Friday, 31 July 2015

Christmas Double days

 Hello bloggers!  Two Christmas cards today that are a bit more simplified in their design.  The first offering showcases the Christmas Tree Greetings die.  I did a bit of embossing first off using the Swirling Holly embossing folder with a piece of coconut white card to add texture to my background.  I wrapped a piece of black satin ribbon around the bottom portion of the card and taped the ends to the back.  I added a double bow to the centre of it and topped it with a small red poinsettia with a black Dazzler centre.  For the focal element, I used Midnight Sparkle Texture paste through the Wavy mask on to a piece of black card for a tonal look.  I let it dry overnight and added a thin black mat to it and raised it for dimension.  I cut the Christmas Tree Greetings three times in white card and stacked them using spray adhesive in between the layers, the added it to my sparkle texture paste background piece using Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue for good adhesion on to the glitter.  I finished the card with a white paper pierced layer, a thin black mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  9" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

 The second card offering is ultra simple in design, but simply beautiful I think.  I used the twinkle stars from the Christmas Angel 2015 to cut into a piece of coconut white card, top and bottom.  I backed the area left open in both the top and bottom part of the card with a piece of black glitter card.  I cut the Peace on Earth die and sprayed it with Permanent spray adhesive then coated it with Silver Chrome polished silk glitter.  I added it to the centre of the card with spray glue as well.  I randomly dotted some dries clear glue around the background, then added some small silver confetti stars (from my stash) as accents.  The final matting and layering was added with piercing, a thin silver and black mat, then another white mat to complete the card. A really fast make if you are doing batch cards too.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/2" in size.  I hope something has tickled your fancy this week!  All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

eautiful card,s, just lovely. I love them both, can't choose this week Sue
Happy Friday everyone

hollyberry said...

Two beautiful cards ,that maybe simple but are so elegant in their design. No favourite this week ,love them both.

Pam said...

Oops, beautiful cards , fingers not working

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, two beautiful cards, love them both! Love Jean xxx

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two gorgeous cards love them both.
Nancyd xx

Jan on the Fosse said...

Sue black and white, just with the touch of red is so classy.I have the Christmas tree word die. must give it a try not really got round to Christmas yet.

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. Two wonderful cards, love them both and couldn't possibly choose a favourite! Thanks for all the inspiration. Sue XXX

Jan.moogie said...

Two simply stunning Christmas cards Sue no favorites this week but may have to buy the word tree die as it is amazing. Have a great day, Hugs xxx

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Oh sometimes you are a hard task master expecting us to choose,Sue they are both beautiful in their own way. Thank you, take care and have fun Kitty.

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning your two cards may be simple but are very classy. It's hard to choose a favourite but it would be the Christmas tree. Yvonne xx

Anonymous said...

Two very beautiful cards Sue. Simple but elegant. Have a good week- end everyone. JJxx

Caroljsmith said...

Sue I just love your new Xmas tree die it's my favourite card is just stunning.

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Both cards are lovely but the tree is my favourite. love Jean Z xxx

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, two beautiful cards today, both tick different boxes for me, but I have to say that the second one with the stars is my favourite. Have a great Friday. Bx

Elizabeth Beal said...

Hi Sue & Wilsonettes

Simple & Elegant seems to be the order of the day Sue but what stylish classy looks for these two beautiful cards...never would have thought of Black for Christmas cards but you are fast converting my mind to the idea of monochrome design. I adore the layers of embossing/masking as it elevates the word tree up beautifully & the Peace on Earth sentiment is a stand alone winning sensation...I cannot choose between the 2 because each would be appreciated by the recipient in its own way...

To all my Wilsonette friends I haven't had a moment to myself of late...what with the front garden, cleaning mould, painting again, doctors,hospital, CT Scan & another one in 4 weeks, camera down my nose...ahhhhhh that hurt,Laurens wee sample(yes friends that took 1hr & 18mins this time although she is poorly the result was satisfactory, so the vet is happy for her to come to Cornwall with us Saturday 8th which will be lovely as we will have our Anniversary there on 9th now preparing for that aswel, garden again in the wet & dry...

