Friday, 18 May 2012

From Me To You

Morning all!  This card was truly a lark as I looked at the Aster flower topper dies and thought "they look like flames."  As a way to illustrate what I am always going on about (looking at your dies in other ways), I thought I would make the card and use them as flames.  I decided to go for neutral tones and picked five decorative papers to use as candles.  I started with pieces that were about 4 inches wide and of varying lengths.  I wanted the candles to be sturdy enough to survive the plane ride home so that is why I used the size paper I did.  By rolling it in to a candle, it was very dense and rigid.   I cut a large Floral Oval out of milk coloured card, inked with Antique Linen and used as a backdrop for the candles.  I cut one of the largest Aster topper flowers and cut the petals apart to form my flames.  I used a bit of glue on the bottom and inserted them in to the end of my candles.  I used a piece of my old dictionary as a background for the card.  I stamped my simple text on the top and bottom of the card.  I inked a piece of American seam binding with antique linen and tied a double bow.  I spritz it with water and scrunched it for a shabby chic bow and added a button with a piece of twine to finish it off.  A fun and quick birthday card for the guys in our lives I think!  All for now, Sue x

175 comments:

Pam said...

I saw this card on C & C and loved it. You are so clever Sue, I would never have thought of using the flower petals for something like this but it works superbly.

Tina said...

This is amazing, very creative, love the candles

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Hope you are well.
I loved this card when I saw it on C&C, earmarked as one I could do for my Grandsons 8th birthday coming soon.
I love it, so, so inspirational, never in a million years would I have even dreamt of using that die as a "Flame". That`s why you are there and I am sitting here in "Awe" of you talent.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

mell said...

This card is lush!! So different yet lush So many ways of varying with colours! Sue yet again u give us great inspiration xxx

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue where oh where do all your ideas come from I love this card as I do with most of your lovely creations.

Wilma

shampylou30 said...

this is amazing i love the way you use the dies top make completely different shapes sue xxx

lestim said...

Hi Sue, fantastic new techniquees every day what a wonder you are. Best wishes Lesley x

auscrafts said...

very clever idea Sue.so different

debs said...

Morning Sue I loved this card when it was on C&C what I good idea and I love the colours it can be used for male or female. I will have to have ago at this one.
Take Care Sue.

Debs xx

Missmizog said...

Brilliant idea Sue. Only you would have though of this idea.
Sue

Sisters Craft Cafe said...

very very beautiful and creative! they truly look like flames.

~luanne

mags said...

The die works wonderfully for the flames. So very creative and would be great for a male or child card.
Mags
x

joy said...

Morning Sue
Saw this demo on cnc . good use of dies
joyce.e

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, I saw this when it was shown on tv, and thought then what a fab card. seeing it now again jogged my memory that I wanted to try something similar. Thanks for the inspiration. Bx

nmty said...

hi Sue, very clever use of the die, I know I would never have thought of it. Lovely card.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

I remember seeing this one on C&C and thinking what a good idea it was, very different too. Love Jean x

baconbits said...

Hi Sue, it always amazes me how you look at dies and see other things, although i did look at the flower strips and see flames. You have such a talent and you say its easy but it soooooooo isnt, but then thats why you are here to teach us.
TFS
Hugs
|Amanda x

zerena said...

Morning, saw the card on C & C, its a bit of fun. All the best Zerena

englishrose897 said...

Good morning Sue. what a great idea.. Sally

Chris said...

Morning Sue,
What a great card, think of all the children cards and different ages this can be used for, in brighter colours. Love it.

Chris X

Sonia Jones said...

Love the card. Soniax

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Saw this one on TV and thiught wha a great idea. Love it.

Anonymous said...

Not only are you teaching us card design but to see different uses of everyday items. I love your use of the dictionary, your flowers made from that always look fabulous. I hope you are feeling back to normal Sue.Best wishes Mabex

Elizabeth said...

Good morning Sue. This card is genius. What more can you say.
Have a great Friday.
Elizabeth x

Dawny T said...

Thank you thank you, I have so many men in my family and everytime I sit for hours thinking what card can I do for them this time. This one will definately be on my list of ones to do. Must add the astor flower dies to my wish list first though.

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue hope you are feeling better now

I saw this card on C&C and thought it was brilliant then.

I would never have thought have using part of the die as a flame

Sue xxx

hazel said...

Really love this card Sue, love how you have used the aster die as the flames. This is a bit of a different card for you, but i love it. Stunning xx hazel

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
lovely card today as always. As you say great idea for the men. Sadly I don't have these dies so I can't have a go. have a great crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

marg said...

