Wednesday, 7 November 2012

With Gratitude

Morning all!  I know this is more like a card for the spring, but I hear the weather has been a bit dull lately so I thought a bright cheery card was in order for today.  I started by embossing some vellum with the Creative Expressions Flourish embossing folder.  I wanted it to be a bit lighter looking than if I just embossed white card.  I glued the embossed vellum to a piece of white card and matted it with a pale lavender-ish pink paper.  I used the same shade of paper to cut the Heartfelt Creations Scalloped Posy die.  I cut one side, then lined it up with an inch gap and cut it again, creating a decorative oval background for my focal element.  I layered a Labels 18 cut from white card.  I stamped the Iris from the Heartfelt Dutch Iris set.  It's not often that I actually do any colouring, but I love this Iris stamp so I really enjoyed it.  I used both coloured pencils and some Copic markers on it.  I cut the Iris out with the matching Heartfelt die, but I cut the leaves out by hand.  I added my flower to the centre with some mounting foam.  I tied a messy bow from white seam binding and added a frosted lavender Dazzler to the centre as an accent.  I stamped my sentiment on white card and cut it out using one of the tags from Fancy Tags two, but I kept my sentiment closer to one side of the tag when I cut it.  I used my paper cutter and cut the other decorative side off of the tag.  I put the tag back in the die and inked it for definition.  I tucked the end of the tag under my Dazzler.  I created two matching side borders using the scalloped edgeability edges and insert.  I cut one in white using the edge and the insert, then cut a coordinating piece using just the edge out of the same lavender-pink paper.  I matted the two pieces then mounted them upwards using foam pieces.  I pierced the edges to complete the card.  I hope this one puts a bit of spring into your winter day!  All for now, Sue x


154 comments:

Pam said...

This card is very pretty and I love the embossed vellum, so delicate.

Hellma said...

Lovely to see you card with an image on Sue, it has been a while.

Juno1056 said...

Hi sue lovely card too brighten up our dull days.

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Hi Sue, Oh my this is lovely, that delicate die behind the die the flower is on is so pretty, LOVE the purple you've used for the Iris. Loads of gorgeous detail too.

Cheers,
Kasey ~ in Oz

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
bring on the Spring. Already fed up with the bad weather here. Smashing colour. The stamps are wonderful and a nice size. Yep very pretty. Great job.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Ladock girl said...

Lovely delicate card today Sue, love the frame behind the Iris. I also emboss on vellum you can get some lovely effects it sometimes looks like its a pergamano piece and if you highlight bits of it with glitter it looks lovely. Linda xxx

Didleydimo m said...

Hi this card helps to put a spring in my winter's step today and has inspired me to get my colouring pencils out! Keep up the good work Sue!

Vick said...

Stunning Sue! xx

Maryann said...

Very verypretty card here Sue, just beautiful work.

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Beautiful card

Anonymous said...

Lovely card,Sue. The autumn colours here have been a bit special too. Mabex

auscrafts said...

this is a lovely card for today the weather where I am is yucki so this just the right card to brighton the day

Heather said...

This is very pretty I am not really into stamping a lot but I love the iris it is a beautiful flower and you have coloured it so nicely.Very pretty indeed. Can't wait until you are on our screens again Sue!

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

baconbits said...

Morning Sue,

Just what is needed a shot of Spring.
Waht a very pretty card, really like the whole concept.
Needed the new Dazzlers....
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

scottish crafter said...

What a lovely way to brighten up a dull, drab morning, a lovely spring time card. That iris is amazing and the choice of colours is just right. Love it.

Wilma x x

Lacelady said...

It really gives one a lift - yes, spring like and really pretty, and I love the delicate card background too.

Sonia Jones said...

This is a really lovely card. So pretty Hugs Sonia x

cebelica said...

SUch a beautiful card! I love the image you used. Hugs! xx

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
Today's card is certainly one to brighten up a very dull day, it is so pretty and delicate. YAY! waxed paper is here I got mine before it sold out lol.
Hugs x

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Your Iris is coloured in beautifully, I too am loving the delicate background of embossed vellum.

