Thursday, January 17, 2019

Love You Forever...

Hello and welcome back. 
I have a DT LOVE card to share for my post at DRU's Inspirational Blog.
I have used 3 die-cutting sets from Sue Wilson's fab collections.  

I started with die-cutting the very first layer from a golden gilded sheet I had previously prepapred, then sprayed the back of the die-cut with a strong adhesive to adhere over the gilded panel.

Next, I colored the Rose Die-Cut openings directly onto the Gilding Flakes using liquid crystal tints. Then repeated the color applications in-between drying times for a richer look.  Wasnt worried about the color running over the lines at this point since any mistakes will be covered after the extra die-cut layers get added later.

Next,  I cut extra die-cut Rose Squares out of black cardstock to stack, layer and place over the colored Rose panel. This will give the flower the illusion of depth.

At this point, Acetate was adhered to the back of one of the layers. Another die-cut layer in black was added to the colored panel. 

Next step, using a dry embossed sheet from a bed of roses embossing folder, I polished the raised portions of the embossing with a Golden Gilding Polish. Did this simply by rubbing the sponge gently over the raised areas.

Next, I die-cut the word "LOVE" several times, (from SW's Perspectives Love Collection). And another die-cut layer from the embossed/ polished panel to place on the top of the raised word.  A closer look below shows the fab texture and polished shine.
 
Next I adhered the stacked Rose panel to my cardfront base then topped this with a black die-cut frame.  The mini word openings "You" and "Forever" were die-cut directly directly onto this frame and backed the word's openings with leftover pieces from the same embossed/polished sheet. This helps to carry the look throughout the design.

Gold flatback gems are the final finishing touches.
Apologies as the sparkling gold and reflection from the scetate arent showing well in these photos.
Hope you give these fun Dies a try!
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D R U  Products used...

Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags Collection -  Rose Flower Square
Perspectives Collection - Love
  Sue Wilson Designs - Perspectives - Love

Noble Collection - Double Stitched Squares
  Sue Wilson Designs - Noble Collection - Double Stitched Squares

 *** Other Products Used***
  Gold and Black Cardstock, Photo Glossy Paper,  Acetate. CE's Crystal Colouring Tints, Gilding Flakes, Sue Wilson Bed of Roses Embossing Folder, Gold Flatback Gems
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For more inspiration, come check out these fab  D R U links...
STORE
CHALLENGE BLOG
FACEBOOK
INSPIRATION BLOG
FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE
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 ARE YOU a Sue Wilson FAN?
Then hurry to check out a fantastic inspiring FB group where SW fans like you interact, share ideas, tips, tricks, tutorials, and fabulous makes using Sue's amazing products! 
Click here to go directly there and join the FUN!
"Sue Wilson Fans in the USA and around the Globe"

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 Thanks for stopping by today. I love hearing from you and hope
to have inspired your creativity!
America

