Thursday, 18 September 2014

Fire & Ice Technique



Hi bloggers!  I am finally getting to share one of my own personal favourite techniques with you today; fire and ice!  It is so simple to do yet the results you can achieve are stunning!  The video is a little bit longer, but I think you will enjoy it!

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 Finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hello crafters!  I know I am doing Christmas cards on Fridays, but I think I still have too many to share so I thought I would throw the odd one into the giveaway here and there.  Hope you don't mind!  While this one is probably one of the least traditional ones that I made in terms of colours, it is really pretty in my favourite teal paired with silver.  I started with the background and used the Elegant Poinsettia stamp to watermark the background.  I did this by stamping it all over using a Clear Perfect Medium pad.  While it is a sticky ink, it will dry if you heat set it.  Next I embossed a wide border of the vintage silver card using the Frosty Swirls embossing folder.  I matted it with a thin teal and thin white mat and adhered it to my background.  I cut the Filigree Poinsettia die in teal and coated the edges of the top two flowers with Dries clear glue then sprinkled them with Iced Snow.  I cut some of the larger sized flower from the set and made the flower look a bit more organic by cutting it up and using the petals around the glittered flower.  I stamped the sentiment and embossed it in silver on vellum and cut it into a strip.  I put a bit of wave into it (as I usually do) and had it coming from my flower across the embossed background.  I completed the card with a pierced white mat layer, then a thin silver mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" in size.

Just a quick little message, I usually do the drawing for the card and post it on the blog on Saturday, but I will be away at the Alexandra Palace all weekend demoing at the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show.  Both the Sat. winner of the card and the Sunday comment game winners will be posted on Monday this week.  I really hope to see a lot of my blog family at the show, please stop by and say hi as I am demonstrating at my Rubbernecker stand (up by the food area).  All for now, Sue x















Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Stacked Die Cuts



Hi crafters!  I did say it was going to be a short break from Christmas! LOL  Actually I am glad to show this video today as I didn't get a chance to show this tree off to it's fullest.  It is under a ten minute video so hopefully you will have time in your busy schedules to have a watch!


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




Monday, 15 September 2014

For A Special Friend

 Hi there my crafty friends!  Thank you so much for the wonderful support from everyone for the past weekend's shows!  I was delighted that the dies were so well received.  I thought I would give you a short break from all the Christmas cards and switch gears a bit, so today's card showcases the second release dies.  I started by embossing the background on this one.  Using the Quilted Flower embossing folder, I gave texture to a piece of coconut white card.  Next I used the French Collection border and corners and cut four of each out of coconut white card as well.  I glued the borders into place along the edge of the embossed background, then added the corners into place on top, creating a frame for my card.  I stamped my sentiment using a Black Archival ink pad.  I cut it out with the inner decorative die from the Salzburg set.  I inked it with Aqua Adirondack ink to highlight the sentiment.  I cut the larger die from the set and seated my sentiment upon it and mounted the topper in the centre of my frame.  Using the Itty Bitty Filigree bow die, I cut it out of white card.  I used the Classic Itty Bitty Bow die and cut a coordinating bow out of aqua card (although my pic looks a bit blue!) and a glued the two together before forming my 3D bow out of it.  I added the bow on an angle to my topper to add a little embellishment (these bows are just the right size for that, don't you think!)  I completed the card with a white mat which I added Cosmic Shimmer white PVA Glue dots to all the way around, then a thin aqua mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 8 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x












Sunday, 14 September 2014

Love, Peace, Joy

 Good Sunday morning all!  I wanted to show off my Christmas Angel 2014 die as I am incredibly proud of her!  I worked for ages to get her just right as I wanted an angel that could be used for so much more as you will see on the shows.  The close ups show the beautiful deboss twinkles which run down her bodice too.  I started this one by inking my Frosty Swirls embossing folder with a Clear Perfect Medium pad.  I used the soft vintage gold card in the folder, ran it through the Grand Calibur and pressed the ink from the floor of the folder on to the gold card.  Once embossed, I dusted the card with gold Sparkle Mica powder for a tone on tone look.  I lightly sanded the raised embossing to create a more matte effect and bring out the pattern.  Using the Grand Square dies, I cut a frame for my card.  I used several of the in between sizes to simply emboss into the frame for interest too.  I added mounting foam and seated it over my background (trimming away any excess that showed from the background).  I cut my Christmas Angel out of coconut white card and used some mounting foam on the back of her bodice to attach her to the card.  I cut a dove to place in her hands.  I stamped a sentiment (from the Joy To The World stamp set by Cr. Exp.) and embossed it in gold.  Using the die from the Vienna die set, I cut it out and mounted it in the upper corner.  I cut out several of the Mosaic Poinsettia in gold along with the Classic Poinsettia in white and made several different sized flowers for my card.  I mounted three smaller poinsettias around my sentiment in the upper corner and one large one in the opposite corner.  I seated all the flowers with Holly Sprays cut from white card.  I added dries clear glue to the leaves and sprinkled them with Ice Snow for bling.  In the upper corner, above the angel, I added a small pearl star as an embellishment.  To complete the card, I added a white pierced mat, a thin gold mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.

