Thursday, 1 October 2015

Paved Pearl Background

Hello my crafty friends!  This is a bit different in that I have done a background with my Paved Pearl technique, usually it is a border around my topper!  I just love the textural feel to it, don't you?!

On another note, the call has just gone out for the Creative Expressions Design Team.  All the details are included in this link for you
If you have always wanted to be part of a design team, now is your chance to show off your stuff!

 The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 10" in size.  All for now, Sue x


Pam said...

Beautiful card Sue, always a delight. Good luck to all who try out for the CE design team.
Special hugs to Melody, Francis and Molly.
Hugs to all, whether in pain or not., let's just support each other as always.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, absolutely gorgeous love it just used this strip on a ChristMass card I made yesterday and glittered it it turned out beautiful and it's not often I say that about my own cards.
Nancyd xx

hollyberry said...

Lovely card,gorgeous colours.
Agree Pam people should support each other,we all need it.

Unknown said...

Hello Sue

Lovely card and technique however I never get mine to look as beautifully random as you do - must try harder! So many techniques: so little time! LOL!

Have a good day my friend

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the paved affect and I adore the snowflake border.
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning card, your cards are so beautifully adorned. Good luck to all of you who try out for the Creative Expression design team. Yvonne xx said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you a great video and beautiful card.
Good luck to all who enter for the design team.
Have fun and take care Kitty.

Steph Cotterill said...

Morning dear Sue.
A beautiful card again today and I really enjoy your video tutorials.
The dies and paved pearl technique is all this card needs (maybe a sprinkling of iced snow on the odd snowflake on the borders ) but it doesn't cry out for winter flowers or big bow's it's beautiful just as it is.
Hope you have a lovely day Sue.
Lancashire Steph xxx

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. Beautiful! The paved pearl effect looks like falling snow and is perfect for this card.
A wonderful comment from Pam, I totally agree. Hugs to all. Sue XXX

Lizzybea said...

Hi sue
Beautiful card, I little bigger than I usually make but I am sure it can be adapted.
Always like the pearls effect it finishes off sometimes an area you can't think of what to put.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Liz xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful as usual Sue. The paved pearls are very effective,will have to give them a try. I have the border and love it. Look forward to video. JJxx

JAO said...

Lovely Christmas card, great colours.

Maria - Ivyleaf Crafts said...

Absolutely beautiful the colours are lovely I do like the pave effect I will watch the video later xx

TDQ Karen said...

Just beautiful. Love the effect as a background, very festive x

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. Another great video tutorial and fabulous card. I love the dies you've used and coupled with the beautiful pave pearl technique and blue cardstock they make a stunning card.x

Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue
The effect of the pearl background makes this card so different.Love it.

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, such a beautiful Christmas card, lovely shade of blue card, great layout, tips and techniques, and a great video. Have a lovely day. Bx

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
This card is absolutely gorgeous. I will have to practise my pearl technique as I always end up smudging some of them or get them too close together they merge into an oval shape.
Thanks again for the inspiration you give us.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card. I love the pearl dots used as a background! Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.

hazel young said...

Stunning card sue love the colours and design its scrumptious xx hazel

Pat said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card with gorgeous colours. The paved pearl technique is terrific
Pat x

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, looking forward to seeing this video, I saw this card on Hochanda and wanted to make it then, I remember seeing a while ago how you added the dots but this will not refresh it for me in my mind and I can refer back to it whenever I need to, brilliant.

I would love to be on the design team but cannot get to Kettering as I am disabled which is a great shame and I love everything about creative expressions products and would be in seventh heaven making things from them.

On another note I have finally got my original order from Hochanda ordered on 13th September and arrived yesterday, have had another conversation with the manager and am being compensated for all the mix up.

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

Linda Graham said...

Lovely card Sue,really like the blue,I would need a lot more practice to get my pearl drops as good as yours,yippee!thank you for sharing your wonderful creations,Linda x

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue today's Christmas card is gorgeous. I love the design and of course the dies are stunning. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

Aspiring crafter said...

Beautiful card Sue, love the blue!

TOB said...

Hi Sue, love the paved pearl technique. Looks snowy.
Hugs Theresa. xx

Kate's Cards said...

Stunning! The blue is an unusual shade and really makes the whole card pop. Xx

Muriel said...

Hello Sue and all
Lovely blue and white card, really must practice harder with the paved pearl technique - The pearl glue seems fine but with the white I can't seem to manage the small dots and some go flat though I don't feel as though the bottle is touching the card - as they say practice makes perfect
Beautiful spring day here today spent mainly outdoors,
Muriel x

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue, a stunning card and very effective technique.
B xx

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue lovely colours and this is a great technique, will watch video later. Thanks x

Unknown said...