Hello Sue
I really love the way that old Dictionary produces such interesting cards !
I have these dies and use them just for flowers ...but the candles are clever.
LoveMarg

Craftetter said...

Really great card for a male and love the idea you have come up with but with different colours so good for a girl. Really must look out for an old dictionary as you can do so much with it.
Hugs
Elaine xx

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, loved this when I saw it on C&C and now I have the Aster die, I must give it a go...yes, brilliant male card in these tones, hope you are all recovered now!
Carole Z X

Ria said...

Hi Sue
This a a great birthday card and a really excellent example of looking at our dies differently.
It works for me
Ris

guffie said...

saw this one on C&C and thought then brilliant for a mans card
gail xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love this card, going to give it a go for my grandaughter's birthday next year.
Love Tina x

Ruthie said...

How clever, you are bonkers, you know that don't you. This card is just amazing.

Jan.moogie said...

Every day I look forward to seeing your blog as I never know what you will show us next. Today you have surpassed yourself in your ingenuity
Sue, this is definitely one for the hall of fame (or flame). With the Olympic Games coming up imagine what you can do using that flame. Wow Sue you are amazing.x

Joesgrandma said...

Just in time for the Olympic Flame delivery ti us! Great card Sue Thanks.

Victoria said...

I loved this card too when I first saw it. SO CLEVER Sue. You're so inspirational. Hope that you're enjoying your stay in the States. xx

AnneRD said...

A really fun card for birthdays, especially the boys, such clever use of the dies. Anne x

KellysKards said...

What a really clever way to use the dies and the card is great

Becci said...

I love this idea :) You are always thinking outside the box. Another great card and as always I love all the different papers you use. xxx

Clare said...

Great card, the petals work really well as flames.

Clare x

kimberley said...

Saw this on one c &c -thought it was funky then but still will put in my request again- more ideas for nautical dies PLEASE x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
though not at the top of my list it certainly gives a different view of using particular dies.
Thank you for the inspiration.
Janet x

Jane in Spain said...

Very inventive - love it!

Kathy said...

Hi Sue - this really shows off just how creative you are. Who'd have thought 'aster petals, flames'!! Great card... again! Kathy x

Marie-Louise said...

A most unusual card. Great idea.

Gemma Mackintosh said...

wow great card sue so different

jane gray said...

I love this card as it just shows that you dont need to use the dies as they are. Makes you think out of the box.

Keep the ideas coming...

Jane:-)x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
what a clever way to use your dies (other then what they were intended for), you are so clever Sue the way that you come up with these great ideas.
hugs
Sandra (craftynan)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
ma again (senior moment) forgot to say love your card.
hugs
Sandra (craftynan)

Wendy L said...

How unusual and what a great idea, will be good for Christmas cards. xxx

Julia Watts said...

Such a cool card! Love, Julia xxx

Linda said...

Hi Sue, can't say this is one of my favourite cards, but I like your style. Reminds me of the olympic flame. Linda x

Debbie Tinks said...

SUE LIKE THIS CARD DIFFRENT AND THE COLOURS I LIKE.

bhavana said...

Love this card when you showed it on c&c. great flames (or should I say flower!) Thanks for sharing!!

CraftygasheadZo said...

Super card Sue, love the candles, makes a great effect. Zo xx

Carolyn B said...

What a great card....just right for the 'boys'

Carolyn B

nancyd said...

Hi Sue,
Liked this card when seen on C&C
will try it for my grandson I think
as it's his birthday the end of this
month.
Nancyd x

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Lydia Jordan said...

Hi Sue,
This card is fun I think it could be used for all ages.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

hollyberry said...

Love this card it is so different-you never cease to amaze me with how you see and use the dies in very different ways.Thank you for your inspiration.

AnnR said...

I loved this when I first saw it on C&C, I often cut up my motifs to make different things from then, its surprising what you can achieve.
Many thanks

Maid of Kent said...

Good morning Sue,
Like this card a lot, coul d be useful for christmas with different colours and the Olympic games . Lol Ann

Craftychris said...

This one is so creative - as you say, perfect for male cards - I absolutely love it!! xx

Joan said...

Hi Sue, love this card love the candles, hugs Joan xxx

Sandra F said...

Great idea to use the die as a flame. Would make a super card using one as the Olympic Torch for a birthday during the Olympics if the person is interested in the games.

dutchess said...

Sue this is one of those cards that everyone will say "how did you make that" its brilliant! and if that was on my mantle I think it would be the one everyone would pick up and look at it is soo different love it! take care Margaret

nannapat said...

