Saturday, 10 May 2014

Happy Birthday Friend

Hello all!  This is one for the guys today.  This card is actually quite striking in person, but I struggled to get a really good picture of it.  The close ups show it in better detail though.  I started with a piece of decorative card from my stash.  I covered it with a sticky sheet and micro beaded it for a nice textural feel.  I cut two of the Venetian borders in black and glued them to the top and bottom edge.  I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite set called Birthday Wishes For You on tan cardstock .  I cut a frame from the Splendid Circles out of black card and mounted it over the sentiment.  I used taupe card and the Gold Circles to cut a thinner frame and mounted it on top of the circle frame.  Using the Gold Majesty Circles, I cut two in tan and two in taupe.  Since this die is asymmetrical in shape, I nipped them apart and used the two matching shorter sides together in taupe and the two longer sides together in tan to give the die shape a different look and mounted them around my sentiment.  I added black flatback pearls to embellish parts of the die cuts and finished with a double pierced taupe mat.  Finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 9" in size.

Time for the winner of the Wednesday Card Giveaway.  This week's name that was drawn is:

Lydia Jordan!!!

Congratulations!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your card.  Don't forget to check in tomorrow to see if your name is on the list for the Comment Game Winners!

 Sam Poole has some brand new nautical stamps for us today on Create and Craft.  Be sure to tune in to see the shows at 11am and 4pm!   All for now, Sue x













196 comments:

Pam said...

Hello Sue and everyone, wet and miserable today in Hartlepool but todays card certainly cheers me up as I need a male card. Congrats Lydia.
Jeane, so happy that Gary has had his surgery and is well enough to be home with you - nothing like a mothers care to make you feel better.
Lindsay sorry to hear about the foal.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy weekend, big hugs all round xx

Patricia said...

Good. Ironing Sue,
A nice card for the "guys" a bit dull for me. Love the concept, I would need to use brighter colours.
Congrats to Lydia, enjoy your masterpiece.
Mine is framed and hung in my bedroom and looks fantastic.
Have a great day and weekend Sue
Hugs

Patricia xxx

Jan.moogie said...

A man's card and stunning as well how clever are you. Have a great day xx

Patricia said...

Sorry Sue that should be "morning" NOT "ironing"..........who would want that???
Hugs

Patricia xxx

Anonymous said...

As usual Sue another lovely card. Thank you for sharing. It's especially good to have something for the men.
Pauline

Pearl said...

Another fantastic card Sue, love it!

Craftihappiness to you all, love from Pearl

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you This is a lovely card,
thanks for reminding us of our old Spellbinders. It is also pouring with rain in Northants. Take care all Kitty

Patricia Youdell said...

Good morning Sue
It's a miserable day here in Wiltshire, so lots of time for crafting.
Today's card is a little dark for me but I bit it would look great (to me) in pastels
Have a good weekend everyone
Pat x

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning Sue and all pam its the same here in barnsley.
Back to this wonderful card I like how you mix die set up. I like the colours and I bet it looks better in real life.

Debs A

Anne Crawford said...

I really like this card , which surprises me as I don't usually go for dark cards but there is something about this one, it has a kind of retro look which appeals, I still love the Venetian border and the other dies used here look great!
Gail, so sorry about the sad news you had about your brother , my heart goes out to you , I don't know how you deal with this but for his sake I hope you find the strength from somewhere ( sending you big hugs )
Congratulations Lynda, enjoy your original WOW card!
Hugs to all xo

Anne Crawford said...

Sorry that should have read Lydia!

Anonymous said...

As much as I adore your new dies, Sue, it is still nice to see some much loved Spellbinders. Wonder if their sales have dropped since you stopped presenting them? This is a great guy's card and I'm one who likes the darker side of things!!
Well done to Lydia. Hugs for all those in turmoil, especially Gail.

'P' in Wales

Eemeli said...

Fabulous color scheme! Very masculine creation.

Hugs,
Eemeli

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
What a great masculine card I find them hard to do so thanks for the idea. This is why I love your blog you make us think out of the box. I would never have used that border for a mans card but it looks fabulous. With a micro beaded background your on to a winner with me I have an addiction to using them LOL. I have some nautical stamps from CE (can't remember if they were Sam's) that I tend to use when making any men's cards. I see that Sam has some new ones today so will definitely be getting them. I have set the recorder and will be watching, she does brilliant demos and is a very talented lady.
Patricia you brought a smile to my face with your 'ironing' lol
Hugs x
Heather T

tracy w said...

Hi sue
From a raining DONCASTER this card is stunning great male card I need one for my dad's birthday in June plus a father day card and it's nice to get to use some old spellbinder dies thank you Tracy w x

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Vick said...

WOW Sue, my kinda card, absolutely stunning, i love this type of combo colour as it comes across as vintage, my favourite genre! And LYDIA you lucky lady Congrats, hugs to you Sue and everyone else have a great weekend, despite the rain at the moment which is torrential
Vick xx
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TDQ Karen said...

Great card although as you say a bit difficult to see all the detail, nice to see some older dies. I am visiting a craft shop today, first time in ages, but will record SAMs shows as I love her stamps xx
Congratulations to Lydia, enjoy your Sue original xx

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone from a very wet North Yorkshire.
I can't make up my mind about this card, sorry Sue. Maybe it's because I don't do many mens cards and when I do need them they're for specific people.
Gail, so sorry about your news but unload on us ANYTIME, we are hear to listen. Jean, pleased that Gary is on the mend. Carmeeli, hope you are ok, we're all missing you.
DD starts GCSE exams on Monday so our house is a tad stressed but I know that we are very fortunate that that is our only problem.
Sending very special thoughts and prayers to all in pain.
Sue xxx

doreenj said...


A different card today Sue, but it does get the imagination going!!!!!


Doreen x

Marion Bull said...

