Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Thanks Ever So Much

 Hi crafty friends!  This card is really one of my favourite layouts as it so simply shows off the dies at their best.  I love the backing paper and in my usual obsessed style, I covered it with micro beads for a nice textural look.  I know that I always split the comments when I do the dark cards, but I just love the sultry feel to these so I just can't stop myself, sorry!  I used the Adorning Square die set for this one.  It is quite intricate and beautiful, almost the look of an old fashioned handkerchief to me.  I cut two of them in the soft gold card using the three largest dies.  I offset them to create a lovely but simple focal element for my sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment on black card using a clear perfect medium pad and heat embossed with gold detail powder.  I cut it out with the smaller dies in the set and glued it in the centre of my offset squares.  I tied a double bow using the black silky crush ribbon and adorned the centre of the bow with a metal button from my craft stash.  I added stick pins as a further accent and decided to lift it a bit with a gold mat before adding my double pierced black mats.  A trio of black pearls in the upper corners completed the card.  Finished dimensions are 7" x 8 1/2" in size.

  Now for the winners of the big Blog Candy Contest!  They are coming around faster all the time aren't they!

The winner of the THIRD PLACE PRIZE is......................
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Samantha Wade!!!

The winner of the SECOND PLACE PRIZE is...............
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Val Lloyd!!!

The winner of the GRAND FIRST PLACE PRIZE goes to.
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Nurse Nelly (Danella)!!!

Congratulations to all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x














192 comments:

Pam said...

The die is gorgeous, the background a bit too dark for me but could be amended .

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - first to comment today maybe? if I am quick!! Like it - its a must try!
Rgs
Clare W

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
Lovely card but not for me it's a bit too dark or my liking. Might just try it in different colours.
Congratulations to the winners today.
Gail C x

maxine said...

Stunning card congratulations to the winners x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. I love this one. So rich and elegant. It is beautiful, the dark back ground shows off the squares so well. (Congrats to todays winners. Take care.)

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tracy w said...

Hi sue love this card the die look great thank you Tracy wx

Eemeli said...

Morning Sue, fabulous card and for me the background is not too dark ...I love it!

Hugs, Eemeli

Rosie said...

Love the use of Adorning Squares. Your colours are fine, but not 'me', so I would change them. Simples!

englishrose897 said...

Lovely card Sue

Cee Bee said...

HI Sue, Love it love it love it!!!!

What more can i say?
hugs n stuff
Carol B

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue
Dark or light is ok for me, I love the variety of cards you do for us. The adorning square dies are a must have set, I love what you've done with them. You've used my favourite micro beads , everybody teases me in my house because I use them all the time. Congratulation to all the winners.
Hugs x
Heather T

Jean Deane said...

Morning sue, lovely card the die is a lovely focal point it makes me think of Victorian times I agree it is like a handkerchief that the lady's of that time waved about .
Hugs Jean D

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, I love the look of this card and the colours. Congrats to the blog candy winners. Bx

Izzwizz said...

Sumptuous and sexy, love this card! That background is gorgeous and I love the black ribbon. Maddy x

Felicie said...

Very beautiful card.I love it a lot.
Greetings
Felicie

Alice G said...

Morning Sue, what a beautiful and elegant card today - kind of Victorian look which is just stunning. At first glance I thought this was the Asian accents die but just shows off the versatility of the adorning squares that they can have a completely different look depending on how you use them!

Alice x

Rachel Taylor said...

I adore this die , i use it on my scrapbook pages its so pretty. Beautiful card Sue , i like the micro bead background .crafty hugs Rachel x

Mary Gallivan said...

Hi Sue, this is a beautiful card. It's a design I could probably even do myself, once I work my way through all the other ideas in my head :-) x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I'm with Heather T on this one - light or dark your inspiration is always amazing and your creations wonderful. Congratulations on the fantastic amount of money you raised by auctioning the cards and of course to the winners. Can't wait to see what you will inspire us with tomorrow. Take care.
Beverley W

Anne Crawford said...

Beautiful! But too dark for me.

baglady said...

I love the simplicity of some of your cards as they still produce great results. Adorning squares is one of my favourite dies along with Elegant Labels 4. Have anice day. LindaT.

