Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Faux Capiz Shell Flowers

Hi crafters!  Want to make some flowers that have the delicate look of capiz shell?  Today's video will show you just how to do it.  It is so very easy too!

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 The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  9" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Thanks So Much

Hi bloggers! I hope everyone had a great weekend (Maybe you even had a chance to use a few new Christmas dies! LOL)  Today's card uses the Configurations range of dies to create the pretty background layers.  I started by cutting the Elegant Lace Edger out of milk card.  I cut four of the corners and four of the longer edge piece and glued them in place around the edge of a piece of milk card.  I cut a smaller piece of milk card and embossed it with the new Linen Texture embossing folder (8 x 8 size) and matted it with a piece of Periwinkle card.  I cut four more of the same edger die in milk card and glued them into place around the edge of the smaller background piece.  I added mounting foam to this piece for dimension.  I cut the Sintra die in milk and backed it in Periwinkle card for contrast.  I used the centre die to cut it into a frame.  I used the smaller die in the set to cut the next layer in my focal element, also cutting the centre out.  I backed it in periwinkle as well and added it with foam on top.  I stamped my sentiment and covered it with a sticky adhesive piece, then coated it with Diamond Sprinkles.  I centred my sentiment in the aperture opening of the frames and placed the entire piece in the centre of the card.  I cut a couple of small peonies in milk and added them around my sentiment too.  I finished the card with some cream flatback pearls as embellishments and added my usual pierced mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 8 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Just Because

Good Sunday morning all!  Today's card uses the Classic Adorned Design Noble to create the background.  I cut the outside shape out of a piece of coconut white card to begin.  I left the die in place and embossed the remaining aperture using the Leafy Quad embossing folder.  This can only be done by leaving the folder open and compensating the loss of the thickness with extra card.  If you close your folder, the die will cut into it and ruin it!  It is a bit of an experiment to try and get the number of sheets of card correct though as it depends on each individual machine I have found.  I added mounting foam to my aperture and mounted it onto a slightly larger piece of blue card.  Next I used the inside piece to simply deboss the shape from the next die in the set and recessed it into my aperture.  I cut the Toronto die in white and backed it in cobalt blue card, cutting the centre out of both at the same time so they matched.  I cut the centre shape from that set and recessed it into the middle.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the centre oval die in the Montreal set and used the slightly larger oval from the Toronto set to back it and mounted t in the middle of the frame.  I made several of the Perfect Peonies utilising both the open petal and the complete petal die set.  I arranged them on opposite corners and added sprigs of the Maidenhair Fern die as accents.  I completed the card with a paper pierced white mat layer, a thin blue mat and a larger white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1.2" x  8 1/2" in size.

The winners of this week's Comment game are:
Diane G!!!
Marion Bull!!!

For the extra qualifying post of Wed. July 1st, the winners are:
Linda Kember!!!
Jane Franklin!!!
Linda 28!!!

For the extra qualifying post of July 3rd, the winners are:
Lynda's craft's!!!

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, 4 July 2015

Descending Die Cuts

Hello bloggers and Happy Fourth of July to any American followers!  Today's video card is a really simple way to add dimension to your cards and the recipient is sure to be amazed by it as well!

The Christmas die winners were posted yesterday and not all have been claimed yet so don't forget to scroll down to the post below this to check for your name!

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

Angela Wade!!!

Congratulations!  Please email me at americaansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your card.

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

Friday, 3 July 2015

Christmas Die Winners

Hello bloggers!  Thank you so much for your amazing response to my latest die launch!  The comments left on each blog post were so wonderful and supportive.  I really appreciate you taking the time to give me your feedback on all of the new dies!  I do hope that you will truly enjoy using any that you may purchase as well!  I know that it may be a bit early for Christmas for some of you, but others may love getting an early start on their card making for the festive season.  So hopefully with that in mind, you will enjoy my bringing back the double day Christmas card Fridays starting next week.  They will go until I have no more Christmas cards to post for the year, plus there will still be the Christmas card videos days added in on their usual video days on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  There should be loads of ideas for you to use for your own cards!

