Thursday, 2 August 2012

Chocolate Tree

Hi there crafty friends!  Remember the all white micro beaded Christmas tree card last week?  Well this was how it started.  When I first received the new Christmas dies, I cut the holiday tree out of white card first thing.  I just wanted to see what it looked like straight away.  I fell in love with the negative piece right away and made this card with it.  The white card from last week was where the actual tree diecut ended up!  I didn't have any Christmas papers at that point so I decided to do the next best thing and that was to make a chocolate tree (well chocolate is Christmassy, right?)  I found this yummy brown paper in my stash that has a tiny pattern on it.  It was just what I wanted (sorry, I haven't a clue where the paper is from, though).  I mounted my negative piece with foam pieces on the back for dimension.  I used some swirlie pearls that started on the upper corner, went down on to the brown background paper and finished in the lower corner.  I matted the piece with brown card and placed it on a larger piece of the same decorative paper with another brown mat.  I finished it off with a pierced edge and a double bow tied from the brown silky crush ribbon and a Dazzler centre.  I couldn't even put a sentiment on it as I loved the simplicity of it.  If you can't bare the thought of it not being a "Christmas" card in the traditional sense, find yourself some tartan paper and you are all set!  All for now, Sue x

154 comments:

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue what a great way to use the negatives, no wastage. Love this card and this die will be on order today.

Wilma

Celina Dee said...

Morning Sue,
Gorgeous and really clever.
I've said it before but I'll say it again, I love playing with negative spaces. I love the chocolate colour as well.
It is often harder to make a relatively simple card and make it look really artistic than a busy one I think.
2 thumbs up from me Sue.
Hugs
Waterford

Erica said...

Morning Sue,

I love your chocolate tree. It may not be in traditional Christmas colours but think it's the difference which helps it stand out from the crowd. As you say, Christmas is the time for chocolate and no calories either!

Erica xI

kimberley said...

Beautiful Sue-can't believe such a pretty card can be made with what we would normally toss away.You bring such clever ideas I wish I had half your imagination.Thank goodness for parti-craft blog!!take care,x

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
This is a fun card and one to duplicate. Good ideas come from you so easily.

auscrafts said...

great use of the negative

debs said...

Morning Sue Another stunning Christmas Card I loved this when it was on C&C i like the colours of this on idts just a change from Re gold and green. Take card Sue.

Debs Artliff

effies girl said...

Good morning
Absolutely love this card, great colour combo, yet another star in the creativity crown well done Sue

Rufus said...

Like this one! I frequently use the negative space from die cutting. As an almost CAS card this is great! It's harder to do CAS than anything else...nowhere to hide anything! Also like the non-traditional color.
R/

Jan said...

Really like the use of the negative image, this tree is on the list!

Anonymous said...

Another great card sue, l missed out on this die when it was on c+c but I've got to have it.

BridgetCG said...

Fab card Sue, and good use of the negative image, just shows you how a bit of planning can make your stash go further. Bx

Lara B said...

Good morning Sue
Gorgeous, yummy indeed!
Loving the colour and the paper, swirls etc!
I received my GC & dies on Monday, have cut a few trees (not all to a satisfactory degree, have had to run them through a number of times)
Haven't yet cut them out as a main feature...roll on 2pm (finish work at this time)
Thanks for sharing the lovely card with us!
Have a great day!
Lara xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Fell in love with this when I saw it on C&C . Been waiting for you to show it. Must get some nice paper, off to shop!!! Deniseann

Jackie D said...

Hi Sue,
Another clever idea and I love the idea of brown for Christmas though, something different.
love from Jackie D

melanie said...

Stunning card haven`t got this die is on wish list when it hits the U.K Melanie

baconbits said...

Morning,
Chocolate with out the calories - bring it on. This is another stunning card, it just goes to show that with forward planning there will be no waste in the Craft room.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue the pearl swirls are particularly effective on this, and the dazzlers are on my shopping list.

Best wishes Edwina

Buttons said...

Isn't it great that you can use the negative as well as the positive! Thrifty crafting in action :) Love this die Sue and you use it so well. Hugs, Buttons x

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Fancy buying a die just for the negative, that is what I did when I saw you show this on C&C, lol. I really liked this card, love the colour choice.
Have a great day everyone.
Happy2craft

Pam said...

Hi Sue, this is a great way to use up the negtive pieces and looks so simple to achieve a truly stunning look. Love the chocolate theme too.

nattyboots said...

