Friday, 17 July 2015

Christmas Double Days

 Hello my crafty friends!  Two completely different styled cards.  The first one is very clean and simple, even relatively flat (can you believe it!).  I started by creating the background using a piece of Sky Blue card, I flicked a white paint pen at it to give it the look of stars.  I inked around the edges with Stormy Sky distress ink to shade it a bit.  Next I created the lower half by tearing kraft card in the appearance of two large sand dunes and I inked the edges lightly with some Tea Dye distress ink.  I glued them on to the bottom of the blue card.  I cut the Three Wise Men Mini Striplet out of black card and glued it to my background so that the sand dune on the background was in the same place as the sand dunes in the scene.  I cut the Peace on Earth die out of black card and nipped around it so I just had the word "Peace" for a simpler sentiment.  I cut a single star from the Christmas Angel 2015 die set and glued in the upper right corner.   The card was then completed with a white pierced mat, thin kraft and thin Sky blue mats and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8" in size.  Scroll down to see card number two.

 Card number two is a more traditional sort of card with it's bright red and white.  I used the Lyra die to cut an angle on a piece of coconut white card.  I stamped my sentiment (Justrite stamps) and embossed it in white on a piece of ruby red card.  I taped the white piece on top of it so the sentiment showed from underneath the Lyra edge.  I stamped the Pinstripe Poinsettia and embossed it in white on Ruby Card.  I used the Classic Poinsettia die to cut them out and then offset them to create the three flowers.  I seated them on some white tulle and added several pieces of Holly Spray around them.  The card was then completed with a white pierced mat layer, a thin Ruby red card layer and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4"  x  8 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

Lovely cards. I both gorgeous, no 2 is my favourite
Have a good day everyone.

hollyberry said...

Two such different cards and I think that they are both beautiful in their own ways,but number two is my favourite,love poinsettias.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue and all. Two very nice cards but number two is my favourite. JJxx

Jan.moogie said...

Gorgeous cards Sue and both easily reproduced with your precise instructions for which I am eternally grateful. If I had to choose I would go for number two as I love using the holly die cos it os stunning. Have a great day, hugs xxxxxx

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
What contrasting cards. Both beautiful. I too love poinsettias and the Lyra die is one of my favourites, but I really like the desert scene! Just goes to show how the dies can be used in so many different ways. Best wishes, Anne O

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Hi Sue.
Like the other ladies, my preferance is the 2nd card. Im a sucker for floral focal points.
Hope you have a good day.
Lancashire Steph xx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
The poinsettia card is beautiful. I keep forgetting to use the Geminis on an angle. Adds a special touch.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue y
Two very different cards but still lovely, number 2 is my favourite as I love the Lyra die & the poinsettias.
Yvonne xx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Two very lovely cards, thanks Sue.

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Two very beautiful cards so very different,but so lovely, Thank you, take care Kitty.

June said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, 2 completely different cards today and both are amazing, I have yet to use my new Christmas dies but will be starting very soon and you have given me a couple of ideas here.

Enjoy Friday, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

A Happercrafter6 said...

The design of both these cards provides plenty of ideas. Thanks Sue. I must use my Lyra die again as it's so gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. Another great end to the week with double day friday. Both card's are gorgeous in there own right but no1 has my vote. I just love what you have done with the background and then to finish it with the three wise men just perfect. My sister will be over the moon when she recieve's this one for christmas as this is right up her street. Thank's for all your insperation with your new festive die's. Looking forward to next week's creation's.
Take care everyone and have a lovely day.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. As you say two very different cards however I love both! The simplicity and effect of the first and the beautiful, bright poinsettias and flowing cut work of the second, gorgeous. X

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
I just LOVE both cards, your talents are so amazing.
My favourite is No1 I have the Die and will definitely be using this idea.
Second one is also beautiful.
Have a great day
Patricia xxx

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. Two very different cards today, but the second is my favourite. I love how you have used the Lyra die, it's just perfect, and how did I miss the pinstripe stamp?
Last day of school today - yipee!!!!! Although, yesterday an assistant head asked me how many times a week I checked my work email in the holidays - she wasn't impressed when I said just the day before we go back!!!
Hugs to all and special wishes to those in pain. Sue XXX

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning Sue
So different, so lovely.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Both of these cards are stunning in their own way. I have just bought the wise men striplet die for my religious friends cards and it is gorgeous. The second card is also beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, really like todays two cards, both show the amazing versatility of the dies. I think the 2nd one is my favourite. Thank you for all the inspiration, now to just get started before I end up with a last minute rush again. Have a great Friday everyone. Bx

Clare W said...

GM Sue. No 2 hits the spot for me. Fabby.

crossstitchmarg said...

Hi Sue,
These cards are both gorgeous, I especially like the 2nd one. I too keep forgetting to use the Gemini dies on an angle.
I must have a go.
Have a lovely Day,
Maggie in Solihull

Maria Illsley said...

