Sunday, 26 May 2013

Thank You Wreath


 Hi bloggers!  I know this one is a bit different from what you might expect from me, but I do try to think outside the box and use the dies in different ways.  I get so many emails asking what they can do with some of the smaller dies in the sets that I always try to include some samples made from them.  This one would probably be useful for those pesky male cards too by just changing the sentiment to suit your needs.  I started with a piece of milk coloured card and embossed it using my Interlocking Circles embossing folder to give my background some texture.  I selected two shades of green and began cutting multiples  of the corner from the Celtic Accents die set.  I ended up cutting and using nine of each colour.  Next I stamped my sentiment on milk card using a black archival ink pad.  It is difficult to see, but I stamped the Baroque Lace Stamp To Die For over the top using a Clear Perfect Medium pad for a watermark look.  I arranged my corner into  wreath shape and glued them in place using dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue.  I cut around the sentiment piece so it didn't extend past the first loop of my Celtic corner wreath.  I mounted the wreath in the centre of my background using mounting foam for dimension.  I added another green mat before finishing the card with a double pierced milk coloured mat.  Truly a very easy card once all the cutting has been done!  Finished dimensions are 7" x 7" in size.

Now for the winners of the weekly Comment Game.  They are:
June Fletcher!!!
Floss!!!
Iggy!!!

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





145 comments:

Pam said...

I love this one - it is outside the box but looks great

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
What a perfect card today as I am in Ireland, love this idea and funny I was just thinking I should use my Celtic dies. Happy Memorial weekend, xxx

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, if I am honest, I am not 100% sure about this one, think it could be the shades of green I don't like. Great use of that small die though and if it was in a different colour I m sure it would look better to me. Love Jean xxx

Debs Artliff said...

Morning sue you were right this one is really outside the box. And i love it I agree it would make a great mans card. I will now look at all the smaller die now and try to use them like you have done. Take care Sue xxx

Debs A

Anonymous said...

Unusual,in a good way, I like it. Mabex

Lisa Durno said...

Hi Sue, love this. I would never have thought of doing this. Thanks! X

Lisa Durno said...

Hi Sue, love this. I would never have thought of doing this. Thanks! X

Eemeli said...

This looks great. Love the way you have done the wreath and using different shades gives it so much more texture.

Hugs,
Eemeli

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Definitely outside the box, a fantastic way to use up those little Dies.
Thank you for the inspiration.
Happy Memorial weekend

Patricia xxxx

Brenda Hanlon said...

Hi Sue, great looking card love the colours.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - different and quite contemporary I am thinking - a question for you or other Wilsonettes please- when you watermark stamp with perfect medium, do you need to heat set it or dry it naturally - if the latter, how long for? I have not tried this technique yet but want to! Thanks
Clare W

Lacelady said...

Lovely! - in different colours, it would suit almost every occasion.

kimberley said...

Great use of the small die Sue and i would imagine you could use up all your small bits of card we crafters don't like to throw away just in case!Change the sentiment and it could be used for anyone,take care,x.

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, great for the men like you said but thought of a Christmas Wreath also. Great out the box the card and for using bits go card too. Love it.

Happy Memorial Weekend.

Love June
xxx

Heather Rogers said...

Hello Sue

Lovely card beautiful shades of green and although I do not have this die I can think of others to use in a similar way. A lot of cutting out even though you can cut two or three at a time but the embossing I find has to be done separately to get the definition but the effect is great! Love it!

Well we are having great weather here in Kent this Bank Holiday weekend which is strange but I will not complain.

Congrats to the winners enjoy your prizes!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

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tracy w said...

Hi sue
I love this one the greens are lovely thank you Tracy w x

Hayley Johnson said...

What a great idea for the smaller dies Sue, looks fabulous!
Hugs Hayley x

englishrose897 said...

Great card Sue.

Jane said...

Great man's card never no what to do with little dies.

Jane xx

Maryann said...

A great male card here Sue, and great colors on it too, and the dies from this set has a great shape and is also great to use for corners on male cards I think. This one is cool, great work as usual.
Big CONGRATS to all the winners too this week. Have a great day everyone and lots of fun.

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Clever use of the die. I would prefer a different colour but this would be a great St Patricks card or for someone of Irish descent in the green.
Congratulations to the winners. X

Rachel Taylor said...

