Friday, 10 January 2014

Special Day

Hello sweet friends!  Another of my "chockboard" cards.  This one is actually my favourite of them all I think.  I stamped the Floral Harvest Background by Justrite on to black card using a Snow Cap Adirondack pigment pad.  I cut the card a bit larger and added a white pencil line around the edge of it.  I tied some sky blue seam biding around the bottom of the card before I matted it on to our Sky Blue card.  I then matted it onto another mat of black with a faux stitched line around the edge.  The faux stitching was done with a white gel pen.  I stamped my sentiment from the JustRite Grand Sentiment set on to black card using a clear Perfect Medium pad.  I heat embossed it with white detail powder.  I cut it out with one of the smaller dies in the Elegant Labels 8 set and then rubbed some Snow Cap pigment ink across it for a chalky effect.  I matted it on to a piece of sky blue card that I cut with Gold Labels Four.  I tied a messy bow out of the blue seam binding and added it to my seam binding ribbon.  I finished the bow with a black Dazzler.  Using the Justrite Bunting die, I cut one out of black card.  I used the Snow Cap ink on it while it was still in the die to highlight the centres.  I made small blue flowers using the Layered Scalloped Posey dies and added them between each flag and one on my sentiment tag.  Small 3mm white pearls were added to the centres of each flower.  I finished the card with a double black mat which I distressed with the edges of my scissors.  Finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

I love this one - gorgeous. Thinking of you Steph

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Wow Sue another really unusual combination its almost got a crisp wedding day feel, I love the tiny flowers.
have a good day.
Cameeli xx

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Steph, just read your blog dry those tears and I hope today is better for you and there is time for some magic. spending you a Cameeli cuddle
Cameeli xx

kimberley said...

Lovely card-bought this ink pad and dabber when you demo-ed them before but haven't got round to using them yet but this card is making me want to get on with them as I think they look great.Don't know who steph is but hope everything is ok,take care,x.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. I can see why this is your favourite! It is gorgeous, I love the floral harvest background stamp and the little flowers in particular. Take care.

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue
Thank you for another fab card take care Kitty

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a very striking and beautiful card
never thought to put Blue and Black together
but it gorgeous and the little flowers
are so pretty.
Nancyd xx

Jan.moogie said...

Different card today Sue with an almost distressed background. Stunning x

tracy w said...

Hi sue
Another stunning card sorry to see steph not well sending you a hug this card is great love the chalkboard effect must try this one out thanks Tracy w x

Sheila Lampard said...

Good morning Sue
Sorry but the jury is out on this one. But I do love the little posy flowers and the bow.
Have a good day everyone.
Sheila x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous card, love the chalky effect, it softens the black. Bx

Rachel Taylor said...

I love this chalk effect card ,gorgeous !
Crafty hugs Rachel x

Carole Z said...

A very bold and striking card Sue; I'm still undecided about the chalkboard technique. I saw a lot of it when I was over in US last year and even close up I was a bit 'hot cold'..will have to give it a go, often that means a change of mind :) Carole Z X

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A stunning card, | love this chalkboard effect, and the blue works beautifully with the black, and the bunting and posy patch flowers are just 'darling'. I love it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Wow what a pretty card with the chalkboard effect lovin the very pale blue with black and the pretty little flowers.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love this - yet another must try!
Clare W

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue this card is gorgeous I must try this technique. It is hard to find time to just have a go and experiment. Have a great day. Love Jackie

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
Another stunner - love the colour combo and the Floral harvest background is lovely. This is a must try technique.
Amanda x

Maryann Laursen said...

This is soooo beautiful Sue, really gorgeous work as usual. I love the tiny flowers on it and I love the unusual colorcombination too.
Have a wonderful week-end ahead now.

Jacquie said...

Hi Sue,

Beautiful card, so unusual.

Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue
I love the 'Chockboard' effect lol, I haven't tried it yet I need to get the adirondack ink pad. I enjoyed yesterday's video I still struggle with remembering which is the imboss and deboss side of the embossing folder. Steph I'm sending you love and a hug and hope your feeling better today.
Hugs x
Heather T

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the colour combo, looking forward to seeing all the shows from CHA.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Suejimble said...

Lovely card Sue, really like this one. Keep up the good work!

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Today's gift is definitely 'how to finish the working week'. I really love the format and the colour scheme for today.
Although I would never have thought of putting pale blue and black together they really work.
Still have not tried 'chalkboard' technique but will have to get round to it as I very muck like the effect.
I need a 'play day'.
Have a good week-end at CHA.
Janet x

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue What a wonderful card and love the chalkboard effect! The colour combo here is great too. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue lovely card in a mix of blue and black. Hope you have a great few days at CHA and looking forward to shows x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Interesting card, one to try, many thanks Sue.