Donna Jones

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Beautiful card just the ticket to brighten us up in this wintery weather.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - another lovely card that inspired me to purchase the bella rose and dutch iris dies on 16/10 from C&C - but 3 weeks later they have still not arrived! Gone missing apprently - but it is taking so long to get responses to my emails at customer services - I am not impressed. To be fair, its the first time somethings gone awry - but it is just so slow to get it sorted out! I am now awaiting a form to complete - in the meantime I dont have the dies I wanted. Not happy.
Rgs
Clare W

debs said...

Morning sue this card is absolutley stunning i love the colours that you have used. It would brighten any of the darkest days. Its so bright and cherrry. Xxxx

Debs Artliff

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
What a lovely way to start a rainy day. I used vellum yesterday on a card, Sue inspired... Thanks

Karen R said...

What a cheerful card. i love spring flowers so lovely top see them on this November morning. xx

Jan.moogie said...

Stunning, gorgeous and oh so pretty, Sue you can send this card to me any time. I love it.xx

Eemeli said...

Morning Sue. Some how I am not that keen on using the pale lavender color on this card. I would prefer just white and bright "spring" colors on the iris (those parts I do love on your card).

Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

hazel said...

Lovely card Sue just what we needed to brighten up the day xx hazel

hazel said...

Lovely card sue and just what we needed to bright up this dull day xx hazel

Marleine said...

Morning Sue,

Very pretty spring fresh card. It would cheer any one up. X

Carole Z said...

Yes Sue, just right to brighten a dull day, though to be fair the sun is shining brightly here this morning! Lovely card, hugs Carole Z X

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, A truly lovely card justlove it x Ritax

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
I do wish it was Spring, lovely card, the colours are lovely, the image is beautiful.
Have a great day everyone.
Michelle(happy2craft)

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. What a happy bright card. Love the iris.

Val in Spain xxx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
I just love everything about the iris, the colour, the form and don't they just stand so proud. I love them in my garden here in Burgundy. So today's card is just my sort. The colouring, the format just everything. Thank you for brightening my start to the day.
Janet x.
PS I start my return to the UK today so will not be able to see your fantastic cards until Saturday.

Julie Mac said...

This is a beautiful card Sue - very cheery on a cold windy morning, it made me smile!
Julie x

Joesgrandma said...

This is a beautiful card Sue. Love the Iris's colour blending. Side borders and great. Thanks Sue.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
On a cold damp morning this is so lovely, the way you have coloured the Iris really makes it stand out and light up this dull day, love the scalloped posy behind the iris and the vellum adds the light feel of a bright spring day. Thank you my day feels brighter already.
Love BrenLel

Anonymous said...

Very pretty card, Sue.
For someone who doesn't stamp and colour too often, you sure made a
good job of this!
I don't either, but maybe will try now that I'm inspired. Not at all artistic though so not expecting a great result.

'P' in Wales

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card today. I love the iris and your colouring is beautiful. You never fail to bring us something different.
Audrey x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Beautiful and pretty card, so fresh looking and the colours are gorgeous, I love the embossed vellum, the iris image and die-cut is so very pretty, I absolutely love it.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

kimberley said...

Another winner Sue-lovely colours,love your style. Missed you very much last night on Ideal World but Julia did cope admirably and showed us plenty of your beautiful cards and triumphed your work.The two of you make spellbinders what they are-you both have your own inimitable style!!,take care,x.

Clare said...

Lovely card, gorgeous flower.

Clare x

Annette said...

wow this is so pretty x

ellyscard creatief said...

Lovely card.
Gr, Elly, Roemenie

marg said...

Hello Sue!
Love the Iris such a beautiful card, and the colours are Springlike, which is very welcome with the thought of Winter ahead . Loving the POTD with Julia too!
LoveMarg

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Very beautiful card today Sue. I love irises and you have coloured this one so well - you should do it more often! Gorgeous colours throughout. Love it.

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue, Yes! bring on spring. Lots of detail on this card and your colouring is of course "stunning"
Have a Great Day

Patricia

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
This card is so pretty and brightens up a very dull day.
Loved watching Julia with the dies last night.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

It is a nice bright start to the day in Cambridge this morning. Just love this card, the Iris die and stamp are beautiful and love the use of vellum.

love Jean x

cheekypaws said...

