Friday, 28 November 2014

It's A Double Day

 Hello crafters!  First up, we have an easel card (I know, an actual card, huh!  Will wonders never cease!).  I started my card by creating the easel part of it by folding my base piece, then folding the top part of it again.  Next I began to create the piece that I attached to the front fold.  I cut the Let It Snow die out of coconut white card.  I removed the inside bits of the design and then glued it back into place in the aperture which I had backed with a piece of aqua card.  The aqua card helps pop the words out so they are more easily readable too.  I covered the entire sheet with a sticky self adhesive sheet and coated it with Iced Snow for a wintry blingey feel.  I cut a piece of acetate and wrapped the ends around the card and glued them to the back (I covered the edges with another piece of card to neaten it up a bit).  I left the acetate very puffy for a fun effect.  I also scattered small pearls across the front of it so they look like snow that is floating.  I added a pearl snowflake to the acetate as well.  For the bottom "stopper" portion of the card, I used several small snowflakes and my greeting which I cut out using the California Collection Decorative Frames die set B.  I added Iced Snow to the edge of the white mat die cut.  When open the top piece just sits behind the greeting tag to hold it into place.  You can see from the picture taken above the card a better look at the acetate puffiness.  When closed the finished dimensions are 4 1/2" x  6" in size (a really small card for me!)  Scroll down to see card no. 2.

 Card number two is one of those where you have a bit of a play and come up with some other fun way to use a die other than it's usual intended purpose.  Here I have cut several of the Pine Bough die to create this fun snowy tree.  I coated the die cuts with Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue then sprinkled them with Iced Snow for that wintry effect again.  I glued them into place wider at the bottom, narrowing to the tip where I added a shadowed star from one of the dies in my Christmas Angel set.  I embossed the top of the card behind the tree with the Floral Brocade Pinpoint embossing folder and added a pearl star in the upper corner.  For the sentiment, I cut several of the Believe die in white and stacked them for a bit of dimension.  This is a great way to get dimension on those dies that are too thin and detailed to add mounting foam behind them.  I cut one extra one in silver card and offset it behind to act as a shadow which really helps it stand out against the white backdrop.  I dotted the "i" with a pearl and added some white mats to give the card a more finished look.  I used the Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue to dot all the way around the edge to frame it.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8" in size.  Well we are officially on the run up to Christmas now, so I hope you are well on your way to finishing up your Christmas cards.  I hope that some of the Friday double day ideas have helped you along the way.  All for now, Sue x



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Pam said...

Lovely cards Sue. I really like both of these hard to choose.
Happy Friday everyone. Hugs to all.

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Good morning Sue, and all the crafty crew.

Such a lovely cards this morning, I am lucky to have some of these dies and they just look even more stunning close up All I can say is a big WOW!!
Great video yesterday too.

Have a lovely day everyone. The weekend is fast approaching enjoy!!
Cameeli xx

Kate's Cards said...

They are both so beautiful! xxx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Two stunning christmas cards, I am now putting inserts into my cards and posting a few each week.
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x. Xx x x

Caroljsmith said...

Two wonderful cards sue love the tree one my friend jan and I both made this card and loved it .

Anna said...

O Sue, love the tree what a great effect, you are so clever, that would be a lovely card to get for Christmas, Cheers

Anonymous said...

Two beautiful cards Sue. Have a good week-end everyone. JJx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Wow! Two absolutely stunning cards (plus one real card lol), I love them both. I loved the Christmas tree with the bough branch when you did it on C&C and I copied it and was so pleased with the result. The 'Let it snow' die is the word die I've used most it's so pretty and there are perfect spots to place pearls or adhesive stones.
I'm early this morning because it's my birthday and my gorgeous sons have bought me the Gemini, New York and striplet sets of dies so I'm playing with them (although between you and me I've been playing with my Gemini before lol), my eldest son didn't give them to me until today so I couldn't play until now, he knows me too well lol.
Hugs x
Heather T
By the way the dies are FABULOUS! So much better in real life, congratulations Sue you've surpassed yourself this time. X

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
First of I am so sorry I did not wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Day
yesterday, I hope you had a good one Todays cards are beautiful thank you Take care Kitty. This has been an awful week.

Hazel said...

Two stunning cards, both have the WOW factor. Hazel xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Yes, another great Double Day. I love both cards and couldn't choose one over the other. And what a surprise, another actual card, that's two in as many weeks. It must be the colder weather or something : )
Thank you, you have given me so much inspiration for my Christmas cards this year Sue, I have loved them all, and along with your gorgeous Christmas dies you have made it easy to have a go myself: ) (I am always sad to see the end of the Christmas cards, I would be happy to see them all year round)
Sending my daily hugs to everyone. Take care.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, Two absolutely gorgeous cards
love them both will definitely be
trying to replicate these two beauties.
Nancyd xx

June said...

Morning Sue, Pam and all Wilsonettes, such stunning cards today Sue, I love the easel card and the way you have put the acetate on it to make the snow stand out, and love the bough card too, I am not going to choose between them because they are both stunning in their own right.

Sue you always give us so much inspiration and even if we cannot come up with a design ourselves by adapting one of your card ideas we can still achieve that comfort feeling by completing a card. It is also nice to see a smaller card.

I actually posted loads of my Christmas cards yesterday (first time ever I am on top of things, usually end up sending them on the last day of posting).

Well it is Black Friday today so it is going to be horrific in the shops, enjoy your day everyone.

Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

TDQ Karen said...

Wow love both cards but the let it snow card is just stunning Love it, so much xx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

I would like both of these dies, the cards look fab Sue.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, 2 really stunning cards, love them both, but I think number 1 is just edging in as my favourite. Have a great Friday all. Bx

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
WOW both are very clever techniques, I like both of them
Pat x

Anonymous said...

