Saturday, 20 December 2014

Special Day

Hello bloggers!  This one screams wedding or anniversary to me, what do you think?  I just love the Austrian Background so I have used it loads of times in different ways.  For today's card, I covered a piece of coconut white card with a self adhesive sticky sheet and ran it through with the background die.  Since it is a detailed background, it won't cut all the way through with a single pass, which is what you want for this technique (there will be a few areas that do however, so those will need to be taped back into place from the back before removing it from the die).  I removed the die, but added in the oval centre die to cut an opening in the middle.  Using my pokey tool, I removed the areas of the backing paper that would ordinarily be cut completely out, revealing the sticky adhesive sheet.  Once they were all removed, I covered the background with silver polished silk glitter and burnished it into place.  I dusted away any excess with a tissue before removing the remaining bit of the backing paper.  Once removed, it exposed the sticky sheet that was left so I covered it with Iced Snow.  I added mounting foam to the back of it to raise it for dimension.  I stamped my sentiment (from Justrite) using a Clear Perfect Medium pad and heat embossed it with silver shine embossing powder.  I mounted the background over the sentiment so it showed through the centre opening.  I stamped some flowers using the Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning flowers and cut them out with the matching die.  I layered up several of them for the area under my sentiment and made one to go in the opposite corner.  I seated the flowers on some silver seam binding and used a fancy stick pin that was given to me along with a triple pearl pin that I coloured with silver distress stain.  I cut a few swirls from the Bella Rose die to add around the flowers.  I finished the card with a pierced white mat using my piercing ruler on coconut white card and then a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" in size.

I thought you might also like to see a couple of pictures that were taken on a three day mid week getaway I was on recently.  There was a triple wedding in the family that took place in the Bahamas (it's only an hour flight from Florida) so I flew down for it.  I had a free day before the wedding so decided to go swim with the dolphins!  Well it isn't really swimming with them, but you do get to pose with them in the water so it was quite fun!  The last pic was taken just seconds before our dolphin named Tess splashed me good with her tail!  She was only a year old and her trainer said that she was a bit of a handful!

I have a bit of a special treat today as well because  I have just realised that I have two copies of the Wednesday Card Giveaway as it was used for one of the demos on the Create and Craft USA segments that I filmed!  So we have two winners this week!  Which is also nice as this is the last Wednesday card giveaway of the year too.  We will start it back up in 2015 though so not to worry!  This week's winners are:

Barbara Macaskill!!!

and

Helen Jones!!!

Congratulations!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x















159 comments:

Pam said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card today. At such a busy time of year you bring an element of calm and joy, thank you.
Hope everyone is safe and warm, we have strong cold winds here. Congrats to two lucky winners.

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
An absolutely stunning card, love everything you have done on it.
Love the photos, oh! how I wish I could experience some warm sunshine!! I really do not cope with winter.
Have a wonderful day
Hugs

Patricia xxx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
I'm sooooo jealous! swimming with dolphins is on my bucket list, great photos!
Back to today's card, your background dies are a must have for me and are usually the first die I buy out of each launch. They are so pretty and they just keep getting better and better with each launch. I love what you've done with this background today and can't wait to try it.
Hugs x
Heather T

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue such a magical and magical photos with the dolphins. Congratulations to the winners. X

carol edwards said...

That should say magical card, a little early yet I think x

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you a lovely card brilliant photos. Congratulations to the winners. Sue I hope you will have a good rest over Christmas. Take care Kitty.

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
Beautiful card today - I love it
Pat x

tracy w said...

Hi sue
Another stunning card love the colours great pictures thankyou for sharing with us tracyw x

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue My Dear Friend,
"WOW" What Can I Say But The Card This Morning Is Truly Awesome Rich And Extremely Opulent Anyone Would Love To Receive This Beautiful Card, I Love The Technique You Have Explained To Us I've Watched This Many Times On Your Videos, I Love The Ice Snow.
I've Been Catching Up With Your Amazing Videos They Have Been Fabulous To Watch I Love How You Take A Die And Create Something Completely Different.
I Love The Awesome Photography Of The Card And The Fabulous Photographs Of Yourself And The Beautiful Dolphin This Has Always Been A Dream Of Mine, I've Been Out At Sea With Lots Of Wild One's But I Would Love To Touch And Actually Be In The Water With One, Who Know's One Day I Mean I've Walked With Tigers And Lions.
Sue Have A Great Day Thank You For The Stunning Card And The Daily Inspiration I Really Appreciate It, As I'm Sure All The Wonderful Blog People Do!
Sue Take Care
Love And Hugs
From Sam xxx
Hugs To All The Wonderful People That Comment On Sue's Blog, I Recently Won The Main Prize On The Blog And Would Like To Say A Huge Thank You For Your Very Kind Comments.
Congratulations To The Wednesday Gift Card Winner's




Micky French said...