It's definitely all about the poinsettia card for me it gorgeous xxx

Julie Elli said...

Very unusual Sue and both gorgeous.
Thank you
Big hug
Julie E

Linda Graham said...

The second card is my favourite its Beautiful,I do like the first card as it is different like you say Sue,I have started some Christmas cards using your new Christmas tree die, thank you, Linda x

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Love both of these cards and like others number 2 is my favourite. I have been playing with the poinsettias over the last couple of days both stamping the filigree and embossing (used gold on white) and using the filigree die (white on red poinsettias). They are such beautiful dies to use. The holly has become a firm favourite too, even after patiently gluing a little pearl on each of the berries! I must now try white embossing on red with the stripe stamp after today's beautiful cards.
Have a good Friday and for those on holiday enjoy your break and I hope you find some crafting time. We have the coldest days in 30 years happening in NSW and lots of nasty cold wind too, still it is the middle of winter.......
Muriel x

auscrafts said...

Like both cards

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
2 wonderful Christmas creations today.
What a fab idea the sand technique on the first.
But my fave is the super red poinsettia creation.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

TDQ Karen said...

Lovely cards but I think number 2 is my favourite, I really love poinsettia cards

Caroljsmith said...

Two very different cards today sue they are both very nice but no 2 for me. Thanks

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sur
Double Wow! this morning two different but equally stunning cards. I love how you've created the background using Kraft card it's fabulous. The three wise men striplet finishes it off perfectly, I've been experimenting with this striplet it is gorgeous! How have I missed this stamp? Lol, it's fabulous, the Lyra die looks beautiful and blends in with the Christmas theme that's what I love about your dies they work all through the year (clever bit of designing). Don't start me on the holly I had to hide the die last year because it was on most of my Christmas cards lol. I can't choose a favourite because I love them both equally.
Hugs x
Heather T

PharmacyMichele said...

Two gorgeous Christmas cards-not sure I can pick a favourite.


Gloria Robey said...

Two beautiful cards today thank you Sue for sharing your work with us.I don't have a favourite I love them both. Gloria (Sidcup )xx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

2 Beautiful cards for Christmas. No 1 have such a meaningful message so apt for Christmas and No 2 is gorgeous beautiful poinsettias so lovely.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Kathy Baker said...

Morning Sue, what beautiful cards as always, I love them both and I couldn't say which one is better because they are so different
Kathy x

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two gorgeous cards but I must admit I love number two it just my kind of card but there are a lot of people you could send the first one to who would love it. Many thanks for all your inspiration.
Nancyd xx

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. Gorgeous cards. They are both stunning in their own way. I just live these striplet. This one is for next pay day. Thank you for sharing. Hugs Heather.x

rosiejt said...

I really like the second card and the use of the Lyra die.

Debra Kenworthy said...

Two wonderful cards Sue! The paint splatter stars look fab. I like both cards but the second card is my favourite. Debra x

Jackie Trinder said...

Wow Sue both of the cards are gorgeous and so different to each other. I am planning to use the snowman striplet for my Christmas cards this year. I might be borrowing some of your ideas. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue My favourite day on the blog is Friday due to double Christmas cards! I like both of the cards but if you insisted I chose one then it would be card two....I am a sucker for poinsettias.

All your Christmas dies that I ordered have arrived and so far I have made 9 Christmas cards,therefore. I so look forward to your inspiration, thank you so much.

Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

Karen M said...

Morning Sue,
Lovely cards both of them,but number two is my favourite,
thank you for the ideas,
Karen M

Sam Smithard said...

To My Very Dear Friend Sue,
Well My Dear Friend You've Done It Once More
Shared With Us Two Extremely Beautiful Cards
But Very Different In There Own Way.
I Love The First As I Really Love This Striplet Die
I Love The Scene Which You've Incorporated
Love The Sky Blue Foundation Card Used But
I Recently Watched One Of Your Videos I Think On
YouTube I've Watched That Many Where You Did
The Sky On A Piece Of White Card And Using The
Fabulous Smoothies You Created A Beautiful Sky
I Love The Kraft Card Sand Dunes, And The Wonderful
Star From The 2015 Angel She's Awesome, And Then
Adding Some White Dots For Stars A Very Classy Card.
I Just Love Card Number Two I'm In Awe Of All Of
Your Terrific Idea's I Love The Lyra Die And Your Truly
Stunning Pinstripe Poinsettias The Beautiful Holly
And The Fabulous Sentiment From JustRite Heat
Embossed In White,.
Sue Thank You For Two Remarkable Stunning
Classy, Rich, Magnificent Cards I So Appreciate You
Sharing Them With Us All The Wonderful Idea's!
Well Sue My Very Dear Friend Take Great Care
Warmest Wishes To Your Mom And Colin
Love And Hugs To Yourself
Hugs To All Wilsonettes
A Huge Hug To Lancashire Steph x

ecco of sheffield said...

