Monday, 3 December 2012

Wishing You Joy

Good Monday morning all!  A very traditional Christmas card for today's offering!  It is now really just around the corner, isn't it!  I can't believe how quickly it has come around, where has the year gone?  I picked out a red and white decorative paper for my background.  I cut a smaller piece of red card that I embossed with the Holiday Magic embossibility folder.  I matted it on white card and positioned it in the centre of my decorative paper background.  Next I cut out a frame using the two sizes of the Heirloom Ornament 2012 (the largest size, then skip a size so you get a wider frame).  I embossed the same pattern into my ornament frame by placing my frame atop the folder, keep the embossing folder open and lay the tan mat on top.  You will need to add a few pieces of card as a shim to make up for the missing depth from the embossing folder, then cover with the white adaptor plate and run it through the Grand Calibur.  This will emboss the pattern but leave a pretty clean edge where the die was (an extra frame on your frame so to speak).  I added foam mounting pieces to the back of this piece for dimension.  Next I stamped the Justrite matching ornament stamped and coloured the top and bottom red. I mounted my ornament over this piece, trimming away the excess.  I decided to decorate the top of the ornament by making a flower using the smallest die in the ornament set.  I cut out ten of them (you can cut them two deep easily to speed it up).  I edged them all with Fired Brick distress ink and used a stylus to form the ornaments to look like petals.  I used a small circle punch and put glue in the middle and laid each piece around in a circular pattern.  I trimmed a tiny bit from the inside edge of the inner "petals" and glued them inward a bit.  I covered the centre with a large flatback pearl.  I tied a messy bow using Lipstick red American seam binding and attached my flower on top of it.  I pierced the edges for a nice defining finish for a fun, traditional Christmas card.  Are your cards all finished and posted? LOL  All for now, Sue x




164 comments:

Pam said...

A very classy elegant Christmas card which would be a joy to receive.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - very christmassy! Still a few more cards to do - only special ones left now - hopefully all finished this week but we shall see....
Rgs
Clare W

Jan.moogie said...

Must crack on and get some more cards made, this is lovely Sue x

Gail said...

Very striking card, love the shade of red. I will have to remember it for next year.
You give us such inspiration, Sue!
Gail C x

Karen R said...

Love the card, especially the flower. I have posted all my cards, just a couple of "Special" cards for close family to make now. I like to save those til last and make them while listening to Christmas songs, a crafty day treat for myself xx

Hellma said...

Lovely

Missmizog said...

Beautiful card really elegant.
Sue

Debs Artliff said...

Morning sue love this card it really christmasie ive usually got all my cards done by now but I lost my mum 8 weeks ago and its thrown me all off just did'nt feel like doing anything but i must try and do some. So i think i will try and have ago at this one as mum would have loved a card like this. Take care Sue.

Debs Artliff

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, another stunner, love the vibrant red and white. One more to add to " give this a try" pile. Missing you.

Wilma x x

Sonia Jones said...

Morning Sue. I really like this card. Its beautiful. The flower is stunning. Hugs Sonia x

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Gorgeous card Sue ,beautiful colour's
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Olga said...

The card is beautiful!

Heather T said...

Good morning Sue
Only you would make a flower out of a Christmas bauble die lol you have such clever ideas. I love today's card it's beautiful. I have made 200 Christmas cards to give as presents to friends and I am now making my cards for friends and family.
Hugs x

fame01 said...

Hi sue well i had done al of my christmas cards but ended up doing a christmas craft market and taking them with which i sold well over half of them WHOOPPIIEE + other hand crafted stuff i now have enough money to put towards getting my grand daughter her dream pram for christmas but i also have to make some more cards lol .. Sue what a great looking card i dont have the stamps for this but sure will have a go at something simlar to it,the colour combos with this are endless .thanks again for another fantastic card .. sarah ..xx

Nanny Jo said...

So beautiful, and soooo Christmassy! Love it, Sue!

corinne said...

great idea making the flower!! coloure stunning fab card as allways Hugs Corinne

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, Very lovely card, and the red and white is striking. Bx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I just love ths card, I am making an all white one like this for my Mum.
I have done 99% of my cards and have started to post some, I would need to re-mortgage the house if I posted them all at once.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

jacqui said...

Fab card Sue.

Joesgrandma said...

Just as a Christmas Card should be. Lovce this one Sue very striking!

Victoria said...