Stunning card Sue, so elegant.
You look like you enjoyed your swim with the Dolphin, I had the same experience at Discovery Cove Florida back in 2007, it was brilliant
Congratulations to the card giveaway winners
Hugs to all Michelle xxxx

Vick said...

Hahaha love the pics of you and Tess together Sue, when you said that about her I thought you had met your match I bet you can be a bit naughty too hahaha.......I reckon if you had a tail to splash, you'd be splashing it too, lol, me an all!! aww so glad you had a bit of down time, I know you go over to spend time with mom but you are still doing stuff aren't you, so this is a little 'me' time or should I say 'me and Tess' time bless her! anyway, I also must say I love the card today and with a different sentiment it could pass very well for a Christmas card too. Congrats to the two ladies winning this week, good that Sue made two!! and I look forward to next year to see what else you come up with, Have a lovely weekend my friend, Hugs, Vick xx
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CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. A stunning card which could be adapted for lots of occasions. Wow, your photos are brilliant, I hope the weddings went well too. Swimming with dolphins is amazing, like Micky we went to Discovery Cove in Florida and had a wonderful day.
Congratulations to both winners of the Wednesday draw. Stay safe in this dreadful weather everyone - if there was ever a great excuse to stay in and craft this is it! Sue xxx

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning Sue - Im presuming you're back in the UK now ? (bet you wish you were back in the warm sunny state of FL) brrr its so cold.
Morning Wilsonettes. Just a wuick thank you to those lovely ladies that found kindness in their heart to send me birthday wishes yesterday. I feel like im the wealthiest person awake at the moment, thanks to Sue and the blog I have found 2 very special friends and thanks to them both I felt loved and spoilt. So thank you Sue and my lovely fairy craftmothers LOL !
This is a beauty today and a technique Ive struggled with many times - which reminds me I need another pot of Iced Snow !! Id certainly be amazed if I was celebrating a special occassion and received such a beautiful card like this, until you have used iced snow you have no concept of how much sparkle it adds, the most stunning bling anyone could have in their stash.
Thank you for allowing us into your personal life Sue, what lovely photo's for you to share with us, thank you and lucky dolphine LOL.
Congrats to the 2 card winners today, they are the most wonderful gift to receive and in 'real life' words cannot describe their beauty so you are in for a 2015 early treat.
To our friends that are unwell or feeling low my basket of hugs is over flowing so take as many as you need until you feel a little better.
Lkve to all this Saturday.
Lancashire Steph xx

Anonymous said...

Pretty card Sue. How lovely to swim with dolphins such a nice setting. Congratulations to winners. JJxx

Clai01 said...

Oh my gosh Sue that is so lovely to swim with the dolphins, love those photos.
And the card is just equally as lovely too! x

Heather Rogers said...

Stunning card Sue. I agree with you it would make a beautiful anniversary card.

Thank you so much for posting the photos and sharing some of you private life with us.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

lilian said...


Hi Sue & All, love the card, and the photos, looks like you had a great time. Lilian in Cornwall

DMJ said...

What a lovely card again, Sue, and I loved seeing your photos!!!!




Doreen x

Glennis said...

Great photos with the dolphins - I love the card also

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Today's card is super stunning! I agree that it would make a fabulous wedding card. It would certainly make any recipient feel special. Wow, what a fabulous time you must have had with the dolphins. This is something I would love to do! The photos are super cute! Thank you for sharing.
Congratulations to the winners.
Belated happy birthday to Lancashire Steph.
Hugs.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card you have today, Sue. I must have a go using the Austrian background like this. It's great to see you relaxing in the sun.
Jan
Northampton I

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, stunning card and as you say would make a lovely wedding or anniversary card. It would have been my 44th wedding anniversary yesterday too! Love the photos, Louise and her family are off to Florida on Wednesday and as a Christmas present for the boys she has booked them all in to swim with the Dolphins, they don't know about it yet it is a surprise for them! Congratulations to the winners of the card giveaway. Love Jean xxx

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning Sue wow what a beautiful card I love everything about this one. And the design is fantastic. I bet you had a great time with the Dolphins Take care

Debs A xxx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Lovely card Sue,

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Absolutely stunning card today. Love this technique with all the sparkle :-) Love your dolphin photos - so lucky to get the chance to swim with them - definitely one for the scrapbook album. Congrats to the card winners. Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

PharmacyMichele said...

Beautiful card today, love the photos.

Congrats to the winners.

Michele

Muriel Kelly said...

HI Sue and all

So glad you had a good time on your break away and swimming with dolphins - wow !

Todays card is just gorgeous, love all the bling and the Austrian background is so pretty.

Congratulations to 2 winners too

Muriel xx

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. Stunning card and so elegant. I've never tried this technique before but will in the new year. Love the photos.your so lucky. I would love to do it. Congats to the winners. Hugs Heather.x

Anonymous said...

