Friday, 29 November 2013

Christmas Double Day

Hi crafters!  Welcome to another double day Christmas post.    This first card is a personal favourite of mine, I have to confess.  I just love the simplicity of this design, remember I told you that it is a "go to" layout for me.  It always help jump start my creative juices.   I started with the white background and stamped snowflakes all over it using a clear perfect medium pad.  I heat embossed them with white powder for a tone on tone look (which can be seen in the close ups below).    I matted it with silver card then went to work on my focal element.  I used the snowflake background and stamped it on white card using a clear perfect medium pad.  I love this background as it has been drawn in negative.  The actual space around the snowflakes is what you are stamping, leaving the snowflakes to show up in whatever colour card you pick.  I heat embossed it with Silver Shine embossing powder.  I covered the entire piece with a sticky self adhesive sheet, then peeled the backing paper off and covered it with Iced Snow.  I trimmed it to size and backed it with a thin white mat.  I mounted it with foam atop my white background.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it into a strip and backed it with a matching silver mat.  I attached it across the card and added a silver messy bow, tulle and a crystal sparkler to complete my focal element.  I finished the card with double white pierced mat layers for a simple but elegant Christmas card.  Finished dimensions are 7" x 8 1/4" in size.

For card number 2, I have done some baubles in stained glass style.  I have to admit that I only had a few Christmas colours of glitter on hand when I made these so I decided on just red and white.  You could easily make them more interesting with the addition of another colour to the mix.  I stamped the baubles on acetate using a black archival ink pad. Acetate is slippery and not the easiest thing to stamp on, but if you use an anti- static pad over it before stamping, it does help.    I let it dry overnight (as my acetate was not heat resistant so I couldn't emboss them!)  From the back side of the acetate, again I used an anti-static pad over the area then I used Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to fill in the areas that I wanted to use the red polished silk glitter.  I sprinkled it on then tapped off the excess.  I did the same with the white glitter areas then set them aside to dry overnight.  Once dry, I cut them out by hand (I didn't want to risk using the die on them), but I cut a white mat for each one using the dies and glued them together.  The white backing helps to pop out the colour of the glitter used.    I created an embossed background with a glitter edge for my card.  I place double sided sticky tape all the way around the edge of the card, then sprinkled Diamond Sprinkles over it.  Then,  using the Tapestry embossing folder, I embossed the piece.   I arranged the baubles in a cluster and made them look as if they were suspended by pearl swirls.  Using the thin red ribbon, I plaited a strip to create a side border for my card (directions for this are in the tutorial section at the top of the blog under Ribbon Wreath).  I used the wider version of the ribbon to tie a double bow and added it with glue dots.  I finished the bow with a pearl embellishment.  I matted the card with a thin red mat before finishing with my double white pierced mat layers.  You could easily add a small sentiment tag if you like, I decided to leave it simple this time.  Finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 8 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

OMG these are 2 beautiful cards, each so different but bth stunning. Love the red ribbon effect on card 2

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
I love both cards but the red, white and black is my choice lovely...

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue.
thank you both cards are beautiful the first one for texture the second one for bright colour please dont ask me to choose lol. take care Kitty

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Both of these are beautiful! I will admit that I have a passion for red/white at Christmas but I love the first card too (as I have so loved all of your Christmas cards this year)Take care.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Two fabulous cards, I love how you've done the background on the first card. I am always reluctant to stamp on acetate but will try using the tips you've given us. The ribbon weaving is such a lovely technique and always looks great. The way you've made the baubles look as if they are hanging from the pearl swirls is so pretty. Thanks for the ideas and tips.
Hugs x
Heather T

Pearl said...

Fantastic cards today Sue. The ribbon work is magnificdent. Love the colours, textures and sentiments, in fact I love them both!

Thankyou for taking the time to create and share them with us.

Craftihappine to you all, love from Pearl

englishrose897 said...

Two lovely cards this morning.

tracy w said...

Hi sue
Two stunning cards for the price of one love both cards today can not make up my mind which one I like better will be doing some more christmas card tomorrow so I will take a look at theses thank you Tracy w x

Cameeli said...

Good morning Sue and all the crafty crew.
I love both of the cards and each one beautiful and the techniques are just brilliant.
Thank you for sharing them and i hope to have a play over the weekend. Have a nice day Cameeli xxx

Alison said...

I love them both, stunning once again
Alison Dent xx

snowqueen62 said...