GM Sue. Just lovely. Haven't seen this technique for a while but its so effective.

Lydia from Germany said...

Hi Sue,
what a stunning card! I've never thought, that I could make pearls with a PVA glue.
Best wishes Lydia

lilian said...

Hi Sue, fabulous card ,love everything about it, although the paved pearl is beyond me, I always make a mess!!!!.

Can I second Pam thoughts, it's so important to care.

Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda said...

Good morning Sue,another beautiful card for us to
feast our eyes on!!! Well it's foggy here this
morning!!! When it's cleared I think we're in for
another beautiful day :)
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx

A Happercrafter6 said...

Lovely card - paved pearl looks so effective as do the striplets.

Kathy Baker said...

Morning Sue lovely card I shall have to have a go at the paved pearl technique, bet I don't get the same results as you though!
Kathy x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue What a greAt way to use the paved pearl effect. So pretty. Love this shade of blue. I agree with Pam. We all need each other at times.

Love Rosemarie x x

Roz McLellan said...

Hello Sue

Another beautiful card.


Ecco of Sheffield said...

Morning Sue
I love your pearl paved effect and yes it looks just as good as a background as it does round the edges. Your colour palette really shows off your beautiful dies just as they should be making a very striking and beautiful gift for today.

My dies arrived yesterday afternoon from your week-end shows. I have to say Hochanda are excellent in their delivery service and I do like the way they host their shows letting you demonstrate rather than butting in as done in other craft shows.
I hope they extend their flexi pay to on line as well as having to call in.

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

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card and I really like the paved pearl technique. I have never tried it as a background but will certainly be trying it. I do have some colours that don't seem to stay domed like Muriel says but I would just choose a colour that stayed liked pearls.
Melody, will Francis drink the Complan Smoothies? The Macmillan nurse told us to try my auntie on them when she was losing so much weight, she couldn't eat anything but did manage to drink these (& keep them down). Molly will understand that you are just trying to help Francis but I sometimes think we forget how young she is as she has such a wise head on her ( this is what I pick up from her comments anyway). It is an awful time for all of you and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sending love and hugs to everyone and hope you all have as good a day as possible, Alison xxxxx

Anne said...

This technique is so effective, Sue. I really must give it a go.

Anne (Northampton)

Anonymous said...

I can try this one as I have just bought this set of dies . I think it looks ever so 'retry in the blue and white theme with the dots gorgeous xx love yvonne bennett xx

Unknown said...

Good morning sue what a beautiful card and I love the dies you have used and the design is wonderful have a lovely day xxx

Debs A xxx

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Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, I love, love, love, this card. The texture with the pave effect pva looks fabulous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Chris Curry said...

Not sure I would be successful with that technique but love the clean colours of the card. Thank you.Xx

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Wendy L said...

So pretty Sue, xxx

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Loved this when I saw it on Hochanda but their camera work still leaves a lot to be desired so good to see it today in proper detailed close-ups...


Unknown said...

Another beautiful card today Sue. Wish I had your creative brain! Love the colours. Have tried the paved look but wasn't too successful. Must try harder. Have a great day everybody. Hugs Sylvia xx

BenteS said...

This was really beautiful, I love it,
both the colors and the way you have layered the dies :))

Micky French said...

Lovely card Sue, I am just off to order the border die.
Hugs Michelle xxxx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
Loved this on TV . The paved look is fab and always gets lots of comments when I use it. Fab card and the colours look amazing!
Anne M xx

marg said...

Good Morning Sue
Real Autumnal morning here in Bristol today, with the Misty atmosphere making it quiet.
Love this card and the colours are beautiful Sue!
Need to take notes so will watch Video later!
Take care
Love Marg

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card and colors used , will watch the video later.
Elaine H X

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Gorgeous card and I love the paved pearl technique - I need to try this :-) Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
super card with just the right amount of detail. Not tried the paving on a card as I'm sure mine would look more like crazy paving lol!
Have a great day.
Ang x

karenlotty said...

I love the paved pearl technique I've used it in the past and have always been pleased with the result So thank you for the reminder I've only ever used it as a border too so I must try making it a feature because your card is beautiful

auscrafts said...

lovely colours for this card

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. This is a stunner, love every bit of it : ) I must try the all over paved pearls effect as it is beautiful. Hugs to everyone with special ones for Melody,olly and family. Take care xx

gwen70 said...

Wow Sue, such a stunning card

Marion said...

Hi Sue what a stunning card ,love the background
and the blue make's it look wintery.
Marion H

Scottydog said...