Wow that is one gorgeous card, Sue, and because of a previous post of yours I bought the Majestic Morning die and stamps and love them - now all I need is the Austrian background lol! Just love it all.
Thanks for sharing your (brief) holiday pics - the dolpin looks as happy as you!!
Well done to the two lucky ladies Barbara and Helen on winning your cards.

'P' in Wales

auscrafts said...

stunning card love the flowers

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Sue - there's no such thing as too much bling!

Love the dolphin pics, they're wonderful creatures aren't they...and how nice to see some sunshine...I'd settle for some daylight here...lol

Izzy

Jacquie said...

Morning Sue, such a beautiful card, definitely for a wedding or silver wedding anniversary.

Love your pictures of you with the Dolphins, such beautiful animals, I would love to do that but I cannot swim lol!

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx
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Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. This is a gorgeous card certainly would make a perfect wedding or anniversary card. I love this background die.
Thank you for sharing the pics of you and the dolphin, what wonderful memories you must have. Wow, a triple wedding! That must have been great fun too : )
Congratulations to both lucky winners today. Norah, you are missed.
Sending my daily hugs to everyone. Take care.

June said...

Morning Sue, Pam and all Wilsonettes, oh this is such a beautiful card, I love this technique and as you say can be used for so many occasions.

Love the pictures of you with the dolphin Tess, it reminds me of when I did this 2 years ago in Florida with all my family, it was truly an experience I will never forget, wonderful.

Congratulations to the two lucky winners.

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

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
I have this Die and have used it on a few Christmas cards..cuts well too!
Love the Dolphins!
Take care
Love Marg

Aspiring crafter said...

Love the card Sue , so sparkly and beautiful background and flowers.
How wonderful to be so close to the dolphins , I'm sure that made you feel fantastic , despite being splashed by the tail!
XxxRuth

carol quinn said...

loving this one, and so versatile

gwen70 said...

Stunning card Sue, perfect for a wedding.
Love the photos and the dolphins

nannapat said...

Such a stunning card Sue, a wonderful keepsake for a bride and groom. Great photos of you with the dolphins, they are such lovely creatures. We saw pods of them when we visited Clearwater but I've never had the chance to swim with them, it must be a fab experience. Pat x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow wow wow what a fabulous card, ansolutely love it. Great pics of you too x

Anonymous said...

The card looks stunning, Sue

Anne (Northampton)

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - it's a must try! Love the fotos - looks great fun -
Rgs
Clare W

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. Wow this is a stunning card and could be used for many occasions. This is a great technique but i must practice it more as i get the sticky paper mixed up to which ones come off first. I think its just my muggled mind lol. Thank you for sharing some of your private life with us crafters the pictures are beautiful and i bet it was a great experience to be there with the dolphins. Congrats to the two lucky winners. Have a fantastic day whatever you are doing.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Beautiful card love it, I'm so jealous and that is one of my dreams to swim with dolphins we saw a few in the sea off Canada on our cruise but never swam with them
Hugs
Carol x

Debbie Tinks said...

Love the card and pics Sue...
Have a nice weekend... X

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
what a beautiful card- so perfect for weddings, anniversaries. you can find a die in your range suitable for every occasion. Just recovering from this bug doing the rounds- agree with other bloggers time in some warm sunshine would be the best. Hugs
whopperjaw

Rosie said...

Morning Sue, a stunning card today. So elegant too. Great photos of you with the dolphin, so green with envy...
Congratulations to the winners, what a lovely surprise....xxx

hollyberry said...

Such an elegant card for any occasion.
Thank you for sharing your dolphin pictures they look great,hope that you had a lovely time with them.
Congratulations to this weeks card winners.

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Beautiful card made with a lovely die (yipee I already own this one). Your photos are lovely too, brought back fond memories for me. SueL x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, yes this would make an amazing wedding card, just stunning. So envious of you with the dolphins, have wanted to do this all my life. Thank you for showing the photos. Certainly looked warmer there.

I hope everyone has a peaceful weekend, and belated very happy birthday to Steph.

Love Rosemarie xx

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Your card today is gorgeous and I have that dye so will definitely have a go.

How fantastic to experience the Dolphins and in such a beautiful location. Great pictures, and wonderful memories.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Fabulous card, and thank you for sharing the photos, bet you had a great time.
The the card winners, enjoy.
Lydia
X

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, this is a stunningly beautiful card, suitable for a number of occasions. The pictures with the dolphins are beautiful, that is something i have on my bucket list. Congrats to the 2 card winners. Have a great day all. Bx

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Such a stunning card!!
Love the photos, they really brighten a wet and windy day!
:-)
Lorna D

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue, and all the ladies.
How gorgeous is this card? It's so beautiful.
The photographs are great, you look happy and contented with the dolphins.
Congrats to the two lucky Wednesday winners.
Stay warm everyone xx

Chris Curry said...

Such a beautiful card Sue. Thank you.Xx

utilitygirl said...

