Friday, 18 July 2014

Twinkly Background Card

 Hi crafters!  It's so sparkly, isn't it?!  I really had to resist the urge to add anything to it, as I felt it really needed a white and silver poinsettia on it.  However, I really wanted to show off this background from the show so I was good and didn't do anything more to it!  I started with the Retro Sparkle background stamp from Justrite and stamped it on to our Cobalt Blue card using a clear Perfect Medium.  I heat embossed it with Silver Shine embossing powder, then covered the entire piece with a sticky double sided adhesive sheet.  I then covered the entire piece with Iced Snow and burnished it into the background, creating a really twinkly background for my card.  Next, on coconut white card,  I stamped the Vintage Labels Seven shapes from the set which is called Snowflake Vintage Label Seven by Justrite and embossed them with silver shine as well.  I cut them out with the matching die and used Chipped Sapphire distress ink while still in the die.  On the smaller die cut, I stamped my sentiment in the centre using the Cobalt Blue Archival ink pad.  I mounted the two die cuts up with foam in between and on the back and added them to the centre of my background.  You do, however, need to add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the foam on the back before attaching it to the Iced Snow since it is a sort of glitter product the foam does not want to stick without glue!  I used my piercing ruler to add a pierced framed layer of coconut white card, then added a thin blue mat and a final white mat to complete my card.  The finished dimensions are 6" x 7" in size.

   I am going to give you a sneak peek at a few of the samples for Sunday's Toolshed show so be sure to check back tomorrow and Sunday morning for those!  All for now, Sue x


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Pam said...

Beautiful card Sue, love it. My new dies arrived yesterday, so gorgeous, just cant get to my ebosser yet, still I can stroke them.
Thank you Norah for the offer of the knitting needles, not at the itchy staage yet, just very cumbersome. Oh well, just another 3 weeks to go (if it has healed) and then I may get a cast that I can stand and walk with.
Dawn and Tres, hope you are feeling a little better today.
Love & hugs to all who want/ned them.
Pam Hartlepool

Vick said...

Ooh yes very twinkly, how magical!!!love it Sue Hugs, Vick xx
My YTChannel vixcrafts

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card, really shines! Looking forward to Sunday's show! Love Jean xxx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Yet another gorgeous card. I LOVE that background - absolutely perfect.
I know what you mean about the white poinsettia - I can just imagine how lovely that would look.
Looking forward to Sunday's show - where has this year gone to?
Hugs, Rose

Judy Davies said...

Morning Sue, such a beautiful card yet again! I would like to try this one but when I called into Ben's shop in Haverfordwest last week for some adhesive sheets he said that he's waiting for more to come in as he had sold out after your demo, so I won't be able to try todays card yet....hope your keeping well, love and hugs x

June said...

Good Morning Sue, Pam and everyone, Sue this card is lovely I like the way you have embossed on the labels with the silver, it really brings out the sentiment and the background, gorgeous, once again you have created a masterpiece. I also am looking forward to Sunday's show, in fact every show you do is inspirational. I go to a craft club every week and we all talk about your cards and the techniques you use. I do hope the knitting needles will not be needed Pam........... Anyway have a great day everyone, keep safe, happy, and healthy. June Smith xxx

Anonymous said...

Getting us in the Christmas mood Sue, Mabex

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you we need a bit of sparkle at Christmas beautiful. Looking forward to Sunday, take care Kitty.

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. This was my absolute favourite card from your last shows so I'm so pleased that you've chosen to show it here. Looking forward to the Sunday shows, it won't be quite like seeing you and Julia live but it's the next best thing.
Happy Friday to all and an better day for those of us who break up from school today!
Sue xxx

Clai01 said...

Yes it is very magical and twinkly, I'm so looking forward to Tool Shed! x

Linda28 said...

Sue, A beautiful card this morning, as you say so simple yet so striking. I think I may have to get this stamp, I love it! Have a great day everyone. Linda

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. This is a real sparkler and a very beautiful christmas card. Will had to get this background stamp it just makes a very beautiful background and you need very little else on the card to make a lovely quick and easy card. All set to tape your shows on sunday.
Best Wishes.
Denise x

Pam said...

Sorry I forgot, Wheelbad T, hope all goes well with your visit to hospital. Take care and lots of hugs for you.
Pam Hartlepool

Desiree P said...

Love the background Sue. Bet it looks stunning in white too. Taking the brownies on a bushcraft weekend so won't get to see the shows till later. Of course everything will be sold out then! :(

TDQ Karen said...

Beautiful, love the sparkling night sky like background especially, just the job xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the sparkle, looking forward to your shows on Sunday.
I am managing a hour or so out of bed now so hopefully I will be back to my crafting soon as I am eager to play with my new dies.
Love and big hugs to all the Wilsonettes
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Lovely sparkle.

Sandra Biggs said...

Hi Sue,
Another stunning card. Getting into the Christmas spirit already when you are producing such lovely cards as this. Many thanks

Eemeli said...

Beautiful card and perfect for Christmas. Love the twinkly-twinkly
background!! Have a magnificant day!


Sheila Lampard said...

