Monday, 8 July 2013

Black And Gold Opulence


Hi my crafty friends.  All I have to say is at least I waited until July to post my first Christmas card! LOL     I made a dozen or so cards for Julia's Christmas shows and this is one of them.  I absolutely love the new Justrite stamp sets that match with the Heirloom Ornaments.  I started by embossing the white background with the Heart Lattice embossing folder.  I stamped two black borders  with the  Celebration Labels One border and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I cut both of them out with the matching lattice Bracket border die.  I cut a matching mat out of soft gold card.  I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions set called Winter Greetings by cutting each letter apart of the "JOY" sentiment and mounting them on an acrylic block vertically.  I heat embossed it with gold powder then covered the piece with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I covered it with clear micro beads for texture.  Next I stamped the new Justrite stamp from the set  called Heritage Christmas Ornament  on soft gold card and embossed it with gold powder for a tonal look.  I cut it out with the matching die and mounted it with foam on my card.  I stamped my sentiment on black card, gold embossed it and cut it out with the oval die from the Vintage Labels Four die set from JustRite.  I added a black messy bow tied from seam binding, white tulle and black Dazzler to the top of the ornament.  Pierced the edges of the double white mat to complete the card.  Very opulent feeling I think!  Finished dimensions are 7" x 10" in size.
Don't forget to tune in to see Julia's shows on the 9th as she has the POTD with some beautiful stamp sets!  All for now, Sue x








163 comments:

Pam said...

I wsould love to receive such a beautiful Christmas card.

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
A stunning card, love the idea could be used for other occasions but love it as a Christmas Card must keep this in mind.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xxxx

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue a real show stopper thank you hope you had a good journey home take care Kitty

Joanna Dickson said...

Wow, what a start to the week, Love the colours, luxurious and rich.
Hope Scotland went well,
Love
Jo x

Heather Rogers said...

Simply gorgeous Sue! I love the the new stamps as well!
Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

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TDQ Karen said...

What a beautiful Christmas card, just stunning xx

Debs Artliff said...

Morning sue what a stunning csrd it outstanding. I love the style of it and the colour yo have used. You are one talented lady sue you give us so much inspiration. Take care sue xx

Debs A

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Oh what a Joy this card is :-) beautiful, love the tonal heat embossing you've done.
Donna Jones

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
Simply amazing - a really mantle piece wow.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Alison said...

Love love love and I just heard I won one of your cards in the auction at Papeterie, brilliant

Alison Dent xx

Jan.moogie said...

Well we now know it is July and the season to make Christmas cards but mine wont be half as gorgeous as yours Sue. Beautiful card.xx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Simply gorgeous I love everything about today's card. Thanks for e inspiration.
Hugs x
Heather T

tracy w said...

Hi sue
What a beautiful christmas card it's ok to show christmas cards I all really have some christmas cards kits to make thank you for the idea Tracy w x

Eemeli said...

Such a great layout. Black and gold are fabulous combo and work very well in Christmas creations.

Hugs,
Eemeli

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous the colours are so opulent just right for Christmas. Love Jackie

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, lovely Christmas card today, love the black and gold and love the stamps too! Love Jean xxx

Carol said...

Love black and gold at any time, but at Christmas it feels so opulent. The stamps are divine.
Hugs n stuff
Carol B

Sue Dunn said...

Good morning Sue. A beautiful card that anyone would be very happy to receive. Xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card, gorgeous colours together and the stamping and border die-cuts are gorgeous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

AnneRD said...

So much detail Sue, it's lovely. Anne x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - really lovely - I used to be a traditional red & green x-mas person but you have converted me to other colour combos like this. Thanks!
Rgs
Clare W

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely card. I agree! The bauble dies and stamps are lovely. Hope your trip to Scotland went well.
Best wishes
Anne O

Izzwizz said...

Gorgeous card Sue, opulent is the word! Maddy x

Rachel Taylor said...

I do like this ,it looks a little like a bodice Lol !
Crafty hugs Rachel x

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Stunning, a great mix of dies and stamps, a very elegant Christmas card. Have a great day.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Rosie said...

I love the ways you combine different die sets.

Annie said...