Hi sue. What a lovely card. It brighten up any dull damp day. Love elaine

lainey said...

a real beauty Sue so cheery :) lainey x

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card love it all. Its sunny here in Kent lets hope it lasts.
Lydia
X

guffie said...

Oh Sue what can i say about this card except simply it is stunning, i love that delicate die and that beautiful iris that you have coloured in perfectly togive the card its shinning centre piece, and softened down with the embossed vellum.
just love it all Sue
xx gail from eastbourne

June Fletcher said...

Morning Sue

A beautiful card. It made me smile as the iris is my aunt's favourite flower. She lives in Canada and is more of a mum to me than an aunt, I adore her and will now order these dies and attempt to replicate your card for her :)

Love June x

Chrissie J Lui said...

Morning Sue....Very pretty card. As Hellma said lovely to see an image on your card....Yes it has brightened up my day...but you always do...

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

maxine h said...

Lovely card as always sue, and so nice and bright and fresh looking.
Love it!
Big hugs
Maxine xx

sarah hyett said...

A really lovely card, I don't mind a hint of spring to brighten up the day. X

Erica said...

Morning Sue,

Lovely to see some stamping once again. The colours are so pretty and feminine.

Erica x

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
This card is so pretty and feminine.Using vellum instead of card gives it a really delicate look.I for one certainly don't mind a "spring" card,with thunder,lightening and snow on Saturday/Sunday I need a little spark of spring.

Marion said...

Hi Sue absolutly love this card and the colouring is gorgeous ,this is one of the things i'm not good at unfortunatly.it certainly cheered me up on this cold windy morning.
Love Marion

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Woah what a lovely surprise this morning, such a bright cheery card to brighten the day.

Sandra F said...

A lovely card Sue. xx

hotpotato said...

this would make a lovely sympathy card.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, an absolutely beautiful
card the colours are just gorgeous
I don't think there is any reason
you can't do bright cards this time
of year it cheers you up no end.
Nancyd xx

Christine said...

Not particularly keen on the main embellishment, but love the background!
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

dutchess said...

Morning Sue...beautiful...love the use of that wonderful arch die.....my card and dazzlers arrived from Sam yesterday thank you so much for your e mail.....I feel all cheered up by you card see it works! hugs xxxxxxxx

Kate's Cards said...

Fab!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - don't know where you get all your different ideas from, but keep them coming! Love the use of vellum and it's something I don't use much so I'm going to have a go as it looks so delicate. Thanks for another great card Yvonnexx

bluebell said...

hi sue,a nice card today. i went to jersey awile a go and got a look at a big house owned by a very rich lady, and the thing that stayed in my mind was she had that colour iris at the sides of her very long drive. hope we will have a poppy or daisy stamp soon. hope all is well with you in america,love bluebell-flowerwood.

Anthea said...

Good morning Sue, Very pretty girlie card this morning. Hugs xx

gwen70 said...

Sue this is gorgeous, such beautiful colours and so striking

Crafty Lark said...

Love this with all the delicate work around the bold image. xx Flora

nannapat said...

What a beautiful design Sue. Clever use of the die to make the oval and the colours are just gorgeous. Ten out of ten I think. Pat x

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Another lovely card ,yes it brightens the day , love the velum

Elaine H X

Jackie Calvert said...

Lovely, embossed vellum - yum

Ruthie said...

This is a very pretty card, an older lady would love it I think. I keep looking at yesterdays card it is just so different, it just draws me back. thanks for giving inspiration and joy to us all.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card to brighten the day. Bx

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, another pretty card. Your colouring is stunning. Shame we have the winter to get through yet but gives us hope that Spring is not too far away! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Joan Donaldson said...

Hi Sue, a really beautiful card. Would do for any occasion.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
I really must start working with vellum..
The colours in the card are not up my street, but the composition is just beautiful.
I know it's perverse but if I want cheering up I just look at your beautiful Christmas cards.........

AnneRD said...

Great colouring Sue. Love the way you have made the oval shape and the use of the vellum. Really fresh and certainly cheers one up. Anne

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, This is such a pretty card, to say that you do not colour in often yiu haave done a top job nere, the iris is gorgeous. Love the embossed velum, so delicate and must get the dazzlers.
Have a great day everyoen.
Hugs June xxx

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

Lovely card, not too keen on the flower but that is just my personal choice.

