Thursday, 2 February 2012

Floral Doily Fun


Hi guys,  this card was one of those cards where I had a clear idea in my head of what I wanted it to look like, but it just wasn't falling in to place!  I have about a three hour time limit before I just have to set a card aside and walk away!  This sat on my table in the corner for about two weeks before I finally picked it back up and finished it.  I loved the lacing on the borders because that is so my style and taste, but the rest of the card didn't sing to me.  I finally finished it and still wasn't completely happy with it, but I saw the problem.  It was several months back but I did demo this card on C & C, but I am not sure if you recall it, but I did the demo with the card in purples and lavender instead of the brown tones used here.  It made all the difference for me in those colours!  The only problem is that I did not get a chance to photograph that card before they sent it off to the person whose email I picked!  So picture this card done in purple tones with a white background as it works so much better that way!  The border was done with two of the floral doily borders and the vintage ribbon was used to lace between them.  The background was embossed using the floral embossing folder.  The focal element used the beaded square die template in the background.   Then it was layered up using the floral doily motifs in two colours (one was cut in half and used as a shadow) then a smaller beaded square and the sentiment was stamped and cut out with the floral doily accent piece.  I finished the card with a couple of floral doily corner pieces to fill in as accents.  Change the sentiment or the colours and the card can be used for a number of other occasions!  Hope you like it.    All for now, Sue x

116 comments:

Pinky said...

You really are prompt with your posts...maybe someone else cant sleep!! Anyway the laced ribbon on this card does it for me. Really classy! x

Sonia said...

Good morning Sue, i have to agree, the card would look better in lavender tones but it looks fine as it is. You are far too harsh on yourself! It is interesting that you set yourself a time limit - its a good idea.
Blessings
Sonia - St Helens

Kazbomps said...

I like the card but I am not a lover of brown and black together so I agree that it would look better in a different colour. Karen x

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
I love this card. I imagine it would look good in any colour.
Sue

Crafty mop said...

Lovely just like a bar of chocolate ....yummy x

Maggie said...

I really like this card the colours work for me also like the ribben effect can see it in other colour combos and it would work for most occassions...you are too hard on yourself sometimes Sue lol!

Maggie

Vicki Sharkey said...

I like it Sue, it works for me. I think it would have been Ok for my dad's birthday yesterday even though it has ribbon on it.
Vicki

Jan said...

Must admit that I saw the one on c&c and prefer those colours, but the card is a work of art. One that people like me will use as an idea's pad and go on to make their own. Thanks Sue for all your inspiration. x

Elizabeth said...

Good morning, yes this card is so your style Sue, love it. May be the person who received your demo card will read this and send you a picture!!!
Have a nice day.
Elizabeth x

ang said...

I like it , I love the way you are really bold with colour, and appreaciate you telling us when you are not happy with a card ang

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
love the shadow effect. Yes cream and brown looks great and I did like the lilac one too. Plaited ribbon i adore. seem to have a soft spot for it.
If this card was a bar of chocolate i don't think it would be there long lol and you would make a fortune hehe
Born again spellbinder
Nadine x hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Lynnus said...

I like the colours but maybe more of a man's card? Keep up the posts, they are keepings us all inspired x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, lovely card but I also agree that it would look better in lavender or another colour. I love the laced ribbon, keep meaning to try this, it makes the card!

Star said...

Hi Sue, Yes I liked the purple one better, but as someone else said this would be ideal for a man.

Julia Watts said...

Actually, I really like the colours on this one! Love, Julia xxx

Anonymous said...

Any colour would be lovely it's such a nice design

She x

Hellma said...

Sue the card is lovely, i would agree that purples would look better but only because thats my fave and i think any card would look better in those tones.

bhavana said...

I do remember the demo!! Love the new colours too, love chocolate colours!! Thank you for sharing again!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,very elabarate card, love it especially the laced ribbon on the card. Would not normally like black and brown together but they do seem to work. All the best Suzie B x

nattyboots said...

Aww Sue you are your own worse critic, this card in any colour will look good, love the shadows and the ribbon. Elaine H.x

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue, once again a fabbbbbb card. I believe I saw your other colour on c and c, but they don't show your creations long enough for us to have a good look at. But thanks to your blog we all have the pleasure of having a good look and recreating your fantastic style. I love the dies used. Mmm another to go on my list.
Lots of love. Jenny L

Pam Swadling said...

Good morning Sue, totally agree that lavender tones would give this card a different look and feel. But it's good to try different colour ways.

Bee and Dee said...

Interesting colour combo Hugs Bee

Clare said...

I think the card would look better in purple tones too rather than the brown. Love the layout tho.

Clare x

Maryann said...

I totally agree about the colors too, and I´m also sure, it would look awesome in some yellow tones or blue or even pink instead of the brown. But I´m totally thrilled about the laced border too no matter what colors are used, that´s a really awesome detail with the beautiful doilies here.