Victoria said...

There's so much detail on this card, it's amazing. I love the Bunting die - very effective.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, love this effect, still have to try it but it looks good. Have a great weekend at CHA.

Love Rosemarie xx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, love this effect, still have to try it but it looks good. Have a great weekend at CHA.

Love Rosemarie xx

karenlotty said...

Love the colour combo but like Shiela the jury is out re the blackboard technique Going to look for Steph's comment y2day as not seen she's unwell Take care Steph Look after yourself x

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
I think I must be in the minority today as the chalkboard ( or chock bord) effect is not for me. I think it must go back to the days when I used to have to use chalk every day as a teacher before whiteboards came in! Like the layout though and love the little flowers.

Alice G said...

Hi Sue,

I totally love everything in today's card. The sky blue isn't showing up so well in my pics but I bet it just looks stunning in real life. This is a work of art, can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be thrilled to receive this card!

Alice x

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Another stunning card, thank you.

Marion said...

Hi Sue like some of the other's im not sure on this one sorry.
Marion H

Anne Crawford said...

Pretty card but too dark for me, but I did manage to make a version of yesterday's card which I am very happy with thanks to your superb video, like Jan I found your idea of using the lattice die behind another frame die a great tip and will be able to get much more use out of it now, so thank you again xo. Hope you are feeling better Steph , I love reading what you've been up to! xo

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Just love this card it is stunning. Love the background the flowers
Carol x

Anonymous said...

Do like the chockboard effect, Sue,
(like in Oklahoma musical - 'sit around and tock and watch the hock making lazy circles in the sky' - love the accent! LOL).
Background great and love the bunting and bow and flowers. Question is, could I do it? Mmmmm...

'P' in Wales
Steph - chin oop, lass. It will get better and easier to bear. Keep us laughing, please.

Aspiring crafter said...

Morning Sue,

Lovely card -one I will try to emulate in my own , less perfect way!

Have a great day , thanks again for all these lovely cards ,

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Unusual colour combo, love the effect.
Donna Jones

sued99 said...

Lovely. I particularly like the bunting with the flowers.

Micky French said...

Lovely Sue, the colour combination is gorgeous.
Hugs Michelle xxxx

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue love the little posy flowers and bunting
Denise X

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue love the little posy flowers and bunting
Denise X

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Love the card, thank you.

Oh Steph I do hope you are feeling soooooo much better today and the same goes for Norah too and all the other Wilsonettes. Its the time of year with horrible weather that doesn't help. Sending you all big hugs.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

hazel young said...

Gorgeous card sue loving the flowers on this. xx hazel

fame01 said...

Morning Sue
Loving the card today sue I really like everything about this STUNNING !!! Stef don't know who you are but take care hope things get better for you .. hugs sarah xx

hollyberry said...

Love your chalkboard technique,it gives such a different effect.

Eemeli said...

The small flowers are a nice finishing touch and they make a bit serious card more soft-looking. Love the overall outcome.


marg said...

Hello Sue!
I hope the weather is OK where you are..I saw Niagara Falls frozen on the news yesterday ! that is cold!
I love the sky blue and love those little flowers ..not sure about the blackboard... I liked it when you did it in Purple, better!
Love Marg

nannapat said...

I love monochrome and this card is absolutely gorgeous. The chalkboard effect is really lovely. Pat x

gwen70 said...

Beautiful Sue

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Not sure about this effect, and the card is a bit too dark for me, but I do love the design, and the little banner of flowers is lovely.

hotpotato said...

I love your Chokkboard cards Sue they always look stunning.

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, lovely card so different love Jean Z xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
It's such a lovely card - I have been wavering about getting that particular Justrite backing stamp but the more I see it, the more convinced I get that this is a NEED TO HAVE one.......
I love the black and white look, but would also try it using just one TINY ACCENT IN BRIGHT RED (but then that's me).
Hugs, Rose

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, love it n the idea of flowers across the banner. Have a great day.

Love June

Rose in Chester said...

