and cut it out using the next size down in the same set. I went down to the remaining two sizes in the set and cut a frame which I mounted on foam pieces over my sentiment. Using the Krinkly Kraft paper (twistwrap kraft paper as it is also called), I cut several flowers from the Jewelled Flowers and Flourish set and layered them up and put pearls in the centres. I cut another bunch of the flowers from milk coloured card and layered them up as well. I arranged them around my focal element for a real girlie card. I added some of the swirls from that set as accents. I pierced the edges of a double milk coloured mat and added some pearls to the corners to finish it off. I hope you like it! Don't forget to leave me a comment today to be in for a chance at the anniversary drawing. What do you say, should we try to make it every day for another year!!!! All for now, Sue x
Friday, 19 October 2012
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Hi bloggers! This card is a bit different for me, but I wanted to show off the Layered Elegant Swirl dies from Heartfelt Creations. I started with a piece of milk coloured card and used the half circle shaped scallop die to cut my back piece for the gate fold card. I used the decorative half circle swirl on the rose coloured card to cut the top part for my back piece. I cut another piece of milk card approx. 2 inches shorter and wide enough to score it and fold the edges around the front to create the closed gate. On the back of that piece, I attached the two small swirly pieces to cut the top of the gate fold (remember they will fold around so you will be seeing the front when finished). I cut two small pieces in milk card and embossed them with the Mystic embossibility for a textured front panel for each side of the gate fold. I created a band for my card by using the top portion of the decorative Lace border. I glued rose card behind it for a spot of colour and wrapped the ends around the card and taped them together at the back. I made two Bitty Blossom flowers and edged them with Victorian Velvet. I added a couple of leaves and just the swirly bit from the Bella Rose swirl to complete the outside of the card. For the inside of the card, I kept it simple with a sentiment and a decorative border. I stamped my lovely sentiment in black Archival ink and cut it out with Labels 18. I inked it while still in the die with Victorian Velvet. I simply cut another larger Labels 18 to surround my sentiment and give it a base. I stamped my border using the JustRite border stamp using a clear Perfect Medium pad and heat embossed it with clear powder. I cut out both the border and the mat using one of the decorative Edgeability cutting edges. I attached my border at the bottom of the card for a subtle bit of decoration which completed my card. A nice change from my usual style so I hope you like it! All for now, Sue x
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
Hi bloggers! I had a fabulous time at the Kettering show and really enjoyed seeing familiar faces and meeting new blog members! I hope we will be making it an annual event as it was a lovely weekend for all! For today's card, I picked one of my favourites from the shows a few weeks ago. I created the background by embossing the largest size from the Decorative Labels 8 into a piece of milk coloured card. I cut two of the largest size of the Resplendent Rectangles and cut them in half (one lengthwise down the centre and the other one in half the other way). I used the edges as small borders just peeking out from behind my background. I stamped my sentiment on milk card. Then to create a frame for it, I cut out the shape from the Marvellous Squares in blue card. Using my scissors, I cut away the inside of the shape right along the embossed edge. This allowed me to create a frame that fit around my large sentiment. I glued it over my sentiment and trimmed away the excess milk card. I mounted it on foam pieces for dimension. Next, I made some fun flowers from the cotton hemp ribbon. I cut a length of ribbon down the centre and removed some of the threads from the cut edge to get a frayed edge. I rolled my flowers using redline tape along the uncut edge, pinching and gathering as I rolled to create a unique, shabby chic looking flower. I made several of these in varying sizes and added some vines around them as accents. I added some flat back pearls and pierced the edges to complete the card. If your birthday is today, then this card is posted in your honour! All for now, Sue x
Sunday, 14 October 2012
As it is Sunday, it's time again for the Comment Game winners. This week's names drawn were: Janice K!!! SandyBee!!! Paula Gale!!!