Friday, 25 July 2014

Shaded background

Hi crafters!  I love this card, it is so pretty in real life, but I do have to apologise for my lack of photography skills! The close ups look neon blue in spots!   I seriously need to take a class or something!  Just so you know, it is taupe and aubergine in colour.  With that in mind, have a good look at it.  I started by cutting my Italian Background twice, once in taupe and once in aubergine (eggplant for my American friends).  I slightly offset the aubergine behind the taupe to create a deeper shadow effect.  I glued them together and added mounting foam to the back around the edges and in spot in the centre.  I mounted it over another piece of card that I had covered with a sticky adhesive sheet, then coated with Iced Snow.  It is subtle through the open areas but it gives a bit of a twinkle that catches the eye in real life.  To add an embellishment, I used some striped grosgrain ribbon in the same colours and made a flower following my ribbon rose technique at the top of my blog.  If you saw my demo on C & C on Sunday, it is the same technique that I did with the crocheted ribbon.  I cut several of the faux quilled leaves and a few of the fern trio dies and seated my flower upon them.  I tied a twine bow and tucked it in as well to create a nice focal element as well.  I finished the card with a wide mat of taupe card, a thin aubergine mat and a final taupe mat.  On the first wide mat, I used the Cosmic Shimmer Vanilla Glue to create dots all the way around the card.  The finished dimensions are  7" x 8 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x


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Pam said...

Hello Sue and everyone, such a beautiful offering today, love it.
Meg, I am so sorry about your lovely sister, as you say she is now free from pain but that doesnt stop you hurting so badly.
Karen, belated birthday greetings, sorry I missed it yesterday.
Wheelybad, keep going girl, you are doing great.
Hope Milo and Maisy are doing okay, as well as all of my wonderful Wilsonette friends, including Steph, Norah, Tres, Mrs B. Good luck today with eye specialist Cam, be a good girl so he gives you the all clear for trip.
Love & hugs all round.

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Morning Sue and all the crafty crew, I just adore the Italian collection this technique really pings it off the page. I have this die and will be trying this out when I get back.

thanks again for all the lovely comments, especially Lynda, Pam, Sandra, Mrs B, Norah and Lancashire Steph!!I am confident that I will be flying tomorrow. Will see the consultant at 11.30 so fingers crossed.

Off now to finish a report and last bit of packing.
Have a lovely day everyone.

Cameeli xx

Hazel said...

Good morning Sue. This card is gorgeous And could be even used for a wedding card,

Hazel xx

June said...

Morning Sue, Pam and everyone. I so love the colours on this one Sue, in the pictures which are close up to the flower you can actually see how this would look in real life ... no I am not knocking your photo's because mine are absolutely useless, I find it very difficult to get mine right. Anyway, love the technique and yes I did see you do it with the crochet ribbon on C&C Sunday, when I first saw you cut it in half I thought OMG it is going to fray but - have no fear - Sue to the rescue she knows what she is doing (glad someone does hehe!!) - it turned out so beautifully, I will have a go when I get more confidence. Anyway everyone, keep safe, healthy and Happy. June Smith xxx

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you love the effect of the double cut. Have a good day all Kitty

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. I love all your background dies although you should perhaps rename them focal point dies because they are so beautiful you don't want to cover them up!
Meg, sincere condolences on the loss of your sister.
Norah, your reminiscences have me in stitches, I look forward to my daily laughter medicine. Carmeeli, good luck with your eye appointment then put everything else to one side and concentrate on having a fabulous birthday and holiday.
Crafty hugs to all (and pets). Sue xxx

Anonymous said...

BEAU-TI-FUL!!! I have this die and have made one ot two cards copied from one of yor designs with a little ink added I saw. Love it!! Thanks Sue.

Clai01 said...

Hi Sue
love the ribbon rose as it's my favourite ribbon. I would love more colours in the range
maybe a lilac or a silver. The striped grosgrain is lovely to work with on a lot of projects.

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
What a lovely card
I have not tried this technique yet but this is so gorgeous I must have a go
Pat x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

This one is lovely.

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue and all such a beautiful card, really pretty with delicate fretwork. I know what you mean Sue about picture taking but this is fine, I think when the colours go adrift it could be more to do with the camera not you Sue x

BridgetCG said...

Morning Sue, love this card, the offset of the die cut in 2 different colours works beautifully. Need to practice my ribbon flowers a bit more. Happy Friday all. Bx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. This is a beautiful card. The colours are lovely. I have not tried this technique so will give it a go over the weekend. Loving the leaves a nice finishing touch.
Best Wishes.
Denise x

Sheila Lampard said...

Morning Sue
Beautiful card today and one I shall definitely be trying tonight when I get home from work.
Roll on 5pm!! It's been a long hard week!
Sheila x

Debbie Tinks said...

Hi Sue ... Love this die ... Love the flower saw you do the demo must try ... Happy crafting and have a great day ...x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card, I love the shadow effect and the twinkly background, and the compilation is fabulous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anne Crawford said...

Beautiful card, gorgeous colours, got my Rose of Bows EF yesterday and look forward to playing with it but at the moment the weather is too good to stay inside.
In a bit of a rush this morning as I am playing a golf match at 10am ( hope it doesn't get too hot )
Hugs to all xo

TDQ Karen said...

Lovely die, will have to try this effect looks very pretty xx

Dawn Searle said...

Morning Sue and everyone,
A beautiful card today as always, I didn't post yesterday as we had to get up at 4am and when we got back my dog had been really poorly. Won't go into detail, but we have a completely ruined cream carpet, but bless her she couldn't help It, so the rest of the day was spent with her. She weighs around eight stone and just laid around all day, but does seem better this morning.
Meg,we have never met but I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. I only have one sister and can't imagine life without her. Well after yesterday's traumas I am going to hopefully have a quiet day and try and replicate this beautiful card.
Love and hugs to everyone who needs one
Dawn Searle xxxxx

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
Really pretty card today. I love the offset design,it looks lovely. Have a great weekend everyone.
love Jan x x

Blue Rose said...

Neon or not, it is still a gorgeous card. I know what you mean about photography, nice thing about digital, or I would be wasting a lot of film. You did a splendid job.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue What a different card but love the idea! I am definately going to give it ago. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

doreenj said...

Haven't tried the "offset" effect yet, but seeing this card, has made me want to have a go!!

Doreen x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - great card - it's a must try! love the colour combo and all the greenery. Off to hit the supermarket befor it gets too hot!

ANNE CRAWFORD- good luck in your golf match - hope you win.

Clare W

PharmacyMichele said...

Lovely card, the ribbon flower looks amazing.


Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous this is certainly a technique to try the results are amazing. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
What a wonderful technique and one that I'll be having a go at. It certainly does give a shadow doesn't it. Today's gift is also on the simple but really beautiful scale and your Italian die is doing all the work for you. I love those fern leaves - I bought them from your first launch and they frequently find themselves on my efforts.

Cameeli - everything I can cross is crossed for you today. So pleased to see you are in a positive mind but a little help never goes amiss.

Wheelybad - hope you had a good night and that your rehab continues in the way you've been going. Good luck with your task for today.

Sandra - you can visit at anytime when you're passing. We can always find little jobs for anyone who calls even if the grapes are still on the vines lol.

We have sunshine again this morning so making the most of it and going to the weekly Friday market in our little market town.
Walk down the main street through the market; stop and sit and have a coffee at the bottom and do a little people and traffic watching; (it's really funny watching tractors/trailers etc trying to navigate the sharp corner because the 'shoe man' is jutting out into the junction)and then a very slow walk back to the car calling of course on the way for our Friday treat of a couple of wonderful pastries!!

Hope you're all coping with the hot weather you're having and any other difficulties. Take care everyone and see you tomorrow.
Janet x

sonja_w said...

Very elegant . I have a real thing about backgrounds at the moment and the Italian collection one is fab. I like the way you have offset it slightly. Xx

Virginia Davey said...

Morning Sue what a lovely card very simple but so very elegant and good for a lot of occasions. Hope everyone has a good day.

Caroljsmith said...

Wow sue what a beautiful card got to have a go at this one. Got the house full this weekend we are all going to a family wedding in york.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
I love ALL your background dies and they are always my first purchase out of your new sets. I love what you've done with this one and will certainly have to try this one out. Your grosgrain rose is beautiful as the leaves and fern dies are.
Meg I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister sending you lots of love and hugs x
Belated birthday wishes to all who had birthdays yesterday.
Hugs x
Heather T

Judy Davies said...

Good morning Sue and all from sunny wales...such a beautiful card yet again..I have this pretty die and will be giving this 'off set' technique a go,have a good day everyone what ever your doing, love Judy x

Laura O said...

great card and I too love using it ,it is so detailed it does not need a lot else with it to make a fantastic card .Laura O

Anonymous said...

Do like the offset technique with the background, Sue, very effective and an altogether lovely card. I think your photography is superb as we always have fantastic close-ups, something my basic camera (and me) not capable of!

'P' in Wales

Meg, sincere sympathy on the loss of your sister.

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Another stunning creation, love, love, love, it. I have not had that background Die for some time. Thank you for the push to get it out once again.
Have a wonderful day

Patricia x

Micky French said...

I love this card and the background die,
Hugs to all
Michelle xxxx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Absolutely beautiful, this card. And the colours are gorgeous. I have done this technique before with the Italian background, but used the white on top and deep pink as offset. But I must say, it is more dramatic the way you've done it. I'll make a card with that in mind - LOVE the Italian background.
Hugs, Rose

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue,

Love the shadow effect, I will certainly be trying it.

Roz x

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
Wow, love this card! Your photography is fine, you do very well with all your photos.
Cameeli fingers are crossed for you.
Gail Cx

CHERYL brown said...

Very interesting card in its construction, which really show off the dies to perfection. hugs Cheryl xxx

Linda J said...

Good morning, what a lovely card wonderful idea.
Linda J

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card again, love the flower. Love Jean xxx

Lesley Cann said...

Love this inspires me to have a go.

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. What a lovely elegant card. I will have to try this one. I dont have this background (yet)!!! But have the french so I will try it with that. Thanks for more inspiration Sue. Hugs Heather.x

Jan.moogie said...

Gorgeous card Sue, right up my alley as the saying goes. My friend Carol has this background and I have the other dies so we will be recreating this next time we craft together.xx

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue, I Really Love Today's Beautiful Card and I don't think you need Photography classes at all, the images are great and you get a great view from the close up shots.
I Love The Taupe and Aubergine Coloured Card you've used (I Love The Aubergine, it's a really beautiful Colour)
I Love The Italian Background that you have chosen it's just Fabulous and so Intricate, I Love how you have cut your Italian Background twice and just offset them giving a shadow image. I really Love how you've placed a piece of card onto a sticky sheet then added The Awesome Iced Snow, then you've placed your Offset Italian Background on top so it show's some of your Iced Snow through your image, it must be wonderful to see the sparkle coming through. I really Love The Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (still one of my all time favourite ribbons) and you've turned it into a Beautiful Flower added your Faux Quilled Leaves,
Mat/Layered in Taupe and Aubergine to finishes off you've added The Cosmic Shimmer Dots in Vanilla, Sue a Truly Awesome Card I just Love every thing about it.
Sue Thank You for sharing this Beautiful Card, Thank You for The Great Photography Shots, the details really help, Thank You for all your hard work to keep this Blog going each day of the year. Sue a Huge Thank You For The Inspiration You Give To Me Each And Every Day I So Appreciate It.
Sue Take Great Care
Love and Hugs
From Sam x
Hugs to All of you.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. This is a real beauty, even if the pics aren't showing it's full glory. The Italian background is so pretty and I love your way of offsetting the aubergine one, it casts a great shadow. As always I love the striped ribbon, so pretty along with the twine bow and leaves.
I really must stop waffling so much, which will give me more crafting time, so am sending my daily hugs to Sue, Pam, all of my special friends and all that are in need. Have a good day everyone. Take care.

lilygee said...

Good Morning All
To Meg - so sorry for your loss. There is no comfort in words at this time because the pain is overwhelming but remembering happy times together may make it more bearable.

A really gorgeous card Sue - the background die makes it easy to create a winner every time - really pretty die and the embellishments finish off the card beautifully.

Jayne S said...

This card is amazing, what a wonderful way to show this background die.

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue what a beautiful card I love the colours you have used.
I have this die and I love it as it makes wonderful wedding cards.
Take care

Debs A xx

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue love the colours xx hazel

Carol Clarke said...

Moring Sue
Gorgeous card, they have all been beautiful this week - all so different

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Beautiful and the arrangement of leaves looks fab

Alison Couchman said...

This is such a beautiful die Sue. Using it twice is just double the pleasure and makes a really pretty, interesting card. I don't like glittery things so the small areas of sparkle are better for me.
Hope everyone can keep cool enough today.

Marion Bull said...

Morning Sue an everyone, love this card and especially the offset technique which I will try later. The ribbon flower is fab so will have a go at that too!
Have a good day everyone!
Marion B xx

Diane said...

