Sunday, 4 November 2012

Be Merry


Good morning everyone!  It seems that I got a bit ahead of myself and was thinking that yesterday was Sunday.  I knew that taking a trip midweek would mess up my sense of time (or rather, lack thereof!)  If you are checking in to see if your name was drawn for the Comment Game, just scroll down to yesterday's post to check.  I promise to get back on schedule for next week (just chalk it up to old age!  That's my story and I sticking with it! LOL)  Another one of those neutral coloured Christmas cards for today's post. I had a bit of fun with this one as I decided that the paved pearl technique need not only be used as a border.  How about as an ornament decoration?  I embossed a piece of taupe card with the Holiday Magic Embossibility folder.  I used the Heirloom Ornament 2010 and cut an aperture in the centre of my background.  I used the same ornament plus the next size up to cut an ornament frame.  While still in the die, I inked it with clear perfect Medium using a piece of cut 'n dry foam.  I clear embossed it to give it a shiny textured look.  I mounted it on foam pieces above the aperture in the background.  I matted this piece with milk card so it showed behind the bauble.  Then I matted the entire piece with a thin mat of black to define it.  I picked some patterned paper (Teresa Collins design) and gave the whole piece a wider mat. Then matted the entire piece in black and pierced the inner mat layer.  I stamped my sentiment then cut the end into a fork and matted it with a matching black forked mat.  I tucked the edge of the sentiment under the tip of my ornament (just something a bit different).  I added a double bow tied from silky crush ribbon and a fancy button from my stash.  The last step was the pearl dots.  Those were done with the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue.  I randomly added different sized glue dots filling in the open space from the ornament.  I set it aside to dry overnight.  Whether you like it or it's not to your taste, you may just want to have a go at something similar and that is what I love about this card.  Hopefully it will be fun for you too  All for now, Sue x



161 comments:

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
Another a fabulous card today I don't know how you keep coming up with such brilliant ideas. Are you back here or just back from Savana Ga?
Hugs x

Vicky said...

Beautiful Sue...:o)

big hugs Vicky xx

Sue Thom said...

Bore Da Sue, I love it so much that I have to try this one. It is my cup of tea. Are you back for the Friday show Sue?

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card. Hope to see you this week on TV missed you.
Sue

tracy w said...

Good Moring Sue
my first time sending this blogg
but i love all your cards you do keep up the good work
from Tracy wx

auscrafts said...

beautiful card

Hellma said...

Lovely card Sue.

Anonymous said...

Spectacular card, Sue.
Like everything about it, especially the black ornament frame and paved pearls.
Hey, you know have an extra day to what you thought - time for another card!

'P'in Wales

Maryann said...

Simply stunning Sue, and it´ll look sooo great for soo many occasions, and is soo easy to make without too much fuss for any of us. Gorgeous work again.

Eemeli said...

Good morning Sue. Another beautiful card today and I find those different sized pearls adorable. And they all look round (shape I mean) -- perfectionism! :)

Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

jacqui said...

A new favourite .

Rose in Chester said...

It's a beauty - And the pearls used to decorate an image are super. Good job you are thinking of all those things and showing us.

cebelica said...

I would rather use blue or red instead of black (black isn't really my cup of tea), but otherwise I think your card is gorgeous. Hugs! xx

Pam said...

A beautiful card Sue and the paved technique works so well within the ornament die - must try this one. I love the colour scheme but if not to everyones taste can so easily be adapted to more traditional colours.

Beth Peake said...

WOW I really love this one Sue. how striking is this

Luv n hugs

Beth

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous card, love the random dots inside the bauble. Age thing happens to us all, hope the winners enjoy their goodies.

Wilma x x

Chrissie J Lui said...

Morning Sue....Another stunner...I love the paved pearls....

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

Heather said...

Lovely card design Sue but choice colours does nothing for me for Christmas! Sorry!

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Oh I'm quite taken with this one Sue, lovely addition using the pearl dots. Gorgeous work as usual.

Cheers,
Kasey ~ in Oz

Anonymous said...

'morning Sue, I wrote loads but the little blogger wouldn't send it...lucky break for you eh!! lol
Great card , thanks for all the ideas, Mabex

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. Lovely card yet again.Love the way you do the dots. Still haven't mastered it but I'm persevering.

Made some Christmas gift tags yesterday out of different shaped dies. Really pleased with the result.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Val in Spain xxx

marg said...

