Wednesday, 24 October 2012

You Are Pretty Amazing

Hi bloggers!  Today's card is a really simple layout, but I just love the negative space from swirl dies myself.  I picked out some Graphic 45 papers for this one.  They may not appeal to everyone, but I just loved the colours in them.  The patterned stripe paper was light enough to be used on top and show off my sentiment.  I really liked the darker background paper, which has small butterflies on it (so appropriate I thought) and thought it would look smashing peeking out through the swirl cut outs.  I used my favourite swirl die for this one too.  It is part of the Heartfelt Creations Dutch Iris die set.  I taped it into place in the lower corner and ran it through the machine to cut my first swirl.  Adding a small piece of waxed paper between the die and your card really helps aid in the removal too.  I used the die a second time to create the look of one long die cut by slightly overlapping the cutting edge on the die with the area that was previously cut.  I stamped my sentiment using a black archival ink pad and then added 3D foam mounting pieces to raise the entire piece over the background below.  Using the same paper that is showing through the swirls, I cut two of the butterfly die that is part of the Heartfelt Creations Butterfly border set.  One was simply cut and embossed, but one was cut with a sticky adhesive sheet attached.  I micro beaded that butterfly and adhered it to the top of the other butterfly by gluing only the body.  The butterfly wings were left free and were formed to show off both of them.  I added three black rhinestones to the body as an accent.  The entire piece was matted with a thin mat of soft gold to give it a frame, then I finished with a black pierced edge layer.  Can you see the tiny butterflies in the background?  All for now, Sue x



168 comments:

Pam said...

Morning Sue, this is very suitable for a male card as it is simple but elegant. Yes I can see the tiny butterflies but that big butterfly die is gorgeous. I too think the negative is very effective.

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue, I love this concept, great use of the negative piece. Have not done this yet, might just have a play later.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
Such a beautiful elegant card.
Sue

HiggiSue said...

Just beautiful Sue. I love the butterfly.
Have a great day x

auscrafts said...

love this way of using the negative ,beautiful colours

Ladock girl said...

Hi Sue and good morning to you. I like the idea of using the negative of the swirl die as you have and really like the top paper but I'm not that keen on the one underneath. I don't really care for dirty papers as I call them, much prefer clean and crisp. Linda xxx

Olga said...

What a good idea of using the swirl die! beautiful card!

Eemeli said...

Morning Sue and what a fabulous card once again. Love that negative space on your swirly die and those cute little butterflies you can see. Great color combo and this is the kind of card you could use for so many different occasions.

Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
Greetings from very sunny Italy. I like this card and it is fun when you do something just a little different. Nice job...

Didleydimo m said...

Morning Sue. Love the colour and the simplicity works sooo well. I like the idea of using the negative of the swirl die x

Sylvia W said...

Hallo Sue,
Loved this card when I saw it on C and C. Simple but very elegant.
Sylvia

foxyg said...

Will try this later on. Looks good.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, the idea of using the swirl die like this is fabulous. Love the colours of the papers used. A really elegant , simple card. Bx

Sonia Jones said...

Lovely card today Sue. Lovong the butterfly. Hugs Sonia x

Gail said...

Less is more! love it. Going to have a go at this one later today.
Gail C.

Chrissie J Lui said...

Morning Sue....I really liked this card when you showed it on C & C..I have tried this using the negative..(not as good as yours).
I love the colour combo and the backing paper is lovely....

Happy crafting..
Chrissie x x x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Simple but elegant card. LOVE the butterfly.

baconbits said...

Morning,
Really like the negative piece. This card is so simple, elegant and i would be proud to receive or send.
Adore the colours and yes can see the butterflies.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

debs said...

Morning §ue lsst night was watching a show that had recorded and it was this card and i llked it then but now seeing it close up i like it more i love the bscking paper that you have used. I can understsnd about you liking the backing paper. Take care.

Debs Artliff

jayne denver said...

Hi sue very pretty suitable for males and a all occassion card
Thanks jayne

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - its yet another must try!
Rgs
Clare W

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
wonderful card. Now you know what they say about great minds. Well I know mine is nowhere as good as yours,
but I made a card very similar to this last week. Only I used the Swirl die from the Venetian set.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

kimberley said...

Morning Sue,another stunner.Could be used for any occasion and for male or female.Hope the sun is shining on both you and your mum,take care,x.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, I loved this when I saw it on C&C, how ingenious to elongate the flourish, and so effective with the butterfly paper underneath, Graphic 45 paper is my most favourite. The butterfly die-cut looks fantastic with the top butterfly 'micro beaded'. This looks such an easy card, but the elongation of the die will probably be 'trial and error' ha ha, well in my case anyway ha ha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

dutchess said...

