Sunday, 16 September 2012

Congratulations

Happy Sunday!  More winners today with the comment game too so that is a nice way to start the day off I think! First the card though, I set out to make a masculine card, hence the colours, but somewhere along the way, it changed (the addition of the butterfly, I think!)  My goal was to show off the Large Ribbon Banners, (which at least I did), as you don't really get a sense of the size of these until you see them on a card.   I wasn't really sure where I was heading after that but I began by cutting a frame from two of the smaller dies in the Grand Decorative Ovals in black card.  I cut a basic Lattice extendable background and trimmed it to fit in my frame.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out using one of the Large Ribbon Banners in milk coloured card.  I inked it lightly with Antique Linen distress ink.  I cut another one out of camel coloured card to use as an accent shadow.  I split in down the middle length ways and added to the top and bottom of my banner.  I just like the way it framed it and made it a bit bolder too.  I cut a matching butterfly from the Les Papillons set out of the camel coloured card.  The butterfly needed a bit of bling so I cut the solid version out of black glitter card to put underneath it.  When I add butterflies to cards, I only ever attach them at the centre body area and leave the wings free for some movement (it makes you want to play with the wings a bit too, which is fun).  Butterflies also really lend themselves to pearlie swirlies as trails behind them, I just can't help myself I always add it!  I liked the way it looked against the Lattice cut out too.  I added some black pearls to the body of the butterfly and a few different sized ones in the corners.  Pierced the edges to finish it off as usual.  Sometimes our cards just take on a mind of their own, don't they? 
Now on to the Comment Game Winners for the week.  They are:
Bluebell!!!
Barney Bear!!!
Lainey!!!

Congratulations to all!  You have to email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize too.  Don't forget if you want to be entered in the weekly contest, all you have to do is leave a comment after any of the posts I make each day.  I'll draw three names at random from those that do so.  All for now, Sue x

155 comments:

lainey said...

Ooo Sue that ribbon die looks FAB, loving the latice too :) lainey x

auscrafts said...

I like theses dies ,fab card

nannapat said...

Lovely card Sue, and I'm sure men like butterflies too. I have just got my lattice die and it's fab! Pat x

Linda said...

What a great card, lovely latice
hugs Linda Dekker

Leslie Kisser said...

What an amazing card here again Sue, it,s just gorgeous.

Missmizog said...

Next die for me the lattice, i think. Lovely card Sue.

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, just received the lattice die so this card will be made today. All I need is the banners but will compromise with another die meantime. Beautiful card. Con grata to more lucky winners.

Wilma

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, can't go wrong with butterflies I say. Of course I've just bought these dies along with blossom five AND your lacey accents and motifs That should keep me busy!! Mabex

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Love this card, might have a go at similar later.
Now! how clever are you.........?? thanks for the tip of creating a border for the banner, you are amazing in your ideas.
Have a Great Day

Patricia x

Jan.moogie said...

Now this I like Sue as you say it can be adapted for a mans card and I just love the butterfly x

jayne denver said...

Hi sue oh this is lovely oh it really is and I think it's a zny occasion card love it
Thanks Jayne

Jenny L said...

Hi sue,
really superb card today as usual.
Congrats to all the winners.
Have a wonderful crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Marleine said...

Morning Sue,
Am liking this card very much. The butterfly fits well but so could a masculine embellishment. X

Bosquie said...

Love it. So differentXX

AdrienneQ said...

Love the card and as Patricia said thanks for the tip of cutting the banner die a second time to create the border

Christine Harrop said...

Love the lattice Sue, and this card is beautiful. It's amazing how cards take on a life of their own once you get started isn't it? Christine x

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
This card is magic. Wow

kimberley said...

Enjoying the colours in this card Sue and the design although I have to agree I don't think it turned out very masculine.Congrats to this weeks winners-I live in hope,take care,x.

Anonymous said...

love this card, great tip also, judith x

Oksana said...

Beautiful Sue! Love everything about it.x

Pam said...

Lovely card Sue and the banner dies are gorgeous. love the butterfly too.

baconbits said...