Two lovely cards today, Sue, including an easel one - my word!! Love them both, but especially like the frosty pine tree.
Finished all and am pondering on theme for next year! Now, will it be poinsettias or baubles? Or will you be tempting us with yet more fab goodies?

'P' in Wales

Heather T - a very happy birthday and what great pressies!
Tandy and Tres - difficult times - big hugs to you both.

Anonymous said...

Both of these cards are just gorgeous. Very keen to try and make them myself.
Kerryn A

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love both but really love the first one just that little bit more! Done some ccards now - slowly getting in the festive mood! Only 6 left to do for special people - this easel card could be one of them. Happy black Friday all - urghhh!
Clare W

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. I forgot it was double day so it was a nice surprise when i put my tablet on this morning. Two beautiful christmas cards. Sorry cant pick a favoutite. They are both stunning in there own right. Still making christmas cards to go in my box of stash ready for next year and then that way i am a little ahead of myself for when i start making them again.
Have a great weekend.
Take Care.
Denise T x

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
WOW a whole card - thats a present in its self.
I really am enamoured by the first ticks all my boxes, but love the creativity of the pine bough tree.
Amanda xx

Vick said...

Ooh its Double Day and a real card, flaming heck Sue you are pushing the boat out LOL.......loving everything I am seeing here, I love it when you do text dies and cut a 'drop shadow' to underlay it, it really looks effective, have a lovely weekend, Vick xx
MyYTChannel vixcrafts

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. Just can't choose a favourite today - love them both! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us.
I wish I could say I'd done all my Christmas cards, but things have been so busy I'm very behind and may have to resort to sending shop bought ones abroad - can't believe I've just said "shop bought"!!! Well the decorator starts work on our craft room on Monday and the carpet is due on the 22 Dec so with luck it should be fully functional in time for Christmas, I can't wait.
Happy Birthday Heather T, what a wonderful family to treat you to Sue's dies, enjoy your day.
Hugs to all unwell and in pain. Sue xxx

Brooke Bont said...

They are both wonderful like the use of the branches for the tree. Now that Thanksgiving is over let me wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. Look forward always to the next card

Sheila Lampard said...

Morning Sue
Two beautiful cards today.
I love the Let It Snow die but can't find it anywhere. Still I have finished my cards and have a few for next year too - unless I can sell some at work.
Enjoy your day.
Off to see Enrique Iglesias at the O2 tonight!!
Sheila x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Hope you had the most wonderful and memorable day yesterday full of love and laughter. Happy Friday Wilsonettes. Happy birthday Heather, WOW, lucky lady, all those dies to play with today - enjoy. I honestly think, know that they are the most prettiest dies to date, cant wait to get my order.
Cheryl, hope your radiotherapy hasnt wiped you out too much, thinking of you.

Two stunning and beautiful cards today Sue and number 2 is SO clever, you wake my brain up that's for sure, and feed it with idea's only you could think of ! Thank you so much. Still have a few to make - my 'specials' as dont think its worth making more for market as its so near to Christmas, most will already have got them ! *tut*

Well June, there will be lots of people with early C cards this weekend, you really are making sure they get them on time lol !!
Janet, I meant to say how lovely to read your quaint story re home made gift hidden around the home where your son lives. I was trying to remember the lovely tradition to tell Mr L but will have to find your post and read it (when his brain is awake) he's just back from walking the dog, he doesnt remember doing it till at least 10am ! He's a useless early riser !
So on that note I send love and hugs to you all and wish you all a good day.
Lancashire Steph xx

Sandra Biggs said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful cards.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Wowzer! These cards are super amazing! I especially like the second one and the way you have made the tree. So clever. I have this Believe die and it is a lovely one. Thank you for sharing.
Hugs everyone.

Linda Graham said...

Two beautiful cards Sue, love them both, you have such wonderful ideas, thank you, Linda x

Anonymous said...

Lovely ideas on both the cards. Thanks for the ideas, Sue.

Maryann Laursen said...

Both cards are so beautiful Sue, and as I´ve said before, I just love those white on white cards and these are really stunning, and especially the first one is just jumping right into my heart here. It is so sooo beautiful.

barbiepinkfairy said...

Morning Sue and ladies,

Love them both but number one is a wowser!! I think I will have to copyright that word! Love it!

Hope all are well not inured hugs for Cheryl, good luck to Gail an Hubby at the hospital.

Have a nice day love and hugs xxx

Aspiring crafter said...

Two lovely Christmassy cards Sue, I love white on white so number two just edges it !
Have a great day Sue, hope you are well,

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue both cards are gorgeous. I do like how you used the pine bough to make a tree. My cards are all finished but there is always next year. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

Anonymous said...

Both cards are absolutely stunning, Sue

Anne (Northampton)

Marion Bull said...

Two stunning cards today Sue, both beautiful but my favourite is the one with fir branches, just lovely! Thank you for the ideas! I've only got a few more cards to make so may have a go at this one later today. Happy crafting day everyone!
Marion b xx

Jayne S said...

Two very different card, both gorgeous , second one is my favourite.

Rosie said...

LOve your use of the Pine Bough dies for the snowy tree!

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving Day yesterday. Two very beautiful cards today, I can't choose. I do like the acetate on the easle card, and I remember the bough tree from your show on C&C.

I hope everyone has a peaceful weekend.

Love Rosemarie xx

Micky French said...

I love both these cards, they are so different.
Hugs Michelle xxxx

Jill Berg said...

Great cards - i think the pine bough is one of my favorite Christmas dies😊

Maria Illsley said...

Both are wonderful cards but I do like the pine Christmas tree as it is so unusual xxx

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue both lovely cards and so very elegant in white.Love how you have made a little tree, very quaint .x

Ann Lauzon said...

