Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Friendship



 Hi guys!  The Ornate squares are the star today.  I really enjoyed playing with this set and the matching stamps from JustRite.  What's not to like when you have a beautifully detailed die set and you can get matching stamps to accessorise so well!  I used a piece of paper from my stash that had a gold design on a dark background.  I covered it with sticky adhesive sheets and then micro beaded it for texture.  I wrapped my cream silky crush around the bottom and put a nice big bow at the bottom.  I finished my bow with a pearl embellishment and two pearl stick pins for accent.  Next I cut two of the large ornate square dies and put them together, but offset the pattern so it looks like it has eight arms instead of just four.  I stamped my matching die from the Ornate Happiness set on soft gold card and clear embossed it.  I cut it out with the matching die and then stamped it one more time.  This time, I hand cut the design around one of the inner lines.  I offset it on the other one, showing the nice edge pattern from it.  I added it to the centre of my card and finished off my focal element by adding some flatback pearls.  I added a double mat of soft gold card and pierced the inner mat.  A really nice card for a dear friend, don't you think!  Finished dimensions are 7" x 8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x



168 comments:

Pam said...

Another stunning card. Love the background. As always yu never fail us, Sue.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, do like the gold on this card but not so sure about the background, maybe a bit dark for me but do love the stamps. Love Jean xxx

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
A very classy card with gorgeous colours.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - like the background and love microbeads.
Rgs
Clare W

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Love the concept of this beautiful card. For me I think I would use a lighter background.
You never cease to amaze me with all you brilliant ideas.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xxx

baconbits said...

Morning Sue,
Such an opulant card. Love the black and gold. Micro beads are definately the way to go they are great.
Your repertoire never ceases to amaze me.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Lacelady said...

Beautiful design Sue, but I'm with some of the others, I think the background is a bit darker than I would have used, even though it's pretty.

Debs Artliff said...

Good morning Sue love this one i really like the gold card that you have used. The back ground really set the dies off. I just wish i could come up with half the ideas that you bring to us. Take care sue xx

Debs Artliff

Joesgrandma said...

Another beautiful Baroque style card!

Cee Bee said...

Hi Sue. Love this the topper almost looks like metal, of coiurse that could be the photography. More inspiration you are fabulous

Hugs n stuff

Carol B

Gail said...

Good Morning Sue,
A lovely card , but a bit dark for me also! I'm sure it would look just a good if not better with a lighter background.
Gail C x

englishrose897 said...

Great card sue.

Chris Curry said...

Morning Sue.

Love watching your shows and this card is lovey. Looking forward to April 9th.

Take care
Chris Curry

CraftyAnn said...

This card is beautiful. I did not order this set of dies the 1st time round but when I saw this card on the show, I just had to order them. I hope the postman brings them today as I just cannot wait to have a go at this card. Thanks for all the inspiration, but I don't think the bank manager is very happy. Heaven knows what he will say on the 9th April.
Take care and happy .

tracy w said...

Hi sue another stunning card love this one thank you for all your ideas Tracy w x

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
This is a gorgeous card. Your idea of doubling up and offsetting is great. I'm looking at all my dies differently now!
Best wishes
Anne O

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
I didn't think I needed these dies, but think they are now on my must have list.... This card is beautiful...,

Michelle said...

Morning Sue, this is a beautiful card for a friend and I love how you have used the different shaped pearls. Another winner Sue.

Hugs, Michelle E xx

Anonymous said...

My 'puter has been on a "go slow" this last couple of days so today I've been lucky enough to have a triple showing of your wonderful cards...they are all lovely in their own way. Clever you!! Mabex

TDQ Karen said...

I love the sentiment and the card is just beautiful

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. What a stunning card. So elegant, the rich, dark background with that beautiful soft gold is gorgeous. The ornate squares are on my wish list! Take care.

Rachel Taylor said...

Morning Sue
Ornate squares is one of my favourite dies , this shows it off beautifully ! Its very striking in these colours .
Crafty hugs Rachel x

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
A lovely card, black and gold is so complimentary, I like the dark cards as much as the light ones.
Have a great day, snowing here again.
Michelle(happy2craft)

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, I wish I had just an ounce of your creative energy. This card is really beautiful. Bx

Linda said...

what a beautiful card
hugs Linda

Anne Crawford said...