Both cards are absolutely gorgeous don't know which I like best. Thank you again Sue for such inspirational ideas.
Hugs Sue x

Sandra B. said...

Hi Sue, Loving both cards. Each so different and yet stunning. Happy crafting

Rachel Taylor said...

Just beautiful ! I love the stained glass baubles.
Crafty hugs Rachel x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Stunning Christmas cards, I love them both. I love the effect of the first one and would love to know the 'make' of the snowflake background stamp, the effect is gorgeous, especially with the white embossed card too. The second card looks adorable and I love the plaited ribbon, it really complements the baubles. I will be having a go at these techniques, thank you for all the inspiration.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

ElizabethS said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful cards today, very different but both stunning. Love them.
Thanks for sharing.
ElizabethS x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love the snowflake card. I've never stamped on acetate so thanks for your tips - I shall give it a go!
Clare W

Leats said...

Hi Sue
As always stunning cards. I looked for the snowflake background stamp on Creative expressions site and couldn't find it. Whose is it please.

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue both cards are gorgeous thank you for giving us so much inspiration. Have a great day. Love Jackie

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue wow both beautiful cards, can't choose a favourite love them both. The first is so elegant, the second really striking. Like the tapestry background folder very muchx

Maryann Laursen said...

WOUW again 2 perfect christmascards here Sue, and both are sooo gorgeous made. I´m really impressed with the last one, on the acetate, it´s sooo gorgeous and sooo different, and definitely one, I´ll have to try too, as it sounds facinating to me.
Gorgoeous work as usual hun. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday.

Anne Crawford said...

Two beautiful cards, love the technique used in the first card have yet to try it.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I love both these cards, I have nearly finished my 'specials' that need to be posted so now just the family ones.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Debs A said...

Morning Sue OMG two more beautiful cards i love them both. But i must say i think the second one is my faverite one ss i adore red and white cards. Take care Sue xx

Debs A

Laura O said...

two fab card s ,like you the first one gets my vote even though the red and white is fab in the second one .Laura O

Jacquie said...

Morning Sue,

Both of these are stunning but I have to say the one that drawn a gasp from me was the baubles one, so beautiful, love it all.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
Can't choose between them they are both beautiful. Thank you so much for the inspiration.
love Jan x x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
what lovely creations you have done yet again..... I wouldn't know which one to pick as a favourite, they are both beautiful in their own way. BUT as I'm a red girl, the second one really draws my eye........ And the plaited ribbon is to die for!

Hugs, Rose

Carole Z said...

Morning Sue, both are gorgeous but I think the second one that wins for's the ribbon that does it! Hugs Carole Z X

Heather Rogers said...

Good Morning Sue

Happy thanksgiving for yesterday hope you got your surprise!! My day escaped me so I had no time to go online.

I love today's card that rich red of the baubles is gorgeous; very striking.

Have a great day everyone and an even better weekend

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Once again two wonderful cards, love them both.
Have. Great day

Patricia xxx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, Two fantastic cards today. I think the baubles is just in the lead for me it so beautiful. Have a brilliant weekend.

Love Rosemarie xx

Joan D said...

Two totally different, but stunning cards. Love the plaited ribbon effect, and haven't done it for a while so will get the ribbon box out and do some. Beautifully warm colours too xxx

Micky French said...

I love them both, but I must admit I slightly prefer the Red and Black one. hope you have a great weekend xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue What two beautiful cards, I love them both! The colours are so rich on them both as well! Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Brenda Lello said...

Good morning Sue, Two very beautiful card you have given us today - I love them both and would find it very hard to say which is my favourite as they both have so much going for them. Thank you again Sue for your wonderful inspiration.
Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
Love Brenda xxx

Brenda Lello said...

Good morning Sue, Two very beautiful card you have given us today - I love them both and would find it very hard to say which is my favourite as they both have so much going for them. Thank you again Sue for your wonderful inspiration.
Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
Love Brenda xxx

Anonymous said...

Oh, Sue, yet two more lovely Christmas cards - thank you so much.
This is a can't choose day!

'P' in Wales

Cee Bee said...

Hi Sue I love your go to layout card, just gorgeous. Mind you all your Christmas cards have been inspirational
Hugs n stuff
Carol B

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
2 beautiful cards today, loving the frostiness of the first, it would look so lovely near the fire with the flames reflecting off it.
Donna Jones

Ann said...