Morning Sue
This was a favourite card from your show and I was hoping you would show it here - as I have just received the stamp and wondered how you had achieved that background! Now I know that I must buy some shiny silver embossing powder!! I have the iced snow and love doing your Fire and Ice technique!!
Looking forward to seeing you and Julia on the Toolshed on Sunday.
Sheila x

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
Love the sparkly card and looking forward to Sunday's show
Pat x

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue, Another Truly Awesome Card, I Loved this Card or one very similar when you brought it onto our screens on Create and Craft. I have recently Purchashed this Beautiful Stamp. I Love this Fabulous
"Retro Sparkle Background Stamp" from JustRite, and using your Fabulous Colbalt Blue Card from your Collection, I Love how you've heat embossed using
The Creative Expression Silver Shine (Beautiful Fine Embossing Powders) then adding your sticky sheets on top, then you placed your Amazing Iced Snow on top! I Love The Awesome Look once you'd burnished The Iced Snow into your Background as it create's this Outstanding Image. I Love your Focal Element where you have used a selection of Labels Seven Dies to go with your Sentiment The Snowflake Vintage from JustRite.
I really hope your wonderful Blog ladies understand the reason behind me going through The Card step by step it helps me take in all The Fantastic Techniques you've used, as I keep records of Cards you've made and all The Tips you've shown us like which Card and Video showing how to Paper Pierce, now shown on lots of occasions and also your messy Bows!
Sue Thank You for sharing, I'm so looking forward to The Sunday Show's Thank You for the great photography shots, Thank You for The Tips and Techniques you share, Thank You for doing this amazing Blog daily. But as I say each day A Huge Thank You From Me For All The Inspiration You Give To Me Daily.
Sue Take Great Care
Love and Hugs
From Sam x
Hugs to All

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
Twinkly OH YES and soooo pretty just perfect, hugs Sarah xx

Joan D said...

What a twinkly one! The blue is really lovely,and a change from white or cream,and the arkle really shows. Looking forward to Julia's show on Sunday .xx

Pauline Norbury said...

That's beautiful sue. Loving the twinkle.

Nana on the Hill said...

Morning Sue, what an impact! The background stamp really makes this card stand out, the way you've done it is brilliant, thank you so much for sharing all your techniques.

Virginia Davey said...

Hi looking forward to your show Sunday . Love the card.

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
A really different Christmas card, its beautiful. I have set the video to record Sunday's show as we will be travelling back from brother in laws in Stafford. Hope you and Julia have recovered from your travels. Have a great week end everyone.
Love Jan x x

Anne Crawford said...

Gorgeous Card! I can just imagine it with a poinsettia on but it's such a beautiful sparkly background , it's magical as it is.
Had a great day playing with my French collection dies yesterday ( which , I think are even more fabulous in reality ) and I am truly delighted with them, so thanks again Sue for your wonderful designs .
Glorious morning here in Gairloch, so I can hear the garden calling and my youngest grandchild Sandy is 5 years old today , so fun with the family later.
Hugs to all xo

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card. I really like this background stamp and stars should twinkle so it looks fab with the iced snow. I think it would be ok to have put a White poinsettia on but it does look beautiful without it too. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs to all who need one.

Carols mith said...

Hi sue what lovely colours. Blue and silver so cool . Could you please tell me which embossing folder you used on your post 12 July French boarders die I really want to buy this. My Austrian boarders arrived yesterday they are so pretty Carnt wait to use them

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Today's gift is really really sparkly and for me the background is a little on the dark side but I'll be trying it with a paler blue. I love the simplicity of the format for today and however did you stop yourself from adding a little seasonal flower?

I'm hoping to catch some of sunday's shows but here it's a lottery re signal strength so fingers are crossed.

Steph - my experiment with eboss etc worked just fine so thank you for the tips.

Norah and Wheely Bad T - at least he had some sense which really surprised me that when I had to have my right knee replaced for a second time he didn't ask the consultant surgeon for the old one for scrap. I was fully expecting that - he sometimes forgets that not everyone has the same sense of humour as his.
Good luck for today.

The weather here is absolutely beautiful sunshine wall to wall again.
Hope everyone is OK and if you have any plans for the weekend fingers crossed they all come together.
Take care and see you tomorrow.
Janet x

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue What a modern Christmas card and just love the twinkle! Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

PharmacyMichele said...

Love the background on this card, nice change of colour for christmas. Will be recording your show on Sunday-can't wait.


Lilian said...

Lovely card again today, but just can not do C cards in this hot weather! Very wet here today, last nights thunder
has not cleared the heat sadly. Lilian

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Wow! What a truly sparkly card for us today it's beautiful. I love that background stamp and don't blame you not covering it up, but I also think it would look gorgeous with a poinsettia.
Looking forward to Sunday's show
Hugs x
Heather T

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

Just got to hospital, fingers crossed!

Thank you Pam for your good wishes... here goes

Crafty hugs

T x

sonja_w said...

Love the sparkly background, another one to add to my list of things to try. This iCard is so festive and elegant, I simply love it xx

barbiepinkfairy said...

Love the twinkle!

Been playing with the tethered heart strip let (Steph - one of my purchases in craft heaven) it is a real beauty and a lot bigger than it appears on the blog.

Girls may I share a few tips as far as him in doors is concerned regarding crafty stash!

1. You have always had it ages whatever it may be!

2. Encourage their latest mid life crisis ideas they ended up spending a fortune and then say "well you can't talk about what I have spent when you spent £x on their latest toy. My other half taken up cycling more tweedledum than Bradley wiggins if you ak me! Has spent a fortune so I am now completely justified and even better when he goes out for a day cycling I say oh will need some cash for whatever and buy crafty stash!!

3. Become Postmans best friend me and Johnny the postman - now on first name terms have an "arrangement" my parcels are hidden in paper recycling bin with a nod and a wink and a Christmas gift!

4. If desperate do what my Mum used to do ( her habit was clothes from M and S). When we got home I always carried bags in as if they were mine and then hid them in her wardrobe! Then she'd always had said clothes "for ages"!

Well girls happy shopping and crafting. Steph has introduced me to a local shop that is heaven in craft land so may have to visit again for more bounty that I have had " for ages"!!!

Happy crafting xxx

Heather Rogers said...

Hi Sue
Well as Vick says magical. I love the background and yes a white sparkly poinsettia would be great.
Have a great day
Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. A very sparkly card but really nice.I think the flower would have been lovely on it. Looking forward to tool shed I have set the record so I can watch live and then whenever I like. Hugs Heather.x

Sanjay Soriano said...