& last but not least I took advantage of Steve yesterday...LOL...well to get him to help me with the garden, he does up to 11 hour shifts at work so it would be awful to expect him to help out but he had day off yesterday so when he said he is all mine & told me to take advantage of him...well I just had to who could resist...LOL...

Ladies I will write in response to all your comments tomorrow or Sunday (haven't had a chance to read them yet)as I need to do a little more on garden before I have bath & hair wash before going to the hairdressers this afternoon for a few hours pampering especially the head massage (out of this world & all tingly)...boy do I need it & want

Sue sincerely hope that you Mum & family are keeping well you must be so delighted seeing them 'n' (((((HUGS))))) to you & yours...& of course it goes without saying the same to my special friends & to all lovely Wilsonettes Beth B x x x x x

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. Two beautiful card's. The first one is very dramatic with it's colouring and i must get this tree die, it's the only one i don't have out of your new festive range as it was out of stock at J Sheen's but i see she has it back in stock so off to get an order sorted out. The second one is a very simple but elegant card will be giving this one a try over the weekend. Sorry can't pick a favourite as they are both stunning in there own right.
Take care everyone and hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

PharmacyMichele said...

Two amazing cards, both lovely in their own way. I think the first is my favourite as its so striking.


Clare W said...

GM Sue. Love them both. Although it is almost autumnal in the morning and evenings already I haven't had the urge to make a c card yet this year. Got a few other things I have to do for our local show in september which will keep me busy during August. Happy Friday all.

Lizzybea said...

Hi sue
Love theses dies, beautiful cards

Crafty Cruiser said...

Simple, elegant and beautiful cards
Doreen R

Pearl said...

Two great cards today Sue, both are lovely but I think I like the Christmas tree one best, it is so elegant.

Thank you for sharing these with us all.

Craftihappiness and lots of love to everyone.

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Beautiful cards both though I do lean a little to the first. Just waiting for my new Xmas dies to arrive so will be making some with the old dies over the week end, just love C cards. Got sewing up to date today so free to enjoy card making now, looking forward to a nice week end, hope everyone has a good one
Muriel x

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. Two stunning cards, both look very elegant. My favourite is the Christmas tree as the colours are so striking.x

Anne said...

These are both beautiful cards, Sue. I don't usually like the "fancy" word dies but the "Peace" one used as the focal point is so effective.

Anne (Northampton)

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue Two wonderful cards, love them both...thank you so much. Please keep the Christmas cards coming! Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

sonja_w said...

Good Morning, two beautiful cards. The Christmas tree is definitely my favourite .I love the texture paste background and the red poinsettia is very striking with the black and white. Definitely my kind of card!

Sandie Braithwaite said...

To use your own words, Sue, simply beautiful. Love the way you have put the first card together, especially the central die in 3 layers, and I think the second card is so effective in its "simplicity ", which of course is in the eye not the making. Fab. x

nattyboots said...

Love them both Sue , Well done.
Have a lovely weekend .
Elaine H X

Sandie Braithwaite said...

To use your own words, Sue, simply beautiful. Love the way you have put the first card together, especially the central die in 3 layers, and I think the second card is so effective in its "simplicity ", which of course is in the eye not the making. Fab. x

Sandie Braithwaite said...

To use your own words, Sue, simply beautiful. Love the way you have put the first card together, especially the central die in 3 layers, and I think the second card is so effective in its "simplicity ", which of course is in the eye not the making. Fab. x

Lynda Mellor said...

Good morning Sue, love both cards today!!! I can't
choose : )
Off to see my new grandson : ))) Sun is shining
here let's hope it stays that way!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx

carol quinn said...

Two simply elegant cards......beautiful

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Two truly beautiful cards today - you are certainly spoiling us. If I had to choose I think my favourite would be the first one- I know this will be a shock as it is black! However, the word tree is stunning and the card just pops. Fabulous!
Beth - you deserve some pampering, so enjoy it. I'm pleased that Lauren's results were good enough for her to be able to go to Cornwall with you. That must have been a relief for you.
Love and hugs to all, Alison xxx

crossstitchmarg said...

Hi Sue,
Wow I just love these cards, thankfully I have the Tree die and it cuts out gorgeous. It's so versatile. I love the second card too, to be honest I wasn't too keen on the sentiment dies but this looks gorgeous too.