Hi Sue another beautiful card this morning and your photographs are great too. Don't worry about the colour the close ups show your wonderful technique to a T. I must stop stroking my grosgrain ribbon and actually use it! I might sit in the garden and play with making ribbon flowers later! Have a great day. Love Diane G xxx
Meg so sorry to hear about the sad loss of your sister sending you condolences and a hug xxx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Beautiful card such a clever background so effective. My Embossing folders arrived yesterday so to is play day I cannot wait to get started with them.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Whatever colour it is, this card is beautiful. The roses background have a Renee Macintosh look about them, well to me anyhow. :-)

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. This Italian background doesn't need much else to make a beautiful card.
Love Val in Spain x

Sue Parish said...

Love the way the ribbon rose follows the rose shape in the background, and the two leaf dies together - everything sits together so nicely. You are so clever, Sue. Sue x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Fabulous card, love the shadow effect, it's stunning.
Have a good day.

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
I love this background the card is so stunning another die for on my wish list lol..hugs to all who needs one, Sarah xx

Angela H said...

What a beautiful technique.

barbiepinkfairy said...

Love it! Have this beautiful background. Will try the offset technique. Love to all xxx

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Im loving this card , with all the lovely fret work, i really must get this die .

Take care
Elaine H X

Joan D said...

Lovely card Sue,and a great idea to offset the dies.will give it a try,but at the moment am crafting off the ironing board would you believe as my new craft room in our new house isn't yet finished,and I need my shot of crafting.! Have a great day x x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, love the card , I just think these sort of backgrounds are beautiful. Love Jean Z xx

Angela Allen said...

Hi Sue
Love this technique,the card is really lovely.
Love Angela x

Annie said...

Morning Sue, how fab are your faux quilled leaves and ferns,they are stunning and a feature all on their own. So simple and effective, they are beautiful. As is the whole card!
When the light and the camera don't "talk" to each other in your pics, it really doesn't matter because you always explain so carefully and all of us are savvy enough to see what it really is like! So don't you go worrying about it!
Here's to everyone's weekend, hope the sun shines for you all wherever you are.
Hugs Annie x

Anonymous said...

Mornign Sue
Very creative, just lovely
Audrey, Wicklow, Ireland

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, photography looks fine to me, you should see my efforts. I love this background die and the way you have done it is great. Hope everyone has a great weekend

Love Rosemarie xx

ellyscard creatief said...

Very beautiful.
Love that shadow background.
Gr Elly

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, an absolutely beautiful card this
rose background is gorgeous and the
colours are great
love these roses with the ribbon too mine
never look as good though.
Nancyd xx

Hilary said...

Good morning Sue, and everyone.
Another beautiful card today! The background, with the shadow effect is gorgeous, and so is the grosgrain ribbon flower! Wishing you, and everyone a happy and healthy day.
Love and hugs. Hilary xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - oh such a beautiful card. I love the way you have offset the die - I occasionally offset smaller dies but would never have thought to use a larger one. Everything about this card speaks elegance. Thank you so much for your daily inspiration. Best wishes

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
I love this background die and have used it quite a few times, but never thought to put an offset image behind, also have these finishing touches so could have a go at this one. I love it when you keep coming up with so many ways to use our dies.

Hope you have a lovely day, love Brenda xxx

MEG - so sorry to hear about your sister, as you said she is free from pain now, just think of all the lovely times you both had, sending you love and prayers.

CAMEELI - Good luck, hope the doctor is pleased with your progress and give you the all clear.

NORAH - YES technology is great, especially when the other half is happy and comfortable using it and I get lots of free (ME) time. LOL

Big hugs to all this lovely family and thank you Sue for bringing everyone together.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card. I love the way you have off set one of the backgrounds. It's very effective. The bow ensemble looks very pretty. Thank you so much for your daily inspiration.
Sympathies to Meg.
Hugs to all who need one.

SHARICA said...

Lovely card .. love the flower .. xx

Wendy L said...

Love this one as I do the Italian collection, xxx

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,

A lovely card with which to start the day. Thank you for sharing this and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
I'm not getting taupe and aubergine but I am getting a beautiful card lol!
Lovely background die.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Alice G said...

Brilliant idea to use the die like this, I would never have thought of doing this on a background die but it looks fab! Your pics show the technique really well Sue even if you are not happy with the colous. I think you did just fine!

Hugs Alice xx

hotpotato said...

lovely card Sue.

gwen70 said...

Beautiful Sue

Chris Curry said...

Good morning Sue. This card is lovely, I love the Italian collection and it is on my shopping list. The colour aubergine is such a rich royal colour. Thank you. Xx

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven....

Hi Sue, lovely shadow effect - gives so much dimension to the design!

Hugs, Belinda. X

Lindsay Martin said...

Morning Sue, a beautiful card today. I especially love today's embellishment, your leaf arrangement is gorgeous, really need to get the fern trio.
Meg, so sorry about your sister, my thoughts are with you and your family.
Dawn I hope your dog continues to improve, it's hard for all our pets in this weather.
Cameeli, fingers crossed for today, keep positive, then jet off and have a lovely birthday.
Janet enjoy those Friday pastries, nothing better than a special weekly treat.
Big hugs to all my blog family, Pam, wheelybad, Steph Karen, Lynne and the lovely girls, June, Margaret, Alison, Norah, mrs Duck, P in Wales, Mrs B, Tandy, Tres, Tina, Gail, Linda .
Not sure what time I will get in tomorrow as after I have finished giving my morning lessons, we are off on a four hour round trip to look at a couple Iof new horses, so hopefully I might get the last one needed for the school this year. Then I can start saving for my dies xxx

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

WOW. Such a pretty card. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxx

MaggieMac said...

Hi Sue and all the girls I just love this die - it comes out beautifully every time and your photography is just fine!

Cazzie D said...

Good morning Sue. A really sleek card today. I bet it looks tremendous in the flesh. Caz x

Brooke b said...

Lovely die and a beautiful card.

Anonymous said...

Hi there Sue. Morning everyone.

Meg - thinking of you at this difficult time.
Cam - GOOD LUCK with appointment later,please report back - then finish your report and packing, as Im spitting feathers and waiting for that celebratory drink !

