Sunday, 12 May 2013


Good Sunday morning!  I am still on the hunt for some "guy" type cards and I think this one qualifies.  I do have to admit that since I had to purchase a new laptop earlier this year, they transferred all my photos for me and I am still trying to find where they ended up!  They aren't organised like I had them so I just have to keep opening up folders to see what is in them!  This is a card that I did for the Heartfelt shows at the very beginning of the year.  I started with the Creative Expressions bark embossing folder on some dark taupe card.  I used some Antique Linen Distress ink to further distress the background a bit.  Next I cut two of the Decorative Lace Borders by Heartfelt Creations using the taupe card from the Neutral card pack.  I used my guillotine and cut the border piece apart so I had just the sections with the lattice and scallops.  I glued them to the top and bottom of my card.  I cut a slightly larger piece of taupe card and stamped the top with a swirl from the Beaded Element set for a watermark effect.  I matted my background on this piece.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with one of the Fancy Tags Two dies and used mounting foam to secure it above my background.  Next I stamped the Grand Palace Entry in Black Archival ink on brown card.  I fussy cut (as in by hand) it and cut the gates open with a craft knife.  I stamped the scene  from the Doorway Trimmings set by Heartfelt Creations on another piece of milk card and coloured it with Distress markers.  I mounted the scene behind the open gate doors and trimmed away any excess card.  I mounted this in the centre of my card.  I stamped two of the pretty spiral topiary trees from the same set and coloured them with Distress markers.  I also fussy cut these as there is not a matching die for them.  I mounted them with foam on either side of my Gate entry feature.  I finished the card by adding a double brown mat and using the Cosmic Shimmer Choco Brown PVA glue to make dots all the way around the edges.  A really fun men's card that you could easily just change the sentiment to suit your needs.  Finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x 8" in size.

It is once again time for the Sunday Comment Game winners to be announced.  No extra qualifying posts this week though ( I guess I will have to try harder with the cards next week! LOL)

The winners are:
Joan Donaldson!!!

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


Pam said...

I love this card, great for guys as you say but also for ladies too. You dont have to try any harder with your cards, to me they are all fantastic.

Corinne said...

a good all rounder usefull all rounder for any occasion Hugs Corinne

Jean Deane said...

Morning Sue , I loved this card when you showcased it on C&C it's one of my many favourites , as. Are all of your creations.
Jean D

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue
Great card that could do for guys and girls. Congratulations to all the winners.
Hugs x
Heather T

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
I loved this card when it was on C&C thought it would make a great card for a man or woman who was into gardening or a New Home card.

You don`t have to try harder each and every card you produce is a winner.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

Disco Queen said...

Hi Sue, Fabulous card. I love the effects you have achieved with your distress markers. It just goes to show that you don't have to use alcohol pens to get amazing shading.

tracy w said...

Hi sue
Great guys card love the card thankyou Tracy w x

Lynne Mills said...

Hi Sue, a great mans card. Loved it when I saw it on c&c. Lol Lynne M x x x

Lara B said...

Good morning Sue
Great card for the guys, though I want to go for a walk in that little scene!

I bought this set on C & C and have to admit, I haven't used it as much as I should.
Thank you for refreshing my crafting
Have a great day
Lara xxx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - I do like this one very much - classic. Loved reading all the Wilsonettes comments about loosing things yday. Made 4 cards yday and didn't misplace a thing for a change!- but the sun its out here today so mowing and washing awaits.
Clare W

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Loved the card when I saw it on C&C and made similar cards, based on this one. So very satisfying to make, especially with the view through the gate.
And I can only echo the comments made by Patricia above.
I feel for you, having to look into each folder to see what's in it.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Hugs, Rose

Maryann said...

I love the card here today, it´s really beautiful and feels sooo natural somehow. Really great work hun and good for anyoccasion I think.

Heather said...

Good Sunday Morning to you too Sue!

And a good sunny morning it is too though sadly not to last! :(

Love today's card. It is difficult to do the 'mens' cards and it doesn't help that most many really do not care about cards, or maybe it's just what men say as they find it difficult being in touch with their emotions and don't know how to respond. Yet you can't just not send one.I am sure they love them really. Never mind have a great Sunday Sue.

Crafty Hugs
Heather ROgers xx

Eemeli said...

Definitely something I didn't expect to find on your blog but I love it! Great masculine card which could definitely work for gals also.


baconbits said...

