Friday, 16 January 2015

Happy Birthday

 Hi guys!  I have a framed card for you today.  I started by cutting four of my Austrian borders in white.  I cut off the border's edge with a paper cutter to thin them a bit.  I covered a piece of ruby red card with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I peeled off the backing paper and laid the borders down on the background, taking care to keep them straight and lined up.  Once attached, I coated the background with clear micro beads for texture.  I used the Grand Rectangles to create an embossed frame around my background.  I stamped my sentiment from the Creative Expressions Bold Sentiment set and cut it into a strip and attached it across my background.  I tied a double bow from frilly edged white ribbon and glued it to the end of the strip.  I made a red felt flower from the Spiral Flower Four and seated it on the bow with some red and white Bakers Twine.  I cut several of the Faux Quilled Leaves to add around my flower.  I used one of the butterflies from my Magical Butterfly die set and added it in the upper corner.  I completed the card with a double white mat layer and added Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue dots around the edge to frame the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4"  x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

Beautiful card Sue. Gorgeous
Hugs to all, keep warm and out if the winds.

Jan.moogie said...

Lady in red came to mind when I saw this stunning beautiful card Sue. I have never been lucky with cutting out felt but your flower has inspired me to try again. Thank you. xxxx

Anonymous said...

Always like framed cards, Sue, and love the use of the borders in the background. Nice to see micro beads again, great for texture. Super embellishment, too!

'P' in Wales

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
This card is just beautiful
Pat x

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you beautiful card. Take care it is so cold. stay warm everyone. Kitty.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card, love the back ground.
Stay safe everyone.
Happy crafting
Love and hugs
Love Tina x x x x x

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Fantastic use of the Border Die, love it.
A stunning card, everything about it is beautiful.
Have a great day

Patricia xxx

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. Stunning card that I think would be perfect for anyone visually impaired as it is so "touchy feely". Lovely to see microbeads make another appearance.
Sending special wishes to those in pain. Sue xxx

Linda Graham said...

Beautiful card Sue,great way to use border die and love the colour, thank you for sharing your creations, Linda x

DMJ said...

I love the idea of the strips as backing, another idea to try. Must use my micro beads more too!!!

Keep warm & safe everyone,

Doreen x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
not only sings to me - it's a veritable symphony.
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Hugs, Rose

Clare W said...

GM Sue - lovely - bring out those microbeads! haven't used mine for a while but will do again soon
Clare W

Maria Illsley said...

Morning all
A stunning card a great idea of how to use the borders xxx

Rosie said...

What a lovely, happy card!

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, a wonderful card, looks very delicate with the border dies. Love red and white, it is just such a striking combination. Have a great day everyone. Bx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous way to use the border! Love the felt favourite kind and a fab colour and what a welcome return of the very touchy feely micro beads! Love 'em! Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Must use the border like this. Excellent video yesterday - thank you.

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Hi Sue
Stunning Card today I really like the Austrian borders and the magical butterfly's.

Have a great day everyone we have all got the weekend to look forward to.

Cameeli xx

Carole Z said...

This card is just gorgeous Sue, Love it! Hugs Carole Z X

Ecco of Sheffield said...

Morning Sue
Today's gift is just the way to finish off the 'working week' and start the week-end with a smile. Your background is just so lacy and fragile whilst still appearing bold and strong. I think I must be the only person not in love with micro beads. I just never seem to get on with them. Thank you for reminding me that borders can become backgrounds. I will be trying out today's gift in other colours to see how it looks.

TOB Theresa - I hope all went well yesterday and that you now have an apptmt that isn't too far in the future.! I lose heart sometimes re apptments. I was given one at the beginning of December for a Physio visit. They cancelled the day before as the Technician was off ill and couldn't give me another one until the end of this month. So how are we supposed to carry on in pain for months!! before treatment. Sorry Rant Over.
Re Baking Ice Cream - I believe that the ice cream is coated with a good covering of merangue and then baked and called 'Baked Alaska@. I admit that I've never been breave enough to give it a try.
Norah - I say 'Go Kirsten' you set the standard and stick to it. You see Norah your tuition over the years has worked.
Sandra - I lit one of the candles last night and to my surprise it worked fine. Might try again some time. I loved the Good Life and we use one of the episodes where she sits her husband down in a chair next to the stove and covers him with a blanket and gives him a stick to walk with when he complains about being tired and weary (hinting at him he's an old man). This is used when one of us says we are tired and weary. I think we need more of these wonderful series to come back with no bad language and no violence.