What a beautiful Christmas card Sue. Looks clean and fresh. I've made most of mine, but still a few special ones left!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful card, Sue, looks easy to do but what a lot of work when reading your description - still, really worth it.
Sympathies to Debs - I've no excuse for only having made two cards. Reminder to self, start in January for next year's!

Anonymous said...

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'P'in Wales@

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A beautifully elegant card, love the red and white, also I love how you have made a flower out of the small ornament die, very inventive.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Christine Harrop said...

Love the vibrant red and white for this card. Christine x

auscrafts said...

wow!!!!!!! opened the page and was met with a blaze of red ,gorgeous card Sue Ifind it very difficult to find a good shade of red cardstock ,This on screen looks spot on

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Such a bright, festive card today, love the papers, colour and the flower. Only a few more cards to make at the moment, then I have done, yipeee!
Have a great day everyone.
Michelle(happy2craft)

sarah hyett said...

A really lovely card. Love the colour and everything about it. Have a great day. X

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Wow, such a vibrant shade of red. Loving the flower atop of your bow too.
Donna Jones

Anonymous said...

'morning, I was feeling quite pleased with myself thinking I'd nearly made all my cards but....approx another 15 to go. Lovely card again this morning Thanks as always Mabex

HiggiSue said...

Gorgeous..... I just cant get my head around christmas cards this year ....and i am running out of time
You are truly a gem Sue.... Need to tirn the clock back now to have enough time for these super ideas.

hazel said...

Stunning card Sue just what i needed to cheer up a dull day. Not done all my cards yet and only given one out as yet xx hazel

ellyscard creatief said...

The card is beautiful.Gr Elly

Faith Button-Smallman said...

Good morning Sue,
What a lovely and stunning card. Very beautiful. I'm doing well making cards for everyone else but my Christmas cards are still in the making!
Love Faith xx

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
Love this card especially the flower.

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Oh! My! Word! this is stunning, another beautiful creation.
Thank you for the brilliant idea of using the small bauble Die as a petal.
Not sending many cards this year I have donated my POSTAGE money to a Cancer Charity. I have a few specials still to make, will use this for some of them.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely card this would brighten anyones day and how clever is that flower, Sue you really are the Queen of Spellbinders always showing us new ways to look at and use our dies. THANK YOU. Love BrenLel

Jackie Calvert said...

I like this card, and can visualise it in velvety papers, another die i NEED.
xx

Laura O said...

fantastic card a lovely elegant Christmas card .Laura O

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow, this is beautiful, love the red and white.

beachie said...

Hi Sue
This is really christmas. Just love it.It jumps out at you.The colours are gorgeous
Audrey x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Yes a beautiful traditional C.Card. It has set me up for the day. I wrote all my cards only to find that somehow I need one more so thank you for inspiration for today's task.
Janet x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

Wow, this is simply stunning! Love it!

love Jean x

Jules said...

Mornin', Sue, a lovely festive card. Red and white is a fresh and clean and crisp feel! Roll on Xmas! X

Anonymous said...

Superb! Another clean crisp Christmas card Sue which could be adapted for other occasions - you really do inspire us to look at the dies in different ways. Love it all
Val C Xx

Marion said...

Hi Sue lovely card.I have finished all my cards cant wait to get back on to some thing differant.
Marion

Carol H said...

Love the card, the flower is gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue A lovely traditional card, something that I would like to replicate. Take care Love Michelle xxx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
What a stunning card this one I'm going to try but with a different bauble set. Very clever way you have made the flower superb.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

marg said...

Hello Sue!
The flower is beautiful can't believe it was all made from the same Die so versatile!
Lovely card Sue!

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue! Gorgeous card .... My cards are almost all made, just the special ones left...the others are written & ready to post later this week! Carole Z xx

guffie said...

beaytiful classic christmas card today Sue just love it. And your very right it has seemed to be the end of another year before you've even got to grips with this year lol xx gail from eastbourne

Marleine said...


Morning Sue,

Lovely card. So very Chrismassy. X

Anthea said...

Good morning Sue, beautiful card love the red and white. Have to have a tidy up of my craft room today as cant find a bit if clear space. Hugs xx

Rose in Chester said...

RIGHT UP MY STREET, cols and bauble beautiful. Must get going and do the special xmas cards for special people JUST as soon as I've made the birthday cards for those of family and friends born in December.