I like this ,its a bit different ,very nice
Crafty hugs Rachel x

jacqui said...

Another great card Sue

MRS DUCK said...

Hi. For my ten penneth, I either heat emboss with clear powder or ink over the top but Perfect Medium is only ink, just a clear one, so it will dry if just stamped and left.
Hope that helps.

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Lovely card really like the shades of green made into the wreath and mounted on the white card. For a female you could add tiny flowers and leaves.

Congrats to all the lucky winners.

Enjoy the sun everyone.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Rose in Chester said...

Hmmmmmm, jury's out on this one. Don't know why I stay cold about it but I just do.
I'll have to have a rummage of what I've got a far as dies are concerned, then try the idea in (a) different colour(s) - I applaud the thinking outside the box and agree, these pesky men are so difficult to make cards for!
Hugs, Rose

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
A great card love the way you have used these small dies, haven't got this die but I have others I could use, will give this a go, thanks for the inspiration.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue this card is fab I love the way you have used the smaller die and made a focal point. I don't have this die but I think the design could easily be adapted to ones I do have. Thanks for sharing. Love Jackie

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. What a lovely idea, would never have thought of it.

Love Val in Spain xxx

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Certainly different for you. But its very interesting to see the dies used in this way. I like it
Audrey x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Great idea but not my colour scheme, this one

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue on this bright and sunny morning here in the UK
Love this card can be made in so many colours for many different occasions.
Hugs
Carol x

Gail said...

Good morning Sue,
This has to be the best! Green is my all time favourite colour.just love this card, I shall have to have a go later today.
Gail Cx

Jan.moogie said...

Definitely an Irish feeling to this card Sue, love the simplicity and clear cut lines, colours not bad too.x

Bosquie said...

Yes this is a brilliant design for a fella's card, and quite a bit different too. Not all men like the usual, beer, bikes, and cars on cards. X x

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
I really like this card and the colour combo. It could be used for so many different occasions. What a brill way to use up all those bits in my ever growing stash of "can't throw it, it might come in useful box " that I never seem to use, lol. Happy bank hols to everyone and congrats to the winners.
Love Jan x x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, my first thought was a Christmas wreath, it is just perfect for that, or as you say a men's card. I wish I could think outside the box and come up with something as good as this, my outside the box should definitely stay inside the box and be buried!!!

Love Rosemarie xx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
When I first saw the card I thought you had done lace, then realised It wasn't. What a great idea to use the smaller dies. I love the colours you've used and agree that it would make an ideal male card with a different sentiment.
Clare W in answer to your question I have left it to dry and also heat set it. How long you leave it depends on how juicy your ink pad is. Test both ways on a spare piece of card then you will get a better idea hope this helps.
Hugs x
Heather T

Marianna Hammer said...

What a freat idea to use the dies like this. I love it

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Agree what a great guy card and would suit many colour combinations.
I love today's colours and the celtic corners look wonderful - when I saw this set I could not see myself using it - although I do like celtic symbols and art deco - and so have not done anything re buying. Now it is on my list!! Will have to do a search through my dies to see what I have which might be used in a similar way.
Congrats to all winners and my fingers and toes are still crossed just like everyones I suspect.
Janet x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, what a great idea for the smaller dies. love the green and white colours. Congrats winners. Bx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, What a brilliant idea for using the small dies from the set, and you could also embellish more by adding the small flowers from the cherry blossom die set too. It is lovely.
Congratulations to the winners.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - me again - thanks to Heather T for her advice - will try both ways - many thanks
Clare W

Joanne K said...

Morning Sue, a very simple card for you today. However, good use of the smaller dies in this set. Hope you are having a good weekend. Kind regards Joanne K x

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Wow, that is different, but do you know what, I like it. SueL

karenlotty said...

Lovely idea on using the small dies As someone else has already said It would make a lovely Christmas wreath

Izzwizz said...

Gorgeous card Sue, great idea for a way to use a smaller die. Hope you are having a great weekend! Maddy x

maxine h said...

Great card today Sue, and as you said quite simple by your standards but still looks effective. I also agree with some of the other comments that it could be used for a christmas (dare I say it)wreath with the addition of some poinsettias or a floral wreath using the cherry blossoms or any little flowers.
Love and hugs
Maxine xx

Carol H said...

