Friday, 18 October 2013

Believe

Hi guys!  Another not so traditional Christmas card today, I hope you won't mind two in a row!  I used some Graphic 45 decorative paper for the background on this one, paired with kraft card and Rich Red card to make it pop.  I used the Harlequin pattern with the script across it for my background.  Then I cut a strip of dotty paper and added a red and black mat.  I used the Lipstick Red seam binding to add a bit of ribbon across the card for another pop of red.  I tied a messy bow and added it to the left side of the card with some of those cute pine cones and berries I found on my last trip across the pond.  I seated my bow on a natural jute twine bow for some added texture.  I stamped my sentiment from the Holiday Magic set by Justrite on to kraft card with a black archival ink pad.  I cut it into a tag with a forked end, matted it in red and tucked the end under the edge of the strip below my focal element.  I stamped the leaping reindeer from the Peace On Earth stamp set from Creative Expressions on to kraft card with black ink.  I cut it out with the Marvellous Squares die and inked it with Antique Linen distress ink while still in the die. I added some gold embossing powder to the die edge for a bit of bling.   I stamped the reindeer a  second time on white card and cut out the body, omitting the antlers.  I paper pieced it on top of the first image.  Using an Antique Linen Distress marker, I added some highlights to the body.  I used a white pencil to highlight the antlers.  I cut a Fleur de Lis square die in red and used it as a mat for the reindeer.  I mounted it in the centre of the card on the diagonal and added two antique buttons in the upper right hand corner.  Finally, I finished the card with a thin red mat before adding my double black mat with the pierced inner layer mat.  Finished dimensions are 7" x 8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x










155 comments:

Pam said...

Very modern and trendy - good for a younger person. Hope you are enjoying your visit with Mom

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
This is a really fun card and got my attention the moment I opened your blog. WOW. Very nice

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue thank you another lovely card
take care Kitty

Jan.moogie said...

A really jolly card today Sue, that bow and adornment is to die for.x

Lisa said...

Morning Sue
Great card - love the colours and the believe stamp.
Lisa x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Great card...I thought I only liked traditional Christmas cards, and then I saw, and fell in love, with some of your less traditional ones! I love this one, the colours and patterns are wonderful together. Hope Mom is ok. Take care.

Heather Rogers said...

This is a lovely card I love the composition. Modern yet something traditional about it too you have managed to blend both nicely.

As far as I am concerned bring the Christmas cards on modern traditional I don't mind. After all I think they are the cards a lot of people make the most of so any inspiration from you is great on that score.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
Fabulous card - very modern but still has a traditional feel. The pinecones are a great addition.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

ps Say Hi to Mom x

tracy w said...

Hi sue
This card is stunning I do not mind christmas card now as I've just started doing christmas cards so any great ideas will be helpful to me thank you Tracy w x

Cee Bee said...

Very funky Sue, love it.
Hugs n stuff
Carol B

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with Heather Rogers, Sue - love this card!

'P' in Wales

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Goodness! This woke me up, the colours are great.

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Traditional or not today's gift is superb!! I love the background card and have now used all mine up so am on the look out for more of it.
The colours are beautiful and the format is so special. I would really love to be on the receiving end to have this come through my letterbox.
Janet x

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue It might not be traditional but I definately like it and love the colour combo. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Rachel Taylor said...

Love the red and black ! And the reindeer is super cute
Crafty hugs Rachel x

Nanny Jo said...

LOVE IT!!! My 'stuff' has just arrived, can't wait to play with the stamps! Jo xx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - nice card! You say 3 antique buttons (love em) but I can only see 2 - perhaps someone has acquired one?! either that or I am having one of those days! Heyho.
Rgs
Clare W

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, what an unusual card, very effective. Love the reindeer stamp, and the colours just work so well. Enjoy your time with your Mom. Bx

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous the colour combination is so dramatic it would look fantastic in any home. Have a great day. Love Jackie

Jacquie said...

Morning Sue,

A beautiful Christmas card, so original. Loving the pine cones & berries embellishment, maybe you should bring some of those back for your shows as they are gorgeous.