Morning Sue
Yet another great card. Looking forward to your shows on Sunday, have them programmed in to record already.
Have a great day
Barry & Jay xxx

Rosie said...

Good Morning Sue

What a beautiful sparkly Christmas card, you have for us today. I love blue and it certainly makes your card stand out.....

Jenny wren said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card all sparkly and twinkly just love it.

Evelyn Sinclair said...

Oooh I love bling. Fab card and would love to see it with a white ponsietta flower on it. Hugs from Ireland. Evelyn x

nuttinanni said...

Too dark for me but the bling does help to tone it down slightly. It would probably look different if I could actually see it. Photos do not do some of your cards justice, I think somewhere along the line colours blur with pics. hugs Cheryl xxx

foxyg said...

Fab card Sue. The background is gorgeous.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, stunning a background and a sentiment
and a Christmas card finished how easy
could you get just what we need at that
time of year.
Nancyd xx

CHERYL brown said...

Please Pam, Hartlepool, resist the temptation to use knitting needles at the itchy stage. It is not recommended by nursing staff as you could so easily puncture your skin and end up with an infection. hugs Cheryl xxx

Dawn Searle said...

Morning Sue and everyone,
Didn't get much sleep last night as we had a terrific thunderstorm, the thunder was deafening and incredible lightning, but at least the garden got some well needed rain. The problem being my eight stone dog, a Russian Ovcharks decided she would hide from it on our bed, something she has never done before and kept trying to bury herself under the duvet and being so big there wasn't much room left for us!!! A lovely sparkly card today Sue, but I think I would have succumbed to adding a flower to it with some holly swirls, but that is me, I never know when to stop.
Have a good day everyone and take care.
Hugs Dawn Searle xxxxx

Maria Illsley said...

Love the background sue thanks for the inspiration xxx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - I love blue and this has bling in bucket loads - love it! Cant wait till Sunday and your marvellous demos - and sneak peeks tomorrow - thank you!
Clare W

hazel young said...

Stunning Sue lover love love it xx hazel

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Hi Sue, very sparkly, and twinkly, so effective!!

Pam, you are doing so well, and my heart goes out to you, keeping positive, is always good, hugs to you honey!!

will be watching on Sunday!!

Have a great day everyone, I am excited, my Sister is travelling from West Yorkshire to stay for the weekend, so we are in for a fun time!!

Hope everyone is coping in the heat.

Have a lovely day.
Cameeli xx

Brooke b said...

Beautiful card as always. Love the background. JB xxxx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, a bit bleary eyed this morning after a night of violent thunder storms, but your card looks absolutely great, very twinkly. Looking forward to Sundays toolshed. I hope everyone has a peaceful weekend.

Love Rosemarie xx

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

So magical, love it. I bet it is even better in real life.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

carol edwards said...

Beautiful card Sue, so looks looks like a lovely starry night sky you look at and imagine all different things x

Annie said...

Magical indeed, Sue, it really does twinkle! Beautiful.
Can't wait for Sunday!
Hugs Annie

Alison D said...

Hi Sue, fabulous card. Bought this stamp for the effect on todays card. It is probably the most useful background stamp I've bought lately. Thank you for your daily inspiration, I certainly need it. Love and hugs,
Alison D

Jan.moogie said...

Now that's what you call a background, love the sparkle Sue. Have received my orders from Jo Sheen with some of your new dies so after ironing I will play.

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Love it, that background is so beautiful, I also would have had to be held back from putting a poinsettia on it.
Have a great day

Patricia xxx

Aspiring crafter said...

Beautiful and sparkly , just the ticket , pointsettia or no pointsettia!
Looking forward to the show Sue,

ellyscard creatief said...

Very elegant card.
Gr Elly

Diane said...

Hi Sue Well that was a welcome twinkly card after the thunderstorm last night. Some of the crashes were really loud! The card is beautiful Sue and works without a flower but would also work with one. Hope you have a great day. Love Diane G xxx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Beautiful card, a change from red and green. Looking forward to the Sunday shows
Carol x

Jacquie said...

Stunning Sue, just stunning. So love the background and I can fully understand where you are coming from, I too think a snowflake would look great but it is a shame to cover up such a wonderful background. Beautiful and sparkly just for Christmas.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely sparkle and gorgeous colour too, so rich

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. Lovely and sparkly and Christmas. A poinsettia in white would look beautiful on it.
Love Val in Spain x

Janet k said...

Good morning Sue, what a gorgeous twinkle card, must get that stamp! Looking forward to watching you on C&C at the weekend, kind regards Janet k xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning Christmas card today. I'm loving the background with the iced snow. This is going to be my go to on my Christmas cards from now on. Wasn't able to blog yesterday as my postings wouldn't post from Llandudno. Love how you use the labels as a focal point. Hoe your leg is improving Pam, and that Robbie is as well. Hugs to everyone whose in need of one today.

Anonymous said...

Judy - adhesive sheets now back in stock at Ben's shop in Haverfordwest (S.E.T) :-)

Wendy L said...

I agree, it does look very beautiful. xxxx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, This card is beautifully twinkly and really lovely.
I got very excited when I read you were giving us a sneaky peek of the Toolshed shows, then all my hope were 'dashed' when I read further and realised I had to wait until tomorrow haha, that'll teach me !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Theresa Pace said...

awesome! i just love the CAS look on this card. nothing CAS about it though! i know you were itching to start adding to it but it would have deterred the attention from background. love, love, love it. it's also in blue. perfect combo xx

nattyboots said...

WOW ! just awesome , just love it.
Elaine H X

Carole Z said...

A beautiful twinkly background Sue, gorgeous! Hugs Carole Z X

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Wow a twinkly night sky background how gorgeous is that?
Must give this one a try.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Hilary said...

