Sunday, 19 January 2014

Never Give Up

Good Sunday morning all!  It's all about the background for this one.  I have used the Vintage Alphabet Soup stamp by Becca Feeken and gilded it.  I dabbed flake and glitter glue across the stamp and put my milk card to the stamp and rubbed over it quickly.  I set the stamped image to the side so the glue had a chance to turn clear and cleaned my stamp completely.  It is important to remove the flake and glitter glue residue from your stamps.  I gilded the design with Verdigris gilding flakes and used a piece of Rubit Scrubit pad to refine and remove the excess flakes.   I cut the background into three equal strips and matted them with milk card and attached the strips to soft gold card with mounting foam.  I used the Scalloped Borders to add a decorative feature to the card.  I cut it out of milk ca5rd then matted it with soft gold card and glued it across the background.  I made a flower out of cream coloured felt (from our blossom felt pack) by folding a strip in half lengthwise and gluing the edges.  I then did diagonal cuts all along the strip and rolled the felt into a flower (I used Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue along the edge as I rolled).  I seated the bloom on a messy bow tied from chalk seam binding and gold tulle.  I stamped a sentiment from the What Defines Us set (also by Becca) and heat embossed it in gold.  I used some antique linen distress ink while still in the die as well.  I tucked the edge of the tag under my flower.  I finished up with a pierced layer, a soft gold mat layer and a final milk card layer.  Finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 7 1/2" in size.

It's time for the Sunday Comment game winners.  The winners this week are:

Kitty Davies!!!
Kayleigh B!!!
Gwen 70!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at to confirm your address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

Totally stunning, love it all. Congrats ladies on your win.

Gail said...

Good morning Sue,
I'm really early today as I'm taking my mum back to her home this morning. I really like this card, simple but very effective ! Well done winners.
Gail C x

TDQ Karen said...

This is lovely, love the background done this ways, and the flowers so simply cut cleverly made Congratulations to all the winners xx

Marleine said...

Morning Sue,

Stunningly, opulent card. X

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue Thank you, It is a very opplant and elegant card beautiful. Thanks to all the ladies looks like I'm a winner, so excited. Thank you take care folks Kitty

tracy w said...

Hi sue
What a stunning card love the background stamp and the flakes the flower great to must try it out now I have some felt congratulation to the winners thank you Tracy w x

kitty davies said...

Sorry Sue so excited about winning I cannot even spell properly it should be opulent.Take care Kitty

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue
What a beautiful card and one you could adapt to whatever background stamp you have in your stash. I love the felt flower and the gilding flakes . Congratulations to all the winners.
Hugs x
Heather T

auscrafts said...

absolutely stunning card ,love it

Gail said...

Fab card and luv the flower and of course the colour combo xx GailT xx

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue a really elegant card and I love the way you have made the flower. Congratulations to all winners. X

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue another stunning card i love the colours youu have used it looks so classy. Well done to all todays winners. Take care Xx

Debs A

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
I love this background stamp and it's gone to the top of my wish list for stamps.
It's such a bold image that it really makes the card all by itself (does that make sense?)
Must try making a flower your way with felt and see what turns out. Congratulations to this week's lucky winners.
Janet x

Heather Rogers said...

A beautiful card today Sue I am thinking it would make a lovely Golden wedding Anniversary card as it is very elegant and opulent and as always beautifully put together.

Congratulations to all the winners today

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Good morning Sue, Another mind blowing design!! Love it!!, Congratulations!! to all the winners enjoy!! Saw a couple of the CHA shows that I recorded and was happier than a pig in mud!! Busy today drafting my final presentation for my interview, then I am adding the finishing touches to wedding invitations. well whatever you are up to today have fun.
Cameeli xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. So rich and beautiful. Love the Alphabet stamp and your gorgeous flower. I will be having a go at making one like this later. Congratulations to the lucky winners. Take care.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. So rich and beautiful. Love the Alphabet stamp and your gorgeous flower. I will be having a go at making one like this later. Congratulations to the lucky winners. Take care.

Joan D said...

Lots of textures in this card. Absolutely beautiful xxx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - another classy creation - love it.
Clare W

Rosie said...

Another super card! Really like the flower. Coincidentally I have just been reading Becca's blog, as well.

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Looks a little like ecclesiastical embroidery, very apt for Sunday.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Very opulent card that could be adapted for many occasions. Have a restful Sunday everyone.

Nanny Jo said...

Stunning, Sue....simply stunning!! Jo x

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Another truly stunning card, love everything you have done on this beautiful creation
Have a great day

Patricia xxx

Anonymous said...

