Sunday, 30 December 2012

Sweet And Simple


Good Sunday morning all!  I just want to say "aah" when I look at this card as it has such a sweet, simple look to it.  Yes I did make it, even though it is a far cry from my usual look.  I used milk coloured card for the background and stamped my sentiment in the lower corner with a coffee archival ink pad.  I embossed the background using the Garden Lattice Embossibility folder to give a bit of texture.  I cut the largest size of Decorative labels 8 out of milk card.  I used the Cherry Blossom set to cut my branch out of brown card.  I glued it to my decorative label shape.  Next I cut a very small heart out of the basic heart die set. I added a tiny flatback pearl to my heart after I inked it with Victorian velvet distress ink.   I used a bit of mounting foam to attach it then I used a fine tipped pen to do some freehand faux stitching from the branch to my heart.  I personally like the simplicity of the single heart, but if that is too much white area for you, it would be quite cute to have an assortment of hearts hanging at different levels too.  I wanted to balance the rose heart a bit so I added a rose coloured mat before my pierced milk mat layers.  Sometimes, less is more I think, don't you?  Finished dimensions 6 1/2" x 7" in size.

It's Sunday and time for more winners to be announced (my favourite part, giving stuff away,  tee hee!) LOL
This week's Comment Game winners are:           
 Ruth Jamieson!                         
Jacqui AKA Morgana !!!  
  Dragonswing!!!        

 Congratulations!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com  to confirm your address and claim your prize.  Don't forget you only need to leave comments on the blog to be entered in the weekly game drawing!  All for now, Sue x                      

155 comments:

Pam said...

A very pretty card today Sue, sinple but very effective.

Anonymous said...

Different one for you today, Sue,
the pink mat certainly lifts the look. Not one I would send but it is very sweet and do-able.

'P'in Wales

tracy w said...

Hello Sue
I love the simple but pretty card
thankyou tracy w

Lynne M said...

Hi Sue, as you say sometimes less is more, I love the simplicity of this card . To me it would make an ideal sympathy card . Lol Lynne M x x

Vick said...

Hey Sue, Im shocked!!! LOL very sweet and very sparse, but I love it still, hugs vick xxx
the-artful-codger.blogspot.com
My YTChannels vixcrafts & saturatedcanary

Well Done to this week's comment winners too!!! xxx

Jan.moogie said...

simply stunning Sue. x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - I am not sure if I like this or not - perhaps its because its very different - the understated nature of it might grow on me the more I look at it maybe.
Rgs
Clare W

Cazann49 said...

Hi Sue, this is a lovely elegant card!..Simple but stunning as always..:)..Enjoy your day...xxx

Karen R said...

Aah is just the word, this is a lovely simple card, it is great xx

Bosquie said...

Beautiful card and could be adapted for many occasions XX

maxine h said...

Simple but very pretty, I think I like it, and a nice quick easy one to do, which always helps lol.
Off to work now for me :-(
Big hugs
Maxine xx

Anonymous said...

Sorry Sue, don't like this one at all. Perhaps it is the starkness of that dark branch die, so maybe a different die could be used there??

Anonymous said...

Sorry Sue, don't like this one at all. Perhaps it is the starkness of that dark branch die. Maybe a different die could be used there??
Sylvia W

Maryann said...

A really beautiful card today Sue, and I agree sometimes less is more, and this is really beautiful yet simple.
CONGRATS to all the winners here today too, well done girls, enjoy your prizes.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, love this sweet and pretty card

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue
I love the simplicity of today's card and agree with you it's an aah card lol. I love that your cards are so varied and you give us such brilliant ideas every day, they may not be to everybody's taste but then you know the saying 'you can't please all the people etc'. Congratulations to all the winners.
Hugs x
Heather T

Addicted to your blog said...

Hi Sue

I remember this card from the show and something about it just touched me deeply. It made me realise that a card can send a very strong message. I know it's a change from your usual card but as always it has a beauty that is unmistakably you. Great bonus is that it'll be quick and easy to do- definitely one I'll be copying lol!!!

