Monday, 19 January 2015

You Made My Day

Hello crafters!  Today's card offering has a rather unique background treatment.  I used the Austrian border die and cut eight of them out of coconut white card.  On a piece of mauve card, I glued four of them in place horizontally.  Next, I glued four more in place over the top, but this time I set them vertically.  The total effect has a sort of spirograph (did those make it across the pond or are you scratching your head, asking "what is she talking about!" LOL) look to it.  It was very busy so I decided to soften it a bit by adding a piece of vellum over the top of it.  You can still see it, but it doesn't compete with the focal element this way.  I used Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue in the corners to attach the vellum.  If you just put a drop in the corners then wipe it flat, it doesn't show when it dries.  I always add pearls to the corners though as I just think it looks unfinished otherwise, but it is nice to know that it isn't necessary to hide the glue!  I used the Innsbruck die set to cut a frame for my focal element.  I cut the decorative top piece out of white card, then backed it with a mauve card piece, glued them together, then cut the centre out of both pieces together.  I added mounting foam to the back and raised it for dimension.  I stamped my sentiment in black then cut it out with the oval from the Vienna die set.  I inked it lightly with Dusty Concord distress ink before removing it from the die.  I cut an Austrian tag to seat my sentiment on and attached them both in the centre of my frame.  I tied a messy bow from mauve seam binding and attached it to the lower right side of my frame.  I made two matching stick pins for my bow and topped the bow with a white crystal sparkler.  To finished the card, I added a wide white mat where I used Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue to dot all the way around the edge.  A thin mauve card mat and a final coconut white mat completed the card.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 8" in size.  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

Beautiful card Sue, love it, pretty colours
We have snow this morning, stay safe and well everyone.
Cheryl, stay strong, lovely lady.
Hugs to all

Cameeli of Richmond said...

Good morning Sue, and all the crafty crew!! on this really frosty morning!!

A very pretty card love the Austrian border and the mauve ribbon a very elegant card.

Forgot to say Congratulations to all the lucky winners yesterday senior moment!!

Have a good day everyone.

Cameeli xx

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Beautiful card thank you. Yes we do have Spirograph here, I do believe it is making a come back. Take care all Kitty.

June said...

Morning Sue, Pam and all Wilsonettes, brrrrr it is cold this morning so please everyone take care. Your card today certainly is inspiring, and so pretty, I love the colours you have used, might have to have a go at this one as well.

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

Di said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely card, complementary colours, actually my favourite colours, lemon/mauve. It doesn't come across as too busy with the vellum on.
Di B x

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. A really pretty card. It is very effective with the vellum over the top giving it a soft look to it. Lovely colours and your stick pins are beautiful. Woke up to some snow this morning. So take care everyone.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
What an original idea. I will be looking at my dies in a different way now
Pay x

Anonymous said...

Like the background with the vellum Sue , a pretty card. My children had Spirograph many years ago. Take care everyone very icy out there this morning . JJx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. A beautiful card today, I love the Spirograph background (always loved it but could never make mine as good as on the box!) and the vellum to soften it. Also lovely the mauve/white combination. It is showing mauve and pale yellow on my screen which is very pretty too : )
Sending my daily hugs to everyone. Stay safe and warm. Take care.

tracy w said...

Hi sue
I do not no have you can come up with stunning cards everyday I would be lost you are very talented lady thankyou tracyw x

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Fabulous card with the Spirograph effect - love it! Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

CraftyAnn said...

A stunning card, I would never have thought of using vellum with dies. Thank you for sharing your ideas, they are so thought provoking, using things I would never I dream off.
Take care.

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, a very different card, but such a striking pattern, looks lovely under the vellum. Love the mauve ribbon bow. Have a great day. Bx

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. Love the spirograph effect,I certainly remember them, and the velum just softens the look perfectly. Great sentiment - you make my day every day with your gorgeous creations.
Pam, take care if you're going out in the snow. We don't have any yet further down the coast but I guess it's on it's way. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

Linda Graham said...

Beautiful card Sue,lovely idea,thank you, Linda x

ang said...

Lovely card, like how you softened the effect with vellum angxx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card. Yes I remember having a spirograph when I was young. Had great fun with it! Thank you for sharing.
Keep warm everyone. Brrrr!

Clare W said...

