Sunday, 15 June 2014

Happy Birthday Wishes To You

Good Sunday morning all!  Today's card is a result of one of my weekly "play" sessions.  I do sit down about once a week and just try something new, whether it be a product I have never used or some that I use often, but tired in a new application.  This background was the result of simply doing a bit of inking my craft mat and picking it up with white card.  I do this when I want to try new colours together to see how they look.  Sometimes it is successful, sometimes it isn't, but at the end of the day, it is only a bit of card.  No harm, no foul is the way I see it!  I liked the way this one came out.  I mixed some distress ink, distress stain and some Adirondack inks as they are all water based and mix well.  I just liked the mixture of Stormy Sky and Clover and Picket Fence.  Once dry, I added some flicks from a white paint pen and a gold paint pen by tapping on the barrel with my ruler.  I love the randomness of that, but it does go absolutely everywhere so be warned! I used the gold paint pen around the edge of the piece when I finished using a ruler to guide it.  Then I matted it with black card to frame it.  The butterfly is from the Stitched Flower set by Justrite and I stamped it on black card and heat embossed it in black for a tonal look.  I did this twice and hand cut it (which was very easy as I cut off the antennae).  I stamped the butterfly in black directly on to the background and used the antennae from the stamped image.  I glued the butterfly only in the centre and let the wings flat upwards.  I used the swirly dashed stamp as it's flight  trail.  I stamped the sentiment on to coconut white card beneath it for a clean and simple look.  Finished it off by doing a bit of matting and layering with black and gold in between my white pierced mat and final white mat.  Finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 8" in size.

Time for winners to be announced.  This weeks winners are:
Jacqui Oakes-Alcock!!!
Carol Clarke!!!
Chris Curry!!!

For the extra qualifying post of June 11th, the winners are:
Sandra P!!!
Lindsay Martin!!!

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


Pam said...

Beautiful card on this not so lovely morning, cheers me up. Congrats to all winners
Congrats to Grandma and welcome baby Harry.
Clare hope the toe is not so sore.
Steph, Norah, Ita and all who are in pain , please take care.
Cameeli, you and your partner are amazing, in such pain and still thinking of others, hope the flowers bring some relief to the mourners of your dear friend.
Hugs to everyone who wants or needs one, especially Gail and Jean and their boys.

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
Another lovely card and a great background technique
Pat x

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. I love how your experiments turn out, you are such an inspiration. As you say, at the end of the day it's only a piece of card if it doesn't work.
Congratulations to the winners and much sympathy to those of you suffering loss. Sue xxx

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, love the background of this card. I love playing around with inks and paints too. In fact I bought a Gelli. Plate at Ally Pally and just love the backgrounds that can be created with it. It is nice to do some messy crafting once in a while, lol. Congratulations to all the lucky winners. Love Jean xxx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
absolutely fantastic background, and lovely composition. This card is yet another stunner - the colours sing to me and black on black embossing is a sure winner in my book.
Congrats to the lucky winners.
Hugs, Rose

Anonymous said...

Not only a no foul, but a definite goal!! Really like this, Sue, the background has a hint of the cosmos
and although not keen on these stamps, the butterfly looks fab in black on black. Yes, a winner.

Well done to the card winners, too, especially our proud mum, Lindsay.

'P' in Wales

Anonymous said...

Didn't mean card winners (sorry to make hearts skip a beat) but prize winners. 'P' aka Senior Moment.

Lilian said...

Love this card, the background is great. Very hot today so a day in the garden. Lilian

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
I love the randomness of the inked background on this card. Such a fab technique making every card unique. I like the little sprinkling of white and gold. It does indeed look like the cosmos! Love the black butterfly for contrast. Thanks for sharing. Congrats to the winners.
Hugs to all who need one.

Heather Rogers said...

Good morning Sue
What a fabulous background. I love how the colours have blended and of course these are just my colours too!

Congratulations to all the winners!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you, It is amazing what happens when you have a little play about. A beautiful creation thats what happens. Congratulations to all the winners, Have a great day all. Kitty

Alice G said...

Morning Sue,

Well that must have felt very satisfying, a really stunning result of playing! Beautiful, rich colours.

Congrats to all the winners.

Hugs Alice xx

Nadine in Spain said...

A really lovely card, Sue. The background is gorgeous!

Nadine x

Eemeli said...

Morning Sue. Today's card is maybe a bit unusual for your creation but
I totally love it. The background is very beautiful and it is nice that
you have kept it the main point and used only minimally anything else.
Gorgeous overall.

Hugs from Finland,

Brenda Hanlon said...

Just shows what having a play can do. Like the background.

