Thursday, 27 November 2014

Shadows & Frames



Hi bloggers!   Happy Thanksgiving to my American followers!  Your first look at the Scandinavian Collection in action, specifically the Stockhom die and the Border, Corner and Tag die sets.  The border is unique in that it is symmetrical from the middle outward so it can be cut down the centre to make a thinner border, which is really useful to have.  I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x



Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Hi guys!  It feels like absolutely ages since I had a card giveaway,  doesn't it!  Well it is about time for one and I have chosen this card for today's giveaway.  If you would like to be entered in the drawing to win it, just leave a comment on the blog (directions are on the right hand side of the blog if you have never done it before).  I started with a piece of coconut white card and embossed it with the Pinpoint Checkerboard embossing folder (just love this one!)  Next I went to work on making my flowers.  I selected a couple of shades of purples, both light and dark and used the Delicate Daisies Complete petal die set to cut a bunch of different sizes and in both of the colours.  Using the Delicate Daisy Open Petal die set, I cut the corresponding sizes out of coconut white card.  I glued the open petal dies atop the closed petal dies, then used two of each size in an offset manner to make each flower.  I added an 8mm white flatback pearl to the centres of each flower.  I arranged the flowers in a wreath style and glued them into place.  I cut several of the Faux Quilled leaves and added them around the flowers in several spots.  I stamped my sentiment (from the Cr. Exp. Bold Sentiment stamp set) in black and cut it into a forked end strip.  I mounted it across the inside of the wreath and added a mauve seam binding messy bow to the left side, covering the end of the strip.  I added a final flower on top of the bow and made two matching stick pins as embellishments.  I completed the card by piercing the edge of a white mat, then adding a thin purple mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions on the card are 8" x  8" in size.  Don't forget to check back on Saturday's post to see if your name was drawn as the winner of this one!

I still haven't heard from two of the die winners, caroljsmith and Rach 83, so please email me to claim your die if you see this!  All for now, Sue x










Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Hazed Background Technique



Hi crafters!  Welcome to the first video in the new series!  This video will show you how to achieve different looks in your backgrounds as well as giving you a few ideas how to use some of the dies in the newest release!  I hope you have time to enjoy it, as it isn't too long either, an added extra bonus!  The finished size is 7 1/2" x  7 3/4" in size.
Don't forget to check the blog post below this one to see if your name was drawn for one of the dies that are being given away as we still have some that haven't been claimed yet!!  All for now, Sue x


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Monday, 24 November 2014

Autumn Die Release Winners!

Hello and welcome back!  I just want to say thank you again for the amazing reception that everyone gave to the new Autumn release dies.  It was truly a labour of love but I think that they were all very well received so it was definitely worth it!  I hope everyone enjoyed seeing the sneak peeks of each of the die sets and  there are many more samples to follow in the weeks to come!  Here is a list of the names drawn for each die set:

New York Background die:  Glennis!!!
New York Border, Corner, Tag die set: Vie Carter!!!
New York Union Square die set: Hellma!!!
New York Madison Square die set:  Denice Hancock!!!
New York Times Square die set: Yvonne May!!!
New York Herald Square die set: Denise T!!!

Scandinavian Background die: TOB Theresa!!!
Scandinavian Border, Corner, Tag die set: Caroljsmith!!!
Scandinavian Stockholm die set: Snuffy Snoo!!!
Scandinavian Copenhagen die set: Cr@fty!!!
Scandinavian Oslo die set: Lis Kervill!!!

Gemini Phoenix die set: Maria Illsley!!!
Gemni Ursa die set: Rach 83!!!
Gemini Orion die set: Joanna Dickson!!!
Gemini Carina die set: "P" in Wales!!!
Gemini Lyra die set: Ivy Cheong!!!

Floral Meadow Striplet die set: Julie Laz!!!
Eternal Rings die set: Jean Bullock!!!

Dainty Rectangle Frame die set: Sandra Biggs!!!
Dainty Oval Frame die set: Lorna D!!!

