Tuesday, 17 January 2012

A True Friend


Hi guys!  I just love working with Kraft card and out it came again for this card.  I like mixing different textures and putting things together that don't always look like they should go together.  The most fun about cardmaking for me is there really aren't any rules.  If you like it, if it works for you, if it makes you do the happy dance, then go for it! Here I have mixed felt flowers with ribbon flowers and paper flowers.  I mixed different patterns in cardstock  and used both ribbon and jute twine.  All the things I love to play with in fact.  I liked the result (I even did the happy dance) and didn't break any rules either (cuz there aren't any to break, remember!)  For the focal element, I used the Picot edge circles, labels fourteen and the beaded oval die templates. I inked the top two dies using tea dye distress ink while still in the die.   The paper and the felt flowers were created using the Spiral flower die template, while the ribbon flower was rolled using the cotton hemp ribbon.  I used a small border that was cut with an edgeability insert.  The entire piece was framed with black Pva glue dots.  I was really happy with it when I finished it and I hope you'll like it too. You will have to let me know! 

Now for the week's winners! 
For the post dated January 10th, comment number 18 which corresponds to
Vicki Sharkey!!!
For the post dated January 11th, comment number 32 which corresponds to
 Linda!!!!
For the post dated January 14th, comment number 120 which corresponds to
Sheila!!!
For the post dated January 15th, comment number 26 which corresponds to
Jane P.!!!
For the post dated January 16th, comment number 65 which corresponds to
Helen O!!!
Please don't forget to email me at americansue1@gmail.com to verify your address to collect your prize!
 All for now, Sue x

129 comments:

Jan said...

A different card with all the wonderful mixtures you expect from you Sue, truly a work of art. love it x

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
Love, love, love this card. All the different textures.
Sue

Sonia said...

Hi Sue, the different textures, paterns and shapes work realltyy well together. A beautiful card. Thanks for your inspiration.
Blessings
Sonia - St Helens

Crafty mop said...

Love this card sue just wonderful ......congrats to all the winners x

inkypinkycraft said...

Love the roses, hugs trace x

Vee Cassidy said...
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Vee Cassidy said...

Dear Sue
Amazing card - I just want to touch all the different textures. I like to round corners too and usually do them all but I love the way you sometimes do two only in different positions. I may have to use the "sincerest form of flattery" i.e. imitation! lol! Vee x

Lynne M said...

What can I say but love it!!!!!!. Lol Lynne M ( Sue I remembered to check the phone line this time lol )

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

Oh my goodness I love this!! So many textures and patterns, very very pleasing to the eye!!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card Sue
Heather

Vicki Sharkey said...

I love this card. The different textures really make a statement, something I think I will have to try.
Thanks so much for the chance to win, made my day so see my name up there.
Have a great day everyone.
Vicki :)

Patricia said...

Love this card, the different textures really, really work.
Something I would not have tried up till now but I am certainly going to give that a go!!
Thanks for the inspiration to try new things.

Patricia xx

Uta said...

Your card is so beautiful. The papers looks so wonderful and I love the flowers on it.

Hugs, Uta

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, love the different textures, you just have such a good eye knowing what will work together, you are the Gok of the craft world. All the best Suzie B x

Susan Flynn said...

Beautiful card Sue love the flowers and all the different touchy feely elements. Hugs Susan x

Pam Swadling said...

Great card sue, love the flowers, wish my ribbon roses turned out as good as yours.

nattyboots said...

I love the rounded corners Sue,will have a go at this card and will try the flowers. as you can gather im pretty new to this ) . Love Elaine H x

Ayelet said...

Beautiful card. Very rich. loved it.

anna christensen crafts said...

Wow, texture heaven, I think everything works together perfectly

jan said...

hi sue, love the colours and textures in this card, a work of art
love jan x

hazel said...

Nice card Sue love all the different patterns, textures and materials used xx hazel

Maryann said...

I like it a lot too, especially all the different textures on it, that´s just something I would do too he he. It looks really awesome Sue, great work again hun.

Anonymous said...

Yet another beautiful card Sue,

joy said...

Hi Sue
Hope you are enjoying your break.
This card is diffirent but i like it. Love the flowers.
joyce e

Julia Watts said...