Alice xx

Sonia Jones said...

Morning Sue what a simple but effective card! I'm going to do a workshop in January or the welsh valentines day this could be something I can adapt for a demonstration on the day! Have a nice dy hugs Sonia x

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Beautiful simple card so very useful for sending to let someone know you feel for them in times of great sorrow or illness and in times of joy and happiness such a meaningful card. I love it

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Joesgrandma said...

Lovely Valentine's Day Card Sue. Thanks very much. Congrats to all winners. Enjoy the candy!

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. This has definitely got the aah factor.

Val in Spain xxx

Marleine said...


Morning Sue,

Love this card on it's simplicity. X

Anonymous said...

A very simple but stylish card - quick to make and could be interpreted for many occasions. Thank you for another great idea YvonneMayxx

Rose in Chester said...

Simply beautiful.

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
This card really stood out for me when it was shown on the shows, it is so simple but has so much meaning. When my Dad died, we as a family bought a tree at the crematorium, each year we would go and hang a different heart on one of the branches, so to me I love it for the memories it brought.
Have a great day.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Sweet and simple but oh so effective. It is simply beautiful. This one goes in my 'less is more' folder as it says everything. What more can I say.
Janet x

aggieosborne1104 said...

First, Congratulations guys! Now, Good morning Sue...this is going to be a pretty card for Valentines day! Absolutely sweet...it's so yummy! Happy New Year Sue to you and your family!
Lots of love, Aggie and family xxxx

sarah hyett said...

Hi Sue, I really love todays card its simple but very effective. Have a great day. X

beachie said...

Hi Sue
So sweet. Love that decorative label die. A really pretty card, one that anyone would love to receive.
Audrey x

lion_tamer said...

This card looks really really good. Cheers Sue xxxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Aww this is adorable, what a great idea to hang the heart from the branch.

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,

I think I would have to add more hearts as you suggested as it is too bare for me, still a pretty card though.

Donna Jones

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. I love this simple card. It is so pretty and could be used for so many occasions. Take care.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Gorgeous sentiment and stunning card, I love the simplicity of this card, normally I'm a 'more is more' girl, but this card is really poignant with the single heart hanging from the branch. Breathtaking.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue, a very different card from your usual style but nevertheless a very effective one and ideal for the younger members of the family/friends. x

Wendy L said...

Very simply elegant. xxx

sued99 said...

Very different card from usual but loving the simplcity of it.

Sue - said...

Love the simplicity of this one

gwen70 said...

Hi Sue
Such a simple but effective card, love it

Ladock girl said...

Beautiful simple card today Sue, and no bow, are you feeling well? lol. love Linda xxxx

dutchess said...

Morning Sue.....love this card thought it was a real good idea for a Valentine card!...when I saw it on the Tv....by the way you back soon?.....I agree more is good, I have to stop myself some times as simple can and is stunning and this card is that! hugs Margaret

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the simplicity of this card, not everyone likes OTT cards, I could send cards like this to a few people I know and I also think it would make an ideal sympathy card.
Happy crafting
Congratulations to the winners
Love Tina x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Simple for you but a lovely effect.
Have a good day.
Congrats to the winners.
Lydia
X

Jane said...

I just loved this one Sue when I saw it on the last shows you did, its so beautiful simplicity at its best .

Jane xx

Corinne said...

Hi Sue I love this card saw it on C&C thinking of making it for my Husband for valentines Aaah xHugs Corinne

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
This is a very sweet card....

jayne denver said...

Hi sue
Love this card it's simple and pure
No fussing love it thanks jayne

cebelica said...

Such a pretty card. Perfect for Valentine's day! :) Hugs! xx

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, I agree sweet n simple but a lovely card and again creative.

Love June
xx

nannapat said...

I saw this card on your C&C show and thought then what a lovely design it is. Thought I may do something like this for hubby's valentine card. Pat x

Debbie Tinks said...

sue love this card
happy new year

Clare said...

