Thursday, 15 August 2013

Life To The Fullest / Announcement


Hello crafters!  I have a quick card for you today and an announcement for you too.  First the card, which is a milk, taupe and black card that could be used for just about any  I occasion I think.  I started by letterpressing the background by inking the Venetian embossibility folder with Antique Linen distress ink on the negative side.  I inserted my taupe coloured card and ran it through the machine to transfer the ink to the floor of the design.  I matted this piece with a thin black mat and a slightly larger milk mat.  On to the next section.  I used the same folder but merely embossed it this time and a smaller piece of taupe card and matted it with black as well.  I glued this piece to the side of my larger background and added a strip of black/ivory striped grosgrain ribbon across it.  I tied a knot into the top as an accent and taped the end around the back of the card.  I stamped the Justrite Labels two stamp from the Live, Love, Laugh set in black on taupe card and cut it out with the matching die.  I mounted it with foam to the edge of my ribbon.  I stamped the smaller Labels two stamp and added a sentiment this time on to milk card.   I cut it out with the matching label die as well and inked it with Antique linen while still in the die.  It was mounted  horizontally across the other one to complete my focal element.  I added two black zipper roses (I love the eclectic edgy look of these!) and added some black jute behind them.  I added some black flatback pearls to the die cuts, a black pearl swirl spray and a final double pierced taupe mat to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" in size.




Now for the announcement!  It is that time of year again!

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS DESIGN TEAM CALL!
Creative Expressions is currently looking to recruit new passionate crafters to join the 2013/14 Creative Expressions Design Team!
Click on the link below to find out how to enter:-

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Would you like to be given fabulous Creative Expressions stamps every month absolutely free? Then we would love to hear from you...
We are currently looking to recruit new passionate crafters to join our 2013/14 Creative Expressions Design Team (CEDT) to make fabulous projects using our products and rubber designs!
What’s in it for you?

There are some fantastic benefits to being a member of the Creative Expressions Design Team! As a member, you will:-
·         Receive a new set of Creative Expressions rubbers stamps every month (absolutely free) as well as a selection of other crafting goodies to work with to create your weekly projects.
·         Receive a fantastic 25% discount on all products that Creative Expressions Supply (this discount applies only to RRP of products & is only applicable when ordering from Creative Expressions directly).
·         Enjoy regular links to your blog through to the Creative Expressions website, blog and social media channels.
·         Receive a CEDT 2013/14 badge to display on your blog &/or website.
·         Have your creations showcased on the Creative Expressions website, marketing materials & social media channels.
·         Be joining a fantastic new innovative & exciting Design Team!
To find out more information on how to become part of the Creative Expressions Design Team, click on this link: http://blog.creative-expressions.uk.com/

The closing date for entries is Friday, 6
th September 2013 at 5pm GMT.
Good luck and we really look forward to seeing your projects!

All for now, Sue x

131 comments:

Pam said...

Another stunning card, its lovely.

Bosquie said...

What super colours yet again sue. There is something so elegant about black with another colour to make a stunning card. Xxx

tracy w said...

hi sue
what a stunning card love the colour thank you tracy w x

Debs A said...

Morning Sue another stunning card you say its a quick card but it looks so good love the colour and the zip flowers. Take care Sue xx

Debs A

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue, another stunning creation, very striking. I love how you have offset that panel. I really like the idea, a beautiful bow just to finish it all off.
Have a Great Day


Patricia

Lisa said...

Morning Sue
A lovely card again. I like the stamps and dies you've used. I am a big fan of black on cards.
Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Love this card, Sue, don't think I could make this quickly! Colours just great, also the letterpressing and the offset design and the knotted ribbon. All of it.
Would wish to have more talent but am happy with your inspiration to try out new things. (Obviously won't be seeking to join the design team!!!)

'P' in Wales

Eemeli said...

Another fabulous card Sue. Love the pretty ribbon and those flowers are absolutely stunning!

Hugs,
Eemeli

Wilma Brown said...