This chocolate tree does it for me ,a really special card for that choc addict
a great idea and the pearly swirls give it that finishing touch , well done

Elaine H X

Sonia Jones said...

Beautiful card. Sue only you can keep coming up with these fab ideas. Sonia x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, I love, love, love this card, the simplicity is stunning and such impact the negative piece of card has on top of the chocolate pattern, the pearl swirls and gorgeous bow add to the gorgeousness of this card. I will definitely be trying this one. Lots of love from Patricia xx

Heather said...

Good morning Sue
Who would think that this was made from waste card it s such a great idea. I love the chocolate paper another colour I would not have used for a Christmas card but it looks fabulous. You make us think out of the box and try so many different techniques, my crafting has moved up to a whole new level thank you for that.
Hugs x

sheila said...

Christmas and chocolate sounds good even at this time in the morning. This card is so lovely. like the bling which turns it into a very designer tree

Kathy said...

Hi Sue - simple and elegant. And such a great use of the negative piece. Have started thinking much more about how I place my dies on card when I'm cutting them out. Used to cram as many on as possible but not anymore - I'm trying to look at things 'the Sue way'! TY. Kathy x

JULIEMCRANE said...

Hi Sue

I love the idea of a chocolate tree....who wouldn't.
This card is so simple but really effective, love it.

Julie x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue, I think I prefer the positive image to the negative - but the negative is still good! I tried using the negative part a couple of weeks ago but I didn't like the result of my efforts - think it was cos I only used 1 mat and layer - it just didn't look right, wasn't balanced I think - but yours does look balanced to my eye anyway! Will have another go at it the Sue Wilson way.
Rgs
ClareW

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue I think this is a lovely card and a great way to use the 'waste'. I think the brown paper goes well with it but would also look nice with some christmas paper. I will have to give this a try as I have lots of lovely Christmas papers. Love Jean x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue from a somewhat cooler Burgundy this morning - again you have reminded me of how beautiful the negs can be - I love the colouring and will certainly be trying this one with other background papers.
Janet x

Karen R said...

Really clever use of the "waste". You do have such a brilliant eye for using everything, a lovely card. xx.

Rose in Chester said...

Like ClareW said, the secret must be in the layers! It's a lovely "negative" card.

Lucy said...

You had me at "chocolate"!!!! I like your use of the negative spaces almost as much as using it as the positive. This non-traditional color really appeals to me. Thanks for another great idea.

val in spain xxx said...

good morning Sue. you are clever. love the idea of using the negative. the colour is lovely, makes me feel like reaching for the milk tray. it's never too early to eat chocolate. didn't comment yesterday as spent morning in casualty with fractured wrist. how am i going to craft?

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Another lovely card. Just ordered this die (& the poinsettia) so can't wait to try this out. I love the fact that you've used the negative piece. It is such a lovely die - better than the plain "holiday tree" in my opinion. Keep the ideas coming - please!

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love today's card, have used the negative of other dies but not with the tree 'yet'.
Have a great day everyone and happy crafting
Love Tina x

Carole Z said...

Gorgeous!!!!! What more can I say:) Carole Z X

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very elegant, love your way of using the negatives.

lindyloo12 said...

Hi Sue

Yipee I am back online, thanks to some nasty person sending me a virus I have not been able to get online and have missed seeing your beautiful cards and leaving my comments, it is so nice to be back. I have just looked at all the cards I have missed out and they are all beautiful.

Victoria said...

Fantastic use of the 'leftovers'!! This is such a lovely die.

sarah hyett said...

Hi Sue, its something I haven't tried yet by using the negative of a die on a card but wow it works really well
I think I will have to give it a try! I love the colour too.

Have a great day. Sarah x

Ann said...

Hi Sue

A Beautiful card I am lovin the "Chocolate" tree what a fab idea and it looks stunning. I have just ordered the holiday tree dies from Sam Poole so all those pieces of "brown" paper in my stash will be coming out to play maybe a polka dot one to look like choccie buttons hey????

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Lindsay said...

lovely, classy card. looks really expensive and so nice from the normal reds and greens.
Lindsay x

nzillingworth said...

hi

marg said...

Hello Sue !
Sometimes I see a Bell in that shape!
Lovely and simple card so elegant!
LoveMarg

Julia Watts said...

Great card Sue. Love, Julia xxx

nzillingworth said...

hi Sue
you evil woman, what a way to start the day for a chocoholic. lol You have set my mind racing with edible cards lol Shredded wheat thatched cottage, pasta shapes on cards.
Learnt there is no such thing as waste with spellbinders. some cards just don't need a sentiment.
born again spellbinder
Nadine xxxhug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Sandybee said...

