Sunday, 8 July 2012

Be Merry

 Good Sunday morning to all!  I have said it before, but I just love this poinsettia!  I think it is probably more to do with my past life as a sales rep for a wholesale plant nursery (17 years of it!)  Every year I sold poinsettias to the local chain stores in California.  I just love all the variety of poinsettias.  They aren't just red, they come in pink and speckled (called Jingle Bells) and they are also sold as "white", which are actually more along the colour seen here, rather than white.  A definite variety for any holiday colour scheme though.  I decided to do an all "milk" coloured card using my favourite Christmas die template.  I began with my background by inking the embossing folder (called constellation) with Antique Linen distress ink on the negative side.  I carefully put my card in on the other side and folded the folder closed and ran it through the GC for a letterpress effect.  This transfers the ink to your embossed background.  It always is a bit splotchy, but I like the way it instantly gives a vintage feel to the background.  I scored a line at the bottom of my embossing and began scoring small lines vertically across the unembossed bottom of the background piece.  I cut out three poinsettias, two with three stacked sizes and the one in the middle had four stacked pieces.  Each piece was inked with Antique Linen before removing it from the die.  I used Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue in the centre to put the flowers together.  I added flatback pearls to the centres of all of them.  I stamped my sentiment with a clear perfect medium pad and embossed with gold powder.  Using one of the small tags from the Vintage Lace Accents,  I cut it out, inked it with Antique Linen and mounted it with foam in the lower corner of my card.  As usual, I pierced the edges to finish it off.  Are you in the mood yet??  All for now, Sue x

166 comments:

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
Less is more card. I love it. Getting well in the mood for Christmas.

Born again spellbinder
Nadine hug xxx
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Jan.moogie said...

Stunning absolutely stunning Sue. x

HiggiSue said...

Gosh Sue, this is simply gorgeous. I just wish my piercing looked as neat as yours! it finishes this card off lovely too and no bow! Lol.
Hugs Sue H

melanie said...

Stunning card must get this folder .Melanie

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Yes another 'less is more' card, really like this look of the last two cards, the Poinsettia is a beautiful die, if and when I start my Xmas cards, I think this will be the style I shall follow, lol, oh and the Holiday Tree, that is a stunning die, negative bit aswell, lol. Have a great day everyone.
Happy2craft

Pam said...

Lovely Christmas card Sue. I too love the poinsettia die.

Linda said...

Very beautiful
hugs Linda

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
and good Sunday morning to you to. Really fabbbbbb
card just love that embossing folder, and the dies of course. What no bow. LOL. Have a great crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, just bought the poinsettia dies and had a play last night and guess what made some flowers just like these. The distressed ink certainly adds to the poinsettias and leaves. Love this and will be trying this card today.

Thanks Sue

auscrafts said...

Sue this Stunning, absolutely stunning

guffie said...

Good morning Sue
hope your not too jet lagged and all is going well... love the card these dies are so useful and make such quick and beautiful cards love them xx gail

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
WOW another georgeous card I just love it. I was making pointsettias just yesterday I used white vellum and spun sugar distress ink and am quite pleased with the result not up to yours Sue but I am working towards!!!
have a good day, love Bren

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue - it's so wet and cold here for July starting Christmas cards seems OK as its more autumnal weather than summer! Love this card - going to have a try at this one next week. It looks classy me thinks!
Rgs
ClareW

Patricia said...

Good Sunday Morning Sue,
What a "stunning" card I love this die, used it with coloured card to make pretty flowers all year round.
Have a Great Day

Patricia x

gandi said...

Simle but really beautiful!!!

Clai01 said...

Delightful card just love it, the piercing is fantastic. I don't mind seeing all the christmas cards as it provides ideas.

nattyboots said...

Well Sue, this is a must get die for me , so to the top of my list it goes,this card is beautiful ,

I didnt know you could get different colour variety of poinsettia , you learn something every day eh

Elaine H X

Heather said...

