Friday, 2 October 2015

Christmas Double Day

 Hello bloggers!  Usually Christmas double days are completely different sort of cards, but the two cards today are virtually the same, except for the colour and sentiment die.  I just thought you might like to compare them side by side.  First up is the Peace on Earth card.  I used blue tissue paper to create the background, tearing pieces of it and adding them to a piece of white card with Cosmic lacquer.  I overlapped some areas to get a deeper blue hue and scrunched up the tissue to create the textural look to it.  I left it to dry overnight, then rubbed the top with a bit of Golden Light gilding wax to highlight it and bring some gold into the background.  I cut two of the Winter Trees in white and also the Peace on Earth die.  I added some highlights to the trees with dries clear glue then sprinkled them with Iced Snow.  I glued them on to the card and raised the smaller tree with mounting foam.  I pierced a white mat, added a thin gold mat and finished with another white mat.  The finished dimensions are  8" x  8" in size.  Scroll down to see card number two.

 Card number two was aimed more towards the look of solitary moonless evening so I selected black tissue paper for this one.  I do apologise that my pics of this one aren't quite as bright as I would have liked, but it is quite striking in real life!    Following the exact method above, I added the torn tissue paper and attached it using Cosmic Lacquer, making sure to scrunch the tissue up as I applied it.  Once completely dry, I rubbed Pearl Moon gilding wax across the top to grab all of the tissue texture and add highlights.  I cut two of the Winter Trees and the Noel die in white card.  I sprayed all three with permanent spray glue and coated them with Silver Chrome polished silk glitter.  I glued them into place and added a small piece of mounting foam to raise the smaller tree to bring it forward.  The card was completed with a white pierced mat, a thin silver and black mat and a final white mat layer.  The finished dimensions are 8" x 8" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Two lovely cards, very lovely.
Melody, your life is in turmoil right now and all we can offer is a willing eat to listen, our heartfelt support for you all and our prayers and love. I can't imagine having to make such a choice but I hope it goes the way you and Francis want when you see the team. Molly will come round, she is a strong child. Lovely that Sue has spoken with her, that will be good for her.
Take care everyone

auscrafts said...

Two lovely cards ,really like the backgrounds

Heather Rogers said...

Hello Sue
Both cards are lovely and I for one cannot pick one over the other.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, Another pair of stunners today, you spoil us Sue, I watched you doing this technique on Hochanda and it looked very therapeutic, will have to have a go.

Thanks for all the advice you gave me yesterday Sue.

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

hollyberry said...

Beautiful cards both of them,although I prefer the first. Love the blue background.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards I often stick to a couple of designs and just change the colours for Christmas with so many to make
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x

Anonymous said...

Two lovely cards Sue, must give this technique a try. I love the trees. Have a nice weekend everyone. JJxx

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two gorgeous cards today I would love to receive either one as they are one is just as nice as the other.
Nancyd xx

A Happercrafter6 said...

What beautiful backgrounds. Love the simple design of the cards.

Patricia Youdell said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards today, I saw you demonstrate this on Hochanda and intend to give it a go - thank you
Pat x

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you two beautiful cards.
Take care Kitty.

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Two lovely cards today, it just shows how you can get different looks using the same dies. Yvonne xx

Jan on the Fosse said...

I really like this background idea must try it, lovely cards.
Thank you Jan

Linda28 said...

Two very striking cards today, a different technique to try! Hugs to all Linda.

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning dear Sue. Firstly after reading Pam's comment above, I want to say this is just one of the many reasons we love and admire you. You are so caring and have a beautiful sensitive heart.

I love this tissue paper technique, and it's growing from the caught in crystal effect into something totally different, you mention blue tissue paper for the first beautiful sample, but what did you use to get the moon less Skype background ? Or have I not read your talk through properly I wonder ? Either way, both cards are gorgeous in their own way.

Melody - I left a message for you last night on yesterday's blog entry. Thinking of your all.

Pam - I'm wondering how Robbie is progressing at the moment ?

To those in East USA, do hope you can stay safe and that the hurricane bypasses you. And finally, Tracey - I really hope you heard what you wanted to hear, thinking of you.

Sending hugs and much-needed love to those going through such awful times.

