Sunday, 4 August 2013

Laughter Is The Shortest Distance

Hi everyone!   Today's card is probably one of the easiest cards to make as I let the decorative paper do all the work for this one.  I selected a couple of papers with vintage styling to use (I think they were both My Minds Eye, but I am not positive about it, sorry).  I cut a larger background out of a peach toned decorative  paper, then found a coordinating paper with a beautiful rose and music pattern to it for the inner background.  I decided to let the corner roses to do the work and add interest to the card this time rather than stamping or embossing.   I stamped the Justrite stamp from the Live, Love, Laugh set on to the same paper as the outer background.  I stamped my sentiment inside the framed stamp and then cut it out with the coordinating Vintage Labels Two die.  I coloured the striped area with distress markers and mounted it on foam in the centre of my background.  Using a bit of leftover paper from the outer background, I tore circles of varying sizes to create flowers.  I used a Tattered Rose distress ink on the torn edges.  I crumpled them a bit, then glued two or three together to form my flower.  I added a flatback pearl in the centre of each one and mounted them around my focal element.  I added a messy bow tied from chalk coloured seam binding which I spritzed and scrunched for a more shabby chic vintage look.  I topped my bow with one more flower and added a pearl swirl spray to the opposite corners as accents.  I finished the card with a double black mat.  Finished dimensions are 6" x 7" in size.

Time for the Sunday Comment Game winners to be announced.  This weeks winners are:
Theresa Pace!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at to confirm your address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

A very shabby chic card today. Congratulations to the winners.

Vick said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card sweetie, & congratulations to this week's winners, Hugs, Vick x
My YTChannels vixcrafts & saturatedcanary

Heather Rogers said...

Beautiful Sue!
I love the way you have used papers today. They are so very pretty and have a lovely vintage feel to them.
Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Anonymous said...

A really lovely card. Another idea I'll be trying.

Lisa x

tracy w said...

Hi sue
Not sure if I like this one as much but it's lovely the papers are really interesting make a card in minutes thank you for all the ideas you give us crafters look forward to Mondays card

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - very vintage today. Don't think I've ever seen a card from you with so much pattern on - think I like it though. Happy Sunday all.
Clare W

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue
thank you another idea of using up papers some too nice to usw lol.
take care Kitty congrats to winners.

raineysheep said...

Love, love, love this! I live the vintage influence and the colours used.
Thank you for the inspiration
Raineysheep x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
A beautiful and wonderous gift today reminding us that we all have papers in our boxes that we possibly haven't seen for ages and that they make beautiful backgrounds.
The colouring and format may be simple but are gentle and victorian in feel and I defy anyone not to love receiving today's gift with that very very true sentiment.
Janet x

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
WOW that a stunner, a shabby chic -love it. Congrats to the winders
Carol x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great card Sue.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a beautiful vintage
feel card today lovely papers, I'm sure
we all have loads a great idea for
using them up.
Nancyd xx

TDQ Karen said...

What a great shabby chic card, love the papers and those flowers are very effective. Congratulations to the winners xx

Sonia Jones said...

Another grat card today. Very shabby chic. Congrats to the winners hugs Sonia x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, I love the shabby chic look to this card, I have so many papers like this in my stash, now I know what I am going to do with them! Love Jean xxx

Sue Dunn said...

Beautiful card Sue. Can't go wrong with roses and I love the stripes on the justrite stamp too xx

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
Another beautiful card I love the background paper so much this makes for an elegant look with a sprinkle of serenity for me.
Congratulations to the lucky winners.
Margaret corgi owner

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, another fab card today and love the chubby chic look. We have sun again today - yipeeee .
Have a great day.

Love June

Fieldsend said...

Congratulations to the winners xx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Gorgeous card love the papers and colours so pretty.

Congratulations to all the winner's

Hugs Annx without an "e"

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Not your usual type of card, but very pretty, don't do vintage myself but I love the effect you have achieved here, may even give it a go.
Congrats to the winners.
Have a good day.

