Friday, 5 December 2014

It's A Double Day!

 Hello crafters!  Christmas is getting closer and closer now, so hopefully these cards won't have to be used for inspiration because your card are already finished, right! LOL   This first card is the result of a bit of experimentation.  I started with a piece of clear acetate and drizzled Cosmic Lacquer all over it.  Next I cut some Mosaic Poinsettias out of plain white copy paper and laid them in the drizzled lacquer.  I then sprinkled Calypso Gilding Flakes all over covering almost all of the piece.  I left a few wholes to give some depth to the finished piece.  I covered the piece with black card and set it aside to dry overnight.  It turned out really lovely from the front, but the card was quite warped on the back so I had to press it under a book  for another night before I was able to use it.  If I were to do it again, I would use black tissue paper, like the "caught n crystal" technique as I think that would eliminate the problem with the warped card but still give a similar look to the overall piece.  I matted the piece with a white mat and a thin black mat.  Using the Nordic Trees embossing folder, I created texture on a larger piece of white card and mounted my gilded piece to it.  I cut the Joy die in white and cut the letters in white and glued them together for a tone on tone look.  I cut another one in black and glued it to the back of the word, slightly offset to act as a shadow.   I added mounting foam to the letters and added it in the centre of my gilded panel.  I finished it with a pierced mat layer, then a thin black mat and a wider white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  7 1/2" in size.  Scroll down to see card no. 2.

 Card number two is more traditional in its gold and white colour combo.  I used the California Collection Decorative Frames die set to cut an aperture in a piece of white card.  I used the Snowflake Lattice embossing folder to emboss the aperture piece.  I added mounting foam to the back of it to raise it for dimension.  I matted it on to a piece of vintage gold card.  I replaced the Calif. frame by gluing it back into the aperture, but recessed.  The gold card showed through the delicate edge detail nicely.   Next I cut one of the Vintage Baubles, the solid piece was cut from a piece of gold gilded card (which I used the aperture on another card).  I cut the decorative overlay in white card and glued them together.  I cut a cap out of gold card and glued it on top and extended a piece of gold metallic string from it.  I stamped the snowflake bow set on to white card and cut it out with the matching Classic bow die set.  I assembled the pieces to make a pretty 3D bow and glued it to the top of the card with the gold string underneath it.  This card was also finished with a pierced white mat layer, a thin gold mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 3/4" x 8 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x


Cameeli of Richmond said...

Good Morning Sue, and all the crafty crew!!

Spectacular double day cards this morning, really loving the joy and the bauble..

Have a magical Friday everyone...
Cameeli xx

Pam said...

Happy Friday Sue and everyone. Beautiful cards today, as always. Love them both .
Hugs all round, keep warm and safe.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Two stunning cards, I have just about finished mine so then crafty stash put away till my hand has healed after my operation on Monday.
Happy crafting
Love and hugs Tina x x x x x

June said...

Morning Sue, Pam and all Wilsonettes, wow, wow, wow, love them, especially the bauble one, I still have about 12 more to do but have posted the ones out that I cannot deliver so not too worried.

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

Jan.moogie said...

Very elegant cards today Sue but I am pulled towards card number 2. Have a great day. xx

Hazel said...

Stood morning Sue. Two beautiful cards, but have to say the second one is my favourite. Hazel x

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Beautiful cards I have finished mine, but can still do with the inspiration thank you. Have a good weekend all take care Kitty.

Marleine said...

Morning Sue,

Lovely cards. Thank you for the inspiration. X

tracy w said...

Hi sue
Another two stunning christmas cards I like the second one better thankyou tracyw x

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Both are festively fabulous. Still got some to do so keep the inspiration coming please!
Have a great day.
Ang x

Eemeli said...

...and what a double it is! Gorgeous creations both, maybe the second one is
a bit more to my taste but they are both lovable. I really like the embossing(s)
on both.


Anonymous said...

Quite an experiment with the Joy card, Sue, and must say it looks great. Like the bauble card very much, nice use of the California border die for the recess, and what a sumptuous bauble with gold and white overlay - love it!

