Sunday, 21 December 2014

Friends Forever

Good Sunday morning all!  I have a clean and simple style card for today's offering.  I stamped my sentiment in the lower corner of a piece of coconut white card using a Black Archival ink pad.  Next I cut a piece of black card the same size and put a piece of double sided tape on the back of the white card to keep the black and white cards aligned (white on top, black behind).  Using the Complete Delicate Daisies dies in several of the larger sizes, I arranged them in a slope across the front of the white card with the edges of the petals near the next flower.  I cut the dies by running them through the Grand Calibur, a few passes it takes due to the double thickness of the card.  Next I took the dies out and used my scissors to nip away the areas of the white card between the flowers, exposing the black card behind.  I added more adhesive to the back of the white card and aligned the two pieces, leaving just the flower cut away open.  Using Mauve and black card, I cut the same flowers using both the Delicate Daisies complete petal and the open petal die styles.  I assembled the four flowers and inlaid them back into the areas where I cut the original flowers.  I added 5mm white flatback pearls to the centres of each flower.  I completed the card with a white paper pierced mat, then added a thin mauve and thin black mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  9" in size.

Now for the winners of the weekly Comment Game.  This will be the last set of winners for 2014.   I will resume the weekly Comment Game after the new year!

This week's winners are:

Gwen 70!!!
Debs Artliff!!!
Patricia Youdell!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at to confirm your address and
claim your prize!

I would just love to be able to hear from you, but I do know how busy we all are this time of year.  If you get a chance, please let me know how your last minute Christmas chores are shaping up!  Are you ready or not?  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

Good morning Sue and everyone, love the card today, simply stunning. Congrats to lucky winners.
Steph, sorry I missed your birthday , hope it was as special as you are.
Hope you all have a lovely day, take care
Hugs all round

Glennis said...

I like this style of card, the colours are lovely too.
Have a great Christmas everyone. I am preparing for family to stay for 3 days

auscrafts said...

nice style of card

Julie Elli said...

Hi Sue. What a different look for today. Really clever and clean looking. Another out of the box way to use the flower die.
As for Christmas chores, food shopping done but you always think you haven't bought enough for the kids! Will have to wrap and see. You forget what you've bought until you get the pressies out of hiding.
Merry Christmas to you all. Only four more sleeps.
Big hug
Julie E

Margaret said...

This is so different but I love it
Margaret M

Nina Spear said...

Hi Sue
I was very surprised to see this card but it is lovely in its simplicity.
As ready for Christmas as I can be, just the fresh food to buy and the house to clean
Nina x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi sue
Lovely card, collecting all gifts from mum's later then wrapping with one hand could be fun, step Granddaughter went into labour last night so waiting for news.
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x x x

Heather Rogers said...

Interesting card today a step away from your normal gift to us but as usual a lovely creation.

Crafty Hugs

Anonymous said...

Nice simple card today Sue , very nice. Congratulations to winners. JJxx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Clean and simple gift for us this morning with another tecnique for us to try.
Gifts all wrapped, cards all sent and only the fresh food shopping to do. It sounds as if I'm super organised but the truth is I have such a small family that it doesn't take me that long lol.
Belated birthday greetings Steph
Hugs x
Heather T

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you a very elegant card. I am as ready as I'll ever be, just finished descaling the Kettle and coffee machine, very hard water area.
I hope you and your Family have a wonderful time, my best wishes to you and all the Wilsonettes. Congrats to the winners it is a lovely feeling to see your name come up. Take care all Kitty

Deb E Isle of WIght said...

Think I've seen you demo something similar to this and love what appears to be the simplicity of it. Colours work really well as well. Black, white and a colour thrown in you can't go wrong. Have the dies that have been used for this and will be giving it a go as if you change the sentiment can be used for other occasions as well. Lovely!

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. Beautiful card, very interesting how you have used your flowers dies. As for Christmas chores-the shopping's done but still to wrap everything.
Congratulations to all the winners. Have a lovely day. Sue xxx

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue really pretty card, looks simple but very elegant. I think I am on the last hurdle now for Christmas. Still have 2 more presents to get and wrap, food wise all is done, I think !!! Enjoy your day everyone, and congratulations to the winners x

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue My Dear Friend,
I Love Today's Beautiful Card As Like Yourself I Love To Use Black Card As Much As Possible And Where Appropriate I Love The Flower Die You Used Its One Of My Favourite. I'm So Looking Forward To The Cards You Bring In 2015.
Well I'm Quite In Front With Everything On The Christmas Front As All The Wrapping Has Been Done For Some Time, Everytime I Purchased A Gift I Wrapped As I Hate Leaving It, My Wonderful Husband Will Do Our Last Minute Shopping Which Is Ordered From M/S Because There Is Just The Two Of Us And Our Dogs It Will Be A Quite One As Normal. When I Hear Of People Cooking For Sixteen Or More That For Me Is Extremely Daunting.
Sue Have A Great Day
Take Care
Love And Hugs
From Sam xxx
Hugs To All The Wonderful People That Comment On This Awesome Blog.
Congratulations To The Weekly Gift Comment Winners!

Hazel said...

Good morning Sue. Yes to days card is different, but different is good and shows what can be done to create a beautiful card. Congrats to the winners. Debs will be over the moon. Steph I hope today goes well, but please, please wrap up extra warm. Hazel x

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Lovely clean and simple card today. Very pretty with the flowers across the centre. Thanks for sharing.
Am off to do the Christmas shopping today! Woo-hoo!
Congrats to the winners.
Have a great day everyone.

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Simple but lovely. Congrats all winners.

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Loving todays card ,lovely colors and style
Congrats to the winners

Elaine H X

Muriel Kelly said...

Hi Sue and everyone

Lovely simple card today, very neat looking.