SandraRiley.... said...

Amazing the difference a clolour change can make! Its still a very Sue card!
Huge hugs
Sandra x

Sandra F said...

Lovely card Sue. The laced ribbon I think is gorgeous.

Uta said...

Your card is awesome. I love this ribbon idea and how you layered the doilies.

Hugs, Uta

Lydia Jordan said...

Hi Sue,
I think the colours are nice would suit anybody and I can see it working in other colour combinations.
Lydia
XX

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, lavender colours would give the card a totally different look, but I think this colour scheme works really well...working from home today & just heard on C&C that poor presenter Genevieve is having to do a Spellbinders show all on her own today, "wish you were here" :) hugs, Carole Z xx

Patricia said...

I like!!! this card Sue,
Not really my colours but I can see this in many other combinations.
I just love doing that laced ribbon, takes time but boy! is it worth it.
I think you are rather hard on yourself sometimes you are a true artist.
Keep up the great work
Hugs

Patricia

Heather said...

Hi Sue I love this card it looks very nice. it would look good in lots of colours. I love the way you have laced the ribbon and mixed the dies, since following your blog I mix my dies and I am pleased with the results.

Jenny, said...

Another fab card, always love the ribbon details.

Sue Yorkshire said...

Sue you are too self critical, its a wonderful card
xxx

sandra(misty) said...

Great card again how you you keep coming up with different cards

Marie-Louise said...

I saw the one you did on C&C and it was a lovely card but this is also a lovely card.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. I love this card, especially the way it shows off the embossed background. I remember spending many an hour with a template and light box to create an embossed background & having this as the main feature. I feel we sometimes take for granted what our die-cutting machines can do at speed & cover up the beauty of the embossing, using it more for texture. I do. Thanks for the reminder. With Love and Light Theresa. H

dutchess said...

Hi Sue so clever that ribbon lacing.....looks marvelous, I like the tones on this card ....lovely take care Margaret

Redanne said...

You are too hard on yourself, you may thing it looks better in purple tones but this one would be great for a man. Love, love, love the ribbon plaiting.

Linda said...

Hi Sue, I like it, makes me want a Latte though! Linda x

Debbie Tinks said...

nice card sue keep up the good work

marg said...

Hello Sue
You are too critical of your own work
I saw it in purple and it was lovely
I still have not used the lace ribbon technique but now that you have prompted me !
LoveMarg

occasionali said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card in just my favourite colours. Used your Monday card as a template for an Anniversary card I made yesterday. Everyone thinks I am so clever lol. No, its just Sue Wilson and Spellbinders - thanks both.

Erica said...

this is a lovely card!

AnneRD said...

Hi Sue. What I love about your blog is that you fully describe the design process for creating your cards. I happen to like the design and the colours, the lacing giving it the finishing touch. Keep giving us the inspiration, we can then go mad trying out lots of our own favourite colour combinations! Anne x

Elaine said...

I love the floral embossing folder,I have that and I must use it more often.
The muted colours are nice Sue . We all love your work, so dont be so critical of the colours you choose, you inspire us all, we admire , copy and tweek your ideas, then put our own little stamp on our cards. Sue its just "Magic" that you give us daily inspiration like this, so that we dont craft alone, we craft along with friends .Thank you
Hugs Elaine.W

Fiona said...

I agree - different colours definitely change the look.

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, I can picture this card in purple, which would give it the wow factor. Having said that, it has a quiet classiness about it. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Jan said...

Gorgeous card Sue xx jan

Ruthie said...

I get stuck (quite often) in lavender and pink mode. I find it difficult to get out of sometimes and as I make cards to sell for charity I try to remember not everbody has my 'good' taste, lol. So I think the card would be loved by someone who loves those tones. Love the ribbon work.

Janet said...

mmmmm, not too sure about this one! As you say in a different colour it would look totally different.

Rosietoes said...

I really like the colours you have used in this sample Sue. The laced ribbon is a wonderful embellishment. Must give that a go!

I like your idea of a time limit that's another thing I need to do.

Edna x

Ann said...

Hi Sue I agree lavender may look better - I only give a card about 2 hours before I give up on it! You have more patience than I do. x

Dawn Louise said...

I actually like the colours, something different and they do go together well, a change is good, even if it does take longer to think about how it'll go together x

Ayelet said...

It's a great card also in those colors. Very elegant. I love the ribbon!

Claveh said...

Lovely Sue, I love the colours and the background mask looks beautiful with this style of card.
What a gorgous "Thank You" card.
Great work Sue!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (they say) and I think it's beautiful. Yes it would look good in other colours but what the heck, you've given us the ideas what more can we ask for.

Carol at Henlow

elkeartsandcrafts said...