Beautiful card Sue, really love this colour of blue against the White, nicer than the pale blue which is sometimes cold looking. Really must try the paved technique, good to have the video to refresh our memories! Thank you.
Thinking of you all, Melody, Francis & Molly. So difficult for the young to understand when they are hurting so much. Xxx

Unknown said...

Another fantastic Christmas card! Love the colour combination and the paved pearl technique is a real winner. Debra x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - a really pretty card and I particularly like the blue with the white. I have only ever used the pearls as a border but you have now given us other ideas which look amazing. Thank you, best wishes

Unknown said...

Wow wow wow, this is a stunning card. I love the colour and the design dies used.

Sandy (tort)

sandieann21 said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Sue. xx

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card, your pearl background is stunning. x

Princess Pixie! said...

Morning Sue
I absolutely love this card. So lovely to see it 'properly' because could not see it clearly on Hochanda (I am sure they will get their camera work sorted soon).
The dies are so delicate and I am now the proud owner of the holly bundle die set which was on Hochanda at the weekend (thanks mum).
Blue and white is my favourite colour combo and I love the paved pearl technique. Every time I see this technique I promise that I am going to give it a go but have always broken that promise. Really must rectify this.
I do hope you are putting your feet up young lady!! I do wonder what you get up to in your 'free time'. We all like to craft but have you a hobby that we don't know about?
Heard some really sad news yesterday. Don't know how many of you are familiar with the company Inky Doodles and it's founder Sarah? I have ordered from them in the past and love the quirky stamp designs. A friend texted me yesterday and asked me to check something out on the website as she was at work. When I logged on there was a announcement to say that Sarah has passed away. I am so shocked. I had quite a lengthy conversation with her a little while before Ally Pally and she told me she would not be there this time. I had met her at previous Ally Pally shows and she was so lovely, warm and obviously talented.
Once again a harsh reminder that life is so short and we just do not know what tomorrow holds.
I am going to watch last nights Bake Off shortly as I do not want to find out from the tv or radio who was sent home. Can't believe it's the final next week. It only seems like yesterday when the series began. I do think that this series has been lovely in that all the contestants genuinely seem to get on without any of the forced smiles and sideways 'dirty looks' at each other.
Another favourite will be back very soon. I am talking about Apprentice. Love it. It does worry me slightly that the participants are supposed to be the 'brightest business brains' that the country has to offer. I find myself screaming at the telly in an animated fashion as the stupidity of the idiots trying to impress Alan Sugar is beyond belief.
Bake off is calling. Housework is screaming but I am choosing to ignore that. Weather is looking lovely again and I think is going to hold out over the weekend so I must try and find the bottom of my washing basket so I can take advantage of the drying without the use of electricity.
Have a lovely day everyone and take care.
Crafty hugs

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Stunning card, love the paved effect but not sure that mine would look anything like yours.
Have a good day.

Jane Franklin said...

Wow what more can I say. Just love it. The paved pearl technique is a must to practice, it makes the card stand out. Last blog for a week as away where there is no WiFi, but will have 7 days of Sues cards to catch up with after, bliss. Best wishes to all luv jxxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow love that texture

Heather Treble said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card, I think I will have to give the paved pearl technique a try. Off to watch the video, thanks for all the inspiration,
Heather Treble

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, love the card and colours so pretty. love Jean Z xxx

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue it looks like its going to be a grey day today and no doubt its what we can expect now October is here.
A beautiful Card love the whole design of it, and I of now to watch how you created it. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxxx

Unknown said...

Morning Sue. Stunning card. I love it.can't wait to watch the video. Thank you again. Hugs Heather.x

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Gorgeous card. I love your paved technique. As usual, video to watch later. SueL x

hettygarlick said...

A really beautiful card. It looks so lovely with the Cosmic Shimmer dots on the background. I don't have a very steady hand and thought I'd never be able to get a good result in making dots, but I was amazed to find that it's incredibly easy! Very effective and lovely in other colours as well.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Gorgeous card using fabulous dies, short but sweet today up to my eyes in decorating.
Good luck to all that try for the design team.
Hugs x
Heather T

Linda28 said...

Hi Sue and Wilsonettes, a stunning card today, so vibrant in the Blue and White, love the paved pearl technique and will be trying this! Linda.

Unknown said...

This is it

Karen M said...

Morning Sue,
Beautiful card Sue I must try the pave effect looks really good,love the colours you have used as well.
Best wishes
Karen M

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, lovely card and great video, have not yet tried this paved technique but will have to give it a try as it looks so pretty.

pinky said...

Stunning card, want to reach out and have a wee feel of your paved effect Sue.

Unknown said...