Hi Sue, I like both cards but the let it snow is a real Wower. I'll have to give it a go.

Jan.moogie said...

Wow Sue two real stunners today and one an easel card too. Sorry cant choose between them as they are both gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. xxx

Saba said...

Good Morning Sue,
What truly inspirational cards. I love the use of acetate on the first one, and the use of pine boughs to make a Christmas tree is so clever and looks fabulous.

It was lovely to be welcomed to the blog yesterday and reassured that I hadn't overstepped the mark by including a tip, thank you ladies.
Brenda, I did mean a sponge with a scrubbit, I managed to find a white one, but if you use a green one, wash and dry it first otherwise you end up with fine green dust all over your workspace!!

val jones said...

Hi Sue. The first is such a beautiful card and so different for you to do an easel card. I love the way the it shines.
The second card is perfect.white on white-my all time favourite.
Love Val in Spain x

hazel young said...

Two beautiful and very different cards Sue love them both x xhazel

Sandra said...

Good Friday morning Sue,
Wow what Festive gifts you have inspired us with today!
I really must get on with these Christmas Cards!
Cheryl, gentle hugs coming your way, I hope you don't feel too exhausted, hugs xx
June you have finished yours can you come help me with mine please? I can supply lunch??, you are so organised, my wish to Santa would be that we ll lived near enough to each other so that we could craft together at least once a fortnight ! I can dream can't I ?!
Do you think there will be any craft bargains around for Black Friday,? I am off for a look?
Was anyone tempted by the new Grand Calibur in Teal? I heard it was supposed to be better at cutting all over the plate rather than just down the edges? Not sure if it's true, something was said about metal gears as apposed to plastic ones in existing machines.
Sue (Mrs B), Pat (Witney) and I all have Grand Calibur's and they all cut completely differently, Sue's is the newest I think, but is 'loose' enough for her to put a decent thickness shim in, but mine wouldn't even attempt at cutting through it, ans although mine is 'tighter' I tried to extend the gorgeous new striplet die side ways (across) the plate ( to finish a complete A4 sheet, as I matches up beautifully to extend ) but my GC would not cut it in that direction at all, Pat's GC is super tight and at times very hard to turn handle to cut with just simple 'cut sandwich! , it just amazed me that all three machines were manufactured in the same factory but their cut is completely different , you wouldn't normally notice unless you craft in a group!
A bit of a random topic but genuinely surprised me!
Crafty hugs, extra gentle for those amongst us feeling low, big warm welcoming ones for all new comers too!
Sandra xxxxx

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning Sue what beautiful cards you have for us today I love them both but I think the second one as just the lead. I will be having ago at these. Take care Sue xx

Debs A xxx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
What a fantastic way to use your Pine Bough die! I would never have thought of doing that in a million years. This is certainly going to be in my idea box for next Season.
I love using acetate on the front of cards but I have a real problem when it comes to securing it at the back.
So as you probably can tell I have fallen for No.2 this week.

Tres - Hope you're both improving day by day. Take care.
Sandra - hope you can get to play with your new dies. The new camelia die is just beautiful to work with. Have a really good week-end.
Norah - happy knitting - I always use Deramores as they are wonderful re delivery and choice of wools.

Well off this morning to meet our Nephew who is on his Santa run from Holland. So all their presents for both celebrations -5th and 25th Dec - and Josh - our Great Nephew- birthday goodies for the first week in Jan will go back with him.

To all who are feeling under the weather hope you feel better as the day goes on. To all take care and stay safe. See you tomorrow.
Janet x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Two amazing cards. My favourite is the second one.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Two beauties this morning, I adore the Let it Snow die, it always looks expensive!
Lorna D

PharmacyMichele said...

Two beautiful cards, I think I like the 1st one slightly better but only because I have the die so I could try to recreate this card.


sued99 said...

I love both of these cards.

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Two fabulous Christmas cards love them both.

Hugs to all Annx without an "e"

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Sue,

Beautiful duo today, love the "floating" embellies on acetate - now, do I know anyone who deserves all that bling?...NO!

The "Believe" card is right up my street and a pine bough isn't just a pine bough is it...very clever to make a tree out of it...

definitely a couple of ideas I will be stealing for Christmas 2015 - I've already finished all the cards I need for this year including some spares for "just in case"...

btw, Sue - ignoring Blogger's Prove you're not a robot doesn't work - it won't let me publish until I fill in the numbers in the box!


Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Both cards are beautiful . love Jean Z xx

karenlotty said...

So pretty I love both of them!

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
Well look at you making a proper card lol,2 beautiful cards i adore them both and these are my fav dies , hugs Sarah xx

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue, and all the ladies.
Both of these cards are gorgeous. Can't choose between them, just gorgeous.
Have a good day everyone xx

gwen70 said...

2 gorgeous cards Sue, especially love the second one

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. I love both these cards. It would be very hard to choose a favourite. Lovely idea with the bough leaves. Will give that a go I think. Thanks again for all the great ideas you give us. Hope you have a relaxing weekend. Hugs Heather.x

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue,
Love the cards today, simply stunning but the second one
Is simply genius!! You always think outside the box.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue Two stunning Christmas cards, I love them both. Take care Michelle S xxx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful cards love them both, clever use of the die in the 2nd one. If I had to choose it would be the 1st one. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

ros hodgkins said...

Good morning Sue, wow two beautiful cards, I like them both however for me the first has the edge as I still have an inner child within and I love sparkle and glitter. Thank you. Hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving.
X Ros

Pauline A said...

Morning Sue, This would be difficult to choose between as both cards are lovely. I particularly like the way you have used the bough die to create a tree but the easel card is so different . However both would be well received in anyone's house. Hugs xx Pauline A

Marion said...

