Friday, 22 May 2015

Thanks So Much

 Hello there my crafty friends!  Today's card is one of my personal favourites shown during the latest blog launch.  It just really sings to me!  I just couldn't wait any longer to share it with you.  I do hope you will like it as much as I do.  I started with the outer thin frame which I cut using the largest two dies from the Ornate Pierced Rectangles.  I added some mounting foam to the back, then cut two of the Lattice and Lace Striplets out of coconut white card.  I used the outer cutting edge on both of them and them attached them horizontally to my frame.  I used the Ornate Pierced Rectangle to cut a backdrop out of white card that was covered with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I peeled the backing paper off and coated it with Iced Snow.  I glued the frame in place over the top of it.  Next I used the Classic Adorned Design Noble and cut the centre section out of white card.  I used the inner and outer cutting edges to create a frame.  I stamped my sentiment on a piece of vellum them centre the same outer cutting edge over it to cut it even.  I glued it to the back of the die and used a Spun Sugar distress marker to colour the back of it where the frame was, stopping before the opening where the sentiment was situated.  I mounted this piece in the centre of the cad with foam.  Next I cut the Perfect Peonies Complete Petal and made a pretty flower.  I edged it with Spun Sugar for a soft highlight then coated it with glue and sprinkled it with Iced Snow and set it aside to dry.  I made a second smaller flower to match.  Once dry, I seated both flowers on my card and cut several of the Dandelion Clocks to use as embellishments. I tied a messy bow with thin white satin ribbon and tucked it under my flower.  Finally I completed the cad with my usual paper piercing (with my piercing ruler), a thin blush mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are
6 1/2" x  8" in size.  Hope you like it!  All for now, Sue x






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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Gilded Vellum



Hi bloggers!  Today's video card uses vellum and gilding flakes in a unique way.  I hope you like the look as it is quite subtle.  Again, perhaps nice for a gents card, don't you think?

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The finished dimensions are 7" x  7" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Hello crafters!  Today's giveaway card is fairly straightforward and simple, but pretty nonetheless.  At least I hope you will think so.  I started by covering a couple of strips of white card with self adhesive sticky sheets.  I cut the Lavish Swirls Diagonal dies out of another piece of coconut white card using the cutting edges.  I peeled back the backing paper on the strips of card and added them on top, lining up the edges.  Next I coated the remaining exposed adhesive with Diamond Sprinkles for a bit of bling.  I glued them diagonally on to another piece of white card while keeping them parallel to each other.  On a small piece of white card, I cut two of the Charming Hearts corners, using the same direction die (rather than one of each of the pair).  I sprayed them with Permanent spray adhesive then coated them with Diamond Sprinkles and glued them in to opposite corners.  For the focal element, I used the St. Lucias die and cut a red background using the largest die in the set.  Next I cut the decorative die in white.  I used the smaller die in the set to cut the next shape and I backed it with red card as well.  I stamped my sentiment, covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet and Diamond Sprinkles  and cut it out with the oval from the Caribbean background.  I cut two more charming hearts corners, nipped away the ends so they were both symmetrical and used them as holders on the ends of the sentiment.  Each piece was mounted up with foam backing for dimension.  The card was completed with my usual piercing and matting and layering, red and white this time to match.  The finished dimensions are 7 3/4"  x  8 3/4" in size.  Leave me a comment if you would like to be entered into the drawing to win this one.  The winner will be posted on Saturday's blog post as usual.  All for now, Sue x




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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Gilded Ivy



Hi bloggers! You may have seen me do this card as a demo on my last shows, but if you didn't, here it is on today's video episode for you to enjoy.  This is a great way to transform ordinary card into something that looks like metal and it is so simple to do.

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



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Monday, 18 May 2015

Thanks

Hi bloggers!  I thought I would lighten it up a bit after the two darker cards from the weekend.  Back to the Eternal Rings Striplet for the background for today's card.  I cut it three times continuously to create the background.  Remember that you will need to see the cutting edge inside of the previous cut just slightly or you will have a line going between the three sections (which is fine, but it will give you a completely different look than this.)  I left a small border around the edge and this is where I have hidden some mounting foam to raise it for dimension.  I also added a few very small pieces at the junctions to keep it from sagging.  I placed it over a piece of blush card.  I added white flatback pearls to the junctions (how could you not, it just cries out for it, doesn't it? LOL)For the focal element, I cut two of the Dainty Rectangle frame in white and crisscrossed them.  I covered a piece of blush card with a sticky adhesive sheet and coated it with Diamond snow.  I used the Dainty Oval frame to cut it out, using the inside die as well.  I used the rectangular cutting edge to simply emboss the shape in the centre.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the small oval die from the Dainty Oval.  I highlighted it with Spun Sugar and mounted it with foam in the centre of the card.  I added a white pierced mat, a thin blush mat and another wider white mat to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.

Just a quick note to let you know that Julia Watts has a 9am show today on C & C with some new products from one of our suppliers!  Don't forget to tune in to see what great demos she will be doing!  All for now, Sue x




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Sunday, 17 May 2015

You're Wonderful

 Good Sunday morning!  Today's card uses the Pierced Flag die set is a different sort of way; to make a background!  I rather like this idea as I think it could be so easily adapted to do a man's card.  It sort of looks like panelling or even maybe has a marine sort of feel to it (like a divers helmet?).  Do you see it or is it just me? LOL  Anyways, the hope is that this may give you a few ideas for those pesky male cards we all have to make from time to time!  I started by embossing a piece of black card using the Climbing Vines embossing folder.  I matted it with a piece of vintage gold card.  I used the Ornate Pierced Rectangle die set to create a gold frame, then backed it with black. Next I cut several of the Pierced Flags in white and glued them diagonally on to a piece of white card.  I added mounting foam to the back of the frame then placed it over my diagonal flags.  I trimmed away the excess from around the edge and glued it to the embossed background.  Next I used the Complete petal Camellias and cut a scad of different sizes and arranged them on opposite corners.  Each flower had a white flatback pearl in the centre.  I added a black jute bow on the lower corner. I stamped a sentiment and using the centre ovals from the Classic Adorned Noble Rectangle die set, cut it out and added a gold mat.    I cut a few flowers using the Blossoming Branch die in black and added them to the sentiment.  I attached the sentiment with mounting foam in the lower corner inside the frame.   The card was then completed with my usual piercing and matting and layering with black and gold card.  A final wider white mat was added.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  9" in size.

The winners of this weeks Comment Game prizes are:

Rosemary Strickland!!!
Nannie Flash!!!
Susan Lesperance!!!

For the extra qualifying post of Wed. May 13th, the winners are:
Haze T!!!
Yorks Butterfly!!!
Rainey's Craftroom!!!

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, 16 May 2015

Thanks For Everything

Hello there bloggers!   When I receive a new set of die prototypes, I am always eager to cut them and see how they look.  This card, however, sort of got in the way of my finishing the cutting process of all of them!  I cut the Copenhagen and Stockholm dies out of milk card then got carried away and started to put this card together before I went any further! LOL  I grabbed some black card and cut the Orion die at the bottom, using a single cutting edge.  I decided that I loved the way it looked against the milk card so I glued them together and used the two Scandinavian dies together for my focal element as they just looked so pretty together layered up.  I stamped my sentiment then covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I coated it with Diamond Snow before using the smaller die in the Copenhagen set to cut it.  I cut a small black mat using the smaller die in the Stockholm die set.  A couple of small Camellia flowers scattered across added just the right touch.  I finished my quick creation with a milk pierced mat layer, a thin black mat and a final milk layer.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8" in size.

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

Lesley Thomas!!!

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











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