'P' in Wales

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Two beautiful cards full of inspiration, I love both. I have finished all my Christmas cards ( been doing them all year because I make them mostly for charity) but I still love seeing fresh ideas ready for next year. I must try the first tecnique it looks gorgeous and fun to do. The bauble die has been the one I've used most because I've been able to use all the scrap card I have as the back piece. You know the scraps that every crafter has, not enough to use on a card but too big a piece to throw away lol. I can't choose a favourite I love them both thanks for two great ideas.
Hugs x
Heather T

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. Two stunning cards but I love the pure elegance of the second one. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, 2 equally lovely cards, I actually cannot pick a favourite. Keep the inspiration coming, I am far from finished with mine. Have a great Friday everyone. Bx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Two gorgeous Double Day cards today. I love the first one, thanks for the tip about tissue paper instead of card! The second card is a real beauty, I love it, the bauble and the bow are both gorgeous in the gold/white combo.
Nora, I hope you know that we are all missing you, sending you much love.
Sending my daily hugs to everyone. Take care.

Linda Graham said...

Morning Sue, two beautiful cards,two ideas for next year as im all finished this year,thank you for sharing your creations, Linda x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love both - I've just got 2 more Ccards to do - but that wont be today as I have a golf match to play - brrrrrrrr - better dig out the thermals as well as the lucky pants and putting boots! Happy Friday
Clare W

Margaret said...

Both cards are stunning but I have to say the second really appeals to me it is fab. Oh I do need some of your dies.
Margaret M

Anonymous said...

Good morning everyone . Sue two lovely cards to start the day JJx

auscrafts said...

lovely card and interesting technique I've got a free day so think I'll give it a try

Rosie said...

Great inspiration for those of us who have not yet started our Christmas cards!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue and all Wilsonettes. I have to say its the 2nd card for me, its beautiful and I really wish Id invested in the bauble dies, I could kick myself. Hopefully they will still be in circulation after C.mas and I can get hold of them via my special little shop.
Im a mommy again... I had the most wonderful delivery, her name is Lyra, hope you like the choice of name, she's a pretty little thing, a nice weight too, she was just one of my new 'babies' and Im so excited, and quite proud as it was down to what I sold at market that enabled me to 'treat' myself, it was also down to a wonderful friend that I inherited my old festive dies and stamps from that enabled me to sit and make so many cards, and of course all the inspiration I have got from this amazing blog, thank you Sue. Still have quite a few to make so my brain will appreciate all the inspiration you can give us Sue.
Im sending lots of gentle hugs to those friends that hurt in any way today, and I wish for you a better day tomorrow.
Love you.
Lancashire Steph xx (wonder if I'll be asked if Im a robot today) ... Here goes.

Jacquie said...

Two stunning cards you have for us today Sue. love them both.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Jill Berg said...

Love both but the more i look at them the more I am drawn to the Joy card!

PharmacyMichele said...

Stunning cards today-think the second one is my favourite though. Thank goodness it's Friday!!!!!


jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, two stunning cards! I do love it when you experiment with different techniques, love the effect of the first one. My cards are all made and posted so will try these ones for next year!! Love Jean xxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue both of your cards are gorgeous. I have finished my Christmas cards for this year but there is always next year. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

Glennis said...

Beautiful cards - I like the bauble one the most!

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue the bauble card is my choice. Still making Christmas cards.
Denise X

hazel young said...

Lovely cards Sue xx hazel

hazel young said...

Lovely cards Sue xx hazel

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Two gorgeous cards but my favourite is the very elegant bauble card. I love the cute little bow at the top! Thanks for sharing.
Hugs everyone.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue. Two great cards today. Can decide love them both. I hope everyone has a peaceful weekend.

Love Rosemarie xx

Heather Rogers said...

Just goes to show it is always worth experimenting! Two stunning cards!

Have a good day
Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue and everyone. Both beautiful cards but love how you have used the backing for the Joy die. I'm thinking this could be such a good idea for other stamps or dies with words on top. Nearly finished my cards, next to write them out, something I never really look forward too. Take care all x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Both cards are lovely Sue.

Aspiring crafter said...

Two fabulous cards Sue, can't pick a favourite!
Have a great day all.
Sue , hope you are well,

val jones said...

Stunning two cards today Sue. Love the idea with the gilding flakes.
Love Val in Spain x

Diane said...

Hi Sue difficult to decide today as both canards are beautiful and both so different. Must try some tricks with acetate in January when I've got time to play. Still slowly making Christmas cards, hoped I would finish them yesterday but I'm nowhere near! Oh well. Have a great day. Love Diane G xxxx

barbiepinkfairy said...

