Friday, 28 August 2015

Christmas Double Day

Hello there my crafty blog friends!  I am showing off my Christmas 2015 Angel first off today.  This is one of those really simple cards, doesn't need any sort of detailed explanations, but I'll run through it so you have the names of the products I have used.  I started by embossing a piece of coconut white card with the Illusion Embossing folder.  It isn't a Christmas embossing folder per se, but it does remind me of snowflake swirls so I thought it would work nicely!  Next I used the smaller outside cutting edge from the Ornate Pierced Rectangle Noble die to cut an aperture out of a piece of silver card.  I used both of the cutting edges to cut a thin frame out of Sky Blue card and glued it to the silver aperture to create an edged frame.  I added mounting foam to it so that it was raised over my embossed background.  I cut the Christmas Angel out of the same silver card and added her to the centre of the frame.  I used the Peace word from the Dove of Peace die set and cut it in blue.  Lastly, I cut an assortment of the twinkle stars from the Angel set in both silver and blue and scattered them around her.  I completed the card with a white pierced mat, a thin blue and silver mat and another wider white mat.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/2" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

Card number two actually made it's debut  recently during the mini Christmas die blog launch, but I thought you might enjoy a closer look at it with some walk through directions too of course!  I started by using the Lattice mask on a piece of coconut white and pulling Polar White Sparkle Texture paste through it and allowing it to dry.  I added another small piece of card to the bottom area and a very thin piece of red card to separate it.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the snowflake tag, then spray it with permanent spray adhesive and glittered it with Diamond Snow.  I added the tag to the bottom of the card with mounting foam.  For the focal element, I picked out two shades of green card (from my stash) and cut multiple Filigree Holly dies.  I arranged them in the shape of a wreath using glue dots, then when I was happy with the shape, I added a bit of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue under the back edges of each of them, allowing the tips to remain unattached.  I added some red berries using the berry die cut then added Berry Sparkle PVA glue to them and allowing them to dry.  I completed the card with a simple white on white mat layer.   The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  8 1/2" in size.

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Pam said...

Beautiful cards Sue, love them both, so hard to choose so I won't, they are both gorgeous.
Happy Friday everyonr

Jan.moogie said...

Beautiful cards Sue love them both. Have a great day, hugs xx

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Love both cards Thank you.
John did a good job last night on the new channel,
Take care all Kitty.

Heather Rogers said...

Morning Sue

Gosh Friday again, and two beautiful cards today the second being my favourite I think. I love the holly leaves.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Anonymous said...

Two beautiful cards Sue. The wreath is my favourite. Have a nice weekend everyone. JJxx

hollyberry said...

Love both the cards but the second is my choice,love the holly wreath. Didn't see the show last night,past my bedtime! Will try to catch him today.

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning

Sue love both cards.Beautiful


Pam said...

Molly I have just read your post from yesterday. You are a very special little girl, brave, kind and helpful to your Nan and Grandad. What a little angel you are. Give my love to your family, we are all rooting for your grandad.

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Friday is twice as good now with the Christmas duo as well. They are both gorgeous Sue but I am crazy over sparkle texture paste at the moment so number two has to be my favourite today.
Have a lovely week end
Muriel x

Marianna Hammer said...

Good morning. These cards are so pretty. I love the dies, and what you do with them :)

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, another fabulous Friday post with 2 cards. Love them both, but must admit that the second one is my favourite, as I love the wreath on top of the sparkle texture paste. Have a great day. Bx

A Happercrafter6 said...

Two lovely cards, especially the wreath.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
well, I cannot decide which one is my favourite............... they are both gorgeous!
Hugs, Rose

Brenda Lello said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful cards today,
it is far to difficult to chose between them - I think they are both gorgeous.
Hope you have a lovely day, love Brenda xxx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. I can't believe it's friday again the week's are just flying by lol. Today's card's are stunning but i have to say the first one does it for me i just think your christmas angel look's so elegant and regal. Watched john yesterday and he did a great job with his demo's and looking forward to his show's today. Have a great weekend Sue.
Take care everyone and have a lovely day.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Anonymous said...

Two very nice cards today, Sue, can't pick a favourite but do like the Illusion EF.
John did brilliantly last night (when I finally got the right viewing time!) just hope they can sort out the wee problems and website soon. Nice to see full demos with little interruption, but have a feeling that selective viewing (in other words Creative Expressions) - as on C&C - will be the order of the day.

'P' in Wales

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two gorgeous cards I think the angel is my favourite today although I love them both.
Nancyd xx

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning both of them, I really like the angel card but then again I really like the wreath caard too. Yvonne xx

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Two wonderful cards, love them both
I really like what you have done with the Holly Leaves on the second one.
Have great day
Patricia xxx

auscrafts said...

Beautiful wreath card

ecco of Sheffield said...

Morning Sue
Where are the weeks going. It doesn't seem two minutes since last Friday and here we are again with a beautiful double day of Seasonal gifts.

Both of today's offerings are delicate, gentle, and so beautiful that I wouldn't be disappointed if either of them dropped onto my doormat. Of course Angels always win and Holly Wreaths are so Christmassy and traditional. I just cannot choose a favourite between them.

Well it's our last visit to the market today. I just cannot believe we're at the end of our 11weeks here so the weekend for me will be housework and packing.