To all who are suffering and in pain I hope your day gets better. To everyone please take care and stay safe. See you tomorrow.
Janet. x

Jacquie said...

This is gorgeous Sue, I love those frames the Grand dies make, think I may have to invest in some of these lol!

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue ... Love the colour and the flower ... Happy crafting and a have a nice day ...x

PharmacyMichele said...

Wow-a truly stunning card to brighten my day which is very much needed after a truly dreadful day at work yesterday. Thank goodness its Friday!!


carol edwards said...

Beautiful card and ideal for Valentine's too. Love the red and white together very striking. Take care x

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card so striking
hugs Sarah xxx

Muriel Kelly said...

Hi Sue and all

Love this card and have the dies too so will have to give it a go,
also can use microbeads as I have only used them once since I bought them months ago. I have been side tracked every day this week but determined to have a card day tomorrow. I have a wedding card to make and think this is a really lovely style
Hope everyone is safe and warm
Muriel x

Carolyn B said...

What a stunning card, I've not used felt for spiral flowers so must give it a go.

Carolyn B x

Heather Rogers said...

Hi Sue

Lovely card. It put me in nind of Valentine's day! Very striking indeed.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Ginnie Rutter said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card.
Ginnie x

Nanny Jo said...

Hi, Sue....such a beautiful card! I wish the same could be said for the weather! Stay safe and warm, everyone. Jo xx

TDQ Karen said...

Stunning colour and I love the open look of this die, really beautiful card xx

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card, love the micro bead background and nice to see a bow again! Love Jean xxx

Jackie Meechan said...

Morning Sue
Gorgeous card. Love the background die.

Janet hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Love this card as it is a reminder that multiple borders make lovely backgrounds....really pretty!
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

Hazel said...

Good Morning Sue, another beautiful card using that border as a back ground is a great idea. Really liking that red colour. Hazel x

Sandra said...

Good Morning a Sue & Friends,
Wow Sue, there is something about red & white cards that just makes them stand out, it's great to see the micro beads coming out again, they give a unique feel and look to the card that nothing else comes close too, I love them, I really love this technique of using the border strips to make a background and this one looks really delicate, I love the flower too, I have recently tried revisiting some of my older dies, most of which were purchased through your amazing inspiration! I think I have all of the spiral flower dies. I hope you have a relaxing weekend Sue, hugs xxxxx
Cameeli, it's the weekend on the horizon, I hope you get some Mason cuddle time in this weekend! Xxxx
Janet, I loved the idea of Baked Alaska but I just couldn't bare the mess if it all went wrong, you can do it with a blow torch I believe, a cooks one of course.
I am so pleased the candle was a success, it will give you the confidence to make more, maybe try adding some essential oils, crafty hugs my lovely xxxx
Well I have to get organised today as it is a very dear friends 50th birthday party tomorrow, I have to make a card and gift today, I have plenty of Garnets so I will make some jewellery I think, the hardest part will be the journey, it is in Ipswich, Suffolk, it's a good 3 1/2 hours journey from here and we will have to come straight home afterwards for the kittens, plus the cost of all six of us staying in a hotel would be ridiculous! January is a long month financially! Haha
I guess I best go and get organised.
Huge hugs all round,
Sandra xxx

Aspiring crafter said...

This is a stunning card Sue!
Love that border die and it looks lovely here.
Have a good day everyone,

June said...

Morning Sue, Pam and all Wilsonettes, another lovely card today, the dies used are so versatile, love them.

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

auscrafts said...

This card is just beautiful

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue,

What a great use of border dies. I love this card.


Joan D said...

Lovely card Sue, and I am using my older dies at the moment, seeing what I can create,as I have so many dies and don't us them to full advantage. Great ideas with this card. Thank you x x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Lovely card Sue, must get those leaf dies.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Gorgeous card I love the way you've made the background using borders. Today's card reminded me that I need more micro beads because I'm running low. I love the texture and the look they give and sometimes I have to sit on my hands to stop me using them on every card lol.
Hugs x
Heather T

Jane said...

Hi Sue
What a stunning card again I love the way you used the border die!great
Love JaneB

AnneRD said...

A lovely delicate background for this one Sue. A great die and I like the leaves and flowers too. Anne x

Jill Berg said...

Definately a fan of the Austrian border - it is stunning as a background - love it!