GM Sue - a great effect and yes I had a spirograph when I was young! oh those were the days ehh! Stay safe n warm all
Clare W

Jacquie said...

Morning Sue,

Beautiful creation today (and everyday lol!)love how you have put the boarder dies together and softened it with vellum, it works! Love the Austrian dies you have used too.
The Spirograph used to be one of my favourite toys when I was little, used to play with it for hours lol!

Have a lovely day.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

ElizabethS said...

Hi Sue, how brilliant. When do you get your moments of inspiration!!! You will have to patent all of your techniques - high/low, fire and ice etc.
ElizabethS x

TDQ Karen said...

Love the soft look provided by the vellum, makes a very different looking card which I really like. Really pretty x

PharmacyMichele said...

Beautiful card & yes, I do remember Spirograph-loved playing with it when I was young.


nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a really beautiful card
I love the soft look of vellum over
the top of cards.
Nancyd xx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

Morning Sue
Oh you have certainly made my day. What a beautiful gift to start a Monday morning. Using vellum really gives today's gift an ethereal look and so mysterious. Your focal element doesn't overtake the background and just sets everything off to a T!!!! It's just gorgeous.

Spirographs certainly did make it across - both my children had one and used them for hours and hours and to me they're far better than just looking at a screen and using their thumbs (OK that's my first ramble of the day).

To all my lovely Wilsonette Sisters thank you for your congratulations. As you can guess I'm still walking on air and in shock. Mr E only managed to get into the door before I rushed him to see the laptop and my name there on Sue's Blog - I even then asked him to make sure it was me again before he could take his coat/hat and gloves off.

Sandra - While we're here we always eat as the French and so yesterday was boeuf bourguignon with of course crusty bread. Some left over for today.

It's another pure white (frost)morning here and the forecast for today and the next few days is very very cold (-8 yesterday) and the possibility of some snow. It will be staying in doors for me. Have to go I've heard the car so breakfast has arrived.

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

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great card Sue, always liked Spirograph.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Very pretty card live the vellum, I too had a spirograph so did my children and grandchildren.
Had some snow last night nearly all gone but roads are icy and it's bitterly cold, stay safe and warm everyone.
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x x x x x x

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue this is a gorgeous card I love the background it is amazing. Yes we had Spirograph over here I loved mine and my dad made me a stainless steel box to keep it in. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

Anonymous said...

Another take on use of borders today, Sue, who ever else would have thought of that? Love the look of the vellum to give the softened effect. Never had a spirograph but knew someone who did!

'P' in Wales

DMJ said...

The vellum does soften down and makes it look quite hazy; lovely!!!

Doreen x

Anonymous said...

What a lovely way to use the Ausrian dies.

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue,

I love the new idea (well, new to me anyway) of the background and the vellum ìs lovely.


Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. A very pretty card and lovely to see yet another way of using our border dies! It's great to see velum in a design, I have so much of it and rarely think to use it. We did have Spirograph here in 'Blighty' and I recall many happy hours experimenting with it.x

Aspiring crafter said...

Beautiful Sue, and I love the way you have put vellum over .
Have a great day and keep warm!

carol edwards said...

Beautiful card Sue and the vellum overlay is very pretty x

Hazel said...

Sue, you make my day when I see your stunning card that you have put up. Today's is no exception with how you have used your dies and the vellum. Hazel x

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,

That Austrian border die is certainly earning it's keep!...marvellous Spirograph effect (yes, we do know it over here) gives a very interesting background which is softened nicely by the vellum - like this a lot...


Gail said...

Good morning Sue and fellow craters,
Love the card and yes Spirograph made it here! I had one as a child.
Have a good start to the week everyone.
Gail Cx

auscrafts said...

love how you come up with different ways to use the dies

Jane said...

Good morning Sue.
Lovely card again and the vellum gives a softness to it .looking forward to another week of your beautiful cards .take care Jane B from a rainy Spain!!

karenlotty said...

Clever idea I loved my Spirograph back in the 60's So much so as an adult I asked for it again as a Christmas pressie I think I still have it in my loft!

marg said...

Hello Sue
My lads had Spirograph in the 70's, and when they went to bed I think I played as much as they did!
This is a pretty card but sounds to thick to post with 8 layers!
Like the softness that the Vellum creates.
Take care
Love Marg

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
great idea to soften the busy background with the vellum. Makes it look delicate.
Spirograph actually made it over to you as it is a British invention lol! You can still buy them today too.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Jill Berg said...