The Paper Craft Tutor said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Victoria said...

I think that your description, 'sultry' is spot on for this card. I love the dies and the composition, and the gold mat does lift it. The ribbon is lush. Good to know that you'll be back on screen at the end of June but seems such a long time to wait!!

Anonymous said...

Love this card, and although a bit too dark for me, I think the overall effect is very striking and I love the use of the microbeads as I can't stop using these either. YvonneMayxx

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Another lovely card, I too like all the colour combos, dark or light, the adorning squares are so pretty. Congrats to all the lucky winners. Have a great day.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Dawn Searle said...

Morning Sue
I really like this card it is quite striking in its own way - lovely colours. I received my embossing folders yesterday, they are fabulous, so hopefully going to be playing today.
Have a good day
Hugs Dawn S.

Jane said...

I'm another light girl Sue but your card is stunning, I must try those micro beads. Well done to the lucky winners and thanks for all your generosity x

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Love this concept, a must try for me.
Undecided about the dark background, Its a choice depending on who the card would be for.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

Jan.moogie said...

Lovely card Sue, looks like I have another set of dies to add to my wish list. x

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
Greetings from Lakenheath... I love this card...fbo

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I love this card you are right it is sultry. The button embellishment on the bow is lovely I wish I could find things like that.

Love Rosemarie xx

Anonymous said...

What a classy card, Sue, personally love the dark colours and they show off the dies so well.
Love 99% of your cards, the other 1% like a lot!!

'P' in Wales

Sonia Jones said...

Morning Sue, I really like this card and that background is lovely and it could be used obviously with different elements for a mans card! Love it. Well done to the winners x Hugs Sonia x

melanie said...

Stunning card Sue love this design .Melanie

Maryann said...

Normally I´m not too happy about the very dark cards, but this one looks really good and I love it with the beautiful bright cut outs on it, it looks really great. so for once I´m into a dark card, but there´s always a first for everything, I guess ha ha.
have a great day everyone and lots of fun and big CONGRATS to all the lucky winners here today too.

kimberley said...

As you say not very sure of the darkness but love the layout,take care,x.

Marleine said...


Morning Sue,

Beautiful detailed die, making the card that bit more special. X

PatC said...

Love this die and the backing - great card again Sue x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
I'm firmly in the "YES" camp - and this card is no exception. I love this die, so glad I bought it.
Stunner of a card - the bow is the icing on the cake.

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Fabulous card I love the sultry black and gold colours so rich and opulent. I have the adorning squares dies love them I must try using them this way they look stunning.

Congrats to all the lucky winners.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,

Love it when you rotate and layer die cuts, colours are great too.

Donna Jones

hollyberry said...

A beautiful but (for you)simple card and the colours are fine-could easily be changed for those who don't like the darker colours.

TDQ Karen said...

I am on the dark side so I love it, though the style is terrific and could be adapted to other colours. I love the buttons from your stash, so ornate and beautiful xx

Laura O said...

this is fantastic ,love the square die .looks like a star in the centre.Very pretty card .Laura O

Nurse Nelly said...

Morning gorgeous, Looks like beautiful lace - stunning.
Love dark /black cards cos I'm an old goth! Love it it's scrummy. I was very lucky and was a winner today. I am over the moon, woke my daughters up shrieking and whooping.
Most chuffed because its from Sue. Love Danella xxx Thanks again Sue for bringing sunshine into our days xx

nuttinanni said...

As you say very sultry. I like!
congrats to winners
Cheryl x

Sue Dunn said...

Good morning Sue. I love all sorts of colours and this dark one is fab too. We have to have shade as well as light. Just got the adorning squares but haven't used the yet. Look forward to playing with them. Lovely again. Xx

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. WOW, the die looks so different when it's layered like this. Lovely card.

Val in Spain xxx

Shahab said...

Good Morning Sue,
This Die is my top favourite and I'm so pleased you hav used it to make your stunning card it has a Royal Regal Look about it, which would adorn any Royal Palace mantlepiece, I love th simple yet stunning impact this card brings
Thank you for sharing, i look forward to making this card for a very special friend.
Hug's Shahab xx

Shahab said...

