Monday, 3 February 2014

What Defines Us

 Good morning crafters!  This card was supposed to have been done as a demo during the Dec. shows but we never got that far.  At least I can give you a step by step here.  I started with a piece of decorative card from the Teresa Collins paper pack that is exclusive to Creative Expressions.  I covered it with a piece of sticky adhesive sheet and used the Filigree Bracket and Label die to cut an aperture in the centre of it.  I removed the backing paper and micro beaded it for texture.  Using the beautiful Filigree corner die set by Becca Feeken, I cut four of them out of milk coloured card and glued them to each corner.  I added foam mounting pieces to the back of it so it was ready for the next step.  I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite stamp set called What Defines Us set, also by Becca.  I cut it out with the same die used to create the aperture in the centre of the card.  I inked the piece with Tattered Rose before removing it from the die.  The sentiment set has this pretty rose and bud on it so I stamped them around the sentiment and lightly inked the area with Tattered Rose distress ink.  I stamped the roses again on a separate piece of milk card and coloured them with Distress markers (Tattered |Rose and Peeled Paint) and cut them out.  I mounted them with foam on to the original stamped images around the sentiment.  I adhered the background over the top of my sentiment, lining it up carefully to show through my aperture.  I tied a messy bow out of chalk seam binding and I made a special accent embellishment for the centre by cutting a small circle out of card and gluing eight 5mm cream flatback pearls to it.  I finished the card by adding pearle to the corners and a double milk coloured mat with a pierced inner mat layer.  Finished dimensions are 8" x 8" in size.


Pam said...

Very elegant card today, lovely.

Jan.moogie said...

A very sweet card today Sue. I read your blog in the morning just before I go to work and it makes me want to make a card then and there. By the time I get home I seem less enthusiastic never the less I do try daily. Thank you for your inspiration.xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. What a beautiful, elegant card. Love those roses. Take care.

Marleine said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card. Words are so beautiful. X

Anonymous said...

A lovely card, Sue, in a favourite colourway. Do like the Teresa Collins papers (have bought 6x6 but hope to find a bigger version).

'P' in Wales

Debs Artliff said...

Morning Sue whay a beautiful card i love the colours you have used. It really elegant. Take care xx

Debs A

Alice G said...

Beautiful card Sue, I just love becca's dies they are so elegant.

Alice xx

tracy w said...

Hi sue
Another stunning card love the colours the roses are great must get that stamp thank you Tracy w x

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue.
beautiful card thank you take care Kitty

Nicola Belshaw said...

Hi Sue. Love the corners. Nicola x

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Morning Sue, Simply stunning, and the colours are scummy!! have a lovey day.
Cameeli xx

englishrose897 said...

Good morning Sue and all the followers. Lovely card. Sally x

Maria I said...

Absolutely beautiful Sue xx

Rosie said...

Unusual and lovely.

Gail said...

Good morning Sue,
Like this card, I enjoy using micro beads! Love the colour! Gail C x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card, lovely colours, love the risen aperture and the sentiment is really nice, I especially love how you have made the pearl embellishment, it looks gorgeous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Patricia said...

Good.morning Sue, once again another stunning card.
I have those corners and don't use them nearly enough.
Brilliant idea for the Pearl embellishment I will certainly use that idea.
Have a great day

Patricia xxx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Just the way to start the week - a most beautiful gift from Sue Wilson and it's in one of my favourite formats too.
I love the colouring and today's sentiment is so absolutely true.
I cannot say any more than I truly do think today's gift is a perfect piece of artwork.
Janet x

TDQ Karen said...

Really pretty, and the colours are lovely xD

Rachel Taylor said...

Its very pretty .i love the roses .
Crafty hugs Rachel

Debby Berry said...

Good morning Sue,
I think next to teal, one of my favorite colors is terra cotta. What a beautiful card filled with Sue magic an inspiration. Thanks. Xx

Sheila Lampard said...

Hi Sue
Loving todays card and who would have thought of putting pearls together and making an embellishment! Inspiring!
Thank you.
Sheila x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - lovely card and great pearl embellishment
Clare W

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous. I do love the microbeads. Have a great day. Love Jackie

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, what a stunning card, love the roses, and the sentiment says it all. Bx

Anne Crawford said...

Beautiful Card, love the corners and the pearl embellishment !

