Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Live, Laugh, Love

Hi bloggers!  This card set on my craft table for over a week, unfinished.  I had a vague idea in mind when I started it, but it didn't pan out.  So I set it aside until something else creative took hold and this is what I ended up with.  Sometimes you just have to do that!  I started by cutting two apertures in my background using the outer die from the
Exquisite Circles.  I used the large swirl stamp from the Beaded Elements set to add some interest to the remaining areas on the white background.  I heat embossed it with white powder for a tone on tone look.  In the upper aperture, I cut a Basic Lattice piece to sit in the opening and in the lower aperture area, I used the next size down in the Exquisite Circles to emboss the detail into the deep purple background card.  I stamped my sentiment inside the embossed area and embossed it with white powder.  I found some coordinating papers in my stash and decided to use them for my butterflies.  I cut three pieces that were large enough for each of the butterflies and covered them with a piece of sticky adhesive sheet.  Using one of the butterflies from the Wonderful Wings set, I cut each one.  I peeled the backing paper off once cut and covered each of them with micro beads for texture.  One butterfly was adhered in the upper aperture and the others were adorning the white stamped swirls.  I added flatback pearls to each of the bodies as accents.  Finally, a double white pierced mat was added to complete the card.  It took a while to finish it but I think it was worth the wait (too bad the white is so hard to photograph!)  Finished dimensions are 7" x 9" in size.  All for now, Sue x












120 comments:

Pam said...

It was worth the wait, it is lovely and quite unusual.

Kate's Cards said...

Very different! Love the purple!

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, I like this a lot! It has been a while since you had a butterfly on your card too! Love the colours!

Love Jean xxx

tracy w said...

Hi sue
It's worth the wait its stunning love the butterflies thank you

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, an exquisit card can't
make out the purple too good on my
laptop but I know it will be beautiful
love the lattice behind circle apperture
definately on to try.
Nancyd xx

Cee Bee said...

Not one of my favourites but am not sure why, love all the elements but not the whole. Sorry Sue
Hugs n stuff
Carol B

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Love the purple.

Lisa said...

Morning Sue
Love the butterflies. Not my favourite tho - sorry!
Lisa x

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
I like this but can't say I LOVE it. I think it might be the darker colours. Done in white I think would look much more delicate.
Have a great day

Patricia xxx

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue
It's amazing what happens when you leave a project and go back to it.
it is different but not sure. Thank you Kitty

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, wow what a great idea for the apertures, like the colours and the butterflies. Bx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Sweet card, loving the butterflies and colour today.
Donna Jones

TDQ Karen said...

What a great card, I love the lattice die and this is a great way of using it. The butterflies are fantastic xx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Blue and white for today's gift - always a winner in my book.
I love the format and try as I might I never seem to get it quite right when I try to use the negatives. Even when I have left it unfinished and then gone back to it. I don't know why but of course will keep on trying.
Janet x

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
Hooray, I have all the dies for this one lol. I love the concept but I think I would prefer a lighter colour for the appeture. Great idea though.
love Jan x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, How exquisite is this !! I'm loving the purple, and the lattice behind the aperture, and the butterflies are gorgeous with micro beads. Exquisite card.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Exquisite is the name of the dies but it also stands for the card. It ticks all my boxes, it's such an unusual card and would stand out among other cards. I love the colours you've used but it would look just as nice in other colours. Thanks for all the inspiration you give us every day without fail it is very much appreciated.
Hugs x
Heather T

carol edwards said...

Lovely card Sue, well worth the waitx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. At first glance I wasn't sure about this card but the more I look at it the more it grows on me. The butterflies are gorgeous, the microbeads add just the right finish. Take care.

Sue Dunn said...

Good morning Sue. Lovely again. I thought it was white and navy until I read the purple. It's a card that looks clean and simple. Xx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - like others I am really not sure about this one but it is growing on me a bit each time I look at it.
Rgs
Clare W

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Glad Im not the only one who has to re-jig projects.
I like todays card but I don't love it. We can't love em all. x

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Very pretty card love the white background and butterflies one of my favourite embellishments.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Like some of the others, I wasn't too sure when I first saw this, but it is growing on me. It's nice and comforting that even you can get a mental block!

karenlotty said...

I just love everything about thus card

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, well worth the wait for this beautiful card. Love the butterflies and the colours. Have a great day.

Love June
xxx

englishrose897 said...

Love the card this morning Sue. Have a great day. Sally

TOB said...

This is a very different layout, but I love it. I keep looking at it to make sure I haven't missed anything on the card. A real stunner. Hugs x

Nanny Jo said...

you certainly used the rightly-named dies, Sue. It IS exquisite! Love it... Thank you... Jo xx

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue,
I think butterflies are for a new beginning, whether it be marriage or a new baby or just a new life, so i think this is a very versatile card today. It is so different that in the different colours could be for anyone. What a wonderful card with the ideal sentiment.
Thank you Sue for your inspiration once more,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is lovely I especially like the butterflies. Have a day. Love Jackie

Jan.moogie said...