How appropriate Sue - a 'flame' card on the day the Olympic flame arrives in UK!! I would never think of using that die as a flame but then I haven't got your imagination. Pat x

Christine said...

Yet another use for the dies, and a really good card for men who like to keep things simple (so almost all!).
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Lelly Jelly said...

Great for the olympic torch Sue! x

Planetsusie said...

I must admit I am not too keen on this one Sue (a first for me). However, I do love the fact that you have used the aster petals for flames and have shown us how versatile these dies can be. I do feel that this will be a useful idea for crafters making any cards with an Olympic theme though. So even if the card isn't for me, I do love the idea!!!

Hugs Sue Pass xx

bluebell said...

hi sue hope you are fealing better,seem to be having blog trouble,in our area,have looked at your blog but have only been able to comment today. is there any news about what is coming next. thanks for all the lovely cards you do,love bluebell-flowerwood.

evis said...

Hi Sue.

This card is dinky. Ideal for a child when done in different colours.
Evis.

martine said...

hi sue what a great card,so unsual you would'nt think it was made with a flower die lol xxx
martine xxx

Liz Thomson said...

Clever and appropriate as the uk gets handed over the olympic Flame.Already thinking of ways to use this idea on cards and other projects

Liz x

vicky37diddy said...

i remember u doing this on c and c and loved it then hugz vicky

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
I remember seeing this on C&C and thought it was a fab idea. Love the neutral colours and the bow. Would look lovely in bright colours for a kids birthday too.
As always thank you so much for inspiring us even when you were not well just shows your dedication.
Take care love and hugs Rizwana xx

Maggie said...

What a great way to use up bits of papers - it could be scaled down and for a 21st birthday lots and lots of little ones would look amazing. Here we go again, another crafty morning and no housework done. xx

angie said...

i love this candle card i think it would be suitable for any one

Redanne said...

A lark that turned out amazingly well, only you could look at something and come up with this - genious idea! Hope you have a nice weekend. Anne x

sheila said...

Very creative using the inside of flowers for frames, just love how you see so many things in the dies and then bring us your tips.

Heather said...

Hi Sue I saw this on C&C and have made a similar card for my friends little girl on her 3rd birthday. Everybody liked it (I did own up and told them that it was your idea) lol
Hugs x

Sue - said...

Thought this was really clever when I saw it on C&C and still do!!

Anonymous said...

another fab card love it

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
What a fun card. Love 3d and interactive cards. You have done a smashing job. A brill way to use up those scraps of long paper you are always left with in your stash. Would never have thought to use the flower as a flame . Great use for it. I use hearts upside down as a flame. hehe. Another hot tip lol.
Wonderful card brill work.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Sandybee said...

Morning Sue

A very clever card, will no doubt be giving this a go

XX Sandra

Felicie said...

This card is really dtunning.I love it.
Felicie

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue i hope you are fully recovered now ? i think this idea would work on a scrap booking page also ? nice idea.Elaine H X

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Great card, a very different way of using a flower die.
Margaret L

Ann said...

Hi Sue

A real fun card and what a fantastic use of the flower petals as flames I am thinking candles on Christmas cards Birthday's for men etc etc love it....

Hugs Annx

craftylisa said...

i loved this card when i saw it on c&C ,you r so creative sue tat is why i love your blog so much, you inspire me !

hugs lisa x

Fuchsia said...

I dont know about the guys in our lives but I wouldnt mind a card like this its fantastic !

CraftyJo said...

So very inventive - wouldn't this be a great card for a child if done in different, less formal, papers?

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
I liked the idea of this card when it was on cc so copied it as i do with my tweaks as it was for my female friend but the candles had to go flat when i posted it though
Thank you
Lizzie (serial copycat)xoxox

Kate's Cards said...

Love the paper candles. Really pretty papers too!!

Maryann said...

Such a fun card, it looks really cool, and the colors are great too. Awesome workagain Sue.

May said...

Fabulous creation Sue... saw this C&C.. Brillant.. Hugs May x x

elkeartsandcrafts said...

Hi Sue,

This is not one of my favourite cards, although well constructed and original, it just doesn't appeal to me, sorry

Elaine J

Cornish Emma said...

I loved this card when you showed it on C&C and still love it, looks so 3D with the rolled candles, the choice of colour is great but would also look great in any colour theme. Emma

Christine Hussey said...

Hi Sue, this is a brilliant design and would suit anyone, you are a genius! Soooo different but but soooo effective! Hope all is well! Hugs Christine H x

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
Liked this when you did your demo on C&C. yes you are making us think outside the box. I have used your Lattice Accents/Motifs to create a cross for a christening card. So yes I am thinking outside the box!
Best wishes, Bren

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
Love the card, but don't have the flower die.....so plan to use the head of one of the foliage dies instead. I think that will work.
Sonia x
The head of the fern looks good.