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue
I love the colours you've used in today's card and the pearl embellishment you've made. Your so inspirational and make us think out of the box. I have been practising my colouring techniques lately and I'm getting better each time.
Hugs x
Heather T

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue a beautiful card and really pretty. Colours are lovely, corners are so filigree and pretty. Love the way you have made pearl tag, clever lady x

Nanny Jo said...

good morning, Sue...I love the card...the colours are so pretty. Jo x

hazel young said...

Lovely card Sue love the sentiment xx hazel

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great card Sue.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card, the papers are so pretty. I wouldn't have thought of putting the pearls together to make the embellishment, you are brilliant. Have a great week.

Love Rosemarie xx

auscrafts said...

lovely designed card

Lynne Mills said...

Hi Sue, great card , love the pearl embellishment. Lol lynne m & fur babies x x x

Annie said...

Another lovely sight for a Monday morning, Sue, it's a beautiful card. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue, beautiful and elegant, lovely colour scheme, have a lovely day, Edwina

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Another lovely card from you, so elegant. I haven't got that particular die but similar ones I can use. What a brilliant tip about using pearls to make faux dazzler!
Have a great week.
Hugs, Rose

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card. Very elegant indeed. The colours are gorgeous and the sentiment is lovely. Only you could have thought of making an embellishment with the pearls - fabulous!

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Lovely card and good technique to adapt for different dies.

Anonymous said...

Morning Mrs W and all Wilsonettes. What a beautiful way to start my not so lovely Monday as I have a visit to my tummy Consultant this morning, maybe If I try and make a Sue replica (try being the operative word) he maybe so stunned he wont have any nasty suprises for me !
This really is a outright stunner, I love the colour mix. I have milk card and a Becca floral die, the pack with two different size corners, so pretty and ornate, but I never see Teresa's papers in my neck of the woods - where do you shop Myra ? Store or internet ? Why didnt I think of making my embelishment like that yesterday, cuz IM NOT Mrs W that's why ! I was halfway there, cutting the smallest die from a SB tear drop circles but just added 1 pearl, mind you I could add more if my pathetic fingers allow me to, trying to get the feeling in my finger to hold 1 delicate tiny pearl was frustrating enough let alone trying to add a few more, I have to laugh at myself though, if I try tweezers, I have pearls etc pinging up the walls, getting Mr Lancashire on his knees scouring a cream fluffy carpet for teeney weeney cream pearls, so maybe I'll leave it at 1 pearl (watch this space for the 2nd episode of Pearls In Peril) !!
I hope all my lovely friends have a lovely day today. Stay warm, healthy,happy and safe.
Lancashire Steph xx

karenlotty said...

Pretty card I love the rose and the soft colours Not got any of the stuff but I can dream

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
This is a gorgeous card. I love the colour of the DP and the colour used on the rose matches perfectly. The corner die is superb and looks extremely elegant used this way. Thank you for sharing.

Sue Dunn said...

Good morningSue. Lovely card today. Just been reading bekka's blog. Xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love the rosebuds on this card.
Beverley W

Debbie Tinks said...

Nice card Sue . Happy crafting

nuttinanni said...

Mmm, I like this one, really easy techniques to make a beautiful card.Hugs Cheryl xxx

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue and fellow Wilsonettes,
Well i have a beautiful pink sky to match today's little beauty. Sometimes Sue you come up with a little gem like today's offering when you venture out of your comfort zone. I love the colours and everything about today's card, oh how i need to brush up on my colouring in. I don't have pearl embellishments but i have a lot of wee tiny pearls that i bought up at the SECC show and use them to create a centre to some of my flowers. And because kind Sue showed us last week how to colour the big micro beads (That is a contradiction in terms however) i can now colour them to match the type of flower i am trying to make.
And on colouring in i found a big person's colouring book down in the sale at Hobbycraft, it is ideal for practising on.
Oh how i wish you could see the lovely still morning it is in my village (until the local young racing drivers file out to go to work) looking out onto the Ochil Hills (i'm ignoring the scaffolding that is in line of sight across at my neighbours). You can see every nook and cranny in them and if i was any good at drawing i would draw them for you all to see. Awh well that talent left along with the good hands along time ago, but still being able to make things is a gift in its self.
By the way has anyone got the new kit from Crafters Companion. Hee hee hee, i got it as a gift and while checking through it we have "Finance"'s instead of Fiance which quite appealed to my sense of humour. Contacted CC who thought i was joking, but they will send out and amended sheet. I think i'll keep the first one to have a giggle at.
I wonder what little pearls we are going to have this week.
Hope to see you all tomorrow when i am hopefully on my best behaviour....nope no chance, see you tomorrow,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil)

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
That's clever with the pearl Sue! saves the few embellishments I have left!
Elegant card today!
Love Marg

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Such a lovely colour. Love it. Many thanks.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Gorgeous card love the colours and those Becca corners are my favourites.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, love the roses.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, another beautiful card
and liking the unusual colours you
have used. Hope Norah's pink sky doesn't
meean a storm later red sky at night
shepherds delight red sky in morning
shephers warning my grandson pointed
the red sky out to me this morning
on wayto school.
Nancyd xx

gwen70 said...