Off to do food shopping now. As I live in a beach holiday area I decided evening was the safest time to avoid crowds, lets see !

Garden done, presents wrapped, just the general cleaning to do before the family arrives. I have been so proud of my cards this year thanks to you Sue.
It is so hot here in mid north coast NSW and very dry too though rain has been forecast over the Xmas period so we may get some relief though the kids wont be happy if they cant get to the beach,

I wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas, enjoy your break Sue,
looking forward to a new year of beautiful inspirations

Muriel x

Vick said...

Good Morning Sue & everyone,
I do hope your weekend is going well. I love the simplicity of today's card. Congrats to this week's winners, hugs, Vick xx
Wild orchid crafts designer
YTChannel vixcrafts

carol quinn said...

another really pretty one sue.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely simple card today. All ready for Christmas Sue, just the fresh food to buy on Tuesday x

June said...

Morning Sue, Pam and all Wilsonettes, a really nice card today, it is one of those that you can have prepared and just add a suitable sentiment when required, I think we are all mindful of postage costs today and this is one that if scaled down a little will easily fall into the basic postage category, love it. also an ideal way of using up some of the scraps.

Congratulations to the winners, you with enjoy your prize.

So am I ready for Christmas, well this year we have been invited to our youngest son's for Christmas lunch which we are so looking forward to, this is the first time that we have not had to cook the turkey etc. Then on boxing day will be going away for a weeks holiday on the Isle of Wight, looking forward to the break, will be taking some jewellery to do, can't really take my craft kit with me can I.

What are you doing Sue?

Have a great Sunday everyone, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning dearest Sue and all Wilsonettes, Sunday smiles to you all..
I adore the clean and simple look to cards especially when they have to be posted. I remember trying something similar some time earlier in the year whrn you used white and teal with the classic rose die... Similar - NOT, as usual I got in a right fuddle if I remember rightly LOL im not lucky enough to own the rose die and cant remember what I tried but lets say "it didnt work too well" !! But I do have both petal dies, so when the new year is in I will play (after i've had a play with my new Sue dies and new EF I got with my MIL's birthday money yesterday) can you believe my craft shop owner wont be open now until Jan 15 !!!!! So I had to stock up with my CE glue + + + : )

You ask if we are ready Sue ? What does ready mean ???!!! In a word - NO.
As there are only the 2 of us we are not going mad on the day (I quite fancy a p.j day) we have our daughter and husband - that still sounds weird, and her inlaw's coming Boxing Day, so its finger food (HA LOL... Finger food) my dear little odd Christmas finger numb and flapping in the wind LOL. Still have Mr Lancs gift to buy and card to make... But before that its market day, and if im not ready for that, I never will be ! I was still working on things when our daughter and her man suprised me last night at 7pm with a bag full of food to cook me a suprise birthday meal and boy can that guy cook (lucky Lou) wow what a meal... So with all your birthday messages, email's from my wonderful blog friends, your cards and gifts it was the nicest birthday Ive had for some time. Thank you.
On that note I must get my sore body moving and send those that are unwell lots of loving hugs.
Have a good Sunday.
Love you.
Lancashire Steph xx
congrats to all winners today enjoy your lovely gift

Anonymous said...

Well, Sue, have to say that I love your more ornate cards but always there is something new to learn, and do appreciate the tips on double cutting of card.
Like Sam, not a lot to do as no family nearer than 250 miles and when you have a lot of animals to care for then it's really just another day - however, a few calorie laden treats in store! I shall be sorry later.
Sent all my Sue-inspired cards early (majority) but afraid the others didn't go until yesterday despite the good intentions, so am putting my trust in Royal Mail.
Ha Ha.

Well done to the winners!

'P' in Wales

PharmacyMichele said...

Lovely card today. Congrats to all the winners.

All gifts wrapped, christmas craft stash put away. Food shopping today as soon as the supermarket opens. Just need to figure out the best time to get the fresh items & collect order from the butchers. I'm working 3 full days & will probably be late each day as the hospital has already had 2 days last week with no beds and there's usually a pre christmas panic. Only 3 of us on Xmas day & hubby always cooks. 4 on Saturday 27th then more arriving in the evening do will probably have to brave the shops again.

What are your plans??


Anonymous said...

Lovely clear simplicity in this card. It looks so effective.

linda boyce said...

Hi Sue sorry have not left a message for ages just been so busy.All done with christmas shopping and just waiting for the big day. Now just to let you know Lily is swimming for a team and trains every day at 6am to 8am even christmas eve so you see dont have much time as helping out as her mum works in Ascot ,so its been all go .Hope you have a super christmas and New year hugs linda and lily ps looking forward to all the cards cooming

Jackie Meechan said...

Another inspiring. Well done winners.
Hope everyone has a great Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,

Thank you for the Clean & Simple cards, I'll be trying this one, especially as my OH has just got me a Post Office letter guide and I'm really shocked at how few of the cards in my stash will go through the 5mm slot! that's my New Year resolution - less foam, fewer layers from now


Clai01 said...

Hi Sue
yes more or less ready and I've finished the Christmas wrapping now. I'm looking forward to seeing what Creative Expressions has in store for us next year!
Happy Christmas prep everyone. x

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue this card is gorgeous I do like clean and simple cards. Unfortunately I have been ill in fact I am still not right it is just a cold and a cough. So my Christmas prep is a little behind. My daughter came home yesterday for a few days and that's all that matters really. I hope you have a really good Christmas. Hugs Jackie

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - Great card - another must try for 2015 - such a generic design suitable for all ocassions.