For me this card is a bit "heavy" but that may just be the way it has come out in the photograph. I like the concept and would try it in different shades, maybe using silver. I'll have a go later! Thank you Sue
Mario B xx

floss said...

Hi Sue,
A great male card today. Love the colour combination.
Well it looks like we are all suffering the same weather today, so I think there is going to be a lot of crafting going on.........unless you are having a good ironing day of course. What do you say Patricia?
Congratulations Lydia.x

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous I love all dark colours just right for the guys in our lives. Congratulations to Lydia you are a lucky lady. I'm quite excited as some of my cards will be on Sam Poole' s shows on Create and Craft as I have just joined her design team. The shows are at 11:00 and 16:00. Have a great day. Love Jackie

Diane said...

I like the different feel to the card today Sue and the way you have cut the dies. Have a great day with your mum. Love Diane G xx

Gail said...

A great card for a guy - not completely sure about it but like elements of it xx I made a card using the Venetian borders a couple of years ago after watching you on C&C mixing up your dies (stupidly I had never thought of doing it) I kept the card as a reminder to myself & I am hoping to post it on my blog this week - a blast from the past with that particular border die but still looks fab xx have a fab weekend xx GailT xx

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue, Well as you know I "Love Black Card" As much as I do Soft Spring Colours.
So Today's Card is Stunning I Truly Love The "Decorative Paper" you have chosen, and I do think the close up shots give a great view of this, then you went and used my Favourite Micro Beads, I So Love them they make your Card feel so tactile.
I Love The Venetian Borders in Black they are such a Stunning Border so Detailed. Fabulous Sentiment from JustRite a Fabulous Stamp.
I Love once again how you have mixed your Stunning Dies to Create such a Awesome, Beautiful Creation.
For me this is a winner!! I Just Love it.
I will be watching Sam it's great to have her back on Create and Craft, I've seen The Nautical Stamps and they are Wonderful they are on my list. They are a very good price as are all your Products.
Take Care Sue Love and Hugs from Sam x
Congratulations to Lydia Jordan for Winning
The Beautiful Wednesday Gift Giveaway
Hugs to All from Sam

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, fantastic card! Love it for both male and female I think! Congratulations to Lydia on winning your beautiful card. I have my son and family coming today so I will not be able to watch Sam live but sure I will catch up later. Love Jean xxx

Pam said...

Jackie Trinder, well done on joining the design team - will definitely look for your cards on the shows. You clever lady xx

Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Sue. A super card for the guys in our lives. Congratulations to Lydia, you lucky lady!Enjoy the weekend. Hugs,
Maggie x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. This is a great card for the guys and "non flowery ladies"(you know what I mean, some ladies really don't like lots of flowers, bows and pretty bits:)) I love the subtle pattern of the background card and the way you have used the different dies.
Congratulations to Lydia, you will love your Sue Wilson original:)
Pam, a hug for your, and also to all that are in need, especially Gail and her brother and family. I am so sorry for you all. We are all here for you Gail. Unload on us as much as you need to and we will offer our love and support to you.
Jean, so glad that Gary is on the mend.
Wow, Jackie Trinder, I didn't realise that you were the same Jackie that had joined Sam's DT, That is fantastic. I loved your post this week-those new stamps are lovely. I will be looking out for your cards today : )
Have a good day everyone.
Take care.

Mrs B said...

By the way, I wonder if Cameeli was whisked away on a surprise holiday to recover after the wedding? That would be a fantastic reason for her not having commented all week wouldn't it:)

Virginia Davey said...

Morning lovely card for men, really nice. Hope you all have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Morning all Wilsonettes from a wet and miserable Bolton Lancashire.
Woohoo - Congratulations Lydia, you have your very own W.O.W (wonder of Wilson) life will stand still for a while as you spend days stroking and staring at your W.O.W. Enjoy : )
GAIL... WELL DONE joining Sam's design team, a member of CE how lucky are you. So to ALL you Wilsonettes that share this fantastic creative talant and long to be on a design team, it IS possible. Go looking for your dream - right Gail ?
Thanks Sue for giving us a masculine card today. I have brain freeze with everything at the moment, but Male cards are SO hard I think, if they dont like sport, reading, walking or music, you've had it!! I have a collection of all the above plus a few pages from old books that look fab when inked and aged to use as background, but just to use a few dies placed on the card with the appropriate sentiment is all that is needed sometimes. Maybe we should get our Nick's help with Male cards, he could guide us in the male card direction lol as I have many a *TUT* moment when doing male cards ( as awkward as the gender themselves) !!

Cam we NEEED you, we are waiting to hear about the wedding !
Another day PAM - you are an inspiration every day.
Thinking of you Gail and Lindsey..

Thank you Margaret and Corgies.

Soft gentle cuddles to those unwell and in pain.
Cassie off to see her canine friends again at 11am, yep, training day, no outside playtime for them today : (

Hope your day is beautiful and bright Sue and you find time to relax today.
Love to all Wilsonettes.
Lancashire Steph xx

Hazel said...

Good morning Sue, not so keen on to days card, would be great for a man but I still think I would have to lighten it up with different papers. But still a lovely layout. Hazel xx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
A very striking card. Thank you for the male card inspiration! Congrats to Lydia you lucky girl! Thanks for the heads up about SAMs shows. I will be watching.
Crafty hugs to all.

Lilian said...


