Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Let It Snow

Hi blog friends,  I had no idea where I was going when I started this card, but I do like where it ended up.  The only thing I was sure of was that I wanted to use the snowflake dies to create a flower.  Truth be told, these were my least favourite shapes as snowflakes, but they are brilliant as flowers.  That  makes them more versatile and, as such, valuable dies to own.  I started with a small piece of some gray and cream snowflake paper that I owned (one of the few Christmas themed papers I owned at the time).  I stamped a few of the snowflake stamps from the Snowflakes and Twigs stamp set around the background for interest.  I stamped them in black and embossed them so they would show up against the busy background paper.  Next I added a border strip of cream and black card to which I added some layered scalloped cream lace.  Next I cut out the large Holly motif and embossed it.  Before removing it from the die, I taped the back of it so the pieces would stay intact.  I like this technique as it gives you a completely different look to your die.  Next I cut it again out of black card but removed the fall way pieces.   I stamped and embossed the black Holly motif with the snowflake stamp so that it was off centred and slightly off the die edge.  I layered the two Holly Motif pieces, slightly offsetting them.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it into a forked strip.  I layered this piece with a black mat.  I stamped the edge with another snowflake stamp for interest.  I cut out two of each of the snowflakes, but did not emboss them. I did this because I was turning one of each of them over to create my flower.  This gave me a mirror opposite to create my flower with.  So I layered all four pieces up and curled them inward to create my flower.  I added a large black rhinestone for the centre.  The flower was glued on top of my double bow tied from black silky crush ribbon.  I added two stick pins that were a gift to me from Linda Burrows, aren't they beautiful!  The unforked end of my sentiment strip was glued underneath my bow.  I finished the card with Cosmic Shimmer black PVA glue dots around the edge.  A very vintage looking Christmas card for you.  All for now, Sue x


148 comments:

Moni said...

Gorgeous black and white card, fab details. Hugs,moni

Pam said...

This card is full of drama in these colourways but it is lovely. I like your mix of snowflakes, ribbons and lace.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - very chic me thinks
Rgs
ClareW

Rose in Chester said...

Wow, what a stunning card. All the snowflakes work together, as do all the different elements of this card. A small masterpiece, to balance this busy card so beautifully.
Also, thanks for the tip about taping the die to retain the "fall away" pieces. I shall try that.

Felicie said...

Another stunning card.It is so elegant.
Felicie

Anonymous said...

Been on my hols,great to be back to catch up, lovely unusual Christmas card;must make a start on mine. I have lots of ideas thanks to you Sue. Mabex

Beth Peake said...

Cant beat a classic black and white for any occasion. Another beautiful card Sue

Maryann said...

Really beautiful creation SUe. I agree, you can never beat a black and white lay out, as it will look elegant for any occasion always, and this is really elegant too. I like it a lot.

debs said...

Morning sue what a stunning card I just love the colour. I like the idea of using the snowflake to make a flower I would never have thought of that but it works as it is brilliant. You are such a inspiration.

Debs Artliff

Xx

nattyboots said...

A very busy card Sue but it works,
Love the snowflake flowers especially

Elaine H x

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
really amazing card today. Those hat pins are fab. Isn't Linda Burrows the best, she has helped me no end with my blog, which I started yesterday. I don't know what I would have done without her. Have a great crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

suep said...

Good morning,
A beautiful card and a fab tip about snowflake flowers - I need to try these out

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
A very 'Sue' Christmas card today, it is very striking. All the elements go really well together, I still cannot get into the Christmas mood yet, but when I do, you have given us loads of ideas, lol.
Have a great day everyone.
Happy2craft

BridgetCG said...

Wow Sue, another stunning card, really effective with the snowflakes stamped in black. Bx

Patricia said...

Good Morning sue,
You have done it once again, another stunning card.
I am not quite into the Christmas Cards as yet but will certainly keep this one in mind for "Special Friends"
Have a great day

Patricia

cebelica said...