I think your photography skills are great, you have shown a slight bit of twinkle coming through on the one shot, and taup is always a hard colour to pick out (I'll let you use that excuse, it works for me) lol
Its a beautiful card, thank you. I dont have that die but I have a rose background die I was SO lucky to inherit from a wonderful friend, so it may work - wont know till I try.
Whatever your day brings Sue, enjoy.
To all Wilting Wilsonettes that are struggling with the day, Im thinking of you all.
Stay cool and hydrated.
Love you.
Lancashire Steph xxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Sue! I just love everything you make!
Hugs Nicola T

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card today. The picture looks ok on my ipad. All your dies are so lovely and go so well together. I will really have to try the ices snow effect. I have bought the Justrite snowflakes and the Merry Christmas circle you demoed a few weeks ago, so will try the iced snow effect on the snowflakes. Mind you it could go on any Christmas stamp. Thought to myself, must try it on the Spellbinders Christmas Baubles. You see Sue just looking at your inspirations inspires us all.
Hugs to Pam and Robbie.
Hope all goes well Cameeli with your eye. You're still working?, you'll meet yourself coming back soon and won't be able to enjoy your holiday. Hope you won't be rushing around tonight. Slow down and enjoy. Hugs to Steph and Norah, Nd I hope you're hills are alive Norah and that you are able to enjoy the sunshine. Lovely watching the Commonwealth Games from Scotland. Hugs to anyone who needs one today, and to my two new friends that I met on Wed, hope it's not to hot for you both.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
This card is gorgeous and I really love all your background dies. This is another card down on my list to try as I love the Aubergine colour although I am sure it would look good in other pretty colours.
Looks like it may be a bit cooler today!
Love from
Lesley S

Aspiring crafter said...

I love this card Sue, colours and design just lovely and the background die looks so good.
Have a good day Sue and hope you are well,

Glennis said...

Absolutely gorgeous (as always)

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, another gorgeous card. I love the pretty rose background die you have used.

Janice Wallace said...

wonderful card, I love this technique. It really shows off this die.
Janice W

Jax said...

Hi Sue and all,I really love this colour choice,the whole card is lovely.My pinpoint folders came yesterday,so today I shall play!
Have a good day everyone,Jackie.

nannapat said...

Wow - spectacular card Sue. I love the colourway and that die is so pretty. Have a great weekend everyone. Pat x

Maryann Laursen said...

Again an absolut adorable card here Sue, really beautiful and a stunning color, you´ve used today too.

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Wow such a beautiful card and my favourite background die too. I've used it on quite a few occasions and I love it but I particularly love what you have done with it today.
My sympathirs to Meg and hugs to all in need of them.

Love Sheila xx

Jess Watson said...

Morning,Sue, lovely card today,so many ideas for different occasions are flying through my mind, all be it sometimes they stay there!
Meg sorry to hear about your sister, think about the good times you had together and that will get you through this difficult time.
I hope everyone who is watching the Commonwealth Games are enjoying them, Scotland is looking at its best in this glorious sunshine, long may it continue (I've probably just jinksed, is this a word?) it now).
Take care everyone Jess x

lindyloo12 said...

Another inspirational card!

Jackie Meechan said...

Well I love this card. Looks stunning. All your cards are gorgeous and we thank you for all the inspiration you give us.
Bigs Hugs

Jane said...

Very nice love the color's on this one.

Jane xx

Lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card

Anonymous said...

Lovely card. Take care. Claire

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue, and all the ladies.
This is beautiful, and I can't even post a photo so don't go knocking yours!!!
Hope everyone has as good a day as possible, and love to you Sue x

Paula said...

Another beautiful card Sue, you are amazing!

Paula x

Beryl Frost said...

Good morning Sue, you have done it again with a beautiful card. I love this die and I'm adding it to my very long wish list. Beryl xx

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love this card, very clever shadow effect, a must try. Sue, you are the cleverest arty person i know, so don't beat yourself up about the photo, it makes us mear mortals feel better.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

3362 Jan. said...

Morning Sue. Wow, this is a gorgeous. Could be used for different occasions. Have a great day,. Hugs. Jan. xx

Fiona Young said...

I haven't got any of these dies yet but have a few that would work for this idea. Must give it a go this weekend. It's supposed to be rainy here in Maine on Sunday so it will be a great reason to make cards all day instead of some much needed garden chores. Keep well everyone.

Marianna Hammer said...

This is a lovely card.

Sandra said...

Good morning Sue & Friends,
That Italian background a Die is stunning, you just don't need anything else, although the foliage and ribbon bow (that almost mimics the rose on the background?) lfinishes the card off beautifully!
Everything crossed for half ten! Then you can pop round for coffee & a catch up! ! Oh if only!
Janet, your morning sounds idyllic, would be a perfect morning for me, I love to people watch, it sounds like every gorgeous little French Town, I wish I could come visit you , it's such a shame you set not on our route through France to Spain, we go through Paris, Clermont Ferrand, Millau then down across the border, would have been a lovely stop and stretch your legs point! Maybe one day! Enjoy your lovely morning!
Mine isn't so idyllic ....laid on my bed, eating shredded wheat as girls have some loud action film on in lounge, I am sat here with a very sad kitten, who would not keep his funny collar on, so having to watch him constantly to make sure he isn't 'licking his wounds' I swear Paul was whincing as the vet explained what he had done! Haha,
Norah, Norah tell us a story! Come on I need a giggle, you bought back some funny memories yesterday, as I too was out with my brother and sisters from breakfast til tea, building dens, exploring, picking blackberries, getting my siblings to eat Sloe's, I convinced them that they were sweet and juicy, I have gone on to do the something to my children! Their faces were hilarious!
We had no phone, nobody worried or checked on us, it was a right of passage which due to media stories worrying the life out of us, we deny our children, chances are , like us they would be perfectly safe, but we are considered bad parents if you do not know the exact location of your child 24/7! I think thus has contributed majorly to the obesity issues we have today!
Pat & Sue, hope you are both ok, my bum has just about regained full sensation after our marathon cafe sit in ! I really had the best morning, can't wait fir next time, wish it was next week!
Brenda, hope you are well and not suffering too much in the heat! Xx
Lynne, Lynda B, Pam, Steph, & all, big hugs ,
Sandra xxxxxxx