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the red and white.

Clare x

Jean Johnston said...

I love this card Sue. Just what I need for last minute making for special people this year.

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Gorgeous card love the colours and design.
??? any ideas for December Birthdays lol. I have 7 before Christmas..........

Hugs Annx without an "e"

gwen70 said...

gorgeous card Sue, very striking

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, Such an elegant card. Still making cards for my last market on Thursday then have all mine to make! Ugh!! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Debbie Tinks said...

SUE LOVELY CARD

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

I love this card. I have hardly made any cards this year, just cant get my head round it but hardly surprising this year

Just might have to buy some cards for this once

Sue xx

nannapat said...

Oooh! this would really stand out on the mantlepiece. Stunning card Sue, such lovely warm colour. Pat x

dutchess said...

loving red and white this year...I wonder who's influence.....loving the card, haven't tried my ornament set yet this year been using last years.....but this is a real statement card love it hugs

hotpotato said...

lovely card....I do wish it was longer to Christmas tho!

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a stunning card love the
way you have done the bauble must
do this one, I have sold some cards
and posted the ones to Ausie. so
must get going on the rest now.
Nancyd xx

bluebell said...

hello sue love the flower and the colour,dont suppose we will be seeing you now till next year now. enjoy your family time together this month,love bluebell-flowerwood.

Susan White said...

A bit bright and bold for me, but I like the effect of the bauble frame for the sentiment.

I only wish all my cards were made and posted - I've only managed to make 8 so far!! Susan :o(

Joan Hill said...

Hi Sue,
Love the vibrancy of this card, think I might just give it a go, thank you x

June Fletcher said...

Morning Sue

Very festive and exceptionally nice

Happy crafting :)

June x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card today, my are all finished as i also have presents to make but not written yet - too early, we always wait until after dads birthday on the 5th before decs go up. Emma

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
Lovely traditional card in 'Santa' colours. Would stand out on any mantlepiece.
Erica x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I thought I had choosen my favourite from your Christmas selection, and now there is this one - absolutely beautiful. If they could just postpone Christmas a few months that would be great.

Love Rosemarie xx

sharon kirkwood said...

A beautifully constructed card. At first glance it looks typically traditional but looking at the details, it also has a modern feel. It's gorgeous.
S. x

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Still a few special cards to do, posting the rest later today.
Love todays card, classy and elegant, the flowets are gorgeous.
Thank you for your inspiration.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
Fab card. Very nice flower. Embossing and patterned paper very nice mix. You really did put me in the Christmas mood.
Yes ready for Christmas. All posted cards gone.(untill i get a card from someone i didnt expect one from). It's now my time for enjoyment parties etc Now where did i put the bailey's hehe
Born again spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful - gorgeous use of the ornament die - I think the flower is very clever although I might have to turn to the poinsettia die! I really do like traditional cards & colours.

AnneRD said...

A stunner, so bright and cheerful. Anne

Carol Clarke said...


Morning Sue
A lovvely striking Christmas Card, love the red and white and the beautiful flower, can't wait to see you on the Tv again
hugs
Carol x

Lizzie said...

Hi Sue
Another lovely card for me to add to my list to do this week.
Thankyou
Lizzie (serial copycat) xox

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue

A very Striking card love the flowers .

Elaine H X

Izzwizz said...

Another wonderful card Sue. Finished? You're joking! Every time I think I'm caught up someone else asks for some. Sent 100 off with someone to sell for the hospice last week, then made some more for a friend. I'll have to stop giving them away or I'll end up having to buy some lol! I love the shade of red on this card. It's soooo Xhristmassey. Maddy x

lainey said...

lurrrrve it Sue!! lainey x

Annie said...

Stunning Sue - I love traditional and you have this gift to make traditional so tasteful and out of the ordinary. Your card is beautiful.

Maryann said...

Soo gorgeous card here Sue. Love the red and white colors. Just beautiful together.

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
I have made half my cards. This is fab and would be fun to make, send, and receive.

Anonymous said...

Wow,Wow,Wow,Another beautiful card and what a great idea for the flower.The first thing I do every morning is check your site to see your great cards - even breakfast has to wait. Love them.
Durham Mary

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, lovely card, very different. Flowers from the baubles, who else would have thought of that? I will have to give that a go.
Cards are nowhere near finished and certainly won't be getting posted for at least another week. Oops! I think I've missed the last posting dates for USA & Australia. Maybe I should make New Year cards instead.:-)
Frances

lynda said...