Ooh I really like this background effect!

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
What a brilliant idea, another of your fantastic cards.
"You make my day" everyday when I see all your wonderful craetions, thank you.
Have a great day

Patricia xxx

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue very cold frosty morning here today. pretty lilac card thanks for sharing.
Denise X

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Yes, Spirograph did make it here lol. Such a clever use of dies I love it. Cosmic shimmer glue works beautifully on vellum its some thing I've struggled with for years but not anymore. I love everything about today's card thank for sharing.
Hugs x
Heather T

carol quinn said...

beautiful card again, the vellum gives it a lovely hazy finish

Jan.moogie said...

Beautiful dies, beautiful card fantastic inspiration Sue. Love it.x

gwen70 said...

Wow Sue, such a clever idea, beautiful card

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - this is a very apt title for a card and you absolutely amaze me with all your ideas. Love the colours and the vellum is a great effect. Best wishes

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
I don't know how you come up with so many different designs, this one is unique, love it. Great use of the vellum gives a lovely soft effect.

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Card is ingenious!!!
What a way to use border dies!
And as a youngster in the 70's I loved my Spiro-graph!
Lorna D

hazel young said...

Beautiful card Sue would be a great thank you card for wedding guests xx hazel

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue My Dear Friend,
I Love This Truly Awesome Card Its Extremely Beautiful I Love The Softness Of The Vellum.
Sue I Love How Every Day You Come Up With Fantastic Ideas To Use Your Fabulous Dies, Thank You So Very Much For Sharing Your Beautiful Card With Us And The Great Photography Shots, You Inspire Me So Much And I Truly Appreciate It As Often When Making A Card I Sit There Thinking Where Do I Go From Here! And Your Stunning Cards Help Me So Very Much Which I Enjoy Having Your Blog And Video To Turn To.
Take Great Care
Love And Hugs
From Sam xxx
Hugs To All That Comment On Our Sue's Fantastic Blog I Do Hope Your All Keeping Well x

Anne Crawford said...

Love the softening effect of the vellum, very clever idea, and the colours are lovely!
Love and hugs to all xo

Sue from Wiltshire said...

That's a clever idea and very effective. The vellum softens it so you want to look into the background. Brilliant.

Craftysusan said...

Lovely card Sue and the vellum certainly softens the card beautifully. I loved my Spirograph and spent many hours playing with it. Simple pleasures compared to today's hectic computer game world children have now.

CHERYL Brown said...

What a wonder for today, so intricate in origin, I just don't know where your imagination comes from. Mine is a complete fog at times and I can't always see 'outside the box'. But I keep on plugging away and sometimes, just sometimes, I am blown away by what I actually create. Thank you for your inspiration Sue.
Another lovely cold sunny start to the day here in Somerset. So wherever you live, wrap up warmly and be careful out there.
Hugs to all
Cheryl xxx

Pat S Witney said...

Wow wow wow. Another stunning card today. I love how you've used the border to make the Spirograph, and yes we have heard of Spirograph. Although the card is supposed the be white and mauve it looks pale yellow and mauve on my screen. I love this Austrian set .

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Love your card. The background is beautiful. SueL x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, wow beautiful card, love the background with the borders and vellum! You never fail to impress! Love Jean xxx

Saba said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely card. Love how the vellum softens this unusual background.
Glad to see the return of a Messy Bow, Stick Pins and some Bling.
My Eternity embossing folder arrived today and I am giddy with excitement. Have a few jobs to do first and then am going to have a play. I don't know what it is like for other ex-pats in France or Spain, but here in Germany it is a crafting wilderness, and international postage can be so expensive, so thank goodness for Joanna Sheen.
Love and Hugs


Norah McPhee said...

