66 posts categorized "Sue McRae"

In My Thoughts
by Sue McRae


Hello everyone! Sue here with another heart card that can be used for a thinking of you card or switch out the sentiment to send some love for Valentine’s Day.


I started by laying alcohol inks and blending solution on yupo paper. I created a rainbowish mix of colours using an air blower to move the ink around. After the panel was dry I placed the Leaf Flourish Heart Die in different spots around the piece to see where I liked the colours the best and die cut it from that section.


To add a little sparkle and depth to the card design I die cut another Leaf Flourish Heart from gold glitter cardstock and adhered it to the back of the alcohol ink heart.


To add more texture and depth to the card I embossed a white panel with the Geometric Crystals 3D Embossing Folder and attached the heart to it. I added this piece to my card base.


The sentiment was heat embossed in white on black cardstock and I added a few Clear Fairy Drops to finish off the card.


This is an easy and quick card design that really stands out from the alcohol ink technique. I hope you give it a try! Have a wonderful week!

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Sending Hugs
by Sue McRae


Happy New Year everyone! Sue here with a card design that can be used for Valentine’s Day or for sending some hugs to that special someone. This is a very quick card to make using strips of colourful card stock.


I started by cutting a variety of widths of paper into strips that are a maximum of ¼” wide. Using strips that are wider does not allow for multiple colours of paper to show up in the heart design. I adhered these strips diagonally to an A2 card panel.


Next I die cut the Grid Heart Frame from white card stock, covered the back of it with tiny pieces of foam tape and attached it to the striped panel. I then added this to my card front.


I die cut the Stitched Envelope from matching card stock and added that to the card front along with a black hugs die cut. I stamped the sentiment from the Whittle Love set onto white card stock and added that to the flap of the envelope. The original sentiment was longer but I just inked up the word I wanted. This really stretches the use of your stamps! The card was finished with a sprinkling of Clear Fairy Drops.


Using strips of paper in a card design is fun and quick and your colour choices can lean towards a more feminine or masculine palette depending on the recipient.


Thanks for visiting with me today and have a great weekend!

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Shaker Joy
by Sue McRae


Hello crafty friends! Welcome to my last post of 2021! Can you believe Christmas is only 4 days away! Eeek, where did December go!


Today I have a simple shaker card using the Double Joy die set. This set comes with a solid die and an outline die, giving you lots of combinations on using them in your projects. I took the solid die and die cut it three times from the white panel. I put aside the white letters and will use them for another project.


I die cut the solid Joy from red and green card stock and the outline Joy from gold glitter card stock. I inlaid the red and green letters and adhered acetate to the back of the middle Joy. This will be the shaker part. On the back of the panel I added foam tape around the word and filled it with clay candy and seed beads, removed the foam backing and attached a piece of white card stock for the backer.


The panel was attached to my card base and I added the gold glitter outline pieces to the middle Joy. The sentiment was white heat embossed on black card stock and I die cut the holly leaves and berry from glitter card stock for the finishing touch.


Thanks so much for visiting with me today. I would like to thank the followers who are always kind enough to leave comments on my post, it is appreciated! Wishing everyone a most wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year! I’ll see you in 2022!

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Cabin Snowglobe
by Sue McRae


Hello everyone, Sue here with a card using the Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel Die Set. This is such a wonderful set for creating charming Christmas, winter, or anytime of the year cards. It’s perfect for making masculine cards, which I know can be difficult to create.


I went with a frosty look in blues, pinks and purples for my design. For the background I inked up the circle die cut with Distress Inks and sprayed it heavily with Perfect Pearls for lots of shimmer.


To create a swirly, windy sky I embossed this piece with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder. Love how it turned out!


I die cut all my different scene pieces with a variety of Memory Box coloured and glitter cardstock.

For the snowglobe base I used the White Woodgrain Paper and ink blended some gray on top.


You can really play around with all the layers and add foam adhesive to create depth and dimension. I added foam dots between the house and yellow window background for some nice shadows.


The great thing about this popup card, is that it fits into an A2 envelope, even with all the layers and added dimension.


I stamped a simple sentiment on the inside of the card so that there’s lots of room for adding a personal message.


Just think how different this card would look for spring with grass instead of snow, some added flowers and blooming trees and a bright sky inked in yellow and orange.

Thanks for visiting with me on the blog today!

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Patterned Poinsettias
by Sue McRae


Happy Monday everyone! Sue here today with an inlay Christmas card using patterned paper. This is definitely out of my comfort zone as I’m not very good at incorporating patterned paper into my card designs unless it’s being used for a background piece and I’ve never been a big fan of the inlay technique. But I thought I would summon my inner Jeanne Jachna who is the queen of the inlay technique and give it a whirl.


I used the Poinsettia Background today. It’s a nice big die that covers a card front so all you need to do is add a sentiment. I die cut the Poinsettia from white card stock, from gold glitter paper and then again from a variety of papers from the Garland Paper Pad. Since the colours in this patterned paper pack all go together it’s easy to make paper choices.


I added double sided adhesive to the back of the white die cut panel and laid all my pieces into the opening. It goes pretty quickly as the pieces are all big except for the leaves. The sentiment was die cut three times from black and adhered together and added to the card front along with some Fairy Dewdrops and Fairy Crystals.


When I was getting ready to attach the panel to the grey card base I felt like something was missing. I walked away from my craft table and thought about it for a bit and ended up taking a black marker and drawing thin lines around the edge of the panel. It was the solution I needed! It makes the panel pop against the card base and ties in with the black sentiment.


I hope you try adding patterned paper to your holiday cards in unexpected ways. It’s a great way to use up scraps too!

Enjoy your week!

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Challenge Reminder – Sweater Weather
by Sue McRae


Hi everyone! Sue here with a reminder that we have a monthly challenge going on and the theme is Sweater Weather.


What is Sweater Weather? It can mean a fall theme, autumn colours, Thanksgiving, coffee etc. Whatever the term Sweater Weather makes you think of.


I created a fall themed card using the cute Whittle Beaver. I die cut him from white cardstock, inked him up in brown and gave him a plaid tail for a little fun!  And of course the little cutie is holding a pumpkin!

The Whittle Circles Frames were die cut from green cardstock and kraft woodgrain cardstock, layered and adhered to a cream woodgrain panel.


I die cut some maple leaves from plaid and gold glitter cardstock and added them to the frames.


The cream panel was adhered to a kraft woodgrain card base and I stamped the sentiment on a piece of the backside of the kraft woodgrain paper.

Now it’s your turn to create a project for the challenge.


The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here.  The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize.  You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any online gallery.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image.   We ask that you link a maximum of 3 entries to each challenge.   You are welcome to link your design to other challenges. Grab our badge to post on your blog post or sidebar!

I can’t wait to see your designs!

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