Morning Sue
What a contrast in format and dies. I don't think you could get any further apart but both sets of dies are just amazing and give fantastic results.
I have to say that No.1 is just for me. I bought this at the beginning of your launch and have already started using it on my Seasonal Gifts for this year.
Unlike you I cut the die in white and have back it with star covered silver.

Well Muriel you may be having the coldest day down there in NSW but here in Burgundy we are breaking all records at the other end of the scale. We are really in need of rain PLEASE.

Friday is Market day and so hoping we can get round before it's too hot to move.
To all in pain and suffering I hope your day gets better. To everyone please take care and stay safe. See you tomorrow.
Janet x

Lynda Mellor said...

Good morning Sue, Love both your beauties today they are
gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx

Anonymous said...

Love double days! Really like the first one, Sue, clever background, super modern look and do like the focal pieces in black - first time I've seen a black star!! Adore your poinsettia dies and gorgeous Lyra too, so second card is another winner. Thank you.

'P' in Wales

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Loving your cards today but number two hits the spot for me ,
Take Care
Elaine H X

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning Sue what beautiful Cards I love the designs of
them both but I must say my favourite one it the second one.
Have a wonderful weekend

Debs xxx
{Debs Cards}

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, two amazing cards, very hard to choose, but think the second one just gets my vote. Black Skye's here in Surrey this morning I think we have a storm brewing. Hope everyone has a peaceful weekend.

Love Rosemarie xx

lilian said...

Hi Sue, both very beautiful cards, no favourite.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

Heather Rogers said...

Hi Sue

How very clever of you 'Bethlehem here we come!" I love the use of the craft card in the first. I have also seen light coloured sandpaper used to similar effect and I really love the traditional second card today. Beautifully constructed!

Have a lovely weekend my friend

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue

Love both cards, but the first one is my favourite because it is so different.


C A W said...

Two beautiful cards, can't wait to have some fun trying out these designs.

Clai01 said...

Love card number 2 Sue especially, it's just stunning ! x

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Love these two cards but stunning
a must to try
Carol x

Aspiring crafter said...

Two stunning cards Sue, love the way you created the sand dunes!
The second one is is beautiful but I can't choose a favourite!!

hazel young said...

Gorgeous cards Sue xx hazel

doreenmj said...

2 gorgeous cards today, love the second one best though!!!!!

Doreen x

Helen Terry said...

Hi Sue two fabulous xmas cards today I especially love the red and white xmas card the flowers with stamped detail are stunning.
crafty hugs
Helen Terry

Lesley Thomas said...

Love both cards, but can't justify the striplet because I have 3 wise men dies, so will improvise. But love the poinsetta, because I just got that die, so now have ordered the matching stamp! Thanks for inspiration in both!

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Two very different card, both beautiful but I think my No 1 is the 2nd one. Gorgeous, the Lyra die is so versatile can be used for many occasions. I recently made a wedding card with it and was very pleased with the result.
Thank you for the inspiration you bring to us.

Jayem said...

Hi Sue

It has been snowing here in sunny Australia so your Christmas cards seem more appropriate somehow!

Love the colourful red and white... Using the Lyra die as well.

Thanks for continuing to inspire?

Jan from NSW (Aus)

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Love both of these - the Three Wise Men Striplet is on the wish list as it will be perfect for quick small cards and done as a flat design as you have shown here no postage problems, so thank you for that idea...

the Pinstriped Poinsettia stamps are utterly gorgeous!...however did I miss those, they're a must-have and coupled with the Holly Sprays and Lyra make a stunning design and since I'm already looking for ideas for my two Sisters-in-Law who always get a "special" card each then No. 2 is my favourite this week...


Wendy L said...

Two fabulous cards Sue, first one very different for you but lovely, xxxx

Anne said...

These are both gorgeous cards. The Poinsetta one would make a great family "special".

Anne (Northampton)

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Lovely cards today. I like them both but the second card tops it for me with the beautiful poinsettias and holly :-) Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

Evis M said...

Hi Sue.
I love both of your cards equally.
It is too close to pick a favourite.
Evis M.

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

What a fabulous double day, love both but think the poinsettia one edges it for me with the classic red and white. But do like the use of the striplet die and the effect on that card. Stunning!!!

Yvonne G said...

Morning Sue
Lucky us - 2 fabulous works of art. Both are fabulous and so different. Love them both and can't pick a favourite. They are a perfect showcase as to how versatile your dies are. Thank you so much for sharing with us Sue. Daily dose of Sue is such a tonic.
In the process of making a new baby girl card. My friends new granddaughter, Isla Rose arrived on Wednesday evening and I was lucky enough to meet her yesterday, (and have a cuddle). Beautiful, precious little bundle of joy. Melts my heart - sucker for a baby!!
Have a fantastic Friday everyone
Crafty hugs

Nanny Jo said...