Busy weekend for me, my youngest Daughter is 30 today so we are off to Norfolk to visit her and celebrate plus spoil our darling eldest Granddaughters.

Hoping to be able to check in on your blog while we are away.
Have a lovely weekend,

Anonymous said...

Yes, Sue, fancy truly tickled!! Two very nice cards, both easy to achieve (excepting the mask technique!) do like the extra dimension with the triple layered tree and this week hard to choose a favourite.

'P' in Wales

TDQ Karen said...

Beautiful, especially the Christmas tree, love your Christmas range x

Nanny Jo said...

Two beautiful cards today, Sue. I MUST practise with my glitter paste!! The black on black effect is stunning! Jo xx

marg said...

Hello Sue
I love the triple cutting it makes such a statement!
I can't choose either which card I prefer, I like them both for different reasons!
Take care
Love Marg

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - two absolutely stunning cards, love the elegance of the Christmas tree. Have a lovely weekend, best wishes

Aspiring crafter said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue, the first just wins it !
Have a great weekend ,

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
simply beautiful, think the first one might just have the edge (on account of the splash of red) for me. BUT would love to receive either.
Wish I got the mask, can't get it anywhere now..
Hugs, Rose

karenlotty said...

Both are beautiful The black texture paste looks fabulous on black card For me the second card just "sings" to me

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue

I love both of these cards. The simplicity really appeals to me.


Jane said...

Good morning Sue, Two simply beautiful cards ,both are equally lovely,can't choose either.Take care Jane B.

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning Sue what a beautiful set of cards you have for us.
I love the dies you have used and I now have to add more to my wish list
Your designs are wonderful so are the colours.
Have a lovely day.
Debs A xxx

{Debs Cards}

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, two beautiful cards today. I love them both, but I think maybe the first one has the slight edge.

Love Rosemarie xx

djones said...

Two different cards today, and I can't really decide!!! Is it the first, or second one ? ? ? ? ?

Doreen x

Chris Curry said...

Two gorgeous cards and impossible to pick a favourite. Thank you Sue, I see my sister got here before me again. LOL Xx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Two very simple but elegant cards for us today, I just can't decide which is my favourite because I love them both equally, so Ive decided that they are both my favourites. Lol!
Hugs x
Heather T

Laura O said...

two stunning cards ,you are tempting me again with these dies ,fab fab ,Laura O

Kate's Cards said...

Two contrasting cards but both beautiful.

Janet hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Absolutely beautiful cards today, love the colours on the first one, very striking, but I also love the simplicity and elegance of the second one...BEAUTIFUL!
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

julie laz said...

Hi sue, lovely cards no beautiful and elegant cards,
Love the colours
big crafty hugs Julie laz xxx

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. I love both of today's cards - stunning :-) Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Both lovely, but 'Peace on Earth' just has the edge for me.
Lorna D

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Impossible to choose a favourite this week, both are equally gorgeous!


Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Oh! My! Word! those cards are amazing.
Love, love, love, both, they are stunning.
Have a great day
Patricia xxx

Jackie Meechan said...

Two gorgeous cards as usual Sue. First one I dont think I would have used black ribbon but it looks great, very dramatic looking with the red poinsettia. The second looks simple but then again you make them all look simple. Love two-for Friday . I cant choose which I like best. Both gorgeous.

HeatherT said...

Hi Sue,
Two stunning cards, they are so elegant.
Heather Treble

gwen70 said...

These are both stunning cards, wouldn't think of using black for Christmas but will in the future

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. No way can I choose between your beautiful cards today, especially with them being in a similar colour, except the first does have the most gorgeous bow. SueL x

Rosemary Stickland said...

Good morning Sue, really enjoying your Christmas Double Days. Two lovely cards, each special in their own way.
Rosemary xx

Tracy Welham said...

Stunning, I especially love the first one, the black and white with a touch of red looks very elegant. Creative blessings, Tracy x

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Two gorgeous Christmas cards thankyou.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

KathR said...

Yet again two beautiful cards, I love the simplicity of both cards, and the second one has given me an this space as they
Thank you for the wonderful inspiration..
Hugs Kath face a dreich Scotland...xx

Evis M said...

Hi Sue.
Two lovely cards today. I think that I like the second one best.
They are both beautiful however.
Evis M.