To all in pain and suffering today I hope your day gets better. To everyone please take care and stay safe this Bank Holiday weekend. See you tomorrow.
Janet x

TDQ Karen said...

love them both but I really like the filigree holly, so pretty and really useful for adding just a touch of Christmas

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Love then both! Can't choose a fave this time.

Anne Crawford said...

Two lovely cards ! Couldn't possibly choose between them.
Enjoyed John's show, but they all seem quite nervous.
Hugs to all xo

PharmacyMichele said...

Two beautiful cards-my favourite is the filigree holly wreath one. Simply stunning.


Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning sue what beautiful cards I adore the angel one and the designs are absolutely wonderful.
Have a lovely day

Debs A xxx

carol quinn said...

2 beauties today my favourite is the angel!

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, you are spoiling us again with two beautiful cards, do love Fridays!! I did watch John on the new channel yesterday, it was nice to see a full demo without all the interruptions and silly nonsense that you get on C&C. I know they had a few teething problems but sure that will soon be sorted and I wish them luck for the future. Love Jean xxx

lilian said...

Hi Sue, two very beautiful cards, to choose one would be impossible.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. Two very pretty cards, I couldn't choose between them.x

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue both of these cards are gorgeous. I love them both. I did watch the new channel yesterday it was nice to watch the demos without so many interruptions. John seemed very relaxed yesterday I will try and watch again today. I hope you have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

Kath said...

Fabulous cards, the dies and embossing on both cards are wonderful.
Kath x

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue

Love both cards. Also loved the Creative Expressions show yesterday on Hochanda. Looking forward to today's shows.


HeatherT said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful Christmas cards, love the angel she is so pretty. The holly wreath is lovely too, very elegant.
Thanks for sharing,
Heather Treble

Aspiring crafter said...

Two beautiful cards Sue and I cannot choose a favourite !
All the dies are fantastic!

Karen M said...

Morning Sue,
I like both cards today ,but the Angel just edges in front for me,
Thank you
Karen M

Vanessa Lee said...

Hi Sue
Lovely cards, I'm very fond of holly wreaths for Christmas. Aren't I lucky I have the dies to make it. Thanks for the inspiration
Vanessa x

Julie Elli said...

I love your double days Sue, both so lovely.
Big hug
Julie E

Jane said...

Good morning Sue, Two beautiful cards love them both! Take care Jane B.

June said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, oh such beautiful cards today, I received my order of some of your new festive collection yesterday and have got all of the dies you have used today so I am really pleased. I really like the new Angel one, you did say it would be a cracker and it certainly is.

Looking forward to seeing you on Hochanda soon, John did brilliantly yesterday.

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

hazel young said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue love them both xx hazel

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue spoilt for choice again! The angel you have designed this year shines out for me much as I like your wreath. John showed off your new dies last night by which time a lot of gremlins had been sorted do it made an enjoyable show. Love from Jackie xx

crossstitchmarg said...

Good Morning Sue,
Both cards are lovely, I think I like the Angel the most.
Probably because I'm thinking of my own Angel my son would have been 41 today he lived 18 days. Strange you cope fine every day then this day comes and even after all these years the loss is still so overwhelming.
I will have to shake the mood off, throw myself into crafting today, always my therapy.
Two beautiful cards.

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards again , however if i had to choose a favorite it would be Number 2 ,the wreath is so beautiful .
Have a lovely weekend.
Elaine H X

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Well it's Friday yet again - I don't know where the days go! Two gorgeous cards today, both are special in their own right and I'm certain that anyone would treasure them if they dropped through their letter box. If I was forced to choose, I would choose the holly wreath - I think it's because of the colours. Thank you for the step by steps for them. Love and hugs to everyone and hope that you all have as good a day as possible. Love Alison xx

Barbara Gosden said...

Lovely cards, I enjoyed all the detail and texture in them, the swirly embossing folder used for the first card, and the exquisite detail of the holly die used for the second card

I watched John on the new tv channel last evening and thought he coped well with the distracting chatter of the presenter, and his cards were lovely.

My stamps arrived, thank you Sue I shall enjoy using them.
B xx

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Love both of today's gorgeous cards. Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

Jill Berg said...

Love the new christmas dies

hettygarlick said...

Marvellous cards again today and I love the way you've done the holly berries. They look so real!

Anne said...

Love the wreath card, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

Elizabeth Beal said...

Hi Sue & Lovely Wilsonettes

Two very gorgeous cards Sue & very ideal for the ones you need to send in the post, although they are far from being simple ones. I’d say that the designs have a very bold statement without the need for the fabulous embellishments that I so love on your cards. I have the illusions EF but never would have thought to incorporate it into a Christmas design. Thank you Sue for the fabulous EF idea & for the inspiration that seems to come so naturally for you. You have helped me to look at each die in a different way to see how else I could use it. X x x

I am writing this in word in the hope that my BT Hub will stop flashing red & allow me copy, paste & to post this, being flashing red since yesterday...BT said that due to the sheer number of people connecting to their internet & remaining on there for the Hochanda channel it had slowed everything down but at least it wasn’t a technical problem... I don’t think even the Internet providers were prepared for the sheer volume of people connecting up to watch Hochanda etc. I did housework first yesterday to catch up, and then I was going to read comments, write my own, and then settle down to watch our Fabulous John last night. Didn’t quite work out that way.