Hi Sue love them both ,nice to see an easel card and love what you have done with the bough really are a genius.
Marion H

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - both these cards are amazing and I love the way you have used the Let it Snow and Believe dies. Thank you for giving us more wonderful ideas. You never cease to amaze! Hope you had a great day yesterday. Best wishes

carol quinn said...

love these cards sue, the snow one is my fave!

Anne Crawford said...

This is my second attempt today as my iPad is playing up .
Both cards are glorious! I don't have the snow die but maybe next year? I have the pine bough and love it, my sister loves Christmas trees so I might try to replicate Sue's tree card for her as its so pretty!
Iain got on great at his checkup yesterday, they took him off his Warfarin and Amiodarone tablets and were really happy with him, he's better now than he has been for years ( must have been all that good nursing he had ) maybe worth a few extra dies for Christmas! lol!
Love your idea of a collective craft day Sandra, and was interested in what you said about the GC. I think metal gears inside would be better.
Hope you don't feel too washed out today Cheryl, wishing all those in pain an easier day.
Love and Hugs to all xo

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
I may be going mad but Im sure you had the "tree" card on one of your tv shows. Clever use of that pine die.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Anne Crawford said...

Sorry , Meant to wish Heather T , a very Happy Birthday!
Sue I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving day with the family.xo

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue,

Two great cards today one complete one too !! Love how you've used the acetate on number one and love how you've used the pine bough die to make the Christmas tree on number two , so can't choose between them, they are both stunning . Thanks Sue hugs xx
Happy birthday Heather , have a good one !!!

Crafty hugs to Yorkielass & L, Lynda and all our sister wilsonettes xxx

Hugs Jean D xx

Gail said...

Both cards are absolutely stunning but particularly love how you have made the second one - I have this die set so may just have to have a go a recreating something similar xx GailT xx

Craftycatty said...

just love this and it is definitely going to be on my to do list for Christmas. I bought the dies at a show recently and haven't used them yet as I am decorating my room at the moment.... love it.

Debbie Tinks said...

Love both the cards today Sue ...
Happy crafting ...x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, two fantastic cards today, very hard to choose between them, love them both. Thank you for all your inspiration.

Happy birthday Heather T, enjoy all your new goodies.

Welcome to all the new bloggers, this is the best blog ever!

Take care everyone, hugs to all who need them.

Jess x

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Two wonderful cards - love them both
Carol x

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue.
Stunning cards as always. Keep them coming xx

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
Love both cards, but think No 1 is the one for me.
Thank you ladies, Brenda and Myra for you kind wishes, well a very long afternoon at the hospital yesterday, they have confirm my husband has CLL stage C. Chemo will start in the new year. Just a waiting game now, he gets so tired.
Hope everyone mages to get a great bargin on this Black Friday!
Gail Cx

Gail said...

That should read manages to get!

Janet k said...

Morning Sue, two very stunning cards, I have what you need to do both so will be having a play later, thank you for the inspiration you give us! Kind regards Janet k xx

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards.

Take care


Paula said...

Amazing cards Sue, so different but both so beautiful. I know I've said this before, and no doubt I'll say it again, but I am so envious of your talent!

Paula x

Sue Crease said...

Both cards are fabulous Sue. The first is very clever but the second is stunning. Like how you have the drop shadow in.

Chris Curry said...

Another two cards too lovely to choose between. I don't have the pine bough dies but love that idea, and the idea for the sentiment is great. I will definitely be trying that one. Thank you.Xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Two stunners today, gloriously wintry

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Two great ideas and two stunningly exquisite of them a real card! Lol! Love them both.

Hugs to all who need them and hoping your days get brighter.

Love Sheila xx

vinita jain said...

It is the hit time to make the Christmas cards, both are gorgeous creations!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Love the cards. I used the 'Let it Snow' die a fair bit when making my Christmas cards. It is a smashing die. I also like the tree card. I will have to put the 'Believe' die on my must get list.
Evis M.

Muriel Kelly said...

Hi Sue
love both of these cards, so different and such clever use of dies as you do so well
Muriel x

nattyboots said...

Love them both Sue but i think the Tree just takes 1st place .
Take Care
Elaine H X

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, love both cards very much indeed. I like using acetate wraps so really like no. 1 but I have the pine bough so could make no. 2! I cannot choose between them.
Heather T - Happy Birthday, what lovely presents to receive.

Diane said...

Hi Sue fabulous cards today and like a lot of people I can't choose between them, like the acetate one but also the simplicity of the pine bough. Right wedding over, governor minutes done NOW I can start Christmas!!! Have a great day love Diane G xxxxx
Heather T happy birthday have a wonderful day xxx
Anne great news about your husband xxx
Sheila enjoy your evening dancing away! Xxx
Gail sending you a hug xxxx
June could you come and help me too? I've made cake! Xxx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two gorgeous Christmas cards. Very cold and seasonal looking. I love how you have made the tree with the Pine Bough dies.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love both cards but especially like your tree made from the pine bough.
Heather T a very happy birthday and Cheryl thinking of you after your first treatment

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Paula said...

both of the cards are very pretty, but the pine bough one is my favorite! Bring on the sparkle.

Beryl Frost said...

Hi Sue two beautiful white on white cards today I love them Beryl xx

June Horrocks said...

Can't choose between these two beauties sue stunning they are thank you love to all xxxx June xx

Denise Hancock said...

hi Sue 2 great Christmas card ideas. I must get going on my own Christmas cards this weekend.
Denise X

Joanna Dickson said...

Fantastic idea to use the fern to build a Christmas tree. Truly brilliant. I must admit I struggle to release this die so I sort of put it to the back but I think after this I'm going to try again. I also make a fair few easel cards cos of the wow factor.
Right I'm off to dig that die out. Have a great day one and all
Lots of love
Jo xx

auscrafts said...

