Saturday, 29 June 2013

Beautiful Birthday

    Good morning bloggers!  Today's offering is an experiment that I tried using the A4 Basketweave embossing folder.   I embossed a piece of soft gold card  for my background.   I wanted a whitewashed look for it so I used some Snowcap Adirondack dabber paint and added a bit of water to thin it and painted it across my embossed background.  I dried it with a heat tool and then lightly sanded it to distress it, giving it a shabby chic look.  I cut a Radiant Rectangle frame from coconut white card to provide a backdrop around my focal element.  I stamped the Justrite Enjoy The Day stamp and embossed it in white, cutting it out with the matching die.  I cut another Vintage Labels 4 in soft gold card, cut it in half down the centre and used it as a mat on either side of my white embossed die cut.  I stamped one of the other stamps and embossed it in gold.  I added my sentiment in black so it would show up and cut it out with the oval die in the set.  I added it to the centre with mounting foam.  For a floral embellishment, I added some white tulle, natural jute twine and a white organza ribbon rose, topped with two pearl stick pins.  I completed the card with a soft gold mat before adding my final double white pierced mat.  Finished dimensions are 6" x 8" in size. All for now, Sue x











164 comments:

Pam said...

Lovely fresh classy looking card. I love it all.

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue,
Couldn't sleep both got viral infection so thought I would look at your cards and found to be No.1.
Stunning card again love it
Hugs
Carol x

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue what a great card i love it and it could be used as a male card with it not been too fussy. Take care xxx

Debs A

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
Mmm, creamy white card with a touch of gold. Just lovely.
Erica x

Heather Rogers said...

Morning Sue

Gorgeous card and it definitely worked!! Love the effect it gives here, you are clever!!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

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Joanna Dickson said...

Another one word 'Wow'. Just lovely
Until tomorrow, take care,
Warmest wishes
Jo x

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue another lovely card have a great weekend take care Kitty.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Exquisite - I love it. And would also do very nicely for a male card (mind you, he would have to be VERY deserving!)
Hugs, Rose

karenlotty said...

Very subtle & classy

tracy w said...

Morning sue
Stunning card love gold and white themes you are so talented thank you Tracy w x

Marleine said...


Hi Sue,

This is a WOW! card. Simply gorgeous. X

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
I do like this technique as well as the double embossing while offsetting the folders. Lovely card.

Marion Bull said...

Beautiful, classic card. Great!
Marion x

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue another gorgeous card today. I love what you have done with the background. Have a good weekend. Love Jackie

Rosie said...

I do like the way you have used the basketweave folder.

Anonymous said...

Clever background and the whitewashed look really looks whitewashed! Like the gold and white colour scheme - lovely card.

'P' in Wales

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Great effect with the background, another lovely card.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, agree with others love the background Idea and works well. Yes it is another WOW card.
Have a great weekend.

Love June
xxx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Thank you for today's beautiful gift. I love my basket weave eboss and use it a lot but I have never tried wash painting on it - guess what - I will now. It looks wonderful and for me it's today's star of our gift.
I love the format which allows us to see the beautiful background.
By the way 'mission accomplished yesterday' I ordered my corner die unfortunately it has to go to the UK as I will not pay the cost of postage C&C want for Europe.
Janet x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. You have done it again! Another great idea. I love the whitewash effect, and the rest of the card. I will be trying it on all of the embossing folders now. As always, thank you for sharing. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue A beautiful card for a beautiful day, I love the card and colour very chic. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Bosquie said...

What a classy, elegant card. Love the combination of different textures. Xx

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
I don't know about beautiful birthday, it's a beautiful card.!
Some lovely ideas.
Gail Cx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Fab card Sue.

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW what an awesome creation here again Sue. Your card is sooooooooooo amazing and soooo beautiful. I absolutely LOVE it.
Have a wondderful week-end hun.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, love your experiments, they always work out so well! A truly stunning card! Love Jean xxxx

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue, the background you have created here really sets off the card. Love from Jackie D

Annie said...