X-mas prep under control - just the fresh stuff to do Monday/Tuesday - got a filthy cold at the mo - it started Thursday and it hasn't let up since - no appetite, no taste buds either, sore ears, and a nose that gets more rudolph like every passing day despite using balm tissues- hope it will lay off a bit before the big day as I am hosting x-mas lunch although I dont really feel up to cooking at the mo, let alone eating it.

Off to have an olbas oil bath to see if that will help clear the somewhat blocked passages -
Clare W

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, this card is just perfect. I love this layout, and certainly one to try especially while I am off over Christmas. Congrats to the comment game winners. I think I have got everything food wise, just 1present left to get. And 1 very special card to make for hubs. Have a great Sunday everyone. Bx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. A beautiful CAS card, it's great to see different styles sometimes. Like lots of the other disorganised Wilsonettes my brain is buzzing with what we have left to do for Christmas Day and it just can't work out how you have cut the flowers! I will have another read later on to work it out : )
My mantra at the moment is "Never again. Next year I am going to get organised much earlier" I think that tells you how I am getting on! I know it will all suddenly come together on Christmas Eve, but I am stressing at the moment! (No matter how busy I am I still always have a little "me" time everyday reading your blog though:) )
I would love to know if you organised or not Sue? I would also love to know how many Christmas cards you make and send, or as you have already made so many for work do you buy them instead?
Congratulations to the final Comment Game winners of 2014 : )
Sending my daily hugs to everyone. Take care.

Susan White said...

Hi Sue - just love the simplicity of this card - really beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas - we're just about to pack up our car and travel from Inverness to Essex where all our family live! Our only last minute purchase will be the petrol for the car!!! Merry Christmas to you and all your followers, Susan x

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
Lovely card today
I am almost ready for Christmas and this year I am to be waited on, as we are going to my daughter's for lunch
Pat x

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card today - clean and simple, and useful for many occasions. Congrats to the winners. Christmas prep well under way! Still need to wrap some pressies, but always leave my Husbands until last so I can hide myself away in bedroom and wrap his whilst listening to Christmas tunes and sipping a glass of baileys :-)) Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, another lovely card. I am off to France tomorrow to spend Christmas with my youngest son and family. I am all packed ready to go, my hold luggage is just full of presents with a few squeezed into my hand luggage, just hope I have enough clothes! I am celebrating Christmas today with Louise and family and last week we celebrated with my oldest son and family. Hope you are all ready too! Love Jean xxx

Chris Curry said...

A very effective and stylish card Sue. Thank you.Xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card. Simple yet very stylish. I love the flowers. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

All the presents bought, all cards nearly done. Hubby's still to finish. Driving to Hampshire this morning for family get together, picking up my daughter & family on the way at Bristol.

AnnetteM said...

I am not a regular contributor, but I do read the blog daily and feel that I know so many of you.
Thank you Sue and all for brightening my days, as especially lately, I have needed cheering up sometimes.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy and crafty new year.

DMJ said...

I do like this effect, have used it in different ways, too!!

Congrats to the winners too.

Seasons Greetings to you all,

Doreen x

Debbie Tinks said...

Hi Sue .. Love the card ..
To all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .. And Sue and her Family..x
Have a good one ..

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
Simple today's gift maybe but it still makes a statement. This gift is a definite stand by and one of those you can make when you realise that one is needed 'NOW' and so it's gone into my 'must do' box. I'm going to have to expand that box as it's getting rather full because of all your wonderful; beautiful and gorgeous gifts this year.

As I said yesterday I'm off today to see my eldest Daughter and her animal family (including of course my lovely Son in Law who always seems to come at the end of the line lol). So it's out to Bakewell for lunch and then on to Hognaston to say Merry Christmas to her two Woolley Boys (Stumpy and Scamo sheep); Mystral her new tenant (Bunny); Cuinn and Molly (two gorgeous Collies); Ratty (outside Cat); Pip (inside Cat) and any others who may be in for caring over the Season.
Christmas Day it's just the two of us as I firmly believe that when there are small children in the house it's terrible when they've opened their presents and then you drag them away to spend the day away from their treasures. Now my Grandchildren have their own babies and my youngest Daughter is a Nan so she visits them and as you know my eldest has all her animals to care for so they stay at home hence my day out today. Then on Boxing Day it's off to Dover to sail for France until 12th February in my lovely little house in Burgundy.

To all under the weather for whatever reason I hope you feel better soon. To everyone please take care and stay safe. See you tomorrow.
Janet x

Congratulations to this week's Winner especially Debs Artliff.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, this card is beautiful, but has come up a most perculiar colour on my I-pad. I will go back again later and see if it is any better, at the moment bright yellow and black with purple flowers, not one of your colour combos I think.

Love Rosemarie xx

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, another of your different
and very creative cards it is stunning
must give it a try after all the holidays
are over have managed to finish my
Christmas cads but still some projects
I am doing for my grandchildren to
but feel I'm on the home straight hope
everyone has managed to do all they intended.
Congrats. to all the lucky winners what
a lovely Christmas present to receive.
Nancyd xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - I love the clean and simple lines of today's card and it is very clever how you have achieved this. I have spent a few days in bed this past week with a horrible chesty cold so was very relieved I had made a real effort this year to buy and wrap all my presents earlier than usual. I can now relax and can't wait to spend Christmas with all the family. Congratulations to the lucky winners today. Hope your preparations are going smoothly too Sue and looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us next year. Best wishes

lilian said...

Hi Sue & All, love this card, although don't think my old GC would cope with the double thickness.

On the Xmas front, finished C cards yesterday, going to our lovely daughters for three days, will see my son and his partner, plus two grandchildren under five ! Still have pressies to wrap, and a set of notelets to make for my dear friend, so quite busy still.

Hope all have a good time and maybe some crafty pressies. Best Wishes. Lilian in Cornwall

gwen70 said...