Good morning to the lovely Sue and my Wilsonette friends,
This card is different and not to sure with the very busy background, but the vellum tones that down a bit and disguises it a bit for me (think it might me just my eyes trying to focus on it Sue which they are getting dizzy with without the burling round and round), sorry flower but the white of the card is lovely with the wee touch of colour showing through. Yes we had spirograph across here as well but it was my cousins who had everything that had it. It got passed down to us when they got fed up with it and there was only one cog left to play with but we still had hours of fun creating with different colours of felt tips or just the one colour and colouring in all the different segments to make a picture.
Sorry i wasn't on yesterday but had just had another night from hell trying to get to sleep between pain and the wind as it was so noisy and if it was that loud with double glazing, what was it without. What a horrendous night, i hope that all of you came out relatively unscathed by it all. Anyway, it was fantastic seeing Janet's name agmonst all the winners. Janet, i think that that deserves a celebration special cake this week, well done flower and to all the winners a huge congratulations as i know you will have been doing the happy dance yesterday when you spied your names.
Oh Steph, what are you like although i do like your sense of sharing in Mr L's birthday so that he doesn't feel so overwhelmed by his last birthday begining with a 5. I hope that what ever he gets he enjoys and shares with you. I know mine wouldn't share with me, crikey to get a birthday present from him would be something that i haven't experienced since the first years of marriage.
I'll give you all a laugh, today is our 24th wedding anniversary, but according to my hubby we have been married 25 years and it is our silver. He could even tell me the date and year we got married 19.1.91. Now we got married on that date because i have a thing about numbers and it was the same forwards as it was back. So he decided that 2015 - 1991 = 25. Now i always knew he was terrible at maths, but i had to take the 5 away from the 1 to let him see we were only 24 years. He says he hadn't forgotten(which he hadn't just for a change) and that it was a special anniversary but too much going on at the moment for him to think about it. Well being honest, i was just ignoring it anyway this year but maybe by our actual silver wedding we will do something nice.
Tres flower, i am so glad that everyone had a lovely time on Saturday for your mum and dad's golden wedding, but most of all them as that is a great, but beautiful achievement. I hope that it was a real family celebration for all of you.
Well we are not so bad today as it is only -2 and the sun is shining so prettily on to my hills today. One end of Dumyat(that is the hill at the back of Menstrie has still the covering of snow that refuses to move, the rest of the hills at the front have just a smattering of snow on them.
Well i have someone coming to see me about mum's windows today as i think we now need new ones, but they will be getting told from the outset that i just want a price and none of their nonsense as it is not a good day for me keeping awake wise. I had hoped that this bout of CFS would have left me alone for wee while but it is continuing so sorry but the eyes are have shut.
To all my love Angels both on blog and not at the moment for whatever reason, i send huge hugs to. Come back soon our missing Wilsonettes as you are sorely missed. Take care everyone until tomorrow,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil Village)

Muriel Kelly said...

Hi Sue and all
I love everything about today's card. The colours the beautiful bow and pins, the vellum and of course the Austrian dies, I have those and will have to try something like this.
We also had spyrograph here in Oz.
keep warm and safe
Muriel x

Evis M said...

Hi Sue.
This card is so pretty. I just don't know where you get all your ideas from.
Evis M.

SHARICA said...

Very Pretty card today .. xx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Love the card and colours very pretty . love Jean Z xxx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card and I love the softness the vellum gives to it
Hugs and best wishes everyone

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning Sue wow this is absolutely stunning I love the cours you have chosen and the design is fabulous. Take care xx

Debs A xxx

hollyberry said...

An unusual but absolutely gorgeous card,love the different technique.

AnneRD said...

Hi Sue, this card could have looked too busy, but the vellum softens it so well and gives it a misty feel, very pretty. Anne x

Paula said...

Such a beautiful card this morning Sue! I love it, thank you for the inspiration. :)

Paula x

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Very unusual design but love it
Carol x

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning Sue. Morning all friends. Another day closer to Spring ! Dont know how much longer I can take this cold winter, I hate winter with a passion and my whole body hates it more ! So how happy am I that I have the warmth of Particraft and all it stands for to enter every day, your cards and family warm me to the core. Today is no exception. Yes it maybe more 'busy' that normal but I love how the vellum soften's it all, almost looking at it through a gentle mist, its a very pretty card and the sentiment is so appropriate. As an only child I spent many an hour in my bedroom with my Spirograph as my friend, then even more hour's colouring in the patterns Id just made, think I had a few dolls propped up watching me too.
Hope you all have a good day whatever your plans are, just stay safe. Stay strong and keep inspiring us Cheryl. Pam, our No.1 again, where you should be. To all our lovely Wilsonettes that are hurting and feel low I send you gentle caring hugs.
Love you.
Lancashire Steph xxx

Lesley Thomas said...