Anonymous said...

A different style of card today and I love the matching dies and stamps. The patterned papers can help to make a very quick card and a very pretty one too. Enjoy your weekend Sue.

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, loving the shabby chic vintage look today, a really great card for any occasion. Love Sam xxx

karenlotty said...

Lovely card Love the papers Congrats to winners

Anne Crawford said...

Charming card! A bit vintage and quite romantic, I love it.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Anne Crawford said it all: Charming and I love it.
The papers are beautiful.
Hugs, Rose

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue X Happy Crafting

Sandybee said...

Just beautiful Sue

Congratulations to todays winners

xx Sandra

Jan.moogie said...

A different style today Sue and lovely it is. Background papers are gorgeous.x

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
Lovely vintage card with a rosy glow.
Erica x

Joanna Dickson said...

Good Morning Sue,
I love this card. You give me the confidence to try other things. Again, I would never have thought of stamping on patterned card/paper, I always use plain. This looks so good.
Congratulations to the winners, have a lovely Sunday.
Jo x

Debs A said...

Morning Sue wow what a great card i love the paper that you have used. Congratulations to all todays winners. Take care sue xx

Debs A

Eemeli said...

Very shabby chic styled creation. Definitely beautiful and I love the color scheme.


Anonymous said...

Dear Sue I know you said this is an easy card but absolutely love the whole shabby chic look! Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

sarah hyett said...

A fabulous and beautiful card love the papers used. Sarah h

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Loving the shabby chic look, one I've not yet mastered, but will have another go at. Thanks for the inspiration.
Donna Jones

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,
Another Stunning creation. I love everything about this beautiful card.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xxx

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Love this card. The papers are gorgeous. this a really nice interesting change.
Audrey x

Janice K said...

A very pretty card. This is making me think about all those lovely vintage style papers that are sitting in my box waiting to see the light of day! Thank you for yet more great ideas. x

gwen70 said...

Love the papers you have used, makes for a beautiful easy card for us to make, thanks Sue

Anonymous said...

What a lovely antique-y looking card, Sue, unusual for you - saved from too much prettiness by the black mats. And WOT no pricking??!
Just beautiful.

'P' in Wales

nannapat said...

Lovely card and beautiful papers Sue. The sentiment is lovely - not one I've seen before. Congrats to the winners this week. Pat x

hazel young said...

LOvely card Sue congrats to the winners
Have a great weekend xx hazel

kimberley said...

pretty papers and lovely card,take care,x.

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
A very vintage feel today. Love the flowers good use of scrap.
Congrats to all the winners.
Amanda x

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue, a lovely change of pace with the gentle subtleness of this card. I also seem to be making lots of "shabby" flowers from left over paper lately!! love from Jackie D

Marleine said...

Morning Sue,

Love the vintage look. The elements and colours go so well together. X

TOB said...

love this shabby chic look. hugs x

hollyberry said...

Beautiful papers making a different but beautiful card.

Cee Bee said...

Love this very vintage looking.
Hugs n stuff
Carol B

Joan Hill said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful, love the gentle vintage look to this card and the colours are just perfect, thank you x

Izzwizz said...

Gorgeous, love the vintage papers and they make a nice change. Maddy x

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Very different card for you, shabby chic and vintage. Lovely colours and the paper are beautiful. Love the flowers - yours always look lovely, when I try to make these they just look a mess lol.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the card and sentiment
Congratulations to the winners
Happy crafting Tina x

Anonymous said...

Hi sue
Very pretty, I love the shabby chic look and the papers are so lovely.
Love Jan x x

Jax said...

Hi Sue,Pretty papers,lovely card.When I try to tear flowers,they just look like torn Yours look pretty. Jackie. x

Beryl Treble said...

A great card Sue. Keep forgetting about the papers I have stashed away!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
What a fab way to use backing papers. I have several that I have struggled to use as part of the designs are so large - now I know. Thanks for sharing.
Beverley W

Jane said...

