Sunday, 29 July 2012

You Make My Life Bloom

 Good Sunday morning!  As promised a break from Christmas cards today!  This card is a bit quirky, but I wanted to show it so you can see that dies don't always have to be static.  You can use halves or other sections to create great looks on your cards and projects.  I used three halves of my Vintage Lace Accent dies here to create a frilly edge for my card.  I picked a background decorative paper and covered it with our sticky adhesive sheet and coated it with micro beads for texture.  I glued the die halves to the left edge and added a thin strip to cover the cut edge.  Using Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue, I added small glue dots down the strip.  I had a little bit of the background paper left so I made two rolled flowers and leaves  for a shabby chic look.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it at the end into a forked flag.  I matted it with some taupe card.  I decided to do a bit of scoring around the edges instead of my usual piercing for a bit of a different look.  Finally, the finishing touch was a pearl swirl for interest.  I hope you can use some of these different ideas in your cardmaking projects.
As it is Sunday, it is time for our comment game winners for this week.  They are:
                                                                Bean!!!
                                                               Theresa H!!!
                                                                Martine!!!
Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x

134 comments:

Celina Dee said...

Back to your own dies I see. Lovely background. I can see the microbeads so I know the background is loely. Enjoy whats left of the weekend.
Waterford

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, vintage lace dies are versatile as are most dies its just that you have to use your imagination to gat the best out of the which is what you do so very well. Love this card.

Wilma

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - I like the scoring round the edges - I like piercing also but I have my heart in my mouth everyime I do it as they never seem to match up perfectly in the corners - how do you do that?.. I am beginning to think it must be the size of the card - it needs to be a certain ratio of length to width perhaps? Off to practice my piercing!
Rgs
ClareW

Pam said...

Great ideas to get more from the dies, love the micro beads too. Your rolled flowers look lovely too.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue,
A great way to use your dies, I do like the background paper and love the effect of the micro beads. Love Jean x

Linda said...

Very beautiful
hugs Linda Dekker

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...Happy Sunday to you and yours...another lovely card, the colors go well together and the background paper is quite bold but works...I love the pearl flourishes as they help to fill a gap...a good tip to cut some of the die shapes in half...something else to add to my 'try to' list!!
Hope your weekend is going well and you can watch some of The Olympics on TV.

Take care. Deborah. :)

AdrienneQ said...

Sue,
You make our lives bloom every morning with your lovely cards

melanie said...

Beautiful card have never thought of doing that to the die shapes .Melanie

Lucy said...

Most of your cards elicit a "WOW!" out of me. This one elicited a "HOLY MOLY!!!" It looks simple enough (and I'm sure you'd say it is), but it blew me away. There's not a thing I'd change.

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
now this is a unusual colour for you, but very effective and bright.I do find all the dies so versatile . Wish I had your vintage lace ones though. Have a great crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

auscrafts said...

good to get more ideas for using the dies

Victoria said...

What a lovely card Sue. Love the idea of cutting the shapes and then using them as a border. The banner is a great way of showing the greeting too.

Val in Spain xxx said...

Good Morning Sue. Love the idea of the card but don't like the background paper. It's a bit orangy for me but love the way you have used the dies. It's a good job we don't all like the same things as life would be a bit boring.

Marleine said...

Good morning Sue,
Another great design. I'm thinking that this, with Xmas papers, would make some lovely cards. X

Jan.moogie said...

Very colourful and interesting is this card Sue, love it. Never thought of using these dies in the halves on the side, very effective.x

nmty said...

Hi sue, lovely card, and use of the die cuts. I really must try to get some of these microbeads.
lv norma

kimberley said...

this is another winner Sue-love the colours,take care,x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue from Burgundy - what a difference a background paper can make -At first I thought the background had circles cut out of it! Cannot say that it's my colouring but certainly gives me some ideas using other colours.
Janet x

Carole Z said...

Super card Sue, all the elements make for a real winner, really like the colours too! Happy Sunday to you! Carole Z X

barbiepinkfairy said...

Like this one and fairly simple to achieve???

Ani said...

Your card is lovely! I am your new follower!

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
Yay! my favourite micro beads, superb card and you only have to change colours and papers to make it a Christmas card. Congratulations to the winners.
Hugs x

debs said...

