Monday, 29 July 2013

Think Snow

 Hi friends!  I thought I would gently ease you in to Christmas cards a few at a time, hope you don't mind!  I really liked the way this one came out and the colours were a bit different for me too.  I selected gold, silver and navy blue to use for today's card.  I started my embossing a piece of coconut white card with my Sea Garden embossing folder.  Once embossed, I used the Enchanted gold gilding wax over the top of the embossed design to add a soft shimmer.  Next I used the Create a Flake three die set and the Snowflake Pendant 2011 and cut various snowflakes out of soft gold, silver and navy blue card.  I arranged them in a wreath shape on my background.  I glued flatback pearls in the centres of each of them.  I decided to add some small pearl strings to the wreath.  I purchased these in white from a craft shop while in Florida.  Using Gold and silver alcohol inks, I changed the colour of the strings.  I intertwined them throughout my snowflake wreath as an embellishment.  I stamped my sentiment and gold embossed it.  I matted it with silver card and cut the ends into a fork.  I attached it across the wreath using glue dots.  I tied a double bow out of the blue/silver reversible ribbon and added it in the corner of my wreath.  A fancy button from my craft stash was added to the centre.  I matted the piece on a blue mat, then a double white pierced mat to complete it.  Finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x








172 comments:

Pam said...

oh so beautiful, I would love this one.

carole jeffery said...

Morning Sue, I love the colours on this card, silver and gold together look great especially with the blue. I have some of this stringed beads i bought for another project and wondered how to use it on my cards, thank you for that great idea. Lol . Forgot to say I think this card is a stunner, simple yet elegant.

Rosie said...

One of my favourites.

TDQ Karen said...

Wow this is stunning, love the colour combination and who'd have thought of using chains and beads in this way, wonderful card xx

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue
another one of your classics thank you brilliant take care Kitty

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
Beautiful card, the colours are lovely, great idea with the beads, a simple but really effective design, love it. Have a great day.
Michelle(happy2craft)

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Another one of your classics as Kitty says above but what a classic!!
I have never thought of navy as a C.colour but will now - the whole scheme is just wonderful and just highlights the format beautifully.
More of this kind of crafting for me today - it seems white odd C.card making in temps of upper 30s but there it is.
Janet x

baconbits said...

Morning Sue,
A simple yet elegant creation fabulous. I love the colours the blue really pops.
This is definitely a Wilson classic.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Phi said...

This is really pretty. Love the snowflakes and colours.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, simply inspirational. Great idea with the pearl string. Bx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great snow flake card .

Cee Bee said...

Hi Sue, this is just gorgeous, love the colours and the style.
More Christmas ideas please
Hugs n Stuff
Carol B

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
I absolutely love today's card it's stunning. Last year I made a navy and white Christmas card for my friend and she loved it. I never used other colours but I'm going to try it this year thanks for the idea.
Hugs x
Heather T

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
A lovely card, I think this is a wonderful Christmas card, so much so I think I will be looking to purchase the snow flake dies.
Gail Cx

Dawn Searle said...

Morning Sue
Beautiful card, I am going to try this one, it won't be as good as yours. I love the blue and white with a touch of gold, looking forward to more Christmas cards
Hugs Dawn S. xxxxx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A really beautiful card today, loving the colours, they complement each other beautifully. I love, love, love, the embossing folder, will need to get this one.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
What a stunning card. Great colours and composition. I love it.
Best wishes
Anne

Marleine said...


Morning Sue,

Pretty card. Love the snow flake colours.x

Debs A said...

Morning sue what a elegant card i love the colours that you have used. I will be having ago at this one. I just wish i could come up with the ideas that you do. Take care sue xxx

Debs A

maxine said...

Stunning card

Sue Dunn said...

Good morning Sue. What a beautiful card. How very effective the gold silver and blue work together. I love to see snowflakes at Christmas. Stunning. Xx

Christine Harrop said...

What a great idea to use up all the different snowflakes in the sets. The pearl strings look great. Christine x

PharmacyMichele said...

Very clever, using the different snowflakes together. It makes a stunning card, lovely colour combination.

Michele.

Anne Crawford said...

Stunning card! Love the snowflakes and the pearl strings.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lov the wreath and embossing but the bow is too big for my taste

Nanny Jo said...

Stunning, Sue!! I love the idea of using beads.. Jo xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. What a fantastic card. I love the gold/silver/navy colours and the beads add the finishing touch. I will be trying this one. Take care.

