Monday, 12 October 2015

Many Thanks

Hi bloggers!  Not sure if the colours used here will show up true, but it is blush, taupe and milk card for a very soft almost vintage feel to it.  I started by adding a bit of texture to the background by embossing a piece of milk card using the Linen Texture embossing folder.  Next I cut four of the Pavo Gemini die using both cutting edges and the centre decorative die out of blush card.  I backed the with taupe card cut using just the two cutting edges.  I mounted them on foam for dimension and attached them to my embossed background to create a square frame.  I cut away the parts of the embossed background that showed outside of the frame and mounted entire piece on another milk card.  Next I used the centre die from the Porto die to cut two decorative pieces out of milk card.  I crisscrossed them and attached them in the centre of the frame.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the Porto circle, highlighting it with Spun Sugar distress ink.  I cut a slightly larger circle out of taupe card to mat it with and placed them in the centre of the frame.  I completed the card by piercing a milk mat.  I followed that with a thin blush mat and a thin taupe mat and a final milk mat.  The finished dimensions are 8 1/4" x  8 1/4" in size.

On another note, I have noticed that we have hit our blog candy goal, but unfortunately that drawing will have to wait until I am back in the UK.  Sorry for the delay, but I will let you know when it can take place later on.   All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Gorgeous card Sue, love it. Congrats on hitting the new goal.
Nannie Steph, you know you will not be able to stop mentioning Lottie Beth, so glad she is doing well and she will soon grow. Hope Lou is doing well too.
Melody, cyber space can be such a dangerous place for kids, hopefully Molly will be okay now. Love to you and Francis too.
Tracey too
Hugs all round

hollyberry said...

Beautiful and elegant card.

Eunice said...

This is a very interesting card Sue.

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue

Another beautiful card. Enjoy your stay back home in America.


Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Congratulations on the new target.
A beautiful card Thank you.
Enjoy your trip and the sunshine.
Take care Kitty.

Linda28 said...

Hi Sue, beautiful cars, so glad youv' e hit another target, you deserve it. Well done. Linda.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Very pretty card,
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great card Sue.

auscrafts said...

great card and congratulations with the blog numbers it's a great achievment to have so many people following you ,well done

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card and yes the colour came through ok thank you tracyw

Anonymous said...

Lovely card today Sue.
Colour combination sounds lovely but not obvious on my screen. The central focal dies are so pretty.
Well done on reaching your goal.
Have a great day.

Jan.moogie said...

Really like these cards with lots of texture Sue and the linen effect embossing folder is on my must have list. Thanks for sharing, have a great day. Hugs xx

carol quinn said...

Beautiful card, love it!
Enjoy your break. You deserve it

Anonymous said...

Very nice card Sue. Well done reaching another target you deserve it. Enjoy your break. JJxx

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. Congratulations on reaching another target. Hope that you are enjoying your time away and are managing some down time, although I suspect you will be working hard! Love today's card, the colours are very subtle and the use of the Gemini die is fabulous. Hugs to all. Sue XXX

Lynda Mellor said...

Good morning Sue, well done on reaching another target!!!
You so deservre it:) fabulous card too!!!
Enjoy your break it will do you good :)
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx

anne mather said...

Hi Sue
Wow another target reached - well done1
The card is so pretty - I love blush card. It makes for a very pretty card. Will be trying this one soon. I need more time to get everything done!
Have a great break the rest will do you good.
John's show went well last night.
Lots of crafty hugs!
Anne m xx

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, well done on reaching the 5500 mark. Today's card is really beautiful, love the Gemini dies made into a frame. Hope you are having a lovely time with your Mom. Take care. Bx

Maria Illsley said...

A lovely card Sue I like the blush card it is such a delicate colour xxx

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a gorgeous card and you can see the difference in the colours very subtle. Congratulations on passing another goal and enjoy
your break with mum I guess so you will doing all your samples as usual.
Nancyd xx

A Happercrafter6 said...

Another idea for using the dies. Thank you. Hope you are having a good break.

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Congrats! Love the pavo die.

carol edwards said...

Hello Sue firstly enjoy your break with mum. No doubt you will be beavering away. I bought the majestic butterfly and arched lattice die after watching John on yesterday's show on Hochanda. Today's card is so beautiful and I just love the Gemini dies used. Cream always gives an elegant feel. X

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. Another fab card, which I agree has a vintage look to it. Congratulations on hitting 5500 on your wonderful blog, such a great achievement!
I hope you have a lovely time in America with family and friends.x

hazel young said...

Lovely card Sue xx hazel

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous all those dies are beautiful. Congratulations on passing the goal. Enjoy your time with your mum she is a very special lady. Hugs Jackie

lilian said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card, not my colour choice, maybe it's my screen.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

hettygarlick said...

Lovely card. I've just bought that embossing folder but not used it yet. It looks good on your card Sue. Nice soft colours too.

Debra Kenworthy said...

Gorgeous card Sue! The colour combination is just lovely. Congratulations on reaching 5500 followers! Hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends. Debra x

PharmacyMichele said...

Gorgeous card today. I've just returned from a longer than normal trip to Florida-visiting relatives so we've just missed each other this year.


nattyboots said...

Beautiful card and colors Sue.
Elaine H X

TDQ Karen said...

Beautiful card, just lovely x

Clai01 said...