Hi, Sue....I love both cards, but I have to say that the first one is my favourite! The striplet die is next on my wishlist! ( The deer family and Christmas scene background dies came yesterday! I can't wait for 'playtime'!!) Jo xx

Jane said...

Good morning Sue , Both cards are stunning in its own way ,no favourite for me.Take care Jane B.

Janette MacArthur said...

Good morning Sue - two completely different cards today and have to say I like them both! Don't really make too many religious cards but this is a good one to keep on file!!
Janette x

gwen70 said...

Really love both cards today Sue, although red being my favourite colour it has the edge over the first one

Marion said...

Hi Sue the poinsettia is my favourite ,the flowers are beautiful.
Marion H

Chris Curry said...

I love the way you have used the background with the die on the first card, so effective. The second card is my favourite though even though receiving either would be a delight. Thank you Sue. Xx

carol edwards said...

Both beautiful cards each one different. Thank you x

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Both cards are gorgeous, I bought all the mini striplets and they are fantastic!!!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Lorna D

June Horrocks said...

Hi sue love them both the three wise men I know lots of people that would love this one The flowers are beautiful love this one xxxx thank you love June xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - the first card is so clever and I love this striplet die. The second card is gorgeous too, although I'm not a lover of red, even at Christmas, but it would look great in any colour. Thanks for all your amazing inspiration. Best wishes

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. You have given us two beauties again on this weeks Christmas Double Day. I love what you have done with card one, what a great background for the lovely Three Wise Men Mini Striplet. Card two is beautiful, you just can't go wrong with your lovely Poinsettias.
I couldn't pick a favourite as they are both great.
Like Pat said yesterday, I can't believe that we are so far into the year already so Ally Pally will soon be here when we get to spend time with you again : ))
Sending my daily hugs to everyone. Take care xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Two fabulous Christmas cards, each so different, I love scenes on a card, so Number 1 is lovely, especially the flicking of white to resemble stars, and as I am a churchgoer too this striplet die is right up my street. Number 2 is very traditional, I love the red it always looks so fresh and beautiful, the Lyra die is so effective and the poinsettias are stunning. Both different, both equally gorgeous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Rosemary Stickland said...

Two very different cards, both having their own merits but I must confess my favourite is the second one.
Rosemary xx

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Although I love both cards, I have to say for the sheer simplicity my vote today is going to the first card. Great idea with the sand dunes and I think the simpler cards are always the most difficult to get right. SueL x

karenlotty said...

Both cards are stunning If I had to pick a favourite..... Hmmmm Hard pushed to choose but I think number one

Jayne S said...

Two beautiful cards and so different. I love the simplicity of the first card but the second one uses two off my favourite dies, Lyra and poinsettia, simpky stunning.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Due, two lovely cards but like nearly everyone else I prefer No2, it is beautiful! Love Jean xxxx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
you've done it again! Two stunners of a card and I cannot pick a favourite. The first one is stunning and so different whilst the second one is just gorgeous!
Certainly all tastes are being catered for here.
Hugs, Rose

foxyg said...

Two lovely cards Sue. Love the poinsettias.

Janet hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Impossible for me to choose a favourite when you produce 2 equally stunning cards.
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, both cards are super, love them both.
Don't have this striplet die,,another for my wish list

Janet we have had the most torrential rain here last night, here in Central Scotland, and would gladly swap you for some sunshine.

Take care, Jess xx

June Reynolds said...

Morning Sue, Two beautiful cards but the second
is the one I would make, I have the filigree poinsettia
and it looks really pretty especially red on gold!
Thanks for sharing! love Junex (Cumbria)

Rachel Macfarlane said...

Absolutely delightful cards love them've given me some good ideas with these...well done Sue...!
Luv Rach :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards. I love the poinsettia with the stripes.

Kate's Cards said...

Fabulous darling! xx

Marleine said...

Morning Sue.

Love, love love the second card. Poinsettia's my favourite . X

Scottydog said...

Hi Sue, love both cards but I love the way you have used the striplet die. I would never have thought of using it this way so will be having a go next week. Thank you!

Nannieflash said...

Morning Sue, wow two beautiful Xmas cards, the first a simple card and the second is just outstanding, they are both stunning. hugs Shirleyxxxx

HeatherT said...

Hi Sue,
Two lovely cards, I received my wise men die yesterday and this is a great idea for using it. The Angel is next on my list. I love the poinsettias too. I'm going to have a good variety to choose from this year. Thanks so much for all the inspiration,
Heather Treble

Rosie said...

Hi Sue
Two gorgeous cards today, but i do love the second one more......xxxx

rolfi said...

Good morning Sue,
two beautiful Christmas cards.
I prefer the first one a little bit because it is different to usual Xmas cards.
But they are both amazing.
Rolf xxx

hettygarlick said...