Rachel Taylor said...

Lovely unusual card today sue . Its never too early for christmas ! Lol
Crafty hugs Rachel x

Elaine said...

Fantastic !

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue I have waiting for your Christmas and just love this one! I bought all the new Spellbinders for Christmas so cannot wait to see your creations. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue, What a beautiful Christmas creation, Love the way you have created the background I must try this one out.
Have a good day, Love Brenda Lel xxx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Gorgeous card Sue and love the colour combo.
Another classic. x

nuttinanni said...

so beautiful sue, will definitely try this one Cheryl x

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
I love your cards but this one might rate in the top ten... Fantastic.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love this. I have some reels of pearl strings in my stash that someone gave me - I haven't used them yet as I wasn't sure what to do with them - now I can - so thanks for that. Cooler today here but 30C+ again later in the week they say.
Rgs
Clare W

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
I truly love this ... my style of Christmas Card. I have a roll of these beads now I know what I will use them for. I love everything about today`s beautiful creation.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xxxx

hazel young said...

Stunning card love the colours and design xx hazel

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
just beautiful, I love it.
Hugs, Rose

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I love seeing Christmas cards, I have lots to make, so for my special ones I will be keeping an eye on your designs, I don't always have the same dies but can usually make something similar.
Thank you for all the inspiration
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Carole Z said...

Beautiful card Sue, very special! Carole Z X

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Really stunning card - love it.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Anonymous said...

Oh yes Sue - this card is quite stunning. I love it.
YvonneMayxx

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Absolutely beautiful. And some great ideas. I love the strings of pearls.
Audrey x

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
This is truly beautiful. Love the blue,silver and gold together. The embossing folder is lovely especially with the gilding wax on. My type of card!

Jean Johnston said...

Lovely card Sue - design, colours, diecuts all beautiful

sarah hyett said...

A beautiful and stunning card.

Sarah h

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, can't get any photo's
this morning hope when I send comment
they will pop up as they did on Julia's
blog this is second time I have tried.
Nancyd xx

Floss said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning, just stunning.x

nancyd said...

Hi again, it worked again a trully
beautiful xmas card and great colours and the background is just
my style don't like too much colour
on background but this is stunning.
Nancyd xx

TOB said...

Gorgeous card, another one where you "think outside the box", of which you are a master. I love looking at your cards as they inspire me to look at things in a different way. Thank you Sue. hugs x

Annie said...

Gorgeous, love the colours. Happy Monday!
Hugs Annie

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue X happy crafting

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue X happy crafting

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said.....

Hi Sue, what a wonderful, stylish Christmas card! Like other blog followers I will be getting out my pearl strings ( left over from another project, I can't throw anything away!). I would like to purchase some blue/ silver ribbon, will try Julia or Sam's online shops as I like to support their businesses.

Hugs, Belinda. X

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, Love this card, I have got several reels of these pearls, now I know what I can do with some of them. The colour combo is great.

Love Rosemarie Fishlock xx

Laura O said...

Hi Sue,another fab card love the colours together.Laura O

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Love the colour combo and classic wreath design.

Donna Jones

englishrose897 said...

Stunning card Sue.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card, Sue, just love it all!

'P' in Wales

Sonia Jones said...

An Absolutely stunning card. It's a definate must try! Now do i have any snowflake dies? Off to check hugs Sonia x

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

What a fantastic card today. Talk about thinking out of the box. This is a classic. A really new way to use the snowflake dies.

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely wonderful card Sue, love how you've made the snowflake wreath and the embossing is gorgeous, Kate x

Jan.moogie said...

Love love love this card Sue, it sure is a winner with me.x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, Love, love, love it! Love the way you have made the wreath, love the bow and love the pearls! Love Jean xxx

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, like some of the other bloggers Im looking forward to more Christmas designs, love this one haven't any string pearls but will adapt using ribbon and flat back gems. Thanks Sue.
Hugs
Jean D

Victoria said...

You don't often see gold and silver together, but they work really well here along with the blue. Great idea using the beads too. The only thing I would change is the sentiment - I'm not quite about it!!

Crafty Lark said...

Great inspiration Sue, love the way you have used the pearl strings. xx Flora

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue from a cooler central Scotland,
I love todays card with the lovely snowflakes. I had to go into the close ups to see the delicate gold shimmer you had rubbed across the embossed back and to see the tiny snowflakes that you had tucked into the wreath. This is one of those cards that you would keep finding subtle wee bits in. Beautiful.
Hope you're having nicer weather where you are,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card.love the background.
Gr Elly

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
Such a beautiful card, stunning in fact, the colours do go really well together absolutely fabulous. I don't mind seeing lovely Christmas cards any time of the year.
Margaret corgi owner

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, stunning card and love the way you have used the snow flakes. Have a great day.

