Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Hearts And Swirls

A very good morning to everyone!  I am hoping that Blogger plays nice today and allows my post to show up as scheduled.  As this post is scheduled to go up, I will be on my way to the airport, heading back to the States to spend some time with my Mom first, then on to California for CHA and some time with my daughter after that!  I'll be back home in about four weeks time, but I promise not to let you down on the blog.  On occasion, there may be a slight blip like I had earlier this month (the post went up but minus the picture!)  Not sure how that happened, but I will make sure that I have posts scheduled for every day.  Today's post is a card I did using some of the dies that Christine Emberson will have on her POTD shows coming up later this month on the 18th and 19th.  Be sure to check her blog http://hope-chances.blogspot.com/ for the exact times.  The focal element was created using the Heart Squares and Labels 13 to cut an aperture.  I cut a Fleur de lis rectangle in brown card as a backdrop and added a few of the heart pieces that were cut out of the edge of the heart squares for tint. I added a bit of Cosmic Shimmer Aurora sparkle glitter to it for some bling.   The swirl added a bit of dramatic flair to the card (plus it allowed me to show off the background paper that I really liked).  I pierced around the edges (again) and then tied a big bow using some pink organza ribbon (again, from my craft stash) and added a fun antique looking button and some pins to complete the card.   I was rather pleased with how it turned out even if it was a bit (okay, who am I kidding, a lot!) OTT.   I was in the mood for a ribbon/bow frenzy.  Remember, you were warned!    A winner in the comment game from yesterday's post is number 72 which corresponds to the comment left by Lockedinmycraftroom!!!!  Don't forget to email me to claim your prize!  All for now, Sue x 


142 comments:

anna christensen crafts said...

Beautiful! nothing wrong with OTT, I think this is just gorgeous - have an exciting time at CHA

Patricia said...

Nope! not OTT, I think it is beautiful, love it.
I have all the dies you used I think I may have a project for later today..............
Enjoy being with your mom,and CHA were you will see lots of goodies, lucky you.

Patricia

Rhonda Miller said...
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Rhonda Miller said...

This is gorgeous.

mags said...

Beautiful card. Love the dies and that lovely background papers. Bow and ribbon gorgeous. Have fun at CHA and enjoy time spent with your Mum and daughter.
Mags
x

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
What a fantastic card. Have a wonderful time at CHA. Enjoy spending time with your family. Will check out Christine's blog.
Sue

Olga said...

This your style again - simply beautiful!

jean.phillips1 said...

So elegant Sue, have a great time in the States.x

Jan said...

Have a fantastic time in CHA with the family and take those photographs to put in the scrapbook album, you wont regret it.x
Now this card hits the spot. DL in shape, ribbon,swirls and buttons, what else could you want? lolx

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue, lovely card. Hope you have a good visit with your family in the states. I would like to send them my best wishes. Hope you have a pleasant journey.
Lots of love. Jenny L.

Pam Swadling said...

Great card Sue. Have a good time in the States. Great that you get to have some family time while you are there.

lockedinmycraftroom said...

Hi Sue, love today's card. Have a good trip.
Chris

Hellma said...

Stunning card Sue, love everything about it. Enjoy your trip.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, So glad to hear you are going home to share some time with your family.Really like this card has all the elements we love, have a great time. Yvonne xx

Christine said...

Beautiful card and I'm lucky to hold it in my hands too! :) Have a safe and fantastic trip. xx

Crafty mop said...

Another great card sue , it's great to spend time with the family it re charges the batteries for me hope it's the same for you have as good a time as you can under the circumstances .....heal each other x

ang said...

have a lovely time with your family,lovely card angxx

Susan Flynn said...

A really beautiful card. Have a wonderful time with your family and at CHA x

Anonymous said...

Lovely card -- hope your mother is doing fine.

She x

Anonymous said...

Have a brilliant time with your Mom and Daughter. The card is fabulous and not OTT its perfect. You lucky thing going to the CHA dont forget to take photos so we can drool over the future new products, especially Spellbinders LOL. Have a safe journey Sue
Heather x

Lynnus said...