Good Morning Sue,
This Die is my top favourite and I'm so pleased you have used it to make your stunning card it has a Royal Regal Look about it, which would adorn any Royal Palace mantlepiece, I love th simple yet stunning impact this card brings
Thank you for sharing, I look forward to making this card for a very special friend.
Hug's Shahab xx

Annie said...

Morning Sue A beautiful card. Having used black with gold on a card I'm coming round to the darker colours! Ally Pally seems to have been a great show from what you, Sam and Julia have said. Wish I could have been there. Looking forward to your next auction and congratulations, Sue, on raising such a great amount for the charity. You must have been thrilled. A wonderful thing to do. Hugs Annie

Carol Yates said...

Morning Sue, absolutely gorgeous, love it!
Carol.x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, love the way you have used these dies, the black and gold looks stunning.
Congratulations to all the lucky winners.

Love Jean xxx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

Morning Sue
Unfortunately I'm one of the other half who prefer a lighter card - having said that I do love black/white which I think is classic. I really love the format of today's card and will try it in a lighter or black/white rather than grey.
Hope you are now recovered from last week and the week-end and ready for your trip to see Mum.
Janet x

lainey said...

those dies are amazing Sue!! lainey x

Jean Z said...

I like it so different the dies are beautiful love Jean Z xx

madebylilly said...

Wow what a lovely card. At first I thought the larger shape was some kind of large venetian motif!! I love the colours, but I'd be way too scared to use dark colours myself!
Lilly x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Another stunner and congrats to the winners x

ShirleyT said...

Hi Sue,

Lovely card but would try it in different colours too.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Helen said...

I love this, absolutely stunning and I have that die!! Must have a go xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Love this card, the colours are sumptuous and lush, and the die-cuts are beautiful compiled in this way, truly beautiful.
Congratulations to the Winners.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue I love the style of the card and I am warming to the darker colours! Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue love the colours together x

Sandybee said...

Pastel colours are my very favourite but I do like a dark card as well, they always look so elegant

Congratulations to all of the blog candy winners

xx Sandra

MRS DUCK said...

Me likey! A classy looking card. X

gwen70 said...

Stunning card Sue, I love the colours

Gail said...

Another beautiful card - I like you luv the black/gold colour combo xx Gail T xx

Sue Parish said...

Yes it's dark, but I love it. So very elegant. Dare I say, today, that with a different sentiment it could be a suitably formal bereavement card for a Baroness?
Sue xx

Cornish Emma said...

Gorgeous card, i love cards in all colours and depends on my mood, sometimes dark like this and sometimes really bright and cheerful so its not too dark for me. Emma

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Thank you for your email, very thoughtful of you, I did have a lovely day thank you.
I like both dark and light cards, I use brown quite a lot myself.
Today's card is beautiful very elegant.
Congrats to the winners, so jealous.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

hotpotato said...

Gorgeous card....treated myself to another one of your A4 embossing folders yesterday as my local craft shop is stocking them!

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card Sue.
Gr Elly

Carol H said...

Beautiful card but a little too dark for me.

Marianna Hammer said...

I absolutely love this card. die is so pretty and the back ground is gorgeous. I finally got some microbeads, so that's the first thing I want to try, once I get home from my week away.
Have a lovely Wednesday :)

beachie said...

Hi Sue
I have no preference in light or dark. Beautiful die and a super card
Audrey x

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, I'm not really a lover
of dark cards but I really like this
one it's not too dark just right
don't have this square but lots of
others so must try them, love the micro
beads too use them a lot.
Nancyd xx

Debs Artliff said...

Good morning Sue, what a lovely card i agree with you the backing paper is great. I do like this die as it looks like it could be very versatile. Congratulations to todays winners. Take care Sue xxx

Debs Artliff

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, very Victoriana. I really like the Adorning Squares and use them a lot. For those who think it's too dark, would look lovely in softer shades too. Well done to all winners.

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
I really like these Dies.... but using them at an angle is different and effective Sue!
Like the card and the colours too!
Well done to the winners!
LoveMarg

Jackie Calvert said...

I like this one, normally, I'm not a fan of dark cards, but this one does appeal to me. I also like the simplcity of the design.
Take care now, love Jackie C XXX

Anonymous said...

