Friday, 15 January 2016

You Made My Day

Hi bloggers!  From my craft stash, I pulled out some decorative paper with a small black and white pattern to it for the background.  I covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I cut six Canadian Borders in white and attached them to the background in three groups with the straight edges to each other.  I filled in the remaining sticky areas with clear micro beads for texture.  I cut a Lattice and Lace Striplet in white and backed it in white and added it to the left side of the card (it is hard to see as I got very flowery!)  I cut the Perfect Peonies out of gloss black card and used the Open petal Peony to add a white edge to each of them.  I scattered them along the striplet with Maidenhair fern pieces as accents.  I stamped a sentiment in black and cut it out on an angle with the Pierced Tag die set, adding a small peony to the tip of it.  I finished the embellishments with a small black feather, then added my usual mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x 8 1/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Lovely card Sue. So very beautiful.
Molly, I went back to read your post and left a message, unfortunately tagged on the end of the 12th Jan posts, oops. I'm an IT numpty. Please pass on my best wishes to Nan and Grandad, hope they are back together soon, both so Iill they need each other. I hope you and your family are together soon.
Steph, lovely to see you on the blog, sending you caring thoughts.
Hugs to all,

Anonymous said...

Great card, Sue, always like monochrome and the flowers are so pretty. Love the background with the microbeads, must try that. oooh a feather too!
Usual good wishes for Melody Francis Molly and Tracy too - good to see you back Steph, sounds as if you've been having a tough time.

'P' in Wales

Patricia Youdell said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card today
It is so beautiful, and looks very complicated, but when you break it down it is achievable
Pat x

Jan.moogie said...

Never think of making backgrounds this way Sue and how dumb am I, this is awesome. What really finishes it off for me is the feather. Have a great day, hugs xxxxxxxx

carol edwards said...

Really pretty and distinctive Sue x

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
One word to describe this card stunning love the colours and the dies thank you tracyw x

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
A lovely card today Thank you.
I love it when I have all the ingredients to make a copy.
No children today so it is craft away.
Take care and have fun, Kitty.

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely exquisite card, just love monochrome cards they just stand out. The peonies are beautiful in black gloss card.
Yvonne xx

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
This is a card with so much Wow! factor- just love it.
Thank you Maureen for looking up the embossing folder for me, I will check comments later on.
Good to see bloggers back after tough times, I hope things keep improving for you,
Good week end to everyone
Muriel x

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue

A very 'busy' card but beautiful.


Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Lovely card Sue.

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning sue wow this one is so classy and the design is gorgeous
Love the colour.

Debs A xxx

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. A very classy card, for some reason it makes me think vintage Paris!
Steph - lovely to see you back. Molly, Melody, Francis and family - hope that you'll soon be back together. Hugs to all. Sue XXX

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, a very striking card today and I really like it, especially the black feather, 'oh la la'.

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

Anonymous said...

Lovely Sue, very classy. Will have to try using borders this way. JJxx

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Tres chic! Love it.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
This is a very striking card. I like the way you have built up the background. Just love micro beads! Thanks for sharing.
Sooooo good to see Steph back on the blog. You have been missed very much. Take care.
Have a great day everyone.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, great way to tone down some papers I have and not used
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina xxxx

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. A beautiful card, lovely colour and striking background, I'll be having a go at this one myself as have the same dies. Thank you for the great inspiration.x

anne mather said...

Hi Sue
Nice mono tone today. Love the use of the micro beads. I haven't used mine for a while so will give this a go. Borders look lovely as the backgound.Got the dies so will be searching my stash for a background paper.
Anne M xxx

hollyberry said...

Beautiful card,love the flowers,a little different using gloss card.

Tracy Stitt said...

Morning sue and crafty crew

Ooooh ooh this is a wow card. Love everything about it. This has gave me an idea for my friend Janice it's her birthday next week and I'm sure she would love a card like this.
Absolutely beautiful!!!!