Love the soft gold in this card, and the way you have offset the squares very pretty!

lainey said...

love those dies Sue!! lainey x

kimberley said...

Love the design of this card Sue but I feel it is just a little bit dark for me,take care,x.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card, loving the micro-beaded background card, and the sentiment is just beautiful. Gorgeous, as always.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Alice G said...

Beautiful card, very ornate an classy.

Hugs
Alice x

Victoria said...

The ornate dies are lovely. I like the gold, but would probably use a lighter background. It probably doesn't photograph well but it does seem very dark. But a very classy card.

jacqui said...

Really luv this card, and will be trying something similar

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card, Sue, just love the microbeaded background - wish it was easier to get the lovely papers you seem to have! Maybe USA?
Caught a repeat show, v.impressed with tying wide bows - especially on live TV and with no waste of ribbon!! Hats off to you.

'P' in Wales

foxyg said...

Another stunning card Sue. Well done.

Linda Simpson said...

Good Morning Sue, stunning as always. Loving the colour combination and the fabulous die. The sentiment is beautiful.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Marleine said...


Hi Sue,

Lovely card enjoyed your shows. X

Rose in Chester said...

Good morning Sue,
What a beautiful card, and you're right - the stamps really enhance the dies.
Enjoy your day.
Hugs, Rose

Marion Bull said...

Really love this card, very classy and beautiful.

Marion Bull x

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. Loving the die and the stamp but sadly the background is just coming across as plain black on my screen.

Val in Spain xxx

margaret t said...

Morning Sue. what can I say another stunning card. margaret xx

Carole said...

Morning Sue. I love this card, simply stunning (as always).

auscrafts said...

simply beautiful

CardMaker said...

Good morning sue
Another fantastic card
Nicky x

Laura O said...

great card ,love the micro beads.Laura O

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very elegant

Sue Dunn said...

Beautiful as always Sue. Have a great day. Xx

maxine h said...

Morning Sue
I love todays card, always think black and gold is a lovely combination, I love the soft gold card and use it a lot, and I've ordered this die set and stamps so hopefully it'll be here soon!
Love maxine xx

Jane said...

They are gorgeous dies....added to my ever lengthening wish list x

marg said...

Hello Sue
Thanks for the close ups so that my screen shows more details!
Love the black and gold though, the sentiment is so sweet!
LoveMarg

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Although I like the format of today's card I'm afraid it is one that is too dark for me. I do like gold/black but for some reason it's not doing anything for me today.
As it's snowing here again today it's going to be a lovely crafting day. Bliss!!
Janet x

karenlotty said...

Lovely I love black & gold together Not as old fashioned as the previous example that I'd commented on

hazel young said...

Stunning card love the gold and black, the sentiments are always lovely too xx hazel

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,

Love it, not too dark for me.

Donna Jones

sarah hyett said...

A beautiful and elegant card, love the background and the colour scheme is lovely. X

beachie said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful elegant card. The colours are perfect for it. Just love it all.
Audrey x

Hellma said...

Great card, love the gold and the stamps.

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Another stunning beautiful card, I do like the background with the micro beds, it does give it texture. Love the soft gold and black and your trade mark of a large bow
Hugs
Carol x

Audrone Padervinskaite said...

Interesting and rich colour scheme. Like mystery look.

gwen70 said...

really stunning card Sue

Anthea said...

Good morning Sue, don't know exactly what it is about this card but it just doesn't grab me. Possibly a bit dark although I don't usually mind dark backgrounds. Hugs xx

Sandybee said...

Very dramatic card this morning Sue,
Brilliant

xx Sandra

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a beautiful elegant
card today don't usually like
dark colours but I do like this one.
Nancyd xx

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Really interesting card today love the dark background. The centre piece is just gorgeous love the offset idea with the die cuts and the black and soft gold sentiment piece very clever love it.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
Very elegant card but a little dark for me. I love the new stamps with matching dies, really takes everything to the next level.
Love Jan x x

Carol H said...