Hi Sue

Many Congratulations on hitting the 5500 blog followers and each day it's a delight to visit here. A gorgeous neutral tones card to celebrate today also. x

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Beautiful subtle card today, can just see the tones on my screen, lovely!! I have used the blush card and it really is soft and nice specially with milk.
Congratulations on 5500 followers, you deserve it.
Enjoy your break with your mum, though how much of a break you take .........
Happy Monday
Muriel x

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. Beautiful card today. Lovely soft colours. Congrats on blog candy goal. Have a lovely break. Hugs Heather.x

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. Beautiful card today. Lovely soft colours. Congrats on blog candy goal. Have a lovely break. Hugs Heather.x

Jan on the Fosse said...

Morning Sue
A lovely card today.
Thanks Jan

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, Lovely card, quite a vintage feel to it. Love the embossing go.der, I think I need it. Watched John yesterday he was brilliant, you have got a real gem in him. He has so many ideas and puts then across so well. Have a lovely break and a rest!!!

Love Rosemarie xx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

Morning Sue
I beautiful way to use your Gemini dies as they make gorgeous frames along with many more shapes. I also love the 8x8 linen look efolder you have used for the backing. For me I would have loved to see a little more colour and I think I'll be trying out today's gift doing that.
I'm missing your bows and stick pins Sue.

Congratulations on the 5500 mark. It's fantastic and more than well deserved.

Going to be a busy two days here so better get a wriggle on and do something.
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

Kathy Baker said...

Morning Sue love the card today and the soft colours, Congratulations on your blog candy goal you really deserve it and enjoy your break with your mum
Kathy x

Patricia Youdell said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, but you are right - the colours are quite subdued
Pat x

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
Another stunning card today, and vintage looking as you say.
Congratulations on reaching your goal. I'm not surprised you have so many following your blog, your tutorials on here are wonderful as are your cards.

Have a great day


MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Lovely card. I find the linen embossing folder very useful especially for male cards.
Congratulations on reaching your 5550.
Have a great day.
Ang x

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
I love the soft colours of today's card they are so pretty together. Congratulations on reaching your next blog target it's so well deserved! It sure is quite a few more than when I joined your blog all those years ago lol!
Hugs x
Heather T

Wendy L said...

So pretty, xxx

Aspiring crafter said...

More blog milestones Sue....fantastic!
Lovely card , very delicate and classy.
Have a great day,

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Colours not showing up well on my ipad but the design is and it is gorgeous

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - very subtle colours which I love and the card is full of intricacy. Enjoyed John's shows on Hochanda and he showcased your dies beautifully. Congratulations on reaching another blog milestone. Enjoy your time with your mum, sending best wishes

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Lovely card.

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
A lovely card but colours not showing through on my screen but I'm sure are lovely. Congratulations on reaching your goal. Yvonne xx

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning sue another stunning card and the design is absolutely amazing the colour is gorgeous have a lovely day

Debs A xxx

dmjones said...

I think that embossing folder is another "need"!!!!!

Doreen x

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Pretty as a picture!!!! Lol
Lorna D

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Very pretty card, love how you've used the Pavo set to make that frame...I've just ordered that Linen embossing folder as I thought it would look good on both sides...

Congratulations on the 5500!...


Anne said...

I love the colours you have used, Sue and as for the embossing folder that will have to go on my wish list.

Anne (Northampton)

marg said...

Hello Sue!
Watched John use this Die last the effect!
Love the Taupe card but haven't found it for sale yet!
Take care
Love Marg

Craftyrn28 said...

Love this card Sue, I love the versatility of these dies, a great way to use them
Have a good day


Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, I love this card and I think these dies are so useful. love Jean Z xx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Another gorgeous card, love the subtle colours.
Congratulations on reaching another blog candy goal, and well done to to the winners.
Have a good day.

gwen70 said...

Wow Sue love this card, the die and gorgeous colours are beautiful

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A gorgeous card, the colours are not true on my laptop, but I have a good imagination haha.
Congratulations on reaching another goal.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

sued99 said...

difficult to see the colours but it looks gorgeous anyway!

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card. I have just bought your linen texture embossing folder, but not had he chance to use it yet. SueL x

Jane Franklin said...

Love the frame effect, makes the dies so versatile. Not sure on the colours yet but they may grow on me.
Congrats on your blog target, its such a great blog I'm not surprised you've reached it. Luv jxxx

Elizabeth Beal said...