I love this traditional card.Poinsettias really say 'Christmas' don't they? I intend doing quite a few poinsettia cards this year.

Anonymous said...

Morning sue and all, these two cards especially the poinsettia one has inspired me to start my Christmas cards both are gorgeous but my fave is the poinsettia . Thank you xx love yvonne bennett xx

Anonymous said...

Starting this years Christmas with
Lyra! I just love this die and you keep giving new ideas. Like the other one too and couldn't resist the die either.

Thanks Sue.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue

I like all the dies you have used in the making of these two cards. I really like your first card as it is so different for you. It just shows your versatility. The second card is lovely too.

Best wishes
Joan from Newcastle

Julie Kay said...

Beautiful cards Sue, I love the Christmas striplet dies. Crafty Regards Julie Kay xxx

Crafty Cruiser said...

Two great cards and the first so cleverly done, using Kraft paper for sand dunes! I've used the Lyra die a few times to cut diagonally and it produces such beautiful cards.
Doreen R

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Such beautiful Cards especially the poinsettia one. love Jean Z xxx

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
Two really inspirational cards today! They are so different it's hard to choose a favourite - if that makes any sense at all. I like the first one as it would be easy to post and therefore a favourite for that. I love poinsettias but this would be a card which would be for special friends and need to be hand delivered, I think!
I made a Wise Men Striplet one last night. I used the deep blue card from CE , iced snow and sunk it into the aperture of the card! Thanks for teaching me how! I 'm really pleased with it. Will either have Joy, from the angel Die or Peace on Earth - haven't decided yet but it will post beautifully. Made some soft gold and soft pink poinsettias too.
Well, must go and get on.
Thank you so much.
Have a good day everyone.
Lots of love, with special hugs for Maureen!
Myra xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love them both.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Susan Lesperance said...

I look forward to your cards every day and as usual I am not disappointed. Beautiful cards Sue.

Sue L

Paula said...

Wow, that first card was a bit of a shock, an almost flat card Sue? I must admit, lovely though it is I would go for the second card, more work to create it but it's gorgeous! :) Well done for them both, I wish I had the imagination to create two such different cards.
Paula x

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good morning Sue and fabby Wilsonettes!

What a surprise, I had totally forgotten about Double Delight Fridays so it has been a real treat to wake up to two stunning seasonal beauties. It's really hard to pick a favourite from two very different styles, but I think that the colour scheme of no. 2 appeals to me more than no. 1. In saying that I would happily cater to the more religiously orientated recipient with the first little gem. I love your ingenious use of the Kraft card as sand dunes, it's very realistic, and I like how you have positioned the striplet in such a way as to match it to the skyline perfectly. What a nice touch with the star and sparkly sky-I must admit to having long standing issues with paper ripping techniques but you have used it so effectively.
What's not to love about the second offering, everything from the stamped poinsettia to the gorgeous Lyra die and the rich red background screams Christmas to me, it is fabulous and shows us that your other dies can easily be incorporated into seasonal cards also.
I have a hectic day today at the beauticians(who's on a hiding to nothing!), and nail technicians so no time for crafting unfortunately, never mind the weekend is almost upon us and the housework can wait......maybe!
Janet, I know you must be begging for rain but take it from me in a permanently sodden Stirling, a little bit of sunshine would be a welcome reprieve! I'd swap you anytime my dear!
Beth, hope everything is okay with you and Lauren, it's been a while since we have heard from you. Take care, we are thinking of you:-)xxxx
Have a lovely weekend everyone no matter what you are doing or how the weather is with youxxxx

Love and crafty hugs,


Zena McCalmont said...

Hi Sue
I must admit I feel rather drawn to card two, love and hard work have gone into it. Well done.
Must admit I've only my special card left to make for Christmas.
Have a great day.
Zena x

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue two delightful cards so different from each other they're both my favourites! Love from Jackie xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two lovely Christmas cards. I have to say the second card is my favourite. I love the poinsettias and your Gemini dies.

Sandie Braithwaite said...

Hi, Sue.
I love the second card and will definitely try something like it as I have all the kit needed. If I'm honest, I love the background of the first but, although I really like the strip let of the wise men, might be tempted to use a silhouette stamp instead.

Sandie Braithwaite said...

Hi, Sue.
I love the second card and will definitely try something like it as I have all the kit needed. If I'm honest, I love the background of the first but, although I really like the strip let of the wise men, might be tempted to use a silhouette stamp instead.

Sandie Braithwaite said...

Hi, Sue.
I love the second card and will definitely try something like it as I have all the kit needed. If I'm honest, I love the background of the first but, although I really like the strip let of the wise men, might be tempted to use a silhouette stamp instead.

anne mather said...

