Friday, 21 January 2022

To A Dear Friend

Hello there my crafty friends!  I have used the new Hexagon Background to create today's shaker card.  I cut the Hexagon Background out of white card.  I glued a piece of acetate to the back of it.  Next I created a multi- layered frame for it using a wider white base and a thinner frame using a piece of the decorative Dots 'n Stipes paper Pad.  I added the frame with mounting foam, then turned it upside down and added mounting foam to the back edge of it.  I used Iced Flake as my shaker element.  When I was happy with the amount of Iced Flake I added, I sealed it with another piece of acetate.  I added a piece of the yellow dotty paper behind the acetate so it showed through.  I cut three flowers from the Floral Bouquet die set and added them to the corner of the frame.  I used several different types of leaves as accents, including the Lace Edged Leaves and one from the Floral Bouquet die set.  I cut the To A Dear Friend out of black card and glued it to the top corner on the inside of the frame.  The card was completed with white mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4"  x  7 1/4"  in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Thursday, 20 January 2022

Make A Wish

Hello there my crafty friends!  I am sorry to say that this is the final post of the January launch.  While I usually end the launches with a floral offering, this launch did not have one (not sure if that is a first or not, but it is quite unusual we don't!)  So it is a mini expression, but a nice one!  Introducing the Make A Wish mini expression.  Just like the previous one, this was designed to specifically fit the apertures shown on the first day.  I have used it here with the Scalloped Squares (done in a sort of star pattern, which is another way to use these versatile dies!)  This sentiment goes really well with the Birthday Accessories to so you can create all those lovely cards for friends and family.  For the last time, I will remind you to leave your comments on this post (and others if you missed them earlier).  

I will be doing the drawings on the 3rd of Feb, which I know is quite a bit of time after this launch but I am planning on taking a bit of time off in between and visiting my daughter.  I will remind you before hand so you can check back on the blog to see if your name has been drawn out!   All for now,  Sue x

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Happy Wishes

Hello bloggers!  We are at the penultimate post for the January die release.  We have a couple more mini expressions to showcase on this last day of the launch.  Up first is the Happy Wishes mini expression.  When I say mini, I mean it too as it was designed to work in the aperture dies shown on the first day.  This sample showcases several of the earlier dies shown in the launch though so I wanted to share it so you can see how nicely they all play together! LOL  I love that the Hexagon Aperture has a couple of lovely places where you can use it outside of the aperture too.  I know it's a little guy but it is looking for a home in the drawing, so if you leave a comment, you will be entered to possibly win it and free is free, right!  The last post of the launch will be online at noon today. All for now, Sue x

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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Ric Rac Ribbon Background

Hello bloggers!  This post is showcasing the Ric Rac Ribbon Background.   While it is a 5" x 5" square background, you can easily use it inside of other shapes or even behind the apertures from yesterday's launch.  This background is also what I would describe as being gender neutral so you can use it for so many different card designs.  It is really fun to offset the ric rac pattern too as I have done in this sample, add in several colours and you can really go to town!  The fall away pieces also make a great addition to shaker cards!  I will remind you to leave a comment on this post if this set would make a nice addition to your die collection.  We are at the end of day two, but there are still a couple more dies to go starting here tomorrow morning at 6am!  All for now, Sue x


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Hexagon Background

Welcome back bloggers!  This next post is dedicated to the new Hexagon Background die.  Shown here created with decorative papers, it is just so sweet I think!  Yes, I paper pieced it, but it was really easy and very fun to do too!  I love that it is very gender neutral so you can use it in so many ways!  And if you like making square cards (as I do!), this is a great set for you as it is very versatile.  I also wanted to mention that I have added the Pinterest button at the bottom of every post so feel free to pin any cards or dies that you may want to keep for later inspiration.  The last post of the day will be online at 6pm today.  Looking forward to seeing you back here then!  All for now, Sue x

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Scalloped Squares

Hi there bloggers!  Next up we have the Scalloped Squares, another offering in the Noble Collection.  These may look small judging by the dies in this sample, but I assure you this is the largest set in the release!  There are nine different dies in this set from the smaller ones I have used here to some quite large dies that can be used for matting and layers or making beautiful frames, they are just so versatile!  I definitely think this set will be a great addition to your die collection as well as a real go-to for your cardmaking and crafting.  Since they are a larger die, i know that they are a considered purchase, but I use my Noble dies more than any other collection so they are worth their weight in gold as they say!  Don't forget to leave a comment on this post and you might be the name I draw out as the winner!  If you have never left a comment and are new to the blog, there are full instructions on the right hand side of the blog.  It is really very easy to do, just don't forget to sign your name as it is not always added automatically when you post.  Post number three for the day will be here at 3pm today.  I would love it if you can join me back here then!  All for now,  Sue x