Morning Sue and all the lovely ladies.
Simply stunning card Sue. Your border die is the nicest snowflake die that I've ever seen! And there are loads out there!
Thanks for the ever flowing inspiration.
Big hug
Julie E

Unknown said...

Stunning, ages since you did a paved background and with those borders, it looks great.

Craftyrn28 said...

This is a lovely card Sue, you make doing the background so easy but I'm sure it's harder than you say, might have to try a scrap piece first

Have a great day


Jess Watson said...

Good morning Sue,
Love the colours you have used today, I must look for the border die that you have used,
Will have to watch your video later, shopping day today.
Take care everyone, Jess xxx

Karen Derbyshire said...

Love this card, striking!

Barbara (C) said...

What a great technique for creating a lovely background - will have to try and also see how glitters work as well...

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
Oh WOW what a beautiful card I really like everything about it

thanks for sharing hugs Sarah N xxx

nzillingworth said...


SueJ said...

Superb card Sue, love everything about it.

lilysmum said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. Not a lot left to say about this stunning card as it has already been said! Note to self tho, must keep hand away from drying pearls....yes,, I have flattened a few before now tho as not moved it out the way to dry. DUR!

rolfi said...

Good morning Sue,
beautiful elegant and delicate card again...
I love this background with the pearls but would have used another blue for the card.
Thanks for the Video
Rolf xxx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card in lovely vibrant colours and the borders are just gorgeous!
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

Lorraine Freeman said...

My favourite colour scheme, and I love the dies too. All on my wishlist. Don't know if I would ever have the patience to do all those pearls.
Thanks for sharing as always.

Margaret R said...

Hi Sue
A lovely, clean looking card. It really looks as if it is snowing. Haven't watched the video yet, I do that whilst I am having my lunch.
Tried some paper piercing again yesterday, but only on scrap paper, and I think I might have got it. I had to watch you on Hochanda couple of times, and write down what I had to do. Can't find the actual video you did on your blog.
Margaret xxx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous card. Lovely colours and the dies you have used are beautiful. Thanks for the video.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card, just adore the snowflake border, and thanks for the video have been watching all your new YouTube releases.

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Pat S Witney said...

Love today's card. I have both of these dies as well Yippee. I'll be watching the video to see how this one was done.

Paula said...

What a stunning card! I love everything about it, blue is my favourite colour, especially for Christmas cards. :)
Paula x

weefortune said...

Love it, great card Sue, Hugs Elaine x

Littlelamb said...

Love this card Sue. Will have a try of this.

Rosemary Stickland said...

Stunning card.
Rosemary xx

Unknown said...

Afternoon due and crafty crew.
This card is stunning sue it really is. I don't know what I'd do without u or this blog for inspiration and recently for support too. I'm so glad u don't mind this as it's made things a little easier for me at the moment so thank u sue.

I get my results in two hours time and I'm pretty scared. So far I've managed to hold together in front of people but at home has been another matter.

Lynda. I've not done much crafting since u sent the triple die cuts to me as I've been going thru this stressful time. However I'll be using them for my Xmas cards I think an will send u some pics once they are done for u to see. I've been busy in my garden whilst the weathers nice x

Melody. I'm really thinking of u all at this time.

Yvonne. So sorry about ur sad news. Yes u never know what life is gonny throw ur way but we just need to make the most of what we got and use it to the fullest an do what u wanna do.
Right now all I'm thinking is there is more to my life than working!! Unfortunately that's not gonny pay my craft addiction!!! Lol

Love to all plus hugs if required xx

Nana on the Hill said...

This card is just stunning! I love the dies which with the texture really creates a card to remember.

Helen Terry said...

Hi Sue
Fantastic technique and love the dies with the blue and white colour just gorgeous.
crafty hugs
Helen Terry

Anonymous said...

Beautiful blue and white card. I love the border intricate. Jan D., Florida, USA

Croquet Queen x said...

Hi Sue,
Really nice, looks like real snow!!
Lorna D

Elsie Smith said...

Hi Sue. Another beautiful card, I love these snowflake dies.xx

Jan's Paper Flowers said...

Good morning! Another beautiful card, Sue. I love that gorgeous shade of blue with the white and your paved pearl technique is breathtaking. Thank you, I've learned so much from your amazing videos!

Have a beautiful day everyone!

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Stunning, so beautiful. I am so pleased that you have demonstrated this card, I fell in love with it when it was shown on Hochanda. Definitely one I will have to copy. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

PharmacyMichele said...

WOW- stunning card. Love the colour combination & all the different layers and details on this card.


KarinsArtScrap said...

stunning card Sue, I love it

Gr Karin

Tressa said...