Really love the richness of this one, Sue, and a great layout. Feel some copying coming on but it'll look different as don't have large stamps so will have to go with patterned paper. This could well be a card for Steph - never give up on the gilding flakes!
Well done, winners.

'P' in Wales

Oksana said...

Such a pretty, elegant card Sue!x

Rachel Taylor said...

I love the alphabet on this .so very elegant.
Crafty hugs Rachel x

kimberley said...

Elegant card Sue.Love the way you do these felt flowers,take care,x

Jan.moogie said...

Stunning absolutely gorgeously stunning. x

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Stunning card. Must give that flower a try.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Sue from Wiltshire said...

This design is very versatile and really stunning. I love it.

Anne Crawford said...

Glorious card! Love the flower, congratulations to the winners.

ang said...

Stunning card I need to practice with guilding flakes, don't seem to get a result angxx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, This card has such a regal look to it. I need this background stamp now. There is a strange bright glow in the sky this morning not sure what it is. Where is the wind and rain!!!
Have a peaceful Sunday.

Love Rosemarie xx

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous. I will be having a go at this design I have just ordered some border dies I couldn't resist any longer. Congratulations to all the winners. Have a great day. Love Jackie

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
Such a lush, luxurious, elegant and very rich card that is so, so beautiful, I just love everything about it.
Congratulations to the lucky winners!!
Margaret corgi owner

gwen70 said...

I adore this card Sue, so effective. Just seen I am a winner so you have made my Day, will be in touch, so a big thankyou

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, An absolutely stunning card, I'm in love with the alphabet soup stamp, I really need this one too, and the felt flower is stunning, so tactile.
Congratulations to the lucky, lucky Winners.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Carole Z said...

Hi Sue, a very luxurious looking card today, beautiful! Carole Z X

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Another stunning card, lover the stamping and gilding, congrats to winners
Carol x

marg said...

good Morning Sue!
Well done to the winners!
I love this stamp in fact most of Becca's designs....I read her blog daily the same as yours.
I have so much inspiration from the Blogs Sue!
Take care
Love Marg

Debby Berry said...

What a very unique card from you. I like it. Cheers

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning card the gilding flakes are fantastic, love the panel effect. Must try one of these flowers I have the felt now.
Congrats to the winners.

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue stunning love the flower lovely X

Annie said...

Stunning, Sue. Gorgeous background and delicious flower.
Happy Sunday all and congrats to the winners.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card, very elegant. Congrats to the winners. Bx

Jean Deane said...

Morning Sue and everyone, love this card the background gilded is just beautiful and the felt flower reminds me of the Pom Pom chrysanthemums that my dear dad just to grow many years ago , the whole card is just perfect . Fabulous.
Jean D

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
Totally awesome, I really love it.
Amanda x

Brenda Lello said...

Good Morning Sue,
I love this design, the alphabet soup stamp is now on my WishList - I need it!!! The felt flower is really stunning, it's all just so beautiful, I just love this card.
Congratulations to today's winners.
Take care Sue and everyone, love Brenda xxx

Sheila Lampard said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card today, love the panels. Think a trip to the local craft shop today is in order as I think I need some felt to try out these flowers.
Congrats to the lucky ladies - enjoy your goodies!
Have a lovely craft Sunday.
Sheila x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card for a very wet and cold Sunday.
Congratulations to the winners
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue, whilst I don't particularly like the stamp I love the effect you have created with the flakes and the three panels. love from Jackie D

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, another Stunner today. Congrats to the winners this week.

Love June

Susan White said...

Lovely simple card - very chic! The little felt flower is so pretty too.

Thanks Susan

Disco Queen said...

Super card Sue! I am building up a collection of background stamps & may just have to add this one to it. Theresa x

Beryl Treble said...

Really like this card. Love the effect of gilding flakes. Congratulations to the winners.

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue, another masterpiece that looks so classy with the gilding flakes and that gorgeous flower. Congratulations to the winners. x

darcydaydream said...

What a great card. I really like the flower. Have a lovely Sunday.
Christine in Darcy...xx

Jane said...

How beautiful I love today's card.

Jane xx

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue. Congrats to winners xx hazel

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card today. This stamp is on my list, which keeps getting bigger and bigger. I wonder how many birthday's I can get away with in one year. I shall get some felt when I go down to Bournemouth and give this flower ago. If not I shall look to see if I can see some at Farnborough Show. If not it's the shop in Lyndhurst,

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - another gorgeous card today. Haven't got this stamp but can easily use others and it's another excuse for using the beautiful border die. Congratulations to all the lucky winners. Best wishes

Brenda Hanlon said...