Beautiful card Sue but "Chocolate Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas"

Haven't got this die...yet...!!

Anonymous said...

Lovely use of the negative Sue. Another great idea for a simple but elegant card. Yvonne xx

Maryann said...

Really beautiful creation here today Sue, thoug very different, but I absolutely love it. A great way to use the negative parts of the die cuts too, so nothing is wasted at all, and I really love that part ha ha ha.

nannapat said...

Beautiful card and good use of the negative - but I must say I prefer that stunning white one with the pearls!! Pat x

HiggiSue said...

Gorgeous card Sue.... great to use the negative bits. I think I need to plan my cards rather than go with the flow as I never seem to think that far ahead. Definitely will try this look... I like the no sentiment part too. Card says it all!
Haooy crafty day
hugs Sue H xx

salem said...

wooow card love the color elegant

Jane in Spain said...

Now I really must get this die and my Christmas cards are sorted! Double value!

gwen70 said...

Just shows Sue we must always look at the negative, this is brilliant

hotpotato said...

that brown silky crush ribbon is scrummy, I MUST buy some.

nancyd said...

Hi Sue, Love what you do with the negatives
have used a few but I thought this would look
good with the pearls inside as you done
with the bauble die but inside the negative.
Nancyd xx

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Another great use with the negative. Great card and love the colours. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Marleine said...

Hi Sue,
Hope all is well with you.
You're a true crafter, wasting nothing, this card is lovely. X

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Just stunning great use of the negative, must look at what I do with mine in the future.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Wendy L said...

This looks yummy. xxx

Cdteach said...

Great card and for a change I actually like the negative. All to often when people say you can use the negative as well, I don't tend to agree, as I feel something is lost but this works really well as there is some detail left.

Jan

Cdteach said...

Great card and for a change I actually like the negative. All to often when people say you can use the negative as well, I don't tend to agree, as I feel something is lost but this works really well as there is some detail left.

Jan

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Love this yummy card, the simplicity and elegance sing to me. The colour is soo rich, it really is like chocolate lol. Like other followers I have started to watch where I place the dies before cutting, as the negatives are so useful.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xx

jane said...

Morning Sue
What a fantastic result using the negative.
I really must take a close look at mine and see what I can come up with.
As always a lovely card.
Take care
Jane Llewellyn

Laura O said...

Sue brillant use of negative cuts .Love the simplicity of this card and the brown background is lovely too.Laura O

Victoria said...

Another clever use of the negative! Love it!

martine said...

Hi sue another stunning card using the negative, this christmas tree die is amazing, love the chocolate colour theme brilliant for christmas xxx
all the best martine xxx

Lin W said...

2 for the price 1, Brilliant

sue said...

Morning Sue, this is lovely and I think sometimes the negatives can be just as interesting as the actual cut.
I like the simplicity of it.
Hugs Sue M x

guffie said...

i love using the waste from this die it's so pretty, i have used it with alsorts of backgrounds including gold leaf for that touch of luxury bling. i also use the waste from the flowers as well i love the 2 for 1 dies they are brilliant, todays card is very pretty i love the coours that you have used xx gail

Ruthie said...

Oh Sue very clever indeed I love it, and if you are bulk crafting as we do with xmas cards you get to use the negative and the possative with every cut, I like it.

Janice K said...

A great idea for using the negative of a die-love that chocolate bow!! x

Moni said...

Fab card, great die and so gorgeous bow. Hugs,moni

Bosquie said...

Love this card.Still struggling to get my hands on those pearl swirlsXX

Joan Hill said...

Love it Sue, viva la difference!!!
Another one for me to have a go at, thank you x

Rosemarie said...

Hi Sue, A great use of the negative and chocolate whats not to like. Have a safe journey back to the YK.

Love Rosemarie xx

Dee Davis said...

novel and unusual card, very pretty
love Dee x

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

Just stunning great use of the negative if it a choc tree u cud put candi on instead of pearls lol

Phil D said...

Lovely card Sue - Its lovely to use the negative image and you have such amazing ways of doing this

Phil D

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Great card, great use of the negative piece.
Margaret L

lesley said...

Hi sue love the idea of using the negative for a card will have to give it a go thanks love lesley x

Simone Elizabeth said...

Beautiful!
I'm going through a time of addiction cards, and your cards are inspiring!
Thank you for sharing your ideas.
Hugs,
Simone.