A very bold and a bright cheery card.
Lynda xx

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card. Thanks for all the ideas for Christmas Cards.
Margaret L

Maggie said...

Utterly stunning card. Nearly done with mine now, but this one just has to be done and given to someone special. Thank you. xx

Karen Edwards said...

Love the christmassy theme, and that greeting is lovely, not sure if i have that one

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, very Christmassy, love red and white. Take care. Jess

Heather said...

Really sumptuous Sue, I really like this card a lot.

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

Kate's Cards said...

Like!

Clarissa said...

Gorgeous!
Clarissa.X

Jackie D said...

hi Sue,

Well this would really stand out on anyone's mantlepiece. Just wish I had everything sorted for Christmas, too many other things taking up my time but I'll get there!!!
love from Jackie D

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue wow love this card its so christmassy!! I have been steadily making cards for the last 2 weeks don't think I'm finished yet!! Have to make some tags and decorations for my sons school fair on thursday, think I'm still going to be making cards for ages yet! Lol love lesley xx

3362Jan said...

Hi Sue. Well this is stunning!!
It has given me some ideas, for which a big thank you. Big hug. Jan.

Christine said...

Lovely card today. I haven't started my cards yet, I only send where they are welcomed. Perhaps if all of mine were as nice as Sue's everyone would appreciate them, instead of some people holding on to the opinion that hand-made is penny-pinching!
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

jtcards said...

Now that is beautiful!

Claveh said...

This one is really classy Sue, I love the colours you have used too. xxx

salem said...

love the colors very elegant christmassy

salem said...

love the colors very elegant christmassy

Diana Sinclair said...

Hello Sue

A simply gorgeous card which could be done in lots of colours.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Must get crackin on my cards.

Diana

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

hi Sue
I have just ordered these dies, I had finished my cards but my dad lost his fight with cancer last tues so i have to redo mums card & i think this is very good as it q1uite easy to do as im not feeling much like crafting at moment

iggy said...

this is a joy.....very pretty too....thanks sue x

Meg said...

Beautiful card Sue.
I have all the elements to make some like this but do I have time.

Margaret O
xxx

howdy said...

lovely card. All mine now done but not yet posted - i hate queueing at the post office for special stamps.
Bah humbug!

CraftyJo said...

Lovely! All my cards are done (apart from ones I keep making every time I see an new idea I want to try :) ) but not yet posted, I think I've even got a jump on next year too.

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue,

I adore red and white for Christmas cards so this ticks all my boxes! Love the flower - great new use of the die. Only a card for the other half still to make.

Hugs, Belinda X

nmty said...

hi sue

stunning card, just love it.

lv norma

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baconbits said...

Afternoon,

Simply stunning.

TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

kimberley said...

Beautiful-would love for someone to send me a card like this,take care,x

Sandra said...

Wow, what a great idea using the smallest ornament to make flower petals, that's thinking outside of the box! I have just moved house so haven't even thought about christmas, but as always Sue i turned to you for inspiration!
Crafty hugs,
Sandra R

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Very lovely card i love red Christmas cards Jean Z xx

SusanP, Kent said...

Hi Sue,
What a FAB-U-LOUS red - really Christmassy. How right you are about the speed the year flies by.
On the other hand you seem to have been missing from TV for too long!
Sue

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
What a stunning card absolutely fabulous. True the time is flying especially when one enjoys crafting thanks to you.
Take care
Margaret

sue wilson said...

Hi Sue cards all finished just got the boring job of writing them.but i am working on mini scrapbooks for presents. I love todays card.

Jill Liddle said...

Yes a very classy elegant card. Everything on here works together so perfectly.

Sue C said...

Don't usually like traditional cards but this is beautiful xx

dragonswing said...

I love this card!!! Such elegance and love the red color. One of the prettiest card I have seen in a long time.

Vie Carter said...

I wish you joy to Sue

This card is gorgeous

Vie
x

Ita said...

Hi sue very classy card the red works so well and I think if you wnated too you could change the colours would also make an Valitins day card ,by changing it a bit.No cards made Sue ,I think it will have to be Cards from the shop this year??
Smilees
Ita

Eemeli said...

What an elegant card with beautiful Christmas colors.
Hugs, Eemeli

Jean Woodward said...