Gorgeous card Sue, love the sentiment

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, such a beautiful and elegant card. Must dash n have a great day.

Love June

Joan D said...

Beautiful card and lovely colour combination. Lovely one for the man in your life! Xxxx

Shirley Terretta said...

P.S. Should read all the blogs before I send mine, it would make more sense but hey ho.

Good luck Steph, got everything crossed for you. Hope it all goes well for you.

That's it, I think, have a good day everyone.

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card today, this card is beautiful. The Theresa Collins paper pack can be found online Steph. I bought mine from Emerald Crafts in Lyndhurst, but you do have to pay postage. Hope your hospital visit goes okay Steph, and hope you are keeping ok Norah.

Dawn Searle said...

Hi Sue
Such a rich elegant card, I love the deep colours on this and a really good tip for the pearls
Thanks and hugs
Dawn Searle xx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Another stunner, what a great idea with the pearls, must remember this tip. Sentiment is
Have a good day.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely colour combo, love those corners and great sentiment

Maryann Laursen said...

A really gorgeous card today Sue, and I just love the sentiment too, and those corners from Beccas set is also just awesome. The entire card is brilliant and sooo beautiful.

Victoria said...

There's a lot of dimension going on here - very effective. Love the corner dies and the centrepiece is lovely too.

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
Fabulous card as always - gorgeous in its simplicity.
Amanda x

hollyberry said...

Beautiful card with a lovely sentiment-such a shame you didn't get to demonstrate it.

Eemeli said...

Beautiful and very elegant creation.


Sonia Jones said...

Stunning card this morning and I love the background colour it's gorgeous.

Steph, hope all goes well for you today. Hugs to all but an extra hug to Steph coz i understand how worrying it is to go to see consultants! Sonia x

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Beautiful card as always, love the colour and the sentiment is so lovely.

Love Sheila xx

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, love this card, will certainly have to make one similar today for a friend's birthday tomorrow, thank you for all your inspiration. Take are, Jess xx

Susan White said...

Love the roses on this card, and the colours are really pretty. Thanks for sharing, Susan

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, I love this card, soooo elegant, those corners are beautiful and delicate. The pearl embellishment is amazing. Wish my colouring in looked as good as yours, might have to get a book to practice on, as Norah has. The sentiment is so true.
Steph hope hospital appointment goes OK, I have the same problem with pinging pearls lol. Norah stay safe.
Take care everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
An absolutely stunning card today, I love Becca Feeken's dies and stamps. The colours are just wonderful too.
To help Steph and Norah and anyone who has problems with little pearls, have a look on the excellent site of Wild Orchid Crafts, under Embellishments and from the drop down menu, flat back pearls and flowers, the first item 25 of them for only £1.02 will save a lot of trouble!
Have a great day Sue and everyone.
Margaret corgi owner

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Such a beautiful card so pretty I love it . Love Jean Z xx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. This is a beautiful card today !! Just stunning !! I really love the colour combo you have used and the fab sentiment. Your idea of making an embellishment for the ribbon with pearls is just pure genious !! Why did I not think of that !! You are such a clever crafter Sue !! The little rose flowers you have made look so lovely. Your colouring in is superb. Mine never looks as good as yours Sue. Thank you for sharing such a lovely card with us today.

Steph, you always make me laugh when I read your blog comments. You and Sue really brighten my day so thank you !!
Happy crafting and lots of love every one love Tres x x x

JESSIE said...


fame01 said...

Hi Sue
I am loving this card today sue very vintage looking I really do think its so pretty.. hugs sarah xx

June Horrocks said...

Hi sue your card is beautiful a stunner love the colours any the sentiment is lovely I lost my beautiful friend of 51 years on Thursday crafting helps and steph has made me laugh have a lovely day sue xxxxx

TOB said...

Simply gorgeous, those corner dies are lovely. hugs Theresa x

Theresa Pace said...

absolutely gorgeous. and that sentiment is so apt. those papers are really beautiful too. i wonder if i would ever cut into them though if i bought them? xx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Beautiful card again Sue, lovely colour and paper, can be used for many occasions
Carol x

Lacelady said...