Beautiful card Sue, simple but stunning, so excited as I see I am one of the winners, will be in touch

Diane said...

Hi Sue lovely card today, I bought your leaf die many moons ago when you did a similar card (didn't try it in the end but have used the leaf die loads!). I think the last of the presents have been bought just waiting for some to arrive. Today is mammoth mince pie bake whilst hubby and daughter do the decorations, then marzipan the cake. Still got all the presents to wrap, local cards to deliver and a couple of family visits to make. Picking up the turkey silly o'clock Christmas Eve then when hubby comes home from work we will drive to his mums to stay. It all sounds so easy doesn't it! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas . Love Diane G xxx
Congratulations to all the winners xxx
Muriel it's interesting to hear your plans on the other side of the world. If I had the garden to tidy as well as the house I would never be ready! Hope you have some rain soon but still manage to get to the beach xxx

Aspiring crafter said...

Morning Sue, love this CAS card and the flowers are just lovely.
Almost ready for Christmas !
There's bound to be something I forget though!!

Carole Z said...

Morning Sue, I have really got into CAS cards lately & this one is just perfect! Hugs Carole Z xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

lovely simple card thankyou for sharing

your pics with the dolphins they are

fabulous creatures love them.

Hugs to all Annx without an "e"

Micky French said...

Lovely Sue another simple elegant card.
Congratulations to all the lucky winners, enjoy your prize.
I am nearly ready for Christmas, although I would like to try and make a table runner I have the fabric so will jus have to see how things go
Hugs to all Michelle xxxx

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning Sue I love this card as its clean and simple looking as well as being elegant. I think I'm now all ready for the big day. I've just hot the food shopping to do on Tuesday. But I've just notice that I have won this weeks comments draw. Take care Sue and merry Christmas. Xxx

Debs A xxx

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
A stunning CAS card, love it. I often get asked for simple cards with "flowers" this would be perfect.
Congratulations to all the winners. I know Debs will be over the moon.
Steph, sorry I missed your birthday, Happy belated wishes. Sending very "gentle" hugs and hope you have a good day.

Have a wonderful day

Patricia xxx

Joan D said...

A beautifully simplistic card. My preparations are going well.looking forward to going to my sons in Surrey on Christmas Eve for a few days. Have a large pork pie,(hubbies speciality, and a large apple pie (my speciality) to make first though. Tradition in our family to make the pork pie and eat it Christmas morning . Have a great one everyone xxxx

marg said...

Morning Sue
I need to read the card again as it looks nothing like a Camelia Flower on my screen.... more like a Daisy lol!
Dull and wet today so a quick email to my Girls in Aussie, and on with the cleaning!
Take care Sue
Love Marg

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Just love this CAS card, it's so effective and one I will be trying in the new year.
This year I was so organised cards were posted on the 2nd Dec, presents done and wrapped, food delivery to come on Monday, hubby to collect from farm shop and finished.
Comment games winners enjoy your prize.

Anne Crawford said...

Love the simplicity of this card,it looks beautiful ! Thank you Sue for all your wonderful inspiration throughout the year, I hope you have a Fabulous Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!
I am so glad I got organised yesterday and all the presents wrapped as my daughter and her family arrived last night instead of today as heavy rain was forecast for today and they wanted to avoid any flooding on the roads.
Hope you had a lovely day yesterday Myra with your grandson and they all enjoyed the cake!
Annette M, hope you are feeling better and it's lovely to see you commenting.
Clare W , hope your cold clears up soon it sounds horrid for you at the moment.
Julie Laz your surprise visit sounded the perfect Christmas present!
Congratulations to the comment winners!
Thinking of all those feeling poorly and wish you well soon xo
Love and Hugs to all xo

barbiepinkfairy said...

Simple, clean and not too time consuming! Really like it though I also love bows etc!!

Did last shift for 9 days last night ran out at 2 am and didn't look back! It was horrible!

Tilly has finished school now so she will be keeping me busy. Have finished all my craft projects apart for some little sleighs I want to make for chocolates on the table. Have made another Roald Dahl theme desk shelving unit yesterday. A few cards to deliver and still some wrapping to do.

Tomorrow Tilly is going ice skating with her friend so will finish wrapping and cleaning. Tuesday I will take them out and then do food shop in the evening! Feeling on top of it all but sure it won't last!

Hope you all get organised!

See you all tomorrow xxx

Linda Graham said...

Stunning card Sue, love this technique,i have never been so organised for christmas, as we had 2 new grandchildren born this year everyone coming to us for christmas day,with your blog Sue and your products it will be perfect, thank you, happy christmas,Linda x

Sue from Wiltshire said...

This is a gret card and would suit several occasions in its contemporary style.

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
May be going mad but think you have demoed something similar? Its stunning in its simplicity.
Ready for Christmas? Nope! Lol!
Have a great day.
Ang x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Very pretty and looks quite easy to do. I am going to my Daughters for Christmas so nothing else to do . love Jean Z xx

hollyberry said...

Love the clean look of today's card,very different but still beautiful.
As for Being ready for Christmas,shopping done,but presents not wrapped nor decorations up and family are coming for 4 days.
Also daughter Holly's birthday tomorrow to sort out,she is going to be 14,where has the time gone(and now you know where my blog name comes from!)

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, I really like the simple clean line if this card, thought as often the case it takes a little work to make it so seemless. Congrats to the winners. Have a wonderful Sunday.
X Ros

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card, but I bet it's not as simple as it looks. You have the knack to make it look simple but then when I try it turns out it ain't necessarily so..........
Finishing off the last Xmas card today! Also checking that I have all the presents (I know I have to get one at least). And then I can R E L A X.......
Will continue the Xmas cards after Xmas, so as NOT to be caught out again in 2015.
Have a great Sunday.
Hugs, Rose

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. This is a simply stunning card. Just right for that person who doesnt like the OTT cards. This is going in to my must do stash and i must get some of that mauve card its beautiful. Congrats to all the lucky winners enjoy. All done for christmas, just the fresh food to get on wednesday morning. Hope you have a lovely christmas sue and everyone on the blog.
Merry Christmas.
Denise T x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Love the card and it is on my "to do" list.
Regards, Evis M.