Linda b. Alice is doing well with her treatment. Her tumour is shrinking with the chemo and she has appt today with consultant to discuss the surgery to remove it. I was opposite way round my tumour was removed prior to chemo as it was smaller than hers xx

Love to all and hugs too if required.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, this card is incredible and just perfect for my to try list. I love Black and white and the feather is a perfect touch. Have a great day everyone. Bx

dmj from kettering said...

Wow, that is an elegant card, love it!!!

Doreen x

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous I love how you have used the dies and the black and white combination is very stylish. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

PharmacyMichele said...

Gorgeous card, great background & a very striking overall effect.


sonja_w said...

Love this card, the monochrome look is very striking x

lilian said...

Hi Sue, very lovely design card , as you know I don't do black but I can do a similar one using a bold colour,
Good way to use all those pattern papers I have
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
Wow this card is stunning, I love it.
It's my final day today of babysitting my darling 6 month old Grandaughter. She is a joy to be around but I am a bit tired now.
Nest week she is starting to go 3 full days at the childminders,
Thank you for sharing this card with us.
Have a lovely day

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, I love, love, love, how you have done the background and borders atop and then the micro beads in between, this is a brilliant idea with patterned papers that we are not too keen on, as they will then be diffused. I love this !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card today. Lovely to see micro beads again. It is amazing to see what you can do with a border when you think outside the box. Thanks for the I spirTion.

Love Rosemarie x x

Karen Derbyshire said...

Love this card, black and white, always a winner with me.

rosiejt said...

Love the drama and simplicity of this card.

Jan on the Fosse said...

Sue you have made my day with this just simply love it

Chris Curry said...

Gorgeous card Sue. I don't think I have used feathers for ages but this gives me lots of ideas with your brilliant dies. Thank you. Xx

A Happercrafter6 said...

Good morning Sue.
Love this. Clever to use backing pape with dies covering it.

Sam Smithard said...

To My Very Special Friend Sue,
"You Made My Day" With This Truly Tremendous, Rich, Opulent,
Outstanding, Beautiful Card.
I Love The Beautiful Colour Palette You've Chosen, Fabulous Sentiment
Also Using One Of My All Time Favourite Products "The Wonderful Micro Beads"
On Your Background, Just Stunning Then Using Your Fantastic Dies And The Very
Beautiful Flowers Made With "The Black Gloss Card" I "MUST" Purchase Some Of This Card
The Flowers Look Stunning!!!!!!!!
Thank You For Sharing This Truly Elegant, Striking Card With Us.
Every Day I Open Your Blog You Inspire Me With Your Cards And The Way You Think Out
Of The Box And Show Us Different Ways On How To Use Our Dies.
I Appreciate Everything You Do.
Warmest Wishes To Your Wonderful Mom And Colin
Love And Huge Hugs To Yourself
From Sam xxx
Hugs To All Wilsonettes
Huge Hugs To Lancashire Steph x
✂️ Carry On Creating ✂️

Jacquie Jacobs said...

One word Sue, STUNNING

Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx

carol quinn said...


TDQ Karen said...

Absolutely stunning I love this one

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Gorgeous card - love the Canadian borders :-) Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

Barbara Gosden said...

Lovely card, but I can't see the striplet lol.
B xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Stunning card, I love black and white makes such a statement card.

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. This is a beautiful card. Love the black and white very classy. The flowers with the gloss card are stunning with the beautiful little feather to finish it off. Love the hole package.
Take care everyone. The snow is still here and its freezing.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - this is an utterly beautiful card. Love absolutely everything about it and it's nice to see the microbeads beating used again. Black and white is one of my favourite combinations. Thank you for your wonderful ideas. Best wishes

Kate's Cards said...

Most striking! xxx

marg said...

Morning Sue!
Love the Peonies, I think I need Gloss paper!
Take care
Love Marg

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, absolutely gorgeous love the Canadian borders they look great together like this.
Nancyd xx

nattyboots said...

