Saturday, 5 September 2015

Mother of Pearl Caught in Crystal

Hi bloggers!  Today's video features a technique that I recently came up with while having a play in my craft room.  It gives you a lovely way of adding something interesting to your backgrounds without taking away from your focal elements.

The winner of this week's Wednesday card giveaway is:

Lynda Mellor!!!

Congratulations!  Please email me at to confirm your address and claim your card.

 The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a gorgeous Christmas card off to watch video, congratulations Lynda well done.
Nancyd xx

hollyberry said...

A really beautiful and elegant card. Absolutely love the new background technique,thank you Sue for your inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Sue. I like everything about it. Looking forward to the video to see the new technique. Congratulations Lynda. JJxx

Jan.moogie said...

Such a beautiful card Sue looking forward to watching video later. Have a great day, hugs xx

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you a lovely card, great video.
Congratulations to Lynda.
It is raining again,Take care Kitty.

Pam said...

Absolutely stunning, what a joy to receive.
Well done Lynda, enjoy your card.
Happy weekend everyone

A Happercrafter6 said...

This looks interesting - will watch video later. Card is very Christmassy!

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Stunning, absolutely beautiful, loving the idea of the Background.
Off to look and learn.
Have a great weekend
Patricia xxx

Caroljsmith said...

Stunning card sue .

TDQ Karen said...

Just beautiful. Love the background technique

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. WOW This is an absolutely stunning card. The shimmer you get from the mica powders on the background is fantastic, will have to try this technique later. This would be a lovely card to frame and bring out every christmas time. Another great video and i will work along side it today when i am trying to make this beautiful creation. Congratulations to Lynda on winning this weeks beautiful card.
Take care everyone. Have a lovely day.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. Beautiful card, planning a marathon video watching session later. Congratulations to Lynda. Sue XXX

Kate's Cards said...

Lovely card.

Clare W said...

GM Sue. This looks lovely will watch video later. It's local show day today! 4 craft classes entered but there isn't a card class this time. Hubby has entered 21 horticultural classes! He's up the greenhouse as I type panicking!! Many thanks for the lovely stamps I won which arrived yesterday. They will be well used. Off to pack the car before the show madness begins. Happy weekend all.

Julie Elli said...

Well done Lynda!
And well done Sue! I adore these deer. They were the first must have dies from the Christmas launch!
Big hug
Julie E

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great sentiment Sue.

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning, I love you playing & coming up with new techniques that you share with us. Congratulations to Lynda. Yvonne xx

anne mather said...

Good morning Sue,
What a great technique for something a bit different.
Congratulations Lynda!
Lovely card today.
Anne M xx

June said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, oh what a beautiful card today, will watch the video in a little while when hubby gets up. Also love the dies you have used.

Congrats to Lynda.

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

Pearl said...

Lovely card today Sue, will watch the video later to see how you made it. So elegant!

Congratulations to Linda, luck you having a card from master maker Sue!

Lots of love and craftihappiness everyone,

Pearl x

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning christmas card love the techniques thank you tracyw x

Kathy Baker said...

Morning Sue what a beautiful card I've just watched the video and the crystal background is so clever how on earth do you think up these ideas, thankfully you do to give us such inspiration
Kathy x

Rachel Macfarlane said...

Love this card and technique ...!
Luv Rach :)

Rachel Macfarlane said...

Love this card and technique ...!
Luv Rach :)

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is beautiful I love the background and the scene you have created is stunning. I am looking forward to watching the video later. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

Patricia Youdell said...

Hi Sue
This card is so lovely and the deer are very sweet
Pat x

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. A stunning and very serene looking card using a super technique which would be lovely to incorporate into a wedding design too-something that I must remember. Thank you for the great inspiration and tutorial. Have a lovely weekend.x

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning Sue
Great background technique,deer very cute.

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning sue what a beautiful card a I love the scene that you have made.
And the design is wonderful have a lovely weekend

Debs A xxxx

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Before my brain cell runs away with me I want to send good luck to Claire W and hubby for the show. Such a pity there is no card category this year as you did so we'll last year.
Secondly congrats to Lynda and enjoy your stunning card from Sue.

Now onto this beautiful piece of work and lovely video. I've tried your caught in crystal technique but only with the ink as you mentioned but I just have to try this new technique you have found its so subtle but the perfect background for the scenic type card. I treated myself to a selection of the new foundation card colours yesterday my little shop does a pick and mix for us to try so I picked my 25 sheets of new colours and now don't want to part with them lol ! I also had a peek at your new die collection and all I can say is WOW - stunning : )
So on that note I'm off to watch the coming and going of the bank staff so I can pull off the perfect heist to complete my never ending die list !!
Have a lovely day Sue.
Lancashire Steph xxx

Gloria Robey said...