Love June
xxx

gwen70 said...

Stunning card Sue, really will have to give it a go

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, Gorgeous card and design. Emma

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning card, great choice of colours they look so good together,I love the design but for me the bow is too big.
Lydia
X

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning card, great choice of colours they look so good together,I love the design but for me the bow is too big.
Lydia
X

hollyberry said...

Love this card.

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Beautiful Christmas card I love the way you have used the colours and the snowflake wreath shape looks fabulous.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

marg said...

Hello Sue
On my screen the snowflakes look almost steampunk !
Love the colours and the pearls!
I can't wait for the Heartfelt Demo's
Baubles to show...bit to expensive for me this time..Lots of birthdays to cater for ...
LoveMarg

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Such a beautiful card love it and the colours are great love Jean Z xx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue

Stunning card, would never have thought to put these colours together, beads add dimension.
Hugs
Carol x

Janice Wallace said...

Morning, Sue,
I have a few winter birthdays, and this would be superb for them. Not too christmassy. Love it.
Janice W

Maggie said...

Good Monday morning. This card is just so elegant with very beautiful and original work with all those snowflakes. Thank you. xx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a beautiful Christmas card today !! I really love your combination of gold, silver and navy blue for your snowflakes. Where did you get that lovely silver and navy cardstock from ? I have your soft gold card with a metallic type sheen. I would love it if you did some soft silver card to. I hope you will be bringing us some soon to c+c. I love your background folder with the gilding wax although it is a bit difficult to see on my screen. Your bow is fab to. I love all your christmas card Sue. Please keep them coming !! Lots of love Tres x x x

nattyboots said...

How Gorgeous !
Love it, love it,love it

Elaine H X

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue, an overall effect of elegance, love from Jackie D

Katie-Louise said...

Dear Sue
This is a beautiful Christmas card I love the combination of colours today in the wreath shape.
I don't normally out gold and silver together but they really work intermixed with the navy blue. Love the pearl strings you've coloured I'd love to get some any ideas where we could get some here? Any chance you could bring them to us?
I hope wherever you are in the wold you are relaxing for a while before working hard as you do again.

Thank you for all your wonderful inspiration

Best wishes from Katie-Louise sweetlove

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, like other bloggers, I love this card, I don't have these snowflakes but have something similar so I will try to adapt them and make a wreath. have a great day, take care, Jess xx

Sheila - Ginger said...

morning Sue,
Such an Exquisite card this morning ...what a great colour combo too. Must see if I've got that 2011 snowflake too. Just loving your Christmas cards...bring them on! Thanks for all the inspiration.

Love Sheila xx

Jacquie said...

Morning Sue,

Love this card and the idea of loads of snowflakes making up a wreath. Very clever and I love the colour combinations you have used.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

tracy w said...

hi sue
what a stunning card thanks for all the inspiration you give us crafters tracy w x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I just love, love, love today's card. I can envisage it working in other contempory colours as well. You can keep your Christmas cards coming for as long as you want as I just love your inspiration.
Beverley W

Jill Liddle said...

Beautiful card. Love all the colours, they work so well together and the ribbon bow is exquiset too.

cats said...

Morning!I realy love this card,it's very pretty.More Christmas cards I say !! :))....... Christine xx

hotpotato said...

oh my I thought yesterdays card was stunning, this is also up there with it.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
What a stunner! Who would have thought that navy blue would blend with gold and silver so beautifully! You are very clever. I never thought of colouring pearls! Will get much more use out of my stash now. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

Sandy

deniseann said...

Hi Sue, Love the blend of colours and so inventive, just classy!!

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
Great looking card real nice coour combo love it .hugs sarah xxx

Diane Mortimer said...

Hey Sue,
I'm glad you've used gold and silver in a card, I'm scared to do it and usually only use either or. Loge the navy in there though, great.

Diane from Glasgow xx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
This is so gorgeous please keep the Christmas cards coming!! I love your snowflake wreath and the combination of gold silver and navy is beautiful
Best wishes, Pat

Anonymous said...

gorgeous, not into my C cards yet!

mol x

Anonymous said...

gorgeous, not into my C cards yet!

mol x

utilitygirl said...