Hello Sue
I have re read the blog.... but on my screen there seems to be a pattern on the ornament black edge? is it my eyes this morning? it looks so pretty though Sue!
LoveMarg

beachie said...

Hi Sue
A real eye catcher today, love this card and how do you get those dots so perfect. Its a brilliant idea. That bow just finishes it off perfectly.
Audrey x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Lovely card, this I will try I have these dies but maybe in different colours the black looks a bit cold but the concept is super.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Linda said...

Very beautiful
hugs Linda

maxine h said...

Morning Sue,
Lovely card another one for me to try. I have these dies and have been practising using the pearl glue for faux pearls, I'm not bad now, so will give it a go.
Big hugs
Max xx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - wowey! another must try - need to improve my faux pearl technique though esecially round the edges of a card when they all need to be the same size - this one should be easier as its random placement and sizes.
Rgs
Clare W

Karen R said...

Great traditional looling card,really like it xx

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card as usual, I like the texture the heat embossing gives to the ornament frame. So much going on in this card without being overwhelming.

Donna Jones

kimberley said...

classical and elegant-another stunner take care,x.

foxyg said...

I love that effect with the bauble Sue.

marg said...

Hello Sue
I get it now! its the Dry Foam and embossing that's made the pattern on the Bauble . LOL
Love Marg

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

I love this card and I did a similar thing last week but I used the plain lattice to cut out for the background where you have used your pearls..I love the clear embossing on the black card really makes it stand out

Sue xxxx

Ladock girl said...

Lovely card again Sue, I don't know how you keep coming up with ideas and not repeating anything. Linda xxx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
I have used this die for the first time this year and I love it - I find it so useful - I have to admit although I have used the faux pearl effect around the margins on cards I would never have thought of filling in the middle of this bauble (silly isn't it)you use it for one thing and don't carry through to other areas but I will now.
Janet x

Patricia said...

Good Sunday Morning Sue,
Another simple but Stunning card.
Love frame idea must try that.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

Ann said...




Hi Sue

Gorgeous card so elegant love the bauble dies.

Hugs Annx withtout an "e"

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Stunning, stylish and elegant. Again, this is a lovely card, love this shape best in the bauble dies, the colours are great, just love it, like I always do, hee hee.
Have a great day everyone.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Lin W said...

Love this card and the best bit is I have all the bits to do it and it is my day off as well.
xxx

Joesgrandma said...

Elegant and sophisticated! Love it Sue!

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card.
Gr Elly, Roemenie

Marion said...

Hi Sue,i like the card but would do differant colour ,black looks a bit harsh for christmas to me .
Love Marion

Joanne Page said...

Yet another fantastic card sue. It brightens my day seeing what you have magically achieved x x x

Joanne Page said...

Yet another fantastic card sue. It brightens my day seeing what you have magically achieved x x x

Christine Harrop said...

Such a beautiful sophisticated card today Sue! Christine x

Clare said...

Lovely card, love the decoration on the bauble.

Clare x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

Very elegant, I love it. Love how you have used the pearl glue dots. Love Jean x

Victoria said...

Great design, lovely textures. Perhaps different colours for me would make it a bit more 'merry'!!

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
I love this one so classy. This really sings to me. Love the paper used.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

cazlan said...

another great card - i use the pearl dots a lot now - makes a completely different look to a card. i have used this bauble set so much, i love it. i have even made 3d decorations for my christmas tree with it. keep up the good work Sue.

xx carole

Janice K said...

An amazingly sophisticated and classy looking card. I wish I could have a button stash like yours Sue! x

gwen70 said...

Stunning card Sue, love the embossing folder

Cassieajh said...

Hi Sue

Love this card one of the recent best. Hugs x

Domcia said...

wow, i didnt realise that black christmas cards can be so beautiful:)

Gail said...

Morning Sue, good to hear you are back, I'm off to FL on Tuesday.
I do like the card but not sure I could send a black Christmas card to anyone, think I might have a go with navy blue or a dark red.
Gail C.x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, this card is so elegant, really love the bauble frame. Bx

joy said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card i have these dies and just love them also have the stamps to match.
we all get confused so dont worry about it.
joyce.e

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Another beautiful card to add to my collection to try. I think it is very sophisticated and whilst I do like the monochromatic look I think I would have to use "warmer" colours. Love the bauble and the texture on the frame is lovely - never thought of using cut & dry to apply the perfect medium - seems to give a super texture. Will give it a go.

nannapat said...