Now this is different Sue, what a lovely card. Love all those extra tweaks in it.xx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, It is sometimes better to leave a design when it is not going well, trouble is yours got better, mine usually die!! I love the butterflys, they always look elegant.

Love. Rosemarie Fishlock xx

Anonymous said...

'morning Sue, well done with the card. An even BIGGER well done for finding it on your desk!!! Mabex

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue. I love apertures, and I especially like the use of the lattice underneath. The beaded butterflies are beautiful. Thank you Sue for more wonderful ideas.
YvonneMayxx

Sonia Jones said...

Different card today but it did turn out ok. Love the colours hugs Sonia x

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Fabulous card, love it all. Thanks for the inspiration.
Lydia
X

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue A wonderful card and very different! Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Hilary said...

Morning Sue. You always manage to come up with something quite different!! I love the style, the colours, and the butterflies!!
Enjoy your day. Love and hugs. Hilary xxxx

Marleine said...


Hi Sue,

Pretty and unusual layout. X

hazel young said...

Lovely card Sue love the butterfly, design and colours used xx hazel

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very different and very pretty

Anonymous said...

Like this a lot, Sue, and yet again more new ideas to try. Butterflies always a winner!

'P' in Wales

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
The colour on this didn't show up very well on my screen butI love this card it's beautiful.
Beverley W

Maggie said...

Hello. This is certainly different. Purple for a start, non symmetrical and butterflies. Absolutely wonderful. xx

Carol Clarke said...

WOW WOW WOW Sue
I just love it, it was worth the wait, love the stunning lattice work and butterflies, this is one to try
Hugs
Carol x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Very unusual, I too have half made cards around waiting for that 'just something' to finish them.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

sonja_w said...

The lattice makes it for me, really great effect, hadn't thought about adding microbesds to butterflies, love it .

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Different card for you but still pretty.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Nice card, but not one of my favourites. I think it would be a good card for young girls as its very modern. I think the butterflies and stamped background are very pretty. Thank you for showing a different style I will adapt the concept.
Kayleigh B xx

loftylass said...

It works for me Sue..... this is certainly one to add to my stash... love the colours. tfs
Hugs
Heather W
x

Jacquie said...

Morning Sue,

This beautiful Sue, love the use of the dies and the butterflies are gorgeous.

Loving the Purple card too.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
Your method to set aside fits my policy of 'waste not, want not.' Love this card the colours are super and the butterflies as always beautiful.
Margaret corgi owner

snowqueen62 said...

Love the butterflies. Pretty card & like the colours.
Hugs Sue x

nattyboots said...

Wow i wish i had half of your ideas ,another eye catching card Love it

Elaine H X

gwen70 said...

I love this Sue really unusual. I have this set of dies so will give it a go

Joanna Dickson said...

Got to admit, this isn't one of my favourites, but that is a personal thing. You can't please everyone everyday lol. You are still the most talented lady I know. I wish I had half of your brain.
Have a great day
Jo x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue ,not one of my favourites but love the colours. love Jean Z xx

beachie said...

Hi Sue
You keep coming up with these different ideas. Lovely card
Audrey x

marg said...

Hello Sue!
At last a card where i have all the bits!
I love any card with Butterflies on, and Blue and White are lovely too!
Love Marg

hollyberry said...

Different and gorgeous-was worth the wait!

Laura O said...

lovely card for one that took a week to finish.Can't beat butterflies.Laura O

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue another beautiful card i love the colour its so pretty. Take care sue xx

Debs A

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue X happy crafting

Erica said...

Hi Sue,
Well, this is certainly different and has lots of dimension. Not as eye catching as usual but good to push those boundaries now and again.
Erica x

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Exquisite, love this card, especially the butterflies and the lattice. Lucky us that you kept in on your desk lol. You are one talented lady.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely card,

mol x

nannapat said...

Love this design Sue and the colour is just fab - I do adore purple. Pat x

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
A very different card from you this morning, but still gorgeous and I just adore butterflies.

Love Sheila xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
just beautiful. Those flutterbys make it - and microbeaded, too!
Have a great day.
Hugs, Rose

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. Wish I had a bit of your talent. this is stunning.
Love Val x

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
I am liking how it turned out in the end a stunning card real nice and my fav butterfly's .. hugs sarah

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

Well worth the wait, and quite different looking as well. Love the purple colour and some butterflies as well.

utilitygirl said...

Another lovely card Sue.
Don know where you get all your ideas

weefortune said...

Different, not to sure if I like this one. Have a great Day elaine x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, well worth the wait, stunning card love all the elements. Take care, Jess x

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, another beautiful card. I love the white & purple and the butterflies.

Marianna Hammer said...

Lovely card. Worth the wait :)

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, the card was worth waiting for..it is gorgeous and I love the butterflies.

Lacelady said...

Well it might have taken time to 'gel' but it worked out beautifully!

Eemeli said...

Oh, this one is very different but I love it a lot. Butterflies are fabulous and the color scheme very beautiful.