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi. Lovely card Sue. Congrats to all the winners :-) Have a great day and hugs to all xxx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Totally different look for you, but fantastic! Love the colours and isn't it amazing what can be achieved from playing! This background is a very similar technique to one that Barbara Gray did yesterday on her blog - have you two been talkingLOL!!i love to get messy every now and then and have two Gelli plates that I love and it's an incredible moment when you get the reveal of the pulled print as you never really know what you're going to get. As you say, if it goes wrong, it's only a bit if ink/ paint and a piece of card! Congratulations to the winners especially Lindsey. Hope all of our friends in pain have a better day, Lynne hope Tilly and Cully behave and don't give you any heart stopping moments today! Norh, Steph, Gail, Tina and Pam daily hug to you. Cazzie hope toe is better, Julie hope you're feeling better. Have a fabulous day everyone, love and hugs from Alison xx

Anne Crawford said...

Lovely card. The background looks great!
Congratulations to the lucky winners , enjoy your prizes!
Hugs to all xo

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Although today's card is fabulous I wouldn't have recognised it as a 'Sue' card. The background is beautiful and I love how you've kept it as the main feature.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Hugs x
Heather T

Jane said...

MMM Sue another day without a bow I'm getting withdrawal lol very crisp and clean today .

Jane xx

Edwina Scotney said...

Hi Sue I just love this technique in my minds eye it has created a beautiful and magical night sky. Thanks for sharing this. Have a great Sunday, Edwina

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue and everyone such a lovely striking card. It's simple but stands out so well. Of course it has my favourite butterflies, so it has to be a winner. Congratulations to all the winners x

tracy w said...

Hi sue
Stunning card love the colours thanks Tracy w x

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Very striking in its simplicity. Good to experiment and see the amazing results.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love this arty style card - must have a go at something similar - yes most of us I suspect get stuck in ruts and we should play and experiment more - note to self!

Toe is feeling less sore today - did make a start on sorting craft room yday but will do a bit more today - little by little I think - have managed to find my golf sandals which I bought many years ago and haven't used for years - think they will be just the job for tomorrow and I've also booked a buggy - if it was a fun round I wouldn't bother playing but its not - its serious - a Mixed Greensomes Knock out match so I'd be letting my playing partner down if I wimped out and thereby gave the other pair the match - Greensomes format for any interested non golfing Wilsonettes means you hit every other ball after the tee shot where you both tee off and then decide which ball is best - so it's only like playing half a round of golf really. Happy crafty Sunday all.
Clare W

Victoria said...

A very 'arty' looking card today Sue, very fetching indeed! I like the gold specks and the gold line around the border. Great tip for cutting out the butterfly and stamping the fiddly directly on to the background.

Gail said...

Morning all,
Love the card Sue, I really enjoy playing and doing backgrounds .
Good for you Clare, hope you manage to enjoy your golf. Once again thanks for all the kind wishes for myself and my brother.
Hugs for all in need! Gail Cx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the effect you have created for the background. Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue, Another Awesome Card, I so Love The Rich Opulent Colours you have used, feels like Summer.
I Love all The Fabulous Techniques you've used to create this Stunning Card, and The Wonderful Butterfly from The Stitched Flower Set by JustRite I love how you have Stamped on your card so you have caught your antanie so when you did your second it was easy to cut out and remove the antanie and I love as always how you embossed them in black giving a tone on tone look, (I just Love JustRite Stamps) It's so long ago since I used a Gold Pen to go around the edge of my paper it looks great I don't know why I stopped using that technique. I Love all your Mat/Layering with your White Gold and Black it looks Fantastic.
Sue I say it every day but I Truly mean it Thanks for
Sharing, Thanks for The great Breakdown and The wonderful Photography and "Mainly The Stunning Cards" also Thank You for the daily inspiration you give to me and this Awesome Blog and doing it every single day of the year!
Sue Take Great Care
I'm so looking forward to watching you on Create and Craft.
Love and Hugs
From Sam x
Hugs to All
Congratulations to The Comment Weekly Gift Winners enjoy your gift.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I love this background. Should try and experiment more, as you say it is only a piece of card.

Love Rosemarie xx

doreenj said...

Well done to all the winners!!!!!!!!!!! One day, perhaps, my name will be there!!!

Love the colours in the background, can imagine all sorts of colours mixed together.

Doreen x

Anonymous said...

'morning, How can this design fail to please?...a butterfly and a FAB-U-LOUS background Thanks Sue.

Gloria Robey said...

there is something serene and calming about the background .once again a stunner.Gloria xx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. Lovely background clean and simple and not to fussy. Congrats to the winners. Best Wishes.
Denise x

Jan.moogie said...