Stunning card again Sue. It looks really classy - must have a go at doing this design! Pat x

hazel said...

Gorgeous card Sue, glad im not the only one who loses track of time and days xx hazel

dutchess said...

fabulous Sue ....and thank you for your e mail....I have ordered the card from Sam and eagerly waiting ....am going to have a go at this beautiful card, both in black and white...it's a stunner....hugs xxxxxx

Sonia Jones said...

Another fab card. I love the paved effect and have tried it out but sadly didn't look as good for me! And Sue we all suffer from memory loss occasionally! LOL When are you back on our screens? Hugs Sonia x

Carol H said...

Gorgeous card keep up the good work.

Rosemarie said...

Morning sue, Glad to hear you are back and hope you enjoyed your short trip. I haven't known what it day it is for ages so don't worry. Love this card and the faux pearls on the ornament.

Love Rosemarie xx

Sandra F said...

A beautiful card Sue. xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, Fabulous card and very luxurious. Emma

Debbie Tinks said...

LOVE THIS CARD SUE MUST TRY THIS ONE.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely card and quite easy to do, another great inspiration from you. Take care, Jess xx

melanie said...

Beautifaul It can be done in somy other colours thanks for sharing ,any chance of the just orinmants cards to be shown .melanie

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue love the card! take care Love Michelle xx

Debby Berry said...

Morning Sue,

Lovely card... Hope you are having fun.

Crafty Lark said...

This has so much super detail, really enjoyed the read and great card. xx Flora

Howdy said...

Love everything about this one

Lacelady said...

Oooh, this one is my cup of tea! I love it.

Christine said...

Another lovely card, and the same, but different. It amazes me how many ways you find to adapt similar components so the cards are completely different!
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue

I can get everyday muddled up one way or another Sue so dont you worry about it ,my excuse is its just a Senior Moment .

I love your card ,its just the [ ticket ]
Thats what we say when something his the right spot , it has so much going on and is a delight to the eye

Take Care
Elaine H X

Clarissa said...

Another stunning card. I love it.
Clarissa.X

salem said...

fab card love these dies

Dawn Louise said...

Hi sue looks stylish and elegant lovely card, but too black n dark for me for Xmas, but great for other occasions or in alternative colours x have great week x

yorkielass said...

Good Sunday Morning Sue, You are no the only one to get days mixed up, I do it often lol.
This card is stunning and elegant, the colours so rich and luxurious.
Love the faux pearls and the embossing and the good thing, I have all the ingredients for this.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Vick said...

Oh WOW Sue i love it, so classy elegant and just my kinda card! Hugs, Vick xx
the-artful-codger.blogspot.com

Gay New Malden said...

Good mornig Sue and firstly thank
you for helping me with my M-bossibility queries.
Wow this card is so elegant and I love the colours and the pearls.
Big Hug from me Sue.

Gay

Kate's Cards said...

stunning!!

Jackie D said...

Hi Sue,

What a classy card and certainly something to brighten up this miserable wet grey day.

love from Jackie D

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, This is a very 'rich' elegant card. Simply stunning. Love the colours. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Vie Carter said...

Fab-u-lous

Absolutely wonderful

Vie
x

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
What a cracking bow. Yes this card has lots of interest and dimension. Fabulous card darling. Working on the being merry bit lol.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Lynne M said...

Hi Sue, hope you're enjoying the time with your mom. Love this card. Lol Lynne M

SusanP, Kent said...

Good Morning Sue,
Love the neutral colour scheme, so great for a guy, I think (even with the bow which is fab).
I did wonder if your travelling had messed up your timing when I saw the comment game winners up there yesterday! Hey Ho, it happens to us all. LOL
Sue

Izzwizz said...

Wonderfully different and I love it! Maddy x

SusanP, Kent said...

Hi again,
Just to say I love the idea of clear embossing the bauble this way. Amazing how doing something a little different makes such an impact. I do wish I had some of your gorgeous backing papers too.
Sue

June Fletcher said...

Hi Sue

Oh yes, another wonderful creation, just love the mutted colour scheme...

June x

Meg said...

Hi Sue, do like the card but I would have liked to see a little touch of red to lighten the mood a bit.

Margaret O xxx

Rebekah said...

I love the colours - so elegant and sophisticated! I like the kind of juxtaposition between the beautiful bow with swirly paper and the funky pva dots - it works and I wouldn't have thought it would. I bow to your superior genius! )

Rebekah

Tres said...