June Horrocks said...

Lost my first message sue so if you get two I'm not mad love the card just up my street congrats to the winners have a good day steph love to all June xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
This is a very lovely card. I think it looks fantastic. Thank you.
Bye for now.
SandraP xxx

Carol Clarke said...

Good morning Sue
Love this style of card very clean looking
Carol x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, very understated card, looks so clean and simple, would be great for any occasion.

Well most of the presents wrapped just a few to do today. Our youngest son is taking us out for Christmas lunch on Christmas day, so no cooking that day, but Boxing day will be the whole family, so looking forward to that, there will be nine of us, oldest son and daughter in law, grandson (22) and youngest granddaughter(19) youngest son and daughter in law and eldest granddaughter(25), me and hubby!

Congratulation to all today's winners, enjoy your goodies!

Take care everyone, whatever you are doing today
Jess x

Maria Illsley said...

a lovely card Sue. all my pressies are wrapped just need to do the last minute food shop xx

Lesley Thomas said...

Pretty card Sue, I've done variations, but not with the daisies and they are so pretty.

Nearly ready for C - mostly food prep now, and a little bit of wrapping still to do.

Brenda Lello said...

Hi Sue, love the clean lines of this card, and yes a good one to post.
We are spending Christmas with the family 14 for Xmas dinner! Really looking forward to it. And NO I am not organised, feel like I'm chasing my tail. I was poorly at the beginning of the month and it really set me back, But hay-ho will get there ...... Deep breaths and keep calm.
Congratulations to the Lucky Winners, enjoy your extre Christmas present.
Hope you are going to enjoy a relaxing christmas.
Take care, love Brenda xxx

Steph, sending you belated birthday wishes. LOL

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

This is such a clean card, a must try, as for christmas, it's a larger sunday lunch, and family, that's it.
Hope you have a good one!

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Gorgeous daisies!!
They are so striking used like this, so clever.
Lorna D

Claire said...

Lovely elegant card.

Take care


C A W said...

Nice sharp look to this card.

Just finishing off the decorations indoors. Heavy rain for us today so may get the chance to make a table decorations.

Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
Very simple card today but very effective.
All presents bought and wrapped and have even made enough tags for next year as well!,
Just the last of the food shopping to do tomorrow and all is well.
Congratulations to all winners.
Have a lovely Christmas.

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue, and all the ladies.
I really like this simple, not over-the-top card design and (after being shown a similar design by you), have used it quite a lot for thank you cards. The added bonus is it's flat so no extra postage.
Muriel - you can have some of our rain!
Izzy - I only used lots of 3d foam when I can hand the cards to people. I tend to send "flat" ones in the post (unless it's family).
Michele - got 6 coming all day Christmas Day, 6 Boxing Day for lunch and over 20 for blow-out in the evening. 27th George's birthday (he's an identical twin) so we start all over again. 28th collapse!!
All the ladies who are poorly with colds etc. G.W.S. and those who are rushing at last minute things (me included) B R E A T H E - and think of the poor souls who are alone or who have just had bereavements.
As Tiny Tim said "God Bless everyone". xx

Maureen Killen said...

P.S. Congratulations to all the lucky winners, what a lovely early Christmas present.

Lynn Dalby said...

Hi Sue and all

A lovely Card,great colour combination and a effective style.
I can imagine it is stunning in real life.

Best wishes

Haze T said...

Hi Sue
Love this card & definitely a striking 'less is more' card.
Love the colour combination, beautiful.

Sent my 7 Christmas cards, so that's me done for another year..

Merry Christmas & a very happy new year to you.

Crafty Hugs
Haze xx

CraftyJo said...

Lovely - as you say it's Clean and Simple and very, very pretty :)

nzillingworth said...


karenlotty said...

I love this style if card and used it once because I got into a bit of a "two and eight" (state) matching all the card up Your way seems easier Will definitely give that technique a go Most of my Christmas is ready for the big day Perishable items to get Christmas Eve (argh!) Hubby clearing kitchen (as we speak!) of "stuff" I won't need over Christmas Still to wrap and have that feeling that I've missed someone or something! Salsa this pm to catch up with old friends

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love this card though it's probably not as simple as it looks, have pinned it. Congratulations to all the winners today and yesterday
Presents wrapped cards all posted and most of the food shopping done. Baking shortbread this afternoon and then a chocolate fudge cake tomorrow for my two grandchildren,
Hugs and best wishes everyone

CHERYL brown said...

Another simple but stunning card. I hope you're ready Sue for your Christmas celebrations.
I have finally got there, with loads of rests in-between, all my tree presents wrapped and tucked away safely, food bought and all with massive thanks to my daughter Fiona. She has been a godsend to me this last week ferrying me around present buying. We manged Aldi, Sainsbury's and Asda in 2 and half hours. Due to my agoraphobia, I don't stay out too long so if the shop hasn't got it then I don't get it either..
Comfort blanket hugs to all my lovely Wilsonettes who need one.
Cheryl xxx

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone! Lovely nice simple card. Thank you again for all the work you do and try to have a relaxing holiday.
Congrats to all the winners!