Morning Sue todays card is simply beautiful.I adore the deer.Gloria(Sidcup) xx

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
beautiful card, the deer are one of my faves from this year's Christmas release and the background is so pretty. Have watched the video and I can feel a messy session coming up. You seem to be able to keep everything so neat Sue, I am so grateful for wipes for the dreadful mess I make, it is fun though lol !!
have a good weekend everyone,
Muriel x

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,

Another stunning card today, I love it, and will have to give that technique a try.
Congratulations to Lynda

Hope everyone has a lovely day, another crafty one for me, as the rain is here again.

Maggie in Solihull

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue xx hazel

PharmacyMichele said...

Gorgeous card, love this technique.

Congrats to the card winner.


karenlotty said...

Very iintriguing technique It looks brilliant Makes a lovely setting for the reindeer Off to watch now

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow I really love this one

Jane Franklin said...

Love the crystal technique, makes a good background. Jxxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely card, Sue, do like the caught in crystal technique and it really does look like mother of pearl. Love the touch of colour with the holly berries. Thanks, as ever, for the video.
Well done to Lynda on the card win.

'P' in Wales

Pauline a said...

Morning Sue, These deer are so lovely and make a pretty Christmas card for all genders. Must watch the video now. Busy day ahead. Hugs xx Pauline A

Debra Kenworthy said...

Beautiful card Sue! Love the pearlescent background. Such a great technique which I've yet to try. Wonderful design. Debra x

carol quinn said...

Beautiful. Really classey

Chris Curry said...

A lovely card Sue with techniques I will be trying for sure. Looking forward to next Saturday now, John has been great to watch too. Thank you. Xx

Heather Rogers said...

Hi sue

Lovely card yet again I love the little touch of red with the berries.

I see Hochanda is going live with the shopping online part of the website in time for your shows ( Do you think they were listening to us the other day?) LOL!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. This looks interesting, looking forward to watching later. Entering my first craft item into a competition today so fingers crossed. SueL x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
A fabulous card, I love the deer family, next one on my list. I received my snowflake background die yesterday and it's gorgeous.
Will watch video later.

Aspiring crafter said...

Love everything about this card Sue , including the background!
Hope you are well , have a good weekend,

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
This looks like a stunning effect and provides a gorgeous backdrop to your festive scene.
Have a great day.
Ang x

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
I really like the Deer but I haven't bought them yet!
I have preordered the Noble Rectangles with the double piercing!.
I think that will be so useful !
Lovely Christmassy card today Sue!
Take care
Love Marg

dmjones said...

Morning Sue,
What a stunning Christmas card today, will watch the video later,

Doreen x

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Beautiful today's offering and white on white with that tiny drop of red gives it a lovely touch. Still deciding on which of the September launch to order as I want them all, but can't - the rest will have to join the xmas wish list. Thanks again.

Congrats Lynn...

Jan from Long Island said...

Good morning! Beautiful card and fantastic technique!
Have a beautiful day everyone!

Marion said...

Hi Sue beautiful xmas card ,and lovely video too.
Marion H

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Wow! What a stunning card you've given us today. I absolutely adore your deer and think most of my Christmas cards will include them lol! I love the Mother of pearl look on today's card and must try it out. Have CE thought about bringing out a large lacquer like the glue? Because once you start the caught in crystal technique you can't stop lol!
Congratulations Lynda
Hugs x
Heather T
Only just noticed your show times Duh!!! I wondered how people knew .......... I'll blame old age lol!

Crafty Cruiser said...

A really lovely card
Doreen R

sandy acland said...

I love the deer and trees, beautiful.

Sandy (tort)

Yvonne G said...

Morning Sue
What a beauty. This is majestic and is the kind of card I would expect to find in a really expensive top end boutique. Although I wouldn't find it as I probably wouldn't be allowed into such a place.
Seriously I love this card. It is absolutely gorgeous. Striking but subtle. Beautiful x

Congratulations Lynda - enjoy your master piece x (Robbed again)!