Hi Sue & Lovely Wilsonettes; what an awesome gem of a card you have for us today Sue & the colours are coming through true to form on my computer. I love the Linen Texture EF, can’t think why I have not invested in this one before. Thank you for sharing with us & showing us just how we can put our dies & stash to good use in a different way, I have missed commenting on your extraordinary & incomparable talents these last weeks but you certainly have given me much to look forward to & for that I am exceedingly thankful & indebted to you x x x
HELLOOOO my friends (sorry didn’t mean to shout; Lol, heck I have every reason to as I’m so excited to be back, can’t believe it has been almost 3 weeks & I have missed you all so much, but time & health has run away from me I’m afraid – hands up whose familiar with that daily scenario; Lol.
I finally completed the decorating; phew, so as well as work, housework etc it took 1 day for 2 coats ceiling, 2 days for 3 coats to top wall (to get a good colour glow from ‘Honey Beam’), 2 days for 2 coats to lower wall (love the ‘Soft Stone’), 2 days glossing (pale creamy colour & I totally dislike glossing but love the end clean results); I know you can all count so what about the rest of the days I hear you ask; Lol, well the carpet was to be laid 2 days later but grrrrr I got a call to say delay in obtaining it so had to wait a few more days – so what did I do oh yes Mr B popped me along to CE HQ & I commiserated myself by buying some colour cloud inks, ‘Tartan Trellis’ EF, cardstock, a SW cutting die (which was hard to choose because I couldn’t get to my faithful hat in storage to draw from) & ‘Frosty Blossom Guilding Wax & Texture Paste’...OooH can’t wait to get rubbing with my hands – I know what you’re thinking but I meant playing with the wax ladies with the wax; Lol. Then I brought some boxes of eggs so I could use the cardboard base to stand my Smoothies in (I used clear varnish on inside to seal it, brought some £1 wood frames for Mr B’s certificates & took them home to Briwax them (blimming hard work & painful but worth it as they look nice).
Finally carpet was fitted, but then I crashed for what seemed like forever, but I pulled myself together to move forward & it’s taken me 3 days to bring everything from Spare room (with Mr B’s help) & put computer & craft stash back in (although slightly better arranged than before). Ho Ho Ho, you should have seen the spare room, Santa would have got lost in there & there was no room to swing a mouse never mind a cat – not that I have the inclination to swing a cat or a mouse; Lol. It has been extremely hard work but I finally completed this study/craft room yesterday whoopee!!!Lol
LAINE; Do not fret ‘your Highness’ the recently decorated spare room is now back to immaculate, could swing an elephant in there now if I had the desire or the strength to do so, & ready for your arrival in April; how many alias’s is that now? – Lorraine, Laine, Thelma, your Highness; Lol. Speaking of Ally Pally in April my friend, I have been given the dates & Mr B has some time off work then, but as they are not yet made public until January 2016 it may not be appropriate for me to disclose them on the Blog so would you, that is if you still want to come & stay, please email Sue with your permission for her to send me your email address & I will do the same for mine; that way I can give you the dates & we can exchange any info needed. Hope you are still able to stay, I know it is a long way for you but it would be nice to think I am able to potentially fulfil one of your dreams, if not then please just let us know in your comment my friend. Sincerely pray that your uncle is improving daily & I will keep him in my thoughts & prayers. Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) x x x

Elizabeth Beal said...

Sorry Sue I sincerely hope that you do not mind me placing my comments into a space of two I have so much to write & catch up on x x x
I have on occasion been able to read a little of the comments on my cell phone but it was a long process & alas it won’t allow me to leave any comments so I would like to say Congratulations to all of the cards & comment winners, you are so going to love Sue’s exceptional, magnanimous (noble) gifts x x x
MELODY, FRANCIS, Molly & family I reach out my heartfelt thoughts & prayers to you all during an extremely difficult time for you. I sincerely hope that you receive the answers that will help you to go forward with whatever treatment Francis will need to improve his poorly health. Bless you all for the love, strength & courage you have for each other, may it continue to see you through. Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) x x x
TRACEY STILL; my heartfelt thoughts & prayers reach out to you also my friend, so sorry that I wasn’t there to comment when you first received the sad news of your cancer, wish it had been better news for you but you are also showing tremendous positivity & courage & thankfully you have a lot of support from people close to you as well as from all of us here on Sue’s blog. Take care & good luck with every step you will be taking. Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) x x x
STEPHANIE; CONGRATULATIONS as first time, brand new Grandmother you must be over the moon...not only do we acquire many aliases as parents i.e. Mrs cook, cleaner, bottle washer etc etc there’s sure to be more as grandma; Lol enjoy & hope the new family are well. (((HUGS))) x x x
I’m sincerely sorry my friends if I have missed out on anyone who has been going through a rough time for whatever reason, but it will take me a month of Sundays to catch up on almost 3 weeks of comments, so without further ado for those who need & for those who have recently needed I send you basketsful of heartfelt Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) & I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers x x x
To my dear friends, MARIA, LYNDA, YVONNE, LAINE; (hope I haven’t missed anyone else x x x) thank you for missing me it really means a lot to me, I have missed you too & all of our wonderful family of caring Wilsonettes. Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) to you all x x x & special hugs & sincere appreciation & gratitude to our tremendously extraordinary SUE for your daily gems, so many wonderful & breathtaking cards & video demos I had to look forward to x x x
PS LYNDA I tried to set up a Blog with Google BlogSpot but didn’t get very far for some reason I wasn’t very successful, don’t know how you managed to do one but would it be okay to take you up on your offer later my friend & email you for HELP!!! Lol & do you need to ask permission to link other blogs/websites etc onto your own; I’m sure that’s certain to be a yes. Speak to you later my friend & thank you x x x
I will close for now my friends take care to you Sue & to one & all. Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) Beth B x x x

June Horrocks said...

Just beautiful sue love this card very special congratulations on the new target love always June horrocks xxxxxxxx

Marion said...

Hi Sue not sure on this one ,dont no what it is about
it but not doing it for me sorry.
Marion H

Karen M said...

Morning Sue,
A very nice card, subtle colours and very elegant
Best wishes Karen M

sandy acland said...