Sorry, it wasn't black and white, but pale blue. Just looked black and white. Obviously if in black and pale blue, I wouldn't add any accent of red (Just in case any Wilsonettes reading my previous comment thought I'd taken leave of my senses)
Hugs, Rose

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Another stunner, i have not tried this effect yet.
Really must give it a go.
You make it look so easy......
Mmmmm!!! Not too sure how mine would look
Have a great day

Patricia xx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
I like the design of the card (except the distressed edges I'm afraid) but the colour is not doing it for me today.
Enjoy the CHA.
Ang x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, like this a lot, it would also look good in different colours I think. Tae care everyone, Jess xx

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue X happy crafting

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue a beautiful card. Love the effect.

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Sue, today's card is stunning, and deserves to be your favourite. Your attention to detail is the icing on the cake. Thank you.
X Ros

Pearl said...

Morning Sue, hope you're having fun! I love the chalkboard card today and as I did buy the ink and stamp pad from CnC before Christmas, I can have a try at using them in this style.

Craftihappiness to you all, love from Pearl

Susan White said...

Usually I love black and white cards, but I find this one a little dark - not sure why, maybe the background. The bunting and little white flowers are just delightful though. Thanks, Susan

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
just love this effect. Must try this one when I can get the inks. Must have a look at the dies as well. I have seen the sneak peaks from the CHA, everything looks stunning. Chin up Steph, and please keep us laughing at your comments. just hope they make you feel better as well. Hugs from Pat S witney.

Anonymous said...

What a brilliant card Sue - not only do you give me ideas for cards but also for scrapbooking! Love the little flowers on the bunting. Enjoy CHA and look forward to watching it on C&C. Best wishes

Pearl said...

Hi Sue, hope you're having crafty fun!

Love the chalkboard card today and as I did buy the components from CnC before Christmas, I can have a play!

Craftihappiness to you all, love from Pearl

Sue Crease said...

Wow Sue, this card is so different. I wonder if I could use it for a wedding card? Certainly would cause a stir lol. Just love it.


Myra said...

Hi Sue,
Good morning everyone, especially Steph. Trust today is a better day in every way! We need your smile and fun to return - for your sake as much as ours!

Like today's card Sue, but not as much as those earlier in the week! That's what makes us all unique I guess. I do like the colour combo though.

Have a lovely time at CHC - looking forward to the various programmes but yours in particular . Take care !
Love to all,

SusanP, Kent said...

This is really lovely. I'd never have thought that any blue would work so well with black! Love the faux stitching and adding the little blue flowers to the bunting is just ingenious.

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Wow! Today's card is so very the 'chockboard'(love how you say 'chalk' in your accent) effect and the blue looks gorgeous with it. Can't wait to see your shows, hope all is going well across the pond.

Love Sheila xx

Sonia Jones said...

Great card today Hugs Sonia x

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue and fellow Wilsonettes,
Sorry its not a me kind of a card today and i know that it has hard work go into it, but it's just too dark for me, sorry.
Oh Steph, i'm sorry to see that you are feeling down flower and i hope you are back up and bubbly again soon. You are such a ray of sunshine on Sue's blog that you are missed more than you know. I hope you rise bright as a star in the sky again soon flower.
Maryann:- i called Shepperton but sorry not one to be had and i have went through Sue's entire list to try and get one yet again as i like you have been on so many waiting lists for it to come back into stock with no success. Please Sue, there is a lot of us who are desperate for this folder and just can't seem to find it any where. Please produce some more as this is by far the most wanted of all your folder.
Take care everyone out there,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil)

Lacelady said...

Great 'chockboard' card Sue, and I love your flower banner!

Lynne Mills said...

Hi Sue, love this card. lol lynne m x x x x

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
I love the background stamp and the pretty flower bunting. Thank you for sharing.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card. Looking forward to your shows from CHA.

Jackie Meechan said...

Another gorgeous card. Keep using the same words, gorgeous, wonderful, lovely, beautiful but they all are so gorgeous.

Love all your cards.


TOB said...

Lovely colour combination. love the bunting, I don't think this card shows up as well as it could on the computer, but if it looks good here then I'm sure its even better when you see the real thing. hugs x

Diane Mortimer said...

Lots of lovely things happening on this card.

Diane from Glasgow xx

JESSIE said...


jane stillman said...

Oh my word what a stunning card, so elegant. Love the dinky flowers x

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

A very different card for today, like it.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Gail said...

Hi Sue,
Love the chalkboard effect, the background is stunning. Like the pale blue with the black. Can't make my mind up about the bunting.
Gail Cx

Margaret said...

Hi Sue
A really lovely card today I really do love these dies they are so versatile too.
Margaret corgi owner

nzillingworth said...


CraftyJo said...

I'm smiling as I read through all the comments about this card :) I do like the whole chalkboard idea and this example is lovely but....I do *not* like the flowers and bow - unlike everyone else!!!