Hi all, dry at the moment here in Cornwall ! Lovely card
But a bit too fussy for my men, will try in another colour.
Best Wishes Lilian

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Great masculine card which I always find difficult to make! Hope the weather is better in US than it is here in Durham - it is foul today ! Still gives me an excuse to play today although NO gilding flakes ! Scamp the cat is in hiding & sulking - I decided it might be wise to give her a little wash to get rid of the stubborn flakes & she certainly wasn't happy!!
Gail, so sorry to hear the news about your brother - please know we are all thinking of you. Lindsey sorry to hear about the foal must be awful for you. Jean great news about Gary. Jackie will be watching out for your cards on tv today. Love and hugs to everyone especially to those who are hurting in any way. Congrats to winner. Love Alison xx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. Yes we all seem to have the same kind of weather the rain is here in consett. Lovely to see a male card and nice to see some of the old dies been used on your card. Must get the teresa collins paper pad. This one just has it all for me. Loving the colours and layout. Never thought to use the venetian boarders on a male card but i will give it ago. Congrats to lydia on winning your beautiful card. Hope the weather is better there than here and you have a lovely weekend.
Best Wishes.
Denise x

Ann said...



Hi Sue

I love the very striking card today so fabulous for the men in our lives especially those who do not like sport etc etc... and a change of colour a few flowers and pearls and a great card for females thankyou.

Enjoy the weekend everyone hope the weather gets kinder to you all

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Hope you're having better weather then we are - it's absolutely pouring down - but of course it's the weekend!!!!
Thank you so much for today's gift. It's just the card I need as I struggle so much for gifts for our male counterparts.
I love the format and the shape/type set of the sentiment is just right.
Another for my 'must do/keep box'.
Hope everyone has a good weekend whatever the weather.
Take care and see you tomorrow.
Janet x

Sonia Jones said...

Love today's card and loving the micro beads. Hugs to everyone Sonia x

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
I love todays card...especially for men..I have no immagination when it comes to making a man-card especially if they're not into sport or have any specific hobby (ooooo he sounds very boring whoever he is! Lol! May be my OH!...only joking! Lol!)
Have a great day Sue.

Love Sheila xx

Helen Kington said...

Morning Sue - yes it is wet here in bristol although the sun is trying to poke through the clouds. I love todays card and I have to make a birthday card for my hubby soon.

Have a great weekend all. Congrats Lydia you lucky thing. Hugs are sent to all who need them. Take care all Helen xx

Victoria said...

I love the design, but I'd probably use brighter colours. Great tip for nipping some die cuts and using them behind some others. Gives a different look.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - well its wet, wet, wet here today! Ironing - yes ironing really does call first for me today - at least I'll be warm! then crafting, must get on with 2 Father's Day cards that I've been pondering - Happy craft weekend all
Rgs
Clare W

Sue Crease said...

Sue, lovely to see a guy card. They can be so hard to do when the guy isn't in to anything particular. Please can we see more for them.
Sue. C

Aspiring crafter said...

Beautiful card Sue,
I like the darkness and vintage feel to this card -another masterpiece!
Have a great day Sue,
XxxRuth
Xxxto Pam

Sue from Wiltshire said...

It's nice to see a card for men. I, like most, struggle with these. I think as you say the real thing doesn't look so dark, I like it.
Well, in this part of Wiltshire the sun is out and there is enough blue peering from the clouds to make a pair of sailors trousers as my nan used to say. Rain is forecast though. Good weekend everyone.

Joanna Dickson said...

Good morning Sue and the Wilsonettes around the country.
I really like this card. It is harder to make for men, this definitely fits the bill.
I have so much to get through today but wanted to pop in earlier than usual cos I didn't want to miss my daily fix.
Hope you are all happy and as well as can be.
Lots of crafty love, Jo xx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Thank you, can't believe I have won your wonderful card, your blog must be very lucky for me, I don't normally win things. So excited.
Today's card is quite dark but I love the drama of it, and as you say a great male card.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue great male card. Nice to see the older Spellbinders on a card.
Denise X

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
What a fabulous card for the guys.
Great to have a card for the men -just love it.
Have a good weekend
Hugs
Carol x

Jane said...

Yes good man card I really like the look of this one.

Jane xx

Carole Z said...

Hey well done Lydia!!!! Fab card Sue, great for guys, hugs Carole Z XX

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
It is a very wet dull day in Hull today, so I will be crafting in between doing the washing.
These are the cards I struggle to make as they are so out of my comfort zone, but thanks to you there is usually a card on your blog that helps me out.
Congratulations to Lydia on winning the card, you lucky lady.
Love and hugs to all
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Hilary said...

Good morning Sue, and everyone.
A great manly card today, and would look equally as good in lighter colours. Dull and wet here too. Hope you have sunshine where you are!
Congratulations to Lydia. Wishing you and all your Wilsonettes a happy and healthy weekend. Love and hugs. Hilary xxxx

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. What a wonderful card. Love the colours - definitely a male look to it.
Have a lovely weekend.
Love Val in Spain x

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
A bit dark for me but love the design.
Have a great day.
Ang x

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, great card for men, I really like the colours, and I am sure it would be just as effective if you use blues. Love seeing some of the older dies being used. Congrats to Lydia. Bx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Just when I have to make a "man card", here's your post to give me inspiration. I love seeing the Venetian border again.
Love what you've done to the circles dies and would be more than happy to receive it myself.
Congrats Lydia - you lucky lady.
Have a good weekend everyone.
Hugs, Rose

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, A great man card, always a difficult one. Why can't they like the pretty ones as we do? Will be giving this a try. Nasty wet and windy day today, so I might just be forced to shut myself away in my craft room.

Love Rosemarie xx

Evelyn Sinclair said...

Hi Sue. Great to see a male orientated take on your fabulous cards. Must get into the craft room this weekend. Pouring rain here what else could you do except craft!! Who said housework! LOL Hugs from Ireland. Evelyn. X

Evelyn Sinclair said...

Hi Sue. Great to see a male orientated take on your fabulous cards. Must get into the craft room this weekend. Pouring rain here what else could you do except craft!! Who said housework! LOL Hugs from Ireland. Evelyn. X

June Horrocks said...

Love the card sue always stuck for mail cards hope you all have a good day love to all June xxxx

nattyboots said...