Lovely card, love the simplicity of it.

Clare x

kimberley said...

Definitely less is more in this one Sue.Saw it on your show and thought it was very pretty,take care,x.

Eemeli said...

That is one sweet card and you could use it for so many occasions by changing the sentiment - I could see this even for a baby girl. Adorable.

Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

marg said...

Hello Sue!
This would be a lovely sympathy of Valentines card.
So simple, but a picture paints a thousand words!
LoveMarg

marg said...

sorry I meant or Valentines

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

I love the simplicity of this card and those label dies are to die for lol. Another to add to my list

Sue xx

Sandra F said...

A lovely card Sue. xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card. Emma

Carol Clarke said...

Good Morning Sue
What a lovely delicate card, can be used for many occasions. Simply stunning and can be made by all standards of card makers.
Have a good weekend.
hugs

Carol x

Hellma said...

Stunning Sue, sometimes CAS is okay, and i think this time it,s perfect.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, simple but stunning. It really gets the message across. Congrats to the winners. Bx

Sue Parish said...

Patricia Howarth's comment describes this one perfectly - poignant. I would like to make one similar to keep by me, as I can imagine there could well be the perfect occasion and recipient for such a thoughtful card one day.
Thank you, Sue,
Sue xx

Dawn said...

Morning Sue another stunning card simple but so elegant Dawn Searle xx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, Simply beautiful, it says so much. A card for that moment when you need to say something special.

Love Rosemarie xx

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, Such a pretty, simple card. A good idea for a quick card. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue A simple card but as effective as always. Take care Love Michelle xxx

Lacelady said...

Wow Sue, it just goes to show that you don't have to throw everything at a card, this is soooo pretty.

karenlotty said...

Morning, love it. I've said it before I love all your cards but I'm not a fussy bow type of gal. Simple but so effective. The only point I'd change is the colour of the branch it looks very dark in photo. Needs to go lighter so that heart is focal point

Jean Z said...

so simple but effective it's very lovely Jean Z xxx

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
ahhhhhhhhh your right. This card says all u want it to say, VEry cute and sweet
born again spellbinder
Nadine hug xxx
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
A sweet, simple and very pretty card.
Erica x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, very different from your usual, but as they say 'less is more'.
This card is lovely. Take care, Jess xx

Izzwizz said...

Very elegant. Such a lovely idea to have the heart hanging from a branch. So pretty! Maddy x

Doreen said...

Hi Sue

Yes - 'less is more' a really effective card.
Doreen

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue

I agree with all the other bloggers

Sweet and simple .

Elaine H X

Anonymous said...

Simple but so effective. Martinam

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I have to admit I'm not a great fan of the branch but I love the simplicity of this card really effective.
Beverley W

Hilary Smith said...

Good morning Sue. An elegant, stylish, and stunning card!!!
Have a great day. Love and hugs. Hilary xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue.
This card really is "Sweet and Simple" I really love the simplicity and freshness of it and can imagine it fitting for many occasions with very little changes.
Yes Sue it gets the thumbs up from me.
Love BrenLel

hazel said...

Sue it may be a simple card but its a stunning one love it xx hazel

Laura O said...

different than your normal cards but still just as pretty.Laura O

Debbie said...

Love this card, so simple yet elegant at the same time.

Hugs
Debbie G

baconbits said...

Morning,
What a simple card yet very effective giving the message loud and clear.
Love it.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Sue C said...

They never 'look' simple, very pretty xx

Gay New Malden said...

Very effective Sue, would make a lovely Valentine or anniversary card.
Hugs.

Gay

Maid of Kent said...

Lovely card Sue, the embossing folder is so beautiful. Hugs Ann

Anonymous said...

Love it!!! Mabex

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, I agree this is an aaaaah card,so pretty and the simplicity is brilliant. Perfect for a Valentine of Sympathy card.
Congratulations to the lucky winners.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Marion Turner said...