Deborah Artliff said...

Good mornings Sue another beautiful card.
i love how you have used the border dies.
I just love everything about it.
Take care in this bad weather. Xxx

Debs A xxxx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card and in one of my favourite colour combinations. I always think that red and white is a striking combination. Love the faux quilled leaves.
Michele, hope your day at work is better than yesterday. Hope everyone has a good day and sending special hugs to those in pain, having treatment or just feeling down. Love to all, stay safe and warm, Alison xxxx

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, another gorgeous card
and a different way to use your borders.
Nancyd xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,

This border die makes a lovely lacy background...and the pattern isn't too feminine so could also be used for the dreaded man card and as one of the other ladies said it would be perfect for Valentine's Day too...

nice to see a pop of red - we need that visual "warmth" with the weather turning so nasty - don't know what we've done to deserve it!


Diane said...

Hi Sue. Oh this is lovely, I was looking at my boarder dies yesterday (Christmas present) and thought I would try them as a background. How funny is that! I had a go at yesterday's card adapting it along the way and was delighted to see the middle section without the corners looked lovely on a 6x6 card. I didn't want to make a big one, must play more to find out what else I can do! Have a great day, hope your mum is ok Sue. Love Diane G xxx
Norah, yes baked Alaska is covered in meringue which 'insulates it' as it is quickly cooked in the oven or with a cooks blow torch. I've not tried it but always thought it would be one to try! Sounds like Kirsten and MIL are cut from the same cloth too! They will get on well and keep those males in order! Xxx

Maryann Laursen said...

WOUW this is sooo gorgeous Sue. I absolutely love this one. So beautiful and delicate.

Anonymous said...

I have these dies so must have a go. This would make a lovely wedding card.

Anne (Northampton)

gwen70 said...

Stunning card Sue

marg said...

Hello Sue
I really like todays card!
Red is so warming and so pretty with the Ribbon etc!
Take care
Love Marg

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Great card and I love the embossed framing on the white card,got a confession thou I still haven't use my micro beads.

Kate's Cards said...

Not a lover of the colour red, but the card is lovely!

Carol Clarkr said...

Morning Sue
what a stunning card - yes as one said Lady in Red - just love it - would love to receive this on my birthday

karenlotty said...

Argh! You've done it again I can't afford all of your dies and I keep swapping and changing my mind as to what to treat myself to out of the borders/corners range Love it Looks very dramatic in red

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Very nice, wish I had half of your imagination. SueL x

sued99 said...

Like the way you've used the borders as a background and love the flower.

Marion said...

Hi Sue really like the card but not a lover of red ,but can see it in my favourite the flower.
Marion H

Janette MacArthur said...

I love today's card & love the red & white combo!
Yet another card to be 'pinned'!
Janette x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Oooh that's lovely

Julie Kay said...

Beautiful card Sue - love the red and white. I love using your micro bead and iced snow techniques. Crafty Regards Julie Kay xxx

hazel young said...

Fabulous card Sue love everything about it xx hazel

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,

I don't normally use a lot of red in my cards (maybe just a hint now and then) but I have to say I do like this so may give it a "go". Thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

carol quinn said...

love the flowers, this is just a stunning card sue

Jeannie Butt said...

Morning Sue
This card is fabulous I love it.
The framing really show it off well done.

Jeannie Butt

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - I'm not a lover of red but whenever I see one of your cards in this colour I cannot fail to like it. I love the way you use your border dies and the effect is so delicate. Love it. Best wishes

CHERYL brown said...

A beautiful clean fresh card. Ticks all my boxes even with a large bow, love that it is organza. My apologies Sue, for my lack of comments lately, I have been in rather a dark place for a while but am now improving since I decided to cut out the stressy people who were giving me unfounded grief on Facebook and am now concentrating on my beautiful family and friends. I am so blessed that they all have rallied round me to help.
Have a safe journey Sandra, for Pete and I to make the trip over to see his family in London from here in Somerset was always about 4 1/2 hours drive with 3 motorways junctions to negotiate and not to mention too much, other drivers not knowing where they were! Sadly though, those trips are long past, as with my agoraphobia, I would never be able to attempt them on my own. Luckily his family do come to visit me so at least I can see the grandchildren every so often. You can't beat the human touch can you?
To all under the weather in pain or loss, my heartfelt comfort blanket hugs go out to you.
love Cheryl xxx

IVY Cheong said...