Such a beautiful card Sue and how luck are you to be swimming with the dolphin - very envious

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the card and I love the photos. What a fantastic experience!
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Diane said...

Hi Sue the card is stunning today really beautiful for a wedding. The pictures of you and Tess are fabulous too, you still look very elegant in a wet suit! I would look like a drowned rat!!! I'd love to do that one day too. Thank you for sharing the card and your pictures. Hope you have a good weekend . Love Diane G xxxx
Congratulations to the winning ladies xxx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Im not a fan of too much glitter but the design is stunning.
Your photos brought back some amazing memories of my doing what was called the "Dolphin Experience" in what looks like the same spot by the Atlantis Hotel. One of the best things I've ever done so hope you enjoyed it.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Sheila Lampard said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card.
Lovely photos - envious of such a lovely experience.
Well done to the winners.
Sheila x

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Congrats to your winners , beautiful photo's so nice to see.

Lovely card so frosty

Elaine H X

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,

I love today's card - just great, as are your photos. Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

Susan White said...

How I envy you being in the sunshine - we've had gales, sleet, snow and it's freezing cold! Just love to see dolphins too. Enjoy the rest of your trip, Susan x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, gorgeous card, I am always a bit apprehensive about doing this technique, but I promise myself to give it a go after Christmas.
Great photos of your dolphin experience, there is something special about them they always look as if they are smiling!
Belated birthday greetings Steph, hope you had a great day, with lots of crafting goodies presents.
Congratulations to today's winners.
Take care everyone, Jess x

Anne Crawford said...

Loving this card today it's Gorgeous! but I have to say I struggle a bit with this technique, but as I have this background I just might give it another try!
Congratulations to the two lucky winners!
My daughter and her husband and grandchildren Archie 8yrs and Marsaili who will be 6 yrs ( going on 16! ) on Boxing Day are hoping to arrive up tomorrow from Edinburgh ( depending on weather conditions ) so I better go and get their beds ready .
Loved your photos Sue , it looks like you were having a great time !
Hope things are improving for you Norah and you will be back with us soon, we do miss your stories.xo
Love and Hugs to all xo

Paula said...

I just love the technique you showcased today Sue. I am going to give it a try soon. Can't wait to see you on Create and Craft.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Must be tired as I'm having trouble trying to understand your instructions - will have another read later on. I do think this is a spectacular card though.
Loved the dolphin pictures.
Beverley W

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card today - would make a lovely gift for a special occasion. Love the Austrian die collection and of course the iced snow! Just started using my big pot last week - so much better! Thank you for your inspiration and sharing your sheer joy of crafting as well as your wonderful talent! x
The pictures are gorgeous - such beautiful creatures dolphins - and you looked pretty amazing too! Lol. Brought back some memories from about 16 years ago!
Must get on now as family coming today as was my grandson's 9th Birthday yesterday so we are having an extra little party today! Cake all ready - looks ok - lets hope it tastes ok!
Have a good day everyone!
Norah - special Saturday hugs - and for Sheila , Lynne and Lindsay too. Missing you all. x
Love Myra xx

Gail said...

Good morning Sue,
Your card is stunning! Not sure I fully understand how you accomplished it, but I shall have to give it a try.
Loved seeing your photos, I swam with dolphin back in the early 70's a life time ago now and it was not heard of in those days.
Last weekend before Christmas, don't work too hard ladies.
Hugs Gail Cx

Paula said...

Definitely a wedding card, although as you say it could be an anniversary card too. On the other hand, it would be a lovely card for my beautiful granddaughter's birthday next month, she's worth such a lovely card!!

Paula x

Rose in Chester said...

Wow Sue,
that card is beautiful, I would also use it for a wedding, not just anniversary.
Not only the die cuts but also the stick pins and other embellishments are simply divine.
Beautiful photos as well, you look really happy. And the dolphin is so lovely, I think I would have looked happy too, in your place.
Hugs, Rose

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I just love this card. It is just so pretty.
Regards,
Evis M.

Sandra said...

Good Morning Sue & friends,
Oh Sue thank you for posting the pics of you and the Dolphins, it's so nice to see you relaxed too. To be honest it reminded me if the blog of years ago where there were lots of photos and I loved that, I guess these days life is just too busy, but it was truly lovely seeing a snippet of your wonderful trip. Thank you for sharing xxxx
Today's card is stunning, like you say perfect for a wedding, a winter wedding maybe? X that Austrian background is my 'go to ' background as it's just perfect for laying over a detailed background, it's so versatile, you can tell a good die when you pick it up and see a ton of ideas for using it! When's the next launch Sue? X
Steph, happy belated birthday my lovely friend, I hope you had the best day ever, did you get anymore dies ? Big birthday hugs coming your way xxxx
Jess & June thank you for the lovely comments about my blog, I have made a conscious effort to blog everyday of December, it's hard work but I am loving the challenge, it encourages me to keep making cards, it's been the most effective 'treatment' I have had in years for depression, having a reason to get up and get moving and hearing peoples lovely comments about things that you have created, I could never match up to the amazingly talented Sue, her blog is an skyways will be my first destination of the day, to get some inspiration to create my own cards, I wouldn't imagine I would ever get to twenty followers let alone hundreds, the few I do have are very dear to me! Xx
Sam Smithard, good to see you back my lovely, sorry to hear you have been under the weather xxx
Has anyone had an update on lovely Norah ? There seems to be a big hole in the blog without her, I do hope she is ok xx
Well we will be dashing about for those last minute stocking fillers today as we are off to Mums tomorrow,
Crafty hugs
Sandra xxxxx

Claire said...

