Sunday, 25 August 2013

Festive Gold And White

 Good Sunday morning all!  Another carefully slipped in Christmas card for today. LOL  It will be here before you know it though so you may just thank me for giving you that nudge to get started! (Or maybe not! LOL)  This is definitely a clean and simple style, lots of white space and no bow in sight!  When I first laid eyes on this new set of stamps by Justrite called Festive Poinsettia" I knew that they were going to be a favourite go to set for my Christmas cards.  I fell in love with them!  I started this card by stamping my sentiment (another Justrite set called Elegant Christmas sentiments).  I used a clear perfect medium pad and heat embossed with gold powder.  Next I cut a wide strip of white card and used one of the larger poinsettia dies to cut an aperture, but I offset it so it cut off the strip.  I lined up the strip with my sentiment where I wanted it to be, then stamped the coordinating stamp through the aperture.  I heat embossed it with gold powder too.  I removed the strip, then added mounting foam to the back to give the piece dimension, then placed it back in place lining it up with my stamped image.  I stamped and cut out two more smaller poinsettia singles and glued them in place.  I added white flatback pearls to al the centres.  Finished the card with my usual double white pierced mat for a nice frame.  I think it looks very elegant and especially with that beautiful Festive Poinsettia embossed in gold.  Finished dimensions are 7" x 8" in size.

Now for the weekly winners of the comment game!  This week's winners are:
Jean Phillips!!!
KathR!!!
Mazzer!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize.  Have a great week everyone!   All for now, Sue x






144 comments:

Jan.moogie said...

Stunning gorgeous and elegant card today Sue, I have got to get these new stamp sets. x

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
Greetings from Kokomo. Fantastic card, I love this die...hope you are well.

Lisa said...

Morning Sue
A great simple card that looks so elegant. Good for batch making. Love the sentiment stamp - very classy.
Lisa x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love the offset apperture - its a must try!
Rgs
Clare W

Anonymous said...

PS Forgot to say 'God Powder' made me smile - where do you get that from then? Heavenly Craft Supplies perhaps? - urghhhhhhhh I hear you say
Rgs
Clare W

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue
Oh what a beautiful card it's so elegant. I have these dies so NEED the stamps now lol :-) there gorgeous!
I love white and gold together, really classy combo. I will defiantly try to replicate this.
Congrats to all the winners :-)
Kayleigh B xx

Pam said...

Such a beautiful card, its gorgeous.

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue
beautiful card so simple.
thank you take care Kitty

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, an absolutely beautiful
card must get these stamps to go with
my dies from last year which I used
on a lot of my cards I cut out appertures
across the card diagonally with red
card beneath to show through
but
these stamps are a must.
Nancyd xx

Sheffield said...

morning Sue
What an elegant elegant gift for today!!!
This is definitely a Winner with a capital W. Gold on White so regal and the format so simple but oh so classical. This is one for my 'less is more' file and will be used again and again and again.
Congratulations to this week's lucky winners. Enjoy your rewards.
Janet x

CraftyAnn said...

The simplicity of this card makes it stunning. I'm a firm believer in less is more and this is a perfect example of that. I think it's the nicest card I've seen.
Take care

tracy w said...

Hi sue
You have done it again a beautiful christmas card not much on but beautiful love the new stamps thank you Tracy w x

Rosie said...

So simple! So spectacular!

TDQ Karen said...

So pretty, love the new stamps xx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
What a beautiful card it's so elegant, I have these dies and stamps so I'll definitely be making this one. Congratulations to all the winners.
Hugs x
Heather T

Gail said...

Good morning Sue,
My sort of card! And I see you had some help from God on this one......
I have the dies, just need the stamp now.
Gail C x

cuilliesocks said...

