Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Black Or Gold?

Good morning all!  Can you tell that I have been having a rummage through some of my older card files?  I thought for sure that I had posted these, but no where can they be found.  So today is another two-fer (two days in a row, can you believe it!) LOL  These cards are very similar in style so I didn't want to take up two days worth of blog posts.  You just have to tell me which style you prefer!  The first card was the very first card I made when I started making sampples for the Die D-Lite shows.  I just had this vision in my head from the moment I saw the Bonsai Tree die. I used two pieces of copy paper and taped them down over my coconut white card so that I was able to ink the band across the card neatly.  I used Black Soot distress ink and a piece of cut 'n dry foam to do this with.  Rather than using the usual circular motions, I prefer a sort of pouncing method so I don't accidentally catch the edge of the copy paper and ruin my nice band of colour.  Once inked, I stamped my sentiment using a black Archival ink as I feel that it gives the crispest black line for this.  I cut out the bonsai tree out of black card and inked through the die with a clear perfect medium pad.  I removed the die and covered it with clear embossing powder to give a shiny effect to the embossed portion of the die.  I glued it in place next to my sentiment.  As an afterthought, I noticed the very small circular die that was in the Medallion seven so I cut it in white and added it as a moon.  It would have been nice to use it before inking to create a void in the card to create the moon look as well.  I matted the card with a thin black mat before adding a double white mat with my usual pierced inner layer.  Finished dimensions (on this one) are 7" x 7 3/4" in size.






                                                                                          For the second card, I decided to go gold.  I used the Pastorale embossing folder on my coconut white card background.  Once embossed, I rubbed the design with Enchanted Gold gilding wax to highlight it.  I stamped my sentiment in the centre open area using a clear Perfect Medium pad and heat embossed it with gold powder.  I lined up the bonsai tree so it sat right between the lines and cut it.  I removed the white bonsait tree from the background and replaced it with one that I had cut out of soft gold card.  From the back of the card, I taped it back into place so it looks as if it had been inlaid.  This is also a really great technique to use if you need your cards to be very flat for posting.  I added a gold mat and then finished the card in the same way with a double white mat with a pierced inner layer.  Both cards are truly simple to create and complete.  Finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 8" in size.  So what's your favourite?  All for now, Sue x














213 comments:

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Pam said...

Root away Sue, they are stunning, think the gold is my fav.

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
My vote is easy while both are grand, I love the gold maybe just my need for shiny things. Lovely to have two choices...

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, double take again n you are really spoiling us. Love both combinations. Have a great day.

Love June
xxx

Phi said...

I love the first one. The colours and layout is perfect.

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
Keep the twofer coming - as for a favourite I do not have one, they are both so different the gold is very opulent loving the gilding wax highlights. But the black an white has a very haunted feel to it so I love them both.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Wilma Brown said...

Hi Sue loving the two fers, what a stash you must have. Love these cards today, don't what one I like best, gad I don't have to choose.

Wilma x x x

CraftyAnn said...

You are spoiling us with your two-fers. They are both equally stunning but I just love black and white cards.
Take care.

Gail said...

Good morning Sue,
You really are spoiling us, another two for the price of one.
I like them both, but you asked us to chose so the first one is my preference ! It's more dramatic .
Gail Cx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
So the mermaid's had an outing at last! Impossible to say which of the designs I like more because they are so different. I'd say the first is a male card (or no-nonsense female) and the second is for females who like a suggestion of bling.
Sue, you must have a LARGE ROOM filled with cards............. and you are spoiling us rotten!
Have a great day
Hugs, Rose

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards, but I really like the inlay technique of the gold card, so that one just gets my vote over the haunting black one! The D-lites are such clever dies.
Best wishes
Anne O

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Two again, great stuff, keep rooting away, lol. They are both stunning, I love the first, as it does have that 'haunted' feel, then the second is so elegant, just love them both.
Have a great day.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue
Another two-fer you are certainly spoiling us. I couldn't choose which one is my favourite because I like both for different reasons. The first is so atmospheric and the second is very pretty so it would depend on who I'm sending the card to.
Hugs x
Heather T

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
You are really spoiling us this week, lovely to see two different styles. Love them both. Have you any designs with the Love Locket and Filigree Vase on.
Hugs
Carolx

hollyberry said...

Love both cards as usual but the gold one gets my vote if forced to choose.

Cee Bee said...

