Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Be Merry

Hi bloggers!   Just sneaking in another Christmas card for you today.  A rather traditional one for me too!  I decided a red and white polka dot pattern would make a pretty background for my snowflake so I covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet and poured  micro beads on  it for texture (poor thing stood still too long so on went the beads! LOL)  I matted it on a piece of coconut white card.   I cut a large piece of coconut white to use as my background and embossed it with the Wild Poinsettia embossing folder from Couture Creations.  I love this one myself as it is easily lined up to do larger sections.  You can't see it very well in the first pic, but the close ups show the lovely pattern quite nicely!  I cut my snowflake out of the Snowflake Pendant die for 2012 and the Create A Flake Three die sets and layered them up.  A large flatback pearl adorns the centre.  I mounted it with foam in the centre of my micro beaded piece to complete the focal element.  I tied a double bow from the red Frilly Edged ribbon and finished it with a large pearl embellishment in the centre.  I stamped the sentiment in red on a small tag and tucked the end under my pearl embellishment.  Finally, to complete the card, I added a pearl swirl spray across the bottom and a double pierced white mat.  A really quick one to try, plus you can use up some of those offcuts for the centre beaded area as well!  Finished dimensions are 7" x 8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x








150 comments:

Pam said...

A beautiful cheery card, red and white is stunning

tracy w said...

hi sue
what a stunning card love the red and white theme thank you tracy w x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - really love it - it's definitely a must try. Thanks
Clare W

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
Very cheery, a must try.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Lisa said...

Morning Sue
Lovely card - simple enough to batch make but it looks very smart indeed.
Lisa x

Debs A said...

Morning Sue what a great christmas card love the colour you have used. Im now in my christmas mode. Take care Sue xx

Debs A

Anonymous said...

Crikey, Sue, nothing traditional about this! Looks so trendy, or is it me getting older? Love the bright colour scheme and it looks quite easy to do.
Hey, any US news or adventures you want to share with us?

Cee Bee said...

Love this card and the red and white is so bright and cheerful. Might have a go at this one.
Hugs n stuff
Carol B

englishrose897 said...

Morning Sue, great card today. Would love to start christmas card but we have just move house yesterday so everything is still in boxes, and I think it will be a while before my craft room gets sorted out ( I think I need to sort out the communal rooms first) Sally

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue
thanks for another cheery card, Iwill have a go at this one take care Kitty

Jan.moogie said...

Cheerful easy peasy card today Sue, love it. xx

Rosie said...

Lovely, cheerful and effective.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Lovely, bright card. I will be trying this one. Take care.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, A fantastic Christmas
card not tradtional at all very
trendy and of the moment love it
this willdefiately be one of my
cards this year.
Nancyd xx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
I know how it is with those micro beads they sneak in when anything stands still long enough lol. The only thing traditional with today's card is the red it is such a trendy style card. As usual it's stunning I am definitely going to be trying this one.
Hugs x
Heather T

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
What a pretty card. Bright and cheerful. Definitely one for me to try out!
Best wishes
Anne O

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Thank you for today's gift - I am still making C.cards as I said yesterday - another 10 made - so was in need of 'Sue Inspiration'.
The colours are definitely seasonal and the format as you say will use up some of the offcuts we all stash because one day they may come in useful.
So a big thank you and my next batch will be on these lines.
Janet x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, lovely card, love the polka dot background, very festive with the red and white. Bx

Lacelady said...

Crisp and bright card today Sue. Good to see you will be back on our TVs, sad it's such a long time away!

Gail said...

Good morning Sue,
Very traditional looking card, I love the clear crips look. I can see this will be one for me to try this Christmas .
Gail Cx

raineysheep said...

I love this ! It's fresh and could be made in many different colours, I will definitely be trying it.
Thank you for the inspiration
Raineysheep x

Rose in Chester said...