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Stained Glass Cards

Hello crafty friends welcome back!  Hope your New Year is off to a great start! Today I'm sharing a set of Stained Glass Effect Cards  created with Sue Wilson's fabulous dies), for my DT post found at DRU's Inspirational Blog!
This First card features the Hummingbird die from Sue Wilson's Stained Glass Collection and the Mosaic Bauble Die (from Sue Wilson's Festive Collection).  All  cuts are multi-layered for dimension. The outer Mosaic frame pattern added so much interest to the stained glass look. It's cut from Silver Mirrored Cardstock.  The sparkly background panel was first adhered to double-sided sticky sheets then sprinkled with Iced Snow Gliter Jewels,  then added  the liquid coloring tints over glitter. This gives it a fab textured sparkly look. Lastly, an acetate piece was added under the top layered frame for the stained glass look.
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This Second card is done is mostly Gold also uses the Hummingbird Die that's been cut multiple times and layered for dimension. The very first layer was sprayed with adhesive and layered over a panel that was previously Gilded with Gilding Flakes. This created a lovely textured background. I then colored in the sections of the diecut with CE's select liquid coloring tints, blending the colors and re-coloring for deeper, richer tones.  The top framed layer was cut from a Gold Glitter Kissed Sheet - (was good for adding more sparkle and texture). I finsihed the glass look with an acetate piece (cut to fit the frame) placed under the top layer. 
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The Third Card iss done in silver and features the Butterfly die from Sue Wilson's Stained Glass Collection. Also multi-layered for depth (and multi layering after coloring also helps with covering-up/hiding any coloring mishaps). The background panel was cut from a Gilded Flake Sheet. The coloring was done with liquid tints over the flakes. (For a richer tone, you might like to color then let dry a few mibnutes and then reapply colors).  The top layer cut was cut from a Silver Glitter Kissed Sheet for added texture. The silver also helped this colored background stand out.  Acetate was adhered under the top frame for the glass look.
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The last Card also features the Butterfly die. It's framed with the Mosaic Bauble Die that's been cut and from Gold Mirrored Cardstock.  The Cuts are multi-layered for depth (and again this also helps to cover any coloring mishaps).  The background panel was adhered over Blue Cardstock for color contrast. Acetate was also adhered under the top frame for giving this the stained glass look.
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That's it!  These were so much fun to put together! 
What do you think? Which was your favorite? 
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Here are the D R U Products used...

Sue Wilson Designs - Stained Glass Collection - Hummingbird
Festive Collection Mosaic Bauble
Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection - Mosaci Bauble Background
Stained Glass Collection Butterfly
 Sue Wilson Designs - Stained Glass Collection - Butterfly
 *** Other Products ***
Creative Expressions Gold & Silver Mirrored Cardstock & Sky Blue cardstock  Paper. White, Black Cardstock. CE's new Colouring Tints, Gilding Flakes and Glitter Kiss.
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For more inspiration, please stop by the Dies R Us links are provided below.
Come check these out! Click below for:
STORE
CHALLENGE BLOG
FACEBOOK
INSPIRATION BLOG
FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE

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ARE YOU a Sue Wilson FAN?
Then hurry to check out a fantastic inspiring FB group where SW fans like you interact, share ideas, tips, tricks, tutorials, and fabulous makes using Sue's amazing products! 
Click here to go directly there and join the FUN!
"Sue Wilson Fans in the USA and around the Globe"

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I'd like to also enter these Cards into the following FUN Challenges;
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
As You Like It - Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Colouring in Scrapland - hand-colored image - Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude - Always Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Always Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart -Anything Goes
Crazy for CAS - Animal
Cute Card Thursday - What's New?
CuteNCrafty Challenge Blog -Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - New Beginnings
Get Creative Challenges - Anything Goes
Inspire.Create.Challenges - Color Challenge
Imagine That Creative Playground - Anything Goes
Die Cuttin' Divas - Glitter or Foil
Ike's World - A for Animals / Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Always Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes  
Sisterhood of Crafters - Sparkle
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
The Male Room masculine projects only - Anything Goes
The Paper Girls - Black and White
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Something Old/New (used older dies / new coloring tints)
Two Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
Unicorn Challenge - Things with Wings
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That's it! These stained glass were so much fun to put together!
What do you think? Which was your favorite? Would love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! :)
America

Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Golden Musical Note...

Hello and welcome awesome Crafters! back to share a  DT project for the Dies R Us Inspirational Blog.  I've used a terrific Musical Die by Sue Wilson that is fabulously detailed and makes it easy to create fun, fast cards!
DRU PRODUCTS USED...
CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS
Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags Collection -  Just A Note
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 Best Glue Ever

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 Other Products used:
Creative Expressions Gold Treasure Gilding Polish, Creative Expressions Gold Mirrored Cardstock, Coconut White Foundations Card, Black Cardstock, Gold Flat-back Gems.