Morning Sue,

I love this technique and the card is absolutely beautiful. I love it and will definitely give it a try later. Thank you so much for sharing.


Ivy L xx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Love a bit of red so this is great. Would be a good choice for the one day in the year we have to be romantic lol!
Have a great day.
Ang x

Brenda Lello said...

Good morning Sue, What a stunning card, love the red, this card really has the WoW factor and would put a smile on anyone's face. I love the microbead effect on any cards it is so tactile.
Have a good day and hope the weekend is going to be a good one.
Take care love Brenda xxx

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning Dear Sue and all Wilsonette friends. Where is our Sam ? Id like this sentiment to go out to anyone here today who has kept their birthday quiet lol.
What a joy again to open the page and see such a stunning Sue card smile at us, brightens the darkest of skies, having massive cracks of thunder in Bolton just now !
I also love how the border dies lend themselves as backgrounds, how clever must the designer be to bring so much that can be so many other different things : ) thank you for opening my mind and giving new idea's (all I need to do now is to remember these tips) !! Ive not used my micro beads for ages, the iced snow took over then ran low so wouldnt use any more, but then I found the humungus pot and adopted it so now I have it on my new shelves twinkling and smiling at me. Note to self, ignore those pesky flakes when they laugh at you when you open the cupboard, and grab box of micro beads again.
Will look forward to reading your tales from the French market Janet and will have coffee ready for the pastry.
To all lovely ladies battling with pain and sorrow today I send my heartfelt love to you. Sending love and hugs to you all.
Lancashire Steph xxx

julie laz said...

Beautiful card sue, crafty hugs Julie xx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Gorgeous card.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Card is gorgeous as always!!
The red is so striking and the felt flower really makes the card stand out.
I tend to forget we can cut felt so I'm going to give it a try later with the new camellia dies.
Lorna D

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
Nice to see some bright colour to cheer us up in these cold days. Red and white together always make beautiful cards, this is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. WOW this is a stunning card. Love the framed cards and the use of the boarder dies. This reminded me of valentines day with the red and white but then could be made in any colours. Nice to see the micro beads and big bows back.
Have a great weekend.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

foxyg said...

Stunning card Sue. Love the felt flower.

pinky said...

I thought I need a big background die but really I need your imagination Sue! Am definitely going to try this with my border die.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Stunner love it all, great use of the border dies.

Chris Curry said...

Wow. I love this card. Superb. Thyank you Sue.Xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue another stunner in red. Using the border die to make a background is a fabulous idea to make a lacy looking background.thanks for the inspiration. Hugs to all in need of one today.

June Reynolds said...

Hello Sue, Beautiful card love the colours, going to try this one. Thanks for inspiration Jx

Paula said...

Such a lovely card Sue, you are so clever!

Paula x

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue .This is such a lovely card. Its nice to see the micro beads again. Love the colours and the flower is so nice. Thank you for sharing. Hugs Heather x

Jan Moss said...
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Evis M said...

Hi Sue.
I love this card.
Evis M.

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
A very intricate looking card today!!! Lovely!!

Jan Moss said...

Morning Sue. Wow what a stunning card. I think I need that border die!! Have a great day, keep warm and safe. Hugs. Jan. xx

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue lovely red and white card
Denise X

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
A very striking card today and very pretty. Love the use of the borders to make a background and the good old micro beads! I haven't been using them so much either - Iced Snow has been a favourite lately.
Well , we have started the day with thunder , lightning and hail! As the songs says - Things can only get better!!
Norah - forgot about the baked Alaska yesterday. I used to make it years ago when ice cream came in bricks/blocks rather than in tubs. It was harder then . The harder the ice cream the better. Then really seal it with the meringue. I had a sponge base which was covered in meringue too. Hot oven for just a few minutes. However today's ice cream is not so good as it is in tubs and often soft scoop! Mine looked like a bomb and I would stick sparklers in it for a party! Mad or what! Don't feel you need to answer that question!
Have a good day everyone.
I am on a craft rom blitz ! My husband shook his head yesterday and said he was speechless . You need to make a bigger mess to tidy up? Right?
Lots of love to everyone,
Myra P

Anne Crawford said...

Wonderful card, love the use of the border die, also love the felt flower and micro beads!
We have a film of snow today so the children are delighted ( it's our first snow ) .
Love and hugs to all xo

Claire said...

Pretty card.