Morning,
Wow what an amazing card - as you say some cards choose where they want to go even if we have another path in mind...
Will have to add the lattice die to my ever growing collection.
Have a super crafty Sunday.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

shirley said...

morning sue another gorgeous card love the colours i must have this lattice die it look great with what ever you put it with
have a lovely sunday
shirley xxx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - thanks for the banner border tip - it really sets it off. Nice card.
Rgs
Clare W

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, what a beautiful card, I really do need this lattice die! Have a lovely crafty day with Julia today, I just read on her blog that you two are getting together, Carole Z X

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card, I love the colours you have used, I adore the shadow you have done on the ribbon banner, it makes it pop. The butterfly is gorgeous with the black sparkly card behind and of course the trail behind in black is beautiful. I truly love this card.
Congratulations to the winners, you lucky ladies.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

beachie said...

Super card and that lattice die is next on my list. Those butterflies are special too.
Audrey x

darcydaydream said...

morning Sue. Love all your cards but this one is especially gorgeous. I'm off to have a crafty day.....x Christine

Ann said...



Hi Sue

A beautiful card lovin the colours chosen. This card is so versatile can be used for so many occasions by changing colours and sentiment. Those banner dies are fab. and they look so nice when you ink whilst in the dies.

Congrats to all the winners.

Luv n hugs Annx without an "e"

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
I am waiting for the banners die to arrive from C&C they look so useful. I love these new dies from Spellbinders I have the foliage one and can't top using it. I love today's card and agree that the butterfly needs a swirly trail. Congratulations to the winners.
Hugs x

Marion said...

Hi Sue beautiful card ,love the colours,and the trellis .
Marion

Val in Spain xxx said...

Good Morning Sue. Love the lattice die, it's on my got to have list. I have the small banners but they're not impressive enough to make a feature of. Congrats to everyone who won a prize.

Corinne said...

Wow great just received my lattice die great idea thankyou as always hugs Corinne

Sonia Jones said...

Love this card it would be quite Mardi Gras if instead of the butterfly you'd put the mask! I love the colour scheme used and i might have a go at recreating something similar! Hugs Sonia

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the card I have started making one card that turns into another completly different from what I had in mind.
Congratulations to the winners.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Ladybird said...

Hi Sue, My first blog comment. Love your cards and very impressed with the banner die. I had been wondering about these dies, and I`m now convinced. I love the expandabilities background dies.

Izzwizz said...

I don't believe it, I was just making a card yesterday with the exact same butterfly on a botanical,swirls background, absolutely love your colour scheme, the caramel is gorgeous. Also, I wanted to thank you for the tip about making a shadow die cut by cutting the bottom one in half. It's a great technique and I've started using it quite a bit. Hope you are having a great weekend. Maddy x

Carolyn said...

Beautiful, love the colours and design xxx

Victoria said...

The Lattice die is a MUST HAVE! No doubt about that! I love the tip about how to frame the label die just by cutting another in half. Very effective and clever.

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
What a lovely card, nice idea about the Glitter base on the Butterfly..I have the Banner Die and am amazed at how large they are, but I will use your idea it looks so good.
Congrats to all the winners ENJOY!
LoveMarg

Sandra F said...

Gorgeous card Sue. xx

guffie said...

morning Sue whaat a lovely card, just love these colours that caramel colour is just goergeous and i love the idea for creating a shadow that is definately goingon my must try list............
a big congrats to the three winners this week as well xx gail in eastbourne

Celina Dee said...

Stunning card Sue. You've outdone yourself again.
As I couldn't get the new expandables on C&C i finally managed to source them from other online stores and a lot more of the new releases and my 1st package arrived on Friday. WOO HOO the expandables are AMAZING!! But baking paper is essential.
Thank you Sue and thanks Spellbinders.

Sandybee said...

I have this lattice die and love it, one of my best buys I think.
Gorgeous card.
xx Sandra

Lacelady said...

Very nice card - I think a man would be happy with a butterfly on a card, they aren't too girly.

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Absolutely FAB! Love the colours, the centre piece and of course the flutterby. This is really a lovely card. Congrats to the lucky winners.
Have a great day everyone.
Happy2craft

Janice K said...

A beautiful card and love the effect of the lattice die, so many possibilities spring to mind!! x

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning card today love it all.
Have a great crafty day with Julia wish I was there as well.
Enjoy your day.
Lydia
X

Julia Watts said...

Lovely card. Love the Lattice die. Julia xxxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous colour combo and congrats to the winners.

debs said...

