Monday, 13 May 2013

Best Friends Forever

 Morning everyone!  Opulent Ovals and Scalloped Borders are the die sets that created today's offering.  I started with a piece of coconut white card that I embossed with the Whimsical Flora embossibility folder.  I need to make the background larger so I moved it and embossed it again.  Next I used the Scallop borders to cut two matching borders for the sides of my  card.  I cut the blue one using one of the decorative inserts and one of the cutting edges.  Then I cut a slightly larger matching black border using just the same cutting edge.  I taped them together so the black shows through the decorative insert are and mounted both borders facing each other on the edges of the card using mounting foam.  I glued flat back black pearls down the edges.  For the focal element, I used the largest size of the Opulent Oval die set to cut out my back layer in black.  My blue layer used the next size in the set for the cut edge, then I added in smaller dies during the embossing stage for a pretty effect.  I stamped my sentiment and then cut the smaller sizes to create a frame for my sentiment.  I mounted it with foam above my stamped phrase and trimmed away the excess card.  I mounted it in the middle of my focal element.  I added a final double white mat with my usual pierced inner layer to complete the card.  Finished dimensions are 7" x 8" in size.  All for now, Sue x












162 comments:

Pam said...

Love the design of the card but the blue and black too strong for me - would use paler colours to achieve a softer look - but great card.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue what a great card i do like these boarder dies. I always use them when i need a pretty boarder. I just wish i. Could come out with the designs that you bring us. Take care Sue xx

Debs A

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

Beautiful card, love the colours and love all the dies you have used today. Love Jean xxx

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Love today`s offering, I would use a paler colour, rather than Black. Apart from that, I love the use of all the Dies and the design
Have a Great Day

Patricia xxx

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
What a fabulous creation everything flows.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Love this stunning card, especially the borders, they really go together white black and blue, and of course any other combination would be worth trying. Love it.
Hugs
Carolx

tracy w said...

Hi sue
What can I say but stunning love the colours thank you Tracy w x

Anonymous said...

'morning Sue, How is everyone across the pond? I'm sure you are collecting lots of ideas and "stuff" Great card and as you always say colour choice is "our" decision,love the borders. Mabex

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, what a great colour combo, to create a lovely card. Love the border dies. Bx

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue
Fabulous card you've finally convinced me that I need these scalloped border dies lol.
Hugs x
Heather T

jacqui said...

Lovely card Sue.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card. Such a pretty blue. Take care.

englishrose897 said...

Love the card. The scallop border looks great. As above I will have to buy this one. Have a great day. Sally

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love the border dies, less keen on the oval dies for some reason although can't put my finger on why that is so. Could be a mans card in certain colours I am thinking...
Rgs
Clare W

Rachel Taylor said...

I love the layering on this card , i really like the embossing folder you used,it looks great
Crafty hugs Rachel x

melanie said...

This is a stunner ,I love the opulant ovals I used them quite a lot may try this one in various colours thanks Sue .Melanie

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the design and can think of many colour combos to suit many people I send cards too.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
This is lovely I really like the blue with the black.

Nanny Jo said...

Lovely card, Sue...colour combo works so well. x

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Sue another stunning creation today I love the way the black sets off the blue it makes the whole card very eye-catching. Jackie

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
A very striking card today, I can see some more dies going on my wish list.
Gail Cx

foxyg said...

Stunning. Love those ovals.

Anne O said...

Morning Sue,

This is a lovely card. I lobe the dramatic edging that the black brings to it. I have the scallop edging dies and find myself picking them up for every card at the moment! There are so many options with them.
Best wishes,
AnneO

Marleine said...


Morning Sue,

Like Wow! This card is such a statement and so beautiful. The blue against the black....gorgeous.x

Hellma said...

Love the layers of todays card, i think black is great for layering help it stand more.

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Lovely card, very striking, love all the layers, great layout, could imagine it in other colours too. Have a lovely day.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue What bold colours to use but I do like them! ANother great card. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
I love the composition and this shade of blue but as others have said,Im not sure about the black.
Im waiting for these bracket borders to arrive as Hubby has ordered me a few sets of Spellbinders for my upcoming birthday. Can't wait to have a play.
Hope you and your Mum had a lovely Mothers Day yesterday. X

Ali B said...