Enjoy your tip 'Home'.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx
http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, great card for a male I think! Don't mind seeing Christmas cards everyday, they are all so different and some great inspiration. Love Jean xxx

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue, as always love the card on your blog, I've still got quite a few Christmas Cards to make so as many tips and ideas are greatly appreciated, also you look at your cards you can see beyond them and take ideas into different cards other than Christmas, for me I hope we see Christmas for a little longer, as when they start making them in summer by the time I come round to sitting down to making them I've forgotten, so please keep them coming I also love the Acorns and berries, I love the Red Card it's like Black Card it makes the images pop, love from Sam x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, I love this card, the papers are gorgeous, the reindeer stamping is gorgeous, it's a 'WOW' card.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Great card, love the reindeer.
Hope you have a lovely time with your Mom.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

kimberley said...

I do like this card-looks kind of artsy,sort of folk if that makes sense.Hope you are having a fun time across the pond and getting some sunshine,take care,x.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, what a fabulous card. Love the pine cones, I think you will have to include them in your range. Have a great weekend.

Love Rosemarie Fishlock xx

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, A bright and cheery Christmas card love the harlequin paper and the red and black matting, very ornate reindeer and the red bow is just a beautiful finishing touch.
Hugs
Jean D

Debs A said...

Morning Sue what a trendy card its not up my street but i think it mskes a great csrd for the younger ones. I love the background paper you have used. Tske care Sue xx

Debs A

Marleine said...


Hi Sue,

Love the card. Colours are great. X

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue quite like this, striking colours any goes well together x

karenlotty said...

I agree with Heather A lovely modern card but in quite traditional colours It works beautifully

Elaine said...

Totally fab card. Love those papers x

Joan D said...

Very different card to your usual ones,but lovely all the sme xx

Dawn Searle said...

Morning Sue
Beautiful card, quite vintage colours I don't know why but takes me back to the 40's and 50's, great colour combination too.
Hugs
Dawn Searle xx

TOB said...

lots to look at on this card. love the bow and the cones. hugs x

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
Wow what a super card different but still a wow love the papers used. Do keep the Christmas card coming I don't mind in the slightest. All your help is appreciated.
Margaret corgi owner

Ann said...


Hi Sue

Fabulous card really like this one gorgeous background papers and I love the offset die cuts lovin the Christmas cards thankyou for all your inspiration your cards are works of art.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue the bright red does make the card pop!!!
Denise Hancock X

Marion said...

hi Sue not sure on this one ,i like the tradional xmas cards more than this type .
Marion H

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - this card is a real eye-catcher. Love the background papers you have used here and you have made it a real stunner. Love it.
YvonneMayxx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Love this card there are so many things that catch your eye. I would love to be able to get some of the pine cones they are so cute.. You can never show too many Christmas cards I think most if us make more Christmas cards than any other so more ideas would be appreciated..
Hugs x
Heather T

TDQ Karen said...

Very unusual combination but it works, love it xx

Victoria said...

Very trendy Sue, I love it. I've recently begun to use kraft card and it's really versatile. I love the rich red card combo here, and the bow of course!

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Like others have said, I don't mind Xmas cards at all as I need inspiration for my "special"cards. Love today's card. The reindeer is really cute and the little cones are great. Agree you should try and get them for over here! Hope you are having good time with your mam.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very funky

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Was not sure about this one at first, but the more I looked at it the more it grew on me. I think my grandchildren would love it. I do love the way you have done the reindeer.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Was not sure about this one at first, but the more I looked at it the more it grew on me. I think my grandchildren would love it. I do love the way you have done the reindeer.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love it, great papers and colours too.
Donna Jones

Debbie Tinks said...

Hi Sue. Love this card nice colours together .X
Happy crafting.

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
WOW
I really love this card, very modern and the co-ordinated papers go well together. Love your bow which finishes it off lovely
Hugs
Carol x

hazel young said...

I absolutely love this card the colours and design are fabulous a very different card but one I would love to receive. xx hazel

hollyberry said...

A very cheerful card that has a lovely splash of red which catches the eye.

gwen70 said...

Stunning Sue, so bright and cheeful

hotpotato said...

very untraditional but nice.

Pauline A said...

