Thursday, 24 January 2013

Elegant Birthday

Good morning bloggers!  A different take on a sort of buckle-like card.  In stead of the usual three elements to weave a banner through, I decided to use only two just to hold the banner in place this time.  I rather like it as it is a bit different.  I started by picking some decorative paper as my background.  It has a very subtle pattern and a gold sheen to it.  I know it is difficult to tell with my photography skills (ha ha), but you may get a better view of it in some of the close ups below.  I stamped the Justrite border (Embroidered Edges set) across the top and bottom of the paper and heat embossed it with gold powder.  I used a bit of milk card and a taupish grey to mat my background (I was trying to pick up the subtle colours in the background paper).  Next I stamped the medallion from the Always and Forever set from Justrite twice.  I heat embossed both of them with gold powder and cut them out with the matching Medallion die and a small circle die.  I stamped my sentiment on milk card, cut it to make a strip and gave it forked ends.  I matted it with the taupish grey card.  I put either end through each of the medallion dies and added foam pieces to them to secure to my card.  I added an extra layer of foam to the centre of the banner to raise it up for dimension.  I used the soft card card for the final matting and layering and pierced the inner mat to frame and finish it.  I think this one could work for so many occasions and especially if you need something with an elegant look to it.  Finished dimensions are 7" x 8" in size.  All for now, Sue x





156 comments:

Pam said...

I love this card. It is elegant and beautiful. Well Done Sue. Celine take care of yourself, I had pneumonia 2 hyears ago and still have not fully recoverred.

Debs Artliff said...

Good morning Sue youve done it again what a stunning card i love it. I got these dies and stsmps when on create and craft but not used them yet. So i think its time to bring them out and play with them. I love the colour that you have used. Look forward to seeing what youve got for us next. Take care xxx

Debs Artliff

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue.

Stunning card today, the colour choices are so nice together, I would not have thought to put gold and grey together. I love the Justrite border stamps.

Michelle E xx

Heather said...

Very elegant Sue! Good card for both sexes I think!

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

Eemeli said...

Fabulous card. Great colors and I just love the banner with its sentiment.

Hugs, Eemeli

Ladock girl said...

Lovely card today Sue, very regal.
The colour combination could be for either male or female, love these buckle cards. Linda xxx

Felicie said...

Wow This card is so elegant.I love it a lot.
Greetings
Felicie

SUzanne Thomas said...

Bore Da Sue, What a beautiful card Sue. It is very elegant. I just love the colours. I must try this one.All the best Sue.

baconbits said...

Morning Sue,
I am really liking the buckle cards. THis is a very elegant card and the gold is really subtle hue.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Crafty Nanna said...

Good Morning Sue, love this card, the embossed details stand out so well against the background, Have agreat day

englishrose897 said...

Hi Sue, fab card, very elegant . Sally

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
Such a elegant card, very ornate!
Gail C x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. This card is so elegant. I wouldn't have thought of using grey but it looks so good. As you say it would be good for many occasions, my first glance made me think Golden Wedding Anniversary, because of the linked shapes I think. Take care.

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,

Great card, love the colours.

Donna Jones

Karen R said...

Lovely card Sue, it is very elegant. I think it would make a beautiful anniversary or wedding card

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Beautiful buckle card so elegant would be useful for so many occasions.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love the borders - less keen on the medallions - but love the concept! Snow thawing here now thank goodness!
Rgs
Clare W

Maryann said...

Such a beautiful card here again Sue. I love the gold on this and I just love how the banner is held by the buckles here too, A great card especially for men, I think, but can still be used for anything you would like thoug.

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely card. So elegant and good for the guys too.
Anne O

Joesgrandma said...

Fabulous Card! Fit for a royal birthday! Love the layout and the colours Sue.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love it.
Beverley W

foxyg said...

Very regal looking card Sue. Stunning.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Very stylish and elegant and could be used for many occasions.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Rose in Chester said...

You said it - elegant! And can be adapted to so many occasions, could also be a male card. Absolutely brilliant.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, This is a truly elegant card, loving the border stamp and all the gold embossing, absolutely beautiful.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Sonia Jones said...

Morning Sue, I agree this is an elegant card and it could be used for a guy too! Hope you have a good day hugs Sonia x

Jan.moogie said...

Gorgeous card Sue, I love the embossing on it. x

Corinne said...

Morning Sue wow how very Regal!!! this would make a lovely wedding card Anniversary etcetc not always succseful embossing though hugs Corinne

Anne Crawford said...

Elegant card!

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
What a stunning card.
Hugs x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Elegant, Elegant, it certainly is - not over fussy but certainly not plain. I can see many occasions for today's card and the colour scheme is fantastic. Certainly one for my 'must do' file.Thank you.
Janet x

kimberley said...