Good morning Sue this card is simply gorgeous, I didn't think you could improve on yesterday's card but you certainly have. I too love the poinsettia die I have a few and this one is the best. I also love the new christmas tree die guess which ones I will be using this year? Lol I love the way you have embossed the lines at the base of the card another idea for me to copy,
Hugs x

baconbits said...

Morning What a simple Christmas card- but looks elegant andchic, it would grace any fireplace.
Will be starting Christmas soon as schools breaking up.Yippee.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Just love this design, will give these colours ago, my Mum has a 'white' and red poinsettia from last christmas and they are still going strong got new shoots,never had them last this long before.
Happy crafting everyone.
Tina x

Val in Spain xxx said...

Good Morning. Really clean, understated card and I really, really love it. Every card of yours I see I plan to be my Christmas card theme but this is definitely the one I shall use. I have the poinsetta die and did use it last Christmas but I only thought of doing it in red. Milk colour is totally alien to me but very effective.

Lin W said...

this could be my xmas cards sorted for this year.thanks sue
xxx

Heather said...

Morning Sue!

This card is exquisite so cool and fresh looking! I love it!

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
You really can't keep getting better? Can you? Well wherever that inspiration is coming from......keep it coming!
A really gorgeous card....stunning.
Sonia x

Carole Z said...

an absolutely stung, elegant card Sue...I'm with you, the poinsettia remains my very favourite of the Christmas dies! Carole Z X

Victoria said...

Always in a good mood when I visit your blog Sue! Today's card is stunning in its simplicity. Love the background with the letterpress effect. So clever.

Victoria said...

Always in a good mood when I visit your blog Sue! Today's card is stunning in its simplicity. Love the background with the letterpress effect. So clever.

Marion said...

Hi Sue love this card. i have the poinsettia die and really like it too.
Marion

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Love this card, love the letterpress effect, I have still to try this yet, but I love the effect it gives. The scored lines at the bottom look so effective, I would never have thought to do that. Poinsettia's they are beautiful and I love them with the antique linen, they are beautiful. No 'bow' again Sue, please bring back the 'bow' haha !! Beautiful card Sue. Lots of love from Patricia xx PS Give my love to Tim Holtz, love his products, you lucky lady ha ha !! xx

Sandybee said...

Another simple but very elegant card Sue. Another folder for my wish list

xx Sandra

mags said...

Hi Sue. A simple card but very elegant and classy. Love the poinsettia die.
Mags
x

debs said...

Morning Sue another stunning card its so elegant card its beautiful.
Take Care Sue

Debs artliff

Janice K said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful, elegant card which proves that using a single colour gives a very classy look. Love the embossing folder. x

Lydia Jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Super duper card love the simplicity of it, so elegant.
Have a good day everyone.

Lydia
X

Jan said...

Absoluately love the whole concept a definite must do!

joy said...

Hi Sue
Love this card its fantastic .
must try ir bet it won't look any thing like yours lol
joyce.e

Carol H said...

Wow so simple yet so stunning - just love the poinsettia dies.

lestim said...

Hi Sue, "I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas" ? Just perfect. Best wishes, Lesley x

Maryann said...

Another gorgeous card here Sue. It´s sooo beautiful, and I totally agree about the poinsettia, it´s a really wonderful flower and I also just loves it. Here we can also get them in all kins of colors, but I admit, it has to be the red one, to be right for me.

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning sue.

Think this card is my favourite out of all the cards you have made. I absolutely adore it and would like to use the design for my Christmas cards if that's ok with you. I just adore the simplicity of it

Sue xxxx

Rose in Chester said...

This is such a lovely card...
I can just see it, I shall have to make some more Xmas cards....

Bosquie said...

Love the poinsettia dye. One of my favourites too. Brilliant card.XX

Lucy said...

I think this is one I could actually replicate, if I had the dies. I'm sure I could use a different EF and make some flowers. It's lovely. I like the letterpress technique, too, as well as the extra touches with the embossed lines and the paper piercing. It's a CAS for you, right? ;-)

Wendy L said...

