Friday, 25 September 2015

Christmas Double Days

Hello bloggers!  I have a Christmas double day for you and a sort of sneak peek for my Hochanda shows which start tonight at 8pm!  For this first card, I stamped the Twas The Night Before Christmas background using a Black Archival ink pad on to milk card.  I inked the edges lightly with Antique Linen and just a hint of Tattered Rose to warm the colour.  I used coloured pencils to colour in the poinsettias and leaves, then went back over them adding some white pencil highlights.  I used the circle die from the Mini Christmas scene background to cut an aperture in the middle of the card.  I added mounting foam to the back of the background to raise it for dimension.  I attached it to another piece of milk card where I have inked just the centre with the same distress inks.  I cut the Joy die from the Christmas Angel 2015 set in both milk card and black card.  I used the black die cut as an offset behind the milk die cut to create a shadow.  I glued them into place in the aperture opening.  I added glue to the centres of the poinsettias and added some clear micro beads for texture.  Finally, I finished the card with a milk card mat which I paper pierced, a thin black mat and a final milk mat.  The finished dimensions are 5" x  7" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

Card number two features the Joy To The World Mini Background.  I started by creating a background to go behind my die.  I used the Wavy mask and taped it to a piece of rich red card.  I used Berry Red Sparkle Texture paste and pulled it through the mask. I did this twice, one to use for my background and a second one to cut my flowers from.   I let them both dry completely.  Next, I then cut the Joy To The World background out of both white and black card, leaving a wide border around the edge on the white one. I glued them together offsetting the black one to create a shadow for the white die cut.   I added mounting foam to the back edge and seated it over the textured red background.  I used the Classic Poinsettia die and cut six flowers out of the second sparkle texture paste piece.  I shaped the flowers and offset two per flower and added a black Dazzler to the centres.  I seated two flower in the lower corner on a piece of black tulle and added the last one in the opposite corner.  The card was then completed with a white pierced mat, a thin red and black mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8 1/4" in size.

I hope you can tune in to see tonight's shows, but don't forget that I have more shows throughout the day on Saturday as well!  The show times are listed on the right hand side of my blog.  All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Beautiful cards Sue. Both lovely, maybe No 2 is my favourite (just)
Tracy, you are an inspiration, your positive attitude will carry you through and help your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Molly honey, how are you. We miss your lovely posts.
Hugs to all.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Both cards are beautiful but the second one is my favourite. I will be watching your shows I'm really looking forward to them.
Hugs x
Heather T

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two gorgeous cards love them both, what a good idea to use the texture paste and mask to do flowers would never have thought to do that that's why you are a special lady sharing all your fantastic ideas.
Nancyd xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards but the second one is my style as I don't stamp.
Enjoy your one day wonder shows I have set record
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards but the second one is my style as I don't stamp.
Enjoy your one day wonder shows I have set record
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x

Anonymous said...

Two lovely cards Sue but the second is my favourite. Looking forward to your shows. Have a nice week-end everyone. Xxx

Anonymous said...

Whoops! Forgot to sign my name . JJxx

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
Another two stunning christmas cards today love both cannot pick a favourite thanks tracyw x

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
another great Twofer, so different in style but both beautiful.
will be watching your shows that are on early in the day on Saturday, fingers crossed that broadband behaves, have a lovely weekend all,
Muriel x

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely exquisite both of them it's hard to choose a favourite. Looking forward to watching your shows. Yvonne xx

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you two very beautiful cards.
My tv is all set. Have fun and take care Kitty.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, I love double days! Two beautiful cards, love the vintage look of the furst one. Looking forward to your shows tonight and tomorrow. Love Jean xxx

melody said...

Hi Sue, both cards are beautiful your stamping is great an the 2nd card looks really pretty in the red an white n I love the poinsettias. Well it's not worth going to bed now. My little Milly had her operation today well yesterday now an I have been up all night with her, she is not in a good way but I am forever hopeful that she will be a little better later today. I think today as probably been one of the worst days of my life an I have had a few bad ones, again I mean yesterday but I am sure it will carry on today as well. Ok mell pull yourself together I need to get Milly to take the Meds they have sent home with her.looking forward to your show tonight an tomorrow sue I will do my best to watch live if not I will record an watch later in the night, good luck sue not that you need it. Take care Melody xxxXxxx

Molly sweetheart I know you said you was going to start on the blog again now dad as sorted your Facebook problems an sorted the emails out, I just wanted to say don't be saying to much at school today if you end up going, Welcom back to the blog it really does help take your mind off the be things, hey an you coming back on a Sue double day an there was a Video day yesterday for you to go an look at as well. XXx

Patricia Youdell said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards and very inspiring
I am looking forward to watching you today and tomorrow
Pat x

hollyberry said...

Two very beautiful cards. I think that the first ,just has it as my favourite but both are gorgeous as ever.

melody said...

Molly that was meant to say take your mind off the bad things not the be things, silly iPad x

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Great cards today - love them both. Looking forward to seeing your shows:-) Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Two brilliant cards, love them both. I have the "Joy to the World" Die.
Thank you for the inspiration which I badly need.
Since returning from holiday in "my little corner of paradise" I have not do any crafting.
Have a good days
Patricia x

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, another 2 fabulous cards, love them both, but the 2nd one is my favourite, because I love the idea of the sparkle texture paste pattern from the background echoed on the poinsettias. Hope the shows go well, will be recording them. Take care. Bx

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning sue wow what beautiful cards i love the colours and your designs are wonderful
Have a lovely day and I will be watching over the weekend
Have a lovely day
Debs A xxx

Clare W said...