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue, well the sun is out so hopefully it means its going to be a lovely day. Two fabulous Xmas cards and I love how youve used the cut out paper for the second one and the embossed background for the 1st is just gorgeous.
Have a lovely day. hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. Two gorgeous, cards I couldn't pick one above the other.. Brilliant dies. Thank you for sharing. Hugs Heather.x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Beautiful card Sue, Christmas on a hot day in July!

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful cards. Just going to watch yesterday's you-tube as I didn't have time.

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Two beauties for Friday, love them both, can't choose a favourite.

Marianna Hammer said...

Beautiful cards.

anne mather said...

Hi Sue,
Two lovely cards for Friday. I'm off for a whole week so can catch up and play!!
Can't wait to try lots of your ideas and hope my cards come out looking as good as yours!
Thank you for all the inspiration and your help.
Anne M xx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Can't decide a favourite as both are fab. Mind you, I do love the Christmas Tree Greetings and featured it on my last post and its on tomorrows too lol! A beautiful little die.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Anonymous said...

hi sue I just adore the Christmas tree sentiment die and the card is just simply gorgeous. The second card with the peace on earth die is such a lovely sentiment and makes a beautiful card . If only this could come true. Thank you for your inspiration. love yvonnebennettxx

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, simple but so effective - lovely!!

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards today. I just love them both. Love the embossing folder and the mask used on the first.

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue, and all the ladies,
No. 1 is striking
No. 2 is calming
I like them both!!!!
Have a good day everyone.
Maureen xxx

fame01 said...

Hi Sue

Two great cards today I really like them both, thanks for sharing

Hugs Sarah xxx

Karen M said...

Hi Sue ,
Beautiful cards today can't choose which I like best,
Thank you for the inspiration
Karen M

Paula said...

Both so different cards, but both beautiful. If I was asked to choose one I would be unable to. It's not fair Sue, this means another trip to the shop!! :)
Paula x

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Hi Sue.
Two absolutly beautiful cards to end the week with both so classie. Its not often I say I want ALL dies in one collection, but this time I really would like them ALL, there isn't 1 single die I wouldn't use for my market cards !
Hope you have a lovely day.
Sending friendly hugs to you Sue, Alison and Sam and Tina (still floating) ? lol.
Lancashire Steph xxx

ursula said...

Quite simple looking cards, I said looking, but so stunning...both require plenty work on them....luv Ursula xx

Bejay Roles said...

Two very pretty cards today, Sue. I love the Christmas tree, it hardly needs anything else with it to make a wonderful card, just right for batch card making )x

hazel young said...

Gorgeous cards Sue love them both but the Christmas tree is my favourite x xhazel

Molly said...

Hello sue an everyone. Today's cards are both pretty an they look really nice in black an white an silver an white and I like it when you do more easy ones because then I can copy them without having to ask nan how to do it. Oh guess what nan is getting me that Christmas tree but made out of wood an I going to make it up for my mum an dad for Christmas it looks so cool I can't wait.Thank You Molly oxoxox

nannapat said...

Two stunning cards Sue but the second one is my favourite, it just looks so classic. Pat x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love both designs today and it's given me an idea for my Christmas cards, must get the tree die first

Hugs and best wishes everyone

SueJ said...

Both these cards are so elegant Sue, I love them both.
My Santa's sleigh and Wise Men Striplet Die arrived yesterday, Can't wait to have a play.

Lesley Thomas said...

Love them both Sue, but the second appeals a bit more. I have a hand punch that cuts out those tiny stars so can have them any colour my card stash and promarkers can produce!

SusanP, Kent said...

I have to say that I do prefer 'simplified' and these are lovely. Not only quicker to make, but give the main die the attention it deserves.

Jayne S said...

Both cards are simply beautiful, ideal if making lots of similar cards.

June Horrocks said...

Hi sue I could never choose between these two stunners. The angel I must have as soon as poss and the word tree what can I say love love it thank you sue love always June horrocks xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,

Love both of these but I think number two is my favourite and so quick and simple to do as well.
Beverley W

Scottydog said...

Two elegant cards but I have to say I like the simplicity of the second card. Thanks Sue, enjoy your time back home.