Oh, amazing! And yes, I had a spirograph set, many years ago.

Sanjay Soriano said...

Morning Sue

Lovely card, been meaning to try something like this with Vellum for ages.

I've posted a Valentines card using your border die from the French Collection, cutting out heart shapes.

If you'd like to see it, please check out our blog


Barry and Jay

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
I really like this card and the vellum really does soften the background and makes the whole thing less busy. With regards to Spirograph, I loved mine and played for hours with it. I actually found it when I was sorting through Mam's attic when she died. Years ago they brought out a travel version which was really good and I bought some for school and the kids loved them - really good for hand eye coordination and motor skills.

Norah, you have made me laugh today or should I say your hubby has! Many congratulations to the pair of you. I know just how you feel about the wind, last week was horrendous here too.
Hope everyone has a good day, love Alison xxx

Jayne S said...

Wow what a stunning card, with a very different technique. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Kate's Cards said...

Definately reminds me of the patterns I used to make on my Spirograph back in the 1960's!

IVY Cheong said...

Morning Sue,

I love the hazy look effect by the vellum which I love. Stunning and thank you for your awesome inspirations.

Take care,

Ivy L xx

Jan Moss said...

Morning Sue. Glorious one at that.

Love the card. I must get the Austrian die. So versitile. Will have to try this.
Remember Spirograph very well!!
Hope every one has a nice day, stay safe. Hugs. Jan.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
The vellum gives a very feminine and dreamy effect to your lovely card.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Theresa Pace said...

what a brill effecxt. yes we know spirographs. ask my kids! love how you toned it down with the vellum, hugs xx

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue, A really beautiful card today love how you've used the vellum to soften the Spirograph effect. This really is a stunning card.
Hope everyone is managing to keep warm, not to bad here, but a lot of you sem to have snow and minus temperatures. take care wrap up warm. LOL

Take care, love Brenda xxx

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Such a very beautiful card today always love the touch of vellum and as you say it makes the focal element pop out.Gorgeous!!
My word Spyrograph really takes me back!
Hugs to all those who need them and may your days soon get much better.

Love Sheila xx

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card. I used to love spirograph!

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
I love the soft, misty look of your card today. It is so pretty and I must try and find my vellum and have a go at this technique.
Lesley S

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue, and all the ladies.
This is a very busy card but the vellum tones it down. Can't make up my mind about it, but if it was sent to me I wouldn't say no lol.
Norah - congratulations on your 25th minus 1 !!!! It'll be just like the thing if he forgets your proper 25th next year.
Janet - I know just how you feel, I keep looking at my card and can't believe it.
Cheryl - hope you are ok today.
Anne C - how's your husband doing?
I hope everyone has as good a day as they can, and that you can stay safe and warm. xx

Julie Elli said...

Very pretty Sue. Thanks for sharing. Big hug.
Julie e

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, love today's card especially the vellum on the top. The Austrian collection is on my wish list which keeps getting longer and longer every day.
Take care everyone, Jess x

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
What a very stunning card so delicate oh the wish of mine to is sooooo long lol.. Hugs Sarah xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card - I love the background and have used the Austrian border as a border, using your technique. It looks beautiful. I shall now do it as a background, as you described. And I never thought about using vellum to soften busy backgrounds, how clever. And yes, even I know Spirograph don't know whether from Germany or England.
Your Austrian dies have a charm all of their own, they are delightful.
Thank you for sharing all your great ideas with us.
Hugs, Rose

rolfi said...

Hi Sue,
fabulous card... and your trick to soften it with vellum is fantastic and knew to me.
Rolf xxx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Very delicate and pretty card love it.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a very pretty card in my favourite colour but I'm afraid it is still a little too busy for me despite the vellum. Love the focal point and the bow though!

Happy Anniversary Norah.


ellyscard creatief said...

Gorgeous card.

fluffycat said...

P.S. forgot to say I loved my Spirograph, so many years ago now. Having all the different coloured pens was the best bit as up until then we had only had black or blue.

Janet hampson said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely idea and the vellum just adds that softness to it .....BEAUTIFUL!
What an appropriate sentiment, I think you make every ones day with your hard work and inspiration....THANK YOU!
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

Maryann Laursen said...