A little dark for me but love the concept.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Sorry not sure about this one doesn't grab me as your cards usually do. I do love the centre piece and he sentiment.
Lydia
X

Heather said...

Lovely card from a lovely lady!

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, another great idea for using the dies, so many idea so little time! Love the colours. Emma

Anonymous said...

I love dramatic cards Sue and this one does it for me. YvonneMayxx

Annie said...

This is gorgeous, Sue, very striking - dark is growing on me! Hugs Annie

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, These ornate squares are beautiful and I love the way you have offset them. The sun is shinning here this morning, I wonder how long it will last.

Love Rosemarie xx

Jean Johnston said...

Another idea for using the dies in unexpected ways - a square becomes a circular design and it looks so good.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, very elegant card today, but like some of the others, a bit too dark for me, good job everyone has different tastes! Take care, Jess x

Maggie said...

Hello. This is a very chic card. Just a bit on the dark side I feel for the sentiment. More appropriate for a guys card maybe. However, great inspiration for the die cutting as always. Thank you. xx

ShirleyT said...

Hi Sue,

Lovely card especially the gold card - stunning.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card Sue.
Gr Elly

Anonymous said...

GM Sue, very ornate love it. Must get some of the soft gold card it's beautiful.
Gilly C

Eemeli said...

That die cut is fabulous! Beautiful card but my mind would like to try this with a Christmas sentiment :)

Hugs, Eemeli

nattyboots said...

Hie Sue

I love the background and the stamps , another classic card

Elaine H X

nannapat said...

Love the design of this card Sue, though the background is a bit dark for me. It does look very elegant and you couldn't find a better theme than Friendship! Pat x

carol e said...

Hi Sue a beautiful card and a great sentiment Carol E

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, just love the microbeads they just finish a stunning card off. Love the card and also the sentiment. You are a true friend doing all this inspiration for us crsfters.

Love June
xx

Helen said...

Stunning as ever. I just love your fabulous bows. I've been having a go at tying the double ones and am finding it asker than using a bow maker so many thanks for that tip.

Hugs Helen xx

Fuchsia said...

Such a pretty card Sue love the gold !

mell said...

I love this sue! it looks like a die I have but have not used yet. xx

Crafty Lark said...

Gorgeous focal point, love the whole card. xx Flora

Erica said...

GM Sue,
Another stunner! Love this die.
Erica x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, love the card Jean Z xx

Sheila - Ginger said...

Hi Sue,
you never cease to amaze me, even your darker cards are stunning.
Can you tell me which is the best double sided ahhesive paper is to use with the Grand Calibur please?
Many thanks
Love Sheila xx

Aileen said...

Very sophisticated!
I like the look the microbeads give to the background, but I worry that I would soon have none left if I did such big pieces in this way!!!
Hugs Aileen xx

Sandra said...

Oh Sue, vintage elegance, these are two words that came straight to my mind when I first saw it. It is gorgeous .
Thank you so much for your endless inspiration !
I appreciate what you do so very much,
Huge hugs,
Sandra xxxx

Gail said...

Beautiful - elegant card with one of my favourite colour combos xx Gail T xx

Gail said...

Beautiful - elegant card with one of my favourite colour combos xx Gail T xx

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, Not too sure about this one. Love the gold but maybe the background is a bit dark for me. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Crafty Nanna said...

Another great card Sue, I do love the soft gold card it's just so gorgeous

lynda said...

Such an elegant card Sue love the gold combo. Hugs Lynda xx

Marianna Hammer said...

Another lovely card today. Love the microbeaded background.

howdy said...

Soft gold is so much classier than miri. I would love to receive a acrd like this. stunning.

Brenda Hanlon said...

Hi Sue, really like the soft gold card and the layout

Corinne said...

Hi Sue love the soft gold card not as brash as mirri fab card as always hugs Corinne

Pearl said...

Morning Sue.

Another great card and I love the gold you are using. I have this die set myself so I must give it a try using it in the way you have on this card. I've only used it as a single layer so far.

Happicraftiness to you, Pearl

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, might have to add those dies to my wishlist.