Simply beautiful!

Heather Rogers said...

Oh my! What a lovely card Sue it is so pretty I do so love your embossing folder because it is soooo different to anyone else's.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

http://heatherscreationsandhappenings.blogspot.co.uk/

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
Think snow! Perhaps it'll cool us all down in the present heat?
It's a lovely card. Keep the Christmas cards coming, I need all the inspiration I can get.
Erica x

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a beautful card and another one I would love to receive.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - Gorgeous! what more can I say Gorgeous!
ValCxx

Cardgenie said...

Sue, what a wonderful card! Such a clever idea - thanks for the inspiration. I would never have thought about putting silver, gold and blue together, but they work so well! Jean

Lacelady said...

LOVE the colour combo Sue, and I have loads of snowflake dies, (though not those particular ones).

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Really lovely the card today. Such a simple idea, but very effective. I do like to make the less traditional colour schemes for Christmas cards, and it makes yours stand out from the others. Love the colour combo. :-)

Kind regards

Tina X

Jan Ltc said...

Beautiful card Sue xx Jan

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue, I too just love this card. I'm a great fan of silver and navy at Christmastime. I've yet to try the gilding wax but I think I feel a special purchase coming on! Have a great day
Margaret A

Jackie Calvert said...

Morning Sue. This one is beautiful, the colours, beads and bow are gorgeous, I've only used pearl strings before, I think that will change very soon now..
Love from Jackie C XXX

Brakkers said...

Hi Sue, love today's card, all the little special extras you hide just go to make a perfect finish every time. I love the Sea Garden folder that I too love to use, it's great on the 8 x8 cards that I like to make.

Anne from Leighton Buzzard X

lynda said...

Beautiful Sue love everything you have done with this card , the embossing with the wax is lovely and clever use of the snowflakes stunning.
Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Meg said...

Hi Sue,
I love wreaths and your snowflake one is lovely.
Great colour scheme too.

Margaret O
xxx

Jennifer Swandells said...

What an absolutely beautiful card Sue, I love the colours. They are so different but definately work for Christmas. Hugs, Jen :-) xx
Krafty Keepsakes

Janice said...

a stunning card Sue, love the colour combination. I too have been making Christmas cards. Never too early. xx Janice xx

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue

Gold,silver,navy blue and white! I really love this colour combination.. The layout is really nice and I look forward to creating my masterpiece using your theme.

I think this is up there with my favourites!

Thank you again for all your lovely ideas. I really love looking at your blog every day.

Love from

Lesley S
Crawley, West Suossex

nannapat said...

Fabulous creation Sue. The pearls threaded through the wreath is a great idea and the whole thing is just stunning. Pat x

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue stunning card the colour combination works great,love the bow.
Smiles
Ita

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card. The colours really make it feel quite wintry.
Frances

caroline said...

Just stunning sue, lovely colors
Caroline

CaronP said...

Hello Sue. Simply stunning!! Love the design. xx

Gail said...

Wow-Wow-Wow - an absolutely stunning card and luv what you have done with the pearls - I wouldn't normally mix silver and gold but it looks absolutely fab xx GailT xx

Pauline A said...

What a fantastic way to use a string of pearls and the blue silver ribbon looks great when made up into a bow. I bought some the last time it was on C&C but haven't found anybody worthy of me using it. Maybe I should send myself a card and then I would get to keep some. A truly beautiful Christmas card. More please. Hugs. Pauline A x

CraftyJo said...

Fabulous mix of colours - unusual but it really works. I love the card in general, would - personally - leave off the bow but the rest of it is gorgeous.

Maryann Laursen said...

This is so gorgeous Sue, and I really love these colors for it too. I agree, very unusual, but it sure does work even perfect, I would say.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A stunning creation, love the colour combo and the pearls, the embossing is gorgeous, your folders are the best. This is a Sue classic, thank you for your inspiration and keep the C cards coming.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
YOU GOT IN THE MOOD FOR CHRISTMAS. LIKE THE CHAIN YOU HAVE WEAVED IN, SMASHING JOB.

BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX

salem said...

beautifull card

Sandybee said...

Such a beautiful card Sue, really loving this one

xx Sandra

jessie said...

MORNING SUE
ANOTHER STUNNING CARD.GOOD MIX OF COLOURS JUST LOVE IT.

Lindsay Martin said...