Hi Sue

2 gorgeous gorgeous cards today I have to admit tho my favourite favourite is the white with red which has the plaited ribbon on it what a mantelpiece card.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Anonymous said...

Oh Lordie Lordie Lordie ! Morning Sue and Wilsonettes. Blow me down with a heat gun. I saw the first card and almost choked on my coffee, then scrolled down and then actually choked on my coffee ! Coughing and spluttering then the enevitable happened - coffee down the nose syndrome ! (sorry ladies TMI) no it didnt happen but it could have ! Ive been up since 5am usual aches n pains, and usually clock watch till 6am when I know there will be a treasure or two uploaded, but I left my eyes in the 'little' room where I play (NO not the loo) ! Our 2nd bedroom is little (too small to have to pay for but that's politics for ya) !! Anyway I couldnt focus on my phone keyboard and at the risk of being arrested, decided to wait until Mr Lancashire rose from his pit so I didnt wake him shuffling around from room to room ! Jeez the waffling has started, cant stop myself ! So, the treasure's above - what can I say ? Certainly 2.W.O.W cards yet again - these Wonders Of Wilson stop me in my tracks, well they would if I was walking round looking at them, but I'd probably bump into something so always a safe bet to sit and browse. The first card is beautiful in a quiet, simple way and I bet when the light catches it, it lights up a room, the sparkle would be magnificent. The second 'treasure' shouts BOO at you as you scroll down ! Its fantastic, imagin opening THAT after a bunch of boring, yawnable shop bought poop we get from certain people, you'd fall to the floor ! But come on Sue, this is ME you are trying to tutor - acitate slides, guilding flakes laugh and attack me, and you show me a plaited ribbon !.I remember watching you demo that ribbon plait, and said out loud " I couldn't do THAT Sue, Im too dozy for one thing to follow instructions, my brain doesn't co-operate with my eyes and hands, all 3 want to do their own thing ! But the biggest issue (apart from fighting with my brain) is I cant feel my two index finger tips, Some crazy disease hit me years ago and took a lot of skin from those to fingers so now the skin is numb lol that turned to Raynauds which isnt great when you want to craft, its SO severe I have to stay indoors now until Spring, one good thing is that I have no finger print on those two fingers - so Id be great in that bank job I mentioned a few days ago lol
Yep I get craft shop withdraw symptoms, but Im so lucky that Mr Lancashire goes craft shopping if I need glue or card, bless him : )
Still waffling - anywsy Im going to try and adapt the BOO card, and if anyone hear's a scream the acitate moved !
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Sue.
Have a great day lady friends. Stay warm and happy.
Lancashire Steph xxxx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
You have me in a 'tiss wass' today. I just cannot choose between the two wonderful gifts. Both have their own qualities and I would be more than happy to receive a card through my letter box looking like these.
I do love the way the baubles are hanging rather than a straight line.
Still cannot choose so I'll just have to have both please!
Have a really good week-end.
Janet x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
2 super duper cards both so ekegant both so different

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Both cards are gorgeous but the first one would be my favourite.
Have great day.
Ang x

hollyberry said...

Two amazing cards,definitely spoiling us today!Can't decide which is my favourite today as both as so gorgeous.

karenlotty said...

Love the cards Prob 2nd is my favourite if I had to choose Oh Lancashire Steph you could be me! I too have similar aches & pains & an equally understanding husband I had to give up knitting (my 1st passion) because of arthritis in my hands & shoulders Sue's blog is my salvation & visit every day It gives me a reason for getting up

auscrafts said...

two beautiful cards

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, two beautiful stunners today and love the plait n bow. Have a great weekend.

Love June

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Oh WOW. What beautiful cards. Love both of them. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

beachie said...

Hi Sue
2 gorgeous cards. Love them both.
Audrey x

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Good mornng Sue. Two beautiful cards again. I was wondering if you prick the edge of the card/mat, or do you buy already done. It is so even and being a novice think it is a really good effect. Apologies if it seems a daft question. Thanks for your inspiration.

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
WOW I love both these cards today. In fact I have been making glitter baubles myself - they look amazing.
Amanda x

Debbie Tinks said...

Love them both stunning cards Sue .
Lovely happy crafting. x

Pauline A said...

Morning Sue,
Those baubles look great stamped on acetate. I must persevere making one of those ribbon plaits because they look lovely. Two super cards which anyone would love to receive. Hugs Pauline A x

jessie said...