Hugs,
Eemeli

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

I dont think it is quite up to your norm but very nice anyway.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Maryann Laursen said...

Another beautiful creation here Sue as always just gorgeous work.

Meg said...

What a brilliant way to use the dies, I would never have thought of cutting off the edge like that.

Margaret O
xxx

SerenePolly said...

An interesting approach Sue. I doubt if the photo does it justice since it seems to lack the normal coherence you bring to your designs. I do love the purple!

Take care.

Christine
xx

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
I'm not sure about this card. Love all the elements and different things going on just not sure about it all together. Glad its not just me that has failed cards at least now I don't have to bin them just wait for new inspiration.
Alison B. x

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
I'm not sure about this card. Love all the elements and different things going on just not sure about it all together. Glad its not just me that has failed cards at least now I don't have to bin them just wait for new inspiration.
Alison B. x

CraftyJo said...

I love it! I'm smiling reading the comments above - nice to know I'm not the only one who doesn't always 'rave' over *every* one of your creations - I thought I was!!! ;)

Jennifer Swandells said...

Lovely colours, love the butterflies, very different to your usual. Hugs, Jen xx
Krafty Keepsakes

Mac Mable said...

Clever you! Love the colourway x

Joanne2403 said...

So pretty, delicate and dainty, the colours are also very pretty and the light/dark contrast draws the eye, lovely, tfs

magpie said...

Lovely card Sue and loving the colour. Welcome to my world (on a regular basis!) of starting something and not sure where it's going! Mine is usually a lot more than a week though! Love the butterflies and as always, the sentiment. xx Love Karen xx

camelot67 said...

Good afternoon Sue,

I think it's good to "mix it up" now and then. Yes, this is a little different for you, but personally I like it. Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy the rest of your day
Margaret A.

Jackie Calvert said...

Hi Sue.
This is different, and I like it a lot, but I also really like this sentiment.
Love from Jackie C XXX

Diane Mortimer said...

Love the microbead butterflies :-D

Diane from Glasgow

Katie-Louise said...

Hi Sue
Love the microbeaded butterflies adorning this card.
It's such a different look than your normal style, I like it a lot.
I'm glad you did a close up of the purple card from the exquisite circles dies as I couldn't see what you had done very well in the main photo. It's a shame the white embossing doesn't show up well on the card I'm sure the card is even more exquisite in real life. Love the aperture with the lattice behind it really adds to the card.
Best wishes and thank you for the inspiration you bring, from Katie-Louise sweetlove

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
Such a beautiful card! Butterflies are my current favourite embellishment - I bought Les Papillons 2 recently and have been soooo pleased with the results. Whatever the colour or whatever the pattern, a beautiful butterfly always emerges!
Best wishes
Anne O

lynda said...

Excellent card Sue love the purple colour combo love the butterfly stunning. Hugs Lynda Brock xx

vivjose said...

Hello Sue,
Beautiful card today, I love the lattice die and often use it under apertures. This one would be just as nice in different colours too

jeffrey bubbles said...

This is lovely Sue, we forget to use our dies in this way (apertures) Pretty colour all in all a great card Kathy xxx

Janice K said...

A beautiful and unusual card with gorgeous butterflies.x

Helen Barker said...

Definitely worth the wait.The colours are gorgeous,love the layout.
Helen Bx

3362 Jan said...

Hi Sue. Smashing card today. Just love these colours. Butterfly's are a nice touch. Hope you had a great day. Hug's. Jan.

SusanP, Kent said...

Beautiful beaded butterflies! Love the purple it's a great contrast with the white. I have a few projects that didn't quite work sitting in a drawer. Maybe I should revisit them.
Sue

Carole Z said...

A very pretty card Sue, love the butterflies! Carole Z X

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Very unusual use of dies. Think it works! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Sandybee said...

Very pretty card Sue

xx sandra

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, this card is great, a really interesting look - it creates depth and texture. Love Sam xxx

Barbara said...

Looks more blue on my laptop which is not one of my prefered colours. The camera does not do it justice!!!

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, I like today's card but not one of my favourites I'm afraid , I think I was spoilt yesterday with your Christmas 3d card . The purple looks navy on my I pad too but never mind it is a pretty card all the same.
Hugs
Jean D

Vie Carter said...

An interesting design, it looks blue on my screen too

Love everything you do

Vie
x

Brooke b said...

Beautiful as always. Love purple and butterflies.
JB xxx

Paper Junkie said...

Looks good to me - glad you didn't bin it. X

minx said...

Hi Sue sorry I'm very late with this one lol shifts changed at work. a very different card today, I love those colours stunning as always xx

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
THOSE BEADS LOOK GREAT. FAB CARD . ANOTHER NO WASTE CARD.
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXXX

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, love this card very striking and clever looking.
X Ros

Susan White said...

Those butterflies are just delightful!

Thanks, Susan

Susan White said...

Those butterflies are just delightful!

Thanks, Susan

Sandy G said...

This is different! Very pretty. Love it!

carole jeffery said...

Nice card. I love the butterflies