Friday, 20 December 2013

Friday Christmas Two-Fer

 Hi crafters!  Welcome to the last double day before Christmas!  I was rather enjoying these as I always sort of felt like there was something for everyone's taste.  My favourite Christmas angel stamp has made an appearance once again.  From the moment I laid eyes on her, I knew that I just wanted to see her done with gilding flakes.  I couldn't get her inked with flake and glitter glue fast enough! LOL  I stamped and gilded her here with the Persian Dawn gilding flakes on black card.  Since this is my fire and ice technique, I covered the piece with a sticky adhesive sheet, peeled the backing paper off and coated it with Iced Snow.  I cut the Majestic Label 25 die in silver card to create a frame for her (it picked up the silver from the flakes nicely in person)  I added mounting foam to the frame to raise it for dimension.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it into a strip and backed it with a thin silver mat.  I added three poinsettias made from the Layered Poinsettia die and added two to the sentiment strip with some black tulle and the third to the upper corner.  A final double mat of coconut white with a pierced layer to complete the card.  Finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" in size.

 Christmas card number two here has been done on kraft card and paired with a deep royal blue card as a striking contrast.  I stamped the Heartfelt Creations holly swirl on the kraft card with a clear Perfect Medium for a watermark effect on the background.  Next I cut two Timeless Rectangle dies out of the blue card.  I overlapped them in the centre to create a larger area for my focal element.  I used the Justrite Holly background and stamped it on the kraft card and embossed it with copper powder.  I cut out the centre of it, but added a Lacy Oval die cut over it.  I stamped my sentiment in cobalt blue archival ink  and placed it behind my opening.  I wrapped blue seam binding ribbon around the opposite corners and tied a messy bow and added it in the corner.  I added some metallic twine and small pine cones as accents for my bow.  I finished the card with a double blue mat with a pierced inner layer.  Finished dimensions are 7" x 8" in size.  I hope you have enjoyed the last of the Christmas double days for 2013!  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

2beautiful cards love the angel, congrats blog cand winners

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you for all the inspiration you have given us these cards are as usual beautiful. Congrats to winners. Sue take it easy now take care Kitty

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - like both but love the second one. Off to brave the supermarket....
Clare W

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue
I agree the angel is beautiful especially when gilded. I love both cards they are gorgeous. Congratulations to the winners.
Hugs x
Heather T

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Good Morning Sue, OMG!! the angel fabulous and I just love the 2nd card too.
Congratulations to all the winners and enjoy your loot!!
I will be really late blogging tomorrow will be travelling up the M1 and A64 to Scarborough.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
2014 will be holding lots of magic.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Two stunners today : ) I love the angel, she is simply beautiful and the second card is fantastic, I love the colours. That blue is gorgeous, especially against the kraft card. Love it! Congrats to the lucky ladies. Have a great weekend. Take care.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two beautiful C cards
love them both finished mine yesterday
as I thought but have to do another
one today. Good luck everyone.
Nancyd xx

Joan D said...

Love both cards today. Totally different but stunning. Xx

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
Two absolute show stoppers today. I love them both. I fell in love with the Angel as soon as I saw her she is so magical, and the royal blue really pops with the Kraft card.
Amanda x

TDQ Karen said...

The angel stamp has been my favourite purchase for Christmas cards this year and I love the gilding effect, so I guess she will be featuring in my cards next year now Congratulations to all the winners

Rachel Taylor said...

They are just stunning Sue !
Crafty hugs Rachel x

Debs Artliff said...

Morning sue another two beautiful cards im like you the christal stamp is stumning i have used it alot this christmas.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Stunning cards today, I love them both equally, the angel is gorgeous and done with gilding flakes looks stunning. The holly background stamp card is stunning, the colours are so beautiful together, and I adore that stamp. I love, love, love, these cards.
Congratulations to the lucky winners, enjoy !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue I love both cards! I really appreciate all your help and inspirational for Christmas cards......I always looked forward to Fridays! Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, 2 super cards today, love them both, the Angel is gorgeous, but I love the blue and kraft. Congrats to the winners. Bx

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue both today's cards are gorgeous. Congratulations to the winners. I hope everyone has a great day. Love Jackie

carol edwards said...

Hello Sue two beautiful cards. I have only tried the angel backed with glitter but she looks stunning in gold flakes, loving the blue on kraft card, so well matched. Congrats to winners and wish everyone a good weekend x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, 2 fantastic cards. If really pushed I would say the Kraft one's , but the angel is amazing too. Have a great weekend, I expect t we will all be running round trying to get everything done.