The one thing I really enjoyed when watching John was the fact that interruptions were very few & he got the chance to demonstrate in his fantastic workshop many brilliant hints & tips, I learned so much from you so thank you John, I will be watching & or recording the rest of your shows. There were some mild technical hitches which is what you would expect with something new being launched but I think the presenters & demonstrators handled it with grace & just carried on regardless.

MOLLY sweetie...I was moved to tears by what you had written yesterday & my heart aches for yourself & your family but I was also very moved that you are there for your Nan & Granddad in any way that you can; losing his hair is like a grieving process for him; first the tears, then the why, then the acceptance. Making a card for him was a beautiful thing to do & although he had tears when he read it your Nan was right he would have cried for the loss of his hair & he would also have cried with joy that his loving, caring granddaughter was so thoughtful in making him that card.

If you haven’t already would your family be happy for you to talk to someone from Macmillan...the nurses are wonderful, they are there for the family, they are wonderful listeners & could help you to understand...I know that you have your Nan & your family but sometimes talking to someone neutral helps you to spill it all out. Molly, Melody & Family you are all in my prayers every day. Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) x x x x x

Well my friends I am going to dash this off as I have blue light on Hub; took long time to get it & a long time to get this far so can’t waste it.

Sending love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) to you Sue, your family & of course to all our Wilsonette friends Beth B x x x

foxyg said...

Two gorgeous cards, the first one is my favourite.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - so difficult to choose a favourite today, love the simplicity of the angel card as the die is so elegant and doesn't need a lot of embellishment and the holly wreath is just so delicate. Great that we are getting to see more of your wonderful dies on Hochanda, what a treat! Best wishes

karenlotty said...

Yay! iPod letting me comment today Both cards are stupendous I wold not be able to decide on a favourite

gwen70 said...

Two more beautiful cards Sue, love them both

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue
both cards are lively today. If I had to pick a favourite it would be the angel.
Joan from Newcastle

Anonymous said...

Sorry meant to say lovely.

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Both lovely cards (of course). I agree that the illusion embossing folder really suits the angel. Thought John had a really good debut yesterday and looking forward to seeing him again this today. SueL x

Gloria Robey said...

Hope you do not have to decide on theses beautiful cards but if so I think it will be the angel .Gloria(sidcup) xx

anne mather said...

Hi Sue
I like both of these but my favourite is the holly wreath. It is so pretty. Love the mask and I bought it when you used it on another card. Really nice.Anne M xx

Jane Franklin said...

Not normally a fan of Angels or wreaths on cards but I think you have converted me. I like them both. Jxxx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, two great cards, very hard to choose so I won't. It seems Christmas is rushing towards us rather too quickly for my liking, I can't get into the right mindset. I hope everyone has a peaceful weekend. We have the very big Wings and Wheels air show just up the road from me this weekend. So I am praying there will not be any terrible disasters like Shoreham.

Love Rosemarie x x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Two beautiful card, love them both. I,m going to order the angel. Have a good day.

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Very pretty cards love them both. love Jean Z xxx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Hi Sue - two very beautiful cards today and though don't normally do Angels think this one pips it for me and am tempted to order this die. However do love both and think the wreath effect is just as beautiful.

Kate's Cards said...

Both lovely cards but number two is my favourite. xxx

Anonymous said...

Two gorgeous cards my favourite is the Holly wreath . Will definitelyhavetotry this . Love yvonnebennettxx

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue, gorgeous pair of Xmas Cards and I love them both equally. You always create such stunning designs and I wish I was as talented as yourself with all the different designs you come up with. hugs Shirleyxxxx

SueJ said...

Two lovely Christmas cards Sue.

rolfi said...

Good morning Sue,
both cards are stunning but my favourite is the one with the wreath because it´s a little more tradional.
Rolf xxx

Sam Smithard said...

To My Very Special Friend Sue,
I'm Aware I Say This Every Friday But I So Love Fridays As
It's Double Cards And At Present "The Most Exceptional Christmas Cards"
It's Very Difficult To Choose As Yes You've Guessed It I Love Them Both,
But I Must Admit The First Is Just Magnificent As I Just Really Love This
Beautiful Angel Die Which I've Started To Use As You Have Done And
As You Have Done In Many Of Your New Videos With Your More "Delicate
Dies" I Cut Them Three Times To Give More Height, And She Cuts Fabulously
I Love The "Illusion" Embossing Folder Also Your Ornate Pierced Rectangle Noble Die
Also Using The Word Peace From The Dove Of Peace Die, Plus Beautiful Stars Just So Rich
And Very Opulent.
Card Number Two I Really Love The Fabulous "Lattice" Mask Where You Have Then
Spread Your "Polar White Sparkle Texture Paste" Through This Leaves A Tremendous
Impression Which I Just Love Fabulous Dies The Filligree Holly Die And Snowflake Tag
Where You've Added Diamond Snow To Your Sentiment, Then Used The Stunning
Berry PVA Sparkle Glue This Product Is Just Fabulous.
Sue Thank You So Very Much For Sharing
John Did A Great Job, The Channel Had A Few Teething Problems In The Beginning
But I'm Sure So Did C&C When They First Started, As The Day Went On It Got Better There Is
Great Things To Come Like There Starting A Garden In There Courtyard From The Very Beginning
Take Great Care My Friend
Warmest Wishes To Your Mom And Colin
Love And Huge Hugs To Yourself
Hugs To All Wilsonettes
Huge Hug To Lancashire Steph Take Great Care x