This is so beautiful Sue. Love the colors and the way you used the dies here.

Maryann Laursen said...

This is so beautiful Sue. Love the colors and the way you used the dies here.

CraftyJo said...

I still have a spirograph!!!

Love the card and I do see what you mean :)

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous card. Beautiful background and I love the colours.

Vick said...

Spirograph definitely made it across the pond. reminded me of my childhood in the 70's ahh, lovely memories, thanks sue xx and of course a splendid card, love the effect xx
my YTChannels vixcrafts

Swiftycrafter said...

Lovely card Sue, what a good idea with the vellum, it works a treat.
Lynne x

Paula said...

well, there you go again, showing me so many different ways to use my dies. This is a wonderful card, the vellum makes it super wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

Stunning. A beautiful card. I love the softness the vellum has given the card. The colour combination is fantastic. Thank you.
Bye for now.
SandraP xxx

Addieper said...

Beautiful card. I love how the vellum softens it.

camelot67 said...

Good morning Sue

I do like today's card although I think I would prefer it without the vellum as I'm not its greatest fan. Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

Meg said...

Hello Sue,
Pictures not come through well at all, makes the card a funny yellow and grey purple which I'm sure it's not. In true colours it is probably super.

Guess what we had for dinner yesterday Janet (Ecco) we also had boeuf bourguignon - wish we had some left for today but it all went.

Keep warm and safe everyone.

Love and hugs

Nana on the Hill said...

What a great idea! And l love the mauve, another beauty Sue.

barbiepinkfairy said...

Lovely card with a soft feel to it from the vellum.

Loved Spirograph as a child!

Stay warm xxx

barbara macaskill said...

What a beautiful effect! I love every detail of this lovely card! The hatpins are a nice finishing touch along with the pearls! TFS!

Jean said...

You make such beautiful cards!

Jean said...

You make such beautiful cards!

Laura O' Connor said...

fab card ,I do think the velum was needed to soften this card ,like it .Laura O

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue and all

Such a pretty card, I like the soft effect you have achieved with the velum. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card made kind of whimsical by the clever use of vellum. As someone has already said - how do you think of these things! You are amazing . Lovely colours too.
Yes I remember Spirograph !
I'm about to start ironing and hopefully watch Julia while doing so. I can sit down for the demos!
Norah - Happy 24th Anniversary ! You did make me smile this morning. Look on the bright side - your husband a whole 12 months to surprise you. x
Well Was interrupted and didn't see Julia but have recorded the programme.
Keep warm everyone! It's very chilly - might join in the hibernation , Steph!
Love to all,
Myra P

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous use of vellum on intricate diecut! Stunning!

TOB said...

Wow this is a really unique background, How do you come up with all these things, just superb.
Hugs Theresa xx

June Horrocks said...

I love the card sue clever with the vellum I love the colours thank you love to all June horrocks xxxxxx

Cazzie D said...

Afternoon Sue
A really interest twist to the card using the double layering boarders and vellum. A very elegant card.
Caz x

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue,
A very pretty card love the colours and the Spirograph effect( I too had one spent hours doodling and colouring )and the addition of the vellum adds a beautiful softness .
Thanks Sue, hugs xxx
Crafty hugs to all
Jean D xxx

Lesley Cann said...

Great card love the soft effect you get with using vellum.

terrie said...

I like the layout of your card.
The color combo is great together.
Well done Sue

weefortune said...

Hi Sue, Stunning card, Hope you are well when will we be seeing you on our screens again? Hugs Elaine x

Linda28 said...

Hi Sue, Love the way you have used the, border dies and velum on this card, very pretty. Have not been able to leave many comments lately, in the US, but have popped in to see all your creations when time has allowed! Hugs to all and congratulations Norah. Your comments made me smile. We celebrate our Golden Wedding next month:)

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Beryl Frost said...

Hi Sue this card has such a lovely delicate touch to it. Beryl xx

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card ..Sue .. Happy Crafting..x

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue
Smashing card. And ah yes I had Spirograph many many years ago as a child but fun to do lol xx

Eemeli said...

Love that frosty look with vellum. Very pretty and elegant creation.


Carole Z said...

Beautiful...simply beautiful! Yes I had a spirograph as a young 'un too! hugs Carole Z X

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love today's card, so pretty.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Shirley T. said...