Purple is my favourite colour, but I like this too. I see nothing wrong in these colours,a nd it is a little different.
I too, sometimes cannot get a card as I want it, then a light goes on and it works. Other times, I just give up.

Elaine J xxx

gwendraeth said...

I like the card in these colours, but would work equally well in other combis, you are so inventive
Gwenda

lilygee said...

Perhaps because the colours are contrastive they lead the eye away from the lovely ribbon weaving in soft brown. This card probably needs to made tonally and that's why the purple and lavender tones work better - really love that ribbon weaving Sue. thanks for sharing it with us.
lots of love from lilygee xxx

jan said...

hi sue, I love the ribbon lacing down the side of this card, I remember your demo on C & C but to be honest I love it in both colours.
love jan x

Carolyn said...

Hi Sue,love the card.I am a pastel person usually,but really like this colour combo.Keep up the good work,you allways make such stunning cards.You are one clever lady,x

Hanneke said...

Wow, love the lacing! The colors are wonderful and I love all the dies you used. Hugs, Hanneke

rosemarie said...

Hi Sue, i rather like these colours, they work for me and the lacing is lovely I must try that. Hope you are still enjoying your stay in the US.

Love

Rosemarie xx

Maid of Kent said...

This is really a lovely card, good for a man, and man cards are not the easiest to find or make. Lol Ann

fluffycat said...

I like this card just as it is. I remember the demo and agree that this card would look great in almost any colour combination. Must try the ribbon weaving along with all the other ideas you have given me. Made my first ribbon roses the other day following your tutorial and am pleased with the results. Thank-you.
Frances

gwen70 said...

I like the card Sue , other colourways would be nice but this is gorgeous especially the ribbon

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue , i agree with you this card would look entirely different done in another colour, still like it and love the ribbon weave too. Yvonne xx

Tracy Heaton said...

I don't really remember the lavender one, but this one is lovely. I love the lacing especially.
Tracy x

Anonymous said...

I like these colours sue, but agree possibly softer shades would be even nicer.

Edwina

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Sue. I really like the ribbon weaving, something I would like to try. I am with you though, I think the mauves/lavenders would appeal to me more. Thanks Ann W

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
Love this one. I did see the demo in purple tone and still have it on my HDD recorder so had another look at it and i prefer these brown tone colours just that little bit more.
Lizzie (Serial copycat)xx

Victoria said...

I really like this in the browns. I forget to use browns as a focal colour in their own right. So many points of interest in the card,but esp the embossing. It's gorgeous!

May said...

I love browns so the card is a winner with me, love the ribbon, Hugs May x x x x

eileen.fj said...

Hi Sue
Love the design of the card and the lavender would be better for me.
Eileen x

melanie said...

Stunning card Sue .Melanie

Pearl said...

Lovely card! Like how the patterns of the die cuts, border punches and embossed background go so well together even though they are all different.
Love Pearl x

joy said...

Hi Sue
I like the card in brown tones [ it sings to me]
I can picture it in purple to.
great work.
joyce e

lainey said...

Yes Sue I remember that card you did, the other colours make the card pop more, I must remember that shadow technique!! got a bunch of dies now and must learn to look at them like you do!! lainey x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Ok so I have put my purple glasses on and you are right it makes this card really beautiful, I am trying to see it in black and white as I think that would also work?
Ria

lorraine (classylady) said...

Oh Sue I love this card, love the twisted plaited ribbon and the layers. Watched Hels on C & C this morning, she was very good, klove everything she makes, like you she makes it seem possible for us to do. Cant wait for you to be back on

lorraine
xxxx

Olga said...

Nice idea with the ribbon!

Susan Flynn said...

I love the effect of the different type of mats behind the sentiment! x

mags said...

Love the design and layout of the card. The laced ribbon is gorgeous. Think a different colourway would be better for me. But a great card.
Mags
x

Sue J said...

Love the laced ribbon, gives the card a new dimension. :)

hazel said...

Hi Sue love the lacing down the side with the borders. xxhazel

Lorraine said...

oh wow love this ive never put brown and black together but omg i so should have done by now it looks fab xx

Ita said...

Hi Sue, this card is fine but I know what you mean,some coulours just do not sing to us no matter how we try,do not be so hard on yourself,it is a lovely card
Ita

Lynne M said...

Hi Sue,I think that we are our own worst critics, I love the colour combination and can see that it would work for many occasions. The plaited ribbon is great and now I have another die set to purchase, hope you've got broad shoulders Sue, as I tell my husband its your fault that I have to buy different dies otherwise how would I hope to achieve anything like you create LOL Lynne M x x x

Jane said...

I like the colours just the way it is I have the dies so I can have a go at this one

Jane xx

Wendy said...

Hi great card yet again. I've just made my first totally Sue inspired card and put it on my blog. Link below if you would like to have a look.

http://wendyandbenny.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentines-day.html

Regards Wendy

Lindyloo said...

