Sunday, 4 December 2011

HoundsTooth Love Affair

Hi everyone!  This morning we are going to our earth tones for the day's card offering.  I have this secret love affair with Houndstooth so much so that  I can't pass it up anytime I see paper with that pattern.  So there, I've confessed (just add it to my ribbon addiction! LOL)    For this card, I had a bit of fun making new shapes.  The focal element has been cut using Labels 21 but I cut the two fleur de lis side elements out of the label shape (it is difficult to tell, but you are seeing the black from the back piece through the open negative space).  I cut the brown piece from the next size down of Labels 21 then put it back in the die vertically and cut it again resulting in the shape you see.  The two fleur de lis pieces that I cut out of the cream piece have been added to the top and bottom of the sentiment.  I ruched some amber brown vintage ribbon across the card between the two cardstocks and added a rosette made from two of the Samantha Walker Blossom dies.  A small button with bakers Twine topped the rosette to help hide the centre of the rosette.  I added some black rhinestone swirls to the bottom of the card as an accent.  For the finishing touches, I used the pearl PVA glue all the way around the centre focal element and the cream mat on the card.  Change the sentiment to suit and I think this card would work very nicely for the male in your life (and we all know how challenging it can be to do guy cards, huh?)  I hope you like it!
  We have had another winner in the comment game.  For the post of December 2nd, we had over 100 comments left so I randomly drew number 26.  This corresponds to CRAFTY MOP (there were a few duplicates and you can only be counted once for each post).  Please contact me at americansue1@gmail.com to verify your details!     All for now, Sue x

85 comments:

Becky Dunham said...

Another gorgeous card Sue! I too love herringbone and ribbon ;) I think this would be a great guy card! I love how you did the fleur de lis! Thanks for sharing. Congrats to Craft Mop :)

missybossy65 said...

Love the idea of the fleur de lis cut within the label shape - you always come up with genius ideas! Ali x

Jan said...

fab card Sue xx Jan

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue, you really are a genus at these designs. I can't wait each morning to see your new post. I also love Hounds tooth checks there is something that draws yo to it. Lots of love Jenny L

Maryann said...

Another gorgeous card here Sue, you´re just amazing, how you can stamp all these ideas up from the ground all the time, and all sooo wonderful.
Have a wonderful sunday and lots of fun.

Julia Watts said...

Lovely card. The colours are great together. Julia xxx

mags said...

Super card Sue. The colours are lovely and great ideas with the dies.
Mags
x

Debbie said...

HI SUE LOVELY CARD
FROM DEBBIE

Christine said...

I agree, there is something about Houndstooth that is difficult to resist - super card xx

Anonymous said...

Well you've done it again another great card and I love the colour brown.
Take care.
Bet

Bea said...

another fab card Sue -love the way you use the nesties and it gives me ideas to try - thanks

Anonymous said...

Another wonderful card Sue, i am also a fan of Houndstooth check. The colours blend together beautifully and as you say it is a good card for either sex.
Hugs Amanda x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Another masterpiece Sue

Love the idea of turning the dies to recut, ooh Mr Calibur here I come

xxxx

Maggie said...

Super card Sue love the earthy tones....now Houndstooth is not my choice yet it looks fabulous on this card....mmm maybe I should look again and try it soon!

Maggie H

Fuchsia said...

Fabulous choice of colours Sue !

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
Another wonderful card. I used to wear dogstooth (what we call hounds tooth) in the 70's and still love it.
Sue

dutchess said...

morning Sue from a very wet and windy Selby!
loving the card and yes just right for a mans card..having a play day here and just trying out labels 23!!!!!hoping to emulate your beatiful cards take care Margaret

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue
A great card, quite a vintage look to it I think.
Janet xxx

marg said...

hello Sue
I too love Houndstooth, and Prince of Wales check, but that is not so common anymore. But...I love the card and the colour combination.
Love Marg

Clai01 said...

I like checks and tartans and even a bit of patchwork too, this card is really inspiring esp for making a card for a male.

lilygee said...