Ladock girl said...

Great card Sue lovely idea to use the negative. Linda xxx

Pauline99 said...

Hi sue loving the negative space and have an idea for this die but need to get my hands on it first.
It sold out so fast I never stood a chance.
Hope I have it for the 21st and I will send a picture into the studio.
Can't wait to see ou back on the telly with a new set of dies.

Keep up the good work.

Disco Queen said...

Uhmm! yummy chocolate. Beautiful card. I love the use of the negative. With love & light Theresa. H

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Hi Sue,
on the one hand I like this card especially the chocolaty paper! but on the other hand I feel as though there is something missing. I can't put my finger on what it is though.xXx

Christine said...

I'm struggling with this die at the moment, haven't managed to get a complete tree or negative yet! I obviously need some baking parchment.
Think the swirly pearls 'make' the card, but they do add two pounds to the cost, quite a bit, so probably wouldn't be profitable to sell, but lovely for personal, special, use.
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Sue - said...

Lovely card - I would have just binned it - the negative bit that is!

zerena said...

lovely idea, love it Zerena

Vie Carter said...

Lovely card

Just love the pearls, they set it off just right

Vie
x

franzesjoi said...

wow sue soo pretty!! love the color combo :)

jane stillman said...

This is so different Sue and I love it, the die is exquisite as is your card x

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue, Beautiful, love the negative Christmas tree and all the pearls are great
Janet
ps thanks for your email.

aggieosborne1104 said...

Hi Sue,
I have seen this on C&C when you did POTW. It is amazingly beautiful...you are the only one who can turn a simple card and be seen by everyone as a work of art. I haven't been well again, I miss leaving comment when I'm not well. Thank you for this beautiful card as an inspiration for all of us. Take care and God bless you, looking forward seeing you on C&C again!
Lots of love, Aggie xxx

Elaine said...

How fabulous Sue what a great way to use the negatives, what a stunning card well done Big Hugs Elaine

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a great card!! I love the way you have used a negative piece of card to create a second christmas card. I would use tartan paper or something more christmassy for the background like you suggested. Love that bow!! love Tres x x x

CathyinMN said...

Love chocolate and love this card!

Meg said...

Oh dear Sue,
Am I going to be the only one who doesn't like this tree die. And am sorry to say I don't like the colours of the card either.
I do use the negatives from my other dies, it's a great idea and now you have inspired others to have a go which is great.

Margaret O

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
Yet another beautiful card. I love the colours
Sonia x

Anonymous said...

hi sue
I have this die and like you out of all the ones I ordered I had to cut this one straight away, it is beautiful, I think a lot of my christmas cards this year will have this tree on it. keep the ideas coming.

hugs
shazzer

Christine Hussey said...

Hi Sue, another superb card and love the chocolate colour. Just goes to show how versatile the Spellbinder dies are, the negatives can be as beautiful as the positives. Hugs Christine H xx

sharon butchers said...

hi sue
great die, great inspiration
shazzer

Vick said...

Oh now this is one of my most favourite cards of yours, its gorgeous, i think the brown ribbon does it for me i havent got this colour, Sam didnt have it when ive bought from her, but the Teal is overflowing in my house, lol, love it Sue!!! Hugs, Vick xx
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Patricia said...

Good afternoon Sue,

Oh! My! Word! how many of those negative pieces have I thrown away this week???
Love this card, will certainly not toss any of these away in future.
Thank goodness we have you keep us on the right path with all your inspiration
Have a Great Day

Patricia

hazel said...

Lovely card Sue love the negative of this die. Love the colours you have used and i still think it looks christmasy with out the xmas papers xx hazel

SusanP, Kent said...

Hi Sue,
A creative chocolate-y confection of the non-fattening kind. Negatives CAN be positive!
Sue

CraftyJo said...

I am *never* going to throw a piece of card away ever again! I love the ideas you give by using these negative pieces, thanks.

Cornish Emma said...

Hiya Sue

Lovely card and i think the tree would look great with the little bits that are the waste from the actual tree stuck inside the negative space. Or huge pearl baubles.
Emma

Anthea said...

afternoon Sue,bit late with my comment today as not too well. Lovely card such a great idea. will definitely be trying this once im back on my feet. hugs xx

Barbara said...

Love the xmas tree die but think the negative doesnt quite live up to the actual die. The colours are gorgeous!

utilitygirl said...

Love this card Sue. Very different but very beautiful. xx

lilygee said...