Take care


Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, tis card is beautiful I love it. love Jean Z xxx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous card. Lovely fresh colours with the white & red and I love the background.

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Such a strikingly beautiful card the ide if setting the triple strips of border dies to create a background and then the added microbeads. Still haven't tried them....have got a couple of craft shows to go to in Feb so will get some then and have a go.
Hugs to all who need them hope your days get better very soon.

Love Sheila xx

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card. I have just bought the border die as its so versatile.

June Horrocks said...

Love this card sue I am getting this boarder die I love it thank you for sharing love June xxxx

Swiftycrafter said...

gorgeous card Sue, love the red and white.
Lynne x

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Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Fabulous. A very beautiful card. Thank you.
Bye for now.
SandraP xxx

Darlene4527 said...

Such a beautiful card! Love the contrast of the red and white. I have a 25th Anniversary card to make and their wedding color was red. Thanks for the inspiration.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card and I love how you've used border dies to make a background
Hugs and best wishes everyone

TOB said...

How beautiful this card is. I love red and white. Your dies are so versatile but there are lots of things I wouldn't think of doing with them so thanks to you I can learn new techniques and different ways to use my dies. Thank you.
What a palava at the drs yesterday
wont bore you with the details except to say my husband had to ask advice from the surgeon and my ultrasound is urgent which means I wait 2-3 weeks instead of months.
To all who are feeling down hang in there the cloud will lift,
Warm hugs to all
Love Theresa xx

Saba said...

Stunning card Sue. Love that Striplet and it looks fabulous as a background die. Your felt flowers are gorgeous and I really must pluck up the courage to try and make some. I once had a very traumatic experience whilst trying to cut out some felt - long story made short- I killed my old Wizard, massacred it actually. Couldn't get the sandwich to go through so put the wizard on the floor and used my foot to force the handle down. Handle bent a bit and I should have stopped there, but no, determination set in and I pushed harder, resulting in a loud crack and the whole casing shattered. I now have the GC and have learned my lesson !!! Mind you it wasn't the lovely soft felt that you use, it was quite a thick stiff type, I don't want to scare anyone off die cutting felt, because those flowers are so pretty.
CHERYL, well done for cutting off those insensitive "friends" out of your life. Glad you are starting to feel better. Sending you and anyone else who is in a dark place special loving hugs.


Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue and all

Wow a stunning card. Great colour, lovely products and great technique, what is not to love. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

Cazzie D said...

Gorgeous Sue. Thanks
Caz x

Jill Liddle said...

Another lovely card again today. Your mind must always be whurring with ideas to do.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
Gorgeous card today, it is so good to see that wonderful rich red in your card. I love how you have used that lovely fine Border die and will certainly try this way of making a background.
Miserable day here so I think I must get down to do some crafting to cheer myself up a little!
Lesley S x

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Gorgeous card. Love the red and white. Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

Jayne S said...

Stunning card that would look great in any colour combination, my daughters birthday is soon so I will make a card similar to this.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. A beautiful card, I love it. Red/white are a favourite combination for me. The spiral flower is gorgeous too.
Sandra, take it easy today and enjoy making the gift and card, and then have a good party. Try not to think about the travelling though! bless you my lovely : )
Cheryl, I'm so glad that you have got rid of people (won't insult you by calling them friends!) that make you unhappy. You are a kind, strong lady that deserves only good things : )
Norah, it's good to see our children do take in our lessons isn't it : ) Hopefully Campbell will think of you more when Kirsten moves out. You deserve some caring : )
Sending my daily hugs to everyone. Take care.

Cathie Weary said...

Beautiful card Sue. Love the raised frame and the use of the micro beads. Thanks for sharing.

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Wow a nice valentines card eh!, wonderful.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Tres said...

Hi Sue. Today's card is beautiful !! I love the red card with the micro beads on it for the background and the Austrian Border Dies look great. I have tried this technique
with Periwinkle Blue and white card. I was very pleased with the results. I love your red felt flower to. A really lovely card. Thanks for sharing it. Lots of love from Tres x x x
Sorry for not commenting for a couple of days but I have been quite unwell again. x x x

Looking back, all your cards are gorgeous Sue !! I hope to be making some of them soon. I have been struggling a bit but managed to make a very special card and matching box for my Mum and Dad. It is for their very special 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary tomorrow. It is my own slight twist on a couple of different cards of yours Sue. So I want to say thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your beautiful creations and for all your wonderful inspiration. I could not have done it without you. x x x

To all the Wonderful Wilsonettes, wishing everyone lots of love from Tres x x x

Jean said...


craftynanna said...