Morning Sue,
You do not need to try harder - all your cards are brilliant and so inspirational.
Amanda x

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Super card, I do like the effect with the distress markers.Wonderful painting. I do want the stamp set.
Audrey x

Gail said...

Good morning Sue on this bright sunny Sunday morning.
Love the card I think it could be used for a man or lady, and also for many occasions.
Enjoy your Sunday.
Gail C x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Gorgeous card. Love the scene beyond the gate when it was on C & C. It is great to see it up close now. I don't think you could try much harder. You produce a beautiful creation every day for us to look at and we are so grateful that you do that. Thank you. Take care

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Firstly . . . WOOHOO! I am one of this weeks winners. Sorry but I've had a bit of a mare of a week and this has lifted my spirit. Thanks to Heather R for alerting me.
When I saw the first pic,I thought "hmmm" so it does pay to scroll down and see the lovely scene behind the gate.
I've only just made friends with my laptop as I tried to start a blog last month but I couldn't load any photos onto it (hence it was likely to be the dullest blog on the planet).
Yesterday,finally a breakthrough after threatening the laptop with violence. Thought technology was supposed to make life easier lol!

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
I think this might be a grand card for a guy. It can be difficult to create something for guys but you hit the spot. Happy Mother's Day to you and to your Mom.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, great male card, or in a different colour a female card. Love the stamp behind the window. Like others have said before me, you don't have to try harder, your cards are always brilliant!

Congratulations to all the lucky winners too. Love Jean xxx

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, totally agree with all on the blog today. This IS a great mans card and I loved it when I saw it on C&C. Have a great day. Congratulations to the winners.

Love June

Marianna Hammer said...

This is a beautiful card. And when you open the gate, you just go Awwww. Love it.

melanie said...

Fantastic card loved this when you showed it on air .Melanie

Lisa Durno said...

Love this. X

kimberley said...

Appreciate the work that has gone into this card but i'm afraid its just not my taste-sorry,take care,x.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue I remember this card from the shows and could not believe the work that has gone in to it!

Happy Mothers Day to you and your Mom, hope you have a great day. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue,
Yes a great card for men but also r the gardening women, everyone of your cards are fab and you can always find one for a certain occasion. Like you I have a new computer and cannot find things which have supposed to be downloaded for me, will keep looking Ha Ha !!
Carol x

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Me too loved this card when it was shown on CC, the picture scene is lovely, beautifully coloured.
You do not have to try harder with your cards, every one is amazing, there must be so many followers on holiday, hee hee.
Have a lovely Mother's Day today with your Mom.

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Sue this is fantastic I love the view through the gate it makes the card so interesting. I wish I could help with your laptop I know how frustrating these things can be. Happy Mother's Day it is lovely that you can share it with your mum. Love Jackie

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Liked this when it was on C&C. It's a very clever card and would suit both male and female. It would make a great new home card too.

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Love this card great for the "Men" and also for Ladies if you put pretty vines and flowers around the grand entrance.
Your cards are amazing and you do not need to try harder. Lots of people are away on holiday this last week with the Children having time off from school.

Have a fabulous "Mother's Day" both your Mom and you

Congrats to all the lucky winners

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue.x

Jan.moogie said...

Such a sweet card Sue, lovely x

Rachel Taylor said...

I love the wood effect background on this . I think the card is lovely
Crafty hugs Rachel x

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
A very interesting card I can see a lot of work has gone into making it, but it just does not sing to me, sorry.
Have a great Mothers Day with your mum.
Congrats to the winners.

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card like you said it can be a manly card, but its also suitable for a variety of occasions, love it!
Alison x

Marion said...

Hi sue a great mans card and love the view when you open the gate.
happy mother's day to you and your mom.

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
What a wonderful card for the males in our lives. I love the format and the colour scheme - you had me fooled for a short while as I couldn't see the scene behind the gates until I started to scroll down - I love surprises like this - they make a beautiful card just a little bit mysterious don't they.
Congrats to the very lucky winners this week. My fingers are still crossed.
Have a fantastic day with 'Mom'.

Jane said...

I'm in the minority I no but I cannot warm to this stamp.But do appreciate ideas on men cards, I can never get inspired by them.

Jane xx

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the window die.

Clare x

Jacquie said...

Hi Sue, this is a lovely card for men. I particularly like that you could put any scene behind this window, even make it more personal to the recipient.

Great card.