Pat L - have to say although it would be fabulous for you to come to Ally Pally I am so on your wavelength with prioritising your spending x

Rebecca - oh we could have such fun with you but if you continue to say nice things about us then we might be gentle with you x

Norah - I hope your gowping hands are ok. lots of love x

Myra - I have a feeling that Maureen and yourself could be referred to as the gruesome twosome! I am sure if we push hard enough we could get you both to reveal the others darker side x

Maria - how could I? Quite easily which worries me because I am sure that I would not think twice about putting the whole Vienetta in a large bowl to save myself the bother of having to return the freezer! Doing anything nice in your week away? As Lorraine mentioned references. If references are required I can provide them. From what I have read of her pj'd antics in the neighbourhood I do believe I could bring a little more class to the proceedings. She strikes me as a little common! Lol x

Maureen - it appears that you and Myra are playing a little game of one upmanship. We will need to keep an eye on you x

Lorraine - did it not occur to you that had you plonked yourself in the midst of chaos then you would be more likely to get help. Mind you if she had witnessed your cat catastrophe she may have realised that you are quite obviously beyond help. Maybe the invitation has not been extended to you as there is a concern that you may turn up in a flannelette nightie with a cat on a lead. Obviously this would lower the tone to such an extent that we may not be able to show our faces in the near vicinity again for a very long time! I am obviously much classier than you but we do appear to have a love in common - Paul Hollywood and his strong manly breadmaking technique! What more could a woman possibly need/knead?! Love watching bake off and have always been a keen baker but am unable to participate in this pastime as much as I would like. This is probably a good thing if I am able to consume an extra large bag of popcorn and a vienetta in one sitting. Love an extra slice as well - eating as well as watching x

Few things to sort out today but my viewing schedule this evening includes Strictly, Casualty and some Sue videos that I haven't had a chance to watch. I think I am getting old as X Factor isn't really rocking my boat

Have a lovely day. Love to everyone
Crafty Hugs

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Love the card it is beautiful. love Jean Z xx

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Beautiful card today. Congrats to Lynda. Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

Anne said...

This is beautiful, Sue. Will have to watch the video later as off to see John at Colemans shortly.

Anne (Northampton)

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue. Lovely technique today. I love these little deer they are so cute. Just that tiny pop of red really makes the card.

Love Rosemarie x x

Anne Crawford said...

Stunning snowy look card! I love this technique it is very effective , the video explains it so well.
Congratulations Lynda , enjoy your card!
Good Luck to Clare W and her OH for the show!
Hugs to all xo

Scottydog said...

Absolutely beautiful! Just love the whole card, the White is so bright and wintery and then you add just a small touch of red. Must go & watch the video, thank you Sue.

Scottydog said...

Absolutely beautiful! Just love the whole card, the White is so bright and wintery and then you add just a small touch of red. Must go & watch the video, thank you Sue. So excited about the card forgot to say congrats to Lynda.

Nannieflash said...

Morning Sue, thats just a beautiful way of using the dear family, and the white on white really makes it pop. The background does look like mother of pearl. A stunning card result. hugs Shirleyxx

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, this card is gorgeous, the caught in crystal panels make a perfect background for the deer die cuts. Well done Lynda on winning the card. Have a great day all. Bx

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card love it. Background looks interesting will have to check video out later to see what you've done.

auscrafts said...

once again a Lovely card

Bente Sørflaten said...

Lovely technique, so easy and with an elegant look :))

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue

Congratulations to Lynda on winning your card. Love your card. Off out now will watch your video later.
best wishes
Joan from Newcastle

hettygarlick said...

Very effective background for a pretty card.

SueJ said...

Amazing card and great video, thank you Sue.

Congratulations Lynda, enjoy your card.

Val Jones said...

Hi Sue, what a perfect card. Just love those reindeers.
Love Val in Spain x

Paula said...

A lovely card, so peaceful and elegant. I'm off to make the regulation cuppa so I can st and watch the video! :)
Paula x

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, absolutely love this card, will study it more carefully when I have more tine. I am getting ready to go away for a couple of days so if I am missing it will be because I have no wi-fi.

Congratulations Lynda on being the Wednesday winner.

Have a lovely week-end everyone.

Evis M said...

Morning Sue.
Lovely card. I just love those deer.
Evis M.

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Another lovely Christmas card. I'll be looking at the video later if I have time. If not when I get home from Salou.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous Christmas card. A beautiful background and I love the family of deer. Thanks for the video. Another to catch up with next week when we are home.

julie laz said...

Hi sue, love it, it's beautiful crafty hugs Julie xxx

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue, the background gives a lovely soft effect for the reindeer. have a good weekend love from Jackie xx

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card. Will watch the video later.
Have a lovely weekend. x

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. Lovely card. I really like what you have done with the trees and the background. Watching video later. Thank you. Hugs Heather.x

sued99 said...

Gorgeous card. I love the deer dies! Looking forward to watching the video later.

Jess said...

