Sunday, 5 August 2012

Five Crosses

Good Sunday morning to all.  I thought it was an appropriate day to show a card that I made several months ago but never posted at the time.  It is all done with milk coloured card and Antique Linen distress ink for a bit of highlighting.  Unfortunately we all need to make a sympathy card at one time or another.  These gorgeous crosses work perfect for sympathy, Easter, communion or even wedding cards so they can be very versatile.  I started with the background and embossed it with the Enchanted embossibility folder.  This is a large card so I did have to extend the background a bit. Next I cut out the aperture using the largest size of Labels 24, but I didn't stop there. I needed the opening to be larger, so I lined up the edge points and cut another section, giving me a rather large opening. I inked the edges of it with Antique linen distress ink.  I stamped my sentiment in the lower corner in black and embossed it.   Foam pieces were placed on the back of my aperture piece to raise it for dimension.  Next I cut all the crosses in the Crosses Two set, and cut two of the large ornate one.  For the very ornate cross on the right, I cut away all the arms leaving just the ornate centre piece which I mounted atop the original cross.  I mounted all five of the crosses in the aperture opening.  I tied a bow of chalk white American seam binding and added two pearl stick pins and a Dazzler to it.  I added a pearl swirl across the bottom of the card, flatback pearls to the cross centres and pierced the edges to finish it off.
It is Sunday so it is time for the Comment Game Winners to be drawn. 
Today's winners are:
aggieosboune1104
Brakkers (Anne)
fame01 (Sarah)

Congratulations!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your postal address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x


131 comments:

Marianna Hammer said...

This is a very elegant and beautiful card. How talented you are :)

Lin W said...

love this card,does your brain ever
go blank Sue?,I just dont know how you think of all these cards
xxx

Marleine said...

Good morning,
A lovely card. As you say, it will suit many occasions. X

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Yet another very different but stunning card.
Love this concept, could be used with lots of other dies.
Have a Great Day

Patricia

scottish crafter said...

Oh Sue, this took my breath away, how lovely. As you say it's difficult to make an appropriate sympathy card but this hits the spot.

Wilma

Anonymous said...

GM Sue, just exquisite.
Rgs
ClareW

kimberley said...

A very elegant card Sue and as you say we all have to make sympathy cards from time to time,take care,x

cebelica said...

I'm always struggling with sympathy cards, I'm not sure what to make. So thank you for this isea, those crosses really work well. Hugs! xx

starcyl said...

Simply stunning.
Jenny x

auscrafts said...

good card for many occaisons

Pam said...

Good morning Sue and welcome home. This is an exquisite sympathy card but could be adapted for so many occasions with other dies.

Jan.moogie said...

A true Sunday card Sue, very elegant.x

zerena said...

Great use of these dies. Zerena

Carole Z said...

Beautiful card Sue, I have these dies and have found them very useful. Welcome home! Carole Z X

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Welcome home, hope you are resting today. A sympathy card is the hardest card to do in my mind, but this one is stunning. The crosses are beautiful.
Congratulations to the comments winners.
Have a great day everyone.
Happy2craft

bluelesley said...

Good Morning Sue, An amazing card I have these crosses and was unsure quite how to use them. Thanks for the inspiration.

XX

Christine Harrop said...

These die crosses are great, especially that very ornate one. Beautiful card.

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
Very touching, you are correct the need to have a we of these cards for those sad times. Very sweet

Roma said...

Stunning and appropriate

Carolyn B said...

What a stunning card, I love what you did with the ornate cross.

Crolyn B

nattyboots said...

Sympathy cards are the hardest card to make i find , this card is so calming and the crosses superb .
Congrats to the winners ,well done

Elaine H X

val in spain xxx said...

good morning sue. this card takes my breath away. beautiful.

baconbits said...

Morning,
Everyone dreads making a sympathy card but yours is soothing and calming- but the dies could also be used for other occasions to.
Congratulatios to the winners.
Have a crafty day all.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

good morning Sue from Burgundy - this is a beautiful card and anyone who needs these very special cards at the worst times in our lives would really appreciate and welcome one like t
this.Congrats to this week's winners -
Janet x

Vick said...

Congrats to the winners!!
I love this card Sue its stunning hun, Hugs Vick xxx
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Ladock girl said...

