Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Winter Trees




















Hi guys!  And we have another winner to add to the list from yesterday.  The post of January 2nd had over 100 comments so I randomly picked number 15 which was the comment left by L00py's craft creations!!! Congratulations!  I love giving stuff away, this is fun!  Email me to claim your prize at americansue1@gmail.com
While I am on the subject of prizes, we are halfway along to our next big blog candy drawing too!  In case I haven't said it enough, if you leave a comment after each new post, you will get extra entry chances, thereby increasing your odds of winning!  That's all I'm saying, the rest is up to you!
Now on to the subject of today's post.  I love this card, not sure if it is just the black and white or the simplicity of the trees or the multiple layers, but it sings to me.  One thing that I never ever do is cut something out and leave the edge of the paper showing, but I needed to do it this way for the trees mounted in front or they looked very flat.  The tiny white edge gave them a bit of dimension, especially the one that was partially mounted over the black background.  I have added a close up so you can see what I am talking about.  The close up also shows the detail of the hounds tooth embossing folder on the frame I cut out.  The rest of the card is fairly straightforward.  I stamped the smaller trees on black card using a clear perfect medium and whit embossed them.  I used the white Inksential pen by Ranger to add snow dots and draw in some hills.  I stamped my sentiment in black and clear embossed it and added some of my favourite paper piercing around the edge to finish it off.  I hope it sings to you too!  All for now, Sue x

139 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this card is amazing I love trees and have so many tree stamps. I must get that houndstooth embossing folder because it looks great (another thing I need) lol
Heather x

Lynnus said...

Yet another goodun! Would have loved this as a Christmas card - keep up the hard work xx

Missmizog said...

Another beauty.
Sue

Maryann said...

Such an awesome card again Sue. I too love trees and have a couple of stamps with some simular to these, so better get them out and see if I can´t make something as beautiful as this. You´re always ahead of all of us here, and as I don´t want just to be a copycat, I better put my head in the thinkingbox and make something new and special with them ha ha ha.

mags said...

Super card Sue. The black and white colour scheme, the simplicity of the design together with the layers create an elegant, classy christmas card. Just love it.
Mags
x

Uta said...

Beautiful card - I love this cas-look.

Hugs, Uta

melanie said...

Beautiful card Melanie

Anonymous said...

Love the simplicity and elegance of this card.

AnnH60

Carole said...

A really beautiful card.I have these tree stamps but only got them towards the end of my Christmas card making - however - they will feature prominently in next year's cards. Thanks for the continued inspiration and can't wait to see you back on C&C in Feb, Carole Z x

ang said...

another lovely card sue xx

Shelley said...

Lovely card Sue. x

hazel said...

Good Morning Sue, i love this card too i like the colours you have used and the simplicity of it. Heres a laugh for you, i lost a set of my spellbinders the other day i hunted high and low for them was almost ready to rummage through the bins when i found them. safely stuck to the bottom of the chocolate tin by the magnetic sheet. lol, just so glad i found them again Regards hazel xx

Liz said...

Such a lovely card, I love monochrome and trees too!!

Julia Watts said...

Just love black & white. Stunning card. Love, Julia xxx

sandra(misty) said...

Stunning card again you are costing me a fortune I keep buying what you have used so I can have a go at making the card

Linda said...

I love black and white as well although I have been using navy and cream more since seeing your designs.

Crafty mop said...

Striking x

Anonymous said...

What a lovely card love the trees
Hugs
Alison Glover

AnneRD said...

Another elegant card Sue. Love the way you have layered the frames.
Anne x

veronica said...

love this card - already have a small forest of tree stamps, and love the black/white scheme

tom said...

Hi Sue This another stunner and black and white always works.Tom

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, two words for today's card, simple but very stylish, oops that is four words. Love it, I like the frame that you have used. Hope you have a good day all the best Suzie B xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue, what no ribbons or flowers. LOL. Anyway what a fabbbb card. It shows if your as good as you are....... You don't need too much on the card.
Lots of love. Jenny L

Sue Yorkshire said...