Morning Sue, stunning Christmas card, love the deer.
Off to watch the video for a great tutorial.
Take care everyone,
Well done Lynda on your win.
Jess xx

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely, lovely card
Lorna D

Hazel said...

Good morning Sue, love today's card, it's something I will keep. In mind when doing my cards. Hazel x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Just divine - singing to me.
Hugs, Rose

alimecca said...

Beautiful card and clever technique too. Great video. Love the little splash of colour with the berry sparkle.
Congratulations to Lynda.
Good luck to Clare W and hubby for the show.
Have a great weekend everyone, love Alison xx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card and I love this technique. Will be giving it a go. Thanks for sharing.
Congratulations lucky Lynda!
Have a great day everyone.

Ann said...

Hi Sue

A beautiful serene Christmas card so lovely thankyou.

Congratulations to the card winner enjoy............

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Elizabeth Beal said...

Hi Sue & lovely Wilsonettes...An elegant card Sue & the background has a calm look of peaceful ambience with the Mother of Pearl technique, I’m sure you showed us this ingenious method during your last demo at CE HQ, loved it then & do now so I really mustn’t waste your efforts to inspire us & say I should attempt to do this before too long, I know I can’t go wrong because you describe the stages so wonderfully in your video. I have the really cute deer family just waiting now for the trees to pop out of the hat (if only it was that simple I would have every die jumping out in one swoop). Thank you for sharing this beautiful card & video Sue it is always very much appreciated x x x

Lynda M; Congratulations on winning Sue’s gorgeous card, ENJOY x x x Sorry Yvonne G I did try x x x

Well my friends; you’ll be pleased to know that I popped myself on the naughty step (not for too long though) for neglecting to comment yesterday - I’m back to work on Monday & I just had to do the mounds of washing, piles of ironing, cooking for the freezer & house cleaning all at a methodical pace to try & get myself back into some kind of routine, took me all day & this morning but I got there in the end.
Speaking of work I have neglected to tell you the funny story involving 2 5 ½ year olds, for obvious reasons I cannot name them so let’s refer to them as boy & girl - simples (as the meerkats say - yes I’m part of the lunatic fraternity aswel; Lol – which reminds me have I passed the initiation yet?) anyways ‘I shall say this only once’ so picture this Mrs B, boy & girl...boy says; “Mrs B are you going to fall off your perch”, this is the moment just like in the movies where if I was drinking tea I would have sprayed it all over him, have YOU ALL recovered yet? I shall carry on; I say “No I’m not are you going to fall off yours”? Girl “don’t be silly Mrs B we’re little & too young to fall off the perch & we don’t live in a cage”, (well I should hope not thought I) “silly Mrs B said they again whilst giggling hysterically”. Well I thought, I have to ask the question I know I’m going to dread the answer to, go on I told myself your an adult you can take it they are only children after all; deep breath “why do you think I’m going to fall of my perch” ? Boy – “cause daddy said that when ladies get really old they fall off their perches & I think you are really, really old” – girl said “she’s not that old just a little bit old” (wasn’t she sweet, shame you can’t hug them)...what can you say to that. I thought his daddy has a slight bad influence on his boy & I vote that his daddy should sit on the naughty step until he comes to his senses - wish I could have said that but chewed back the words instead I replied...”Older means wiser, I know a lot more than you”; but before I could finish - “yes” said boy “older wiser means you are still going to fall off your perch” Well is he going to get a shock when I return Monday & I’m still on my perch; Lol, hope this makes you giggle & hope I haven’t upset anyone ref to metaphor of falling off perch; Lol x x x

Love2papercraft, Laine, Yvonne & friends thank you for the hilarious pick me ups still trying to digest your hilarious comments into my brain x x x

LYNDA B; your comment on 3rd really touched me my friend but there is no need for you to apologise & NO WAY have you upset me DEAR FRIEND, please don’t ever think that as it is always, always lovely to read your comments, every day I keep you, your family, Annie & Bambi in my thoughts so please, please give us a smile. Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) to you x x x

Wheely bad, Lorraine, Yvonne & friends, I admire that you have/are going through so much yet you still manage to cheer us mere mortals with your wittiness & courage to go on; Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) my friends x x x

Maria Wishing you a lovely holiday x x x

Well that’s all folks Sending Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) to you Sue & to all lovely Wilsonettes Beth B x x x

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue,
What a great effect just using the lacquer and mica powder rather than the alcohol inks for the 'caught in crystal'. It's so delicately beautiful and I can see many uses for it. Thanks for sharing with us. x

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Such a pretty card I love your background, I say I must try it and then forget, lol White on white always wins with me, though the video had a very gentle hint of pink and looked so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations to Lynda Mellor, lucky girl.