Presents 2 bought and wrapped,we grownups don't do prezzies (shame,had liked some sue's dies.have to wait to spring for AP)
Had fridge and freezer stocked up so I thought we were done food shopping but after having son,23 and stepson,36 home over the weekend the fridge is very bare again ! Will have to get some things in again tomorrow as we having family around x-mas Eve and Boxing day so lot of cooking ahead

NannaTina- a little great grand child,how wonderful!

Janet-have a lovely x-mas and a calm travel back to France.

To all suffering with a cold etc I wish you all a speedy recovery!

Norah,LynneM,Cheryl,WheelyBad,June,Sandra,Pam,Lynda,ToB,Steph,Brenda,Diane,Sam and to everyone on this lovely blog ,try to have a good Christmas as you can! Take care and warm Hugs Maria x

TOB said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous card clean lines and lovely flowers.
All ready for Xmas but Emma is still searching for a place to live in Bristol. Its Me,Tony and Emma for Christmas that's all we need.
Started a new craft design just before Xmas so am looking forward to how it progresses in the new year. They have sold really well so hopefully it will continue, and I will be able to buy more Sue dies.
It was freezing this morning, Tony went to get some items from the supermarket and they were queuing around the block to get in so he went somewhere else.
Hope everyone is ok, as it can be stressful.
Some of my daughters colleagues are facing unemployment, so awful.
Keep warm hugs to all Theresa xxxx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I love this style of card and for those that are not sure, it is easier to do than it reads. I'm just not happy with that much black lol.

Finally got the tree and decorations up yesterday then today I had a big clean-up. Hubby out so I have just managed to finish sewing up the secretly knitted cardigan I have made for him. All his pressies still to wrap and the neighbours cards to be delivered but apart from that I'm pretty well there. Fresh food shopping on Tuesday (no way will I go on Christmas Eve) then the mince pies and sausage rolls to make. Phew! There were times last week when I thought I was never going to be ready but it all seems to have fallen into place now.

Had a lovely time yesterday afternoon at a 6 year old's birthday party. Everything was 'frozen'. I think I will be happy never to hear Let it Go again!

Congratulations to the blog post winners, a lovely extra present for you.


GeeBee88 said...

Hi Sue Back after a few silent days in the rush up to Christmas. Have now finished work until 29th so now still rushing to get all the things done that should already be finished!!!
Love today's card, this technique is so clever. One of my pre-Christmas tasks is to get my craft room back under control, though we all know it'll only be temporary tidiness.
Congrats to this week's winners and good luck to all with final preparations. Gx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Another stunner today. Will have to study how you've done the flowers though Sue. Will have to have a good read later.mim pretty well done for Christmas. It's only really presents that I have to worry about. We always go to my partners Daughter, as she lives at the top of our road, no sweat at all. Both his children have birthdays just after christmas and they all come to us, so my busy days are Dec 28th and Jan 1st. Hope you have a fantastic christmas Sue.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Love the style of this card, stunning. Have the dies and will give it a try in January. Hugs to you and your Mom.
Christmas preparations nearly done, a couple of presents to deliver and fresh food to get Monday/Tuesday. Looking forward to spoiling my sweet sister, she so deserves it.
Congratulations to the lucky winners, enjoy ladies.
Steph have a good day, stay warm and sell lots.
Warm hugs to all feeling unwell.
To all travelling safe journey.
Welcome Annette, good to see you comment.
Chery B you are so brave and strong, gente hugs.
Hugs to Tine E, Margaret corgi owner, Jean D, Pam and Robbie, Lynne M, Lynda B, Maureen K, Myra P, Sandra, Tres, Alimecca, Maria A, Anne C, Wheelybad and Billy and all Wisonettes.
Tak care.
Hugs June xxx

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful Clean card. I do love those flowers and the wordings
I have just finished making another Christmas door Wreath and a Table Center. Now for the wrapping of all the gifts which i will do this afternoon while listening to my old Christmas fav music you cant beat Nat King Cole- Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Still have to do some baking which will leave for Christmas eve i am making Sticky Toffee - Christmas pudding and a white chocolate dessert . My tree and decorations are all up and i am burning a Yankee Candle called 'Christmas Memories ' which is lush
Congrats to the winners
Take care Sue
Hazel G XX

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue...WOW!!! What a beautiful card. Simple yet so effective. I just love the way you fit it the daisies flush with the rest of the card. It's a winner to be sure. I really do need more of your die sets so that I can play along :). As always, thanks so much for sharing with us. x

Anonymous said...

Yet another beautiful card, Sue.

Presents are all wrapped just got to sort out a treasure hunt for Boxing Day!

Anne (Northampton)

Vie Carter said...

Lovely simple card today but very stylish

I am all ready for Christmas so bring it on!

Happy Christmas to everyone


barbara macaskill said...

Simple yet beautiful!! Congratulations to the three lucky winners and Merry Christmas to all. My wish for everyone is that they have abundant inspiration, an unlimited craft budget and lots of love and joy in the New Year!!
Sue~ I hope your Christmas is as wonderful as you are and that the New Year brings you lots of inspiration to bring us new stamps and dies and beautiful creations!!

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
I really love the simple elegance of today's card and will certainly try to replicate it in the new year, all being well.
I thought my preparations were going well until yesterday when my washing machine not only broke down but flooded the floor as well!! On the floor waiting for their turn were a pile of towels! Now very wet and dirty! Good news - floor looks so clean!
Anne - thank you had lovely day yesterday after the family arrived and Oliver loved his cake and everyone is still alive! Pleased you were all ready for your early arrivals.
My younger son and daughter arrive on Tuesday night until Saturday - only 5 of us on Christmas Day - but - 13 on Boxing Day. Fresh food being delivered on Tuesday/ Wednesday.
Washing machine repair man arrives on Monday - I hope! Let's hope machine has not died. It's 12 years old.
Annette - lovely to see your comment! Have a lovely Christmas .
Steph - what a lovely surprise! Hope today goes well and so pleased you had the best Birthday. x
June - thanks for the hugs! Appreciated! Sending very best wishes to you and your family. x
Norah - special Sunday hugs! xx
Cheryl - so pleased you were able to do so much! What a lovely daughter! Christmas hugs to you too.x
Muriel - wondered why you were gardening until I realised you were in Australia! Happy Christmas - hope you get some rain - during the night time would be best!
Sue - what about you? Are you all ready for Christmas? Thank you so very much for all your hard work on this blog! Thank you for caring about us - it means such a lot.xx
If you are travelling - take your time and stay safe!
Lots of love to all on this 'bestest' blog!
Love Myra xxx

Kate's Cards said...