Elegantly simple but I love it. I see what you mean about making the trees pop with the bit of white left on the edges. The paper pricking really stands out on this one too and looks fabulous.
Sue xxx

dutchess said...

morning Sue what a magic card...black and white such a classy scheme.....really stunning I am definitely going to try to do something like!!!!!having trouble getting black card at present!!!! take care Margaret

Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful elegant card.

Jackie D said...

Hi Sue,

Another lovely card but you have got me thinking too and it would make a suitable card for any time of the year changing the black to various shades of green during the year to reflect the season minus the snow though - I will experiment!! Thank you once again
love from Jackie D

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
well takes your breath away, can feel the ice cold air. Love the foreground and background dimension. Brill. U have an amazing eye for detail.
I see you have started to grade the cards "MARVELOUS" I quite agree. Never thought to add the sentiment there to a card. More wonderful ideas to try thanks to u.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine x
nzillingworth@hotmail.com
PS. Fancy Tags 3 just arrived more playing hehe xmas with every spellbinder yo

yorkshiresue said...

Hi Sue
You have started 2012 with some wonderful cards.
I look forward to receiving a new card every day
it gives me something to enjoy looking at
Keep up the brilliant work
Love to all
Sue L
XXX

Leanne said...

Another beautiful creation!

eileen.fj said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely elegant card. Although I realise it's black and white-it looks cream and d.brown on my screen and still stunning.

Eileen x

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue,
What a stunning card, love the monochrome, I have the tree stamps but they arrived too late to make 2011 Christmas cards, thanks for the tip to leave a little white around the edges when using on monochrome work. What a treat you have given us in 2012 already and it is only the 4th, thanks for you hard work.
Lots of love, June xxx

Tracy said...

What no bow? lol
That is really beautiful, and the sentiment is lovely.
Tracy x

PaulineC said...

This sings to me as well because I love trees (well I love nature in general) Much as I love Spellbinders stamping will always be my first love. I like to have something pictorial on a card as well as interesting shapes. This card also emphasises the paper pricking technique which sometimes gets lost among the more elaborate cards.

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
This one is simple, elegant and a Beaut
Lizzie (serial copycat)xx

Sue said...

Hi Sue, I love this card. I like what you have done with the cutting out of the trees and explaining it to us. Santa brought me the H tooth folder can't wait to use it, he also brought me the Dvd, smashing is all I can say.

Sue C

Maggie said...

Love trees love this card as you say I think it's the simplicity of the trees and being black and white!

Maggie

Anonymous said...

How do you manage to keep them coming. Beautiful elegant card! I have similar stamps can't wait t play. Sue your cards certainly help with Crafters block lol. x Craftylicious x

CraftyJo said...

I love that expression "I hope it sings to you too!" - I think only a crafter/card maker would understand how that could be :) It's another lovely card.

jan said...

beautiful card Sue. simply elegant
jan x

fluffycat said...

I can only echo what everyone else is saying - a beautifully simple but so elegant card. I had the same thought as Jackie D; in another colourway it would be good all year round. I can see the sun rising or setting on green hills already! Your inspiration is never ending.
Oh, and congratulations to all of yesterday's winners too.
Frances

Sandra F said...

Great card Sue

Olga said...

Very nice idea with trees Sue!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, It sings to me as i like monocrome and i like using my tree stamps, another winner. Yvonne xx

Ruthie said...

As they say less is more, sometimes just simple colour combinations are enough. Yesterdays card is fab in different way, but if they were all the same that would not be crafting. I never,ever make the same card twice.

Vie Carter said...

Lovely card Sue

Vie
x

Pam Swadling said...

Very simple but elegant looking card.

smag53 said...

Hi Sue,
A very elegant card that will do for many occassions.x

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
This is a great card and I can't put my finger on weather it is the trees or the way you have arranged the whole card but I love it anyway.
Carol x

Helen O said...

I love black and white, it is so elegant, another beautiful sining card Sue, I wish I was as gifted as you and had half as many ideas, tfs Helen O xxx

Helen O said...

lol that should have said Singing!! not sining!! Helen O xxx

Anonymous said...