The pick of the day is fantastic but I have 3 of the 8 on offer

Sue xxx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, Irises are my fav flower so i love this! Lovely bright cheerful card. Emma

utilitygirl said...

What a lovely card Sue, as usual. Certainly does look very springlike, although the sun is shining here today - well where I live anyway.
Enjoy your stay with your mum. xx

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely spring card to brighten up a wet and windy morning in Scotland. Love the colours and stamp. Take care, Jess xx

Maggie said...

Good morning. Thank you for reminding us that spring will come again! Doesn't feel like it today - very cold, wet and windy. Beautiful card and beautiful colours. xx

Fieldsend said...

Hi Sue, yes this card has brightened up a dull day. It is absolutely Fabulous.
Enjoy the rest of your day.

June xx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a beautiful spring like card for today !! I love everything about this card. The stamps, dies, colours and bow are just perfect !! The dazzler looks great too !! A very impressive card. I am watching all the spellbinders shows with Julia. I wish you were there too though. I think you should both do a show together. It would be fantastic !! lots of love tres x x x

salem said...

lovelly card

JackieP said...

Hi Sue, It does't have to be spring to make such a beautiful fresh looking card, lovely.

Maid of Kent said...

Beautiful card, remembering that after the C season it will be heading for spring. Just love the Irises. Hugs Ann

martine said...

Hi Sue what a lovely card so fresh xxx
all the best Martine xxx

Rosemarie said...

Hi Sue, What a lovely breath of spring. We need it at the moment. I love the effect that the vellum gives.

Love Rosemarie xx

Debbie Tinks said...

Sue lovely card.fresh and spring like.

CraftyJo said...

I have a real soft spot for anything with an iris on it - Iris was my mother's name :)

This card is so very pretty and....I even like the bow ;)

AnnR said...

This is beautiful the colours are great and it did cheer me up this dull wet morning, thanks Sue

Abuzz With Creativity said...

Lovely colours in this. The background you've created would go with any topper you fancy. Very versatile & pretty. Claire xxx

Carol H said...

Just loved this card so bright and fresh, the embossed vellum is beautiful.

Meg said...

A lot less colour in the Iris would make it a beautiful card.

Margaret O
xxx

Howdy said...

Just the ticket to brighten up a dull day

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue what a lovely card the vellum looks soft and the scalloped posy at the back is inspired! I really must get more of the stampand die sets as they really look good.didn't get the potd as already got 2 sets,its very annoying!! But I must say Julia is doing a wonderful job and her and your samples look stunning love lesley xx

fame01 said...

what a nice pretty card makes a fresh change .. hugs sarah ..xx

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
I have been editing your recorded programs this morning my dvd recd alloys me to do that so i can cut out all the presenters gabble and just have your demos on the HDD but would prefer like lots of other crafters is a DVD of your own with demos on please LOL.
I have these die/stamp sets they're so useful and love the card
Thank you
Lizzie (serial copycat)xox

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
another stunning card. Love everything about it.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Vie Carter said...

Elegant card Sue

Love the new colour dazzler

Vie
x

Gail said...

Hi Sue here in Fl and have manage to log on. Love the card you should stamp and colour more often.

Gail C.x

Bosquie said...

What an uplifting card in these long dark days before Christmas.Stunning XX

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Very pretty card so clean looking Jean Z xx

Paper Junkie said...

I love Iris. Just planted a load more in my garden - hope they look as good as this next year!
Beautiful card. X

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

lovely card we have a lovely spring day here today if it bit cold

lilygee said...

Very bright, beautiful and cheery card Sue - nice of you to bring some Spring into our lives as the days get colder and darker.
Love lilygee xxx

CathyinMN said...

Very pretty! Beautiful coloring.

Sandybee said...

A very pretty card Sue, love this one

xx Sandra

yorkshiresue said...

Fabulous card.
Love the use of vellum
Hugs Sue XXX

Laura O said...

embossed velum is fantastic looking.A beautiful card .Laura O

Anonymous said...

love this one!

Mol x

Paula Gale said...

wow Sue

what a gorgeous, fresh looking card, I love the iris and the soft colours you've used here.

Paula x x x

Kylemore Kards said...