Anonymous said...

'morning Sue, That's it!!! I'm stopping making cards!!! Oh, OK I know your idea is to inspire us but you are the moon we reach for and hope we gather some stars when we can't quite make it. Did I say I love, love todays cards. HUGE thanks for all the time and effort you use to show this mere mortal.... MAGIC!!!! Mabex

Anonymous said...

How to choose between both cards? Love them both for different reasons. They are both amazing Sue. Would be over the moon to receive one of these. Have a lovely day. Best wishes

gwen70 said...

Two beauties Sue, do love the red plaited effect on the ribbon

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
WOW these two cards are beautiful,
your cards have been so stunning you are an inspiration to us all.
Thank you once again for your knowledge and expertise.
Carol x

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
I love both of these cards. The silver one is cool and elegant and the red one is quite dramatic. Love the plaited ribbon. Thank you for sharing.

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful cards, If I had to choose I think the snowflake card might just swing it, having said that I do love the red baubles so who knows I may change my mind. Thanks for the tips on acetate.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Sonia Jones said...

Both these cards are quite simply stunning! I can't even pick afavourite i like them both. hUgs Sonia x

nattyboots said...

Aww Sue
You totally spoil us ,two beautiful cards Thank you

Elaine H X

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. Both beautiful. Thanks for the tip on making the glittery baubles.
Love Val x

Jackie Meechan said...

Sue, I love both of these card as previously said so different but gorgeous. The red is so rich and vibrant and the silver is so different.

Love them.


Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue,
The "Let it Snow" card i think its a blizzard that's came instead of just snow. The 2nd card is my favourite i must admit because the red touch in the mat and the ribbon edged with the touch of black against the white looks just beautiful. The Christmas baubles are so lovely and the card edged with the crystalised snow around the edge just finishes it off a treat. Of course we now know how you achieved the stunning effect around the card and it just makes it pop.
Love and crafty hugs

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, what do we choose? Both cards are stunning, thank you for giving us the inspiration to try something different. Take care, Jess xx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Have loved all your Christmas cards, especially the poinsettia ones, and today's cards are stunning but I have fallen in love with the snowflake!!! I need that stamp as this will be next years card!!!
Best wishes, Pat

marg said...

Good Morning Sue
Late riser today must be the weather..I sleep better when its cold!
I like the 1st card but don't have all the ingredients...but I prefer the 2nd one... I love Red on Christmas cards, and the ribbon is wonderful Sue.
I have never tried the wreath effect, but one day I may just sit at my computer, and copy your tutorial.
Take care Sue
Love Marg

Anonymous said...

Absolutely fabulous on both counts. These cards are breathtaking. You are a genius and thanks for sharing
Caroline MacH

nannapat said...

Fab cards Sue - I love them both but the baubles card is my favourite. Have a great weekend. Pat x

Helen Kington said...

Good morning Sue - both of theses cards are lovely. I think the next thing to try is the plaited ribbon. I don't think I can pick a favourite card. Helen xx

Sheila Lampard said...

Hi Sue
Love the red and white card - so opulent!
I have tried the ribbon wreath effect with the double-sided green ribbon, didn't manage wreath size but it could go on a small card.
So 2 more Christmas cards to have a go at this weekend! Certainly keeping me busy!!
Had to laugh at Lancashire Steph's comments!!
Have a good weekend. Sheila x

darcydaydream said...

Both cards are stunning but I definitely prefer the first one as those are my go to colours. Some great techniques in both. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.
Love Christine in Darcy.....xx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, love both cards so special. love Jean Z xx

hazel young said...

Gorgeous cards Sue xx hazel

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

Love both of today's card. The ribbon work is fantastic, and the snow stamps are lovely too. They are both equally good in their own way, so I can't choose which one is the best. I shall try both techniques.

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
I really love both cards they are so beautiful I couldn't choose between the two they are stunning .. hugs sarah xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, both cards are gorgeous. I have to say though the second one is my favourite. The red and white is eye catching.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two gorgeous cards I
think them both equally the same though
if i'm being honest no 1 inches
forward slightly, Lancashire Steph
is a hoot she should write a book.
Nancyd xx

Joanne K said...

Hi Sue, two gorgeous cards yet so different. I think the first one is my favourite. Kind regards Joanne K x

Anonymous said...