Hi Sue, what a great guy's card, would look lovely in lots of different colours, including red for Christmas. Congratulations to all the blog winners.
Crafty Hugs Carol Healy

Hellma said...

Lovely card.

Clare said...

Great card, love the way you've made the circle.

Clare x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, i love the idea of the card but i think the circle is too bulky for me but the background and style is lovely love Jean Z xx

Sue Yorkshire said...

Fabulous way to use the dies Sue, you are so clever

Would make a fantastic Christmas card

xxx

Helen Barker said...

What a brilliant idea.Thanks for all your inspiration.
Helen Bx

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Once again you've come up with such a great idea with those tiny dies....gorgeous card and love the green and white, great as a die card.

Love Sheila xx

PS Congrats to the weekly winners!

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
What a clever use of the small die. I don't know how you do it. I really like this card and as I have the dies, one that I will try. Thanks Sue for your continued inspiration - don't know what I'd do without you!

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

This one is certainly outside the box today. Don't think it's my cup of tea though. It might look better with lighter colours perhaps. Have a great weekend.

Jackie Durrant said...

hi Sue,
Easy you say but very striking for all that, thank you
love from Jackie D

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Not a green lover generally and don't think this card is for me. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Gail said...

What a fab way of showing us how to use some of those little dies that you sometime look at and think I will never use that xx like you say brilliant for a male card too xx GailT xx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. This is a really lovely card today !! Green is my favourite colour and I just love the two contrasting shades of green that you have used. The Celtic dies are really lovely dies. I love your new background folder. I think, like you say this card would be perfect for a man. A brilliant card !! Congrats to all the winners. Lots of love Tres x x x

Annie said...

Great idea, Sue, lovely unusual card.
Congrats to the winners, lucky you all!
Love Annie

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue THis is definately thinking out the box but a do like the two green colours linked together. Congratulations to the winners. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Great idea for using smaller dies and agree it would make super Christmas card, love the two shades of green.
Best wishes, Pat

Debbie Tinks said...

Very nice card diffrent Sue x

Sonia Jones said...

What a great card. I really like the effect of the two tone green. Lovely. Hugs Sonia x

carol e said...

Hi Sue appreciate you showing smaller dies and how to get the best out of them. Enjoy your weekend

Jess Watsom said...

Morning Sue, certainly different today, I agree it would make a great mans card. Take care, Jess x

Jackie Calvert said...

Hi Sue, Very different, perfect in seasonal colours for Christmas. Needs a ribbon for me though!
Take care now, love from Jackie C XXX

Lindsay Martin said...

Fantastic one, goes really well with the embossed background,
Cogratulations to the three winners today... xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, What a brilliant way to use this small die the result is fantastic. Once again you show us what is possible when thinking outside the box.
Thank you for the inspiration.
Love Brenda Lel x

Congrats to all of the winners

Corinne said...

what an unusual card Sue you are Sooo clever Hugs Corinne

Katie-Louise Sweetlove said...

Dear Sue
Sorry I've not been posting comments I've had problems with my Internet and not been able to get on to add any.
What a great card you've made for today just love the wreath made from the small Celtic die. Thanks for the inspiration you do using the smaller dies. It would be a great card for men and also Christmas cards (I know its a bit early to mention it!).
I couldn't really see the stamp to die for you embossed but I'm sure it looks great in real life. Love those stamps.
Thank you for your inspiration and hard crafting.

The sun is shining where I am and it's really warm. So warm that its definitely ice cream weather I've decided!

Hope it's nice where you are.

Best wishes from Katie-Louise


Katie-Louise Sweetlove said...

Hi I forgot to say congrats to all the lucky winners today

Best wishes Katie-Louise sweetlove

salem said...

lovelly

Victoria said...

Great idea. I remember this one from the shows. The colour is so appropriate too. Hope you're enjoying yourself over the Pond!!

Janice K said...

What a great idea for the smaller accent dies in our collection! I immediately thought of those awkward male cards we have to make and would replace the four pearls with brads. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas Sue. x

Joanne2403 said...

Love the background but I must be honest I am not so sure about the wreath, but then again each to their own as they say, its still a great card, tfs and giving great inspiration x

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card. You have such wonderful ideas on using the dies in different ways.

Anonymous said...