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. Two beautiful cards today. Thank you for sharing these delights with all of us. Hugs Heather.x

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful cards today. Thanks for sharing these with us. You are so multi talented.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. The only good thing about the weeks flying by is that we get to Friday Double Day again so quickly: ) Two beautiful cards, either would be a treat to receive but you know how much I love my Filigree Holly dies so the second one just has the edge for me. And I must say I love how the Lattice mask looks behind the wreath. Thanks for two more inspirational cards Sue.
John did a great job representing C E yesterday, it was so good to get to enjoy watching a demo with very few interruptions. He is doing a great job again today, I can't wait to see you, both on Hochanda and at Ally Pally : )
Molly, my heart goes out to you and your family. Please think about talking to a MacMillan nurse, if you don't already. Ask Mum or Nan about how to contact them. MacMillan are there for everyone in the family. You are a wonderful person, I wish there were more people like you in the world as it would be a much better place. Sending you a very big hug x Hugs to everyone.Take care xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Very pretty.
Beverley W

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
what wonderful Christmas cards today.
I love the both wonderful designs.
Now this is funny because I have been thinking of making a holly wreath card, and just haven't got round to it yet.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

TOB said...

Two beautiful cards. Simply gorgeous.
Hugs Theresa xx

Rosemary Stickland said...

Lovely cards, especially the holly wreath.
Rosemary xx

Paula said...

Two lovely cards Sue, but I couldn't for a moment pick a favourite! You do make me feel guilty though, I haven't started my Christmas cards yet!! :(
Paula x

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two gorgeous Christmas cards. Both beautiful in different ways. My favourite is the Angel.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, two beautiful cards today, I can't choose which is my favourite, both are lovely.
Watched Johns shows yesterday, they were very good, a lot of tips, and he got to demonstrate without any hard sell, looking forward to more.
Take care everyone, Jess xxx

magpie said...

Helloooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Ooooo how can you ask us to choose......the Angel for all it stands for in the Nativity and as you say she doesn't need much added. The wreath is lovely too. I love how you have left the bottom part of the wreath card plain and then added a fancy sentiment there. Just beautiful xx "Thank you Sue" xx I haven't watched yesterday's video yet but I can honestly say from what I can see...."Wow, stunning card! xx Love and hugs to you Sue, your mom and family xx Sending love and hugs to all our Wilsonettes, away or present, too xx Love and hugs to you too Molly and your nan and granddad xx Like Beth B has said, you will find the Dougie Mac nurses angels themselves. Please go and talk to them, they're are wonderful xx Take care everyone xx Love Karen xx

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue two beautiful cards today and impossible to choose between them I love Fridays as we get two cards for the price of one.

Scottydog said...

Two beautiful cards today Sue (you do spoil us!) if I had to decide I think it would be the holly wreath.

hotpotato said...

Stunning cards Sue. xx

utilitygirl said...

2 more beautiful cards Sue - a job to choose a favourite, both are great.

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Two lovely cards - the second one is my favourite this week as I'm a sucker for Christmas wreaths - I made several cards last year using your holly spray dies...

Watched the Hochanda launch and John's show last night, not impressed with the fuzzy picture quality or the sound and they're going to have to do something to bring us better close-ups...and their "Freedom Club" is far too expensive at £7 per month...that works out at £84 per year!'d have to spend like crazy to take advantage of the free postage...

Saba - thanks for that feedback...I saw Paul Wright on the launch shaw chatting to Barbara Grey, more or less confirming what you'd said...


Zena McCalmont said...

Hi Sue
Great cards. Look forward to seeing you on Hochanda, hopefully without the problems.
Zena x

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Your Angel card is so pretty and I agree with you that the Illusion Embossing folder does have a swirling snow feel to it. I really love the simple appearance of the Wreath card. The Lattice background is lovely and the little red stripe is great. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

Crafty Cruiser said...

Two really lovely cards
Doreen R

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
It's Friday again so two more lovely Christmas cards! I love them both but the first is my favourite - I think!!
Yesterday's Launch went as well as these things can I think! It's not easy for anyone involved and people have such high expectations . However John did exceedingly well - that's not meant to be as condescending as it sounds. He looked fairly relaxed, although I'm sure he wasn't. He always showcases your dies really well. Looking forward to seeing more from Creative Expressions as well as some others who have been missing!
Have a good day, everyone!
Love, Myra xxx

Lesley Thomas said...

Two super cards Sue, can't choose as I like them both! Looking forward to your Hochanda show today at 12 - a bit of a shaky start yesterday, I got the impression that they weren't quite ready, and VERY disappointed the web site wasn't up, for ordering.

Hazel said...

Good morning Sue. Loved these two cards when you were shoe casing your new dues. Hazel x

Susan Lesperance said...

Both cards are beautiful as always.


Meg said...

Love the Holly leaves wreath Sue it looks really delicate.

Molly I send my love to you, your Nan and Granddad. Please know that all your friends here are supporting you and always ready to 'listen'. Love and hugs especially for you.