Two lovely cards but the second one is my favourite

Susan White said...

Hi Sue - really, really like the second card - so clever! Susan x

Jan Moss said...

Morning Sue. Wow that first card is my favorite. Absolutely stunning. Enjoyed the video on Thursday. Hope you have a great day. Hugs. Jan. xx

Anonymous said...

Another stunning christmas card.
I myself like white and blue and often use these colours for cards. Although I now use gilding flakes a lot now as I have seen how to use flakes on your videos. Kind regards Sandra Kent.

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Love, love, love them both, certainly could not choose a favourite.
Have a great day

Patricia x

Jill Liddle said...

I really lke both of these cards. Cardnumber 2 just has that edge for me though. You are really spoiling us with all these gorgeous cards.

Jennifer Smith-Kirk said...

Hi Sue, you have done it again and produced two lovely cards, I like that pine bough die, gorgeous x x x

Lacelady said...

Pretty card Sue, and odd for you, I'll agree. But I love the Christmas Tree card. I just recently lost my little star from the Christmas Angel set, is it possible to get a replacement (happy to pay)? If so, please let me know how. Many thanks, Lesley.

Su said...

Two beautiful cards Sue, love the effect of the Pine Bough - great idea!

ladyweir said...

Brilliant cards sue I really loved the first one and thought the acetate idea was fab

Brooke b said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue, love them both.

Lynn Dalby said...

Lovely cards again. I really like the way that you made the tree, it's genius.

hollyberry said...

Two gorgeous cards today,really love both of them so no favourite today.

Vie Carter said...

Today's double day is fab, very hard to decide which is my fav, however I think the christmas tree just is ahead as I love the effect and the shadow of Believe



CraftyJo said...

I love that easel card - what a great idea with the acetate!

Janet hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Love both the cards but I think the easel one is my favourite because of the impact it gives...stunning!
Hope you had a fantastic "Thanksgiving" with your family.
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

Laura O' Connor said...

two fab card love the white themes.Laura O

craftynanna said...

two beautiful cards sue to difficult to choose a favourite, who would have thought to use the bough dies to make a tree but i am afraid the first one is to tiny for me, lol although i still like it. love to all johanna
ps my pesky robot thing is back and i can't bypass it cos it won't let me unless i print the numbers first, so i will perservere,

CHERYL brown said...

Really hard to choose which card to prefer. I do like your way of using the boughs to 'create-a-tree' though, how clever 'outside the box' thinking is that? My salad brain certainly would have thought of it.
Thoughts and hugs to Gail C and hubby.
Birthday wishes for a beautiful day for Heather T
Thank you all for leaving me so many supportive messages, I really do appreciate them. The journey to the Beacon Centre, Taunton yesterday was not very good as the blanket of fog was horrendous to drive through. I am so fortunate to have the Red Cross Transport services to rely on to get me there and back, I don't think, actually I know, I would not have been able to get there on my own as I am only just starting to drive again since my Pete died last year and my agoraphobia hit me with such a vengeance that it has taken this long for me to be able to get to my Doctor's surgery and back home. That is as far as I can manage at the moment. And I have only managed that with the help and support of my wonderful team from the Mental Health Community Programme in Bridgwater, who come out on home visits for me.
Second session today was a lot better than yesterdays' and no sign of fatigue yet although I have been warned it will strike anytime and the best thing to do is chill out. Many crafty days coming I think.
Heartfelt healing hugs and prayers for all those in pain, discomfort and loss.
hugs Cheryl xxx

Meg said...

Oh the first one is by far my favourite Sue.
Love to Pam and Norah and al who sent love to Leo.
Cheryl hope you don't feel too bad today.
Good to hear Ann's husband Iain and Cheryl's husband are going on ok.
Love to all of you.

camelot67 said...

Hi Sue,

Two really fabulous cards today and since plagiarism is said to be the sincerest form of flattery I thought it only polite to let you know that I intend to "steal" both of these ideas for my card stash this Christmas (lol). Enjoy the rest of your day
Margaret A.

nzillingworth said...


Theresa said...

Hi Sue
I'm not to late on the go today lol
I love your cards today I'm not like June Smith I do have a favorite.
And it's the Let It Snow It is amazing I love it
I do think your other card is special too but the first one is stunning
Have a fantastic day Sue
Love Theresa x

ElizabethS said...

Hi Sue, what lovely ideas you have come up with today. Thanks for the inspiration. Lovely cards too.
ElizabethS x

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Both beautiful, second one contains my favourite xmas die and have used this loads already.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
both are really lovely cards, can't pick a favourite.
I also love the gentle colours of the first one.
Hugs, Rose

Myra P said...

Hi Sue,
Hope you had a lovely day yesterday with your family.
Two gorgeous cards today - again! I think the first one is beautiful - and a real card !! However my favourite is the second one. I love the pine bough - it's gorgeous and cuts beautifully - as does the Believe. Using it to make a tree is just so clever. I remember seeing it on C&C.
I am no where near finished Christmas cards. Have made a lot and got lots of die cuts ready and waiting but lots still to do .
Sandra - I agree would be lovely to get together to craft - no harm in dreaming! Re Grand Calibur - mine is very tight and I think that may be why my handle broke. If the new one cuts more evenly it would get my vote!
Heather T - Happy Birthday to You! Have a lovely day and enjoy your lovely presents.
Anne - so glad everything went well yesterday. Think you should be upgraded to Sister Anne! Lol . The patient must have been good as well! So pleased Iain feels so much better.
Diane - hope wedding went well and cake appreciated. Sure it went down well! Welcome to Christmas mayhem .
Typed the previous line before I saw the Black Friday violence on the News! Wow - how awful.
Gail - sorry your husband is feeling so tired . You are both in my thoughts and prayers
Sheila - have a great time at the O2.
Tres - love and hugs coming your way too.
Tandy - sending love and hugs to you
Off to look for a crafting bargain - but online - it should be less stressful!
Love to all,

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful cards.