Gorgeous Sue the pattern created is lovely and red is always a winner.
hugs to all Johanna

barbara macaskill said...

Sue ~
I really have to thank you. You have made me look at my dies in a whole new way and taken my card making to new levels of amazing! I have learned so many new techniques and how to use my dies in ways I never thought I would.
You are my first stop every morning and I thoroughly enjoy seeing every single card that you make. It can be a bad day and when I am here it all just goes away and I am in my happy and safe place!
After stopping by I am inspired to get into my craft room and create beautiful things. I have been trying things that are WAY out of my comfort zone and finding that I LOVE it!
Thank you so much for inspiring me and teaching me so many things!

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a lovely bright, cheerful and warming card. We need that today as the computer says it is -1 even though the sun is shining and they are promising up (or down lol) to -7 over the weekend. Great to see the micro beads again.

terrie said...

Ohhhhhh such a beautiful card...I wish I had this card for my birthday..The red with the white sure makes the red pop off your card.
Well done Sue

Lesley Cann said...

Great card today. I really love the way you have done the background another unusual way to use the die. Wish I could come up with ideas like that.

barbiepinkfairy said...

Love this one could be adapted with striplet dies.

Cold here staying in keeping warm.

Cheryl, avoid Facebook dangerous in more ways than one particularly if causing you upset.

Take care ladies xxx

Joanna Dickson said...

Hi Sue.
This is a lovely card. I wish I had seen those grand dies before they were discontinued. I do have two of them and could make a frame but neither are square or rectangular. I'd missed those. I know I could make a plain frame but it's the inner embossing that finishes it off perfectly. Oh well you never know there could be a release one day who knows ... Omg I've just had a sort of light bulb moment. I wish try it then share if that's ok as I know there are a number of people disappointed they had missed out on them.
well have a lovely weekend Sue and all the Wilsonettes. Stay as well as can be and warm.
Lots of love
Jo xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful sample - I think it is the bright red colour in the background that does it for me. Love the flower too.
Beverley W

SHARICA said...

Very Pretty Card .. xx

Dawn Holben said...

WOw Absolutely stunning card today. I love that border die and the effect that the glass beads give to the background.
Definitely a must try card.

hazel said...

Hi Sue
What a stunning card this is Sue
the colours are beautiful- very Valentine -which is just around the corner. Love the die also it's stunning
Take care
Hazel G XX

Meg said...

Hi Sue, what a bright and cheery card.
The leaves and flowers are just perfect.

Love and hugs to Cheryl - life is too short to bother about people who get you down.

Myra we must be on the same wavelength as I started to have a sort - oh it's so difficult deciding what to keep and what you can part with - perhaps we need help from the girls on the hoarder next door programme to help us out!!!

Keep safe and warm everyone.
Love and hugs

Paula said...

how lovely! I love the micro bead background, I have some of them in my stash from long ago, I need to dig them out because I they look marvelous with the borders.

Scottydog said...

Another beautiful card. Love the way you have used the border die to make a background. Another idea to try! Wish I had inspiration like you do!

Thank-you so much xx

Anonymous said...

absolutely stunning a superb birthday card the felt flowers cut just like butter from the die.
love the framing- keep crafting

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue and everyone,that fantastic red flower,and the butterfly ,does it for me.

JC said...

Hi Sue,
Not been on for a long while and missed all your fab card, gradually having a look what I have missed. As usual not at all disappointed you are still the best and the card ia stunning.

Love June

Txcowgirl said...

Running out of adjectives to describe how amazing your cards are. I just love red and white together, and the design is tremendous. Thanks for making and sharing it with us.

Anonymous said...

Re Grand Dies
All the good shapes (label, square, rectangle) discontinued and hard to find. But the Spellbinders 5x7 Matting Basics rectangles are almost as big as the grand rectangles and do as good a job. They come in two sets and are readily available. Try Icon.

Tandy said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card I must try some felt flowers keep saying I will. Have had a dreadful day no internet poor hubby has been on the phone most of day to internet provider. Most of our business work is done on line so not much work done today. Just hope I get this done before it goes off again. Cheryl sorry to hear you have been down. Norah it's so good to have you back. Love and bugs to all.

Anonymous said...