KarinsArtScrap said...

these are so beautiful Sue
Gr Karin

Sandie Braithwaite said...

Both cards are beautiful. I am watching John's 3rd live show. He is doing a great job with your dies. Sadly Chris and I can't make it to his demo day at the Stables on Saturday. It's her birthday and we have a family lunch planned. Family time is important. Might just have to get to Kettering instead! That would be a treat.

June Horrocks said...

I could never choose between these two thank you sue love them love you too
June horrocks xxxxx

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue, two lovely cards. I think my favourite is the angel one though.

John does a wonderful job demonstrating your dies Sue. He is a natural in front of the camera too. You definitely found a gem there.

Love Helen x

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful cards.

Yvonne G said...

Hi Sue
Can't choose. Both lovely.
Seen a little of Hochanda in between napping.
My get up and go is still no where to be seen.
Take care everyone
Crafty hugs

Jan from Long Island said...

Good morning or good afternoon! Both cards are so beautiful...thank you for sharing!
Have a beautiful day!!!

Dorothy Macdonald said...

Love both of the cards, as I have two recipients that would love them. I have both the dies, and the Angel I do like, as I have younger nieces who love it. For me, I love Holly for Christmas.

Have a lovely craft weekend.

Love n hugs from Dorothy Macdonald in Baldock

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

Your cards are so beautiful. I especially love the filigree holly die...must check it out with my State-side craft sources to see if I can find it over here. So pretty. Jan D., Florida, USA

NancyR said...

Sue, these are great! I'm actually partial to the holly one as I like the white background with just a pop of color. Keep up the great work.

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, both cards are lovely and I don't want to choose between them.

I watched John's show last night and thought he did very well. As I am out today I have set all of his shows to record and enjoy later.

Melody & Molly - thinking of you and the rest of your family at this very trying time. Fingers crossed that Francis can get through this bad spell and get well enough for more treatment.


Jacquie said...

Two beautiful cards Sue, love them both but the Angel is my favourite.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Both cards are great, but the holly wreath is my fave.

Saba said...

Hello Sue,
Both cards are really lovely and I can't chose between them. Loved seeing the samples you made for John's shows, he did a brilliant job. Hopefully all the problems will be sorted by the time you are on, it looks very promising, except for the, to my mind, ridiculous monthly subscription.

Molly you are a beautiful girl helping your Nan out. So sorry your granddad has lost his lovely hair, these are very sad times for you all. You must be going back to school soon, do you have a teacher there who you could talk to? I shall be saying a special prayer for you and your Nan and Granddad tonight. Xxxx

Maggie, such a sad day for you today, sending you some comfort hugs. Xxx

Sandra my dear friend HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Hope you are having a fabulous day.
Love and hugs for all
Saba xxx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful favourite would have to be the holly wreath!!!

terrie said...

Two beautiful cards...I also like the two color combo on the wreath.
Well done Sue

Anonymous said...

Theresa says
Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Both cards are gorgeous sue x I absolutely love the angel she is beautiful x it may be a simple card but its stunning x the wreath looks like a brilliant die and I love what you have done with the mask x thankyou sue x
Maggie sending you a big hug x I find crafting so theraputic it has helped me through so much x time and troubles just seem to disappear xxx
Molly just read your comment from yesterday you are such a little angel xxx sending you and your nan and grandad a big hug x
Yvonne really hope you feel better soon x
Lorraine I can assure you the card would be treated with as much love as I give to my own family ! Probably more actually as its a sue masterpiece but don't tell them that ! I would even make hubby sleep on the floor and tuck it in next to me x my passport is unfotunately out of date so no chance of eloping x
Off to try and watch more hochanda which isn't easy with moderate hearing loss but I'm sure things will improve x john has been doing a fantastic job x
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

barbara macaskill said...

Both of today's cards are stunning! I especially love Christmas Angel because I love angels!! TFS!

Dawn Holben said...

Both gorgeous cards today, I really like the holly leaves arranged into a wreath.
The effect gives a lovely traditional look and love the angel too.
I love looking at the Christmas cards as I need all the inspiration I can get at the moment but I also love looking at all of your cards.

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Sue, two bery beautiful cards, the embossing on each of them is just so lovely and the wreat and angel are gorgeous dies, so very delicate, hugs Kate x

IVY Cheong said...

Love both the cards. Hugs, Ivy xx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Both the cards are lovely, I do like the holly wreath you've created from the holly leaves
Molly sending you special hugs and thinking of your Nan and Granda

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Eunice said...

Two very nice cards but I have to say that the holly wreath is my fave! I love to see how you use the dies and in what combination you use them in. Thanks for all your ideas, Sue!

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! Love your wreath..

Suzzette Yandle said...

Two lovely Christmas cards today. I adore the holly wreath with it's two shades of green and red berriers. Your addition of the texture paste to the holly wreath card was a splendid idea. I have yet to try texture paste, but have some on hand to give it a try after watching you use it on a couple of your videos.

Bejay Roles said...

Hi, Sue,
I love both these cards. My favourite part of this year's angel has to be her star trail, very pretty. I think, though, that I love the holly wreath more, if only for the fact that the holly die is a bit more versatile than the angel. Thanks for sharing them both with us. xx

Jackie Meechan said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue love them both.