Morning Sue,
We don't mind another Christmas card design do we folks especially when they're as bright as this. That red seam binding is delicious and I like the jute bow along side it. Hugs, Pauline A x

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,

As you say not your traditional type of Christmas card but in my opinion what could be better, Sue Wilson and Graphic 45 in one hit. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

jessie said...

MORNING SUE
QUITE A TRENDY CARD LOVE THE COLOURS/

MARIE DENSLEY said...

Hi Sue, another unique card that I love & will have to try to replicate.... You have given me the inspiration to start my Christmas cards now.
Thanks
Marie

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
I too was like Lydia and not sure about this one but it has grown on me.
Hope your weather is a lot better than ours.
Ang x

Tres said...

Hi Sue. This is a beautiful card today !! I love everything about it. The little reindeer is so cute. Your colour combo is fab and that red seam binding gives the card that perfect pop of colour. Such a lovely modern christmas card. I love these new antique looking buttons too. I hope they will be available soon.
My sister in law had her first baby on the 15th October. (My birthday.) She did not know what to call him. I texted her and suggested a name. The following day she texted back saying they loved it and he is now called Joshua !! I am so over the moon I cannot stop smiling !! Have a lovely time with your Mum Sue. Family are so important. I could not be without mine. All my love Tres x x x

Cazzie D said...

Something a little more unusual today; I like it. Strangely it reminds me of old toy shops at Christmas.
Caz x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, another out of the box card, just love it. Take care, Jess xx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
A very, reach out and grab you card. Love the little pine cones and G45 papers are always superb. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said....

Hi Sue, I really like this card - it sends such a strong message of good cheer and the 'Believe' sentiment is perfect for Christmas.

Hugs, Belinda. X

Floss said...

Hi Sue,
I so like this card, just my cup-of-tea. x

Oksana said...

Beautiful! The colours are lovely and the red ribbon finishes the card beautifully!x

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

Another striking card today. This card and yesterday's certainly are eye catching. Have a lovely time visiting your mum.

snowqueen62 said...

I love this non traditional Christmas card.
Hugs Sue x

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue,
If done with one of those harlequin person on the front, it would be bang up in fashion the fact that the Art Deco period appears to be making a comeback the now because of that film(i can't remember what it's called). You have taken it to the Christmas period of that era. Thank you Sue,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah

Anonymous said...

Great card today Sue, am loving your use of red with non-traditional colours for Christmas.
ValC xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Thank you for sharing another beautiful card.
Veronique L

Joanne K said...

Hi Sue, love this card. It's very unsual but works a treat. Kind regards Joanne K x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love your Christmas cards whether modern or traditional just keep them coming!! The reindeer stamp is lovely too.
Best wishes, Pat

nattyboots said...

Super card ,love the colors and the pine cones .

Have a great time with Mom and give her our love .

Elaine H X

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, love this card as its more modern.

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the reindeer and Graphic 45 papers.

Clare x

Anne Crawford said...

Jolly and bright! Love the colours and the jute tied with the bow.

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Great card today, love the colours and the reindeer is gorgeous. Love the red ribbon and the little pine cones and berries. Have fun across the pond and hope you find your dear Mum and family well.

Love Sheila xx

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
hope your mom is ok and well and you to .. the card is fun and fancy I like it loads .. hugs sarah xx

sharon said...

Good morning Sue
What a lovely card. The bow is fabulous - I have used the alder cones (glittered) too as they are so small and silky mistletoe on my Christmas cards, they make a really nice finishing touch. I love the Graphic 45 and the red card is so vibrant it's wonderful.
Hugs Sharon K, x

auscrafts said...

lovely christmas card

Craftychris said...

So striking! Brilliant - those papers look amazing! xx

Sonia Jones said...

Another great card. I love the colours and paper designs used and that reindeer is stunning. Love it Hugs Sonia x

Sue Dunn said...

Good. Morning Sue. The paper piecing on the reindeer really makes him stand out. White and red really look great with kraft card. Love it xx

Mac Mable said...

I just love this one, modern and a wee bit different! x

Eemeli said...

Very trendy-looking Christmas card. Love the pattern on the DP and of course the bow is rocking!

Hugs,
Eemeli

Maryann Laursen said...

A really beautiful card Sue. I love the untraditional as we all know how to make the traditional ones, so it´s so cool to see something else too to give us more new inspiration, and you´re always good for that hun.
Have a great week-end ahead now everyone and lots of great fun I hope.

