Monday 23 December 2013

Thanks So Much

 Hi bloggers!  It's the chalkboard technique or should I say "chockboard" as I do! LOL  I will never live that one down, will I!   I love this technique myself, especially when it is put together with a pastel sort of colour.  I picked our mauve card for my background and used the Ornate Corner stamp from Justrite to give a random bit of interest to it.  I stamped it with the Snow Cap Adirondack Pigment pad.  No embossing, just let it dry naturally for a soft sort of ghost image.  You can't really tell that it is an actual corner that was stamped when you turn it all different directions, you don't get that hard corner line.  Next I stamped the Lavish Corner Background on black card using a clear Perfect Medium pad.  I heat embossed it with True White powder.  In order to get a sort of distressed look, I lightly rubbed it in spots before embossing it as you don't want it to look perfect.  I used a piece of cut 'n dry foam and swiped across it with the Snow Cap ink to give it the appearance of chalk dust too.  I matted it on another piece of black card that I drew a keyline around using a white pencil.  I also used the edge of my scissors to do a bit of distressing along both the black card and the mauve card.  I stamped my sentiment from the Bold Sentiment set by Creative Expressions.  I cut the sentiment and mounted it on my acrylic block in two rows to fit the oval  of the stamped image.  I made some felt flowers from the mauve felt in the blossom felt pack and the smallest ones were die cut from the Heartfelt Creations Layered Scalloped Posy set.  I seated my flower on a mauve seam binding messy bow and added some black tulle and black jute twine to dress it.  I finished the card with a double layer black mat with a pierced inner mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

I won this from your Show Sue and I love it - it is gorgeous. Happy Christmas to Sue and all Wilsonettes

cr@fty said...
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cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Stunning card as usual I particularly love the fringed flower. I'm off on holidays until the New Year but will still be reading your blog every day. Steph have you calmed down yet? Lol Can't wait to read your comment today you cheer me up.
Hugs x
Heather T

kimberley said...

watched you demo this and absolutely loved it Sue-even bought the ink and stain to try to replicate it although haven't had time yet what with trying to get organised for xmas but will try soon,take care,x.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a stunning card lucky Pam
to be the owner of this one but I'm
more than pleased to have just seen
I was one of the winners yesterday
so have sent my address again to make sure
you have it. Thanks again Sue for all your
hard work and the videos have been great
this year hope they continue next year.
Merry Christmas to everyone
and hope you all have a Happy and
prosperous New Year.
Nancyd xx

Anonymous said...

Great card, Sue, and the slightly distressed look seems to add to the gorgeousness of it - and Pam says it is gorgeous. Again, in awe of your stamping!

'P' in Wales

Lacelady said...

This is sooooo pretty, I'll have to get one of those ink pads, and the background stamp is beautiful. I too watched the demo, and you being teased about the 'chockboard'. Take no notice, we know what you mean! LOL.

TDQ Karen said...

Love this affect. Great card xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. I love this card. It is such a beauty! Love the chockboard (sorry :)) effect and the lilac colour is gorgeous. Fabulous! Wishing you and all of the Wilsonettes a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all of your hard work and wonderful creations that you have shared with us this year Sue, and here's hoping that 2014 brings you good health and happiness. Take care

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you, It doesnt matter how you pronounce our words the end product is fantastic, although the show was funny take care Kitty

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous card Sue - love it!
Wishing you and all your blog followers a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2014.
Hugs Sue x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, I love this effect, the colours are gorgeous, the posy patch felt flowers are gorgeous and the fringed flower is gorgeous. I love it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Rosie said...

I love it, too and really enjoyed the show.

englishrose897 said...

Morning Sue, great card as always and so on trend at the moment. Sally x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love this effect - especially the mauve layer stamped with Snow Cap ink - will try this in the NY. Only 2 more sleeps now till the big day -
Clare W

Unknown said...

Morning Sue what a pretty card i do like the colour you have used. Are you all ready for christmas only 2 more sleeps. Take care Sue xx

Debs A

Unknown said...

Good morning Sue
WOW I love this black & mauve card. Not so sure about this "chockboard":) technique - but lucky Pam to own it!
Hope you are going to continue with the Two-Fer Friday - I wonder what the next theme will be?
Looking forward to the next video tutorial. Thank you so much for your dedication. My cardmaking has genuinely gone up several notches since watching your videos and becoming an avid follower of your blog.
Thank you again.
Sheila x

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue what a great card, only managed to see last bit of demo on this so really good to get full version. I will have to give this one a try. X

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
You have made the card in my favourite colours again love it
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

JAO said...