This is different, and gets your mojo thinking:0)

Sandy (tort)

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue
Lovely use of the Pavo and Portugese dies, I love the composition (and the Linen embossing folder is gorgeous, too) but suspect that the colours don't show up true - it'll look beautiful in "real life", I'm certain about that.
Congrats on hitting the Candy goal - it'll be a really nice Xmas surprise for the winner.
Hugs, Rose

ellyscard creatief said...

I like this card.

sunshinepen said...

Morning Sue, I hope its warm and sunny where you are today. Lovely sunshine here in the Devon. Going to be crafting today. The card is lovely and yet many more great ideas.

Have really enjoyed the shows over the last few days with John Lockwood who was singing your praises.

Crafty hugs ]

Pen x

Chris Curry said...

Finally got my computer back. It has been away for four days while my lovely son in law Sam rebuilt it and got rid of windows ten. I have been told not to upgrade again and I promised not to. I have looked through all the cards I have missed and of course loved them all, especially the Christmas double day ones. Today's card is gorgeous, so stylish. I have enjoyed John's shows over the weekend and need to get the Portuguese dies. Thank you Sue. Xx

Nannieflash said...

Morning Sue, not sue I really like this design, but its definitely striking. I hope you are OK and you mum. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

Evis M said...

Hi Sue.
I do love this card. The card is just so delicate.
For once I have the dies and the card stock so will certainly be giving this a go.
Thanks for sharing with us Sue.
I enjoyed John's shows yesterday and I picked up a few tips.
Have a lovely time Sue.
Regards to all,
Evis M.

HeatherT said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card, the colours give a rather vintage look I think. I love the Pavo die, it's stunning and the frame that you have made with it is gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations,
Heather Treble

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card today. Congratulations on reaching so many followers - it's fantastic :-) Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue


Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue.
Beautiful card as always. Congrats on reaching ur follower goal that's absolutely amazing.
And who wouldn't want to look on on this log as I've learned so much in the past year or so from ur tutorials and watching u on TV.

And lately the extra support of people sending get well wishes for my journey ahead.
Unfortunately today my brace work place face fell apart and I had to go to the doctor who immediately signed me off work.
Anyways hospital on wed hopefully to get a date for surgery an the journey to begin x

Jill Berg said...

Very pretty - I have to imagine the soft colours but think they would work perfectly

Kate's Cards said...

I love the texture you have achieved with this card and the vintage feel. xx

Dawn Holben said...

A really pretty card with a different look to your usual ones.
I can imagine the colours look pretty, can't really see well on my screen today.

Sylvia Yates said...

Love the vintage look Sue. Must try this one. Had a great day at Newark
Craft show yesterday. Saw lots of friends.... Thank you for your good wishes everybody. I'm going to be fine!. Have a great day everybody hugs Sylvia xx

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely card for us today, the embossing folder looks like it will be another must have!
Have a wonderful time with your mum and family.
Well done on reaching 5500 on your blog, great achievement.
Take care everyone
Jess x

Linda Norris said...

Hi Sue,
What a gorgeous card, I love these colours together.

Congratulations on hitting your blog target, I'm not at all surprised.

Take care everyone and have a great day.

Linda xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, another gorgeous card. The Pavo Gemini die is beautiful. Congratulations on reaching the 5500 on your blog.

Olga said...

The card is so tender. Love its soft look and color! Olga Ko

Jayem said...

Hi Sue

I love the Gemini dies. My mini Vela arrived so I am off to have a play.

Enjoy your break and congrats on the blog.

Jan from NSW (Aus)

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, I just love this Pavo Die, have made a few cards with it but nothing as stunning as this. Will have to try harder.
Congratulations on achieving 5500 followers I am sure we all really appreciate all the inspiration you give us.

Tressa said...

A very different design. It is difficult to distinguish the colours on my iPad but I think it is a combination to try as I can see the possibilities. Now I just have to buy the dies!!


Gloria Robey said...

Morning Sue .WHAT A LOVELY CARD TO START THE WEEK .Congratulation on your achievement . We have all benefited from your blog . Thank you .Love the embossing folder you have used.Gloria(Sidcup) xx

nzillingworth said...


magpie said...

Hellooooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Oh wow,gorgeous card Sue. Love the Linen EF you've used and love the Porto die. Plus the soft hint of the blush card that you can see popping through on the card. Gorgeous! Wonderful that you have reach the 5500! Don't worry about it, just hope you're having a whale of a time and......resting.....hmmmm?! Sending love and hugs to you Sue, your mom and family xx Sending love and hugs too for all our Wilsonettes who are in need of a few too xx "Thank you Sue xx Love Karen xx

weefortune said...

Lovely card Sue, although I think it would look much better ib real life as the colours are so pale, have a great day xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the way you use the Gemini dies to create a frame.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Anonymous said...

I love this card. I like it when shapes are mixed...straight lines or straight edged shapes with curvy and/or rounded shapes. The colors look really pretty, too. So beautiful, as always.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Very pretty die-cut framework and design.

Meg said...

Nice card.


Lesley Cann said...

Lovely soft card. Enjoy your break and come back refreshed.

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful x From Lianne Morrison

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,

CONGRATULATIONS on reaching the 5500 on you blog, Wow what an achievement ,

Love the muted tones of this card, the dies you have used reall complement each other?