Good morning Sue, and everyone. Sparkly, festive, and stunning describes today's card!!!
Wonderful colour combination.
Wishing you, and all your Wilsonettes a happy and healthy day. Love and hugs. Hilary xxxx

SerenePolly said...

Morning Sue

Love this - another one to add to my to do list!

So sorry that I could not make any of your demos in Scotland - work commitments prevented it. I live in hope....

Take care


Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Gorgeous card. Love the sparkle. Have a great day and hugs to all xxx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue,
Need to get the silver shine embossing powder, looks beautiful, looking forward to the tool shed
Love Marlene xx

Marion said...

Hi Sue beautiful card ,looking forward to Sunday.
Marion H

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the sparkly background.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Debbie Tinks said...

Hi Sue ...nice card i have this background stamp that looks good what you have done must try...x

gwen70 said...

Beautiful twinkly card Sue , can't wait for Sunday

linda j said...

Lovely card i love blue for Christmas cards.
Linda j

Anonymous said...

A spectacular card, Sue. I just love the background.
Anne (Northampton)

Glennis said...

Lovely blue card - so pretty

Anonymous said...

Love this twinkly background, Sue,
(have a cat called Twinkle and she's a little star too!) Colours are fab together and, now we're not looking, please add the poinsettia!!
Guess we'll have some treats in store for Sunday - will definitely watch bar disasters.

'P' in Wales

Wheely Bad - wishing you well.

Oksana said...

Lovely card in blue colours! Great sparkly background.xx

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely sparkly background, don't think it needs anything else, but a snowflake would look good as well.

Received my dies from JS yesterday, what can I say WOW, they look much better in the flesh so to speak. The French collection border, (corner and tag) and heart striplet are absolutely gorgeous, can't wait to play.

Take care everyone, Jess x

Anonymous said...

I love the sparkly background, beautiful card. Take care. Claire

Sue from Wiltshire said...


lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
A lovely sparkly background, on the debate of poinsettia or not,for me I think it would be just as lovely either way.

Gail said...

Fab card and lurve the background but feel as though it has somehing missing - but who am I to question - luv it all the same xx GailT xx

Chris Curry said...

Twinkly and blue, how beautiful. Thank you Sue. Xx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Love this, it reminds me of a beautiful starry night very - "twinkle, twinkle little star". It is very effective. My French borders and corner dies arrived yesterday and they are really beautiful in real life. I can't wait to try them. Wheely bad hope everything goes well for you in hospital. To all my Wilsonette friends, have a great day and hugs to all in need of them. Love Alison xxxxx

Julie Kay said...

Beautiful card Sue - will be watching on Sunday Juliexxx

Alice G said...

This is such a beautiful stary stary nite card Sue. Love the twinkles. Me thinks the pictures don't do it justice. This is one you would really need to see in reality.

Hugs Alice xx

hotpotato said...

I love it being an unusual christmas card.

rachel said...

starry starry night indeed - beautiful xx

Lynne Mills said...

Hi Sue, what a brilliant blingy card , just perfect. The dark blue gives it a real midnight sky look. Off for a snooze now as the thunder/lightning storm last night kept poochies awake and hiding under the duvet so not much room left to get comfy and sleep. Lol lynne m & fur babies

Hoping all my friends here have a good day and may the sun shine on you x x x

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue very sparkly Christmas card
Denise X

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said....

Hi Sue, sparkly cobalt blue - nice! Good card for batch making at Christmas. A very welcome design. Thank you!

Hugs, Belinda. X

Maryann Laursen said...

Beautiful creation here again Sue. I love the sparkly blue background on this one here.

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love the sparkly background, so easy but effective, glad you and Julia got home safely, looking forward to Sunday.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

SHARICA said...

Ahh very nice xx

Sandra said...

Good morning Sue & friends,
What a fairy tale night sky! Could be the background yo almost anything! So sparkly and twinkly !
Oh Sue I can'twait till Sunday, what are you bringing us?
Look forwRd to tomorrow's tease, I hope you are not rushing round in this heat, although you are probably used to it!
Cameeli, you must be hopping with excitement, I bet there will be some giggling coming from your house, what are you planning to do? (Great British weather permitting)!
My lovely girls finish for the summer today, can you actually believe that we are way more than half way through this year already! It's frightening! I am so looking forward to having them home!
Bit of a lazy morning today, kittens were scared of the thunderstorm so we had snuggles in the early hours!
It doesn't seem to have cleared the air much, still very warm and muggy here!
I will get myself organised in a while and get some cards made so that I can update my blog!
Stay cool and hydrated my lovely friends,
Big hugs
Sandra xxxxxx🐱🐾🐱🐾 (Bella &Milo)

Jayne S said...

Lovely card with a beautiful background.

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Very reminiscent of a frosty evening sky. Hopefully we won't see one of them for a long while lol!
Super card, where less is more.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
Lovely card today and a lovely sparkly background. I must have a go at this technique, it is really effective.
The TV is already set to record your show on Sunday but I hope to watch it live as well.
Lesley S x

Lorna said...

Hi Sue,
What a fab background!

iReneM said...

This is so lovely and sparkly.
Looking forward to your show with Julia.


Susi Mortimer said...