Very famine and frilly, ho la la.

Jane xx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A beautiful card, love the shabby chic look. Your flowers always look gorgeous, think I need to practice more with mine. The papers are lovely.
Congrats to the lucky winners.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Jacquie said...

Beautiful Sue, love the vintage look on this one, beautiful use of some beautiful papers.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Jackie CAlvert said...

Morning Sue.
This card is right up my street, I love pretty papers.
Love Jackie C XXX

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Gorgeous card this morning and great to see an idea of how to use all those papers we have in the back of our stash. Congratulations to the winners.

Love Sheila xx

Rachel Taylor said...

Very pretty card today ,i love those colours .crafty hugs Rachel x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, An amazing card today, the vintage feel of it.

Love Rosemarie Fishlock xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, lovely card and papers. Emma

cuilliesocks said...

Fabulous card Sue, gorgeous colours and design, Kate x

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
what a stunning vintage looking card and i must say one of my favs. congrats to the winners.. hugs sarah xx

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, love the shabby chic look, the card is super, must look out my forgotten papers. Take care, Jess x.
Congrats to this weeks winners.

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue
I do love the vintage look that you've created with this card by using shabby chic-type papers. Super card. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day
Margaret A

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, lovely shabby chic card today andI love the papers. Got to give it to you Sue you make every card sing! Congrats to all the winners.

nattyboots said...

Very vintage ,very nice
Congrats to the winners
Elaine H X

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous vintage looking card using lovely papers. Away on holiday in caravan in sunny Dorset so I will email you tonight when hubby puts the generator on and I can use my laptop.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
Beautiful vintage looking card love the sentiment.
Congratulations to the winners.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend, Love Brenda Lel xxx

Jean Z said...

I like this card Sue it's different, easier than your usual cards love Jean Z xxx

Jean Johnston said...

I like this design but I wish my pc showed the true colours! On my screen I see dull muddy beige so I just have to imagine how pretty this.

Brakkers said...

Such a pretty card today, Sue. It's gorgeous. Must look out for papers like that and you have used them to perfection (as usual!). Know of several friends who would love a card like this and I know that I would enjoy making it too. The sentiment is super too!

Anne from Leighton Buzzard

Maggie said...

What a change to have patterned papers as your focal point today. I have these stamps so I can feel another play day coming on. Thanks for the inspiration. xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

Lovely use of papers on this card Sue. I love the vintage look of today's card. Congrats to all the winners.

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Pretty card but not a style I go for as I would end up making it look more shabby than chic lol!
Love the sentiment and congratulations to the winners. x

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Lovely card. Congrats to the winners. Happy Sunday everyone.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Bosquie said...

What a lovely, unusual and true sentiment on a fab card. Xx

Gail said...

A very busy card which I rather like! Love the papers you have used.
Gail Cx

Cardgenie said...

Sue, love this card! The sentiment is lovely and you've picked out the colours from the background card beautifully. Nice to see a patterned paper card - gives me THE inspiration to use up some of my stash! Jean

nuttinanni said...

what lovely papers, really like them. lovely card too and the sentiment is very apt. cherylx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Late posting today must have had a senior moment because I thought I had lol. I adore the paper you've used I have some similar papers but I keep pulling them out then putting back for another time. I bet I am not the only one to do that. Today's card is beautiful congratulations to all the winners.
Hugs x
Heather T

Planetsusie said...

Oooh I have to say this is gorgeous, I love the colours and papers. Really really pretty and right up my street - lol.

Congratulations to the winners.

Big hugs to you Sue.

Hugs Sue Pxxx

Anonymous said...

Good Afternoon Sue. Lovely card and papers, in fact everything about it is beautiful.
Love Val x

Caron P said...

Hello Sue. Really like the vintage shabby chic look, such a stylish card.xx

Lindsay Martin said...

great use of background papers making a very shabby chic looking card..
Congratulations to all this weeks winners x

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Like this card.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Jennifer Swandells said...

