Friday, 24 June 2016

Festive Collection Day One 6pm


Hello and welcome back!  I had a vision of a sort of layered card using these dies when I designed the.  However, I have found that they are so much more.  The Christmas Cottage Scenes and the Starry Night Sky Background (both shown here) can be used in so many ways.  The cottages have been designed without a side  or bottom cutting edge so you can either layer them up on top of each other or use them side by side so there is wonderful versatility to them.  The Starry Night Sky can be used with them to provide the perfect backdrop or they will so easily transition into use with your non Christmas styled dies, giving it greater versatility as well.  This is the last chance today to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing to win one of these, but you can join us at 6am tomorrow morning for the second day of fun!  All for now, Sue x






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Festive Collection Day One 3pm


Hi bloggers!  The beautiful Aurora Star and the Swirling Stars border dies are being showcased during this post.  The Aurora Star (shown here) is a detailed star that can be both a stunning focal element or just as easily used in the backgrounds of your crafting projects.  It has been done in two pieces as well so you can easily back it or just use the decorative inside die.  The Swirling Star border is perfect for adding small accents to your card, doing channel cards or framing your focal elements.  You will find yourself picking it up for so many different reasons.  It adds just the right amount of fine detail to your Christmas projects.  Leave your comment, tell me what you think so far and you will be included into the drawing to win one of these dies.  The last post for today will be up at 6pm.  I would love to see you back here then!  All for now, Sue x
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Festive Collection Day One 12 noon


Hello crafters!  I have to say that I am very pleased with these two dies, they look just lovely together!  The Ray of Light Background and the Nativity die sets are both on offer during this second blog post.  The Ray of Light Background is quite different with random paper piercings in the end of the rays, but they add such gorgeous detail.  I have used it here with a pixie powder background behind it to really give the effect of a gorgeous sunset coming through.  The Nativity is done with embossing to give beautiful detail and it brings the die to life.  It has been done in two pieces so you can easily back it with a different colour if you choose.  Please leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for either of these two dies.  The next post will be popping up at 3pm.  I hope you will be able to come back and see us then!  All for now, Sue x






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Festive Collection 2016 Blog Launch Day One 6am


Hi crafters!  I am very excited to welcome you to the blog launch of my 2016 Festive Collection Die range release.  I love designing the Christmas dies, and I love using them even more!  I hope that you will love them too.  As always, I will be giving away one of each of the new releases and this is the largest collection to date with 40 dies (so loads of chances to win one!)  We have five days ahead of us with four blog posts each day, at 6am, 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm each day.  I know that I say this every time, but for any new comers, you will be entered into the drawing to win the dies that are featured in the blog post by just leaving a comment on that post.  Please only one comment per post, but please feel free to comment on each and every post (why not increase your odds at winning a die!)  I ask only that you sign your name in such a way as there is no confusion when the names are drawn.  Use an alias or sign your name with an initial or number or even the city you live in!  Be creative please.  There are directions on the right hand side of the blog if you are unsure how to leave a comment.  Just remember, if you use the "anonymous" button, your name will not appear, you will have to include it in the comment section.  The drawings for the dies will be done and announced on Monday July 4th!
Now that the rules are out of the way, a bit about the first two dies.  Up on offer here first are the 2016 Christmas Angel (shown in the sample) and the Illuminated Angel Mini Striplet die.  Both dies are beautifully detailed but so easy to use and cut!  I have designed an angel every year and they are always a limited edition and once it is sold out, they are no longer available.  While I don't have a sample of the angel striplet to show during the launch, I promise to put one up on the blog shortly after the blog launch is complete.  Leave a comment to be entered into the drawing to win either of these dies and join us back here at 12 noon for the next post!  All for now, Sue x
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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Gilded Step Frame




Hello crafters!  As you know, I love my gilding flakes!  They just add so much elegance to any card.  Today's video shows you how to make a multi layer frame and incorporate the gilded look into your frame.  I hope you like it!

Just a quick note, the 2016 Christmas Festive die launch begins here bright and early at 6am tomorrow morning.  I hope you will be able to joins us for the reveal and get in on the fun to win one of the dies too!