Morning Sue love this card as used your own dies every card I make using them I always get asked where did I get the dies from. I like how you have used them in todays card. When are we going to have you back on how're screan again.
Take Care Sue

Debs Artliff

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Stunning card today, I love how simply fresh and elegant it looks. It reminds me of the front of a book on a card, simply stunning. What a difference the micro beads make to patterned paper, beautiful. I love the effect of the 3 halved die-cuts, beautiful. Stunning card. Lots of love from Patricia xx

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
A lovely bright, warm card today. I like how you have used the dies, the flowers are cute, really nice. The strip down the side is from the bauble blossoms, the only die I use from that set, as I cannot roll them flowers for the life of me, lol.
Congratulations to the comments winners.
Have a great Sunday everyone.
Happy2craft

Jane said...

Very nice bright and cheerful. Thank you for your inspiration.

Jane xx

Sandybee said...

Another WOW card Sue. I really like the different ways you use the dies.

xx Sandra

Oksana said...

Lovely card, colours and elements!x

Clare said...

Lovely card, love the colours.

Clare x

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Lovely cheery coloured card to brighten up a miserable rainy day. love the colours you have used.
Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, like the idea of the scored border, fab card. Congrats to all the winners. Bx

nannapat said...

Great ideas for using the dies Sue and I love the rolled flower. Pat x

sallysbitz said...

Pretty card & just love that border die x

hugs sally x
sallysbitz.blogspot.co.uk

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Super card love all of the elements I have cut dies in half and used at the side as you have in this one, I think you gave us this tip on a C&C day, it was very effective.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Kathy said...

Hi Sue - another beautiful card. I'm getting much more comfortable with cutting up the pieces, thanks to your encouragement. Can see that it would easily be adapt to Christmas, too. Great ideas, as always! TY. Kathy x

Janice K said...

I like the textured look the micro beads give to the design and the rolled flowers are lovely. x

Karen R said...

I do like this card - I am makig more and more flowers, think I am hooked xx

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
You make our lives "Bloom" thank you so much for that.
Great card will try this out later, I am busy making Christmas Cards using your "White Christmas Tree" idea.
Have a Great Day
Hugs

Patricia

Sandra F said...

Lovely card Sue

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Good Sunday morning Sue - this is a great way to use the dies - I don't have the one you have used (not yet anyway!), but I will definitely be trying out your fab. technique. Love the flowers too!
Have a lovely day - Sylvia x

marg said...

Good Morning Sue
I haven't used Micro Beads yet do they add much weight to the card ?
This is different card today, love the halving of the Dies gives a different slant altogether on the Dies. Congrats to the winners!
loveMarg

anneecan said...

Morning Sue
Another great card using your dies. They are on my wish list .
Regards
Anne

hazel said...

morning sue lovely card really like these dies although i dont own them yet. xx hazel

Maryann said...

I just love the dies, ypou´ve used on the card here today, and how it´s set up in a very different way. I´m not too kean about the big dots, but that´s just me, and the rest I just love.

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. Another lovely card. Great background with those beads. Have just received the pick of the week dies and they would work well in half also. Have a great day. xx

nattyboots said...

Morning Sue ,you have just given me my next layout to my scrapbooking page , love the idea of cutting the die shapes in half Thank you.

Your card is lovely as always ,the bold background paper works well with the micro beads too

Elaine H X

alimecca said...

Another lovely card. Love the background paper with the micro beads. Before I read what you had done,I thought you had cut circles out of the paper! Like the idea of using half of the dies too.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, A very different card today. I love the idea of cutting the dies. I am getting more adventurous in doing these things, thanks for the inspiration.

Love Rosemarie xx

HiggiSue said...

GM Sue. Fabulous card!
Hugs Sue H x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
A lovely way to use the dies,great card,
Congratulations to the winners, and happy crafting everyone
Tina x

Lacelady said...

I still haven't got some microbeads yet - must rectify that soon. Love the half doilies idea.

jane gray said...

Hi sue what another stunning card and great use of the dies. Shame im not at home today or i would be having a play with what i have.

Take care

Jane:-)x

Anthea said...

Morning Sue, love the simplicity of this card very effective. Hugs xx

Jane in Spain said...

Really lovely

Victoria said...

These shapes are gorgeous together!

Wendy L said...

Wonderful use if the dies. xx

Carolyn B said...

I love this card Sue, the backing paper is lovely.