I love this card, it's very elegant. Congratulations to all the winners. Linda xxx

shampylou30 said...

wow this is stunning love these dies so versatile sue xxxx

guffie said...

morning Sue, beautiful card i like the crosses but as you have showed us before they can be used for allsorts...... congrats to all the winners this week xx gail

Sandra F said...

An elegant card Sue.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Welcome home. Elegant and classical card just right for those sad times but versatile as well.
Have a good day.
Lydia]X

Debbie Tinks said...

lovely card sue elegant

debs said...

Morning sue what can I say about this card it so stunning and elegant.I think I will have to get these dies. Congratulations to all the todays winners.

Debs Artliff

nannapat said...

Very tasteful card for those difficult occasions Sue. Pat x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, This card is 'elegance personified'. Elements could be used for any occasion, but for a 'sympathy card' this is extremely beautiful. I love how you have extended the aperture, I had to read instructions twice before I could understand what you had done ha ha. I love everything about this card and the crosses are beautiful, that's another set for my list ha ha, I would get a lot of use out of these crosses, especially at Christmas for my friends at Church. Hope you got home OK, Sue, and without any other hitches. Lots of love from Patricia xx

Mac Mable said...

Just outstanding and very beautiful x

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Good morning Sue - a very elegant card, and I agree, the Cross design would suit several occasions.

Have a wonderful week - Sylvia x

Rosemarie said...

Hi Sue, Welcome back to wet England. This card is beautiful and as you say we do all need a sympathy card some time, but it is adaptable that it could be for other things too such as Weddings, Christenings, etc.

Love Rosemarie xx

mags said...

Gorgeous card Sue. Very elegant and striking. Just perfect for the occasion.
mags
x

Janice K said...

What an amazingly intricate look, a card that would lift anyone's spirit whatever the occasion-gorgeous!! x

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
I find sympathy cards the hardest to make but this card is so perfect, it could also be used for other occasions just by changing the sentiment.
Hugsx

mell said...

Simply stunning as always sue u have brought something that just hits the spot for such a emotional occasion x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, this card is really beautiful. Love the way you extended the aperture. Congrats to the winners. Bx

Erica said...

Morning Sue,

This is a lovely, elegant sympathy card.

I used the large cross on Order of Service sheets for my mother-in-law's funeral two months ago. It looked beautiful and the sheets were much admired.

Erica x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love this card, I have this set of crosses and I will be using them for some christmas cards, and the small one I used on a christening card.
Happy crafting and congratulations to the winners
Love Tina x

Fuchsia said...

Very Elegant !

Disco Queen said...

Hi Sue, This is such an unusual card. It really caught my eye the first time I saw it.
Congratulations to the winners. With love & light Theresa. H

Marion Turner said...

Morning Sue,
An elegant and stunning card
Will have to get those crosses.
Love Marion x

HiggiSue said...

What a beautiful card and trying to get the right card for a difficult time can be hard. This would be perfect.

congrats to this weeks winners. :-) <3
Hugs Sue H x

Phil D said...

So lovely - a very appropriate and elegant card for the occasions that we sometimes need.
Phil D

Anthea said...

Morning Sue, such a elegant and stunning card for the most difficult of occasions to make for. Hugs xx

martine said...

Hi sue such a lovely card xxx
all the best martine xxx

Lacelady said...

How timely Sue, I ordered those Cross dies this week!

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Stunning card for a very sad occasion as you say it can be used for many other times I have made a Baptism card with one of the crosses and I was pleased with it very versatile dies.
Hope your safe and home now. Congrats to the lucky winners.
Hugs Annx without an "e"

Christine said...

This is a beautiful card, but it looks too much like a churchyard, where the deceased is headed, for me to want to send it in sympathy.
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card!I'm sure this would help to lift the recipient on such a sad occasion.

Maryann said...

A really beautiful and elegant card here again Sue. I love the pearls on it too, they makes it look more elegant some way.
Congrratulations to this weeks winners here too.

lesley said...

Hi sue you've done it again this is a stunning card I have the crosses dies and have used them twice for a christening and communion and there was I thinking I wouldn't use them!! Lol thanks love lesleyxx

Jane in Spain said...

This is a wonderful card - so very e;egant and yet has a warmth to it.

Victoria said...

I'm lost for words Sue. This is a gorgeous card. Thank you so much.

Rose in Chester said...

It's a beautiful card but with all the crosses can't help thinking of graveyards... Don't think I'd be using them all at once.

sue said...