So elegant! I really must start making some Christmas cards too otherwise I'll do everything in the last minute again. Hugs! xx

zerena said...

A very chic and upmarket card. Zerena

Karen R said...

Great tip to tape the pieces of the holly die. Love this card too, mut make a start on my Christmas cards x

Joesgrandma said...

Love the Background paper. Great use of the holly wreath die. A lovely card. Thank you Sue.

carolyn lee said...


Wow, looking at the master piece you almost whish real snow was here. Please note I said almost!
A stunning card .

AdrienneQ said...

Note sure the black and white quite does it for me, but I love all the ideas.
Ta

gwen70 said...

Love this card, black and white is great, love everything about it

HiggiSue said...

Quite a lot going in in this card and I am not sure it works for me. love the idea of snowflake flowers though.
Hugs
Sue

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
For not having a road map or plan this is a rathe amazing card very cool.

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
Only you would think of making a flower out of a snowflake die lol. Considering you didn't know where you were going today's card is another amazing masterpiece.
Hugs x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, This is a 'more is more' card, fabulous, I absolutely love it because I am a 'more is more' card maker ha ha !! It is extremely elegant and dramatic in the black and white. A truly stupendous card Sue, simply beautiful. Lots of love from Patricia xx

Clare said...

Lovely card Sue, I love the flower you've created out of the snowflake dies.

Clare x

hazel said...

Stunning card Sue love everything about it. Love how you always find more than one use for the dies too xx hazel

sarah hyett said...

The black and white looks great and the more I see Christmas cards using just these two colours the more I like them. Love the different patterns and textures and the snowflake flower.
Another great card.

Val in Spain xxx said...

Good Morning Sue. Very classy black and white card. Love the background and the lace is so pretty. I so wish i could think of ideas as imaginative as yours.

Lin W said...

Is it the 2011 snowflakes,It does look like it,if so I have these and will give it a go after work today
xxx

kimberley said...

Love the black and cream together however this card is much too fussy for me therefore one of the few that i am not very keen on.sorry Sue,take care,x

Ayelet said...

Amazing card! I love all the textures and details :)

ang said...

very elegant Christmas card angxxx

Wendy L said...

Just beautiful. Love black and white. xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeius, love that flower and the black and white.

Maggie said...

Black and cream always classic. The snowflake flower is so clever for christmas cards, although I love my poinsettia dies too. Thank you xx

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, A lovely card, very elegant, love the lace and the pins. Love Jean x

hotpotato said...

Wow! What a very striking card.

Julia Watts said...

Love the snowflake flower. Great card. Julia xxx

Janice K said...

Monochrome magic!

Ladock girl said...

Lovely card Sue, I see what you mean about the snowflake dies, they make boring snowflakes but wonderful flowers. Linda xxx

marg said...

Good morning Sue!
A bit too busy for my style! but none the less a beautiful card.
LoveMarg

Laura O said...

Lovely card Sue ,you really do fill your cards up with lots,lace tags bows stamping flowers etc.Love the black and white colours.Fab. Laura O

Sue B said...

Love it Sue, even if you didn't know where you were going when you started out you definately had a great ending.
Sue B

Anthea said...

Morning Sue, cant make my mind up this morning if I like this one or not. Love the ideas though. Hugs xx

Diana said...

Wow, so elegant! I love it!

Sandybee said...

A striking card today Sue although a bit to much going on for my taste.

xx Sandra

guffie said...

you amaze me when you say you don't know where your going with a card, and then it turns out to be fab xx gail

Celina Dee said...

Morning Sue,
A bit earlier today with my comment.
2 Thumbs up LOL!!!
I thought that the loads of detail would make it untidy but it all looks great.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the card and colours, I too was wondering what the snowflake could be used for as it did not cry out 'snow' so this die has not had much use 'yet' but will get over use as flowers ha ha
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Kathy said...

Hi Sue - lovely card but not for me. Too busy, too much going on - but plenty of ideas to plunder! TY. Kathy x

rachel said...

this is stunning Sue - just beautiful xx

Sandra F said...