Hi sue
A lovely card such a lovely background , Congrats to Lydia .

Take Care
Elaine H X

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Good Morning Sue and all the crafty crew!!

Great card for the gents in my family. really like the gold majesty circles!!

I have finally come down off my cloud and all my guests from Canada, Isle of Man and Scarborough have left. I am in the middle of prep for Ofsted and have had little or no time to myself.

The Wedding was amazing!! James and Sarah looked so very happy. Everything ran very smoothly I am pleased and relieved to report.
The happy Couple are now in the Bahamas for two weeks total relaxation!!

Congratulations to Lydia
I am catching up with all the posts on the days I could not blog and can see some messages for me thank you so much!!
Have a great weekend everyone, especially those who are sad!!
Hugs all round then!!

Cameeli xx

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue. Nice colour combination on this card and a very useful sentiment, love from Jackie D

Anonymous said...

Great to see a card for a male most people struggle with them...the cards!! lol. Mabex

Gail said...

Morning all,
I can't take to his card today, maybe it's because of the dark cloud that's over me at the moment.
Thank you ladies for all your warm wishes, hugs prayers and support, I finds it all helps.
Feeling the hugs.
Gail Cx

Micky French said...

lovely card Sue,nice to see a Guy card for a change.
Congratulations Lydia.
Hugs to all
Michelle xxxx

Sheila Lampard said...

Morning Sue
Just stunning!!
Sheila x

Debbie Tinks said...

Nice card Sue a man card .....happy crafting ....x

Marion said...

Hi Sue great card for the men in our lives and like the die that you have used.
Marion H

Sheila Lampard said...

Sorry...
Congratulations to Lydia - you will surely love your card!
Congratulations also to Jackie T for joining Sam's design team - will look out for your cards on the shows!
Must go daughter arriving back any minute from her holiday to Las Vegas and Miami.. I'm sure she's going to look lovely and tanned and I will be very jealous!
BFN SHEILA X

Rachel Taylor said...

Ooh i love this card Sue ,very masculine ,brilliant
Crafty hugs Rachel x

Joan D said...

Fabulous card for the men in our lives,as it's so difficult to design one let alone all the male birthdays we have in a year. Have most of these dies so hopefully may have time to give it a go this weekend. Xx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, lovely card for the men as we struggle to do mens cards. love Jean Z xx

Laura O said...

morning Sue ,another great card ,hard to do men cards and this is nice ,Laura O

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue, I love this design, perfect for the men in our lives. Have a great weekend. x

gwen70 said...

Wonderful male card Sue

Alison Couchman said...

I absolutely love this card - so many gorgeous textures. Very vintage feel to it too. Colours are great for men's cards but maybe a bit too 'frilly' for the men I know.

Cameeli - you sound so, so happy despite OFSTED looming ( I know how that feels!). So glad it all went well.
Lydia - you are a lucky lady. Congrats.
This nasty weather gives us a good excuse to craft - enjoy the weekend if you can.
Alison ( from a very soggy Suffolk )

Brenda Hanlon said...

Really like this card, always get stuck for ideas for guys.

Lacelady said...

Morning Sue, definitely different today, but eminently suitable for a guy.

Congrats to Lydia, she will love her card.

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card.
Congrats to Lydia.

Debra Denman said...

Good morning Sue. A lovely card for a male. Would never of thought to do one with just dies.
CongratulTions Lydia A bit jealous Ioved the card.
Debra x

Sandra said...

Good morning Sue, nice to see a 'guy' card every now and then, lovely colours and good to see some of the 'old favorites' come out of 'die storage'!
Lydia, enjoy your win, any card from Sue is a real 'prized possession' mine are hung on my craft room wall for constant inspiration!
Hugs to all,
Sandra xx

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
It is good to see a "Man card" today as I usually find it quite hard to come up wth new ideas.
The close ups show us all the detail and I really like the colours you have used. The Venetian border has always been a favourite of mine so it is good to see you have used it on this striking card.
Miserable rainy day here in West Sussex so hope it brightens up later.
Lesley S x

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,
Based on how it appears on my screen it's a little dark for me too, but I think you're right in that the picture probably doesn't do it justice. Thank you for sharing this, congratulations to Lydia (I'm VERY jealous) and Sue, I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

Glennis said...

Wow! A fabulous 'man' card - we need more of those!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the intricate frame you have created around the sentiment. The close up shots are very useful for seeing the detail.
Veronique L

Disco Queen said...

Hi Sue, The close-ups are fabulous! Wish I could see it in person. Theresa x

englishrose897 said...

Good morning Sue and all followers,
Today's card look like it would work for the men in our lives.
Have a great weekend
Sally x x x

TOB said...

This is a great male card. I would never have thought of using the border die in this way, it looks great. Have 5 projects on the go at the moment and they are better and richer for having Sues products to use on them. Thank you Sue, and hope you are having a great time away. Lydia congrats. Hugs to all Theresa xx

Theresa Pace said...

i can appreciate how cool this would look in real life. but these never photograph well. right up my street this colour scheme. and good to see the 'old' dies popping up again xx

barbiepinkfairy said...

A bit dark for me but that might just be the way it's come out in the photo xxx

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi. Great masculine card today. Always looking for inspiration as always struggle with men's cards! Have a great day and hugs to all xxx

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
love the card today really like the lay out and the colours,its my birthday tomorrow so I am hoping I get some of your dies fingers crossed lol.. hugs to all who needs one take care and have a great weekend ..sarah xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

What a beautiful card - I just love it. This is really stunning. I would love to give this a try. I do have a few male cards coming up so this would be perfect. Thank you.
Bye for now.
SandraP xxx

Susan White said...

Hello Sue - I like the idea of this card, but find the colour tones a bit muted for my taste. Congrats to the Wednesday winner. Susan x

Joanne K said...

