Thursday, 16 May 2013

Friends Make Every Day Special

 Hello my crafty friends!  A bit of die cut cutting fun.  You know me, no die is ever safe from being quartered (that sounds really bad! LOL)  Today's card uses the Ornate Squares for the basis of the card.  I started by giving my background some texture using the Garden Lattice A4 embossibility folder on my coconut white card.  Next I cut out two of the large Ornate Square also in coconut white.  I cut both of them in half and glued the cut edge in line with the edge of my embossed background. I stamped two of the coordinating stamps from the JustRite Ornate Happiness stamp set and heat embossed them in true white embossing powder. I cut both of them out using the coordinating size die from the set and cut them in half as well.  I used mounting foam for dimension and placed them atop the larger Ornate Square pieces.  I used the next size in the set and once again cut two and cut them in half.  I glued these atop the last piece to create a die cut and embossed background.  Next I stamped another stamp from the set in black.  I cut it out and coloured it with markers (from my stash).  I stamped it again and this time added my sentiment in the middle.  I cut out the inside square by hand and mounted it on an angle in the centre of my focal element.  I added some flatback pearls to the sentiment area and to the tips of the Ornate Square pieces as accents.  I matted the entire piece in a matching pale lavender card double mat and pierced the inner mat as a frame.  Remember to cut your die pieces sometimes to give you different options for your cards.  It is hard to see that this die started life as a square!  Finished dimensions are 8" x 8" in size.  All for now, Sue x




 

179 comments:

Pam said...

Such a beautiful card and I love the effect of cutting the dies.

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
What a fab card today, it just made me smile this morning, such a nice way to start my day, thanks.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
WOW! I adore what you've done with the dies I just wish I had a tiny bit of your talent.
Hugs x
Heather T

Anonymous said...

Clever and effective way of using the dies, Sue, makes a very stylish card.

'P' in Wales

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Gorgeous card. Once again you have totally changed the look of a die. Thank you for sharing such a beauiful card. Take care.

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
All I want to do is run my fingers over this creation. It looks very touchy feely. Love checking out the blog every day it is so inspirational and a fabulous way to start the day.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Heather said...

Wow! Sue no die is safe with you is it??

This is a lovely way of using this set it looks a lot more complicated than it is - I like that!! LOL!

Thanks for expanding our hoard of dies!!

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

tracy w said...

Hi sue
You have done it again stunning card love one colour cards very usable card you can use it for wedding s, christenings, or birthday card thankyou Tracy w x

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
Think I'm going to have to study this one, yet to work it all out. But another stunning card for the collection. Yet again more wonderful inspiration , thanks .
Gail C x

sued99 said...

Must try this. Great card.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, a wonderful card, brilliant use of the dies. Great inspiration. Bx

Eemeli said...

Love the effect of cutting the dies. Beautiful card.

Hugs,
Eemeli

Chrissie J Lui said...

Morning Sue, Stunning card. Love how you have used the dies. Sue you inspire me every day. Thank you.

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

englishrose897 said...

Lovely card Sue

Cee Bee said...

Wow I love the use of the squares. WHat a fabulous but reasonably easy card. Love white with a hint of something else.
huhg n stuff
Carol B

Rosie said...

What a great way to use the ornate squares.

hollyberry said...

A very beautiful card which you have as ever managed to create by doing something completely unexpected with the dies.

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, white on white beautiful and the texture is absolutely stunning. Great way of using the dies. Have a great day. Lovely sunshine at the mo but don't how long it will last.

Love June
Xx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - mega textural today! Like it
Rgs
Clare W

Crafty Nanna said...

Morning Sue, another great card. It's amazing how stunning layers of similar shades can be so effective, this one is defintitely a 'stroking' card

kimberley said...

Hard to see the lavender on my computer Sue but like the sound of it to just give the white on white a lift.Thanks for the ideas on extra uses for the square dies-always like to get value for money! take care,x.

jacqui said...

Simple card that looks very complex ,I like it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Really pretty card and I actually have these dies so will definitely have a go.
Beverley W

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I must cut my shapes up more, love the card.
Happy crafting
Love tina x

Lara B said...

Good morning Sue
Another gorgeous card!
Love how you've used the dies and embossing folder to create such texture and interest...and that hint of colour again ...beautiful!
Have a great day
Lara xxx

Carole Z said...