Thank you for sharing, Love Brenda xxx

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

The colouring is very subtle on my screen, yet very nice. I love the way you have used the Pavo Gemini die cuts to make a frame. Thanks for sharing.

I hope you have an enjoyable break and return well rested.

Best wishes

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, Congratulations on reaching the latest followers target, it's very well deserved. Today's card doesn't show up in it's true colours on my PC but I am imagining what it really looks like. I like the way you have made a frame from the dies (must remember to try that) and I love the embossing folder - something else for the wish list :-) I hope you are enjoying your break Stateside and managing to get some down time.

Melody - so sorry Milly is still unwell and I hope the vets can quickly work out what is wrong.

A lovely bright and sunny start to the week here and I hope it's the same for everyone.


Jan from Long Island said...

Good morning! Congratulations Sue on reaching your 5500 mark...that's quite an accomplishment! Today's card is beautiful. I love everything about it - the dies are gorgeous - the embossing folder is magnificent and the colors are so soft and lovely.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

karalschuknecht said...

Gorgeous card, actually elegant.

Littlelamb said...

Gorgeous card again Sue.

CraftyJo said...

Lovely :)

Elsie Smith said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card and shows another way to use the die.xx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Congratulations on the 5,500 followers, I hope the new followers enjoy your blog as much as I do and it really should be number 1 in the blog rankings. Today's card is beautiful and I love the frame from the Pavo die

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Barbara said...

Beautiful card Sue, love the pale colours.

patwyn said...

Lovely card. The Gemini dies are so versatile and I really like the EF.

Congratulations Sue on reaching 5500 followers, you so deserve it. Here's to the next milestone!!!

Pat xxx

Anonymous said...

Nice card, Sue, and the colours show beautifully - so subtle.
Well done on reaching the 5500 followers, quite an achievement - is it just me who wonders why more don't comment?
Sorry to have missed John's shows, he's such a good demonstrator.
Tracy - you can only keep strong for so long, Wednesday is nearly here so sending good calming wishes up to bonnie Scotland. Feel the vibes!
Melody - do hope Milly is okay, my Spice ginger boy has to go to vets tomorrow and feeling anxious (with good reason). Poor Molly - such temptations - hope she gets back to the blog soon now her Dad has sorted things.

'P' in Wales

Anonymous said...

Theresa says
Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
A gorgeous card today sue and I expect in real life the colours are beautiful x congratulations on reaching your goal x sorry did not comment yesterday but your card was lovely and am looking forward to trying the techniques used x thankyou sue for your inspiration x
Beth lovely to ' see ' you back x my you've been busy but your new room sounds lovely and I hope you get many hours of enjoyment from it x
Hugs to yvonne and wheely bad and laine and tracy , melody and molly anyone else who needs one x
Steph really hope to hear loads more about the new addition x
Rebecca hope you are well x
Missed commenting yesterday as we spent the day with my mum x its been a year since my step dad passed away and its gone so quick .
Congratulations to the winners x
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

IVY Cheong said...

Hi Sue, love the soft subtle colours. Lovely card. Thank you, love, Ivy xx

Sandie Braithwaite said...

I really like this colour combination. Will use it with done of the dies I have .

Haze T said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card & love the soft muted colours which work so well together.
Love the Gemini die as it's so decorative & looks amazing in the design you have used for the focal point.
Stunning as usual.

Crafty Hugs
Haze T xx

Jan Ltc said...

Gorgeous card Sue xx Jan

nannapat said...

Lovely card Sue, unfortunately the colours aren't true to life on my laptop. I can only describe what I see as a dirty beige! It certainly doesn't do justice to your beautiful design. Pat x

Rosemary Stickland said...

Elegant card, and a lovely use of the Gemini die.
Rosemary xx

Diane said...

Hi Sue
What a pretty card today, such a gentle colour combination for these beautiful dies to mix with. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful creation with us. I hadn't realised you were back over in the USA already. Hope you are enjoying some warmth and sunshine and having a relaxing time with your mum - sending you both a big hug.
Take care love Diane G xxx

Tracey I'm so sorry your brave face has crumpled, you have been so strong so far, it will be back, it's just a natural blip. Your customers will all be worrying about you but will understand and be routing for you as are we. Look after yourself and my thoughts are with you for Wednesday. Big hugs xxxx

Suzzette Yandle said...

Soft look to this lovely card. I really like the Pavo die set.

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue,
What a great way to use the Gemini die, it makes a great frame. The colours never come out too well on my laptop but it looks great anyway :)
Bejay x

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful card Sue!! Very elegant.. Congrats on reaching 5500 followers. Well deserved!!
Moxie Craftie

Pearl said...

...and many thanks to you too Sue, for such a splendid card.

Lots of love and craftihappiness everyone,

Pearl x

DeeDee7770 said...

Lovely soft coloured card Sue. Congratulations on your 5500 followers! I love the beautiful textures.

SueJ said...

Really lovely card, nice embossing folder and dies.

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
This card definitely has a vintage look about it,beautiful.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, such a beautiful card!

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue

Lovely card, very gentle and soothing and so pretty.

Congratulations Sue on your 5500 followers. You should be very proud that so many people love your work and take such inspiration from your ideas and your blog.