Yes a Sue Special, it s easy o recognise your crd they ave a distinctive look. Love this card the used of dies and ribbon just perfect.

Wilma x x x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Stylish card Sue.

Heather Rogers said...

Stunning Card Sue!Nothing else to say I love it all!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Elegant card love it so stylish.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Beautiful card which I immediately thought of Graduation/Congratulations on passing your exams! (Maybe it's because our daughter gets her A level results today!) I love those zip flowers, and what great colours. Good luck to those that enter the design team search. Take care.

TDQ Karen said...

What a great card, love the letterpress effect and beige and black look very classy xx

Cee Bee said...

Hi Sue, another stunner. What a great guy card this would make as even the flowers are not really flowers. I know some guys who would love this.
Hugs n stuff
Carol B

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the colours. Good luck to everyone who tries for the design team.

Clare x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
As you say a gift for any occasion and I would say particularly the males in our lives (possibly without the roses)
The colour scheme is autumnal but in a way gentle and a very easy format for us to follow.
Good luck to all who enter the design comp. It sounds absolutely fantastic and what an experience it will be.
Janet x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - another great card - the ribbon reminds me of a gents tie for some reason.
Rgs
Clare W

kimberley said...

Lovely card Sue andgood luck to all who apply to join your team!

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
Sophisticated, elegant and classy just what a Sue Wilson design is all about. I love it.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful and striking card. love it Bx

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
Another stunning card. Love how you have done the ribbon.
Gail Cx

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, stunning card and can see me making this as a mans card. Love the colour combo too. Have a great day.

Love June
xxx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Beautiful card it's lovely to see the zipper roses again. Good luck to all who apply to join the design team.
Hugs x
Heather T

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
LIKE THE LOOK YOU HAVE GOT WITH THIS CARD. ZIP FLOWERS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CRAFTING ITEMS.
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX

Marianne's Craftroom said...

So elegant today, stunning card. What a fabulous opportunity too thanks for info x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, Love this card, the colour work really well. It would as someone else said make a lovely graduation card.

Love Rosemarie xx

karenlotty said...

Love it I like how you've offset the sentiment & the ribbon is gorgeous Good luck to all those that apply I don't hav enough crafty stash to have a go If CE ever go into cd crafting I'm your girl hehe!

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue, Gorgeous card love the zipper roses with the black jute behind - As others have said the ribbon reminds me of a tie - so this would be a great card to the men, Love the letterpress effect I must give this a try.
Good luck to all who apply to join the design team - what an opportunity!
Have a good day, love Brenda Lel xxx

Sue Dunn said...

Good morning Sue. I love ths card. The striped grosgrain ribbon is so beautiful and lovely to handle too

Jan.moogie said...

Wow Sue love this card.x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Love, Love, Love, this card, love the neutral colours, love the faux letterpress and adore the knotted ribbon and zipper roses. Gorgeous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

beachie said...

Hi Sue
A real eyecatcher this morning. Love those zip flowers, so different. Quick card....only for you
Audrey x

hollyberry said...

Yet another wonderful card-love the colours.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card I love using black on cards
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Nanny Jo said...

I LOVE this card, Sue....it's stunning! Jo xx

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
I absolutely adore these colours together, and whole card is so elegant!
Love it Sue!
LoveMarg

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is stunning I love the zip flowers. Thanks for pointing out about the Design team opportunity. Have a good day. Love Jackie

hotpotato said...

lovely card Sue.

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely elegant card. A change from the usual black and white. The colour softens the look esp with the black.
Alison B. x

Lacelady said...

Oooh, love the card Sue, especially the zipper flowers, I don't recall seeing you do any of those before. I would love to join the design team, but sadly I don't have a blog. What a shame.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card, love the different effects with the embossing. Wish I had the confidence to enter your design team call, what a great opportunity for some lucky person. Love Jean xxx

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue X
Happy Crafting.

Marleine said...


Morning Sue,

Stunning, stylish card . X

nuttinanni said...

A card that would be suitable for a male. very impressed. Cherylx

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card again Sue.

