Friday, 4 September 2015

Christmas Double Day

 Hello there my crafty friends!  Both cards today are more on the CAS (clean and simple) side, no flowers, no extra frills and loads of white card!  I started this one by cutting an aperture in the middle of a piece of coconut white card with the oval from the Peeking Snowflake die set.  I added mounting foam to the back to raise it.  I used one of our newer embossing folders called Star Swirls to emboss the piece of white card that I seated the aperture over.  I cut a slightly larger piece of white card and added the aperture to that leaving room below for my Peace sentiment.  I cut it in both black and white and used the black one for an offset shadow behind the white one.  Next I inked some white card with Forest moss and crushed olive and cut several of the Holly Spray out of it.  I tucked it around the left side of the oval as an accent.  I cut two of the Dove Of Peace in white.  I sprayed one with adhesive and coated it with Diamond Sprinkles, then attached just the bodies of the second one to it so that the wings were free to pull forward.  I added the dove to the centre of the oval and finished the card with several white mats, including a paper pierced one.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  Scroll down to see card number two.





 Card number two also started with an oval aperture cut in the centre.  Next I embossed the entire piece with the Snowflake Lattice embossing folder.  I raised it with foam to create a recessed aperture opening and added small 3mm white flatback pearls to all the embossed junctions.  I used the Lattice Snowflake die and cut it out of aqua card.  I covered a piece of white card with a sticky adhesive sheet and cut an oval out of it.  I peeled the backing paper off and attached it to the back of the Lattice Snowflake and coated it with Diamond Sprinkles.  I glued it into place in the recessed aperture opening.  I used the two larger ovals from the Peeking snowflake and Lattice Snowflake die sets to create a thin frame.  I added mounting foam to the frame and added it around the aperture.  I cut several of the peace die and layered them up, then sprayed the top with glue and coated it with Diamond Sprinkles as well.  I placed it on a small oval in the centre of the frame.  I finished it up with a white, aqua, white matting and my usual piercing.  I liked the simplicity of the design, but you could easily add some snowflakes or poinsettias if you want to dress it up a bit more.  The finished dimensions are
6 1/2" x  8" in size.  I hope you have enjoyed another double day!!   Have a favourite?  All for now, Sue x








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185 comments:

Pam said...

Beautiful cards. No 1 is my favourite today.
It's so cold here, keep warm and safe everyone

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
As you say clean & simple, not your traditional Christmas cards but still lovely all the same. Yvonne xx

nancyd said...

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

hollyberry said...

Two beautiful cards,love them both so can't choose.

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
both christmas cards are beautiful an not pick a favourite today thank you tracyw

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Two beautiful cards thank you.
Sorry cannot choose, Take care Kitty.

Jan.moogie said...

Stunning elegant fabulous are just a few of the words that come to mind when looking at these two cards Sue, love them both and so hard to have a favourite. Have a great day, hugs xxx

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Two beautiful, as you say, clean and simple cards today, love them both but number two just edges in for me.
We have returned to winter too today Pam, getting a little much needed rain though,
Muriel x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. No, I can't choose a favourite today. I love the design of these cards, the Dove with the Ivy is so unusual, I think it is wonderful, and the Snowflake one in the gorgeous aqua and white combo, is perfect for the males and "non flowery" ladies but can easily be added to if you prefer. Thank you Sue.
I hope you and all Wilsonettes have a lovely weekend. Hugs to you all. Take care xx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Lovely clean and simple, great cards Sue.

Marion Bull said...

Beautiful cards but you have made it so difficult to choose! I think no. 2 just wins for me but ........! Too difficult!
Maggie B xx

TDQ Karen said...

Love both of these cards and really like the diamond sprinkles effect so pretty x

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Love the lattice but also love the first one! I've done some leaves using various green ink colours and its really effective. Much better than just green card I think. Well the kitchen is all finished. Normal service resumes today thank goodness! Happy Friday all.

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Love both today's cards. If I really had to choose I think it might be No.1
Have a great day
Patricia xxx

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, two equally lovely cards today, but number 2 has to be my favourite, especially with the aqua and white colour combo. Have a great day. Bx

Anonymous said...

Two lovely cards again, Sue, but the first 'looks' and 'says' Peace. Peaceful and gorgeous. Love the olive card and have at long last managed to get the holly sprays so perhaps something similar on the cards!

'P' in Wales

Anonymous said...

Two beautiful cards again today Sue. Number one has to be my favourite. Have a nice week-end everyone. JJxx

Maria Illsley said...

Two great cards but number two has just the edge for me the aqua card is gorgeous and I'm using it a lot at the moment xxx

Jan on the Fosse said...

Sue No1 card is my favourite today but I think the peace die is going to be the most used this Christmas.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Both of these cards are beautiful. My favourite is the first one. I love the pop of green on this one. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. Doesn't the time seem to be flying by i can't belief it's friday again it seem's to becoming around so quickly but then we get to see two beautiful card's. I can't pick a favourite as they both tick my boxes. Love the clean and simple line's to both card's which is really good for those people who don't like the over the top card's which my sister is a one she just likes them with clean line's but then you could do all sort's to both card's to give them the real wow factor. Just checked to see when you are on the hochanda channel and i will be away on holiday. I am gutted so i have had to set the recorder to tape all your show's. Have a lovely day Sue.
Take care everyone and have a lovely weekend.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Both are super cards which anyone would happy to open at Christmas.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Gloria Robey said...

Hi Sue I am unable to pick a favourite. Both cards are beautiful. Gloria(Sidcup) xx

Val Jones said...

