Friday, 26 August 2016

Christmas Double Days

Hi crafters!  I have selected a couple of fairly traditional cards for today's double day offering.  For the first card, I started with the top section and cut a square of white card and added a thin red mat.  I used the Poinsettia Corners cut out of white and backed with red card that was glittered with Diamond Snow behind them.  I cut the Holly Octagon die in white and used it in the very centre of the card.  The Lavish Joy die was cut in white and black and then added to the centre of the Holly die.  I cut four of the Poinsettia/Holly Gemini die in white and added them around each of the sides of the topper.  I cut them again in red and just nipped away the poinsettia to add atop the original ones.  I added this entire piece to a larger piece of coconut white card and added white pearl corners.  A thin red mat was added then a double white mat to complete the card.  The finished dimensions
are 8" x  8" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.





What is more traditional than Santa Claus I say! LOL  I stamped the Christmas Cheer Stamp To Die For in black and coloured it with pencils.  I cut him out with the matching Poinsettia Filigree die.  I cut one more in black and cut it in half to use as a shadow.  I embossed a piece of coconut white card with the Star Swirls folder and added a piece of decorative striped paper (from my stash) to the bottom of the card.  I cut the Ornate Holly Framed Noel die in white and backed it with white then cut one side off to use as the border between the two pieces.  I cut two red poinsettias and accented them with Holly Branches and seated them on the border to the left.  I attached the stamped cut out to the upper portion of the card.  The card was completed with a white pierced mat, red and black thin mats and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x  7 1/4" in size.  Hope you liked them!  All for now, Sue x






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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Sparkly Snowflake Card



Hi bloggers!  Another really easy and quick Christmas card.  One to put on the list if you are making batch cards this year too.  I hope you like it!









The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x


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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hello crafters!  I have a bit of a sparkly one for today's card giveaway!  I started with a piece of that now elusive blush card (it has been discontinued) and covered it with a piece of sticky adhesive sheet.  I cut a bunch of Heart sprays in white (maybe eight of them) and placed them all around the edge of the card in random directions.  I pressed them all into place, then trimmed the excess away.  (I was able to use some of the larger pieces to fill in small gaps), then I coated the remaining adhesive areas with Diamond Sprinkles.  I matted it with thin white and black mats.  Next I cut a smaller piece of white card and added a thin black mat.  I cut the Happily Ever After die in Blush card twice and nipped away the inside area.  I offset them and mounted them in the centre of the smaller piece.  I cut one more in black and nipped away the inside and outside ara, leaving a thin circular frame which I glued on to the off set pieces.  I cut several of the sentiment in white and stacked them.  I added one black one as an offset shadow and glued them in the centre of the card.  I completed the card with a white on white pierced mat.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  Leave me a comment to be included in the drawing to win this card!  All for now, Sue x






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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Striplet as Corners Card


Hi bloggers!  I love that you can use even the leftover bits of a die cut.  Today's video shows you how to use your striplet die for pretty corner pieces too.











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


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Monday, 22 August 2016

Thanks For Being My Friend

Hello everyone!  I had planned on doing this card as a demo during the last set of shows, but we ran out of time.  I started by cutting the Stitched Lattice Frame die.  I used the Lattice piece and cut it twice, once out of white and once out of black card.  I offset the two pieces to create a background, then added a piece of wisteria card behind them.  I used the Stitched frames and cut a double layered frame out of white card for the base and wisteria card for the top accent frame.  I added them with foam mounting over the background.  I cut the inside die from the Bern die out of wisteria card and matted it with a black backing piece.  I cut the centre out of it to create a small frame for my sentiment.  I stamped my sentiment then seated the frame over the top of it.  I cut a thin frame to go around the sentiment out of white using the different inside cutting edges from the Zurich and the Bern.  I used the Exquisite Poppy die and cut several of them out of white card.  I inked the edges with Shaded Lilac distress ink, then used my scissors to cut small slits in them, to give them a slightly different look.  I completed the card with mats of white, wisteria, black and another white.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x




























                                                                                       
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Double Hugs

 Good Sunday morning all!  I have recently noticed that I seem to have far more cards in my files than days to put them on to the blog!  I think it is a good problem to have though, so I plan to have some extra double days here and there in order to allow them their day on the blog!  I decided that I would do two cards using the same die today so you could see it in different ways.  Although the cards are rather similar, I think both are really nice in their own way.  You will have to let me know what you think of them!  For the first card, I cut the "sending you big" plaque out of the top of a piece of coconut white card then embossed it with the Jacobean Floral embossing folder.  I put a piece of black card behind the words to help make them more bold among the embossing.  Next I did a Bargello technique using shades of pink card from my stash and then cut the Hugs die out of them.  I added a black shadow then attached mounting foam to raise it and added it below the words.  I cut two Splendid Swirls out of black card and added them across the lower portion of the card.  I completed the card with a simple white, black white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8" in size.  Scroll down for the second Hugs card.








 Card number two is similar in that I started it in exactly the same way by cutting the words into the top portion of the card.  I decided not to emboss this background though, keeping it just a plain simple white.  Next I cut the Hugs die out of about five different colours, a yellow, red, a couple of shades of blue and a purple.  I glued all of them together but offset each colour so you see a sort of rainbow effect.  I added a coconut white one to the top, keeping the clean and simple look to it.  I found a handful of various shades of sequins and glued them randomly to the lower part of the card.  I completed this one with a simple white pierced mat and another white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  So, have a favourite??





The winner of this week's Comment Game are:

Maria Illsley!!!
Catherine Lyons!!!
Diane Green!!!

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






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