Yes i think this one is a winner Sue-could be used for any occasion,take care,x.

Celina Dee said...

Morning Sue. It's a beautiful card and the embossing is incredible.

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
What an amazing card..

Anthea said...

Good morning Sue, beautiful card today, love the gold embossing. Really need to get back into my craft room to have a play. Hugs xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue I think the name of the card fits extremely well.....very elegant! Take care Love Michelle xxx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue This does have the WOW factor, it is stunning, love the colours and how you have used only two medallions this time - very elegant
hugs
Carol x

Marion said...

Hi Sue I agree with the others,it looks elegant .
Love Marion

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Again another stunning buckle card.
I love the colours you have used this could quite easily be a "man" card.
I have thoughts of this in pinks or maybe creams for a ladies card...........off to play!
Have a Great Day

Patricia. XX

Anonymous said...

This card is stunning. The title is so apt. YvonneMayxx

karenlotty said...

Beautiful elegant card The grey & soft gold look fantastic & like others wud never hav thought to put them together x

Sonja said...

Simply stunning and can be adapted for so many occasions. Great bit of inspiration, love it!

gwen70 said...

gorgeous card, so beautifully put together

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Loving the concept of this elegant card, but I have to say the medallion dies are not for me. Great colours too.
Lydia
X

Hilary said...

Good morning Sue. Such and elegant card, and suitable for both male and female. As always you have the colour combination perfectly balanced. Keep warm, and keep those gorgeous creations coming!!Love and hugs. Hilary xxx

snowqueen62 said...

Lovely card suitable for any occasion
Sue x

Susan White said...

Really like the embossing on this card, and it would be great for a man's card. I do love your buckle cards!

Thanks Susan

hotpotato said...

lovely card.

Val said...

Love this combination.
Thanks again for ideas.

Val

marg said...


Good Morning Sue!
I like the Embroidered Edges Justrite stamp, looks really effective against the background colours
LoveMarg

nancyd said...

Morning Sue a very elegant card as mrs b said first thing I tbought of
Was 50th anniversary love it. Nancyd xx

Clare said...

Beautiful card, very elegant.

Clare x

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Another gorgeous card. Very elegant love those dies.
Audrey x

Alice G said...

This is stunning. I think the lace stamps are so elegant and add a touch of class every time!

Alice xx

Marleine said...


Hi Sue.

Like this one. Very opulent. X

Jean Z said...

I think this card is lovely so elegant it could be used for anyone Jean Z xx

Jane said...

Simple but very beautiful I really like it.

Jane xx

June Fletcher said...

Morning Sue

Definitely a very elegant birthday card today, one that anyone would love to receive

June x

Anonymous said...

Love it!! Mabex

Carol H said...

Very elegant card today, and great colours too.

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. This card works so well. I like the two buckles instead of three, a bit less fussy and you can see the message really clearly. An inspired choise of colour and papers. Thank you. xx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, What a striking card. It would be a good 'man' card, or done in a different colour just as good for a female card. Love the colours.

Love Rosemarie xx

nuttinanni said...

just what I need for the men in my life, a stunning classy card not too OTT, thank you very much for your inspiration.x cheryl

tracy w said...

Good morning Sue what csn i say youve donr it again its elegant the buckle look great must try this card thankyou for the idea tracy w x

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, This is such a classy card. Absolutely beautiful. A winner once again. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, lovely card and i also wouldn't have put grey and gold together but now i will as it works so well. Emma

nannapat said...

Elegant and classic card Sue that could be used for so many occasions. Pat x

ShirleyT said...

Hi Sue,

Love it. Well done.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

utilitygirl said...

Really great card today Sue. I love the colour combination, very striking.

loftylass said...

Another gorgeous card Sue. Love the colourway and the stamp (which I don't have!!) my resolution this year is to do more stamping so I'll have to check out their range.
tfs.
Happy crafting.
Hugs
Heather
x

petlady said...

Morning Sue,now I do like this card.It is so elegant and sophisticated love the colour also they go well together,I have just ordered the spellbinders dies, cant wait for them to arrive. Love Sandra xx

MM-E said...

Stunning.

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
This card is just amazing and I think stately is probably a good word to describe it.Your creativity and imagination never cease to amaze me.

Debbie Tinks said...

LOVELY CARD SUE

Margaret Taylor said...

Hi Sue,
Love all the gold - it is very elegant. x
www.craftycraftroom.blogspot.co.uk

Izzwizz said...

I love gold heat embossing, it looks so elegant. This is a gorgeous card Sue. Think I prefer the buckle with just the two medallions funnily enough. Maddy x

Vick said...