Beautiful card, really stunning. Lovely photos.

Take care

Claire

julie laz said...

Wow fab card, love this one sue, I would give anything to swim with dolphins how lovely,

Well my daughter and husband and my grandson of 2 years old lives in Cyprus and wasn't seeing them for Christmas as he's in the army and no time off, well at 2am on Monday a knock at the door, surprise yes it was them, I was so excited so we had Christmas early on Wednesday, what a fab time I had and very Busy, they have gone back to Cyprus this morning and I've just said to my husband well another Christmas over and he looked at me and said we have to do it all again next week, I honestly thought it was finished lol

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - this is just a sensational card! The photos are beautiful too, you both look so happy. My grandchildren have done this and I would dearly love to do it too. Thank you for sharing them with us and congratulations to the winners today. Best wishes
YvonneMayxx

Jan Moss said...

Morning Sue. Absolutely stunning card. Must try the technique. Those dolphins are so cut. Have not had a swim with then, but have stroked then!!
Thank you for all your hard work and inspiration this year.
May I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a healthy 2015. Hugs. Jan. xxx

Linda Graham said...

Beautiful card Sue,i have the background die and love it too, great photo`s,thank you, Linda x

Lynn Dalby said...

Hi Sue and all

I really like the way it looks like the flowers are popping through the aperture, lovely. Thank you. Congrats to the winners.

Best wishes and Happy Christmas.

Kate's Cards said...

Wow that is one wonderful card Sue, I love it!
Gosh, you were so lucky to swim/pose with dolphins. What a magical experience it must have been. I don't have a bucket list but if I did swimming with dolphins would be on it! xxx

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Beautiful card today, love everything about it. Thank you for sharing your amazing photos, you look so happy and Tess is a little cutie, memories to treasure. Hugs to you and your Mom.
Congratulations to the two lucky winners.
Maria A I laughed too when I reread my senior moment remark, thankfully we don't have to wait until 2016 to see Sue's wonderful creations, hugs.
Norah, Lynne M and Lindsay missing you.
Julie what a lovely surprise to see your family, what a treat, hugs to you and Lee.
Hugs to Tina E, Margaret corgi owner, Jean D, Pam and Robbie, Lynda B, Maureen K, Myra P, Tres, Sandra, Alimecca, Heather T, Wheelybad and Billie, Cameeli and all Wilsonettes.
Take care.
Hugs June xxx

Jan.moogie said...

Always fancied swimming with Dolphins Sue seems like a dream come true, bet you loved it. Today's card is absolutely gorgeous Sue and would delight anyone who received it. Thanks for sharing.xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a stunning card. Very glittery but still very elegant. Great photos of you with the dolphins, thanks for sharing.

Congratulations to the two lucky card winners.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

Simply gorgeous. This is a beautiful card and one I think I will try to copy for a wedding card I need to make next year.
Thank you.
Bye for now.
SandraP xxx

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card today. How amazed would you be to receive this on your Wedding Day!
Love your pics with the dolphins.
Congrats to the winners.
Thanks for sharing yr talent.

Lesley Thomas said...

Beautiful card Sue, and I love the pics of you with the dolphin, they are super. Congrats to Barbara and Helen too.

CraftyJo said...

Gorgeous card and cute photos of you with your 'pal' ;)

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

A lovely card for today, truly special. It's nice to see you looking so well, hope everyone is well over the pond.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

JenRey said...

Sue, this is a beautiful card! Loved the fact you got to swim with the dolphins! How you have a great holiday. Congrats to Barb and Helen!

Cazzie D said...

Morning Sue this is definitely a design I would use for a Wedding card - gorgeous.
Wow your pictures with the dolphins are amazing - real keepers. Caz x

Swiftycrafter said...

This card is wonderful, love a bit of glitz. The dolphins are so sweet, an experience not to be missed I'm sure.
Lynne xx

Joanne K said...

Hi Sue, firstly sorry for popping in sooner. Have been really busy. Hope you are well and having a great time. Stunning card today. Kind regards Joanne K x

Pearl said...