Good morning Sue,
Red and white - what's not to like!
A lovely crisp card, and -another plus point where Xmas cards are concerned - quick to do.
I shall be trying this, also in different colour combos.
Hugs, Rose

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Smart and crisp card Sue.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
A lovely Christmas card, simple design for making lots of cards.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

Stunning card today....it is one that would certainly stand out on the mantel at Christmas

Sue xxx

Wendy L said...

Very classy, xxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous. I will be having a go at this design. I'm hoping to start Christmas cards this week. Love Jackie

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
Fresh and clean, pretty and could be done in so many different colours. I like.
Love Jan x x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card, loving the red and white, and loving the embossing folder.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
I like this with its crisp festive colours. Could be inspiration for my Christmas cards which have yet to be started.
Have a great day

Patricia xx

TDQ Karen said...

Love this bright and cheery card, so simple but lovely xx

Nanny Jo said...

I love it! Bright and cheery and simple! Jo x

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, lovely clean n crisp card - love it. Will be doing some of this one for Christmas.
Have a great day.

Love June
xxx

Jax said...

Hi Sue,This is really nice,I`m going to use my offcuts just as you said! Thanks for the idea.Great modern looking card. Jackie. x

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue A very pretty card, I am happy for Christmas cards because I need to motivate myself to start on them! Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
What a great Christmas Card love how you have used the micro beads on the background. Starting my Christmas Cards today.
Hugs
Carolx

Floss said...

Hi Sue,
I needed to get my Christmas mo-jo kicked into touch and this card has done that. Great. x

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful and quick, perfect for batch making. Loving the red and white.
Donna Jones

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - I love the simplicity of this card and it has quite a modern touch too, although I must admit I can't bring myself to think of Christmas cards just yet!! Have a good day.
YvonneMayxx

nattyboots said...

Nothing traditional about this card Sue ,but very bright and cheery.

Elaine H X

hollyberry said...

Bright and gorgeous card today with enough Sue Wilson in it that it is not so traditional!

Marleine said...


Hi Sue,

Pretty card. Love the snowflake. X

Marion said...

Hi Sue nice clean looking card and like the red ans white colour combo.
Marion H

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
A lovely cheery card.
Erica x

nannapat said...

Love the look of the red and white - really Christmassy. The background looks pretty with that poinsettia embossing folder - I definitely need to get that. Pat x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Love the colours and the design but the bow doesn't look quite right on this one

kimberley said...

Very pretty-looking forward to seeing more of them,take care,x.

Sonia Jones said...

Lovely card this morning hugs Sonia x

karenlotty said...

Lovely card especially the use of the dotty paper I probably wouldn't have thought to use dotty paper at Christmas More more cards please using the 2012 tree, baubles & snowflakes Can you tell I actually have this set...

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Love red and white for Christmas.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Anna M. said...

I like this snowflake :)
xoxo
Anna
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itismagicday.blogspot.com

snowqueen62 said...

Lovely card like others have said before a trendy but nice and easy batch making card.
Hugs Sue x

Tres said...

Hi Sue. Firstly I agree with Karenlotty above. Please Please Please can we have some more cards with 2012 christmas dies. I have the tree baubles and snowflakes and the gorgeous holly accents and motifs. This year I bought mr and mrs snowman and the wreath dies too so some more ideas would be very much appreciated.
Well I really love today's christmas card !! I would not have thought to use red dotty paper but it looks great. I love the mixture of different snowflake dies and your beautiful red bow and my favorite swirly pearls just finish it all perfectly. Real traditional christmas colours to. I know everyone likes new christmas colour combos but I love traditional Christmas red green and gold. Lots of love Tres x x x

jessie said...

MORNING SUE
SUCH A STUNNING CARD IT REALLY
STANDS OUT.

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue, and oh dear I'm sorry but something just jars to me about this card so its a negative from me today, love from Jackie D

TOB said...

beautiful red and white card. I'm not quite in the festive mood yet.Hugs x

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue, my kind of card today - red & white, stunning. Love the fact I can use up my bits and pieces of which I have lots!!!