Number 2 is the one for me! Don't have this die but it is beautiful!

Lovely brew with Steph yesterday we had both got our new dies. I love the trailing ivy it is a beauty and so useful.

Sorry ladies no news from Norah just hoping it's just a computer problem accounting for her being AWOL

Loads of projects on the go trying to finish all the half done ones today! Steph has kindly cut Sues angels out for me on her embosser for my special cards so can get those done this weekend.

Enjoy your day. See you soon xxx

Julie Elli said...

Wowzer! Adoring the first card background. I am imagining in contrasting blue tones with snowflakes caught in it. May have a go later. Second card is just what I need for 70 or more. Better get crafting!!! Lol. Big hug.
Julie E

Pearl said...

Fantastic cards today Sue, and just in time for the big day. Craftihappiness to you all and love from Pearl.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue -love the way you have used the Joy on the first card as it really makes the word pop. The background is very clever. Love the second card a little more as I am very partial to bows! Have a great day, best wishes

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning Sue what beautiful cards you have for used to

Maryann Laursen said...

Awesome cards here again today, and especially the last one is right up my alley. I absolutely love it, sooo beautiful and elegant in any thinkable way.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue Two stunning cards and very different look! Love them both. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely beautiful, love them both. Might sway more to the second but will certainly have a go at both.
Have a great day

Patricia xxx

Gail said...

Two lovely cards today!
Great! Gail Cx

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. Two beautiful cards today. The technique on the first card is really clever and is very effective especially with the poinsettia.I must confess I like the second one slightly more. I love baubles and bows. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs Heather x.

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
Oh wow 2 stunning cards sadly i have a few more to make not many oh the joys lol,thanks for sharing sarah xx

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
These are just beautiful, I especially like the 'Joy' card
Pat x

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue My Dear Friend,
First I'm Sorry For Not Commenting Yesterday, But I Didn't Have A Very Good Day.
But On A Better Note I Watched The Video This Morning And It Was Fabulous As Always And So Very Informative.
I Love It When It Comes Round To Friday For The Double Day, I've Made Most Of My Christmas Cards I've Loved Making Them So At Present I'm Just Continuing As I'll Save Them For Next Year That's If I Like Them Still, Or Can Remember Where I Placed Them.
Today's Cards Are Truly Magnificent I Love The Joy Die Its Such A Pretty Die And I Love How You've Used The Awesome Gilding Flakes The Colours Are So Rich.
I Love The Second Card The Extremely Elegant Bauble Card Where You've Also Added The Stunning Bow I Just So Love That Bow, The Embossing Looks Stunning, Thank You So Much For Sharing Sue, And Thank You For The Great Photography Shots The Close Ups Bring Your Cards To Life.
Sue Take Great Care
Love And Hugs
From Sam xxx
Hugs To All The Wonderful People That Comment On This Awesome Blog Of Sue's!

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Wow, these are both fabulous but my favourite is the second one. It is so elegant and looks very expensive. The tip about using tissue paper instead of card on the first one is good too so thank you for that.
Barbie thanks for trying to contact Norah, I really do hope she is ok. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your day with Steph yesterday . Steph you made me giggle today about your baby! I hope you really enjoy using the dies and well done for all your hard work making the cards for the markets - I know it hasn't been easy for you.
Going to try to get some more of my cards done today - I'm not going to send as many this year I've decided, but still got about 20 to make plus the special ones, so I need to get cracking! Love and hugs to everyone especially those in pain, or feeling down and to Norah. Love Alison xx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
WOW love these both beautiful, will try this technique
Carol x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love them both. The acetate technique is very interesting.
Thank you for the inspiration.
Veronique L

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue from a very very cold High Green.
I just cannot believe how quickly Fridays come along and it's another 'Double Day'.
Today's gifts are both gorgeous and would be a wonderful gift for anyone. If I have to choose one it would have to be 'Joy' as I've used 'Joy', 'Peace' and your beautiful 'Angel' this year for my seasonal cards. 'Joy' and 'Peace' are the two things I would love the world to have.