Lancashire Steph xxx

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Stupid predictive text lol. Skype for goodness sake lol, wouldn't even know where to start with Skype !!! I'm sure you know what I meant though lol.
L. S. xxx

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Two beautiful cards today. Love the background, just wish I had managed to catch the demo on Hochanda. The contrast white for the trees and greeting is a real stand out too.
Have a lovely weekend everyone, we have a holiday here in NSW on Monday and daylight saving starts on Sunday morning too, love the longer evenings coming up. Just means that the blog will now move to 4 pm until your daylight saving ends then 5 pm. It is quite funny that late in the day seeing you get up at 6 am.
Muriel x

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. Two lovely cards, and an unusual background technique.
Tracy - was thinking of you yesterday, remember that we are all here for you. Sending special wishes to all. Sue XXX

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Two very striking cards! Interesting technique. Thank you for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.

Jane said...

Good morning Sue, two stunning cards. Love the blue one and a great technique to try .
Take care Jane B.

Crafting Queen said...

Two great cards, I love the background.

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Love the backgrounds. I must give this technique a try. Looks so textural. Really fab!

TDQ Karen said...

Saw you do this oin TV, very striking, both cards are lovely x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, 2 really great cards, the technique may be the same, but they really look different because of the colour. I have just watched some of your shows again, and this technique really got me inspired. Take care. Bx

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, two lovely cards with a very different background. Just love those trees, my friend borrowed mine yesterday to use in her workshop on Saturday as she loves them too. Love Jean xxx

Lynda Mellor said...

Good morning Sue, I love both cards it just shows
what a colour change can do!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx

hazel young said...

Beautiful cards Sue love the techniques too xx hazel

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Saw you do this on TV and my, those backgrounds are amazing.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Linda Norris said...

Hi Sue,
I love both of these cards, would never have thought to do this type of background on a card would love to see these in real life.

My heart goes out to you and your family and you are all in my prayers.

Linda xx

Maria Illsley said...

I saw you demo this technique on Hochanda and I really want to try it now seeing the wonderful cards I must give it a go this weekend xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love both of these cards - it's amazing what a difference just changing the background colour can do.
Beverley W

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
Two lovely cards today, amazing the difference using the two colours.
John was great last night on Hochanda, I watched him on my iPad, as my Husband was watching his shows on Tv, also taped the shows. Think I will have to invest in over the ears headphones as I do not like the ones that go into my ears, they hurt in the end. But I can watch the demos again thank goodness I've taped them all.

Have a good day.

Sylvia Yates said...

Morning Sue thank you for two beautiful cards. Love this background. Admit I like the monochrome better off the two. Have a great weekend everyone hugs Sylvia

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. Both cards are beautiful and so striking.x

Kathy Baker said...

Morning Sue, two lovely cards and such a clever technique it is so effective, I remember watching you demonstrate how to do this on Hochanda
Kathy xx

Karen Derbyshire said...

I would never have thought of using tissue paper to get this effect. I ike the black one better.

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue both of these cards are stunning. I love how you have created the backgrounds it is very effective. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely frosty feel to these

Micky French said...

The more I look at these cards the more I love them, they make me want to go out and buy some tissue paper.
Hugs Michelle xxxx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. These are two beautiful cards. This tissue paper technique is one i have not tried so off to have a play, fingers crossed lol. They are both striking cards for different reasons and i cant pick a favourite. Have a lovely weekend.
Take care everyone.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

Morning Sue
For the first time this week we have a clear and sunny start to the day.

Sue It's not often I say this but today's gifts are not for me.
The background colours are too dark and somber and as you know I'm a traditionalist when it come to the Christmas Season. Sorry.

Well as it's Friday again it means housework and no crafting for me today.

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

carol quinn said...

Looks like you spent lots of your precious time on these cards.
For me they are much too dark....sorry sue.


Kath said...

Two fabulous cards - love them both but the blue one is my favourite.
Kath x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Both cards are beautiful .love Jean Z xxx

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Two very striking cards, either would be a real show-stopper when displayed on a mantelpiece...watched you demo this technique on Hochanda and as I've got acres of tissue paper I shall be having a go as soon as I get my new Festive dies...


Karen M said...

Morning Sue ,
I really like both cards,the backgrounds make the winter trees really pop,very nice.
Thank you
Best wishes
Karen M

Jan.moogie said...

I have got to have a go at this technique again as you can do so much with it. Very striking cards today not the run of the mill but very modern. Have a great day Sue, hugs xx

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning sue what beautiful cards I love the background I will have to be having a go at it and the design is wonderful

Debs A xxx

sandy acland said...

I love the textured look of the blue card, its lovely.
Not so keen on the grey, but if we all did/liked the same thing, life would be boring:0)

Sandy (tort)

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card,love the blue one.

lilian said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful cards, colour not my choice but they are a lovely design
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue

Love both of these cards. I must try this technique.


Debra Kenworthy said...