Loving the simplicity!

Katielouise said...

Dear Sue,

Love your card today definitely clean but I don't know about simple to make! Looks fabulous though.

Love all your amazing ideas, I don't know how you come up with them all.

Have a fab few days off before you fly out again. Look forward to seeing your new videos.

I'm ready for Christmas apart for the packing ive got to do on Tuesday as mum has asked me to go to hers to sit and wait for the plumber on Christmas eve (her washing machine has broken down).
So lots to pack for my dog and me to go stay!

Happy christmas x

Best wIshes from Katie-Louise sweetlove x

SHARICA said...

Very different card today .. xx

Susi Mortimer said...

Hi Sue and everyone,
Love the card today Sue and the colours are my Favourite. Congrats to the winners. Everyone have a lovely Christmas. Susi x

Saba said...

Hi Sue,
Love the simplicity of this card it's beautiful. Don't know if my GC could cope with two layers though but I will be trying to replicate the look at some time in the future.

Christmas is coming along nicely, just two more presents to buy, all presents still to wrap though, local cards to hand deliver in the village and 8 special cards still to assemble. I managed to cut out all the die cuts and matting and layering whilst still in Germany but ran out of time, so brought them "home" to assemble. Will probably do them this evening whilst enjoying a glass of wine, so they will probably end up looking wonky!,
Going to our Daughters for the big day so I don't have to do a supermarket shop thank goodness.

How are you doing with your Christmas preparations? it must be difficult for you because everyone will expect to receive one of your wonderful creations, as if you haven't enough to do with making them for your demos, workshops and of course this fabulous blog.

Take care everyone in this mad run up to Christmas.

Janice K said...

A beautiful card in it's simplicity. I'm rushing around wishing there was an extra day we could insert into the week before Christmas Eve.x

camelot67 said...

Good afternoon Sue,

I love your card today but then I've always been a fan of the "clean and simple" look. Thanks for sharing and hope you are enjoying the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

Swiftycrafter said...

Quite a simple card, but very stylish, lovely colour combination.
Lynne xx

terrie said...

Great simple card for a close friend...I like the added flower if a center border...
Well done Sue

Congrats to the winners

Jean Bullock said...

Love the card. The two tone background looks great against the flowers. Well done. Don't have to do much for Christmas, just make some gift card holder cards. Merry Christmas to you and may the New Year bring you your heart's desire

Maureen Reiss said...

Very pretty ard!! 4 days and counting, so NOT ready!!! lol

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. I like this card very much. As I am on course for the big day I may have a go at making a similar card tomorrow for my daughter-in-law's birthday next month. SueL x

Darlene4527 said...

Nice clean card....Merry Christmas!

Gail said...

Hi Sue
Now that is a card I could use, wish I had that sentiment. A good friend of mine is moving to the south coast next month and I could just use this card for her!
As for Christmas, well that's anyone guess. I have had the Grandchildren staying with us this week- end a 6 and 3 yr old. Gave them the job of dressing the tree, might just have to move a few bit now they have gone home.
Hubby's gifts wrapped for the first time ever this early, all the rest still to wrap. But on a positive note they are all bought!
Christmas good wishes to you all
Regards Gail Cx

Jacquie said...

Hi Sue, beautiful CAS card. I have almost done everything for Christmas
got all the gifts but not finished cleaning the house or wrapped gifts and we have got no Christmas food shop in yet!!! On top of that I have just realised tonight that I have still to make my Christmas cards for my Son & Daughter, how bad is that?!!!

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Dawn Holben said...

A beautiful and simple card and I love it.
As for Christmas after a last minute panic with two presents I am all sorted now and can sit back and relax.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and happy and creative new year x x x

Gail said...

Love the comcept of the card but not sure about the mauve daisies - the colour combo doesn't float my boat - sorry - black & white yes as it is a colour combo that I always go back to when making cards but like I say a lovely CAS card xx Christmas cards finished on Friday!! no wrapping done yet but most of the food shopping done now - hope your Christmas events/shopping etc are going to plan xx GailT xx

TDQ Karen said...

Love the card, I love this style of yours, and that sentiment is great. Congratulations to all the winners xx

IVY Cheong said...

Hi Sue,

This is a real clean and simple card but nonetheless it's lovely.


Ivy L xx

fame01 said...

hi sue
love love love !!! todays card ,well it was my sons 21st birthday today thats one out of the way as from the 14th december right the way through to the 23 of jan i have a total of 12 birthdays 3 of which are my sons a grand daughter my hubbys and mum in laws and a few others including my sisters then to top it off i have broken my tooth in half how i do not know so got to have that sorted tuesday root canal treatment oh the joys lol, you did ask hope you are ready for the big day hugs sarah xxx

Theresa Pace said...

CAS but very nice. love it. i think i am ready for christmas as i'm not cooking! hugs xx

Barbara said...