Camellia Open Petal die set: June Smith!!!
Camellia Complete Petal die set: Trudy Aylott!!!
Mosaic Leaves die set: Natty Boots (Elaine)!!!
Trailing Ivy die set: Edwina Scotney!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize.  To make it a bit easier for me, can you put the name of the die you have won in the subject line of your email please.  Thanks so much!  All for now, Sue  x

Peace

 Hi bloggers!  I have a confession to make.  I absolutely love this Christmas card and didn't want to make it part of a double day post.  I really didn't want to have it share the limelight with another card, how silly I know!  I had this idea to use my Mosaic Poinsettia in the background of the Angel aperture almost from the minute I received the first prototype die of her (and there were several versions done!)  I couldn't decide what colours I wanted to do it in, though so it just kept getting put on the back burner so to speak.  Once I decided on a dusty rose and milk coloured card palette, though, I realised that I didn't have very much of this dusty rose card left.   In the end I had to be very careful about my cutting so as to get enough poinsettias and my Classic Rose die out of the few pieces that I had left.  I chose these colours because years ago I made Christmas ornaments for my first tree out of the same colours, it had a very romantic, vintage feel to it and that is what I wanted for this card as well.  I cut the Christmas Angel 2014 aperture out of milk card first and added mounting foam to the back of it.  Next I cut several different sizes of the Mosaic Poinsettia die out of dusty rose card.  I glued them on to another piece of milk coloured card so that they filled the aperture opening.  I mounted the angel over the top and matted it with a thin milk card mat.  I cut a candle and glued it into her hands.  On a larger piece of milk card, I stamped my sentiment with a clear Perfect Medium pad and heat embossed it with gold detail powder.  I mounted the angel aperture above it.   Using the Classic Rose die, I cut several of the dies in an assortment of sizes and made roses from them following the technique in the tutorial at the top of my blog.  I added dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue to the edges and "sugared" them with Iced Snow.  I mounted the larger one in the bottom right corner with some cream tulle.  I cut Holly Sprays and Faux Quilled Leaves and added them around the flower.  I rubbed the tips of the leaves with the Perfect Medium pad, then embossed them in gold powder as well.  I added some Iced Snow to the holly leaves too.  I did the same thing with the two smaller roses, but mounted them in the opposite corner by the Angel's wing, but without the tulle this time.  I finished the card with a double milk card mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  I hope you think she was worthy of her own blog post too! LOL  All for now, Sue x















Sunday, 23 November 2014

For A Special Friend

 Good Sunday morning all!  I have a really funny story to tell you about this card.  It was supposed to have been done as one of the videos for my second die release. I say "supposed to" because it never made it!  I filmed the videos the day after I returned to the UK last time and in my jet lagged haze, I began to weave the strip through the dies during the filming, no problem at first.  Once I reached halfway across, I could not work out how to do the other side, which is essentially the opposite of weaving through the dies in the first part.  My brain just would not or could not sort it out!  I just sat there and laughed at myself!  I have done these cards so many times that I usually can do them in my sleep, but I guess I needed more sleep for this one!  Long story short, we just couldn't salvage the video so it had to be abandoned!  Not to be beaten though, I did include a buckle style card in the videos that are starting next week!  You know what they say, you have to just get right back up on that horse! LOL   I did start with the background here, just embossing a piece of sort of tanzanite blue card (from my stash) with the Pinpoint Checkerboard embossing folder.  I cut the largest Vienna die in coconut white card and attached it to the centre of my background.  Next, I used the Salzburg die set and cut one large frame, and then I used the smaller frame from the Vienna set and cut four medium frames.  I cut a matching solid backing for each of them out of the same blue card.  I cut a long strip of white card and wove it through the dies with the two outer frames turned horizontally.  I taped them into place from the back and added mounting foam along the strip.  I added it atop the Vienna die in the centre to create the buckle style for the card.  I stamped my sentiment in black on white card then cut it out with the French Collection tag.  I used Shaded Lilac distress ink before removing it from the die.  I added my sentiment with foam mounting tape in the centre of the card.  I tied a messy bow out of seam binding and added it to the side with white tulle and a white crystal sparkler in the centre.  I made two matching stick pins to complete the bow.  I  completed the card with a white mat, a thin blue mat and a final white mat.  On the inner white mat, I used the Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue to create dots all the way around to frame the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x  9 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x