Deb Curtis said...

Good morning Sue and crafty ladies
you don't see black that often on Christmas cards so two very unusual colour schemes for today, the black on black backround is stunning and I love the word tree die so veering towards the first card this week. The sentiment on the second is truly beautiful though and black stars?! Very de rigueur.
Beth, my word, you have had a lot on, take a breather and enjoy your pampering, sounds wonderful.
Maggie (crossstitchmarg), have a lovely time with your girls.
Got to go ladies, duty calls - I could tell you what I'm up to but then I'd have to kill you.
Have a great day all, love and blessings, Deb C xx

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue, two very elegant cards and not a usual colour combination which makes them stand out. Mrs Duck made some decorations this week using your word die and layering it up and now you have a card with the same idea - great minds and all that, certainly stands out. Have a good weekend, love from Jackie xx

June said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, yes I am back as my PC data has been restored, sorry it has taken so long, I will go back and see the blog items I have missed. Anyway I love todays cards, both of them are beautiful in there own right, I have got to do some of these, they look so professional (well yes Sue I know you are a professional).

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

Susan Lesperance said...

We certainly need Peace on Earth.Beautiful card Sue!

Sue L'

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Sue, two gorgeous cards, the black and white colour theme is so elegant, beautiful dies and design, love that black ribbon and bow, Kate x

Zena McCalmont said...

Hi Sue
Great elegant Christmas cards. They look so complicated but they are simple because of tour wonderful dies.

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue

U really do spoil us with ur gifts. I bought the tree die after seeing this card I just love it.
Second card is lovely too but I love the tree xx

TOB said...

How beautiful are these cards, just gorgeous. How I would love all your dies.

Hugs to all especially my friend Steph.
Theresa xx

Maggie said...

Hi Sue
2 beautiful cards today love the regal black and white and I love love the swirling holly EF .
If I had to choose a card from this week it would be Monday's card as I adore the dies and with the Mocha card was a perfect colour combo for me.......but I like all the cards you show and share many thanks for all the inspiration.😊

MaggieH Capricorncrafts

nzillingworth said...



hettygarlick said...

Those are both beautiful. I love the idea of sticking layers of the Christmas tree over each other. Must remember that!

Lea Brawn said...

Gorgeous cards Sue x

Meg said...

Lovely,lovely cards Sue. I do like the tree, it's such a different style using words.

Oh Beth B, poor Steve, did he really have gardening in mind when he said to make the most of him I wonder!!!!
We have open gardens this weekend in Ingleton, Yorkshire so my John is out there battling with the weeds.
Had busy day yesterday as our Monty Poodle was poorly sick, he spent day with vet having scan on his tum - thankfully nothing sinister showed up. He has medication and is taking things easy today, just the odd bark to warn passers by he is still the boss around his home.
Our little gardening group Ingleton In Bloom came second in fancy dress at our Gala last weekend, "Lady Gardeners do it in Bloomers" and yes we were in lacy bloomers with bling and hats and gloves. Great fun.

Really must go and lend a hand in the garden now so love and hugs to you all

Pauline A said...

Morning Sue, Love the black and white cards today as they look so elegant and such a change from the usual Christmas colours. I have a word tree stamp but having seen your die, I'm afraid that it's got to go to the bottom of the pile (my stamp; not your die) as it looks wonderful. The sentiment isreally all you need on the second card; so can't really choose the best today. Sorry Sue, but you make such wonderful cards; how can any of us choose? Hugs xx Pauline A

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, love love love your tree this year, pretty sure that it will be my family cards focal point. Both cards are lovely but the black white and red is just stunning. X Ros

Sam Smithard said...