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Like both these cards, so original.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Two different and stunning Christmas cards. I don't think i have ever seen you doing a easel card before.
I am going to be off line till next Thursday so will catch up with your blog them
Take care
Hazel G XX

Cathie Weary said...

Wow, an actual card that is on the small side. Beautiful job. Love the way you used the acetate on the front with the pearls and snowflake. Great way to use dies in an different way for the second card. Once again would have never thought to use the pine boughs to make a tree. The attention to detail is wonderful. Especially the pearl over the "i" in believe. You truly give us such inspiration.

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Wow, I love both of your cards. Absolutely stunning! Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

Natalia Smith said...

Two beautiful Christmas cards x

Roisin said...

Love the cards today Sue, but I particularly love the second one....what a wonderful way to show this die! Genius!

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
Normally when you do a double day I have a favourite, but not this time....they are both fantastic!! I wish I had the 'let it snow die'.
Love Sam

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue My Dear Friend,
Today's Cards Are Truly Outstanding Opulent, Rich And Extremely Breathtaking.
I Must Admit I Really Love The Aqua Let It Snow Card As I Love The Fantistic Iced Snow, I Hope You Don't Mind But I Would Love To Give This Card a Go That's If I Can Remember How To Do An Easel Card Its That Long Ago Since I Made One.
I Love The Idea Of placing Acetate On Top So You Can Place Your Pearls On The Acetate.
I Love Your Second Card How You've Used Your Bough Die To Create Your Christmas Tree What An Awesome Idea.
Sue Thank You So Very Much For The Daily Inspiration I So Appreciate It, Thank You For The Fabulous Photography Shots They Are Brilliant And Show Your Cards In Such Fine Detail.
Sue Take Care
Love And Hugs
From Sam xxx
Hugs To All The Wonderful People That Comment On Our Sue's Fabulous Blog.

terrie said...

two beautiful cards...they both turned out fantastic...
Well done Sue

Karen Knight said...

Hi Sue, that's a really clever idea with the pine boughs die! The Let it Snow card and die are amongst my real favourites - I just love it! Hugs, Karen

Shirley T. said...

Hi Sue,

Two really lovely cards today. Thank you. I ordered the Scandinavian and Gemini collection and they came yesterday- WOW. Absolutely gorgeous.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi sue
These two cards are simply beautiful.
Thank you you are awsome.

Jeannie newton

Maureen Bleay said...

I Like this card best Sue don't know why but it just appeals to me. Both of them are nice Its the 'tree' that makes it I think. Thanks for the helpful tips again, re the gluing several of the word sentiment together. I should have remembered this as I used it on my cards with the Christmas tree.! Many hugs Maureen

Dawn Holben said...

Oh wow they are both stunning and beautiful and I love them.
My favourite is the first one but I still love the second one.

Jackie Whiteman said...

Liking both these cards, especially the Snow one!!

TOB said...

Love, love them so gorgeous.
Well went out with my daughter this morning but didn't get much shopping done 'black friday' was a nightmare, couldn't park all the people who parked in disabled badges without a blue badge Thank you, I have a wheelchair and couldn't have parked anywhere, I thought Christmas was a time of caring, sharing and love, but I must be wrong . It's who can grab the items the quickest way they can. To see such awful scenes on facebook is frightening. Went into M&S had a coffee and went home.
Dr changed my medication on Thurs and am feeling the benefit already, the only way is up from now on.
Cheryl hugs, thinking of you, and everyone who is coping with illness.
Happy Birthday Heather enjoy. To all who are feeling sad or down there IS light at the end of the dark cloud, I know.
Pam hugs.
Steph thank you for all your support.
Sue thank you for my winners die its truly beautiful. hugs Theresa xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Two stunning Christmas cards. I simply love both. A great idea to put the let it snow die back in the apperture with a different colour behind. I also love the bough pines done as a Christmas Tree. Both are fantastic ideas, and I will be giving both a try. Hope you have a great weekend.

Sandie Braithwaite said...

You have excelled yourself, Sue, if that's possible!

Susi Mortimer said...

Hi Sue,
They are both beautiful cards today. Have a great weekend everyone. Susi

Beth T said...

What beautiful cards--love the idea of using the acetate.

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
Two fantastic cards today, both are beautiful, difficult to say which I like best, I do like the pine bough Christmas tree - then I like the one with the acetate on. Sue you have turned me into a real ditherer !!!!!!!!! Lets just say I love them both.
Sending love and best wishes, Brenda xxx

Heather T happy birthday hope you're having a great day.
Gail, sending love and prayers during your husband.

Cheryl, stay focused and get through these treatments, you are a very strong lady to get to the point you are now. LOL
Sandra, gosh wouldn't it be fun if we could all get together, love the idea. I didn't know there was a new grand calibre. Mine can be temperamental, if it's a larger die I have to use a shims sometimes rotateing the die as well to get a perfect cut.
Dear Norah, I thought of you today and had a little tear in my eye. Hubby and I want to tidy up my parents grave, when we had finished.he said I'll leave you to have a chat, I will wait in the car for you. My dad died 30th Dec 1998 and Mum 31 Dec 1999 But I still chat to them and give them all the family news.

Barbara said...

Two beautiful cards and one of them is a "proper" card ! What next? maybe Sue will get out the Mirror card and start using it on her cards!!!!
The second one is definitely my favourite as this is the one I won on Sues last visit to C&C and it is even more beautiful in real life.