Saturday, 22 November 2014

Just For You

 Hello my crafty friends!  What a week, huh!  Thank you so much for the fabulous comments and just the enormous amount of overall support.  I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love and the icing on the cake is to have you like it as well!  The videos for the new dies will start on Tuesday too, so hopefully there will be loads to inspire you for all the different die designs.  Today's card is basically a male version of the card that was on offer for the card giveaway on the 5th of Nov. (seen below)   One of the things that I try to do when designing dies is strike a balance between the masculine and the feminine on at least a few of the die sets. While I tend to like a more girlie sort of look in my dies, we do all need to make loads of cards for the men in our lives so, for me, a die that can pull off both a feminine look and a masculine look is ideal.  This Auvergne die fits the bill for that very nicely.  I have used it here with gilding flakes behind it instead of the Iced Snow used in the card on the 5th.  Take away the bow and you have a really nice card for the men in your lives.  While the gilding flakes do not tend to photograph incredibly well, you can see them better in the close ups.

I started with a piece of coconut white card and cut the Auvergne insert out of the top half of the card.  On the lower portion, I cut the Bevelled Glass Striplet insert.  I did not use the outside cutting edge of either one of these.  I cut the card on a paper cutter directly in the centre of the Striplet, then matched it up and glued it on top to make it half the width for a smaller border area.  I added mounting foam to the back of this piece to raise it for dimension.  On a piece of chestnut card, I added self adhesive sticky sheets to the area which corresponded to my die cut area.  I peeled the backing paper away and gilded it with Mulled Wine Gilding flakes.  I made a double frame using the outside cutting edges to the Auvergne die set and mounted foam on the back and added it over the insert cut out area.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the French tag.  Before removing it from the die, I inked it with Tea Dye distress ink.  I mounted it with foam in the centre of the Auvergne insert area.   I finished the card with a wide white mat that I used Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue to create dots around the edge.  A thin chestnut mat was added followed by a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x  8 1/4" in size.

There was not a card giveaway this week and there are no comment game winners this week either due to the die launch, however, don't forget to check back Monday afternoon for the winners of the dies to be posted!  All for now, Sue x



Friday, 21 November 2014

Finishing Touches Collection Trailing Ivy

Hello bloggers!  We have come to the very end of the blog die launch.  Last but certainly not least is this gorgeous Trailing Ivy die set.  There are two ivy dies here with a beautiful deboss vein feature in them.  They look so lifelike and I know that they will be a real go-to in your crafting arsenal as well.  For the last time, a reminder to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing to win this set.  You have a few more days to go back and leave a comment on all the die sets before  I do the drawings.  I will post the winners names on Monday Nov. 24th in the afternoon (a separate blog post) so don't forget to check back to see if your name was drawn!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the new dies and the videos for them will start on Tuesday the 25th.  All for now, Sue x

Finishing Touches Collection Camellia Complete Petal die set

Welcome back crafters!  As you have probably expected, this post is showcasing the Camellia Complete Petal die set.  Shown here is only one of the ways that you can use this very versatile die set, but it is so elegant.  There are a number of beautiful styles (and sizes) of flowers that can be made with this set. You are going to just love working with this set I know!  Leave a comment to be entered into this drawing.  The very last set of the blog launch goes live at 4pm today and you aren't going to want to miss it!  Hope to see you back very soon.  All for now, Sue x




Finishing Touches Collection Camellia Open Petals die set

Hello there!  The Open Petal Camellia die set is on offer for this post.  It looks absolutely amazing by itself, but will also pair up with the complete petal for even more striking looks.  I have used it here to enhance a wrap around my gatefold card (yes it is an actual card with an inside! LOL)  I hope you are enjoying the die posts and I would love your help getting the line out there so in every post, I have included a "Pin It" button at the bottom.  Please help me show off the line by pinning the cards or dies to your Pinterest boards, I would be over the moon to see that happen.  If you would like to be included in this drawing, please leave a comment.  Join us back here at 2pm for the next die release to be shown.  All for now, Sue x