So love the striplet dies , beautiful card and flowers Sue.
Elaine H X

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
You certainly made my day with your card it's beautiful. Glad to see my favourite media micro beads back always a winner with me.
Take care everybody it's icy out there! (Well it is here)
Hugs x
Heather T

Jane Franklin said...

A very striking card and the little added touch with the feather.
Lovely to see you back Steph, you've been missed.
Molly, such troubles, hope things will get easier.
Best wishes to all jxxx

Anne said...

What a beautiful card, Sue. I love the tiny flower all on its' own.

Anne (Northampton)

sandy acland said...

I love this one, very elegant.

Sandy (tort)

Tressa said...

A very striking card indeed. Adore the black gloss flowers. The rest of my Canadian dies arrived in the post yesterday and the gloss card is in the box, so all I have to do is find a suitable backing paper.

Thank you


Rosemary Stickland said...

Stunning card Sue!
Rosemary xx

Diane said...

Hi Sue
Oh I love a sophisticated card, this really is beautiful and it's lovely to see the return of the microbeads! Thank you for sharing.
Love Diane G xxx
Melody Frances and Molly sending you all a hug and Tracey one for you too xxx

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Just love this! full of impact yet still delightfully feminine, especially with the addition of that cute little feather..


Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue, oh wow one of the new dies, its gorgeous love the design to. hugs Shirleyxxx

auscrafts said...

very elegant card with not too much black

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card love the floral arrangement

Steph good to see you back although you sound like you've been through a sad time, caring hugs to you
Tracy thinking of you as you start another round of chemo on Tuesday

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, So pretty love it . love Jean Z xxxx

Evis M said...

Hi Sue.
A pretty card but I would prefer different colours.
Still I would certainly give it a go. I must dig out my micro beads,
I had forgotten all about them.
Evis M.

Val Jones said...

What a wonderful use of the border die Sue. Such an elegant card.

haven't been able to make any cards since my right shoulder operation last October and i've definitely got withdrawel symptems. When I see such lovely cards I'm itching to get started again.

Love Val in Spain x'

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue,
Stunning card today. It's dramatic and pretty - I love it.
Muriel, I can get the folder for £9 and post it to you, but I'll find out how much the postage will be. If you are interested, and if you ask nicely, Sue may give you my e-mail address and we can sort things out.
Love to all, Maureen xxx

Tracy Stitt said...

Thanks all hugs appreciated xx

Tracy Stitt said...

Thanks pat. All thoughts and hugs from you guys goes a long way. Feel as tho I can talk better on here. X

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue and the Wilsonettes,
This is quite soft and subtle Sue with the background micro beaded and the Canadian borders on top of the busy pattern. It's amazing how you can calm down a pattern that is either too loud and or busy with the aid of micro beads and a topping over them as it totally changes it from something that you might not like into something quite lovely. The gloss card that you have used for the flowers just adds that statement piece that gives it a WOW effect. Lovely Sue, absolutely lovely.
Well we are not too bad today at -2 degrees as the snow is sitting on the hills looking pretty and staying there thank goodness. Rory came home from college yesterday having made fahita's(excuse the spelling but i have absolutely no idea what they are or how they are spelt) which he says has chili seeds in them to give them more bite, me i will pass not being a person that likes "hot" food and i know that chili's can take the roof of your mouth of and i have enough trouble the now with said mouth without adding to it. I was a clumsy wee lassie and my front tooth became black because of the amount of times it had been stoated off the ground. I got in my adult teeth and as soon as the front were matching i tripped over a wee stone and sheered it in half in a lovely 60degrees angle. Well it would have been lovely if i had been going for the angular look but since i wasn't the dentist put a cap on it after shaping it. After the 12 injections that it took him to numb the mouth the cap stayes on for 8 years until i got it crowned. Well some how in November i managed to split it right up the middle so the tooth and crown had to come out and i was leaving it until after christmas so that any sore mouth wouldn't effect the festivities. Well the dentist that i now go to Gordon is so gentle 2 injections, 1 back, 1 front and the tooth out and this little plate in it's place. I am still waiting on the pain coming from the pulled area as what there is, i have other pains that knock it into a tin can which is brilliant. I am getting blisters where the plate meets the edges of my teeth and i have that Nanny McPhee look about me as the tooth keeps slipping down, all i need to complete the look is a big wart with hair growing out of it as i have the stick, hee hee hee. The only thing i wish is that Gordon had been qualified years earlier when i needed all my teeth sorted after them being smashed to bits by the bullies, as he is such a good dentist that you are left with the least discomfort as possible.
Any way today i am hoping to finish my shawl and get the seam sewed as this baby is here and will be needing it when he comes out of his little incubator. What a surprise he was on New Years day to his Mummy and Daddy but he is better where he is the now until he puts on a wee bit more weight wee scone. I think he will be needing dolly clothes to keep him warm when he comes out as the baby clothes wont fit him for a wee while yet.
I am sending very special hugs to a special lady today, Saba(Barbara) dear friend we are all thinking of you and your family after your sad loss of your beloved sister yesterday. May him upstairs keep her safe and no longer in pain and may he give you and your family the peace and knowledge that you are thought about more than you will know flower.
To Tracey, Wheely Bad and the other wilsonettes going through a rough time the now i am sending you all hugs as well. Tracey i hope that you are not feeling too ill with your treatment flower.
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil Village)