Hi Sue
Got everything I need for the second card and that one is my favourite! The first on is great for posting as it's flat and I do make a range of "posting" cards but my real favourites have dimension!
Good way to start the day.
Anne M xx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Yeah two beautiful Christmas cards, really like both of them but the 2nd one just has the edge because of the flowers

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
I love your cards, you are very clever.
The first one is so unusual and so effective, my favourite of the two.
The second one is also stunning, I always love red and white together
and your poinsettias are gorgeous as usual. x

Margaret corgi owner said...

Good morning Sue
Two absolutely stunning and very beautiful cards today thank you
Margaret corgi owner

SueJ said...

Two very different cards but both are gorgeous. Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Anne Crawford said...

The second card is a definite favourite for me as I totally love Poinsettias !
I think the first card would appeal more to me if the die was cut in a lighter colour, not really a big fan of black, but that's just me.
Love and hugs to all xo

Diane said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely treat because I had forgotten twofer Friday! How lovely to see a flat card for a change Sue but ire really showcases just how perfect your striplet dies are to use on their own. The second card us probably my favourite as the poinsettia always shouts Christmas to me. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely cards with us. Enjoy your weekend
Love Diane G xxx
Craftysuetoo enjoy your last day at school, hope there is a large glass of wine in order tonight. Yep definately wait til the day before you go back for emails, it's your holidays for goodness sake! There's too much pressure on teaching staff these days to always be thinking of school and not switch off, after all you don't get paid for the holidays do you! Xxxx

CraftyJo said...

Ah! Trying to prove my comment of the other day completely wrong :) I said that *you* can't do Clean and Simple and here you've done it!! Lovely x

barbiepinkfairy said...

Love them both a real contrast but poinsettia my favourite! Xxx

nannapat said...

Two lovely cards Sue but my favourite has to be the poinsettia. I love the way you have cut the Lyra edge on an angle, it is so effective. Pat x

Jackie Meechan said...

Morning Sue, twofer days are great. Love both these cards though both are very different. Just wish I could afford to but all your dies and have the time to make all the cards you do. I don't know where you get the time. Love the Lyra die and the Poinsettia dies and the striplet die also.


Everyone have a great day whatever your weather from rainy Motherwell.



Anonymous said...

Thankyou so much for sharing your technique with us, love Thove

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I thought I'd come to the wrong blog when I saw the 'flat' card, lol. It is beautiful though just the same and then, the layered poinsettias of the second card and yes, this is Sue I thought. Both gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

This is really nice, love Thove

Thove Arntsen said...

Awesome, love Thove

Jill Berg said...

Just lovely!

Val W. said...

Hi Sue, sooo different, but beautiful. x

Pearl said...

Both cards are lovely Sue, but I think I like the Poinsettia one best.

Thank you for sharing them with us all.

Lots of love and craftihappiness to everyone.

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Wow wow wow. Two stunning cards today. My favourite is the seconfpd one as well. Both are quite simple to make so would be good fir batch cards.

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue and all.

Card One. The sand dune Idea is so clever and I like how you have grounded the Striplet die. I think this would make a great batch make card. Card Two. I love the effect you have with the angled Lyra die placed over a dark colour. The Poinsettia's are beautiful and I love the Holly Spray die. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes.

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

I think the first card is genius, using the kraft card to make sand dunes. Brilliant! The 2nd card I love as I love poinsettias. I love the stamp too.

Thinking of you Maureen, sending hugs xxx

Murial and Jan NSW, stay warm= stay home crafting!

Still got all of what's left of my teeth, hurray! Dentist had to examine me in my wheelchair though as I couldn't get out. Feel fine today, chipper even- just can't move without yelping! Don't want to waste this unusual energy burst so it's on the laptop as I'm sooo behind on paperwork etc and some 'lap craft' after if I'm not wore out. Maybe a little Christmas die shopping after...!

Sending hugs, smiles & crafty mojo to everyone. Extra hugs for any reason if they're needed,

T x

melody said...

Hi Sue, both cards are nice but I love the 2nd one its stunning the poinsettias look beautiful. Take Care Melody xxxXxxx

Lesley Cann said...

Love the cards. My favourite is the first card mainly because it is fine for posting which is really necessary for me at Xmas.

Pauline A said...

Hi Sue, A;most forgot that it was 2 for Friday, day! How can anyone chose which card they prefer when both are utterly gorgeous. The striplet card looks great, especially the way you have combined the craft card with it and and it makes a pleasant change in reminding us what Christmas is all about. However, I love the poinsettia die and will definitly be making a few of these 'specials' for several people. Thank you Sue. Hugs xx Pauline A

Marianna Hammer said...

I like the red and white one very much. It's a beautiful card!

Bejay Roles said...

Fantastic duo, Sue,
I love the sand dunes on the first card but I have to say that the second card is rather spectacular and vibrant. Thanks for sharing with us. x

Crafteresa uk said...

i really like both cards but i am drawn to the one with the sand dunes.
whatever a clever way to use that die
been seeing your new Christmas dies popping up everywhere
what a fabulous range love them all.
not gonna buy mine till after my holidays
then it will be full stem ahead lol
so watching for inspiration till then
its hard to choose when they are all so fabulous!
thanks for giving us so much to choose from
Crafteresa UK

Anonymous said...