Hi Sue. Another great card today!! I love the bauble die. I think what makes this card is not just the paved effect bauble in the centre but its raised black frame around the edge to. I think it really finishes the card off and makes it look so professional !! The background paper and the embossed background both look fab too. As always I love your bows !! The colours are nice but personally I prefer the traditional christmas colours. Hope to see you on tv soon love Tres x x x

CraftyJo said...

Love it Sue, very elegant as usual. I do like all the layers you use - what a pity our postal service now charges for 'thickness' instead of weight as it used to - means that if a card has to be mailed I tend to try to keep it thin! Really spoils the fun :(

debs said...

Morning sue this is my type of card i live it when you do the pearls. But when
Ive tried to do this they seam to spread out but when i get my grand calibur
Back from spellbinders as they are repairing it i will be having ago at this one.
Take care sue.

Debs Artliff

debs said...

Morning sue this is my type of card i live it when you do the pearls. But when
Ive tried to do this they seam to spread out but when i get my grand calibur
Back from spellbinders as they are repairing it i will be having ago at this one.
Take care sue.

Debs Artliff

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card. Will try this one for sure.
Margaret L

fame01 said...

well sue what a great card i will be having a go at this one for a family member shes in love with this colour combo she as it in front room so therefore she will be having this for her xmas card .. thanks for the inspiration again sue .. hugs sarah ..xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Another beautiful christmas card, I have not tried the glue dots but when I do get some glue that will be the first thing I try.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue I loved this card when I seen it on c+c,I really like black added to xmas cards as they look so elegant but I understand some people are more traditional so thankfully this card can be done in any colour Love it!! Love lesley xx

Jane said...

Love this one Sue just up my street.

Jane xx

Marleine said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card. Looks very enjoyable to make. X

Joanloum said...

Hi Sue
Love the card. Will have to give it a go xx

Claveh said...

Very nice card Sue, with the black and grey it looks so elegant. xxx

Anonymous said...

I love this card, so beautiful and elegant.

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

fab card will be trying this one thx Sue for ideas dont worry abt your senior moment i thort i was goin mad & missed something thats why you posted it yesterday lol

Ria Gall said...

Hi Sue
Oh Wow this has got to be one of my most favourite Christmas Cards. I am still struggling to decide what to use for my cards this year.

Ria

stella wright said...

another nice card sue glad you mentioned the embossing bit again ikeep forgetting to try this maybee if i do this card it will it will stay in my brain box lol x

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,
Such a beautiful selection of christmas cards you have shown us. I'm struggling to settle on one design for my christmas cards this year. I may have to make one of each! Thanks for the inspiration!
Joan B.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, another stunning card
I seem to start a lot of my comments
with these words but is so true, must try this
one I have used pearl dots on the the borders
but must try them this way a bit
cheaper than the real pearls you used
before, glad your back safe and sound hope to see you on c&c soon.
Nancyd xx

~Kathy said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

~Kathy said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Oh Sue ...this one is "right up my alley!" I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Absolutely beautiful xXx

Margaret said...

Again Beautiful, just beautiful what else can one say! Are you back this side of the 'pond' and when can we expect to see you on TV again? Missing you.
Margaret

Anonymous said...

Oh Sue,, Really love this card, so Elegant !

hugs Manx Linda XX

cheekypaws said...

Hi Sue.
I love the card. You always have such great ideas. I just love all your cards

nikkib said...

Lovely, I do like the pearl technique, it really adds to the card..... x

Lesley Wyness said...

love this one Sue, think my friend will be getting this one for Christmas.x

sued99 said...

I do love your Christmas cards although I think I'd do more traditional colours.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous card, love it. The pearls are beautiful.

Ayelet Barkay said...

Beautiful card! I love the natural colors and the paved pearl technique :)

Anthea said...

Good afternoon Sue, Love the black and white. Wish I had the gorgeous backing papers that you have. Hugs xx

Anonymous said...

Great card, must try and do those pearls

Mol x

hotpotato said...

another gorgeous card.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Definitely into ver elegant cards at the mo, aren't you Sue. Gorgeous, love the pearls

Laura O said...

Love this card,really pretty like the embossed background and the bauble ,ah I should just say the whole thing.Laura O

Patricia Howarth said...