my craft cupboard said...

Sue I love the new card, especially the colours. It makes a nice change.
I see that you are releasing new dies and that you have a Australian Collection also this time round :)
Were they created especially for us Aussies!!!! yippppppppppeeeeeeeeeeee........
I look forward to purchasing them.
sharon :)

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous card. Looks very elegant in the white and black. Lovely intricate background.

Paula said...

A beautiful card Sue, and simple enough for me to make! :) I've already pinned it so I don't forget, I find it easy to forget things these days, whoever said old age doesn't come alone knew what they were talking about. Sigh :)
Paula x

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue another beautiful card, but I would probably have used a plain background as I think the Canadian Border background would have show up better, but still a beautiful card

Marianna Hammer said...

This is a card that gets prettier the longer you look at it. At first I thought it was a bit "busy", but as I read along what you had done, I got to like it more and more. It's a lovely card!

Bente Sørflaten said...

Gorgeous card, so elegant with white and black!
Love the way you have used the border die!

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
WOWSER!! I love this card. It's gorgeous and as I have all the dies, there's no reason not to do it. I might just add a tiny little bit in red (my fav colour combo - white, black and red).
Such a good idea to get those microbeads out again.
Hugs, Rose

hazel young said...

Beautiful card Sue x xhazel

June Horrocks said...

Stunning card sue sooooooo beautiful the flowers are lovely a true beauty love always
June Horrocks cxxxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Beautiful, love the mono

Alison D said...

Hi Sue, well you've certainly made my day, this card is really beautiful. Love and hugs,
Alison D x

Pearl said...

What a beautiful and stylish card Sue, black and white is such a clean looking combination.

Thank you.

It shows off the dies very well.

Lots of love and craftihappiness everyone,

Pearl x

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Hi dear Sue.
such a delightful card today. Even though it's mono the dies you have chosen to use give it that delicacy we love so much. It time to start my hibernation, so I'm so thankful for being able to craft shop online considering the absolute delights that are on their way !
Must be a very busy time for you with all your new 'babies' but first, the Canadian border needs to join my nursery before the other's are out and about.
Good Luck to CE towers to John, Phill Lisa and Julia for the forthcoming fun filled weekend (I feel a lot of celebratory bottles of wine being consumed after its all over) !!!

Sending you hugs.
Lancashire Steph xxx

Anonymous said...

How pretty....I need a sympathy card, unfortunately, and I think this design would be beautiful. I have some cardstock on hand that's similar to what you used for the background. I love the flowers. Thanks for the inspiration....these are the most difficult cards to make. Jan D., Florida, USA

Dorothy Macdonald said...