Hi Sue,

Stunning and really pretty. Thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone.What a lovely card you sharing with us today and what a clever idea by putting the vellum over to tone down the business.Will try to have a play tomorrow.

Happy Anniversary Norah,it's so lovely to see you back and you did make me smile with your husbands little shall we say, blunder :-)
To all in pain or having just a bad day I'm sending hugs to one and all and wishing us a better day tomorrow ! It's cold so wrap up warm if going outside,take care

Hugs Maria x

DeCor said...

Wow, love the way the vellum looks on this card, it really does make the centre pop. Also it is so great the way the dies work together so well. Thank you again.

Bejay Roles said...

Hi, Sue, What a crazy background. As soon as I saw it I thought 'Spirograph'. I used to love mine when I had one years ago and I was thinking how wonderful it would have been for making card designs if I still had it lol. I always love seeing you use vellum. As always, thanks so much for sharing with us. x

Anonymous said...

I had a spirograph - a long time ago!!
I love the effect of the vellum.

Anne (Northampton)

nannapat said...

This is a typical Sue card - absolutely stunning! Love the way you have used the dies and, yes Sue, Spirograph did make it to the UK! My kids loved it & so did I. Pat x

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

Really pretty. Vellum is another thing I like. It makes lovely snowflakes when die cut... sorry for mentioning snow if it's affecting you. So far in east Suffolk it's just frosty. That north sea wind may be biting most of the year but we do not get much snow here at all. A reasonable pay off! I smiled soon as you mentioned Spirograph... I adored it, making patterns, colouring them in for hours and hours on end. Mrs Duck, if it's true you can still get them you have made my January as I'd love one for creating backgrounds for my cards and artwork. Today's fine tipped fibre pens will be a lot easier to use than those old biros! I try make the patterns on my computer and lose hours doing it. Maybe it's not a good idea after all, lol... but I'm still going to look for one! ;-D

Belated congratulations to yesterday's winners, Especially to Janet and Maureen.

I got to make 3/4 of a card yesterday. Making the paper roses took ages, piercing the mat took two attempts before I gave up and taped the ruler and the mat down, I'd make a lot more cards if I got things right first time.. Going to make some stick pins tonight and finish it tomorrow. Then the rest of the week it's dealing with the last of the paperwork and printing it out. During my rest time I'm making my mum a crochet hat as she keeps 'borrowing' the beanie I made her partner for xmas! Hopefully I'll get some sewing practice in before the workshop Saturday but I'm not sure it'll happen as I have an appointment Friday with the nurse.

Norah, Mr W never remembers our "anniversary"... he always asks me how long we've been a couple, he says it's because it seems like decades (cheeky so and so!). I hope your bout of pain and tiredness passes soon.

Billy is barking at the window so Mr W is home. Take care my Wilsonette friends, stay warm and happy crafting.

Hugs, T x

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Wow I love the vellum over the top,the card is stunning.

Janice Wallace said...

Lovely. The velum makes it such a soft and gentle card, even with the busy background.
Happy anniversary Norah.
Cheers all, try and stay warm
Janice W

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

What a really lovely and unusual looking effect from something so simple. Beautiful.

Haze T said...

Hi Sue
Another Beautiful & stunning card today, lovely colours, love it..

Liking the way you have used the border strip for the background both vertically & Horizontally which looks amazing & then diffusing it with the vellum makes it look very soft & with the sentiment topper finishes it off perfectly....

I had 2 Spirograph sets when I was a 'young girl' & would sit for hours on end drawing all those mesmerising patterns with my ballpoint pens in an array of many colours which was so much fun & I also had an 'Etch-A-Sketch' which was a red box with a screen with a knob on each side which you turned to draw with then you would shake it to remove the drawings & start again, those were the days !!!

I have the complete Austrian Die set & will definitely be trying to replicate your beautiful card..

Crafty Hugs
Haze xx

Lynda's craft's said...