Now on to the winners names drawn for this release:

Snowflake Border, Corner and tag die set: Susan Battensby!!!
Snowflake Background: Crossstitchmarg!!!
Peeking Snowflake: Janet Wilson!!!
Deboss Snowflake: Pauline A!!!
Snowflakes: Aspiring Crafter (Ruth)!!!
Three Wise Men Striplet: Hetty Garlick!!!
Poinsettia Mini Striplet: Anne O!!!
Snowflake mini Striplet: Wendy L in Spain!!!
Poinsettia Open Petal die set: Sandy G!!!
Merry Christmas die: Welsh Paula!!!
Ho Ho Ho die: Sophy 'n Gran!!!
Jingle Bells: Pat S Witney!!!
Peace On Earth die: Hazel (Baskets of joy)!!!
Seasons Greetings die: Jenny Briggs!!!
Christmas Angel: Maureen Killen!!!
Deer Family: NannieFlash!!!
Christmas scene mini background: Rolfi!!!
Santa's Sleigh die: Debra Kenworthy!!!
Dove of Peace: Theresa Pace!!!
Winter Trees: Rose Greenbank!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your die set.  Please put the name of the die set that you have won in the subject line of your email as that really helps to keep it organised for me.  Thanks so much!  All for now, Sue x


Hi crafters!  A lovely little thank you card for today.  I started with the Portuguese background die and cut it in white.  I nipped it in half on my paper cutter and put the two halves together and took a bit more out of the middle to make it more narrow to fit my sentiment nicely.  I taped it back together and added foam pieces to the back and mounted it over another piece of white card.  I matted it with a nice blue card that I found in my craft stash.  Next I stamped a variety of sizes of the Perfect Peony matching stamp called Shaded Peony using a Clear Perfect medium on to the same blue card.  I heat embossed all the flowers in white embossing powder and cut them out with the matching dies.  I assembled all the flowers by giving them a bit of shaping with a stylus  and offset each flower using two cut flowers.  I added flatback white pearls in each of their centres.  I cut several of the Maidenhair fern die in white to add around the flowers which I used in opposite corners to hide my cut lines in the background die.  I cut the Vertical Thanks out of white and then cut the letter only die separately out of the matching blue card and glued them underneath the word in the centre.  I added mounting foam and secured it in the centre of my frame.  I completed the card by adding my usual trademark paper piercing around a white mat layer.  A thin blue mat and a larger white mat were then added to finish the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4"  x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Caught in Crystal

Hi crafters!  The Caught in Crystal is still one of my absolute favourite techniques and it has been around in many forms for many years now!  I will show you the way that I prefer to do this technique in today's video.  I hope you'll enjoy it.

You still have one more day to add any comments to blog posts you may have missed during the blog launch.  Only one comment per post, but there are 21 posts that you are able to comment on should you like.  I will do the drawing sometime on Friday and post the winners in the afternoon.

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

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Hello my crafty friends!  Today's card is a revamp of a card that I did several years ago for my Mom for Mother's Day, at least in styling and colour.  I have updated it with different dies and embellishments.  I love the way it came out even more than the original!  I started with the Canadian Background and cut it out of coconut white card.  I raised it with foam for dimension and mounted it over another piece of white card that I covered with Iced Snow for a bit of bling.  I used the Pavo Gemini die and cut the decorative piece with both cutting edges out of white card.  I cut a matching backing out of custard card and glued the pieces together.  I added it to the left hand side of the card with foam and added a double row of white flatback pearls to the edge.  Next I cut the backing for the sentiment using the Vancouver die set out of custard card.  I backed it in white.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the oval from the Montreal die set.  I mounted it in the upper corner of the card.  Using both sets of the Perfect Peonies, I created a variety of different sized two tone flowers and arranged the in the lower right corner.  I added Mosaic Leaves in white as embellishments.  The card was then completed with a paper pierced white mat, a thin custard mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8" in size.  If you would like to be included in the drawing to win this one, just leave me a comment.  The winner will be announced on Saturday's blog post.  All for now, Sue x

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Pinwheel Technique

Hi bloggers! I hope you really enjoyed the blog launch of the Christmas dies (did you have a favourite or two), but it is  back to video card days now!  I really like this pinwheel technique.  If you have always wondered how it's achieved, then this video is for you!

Before I forget too, the winner of last week's Wednesday Card Giveaway is:

Julie Elli!!!

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

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

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