Monday, 24 July 2017

Celebrate Your Special Day

Hi bloggers!  Back to a Fire and Ice card (just can't stay away to long, now can I!) LOL   I cut four of the Indonesian Borders out of black card.  I covered four strips of black card with sticky adhesive sheets and cut out just the outline of the border.  I peeled off the backing paper and lined them up with the decorative borders and attached them, then gilded the remaining exposed adhesive with Gemstones Gilding Flakes.  I repeated the process with the corners from the same set.  I cut a square of black card and glued the borders all the way around the edge, cutting off the excess.  I glued the corners on top and added pearls.  For the focal element, I coated the Island Blooms stamp with Flake and Glitter glue and stamped it onto black card.  I allowed it to turn clear, then gilded it with the same flakes.  I used a Rubit Scrubit pad to refine and remove the excess flake.  I seated it on a backing cut out of white card from the Sumatra die set.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the inner die, added a gold edge to it with a paint pen and attached it to the centre of the card.    White and black mats were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  7 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x






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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Thinking Of You

 Good Sunday morning all!  I have a little bit of a story to go with this card.  I was taking a gym class one morning and the gal next to me had this bright coloured beach towel over her mat in her space.  It really caught my eye.  I asked her if I could take a picture of it to use as inspiration, which led to a conversation about what I do (always so difficult to explain to a noncrafter!) LOL   Well by the time I got my phone out to snap the pic, class was starting so it was taken hurriedly and  a bit on the blurry side, but you can see it at the end of the post.  To create this card, I sectioned off a piece of coconut white card with some copy paper.  On the lower half, I used Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress inks to build up a bright sunset look on the lake.  I used the side edge of the pad to add some water lines.   I switched the copy paper around to cover the bottom portion and expose the top area.  I used Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord.  I cut the Palm trees in black from the Island Paradise set and glued just the tops around the top of the card. I stamped my sentiment in the lower corner.  Lastly I added some sailboats.  I used the small one from the Little Treasures die set and the larger one from the Nautical Accessories.  I cut them all in black for a silhouette look.  I completed the card with white and black mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8" in size.


Here is the towel that I took my inspiration from for this card!  I was quite chuffed with how it came out, considering what I had to work with!


The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Chris Curry!!!
Fluffy Cat!!!
Sharon Casey!!!

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, 22 July 2017

Elegant Christening Card


Hello crafters!  Here is a beautiful card that you can easily make for a Christening.  The Elegant Cross makes the perfect focal element for such an occasion.

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

Liz Crafty Sunflower!!!


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







The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x



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Friday, 21 July 2017

Heartfelt Thanks

Hi crafters!  I debated on showing this card as it got a bit damaged in transport.  I tried to flatten it out, but it still has a bit of a wavy look to it, but I don't use green very much and thought it might be a welcome change.  I started by cutting the Pacific Ocean Borders into the sides of a piece of coconut white card.  I backed it in white for a tone on tone look.  For the focal point, I cut the Swirly Vines Background out of green card from my stash.  I backed it in white and cut the centre out to create a frame.  I added mounting foam to raise it.  I cut the Delightful Daisies in white to use in the frame.  I stamped my sentiment on a separate piece of white card and added a very faint blue cloud like background around it.  I attached the daisies inside the frame and added the backing with the sentiment.  White on white mats were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x


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Thursday, 20 July 2017

For You


Hi there my crafty friends!  Back to the Vintage Handbag set for today's card offering.  I cut the decorative base die from the Prism Striplet three times across a piece of coconut white card to create the background.  I backed it with Silver mirror card.  Next I cut the Sumatra die outer shape in black as the back mat of the focal element.  I cut a smaller white one and added it and then layered up the Java die in white.  I cut the Vintage Handbag in silver mirror card and backed it in black.  I added it to the centre of the layered mats.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the Stitched Flags, using a larger one as a mat in black.  I attached it to the left side of the card peeking out of the frame.  I used the Double Pierced Noble Squares Set A and B to create a black and white multi-layered frame for the card.  White, black and silver mirror card were used for mats and layers to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x





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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hello there my crafty friends!  Today's card giveaway is a relatively simple card, but pretty nonetheless!  I started with a piece of coconut white card and used the decorative die from the Laced Heart to cut into the background randomly all over.  I backed it with a piece of dusty rose card from my stash.  Using the Scalloped Lattice Frames Set B, I created a multi layered frame out of dusty pink and coconut white card, added mounting foam and attached it over my background.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the Pierced Flag die set, lightly inking it with Spun Sugar before removing it from the die.  I added mounting foam to the back and attached it to the left side of the frame.  Using the Chrysanthemum die set, I cut several of each size, curled the petal upwards and mounted them together to create a single large flower for the end of the sentiment strip.  I seated the flower with Spring Foliage around it as accents.  White, and dusty Rose card mats and layers were used to finish the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x  8 3/4" in size.  Leave a comment on this post if you would like a chance at winning this one.  The winner will be announced on Saturday's blog post.  All for now, Sue x






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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Alcohol Ink Stained Glass Card


Hi bloggers!  Alcohol inks are often overlooked but they can create such beautiful backgrounds.  Easily used with the Stained Glass dies to create interesting effects, they should be given their due as they are very easy to use.


























The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Monday, 17 July 2017

Friends

 Hi there my crafty friends!  I just love these rose spray corners and think this card shows them off beautifully!  I started with a piece of coconut white card and used the Daisy Circle to cut an aperture in the centre of it.  I added mounting foam to the back to raise it and added it over a piece of dusty rose card (from my stash).  I cut four of the Rose Spray Corners out of the same colour and glued them to the corners as accents.  I cut the Daisy Circle out of white card and glued it into the aperture opening.  I stamped my sentiment and covered it wit a sticky adhesive sheet.  I cut an oval frame for it and peeled the backing paper off and attached the frame then coated it with Diamond Sprinkles.  I used a Victorian Velvet Distressed marker and added a bit of colour on top of the glitter. I attached the sentiment in the centre with foam.  I added three small rose flowers to the frame of the sentiment cut from the Spring Foliage die set.  The card was completed by piercing a white mat layer, adding a thin dusty rose mat and a final white card layer.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  6 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x








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