Shabby chic, I'm not sure about this one. Although it is a lovely card, it is not exactly something that I would do. I still get inspiration from looking at all the cards that you do Sue. Hugs, Jen xx
Krafty Keepsakes

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue great way to use papers as a background,love the flowers,and I never think of spraying the ribbon to scrunch it.

Jill Liddle said...

A very different card today Sue. But still lovely.

Maryann Laursen said...

Lovely card here as usual, even I have to admit, that the papers you´ve used here isn´t exactly my style, but I still love the lay out in the card very much and the stamp is awesome.

Susan White said...

Really pretty papers Sue, and love the sentiment.

Thanks Susan

magpie said...

Gorgeous,victorian type card Sue, Love the papers especially the music/rose and of course the beautiful sentiment! Congratulations to all the winners! Enjoy your prizes! Wonderful! xx Love Karen xx

hotpotato said...

love this card.

Laura O said...

fab card,love the papers so pretty.Congrats to winners enjoy your gift.Laura O

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, I love it !! This card is superb, love everything about it, especially the torn flowers and the truly pretty papers.
Congratulations to the Winners.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

lynda said...

Hi Sue i love this card its stunning
the way you have done the background is lovely. have a good week .Hugs Lynda xx

CraftyJo said...

Interesting card today, I love that sentiment.

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Gorgeous Card Sue!

I love the papers you've used on this one, very pretty with a lovely vintage feel.

Congratulations to the winners.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
What a card!! very shabby chic/ vintage feel about this one different again, love it.
Alison B. x

Carol S. said...

Gorgeous card and love the vintage look. Hugs, Carol s.xx

Crafty Nanna said...

Great card Sue, and the background paper is so pretty

englishrose897 said...

Great card

Janice Wallace said...

Hi Sue,
Very different from your usual type of card. I do like using pretty papers, so nice to see one on your blog too, especially on such a great card.
Janice W

Vie Carter said...

a very pretty card today Sue, love these papers and design


Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Sometimes less is more! Fab card.


Anonymous said...

Yet another beauty!

Mol x

Gail said...

A luvly card and a fab way to show us how to utilise our stash of papers - which I for one overlook these days as I always go for a SB die or two (or three) xx GailT xx

sued99 said...

Very pretty papers on a stunning card.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

So gorgeous, love the shabby chic look

Cazann49 said...

Hi Sue, I absolutely love this card, everything about it is FAB :) xxx

jeffrey bubbles said...

Loving the papers used today Sue, love the vintage feel as well as the colours. Well done on another great card Kathy xxx

salem said...


Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. A gorgeous card. Love all of it. Congrats to the winners. Take care.

Helen Barker said...

Love this vintage look.Fabulous sentiment too.
Helen Bx

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Katielouise said...

Hi Sue
Love this beautifully girlie card in peaches and pinks.
The striped stamp threw me a bit as it looked skewed like an eye illusion but I think it's my eyes being tired!
The background papers you have used are so very pretty I think I'd need two of each so I had one set to just look at and admire and use the other set! The distress inks are on my list of things to get they are great. I love both the frame stamp and the sentiment stamp.

I'm enjoying stamping again now I have my craft dragon flexi press as its improved my stamping 100% so I've been making stamped images for cards and colouring them in the evenings ready to mat and layer and put on a card. I've made a few Christmas cards using my older stamps.

Back to your card - I just wanted to say its beautiful. I love the torn edged flowers with the pearls in, the bow is just right for this look of card you have made.
Thank you for all your inspiring posts.

Hugs x from Katie-Louise sweetlove

Katielouise said...

Sorry forgot to say congrats to all the winners this Sunday


From Katie-Louise sweetlove

Joanne2403 said...

Gorgeous Card, so pretty and I love everything about it, so inspirational, tfs :)

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, sorry I'm late commenting on Sunday's card , I was travelling home to France. Fabulous card with a vintage look. Thanks
Jean D

Diane Mortimer said...

I think this has a real french feel to it.
Diane from Glasgow