Brenda Lello said...

Gail SORRY that should have said sending love and prayers to you and your husband.

scrAPpamondo said...

Your cards are a joy for eyes...! thanks for the inspirations and for all the tips

Janice K said...

A great double dose of christmas cards. Love all the iced snow on the first one, it's very effective. x

barbara macaskill said...

These are both gorgeous!! LOVE the bough tree!! Great idea!! The acetate on the first card is a great idea also!! I love that the pearls are on it!! It gives it such depth!! Thanks again for all the inspiration!!

Haze T said...

Hi Sue

Love these beautiful Christmas cards, the colours are stunning & very subtle which makes them so pretty & elegant.

Oh dear, more dies to be added to my wish list which is getting longer & longer....

Crafty Hugs

Haze xx

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Beautiful Cards Sue!

Both cards are fabulous I love how you've done the tree on the second card but my favourite of the two cards is the 'Let it Snow' Easel card because I just love that die and I've used it a lot on my Christmas Cards.

Have a lovely weekend.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Both cards are lovely but I do like the pine tree, clever use of the dye.

Pearl said...

Wow what fantastic cards today Sue, love them both and I love what you've done with the tree card. Craftihappiness to everyone and love from Pearl.

Tandy said...

Hi Sue,
Love both card can't choose between them you are so clever and we are so luck that you share with us. Happy Birthday to Heather T. Special hugs for Pam and Cheryl. Sandra couldn't agree more it would be lovely to all craft together. Well I only lasted 2 days of my notice it was so bad today I finished early and I am not going back. My boss asked me to reconsider but the bullies won't change. Still look on the bright side I have plenty of time to craft every cloud has a silver lining. Love and hugs to all.

nannapat said...

Two fabulous cards Sue, love both of them. Pat x

Lis Kervill said...

Hi Sue and Everybody,

Hurray, my Oslo Has arrived this afternoon!
Due to work I have had to resist the temptation to play, and my 'square' eyes are too dog-tired to fully enjoy and appreciate its beauty tonight.
So tomorrow I shall send you my Love and Thanks for making me a winner!

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
What a great two fer today. I love them both but I think the second one just wins it for me. I think this is a really clever idea and one that I will be copying!
Tandy, sorry you've had such an awful time, Cheryl pleased yesterday wasn't too bad, hope other sessions go as well. Anne great news about your hubbie. Gail, you and your hubbie are in my thoughts and prayers. Heather have a great birthday. Sending special hugs to those above and love to all. Love Alison

Ps had a lovely surprise when I got home tonight - my ceramic poppy from the Tower has arrived - I feel so privileged to have one.

Hellma said...

2 stunning cards.

Glennis said...

Fabulous cards - I love the m both!

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

2 Beautiful cards today. Unusual to see an easel card from you but,love it. Can't choose between them as they are so different.Love that pine bough die.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Heather, hope you're having a good one X

Cheryl, what a time you are having, I hope the radiotherapy is as kind to you as it can be.Well done achieving such progress with your agoraphobia, that can be quite debilitating, so you are doing really well.X Thinking of you

Kind regards :-)

Tina XX

DeyaniraC said...

Hello Sue
Hello Pam glad to see your name at the top of the list.
Sue thank you both card very beautiful. thank you for sharing them with us.
Have a nice weekend

liz spooner said...

Love both these cards Sue, will have to buy the let it snow die for next xmas. Thanks for the inspiration Liz Spooner.xx

Cazzie D said...

Evening Sue. A great couple of cards. My favourite is the first one. Caz x

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
2 really superb Christmas creations today.
I love your superb design on both of these, and what a fab idea the acetate that makes the pearl snowflake look suspended.
A;so the very fab idea of the tree from the firs die.
Thank you so much for sharing your very superb ideas.
Just finished my sisters Birthday card with your high and low technique.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Anonymous said...

Two beautiful Christmas cards a little different from what I make, and I have all my Christmas cards made its about fifty.Been loving your new videos. Just ordered some of your new dies. How do you become a follower, for I get your new letter every day and look at your blog, but don't leave a comment very time.
Yvonne Nicholson

Heather Rogers said...

Cool cards LOL! Literally!

Not like you to do an easel card or a card at all ! :)

I love both but especially the second one. Both are beautiful

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue, Wow, an actual card and not just an 'ordinary' one but an easel card. It's stunning. I have to admit though, I think the second one with the tree made from the pine boughs has won my heart. It's so whimsical and I love the effect you achieved by tearing the background card. As always, thanks for sharing with us. x

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Both cards simply beautiful. SueL x

Theresa Pace said...

oh wow Sue. they are both so beautiful and inventive. finally a whole card from you!! hugs xx

Margaret corgi owner said...

Good evening Sue and everyone

Sorry to be late again I have been so busy but not crafting either making it all the more frustrating, but some of the family are having big problems and have asked for my help.

Two really beautiful cards love both of them Sue so pleased we don't have to choose a favourite, love them both.

Take care everyone have a lovely weekend.

Margaret corgi owner

Joanne K said...

Hi Sue, two gorgeous card but the first one is my favourite. Kind regards Joanne K x

Jacquie said...

Love them both Sue, well done on making a full card lol! Love the branches on the second card making a tree.

Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Craftysusan said...

Hi Sue. Two beautiful cards, I do love these double card days. Have a great weekend. x

scoobydoo said...

gorgeous cards. such wonderful inspiration

lyndas said...