Laura O said...

like this style ,Laura O

lynda said...

Hi Sue love this card I'v just bought this ink pad so I can now try this technique. I love the colour combo & the dies are so versatile . Hope the weather where you are Sue is being kind to you.enjoy the rest of your time there.
Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Lancaster Steph chin up I'm sure it will get better for you dry them tears & hopefully you will be back making me & all Wilsonettes laugh again soon with your blog hugs Lynda xx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous card, gorgeous technique!!! Love Sam xxx

Pam said...

Norah McPhee and Maryann, if it is the Cascading Hearts Folder you are after, there are some available on EBAY.

Steph, where are you honey, worried about you.

Best wishes

Marianna Hammer said...

What a lovely card today.

Kate's Cards said...

Very bold!

lorraine (classylady) said...

Hi Sue another unusual but striking card, although I am not sure about the "chalkboard" effect, maybe not for me.

Enjoy CHA

Lorraine - Scotland

Karen G Ratcliffe said...

Morning Sue
Lovely card! I particularly like the floral harvest back ground. Will have to put that on my wish list. You've made my list grow- all good!!
Thanks, Karen

TDQ Karen said...

Love this effect, makings a great looking card x

Carol S. said...

A lovely "chockboard" card Sue!! Love hearing you say that!!Hee Hee!! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Gail said...

Another stunning card xx just luv everything about it xx GailT xx

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue, you have created a lovely subtle effect on this card, love from Jackie D

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Really like your chalk board card, haven't tried this yet but I will soon.
Hope all ok with you Steph
Best wishes, Pat

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, This card is a stunner, love the "chino board" effect and how you say it lol. Think this background stamp has just jumped to the top of my must have list. The flowers and bow are gorgeous..
Sue have a great time at CHA, looking forward to seeing you Sunday.
Steph and Nora hope you are feeling better, you both make me smile everyday, hugs to you both.
Thanks Pam for the embossing folder info, I'm off to look now.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Tracy Stitt said...

He sue a d gang. Loving this card it's very pretty indeed
Love Tracy from killie xx

Tracy Stitt said...

Is it tha cascading hearts one your looking for? Crsftworld direct have it in stock x

Tracy Stitt said...

Was it the cascading hearts you were looking for? Craftworld direct have it in stock xx

Brenda Hanlon said...

Great card

Janice K said...

A gorgeous card and the Floral Harvest stamp looks beautiful, I'll have to check that one out! x

Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs W and all W'ettes. 4.20pm Friday and already dark : ( let's close the curtains on this dark dank day, and watch Mr Lancashire sitting on the floor with my paper cutter, cutting all my sentiments I typed and printed the other day, ready to matt up (the only piece of equipment he's allowed to touch) !!
Thank you ALL for being YOU, for being so thoughtful and caring, that's why I love your blog Sue, not only for all the amazing, wonderful cards and video's with help and many tips you share with us, but you have the most beautiful ladies here too. Im so fond of this card, its the perfect 'craft cheat' well for me anyway, everytime my hands shake as Im putting stamp to paper Im going to call it the 'chalk effect' regardless of the colour !!! Or 'chock' effect ! Sue Wilsons Choc Chalk Effect, what a mouthful, actually I think this beautiful invention would look quite pretty on any colour background (apart from white) !! I've still not 'picked myself up' enough to enjoy card making today - as I usually say " tomorrow is another day"
In the meantime Im sending all my love to Sue and to all my dear lovely beautiful friends here, hope you have had a good day, and it would be soooo lovely if we could all be together to watch Sue's shows, but there is nothing stopping us congregating here after each show to have a craft natter : ) about ALL the beautiful 'new toy's' our Star Leader shows us - I cant wait to see Sue produce her WOW's (Wonder Of Wilsons) from sunny California.
Anyway love to everyone.
Lancashire Steph xxx

magpie said...

I doobeedoobeedoo like this one! Sometimes I like to have a look at a card, go and then come back after a few minutes to think yes, it's a cracker or not! Love the bunting and the little flowers, the colours, everything. It's a dapperdoo Sue! Hope you're having a great time, Thinking of you Steph after reading Cameeli's early morning message? Good luck everybody for tomorrow's Wednesday giveaway! God bless you Sue and everyone, hoping you're having a great time at the CHA! xx Love Karen xx

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
I have yet to try the chalkboard effect, it looks lovely on this card I really must give it a try. Love how you have made bunting out of these delightful little flowers - a really gorgeous card I just love it all.
Take care love Brenda xxx

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
For some inexplicable reason I wished you well at the CHC!! I did mean CHA!