Clare x

Debbie Tinks said...

lovely card Sue

Jackie Calvert said...

Goodmorning Sue, As you say, what's not to like! these are stunning dies, and I wish I had them. Be careful in the snow.

Love Jackie C XXX

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue This card is very rich, love the colour. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Maryann said...

Again such a gorgeous card Sue. You´re truely amazing, that you can keep comming up with all your awesome ideas.
Have a wonderful Easter everyone and enjoy the holiday with good friends and family around.

Diane Mortimer said...

Another microbead miracle! Lovely.
Diane from Glasgow

Shahab said...

Hi Sue I have to say I simply adore the Ornate Squares Die and this card shows it's potential a very classy card I love the colors you have chosen another amazing card
thank you for sharing
Hugs, Shahab xx

Lindsay Martin said...

Beautiful card Sue, but then what is new, I don't think you have ever done a card that I haven't liked, you are just so talented, keep it up as eve cryard inspires me... xx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A very dramatic card, not too dark for me. Love the sentiment and how you have offset the pattern. The soft gold card is beautiful to work with will have to stock up again soon.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

The Taming of the Glue said...

What a stunning card. See you at Ally Pally!

Carol Yates said...

Morning Sue, just! Another stunner, love the way you have used the squares.
Carol.x

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

The background it a bit to dark for me. However, I loved the overall idea. I love the soft gold card. As I've said before you will have to start bringing paper stashes over from the states.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
A really gorgeous card, love the sentiment. Your ideas never cease to amaze me they just keep coming and coming, thank you for sharing them with us.
Best wishes, Brenda Lel

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Beautiful card Sue, wonderful details and the background is gorgeous. Love your trademark bow too. Tracy x x

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
This card would do for any occassion, beautiful. I just got into apertures and u go and build one up lol. Smashing layering with very pretty paterns.
Just rite and spellbinders match made in heaven. But may have found a cheaper way to do it. (More later when perfect one to send you).
Born agina spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

NURSE NELLY said...

HI SUE AND FANS
WHAT A WONDERFUL OPULENT CARD TO SEND LOVING THOUGHTS TO A FRIEND WHO WALKS ON THE DARK SIDE. I LUV EITHER YOUR GORGEOUS ALL WHITE CARDS OR DARK ONES. THANKS FOR BEAUTIFUL HARD WORK AND PHOTOGRAPHY. SUN IS SHINING NOW. LUV NURSE NELLY XX

Ita said...

Good afternoon Sue another winner I just love the gold,and as you say ,great dies and matching stamps take's it to another level
Smiles
Ita

Sue C said...

Lovely card once again, you never cease to amaze me xx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, what an amazing look - you wouldn't automatically realise that you could get that look from that die. Very clever. Love Sam xxx

CraftyJo said...

How is it that you see so much more in a single die than I do??? :) Fabulous card.

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, lovely card with the ornate squares die such a focal point, I agree with some of the other ladies the background a little too dark for me or maybe it's just how it comes out on my pc I cannot see the patterned paper it looks plain black but a great card anyway !
Hugs
Jean D

deb evans said...

love this card Sue absolutely stunning,

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue
A very nice card although a little dark.

Hope you and yours are all well.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
You had better call the doctor I FORGOT to log onto your blog this morning it must be old age catching up lol. Once again you've shown us how amazing our cards look using Spellbinder dies.
Hugs x
Heather T

Jane said...

Very opulent and rich, lovely.

Jane xx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card and I love the black and gold combo, just longing for for your pick of the day in April !!
Best wishes, Pat

CraftyCj said...

another stunner x

Trish said...

Lovely card, Sue- you never disappoint, always inspire. TFS
Hugs,
Trish x

Kate's Cards said...

Very opulent.

Susan White said...

Lovely background effect Sue, and more great stamps!

Thanks, Susan

Christine B. said...

A great card once again. Hugs x ChrisB

June Fletcher said...

Hello Sue

A stunning card

June x

Vie Carter said...

Lovely card concept today

would like it lighter for me perhaps lilac or pale pink

Vie
x

Christine said...