SUZYD said...

BRILLIANT CARD.SUZYD X

Jan said...

Good afternoon, really glad you put this on the blog as it really is fun and creative they are really so many ways to use the dies,. Remember a Die is not just for Christmas sit's for life! Happy crafting!

franzesjoi said...

i love the style!!! fabulous card!!!!!

Nikbee said...

This is a gorgeous card. I love the flames - such a wonderful way to use the dies.
Nikki x

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
I mst have ago at making this card it's fantastic and a great mans card too.
Carol x

Anthea said...

Hi Sue, just dont know how you do it so clever wit the alternate use of dies. Hugs xx

salem said...

love this card be good for xmas too , what about some cards with the teacup dies

Cazann49 said...

Hi Sue, this is such a great way of using your dies to the full!! Love the muted colours and the whole card..and of course your inspiration..:)..Enjoy your day...xx

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

Oh my goodness I love this card!! You are SO clever!

SusanneJ said...

I saw this on C&C and loved it and i've actually made it for my uncles birthday and he loved it!!! You inspire me so much to think of other things to do with my dies

Kazbomps said...

Hi Sue. I wish I had half of your imagination. I love the way you make such different ideas from one die. Great card. Karen x

Kazbomps said...

Hi Sue. I wish I had half of your imagination. I love the way you make such different ideas from one die. Great card. Karen x

Wendy said...

Great, innovative card, Sue! I would love this as a wall hanging actually. As someone else has commented, it's quite reminiscent of the Olympic torch - very timely!

Debby Berry said...

Very fun... nice job!!!! Happy Friday and greetings from rainy England....

Vanessa said...

I saw this on C&C and thought then that it was amazing. I love the way you manage to see so mant different ways to use the dies
Vanessay

Su said...

Saw this on C&C - thought it was good then, but even better in close up!

Soop (Su) x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
This would make a nice 'age' birthday card for a younger person as well (the number of candles could denote the age)- love the bow.
Best wishes
Beverley W

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,
What a great idea.
A very different look and I love it!
Joan B.

Cinders said...

Hi Sue,
Loved this card when I saw it on C&C, Would never have thought of them as flames. Your so inspirational, keep the ideas comming!
Best wishes
Caz xxx

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

Hi Sue,
how are you doing today, feeling stronger I hope?!
This is a fun card, one the grandchildren would love for sure. They would be trying to blow the candles out bless them (they are all under 5).
Hope your mum is well and you are having some lovely weather to cheer you through your recovery (why does that word always make it sound like you were in hospital or at deaths door?..lol) Anyway, you know what I mean. Lots love Linda x

Linda said...

I love the backing paper and the candles look fabulous! I have had a play with my blossoms and made a card in Black and White using only spellbinder dies and M-Bossibilities and the blossom die to make the flowers they looked really effect. I hope you are feeling much better and you mum is well too. Take care Hugs Linda xxxx

Jane said...

Very Inventive ,you have a good eye some of the ideas you come up with are amazing.

Jane xx

gwen70 said...

This is brilliant Sue, really don't know where you get your ideas from

Marlou McAlees said...

oh wow!! im sure this took ages to create Sue, fabulous :) ♥

Carol S. said...

Hi sue, Only you could come up with this one!! Great card though. hugs, Carol S.xx

lainey said...

inspirational Sue!! love the colours lainey x

liz spooner said...

This card always makes me smile when I see it Sue. Liz S.x

Vie Carter said...

caught this card on c&c
Loved the dictionary background and great use of dies

Vie
x

crafty cassy said...

Hi Sue, Truly unusual card, but great fun. will definitely try this one.

Inagh said...

Hi Sue
Hope you are well Iagree with you a great card for the Men in our lives
No 1 Grandsons Birthday Card
Thank you so much for another one of your creative cards you are so talented
Regards
Inagh X

crafty lady said...

Hi Sue what a bril card don't know how you come up with the designs,suits all ages Fiona xxx

Shazza said...

such a genius use of the Aster, great card x

Lucy said...

I love the combo of the neutral background and papers for the candles. You certainly see the dies in a lot different "light" than I do. ;-)

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue,
A really fun card, loved it when I saw it on C&C, agree with other followers very appropriate use of the flames as the Olympic torch arrives in the UK. The dictionary background is very effective and the bow is scrummy. Thank you for your inspiratiion. Have a lovely day with your Mum.
Hugs June xx

boxermum said...

