Saturday, 29 April 2017

Open Porthole Card



Hi bloggers!  Today's video shows you a different way to use the round treat cup with your Porthole die set and Nautical Accessories.  It is so easy and you can make your porthole actually open!

The winner of the Wednesday Card Giveaway is:

Latenight Sandy H!!!

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












 The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x



Friday, 28 April 2017

Missing You

Hi crafters!  I am skipping around a bit, but here is a card that I made using the January release.  I started by cutting three of the Gemma die in wisteria card.  I overlapped them slightly and sort of hooked them together by interlocking the swirls from the longer side of the die (a sort of over and under method if that makes sense).  I glued them to a piece of coconut white card to create a background.  Next I cut the smaller die from the Cape Verde die set in wisteria and backed it with black.  I cut one more of the outlines in white and cut it down the centre to create a white shadow behind the focal element.   I stamped my sentiment in black and cut a frame for it using the Bermuda die set.  I glued it over it and trimmed away the excess and attached it in the centre of the card.   I tied a double bow out of some white silk ribbon ( from my stash) and added it below the sentiment with a pearl button accent.  The card was completed with white, black and wisteria mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8" in size.

Don't forget to scroll down to the previous blog post to see the list of  April die release winners!  Only about half of them have been claimed so far so there are more winners out there!!  All for now, Sue x






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Thursday, 27 April 2017

April 2017 Die Winners

Hi bloggers!  The day you have been waiting for, sorry it has taken so long this time!   I want to say a great big thank you for the wonderful response you have given me to this latest release, it really does mean the world to me!   I have finally had a chance to get all the drawings done and here are the results!  The winners are:

Hummingbird Stained Glass:  Judy Hollers!!!
Butterfly Stained Glass:  Croquet Queen!!!
Bonsai Stained Glass:  Sparrow Sally (Lincoln)!!!
Caelum Gemini:  Helen Terry!!!
Message In A Bottle: Crafty Macky!!!
Flip Flops:  Crafty Clare (Turnbridge)!!!
On The Beach:  Pharmacy Michele!!!
Island Paradise:  Ali J Sussex!!!
Hibiscus:  Snowy Owl 36!!!
Elegant Cross:  Sue MacFall!!!
Christening Day:  Pauline (Freedom 99)!!!
Indonesian Background:  Marie Brookes!!!
Indonesian Mini Frames: Crafty Sunflower (Liz)!!!
Sumatra: Sam Roberts From AU!!!
Bali: Emesbee MSB (Bedford)!!!
Java: Sandy Acland!!!
Indonesian Border and Corners: spoole (Sheila)!!!
Peony Diamond: Anne Crawford!!!
Daisy Circle:  Fiona McNeil from Barnmulloch in Glasgow!!!
Rose Oval:  Marg in Bristol!!!
Samantha: Beryl Treble!!!
Prism Striplet:  forgetmeknot (Sue 4)!!!
Mirrored Stripet: Jan 23!!!
Vintage Perfume Bottles: Crafty Chris from Bournemouth!!!
Vintage Handbags: Sharron Lonsdale (Cookie Monster)!!!
Birthday Wishes:  Vie Carter!!!
Dandelion Posies: Janet Wilson in Menton!!!
Queen Annes Lace:  Yorkie Girl!!!
Hobnail Vase:  Janjay 21!!!
Lily of the Valley:  Rosemarie Fishlock!!!
Spring Daffodils:  Val Jones!!!
Lace Butterfly: Laura Ann Kempster!!!
Rose Spray Corners:  Robin Sachs!!!
Succulent Garden:  TC!!!
Whimsical Leaves:  susyjune!!!
Sweet Williams:  Hetty Garlick!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your winning die set.  PLEASE put the name of the die that you have won in the subject line of your email and your full postal address in the email (or else I can't send it to you! LOL)  All for now, Sue x