Another lovely card. Love the black and white theme.

Marion said...

Hi Sue this card is nice but a bit too busy for me .
Marion

Rosemarie said...

Hi Sue,

Love the card, using the snowflakes as flowers really appeals to me as I love flowers on my cards.

Love Rosemarie xx

nannapat said...

Wow, another stunning card Sue. I would NEVER have thought of using snowflakes to make flowers - but I will now! The inspiration you give us is just amazing - thank you. pat x

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
A really stunning card and I agree with you a very vintage look, the embossed snowflakes are lovely and the backing paper, flowers, lace and bow all work to make this yet another for a Sue masterclass!
Have a lovely day, Love BrenLel

Victoria said...

Great idea for a different flower. For me, the best things about the card is the sentiment strip. SO effective. I'll be 'using' that idea!!

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
Goodness what a busy card so much to look at, love the use of black and white.
Margaret

sue said...

Morning Sue, this is beautiful and as you say the snowflake die make a great flower. I love all the samping you have used here and there to bring the whole design together. Really lovely.
Hugs Sue M x

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
I'm not sure about this card - for me it's a bit too fussy. However, I think the flower is a really clever idea as is the taping of the pieces in the holly die.

Anonymous said...

Another amazing card Sue - just love the lace again. Wish my cards turned out like that when I don't know where I'm going!! Yvonne xx

evis said...

Hi Sue.
Love the card if not the colours. Would work just as well in other colourways I think.
Evis.

Cornish Emma said...

Thank you Sue, i have these dies but also dont really like them as snowflakes, so must give this a go to make them into flowers. Lovely card and layout. I think you may be start a black xmas card revolution (lol)
Emma

Vick said...

A striking unconventional Christmas card Sue but i like it, would love to see some everyday cards now, getting fed up with the Christmas ones in August! lol, love vick xxx
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melanie said...

Stunning card .Melanie

Marleine said...

Morning Sue,
Really like the flower, that works for me. Not so sure about the rest, a bit heavy for me. X

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue, I love this card, you are giving me so many ideas for Christmas cards, I don't know were to start, but keep them coming
Janet

SueH said...

I would never have thought of using a Black and Cream theme for a Christmas card but it looks so opulent. Really beautiful as always Sue.
Happy Crafting!
Sue H
x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
what a fab card and all off center and looks amazing. smashing embossed stamps really make the card. A brill way to retain the pieces of a cut out die.
!0 out 10 card
Born again spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Sue - said...

Great idea to use the snowflake as a flower

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Have been away for a few weeks and really missed being able to see your wonderful creations. So glad to be back although I;m afraid I think this card is a bit to busy for me. I have used the snowflake dies to make flowers and they really do look nice.
Best wishes
Beverley W

CraftyJo said...

This is surely a card for a 'special person' - couldn't make them for everyone on the Christmas List :) Thanks for the hints and tips - taping the pieces while still in the die etc... very useful.

dutchess said...

love it Sue....would never have thought of a flower! and I love the banner sentiment another of your stunning ideas.....take care Margaret MP

martine said...

Hi sue what a great look for Christmas,love the black and white xxx
all the best martine xxx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Such a dramatic card, the snowflakes, flowers, ribbon and lace come together perfectly.
Thanks for the tip of taping the back of the holly die. Busy cards are not usually my taste, but this card has changed that.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June x

Carol H said...

Love the black and white but a little fussy for my taste.

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a lovely card. It is a bit busy but I like it. I like the stamping with black embossing, and making a flower out of the snowflake dies is a great idea!! I am not to keen on black and white or cream for christmas cards. I would use other colours. The bow is lovely!! Have a great day Love Tres x x x

Lacelady said...

I love the idea of not having to push out all those little pieces in the die - never thought of that, Duh!

Marianna Hammer said...

There is too much going on in this card. I had to look for a while to see all the details. But it's a Sue Wilson card and they are always elegant :)

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue love the different colours for a Christmas card and turning snowflakes into flowers.