Hi Sue, love them both and like Rose my fist thought was a male and a female card. Keep rummaging Sue who knows what you might find

Hugs n stuff
Carol B

val jones said...

Good Morning SSue. Two fer one - love it. My favourite is the first black and white - very stark and dramatic.

Love val in Spain xxx

kitty davies said...

morning Sue love them both, and the gilding waxes thank you bye Kitty.

kimberley said...

I remember the shows that you demo-ed these cards.Think I prefer the first,take care,x.

tracy w said...

Morning sue
Another two for one cards you are really spoiling us today theses cards are beautiful love the simple theme please keep up the good work you do in your cards thank you Tracy w x

Annie said...

How lucky are we! 4 in 2 days! Gosh, how to choose... I can't because they are so different. Each has its own vibe and equally effective. Flawless inking with the black, it's gorgeous.
Don't rush back to summer.... It's misbehaving!
Hugs Annie x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, two very striking cards, I like them both but the gold is my favourite. Love Jean xxxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue another two gorgeous cards double the inspiration. If I had to choose it would be the gold one but it is hard to choose. Love Jackie

Rachel Taylor said...

I adore the bonsai tree , you have shown it looking so good in both colours . The gold is my favourite .
Crafty hugs Rachel x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, another double dose of Sue magic. I love both, but perhaps the black is just slightly ahead of the gold. Bx

Nanny Jo said...

They're both lovely cards, Sue....but I think the embossing on the second one just tips it for me :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the two-fers again, Sue.
Dramatic or opulent? Both are great, but do like black and white. Inset technique on gold card
will definitely be tried out. Inspired.
Love bonsai (have some) but since somebody said on screen that it looks like a mad old woman with crazy hair, that is all I see!!

'P' in Wales

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - I think the gold one has my vote but I also like the black one - but gold one just pips it for me.
Rgs
Clare W

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Decisions decisions ......nope still can't decide as each one is ideal for different occasions/people so I'd just have to have both.
Beverley W

jacqui said...

I like both cards but the second one seems to be my favourite .

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Both cards are beautiful, love the 'moodiness' of the first one, and love the 'uplift' of the second one. Both are gorgeous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I like both cards and I just adore the embossing folder on the second card, and I like both colour combos.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Mmmm! decisions, decisions so early in the morning!!!
I am an "early morning person" but still cannot choose, they are both brilliant in their own way.
This is great 4 cards in 2 days keep them coming, loving them all
Have a Great Day

Patricia xxx

englishrose897 said...

Hi Sue, love both cards this morning, very clean and simply. Have a great day. Sally x

Lis Kervill said...

Good Morning, Sue,
Thank you for spoiling us again!
Both so wonderful and elegant in their simplicity.
Both so clean and beautiful in your skilled hands.
Simply cannot pick a favourite.
Hugs,
Lis x

lainey said...

has to be the black one Sue, love the CAS look. lainey x

Hellma said...

Both such wonderful cards, black for me.

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue

Perfect for the men in my life .
Let me make myself clear LOL { 1 Hubby and 3 Sons }
Gold or Black ? i like them both equally ,so serene and calm ,lovely

Elaine H X

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue I definately like the gold one! 2 for the price of 1 again! we are lucky. Take Care Love Michelle S XXX

Sandra said...

Good morning Sue,
Both of the cards are lovely, there is just something about that Bonsai tree!
I think that I prefer the gold one, just looks a bit more opulent ! But then I love the monochromatic look too, impossible decision to be honest!
Crafty hugs
Sandra Riley

Sonia Jones said...

Morning Sue, mum spoilt for choice again! I like both cards but if I had to pick just one, I'd go for gold! Hugs Sonia x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I really can't choose between them they are both great. Good for a 'man' card. Raining here this morning, can you bring some sunshine back with you.

Love Rosemarie Fishlock xx

Victoria said...

I like both cards, the first one is very atmospheric and would suit a male recipient. My favourite is the second one, love the gold gilding.

TDQ Karen said...

Hi I like both options but I think the black is my favourite, I love the clean lines. xx

sarah hyett said...

Hi Sue I love both cards, but the second one is slightly ahead of the first. I love the gold gilding too!

Maryann Laursen said...

I can´t choose one of them, as I think, they´re both gorgeous in different ways and for diffreent occasions. Sooo fine and clean in the look, but sooo gorgeous as always.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, both lovely cards and I am leaning towards the second one as my favourite. The gold gilding sets it off.