Hi Sue, Love the depth that these dies give. Its very opulent.
Alison x

Victoria said...

There's a lot going on here, and the photos show great close ups of the detail. I think the borders are very effective.

TDQ Karen said...

What a great effect with the border dies, love the card and I do like the colour combination, oretty card but not too feminine xx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue,
I love these scalloped border dies, used the same die to make a Silver wedding card but mine went across the card - that's the beauty of them - they just work brilliantly how ever you choose to use them. Am loving today's card it's gorgeous.
Have a good day, Brenda Lel

Phi said...

Very nice card. Love all the layers and the embossed background. Love the Opulent Oval die set too.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card, loving the use of the bracket border dies, they are gorgeous, and the opulent ovals are soooo beautiful.
Hope you and your Mom had a lovely Mother's Day yesterday.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Sue and the dies are beautiful also the embossing, but not too sure about the black this time. YvonneMayxx

Carole Z said...

Beautiful design, but like some of the others I'm not sure this particular shade of blue works with the black, Carole Z X

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

I am loving the use of the border dies and those opulent ovals are beautiful

Sue xx

Marion said...

Hi Sue like the border dies and the card is nice without being over the top.
Marion H

mell said...

To be honest this ones not for me but it would make a great card for an older person has a victorian look to it xxx

Sandra F said...

A lovely card Sue. xx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
A beautiful victorian gift this morning. Doesn't the centre dies make a wonderful cameo effect and highlighted by the inserts just finishes it all off.
I really do love the colour scheme and would love to see it in different colours - must try this out - I feel it would suit a lady who doesn't like all the fancy fancy fripparies but who really appreciates a beautiful card.
Back to a full crafting day for me and oh what pleasure that gives.
Thank you for your offerings and pure inspiration.
Janet x

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Lovely card I really like those scalloped edge border dies (They are on my ever growing wish list along with the Brackets ones he he :-) Love the blue and white not so sure about the black with the blue.

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday and the weather was warm and sunny for you.

Luv n hugs Annx without an "e"

Heather said...

Lovely Sue. I really must use my edges more! Thanks for the reminder :)

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

snowqueen62 said...

Hi Sue. Very eye catching card this morning love the colour combination. Will have to put these dies on my wish list too!
Hugs Sue x

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A beautiful card, love the colours and the border dies are gorgeous, I use mine lots. Think I must have the Whimsical Flora the detail is exquisite.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Izzwizz said...

Hello again Sue, the contrasting colours show off the diecuts beautifully on this one! The forecast here is for more Winter (11 degrees in Belfast today - brrrrrr). I'm sure it's warmer where you are, you are in the right place lol! Say hello to your Mum. Love Maddy x

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card, but like some of the others I think the black is a bit to strong, however, I love the design of the card.
Lydia
X

Gail said...

I like the design of this card - as always but for me personally I am not sure about the colour combo (but then if you don't try you don't know) xx GailT xx

hollyberry said...

Wow a very striking card.Love the colours.

beachie said...

Hi Sue
All your cards are beautiful, but I do miss all the flowers and bows which are to my taste. But super textures on this.
Audrey x

hazel young said...

Gorgeous card sue love the designs and colours used xx hazel

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

Fab card today. I used my Opulent Ovals for the first time yesterday. Now I can add a border with the scalloped dies as well. Thanks for the inspiration.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card but not too sure about the black. I feel it's a bit heavy for the blue, but that's just me!

Debbie Tinks said...

Nice card Sue x x

granny sue said...

Hi Sue Love the border dies, they frame the whole card nicely and are a finishing touch. SueL

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous, love the different shapes and texture.

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Wonderful card this morning, the black really makes the blue stand out, I have the border diesand love them but must check to see if I have the opulent ovals...bought so many recently that I can't remember which ones I have! Lol! Hope you and your Mum had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday and how lovely it was that you were able to be together on another Special day. Take care

Love Sheila xx

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a very nice card today
like the colours you have used and
the dies are great.
Nancyd xx

Bosquie said...

Good morning.another stunning card,will have a go doing a similar one but will put a cameo in the centre. Good idea for a man's card in different colours xx

Cornish Emma said...

Gorgeous card and design

Eemeli said...

Beautiful dies and embossing. Love that muted blue!

