Monday, 24 April 2017

Candy Machines

Hello there my crafty friends!  I decided to share some of the Working Candy Machines that I made for the show I did back in Feb.  There are many more to share with you, I just need to go in search of the pictures for them.  So I will break this post up into some now and some a bit later for you.  I am not going to go into the breakdown on making these as there is a YouTube video that will do a much better job you can watch on our channel (just click through the link on the right hand side of my blog to take you there).  I really enjoyed matching the candies to the card and giving each of them a bit of a theme.  As you can see they are all very different, some using other die cuts, some using stamps, but there are just so many ways in which you can use this die set so I wanted to share some of my ideas.  Don't forget, each and every one of them works so you turn the handle and the candy comes out to!   Have a favourite in these?  All for now, Sue x


























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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Ornamental Accents

Good Sunday morning all!  I don't usually do cards without some sort of sentiment, but this one was just so pretty, I didn't feel that it really needed one!  I started by cutting the decorative die from the Atlas Striplet into a piece of coconut white card.  I added mounting foam to the back and seated the piece over a piece of blush card.  Next I selected the Ornamental Accents die set and cut five of the wider die using both the decorative die and the outer cutting edge.  I displayed them in a fan shape and glued them together at the bottom.   I cut several of the Orange Blossom Leaves out of white card then inked the veins through the die with Forest Moss.  I removed them from the die and inked the rest of the leaves with Peeled Paint.  I cut several of the Exquisite Poppy die to create one flower.  I used a thin black marker through the die to add veins.  I inked the edges with Spun Sugar after removing them from the die, then assembled them.  I tied a bow with black jute then added the flower to it and glued it in the centre of the leaves at the bottom of the fan.  I completed the card with a simple white on white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7" in size.  All for now, Sue x





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Saturday, 22 April 2017

3D Window Box Card



Hi bloggers!  I think you are really going to like this one (I  know I do!)  The 3D Arched window/Door die set is just so versatile!  I have used it in this video to create a pretty window with shutters and a valance.  You will have to watch the video to see what embossing folder I used to give the wall the look of stucco too!

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

Pattyb!!!

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 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Bonsai Stained Glass

Hello crafters!  I am really loving the new stained glass collection and have found so many ways to use them.  I thought I would share another technique with you today!  I have cut three of the Bonsai Stained Glass out of black card and glued them all together to create a bit of depth.  I filled in the areas using the Creative expressions PVA glues.  I used Spring green, choco brown, black, white pearl, pastel blue and berry red to create the Bonsai.  I love that you get a bit of the pearl swirling around in each colour.  I set it aside to dry, then added one final layer of the die cut so it covered up any areas that I may have gotten the glue on top of the die cut (and I did!)  The top layer really gives it a clean finished look.  I completed the card with white and black mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4" x  7 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x




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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Sending Good Wishes Your Way

 Hello bloggers!  I had so much fun making this stepper card with the new Tropical Collection, I just had to share it.  Although they are a bit difficult to photograph, they are just so much fun to make, I hope you will give it a go.  I started with a piece of milk card and folded it so that there were three sections, each a slight bit higher than the previous one.  I do apologise as I didn't write down the exact measurements I used, but I believe they were 5 1/2" wide by just over 11 1/2" long.  I scored at 1 1/2", 3", 5", 7" and 9 1/2" and accordion folded it to create the base piece.  Next I cut the palm trees from the Island Paradise die set in both kraft card and green card (from my stash).  I cut just the top fronds off of the green card and glued it onto the kraft card palm trees.  I added three of the palm trees to the back base area.  I cut the hammock and attached it to two of the trees by just cutting into the loops and wrapping around the trunks then gluing them to the back.  I cut the airplane and banner and stamped the banner with a small birthday stamp I found in my stash (I think it was from an old Justrite set, but I am not positive). I glued the plane and banner to the tops of the palm trees like it was just flying by.  On the middle section I added the last palm tree and cut the adirondack chair, umbrella, cocktail drink (a pina colada in my mind) and beach ball from the On The Beach die set.  I cut the umbrella in both kraft card and red card.  I used the kraft card umbrella as a base and cut the top part of the red umbrella off and glued it to the kraft base so it looked like it had a wood handle.  On the front section, I used the words from the Message in a Bottle set cut in black and I made three Hibiscus with leaves of varying colours to add to the left of it.  I made the smaller pair of flip flops out of raspberry and straw card and added them to the right of the sentiments.  I glued some course sand to all the open areas on the back two layers to help give it that tropical feel.  I hope you like it!  All for now, Sue x




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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hi crafters!  Just one post for today, but at least it is a card giveaway day!  I used a piece of blush card and embossed it with the Jacobean Floral embossing folder for background texture.  Next I used the Double Pierced Noble Squares to make a multi-layered frame out of both black and coconut white card.  I decided to fill my frame with a wreath made from the Striped Nasturtium flowers.  I made nine flowers of them of varying sizes by cutting the solid die in black and adding the outline die cut in white.  Each flower was made by cutting two of the same sized flowers and offsetting them, then adding stamens to the centres for interest.  I attached all the flowers in a wreath shape in the frame and added a sentiment that was cut out with the Pierced Flags die set.  I finished them off with a blush seam binding bow on the side.  I added a black crystal sparkler and a couple of matching stick pins as embellishments.  White, black and blush mats and layers were added to complete the card.  The finished size is 8 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  Leave a comment if you would like a chance to win this card.  The winner will be announced on Saturday's blog post.  All for now, Sue x










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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Finishing Touches

Hello there my crafty friends!  Welcome to the final post of the April die release blog launch.  I have so enjoyed showing them to you, I do hope that you have liked what you have seen, maybe even have a favourite or two perhaps??  This blog post is dedicated to the final two dies in the release; the Whimsical Leaves and the Sweet William die sets.  Both sets can be seen in use in the sample shown here.  The Sweet William set can be cut and used in a number of ways to give you different effects for your floral elements.  The Whimsical leaves offer the perfect accent for use with this flowers and many others as well.  For a final time, I will ask you to leave a comment if you would like a chance at winning either of these two sets.  You have some time to get caught up with any posts you may have missed as the drawing won't be done and posted until the 27th of April as I will be away doing a small trade show for several days.  Please don't forget to make your name memorable on any of your posts and to check back on the 27th to see if your name has been drawn!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see all the new dies!  All for now, Sue x


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Finishing Touches

Hi bloggers!  Here we are at the penultimate post of the blog launch!  I am absolutely loving this new set, the Succulent Garden.  Shown here, when these dies are cut out of felt, they look just like succulents!  However, the really exciting thing about this set is the dual nature of them.  When you use these dies out of cardstock and cut them, they make beautiful flowers.  You can hardly tell that they are the same die!  You have seen them cut out of cardstock during this blog launch too.  If you go back to the Indonesian Collection post with the Borders and Corners, you will see them there used as a flower (did you guess that?)  Leave a comment if you like this set and would love a chance at winning it in the drawing.  The final post of the blog launch will be online today at 6pm.  I really hope you can come back by the blog then.  All for now, Sue x
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