Friday, 11 January 2013

Birthday Wishes

Morning all!  Back on the plane again today and headed for California this time!  CHA starts in the morning, I can't wait!  I will be keeping my eyes open for all sorts of new goodies to bring your way I hope.  Today's card was a bit of an experiment and while it is not my absolute favourite card, I was really chuffed with how it came out. The corner got a bit damaged on the trip home from Florida last time so please ignore that!   I started with the blue background and stamped it with the Embroidered background stamp using just a clear perfect medium.  This gave me that watermarked look that I think adds a lot of interest, but doesn't overwhelm.  You can see it nicely in the close ups below.  I used the Vintage label and banner die to cut an aperture, but decided to do two of them facing each other for a unique shape.  Next I stamped my stamp using a clear perfect medium pad in the same orientation on white card.  I used white embossing powder for a tone on tone look to it, adds interest, but doesn't overwhelm.  Next I stamped it again on matching blue card with a black ink pad.  I coloured the image with pencils, added a sticky adhesive sheet, cut it out then micro beaded over it for my focal element.  I stamped three of the matching embroidered edges in black on blue card.  I cut them out with the matching edgeability dies and glued them into a petticoat style border at the bottom of my card.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the small heart die from the set.  I tied a messy bow out of seam binding and added some black jute, putting the heart in the centre.  I matted the card with a mix of blue and white and pierced the edges to finish it.  I meant to ask what do you think of the colour of the blue card?  I have just added this to my card selection with the teal and blush.  It is starting to grow and take shape, I am very excited!  Finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x 8" in size. 
Also a quick reminder that Julia Watts has two shows today at 1pm and 6pm on Create and Craft TV.  Be sure to tune in and watch her fun demos!  All for now, Sue x







132 comments:

Pam said...

Like this one Sue, that lace border is lovely. Have a great "Mum" time in California before heading home to your Mum.

Eemeli said...

Beautiful card with brilliant color choices. That lace border is adorable.

Hugs, Eemeli

Heather said...

Hi Sue I love today's card especially that colourway. Have a great time at the show and bring us some goodies back with you! :)

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

Alice G said...

Morning Sue,

More great techniques on this card- you are such a creative genius and have really fab ideas that can be very versatile. Hope you have a great time at CHA. You said on c&c this was your year to live outside the box- how about ideas for kids cards??

Alice xx

Celina Dee said...

love the colour and the petticoat in the card. It would translate well to other colour combinations.

SUzanne Thomas said...

Bore Da Sue, The card is beautiful and I love the colour as well. Have a great weekend in CHA.

Anonymous said...

Have to agree, Sue, not a favourite but think it's just the die shape. Lovely colour and as always different techniques.

'P' in Wales

mags said...

Really like the colour of this card and all the different techniques you have used. The stamping on the blue is really subtle but works perfectly.
Mags
x

Ladock girl said...

Good morning Sue, really like the lace effect on this card, and the colour. Good luck at CHA can't wait to see what you find for us all. Soooo excited. Linda xxxx

baconbits said...

Morning Sue,
The petticoat detail is really pretty - but does not rock my boat as much as others. The colour is a very pretty blue.
Have a safe flight and keep those eyes glues for some super goodies,
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Beth Peake said...

another great card Sue. Love all the heat embossing coming up again. It should never go away.

Luv n hugs

Beth xx

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, lovely elegant card, like the blue a lot. I must remember to use the negative die cuts more. Have a great trip. Bx

Anonymous said...

I like this card a lot. The wet embossing is very subtle and the dry embossing sets the sentiment off nicely. Great colours.

Hope you enjoy CHA

Michelle E xx

englishrose897 said...

Lovely card Sue. Have a great weekend. Sally

Corinne said...

qreat card as ever Sue still waiting for my C&C deal to come hugs Corinne

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - like the card colour and love the watermark effect - don't like the 2 central shapes together - love the borders.
Rgs
Clare W

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card and the sentiment on top of the bow is so pretty. This pretty shade of blue is really versatile, suitable for any card. I love it (blue is my favourite colour though:) Hope your feet don't ache too much by the end of the show! Take care.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, This is a beautiful card, loving the new blue card, I love the three lace borders at the bottom, they look gorgeous, not sure about the shape of the label aperture done twice.
Have a great time at CHA, can't wait to see what you come back with.
Can you please do the teal card on it's own, I already bought the blush at Kettering and I really want the teal card, please ???
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the card and colour, I must try and use both the positive and negative of my dies more.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Susan White said...