Morning, Sue, hope you had a good homeward journey, at least you had gorgeous weather to travel. Card is fabulous, would look great in all the traditional.Christmas colours too. Looking forward to seeing your cards on Julia's shows and to see the new stamps.
Have a happy Monday Hugs Annie

Hellma said...

Stunning card as always.

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Hope you're having a 'day off' to recover from your week-end.
Yes they have to make an appearance just about now don't they! The C.cards and I have to start mine next week when I have collected everything together. Having to fetch a parcel of card this a.m. which the delivery man didn't leave!!!!
Today's gift is wonderful and I love these dies. I would not have thought of using today's colour scheme but it is so majestic and certainly makes a statement so I shall give it a go.
Janet x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Elegant card Sue , looking forward to seeing the new stamps.

Bosquie said...

Everything about this card screens opulence.Stunning Sue XX

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, your title says it all. Opulent, lovely card for somebody special. Bx

Carol H said...

Morning Sue,
What a beautiful card. I think it's ok to show Christmas cards in July, as all the dies and stamps are coming out, it's nice to have the ideas early as well.
Have a lovely day.
Hugs Carol Healy.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
A lovely christmas card, I have started to prepare some bits ready to start on mine in the summer holidays.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Lace said...

Brilliant card Sue! I do agree with you, the stamps combined with the Spellies are truly amazing.

Lacelady said...

Sorry that last comment was from me.

Anonymous said...

So elegant, Sue, a real statement card. A lot of work in this to great effect. Just love it.
Hope you have a relaxing day!

'P' in Wales

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, what a wonderful Christmas card. It must be countdown now. Was wondering when we were going to see some. Love it.
Not so sunny at the moment.

Love June
xxx

Victoria said...

WOW. What a stunning card, looks so expensive and luxurious. This is my favourite Christmas Spellbinders die, lovely shape.

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
A very opulent and striking card but to me, it does look like two separate cards, side by side and either would be fab on their own. x

karenlotty said...

Very opulent I really like the soft gold card

Gail said...

Good morning Sue,
I'm sorry to say I don't think I could bring myself to send a Christmas card with black in..
Love the card think I will try it in different colour card.
Gail Cx

foxyg said...

Gorgeoys card Sue. I adore black and gold.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. This is a real stunner. I love to use micro beads (thank you for introducing me to them) at any time but on Christmas cards they look even better, like crisp new snow! You can see them shining on your card and it looks wonderful! Enjoy your travels. Take care.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
A beautiful card, for me these 2010 Heirloom ornaments dies are the best shape, looking forward to seeing the matching stamps.
Hope your weekend went well.
Lydia
X

hazel young said...

Beautiful card Sue even if it is July xx hazel

Marion said...

Hi Sue i agree with Gail love the card but would not use black on a christmas card .
Marion H

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue I love the card and I am so happy you are showing Christmas cards! I bought both of the Spellbinders blockbuster on C&C and just wished you did the shows. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Hilary said...

Good morning Sue. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Such a luxurious card today! Looking forward to Julia's shows. Have a great day. Love and hugs. Hilary xxx

Vick said...

OH Sue, this has got to be my favourite Christmas card this year so far hahahahaha.........it wouldn't be hard would it? but saying that it is an absolutely gorgeous card, in my favourite shades although a lot of people don't like black on a Christmas card I think it makes it look more elegant, smashing card, love it, hugs, Vick xxxx
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Mac Mable said...

What a classy and rich looking Christmas Card, love it x

Crafty Lark said...

Stunning card Sue, I love your layout. xx Flora

kimberley said...

Beautiful Sue-it would certainly be a JOY to receive.looking forward to a lot more xmas cards,take care,x.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
What an absolute "joy" this morning. Such a very elegant card today and one that anyone would surely love to receive. Even though I'm not a black lover, I think you are converting me! This could be done in any colour and would still be gorgeous.

Ann said...




Hi Sue

Gorgeous card absolutely stunning what a delight to receive a Christmas card like this one I would carefully pack it and bring it out each and every Christmas.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. The C word!!! Would love to receive this at Christmas.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

Today's card is fantastic. Looks like we're starting a Christmas theme already. have just come back from the Lake District so will need to catch up on last weeks cards.

hollyberry said...

A very stunning and elegant Christmas card.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Beautiful Sue, the 2010 Heirloom die is my favourite and love the colour combo, so opulent. The micro beads look so festive.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Jax said...