Morning Sue, this is a beautiful card perfect for many occasions. Congratulations to the winners.
Lv Sue M x

Moni said...

This is gorgeous card, fab details. Hugs,moni

Jean Johnston said...

Congratulations Sue. A very beautiful and versatile card.

hazel said...

Stunning card Sue i love the look of these dies they are on my wishlist xx hazel

sheila said...

A lovely card that speaks from it's design and colour.

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
lovely card. I love the milk colour card too. I hope your enjoying being back home. There's no place like home so to speak. Even though you love to be with your Mum in the states, it's just nice to be in your own place. Thank you for sharing your lovely creations with us. Have a great crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Corinne said...

What a beautifull card Sue It says so much! Hugs Corinne

Wendy L said...

Just amazing, beautiful. xxx

lindyloo12 said...

What a beautiful card Sue, really stunning.

Sue B said...

What a truly beautiful card Sue. I would never have thought of getting these dies before but you make us see everything in a different light. Thanks.
Sue B

Joan Hill said...

Beautiful, Sue. I have one very similar that you demo'd on C&C a while back and I was lucky enough to win, so thank you for that x

angiec said...

wow that is superb

Ayelet said...

Beautiful and elegant card.
Crosses are not my cup of tea, but I can use lots of other dies!

evis said...

Hi Sue.
What a stunning card! You could use it for a Holy Communion card and even a Christening card. Fantastic.
Evis.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Cream and white don't always go together but you always manage to pull it off, it looks great. Smashing crosses can always find a use for them.
welcome back home you had a nice visit with your mum.
born again spellbinder
Nadine hug xxx
on hol a week now will miss the cards

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue a beautiful card as usual.Could be for many different events.Hope you are back safely.

Yvette said...

Simply stunning Sue

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, A lovely card with a number uses. Hugs, Carol S.xx

salem said...

elegant card love color and the crosses

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue
Not really my cup of tea this, i think its a bit OTT for sympathy - but thats just my thoughts. To me it looks to much like a grave yard with all the crosses in a line.
Sorry
Emma

Claveh said...

A lovely card, this would make a really thoughtful sympathy card. xxx

Laura O said...

A beautiful card so hard to do sympathy cards and this is great.Laura O

Vee Cassidy said...

Dear Sue
A stunningly beautiful card so suitable for many occasions which occur on the christian calendar. And I know you have adapted these lovely crosses in the past to suit other purposes too. It is wonderful to have something which is at once specific and yet versatile.Glad to have you back home. Vee xx
ps what strange comments by Christine and Cornish Emma! Well I suppose such a well-loved and popular lady such as yourself attracts all sorts.Just know there are thousands of us who value youe talent and inspiration. peace and love to all xx

lynda said...

Hi Sue What a beautiful card so elegant and stunning xx Lynda

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
I have these dies but had not thought of using them all on one card the effect you have created is stunning.
Hope you are safely back home.
Love Bren

Cassieajh said...

Perfect sympathy card Sue, just the right colours. Hugs Allison x

Christine Hussey said...

Morning Sue, a beautiful card and like the way you extended the aperture. These crosses are so lovely and yes would suite other occasions very well. Hope you arrived home safely and not too jet lagged. Have a lovely Sunday everyone and many congratulations to the winners.
Hugs Christine H xx

yorkielass said...

Good morning Sue, Welcome Back.
This is an elegant and beautiful card. Sympathy cards are the mosst difficult to make and this one would calm and soothe the recipient.
Your talent knows no bounds
Congratulations to the lucky winners.
Have a great day everone.
Hugs June xx

Tracie Carmody said...

A very elegant sympathy card, beautiful x

Maid of Kent said...

Lovely card, I am particularly pleased to see this as my son has 25 years as Paster of his church coming up, and this card would make a beautiful congratulations card thank you so much. Hugs Ann

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

a stunning card 4 such a sad occasion

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Very appropriate for a Sympathy card Sue Very nice xXx

Heather said...

Hello Sue

Well you keep astounding us this card is beautiful and as you say would suit Easter and Communions and other occasions. I don't know how you find the time to make all these cards!

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

Meg said...

How strange you should show this card this morning as we have just had a family bereavement.
My sympathy to anyone else who has.
A beautiful card.

Margaret O

gwen70 said...

Really beautiful Sue

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a beautiful elegant card!! The crosses dies are very pretty. Love Tres x x x

Elaine said...