Definitely my sort of cards Sue and you do cas so beautifully.
love Val in Spain x

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. What a great way to end the working week with a double day! Both cards are beautiful and choosing between them is very difficult, but the second one may possibly have the edge because of the pearls. Stunning. X

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning dear Sue, hope all is well and you are home safely.
As you know I love flowers and pretty focal elements and can get 'carried ' away (some may wish I would be) lol but I will confess that clean and simple cards can look so fresh and elegant which is why I love them both today but it's all down to the colour you chose and the gorgeous snowflake lattice folder that is sooo delicate which is why the 2nd card just has the edge on it for me. It really is delicate and pretty. The first card we see has that lovely pop of green and then the sweet little dove appears, it's the kind of card that would please anyone and would stand out In the crowd.
I have to pay a visit to my local craft shop this morning as have been asked to do an A4 dusky pink and ivory wedding card for a bride to be that likes plain and simple no bling and likes sophistication. A4 is so nice to do if you can fill it with bling, but it seems so much bigger and more difficult to design if the recipient isn't OTT in nature so I have to admit that after the layering I have NO idea where to go next with a sophisticated clean and simple design !
Have you a tiny piece of brain I can hire for the day Sue please lol.
Hope you have a restful day after your long journey, but knowing you - I doubt it !!
Sending gentle hugs to you Sue, Theresa, Tina, Elizabeth, Alison and Sam.
Have a good day.
Lancashire Steph xxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue both of these Christmas cards are gorgeous. I do like the simple style. It does help when you have to make lots of Christmas cards for them to be simpler in design. But you do always need a few special ones for those special people in our lives. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

Linda Norris said...

Morning Sue and everyone, can't decide which card i like best as there are elements on both I love. Hope everyone has a lovely day take care.
Linda xxx
Liverpool

PharmacyMichele said...

Two beautiful cards, the second one is my favourite-think it's because of the colour.

Michele

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
No sorry! I can't choose a favourite, both are gorgeous. The holly spray is such a useful die to have in your collection it finishes the card off perfectly. I have to get some more Aqua card because I've used all mine it's such a pretty colour I keep using it lol! The embossing folder looks gorgeous and it's gone on my 'list' of must haves. I've just seen your new launch and they are AMAZING!
Hugs x
Heather T

Karen M said...

Hi Sue,
Two lovely cards today,
I like both cards I think I will try both of these
Thank you Sue
Best wishes
Karen M

Kathy Baker said...

Morning Sue two beautiful cards today both very different so I don't have a preference , I'm looking forward to your shows over the weekend and I really like all your new dies
Kathy x

carol quinn said...

They are both beautiful....number 1 is my favourite

Heather Rogers said...

Good Morning My Friend

I simply adore your first card. it is absolutely beautiful. You amaze me how you keep coming up with cards that are so different you are such a talented lady!I do like your other card as well but nowhere near as much as the first it is stunning.

Have a lovely day my friend I'm looking forward to having you back with us for a wee while and seeing you on TV.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Janet hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Two clean and simple but very pretty cards...number one is my favourite.
Love Janet
from Wakefield

marg said...

Good Morning Sue
I just love how you think of a different design every day!
Love both of these today!
Take care
Love Marg

lilian said...

Hi Sue, well how to choose, these are both stunning cards,love them both but first has just the edge.
Glad you're back safely, looking forward to next weekend.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

A Happercrafter6 said...

What lovely cards, both of which I would be delighted to receive so it's impossible to say which I prefer.
Jan
Northampton

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Two beautiful cards, my favourite is Number 1, I absolutely adore it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

HeatherT said...

Hi Sue,
Two stunning cards, they are both so elegant and beautiful.
Thanks for sharing,
Heather Treble

Clai01 said...

number 2 I think is my favourite, then again love the greenery on number 1 ? ummmmm...! x

anne mather said...

Good morning Sue,
I love them both - couldn't choose between them today. Both have the simplicity of white and such class.
Never thought of inking the paper to get the right colour so i'm going to play at that today and cut some holly.
My christmas card stash is getting bigger but I just discovered loads of December birthdays as well - busy busy!
Have a good day everyone.

Ann Caves said...

Hi Sue-- So so 'peaceful' like both cards
whopperjaw

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Both of today's cards are again lovely and though anything green usually does it for me the other post hits the spot perfectly as it feels very tranquil and suits the sentiment to a tee. Thanks again for sharing...

Chris Curry said...

Two lovely cards Sue, I think the first one is my favourite. I used the holly a lot last Christmas and used it again just yesterday, it is so versatile. Thank you. Xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Two beautiful cards. If I had to choose it would be No 1 it just has the edge. A adore the dove
Lydia
X

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Two beautiful cards. If I had to choose it would be No 1 it just has the edge. A adore the dove
Lydia
X

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. I love both of your beautiful cards today. Clean, simple and stunning :-) Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

gwen70 said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue, love them both but the first one is my fave

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

No.1 just has the edge for me, mainly because of the holly sprays arrangement I think but both cards are lovely...

Izzy

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. Two gorgeous cards but the second one edges it for me, I love the colour and the EF.
We arrived home on Wednesday night but the jet lag hit hard yesterday, I don't know how you manage so many transatlantic flights! I've looked back at all your posts but I'm afraid I haven't read the comments so I'm sending special wishes to anyone who is going through tough times. Sue XXX

Unknown said...

Love the clean simplicity of both cards but they still retain the "Sue" elegance!

Jan
in Sheffield

Kate's Cards said...

Both great but card one just has it. The ivy really makes it pop.

Barbara Gosden said...

I love the clean and simple cards,perfect for posting. The second is my favourite but it is a tough call.
B x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - two beautiful cards today and I am just amazed at how you keep coming up with such different and wonderful ideas. CAS are always so elegant - the first card is my favourite with a very close second! Best wishes
YvonneMayxx

Anne Crawford said...

Two lovely cards, the first one is my favourite, I managed to make a version of yesterday's card, took me quite a while , but I am happy with it and should manage to make another one with all the leftovers.
Hugs to all xo

hettygarlick said...

They're both lovely. Sometimes "less is more" isn't it?

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue life is difficult enough without making us choose between two masterpieces! ! I think though for me no 1 as I like the way you have built up the picture with all the elements without it being over fussy. Have a good day love from Jackie xx

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning sue wow what beautiful cards and the colours are gorgeous.
And I love the designs are wonderful.
Have a lovely weekend.
Debs A xxx

Bente Sørflaten said...

Beautiful cards both, love the simplicity!

Yvonne G said...

Morning Sue
Can't and won't choose a favourite. Both of these cards are just divine. I love both of them. You continue to completely spoil us by sharing your vast wealth of knowledge and crafting genius.
I am sure you may have read all the comments over the last few days singing the praises of your talent and this fabulous blog. It means so much to so many people and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this unique, special and extraordinary haven. I don't think you realise just how much it means to us all and just how special you really are x

Really sorry but it's 2 comments again today
Crafty hugs
Yvonne
x

Yvonne G said...

