Sunday, 24 September 2017


Good Sunday morning all!  I have a lovely apron card to share with you today.  I started by selecting a couple of pieces of decorative paper from my stash.  I used a navy blue plaid for the top and a red and white polka dot patterned paper for the bottom portion of the card.  I cut a border out of navy blue card using one of the dies from the Trellis Edger die set.  I cut the Apron die in white then cut just the lower pocket portion out of matching striped blue card.  I cut the small upper pocket out of navy blue card and added it with foam.  I cut the word Enjoy out of red and attached it to the middle section of the apron.  I filled the pockets with the rolling pin, whisk, utensils and an oven mitt and added Bakers Twine ties to it.   I cut a wider piece of coconut white card and added sticky tape around the edge and sprinkled Iced Snow on it.  I seated the apron topper piece in the centre.   The card was completed with white red and blue mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Here Comes Santa Shaker Card

Hi crafters!  Today's video is to show off one of the new scenes for the snow globe die that we launched last year.  The Here Comes Santa scene is so cute though, perfect for those Christmas shaker cards!

There is more on Hochanda all day today and tomorrow!  Julia Watts will be showcasing the Snowglobe die shown here too!

The finished dimensions are 6 1/2"  x 8" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Christmas Double Days

Hi crafters!  We have a double day with a navy blue theme today!  I started this first card by cutting the Frosty Frame twice out of coconut white card.  I cut the centre out of both of them, and then cut one of them in half lengthwise.  I added thin bits of mounting foam to the first one to raise it and cut the Stitched Striplet out of navy blue and put the frame over it, trimming away the excess from underneath it.  Then I added the extra frame that was cut in half to the top and bottom of the frame.   I stamped my sentiment and cut it out and added it atop the tag from the frosty frame die set. I used Faded Jeans to lightly ink around the sentiment.   I mounted the entire piece on a larger piece of coconut white card and added Snowflake Flourish Corners cut in white to each of the corners.  Navy blue and white mats and layers were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  7 3/4" in size. Scroll down for card number two.

Card number two is a really good one for quick batch making.  I embossed a piece of navy card with the Falling Snow embossing folder.  I used Silver Dream gilding polish over the top to highlight the texture.  Next I cut the Radiating Star in silver and backed it with silver card.  I cut the Tidings of Comfort die in silver and added it below the star.  I cut the Holly Swirl and nipped away the holly pieces and cut it and attached part below and part above the star as an accent.  White, silver and blue card mats and layers were used to complete this card,  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  8" in size.

Just a quick reminder that I will be leading off the Creative Expressions Takeover Weekend tonight at 6pm on Hochanda!  I will be showcasing some of the Christmas dies that haven't yet been on the tv and a few of the more popular ones that have, including the Frosty Frame shown in the first sample today!  I hope you will be able to join us for what is going to be a very fun and craft filled weekend on Hochanda!  All for now, Sue x

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wonderful In Every Way

Hi Bloggers!  Now that the launch is over, it is back to once a day posts, sorry!  I found this pretty uplifting butterfly card for today so I hope that it will fill the bill for you.  I started by creating a Pixie Powder background on a piece of coconut white card.  I used some Midnight Blue, Sun Yellow, and Candy Pink on this one.  I cut a strip and used the Cascading Butterfly die to cut an aperture out of it.  I added mounting foam to raise it and added it on to a larger piece of coconut white card.  I stamped my sentiment in the lower corner.  Next I cut the butterflies out of black card and used the actual butterflies and recessed them into the aperture opening and added pearls to their bodies.  I cut one more butterfly out of some of the leftover pixie powdered card.  I added that one below the sentiment.  The card was completed with white and black mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/4"  x 7" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Pinwheel Floral

Hello!  Welcome back to the final die launch blog post.  I love to keep my flowers until the very end, even though you have seen this set countless times on previous posts.  Introducing to you the Pinwheel Floral die set.  The set has been designed with three different sized flowers, two leaves, a right and left facing and separate outer cutting edges so the flowers can be solid, decorative or both.  There are so many different looks that can be made from this set, I know you are just going to love it as much as I do!  There is also a matching Stamp To Die For to go with it so you can make even more differently styled floral looks from it.  This is the last time I will ask, but you should leave you comment on this post!  Now don't forget to pin any cards or dies that you want to keep, go back and put comments on any posts you may have missed and most importantly, don't forget to check back on Sept 29th to see if your name is among the winners posted then!  I hope you have enjoyed this launch as much as I have.  Thanks for joining me!  All for now, Sue x

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Nasturtium Cluster

Hi bloggers!  More finishing touches for you.  We are showcasing the lovely Nasturtium Cluster during this blog post.  You have certainly noticed it on several previous blog posts during this launch as it has been a real go to for me!  Shown here, you can see just how pretty it looks as a side accent around the hexagons in this release, but it looks equally as amazing when used with the frames and tags too!  We are at our penultimate post here so don't forget your comments!  The final post will be at 3pm today.  I look forward to seeing you back here then.  All for now, Sue x
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Windswept Grasses

Hello bloggers!  Welcome back and to the final day of this Sept die launch.  Today is all about the Finishing Touches range starting with the windswept grasses die set.  There is a left and right facing grass die so you can use it in any direction that you need,  Shown here, you can see that it works perfectly to accent your floral elements.  This set can also be utilised for many other uses in your card making too. I know it will be a very handy set to have in your crafty arsenal.  Don't forget to leave your comment, tell me what you think or just which die has been your favourite so far, any comment will get your name in the drawing to win this set.  The second post of the day will be up for you to view at 12 noon.  Hope you can make it back then.  All for now, Sue x
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Columba Triple Gemini die

Hi bloggers!  For the final post of the day, I would like to introduce you to the Columba Triple Gemini die set.  I just love the shape and the detail to this one.  Since it is a triple Gemini set, you have more options for how to use the dies too.  The sample shown here uses both of the decorative dies with one of the cutting edges to create a lovely pair of side borders for this card.  You can see that Ella looks stunning when sandwiched between them as well.  Leave your comment on this post and join us back here tomorrow morning for the final day of the launch.  We are starting at our usual 6am time.  All for now, Sue x

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Cetus Gemini Die

Hi crafters!  The next die on the launch is the new Cetus Gemini die set.  Shown here, you can see the pretty opportunities this was will give you for side borders, layers or even frames.   You may have even noticed it on the Baby's First Pram card earlier in the launch as it makes a great decorative accent too.   Since it is a Gemini die, you also have options for using the different sides of the die to create unique looks for your projects.  I hope that you will take the time to add your name on to the comments so you will have a chance to win this set.  The last post of the day will be online at 3pm.  You are not going to want to miss it!  All for now, Sue x

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