Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Checkerboard Barbecue Card

Hi bloggers!  Need a fun background to use?  Today's video shows you one of my favourite (and really easy) ways to create this checkerboard background.  It's just perfect for a barbecue card too!

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

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Life Is A Garden

Hi crafters!  This is one of my favourite cards from the Nov. release, I just love the autumnal feel to it!  There is a little story that goes with it as well.  As I was making this, I wanted to add a hill for the wheelbarrow to sit on so I hand cut some milk card, but when I finished with it, I decided that the card really needed some stitched hills and I really wanted to design them to have in my line, so that was how the idea for the Stitched Hills and Clouds die set was born.  So in case you are wondering why I didn't use them on this card, they weren't around until several weeks after this card was finished!  From the Wooden Garden Cart set, I cut the wheelbarrow out of tan card and sponged Vintage Photo ink through the die to add some detail.  I cut several of the different sized pumpkins out of milk card and sponged them all with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink and used a bit of Vintage Photo around the edges and stems.  I glued three into the cart and added the other two around the base of the cart.  I cut a square base from the Stitched Pegboard Frames, then added my milk card hill on the lower edge and the wheelbarrow with foam.  the sentiment was shadowed and added above.  I cut a larger piece of white card and extended the hill across it.  In the upper left corner I cut the Sycamore branch in white.  I used Distress Oxides to ink the leaves and stem (Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo.)  I added some sponged clouds around the top before gluing the branch in place (and I actually used two of them to extend further).  I cut a third one and inked it then cut off the leaves and scattered them across the bottom of the card.  I used the sun from the Rain or Shine die set in the upper right corner, lightly inking it in yellow on the rays.  I added the smaller piece with foam on top, then completed the card with white on white mats.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.

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Sunday, 14 January 2018


Good Sunday morning all!  I thought it was time for a nice clean and simple card and this one definitely fits the bill!  I started by cutting the Cascading Leaves diagonally across a piece of coconut white card.  Next I used a selection of Pixie Powders on a separate piece of white card.  I used Burnt Orange, Aubergine Dream and Olive Green to get those autumnal colours for my leaves.  I glued this piece behind the leaf aperture I cut.  Next I cut the outline in black and glued it back into the aperture opening, giving the leaves more shape.  I cut the sentiment in black from the Mix and Match Friendship Sentiment set and glued it below the leaves.  I added it on to a larger white mat then added my pierced white mat and a final white mat to complete the card. The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  7 3/4" in size.

The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Crafty Chris!!!
Lianne in the UK!!!
Karen Lotty!!!

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, 13 January 2018

Alphabet Birthday Grid Card

Hi crafters!  I am having fun with the Alphabet Grid die set and making a cake in today's video card.  These dies have so many options, I am sure you will find loads of ways in which they will come in handy for your cards and projects!

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

Karin's Art Scrap!!!

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

The finished dimensions are 8 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Friday, 12 January 2018

Under The Weather

Hi bloggers!  I have to admit, this one is for me today!  I have been battling the dreaded first cold of the new year and it has been a doozie!   I am pleased to say, that I have finally turned the corner and I am now on the mend, but I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get here! LOL  On to the card, I started by creating a background for the tree.  On coconut white card, I used one of the clouds as a stencil and sponged Tumbled Glass distress ink over it while moving it around.  I added a few die cut clouds on top from the Rain or Shine set.  I cut the Majestic Tree next, cutting the trunk out of tan card, then lightly sponging Vintage photo over it and the tree head out of green card (from my stash) .  I lifted the leaves upwards and glued the trunk on top, then into the centre of the background.  I used the Garden Gate set to cut an extended fence and glued it in front of the tree.  I cut a wide white frame using the Double Pieced Noble Squares, added mounting foam and attached it over the scene.  I added more of the fence to the top of the frame like it had been continued out of the scene.  I also added a single cloud and the sentiment was cut out of sky blue card and added to the top of the frame.  White on white mats and layers completed the card.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Sparkly Cheeky Monkey Card

Hi bloggers!  I know it is not a regular video day, but we have found we are falling a bit behind so an extra day a week has been added back into the schedule until we catch up.  I hope you will enjoy this cheeky little monkey card video!

The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hello there my crafty friends!  Today's card giveaway is a wisteria, white and black card with a bit of sparkly bling!  I started by using the Columba Gemini die on both sides of a piece of wisteria card (it is really a soft lavender, not grey like it always photographs!)  I used both of the decorative dies in the set with a single outside cutting edge.  I added 3mm white flatback pearls to the die cuts on both sides as accents.  Next I cut the Victoria decorative die four times out of white card and once out of black card.  I arranged two vertically to the outside, cut one in half across the middle and shadowed the last one with the black die cut.  I added a solid wisteria backing to the shadowed die cut and attached it horizontally across the middle.  I used the two cut pieces to fill in the gap between the two vertical die cuts.  I stamped a sentiment and cut it out with a small hexagon and added a slightly larger hexagon shape cut in black.  Next I cut a piece of black card and added strips of sticky adhesive sheet to each edge.  I peeled the backing off and added Black Onyx Glitterbitz to each edge for some sparkle.  I attached the background on top of it so it showed through all the cut out areas on the edges.  White, wisteria and black mats and layers were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  9" in size.  If you would like a chance to win this card, just leave a comment to be entered into the drawing!  All for now, Sue x

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Bear and Baby Card

Hi bloggers!  Here's a video showing how to assemble the pram from the Baby's First Pram die set.  
It is adorable for any new baby card that you may need to make!

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