The blue and white are a stunning combination, they shout 'class' to me. The paved pearl technique is effective and, on the o nly occasion I have used it impressed the recipient so it is worth the effort. A gorgeous card without a doubt.


Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
An absolutely beautiful card. Another one that sings to me, slowly but surely you are converting me to really like blue as well.
Hugs, Rose

SusanP, Kent said...

Beautiful colour combination - very Wedgewood-like. Pave is a technique that adds more to a design than the effort it takes to do. (I hope you understand what I mean)

Maria said...

Afternoon Sue and everyone.
I love this card Sue, it's clean and fresh in white
and blu and all those "blobs" looks great fun.

Melody- my thoughts are with you all. You all going through
a horrid time and I so wish it was something that could
be done for your husband. Molly, don't blame your Nana as she
is doing the best she can.It's not easy for any of you but try
to support each other. Sending you all hugs x
Tracy- you should have gotten your results by now and
I hope with all my strength that they were good. Please
know that we are here for you either way and you can find
it to come back and tell us what they said. hugs x
Yvonne- I saw the sad news a few days ago in the cafe' and
like you say, we must take care of the time and use it right
because you don't know what's around the corner.
I need Brodie or some of the 4-paws stories to read asap,
feeling very sad that so many people have things going on in
their life's that you can't have any control over.

Sorry, Sue and all Wilsonette's I'm sending hugs to you
and all my friends. Maria x

Jean said...

This is one of my faves! Such a gorgeous color!

Suzzette Yandle said...

Regarding the dropped glue background: it does, it does look like falling snow!

Meg Owen said...

Fabulous shade of Blue. I love all the snowflake dies.

Hope everyone is having a good day. Make the most of the sun, the nights are drawing in and we must enjoy the good weather wile we can.

Love and hugs

Brenda said...

Hello Sue,
I love your paved Pearl technique and have used it as a border.
Well clever you, for thinking of another way to use this technique. I
It's perfect with the dies you have used and the snow sentiment........... Why didn't I think this? Ha ha ha!
Hope you're having a good day, sending crafty hugs, love Brenda XXX

terrie said...

great looking card...I love the borders that added to your card...
that background is so perfect with the theme of your card....tfs
Well done Sue

gailgale said...

So, So, Beautiful....
I love the blue and white.
So wintery and crisp looking.

Wacki Macky said...

Beautiful card Sue, lovely colours, shapes and composition.

Thank you.

Lots of love and craftihappiness everyone,

Pearl x

cheryl brown said...

Afternoon Sue,

Don't know what else to say about this card other than stunning, bright, happy and gorgeous.
The paved pearl technique is always the finishing touch.

To all those that are not in good health, may your day brighten as each hour passes.
Love & hugs
Cheryl xxx

Unknown said...

beautiful love the color.

Unknown said...

Hi Sue,
Another great video and beautiful card, do you ever run out of ideas? The paved pearl idea is great for snow may give that a try.

Ooh!! So is anyone creative enough to try for the creative expressions team all those lovely products to play with wouldn't that be a dream. I'm such a long way off being that talented so maybe in my next life but I wish the best of luck to anyone having a go.

Linda xx

Olga said...

What a pretty card! Amazing colours! Wonderful dies!Olga Ko

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Your Paved background goes so well with the Let it Snow sentiment.
It does look like falling snow.
Thank you for the demo.
Veronique L

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue, and all the ladiess.
This is quite simply beautifully exquisite.
Tracy, I hope your news was better than expected, love and prayers to you.
Melody, love and prayers to you and your family.
Love to everyone.
Maureen xx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Stunning yet again Sue, love the paved background but think these snow dies are just beautiful and so easy to 'frost' up.. This card will be so effective in whatever colour you do it.

Lesley said...

Great card and excellent video as usual. Love the technique the dies and the lovely colour card.

barbara macaskill said...

LOVE this!! Great colors and the Paved Pearl technique is awesome!! TFS!

Laura O said...

love the paved pearl dots in the center as a focal point in the card ,Laura O

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
Thanks for the video and a truly beautiful card creation.Will give this a go.

liz spooner said...

This card is stunning Sue, love the way you get the pearls all random.xx

shabbycraftcabin said...

Love the colour and the glue dots background. Looks like the lattice snowflake die is on my wish list. Love , Ivy xx

patwyn said...

I love this card, Sue. Blue and white are my favourite colours and I do use them a lot. I have had friends over today so have not had chance to watch video yet. Will have a look and learn tomorrow.

Tracey: hope your results are better than expected. Thinking of you. Xx

Melody: thinking of you and your family too. Xx

Pat xxx

Anonymous said...