Morning Sue, love how you used the gilding flakes. I bought some a couple of months ago and only used them once and wasn't sure of the finished look, think I need to practise.

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, I like this card so simple but very elegant, I love the triple columns my favourite on cards. love Jean Z xxx

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely classy card, I like cards with panels on them they look so elegant. Don't have this back ground stamp so the idea of using patterned paper appeals to me. Well done the winners today enjoy your gifts. Take care, Jess xx

englishrose897 said...

Good morning Sue and all the followers,
Great card love the colour and the triple panel.
Congratulation to the 3 winners, enjoy your prize.
Sally x

Sonia Jones said...

Stunning card! I love everything about it. It's suitable for weddings, engagements too. I would tie 2 wedding rings into the bow. Stunning! hugs Sonia x

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card. I love the background stamp and the way you have cut it into three. Must have a go at making one of these felt flowers. Thank you for sharing.

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Gorgeous gorgeous card loving the background so suitable for many occasions.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Really like the three panel background look chosen here. I must try and remember this background as it always looks so nice. Congrats to the lucky winners.
Beverley W

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A beautiful, rich looking, elegant card today !! Although I am not really a fan of this particular background stamp, I have another justrite background stamp I could use instead. The border dies look fab as always !! I really must buy these dies !! Your flower looks amazing and I am going to give it a try. At the moment we are in the middle of trying to clear up my terribly cluttered craft room !! ( It had also become a room for storing other stuff too !! ) Once I am back to normal I can start crafting again. I can't wait and I have been having withdrawal symptoms.
Congrats to today's winners.
Lots of love to Sue and everyone, love Tres x x x

hollyberry said...

Such a stunning and elegant card.

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Such an elegant card this morning, love the triple background and the stamp.
Conratulations to the winners.

Love Sheila xx

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
1st may I say congrats to the winners .. the card is so elegant looking love the flower and the background . hugs sarah xx

TOB said...

Gorgeous soft gold. love the banner and always your flower.
hugs x Theresa

Victoria said...

The composition is quite simple here, but SO effective. I hadn't noticed that the background had letters until I read your description and saw the close ups. The gilding flakes are so lovely. This flower is a real winner, very clever. I also like the tag sentiment, great finishing touch. Thank you Sue.

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue and fellow Wilsonettes,
I think this beautiful card should be sent to one lady in particular on this blog as through all her ups and downs this card just sums up what we all feel about her. I since she is starting to conquer those pesky gilding flakes, it is so appropriate for her. Good morning Steph from one creaking gate to another.
I like the triple panel effect on the card it just enhances the opulence of the gilding flakes i think and i have finally got some of your felt to try out these felt flowers that you keep making as i think they are beautiful. The flower die you have used today makes the flower look like pom-pom chrysanthe or dahlia, any roads i like them. I got a pom-pom one in a bouquet from my hubbie today for our 23rd anniversary, its the first time in years that i have received flowers from him (maybe getting soft in his old age) so that has perked me up a notch or two this morning.
Have a great Sunday everyone and i hope to see you all tomorrow.
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil)
P.S. i got a card addressed to Norah< Glenochil from the postman from my wee cousin in Peterborough, and the NEW postman knew who to bring it to. Not sure if that means i'm famous or imfamous...hee hee hee

karenlotty said...

Gorgeous opulent card I agree it would make a lovely Golden Wedding card I love the bracket dies which in my mind would be more versatile than the curved border die set I already own I'm thinking male cards etc Congrats winners

Jennifer Swandells said...

An absolutely stunning card, I love the background and the gilding and I just love your flowers, they are beautiful. Hugs, Jen x
Krafty Keepsakes

loftylass said...

Hi Sue.... beautiful, gorgeous card... love all the detail and one that will go on my 'to do card list' (which gets longer daily!!)thank you.
Heather W

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Sue. Ann (France)

Carol S. said...

Love this card. Great idea for the flower, as I am always looking for new flower ideas. Most just come from playing. Stunning background with the flakes. I am loving your more, CAS cards. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Lindsay Martin said...

A lovely card, not too many elements in it but very effective if what you have achieved. Well done to all the winners xxx

Maryann Laursen said...

Oh my goodness, this is soo gorgeous and elegant Sue. I love love lvoe the cream and gold on this one, it looks sooooooo gorgeous.

weefortune said...