HI Sue,Beautiful,very exotic. Jackie

beachie said...

Hi Sue
A beauty of a card I love the embossing.
Audrey x

Jan Caven said...

Hi sue
This is stunning, I missed your show with the stamps and have fallen in love with them. I really love this card. Some more items to add to my ever growing list ha.
Love Jan x x

Jacquie said...

morning Sue,

Such a beautiful Christmas card and so expensive looking. Gold and Black together is pure opulence.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

TOB said...

This is a stunner, colours beautiful and rich. Hugs x

cuilliesocks said...

Fabulous card Sue, so elegant and stylish, Kate x

gwen70 said...

Wow stunning Sue

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I was wondering when the first C card would appear and now it has. It's only when you see the close up photos that you realise just how lovely this card is and the black and gold look stunning together.
Beverley W

Anonymous said...

What a different look for a Christmas card, lovely

mol x

Maggie said...

How elegant is that card? Definitely one for a very special person. Looking forward to Julia's shows, but the Bank Manager says no! xx

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
Love this card. I can see that I shall have to invest in the Heartfelt Christmas stamps.
Erica x

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue x. Like the colours together.

Jackie Meechan said...

Love this very opulent looking. Hope u enjoyed ur weekend XxHugs
CraftyJacq

Jackie Calvert said...

Morning Sue. Lovely card, Makes me want to start my Christmas makes.
Love from Jackie C. XXX

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a very different and elegant
Christmas card definately one to
recreate hope your time in Aberdeen
went well as I'm sure it would as you
are so friendly and elegant yourself.
Nancyd xx

nannapat said...

A gorgeous and elegant Christmas card Sue - a real wow! card. Pat x

cats said...

Morning Sue!Just one word.....Gorgeous!!......Christine xx

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card, Love the colors.
Gr Elly

Gail said...

Stunning card but can't even think about Christmas in July!!! xx GailT xx

nattyboots said...

WOW i love this Xmas card ,it would take pride of place on my mantle .

Elaine H X

Gail said...

Stunning card but can't even think about Christmas in July!!! xx GailT xx

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
What a joyful and elegant card this morning. The heirloom die is one of my mavourite Christmas die and the colurs you have used are superb.

Love Sheila xx

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, stunning card, black and gold so elegant together on any card. Take cre, Jess x

3362 Jan said...

Hi Sue. I just love the composition of the card, not so sure of the colour combo.Have a great day. Hugs. 3362 Jan. x

Jess Watson said...

Should be take care! Jess

Anonymous said...

Sue
Love this card. The stamps are fabulous with the dies. Love the colours too, I can't resist Black/Gold even though I'm a Red/Gold/Green Christmas sort of person, you'll have me thinking....
Thanks for the inspiration.
Regards
Caroline MacH

Sonia Jones said...

Such a stunning and opulent card. Its gorgeous hugs Sonia x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, what a beautiful card and I just love Christmas cards Jean Z xxx

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the bauble.

Clare x

Marion Turner said...

Morning Sue
What a beautiful Christmas card love the colours you have used.
Love Marion x

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a stunning elegant Christmas card. You give me so many inspirational ideas for using stamps and dies.

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
WHAT LUXURY AND EXTRAVAGANCE FOR A CHRISTMAS CARD. LOVE IT.
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - Very rich and striking christmas card- absolutely love the colours.
ValCxx

loftylass said...

Morning Sue - love the card... mmm black and gold... I like. tfs
Hugs
Heather W
x

fame01 said...

Hi sue
well no matter how you look at it Christmas is on its way lol, i love the card must get some of the border dies stunning.have a safejourney home .hugs sarah xx

lynda said...

Good morning Sue a stunning card a WOW from me i love the colours very rich and a beautiful Christmas card .
it's hard to think of Christmas on this lovely sunny day.
hope you had a good journey home,
Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Joanne2403 said...

Gorgeous, love everything about it, the colours you used, the dies.... everything and I wouldn't have thought of using any of these together, tfs your ideas again Sue :)

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Its never too early to start making Christmas Cards!!!
Love the opluent Black and Gold colours, really rich and warming.
Alison B. x

Janice Wallace said...

