Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tropical Silhouette Card



Hi bloggers!  There is nothing prettier than a silhouette against a sunset sort of background!  I will show you how to achieve this very easy look in this video.









 The finished dimensions are 7 1/4"  x  9 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x





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Monday, 26 June 2017

You Are The Best

Hello there my crafty friends!  I do have to confess that I designed this card entirely around the embossing folder (that I had just received in the post!)  I really love the way it frames everything.  I embossed the Jasmine Frame embossing folder using coconut white card as my background.  I added some flatback pearls in the corners and matted it with a thin black mat.  For the focal element, I cut the Azores die out of white and backed it with silver mirror card.  I cut one more backing piece in black and cut it in half and added it to the top and bottom edges as a shadow.  I cut the Atlantic Ocean tag out of white and backed it with black, then cut it down the centre.  I attached one piece of it to the sides of the Azores so it was just peeking out the left and right sides.  Next I cut the same tag again but in vintage silver card twice and in black card twice.  I used the black as a shadow on booth of the silver tags, then crisscrossed them and attached them to the middle of the card.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the centre of the tag and added a black shadow to it as well using the slightly larger centre of the other tag in the set.  I cut the Chrysanthemum die using two of each of the sizes in the set, offset them and glued them all together.  I used a silver paint pen on the tips.  I seated the flower of a black satin ribbon bow and added a few leaves from the set as accents.  White, silver and black mats were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  9" in size.  All for now, Sue x



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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Stork Double Day

Good Sunday morning all!  I have two simple cards to share with you today, both using the Stork and Baby die set.  For this first card, I embossed a piece of coconut white card with the Dotted Matrix Pinpoint folder for texture.  I cut a strip of decorative paper from my Classic Elegance paper pad and added it to the bottom of the card.  Out of Iris card, I used the Striped Swirl Edger and backed it in white and added it to the card where the two sections met.  I used Wisteria, Iris and white card and made two flowers from the Stitched Doodle Flowers die set and seated them on the border with some pale green leaves cut from the die set as well.  I used the Double Pierced Noble Ovals and made a base for my stork.  I cut him in white and added a wisteria hat and heart on the baby pouch cut in Iris card.  The sentiment was cut in both white and Iris and added to the left.  White, wisteria and Iris mats and layers were added to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/2" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.






Card number two has been down in Duck Egg blue and chestnut brown colour tones.  I used the same embossing folder for the background on a piece of coconut white card.  I tied a piece of  two tone organza ribbon from my stash around the bottom of the card and added a bow to the right side with a pearl embellishment.  I cut a smaller piece of Duck Egg blue card and added a border around the edge that was made by cutting the sides of the Stitched Lattice Frames down in size.  I cut the stork in white, adding a brown hat and heart to the duck egg blue baby pouch.  I cut the It's A Boy in duck egg blue and used it in Chestnut brown card  as an offset shadow.  White, duck egg and chestnut mats and layers were added to complete this card.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8" in size.  I hope you have enjoyed the simplicity of today's double day!  All for now, Sue x


























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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Diagonal Framed Butterfly Card



Hello crafters!   Today's video showcases the Lace Butterfly,  It has the look of Pergamano when cut in vellum and works really well on a diagonal channel card too.

The winner of the Wednesday (the 14th) card giveaway is:

Barbara Gosden!!!

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












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


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Friday, 23 June 2017

Treasured Friend

Hi blog friends!  I hope you all enjoyed the last eight days of blog posts! I am sorry to say that we are back to one a day again for awhile, but I found this lovely easel card hiding in one of my files and I thought I would share it with you!  I am hoping it will be a nice break from all those Christmas cards! LOL  I started with milk card and embossed a piece with the Provencale Lace folder for texture.  I added it to a prefolded piece for the top part of my easel. I cut the Geneva outer die and added in the centre die and backed it with blush card.  I cut a slightly larger oval using the Double Pierced Noble Oval set and seated the Geneva on it.  I used the Bern die to frame the sentiment in the centre.  I cut several of the Exquisite Poppies and added them to the bottom of the Geneva frame with Olive branches as accents.  For the inside of the card, I cut the Atlas Striplet in milk card and backed it with blush and attached it with mounting foam to raise it slightly so it acted as a stopper for the card top to sit against.  I completed the cards with flatback cream pearls as accents.  All for now, Sue x





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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Festive Collection

Hello bloggers!  We have reached the final post of the 2017 Christmas die launch.  It has been eight days of four posts each day showcasing 40 new die designs.  I do hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I have!  This final post is showcasing the Poinsettia Cluster die.  Designed in what is called a lazy C design, this die set has a lovely outline detail with three poinsettias as well as the matching three poinsettias which are separate so you can add the under or on top of the outline design.  The three flowers can easily be used separately to add small floral details as well.  One last time, I will ask you to leave a comment on the post in order to be included in this drawing.  You still have time to go back and add comments to any of the posts you may have missed.  Don't forget to check back to see if your name is on the winning list!  The drawing results will be posted on the blog on the afternoon of June 28th.  Thank you so much for taking the time to pop by the blog four times each day!  All for now, Sue x
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Festive Collection

Hello there my crafty friends!  Welcome to the penultimate post.  Although these are the last few posts, they are certainly not the least!  This post is focusing on the Berry Bough.  Shown here, you can see what a fabulous accent it makes around your floral elements on your cards.  It works well when used in conjunction with the larger Holly Swirl as well.  This die can easily be cut and nipped down in size to use where you just want a small bit of detail added.  There is a left and a right facing in the set, so they are easily used in any direction you prefer.  It is certain to be a real go to set for all your festive card making.  Don't forget to leave a comment on this post.  Please let me know if you have had any firm favourites this release.   The final blog post of the launch has been scheduled for 6pm today.  It would be lovely to see you back here then, here's hoping!  All for now, Sue x



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Festive Collection

Hi Bloggers! This post is dedicated to showcasing the Holly Swirl die.  You have seen this used on a number of samples during this blog launch and with good reason, it is a favourite of mine!  I just love the way it can be used as an accent on floral embellishments.  This die can also be nipped apart and used in smaller sections which makes it a real time saver when you need a quick card.  I love the fact that it just creates such a lovely way to set off your focal elements as I have done here.  This is definitely one you will want to have in your crafty arsenal.  Leave your comment here and pop back by at 3pm.  All for now, Sue x
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