The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x


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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hello bloggers!  A triple panel card using a milk and sky blue card combo for today's offering.  I started by embossing the background using the Regal Checkerboard embossing folder.  I cut it into three equal panels and matted them with a thin sky blue card mat, then onto a larger milk and sky blue mat.  Next I cut the Bern die three times out of milk card.  I backed two of them with sky blue card and cut the centres out.  I added mounting foam then attached them to the background slightly overlapping the edges.  I turned that last die cut horizontally and glued the edges to the other dies.  Next I cut the Swiss Tag in blue and matted it with milk card.  I added it to the centre of the card and stamped a sentiment and cut it out with the oval from the tag.  I mounted it in the middle of the tag and added two small poppies on either side.  I made three more larger poppies and added them below the tag with satin ribbon and olive branches as accents.  I completed the card with a pierced milk mat, then a thin sky blue mat and a final milk mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  If you would like to be included in the drawing to win this card, you just need to leave a comment on this blogpost.    We will be announcing the winner a bit later than usual as there will be a die launch starting later this week.  The winner of this card will be announced one week from now on Wednesday the 29th.  All for now, Sue x







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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Thank You

 Hi bloggers!  A black and white colour combo for today's blog post.  I started with the New Zealand Noble Border die without the outer cutting edge and cut it vertically into a piece of coconut white card.  I flipped it around and cut it again, leaving a small gap between the two cuts.  I backed it with black card to show through the cut out areas.  I cut a double strip of pearls down the centre and added a strip to each side of the background card as accents.  For the focal element, I cut the Sydney die in black and backed it in white, a reversal of colour from the background.  I cut a circular opening in the centre then added mounting foam to it to raise it.  I stamped my sentiment (from the Large Elegant Sentiments clear stamp set by Cr. Exp.) and covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I peeled the backing paper off, then centred the frame over it and then glittered the remaining exposed sticky area with Diamond Snow.  I cut a frame from the double circle dies in the set an mounted it around the opening as an accent.  I tied a messy bow with thin black satin ribbon and added a black crystal sparkler to the centre of the bow and glued it to the side of the frame.  I finished the card with a white, black, white matting with top piercing with my ruler.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  9 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x




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Monday, 20 June 2016

Thanks So Much

Good morning all!  We are touring New Zealand today!  LOL  I started by cutting the New Zealand Background out of coconut white card, using just the outside die first.  I backed it in white, then used the larger cutting die to cut out the centre to create an aperture.  I aadded mounting foam to the back to raise it for dimension.  Next I finished cutting the left over piece from the aperture by using the decorative die.  I backed it in a strawberry card (from my stash) and cut the inside of it to create a smaller aperture.  I added another layer of mounting foam to that piece.  I cut the inisde lattice die out of white card, then backed it in white.  I layered up all the New Zealand cut dies so they were recessed downward.  I used the inside cutting edges to create a frame around the centre aperture and added a small sentient that was stamped and cut out.  I used the Sweetheart Flowers cut in white, then edged in strawberry card as accents around the aperture.  I placed the flowers in clusters in opposite corners and added some Lace Edged Leaves around them.  I completed the card with small flatback pearls in all the flowers and on the background.  A white pierced mat atop a larger white mat was used to finish the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2"  x   8" in size.  All for now, Sue x






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Sunday, 19 June 2016

A Friend Like You

 Good Sunday morning all!  I have just realised that I have hardly posted any cards using the Scattered Leaves Background, so I thought I would show you one today!  I started by cutting it in white then adding a sticky adhesive sheet to the back of it.  I pulled out the Gemstones gilding flakes and gilded the exposed sticky on the front of the die.  I used a Rubit Scrubit pad to refine the flakes and remove the excess.  I peeled the other side of the backing paper off and added a white piece of card to give the piece strength.  I cut the background two more times, then used spray glue to adhere them to the the original to build up some height on it.  I added Cosmic Lacquer to all the areas of the die cut, giving it a glossy look.  I set it aside to dry overnight, then cut one more background and added it over the top.  This last one hid any areas where I may have gotten the lacquer onto the die cut.  I used the Double Pierced Noble Rectangle die to make a wide frame for the background.  Next I stamped my sentiment and used the inner die to cut a white on white frame for it.  I added mounting foam to the frame and seated it over the sentiment, then into the middle of the framed background.  I completed the card with a white pierced mat and another white layer.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7 3/4" in size.

The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Marianne's Craftroom!!!
Yvonne Bennett!!!
FluffyCat!!!

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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