It has a kind of rustic feel to it - nice earthy tones and yes, I think it would be a good choice for a male. Love the Houndstooth - I'm a bit like that with polka dots - can't pass them by.
Have a nice day everyone.
Love lilygee xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue , i have some dogtooth paper (as we call it in Scotland "and we have snow today" )i love this card , have to look out my paper and have a play. I also have an addiction to ribbon i have boxes and more boxes full of ribbon. I am useing it more now thanks to you. Yvonne xx

Marie-Louise said...

A brilliant card. Would never have thought of using houndstooth paper.

Anonymous said...

Yet another fantastic card that can be adapted to anything u want. Love the way u add and chop off pieces. I look at my spellbinders in a new light and how much i under used them. A BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I wouldn't have put black and brown together, but it works. The hounds-tooth has no appeal for me, but again the combination works. So many of the dies seem to make a huge difference to a card design.
Elaine J x

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, I love the backing paper.

Clare x

Anonymous said...

Its good to have a more masculine theme now and again I do find them a problem. Thanks for the tip of recutting the dies.

All the best Edwina

Hellma said...

Gorgeous card love the colors.

Christine B. said...

Hi Sue thank you again for using your spellbinders in a different way. You give us such inspiration. I love what you have done with the labels. Never thought of putting black and brown together, but it works. Take care. Hugs x ChrisB

Sue H said...

Hi Sue,
How do you come up with a new design everyday?!
I love the neutral colours in this one, although I am not a fan of houndstooth I do like paisley and wonder if that might work too.
Sue h.

CraftyJo said...

Pearl PVA glue? How come I've never heard of this??? Wonderful card again Sue, quite manly I think.

Redanne said...

Another stunning card, I too, think it would be good for a man. I have got the PVA glue in black and only ever use it for making pearls and not sticking - it is beautiful stuff. Regards, Anne R PS Congrats to Crafty Mop!

Anonymous said...

Another clever use of the spellbinder dies, since following your blog Sue I have learned so much so a big THANK YOU ;-)you have made crafting so enjoyable. I love the colours you have used in this card I would never have put them together but they look great.
Heather x

Elaine L said...

Nice to see a card that can be made for a male as there do seem to be so few around! It would be nice to see more samples of male cards. I would do the rosette in football (or team) colours and the guys would never realise it was a blossom!
Elaine

Craftychris said...

The colours are cool and its fab to see a 'guy' card. Thank you. Christine x

Barbara Phillips said...

Lovely card Sue, like brown and black together. Its cold and snowing up here in Scotland, an ideal day for making cards!

Lesley said...

Another treat. I love it Sue x

eileen.fj said...

Hi Sue
Great colour combination on this one and the use of the dies.

Eileen x

Ayelet said...

Great card and great colors!

Gwen Marsden said...

I think this would make a great card for a man Sue. Good colours used

Jane said...

I love the Houndstooth paper, I have the embossing folder which I love. Thank you Sue for your Wonderful cards.

Jane xx

melanie said...

beautiful card Melanie

craftymum said...

love the die cuts used Sue

Sarah x

Ardilla said...

Nice die cuts... love the multilayer of them!

Carole said...

lovely card Sue! I remember you demo-ing a superb Tatty Button houndstooth card on C&C a while ago Carole Z x

TimeOut2Create said...

Hi Sue, another lovely card, loving the Houndstooth paper and bang on trend. in fact one of the UK x-factor contestant wore an houndstooth dress the other day.
I am ribon addict too. lol...A unisex card i think. Congrats to CRAFTT MOP. Thanks again for sharing.
Luv Bim x

Crafty mop said...

Reminds me of a bar of fruit and nut just want to eat it .......lovely card x

Shelley said...

Great card Sue, thanks for the inspiration. Shelley x

Fiona said...

Love the rosette!

SMAG53 said...

Hi Sue,
Another stunning card.Love the houndstooth paper,and the colours are lovely.Thank you.xx

PaulineC said...

I agree that this could be a guy card though I do prefer more colourful ones.

Carole RB said...

Hi Sue

I love your card.

pinky said...