Such a busy card! Stunning! love, Julia xxx

baconbits said...

A wish i had touchy screen as this card has a very touchy feely thing going on. I wonderful mix of different textures that justwork well.
Congrats to the winners.
Hugs Amanda x

Anonymous said...

Love it Sue
Hugs
Alison Glover x

Sandra F said...

Love the different textures. another gorgeous card Sue.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Another stunner, just wish I was half as good but will keep trying.

Lydia
XX

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

A lovely card Sue! I love all the different textures and patterns, they have really worked well together.

Congratulations to all the lucky winners. Enjoy your prizes.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

jean.phillips1 said...

Lovely card Sue, love the flowers.x

AnneRD said...

What can I say that others have not already said. Lovely colours, textures and mixture of patterns. Learning so much from your daily postings.
Anne x

Pinkers said...

Really love it,xx

Clare said...

Lovely card, I love all the different textures and elements you've used together. It works really well.

Clare x

Sue Yorkshire said...

I love this card Sue, the colours are really good together.

Congratulations to all the winners you lucky things

Sue xxx

Fiona said...

I do like that sprial flower die. Must put it on the wishlist.

dutchess said...

Hi Sue this is lovely I really do like the kraft card and it is soo difficult to find...thanks for the close up of the flowers they are so elegant...perfect card take care Margaret

Victoria said...

I love text on cards, so this caught my eye straight away. Texture on cards is fab too, as you say, but then I stroke beautiful paper, never mind any more texture!

Oksana said...

Hi Sue,
Love the flowers, especially the different types of materials used! Beautiful as usual!x

Marie-Louise said...

Really lovely card.

sheila said...

love the card

sheila said...

love the card

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue, yet again an amazing card. I would not have the courage to try all those different papers together, and the different flowers. But you have showed that it is possible. Must have a go one day.
Lots of love. Jenny L

melanie said...

It a lovely card ,I wished my PVA glue came out like this they seem to go flat ,Melanie

Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone. Congratulations to all the winners. I hope you enjoy your prizes. Sue, I adore this card, so many textures. I would never have used so many different things on a card & it works so well! That's the one thing about craft I hate 'no rules', you can't learn a format, you have to get in touch with your own creativity! Your happy dance saying made me smile though, as it reminded me to have fun. With Love & Light Theresa. H

bali said...

A very fresh looking card. May be its the colors and textures that you put together.love it.xx

YorkshireLass said...

Another lovely card - always love your embellishments - trying to make more myself now instead of buying in - fiddly but worth the effort.
Sarah

Lilnute said...

Another fantastic card Sue, and in my fav, kraft card too, it is soo versitile, don't you think??
Hope you have a great day,

Love and hugs
Dawn x

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
glad to here I am not going mad (taking hours over cards and putting to the side some times) but looks like this card is a winner. Answered yet another one of my questions of which -papers should go together, and u do it so well. Like the banner idea and using on my cards, very effective. The twine matches perfectly. Yes another winner. What a brill card.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine xhug
nzillngworth@hotmail.com

Craftychris said...

I adore the mixture of patterns and textures, they really work well. Congratulations to the winners xx

Debbie Tinks said...

SUE LOVELY CARD
LOTS OF WINNERS

Olga said...

The card is great! I love the flowers )

Cazann49 said...

Another Stunning card!! You are such an inspiration Sue, i love looking on here each day to see what new ideas you have...:)..xxx

Helen O said...

Hi Sue, I love the Kraft paper that you use, please tell us where to get them from as I cant seem to fnd them anywhere Helen O xxx

Tracy Heaton said...

So love this.
Tracy x

Helen O said...

i forgot to say the card is stunning, i love it and congratulations winners (including me omg im so excited :)) Helen O
xxx

Lexie said...

Lovely. Now, if I did all that and put it all together it would just look a mess. How DO you do it?!
x

Clai01 said...

love the card and the twine!

Lizzie said...

Beautiful card Sue its so busy yet a beaut. I'm ready for tonight and the next couple of days for I,W and CC my credit card is empty LOL!
Congrats to all winners
Lizzie (serial copycat) xx

lockedinmycraftroom said...