You inspire me to try something different with this card Sue it is simply gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.x

Vick said...

Good Morning Sue,

I love the randomness of today's card and as you know these never come out the same, similar, but not the same and that's what i like. I love the colours used here too, they really brighten up my mood!! as im not having a good weekend healthwise! so thanks for that Sue, hugs, my friend, Vick xx
My YTChannel vixcrafts
well done to all the winners this week xxx

Diane said...

Wow Sue its great to see a different technique and isn't it great to play and get out of our comfort zone! Love the card today great background and oh dear I love the butterfly . I'm not too keen on the stitched flowers but the butterfly looks good. Thank you for sharing Sue. Congrats to all the winners. Have a wonderful day Sue. Love Diane G xxx

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. A really different card today and I love the technique .
Congratulations to all the lucky winners.
Love Val in Spain x

Virginia Davey said...

Congratulations to all the winners. What a lovely background, quite a dramatic . Love the colour combination, something to have a play with, thanks Sue.

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous I love the background you have created the colours blend together so well. Congratulations to all the winners. Have a great Sunday. Love Jackie

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue,
And hello to all the ladies. This is a beautiful background and I can see a spattered craft room later today!
Congrats to all the winners and I hope everyone has a good day.
Maureen x

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, absolutely gorgeous
the colours the butterfly the background
love it all. congrats to all the winners.
nancyd xx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

It's rather dull this morning and I've got fingers crossed for it to brighten up as I'm going across Derbyshire to see my eldest daughter and her husband today.
Today's gift is a little too 'out of the box' for me.
I appreciate the technique for the background but to me I love to see butterflies in bright colours - I know there is at least one black butterfly in the world but it's just my take on colour.
I suppose I really must step out occasionally and try more 'modern' art.
Have a really good day and take care everyone.
See you tomorrow if I don't get mowed down by my daughter's rescued two working Collies; garden cat or any other rescue she has in at the moment. At least Mr Swan has gone back to his Mrs all well and fit.
Congratulations to all the very lucky winners.
Janet x

Joan D said...

This is a very different card for you Sue,but can still tell its one of yours by the style! The colours blend with each other very well, and would be great for a boys card if butterfly was replaced by something else. Xxx

Sandra Biggs said...

Hi Sue, Absolutely fab card. Love the colours. Will have to give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration.

Alison Couchman said...

Gorgeous background - love the splashy, randomness of it all. Also great to have a black butterfly for a change - very striking. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, really love this card, the colours used are a great combo. Am going to try the paint pen idea. I think the butterfly is superb in the black it is perfect with the bright background. Have a great day. Bx

CHERYL brown said...

Beautiful technique for me to try with grandchildren on one of our 'messy days' hugs Cheryl xxx

Marion said...

Hi Sue sorry this dosnt do it for me.MarionH

Marion said...

Hi Sue sorry this dosnt do it for me.MarionH

Muriel Kelly said...

Love the background technique and the gold specks are fabulous, another technique to try. Beautiful card

Muriel x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. A beautiful card today : ) I love the background, the colours and the randomness of it. It looks like it is in a picture frame with the sentiment below, I love it, a gorgeous result of a play session: )
Daily hug for Pam.
Hugs for all in need including Jean, Gail, Tina and Juia Laz. I hope the toe is ok for tomorrow Clare!
Sandra, sorry that you are in extra pain. You have the same mind set as me about it I think. You try and keep on top of it as much as possible but when it beats you you get angry and upset at it. You are allowed to moan about it when that happens you know. You will be more positive once you get back on top of the pain. Where would we be without morphine : )
Norah, sorry that your legs still aren't being kind to you! It is understandable that you are frightened of thunderstorms after a fright like that as a child. You are not being lucky with the weather, I do hope that your hills get some sun today for you!
I hope everyone has a good day.
6 sleeps Sue : ))
Take care.

Mrs B said...

Forgot to say that I see that you only need 3 more people to get to the 5000 followers now : ) x

Deborah Artliff said...

Morning Sue on this dull sunday. Wow I love this card it looks like you have paid a lot of money for a painting. Its gorgeous and the colour is fantastic. And congratulations to all todays winners. Take care Sue xx

Debs A xx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Love this card the background is gorgeous must try this idea.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Hugs for all the poorlies take care.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Debbie Tinks said...

Like the card Sue .....happy crafting ....x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great card Sue, background colours lovely.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, gorgeous background and a lovely butterfly to finish everything off, I have never done anything like this, I think I am too frightened to waste anything, but as you say it is only a bit of card.
Hugs to everyone who needs them
Congratulations to the winners today, enjoy your goodies!
Take care Jess x

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. I really like this one. The colours are gorgeous. I think it would look good in a frame on the wall. Another winner. Thanks again Sue. Hugs Heather.x

Micky French said...