Morning Sue great card I've give me a great idea. Its my dads 80th birthday next week and I were stuck what to do so now you've rescued me. Congratulations to today's winners.

Debs Artliff

sarah hyett said...

Hi Sue What a stunning card I really love the colours.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, WOW, what a card, beautiful. The lattice dies are gorgeous and love the butterfly.
Congrats to the lucky winner.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June x

HiggiSue said...

Beautiful. :-)

Joesgrandma said...

Another gorgeous card Sue. Thank you.

hazel said...

WOW Sue absolutely stunning card love it all, the colours, the dies used that lattice die looks so good inside the decorative ovals. xx hazel

Lara B said...

Good morning Sue
Love this card!
The colours, dies (ribbon Banner & lattice especially)& bling etc!
The colours are indeed great for a man's card..but as we can see, you can 'pretty' them for any occasion!

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

Lin W said...

like the lattice,must watch out for this one.
xxx

Hellma said...

Great card Sue love everything about it.

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, a lovely card again, great colours and layout. At the moment these butterflies are used on everything,so lacy. Emma

Karen R said...

Love the new lattice dies, and the butterflies. Lovely card xx

joy said...
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jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

Beautiful card, love the latice die! Congratulations to all the lucky winners. Love Jean x

Clare said...

Lovely card Sue, love the banner and butterfly.

Clare x

Heather said...

Hi Sue
Welcome back! As you say very suitable as a men's card perhaps without the butterfly but lovely. The big banner die with the dark colours makes it more masculine as well I think being a bit more chunky!

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx
P.S. Congratulations to all the winners!!

joy said...

Hi Sue
Well what a card it is fantastic.
love all the dies used and the ribbon banner is lovely.
joyce.e

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue This lattice die must go to the top of my ever increasing list .

Congrats to the lucky winners

Take Care
Elaine H X

carol said...

Gorgeous creation, love the whole design, x carol

Tracie Carmody said...

very pretty, loving the lattice and always love the use of butterflies. I have purchased a ruler for pricking so need to actually give it a go lol

Wendy L said...

This one is so beautiful, I love it. xxx

sued99 said...

Great card. the lattice die looks fab.

Joan Hill said...

Fab card Sue, just love the lattice die, so useful x

Laura O said...

Beautiful love the butterfly.Laura o

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely card, like everyone else thank you for the idea of cutting the banner in half to make a shadow, never thought of that! Have a great Sunday and congrats to all the winners. Take care. Jess x

Maggie said...

Good Sunday Morning. What a super card for a man. I have lots of men in my life who like butterflies and would appreciate such a huge congratulations. I love these dies and use them so often. Why didn't I think of splitting a backing banner? That's what you're for - thank you! xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - another clever idea for us to copy! Love the shadow effect and I will be using this trick and the butterfly dies are always so pretty whatever the colour. I have got the expandable botanical swirls die but not used this yet. I really love the lattice effect though as it can be used so easily on men's cards that I think I will have to treat myself, again! Thank you for all your amazing ideas. Yvonne xx

hotpotato said...

love the card.

HeatherT said...

Love this card and it's good to know that you don't always finish with the card that you set out to make too.

Anonymous said...

Really really like this.

Must say the lattice die is really useful
especially for male cards

She x

Beth Peake said...

really love the clean and simple lines of this card. In this case less is more.
Well done again sue

Luv n hugs
Beth

Lynn said...

just started playing with the butterfly dies and i love them! beautiful card sue as always xx

Jackie Calvert said...

Hi Sue
Your ideas are so good. I NEED the scroll die. Congratulations to this week's winners.
xx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I had not realised that the banner was so big, it looks great, as does the rest of the card. Who says men can't have butterflys!

Rosemarie xx

Christine Hussey said...

What a beautiful card Sue, love the butterfly trailing over the lattice and how you have created the accent shadow on the ribbon banner. An amazing card. Congratulations to the winners! Hugs Christine H xx

Cassieajh said...

I have been dithering about ordering the banners but after seeing today's card I will be getting them, I have been working my way through the list of new Dies & have almost got them all now which makes me happy. Hugs xx

Kate's Cards said...

Can't get enough of the butterflies!

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

i love this card have 99% of the dies so sould b able to create a similar one for a birthday i have coming up thanks again for the ideas

martine said...