Great card today Sue and would be adaptable for Valentine's maybe? Craftihappiness to everyone and love from Macky

Maureen Killen said...

Good evening Sue and all the ladies,
This is a beautiful card and such a clever use of the border dies. Now why didn't I think of that ha ha.
Got to tell you Sue, that I stepped out of my comfort zone and made a black and white patchwork card (patchwork shown on your DVD) with black and white felt flowers for my in-laws wedding anniv. and my sister-in-law loved it, and she has definite ideas!!!!
Jean D - thank you for the message from Yorkielass.
Theresa - hope the next couple of weeks go quickly for you.
Sandra - I've been looking at your blog - clever lady. Hope the trip tomorrow goes ok and that you enjoy the party.
Love to all who are not well, lonely, having treatment or just fed up xxx.

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue, pretty, pretty, pretty!! I'm into red right now and this card is just right. I love the felt flower and the butterfly is beautiful, especially with his little pearl body. I've not tried a framed card yet but I always love seeing the ones you make for us. I think it's about time I should give it a try :). As always, thanks so much for sharing with all of us. x

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue,
Red us one of my favorite colours and combined with micro beads and your Austrian border die they make such a beautiful card and of course the lovely red felt flower and butterfly, just stunning. Thanks Sue, hugs xxx

Crafty hugs to everyone
Jean D xxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Oh wow Sue this is a gorgeous card. It is just the inspiration that I need. Hugs Jackie

Karen Drew said...

Lovely vibrant colour red. I must make more use of how I use borders. This card would definitely stand out on the mantelpiece
karen xx

Virginia Davey said...

What a pretty card

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

Absolutely beautiful. I can imagine it in other colours, with glitter instead of microbeads etc. I think the best creations are those you can instantly imagine in your favourite colours or effects. I'm itching to have a good play :-)

Sandra, please take care on such a long journey, keep an eye on the forecast and wrap up warm. The roads in and out of Ipswich at night are not too bad at all. Driving back out of town at night you won't come across much traffica at all bar a few lorries from the Port of Felixstowe until you leave the county. The councils do a good job gritting if it's icy. I hope you and your friend have a lovely time.

Cheryl, I feel for you and absolutely respect your actions. I spent way too long being worried about the sad people who have nothing better in their lives to do than b***h about me. I'm sure many people here have had the same as there are too many people in the world who feel the only way to deal with something they don't understand is to attack it. Now I think If people are too ignorant to ask me, learn, process and then hopefully accept then they aren't worth me bothering about. It's hard to do all the same. Hugs xxx

I must end there though as I'm feeling quite sleepy. A little kip while Mr W is walking Billy and I'll last our eveing with the shows waiting for us on the sky box.

Many, many hugs to everyone. Stay warm and safe.

T x

janet pay said...

oh how pretty sue hugs from a very wet Plymouth

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, So fresh and elegant, red and white, I love it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Absolutely gorgous, very interesting and elegant card!

Craftysusan said...

Absolutely stunning card Sue. Just gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the use of the border die to create a background.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Barbara said...

Stunning card Sue!
The red background is so beautiful and I do love a felt flower, the felt cuts perfectly but it does have to be the good quality Creative Expressions felt for it to work.

Theresa Pace said...

a strong card. makes a statement. those micro beads sure add some texture, hugs xx

Carol Worwood said...

Lovely card...must try using border dies this way, thankyou. xx

AliJ said...

Gorgeous card, love the red background. X

CraftyJo said...

Lovely :)

Lynda's craft's said...

Good evening Sue & Wilsonlettes,
I love the vibrant red card you have used for today's gift,& thank you for sharing how to use the die's in diferant ways. You wouldn't know the background was a border die looks gorgeous with the micro bead's I love useing them. Enjoy your weekend Sue & hope your taking it easy.
Love & Hug's Lynda

Myra good luck with your craft room blitze,I'm trying to keep mine tidy but it's so hard,still haven't sorted my draw's yet. Love Lynda xx

Lynne M, Hope your ok missing you & pesky Critters sending you Hug's Lynda xx

Maria hope your ok haven't seen you & missing you
Sending you Hug's Lynda xx

Cheryl good for you thoese sort of people you can do without,they are just ignorant. Hugs Lynda xx

Big hug's Sandra,Margaret corgi owner,Sheila G,Myra P Maria A,Tina E,,Tandy Yorkilass Jean D Steph,Cameeli,Wheelybad,Lynne M,TOB Theresa,Gail C,Lindsay,Pam,Norah & all Wilsonettes.
Love Lynda xx

Janice K said...