Hi Sue,

What a stunning card, very different from others cards you have done recently. Not keen on a lot of black and white, but must say how I like this card.

Thank you for all the inspiration you give us all.

Love n hugs from Dorothy of Baldock

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Stunning again, classic black and white and using my favourite selection of dies - the Canadian set. Ticks all the boxes for me....

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a lovely elegant card in classic black and white and because the background is muted I can cope with it, lol. I have to admit to loving the flowers on glossy card though.


Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue a lovely background and the black and white of the flowers and embellishments really stands out. Love from Jackie xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow stunning card Sue and very chique.
Gr Karin

Yvonne G said...

Afternoon Sue
A little earlier today as I have to prepare myself for the Creative Expression take over on Hochanda. When will we have a Sue Wilsonette Weekend takeover?
What a striking card. Everything about it is totally stunning. Black and white is a winner every time and you do it better than anyone else.
TRACY - glad you are well at the moment and hope your next session on Tuesday doesn't have too many after affects. You are doing so well. Lots of love x
ANGELA - hope Sooty is continuing to do well x
NORAH - I found myself cringing and saying a big ouch when I read your tooth tale. You poor thing. Hope everything calms down and is sorted out soon. Hugs x
SABA - I am so very sorry to hear the sad news about your sister. Thinking of you and your family and sending you a warm hug x
LAINE - so pleased you manage to wash bits that needed washing without major upheaval to your war wounds. I have to tell you that being a lady of leisure is marvellous especially when enabled by family and friends. On a serious note I do know that I have got the most wonderful group of friends who have helped me tremendously through so many difficult times. Oh and they feed me - who could ask for anything more?? x
So now I'm going to bore you with the tale of why I was absent for a week and the reason I was struck down by the dreaded fatigue.
The boys and I went out for a lovely meal (paid for by Jake in exchange for my cleaning up his mess in the kitchen)! We were tucking into our curry banquet when I became aware of some people looking and pointing at us from the other side of the restaurant. Having left my glasses at home I couldn't see who it was so asked if the boys knew who it was. The boys had no idea and it wasn't until they got up and came over and to my surprise it was Sarah, a friend who I had not seen for 15 years as she had emigrated to Australia. She had come over to spend Christmas with her mum and dad. We had so much catching up to do and were eventually asked to leave the restaurant at 12.30am as the staff had cleaned up and wanted to lock up. Our intimate little party ended up carrying on back at our house and Sarah, her hubby, her mum and dad and I chatted all night until 7am. So fabulous to see them but my skills of managing to last the whole night long are a thing of the past and at 8am when I eventually made it to bed I ended up staying there or the next 3 days absolutely exhausted. Would it be wrong to say it was worth it - usually my being incapacitated results from over exertion due to housework or stress!
I now have an invite to stay with Sarah and hubby in their 7 bedroomed, 5 bathroomed house with outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and outdoor gym. Sounds very much like my house, lol. Now I am having to plan a bank robbery to fund my trip but have decided that it may be easier to persuade the boys to start up an escort business with me as their agent/manager. Couple of good looking lads who I am sure would not be short of offers and I would hope that as their manager my commission would not only cover my flight to Oz but the new collection of Wilson dies. Only a thought - any other suggestion, legal or otherwise, above board or underhanded would be more than welcome.
Sorry I need to split my comment - as usual I have far too much to say x

Yvonne G said...

So there you have it - the first part of my nice little story as to why I have not been about for the last week. I had started to feel a little better by the Thursday evening and was encouraged by the thought of making it out of bed for more than 10 minutes. Little did I know that there was a bit of a situation looming that would render me knackered all over again. Oh yes there's a little bit more to this tale but I will save it til tomorrow.
I do love to tease you Laine - don't worry - no one was hurt - tune in tomorrow for part 2 x
Think I may have a little play with my new orange blossom bundle. I figured if I sit in front of the tv with my craft box and e-bosser I could knock out a pile of lots of different coloured complete petals and lots of white open petals - not to mention coordinating leaves. I am hoping that this will in some way help me to actually construct a few cards as I have quite a few birthdays looming - luckily all female so orange blossoms are perfect x
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I hope the Hochander Creative Expressions take over will be enjoyed by many of you x
Crafty hugs

Dawn Holben said...