Beautiful and stylish Sue, just love the pointsettias, and the gold on white is stunning, Kate x

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is simple and gorgeous just right if you need to make lots of Christmas cards. I have started my Christmas cards thanks to your prompting and some free time. Have a good day. Love Jackie

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
You do CAS so beautifully, I think I need these stamps too. Loving the gold on white.
Donna Jones

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, elegant, beautiful and clean inspiring card..love it. Have a great day.

Love June
xxx

Wendy L said...

Simply beautiful. Xxxxx

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue what a beautiful stunning gorgeous card i love it.its so elegant. Ive not used mine yet but now you've gave me the push it time to get them out. You are one talented lady you have given me so much inspiration. Take care Sue xx

Debs A

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful, elegant card today. Gorgeous, gorgeous, poinsettia, love it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Patricia Howarth said...

PS Forgot to say - Congratulations to the lucky Winners xx

Marleine said...


Morning Sue,

So elegant . Gorgeous. X

Anne Crawford said...

Wow! What a stunning card, got the dies last year so now must get the stamps, love the aperture idea and the white/gold, really beautiful !

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very classy card today, love the gold and white

Marion Bull said...

Stunningly simple and elegant. Its a real WOW for me.
Marion x

Christine Harrop said...

I love the simplicity of this CAS card. Christine x

Ann said...



Hi Sue


Gorgeous card so crisp and fresh I love it.

Conrats to the lucky winners.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

karenlotty said...

Very classy card

Marion said...

Hi Sue the poinsettia is beautiful ,very clean and classy looking card and as you say no big bow yeh!.
Marion H

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning, love the elegance of this card, have the dies now I need the stamps. Thanks for the inspiration.
Congrats to the winners, enjoy.
Lydia
X

Jacquie said...

Morning Sue,

This so beautiful, I love these stamps to go with the dies, I have the dies but not the stamps. I love how you have set it off from the strip, cutting into it at the edge make it look interesting and unusual. A very elegant card.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Lacelady said...

Wow, this is a stunner - you are right, it didn't need a bow. I love it.

weefortune said...

Stuunig Christmas Card Sue, Love Love Love It!!!! Elaine xx

kimberley said...

Wow -what a simple card yet it looks so expensive.I love the way you have cut the aperture -will have to give it a try,take care,x.

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, Another stunning c.card very elegant and stylish love White and gold but would look good in red for the poinsettias too! Thanks Sue have a lovely Sunday.
Hugs
Jean D

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, I have these stamps and they are lovely, this card looks so elegant and with it being flattish would not cost too much to post!

So thrilled to see I am a winner today, congratulations to the others! Love Jean xxx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, What a fantastic card. So clean and simple, but certainly makes a big statement.

Love Rosemarie Fishlock. Xx

Cee Bee said...

Morning Sue, I LOVE IT!!!!!
Hugs n stuff
Carol B

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Simply stunning card, love the new stamp sets a must to get to finish off the poinsettia
Hugs
Carol x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. A beautiful, elegant card. I love it! I got the dies last year, then the stamps when they came out this year and I have been hoping that you would share some of your cards using them so I am delighted:) Thank you Sue. Hope you are getting to relax a little. Congratulations to this weeks winners. Take care.

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
A lovely simple, beautifully white card.
I note the use of 'god' powder is this because it's Sunday or perhaps the reason your cards are so heavenly?
Erica x

jessie said...

MORNING SUE
STUNNING AND ELEGANT CARD.LOVE THE STAMP.CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
Such luxury wow this is so beautiful and elegant too I love it. Best of all I already have these stamps although I have not used them as yet but all that is about to change!
Congratulations to the lucky winners, well done.
Margaret corgi owner

gwen70 said...

Stunning card today Sue, so simple but so elegant

Joanne K said...

Morning Sue, this card is simply elegant. Hope you are having a good weekend. Kind regards Joanne K x

Anonymous said...

Wow! I refuse to think of Christmas until at least September, but this card has changed my mind Sue! It's so elegant and I can't wait to make one. Typical Bank Holiday weather so no excuses!!
YvonneMayxx

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
WOW! Clean, simply and oh so very elegant! I need all the inspiration I can get for my Christmas card so keep 'em coming.
I just love the style of this one.
Congratulations to the winners.