Oh lordy, where has the day gone? Lovely to see your super card, Sue, liked it on the H show and love it now! I'm another who hasn't tried the paved technique - yet!
Thanks for all the work you put into the videos.
Melody - such a difficult time, Molly will understand when she has a chance to think about what you've said. When I was her age, my lovely Gran had a similar battle - then, we were still 'children' and the harsh realities were kept from us; now it seems we all, even the little ones, know so much and can't be protected.
Tracy - hoping all's well, will check back tomorrow.
Sue - don't know where you are, but if you're at your Mom's then you are missing our glorious 'Indian Summer' - or perhaps not?!

'P' in Wales

Hazel said...

A beautiful card. Using your dues and thise pearls. Hazel x

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful card !! Love the color combo.. Very beautiful!!
Moxie Craftie

Dorothy of Baldock, GB said...

Hi Sue,

Another stunning card, blue and white, beautiful. The colour of the sky this week!

I love to see your videos, instructions seems to stay in my head for longer. (Thanks).

Must give your technique a try, though mine will NEVER look like yours.

Dorothy Macdonald of Baldock.

Unknown said...

Good Evening Sue and her crafty crew!

Today's card for me is one , if not the, most favourite Christmas card of your the current season- it has stiff competition but it has many of the elements that I love most and would dearly like to replicate. I'm not embarrassed to admit that I will unashamedly plagerise this little gem, there is nothing that I could do to improve it , it is perfection. I love that tone of blue, is it cobalt?, the snowflake border and central piece stand out beautifully against it. The paved pearls are a delight, I must try this ASAP, and the TINI pearl accents add a finishing touch that is simply exemplary.
It's been a funny old day, my Mum left at 10am for her train to York and the house seemed deathly quiet- sometimes we crave a bit of peace but when it is thrust upon us, particularly under sad circumstances, it can feel strange and lonely...I miss her already, but I have my two furry babies to keep me company, a mountain of Christmas cards to get through and plenty of housework to keep me occupied. I don't mind admitting that I'm a little scared about coping with Brodies walks since my Mum has a much firmer hand and tone with him...he takes me for a big soft mug..and he may be right to:-) he may be a cat but we often resemble a rag doll being dragged by a buffalo, I've went flat on my face more than once!
Tracey, I hope that you received good news about your results earlier today, do tell us how you got onxxx
Yvonne, I share your love of Bake Off and will be sad when it comes to an end- it's not so much Paul's twinkly blue eyes that I will miss...they've been replaced in my affections by Gleb and Alijaz on Strictly...more so the delectable cakes and pastries that I am inspired to eat rather than create...not for the first time do I wish that my Mum was an enthusiastic patisserie chef, only to be disappointed with shop bought Battenburg and frozen Arctic Roll:-) I am sad that lovely Flora was eliminated, her bakes were visually stunning, but I think Nadia may win, she's been a slow burner.
Wouldn't it be fabulous to be on the Creative Expressions Design team! Imagine working with Sue, John , Julia and Phil that would be amazing- I would love to do it but fear that my abilities at design are sadly lacking and Kettering is a long long way from Stirling I'm afraid:-( Good luck to all the candidates though!
Melody, you poor sweet lady, I'm sorry that Molly is struggling at the moment, I have to remind myself that whilst she has a maturity beyond her years, she is still only a little girl with a child's outlook- everything is black/white, good/bad when you are that age but I am sure that she will realise that what you are doing is with the best of intentions and for Francis's goodxxx
I'm going to watch some of my Game of Thrones box set , my Mum used to rave on about it until I eventually gave in- I had thought it was all sex, violence and depravity...I was right!, but it is soooo good and a little bit of escapism.
Have a lovely night allxxxx

Crafty love and hugs


Pen Sunshinepen said...

A beautiful card. Just love the background. Will have to investigate this technique

Crafty hugs Pen x

Barbara said...

Beautiful card Sue!
Have tried this technique with a good result.

Steph Cotterill said...

Have been reading your dilemma 're your husband and building him up without over loading his tummy with food, so the surgeon can operate.
There is a product (on prescription only) called FORTISIP. It's similar to milkshake but not that thick gloopy muck. It's used as a supplement to help the calorie intake. It's all I could have during a bad Crohns attack. It comes in loads and loads of flavours and is really palatable. You will need to either see your husband's Gp or be referred to the hospital dietician to see if this is the right way forward to help Frances gain a little weight and in turn strength, it helped me, but I know circumstances are different regarding health but just thought id add some information for you as I know Sue wouldn't have any objection to me leaving this message in hopes you will see it.
God Bless.
L. S. xx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
Love your paved pearl technique as it looks amazing & the card recipients will think that it has taken you forever to get that magical effect.