Love Jacquie J xxx

sandy's crafty bits said...

oh my goodness what a super little card ... would be lovely for a new home card ... hope you have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, super card, love the image inside the doors. I love all your cards. Congrats winners. Bx

Crafty Lark said...

Love this card Sue, great stamping and set beautifully. xx Flora

Jean Z said...

love the card good for anyone love Jean Z xx

sarah hyett said...

A great card for the guys. Love the window die a really super card. X

TDQ Karen said...

Very useful card for all occasions, love the trees especially xx

Anonymous said...

A great idea for a man's card and I love the scene behind the window - perfect for personalising cards. Have a lovely day Sue. YvonneMayxx

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. I agree, this card fits the bill for a male card. I can't remember noticing the bark embossing folder before. Really like it and so on my list it goes. Thanks for showing it. SueL

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue

Another lovely card , love how the gate opens .

Congrats to the lucky winners

Elaine H X

weefortune said...

Morning Sue

What a lovely surprise this morning to find out I'm one of the lucky winners!!

I love this card, I really like the gate dies, they create such a lovely secret garden on this card.

Have a Great Day
Crafty Hugs Elaine x

gwen70 said...

great card this one Sue especially for the men in our lives

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, yes I agree, a fab card for a guy..could be either! Well done to the winners, Carole Z X

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, great mans card they are so hard to do. Love the scene through the gate. Have a lovey day, take care, Jess.

englishrose897 said...

I saw this card no c&c it's great, and yes it could be a mams card but do it in white and change the scene and it could be a wedding card. Sally

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue i love this one it is so different from your usual card. Would suit any gender. xx hazel

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, fantastic card, i love the scene through the gates. Emma

Victoria said...

This would do for my man as he's a keen gardener! Love the surprise behind the shutters. Also love the way you've split the border and used parts above and below. Lovely effect.

snowqueen62 said...

Love today's card. Great for the garden lover in your life.
Hugs Sue x

Izzwizz said...

Fab card, love that die and matching stamps. Your colouring is wonderful Sue, would like to see more of that! Maddy x

Pat S Witney said...

Good morning Sue

Another fab card today. You don't have to try harder Sue as all your creations are fantastic. Sunny today in Oxfordshire, hope it keeps up. Would make a lovely card for men or women, especially those of them that like gardening.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love the surprise behind the gates could be used for many different occasions. Congrats to all the winners.
Beverley W

Jackie Calvert said...

Morning Sue. Lovely card for a man,or a "no frills" lady. Your designs are already superb, I don't see how you coud try harder!
Take care, love from Jackie C XXX

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Another great card especially for a man. As far as I am concerned all your cards are stunning works of art and are perfect and give us so much inspiration so keep on with the fabulous work and no need to 'try harder' Wish I had half of your imagination.
Congratulations to the winners.

Love Sheila xx

Kate's Cards said...

I like this as the view from the window can be adapted very easily!

nannapat said...

Lovely card Sue, great for guys but with a bit of bling it would be great for the gals too. Congrats to this week's winners. Pat x

Joanne K said...

Hi Sue, Love this card. This set of dies and stamps are so versatile. Lots of potential for various occassions. Kind regards Joanne K x

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
A truly super card in every way great for lots of occasions too.
We have been without broadband due to a major fault for almost two weeks so have missed my daily treat visiting your blog.
Do have a wonderful Mother's Day with your Mom.

Christine Hussey said...

Great card for male or female and you never need to try harder, never!
Congratulations to the winners!
Hugs Christine H xx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Great card love the bark embossing folder background really gives it a masculine feel
Best wishes, Pat

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Lovely card Sue!

I really like this one and agree with you that it could be used for the guys as well as for the girls.

You really don't have to try harder with your cards because they are always fantastic and your ideas are such an inspiration to us all. Thank You!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A lovely card for a man today !! You certainly do not have to try any harder with your cards. They are all individual works of art !! They are beautiful. You are so clever and give us all such wonderful inspiration, I thank you for being so willing to share all your great cards with us. congrats to all the winners love Tres x x x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
A lovely guy card.
Congratulations to the winners
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Lindsay Martin said...

Great card for any man today Sue, and as for trying harder I think that would be impossible, you work so hard and your cards are so gorgeous, congratulations to all todays winners though x

Shazza said...

wow this is a brilliant idea x

hollyberry said...

Great card for any one or any occasion by varying the sentiment and colours.