Susi - isn't this blog just the best. It really is like being a valued member of an incredibly close family. And wouldn't it be lovely for us all to descend on you in Cyprus. A lovely family holiday x

Maureen - thank you so much for the good advice about Myra. Forewarned is forearmed. I do like to be prepared. Obviously being an incredibly sensible and level headed individual, who takes life incredibly seriously I will have to give it some serious thought as to whether or not I approve of a bunch of women getting together with the sole purpose of behaving in a childish manner.
Ok - after careful consideration, deliberation, reflection and discussion (with myself), I give you my blessing. I suppose I can turn a blind eye to the fact that there are a group of mature women who I consider to be my friends, acting inappropriately as a cheap form of entertainment. Would you mind having a moments silence in my honour next time you participate in your silliness, lol.
Just in case you are interested I think my shoe size would shrink to a 1 at best if I were in your presence x

Lorraine - I had to post twice yesterday as everything I wanted to say would not fit into one post. You are such a copy cat! Isn't it strange how we feel we can share our secrets with all our lovely fellow Wisonettes despite the fact that we have never met them. Listen you - I'm up for a challenge - I haven't got a crash helmet but Jake does have some steel toe capped boots that I am sure he would let me borrow - would they be any good? My liver is in tip top conditioning as I have not had an alcoholic drink since before Jake was born (my choice, no sinister reason)! So whatever the outcome of us being together I could attempt to cope with or should I say muddle through any crisis that came our way. I can assure you I would be completely sober and have a clear head, even if I didn't know what on earth I was supposed to be doing! I would like to point out that I do not sag and that I have been assured that my bosoms are quite magnificent!! Although there has been a certain amount of talc required in intimate places in order to avoid chafing which is a new experience I am not to happy about since increasing my BMI considerably. Upside of this is the lovely smell of Johnsons baby powder in close proximity to myself. The downside is getting the amount of powder I use just right in order to avoid being surrounded by a strange white dust like haze. Lol x

Fluffycat - glad you are on the mend x

Wheely Bad - I so feel for you my friend. The fatigue is just so frustrating. Hang in there x

Lynda - Ally Pally here we come x

Maria - I will await instructions x

Melody - think you may need a lottery win in order to be able to purchase Molly's shopping list. Sending you all lots of love x

I realised last night that it is not a good idea to watch British Bake off when you know that there is a unopened Vienetta in the freezer. I consumed my out of date pop corn with suitable noises and grunts of enjoyment whilst watching Emmerdale. 10 minutes into watching Wednesday's British Bake Off that I'd recorded, I was dribbling as my mouth watered uncontrollably at the sweet delights on the screen. My first slice of Vienetta was a sensible and acceptable portion size. However the second slice was a little larger. I felt satisfied until it came to the Show Stopper. Would you believe it they had to make ice cream so I felt that I had no choice but to throw caution to the wind and polish off the rest of the Vienetta. I did feel guilty for a second or two but thought that as said frozen desert had bought such delight then it was wise just to go with it. I did not lose any sleep over not sharing with the boys. Not my fault they weren't here!

I am beginning to wonder if maybe my weight increase is not completely down to lack of exercise! What do you think?

Anyway, enough idle chit chat for today. Hope everyone has a lovely day.
Crafty hugs
Yvonne
x

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
I love both of your cards today but the second one is such a pretty colour.
Looking firward to seeing you on our screens again.
Lesley S x

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue

Just love the bird with the foliage card and the simplicity of the peace card.
regards
Joan from Newcastle

Rachel Macfarlane said...

Two lovely cards think I like No. 2... slightly more... it's so hard to choose. .!
Luv Rach :)

Evis M said...

Hi Sue.
Two beautiful and CAS cards.
They are both lovely.
Regards,
Evis M.

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue, I love the aperture cards they are both so beautiful you really are one clever talented lady to come up with two so different versions of a design, stunning results. hugs Shirleyxxx

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Both lovely cards, but I do rather like the second one slightly more.
Lorna D

crossstitchmarg said...

Hi Sue,
I love both these cards, and cannot choose between them.

I am looking forward to seeing John's shows today, and can't wait to see what you and Phil are going to show us in your shows.

Have a lovely day. Think Autumn is here now, it's gone quite cool. No rain yet today but certainly rain clouds around us yet again.

Maggie

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely beauties , i love them both.
I am away now for a few days so will catch up with you sometime next week .
Take Care
Elaine H X

hazel young said...

Beautiful cards Sue, think no.2 is my favourite its the turquoise colour that did it for me xx hazel

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Can't tell you why cos I love them both, but number 1 does it for me. SueL x

ellyscard creatief said...

Gorgeous creations.

rolfi said...

Good morning Sue,
you are as busy as a bee in card making.
I like them both but my favourite is the first one. I like how the holly pops out.
You and all crafters have a beautiful weekend
Rolf xxx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Two absolutely beautiful cards today. I love the clean and simple lines of them both. However, the first one just wins it for me, I love the splash of colour with the green and the dove is gorgeous.
Steph I do hope you manage to get your card finished!
Love and hugs to all on this very autumnal morning. Love Alison xxx

SueJ said...

I look forward to Christmas double day and you do not disappoint.
Both cards are gorgeous I'd be happy to receive any one of them.
I think the second one is my favourite, the embossing folder is a must have!
Have a great weekend everyone.

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful cards.

sandy acland said...

I love the peace card its beautiful.
Not so keen on the other, but if we all liked the same, cards would become so boring:0)
And new ideas would not come.

Sandy (tort)

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, Two really beautiful Christmas cards today. I would love to receive either, so can't choose between them. They are so clean and fresh looking and different from the more traditional card. I think the colours are just great. I hope e erroneous has a peaceful weekend.

Love Rosemarie x x

Rosie said...

Hi Sue
Love both your cards today....
Have a wonderful weekend...Rosie xxx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
I just love Friday with a double dose of your beautiful Christmas cards, it's No. 2 for me with the gorgeous snowflake lattice EF which I'm using on all my Christmas cards. I'm so jealous of all you lucky ladies going to Ally Pally but I checked prices of flights from Belfast to London and I could probably buy all of Sues new collection for what it would cost!!! Off now to preorder your pierced noble squares

Hugs and best wishes everyone
Pat

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
Two pretty cards and I love them both. But if I needed to make a choice, it would be the first one with the pop of green on the holly. Best wishes, Anne O

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, how do you choose between two such lovely cards, - the sentiment - they are both
the same. The Dies - beautiful. Embossing Folders - again beautiful. So no I can't choose they are both beautiful
Wendyx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, love both cards but number 1 is my favourite. love Jean Z xxx

Anne said...