A gorgeous card and a great idea of using a border die as a background, this will make me re look at my borders, thank you for yet another super tip.x

Norah McPhee said...

Good evening Lovely Sue and the wonderful Wilsonettes,
What another beauty you have made for our delight again today Sue with the beautiful borders against the red and micro beads. I finally tried these out at long last(only had them for over a year) and gave such a lovely look to my project. The beautiful butterfly fluttering its wings and the quilled leaves behind the felt chrysanthe that looks so pretty just finishes it off perfectly.
Oh Janet, you and I share I think the same morals and ideals about what is suitable for public consumption namely I don't believe there is any need for porn, foul language and vicious violence on tv as that is not needed for you enjoy great to. I think that my childhood must have been a lot like the Good Life just because of lack of amenities and money but it was the best life that anyone could have. Glad that your candles have turned out a success for you and it gives you such a buzz when something turns out right. Look out Yankee Candles as you'll soon be trying out fragrance ones next.;)
Sandra flower, have a great time at the party even though you have the long journey. Having tried various things to make travelling gentler on my back and spine the jury is still out on anything that actually works, although a gel like cushion does work a bit better if you can cope with the sea sickness feeling. Have fun though dear friend.
Oh Cheryl.i am so sorry that you have been subjected to such horribleness. You don't need that flower, as you have enough to contend without being brought down by nasty people. You are beautiful strong and intelligent lady who is coming out from the other side of a terrible period in your life that you are winning. You don't need such negativity, come on you show them that you are coming on and growing stronger in yourself.
Myra, right with you there as I have been sorting out under the stairs where I have a lot of my crafty things and got Kirstens stuff out from the back of it at the same time. It's taken all day to sort it back. after taking out a whole lot of the things do I have less space than before I started?
Theresa, so pleased I think that you are getting seen sooner but it's still a disgrace that urgent is still as long as 2-3weeks wait. Hang in there flower and remember we are really good sounding boards when you need to get something off your chest.
Tres, can I just wish your wonderful parents a fantastic day and congratulations on reaching such a wonderful anniversary. My own lovely mum and dad would have been celebrating their golden wedding this year as well. Funny how you never actually realise that your parents are that old to reach such a milestone, they always just seem the same to us eh!
Well it has been a tiring day between trying to sort out the cupboard and inbetween going to a meeting for the school. When Rory started at the SSSS I think the fact that I was how shall we say.....a enthusiastic mother, I got asked to go on the Health and Wellbeing committee as the parent view point and I keep wondering if they were wise in that action, but I keep getting asked back. You would honestly think they should know better by now as they always get awkward questions asked and what plans they are putting in place for various situations. They always end up the a list the length of their arm to be put in place or to bring me back answers, poor souls.
See you all tomorrow, with hugs going to all the lovely Wilsonettes both on and off the blog.
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil)

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Stunning Card Sue!

I love everything about this card, it's gorgeous!

Have a lovely weekend.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Shirley T. said...

Hi Sue,

Stunning. Love it. Thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

nannapat said...

What a gorgeous card Sue, those borders are so pretty. I love the detail in your dies and the frame technique is always a winner for me. Pat x

Gail said...

Hi Sue,
Love this card, very clever! It come out so well.
Gail Cx

Sandy H said...

Beautiful card. The Austrian borders make a lovely background.
Take care everyone.

hollyberry said...

absolutely gorgeous card.

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Haze T said...

Hi Sue
Such a beautiful card today & love everything about it.
Love the red & white colour combo as it always looks so rich & suitable for so many occasions from Christmas to romance & anniversaries plus lots more..

I haven't tried the micro bead effect to date & will definitely be having a go at that very shortly as it gives such a different & diffused texture..

Crafty Hugs
Haze xx

Vie Carter said...

Great card and the felt flower finish it off perfectly


Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Lovely Card Sue!

The colour combination is lovely and I like how the daisy is cut in black and makes it stand out.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Congrats to Sonja on winning the Wednesday Card Giveaway.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Gail said...

Fab card and luv the felt flower xx GailT xx

Di said...

Hi Sue
Lovely lacy card Love the touch of red.
Di B x

Jennifer Smith-Kirk said...

Striking card Sue, the red/white combination is stunning x x x