I love this card, the colours and the sentiment are gorgeous.
Hugs to all
Michelle xxxx

Micky French said...

Sorry I forgot to congratulate all the winners, well done xxxx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Just beautiful, a different background for you but I love it.
The butterfly is the perfect finishing touch.
Congratulations to the winners.
Have a good day.

Lindsay Martin said...

Early. Morning wishes from me today, Sue love the colours, to me it looks like a shadow of a butterfly on water, it's lovely how we all see different things in life.
I was so surprised to see my name picked today, thank you so much Sue x
Claire hope you a mange to make your golfing, and thanks for the explanation for us non golfers, just watch that toe and don't overdo things.
Cameeli, hope you are all sorted for tomorrow, take care and both stay strong.
Hope he legs are starting to behave Norah and you have some sun not thunderstorms over those gorgeous hills of yours.
Sandra take care and moan to us as much as you like, sometimes putting things into words helps with pain and stress, and a problem shared is a problem halved.
Claire hope the pesky two behave for you today,put hubby on garden watch, I expect the darlings will behave perfectly for him!
"P" in Wales and Alison, thank you for your congratulations,hope you are both well and enjoying this weekend.
Janet have a lovely time with your daughter and her large family!
Love to all Gail take care and I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow that your brother will be well enough to start his treatment.
Congratulations to all this weeks winners and see you all tomorrow x

Glennis said...

I absolutely love this card - so simple - but so effective

TDQ Karen said...

Love the randomness of the background and perfectly placed butterfly, super card. Congratulations to all the winners

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Good morning sue and all the crafty crew!!

Really like the simplicity and elegance, of the single butterfly, its so pretty and effective.

Clare W, sorry to hear you will miss the knockout!! but really your toe is on the mend, hope your on top form very soon.

I have not been having been feeling my best and so popped to see my GP and told her I felt that I had an elephant lying on my chest. After examining me she said I have Costochondritis, inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum.
So I cannot lift anything heavy so that will be watering can and bags of compost out of the window for a while.. Still waiting for an appointment for my eye but now have the referral and the pressure has gone down to 29 but is still too high.

Julie how is your eye? hope you are making good progress xx.

Sandra I am so sorry that you are having a tough time, you are amazing and I, hope the pain becomes more manageable, and am sending you a big cameeli cuddle xxx

Same for Norah, Brenda Lello, and Margaret Corgi owner and Mrs B.. for all your kind words xx

congratulations to all the lovely winners...

Well must dash I am off to phone MOM and Dad and wish him a Happy Fathers, they live in Scarborough so I can't celebrate with him this time..
Have a lovely day everyone and have a great time however you spend it !!
Cameeli xx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Not loving the black butterfly, Im afraid but the background is fabulous.
Enjoy your last few days at home.
Ang x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Sunday Smiles to everyone before and after me. From Summer to Autumn in 12hrs up here in Bolton ! Thinking of all Wilsonettes and special thoughts go to Sue, who hold dear memories of our dad's today. We miss you dad so much.

Congrats to all lucky Wilsonette winners today. How many times have you checked to make sure you have read it right ? Have fun with your gift ladies : )

Well, what can I say about your Sunday special ? Boooootiful. All those colours fit perfectly together. I never think of 'playing' goodness me I get in enough mess as it is without trying LOL ! It would be great fun to flick inks but with my daughters wedding gown hanging in all its magnificant beauty in my 'craft' room, maybe its something to try AFTER the wedding, good idea ?
There is so much colour in this card but the clean crisp white card just evens it all out, and that beautiful jet black butterfly is the most lovely finishing touch, all in all its such a plain card, but it has so much beauty to it also.
I may feel Ive been on a wrestling boot camp this morning and every bit of me feels uncomfortable, Im sending caring loving hugs to Pam, Tina, Gail and to Cam, and to any lovely ladies that dont feel so well today, that are down and sad, I shall be thinking of you. To those who are having 'dad time' today, enjoy your day xx

sending love n hugs.
Lancashire Steph xxx

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue. An crafty crew.
What a fabulous experiment. Only wish mine turned put like that! Or my normal cards for that matter!!! Lol
Beautiful card
Love Tracy from killie x

nattyboots said...

Wow Sue your card today is Superb i love it .
Elaine H X

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue

Again another stunning card you really amaze me with all your experiments which turn out beautiful
Thank you for choosing me as a winner, congrats to all the other winners
Carol x

Kate's Cards said...