Sue I love this card. Classic & elegant. Shame White us so notoriously difficult to photograph or scan. For whiter whites & truer colurs I would recommend using a paint/ photo/ crafting software that enables you to alter the levels of red, green & blue, change the colour tone & alter brightness & contrast, whilst also enabling you to save in a useable format. My Craft Studio Professional is cheap, easy to use & fulfills these needs well. However, there are many on the Market so shop around. Some cameras / scanners even come with software for this so it's worth checking your disks.
Every photographic / scanning device has it's own colour bias ( due to the numerical software) so once you have altered one image ( to what looks good to you) you can apply these corrections to all your other images in the future ( taking a few seconds), only a few occasional tweaks should be necessary.
Having said this I like the cream look = v.vintage. I would never have tried this for a snowy scene but am going to give it a go.
Congratulations to the winner.
Thanks Lindyloo & Sue for the information on glints. It's much appreciated.
With love & light Theresa. H
With lo

jordiegirl said...

Another fabulous card Sue. Keep them coming.

Ita said...

This is a lovely card, i love working with black and white, the card looks lemon on my computer but that is fine too another choice,I am tempted every day to buy new dies lol, luck I am just begining my collection
Ita from Ireland

Clare said...

Lovely card. I love the way the trees are contrasted with each other.

Clare x

Sandra Riley said...

The different perspective of the trees just leads you into the card, I love it !
Will you be bringing some more Grand Nestabilities to Create and Craft anytime soon?????
Looking forward to tomorrows card already ! x
Huge Hugs
Sandra Riley

Lydia Jordan said...

HI sue,

Yes it sings to me as well just my type of winter card.

Love the colours look forward to tomorrows card.

Lydia X

lion_tamer said...

these tree stamps make a beautiful card. i really like it x

Stampersue said...

Happy New Year Sue – here’s to a great crafting year. I love trees and I love your card it is so elegant. I never cease to amaze at the cards you make they are wonderful.

Stampersue
X

Pinkers said...

Another gorgeous card Sue,xx

joy said...

Hi Sue
Nice card like the trees very elegant. joyce e

baconbits said...

another super card, but i thought that it was gold and black and i thought that that worked well, but of course black and white makes more sense.
The perspective of the trees is great.
TFS
Hugs Amanda x

Vee Cassidy said...

Dear Sue , A Lovely card - I really love stamped trees and these are very nice. I really admire your matting and layering, Vee x

pannem said...

Hi Sue, well this card sings out loud and clear to me - maybe because it is monochrome and Black & white is always so classy. That's a clever liitle tip about leaving a tiny white border it definitely gives depth and perspective.

themessycraftroom said...

Lovely card I love trees. I thought it was cream and black, makes more sense white and black. Hugs x ChrisB

Hellma said...

Lovely card.

Janet said...

Love this one Sue. It is charming in its simplicity. My 5 year old g.daughter had to do a magical snow scene for school and came to grandma for help. I looked through your cards and we made a lovely scene. A snowy hillside with torn paper hills, flower soft and glitter snow on hills and sky. Then we cut out a Crafters. Companion ,snowman, walking in the air, !! Your inspiration can be used for all sorts of things. Thanks a bundle.

Luanne said...

Beautiful card Sue! love the stamping and color

Lynne said...

Nice one Sue, rather tranquil and relaxing, would look good in a frame, then of course all of your cards would. xxx thanks for showing us.

Redanne said...

The hounds tooth is lovely on this card, it is very dramatic but simple at the same time. Another great card Sue. Regards, Anne Rx

Anonymous said...

Just love your cards, such a talented lady
jill

Rhonda Miller said...

What a stunning card. I love the trees. TFS.

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful card Sue. Black & white always so elegant. Ann W

Kazbomps said...

A lovely simple and classic card. Perfect for this time of year. Karen x

Craftychris said...

Those trees again - I love them!!! xx

Lexie said...

I love this card. It's very clean but very effective. It's lovely.

Bee and Dee said...

Interesting card really like it, Have a great 2012. Hugs bee

Sonia said...

Hi Sue, there is something about cards with trees on them that I just love and this one is no exception. Thank you.
Blessings
Sonia - St Helens

Sonia said...