Stunning Card Sue, Elaine x

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue another stunning card great for 50th birthdays or anniversary. Must try the felt flowers
Denise X

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card, love the gilded background and the flower!
Congratulations to all the lucky winners!
Best wishes, Pat

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Very beautiful card today. I love the flower technique. I like everything about this card, it looks simple but elegant, even though we all know the effort that goes into creating something this stunning.

Happy 23rd Anniversary Norah & Hubbie, hope you both enjoy your special day.

Kind regards :-)

Tina X

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A very elegant card today, love the opulent panels and the interesting stamp. The flower is stunning, will be giving that a try as I have the felt. The border die is gorgeous.
Congratulations to the lucky winners, enjoy ladies.
Happy 23rd Anniversary Norah, enjoy your day and the flowers, what a lovely suprise for you.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxxx

Theresa said...

Hi Sue
You're have done it again
A beautiful card form a beautiful person
I love the edge dies and your flower it looks so delicate
And the whole card is a masterpiece
Congratulations to all the lucky winners
Enjoy your cards
Take Care Sue
Theresa. xx

Tina Eldridge said...

Sorry, me again. I forgot to congratulate all the lucky winners. Enjoy your goodies.

Kind regards :-)

Tina X

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card. Looks very elegant and opulent with the gilding.
Congratulations to the winners.

Shirley Terretta said...

HI Sue,

Love this card. Really pretty.

Thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

Jackie Meechan said...

Another gorgeous card Sue. Not many I don't like on your blog. Have still to try using gilding flakes with the stamps. So opulent.

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love this card.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

A Stunning Card Sue!

I love the gold and cream. The Vintage Alphabet Soup has made a gorgeous background and of course you've finished it off beautifully with one of your fabulous bows.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Anonymous said...

Howdy Sue, love everything about this card....clever you.Mabex

Caron28 said...

Hello Sue. Yet another masterpiece. Stunning as always. Xx

Erica said...

Hi Sue,
Love this card so lush and opulent.
Erica x

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Sue, A very beautiful card and not too technical.
Congratulations to this weeks winners.
X Ros

Jill Liddle said...

Lovely card

Pearl said...

Fantastic card today Sue - I would not have believed that you had gilded the panels, they look like panels cut from expensive foiled cardstock. I must give it a try - I have so much gilding flakes and glue but little time to use it though! I must retire from work sometime, will 2014 be the year????

I don't mind retiring but will I be able to still enjoy my hobby with so little funds available?

Oh well! Craftihappiness to you all love from Pearl

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
What a contrast to yesterday's card. This one sings "Opulence" to me, it's a stunner. I did see you make this flower but have forgotten much (a "feature" of age), so have to get my brain in gear as I'd love to do one like that. Even your tulle looks elegant, mine never quite does...
Hugs, Rose

magpie said...

Hi Sue! Gorgeous way of using the alphabet stamp! Love how you have made the flower too. Very rich and classy card Sue x Congratulations to Kitty, Kayleigh and Grace! Wonderful! Enjoy your prizes! xx Love Karen xx

Myra said...

Hi Sue,

What a gorgeous card! Were you thinking of Steph when you designed it - gilding flakes and "Never Give Up" - ideal for Steph.
I love this triptych idea. It is so effective and not too difficult. Colours are so rich and expensive looking.
Congratulations to today's winners.
Congratulations also to Norah and her husband. Have a lovely day!
thanks again Sue, love to all,

redfox said...

Another lovely card for us today. You never fail to impress me. I often take a look at your older blog cards if I need some inspiration. Can anyone help me? How many colours are there in the Foundation card range? Different websites give different names and I dont want to buy the same thing twice just cos of a differing name!! So anyone know how many different colours there are?! Thanks people, love Sarah

Missty said...

Hi Sue, absolutely lovely card today. |As Heather T said you can adapt to whatever stamp you want. Congrats to the winners !
Thank you for even more great ideas

CraftyJo said...

Beautiful card Sue, very elegant but...I really don't like the flower/bow on there, sorry ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, 'STUNNING!' Rich gold and cream, very opulent. The background stamp has to be added to my wish list, it's gorgeous.
ValC xx

jane stillman said...

Just love the background, gorgeous flower and Sentiment x

Arnette said...

Breath Taking! I love the back ground. Beautiful for a sunday morning.

Barbara said...

Beautiful card Sue, the gilding is gorgeous and the flower is very pretty!!!

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue stunning card thank you for all your inspiration

SHARICA said...