Love Sheila xx

Marion Turner said...

Morning Sue
A very elegant card. I have the poinsettia die and stamps. I love them.
Love Marion x

Sonia Jones said...

How lovely is this card? It's so simple and really effective. I love it hugs Sonia x

Annie said...

Gorgeous, Sue. I have the stamps but not used them yet, must today, you've inspired me! Happy Bank holiday weekend Hugs Annie

marg said...

Hello Sue!
I love this set, and have used it a lot and yes! I started my cards in June!
I love it on white though, mine is red and gold..... and I managed to source some VELVET on ebay! Hooray!
LoveMarg

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Clean and elegant, what's not to like! Love it.
Hugs, Rose

Pauline A said...

Morning Sue, Yet another gorgeous card to go in my Christmas file. I haven't got these stamps or dies but will have to get them now. The gold looks great on white. Heavenly hugs. Congrats to the winners. x Pauline A

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely card and I love the offset aperture idea. I don't have these dies or stamps so might try and see what happens if I use my snowflake ones. Congrats to the lucky winners as well.
Beverley W

beachie said...

HI Sue
Very elegant card today, nothing nicer than gold and white.
Audrey x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, this card is simple but elegant and the white and gold looks great. The more I see the examples of the apertures cut off the edge, the more I want to try them. Congrats winners. Bx

nannapat said...

Very understated and elegant Sue. As Lisa said, a great design for batch making. Pat x

Joan Hill said...

Hi Sue,
Simple elegance, classy, love it x

Joan Hill said...

Hi Sue,
Simple elegance, classy, love it x

Tres said...

Hi Sue. As always a beautiful card today !! I really love these dies and stamps. I have both. My only excuse for not using them yet is that I have two special birthday cards to make first. I do not have these sentiment stamps yet. ( I am working on it !! ) The only thing I would comment on is I would probably have put a couple of extra poinsettias on the card. They are so lovely and maybe not enough for me !! Congrats to the winners. Have a great bank holiday weekend every one. Lots of love Tres x x x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card will definitely have to get the poinsettia stamps and dies then please can I use this design for my Christmas cards, I love it
Best wishes, Pat

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,

I love this card. I love it's simplicity and it's elegance. As Ginger said earlier... keep 'em coming because I'm another that needs all the inspiration I can get! Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue I dont think you can go wrong with poinsettias they are my favourite. xx hazel

Floss said...

Hi Sue ,
I so love this under stated card. Another one for me to try.You helped me a while ago in acquiring the stamps to go with the dies so I'm ready to go. x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I simple but elegant Christmas card good for making many cards alike.
Congratulations to the winners
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, this is a stunning, classy & elegant card!! Really beautiful!! Love Sam xxx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card today, very classy and elegant yet understated. Love the white and gold. Have the dies, the sentiments so all I need now are the stamps!

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW this is sooo gorgeous Sue and so elegant. Really stunning work today ........again.

nattyboots said...

Very stylish i like it a lot
Congrats to the winners

Elaine H X

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. A wonderful clean card yet so classy! Definitely a must have as I have the dies so stamps on my wishlist now. xx

Debbie Tinks said...

Love this card elegant .Happy Crafting Sue X

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely crisp clean card today for Christmas, love white and gold together. Take care, Jess x

Beryl Treble said...

Good Morning Sue, a lovely Christmas Card. I have the stamps and dies so will try something similar.

KathR said...

I love this card, have already got this die, but am definitely going to invest in the stamps now, they're gorgeous !, and of course will have to the sentiment stamps as well, just so they don't feel lonely you understand ...lol
Happy Crafting
Hugz Kath...xx...

Clarissa said...

Lovely card and clever technique. Must have a go at this.
Clarissa. X

snowqueen62 said...

