Monday, 29 August 2016

Heartfelt Thanks

Hello crafters!  Today's card was a demo on my last Hochanda shows, but in case you didn't see it, I will take you through the steps to make it.  I cut the Swiss Background die out of wisteria card.  I added a black card backing to it and cut away the two longer sides to use as borders here.  I embossed a piece of coconut white card using the Dot Matrix Pinpoint embossing folder and added the borders to the edge with mounting foam.  I added that piece to a larger piece of coconut white card, leaving a clean unembossed edge on the outside of the borders.  For the focal element, I cut the outer die in the Geneva set out of wisteria card.  I cut the inside die from the set out of black card and glued the outer piece to it.  I added mounting foam to the centre of the die cut and around the edges where the wisteria cut was and added it to the centre of the card.  I cut a Bern die out of white and glued it horizontally across the centre. I stamped my sentiment in black and created a small wisteria and black frame for it.  I added a hint of sparkle by using Diamond Snow on the thin white frame which surrounds the sentiment.  I completed the card with white, wisteria and black mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x





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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Double Striplet Sunday

Good Sunday morning all!  I thought I might do double days based on the same dies in two different cards (at least until I run out of enough cards! LOL)  I have selected two cards using the Petite Squared Tile die this week.  For the first card, I cut the decorative inside part of the die three times across a piece of black card.  I added a sticky adhesive sheet to the back of it, then gilded the exposed adhesive with Persian Dawn gilding flakes.  I used the outer cutting edge from the Belgian Tag to cut a shape into the middle of the background.  I added mounting foam to the aperture to raise it for dimension .  I then added the cut out tag shape back into to the recess of the aperture.  I cut the entire tag out of black and glued it into the aperture.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the smaller die in the centre of the tag.  I matted it with a piece of gold card.  The card was completed with a white pierced mat, then thin black mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.



Card number two has been paper pieced using red, grey, silver and black card into a die cut white background.  I cut the Squared Tile Striplet die four times across a piece of white card.  I covered a second piece of white card with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I attached the die cut to the exposed adhesive.  I cut the die again in black, red, grey and silver four times and used the waste from each to piece back into the original.  I stamped my sentiment (which, by the way, I thought should have said Get Well Soon because of the red crosses in the pattern, but couldn't find one anywhere!)  I cut a frame from the Bern die and backed the corner area with red card and then filed in the remaining area with black card.  I mounted it in the centre of the card.  I completed the card with the same white black white matting and layering.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7" in size.  Both very simple cards, but two different techniques which both work great for those cards we need for the men in our lives too!

The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Debra K!!!
Denise Bryant!!!
Susan Mitchell!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x


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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Kaleidoscope Birthday Card


Hi bloggers!  I have had so many people ask me about the new Shadow Box dies.  Today's video showcases the Birthday Shadow Box with a fun idea on how to make it stand out!  Your imagination is all that is needed to use these dies for your own creations.


The winner of this week's Wednesday Card Giveaway is:

Lisbeth!!!

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











The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x  7 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Friday, 26 August 2016

Christmas Double Days

Hi crafters!  I have selected a couple of fairly traditional cards for today's double day offering.  For the first card, I started with the top section and cut a square of white card and added a thin red mat.  I used the Poinsettia Corners cut out of white and backed with red card that was glittered with Diamond Snow behind them.  I cut the Holly Octagon die in white and used it in the very centre of the card.  The Lavish Joy die was cut in white and black and then added to the centre of the Holly die.  I cut four of the Poinsettia/Holly Gemini die in white and added them around each of the sides of the topper.  I cut them again in red and just nipped away the poinsettia to add atop the original ones.  I added this entire piece to a larger piece of coconut white card and added white pearl corners.  A thin red mat was added then a double white mat to complete the card.  The finished dimensions
are 8" x  8" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.





What is more traditional than Santa Claus I say! LOL  I stamped the Christmas Cheer Stamp To Die For in black and coloured it with pencils.  I cut him out with the matching Poinsettia Filigree die.  I cut one more in black and cut it in half to use as a shadow.  I embossed a piece of coconut white card with the Star Swirls folder and added a piece of decorative striped paper (from my stash) to the bottom of the card.  I cut the Ornate Holly Framed Noel die in white and backed it with white then cut one side off to use as the border between the two pieces.  I cut two red poinsettias and accented them with Holly Branches and seated them on the border to the left.  I attached the stamped cut out to the upper portion of the card.  The card was completed with a white pierced mat, red and black thin mats and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x  7 1/4" in size.  Hope you liked them!  All for now, Sue x






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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Sparkly Snowflake Card



Hi bloggers!  Another really easy and quick Christmas card.  One to put on the list if you are making batch cards this year too.  I hope you like it!









The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x


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