Saturday, 28 March 2015

You're Special To Me

Hello there crafters!  Another fun use of the New York background.  Poor thing keeps getting cut up in every direction, but it is just so versatile!  I started by embossing my coconut white card using the Bed Of  Roses Embossing Folder (yes, I know I use it a lot, don't I!)  I cut the New York background, also in coconut white card and nipped it in half.  I put the two halves together and cut out a bit more of it so I could make it a bit more square (it isn't perfectly square, just closer to a square than a rectangle now).  I taped the pieces together from the back, then glued them to a piece of periwinkle card.  Next I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the New York tag.  I cut two of the New York corners in white and another tag in periwinkle blue card.  I nipped the tag in half to make it sorter and  and arranged it and the corners in a pleasing fashion around the sentiment to add more detail.  Finally I finished the card with some white flatback pearls in the corners and middle.  In my usual manner, I finished the card with a white pierced paper mat, a thin periwinkle card mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are
7 1/4" x  7 1/2" in size.

Well, finally up and out of bed after nearly a week and almost human again.  I want the number of the bus that hit me though! LOL  Still tired and very faint headed but slowly getting back up to scratch.  The up side though is that I have lost all the cruise weight now but definitely not the preferred dietary method though! LOL  Thank you for all your well wishes.  I will get the blog candy drawing done and posed on Monday for you.

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

Evis M!!!

Congratulations!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com  to confirm your address and claim your card.    All for now, Sue x






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Friday, 27 March 2015

For You

 Hello my crafty friends!  Today's card was a bit of an experiment in partial die cutting.  I was having a play with my Complete Petal Camellias to see if I could use them to create a border.  It is just a nice way to give a sort of whimsical look to your card.  I started by embossing the centre section using the Cross Stitch Pinpoint embossing folder for texture.  Next I lined up several of the Camellias in a variety of sizes on a piece of coconut white card.  Before cutting them, I placed two pieces of white card underneath the edge of them so that those areas would not cut through completely, thereby giving me an attached strip for each of my side borders.  I scored the edge and then glued it to the centre embossed piece, one border on each side.  For the focal element, I cut the Stockholm die out of white card, then backed it with a pretty tanzanite colour (from my stash).  I cut the Copenhagen in both white card and tanzanite card and offset it slightly to look like a shadow.  I nipped this in half and mounted it under the Stockholm die, just peeking out from underneath.  I stamped my sentiment in black and cut it out with the Oslo die centre. I matted it with the Stockholm cut in Tanzanite card.  The card was then finished with a white paper pierced mat, a thin tanzanite mat and a final wider white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x







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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Square Diamonds



Hello crafters!  Don't forget you can use your dies to emboss with to add a bit of detail to your backgrounds.  Squares also make pretty shapes when used in a diamond orientation.  I hope you will enjoy today's video card.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Welcome bloggers!  Another Wednesday card giveaway is upon us!  Fire and Ice for today's offering.  I started with a piece of coconut white card and used the Stockholm die decorative insert to cut a shape out of the top of my card (I didn't use the outside cutting edge with it).  I applied a piece of self adhesive sticky sheet to the front of the card, covering all of it.  I turned the card over and from the back, I gilded the open areas with Summer Meadow gilding flakes.  I used a Rubit Scrubit pad to lightly refine the flakes and remove the excess.  Trim the card to size before removing the backing paper on the front as you will surely pick up a bit of the gilding flakes around the edge.  Peel the backing paper off, then coat with Iced Snow.  Cut two of the Scandinavian Borders out of coconut white card and glue them to the lower portion of the card on top of each other.  Leave the edges loose and push upwards for a ruffly look.  Tie a messy bow out of white seam binding and add in the centre of the border with a glue dot.  Using a Dazzler setting, add Glossy Accents to the bezel, then sprinkle with Gilding flakes.  Use a pokey tool to mix them into the Glossy Accents.  Allow to dry overnight then repeat to make it fuller looking before adding it to the centre of your bow.  Add a pearl strip to the centre of the border on either side.  To complete the focal element, stamp your sentiment in Clear Perfect Medium and emboss with Ancient Copper embossing powder.  Cut it out with the smaller die from the Copenhagen die set, then mat it with the Stockholm die, also cut out of coconut white card.  Add some white flatback pearls in various sizes to embellish your creation.  Finally, add a white paper pierced mat followed by a slightly larger white mat.  The finished dimensions are  6 1/2" x  7 3/4" in size.  If you would like to be included in the drawing to win this card, just eave me a comment and check back on Saturday's post for the winner to be announced.  All for now, Sue x









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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Vertically Challenged




Hello my crafty friends!  Don't forget you can use your Gemini dies in a vertical orientation for a completely different look.  Enjoy the video!
On another note, I know that we have reached our target for the next blog candy drawing, but I am a bit under the weather at the moment so I will get the drawing done and posted when I am feeling a bit better, hopefully within the week.

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Monday, 23 March 2015

You're Wonderful

Hello crafters!  I love this card, the colours were just so pretty together in real life.  I started by embossing the coconut white background with a new embossing folder (it will be on my next shows in April) called Leafy Quad.  Next, I cut the New York border die four times, twice out of rich plum card and twice out of a dusty lavender card (from my stash)  I glued them to the edges of the card so they were slightly overlapping and interlocking each other, but with the straight edges outward to create two columns.  I cut the Herald Square out of Rich plum card.  I then cut the Madison Square out of coconut white card and glued them together.  I used a smaller square to cut the inside of both of them to create a frame.  I added mounting foam to the back and attached it to the centre of the card in a diamond orientation.  I added our new adhesive pearl strips around the inside of the frame (I used just one row cut from the double row pearl strips.)  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the New York tag.  I inked it lightly with Seedless Preserves distress ink before removing it from the die.  I mounted it with foam in the centre of my frame.  I tied a double bow out of white satin ribbon and added it below the frame.  I made a ribbon rose from the Raisin satin ribbon and added it with a few Mosaic Leaves to the centre of the white satin bow.  I completed the card with Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue dots all the way around the edge of a white mat.  I added a thin mat of the dusty lavender card then a final white mat to finish it off.  The finished dimensions are  8" x  8 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x












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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Just For You

Good Sunday morning all!  A classic black and milk colour combo for today's card.  I embossed a piece of milk card using the Quilted Circles Pinpoint embossing folder to give texture to the background.  I matted it with a thin black mat to help define it and added some cream flatback pearls as accents.  Next I cut the Copenhagen die out of black card using the inside die to add a bit more detail. I cut it in half and glued the two halves to the sides of the background.  next I cut the Stockholm die out of milk card and backed it with a black one to show through the detail.  I cut the centre of the die out and added mounting foam to the back to raise it for dimension.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the inside die from the Copenhagen set.  I inked it with Antique Linen before removing it from the die.  I mounted it vertically in the centre of my frame, using mounting foam to lift it.  The card was finished with a pierced milk mat, a thin black mat and a final milk mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.

I'm afraid that I am still trying to get caught up from being away so I am only going to draw one set of winners for each of the three weeks away (I hope you will let me slide on it this one time).  The winners from the comment game are:

Linda28!!!
Karen M!!!
April Bryson!!!

Linda Graham!!!
Zena McCalmont!!!
Vick (arful codger)!!!

Jan on the Fosse!!!
Janice K!!!
Macky!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prizes.  All for now, Sue x













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