Wednesday, 24 January 2018

January 2018 Die Release Blog Launch

Hi bloggers!   Welcome to the first die launch of 2018!!  Today is the first day of our nine day die release launch!    There are four posts a day for each day of the blog launch.    As I do with each and every die release, one set of each of the dies will be given away after the blog launch.  All you need to do is leave a comment on any of the posts showcasing the dies that you would like a chance to win.  You need to make your name memorable too so there is no mix up as to who the winning die goes to (remember I only have one set of each design to give away!)  Use an alias or add a funny line to your name, add the city, state or country where you live, anything, just make sure that you make it memorable, such as Madeleine from Manchester or the Crazy Crafter from California.  Please sign all your posts with more than just a first name so there is no mix up as to who the winning die goes to.  I'm sure you get the idea!  The drawings will be done and posted on Friday Feb. 9th  so don't forget to check back then!  First up is one of my favourites from the release, the Springtime Frame.  While it does come with a sentiment die that can be used with it, you can easily use this frame for so many other uses too.  The die does cut out completely, but I have added in an outside die in case you want to add a backing.  It is ever so easy to make a quick and beautiful card with this set, I know it will be a real go to in your crafty stash.   Leave your crafty comment on this post and you will be entered into the drawing to win it! The next post will be here at noon, hope to see you then!  All for now, Sue x
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Gemini Cluster Card


Hi bloggers!  This is one of my favourite types of cards to create, girlie and floral! LOL  This video shows off the nasturtium cluster and the Columba Gemini die set and just how beautifully they work together!

Just to let you know, the Jan 2018 Die Release Blog Launch kicks off tomorrow morning here at 6am!  I have so much to share with you, I can't wait!  Hope to see you here!























 The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  9 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Monday, 22 January 2018

Remember

Hello there my crafty friends!  I started by embossing a piece of silver pearl card with the Jacobean Floral embossing folder.  I added that to a larger piece of of coconut white card and ran a strip of white pearls along the edges of the embossed card top and bottom.  Next I cut two of the Julia die in white and scored them from the centre across to the tips.  I cut into the centre of each of them along one of the score lines, then accordion folded them.  I glued the two pieces together them attached them with foam to the left side of the card.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the circle dies in the centre of the Julia die set, adding a silver mat to it.  I attached the sentiment to the centre of the folded die with foam and cut a single small whit flower as an accent.  I added three small white  pearls below the sentiment and to the upper corner of the card.  Next I cut two of the Oak Leaf Swag and sprayed them with glue and glittered the, with Frosted Sparkle Glitterbitz before adding them across the remainder of the card.  White mats and layers were added to finish the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  8 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x






















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Sunday, 21 January 2018

To Brighten Your Day

Good Sunday morning all!  It's another clean and simple sort of day today!  I started with a piece of navy blue card as my background and cut three layers of the Stitched Clouds in white.  Working from just above the halfway point, I glued the first two layers down directly to the card.  From the You Are My Sunshine die set,  I cut a rainbow base out of white and filled in all the pieces from various pastel shades.  I glued the rainbow to the centre of the card just under the cloud level.  Next I added mounting foam to the remaining layer of clouds and added it below the rainbow.  The last layer is actually the negative piece from the cloud and I added foam and attached it all the very bottom.  Also from the You Are My Sunshine die set, the sentiment was cut twice in white and stacked and glued into the upper corner.  The remainder of the card was filled in with various sized stars from the Twinkle Twinkle Cloud and Star die set.  Several of them were sprayed with glue then glittered with Frosted Sparkle Glitterbitz for a touch of bling.  White on white mats and layers completed the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 1/4" in size.

The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Agnes (Scotland)!!!
Ursula!!!
lindyloo 12!!!

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 January 2018

Blotted Crystal Card



Hello bloggers!  You will see if you watch the video that I original card that I made came out much more orange than the video card did, but like all fun techniques, you can rarely recreate them exactly (well that is the fun part to me at least!)

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

Sheila Barns!!!

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




























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Friday, 19 January 2018

Grateful For My Friend

Hi bloggers!  It's all about the Sunflowers today!  I started with a piece of milk card and embossed it using the Butterfly Dreams embossing folder for texture.  I used a light bit of Antique Linen ink around the edge to bring out the design.  I attached a piece of decorative dotty paper (from my stash) to the bottom of the card and cut a brown border piece and glued it between the two cards.  From the Sunflower Bouquet die set, I cut the sunflower stalks in green and added two different sized flower heads to them, adding medium sized clear micro beads to the centres which were also cut in brown.  Beside that, I cut the Julia die out of milk card and backed it in brown.  I cut the centre separately in the same manner and layered it on top.  I added it with foam to the card then added two smaller sunflower embellishments to the corner.  From the Mix & Match Friendship Sentiment set, I cut the Grateful sentiment in brown and glued it to the top of the card and added the "for my friend" in brown to the decorative paper at the bottom of the card.  I added a single sunflower with a micro bead centre and leaves next to the sentiment.  Milk mats and layers were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4"  x 8" in size.  All for now,, Sue x




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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Floral Framed Hexagon Card


Hi crafters!  The pixie powders have come out again!  I just can't leave them alone, the results are just so stunning!  If you have never used them, watch and see how easy they are.  If you have, you will definitely know what I mean! LOL



































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












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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hello there my crafty friends!  Today's card giveaway was from a demo I did on my last Hochanda shows.  I started with some Blue Dusk card and used the Double Stitched Noble Hexagons to cut an aperture.  Next I used another piece of Blue Dusk card and cut the decorative die from the Classic Adorned Noble Hexagon into the card.  I backed it with white card, then attached the aperture over it with foam.  I cut the inner decorative die from the Lavish Accented Hexagons in white, backing it in black.  I added it with foam to the centre of the card, then cut the Victoria die in white and attached it across the centre.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with a hexagon, adding a thin black mat before adding it to the centre of the card.  Next I used the Stitched Pegboard Frames to add a white frame around the entire card and topped that with a black and Blue Dusk multi layered frame from the same set.  In the lower corner I added a floral element made from the Pinwheel Floral die set with leaf accents.  the flower was created by inking the centres, spritzing water and scrunching.  White, black and Blue Dusk card mats and layers completed the card.  The finished dimensions are 8 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  Leave your comment to be entered into the drawing to win this one.  The winner will be announced on Saturday's blog post.  All for now, Sue x




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