It's my first Christmas Cake baking day today.(I only do two 2lb loaves on one baking day)Mum always made the cakes for the family and now it has passed down to me. I make them using her recipe which was her Mum's and so am keeping the family tradition going. The only thing missing is someone to 'stir their wish into the mixture' as my two girls and their children are not close enough to be here on baking day. We always did this as children and as I lived very close to Mum/Dad I carried on doing this along with my children when they came along. I love the fantastic smell of Christmas Cake baking and this year it just might ignite my Christmas spirit.

To all who are absent I'm hoping all is well and sending hugs. To all under the weather I hope you feel better soon. To everyone please wrap up warm; take care and stay safe. See you tomorrow.
Janet x

Saba said...

Hi Sue
Both cards are absolutely stunning. I think the Joy one is my favourite. I would love to try to make a similar one and wish I had time to " play" but I am still on with my Christmas cards and panic is starting to set in !!
Next year I WILL be more organised.

sonja_w said...

Both cards look fabulous. Love the background on the first one. Xx

Anne Crawford said...

Love both cards, but I am intrigued by the first one ( I love trying new techniques) the caught in crystal is a favourite so must try this version!
The second card is gorgeous, I'm always a sucker for white and gold, and this one is so pretty with the gorgeous bauble really Chrismassy !
I have my cards made but now comes the boring part( writing and posting them) but I will probably have a few last minute cards to do just in case?
Have a good weekend with Love and Hugs to all xo

Tandy said...

HI Sue
Two beautiful cards today the second one is my favourite. Just special card left to make being out of work has been a big help. Norah hope you will be back soon sending you special hugs. If I use my tablet I am not asked if I am a robot. Love and hugs to all.

Yorks butterfly said...

I love these cards especially the bauble one. I do not have this die but after seeing this card it is one I have to add to my list - which just keeps getting longer
Have a magic day everyone xx Wendy

nancyd said...

Morning Sue. two gorgeous cards again
I still have some cards to do so these will be getting replicated asap.
Nancy d xx

Muriel Kelly said...

Hi Sue and all

Love both of these cards. Sue you constantly surprise me with your techniques, How do you think of them all? I am going to have to play with the gilding flakes as soon as there is some time in this made lead up to the season

Muriel x

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning Sue what great cards you have for us today they are both beauty. Take care Sue xxx

Debs A xxx

ellyscard creatief said...

Great cards today,love the bauble.

Sandra said...

Good Morning Sue & Friends,
Wow two great Christmas cards today, keep the ideas coming Sue, some of us have only just started our Christmas cards! Oops! I fully intended to start them sooner but was just not in the Christmas frame of mind! But my craft room is now a sea of baubles, holly, glitter, poinsettias and peace! I have made a promise to put a Christmas card on my blog every day for a week or so as this gives me the push to do it! I couldn't have done it without your amazing inspiration and dies Sue, thank you xxx
Steph....Congratulations on your new arrival, I hope the Lovely Lyra brings you months of joy and happiness! Hugs xxx
Norah, my wee friend I am missing you very much, where are you, sending you huge hugs xx anybody had any news of Norah? X
Janet, how lovely that you have an old family recipe to follow as a tradition, I bet your home will smell gorgeous today, is it a complicated recipe to follow or a traditional Christmas cake recipe? We like you live miles away from our families, due to Paul's job, I do miss those lovely family traditions, I guess we have started to make our own now, like the baking on Christmas Eve, usually all of my children get involved in baking mince pies and sausage rolls etc.
enjoy your day xxxxx
Crafty hugs to all of my lovely Wilsonette family,
Sandra xxxxx

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Two stunners but I particularly like the second one.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,

Two gorgeous cards today - have to admit I never thought to add diecuts to an acetate/lacquer panel, thanks for that..

and I have all the ingredients for the second recipe - what a pity all my C cards are done for this year!, maybe I shgould make one or two spares...

Izzy - still not a robot!

KAREN M. said...

Hi Sue, lovely cards thank-you for the inspiration to keep going xx

carol quinn said...

love both of the cards. just so stunning

Debbie Tinks said...

2 nice cards Sue ... Happy crafting ...x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Two really pretty cards.
Evis M.

Rosie said...

Good Morning Sue, a spectacular double day this morning. Love both the cards but my favourite is the bauble one. It really is so elegant....xx

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue, and all the ladies.
Love both cards this morning, but the first is striking. Keep thinking that I've finished my cards, then remember another - and I have a list that I've used for years so don't know what's going on. I think it's the crafty fairy again playing tricks!!
Stay warm everyone, and have as good a day as you can. Hope everyone on treatment of any kind is picking up xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Two stunning cards both are gorgeous difficult to choose a favourite if pushed maybe just the bauble one.
Have a good day.