Love the simplicity of this card - beautiful
Hugs Sue x

Jean Z said...

Such a beautiful card love it all so clean love Jean Z xx

Kate's Cards said...

Can't bring myself to say the "C" word, but this "C" card is perfect! Elegant and simplicity at it's best!

Anonymous said...

So elegant in its simplicity, Sue. A gorgeous card and would love that sentiment stamp - but SO-O-O expensive!

'P' in Wales

hollyberry said...

Clean simple and ohh so gorgeous an absolutely wonderful Christmas card.

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Love both the stamps and they make such a beautiful CAS card. Very elegant. Hugs, Carol S.xx

3362 Jan said...

Morning Sue. Just love it. Simple but elegant. Have a great day. Hugs. Jan. x

Lynda said...

Love it, ranks as one of your best.

dianeandchipps said...

What a gorgeous card and a wonderful idea to cut out and layer up. I think I might pinch this idea, lol. xxx

Jill Liddle said...

Absolutly stunning card today Sue. Very very elegant too.

Sandy G said...

Morning Sue

Very pretty card. Your embossing on the greeting is superb.

Gail said...

What a beautiful but simple card - and luv the way you have used the strip with partial cut- out very effective xx GailT xx

Paper Junkie said...

This is just up my alley Sue. Beautifully simple but elegant. Have the dies but not the stamps. Suzanne is posting a lovely creative expressions workshop project at the moment using these stamps - looks like another spend is about to happen! X

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue,
What an elegant card, so sophisticated and with the gold embossing it is just so beautiful. Do you normally have a hand from "god" in your work on a Sunday or did he just slip in to remind us that it was Sunday,lol.
Hope you have a great day with the last of the summer weather i fear.
Love and crafty hugs
Norah

Jennifer Swandells said...

Beautiful card, very simple for quick makes of Christmas cards. Or the ones you might have forgot. Hugs, Jen x
Krafty Keepsakes

Clare said...

Beautiful Christmas card.

Clare x

loftylass said...

Gorgeous Sue - very classy.... I'm hoping you are bringing these stamps and dies to your next C&C show. tfs
Hugs
Heather W
x

Anonymous said...

Such an elegant card

mol x

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Good Morning sue what a super card ,simple but classy and I love the color,great if you are making a lot of Christmas cards at the same time,and you can also use different colors.Thank you for the inspiration.Smiles
Ita

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Simply Gorgeous, and elegant. I Have the dies I just need the stamps, yet another item on my shopping list. I hope the other half has got lots of overtime booked. :-)

Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Kind regards

Tina X

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Lovely and simple.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A simply elegant card, love how you have offset the aperture and the gold embossing is scrummy. Have the dies and stamps so will definitely be giving this a go. Thank you for your wonderful inspiration.
Congratulations to the lucky winners, well done.
Happy Bank Holiday everyone.
Hugs June xxx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, absolutely gorgeous. I love it and the way it is partially cut but fully stamped. I think I must try this.
Frances

lynda said...

Hi Sue stunning &elegant like the way you did the aperture off setting it I have just got the stamps so will have a go at this thanks for the inspiration the gold is lovely . Hugs Lynda Brock xx.
Congrats to winners .

Trish said...

Hi Sue,
Gorgeous, elegant card- like it lots, great idea and such inspiration. TFS
Hugs,
Trish x (Hillside)

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue, Really love the clean lines of this very elegant card and the sentiment stamp is gorgeous.
Congratulations to the lucky winners. Hope everyone is enjoying this bank holiday weekend.
Love Brenda Lel xxx

Meg said...

Looks very elegant Sue.
I could see me making a few of these cards for special people.

Margaret O
xxx

Disco Queen said...

Gorgeous card Sue & so reproducible for Christmas x

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful card - I really love the aperture technique. I tried it recently with a snowflake ( taking inspiration from your recent blue and white snowflake card ) and I was extremely pleased with the look. I love this twist on the same technique, but will I ever manage to line the die and the stamp up!
Best wishes
Anne O

Crafty Nanna said...