Elaine said...

Hi I like this one Sue and I like the banner , must try one of those it looks so lovely I adore the cream christmas card below and have just purchased the dies because of it !!, wow am I going to be busy.
well done another stunner
Hugs Elaine W

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, A little too much going on for me. But still an elegant card. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
Super card, 1 of my fav colours and will be coping this one too lol!
Thank you Lizzie (serial copycat)oxo

Vee Cassidy said...

Dear Sue were you not doing a happy dance this is a happy dance card if I ever saw one. It is very beautiful all your stamping and embossing is stunning and I love that backing paper and that is before we even get to the spellbinder bits! I like the idea of keeping "bits" in as it looks great. Once one of my anenomes had two kind of paper stuck in (Iwas doing more than one layer!) and it looked good but the deliberate effect here is like a new kind of embossing. You always create something ofiginal in every post. As I told you before you are the Mozart of Art and Craft. Vee xx

Vee Cassidy said...

*original even !lol sorry Vee xx

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card, Love the flower.
Margaret L

Meg said...

Hi Sue,
Oh my...I love everything about this card. But guess what...I now have to add another set of dies to my wants list!!

Margaret O

Jess Watson said...

Hi Sue, lovely card but just a bit too fussy for me, but could use some elements from it, keep up the great ideas we would be lost without them. Take care .
Jess

nancyd said...

Hi Another great card Sue love black and white so
different for Christmas.
Nancyd xx

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, lots going on here but impressive as normal with your creations. Love it.

Wilma

May said...

Gorgeous card Sue, very striking, love black & white cards.. I need that snowflake.. Hugs May x x x

lesley said...

Hi sue love the card apart from the backing paper! Sorry but it makes it look really busy and unless I have the exact paper I wouldn't know what paper to use!! Lol I would just have an embossed background with the snowflakes stamped on it love lesley xx

snapdragon25 said...

This is a bit busy for my liking but I do like the Text with the Snowflake printed at the end. Thanks. Hil xo

Claire Camp said...

Gorgeous elegant card as usual Sue. Love it.

Cassieajh said...

Sue, I love this coloured card & would never have thought to use snowflakes as flowers, beautiful!
Hugs Allison x

barbiepinkfairy said...

Love the black and white but this is just a bit too busy for me!

Claveh said...

This is another beautiful card Sue, thanks for all the great ideas. xxx

Christine said...

I don't know how to describe this card, of course it's beautiful, it's a 'Sue' card, but the components don't merge together as well as your very best cards. I suffer from this, often, where the whole is not greater than the sum of it's parts. I wish I knew why, some just seem to be parts put together rather than a cohesive whole!
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

corinne said...

love it as usuall hugs Corinne

Joanzone said...

Have been following for some time but this is my first comment because your card blew me away. Love it. Joan

"Talk to the Tail" said...

ooooh ... Gosh ... I love everything about this card Sue. So dramatic. I'm also liking the banner die and the way it sits on your card. They have mentally been put on my "NEED" list LOL
It's a good job not everybody likes the same things or we wouldn't have such variety! ;0)

Vie Carter said...

Love the black and white combo

great card

Vie
x

Heidi said...

Loving the monochromatic look on this! The pins are beautiful! Hugs, Heidi x

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Lovely card Sue! Very classy and elegant.

Happy Craffting!!! :) X X

Christine Hussey said...

Hi Sue, what a little beauty. Fantastic colour combo and such detail, a stunning and very elegant card. Hugs Christine H xx

SUZYD said...

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING,LOVE THE COLOURS AND ALL THE PEARLS.
SUZYD X

Craftyhugs said...

I adore this card. So detailed and the colours just blend together. My favourite colours too. Think black and white look fab on cards. Love the dies too and really should get myself some of those. It's amazing how versatile dies can be, not just to use as they are you can cut and fold to create different styles. Spellbinders are the best! Hugs sharon xxxx

Lorraine said...

what a stunner i just love all the details and elegance xx

Jane said...