Love Helen x

CHERYL Brown said...

Good afternoon Sue,

A very unusual colour combo, for reason the more I look, the more it is growing on me.
Very subtle and elegant.

Congratulations on reaching 5500 for the Blog Candy Draw. It is lovely to see so many new followers to keep our wonderful family growing. Whoever wins the Blog Candy, I can tell you wholeheartedly, you will use it all and have so much fun doing that. As the last winner, I am still finding other ways to use my stash. Good luck to all.

Today has been a wonderful sunny day down here in Somerset. My friend Maureen & I enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the back lanes of West Huntspill with our walking group. I tend to find that we walk further on a pleasant day than one where it is slightly chilly/rainy/windy.
Lovely to see you back commenting Beth, I have missed your friendly chat the last 3 weeks. Congratulations on finishing your room, now enjoy it.
My comfort basket is overflowing with warm squashy ((((hugs)))) to all that require one. For all those in pain & discomfort, I hope your day becomes kinder to you.
Still in my thoughts and prayers Melody and Francis xxx Molly too.

Tracy, you have met all that has been thrown at you with determination and a true spirit. I hope all goes well on Wednesday for you. Last year when I had my BC op date, was the day when I fought back and refused to let the big 'C' beat me or define me. Special (((hugs))) to you, You'll find me walking in right beside you in spirit. xxx

Love & hugs to all
Cheryl xxx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Firstly, congratulations on reaching yet another milestone.
Lovely card today although the colours aren't really showing up well on my iPad. Do love the way you've used the Gemini dies as a frame and the embossing folder is gorgeous.
Melody, sorry that Milly isn't too well, hope the vets can sort her out this time. Love to you and Francis and pleased that Molly seems ok now. Xx
Tracy try to stay strong and positive ( easy for me to say I know) thinking of you and sending gentle hugs. Xx
Beth pleased to have you back - your decorating seems to have gone well. Xx
Norah you are very generous and I'm sure your friend will be chuffed to bits xx
Sending love and hugs to everyone, Alison xx

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
It's a lovely sunny day here and although looks autumnal is still quite warm.
Today's card isn't a favourite I'm afraid. I would prefer it with something a little brighter but I love how you have used the dies!
Saba and I have been mitring snowflake borders in different countries! How about that!
Beth - welcome back - please careful with that elephant!
Melody - sending love to you all!
Cheryl - glad the walk went well. You are just the person to give encouragement to Tracey!
Love to all, Myra xxx

Lynda's craft's said...

Good afternoon Sue hope your mom is well & your having some lovely weather. Congratulations on reaching 5500 Wilsonettes.
Todays card is stunning love it very elegant.
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

TRACY so sorry your brave face has left you but I know it will return my thoughts & Preayers & BIG HUG's ,my friend take care. Extra HUG'S for Wednesday xxx

BETH .Email me & I will try & Help.xx

Melody Francis & Molly & Milly your in my thoughts & prayers xxx

Hug's to all friends xx

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
Oh WOW what an elegant card today really pretty
thanks for sharing
Hugs Sarah n xxxxx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Stunner yet again Sue. Ticks all the boxes

Dorothy Flear said...

Beautiful card today but I seldom don't like one. They are all so wonderful. Thank you Dorothy

Janet Hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely gentle colours on todays card, lovely design.
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

Val Jones said...

Hi Sue, love the way you hve cut 4 dies and fitted them together. A truly beautiful card.
Love Val in Spain x

ursula said...

Such an amazing card Sue, I love to cut several diecuts and piece them together....luv Ursula xx

craftynanna jo said...

Gorgeous card and so was yesterdays, both are beautiful, congrats to the comment game winners and congratulations on 5500 followers, hugs to all not feeling good right now, Johanna

TOB said...

Hi Sue, hope it's warmer where you are, its really cold here in S Wales.
Gorgeous card, love the layout.
Welcome to the world Lottie Beth, Steph you must be on cloud 9.
Hugs Theresa xx

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue,
Sorry to be so late, but life has got in the way today!! Your card is stunning. I love the subtle colours and the dies are so useful.
I didn't realise that you'd gone to see your mam, and I hope the two of you are enjoying every moment, and relaxing of a morning at the Cafe club that you visit to see mam's friends.
Beth, I'm worn out just reading what you've been doing, but it sound like you have a zoo in your house, and I think an elephant is taking it a step too far!
Tracy, our Cheryl will hold your hand. She is just the girl to guide you through.
Melody, thinking of you all.
My love and prayers to all in pain, having treatment or waiting for treatment, and those who are carers.
Maureen xxx

Scottydog said...

A striking card today despite the more muted colours. Enjoy your break Sue & congrats. On reaching 5500 blog followers - quite an achievement.

liz spooner said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card today and lovely soft colours.xx

Piety Slokker said...

hello Sue and all readers all over the world. I only found out the excisting of die cutting and embossing machines and started to look on You Tube for inspiration. My favorite 'teacher'oa is Sue. Not only the nice ideas but also the tips she gives are very usefull and helps me to understand more about the possibilities. This card I will make with a backing of my favorite colour pale lilac. But first I have to make another 15 Christmas cards with the wonderfull Angel, floating (?) on acetate, also a nice idea from you Sue, you used a sentiment on the acetate and that gave me the idea to use the angel. And so every time I see your tutorials, it is like a little gift. Thanks and greetings to everybody, Piety

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue beautiful card lovely pale colours. Congratulations on reaching 5500 blog followers. Hoe you enjoy your time with your Mom and don't work too hard.

terrie said...