Two striking cards Sue! My favourite colour is blue and would normally go for that but I think I like the black and white card the best. Debra x

CHERYL Brown said...

Good morning Sue,

A wonderful twofer today with such striking background techniques. You never cease to amaze me with using different medias to showcase your gorgeous dies.

Tracy, I hope your news was good. (((Hugs))) are flying on their to you.

Melody, Francis & Molly, you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. The road ahead will be rocky but you will have such fantastic support from all of us on Sue's blog. When you are feeling at your lowest, that's when you will find us at your shoulder carrying you for a while. ((((Hugs))))

To all those in need of comfort today, I hope your day will be kinder as each hour passes.
Love & hugs
Cheryl xxx

Anonymous said...

Two great cards, love the scrunchy tissue paper technique. Really don't have a preference, must give this a try especially as haven't used the Winter Trees yet.
Melody - echoing what Pam has said - wise words. Keep strong, hope not any more trips in the dead of night to get temptations for Francis.

'P' in Wales

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Great cards today - love both colour ways :-) Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

Sandie Braithwaite said...

Two wonderful cards and a great technique which I really want to try. xx

anne mather said...

Hi Sue,
Can't choose today. I like them both but maybe I would use a brighter colour. The technique looks great and not one I've tried. Maybe a nice way to start the weekend1 Must be cleaning day in Sheffield as that's what I need to do today - so washing is in and i might just get to my stash later!
Keep safe out there everyone - and anyone with troubles I hope they get sorted soon.
Anne M xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Beautiful cards today. It's always good to see the same card in different colors s as I am not good at imagining them. I love the texture on these, I must admit the blue one is my favourite.
Both Pam and Cheryl have beautifully summed up my thoughts for you all.
Have a good day everyone, hugs to you all. Take care xx

Anne said...

Another technique to have a go at! Love the cards.

Anne (Northampton)

Anonymous said...

hi Sue - when I saw you demonstrate the tissue paper technique I was amazed at the beautiful result and the cards today are both sumptuous, and the frosty trees really add to the effect. Think it would look really good done in gold tissue paper for a golden wedding card. Many thanks for your wonderful ideas and encouragement. Best wishes

Mrs B said...

Sorry Pam and Cheryl's words that I feel are for Melody and family. X

Tressa said...

I was so intrigued by this technique when you showed it on Hochanda that I didn't delete the recording so I could watch how you did it again. Unfortunately, between you, John and Julia my Sky box is getting fuller and fuller with retained reference recordings and soon there won't be space left for my Dr Who and NCIS when it restarts!!!

I am not sure which card I prefer as each are very striking. Initially I went for the second but in hindsight, I go for the blue one. I know dark colours aren't for everyone and these may not be stereotypically Christmas colours, but I like that you are playing outside of the box with this. A technique to be tried when I have purchased some of the CSI lacquer.

Keep these offbeat ideas coming. I love 'em


Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, what a brilliant technique, one I will have to try. Both cards are beautiful and I cannot decide which I like best. Missed your demo on Hochanda on this technique, but will have a go anyway
Thank you for sharing
Best wishes to everyone

gwen70 said...

Stunning cards and a wonderful technique

Wendy L said...

Great cards, fab technique, xx

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Two beauties , like the style and colors,
Take Care
Elaine H X

cr@fty said...

Good. Morning Sue
This technique is so therapeutic and always looks different each time you do it. I love both cards each is beautiful in its own way.
Hugs x
Heather T

Bente Sørflaten said...

Beautiful cards, and a lovely technique for the backgrounds.
Wish you a happy weekend!

Elsie Smith said...

Hi Sue. Two lovely cards, the background really makes the trees pop.x

TOB said...

Hi Sue, wow love the background, such a good idea.
Hugs Theresa xx

Diane said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards today, the tissue background us really interesting, not a technique I've tried, I have tissue, might have a play. Not sure which colour I prefer, thought it was the black but changing now to the blue as it is a little softer. The gilding wax is just perfect on top. Thank you for sharing. Take care love Diane G xxxx

Melody, mt heart goes out to you, you must be absolutely exhausted my sweetheart. I hope Frances is able to eat more each day and you can help him get strong enough for this operation. With all our thoughts and prayers and big hugs coming your way there will hopefully be some positive outcomes soon. Xxxx
Tracey hope you got some positive news yesterday too xxxxx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Both cards are great Sue.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Stunning background love the black and white.
Gentle caring hugs to Melody and Molly. Tracy thinking of you too

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Karen W said...

Wow these are both just gorgeous and what a great idea!

HeatherT said...