Fab card Sue, love the mix of textures.
Chris

Ita said...

Hi Sue a lovely card and full of fantastic mixtutes, a piece of art and I love the way you use the distress inks
Ita

Lorraine said...

A really lovely card, wonderful colours and textures. Hugs Lorraine

joan Hill said...

Hi Sue,
Another gorgeous card, I love how you blend colours, something I tend to struggle with, so thanks for the inspiration x

Toni said...

Really like it when you use fabrics for the flowers. Something I have never done but must try. Lovely card again.
Toni xx

Toni said...

Really like it when you use fabrics for the flowers. Something I have never done but must try. Lovely card again.
Toni xx

eileen.fj said...

Hi Sue
Love the colours of this card and the use of the patterned papers.

Eileen x

mgq said...

love this card. the colours, textures etc all fab.

CraftyJo said...

The whole card is lovely and I really like the way the flowers look on here too. I need to practise with my die to see if I can get them to look as good.

gwendraeth said...

Beautiful card just love the way that everything works together
Gwenda

Anonymous said...

Lovely card again. Whenever I try this die to cut felt, it never seems to go all the way through no matter how many times I turn it. Oh well I'll have to keep practising.

Looking forward to C&C - have set the record button

She x

Sandy Palmer said...

You really amaze me on how every card that comes out of you are so very different in style, and are simply fabulous! Those flowers are gorgeous too!
Hugs,
Sandy.

Jenny said...

Love the flowers! So many different textures that work together perfectly

Lynnus said...

Love this one - I bought some felt to try out the flowers so will be practising soon x

Kate's Cards said...

You are having a brown period at the mo aren't you Sue. I love the different textures in this one.
xx

Ann Pepall said...

Maid of Kent said,
A real winner love the textures, if you saw a list of the materials used it would be hard to think that they would make such a stunning card. Lol Ann

Anonymous said...

Maid of Kent said,
A real winner love the textures, if you saw a list of the materials used it would be hard to think that they would make such a stunning card. Lol Ann

Hanneke said...

Wow, wonderful! I love those flowers placed together. Hugs, Hanneke

Claveh said...

Sue, I just love it. It looks great too with the more rustic ribbon bow at the top. Just beautiful, as always.

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
I love this card especially the dotty paper, I think it just makes the card and ties in lovely with everything else.
Carol x

lesley c. said...

I love this card. I love that there are no rules, no right or wrong. All the different elements come together to make a wonderful creation.

Redanne said...

I just love the flowers and I enjoy working with Kraft paper too. Many congratulations to all the lucky winners. Regards, Anne Rx

Ann said...

Fantastic the flowers are beautiful, Just as expected from your craft desk Sue - thanks

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue, a very beautiful card, afraid this will be the last one I view for a few weeks, I am off to the sunnier climate of Mexico ( at least I hope its sunnier as it rain for 14 days last time I went.
will catch up on your cards when I get back.
Janet xxx

Erica said...

Love all your cards xxxx

Erica said...

great card

loftylass said...

Love all the different textures Sue - the flowers are gorgeous and just goes to show 'use what you have' and see if it works. tfs
Hugs
Heather
x

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love this design, the papers super and go so well together. Looking forward to tomorrows design. All the best
Edwina

Shelley said...

Locely card, congratulations to all the winners. x

Lindyloo said...

Hi Sue,
I hope you are having a good time whatever you're up to at the moment.
I love todays card very much Sue. It is the sort of card I love to make myself: mixing papers, shapes and embellishments. I think I will have to email you a picture of my latest card to see if you think it worthy.
I actually cased a card of yours the other day, (Teal, Parisian motifs/Nov 17). I did it using vintage B/W papers (from Hobbylobby in Florida, vintage red ribbon and handmade embellishments and I added stitching around the base paper. Everyone says it's one of my best, so many thanks to you for all your wonderful inspiration.
Have a good day one and all.
Regards Linda

Pearl said...

Hi Sue, Your cards are all so gorgeous! This one too! The different flowers look great together!
Love Pearl x

Lindyloo said...

Sorry Sue,
I must add another comment as I have been so rude & forgetful.
Congratulations to all the winners, enjoy your lovely win.
All the best Linda

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Don't know if I would be brave enough to try all these different
elements but it certainly works for you.
Carol at Henlow

Carole Z said...