Have a Happy New Year time with your family and enjoy it. Loving the card, I want to be able to give up work and make cards all day - so not going to happen! x

Julia Watts said...

Super card. Love the swirl. Have a safe journey and a lovely time when you get there. Love, Julia xxxx

joy said...

Hi Sue
Have a great time with your family.
This card is lovely colours are great together

joyce e

Carole Z said...

This is simply gorgeous Sue...have a safe journey, your mum will be so pleased to see you and spend some time together xx Love Carole Z xx

Maggie said...

Great card yes it needed the bow! have a great time with your family and at CHA......sooooooooooo envious!!! lol

AnneRD said...

Super card, ideal design for Valentines Day. Enjoy your time with your family.
Anne x

Sandra F said...

Beautiful card Sue. Have a good flight and enjoy your time with your family and at the CHA

baconbits said...

A lovely romantic card very apt with Valentine's Day around the corner- also would make a super anniversary card.
TFS
Hugs Amanda x

Clai01 said...

Have a nice break Sue enjoy the show, loving this card a lot , looks really vintage, it made me want to viualise others colours made in the same design to , it's gorgeous!

occasionali said...

Great cardd Sue. Would be envious of ones you deem as only fit for the bin!!!! Even more so of your trip to CHA.

Bea said...

Love the card - have a great time in the US

Ruthie said...

Have a great holiday with your family, catch some rays, make some cards, then get back here we miss you.

Linda said...

Lovely card again this morning Sue. Have a good trip spending some quality time with your Mum, I'm sure she is longing to see you. Linda xx

Anonymous said...

Another A1 card sue ,enjoy your quality time with your Mum lol Elaine H

Clare said...

Lovely card - the ribbon is gorgeous. Hope you have a good trip :)

Clare x

sheila said...

Another great card Sue

Elaine said...

Great card again sue

Lexie said...

This is so pretty and feminine, Sue. I love it. I'm really into DL type cards at the moment.

jean mcfarlane said...

WOW!!! wot a stunning card sue,you really do go the full hog with your cards, keep it up. jean xx

Toni said...

No way is it OTT, I just love it. Beautiful card.
Toni xx

Carol S. said...

It's a 'Sue' card!! Ribbon is so you!!Lol! It is really very pretty and girlie. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Shelley said...

Very pretty card Sue, have a safe trip, and enjoy time with your family. x

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, this is more like the cards we expect from you! A lovely card. Hope you have a good flight; enjoy your family time with your Mum and daughter and I know you will be in your element at the CHA. Look forward to seeing what you come back with. Take care.
Frances

Anonymous said...

Great colours together, have a safe trip. Terrie

Ayelet said...

Very nice card. I love the colors you picked.

Uta said...

Beautiful card! Your bows are even the highlights on your cards. Love them!

hugs, Uta

hazel said...

Hi Sue nothing OTT about this card just your usual elegant style. love it and love the rectangular shape of it too. enjoy your trip to see your family xx hazel

Astrid Maclean said...

Another stunner, love those colours!!

Fiona said...

Interesting to see a landscape card for a change. Hope your trip to the States goes well.

marg said...

Hello Sue
As always lovely card...Safe Journey
Have a happy time with your family
Love Marg

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Stunning card. Not OTT for me.
I hope you have a great time with your Mom, at the CHA, & with your daughter.
Loved the photos from last year's CHA - looking forward to seeing a few from this year.
With Love & Light Theresa. H

scrapper said...

I think sometimes the colours don't show so well on here and that affects my view of the card.
As usual Sue, a professional card but not among my top picks!

Marie-Louise said...

Really lovely card.

Luanne said...

Wow! you make really gorgeous and elegant cards Sue. I am you no.1 FAN FAN FAN FAN!!! {its the echo) hahahaha

Helen O said...

Oh Sue! this is simply divine and totally OTT (just the way we love it!), Totally you, thank you for the inspiration Helen O xxx

eileen.fj said...

Hi Sue
Very pretty card-love the colours.

Eileen x

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue love the card hope you have a safr journy and enjoy ur time with the family.
hugs
Alison Glover x

Debbie Tinks said...

SUE
LOVE THIS CARD THE COLOURS ARE NICE TOGETHER
FROM DEBBIE TINKS

Sue Yorkshire said...