GM Sue. 2 fab cards today! Love how you have coloured the poinsettias. That hint of white really brings them to life. Will be watching tonight and tomorrow. Good luck with the shows.

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Two gorgeous cards. Can't wait for your shows, although I still have some of your team's shows stacked up, but it's a lovely feeling to think I still have some to watch. SueL x

Sylvia Yates said...

Morning Sue first thing I must do is thank you for my prize which arrived yesterday. I shall be "playing" with it later today. I would like to send a big hug to Theresa because one week ago today I had the same operation! Today's cards are brilliant Sue but I think the second one is my favourite. Red & white gives such a crisp clean look to a card. I shall be glued to the 'telly' watching all your shows this weekend. I hope doing the shows gives you as much pleasure as it gives us watching them. Have a great day all you crafty ladies out there. Xx

Sylvia Yates said...

Morning Sue first thing I must do is thank you for my prize which arrived yesterday. I shall be "playing" with it later today. I would like to send a big hug to Theresa because one week ago today I had the same operation! Today's cards are brilliant Sue but I think the second one is my favourite. Red & white gives such a crisp clean look to a card. I shall be glued to the 'telly' watching all your shows this weekend. I hope doing the shows gives you as much pleasure as it gives us watching them. Have a great day all you crafty ladies out there. Xx

Sylvia Yates said...

Morning Sue first thing I must do is thank you for my prize which arrived yesterday. I shall be "playing" with it later today. I would like to send a big hug to Theresa because one week ago today I had the same operation! Today's cards are brilliant Sue but I think the second one is my favourite. Red & white gives such a crisp clean look to a card. I shall be glued to the 'telly' watching all your shows this weekend. I hope doing the shows gives you as much pleasure as it gives us watching them. Have a great day all you crafty ladies out there. Xx

auscrafts said...

Stunning cards first one the favourite

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning dear Sue.
Two amazing cards today thank you. I just love how you inspire us with your variation of techniques to suit all types of crafters, there are many that stamp and those that don't and you cater for us all which at any time of year comes in so useful. I'd never had got 'messy' until you showed us the grouting and pastes and I just love the look now. One and a half cards were managed yesterday, then I flopped but have to get to 'our' craft shop today it's a must-have.
Yesterday I meant to enquire after Robbie, so Pam, hope that incredible young man is doing good and improving each day

Tracey Stitt - you were on my mind such a lot yesterday and will remain so.

I'm soooo looking forward to your shows over the next couple of days Sue, and like everyone here, hope they make Creative Expressions a regular feature on the channel so we can see more of you and the rest of the brilliant team (hope that's not putting too much pressure on you all) !!!
I will end my ramblings by sending love and friendly hugs to you and my special friends, hope you all have a lovely day.
Lancashire Steph xxx

Lynda Mellor said...

Good morning Sue,I love them both!!! Will be watching
your shows!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx

Linda Graham said...

Two beautiful cards Sue,both of them are favourites with me,looking forward to your shows,thank you,Linda x

Maria Illsley said...

Two great cards Sue but I adore the first card

I will be recording your shows to make sure I see them all hsve a great day xxx

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. Two stunning cards, love the colour and dimension on the first and the gorgeous sparkle on the second. Hope to catch your shows this weekend, I can never get too much inspiration!! X

anne mather said...

Hi Sue
Both nice cards but my favourite is the second one - it really pops!
I will be watching although I've got three grandkids around so will record!
I can watch all day tommorrow when they have gone home!! Yeh!!
Love 'em but you can't get a thing done for yourself.
Have a good time on Hochanda.
Anne M xx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Both of these cards are gorgeous in their own way. I really could not choose a favourite! Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us.
Have a great day everyone.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Here we are at Friday again and a Christmas Two-fer : ) Two lovely cards, it's hard to choose but the 2nd one just takes the lead for me, I think!
I hope you have a safe journey to the studio and have a great time tonight and over the weekend making the shows. I will be watching, and recording them all, as will many,many others too : ) Hugs to everyone. Take care xx
Molly, We have all missed hearing from you so I am so pleased to see your Nan say you hope to comment today. Have a good day at school then enjoy watching Sue's shows : ) Take care x

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue

Love them both but no.2 is more 'me'. Looking forward to your shows.


Heather Rogers said...

Good Morning Sue

For me it has to be the first of these two lovely cards! It reminds me of Christmas past.

Looking forward to your shows and what great news they have introduced flexipay! Whoopee!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Two beautiful cards as a treat. Can't choose as both are terrific for different reasons.
Best wishes for the shows.
Ang x

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue the cards today are gorgeous I love both of them. I am really looking forward to seeing you on Hochanda your demos are always inspirational. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

Kathy Baker said...

Morning Sue, two lovely cards again but the first one is my favourite, looking forward to your show tonight and all the ones on tomorrow
Kathy x

lilian said...

Hi Sue, two very lovely cards, must start some c/cards, soon.
Will watch tonight and record tomorrow,as my daughter is comming to stay.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

crossstitchmarg said...

Two beautiful cards today Sue,
You are so talented. I wish I could do what you can do.
Have a great time tonight and tomorrow at Hochanda, I will tape all your shows so I don't miss any.


Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue , two brilliant cards today, can't choose they are both so lovely. Looking forward to your shows over the weekend, starting with tonight ,

Love Rosemarie x x

Karen M said...

Morning Sue
Lovely cards I can't chose between them thank you for the ideas,looking forward to seeing your shows,
The recorder will be set,so I can watch again & again.
Best wishes
Karen M

Ecco of Sheffield said...