To My Very Dear Friend Sue,
Like So Many Whom Visit Your Wonderful Blog
I Love Double Card Friday's, We Are So Very Lucky
With Your Blog With Tuesday/Thursday And At Present
Saturday's You Share Your Wonderful Videos! On Wednesday
You Give Away Your Wonderful Gift Card To Be Drawn On Saturday!
On Sunday You Give Gifts To The Comments Of The Week! What Other Blog
Shares So Very Much With Everyone!
Back To Today's "Truly Remarkable Outstanding Rich Classy Cards"
As You Know I Love Black So The First Card Really Appeals To Me
I Just Love "The Fabulous Swirling Holly Embossing Folder" I Love
How You've Used Your Texture Paste Through The Very Effective
Wavy Mask, I Love How You've Cut Three Of The "Christmas Trees"
To Make Them Stand Bold Adding Your Satin Ribon And Poinsettia
Truly Awesome.
I Just Love "The Angel 2015" It's Just So Very Beautiful I Love How
You've Used The Stars From The Set Of Dies And "The Peace On Earth"
This Card Is Extremely Classy.
Sue Thank You So Very Much For Sharing Two Elegant Cards.
Take Great Care
Warmest Wishes To Your Mom And Colin
Love And Hugs To My Dear Friend
From Sam xxx
Hugs To All Wilsonettes
A Huge Hug For Lancashire Steph Take Care x

Dorothy Macdonald said...

Hi Sue.

Adorable two delightful cards for Christmas, I cannot choose one card as I love them both.

I have the two dies. and I think all your Festive Dies are brilliant, and can be used in various ways as you have stated in the second card.

The word tree, I have used this die two ways, the one you have used today, and if you cut out the die. and cut carefully between the words, you can make other cards by using just one word on each card if you like. Very versatile die ! glad I bought this word tree die.

Crafty weekend to you all

Love n hugs Dorothy Macdonald

Diane said...

Hi Sue
I'm spoilt for choice today as both cards are so beautiful, I cannot choose a favourite ! Just been looking at your Christmas dies and a couple fell into my basket, well I had a voucher to spend! Thank you so much for sharing.
Have a lovely day with your mum
Love Diane G xxx
Beth my goodness I'm worn out just listening to you rushing around! Xxx
Molly hope grandad is going on ok and how lovely you can work these cards out and surprise your lovely nan xxx

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful cards today and I have been enjoying using these dies very much!
Love how you have used the stars from the Angel die set. I cut one out and mounted it on the star on the Wiise Men die. It looked really effective. See - you have made me think!
Love both cards today in different ways.
Thank you,
Love Myra xxx

patwyn said...

Hi Sue

Two simple, elegant, beautiful cards!!! I love both of them, they are my kind of card.

Pat xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

Both your cards are gorgeous.

Joan from Newcastle upon Tyne

hotpotato said...

both stunning cards Sue, and I have both these dies.....xx

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

I love everything about this first card. From the embossing folder, to the dies, to the ribbon and the ping of colour of the Poinsettia are great. I think the second card is lovely for it's pure simplicity. I can imagine the twinkle from this card is great. As you say, it would be great for batch making. Thanks for sharing.

I always see something to tickle my fancy.

Best wishes.

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Beautiful Cards Sue!

I love both of them but my favourite out of the two is the tree one.

Happy Crafter's. X X

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good Afternon sweet Sue and the Wilsonette lovelies!

Don't you just love a bargain, and today's two for one is no exception. I must admit that at the best of times I am apt to throw everything but the kitchen sink at my cards, so at Christmas it's a free for all for me! However, a lot can be said for classic simplicity where the dies do all the hard work-I could take a leaf out of your book Sue and taper down some of my creations especially when you are required to produce large batches. It goes without saying that both cards are equally gorgeous, I love both dies, especially the Christmas tree and what a good idea to stack it together to make more dimension. I will definitely be using this colour scheme with my cards this year so thanks for the inspiration.
Beth, no wonder you have been absent for a few days! What a palaver having to repaint your craftroom again, not to mention your health woes- it sounds that, like me, you have a season ticket to the local hospital:-) all joking aside, I hope the results of your procedures are favourable and that you are raring to go for your holiday next week-if Steve has anything to do about it, you will be well and truly serviced....though does Mr B know the full extent of his services and stamina, 11hrs is impressive by anyone's standards! Good news about little Lauren though, what a load off your mind. Hope that you enjoy your pamper session, you deserve it!xxx
Deb C, I am very impressed by your ability to keep a secret on pain of death, Yvonne should forgoe any references from your commanding officer, I feel that you would be an asset to any radical organisation:-) Are your activities within the bounds of the law?
Molly, you are a little sweetheart, how impressive that you feel confident enough to do one of Sues cards on your own. Your gran will be really proud of you. I hope your grandad is coping with his treatment and he's not too upset at losing his hairxxxxx
Yvonne, had a lie in today? What kind of example is that to set to your loyal followers, a CEO should be at the helm 24/7! Looking forward to the return of Jake dear , what Mum doesn't love a suitcase of dirty washing to wade through?:-)xxx
Have a nice weekend everyone, commiserations in advance for when I win the Wednesday card giveaway tomorrow ;-)

Love and crafty hugs,


Teresa Jarkowska said...