Beautiful cards, Sue. The first one is my favourite.

Anne (Northampton)

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
I can't choose between them, either. Both of them equally beautiful but in different ways. I would even keep the first one even more white by cutting the holly spray out in white and then just colouring the leaves and putting some Berry Red Sparkle glue on the berries. Will have to try and see the difference.
Hugs, Rose

June said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, oh beautiful, really lovely, both cards are fantastic. I want to try these, your inspirational to us Sue.

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

Diane said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful cards today, so difficult to choose a favourite. I must remember I can ink white card green rather than panicking I haven't got green card! So simple bit so easy to forget!!! Have a great weekend.
Love Diane G xxx

Crafty Cruiser said...

Both lovely cards
Doreen R

Paula said...

Two beautiful cards today Sue, my favourite would be the second one if I was forced to choose, but it's hard to pick one! :) Thank you for giving us so many ideas for our Christmas cards.
Paula x
(WelshPaula)

SusanP, Kent said...

Both of these are lovely Sue. Especially like the first one - the green and white is very pretty.

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful cards carrying the Christmas message. I love them both but have to go for number 1 as my favourite. I now always make my green card for any leaves using your distress ink method. It has to be one of the best tips you have given us, as it makes them look far more natural.
Frances

Marianna Hammer said...

These are very pretty cards. Clean and simple yes, but also elegant.

Love2papercraft said...

Helloooo and happy Friday to Sue & the Wonderful Wilsonettes. I think I shall, from here forward, shorten "Wonderful Wilsonettes" to WW. It could also be short for "Wacky Women"! That fits the bill some days as well eh? :)
The 2 cards are quite lovely and there are features of both I like tremendously. If forced to choose a favorite, my inclination is towards the 2nd one - and for a very silly reason...it reminds me of a scrumptious frosted cake and I would like a bite (or 10) this very instant! Perhaps I'm hungry - but still, I think it's always a compliment when something looks delicious enough to eat!
So do they let foreigners vote in whatever these upcoming awards are? If so I would happily cast my vote for this blog as being the best! Yesterday I expressed how much I love the blog for reasons beyond its original intent, but in addition to those I love it because the content is unbeatable. The videos are of such high quality in all regards -audio, camera work, aesthetics and that doesn't even touch on the actual demonstrations! Sue, you have such a professional, yet warm & genuine presence. You teach in a way that is very easy to understand. And then, the content of what you teach is beyond compare! It truly is. You have such an incredible talent and I'm constantly amazed at your seemingly endless creativity. It's not just a creativity with different cards or techniques either-it's also the way you make sure to show us the versatility of our dies. You are one smart cookie! (There I go with another food reference again lol.) AND on top of all that, on days without videos, your written instructions are very clear and easy to follow! None of those things are easy to do, yet you do them all consistently. Wow- well done! So you bet I would vote you into the number one spot! Most beautiful die designs too!
Yes Laine, I would love to be fluent in all things British-so I'll keep asking for definitions. Although something tells me I better find a secondary source for verification- lest I be led down a stray path!!! I am quite gullible - but also quite comfortable (familiarity brings comfort) with laughing at myself - so have a go Laine & Yvonne G! (Lord help me, I hope I don't regret saying that ;-)
Cheeky & upbeat with a little bit of wicked thrown in suits me fine. Although I'm not very good at dishing out the wicked myself. I can try to pull a joke on someone, but no sooner than it is out of my mouth, I follow it up with a "just kidding" or something else to spoil (or at least shorten) the fun.
Sweet, warm and kind also sits well with me (Theresa, Beth, Maria, Molly & the list goes on) so betwixt & between all - the followers of this blog have me covered (btw, I don't think the groups are mutually exclusive - there is a lot of cross over between the humor & the warmth). I can't even begin to remember everything I want to say to everyone!
Maria, clearly my command of the weather is lacking - I just can't seem to get it to do my bidding! What's up with that? Oh well, I'll still send out my wishes for whatever weather people want (it can't hurt right?)
Once again I'm showing my insanity. It's after 3am and I have to get up for work in a few hours!
Hey, b4 I go, where are people getting sneak peaks at Sue's new dies? I usually ask to be taken off email lists - but I might just have to ask to be put on whichever one is doing the sneak peaks!
A quick shout out to my fellow Americans Jan & Jan (& others I'm unaware of).
Madwoman from Colorado (aka Rebecca) and her doggies & moggies are signing off (but we are not wearing our wellies - tee hee). Perhaps after I get some sleep I'll only be 1/4 a sandwhich shy of a picnic (nah, probably not). Nite nite!

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two very lovely Christmas cards. If I had to choose a favourite it would be the first one. The dove is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Both gorgeous cards love the sentiment 'if only' . Love yvonne bennett xx

auscrafts said...

two beautiful cards

Sam Smithard said...

To My Very Special Friend Sue,
Well As Always I'm Extremely Biased I Just Love Both Your
Tremendous Christmas Cards And I Can't Thank You Enough For
Sharing Your Tremendous Christmas Cards Which Will Give Me So
Much Inspiration When Continuing With My Own.
I'm Aware That I Sound Like A Broken Record But I Love Your Cards
I Love The First Card Where You've Used The Stunning Star Swirls
Embossing Folder The Fabulous Dove Of Peace Which Is Wonderful
Since Watching Yourself I Cut Delicate Dies And Sentiments Three
Times Its A Fantastic Tip And Once Put Together It Becomes So Much
More Sturdy.
Your Second Card Is Also Fantastic Using My Favourite Snowflake
Embossing Folder Then Placing 3mm Pearls I Just Love The
Fabulous Aqua Colour Card You've Used, Love The Stunning
Peeking Snowflake And Lattice Die And Your Fabulous Peace Die
Which You've Cut A Number Of Times Thank You So Much For Sharing
All Your Tremendous Tips And Techniques I Love It When You Share Things
With Us.
Take Great Care My Very Special Friend
Warmest Wishes To Your Mom And Colin
Love And Huge HugsTo Yourself
From Sam xxx
Hugs To All The Wilsonettes
A Huge Hug To Lancashire Steph Take Care

hotpotato said...