Best wishes

Tressa said...

I like the use of the lacquer with the mica powder to produce the mother of pearl effect. I think I prefer this to the use of lacquer and inks. The end result is certainly beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful. Jan D., FL USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love the background which shows up really well on the video. Thanks for sharing.

Beverley W

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue.
Smashing card. I really must get a wriggle on an make a start with Christmas cards. It'll be here before we know it lol x

Lesley Thomas said...

Will have to come back to your video Sue, but love the card - nice that the deer are facing one another.

Jacquie said...

Stunning Sue, will have to have a go at this,
Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Jill Liddle said...

Another very interesting technique today. Will have to give it a go.

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card. Love the technique.

June Horrocks said...

Hi sue just love the card it's stunning thank you so much love June horrocks xxxxxxxx

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
I'm a little late again! Good job I checked that as it said I was a little latte!!
Today's card has a really lovely background subtle but with a delicate sheen. Thank you for that lovely video, once again!
I'm running a little late so I'll keep on running! There could be a song in there somewhere!
Have a good day everyone!
Hugs for those who are sad , suffering or both!
Love Myra xxx

Margaret Rogers said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card. The lacquer and mica powder on acetate looks eally effective.

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good Afternoon fabulous Sue and her Wilsonette babes!

I had a marathon session of your Christmas themed videos last night Sue and this little masterpiece was among them. How you come up with your mixed media techniques is beyond me- I guess I have a fear of getting my perfectly manicured fingers dirty....not ideal being borderline OCD and a crafter really is it?:-). However, I have been suitably inspired by this technique ,and it doesn't seem too messy, that i will definitely give it a go- I have no excuses cos I've just received the deer family and luscious trees from my friendly, if slightly traumatised, postman. I can't get enough of your Christmas designs at the minute and I'm really looking forward to getting a liberal coating of Iced Snow in my hair and clothes...and so is Brodie! Just have to make my Mum and Uncles birthday cards first- they have high expectations which with your help I will achieve....fingers crossed!
Had the dilemma this afternoon of going to Doune Castle or getting a head start on those cards-Cardmaking won the day as I haven't had time all week and I'm starting to tremble with the withdrawals.
Lynda, 46 yrs married!, that's amazing and almost unheard of now. I'm glad Annie has Bambi as a companion because I always find that as our pets get older, having a younger sibling to mentor keeps them sprightly and young at heart for longer.
Wheely Bad, good luck with your wedding card- I can truly empathise about your hyperactivity cos I too find it hard to slow down and sit still...I was still hoovering and cleaning with a fractured kneecap and pelvis! I find it very therapeutic to craft, even in bed where I like to cross stitch instead of read, it really keeps the hands and mind occupied.
Saba, Thankyou for your ever so kind invite to Sandra's cyber coffee shop, I will be sure to pop by- I'm not a coffee or tea drinker does she have anything a bit stronger?:-)
Yvonne, common?Moi? I'll have you know that I wouldn't be seen dead in a flannelette nightie, nothing short of silk or satin for me!
You have implied that I may be a slight chav, well I don't even own a velour track suit or a pair of white stilettos and I only shop at Waitrose or M&S. I wonder if a sense of personal insecurity or jealously is behind your brutal attack because it has no basis in fact!
The Cotswold coffee drinkers seem to be satisfied with my credentials and attire so, so should you be.
We do appear to have some common ground despite the fact that you are older-I'm still young enough to enjoy X Factor-I am an avid fan of Strictly too, I've even been to see them live, front row no less and touching distance of Pashas peachy bum:-)
Beth, lovely story, trust a 5 yr old to give you a hard reality check:-)
Have a nice day everyone!

Love and crafty hugs,

Laine 1972xxxxx

Jean said...

Simply divine!

nzillingworth said...


barbara macaskill said...

I am totally enraptured with today's make!! LOVELOVELOVE everything about it!! TFS!

barbara macaskill said...

I am totally enraptured with today's make!! LOVELOVELOVE everything about it!! TFS!

Yorks butterfly said...

Hi Sue beautiful card and fabulous video - you make everything seem so simple and explain every thing so clearly. Love the lacquer and mica powder on acetate - so pretty. Will have to try it.

Suzzette Yandle said...

An elegant card in it's simplicity. The Mother of Pearl technique is intriguing. Now if I could just find the mica powder!

magpie said...

Hellooooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Wonderful video as always Sue xx It's good because not only do I have a short concentration span, I forget about the videos too.....! so sad :( xx The end result is stunning with your deer and trees and I love that pop of red which, like you say, draws you into the card xx "Thank you Sue" for the inspiration xx Lynda, congratulations on winning the Wednesday card giveaway! Trust me, though you won't believe me, that your treasure will look even better when it comes! 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 Love Karen xx

Lynda Mellor said...

Just got in from work!!!Wowza I'm running round the house
like a lunatic!!! I've won one of your fabulous
cards!!! I'm so lucky :)
Thanks to everyone who's sent congratulations!!!
You will be lucky :) I never thought I would win!!!
But I did!!!
Sue I'm sure I've seen you do this technique before!!!
It's beautiful and so christmassy!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx

Eunice said...

Very beautiful card Sue. Interesting way to do the mother of pearl look, may have to give this a try!

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card, just love that mother of pearl background, and great video as always
Congratulations Lynda I'm sure you're over the moon

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Meg said...

This is such a beautiful card Sue, the dear are to elegant.

Well done Lynda, enjoy your card.

Love n hugs

Linda Norris said...

Great video with lovely end result thanks for sharing Sue xx

Karen Drew said...

Very classy looking. Excellent video

Karen xx

Lynda's craft's said...

Hello Sue & Wilsonettes Friends,
Another superb card I just love it. I haven't managed to watch video yet but i know it will be so full of technequis,& information i do love your videos Sue it's so much easier to follow than writen instructions .those raindears are growing on me they are now on my A P list which is getting longer I have done the caught in cristals but only with alcohol ink,which I love doing.Thank you again Sue.
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

WheelyBad I hope your feeling better sending you healing ((((Hug's)))) & Big cuddles for Billy xxx

TOB Theresa sending healing (((((Hugs ))))) for you xx have you had any new's of your operation yet love Lynda xxx

Thank you BETH your very kind my dear friend. I did laugh at your story how cheeky of those little 5year old haha.
I think I fell off my perch years ago. It must be fun for you in the class of 5 year olds I bet you have lots of funny stories.Beth.
Take care & don't over do things love & Hug's Lynda xxxx

Lorraine yes 46 years I think I deserve a meddle you get less for murder. My two four paws get on very well but Bambi thinks she is the boss. We also have Freddy the Parrot mmm less said about him the better.Haha. See you in the Cotswolds cafe' . Hug's Lynda xxx

Love & Hug's Molly & your family xx Melody I hope France's is able to continue with his medication & he feels a little better your in my
thoughts & prayers Hug's Lynda xx

Congratulations Lynda on winning that gorgeous Wednesday card xx I thought it was me at first HAHA.xx

Big Hug's for all my friends & wilsonettes love Lynda xxx

IVY Cheong said...

Stunning, love it!

Hugs, Ivy xx

Dawn Holben said...

A Gorgeous Christmas card and I really like the technique with the lacquer
that I must try.
I love the deer family and those are on my list of must haves to get next.

Barbara Gosden said...

A beautiful card with a peaceful feel to it. Interesting technique in the video, thank you Sue.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oh I love animals so much! These deer are gorgeous! One of my favourite cards of yours!

karen keen said...

Good evening Sue
Hectic day at work so nice to sit down and look at this lovely card.
Haven't had chance to watch the video yet, but hopefully will before bed time.
The colours are very subtle and really work.
Karen in Telford xx

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Enjoyed the video very much and the end result is a stunning card.

liz spooner said...

Hi Sue lovely card I just love the very tiny splash of red.xx

Susi in Cyprus said...

First of all, my apologies for not commenting yesterday. I went to bed armed with my tablet, all set to leave my comment and promptly fell asleep! Woke up in the middle of the night with the tablet still beside me!
Love today's card and video. I get such lot from the videos as I can rewind and replay till my heart's content!
Beth you made me smile with your falling off the perch story. I was a teacher for 30 years until I had to stop at Christmas on doc's advice. I wish I had jotted down all the funny stories over the years - I could write a book now and make a fortune (which would of course pay for Sue 's latest dies!!!). Next purchase has to be the pierced squares, just waiting for Joanna Sheen to get them, as most of the other websites don't deliver here.
Hugs to everyone,
Susi in Cyprus

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
...what a beautiful card!!!!! I just adore the deer family die set!!!

Love2papercraft said...