Gold and black make a lovely classy card. Great idea for 2 separate cards, each side would look good on it's own.
Janice W

Jill Liddle said...

I love this card.Black and gold are my all time faves together. If someone was to send this to me, I would think myself very special indeed.

CaronP said...

Hello Sue.
Wow this is a beautiful Christmas card, love the richness and elegance.
xx

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue stunning card I love the way you used the Dies and the colours are fantastic,
Smiles
Ita

Anonymous said...

Sunny outside but still the Xmas card looks just right

Diane Mortimer said...

Love it, just bought these dies, cant wait for them to arrive and have a play :-)
Diane from Glasgow

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue, I know this is going to sound odd, but, I like the right hand side for one card and I like the left hand side for another card but somehow I don't like the two together....said it would sound odd!! Love from Jackie D

snowqueen62 said...

Lovely card and yes it is that time of year to start thinking about making a start on those Christmas cards.
Hugs Sue x

Carol Clarke said...

Morning or should I say afternoon Sue, this card is stunning would love to receive it as a Christmas Card.
Off on holiday tomorrow so this is my last message for a while, Crete will be very hot.
Hugs
Carol x

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue, Very elegant card Black, Gold and Micro beads a real WOW - Love it.
Hope you are having a good day.
Love Brenda Lel xxx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, this card is just the kick I need to start pulling out all the Christmas stuff and get started as I have a LOT to make.
I was so pleased to have been able to meet you at last on Saturday and it was a very enjoyable day despite the un-accustomed heat. I hope the picture you had taken came out better than mine - I had my eyes closed! Thanks again for a lovely day. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and I hope the midges don't bite :-)
Frances

Maryann Laursen said...

Another stunner here again Sue, you never disappoint me, no matter what you´re doing, and this is gorgeous and so elegant.

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue, beautiful Christmas card - a work of art!

Hugs, Belinda. X

Sandybee said...

Love this card Sue. I have just bought the bauble stamps from Julia and they are gorgeous

xx Sandra

weefortune said...

Lovely Christmas Card. Elaine x

Marleine said...


Hiya Sue,
Love the embossing. Black and gold go so well together. X

Craftychris said...

Wonderful, I love the black and gold xx

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love this card, although i dont want to think about the C word just yet.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Susan White said...

That bauble stamp is just fab - if you folded them in half and did 4 back to back you'd have a wonderful ornament! I keep telling myself I don't need anymore Christmas stamps, but this is sooooooo tempting!

Susan

Paper Junkie said...

It's a lovely card Sue - but I just can't think of the C word just yet - not when we are finally getting some summer! X

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

This is an opulent and very elegant card. Last Christmas I received a black and white card and thought that card was lovely, but the black and gold is even more sophisticated. Love it. :-)

Hope you are feeling more rested now you are home.

kind regards

Tina X

yorkie said...

Hi sue
This is a beautiful card Sue do you want my address to send me mine don't mind having it early lol
You take care
Theresa x

Pauline A said...

An elegant card from an elegant lady! Have just bought some micro beads so will have a go at using them on my Christmas cards in the not so distant future. This is definitely a card for someone special. Hugs Pauline A x

salem said...

faab card love these dies

SusanP, Kent said...

Wow! A beautiful card for Christmas. I much prefer black and gold to red/green. Have just visited 'The Papeterie' blog and viewed some of the photos from the day. Seems like a great time was had by all! Please would you post pics of the cards you made? Hope you've recovered from your marathon.
Sue

Vie Carter said...

wonderful - love black and gold and love these dies

Vie
x

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Jane said...

O Sue you are wishing your life away Christmas comes round fast enough when you hit 50 without wishing it on lol love the card by the way.

Jane xx

Carole Z said...

Oooh gorgeous! Such a classy and elegant Christmas card, Carole Z X

Crafty Nanna said...

Evening Sue, Love this card. Will be watching out for Julia tomorrow.
Hugs Lynn

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Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the lacy borders.
Looking forward to the POTD.
Veronique L

Meg said...

Ooooh not ready for Christmas yet.
Different card though

Margaret O
xxx

Jan Ltc said...

Gorgeous card Sue xx Jan

Janice K said...

A wonderful, classy and opulent card. x

Suebak said...