Jackie Meechan said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue love them both.

Jackie Meechan said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue love them both.

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

I love wreaths so card two just edges it though they are both beautiful. I really do need to play with that texture paste I brought as its so pretty and sparkly. Have been watching John and it was lovely to see the whole construction, start to finish, John always explains things so clearly, and I think he has blossomed under your wing. Next stop is his blog to congratulate him on a job well done. I didn't order as I like to shop online so I can keep track of how much I'm spending and pick out what I need. I did a vitual spend to see if I could be trusted with a call centre buy and oh dear... no, I can't be trusted to keep track! Got opticians tomorrow so if I don't need new glasses again (last lot 6 months ago) I might buy a die or two to celebrate!

Molly, you really are a most amazing young lady. I caught up with yesterdays posts and saw your post about your poor grandad. When he got that card I reckon he realised how grown up you are to notice how upset he felt. I agree with the other Ladies about Macmillan, they looked after some of my friends. They are lovely to talk to. I don't know if you're going to a new School in September or not, if it's the same school I do think it'd help you if there's an adult you trust to at least know what is going on, if it's a new school I know that there are systems in place so that young people who need a friendly ear can get one. There are also young carers groups all over the UK, my brothers used to go as they helped me and our Dad. It's a chance to talk to others your age who also help their families out doing the things that their families find difficult. Your school would know where your nearest group was if you and your parents felt it was something you'd like to explore, you're doing a grand job Molly but don't hold it in if you need to talk to someone.

My brother used to put the bin out for me too. I was so, so grateful as it was something that I really needed help with even if others didn't think it was much of a big deal- it was very much a big deal to me, cos my kitchen would really pong if he didn't do that!

Give Nanna & Grandad a hug from Billy and me and take two hugs for yourself xxx

Theresa W, glad you're getting to grips with the letterpress :-)

Sorry I've been absent. Between my usual happenings and dealing with people employed to deliver adaptations when they clearly are clueless it's all been a bit much. I'm so tired I might actually sleep tonight!

Hugs to Sue, Mom and all Wilsonettes, have a great weekend!

T x

Stephanie Cotterill said...

His Sue.
Both beautiful but 2nd is my overall favourite.
Hoping that if you are still with mom, Erica bypasse's you !
Sending much love, stay safe special friend.
Lancashire Steph xxx

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Beautiful Cards Sue!

They are both lovely.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

CraftyJo said...

They're both lovely :)

Evis M said...

Hi Sue.
I love both cards but the angel is really my favourite.
Evis M.

Molly said...

Hello sue an everyone. The 2 cards are both nice but I really think the angel 1 I think she is really pretty. Thank you everyone an yes the Macmillan team people have been round an spoken to us an said we can call them at anytime. Thank you all for thinking of me but I am ok I just don't like seeing my nan upset because she try's really hard to make out everything is ok when everyone nos its not an she really not well herself my granddad was her full time carer because she as cancer an now spine problems but since granddad got unwell she as started to look after him when really she not meant to be doing to much that's why me dad an mum have been helping with things even my 2 little sisters do some things as well. My nan said we all have to be strong an not let granddad see us being worried. I don't no if nan will be ble to comment today because they have gone to. London hospital an won't be home to late tonight but I no she would really like today's cards an I think she would like the 2nd one best. Mum said I must not say things to make you think I need to talk to anyone an think there is something rong with me because I am ok an I have lots of family but thank you for thinking about me. I no my nan thinks your all very kind an so do I. Thank you Molly oxoxox

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good Afternoon Sue and the lovely Wilsonettes!

Wow! I just love double day Fridays, even though I haven't even considered getting out my Christmas do dahs it gives me plenty of inspiration for when I do. Where are the weeks going to though, it's getting scarily closer so I'd better get a shift on and stop dawdling-it's a case of too many birthdays not enough time!
It's always a challenge to pick which masterpiece is my favourite but I think that the wreath, just because of the colours, gets my vote though they are both stunning. I really like this years angel, she will be my next investment for sure because she is such value for money.
I have been watching some of Johns shows and his professionalism and presenting skills have improved beyond measure, you have found a little diamond there Sue, and his enthusiasm for your products almost matches mine:-)
Hochanda are steadily improving but they really need to get their website up and running because many of us prefer to browse and buy online rather than phoning in. I know that you will be appearing on the 12th of Sept but does that mean that you will never be on C&C again....I'm greedy, I want it all!
Not much time for crafting today, had my hair dyed because I was beginning to get my natural brown peeking through instead of my preferred violet brown- I sometimes wonder if I have a lot of grey hairs now but I never intend to find out-I've been dying my hair since I was 11 and the thought of growing old gracefully fills me with horror!
Though, in light of what Melody and Molly are going through, these fripperies seem trivial. I agree that the Macmillan nurses would provide invaluable support to your family- my Aunt Pat had an inoperable brain tumour and they nursed her at home in her final couple of months and were a godsend to my uncle. They could provide counselling as well as practical help to take some of the burden away from you all. I worry that you may not have anyone outwith the immediate family to confide in, that could be crucial in helping you through this difficult time. Starting school again and being around your friends will help I am sure, but please know that we are all thinking of you both, and Francis, at this timexxxx
Yvonne, you sound like your suffering dear, I hope you regain your strength soon-sleep is definitely the best medicine!
Theresa, I am suitably convinced of your reliability-getting a Sue original is a lifetime commitment that cannot be taken lightly and I can tell that you will take your role will your hubby feel about being relegated to the spare room when you give our little treasure the care and attention required throughout the night?:-)
Love and healing hugs to everyone in need of a bit of TLCXXXXX



Linda28 said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful offerings today, just cannot decide which is my favourite. Enjoyed John's show last night and recording today's to watch over the weekend. Take care, Linda.