DMJ said...

WOW, two beautiful cards, the "Joy" card is stunning and the bauble one a classic!!!!

Doreen x

hollyberry said...

Beautiful cards,you don't do any other type.Loving the background with the poinsettias in it.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue two beautiful card today, I think I prefer the second. Still some cards to make, so I better get a move on.
Take care everyone, Jess.

Paula said...

I love the first card, it's so unusual, but the second is my favourite, I think I must be a traditionalist at heart! Well done Sue.

Paula x

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
A double dose of Christmas gorgeousness. Both card are just wonderful...still in the middle of mine and seem to be getting no where fast.
Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.
Hugs to those who need them as there seems to be a few missing these days, hope your days soon get better.

Love Sheila xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two stunning Christmas cards. My favourite is the bauble card. It is so elegant. I am still making my Christmas cards, late as usual.

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Sue, two really lovely cards, maybe a little late for this Christmas but worthy of noting for next. I have to say if I get the chance I will have a go at the second one as it is so lovely. Have a wonderful weekend.
X Ros

Janet hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Fabulous cards today but I have to say the 2nd one is my absolute favourite....GORGEOUS.
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

Lesley Cann said...

Two lovely cards today. I especially like the second one very traditional. Have done this years so will keep it in mind for next year.

Jayne S said...

Two beautiful Christmas cards, I need to make a couple more cards so will give your second one a try as I have the die.

Anonymous said...

Love both cards but the second is just stunning.

Anne (Northampton)

lorna said...

Oh Sue,
Just delightful!
The Joy on the first one really pops!
The second one is just so elegant and probably my favourite.
And no I haven't done all mine, I have just moved house so crafting had to be put on hold so I still need your fantastic inspiration. So thank you from a weary crafter :-)
Lorna D

IVY Cheong said...

Morning Sue,

Lovely cards. My favourite is the bauble one.


Ivy L xx

Margaret corgi owner said...

Good morning Sue and everyone

Two absolutely stunning cards today so pleased we don't have to choose a winner both are so very beautiful.

Have a super day everyone, they are forecasting snow for us later just hope it is only on the fells!


A police officer was on our local news telling people when their cars were frosted up NOT to leave the car unattended with the engine running, it is an offence! He also said it was an easy steal for the opportunist thief, please take care folks.

Have a good day everyone.
Margaret corgi owner

rolfi said...

Good morning Sue,
card number two is my absolutely favourite... so elegant. And the bauble is fantastic. I like the folder you used for this card as well.
The first one is to overloaded with the gilding flakes in the background and the poinsettias.
Rolf xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Two more gorgeous Christmas Cards. I love them both. Thank you.
Bye for now.
SandraP xxx

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful cards ,you are so full of ideas and inspiration.

Take Care
Elaine H X

Beryl Frost said...

Good morning Sue, just lovely and so Christmasy Beryl xx

Clai01 said...

Both gorgeous cards Sue and I love the baubles, they look fantastic. x

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. These two cards are stunning. I will make both of these cards and keep them for next year lol. The poinsetta background is gorgeous and the second card is very classy. Have a lovely weekend and congrats on reaching 5200 followers.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
The first one is right up my street (gilding flakes, need I say more?), but the second card is also beautiful.
Still have 10 to do, hope I won't have any more delays so today is another "Xmas production day".
Hugs, Rose

June Horrocks said...

Love the cards sue so stunning love to all June xxxxx

Susan White said...

Both lovely cards, but I'm afraid mine are much simpler than these, and of course not quite finished!!! Funny how the closer Christmas gets the less complex they become... Susan X

TOB said...

WOW I love them both. Hugs to all.
Theresa xx

claire said...

Both cards are stunning.

Take care


camelot67 said...

Morning Sue,

Two beautiful cards today. Although I know it's rude to choose a favourite I have to go with card No.2. It's fab! Thanks for sharing and Sue, I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
A great 'double day' - I love both of the cards today....they both look very 'rich'!!
Love Sam

Paula said...

Both cards are lovely but I really like card #2, it is so elegant and rich looking.