HOW-TO
Start by using a coloring medium (such as a Gilding Polish), to sponge over the raised dry-embossed background panel. I've used black Cardstock paper and polished it with a gold gilding polish for contrast. Dark papers with metallic mediums show-off the embossing details best.


Next, I diecut 2 extra back panels and sponged edges with same gilding polish, as well as several of the sentiments to adhere together and layer.

 I also die-cut several of the musical panels to layer-up and give the focal point great dimension.

The last diecut was made to frame the main panel and finish the look.  This thin frame was diecut from Gold Mirrored Cardstock by using both framing dies together and running through diecut machine once. The result is a fabulous golden border to go around the detailed musical panel! 

At this point, I also decided to diecut an additional sentiment from the same Gold Mirrored Cardstock to match.. The last step was adding the gold gems.  End result is a shimmery golden musical card with lots of fun texture.
That's it!  Hope you'll give this Sue Wilson cutting die a try!
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ARE YOU a Sue Wilson FAN?
Then hurry to check out a fantastic inspiring FB group where SW fans like you interact, share ideas, tips, tricks, tutorials, and fabulous makes using Sue's amazing products! 
Click here to go directly there and join the FUN!
"Sue Wilson Fans in the USA and around the Globe"

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For your convenience, here are DRU's LINKS
STORE
CHALLENGE BLOG
FACEBOOK
INSPIRATION BLOG
FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE
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 I'd like to also enter the following FUN Blog challenges;
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Bleeding Art  - Shiny and Sparkly
Classic Design Team Open - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Create a Smile Celebration
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Kleuren Met Potloden- Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Mix It Up  - Anything Goe
Morgan's Art World Open  - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
Scrap From Your Heart - Coloring
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
That's Crafty!  - Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything Goes
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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope to have inspired your creativity
America

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Die Cutting Ideas & Tips, Christmas Industrial Chic Wreath

 Hello and welcome back to my Blog! Hope you are finding time for crafting while also enjoying this beautiful Christmas Season! :)
 Christmas Wreath Joy
 Papers:  Manila Folders, White Cardstock
Ink: None
Techniques:  Die Cutting, Layering
Accessories: Gold Flat-back Gems and Wide Golden Ribbon (used under the die-cut background), Dies used on this Industrial Chic Festive card are all by Sue Wilson; 
Festive Collection Industrial Chic Poinsettia
Festive Collection Industrial Chic Wreath
Shadow Box Collection - Stitched Lattice Frames
Shadow Box Collection - Scalloped Lattice Frames Set B
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AMERICA's TIPS and IDEAS to try...
1- Use your dies as backgrounds like I’ve done here with the Poinsettias.
2- Embellish with same die-cuts to continue the look. Only other embellishment add-on here are the gold flat-back gems.
3- Back your die-cuts with large wide ribbon cuts or pieces for texture & accents.
4- Use the ribbons to die-cut Flower Layers like I’ve done here with the 3 Poinsettias.
5-Die-cut frames to size & place these over your backgrounds to close off the cut edges and clean-up the look.
Extra tips; Use your extra Manila folders laying around for card bases & to layer-up your die cuts for depth & dimension. The sturdy thickness is perfect and cuts beautifully. May save you $$ too! Sometimes i will also use craft foam sheets for added dimension. They will stretch when die-cutting but bounce back into the cut shape. Foam Sheets work beautifully for layering too! If you look closely at underlayers, you’ll notice I’ve used both here.
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ARE YOU a Creative Expressions Sue Wilson FAN like me? 
Then check us out on Facebook. We have a great inspiring group of crafters like you who also interact, share ideas, tips, tricks, tutorials, and fabulous makes using Sue Wilson products! 
Find our Facebook group HERE and hurry to join the fun so you dont miss anything!
"Sue Wilson Fans in the USA and around the Globe"