Morning Sue
Very simple but also stunning love it.
Love Marion x

Lori said...

This card is adorable Sue! I just got the Cherry Blossom dies and this is such a great inspiration to use them. LOVE IT!!! Lori R.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Definitely different to your usual cards but just as inspiring. Saw it on your show and thought it very pretty. However now that I've seen it "close up" I think it would be a lovely sympathy card as well as birthday or Valentines.

Jayne said...

Hi Sue simple and sweet.
Jayne

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue love this pretty card its so classy.. waiting to see what youve got for us in 2013

Debs Artliff

Elizabeth Shakespeare said...

Hi Sue
Yesterdays card was a beauty I had trouble leaving comments from my ipad.
Todats card is preety and dainty theres 2words i don't use often lol!
Thanks
Lizzie (serial copycat)xox

Victoria said...

It doesn't scream 'Sue', but it's such a lovely card! Thank you,.

Jackie Calvert said...

Definately got the Aah factor Sue. Less is very pretty here.

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely simple card. very pretty.
Margaret L

Oksana said...

Hi Sue! Simply Beautiful! Love this card!xx

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

Love the simplicity of this card.

Love Jean x

Paper Junkie said...

I love the concept and simplicity of this card Sue, but the branch looks a bit spooky and halloweeny to me so I would probably hang my heart on a simple flourish diecut instead. X

June Fletcher said...

Afternoon Sue

I saw this card only yesterday on one of the recorded shows I had stored and loved it. The simplicity of it makes it a very elegant card

Congratulations to the winners

Happy crafting...

June x

"Talk to the Tail" said...

I absolutely adore this card as you say so simple yet so sweet.
Congrats to this weeks winners xXx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Simple but very elegant, as you say less is more in this case, lovely.
love Avis D still in sunny spain. xxxxxxx

Julie Bee said...

hi sue

as you say sometimes less is more, this could be a very gentle sympathy card

best wishes

julie bee

Julie Bee said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
CraftyJo said...

Very pretty, I love the simplicity - although there is still a lot of detail when you really look at it.

mell said...

simple but powerful multi use card xxx

mell said...

simple but powerful multi use card xxx

HiggiSue said...

Hi Sue
This is delightful. I love the simplicity of the card and its so adaptable for many occasions.

Congratulations to this weeks winners.

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue what a very simple but stylish card that would be suitable for many occassions.I don't have the branch but like paper junkie I would use a flourish instead...love it hope to see you on c+c soon!! Love lesley xx

ShirleyT said...

Wow love the garden lattice, its at the top of my want list!! Thanks Sue.
Shirley T.

Christine said...

Another beautiful, understated card. I wouldn't add anything, it would make a stylish, classy card trite.
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Kim Vickery said...

I like the simplicity and colour scheme.

Ita said...

Hi Sue a very elegent card and as you say not your usual style ,it is a card that can be used for other occasions.I love the soft pink.
Smiles
Ita

Ita said...

P.S. Congrats to all the lucky winners
Ita

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, this card is definitely sweet and simple. I love the simplicity about this card, it is certainly one that I would make. I love the soft pink, it gives a very delicate look to the card. This is a sure hit with me. Love Sam xx

salem said...

loved this the moment i saw it woooow card less can be more "!"!"!

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
I looked at this and immediately thought..."I would have put the sentiment right at lower left of the diecut beneath the branch". I will have to try it. Simplicity is beautiful in this one.
Sonia x

Meg said...

Hi Sue,
Sorry don't like the dark branch, perhaps a light grey would work better with the pink.
Congrats to the lucky winners.

Margaret O
xxx

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
I love this simple but so pretty look-less is definitely more in this case.

Jill Liddle said...

Very, very nice. Simple but very, very effective. As you say, sometimes less is more.

lilygee said...

love the simplicity - beautifully thought out design Sue
lol lilygee xx

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
So simple but so elegant just the card I am needing for a friend thank you so much.
Margaret

nancyd said...