Hugs, Belinda. X

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the red and white.

Clare x

Maryann Laursen said...

Soooooooooooo gorgeous work here again Sue. I really have to get on and try these beads, as much as I love the look of them on the cards. Really gorgeous work again again.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, Christmas is coming all too fast, love the red and white together or Christmas, must use my micro beads more often, lovely crisp card. Take care, Jess xx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
I really like this card- love the colour and the layout. I'm pleased that you've used the older dies as this year's collection didn't really appeal to me.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, clean crisp Christmas card. the dotty paper is trendy and love the embossing. Those micro beads sneak onto anything not moving lol. The snowflake is gorgeous, I am waiting for Creata ?Flake dies to arrive.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Wonderful card Sue, loving the colours, Kate x

Debbie Tinks said...

Love this card Sue bright and cheery x

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Oh what a beauty!! I love the red and white and it's great to see you using the old dies as well as we tend to forget about them once we buy new ones...and they are too expensive to leave in a box.

Love Sheila xx

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. Beautiful. Love the red and white.
Love Val x

Victoria said...

I really like this card. Very striking and crisp. Would be quite straightforward to batch make a card such as this, which is always great for Christmas.

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Great card, and I even like the bow. Haven't even thought about my Christmas cards yet usually start in September. This one will be an inspiration for me.
Lydia
X

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
AMAZED HOW DIFFERENT YOU CAN MAKE THE PAPER LOOK WITH THE BEADS ON. YOUR JAR OF BEADS SEEM TO GO A LONG WAY NOT USED MY FIRST ONE YET. FAB CARD.
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue,
A lovely cheery card today. I LOVEEEE the red crinkle bow as its a beautiful shade of red.
I see you REALLY like micro beads and just wonder how nobody sitting around long enough doesn't get the micro bead treatment.
But another winner Sue,
Thank you
Love and crafty hugs
Norah

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,

I have to say when I first saw todays card and the heading "Be Merry..." I instantly thought "..and bright" because that's how it struck me, bright and cheery - beautiful! Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, I just love Christmas cards and this is lovely love Jean Z xx

Janice Wallace said...

I know just the person for this, my niece loves red/white polka dots, but didn't think of them on her christmas card....until now.
Cheers
Janice W

Cornish Emma said...

Gorgeous Christmas card, traditional colours but with a modern twist. Love it. Emma

beachie said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful card for Christmas. I love the red and white and the snowflake is gorgeous.
Audrey x

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

What a stunning Christmas card today. The red and white looks so crisp and clean.

Mac Mable said...

Love the colourway of this card and the use of the micro beds...thanks for sharing x

mazzer said...

Morning Sue. This is lovely. Hugs
marilyn
xx

Carol S. said...

Hi sue, gorgeous card again. Hugs, Carol S. xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
My first reaction was oh wow one of my favourite colours red and white before I even realised it was a Christmas card. I to am so pleased that you are showing some of the older Christmas dies for inspiration. Thank you for sharing.
Beverley W

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I really love this Christmas card, it is so bright and happy, also I have the dies and embossing folder which is a plus.

Love Rosemarie Fishlock xx

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Beautiful Christmas card so Merry and Bright to cheer us up on a dull rainy day.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love this Christmas card, it's fresh and modern not at all traditional and it's not too complicated!!!
Best wishes, Pat

Sandybee said...

A very nice Christmas card

xx Sandra

Joan Donaldson said...

A lovely card Sue and it looks quick to make, I think I may try this one for some of my Christmas cards.

SerenePolly said...

Morning Sue

As you say, simple but really eye-catching. I do like contemporary cards!

Take care

Christine
x

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely modern looking Christmas card. Bright and cheeful, gorgeous.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue

Very funky card! Love red and whitw together. You just gotta love those beads! Thanks for sharing.