Like the second card best. x

Tressa said...

Both cards are beautiful but I think I prefer the simplicity of the first one. It is as you say clean and fresh.

Julie Elli said...

Hi Sue and all the lovely ladies n gents!
Simply stunning cards today.
I'm going to try the dove one!
Thanks for the inspiration.
Big hug
Julie E

Karen Drew said...

Beautiful cards. Love them both but the second one is my favourite
Luv
Karen xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I love how you have fitted the holly sprigs in to the oval and the beautiful embossing and die cut details on both cards.
Lorraine

Bejay Roles said...

Morning, Sue,
I can certainly live with CAS if they turn out like yours :). |Both cards are beautiful...BUT...I simply adore the first one and love what you've done with the holly sprigs. If you used the ivy sprigs you could make all year round cards with the same kind of design couldn't you. All your dies are so versatile :). xx

Pearl said...

Another two beautiful cards Sue, both are fab and I love them both.

Such subtle colours and the holly die cut looks great. The pearls on the snowflake embossing adds a new dimension and I'll be sure to add this when I use this embossing folder, which I do have. My stash of your dies and embossing folder is growing but some of the earlier ones are dropping off my wishlist in favour of new ones. maybe we could have a bit of a respite from new releases so that I can catch up, but I don't expect that will happen will it?

Craftihappiness and lots of love everyone,

Pearl x

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

As you say clean and simple but I think they are lovely for that. The first is so delicate and the Holly Spray and the hint of colour is elegant. The second card I can imagine looks lovely when it catches the light. I love the Snowflake Lattice folder and the hint of Aqua. I would hate to have to choose one. Thanks for sharing.

I'm starting to get excited about the new launch, you must be busy all the time, lol and I am looking forward to seeing you demonstrating on Hochanda. Two hour shows look great I hope they work for you, it does look like it will be a very busy weekend.

Best wishes

my craft cupboard said...

Both of the cards are beautiful.I do love the dove in the first card.
I also love the colours in the second card.
hug
sharon :)

Jayne S said...

Both catd are beautiful, i couldnt choose between them.

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue and the Wilsonettes,
I love the ivy splaying out from the aperture of the first card Sue with the varigating colours that you have going on in it. The dove just looks like it is hovering in mid air until it sees what it is looking for. A beautifully simplistic card with my ever loving white card making it so clean and bright. Your sec ond card Sue would be the one for me between the colours that you have used so soft and subtle but also the design of it in itself is just so gorgeous. I love the soft aqua and the quilting of the top of the card intersperse with the pearls to just finish it off. The snowflake lattice die is a lovely die and looks just so with the snowflake lattice of the embossing folder. Thank you Sue for two stunners yet again that can keep our minds active and working.
Well although not a bad day it is one of those non descript days that you get now and then. Finished making my friends "acceptance" card for her son and future daughter in laws wedding, so that will be put through her door later on. Got another GC last week from Hobby craft and i have had to take it to bits this morning to allan key back in place the bolts that are in the most awkward of places under the cogs, so they need to be taken out as well. THe hands are now gowping having put it back together the worse screws being the ones under the rubber phlange which are so hard to get to. I wonder how long until i need to take it apart again to put them back in?
From Norah gowping hands i wish you a great day everyone and sending hugs to all my Angels for keeping me afloat this past year, you don't know what it has meant to me, so thank you,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glencohil)

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
Two really lovely cards today and it's very hard to choose a favourite! The first one wins by a short head! Whatever that is - never been racing in my life! I can still run upstairs!
Well, I succumbed - the pierced squares have been pre-ordered! It was all Brenda's fault - but she did order them also!
Yvonne G - I have a question for you. What sort of friend writes on a blog advising others not to believe a word you say? Not only that , same friend sent me an email to tell me she'd done it!!!
I know confession is good for the soul - but not being economical with the truth in the first place is so much better! Someone has to keep Maureen in line - trust me it isn't easy! Oops my halo slipped a bit!!
I think I'd better go!
Have a lovely day everyone! If you are in pain I do pray it gets a bit easier as the day goes by.
Love Myra xxx

June Horrocks said...

The cards are beautiful sue I love them thank you for sharing love always June horrocks xxxxxxx

Jill Liddle said...

Again I love both your cards today, but the first one is my favourite. Gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Impossible to pick a fav since both are stunning. Jan D., Florida, USA

Lesley Thomas said...

Morning Sue, I prefer the first card to the second, now I want to go look to see if the dove comes from a set, or is on its own.

KarinsArtScrap said...

elegant and stunning cards Sue.
Gr Karin

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, very beautiful both!!! Love these CAS and the first one is just marvellous!!!

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, very beautiful both!!! Love these CAS and the first one is just marvellous!!!

Zena McCalmont said...

Hi Sue
They're very good, the dove one is really great.
Zena xx

dmjones said...


Two lovely cards, but the dove is my favourite!!!




Doreen x

jean.phillips1 said...

Good afternoon Sue, love both of these stunning cards, can't choose between them though! Love Jean xxx

Cathie Weary said...

Hi Sue, two gorgeous cards today. I love fancier cards but sometimes the CAS cards are the way to go if you have a lot to do. I have to dove die and am always looking for difference ways to do. Thanks so much for sharing these with us and have a great weekend.

Lynne L said...

Hi Sue
I love both of these Christmas cards they are so pretty I'm enjoying using your new Christmas dies they give so many options
Thanks
Lynne L
Haverfordwest

Barbara said...

Two beautiful card Sue but I love the CAS second one and love the colours too.

Jan from Long Island said...

I love double Friday and these two cards don't disappoint! If I had to choose one as a favorite,
I would probably choose the first one...it's so peaceful! Sue, you're amazingly talented!!!
Have a beautiful weekend everyone and thank you all for your daily entertainment!!!

patwyn said...

Two beautiful cards today, Sue. I can't choose a favourite as I like both. Simple elegance.

Pat xxx

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Two Beautiful Christmas cards thankyou.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Lynda Mellor said...

Hi Sue, two fab cards!!! I prefer the second one!!!
I like the first one but would leave the bird off :)
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx

Barbara W said...

Hello Sue

Wow two cards and you are asking us to choose our favourite!