Karen Drew said...

Two beautiful cards. Think the second one is my most favourite.

enjoyed watching John last night. he did a cracking job. Liked the way he was able to demo all the way through without keep getting interrupted. Recorded todays shows and will watch later
Karen xx

Janet hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Two lovely cards, think the second one has my vote, it's amazing how you can make a wreath out of one small die in different shades of green....beautiful.
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

Jill Liddle said...

Both lovely cards today.I love them both the same.

Helen Terry said...

Hi Sue
Two stunning christmas cards , I love the angel and holly dies you have used they make the cards look extra special.
crafty hugs
Helen Terry

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, I'm loving both cards.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, I'm loving both cards.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Mary Lynn Cox said...

Both cards are beautiful. I think I am rather partial to the angel card.

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue, and all the ladies,
I love both of today's cards, but number 1 is my favourite. Angels are so special.
Love, hugs and prayers to Molly, Grandad and family.
Happy Birthday Sandra.
Love to all
Maureen xxx

Diane said...

Hi Sue
Oh Christmas cards, it must be Friday! Gosh the weeks are flying by! I do love the second one best Sue but they are both so lovely. Thank you for sharing.
Take care love Diane G xxxx
Molly sending you a big hug xxx

liz spooner said...

Hi Sue, Both the cards are lovely, I do like the holly wreath more as I'm a traditionalist which means xmas trees holly

Pearl said...

Love both cards today Sue, which are both fab.

I did buy the holly leaf set and after cutting out several of the single leaves I only have one request.

When you are thinking about new sets of dies to create, could you think about making a whole page of single leaves? It would be so much better to cut out a whole bunch of leaves rather than cutting them out one or two at a time.

Maybe a page of mixed sizes or at least leaves in two sizes on a page - or whatever it is the die equivalent of a page is ????

That gives scope for selling a lot more dies to us busy crafters, doesn't it?

lots of love and craftihappiness everyone.

Pearl x

Laura O said...

Sue two fantastic cards ,don't have a favourite I like both ,Laura O

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Both cards are gorgeous in their own right but I am drawn to the second one more, perhaps because it is in traditional Christmas colours.
Lorraine from Norwich

Tracy Stitt said...

Hiya sue.
What a feast today. Two smashing cards but the second is my favourite not so keen on angels I'm afraid. I love the holly wreath xx

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pinky said...

Two beautiful cards Sue, thought the angel was my favourite till I saw the wreath! stunning!!

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Love both cards,I have the 2015 Angel and am looking forward to making some Christmas cards with it.
Again John has done an impressive job and fitted loads of demo's in.

Joan Donaldson said...

Hi Sue, both the cards are lovely

Haze T said...

Hi Sue

Love both cards equally, both stunning & love the colour combo's on each one.

Beautiful traditional Christmas cards...

Crafty Hugs
Haze T xx

MRS DUCK said...

Good evening Sue and everyone
Its the second card for me as I have that mask and also the snowflake border and tag die set too so I have a fighting chance of doing something similar lol!
The holly wreath looks terrific.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Vie Carter said...

Two beautiful festive cards, love the angel


Theresa said...

Hi Sue and all your crafty crew
Ohh I do so like the new 2015 angel and I am proud to own it and love it
Your cards are again so beautiful
Hugs to those in need of one
Theresa G x

Theresa Pace said...

love the wreath. fab use of dies, hugs xx

Lesley Cann said...

Two lovely cards but I favour the angel as I have already made some cards using the angel die. Have a good weekend.

Chris Curry said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue, if I had to pick a favourite I think it would be the second one. Thank you.Xx

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

2 lovely festive cards today, the wreath is my favourite.

Big Hugs To all :-)

Tina XX

nannapat said...

The angel die is so beautifully detailed and your card is lovely. The wreath is absolutely stunning and this is my favourite card of the two. Pat x

Love2papercraft said...

Hello Sue & Lovely Wilsonettes!
I'm behind on the blog a bit. I'm afraid most of my vacation has been spent tending to the tedious (bill paying, budget making, making those phone calls I'm not able to make while working- you know the ones where you need to have something corrected or a ? Answered or tech support and u get "press 1 for this, press 2 for that etc"? Inevitably, what I need is either the last one on the list - or not on the list at all. Can't someone just answer the phone & talk to me? Anyway it's made me a bit cranky because it has kept me from doing what I want...which is to craft. But in the scheme of things, it's just an annoyance - nothing compared to the heartache and pain some of you all are going through. So hugs to all who need one!
Both cards are stellar (no pun intended regarding the angel :) I think the holly wreath wins for me tho just because I love the delicacy of the leaves. That said I would be giddy if either showed up in my mailbox at the holidays!
Oh have mercy- a couple of you ladies suggested I try the Joanna Sheen website since I have trouble finding SW dies here in the I mentioned, I had briefly looked at it when I first read the blog, but thought it might be too confusing or take too long ordering overseas. I also assumed (silly me) that I would be able to find everything here in the good ole US of A. Now I know better about finding the dies here and since you were kind enough to mention it, I checked it out again. Going to the online site and seeing the availability of the dies was a little bit like stepping into the light and hearing an angelic chorus all around me! I was ecstatic! I started throwing things in my cart like the madwoman I am, then I gathered my senses and removed quite a lot

Marianne's Craftroom said...

love the holly wreath, great idea, must give that a try

Love2papercraft said...