Another master piece Sue, not sure how you come up with all these wonderful creations, but keep em coming.

Have a safe journey and fun with the family.
Sue xxx

Knerten said...

Oh my, what a beautiful frame you have made here - love it, Sue ! Great card, and the bow makes it just perfect :-)

bhavana said...

simply stunning, have been away over the hols to California, so not seen your posts for awhile. Glad to be back, will look back over the last few weeks to catch up! Your cards are truly amazing!

Victoria said...

I like the swirls with that sentiment

Wendy said...

Another great card. Have a safe trip and enjoy your time with your family. xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Delightful. I like the way the black behind the hearts looks like shadow. Gives real depth. Heart and swirls very valentine. Its great. button and bows looks fantastic too. Just learnt how to do a lattice work back ground. Something i shall be playing with.
Bon voyage. Enjoy the well earned break.
Born again spell binder
Nadine x hug
nzillngworth@hotmail.com

Lorraine said...

this is so pretty Sue love those papers and the heart die is gorgeous xx

Claire said...

Beautiful card, very elegant.

Enjoy the time with your family.

Best wishes
Claire

Maryann said...

Are you going to visit the CHA? Uuuuh now I´m soooo jealous here ha ha ha. Well hun I sure hope, you´ll have a wonderful time there, and I expect, you´ll take loads of pics for us to see afterwards then???
Your card is cool and I like it a lot, it´s really beautiful and as always sooo perfect done.
Have a wonderful time in the US with your mum and daughter here and just enjoy CHA to the fullest, I wish I could go too.

Janet said...

Another card I feel I may be able to reproduce. And that's just the type I like.
well done Sue. Have a great trip. Hope your mum is doing ok.

Elizabeth said...

This card is stunning. Enjoy your time with your family.

Elizabeth
x

smag53 said...

I love the shape of the card,and the huge swirl!Have a safe journey and hopefully enjoy the break Look forward to seeing you when you get back.x

gwendraeth said...

Another fab card,have a wonderful holiday
Gwenda

Lindylou said...

Wow loooooove this card -

Lizzie said...

Another stunner Sue love the swirls can't wait for the POD, Have a lovely time with the family and enjoy CHA
Lizzie (serial copycat) xx

Gwen marsden said...

Another lovely card. Enjoy your holiday

Tracy said...

Great card.
Hope you have a lovely time.
Tracy x

Ita said...

Hi Sue have a safe journey ,great card and I am happy as one of the 3 die's I have the heart one is used.I am using the heary die to do my daughters Wedding Invites and thank you for your help
Ita

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

I really like this card because I just love swirls and the colours are great together. Hope your mum is OK.

Bet

bernie30 said...

organza ribbon is never OTT - lovely. Have great time on trip.

claveh said...

Wow, Sue, this is just lovely!
Right up my street, I just love the colours that you have used too!
Enjoy your trip,
Thanks.

YorkshireLass said...

Beautiful complimentary colours - very classy
Safe trip Sue!

Sandy Palmer said...

Gorgeous card! I love everything about it! Have a wonderful time spending time with your family!
Hugs!

CraftyJo said...

Gorgeous! Enjoy your trip - wish I was going to California :( I spent 8 years living in S.Cal and now my son lives near San Jose.

Hanneke said...

Great card! Love the swirls and colors, such a nice look. Sounds like you have a buissy month ahead of you with lots of fun! Hope you have a great time! Hugs, Hanneke

Boo said...

another great card, i have these dies but not had chance to play with them yet. have fun in the states

Sam Poole 'Creative Studios' said...

I really like this card :) xxx

Ann said...

BRilliant card thank you. Have a lovely time with your family Sue they are the most important things in our lives, despite the great joy of card making of coourse. Seriously tho enjoy your time with them.x

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
Love this wonderful card and the colours seem to go well with the design. Have a wonderful time with your family and the CHA show.
Carolx

Trulyblessed said...

Lovely card.
Enjoy and cherish the your time with your family.

Oksana said...