Hugs,
Eemeli

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Not too sure about this one. It probably looks better in real life. It appears very dull on my screen. hugs, Carol S.xx

Maryann said...

This is sooo gorgeous Sue, I absolutely love it.

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

I thought this is a pretty card i'll have a go at making this one. I went to my magnetic folders and thought how strange, most of my small fancy dies had vanished. Then remembered I bought my daughter the spellbinder artisan and thought my dies must have gone back to London with her, so I won't be making this card today after all. Just think of all those gaps in my folders now just waiting to be filled. "Happy days" :-)

Kind regards

Tina X

Jackie Calvert said...

Oppulant is the right word for these dies, this design is lovely. Though I think I would have liked it even more with one of your bows.
Take care now, love from Jackie C XXX

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Interesting combination of colours - could also use it for gents cards cos its so difficult to come up with something different for them. Love the Opulent Ovals - would make a fabulous super-sized cameo...
Enjoying your inspiration, keep 'em coming...
Thanks and Regards
Caroline MacH

Sonia Jones said...

Morning Sue, I like this card but I'm not sure about the colours. Sorry but I don't get that WOW feeling when I look at it. Hugs Sonia x

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
Crisp and clean, I really like this one.
Love Jan x x

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the colours you've used.

Clare x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue , just love the boarder dies and the card just wish the dies were longer would be better love Jean Z xx

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, love the design of this card but not the blue with black, pastel colours would also work. Take care, Jess x

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue

Not a blue person, but i do like your design and those lovely boarders just sing to me

Elaine H X

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
love the design and the borders. Have yet to get to grips with extending them using the notches.
Not mad keen on the colour combo blue/black/white but replace the blue with red and I'm sold!
Hugs, Rose

Lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue what a lovely card and the colours are great together,this would be a good card if you need one in a hurry!! I have the border dies and haven't used them yet so this has given me a great way to use them thank you! Love Lesley x

Diane Mortimer said...

This is wonderful! My kind of card, love all the layers and pieces it has, i like a busy card :-)
Diane from Glasgow

Lindsay Martin said...

oohh Sue I love this one, really stunning colours, and other papers would give it a totally different look, I have finally got these border dies, so must get down to having a play with them, have been busy making a tissue box cover today using the CE templates... xxx

raineysheep said...

Hi Sue
Very pretty, can take a lot from this,
Thanks for the inspiration
Raineysheep x

Laura O said...

beautiful as always,love the border on this card.Laura O

Uta said...

Your card is so pretty. I love the color combination.
Hugs, Uta

Jackie Meechan said...

Beautiful card, haven't got any border dies yet but then again you can't get everything, difficult to choose what to get in the first place.

Love the colours are strong but this is still very striking.

Big Hugs
CraftyJacq
xx

CaronP28 said...

Hello Sue. What a gorgeous colour combination. Love the card, so pretty. xx

nannapat said...

Lovely design Sue - another one that would be good for the guys in these colours but could be really feminine with a paler palette/ Pat x

Carol H said...

Hi Sue,
Love the decorative edge dies, these colours are right up my street, love the black and blue together. This is a very striking card and I love it.
Crafty Hugs Carol Healy

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, I love the colour combination with this card. Have these die's and will be making a few of these.
Have a great day.

Love June
Xxx

Sue C said...

Love everything about this card, the colours, design and dies xx

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, I love the colour combination with this card. Have these die's and will be making a few of these.
Have a great day.

Love June
Xxx

Leanne said...

Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

G.morning sue, what a beauty this one is i can imagine it in all colours so it will be a great card for any occasion. Sending love from christine c xx

Margaret Lycett said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, great dies.
Margaret L

iggy said...

love the card sue.......your ideas never fail to astound me.

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Another cracker.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Joanne2403 said...

Love the card but I am unsure about the colours together, I think maybe the card would look better being just black and white, well to my taste but we all have different tastes. Once again though a stunning design Se tfs x

Anonymous said...

Opulent - exactly!
Susan x

Jacquie said...

Wow! Another lovely card Sue, this could be done using any colour combinations but I do love the blue, think I need to invest in more colour card!!!

Love Jacquie J xxx

Hanneke said...

Wow, your embossing on this card is amazing! I love the color combo too. Hugs, Hanneke

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card with the detail and lovely embossing.

loftylass said...