White/gold shabby effect gorgeous, Sue. You are so clever! Love everything about it!
Have a great weekend hugs Annie

sarah hyett said...

A super card love what you did to the embossed background. Sarah h

Jan.moogie said...

Another technique for us to try, thanks Sue. The distressed look makes me think of sandy beaches and old fashioned deck chairs on lazy days. Gorgeous card too.xx

cats said...

Morning! My experiments don't normally turn out this good!! It's a beautiful card. I love the way the white paint looks...... Christine xxx

Elizabeth-S said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card. What a great technique for the background. You come up with some great ideas. I am loving the basket weave folder, must be put on my wish list.
Have a lovely day.
Elizabeth-S x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Love the card very stunning love Jean Zelei xxx

AnneRD said...

What a lovely effect Sue. This is a card that could be used for any occasion, stunning. Anne x

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue, Love the shabby chic look you have created with the basket weave embossing folder, must give this a try!
Todays card is just so beautiful, I love it.
Have a good day. love Brenda Lel xxx

Jacquie said...

Wow Sue, Love this background, so different but great, it would work well for a Mans card don't you think?

Love the colour combinations too.

The dies are beautiful, they ae on my wish list lol!

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love the painted basket weave effect - must try that. Would make a lovely wedding or christening card I am thinking. Happy weekend
Rgs
Clare W

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
Loving the shabby chic look - it looks like it has been sun bleached.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. Lovely subtle card and the background is fantastic. x

kimberley said...

I do like your background Sue -makes it very 'shabby chic' as the saying goes.Think I would leave the rectangle off-but that is just my taste,take care,x.

TDQ Karen said...

Love that effect, what a great card XX

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Wow !! I really love how you have done the background paper, love the paint dabber painted atop the embossing, it looks really lovely. Loving the ribbon flower and the tulle.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Rachel Taylor said...

A lovely classy card ,very beautiful indeed
Crafty hugs rachel x

Marion said...

Hi Sue like the background but not sure on the big flower and bakers twine.
Marion H

hollyberry said...

It maybe "shabby" but it still manages to be a very elegant card.Just lovely.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
I absolutely love your 'experiment' it looks fantastic, I would like just a bit of your talent you come up with such clever ideas. Thanks for sharing your ideas
Hugs x
Heather T

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous, love the effect and the gold and white

Anne Crawford said...

Beautiful card! Absolutely love the background ,must give that experiment a try, will you be bringing your piercing tool to C&C ? I find the one I have just a bit too fine to get the proper effect. I also love the tulle and twine together it looks fab!

hazel young said...

Beautiful card Sue the basket weave background looks amazing xx hazel

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
Each time I read your Blog I have to check " Do I have that one?"
I have so many Dies now, I have the ID's in a notebook ..now that is OBSESSED! with Spellbinders.lol
I love today's card design Sue!
I love the colours too
LoveMarg

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Another great card, gold and white always classy
Audrey x

Nanny Jo said...

Sue, I love the subtlety of the gold background....and then that perfect, crisp topper just pops out at you! Stunning!
jo xx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, Love this effect with the background, the card has a lovely feel to it. Have a great weekend.

Love Rosemarie Fishlock xx

Joanne K said...

Morning Sue, your experiment certainly paid off the background is gorgeous. Overall a very pretty card. Hope you have a good weekend. Kind regards Joanne K x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - I love using the basketweave folder and this is yet another way to change the look. How do you come up with these amazing ideas?!! Very classy look, love white and gold. Have a lovely weekend, YvonneMayxx

cuilliesocks said...

Gorgeous card Sue, what beautiful die shapes. Love the elegance of it all, Kate x

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

This cards is really stunning, I love the effect on the basket weave folder, and all the finishing touches of the bow, beads and flower makes the card look beautiful. :-)

Have a good weekend Sue.

Hope fell better soon Carol Clarke

Kind regards

Tina X

Tina Eldridge said...

Sorry Carol that was meant to read I hope you feel better soon.

Kind regards

Tina X

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

This cards is really stunning, I love the effect on the basket weave folder, and all the finishing touches of the bow, beads and flower makes the card look beautiful. :-)

Have a good weekend Sue.