Hi Sue

Lovely card, would stand out on the mantle piece.

Happy Crafting
Jean x

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A lovely card for today !! I love the colours you have used. I am making a christmas card with another of the bauble dies right now !! I think embossing and layering up various sizes of the bauble dies look great !! Very elegant and traditional. Love Tres x x x

tracy w said...

Hello Sue love this one i like red and white thankyou tracy w xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Very bright and striking - this would certainly stand out from the rest - lovely.
Beverley W

Crafty Nanna said...

Pretty card

Paper Junkie said...

How clever to use the ornament die to make a flower - it looks fab! No cards made yet because of my hand surgery, but I hope to get at least a few "specials" done in the next couple of weeks - this year I may have to.....buy some....arghhhh! X

brenda said...

Love traditional colours for Christmas and this one will stand out from the rest!! Only a few special cards to make now, not posting as many this year because of the postage which is a shame x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, classy card but only reminds me how many I have to do!!

Mol x

melanie said...

Still got quite a few to do must get a wriggle on .Melanie

sued99 said...

Love the traditional colours of this card.

Lacelady said...

I like this trad. look!

Ayelet Barkay said...

Stunning card! I love this red :)

Crafty Lark said...

So very elegant. xx Flora

Anonymous said...

Stunning card Sue. I am nowhere near finished my cards, lol.

Michelle E xx

Jane said...

Ho Ho Ho I Love this one Sue, very christmasy.

Jane xx

Maid of Kent said...

Lovely card, rich colours. The flower is amazing. Hugs Ann

nikkib said...

Lovely Christmas card sue... love the colours so festive!!! wish all mine were made, havent even started yet.....

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
very elegant card, nothing more needs to be said.
love Avis D

Chrissie J Lui said...

Hi Sue....A lovely card today...I love the red and white....

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

Julie Mac said...

Hi Sue,

Lovely card again - i'm trying to get all my cards finished this week. Note to self: must start making them earlier next year!

Julie x

jordiegirl said...

Love this Sue - I love red - it's my favourite colour so am very impressed with this card.

jennywren1947 said...

love this sue i have this die so will b having a go at this 1 thanks again 4 all ur hard work
hugs chris x

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Beautiful Sue I love it xXx
I'm so busy with card orders that I've had to buy my own cards for sending out this year. It broke my heart but what can you do! LOL

Vick said...

I love the fact that the heirloom die has been taken through the embossing folder, ive done this with other dies but this just looks so much better, i love it, hugs to you Sue, Vick xx
the-artful-codger.blogspot.com

Janice K said...

A lovely card Sue, you certainly have a gorgeous supply of backing papers! x

Debra W said...

Very striking card Sue! Yes I posted my Christmas cards this afternoon! I just have a couple more left to make for the special people in my life! Debra

magpie said...

Absolutely stunning Sue, A lovely shade of red & a beautiful Christmas "sing to me" card. I would be so proud to receive this! xx Love Karen xx

Sue Parish said...

Love the idea for the flower - and the swirly sentiment.
Have made a box full of Christmas cards but am still adding to them. None written or posted yet! I enjoy choosing the right card for each person and then I like to write more than a greeting - sometimes it turns into a letter, which all takes time so I should be getting on with it!
Sue xx

Barbara said...

Beautiful and traditional xmas card, gorgeous Sue!!!

Abuzz With Creativity said...

Lovely card & great colours :-) Claire xxx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue.
Beautiful Christmas card. Traditional colours, which I love. The bauble dies make lovely flowers don't they.
Take care.

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely Christmassy card. I adore the simple two-colour scheme.
I do hope you are well and enjoying the run up to the Christmas holidays, though I expect you are still busy, busy.
It is lovely to be back looking around blogland, though I only have enough time to do a couple and it had to include you.
Take care Hugs Linda xx

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,
A card that anyone would be delighted to recieve.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Joan B.

Deborah said...

I like this card Sue...the colors are very Christmas like...nice and clean but festive.

Thanks. Deborah.H. :)

nuttinanni said...

Beautiful Christmas card,so clear and fresh.

lorraine (classylady) said...

Hi Sue, Another gorgeous and classy card

regards
lorraine - scotland
xxx

melody said...

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yorkshiresue said...

Hi Sue
I love the colours they really jump out
The card is a lovely simple one
Hugs Sue XXX