Sue, I honestly love everything about this card...the colours, the different textures, the flowers...beautiful!
Hugs, Carole Z xx

yvonne (seom) said...

again i love it. but then there is only a handful of you cards literally that have not been my thing, which aint bad.....keep it up girl. i wonder do you ever get time for housework coz id rather be crafting but have to stop to do it yuk!!!!

rosemarie said...

Beautiful card, I must try to be more adventurous with different textures etc., the effects are brilliant, I love it, x.

Robin Yourgrave said...

I love this one. There's something about black flowers that just draws me in, and you nailed it on this one.

gwen70 said...

lovely card sue

Lorraine said...

this one is fab Sue love those roses and the wonderful sentiment and well done to last weeks winners xx

Maggie said...

Fabulous card Sue love all the patterns textures and the flowers a really touchy feely card!

Maggie

lorraine (classylady) said...

another lovely card, again different

lorraine
xx

Anonymous said...

Loving all the different textures and items on this card and it adds lots of interest.

Anonymous said...

Sorry forgot to add name
Barbara

Kazbomps said...

I dont know how you do it Sue. So many ideas and another great card. Karen x

PaulineC said...

Super textures. I would not have thought of putting 3 different flowers together but it looks great.

Jane said...

I Love all the different flowers you do, you can't go wrong when putting them together, like the colour combo

Jane xx

bhavana said...

stunning card, I have loved all of your creations.... cant wait to see you soon on the show!

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, I love the close up photo of the flowers, as you can really see the different textures. It all works beautifully together. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Ruthie said...

Another winner, you have some loverly backing papers sue. I have the other flower die but now need this one too. I am really looking forward to the pick of the day.

ang said...

again areally lovely card, thanks for the inspiration ang

Knerten said...

Fabulous card with absolutely beautyful flowers !

yorkshiresue said...

Beautiful card yet again.
Keep them coming
Love
Sue XXX

SusanneJ said...

Absolutely love this card Sue another great one hugsss x

Sue Parish said...

Fabulous, fabulous card, Sue. One I know I shall keep going back to for another look - because there's so much take in at once. Wonderful! Congrats to the winners. Sue x

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card.

Lisa M said...

I love the happy dance!!! No rules is the perfect rule. Your projects always inspire me. :)
Thanks so much for all that you share.
hugs,
Lisa xx

CraftyLoops said...

I love, love, love kraft paper and card. Its such a wonderful product to work with. I love the different textures in this card Sue, the different types of flowers are beautiful. Congrats to this weeks lucky winners. Lee x

sheila said...

I am usually quite conservative and play quite safe with my card making but feel quite encouraged to experiment.
Congratulations to all the prize winners, I was so excited to see my name among them

violetclouds said...

really like this card, wondered whether you using more book text or is this just a decorated paper. I guess either is fine! I know C&C had blank kraft cards a while back and they sold out real quick, it is a popular look & think it works well with distress inks & stuff.

Jenny, said...

Dunno if it's the light but this card has a very vintage look about it :/ un very nice it is to :)& as always thax for the share... so love this game xx

Luanne said...

beautiful card! Sue. Love your layout and designs. Wonderful papers and gorgeous flowers

Luanne

CathyinMN said...

You really have a gift of being able to pull together a lot of different textures and patterns and making it look great!

Sue J said...

Craft cardstock can look really flat, but once you have played around with it, it looks really pretty. :)

Capsgrammy said...

Just love this! Am laid up with a tummy bug but I can't wait to get better so I can try this out. Meg xxxxx

Bee and Dee said...

Beautiful card.

Hugs Bee

Heidi said...

love this, the colours, the dots, the layout - well, everything about it.
Heidi x

Karen said...

Never used craft card but will give it a go after see this card.
Karen xx

Becky Dunham said...

Absolutely love this card Sue! Makes me want to do the happy dance lol! Love that polka dot with the script and all the lovely textures!

Lorraine H said...

Another truly inspirational card, thanks Sue. Lorraine H x

miislucky said...

Sue, What a lovely card! I love the different papers and spellbinders used. It's very nice! Hugs, Mimi