Love Rosemarie xx

Annie said...

Morning Sue, two beautiful cards, love the angel card, I adore gilding flakes and the blue and Kraft card is simply gorgeous.

Anne Crawford said...

The Angel Card is my favourite for this year , I just Love it! So I guess that's the one I'll be doing for next Christmas!

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Two stunning Christmas cards, I could make both colour combos to suit many of may friends.
Congratulations to all the blog candy winners yesterday.
Busy day today meeting then 3 hours at the hairdressers being pampered and in between washing, ironing and general cleaning ready for the big day next week, oh I must make a start on the wrapping .
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Tracy Stitt said...

Morning all. 2 nightshifts down 4 to go. I'm soooo pooped lol.
Stunningly beautiful cards love them both but I'm more goin towards the first sparkly one love it

Love Tracy from killie x

Maryann Laursen said...

Two very beautiful cards here again Sue, but I must admit, I´m most in love with the last one, but that is also everything I could ever dream of. It´s sooo beautiful and gorgeous and well made, and just perfect, but ofcause the other one is also really well made and beautiful, just not sooo much my style .
Have a wonderful week-end now everyone and lots of great fun.

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Prefer the 2nd card today as Im not a fan of the angel Im afraid. . .sorry.
Congratulations to you and the candy winners.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Once again you have made it very difficult for me to choose between today's gift.
I love the format of both of them and the colours are lovely again on both. I am a traditionalist where Christmas is so I shall have to cast my vote for number 1 today.
Have at long last got my ponsettia dies - so they are put away for 2014 and my handbag stamps etc arrived yesterday so cannot wait to play with those.
Janet x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Two very elegant cards today, my fave is the bottom one, love the rich colours

Helen Kington said...

Morning Sue - I love both cards and I agree the angel just had to be gilded. Thank you Helen xx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
The two cards are stunning - different styles, but I do love the Angel - I have used the stamp many times.
Hugs Carol x

Anonymous said...

Yes, Sue, thank you, am enjoying these two cards very much - think the angel one really special and still marvel at all the detail in the stamp.
Well done blog winners!

'P' in Wales

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue another 2 beautiful cards, thanks for the ideas
Denise Hancock X

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Two stunning aristocracy, but my favourite has to be the angel - beautiful. Congrats to the winners.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
That angel is beautiful, have used her a lot and she always comes out beautiful. I love the first card, it's right up my street (well, gilding flakes, what more can I say). The second style is not really me although I appreciate the design - I think would have to be different colours for me.
Hugs, Rose

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great cards Sue , I think I like the angel best.

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, love the Friday duo. Stunning card especially the angel one with the flakes. Congratulayions to the winners. Have a great weekend.

Love June

karenlotty said...

Have I missed something Winners? What was it for Using my phone so the screen is very small I saw the Wednesday giveaway was it that? Great cards. I like 2 the best

lynda said...

Good morning Sue thank you for sharing two cards today I love both cards the first card I have the angel stamp so have tried it with the fire and ice tecneque and was pleased how it turned out she is such a pretty angel.
Also love the second card its a stunner it is so gorgeous loving the die and the holly background and colour combo beautiful.
Have a great weekend Sue hugs Lynda Brock xx

Have a good weekend to all Wilsonette bloggers .

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
I love both of these cards ..the Poinsettia Die has been so versatile this year I have used it lots.
The Royal Blue looks beautiful too!
congratulations to the winners!
Love Marg

Maid of Kent said...

Morning Sue,
2 beautiful cards, love the angel card must try this fire and ice technique it seems fun and the results are fantastic. Crafty hugs Ann x

kimberley said...

Both cards are lovely.I tried my angel stamp yesterday but couldn't get the sharpness that you got Sue with my gilding flakes but i will persevere! Congrats to the blog candy winners-maybe one day I will see my name among them!take care,x.

Debbie Tinks said...

Love the cards Sue X
Happy Crafting.

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue and fellow Wilsonettes,
Well another 2 cards today, we are so spoilt and so lucky. Both cards have a absolutely beautiful layout that we can use on oh so many new cards in the New Year. I have some of the Sheffield Steel flake that would give her that true ethereal look in the sky of black and stars.
Well done to the winners of the blog candy, enjoy.
Cameeli and all our friends on the blog that are traveling, have a safe journey and a Merry Christmas to all.
Sue, it's a nice time to be reaching your 4700 target don't you think. I hope that you have a great Christmas in your home this side of the Atlantic.
Love and crafty hugs

nattyboots said...