Hi Sue hope your trip over wasn't too tedious and that Mum is well, have a good hug...
the card looks lovely I do like the butterfly micro beaded....not much success for me doing these negative type cards I never get them in the right place Lol.....take care xxxx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I love using the neative on my cards so I am always looking to see if I can get 2 cards from each die cut.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Lovely card, simple but effective, love the papers used, the colours are great. Hope you are well.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Anonymous said...

'morning Sue, once again a different slant on the way dies can be used.Love the simplicity of the look. Mabex

Victoria said...

Great way of using the negative pieces, and seems to be quite a quick card to make.

fame01 said...

hi sue loving the way you have done this simple but elegant at the same time .. hugs sarah .. hope you are having a nice time with your family ..x

Julie and Phoebe said...

love the papers Sue and the negative cutting. will try this when we get back home

xx

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. i love using the negative outline, that way you get two cards out of one lovely paper. It's a tip I picked up from you a while ago Sue. Really love this card and yes i can see the butterflies in the background.
Hope you're enjoying you hol.

Christine said...

I love this, absolutely love it! Your choice of papers just makes it work beautifully.
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

This is gorgeous, love the negative swirl and that butterfly is fab.

Joesgrandma said...

Lovely card Sue. Thanks! XXX

Marleine said...

Morning Sue,

Beautiful card. Simple but effective. X

Sandra F said...

A lovely card sue. xx

Jenni Murphy said...

Hi Sue, another great card the papers are gorgeous. Off work today so will have play!
Have a great day
Jen xx

Crafty Nanna said...

Good Morning Sue, love this card, a great idea for the gents too if the butterfly was substituted for a motorbike or the like. Will be playing later on and must have a go at this idea.
Have a great day

Hugs Lynn

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful colorcard
Gr Elly

Ruthie said...

Compared with yesterdays opulence this is simple, but you never do simple Sue........ A superb offering today, I love Graphic 45 papers but do seem to have trouble seeing them about in the shops. I am definitely going to NEC in November so hopefully see them there. and you of course.

Anthea said...

Good morning Sue, love the simplicity of this card and so clever of you to use the butterfly paper behind the top layer and link them with the top butterfly. Hugs xx

guffie said...

Good morning Sue as you say simple but yet still a stunner, i use quite a few of the waste die shapes as i hate to throw anything away, hence a big pile of scraps in my work room lol. i do have an annual clear out though, honestly i\m not that bad really xx gail from eastbourne

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, this is good, love the papers used and swirls and butterfly.

Wilma x x

lainey said...

a beautiful CAS card Sue, love the colour!! lainey x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

Did like this when I first saw it on C&C and keep meaning to try it. Great male card. Love Jean x

Izzwizz said...

Beautiful card, I love seeing you use those graphic45 papers in such original ways. Maddy x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

I love how you use the negative to make a card, this is a lovely card

Love the papers you use

Sue xx

evis said...

Hi Sue.
Love the simplicity of the card although not the colours. I can see this looking good in other colourways.
Evis.

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
Using the negative is such a good idea and part of that great inspiration you give us all.

Crafty Lark said...

Good morning Sue, What a wonderful creation and I love the paper colours you have used for it also. xx Flora

June Fletcher said...

Morning Sue

I really love this card... as I do with all your other ones :)

The concept is excellent and I can see the tiny butterflies too

June x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue another lovely card like the negative concept may try this later.Have a nice day

Liz

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Elegance is what springs to mind when looking at this card. Just love seeing all the different styles you produce.
Audrey x

Sathya said...

Such a beautiful card and loved the idea...PPs...

Lacelady said...

You are right, that is a beautiful swirl, but I won't be getting it because the Iris is not that useful to me, especially as it really needs the stamp to bring it to life - another expense.

Why can't Spellbinders just give us a set with two or three stunning swirls?

maxine h said...

Great card as always Sue, and I love the look using the patterned papers. I have a hoard of patterned papers and tend to just use them as backgrounds or for matting and layering but not anymore!!! Yet again you've inspired me to think differently.
Big hugs
Maxine xx

Carolyn B said...

I love this card Sue. The stripey paper goes really well with the scroll and butterfly.

Carolyn B

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Loved this card when it was shown on C&C. Its so elegant and the way you have used the swirl is so clever.
Graphic 45 papers are great.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Julia Watts said...

Simply Lovely! Hugs, Julia xxxx

gwen70 said...