Theresa says
Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Couldn't wait to finish work to see my favourite crafter on my favourite day x like last week 2 totally different cards and equally beautiful x I've been a little stuck on ways to use my striplet so thankyou sue for inspiring me its a brilliant idea xi love the second card too its so pretty xthankyou sue again x
Wheely bad I'm glad you are feeling better today x
Hope everyone else is ok and take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

ursula said...

Two beautiful inspirational cards today Sue....I was wondering how one could use the wise men striplet, this is just so beautiful....then as usual my favourite Christmas Poinsettia, it is such a beautiful traditional card....two very different cards, but oh so beautiful...thank you for sharing with us....luv Ursula xx

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Love both cards but my head turns more to the poinsettia card.I do love visiting your blog Sue it's always full of inspiration,so thank you so much.

IVY Cheong said...

Love both these cards. So much so that I had to buy all the dies and stamp used. Thank you for your inspirations. Love, Ivy xx

Susan White said...

Both lovely cards, but No 1 is my favourite - fabulous! Thanks for sharing, Susan x

Dawn Holben said...

I love christmas double days, and I love both of these cards.The first one is so different
and I like how you have incorparated the christmas scene into it.
The second one is my favourite out of the two, love the red and white striped poinsettias.
I love it.

Bente Sørflaten said...

Two wonderful, but very different, cards, love them both!

DeCor said...

Really stunning looking Christmas cards. I always like red and white for this time of year and yours is so cheery! Thank you have a wonderful day.

Suzzette Yandle said...

I am really liking your Lyra die. The placement of the Lyra is perfect for the poinsettia with the holly. Thank you for being so creative and sharing your talents with us.

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards. I like the first one for its simplicity.

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, love both cards but the second one is my favourite.

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

Two absolutely stunning cards today, timeless cards. 1st one tells the story of Christmas and the second the opulence of the plants and decorations at Christmas, they're beautiful.

Big Hugs to all :-)

Tina XX

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Both great but the first one my favourite.
Beverley W

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
I love both of these cards and could never pick a favourite. I can see myself needing both designs for friends with different tastes.
I have been on line and ordered the Striplet and the Peace Dies as I didn't have either - can't wait for them to arrive,
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.
Take care, love Brenda xxx

Mary Lynn Cox said...

I love both of the cards. Number two has the traditional colorsand flowers but number one is my favorite of the two. It is very clean, easy to create in multiples, and deals with the true meaning of Christmas. Yes number 1 gets my vote

Jacquie said...

Two stunning designs Sue, think my favourite has to be the Peace one with the three wise men striplet, just gorgeous.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Auw, and all the ladies,
Card No. 1 is perfect for the "Story of Christmas" and card No. 2 is ideal for people who prefer a bright and cherry Christmas card. I love them both, and can't choose.
May I take this opportunity to thank all those for their commiserations, love and best wishes on the death of my Brother. I very much appreciate them and they have been an enormous help. His funeral was a celebration of his life, and was amazing.
Love Maureen xxx

Maureen Killen said...

Oh Sue, I am so sorry, I have christened you Auw, but you have my permission to change it back to SUE. xxxxx

Deb Curtis said...

Hello Sue and lovely Wilsonettes
two amazing cards today, I love them both. The pinstriped poinsetties have the real wow factor, very unusual and such a pretty card. I think if I had to choose it would be the first one, I love the sand dunes and starry sky, I have a thing about the 3 wise men and am naturally drawn to Christmas cards that convey the true meaning of Christmas.
Thank you so much ladies for all your suggestions and advice on the packaging front. Mrs B thanks for the tip of practicing with copy paper, Steph the enveloboxes looks amazing, I think I might be a jiffy bag girl though lol, but will have a look at some youtube, we'll see, not ruling out the boxes just yet. Patricia & Karen M, I love your idea of tissue and ribbon inside a jiffy bag. Lorraine you're so funny, you really make me smile ;-).
Have a lovely evening everyone.
Hugs and blessings - Deb C xx
Yvonne G, congratulations to your friend and her family, Isla Rose is such a beautiful name.

barbara macaskill said...

Both are beautiful but the second one stole my heart!!! It is absolutely stunning!! LOVE the red/white color combo and the poinsettias are divine!!! TFS!

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards I usually make cards in the style of the 2nd one using the same dies on each and just changing the colours
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I am loving Christmas double days. Both cards are stunning - one for its simplicity and the other for its opulence. I really like them both and although no.1 is of my preferred type I think with a change of sentiment no. 2 would be on my making list as I do love poinsettias. Because they are both so special I am finding it very hard to have a favourite but no.1 is probably just edging ahead.