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Two gorgeous cards today - love them both. Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

gwen70 said...

2 beautiful cards Sue, still making mine so ideas are always welcome

Jackie Meechan said...

Love double days though can't choose which one I like best. Love them both.

Joanne K said...

Hi Sue, two very pretty but different cards. The second one is my favourite. Kind regards Joanne K x

Swiftycrafter said...

Two beautiful cards today.
Lynne x

Shirley T. said...

Hi Sue,

Two lovely cards, thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

CraftyJo said...

I love it when you experiment :)

Jean Bullock said...

Both cards are gorgeous. My favorite is the ornament card. Pinned them both.

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Stunning double day, particularly love the first one! Hadn't thought to use my dies in that way and the bauble looks perfect in the aperture. Definitely having a go at that one.

Anonymous said...

Two delightful cards using imaginative detail in the right places. I watch your videos faithfully. Thank you Sue!

Jill Liddle said...

Love both cards again today, but the second one is my favourite.

Micky French said...

Love them both but the second one is just in the lead
Hugs Michelle xxxx

lyndas said...

Good afternoon Sue & Wilsonettes
Two gorgeous cards for this very cold Friday I love them both,the first one I love the panel you have made with the gilding flakes & the Joy die. The second one with the bauble is stunning & I can't choose as love the both.I haven't finished my C cards yet so thanks for the inspiration Sue. Love & Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Norah thinking of you hope your ok Warm Hugs Lynda xx

Big hugs Sandra,Margaret corgi owner,Sheila,Jean D,Lynne M Tilly&cully,Wheelybad & Billy,Yorkielass,Hazel,Myra P,Maria A, Steph, Cameeli Gail C,
And Hugs to all Wilsonlettes. Love Lynda xx
I have added a new card on my blog.

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love both these cards, but i think the second one is my fav.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

terrie said...

Both cards are beautiful....I like the background technique on the first card and the large JOY.
The bauble on the second card is so rich looking with the gold.
Well done Sue

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, two stunning cards. A great technique with the first one but the golden bauble gets first prize from me.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
I do love Friday when we get a double dose of inspiration, both cards are beautiful loving the gilded background on the first and the golden bauble on the second. Congratulations on reaching 5,200 followers what an achievement!!
Steph hope you and your new baby have lots of crafting fun it's a beautiful die and you worked hard to get it, enjoy
Hugs and best wishes everyone

Maria Alder said...

Afternoon Sue and everyone,
Two beautiful cards Sue,love them both.
C cards done and sent for Europe. Most of them getting bought ones this year as my handmade ones mostly gets to high and heavy.The postage still over £20 just for nine cards!
Only some of the neighbours left to do.
NannaTina-I wish and hope all goes well on Monday ,Hugs to you
To Norah,LynneM,Lynda,Pam,Sam,Brenda,Janet,June,wheelybad,ToB,Steph,our little ones and to everyone on Sue's blog Take care

Warm Hugs Maria x

Joanna Dickson said...

Good afternoon Sue
I seem to have lost my Christmas Spirit. I'm seeing all these trees going up, pics on facebook, ive made the grand total of 16 Christmas cards and I'm just not there this year. Am I the only one thinking like that !! I really like the effect gained on the joy card and do think I will give that a go. I have tried the similar effect with the alcohol ink on acetate and that looks fab. The idea with the poinsettias is good. Isn't it funny how somethings just work when you are unsure how it will turn out.
I haven't got the bauble die myself but it's a clean classic and traditional card rolled into one.
I don't mean to be a bar humbug, cos I'm usually not but I can't wait to start the new year. I want a fresh start, on a positive foot , then hopefully I'm set for a good year.
Have a great weekend everyone
Lots if love
Jo xx

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue and everyone,two fantastic cards,love the colour of both of them.

Maxine T said...

Hi Sue, my fav is the 2nd card, love the gold and white colour combo, but the first one is also nice, I don't have either dies for the gold and white one they are not easy to find here in Canada. Maxine T

Julie Kay said...

Beautiful card Sue, I have the bauble die set so will try this, this weekend Crafty Regards Julie Kay xx

Chris Curry said...

Two lovely cards Sue, difficult to pick a favourite but if I had to it would probably be the second one, I think. LOL. Thank you. Xx

barbara macaskill said...

What amazing creations!! Both are absolutely stunning and I am in total awe!! !TFS!