Morning Sue
I cannot believe that it's Friday again!!!
Where are the weeks going!

Both of your gifts today are just beautiful and I really cannot choose a favourite. Your first gift has my all time favourite Christmas poem as it's background and your second has one of my favourite carols as its centre piece.
Your colour palette is traditional and as I have all the ingredients to attempt these sumptuous gifts I shall be having an attempt at producing both.

Good luck for tonight and all day tomorrow. My recorder will be set so I can watch you at my leisure.
My Art Deco die arrived yesterday Sue so a big thank you. It really looks so impressive in real life. I'm hoping to have a play with it after housework today.
Once again thank you for all your inspiration, patience and kindness which you give willingly to all crafters.

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

Clai01 said...

Really beautiful cards Sue and really looking forward to watching you x

Jan on the Fosse said...

Lovely cards No.1 my favourite today

Looking forward to the shows


Gloria Robey said...

Morning Sue,2 absolutely exquisite cards ,I can't choose between them .Will watch all your shows over the weekend and record them .I have to as I cant take it all in first time. Have a great time tonight and tomorrow. Gloria(Sidcup) xx

Sandie Braithwaite said...

2 lovely cards but number 2 is more within my capability! Not good with crayons for some reason! Looking forward to the shows xx

Sandie Braithwaite said...

2 lovely cards but number 2 is more within my capability! Not good with crayons for some reason! Looking forward to the shows xx

karen keen said...

Good Morning Sue
Two beautiful cards.
I have the background stamp, on the first card. Need to try these effect.
Carrying on the poinsettia theme on the second card. What more can I say. Lovely.
Karen in Telford xx

Jane Franklin said...

Its always great to open the blog and see what wonderful surprises we get each day and a two fer makes it even better. I love them both. Thank you Sue and good luck for the shows I will be watching as many as I can. Luv to all jxxx

Rachel Macfarlane said...

Stunning cards Sue can't wait for the shows. ....have fun...!
Luv Rach :)

Jan.moogie said...

Look forward each morning to see what you are sharing and am never disappointed. Fridays are really special as it two fer day and today's cards are gorgeous and so so different from each other. Number one makes me feel warm and cosy with its warm colours and fantastic stamping. Number two makes me think of crisp cold mornings and is quite stunning in a stark sort of way. Thanks for sharing , hugs xxx

Aspiring crafter said...

Two beautiful cards..I do like stamping so I think the first one just edges it!
Looking forward to the shows,

Barbara Gosden said...

Two lovely cards, the second is my favourite.
B xx

Marion said...

Hi sue love both of the cards .i love poinsettia's.
Marion H

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love them both.
Looking forward to your demos on Hochanda.
Thank you for all your inspiration.
Veronique L

Scottydog said...

Two lovely cards today Sue, but I think the second card is more me! I do so enjoy the double day Friday! Looking forward to seeing you on TV - I have booked the TV all day tomorrow! Good luck!

HeatherT said...

Hi Sue,
Two wonderful cards, they are both so beautiful but for me I love the second one with the gorgeous Joy to the World background and the poinsettias.
Looking forward to your shows and thanks for all the great inspiration,
Heather Treble

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Lovely cards and will be watching you on Hochanda. love Jean Z xx

carol quinn said...

Number 2 is my favourite...both are beautiful.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful Christmas cards. Both lovely in different ways. I think the second one more my style.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Two gorgeous card, love them both for different reasons. The first has that vintage look to it and the second one is very modern.
Looking forward to the shows, hope they go well.

hazel young said...

2 stunning cards Sue love them xx hazel

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. Two stunning cards today. I really can't choose one over the other. So different in style. I don't know how you think of soany different types. Will watch tonight and tomorrow and have also set record. Thank you for sharing. Hugs Heather.x

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. Two stunning cards today. I really can't choose one over the other. So different in style. I don't know how you think of soany different types. Will watch tonight and tomorrow and have also set record. Thank you for sharing. Hugs Heather.x

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, oh I love these doubles, and the cards today are fabulous, you have golden fingers Sue because everything you create is a masterpiece, I wished I had just a little sprinkling of your talent.

Yes I will definitely be glued to the PC over the weekend.

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

Tressa said...

Two more beautiful but the first has the edge as I think the stamp is gorgeous and allows the inner colourist (for which I have no talent in truth) full rein.

Enjoy your Hochanda shows. The recorder will set for all of them. Looking forward to getting even more inspiration.

Janet Fuller said...

Very festive. Do love the traditional colours.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, love when you give us a two for one
I love both cards but the first one is my favourite, very nostalgic.
Have a great day today, will watch your shows and record them.
Take care everyone, Jess xx

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
The night before Christmas is my favourite Christmas story , so a stamp with that on is a must have!
I will watch you, and Barbara, on Hochanda this weekend, such a lot to watch ....guess its ironing in front of the TV again!
Can't wait!
Take care
Love Marg

Val Jones said...

Both lovely traditional colour cards today Sue and I love both of them.
so looking foward to your show tonight and more tomorrow. I'm in a "treat myself mood" so here comes the credit card.
Love Val in Spain x

carol edwards said...

Well Sue I am not choosing between them as they are both wonderful. Do love the script on the first one and it all looks vintage. Love the clean traditional feel to the second one x

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue, the sun is out and the sky is blue but oh my Autumn is now with us. Two gorgeous cards this morning I love the script one and will probably have a go at using that stamp today.
Have a fab weekend hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

Elsie Smith said...