Pretty card today Sue. I've had some shrink plastic for ages, but not tried it yet. I'm juggling getting a quilt together that I've worked on for over a year, plus wanting to card craft and I have a new ebosser on the way. Difficult choices.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love today's card, it is beautiful!!
Best wishes, Pat

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
What a beautiful card, Love the colours and the way you have created the background and then inserted and aperture - very clever. I just love all of it, especially the little pearl embellishment.
Hope everyone is having a good day, love Brenda xxx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Very pretty card and gorgeous backing paper.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Gail said...

Luvly card although the colour combo is not one of my favourties but can still admire the card for its luviness xx the pearl embellishment is fab and one I will defo try xx GailT xx

Kate's Cards said...

Suitable for so many occasions just change the sentiment.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous card as always, with beautiful sentiment.
ValC xx

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Sue, So glad this card didn't slip the net any longer, its such a lovely soft rosy card. Thank you for being so diligent.
X Ros

nannapat said...

Beautifully elegant card Sue - the flowers are gorgeous. Pat x

CraftyJo said...

Very nice, the colours are great.

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card. Love the corner dies.

julie laz said...

Lovely sue, crafty hugs Julie x

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeouse card. Very pretty and delicate, suitable for lots of different occasions by changing he sentiment.

Joanne K said...

Such a pretty card today. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards Joanne K x

weefortune said...

What a lovely sentiment to start us off at on another week, should inspire us all to do good!!!
A truly lovely card sue have a rat day E x

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue, elegant is the word of the day for this card, love the colouring you have used, love from Jackie D

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
Hi Everyone,
Lovely card Sue, I do like these corners , they are lovely.
Likewise the sentiment! Great tip on embellishment making. I will be giving that a go!
Think I may have that paper pack, it turned up in the great craft room clear out - as did two Christmas Presents! Let's not get into that!

Steph I mainly shop online and that includes from Julia.
However sometimes go to Hobbycraft at The Reebok!
Hope all goes well re: Consultant today.
Take care everyone,
Love Myra

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card.

Anonymous said...

Another really pretty card Sue. I love the Theresa Collins paper pad. Great colours. Best wishes

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, really lovely card, I just adore those corners!! Hugs Sam xxx

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Very pretty Sue.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

hotpotato said...

beautiful card Sue.

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue very interesting card to day .the backing paper is lush,I love everything about this card.

Heather Rogers said...

Lovely Sue and a great sentiment!! I love the colours that you have used - very pretty.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

lynda said...

Good afternoon Sue & Wilsonettes, Sue this is a stunning card love the colour's you have used & love the Treresa Collins papers.Becca's die's & stamps are also gorgeous.
Sue you are such a clever crafter making the pearl embellishment. Have to add the card is so elegant.
Love &Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Hi Steph I also have arthuritas in my hands & they don't like picking up pearls or any small embellishments so I bought a pickup tool it's like a pen but with a sticky tip it's brilliant .They are about £3 on EBay hugs Lynda xx

loftylass said...

Lovely card Sue and beautifully coloured too... love that rose.
Another aperture card which I am really loving. Off now to make one. tfs.
Heather W

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue,
"WOW WOW WOW" Today's Card is Just Truly Amazing Awesome Opulent and The Fabulous Colour is Just Outstanding and Rich, can't you tell I just Love it!
I Love the Teresa Collins Paper Pad from Creative Expression then using my favourite Micro Beads and those Stunning Corners from Becca and what a Beautiful Sentiment, I so Love your Colouring and Shading of the Roses using Tim's Distress Markers, and thank you for the Great Idea of using the 5mm Pearls to create an embellishment for your Bow, This Card is truly BEAUTIFUL.
Love and hugs from Sam x
Have a great day all!

Disco Queen said...

Super Card Sue! Love the Teresa Collin's paper.

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
Oh! I love this card, it so elegant and pretty. A real stunner.
Love Jan x x

Helen Barker said...

Very elegant card.Beautiful.
Helen Bx

magpie said...

Hi Sue, oooo stunning card . I love what you have done with the micro beads on the gorgeously coloured paper. I've got the sticky sheet ....but I can always try some tiny beads I have instead! Trial and error I say, trial and error! Lol! What a talented lady Becca is. The roses, the corner dies and the sentiment are gorgeous. But first I'll have to indulge on those background stamps before anything else as I really love them....told you the credit card is on a short piece of elastic! Lol! Lovely Jubbly! "Thank you for your inspiration Sue!" xx Love Karen xx

Jane said...