Pearl said...

I believe, I do, I do, I do! Fab card today Sue and what a lovely card to send at Christmas.

Craftihappiness to you, love from Pearl

Howdy said...

Amazing the difference kraftcard makes to the red and black theme. Love it.

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

A very jazzy card today, it would certainly brighten up any Christmas mantle. I like the mix of patterns. It's lovely.

Kind regards. :-)

Tina X

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a very striking and modern looking Christmas card.

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, just love this card will have a go I bought the stamp when you were on demonstrating it, love to your Mom and enjoy your visit love Jean Z xxx

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Very different for you, but its really lovely.
Audrey x

Joan Hill said...

Hiyah,
What a snazzy card, love it x

Laura O said...

love the papers ,nice to see different colours.Laura O

lynda said...

Hi Sue I love this card it's got the WOW factor for me I love the vibrant red its stunning I do love the non traditional Christmas cards. Enjoy your stay with your mum Sue I hope she is keeping well love Lynda Brock xx

SusanP, Kent said...

Lovely. There's something about that leaping reindeer that makes me smile. Fantastic colours for Christmas (but I could never wear lipstick that red, lol)
Have a great weekend.

Brenda Hanlon said...

I like non traditional cards Sue, nice to be different sometimes.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, WOW I love this funky vibrant card, the reindeer and cones are so cute, keep the Christmas cards coming I am starting mine today and need all the help and inspiration I can get.
Love and hugs to you and Mom, have a lovey day.
Hugs June xxx

CraftyJo said...

Gorgeous - love the paper piecing idea too.

Lacelady said...

I don't mind two C cards in a row at all. Some good (different) ideas on this one - a touch more modern somehow.

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful Christmas card. I love those berries and pine cones really stunning Sue.
Take care and have a lovely weekend
Hazel G x

Lynn Rowe said...

What a beautiful card I love the colour combos

Jennifer Swandells said...

What a great, fun christmas card Sue. Hugs, Jen x
Krafty Keepsakes

Wendy from Scotland said...

Hi Sue
Very bright and trendy gives you a lift looking at it, enjoy your holiday
Wendy xx

Marianna Hammer said...

Oh my, this is a pretty card :)

Felicie said...

This Card is Absolutely beautiful.
Greetings
Felicie

Olga said...

Stunning! Love the colors and image!

Jill Liddle said...

Sorry Sue, but this card does nothing for me.

Fieldsend said...

Hi Sue, love black n red together. Have the raindeer die so must get cutting. Have a great weekend.

Love June
xxx

Kate's Cards said...

Huge impact!

Gail said...

Another fab card and you may have solved a problem for me as I wanted to use the same marvellous square die for an embossed topper I have made but it needed something else and the Fleur de Lys die is just perfect - thank you - luv the colour and the composition of the card xx GailT xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Whilst certainly stunning, this card takes a bit of getting used to because it is very different. But everything works well together, love your pine cones, they are cute.
Enjoy your time with your mom and give her my best wishes.
Hugs, Rose

cmu said...

Love the rich colours on this one. Well done.

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, I must admit that I wasn't too sure about this card at first...but it is growing on me, would be great for a teenager!! Love Sam xxx

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love this card.

Hope Mom is o.k., enjoy your visit.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Paper Junkie said...

Sue - I really love this! What a great card for a guy - or someone in your life that is on the funky side! X

3362 Jan said...

Hi Sue.Oh, this is gorgeous. Love every thing on the card. Have a great weekend. Hugs. Jan.x

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning card love the bright colours mixed with the craft card. Its very scandinavianesque! (Think I just made that word up!)hee hee
Alison B. x

sue wilson said...

This is a lovely Christmas card. I really should start making mine. I have been scrapbooking my holiday photos.

Helen Barker said...

Really lovely card.Love the reindeer and those pine cones are great.
Helen Bx

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, I just love this card, so loud, but great.
Hope you have had a good flight and in mom's house already.
X Ros

Maggie said...

Ooh I really like this card with it's different colours, textures and, dare I say it, even the bow with the lovely pinecones. Thank you for sharing this one - it's truly inspirational. xx Maggie (sometimes better with a bow!)