Hi & Good Morning Sue,

It is a lovely card as all the others this week but I am so lost without the bows of ribbon and stickpins hun, hahaha, they just don't look like your cards without a dressed up bow (no naked ones hehehe) and a beautiful stickpin and maybe a couple of flowers and blingy/pearl.....bring them back, all is forgiven&forgotten, lol, hugs, Vick xxx
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auscrafts said...

Stunning card ,beautiful colours

Ruth Ashton said...

Hi sue, sorry for not posting for a while, been ill but your blog is cheering me up. Todays card is sumptuous, I love it .

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful

Mol x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, another stunner, love the gold so elegant, keep them coming!
Take care, Jess xx

Lacelady said...

Oooh, I do love your buckle cards! This one is no exception - so elegant.

Laura O said...

beautiful card .Laura O

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
What a stunner this is, so elegant and regal. Would suit so many occasions. Definitely a 5 * card.
Love Jan x x

Jackie Calvert said...

I like like like this. Everything goes together so beautifully.

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue, this card is indeed elegant! Thank you!

Hugs, Belinda x

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card. Great for a male.
Margaret L

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a great card for today !! I love every thing about it !! The border stamps are lovely and also the medalion stamps and matching dies. Your colour combo works just right. I love all the gold embossing too. It makes the card look exactly as you have described - elegant !! What a great card for a man too !! Love Tres x x x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, wow this is really stunning! Love it!

Love Jean xxx

Meg said...

I like this card Sue, the embossed gold gives it a very elegant finish.
The Happy Birthday font looks really good too.

Margaret O
xxx

jtcards said...

A beautiful card that is both eye catching and elegant. I like the way the buckles hold the sentiment.

Vie Carter said...

I really like this card, so elegant

Vie
x

Cassieajh said...

This card would be ideal for a Golden Wedding as well Hugs xx Surgery over, just getting the use of my arm back Sue so I can play with all my new Spellbinders. Hugs Allison xx

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
Great card, elegant yet simple.
Erica x

Brenda Hanlon said...

Hi Sue,like this card and I think it'S one that would suit either male or female.

Jean said...

Wow I love this card

Jaycie x

iggy said...

ohhhhhh MG i love it......somehow so differnt though we all know you love your 'buckle' cards. this is sooooooooo different......love love love it.x

lorraine (classylady) said...

Sue, Another fabulous take on your famous "buckle cards". Love the embossing from the stamps. Although not commented for few days all the cards posted have been lovely.

Hope you and your Mum both well
regards

lorraine - scotland
xxx

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Like this card alot sooo simple but elegant,the photos are great, dont beat yourself up ha ha !

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

Good Afternoon Sue,
Simply stunning and can be adapted for so many occasions, will adapt with what i have tho as dont have these stamps or dies

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
A very elegant card that could be so adaptable and lend itself to so many occasions, just change the colour and sentiment. Another brilliant SW card!
Love Brenda Lel x

hazel said...

Lovely card sue very classy and another take on the lovely buckle card xx hazel

CraftyJo said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very elegant, a great idea for a Golden Wedding card

Annie said...

A great card, Sue Perfect for a guy too. Love the color combo. Another Must Have for the stamps. Oh dear, the list is endless... I do so love the design Thank you Sue.
Love Annie

Annie said...

A great card, Sue Perfect for a guy too. Love the color combo. Another Must Have for the stamps. Oh dear, the list is endless... I do so love the design Thank you Sue.
Love Annie

Anonymous said...

LOVE , LOVE, LOVE it Sue- can see this as a wonderful Golden Wedding Card - will definitely be one I will be emulating.
Val C xx

Jill Liddle said...

I like this card very much. I wish I could get my heat embossing to look as good as yours does Sue.

baglady said...

Hi Sue. I have so many 'must do' cards but I love it! It gives me so much pleasure each day to see your creations it gets the old grey matter going. Love today's card and I think all this weeks cards thus far could be adapted to suit so many occasions, i.e. with different colours and images. Thanks Sue once again this week for superb inspiration. Linda T. x

hazel said...

WOW Stunning and very Elegant card today Sue..X

Marianna Hammer said...

What a beautiful and effective card. I love it :)

AdrienneQ said...

Love the card. You mentioned when yo first used one of these dies that there was another set from a couple of years ago that matched, I found I do have them which is a bonus for lots of matting and layering

vinnie said...

Thank you sue for yet another masterpiece! I love your colour combination matched with these stamps and dies. Having bought this set myself (because of the wonderful things you share with us) I feel I might at last be able to create something. (I'm a total beginner lol)Thanks again...

"Talk to the Tail" said...

There is no end to the gorgeousness of your cards Sue. This is another stunner and as you say so elegant xXx

salem said...

lovelly card be good for a wedding or christening card

greendragon said...

