Saturday, 18 April 2015

Love You

Hello my crafty friends! Today's card is a really simple one, probably could have dressed it up more with flowers, but I liked the simplicity of it so decided against it.  I started by cutting an aperture in the top of my vintage gold card using the Kefalonia die.  Next I embossed the background with the new Braided Vines embossing folder to add texture to it.  I added a piece of dusty rose frilly edged ribbon to the bottom of it and taped the ends to the back.  I tied a double bow and attached it to the centre with glue dots.  To the centre of the bow, I added a rose Dazzler set into a Dazzler setting.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the Pierced Flags, angled the ends with my scissors and tucked it under the Dazzler setting.  For the focal element, I stamped the matching stamp called Kalika Trio and heat embossed it in gold.  I did this twice and cut the entire stamp out with the matching Kefalonia die, then on the second one, just cut out the centre and layered it up.  I used Worn Lipstick distress ink around the edge while still in the die and used it on the centre roses as well. The leaves were done in Forest green.  I added a bit of shadow behind the flowers with Tumbled Glass and used a wet brush to soften the edges.  There is just something so pretty about gold embossed flowers that have been coloured!  The card was then finished with a white pierced mat, a thin gold mat and a wider white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 8 1/4" in size.

Now for this weeks winner of the Wednesday Card Giveaway is:

Patricia Youdell!!!

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











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Friday, 17 April 2015

Have A Great Day

He guys!  We have a Scandinavian feast for today's card!  I started from the centre of this one and worked outward.  Using a piece of milk coloured card, I cut the decorative insert from the Stockholm die set (no outside cutting edge) and the inside cutting edge to create a frame.  Once cut, I left the dies in place then inked the entire piece with Peacock Feather distress ink then removed the die and added mounting foam to the back of the piece.  I stamped the Honey Flower stamp in black Archival ink and cut it out with the inner die from the Stockholm die set.  I inked it with Peacock Feathers around the edge and Tattered Rose in the centre for a sort of sunset-ish feel.  I recessed it back down into the centre of the larger piece and glued it into place.  I mounted everything on a larger piece of milk card and cut four Scandinavian border dies to fit around the edge to give it a lacy effect.  I completed the card with my signature pierced edge out of milk card.  The next thin mat was milk card that was inked with matching Peacock Feather distress ink along the very edge.  A final milk mat was ten added.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x







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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Diagonal Meshwork



Hello there my crafty friends!  Another card using the new Diagonal dies, this time the Labyrinth Diagonal.  It is easily repeatable for a completely different look.  I hope you will be able to have a quick watch of the video to see how it is done.

If you happened the C & C show dates that were listed on the right hand side of my blog have changed.  Originally I was to be doing a One Day Wonder today and a Weekender set of shows on the 25th and 26th.  However, all of that has now changed and I will be doing the POTD which launches on Ideal World at 9pm on the 21st of April (next Tuesday evening) and runs all day on Wednesday the 22nd between Ideal World channels and C & C channels.  John Lockwood will be helping me out on some of the shows too.  These will be my last shows until sometime in July though.

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

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wednesday Card Giveaway


Hi bloggers!  Today's card giveaway is this pretty hombre Ursa card.  I started by selecting several shades of a sort of mauve.  I picked out a very pale shade then two other deeper shades.  I cut the Ursa die six times, two with each shade.  I used white card to back them all with so just the various shades were the only different part.  I only used one cutting edge on each one and then left a bit of a tail on the other side of the die so I was able to stack them and tape them sequentially vertically along the card.    I made a felt flower and seated it on some white tulle  and faux quilled leaves and Splendid Swirls.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the tag from the Dainty Rectangle die set.  I inked it lightly with Milled Lavender distress ink before removing it.  If you would like a chance to win this one, just leave me a comment and check back on Saturday's post where I will announce the winner.
The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x  7 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x









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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Diagonal Channel card



Hello crafters!  If you haven't quite figured out how the new Diagonal dies work, this is the video for you!  They are very different and will certainly add to your crafty arsenal of creativeness!


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The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x
8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x


















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Monday, 13 April 2015

Friendship

Hi crafters!  What a crazy weekend it was!  I really enjoyed getting see so many of you from the blog at Ally Pally.  It is always so nice to put faces to the names that I see daily, thank you!  I never had a chance to get my camera out though! :(   Today's card was started by doing a bit of embossing using the Climbing Vines embossing folder.  I cut the piece into two with a 3/4 piece for the top and a 1/4 sized piece for the bottom to create a channel card.  Next I used the Eternal Rings striplet to fill the area in the channel.  I placed white flatback pearls at all the junctions.  I cut the Ursa die out of White card twice, then backed it with Sky blue card both times.  I added these to the top and bottom of the channel area in the card.  For my focal element, I cut the Copenhagen die set in white as my back piece.  I stamped my sentiment on white card and cut it out with the smaller die in the Copenhagen set.  I used the Stockholm die to mat it in sky blue.  I completed the card with a white mat layer that I used Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue dots all the way around.  I added a thin blue mat and a final white mat to finish it off.  The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x 9" in size.

On another note, Julia Watts is doing the Craft Clinic today at 11am for two hours.  Be sure to tune in!

Julia is also running some more workshops with my latest collections of dies. The first is at Creative Expressions HQ in Kettering on Tuesday 28th April featuring some of my Caribbean Collection. You'll also get to learn how to make decorative stick pins and a 3d flower. Julia ran this workshop recently and it was so popular that all the places were sold so it's being repeated. 

Julia is also holding an all day workshop in Milton Keynes on Saturday May 16th featuring a bunch of my dies including the Nobles, Caribbean Collection and my Weaving Dies. Loads of techniques in these projects as well. 

For more details, please email Julia at juliawattscrafts@gmail.com

Now for all the weeks winners.  The Wednesday Card Giveaway winner is:

"P" in Wales!!!!

The winners of the Comment Game are:

June Horrocks!!!
Maureen B!!!
Liz Spooner!!!

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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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Thanks For Everything

Good Sunday morning all!  A clean and simple sort of card for today.  I used the new Linear Leaves embossing folder.  It is one of the newer smaller embossing folders so it will fit in any of the machines.  I cut the folder along the lines to make a triptych effect and mounted the strip with foam for dimension.  I cut the Mosaic leaves out of a piece of white card that I covered with a sticky adhesive sheet, then gilded with Persian Dawn gilding flakes.  I used a piece of it to cut the New York tag as well.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out again out of white card, but this time, I nipped away the decorative end pieces and glued it atop the gilded tag.  I mounted it in the upper corner of the card.  I tied a piece of silver cord around the card and tied a bow over my leaves.  I embellished it with a small clear Dazzler.  The card was then completed with a white pierced mat, a thin silver mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8" in size.
Don't forget to check back tomorrow for all the winners to be posted for the week.  All for now, Sue x


















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