An absolutely stunning card Sue, so much texture created through the way you've used the dies, wonderful! Carole Z X

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, No-one would ever have thought that this started life as a square die-cut, genius, and works so beautifully.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue you have done it again with another fantastic card. I have the ornate squares set so I will definitely try this one. I must look at my other dies to see which of them could be cut. Enjoy the day. Love Jackie

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Amazing result again, so effective, just like 'baconbits' I really wanted to touch it, hee hee. Have a lovely day.
Michelle(happy2craft)

maxine said...

Very pretty x

TDQ Karen said...

So intricate, you have such clever ideas to maximise the use of each die, brilliant xx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, This card looks like a delicate lace handkerchief, it is so beautiful.

Love Rosemarie xx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, This card looks like a delicate lace handkerchief, it is so beautiful.

Love Rosemarie xx

foxyg said...

A stunning card Sue.

nattyboots said...

This is a lovely card again today,
Very stylish and looks so complicated at a first glance [ you tease ] well done again Sue .


Elaine H X

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely card, must try cutting dies a bit more than I have been doing..............
Hugs, Rose

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. Don't know how you keep coming up with such amazing ideas but don't stop. A truly beautiful caard.

Love Val in Spain xxx

Victoria said...

Another great idea for using dies/folders in a different way. You really explain well, thank you. I think I'd like a bow or something to finish it off too.

karenlotty said...

Clever! I love how you show things that are outside the box I'm a bit of a newbie to Spellbinders & need all of the inspiration I can get

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
What an unusual card but lovely. Like Rosemarie,it reminded me of a lacy handkerchief .Nearly bought these dies this week but opted for the botanical swirls and accents. Will now have to make another order me thinks!

melanie said...

fantasic Sue

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Love the effective die cutting but must admit this card is a bit plain for me

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue what a great card i love how you have used the dies. I would never thought of cutting them up. It gives the card much more texture. I love how you think out of the box. Take care Sue xxx

Debs x

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Another truly beautiful card. It is like a lace handkerchief as others have said. I love how you use the dies - I must start to use them this way!

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card, lots of texture and layers...yep lovely.
Donna Jones

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
You really are so good at thinking outside the box. Really lovely.
Love Jan x

Sandybee said...

A very clever use of these dies Sue, loving this card

xx Sandra

Lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue this is a lovely card and the hint of lilac really helps it,I don't have the ornate squares but I'm beginning to wish I did!! As this is a genius way to use them. Love Lesley x

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue,
I really like when you display your beautiful one die set cards and show just what they can do. Your interpretation of the dies take on a whole new look.
Take care
Love and crafty hugs
Norah

Sandra F said...

A lovely card Sue. xx

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Super card, love the look of the layers. Really versatile dies the way you have used them
Audrey x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, you never fail to amaze at how you can change the look of a die! Beautiful card again, love it! Love Jean xxx

lainey said...

love what you have done with the squares Sue!! lainey x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
99.9%white with a tinge of colour - what a fantastic colour scheme - white is so gentle and pure and so versatile being appropriate for any occasion.
I love the format and the way the squares have made a very different die cut pattern - thank you for reminding us that the dies can be cut into different shapes. I think we all really know this but need to be reminded - what would we do without you.
Janet x

snowqueen62 said...

Pretty, delicate card. Great idea for using the dies. Thanks again.
Hugs Sue x

marg said...

Hello Sue!
I love the puzzle of trying to work out how you have constructed the card before I read...but today no chance! You are so clever Sue!
LoveMarg

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

Wow, another stunning card once again. i love the way you find another way to use the dies. What a lovely way to start the day by visiting your blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,

What a lovely card.
The layered "triangles" line up so well with the Garden Lattice.

Veronique

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
What a stunning card you have graced us with this morning. It is
beautiful. Your mind must work different to us as you come up with some lovely clever cards.
Hugs
Carolx

gwen70 said...

Brilliant card today Sue, don't know where you get your ideas from

Lacelady said...

Really pretty with all the white on white textures on this one Sue.

hazel young said...

Lovely sentiment Sue and so true. another beautiful card today love it xx hazel

mell said...

So would not of guessed it was a die that had been cut its another stunner sue x

Jamaican Girl said...

Hi Sue...gorgeous...so lush & rich looking....very nice indeed!!! hugs Kay xx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
What a great use of dies, would never have thought they were ornate squares. Love it, and the lavender is so pretty.
Must try to cutting the dies like this.
Lydia
X

nancyd said...