Hi Sue,
Two absolute beauties. There is something about the blue one which just stands out for me.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations,
Heather Treble

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love them both, but a great background idea, easy but complicated looking.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

SueJ said...

What a great idea to do two similar but completely different cards. I saw you do this on TV last week and thought it a very clever idea. I love them both.

Love2papercraft said...

I love these 2 cards! Wish I could have seen the demo on Hochanda, but perhaps I'll be able to catch them sometime. I like the drama of the dark backgrounds. But then again I also like tone on tone with light colors, I like traditional colors, I like shabby chic...hopefully that means I'm easy to please :) I also hope everyone is able to find pleasure in at least one thing today (the more the merrier tho :)
Rebecca in Colorado
(Shockingly short post eh? That's cuz I spilled it all out on yesterday's post!)

Love2papercraft said...

Oooh another NCIS fan? Are we talking the American version w/Mark Harmon et al or is there a British version? I think our new season started this week. Have it recorded, but no chance to watch yet. Rebecca in Colorado

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Lovely cards. It's nice to see the same card in two different colours, lovely. SueL x

Rachel Macfarlane said...

It's amazing the two different looks with the changes of colour....absolutely lovely...!
Luv Rach :)

Nannieflash said...

Morning Sue, a really fabulous pair of cards and I love how you create such a brilliant background with the tissue it really is scrunched up. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Paula said...

Well, I didn't think I was going to like the black card, but I love both of them! No one more surprised than me. :) When you first started showing Christmas cards I decided which I was going to make this year, but now I'm so confused with all the choice I still haven't started making them. :(
Paula x

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Love the dies, but the background is just too grungy for my OCD!!!
Lorna D

Angela Wade said...

Good Morning, Sue and Wilsonettes, I will try and catch up with what's been happening In a few days.
We have a very busy weekend ahead. My sister- in -law is travelling down to S. Wales in the car with us later to stay for a few days and Osian, our baby grandson's Christening is on Sunday ! All in all, it'll be a full weekend of family visits !!
Then on Monday, I get Merlin and Holly, my other two 'fur babies' home from the Kennels, yay :-)
I'll be reunited with Sooty, my more senior 'fur baby' later today, at my mum's.

I like today's variation on a theme, Sue. Being away, I missed your demos on Hochanda.

Hope you all have a lovely, sunny day,

Hugs, Angela, currently in Essex Xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful Christmas Cards. The tissue paper gives lovely texture to the backgrouds and is really different. Can't pick a favourite as both as beautiful as each other.

Kate's Cards said...

Both very striking!

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
I watched you demonstrate this technique on Hochanda and I was surprised at the lovely end result.
I like both cards today and I can't wait to have a go at this technique myself.
It is a beautiful day here in West Sussex, in fact we have had a beautiful week and long may it last!
Lesley S x

Tracy Stitt said...

Morning sue and crafters.

Stunning. I love looking at this technique. It's very different an looks amazing. I love the first one the best.

As for my results yesterday unfortunately the results were confirmed that I have breast cancer. I had to get another biopsy done again under my arm as they had Insufficent cells in the first sample.
So it's gonny go either chemo first then surgery or the other way round depending on whether it's spread to lymph nodes.
Before chemo is done I have to travel to Glasgow to get some of my eggs harvested so I have s chance of a family later on as I didn't want the chance of that taken away from me altogether.
I've a bit of a journey ahead of me but I know I have plenty of support around.
Thanks for listening xx

Love to all an hugs too xx

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Another one from your Hochanda show that I really liked and wanted to know how it was made, another technique I will have to try. Great cards, very dramatic. I think the blue just has the edge for me. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

hotpotato said...

Beautiful cards Sue. x

CraftyJo said...

Wow, they're both lovely - thanks for the inspiration :)

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Two stunning cards, equally gorgeous, this tissue paper and lacquer technique has a fabulous effect.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, two interesting cards using a great technique and although neither would be my natural choice I prefer the first one both for the colour and the sentiment.

Love2papercraft - Mark Harmon .....Yes!!

Tracey - I am so sorry that the results were not good. Whichever way you have the treatment take heart from the fact that it was caught early and they are far more successful now at getting it all. Stay strong and know that we are here for you when you need us.


craftynanna jo said...

Well Sue these are certainly unusual but i like them very much, who would have thought to use tissue paper,the idea is endless with all the different colour tissue that you can buy, i bet it would look just as beautiful in gold, which for some reason i seem to have loads of, a really different card, thank you Sue for putting all these creations in our heads. hugs to all and hope everyone are as well as possible. Johanna

julie laz said...