Now for the Sunday Comment Game winners!  This week's winners are:
Samantha Dalton!!!
Maxine T!!!
Angela (UK)!!!

For the extra qualifying post of Sept. 10, the winners are:
Darlene 4527!!!
Helen Kington!!!
Bea!!!

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

Don't forget, today's shows are at 11am, 2pm and 7pm!  All for now, Sue x
















Saturday, 13 September 2014

Another Sneak Peek

Good morning my crafty friends! Today is the day that I get to share my Festive Die line with you on Create and Craft TV.  I have been so excited about it!  I just love the way these dies and matching stamps have turned out and can't wait to show you all the samples that I have made with them! Today's card uses some of the dies from my first release incorporated with the Christmas dies and I think it looks fab!  I started by cutting an aperture using the Calabria die set in some dusty rose card from my stash.  I used the new Lattice Snowflake embossing folder on the background to give it some pretty texture.  I added mounting foam to the back to raise it so I can recess my focal element.  I covered a piece of white card with a sticky adhesive sheet and ran it through the Grand Calibur.  This will easily cut through the sticky sheet's backing paper.  In some spots it will cut completely through the card as well so those areas need to be taped from the back so they stay in the die cut when it is removed.  I lifted off all of the fall away areas on the backing paper and coated it with Diamond Sprinkles and burnished it into the sticky sheet.  Next I lifted off the die outline shape that was left in the backing paper revealing another sticky layer.  I coated it with clear micro beads (my high-low technique).  You are left with a pretty white on white look but with different heights and textures.  I cut the Calabria die out of dusty rose and used the Decorative Frames die set to cut out the inside area too.  I glued the die back into the recess of the aperture and then added my centre white on white piece in the middle of it.   Using the Elegant Poinsettia matching stamps, I stamped them on to vellum and heat embossed them in white.  I cut out several of these to make a couple of flowers and assembled them with the embossing on the underside of the vellum for a softer look.  I added the flowers to the corner of my aperture with a sentiment flag, some Bakers Twine and two matching stick pins that I made.  The card was then finished with a white pierced layer, a rose mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  I hope you will tune in for today's shows at 9am, 12 noon and 6pm on Create and Craft TV or on Sunday at 11am, 2pm and 7pm.

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

Karen Knight!!!

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

I did post the blog candy winners so if you haven't checked the post yet, just scroll down to see if your name is on the list!  All for now, Sue x














Friday, 12 September 2014

Blog Candy Winners!

Hello all!  If you want to see today's card, just scroll down past this post, but if you have come here to see the winners of the blog candy, you are in the right place!  Thank you so much for your patience on this (as we are already about a quarter of the way to the next goal!)  I won't make you wait any longer, but as usual they will be announced in reverse order!

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Congratulations all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize.  The next drawing will take place when we reach 5200 followers.  If you have sent me your details, your name will roll over into the next drawing.  All for now, Sue x

Sneak Peek

Hi there crafters!  I have a sneak peek for you today for the Weekender shows on Create and Craft tv tomorrow and Sunday.  I will be demonstrating my new Festive dies on shows at 9, 12 and 6 on Sat. and 11, 2 and 7 on Sunday.  Today's card features one of the matching bauble stamps, it is so pretty!  I started this card by simply embossing a piece of milk card with the new Swirling Holly embossing folder.  Using the Vintage Bauble die set, I cut out the corner holder die out of soft gold card.  I stamped the Snowy Brook Bauble in Clear Perfect Medium pad and embossed it in gold.  I cut it out with the outline bauble die, added the matching die cut bead cap in gold and hung it from the holder in the corner.  I stamped just the oval centre of the stamp again in black and cut it out by hand.  I coloured it with Distress markers and then placed a piece of sticky adhesive sheet over it and trimmed it to shape.  I peeled off the backing paper and coated it with Diamond Sprinkles for a bit of bling.  I mounted it back on top of my bauble with foam mounting tape.  Using the Filigree Poinsettia die, I cut out several in gold to make three flowers.  I used the Classic Poinsettia cut out of milk to layer behind them.  I added the three flowers in the lower corner with some filigree leaves in milk card.  I stamped my sentiment and embossed it in gold and mounted it on the diagonal above my flowers.  I finished the card with a pierced milk mat, a thin gold mat and a final milk coloured mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 8" in size.
  As promised, I am going to be doing the drawing for the blog candy later today so please check back to the blog in the afternoon to see if your name has been drawn as the winner!  All for now,
Sue x