Heather Rogers said...

Good Morning Sue

Well technically both cards are absolutely beautifully put together but i find the black and white one a little cold and eerie possibly ok for a man however the gold and white one I really, really like.

Like Debby Berry said, and it made me think of Magpies! 'I love the gold maybe just my need for shiny things'!LOL!

Thank you for the twofors Sue.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

heatherscreationsandhappenings.blogspot.co.uk

karenlotty said...

Ooh Haven't got the Bonsai but just bought the Whimsical (after much wrangling with C&C) and it might work with that die I love both cards I haven't got a favourite today

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue,
Yesterday i buffed the tide of likes for the green and white card in favour for the first card, today might be the same i'm afraid as i absolutely love the 2nd card. The first card is beautiful in its own way, and probably what i would do for a man, whether it be a sympathy card or a just because card. The 2nd card is still pretty clean lines, but to me conveys quite a different message and is so beautiful with the embossed borders with that hint of gold gliding across them. The gold bonsai tree with the embossed impression behind just makes it stand out wonderfully.
Hope you have a great day,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah

MRS DUCK said...

Crikey, such decisions to be made before I've finished my first cup of coffee. I remember them from the shows and love both of them. If I must choose, Im going for gold. . . . .wasn't that a tv show? Lol. x

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue, love both versions but the gold is just ahead. great cards for the guys too.
Judy M

Bosquie said...

Black my favourite Sue. But then I'm a black and white sort of girl,not just in cards but in clothes too.Just love the combination . Xxx

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Love them both but the moody black and white is my gave.
Donna Jones

gwen70 said...

Two gorgeous cards, but my fave has to be the gold

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Lovely both of them, maybe the gold is my choice. I am sure most people would be more than happy to get either of these in the post
Audrey x

Marion said...

Hi Sue this is one die i dont like but the gold card would be my choice out of the two.
Marion H

hazel young said...

Gorgeous cards Sue love that bonsai die xx hazel

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Carry on rooting! I love the two fers. It is another hard choice, I love them both for different people/occasions but the gold might just take the edge for me. Safe travels Sue, the summer has gone again so hope you can bring it back with you. Take care.

Jan.moogie said...

I can have a go at these Sue, lovely cards.xx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
We are being spoilt again - today's gifts are both wonderful and certainly go in my 'less is more' and 'simple but very elegant' folders.
I love the colours and format of both cards and have to admit that I cannot make a favourite so am going for both of them!
I do not have this particular die but am being more and more convinced that it is a must. To me I not only see the beautiful tree but also a fantastic mermaid - I wonder if anyone else can see her or am I in my own little world?
Knit and Knatcraft afternoon today and it's my turn for the inspiration and refreshments so busy morning ahead and a great afternoon with crafty friends.
Janet x

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Thank you for spoiling us. I like the first one best but then again I like the gold one best. Oh dear, decisions,, decisions early in a morning, lol. (Well not that early really).

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

Although I love both of these cards, my favourite will have to be the second one done in gold. Although if I had to choose which one to keep, I would spent a long time deciding. The black looks lovely to.

foxyg said...

Beautiful Sue. Like the gold best.

Joanne K said...

Now stop it Sue, you're starting to spoil us with two cards again. Both really nice however, I prefer the simplicity of the black and white. Kind regards Joanne x

Anonymous said...

Sue you do spoil us with two cards. Two very different looks but my favourite is the black one. YvonneMayxx

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two very beautiful
cards today I really like both of
them but if I really had to choose
I think the second one with the
gold.
Nancyd xx

Marion Bull said...

Another twofer! I love them both for their simplicity bt my vote goes to the white and gold. I think I just need the sparkle of gold and the black seems a bit flat, although that might just be the photograph! Lovely to start the day with two beautiful cards.
Marion xx

scofessex said...

Hi Sue, It's got to be the gold one for me although both are equally good

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

Both lovely cards but I think the one with the gold embossing is my favourite although the first one is ideal as a sympathy card

Sue xx

Ann said...



Hi Sue

WOW another "twofer" I love both cards they are just gorgeous but I think my favourite has to be the "Gold"

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Lara B said...

Good morning Sue
Once again two gorgeous cards, both lovely in their own way..depending on the occasion and recipient.
Both colour ways are great, but I think, for me the atmosphere created by the black and white card, has the edge.
I would be delighted to receive either card!
Thanks for the double treat!
Have a great day
Lara xxx

Carolyn B said...

Both cards are brilliant as usual,but the first one is my favourite.

Carolyn B

marg said...

Hello Sue!
I can't look at this Die, without thinking of an old woman, tearing her hair out!
I like the colours in both cards Sue!
But the best tree has to be the Gold one.
LoveMarg

Tres said...

Hi Sue. Two lovely cards today !! I showed them to my other half. He preferred the black and white one and I preferred the gold one !! I think they are both wonderful and both great for men's cards. Back to A+E this morning. Hubby now thinks when he fell and fractured his elbow on friday that he may have done the same to his wrist !! If it is not one thing then its another !! Happy crafting love Tres x x x

Clarissa said...

Both cards are lovely. I like the oriental look.
Clarissa. X

Jax said...

Hi Sue,Both cards are fab.If I had to choose I would have the black moody one. Jackie. x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, both are gorgeous, I do love the bonsai tree, I think I pick the black one. Emma

cats said...

Good morning,loving the two card days!.... both cards are lovely but the gold one does it for me I love the gold gilding on the embossing,realy makes it pop out......Christine xx

weefortune said...

Hi Sue

It the Gold for me, love it.

Elaine x

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue, two striking cards and we have to choose??? They are both appealing and it does depend on the occasion but I think I prefer the warmth of the gold one. Love from Jackie D

Debs Artliff said...

Morning sue what great cards there both stunning but i really like the second. Take care xxx

Debs A

Jean Johnston said...

Double value again Sue. Both cards are beautiful. It would depend who I was sending the card to, but for myself I prefer the second.

Marianna Hammer said...

Simple and cute card was the first I thought,and then the gold one appeared, and Wowww. It is so pretty.

Marianna Hammer said...

Simple and cute card was the first I thought,and then the gold one appeared, and Wowww. It is so pretty.

Elizabeth S said...

Morning Sue, ooooo decisions, decisions. I am always drawn to black and white but I really do like the gold card. So if I am pushed to make a decision I think the gold one but I love them both.
Have a lovely day.
Elizabeth S
x

Izzwizz said...

Both gorgeous cards Sue, I saw you demonstrate the second one on C&C and loved that technique of fitting the diecut into the aperture. Maddy x

Jean Woodcock said...

Hi Sue. the second one in gold is my favourite

Delyth said...

I like the gold, but the black would be for me more a mans card but like the both, keep up the good work x Delyth

Marleine said...


Hi Sue,

I like both cards for different reasons and uses, but, I would pick the black one if I had to. X

Jackie Calvert said...

Hi Sue. I don't think I could really choose which I like the best, as they are both lovely. They both suggest different people, the black one is perfect for a man, while the gold is more feminine ....
Simple but very effective

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards, love the inlaid idea. Good wishes

Phil

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, both cards are saying "choose me! choose me!" and I really cannot decide between them but I am leaning ever so slightly towards the black one as I love the silhouette effect.
Frances

raineysheep said...

Gold for me I think
Thank you for the inspiration
Rained sheep x

Gail said...

I like both cards Sue but I think the black and white would be suitable for a guy and the gold and white more a female xx just my opinion but I saw you do this on C&C and luv the idea of replace a fall away piece with a different colour - simple but so effective xx GailT xx

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, This is very odd, as I sent a card to my brother-in-law yesterday, who is goung through 6 weeks of Chemo in Australia. I made him a card very similar to your first one, only I masked off the sun with a circle and did a sunrise with Distress Inks. I stamped a tree in black sparkle embossing powder over the background. I love both of your cards and sometimes I look back at you stamped cards and prefer them to some of the Nesties. You are such a talented stamper, it would be nice to see more. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Sue Gee said...

I prefer the gold one, and love the 'inlay' technique. They're both brilliant though!

Jacquie said...

Wow! Thanks Sue, you are doubling spoiling us with these goodies. i have always loved these two cards and after buying the dies at the time always intended to make them but still have not done so, now there is no excuse lol!

You are such an inspiration to us all, THANK YOU.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

deniseann said...

Hi Sue. They are both lovely but I like the gold best. Think this would would be very nice for a man.
Its so difficlult to find something to suit and exciting to do. Much more choice for us girls.

hotpotato said...

very understated but lovely.

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Wow Sue two cards again,you are soiling us.
I can't really decide between the two, I do think the first one would be a good sympathy card. Possibly the gold just edges it, but I love them both.
Lydia
X

Debbie Tinks said...

Sue lovely cards gold ones my fav. x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Gosh another day with two beautiful cards, how lucky are we! Love them both but if I had to chose it would be the black and white.
Best wishes, Pat

Janice said...

Sue, both cards are stunning I cant decide which is best. I like the inked effect on the black one but I like the embossed across top and bottom of the gold one. Can you do another card and merge the two designs for me !!!! Janice x

sam said...

Hi. As we are choosing the second gets my vote as I have that embossing folder and I love the gilding wax. Really enjoying the two similar card days it shows how to get the most from the dies. Thank you.
X s wade

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue, You really are spoiling us - two cards again today.
Both cards are stunning, the choice comes down to the occasion and the recipient. My personal choice is the gold one.
Hope all is well with you, Brenda Lel x

Mary at Doghouse said...

Morning Sue

Love both versions both are stunning in different ways - the first one would be useful when you needed a simple card. Have a great day.

Eugenia said...

Good morning Sue,
As usual FAB cards my choice is the first one although how can you choose a favourite they are both superb.

Carol H said...

It has to be gold, the simplicity of this card makes it stunning.

AnneRD said...

Hi Sue, love both the cards. The first is so crisp and would suit a man while the gold one is so opulent. Love the way you have used the gilding wax. This seems to be the next 'must have'. Anne x

Christine Hussey said...

Both are stunning Sue but the gold wins my vote, hugs Christine H xx

camelot67 said...

Morning Sue, I'm afraid I'm in the camp with those that can't decide! They are both great cards and could suit so many different occassions. Keep on rummaging..

Margaret

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
well i like them both as each have a different look both stunning cards keep rooting,you are spoiling us with the 2 for 1 . hugs sarah xx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, i like the gold one best but they are both lovely ove Jean Z xxx

Katie-Louise sweetlove said...

Dear Sue
What stunning cards these are! Both wonderful in their own right. I love the first card so sultry I think this card would be great for a man. The moon cut out and out on is genius.

I must admit I really love the second (gold and white) card. It's my favourite of the two. I love the embossing with the gilding wax on and the golden bonsai tree with the white offset.

They are both wonderful.

Best wishes from Katie-Louise sweetlove

Beryl Treble said...

Morning Sue,

They are both lovely but if I'd have to choose it would be the soft gold card.

Jackie Meechan said...

Great another twofor, welcome these, I prefer the Black as it is quite dramatic looking although the other one is gorgeous as well.

Roll on more twofors.

Hugs

CraftyJacq
xx

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue, my favourite is the .........Gold!

Hugs, Belinda x

iggy said...

love these very simple style card. sometimes its nice to see simplicity rather than intricate ones........these are also great as a quick card when youve forgotten someone. x

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
I like them both but the favorite is the black and whit, it is quite haunting in a lovely way, and the simplicity makes it stand out for me.
Love Jan x x

Laura O said...

like the two cards each day,oh we are getting greedy.I think the gold one is my favourite but I do like the black card too.Laura O

mgq said...

like both cards, but the second is my favourite.

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue,
Both designs are lovely but I think the gold is for me today. Lovely to have the choice
Carole N x

Michelle said...

Simply beautiful cards today Sue.

Hugs, Michelle E

Marion Turner said...

Hi Sue
Both cards are stunning hard to choose but I think the second one.
Love Marion x

Kate's Cards said...

I love the simplicity of this. It's not too fussy and looks clean.

TOB said...

not one favourite love them both.hugs xxx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, WOW another tow fer, you are spoiling us with these treats. Both cards are stunning, the black and white sooo dramatic, the gold and white sooo opulent. I think I will have to go with the gold as favourite, love the inlay. Such a hard choice.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Joanne2403 said...

Very Manly cards, especially the first one, perfect for Fathers Day this coming weekend, tfs Sue

lynda said...

Hi Sue i haven't a favourite I love both cards .the first is great for man or lady card very soft to the eye, the gold one is beautiful and the gold guiding wax enhances the embossing beautifully . Love getting two for keep them coming Sue lol .
Hugs Lynda Brock xx

cuilliesocks said...

Two fabulous cards, same image but incredibly different looks, Kate x

Trish said...

Hi Sue,
Thanks for spoiling us 2day again. Both cards are fab, but I particularly love the 2nd card using the Pastorale embossing folder. TFS
Hugs,
Trish x (Hillside)

Jill Liddle said...