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue and fellow Wilsonettes,
I really do love this background die as it does make such a beautiful card. It is great in the fact that it is so versatile and can be used to make the awkward cards for the awkward people in our lives. 10/10 Sue for another beauty. I picked a pair of pj's for mum because they were wrapped in a piece of this ribbon, needless to say she got the pj's minus the ribbon. But there again she sometimes gets jumpers or tops without the little hanging ribbons, she would never hang them up anyway.
Meg,i am so sorry to read the sad news of your sisters passing. It is hard for me to say that she out of pain now because you will miss her so much. But she knew right to the end how much you loved her and we are all here to give you the love you gave your sister. Sending you big hugs,i just wish they could be physical ones.
Jean(Deane) i am so sorry that i missed your birthday yesterday, not sure how i managed it but i hope that you had a lovely day yesterday.
How is wee Milo this morning Sandra since his operation yesterday? Poor wee fella but sometimes you have to think off the long term. Sending him a hug for being such a good boy.
Cameeli flower,i have everything crossed for you today as you have a plane to catch and some wild living to do and report back to us about. I don't drink but i will raise my coffee cup to you on your birthday.
Maria A, i hope today is going to be better day for you. You can get really quiet electric fans that may just give you that wee bit needed help to sleep, sorry i can't get the pain to stop.
Welcome little Maisy, what a lovely name to give her Julie. Try not to worry about Sophie, she will soon settle down to the new comer and she might actually calm her down, Maisy on the other hand might put a wee bit life back into Sophie.
Wheely Bad, you are coming on so well, Mr Wheely's card will be lovely when it is finished. It's strange to me that men you wouldn't expect to be so interested. My special niece for example, i have known her intended since he was 5yrs old and because i am just the other side of the door at 5'1" he has always teased me mercilessly. I made an engagement card for my special girl like i had done for her sister and he nearly floored me with his thanks and how much he liked it(unheard off from our Stuart). So it is great that Mr W takes such an interest in what you like.
Well i am so glad that i brought back so many happy memories to so many people yesterday. A lot of the simple pleasures of our youth doesn't exist any more and it is a shame as our children have missed out in freedom and simple joy that kept all of us enthralled for hours. I hope that you too Sue could be taken back to your childhood although you were probably more girlie than some of us. I learnt crafting from all sorts of places, but i also learned how to enjoy the simple things and so did a lot of you by the sounds of things. Jim and I were always getting hurt having to get stitched. Did it EVER put us off doing it again...NOPE, we just tried to do it without falling. Oh lovely days of a lost youth, but i was so pleased to read everyone else's childhood exploits and that the fun was universal. Thank you everyone for taking me back to very happy times. Who did bark or brass rubbings? Today's embossing was yesterdays rubbings. Drying out flower and leaves then to using them today in our cards and projects. I laugh at the "new" "upcycling" as our mums were probably all doing that as a matter of course because money was so tight and didn't have a lot. We never had a lot but we were happy and you did things as a family so much more than today.
I have beautiful clouds today, some off them are wispy as if you've pulled it apart and can see through it. There is nothing as lovely than seeing the hills and countryside in all its glory in the summer. Sending hugs to all our fragile friends, take care
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil)

Theresa Sweetman said...

Another great card Sue. Theresa

Tres said...

Hi Sue. Ooooh this card today is gorgeous !! I must buy the Italian Background die as I really love it !! This is such a beautiful card Sue. You have used some great colours to. I really love how you have made two die cuts from contrasting colours and offset them to make this fab shadowey look to the card. I also love how you have added the ice snow glitter to another piece of card and put that behind also, making a slight glittery look to it. Both are fantastic techniques, producing fantastic results !! I also love the strippey grosgrain ribbon flower to. Your Faux Quilled Leaves and Fern leaves are a wonderful addition to your card aswell. Very clever, very beautiful and very striking !! You are amazing Sue. Your ideas and inspiration never seem to stop !! Thank you for sharing all you wonderful creations with us each and every day. Whenever I am stuck for making a card, I just come and look on your blog, I can refer back to any card I would like to see and read about again and I can look at all your videos and tutorial instructions. You offer such a wealth of support. Thank you, thank you, thank you Sue. I am so grateful. Well I love your Faux Quilled Leaves, but nothing has prepared me for your amazing Petite Vinery Dies !! OMG !! You have made a die that has both leaves and swirls combined together in the same die. ( I love, love, love swirly dies.) You have made a left facing die and a right facing die. They are Sooo beautiful and so very versatile. I can now put leaves and swirls any where on my card, at whatever angle I like and they fit and they look fabulous !! You just know exactly what crafters want and need to make gorgeous cards. Thank you so much Sue, you are so clever !!
I hope you have a lovely day today Sue. Lots of love From Tres x x x

To Meg, I am so sorry to hear about the sad loss of your sister. Sending you lots of love and gentle hugs today love Tres x x x

To all my lovely Wilsonette friends, I hope everyone has a great day today. Sending everyone lots of love and hugs from Tres x x x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
I love how you have offset the two backgrounds to get the shadow and the iced snow is twinkling !
Sending heartfelt sympathy to Meg

Best wishes to everyone, Pat

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. If this card looks better in real life, then WOW. SueL x

Disco Queen said...

Super card Sue! I love how much depth was created by offsetting the two colours of card. Will be trying this myself. Thanks for the inspiration. Theresa x

CraftyJo said...

Beautiful :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
This card is stunning. The background die is so gorgeous - I just love it. I love the colour combination here too. Fantastic. Thank you.
Bye for now.
SandraP xxx

Maxine T said...

Amazing card, love the colours and the die cut roses.
How do you do it Sue, just keep them coming. Maxine T

nzillingworth said...


TOB said...

What a beautiful card, gorgeous flower as always.
WELL ladies (and gents) I have a confession to make, I wrote to Sue to tell her that I wouldn't be commenting on the blog any more as I found it very sad and I was in a very bad place at the time and found it difficult to cope. Please let me explain, I know there are many Wilsonettes out there who are ill or coping with the sadness that life brings. I have been quite ill for over 13 yrs now and while I used to say Thank goodness for Morphine I am now passed that, and morphine does not touch the daily pain I have all through my body.I now take the strongest painkiller they can give me without me being in hospital, and I use more and more medical equipment to keep my body functioning. I have never felt able to say these things except to family and friends and then realised that maybe the Wilsonettes are my friends. I love to craft and although I have had several operations on my hands I am lucky enough to be able to enjoy making cards it is the one thing that keeps me going and keeps me sane, even though sometimes I am crying while I am crafting.I am not telling you all this for any kind of sympathy but to explain why I didn't comment for quite a while. Then I realised that it was me that was actually suffering for not being on the blog and enjoying the cards Sue shows. I want you all to understand I am proud to be a wilsonette, and realised that maybe my experiences might just help someone else. So I will be blogging again and reading all the comments, sad or not, and if I can help anyone with anything I will. I hope you all understand. Hugs Theresa x

Maureen Bleay said...

Hello Sue, another lovely card. This is the first time I have seen the shadowy effect with the main feature on the card. Its just great and I will definitely be trying that out. Thanks for the idea.
Tob above or Theresa! keep your chin up and try to keep crafting. I know what you mean by it keeps you sane. If I'm down in future I will think of you and wonder why I should be down. Take care.
Sue as always your talent is greatly appreciated. Hugs Maureen

Jill Liddle said...