I used to have a jumper in that design Sue lol. I do love your card, its very eyecatching.

Vee said...

absolutely admire your use of the negative space. superb job.

Vee Cassidy said...

This card makes me think of fabric and fashion - the houndstooth check of course lovely card. Vee x

bhavana said...

Another beautiful card, Well done, you are a truly very gifted in what you do! Bhavana xx

Lorraine said...

THIS IS STUNNING AND HAS A WONDERFUL ELEGANT LOOK TO IT XX

Craftycat said...

Got labels 21 last time you were on C&C but would never have thought to cut them like this! Off to have a play lol x

CraftyLoops said...

Well Sue, youve taught me something new today because I had no idea that pattern was called Houndstooth. Thank you for that. Gorgeous card as always, I love earth tones. Lee x

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
I like hounds tooth but its a bit difficilt to work with...so its nice to have some insiration.
Thanks Sue.
Carol x

Rachelsmum said...

Just spent a happy 20 mins catching up with your cards, I love how you let us know what you have used and they're all stunning as usual. Sue, I got the Fancy Tags 2 set of dies in two sets which I got from the POTW and am using them in my Cuttlebug but am struggling to get the filligree ends out of the die without tearing. I've never had this problem with Spellbinders before - what card thickness do you use and any ideas?
xxsue

lorraine (classylady) said...

Sue, very different card, shows that a lot of pattern can work
lorraine
x

Lindyloo said...

I adore the colour combination used here and the layout is simple but sophisticated.
If this card were a person it would be proud and confident but not arrogant. Distinguished and notable but discreet.
I think I may try this card incorporating Spellbinders Heraldry(S4-300). The open-cut fleur is manly and the crest would look fab for the sentiment. (Can't you tell I have more sons than daughters).
What do you think Sue, sound any good to you?
Have a good week all. Regards Linda

Rhonda Miller said...

This is beautiful. TFS.

KimberleyG said...

I like houndstooth too.

Rufus said...

I like your new shapes! This would def. make a good guy card.
R/

baa-me-chick said...

A great design & colour for men's cards! Nicki xx

Uta said...

Beautiful card!

Debbie said...

Sue lovely card
from Debbie

sheila said...

This is so elegant

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

Love the colour combination used in this card. Not one I would have thought of but works great. Thanks again

Vie Carter said...

Loved the houndstooth pattern, so versatile

Vie Carter
x

Gill said...

love the colours in this one, Sue and the houndstooth pattern reminds me of the skirts we used to wear as teenagers.

Ellie said...

Nice card to use the earthtones, colors I rarely use, but I like this one!!

joy said...

Hi Sue
All the cards are lovely some of the colours i would have never think about putting together.
Have had all my spellbinders back from c an c .
So dont know where to start. haha
look forward to tomorrow.
joyce e

Irene Thacker said...

oh I just love the earth tones sue you just keep doing it fsntastic card

carol staples said...

Hi Sue, OMG I had a houndstooth skirt this colour when I was a teenager!! That was many many years ago. I love this card too! Hugs Carol S.xx

sheila said...

Brown and black work so well, I am generally quite conservative with my colour co-ordination but as you.re often saying 'play around and you'll be surprised with what you come up with'

Gerrina said...

Thanks for givin'me inspration on how I could use the pattern: love it everytime I see it, but couldn't think of a way to use it!

Tracy said...

I love the way you mix up dies and play around to make new shapes - inspirational

miislucky said...

This is very sweet! I love the flower and all the shapes! Great job again Sue!

Jan said...

You are a very clever lady when using these dies, you really inspire me. Now if you could call round to my house and bring some of the dies I haven't got you would make my year. Another great card Sue x

Lynne said...

first thought was a masculine card. However on closer inspection the bling and 'flower' really make it suitable for females too - lovely
Best wishes.
Lynne in Spain

Anonymous said...

Yeah a card for anyone. So few elements yet so much to look at. How do u do it. Such a flare,Well done
born again spellbinder
Nadine
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Helen said...

Love the houndstooth and the simplicity of this one, very classy, thank you xx