Beautiful love the pearl idea will be having a go at them lol.

Jane xx

Pamela said...

Another stunner Sue

Pamela said...

Another stunner Sue

Diane Mortimer said...

Brilliant, love the sentiment, so true.

Diane from Glasgow xx

SusanP, Kent said...

Love this, especially the corners and the delicately coloured roses.
Can't think why I don't have any corner dies in my collection :/

nutcake said...

lovely card, very rich looking!

Jacquie said...

Hi Sue,

This is beautiful, love the die cut aperture, the sentiment is gorgeous too.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Carol S. said...

A really pretty card today Sue. Then all your cards are pretty. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lynda, yes they are great but me 'sticky booga bud ' pinged' off somewhere in my little craft space, never to be seen again ! Think Dyson ate it - other vacum's are available : ) thanks for your help though, maybe your kindness will help our other friends here.
Lancashire Steph xx

Laura O said...

very nice card ,roses are really pretty .Laura O

Pearl said...

Lovely card today Sue, great colours and shapes.

The roses look great so I must get the stamps.

Craftihappiness to you all, love from Pearl

SHARICA said...

Love Love Love this card .. Love the colours and the style .. very warm and cosy card .. xx

Janice K said...

A beautiful design in a gorgeous colour.x

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Another stunning card. I can attempt it with the dies and stamps I have, ok it won't be a Sue spectacular but my own interpretation of it, hee hee.
Alison B. x

Vick said...

Hi my friend,

I love this card, the textures and those corners are sublime, shame on you for making me want more dies! hahaha!! smashing card, love Becca Feeken too, hugs, Vick xxx
My YTChannel vixcrafts

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Another Stunning card today.The Filigree bracket is so beautiful will have to add it to my never ending must need list
Take care
Hazel G x

Vie Carter said...



Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

What a day, I looked at your beautiful card early this morning. Then the day went out of control. My dog ( Berkeley ) had to go to the vet for blood test and was kept in all day, on tenderhooks now waiting for the results. I somehow made a card for my son's birthday tomorrow, and then had a phonecall to say say could I take delivery of an item at 11.00pm tonight as the courier was coming from Newquay Cornwall and we are in Salisbury Wiltshire. Only to find the item was in bits on delivery. I am now putting finishing touches to the card, having a chilled glass of wine and reading all about your beautiful card today. Such lovely a colour combo, and I love the paper. I tried the faux leather technique for my sons card, and followed your instructions to the end, and I have to say thank you, it turned out beautifully. I'm really pleased ,I hope he will be too. Sorry my blog is so long I just needed to ramble.

Good night God Bless
Kind regards. :-)

Tina X

Marianna Hammer said...

What a lovely card!

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Sandy H said...

This card has everything - texture, dimension, beautiful colours, lovely sentiment and roses, a bow and that super pearl embellishment. Gorgeous.

Theresa said...

Hi Sue
Love today's card as I always do your inspiration never fails to move me
I love the dies those corners are beautiful sue
Well I suppose I had better get myself into bed work in the morning
So you take care Sue
Theresa x

Karen G Ratcliffe said...

Hi Sue
Absolutely lovely card, perfect for any of several female birthdays too. The background with the micro beads makes the card pop!! The 3d roses are beautiful!
Hugs, Karen

Denise Hancock said...

Hi sue missed this card yesterday as my grandkids were staying!!!
Pretty card
Denise X

Denise Hancock said...

Hi sue missed this card yesterday as my grandkids were staying!!!
Pretty card
Denise X

nzillingworth said...


Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Such a gorgeous card Sue!

I like the colour theme for this card and I love how you've used the micro beads.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
What I great idea for doing embellishments, it looks so pretty. The aperture really shows off the focal point. I love the corner die there so delicate, another thing added to my wish list lol.
Kayleigh B xx

craftyhugs said...

Wow Sue, you're latest card is amazing. Where and when can we purchase your lovely dies, especially the filigree bows?
Love and crafty hugs
Celia xx

craftyhugs said...

Really lovely card, where do you get your ideas from, they give such inspiration.
When and where will your dies be available especially the filigree bows, they look amazing.

selinei said...

wow love all ur cards sue, really want bow dies as I love them when ru back to create and craft
thanks seline x

cmu said...

The aperture works really well o this card. Love the corners too.