Good evening Sue & Wilsonettes
Both cards are gorgeous I love the let it snow die it's so pretty & love how you have made it into a card lol
The pine bough die how you have used it to do a tree WOW so clever I love it.
Love & Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Heather T Happy birthday hope you enjoyed your day

Tandy sorry you've been through a bad time latley Sending love & Hugs Lynda xx

Cheryl what a bad time your having at the moment hope the radiotherapy is kind to you,as it can be.Sending you love & Hugs Lynda xx

Pam glad your on the 6am no 1 spot where you belong
Hugs Lynda xx

Gail sending you & your hubbie a big hug your in my thoughts & prayer's love Lynda xx

Anne great news about your hubbie sending you both love & Hugs Lynda xx

Big hugs to Sandra,Margaret corgi owner,Jean D,Hazel Sheila G,Weely Bad & Billy,Tina E,Yorkilass,Gail C,Myra P,Maria A, Norah,Steph,Cameeli and all Wilsonettes on this best blog love Lynda

AliJ said...

A couple of lovely cards. Wish I could get the let it snow die somewhere but everyone seems sold out. Maybe hold onto my pennies and hope it becomes available again next year. Have a great weekend.

Norah McPhee said...

Good evening Sue and all my Wilsonette friends,
sorry it is so late but it has been a day and a half waiting in for folk that haven't shown hilt nor hair like they should have. Anyway, two beautiful cards Sue and even a real card, wow. Laughter and kidding aside Sue, both are crackers but the second one does it for me today as it is just exquisite. Thank you for your beautiful masterpiecesthat bring so much joy to my day as well as everyone else. I hope that you had a great day yesterday for Thanksgiving with your family and friends.
Gail I send you my love, thoughts and prayers for your husband. You have both been through so much this year already and I am sorry that I can't be off more use to you but I am sending you hugs and I will say a wee prayer for you.
Brenda, thank you although how you must have been to lose both your parents within a year must have been so hard for you. They say time is a great healer but I have never found it to be the case. Not looking forward to this Christmas at all as we have had Christmas dinner with mum and dad since I got married and it changed to our house when dad went but it will come and go just like any other day. The fella that I got to put mum up on the stone redid dads wording so that all the gold lettering is the same and he has made a great job of it, really pleased with it.
Happy birthday Heather, I hope that you have had a great day and enjoyed yourself.
OH is getting me a new tablet for Christmas because this one keeps going on the blink and won't charge up. He has ordered one of them fancy ones instead of just a wee cheap one that I us. I just need it to let me read my books on it and see my cards but this is daughter because she has an all singing and dancing one. If he had got a cheap one I could have got some new dies to play with, mmh between kids and men they never actually get me something that I want.oh well never mind, at least I'll be able to look at them from afar,
good night everyone. Sending hugs to all my Angels for everything that you do and hugs to all my angels that are not up to par at the moment,
love and crafty hugs
Norah (glenochil village)

Zena McCalmont said...

Hi Sue, firstly sorry but I've not been well so not been commenting. Secondly these cards are stunning, such wonderful designs. Enough said I think.
Love Zena x

Tres said...

Hi Sue. WOW !! Two really great cards today !! I really love them both. The LET IT SNOW card looks fab !! I love this die but I am still unable to get hold of one !! I love this colour combo and the fantastic addictive iced snow glitter !! I love the acetate easel card you have made Sue. An unusual card from you but it is beautiful. I love the snowflakes to. The second card looks great to. A really lovely idea to make the pine bough die into a Christmas Tree and I love the BELIEVE DIE and background EF. Another beauty Sue !! Both cards are so lovely that I would not be able to choose a favourite one.
Thank you for two lovely Christmas cards today Sue. Wishing you lots of love from Tres x x x

To Cheryl, I hope you are feeling ok after yesterday. Sending you lots of love from Tres x x x

To Gail C, Thinking of you and your husband. Sending you both lots of love today from Tres x x x

To Tandy, I am sorry things are so bad for you. Sending lots of love to you from Tres x x x

To P in Wales, Ecco Janet, and Myra, Thank you all for your kind wishes. Hubby came with me last night to help me with the cat up the vets. He felt a sort of twang in his bad knee. When we got home he took both dressings off to look and all the stitches came out stuck to the dressings !! We had to make an urgent appointment to see the nurse today and she had to sort it all out !! He is such a nightmare sometimes !!

To Heather T, Happy Birthday. I hope you had a lovely day today. Lots of love from Tres x x x

To all the Wonderful Wilsonettes, I hope everyone had a good day today lots of love from Tres x x x

Jackie Meechan said...

Two gorgeous Christmas cards love them both.

Angela Wade said...

Two gorgeous cards, Sue. Love how you've created the Christmas tree using the Pine bough die, which I have, on card two. Brilliant !! Will definitely have to try this !

Have a good weekend everyone and hugs to all,
Angela in S. Wales Xx

Marianna Hammer said...

Two beautiful cards !

Jean Bullock said...

The cards are lovely, of course, but I especially love the extra creativity in using the acetate and pine bough dies. Well done, I pinned of course.

Nancy Carroll said...

Totally gorgeous!

Sandy H said...

Beautiful cards. I looked at the first picture before I read the words and for a moment I saw the easel card as two separate cards. Bad brain fog and eyes need testing again. Love the way you have made the tree on the second card - wish I had that die.
Hope the brain fog clears tomorrow as I must START making my Christmas cards.
Reassured to know that I'm not the only one still suffering from a case of "the robots".
Take care everyone.

DMJ said...

Two more lovely cards, love the idea of using the pine bough for a tree!!!

Doreen x

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Magnificent card, love, love it.
Di x

Di said...

The pine card is beautiful too, really lovely cards Sue.
Di x

IVY Cheong said...

Hi Sue,

Love both the cards. They are so beautiful.


Ivy L xx

jean.phillips1 said...

Don't know what happened to yesterday, can't believe I missed these two beautiful cards!! Love them both. Love Jean xxx

Darlene4527 said...

Love both cards! Love what you did with the boughs.

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