Morning Sue,
So lovely and twinkly, just love it.
Looking forward to the tool shed show. Have a good day everyone. Susi x

Angela Allen said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card,really like this background,very twinkly!!
Love Angela x

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue and fellow Wilsonettes,
WOW i love today's card Sue as it reminds me of a crisp winters night when the stars are full in the sky and the brightest one above mums house, well that is my daddy you see and i just feel that he is closest most at that time of the year(it's ok, they are still out searching for my brain) but your card is so beautiful today. I think i would have struggled to keep the poinsettia off the card as well, it would have looked beautiful on it. Make one with and one without and you please both sides of your self.
Pam, you haven't so long to go now with the heavy one, but the extra long knitting needles are there if you need them. I hope that Master Robbie is behaving himself and putting in all that he can muster into getting out of that bed and back to his feet. You can do it Robbie, you just have to have some faith and plenty of determination. Sending hugs to both of you Pam.
Desiree P, looking up C&C website for Sunday as the infantry is up for Toolshed and the dies are Sue's first set of babies to come.
That's great news Nanna Tina, you will hopefully be back up at full strength soon.
Sam flower, if going through step by step lets you know what to do, then you carry on as we all have our own system of trying to get it through all the wool, sorry brain matter upstairs in our heads. It's probably only me that has wool upstairs in mine.
Happy Birthday wee Sandy, you'll be starting the school this year and be a big boy. I hope you have lots of fun today.
Yes Janet(Ecco) you have to have been in contact with someone with your hubby's/my daddy's sense of humour to appreciate it and get the fact that they are joking. Until you said about hubby, we always thought dad was a one off, i am so glad to see that his sense of humour is someone else's as well, so thank you and him for bringing a very big smile to my face.
BarbiePinkFairy, i too am on first name terms with my postman and he is new but learning fast. I can't believe that there is someone as devious on the blog as well as me. The things you have to do just to get some happiness and that is what that wee piece of metal is, hours and hours of happiness. And lets face it i don't drink, smoke, go out well except to the craft shows twice a year, so i think it is a small price to pay for the contentment that it brings. All those in favour say AYE.
Awh Dawn, the poor baby was petrified and needed protection from the bad noises and sky that he needed mum and dad to save him. My Tia, starts shaking to bits at that and the fireworks and having a 36kilo lab on top of me is murder.If i was able to walk beforehand i sure wasn't afterwards, so get a bigger duvet and it will make all the difference to everyone and dog.
Well it is going to be a slow action day today as i think i am in one of those movies that they slow the film down for only they could film me at top speed today and get the same footage. From a beautiful bar windy day(great washing weather day) i will bid you all have a great day and i will see you tomorrow hopefully. Sending gentle hugs to all that need them,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil)

lindyloo12 said...

I just love it, there is no such thing as too sparkle at Christmas!

Mary Burton said...

Hi Sue,
Gorgeous stamp design and the iced snow is lush!

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A beautiful Christmas card today !! I love the sparkly background !! This Justrite background stamp looks lovely and the technique with silver embossing powder then the ice snow glitter produces such a Wondeful result !! A real winner Sue. I love the Label Seven stamps and dies to. The Itty Bitty Dotty Bow and the Petite Vine dies have arrived. They are gorgeous Sue, just like I knew they would be. Thankyou. I am looking forward to Toolshed on Sunday and your sneak peaks. Lots of love to you Sue love Tres x x x

Thanks Pam for your well wishes. I was starting to feel a bit better until lasts thunder storm when we had to get up in the middle of the night and sit with our two doggies who were frightened. One of them we have to dose up with pills from the vets as he gets so frightened. Good luck with your leg. Keep persevering. You will get there in the end !! Lots of love to you and Robbie. I hope he is well x x x

Lots of love and hugs to all my wonderful Wilsonette friends love Tres x x x x

Christine C said...

Hello Sue and Everyone,
beautiful card today Sue,
hope you are well along with all
on the blog,From Christine C and Ella

Lindsay Martin said...

Lovely card today sue, like a gorgeous clear winters night, great one for posting too.
Well we got around 160 bales in yesterday and stacked, so unhappy about the ones that got left and rained on, but will hopefully dry out today and we will get the other 110 in tonight, late one for me, and will have a very painful body for the next few days.
Love to all my Wilsonette friends xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - another beautiful card from you today. Love the blingy background and the colours. Best wishes

Beryl Treble said...

hi Sue, love the card.

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue, and all the ladies.
Well, this is gorgeous and blingy but it is showing quite dark on my screen and I'm with a few of the other ladies in that I think a poinsettia or bow, or both, might lighten it up. Of course, in real life it's probably a show stopper without any of them!
Barbiepinfairy - I have a friend who gets all her craft stuff delivered to my house so that her husband doesn't know what she is buying. Of course it's all mine and George believes every word. In fact I've told him that I'm expecting a delivery for her any day and he's to keep an eye out for it!!!
I'm really on to a winner as he cannot use a computer so will never read this, ha ha.
ALSO, my tip for new clothes is when I'm ironing after washing I "pretend" to iron a new item of clothing and hang the coat hanger up with the other things to air on the clothes horse. When I do wear the item he usually says "I've always liked you in that!!! Devious or what? I think I must be evil ha ha.
Norah - AYE.
Well ladies I hope you all have the best day that you can. Me, I'm in seventh heaven as the school hols start today so I can have some lie ins and not have to clock watch. Roll on 6 pm when my daughter or son-in-law come in from work. Crafting here I come.
Sue, see you Sunday

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely Christmas card. I love the stamped and gilded background.

suejimbel said...

I really love JustRite Stamps and you have used this one to perfection here! I wish I could get twinkle-vision on my computer! x

Beryl Frost said...

Hi Sue On this really hot day your card has made me think of the cold winter and I do feel a little cooler. I love the design. Beryl xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Gorgeous card, I love the colbat blue, it is perfect for this sparkly frosty stamp. The card is great as it is for the men/non flowery ladies or with a beautiful poinsettia or a large snowflake maybe for those that like more on a card, wonderful : ) Only 2 sleeps now, sure you are busy getting ready for the show rather than getting a little rest after your busy time in Scotland ! : )
Pam and Robbie, sending my daily hugs to yo both : )
Norah, I hope your hills are clear and sunny and you get the washing done. (I agree with you about the people who go up the hills unprepared. If they were charged a large amount when they needed rescuing they might think twice about being so selfish and stupid! Sorry for the rant but they make my blood boil.)
Wheelybad, you won't see this till after your op but I will be thinking of you : )
Tina, glad that you are improving a little : )
Sending hugs to yo Sue, my special friends and all in need. Take care.