Hi Sue. Two more beautiful cards. Looking forward to watching your shows on Hochanda
Already got the recorder set for both days so that I don't miss anything. xx

CHERYL Brown said...

Good morning Sue,

Two equally stunning cards, definitely traditional for me.
I have this stamp and just itching to try it out. Not being a confident stamper, I will practice til I get it right.
For all those in pain please take a (((hug)) from the basket by the door as you leave.
Love & hugs
Cheryl xxx

Anne said...

Two great cards, Sue - the first is my favourite though.
Looking forward to the shows- hope all goes well.

Anne (Northampton)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - two great cards, difficult to choose a favourite, but I think the first one just creeps ahead as I love the vintage look. Looking forward to your shows this weekend, what a treat to see you on our screens more nowadays - have a good time, best wishes

Angela Wade said...

Two lovely cards, Sue. Sorry I'm going to miss the shows tonight and tomorrow.
Tonight is our last evening at Lake Naivasha.
We travel back to Nairobi late morning tomorrow for our flight back to Dubai late afternoon.
It's been a lovely few days relaxing and enjoying the birds and wildlife at close proximity :-)

Hugs and Best Wishes to all,

Angela at Lake Naivasha Xx

Crafty Cruiser said...

Two lovely cards. The first is quite vintage but I prefer the second one.
Doreen R

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Both cards are awesome!!!!
Fantastic that your back on tv, it's great to see your demos.
Lorna D

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. Two stunning cards, love them both and couldn't possibly choose a favourite. Looking forward to your shows over the weekend and the recorder is set as well just in case something happens to stop me watching "live". Hugs to all. Sue XXX

Rosemary Stickland said...

Two fab cards Sue. Looking forward to seeing your TV shows.
Rosemary xx

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Just love poinsettias so both cards are right up my street!...the second Joy to the World would also be great for batch making, just need to allow some time for the mask/texture paste backgrounds to dry and then you can make hundreds of them all at once!

Looking forward to your shows tonight and tomorrow...

CHERYL - big background stamps can be a bit scary...try leaving the stamp upside down and having inked it carefully press your card onto the image, holding it still while you do so - alternatively if you want to stamp it the usual way, dwon onto your cardstock, remember to press more heavily in the middle - having said that if the centre doesn't come out as well as the edges if you're following Sue's design and cutting an aperture then it really doesn't matter if the text is slightly fainter in the centre does it? might actually look as if you meant to do that!


Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards today a Sue. Number 1 is my favourite as after seeing this stamp on Johns Blog I bought it. But haven't played with it yes. Very remiss of me I know. I've recorded your shows as usual.

Lynda's craft's said...

Hi Sue & Wilsonetts
Two wonderfulI cards today I love double Christmas days they are both equally Gorgeous.
The first one i love the stamped background & adding the White pencil highlights just brings it alive.
The second card I just love the glitter on the background & poinsettias Useing the wavy mask.
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

Melody oh I do hope Milly is a little better today & she takes her medication ok
You must be shattered try & get some rest if you can.
Molly sweetheart I'm looking forward to reading your post today.
Enjoy watching Sue's Hochanda TV show tonight & them all tomorrow. (((((hug's)))) xx

TRACY positive thoughts. Your in my thoughts & prayers ((((((Hug's)))) sweet lady.xxxx
TOB THERESA hope your opperation appointment is very soon. ((((((hug's))))) xxx

BETH hope your ok some ((((Hug's)))) for you.xx
DEB C how are you hope your ok sending you some ((((((Hug's)))) xx

(((((((Hug's ))))))For all my friends have a good day everyone Xxx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Two wonderful cards, love them both. Wish it was Friday every day to get a double dose of your creativity

Hugs and best wishes everyone

rolfi said...

Good morning Sue,
two beautiful cards...
I like the red glitter on the second one but my favourite is the first one because it´s in vintage style which I love.
Rolf xxx

TOB said...

Hi Sue, I love both cards, hope you manage to get a little rest in between your hectic weekend. Hugs Theresa xx

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Loving both cards
No 2 just pips the post for me .
Take care and enjoy your shows .
Elaine H X

magpie said...

Hellooooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Oh wow, what a beautiful two-fer! Both are amazing cards in their own right xx Love the Santa stamp and also the paste technique. I'm also into your off set sentiments with the black card. Really really good! oooo I can just see Lynda's remark about the white pencil (I'd forgotten about that bit! lol!) and that is another good technique that brings it alive xx Just gorgeous! xx Sending love and hugs to you Sue, your mom and family xx sending love and hugs to all our Wilsonettes who are in need of some too xx

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful cards for us again this morning. I think I like the first one a little better than the second, only because I've fallen in love with the background stamp. Anything with script on always seems to catch my eye. It looks like I'll have to add that to my wish list :)
Good luck with the show tonight, Sue and have a great weekend.
Bejay x

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue
Stunning cards I just love that stamp!!!
Yesterday I bought ur large squares and rectangles plus the twinkle embossing folder.

Just wanted to thank all the ladies on the blog for their kind thoughts and wishes thru this stressful time.
I'm at work today and so far no wobbles. Too calm my manager said that's a first!!
Anyways I'll keep u posted but thank u all so much for ur support.
Happy thought for all those who need it. I'd be here all day with all the names lol xx

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, two beautiful cards for us today, I think the first one is my favourite as I have the background stamp and it really is beautiful,
Hope to be able to watch you tonight.

Linda Norris said...

Hi Sue,
I just love both of these cards they're both so different. I just love the vintage look on cards would love to try one like that, but maybe when I get a bit more experienced.
I will hopefully be watching tonight but the recorder is set just in case.
Good luck with with all the shows.
Linda xx

A Happercrafter6 said...