I just love that background Sue. xxx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Just love this card. The colours go so well together. As you say it's only a piece of card if it doesn't work out. I've do a few of these as some have worked and some have not. Congratulations to today's winners. Enjoy your gift. Wow, Cameeli glad you explained what was wrong with you. What a bummer. Hope your appointment for your eye comes soon. Hope Norah and Steph are both feeling better today. I always read your musings they're the highlight of my day.( that's after Sue of course). Hugs to Pam as usual and anyone else who is in need of one today. Sounds like your not to good either Mrs B talking about Morphine, or are you just talking generally?.

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, stunning background and a beautiful card . love Jean Z xxx

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Gorgeous background, I love the colours and the black butterfly is a beauty. The touch of a black mat just brings it all together beautifully.
Congratulations to all the winners.

Love Sheila xx

barbiepinkfairy said...

Lovely colors and technique have been using butterflies on sympathy card for my friend. Used sue dies and a sue bow and it has turned out as I hoped.

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A fab card today !! I think it looks like a painting you would hang on the wall in an Art Gallery or something !! It sounds like a great, fun, messy technique to try. I don't actually have any paints or Alcohol inks as I mostly use dies or make decoupage cards. I have some mica powders and glitters which I love and my beloved distress inks !! I suppose I really should be a bit more adventurous !! I like doing the messy shaving foam technique using my stepdaughters mica mist sprays but that is probably as messy as I would get !! I would love to try the " caught in crystal " technique you have at the top of your blog, and I keep meaning to buy the crafty bits to do it but I keep getting swayed by all your beautiful die sets !! I am sure I will get around to it eventually as my stepdaughter loves to do messy crafting techniques when she visits. This is a great Sue, I love it all and I love the black on black embossed butterfly too !!
I am sorry I was unable to comment yesterday but I had an all day family occasion to attend. I was so tired afterwards I was not even up to just texting a message !! I did manage to see yesterday's card Sue and I thought it was gorgeous !! I really loved the white embossing and the peacock feathers distress ink. Such a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing more amazing cards with us Sue. They so brighten my day and I can't wait every morning to see what you have made next !! Thank you.
I hope you and your family have a lovely day today Sue. Sending you lots of love and hugs, Tres x x x

I hope all the wonderful ladies, and any men to, on Sue' s wonderful blog, have a lovely day today. Please stay safe everyone.
To those in pain or suffering loss, of any kind, I wish you all lots of love, hugs, and best wishes, love Tres x x x

Maryann Laursen said...

A very beautiful card Sue and in such wonderful colors here, and I also love the butterfly, there´s just something elegant over a butterfly, I think.

karenlotty said...

Love the background idea especially with the gold "splodges" That really makes a difference to the whole effect Imust try it with something I can improvise until the gold pen is "ticked off" my Need list Congrats winners

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,

Once again another great card to start the day. Congratulations to all of the winners and Sue, I hope you enjoy the rest of your day
Margaret A.

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. I have been doing a watercolour course on line and have ended up with a background like this one with no idea how to use it. Now I can. Thanks to you. xx Maggie (better without a bow)

Myra P said...

Hi Sue,
I really like today's card! I love the colours and the hints of gold and white are so lovely! I only have about three alcohol inks and haven't used them for ages. I think you play and create a masterpiece while I may play and create a mess or havoc! Love the black butterfly too.
Steph - that was a question mark wasn't it after your comment regarding your daughter's wedding dress! We ell I might just wait until after the wedding to try out this technique. I know Sue said the backgrounds made are unique - but I don't know if your lovely daughter would want to be that unique. Great to have you back! x
Congratulations to all today's winners! Congratulations too to Aquarius for yesterday - I forgot . Cameeli - take care - you are having a tough time at the minute too. Was going to ask about your eye , pleased pressure gone down a bit. Thinking of you tomorrow.
Came downstairs this morning to find that a wren is building a nest in one of my hanging baskets! It is just outside the conservatory and above a table and chairs! Not sure what to do - don't want her to be frightened off after she has laid her eggs! She is so tiny!
Clare pleased your toe has improved a little! Hope the golf goes well.
Sending love to all in pain or suffering what someone once said suffering - " from the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to".
Please enjoy the day with your Dad if you can - I still miss my lovely Dad!
Love to all crafting friends, Myra

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
I love the background technique - it looks fantastic Another beautiful card. Thank you.

I have noticed my name as one of the extra qualifying winners for the 11th June - Thank You So Much. I am thrilled to bits. Made my day.
Bye for now.
SandraP xxx

Hilary said...

Good morning Sue, and everyone. Another successful experiment resulting in a beautiful card!!
Congratulations to all the lucky winners. Wishing you, and all your Wilsonettes a happy and healthy day.
Love and hugs. Hilary xxxx

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card. Congratulations to the winners.

