Sunday, 1 May 2016

Wishing You

Good Sunday morning all!  Today's card is a bit of an experiment for me, but I rather liked the striking way it came out.  I used a piece of acetate and covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I peeled the backing paper off and added some Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes to it,but I did not cover the entire piece.  I left areas quite open on it.  I sprayed the piece with adhesive glue then backed it with a piece of black card to add depth to it.  I trimmed it then matted it with a piece of coconut white card and a thin black mat.  I cut two of the Australian Borders out of black card and glued them to the sides of the card.  I stamped a sentiment (from the Cr. Exp. clear stamp set called Amazing Sentiments)using a Black Archival ink pad, then cut the inside of the Australian Background to create a frame for it.  I backed the frame with a white piece then added it over the sentiment and trimmed away the excess.  I added to the centre of the card with mounting foam.  I completed the card with a white pierced mat, a thin black mat and another white layer.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.

The winners of this week's comment game are:

Jacqui oakes-alcock!!!
Sunset Bay!!!
Linda Graham!!!

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, 30 April 2016

Double Cutting Dies




Hi bloggers!  Depending on the die, you can sometimes cut your card and then cut over the same area with just a turn of the die and get some great patterns.  You just need to have another die to cover the not so pretty areas on the inside!  Don't be afraid to try, it is only a bit of card!

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

Stella Munn!!!

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














 The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x






Friday, 29 April 2016

You're Amazing

Hi crafters!  I have been having a play with one of the  Stamps to Die For that match my die Wellington die.  I started by stamping the Lily Corner in black and cutting it out with the matching Wellington die outer cutting edge.  I coloured it with Distress markers (mostly Rusty Hinge,Mustard Seed, Forest Moss and Peacock Feathers), using a wet paintbrush to lift colour off in areas to create light.  I stamped the lilies again and hand cut the two larger ones , coloured them and added them back over the originals with a bit of mounting foam to raise them for dimension.  I used a white gel pen to add dots to make them into Tiger Lilies, as a suggestion that John Lockwod gave me.  John drew these beautiful flowers and his suggestion was spot on!  I stamped a sentiment and gut it out with an oval, inked the edges with Tumbled Glass and mounted it the upper corner with foam.  I created a backing piece for the stamped image by cutting both edges of a piece of coconut white card with the Dorado Gemini Die.  I wanted to add a bit more emphasis to it so I cut two more of the same die out of white card, but used both cutting edges this time.  I then glued them atop the original areas cut out of the white card so it gave more weight to the edges.  I matted it on to a larger piece of coconut white card, then added my usual pierced matting and layering to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x






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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Increase Or Decrease It




Hello there my crafty friends!  Today's video is all about making your dies work for you.  Whether you need to make your dies larger or make them smaller to fit the projects you are working on, it is quite easy to do and I can show you how in today's video card.











The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hello bloggers!   This is one of my favourite cards as it is pretty and bright and just brings a smile to my face! LOL  If you would like to be included n the drawing to win it, just leave a comment and check back on Saturday when the winner is announced.  I started with a piece of coconut white card and cut the complete petal Sweetheart flowers out in a random pattern across the top of the card.  I added a piece of acetate to the back that covered all open flower areas and added mounting foam to the back as well.  Next I cut another piece of coconut white card the same size and used the Colour Cloud inks across it in a diagonal pattern.  I started with Lemon Meringue, then added Baked Peach, Scarlet Woman, Rose Blush and then Turquoise Pool at the other end.  I mounted the flowers over the inked area so that the different colours showed through the flowers.  Next I cut the coordinating outline flowers out of black card and pieced them into place over the acetate.  I cut the Smile die out of Black Gloss card and added it at the bottom of the card with mounting foam.  I completed the card with my usual matting and layering using black gloss card as the thin mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x







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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Stamped and Sparkled





Hi crafters!  Using a matching stamp with your dies is a great way to get more out of your dies!  Today's video using the matching stamp to the Melbourne die shows you how to add a bit of bling to your stamped images too.










 The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Monday, 25 April 2016

Happiest Of Birthdays

Hello crafters!  Thought I would show you a pretty black and white number featuring the New Zealand Background die today.  I started by cutting it out of coconut white card and using the inside cutting die to make it into an aperture.  I cut it in half and took a bit out of the middle of it, then reassembled it to make it a square.  I used up a bunch of my small pieces of sticky adhesive sheets and placed them over the heart flower cut outs only and rubbed Midnight Snow into it from the front.  I added mounting foam to the back to raise it for dimension.  Next I used the Regal Checkerboard embossing folder and embossed a piece of coconut white card for texture.  I added it behind the opening of the aperture.  I stamped my sentiment and added a frame over it that I cut out of black card using the inner cutting dies from the Background and the Wellington die.  I added it to the centre of the card with foam.  Next I cut a Sweetheart flower in white and added the matching black edge to it.  I seated it on the side of the card with some thin black satin ribbon and Lace Edged leaves cut out of white card.  I added a small butterfly from the Thank you Circle to the other side to cover the join area in the background.  I matted that piece on to a larger piece with a Midnight Snow edge added to sticky tape.  The card was then completed with a white pierced mat, a thin black mat and another white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x




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