Both are lovely cards especially the first one. Realised I have forgotten to St record and am away for the night. Bother. Hope I can catch Hochanda online.

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Two gorgeous Christmas cards.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Kate's Cards said...

Two lovely cards. Card two is my favourite.
Yesterday my dies came that I won in the recent giveaway. I would just like to say thank you once again and thank you for giving us the opportunity to win such fab prizes!

jenny Briggs said...

Hi sue
Lovely cards must try doing the pasting through a mask at some time I love the colour combination will be watching your shows to night

ursula said...

Super Christmas cards today Sue, they are just beautiful.....I will be tuning into Hochanda tonight and also record it to keep.....Enjoy the show and have a lovely weekend.....thanks a million....luv Ursula xx

julie laz said...

Beautiful cards sue, love them both...crafty hugs Julie laz xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Both lovely the top one is my favourite. Good luck with the shows

Sue MacFall said...

Wow, absolutely lovely and so different from one another.
Sue Mac

Elizabeth Beal said...

Hi Sue & Lovely Wilsonettes – Wow; 2 gorgeous contrasting cards, love the ‘Night Before Christmas’ background stamp; guess what’s going into my hat; Lol. I take it the Poinsettias are stamps too if so they are amazing as they look so dimensional & very pretty (guess I’ll have to glue myself to the show tonight to see how this is done). The 2nd card is impressive & very eye-catching & the texture paste adds that special something to the background which then gives exquisite dimension to the ‘Joy to the World’ die. The texture paste Poinsettias do it for me too. I don’t have the black Tulle but I did buy a child’s leotard with black netting skirt in the Pound shop some time back, I cut away the leotard keeping the black net & it looks really effective; Lol. You have such a busy tiring weekend of shows ahead of you so just wanted to wish you pleasant journeys, all the best & hope you have a lovely time. Thank you for sharing your valuable time & your amazing talents Sue, I can’t sing my gratitude & your praises from the rooftop often enough (best not as the poor neighbours will think a cats screeching on the roof again; Lol x x x

LYNDA & MARIA; thank you dear friends for asking after me, I’m shattered but in an achieved kind of way; when I had all that black mould in the study/craft room, it hasn’t come back but I could still smell it on the wall & carpet so instead of leaving as a patch up paint job I slowly took everything out Wed & Thurs after work; spare room, conservatory everywhere is chocca with crafty goods, tables & shelves etc & today washed walls & frog taped (I could (((hug))) whoever invented yellow frog tape it’s so perfect). Mr B is taking me & girls out for day Sat so computer will come down when back so I can make slow progress on the painting etc & then it will go back when new carpet is laid (hope Carpetright has some good deals). colours are lower wall Dulux Soft Stone & upper walls Dulux Honey Beam so sun here so have to brighten it up, colour carpet well we'll see when we choose on Sunday x x x

I will miss you all my friends so tons of love ‘n’(((HUGS))) to last you all coming your way; don’t worry LAINE spare room will be ready for April Lol; still waiting for dates. I hope Kettering in Northants is okay for you get to us as Mr B will pick you up from wherever you land; Lol x x x

I send love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) to all my dear friends, to feathered & 4-paw babies & to anyone who needs a hug whilst I am AWOL, especially Laine, Yvonne G, Tres, Diane, Cheryl, Stephanie, Theresa W, Susi, Lynda B, Annie & Bambi (4 paws), Michele. Cheryl put it so lovely; please take a (((HUG))) from the basket as you leave x x x

TRACEY; I’m thinking of you & wishing you all the best sweetie, sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend & this maybe no consolation to how you are feeling at the moment but it may help a little, I had calcified lumps, which I could feel in my leftie a few years ago & they repeat mammogram each year but so far they are okay, they say that calcified lumps don’t get cancerous so I’m quite relieved. Apart from that I wish you all the best for your results Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) x x x

Take care Sue & to all my friends & lovely Wilsonettes, hope you enjoy your weekend & all the best to you all for the Wed Card & comments winners. Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) to one & all & especially to our Lovely Molly & her family x x x Beth B x x x

Diane said...

Hi Sue
What lovely cards today, they are both so gorgeous, I can't choose a favourite. I must get some of the red sparkle paste as it looks so beautiful on your poinsettia and in the background. Thank you for sharing such delights with us. Looking forward to watching your Hochanda shows. I can escape to watch them if rugby us on and it will be assumed I am busy doing housework! Aren't I naughty :) take care and safe travels love Diane G xxxx

Molly looking forward to hearing from you again after your lovely dad sorted out the problems you had xxxx
Melody I hope you get some rest today. You really don't need all the extra worries you have had and must look after yourself xxx

Chris Curry said...

Love both cards Sue, but I think the first one is my favourite. Love the texture paste and the poinsettias on the second one very much. Thank you. Xx

Paula said...

Two lovely cards Sue, but as I prefer a 'clean' card the Joy To The World card is the one for me. :) I love the effect of the sparkle paste on the poinsettias on that card too.
Paula x

hettygarlick said...

Beautiful cards. I've been away abroad for the last week, and although I've been looking at your blog every day Sue, I wasn't able to comment as I couldn't remember my Google password! It wouldn't let me comment without it - very frustrating. Anyway all the cards were lovely as usual. Now that I'm back home it's "business as usual".