Fab card.

tracy w said...

Hi sue
What a stunning card love this one I watch you do it with Martin on c and c thank you Tracy w x

rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I loved this card when you did it on your show. It gives an amazing effect. Doesn't really matter what it is called, I like your version best.

Love Rosemnarie xx

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous it is just so pretty. This is another technique I want to try. Have a great day. Love Jackie

Delyth said...

the card says it all Sue, thank you so much for your inspirational cards daily. I am off to Australia for 7 weeks to visit my son, have a lovely christmas and healthy new year xx

Unknown said...

Morning all, 5 nightshifts down only tonight to go!!! God I'm struggling now lol. Beautiful card sue goodness knows how I managed to miss the show ah well never mind

Merry christmas to all and a happy new year

From Tracy in killie Scotland xx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
What a way to start Christmas week. A simply wonderful gift in my colours and a beautiful format to boot.
I love everything about today's gift. Love the beautiful flowers particularly the one on top of the bow.
Janet x

Anonymous said...

HI Sue I love the mauve and black. Saw you do this technique on your show but have not tried it yet as too busy with Christmas card. Still got to do my husbands card so had better get cracking.
Denise Hancock X

Nanny Jo said...

A beautiful card, Sue...we're so lucky to have you try all these new techniques for us first! A big 'thank you' for so much effort and for the delightful products you bring us. Jo x

Glenharon said...

Good morning Sue and fellow Wilsonettes,
I would not normally go for a black card, but this is stunning Sue. I have all the parts except the stamp but hey you can't have everything. Lilac against the black is so beautiful and each enhance the other.
I got some of the felt as i think the flower in the felt really do look lovely and sit really nicely giving a full look to the flower.
Pam , i too won a card but here on the blog and it is as you say beautiful in real life.
To all the lucky people jetting off to exciting shores,i can fit in a suitcase and if it was one on wheels you wouldn't need to carry me????I'll be good, i promise???
Have a safe journey where ever you go this season and i'll raise my coffee in wishing you a merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year. Hope everyone has a brilliant time.
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil)

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Stunning card, just love the colour combination
Carol x

baconbits said...

morning sue,
amazing card love the whole concept
amanda x

sonja_w said...

Beautiful card in my favourite colour combo . As I won't have Internet access for the next few days I would like to wish you and all the Wilsonettes a fabulous and Merry Christmas xx

sonja_w said...

Beautiful card in my favourite colour combo . As I won't have Internet access for the next few days I would like to wish you and all the Wilsonettes a fabulous and Merry Christmas xx

camelot67 said...

Good morning Sue,

Well this is just GORGEOUS! and I LOVE IT! Nothing else needs to be said except of course that I wish I had just a fraction of your wonderful talent. Thanks for sharing this with us and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous card, loved the demo of it on the shows. Every time I watch the recorded show, I laugh about the chockboard. Have a great eve before Christmas eve. Bx

Unknown said...

I love this card lucky girl Pam. Saw the demo on C+C and had to say you and Martin were so funny, over chockboard. Made me have a proper giggle.
Hugs and stuff
Carol B

Anonymous said...

Very classy. Mabex

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
A lovely card again. Love the chalkboard look! And that flower is really something else!
I know I keep saying it but thanks again for all your sharing! I'm not alone in saying "I would have never thought of .........."
Hugs, Rose

Rachel Taylor said...

Love the chalkboard technique ! Gorgeous lilac colour .
Crafty hugs Rachel x

Gail said...

Hi Sue
I watched you demo this card, thought it was brilliant !
Just in case I don't get online for a few days. I'll wish you a Happy Christmas and to all your followers!
Gail C x

jessie said...


Anonymous said...

Dear Sue What a fab card, I just love everything about it! I love this new chalk technique ....I am sure this is card you demonstrated on C&C. I am loving the felt flowers as well! I have been fortunate to purchase all the sets from Creative Expressions and hope to see more in the New Year. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card - saw you demo it on C&C. Lucky Pam to win this one.

Marion said...

Hi Sue love this card ,lilac is my favourite colour and the flower is beautiful.
i saw you demo it .
Happy christmas to you and your family.
Marion H

gwen70 said...

So beautiful Sue, Happy Christmas to everyone

Sandra B. said...

Love the colours. Its gorgeous. Merry christmas.