Hi Sue,
well this has confused me alittle today as you've said you don't like this card. Maybe I am not reading it right, but I think this is a lovely card. Do you think maybe you would have liked it more if you had used a soft ivory instead of the stark white? I am the complete opposite to some of your other followers, I love chocolate browns and black together. It is how you use them and what you use with them that makes the difference I find. I have created some of my best cards with this combo and sometimes just adding the tiniest hint of ivory, soft beigh and even candyfloss pink can completely change the look.
The only thing I would add to your card is some of your pearlised pva dots to center of flower corners and onto the corners of the beaded squares, but other than that I like it very much. I especially like your 'shadowing' by cutting another diecut in half. That technique you taught us is so useful and very effective, thank you.
Hope all is going well in LA and you have been able to get together with your daughter.
Take care of yourself. Regards Linda x

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue,
You are too hard on yourself, I have not used brown and black together, I am usually in pastel mode, but I have got more adventurous since reading your blog. This card is gorgeous, love the plaited ribbon, will have to have a try at doing it. Enjoy your day.
Hugs, June x

Clai01 said...

I love the laced ribbon too!

CraftyJo said...

I like it in these colours - and I'm sure it was beautiful in the purples too :)

Barbara said...

The pleated border is lovely and really adds to the card. Havent been brave enough to try this yet!

happy2craft said...

Hi Sue,
I like this card, and I can visualise it in all colours, and still like it, the floral motifs and accents make it a very pretty card.
Best Wishes
Happy2craft

Helen O said...

Hi Sue, its a lovely design, and would look good an array of colours for various occasions. I do agree with you regarding brown, I find it is a difficult colour to work with, it can look awesome one time and very drab the next time, I think it depends on the tone and the colours you match it with, I have to say I get it wrong quite alot!! lol Thank you Helen O xxx

PS when are you on c&c next, dont want to miss your shows xxx

jemet said...

Hi Sue

Loving the way you plaited ribbon,
I love the floral doilys, another one I have yet to use, but I'm getting there.

Jean

CathyinMN said...

I really like it. I love the ribbon laced between the borders. Another lovely card!

Shelley said...

Lovely card, love the laced ribbon. x

sheila said...

the way you use ribbons on your cards is one of the things that mak them unique. I studied this card for a while wondering what could possibly be the reason it didn't work, I just wondered if the white was a little stark for the black and browns and changing it to a beige may work.

lockedinmycraftroom said...

Hi Sue, I love the lacing on this card and I think the colour combination is nice for a change.
Chris x

Yvonne said...

Hi sue. I like te card ad am ok with the colour but think in other colors it would bring it to life. Maybe pinks and browns or pistasio and brown. But i still like it. Don't be so rough on yourself I love most of your cards. When are you on c&c I'm going to CA on 14th andvneed goest timer orvgetvmy neighbor to come in a set record... Yvonne

CraftyLoops said...

This is absolutely beautiful Sue. Really elegant. Lee x

Teresa - Nottingham said...

Love all your cards Sue. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who gets "crafters block" - can't count the number of times I've started cards only to put them aside and finished them days,weeks or even months later. You are a true inspiration

Teresa - Nottingham said...

P.S. Love what you've done with the ribbon - will have to try this. Love Teresa
P.P.s THIS IS MY VERY FIRST BLOG - Couldn't figure out how to leave the message before (am I dim or what). Hope i'm in with a chance of wininning a prize

Cazann49 said...

Love the browns! Gorgeous card as ever Sue!...:)..xxxxx

Vie Carter said...

My style of card great!

Vie
x

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue, I think I would have added a touch of tattered rose to the white background - but that's probably because I love pink and brown together anyway. I smiled when I read about it sitting on the corner of the table as I often have one or more cards sitting waiting for my final decisions - I find if I glance at them each time I pass I will suddenly see what needs changing - and occasionally they almost need dusting by the time that happens! But so far I don't think I have ever completely given up on a card, they are all my children. Sue x

Su said...

Like the design but not the colours for me.... a true purple girl at heart... always have been and always will be - lol! I did see the 'lilacs' version and loved it, but this colourway would be fine for a male recipient. Very elegant tho'.

Lorraine H said...

I love the colour combo but agree that it would work well with other combinations. Lorraine x

Eileen said...

Hmmm....I think I would like it in lavender tones but can appreciate the work that went into it so thank you for another inspiring card. Sometimes we can be our own worst critics so don't be too hard on yourself - you are an inspiration to us all here!
hugs
Eileen (Edinburgh)

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

Love the ribbon, the embossing and all the great die-cuts! I have this one, I need to be more creative!

PaulineC said...

The way you have used the ribbon is great. Love the whole card.

miislucky said...

Love the ribbon in this. Very pretty! Mimi