Carolyn B

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, another lovely idea. Very different yet simple. Thanks again. Hugs, Carol S.xx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Love the warmth of this card. The micro beads and flowers are gorgeous. The scoring is sooo effective. The Vintage Lace Accent are so versatile, thank you for making our lives bloom, encouraging us to create different styles.
Congratulations to the winners.
Happy Sunday everyone.
Hugs June xx

Cornish Emma said...

Good Morning Sue
This is more my style, great idea to use halve the dies to create a border.
Emma

sheila said...

A lovely 'quirky' card. I have empathy with your fellow blogger about piercing, I have difficulty gettin the corners right like you and Julia. I have worked out how to get my PVA dots equal by using the markings on my craft mat but even then have to fiddle the spaces at the corners. Any tips please?

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue,

Another beautiful card, love the colours and how you have used the dies, cut in half, they make a great edge to the card.
Janet

Jean Johnston said...

As a fairly new Spellbinders user I am still collecting your tips to make the most of my dies. Must remember that they can be cut for a totally different look. Not keen on this background paper but the whole design is great.

Petula said...

Hi Sue, another amazing creation, it`s lovely to see inspiration on using the dies in different ways too, thankyou.
Love Pet x

angiec said...

i really like the colours on this one and yet again you are making us think about using our dies differently... thankyou

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
Love the card you have given the ideas with the out lays to try this in different colourways to
Thank you
Lizzie (serial copycat)xox

gwen70 said...

Gorgeous card Sue. I have these dies and must say I love them

nzillingworth said...

Hi sue
Smashing card. In fact fab. Just no end to spellbinders, To think i just used the shape before. lol. Never thought to make a boarder out of the dies. Lots to try here, tons of dies lol There goes my Sunday lol Play time
Born again spellbinder
Nadine xxxhug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Ayelet said...

great card.
Thanks for the advice, I'm already thinking how can I use it ;)

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

i dont like thios bkground paper but overall design is great u make us all look at our dies to get maximum use out of them

jane stillman said...

A fabulous card just love the background paper Sue, and a great idea to tie it in with the flowers too

Kate's Cards said...

Hooray!!!!

Meg said...

Hi Sue,
I'm sure the colours will look better in natural light. They come out a bit yellowy on the picture.
Well the Olympics are having sunny days but I am back in jumpers here in the North of England. Rainy day AGAIN so time to craft and watch swimming.
Congrats to the winners and happy crafting all.
Margaret O

Lara B said...

Good afternoon Sue
Gorgeous card!
Love the colour and background paper.
Your lacy dies are lovely, glad to see you've used one here.
Liking the little score detail around the edge of your design...liking every element of your creation!

Congratulations to all the winners!
Have a great day!
Lara xxx

Christine said...

Like the design, and shall probably 'borrow' it, but I think I'd prefer it with a plainer background paper.
Thank you, Sue for your inspiration.
Christine
x

Maid of Kent said...

Hi Sue,
Love this card, what a great idea must have a go at this.
Hugs Ann

Ladock girl said...

Great card Sue, really like the background paper. What a lovely way to use the dies as well. Linda xxx

lilygee said...

beautiful background Sue and a simple but attractive card
love lilygee xxx

SUZYD said...

LOVELY CARD.SUZYD X

Mac Mable said...

Love the micro beads and the flowers but not too sure on the flag die but you could use another die for the sentiment. Thanks for all the great techniques. Beverely x

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A very nice card. I am not sure I like the background paper much but love everything else. I love your vintage lace dies too!! Tres x x x

lady of kent said...

How beautiful lol Janetxx

Jacqui aka Morgana said...

Very different but thats what makes it work. Once again great inspiration.

Vie Carter said...

Lovely card today Sue

Vie
x

martine said...

hi sue what a lovely card i think your dies are so versatile, i love using them xxx
thank you xxx
martine xxx

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
A lovely warm tone for the Autumn. Beautiful. I tried to resist these dies because I had spent so much recently, but I failed happily lol
Sonia x

"Talk to the Tail" said...

I love the micro beads on the background and the idea for getting more from the dies ;0)

lainey said...

I love the simplistic look to this card Sue and the colours are fab :) lainey x

Claveh said...

Great one Sue, this card looks really nice, thank you making us think outside the box a little! I love the micro dots too. Thanks Sue. xxx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Super card, Sue. Love the colours and design and the fabby roses too. Zo xx

Laura O said...