Love this one Sue really affective, colour combo fab.

Jane xx

kimmie_35 said...

Asolutely stunning! All of your christmas cards are like ornaments, they are amazing!
Hugs
Kim M
x

lynda said...

WOW A stunning card love the different snow flake dies they all work well together.Thank you so much for your inspirations Sue i must get started on my Christmas cards soon.
Hugs Lynda .x

Bosquie said...

SuperbXX

jayne denver said...

Hi sue what a card really striking
Love the texture cream and black white and black such classic colours
Thank Jayne

Joan Hill said...

Love this card and I have an original of it done by our lovely Sue the last time she was on C&C, I was lucky enough to be drawn out of the spotty potty. So I am leaving this comment feeling very smug lol x

yorkie said...

Hi Sue
This is avery classy card that would grace any mantlpiece
I love it not surprised I have not found one I don't like yet
Take Care
T x

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, at first this didn't strike me as a typical Christmas card, but hey I really love it!! Love Sam xxx

brenda said...

Hi Sue, not sure I like black on Christmas cards but can imagine it in blues my favourite colour. Really like the forked sentiment must give it a try x

sheila said...

Striking Christmas card, this cars needs to be sebt to someone whose not steeped in tradition.

Jane in Spain said...

A really beautiful card, although I am not a fan of black and white for Christmas. I shall probably use green or blue instead!

fame01 said...

love this sue how classy now will aft to buy these dies to lol.. keep up the good work .. xx

Carole Z said...

Another gorgeous, classy black and white card Sue, love it! Carole Z X

Tracie Carmody said...

Love the colours and how it looks so vintage x

Belinda Barton said...

This is soooo fabulous! I must have a go!

Lara B said...

Good evening Sue
Wow..a Gorgeous card!
Love every element!
The black snowflakes are beautiful!
Love the layout, colour combo...etc!
Enjoy the rest of your evening!
Lara xxx

Helen Owen said...

A very luxury card, which would be just perfect for someone special, love it all, thank you Helen O xxx

Jacqui aka Morgana said...

Sue I am running out of adjectives to describe your cards - need a new dictionary so I dont keep repeating myself because you certainly never do. Another wonderful, beautiful creation.

lorraine (classylady) said...

Hi Sue, I too need new words to describe these cards, but for now will just say stunning. love it all,love black and white/cream and the stamping and heat embossing of the snowflakes

regards
lorraine - scotland
xxx

Linda said...

Fabulous monochromatic Christmas card Sue and loving the papers and the detailing on the card.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Sue Parish said...

Gorgeous card, Sue. I love everything about it,
Sue xx

Buttons said...

Loving the black on black embossing on this Sue. Hugs, Buttons x

CathyinMN said...

Very pretty card! So much fun bling. Those stick pins are very nice.

auscrafts said...

missed the blog yesterday no pc
love the colours and clever use of the snowflake die a beautiful card

franzesjoi said...

gorgeous!!!

Jan.moogie said...

Now this is different Sue, think I could do something like this myself. A very busy elegant card. x

Glass Daisy said...

Now you're cooking! This is GORGEOUS!
Sonia x

marg0006 said...

You mak such gorgous black & white card. I love the stamped snowflake.

marg0006 at verizon dot net

Diana said...

I adore this monochrome card. Sue, you never fail to please :) Love Diana xx

nuttinanni said...

Where do you find your inspiration from? Have just into black/white cardstuff so am looking forward to trying this out.

vanessa said...

Hi Sue, lovely card,
take care vanessa xx

jennywren1947 said...

now this is lovely Sue
Hugs Chris x

magpie said...

Very classy & elegant card Sue. Love the holly die (got it!) the embossed snowflakes, the clever "flower" & the decorative pins gift from Linda Burrows.....does she do them professionally? Stunning black & white xx Love Karen xx

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

This is dramatic, elegant, stylish and totally on trend.
A winner all round for me, so no need to say more.
Hugs Linda xx

Debbie Tinks said...

sue lovely card

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