Hi Sue, there is something about cards with trees on them that I just love and this one is no exception. Thank you.
Blessings
Sonia - St Helens

Sandie said...

Another great card Sue x

Fiona said...

Nicely unfussy. I like trees!

jemet said...

yet another lovely card Sue.

Jean

pamela said...

Another lovely card which makes me think I need to buy the stamps!!

Anonymous said...

Another great card Sue, where do you get your inspiration from, perhaps you could share it at some point - please!!!!!!!

pinky said...

It stunning Sue, so beautifully put together.

Anonymous said...

Another great card Sue, where do you get your inspiration from, perhaps you could share it at some point - please!!!!
LOL
Jan

CathyinMN said...

Love the trees, and the simplicity of the card. It appears so quiet and peaceful.

Sue J said...

You are such an inspiration, I love looking at all your cards. Thanks for the ideas. :)

Cumbrianlass said...

Another great card Sue.
Janet xxx

lockedinmycraftroom said...

I love the winter trees stamps, I don't own these stamps yet, but they are on my wish list. Fab card as always Sue

Ria said...

Hi Sue,

This looks to be a lovely simple card but still very stylish. I have just done a card and copied your pricking around the edges. It does really make a feature on the card and so easy to do.
Ria

Mutley said...

Another inspiring card Sue. Love the layout and style. xxx

The Wife said...

those tree are so effective and I do love the whole look of the card.

happy2craft said...

Another stunning card, Sue. Wish I had 1% of your talent!!!!
I follow your blog everyday now for my fix, lol.
Happy2craftxxxxx

Susanne said...

Your a inspiration I love your ideas and the way you think 'out of the box' you have given me some great ideas for my cardmaking Sue!!! Thanks and hugss!!!!

Lelly Jelly said...

No fuss or frill, love this card.x

Barbara Phillips said...

I am a big fan of trees and love this card!

yorkie said...

Another masterpiece Sue plain but it works so well
Are you having withdrawal symtoms not using ribbon :-) lol
Theresa x

Ann said...

This reminds me we might have more snow to come yet- its easy to forget the even ts of nature. This card is lovely I think monochrome is still a winner!

lorraine (classylady) said...

another great card Sue

lorraine
xxx

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue, I'm fascinated with the difference the white edge makes - would never have thought of that - guess it's the exception that proves the rule, as they say. My hounds tooth folder arrived today and I think it will be used a lot, as so suitable for male cards. I haven't bought the tree stamps YET as I have so many tree stamps, but will have to have it eventually as I particularly like the treasured friend sentiment which, I think I am right in saying, is on it. Congratulations to the new winner. Sue x

sheila said...

Another beautiful card. Hoping with practice I can achieve the perfect layering with my stamping giving that natural depth and dimention to my designs

lilygee said...

beautiful trees - love this card - it must have been a lot of fun stamping them Sue - they look wonderful.
lol lilygee xxx

anna christensen crafts said...

This is very beautiful, I love the colour scheme

Judith said...

Beautiful card- I love black and white - so classic

TimeOut2Create said...

Hi Sue, I absolutely love the clean look of this card, you can never beat white and black combo with a twist! Love the understated but high impact dimension you given the trees. I don't believe i have this particular stamp set either, like sue Parish said; I’m going to have to get the stamp set!

(Thanks Linda-Lindyloo for supporting The Royal College of Midwives e-petition in recruiting 5000 more NHS Midwives in England and I always look forward to sue’s postings and reading your comments- breath of fresh air!) Hope you don’t mind sue.
Hugs, Bim x

Lindyloo said...

Hi Sue,
I am sorry to be so late posting my comment today. I am still a little low and my mojo is still on holiday somewhere else at the moment.
Anyway my dear blog friend, this card today reminded me of a song I used to sing in choir and have loved ever since: 'See Amid the Winter's Snow'..... and the lines: 'As we watched at dead of night, Lo, we saw a wondrous light' especially fit your adorable creation. (The black trees in the foreground give the impression of a bright light around the trees in the background.) Genius.
I see Christine is on C&C around the 17th Jan with a Spellbinders POTD. It will be lovely to see her work, but I will miss seeing you there. I hope you are able to follow behind her very soon, but hope you don't rush yourself.
Regards as always Linda

Unknown said...