Afternoon Sue, A truly beautiful card, I love your colours and using embossing powder on the frame is gorgeous, I love it. The 'piece de resistance' is the cosmic shimmer faux pearl dots, they look stunning, I confess I still haven't tried them yet, I really must give them a go, they look stunning.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue,
Just love the Bauble have used mine loads makes lovely cards xx Jean Z

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Another gorgeous card Sue.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, another stunning card...beautiful! Carole Z X

lynda said...

WOW I JUST LOVE THIS CARD IT IS FAB
HUGS LYNDA

Fieldsend said...

Love everything about this card Sue. Keep them coming for us.
Please you had a good time while you were back home.

Kind regards
June
x

Dawn said...

A beautiful card, again!
I notice c and c have a spellbinders potd this week, are you doing the shows? Dawn x

jordiegirl said...

Beautiful

guffie said...

good evening sue and fellow bloggers, what a stunning card i just dore the colours y have used and just love the technique you have used on the bauble frame.
i am glad you had a lovely short break away and i got very confused yesterday and subsequently thougth that today was monday all day lol xx gail from eastboourne

Didleydimo m said...

Evening Sue! Bit late posting but what an elegant card. Love the random pearls. Off to look at your picies. xx

baconbits said...

Evening Sue,

Boy have i missed my blog fix, went to inlaws and they have no wireless - totally back in the dark ages.
Really loving the card. A super christmas card.
Going to check out Savannah post now.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Susan White said...

Simply stunning!

jennywren1947 said...

hi sue as usual its lovely
hugs chris x

nmty said...

hi Sue, lovely card

lv norma

Linda said...

Gorgeous, I love how you have added texture to the centre of the bauble and the beautiful embossing.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Jean Woodward said...

Hi Sue

Lovely card, the pearly dots look fab, and I love the colour.

Happy Crafting
Jean x

Su said...

Love the textures of this card Sue - still need to get my hands on some Cosmic Shimmer glue!!!

Su (Soop)

Freda said...

Hello Sue,
Really liked the embossing folder and your layout. Would like to see some more traditional color on it. So I'll just have to make my own and add that color to your excellent design.

gill said...

Going to make this card in Blue for my sons fiancées parents who are American!

trish from Wolverhampton xxx said...

simply gorgeous

magpie said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card. Love the effect of the pearls from the outside to the inside of the bauble. I'm hoping to get some of the cosmic shimmer glue soon....before Christmas...! An elegant card full stop. Nice to hear you're back but also glad you've had the chance to see your mom. Lovely, jubbly! xx Love Karen xx

brenda said...

Love everything about this card Sue even though black is not a traditional colour for Christmas I think it looks very elegant x

Eileena said...

A beautiful card, very elegant I just love everything about it- shapes, textures and colour. Thank you for your inspiration. Xx

Sue Parish said...

Wonderful. So very elegant. There is nothing like the Heirloom Ornament topped with one of your stunning bows to make the classiest of cards (in my humble opinion)
Sue xx

iggy said...

lovely lovely card,you always do of course.

Abuzz With Creativity said...

Lovely card. Must try the glue dots again. Wasn't that successful first time around, but I've since seen you demo your technique so fingers crossed another time I'll be able to master it. Claire xxx

Jan.moogie said...

Gorgeous card Sue x

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely card yet again showing Christmas cards don't have to be only in the traditional colours.

yorkshiresue said...

Hi Sue
I'm going to be brave and have a go at doing
the random pearl dots of different sizes.
The card is adorable
Hoping to see you demoing on C/C soon
Hugs Sue XXX

Paula Gale said...

The Christmas cards you have done using the heirloom ornaments have been my favourite - this one is no exception. I absolutely love the ones you do in monochrome - or like this, when you've used one more colour. These are so classy - I need to get this heirloom set, I have one of the others which this will work with, but I do like this one.

Oh, I wish I had an endless pot of money to buy some new spellbinders. I love watching the shows - but right now, buying is not an option.

Paula x x x

julie laz said...

hi sue love your card, i don't do christmas cards, as i find some people do not know how much work has gone into the card. crafty hugs julie x

aggieosborne1104 said...

Hello Sue,
Your fave faux pearl technique always makes me go...WOW! This is my Achilles heel...I really love to get it right but it seems that the technique doesn't like me! This is one classy card...all I can think of is to feel the faux pearls. This is beautiful Sue, thank you. Until next time...I'm catching up on all the cards as I love leaving comment for you...as if I'm talking to you face to face in person. Thanks again...I'm on to your next card...lots of love, Aggie xxx

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