Yours ideas are amazing -- gorgeous. xxx

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, love this card and the simplicity, makes it very effective. Bx

barbiepinkfairy said...

I love this card, I have the poinsettia dies which I LOVE so got to give this one a go.

Anneecan said...

Morning sue. I just love this card. Very effective.
Best wishes
Anne

Karen said...

Love this die, may have to start on those Christmas cards soon xx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue - it's a warm but dull morning here in Burgundy at present. I love the emboss folder - has got to be one to buy for my collection. Again a very peaceful card - not too busy.
Janet x

marg said...

Good Morning Sue
I love the embossed lines so elegant
The Poinsettia with the White Bracts are beautiful especially with the pearls. A really Special card Sue !
LoveMarg

Carolyn B said...

What a beautiful card. I have the embossing folder but not the dies, so I guess these are on the 'list' I've made a start on my Christmas cards....a whole 1 so far, still it's a start!
Carolyn B

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
Yes I'm definitely in Christmas mode.
This card is gorgeous; simple but effective.
Love the poinsettia. l can see why you love it so. Glad to say I have this die and will surely make good use of it this Christmastide.
Erica x

nannapat said...

Another sensational card Sue. Love the embossing folder, that's another one to put on my list. Pat x

Julia Watts said...

Very elegant. Just love that die set. Julia xxx

evis said...

Hi Sue.

I love the simplicity of the card. It is really lovely.
Keep the Christmas cards coming.

Evis.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue,

This is reaslly ellegant, at this rate we will have all our Christmas cards done by August !!!

Love Rosemarie xx

Lacelady said...

Ooooh, I'm in the mood! This one is soooo 'less is more' it's stunning. I really will have to get some of that Milk card.

Celina Dee said...

Beautiful and really classy. I love my milk card and the other colours that came in the pack but I see I'll have to get more!!
Hope you are having a really good day.
Waterford - Ireland

Mac Mable said...

Love this card and all in the same milk colour. Waiting for my poinsettia die to come and can't wait to get started. Good idea about scoring lines vertically. Sometimes it's the less is more and basic ideas are the best and in this case it's true! x Beverley

Marleine said...

Hiya.
Really love this card. Poinsettia die is one of my favourites. Enjoy your stay in the USA. X

lindyloo12 said...

Sue this card is just sooooooo beautiful, I love love love it, the sentimentdie looks like a little cracker too which addsto the christmassy feel. All your christmas cards finally got to me and I started making mine yesterday!

hazel said...

Morning Sue lovely card really like the milk on milk effect and that embossing folder i must add t my wish list xx hazel

KellysKards said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card I like your colour choice although its cery natural it is stunning.

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, I might have to get the poinsettia die.

Clare x

Linda said...

Beautiful Christmas card and love the poinsettia's. Loving the embossing folder and the hint of colour.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
Oh so beautiful really stunning, what no bow! I have used the vintage lace tag die several times now it is so useful and gives a finishing touch of class to a card.
Margaret

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Not started myself yet, but know I must or I will regret it! Love the simplicity of this card, yet gives a stunning impact. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a lovely card!! It seems so simple to make but looks really elegant. I love the look of the poinsettia dies. I will certainly have to get these ones!! I could see them being one of my favorite die sets too!! I love the fact that you can make them in other colours too giving us even more card making options!! I think these are a must have die set!! Love Tres x x x

Debby Berry said...

Sue,

This is amazing. I ned to use those dies. Have a good trip home. Cheers

Joesgrandma said...

If you live in the Sun then this is a great card! I'd like it anywhere! Unusual and gorgeous! Thanks Sue and Happy Andy Williams Winday!

Mary at Doghouse said...

Morning Sue

Yet another stunning card. Not yet in Christmas mode but seeing this die oh dear another on the wanted list. Have a good trip to the States.