Morning Sue, just getting myself sat down ready to watch Sam's shows and play with your dies. Love todays offering. Why are men's cards to hard to make? Kind regards Joanne K x

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Nice to see a more masculine card for a change. I have more man cards to make but much prefer making cards for ladies. SueL x

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, From sunny York. A fab card for the guys, love the colours, you are a true inspiration. Have a great weekend with your Mom, family and friends.
Congratulations Lydia, enjoy and treasure.
Gail C so sorry to hear about your Brother, you are in my thoughts and prayers, gentle hugs and love to you both.
Jean so glad that Gary is home with you, your home cooking and tlc will speed his recovery, hugs to you both.
Lindsay sorry to hear about the foal and stallion, you are having a rough time of it at the moment, gentle hugs to you.
Margaret (corgi owner) hope that your Husbands hand is better.
Congratulations Jackie on being part of the CE design team, will look out for your cards.
Lynne m missed your fur baby antics yesterday, hope you are OK, hugs to you, Tilly and Cally.
Cameeli glad that you are back, you sound so happy.
Take care everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Kate's Cards said...

Very majestic! Xxx

nannapat said...

Hi sue. Great card for the boys, it's often difficult to find suitable designs for them. Congrats to Lydia. Pat x

Emily said...

Very rich looking card with the tan and the black cardstock. Very pretty.

Brooke b said...

Lovely card, like the combination of colours.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Thank you for the inspiration, great card for those hard to do men's cards. Congratulations Lydia
Best wishes to everyone, Pat

Maureen Bleay said...

Great card Sue and ideal for the men but like so many others I much prefer making the girly cards!! Which do you like doing best or don't you have a favourite? Hugs Maureen

karenlotty said...

Lovely card In a rush today Going to watch the women's cycle tour as it's in WGC and shop and expecting a phone call from daughter in NYC

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue,
This card has a rich, feudal feel to it, and I really like it. But then I like all your cards, fancy or otherwise! I read all the comments before I post my own and I always forget the names but Lydia congrats to you. Patricia, I do like ironing but would rather be crafting. Does anyone read these later comments or am I whistling in the wind? P.s. sun has come out in Newcastle - but for how long? xx

hollyberry said...

Another great card and always useful to have one for the men.

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great to see male cards,thanks Sue.

trent999 said...

Morning Sue.
Another one of your cards that I love (Surprise, Surprise).It's a great look and has a lovely vintage feel about it, which is very appealing. Take care all Nick xx

Tracy Stitt said...

Hiya sue and crafty crew
I always seem to struggle doin cards for the guys so I just tend not to do them lol. Lovely card tho!
Congrats to Lydia I'm jealous ah well maybe one day ill get my own
Love to all
Tracy from killie x

trent999 said...

Hi Steph, It's a shame Men's cards are harder, I have to agree, a lot of it is because a lot of companies either don't bother catering for us or they all bring out the safe stuff so the choice is very limited. I have to say I usually make my own toppers etc. for men's cards.

SHARICA said...

Another lovely card today .. xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card with I think a vintage look. Changing the colour way would make it lovely for us girls too.

Lynne Mills said...

Hi Sue, a great male card just right for those awkward men in our lives. Not too dark for me love the colours used very stylish. Lol lynne m x x x

Yucky day yesterday with the wind and rain, I was dreading poochies being stuck indoors. I have to thank a fly ( yes the only time I will thank a fly!!!) for keeping said poochies occupied. They spent the entire day chasing the fly around the house trying to catch it, even jumping up and down like kangaroos at one stage. It was super funny to watch cuz you could tell they were getting frustrated and
trying to out do each other in the hope each one of them would get to the fly before the other one did. Well the fly has lived to annoy them another day.
Lindsay - so sorry about the foal and stallion. Poor you, sending you hugs x x
Gail C - gentle hugs and lol to you and your family.
Jean - so glad your son home now.
Lynda , June & Karen - hugs to you from Tilly & Cully

To all "Wilsonettes" have a good day and to anyone in pain or need lol to you x x x

Angela Allen said...

Hi Sue
Nice card,we always get stuck on cards for the men,so it was good to see one.Congratulations Lydia on winning a card.
Love Angela x

hazel young said...

Lovely card Sue xx hazel

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, great male card today, they are really hard to do, no flowers or bows! Still catching up on my ironing from being on holiday for 3 weeks, but hey ho, will watch Sam when doing it, and the time wil fly past. Take care everyone, congrats to Lydia on winning Sue's card, hugs to all who need them, Jess x

Anne O said...

Hi Sue,
This is a lovely card, using dies that I would not have naturally used for a guy card. I like the colours as well. A few more ideas for guys would be very welcome! I love making flowers, but my guys don't really appreciate them! LOL!
Best wishes, Anne O

Pauline A said...

Morning Sue, How did you know that I need to make a 'man' card for June and this has given me some inspiration. i have used the Venetian die many times on cards particularly for females but have't used it for any men in the family. as yet. I like your colour scheme too as i am into black and gold cards at the moment so this will be an extension of that . Congrats Lydia. Hugs Pauline A x

Barbara said...

Very dark card today, not too sure about it!
Watching Sam's shows today and love all her new stamps.
Jackie, congratulations on being on her design team, seen your card with the ship in the bottle it was fab.
Lydia, lucky you winning a Sue original hope you enjoy it.

Jill Liddle said...

The colours on this are lovely.

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Great man's card.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Terry Owen said...

This is really gorgeous Sue and whilst it's quite masculine it still has a beauty to it.
My hubby isn't a sport lover or DIYer etc and so the usual male themes just don't work for him. But something like this is perfect. But it would also be perfect for some of my girl friends who don't "do" pretty pretty.

