Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A Warm Smile

Hi blog friends, a warm smile is exactly what this card gives me.  It doesn't even need much explanation as it is straight forward and easily replicated if you would like.  I used an assortment of papers that all had a butterscotch colour to them and pared it with black for a sharp contrast.  The black back piece was cut using the Fleur de Lis rectangle die.  I cut out a heart circle and used one of the smaller postage stamp dies to cut a frame for my sentiment.  I did ink around the edge of the opening just slightly to highlight it too.  I added a big bow made from the frilly edged ribbon, a black button from my craft stash and a couple of decorative pearl pins.  I finished the card by adding some faux stitching lines around the edge using a fine tip black marker.  In case you are wondering, the background paper had the print already on it, it wasn't a stamp, but just enough to add a bit of interest to the card.  I wished I had timed the making of this one for you, but it was a really quick card to make and I think it is one that would definitely work for the males in our lives, don't you think?  All for now, Sue x

66 comments:

mags said...

Lovely card again Sue. The colour is gorgeous and I agree that sometimes the die cuts speak for themselves and you don't need to add a lot to them.
Mags
x

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
This made me smile, so i do understand what you mean. I love the fleur de lis die (another one to add to the list). Beautiful card.
Sue

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue, fab card and fab colours. Love the dies used. I think I've got the fleur dis lis die not used it yet but I will after your creation. Lots of love. Jenny L

Bee and Dee said...

Beautiful card Hugs Bee

starcyl said...

Yet another lovely creation Sue, love those colours.
Jenny x

CraftyLoops said...

This card is beautiful Sue, I love the design and colours. I hope you are keeping ok. Lee xx

Hellma said...

Another stunning card, love the Bow.

Julia Watts said...

Love how the dies work together so well. Julia xxx

Sandra F said...

Another lovely card Sue.

melanie said...

A lovely card , hope you are alright Melanie xx

The Wife said...

Another beautiful card with dies I wouldn't have thought of putting together, Thank you for the inspiration.
Jennie

baconbits said...

A super card as always. The dies speak for themselves and need little else.
But it is just another one to to go the ever growing list of dies....
Hugs
Amanda x

marg said...

Hello Sue
I just love the sentiment of a "warm smile" it says so much.......
LoveMarg

dutchess said...

morning Sue.....a really warm card and yes the man in my life would love a card like this.....need to buy more of the ribbon my stash is getting low!!!! never too much ribbon!..take care Margaret

Carole said...

lovely Sue...yes it does make you feel warm and I love the sentiment. I don't have all the dies, but am going to try a version with the ones I do have, Carole Z xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Such rich colours, it makes you think of Spring. Beautiful and simple with a bow and pins, fantastic. Yvonne xx

Lindyloo said...

Sue, this truly is a smilie card and a real heartwarmer. I love the way you have used the postage stamp die inside the heart circle. I would never have thought to do that but it sets it off so well.
Sorry to say my boys wouldn't like this card. I'm not allowed to do 'bows and things' on their cards, that's too girly! Argh boys(men)!!!
I have a tip for any pc newbie that wants to see Sues lovely cards really close up. Right click on the image, open in a NEW TAB or WINDOW, this should then give you a plus sign as your pointer, click and you can see all the detail (including one of Sues lovely hairs on this card LOL...).
Thinking of you Sue. Linda x

sheila said...

another great card

Anne RD said...

I just love the Fleur de Lys dies, have the square, now need the rectangle! A beautiful card.
Anne x

Tracey TLC said...

Another fabulous card Sue.
Tracey x

Christine said...

Lovely and using the postage stamp die as a cut out is really clever :) xx

pinky said...

Perfect card and the colour alone makes you smile:)

Helen said...

A lovely warm and rich coloured card Sue, thank you for sharing, Thinking of you, hoping that you are not feeling too sad, love and wishes Helen O xxx

Janet said...

Another lovely one - elegant to its final gem!
Hope you are feeling a little better today - every day does improve but it does take a lonnnnnnng time so don't worry if does. And don't listen to 'friends' who tell you to 'pull yourself together'. Do it at your pace - not someone else's. Thinking of you.

Gwen Marsden said...

lovely warm colours just love it

Redanne said...

You are absolutely right, the colours do make you smile. Thank you Sue. Regards Anne Rx

Anonymous said...

Lovely warm colours. Well done

Elaine J

chantal said...

Thanks for the warm smile, love the card.
Hugs, Chantal S

Anonymous said...

Sue where do you get your ideas from? I would never have thought of putting these dies together but they work so well. The postage die cut out of the centre makes a great frame, must get that one. The sentiment you have used makes you smile when you read it and I agree with everyone the colours used are lovely. another triumph thanks for sharing
Heather x

Christine Duncan said...

Sue, having had such a dreadful night with a bug, this made me smile. Thank you for making me feel more human today. Have a great Christmas x

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue
Another wonderful card.
Janet xxx

CraftyJo said...