Hi sue, beautiful card, I would love to get a card like this it would mean a lot,
And It would go in a frame as well and come out every year...crafty hugs Julie laz xxx

craftynanna jo said...

TRACY i have just read your comments, I am so sorry this dreadful thing is happening to you, there isn't much one can really say at times like this without sounding patronising, so all i can say is i will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. The same goes for Melody and Francis, and I know we don't know each other but this wonderful blog of Sue's has united us all in a unusual way. love Johanna

Lesley Thomas said...

Given that both cards actually have the same background colour, I dont think I could choose between them!

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Two equally gorgeous cards, love the technique you used.

barbara macaskill said...

W O W ! ! I love both of these!! Especially the gray one!! Absolutely stunning! TFS!

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Two striking cards today. They look totally different in different colours. But I must admit the second is my favourite.

Jan from Long Island said...

Good morning! Two absolutely gorgeous cards today. I love, love, love the background and am hoping that you've done a video on this technique.

Tracy, I'm so sorry that the news was not what you wanted to hear. As a 2 1/2 year cancer survivor, the only advice I can give you is to keep that positive attitude. It will get you through. So glad that you're having your eggs harvested because there is life after cancer and it's a beautiful one. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!!

Have a beautiful day everyone!

Annie Pennington said...

What lovely cards. Love the effect you got with the scrunched tissue.

Annie P xx

Jane Franklin said...

I have found WiFi connection so can see todays cards. Brilliant, just love the first one a bit more than the second. Luv jxxx

Chris Curry said...

Two lovely cards Sue, think I prefer the first one but hard to choose really. Thank you. Xx

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
I'm back home! Sorry my visits have been a bit sporadic in the last week!
Today's cards are really beautiful but the first one is my favourite. It's gorgeous! I ,too, missed all the Hochanda Shows except one as my IPad kept freezing while trying to watch in Spain. Never mind, I came home to my Poinsettia EF and my Star Sprays - lovely!
Tracy - I'm so sorry your news wasn't better but you can beat this! I have friends who did and just be very very positive! I know that's easy for me to say but I truly believe it! You are in my thoughts and prayers too! Sending hugs !
Melody, Francis and Molly - I do hope that there is a little ray of light at the end of that dark tunnel very very soon! Thinking of you all. Miss you Molly! Praying for you all.
Love to all ,
Thanks Pam - haven't said that for a while - you always get us off to a helpful start each morning! How's that ankle now? Xxx

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Lynda's craft's said...

Hello Sue & friends
Wow Sue I just love both cards both gorgeous in there own right but as blue is my favorite colour that just takes the edge a little. not much though as the second card is gorgeous too. I'm going to look for coloured tissue paper now.
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

Tracy I'm so sorry you didn't get the news you wanted stay positive my friend.
Stay strong. So pleased your having your egg's harvested because then you have something positive in in your life to fight for. Your always in my thoughts & prayers
((((Hug's )))) coming your way love Lyndaxx

Melody Francis & sweet Molly your always in my thoughts & prayers. Melody please try to get some sleep & rest. ((((Hug's )))) for you all xxx

TOB Theresa when is your operation sending you ((((Hug's)))xx

missing you Beth & Deb C hope your both well.(((( Hug's)))) for you both xx

Hug's for all friends xx

Jess Watson said...

Hi Sue, two great cards love both of them, brilliant idea with the tissue paper, another thing to try.
take care everyone, Jess xx

Anonymous said...

Both are very the use of tissue and then waxing it. Very lovely. Jan D., Florida, USA

Suzzette Yandle said...

Interesting technique using the scrunched tissue paper. The gilding wax worked well on the high - low peaks and valleys formed by the tissue paper.

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
I think I prefer the blue colour,the card has an unusual technique but the end result looks good.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
I love the technique used on today's cards, haven't tried it myself yet though. I like both of the cards but I think the blue one wins for me. I never have much success with gilding wax - I have loads of cosmic shimmer colours but they all seem really dry and difficult to use. Don't know what I'm doing wrong!!!
Melody, Francis and of course Molly, - I hope Francis can manage to build his strength up, it must be a massive worry for him though. Melody, you must try to get some rest yoursel otherwise you will be ill too. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and I'm so pleased that Sue has contacted Molly ( how kind is she?!) hugs to you all xx
Tracy really sorry that you didn't get the results you wanted, but it is possible to beat this - I have three friends who have managed it and I know you will too. You must try to stay positive and saying that you WILL BEAT THIS! Love and hugs to you xxx
Hope everyone has as good a good as possible , love Alison xxxx

Ps I love NCIS too been waiting for new series to start and was so pleased managed to catch first episode last Friday. Love Mark Harmon & all the gang especially Abbie!!