Thank you, it's really got me thinking about what I can make :)

johanna said...

hi sue i always struggle with mens cards so this one is brilliant i will be sending out a few, as long as the men don't start visiting each other then i will be rumbled, lol i love the colours and when i look at the dies it makes me realise how few i have but i will soon rectify that

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I can't make up my mind about today's card - I think it might be because it is showing a little too dark for me on my screen. I'm sure it looks much better in real life. I do however love the fact that you have used the Venetian border die. I love that set and would have it was too 'girlie and frilly' for a man's card but in black it looks stunning. Hope everyone has a good day even if the weather is bad.
Beverley W

XxJULESxX said...

Hi Sue, stunning card love it, as i love all your work!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Take care. Claire

lynda said...

Hi Sue & all the lovely Wilsonettes it's a very wet & windy day in Broadstairs Kent.
Sue I love this card love the layout it's got a vintage feel & I do tend to do darker colours for men,I like the way you used the borders & the dies in the focal element with that sentiment just lovely. Have a great weekend with mom Sue love Lynda Brock xx

Big congratulations Lydia on winning a Sue original enjoy xx

Congratulations Jackie on joining CE design team x

Margaret hope hubby's hand is getting better x

Gail C sorry to hear about your brother my thoughts are with you sending gentle hugs xx

Jean so pleased Gary is home with you wishing him all the best big hugs for you both.xx

Lindsay sorry about the foal & stallion,sending love & hugs & hope your ribs are getting better xx

Camille good to see you back so glad all went brilliantly with the wedding,love & hugs xx

Steph hoping your infection is getting better & your mojo comes back soon sending you gentle hugs xx

Norah hope your havering a better day take care big hugs xx

Lynne M hope you are ok missed Tilly & Cully's antics yesterday sending you all love & hugs.xx

Love & hugs to all Wilsonettes especially Pam xx
Lynda xx

jane stillman said...

Love this male card. Congratulations Lydia x

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, Congratulations to Lydia on winning your 'Sue original', I am still waiting to win one, my fingers are always crossed !!
A beautiful and sumptuous looking card today, ideal for a males, but equally gorgeous embellished with flowers and ribbon for females. I'm loving the background paper enriched with the micro beads, truly stunning.
I have just watched Sam's first show, looking forward to 4pm now.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Jacquie said...

Hi Sue,

This is stunning and so lovely for a Male card, love the whole concept.

Congratulations to Lydia

Love & Hugs
Jacquie J xxx

http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

weefortune said...

Hi Sue

Very different but I Like it. Have a great day xx

lorraine taylor taylormadecards said...

i often make gold and black cards as i love the combination of colours looks almost antique. i dont think this is just a male card i would be happy to receive this card.
thanks again sue for a lovely card.

norah hoping your well
gail so sorry about your news sending hugs to you x

thank you for the happy birthdays yesterday for my son he was a happy bunny bless him he got promoted at work his now a supervisor of the kitchen, his a chef there is a name for it but cant remember what he said (senior moment)

anyway take care folks hugs to all that need them x
lorraine x
taylormadecardsblog.blogspot.co.uk

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Cards for a male can be so difficult but I am sure this one is well received. I ALWAYS find taking the photos difficult!
Adstar

CraftyJo said...

Lovely!

Myra P said...

Hi Sue,
I had took at all the photos before I decided that I really like this card! It is darker but there is an awful lot going on. I love how you have cut two die cuts in half. Using two different colours really makes it pop!
Congratulations Lydia , you will love your card.
Cameeli great to have you back , you sound really upbeat despite Ofsted ! All the best , glad wedding went well .
Congratulations Jackie, will definitely look out for your cards today! Have recorded the shows. You must be thrilled.
Sending love and hugs again to all those who are suffering pain both physical and mental anguish. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. x
Love Myra

yvonne masterman said...

Hi Sue sorry to say but this card is far too dark for me.
Congrats to Lydia for winning the card, I can uncross everything now it was hard work trying to walk with legs crossed and I can now see just one of everything since I uncrossed my eyes. Yvonne xxx

Pinky said...

Hi Sue.

It's always useful to have a guy card cus they're the ones I struggle with the most and thanks for the reminder to cut up dies to give different effects....honestly I've got the memory of a goldfish!!

Vicki x

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Fab card Sue!

It's a bit dark for me, but I do like it.

I was having a little play with the corner die from the Italian Collection - Corner, Border & Tag and I made a butterfly. I will be posting it on my blog later today, so hopefully you will pop by and take a look when you have a chance.

Have a lovely weekend.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Janice Robinson said...

This is a really lovely card,definitely a card suitable for a male.

Mary Burton said...

Hi Sue,
This is a dark one for today, but I adore the Venetian border, I have used mine many times, it can be blinged up or toned down, as in this card. It is too dark for me really, but I like the antique look and the micro beaded paper is a lovely touch.
Congrats to the lucky card winner.

Bye for now from windy Wales.

Karen Drew said...

Nice for a mans card. I can visualize this in purples. Very much in my comfort zone!!!
Luv
Karen xx

Christine C said...

Hello Sue and Everyone,
Thank You Sue for this great
idea for a male card, blinkin
miserable day again here in
Yorkshire, Have a nice weekend
everyone and congrats to Lydia.
From Christine C and Ella









hank

terrie said...

I like how the close up of your card...it gives a better view of all the elements on your card...
Great looking caard.
Well done Sue

Pam said...

Hello Cameeli, welcome back we have missed you. So happy that the wedding went off well, all your planning paid off, Ofsted should be easier. You will do good girl.

sue wilson said...

Hi Sue I really must save your blog onto my ipad so I then it is easy to look in every day I have looked back at lots of lovely cards.

Delilah64 said...

It's great to see a card that's more masculine, as that's an area that I often struggle with. Thanks for helping with your ideas.