Two simple but beautifully effective cards. I can't decide which I prefer.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful Christmas cards. Both stylish and elegant. Both favourites to me.

terrie said...

Both of these cards are really nice and look fantastic
Well done Sue

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Two stunning cards. I like them both but my favourite is the second one. Simple and chic. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.

Julie Kay said...

Wow - stunning cards Sue love the word tree. Crafty Regards Julie Kay xxx

Kellie 0:) said...

Two beautiful cards. I especially love the first one

CraftyJo said...

They're both lovely - the first one, without a bow, would be perfect ;) and I really like the simplicity of the second.

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! The embossing paste work on the black cardstock is amazing!!

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Fabulous double day, cant choose a favourite as I love them both. Have the dies used and these are wonderful samples that show how good the dies are.

Eunice said...

Wonderful double day, really both cards are impressive! Thanks for the ideas Sue.

barbara macaskill said...

Both cards are absolutely drool-worthy but my favorite is the first one!! LOVE a black and white card!!! That black sparkle embossing is divine and I love how you put it together!!! YUMMY! TFS!

IVY Cheong said...

I love both these cards as black and white are my favourite combinations. Stunning inspirations indeed. Hugs, Ivy xx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, both cards are beautiful (using your dies they can't fail to be) and I do like the Christmas tree but the second one has to be my favourite and not just because it is one of the dies I have :-) I don't have the angel's star but I am sure I can find a reasonable substitute to attempt something similar.

Beth - so pleased you will be able to take Lauren on holiday with you as I know it wouldn't be the same for you without her.


Jess Watson said...

Hi Sue, very late for me today. Was manning our little craft shop all day.
The two cards are gorgeous can't make up my mind, I love both of them.
Take care, Jess x

Brooke Bont said...

I love them both in just the simplicity of the cards and how pretty they are.

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Both cards are just gorgeous.

craftynanna jo said...

Beautiful cards Sue and i cannot decide which one to choose as the are both splendid, hugs Johanna

Mary Lynn Cox said...

2 gorgeous cards. It is close this week but I think the first one gets my vote.

Karen Drew said...

Love Fridays as not only is it the end of the week but we get a double helping of beautiful cards from you. Can't choose between the two this week
Karen xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
2 stunning Christmas creations today.
I do love black and white on a card, and that touch of red with poinsettia is perfect.
Wonderful creations made with your superb dies.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

liz spooner said...

Hi Sue beautiful cards today, I think I prefer the word Christmas tree as I have this thing about trees.xx

melody said...

Hi Sue, love the Christmas tree card both cards are lovely but the tree looks really stunning in the White with the black background, I think this tree will be used a lot this year, I love the way the creative expression make this week used it by cutting it up to make the sentiment out of it, such an easy thing but would never of thoughts of it. Take Care Melody xxxXxxx

Thove Arntsen said...

Hi Sue, So beautiful again, love Thove

Theresa Pace said...

love both cards. both simply beautiful, hugs xx

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Two very beautiful Christmas cards. Adding the black sparkler into the center of the poinsettia really shows it up really well.I have always just added a Gold one but the black is much better and stunning. A very beautiful tree card Sue.Your second card is maybe simple but the die is a large one which doesn't really need anything else added to the card .I really like this one Sue
Take care
Hazel G XX

Anonymous said...

Two beauiful cards. You are so talented Sue. Sylv P

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue, WOW Two cards, Both beautiful I love both of them.
Think these could be my chosen Christmas cards for friends and family.
Thank you for your wonderful inspiration.
Love and hugs, Brenda xxx

Saba said...