Great looking card...the taupe color combo is very pretty.....tfs

well done Sue

Maria Alder said...

Evening Sue and everyone.
Beautiful card Sue and I like how you have used the Pavo die as
a frame. Also like the EF. The colour do not show to much
but can see it is nice.

Hello to Piety,enjoy learning about card making with Sue.

Fabulous to see you back Beth, you have been a busy bee and
hope you now will make something amazing in your craftroom.
Are there anywhere to follow and see your creations ?
Very quiet from Rebecca and our Yvonne, hope you
both are alright.
Tracy, you have a fantastic and strong outlook and you
will beat this. Good luck for Wednesday, You are in my thoughts.
Also Melody and family, sending hugs to you all. Molly we miss you!

Take care all and keep warm, it's getting colder in the North
hugs Maria x

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good evening Sue and the lovely Wilsonettes!

I can just about distinguish each colour used on today's little gem, I think that I could appreciate it better in person though...ever thought about doing random Monday giveaways Sue?.....failing that, I decided to splash out on the textured linen EF, along with some acetate, card and a couple of dies, so that I could recreate this beauty for myself. I love the colour combination, just finished a card in taupe in fact, it's a beautiful shade, so rich and warm. I've lusted after this EF since you did the floating sentiment card some time ago and since I bought the Just a Note die on Saturday I thought that the next logical step would be to complete the necessary elements.
Went to Pets at Home today to get the babies their favourite packet food- also bought the third harness for Brodie in the vain hope that it would prove impossible to escape from. We tried one for a small dog then exchanged it for the medium but it looked so uncomfortable and it's a good job that I don't suffer from bladder weakness because I almost wet myself with laughter watching him walk like John Wayne after soiling himself:-) So we decided to get a cat one....stroke of genius on my part.....confident in our choice we took it home and proceeded to road test it on Brodie. Having neglected to look at the diagram we tried to attach it upside down much to Brodies horror, then, realising our mistake we managed to get his head squeezed through but couldn't extend it wide enough to cover his girth. By this stage he was well and truly traumatised so we conceded defeat. You don't like to think of your baby as being on the large/hefty side but I am beginning to wonder if he needs to go on a calorie controlled diet or whether he is just 'big boned'? We were warned that Bengals can be large cats but any bigger and you could put a small saddle on him:-) Well, back to the drawing board...
Welcome back dearest Beth, boy have a missed you over the past few weeks, I was beginning to fear for your or Lauren's well being but luckily all is well and you've only been redecorating for my impending visit. How appropriate you refer to me as 'Highness', my family have often called me a diva with grandiose pretentions, but there's nothing wrong with having standards:-)
I was a little daunted by the journey to your neck of the woods, some 4 train changes but I reckon if I fly to Birmingham first then get a train to the Kettering/Northampton area it might just be doable, what do you think? I'll contact Sue giving my permission to pass on my details honey, so fingers crossed. Wish I lived close to CE HQ too, but I reckon I would be quickly bankrupted and a restraining order would follow!xxx
Big hugs to Yvonne, Tracey, Theresa, Rebecca and all of my blog buddies, particularly Molly , Francis, Milly and Melody, hope you get some good news at the hospital and vets this week, thinking of youxxx

Love and crafty hugs


Diane Maitland said...

Another fantastic card, I love the colours.
Your cards are so elegant and so different, I never tire of looking at them.
Crafty hugs Diane xx

Saba said...

Hello Sue
What a beautiful card today. I love the muted tones. The blush card is not showing up well but I can use my imagination. The Pavo die is beautiful. Hope you are enjoying your stay with your lovely mum, maybe we might see some photos when you come back.

Congratulations to the comment games winners and congratulations Sue on reaching another target of followers.
Lorraine, I would dearly love to see a picture of Brodie.
Sue as Myra said we are both busy mitring your snowflake borders, looks like we are both making the same cards this year.

Melody, Tracy and CX Cowgirl, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. And I do hope Molly will be back with us soon.
Love and hugs for all
Saba xxx

barbara macaskill said...

This color combination is so soft and serene!! LOVE it! Congratulations on reaching another goal!! You are soon going to conquer the entire Blog World!

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Beautiful card so elegant loving the colours you have used.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card, I like the embossing folder it would be a very useful one, the colours are great (I love taupe) and I really love the way you have used the dies to make a frame, must get that die.
Di B. x

hazel said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card this is. love everything about it
Take care
Hazel G XX

Julie Elli said...

Fab card Sue. Liking the EF and the colour. Big hug
Julie E

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card

karenlotty said...

Love the card Love the subdued colours Love the die Love the embossing folder! My Need List grows ever longer

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

This is just beautiful. I'll look forward to trying something similar with the Gemini dies I have. Hope the weather in Cali has settled down now the autumn is here- those fires were horrible over the summer. Sending a big hug to you & Mom and Billy sends you both some of his big Billy kisses.