Nic xx

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
A great card for a man, it could also be a female card if you used softer colours. Love the fact you have used some of our old favourite dies, yes this one gets a thumbs up from me.
Congratulations Lydia enjoy your beautiful card.
Hope everyone is having a good day, although the weather is not that good here, it's raining just now and the sun is trying to come out - it's a case if you go out you need to your umbrella and sunglasses - get the picture!!!!
Take care love Brenda xxx

Jackie, Well done, Sam Pools design team you clever clever girl.

Cameeli, So pleased to see you back and you all enjoyed the wedding, it does take a while to get back to normal, Thank goodness OFSTED didn't turn up in the middle of all your preparations - nightmare!!!!!!

Big hugs to anyone feeling sad, low or for whatever reason love and prayers.

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
A great card for a man, it could also be a female card if you used softer colours. Love the fact you have used some of our old favourite dies, yes this one gets a thumbs up from me.
Congratulations Lydia enjoy your beautiful card.
Hope everyone is having a good day, although the weather is not that good here, it's raining just now and the sun is trying to come out - it's a case if you go out you need to your umbrella and sunglasses - get the picture!!!!
Take care love Brenda xxx

Jackie, Well done, Sam Pools design team you clever clever girl.

Cameeli, So pleased to see you back and you all enjoyed the wedding, it does take a while to get back to normal, Thank goodness OFSTED didn't turn up in the middle of all your preparations - nightmare!!!!!!

Big hugs to anyone feeling sad, low or for whatever reason love and prayers.

Meg said...

Hi Sue,
I thought the card was cream and dark blue but then I read it was black and taupe. I think it would be great for the menfolk.

Margaret O
xxx

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue and blog friends

Fab guy card, It's nice to see an old die being used again.

Hugs Pam

Lindsay, I really hope your stallion's leg heals soon, and I really really hope your little foal pulls through.

Will read more later, I'm off to bed, as lovely hubby has given me his Hum Dinger of a cold.

Margaret, how are your nursing skill holding up.

Kind regards to all :-)

Tina XX

Dawn Louise said...

Super card, different from the normal masculine makes. I like it. It always rains on 10th may because it's my birthday, sorry all x

Blue Rose said...

Sue,
Handsome card. Great colors and design.

magpie said...

Helloooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Oooo Sue, thank you for this great mans card! I love all the colours used and like Vick says it has a vintage look/feel. Thank you for sharing this card Sue x I have a few to make and men are usually hard..... xx
Congratulations Lydia on winning the Wednesday card giveaway! Trust me, it is even more beautiful than the photo's. Do the whoop whoop dance all over the house! x Oh wow, Jackie! Wonderful! Looking forward to the 4pm slot. Missed the 11am as was shopping for shoes. Ended up going back to the first shop we went in..... I'm a woman, I can't let the side down!! Lol! Hellooo Cameeli, so so good to see you! So glad it was a fantastic for you all xx Lynne, I missed you too! I was in stitches reading about Tilly, Cully and the fly! Thank you x sending love and hugs xx Congratulations to your son Lorraine on his promotion x Margaret, hope your husbands hand is ok x Gail, sending love and hugs to you and your family, like everyone has said we're here for you x also to Norah, I hope you are okay duck x to Pam, Tina, Lyndsey,and all our Wilsonettes who are in need xx Love Karen xx Enjoy the weekend! Jackie, love the ship in the bottle and the scrapbook page that you did. Just wonderful! You should be so proud! xx

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, love this very rich design. Almost too good for a man! Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Carol S.xx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I like the layout of this card but as with some of the others on here it is a bit dark for me, even for a 'man card'.
Congratulations Lydia Jordan on winning the Wednesday Giveaway.
Lindsay so sorry to hear about the foal, hope it pulls through and the stallion responds to his antibiotics.
Cameeli - nice to have you back. Glad everything went well for the wedding and now maybe you can relax a bit or are you still dreaming of butterflies?
Frances

Alison D said...

Love the man card. Men get worse the older they get, so it's nice to see different ideas. Have a great weekend Sue
Alison D x

nancyd said...

Hi Sue, a fabulous card for all the
men in our lives and it does look
better in the close ups.
Congratulations Lydia well done.
Just a quick thank you to everyone
who wished my friend well she has had her
operation and is back home now and
they think they have it all out and hasn't
spread.
Nancyd xx

samantha wade said...

Hi, great mens card, but could be for anyone in different colours, so thanks for ideas, xx

Lorraine Freeman said...

Another stunning card. Loving Sam's shows on C & C Creative Expressions is one of my favourite brands:)

Lisbeth said...

Nice card Sue, it's good to get some of the older dies out from time to time otherwise they might think we don't love them anymore.

Lisbeth

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Loving this male card, although I would be happy to receive one in these darker colours too.
Donna Jones

Annie Pennington said...

I always struggle with cards for men so I really appreciate this. The micro beads look fab. Annie xx

Vie Carter said...

Liked the card, but for me a little dark

Would love it in a lighter shade

Vie
x

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, a really great masculine card today....they are always so difficult!! I love it...Hugs Sam xxx

Helen Barker said...

A great mans card & could be tweaked in different colours.
Helen Bx

Anonymous said...

Sorry. Just going over later comments and realised I mentioned Gail as new design member. I was so taken back with such heartbreaking news Gail was on my mind.

Jackie, Congrats on being in the design team. Your work looked lovely on Sam's show at 4 still to watch the 11 show.
L.Steph xx

sued99 said...

Just love the layering on this card.

Anonymous said...

Yay. Woohoo. Your home at last ! How did you hide that the tickets where for Bermuda and Not Bognor Cam ???! Please tell us alllll about it. We've chewed down to our elbows waiting LOL.

Lancashire Steph xx

Lindsay Martin said...