'morning Sue,as one of your 4315 blog watchers just want to say "Thanks ever so Much" for all the inspiration you share with us. Mabex

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

Love the card today, the dark background really sets off that beautiful die

xx

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Good morning Sue, I'm absolutely speechless, this card is stunning. I love everything about it. The dies, the colour, the bow, I could go on and on. It is a card that looks like it should be in one of those high end boutiques. Fit for the queen. Congratulations to all the winners. Have a great day crafty hugs Debbie R xx

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
A very sophisticated card, looks amazing.Congrats to the winners. Hope you are recovered from the week end.
Love Jan x x

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. I quite like the darker cards. Had earmarked today for trying my micro beads so thanks for putting this card on today, it may be helpful. SueL

Carol H said...

Hi Sue, another stunning card. It would look good in any colour.
Congratulations to the winners.
Crafty Hugs Carol Healy

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, really like this card, although I'm not a fan of dark colours this works so well. Hope you are enjoying a good rest, take care, Jess x
Forgot to say congrats to the winners, you lucky people!

Sandra F said...

It's beautiful sue. I like the sultry look. xx

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue

Another beautiful card

Congratulations to the winners ,

Elaine H X

Phi said...

Love the colours of this one and the adorning square die cuts looks amazing set center stage like that. Very beautiful card.

Corinne said...

Love the adorning square so sophisticated the background paper lush Hugs Corinne

fame01 said...

well dark or not i love it this could be done it so many different colour waves,stunning as always.congrats to the winners .. oh before i forget i am now the happy owner of 3 of the A4 creative expressions embossing folders happy days lol.. bye for now sarah ..xx

Lindsay Martin said...

Well Sue you have done it again, not too dark for me, even though I love white on white I also love the darker cards, (easily pleased some would say!!!)
Congratulations to all the blog candy winners... xxxx

SerenePolly said...

Another beautiful card - thanks Sue. This is a fab male card I think.

Christine
x

Sheila - Ginger said...

Hi Sue, Another wonderful card this morning...dark or light I'm just in awe of all your work. This die is great so i must get it! You'll be having me bankrupt in no time! Lol! I'm still waiting for my embossing folders from C&C...do wish they would hurry up and come....oooh I'm so impatient especially when it comes to crafty stash! Lol!
Congrats to all the winners!

Love Sheila xx

KathR said...

Hi Sue, yeah! I have this set, guess what I will be trying today...lol...another stunning card Sue, you really inspire us...
Hugz Kath...xx...

Leanne said...

Another beautiful creation.

Hanneke said...

What a gorgeous card! I love the bow and the microbeads! Congrats to the winners! Hugs, Hanneke

hazel said...

Good Morning Sue
Very beautiful card. Love the way you have used the dies .Just shows us crafters the different ways to use them and also love the dark colours makes it very rich and elegant.
Have a great day Sue...Take care Hazel G

Clare said...

Gorgeous card.

Clare x

Uta said...

Congratulations to the winners.
Your card is so beautiful. I love this die!
Hugs, Uta

Vick said...

WOW Sue,
This is one of my favourites I love Black & Gold and that button is gorgeous, just got some similar from Sam. I love the die and its number one on my die wish list so its next to buy as I cannot resist any longer, I love its 'vintage' feel and its so useable!! Love this card so much, so rich, classy and sultry, hugs, Vick xx
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howdy said...

there is absolutley nothing I dont love about this card.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, I love this card, rich, elegant and as you say sultry. Not too dark for me. I am using micro beads all the time now thanks to you. The Adorning Square die is beautiful and delicate. My goodies from C&C arrived yesterday, play day today. I have managed to order one of your A4 folders, so excited.
Congratulations to lucky winners.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Sue C said...

I like the dark cards, it's on my list of 'to do's' xx

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
Not my colours usually, but in this case I agree it has the feel of vintage days gone by. Lovely.
Sonia x

sam said...

Hi, LOVE the colours its good not to use the same colours all the time we need to use our stash and get out of our comfort zone so pleased you do and i am trying, thanks to you. Have this affective die so will make a similar card,thanks for all your hard work, x sam

CraftyJo said...