Beth, it's lovely to have you back. Can't believe it's been 3 weeks! I've been pretty intermittent myself and just thought I'd missed you posting. Happy for you the craft room/ study is done, a lot of work. xxx

Tracy, you did so well to try working with so much on your mind. Just a few, short days now until Wednesday so treat yourself to some therapeutic crafting seesions and I'll be thinking of you, sending many hugs and wishing nothing but the very best for you xxx

Piety, welcome to the friendliest blog in the world, Sue is a talented lady and her posts bring so much joy to us all. xxx

Theresa W, thank you for thinking of me, sending hugs back at you xxx I hope yesterdays anniversary hasn't been too hard for you and your mum, sending extra hugs for her too xxx

Lorraine, I thought Brodie was a dog!!! A friend of ours has Bengals and I've heard they can be a real handful but wow, are they beautiful! I'd love to see a picture too. I did think that travelling to Northants by train would be quite a journey and an internal flight would be much less tiring. I hope you do manage to get it all sorted out xxx

Txcowgirl, Melody, sending light, hugs and hope to you both and your families xxx

Quite a day today. Got worn out talking on the phone to the finance team at the council about my direct payments. They couldn't understand that if you don't put all the information in a letter then people will phone up to ask... apparently I'm just supposed to know. I've only been doing this a year and it's my first financial review. That fact seemed to pass them by. Had a shower this evening and just about made it to the end of the football before falling asleep so I'd been awake 10 hours! Slept for 2 1/2 hrs before being woken up by Billy who was starting to cross his paws! He's sound now. After I've had meds and supper and he's done his business we have a cuddle then he's off to his chair, now upside down, folded between the chair arms with his legs and paws in kangaroo pose.

Off to bed myself now so sending hugs to each and every one of you. There's plenty extra if they're needed and Billy is always available for kisses and cuddles! Have a terrific Tuesday, enjoy you crafting and hopefully I'll see you soon.

T x

Jacquie said...

Stunning card Sue.

Love & hUgs

Jacquie J xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's another gorgeous card Sue
Gr Karin

Jean said...


julie laz said...

Hi sue, omgoodness love it, sorry I'm late with my comment as not well,
Sue when are you back on c&c as not seen you or creative expressions
For ages.. Crafty hugs Julie laz xxx

Dawn Louise said...

This is a lovely card, soft and pretty. X

Vie Carter said...

Clever use of border die, the blush card is my fav of all


Love2papercraft said...

Laine, So Brodie is a Bengal huh?! That explains so much (behavior, strength, determination, size, personality, orneriness)! I first read about them at least 15 years ago and fell in love. I looked into getting one and at that time, they were selling for a minimum of $1000 plus travel expenses. That put it completely out of the realm of possibility for me. Then about 9 years ago, through a friend of a friend of a friend, I found out about some people (who only lived about 70 miles away) who had opened their front door one night to a cat yeowling. There stood this beautiful cat who they later discovered & confirmed was a Bengal. They put up notices in the neighborhood, in the daily papers and vet's offices, but no one came forward, which was a huge shocker given the rarity and expense of a Bengal. Turned out she was also pregnant! They and the vet assumed she had been impregnated after getting lost from her original home. Well, that wasn't true either as she had a litter of 5 pure-bred Bengals. So where she came from remained a mystery. When I first heard about it, the kittens had yet to be born, so we didn't know- but I figured I'd get part Bengal and that was good enough for me. This couple had fallen for the mama cat and knew they would be keeping her. They had a waiting list of people who wanted the kittens and they were going to sell them for $250 each which included all their first shots & veterinary visits etc. I was 5th on the list. Mama had 5! I was so excited! They were planning on keeping kittens with mama for 3 months before they would go to their new homes, but kept me updated with pictures & emails. The first 4 people on the list lived closer so they visited and chose which kitten would eventually be theirs. I was happy to get whoever was left. Then there was a setback when they had a family member decide he wanted one and since i was the last to get on the list, mine would go to him instead. Color me sad :( Fortunately, a couple days later, the woman I had been conversing with called & told me she had convinced her father-in-law that he didn't really want the responsibility of a cat and he changed his mind. Color me happy :) Kittens were about 2 weeks old by this time. I asked her if she would please start holding my kitten upside down in her arms like you hold a baby so he would get used to it. I'd had success doing that in the past with kittens - not so much with adult cats, lol! She was happy to oblige and only did it with him (the other humans hadn't made that request). The day finally arrived that I was going to pick him up and of course I was very excited! I got a call from her that morning and she was in tears as she told me they couldn't give him up. Even though they had fallen madly in love with him over the weeks, they thought they could part with him because they had promised me. But when it came down to it, she said it felt like they would be giving away a member of their family. They didn't have any trouble parting with the other 4, just him. She said it was the holding him upside down like a baby that had made them fall so in love with him! I was devastated, but what could I do? I completely understood how strongly you can bond with an animal. She offered to keep sending me pics - but I said I thought it would be easier for me if they didn't. I wished them well and that was the last of it. I was upset for a while but decided I was just not meant to share my life with a Bengal. I'm at peace with that completely, but that doesn't stop me from admiring them all the same! Beautiful animals. Lively, smart & ornery! Which is why, Laine, you having a Bengal is perfect match! Oh and btw, I'm sure Brodie is just big boned vs being overweight! :-) Rc

Love2papercraft said...

Sorry, I didn't sign properly... It's Rebecca in Colorado :)

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