Looked at blog again to see if Steph was ok!

So pleased to see you are feeling a bit better.

Love to all, Myra

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

I really Like this card, I think the chalkboard technique allows you to get away with a few stamping mistakes ( just smudge it ). love the pretty blue.

Kind regards :-)

Tina X

Lancs Steph I waited until later to post my blog as I was waiting to see if you blogged today. Sorry you are still feeling low, but as you can see, we ladies have big shoulders and you can use them anytime, can I just say what a trooper Mr Lancs is doing all that work on the floor, I've got a job to get mine to sweep it let alone do my cutting out on it. X Tina

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

I really Like this card, I think the chalkboard technique allows you to get away with a few stamping mistakes ( just smudge it ). love the pretty blue.

Kind regards :-)

Tina X

Lancs Steph I waited until later to post my blog as I was waiting to see if you blogged today. Sorry you are still feeling low, but as you can see, we ladies have big shoulders and you can use them anytime, can I just say what a trooper Mr Lancs is doing all that work on the floor, I've got a job to get mine to sweep it let alone do my cutting out on it. X Tina

Shazza said...

beautiful monochrome card, love the elegance of it x

Tracy Stitt said...

Also Sam poole at creative studio also stocks it as I've just ordered it! X

Tracy Stitt said...

Also Sam Poole at creative studios has it in stock too as I've just ordered it! Xx

Wendy Jackson said...

Beautiful card and I love the combination of sky blue and black.....x

englishrose897 said...

Great card

Tracy Stitt said...

If anybody's not read my previous replys you can buy the cascading hearts folders at Sam pooles creative studios xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love the combination of 'chalk' white, black and pale blue. Lovely card.
Beverley W

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
What a diverse reaction to your card today! I like the chalkboard look but I really like the bunting with the tiny flowers.
Have a great time in California.
Best wishes
Anne O

Cee Bee said...

I love this, yet again. I do think its interesting ot see peoples reaction to black on cards
Hugs to Steph
Carol B

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - Love this one another black with chalk - I too love the little white flowers!
ValC xx

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue and everyone, love the design of today's card but it's a bit too dark for me sorry! Have a great time this weekend at CHA Sue can't wait to see what's new.

Hope Steph and everyone who has the January blues or is unwell will soon feel better and perked up just think spring is on its way!

Jean D

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Im not sure about this one sorry. I like the lay out of the card though so maybe in a different colour.
Alison B. x

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue, you've done it once more another Stunning Card, I really love The Chalk Board effect, I really Love the Background The Floral Harvest by JustRite and those Beautiful little Layered Posey Flowers even your Faux Stitching is Perfect!!!! mine would be so erratic and a complete mess, I love the Bow as always Fabulous Card As Always Sue.

Joanne K said...

Hi Sue, I just adore this card. Right up my street. Kind regards Joanne K x

Vie Carter said...

Oh what a great card today Sue, very different but I love it

christine c said...

hello sue.i like the background
you have chosen for this card
I really must put some stamps
on my wish list
from Christine c

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card. I have tried your Chalkboard Technique but i am doing something wrong as it does not come out right. Going to follow what you did with this card and hopefully i will get it right
Take care and have a lovely weekend
Hazel G x

Barbara said...

Havent tried the chalkboard effect yet! This is a beautiful card Sue and I now must have a go at this effect.

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. Such a different effect. Not sure it's for me. I don't really do grungy more the clean and simple type of girl. Still I appreciate the techniques, the style and the variety you give us so thank you for them all. xx Maggie (better without a bow)

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A great card today. I really love it all. I think it is a little dark for me but I love the layout, the dies, the flowers and bunting !! I think this is a beautiful card but maybe just in lighter, brighter colours.
lots of love to everyone, love Tres x x x
Steph, I really hope you you feel better about things soon. Sending you lots of hugs and best wishes love Tres xx x

Theresa said...

hi Sue
Beautiful card Sue I do not know where you get your ideas from you can make these dies sing and dance
You are a miracle worker with dies
I love every thing about this card Sue and look forward to the next post.
Take Care Sue

Sandy H said...

Unusual colour for a wedding card. Like the tiny flowers.

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue this is absolutley stunning I love it. Hope you are having a great time over there take care xx

Debs A

Sue Dunn said...

Beautiful xx

Sue Dunn said...

Beautiful xx

SHARICA said...

This is Absolutely AWESOME .. Love it with all my heart .. :)

Helen Barker said...

Love this technique.Gorgeous card.
Helen Bx