Beautiful card Sue.

nattyboots said...

WOW WOW WOW

Elaine H

CathyinMN said...

This card is so very pretty and elegant.

Sue C said...

You never cease to amaze me! I wouldn't have thought of putting grey with gold.....but I will now, thank you xx

guffie said...

lovely elegant card today, stunning xx from gail in eastbourne

Ita said...

Hi Sue this card is stunning and classy,and could suite many occasions,I am missing your lovely bows and pins on your cards,thank you for the inspirations.I do not have this die but I will try it with the dies I have,I need to make a birthday card for my sons birthday on Sat.,
Smiles
Ita

maxine h said...

Another great card for a guy Sue, and we all need inspiration for those sometimes lol.
Big hugs, Max xx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, You said it, it is sooooo elegant. The gold embossing is stunning and oppulent and love the colours. I have some of the Justrite border stamps, had to have some after seeing some of your beautiful posts,they are gorgeous, will definately be using them to make a take on todays card. Your inspiration is boundless.
Hope you and your Mum are well.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue,

What a wow of a card, absolutely stunning, would have pride of place on any mantlepiece
love from Jackie D

Fieldsend said...

Hi Sue, beautiful and stunning love the gold embossing too. Great card.

Love June
xx

dragonswing said...

Love it!! And thank you for giving me another idea of how to use "buckles".

Joan Donaldson said...

A lovely card Sue. Could be used for a male or female, so glad for I do struggle with male cards.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Love all the gold detailing. With love & light Theresa. H.

Linda Simpson said...

Afternoon Sue, this is stunning. I do love the colouring and the gold really pops.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Victoria said...

Glorious card Sue. LOVE the gold embossing, it's lush and looks so expensive.

Janice K said...

The combination of the stamps and gold embossing give this card a very regal look. x

Anonymous said...

Sue
What a fabulous card. Love the idea of embossing the borders. Brilliant.
Thanks
Caroline MacH

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
WOW doesn't that look rich and expensive. Really fallen in love with the just rite stamps. (nearly as much as spellbinders) Yes fabulous card .
born again spellbinder and rite stamps lol
Nadine hug xxx
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Missmizog said...

Stunning card Sue. Think it would look amazing as a wedding card in white.
Sue

Lynne M said...

Hi Sue, later blogging today as one of my fur babies is quite poorly and required alot of nursing as well as a urgent visit to the vets. Enough about my day. This card as quite a few bloggers have already said is Elegance personified. Absolutely beautiful. Can be used for many different occasions. Lol Lynne M x x x

sued99 said...

Really love the idea of this card. I think this will be one design I try soon.

magpie said...

Oh "wow!" Sue, this is stunningly elegant. What a gorgeous effect those border & medallion stamps give especially embossed on gold. What a card to receive....just beautiful xx Love Karen xx

howdy said...

classy bling!

brenda said...

Hi Sue, the gold embossing is beautiful, would never think of putting grey and gold together but it works so well. Love today's card x

Anonymous said...

Late post from me, Sue, so had a quick flick through the blogs.
STUNNING - ELEGANT - OPULENT, have to agree with all.

'P'in Wales

L Brawny said...

Oh my word Sue what a gorgeous card! I have been looking for inspiration for a mans card for a 50 th birthday. I think I have found it.....

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card, love it, will try a "buckle" card at some point. Just wish I had more time to "play". Bx

Jenny wren said...

Hi Sue,
What a beautiful card, love the grey and gold so elegant.

Jean Woodward said...

Hi Sue, What a beautiful card, the colours are really elegant and I love the buckle, really effective.

Happy Crafting
Jean x

Sandra said...

Wow Sue I love this buckle card, the embossing sets it off a treat!
Hugs
Sandra Riley x

Marion Turner said...

Hi Sue
A very elegant card love the embossing too.
Love Marion x

yorkie said...

Hi Sue
I love this card the use of embossing is lovely
Take Care
Theresa x

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
Super card - and your photo's are fine, especially the last one which shows the texture of the embossing beautifully,
Sue xx

Barbara said...

Very regal and expensive looking card. The gold embossing is gorgeous!!!

melody said...

Hi Sue, love all the buckle cards you do an the embossing looks really lovely. Hugs Melody xXx

Carole Z said...

Stunning card Sue...so elegant, Carole Z X

Jean Johnston said...

Maybe the computer colours do not do this justice but I find the black very sombre. The blue would look lovely paired with a lighter choice - cream or white perhaps.

AnneRD said...

This is so elegant, and looks very expensive. Love the buckle effect. Anne

Malou said...

Gorgeous card! Love it.

Su said...

I love this! Clean, elegant and.... wow!

Su (Soop)

mell said...

simply elegant x