AnneRD said...

A very elegant card, love the 2-part embossed background, it sets the poinsettias off so well. Anne x

hotpotato said...

I've bought these dies and embossing folder can't wait to use them for my Christmas cards this year.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Very classy looking card. Like the embossing in the background.
Beverley W

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue

I also love this poinsettia die, and found if you do it in bright colours the shape looks like a clemitis - so more use from your dies.
Love the simple colour of this card, warmer than just white. Looks great with the embossing folder.
Emma

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Love it all. This looks like a nice quick and easy card to do and must get the emboss folder
Thank you
Lizzie(serial copycat)xox

3362Jan said...

Good morning Sue. This is right up my street. Has given me some inspiration!! Just love it. Thanks. Jan.x

Anthea said...

Morning, I to am a fan of the poinsettia die of which I now have two die sets owing to the fact that I could not resist the POTD the other week.(if anyone would like to buy the spare off me Email me on AntheaAsprey@ntlworld.com) Sorry Sue hope you didnt mind that quick ad. Hugs xx

effies girl said...

Hi Sue stunningly superb simplicity.

Victoria said...

This is absolutely stunning! I love this gorgeous elegant creation! Happy travels!

Auntie Em said...

Your card is beautiful. I love the lacy background behind those pretty ivory poinsettias.
I have this die set and love it. I like making them out of small patterned paper and one of my favourites is an ivory blossom with grey/green plaid leaves. I usually use stickles in the center for some sparkle but I love the pearls. Now I need to go make some more! :)

salem said...

woooooooow card"!"! "!"! breath taking, love color, fave xmas flowers , fab,
what about dies with computers ,phones, etc, to use for men , teens ,etc

Maid of Kent said...

HI Sue,
What a lovely card, this die is so versatile when l bought the die l did not realise how much use l would get from it. Hugs Ann

Lara B said...

Good morning Sue
Gorgeous card, pointsettia dies just fab, embossed background lovely - the scored lines are a great idea if you don't have embossing folders.
As much as I love your beautiful bows.. some cards simply don't lend themselves to having ribbon added.
I love the piercing around the edge, have tried it but need to get a piercing tool with a longer point asmine are sometimes not the tidiest looking.
Have a great day!
Lara xxx

Jane in Spain said...

Absolutely beautiful - must get the poinsettia dies! You have inspired me.

dutchess said...

Hi Sue what a lovely card I have to agree the poinsettia die is just the best and It lives on my desk....love the sof gentle look you have on this card....hope you are having a good weekend take care Margaret

Marianna Hammer said...

Awww, this IS nice :-)

ang said...

gorgeous card, will have a go with the dies I have, not visited for a few days trying to sort things out for holiday but as usual your cards are all stunning going to have a closer look at the one with the flowers angxxxx

gwen70 said...

Absolutely stunning Sue, just love it

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
You almost make me enjoy contemplating Chrissie cards.....almost lol. Another beautiful card. Have a safe journey back to your Mom and enjoy the break.
Sonia x

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Got my Poinsettia dies the other day and with this card for inspiration I'm all ready to go! ;0)

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Simple but stunning.
Margaret L

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card. I had fun last year with the poinsettia & holly dies and hope to have some more fun soon. This card is an excellent starting point.
Frances

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Love the simplicity and elegance of this card. The letterpress technique, sooo effective My poinsettia die arrived this week, will be using them for my Christmas cards this year, they are gorgeous.
Like some of your blog friends my piercing is not as tidy as yours, practice makes perfect so they say.
Have a lovely day everyone.
Hugs June xx

Claveh said...

This is yet another lovely card Sue, thank you. xxx

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
Yes I'm definitely getting in the mood - trouble is which to do first? I've got so many favourites now and you keep coming up with more! Love today's too, it's beautiful.
Sue x

Susan White said...

What a great card - understated and simple, but you could make lots of these and not be bored with the effort! Fantastic design Sue.