Hi sue, another stunning card. the butter fly dies are lovely have you tried them using vellum they look lovely,xxx
all the best martine xxx

nmty said...

hi sue, lovely card, love the colours you have used. the latice background die is lovely. very effective dies the extendables are.

congrats to the winners.

lv norma

Joan Donaldson said...

Hi Sue, another lovely card. I love the butterfly

Elaine Harper said...

Hi Sue. What a lovely card. I missed out on the lattice die. It is on my wish list.
Love
Elaine.

fame01 said...
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Dawn said...

Another lovely card!
I love the lattice die, its on my wish list, I love how it adds depth to a card and yet is a simple design. I love it when I'm making a card and it goes in a different design than I had originally thought
Dawn x

Anonymous said...

Stunning Sue just stunning. Hugs Sheila.x

fame01 said...

what a great card love everything about it . i to missed the lattice die but i will hopefully get it soon another one on my long list of i need lol.. have a great day sue .. hugs sarah .x

Butterfly-Crafts: Handmade Cards & Gifts said...

OMG I love this card! I love butterflies and the way you have the swirl on the lattice. I have been toying with the idea of the lattice die and seeing it like this has convinced me more to get it!

kelly said...

WOW Sue,beautiful card.How clever to do the shadow of the banner too,would never of thought about that!
Have a great Sunday,
Kelly.

gwen70 said...

I love this card Sue, just bought the butterfly dies and they are fab. Will be looking for the lattice next

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
fallen in love with the butterflies. And smashing colours on this card (coffee cream and chocolate sorry renamed it). Banners are great and more you can do with them then you think. The lattice i just got and think it is wonderful. Makes work look more intricate.
Wonderful job you have done 10/10xxx
born again spellbinder
Nadine hug xxx
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
I just love these dies especially the lattice ones, this card is as always wonderful!
Margaret

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card you have give us the idea so it could be a mans card with a tweak lol! I don't have the grand deco ovals nesti yet
Congrats to all winners
Thank you
Lizzie (serial copycat) xox

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Love your card. You have definitely converted me to the large ribbon banner dies. It looks great. With love & light Theresa. H

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, Great card and feeds my addiction - butterflies. I always think, if a card looks as if it has something missing, just add a butterfly. I wonder why it makes a card masculine, as men do also like butterflies. I think it is our perception of men. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Yet another lovely card. I really will have to try and save some pennies for the butterfly dies as they always look so lovely. Congrats to all the winners - who knows maybe one day I'll be lucky too.
Best wishes
Beverley W

Heidi said...

Beautiful as always Sue! And congratulations to the winners! xx

Hugs
Heidi

sallysbitz said...

This is stunning Sue. You always show a fab layout x

hugs sally x
sallysbitz.blogspot.co.uk

Newbie said...

Love your card! LOVE the decorative oval, and liked what you did w/ shadow on banner!!! A WOW card! Love the buttrfly!

Tres said...

Hi sue. I love today's card!! The lattice background die looks fab. I would like get this die but I am not to sure how to use it. The large oval and circle dies are on my list too!! I think your card could still be used as a male card. It is just wonderful. The colours you have used look great together, a lovely colour combo!! Have a nice day love Tres x x x

Sue B said...

Another great card Sue. I have the lattice die & love it along with the butterflies (that are going on nearly every card I do) but think I may have to invest in the banner dies also. Colours are brill for a mans card but equally good for an autumnal card for a female. Just love it.

Chrissie J Lui said...

Hi Sue.....another beautiful card...I love the colours you have used.....Have a lovely day.

Chrissie x x x

Meg said...

Love how all the pieces give so much dimension to the card.
I thought the banners would be small so haven't got them..yet

Margaret O
xx

Sylvia x said...

great colour scheme and looooooove the lattice..

Sylvia x

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Great card. love butterflies
and the lattice.
Margaret L

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Great card. love butterflies
and the lattice.
Margaret L

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, this card is really beautiful. An interesting mix of dies used here. Love Sam xxx

Rose in Chester said...

It's lovely........

norma said...

lovely card sue
best wishes norma

Christine said...