Carols itch said...

Dear sue just love that butterfly and the background wow

June Horrocks said...

Love the card and the background dear sue the butterfly is lovely thank you for the tutorial love to all June xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue I think your playtime paid off, I do like the background very much, the colours blend well together. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue beautiful card great technique to try.
Denise X

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue beautiful card great technique to try.
Denise X

hollyberry said...

Love this card,playing obviously comes up with some amazing results-well it does when when you do it!

Laura O said...

a lovely random feel to this card ,well done to all the winners ,Laura O

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous card. Your 'playing' comes up with fabulous results. You are so talented. Congratulations to the winners.

Gail said...

Beautiful card and fab techniques - absolutely luv it - we do this technique at a project class I attend every month but I don't really do it at home (too messy)especially the flicking bit - it goes everywhere - enjoy the rest of your weekend xx GailT xx

SHARICA said...

Congrats to all winners .. ANOTHER FAB Card today .. xx

greendragon said...

Great background Sue and the gold edge is so simple but really sets it off. All the layers make it something special.

Susan White said...

Wow - just love that background! Need to have a go at that when I get the chance - one for the Pinterest board, as a reminder!!! Congrats to all the winners, and thanks Sue for your daily inspiration, Susan x

Annie Pennington said...

Love the background piece. The colours work well together. I love splatting white paint but have never tried hitting the pen with a ruler. That's a cool trick that will go on my to do list.
Congrats to the winners. xx Annie P

Carol S. said...

GReat card Sue. I am now going to have a play with my inks. Haven't done this for ages. So thanks for the inspiration. Happy Sunday. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Janice K said...

A very different card for you Sue but very effective, the background is beautiful. x

jane stillman said...

An absolutely fabulous background you've created Sue and the butterfly looks great set against it. Congratulations to all the winners xxd

Margaret corgi owner said...

Good morning Sue and everyone

What a super card for today but it leave me with a question, why oh why don't my 'plays' turn out like this, they usually end up in the bin! This is such a beautiful and elegant card.

I am sure I am not alone in getting frustrated clearing my dies after cutting, but no more I now have a Spellbinders Tool n One, it is wonderful, well worth the pennies!(I have checked and C. E. have this on their web site so trust I am ok to post a comment about it Sue)

Cameeli stay strong especially tomorrow it is amazing how strong we can be when we have to, I will be thinking of you, and please do take it easy.

Gail thinking of you, I do hope the treatment can go ahead tomorrow.

Congratulations to all the lucky winners I hope you enjoy your gift from Sue.

Steph please don't take any risks with that wonderful wedding dress, wait until afterwards, then 'play' to your hearts content.

I hope everyone enjoys Father's day and those like me who no longer have one with them, remember all the wonderful memories you do have in your heart.

Warm wishes and hugs to those who need them.
Margaret corgi owner

Lacelady said...

Such a pretty background Sue, I'll definitely have to have a go at that. Congrats to all the winners too.

weefortune said...

Hi Sue what a lovely card, hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday hugs Elaine x

hotpotato said...

Love the card Sue.

Jill Liddle said...

Something different today. Interesting.

Joanne K said...

Hi Sue, hope you are having a good weekend. Lovely card today. Great background. Kind regards Joanne K x

Anonymous said...

Brilliant background and lovely card. Take care. Claire

magpie said...

Helloooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! What a fantastic card Sue made by spontaneously using different colours and paints here, there and everywhere! Stunning! I will have to try this one and have a messy day! It looks fun! Great technique.
Just to say hope you all have a great day and treasure every single moment. Sending a heartfelt hug to you Sue and all the Wilsonettes who are missing their dads..... x Also who are in pain inside and out sending a hug too. congratulations to the winners! Wonderful! Enjoy your prize! Oooo and a highlight of one the days in Scotland was finding a "magpie" badge! Take care Sue and everyone xx Love Karen xx

Ros Hodgkin said...

Hello Sue, Wow another stunning and vibrant card. I just love the colours and how they look.
X Ros

rachel said...

great inkiness sue. love your card. well done to the winners x

Marianna Hammer said...

Lovely morning and lovely card. Brings a smile to my face :)

CraftyJo said...

Love it! Quite 'different' for you :)

terrie said...

The choice of ink that you used is fantastic...
Such a lovely card...
I must give this a try!
Well done Sue.

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, what fun you must have had making this card. If only my 'plays' came out with such a useable end product! It's good to know that you allow yourself some playtime in your busy schedule. Love the zingy background and the black butterfly. The simplicity of the rest of the card just sets it off perfectly.
Congratulations to all of today's winners, enjoy your prizes.