Hi Sue

Card is fab - out of your comfort zone - love it.

Granny Ado said...

If I was really interested in the olympics........
Love the card and the idea.....birthday candles.

Barbara said...

Fabulous, love it. Great for all ages, male and female.

Rosemarie said...

Hi Sue, Saw this one on C & C and thought it was great. It makes a very good man's card which is an area I always struggle with.

Love Rosemarie xx

yorkshiresue said...

Such an unusual way of using the dies
It really works and looks good
Hugs
Sue XXX

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Oh WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW Talk about thinking outside the box! What a brilliant idea to use the die in this way. Love it :0)

jordiegirl said...

Great idea Sue.

I just cut one of my border dies yesterday and discovered that the waste looks like a row of houses! Will use it on a card in the future.

It's good to see something else in the dies.

sued99 said...

What a great idea!

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

What a clever idea! I love it!

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

magpie said...

Remembered this one from c&c Sue & thought it was a very clever way of using the aster die toppers for the flames. A great thought from outside the box which worked brilliantly! Like this one as it's very clever & like you say one for the men & fun! Lovely! love karen xx

Ladock girl said...

Great card, for anyone in different colour schemes. Love Linda xxx

lynda said...

Hi Sue you are so clever the flower petal's do really look like flames
so effective& such inspirational.
Hope you are feeling better.
thanks Lynda

Hellma said...

A stunning novel card.

janw said...

Remember admiring this on c&c. Really,impressive. Xx

Sonia said...

Wow unusual great card:)
Beautiful work!
Sonia

aggieosborne1104 said...

Excellent!!! Finally it's here...I saw this on C&C and thought when I will be seeing it on the blog and finally, it's here! One of my favourite card, next to the daisies! Thanks for putting it on the blog for another inspiration for all of us. Hope you're a lot better, take care and have a nice day! ^;^ Aggie xxx

sue said...

Hi Sue,

Lovely card, lots of fun.
Hugs Sue M xx

happy2craft said...

Hi Sue,
Hope you are well now and enjoying your days at home.
It was funny when I logged into your blog and saw the card tonight, because I have just come home from visiting my sister, as I gave a card to her husband for his birthday tomorrow. It is the same card, I copied your design, but my candles were made from bank notes, which I thought was a fun idea!!
I loved the card on the shows, so thank you for the great inspiration you share with us.
Happy2craft

Kathryn said...

Hi
What a fabby idea where do you pull them from :) xxx

Kath xx

brenda said...

Loved this card when I saw it on C&C, a fab way to use the dies. Xx

sheila stokes said...

A beautiful card Sue, you are so creative, love the candles. x

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
Hope you are feeling good today.
This is such a fun card and I love the colours. I see it as a great guy's (or gal's) valentine or birthday card - maybe with the sentiment "You light up my life" ? !!
Sue x

Helen O said...

How fabulous, love the idea and the colouring. Ive just watched the news and saw the olymic torch ariving, how coincidental, it would look great in red white and blue with uk flag in back ground, Helen O xxx

Erica said...

Great card Sue.
Love the idea of using the petals as flames.
Olympic torch, bonfire night........?

nikkib said...

Great way to use the die Suem wouldnt have thought of using it that way..... loved it when I saw in on C&C. How you feeling now? hope you're on the road to recovery x

michele said...

this makes me think of the Olympic flame,very apt.

CathyinMN said...

Very fun and very different! Great idea!

Rufus said...

How right you are, looks just like a flame! You could make Olympic torch cards!!
R/

cebelica said...

Such a unique design. Beautiful card! Hugs! xx

Moni said...

This card is great. Hugs,moni

Buttons said...

Loved this when I saw it on C&C - such an imaginative use of the dies.
Hugs, Buttons x

Karen said...

Love this. I have made something similiar for my brothers birthday. Would never have thought of the idea myself xx

scrapper said...

What a great idea Sue - love that die anyway so a great new idea for using it

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, What fun. With Love & Light Theresa. H

Lara B said...

Good evening Sue
what a great, fun card! You're so right it's a cracking card for the guys!

I couldn't view this yesterday as I had no internet connection, I was having withdrawal symptoms!!!

Hope all is well with you
Lara xxx

Ali W said...

Brilliant idea as always, so effective, you do stretch the imagination with the dies and light my fire (lol) to get crafting! Take care Alison :)

Cassieajh said...

Hi Sue

Very apt at the moment it could be altered slightlty to become the Olympic Torch! Love it.

DaileyScrapper said...

I found your card on pintrest and I have to tell you I love it! I'm about to make one now lol. Thank you so much for the inspiration
Yvette