Morning Sue,another fabulous card
never thought to use the squares
and cut them, will definately be
trying this later on and another white on white love them.
Nancyd xx

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Great card, great idea. Will have a look at my rectangle dies too!! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Marion said...

Hi Sue you never stop to amaze me
with what you do with the dies .this is my kind of card as you no i dont like big bows.
Marion H

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, This is a stunner, what a clever and effective use of the dies. Love the texture as others say like a lace handkerchief. Thank you for your inspiration.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Katie Lamb said...

Beautiful card love the embossed effect

Ann said...



Hi Sue

White on White my favourite and what a clever use of the square dies gives a look of a pretty corner lace vintage hankie.
Thankyou for the inspiration.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Izzwizz said...

Lol, love the first couple of lines of your blog sue, it made me smile! Beautiful card, that embossing is gorgeous and works so well with the white on white. Maddy xxx

nannapat said...

How clever you are Sue! I really should play with my dies a bit more and try to do something different with them. Pat x

nannapat said...

How clever you are Sue! I really should play with my dies a bit more and try to do something different with them. Pat x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card, what a great idea about cutting up the dies, makes you look at your dies very differently. Take care, Jess x

Jackie Meechan said...

Love this card just the small amount of colour draws ur eye, beautiful xx
CraftyJacq

Debbie Tinks said...

Nice card Sue diffrent x

ShirleyT said...

Hi Sue,

Love, love, love the card today.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - very clever use of the dies and love the white on white with a touch of colour. YvonneMayxx

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the way you've used the dies.

Clare x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, gorgeous card and the quartered dies work well. Emma

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue,Beautiful card so clean looking love it Jean Z xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue What a lovely refreshing card! Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Maryann said...

Again an absolut gorgeous card Sue. I so love thias one too, it´s so beautiful work.

Jackie Calvert said...

These dies lend themselves to this sort of technique, and white on white gives such an elegant effect, so... a winning combination for me.
Love from Jackie C XXX

Janice Wallace said...

Lovely. I need to have another look at my dies and cut some.
Janice

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
'Wot no bow?' Lol! But a wonderful card and wonderful and clever ide with the dies.....love it!

Love Sheila xx

Hellma said...

Love the fanciness of todays card.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card with lots of texture. I love it.

loftylass said...

Hi Sue - how clever you are with the dies.... I'll be trying this out for certain. I plan on having 'a Sue cardmaking fest' this weekend.... just for fun!!!
Enjoy your weekend. tfs.
Hugs
Heather W
x

Joanne K said...

Morning Sue, a pretty card today and clever use of the dies. Kind regards Joanne K x

Marleine said...


Morning Sue,

Beautiful, delicate card. X

Kate's Cards said...

Aother winner Sue!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like olden day torture but looks beautiful!

Mol x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
What a great idea! Love the colors as well. I feel it is a special treat and honour to see your beautiful cards every day.I feel so lucky - it really makes my day
Mary-Durham

Carol H said...

Hi Sue,
Another fab card. I love when you chop the dies up and make them look completely different.
Crafty Hugs Carol Healy

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue,

I had to read this a few times to understand all that you had done but it makes such an effective card.

love from Jackie D

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Who would have thought of cutting up the squares to make such a beautiful card, you are so inspiring
Best wishes, Pat

Uta said...

Your card is so pretty. I love all the layers white on white.
Hugs, Uta

Laura O said...

fab card so elegant,love the white shades.Laura O

fame01 said...

Wow sue this card is stunning looks so Lacey you could do this in so many colours love it keep up the good work sue .. hugs sarah xxx

weefortune said...

Love the White Cards, so delicate.

Crafty Hugs Elaine x

Phi said...

Love the detail on this card but the focal piece is a tad small for my taste. Still a very nice card none the less.

Tres said...

Hi Sue. WOW what an amazing card !! I just can not believe you created a card from cut up die pieces !! It looks great. You have so much detail on the card that it may have been a good idea not to have an embossed background but it looks great all the same. A very clever idea and not one I would have thought of !! Thanks for sharing another fab idea. Lots of love Tres x x x

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Cor, I would just love a bit of your crafty brain. Beautiful card once more. SueL

Ita said...

Hi Sue this card sings to me love everything about it,you are so clever with the dies,I would never have thought of what you did.Thank you for the inspiration
Smiles
Ita

redfox said...

Hi Sue, really lovely card yet again today. I would never have thought of cutting my dies like this, but love the idea! Great colour too. Love and hugs, Sarah

Debra W said...

A really creative card Sue! Very nice, Debra W

Rachel Taylor said...