Hello Sue, gorgeous simple card today, love the butterfly and the negative effect is great, really must give it a try

hotpotato said...

hope you're having a fab time in the US.

Karen R said...

This is such a clever idea, I would never have thought of it but it is such a great use of both bits of card. No one would think it is the waste from a die cut. Kiveky card xx

nancyd said...

morning Sue, stunningly simple but
very elegant card have used negative
from dies before, after you showed
it a while back and I love the effect
it gives I tend to place my swirls
on nice paper and in a way that leaves
a nice negative so I an use them.
Nancyd xx

Debbie Tinks said...

must try this one lovely sue

Bosquie said...

Unusual use of colour, but it really worksXX

Lucy Bush said...

Loved this card when demonstrated on tv,must have a go,thanks sue xx

Maggie said...

I think you are pretty amazing too for bringing us such lovely cards. I want to try this with some flowery papers underneath and embossed white on top - could be stunning. Thank you xx

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Very pretty card love this idea the paper is gorgeous and butterflies are my favourites.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
Yes I can see the butterflies they are so pretty, I don't have this die ( sold out) but tried this card yesterday using the swirl from the Jewel Flower set and it looked great. I love the graphic 45 papers but they are not so easy to find in the shops. I love the simplicity of today's card it is so easy to make but once again it looks as if you've spent a lot of time making it.
Hugs x

Anonymous said...

A really elegant card I just love it.
Carole N x

Heather said...

Hi Sue

I love this card very different with the patterned paper being to the fore. I have an almost exact pattern as mirror card so will make it with that. Thanks for showing us!
Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
Like this idea as you can use the under paper for the butterfly so not wasting paper. Fab card. Don't always think to use dies this way. Love graphic 45, got song bird pad and cant use the scissors on it. lol Would wallpaper the house with it if i could.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue

I like it !!

Im thinking of having a play with your idea later ,hope it comes out as good as yours ?

I aways live in hope Sue

Have a nice day
Elaine H X

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I love this card and using the negative, it gives a very different result.

Love Rosemarie xxx

lindyloo12 said...

Morning Sue all the way across the sea, I hope you are having a good time. I liked this card and would not change anything about it.

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, lovely colours and unusal aperture. Emma

Jackie Calvert said...

Using the negative is a good idea - nothing wasted. This is a nice card, and as others have said, good for a male. I can't see the backgroung butterflies, just pretty paper.
xx

Carol H said...

Just love this card, great colours.

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
Love the swirl and the Butterflies and the colours..lovely card
Love Marg

aggieosborne1104 said...

Hello Sue, Good Morning! This is an excellent card for men. The simplicity of the card and the practical use of the negative is the perfect combination. I love the Graphic 45 papers that you used on your cards. Ever since I bought my Heartfelt creation dies, I was stuck and didn't know what to do with them. Now I have seen you used the dies, I can begin to see the things that I could make using the dies. I miss the bows and the bling, but if I were to give this to my boys or my male friends...this would be perfect! Thank you Sue for giving us another masculine card idea!
Lots of love, Aggie xxx

Jean Woodward said...
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Jean Woodward said...

Hi Sue

what a beautiful card, love the colours, and the butterfly is perfect.
Happy Crafting
Jean x

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, very elegant! Love the colours and as you say, the use of the negative space is quite striking, hugs Carole Z X

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Love the colours and the papers. Love the simplicity of this one. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
Loved this one on C&C and I adore Graphic 45 papers.
Hope you are having a good day. It's a very damp & misty morning here,
Sue xx

mell said...

stunning but simple a beautiful card sue x

jacqui said...

Great card sue.

Craftychris said...

Absolutely stunning card and those tiny butterflies peeking through are gorgeous! xx

Erica said...

Morning Sue,

Love the colours in this card also the butterflies peeping through.

Erica x

martine said...

Hi Sue, lovely card the swirls really stand out and the butterfly is stunning xxx
all the best Martine xxx

hazel said...

Morning Sue lovely card really like the colours you have used. xx hazel

Katie-Louise said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card you've made for today, I love butterfly's and this is a definate favourite for me although all your cards are outstandingly wonderful. I love the dark background with the lovely striped blue paper cut out in front it really looks great. I love the microbead look of the butterfly. I bought some microbeads when you did the shortened four day deal on create and craft. I got my justrite stamps from America yesterday I love them and will have great fun playing with my labels twenty dies and them (I also got a list of other spellbinder compatible dies they do as well so will be contemplating what to get next!) I hope you are enjoying being back home and your weather is not grey and drizzly like ours in the uk! Thank you for your inspirational cards especially today's. Katielou x

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue I love the concept of this card using up the negative pieces but I'm not very good with patterned papers,I never know what patterns go well together, so tend not to buy them!! I would probably do what another blogger said and have a plain coloured piece on top that is embossed and a safe flowery paper underneath!! Lol love lesley xx

Cazann49 said...