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Stitched Squares Set B

Hi crafters!  Welcome to the second day of the January die launch.  We are starting out with a Noble die that I have been asked for a lot recently.  This is the Double Stitched Squares Set B.  So what that means is that you can use it all by itself if you want.  However, if you own the original Double Stitched Squares, this set will allow you to mat and layers with closer mats.  You can layer these with the first set with about 1/8th of an inch between them instead of the larger 1/4 of an inch between them.  You can also make a thin frame that fits in the centre of the larger frames from the first set as shown in this sample here.  If you want a chance to win this set, just add your comment on to this post!  I will be back at noon with the next offering.  All for now,  Sue x


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Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Birthday Accessories

Hi there my crafty friends!  I thought I should probably show you the Birthday Accessories die set as they were in the last card sample and some of you might have wondered about them!  This set has a whopping seventeen dies in it!  It has everything from party hats, candles, cakes, balloons, you name it!  There are so many fun things to use for those birthday cards we all make for our family and friends!  The really nice thing is that they have been designed with these three aperture sets in mind so they make it very easy to create stunning cards with them!   If this set is one that you would love to add to your die collection, then why not try to win it.  You just need to leave a quick comment ad don't forget to sign your name in some memorable way too.  That brings us to a close for day number one, but we have way more on the way.  We will start here tomorrow at the usual 6am UK time for day three.  All for now. Sue x


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Hexagon Aperture/ A Gift For You

Hello crafters!  I haven't done this in awhile, but I am showcasing two dies sets during this post.  First up is the Hexagon Aperture die set.  This one works the same exact way as the squares and the circles, but there are five apertures instead of four is all.  I am a big fan of hexagons as I just think they are just a bit different than the usual four shapes.  We are also showcasing ne of the small mini expressions which you can see (at least part of it) here in this sample.  If you leave a comment on this post and your name is drawn, you will receive both of these sets (don't you just love a two-fer!)  I will be back here for the final post of the day at 6pm, hope you can join me then!  all for now. Sue x

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Circle Apertures

Hi bloggers!  You have seen the squares, but of course, we have to have circles too, now don't we!  We are showcasing the Circle Apertures during this post.  I have designed these in the same way as the squares so you will have the decorative squares around the outside circles and the scalloped inside circles, which, again, you can use together or by themselves.  It is really pretty easy to do too, you just need to cut the outer circles with the decorative squares so you have a sort of guide (I keep an extra one handy just to use to cut the inner circles.)  Tape it in place (with removeable tape) on top of the card you want to use for the inner circles, then just tape the four scalloped circle dies into the apertures from the outer circles.  Remove the top die and cut the card with the four taped dies in place.  They will line up perfectly if you use them together if desired.  I love that these dies work so well with so many of my older die sets too as you can see from this sample.  Go ahead and leave a comment and your name is automatically entered into the drawing to win it!  I shall return at 3pm today with the next die set.  All for now, Sue x

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Square Aperture

Hello crafters!  It seems like it has been awhile since the last launch as there wasn't a launch in December, but here we are now!  As always, we are giving away one set of each of the dies based on drawings of those of you that leave a comment on the posts.  Go ahead and leave a comment on every post for more chances to win, but lease only one post per die post.  I would also like to remind you to make sure that you sign your comment with your name and add in either a surname, your last initial, the city or town where you live or just a funny alias.  I need some way to make sure that only one person claims each of the winning dies (I only have one set of each to give away)  and there may be more than one person with the same first name (get where I am going with this!)  You will have a bit of time before I do the drawings, they will be done and posted on Feb. 3rd.
On to the first die set now!  Introducing the Square Aperture die set here.  It took me awhile, but I worked out how to do the decorative squares and also an inner scalloped die in the same set!  With this set, you can use either the square apertures with the decorative squares around it or you can use the inner scalloped aperture or you can use them both together as I have done in this sample.  I will explain more about this as we go along.  If this set is singing to you, then just leave a comment on this post.  I will return at noon today with post number two.  All for now, Sue x


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Monday, 17 January 2022

Chrysanthemum Stained Glass Circle

Hello crafters!  Back to the crafty background stash for today's offering!  I selected a piece of Pixie Sparkled card for my background.  I used Beyond Blue Pixie Sparkles on this one.  I used the Double Stitched Squares and cut it into a larger thin frame an a smaller square.  I added these onto black card then cut the Chrysanthemum Stained Glass die out of both black then white card.  I glued the black die cut onto the pixied square, then used the fall away pieces from the white die cut and used them to paper piece back into the design.  I added the entire piece onto a larger piece of card with Iced Snow around the edges.  The card was completed with white and black mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 8"  x  8"  in size.  
 I just wanted to let you know that the launch of the January die release is here first thing tomorrow morning!  All for now, Sue x

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