Dear Sue
I've followed your blog for sometime as I enjoy looking at your beautiful dimensional cards, but this is the first time I'm making a comment. I bought this stamp set recently but felt silly for spending more money on another tree stamp set as I already have so many. However, after seeing your card I saw the stamps classical simplicity once again. Thank you for inspiring me again.
Best wishes.
Paola
By the way I absolutely adore your DVD.

Unknown said...

Dear Sue
I've followed your blog for sometime as I enjoy looking at your beautiful dimensional cards, but this is the first time I'm making a comment. I bought this stamp set recently but felt silly for spending more money on another tree stamp set as I already have so many. However, after seeing your card I saw the stamps classical simplicity once again. Thank you for inspiring me again.
Best wishes.
Paola
By the way I absolutely adore your DVD.

Unknown said...

Dear Sue
I've followed your blog for sometime as I enjoy looking at your beautiful dimensional cards, but this is the first time I'm making a comment. I bought this stamp set recently but felt silly for spending more money on another tree stamp set as I already have so many. However, after seeing your card I saw the stamps classical simplicity once again. Thank you for inspiring me again.
Best wishes.
Paola
By the way I absolutely adore your DVD.

Unknown said...

Dear Sue
I've followed your blog for sometime as I enjoy looking at your beautiful dimensional cards, but this is the first time I'm making a comment. I bought this stamp set recently but felt silly for spending more money on another tree stamp set as I already have so many. However, after seeing your card I saw the stamps classical simplicity once again. Thank you for inspiring me again.
Best wishes.
Paola
By the way I absolutely adore your DVD.

CraftyLoops said...

This is amazing Sue, the sentiment is lovely too. Lee x

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Hmmn.. curious how you got the white edge around the trees? I'll figure it out in a bit!! lol, Lovely card though just scrummy in its simplicity, if that makes sense?

gwen70 said...

Lovely card Sue, been wondering what to do for brother-in-law this month so I think you have solved that problem

Debbie said...

SUE NICE CARD
FROM DEBBIE

craftimamma said...

Oh it definitely sings to me Sue! This is one gorgeous card. I love the elegance of black and white and I do agree the white edging to the black trees does add the dimension needed.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

craftimamma said...

Oh it definitely sings to me Sue! This is one gorgeous card. I love the elegance of black and white and I do agree the white edging to the black trees does add the dimension needed.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

materialgirl said...

Love the card today. It looks as though you have sewn round the edge without thread in the machine. Or did you painstakingly do it by hand?

Purple Crazy said...

a very elegant card, I love it

violetclouds said...

lovely card - still love those tree stamps too! Simple and elegant as ever, also liking the subtle touches - the way the black mat shows through the piercing complementing your white snow.

scrapper said...

Love this card simple idea but brilliantly executed ( as ever) One to save for next year!

Lilnute said...

Its sipmly stunning, Sue,
I love it

love and hugs
Dawn x

Jan said...

How do you do it simple but lovely x

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

A very stunning and elegant card! I absolutely love it.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Lorraine said...

oh wow i am so in need of trees and these are just stunning and i love the monotone colours xx

Carol S. said...

A beautiful and elegant card. Brilliant!! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Becky Dunham said...

This card definitely sings to me! I love the layers and the simple elegance! Just gorgeous :)

Victoria said...

A really lovely sentiment that compliments the trees image. I really like the alternating borders of white and black.

Jane said...

Simple but stunning, love Black & White cards.

Jane xx

lilygee said...

Hello everyone - I've seen very few samples using this die and I love the simplicity of this one - the bird flourish is so lovely that it needs very little added to it - this is a really pretty card Sue - like it a lot. Hope everyone has a good weekend. lol lilygee xxx

Sue H said...

Hi Sue
What lovely trees.....great idea for my christmas cards :D....one can never start too soon you know lol
Sue H. x

KimberleyG said...

Great card; love the fussy cut trees, the layers and the piercing.

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