OH WOW I really love that background, especially with those dies.
It is gorgeous and this is going to make the perfect card I need for my cousins birthday.
Thank you so much Sue for the inspiration and you have definitely got me over my fear of using black on cards lol
I have been naughty today and pre ordered the Australian background die, I just could not wait for the launch and miss getting my hands on it.
even though I can't cut it out it will still be there for when I can lol

Beryl Treble said...

Lovely card Sue.

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue,
WOW!!! I would never have thought of making black peonies. How impressive they are, especially in gloss finish. I'm thinking of giving them a try using Glossy Accents as I don't have black glossy card. I love the striplet background and no, I've still not got any striplet dies :(.
We've had a strange 24 hours weather-wise here in Truro. Yesterday it was sunny one minute and then hosing it down with rain the next. Last night there was a terrific roar of thunder...but only one then it went quiet again. This morning there was brilliant sunshine with a clear blue sky but by the time I walked to the back of the bungalow there was almost a blizzard...of hail stones! Ten minutes later the sun was out again but it's turned pretty cold (for Cornwall anyway lol). The hail is most likely the closest I'll get to seeing snow as it's only snowed once since I moved down here from Hampshire. I miss the snow, as does my dog. She used to love licking the little ice balls that collected on her hairy feet after a trudge through the snow lol. I hope the rest of the day is great for everyone.
Bejay x

sued99 said...

A really pretty card. One of my favourite colour combinations too. X

barbara macaskill said...

Beautiful black and white creation!!! I love the amount of texture you have created!!
I tried yesterday's wax paper technique and it was a dismal failure! I used REAL wax paper, gloss paper, iron was on high but I got nothing! I tried quite a few times to no avail! Sad but will try again another day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the lacy background.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Lynda Mellor said...

Hi Sue, my favourite monochrome!!! This is gorgeous!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card even though there is so much black!
Saba so sorry to hear about your sister - my thoughts and prayers are with you xx
Melody, Francis, Tracy sending hugs your way.
Love and hugs to all, Alison xx

Barbara W said...

Hello Sue

What a very elegant card you have for us today. Love it!

Lol Barbara W xx

Elsie Smith said...

Hi Sue. A lovely card. Love how you have made the background with a border die. xx

weefortune said...

Stunning card Sue. Black & White is always special hugs E x

Linda Norris said...

Hi Sue,

Wow!! What a stunning card, I just love it. Seen a preview of your new dies and they are all must haves, what a talent you have.

Angela I hope Sooty is improving x

Norah all I can say is ouch!! You poor thing x

Yvonne can't wait for the next installment of your tale. know how bad the dreaded fatigue is, take care x

I'm now in touch with lorraine F on facebook which is great. Would love any wilsonette to get in touch it's nice to put faces to names and your all such lovely ladies.

Hugs to Melody and family x

Take care everyone

Linda xx

ursula said...

Wow, what a busy card, it is those flowers....luv Ursula xx

karenlotty said...

Beautiful monochrome card Now where are my micro beads

Janet Wilson said...

Very striking card, love the black & white look

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
The card today is just gorgeous and what a great idea to create a stunning card featuring a background of border dies.
We had this strange phenomenen here in West Sussex today like a few other followers around the country! It was called Sun and blue sky!!!
Although not much above freezing it has been a beautiful day and whilst out today everyone seemed so much more bright and cheerful than usual!!! At last I have been able to wear my new " Mr Michelin Man" coat made from down and feather! It is so warm and cosy!
Keep warm, everyone!
Lesley S x

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful card!! Love how you've used the Canadian borders as background!! This is one of my favorite die cut flowers!! Looks so simple and elegant!!
Moxie Craftie

Lisbeth said...