Love the colours but also the layout of the card!! Enjoy your show and family time.x

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card, I hope you never ask us all to choose our favouite card from your blog,
we would all struggle I think, as they are all so beautiful. Have a good and safe trip.
Janet xxx

Sandra Riley... said...

Something different and lovely, different shape, love the swirl it really ties the frame to the card, leading your eye towards that gorgeous paper!
You are very good at using your papers, I like to hoard mine and just stroke them from time to time!
Relax and enjoy time with your family Sue and bring us lots of inspiration back from CHA!
Huge hugs
Sandra Riley

CathyinMN said...

Love everything about this card! I'm just curious as to how long does it usually take you, on average, to make one card?

craftynana said...

Wonderful card yet again. I hope you enjoy your time with mum and daughter. Hurry back soon.

Sue J said...

Enjoy spending some time with your mum and daughter, but don't leave us for too long. :)

Redanne said...

I do not think it is OTT, but just perfect, love the swirl. Hope you have a nice time with your Mum and then your Daughter. Please take photos at the CHA for us? Regards, Anne Rx

lorraine (classylady) said...

Another great card Sue, safe trip and some special time and HUGS, for you and your Mum.

BUY LOADS OF GOODIES FOR US!!!!

look forward to your return and next TV appearances

lorraine
xxx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, I love this card,organza ribbon is never OTT, the colours are perfect. Enjoy your time with your Mum and Daughter, you deserve it Famuly time is so precious. Don't leave us for too long!!!! Best regards, June xx

Anonymous said...

What a romantic card.
Hope you have a nice break with your family.
Carol at Henlow

SusanneJ said...

Another great card Sue!!!! I look forward to this everyday lol hugsss xxx

kasugga said...

I want OTT but can't seem to manage it quite the way you do.
Enjoy the time with your family.
Katy
xXx

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your trip Sue! Lovely card, Def not OTT. Love the papers. x Craftylicious. x x x

Elaine said...

The antique pins just set the bow off nicely. I like this card, I dont have the fleur de lis but it looks so good as a backdrop , nice card Sue. Enjoy your trip.
Elaine W

Lilnute said...

Wow Sue, what a lovely card, and a little different too.
I hope you have a great time with your Mom and find time for some reflection and can celebrate your Father's life with smiles instead of tears (easier said than done, I know). I hope you enjoy your time with your daughter too.
And CHA, I am soooo envious, I have always dreamed of going.. maybe 1 day.. lol.

love and hugs,
Dawn x

Vie Carter said...

Great card Sue

Love the bow, I have this ribbon and it's the best

Have a good time with you Mum

Vie
x

Ria said...

Hi Sue
You have used two dies that I really love working with on this card. I hadn't used them in this way though.
I hope you have a safe journey and an enjoyable time with your family.
Ria

jan said...

HI SUE,
ANOTHER STUNNING CARD, I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU GET YOUR IDEAS FROM, I REALLY STRUGGLE.
LOVE JAN X

happy2craft said...

Hi Sue,
It seems you are on a real creative roll this year, this card is absolutely fab.
Have fun with your family.
Best wishes
Happy2craft.

Jane said...

A card with a difference I like it its got the things I like, ribbon bows bling and pins really like it.

Jane xx

yorkshiresue said...

Love the card Sue.
Hope you can get plenty of quality time with your family while in the States.
Looking forward to Christines demos and of course yours when you are back
Love to all
Sue XXX

Kazbomps said...

Love the card especially the swirl. Have a wonderful time with you family Sue and safe journey. Karen x

Lindyloo said...

Hi Sue, so pleased to hear that your on your way home for a while. I hope you have a safe journey and beside the wonderful but hectic CHA, I hope you have a well deserved relax with your mum and daughter.
You shouldn't worry so much about the blog or us, if you took a rest from it for day or two I don't think anyone would bat an eyelid. I think we would all say the same thing: about time you had 'me' time.
You are such a faithful blogger and I, along with all the other commentators, appreciate the time and effort you take to keep this a first rate creative blog. (Boy, big suck up today. lol... I must be feeling better!!!)
All the best to you & your family. Linda
Oh by the way- The Card- A crowning glory!! lol. ;)

inkypinkycraft said...