Love this card Sue - blue/black is very striking and I love the border dies. I think I'll be trying it out in Grey/Yellow for my DIL (her favourite colours at the moment). I've been making quite a few 'Sue' cards lately. Today I'm trying the B/W bonsai tree card for my son. Thanks for all the inspiration.
Hugs
Heather W
x

Trish said...

Hi Sue,
Another fab card with a great colour combo- love it lots. TFS
Hugs,
Trish x

jeffrey bubbles said...

Borders are on my wish list so good to see them in action. Love the opulent ovals also. Great colours Kathy xxx

Sandybee said...

The border dies are on my "I Need" list. Great card

xx Sandra

Disco Queen said...

Super card Sue, Love the colours.

sam said...

hi, love todays card, the colours are different and think i will have a go at this one as have the dies and the card, i don't use strong colours but like the way you have put them together, thanks for all your great tips.
x sam

Lara B said...

Good afternoon Sue
Love everything about this card!
The embossed background and detail created by the dies....gorgeous!!
I NEED these!!!
Love the colour combo too!
Hope you are still enjoying time with the family!
Have a great day
Lara xxx

minx said...

another stunnibg card Sue love the colours x

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Love all the layers in this card and the addition of embossing the smaller die when you are leaving a big area uncovered is great.
Donna Jones

Kate's Cards said...

Brill once again! x

Vie Carter said...

Beautiful card Sue

Love these border and oval dies

Vie
x

karenlotty said...

Love the colours & another set of dies to add to my NEED list

Susan White said...

Love the effect with the scalloped border dies Sue!

Thanks, Susan

howdy said...

this would look great in all sorts of colours.

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A lovely card for today !! I personally think your colour combo of black, white and blue is just right !! I really like it. The only thing I am not keen on is the opulent oval dies. ( just personal opinion .) I love these bracket border dies and they are definitely on my wish list !! Another card that would be perfect for a man . happy crafting to all , love Tres x x x

Pearl said...

Great card Sue, would look great in any colour!

Craftihappiness to you, love from Pearl

Ita said...

Hi Sue love the card,and I have the Opulend O vels Dies
Smiles
Ita

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, What a lovely card today! I just love those scallop borders, there must be loads of things we can do with them...I've tried a few ideas. Love Sam xxx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, What a lovely card today! I just love those scallop borders, there must be loads of things we can do with them...I've tried a few ideas. Love Sam xxx

Cazann49 said...

Hi Sue, this a beautiful card. I love the bold colours.Love all the dies too. xxxx

Craftychris said...

Its fabulous! I love the embossing folder xx

Helen Barker said...

Really like the border dies and the colour scheme is lovely.
Helen Bx

3362Jan said...

Wow. Just love this card.
Have a great week. Hugs. 3362 Jan.x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - Love the idea and the embossing folder is beautiful but the border dies seem to overtake the card in my opinion.
Val C xx

Rhonda Miller said...

What a stunning card.

Dawn said...

I really like the look of these border dies, I don't have them...yet, I think they are about to be added to my wish list. A fabulous card, I love the blue and black combo (it's a fab blue-fresh and clean) x

ShirleyT said...

Hi Sue,

Lovely card of which I have the dies - will be copying shortly!!

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Linda Simpson said...

Fabulous Sue, I love these dies and the embossing really does "POP" against the black and blue you have used.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Jane said...

Blue is never a colour i pick up to use but I really like this car

Jane said...

Blue is never a colour i pick up to use but I really like this car

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful design today, the opulent ovals do give a feeling of a cameo brooch and the scalloped borders are a must have
Best wishes, Pat

Jan.moogie said...

gorgeous card today Sue x

Lacelady said...

No Broadband connection for three days! I have been deprived of your lovely designs, they are my first 'go to' every morning.

Annie said...

Hi Sue x the opulent ovals are indeed opulent and how I love the edgeabilities - they are still on my wish list. Roll on next pay day but then the next dilemma, which to choose!! It is a fabulous card.
Hugs
Annie

magpie said...

Hi Sue, love the Wedgewood blue, black and white together. Those opulent ovals are beautiful. Mmmmm just had yellow, cream and white in my head! Thank you for the inspiration Sue and as always love the sentiment...... From your bloggers to you and from you for your bloggers me thinks.....?! Take care and hope you're having a great time! xx Love Karen xx

trish from Wolverhampton xxx said...

