Thursday, 18 December 2014

Faux Porcelain Flowers



Hello my crafty friends!  This card has loads of shape changes in the dies used and shows you how to achieve a porcelain look for your flowers to give your cards and projects an extra head turning look!  I think you will really like it!


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The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x



Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

 Hello crafters!  I just can't stay away from the Fire and Ice Technique for too long and this one is all about it!  I started with a piece of milk card and cut the Austrian Background die.  I covered the front of it with a sticky adhesive sheet, turned it over and gilded it from the back with Summer Meadow gilding flakes.  Next I peeled off the backing sheet that was still on the front of the card, exposing the adhesive and covered it with Iced Snow.  I trimmed it and added mounting foam to the back.  Next I cut a frame using the Salzburg die set out of white card and backed it with vintage gold card.  I added mounting foam to the back and stamped my sentiment, mounting the frame over it.  I trimmed the excess card away and added it to the middle of my card with glue.  I gilded an extra piece of white card and then cut the Delicate Daisies Complete petal out of it.  It is easier to cut the gilded card than it is to gild the cut daisies as you run the risk of creasing the petals.  I added the open petal die cut out of white card to the top of each of the flowers then coated the petals with Cosmic Lacquer and allowed them to dry overnight before assembling my flowers.  I tied a messy bow out of white seam binding and added the largest flower to it with a couple of matching stick pins.  I made two smaller flowers and added them to the opposite side of the framed sentiment.  I finished the card with a paper pierced milk mat layer, then a thin mat of vintage gold card and a final milk card mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  9" in size.  If you would like to be included in the drawing to win this one, just leave a comment and check back on Saturday to see if your name has been drawn!  All for now, Sue x











Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Sparkle Texture Paste Technique


Hello everyone!  One of my first attempts at playing with Sparkle Texture Paste and I am so pleased with it!  A truly lovely product to work with and it adds such a beautiful appearance to your cards and projects!  I hope you will take a few minutes to watch the video and give it a go yourself!


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 The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x



Monday, 15 December 2014

Blog Candy Winners

Hello and welcome back!  I have finally had a chance to get the blog candy entries updated and finally drawn!  Thank you for your patience as I know you are all looking forward to the drawing with anticipation.  Without further ado, here are the winners.

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Janette MacArthur!!!

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Theresa Pace!!!

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Sam Smithard!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prizes.  If you weren't lucky this time, don't worry, the names roll over to the next contest which we will draw when we reach 5300 followers!  All for now, Sue x

Best Birthday Wishes

 Hi crafters!  The lovely Tethered Hearts Striplet is creating the basis for today's card.  Starting with a piece of coconut white card, I cut the Tethered Heart striplet insert out of each side.  I selected a piece of dusty rose card from my stash and covered it with a piece of sticky adhesive sheet and coated it with Iced Snow for some bling.  I glued my cut out background on top of it so it showed through the cut outs.  Next, I cut the  reverse of it with the decorative insert cut out of the dusty rose card and the backing piece cut out of the solid white.  I glued the two pieces together and mounted them on foam and added them to the centre of my card.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the tag from the French Collection, inking it with Victorian Velvet distress ink before removing it from the die.  I cut an Austrian tag out of white card and snipped it in half and added the edges behind my sentiment tag.  I placed this in the centre of the striplet to complete the focal element.  I finished off the card with a white pierced mat layer, a thin dusty rose mat and a final wider white mat.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8 1/2" in size.  Could be a nice one with Valentines day not far on the horizon! A simple change of sentiment would do the trick!    All for now, Sue x









Sunday, 14 December 2014

In My Thoughts Always

Good Sunday Morning all!  I have a really simple card for you today.  The stamp does all the work really.  I think this one would work very well for the guys in our lives or even as a get well or sympathy card., what do you think?  I used the Honeycomb Haven embossing folder to add some texture to a piece of coconut white card.  I matted it in black and added it to a larger white background, also matted in black.  I stamped the Old Oak Tree stamp in black Archival ink on a piece of coconut white card.  Using a wet paint brush, I picked up a bit of Tumbled Glass Distress ink that I had swiped on to my craft mat.  I painted in the lake area, adding just a touch of pink as a reflection from the sky.  For the sky, I did a bit of a watercolour wash, meaning I added water to my card, then touches of Distress ink in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door to it.  I just allowed the water to pull it around for a sunset looking background.  I dried it with a heat tool then cut it out with the Innsbruck die outer frame. I added it to the centre of my embossed background with mounting foam.  I decided not to add any further embellishments, but it could easily be dressed up for a more feminine look if desired.  I finished the card with a frame of white PVA glue dots and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x  8 1/4" in size.

Now for the Sunday Comment Game Winners.  This week's winners are :

Crafty Jo!!!
Hazel (from Hazel's Baskets of Joy blog)!!!
Marion Bull!!!

From the extra qualifying post of Wed., Dec. 10th, the winners are:

Lilian in Cornwall!!!
Susan Battensby!!!
Debra Kenworthy!!!

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












Saturday, 13 December 2014

Friends Forever

Hi there blog friends!  A simple beauty in pale green and white for today's offering.  Using the Bevelled Glass Striplet (which I must admit I do enjoy using! LOL), I cut it twice out of my pale green card.  I added mounting foam to the back to raise it up for a bit of dimension then matted over another piece of pale green card for a tone on tone look.  I added white flatback pearls to the background as accents.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it into a long strip with a flag end to it.  I added it across the lower portion of the card.  Using the Delicate Daisies complete petal, I cut several different sizes and curled the petals inward.  I added a touch of glue to the ends of each of the petals and sprinkled Iced Snow on them for a little bit of bling.  I layered up the different sizes of the daisies, offsetting them to create a chrysanthemum looking flower.  I seated it on a piece of white tulle and added a couple of pieces of Petite Vinery as accents around it.  I finished the card with my usual white pierced mat, a thin green mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 3/4" in size.

This week's winner of the Wednesday Card Giveaway is:

Holly Berry!!!

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











Friday, 12 December 2014

It's A Double Day!

 Hello there bloggers!  I have a silver and white card and a gold and cream card for you today.  First up is the Noel card.  I started by embossing a piece of coconut white card using the Frosty Swirls embossing folder for some lovely texture.  I ran a line of dries clear glue around the edge of it and coated it with Luna Silver mica flakes and allowed it to dry.  To create my focal element, I pulled out an old die called Fleur de Lis Square and cut it twice, once in silver and once in white card.  I off set them with mounting foam between them in the centre of my background and added some pearls as accents.  I cut the Framed Noel die in vintage silver card and added mounting foam behind the lettering to raise it for dimension.  I mounted it in the centre so the white die cut showed through it.  Finishing the card was a white pierced mat, a thin silver mat and a final white mat layer.  Super simple!  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  Scroll down to see card number two.








 Card number two is gold and cream (milk coloured card) and a touch of black for an elegant look.  On milk card,  I stamped the signpost from the Justrite stamp set called Signs of Christmas in black Archival ink.  Using the Tranquil Moments die, I cut it out and matted it with gold card.  I tore two pieces of milk card, distressed them further with my scissors blade edge.  I used these to mat around my focal element then added a gold mat layer with a very thin black mat to set it off.  I cut a gold Mosaic Poinsettia and backed it with a solid black Classic Poinsettia.  I made two and offset them to create a fuller flower and accented it with a black pearl in the centre.  I seated my flower on a chalk coloured seam binding messy bow and some gold tulle.  I made two stick pins to match.  The card was then completed with a milk mat which I paper pierced, a thin black mat and a final milk coloured mat.  The finished dimensions are  7" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x