I think with the addition of a couple of poinsettias, it would make a lovely Christmas card

Mol x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - Another ingenious way of using the small corner dies. I have fallen in love with the interlocking circles folder(another for my wish list)!
Val C xx

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Typical out the box from you, good for the C word.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
THINK THIS LOOKS FANTASTIC AND NICE WAY TO USE BITS OF CARD. I WONDER WHAT A MULTICOLOURED ONE WILL LOOK LIKE. also BE GOOD FOR XMAS WREATH. YOU ALWAYS GET MY IDEAS FLOWING HEHE
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX

hollyberry said...

Very different and definitely thinking outside the box but a truly amazing card.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, an ingenious card what an excelent
way to use the smaller dies in the sets
and love the two shades of green
too.
Nancyd xx

SusanP, Kent said...

Wow, this is different. I would never have thought to use the corner this way! Green and white is so fresh-looking. Would make a lovely Christmas wreath too perhaps with die cut foliage and red flatback pearls.
Sue

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue. Love it and like that you always come up with great ideas for little dies xx hazel

Anonymous said...

The interlocking circles embossing folder looks a little like clover. With the shades of green and white it would make a lovely card for an Irish friend!
Susan x

Jill Liddle said...

Love it, love it love it. Love all things Celtic. The colours are fabulous too.

lynn walker said...

very differant from the others this week. take care. lynn xx

iggy said...

what a lovely surprise to find my name. anyway the card is fab as usual. love the 2 colours of the green [ goes well with the irish theme of the dies ] make this as a red wreath & you have xmas cards too [ though cutting all those dies as a long run would drive me insane ].lol.....turrn them into rusty colours & you have autumn & have them in bright colours & you have spring/ summer......love it

Chrissie J Lui said...

Hi Sue, Love the card today, love the way you have used the corners. I just wish I could think outside the box haha. Thanks for all your inspiration

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

Vie Carter said...

Great use of the dies Sue, would be lovely in pale pink or lilac for the ladies too

Vie
x

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, What a fantastic card, green one of my favourite colours looks so fresh and clean. I will be looking at those smaller dies differently from now on and like you will try to think outside the box!!!
Happy Bank Holiday everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, what a great idea!!! Really like this card. Yes would be great for male cards. Love Sam xxx

jennywren1947 said...

hi sue I love this die very versatile
hugs chris xx

Marleine said...


Hi Sue,

Wasn't sure about this card at first. Then thought nice man's card, yes, but maybe as a Christmas card, even more potential . Great for thinking out of the box x

Janice Wallace said...

what a great way to use small dies. Very effective. Great male card too
Janice

yorkielass said...

Ooooops forgot to say congratulations to the lucky winners.
Hugs June xxx

Janice said...

A clever idea Sue, one which I will be copying soon. Janice x

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue a very interesting card to day ,but i like it and it would suit many occasions ,and you could do it is all different colours.
Thanks for the inspirations
Smiles
Ita

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely way to use the smaller dies that I always struggle with what to do with them. I am however in complete agreement with Rosemarie about my out of the box being buried - usually put to rest in the bin.
Have a great day everyone.
Beverley W

jeffrey bubbles said...

Very interesting use of this die. Like the colours and another that can be used for anyone depending on the colours used. Unlucky again in the draw keep hopeing. Kathy xxxx

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

What a good way of using those small dies, especially this one. The colour combo has a really clean and fresh look, it's lovely. A lot of work went into just the wreath on this card, unless you have several of the die used you would have put it through the machine 36 times, You must have muscles like Popeye's right arm. ( I hope you know who popeye is, I'm really not being offensive ) :-)

Congratulations to the winners.

Kind regards

Tina X

June Fletcher said...

Hi Sue

WOW I've won a prize, thank you so much :)

Love the shades of green with this card, the die would definitely be ideal for a male card

Congratulations to the other winners too

Happy crafting...

June x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I like it. It reminds of the green plaited ribbon wreath.
Veronique

Susan White said...

Really nice effect with the layered dies - would also make a nice border.

Thanks for the ongoing ideas!

Susan

Phi said...

Definitely outside the square. Very impressed. Fantastic idea.

Michelle Lock said...

Hi Sue what a great idea with the die. I bought these and have to confess I haven't used them yet but you have given me food for thought!The embossing folder matches perfectly. A lovely card.
Michelle x.

Sue H said...

Hi Sue
It is different and I like it, thank you for helping me to see more possibilities when using my spellbinders.
Sue H.