Well they are both beautiful and both cards seem to be easy to replicate............but I do love the aqua card just a tad more!!!!!!

However, if I was a lucky winner this week, I would love either one.

Lol Barbara W

Dorothy Mutafopulos said...

Hi Sue,
What beautiful cards and I love them both. You truly show us the many different ways you can use your dies and still create such stunning cards.
Thank you.

Berina RGA said...

2 beautiful cards!! love both designs!! lovely die cuts!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Sue, stunning cards and such beautiful embossing and dies, gorgeous layouts too, Kate x

Debra Kenworthy said...

Both cards are so lovely. I think the first one is my favourite with the holly coming out of the frame. Debra x

CraftyJo said...

I especially like the first one, they are both lovely though :)

karenlotty said...

Both are so beautiful

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Both are lovely but I prefer the first one.
Can't wait for the launch of your latest collection!
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Jess Watson said...

Hi Sue, another two amazing cards, so hard to choose, I like the second one best by a whisker.
Take care everyone, Jess x

Suzzette Yandle said...

Double Days are good! Yes, I have a favorite today. It is the first card with the dove. It is inspiring to see how you have done the dove to create a 3D look with lots of movement in your center design including the bling. Love that bling. I also like how you have placed your holly in and on the apperture. An elegant design anyone would enjoy receiving. Wishing all a wonderful weekend.

Theresa said...

Hi Sue and all your crafty crew
Otherwise known as Wilson's Wilsonetts
Wow a two fer today and they are both beautiful as per usual
I love the simplicity and the elegance any one would be thrilled to receive such a card
Hugs to everyone
Love Theresa xx

Meg said...

Very nice cards Sue.
Love n hugs
Meg
xxxx

Janet Wilson said...

Two gorgeous cards, hard to choose, but I think I'll go with the first as I've just bought the holly sprays die.

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Both cards are stunning i do like the white on white.

liz spooner said...

Hi Sue, love both of these stunning cards, can't choose between them, also love the peace as the font is so modern.xx

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone.
Two beautiful cards, can't choose just one it
wouldn't be fair for the other :-) Looking forward
to see you again on the tv but hope Hochanda will make
a better sound and picture by the time you are on.

Yvonne- How could you! hihi I would probably done the
same thing, shame on me. Always wonder why the dials
creeping up and not down, hmmm. Life is to short for not
enjoying it.x
Oh Rebecca, thought first I was in a time warp as I read
your post on yesterdays posting and here you were again.
Not that I am complaining, always nice to see you x
Norah- what happened ? Hope all the screws and bolts got
back in their right places or was it like me when fixing
things, I always seem to have one or two over.ooops x
Molly- hope your break away was good. Hugs to you and the
others and hope your granddad is doing better with his meds.x
Margaret-wish you better x
Wheelybad- take care x
ToB- hugs to you x

I will be away for a week but hope to be able to pop in
from time to time. To all Wilsonette's and all my friends
look after yourself, hugs Maria x

TOB said...

Hi Sue, Wow love the CAS cards today, how beautiful they are. I wish I had a little of your talent I would be so happy. How do you design all these different cards everyday, it's amazing. Hugs Theresa xxx

Maureen Killen said...

hello Sue, and all the ladies.
Well, I couldn't possibly choose between these two smashers today. Oh, all right, it's number 1, but only because I bought the Dove of Peace die last week!! They are both gorgeous.
Maria, have a great time, be good (well good-ish) and see you when you when you get back.
Yvonne, Myra and the rest of us have good, harmless fun.
I hope you are well Sue, and send you and all the ladies my love.
Maureen xxx

nannapat said...

Two beautiful cards Sue. I love the clean, simple and fabulous look. Pat x

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good evening lovely Sue and the fantabulous Wilsonettes!

I really look forward to Fridays with a sense of excited anticipation, two cards instead of one is a total treat. Unfair of you to expect us to choose however, it's a complete impossibility and a Sophie's Choice of sorts! I have just purchased the dove of peace die and really appreciate all the help I can get with designs- I love the idea with the wings,they look great plus I really need to get the holly spray- I have tried the inking technique with your trailing ivy die and it looks superb.
The second offering is equally stunning, the colour is crisp and frosty looking- luckily I have the EF from last year and recently bought the die also so this is one I will definitely be attempting to murder at home:-) I only wish I had a teaspoon of your talent and gift for creating.
It's a sunny day in Stirling, wonders will never cease! I haven't been able to take full advantage of this rare occurance what with a mountain of housework to wade through-had a visit from the Social care Dept so I wanted to fool her into thinking that I might be house proud:-) the irony being that she was coming to see if she could provide me with any services to ease the strain.....she thinks that I should be get some respite care in the form of a holiday, it's just a shame that it can't be arranged in time for Ally Pally cos I would have given a kidney to meet Sue and some of you lovely ladies:-)
Had the untold pleasure of taking Brodie out for a walk earlier only for him to break off his lead! He's a little devil and since we live sandwiched between two busy roads my heart was in my mouth. There I was, in my PJs running around like a lunatic trying to catch him as he teased and taunted me unmercilessly. My nerves were frazzled and I had to return home in defeat because he thought that it was all a game. He's normally so well behaved, for a cat, but it wasn't until the bin lorry entered our Court that he scurried home equally chuffed and terrified at the same time....little stinker!
Our animals mean the world to us, my cats are my babies so I can totally empathise with you Lynda, and the fear you must have felt with little Annie- I am so glad she pulled through, Shitzus are adorable and if I didn't have two half cat half tigers living with me I would seriously consider getting one
Wheely Bad, so sorry to hear that you have been unable to craft because it can be a godsend when you're incapacitated. I was out of action for the majority of last year with one thing and another and I also had ulcers on both corneas so I could barely see- it was frustrating not to be able to see to cross stitch or craft and I got really depressed. The thing that kept me going though was this wonderful blog, my Mum would put it up on our plasma tv for me to try and focus on so that I didn't feel totally out of touch. I hope that you manage to do some of what you so obviously love soon
Maria, I am getting really jealous with all this talk of coffee groups, Cotswold Crafters Blog and the such like- is there enough room for an uncouth, slightly wild and wacky Northerner in your club....you have extended an invitation to Yvonne and I feel rather left out....please don't think I'm bitter about not getting to Ally Pally but a show of solidarity on your part would go a long way to heal the wounds of disappointment and regret. I too can act like a toddler on demand and unlike Yvonne I have plenty of practise each and every day....just ask my family! My application will be with you forthwith, with references of course.....ask yourself, is Yvonne providing you with any references?