Nubiene Peltier said...

Hi Sue
love the effect on this card those winter trees are so nice I have used them on a card and those who saw it were very drawn by it X

Helen Terry said...

Hi Sue
Fabululous cards and technique i like both colours the blue one looks like the stone lapiz lazuli and the sentiment dies are gorgeous.
crafty hugs
Helen Terry

Lesley Cann said...

Love this technique which I have seen you demo. I prefer the second one as the dark blue is not for me.

Pam said...

Tracey, I'm so sorry about your diagnosis, I wish it could have been better news. Please believe that we are all supporting you, if we could fight this for you we would. I'm glad they are harvesting your eggs, there is hope for the future. You are a strong lady, and you have this wonderful community with you.
Steph, update on Robbie, 15 months after his accident, he can manage to walk a little with crutches. One of his legs hasn't recovered so he drags a foot but he is still determined to stand on his two feet. His internal organs haven't recovered but they said they will be the last to show improvement. He will never be fully recovered, the damage was too great but his attitude remains positive and his determination shows no bounds. He remains a wonderful, tall handsome 21 year old and we are so proud of him. Thank you for asking. Hope you are well yourself.

terrie said...

Both cards are fantastic....I love that does look like a night time scene.....tfs
well done Sue

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
I love this technique. ..... Another must try for me.
I love both cards, they are really beautiful, it would be difficult to choose a favourite.
As both are stunning in their own way.
Thank you for your wonderful inspiration.
Sending love and crafty hugs, Brenda XXX

Dawn Holben said...

Both cards are really fab and I love those backgrounds, I think the second one is my favourite out of the two but as I said I love them both.

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Sue, what two wonderful stunning cards, Kate x

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue,
These are both truly beautiful cards. I've tried the 'caught in crystal' method with the white tissue on acetate but would never have thought of trying coloured tissue on the top of card. The result is stunning...if only I could find somewhere online that has the winter trees in stock I could actually give this a try lol.
Bejay x

patwyn said...

Hi Sue,

I like the first card but not sure about the second - a bit too dark for me. Still, as has already been said, you can't please everybody all of the time!

Tracey: so sorry your results weren't good. Keep your positive attitude and stay strong and you will beat this 'monster'. I know it is easy for me to say, but like others on the blog, I have friends who have beaten it and you can too. Sending lots of hugs.

Melody: thinking of you all and I echo what Myra has said, hope you soon see some light at the end of this dark tunnel. Hugs to you, Francis and Molly.

Pat xxx

Janet Hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Fantastic backgrounds. two beautiful cards.
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

weefortune said...

Hi Sue, nice cards as always but not sure they are my cup of tea, a bit dark but a photo does not always show them at there best, hugs xx

PharmacyMichele said...

Two stunning cards, I prefer the first one but that's only because blue is my favourite colour!


Rosemary Stickland said...

Two lovely cards.
Rosemary xx

Jean said...

Just amazing!!

SusanP, Kent said...

Both are absolutely lovely. The crumpled tissue looks like tooled leather (at least it does to me)! I'd choose the first one as my favourite for the colour and also I prefer the sentiment on this one.

karenlotty said...

What gorgeous backgrounds Two beautiful cards

Susan White said...

These are great Sue - love both backgrounds! Susan x

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Can't stop using the word stunning, but they are. Have to admit the Noel with the grey tones is my favourite as I'm going through a grey phase, but both are beautiful. Just love the double days.

KT Fit Kitty said...

These are so pretty. I love the close-up shots of the details!

Littlelamb said...

Both cards are gorgeous and cannot choose between the two.

Pearl said...

Fabulous cards today Sue, the colours and shapes and composition are fab on both.

Thank you.

Lots of love and craftihappiness everyone,

Pearl x

Beryl Treble said...

Lovely cards Sue.

Anonymous said...

Tracy, like lots of others have said - so sorry. Some of your blog friends have already been there and mostly we all have friends or family who have, too, and come out the other side - so be strong. Saving your eggs is the ultimate act of positivity for the future - so GO! We're with you.

'P' in Wales

KarinsArtScrap said...

what beautiful cards Sue and the backgrounds are fab.
Gr Karin

IVY Cheong said...

Both cards are beautiful. Think I'm gonna give this technique a go. Have a good weekend. Love, Ivy xx

Barbara said...

Fantastic cards and the backgrounds are so pretty!

Brooke Bont said...