ShirleyT said...

Hi Sue,

Interesting card. Am reserving my judgement!!!

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

TOB said...

You never fail to amaze me with the designs of your cards and the different ways you use dies.No card is going to suit everyone but you can always change the colours or layout, but your ideas are great. Hugs xxx

Trish said...

Hi Sue,
What a terrific card... you are such an inspiration- thank you for this.
Hugs,
Trish x

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card today. I do like those Celtic dies very useful for mens cards as well as ladies
Take care
Hazel G

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue I wouldn't have immediately known this was a 'sue card'as it is not your usual style. Must admit it is not my favorite but it would be very useful for the men in our lives.
Best wishes Edwina

TDQ Karen said...

Great idea, love the effect xx

TDQ Karen said...

Great idea, love the effect xx

dragonswing said...

Love how you took something unconventional to make a wreath out of.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Love this one, it could be used for so many occasions . I think I have a cheap and cheerful Tesco sort of box and you have a stylish Waitrose box that you look outside of!!! :) (I hope you understand what I mean :) Thank you so much for sharing your brilliant ideas. Take care

lynda said...

Hi Sue what a great idea for that celtic corner die how clever thanks for your inspiration .love this card its great could be done in many colour combos . Hugs Lynda xx

sue said...

I luuurvvv this card,
more great inspiration,
thanks Sue

Maggie said...

Such a clever idea. Why can't I think of them? Thank you Sue for yet more inspiration. xx

Sandybee said...

Wow, it's very different but great
xx Sandra

Laura O said...

this a really nice card ,beautiful dies too.Laura O

Anonymous said...

Inspired use of that little die, Sue, makes a very unusual card and shows that thinking OTB is worth it.

'P' in Wales

cmu said...

Hi Sue. I like this a lot. As you say it makes a good men's card but would suit lots of occasions with different colours. Thanks for the inspiration.

cmu said...

Hi Sue. I like this a lot. As you say it makes a good men's card but would suit lots of occasions with different colours. Thanks for the inspiration.

Joan Donaldson said...

Hi Sue, nice card, I think it would also make a nice Christmas card done in red and greens.

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
What a simple little card, like you say very versatile for manly cards. Love they way you think and come up with these creative cards.
Alison x

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, from a very sunny and warm evening in the Southwest UK! Great card for so many occasions, love it! Carole Z X

Anonymous said...

hi sue, goodness me this is such a different card today, i do like it though and yes great for a male card.congrats to this weeks winners.sending love from christine c xx

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, what a great idea the wreath is I would use for Christmas if I had the die but it's one that is not on my wish list, your design is great though. Thanks,
Hugs
Jean D

Brakkers said...

Different but still great! I have several corner dies that this would work with and it makes a great male card depending on colour choice. May be interesting to see it in ultra feminine colours to see what a difference it would make.

Anne from Leighton Buzzard

Linda Simpson said...

Beautiful Sue, love the colours!

Hugs
Linda xxx

Meg said...

Gosh that wreath really stands out.
It goes so well with the embossing folder you used too.

I was never keen on the Celtic dies but now having to have a rethink.

Margaret O
xxx

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Loving your Celtic wreath, great card for lots of occasions.
Donna Jones

Diane Mortimer said...

Love the ivy colours
Diane from Glasgow

Katie Lamb said...

Brilliant idea

magpie said...

Hi Sue, this is so clever when you think outside the box. I like it. Like you say, ideal for a mans card, maybe done in other colours or even cream and gold or white and silver? What ever the choice, the idea is much appreciated. Those little dies are brain taxing at times! Everybody has different tastes and we'd be a bit boring if we were all the same! We're like snowflakes, all unique! Hope you are well Sue and having a great time still. We've just enjoyed a bit of sun today..... while it lasts....! Congratulations to the winners! Enjoy your prizes! Wonderful! xx Love Karen xx

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Hi Sue mmm not to sure on today's card, maybe if it was in a different colour, sorry. Love the design and the use of the dies, and everything else. Have a great day Debbie R xx

mell said...

I thought it was a Christmas card soz xxx

greendragon said...

wow- love this. The dies and folder go so well together.

AnneRD said...

Love the wreath, I agree with Mel it would make a great Christmas card.
Anne x

CraftyJo said...

Love it!

mazzer said...

Very different, but I love it. xx