Muriel Kelly said...

Blue and silver are my all time favourite Christmas colours The sparkly background is beautiful and love the stamp too, Perfect Xmas card and I have to admit I can see a white and silver poinsettia on there

Muriel x

Muriel Kelly said...

Blue and silver are my all time favourite Christmas colours The sparkly background is beautiful and love the stamp too, Perfect Xmas card and I have to admit I can see a white and silver poinsettia on there

Muriel x

June Horrocks said...

Sue the card is wonderful love it thank you so much for the inspiration love to all June xxx

nannapat said...

Love the bling, very sparkly! Looking forward to seeing you on ourscreens again Sue. Pat x

lilygee said...

Good Morning Sue and All

Love the stamp and technique for the background - a really nice way to make something a bit different. Look forward to the sneak peek and to your shows over the weekend.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Magical Christmas card, but how could you resist, I definitely would have a white/silver poinsettia on it!!
My Vienna, Provence and petite vinery arrived yesterday and they are fabulous, made three cards even though the sun was shining and should have been in the garden
Best wishes to everyone, Pat

June Ballenger said...

Hi Sue

Beautiful card it looks so cool on such a hot day phew!

June x

Jill Liddle said...

Beautiful card.

Cazzie D said...

Love this background. Very tempted. Caz x

Lacelady said...

Shame I can't see much of the twinkles, but I can imagine them!

Brenda Lello said...

Hi Sue,
Love this background its perfect for C cards and would look FAB with a White Poinsettia, This is another 'must try' on my list.
Looking forward to Tool Shed although may have to record as we will have family here.
Hope you are having a good day, Love Brenda xxx

Norah - AYE!

Nanna Tina - Pleased you are able to get up, just take it slowly.

Wheely B - Thinking of you LOL

Cameeli - Enjoy your sisters visit I'm sure you will have a lovely weekend

Hope all the Pets have calmed down after the thunder and lightening. We only have a Tortoise now (he is over 50yrs old) and he just hides in his little house

hollyberry said...

A gorgeous card,definitely sparkly!

doreenj said...

Must try that background style,

Doreen x

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, This is so gorgeous, love the twinkly background. Looking forward to the sneak peeks and Tool Shed.
Pam you are so brave and strong, hugs to you and Robbie.
Wheely Bad T hope all goes well at the hospital, your horse saying yesterday made me smile, my Dad used that saying a lot.
Anne C Happy 5th Birthday to Sandy, enjoy the family fun.
Maureen K you are welcome to the hugs, enjoy the school break and happy crafting.
Cameeli enjoy the girlie weekend with your sister.
Jean D safe travels to the UK, hugs to you and Gary.
Dawn, Tres, Steph, Norah and Sandra hope you are feeling better today, gentle hugs.
Daily hugs to Lynne M, Lynda, Lindsay, Tina, Margaret corgi owner, Magpie, Maureen K, Mrs B, Myra, Janet (Echo) and of course our Sue.
Love and hugs to all Wilsonettes.
Take care.
Hugs June xxx

jane stillman said...

Fabulous background Sue, it would be a shame to hide it! lol Can't wait for Sunday xxx

Craftetter said...

Sue, Love the colours in this card - right up my street. I liked your article in Simply Cards & papercraft - I just do not know how you get the time to do everything.
Elaine xx

Helen Barker said...

Gorgeous background,just stunning.
Helen Bx

Joanna Dickson said...

Hi Sue.
You're so right really sparkley. Love it. I do think I would have put a poinsettia on too but can understand you wanted to show the background.
I'm definitely going to give it ago. I love ice snow. It goes so far too. I wasn't expecting it to last as long but it does. I'm currently trying to finish a couple of wedding keepsakes. Seems to be taking so much time.
Back to it I suppose. Lots of crafty love for the weekend to you and our blog family.
Lots of love
Jo xx

Bejay Roles said...

Oh Sue, another stunner! I really must get some iced snow! I have micro beads but the iced snow really does twinkle doesn't it :)

Marion Bull said...

Gorgeous background, lovely card BUT I might just have been tempted to put a poinsettia on it too!
Marion B xx

ladyweir said...

A gorgeous card Sue you really are inspirational keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
This is a gordeous card - I love it. I love all the sparkle - definitely puts me in the mood to begin making my Christmas cards.
Thank you.
Bye for now.
SandraP xxx

CraftyJo said...

It really does not need anything more - not even a white and silver poinsettia! Lovely.

IVY Cheong said...

I love this statement card. Simple but the card says it all. Must give it a try. Classy.

Lots of love,

Ivy Ling x

Jane said...

Something a little different love the colors on this one.

Jane xx

Rach83 said...

Stunning card, Sue. I love that background and all the sparkle. The focal stamps are gorgeous too. This really makes me want to start my Christmas cards but I've made a deal with myself not to start until I have my new craft room sorted in our new house! Roll on August!

Can't wait to see your sneak peeks and shows on Sunday.

Rachel x

Delilah64 said...

Twinkle twinkle little it :-)

Nic x

Heike said...

This is so pretty . I think I really need to try to get my hands on some glitter jewels.

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue love the way you made this card,and it looks great.
I am not doing so well and I am back in Hospital .
I hope I do not forget to tell my hubby to record ,the show on Sunday.

Coffee And Cream said...

That background is so pretty - must tune in on Sunday for some tips! x

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Beautiful Card Sue!

I love everything about it, especially the background.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Gail said...