Hello Sue & WW!
I would have commented earlier but it was the wee hours of the morning here and I had worked 48 hours over the course of 4 days. I fell asleep mid-blog. Fortunately my iPhone didn't leave a dent where it landed.
This is such a lovely card! The technique is so interesting and one I would like to try. Does anyone know if it would work with Ranger Glossy Accents in place of the lacquer? I don't know if the products are even remotely similar, I guess I can just give it a try. If it doesn't work, I'll be ordering the lacquer from Joanna Sheen. It's such a pretty effect!
Lorraine, to make sure I have this right, Your dear Brodie is a cat...and he'll walk on a lead? That's really something! I've had many a cat and all but one simply laid down once I put a collar or harness on them and absolutely refused to move. Being an animal lover, I didn't think taking them out for a "drag" was quite right! I did have one that would wear a lead, but I was the one being taken for the walk. We went where he wanted and I was on the other end only to keep track of him. I'm so glad Brodie came home unscathed. But hopefully scared enuf that he won't slip the lead again! Since it was a good outcome, I certainly had a laugh picturing u running about in your pjs (satin and silk of the finest quality of course). What's a "bin lorry"? Trash collectors perhaps? Feel free to to offer more than 1 definition (none of which need be correct-I'll just choose my favorite and go on my merry, albeit, ignorant way).
Norah, I've ?'s for you as well. What does gowping mean? It sounds painful! I didn't realize GC's could be taken apart (well everything that can be built can be unbuilt- but not always rebuilt!). What kind of adjustments were you trying and able to make? Very interesting! I learn so much on this blog.
Yvonne - thanks for your offer to be (conditionally) gentle with me as I learn the ways of the Brits (but I think I'll still get verification elsewhere when the education is supplied by you or Lorraine! ;-) Alas, our attempts to win you the Wednesday card were to no avail. Perhaps the fates have something even more spectacular in store for you! Then me!
That said, I still want to congratulate Linda on her win. It's not that I begrudge you the win, I just want it too! Hey Sue can you make 500 of every card so we can all win each one (Insert evil grin here)?

Brenda Lello said...

Hi Sue,

I love this technique, it is so effective.
Your card is a real WOW (wonder of Wilson)

Thank you for this brilliant video, also for sharing your ideas with us.

Love and Hugs, Brenda xxx

Love2papercraft said...

Well, I had my whole thing typed out and they cut me off! What's shocking to me is that it took this long to happen! I'm not yet done.
Wheely Bad, I too have a love of language- I love to learn new words, their meaning and origin. If I get led too far astray by others (who won't remain nameless), I'll count on you to eventually set me straight. I'm fine if they have a few days of fun with me tho :)
You and Lorraine have talked about having hyperactive minds, but perhaps your brains are just compensating for the times when your body or health is being uncooperative. Sounds like a healthy thing to me. I know I enjoy what spills on to the blog from your hyperactive minds!
Good luck Sue L. in your first craft competition-it sounds fun!
Beth you had me in stitches with your story! Boy child's father is indeed a bad influence! Girl child might be salvageable (but that probably requires she be kept away from said boy child). Take heart knowing that a 5-1/2 year old's perception of old includes everyone over the age of 15! As to the father of boy, he is an anomaly who clearly can't be trusted! Here's to not falling off our perches until we truly are old (which is always our present age plus a minimum of 40 years)! My Grandmother lived to 106 and she wasn't what I consider old until about age 96, so if I'm as lucky, I have a little more than 40.
The age of boy & girl explains their misconceptions about you being old (I'm guessing you are over 15, by how much is irrelevant) - but do they believe you live in a cage? I'm still giggling.
I had every intention of keeping this short. Lesson: don't ever rely on my intentions.
Ttfn & hugs for any takers.
Rebecca in Colorado
Ps since I took so long to write this, I missed your post Susi. We said some similar things. I'm happy Joanna Sheen is there otherwise I couldn't get hardly any of Sue's dies. Would love to hear your stories sometime :)

Theresa Pace said...

what an elegant card. that little pop of red just finishes it off beautifully. and your MOP caught in crystal is fab, hugs xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, A gorgeous card, with my favourite 'deer family' and 'trees', I'm off to see how you have made it now.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Sandie Braithwaite said...


Saba said...

Hello Sue,
I love the mother of pearl look you get using this technique, bet it would look fabulous using coloured mica powders as well. Today's card is quite simply beautiful, it has a soft gentle quality about it, sounds daft but it makes me want to be quiet so I don't startle the deer family.

Like the other ladies who don't live in the UK, all I can say is thank goodness for Joanna Sheen, not only do they offer a wonderful service but she and Richard and their staff are so helpful and genuinely care about their customers.