Love the card today Sue, I must get the Austrian background, it looks fab. Thank you for sharing. You look like you are having a great time with the dolphins, a great experience. Festive craftihappiness and love to everyone from Pearl. I'm still making Christmas cards - last 4 to do now, oops and one to my hubby Dave, so late this year.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card and I have pinned it. Thanks for sharing your pics it must have been an amazing experience sharing the water with those beautiful creatures
Hugs and best wishes everyone
Pat

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
I'm a little late this morning as I wanted to get the last shopping done. This is the last day I'm entering any shop until after Christmas. Mr Tesco will deliver on Monday and then that's it!!!
Ferry and Hotel booked for Boxing Day so as you all know by now Mr E has started his normal run up to going!!!!
SUE - your gift today surpasses all! I've run out of words. It's just sooooooooooooo magical and just suits the Season. Definitely one for my 'must do' box.
Your photos of your days away are beautiful and what a treat to be with dophins in their enviroment. You more than deserve those kind of days. Thank you for sharing those with us.
Well off tomorrow with the last two Santa Sacks to my eldest Daughter and her animal family.

To everyone under the weather I hope you feel better soon. To all please take care when out and about and stay safe. See you tomorrow.
Janet x

Donna Ellis said...

The card is beautiful for sure, Sue, but I enjoyed those amazing photos at Dolphin Bay! Merry Christmas!

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone. Absolutely wonderful card and the pictures of you and the cute dolphins brilliant.Swimming with dolphins is something I love to do one day too.

To everyone who are seeing their family's and grand children I wish you all a fantastic time over the holiday's!

Not feeling well and in pain for some reason or other I sending well-wishes hugs to all!

Sunny here but if you living up north wrap up warm if wondering outside( saw on tv it was bad) and take care everyone,
Warm hugs Maria x

Maria Illsley said...

Beautiful card Sue love the dolphin photos you are sooo lucky I would love to do that xxxx

Joan D said...

This is really my kind of card. It looks like snow on the background so fab for winter wedding.lovely photos Sue, hope all went well x x

TOB said...

Beautiful card Sue I love your background dies they are so versatile.
When I first became ill and realised I was never going to recover fully we went to the Bahamas, beautiful place and went with the dolphins there. It was magical and a day I will never forget.
It looks so sunny there, I'm missing the sun we had this year.
Warm hugs to all Love Theresa xx

June Horrocks said...

Beautiful cards sue love them both defo wedding the first one congrats to the lucky winners love to all June love your photos sue xxx

Jill Liddle said...

Loving all the glitter and bling on the card today. Right up my street.

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Beautiful card and beautiful pictures, I love Dolphins. Jean Z xxx

Darlene4527 said...

Lovely card! It does say wedding or anniversary...

Edwina Scotney said...

What a gorgeous card today Sue just love everything about it. Beautiful photos of you with the dolphins have a great weekend Edwina

Nana on the Hill said...

This is an absolutely beautiful card Sue, and l love your photo's of the dolphins, have a great weekend.

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
YES THIS CARD COULD DO ANY JOB, CHRISTMAS TOO. LOVE IT. DISOBEYED THE RULES AGAIN. BACK GROUND DIE USED VERY MUCH IN THE FOREGROUND. BRILL JOB.
WOW SWIMMING WITH THE DOLPHINS. LOVE TO DO THAT. GLAD YOU ENJOYED IT SO MUCH. YOU REALLY DESERVE IT WORKING AS HARD AS YOU DO. ENJOY.
WELL DONE YOU WINNERS
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXX

C A W said...

Brilliant card, very clever, Agree that it's one for almost any occasion. Fabulous holiday snaps. Thanks for sharing.

C A W said...

And, congratulations to your winners.

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
Absolutely stunning card....it really is amazing!! Dolphins are just the best....I have swum with them twice in Portugal....it was one of my dreams & the memories will stay with me forever. My other dream was to meet you which I have also done at the Ally Pally....which was also an experience that I will always treasure!!! .....maybe I need to think of some more dreams....or maybe I should just be grateful for the ones I've had fulfilled!!!
Much love
Sam
xxxxx

Kathy Johnson said...

Beautiful card Sue! Will have to add this die to my Wish List! My wish list is getting extremely long, Lol. Awesome photos of you with the dolphins, would love to do that one day. Have a wonderful weekend! X

Susi Mortimer said...

Lovely card today Sue.
I am so jealous also, as I never got round to swimming with the Dolphins, it's on my bucket list still. Enjoy yourself. Congrats to the winners.
Have a nice weekend everybody. Susi x

Haze T said...

Hi Sue
What a Beautiful & stunning card & would definitely be suitable for wedding & anniversary as you say.
Love everything about it & I too love the Austrian Background as it's so pretty..

I'm so so jealous of you swimming with the dolphins, must have been very special..

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & wonderful new year & looking forward to many more amazing dies & card creations from a very talented lady.

Crafty Hugs
Haze xx

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card. Screams any soecial occasion to me but then all your cards do that for me. Hope everyone is well and hugs
CraftyJacq
XX

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card Sue. Love it

Maryann Laursen said...