Good afternoon Sue wilsonettes
WOW GORGEOUS card to brighten up my Monday
after spending all morning up the hospital at the eye clinic appointment..
I love the Spirograph background with the Austrian border,& yes i also had one as a child,& so did my children,they loved it as i did.also loved spangle's & the penny sweet' i feel old.
Thank you Sue.
love & Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Norah you did make me laugh thank you,
wishing you both a happy 24th wedding anniversary Hugs Lynda xx

Big Hug Sandra Margaret corgi owner,Maria A,Myra P,Tina E, Yorkielas,Lynne M,Norah,
Wheelybad TOB Theresa,Jean D,Gail C,Sheila, Steph,Lynne M,Cameeli,Tandy,Tres,Cheryl B,
all Wilsonetts Hug's Lynda xx

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous as usual Sue. Love it when you give us sooo much inspiration.
Hugs to everyone.

Beverley West said...

Hi Sue,
I love the idea of using the vellum to soften the busy pattern. I'll have to try and remember that when I've over done a background. Thank you for sharing.
Beverley W

Carol Worwood said...

Hi Sue
Another beautiful card and another great way of using the dies, must try. Don't know how you do it you must never sleep!

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
Today's card is unbelievable....I don't think I'd ever be able to recreate something as beautiful as this!!!!
True beauty!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the card today Sue, great technique and the colours and shapes are wonderful, Craftihappiness to everyone and love from Macky.

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Pretty Card Sue!

Such a lovely creation and I like how you've used the vellum.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, I remember the spirograph well !! and this card looks gorgeous, loving the vellum over the top too.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Tandy said...

HI Sue
This card is stunning. Sorry I have been absent but problems with internet and other things. Congratulations to all the winners. Love and hugs to all.

Tandy said...

Norah sorry forgot to say happy anniversary just rushing before internet goes off again.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

What a clever background and yes I loved my Spirograph. Fabulous card

Gail said...

Such an unusual card and love how the vellum softens the background - looks rarher ethereal xx again thanks for the inspiration xx GailT xx

Diane said...

Hi Sue
Loving the busy background softened by vellum, aren't you clever. Yes I too loved Spirograph and would spend hours playing with it, my sister and I had a set each. The coloured pens used to dry out though so you always ended up with black and blue only. My daughter likes to play with it too when she has time, you can spend hours just playing! Take care love Diane G xxx
Norah happy anniversary xxx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. WOW !! Today's card is gorgeous !! What a fab creation !! I really love the Austrian collection. I love the background you have created. It does certainly look like a Spirograph pattern. I love the effect you have created by covering the background with Vellum to soften it. I think this gives the card a really nice effect. The focal Austrian dies look fab and at the moment the Austrian tag is one of my favourite dies to use. A Great bow and stick pins finish this wonderful creation !! Thank you Sue for sharing it.
I had a Spirograph that I shared with my sister when were kids. I loved it and played with it for hours !!
Sending you lots of love and hugs today Sue from Tres x x x

Norah, Thanks for being so lovely !! Sending Congratulations to you and your husband too for your 24th Anniversary. I hope you had a lovely day. Lots of love from Tres x x x

Sending lots of love to all the Wonderful Wilsonettes today love from Tres x x x

Darlene4527 said...

Very pretty and unique.

Sandy H said...

Gorgeous card. I'd never have thought of putting the border strips over each other to give the spirograph effect. Thanks for the inspiration. Thanks also for the walk down memory lane. My husband bought me a Spirograph set in 1966/7 and I still have it. My children all played with it when they were young but they knew that they had to take great care with it because it was my toy not theirs.

Kim Jaime said...

This has to be my favorite card! It is so elegant and just pretty. I would love a video on this one. Pretty please.

Kim Jaime said...

This has to be my favorite card! It is so elegant and just pretty. I would love a video on this one. Pretty please.

Lunasdatter said...

Beautiful ..

Dorothy Mutafopulos said...

Hi Sue,
This card is so unique I could have not imagine to even think of doing this. But it works love the colors.

Dawn Holben said...

WOW this card is so stunning and I love all the detail under the vellum. Another wonderful idea you have created Sue.
Thank you for sharing.

Vie Carter said...

This is an amazing card, must agree it did need the velum else it would be a little too busy

A lovely card indeed


Helen Terry said...

Hi Sue
stunning card love the layers.
Helen Terry xxx

hazel said...

Hi Sue
A different Technique with this card but i do love it will have to give it a try. Stunning as always
Take care
Hazel G XX

Karen Drew said...

These border dies are becoming more versatile by the day!!
Very pretty card
Karen xx