Oh for heavens sake! Perhaps my iPhone is (not so politely) telling me to stop being so long winded! It wouldn't let me type another character on my previous post. So I'll continue on a second post (obviously, hint not taken IPhone, lol). I removed items from my cart (probably not enough - hence the budgeting I spoke of earlier) and placed an order. The prices (yes figuring out the conversion was not at all complicated) were very good - and free shipping! We'll see how long it takes to arrive, but I'm sooooo excited! So Jan in Florida - check it out if you are still having trouble sourcing SW dies! Most of my previous SW purchases were through eBay (locals don't carry large selection) and several of those were purchased from the UK. Whoever that seller was made a huge profit because I compared them to Joanna Sheen's prices and I got "taken" on those previous purchases. Oh well , lesson learned! So thanks ladies for telling me about Joanna Sheen! I ordered a couple of the Noble dies and an ef and some diamond eager for their arrival!
I don't get Hochanda here and haven't had any luck with the website as yet, but seems overall the launch went ok. So tell me, who is this "John" and does he have a blog? Dare I ask or will it be something else that keeps me up too late? Lol. My phone is causing difficulties again so I better sign out before everything I typed disappears again - I think I read someone else was having problems with posting from iPhone? Anyway, Ta Ta for now! Thanks for sharing your talent Sue! Thanks for the comradery (however that is spelled) Wilsonettes! Rebecca in Colorado

Always Learning said...

Two more stunning cards. I have recently purchased the noble dies (they cut so well) and I am now looking at the Christmas collection. Decisions, decisions...Looking forward to seeing you on Hochanda.

fluffycat said...

Rebecca - "John" is John Lockwood and this is his blog He is part of the Creative Expressions design team.

Lynda's craft's said...

Good evening Sue & Friends
Two beautiful cards I love the Angel I have the die but haven't made a card yet,the second one is stunning
Love both of them, I was upset I could get Hochanda on Freeview so didn't see John.

Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

TOB Theresa sending Hugs xx

Molly your such a beautiful & thoughtful Grandaugha sending ((((((((((Hug's))))))) for you & your nan & Grandad & all the family
Your a special young lady xxxxxx

Hug's to all my friends Love Lynda xxxx

melody said...

Hi Sue, 2 beautiful cards today what's not to like about either of them, I like them both but feel the second one would be the one I would like to have a go at. Take Care Melody xxxXxxx

The Macmillan nurses are fantastic, Thank again ladies for your kind thoughts.

Please be sure Molly is ok she knows she can talk to us or anyone if she felt the need
An believe me she very well switched on for her age, please don't think by what she says on here
that she as any weight put on her whatsoever, she is a little beauty an wants to help anyway she can.
She shares on here because she reads what others say about there life's storys and she wants to be a part of it all
Sue letting her join this blog as made her feel grown up an she wants to join in.
Thank you all for taking time out for her and for all your kind wishes for my husband Francis an myself at this very difficult trying time.
Take care Melody xxxXxxx

Dorothy Mutafopulos said...

Hi Sue,
Love these cards. Each card is stunning in its own way. The angle card is so beautiful and the peace die is just right. The wreath card is so beautiful with the added texture paste.
Thank you for sharing.

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful card, love them, the embossing is beautiful and the die cuts are both lovely.
Di B. x

Marie said...

Your work is always so elegant and inspiring! My mind needs to focus on Christmas cards soon!

Sandy H said...

Two lovely cards. Love the texture paste on the background of the holly wreath.
Somehow managed not to comment yesterday, possibly because for the first time in weeks I actually managed to watch a video on the day it was posted. Yesterday's card was absolutely gorgeous.
Molly, Melody and family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Molly, you have such a beautiful heart.
Take care everyone.

DeCor said...

I love the way you have framed out the angel, it really makes her pop just enough. What a great eye you have for getting the best from a die! And how beautiful the wreath looks with the black interspersed with the green. One of the nicest wreaths I have seen! Thank you again for so much inspiration!

my craft cupboard said...

Two beautiful Christmas cards!!! Love them both!

Anonymous said...

Afternoon Sue, hope you are keeping well. Have missed you on the c&c shows recently. I noticed you are going to be on the HOCANA channel soon. Will be watching you then.
Loving the beautiful cards as always.
Crafty hugs.
Annie.B, from Irchester, Northants

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful Christmas cards
Take care
Hazel G XX

ursula said...

Beautiful cards a Sue..luv Ursula xx

Littlelamb said...

Didn't realise I hadn't commented. Love both of these cards but think the 1st one wins but not much I. It.

Jean said...

So gorgeous!