Saturday, 1 August 2015

Sparkle Your Embossing


Hello there my crafty friends!  Another instalment of Crafting My Style, where I show you one of the ways in which to add a bit of bling to your backgrounds!

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

Scotty Dog!!!

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








The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x



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Friday, 31 July 2015

Christmas Double days

 Hello bloggers!  Two Christmas cards today that are a bit more simplified in their design.  The first offering showcases the Christmas Tree Greetings die.  I did a bit of embossing first off using the Swirling Holly embossing folder with a piece of coconut white card to add texture to my background.  I wrapped a piece of black satin ribbon around the bottom portion of the card and taped the ends to the back.  I added a double bow to the centre of it and topped it with a small red poinsettia with a black Dazzler centre.  For the focal element, I used Midnight Sparkle Texture paste through the Wavy mask on to a piece of black card for a tonal look.  I let it dry overnight and added a thin black mat to it and raised it for dimension.  I cut the Christmas Tree Greetings three times in white card and stacked them using spray adhesive in between the layers, the added it to my sparkle texture paste background piece using Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue for good adhesion on to the glitter.  I finished the card with a white paper pierced layer, a thin black mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  9" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.







 The second card offering is ultra simple in design, but simply beautiful I think.  I used the twinkle stars from the Christmas Angel 2015 to cut into a piece of coconut white card, top and bottom.  I backed the area left open in both the top and bottom part of the card with a piece of black glitter card.  I cut the Peace on Earth die and sprayed it with Permanent spray adhesive then coated it with Silver Chrome polished silk glitter.  I added it to the centre of the card with spray glue as well.  I randomly dotted some dries clear glue around the background, then added some small silver confetti stars (from my stash) as accents.  The final matting and layering was added with piercing, a thin silver and black mat, then another white mat to complete the card. A really fast make if you are doing batch cards too.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/2" in size.  I hope something has tickled your fancy this week!  All for now, Sue x


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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Elegant Configurations



Hi crafters!  I have yet another card to show you using the very versatile Configurations range.  I cannot help but reach for these dies as they do all the work for you and still give you a stunning creation!






The finished dimensions are 7" x  7" in size.  All for now, Sue x










Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Hi bloggers!  You probably figured that this card would be the next up for grabs!  Fresh from it's demo appearance on my shows last week, it is looking for a really good home.  Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the drawing for it.  I will announce the winner of Saturday's blog post.  I cut two of the Regal Striplet using just the inside decorative die to create a background.  I used spray glue to adhere them to another piece of coconut white card, then used Polar White Sparkle Texture paste to grout it and let it dry for several hours.  Next I cut the frame using the Classic Adorned Rectangle set and the new Blue Dusk card (very similar to Periwinkle but a bit lighter).  I raised it with mounting foam and placed it over my grouted background once it was dry, trimming away the excess from below the frame.  Next I used the scalloped edge die that is part of the Lavish Swirls diagonal die set to add a fine border all the way around the edge of a coconut white backing card.  I seated the frame on it and added some pearls in the corners.  I cut the Thank you die in both white and black and offset the black die ever so slightly to look like a shadow.  I backed it with the oval cut out of Blue Dusk card and glued it in the centre of the frame.  Next I made a single Cornflower by cutting 2 each of several sizes and gluing them together and then adding a black 8mm Dazzler to the centre.  I seated it on a blue satin bow, some white tulle and two of the Splendid Swirls as embellishments.  Finally I made two matching stick pins and added them to my bow.  I did my usual piercing around the edge before adding a thin blue and black mat and finishing with a white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x





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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Gilded High-Low technique


Hi bloggers!  Here's another way to do my High/low technique.  Use Gilding Flakes for the "low"  and Diamond Sprinkles for the "High" and you will have some beautiful texture for your card.
























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


Monday, 27 July 2015

Best Wishes

Hello bloggers!   I have been playing with my Lattice and Lace Striplet again!  I started by cutting three of them without the outer cutting edge in the background milk card.  I backed it with Mocha card.  I don't think I have ever used this colour card before, but I really like it.  It is sort of cross between a brown and a grey colour (not that my pictures show it very accurately!)  It may not be every ones taste but I think it may grow on you if you give it a chance!  Next, I cut two more of the striplet out of milk card, but this time, I used the outer cutting edge with it.  I cut two backing pieces out of milk card too for a tone on tone look.  I added mounting foam to those and offset them between the three in the background.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the Pierced Flag die set, using a slightly larger one to mat it with Mocha card.  I ran a gold paint pen along the top and bottom edges of it.  I mounted it across the card with foam.  Using the Perfect Peony set, I made a multi layered flower using two of each of the larger sizes of the peony.  I used a gold paint pen around the edge of each flower before assembling it.  A single cream pearl adorned the centre.  I seated it on some cream tulle and arranged Mosaic leaves and Splendid Swirls around it for embellishments.  I did some double matting with a mocha and a gold mat behind my background piece as well as my final mat layers, which included a paper pierced milk mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x







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