Hope fell better soon Carol Clarke

Kind regards

Tina X

gwen70 said...

Gorgeous card Sue really is beautiful

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the card and the background I can see another item going on the wish list.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Sandybee said...

I love that background technique Sue, a beautiful card

xx Sandra

Marianna Hammer said...

How lovely. So elegant.

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card, I have the basket weave so will be trying out your experiment as it looks great. Happy weekend everyone
Love Jan x x

Victoria said...

This reminds me of another card you made with the basketweave - very effective. Love the tulle and jute, and the 'shabby' background. Great card.

Jane said...

Another beautiful card.

Jane xx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
You've done it again! Beautiful!

Jax said...

Hi Sue,Pure genious,that background is great. Jackie. x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, an amazing and lovely card. Love the background idea and the colour way. Bx

Laura O said...

another fantastic card Sue,Laura O

foxyg said...

Beautiful. The background idea looks brilliant.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Another stunning card, with a new twist on the background, very effective. Love it all.
Lydia
X

Lacelady said...

Wow, I don't know if I would be brave enough to tackle that embossed card like that (I think I could try it on a scrap first) Love the overall look of the card though, so it was really worth it!

Beryl Treble said...

Morning Sue, love the card especially the basket weave embossing folder. Get well soon Carol.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the distressed background.
What a good idea.
Veronique L

Brenda Hanlon said...

Hi Sue, isn't it fab when an experiment pays off!! Brilliant idea and the card is gorgeous. So excited as my corner dies arrived and can't wait to play with them.

Anonymous said...

'morning Sue, Another great card today. I have been catching up on the recordings of your last shows...Super Duper!! Mabex

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the background.

Clare x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely card, the background is stunning, what a great idea! The cream and gold work so well together, have a great week-end take care, Jess x

Jackie Calvert said...

Morning Sue. This card has a look of the sea side. It's different, and lovely: as are all your designs.
Love from Jackie C XXX

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
What a great experiment that turned out fabulously! Love it and as always it's turned into a stunning card. Many thanks for passing your new techniques and ideas on to us.

Love Sheila xx

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Lovely card. Have a great week-end everybody.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Mac Mable said...

Good idea with the dabber paint and thinning it to use as a wash and distress it. Love the colours, just perfect x

Kate's Cards said...

Lovely! The basket weave background is most effective!

TOB said...

Opulence at its best, a super card. Love the clean crisp lines. hugs xxx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue, another lovely fresh choice of colour today, a really pretty card, hugs Liz C x

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Beautiful card love the background as I have said before your A4 Embossing folders are gorgeous I use them a lot for backgrounds etc.....etc Really like the idea of painting on the dabbers must try this one I have several of those I may try the turq. and aqua onto gold card to look like old metal.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, on my hols so on phone. Gorgeous card and love the colours. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love the distressed.background technique ,really lovely card
Best wishes, Pat

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, What a great experiment, the result is stunning, love the colours and the twine and flower. I use the basket weave folder lots. Thank you for sharing your amazing inspiration.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

loftylass said...

How lovely Sue - gorgeous flower.
tfs.
Hugs
Heather W
x

SusanP, Kent said...

This really would give someone a Beautiful Birthday! It's gorgeous!
I never would have expected the Basketweave folder to work as a background on such a delicate card (it is quite 'chunky') but it looks great. Enjoy your weekend.
Sue

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. I think it would make a stunning wedding card. The 'chic'ness of it would be just right. xx

nannapat said...

Another fabulous card Sue. What a great way to age the embossed card. Pat x

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
A really beautiful card looks more luxury than shabby chic to me I love this one, it is really stunning in my book.
Have a great weekend
Margaret corgi owner

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous card. Shabby chic meets opulant gold.