Love the backgrounds they are wonderful. Makes the cards

Haze T said...

Hi Sue
Both cards look stunning & the backgrounds are amazing & love the texture they have.
Looks stunning in both colour ways & must try the tissue paper technique as it's so different.

Love both cards equally..

Crafty Hugs
Haze T xx

Olga said...

Amazing background! Lovely texture!! Olga Ko

liz spooner said...

Both the cards are stunning Sue, like the blue one best. just received the winter trees and they are on every card I make.xx

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

I love both backgrounds. I do love making backgrounds, like Julia on Hochanda the other day.

Tracy, I've been thinking about you and I'm so sorry your results weren't what you hoped but they got to you early and you got all of us in your corner too. I only messaged a lady 24 hours ago who has returned to work after successful treatment for breast cancer. She's a crafter too and kept an art journal to put her thoughts and feelings into, it really helped her. Just know I'm thinking of you and send hugs and a hand to hold xxx

Melody, I have been thinking of you, Francis and Molly too. The situation Molly finds herself in I was in at the age of 12 with my Grandad. Things were so different then in regards to treatment and the role children played in the family in these situations but that didn't change my feelings and yes it was black and white. I gave my Dad hell over it. Please tell her she's always in my thoughts and everyone here can't wait till she feels up to coming back. Sending all three of you hugs and a hand to hold.

My friends wedding was lovely yesterday, apologies for my absence again but things aren't good. Hoping to feel more like myself asap.

Hugs to all of you, special hugs to those of you having a hard time,

T x

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Thinking of your so much. I know that no words spoken or typed will change the way you must be feeling after hearing what you have heard toady, you must all be in shock. There is a long road to travel down, but holding back tears or screams of anger are not signs of weakness so let go and follow the route many survivors have used at the beginning it will help make you a stronger person to deal with what's ahead. In my thoughts.

L. S. Xxx

magpie said...

Helloooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Ooooo I love both of these Sue x Nice touch of the gilding wax and absolutely of the shiny bling! I didn't see this technique but will see if it's on your UTube? I can say however, there is a shop called Home Bargains, I assume all over the country and they actually sell Metallic tissue paper. One is a deep blue......mmmmm I wonder how that would turn out......? Gorgeous cards Sue, "Thank you" 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 Melody, Molly and nanna, thinking of you all xx Tracy, so sorry to hear your news....stay strong and keep fighting! Glad you are doing what you're doing with your eggs. I don't think there is anyone who, if not gone through it they know someone who has it xx Be strong shug, you'll be in my prayers xx Take care everyone xx Love Karen xx

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Hiya Sue and the lovely Wilsonettes,

What a fascinating card and technique, it never ceases to amaze me the breadth of your technical knowledge and creativity- this is why I could never be good enough to be on a design team next to you, you put us all to shame my dear...but in a good way!
This technique seems a bit messy for my liking, I have overlays on my nails and envisage them sticking together never to be prized apart:-)
I have the necessary components so I should stop being so anal and throw caution to the this space! I can't choose a favourite colour though, they both have their merits and have achieved a stunning result.
Well, Day two of life on my own chez casa Eastwood has passed without any great dramas- Brodie has been missing Mum, I could hear him pacing up and down more than usual last night the poor wee mite. No major barneys with Darcey to report so all is good, he even behaved during his walk earlier which is a first for me:-) I've had a busy day shopping and getting my hair cut and I'm going out with my Dad tomorrow so there's no real chance of loneliness but I would like a little peace to get a start on my Chrimbo cards it's funny how people rally round when they think your all alone, my social life has never been so busy:-)
Thankfully my uncle is slowly on the mend, he had a perforated artery from his heart and the blood was congregating in his chest and not reaching the extremities or his organs, he had to be opened up from his chest to his groin but his circulation has now improved and he's semi conscious so fingers crossedxxx
I'm so sorry to hear about your results Tracey, you are so young to be facing this complication but I am impressed with your fighting spirit and positive outlook- getting your eggs harvested is a wonderful idea, I wish that it had occurred to me when I was Ill but I fear that at 43 and counting I have missed that boat....besides , you really need a man to seal the deal so to speak and it's not like I'm beating them off with a stick I'm afraid:-) keep us posted on your progressxxxx
Melody, I'm really worried about you, you must try to get some rest we don't want to see your health deteriorating too. Poor Francis though, his stomach must have shrunk- I have had to use Fortisip on a number of occasions over the years when my weight has fallen to 3.5 stones and whilst I detested the taste it is an excellent way for the body to get the nutrients it needs. You can also get a white liquid that can be added to sauces , drinks and soups that is pure fat and gives a lot of calories for hardly any volume, the added bonus is it's tasteless- the name of it escapes me but it may begin with a C.i have my fingers crossed that he continues to progressxxxx
Molly, hope Sue has convinced you to comment on the blog again sweetheart, we miss youxxxx
Rebecca, I've never really watched NCIS but my mum absolutely loves it. Mark Harmony is very dishy, do you remember him in St Elsewhere in the 1980's or are you too young...I know I wish that I was:-) I love crime dramas, my favourite is Bones, and I'm looking forward to the new series beginning soon I hope- I love the dark sense of humour and the emotionless candour of Brennan. The US makes some fantastic dramas. With that said , I think that I might watch some more Game of Thrones tonight after my daily soap fix.
Have a lovely night everyonexxxx