Sandy

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
What a beautiful crisp card looks so elegant I can almost feel the crunch you feel walking on new snow! So pleased to know the proper name of the embossing folder I thought it was daisy, and often use it with great results for wedding cards.
Margaret corgi owner

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card. Love the red and white.

Maggie said...

That's a definite one to try as it's my kind of Christmas card. Uses scraps, easy to embellish and yet simply lovely. Thank you. xx

Jill Liddle said...

Those colours are very dramatic today Sue.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue, Lovely card the concepts could be used for any occasion using different circular dies and would work brilliantly. Love the dotty paper covered with Micro Beads.
Love Brenda Lel xxx

Jacquie said...

Morning Sue,

A lovely cheerful card, love the colour scheme.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Janice K said...

A beautiful, classy card that gives the impression of having taken hours to create-I'll be trying this one! x

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love this card, fresh and bright.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Helen Barker said...

Love the vibrancy of the colours,which are only slightly muted with the beads.Will definitely try this.
Helen Bx

Jennifer Swandells said...

Beautiful card Sue, nice traditional colour for Christmas. As you said a nice easy one to try out. Hugs, Jen x
Krafty Keepsakes

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi sue fantastic Christmas card ,love the red and white,and I think I could even make it lol
Smiles
Ita

brenda said...

Hi Sue love today's card, will definitely be giving this one a try and in other colours too x

Karen Brinton said...

Another beautiful card and I'm loving the micro bead look. Just brought some for myself and cant wait to get started micro beading everything. luv Karen xxx

Karen Brinton said...

Another beautiful card and I'm loving the micro bead look. Just brought some for myself and cant wait to get started micro beading everything. luv Karen xxx

Bosquie said...

Who wouldn't want to receive a Christmas card like this one? Stunning xxxx

3362 Jan said...

Hi Sue. This is stunning. A very nice simple design, and the colours suit it so well. This is a must try.
Thank you. Hugs. 3362 Jan. x

Pauline A said...

We both love this card....me because it looks so fresh and Christmassy and HIM because it's his teams' colours. Haven't made a Christmas card yet but will have to start soon; after the holidays are over perhaps! When are you coming home? We miss you!!! Hugs x Pauline A

CraftyJo said...

Great idea for using up those pretty little pieces we just can't seem to throw away! ;) Without the addition of the pearls and bow it would be a lovely card to make in bulk for Xmas - no extra postal charges for the thickness (something that really, really irritates me ;) ).

Meg said...

This will certainly brighten up a winters day Sue. Great for winter/Christmas birthday too.


Margaret O
xxx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, what a beautiful card!! I am feeling rather Christmassy right now as I am currently working on my Christmas cards... rather organised for me...even though I do say so myself!! Love Sam xxx

Lis Kervill said...

Hi Sue,

Bright and cheerful Christmas card today, great for mass-production. Thank you so much for giving us so many ideas.
Your DVD from Aberdeen has just arrived!
Cannot wait for a quiet time to take it all in!Hugs, Lis xx

Hellma said...

Lovley card Sue.

Susan White said...

Lovely modern Christmas card - Thanks Susan

jeffrey bubbles said...

Made me realise I need to get cracking on my Christmas cards soon. Love the colours and have this die so you have inspired me again. Hehehe Kathy xxxx

Wilma Brown said...

Lovely tradional colours Sue, red and white make it really like Christmas.

Wilma x x x

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

A lovely crisp and clean card. A really good card for batch making. :-)

Kind regards

Tina X

weefortune said...

Beautiful card today sue love the red. Elaine x

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, a very bright card today, even though it's not my type card as I prefer more traditional.
X Ros

Ali B said...

HI Sue,
Love the red and white colour scheme, it looks so crisp.
Alison B. x

Crafty Nanna said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card. really eye catching. Have been away for s few days so just caught up with he past few days cards and they are all super too.
Have a great evening.