Dawn Holben said...

WOW WOW WOW they are both simply stunning.
The first one is so striking and will really stand out wherever it is placed and I just love it and will definitely give it a try.
The second one has now become my absolute favourite and I am disappointed that I have finished my Christmas cards as this would have been great to have done but I will definitely be doing this one and keep for myself lol.
I always look forward to double Friday and you have not disappointed me.
Thank you for the inspiration you have given us all.

Lacelady said...

Oh, dear Sue, what a dilemma, I love them both! I suppose if really pushed, the bauble one is just slightly ahead.

Lunasdatter said...

I love this Card ....

Laura O' Connor said...

two great cards ,we are so lucky to see all your fantastic creations.Laura O

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow wow!!! What expecials cards!! Your works are great! Love both them, but my favourite is the second one. Love love love your bauble and lace dies!!!

Sandie Braithwaite said...

Weird just come down from my craft room to find today's cards using the same dies. Proving to be very popular with my friends.

Maureen Bleay said...

I like both cards Sue and appreciate all the hard work tips and ideas you give us but the second one is my favourite. Have finished all mine but no doubt will be 2 or 3 short to send so this is what I shall be doing. Thank you so much. sincerely and hugs Maureen

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. What a 'joy' to see these cards today. I love the gilding flake technique and will copy it without fail. The bauble card is just lovely too, simpler but elegant. xx Maggie (better without a bow)

Anonymous said...

L.Steph -
congratulations on your new arrival. I'm expecting, too, and gee what a coincidence, mine will be called Lyra too!!

'P' in Wales

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Both cards are stunning as usual.
Haven't really started my cards yet,nothing like a bit of pressure is there

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue, I always look forward to double card days, even more to love :). The gilding on the first card is beautiful. It looks so different when you leave some of the flakes larger than normal. I think I have to get some lacquer and give it a go. The second card is wonderful with the white and gold theme. I always love the bows you make, they really set the card off so well. As always, thanks so much for sharing with us. x

Lynn Dalby said...

Hi Sue and all.

Beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing. Could anyone tell me if glossy accents would work instead of cosmic lacquer. Thank you.

Pinky said...

Yea, you're right, all made and posted!! Wish I'd waited, though, until I'd seen the second the idea of a bauble in a recess!

Edwina Scotney said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful cards, if I had to choose a favourite it would be the bauble one. I really like both of the embossing folders and the gilding flakes. I would also like to say I am making mine using your holly die and it is even more exquisite in real life, thank you Sue. Edwina

karenlotty said...

Great technique on the first card and I do like the second card too Hard choice for me to pick a favourite...

Gail said...

Two beautiful cards xx GailT xx

SusanP, Kent said...

A Super Twofer! Just love these embossing folders especially the Snowflake Lattice.

C A W said...

Both gorgeous, love the bauble, there's so many ways to use it. Trying to work out where the acetate is rummaged in the cupboards all afternoon.

Darlene4527 said...

Both are very pretty cards...

liz spooner said...

I love them both Sue, but particularly the top one. Today I made a similar card for my brothers birthday on the 23rd with guilding flakes and the Scandinavian background. Liz Spooner.xx

Jennifer Smith-Kirk said...

Hi Sue, two very nice cards but my favourite is card number 2. Very hard to choose, your cards are amazing I always look forward to seeing them x x x

Brooke Bont said...

sue these cards are beautiful love the colors and ideas

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Two gorgeous cards today

Hellma said...

Two beautiful cards

SHARICA said...

Fab Cards .. xx love the bauble

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
2 more stunningly beautiful Christmas cards.
Love them both are they are fabulous.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Barbara said...

Two gorgeous cards, especially love the second one as I have all the dies.

Craftysusan said...

Both cards are absolutely beautiful Sue but I don't think I have the skill to make the first one. The second one looks more achievable for me and I think I will try and make one. I wish I had finished my Christmas cards but thankfully I am now batch making with your Christmas dies and inspiration and it makes life a lot easier and I am making some very pretty cards. Thank you Sue, I couldn't have done them without you. xx

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Yet again can't decide between the two lovely cards. SueL x

Meg said...

Hi Sue, I love both of these cards but I think the second is my favourite.
I'm on a high tonight - I've just been stroking a Reindeer - how special is that.
We've had a Christmas Festivities our village and had two Reindeer to bring Santa to his grotto. Fantastic.