Afternoon Sue, a very different edge to this one, great use fo the dies x

3362 Jan said...

Hi Sue. These colour's I just love, more, more, more, lol.This is classy. This is my favorite card so far, in the theme of Christmas. Well done Sue. Hugs. 3362 Jan. x

Hayley Johnson said...

I just love this card Sue; using the snowflakes to make a wreath is a lovely idea and very effective!
Hugs Hayley x

Emma Burns said...

I can only repeat what everyone else has said before me. This is a stunning card with the combination of colours and embellishments. Love it a lot xx

iggy said...

lovely but not helping me think of xmas all this weather were having...too sunny just like you sue. x

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
I love it for the colour combo and the originality, absolutely beautiful.
love Jan x x

Janice K said...

This a very pretty and delicate card in lovely colours. I wouldn't have thought to put gold and silver together but it looks great, I really must try this myself. Thank you for the inspiration! x

hazel said...

Hi Sue
A very beautiful Christmas card. Wont be long till it is that time of year again. Hard to believe that we are almost into August where has the time went.
Take care
Hazel G X

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, an unusual but gorgeous card.

Susan White said...

What a great card - love the addition of navy into the mix! The little string beads are a great way to link the wreath shape too.

Thanks, Susan

Vie Carter said...

I cannot think about Christmas with this hot weather, but the card is fab

I myself are a bit of a last minute christmas card maker, always planned to get better but somehow it does not happen

Vie
x

Hellma said...

Stunning card, love the colors.

geneve said...

lovely Christmas card, really like the colours on this

Suebak said...

Must get around to purchasing some gilding wax.
Susan x

SerenePolly said...

Hi Sue

A beautiful card - elegant and sophisticated!

I'll definitely be adding this one to my list of 'ones to do this year'. I can see it working in other colours too.

Take care.

Christine

Jane said...

Love today's card Amazing.

Jane xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, really unusual card - but I like it!!
God bless
JanNxx

Wilma Brown said...

Love the snowflake wreath and the pearls have the finishing touch. Beautiful card.

Wilma x x x

Gillian xXx said...

Wow Sue, what lovely colours for this card. You always make me want to try things right away!
Gillian xXx

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Love the look of this card. The mix of the colours works well together even though it sounds wrong!
Alison B. x

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, This is stunning. Love the colour mix too. Great use for strings of beads we all have! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Joanne K said...

Pretty card today Sue. Kind regards Joanne K x

magpie said...

Hi Sue! Hello everyone! Ooooo gorgeous gorgeous card Sue. Loving the gold/silver/blue combination. I have some beads (3) like these too that I bought from a local market stall. One string was a pearlescent type. I did buy them for another purpose but "thank you" for another way of how to use them. You can never be to early for Christmas Sue....so please keep them coming! The more the merrier! xx Love Karen xx

Crafty Nanna said...

Hi Sue, Beautiful card, would be a real showstopper on the mantlepiece

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, am really enjoying the touch of Christmas that you are starting to bring!! A lovely idea...a different variation on the traditional wreath - I love it. Hugs Sam xxx

sued99 said...

This is stunning and dowsn't look too complicated to have a go at.

Brenda Hanlon said...

Hi Sue, great card, nice to try something different and it works so well.

Karen said...

Another wonderful creation
Luv
Karen xx

lorraine (classylady) said...

Oh Sue this is gorgeous, love it all. Must try something similiar

regards
Lorraine - Scotland
xxx

Liz said...

Hi Sue what an absolutely stunning card! love the colour combination

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Beautiful Card Sue!

I love the snowflakes and the colours you've used.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Brooke b said...

Beautiful card once again.
JB xxx

Sandy H said...

Great card. Love the colours.

Eemeli said...

Oh wow what a unique design! Fantastic and fabulous and very much holiday spirit. Beautiful work Sue.

Hugs,
Eemeli

Trish said...

Hi Sue,
WOW, what an incredible, beautiful card and I love the colour combination- it's not a combo that I have tried before, but will definitely give it a try. TFS
Hugs,
Trish x (Hillside)

Marianna Hammer said...

Thank you so much for this inspirational card. I love it.

mazzer said...

Hi Sue. Really like this one, simple and pleasing to the eye.

Hugs
Marilyn
x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Absolutely gorgeous! I love the wreath made from snowflakes great idea and i want some of those beads there lovely. The colours look so elegant.
Kayleigh B xxx

Joanne2403 said...

Stunning card, love the colour combo, tfs

Helen Barker said...

Stunning card,love the strings of pearls.
Helen Bx