Susan

Sonia Jones said...

Another very"simple" card and so effective. I love this. Soniax

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, yet another beauty! Love Sam xxx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Stunning card love the colours and the pearls.

Have a wonderful trip take good care

luv n hugs Annx without an "e"

Jenny Hassall said...

Hi Sue Just love the card so Stunning dont have the die but going to try it with a stamp I have You are an insperation Love Crafting Jenny H

CraftygasheadZo said...

This is gorgeous - definitely a Zoe type card, love the poinsettias! Take care Zo xx

lilysmum said...

Lovely card Sue,dont have either the die or folder but am thinking I'm gonna have to add them to my stash!
Hope you are well,hugs,Theresa.x

Sandra F said...

Stunning card Sue. Love the pointsettia die.

jennywren1947 said...

hi sue yet another fab card looks very effective
hugs chris x

Hellma said...

Keep them coming Sue, this has to be my fave so far, can,t wait till the Crimbo really starts to see what other delights you have in store, will defo be replicating this card.

CathyinMN said...

Very nice card. The poinsettia die is great for Christmas items.

Dawn Louise said...

Love it so classy you've got me right into paper piercing too x

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

lovr the poinsetta die will have 2 get this another lovely card

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, classic card. Thanks for sharing about all the different poinsettia's. I was fascinated when you talked about this on C&C. I thought they were only red. With love & light Theresa. H

loftylass said...

Hi Sue - I do love this card.... I'll be trying this during the next week. tfs.
Hugs
Heather
x

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue simple but definitely not plain or boring.Have a safe journey.

Vick said...

pretty xx

kimberley said...

Another beauty Sue,take care,x

Sue - said...

Beautiful!

Jane said...

Sue this one is absolutely beautiful I Love it I have always classed Poinsettia as a little old fashioned but this one is right up to date.

Jane xx

Marie said...

I love the tone on tone look! Great card!

Hugs,
Marie F

cazlan said...

what a beautiful card - just love it. will give this one a try for sure - used the pointssettia a lot last year for xmas cards but this colourway is really different. xx

Christine Hussey said...

So glad I bought the poinsettia dies Sue as this card is gorgeous. Love the embossing folder too!
Hope all is well with you and your Mum.
Hugs Christine H xx

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Lorraine said...

oh sue this is gorgeous i love those poinsettias and the fab embossing xx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
I'm with you - I love this poinsettia die - I only wish that we had been able to buy it on its own instead of in a set. Still I'm hoping that it will turn up someday. I think the card is truly elegant. Absolutely love it. Thanks for the inspiration yet again.

Anonymous said...

Yet another lovely card.

Grimsby Chris

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue

Amazing, love it, it is so classy looking.
Janet

jean.phillips1 said...

Hi Sue, Can't believe I nearly forgot to look, it is usually the first thing I do every morning! Love this card and like you Sue I love those dies! Love Jean x

Planetsusie said...

This is a beautiful card Sue - I love the half and half embossed card with the poinsettia along the 'line' where the embossing changes. It's a brilliant technique. I think this is going to be one I do for Christmas - well at least my 'version'. LOL

Hugs Sue Pass xx

connorsnan said...

Sue yet another beautiful card I love the idea of tone on tone it makes for a very classy peice of work love all your ideas and I've got to admit to "trying to copy them" - Gillian x

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,
I love this card and like you I love the poinsettia dies. I used them on all my christmas cards last year and I like them so much I may use them again this year!
Thanks for the inspiration.
Joan B.

liz spooner said...

Love this card Sue, I made 5 xmas cards today and may have to steal some of your ideas. Thanks for sharing Liz S.x

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Hi Sue - the antique Linen gives such a classy look to the card, and a slightly vintage feel too. The poinsettia die is fabulous, - I think this may be my next Nestie purchase!
Sylvia x

jayne denver said...

hi sue wow what a lovely card
thanks jayne

vanessa said...