Lovely card Sue ,ornate squares is one of my favourites !
Crafty hugs Rachel x

SusanP, Kent said...

Good Morning Sue,
Very clever and original (always) way to use the Ornate Squares! Even looking at the close up pic it's quite tricky to see exactly what's going on - Love that.
Haven't been able to leave comments for a week (enjoyed some decent weather on holiday around Lake Maggiore Italy - FABULOUS). I've looked thru' your previous 7 posts and my fave card was yesterday's. Gorgeous colours and the rose is beautiful.
Sue

Sonia Jones said...

This is beautiful. I love it. It's amazing how by cutting here and there, that you can change the end result of some dies. Hugs Sonia x

howdy said...

Don't know why but this die has never been on my wish list, but seeing waht you have done with it has changed my mind.

Jacquie said...

Hi Sue,
Such a lovely card, very intricate.

Thanks Sue.

love Jacquie J xxx

Joanne2403 said...

Very classy card, always love white on white and the coloured sentiment just pulls your eye towards it, can always tell a good card or piece of artwork when I want to reach out and touch it... great job again Sue tfs

Caron28 said...

A beautiful and clever card Sue.
xx

Gail said...

Wow - I'm number 100!! What a beautiful card and although I don't have the ornate square die I do have several square dies in my stash and I am going to have a go at doing something similar for an engagement card xx Thanks xx GailT xx

Lindsay Martin said...

Really nice card today Sue, looks very dimensional, and as usual most of it is in my favourite colourway with just a little colour thrown in. xx

Sarah said...

Amazing Card Sue! You're such a talented lady.

Sarah x

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. This look extremely challenging, so must have a go. Such a delicate colour but would like to see it with something bright as well. Well done as always. xx

Trish said...

Hi Sue,
Fab card and more great ideas. Thank you so much for having the type of brain that is able to think outside the box and then share with us who can't- you are such an inspiration. TFS
Hugs,
Trish x

cats said...

Great card Sue.I love what you have done with the dies.... Christine xx

jeffrey bubbles said...

You are a real inspiration when it comes to how to use dies and I love to see how we can use them Thanks as always Sue xxxxx Kathy

Cazann49 said...

Hi Sue, I love what you've done with these dies :) Fab card xxxx

mazzer said...

Very pretty. x

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue, This really is a stunning card, love the white and lavender. So much detail to take in, yet when you look at the design carefully the penny drops and my thoughts were - I could do that! THANK YOU SUE (crafty hugs) You really show us how to appreciate our dies and get full value from them, You are a treasure. Brenda Lel x

hazel said...

Another very beautiful creation Sue
You have so much Inspiration and it's lovely to see all the different ways you can use Dies.
Take care
Hazel G

Helen Barker said...

Beautiful card,very effective use of the dies.Think I need to play more.
Helen Bx

Sue Dunn said...

Hi Sue. I don't know here you get your ideas from. I would not have thought of this at all. Great job. X

raineysheep said...

Lovely card,
Thanks for the inspiration
Raineysheep x

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Very pretty.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

CraftyJo said...

Lovely!

Janet Fleming said...

Hi Sue, So lovely, love white on white. xx

greendragon said...

Really like the 'quartering' technique. I don't think I've seen it before, what a great idea. I don't have square dies, but I guess I could do the same thing with circles and mount them in the corners of the page. Must give it a try!

3362Jan said...

Hi Sue. Wow another splendid card. I just love white!! Any mojo on offer??lol. Hugs. 3362 Jan.x

Jill Liddle said...

Lovely

Janice K said...

A beautiful card, particularly love all the embossed details. x

magpie said...

Oooooo, lovely jubbly Sue! This is so nice and textual. A great look using the dies and I do like the embossing folder. Love the hint of lavender too which breaks it up. Love it! xx Love Karen xx

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous Sue and love the sentiment.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi sue. Another stunning card for us to create. I can't wait to get back in my craft room as i've got quite a few of your demos that i am dying to have a go at, didn't think putting 2 shelves up would cause so much hassle lol the rooms a rite tip. Thank you sue for our daily blog ooops i nearly wrote bread. Sending love from christine c. Xx

Jane said...

Really effective love today's card.

Jane xx

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Lovely card today. There's no room for a bow though, it looks quite like vantage lace. Very pretty. :-)

Kind regards

Tina X

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Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Lovely card today. There's no room for a bow though. It looks a bit like vintage lace. Very pretty. :-)

Kind regards

Tina X

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue, I checked to see if yesterday's lovely card got 200 comments and oh nooooo, 197! I really enjoy quartering/halving the square die cuts so today's lovely card is yet more wonderful inspiration - thank you!