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
LOOKS VERY EXPENSIVE THE WHITE AND GOLD. lOVE THE RIBBON FLOWER. SMASHING EMBOSSING FOLDER. DONT THINK THERE IS A BIT I DONT LIKE.
GRAND JOB. DONT KNOW HOW YOU KEEP COMING UP WITH IDEAS.
BORN N SPELLBINDERS
NADINE HUG XXX

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Just love the embossed background on this card. Really elegant looking card.
Beverley W

Janice Wallace said...

Morning Sue,
This is a beautiful card, very classy, and suitable for so many occasions.
Janice W

redfox said...

Oh wow! I LOVE what you've done with the background, I'm going to give that a try. Love Sarah

salem said...

FABULOUS love colours

fame01 said...

Hi sue
great card today how stunning does this look ..
hugs sarah xx

Joanne2403 said...

Oh what a lovely card, classic and classy!! Winner again Sue :)

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Great card as always, loving the effect you have got with that embossing folder. Another thing to try.
Have a Great Weekend

Patricia xxx

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, love what you have achieved with your basket weave Emboss folder it looks fabulous will definitely be trying it out, I think it will be great for Christmas cards too.
Love the whole design, thanks Sue.
Hugs
Jean D

Anonymous said...

love the "whitewashed" backing, gorgeous card

mol x

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Lovely
Margaret L

Pauline A said...

This would make a lovely anniversary card. Can't wait for your next experiment which always seems to work out superbly. I often end up with lots of scrap card when I try so am now copying your ideas instead. Have a great weekend. Crafty hugs. Pauline A x

Crafty Nanna said...

Morning Sue, the experiment went really well, beautiful card, white and gold always marry well together.
Have a great day
hugs Lynn

Jennifer Swandells said...

What an absolutely stunning card this morning Sue, I love the 'calming' colour of the card. Just beautiful. Hugs, Jen :-) x
Krafty Keepsakes

3362Jan said...

Morning Sue. Wow, such a sophisticated card.Love every thing about it. Have a good week end. Hugs. 3362Jan. x

Lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue this is another winner, I love how you've done the background and will definitely be giving it a go. Love Lesley x

Cardgenie said...

Sue, this is a stunner! I absolutely love the different textures in the card. I will defintely try the white paint over the embossed gold background. Jean

Lindsay Martin said...

Very pretty card today, great for either sex...

Gail said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning, luv how the soft gold card looks after you have painted and distressed it (one I will defo have to try) and luv the mix of jute with organza - what a fab card xx GailT xx

Jai Desai said...

good & beautiful birthday wishing cards.

Cee Bee said...

Gorgeous yet again, love the texture the background has. Another triumph

Hugs n stuff
Carol B

lynda said...

Hi Sue you've given us another beautiful card it's gorgeous I love the way you've done the texture on the background and the colours are lovely. Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Very nice card.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue stunning have a nice weekend X

Trish said...

Hi Sue,
I'm not usually a lover of the shabby chic look, but this card is beautiful. TFS
Hugs,
Trish x (Hillside)

CaronP said...

Hello Sue. Another stunning card. Love the unusual background. Xx

nattyboots said...

A lovely card again Sue ,especially like the flower
Elaine H X

Sandy H said...

Simply beautiful.

Jill Liddle said...

Lovely, lovely card. I love gold with anything.

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi sue this experiment worked well,I love your A4 embossing folders,love everything about this card
Smiles
Ita

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - Well, your experiment was a success - where do your ideas come from: they seem never ending with subtle changes in the use of the dies and embossing folders.
ValCxx

magpie said...

Hi Sue! Hello everyone! What a gorgeous, rich and classy card this is! Love the technique of the basket weave in which you have shown us (once again...) just to go for it! To try different ways to see what gold lies at the end of the rainbow! The white looks so much like porcelain and with the added gold...."wow!". Just stunning Sue xx Love Karen xx

Lynne Mills said...

Hi Sue, just beautiful. Lol Lynne M x x x x

Anonymous said...

Love the card Sue but can anyone tell me why all of a sudden everytime I hover over one of your cards I get a dirty great big red P for pinterest and can I view the cards without it. thanks

Susan White said...

Lovely card again Sue - that radiant rectangle frame looks just like lace!