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful cards, can't decide on a definite favourite but I think I prefer the second one. It's the poinsettias that do it for me every time, with the sparkle.
All set up for your shows, so looking forward to them.
Hugs, Rose

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Two lovely cards. I love your Poinsettia's made with the masked texture paste and and the shadowing of the wording. Thanks for sharing.

I'm looking forward to your shows, I hope you enjoy them.

Best wishes

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Love the joy to the world card.

Anonymous said...

Both cards are lovely...I'm always drawn to rich reds. The dies are fantastic. Jan D., Florida, USA

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi Elizabeth
Thanks for ur kind words it's appreciated.
It appears when I've spoken to my other colleagues and people who's had it that it does seem to be always on the left side. Weird huh!!!

Margaret Rogers said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards. I particularly like the first one, a little different from the usual Christmas cards.
Margaret xxx

Susan White said...

Both lovely Christmassy cards - I think the top one is my favourite, as I love stamping and colouring! Hope the shows go well for you today, Susan x

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Two Absolutely stunning cards. Will be watching you tonight and tomorrow
Take care
Hazel G XX

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! Love them both!! The poinsettia in both cards are fantastic!
Moxie Craftie

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Really lovely cards.

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,

Two Beautiful cards you have given us today, I really love them both and would be so happy to receive either.
If I had to make a choice I would go for number two. Something about it just ticks the right box for me.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful inspiration. Where would I be without you? LOL

Hope everyone is having a good day, love Brenda xxx

Anonymous said...

Theresa says
Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Yippee my favourite day 2fer christmas Friday !!! Only 3 months now x both cards are beautiful sue x I love the vintage look of the first card and the clean simple look to the second x I'm easily pleased aren't I ? Thankyou sue for your inspiration and spreading so much ' joy ' on your blog x ( sorry I was trying to be funny and its definately not my forte ) x
Melody I do hope you get some rest x when 2 days roll into one that's the time to stop for a minute x sending you a big hug and one for millie too x I look forward to hearing which card is molly's favourite today xxx
Yvonne g it was lovely to read your comment yesterday and hope you start getting your strength back soon x missing your banter x
Laine hope your ok too and feeling better after your weekend x
Beth can I have permission to sulk if you don't comment I love reading your stories x I thought it was hilarious what you did with the dress x crafting definately makes you look at things differently xxx have a lovely day out Saturday x
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

ruth jamieson said...

lovely cards Sue eagerly waiting for tonight card in hand. I was lucky last time I got the trees and santa.

hugz Ruth

Nana on the Hill said...

These are two gorgeous cards, l can see similar designs being used for my special people this year. Thanks for the inspiration Sue xx

Jackie Meechan said...

Two gorgeous, gorgeous cards Sue. Love them both.

PharmacyMichele said...

Two fantastic cards-like the second one the most.


terrie said...

Very pretty cards...thank you for sharing your talent...
well done Sue

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Sue, two very beautiful card, but being a stamper, the first one has to be my favourite, Kate x

Dawn Holben said...

Both fab cards, I couldn't pick out a favourite out of these two.
I love the stamping on the first one and the die on the second one.
Love them both.

Jean said...

Such beautiful cards!

Suzzette Yandle said...

I really like the sparkle paste on the background below the "Joy to the World" die cut layer. And then the same sparkle to the poinsettias gives a wonderfully added bit of bling. I have my timer set to watch you today on the Hochanda show now that I have the time difference figured out. I'm also hoping to watch tomorrow. See you there!

CraftyJo said...

They're both lovely.

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, two gorgeous cards today and I feel lucky as I have the stamp used on number one. With a change of sentiment I shall be trying this one over the week-end. Love them both, though.

Melody - I hope you have managed to get some rest by now and that Milly is responding to her meds. and comfortably sleeping. Thinking of you all.


Anonymous said...

Both lovely cards, Sue, but think second one is singing a little louder - always enjoy double festive days. Hope to see you tonight and at least some of tomorrow's shows - another busy couple of days after which let's hope some R&R for you ??
Melody - so sorry you had such a dreadful day and fingers crossed for Milly. Molly, you are missed.
Maureen K - day of the tent top was July '14 so not so long ago. It's disappeared, to be replaced mostly by good old black, forever a friend!
Yvonne G - hope you're back on form soon - that's what comes with mixing with too many Wilsonettes!
Tracy - that's the idea, keep busy and positive, and a little wobble is allowed.
Rebecca - any new of the lost dog?

'P' in Wales

P.S. OH suggested forging a trail to my craft desk. Think it's time to bite the bullet.

KVencel said...

Beautiful cards, Sue! I am partial to the first one, although I love that wavy mask!
Keeping my fingers crossed that the SW dies I ordered will be here soon. It's been a month. Guess it's a looooonnnng way across the pond! Lol

Barbara said...

Two beautiful cards Sue but do like the background stamp on the first.
Looking forward to your shows tonight and tomorrow and could be tempted to buy as you are not on C&C.

Sheila Aberdeen said...

Another Two beautiful Cards Sue xx

Lesley Cann said...

Two more great cards although the second one is my favourite. Shall be watching you later.

Karen Drew said...

I love Fridays as we get a double helping of beautiful cards. They are both stunning. Love the background on the first one but the second one is my favorite.

Looking forward to some more inspiration over the next two days
Karen xx

Txcowgirl said...

Sue, these are amazing cards, both of them. Makes me want to start Christmas crafting as I have been waiting to get in the mood.

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Really enjoy your double days and I have to admit the 1st post is my favourite by far, though I do love the stamp on the 2nd one. Think I saw the 1st one demo'd and liked its classic simplicity with the sentiment doing all the work.