You Are The Best

Hi crafters!   Here's one from an older release that I missed!  I started by embossing a piece of coconut white card with the Jacobean Floral embossing folder for texture.  I used the Double Pierced Noble Ovals to cut a wide frame.  While it was still in the dies, I laid it on the same embossing folder, leaving the folder open, but covering it with the tan mat and several sheets of paper, then the raspberry plate and embossed it as well.  I added mounting foam to the back of the frame to raise it.  Next I cut the inside decorative die from the Geneva die set in Navy Blue card.  I used the ribbon threader die from the Belgian Tags set and cut it in white.  I wove a piece of navy blue wrinkled satin ribbon through the tag and then attached it to the centre of the Geneva cut out laying the ribbons outstretched.  I attached the frame over the top with the ribbon going under the frame.  I tucked the ends of the ribbon behind the card and taped them.  I added a double bow to the side and topped it with a satin ribbon flower embellishment and two stick pins.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the cutting edge die from the tag and seated it in the centre of the tag after giving it a light inking with Stormy Sky ink.  I added pearl corners to all four corners.  The card was completed with white and Navy Blue mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 7"  x 8 1/2" in size.

Don't forget, today is the day!!  The drawings for the winning dies will be done and posted later this afternoon!   Don't forget to check back then!!!  All for now, Sue x






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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hell there bloggers!  Today's card giveaway is a pretty done in brown tones (just to be a bit different!).  I started by cutting an aperture in a piece of coconut white card using the Tahiti die.  I embossed the aperture piece using the Jacobean Floral die set for texture.  I added mounting foam to the back to raise it for dimension.  I cut another Tahiti die out of taupe card and used the inner cutting die to create a frame out of it.  I backed it with chocolate brown card and used the inside die from the Tahiti set to cut detail into the centre of the brown card.  I backed it with white and recessed the entire set into the aperture.  I stamped a sentiment and cut it out with the smaller centre hexagon and seated it on the larger hexagon as a mat.  I tied a ribbon around the bottom of the card using white frilly edged ribbon and tied a double bow.  I cut several of the Striped Nasturtiums out of taupe card and used the outline cut in chocolate brown and glued them together.  I created three flowers and seated them around the focal element, adding bits from the Family Tree die set as accents.  The card was completed with white taupe and chocolate brown mats.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  9" in size.  Leave a comment to be entered into the drawing to win this one.  All for now, Sue x







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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Fish Bowl Card



Hi crafters!  I have a very special card to share with you today.  I had so much fun making this one and just had to share it with you!  






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























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Monday, 24 April 2017

Candy Machines

Hello there my crafty friends!  I decided to share some of the Working Candy Machines that I made for the show I did back in Feb.  There are many more to share with you, I just need to go in search of the pictures for them.  So I will break this post up into some now and some a bit later for you.  I am not going to go into the breakdown on making these as there is a YouTube video that will do a much better job you can watch on our channel (just click through the link on the right hand side of my blog to take you there).  I really enjoyed matching the candies to the card and giving each of them a bit of a theme.  As you can see they are all very different, some using other die cuts, some using stamps, but there are just so many ways in which you can use this die set so I wanted to share some of my ideas.  Don't forget, each and every one of them works so you turn the handle and the candy comes out to!   Have a favourite in these?  All for now, Sue x


























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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Ornamental Accents

Good Sunday morning all!  I don't usually do cards without some sort of sentiment, but this one was just so pretty, I didn't feel that it really needed one!  I started by cutting the decorative die from the Atlas Striplet into a piece of coconut white card.  I added mounting foam to the back and seated the piece over a piece of blush card.  Next I selected the Ornamental Accents die set and cut five of the wider die using both the decorative die and the outer cutting edge.  I displayed them in a fan shape and glued them together at the bottom.   I cut several of the Orange Blossom Leaves out of white card then inked the veins through the die with Forest Moss.  I removed them from the die and inked the rest of the leaves with Peeled Paint.  I cut several of the Exquisite Poppy die to create one flower.  I used a thin black marker through the die to add veins.  I inked the edges with Spun Sugar after removing them from the die, then assembled them.  I tied a bow with black jute then added the flower to it and glued it in the centre of the leaves at the bottom of the fan.  I completed the card with a simple white on white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7" in size.  All for now, Sue x





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