Love and crafty hugs,

Laine1972xx

barbara macaskill said...

Both of today's cards are simply beautiful!! I really adore the first one!! What a great idea to use the vinery as you did!! LOVELOVELOVE it!! TFS!

DeCor said...

Love both cards. I really liked the contrast of smooth/plain card with lots of interest in the middle of the first one and the way the peace and embossing folder looked so different. Really nice you include things from your collection last year with new fresh ideas. Thanks. Have a great weekend.

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Hi again everyone,

So sorry, I really am making a habit of this double posting now-and no Yvonne, I'm not a copy cat but a bona fide trendsetter who, like you are too fond of our own voices to keep the characters below 4000!
I just wanted to point out to you that I too am a fan of Bake Off, it's the closest you get to tv porn before the watershed. Paul with his twinkly blue eyes and Mary with her big floury baps....mmmm, that reminds me of something, I can't quite put my finger on:-)
I'm not so much an incapable as a reluctant chef choosing to visit Mr's M&S instead. However, I am seduced by the sight of petite fours, creme brûlées and cheesy straws as much as the next person. I have great sympathy for your dilemma with your conscience and the temptation of a whole Vienetta- what with all those arctic rolls I'm not surprised you were having a culinary flashback to the seventies! I too would have been sorely tempted but for my lactose intolerance. You should watch Jo Brand on BBC2 in An Extra Slice, you would appreciate the viewers attempts at culinary perfection, it commonly appears to be like road kill.
Well, I've assaulted everyone's senses enough for one day, apologies and I will be sure to keep it within the regulatory amount tomorrow:-)
Have a good night my lovelies!

Love and crafty hugs,

Laine1972xxxxx

magpie said...

Helloooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Oooooo what a cracking two-fer Sue! x I love looking at them close up so thank you for that. I love both of them, although the first card has pipped the post with the gorgeous green and the dove, but both beautiful cards in their own right xx "Thank you Sue" for all the inspiration you give us xx Sending love and hugs to you, your mom and family xx Sending love and hugs to all our Wilsonettes who are need of some xx So good to see you back Norah and now for all our missing Wilsonettes to "pop in" too xx Love Karen xx

Theresa Pace said...

i love your CAS style. very elegant. i like cards with less frills and embellies and both of these are fab, hugs xx

Maria Alder said...

Sorry Sue , I know this is not the norm but like to
send a message just for our Lorraine and say that you
are more then welcome to our meet ups too, don't wont
you to feel left out in any way because I know how
that's feel very much,sniff.
If you in the area of the cafe' don't just walk past,
do come in and say Hi! I'm sure Sandra don't mind

Look after yourself while I'm on holiday,
many hugs Maria x

Jane Franklin said...

I like both but no 1 I prefer. I do like the CAS look. Jxxx

Laura O said...

2 great cards ,love the clean and simple look ,Laura O

Dawn Holben said...

two fabulous cards again today, I so love all of your cards
but I love Christmas ones especially.
I have been using the joy die set today and love it and will be getting the other ones next.

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Two Beautiful Cards Sue!

I like both of them but I'm more drawn to the first one.

Have a lovely weekend.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Jackie Meechan said...

Two gorgeous cards. I prefer the second one.
Hugs
CraftyJacq
XX

karen keen said...

Good Evening Sue
Sorry I don't always get time to put a comment on all your fabulous cards.
Both of today's cards are beautiful for different reasons. I think the first one is my favourite. At a push.
The simplicity of it is stunning. Sometimes less is more and this case it works.
Love
Karen in Telford xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Two lovely cards today

Lisbeth said...

Both cards are very beautiful, but if I had to choose I think I prefer the first one. Love all the new dies Sue and can't wait to see more of your creations using them.
Lisbeth

Margaret Rogers said...

Hi Sue
I think I prefer the second of your too card today, T]the first one is just a little too busy for me.
Margaret xxx

Haze T said...

Hi Sue
Love both of todays gorgeous cards, entirely different styles but each beautiful in their own right.

Loving all your new dies & wish I could have them all but will have to be added to my ever growing wish list & get them eventually !!!

Stunning as always from a very talented lady.

Crafty Hugs
Haze T xx

NancyR said...

I love both of these, Sue! They would be perfect for sending through the mail and wouldn't get damaged. Even they are same basic style they turned out very different. Great job!

hazel said...

Hi sue
Both beautiful cards.Cant pick a fav as like them both
Take care
Hazel G XX

IVY Cheong said...

Love both cards, so beautiful. Take care, Ivy xx

Saba said...

Hello Sue
Better late than never! It is impossible to choose between these two beauties. Both are beautiful in their own way but if I had to choose it would be no1 with the dove of peace. It's a message the world need right now.

Lorraine you do make me laugh. I love the interaction going on between you and Yvonne and others too numerous to mention. I am fortunate to be friends with Maureen and Myra and many others who comment regularly on here and who are equally barmy.
You and anyone else would be more than welcome to join in on Sandra's blog. Just google cotswoldcrafter and there we are. It's a virtual cafe where we eat virtual cake, drink virtual coffe but most of all have made real friends. And all brought together because of the wonder that is Sue Wilson, and the generosity of Sandra for sharing her blog with us.

Love and hugs for all
Saba xxx

Lynda's craft's said...