Thanks for confirming about the noble rectangles and now know why I missed it as I ordered the other two in the set (that aren't pierced)on launch as at the time was spoilt for choice and totally forgot the pierced ones!! The rectangles are now on their way! The square to follow soon! Have the most recent ones though and they are fab-u-lous!

Beryl Treble said...

Both cards are beautiful Sue.

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, Two gorgeous cards, the first is a gorgeous stamping and colouring extravaganza, and the second is a gorgeous texture paste extravaganza, I'm loving the use of the texture paste on the flowers. Both cards are fabulous !!
Good Luck on your Hochanda shows.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Yvonne G said...

Hi Sue
Both stunning, as always. Two for the price of one - you do spoil us. These are the kinds of cards that one would pay an absolute fortune for in a terribly posh and high class boutique - well I'm presuming this is the case as I probably would not be allowed into such an establishment! I think the first card has a lovely vintage feel to it and the second, a more modern feel. Both are equally wonderful.
Looking forward to seeing you on Hochanda - it will keep me out of mischief. Starting to feel a bit better day by day so in order to avoid the temptation to do things and play catch up I need a distraction - what could be better than the master at work x
Tracy - so sorry that the news was not as you had hoped. You sound like you have a really good and positive attitude which is fabulous. I cannot speak from a personal point of view but 2 of my friends have been through breast cancer and their positive attitude was admirable. Easier said than done I know but hang in there. Hugs and love being sent to you x
Maria - I'm here - I'm nearly back to normal - although I use the word normal with some hesitation x
Melody - you have been in my thoughts over the last few days despite my not 'being around'. Sending you and hubby a warm hug. Hope Milly is a good girl and takes her meds. As if you have not got enough to deal with. Please give Molly a big cuddle. She is such a valued member of our Wilsonette family and we miss her x
Angela - what's it like being a globetrotter - sounds fabulous - I am 'well jeal'. Enjoy the remainder of your 'break' x
Beth B - are you sure it is wise offering a place to stay to a reprobate such as Lorraine? What on earth are you letting yourself in for? Seriously - I do hope that your wonderful offer will be accepted. I had been trying to work out a way of making it possible for Lorraine to be able to fulfil her dream of making Ally Pally as she lives so far away. Lets hope your plans of hospitality are a definite and you will be able to join in the fun in April x
Theresa - nice to be missed. Hopefully I'm back for good - fingers crossed x
'P' in Whales - you are absolutely right. As I am such a quiet and shy individual it was really hard work meeting up with all those raucous Wilsonettes. Obviously as I am such an introvert I did feel like the odd one out - lol x
Deb C - it appears that you are still playing truant - hope you are ok x
Lorraine - where are you? I feel like Cagney without my Lacey. Hope you are ok. I have not managed to go back further than yesterday on all the comments so I'm not sure what you have been up to. Hoping to have friendly and sensible 'chats' with you soon x
Off to prepare for the highlight of the evening. Popcorn - check. Family pack of Cadbury twirls - check. Kettle chips - check. Bottle of Schloer - check. And worryingly a Vienetta in the freezer - and we all know what happened the last time I had one of those in the freezer. It didn't last long and I felt sick!
Crafty hugs

Wendy L said...

They both look gorgeous, look forward to seeing your shows on Hochanda, will be recording them, xxx

patwyn said...

Hi Sue,

Two lovely cards again. I like both but if pushed to choose, I think the second one would win. Looking forward to your shows which I always record so that I can watch again at leisure. Also when I need inspiration - which is quite often! Lol

Pat xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

both cards are chique and very beautiful Sue great deisgns

gr karin

Bente Sørflaten said...

Both soooo beautiful, but I must admit the second one is my favourite ;))

IVY Cheong said...

Both cards are stunning. Must get myself the background stamp and the joy to the world die. Looking forward to 8pm :-) love, Ivy X

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue, and all the ladies.
Two gorgeous cards today, but number one is the winner for me. I just love stamping and colouring, and this has it in spades!!
Tracy, thinking of you and sending love and prayers.
Beth B, Yvonne and Lorraine, I love reading your posts, even if I don't understand them lol x
I'm all ready in my best bib and tucker for you Sue at 8 p.m. and looking forward to tomorrow.
Love to all, I hope those who are in pain, in mind or body, or who are just lonely, have their prayers answered.
Love Maureen xxx

Helen Terry said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful cards today very festive and love the dies used, looking forward to your show tonight and tomorrow.
crafty hugs
Helen Terry

Brooke Bont said...

both are wonderful cards with lots of color.

Brooke Bont said...

both are wonderful cards with lots of color.

TDQ Karen said...

Beautiful cards. Love the first one especially x

carole bennett said...

Hi Sue
Sorry haven't been commenting for the last few days, but work has been taking over we have just been so hectic, thank goodness for the weekend! My prize die arrived yesterday thank you so much. I think the first die just gets it from me.
Looking forward to watching you over the weekend!
It's also " strictly time" I love this and also the tour which I go too almost every year. I used to dance ballroom and Latin and did all the competitions and throughly enjoyed every second of it. That was a million years ago lol. Unfortunately I married someone with two left feet so the dancing came to a stop, so I just enjoy the show!!
Tracey just love your positive attitude, sending you a big hug!!!
CaroleB xx

Laura O said...

two fab card ,love the joy to the world die ,Laura O

Susi in Cyprus said...

Both cards are lovely and very Christmassy but I think the second is my favourite, probably because I have the Joy to the World die. Love the sparkles too.