Two lovely cards Sue,love the color blue used on the second card

Congrats to the lucky winners.

Take Care
Elaine H X

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Two more really lovely cards - thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

gwen70 said...

2 gorgeous cards Sue, adore the angel

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
I love your angle card, stunning, not so keen the Kraft card with the blue, but I do like the design.
Congrats to the winners.

pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

Another two stunning cards today. Don't you just love Friday's. two for the price of one. Congratulations to all the winners.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - love the cards today and I really do like the poinsettia dies as they can be used in so many ways, both as focal and centrepiece. Thank you for all your wonderful Christmas cards this year, they have been so inspirational. Best wishes

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
Love both the cards, but the angel has my vote for bing No 1. Off to tackle the supermarket.
Gail C x

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Sue from a very wet and miserable Spain.
Love two for you days. Especially love the angel - she looks so good in flakes.
Love Val x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, love both these cars, but as I have the angel stamp she comes out on top. I used the stamp and gilding flakes for most of my Christmas cards this year and everyone loved them, so thank you so much for all your inspiration! Take care Jess,

Oh I nearly forgot to congratulate all the winners, enjoy your stash

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, Two beautiful cards, but for me the winner has to be the angel every time!!! She is so striking, I just adore her!! Love Sam xxx

Erica said...

Morning Sue,
Two simply gorgeous cards today. The angel is my favourite, stunning!
Erica x

nannapat said...

I have made loads of cards with the angel stamp this year - she is absolutely stunning. Didn't do quite as good a job as you though Sue I have to say! Love both cards. Congrats to the winners. Pat x

TOB said...

Beautiful cards, congrats to winners you lucky people. hugs x

Crafty Nanna said...

2 great cards Sue

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love the Angel card - can't remember who made the stamp though or where to get it. Must admit I'm not so keen on the second one - it might be the way the colours are showing on my screen. I do like the design of it though. Once again thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creations.

Beverley W

Jan.moogie said...

Beautiful cards Sue but my favourite is the Angel. Thanks for your blog ideas and fantastic videos. Merry Christmas to you and

hazel young said...

Both cards are gorgeous Sue love the colours used. Congrats to the winners. xx hazel

Lacelady said...

Both are pretty, but I prefer the angel. Love the twofer days.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful cards, and I love them both
Congrats to the blog candi winners
Best wishes, Pat

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - another two gorgeous cards, love both. Congrats to all winners this week!
ValC xx

Marleine said...

Morning Sue,

Love the blue card, gorgeous. X

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Oh a 2fer it! I adore the Angel stamp and as soon as I saw it I ordered it and have made a few Christmas cards with her.
You're cards today, as always, are beautiful.
Congratulations to the blog candy winners.

Love Sheila xx

camelot67 said...

Good morning Sue,

I so love it when we have two-fer days! I too have used the angel for a number of my cards this year and have to agree she is absolutely a delight to use. Your second card is terrific - I just love the colour combo. Thanks for sharing these with us, congratulations to all the winners, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

camelot67 said...

Good morning Sue,

I so love it when we have two-fer days! I too have used the angel for a number of my cards this year and have to agree she is absolutely a delight to use. Your second card is terrific - I just love the colour combo. Thanks for sharing these with us, congratulations to all the winners, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

Kate's Cards said...

Two cards poles apart but both beautiful!
Merry Christmas. xx

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
I love both of these cards but if I have to say I have a favourite it has to be the angel she is just so beautiful.
Congratulations to the winners, I just know you're going to enjoy your early Christmas present.
Take care, love Brenda xxx

Micky French said...

Both beautiful, I have the Angel stamp and she is lovely. Hugs Michelle xxxx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, I just love the Angel Card. It is a WOW!!!! card. The stamp is so beautiful and I have bought her but not had time to try your techniques yet. The second card is lovely, but not my colours.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Two beautiful cards, I love them both equally. The angel is gorgeous and love the colour combo of the second card.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Victoria said...

I love both cards, and the 'finishing touches' are fantastic. Love the little pine cones and the poinsettia is always a hit.

tracy w said...

Hi sue
2 stunning cards love them the same thank you for everything you have done on our Friday blog can not wait to see what you have for us in 2014 thanks Tracy w x

CraftyJo said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue, love them both.

