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Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Hi crafty ones! Here is one for you if you just need a really quick, but elegant card. Milk coloured card with black accents gives it a simple elegance. I started by just embossing the milk card using the Petite Fleur embossing folder from Couture Creations. It has a nice open area in the centre for your focal element. I stamped the frame from the Justrite Grand Sentiment set in black on milk card. I picked the sentiment from the set as well and stamped it in the middle of the frame. I cut it out with the matching Decorative Labels 8 die and used a bit of Antique Linen to highlight it while it was still in the die. I cut one of the larger dies from that set out of black card. I cut it in half and matted it as a shadow on my frame, just peeking out around the top and bottom edges. I tied some black tulle around my card and into a bow on the side. Not wanting to leave the knot showing, I added a black Dazzler and two stick pins as accents. I cut up some black rhinestone swirls and added then in opposite corners (I love a bit of the bling!) Don't you love getting this kind of card, not for any particular occasion, just because you are the best! Finished dimensions are 7" x 7 1/2"
in size. All for now, Sue x
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Hi guys! A pretty aqua and white card for today's offering. I have used the Cupid background from JustRite stamps and inked it with a clear perfect medium pad. I stamped it and then heat embossed it with white powder for a tone on tone look for the background of my card. I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the matching antique tag die and used Broken China to ink through the die as a highlight. I mounted it on foam and placed it on the bottom of my card. Next I stamped the largest stamp in the set of the Friends Antique Labels One from Justrite. Again, I stamped it using a clear perfect medium pad and white embossed it. The Broken China distress ink brought out the detail on it. I stamped the smaller stamp in the same manner, but cut this one out using two dies to create a frame. I stamped one of the small sentiments on white card and mounted my frame over it with foam pieces. I added an aqua mat to my background and used Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue to make dots all the way around it. I finished the piece with a double white mat with a pierced inner mat. I just love the aqua, such a soothing colour I think! Finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 7 1/2" in size. All for now, Sue x
Monday, 25 February 2013
Hi bloggers! First of all, I want to apologise for the colour issue on yesterday's card. I have been having some issues with Blogger recently. The pic was absolutely fine when I looked at it on preview, so I don't have a clue why it came out so pink (as the rest of them didn't look pink and they were all taken at the same time!) Blogger also sent up a second post yesterday right in the middle of my writing it! I do apologise if you received a second email that did not make any sense! Now on to today's card, which hopefully will be a fun card for the guys in your life. The background was creating using the faux leather technique. There are about a dozen pics below the card pictures showing step by steps for this technique so I will skip it here. I stamped the vintage car from the Going Places set from Justrite stamps using a coffee archival ink pad. I cut it out with the matching vintage Labels and Banner die set. I used a light inking of Antique Linen distress ink while still in the die. I used a pale blue pencil behind the card. Cotton hemp ribbon was wrapped around the card in both directions. I added some gears as accents, stamped a metal edged tag with a sentiment and tied it on with some natural jute twine. Add a suitable sentiment for your own personal occasion and your guy's card is sorted! Finished dimensions are 7" x 8 1/2" in size.
You can either trim your edges in a paper trimmer or wrap the tape around the back of the card (that does take a bit longer to do though). You can also rip or tear the edges for an interesting effect. I use scissors to get it started due to the thickness, but it tears easily after that.
Using any colour of distress ink, use the pad directly on to your masking tape. You can use one or more colours with nice results. I started by covering the entire piece with Tea Dye here.
I added Walnut Stain to the edges of the piece to give it a darker shadow. (On the actual card above, I used Pumice Stone distress ink as my second colour.)
Don't worry about how dark it appears as that is only temporary.
Using a piece of kitchen roll, wipe the entire piece down, removing the excess ink.
Next cover the entire piece with clear embossing powder. You will not need to add any other products to get the powder to stick. The distress ink will still be wet enough (yes, even after rubbing it) to allow the powder to stick.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Winner time now! We have a bunch too! For the weekly game, the winners are:
We had two more qualifying posts with over 200 comments this week.
So for the post of Thurs.. Feb. 21st., the winners are:
For the post of Friday Feb. 22nd, the winners are:
Congratulations to all! Please email me at email@example.com to confirm your address and claim your prize! All for now, Sue x
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Happy weekend! First, I'll run down the details on this card, then tell you about a bit of news that I have and then post the winner of the project book. It's going to be a bit of a long one today. I started by stamping the small medallion from the Justrite Lace Medallion set. I stamped it with a black archival all over on coconut white card. I covered the entire piece with a sticky adhesive sheet and then covered it with clear micro beads for texture. Next I ran a piece of redline tape down the left side of the background. I used some fancy stitched velvet (from my stash) and ruched it down the side. I don't often use green for my cards, but I just loved this piece of velvet so I had to have a play with it (sort of made the card around it!) I added a messy bow tied from white seam binding. I added a frosted green dazzler and stick pins. For my focal element, I stamped the large lace medallion in black on white card. I used shabby shutter distress ink to add colour to it. On matching green card, I stamped the frame from the Grand sentiment set by Justrite. I cut it out with the matching die from the Decorative labels 8 set. The final layer was stamped in black using the stamp from the With Gratitude set. I stamped the sentiment in the centre and cut it out with the matching die. I inked it with Shabby Shutters ink and mounted it in the middle. I pierced the edges to complete the card. Finished dimensions are 7" x 7 1/2" in size.
Now, card done, on to the other news. I have just launched (at the trade show) a line of A4 sized embossing folders that I am very excited about! There are six designs which I hope to be able to show in the next week or so (I don't have the pics downloaded on this computer yet) and I've made sure that they will fit through the original GC without having to remove the guide plate. They won't actually be delivered for another six weeks, but I am hoping to have them available for my first Spellbinders shows this year. I have just been given a date of April 9th (POTD). While some of the dies on my shows have previously been shown, there are also some new ones and I am very excited to be launching them. If you have decided to wait a while before purchasing any of the new releases, I think you will love the collection.
Congratulations! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your address and claim your prize. For those of you that didn't win, but would love a copy of it, check out both Sam Poole's and Julia Watt's online shops for the project books, as well as other stockists on the Creative Expressions website.
One more quick reminder, Julia Watts has shows on C & C today at 10am and 4pm. Don't forget to tune in to see her great demos! All for now, Sue x
Friday, 22 February 2013
Be sure to check back tomorrow as I will be announcing the name of the winner in the drawing for the project book. I also have a bit more news to share with you as well! All for now, Sue x
Thursday, 21 February 2013
I didn't want today's post to be too terribly long so I have decided to save some more news items for the next few days. If you live in Scotland, however, please pop in tomorrow for some exciting news that I would like to share, that's all I'm saying for now! Don't forget to leave a comment to be included in a chance to win the new project book! All for now, Sue x