Micky French said...

lovely Sue another elegant card. I have a few days spare so I will be trying to master a few techniques that you have shown us
Hugs Michelle xxxxx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Fabulous card.The colours remind me of the liquorice and blackcurrant sweets you can get.
You pronounce chalk the way you like Sue. Thought it was hilarious that Martyn, a Brummie, was trying to give you elocution lessons lol !
Have a great day.
Ang x

Aspiring crafter said...

Such a pretty card Sue-Love chalkboard technique-have had a go since your demo and it works!

Thanks again- enjoy Chrismas and take a well earned rest


JJ said...

Morning Sue,

Stunning card, love it.
Merry Christmas

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

marg said...

Just lost my email so here goes again
Love it Sue!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Love Marg

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
A fabulous card, love the colour the stamping, the design and the lovely flowers. Lucky Pam to win this one.
Have a good day.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
A fabulous card, love the colour the stamping, the design and the lovely flowers. Lucky Pam to win this one.
Have a good day.

Nananne said...

Stunning Card! Great technique and love the felt flower, enjoyed the fun on the demo! In case I don't get the chance tomorrow, Have A very Merry Christmas ,hope everyone has a wonderful time.xo

nuttinanni said...

I do so love this colour combo. Merry Christmas to you and all Wilsonettes. hugs Cheryl xxx

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue X like the flowers

hazel young said...

Beautiful card love the colours used xx hazel

Annie said...

Love this card and lucky Pam to own it!! I think it is a softer sound, more like "charkboard" and that surely is typically American. It was funny on the show, taking to pieces your accent! Happy day, Sue, and thank you for bringing us so much inspiration and joy.
Hugs Annie

Sue from Wiltshire said...

That is beautiful Sue.
Wishing you , your family and all the bloggers a joyous Christmas.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, stunning card, saw this demo on tv and it was fabulous. Well done Pam on receiving this as you were drawn out of the cup. Take care everyone, Jess xx

Unknown said...

Good. Opening Sue. His lovely. I must hVe a go at this chalkboard method. Wish I gad more time. X

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love this card especially the chalkboard technique and the felt flowers, got my felt so cut lots of flowers yesterday
Hope everyone has a lovely Christmas
Best wishes, Pat

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue

Once again another stunning card. This corner and background now go to the top of my wish list. Love that you've used my favourite colours as well. I managed to get a lot of creative expressions goods from a little craft shop in Lyndhurst, especially lots of your card.

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Lovely card I like it very much love Jean Z xxx

Brenda said...

Hello Sue,
I love the mauve with the black-and-white it looks absolutely stunning, and the random stamping on the mauve really gives it that special touch as do those beautiful flowers I just love it all.
Take care, love Brenda xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love this card it's fabulous. I'd just like to wish all the Wilsonettes who are going away a safe journey and hope you all have a fab time. I myself will be checking in as usual - can't wait to see what we get tomorrow.
Beverley W

Victoria said...

Beautiful card Sue, I particularly love the fringed flower. The chalkboard effect is so effective.

TOB said...

I love these colours, the mauve fringe flower is beautiful, love the stamping. Hope everyone is ready for Christmas. well done Pam you lucky lady. hugs x

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
I love this card and the flowers well I adore them I must have a play at making these hope they turn out ok lol.. stunning card.. hugs sarah xx

hollyberry said...

Lovely card,enjoyed watching you demo it on C&C.

magpie said...

"Wow, wow, wow!" Congratulations Pam on winning this beautiful card. It's stunning Sue! Love the stamps, the background stamp and the gorgeous flowers. Loving the main flower! I love the colours together. Gorgeous x Keep safe out there everybody xx Love Karen xx

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Another stunning card. Loving the chalkboard technique.
Happy Christmas everyone
Alison B. x

Anonymous said...

Moooorning Sue and Winter Wilsonettes, late today, took the morphine a little longer to kick in today (did far too much yesterday) ! Now before my poor lonely brain cell gives up totally I need to start my waffle with ...
Cr@fty - STILL in 'hyper' mode, keep looking back to make sure I read it properly ! And have a fantastic holiday xx
Tracy - Sweetheart, you are SO deserving of rest and relaxation. Hope you are getting help - health before wealth sugar xx
Delyth - Safe journey and have a wonderful 7 weeks - Happy upside down Christmas : )
Denise - SNAP ! Off to finish Mr Lanc's card after my waffle !