Hi Sue,a very simple elegant card
love it. Nancyd xx

ruth jamieson said...

very simple very stilish love it

madebylilly said...

So beautiful, Sue. I remember you showing this sample on create and craft and I loved it then. I adore the simplicity: you're right, it's so different from your usual style! I definitely need those lovely cherry blossom dies now!!

Lilly xx

Anthea said...

Good afternoon Sue, as you say a sweet simple card, beautiful.Hugs xx

Ria Gall said...

Hi Sue
What a simple yet very pretty card. Sometimes less is really more and I love this card.
Ria

Jacqui aka Morgana said...

Lovely simple but exquisite card yet again Sue and so adpatable, using a different drop from the branch for any occassion.

Thanks again for your inspiration and for pulling me from the hat so to speak. A wonderful surprise and ending to 2012.

Look forward to 2013 and your daily inspiration.

Jacqui xx

Crafty Nanna said...

It's beautiful, just right, sometimes less is more and ceratinly is on this occassion - I love it

Barbara said...

Very pretty, clean and simple! Congrats to the comment winners.

Karen Lewis said...

A beautiful "sweet and simple" card. Love it.

magpie said...

Hi Sue, this is such a cute & pretty card & like you say sometimes less is more xx Even though I haven't got them I do like the label 8 dies. I love the Garden Lattice embossing folder as there seems to be a multitude of uses for it & the look it gives have the "wow!" factor. I love it Sue. Congratulations to the winners & enjoy your prizes! xx Love Karen xx

Lindsay Martin said...

I love this one, very pretty and simple as you say "less is more" Like others have said not sure who I would send it to, but then you never know what the future might bring!!!

dragonswing said...

I absolutely love the simplicity of this card. Such elegance. I have to say I must find that branch die cut!!! Love it.

Anonymous said...

Simply beautiful xx

Floss said...

Hi Sue. Beautiful. There is nothing else to say.

mell said...

simple but powerful multi use card xxx

Patricia said...

Hello Sue,
Oh! My! Goodness I almost missed this one what have I been doing today???
I saw this on the shows and LOVED it for its elegant simplicity.
A few tweeks and for me it will make a stunning Valentine`s Card.
Thank You

Patricia xx

Jean Woodward said...

Hi Sue, I love the card, simple but its really effective, I have the embossing folder and the blossom dies so will have a go at this one.

Happy Crafting
Jean x

Anonymous said...

Simple yet stunning :-)

Michelle E xx

Linda Simpson said...

Clean and simple but oh so beautiful.

congratulations to the winners!

Hugs
Linda xxx

nathalie mariotte said...

I love your very "chic" card !

brenda said...

Hi Sue a simple but effective card, would be lovely for valentines day x.

iggy said...

nice cheap quickish one to do if you need in a hurry OR for charity ones either.

Kylemore Kards said...

Beautiful...what more can be said. Thanks again Sue and Happy New Year to you and your Mum. xo Hil :)

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,
Sweet and Simple is the perfect title for this card.
It's another good one!
Thanks for the inspiration.
Joan B.

Julie Hasell said...

hiya sue, just joined as been trying to find your blog as no good with computers or blogs such a learning curve lol, going to have lots of fun looking at all your wonderful cards hun as love my dies but get stuck with idea's. this card os so simple yet stunning :-)

Vie Carter said...

How lovely is this card!!

Lovely way to end the year on

Vie
x

Kate's Cards said...

Love them!

margarita lady said...

Happy New Year to the AMAZING Sue.
Your orphans are beautiful, I suspect there is a queue from Lands End to John O Groats waiting to adopt them. Thank you for making 2012 a truly brighter year for me. Your blog is better than my morning coffee...... lotta luv JP

jennywren1947 said...

love this card so clean looking if u know what I mean
hugs chris x

Liz said...

Love this card. Less is definitely more.

Cheryl S. said...

Awesome card as I love the sweet and simple style!