A beautiful card, love the shape and the bow is beautiful!hugs trace x

lion_tamer said...

Gorgeous card Sue. Enjoy your trip your Mum will love having you there x

jemet said...

Hi Sue

beautiful card love the different use of DL card

Jean

Anonymous said...

Another great idea Sue, have just ordered this ribbon from Sam it really sets the card off. Have a lovely time with your mum and daughter.

Edwina

Kate's Cards said...

Very ornate!
XX

purplepengi said...

Lovely card today Sue, I love swirls! Have a great holiday!

Sonia said...

Hi Sue, you create some lovely effects by layering up the different dies - something I don't normally do but maybe should. Enjoy your trip home.
Blessings
Sonia - St Helens

sheila said...

Another lovely creation, nice soft feminine pink

Barbara Phillips said...

Beautiful, vintage looking card Sue. Love the swirl and the bow just finishes it. Have a nice time and take lots of photos.

Capsgrammy said...

Great looking card with a nice different shape. Have a super time on your trip....I know the trade show is exhausting but what FUN! meg

Jenny, said...

I sooo love this card, feel the need to go play now, lol

Anonymous said...

WOW!! yes a lovely, lovely card (cant get enough ribbon and bows on a card lol)love the papers.
Have a great time in the states (not jealous of course ;0) and some quality time with your family.

millie xx

Rocky said...

Looking forward to seeing the lovely things you find at CHA, have a good time.

Vicki Sharkey said...

Another lovely card, this one is right up my street, definitely be having a go at something similar.
Hope you have a good trip and best wishes to you and your family.
Vicki

pinky said...

Gorgeous use of dies here Sue, will keep my eye out for that show. Happy travels, I am sure your Mum will be so glad to see you.

Sue H said...

Hi Sue
I hope you have a fabulous time back in America.
I fell in love (again!) with this card the minute I saw it.....beautiful. I do like your choice of backing papers Sue.
Sue H. xx

dutchess said...

Hi Sue love the card...do hope the trip home was okay.Have just started to play with my tied together folder ,oh it is so lovely...take care Margaret

jollyjoyce said...

Beautiful card. Just has my Labels 13 die out wondering what to do with it, now I know. - Joyce

Bee and Dee said...

Really love the OTT card enjoy the USA. Hugs Bee

PaulineC said...

I like the different orientation of this card. It makes a nice change. Hope you enjoy your visit home. I am sure that your Mom and daughter will be thrilled to have you back for a while. It will also be lovely to be able to go to the CHA. Enjoy your trip.

yorkie said...

Love your card how do you do those fantastic bows? ?
Have a great holiday
Theresa x

violetclouds said...

love that bow, the swirl really fits the sentiment too! But mostly i was surprised by the shape/format!! Expect you to source loads more lovely ribbon at CHA ;)

Melanie181 said...

The bow is just lovely ... and I love the way that the cream swirl let's you use the lovely paper behind and tones it in beautifully.
Have a great time.
Melanie181

Vee Cassidy said...

Dear Sue
I really like this card not OTT but you are still mixing it up I am glad to see! I love the landscape orientation and the way you have made such good of the use the shape with the swirl extended out from the focal point; just lovely. x Enjoy your travels:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Vee x

L00py's Craft Creations said...

I love the way this turned out, and if I'm reading it proper;y you had tons of fun playing!! Hope you have now got there safe and sound, and that you are snuggled in the bosom of your family, xx

Pinkers said...

Gorgeous card,xx

Jules001 said...

Loving the colours on this card, very pretty. Hoping you have a good trip.

Julie

Sue Parish said...

Phewww...What a relief! Been trying so hard to leave a comment and blaming my computer! This card is not OTT Sue, it's beautful - and would make a lovely Valentine. Hope you had a good journey and are having a lovely time with family and that CHA will be great too. Will catch up on other comments later - my own family are on their way to stay with me for a few days so things to do! Sue x

Claveh said...

There is nothing more to say than "JUST BEAUTIFUL AS ALWAYS".
Thanks for your constant inspiration Sue!

miislucky said...

This is a really pretty card!!! I love how it came out! Great job!!! Mimi

philomena said...

fabulous card yet once again.xx