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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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

Grateful

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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