Thanks, Susan

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of having a "white wash" for the back-ground - great card again Sue as usual!
God bless
JanNxx

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said....

Hi Sue, wow, great idea with the paint dabber!

Lovely card.

Hugs, Belinda. X

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, a really stunning caed, even by your high standards...love the tulle addition, beautiful, Carole Z X

Jackie Meechan said...

Beautiful card, always think the pierced frame always makes a difference, need to invest in one.
Hugs
CraftyJacq
xx

Katie-Louise sweetlove said...

Dear Sue
This is such a stylish card I love the gold and white colour scheme.
Such a clever idea to make your own white wash paint for a muted look.
The basket weave embossing folder is ace.

Best wishes from Katie-Louise sweetlove

Hugs x

nancyd said...

Hi Sue, a great card and really like the way you have done the whitewash
look must try that as I have the
gold card and the dabber you really
come up with some great ideas thanks
again for all your inspiration we
would be lost without you.
Nancyd xx

Barbara said...

Love the white washed background, stunning card Sue!!!

Diane Mortimer said...

Very luxurious!
Diane from Glasgow

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, a really beautiful card today, and could be used on a family male I think.
X Ros

Karen said...

Love what you have done with the background. Looks very classy
Luv
Karen xx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, totally love the card, the background is awesome!! Great idea!! Love Sam xxx

jennywren1947 said...

really nice card Sue I bought the basket weave its lovely 4 male and female cards
hugs Chris x

Linda Simpson said...

Love the background and a fabulous creation as always.

Hugs
Linda xxx

brenda said...

Hi Sue, love the White washed look, don't know how you come up with all these ideas but they all seem to turn out so well x

sued99 said...

Love this card with the trade mark bow.

Janice K said...

A lovely card, great colour combo. x

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Pretty card, love the whitewash effect.
Donna Jones

Helen Barker said...

One word.Stunning.
Helen Bx

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Hi Sue stunning card today, just stunning. I love it because it's not over fussy but looks so elegant. To good to give to a man, unless he was mega mega special! Hugs Debbie R xx

hazel said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful experiment this is it worked out so well Sue.Really love the colours they also work really well with each other
Take care Sue
Hazel G x

Paper Junkie said...

I love everything about this card - must get some of the soft gold card - don't know why I haven't! X

weefortune said...

Lovely Card Sue Elaine x

Vivi Morais said...

I love this lace!!!

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...Wow!...What a gorgeous card!
The colors are fab...gold and white...and the whitewash finish is just perfect.

You have a brain full to the brim and overflowing with just fab ideas and inspiration.

Kind regards. Deborah.H. :) :) :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...Wow!...What a gorgeous card!
The colors are fab...gold and white...and the whitewash finish is just perfect.

You have a brain full to the brim and overflowing with just fab ideas and inspiration.

Kind regards. Deborah.H. :) :) :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...Wow!...What a gorgeous card!
The colors are fab...gold and white...and the whitewash finish is just perfect.

You have a brain full to the brim and overflowing with just fab ideas and inspiration.

Kind regards. Deborah.H. :) :) :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...Wow!...What a gorgeous card!
The colors are fab...gold and white...and the whitewash finish is just perfect.

You have a brain full to the brim and overflowing with just fab ideas and inspiration.

Kind regards. Deborah.H. :) :) :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...Wow!...What a gorgeous card!
The colors are fab...gold and white...and the whitewash finish is just perfect.

You have a brain full to the brim and overflowing with just fab ideas and inspiration.

Kind regards. Deborah.H. :) :) :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...Wow!...What a gorgeous card!
The colors are fab...gold and white...and the whitewash finish is just perfect.

You have a brain full to the brim and overflowing with just fab ideas and inspiration.

Kind regards. Deborah.H. :) :) :)

Vick said...

Hi Sue, what a beautiful card, I love it its so rich looking, hugs, Vick xx
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Vie Carter said...

Beautiful

Vie
x

mazzer said...

Hi Sue. This is a great card. Just love all of it.

Hugs
Marilyn
x

Meg said...

Very elegant today Sue.


Margaret O
xxx