Lorraine are you kidding! Do we have anything other than coffee? We have coffee or anything else you fancy in the morning but come evening we have a tanker full of baileys. Maureen has been known to set up an intravenous infusion and take it neat. Now as for being close enough to touch Pashas peachy bottom, I dream of getting close to the aforementioned bottom, how did you resist?

Wheely Bad, sending you the biggest squishy hug ever. Hope the bed rest comes to an end on Monday as planned.

Lynda, congratulations on your win, enjoy.
Love and hugs for all
Saba xxx

Anonymous said...

Theresa says
Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Wow sue I love the technique used on your card today its stunning xxx the deer were one of my first puchases from your christmas launch and I'm so glad they are wonderful x I will watch the video tomorrow when I have some peace and quiet for a little while x sorry I didn't comment yesterday but we had a run down to bournmouth for the day ( not literally running !!! that would take me about a week ! A drive down I should have said ) and I find it difficult reading on my phone x both cards yesterday were gorgeous x thankyou again sue for sharing your talents with us x
We popped into the Range and they had such a better craft selection than my local one . Hubby was just about to wander off to the fish section and I shouted " oh my giddy aunt " ! Hubby comes rushing back to check I was ok " look look look " I gasped " they have sues dies "!!! There they was right infront of me a lovely selection of sues festive selection ! On pay day aswell ! They must have known I'm sure x there's just nowhere local to me that I have found that sells them so I was really excited x do you think I'm sad ? Goodness knows what I'm going to be like at ally pally ! I shall be the one with a bored hubby ( need someone to carry the bags !)And with a box of tissues to stop me dribbling over sues merch !
Clare I do hope hubby does well at the show x
Beth your story did make me chuckle x from the mouths of babes eh ?!!
Congratulations linda xxx
Molly hope you had a lovely holiday x
Cogratulations to lynda and hubbyx
Rebecca your comments give me a big smile x
Laine and yvonne I can give you references x you have both been very kind and welcomed me to this wonderful blog amongst others of course x you are all such a great bunch x
Off to have some warm toffee sponge and ice cream x
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

Lesley Cann said...

What a beautiful card and a great video to go with it. I must have a go at the background it is so lovely what a clever idea.

CraftyJo said...

Very nice :)

melody said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous Christmas card that background look great fun to have a go at me I'm sure I know someone who would like to get down an messy with it. Congratulations Lynda you won a beautiful card. Take Care Melody xxxXxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I loved the demo. Another great technique to try.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Laura O said...

fab card ,love the white on white ,Laura O

hazel said...

Hi Sue
WOW Absolutely stunning Christmas card.
Take care
Hazel G XX

Vie Carter said...

Such a beautiful card today

As the sentiment says Peace on Earth if only we could have it the world would be a
much better place


Marie said...

Sue your cards are so elegant. I do wish we had more access to your products in the US. I trip to adapt them to what I have available. Thank you for sharing your love of paper crafting with all of us.


Littlelamb said...

Beautiful card Sue. Loved the video. Phuket need to fret the things at Ally Pally then I can have a go.

DeeDee7770 said...

What a beautiful card! I love the elegance, simplicity and clean lines. I can't wait to try this card.

Sandy H said...

Gorgeous card. Hoping to try the caught in crystal technique soon. First I must find my mica powder which seems to have gone walkabout in my craftroom clutter.

Beth you have made me smile yet again with your story today.

Theresa W. I'm so pleased you mentioned your visit to The Range. I didn't know they stocked Sue's dies. I don't get the chance to my nearest one very often (can't really call it local as I seem to live in the wilderness as far as shops are concerned) but when I next go they will be the first thing I look for.

Congratulation to Lynda Mellor on your win.

Take care everyone.

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful card!! Love it!!

Lizzybea said...

Hi sue
WOW what a lovely card just looks like a chocolate box lid.
Love it.
Liz x

HeatherT said...

Hi Sue,
A gorgeous Christmas card, the deer family are beautiful, off to watch the video now.
Thanks for all the inspiration,
Heather Treble

ursula said...

A lovely idea Sue, thank you for sharing this varied texture with us...a super simple card, by oh so stunning....luv Ursula xx

Diane said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing .
Love Diane G xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A super design on this Christmas card, very frosty and wintry.

Lynne L said...

A lovely card the background texture is so effective looks really wintry
Lynne L

Haze T said...

Hi Sue
Love this stunning card, it's perfect in every way & would be a pleasure to receive..
Looks very elegant & expensive like those cards you can find in little tucked away posh craft & gift boutiques...

Crafty Hugs
Haze T xx

Anne Chilvers said...

I watched the video a few days ago, am going to give the technique a go myself. Love this card and the little splash of colour in the berries x

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