Sorry Sue but I have to copy this one - simple but sooo effective - love it!
lots of love lilygee xx

Linda said...

gorgeous card
hugs Linda Dekker

Shazza said...

genius x

Craftychris said...

This card is awesome! Its fabulous using the negative. xx

Maid of Kent said...

Lovely card, and the colours are great. Hugs Ann

Yvette said...

gorgeous card Sue, a great use of a negative that has turned it into a star turn

Bean said...

Hey Sue
What Can I say
You even manage to show us the way
To use up the the waste
Often thrown away in haste
A canny crafter I shall be
With all these tips you give to me.

Bean xx

Debra W said...

What a great idea Sue! I just got this die this week so I am off to play with it. Debra W

fame01 said...

sue you have done it agin i have this die and i will have a go at this one . you really do inspire me so much , and i am waiting for my delivery of my new grand caliber i have saved like made to get it so now i will be trying to do some of my own designs carnt wait ..
hugs sarah ,,xx

yorkie said...

Hi Sue
What a good way of using up the negative I love it the dimension you have achieved is great
Take Care
Theresa x

Bean said...

OMG
I've just bought myself a grand calibur.......
SUPER EXCITED
ALL YOUR FAULT SUE.

Bean xx

john said...

yet again a beautiful card sue and what a brilliant way to use up scraps

debbie pugh xx

mags said...

Lovely card Sue. Really shows what you can do with the negatives. Love it.
Mags
x

jennywren1947 said...

lovely card sue we dont always use the negatives as we should
hugs chris x

Tracie Carmody said...

gorgeous, love its simplicity x

karenlotty said...

I love this idea. I've had a go at doing the negative snowflake idea and was really pleased with my result. Can't wait to try this one. I wonder if it's matted onto green mirri card would be too OTT

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

Hi Sue,
How yummy is this!!
I think I am in love with a chocolate card, if only I could eat it too........ ah, but that would mean no card left to admire. Ummm, maybe that wouldn't be such a good idea, I can be a rather ravenous chocolate eater I can tell you. LOL!
I think the paper you used for this card Sue is really beautiful and it makes it so different. Many would think of tartan, snowflakes or baubles so that makes yours that little bit more unique and very classy for sure.
Big hugs Linda x

Anonymous said...

Love the card Sue, what a super idea....looks so elegant and rich in the chocolate colours.....

Manx Linda XX

Maggie said...

This card say all about crafters, we use everything, great card x

Maggie x

Marianna Hammer said...

How absolutely lovely :)

magpie said...

A lovely "warm" Christmassy feel card. Love the colour along with the bow & swirls & it doesn't need a sentiment Sue, simple is beautiful! Gorgeous & clever ways of using the negatives...no waste! xx Love Karen xx get well soon Aggie & love the poem Bean! brilliant!

angiec said...

love it so clever

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
Love this - and the brown is so classy. Beautiful.
Sue x

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Lovely!

Jan.moogie said...

Well Sue two cards for the price of one woo hoo. Beautiful cards too x

barbiepinkfairy said...

Love the "different" colour!

Claveh said...

Really lovely again Sue, I love these subtle colours, I do not have this exact die but I am going to try with a similar one! Thanks for the ideas. xxx

Debbie Tinks said...

lovely card sue

Ayelet said...

Yammy! What a great chocolate tree!
Love love love this card!!!

Jane said...

I love how you use every little bit you can , Lovely card .

Jane xx

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue a great way to use the negative of an image.

Sandy Palmer said...

Wow, there is such a down to earth, homey feel to this card! I just love it!

Planetsusie said...

Had a blip and forgot to leave my comment on this card - ooops. I just love it though Sue - it is so clean and this is definitely a negative I will be using. Think it will be really useful and changeable - ie putting so many different colours underneath.

One of my faves.

Hugs Sue Pass xxx

Helen O said...

Love the chocolate and the pearly swirlys very nice Helen O xxx

Jacqui aka Morgana said...

This die is looking more and more versitile each time you use it on a card Sue. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful work with us.

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...lovely card and nice to use new colors...yes chocolate is indeed Christmas in my home.
Take care. Deborah. :)

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, love the card! I have this die now so will give this a go. The swirls look great. Love Sam xxx

cebelica said...

I love the idea. Thanks for sharing it! Hugs! xx

lynda said...

So clever would never have thought of using the negative space thank you Sue for your inspiration. Hugs Lynda

Elizabeth said...

Another brilliant idea and the use of what is not strictly a Christmassy paper is inspired! Elizabeth x

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