Anne Crawford said...

Cheery Christmas Card!

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue love it all xx hazel

Marion Turner said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card
Love Marion x

Sandy H said...

Bold, bright card. Really lovely.

Laura O said...

great card ,love the red dot paper .So pretty.Laura O

Brenda Hanlon said...

Lovely crisp looking card. Great colours.

Carole Z said...

Super Christmas card Sue, very pretty! Carole Z xx

Jackie Calvert said...

lovely card Sue. I love the colours, this is one to try for me .
Love Jackie C XXX

Karen said...

Love red and white for christmas cards. It looks very classy
Luv
Karen xx

Elaine said...

Stunning and i just love the white and red colour x

MRS DUCK said...

Better late than never! Hi Sue.
Simple but most definitely effective. A fab festive card. x

lorraine (classylady) said...

Hi Sue, brilliant card, crisp and clean will try this one.

regds
Lorraine - Scotland
xxx

lynda said...

Hi Sue lovely bright Christmas card I love red and white ,for Christmas also good use of smaller pieces of leftover card stock we all have good tip thanks Sue, I have this snowflake die set so will defiantly have a go at this. Hugs Lynda Brock xx

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue love the red and white combination

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, a great c card that can be adapted by using a different centre ornament baubles, Holly ,reindeer etc thanks for the designs and inspiration love it!.
Hugs
Jean D

minx said...

Hi Sue love this cardand the way you have put it together x

Katie-Louise sweetlove said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely Christmas card, it's got more to look at than it first seems with all the beautiful layers. I love the red and white traditional colour scheme.

A beautiful card today. Thank you for your inspiration and hard crafting work to run this blog.

Best wishes from Katie-Louise

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
A very trendy card with the spotty paper and colours. I love the snowflake die its so pretty. A must try. A great idea to use off cuts as you always end up having lots. Thanks for Xmas Inpiration.
Kayleigh B xxx

Eemeli said...

FAB-ulous Christmas card. Love all the reds!

Hugs,
Eemeli

Dawn said...

A clean and simple design with a fresh pop of colour, striking x

Gail said...

Gorgeous Chrimbo card xx GailT xx

Gail said...

Gorgeous Chrimbo card xx GailT xx

Joanne2403 said...

What a bright cheery card, ones of those make you smile and feel chirpy ones, great job Sue tfs

Jackie Meechan said...

beautiful, just love red and white so striking.
hugs
CraftyJacq
xx

magpie said...

A really stunning card Sue. The red and white looks great together and along with the swirl, micro beads and bow, makes a supermendous card! xx Love Karen xx

magpie said...

A really stunning card Sue. The red and white looks great together and along with the swirl, micro beads and bow, makes a supermendous card! xx Love Karen xx

Dawn Louise said...

Ooo marvellous bright and elegant, easy to replicate for multiple makes and make different by changing colour, nice one sue

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

A gorgoeus card Sue! I just love everything about it

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Vie Carter said...

this is a really wow christmas card

love it

Vie
x

Katie-Louise said...

Dear Sue
Sorry again to post this late.
What a splendid Christmas card I love the red and white colour scheme it's so cheerful.
I have,hopefully just temporarily, lost one of my snowflake dies much to my dismay I have been decorating the edges of my cards with Snowflakes I'd die cut. I hadn't thought to use the snowflakes as a focal image on the card but it looks amazing, I might just have to borrow this idea for some of my cards this year as I have so many to make.
I love the microbeaded background it adds such a lovely texture to the background.
I really like this card today Sue, keep the Christmas card ideas coming I need lots of help!
Best wishes from Katie-Louise sweetlove

Pearl said...

What a lovely card and so light and fresh for Christmas, another great card Sue,

Craftihappiness to you, love from Pearl

Diane Mortimer said...

Love this embossing folder and red and white is my fave combo!
Diane from Glasgow