A formal, elegant card. Beautiful.
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a gorgeous card !! I love your black embossing on the gold card. This is a wonderful way to use the ornate squares dies. The stamps look lovely to and one of your beautiful bows to finish !! I missed your card yesterday and have just seen it. it is truly Gorgeous too !! I love it all. You are just so clever. I always know I can find something beautiful on your blog when I am stuck for ideas. Please keep your inspiration coming. lots of love from Tres x x x

Anonymous said...

A rich looking card today Sue, but on the dark side for me. Received my "comment" prize today and am thrilled with it. Thanks Sue.
Val C xx

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue, very classy card today. Mr friends would be thrilled if I made them a similar one!

Hugs, Belinda X

Barbara said...

Beautiful card Sue, that gold card looks lovely!!!

iggy said...

this is why i log on MOST days [ 99.9 % ] .......i have this square die & wouldnt have thought of turning it into a 'round ' shape........please done ever stop blogging OR appearing on our screens

nikkib said...

Love the gold colour, so soft and looks aged and vintage, my fave genre....

joyce walker said...

They just keep coming every day another lovely design and the colour of gold so beautiful.

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magpie said...

Beautiful card Sue. I do love the soft gold card. Love the dies too. Just gorgeous! xx Love Karen xx

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Hanneke said...

Wow, what a stunning card! I love the colors and the microbeads and embossing! Hugs, Hanneke

Katie-Louise Sweetlove said...

Dear Sue
What an amazing card this is I love the microbeading over the background card. I also love the ornate square turned on its head as you do and shown in a different way.
Thank you for all your crafting inspiration.
Best wishes from Katie-Louise sweetlove

Ps. I loved the shows for the pick of the week thanks for all your hard work you did for them.

Anonymous said...

Hi am a new member and think this card is just stunning...
traci

Janice K said...

A very ornate and stylish card. Love the effect of off setting the squares. Thank you for highlighting another use for my square dies! x

MARGARET said...

HI Sue
stunning.
Margaret l

AnneRD said...

Hi Sue
A very opulent card. Very pretty.
Anne in sunny Sydney xx

Rhonda Miller said...

This is gorgeous.

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
Today's is a bit dark for me in clour but great in design. Got my card this morning this morning from the 7o'clock show......it's lovely Sue thank you so much. It was the one I was hoping for and is much more tactile than It looked on tv.
It is the second one I have been lucky enough to receive. May I say Sue, the first one I received last year I thought was lovely......but this one show's both how the dies have become more detailed and dare I say it.....how you have raised your game to use them to best advantage. I am humbled by your imagination and use of the latest dies and cosmic shimmer glitter materials. Thank you.
Sonia x

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
I really like these stamps and the gold makes the card look so opulant and rich.
Margaret

salem said...

love color great card

Jean Woodward said...

Hi Sue, Lovely card, as always I love your use of microbeads, I really need to actually get mine out of the pot and use!!

Happy Crafting
Jean x

lucky0075 said...

Hi Sue You have me well hooked on the micro beads and making my own back grounds now LOL
Les xx

cmu said...

What a gorgeous card - thanks for sharing it.

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
Super card - and I love the sentiment,
Sue xx

Jan.moogie said...

Quite a bold card this, stunning as usual Sie x

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Another great card that looks exquisite, love the background.
Alison x

aggieosborne1104 said...

Hello Sue,
Now this is my kind of card!!!! It's intricate beauty mixed with bows and other embellishment, cooked lovingly by Sue Wilson...result is YUMMYLICIOUS! Take care always
Lots of love, Aggie xxx

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Hi Sue stunning card, I don't no what it is but just something I'm not sure of! But still a beautiful card. Debbie Ravenhill xx

Craftychris said...

Fabulous! xx

Vick said...

What a stunning card, I love the soft gold card and use it often! and those ornate squares will be definitely finding their way into my crafty stash soon I just know it cause they are gorgeous! Hugs lovely lady, Vick xxx
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Leanne said...

Very elegant.

Jacqui aka Morgana said...

I just love the effect of the microbeads and you use them to achieve some stunning results Sue. Yet another beautiful card from an extremely talented lady.

catherine said...

This looks beautiful and love the background piece
x catherine