Ok, done. Brain, settle down and take a deep breath, I'll need you later !
Hey ! Chalk/chock, who cares, both white, but only one edible, and I bet with that 'sexy' American accent Sue, even your 'naughty (but necessary) words sound great : ) oh pleeease, who DOESN'T curse at guilding flakes, moving acitate, and 'tricky' to place swirly pearls ? And what about the time you are about to place a sticky die on your most favourite card ever and it slips from your fingers onto your almost finished special card and the glue instantly sticks and WONT move, then pulls some background card with it ! All the time your adrenalin is swishing round your body, you've swallowed your heart twice ! Goodness me, and believe me, with MY pathetic hands/fingers I've been there : 0 only MY choice words sound like Martyn as born and bread in Brum not far from the NEC (what was I saying) ?
Yeah, we chuckled but it was cute, so don't even TRY to sound all British Sue, we love you just the way you are (anyone feel a song coming on) ? : )

I love this card, and watched the show a few times now and I smiled like a cheshire cat when Our Pam was read out, as I do whenever I hear my lovely friends and fellow Winter Wilsonettes names on e-mails.
It wont be long before you are in Birmingham Sue, so if you need any help just shout : 0 that's what I call pushing my luck lol ! To those very special friends that wont be able to log in over Christmas - have a truely wonderful day, you will be missed, all Wilsonettes looking for rooms at the Inn's have a great break and mind the sheep doodo, wipe your feet before you re-enter.
And to all other manic, stressed, Winter Wilsonettes, if you are going out for last minute nits n bob's - Im totally worried that you've lost the plot (shoulder's at the ready) and go give some welley !
Love to all before me and to all those after me.
See you tomorrow. Love and hugs.
Lancashire Steph xxxx

Gail said...

Gorgeous card and loved it when you demo'd it on C&C and just absolutely luv the frilly felt flower xx GailT xx

Unknown said...

Very striking card, love the colours

Tres said...

Hi Sue. I saw you make this card on c+c and I think it is absolutely gorgeous !! I love the colours you have used, they look a beautiful combination together. I love the white inked ornate corner stamps on to the mauve card and the lavish corner background stamp on to black card with the white embossing. Sentiment looks great and the felt flowers are wonderful !! I bought a pack of this felt and will give that wonderful large flower a go after Christmas !! Lucky Pam for winning the card !!
Thank you Sue for all your continued inspiration this year. Your amazing cards and blog along with your fabulous videos have kept me going through some very difficult times. You are a true crafting hero !!
Merry Christmas to you and your family and to all you wonderful Willsonettes !!
Lots of love Tres x x x

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love this card, liked it when you did it on C&C.

Myself i like your accent, it's what helps make us an individual.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, another gorgeous card. Beautiful colours and looks elegant even with the chalkboard look.

Shazza said...

I love this chalkboard look, great card x

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I love this card and enjoyed the demo very much :-)
As I have said before it is we, your blog followers, that thank you so much for your daily inspiration.
In case I don't get the chance tomorrow I would like to wish you, Sue, your family and all the Wilsonettes a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year when it comes.

nannapat said...

What a gorgeous card, I love the flower on top of your bow and the Lavish Corner stamp is soooo pretty. Pat x

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, Lovely card, watched you demo it and its even better on screen.
X Ros

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - Another gorgeous card today - I really must try this technique as it looks absolutely stunning.
Val C xx

3362 Jan said...

Hi Sue. Love this card.Stunning colours. Thanks for all your hard work over this past year. Looking forward to 2014. Have a great Christmas, and a rest. Hugs. Jan.x

Disco Queen said...

Fabulous card Sue! I love the colour combo. Theresa x

Ita said...

Hi Stunning,just stunning

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A gorgeous card, love the choc/chalk board technique. The flowers are scrummy and the mauve and black is a stunning colour combo. Luck Pam winning this card. Keep your accent Sue, we love you just the way you are!!!! Thank you for an inspirational 2013 and looking forward to 2014 gifts.
Have a safe day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Tina said...

Hi Sue

WHAT a day, nearly blown off the road today going up Pepper Box Hill (Salisbury), It's horrendous out there. Hope you are all safe, if like me you had last minute things to do.

Your card today Sue is so beautiful, and I love the chockboard/chalckboard effect. The flowers and bow finish it beautifully.

Kind regards :-)

Tina X

Anonymous said...

Good Afternoon Sue. Love this card. Such a pretty delicate colour.
Love Val x

Joan D said...