Beautiful, I really must get the lattice dies!
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, must have the lattice dies,just manage to get hold of the card stock you use, incuding the coconut white, thanx Sue for sharing your ideas, you are such an inspiration.
luv and stuff
Pauline x

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Oh my word. I'm blown away by this card. Really really love it. The banner die is gorgeous as well. This is a "NEED" for my Wish List
Congrats to the winners xXx

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
Love the card with the lattice in the background looks fab.

SusanP, Kent said...

Hi Sue,
These are great colours for a masculine card - I'm sure there are guys who like butterflies too!
Sue

Amanda R said...

I love this card Sue, and I love your different ideas on using butterfly dies.

Olga said...

Love, love, love those butterflies!!!

lorraine (classylady) said...

Another great card Sue love the colours. Congrats to all winners
particularly the candy one WOW imagine opening that package.

regards
lorraine - scotland
xxx

SUZYD said...

BEAUTIFUL CARD,LOVE IT.SUZYD X

nancyd said...

Hi Sue, A stunning card love the colours
and butterfly is great managed to
the lattice die so will be trying
this one thanks for the inspiration.
Nancyd xx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous,gorgeous,gorgeous!! Will definitely try this one. Thank you!

Anthea said...

Good evening Sue, late comment for me today. I absolutely love everything about this card! Hugs xx

lilygee said...

A really stunning card Sue
love lilygee
xxx

salem said...

wow card love these dies

Jane said...

How amazing this card it love it.

Jane xx

jordiegirl said...

Loving the banner Sue. Another brilliant card.

brenda said...

Beautiful card, love the way you have adapted the lattice die, another one i have to have x

CraftyJo said...

I love everything about this card Sue, I am so tempted by those extendibles - just a pity my wallet isn't extendible too!

Ladock girl said...

Love this card today Sue, Linda xxx

magpie said...

Fantastic card Sue! Loving the lattice die. Can imagine a lighthouse on this one......& like nannapat says men must like butterflies too so it would suit males. I love playing with the butterflies wings too, forever pinching them in between my thumb & finger! They just have a nice bouncy feel when you do it....! Congratulations to all the winners, (myself included!). Never give up, keep trying everybody, your day will come! xx Love Karen xx

Claveh said...

This is another lovely one Sue, a little change around for the elbellies and this would also make a great guy card! Thanks for sharing! xxx

vanessa said...

Hi Sue, this is a lovely card,really like it, take care vanessa x

Marlene said...

Lovely card will have to get the lattice die Fab

karenlotty said...

I love the colours on this card, male or female. Les papillion are my favourite dies at the moment

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
Another great card! Thanks for the tip with the banner die - I've got these and they are HUGE! I was so surprised by the size of them but they do have the advantage of more room to stamp sentiments on.
Love that butterfly with the pearly swirl trail.
Congrats to the winners,
Sue xx

Keefyd said...

Beautiful card Sue, love the lattice background

Ria Gall said...

Hi Sue
WOW how do you do it? Time after time after time you come up with the most stunning cards and this one is amazing. It sings to me.
Ria

Vie Carter said...

Oh what a beautiful card today Sue

Love the latice work and butterfly

Just come back from a workshop with Leonie today - brilliant fun day crafting

It's not a bad world !!

Vie
x

Lynda said...

Beautiful card very striking. Love the lattice

Rufus said...

Sometimes cards take on a mind of their own??? Mine do it all the time! Like where this one ended up!
Ribbon die looks fantastic, esp with the border you created for it.
R/

Lisa Duncan said...

A bit of bling never goes amiss, go for the red noses 2 little crystals on both noses, lovely.

You have inspired me this morning, I have another spellbinders set which has a reindeer fanciful holiday.

deeville said...

I just want this lattice die when is it going to appear in the uk

Ayelet said...

Stunning card!!!
I love this beautiful butterfly :)

Anonymous said...

Love the butterfly die, your card looks great. Hugs melodyx

Marianna Hammer said...

Beautiful!!

Rach83 said...

Wow, Sue this is just fabulous. I'm glad you went off course and added that butterfly! Such a stunning use of all the dies.

Rachel x

cebelica said...

Wowers, I never thought craft and black would go together so well. Fab card! Hugs! xx

aggieosborne1104 said...

The lattice and the large ribbon banner die speaks for itself and marry them with your ideas....perfect combination!!! Shame I still don't have the new A4 dies but I'll wait patiently...you'll never know Santa might be listening :)Lots of love, Aggie xxx