Beautiful stunning card & the blue & white colour works perfectly & looks very rich I think.

Just gonna watch your video & take it all in & have a go, won't be as amazing as yours though but we've all got to start at the beginning & persevere !!!

Crafty Hugs
Haze T xx

CraftyJo said...

Gorgeous, love everything about it :)

Katielouise said...

Dear Sue What a stunningly beautiful card! I love it.
The blue and white is a gorgeous colour palette for your card.
The snowflake borders are beautiful as is the centre topper panel.
Loving the larger paved pearl area on the centre of the card.
You are an amazing card maker I wish I had a fingernails worth of your talent.

Love Katie-Louise sweetlove

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful Christmas card. The border die is so beautiful as is the pearls
Take care
Hazel G XX

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Beautiful card the pave pearl background just looks like snowballs its lovely.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

nannapat said...

Gorgeous pave pearl background and I love the snowflake borders. Pat x

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I can't believe that I have come on here twice already but been interrupted both times! I have now managed to watch the video which is, as usual, very clear and explanatory. I love the snowflake border/corner/tag set and you have used the border here to great effect, I do like that shade of blue. I too saw the sample on your shows and am pleased to be able to see it properly now.

Laine - are you sure you can manage Brodie on your own? Should I send round my old boy for some lessons on how to come in at night? I wouldn't send the girls because they would just lead him into more mischief!

Tracy - I hope you got the results you hoped for.
Melody - you, Francis, Molly (and Milly) are all in my thoughts.


Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card today, love the blue and white and of course the pearls. Such a pretty boarder die, it keeps calling me but I'm trying hard to resist! Thank you for sharing.
Love Diane G xxxx
Tracey I hope your results were good - sending you a hug xxxx
Melody Molly and Frances sending you a hug too xxxx

Lynda's craft's said...

Hi Sue & friends
Gorgeous card love the love blue & white really pops.& your pearls beautiful.
Love & hug's Lynda Brock xx

Melody I sure Molly will come round we forget she is a child. When she realises your trying to help her grandad.
Your always in my thoughts & prayers ((((Hug's))) for you all .
Tracy hope you had good news ((((Hug's)))
Hug's to all our unwell friends xxx

Hug's for all my friends xxxx

magpie said...

Hellooooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! A bit late today in commenting. a great video as always Sue and wow, what an amazing card! I've always always loved these dies and what you have done using this gorgeous blue is stunning! I love the paved pearl effect and love those new pearls that you have used. It makes it so much easier in the the sentiments too....! :) An amazing and beeeeeautiful card, love it so much xx "Thank you Sue" xx Sending love and hugs to you, your mom and family xx Sending all our Wilsonettes love and hugs too who are in need of some xx there's plenty to around xx Love Karen xx

DeeDee7770 said...

I love blue and white combination for a card. Many of my winter cards are blue and white. I love the texture of your embossing. Another fabulous card Sue!

DeeDee7770 said...

I didn't watch the video before I posted and thought your Cosmic Shimmer was an embossing folder. Lol. I have been looking for a snowflake embossing folder that is random sizes and placement...hint hint.

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Absolutely stunning.
Di B. x

Eunice said...

This is a very festive card! Love the snow flake patterns.

KT Fit Kitty said...

This is lovely! So many beautiful dies used!

melody said...

Hi Sue, really liked the look of this card when you showed it on Hochanda love the blue and white as well. Take care Melody xxxXxxx

Thank you all for the support an the suggestion about him building up enough to have the operation if the liver is ok,nand yes the Fortisp drinks have over taken the house they keep sending them round by the box loads he does drink them an he even let's me mix them with really creamy ice cream so that it's a lot more calories, He had started to pick up when they stopped the chemotherapy he was eating a fair amount an all the build up drinks he had put on over a stone, but since the day they talked about the choice he will have to make he seems to have gone backwards in his progress not that I blame him I still can't get to grips with it all,he says he will pick the op an go for the 50/50 of even making it through the op let alone everything that he will have to follow, but he won't have this choice if the team he sees on the 9th say he not strong enough for the 11 hour op they said he really needs to be stong in himself an they not just talking about his weight. I am on his case near 24/7 because he ain't getting any rest an I can't sleep knowing he is up, he said he fancied fish fingers an peas at 4.30 this morning so I went to the garage to see if I could get any as he never norm eats them, cooked them he said he wanted 7 an a can of peas which I not seen in years, he ate 1 an said sorry babe if I try one more I going to through up, so it's really not looking good for him building up when he walks from room he looks like he is going to fall over an that's another reason I can't sleep because he is up an moving about. Anyway things may change again an he start stuffing his face an build himself up for the tests. I'm going to lay on my bed now an watch johns show an hope I nod off for a bit. Anyway thank you all again for caring, I know Molly is building up to coming back she as gone shy over the Facebook thing she worried everyone thinks she nit really meant to be here, she as seen what you all said an sue as spoke with her, so think she be back soon. Take care an I really do thank you all so much xXx

melody said...