I would really like to redo this card in a deeper wedgewood blue with white embossing - My mum would love it!

Enjoy your family time and I'm very jealous about the craft show you're going to - have fun!!

Susan

fame01 said...

Hi sue have a great time at the CHA wonder what you will come back to us with Mmmmm!!!!! liking the card very nice alround could use a lot of colour combos with this one i think .. hugs sarah ... safe journey .. xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue I love the card and liked the colours! Hope you have fun today....I am sure you will, I look forward to hearing about it. Take Care Love Michelle xxx

foxyg said...

Another lovely card Sue.
Enjoy CHA.

cebelica said...

Very nice! Hugs! xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Have a great week at the CHA.... I bet you 'll be meeting many friends there.
I love the border but not too sure about the top cut-out.
The blue card is lovely.

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
I love the colour and watermark effect and am waiting impatiently for my Birthday at the end of next month so I can buy these stamps as the more I see them the more I want them (oh I know 'I want' doesn't get but perhaps this time).I really do like the shade of blue and will be on the look out for it - perhaps you can give us a hint of where to buy?
Enjoy the show.
Janet x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Love the subtle colours. Safe trip and have fun.

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
I think it is a lovely card, I like the aperture shape, love the different looks of embossing, great card. Have a fun time at CHA, hope you join Nigel and Leonie, so we can see you there on CC this weekend, lol.
Enjoy your day.
Michelle(happy2craft)

HiggiSue said...

Like the overall effect Sue but i prefer less stamped work....i can see the appeal to many but its not my bag
Colors work well :-)
Enjoy CHA and your family time. Xxx

Lynne M said...

Hi Sue, love the blue card with the watermark effect, not too sure about the negative cutout but given time I'm sure it will grow on me . The petticoat shows the lace stamp to great effect. Have a great time at the CHA. Lol and hugs to you and mom Lynne M x x x

Joesgrandma said...

Striking card. Lovely colours and layout. Thanks Sue for such great inspiration! Happy Weekend.

Marleine said...


Hi Sue,

Your card is beautiful. Love the bow and embellishment.

Hope you have a great time in the USA. X

lainey said...

love that lace border Sue. lainey x

maxine h said...

Love the card today and I love using micro beads I'm putting them on everything at the moment lol.
Big hugs
Maxine xx

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
Like the card , love the shade of blue.

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. I love the colour and the lace border is devine.

Val in Spain xxx

kimberley said...

Not sure about this one Sue although I do love the bottom half of the card.Hope you have a safe flight and that you have great fun at the show.I have no doubt that you will find loads of goodies to pass on to us as you have such a discerning eye,take care,x.

Sonia Jones said...

Morning Sue great card and a lovely colour scheme. Have a great time at the show and enjoy your visit with the family. Hugs Sonia x

Marion said...

Hi Sue sorry this card dosnt do it for me.enjoy the CHA .
Love Marion

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
This is so beautiful love the colours.
Margaret

Ann said...




Hi Sue

Beautiful card love the wedgewood blue looks gorgeous with milk or cream card as well.
Enjoy CHA show safe journey.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue well i like this card but i do like these dies. And yes Sue i like the colour of the card you have used. My blush and teal card arrived yesterday and it beautiful. Hope you have a great time at the CHA and then with your mum. Take care Sue.

Debs Artliff

Annie said...

Morning Sue. I adore the blue colour. I think we need more choice with card stock in UK; USA seems to have the most amazing array of card stock that we don't have (or else I'm not looking in the right places!)
Enjoy the show - look forward to hearing all about it.
Love
Annie

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

Good Morning Sue
Have a great weekend at the CHA.... I love this card esp the petticoat detail have to add this stamp tp my wish list

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Enjoy CHA and find lots of goodies for us pls! I like this card, I can see I will have to start stamping more.
Gail C x

Anthea said...

Good morning Sue, not sure about this one, think its the colours that just dont grab me. Love the design of the card thought, will try it in a different colour way. have fun at CHA. Hugs xx

Karen R said...

I do lole the border especially. Enjoy the show and your visit xx

Clare said...

Lovely card, love the colour. Hope you have a good time at CHA.

Clare x

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Enjoy CHA how nice it would be to attend that. The card is beautiful, what a difference the micro beads make. Love it
Audrey x

June Fletcher said...