Just had a wonderful, laughable, video vision of me, wrapped up in extra strong double sided tape, you all know the one, the one where the red tape follows you round the house no matter how much you've flicked your fingers into the bin, wiped it off your fingers with a wetwipe ! Mummyfied in ribbon and covered in guilding flakes ! Mr Lancashire knows just rooms Ive visited during my crafting days as there are bits of red tape, glitter AND guilding flakes !!! But believe ME when I say Im going to dare myself to do your Ribbon flower tutorial first, then if I can still move enough Im going to play with the plaite, oh what a laugh THAT should be ladies : )

Sending love and crazy days.
Lancashire Steph xx

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Oh how wonderful!..a '2fer' today!
Absolutely stunning both of them and I can't pick a favourite.

Love Sheila xx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Back from London and have just scrolled through the cards from this week and have to say there isn't one I don't like! As for today's gifts, I think that the first is beautiful but the bauble one in red wins for me . I love the red ribbon plait, I am off to practise your technique as I have only ever done traditional plaiting before.

Tres said...

Hi Sue. More wonderful, amazing cards today !! Both cards are just gorgeous Sue. I could not pick my favourite because I really love them both for different reasons. The background snowflake card looks fantastic covered with silver embossing powder and then covered with the white glitter !! and sparkle at Christmas time is what it is all about.
The second card looks fabulous with its red and white glittery baubles !! I just love it. I have the round baubles die set and have just received my Sue Wilson stamps to die for round christmas beaded flourish and snowflake set !! So I will be making this one !! I love the plaited ribbon but it is to complicated to make with my brain.
Lancashire Steph, I agree with Nancyd, you are so funny you should try writing a book !!
Well thank you Sue for yet more ingenious inspiration. I could not get through the day with out visiting your blog .(apart from when I am to ill.) Thank you for every thing you do for us Wilsonettes. Lots of love Tres x x x

Clare said...

Beautiful cards. The first one is my favourite, love the frosty look of it.

Clare x

Disco Queen said...

Gorgeous cards Sue!

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
Two very different cards but both are oh so beautiful really stunning. The ribbon really adds a touch of richness and compliments the festive baubles, love them both.
Margaret corgi owner

Erica said...

Hi Sue,
Two lovely cards this morning. So different, both gorgeous. Impossible to choose. Love them both!
Erica x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, wow, love them both, couldn't choose between them! Love Jean xxxx

Janice Wallace said...

Morning Sue,
I love them both, but for me, the baubles with the ribbon is just outstanding.
Janice W

Gail said...

Two stunners yet again - for me the first one is more my taste but I do luv the plaited ribbon xx I really do need to push on and start my Christmas cards!! xx GailT xx

sharon said...

Good morning Sue
Such lovely cards, I find it difficult to pick a favourite. I love the effect the iced snow gives - I wanted it for my Christmas cards but when I was making mine everywhere I looked had sold out of it. The snowflake stamp is divine. The baubles are lovely when glittered up and the finishing touch - the plaited ribbon is just perfect. Two gorgeous Christmas cards.
Hugs Sharon Kirkwood x

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, I cannot comprehend how you can come up with such beautiful cards day after day after day.
I love both cards and I hope to have a go this weekend at one of this weeks master pieces. Thank you Sue.
X Ros

Jennifer Swandells said...

Two absolutely stunning cards Sue, both so beautiful in their own particular way. I absolutely love the ribbon effect on the 2nd card. I have tried this effect on cards and it does look stunning, so thank you for the inspiration that you provide. Especially to (someone) me who has totally lost her crafting mojo at the moment. Hopefully it will return sometime soon. Hugs, Jen xx
Krafty Keepsakes

Jill Liddle said...

Both cards are absolutly stunning. Cannot choose between them.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Two stunningly beautiful cards, hard to choose between them, I love them both equally. The ribbon and baubles are gorgeous, I have never stamped on acetate, thank you for the tips, I will be giving this a try. The snowflake card is scrummy.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Good morning Sue
At long last I am able to leave a comment,
I love both cards,the second red one is the one for me
I hope you had a great thanks giving

Lacelady said...

Oh, wow - I love them both, but I think the red and white is just ahead. Fantastic!

magpie said...