Love this one the colour is beautiful.The embossed vellum makes it very pretty. Thanks again. Hil xo

Sheila's little Haven said...

Gorgeous Sue, just gorgeous. Hugs Sheila.x

Helen, VofG said...

Another beautiful card.On a cold and miserable day such as today the card makes me thing of spring. Thankyou.

Oksana said...

Wonderful, pretty card Sue!xx

Anonymous said...

What a lovely cheery card Sue, sure did brighten up another wet, cold, miserable day.
Thanks, Val C x

Janice K said...

A beautiful card to brighten up a very dreary day. x

Claveh said...

I love these stamp and die sets, the iris is lovely, such beautiful colours. xxx

iggy said...

i say........i love vellum & has stacks of it yet never thought of using in the embossing folders. how stupid of me. many thanks for the inspiration. YET AGAIN.....needed cheering up & this card did the trick. lovely

Victoria said...

We need pretty cards like this to remind us of spring! Lovely and fresh. Thank you Sue. xx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, So pretty and I love the colours. I really like this card.
Frances

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
A very pretty card, just love it.
Margaret L

tracy w said...

Hello sue
great card to put a smile on our face,s very pretty and spring like card thankyou tracy w

Cassieajh said...

Sue, What a delicate pretty card just the right card for a miserable November day here in the UK. Hugs x

yorkie said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely card makes a drab day bright in these winter dark nights thanks Sue
Take Care
Theresa x

Lara B said...

Good evening Sue
It's been a while since I was able to view your lovely creations.
Today's card is just gorgeous, everything about it is so pretty and the iris stamp is beautiful as are the real thing!
Love every element!
Thank you!
Lara xxx

Ria Gall said...

Hi Sue

Oh how very very pretty, it looks so delicate and girlie.

Anyone would be delighted to get this card and it would be one for keeps.

Ria

jordiegirl said...

Yes, very nice Sue - brightens up a dull day.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, youv'e done it again, the Iris in your card is lovely, very
spring like. Watched Julia in your place and nearly every thing sold out.see you soon, regards Avis

Linda said...

Gorgeous card Sue, I love the iris and the gorgeous oval. I must try that for myself.

Hugs
Linda xx

catherine said...

Beautiful card Sue and such a lovely floral image
x catherine

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely fresh inspiring looking card.
Beverley W

nikkib said...

What a lovely colour Sue, very grey here today so nice to see someething colourful!!! x

Susan White said...

I miss seeing your cards with stamped and coloured images - thanks for sharing this, and hope to see more on this theme,as I'm an avid stamper!

melody said...

Lovelya always Sue. Hugs Melody xXx

Pearl said...

Beautiful card Sue! I think this is the 1st card Ive seen of your with an image on and you have chosen a gorgeous one!
Pearl x

magpie said...

Oh Sue, what a lovely spring "pick-me-up" card to see! This is so pretty & it's definitely a feel good factor. Love the iris stamp & a nice use of the velum. Stunning! xx Love Karen xx

Izzwizz said...

Just beautiful Sue, thanks for a little sunshine on such a cold day. Maddy x

Ayelet Barkay said...

Beautiful card! You need to color more :)

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful and delicate card this is thanks to the vellum. Enjoy this sunshine while you can it has totally forgotten to come out up here in the very wet and windy north!
Margaret

Crafty Nanna said...

Oh Sue, this card is absolutely beautiful, I do love the Iris and the colours all work so well together. It might sound like a daft request but please can you show us how to tie one of your lovely messy bows, I havn't been very successful.

Hope you are enjoyomg your time in the States,
Hugs Lynn

Sue Parish said...

Beautiful card, Sue. Even lovelier in close-up. Love the colouring and the use of vellum and that lovely Dazzler. But best of all I love your Iris,
Sue xx

"Talk to the Tail" said...

This is away from your usual cards Sue but still lovely I really need to learn how to use my spectrum noir pens They've never been used since I bought them! xXx

lynda said...

a very pretty card Sue,great colour's
hugs Lynda

Jane said...

even though I don't like the flower stamps the card is lovely and feminine.

Jane xx

Su said...

Lovely style of card Sue, love the embossed vellum etc - just can't make my mind up about the iris stamp - but that's just me.... nothing to do with your skill - lol!


Su (Soop)