CraftyJacq
xx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A stunning card, love the zip flowers and the colours. The embossing really stands out.
Good luck to all that apply to join the design team, what a great opportunity.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

It really is a lovely card.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Maryann Laursen said...

Another stunner here again Sue. Absolutely gorgeous card with sooo many gorgeous details, where ever you look at it.
Would love to apply for your team, as it would be an honor to work with such talented ladies, but guess it´s only for UK people as most compagnies too.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card today. Love the taupe with black and the grosgrain ribbon. I think the knot in the ribbon is a really effective look especially for the guys.

Anonymous said...

Another super card Sue - love the idea of using the two embossing pieces. So simple and so stylish. Unfortunately the only 'talent' I have comes from your wonderful ideas so I won't be applying for the job! Good luck for those who do.
YvonneMayxx

jessie said...

MORNING SUE
WHAT LOVELY COLOURS YET AGAIN.JUST
LOVE YOUR CARD.

TOB said...

Great composition of this card. Love the zip flowers and the colours. Hugs x

Victoria said...

I LOVE today's card Sue. Everything about it is stunning. Love the dies used, the embossing folders and also the embellishments.

gwen70 said...

Simply gorgeous Sue

Laura O said...

fab card again Sue ,Laura O

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue,
What a beautiful card yet again. I look at your design every day that i am able and it always strikes me the sheer beauty. I now know one of your secrets is the narrowest border of the accent card is what helps to show it off to its fullest. What a difference that small edging makes of the black to enhance and make the card pop.
Another winner, thank you Sue,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
WOW stunning card love the colours and lovely sue box to finish it off
Hugs
Carol x

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue What a wonderful card and colour combo! Good luck to everyone who applies to be part of the design team. Take Care Love Michelle xxx

Joanne K said...

Hi Sue, lovely card today. Great use of colour and techniques. Thanks for letting us know about the Design Team call. However, unfortunately I don't have a blog at the moment and am currently under going Chemo treatment. Maybe next year but thanks for the opportunity. Kind regards Joanne K x

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Fabulous card, love the combination of colours very elegant.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!
Perhaps next time round I shall be confident to apply to join the expert crafters - thanks for giving everyone the opportunity.
Hugs, Rose

Mac Mable said...

Love the colours of this card and the embossing folder x

Jess Watson said...

Mornng Sue, stunning card, love the ribbon idea and the colour together. Good luck to anyone who wants to join CE demo team, what a great opportunity. I certainly don't have the talent to do so, I rely on you for my inspiration each day. Take care, Jess xx

weefortune said...

Another Great Card Sue, Have a good Day Elaine x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love the letter press effect of the embossing on this card, really lovely effect. Must give it a go.
Beverley W

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
What a stunner, love the letterpress background and knotted ribbon too.
Donna Jones

Sandybee said...

Another very stylish card Sue, love these colours together

xx Sandra

Janice K said...

Loving the colours! Very elegant. x

Floss said...

Hi Sue,
Yet another......WOW. x

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Such a very elegant card and love the colour combo also the zip flowers.


Love Sheila xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, gorgeous card, good to see the zip flowers back in action. Emma

Izzwizz said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous card! Oh my, how I'd love to be on CE DT! Probably haven't got a hope, but I'll give it a go anyhow. Thanks for the heads up! Maddy x

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. Beautiful card and I love the use of the ribbon.

Love Val x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love the letterpress effect with embossing folder, this is a must try. Good luck to everyone entering the design team challenge
Best wishes, Pat

Joan Donaldson said...

Lovely card Sue

Jean Z said...

Beautiful card lovely colours love Jean Z xx

utilitygirl said...

A lovely card Sue. Very elegant.

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,

Once again another great card to kick-start our day. I love the colours used and the simple ribbon detail. I may have to try this one for myself! Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, great card! Love the zip flowers.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a very elegant and stylish card. I love he flowers.

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
very elegant card today sue really do like this one to .. hugs sarah xx

cuilliesocks said...