Oh Sue, these are both absolutely gorgeous. What a double "WOW!" factor! I love the iced snow has created that lovely textured look to the first one. Love the snowflakes. There are so many wonderful things going on in both of them that just draw you in. The red polished glitter is gorgeous on the second one and along with the black and white just makes it pop. I also, like you say, love how it looks as if they are hanging from the swirly pearl! Have always love the effect of the plaited ribbon, it's stunning. As are both of the cards. Thank you Sue xx Love Karen xx

Paper Junkie said...

Phew! - Just got in touch with you in the nick of time to claim my card Sue - my Mum always said better to be born lucky than rich! Love the plaited ribbon on card 2 - one day I must give it a go, but I love them both. X

Gail said...

Hi Sue,
Both cards are lovely, I will have to remember them for next year as I'm about done for this year!
Gail Cx

Sam Smithard said...

Morning Sue,
"WOW OH WOW" They are both fantastic Cards in there own right I wouldn't be able to choose between them, they both offer so much! If someone sent any like this to me I'd keep it up all year long! And more.
I truly loved the first as I thought the Background was Awesome with using your, stamp I love the Tone on Tone effect, using the Fabulous Snowflake Stamp Heat Embossing in white, mat onto Silver then here comes the Awesome next part, using the Snowflake Stamp once more Heat Embossing in Silver this time then place onto a sticky sheet, then add the "Wonderful Iced Snow", Messy Bow, I Love the Texture in this Card and the Beautiful Sentiment!
If that wasn't enough we have been treated to Card number Two once again Fabulous Background, I have never tried any like this with Acetate but what a outcome, I don't think for one minute mine would turn out quite like yours but I'm not the fabulous Sue Wilson, I love the Stained Glass look on the Baubles and at least the Bauble you chose is simple enough to cut out by hand, the Awesome Ribbon Plaited Strip I've never tried, I just love that Ribbon I purchased from Sam's on-line shop and how you've added the Pearls coming down to meet the Baubles as if there meant to do so, what trulyFantastic, Opulent Cards, Love from Sam x

CraftyJo said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue, thanks for the inspiration.

Eemeli said...

Hi Sue. Both cards are very beautiful but I think I like the first one a bit more because of the frosty and blingy look you have created. Very festive and holiday feel on both.


Jan Moss said...

Hi Sue. Wow-ee. How would you choose one of these fantastic cards?
Such different cards.Well done.

Have a great week-end. Hugs. Jan. xx

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, both cards are absolutely exquisite, and I cannot choose a favourite. Have yet to try the woven ribbon, but will get there. Bx

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, both cards are gorgeous. Love the ribbon and the stained glass baubles.

Karen G Ratcliffe said...

Morning Sue
Both are lovely cards with so much detail. The red ribbon does make a nice statement. Would love to see a video on how you did the background on the black and white card and the coloring on the acetate on the ornaments.
Either would be lovely to win! Here's hoping!!

Barbara said...

Both stunning cards but have a soft spot for the xmas baubles!!!

Jane said...

Love these double card days both amazing cards.

Jane xx

hotpotato said...

love both cards but my favourite has to be the baubles one.

camelot67 said...

Good afternoon Sue,

I have to say I think both cards are truly stunning today. Thanks for sharing these with us and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Two stunning cards to inspire us.
Thank you.
Veronique L

Craftysusan said...

Hi Sue. Can only echo what everyone else has said - beautiful cards. I am favouring the second one most though probably because of the gorgeous ribbon and traditional Christmas colour. You could give Becca Feeken a run for her money with this ribbon I think. Take care and hope to see you back on C&C soon. xx

Shazza said...

two beautiful cards xx

Anonymous said...

I agree with all the previous comments Sue, they are both gorgeous, the red and white one is my favourite though. I adore the ribbon trim (still practising to get the same effect!).
ValC xx

Jan.moogie said...

Wow what glorious cards Sue, both stunning in their own unique way. Love the ribbon. xx

TDQ Karen said...

Hi Sue, both cards are stunning so difficult to choose. The red ribbon is beautiful, such a vibrant colour. Would grace any mantelpiece easily xx

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
Late today ! Fridays are manic in this household! What beautiful cards today , yet again. My favourite is the first one. As I said yesterday I'm "into" snowflakes at the moment. I am just beginning to realise what joy your Blog brings to us each day. To some more than others because of poor health.
Time for thanksgiving all over again! For those who are not so well - isn't crafting wonderful! Thanks for making me think!
Love to all Myra

Dawn said...