Different in a very good way.
Susan x

Sandy H said...

This is an opulent card - think I'll try it with something other than black, though.

Joanne K said...

Evening Sue, hope you had a safe journey and that the charity event was a great success. Love today's card. Very classy. Kind regards Joanne K x

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
What a really beautiful card love everything about it absolutely super.
Hope you enjoyed your weekend.
Margaret corgi owner

hotpotato said...

Lovely card, oh yes the dreaded C word.

Karen said...

Looks very classy. It would take pride of place on anyone's mantelpiece at Christmas
Luv
Karen xx

Brenda Hanlon said...

Hi Sue, love the black and gold, very classy

magpie said...

Hi Sue! Hello everyone! Oh "wow" Sue a stunning, elegant card for Christmas. I would love to receive this......I can dream can't I? Unfortunately I won't be able to watch any shows or comment here as we're off on holiday tomorrow for 10 days! An early to bed and early to rise..... Please don't worry about being to early for Christmas cards. In this household it's the sooner the better! I love the music in the advert for the Co-Op that's on now.....Andy Williams singing "It's the most wonderful time of the year......." You can't get much of a reminder than that! Have a safe journey Sue and I hope you've had a wonderful time. When you get home put the kettle on, put your feet up and have a rest! You deserve it xx Love Karen xx

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...This xmas card is fab!!! It's one you could duplicate in various xmas colors...I love the border die edge.

Take care. Deborah.H :) :) :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...This xmas card is fab!!! It's one you could duplicate in various xmas colors...I love the border die edge.

Take care. Deborah.H :) :) :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...This xmas card is fab!!! It's one you could duplicate in various xmas colors...I love the border die edge.

Take care. Deborah.H :) :) :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...This xmas card is fab!!! It's one you could duplicate in various xmas colors...I love the border die edge.

Take care. Deborah.H :) :) :)

Deborah said...

Hi Sue...This xmas card is fab!!! It's one you could duplicate in various xmas colors...I love the border die edge.

Take care. Deborah.H :) :) :)

Linda Simpson said...

Fabulous Christmas card Sue, love the dies you have used.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Julie Goodall said...

What a stunning card. Absolutely lovely.

Nana on the Hill said...

A classic beauty Sue, love those curvy edges!

jennywren1947 said...

lovely card Sue but did u have 2 remind us about Christmas lol
hugs Chris x

Rosemarie said...

Hi Sue, Having just travelled back from Swansea after my daughter's graduation, in extreme heat it was nice to see something Chrstmasy so I could at least think cold - a very beautiful card, will definitely keep it in mind .

Love Rosemarie Fishlock xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

So elegant

lorraine (classylady) said...

Oh Sue this is a beautiful elegant card. Not the 'normal' Christmas colours but really nice and different.

regards
Lorraine - Scotland
xxx

Rose in chester said...

Hi sue
It's very late I know but I've not been back in the flat for long. BUT JUST HAD to let you know that I love, love, love your card. It is stupendous, opulent, beautiful , stunning and last but not least - elegant.
You've surpassed yourself (if that is possible)
Hugs, rose

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Fabulous Christmas card, love the heirloom ornament stamps and dies
Best wishes, Pat

carol e said...

Beautiful card Sue, very regal

hazel said...

Hi Sue
What a statement this card makes , It's absolutely stunning. Love those dies and the border die which i have but not used yet
Take care
hazel G

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, trying not to think about Christmas yet!! But this card is elegant, stylish and love the colour combination not thought of using black for Christmas but will try it out this year. Thanks Sue.
Hugs
Jean D

Anonymous said...

WOW!! What JOY you bring us every day. Mabex

Jennifer Swandells said...

What an absolutely stunning card Sue. It is such a rich looking card. Hugs, Jen xx
Krafty Keepsakes

CraftyJo said...

Beautiful!

Helen Barker said...

Beautiful Christmas card.
Helen Bx

Katie-Louise sweetlove said...

Dear Sue

What a stunning Christmas card this is, the gold and black on the white background looks really amazing and very expensive looking.

This would make a special person very happy at Christmas to receive it.

Best wishes from Katie-Louise sweetlove

Hugs x

Marianna Hammer said...

A very inspirational card. I'm going to use ideas from this one in my own cards this year :)
Lovely