Beautiful embossing and dies and such gorgeous shades, Kate x

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Such a stunning card today. There is a little bit of everything I like on a card, and the colour combo is lovely too. :-)

Can i just send all good thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery to Joanne K. :-)

Kind regards

Tina X

Jennifer Swandells said...

What a great card Sue, I just love the zip flowers and the colours. Hugs, Jen x
Krafty Keepsakes

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Wow a stunning card.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

p.s. are you going to be at Ali-Pali next month?

MRS DUCK said...

Lovely card Sue. The letterpressing creates a fab background.
Will have to see if I can pluck up the courage to apply for the DT.
Best wishes too to Joanne K. x

Helen Barker said...

Love the letterpress effect and the colours are gorgeous.Truly stunning.
Helen Bx

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue stunning cars love everything about it.
Smiles
Ita

minx said...

Hi Sue such an elegant card stunning as always x

Jacquie said...

What a beautiful card Sue, love the colours and the background...WOW!
Thank you Sue.

Would have LOVED to apply for the DT but unfortunately I don't even have a blog! Maybe I will have to start one and keep hoping more vacancies will arrive in the future.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

lynda said...

Hello Sue another stunning card love the colours and the letterpress effect is beautiful love it all a big WOW from me
Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Jacquie said...

May I add GOOD LUCK TO WHOEVERVER JOINS THE DT AND VERY BEST WISHES TO JOANNE K xxx

magpie said...

Just beautiful Sue. The taupe, milk and black just go perfectly together. The stamps are gorgeous and the sentiment is so true! The reminder of inking the embossing folder is much appreciated! Just gorgeous! xx Love Karen xx Ps wishing good luck to all those who apply for the wonderful and fantastic opportunity to be on the Creative Expressions team! xxxx

magpie said...

To Joanne K, my thoughts are with you as you go through your chemo treatment. Been there, done it and luckily, up to yet, have come out the other side. It's also nice to have hair again even better than before!!! xx Love Karen xx

CraftyJo said...

Love the colours and textures on this card Sue.

Jackie Calvert said...

I love this card Sue. It's just what I want to do as an album cover, I'm making old fashioned photo albums at the moment:) Thank thank thank you
Love Jackie C XXX

Tres said...

Hi Sue. WOW !! What a fabulous card today !! It looks so stylish and elegant . It is really gorgeous. I love your fab colour scheme too. I would have used taupe with black or milk with black but would never have thought of using all three colour together and being able to make them work. I really do love your idea of using the striped grosgrain ribbon and cutting it like a fork and tying a knot in it too. I think this is a wonderful way to add ribbon to a mans card instead of tying a bow. I have been trying to figure out a solution to this problem for a very long time now as I would love to add ribbon to men's cards. I also love your idea of matting and layering the same taupe card on top of one another but putting very small black matts in between and letter pressing one of the layers to add tone on tone colour. An absolutely fantastic idea !! I love those flowers too !! Lots of good luck for those who are going to apply to be on the creative expressions team !! Love and best wishes to you Sue. I could not get through the day without your amazing cards to look at. love Tres x x x

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, another beauty, love the colours!! I am so not brave or confident enough to apply, but all the freebies sound good. Love Sam xxx

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue, a very striking card but oh dear sorry to sound a negative note with all the wonderful comments but for me either the ribbon or the zip roses but both seems a little heavy. Good luck to all those offering their creativity to the design team. Perhaps one day I might start a blog...... Love from Jackie D

lorraine (classylady) said...

Oh Sue this is a stunning card. I love everything about it,classy and elegant.

Good luck to all who apply for DT, would love to have a go, but no BLOG etc., Get well soon to Joanne K.

regards
Lorraine - Scotland
xxx

Jill Liddle said...

A very different card today, I like it.

Susan White said...

Lovely card - I must remember to try some letterpressed backgrounds - they look so effective!

Thanks, Susan

SusanP, Kent said...

This is gorgeous! The colours look amazing together definitely a combo for any occasion. Great idea to knot the ribbon (reminds me of a guys tie). Also liking the idea of using the same embossing folder in 2 ways on the same card. I could go on - so much to like!
Sue

Margaret said...