It's a lovely card, the colours are fantastic. As for working for the males in our lives - well, it wouldn't do for *my* men - they wouldn't appreciate the bow :) Actually, none of my men 'get' cards at all, they all think they're a waste of time - this is a great disappointment to someone who is a 'cardmaker' such as I.

Fiona said...

Like the square and circle combination

Ayelet said...

Great card! But I'm not sure it will fit the man in my life...

Tracy said...

Love the offset circle and rectangle and the bow is just perfect.

Hope you're looking after yourself
Take care
Tracy x

Maggie said...

Mmmmmmmm love butterscotch and the colour lol, card is fab as always Sue

Maggie

Doreen said...

Oooh I love the caramel colours of this,a perfect male card.xxx

Sue H said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely touch of sunshine on a dull winters day :D I love it just as it is, but as I am in a chocolate (colour not food!)mood at the moment I think it would look nice like that, what do you think?
Take care x

Anonymous said...

Another stunning card Sue, love these colours together,

Craftychris said...

This is such s 'Sue' card with the huge bow! I love it xx

Pamela Swadling said...

Yet another stunning card. Love the combination of squares and circles.

Jane said...

Very pretty card, love the bow as always

Jane xx

suzie b said...

Hello Sue, love the card and thanks for giving me an idea for a male card. I love the way you have used the Fleur de Lis rectangle die, and then the heart circle, I would never in a million years have put those two together yet they look so good. I love it. I hope that you are ok, all the very best Suzie B xx

Clai01 said...

I must ask Santa for the postage stamp dies , they are so versatile, think they would be great teamed with some vintage stamping ideas too , lovely card again!

PaulineC said...

I never think about using patterned paper to die cut but it really is such a good idea when I see it on your cards.

Moni said...

Gorgeous card, fab colour combo. Hugs,moni

Shelley said...

Lovely card Sue, I need the Fleur de Lis rectangle and Postage Stamp dies. I received your DVD yesterday so shall be playing over christmas. x

Lorraine said...

oh wow sue back to the black and yellow which i just love by the way you do them so beautifully xx

Maryann said...

Awesome card here again Sue, and I can only agree, it´s perfect for males, but also for females, I for one loves these diesyou´ve used here and sure wouldn´t mind a card like this, that´s for sure.
Have a great day hun, and hope, you feels a bit better now.

Sue Parish said...

Mmmmmmm .... I'm going to name this the Werthers Original Card! I don't have a very sweet tooth but a warm buttery Werthers in the mouth is just the thing to help me concentrate when I'm crafting and this card makes me think of them. It's a beautiful card and I do have the Fleur de Lis rectangles ordered - just need to get the Postage Stamp one and check to see if I've got that lovely sentiment. Hope you're having a bearable day,Sue. Thinking of you, Sue x

sheila said...

My mind seems to be programed to use plain card. this card encourages me to think outside the box and to experiment with co-ordinating patterned papers

sheila said...

My mind seems to be programed to use plain card. this card encourages me to think outside the box and to experiment with co-ordinating patterned papers

Marie-Louise said...

It is a really lovely card but I'm afraid the bow and stick pins would rule it out for any of the men I know - but the design and colours are really nice.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

wonderful card would never thought of doing a aperture in the middle of the heart circle die.
As for the hair in the card (lindyloo) at least its not a curly one.LOL
I am starting to use beads twisted on wire into bows but think yours looks a little better on the hatpins. Keep on crafting.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine x
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

TimeOut2Create said...

Hi,
Simply stunning card sue, another one to try out.

On the note of straight or curly hair, you guys crack me up!!(Lindyloo and Nadine)
That should def bring a big smile to our Sue’s face. That strand of hair might be worth a few pennies One day…lol
Luv Bim x

Anonymous said...

Lovely card as always Sue. Hope you are going along ok. Ann W

Vie Carter said...

Lovely color combo

Vie
x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,

you need to sell the lovely buttons you use! I haven't seen them.

Amber and Saffron

lorraine (classylady) said...

FAB card Sue, sitting here in the middle of a sleepless night with brand new glasses on and after 3 goes still could not see the hair they were talking about - getting depressed now age isn't coming alone....

thake care
lorraine

Rufus said...

Great color combo and the dies that you used look fab together! Love the big fluffy bow.
R/

Crafty mop said...

Lovely card sue x

violetclouds said...

particularly like the postage stamp die frame with the heart edging.

Carol S. said...

It all goes together beautifully The bow just finishes it off. Hugs Carol S.xx

Debbie said...

SUE NICE CARD
FROM DEBBIE

Jan said...

Warm colours that make you feel good, lovely card Sue x

carolyn lee said...

Sue
Your card today certainly reflects the sun smiling.
Just as the weather is smiling.
Beautiful.