Sandybee said...

Brilliant card Sue, one among many of my favourites

xx Sandra

Crafty Nanna said...

Morning Sue, I do love this card, I liked it when we saw it on screen. Your cards are fab so no need for trying harder, probably peeps on holiday or the like.

Have a great day

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Great card, ideal for a man on any occasion. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
You don't have to try harder every card you post is a brilliant - just keep feeding us with your fantastic designs.
Todays card is lovely and could work for male or females.
Take Care, Brenda Lel

carol e said...

Beautiful card Sue inside and out

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

You try harder, dont make me laugh, you couldent be any better.

Like this card alot, great for any occassion for men.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Carol H said...

Hi Sue,
You certainly don't have to try any harder, all your cards are brilliant, and we are very lucky that you share your talent with us. I love this card, as others have said will do for male and female, which is great. Congratulations to all the winners.
Crafty Hugs Carol Healy

redfox said...

Morning Sue, this is a really lovely card. Most of the men I know do really like recieving a handmade card and this one would be perfect for many of them. Thanks for yet another brillant idea. Love Sarah

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card. I do like the medieval/castle look with the country scene through the window. Great for mens or ladies cards.

Craftychris said...

This is a work of art! Marvellous guy card! Congratulation to the winners xx

Meg said...

Love some of the elements to this card but not really my taste.

Margaret O

Howdy said...

What fun!

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I remember this card from the show and thought at the time how good it was. I love making cards with doors or windows opening thereby giving the recipient an additional surprise.
Although not all of your cards are to my personal taste they never fail to educate and inspire so you don't need to try any harder, you are doing fine just as you are.
Hope you are having a lovely time with your mum.
Congratulations to the winners.

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Hi Sue, I have been away and just catching up on yesterdays card, which is stunning. Oh, I did giggle at the "lost" die set, how many times have we all done that!! Anyway, back to today's card, again it is beautiful. Not only one for the guys but for anyone and good for a new home card too. I received my, ordered, Creative Expressions project book vol one, and there are some amazing projects in it. So I am going to be very busy, trying, to recreate some of the cards in it. Congratulations to today's winners. Have a lovely day crafty hugs Debbie R xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely card. I like the way the door opens onto a little scene.
Veronique L

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Oh nearly forget, Happy Mothers day to you all in America! xx

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue
You don't need to try any harder your cards Fab-U-Lous Everyone can see the amount of work that went into making just today's card. Any gender would be pleased to receive a card like this. :-)

Well done winners. Hope next week is better for you Mrs Duck.

Kind regards

Tina X

Anonymous said...

What are you doing to me Sue????. More dies and stamps that must be brought!!. Think the scene stamp inside has to be today's buy. And tomorrow when hubby's at work.........the rest :0)

Liz Hardman

CraftyJo said...

Lovely, very suitable for a guy :)

iggy said...

very clever are sooooooooooo hard to make cards for

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, this card is another beauty!! You don't have to try harder, I always love your cards - you are amazing!! Love Sam xxx

Marleine said...

Hi Sue,

Every card you make is a source of interest and technique. I see no reason for you to try 'harder'. Each one is a gift. Thank you.

This one is great. You can look into the it and dream of what's in the distance. Good for male or female. X

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Great male card, loved it when it was shown on C&C, the scene behind the gate is beautiful and your colouring is wonderful. You don't have to try harder, your cards are works of art and so inspirational, methinks a lot of followers are on holiday.
Happy Mothers Day to you and your Mom, have a lovely day.
Congratulations to the lucky winners.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

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Leanne said...

Awesome card. Love the open window

Joanne2403 said...

Yes a good guy card and I too loved this card when it was C&C earlier this year, loved all the Heartfelt Creations dies and stamps, wish I had bought more than just the amour set, anyway thank you again Sue, your inspiration to us all is very appreciated hugs x

brenda said...

Hi Sue, great card today good for guys and ideal for new home, I love it. Happy mothers day to you and your mum x

magpie said...

This is a great card Sue, loved it on C&C. Like you say it is hard to find ideas for a mans card but this more than fits the bill! But like so many have said for a woman too. It was a lovely surprise looking through the open gate and that's what makes your cards so wonderful and unique! You don't need to try harder at all Sue. There's no-one like you for bringing such joys to our eyes that give us such a lift every morning! You're fantastic Sue and so say all of us! Thank you so much for the inspiration! Have a wonderful day with your mom xx Congratulations to all the winners! Enjoy your prizes! Wonderful! xx Love Karen xx

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Great male card, love the surprise scene through the gates.
Donna Jones

Janice K said...