Hi Sue, this card is stunning I love the poinsettia die as well, take care vanessa xx

Rhonda Miller said...

This is lovely. I love those flowers.

sheila said...

A really lovely card, just so delicate yet stunning.

Christine said...

Gorgeous! Your cards make me so pleased I have the poinsettia dies!
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Oksana said...

Thus s stunning Sue! Love the die(must get it soon!) and I love the tone on tone colours!x

sued99 said...

Very inspiring.

sue said...

Hi Sue, love this card and love the poinsettia dies. It would also be nice with red poinsettia. Very elegant.
Hugs Sue M x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Love these flowers too and this is gorgeous.

Ayelet said...

Stunning card!
I love the embossing and the those poinsettias :)

Barbara said...

Lovely card, simple and easy to copy!!!

Craftycat said...

Love this and yesterdays card. NEED poinsettia dies, have a few items begging to be altered with them lol x

allison anderson said...

I love this poinsetta , i am thinking of doing traditional cards this year but with a modern twist so i think it will be just what i need crafty hugs xxxx allison.anderson46@hotmail.com

magpie said...

Hi Sue, this is really lovely! Like Nadine says, "less is more!" Love the pointsettia dies. They are beautiful aren't they? & just like a dog, shouldn't just be for Christmas! Don't you worry about being too early for Christmas cards....keep them coming! Can never get enough of all that wonderful inspiration! Love Christmas & it's scarily getting closer.....! xx Love Karen xx

Carol said...

hi Sue
Very late tonight your card today is just so gorgeous.it looks so elegant
love the colour milk card with a/linen d/ink.the poinsettia dies looks so special for xmas. will be putting them on my list would love to do a wedding card with these dies
I think they would look stunning.enjoy your trip sue.

Love Carol xxx

Findtime2craft said...

Just love the constellations embossing folder
Great card.....hugs wendy

Meg said...

The embossing folder is just great.
Another item for my wants list.

Helen O said...

Very nice, traditional looking but a twist on the traditional colour of red, Love it as usual, thank you Helen O xxx

Rufus said...

Very pretty, really like the 1/2 embossed/letter press and 1/2 scored background. To dang hot here to feel terribly Christmasy. Usually into making 'em by now, but not this year! My Christmas Mojo melted when it got to 104! Turns out he's supposed to be stored in much cooler temps.
R/

yorkshiresue said...

This is one of my all time favourite Sue Wilson card
Thanks for the inspiration
Love Sue XXX

Debbie Tinks said...

SUE LOVE THIS CARD
STUNNING

franzesjoi said...

beautiful card!!!! ooh i love the embossing :)

Vie Carter said...

Loved this card

This die is one of my favs too

Vie
x

Carol Parker said...

Will have to buy that die :) x

Phil D said...

Oh such a super card Sue - just love it - Poinsettias are a favourite Christmas flower with me and the white is so special.
Good wishes
Phil D

greendragon said...

Another beautiful card Sue, definitely a copier.

nancyd said...

Hi Sue, Just love this card I didn't
manage to check blog yesterday as
Sunday is busy dy for me. Hope the Poinsettia dies are in shop next time can't wait to try this one.
Nancyd xx

lesley said...

hi sue another simple but stunning card i normally leave my xmas cards till november and then rush and panic but im getting in the mood thanks to your samples especially as i got the recent pick of the day and havent had a play yet!!! lol im getting them out tomorrow love lesley xx

Debra W said...

Stunning card, I love it!! Debra

SUZYD said...

STUNNING CARD,LOVE THE EMBOSSING.SUZYD X

Buttons said...

Can't get Christmasy yet, but love the poinsettias - especially the veins in the leaves. Hugs, Buttons x

cebelica said...

This is AWESOME! I love this card. You did an excellent job with it!

Su said...

I just love this card!

Su (Soop) x

Lynne M said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card. Lol Lynne M

craftyvonnie said...

hi sue love this card
craftmadvonnie

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