Ok, two cards, the first is definitely my favourite, the simplistic style but rich at the same time, I also like the tone on tone look, the second card is equally beautiful but just doesn't "do it" for me,I think its the shape of the baubles, although the ribbon is gorgeous, and I'm not usually a big ribbon fan,this is by no means a criticism, its purely personal taste and if I were to receive one just like it I would treasure it because it was made for me x

TOB said...

How lucky are we, they are both amazing. I love the crystal sparkler and the plaited red ribbon. hugs x

Marianna Hammer said...

Oh they are beautiful!! Yes, you're right that the first one really gives the inspiration to start crafting. But I sooo love the last one. I just love the colors!
Absolutely lovely.

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, love both of today's cards couldn't choose even if I had too, they are both so vibrant love the snowflake background and the baubles on acetate are so beautiful, thank you so much .

Lancashire steph, a two fer from you too today too, you really make me laugh. Would you be offended if I offered to die cut you some baubles and poinsettias and send them to you if you would like some send me your address by email to jeandcs@sky .com .

Hugs to everyone
Jean D

Carol S. said...

Both lovely cards Sue. Nu,ber 2 my fave. Hugs, Carol S.xx

lynda said...

Hi Sue wow wow two beautiful cards I love them both the fist one has a gorgeous crystal sparkling background &love the way the snowflakes shine through.
The second one just pops right out at you with the gorgeous red plaited ribbon & a big Sue Wilson bow the baubles are lovely thank you again for all your inspirations please never stop !!
Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, lovely cards again although my fav is the 2nd one.
God bless

yorkie said...

Oh Sue
What a wonderful duo don't know what one to choose I love both of them.
If you were to twist my arm up my back I would have to say the one with the red ribbon it soo lush
Not been on for a bit as I have not felt to good but am better and glad I visited to see today's crafty creations.
Thank you Sue
Theresa x

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love both cards.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Chrisspi said...

I tried making the plaited ribbon after seeing this design and it came out great. So simple to do yet so effective. Gives a card the wow factor

Kate's Cards said...

Card one deffo my fave!!

Olive Ann Jones said...

wonderful cards Sue will really have to try that ribbon technique when I eventually get round to making cards bye for now

Janice K said...

Two beautiful cards, I particularly like the sparkle on the first card.x

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful cards, but for me it has to be the snowflakes! Absolutely love them!
Anne O

Annie said...

Two simply amazing cards, Sue. They are both beautiful!! So glad you are not asking us to choose, I could not. They are both utterly gorgeous! Hugs Annie

janet said...

Two lovely cards. Have printed off the directions to try them both. Can you tell me where the ribbon is availbale please? Can't find it on Joanna Sheen site. Love the plait.
Janet (from Kent)

Emma Burns said...

WOW!!! Both card stunning! but you always do produce the goods! xx

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Love these two for ones! Two great ideas for christmas cards. I don't know where to start.
Alison B. x

sued99 said...

I really like both of these but the first one is my favourite.

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Two totally different cards but both Stunning. Love the technique on the first one really stunning Sue
Take care
Hazel G x

weefortune said...

Stunnign cards love the colours, Have a good weekend. Elaine x

Tracy Stitt said...

Evening sue. It's very late but that's me just getting to my phone to check out the blog. Love both cards but I'm a snowflake girl an like that one the best! Love Tracy from killie Scotland

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Just got in from helping my daughter and her fiance move into the 1st home they have bought together.( their faces when we left were so happy). I hope it's not because we had just left.

I just had to come home and look at your Friday double take. They are stunning, I love he glitter on the first one and what a stunning ribbon effect on card 2. they are both beautiful.

Lancashire Steph, you are like a Jackanory interlude. Tomorrow I am going to make a cup of tea and take time out to enjoy your story (blog).

Kind regards Sue. :-)

Tina X

samantha wade said...

Hi, started christmas cards, late as usual, great to see these 2 beauties love both, but sparkle wins every time, thanks for sharing, x

Nina Spear said...

Stunning cards Sue!

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Sandy H said...

Two gorgeous cards. Love the plaited ribbon on the second card.

Sandy H said...

Two gorgeous cards. Love the plaited ribbon on the second card.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue 2 beautiful cards thank you for the great ideas
Denise Hancock X

cmu said...

Wow - two cards in one day! They're both beautiful - can't choose between them xx

Helen Barker said...

Love the ribbon on card 2.However,card 1 has the edge for me.
Helen Bx