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue and everyone,another great Card,you have so much inspiration ,and you share it so freely ,and I love Butterfly .
Thank you.
Ita in Ireland.

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

P.S. Congrats to all the lucky winners

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, his card is spectacularly beautiful, love the colours and the butterfly. Will be giving this technique a try. Thank you for the inspiration, you amazing lady. Hugs to you and your Mom, have a lovely day.
Congratulations to the lucky winners, especially Lyndsay.
Daily hugs to Pam, Tina, Tres, Norah, Steph, Sandra, Julie, Mrs B, Myra and Margaret corgi owner.
Cameeli you are having a tough time, take it easy and I know you are itching to pick up the compost and watering can. Your partner is so caring giving out the flowers, will be thinking of you tomorrow.
Ita hope your stay in hos[ital. is short, gentle hugs.
Gail C hope that yuor brother's treatment can begin tomorrow. gentle hugs to you both.
Lynne M hope you have recovered from yesterday's scare, hugs to you, Tilly and Cully.
Lynda Harry sounds a darling, hugs to you, Harry, Annie and Bambie.
Jean D hope Gary is improving, hugs to you both.
Magpie glad that you had a great time in bonnie Scotland and that you managed to get a magpie badge.
Take care everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Such a different card from the day before, very clever.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love the stunning background you have created , it's definitely a winner!!
Congratulations to all the lucky winners today
Best wishes, Pat

hazel young said...

Love card Sue love the colours. Congratulations to all the winners xx hazel

Chris Curry said...

Love this card Sue, hope I can be brave enough to try the flicking technique. Also I have just sen my name as a winner this week. What a great day. Thank you. X

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card. Will have to try it great result your lucky you have time once a week I'm lucky if I have time to make
a card once a week seem ages since I made one but heyho got to work for a living so I can buy my crafty goodies right -right.
Hugs to everyone.

Helen Kington said...

Good afternoon Sue and I hope you are enjoying the end of your stay with your Mom. Well todays card is stunning and as said by several others I wish my experiments turned out like yours. thank you for all your accidents or planned cards.
Cameeli you are an inspiration - in pain in more places than one and yet still thinking of others. i hope tomorrow isn't too painful but all your friends will help one another to get through a sad day.
He who must be obeyed is unwell and typical man is not coping. I've sent him back to bed for some peace. Mind Ozzie (my 18 month old puppy) is keeping me on my toes.
To all in pain and anyone who needs a hug I have plenty to go around. Please take care all and hope you enjoy your day whatever you are doing.
Nearly forgot congrats to all the winners. Helen xx

craftyhugs said...

Great card as always. Keep 'em coming, such an inspiration.
Crafty hugs
Celia x

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Anonymous said...

A beautiful background and fabulous colours.

Angela Wade said...

Hi, Sue and fellow Wisonettes, hope you're all enjoying your Sunday.
Sorry Sue this card isn't for me but thanks for sharing your different ideas with us.

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone celebrating a new arrival, birthday or other special occasion.

Best Wishes to Cameeli and friends for tomorrow and to everyone who is suffering pain.

Hugs to you all, Angela in S. Wales X

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Great experimenting x

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Beautiful Card Sue!

I love the butterfly and what a fab background technique. I absolutely love it!

Congrats to all the winners.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Wow what a fabulous background, I really love it and the butterfly looks great against it. Thank you for sharing.
Beverley W

Jacquie said...

Hi Sue,

This is stunning , so love the background of this and the colours are fabulous. Great technique that would look fab with any topper.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Linda said...

Good day!
Stunning background technique and love how the butterfly seems to have decided to just land on the card!

Happy Sunday to all!

Linda said...

Good day!
Stunning background technique and love how the butterfly seems to have decided to just land on the card!

Happy Sunday to all!

johanna from widnes said...

hi sue another lovely card and such an interesting tecnique one worth a go at, the background is wonderful, well done all the winners love J

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Carole Z said...

Hi Sue! Stunning! I love the background you have created on this card, hugs Carole Z X

Jennifer Smith-Kirk said...

Lovely card Sue, I often get stuck for ways to describe how great your cards are, I am really looking forward to your next card already x x x

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Lovely colours, beautiful card. Thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

Theresa Pace said...

love that background! it's my kind of thing. however i don't know clover. is it ink or stain?
will be trying it out. xx

Barbara said...

Stunning card today Sue! I must admit I like it when you do something that bit different from the norm. I must try this technique as I love the result.

Congratulations to all the winners.

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Patricia Howarth said...

