Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's a New Year...

It's a new year....and hopefully, I'll be better about posting this year!

I've been doing a lot of knitting, crocheting, and a bit of scrapbooking lately, and I've finally made a few cards too.

Let me show you some of the cards I've made.  This first card is using some of the techniques from the Clean & Simple Card Class I'm currently taking.

I wanted to dress up my scallops a bit, so I used some of my new Spellbinder border dies to cut the scallops.  The butterfly is from Hero Arts, stamped in Memento black, and colored with Copics.  I added a touch of clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly for a little sparkle.  The sentiment is heat embossed with platinum embossing powder.  Sentiment is from PTI. I popped each layer with foam tape over a gold card base.

This next group of cards are some that I made using techniques from Jennifer McGuire's video for faux laser cut cards which you can find by clicking on the link.

For the lacy inset for this card, I used a Spellbinder die.  The aperture was cut using the stitched rectangle die from Simon Says....I just did a little partial die-cutting to make it a square.  I used a white card base, and did a little blending of distress inks for the background. The sentiment is from PTI and is heat embossed in white (although it looks a little yellow on here!)

For this card, I used a large hexagon die to cut the aperture, then used the next larger hexagon die to cut a purple border for the opening.  The floral section in the middle is a large die from Anna Griffin and Cuttlebug.  It's really a beautiful die!.  The sentiment is from PTI.

This card is made along the same lines as the two above, except this card's lacy insert is made by using 4 Spellbinder die cut trees to fill in the opening.  I used an oval die for the opening, then filled it with the trees.  The banner was cut from paper to match the backing of the lacy center, and heat embossed with a sentiment from PTI.  I had to add a few small blooms to the top of the oval to cover up an inky mistake!

These next two cards are also inspired by Jennifer McGuire's partial die cutting video.

The die is from Simon Says - Calliope Flourish.  I simply cut just a portion of the die and moved it across the paper and cut it several times.  The sentiment is from PTI.  Added a few white sequins to finish it off.  The panel is adhered to the card base with foam tape.

I'm also submitting this card for the CASology Challenge this week....with the keyword of Birthday. I guess I could have submitted most of these cards since I seem to be on a birthday card kick this week!

Same idea here, I just adhered it directly to the card base.  Sentiment is also from PTI.

This was indeed a LONG thanks for hanging in there!  

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by for a visit!  Hope you'll come back soon!  Your comments are greatly appreciated! Until next time...

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Cathy said...

What a gorgeous selection of cards Susan! Love the look of the faux laser cuts, so pretty, Cathy x

Jeanne said...

Susan, I love every one of your cards! :-)

Darnell J Knauss said...

It's always good to hear from you, Susan! It sounds like you have been very busy with lots of creative outlets and that's good. Your cards are all dynamite! You're acing the class!! I hope you got my cards and had a lovely birthday and Christmas. I wish you all the best in the new year!! Hugs, Darnell

Suze Bain said...

Oh you have some great dies Susan. They're all beautiful, I particularly love the aperture cards. Xx

Bonnie said...

Lots of pretty cards here, Susan! It's good to see you posting again!

Chriss Blagrave said...

This is a beautiful collection of cards! I can see that you are enjoying the class and your "homework" is outstanding!

Anonymous said...

I loved all those cards, Susan! Just beautiful! And I was wondering about buying Anna Griffin dies, so thanks for that too! :) I must admit, the techniques are very tempting, no wonder you ended up with so many card! :D

Karen B said...

Happy, happy New Year Susan. Great to see you back in Blogland. I love your faux laser cut cards.....isn't Jennifer such an inspiration; love watching her videos. Sounds like you're enjoying the class. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely cards.


Karen xxx

Hazel Hodgkins said...

You have used that partial die cut to great effect in your CASology design this week! Love it! Intricate, but still CAS. Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Lovely die cut cards, so lovely and romantic!! Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week!!!

akmoose said...

Really nice work. I especially like the scallop border.


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