Beautiful clean and simple card.
Still have to do the food shop on Tuesday but have all the presents bought. Hubbys main present is on its way from the US and is in the UK so am hoping it will arrive before xmas. Its nothing we would find exciting just buildings for his wargaming hobby. The dog has a new bandana and a camouflage jumper and I have lots of Sues new dies, embossing folders and a Cut N Boss machine so cant wait to try them out.
Would love to know if you make cards for your family Sue or do you not have the time?

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
I really like the card today!!
I'm all set for Christmas, presents all wrapped!
I normally love Christmas....but am a bit unsure how this Christmas will be as it is the first one since my dear Dad passed away! It just won't be the same without him!! I don't know what to expect from this year, I suppose I'll just have to go with the flow and take it as it comes. I know he will be with us in spirit!!!
I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas!!!
Love Sam

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, A lovely CAS card today.
Congratulations to all the lucky Winners, enjoy your pressies !!
I just have one special card to do yet, for my Brother in Law, and some fresh food shopping, tomorrow I get my hair cut and coloured, on Tuesday I go to pick up and get fitted my new glasses, I'll hopefully be able to 'see' properly again, and also I have to fit in going to the Crematorium . Boy when I say it out loud there's not much time left hahahaha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anonymous said...

Like the simplicity of this card Sue, almost done, just one more gift to get, how about you? Marlene O xx

Angela Wade said...

Hi, Sue, a neat looking card.

Belated Birthday Greetings, Steph.
Congratulations to all the comment winners.

Hugs to all,

Angela in Dubai Xx

Joanna Dickson said...

Good evening Sue.
first can I congratulate the winners. What a way to end the year.
I'm liking the card but not overly keen on the colours. You can't please everyone all of the time.
As far as Christmas is concerned I'm as ready as I will be. Apart from a bit of fresh veg I'm done. This may sound a bit bar humbug but to me, it's just one day. I know it's a special day but I really don't see the point in shopping like there's no tomorrow . Each to there own.
Hope u had a fab weekend
Lots of love
Jo xx

nannapat said...

Love the C&S look Sue, very pretty. Christmas shopping done, gifts wrapped, Christmas puds have had their final dose of dark rum. Now I juat need a nice, cold, long drink of port and lemon!! Pat

PS Congrats to the winners

Margaret corgi owner said...

Good evening Sue and everyone
A really lovely card I do so love these flower die sets they are so very useful.
Congratulations to the lucky winners.
Margaret corgi owner

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Such a pretty card, love it.

Still lots of wrapping to do. I was hoping to do a lot of it today, but bless him my son Craig came over and wanted me to help him do a collage of all the memorable times he has had with his lovely girlfriend, ain't young love grand. just so pleased he is happy, that's all we can ask for.

Kind regards :-)

Tina XX

Lynda's craft's said...

Good eavening Sue & Wilsonettes
Gorgeous card the background & flowers are gorgeous it's simple & clean cut lines lovely.
Love & Hugs Lynda Brock xx
My Christmas is all ready presents wraped, I didn't have to do the festive food shopping as we are going to my daughters for Christmas day & Boxing Day. Will be lovely seeing my grandson open his presents & just relaxing.xx

Congratulations to the three lucky winners

Nanna Tina hope you managed your parcel wrapping with one hand & you get some good news soon on your grandaughs baby Sending you both Hugs Lynda xx

Cheryl so pleased you got so much shopping done with the hep of your lovely daughter sending you both Hugs Lynda xx

Big hugs Sandra,Margaret corgi owner,Jean D,Hazel,Maria A,Myra P,Tina E,Tres Tandy,Wheelybad,Yorkielass,Cameeli,Steph,Norah,
Lynne M,Sheila G,TOB Theresa,Gail C,Pam,Lindsay.and everyone on the best blog.
Love Lynda xx

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue,

My turn for a twofer! I missed yesterday as I was being taken out by Mr W to finish the Christmas shopping. Amazing card, so glad I got that background as there's so much it can do. Those photos are lovely. That beautiful blue sky is amazing and you look so happy and healthy. It must be such a wrench to leave there to come back to see us! Todays card, soon as I saw it I thought "quilled leaves"! That card was THE reason I brought the quilled leaves! Todays would be perfect for either of my sisters, 16 and 21 on their next birthdays. Need those daisys!

Getting ready for Christmas has been a matter of ordering almost everything online. Luckily I don't have many cards to make. Due to this year not being the easiest I've had I had to use kits mixed with my dies. I did stamp 3 of them and will use stamps for the gift cards I must make to go with vouchers for my nephews. Just that and a card each for 2 special friends and the cards are done. Posting some 1st class tomorrow that are local and it's just gifts to wrap then and photos to put in frames and wrap them... which reminds me, I have one to do for tomorrow! Spacing visits/ visitors out over the two weeks of Christmas/ new year so I don't get too worn out. Back and neck have not made it at all easy and we are fitting in bed days while Mr W is off to try and settle them down again. Going to wrap as many presents as I can tomorrow after mounting those pics in their frames. Will have to get Mr W helping... and use all my feminine charm to not make it seem I'm telling him HOW to do something!
Hugs for Norah. I miss you, hope you're alright. Xxx
If not tomorrow, then very soon my friends xxx Hugs to all Wilsonettes everywhere, especially if they are needed.

T x

Ms Linda said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year. Your year end card is nice and will be copied.ove the colors.

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Love the clean simple lines of this card, love the colours and I will now have to try it.
Merry Christmas all stay well.
Di B x

hazel young said...

beautiful card Sue xx hazel

Theresa said...

Hi Sue and everyone
Hope you are all well
Today's card is again a stunner I think I might have to have a go at this one . Got a project in mind
Take care all
Theresa x

Birdlady said...

Hi Sue
Thank you for posting all your Christmas cards, you have given me so much inspiration, just love the designs. Happy New Year to you and all followers.