I love the look of this Sue, personally I'd not have a bow - but then I always think that ;)

L Taylor said...

sue you have done it again, beautiful and elegant card,i think black and gold always look so classy together and i love the background,as well as the dies and yes they do have a old Victorian hankie look,
good job again
hugs lorraine xx
www.taylormadecards.co.uk
taylormadecardsblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely vintage look to this card, it's beautiful.

Janice said...

Lovely card Sue. Janice x

Marion Bull said...

Lovely card but would prefer a lighter range of colours. However design is great and the die of super. Thanks again.

Congrats to today's winners.
Marion x

snowqueen62 said...

Such a lovely die, makes a beautiful card
Sue x

weefortune said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card today, I'm amazed you mange to come up with something different everyday but just as beautiful.

Have a Good Day Elaine x

Hellma said...

I love todays card, im not a dark person but this really shows the die so well. Striking.

Jill Liddle said...

Sue this card is stunning! I love everything about it and the metal button looks as if it was made just for this die. Absolutely gorgeous.

Tres said...

Hi Sue. This is such a beautiful card for today !! I am not really one for the darker cards but this is just gorgeous !! I bought some soft gold card from you at Alley Palley and I bought the adorning squares dies that day too after seeing another of your cards made with these dies !! They just look so elegant and sophisticated, especially in the soft gold card. I have to make two specific men's cards as requested by a friend but after that I would love to make my own version of this card and play with some of my other goodies to. I think because of the colours you have used this card would make a great male card (maybe without the bow.) Lots of love Tres x x x

Jacquie said...


Such a lovely card Sue, the backing paper is beautiful, where do you buy it from?

Love Jacquie J xxx

Lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue lovely card today and I love the colours you have used,in fact I think there's only been a couple of your cards that I haven't liked because of the colours!! Yippee as I'm typing this the postie has delivered my order with your embossing folders Sue guess I'm going to be busy for the rest of the day!!! Lol love Lesley x

foxyg said...

Lovely card Sue. That die is gorgeous.

Carol S. said...

Love the colours, stunning. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Mary at Doghouse said...

Wow Sue

What an elegant card just love those square dies oh dear another set for the ever growing wish list.
I just love that soft gold card it looks so beautiful, not harsh and glaring like some of the mirror card.

selinei said...

love this card sue, really like square dies, also love those fancy buttons using on your bows.
seline x

selinei said...

love this card sue, i like the square dies i also love the buttons on the bow lovely.
seline x

selinei said...

love this card sue, really like square dies, also love those fancy buttons using on your bows.
seline x

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, this card is spectacular! I love dark cards too. I also love your white on white so generally I love almost ALL of your cards. It just makes you realise how much variety you can get from your dies. Love Sam xxx

salem said...

fab card love colors

Helen VoG said...

Lovely card. I have these dies so must get round to using them. Congratulations to the winners.

Brenda Hanlon said...

Hi Sue, love the details on this die it gives the card a lacey look, very elegant. Thrilled to be drawn on the comment posts.
Congratulations to the blog candy winners, enjoy.

cats said...

Lovely card.I love the lay out and the dies are beautiful....think I may need them !I wish I could tie bows that way.If there were exams on tying bows my report would say *could do better* :))...Christine xx

Heather said...

Hi Sue

I know I don't like the darker cards but it does not stop me appreciating the construction and the adorning squares are lovely on this card they really show up to their best.


i too am eagerly awaiting the embossing folders and gilding wax I ordered from C & C so far I have had three emails telling me they are either coming by city post, Royal Mail and the latest by courier - interesting methinks they are not coping well with orders LOL!

Congrats to the winners!

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...I love the dark color cards you make as many of the designs can be used for male cards just by changing the sentiment...plus it always looks expensive and sometimes royal!!

The Adorning Square Die is beautiful and is my next one to buy...have to save up!!!

I can't believe I'm a Blog Candy winner this week!!!...Yay!!! :0 :)

Glad Alley Pally was a success...looking forward to your next visit to C&C and I/W....you give us all such inspiration, fab techniques and new ideas to try out...I find myself thinking outside of the box more than ever before!!

Way to Go Sue!!!