Hugs, Belinda X

Karen said...

Love the way you have used the dies. How true is that saying?
Luv
Karen xx

Anonymous said...

I'd love to add some stitching, however, the card is lovely as it is.
Susan x

Brenda Hanlon said...

Hi Sue, great looking card quite vintage look to it.

lynda said...

A BEAUTIFUL CARD I LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE WITH THE DIES AND THAT BACKGROUND EMBOSSING FOLDER IS FAB
ANOTHER WOW FROM ME.
HUGS LYNDA XX

Shazza said...

marvellous detail x

Patricia said...

Good evening Sue,
Oh! My! Word! I just love what you have done with these Dies.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas.
Hugs

Patricia xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - Yesterday's card was entitled YOU ARE AMAZING, which describes your talent, with any die you get your hands on. A very creative card and brilliant description. Thanks again Sue for all your expertise you share so freely with us.
Val C xx

Anonymous said...

HI SUE
AMAZING CARD, LOOKS SO COMPLICATED BUT ITS NOT. SMASHING LACE EFFECT, WONDERFUL JOB
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE XXX HUG

Vie Carter said...

beautiful card Sue, lovely die

Vie
x

nikkib said...

what a great way to use a die and make something different from it... love it.....

Carina Sousa said...

Hello!! I just loved your blog! Thank's for the candy! Kisses!!

Pearl said...

Thank you for this card Sue, another stunner and the sentiment couldn't be more true!

Craftihappiness to you, love from Pearl

brenda said...

hi Sue, love the way you have used the ornate squares, why can't I think like you LOL. Didn't get time to comment on yesterday's card but it is one of my favourites love the bow and Rose x

Ali B said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card. Will have to be more creative with my dies.
Alison x

Susan White said...

Such a lovely card Sue - it's like patchwork lace! Thanks Susan

Barbara said...

Beautiful and elegant card!

yorkie said...

Hi Sue
Not commented for a week or so but have been following the posts and as usual you have shared a beautiful card with us I love it
You take care
Theresa x

Tracie Carmody said...

Beautiful card xxx

carol e said...

Hi Sue such a clever use of dies as always, love lavender colour

jennywren1947 said...

HI SUE YET ANOTHER LOVELY CARD U MAKE THEM SEEM SO EASY
HUGS CHRIS X

Jean Deane said...

Hi sue, what a different way of producing a fabulous card, love the White on White and your embossing folders are great, I never think of cutting the dies but will now .thanks sue for inspiration and guidance.
Hugs
Jean D

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Hi Sue, what a great look. I love what you have done. It has totally changed the look of the die! The card looks stunning. Have a great day. Crafty hugs Debbie R xx

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...another fab card...corners can be used in so many different ways...I have to start thinking out of the box!!!
Thanks for your lovely ideas.

Take care. Deborah.H :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...another fab card...corners can be used in so many different ways...I have to start thinking out of the box!!!
Thanks for your lovely ideas.

Take care. Deborah.H :)

salem said...

stunning

Jan.moogie said...

Wow Sue you make it sound so easy to make such a stunning card. xx

Pauline99 said...

This is why I just love your cards, you take a die I haven't gotten around to using yet and you make it new again and remind me what can be done with it and it never stops amazing me.

Loving today's card the colours are amazing as always.

Keep up the great work all the best Pauline

Meg said...

This card reminds me of the boxes of lace hankies I used to buy for my Mum. Lovely card.

Margaret O
xxx

Katie-Louise Sweetlove said...

Dear Sue
Sorry this is a late post.
I think this is a stunningly beautiful card, what a difference using a cut up ornate square makes and you'd never guess it started as a square from the card,It's amazing.
I love the lace effect of the white on white card stock so very pretty.

Best wishes from Katie-Louise x

cmu said...

Ingenious use of the ornate squares. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jennifer Swandells said...

What an absolutely beautiful card and such intricacy in it. I love everything about it. Hugs, Jen :-)
Krafty Keepsakes

Anonymous said...

CLEVER! CLEVER!! CLEVER!!
Not so clever Mabex

Nubiene Peltier said...

Hi sue
This card seems intricate quite detailed
Very nice creation x

Diane Mortimer said...

So many layers! They make the card pop!
Diane from Glasgow