Morning Sue

This card is lovely and the boarder looks great

Enjoy CHA and safe journey

June x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I love this blue colour, please do add it to your collection. The card is great and the micro beads make it - what did we do before micro beads.

Love Rosenarie xx

Victoria said...

For me, this card is a tale of two halves. LOVE the bottom half. I think that the layers are beautiful and the bow is so pretty. Not so keen on the top half!!

Anonymous said...

Love the look of this card and particularly like the border. What a pretty colour too. Have a great time at CHA YvonneMayxx

Caro Clarke said...


Morning Sue, This card is beautiful and love the colourway. Love the bow with the fine twine on top. Keep them coming. Enjoy the show. Please bring us back more ideas.
Hugs
Carol xx

Maryann said...

Really beautiful card here Sue. I love the color and the bow looks awesome with the ribbon and the twine on top of it and finished of with that little heart. Just lovely.

Sue Parish said...

Good Morning Sue,
Beautiful blue cardstock - can't wait to add it to the blush and teal in my stash!
Love the card today.
Have a safe journey and a great CHA,
Sue xx

utilitygirl said...

Nice card Sue. Love the blue blue and love the idea of the aperture, which I plan to try soon. Personally, I do prefer this die shape for the guys though. xx

hazel said...

Lovely card Sue. Can't wait to see what you will bring us from CHA. Hope you have a good flight and enjoy time with your family too xx hazel

nannapat said...

Have a fab time in USA, enjoy your time with Mum - look forward to seeing the goodies you show us. Today's card not my cup of tea, I'm still not sure about that die shape. Pat x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely card, the lace border, is great. Have a great time in California.
Take care, Jess xx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Like Victoria I also love the bottom of the card but I just don't like the shape of the dies at the top.
Enjoy CHA.
Lydia
X

Anonymous said...

lovely card, don't tempt us with many goodies from CHA!!

Mol x

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, I like certain aspects of thei card but not my favourite card. I like the way you have used the die to cut the aperture twice, great idea. Also the background. Not sure about the topper and the lace border. Have a great time at CHA.
Hugs Carol S.xx

SusanP, Kent said...

Hi Sue,
Today's doesn't wow me like yesterday's guy card. I think it's the colour it looks 'chilly' and appears more grey on my screen.
Hope you have a great time in the States. Looking forward to seeing some photos of the show.
Sue

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, i hope you have a good trip home and at the CHA, don't know how you do it, makes me feel worn out thinking about it. Lovely card again, i esp love the colours. Emma

hotpotato said...

Enjoy CHA.

auscrafts said...

Lovely card and like the shade of blue

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
Not my favourite card but interesting, especially the double aperture.
Have a great time at CHA. Looking forward to seeing some new and excitingly things.
Erica x

Debbie Tinks said...

LOVELY CARD SUE NICE COLOURS

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue
Have. Great time at CHA look forward to seeing what's in store for us. I love today's card
Hugs x
Heather T

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card,beautiful colours
Margaret L

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Not my favourite card but I do like the colour -better than the teal actually. Unlike many of the other bloggers, it's the lace borders at the bottom that I don't like- don't know if it's too fussy or the black not sure. Enjoy the States & CHA.

Maggie said...

Lovely in blue Sue, have a great trip bring us back lots of lovely goodies....pleeeeeese lol.

MaggieH

Fieldsend said...

Hi Sue, Not to sure on this one like you but I am sure there is a lot of people out there who do like it. Still love tuning in to see your fab cards. Enjoy your time with your family.

Love June
xx

Jean Z said...

nice care Sue as always Jean Zxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Heart felt wishes for a safe flight & fabulous time at CHA. With love & light Theresa. H

Lacelady said...

Inspired aperture shape Sue, and I love the petticoat border. Still not keen on that asymmetric label though. Enjoy the show, wish I was coming with you.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Beautiful card, love the embossing and the watermark effect. The petticoat border is adorable. The colour is fab, must have that blue card.
Safe journey and enjoy CHA. Can't wait to see the goodies you bring to us.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Jackie Calvert said...

Hi Sue, this card is very different, but I quite like it. Enjoy the CHA. Can I echo the request for idea's for children's cards

tracy w said...

hello sue Love this card have a great trip to California I will be watching on create and craft on Saturday Tracy w x

howdy said...

morning Sue,
Sorry - can't get over the fact the die looks like a Heinz 57 jar but that aside, love the card.

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Loveing the colour of todays beautiful card Sue and I love how you've done the borders as well
Have a great time at the show and look forward to you finding new goodies for us to to play with! xXx

julieford1 said...

