Friday, 29 August 2014

Thanks For Being There

Hello all!  This is what I call a "petticoat card."  I love doing these as they are just so girlie!  I cut eight Italian borders out of kraft card and highlighted them with Antique Linen while still in the die.  Using kraft card for my background piece as well, I glued them in an offset manner to the background piece to create the "petticoat" effect.  Doesn't it just remind you of a dress your Mom put you in when you were little (not you male crafters out there though I hope! LOL)  I matted the piece with a thin white mat to help make it pop then a black mat to frame it.  I stamped my sentiment (from the Bold Sentiment set by Cr. Exp.) in black, cut it into a flag and matted it with red and black.  I used the Classic Rose with the insert piece to make the flower (there is a video titled Filigree Blue Wedgewood which shows this technique)  I seated the flower on the end of the sentiment tag with some black jute twine and embellished it with Curled Vines.  I finished the entire piece with a double red mat with a pierced inner mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  9" in size.  I hope you like it! All for now, Sue x













Thursday, 28 August 2014

Winter Wonderland



Hi there crafters!  I have a lovely card for you today showing off my new Christmas dies.  I was over the moon with how this one came out and I think you will like it as well.  The video shows you in easy steps how to make this beauty and it isn't too long either!  I have, however, missed extra taking photos of this card, so sorry!

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Hi bloggers!  Back to a card giveaway day after missing it due to last week's die launch and giveaway.  While this card is pretty straightforward, nothing tricky, it is quite striking so I thought it was worthy of a giveaway day.  I stamped the Justrite Iron Swirls background stamp on to a piece of black card using a Clear Perfect Medium pad.  I heat embossed the image with True White detail embossing powder.  The image was then cut to size and matted with a thin white mat to frame it and make it pop.  I used the mauve seam binding and wrapped it both directions like a present, adding a messy bow to the junction.  I wanted to give it a bit of a feature so I cut the bow loops down the centre, creating a shabby chic sort of look with frayed edges.  I made two matching stick pins and added them to the bow, finishing it with a black jute twine bow and a crystal sparkler.  I stamped a sentiment and cut the ends into a flag.  I edged it with Shaded Lilac and then tucked the end under my sparkler.  To add a bit more colour, I added a pierced mat layer with a deep lilac card and followed with a thin white mat to set it off.  I finished the card with a black mat with Cosmic Shimmer black PVA glue dots around it and a final mat of lilac.  The finished dimensions are
 6 1/2" x 7 3/4" in size.  If you would like to be entered in the drawing to win this card, just leave a comment on the post (directions are on the side of my blog if you have never done so).  I will draw a name and announce the winner on Saturday's blog post.

I still haven't had all the Christmas die winners claim their prizes.  Please check the list that was posted on Monday to see if your name is on it and email me!   All for now, Sue x












Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Dotted Daisy



Hi bloggers!  This one is not my usual type of card, but it is a great one if you need a quick card or want to use of any leftover scraps of card.  I also show you how to achieve still another look with your Delicate Daisies dies (more versatility!)  It isn't too long so I hope you can take a few minutes to enjoy it.


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




Monday, 25 August 2014

Christmas Die winners

Hello and welcome back!  I just want to say thank you again for the amazing reception that everyone gave to the new Christmas dies.  It was truly a labour of love but I think that they were all very well received so it was definitely worth it!  I hope everyone enjoyed seeing the sneak peeks of some of the samples and yes there are many more to come!  Without further ado, here is a list of the names drawn for each die ste:

Christmas Angel 2014- Donna Golby!!!
Illuminated Christmas Tree- Margaret Corgi owner!!!
Holly Accessory Kit- Liz Wagner!!!
Holly Spray- Janet Chard in Kent!!!
Pine Bough- Jan Caven!!!
Classic Poinsettia- Nicola Belshaw!!!
Mosaic Poinsettia- Virginia Davey!!!
Filigree Poinsettia- Lancashire Steph!!!
Vintage Bauble- Myra P!!!
Sentimental Bauble- Barbara Phillips!!!
Framed Noel- Jess Watson!!!
Let It Snow- Pharmacy Michele!!!
Peace- Sheila-Ginger!!!
Joy- Carol Edwards!!!
Believe- Hazel Young!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your die.  Can you please put the name of the die you have won in the subject line of the email too.  All for now, Sue x

Best Wishes

Hello my crafty friends!  I think today will be a big bow day as I haven't had a proper one in awhile! LOL  A couple of little ones, but this is the first large bow in about two weeks!  I started this card by cutting the Vienna die and the inner die from the Salzburg in the background (without the outer cutting edge).  I cut a piece of black card slightly larger and lined the edges with sticky adhesive tape.  I covered it with Midnight Snow.  Next I used a piece of sticky adhesive sheet and applied it to the back of the cut out area (so the sticky was towards the front.)  I covered this with Midnight Snow as well.  I wrapped a piece of silky crush ribbon around the bottom and taped the ends to the back. (Before anyone asks though, this colour was a sample that I received from the manufacturer, but they never put it into production.  It was a perfect match for our card, too bad!)   I peeled the other side of the backing paper off then centred my background on it (with a bit more tape at the bottom to hold it securely).  I matted the piece with mauve card and used a smaller piece to cut the tag from the  French Collection Auvergne die set.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the California Collection Decorative Frames Set B.  I layered up the two pieces and added them to the middle of my card with mounting foam.  I tied a double bow and added it with glue dots, making some matching stick pins and finishing the bow with a crystal Sparkler.  I finished the card with a pierced mat layer of white then thin black and mauve mats before adding a final white layer to complete the card.  Big bow withdrawal has now been averted! LOL  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x 8 1/2" in size.