Hello Sue,
I'm really late for me today, I was up really early but I had one of my routine hospital appts first thing. All fine for another 9months. Back home now and catching up, Pam hope you are managing in this heat with the cast on. Wheel bad thinking of you, and many others on the blog, big hugs!
Sue love the card, blue and silver brilliant colour combo.
Looking forward to the tool shed on Sunday.
Gail Cx

Myra P said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely card! I bought the stamp but haven't had time to get into Christmas just yet! I think the starry sky is just beautiful! Looking forward to Sunday' Shows. Rather breezy here today but thank goodness as otherwise would be unbearably hot!
My friend called round this morning and she brought her bitty bow dies to show me - they are lovely! She liked my daisies and Innsbruck dies. One of the first things she said as she came in the door was - "oh have you seen Sue's card today - its gorgeous!"
Pam - in my newspaper today it says Hartlepool will be warmer than Hawaii . Hope you enjoy the good weather without getting too hot in your plaster. Love to Robbie .
Sandra - I do like the little message from Bella and Milo! Enjoy having your girls at home now for the hols.
Lindsay - phew! That's a lot of hay. Take care. Hope you get it all in safely before the weather changes.
Love to Tres, Lynne, Alison, Steph, Julie, Lynda, Gail,
Tina and all other friends on the blog! Have a good day.
Love Myra
Norah - Aye!
Anne - Happy 5th Birthday to little Sandy! Hope you have a fun day!
Wheelybad - thinking of you and hope everything goes really well and that you get home very soon!

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. Absolutely lovely. Just been playing with my new dies. Wonderful. xx Maggie (better without a bow)

terrie said...

I don't blame you for not adding anything else on your card...
The sparkly is awesome for the background...It would be a shame to hide it.
This card is really pretty.
Well done Sue

Barbara said...

Beautiful card Sue, another Justrite stamp to add to my list. I just adore all their stamps. I always get a great result with them.
I enjoyed your article in Simply Cards and Papercrafts this month Sue as well as a free embossing folder from Sheena!!! will you be in it every month as I don't usually buy craft magazines unless I really want the free gift.

3362 Jan. said...

Afternoon Sue. I think i would have added a small bow!! Each to there own. Gorgeous card.Looking forward to Sunday's show. Hugs. Jan. xx

Janice Robinson said...

Loving the iced snow background and the justrite stamp

camelot67 said...

Good afternoon Sue,

Another great card today for which Thank You. I've just received two of your latest dies and so am off to play! Enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

Jane Franklin said...

Another Wow card today. Just love it. Its another of those I need stamps! Luv to all jax

Theresa said...

Hi Sue
I tried to get this background when you were on C&C
But it sold out soo quickly
It's on my to get list lol
Your card is so nice with the sparkle on it and the colour lends itself to a night sky it's lovely
One to try me thinks
You take care Sue
Hope everyone else is well
Love Theresa xx

Anonymous said...

Although very sparkly and 'bling' it is a very sophisticated card. I particularly like the silver embossing with blue distressing; very subtle.
Magizzy x

Susan White said...

Stunning background Sue! I'll have to record the shows on Sunday, as it's a busy day for me, but looking forward to the sneeky peeks! Thanks, Susan x

Ros Hodgkin said...

Hello Sue, this is such a pretty card, thank you for mentioning Sundays shows, I hadn't realised so much of the month has already gone.
I will be watching and taping for tips

X Ros

nzillingworth said...


Tracy Stitt said...

Hiya sue a crafty crew.
Yeah I really like this one it looks lovely an sparkly. Just right for Xmas me thinks a definate purchase!!
Love to all Tracy from killie x

karenlotty said...

I love this sparkly dark background

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue. This card is an absolute stunner. Love the blue and silver. That background stamp is gorgeous. I need it! Bx

Vie Carter said...

Love the twinkly background, great idea

Great card also


Gemma Griffiths said...

Superbly stunning Sue, I love this background!

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card just as it is but I'm with you on this one and would definitely have added a poinsettia (or two or three :-)) but something tells me that may be over-kill lol
Looking forward to the Tool Shed on Sunday and hoping that everyone has a good and comfortable week-end.

Micky French said...

Lovely Sue and so sparkly.
Hugs to all
Michelle xxxx

Lesley Griffiths said...

Simply lovely. Lx

Meg said...

Very sparkly card Sue, the instructions will go im my 'to make' folder.
Emily one of my Granddaughters graduated with a 2.1 today from Leeds Trinity University. What a fabulous day the University made it for everyone.
Sunday will bring me back down to earth when I go to visit my sister who has cancer and won't get better. I send my love to all who are going through similar heartbreak.

Margaret O

weefortune said...

Love anything sparkley, this background is amazing. Hugs Elaine x

craftylisa said...

A real dazzler xxx

Anonymous said...

Evening Sue and all Wilsonettes.
Beautiful card Sue. One of those backgrounds that photo's dont do justice I bet, I imagin the sparkle coming from the colbolt blue card is amazing.
Cant wait to watch your show's Sunday, hope Im lucky enough to have my email read out ! We'll see !
By the time you read this Wheeleybad, hope you are starting to do 'WheeleyGOOD - thinking of you xx
Barbie - glad you enjoyed craft heaven, the only craft shop I use as Lyn the owner is so nice, and always there if I need help, especially if I cant get out, a phone call, and she pop's my needs in a bag for Mr L to collect, so Im happy for you that you found her at last, enjoy your die : )

Stay cool and safe everyone.
Love you.
Lancashire Steph xx

magpie said...

Helloooo sue and the Wilsonettes! Ooooo this card has hit the spot cuz it's nice and sparkly! It's beautiful Sue! The cobalt blue is stunning.....and I have the iced snow! I'm proud of you resisting to put a poinsettia on it......but then you can do that now we have seen this! Ah ha! I can't wait to see what gorgeousnesses that you have lined up for us! It's going to be a great weekend! "Thank you Sue". Have a great weekend and hopefully a rest from your to-ing and fro-ing. Sending love and hugs to you Sue and all the Wilsonettes who will need them today and for everyday xx Love Karen xx

Anonymous said...

lovely card Sue, agree with the suggestion of a white poinsetta I think it would set off the background. Mo B

Pearl said...