Lindsay Martin said...

Well Sue you have left us with two stunning Christmas cards for this year, both so different, the second very unchristmas like but still fantastic for the festive season, but could easily be adapted for any time. Well done to the three Blog Candy winners xxx

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
I left a comment in the wrong place! Typical of me! Really really love the angel card. I do wish I had got that stamp. Hopefully we may see it again next year, all being well.

Weather forecast not great so stay safe and keep warm everyone!

Love Myra

Helen VofG said...

Both lovely cards. Would never think of using blue for a christmas card but it looks great.

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, two great cards but the angel is my favourite! Congratulations to the winners.

hollyberry said...

Both cards are beautiful as always but my favourite is the first,I just love your angel.

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love the two-fer, i think the second is my favorite.

Happy Christmas and New Year to all the Wilsonettes.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New year

Julie Bee

Jill Liddle said...

I love both of these cards equally. Both are just gorgeous.

Karen G Ratcliffe said...

Morning Sue
Both Christmas cards are stunning! But the angel is breathtaking with the gilding flakes!! Thank you for all your creative ideas that you have shared. I'm making a notebook with all the ideas as there are too many to just go back to- and I print off the card with your explanation. Real handy when I want to make a card. Congratulations to the three winners of the candy blog!!
Hugs, Karen

magpie said...

Both these cards are gorgeous Sue. Love the angel especially. She is stunning! I love everything about this card. The second one is nice too but I do like the angel the best. Thank you Sue and you know I love the sentiments so I'll say "Wishing you, your mom and all your family, a Merry Christmas filled with wonder and love too" and to all in the blog family xx Love Karen xx

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue and Wilsonettes. I know I waffle on far too much, but thought you'd grabbed the candy and ALL the 2013 W.O.W's.(wonder of Wilson's) and done a runner ! The site kept crashing, and I wondered if you'd got that fed up you decided to boot me out : 0
Well HA, cant keep a Brummi out of a well loved, with lovely ladies craft room !
Back to the Fri two-Fer. 2nd card is my absolute favourite, I enjoy making 'different' and non traditional cards. In fact I did a VERY un-traditional card last week - for a friend in Bham, a Goth, had a wreath die which I cut out and onto black card, the wreath I cut in silver mirri, then I realised I had some bits left from Halloween, I made some trick or treat bag, so instead of using the bauble dies that came with the wreath I hung a silver bat from it ! She was delighted with it, and I must admit, so was I, it doesn't sound much but I was really pleased as it was quite stricking even if I do say so myself ! So, I thought outside the box good n proper ! I dont think Ive ever made a.'traditional'.Christmas card other than the kits you could buy from that company that keeps going bust, and from that 'other' channel I USE to watch donkey's years ago ! Which is why Im in the minority today and prefer the 2nd card.
I DO love the technique you used for the back ground Sue, infact Im going to re-read the 1st card and try it out. Just got some heat resistant acitate and two shades of ink, so Im hoping to try another technique that our Julia did last week : )
Cam - hope your journey up this way goes ok, will be on the hard shoulder as you drive by : ) we are only an hour or so away from your destination, so if you need a weather up date just ask, go safe.

Hope all my Wilsonette friends have an enjoyable evening (dont forget to Text Santa) tonight.
Love to all. See you tomorrow.
Lancashire Steph xx
p.s. Thank you for my birthday messages yesterday it was so lovely of you. Oh, and I sent my congrats to candy winners on relevant post (I refuse to do it again here) not at all upset you understand considering I had another wrinkle to admit to) !!! : ) xxx

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
What a way to finish off the year with a two - fer.
Love both designs but I think My favourite is the second one. But lots of different techniques in both to try out.
Alison B. x

Cameeli of Richmond upon Thames said...

Dear Sue and all bloggers couldnt resist a last peek and counting the moments before we fly up the M1. Norah thank you for your wishes. Glad to see Lancashire Steph's blog always makes me smile and thanks always for the travel updates. Belated birthday wishes and nothing wrong with a wrinkle or two I always re;ly on good old Nivea and laughter lines I call them.

Sue hope you have a good and well deserved rest but I know you will be blogging as usual, if I get the opportunity I will too.
Havde a great time!!
Cameeli xx

Carol S. said...