A great unisex design, love the stamp image. x

Trish said...

Hi Sue,
I really do love this card, so useful for many occasions. This is one that I really would like to try myself. TFS
Trish x

Helen Barker said...

Love these stamps.All your cards are fabulous.
Helen Bx

Linda Simpson said...

Happy Mother's Day Sue, I hope you have a wonderful Day. Congratulations to the winners!

Another beautiful creation and do love the stamps.

Linda xxx

Gail said...

Stunning card (I don't think I would have the patience to do this but luv it nevertheless) xx GailT xx

Susan White said...

Congrats to the winners! Love the scene behind the gates.

Thanks, Susan

Anonymous said...

So different to your usual style of card but still lovely
Mol x

Barbara said...

Great mans card Sue, love everything about it!!!

ShirleyT said...

Hi Sue,

Love the card it is brilliant. Dont change a thing, the followers that you have now cant speak highly enough of you and your cards - its the ones that are not watching that are missing out.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Anonymous said...

Got these dies and stamps. Love the card but unsure about the topiary (no doubt due to the fact that I do not like real topiary v much). Lovely day today watching Ken from Spellbinders demonstrating at Colemans Craft Warehouse in Rushton. Was lucky enough to be given a Spellbinders 'S' die.
Susan x

Ayelet Barkay said...

Very different and interesting card.
Great scene :)

Laura O said...

another great card, would love to see inside all your folders.Laura O

Chrissie J Lui said...

Hi Sue, great card, I also think it can be used for men or women. I love the scene behind the window.

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue what a great card i love it. But I love these die as i love to do mens cards with them. Xx


Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Love this male card, it is very versatile as can be adapted for females too.
Val C xx

Anonymous said...

Hi sue lovely card today. Been to a craft show today and bought a set of spellbinders dies and an embossing folder plus other goodies so can.t wait to have a play with them. Congrats to todays winners. Sending love from christine c xx

Brakkers said...

Wow! Today's card is a bit different! I love all the detail, the embossing folder, the trellis, the watermark stamping, the gate and the trees and everything. I loved the view behind the gate, what a surprise for the person receiving it.

Anne from Leighton Buzzard

MRS DUCK said...

Thank you Tina. Onwards and upwards as they say.

Katie said...

Dear Sue
Love this card Sue. I think both men and women would like this card especially if they, like my mum enjoy going around National Trust gardens and the like.
Love the hidden garden behind the gates and the borders and tag so very pretty. I have the bark embossing folder but never thought to use it like this it looks great as a background to the gates and garden stamps. I like the topiary too it draws the eyes to the centre of the card even more.

Congrats to the winners,
Best wishes from Katie-Louise

Katie-Louise Sweetlove said...

Dear Sue
Love this card Sue. I think both men and women would like this card especially if they, like my mum enjoy going around National Trust gardens and the like.
Love the hidden garden behind the gates and the borders and tag so very pretty. I have the bark embossing folder but never thought to use it like this it looks great as a background to the gates and garden stamps. I like the topiary too it draws the eyes to the centre of the card even more.

Congrats to the winners,
Best wishes from Katie-Louise

hazel said...

Beautifully Designed card Sue.Love everything about it. That Die reminds me of an American Jukebox by taken the middle out.
Take care
Hazel G

Anonymous said...

Quite realistic EXCEPT....NO RAIN!! lol Mabex

Joan Donaldson said...

A lovely card Sue, love the surprise behind the doors.

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Phi said...

Very different to your usual cards Sue, but I absolutely love it.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow, this is fabulous

Diane Mortimer said...

This is lovely, its like a little secret garden through the gates, magical!
Diane from Glasgow

Uta said...

Your card with the window with outlook looks so great.
Hugs, Uta

Vie Carter said...

with this wood bark background this would suit a man easy

lovely card


Pearl said...

Hi Sue, another great card, not your usual style but great nonethe less.

Craftihappiness to you, love from Pearl

Rhonda Miller said...

What a gorgeous card. I love the die cuts.

cmu said...

Wow - this card is so clever and would work for so many different occasions. Well done!

lorraine (classylady) said...

Hi Sue what great mans card, then why should it be any different, all your cards are great.

lorraine - scotland