Hello Sue & Wilsonette Friends
Wow Sue both cards are stunning but no 1 just piped the post by a whisper my Dove of Pease arrived today so play time tomorrow.
I do love both cards though.
Oooo I just ordered your piersed Squars die Sue From Icon UK.they had the best price. So looking forward to using the i think they will be a go to set of die's.Shhhh hope hubby isn't listening oh it's ok he's a sleep HaHa.
Looking forward to seeing you on TV but mostly at Ally Pally.
Love & Hug's Lynda xx


Lorraine thank you for your kind words for Annie it's always heartbreaking when your babies get ill,we have always had dogs we have loved them all & have lost so many 4paws over our 46 years of marriage but each one of them gave us so much love & joy. We also have a little Chawuauwa called Bambi she is coming upto three. She is a rescue & does love lots of cuddles & kisses but she is such a nervous little thing. Being a short haired gosh she dose moult. You did make me chuckle thinking of you in your pj's running round after Brodie but also scary for you. Sending Hug's Lynda xx



Molly hope you enjoyed your holiday. Hope your Grandaddy is able to continue with his med's
sending love & Hug's for you & your family Lynda xx

TOB Theresa big Hug's coming your way xx

Beth hope your ok my Friend missed you today.love & Hug's Lynda xx

MARIA have a fantastic holiday both of you love Lynda safe journey xxxx

Big Hug's for all my friends love Lynda xxx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. WOW !! Two gorgeous Christmas cards today !! I really love them both but if I had to choose my favourite one it would be the dove of peace card. I love the dove die. I have got this die but I still have not started my Christmas cards yet !! One more card to make and then I can start them. I really love how you have coloured the coconut white card using various green distress inks and then cut out the leaves. They look very realistic. The Dove looks great Sue. I love the apperture oval to.
The second card is lovely to. The peaking Snowflake die looks great Sue, and I love the aqua and white colour combo. Thanks for sharing two really great cards today. Sending you lots of love from Tres x x x

Sending lots of love to everyone from Tres x x x

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
YEP LIKE THEM BOTH BUT FIRST ONE MY FAVOURITE. LIKE THE LEAVES AND BIRD. SHADOW ON THE SENTIMENT ,MAKES THE CARD TOO. SECOND CARD VERY COLD AND FESTIVE TOO WITH TOUCH OF ELEGANCE GREAT JOB
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXXX

Brenda Lello said...

Wow Sue, both of today's cards are gorgeous. BUT the first one sings to me. LOL Brenda xxx

Jean said...

Such gorgeous cards!!

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue

Two beautiful cards, but my favourite is the second one. It is really pretty.

Love Helen x

melody said...

Hi Sue, 2 wonderful cards today I must say I am loving the 1st one it looks so fresh with the touch of greenery just gorgeous, I think the dove die is going to be a big hit this year. I am loving the look of all the new dies an have pre ordered a few to be going on with from Molly's list an also the 2 new noble ones look fantastic. Take Care Melody xxxXxxx

See you tomorrow Molly tell mummy I said to drive safe xXx

Eunice said...

Both cards are very nice but I do believe that the first day is really my favorite!!! It is so clean and fresh. The second peace card is very soft just like a fresh snow fall. Thanks for the lovely ideas Sue!

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

Two lovely cards. I like the flash of green holly on the first and the embossing on the second so can't pick a favourite!

This is an attempt at a quick visit... been instructed to bed rest until Monday. Had Daniel here this afternoon and with that & pumping myself full of meds, then the 'sleep' that comes with it I have found this early morning window before the dose I just took properly kicks in to check in, though I have so much to say!

So bear with me, here we go...

Steph, I just know you will find the perfect design. I have a wedding to go to 1/10 and Daniel is going to help me get the card done. The bride is a fan of a type of bear which I luckily have a cd rom for and I'm so glad as I'd never know where to start on a card like you need to make! I'm sure you'll get it just right x

Lynda, I'm sorry that I missed your news about Annie, Billy sends Paw hugs galore and I send her lots of cuddles x

Molly and Melody, sending hugs x

Maria, thank you for thinking of me x

Lorraine, what you went through must've been frightening and frustrating in equal measure. I'm so lucky that save a lazy eye and glasses I have always been able to read and watch so I study my crafty interests so that when I can do something I don't need a lot of practice to be able to get it right (or as right as Im going to get it!). A lot of people (medical people) think me being hyperactive is a curse alongside being born with a degenerative condition but I don't see it that way at all. It allows me to learn and retain things... though don't ask me what I had for tea yesterday! There are things I can do in bed so it's not full 'craft' turkey. At least I know I can get one card done this month for a very dear couple who are so worth the effort.

Yvonne, I do find fatigue the most frustrating but if there is a silver cloud it's that often my body is blown but the brain is willing. If the brain is fatigued too I often just sleep (like the week preceding yesterday). It's more that I miss getting all inky and sitting in a pile of paper with dies all cut out. These blogs and the people on them that help so much, So many entertaining people, so many lovely people and I just like reading stories of normal life. I love looking at the cards and trying to work out how it's done before reading or watching how... a kind of de crafting I suppose! Its like meeting friends and saying "hows your day been?" I love seeing posts from Europe, the US, Australia... its all an escape bubble of crafty comfort- as a result I am a bit of a blog junkie though my favourite are the CE ones- especially this one where I feel so at home among friends.

Rebecca... I'm too honest to lead you astray regarding the use and origins of certain British 'isms'. I must admit to proof reading my posts as some of the odd words we have in Suffolk for things would throw anyone not from Suffolk! It's sad in a way that with greater travel and with communities growing with people from other areas all over the UK we're losing some of our dialects and accents but it's evolution. Dialects are intermingling and sharing terms... plus the language of people born in different decades can be different with influences from TV, music etc. Language fascinates me- I go on a lot of American websites and learning the words and terminology just to do with sewing, crochet, knitting etc that differs from UK terminology... oops,that's the obsessive hyperactive popping up again ("input...more input"!)!

I must apologise for waffling on. Guess it's that I have been unable to write much lately and am making up for it, with a bit extra in case I can't visit again.

Hope that's sub 4000 characters!

Wishing each of you a wonderful weekend. Take care, have fun and sending hugs to Sue, Mom and to you all, plenty extra if they're needed... go one, have another, you know you want to!

Until we meet again,

T x

Sandy H said...

Two beautiful cards. Can't choose a favourite.
Take care everyone.

Caroljsmith said...

Two beautiful cards today sue hard to choose a favourite one .

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful cards, very hard to pick between them, anyone would be thrilled with either one of them.
Di B. x

julie laz said...

Wow sue, love them both, love the colour, crafty hugs Julie xxx

Susan White said...

Both great cards Sue - really like how you've used the holly spray to frame the edge of the oval. Susan x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Wow, love the sparkle!

Vie Carter said...

Love them both, No 1 is my fav as I do not have that die

I have the second card embossing folder and use it throughout the year, so very versatile

Beautiful cards

Vie
x

nancy said...

These cards are absolutely beautiful. I especially like the green holly leaves the way they are loosely applied. I was a floral designer plus, so this is 'right up my alley'. Thank you so much for sharing.

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