Hi there Sue, the card today is wonderful and the colours are great.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

Craftihappiness to you all, love from Pearl.

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
I love the background that you've.e made for this gorgeous card! So pretty!
Best wishes
Anne O

Janice K said...

A beautiful christmas card, love the bling!! x

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Love the back ground, reminds me of our first winter we moved into our home here in Salisbury. We had a covering of snow, and decided to go for a walk about 11pm. The sky was the same colour as your card and the stars were amazing, and the light from the moon looked exactly the same as your card on the snow it really sparkled, what a memory. Thank you.

hugs Pam & Robbie, Margaret, Steph, Norah, Yorkielass, Lynda and Lyndsay. Mrs b Myra P

Kind regards :-)

Tina XX

Tina XX

Karen Drew said...

If you can't have sparkles at Christmas when can you?
Looks gorgeous
Karen xx

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

Long post but a lot needs saying!

Thankfully I am home, very, very sore and even more medicated!

Ladies you don't know how much your humour and kind words have helped today, From when I was nervous this morning, to when I got back this afternoon, put the blog on and promptly fell asleep! To now, when I need a distraction, Parm Hartlepool, Janet ecco, P in Wales, Alison, Mrs B, Brenda Lello, June Yorkielass, Gail, Myra P and Lancs Steph- Who made me laugh, I think I'm being WheelyGood and doing as I'm told! Thank you all, sending hugs, good Karma and good Crafting to you all!!!

I've had to be so careful though reading all your husband related sneakiness and not laughing to hard ladies! Barbiepinkfairy, Norah and I'm sure many others! I am also on first name terms with my postie, it might help that my father is one of his managers! Postie Wayne takes back my parcels if I'm not in and gives them to him to either bring round or Wayne brings them next day, he's often dropping off notes or cards from my father, he loves Billy as Billy's is one of the few dogs on the rounds who doesn't want to bite him. I always know when he's coming as Billy waits every morning at the window and tells me when Wayne is a few houses away so we can go and say hello to him. The parcel drivers for Royal Mail and Hermes know us well too now! Norah, I don't drink, smoke, go anywhere either so my crafting is as much therapy as hobby as it is for a large proportion of us Wilsonettes and for crafters in general. I really believe the NHS should introduce it in pain clinics, OT services, hand physio and for mental health illnesses. I'd include wood work, metal work etc as well. I think by now without it I'd be depressed, less positive and my hands would be so much worse than they are. Blogs like this help us learn, keep us motivated when we can't craft and inspire us- Sue is the best medicine!

Heavy dogs- Billy is a lightweight 30kg! He isn't scared of thunder, fireworks or gun noise as he's grown up across the road from a field that uses crow scarers- but is super clingy and protective. I got him a special Shirt that calms Thunder and noise fear specifically and anxiety and excitability. Quite pricey but been worth every penny and cheaper than lots of dog appeasing pheromone.

Tina, glad you're out of bed, don't push too hard and put yourself back there by overcrafting! Hope you're back to your best soon.

Lindsay, glad you rescued well over half your bales from the rain. If you get sun like we've had they'll soon dry out, fingers crossed for you.

Margaret O, I cannot imagine how you feel but sending hugs to both you and your sister.

Pam, hope your feeling stronger by the day, and love for Robbie of course.

Well I've prattling on for ages, and going back correcting the spelling has made it take much longer so I'll wrap up. This blog and all the kind and entertaining people on it have helped so much today, thank you...

and last but not least- our Sue! I Love this card, the building blocks of this I plan to get over the next few months. The star background I think is a year rounder- I see little boys' cards with aliens, space men and space ships! I love poinsettias so what I'd do is do another same again with the the stamp, glitter and background, then a bunch of poinsettias in one corner and a smaller die cut and sentiment in the opposite corner- two cards, best of both worlds! I'll be watching from bed Sunday on my computer! I promise!

Beautiful pink sky outside, sun reflecting on the gathering clouds.

Crafty hugs to all :-) and thanks again,

T xxx

Wheely Bad said...

Sorry, that should read Pam Hartlepool- always one spelling that escapes!

T x

stephanie cunningham said...

Hi Sue, thank you so much for posting this tutorial. I bought this background and sentiment stamp after seeing you demo it on C&C because I loved it so much and thought it would make a great Christmas Card for close family and friends, but then couldn't remember how you had made it! Thanks again for the reminder.

Hellma said...

That's beautiful Sue.

Paula said...

Amazing Sue! Love that card, it's the sort of look I go for for Christmas cards.

Paula x

craftynanna said...

hi sue a quick late one from me, a lovely lovely card and it looks so effective one i will try as hard as i can to make, i am in love with my new dies but havn't used them yet its too hot to stay inside, but i am planning, oh yes love J

lynda said...

Hi Sue & Wilsonettes I love the background is
Sparkly lushness I don't know how you resisted the poinsettia Sue but it's stunning without. Looking forward to the tool shed Sunday.
Love &Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Norah AYE

Weelybad pleased your home & glad all went well & you were weelygood gentle hugs Lynda xx

Camille enjoy your weekend with your sister hugs Lynda xx

Sending big hugs to Pam,Sandra,Tina,Tres,Tandy,Margaret corgi owner,Steph,Norah,Ecco Janet,Lindsey,Yorkielass ,Myra P,Julie Laz & Lee, Mrs B, Lynn M,Gail,& any one who needs one love Lynda xx

We are in for a bad night with Annie as the storm has hit us she is shaking from head to toe,but she won't let you comfort her she just walks about puffing like a steam engine bless her xx

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