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Soooo late today. One of those days I am afraid. Love the card - perfect for a younger person.

Have a bril weekend everyone.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

yorkie said...

Well I am not to sure about this one Sue
I love the design but not for a Xmas card
Look forward to tomorrow post
You take care Sue
Theresa xx

yorkie said...

Well I am not to sure about this one Sue
I love the design but not for a Xmas card
Look forward to tomorrow post
You take care Sue
Theresa xx

Christine Harrop said...

I see this as a male card, even with a red bow. Christine x

Janice K said...

A beautiful card, I love the vibrancy of the rich red which really makes the card pop. x

Ayelet Barkay said...

Beautiful card! Love this dear :)

darcydaydream said...

It may not be traditional but I really like it.
Love from Christine in Darcy....xx

Barbara said...

My fav xmas card so far, it certainly has the wow factor! The bow is amazing and I love Graphic 45 papers.

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

A lovely card Sue!

Fab design, fab colours and fab embellishments.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Disco Queen said...

Hi Sue, Gorgeous card. It may not be traditional but it's just the right amount of quirky. I can see almost all my friends & family (young & old) loving it. Thanks for the inspiration. Theresa.H

weefortune said...

Great Card Today been away for a few days but good to catch up on the cards i missed. Elaine x

Myra said...

Hi Sue,

With the deer and the argyle type paper this would make a good Scottish card. I am sitting on the fence which can be painful! I like the sentiment and the bow but not sure. It does however really stand out I just like your more subtle designs better.

Love Myra

Cardgenie said...

Wow Sue, not your normal subtle style, but loving the vintagey kinda look. Lovely card. Jean.x

SusanLotus said...

Very beautiful card!

jeffrey bubbles said...

Sorry but when it comes to Christmas I am a traditional kinda gal, so not for me this one sorry. Kathy xx

Karen said...

What a lovely image. Beautiful card
Luv
Karen xx

magpie said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! What a happy "pop out" all over card! Gorgeous bright colours. Everything just goes together and I love the cute reindeer. He makes you feel like bouncing all over the place....not so sure the body would appreciate that though! Lol! Still hunting this end for cute little berries and cones as they make a lovely addition to the card. Have a great time with your mom Sue. I'm in no doubt that you are. xx Love Karen xx Ps Good luck everybody in the Wednesday card giveaway! xx

Gail said...

Hi Sue,
Love the design of this card! It's one I would think of doing for Christmas.
Gail C x

Vie Carter said...

Unusual christmas card, but works very well

Love it

Vie
x

Lindsay Martin said...

Traditional type colours but very untraditional in design, great mix up today xx

Crafting Newbie said...

Gorgeous card Sue

nuttinanni said...

very untraditional card but very striking in its own way. hugs Cheryl xxx

mags said...

A very striking card Sue. Love it.
Mags
x

Sandy H said...

Another cheerful card.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
I think this card is really nice and a great one for a guy. That bow and berries are so cute, I would love to find some of those. Papers are lovely too.
Kayleigh B xxx

Anonymous said...

Look out shops in the USA, stock up!! Here comes Sue! FAB, embellishments on a striking card. Have fun in the sun with your Mum.

Diane Mortimer said...

This is so lovely, it has a real vintage christmas feel.

Diane from Glasgow xx

Carol S. said...

Afternoon Sue, Great card for the younger people in my life! Very modern. Have a good time in the warm. Hugs, Carol S.xx

chris pease said...

Morning Sue

what a lovely card

Thank you for sharing your ideas Sue

Cameeli said...

Good morning Sue,
Another really wonderful card, I can't wait to get home and play after work in my Cave which is really half of the garage taken over by all my crafting equipment.
Your new live card demo is simply joyful and inspiring,
Very best wishes and have lovely weekend
Cameeli

gillycrook said...

Im very new to all this but adore your cards and demos. I wish there were more to watch. You have already cost me a fortune in Spellbinders but love them all.
Thanks for the inspiration

Gill x x

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
I DONT KNOW HOW I MISSED THIS ONE, ITS A CRACKER. LOTS TO LOOK AT. LOVE THE COLOURS. CRACKING DEER DIE. WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS CARD
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX