Saturday, 24 June 2017

Diagonal Framed Butterfly Card



Hello crafters!   Today's video showcases the Lace Butterfly,  It has the look of Pergamano when cut in vellum and works really well on a diagonal channel card too.

The winner of the Wednesday (the 14th) card giveaway is:

Barbara Gosden!!!

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












The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  9" in size.  All for now, Sue x


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Friday, 23 June 2017

Treasured Friend

Hi blog friends!  I hope you all enjoyed the last eight days of blog posts! I am sorry to say that we are back to one a day again for awhile, but I found this lovely easel card hiding in one of my files and I thought I would share it with you!  I am hoping it will be a nice break from all those Christmas cards! LOL  I started with milk card and embossed a piece with the Provencale Lace folder for texture.  I added it to a prefolded piece for the top part of my easel. I cut the Geneva outer die and added in the centre die and backed it with blush card.  I cut a slightly larger oval using the Double Pierced Noble Oval set and seated the Geneva on it.  I used the Bern die to frame the sentiment in the centre.  I cut several of the Exquisite Poppies and added them to the bottom of the Geneva frame with Olive branches as accents.  For the inside of the card, I cut the Atlas Striplet in milk card and backed it with blush and attached it with mounting foam to raise it slightly so it acted as a stopper for the card top to sit against.  I completed the cards with flatback cream pearls as accents.  All for now, Sue x





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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Festive Collection

Hello bloggers!  We have reached the final post of the 2017 Christmas die launch.  It has been eight days of four posts each day showcasing 40 new die designs.  I do hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I have!  This final post is showcasing the Poinsettia Cluster die.  Designed in what is called a lazy C design, this die set has a lovely outline detail with three poinsettias as well as the matching three poinsettias which are separate so you can add the under or on top of the outline design.  The three flowers can easily be used separately to add small floral details as well.  One last time, I will ask you to leave a comment on the post in order to be included in this drawing.  You still have time to go back and add comments to any of the posts you may have missed.  Don't forget to check back to see if your name is on the winning list!  The drawing results will be posted on the blog on the afternoon of June 28th.  Thank you so much for taking the time to pop by the blog four times each day!  All for now, Sue x
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Festive Collection

Hello there my crafty friends!  Welcome to the penultimate post.  Although these are the last few posts, they are certainly not the least!  This post is focusing on the Berry Bough.  Shown here, you can see what a fabulous accent it makes around your floral elements on your cards.  It works well when used in conjunction with the larger Holly Swirl as well.  This die can easily be cut and nipped down in size to use where you just want a small bit of detail added.  There is a left and a right facing in the set, so they are easily used in any direction you prefer.  It is certain to be a real go to set for all your festive card making.  Don't forget to leave a comment on this post.  Please let me know if you have had any firm favourites this release.   The final blog post of the launch has been scheduled for 6pm today.  It would be lovely to see you back here then, here's hoping!  All for now, Sue x



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Festive Collection

Hi Bloggers! This post is dedicated to showcasing the Holly Swirl die.  You have seen this used on a number of samples during this blog launch and with good reason, it is a favourite of mine!  I just love the way it can be used as an accent on floral embellishments.  This die can also be nipped apart and used in smaller sections which makes it a real time saver when you need a quick card.  I love the fact that it just creates such a lovely way to set off your focal elements as I have done here.  This is definitely one you will want to have in your crafty arsenal.  Leave your comment here and pop back by at 3pm.  All for now, Sue x
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Festive Collection


Good morning all!  Welcome to the final day of the 2017 Christmas die blog launch! We are showcasing two dies during this blog post; the Pine Cone & Greenery and the Merry Little Christmas die.  Shown together here, you can see how they can make a stunning Christmas card with very little effort.  The Pine Cone and Greenery set is sure to be the perfect finishing touches to all your festive cards and projects.  While the Merry Little Christmas is a great sentiment and focal element.  Just leave a comment on this post and your name will go into the drawing to win one of these dies.  The next post will be online at 12 noon today.  All for now, Sue x


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Festive Collection

Hi crafters!  The last post for today is focusing on the SnowFlake Flourish & Corner die set.  Shown here, you can see how lovely it looks when used as corners or even connected to make a pretty frame detail.  This die set like the previous post has been designed in a deboss manner.  It shows off the beauty of the snowflake and swirls with a uniquely elegant look to it.  I think you will find they are the perfect piece to finish off your corners on your festive cards and projects.  You just need to leave your comment and tell me what you think of this set in order to be entered into the drawing to win it!  So easy!  That's it for day seven, but we have one final day to go that is starting off at 6am tomorrow morning.  I would love you to join me then!  All for now, Sue x

Festive Collection

Hi crafters!  The next die release is the Poinsettia Flourish & Corner die set.  This is one of my personal favourites as I just love the elegant look it gives your projects!  The Poinsettia Flourish set has been designed with debossed detail,giving you a beautiful flower display that can easily be used to add accents to your corners or create frames.  The holly piece allows you to create borders and you can add in any flowers you want with the separate flower piece so there is so much versatility to this one.  leave a comment and join me back here at 6pm for the last pot of the day.  All for now, Sue x
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Festive Collection



Hi crafters!  The second post today is dedicated to the Ribbon Lattice die.  This is definitely one that can be used all year round as there is no obvious Christmas look to it. It does, however, look amazing when used with your festive dies so it makes the perfect partner.  This die can be extended to make a complete background, used as a striplet or even cut and used diagonally as I have done here.  Think about using it behind your shapes as added detail or even cut it down and use it as a partial die cut.  Leave a comment on this post if you like what you are seeing!  I will be back at 3pm for the next post.  All for now, Sue x

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Festive Collection

Hi bloggers!  Welcome to day seven of our blog launch.  We have two die sets on offer during this post; the Checkerboard Poinsettia Border and the Scalloped Snowflake Frame.  Shown here together, you can see how lovely they work together.  The Scalloped Snowflake frame can easily be used all year round.  The Checkerboard Poinsettia Border can easily be used as a background when cut repeatedly, or as a side border or diagonally as I have here.  I can only imagine all the beautiful ways you will be able to use both of these die sets  for your festive cards and projects.  Two chances to win here if you leave a comment on this blog post.  The next post is scheduled for 12 noon today, I hope to see you back here then.  All for now, Sue x

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Festive Collection 6pm

Hi there my crafty friends!  The last post this evening belongs to the Looped Snowflake Frame die set.  Shown here, you can see that it makes a great focal element for your cards, but it also works well with other dies in the release too.  It is slightly larger in size than the Art Deco Snowflake so it can easily be used with it as a layer or in a buckle card formation as I have done here.  It comes with a snowflake in the centre of the set that can be used as an accent too.  Leave a comment if you like this one.  You never know it may have your name on it!  All for now, Sue x
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Festive Collection

Hi bloggers!  I have long been fascinated by the look of all things 3D, especially when it comes to crafting!  This post is dedicated to showcasing the new 3D Fireplace die set.  Shown here, you can see just how realistic the fireplace looks.  The die set comes with a number of items that can be used to build up the scene and add detail to your festive cards and projects.  While the die has been specifically designed to be used in a 3D manner, you can easily nip away the tabs and just use it on a flat card as a regular fireplace, but I think you will have more fun when you add the dimensional detail to it!  The die cut will fold flat for posting too so now worries there.  Leave me a message on this post if you would like a chance to win this one.  I will be back at 6pm  for the last post of the day.  All for now, Sue x

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Festive Collection


Hello bloggers!  This post is dedicated to two dies sets; the Gingerbread House and the Gingerbread Roof.  Shown here, you can see that this set can make into a 3D house for your Festive display at Christmas.  Although you cannot see it in this photograph, I have made the side windows sheer using vellum so you can put an electric tea light inside the house and it glows through the windows.  It will be very pretty at Christmas time.  The Gingerbread House set can easily be used on it's own too as was seen in the previous post.  If you want a bit more, add the roof and make it into something 3D for a Christmas keepsake.  Comments?  Don't forget to leave them!  See you at 3pm!  All for now Sue x
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