Friday, 28 July 2017

Christmas Double Day


Hello bloggers!  It is that time again!  The Friday Christmas double days!  I know it is still July, but I have so many Christmas card samples to share with you this year, that I need to get started so I can get them all in.  I have decided to start with a double bill of the 2017  Christmas Angel die.  I really love the way she came out and I'm quite proud to show her off!  This first sample is quite lavish and totally over the top, but I liked it too.  I started by covering a piece of card with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I peeled the backing off and covered the page with Summer Meadow Gilding Flakes.  I used the Twinkle Star Background to cut the stars out of it and backed it with a piece of black gloss card.  I did put a few of the stars back into place behind the sentiment to help make it a bit more readable though.  I used the Double Pierced Noble Squares to make a thin black frame that I added with foam.  I cut the Merry & Bright out of black gloss card and glued it into the upper corner.  I cut the angel out of gold mirror card and added her to the left side of the card.  Poinsettias were cut in three different sizes out of gold mirror card and arranged on opposite corners with Berry boughs cut from black card.  White, gold mirror card and black mats were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  7 1/4" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.










Card number two is actually my personal favourite angel card.  I started by cutting the Garland Edger on both sides of the card.  I cut two more out of black card and used them as shadows behind the white ones before adding a piece of vintage gold card behind them both.  For the focal element, I cut a multi layer frame using the dies from both the Noelle Frame and the Holy Lattice Frame.  I cut the Twinkle Star Background out of white card and added a black backing to it, then seated the frame over it and trimmed away the excess around the edges.  I added that to the centre of the card and cut the Merry & Bright to go in the middle of it.  I cut the Christmas Angel out of Vintage Gold card and added her with foam to the side of the frame. Two poinsettias were added to the opposite corner made from the Poinsettia Additions die set.   White, black and vintage Gold card mats and layers were added to complete the card.  Finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x




















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Thursday, 27 July 2017

You Are The Best

                                                                      Start with a piece of coconut white card  and emboss it with the Sm. Beaded Fanfare Pinpoint Embossing folder for texture.  Cut a piece of Aqua card on the diagonal to encompass the lower corner area of the card and tape or glue on top.  Cut a thin strip of Blush pink card and attach it across the join area.  Cut a double strip of white pearls down the centre and use on line of pearls and add it to the pink border.  Stamp the Chrysanthemum Bouquet Stamp To Die For stamp in Black Archival ink and cut it out with the matching Bermuda die set.  Using Distress markers, colour the outer portion of the stamp using your choice of colours.    Stamp it again on coconut card and cut out just the inside section.  Colour this section as desired.   This stamped image was coloured with Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Peacock Feathers, Forest Moss and Mustard Seed. Add mounting foam and layer on top of the previously stamped and cut out image.  Stamp your sentiment from the Sweet Wishes Sentiment set by Creative Expressions and cut it out with the inside of the Atlantic Ocean tag die.  Mount with foam in the open area of the stamped image.  Add mounting foam to the back and attach to the centre of the card.  Cut several butterflies from the Cascading Butterfly die set out of blush card and add to the card as accents.  Complete the card with a paper pierced white mat, a thin blush mat, a thin aqua mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x








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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hi crafters!  Today's card offering is a lovely wisteria and white number with a tiny bit of black as an accent.  I started with a piece of coconut white card and used the Peony Diamond die to cut the shapes into both the left and right side of the card, with a little overlap in the centre.  I used the Indonesian border decorative die to cut the top and bottom  edges of the card too.  I backed it with wisteria card and added flatback pearls to the die cut areas.   Cut the Peony Diamond again but in wisteria card.  Add mounting foam to the back and attach in the centre of the card, covering the overlap area.  Cut the inside of the die white and glue into place on top of the die.  Stamp your sentiment in black in the centre.  I tied a messy bow with the mauve seam binding and added it to the left of the card.  Add a black crystal sparkler in the centre and two matching stick pins as accents.  The card was completed with white, black and wisteria mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  8 1/2" in size.  Leave a comment to be included in the drawing  to win this one!  All for now, Sue x



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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Recessed Aperture Background Card



Hi crafters!  Cutting an aperture into a background makes for a very interesting card design.  It is so easy to do and you can watch the video and follow along if you like!






The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x  7 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x                                          
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Monday, 24 July 2017

Celebrate Your Special Day

Hi bloggers!  Back to a Fire and Ice card (just can't stay away to long, now can I!) LOL   I cut four of the Indonesian Borders out of black card.  I covered four strips of black card with sticky adhesive sheets and cut out just the outline of the border.  I peeled off the backing paper and lined them up with the decorative borders and attached them, then gilded the remaining exposed adhesive with Gemstones Gilding Flakes.  I repeated the process with the corners from the same set.  I cut a square of black card and glued the borders all the way around the edge, cutting off the excess.  I glued the corners on top and added pearls.  For the focal element, I coated the Island Blooms stamp with Flake and Glitter glue and stamped it onto black card.  I allowed it to turn clear, then gilded it with the same flakes.  I used a Rubit Scrubit pad to refine and remove the excess flake.  I seated it on a backing cut out of white card from the Sumatra die set.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the inner die, added a gold edge to it with a paint pen and attached it to the centre of the card.    White and black mats were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  7 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x






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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Thinking Of You

 Good Sunday morning all!  I have a little bit of a story to go with this card.  I was taking a gym class one morning and the gal next to me had this bright coloured beach towel over her mat in her space.  It really caught my eye.  I asked her if I could take a picture of it to use as inspiration, which led to a conversation about what I do (always so difficult to explain to a noncrafter!) LOL   Well by the time I got my phone out to snap the pic, class was starting so it was taken hurriedly and  a bit on the blurry side, but you can see it at the end of the post.  To create this card, I sectioned off a piece of coconut white card with some copy paper.  On the lower half, I used Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress inks to build up a bright sunset look on the lake.  I used the side edge of the pad to add some water lines.   I switched the copy paper around to cover the bottom portion and expose the top area.  I used Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord.  I cut the Palm trees in black from the Island Paradise set and glued just the tops around the top of the card. I stamped my sentiment in the lower corner.  Lastly I added some sailboats.  I used the small one from the Little Treasures die set and the larger one from the Nautical Accessories.  I cut them all in black for a silhouette look.  I completed the card with white and black mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8" in size.


Here is the towel that I took my inspiration from for this card!  I was quite chuffed with how it came out, considering what I had to work with!


The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Chris Curry!!!
Fluffy Cat!!!
Sharon Casey!!!

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, 22 July 2017

Elegant Christening Card


Hello crafters!  Here is a beautiful card that you can easily make for a Christening.  The Elegant Cross makes the perfect focal element for such an occasion.

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

Liz Crafty Sunflower!!!


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







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



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