Another two beauties Sue! Love them both. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. Two great cards to finish off the week !! I think both cards are lovely but if I had to say a favourite one it would be the angel card. I love the look of your fire and ice cards but I have not yet tried this technique.
I have been doing some candles in between being quite ill. It is my first attempt at candles and I have made them for my sister as a little stocking filler pressie. I have used white candles and used my justrite doily stamps. I used three different sized stamps and just stamped in black archival ink on to white tissue paper, used a glue stick to roughly attach the individual pieces, put grease proof/ wax paper around it and heated it with my heat gun. It came out great !! I put silver gems on different parts of the stamped images. I used one of the new crystal sparkler gems in the centre of the largest design. I wrapped black wide organza ribbon round the bottom, I then wrapped some lovely sparkly thinner silver ribbon over the black ribbon, lastly making a smart bow in the centre ( one that looks a little like a mans bow tie) and put some silver gems on that too. I have some small clear glass bases for the candles and will wrap them in clear cellophane lastly tying them up with ribbon and adding a justrite charmed christmas die and stamp !! I am very pleased with the results and I will definately try this again in the future to make lovely handmade gifts.
Lots of Crafty Christmas Wishes to every one Lots of Love Tres x x x

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Two fantastic cards. So many designs for future cards. Also thrilled to be one of the winners today.

Jacquie said...

Hi Sue,

These are both stunning cards.

Love the little pine cones too lol!

Merry Christmas

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

hotpotato said...

lovely cards.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, both cards are fab but prefer the first as I do like a traditional Christmas card.
God bless

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue, as always I really Love Friday a Two Cards for One and that means so much,
A huge Congratulations to the winners I'm so thrilled for them.
I've decided I'm going to make a Christmas a Card one a month as I've made so many and got so stressed over it about getting them done on time etc: I know what your thinking Lol, Well I Love The Angel Stamp, I also agree with Sue it crises out Gilding Flakes, it Looks just Stunning I really Love it.
I love the Background, Card number two which is the Awesome KRAFT Card and the Royal Blue Really love this one, I need to concentrate on stamping the larger stamps as I often miss parts off and it's very frustrating indeed, I love the watermark on the KRAFT Card it looks so well on the Still photographs. Love and hugs from Sam x

Disco Queen said...

Inspirational Sue! I love Two-Fer Fridays.

Jane said...

I love the angel she's beautiful.

Jane xx

Joanne K said...

Evening Sue, hope you are well. Just love today's offering. Two gorgeous cards but so very different. I think the 2nd may just be my favourite. Have a good weekend. Kind regards Joanne K x

Pearl said...

Oh Sue, I love these two cards today but the angel one has the edge though, more stamps and dies to put onto the Christmas wish list, hey ho, I hope that Santa has a large sleigh this year!

Craftihappiness and Christmas joy to all, love from Pearl

brenda said...

Hi Sue, two gorgeous cards today but my favourite is the angel card she is lovely especially used with the guiding flakes x

Laura O said...

two fab cards ,really beautiful .Laura O

Helen Barker said...

Both are beautiful cards,can't decide between them.Love the mini pinecones though.Well done to blog candy winners.
Helen Bx

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards. The angel stamp is so stylishand looks great with the gilding flakes. Can't really decide which I prefer!
Best wishes
Anne O

Sheila Lampard said...

hi Sue - better late than never.
Very well done to the Candy winners. The Two-Fer cards are so different and certainly wasn't a fan of the angel but she is beginning to grow on me - especially gilded! The second card is just so different getting away from the traditional colours and why not?
Belated birthday wishes to the ladies yesterday!
Safe journey to everyone travelling over the weekend.
Tres - always thought of decorating candles but never got around to it. Sounds lovely.
Best wishes to all bloggers.
Sheila x

Alice G said...

Hi Sue, both cards are lovely but I just have a thing about angels so the first one is definitely my favourite. The fact that you used building flakes makes it doubly bountiful!!

Alice xx

Janice K said...

Two very different cards but both equally beautiful. Love the fire and ice technique. x

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, So late again sorry! Loving both cards ive done some c cards with the angel stamp she's wonderful and have used the Holly background stamp too also fab the blue and the kraft card go so well together so I can't choose between them . Congrats to blog candy winners and safe journeys to all travelling over the festive period .
Jean D

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

2 beautiful cards my favourite has to be the Angel card my favourite poinsettia die and the beautiful Angel stamp.

Hugs Bevx

Diane Mortimer said...

The blue is very christmassy!

Diane from Glasgow xx