Hi Sue, very pretty card. Love the blue.

Brakkers said...

So much lovely detail. Perfect use of all of the dies. You give us so many ideas!

Anne Brackley

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,

This card is just lovely - I really like the colours and the oval dies look stunning.

Beverley W

sued99 said...

Not for me today. Don't really like the colour combination.

Debra W said...

I like this card Sue! Using the new borders this way is a lovely idea!Debra W

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Hi Sue, Hope you had a lovely Mothers Day. Loving the dies you've used on today's card. I think it would be suited maybe for a man, but not sure. Do I need these border dies? Silly question of coarse! Have a great day. Crafty hugs Debbie R xx

Joanne K said...

Evening Sue, another pretty card today. Love the colours. Kind regards Joanne K x

Barbara said...

Beautiful card Sue, love the embossing and the bracket borders!

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
Love this card I really love the borders this will work with such an array of colours too.
Do hope you had a special day yesterday with your Mom.
Enjoy your stay but missing you on C & C.
Margaret

Crafty Nanna said...

Love this card Sue, the blue is a nice touch

jennywren1947 said...

lovely card sue would make a good mans card with a few little tweeks
hugs chris x

Ayelet Barkay said...

Great design, I love the colors :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the border dies. The colours are very striking.
Veronique

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Janice K said...

Love the details and textures in this card. x

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, A great card love the blue and black but I will try it with a softer colour instead of the black , although I don't have the opulent ovals so will use another die but I do have the border dies . Thanks.
Hugs
Jean D

Diana Sinclair said...

Hello Sue

A lovely card Sue that can be done in any colour to suit.

Diana

Meg said...

Hi Sue,
I love the central effect but I think the edges are a bit too overpowering. Like others I think paler colours would work better.

Margaret O
xxx

Katie-Louise Sweetlove said...

Dear Sue
Love this card, These colours remind me of wedgewood china patterns. The bracket die cuts are beautiful and I also have these on my wish list (next month is my birthday perhaps I will get a chance then to buy them, and hopefully a couple of other sets too! ), I love the opulent ovals and how you've embossed the smaller sized dies into the inner oval.
I could imagine this could be used for a man or woman's card and would look fab in a variety of colour ways.

Thank you for your inspiration and hard crafting you do for us,
Best wishes from Katie-Louise

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue again,
Forgot to say that I love the embossed background of the card today it really makes for a great card starting point I keep forgetting about using my embossing folders I should use them much more than I do and I really love them and the effect they give you.

Today's card is something that bit special for those who aren't into all the stick pins and bows and sparkly bits that many cards have (must admit I'm a bow and sparkles fan) this card shows that cards can look special without them.

Hope you are having a great time back home with your mom.

Best wishes from
Katie-Louise

Katie-Louise Sweetlove said...

Hi Sue again,
Forgot to say that I love the embossed background of the card today it really makes for a great card starting point I keep forgetting about using my embossing folders I should use them much more than I do and I really love them and the effect they give you.

Today's card is something that bit special for those who aren't into all the stick pins and bows and sparkly bits that many cards have (must admit I'm a bow and sparkles fan) this card shows that cards can look special without them.

Hope you are having a great time back home with your mom.

Best wishes from
Katie-Louise

hazel said...

Absolutely Stunning Sue. Love the design colour and layout. Just Stunning
Take care
hazel G

AnneRD said...

Great design Sue and lovely bold colours too. Anne.

CraftyJo said...

Perfect timing! I've just ordered the Opulent Ovals so a bit of inspiration - especially this beautiful - is very welcome :)

lynda said...

Hi Sue. Stunning card love the lay out and the colours are lovely and bold Hugs Lynda xx

lynda said...

Hi Sue. Stunning card love the lay out and the colours are lovely and bold Hugs Lynda xx

Rach83 said...

A very striking design, Sue. I think the colour combo is really cool. I love your embossed background and borders - gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing.
Rachel x

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Marianna Hammer said...

Lovely card. Very pretty colors. The design could work just as well in other colors.

cmu said...

Another clever card - I think I would use different colours but this works well for men.

Diane Mortimer said...

Beautiful colour, gorgeous card.
Diane from Glasgow