Take care. Best regards. Deborah.H :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...I love the dark color cards you make as many of the designs can be used for male cards just by changing the sentiment...plus it always looks expensive and sometimes royal!!

The Adorning Square Die is beautiful and is my next one to buy...have to save up!!!

I can't believe I'm a Blog Candy winner this week!!!...Yay!!! :0 :)

Glad Alley Pally was a success...looking forward to your next visit to C&C and I/W....you give us all such inspiration, fab techniques and new ideas to try out...I find myself thinking outside of the box more than ever before!!

Way to Go Sue!!!

Take care. Best regards. Deborah.H :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...I love the dark color cards you make as many of the designs can be used for male cards just by changing the sentiment...plus it always looks expensive and sometimes royal!!

The Adorning Square Die is beautiful and is my next one to buy...have to save up!!!

I can't believe I'm a Blog Candy winner this week!!!...Yay!!! :0 :)

Glad Alley Pally was a success...looking forward to your next visit to C&C and I/W....you give us all such inspiration, fab techniques and new ideas to try out...I find myself thinking outside of the box more than ever before!!

Way to Go Sue!!!

Take care. Best regards. Deborah.H :)

Joanne2403 said...

I like the darker colours, makes the card stand out more, I must say I tend to go more for either the very dark or light and not so much the in-between, Striking thank you for sharing

Ita said...

Hi Sue love the card ,love the colours,they look so elegant,,adoring Squars are next on my wish list,they are a very nice Die.
Congrats to all the winners.
Smiles
Ita

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
Love the design of this card but for me lighter rather than darker.
Well done to the lucky winners.
Margaret

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
Beautiful card, love the die, it is so elegant (makes me think of Victorian cards) the background looks very sophisticated. I Love it all.
Congratulations to the winners.
Brenda Lel

nikkib said...

such gorgeousness again Sue, I like dark colours on a card, makes it more striking when compared with others on the mantlepiece...

Vie Carter said...

Very elegant colour combo

Well done to you lucky winnders

Trish said...

Hi Sue,
Fab card- really do like it. TFS.
Congrats to all the lucky winners.
Hugs,
Trish x

Chris Curry said...

Another lovely card Sue. Thankyou so much for your inspiration

Sue E said...

I really like this one, very classy looking.
Sue

Fieldsend said...

Hi Sue, may be dark to some people because tastes are different. I love it and the die is simply gorgeous.

Love June
xxx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I am not usually a fan of dark cards, too sombre for me, but I do like the style of this one and can see it working well in a different colour.

Congratulations to the blog candy winners, I know you will be eagerly waiting for the postman to come :-)

Frances

nannapat said...

Well done to all the winners. Love the card Sue although I would probably use a lighter colour. The dies are just beautiful. Pat x

hazel young said...

Another stunning card Sue love the dies used xx hazel

Paula said...

holy cannoli, what a beautiful card! I personally like the dark background.

SusanP, Kent said...

Hi Sue,
I like the dark cards - it's the layout that makes or breaks a design, I think and this one is just lovely. The Adorning squares are great and placed together like this make a wonderful focal point.
Sue

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - Love the design and the use of ornate squares but too dark for me would prefer it much lighter.
Val C xx

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous paper and loving how the beads give it another dimension. Stunning!!!!

Hugs
Linda xxx

Helen Barker said...

I love the dark background,very mysterious looking.Love the shape that is created when the squares are offset.

Helen Bx

lynda said...

Hi Sue a lovely card the dark colour's are very rich and elegant I love it and the die is gorgeous.
Hugs Lynda xx

Jane said...

I am one of the fans of black Sue think today's card if fabulous Love love love it.

Jane xx

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue, I am a fan of black and gold so this card is not only sultry but sophisticated!

Hugs, Belinda. X

Shazza said...

stunning card Sue x

magpie said...

Love the adorning square dies Sue, they do look like a handkerchief, a lacy one. I love lace with it's vintage, Victorian feel and any die that does that is a number 1 for me! I love the black and gold too, it's a rich and classy. Loving the gorgeous ribbon and the stash embellishment! Congratulations to you Sam, Val and Nurse Nellie (Danella)on winning on the Candy Blog! Wonderful! Enjoy your prizes! xx Love Karen xx

Michelle said...