The gold one wins it for me.

Caron said...

Hello Sue. Has to be the gold one for me. xx

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. What a treat. Two days with two cards. Equally beautiful but for different occasions. Lovely. xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love them both. I like the drama of black tree and the elegance of the gold one.
The inlay technique is a very good idea. I must have a go.
Veronique L

Valerie Boyle said...

although I like both, the gold really does it for me...

Celina Dee said...

BLACk & WHITE!! Is the one for me! I love the moody effect.

Kayley Lycett said...

Lovely

snowqueen62 said...

Like them both Sue but think its the gold one for me. Love your twofers!
Hugs Sue x

Paper Junkie said...

I didn't buy this die Sue, because I'm sorry to say this - but all I see is a squatting lady who's having a bad hair day! But I love the simple layout and the gilded embossing. X

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love the twofers, I think the black and white does it for me, nice for a bereavement card.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, I obviously love both cards, but my favourite has to be the 1st one - the black. So lovely to have two cards showcasing the same die. It's great to see two totally different looks. Love Sam xxx

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue


These cards are beautiful, and if I had to choose, I would choose the moody monochrome. We have been lucky enough to have 4 cards in 2 days and they have all been stunning. :-)

Kind regards

Tina X

Cassieajh said...

Both of these are simple yet beautiful, once again you have shown us just how inventive you are Sue. Hugs x

Lindsay Martin said...

aww Sue you can't make me choose, they are both fantastic and so different, showing how versatile all these dies are, hope you are having a great day .. xx

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
HARD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE TWO. FIRST ONE IF I HAVE TO CHOOSE. LIKE THE EMBOSSED TREE AND SENTIMENT STAMP FONT.
BRILL JOB AS ALWAYS
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX

Katie Lamb said...

both are fantastic cards but i think the black one stands out more.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue may favourite is the black one, although the gold is also lovely. Edwina

Elginlass said...

Both are lovely but i'm in the gold camp lol.

Jan Ltc said...

Beautiful cards love the CAS look xx Jan

Sandybee said...

A real job to choose between the 2 but I think my vote goes to the gold one but then again ................

xx Sandra

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
Oh what a difficult question, especially when I love both! The first one is plain but with class and the second one has such elegance and a look of luxury about it thanks to the gold, sorry it's both for me. 2 x 2 in two days we are getting spoilt and no mistake!
Margaret corgi owner

nikkib said...

I think they are both lovely and could be used for different occasions... simple but elegant.... gorgeous x

3362Jan said...

Hi Sue. They are both nice cards, but I prefer the second one, with the gold highlight. So nice to have a twofer!!Keep them coming. Hugs 3362 Jan. x

Anonymous said...

I love the gold, although both are great.

Linda Simpson said...

Both stunning cards Sue but I have to admit to loving the gold one!

Hugs
Linda xxx

Anonymous said...

Sue
Decisions ... Decisions ...
Love both cards and can't decide which I prefer - I'm intrigued though as to how you managed to cut the tree out of the white without flattening the embossing from the folder or is a case of which came first - the tree or the border??
Regards
Caroline MacH

Anonymous said...

Both cards are great but much prefer the gold version. Also like the technique used for the bonsai tree on the gold tree - thank you for the idea.

Chrissie J Lui said...

Hi Sue, you are spoiling us ... thank you ... i think both cards are gorgeous but the second is my favorite.

Happy crafting
Chrissie x x x

greendragon said...

Two beautiful cards Sue. Like you, I think that the moon would have been better masked before inking, rather than stuck on top - but hindsight is a wonderful thing! Cutting out and inlaying is such a good idea for making flat cards - why haven't I thought of that? Can't make my mind up between the two cards - both super in their own way. x

Jennifer Swandells said...

What beautiful cards today Sue, they are both equally stunning. I really like the gilding wax on the gold card, but (arms up my back here) if I had to choose it would have to be the black and white one. It is so simple, clean, clear and vivid. I love it. Hugs, Jen :-)
Krafty Keepsakes

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
We are certainly being spoilt this week. I love both of the cards, but my favourite has to be the gold one. I think the bonsai teamed with the Pasorale embossing folder is lovely. I've used the bonsai die quite a lot lately and used different coloured gilding flakes and they are beautiful - make fabulous male cards.

darcydaydream said...