Just getting ready to tune into Hochanda for more inspiration! Have fun everyone
Susi in Cyprus

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
Both cards are gorgeous!!! If I had to pick...the 2nd one is my favourite!!! I am currently watching you on I'd better go!!

liz spooner said...

I love both these but the script possibly tops the favourite, watching hochanda at the moment so must go.xx

barbara macaskill said...

Both are absolutely stunning but the first one is my favorite!! I adore the poinsettias on it!! TFS!

Theresa Pace said...

gorgeous cards. my fave is the first one with the stamping and colouring. i love the way you have done poinsettias in the second, hugs xx

Janet hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Another xmas two-fer, how lucky are we to have two gorgeous cards for inspiration!
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Two every stunning Christmas cards,and yes I for one will be watching your shows.

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

2 Beautiful cards today. I love both of them but I love the wavy effect on the poinsettia's. Missed today's show, but recording all of them tomorrow.

Big Hugs :-)

Tina XX

Pearl said...

Beautiful card today Sue.

Thank you.

Lots of love and craftihappiness everyone,

Pearl x

nannapat said...

Two lovely cards Sue, your poinsettias are beautiful. Watched tonight's show & also recorded it, recording all tomorrow's shows too. Lovely to see you back on our screens. Pat x

Janet Fuller said...

Very festive. Do love the traditional colours.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Two fabulous cards today - I especially like the vintage feel of the first one.Recording all the shows so I can watch them at my leisure.
Melody, sorry you've had such a horrible time of late and I hope that Milly is on the road to recovery - give her a big cuddle from me!
Tracy thinking of you x
Love and hugs to all Alison xxxx

Littlelamb said...

Watched today's show and really enjoyed it. Love both of these cards but the second one is my favourite.

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

Loved the die grouting yesterday and a super 2fer today. I do slightly prefer the first. I like that stamp a lot and love the idea of putting an apeture in it.

Saw your Hochanda show... 2hrs late- had a bit of a wobble and lost an hour. Sky box set for tomo and good thing too as what I don't watch live I'll watch Saturday evening. Mr W is going out to watch the rugby so if I'm awake I will need the distraction!

Tracy Stitt, thinking of you. Must be hard as hell to be suddenly told you're ill, sending you all the hugs in the world xxxx

Melody, Billy sending paw hugs to Milly and we both hope the medicine will do its stuff. Molly, can't wait to see you post again. Glad to see Dad has sorted things out for you. Hope you're looking forward to crafting along with Sue this weekend.

I've missed you all so much but I've been ridiculously tired- can'tbelieve it's Friday night already! Hospital appointment was a strange experience. Got told that what had been suggested for me would not work well due to my dodgy dna & be highly risky- especially if done on my neck, & do more damage in the long run (wow, cheerful!), So we asked if there was an alternative, which there is- it's one you have done when it's needed like a nerve block but more generalised and no needles near my spine, an intravenous infusion, plus we got talking about how I've had to constantly adapt over the years, changing hobbies, jobs, giving up things I'm good at because my body can't cope etc & how that impacts on me especially being hyperactive, especially since the fatigue got much worse , he said kinda at the same time I asked that I could see a psychologist who helps people with stuff like this. I'm not depressed but have noted that I have started to feel down at getting nothing done all the time so I think of this as a pre emptive strike! They always re iterate that treatment won't cure the fatigue, the "guts and gore" problems or the generalised pain but it may mean I can travel without being in I'm on the urgent list for both so I might get my wish of Ally Pally, not counting on it but it's there, like a dangly carrot telling me to stay positive and believe something or someone will help. They say the best things come to those who wait lol! London is the nearest place to here with a decent show anyway. Going to start scouting for travel lodges just in case!

Sending hugs to everyone with loads extra in case they're needed so take what you need :-) hope you all get to watch Sue at some point (Sue, guessing they'll be a run on that Adirondak in colour you used on your first show!!!) Have a stunningly good weekend and some happy crafting time,

T x

karenlotty said...

Beautiful I treated myself to some texture paste which I really must "play" with! I hadn't realised you can die cut with it Sounds scary but I will give it a go!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. WOW Two beautiful christmas cards. The first one has a vintage look to it, very classy and the second one just has a modern feel to it with the sentiment been the focal point, hope you get what i mean ha! ha!. Sorry cant pick a favourite as i think they are both wonderful. Watched your show tonight and once again some stunning samples and loads of great ideas. Have set the box to record all of todays shows.
Take care everyone.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

KT Fit Kitty said...

these are both so beautiful! love your dies so much!

Eunice said...

These cards are magnificent!!

Olga said...

Lovely cards! Love sparkles! Olga Ko

Love2papercraft said...

I too had calcifications removed a little over 1 yr ago...on my left side! Odd!

Debra Kenworthy said...

Two fabulous cards Sue! I think the first one does it for me more as I do like a more vintage look card. Debra x

sunshinepen said...


I am so glad I have this stamp and will have a go at using it this weekend. I really love the blog.

Been a difficult time over the last month for me and its been so uplifting to read the lovely comments and read the blog.

Hopefully things have turned a corner now for my partner and Mum who have both been seriously ill.

Crafty hugs Pen

Dorothy Macdonald said...

Two stunning cards ......I like the second one but only I love poinsettias in any form really.

My reason for choosing the second, it is so pristine and just does it for me.

Love n hug to everyone.....from Dorothy Macdonald of Baldock

Jan from Long Island said...

Two absolutely beautiful cards! I love the way you've colored the poinsettias on the first one, they are absolutely stunning!!! You're artistry amazes me, Sue!

Lorraine Freeman said...

Love them both

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