Friday, 26 May 2017

Arched Window Front Door

Hi crafters!  I was having a bit of fun playing with the 3D Arched Window/Door set here.  I love it when you can make more than one thing with a set and this one is a great case in point.  I decided to make a front door scene for this card.  I started with a piece of coconut white card and embossed the Stone mask into the background.  Once embossed, I very lightly inked over the mask with Pumice Stone Distress ink, just enough to take the white off the stones.  I cut the Arched Window/Door die including the top arched area in white card.  I added a velum backing to it to give a softer look.  I added my mounting foam in thin strips behind the frame and added it to the centre of the card.  I cut a piece of white card and inked it a bit heavier with Pumice Stone to look like a front door step.  I used the topiary trees from the 3D Window box accessories set and made two out of white card.  I inked the top with Forest Moss and the stem and pot with Brushed Corduroy ink and attached them on either side of the door.  Lastly I cut the Spring Foliage die out of green card (from my stash) and added some small pink flowers and attached it so it was overhanging the door area.  The card was completed with white and grey mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x




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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Heartfelt Thanks

Hi bloggers!  Here is a  card that could be used for just about any occasion or any person.   I started by cutting the decorative die from the Rippled Striplet into a piece of coconut white card.  I cut it four times to create the background.  To give it a bit of dimension, I added mounting foam to the back and raised it and attached it over another piece of coconut white card.  I left a wide border around it so the foam had a place to go and added a bit more in the very centre where I knew it wouldn't show.  Next I cut the Olivia die twice, once in Blue Dusk card and once in black.  I offset the black die cut behind and attached the two to the centre of the card.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with a small pierced oval.  I inked the edges lightly with Stormy Sky distress ink and added it to the centre of the card.  I completed the card with white, black and blue dusk mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  7 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x






















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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hello bloggers!  Back around to another Wednesday card giveaway, they do come around quickly, don't they? LOL  I started this one by simply embossing a piece of coconut white card with the Tulip Twist embossing folder for texture.  I rubbed over the top of it with Silver Dream gilding Polish, then buffed it with a piece of kitchen roll.  Next I cut the Infinity Striplet twice out of a piece of coconut white card using just the inner decorative die.  I backed it with a piece of Silver Shine card and added mounting foam to the back of it.  I cut the Cape Verde die out of Silver Shine card twice.  I cut one in half across the shorter part of the die and the other one in half across the longer part of the die.  I added the halves to the striplet so they were peeking out from around it on all sides.  I added this to the centre of the embossed background.  I cut just the centre section of the Cape Verde out of silver and backed it with white and added it with foam to the centre of the card.  I stamped my sentiment and ct the very centre die from the Cape Verde and used it as a frame around the sentiment.  I added that piece to the middle of the card.  Finally I added a floral element to the card by scrunching the Striped Nasturtiums cut out of white card.  Once assembled, I added the same silver gilding polish to the edges of the petals and seated the flowers around the sentiment.  I added leaves from the set as well.  I made two matching stick pins and seated the flowers on a thin white satin ribbon bow and attached the stick pins.  The card was completed with white and silver mats.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  9" in size.  Leave a comment to be entered into the drawing to win this card.  The winner will be announced on Saturday's blog post.  All for now, Sue x






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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Extended Background Card




Hi crafters!   Today's video shows you how to extend a background and it also uses the 3D Window/Door as a background, showing it's wonderful versatility!






The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Monday, 22 May 2017

Butterfly Stained Glass

Hello there my crafty friends!  You saw a sneak peek of this one during the blog launch, but it is one of my favourites from the April release so it definitely needed it's day on the blog I think.  Don't you agree?  It is all about the paper piecing for this one.  I cut the Butterfly Stained Glass in coconut white card first, leaving a wide border around the edge.  I adhered it to a piece of sticky adhesive sheet and then started cutting all the colours that I needed one by one.  The method that I find easiest for this is to cut the die in the colour card that has the most pieces to be used first, then selectively poke out any of the fall away bits that won't be pieced with that colour until I have one the one colour left in the die.  I trim the card right up to the outside edge of the die, then carefully lay it on top of the original with the sticky exposed and gently poke out the sections that are remaining.  If you are lined up straight, they will go directly into the sections that they are filling and you just need to give them a push to make sure they are adhered well.  If you are off slightly, you can usually manoeuvre them into place.  Repeat the same process with all the colours you want to use until it is all filled it.  Occasionally a fall away piece will come out of the die, but it is easy enough to put those pieces in by hand.  I used seven colours and since the pieces are mostly large, it didn't really take too much time.  Lastly I created a frame for the scene by covering a piece of coconut white card with a sticky adhesive sheet the size of the frame that I wanted.  I used the die in the centre and drew around it with a pencil and used a craft knife to cut the shape.  I peeled the adhesive off and coated it with Diamond Sprinkles, then added mounting foam to raise it and attached it to the card.  I completed the card with white and black mats and layers. The finished dimensions are 6" x  7 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x







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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Get Well

Good Sunday morning all!  I have a very simple card to share with you today, but I rather liked it, hope you will too!  I started with a piece of black card and sprinkled on some Pixie Powders.  I used the Burnt Orange, Sun Yellow and Emerald Green and spritzed it with water.  I allowed it to dry naturally rather than drying it with a heat tool as the colours don't run as much that way. I love the way that Pixie Powders just look so different when used on black card rather than white card!   I used the Autumn Leaf Trio die set and cut three of the largest leaf out of it.  I coated them with Cosmic Lacquer and allowed them to dry for several hours, giving a beautiful shine.  I prepared my background and cut a piece of black and white striped card (from my stash) on the diagonal. I taped it onto a piece of coconut white card and added a strip of black card as a diagonal divider. I mounted the leaves in a row along the divider.  Using the Get Well die from the Feel Better Soon die set, I cut it twice, once in white and once in black.  I used the black as a shadow and mounted the saying on the white background.  I completed the card with white and black mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6" x  7 1/4" in size.

The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Norah McPhee!!!
Ann Toppcards!!!
Heather Treble!!!

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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Saturday, 20 May 2017

One in a Million Card


Hi crafters!  Even though this die was designed to be used with the Working Candy Machine die set, I wanted to show that it also works great with your card making and other projects!

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

Lyn Cleasby!!!

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








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


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Friday, 19 May 2017

Thank You

Hello there my crafty friends!  I have a simple garden sort of card for you today!  I started by cutting the Family Tree die in a piece of coconut white card to create an aperture.  I glued a white backing card to it so the shape was cut out and still showing.  I added some very light inking in the background to look like clouds and cut a few birds and glued them in place.    I selected several autumnal shades of card and cut the matching leaf shapes, then paper pieced them into the leaf shapes in the aperture.  I cut the Family Tree again in sand card then glued into place over the leaf shapes, into the aperture.  Next I cut several sections of the Garden Gate and fence out of chestnut brown card.  I used one gate and lined up the fence pieces to the width of the card and attached them with mounting foam, leaving the gate to open if desired.  I cut the grass sections in a couple of shades of green card and glued them beneath the fence.  I left a small gap in them at the gate so it could be opened, by drew in some grass there with a marker.  I cut the Thank you from the In The Garden Shadow box in white and brown and shadowed it, then attached it above the gate area.  The card was completed with white mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  71/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x







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