Eunice said...

The two cards are lovely, each in its own way! I am drawn to the second one because of the Lyria die, it is my favorite!

Meg said...

Love both your cards Sue but my favourite is No. 1 - it's what Christmas is all about.


Carole Z said...

Two very different but equally lovely cards Sue,sorry I've been missing this week: work overload i'm afraid. I've been looking back at the fab designs I've missed - and all gorgeous, hugs Carole Z X

Laura O said...

can't pick from these two ,they are both fantastic have to get this mini die it is so lovely,Laura O

pinky said...

Beautiful cards, love the background layers in the first, really sets that gorgeous die cut off and the colour scheme and flowers in the second are just stunning Sue.

Littlelamb said...

Both cards are gorgeous Sue and I am sorry but cannot choose between the two of them.

Berina RGA said...

Both cards are superb.. Now you have me singing Christmas carols 😊
Moxie Craftie

Jane Franklin said...

Can at last catch up for this week as no web in Cornwall. Love both cards but the three wise men is my favourite. Jx

carole bennett said...

Hi Sue,
Sorry that I haven't been commenting for the last few days, had the most awful week at work( one I hope never happens again), and so exhausted when I got home it was food and bed!!!!! Had forgotten it was twofer day, both are so different I can't really choose, oh ok then the second one🌸
CaroleB xx

Hazel said...

Sue, two beautiful cards, love them both. Hazel,x

Lizzybea said...

So different, both fabulous.

patwyn said...

Hi Sue,
Both cards are beautiful in their own way, but no.2 is my favourite. Love the Lyra die and poinsettias.

Pat xxx

liz spooner said...

Both are lovely Sue but I too prefer the second one because it features my favourite die, the Lyra.xx

Brooke Bont said...

These cards are wonderful and the color is wonderful. As you may have guessed I like the colors.

Saba said...

Hello Sue,
Quite like Maureen's new name for you LoL.
I love no 2. It is just so - Sue Wilson - and I am a Bit of fan!! , however, no. 1 portrays the meaning of christmas and so would get my vote.

Love and hugs for all
Saba xx

Theresa Pace said...

love the first one. very understated but elegant. the second one is opulent and i love it too. works so well in red and white! hugs xx

magpie said...

Hellooooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Sue, wow, a gorgeous two-fer! I love the first one with the Three Wise Men. Love the sand dunes that you have done and how they meet just under the camels feet and your starry night flicks of white paint. Something so simple that looks so beautiful. If I had this die I would do the majority of my Christmas cards. Also, I love the poinsettias.....They just look so gorgeous in red with the white. Two amazing cards Sue. I love the holly spray too.....I've got that one (whoop whoop!). I know I shall be doing my mum and dad a white on white card as she loves those and with a pop of glitter, my faithful gorgeousness of Iced Snow! "Thank you" so much Sue for sharing all your ideas with us....Heaven knows we need them especially as Christmas is creeping up on us...oo er! Sending love and hugs to you Sue, your mom and your family xx Sending love and hugs to all our Wilsonettes who are in need xx Take care everyone xx Love Karen xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Love them eapecially the second one

Lynda's craft's said...

Good evening Sue & friends
I love both cards very different but both gorgeous.
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

Hug's too TOB Theresa xx

Hug's for Sheila & Nikki xx

Hug's to all friends love Lynda xx

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue
What stunning Christmas cards. I'm glad you didn't ask us to choose our favourite as I love them both. The wise men card is brilliant I love what you did to create a fab background. That die is on my 'to get' list!
Your red and white poinsettia card is amazing I love the white embossing on the red card, so very classy.
I always look forward to your Christmas cards they are always so creative and awe inspiring , as all your cards are of course.
Best wishes
From Katie-Louise Sweetlove

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue
What stunning Christmas cards. I'm glad you didn't ask us to choose our favourite as I love them both. The wise men card is brilliant I love what you did to create a fab background. That die is on my 'to get' list!
Your red and white poinsettia card is amazing I love the white embossing on the red card, so very classy.
I always look forward to your Christmas cards they are always so creative and awe inspiring , as all your cards are of course.
Best wishes
From Katie-Louise Sweetlove

Angela Wade said...

Two very nice cards, Sue. I like how you've made both of them.

Hugs and Best Wishes to all the Wilsonettes.

Angela in S. Wales Xx

Sandy H said...

Two very different cards, both winners, so I can't choose a favourite.
Take care everyone.

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Two very beautiful cards, love them both.
Di B. xx

Conny Hillgaard said...

Both cards are just gorgeous. I love the first one best though!!!!!

Karen Drew said...

Yay!! A double treat. Love both cards. can't really pick a favourite.
Karen xx

nzillingworth said...


SHARICA said...

2 Awesome cards xx

Vie Carter said...

I love love love the red card, so beautiful, will try and copy

Also the peace card is beautiful too