Love and crafty hugs,


Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue, and all the ladies.
I love both these cards, they are strikingly stunning, but I would be too chicken to actually send them to anyone!!!!
I do, however, send my love and prayers to Melody and family, and Tracy. As others have said, and far more eloquently than me, we are wishing you well and sending our love and support.
Rebecca, Love NCIS with Mark Harmon and the rest of the gang, and have watched it for years.
Love to everyone.
Maureen xxx

Theresa Pace said...

both spectacular. really difficult to pick a favourite. i will be borrowing this technique please. hugs xx

Nana on the Hill said...

I'm a blue girl, so definatly favour the blue, live it!

fame01 said...

Hi Sue

OH gosh what 2 stunning cards just so beautiful

hugs sarah n xxxx

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Two Unusual Christmas cards but i like them. Must try this technique
Take care
Hazel G XX

Laura O said...

wow first thought is love the blue but as I scrolled down the black background is stunning too 2 fantastic cards ,Laura O

Theresa said...

Hi Sue
I love both colour ways stunning
I did watch you do this technique on the show an I thought then I need to try this at some point
And your sentiments are brilliant
Hugs to those that need one
Take care
Theresa G x

nannapat said...

Both colourways are stunning and I do love your winter trees. Pat x

Eunice said...

The cards remind me of winter storms that blow in!

melody said...

Hi sue, 2 lovely cards I don't think I seen you demo these ones, anyway I think they are both lovely but if I had to pick it would be the black one it beautiful. Take Care Melody xxxXxxx

Stephanie I did reply to your messages Last night, thank you for thinking about us an yes the Fortisp build up drinks are what Francis as been using since before he even had the chemo an like I said he sometimes lets me mix one with ice cream so even more calories, I think he wouldn't be here now if it was not for them because he ate nothing for over 60 days before they could put a stent in to open his gullet to let him get food down. An Laine yes I know what your talking about because I use to have it after my chemotherapy when I was down to under 4 stone, only thing I would eat was mash potatoes an they use to put it in it an I never knew but I can think of the name of it either now. A lot of this is not that he ain't hungry it's he can't keep it down, he wants to eat he wants to be fit enough to have the operation if he gets the choice. Thanks again to you all for all the kind wishes sent to him an my beautiful Molly oh an by the way Milly the cat is doing great. It's after 12 so it's now my birthday so I might sit sn open my cards that are here lol maybe not because I always say it's not really your birthday till you been to bed an woke up. Thanks again all of you. Melody xXx

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Love the background on these cards, great cards
Di B. x

Sandy H said...

Two lovely cards. Must try this technique for making the textured background but first I must clear up the mess my craft room is in so I've got a clear surface to work on.
Birthday wishes to Melody.
Take care everyone.

karalschuknecht said...

Both such stunning Cards!

DeCor said...

Do love the tissue background! And it is so good to see the way it looks in different colours. Really beautiful cards. Thanks you again!

Vie Carter said...

Both cards are fab, just love these tree dies


Marianna Hammer said...

These are just gorgeous!

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SerenePolly said...

Hello Sue

I am so sorry I missed the demo on Hochanda but I will certainly follow your instructions to create the card. I love the end result and the colours are lovely.

Take care.


DeeDee7770 said...

Beautiful card Sue. I love blue and white!

America said...

Love how two similar cards can look so different in striking contrasting colors and backgrounds. Both techniques are wonderful and used to perfection. Both cards are absolutely stunning.

DeeDee7770 said...

Two cards similar yet different looks. One cool and one warm. Beautiful cards Sue.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

An interesting technique for the background, two lovely cards.

usalady said...

Wonderful, wonderful!!! I love all the cards you do. I have bought many of your dies and I truly love them. Would love to win one of your very own cards. Thanks

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