Hi Sue, This is a fab card, I don't know if it is "DE ja vue" or whether I saw you do this as a demo!..It is striking, and a fab way of using negatives of the dies..:)..I've tried it before with the flower ones (You made a card with the negs of flowers a while ago) which turned out stunning and I had lots of positive comments..:)..Must do some more..lol..have a great day..xx

Jackie D said...

Hi Sue,
This technique is one I'm sure we forget, that the negative can be just as effective as the die cut. A really nice card with lovely colours.
love from Jackie D

wendy hewings said...

Very nice, cute butterfly and many people would love it just nice and simple, my mother in law being one of tnem.
Wendy

Marion Turner said...

Morning Sue
Simple but elegant love the colour too.
Love Marion x

lilygee said...

Simple but very effective - a beautiful card Sue.
love lilygee xxx

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Very different, but still lovely.
Margaret L

JackieP said...

Hi Sue, A nice card, but too simple for me.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
This is a really elegant card
the micro beads really make the butterfly pop out. As always you come up with realy appealing backing papers, something I struggle with (if in doubt leave it out) so tend to stay with plain colours and my reliable distress inks!
Hope all is well with you,
Love BrenLel

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Saw this card on C&C and adored it, simple but elegant. Love the colours and butterflies. I can see the tiny butterflies, they are adorable. What a great use of the negative, have tried this technique after watching a previous show of yours, and had lovely comments. My iris dies and stamps arrived Friday, will have to play with them now.
Enjoy your day with Mum.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
You are right this is a nice and simple layout and so easy to do i have done some negs in diff colours ready for when i need them
Thank You
Lizzie (serial copycat)xox

AnnR said...

Hi Sue I love graphic 45 products and this card shows them off so well

Cathy Clowes said...

Hi Sue

I love this card too, it is simple but so effective and a particularly good colour. I've not yet tried anything like this and it is a great way of using every bit of paper. I'm another Graphic 45 fan, their papers are so different to anything else.

Cathy x

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
What a super idea I simply love it,
you never fail to amaze!
Thank you
Margaret

salem said...

good idea

Phil D said...

Just so lovely Sue
Phil D

Ita said...

hi Sue Super card I love the colours and it looks stunning
Smiles
Ita

Hellma said...

Love the idea of this card Sue, but has to be one of my least favs, i think it is the pat papers, but will certainly give this a go with a plain top cover.

AnneRD said...

Lovely negative shape. Pleased I was able to see you demonstrate the 'joining' technique on the show. Anne

vanessa said...

Hi Sue, it might be simple as you say, but its still absolutely gorgeous, love it will have to get these dies, take care vanessa xx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. This is an unusual card. I do quite like the papers you have used but I am sure using other papers would look just as good.I did not realise that the swirly die was from heartfelt creations, I thought it was the swirl from the jeweled flowers set. (the jeweled flower die set is on my wish list.) The butterfly is nice to. Have a good day with your mum Love Tres x x x

Jacqui aka Morgana said...

Yet another card that I love and another die to add to the wishlist. Truly I will need a massive lottery win to give me both the cash and time to emulate all these beautiful cards you design. Time to look at my dies and see how I can adapt what I already have to give this idea a go.

Jacqui xx

Vie Carter said...

This card is pretty amazing too

Love these papers

Vie
x

CraftyJo said...

Gorgeous Sue - I must learn to think carefully before die-cutting in future so that I can make use of the negative piece, make sure that I use a nice, large piece to cut from etc.. thanks for the inspiration :)

howdy said...

loved this when you showed it on the TV and love it even more in close up.
Clever girl.

Christine Hussey said...

Wonderful design Sue and love the papers. Hope you are enjoying your time with your Mum and she is well. Hugs Christine H xx

Sue C said...

These are my colours, love this card a lot x

julie said...

hi sue, lovely card again,can you tell me what size your cards are what i mean is what size do you use the most off crafty hugs julie xx

Maryann said...

Again a fantastisc card here with the negative part of the diecut, but just as gorgeous. Awesome work as always hun.

nikkib said...

Love how you can use the negative space too, no waste, even better.....

Laura O said...

A stunning card Sue ,simple to make -saw you do this on c&c in few minutes.Laura O

Sandybee said...

A clear case of "Less Is More" Sue, a brilliant card. I love the negative use of this swirl die

xx Sandra

Oksana said...