Sorry when I said 4.30 this morning I meant yesterday I am loosing all sense of time also sorry if words come out of place I writ what I want then the iPad changes it to what it wants an I don't notice till its sent. xXx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. WOW I love everything about this card. The paved pearl technique is fantastic used this way it looks like little snow balls and the colours are perfect together. I have all of your snowflake dies so i am going to have a try and make this one i just hope mine turns out as beautifully as yours.
Take care everyone.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Unknown said...

Hi, Sue and everyone.
I'm now back in the UK, having arrived back at London Heathrow yesterday (Thurs) afternoon.
I haven't commented for a few days. (Lack of Internet for various reasons, packing and travelling etc.)
We drive back home to S. Wales later today.

This is a nice blue and white card, Sue. Yesterday's Giveaway was lovely too.

Hugs and Best Wishes to you all,

Angela , currently in Essex Xx

Love2papercraft said...

Hello Sue & WW!
Absolutely beautiful card Sue & fun too! I don't have any of the PVA glue but maybe something else would work if I follow your tip of not letting the bottle tip touch the drop. And then of course I'd have to resist touching a drop to see if it was dry yet...I'm also concerned over the random drop thing. When I try to place things randomly, it gets messed up...too much in one area or too close together or too many of one size near one another or ??? I have to plan out my randomness very carefully, lol (jumbo shrimp anyone?)! That said, it sure looks fun! And I will give it a go sometime soon!
I did some shopping on Joanna Sheen 9/30 as I wanted to get some of the new releases while they were still on sale (introductory price). I ordered the double pierced rectangles & squares!!!! I'm so excited to get them!!! I had several other things in my shopping cart, including the lattice snow oval (don't remember actual name right now) used in this video, the debossed snowflake set & a couple EFs etc, etc. but when I saw the total, I had to start removing items :( else I would have overdrawn my bank account! But at least I got the lower price for the piercing dies :) and 9/30 was the last day to do that. I get paid later perhaps another shopping trip this weekend?
The Creative Expression design team huh? In addition to the distance issue, I doubt they would want someone who only wants to make cards exactly like you do! :-) How exciting it would be tho if one of your Wilsonettes got it!
Laine I hope Brodie doesn't take advantage of you whilst your Mum is away!
Tracy I hope the news was good, waiting is always so difficult. If the results do not come back as hoped, you will tackle what comes next and conquer! As to wondering if there is more to life than working, I'm right there with you...moments are so precious and I hate spending so many of them working. It seems much of the time I'm not working is spent on recovering from work or preparing for work. Oh I could whine forever on that topic so I'll stop!
As many have commented, we never know exactly what's around the corner. I have severe depression, but generally manage quite well considering- it of course gets worse when external things are going on that are depressing in-and-of-themselves (and there has been a lot of that over the last few years). My point (ramble as I do, I usually have a point :) is that one of the coping mechanisms that has served me well over the years, and that I must employ every single day, is to take pleasure in as many small things as I can. This blog has become one of those things. From the beauty of Sue's daily gifts, to the things she teaches us, to the 4 paw and other funny stories, to the kind and caring comments people make to everyone...well the list goes on.
So what was my point again? Lol. I guess it's to say thanks!
Rebecca in Colorado
ps. Jane Franklin, I hope you enjoy your holiday!

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

Dawn Holben said...

Gorgeous card again today, I really like the snowflake lattice die and the
border corner and tag set are so pretty.
I think the paved pearl technique is fine for me as mine end up different sizes
to start with lol. said...

What a stunning card - love the blue and white, and the border dies are just beautiful, Susan x

Yorkie girl said...

Hi Sue.
Well I am without words to describe the beautiful card you have created
It is soooo up my street gorgeous Sue just gorgeous
Hugs to those that need one
Take care
Theresa G x

Unknown said...

A realy beautiful card and love this technique


Unknown said...

This card is one of my favourites, just love it x

America said...

LOVE your pearl techniques! I must get me more of that glue. LOL! Love your striking color combo and use of fabulous dies showcased so beautifully. Thank your for the heads up on the DT call. I cant wait to give it a go and hopefully throw my hat in the running too. :)

Rainey's Craft Room said...

All those pearls! Love it.

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