Hi Sue,
Both cards are delightful but the one which really sings to me is the Christmas tree words. I fell deeply in love with this when you first showcased it. The dies I ordered have arrived and they are all fabulous, the corner border tag is just beautiful., but the word tree is my absolute favourite and very versatile as I can get all the letters of two of my grandchildren names out of it, and for the third grandchild please can you design one with an X on it next year LOL.

Love and hugs for all

magpie said...

Hellooooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Oh wow! Another two-fer of gorgeousness! they are both beautiful Sue. I love the sentiment of the Christmas tree and the sentiment of "Peace on Earth" too. I love the background of the tree. What a great technique on the EF. Awwww Beth, you really have been through it haven't you? So glad that Lauren can go with you on holiday and that Steve has been able to help you a bit. 11 hour shifts are so hard. Hope you've had a lovely pamper day and have a wonderful time a week today, you all deserve it. Meg fantastic that you came second in the lacey bloomers! xx Molly, it's wonderful that you're going to do one of Sue's cards on your own! xx Maggie, have a wonderful time in Norfolk, "Happy birthday" to your daughter and enjoy precious times together xx Yvonne, ooooo, I wish I was. I was lucky to win two tickets to go to Ally Pally earlier this year via Simply Cards & Papercraft x It was great. We went on the Sunday though 'cause the boat race was on as well on the Saturday. But apparently it's busier on a Saturday with more stalls? x If the chance to go again comes round (plus funds, lol!) we shall make a date! Would love that xx Hope the interviews are going well for the BCAS......looks like you've got a fine fettle of candidates in the offing! lol! :) Good luck! x Take care everyone xx Sending love and hugs to you Sue, your mom and family xx Love and hugs to all our Wilsonettes who are in need xx Love Karen xx

Anonymous said...

Theresa says
Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Wow sue 2 absolutely stunning cards x I love them both x they may be simple but look so sophisticated and the colours so striking x I think both would be lovely in any colour combination really x thankyou so much again sue for sharing x
Beth glad you are being looked after today x
Lorrainr I thought yvonnes tactics were brilliant last week but yours take some beating ! Pure confidence ! I really hope it works for you xxx
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxc

Yvonne G said...

Evening Sue
Both lovely
Sorry I'm late. Reading comments, banter and BCAS planning will be on hold for the foreseeable. Not feeling so good.

Lisbeth said...

Love both cards today, sometimes the more simple cards are the most effective. Just when I thought I had got all my dies sorted for Christmas this year, I see you have some more on the way. I had better make sure I don't spend too much while I am away on holiday so I have some funds left when I get back for some more of your goodies


Lynda's craft's said...

Hi Sue & friends
Wow two stunning cards,I love love both of them I have the tree die,I haven't used it yes but
I will play over weekend now I've seen your outstanding sample. I love both cards I can't choose between them
Love Hug's Sue your Mom & family xx
Lynda Brock xxxx

Beth my goodness you have been busy no wonder you haven't Been blogging
. So very pleased Lauren is well enough to go on holiday with you.
Hope you enjoyed your pampering today. Hug's Lynda xx

Deb C I don't wish to know what your up to if your going to kill me lol. Xx

Molly I bet your card will be wonderful give it your best xx

Hug's for all my friends love Lynda xx

Natalia Smith said...

Two gorgeous cards, love the glitter and beautiful embossing x

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone.
Two absolutely lovely cards, like you working
with the gilding paste,it make it look so good.

Beth- hope you enjoyed your pampering. Glad you
are all well enough to go on holiday together and
hopefully you all get a nice break away from home.
Molly- you are very good at making a card for your
Nan, she will love that. Hope your granddad is ok
I wish everyone have a nice weekend, the weather
is meaning to be nice,yay sunshine.

Take care and hugs Maria x

Dawn Holben said...

Two beautiful cards today, can't chose a favourite as I love them both.

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Love the Christmas cards, I think I like the second one for me, they are both lovely.
Di B. xx

Hazel said...

Sue, I just love both of your cards. I have made a few with my Peace on Earth die that I won from you. You just don't need much more on the card. Hazel x

Nana on the Hill said...

These two are so lovely, really classy cards.

Desiree P said...

Hi Sue,
I love the Peace on Earth card - nothing else needed to make this stand out.x

Sheila Aberdeen said...

Beautiful cards as usual Sue keep them coming x