I will be doing the drawing for the Christmas die winners and posting it later today so don't forget to check back this afternoon to see if your name is on the list!  All for now, Sue x













Sunday, 24 August 2014

Thank you

Good Sunday morning!  Here's another card that I seemed to have overlooked!  I must admit that this one is pretty in real life, but the pictures just don't pick up the Rich Plum card very well.  It's a buckle card (my favourites) using the California Decorative Frames for the buckle.  I started with the background though and embossed it with the Tapestry embossing folder using our soft vintage gold card.  I matted it on rich plum card and used the fall away pieces from Marvellous Squares for the corner embellishment.  I cut the largest die in the Decorative Frames Set B out of coconut white card as a backdrop for my buckle feature.  I used the next two sizes down in the set and cut them as frames, one larger and two smaller and I inked them while still in the die with clear perfect medium and dusted them with gold mica powder.  I cut a strip of gold card and matted it with rich plum to use as the weaving strip for my buckle.  I fixed all the frames in place and secured them with tape and mounting foam.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the Italian Decorative frame die.  I inked it with clear perfect medium and then heated gold embossing powder to frame the sentiment.  I added it n the middle with mounting foam.  I finished the card with a double white mat with a pierced inner mat to balance the card.  Finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 8" in size.

Now for the weekly Comment Game winners.  They are:
Lorna!!!
Elizabeth S!!!
Redfox!!!

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

Don't forget to check back on Monday afternoon for the list of the winners for the Christmas dies!  My usual post will go live at 6am with the dies being posted later in the day.  If you haven't left comments on any of the die posts, it isn't too late to do so, you have until 6am on Monday morning.  All for now, Sue x

















Saturday, 23 August 2014

Best Friend

Hi bloggers!  An oldie here that had been missed a while back so it is having it's day on the blog now.  It is all about the gilding flakes for this one!  In case you haven't seen it, I did a video on "How to use gilding flakes" on the Creative Expressions You tube channel.  It makes it very easy if you are a visual learner.  For today's card, I used the Butterfly Kisses background stamp by Justrite Stamps.  I inked it with Flake and Glitter glue on a piece of cut 'n dry foam.  I dabbed it all across the stamp until it was evenly coated and then placed my black card over the stamp, rubbed all areas with my hand, then removed the card.  I set it aside while I used a Grime Boss on my stamp to remove any residual glue form it.  Once the stamped image has gone completely clear, it is ready to gild (usually about two minutes).  I used Calypso flakes and distributed them all over my background with a piece of rubit scrubit pad.  Using a circular motion and a light hand, I refined the image, taking all the excess flake away.  I did a second stamping the same way, but only used the left hand panel of the stamp this time.  After gilding it, I covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet and coated it with Iced Snow.  I trimmed and mounted this panel for dimension.  I used one of the smaller dies in my Classic Rose set to create a small flower out of black card.  I added glue to the petals and sprinkled it with Midnight Snow (the black version of Iced Snow).  I seated the flower on some gold tulle and black twine and a black swirl die cut.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with Vintage Labels Seven.  I used Rusty Hinge distress ink while still in the die to add colour around the edge.  I cut another die in black, split it in half and used it as a shadow.  I mounted the sentiment up on foam for dimension.  I finished the card with a bit of black and white matting a my usual paper pierced edge.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x 7 1/2" in size.  All for now,
Sue x












Friday, 22 August 2014

Warm Thoughts

Hello crafters!  Here is a real easy one but with a lovely look to it.  I cut a Reflective Moments in coconut white to use as the basis for my focal element.  On another piece of coconut white card, I stamped the Quilted background using a clear Perfect Medium pad.  I stamped over it with the snowflake from the Justrite Christmas Applique stamp set using a black Archival ink pad.  I randomly stamped them all over the background.  Next I used Stormy Sky distress ink and covered the entire piece.  The background becomes a sort of ghost image in the back to my snowflakes in the foreground.  I cut it to size to fit my die cut and added both pieces to some dark blue card.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it
 into a flag and added it across the card.  I stamped one more snowflake in blue ink on white card, covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet and then coated it with Iced Snow.  I cut it out by hand and added it to the sentiment with a pearl centre.  I finished the card with a white pierced mat layer,
 a thin blue mat then a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 8" in size.

With everything that has been going on I almost forgot to tell you that I was asked to host a challenge this month on the Scrapology blog.  Why don't you pop over and take a look.  Go ahead and enter a card in the challenge, the directions are at the bottom of the post.   There will be some of my dies for prizes too.  Here is the link: http://scrapology-adventuresinscrapbooking.blogspot.com/

I know that we have hit our goal on the blog candy contest, however, it is going to have to wait a few weeks before I am able to do the drawing, just to let you know.  All for now, Sue x