Wow this is wonderful Sue how fabulous are these crosses amazing card well done Hugs Elaine

sued99 said...

A lovely card. Those dies are so good.

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
So elegant this will suit many occasions it is stunning so pleased I have these crosses I find them very useful.
Do hope you are recovering from your long journey.
Margaret

Jill Liddle said...

Just beautiful

Inagh said...

Sue this is a beautlful card Welcome Back hope you had a good trip

Karen R said...

Simply lovely!

nancyd said...

Hi Sue,
A fabulous card wish you had posted it yesterday
as my two grandchildren just got christened
this morning I used the cross for one
but I could have copied this one too
as it looks completely different
will keep idea for future.
Thanks for all your inspiration.
Nancyd xx

Barbara said...

Beautiful card, the crosses are very elegant and make a very thoughtful card.

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
A beautiful card.
Sonia x

CraftyJo said...

Very nice Sue, the crosses are lovely.

CHERYL brown said...

As ever, beautiful cards. So glad I found your blog, have been following you on Create & Craft in the U.K.

melanie said...

Beautiful card ,Have just done one simular for my grandaughters christening today .Melanie

brenda said...

Just beautiful and appropriate x

Beverley said...

Beautiful card always difficult with sympathy cards but this is a truly lovely card.
Regards Beverley

Buttons said...

Love the way you have done this Sue. Just perfect for this sort of occasion. Hugs, Buttons x

pinky said...

Absolutely stunning card Sue. This is one of my favourite dies, I get so much use out of it between sympathy, first communion and confirmation cards.

Sue Parish said...

Beautiful card Sue. I have these dies and am surprised how much I have used them.
Hope you are getting some rest after your prolonged journey,
Sue x

Victoria said...

Beautifully peaceful and serene card.

Jane said...

Sue I absolutely love this card , unfortunately I have had occasion to use it twice, I totally agree the crossers are so beautiful , thank you for all your amazing creations .

Jane xx

kimmie_35 said...

Hi Sue,
I have been away on holiday for 2 weeks and popped on to catch up on what you have been up to... and you have blown me away! So many beautiful creations... it was almost too much to take all in one go... makes me want to get my crafting stuff out and ditch the washing and ironing... which of course I can't. What a lovely time I have had browsing through... and todays card is so elegant, it's stunning! Thank you for sharing.
Many hugs
Kim M
x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Welcome back, hope you had a good time with your Mum.
Lovely, Sympathy card. Love these dies, very useful as said for weddings, sympathy etc. B.W. Carolyn H x

CathyinMN said...

This is a beautiful sympathy card but, as you said, with a different sentiment on it, it could be used for other occasions as well.

Linda said...

Welcome back to the UK Sue. Looking forward to seeing you on our screens soon. Your sympathy card is fabulous and I love the beautiful crosses.

Big Hugs
Linda xxx

magpie said...

This is such a beautiful card Sue. I so love these crosses & like you say can be used for a few different occasions. Communion comes to mind too. Your creativeness has no bounds, bringing such beautiful cards to us. Thank you for all the inspiration Sue, God bless xx Love Karen xx Oh & congratulations to all the winners! xx

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Such a beautiful card Sue!

The crosses are lovely and would make beautiful embellishments to a collage of photos I am going to be doing in memory of my Uncle who we sadly lost 3 months ago.

Thanks for all you wonderful creations.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

franzesjoi said...

another beautiful card, sue!

lilygee said...

Although I am not very keen on crosses, this is a very beautiful card - the design is amazing.
love lilygee

Dawn Louise said...

Very elegant and beautiful, it's a sympathy card that shows you care x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Loving the wow.

Planetsusie said...

This is just right for the sad occasion it is made for. Absolutely beautiful Sue - do you ever get a block??? I don't know anyone else who has sooooo many ideas.

Hugs Sue xx

Congratulations to all the comments winners.

Vie Carter said...

Lovely card Sue

I have these cross dies and have used them over and over again

For sympathy, christings and weddings they are so versatile

Vie
x

Helen O said...

Stunning card Sue, how true! sympathy cards are awful to make, I find it hard to take pleasure in crafting something that is for someone in so much pain, but this is a beautiful example of how to do it with class Helen O xxx

jennywren1947 said...

stunning sue
hugs chris x

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...a lovely card, but I would have left off the pearl pins...for me it was to much...but love the colors.
Take care Deborah :)

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Lovely crosses. You make such elegant cards.

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