Love this sue .. very Regal looking :) Fit for a Queen :)

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. Well done winners. What a dramatic card. I bet it's really sumptuous in real life. Those felt flowers work so well too. xx Maggie (better without a messy bow)

Jacquie said...

Beautiful card Sue, love how you have done the background.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Anonymous said...

Evening Sue
Wow thank you, I can't believe it :-) this card is gorgeous and very opulent. Layout, dies and stamping look great. The flower looks amazing I will definatly try this. Bow is gorgeous as usual, mine never seem to look like yours however much I try.
Kayleigh B xx

Laura O said...

looks fab ,Becca has some wonderful stamps and dies and her blog is great too,Laura O

lynda said...

WOW WOW stunning card the stamp,dies and flower are so gorgeoous great colour combo i just love it all Sue.
love & hugs Lynda Brock xx
congratulations to the winners

Anonymous said...

Kreaky gate ? Kreaky Gate ? Well I never ! I was going to say I hope you have had a lovely 23rd Anniversary Norah, but, hmmm ! : ) if you said a kreaky barn you'd be kind of close : ) hope the rest of your years together are just as happy xx
Pearl, YES you WILL be able to craft after retirement, just cut your 'card' accordingly - see what I did then ? : ) you just have to save for what you want, but you appreciate what you've bought more than just spending because you can. Ive been saving for a few packs of Foundation card, and Im SO proud now I have it I dont want to use it !!! How daft is THAT !! : 0
Cameeli - you know what they say if you get the jitters when making a presentation... Dare ya : )
Woohoo, well done to our 3 Wilsonettes, enjoy your gift xx
Oh, sorry Sue, how are you today ? Warm I presume, in the 70's is it ? My meds and Morphine took longer than normal to kick in today, so I've been kind of resting, as much as I can with a craft fair next Sunday with only 4 Valentine cards made !!! I need to get myself in gear and carry on regardless !
Oh Sue, todays card is out of this world, maybe I should go shake the picture in front of my tub of guilding flakes, boost them up by telling them THEY could look that pretty, although I showed them who's boss the other day, and they were quivering with fear I can tell you (not pushed my luck today though)
Your card is so opulant Sue, everything says regal and special, I think Id be too frightened at the moment to do a whole card blank in flakes, I hold my breath guilding just a small panal, Im sure my lips would turn blue if I attempted that much (and all the comments I've read are so sweet thank you all) : )
You Wilsonettes are wonderful, Im sure Sue is so proud of you all : )
Im off to shower now, as Im aching just a little and have to have a full day of crafting tomorrow (how I wish I had you all helping) bet you all make amazing cards - those Ive seen on C&C should be framed, and I bet Mrs.W would agree : )
Love and BIG hugs to all Wilsonettes.
Lancashire Steph : ) xxx

nannapat said...

Such a stunner Sue, the background is beautiful. Pat x

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue, "WOW WOW WOW" and so much more! I really Love the Alphabet Stamp from Becca and what you have achieved with it is Simply Stunning, Awesome, Opulent! as always.
I Love Gilding Flakes and how you've split your background into three sections and matted it onto the Fabulous Soft Gold Card, and the Simply Beautiful Felt Flower and Fabulous Bow, I just Love!
Love and hugs from Sam x
Congratulations to Winners!
Have a great day everyone

Trulyblessed said...

Really lovely, Sue.

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Love the effect ( although not too keen on the stamp), great flower too :-)
Donna Jones

nzillingworth said...


Theresa Pace said...

just goes to show that you don't need much for a stunning card. love this. and it's adaptable to any background stamp so it's giving me ideas. and sue have you noticed that i have finally found the comment button! it's only taken me about 3 years lol!
hugs xx

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue and gang. Smashing card today I love the effect that the panels give def a must do!!
Congrats to all the winners and
Happy anniversary Norah!!
Love Tracy from killie Scotland xx

Karen G Ratcliffe said...

Hi Sue
Very rich and opulent looking! Still have to try the background technique with the gilding flakes. Very impressive! Congratulations winners! Thanks for sharing.

Sandy H said...

Absolutely gorgeous card. The flower is lovely. I'm going to have another try at making one as my last attempt went totally wrong.

Diane Mortimer said...

Ooo so pretty, love the colours. I am buying the scalloped border dies soon, excited hehe

Diane from Glasgow

Lacelady said...

Out all day today, but just wanted to say how interesting this is, just relying on the background stamp. Inspired again!

Debby Berry said...

Very cool card...

Marianna Hammer said...

What a lovely card. Very clever.

Helen Barker said...

Love the opulent gilding.
Helen Bx