Love and hugs to all.

Theresa Pace said...

they are both beautiful cards. the joy one is quite striking and i suspect it is due to the black in it. the bauble one is very classic, hugs xx

Virginia Davey said...

2 beautiful Christmas cards, love the baurble card.

JenRey said...

Hi Sue,
Love the cards! So pretty and amazing dies you used. I look forward to seeing the cards you've made each day. TFS!

Janice K said...

Two beautiful and very opulent looking cards.x

Carol Worwood said...

Lovely cards and another new technique to try, thankyou for all your inspiration x

Myra P said...

Hi Sue,
Sorry I'm very late today. It's just been one of those days.
Today's cards are both lovely but the second one is certainly my favourite . I love the baubles and the frame around it is so lovely. There is no end to the uses for the Californian collection. I love it.
Thank you , Sue,
Have a lovely weekend everyone,
Love to all, Myra xx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Beautiful Christmas cards oooh wish mine efforts looked like these.

Hugs to all Annx without an "e"

Tres said...

Hi Sue. WOW !! Both of today's Christmas cards are beautiful !! I love Friday two-fer days. I really love both of these fab creations today !! I have never tried the caught in crystal technique before. I really must give it a go. Your JOY die looks fab. I also think your second card, the bauble one looks great to. I do not have the bauble die but I have a similar bauble I could use instead. I have everything else to make this card so I will definately have a go at this one as I still have several more Christmas cards to make yet. I think it is really classy and elegant.
Thanks for sharing these lovely cards with us today Sue.
Wishing you lots of love Sue from Tres x x x

Wishing all the Wonderful Wilsonettes lots of love from Tres x x x

GeeBee88 said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful cards today. I especially love the second one, so elegant. Gx

Brenda Lello said...

"Hi Sue, two beautiful cards you have given us today, both are gorgeous. Love the background on No 1 - and the second one is so traditional, elegant and classy - I would be over the moon to recieve either - or both of these cards. Thank you for shearing them with us. LOL
Hope you are having a good day, love Brenda xxx

Steph - You really made me smile with you comments today - Hopefully my Lyra will arrive tomorrow !!!!!

Janet - We have a Christmas tradition - It's making a Gingerbread House - Grandsons now 19, 15 and 13 will not start it until I am there. And it is eaten (trashed first) for afters on Christmas Eve. You would not believe the designs they have come up with over the years !!!!!

Dorothy Mutafopulos said...

Hi Sue,
Love your double day! Both cards are amazing. Just placed an order for your New York dies and Gemini collection can't wait for them to come.
Thanks Dorothy

Joan D said...

Two super duper cards yet again. I favour the second one, but really do like them both. Xx

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue,
Wow love both of today's cards love the guilding flakes behind the joy but the bauble one just pips it for me absolutely stunning . Thanks Sue hugs xxx

Crafty hugs to Yorkielass & L, Lynda and everyone xxx

Jean D xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, another two beautiful cards, love the bauble one,haven't finished my Christmas cards yet, so will be using some of your ideas. Marlene xx

nzillingworth said...


Theresa said...

Hi Sue
You are spoiling us. Giving us a two fer
Love them both. Like the technique on the fires card and the second one is beautiful defiantly one I will be trying at some point .
And no haven't finished my Xmas cards lol.
Ideas and inspiration are ten fold on your blog though Sue
Take Care Sue
Love Theresa xx

AliJ said...

Great cards. Especially like the second one. Have a great weekend.

Sandy H said...

Two super cards. Haven't tried gilding flakes on acetate yet. The bauble and the ornament on the second card are gorgeous. I wish I was as organised as all of you ladies who have finished making your Christmas cards, then I could make a version of today's two beauties to put away as a springboard to get me started next year. As it is I've not completed a single one though I have managed to do quite a few die-cuts this week.
Take care everyone.

Angela Wade said...

Hi, Sue the first card isn't really for me, but love the second Bauble card.

Have a good weekend everyone.
Keep warm and dry.

Hugs, Angela in S. Wales Xx

Vick said...

Oh Sue, both of them are stunning, I really love the gilding it adds that something very special, hugs, Vick xx
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Karen Drew said...

Love double Fridays. Two beautiful cards but the baubles are my favourite
Karen xx