Evening Sue, Wow !! Wow !! and triple Wow !! I adore this background, the colours are really beautiful and complement perfectly, and enhanced with the white and gold flicks, and framed with the gold around the edge. This card is absolutely stunning !! and I would be honoured to receive this card.
Congratulations to the lucky winners, enjoy your goodies !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Caron28 said...

Hello Sue. Although simpler in design, this is another stunner. Love the background. xx

Mary Burton said...

Hi Sue,
Love the natural, freestyle background. Butterflies are a favourite motif of mine, so it's a winner with me.

Pearl said...

Evening Sue, the card is fab today, I love butterflies.

Congratulations to the winners.

Craftihappiness to you all, love from Pearl.

nannapat said...

Those colours look spectacular together Sue, a beautiful card. Pat x

AnneRD said...

Love the background, so colourful and set off so well by the plain white card. The butterfly makes the statement. Anne x

Aspiring crafter said...

Love this card Sue, the colours and the butterfly, a lovely card,

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Very pretty card, loving the colours in the background and the splashes of gold and white too.
Donna Jones

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue.

I like making backgrounds similar to this but I use distress ink pads and mica sprays onto my brown mat. I either put the paper to the mat and lift or move it about to mix the colours. My favourite thing about this technique is that I can extend the ink with more mica spray, a water spray or a bit of both. I like to use some paper or cardstock that perhaps I'm not keen on. I love you the more opaque, textured look you get with the distress stain. My distress ink pads grew a couple at a time so maybe I might do the same with the distress stains. I love the effect you got by tapping the ink out of the pen. I haven't done this technique for ages so it's now on the to do list.

The outlining and matting make it look like a framed piece of art rather than a card. I'm sure whoever recieves a card like that would mount it on the wall once the birthday cards came down.

Congratulations to the winners and hope everyone has has a nice weekend,

Crafty hugs,

T x

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue,

A very different card today ,love how the background came out especially the gold flecks and edges, have tried messy backgrounds mine never look as good as yours Sue , lovely tone on tone butterfly . Enjoy the rest of your mum time, looking forward to seeing you on C&C .
Special hugs to you and your mum xx

Daily hugs to Pam, yorkielass, Mrs B, and everyone on this amazing blog .
Jean D

Fiona Young said...

Hello Sue,
A lovely idea - I would be inclined to frame it and hang it on the wall.I think I have found my third career crafting!

Thanks for your generosity in sharing your inspiration.


lynda said...

Hi Sue & Wilsonettes very late today been to see my beautiful new grandson Harry again as mum & baby came home today thought I would cook a nice roast for them as mum had a C section & still very sore . I had lots of Harry cuddles .
Sue today's card is gorgeous I love your background technique love the colours used & the butterfly stamped on black card & embossed in black looks lovely.
Love & hugs Sue make the most of your your time left with your mom Lynda Brock xx

Camleei will be thinking of you & your partner tomorrow saying good buy to your dear friend hugs Lynda xx

Congratulations to all the lucky winners especial Lindsay enjoy your prizes xx

Gail hope your brother gets the treatment he needs tomorrow gentle hugs to you both Lynda xx

Jean D hope Gary is improving hug for you both Lynda xx

Lynne hope you are ok & Tilly & Cully are behaving & not jumping out of windows love & hugs from me Annie & Bambi Lynda xx

Thanks Yorkielass yes Harry is adorable love Lynda Annie & Bambi

Hugs to all in need Pam Norah Tina Tres Steph Lynda xx

Janet Fleming said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card as always, sorry not been on for awhile. But you are an inspiration to me. Thanks, and hugs to all. Love Jan xx

Janet Fleming said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card as always, sorry not been on for awhile. But you are an inspiration to me. Thanks, and hugs to all. Love Jan xx

Helen Barker said...

Love the background.Have had a good play with my inks this week too.Great messy fun.
Helen Bx

Brenda Lello said...

Hi Sue Late Again,
Beautiful card love the butterfly. I have played at making backgrounds and then been at a loss as to where to go next. Why doesn't my brain work like yours?
Congratulations to all the winners
Love and best wishes, Brenda xxx

Had a full on family day to day, our youngest granddaughter was making her first Holy Communion , she looked gorgeous, the service was lovely, and time spent afterwards was quite busy but very enjoyable, lots of family visiting - I just love catching up with everyone. Now I am quite exhausted and ready for sleep, take care everyone LOL xxx

Blue Rose said...

What can I say about this card, it done in my favorite colors, so it is gorgeous. I love how you play around. Great job.

Lynne Mills said...

Hi Sue, absolutely gorgeous creation. Lol lynne m x x

Nana on the Hill said...

Love doing this sort of thing, lovely job Sue.

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julie laz said...

Hi Sue,
lovely card today,
I love it,
crafty hugs Julie xxx