Lovely card Sue!x

Pearl said...

Love these papers and the way you have cut out the swirl to revel the bottom paper!
Pearl x

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Sue I love that paper huggles hun xxx

Meg said...

What a great technique Sue.
Using the negative is a great idea.

Margaret O
xxx

CathyinMN said...

Very pretty, and simple, card. I really like how you used the negative of the cut as a focal point.

susan ward said...

love the swirls I have just bought some going to try then later came to get some inspiration from you as your cards are great
sue x

Barbara said...

Lovely card Sue, the butterfly is gorgeous.

yorkshiresue said...

Another card I saw on C/C and liked
Good use of negative
Hugs
Sue XXX

Marianna Hammer said...

Very pretty card. The negative effect works really well :)

nannapat said...

Very clever use of the dies Sue and a beautiful card. Pat x

Jane said...

Love it really lovely.I never use the negatives what a waste. Must try this.

Jane xx

stella wright said...

Nice card sue love the use of the negatives with swirls must try it stella x

Maid of Kent said...

Very stylish card. Love the butterfly. Hugs Ann

sued99 said...

Another lovely card. Must try this technique sometime soon. x

Susan White said...

Great card - really effective and so quick to replicate! Simple and elegant.

Thanks, Susan

Margie said...

Really lovely card, as usual, just love the way you change to use of your dies, I'm now starting to look at my Spellbinders for an alternative use, thank you x

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, well I think YOU are pretty amazing!! I love this card, it's a different style to your usual, but I really like it. Yeah, the tiny butterflies are cute! Love Sam xxx

brenda said...

Hi Sue I love graphic 45 papers and have a couple of there collections but they are too nice to use LOL. Really like the design of today's card so simple but effective x

jennywren1947 said...

love this card there,s something about it that makes it simple
hugs chris x

Yvette said...

wow, what a lovely card, i really like the papers and the use of the negative piece, great colours Sue

magpie said...

Really really nice card Sue x I do like the 45 papers, both of them are lovely. They compliment each other & yes, the butterfly one is especially nice. Like how you have used the negative again on this card, it's a reminder that I have negatives of the holly border in my stash ready to use! Love the sentiment, it would lift anybody's spirit! xx Love Karen xx

"Talk to the Tail" said...

You said it Sue...You are pretty amazing bringing us these beautiful cards each day. Thank you xXx

Ayelet Barkay said...

Great card! I love the use of the negative :)

trish from Wolverhampton xxx said...

Lovely card today Sue.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Better late than never (work committtments) yet another stunning creation. I really like the colour combination.
Beverley W

jordiegirl said...

Very nice Sue.

Linda said...

Another fabulous card Sue! I love the papers and the way you have showcased the die. The butterfly looks so tactile.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Janice K said...

A great idea and example of using negative space, beautiful paper. x

Christine B. said...

Hi Sue love this simple card using the negative and the lovely papers. Take care . Hugs x ChrisB

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Another great card - simple but effective. Great for a male card (without the butterfly!).

Crafty Mum said...

Hi Sue,
This Has given me so many ideas I have a LARGE stash of 12x12 scrap book papers that were just for looking at 'lol' but now I see they must be used! ( well some of them)
XXX Janet Crafty Mum

melody said...

Hi Sue, love the butterfly an the colours are fab. Hugs Melody xXx

Abuzz With Creativity said...

Love the use of the negative space from a die cutout. The butterfly is gorgeous! Must remember I'm not wasting card/paper stock if I cut mid sheet ;-) Claire xxx

Joanne Page said...

Yet another fabulous card Sue....truly beautiful.....xxxx

SUZYD said...

LOVED THIS CARD WHEN I SAW IT ON C&C.SUZYD X

Vick said...

I love this effect as we rarely think about he neagtive space and they are just as effective a card as the positive, thanks for the daily inspiration Sue, hugs to you hun, Vick xxx
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Jan.moogie said...

Love this card Sue, the colours and the simplicity.x

marg0006 said...

What a lovely card and such a sweet butterfly.

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Claveh said...

Hi Sue, I really love the idea of using the die to cut out from a sheet, it looks really elegant. Love the design. xxx

Kirsten Childe said...

Hi Sue,

Please could you tell me the name of the collection the Graphic 45 paper comes from?

Many thanks,
Kirsten

lynda said...

Hi Sue a beautiful card like the negative element love Lynda x

Su said...

Very elegant card - and love it's simplicity - definitely less is more!

Su (Soop)

violetclouds said...

This is another stunningly lovely card from you!