Fab card and brilliant chocboard technique. It was a great tv moment Sue, one which will be remembered for a long time to come. Thank you for all the inspiration you give us throughout the year and here's wishing you and yours a fabulous Christmas and a happy, peaceful and healthy 2014 x x x

sued99 said...

I love this card and enjoyed seeing it being demoed. I've just had a go at 2 black and white cards in 'the style'. Quite pleased with them.

Jill Liddle said...

Love the colour combination on this card. Very striking.

hotpotato said...

I love this card and it's one I'm going to have to 'lift'.

lorraine (classylady) said...

Hi Sue loved the card, chat and laughter when you did it on C & C, still love it now.

Best Wishes of the Season to all

Lorraine - Scotland

Beryl said...

A gorgeous card, Love the stamp. Congratulations to Pam on winning the card.

CraftyJo said...

Very pretty, such an interesting technique - another one to try :)

Barbara said...

Gorgeous card, beautiful colours and love the flowers!!!

Kate's Cards said...

Simply divine! x

Marleine said...

Hi Sue,

Lovely card, love all the elements. Looking forward to having time to play and try doing the flower.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. X

Jane said...

Watched this demo loved it amazing card.

Jane xx said...

Love the effect and the little felt flower is wonderful! Thanks Susan

Lynda's craft's said...

Hi Sue gorgeous card I watched you make this card on c&c loved it then and still love it now. Love the chock / chalk technique Sue. The colours are lovely mauve & black look great together the felt flowers are beautiful.
Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and happy new year Sue. Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Jackie Meechan said...

Yet another gorgeous card.

Jackie Meechan said...

Yet another gorgeous card.

Jan.moogie said...

Gorgeous card and the colours are lovely Sue. Well done. xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...


Laura O said...

stunning card ,love this effect.Laura O

Maryann Laursen said...

Beautiful card here Suee and lucky Pam, who´s even got it too. I won one of your lovely cards from a show back in April, but has never recieved anything, even I´ve asked C&C about it several times, but nothing just ever happens, so I hope, I can maybe be lucky enough to won one here instead then LOL.
I hope, you´ll have a wonderful Christmas with your family around now. Thanks so much for all the wonderful inspiration here this year, and I´m so looking forward to loads more wonderful inspiration next year again.

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, absolutely love this card. Am yet to try the chalkboard technique, but really want to!! Really love the effect!! Hugs Sam xxx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue, love this technique, creates a beautiful card. Hope all "Wilsonettes" are safe with this awful weather. Lol lynne m x x x x x

Carol S. said...

Gorgeous card and love the felt flowers. Beautiful colours too. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Margaret corgi owner said...

Hi Sue
Such a beautiful and elegant card love the colours too.
Margaret corgi owner

Janice K said...

This is a beautiful card with an elegant, vintage look to it, gorgeous.x

Joanne K said...

Evening Sue, its funny you should show a card using the "chalkboard" technique as I was playing aroung with this last night. I have to say I really like your attempt. Kind regards Joanne K x

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, this is a lovely card - gorgeous colours! I may not get the chance to comment again before Christmas, so am sending big crafty Christmas Wishes to you and yours! Happy Holidays! Carole Z X

Wacki Macky said...

..and thank you so much Sue for sharing this card with us all. I love the way it all comes together and I have most of the ingredients so I'll give it a try.

Not long until Santa arrives now.

Craftihappiness and seasonal greetings to you all, love from Pearl

Unknown said...

Hi Sue,
Awesome Card I loved this when you Demonstrated it on Create and Craft I loved all the techniques used love and hugs from Sam x

Shirley T. said...

Hi Sue,

A very classy card today. Thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
A very pretty card - beautiful colour choice. I love the felt flower.
Best wishes
Anne O

Sharon Noble said...

Wow your cards are simply stunning xx I love every design you make and love how you can use the dies to make very different designs. Hugs to you xxx Sharon x

Unknown said...

Love the chalkboard effect. Tried the flower after watching you do it on c&c, it's so cool!!

Alice xx

Sandy H said...

Lovely card - beautiful felt flower.

nzillingworth said...


Vie Carter said...

One word - Beautiful


Unknown said...

Love the chalkboard effect and the fringed flower is gorgeous.
Helen Bx

Marianna Hammer said...

I think this is my favourite card of December. It is gorgeous!!! Love it

Unknown said...

The accents are perfect

Diane from Glasgow xx