Great masculine card for us Sue, and for those who think it rather dark I'm sure it would look just as good using slightly lighter colours.
Congratulations to Lydia on your card win. Cameeli so goo to have you back and grat to know all went well, as soon as the ousted report is done have a rest! Lynne, love your story today about the girls fly, Jackie well down for getting on the DT, excellent news, nancyd so glad your friend is going well after her op.
Thank you all so much for the lovely words you have sent me today, Arfur the stallion is about the same, still a swollen leg bit he is being good and taking his antibiotics in a feed with no problem so hopefully they will start to work tomorrow, as for Fauna foal, no choke episodes today but her breathing is very fast at the moment, so life is still not good for her, but she looks so cute going out in my dogs coat to keep her warm and dry, just hope she has no more occurance a of choke as it's horrible when this happens, on a brighter side though my ribs are far less sore!
Love and hugs to everyone, and extras to those in pain either physically or mentally, and hope Norah is ok xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Maureen. Yep, go back and visit regularly to catch up with all our friends here and capture any floating idea's. And to enjoy sharing our Wilsonettes thoughts.

Does that reasure you : )

Lancashire Steph xx

SusanP, Kent said...

This has a muted, masculine metallic feel and the beautiful embossing on the Gold Majesty Circles really shows in the close-ups. The Tan and Taupe card complement each other so well too.
Sue

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Dawn.

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Lindsay,

I was in tears reading about Fauna foal, I really hope she pulls through. I will be thinking of you both.

Gail, I am so so sorry to hear your devastating news about your brother, words fail me, you are in my thoughts. I send you love and hugs, I don't know what else to say. Stay strong for him. X

Tina XX

Muriel Kelly said...

A beautiful male card, love the microbeads and masculine colours
Happy Mothers Day to all the mums today
Muriel x

Pat S Witney said...

hi Sue
Not to sure about this card Sue. mind you it would be a dull world if we were all the same. I might try this one in lighter colours. Hugs to all, and especially to Pam Norah and Steph. Cameeli we are all agog to know how the wedding went. Hope your getting a rest Sue while you are away.

Donna Golby said...

Card concept is wonderful. But I think it's a little too dark. It's my sons birthday today. 9. We've had a great day bowling and a carvery. Despite hubby being too unwell for the carvery.
Donna

Jackie Meechan said...

Love this card. Would be great for a man
Hugs
CraftyJacq
XX

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely vintage card for the guys today

Margaret corgi owner said...

A late Hello Sue
Such a rich and almost regal looking card that would make a wonderful Golden Wedding card as well as a male card. Really hope you are enjoying your stay and are getting some rest Sue.
Welcome back Cameeli delighted to know all went well after all your hard work. Pity about the sting in the tail the dreaded Ofsted you can do it girl, give them what for! Hope all goes very very well.
Gail you are in my thoughts and prayers be strong for your brother.
Tina do hope your cold soon goes, you sounded dreadful yesterday do take it easy.
Thank you all for your enquiries about hubby's hand still painful they now think it may be broken. We have been up since 5am with our little girl corgi. We had to get an emergency appointment with the vet. It never rains but what it pours!
Do hope Cassie was the star of the show at training class Steph.
Warm wishes and hugs to those who need them.
Margaret corgi owner

Margaret corgi owner said...

P.S.
Oops! Nearly forgot Congratulations Lydia something to treasure.
Margaret corgi owner

AnneRD said...

A very different look today Sue. Love the design with its autumn feel, but I don't think my men would appreciate all the lovely finer details! Congratulations Lydia on winning this week's card. Anne x

Jane Franklin said...

Hi everyone. The colours are a bit dark for me but I shall have fun coming up with alternatives. Well done to the weds winner. Luv to all jax

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A really lovely man's card for today !! The only thing I am not to sure about are the dark colours. It looks very dark to me on my screen. A lovely layout and use of dies. I do really like this card, just maybe in a bit lighter colours. The Venetian borders look fab.
I hope you are having a good time with your family and friends Sue. X x x

Congratulations on winning the Wednesday card giveaway Lydia x x x

Gail C, I am so very sorry to hear of your dreadfully sad news. I really do not know what to say. We will all be here for you when you need support. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you lots of love and hugs, Tres x x x

Cameeli, I am so glad the Wedding went well for you and your family. Lots of love and best wishes to you love Tres x x x

Jackie Trinder, Congratulations on becoming part of the CE team. You must be very Talented. I recorded Sam's shows today so I have not seen any of your cards yet. I am looking forward to it now !! I am so pleased for you !! Love Tres x x x

Love and hugs to Norah, Steph, Pam, Tina, Myra, and everyone. ( Sorry my brain is not working to good at the mo, sorry to all those I have not mentioned but my memory is very poor.)

Lots of love and hugs to all the Wilsonettes today love Tres x x x

Alice G said...

Not my favourite but I really like the stunning background on this card. I'm such a girlie girl but I guess men need to get a look in too lol!

Hugs Alice x

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue,
Fabulous card especially for the male population, nice to see some of the older dies making an appearance ,the Venetian die is one of my many favorites.
Thanks for the hugs and best wishes many have sent for Gary we both appreciate your kindness .
Congrats to today's winner.

Hugs to Sue and everyone
Jean D
Xxxx

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

So late today, nice card though. Thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
WOW CAN SEE ON THE CLOSE UP SHOTS THE TEXTURE AND DETAIL. LOOKS FAB.
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX

Sandy H said...

Great to see a male card today. I tend to use dark brown for male cards as I'm not keen on black though I hadn't thought of using the Venetian border for them.
Glad everything went well with the wedding Cameeli.
Hugs to all.

Nadine in Spain said...

Lovely card, Sue!

Nadine

heather harrison said...

Hi Sue sorry this is so late. But was working rather late. This is a lovely card very dramatic. Im sure any one would love to receive it. HugsHeather.x

Sioux P said...

what an unusual look for you Sue. Like it though, thanks as always for getting my brain going.