Muriel Kelly said...

Lovely card, the offset technique looks so good, I must try it, the ribbon rose is lovely too

Muriel x

IVY Cheong said...

Afternoon Sue,

Simple but elegant card. I love it.

Lots of love,

Ivy Ling x

Rach83 said...

Wow, this is stunning. I would love to recreate this look. The aubergine is gorgeous and so opulent with your ribbon rose.

Hope you have a super weekend,
Rachel x

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Gorgeous Card Sue!

I love everything bout it and the colours you've used are lovely.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Lacelady said...

Some how, Sue, the colour on my screen doesn't matter, it's the design I look at most, because I can also imagine it in my choice of colours.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, This card is so beautiful and elegant, love the offset technique, will have to give that a try. The faux leaves are so delicate and flower and Iced Snow are scrummy. Don't beat yourself up about the photos, yours are a million time better than my feeble attempts. Have a lovely day whatever you are doing.
Meg my sincere condolences on the loss of your Sister, she is free from pain and knew how much you loved her, it still does not ease your pain, gentle hugs and love xx
Pam hugs to you and Robbie.
Cameeli hope the doctor has cleared you to fly, please let us know the results so we can raise a glass to you.
Sandra hope little Milo is back to normal, hugs to you Bella and Milo.
Lindsay I am keeping cool, good luck with the horse trip and hope you find a suitable horse.
Norah keep on with your wonderful stories, you are a tonic to so many people.
Janet your village sounds idyllic, enjoy the pastry treat.
Alison enjoy your trip to Norfolk next week, what a sweet husband you have.
Anne C enjoy the golf, hope you win.
Wheely Bad you are doing so well, good luck with your task today, Mr WB will love his card, you go girl.
Daily hugs to Tina E, Margaret corgi owner, Steph, Norah, Jean D, Lynne M, Lynda B, Magpie, Maureen K Myra p, Mrs B, Pat S, Tres, Tandy and of course our Sue.
Enjoying the Commonwealth Games, well done Scotland and Glasgow.
Take care everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Jacquie said...

Hi Sue,

Such a beautiful card, love the die, so, so pretty.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Brenda Lello said...

Sue please forgive me I would like to send a message to TOB

Hi TOB (Theresa)
What a strong lady you are. Please feel free to talk about your daily struggle, your ups, and your downs. This Lovely family will laugh, or cry with you and be there for you day after day, also send you gently hug you on a daily basis.
PLEASE stay with the wonderful Wilsonettes. You will be amazed just how many friends you have. They wonderful bunch of people. Love and prayer xxx

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Anonymous said...

I love the effect of the background, Sue.
Thank you so much for my prize - it is going to be so useful. It will be in use by later today!

Anne (Northampton)

Myra P said...

Hi Sue,
What a beauty today! I love this die and use it a lot but today's offering adds another twist! Never mind the photography we can clearly see the card and the description and pictures do the rest! It was a flower just like that which gave me such trouble as the ribbon does tend to fray. I am improving - there was a lot of room for improvement believe me!
Theresa - thank you for being so brave and trusting to post today. Everyone tries to help each other here as you know and we enjoy the fun things as well. Sue's cards are the reason we check in daily but sometimes it helps to talk to people and there are many on this blog who suffer a lot of pain and who can really empathise with you. Sending crafty hugs to you.
Janet - your trip to the village sounds idyllic - wish we were there! Enjoy.
Norah - you got me thinking about up cycling ! My Mum made a lovely floral frilled skirt for a treadle sewing machine! Mats were put on top and a triple mirror! This was a dressing table in a little spare bedroom! Single bed cover and curtains matched and the seat cover on the chair! She used to go in their to sew and that's where I learned too. Thanks for reminding me.
Meg- So sorry to hear about your sister. Thinking of you and sending love.
Must stop! Love to everyone - hope you have a good weekend.
Love to Pam and Robbie
Cameeli - hope your news is good.

greendragon said...

All of the elements of this card are beautiful. Especially like the background die. I have the fern and leaves, but have never used them together - I'm going to now!

Arnette said...

Beautiful card I love the colors and the die!

hollyberry said...

Lovely card although definitely does not look aubergine on my computer.

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone! Gorgeous card,I might have to cut down my wishing list but where to start? I love all your dies and stamps are beautiful.
Thank you Sue for giving us all your inspirations .Today I feeling better and a lot of it thanks to you all, reading these blogs help to know we are not alone.We all love crafting one way or other but also support each other when we are sad/down in the dump or happy for one another when something good is happening. Cameeli-hope your eye appointment went well.
Meg-so sorry for your loss.
Thank you Norah,you keep my sanity! Reading about your childhood makes me smile.The times when you could go out all summer with no fear and running in and out of each others houses(no looked doors) Bare feet,rusty nails and glass at times :) but what summers we used to have..... Theresa- glad to see you back,If you like to chat? I am on facebook Pam,Wheelybad,Norah,Steph,Lynda,
Sandra and everyone else have a nice day!! Hugs to all Maria x

Theresa Pace said...

brilliant card. love the idea of creating a shadow with the darker card. beautiful, hugs xx

Theresa said...

Hi Sue
Just a quick note to say your cards and your dies are always amazing
Today's is another stunner love it
Theresa xx

Susi Mortimer said...

Afternoon Sue,
Love this die and the colours also. Have the collection so will have to give it a try.
Cameeli hope all went well this morning. Enjoy your flight and your time in New York.
Hope everyone has a good day. Susi x

Susan White said...

Really pretty card, and such a clever technique! Thanks for sharing, Susan x

karenlotty said...

Love the colours and shadow effect Would never have thought to use the colour aubergine as a shadow more need to tries! I'm saving hard to buy some more dies I haven't got many Roll on October when it's my birthday and times are happier (hopefully) for everyone

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue,
Beautiful card. Like the two tone plus a bit o sparkle. Canny beat a wee bit of bling lol
Love to all Tracy from killie x

Helen Barker said...

Beautiful card using one of my favourite dies.Love the ribbon rose too.
Helen Bx

Caron28 said...

Hello Sue. Another stunning card with gorgeous colours. xx

terrie said...

Wow that flower die cut on your card is just stunning...
Your card is just wonderful...
Thank you for showing this card.
Well done Sue

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue lovely card today photography very good I wish mine were as good. I do have this die and must have a go at this technique. Meg sorry to hear about your sister take heart in all the special times you had together hugs to you and your family. Tres (TOB) what a brave lady keep crafting as long as you can special gentle hugs for you too take care. Hugs to all who need them today Sophy n Gran

selinei said...

hi sue, i just love this card, just love this die gorgeous. seline x

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue and all Wilsonettes, another horrid, humid day down here in Cornwall lol. This card is beautiful, Sue and there's nothing wrong with your photography. The colours in mine usually look completely different. I'm useless at it though lol. xx

Jane Franklin said...