Sue Wilson also has an Award Winning Blog of her own! That's right!  It is called Participate In Craft - or PartiCraft. She posts daily samples using her incredible products so be sure to check it out for more great ideas!  Find it HERE!
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Cutting Dies used on this Industrial Chic Joy Wreath Card;
Sue Wilson, Festive Collection, Industrial Chic Poinsettia
Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Industrial Chic Collection - Poinsettia
Sue Wilson, Festive Collection, Industrial Chic Wreath
Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Industrial Chic Collection - Wreath
Sue Wilson, Shadow Box Collection, Stitched Lattice Frames
Sue Wilson Designs - Shadow Boxes -  Stitched Lattice Frames
Sue Wilson, Shadow Box Collection,  Scalloped Lattice Frames Set B
 Sue Wilson Designs - Shadow Boxes - Scalloped Lattice Frames - Set B
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I'd like to also enter the following FUN Blog Challenges
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goeses
A Perfect Time To Craft - Always Anything Goes
Archiscraps - Anything Christmas
Card Mania - Christmas
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Christmas Card-  Anything Goes
Country View Crafts' Challenge - Christmas
Crafter's Cafe - Use Lace and/or Christmas
Crafts Galore Encore - Always Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas -  Winter / Winter Holidays
Dies R Us Challenge - Anything Christmas
DL.Art Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
Do-Al(l) Kreatives Christmas / New Year
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Festive
Happy Little Stampers Christmas - Anything Goes + option Snow
Happy Little Stampers -Always Anything Goes with Dies
Love to Craft -Anything Goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - Christmas- Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge- Anything Goes
Paru's Card Making Challenge - Christmas
SanDee / Amelie's Steampunk -Anything Goes/Steampunk/Industrial
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up- Anything Goes Christmas
The Crafting Challenge - Christmas
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes

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That’s it! Hope you’ll give these ideas and tips a try!
Thanks for stopping by today!  I love hearing from you!
America

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Easy Art Deco Gatefold


Hello and welcome back! I have the fastest gatefold card ever that I want to show you today as my DT project for the Dies R Us Inspirational Blog.  You'll be amazed at how this fabulous Art Deco die actually does all the hard work for you! Take a look at this dramatic design that can be duplicated very quickly! 

DRU PRODUCTS USED:

Tattered Lace Die - Deco Gatefold Card

Sue Wilson Designs - Perspectives - Triple Birthday

Other Products used:  Adhesive Gold gems. 
Papers are; Gold Mettalic Cardstock, White Cardstock, Black Cardstock

Here is the die that helps this Gatefold card come together quickly;
Such a fabulously designed die!  There is not much more to this card, I simply let the die do all the work, and all I really did was assemble the layers and adhere!  So fun!

These are the cuts needed.

Cut and adhere as shown. Then adhere all the layers together and glue to the gatefold card base front. Repeat for the interior of card too.
 
For the inside of this card - I've decided to leave it blank/mostly white to allow for plenty of space to write apersonal message.

TIP
Separate one of the backing panels by cutting along its scored lines - then adhere together again. This allows for extra space helping you close the gatefold card with ease and avoid bulging.
  

Here is another look... the metallic Gold adds shine and more drama! Perfect for a Birthday Card, dont you think?
Thats it!  Hope you will give this die a try!  :)

For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below;




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ARE YOU a  Sue Wilson FAN?
Check us out on Facebook. We have a fantastic inspiring group where SW fans like you interact, share ideas, tips, tricks, tutorials, and fabulous makes using Sue's wonderful products! Click here to go directly to Facebook and join us there!
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I'd like to also enter this card into the following Fun Challenges;
A Bit More Time To Craft: Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Always Anything Goes
Creative Moments Always Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Inspire.Create.Challenges - Party
Little Red Wagon - Black
Love to craft - Anything Goes
Path of Positivity - Anything Positive/Option Silver, Gold, Metallics
Pile It On - Shaped Cards
Paper Shelter Challenge - Birthdays/Celebrations
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope to have inspired your creativity
America