Oh my goodness this is so beautiful Sue. I agree on this die, it is so gorgeous and you sure know, how to make it even more attractivce here ha ha ha.
Have a wonderful week-end to everyone here and congrats to the lucky winners here this week too.

terrie said...

The card is stunning..it's beautiful with all the embellishments....it's for sure a WOW card...
Congrats to the winner.
Glad you had time to relax and have fun with the dolphin.
Well done Sue.

Meg said...

Truly scrumptious. I couldn't get my brain gear for supercalifrediwhatsit!!!!

Love and hugs
Meg
xxxx

Lynda's craft's said...

Good afternoon Sue & Wilsonettes.
WOW today's gift is so beautiful it's so gorgeous & sparkly, I agree it would make a lovely wedding card
Thank you Sue for sharing your pictures of you & Dolphins,they are so cute. Love Lynda Brock xx

Steph hope you had a lovely birthday yesterday. Did you have some special gifs Hugs Lynda xx

Norah,Sheila,Lynne M Missing you all Hugs Lynda xx

Big Hugs Sandra,Margaret corgi owner,Hazel,SheilaG,Lynne M,Jean D,Wheelybad,Yorkielass Steph,Camille',Tina E,Tres,Tandy,TOB Theresa,Saba,Lindsay Maria A,Myra P,.And all Wilsonlettes
Love Lynda xx

barbara macaskill said...

Gorgeous! I agree that it screams Wedding or Anniversary! I am going to try this technique once the doctor gives me the ok to get back to creating!
What a special thing to be able to swim with the dolphins! My niece and grandniece do this every year on her trip to Florida to see her mom/grandma. It is a dream of mine to be able to do this before I meet my Maker.
Thank you for choosing me to be one of the lucky winners of the Wednesday Card Giveaway! I am so excited and can't wait to hang it on my Wall of Honor! Email sent!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank you for sharing your abundant talent with us daily!

Scottygirl said...

Hi Sue.....Fran here from Arizona/Alberta.....I am wondering if there is a video for this card? I am getting a bit confused with the adhesive/die cutting section. I would like to make this card for a friend's upcoming wedding but I don't want to make any mistakes....Please help. Thank you.

Scottygirl said...

Hi again, Sue. I just left a comment a few minutes ago regarding a video for this card and I forgot to check off the box requesting an e-mail reply to my comment....I hope this will rectify the problem as I have now checked the box. Thank you....I love your cards and have attempted quite a few of them. Merry Christmas!

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Sue the card is utterly gorgeous it would be perfect for a wedding. A triple wedding that's amazing. I love your photos with the dolphin we did that is Florida but it was a lot more crowded. Congratulations to the winners. Hugs Jackie

TDQ Karen said...

Just wonderful, terrific card and lovely photos. Congratulations to the lucky winners xx

Joanna Dickson said...

Hi Sue.
What a treat I love this card.its got to be a favourite of mine. I love this technique. This would work well for any wedding. Just by changing the colour of the glitter.
Wow.. The pictures of your break look wonderful. 3 weddings... I'm sure each couple had an amazing card from you.
well enjoy the rest of the weekend. Congratulations to both of the winners.
Lots of love
Jo xx

Pam Elder said...

Hi Sue
I keep thinking this must be the best ever card when you just produce annother stunner
This one is fabulous .
Me l'm just a copy cat.

Pam Elder said...

Hi Sue
I keep thinking this must be the best ever card when you just produce annother stunner
This one is fabulous .
Me l'm just a copy cat.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous card Sue!
Love the majestic morning flowers and have the stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations. They are so pretty and a bit shabby chic.
Well done to the card winners!!!
The photos were amazing Sue you look really good in them!

Chrisspi said...

Absolutely beautiful! Wow! And the dolphins are pretty special too. Lucky you

Jean Bullock said...

Wow, that screams Wedding, anniversary, and with a few adjustments, Confirmation and First Communion. Beautiful card. I pinned. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415386765606117850/

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue, What fun for you messing around with Flipper!! As for the card...thank you, thank you, thank you...I have to make a card for my sister's special anniversary early next year and something like this would be just perfect with a little change of colour in the flowers to go with the anniversary! I even have time to get the background die and stock pins to get going! As always, thanks so much for sharing with us. x

nancyd said...

Hi Sue, fabulous card and fabulous pictures
lucky girl I think that is everyone's
dream to swim with the dolphins we
can but dream.
Congrats to the two lucky winners.
Nancyd xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, Stunning !! Stunning !! Stunning !! this card is magnificent, it sounds quite tricky to achieve this, but so, so, worth it.
Congratulations to the lucky Winners.
Fabulous piccies, I so wish that I could swim with the dolphins, it must be fabulous, and the sunshine too, what more could you ask for.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Janice K said...

A simply stunning card that would make a fantastic christmas wedding card with all the wonderful sparkle. Love your dolphin photos, I hope you manage to scrapbook them!! x

Trish. said...