Another brill card, thank you. Have brought all my Sue dies with me on hols up to Scotland, so have to try some of these techniques. Best wishes to all. Luv jax

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, love the background die and the way you've off set it slightly.

jane stillman said...

What a clever technique - it looks fabulous xx

Carole Z said...

HI Sue, gorgeous card, love your floral corner, beautiful! Hugs Carole Z X

Barbara said...

Beautiful card Sue! Those background dies are so pretty and take a lot of the hard work out of making a card.

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Thanks for sharing another one of your great cards,I do enjoy checking in most days to see what's been added to the blog and I'm never disappointed.

SusanP, Kent said...

Lovely card. The aubergine shadow gives even more dimension. I now have your leaf and fern dies, but no backgrounds yet - can't choose they're all so 'wantable'.

Pam B said...

Hi Sue, another beautiful creation, lovely

Pam B

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a very pretty card today and I love the shadow effect of the double die-cut. Must give it a go and I do have this die to try it with.
Happy week-end to everyone.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Another fabulous card today. Love everything about it.
Cameeli, hope your appointment went well. Meg so sorry to hear about your sister - my thoughts and prayers are with and your family. TOB(Theresa) I think you are really brave and although we don't know you personally, everyone on this blog is so friendly and we will do everything we can to keep you crafting and happy. If you want to moan, then you just go right ahead! Must dash now but sending love and hugs to everyone who needs them or wants them. Love Alison xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Long time since I posted a comment, but I just love your card especially the colours. Best wishes, Evis.

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. Just back from a wonderful wedding with such a lovely couple so I need to make an impressive thank you card. I think you are going to be my inspiration. Love these colours. xx Maggie (better without a bow)

craftynanna said...

hi sue, an absolutely lovely card, i love the colours too and the italian die, i have ordered some more sue dies as i call them from joanna sheen can't wait for them to come. love J

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue and lovely blog friends

Just goes to prove that what ever colour the card looks on our screens, it looks beautiful. Love the flowers.

Margaret O, I am so sorry to hear the very sad news of the loss of your sister. I hope you find comfort and support on this fantastic blog of Sue's, I know I have. I know all the ladies on this blog have offered me many a shoulder, and we are all here for you too.

Norah I am going to sit down later and read your part1 & part2 with a glass of something chilled.

Steph I hope I will get around to talking to you before Sunday and your big day at the market, with your beautiful cards you will have no problems selling them.

Margaret Sending, love and Hugs. X

My Daughter Claire and her new husband flew out of Heathrow Airport today today on their long awaited honeymoon. they have gone on an American tour. Starting in Texas then not in order Tennessee, Louisiana, Memphis,a lot more places and then ending up in New York. They will be gone for a month. I have never not spoken to my daughter for longer than 2 days. Really really going to miss her. Sorry to waffle.

Regards to all my Friends on this blog, and especially to Sue to allow us to talk like this on your blog

kind regards :-)

Tina XX

Vie Carter said...

A very pretty card today Sue

I have these dies and use them all the time, so are so versatile


Karen Drew said...

That is a beautiful background.
Lovely card
Karen xx

craftynanna said...

ps sorry ladies but i always always comment on sue's card before reading any other comments, sincere sympathy to MEG on the loss of her sister, you must be struggling right now, and TERESA i empathise with you i know and have known dreadful pain so please don't give in you will summons the extra strength from somewhere, love to you both J

lorraine (classylady) said...

Another beautiful card Sue, love the rose background and the colours
Glasgow and the games sweltering in the heat.

Feel proud to be Scottish and British Some tender love to those who need it and for those on pain

Lorraine - scotland

Joanna Dickson said...

Hi Sue. I bet it looks stunning in real life. Your photography skills are just fine. It is hard sometimes to relay the actual exact feel in a photo.
Gosh I'm shattered tonight. It has been so hot again I'm convinced it makes me more tired that even my usual.
Hope you all have a fab weekend. Lots of love Jo xx.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Another lovely card using the Italian background die. Whilst I've tried backing it with gold, silver and other colours I've never tried your technique so that is a must now. Your ribbon flowers are so pretty and even a novice like myself can produce a reasonable flower. All in all a beautiful card. Hugs Pauline A xx

Pam said...

TOB Theresa, that took a lot of courage to post today and I and all other Wilsonettes are so glad that you did. We may not be able to help with your pain but the caring people on this blog will be there for you every day to support you. If you want to tell us we will listen and if you don't we will understand but we will be there. Big hugs to you.
Tina, your daughter will have you in her heart each and every day. You will see her trip through her eyes.
How did docs visit go Cam x

Gail said...

Stunning card and luv everything about it xx GailT xx

Pearl said...

Evening Sue, this card is fab!

The colours look good to me but reading the text they are not as you described. The picture you took is good - it's the artificial light that has distorted the colours.

Taking pictures in as natural light as possible will reveal the true colours.

Craftihappiness to you all, love from Pearl.

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi TOB. Theresa

Sue is a fab lady and allows her blog family to talk to each other. I'm really sad that you are in so much pain everyday, we all had no idea,and we ladies and gents don't know until you tell us. I have had a lot of support here on this lovely blog, and I'm so glad you are back in the blog family ( as Sue Calls it ). We have big shoulders here. Welcome home.

Thank you Pam X

Tina XX

Kate's Cards said...

It's a beauty!

Mary Burton said...

Hi Sue,
Such a gorgeous die and this is another technique I have got to try!

AnneRD said...

Lovely background die and clever way of off-setting the different colours for added interest. Anne x

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue,beautiful card,love your Die.

magpie said...

Hellooooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Gorgeous card Sue. The aubergine offset gives it a stunning look. There's nothing wrong with your photography Sue, you do a grand job! Love the background and I love the faux quilled leaves...(I've got them!) "Thank you" for another gorgeous card that we can do with whatever dies we have. I'm still wondering what dies to buy of yours.....I love so many of's an eeny, meeny, miny, mo.....! Lol! I hope you are managing a bit of a rest anyway Sue after your to-ings and fro-ings xx Just to say, so sorry Meg for the loss of your sister. You are in my prayers. As are you Theresa. It took a lot for you to say all that but on behalf of myself and I know our Wilsonette family, we are here for you, anytime.....xx Thinking of you too Tina with your daughter in the USA for a month. I'm sure she will keep in touch with you most of the time. A few cousins were there for a month a few weeks ago and now the other half of cousins are there now. They all had/having a fantastic time! One day.... Cameeli, hope you went on okay today and you will be flying tomorrow! "Happy birthday" too for the 28th! Thank you, Lynne, Lynda, Norah, Lyndsey,, Yorkielass and Pam for your birthday wishes! It was a lovely day and I had some beautiful lilies from my husband. Glad to say I now have a wonderful man. "Thank you" Norah for the wonderful reminder that I am 21! Sounds good to me and that is where I shall stay me thinks! Thank you too on your wonderful reminising? stories. Ooooo, strawberry and blackberry picking, running through the grass with no socks on, making daisy chains, paddling in the brook, taking a bottle of water and some jam sandwiches going off for the day, crawling along the big pipe over the canal.....all this with no mobiles or computers. The phone you had was the red one at the end of your street! Wonderful times of tick, kerby, kiss chase and leap frog! Thank you Norah! xx Lyndsey, hope you manage to have a smooth journey to look at horses tomorrow xx Sending love and hugs to you Sue and to all our Wilsonettes who need one. A bit late tonight but there will still be plenty there for you all in the morning. Take as many as you want xx Take care everyone xx Love Karen xx

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue,

A beautiful card love how you've offset the Italian background die , wouldn't have thought of that, .the grosgrain ribbon rose is lovely too, thanks Sue.
Norah , thank you for my belated birthday wishes xx
Theresa , welcome back .
Sending crafty hugs to all especially yorkielass and of course Sue xxxx

janet said...

Oh goody -I have the ingredients for this one. I like the shaddow effect. I want to use my other 'sparkles' so might try one of them instead of always iced snow -my pot is getting low!! Also don't like grosgrain ribbon -too heavy for this delicate card, so would use some organza or whatever I can find in my HUGE ribbon stash!
Janet in Kent

Janice K said...

A beautiful card with gorgeous embellishments.x

Alison D said...

Hi Sue, lovely card. Adore the shadow effect, it's very effective. And those finishing touches dies, they are to die for! Hope you have some more die designs in the pipeline. Love and hugs,
Alison D x

Margaret corgi owner said...

Good evening Sue and everyone
I do so love this card you can almost smell the lovely roses if you close your eyes, stunning to say the least.

Cameeli I do so hope all goes well for you so that you can have the most fabulous time in the Big Apple, it is the very least you deserve after these last few months.

Do take care everyone in this heat craft as much as you dare!
Up here in the Lake District we have had the gritter wagons out no, not for snow, but because the roads are melting so badly. Our corgi keep looking for the shady spots.

Have a super weekend Sue and everyone especially Pam, Cameeli, Lynda, Yorkielass, Norah, Steph and Tina.

Margaret corgi owner

Margaret corgi owner

Wheely Bad said...

Good Evening Sue and my Wonderful Wilsonette friends.

I love the colours you've used Sue, purples are a favourite of mine (and blue, and teal, and pink, and black lol). The flowers and quilled leaves (hurrah! Ordered some from Julia today with some embellishments and some cream/ black ribbon- a little reward to myself for not listening to the hyperactive little devil WheelyBad that sits atop my shoulder telling me to do more than I should!) the whole ensemble looks stunning. The layer, colours, details... just lovely I thought your photo was pretty good! My rule is to always photograph in daylight (sunlight or a bulb that simulates it).

Meg, my most sincere condolences to you. I cannot begin to understand how you feel.Just know I'm thinking about you.

Theresa(TOB), Thank you for sharing, you are amongst friends here so please don't stay away. Pain is understood here, physical or emotional and is shared, along with our successes, joys and sad times. There is so much genuine care here. Craft is our thing, Sue is our Crafting Queen, it's a therapy, a shared love. Please do keep posting hun, I have felt so much happier since I have tried to post everyday, it's my 'outside world' if you will. Doesn't matter even if you just say if you're having a good or rough day- we will talk back cos a fair few of us know where you'll be coming from. I will be thinking about you like the others will be, Gentle hugs of understanding for you xxx
Cameeli, I hope the Dr visit was ok, have a lovely trip & a great birthday.
Lindsay, how exciting! I've always loved horses even though once past the age of 10/11 I couldn't ride them. Beautiful majestic creatures- obviously my favourite breed is the Suffolk Punch!
My gosh, thank you all again so much! I did sit at the table today. Shame I faffed, spectacularly so. I couldn't decide at all what to do. Achieved a card blank, a colour scheme and 8 different ideas non of which I actually started on. Need to decide, plan tomorrow when back to the balance blob and resting then hit it Sunday having made a decision. I got til Tuesday. He's a craftsman as well, his medium is bricks though. He used to restore listed buildings and can make amazing patterns with bricks that blew my mind when I saw him do it- plus he can paint and decorate to a phenomenal standard too and appreciates any good design or piece of art. I like to really push myself when I make for him- cards, jewellery or home items over the 16 yrs we've been together. He deserves it with the stuff he does for our little family!
Big crafty hugs to Sue. Thank you for having this blog and letting us share our love of crafts and to be here for each other, Crafty Hugs for Pam & Robbie, Yorkielass June, Norah, Janet 'Ecco', Alimecca, Lynda, Lyndsay and Wilsonettes the world over.

Much love xxx

Wheely Bad said...


Forgot to say

Glad you're feeling better today Maria xxxx

T x

Sandy H said...

Today's card is gorgeous. You've used my current favourite, the Italian background. I must try your idea of cutting the die twice and offsetting it. Love your ribbon rose and the foliage.

Didn't manage to comment yesterday. The buckle card was lovely.

Take care everyone.

samantha wade said...

Beautiful card, love this die, great colour and the mix of leaves looks perfect. Xx

susie q said...

Lovely colours for today's card. Then again I love all your cards. Just bought the hearts striplet die featured the other week. Can't wait to use it

yorkshire rose said...

Hello Sue

thanks for another lovely
card and love the colours

love rosexx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. The rose goes beautifully with the background you have created for it. Fab card.

Nana on the Hill said...

I've missed a couple of day so am playing catchup again, but it means l have the pleasure of three days cards to admire. Lovely work Sue, wish mine looked as good.

Bridge x said...

Sorry I can't read every day but just have to comment n this beautiful card, better late than never. The Italian background was the first die I ever bought from you Sue when you demo'd it at my local craft store and it really is still my favourite go to die now. You demo'd it showing the offset technique and I've made quick but stunning cards ever since - thank you fir showing this one again xx

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