Hello Sue
Yet again another absolutely stunning card so elegant too the colours are so lovely.
I hear that there is a heat wave over there at present do hope you and your family especially your Mom are coping.
Margaret corgi owner

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, A very smart subtle card today fabulous.
X Ros

Joanne2403 said...

Delicious..... love it, looks amazing, really love this style of yours and I received my latest dies and embossing folders from c&c today so I am off to play! TFS Sue :)

Carol S. said...

Love this one Sue. Stunning. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Maggie said...

Fantastic card and just so manly. The mix of colours and the ribbon just works and I love it. Thank you once more. xx

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Beautiful card Sue!

I love the colours and the zip flowers always make a lovely change from other floral embellishments.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

nikkib said...

something I try and do despite not being able to move around much..... love the sentiment and the card is lovely too..... good luck to anyone trying out for the DT..... x

Sandra F said...

A lovely card Sue xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
What a super card. Love the black with another colour, it always looks so elegant.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue,

This card is gorgeous. I love the zippy roses! Your choice of colours is always superb. Please would you tell us where you get your card from e.g today's taupe and yesterday's scrumptious chestnut card?

Many thanks
Sandy

Brenda Hanlon said...

Hi Sue, this card is stunning absolutely gorgeous and the ribbon and zip flowers really finish it.

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, lovely card love the letterpress effect must give it a go, taupe and black compliment each other so well don't they? . Thanks Sue.
Hugs
Jean D

Paper Junkie said...

Couldn't agree with this sentiment more and have been doing just that. Hope you are too! Nice to see the zipper roses again. X

Annie said...

What an amazing card, Sue. Lovely and unusual ribbon design and zipper roses are very effective. Altogether a beautiful piece of art!
Hugs Annie

Katie-Louise said...

Dear Sue
This is a great card, as you say there are so many occasions this would be great for and could be for a man or woman.
I love the letterpressed embossing folder technique you have used, I wasn't sure if it was a stamp to start with- till I looked more carefully.
The offset style is a great idea, I'm always putting things straight in the middle so I must try this for a change.
The zipper roses are definitely an edgy look to this card and the black jute looks great behind them, a bit like a black feather.
Thank you for your inspiration.
Unfortunately my cards aren't very good and my imagination isn't as good as yours so I won't be going for the design team though I does sound good.
I wish all those going for the design team luck.

Best wishes and thank you for your inspiring blog,
From Katie-Louise sweetlove

nannapat said...

Love this colour combo Sue - a stunning card. Good luck to all who try for the DT, just wish I was good enough!! Pat x

nannapat said...

Love this colour combo Sue - a stunning card. Good luck to all who try for the DT, just wish I was good enough!! Pat x

Anonymous said...

Hi sue
I love this card everything just works so well together. It's a great layout, I will be trying this. I like the way you have used the ribbon. This card have so much textures, I love it.
Kayleigh B xx

Phi said...

Oh this one is beautiful. LOve the colour and unique flowers. Most of all love the way you've placed the ribbon - the style and cut and position. Just beautiful.

iReneM said...

Gorgeously elegant!!
Love the ribbon treatment :)

x

nattyboots said...

Another great card Stunning
Elaine H X

hazel young said...

Gorgeous card Sue love the zip flowers xx hazel

Dawn said...

Another rich and beautiful card, I really like the colour combo x

Anne Crawford said...

Love everything about this card ! It is different, interesting and unusual, the knotted ribbon is a fab idea for men's cards and the zip roses.

Marianna Hammer said...

Awww, that yould be something! To be part of a card design team. But... I don't think I could get time to keep a blog too. But would really like to show off cards, and test out all those lovely stamps and dies to match :)
By the way today's card is sooo lovely. I might have a go at a similar card :)

Pearl said...

Everything works so well on this card Sue, well done!

Craftihappiness to you, love from Pearl

Diane Mortimer said...

Very cool
Diane from Glasgow