Both lovely cards. I prefer the second one myself. Love the gold..
Christine in Darcy....xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - again 2 for 1 - how lucky are we! Love both Sue but my preference would be the gold one as I think, as you say, the moon would have been better masked off to give a softer look on the black and white one.
Val C xx

SusanP,Kent said...

Choices, choices. The Bonsai D-Lite
is cute and if I had to choose a preference (I like them both)I'd pick the gold one because the gilded borders enhance the design. I love the inlaid tree too. A good trick I must remember.
Sue

Glass Daisy said...

Hi Sue,
The gold one appeals to me. I was rather surprised, as I usually prefer black on white.
Sonia x

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
You are spoiling us with all these designs. The gold is my favourite though.
Alison B. x

nannapat said...

Lovely clean and simple designs Sue - keep on rummaging! Pat x

Helen Barker said...

The first one is my fave,very atmospheric.
Helen Bx

HelenS said...

The gold is my favourite- nice different technique.

Clare said...

Beautiful cards. The first one is my favourite.

Clare x

Mac Mable said...

The first one is my choice but love them both x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, both are great cards, but I prefer the second one.
God bless
JanNxx

sued99 said...

I just love both of these cards. so simple but so elegant.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful cards but the gold one is for me. (Am I the only one that thinks this tree looks like a lady having a bad hair day? )
Love from Marie

Cardgenie said...

What a difference a die makes!! Seriously, the same die, but with two completely different looks. I love both, but the simplicity of the black and white one gets my vote. Simple but very elegant - perfect for a man's card. Jean

Shazza said...

fabulous, love that tree x

Anonymous said...

Love the simplicity!

Susan x

Tracie Carmody said...

Your cards never cease to amaze me xx

Tracie Carmody said...

Your cards never cease to amaze me xx

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Both lovely cards but I have to go with the second one as this is the one which convinced me to buy both the bonsai tree die and the pastorale embossing folder when I watched you demonstrate it. SueL.

Disco Queen said...

Blacks my favourite :-)

Rach83 said...

Both stunning cards, Sue. The inking on the first is really atmospheric and the gold is really striking on the second. If I had to chose one it would be the gold - love the embossing.

Rachel x

Meg said...

Hi Sue,
I think the gold is my favourite but do like the black and white.

Margaret O
xxx

Crafting Newbie said...

Hi Sue, It's amazing what a change in colour can so. Both cards are stunning, but the gold is definitely my favourite. Hugs, Barbara x

Crafty Nanna said...

Hi Sue, 2 great cards but really can't make up my mind which I prefer, one minute its the black one and then the gold so I am not much help I'm afraid, if pushed I think probably the black - but then...

Love seeing the two cards

hugs Lynn

brenda said...

Hi Sue, both beautiful but the black and White one is my favourite x

Susan White said...

My vote is for the black one - really dramatic, but so simple!

Thanks, Susan

Jane said...

Well Sue what a treat two cards on two days running I like both cards.

Jane xx

Janice K said...

Two days running! You really are spoiling us Sue! I love both of these cards and can't help thinking that the first would be great for a male and the second for a female. x

sandytheRed said...

Hi again Sue, not been on site for some time due to health issue. Just seen the 2 cards in this post. Must say my preference is the Gold card, although both are stunning!!

Hugs SandytheRed

Vie Carter said...

2 great cards, but I prefer the gold

Vie
x

Joan Donaldson said...

Hi Sue, both cards are lovely but I do prefer the gold.

Viv said...

Hi Sue
I love them both but the black one just has the edge
I agree with Ecco there is a mermaid in there somewhere
Viv x

Lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue wow you are spoiling us 4 cards in 2days it's great for us! I have to say that I really like both cards and would find it very difficult to choose which one i preferred!! Looking forward to your return its been so long, even my teenage daughter has asked me when that nice American lady is going to be on!! Lol love Lesley x

hazel said...

Hi Sue
I remember seeing you Demonstrate the black one on C&C. Both really Arty cards what a huge difference with just changing the colours.
Take care
Hazel G

Barbara said...

Great cards Sue. I like it when you change styles!!! My fav is the black one!

Lacela said...

Oooh, ever so late getting here today. I like both versions, but I think I prefer the second, it has just a bit more interest. I know some think less is more, but not always, for me.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Hard to decide but I think the gold although the black is very striking

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Hi Sue my favorite mmmmm the gold one no the first one ooooo can't make up my mind. Both are fab! Hugs Debbie R xx

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