Hi Sue

I like the watermark technique, Iam going to try your techniques of clear embossing onto card at the weekend. I have an idea for valentines day using a roses stamp.
Have a good day

Julie x

julieford1 said...

Hi Sue

I like the watermark technique, Iam going to try your techniques of clear embossing onto card at the weekend. I have an idea for valentines day using a roses stamp.
Have a good day

Julie x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, hope you have enjoyed your time with your daughter and enjoy the show and find lots of new things for us! Love this card, love the colour so will be nice to be able to buy it, I have the blush and teal already. Love Jean x

Vie Carter said...

Today's card is not really my taste, not really into this colour

Like the embossing and die cut out, thats works well, just the overall colour is my my choice

Safe journey Sue and do have a lovely time at the show and bring back lots more ideas and products

Vie
x

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,

I'm on the fence with this one. I do like the colour though, and the bow with the string.

Donna Jones

iggy said...

wouldnt have noticed the damage had you not mentioned it...so had a bit of a time finding it..PLEASE fetch us something unusual / different to add onto our cards.have fun & enjoy it all.wish i was coming with you. x

Ita said...

Hi Sue hope you enjoyed your visit with your daughter,enjoy the C.H.A, and do a lot of networking.
Todays card??? I think the blue may not have come through on the photo,I think the black ink is too strong with the blue,the design of the card is fantastic
Smiles
Ita

Laura O said...

Have a good time at the CHA.love the stamp you used in this card and it looks great micro beaded.Laura O

lesley said...

Hi sue I really like this card and I'm definitely going to get this set as I think its very versatile.so glad you've added this blue to the card range,do we have to wait til your next show to get hold of it or will Julia or Sam be bringing it to us ? Have a lovely time at cha love lesley xx

Meg said...

Hi Sue,

Not keen on the card today.
Agree with everyone about the lace along the bottom and love the bow.

Margaret O
xxx

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
Another great card with great detail.
Fab idea for the watermark. Reminds me of new England colours. Clean and bright. Smashing boarder. I just got just rite boarders, brill aren't they? Going to have a go at painting them as back of the packet.
Enjoy the CHA and come back with a full bag lol
born again spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Carol Yates said...

Hi Sue,
Great card lovely shade of blue. Enjoy CHA and meeting with your family. I know you will be back full of new resources and ideas.
Huga
Carol

Julie Bee said...

hi sue

quite a plain card today, nice for an ederly gentleman perhaps.

everyone likes different things.

keep a restraint on your purse at cha .

come back refreashed

best wishes

julie bee

Debby Berry said...

Sue
I love the color combination of this card. Have fun.

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card. Really love the Lace borders .Have a great time at the CHA.Take care x

Sue C said...

Love all these cards. Have a great time at CHA xx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. Your card for today is very nice. I like the border stamps and the blue card is lovely !! Julia's show at 1pm was great. She told the presenter to "shut up" (she was only joking.) and managed to get in two full demo,s. I was so proud of her !! I wish a lot of c+c guests would do the same. The viewers would get to see so much more !! Keep up you fantastic work !! Love Tres x x x

Sue B said...

Love the lace borders on this card & also really like the blue card. Wish we could go to CHA but maybe it's for the best that we are not allowed means more to spend at Ally Pally. Have fun.

ShirleyT said...

Hi Sue,

We all envy you going to the CHA show. You are so busy but still have time for us. Thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Patricia said...

Good afternoon Sue, I am late today.
Another technique, I love this. You are so clever at thinking up all these wonderful things. Thank you so much for all the inspiration.
Enjoy the Shows bring back lots of goodies for us.
Hugs

Patricia xx

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
Love this card and the blue is gorgeous,glad you are adding this to the collection. The card is beautifully subtle, another winner. Hope you had a good flight and a trustees days at the show.
Love Jan xx

Rosie said...

As usual, your card designs are great, but I do not like the shape of the main die.

Enjoy the CHA Show.

Janice K said...

A beautiful card in a lovely shade of blue. The watermark stamping is very effective. x

Marianna Hammer said...

This sure is a nice card. I love to read how you make them. It somehow makes them a bigger work of art, knowing all the work that has been put in to them. Have a nice week end. :)

Jean Woodward said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card, the colours are beautiful. Have a fab time at the show, cant wait to see all the new goodies.