Evening Sue, this is beautiful. I love the adorning square die, it is so intricate and the metal button finishes the card off beautifully.

Hugs, Michelle E xx

karenlotty said...

Love it Definitely my kind of colours Congrats to winners

Craftychris said...

I love the colours! Congratulations to the winners too xx

Hayley Johnson said...

Another stunner Sue, your cards always make me think of different ways to use the dies. I really must 'play' more with my dies because as you have demonstrated simply by turning a die can have such a dramatic effect!
Even after a long day at work you make me want to get my dies and ribbon out!
Thanks as always.
Hugs Hayley x

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Another elegant looking card, not sure about the dark background though. But it could be changed and give the card a totally different look.
Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.
Alison x

Susan White said...

Very striking card today, and I agree with you, the dark background really does show off the beauty of those dies.

Thanks, Susan

Sandra said...

Today's card is amazing Sue, I love it, I am partial to black anyway, it always looks classy .
Congratulations to the lucky winners!
Crafty Hugs
Sandra xx

jeffrey bubbles said...

I absolutely love the die and yes it is a little dark but the design is great as always. Kathy xxxx

Paper Junkie said...

I like this layout too! X

Diane Mortimer said...

Lovely card, very vintage feel and gorgeous colour scheme, I like very much :-)
Diane from Glasgow

maxine h said...

I love todays card Sue, simple and elegant and a great colour scheme.
So versatile.
Hugs Maxine xx

Maggie said...

A very dramatic card. Not my colour choice but it certainly has style. xx

Carole Z said...

Gorgeous card Sue! I finally got to play with your embossing folders I got at Ally Pally today...brilliant, it is so good to have the large size! Carole Z X

Janice K said...

Simply gorgeous. x

Anonymous said...

love this....and...Iv'e just treated myself to these dies!

Mol x

Maria said...

another stunning card xx

Anonymous said...

Really like this card sue, going to have a play with the micro beads for the first time on my next card love from christine xxx

Sue H said...

Hi Sue
I love it, like the die and the colours, I think it's a very elegant card :D

Lisa Durno said...

Really love this, very elegant. Think I am going to treat myself to these dies. Thanks Sue, more inspiration!

Lisa x

Fuchsia said...

Congratulations to the winners !
I love the dark look its quite different x

Jean Woodward said...

Hi Sue, A lovely card but slightly heavy colours for my taste, so would probably choose a softer colour, but still fabulous. congrats to all the winners.

Happy Crafting
Jean x

Cheryl said...

Though I love your lighter colored cards, I love this one too. Black looks so elegant! Please don't stop making the darker ones just because some people don't like them as much! :)

baconbits said...

Evening Sue, a late comment from me today - what a sumptuous and very regal looking card. I love Adorning Squares and you have made it look perfection. Micro bead away I am there with you. It definitely has a sultry feel to it.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Crafty Nanna said...

Hi Sue, not sure about this one for a lady but replace the bow and it would make a great male card.
hugs

Jules Ireson said...

I love this card, Sue. Another set of dies to add to my birthday wish list next month.

Beautiful colour combinations.

Bought your Celtic stamps to die for recently. Love them! So elegant.

Great to see you again on C & C.

Take care.

Jules

Diana Sinclair said...

Hello Sue

The squares dies look fab. Could be done in any colour.

Diana

Jan Ltc said...

Fabulous card Sue xx Jan

Julie-Anne said...

well sue, you have done it again, a beautiful classy card. the bow looks like shimmering slate, if that makes sense. the beauty of this card is the simplicity of it,

crafty hugs Julie-ann x

PattiD said...

Sooo Very Beautiful.. <3

mell said...

Very posh!! Elegant colours are stunning. Love it. Congratulations to winners x

SUZYD said...

Beautiful card.Ilove it.Suzyd x

SUZYD said...

Beautiful card.Ilove it.Suzyd x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Sue!!! I really like the simplicity of it!!! So glad I bought that die!!!
Anne with an E

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
who would think to turn a square into a star, only you would Sue.
BRILL JOB
born again spellbinder
Nadine xxx hug
nzillingworth@hotmail.com