Sue just love your card and your comment was it makes a nice anniversary or Wedding card. Well today is our anniversary (52 years) so I take this as if it was mine. I think it is just beautiful and love your background dies you have used.
Hugs Trish.

Carole Z said...

A stunning card Sue, could see it for weddings, anniversaries and even Christmas..and what beautiful photos, I am so envious of your so special experience! Hugs Carole Z X

Angela Wade said...

Very ornate, pretty card, Sue. Lovely dolphin photos.

Have a good weekend everyone, whatever the weather.
Congratulations to the lucky winners.
Hugs to all,

Angela in Dubai Xx

SHARICA said...

Fab Card .. xx

Theresa Pace said...

love this card. so strictly glitzy. and didn't you look good with the dolphins! how does your hair stay the same shape even in the water? lol! hugs xx

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Oh My what an Absolutely Stunning card.Your right it would make a stunning wedding card even for a Winter Wedding with all that Sparkle. A lot of work has went into making the card and it is a real pleasure seeing it
You very lucky lady swimming with Tess the Dolphin . That's a photo that will be treasured for years and one for the Scrapbook
Congrats to the two winners
Take care Sue
Hazel G XX

Elaine said...

Gorgeous card, love your pictures. Reminds me of our honeymoon in June we went to discovery cove , it was fab. Hope you have had a lovely break xx

Anonymous said...

Classy and grown up card - this is definitely one I would love to receive on my anniversary.

Carol

Anonymous said...

Pretty card Sue, one I would love to receive. fab photos with the dolphin. Marlene O xx

Sandie Braithwaite said...

Very late comment after a day out with friends. Lovely card, Sue, and great photos.

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Gorgeous Card Sue!

I love everything about this card, it's so pretty.

Love your photos with the dolphin, definitely something I would love to do myself one day.

Congrats to the winners!

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Saba said...

Good evening Sue
After an 18 hour journey we are finally back in beautiful North Yorkshire, but I didn't want to miss commenting on your lovely blog.
What a stunning Card. I Love Bling and this Card is definitely Blingy. What a clever idea to use distress inks on your pearl stick pin. How do you come up with such ideas?
Thank you for sharing your dolphin experience. You look so glamorous even in a wet suit.
I would love to do it. Once attempted to swim with a pod whilst sailing in Croatia, they were very close to the boat, but as soon as I entered the water they disappeared only to reappear the moment I climbed back on board.
Many congratulations to the two lucky ladies.
Saba

Dawn Holben said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful card, I have a wedding coming up and this would fit the bill just beautifully.
I love the photo's with the dolphins and I am so jealous.

Vie Carter said...

Fab photo's Sue, what a wonderful thing a triple wedding

Today's card would serve very well for wedding of anniversary so beautiful

Congrats to the two very lucky winners

Vie
x

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, well here I am again being the coo's tail but I had to pop in to say what a beautiful card. I haven't been brave enough yet to try this particular technique but I am determined to give it a go in the new year.

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures of you and the dolphins. It looks as though everyone was having a fabulous time.

Congratulations to both lucky ladies today becoming Wednesday Winners.
Frances

Di said...

Hi Sue,
What a fantastic card, love it. Congratulations to the winner.
Merry Christmas to everyone..
Di B x

Gail said...

Gorgeous card and useful for so many occasions - luv it xx wow what fab photos - lucky you and what an amazing experience xx GailT xx

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue,
A beautiful card suitable for so many occasions . I have just been catching up on all the cards from the last few days as we were travelling back to UK from France for Christmas on Thursday on a very rough ferry crossing .

A belated Happy Birthday to Steph hope you had a fabulous day .
Congrats to both of today's winners!!

Crafty hugs to Yorkielass & L, Lynda and all wilsonettes
Hugs
Jean D xxxx

dragonswing said...

I love this card!! To me, it screams Winter Wonderland. I think it could also be a New Year's Day card. I love sparkleys!
I bet you had fun swimming with the dolphins. I did done at Discovery Cove the first season they opened. One of these days, I would like to go back. Merry Christmas to all!!

Laura O' Connor said...

lovely pictures ,and your right would be fab for wedding a really stunning card ,Laura O

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Absolutely beautiful card. Love your photos, what lovely memories you have to treasure, that's really special.

Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Kind regards :-)

Tina XX

hazel young said...

amazing card Sue and photos look lovely glad you managed to grab some me time xx hazel

Theresa said...

Hi sue I Love Love Love this card. You have shared with us today
But I have to say I love your photos with the Dolphins more. Such beautiful creatures
I had the privilege to swim with them a few time and I never tire of the experience
The Bahamas is a stunning place I stayed at
Green Turtle Cay beautiful place. Mosquitos were a pain though.
You take Care Sue
Love Theresa x

Marianna Hammer said...

Very very beautiful card!!!!