Have fun
Jean x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love the colour you have chosen for this card as always you give great techniques and tips. the Violette stam is so pretty and looks lovely and soft with micro beads on, the borders give it a lovely Victorian look.
I JUST LOVE IT! Love Brenda Lel

PS. Have a great time at CHA

karenlotty said...

Love the colours AND I like the aperture You might remember I'm not a lover of this die! Enjoy the CHA If Spellbinders do a "plain" die to match the Holiday Tree" like Les Papillions buy me one lol! Can't wait to see the ideas you bring back to UK Had a sneaky peek at the Spellbinders site & the new dies that emboss & deboss look interesting Hugs to you & family Say Hi to Nigel & Leonie x

brenda said...

Hi Sue, not sure about this card today although I do like the borders. Have great time at the CHA Wish I could be there x

Maggie said...

Just watching Julia and loving the show. Have a great time at CHA and come back safely. This is a very subtle card, but I'm still not sure I would use these stamps and dies. Looking forward to seeing what's coming us this weekend. xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, not sure about this die at the moment - it may grow n me later. Regards the Blue Card - I just love it, very subtle good for women as well as men.
Have a great time at CHA, come back safely with lots of inspiration.
God bless
JanNxx

Jacqui aka Morgana said...

Another lovely card Sue and the more I look at it in each photograph the more I like it, especially the lace border. I think the colour scheme works perfectly, not too girly and perfect for a number of different occassions.

Jane said...

Not sure about today's card there's just something missing for me cant put my finger on it .

Jane xx

melody said...

Hi Sue, love the lace boarder, have a great time at the trade show. Hugs Melody xXx

Carole Z said...

Love the colour Sue, not so sure about this die...have a great time at CHA! Carole ZX

magpie said...

Lovely card Sue x The blue is beautiful that you'll be bringing alongside the teal & blush. Those lace borders are also gorgeous. Watched Julia at 6pm today & she did 2 great cards in the demonstrations. Have a great time at the CHA with your daughter & can't wait to see what goodies you'll be bringing back with you! Take care xx Love Karen xx

petlady said...

Hi Sue, the card has a lovely border with the stamps and I do like the colour of the blue card.It all looks very pretty.Sandra x

nikkib said...

Love the Blue colour, soft and muted and lovely..... have a fab time at CHA and enjoy time with your family x

sallysbitz said...

This is very pretty & love the colour combo.
CHA will have to be on my dream list, but I will do it one day x

hugs sally x
sallysbitz.blogspot.co.uk

Linda Simpson said...

Have fun at the CHA and looking forward to seeing what goodies you bring back. Your card is stunning as always and loving the design.

Hugs
Linda xxx

jennywren1947 said...

hi sue not 2 sure about this 1 which is most unusual 4 me
hugs chris x

lorraine (classylady) said...

Great card Sue. Like the blue colour, Julia used Blue and white today and it was a lovely card too.
Enjoy CHA, I am looking forward to watching tomorrow night on laptop.

regards
lorraine - scotland
xxx

Barbara said...

Love it Sue, hope you have a fab time at CHA and bring back lots of great new goodies. Have taped Julia, never miss her!!!

CraftyJo said...

Some interesting techniques here Sue, ideas to work from.

Izzwizz said...

Hi Sue, sorry I am commenting late today. Been shopping all day (yay!), although not for craft stuff (boo hoo). I love the colour of this card. I'd say it was stonewashed denim, although I realise the colour might not be true on my screen. It gors really well with that justrite stamp anyhow. My favourite part of this card is the way you have produced three borders together and they look like tall flowers. Very pretty! Hope you have / had a good flight and enjoy CHA. can't wait to hear all about it. Will be glued to C&C to watch the live broadcasts for the next three days. Hope to see you! Maddy x

Crafty Nanna said...

Pretty card, I love the way you have made the frills at the bottom using the dies.

salem said...

love these dies

salem said...

love these dies

yorkshiresue said...

Yet again another wonderful Sue Wilson original.
I wish I could come up with cards like yours
You are an inspiration
Hugs
Sue XXX

Jill Liddle said...

Nice card. I would do this in a different colour as I'm not a "blue" kinda person.

aggieosborne1104 said...

Hi Sue,
This is one of the cards I've seen on the telly...first, hope you and your family are all well. Now, the 'blue' card...well, I love it! Hope you can add this to your neutral card stock collection with your teal and blush. It's gorgeous...the card, hmm I like it but not as much as the Kraft card vintage plane....sorry!
Lots of love, Aggie xxx