Another fab card Sue really like the background and the microbeads .A very pretty card.Laura O

Sue - said...

Lovely card Sue and very different again!

lesley said...

Hi sue I like everything about this card apart from the background paper but that's because I don't tend to use them that much I prefer to make my own love lesleyxx

nancyd said...

Hi Sue, A nice card not too keen on colour
of background paper but love your dies
they are so versatile.
Nancyd xx

salem said...

wooooow card love it !!!!!!

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, I love the use of the vintage dies to make that frilly edge, I am going to have a go at that. Love Sam xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Your card is definitely quirky, but in a me sought of way. I love it. With Love & Light Theresa. H

brenda said...

Hi Sue, love using the micro beads on patterned paper it completely changes the look. The vintage dies are beautiful and I really like the design on this card, they are next on my list x

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
A gerogeous card, I just love all of it, cutting the dies in half is not one I had thought of - it just works so well. Yet another idea to try and copy.
Have a good day, Love Bren

Christine Hussey said...

Hi Sue, love the background paper and the use of the dies down the side has given us more ideas for getting the most out of our dies. Love the flowers too. Another lovely card. Congratulations to the comments winners.
Hope everyone is having a good Sunday.
Hugs Christine H xx

Phil D said...

What a great card and such creative designs - love your work
Phil D

Joesgrandma said...

Bloomin' lovely Sue! Thanks.

Craftychris said...

Stunning and what a lovely way to use the dies xx

yorkie said...

Hi Sue
What an original card I love it been away for a couple of weeks missed the blog
Take Care
Theresa x

PennyR said...

Lovely card - like the look the microbeads give it - Penny

mags said...

Lovely card Sue. Great to see different use of the dies and the microbeads look great on the patterned paper.
Mags
x

nutcake said...

Beautiful card! Love the flowers.

Hazel

Sue Yorkshire said...

Hi Sue

Great use of the dies, I have used circle dies to make a large scalloped edge too.

Sue xxx

CathyinMN said...

Very nice card!

CraftyJo said...

I have 'borrowed' your idea of cutting shapes in half to use them - really does work well, thanks for the tips.

Margaret said...

Love the idea of cutting the shapes it makes a different twist and extra use. Getting a little worried no bow yet again Sue!
Margaret

Rose in Chester said...

I've seen you cutting shapes on one of your demos - and have already done cards with them. You are right, it increases the uses of them.
Card is lovely, as ever.
Hope you had a lovely weekend.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Love this, greatnidea to use part of the dies.

Barbara said...

Love the card, its gorgeous.

Caroline Hallett said...

Just found your blog from the spellbinder site as I just bought a grand calibur and I am trying to work out how to use it! Wow such inspirational cards and beautiful work - thank you

jennywren1947 said...

great card sue
hugs chris x

Sue Parish said...

Love everything about this one, especially the dies.
Congrats to the winners.
Sue x

magpie said...

This is such a pretty card x I love love the vintage lace dies & the background paper is lovely. With the added micro beads stunning! A gorgeous card all round Sue xx Love Karen xx Congratulations to the winners! Enjoy your prizes! xx

Cassieajh said...

Beautiful card Sue you do love those micro beads LOL. Hugs xx

Dawn Louise said...

Gorgeous card, love it all x

Ardilla said...

This card is gorgeous, love those roses, so pretty!!!

Debbie Tinks said...

lovely card sue

Dawn said...

A lovely card, really feminine, pretty. I love the background paper, it must be the spots! Dawn x

Linda said...

Congratulations to the winners. I love this card and the flowers are beautiful.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Helen O said...

Hi Sue, I love the design and layout of this one, Im not really keen on the backing paper, but a fantastic card, thank you Helen O xxx

lorraine (classylady) said...

Gosh Sue what a different card, really like it. Dying to try out micro beads.

hope to see you on C & C soon, any dates for us???

regards
lorraine - scotland
xxx

franzesjoi said...

wow really beautiful!! thanks for the idea using the halves die :) love it!!! the paper also pretty :)

cebelica said...

Oh wow, this is so pretty! Great design!

hollyberry said...

Very different,I love it.

lynda said...

Love this card lovely background and those yummy micro beads stunning hugs
Lynda

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Lawrence said...

Wonderful use if the dies. xx