Hi Sue, brilliant card, very elegant, I love it. I will definitely use the inspiration to try and do something similar as unfortunately I don't have those stamps.

Helen Barker said...

Stunningly simple and elegant.
Helen Bx

Laura O said...

these stamps are very pretty.Laura O

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
What a fantastic card so simple and stylish.
Alison B. x

Susan Elwood said...

Sometimes simple is best. Like this one. Sue

Janice K said...

A beautiful elegant card. x

CaronP said...

Hello Sue. This is a stunning card and so elegant.
Xx

englishrose897 said...

Beautiful christmas card sue

SusanP, Kent said...

Hi Sue, what a 'simple' idea for a lot of impact! Gold and white is quite an up-market look, I think. Brilliant design for batch-making Christmas cards. I promise I'll get started soon.
Hope you're enjoying the long weekend.
Sue

Jackie Durrant said...

Absolute elegance Sue and the sentiment is so stylish. Love from Jackie D

minx said...

Hi Sue another stunner from so simple and elegant love those dies and stamps, the sentiment is one that I would never tire of using either xx

Hellma said...

stunning card Sue

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Love it.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Stunning card Sue!

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

connorsnan said...

What a stunning card Sue plain and simple but truly stunning I will have to treat myself to these Gillian xx

Lindsay Martin said...

Gorgeous, really stylish and simplistic looking... Happy Bank Holiday to you xxx

Joan Donaldson said...

A beautiful card Sue, simple but very elegant.

CraftyJo said...

Gorgeous Sue. I do have those dies but not the stamps to go with them....so tempting :)

Dee Dee said...

what a lovely simple card but so elegant - love it x

Wilma Brown said...

Hi Sue, no embossing, no bows, not a lot of matting and layering, what has happened. A beautiful card that is what. Love your CAS style and one that must be attempted.

Thanks

Wilma x x x

Susan White said...

What a fabulous set of stamps - great card Sue!

Thanks, Susan

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, s gorgeous Christmas card. Very elegant looking.

jeffrey bubbles said...

Have the poinsettia dies but not the stamps. May try cutting them in gold for a change. Lovely card Sue. Kathy xxx

Diane Mortimer said...

How beautiful!
Diane from Glasgow

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card, fresh and simple.
Regards
Caroline MacH

Vie Carter said...

Great card, would look good in Red also

congrats to all the lucky winners

Vie
x

MRS DUCK said...

Good evening Sue and everyone.
Gorgeous card. Simple design but gorgeous. x

Jackie Calvert said...

Hi Sue. Finally got to check your blog after a long day with my grandsons. Lovely die's.
love from Jackie CXXX

magpie said...

A simply stunning card today Sue xx I love the festive poinsettia and as for the elegant sentiments.... What can I say? Loving the fancy swirls! Just beautiful xx Congratulations to the winners! Enjoy your prizes! Wonderful! xx Love Karen xx

Dawn said...

This is fantastic card Sue, so Elegant but l have one question... I have the Spellbinders Poinsettia die does it cut these stamps out too & are they available in UK?
Keep up your wonderful work Sue. Thank you for ALL you do for us Crafters, we do appreciate it. x

Phi said...

What an elegant card. Love the gold.

lorraine (classylady) said...

Hi Sue a simple but stunning card. Love it all

regards
Lorraine - Scotland
xxx

SHARICA said...

Another Gorgeous Card .. xx

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, Oh My Goodness, what a great card, and be sure I will be doing this one for my closest friends and family.
X Ros

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
LIKE THE WAY WAY IS CUT INTO THE CARD AN D OTHER SIT ON TOP.FAB
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX

Joanne2403 said...

So very classy..... stand out card

Barbara said...

Elegant and beautiful looking card. The poinsettia dies and stamps are a must have for xmas cards!!!