Well you've done it again! Another stunning card. If I don't have the exact dies to try to recreate one of your masterpieces, I usually have a look to see if there is something that I can use instead, however, in this case I don't have anything like the Canadian border die so it looks like I may have to make yet another purchase


Welsh Dors said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card. Black and white is so elegant.

Lorraine Freeman said...

Hello lovelies,
Sue, yes today's card is another winner. I would have either put more feathers on or not bothered though.
Saba, condolences to you and yours I am so sorry for your loss.
Norah, I hope your teeth will now behave.
Linda N, it is so lovely having that extra contact :)
Yvonne, I am looking forward to the next instalment
I have showered and dressed today, which wiped me out for a while. I was naughty and finished cutting out my new dies before the shower.
I am now pacing myself trying to cook dinner and do some other bits of HW.
I am looking forward to the Hochanda takeover. I am still trying to work out the best way to spend my money. I even had more given to me by my brother so another dilemma.
Love n hugs and wishing good things to all xxx

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
Beautiful card - beautiful flowers! I love this black shiny card!
Thank you once again!
Love to all in pain or suffering .
Special hugs Saba!!! Xxxx

Karen Drew said...

There is something about monochrome that says "classy" Stunning card
Karen xx

Jess Watson said...

Hi Sie, lovely card, black and white classic X
Take care, Jess x

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful card.
Loving the new die release.

IVY Cheong said...

My favourite monochrome colour. Stunning card. Take care, Ivy xx

Karen M said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning card,very eye catching must try the micro beads like this,
Best wishes
Karen M

iReneM said...

Oh yes!
A stunning card.

The naughty crafting goblin has hidden my micro beads.
Soooo annoying as I wanted to use them a few days ago :(


Sandie Braithwaite said...

Late visit. Been out searching for curtains etc for newly decorated dining room and then taking advantage of the sunshine walking. Love this card. Always like black and white

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good evening lovely Sue and her crafty crew!

How refreshing to see some micro beads today, I don't use them nearly enough. Today's card also reminds me to use patterned paper again, I used to use it all of the time but not so much anymore, I tend to favour an EF or diamond snow now...I'm ever so slightly influenced by a very talented lady by the name of Sue, what she does I inevitably have to try so out comes the beads and some gloriously patterned paper for a bit of a play:-) love the Canadian borders mixed with the black glossy flowers, bought some glossy card a while back for inking purposes and haven't gotten round to using it yet so I'll need to have a route around my craftroom or use my glossy accents. I'm really enjoying seeing the Canadian set again it has inspired me to get crafting after a bit of a lull.
Yay! Another crisp cold sunny day greeted me this morning, cheering the it just me or is everyone that bit more cheerful, with a spring in their step now that we are having a break from that miserable rain? I had the joyous task of going out to get my nails done today, first time since Christmas and boy did I need the boost, I was sick of the sight of my black with silver glitter talons and felt like something altogether brighter-I opted for magenta with a sprinkling of angel dust, very hot and sophisticated at the same time:-), just like me! Had a proper bath today so now I'm really ready for action....not too rough mind, I've my stitches to think about:-)
Saba my love, my deepest condolences, so sorry to hear of your loss. I've had a couple lately too and it's never an easy process to experience. Hugs and love winging their way to you lovely ladyxx
Norah, ouch! You've experienced an altogether different kind of loss, painful in its own way too- I visibly cringed reading your story, I'm surprised you don't have a pathological fear of dentists after your experiences, hope you get a winning smile back soonxx
Yvonne, you dirty stop out! Partying the night away at your age is a terrible example to be setting your boys, how could you? Seriously though, what a wonderful coincidence, it's always nice to roll back the years with a good friend- what a shame she lives so far away though:-( It would be so cool to visit Australia, especially since her house sounds positively palatial- you've hit upon a fab idea though, becoming your boys agent and creating an escort agency would be very lucrative, in fact, if I didn't live so far away I would seriously consider hiring their services whatever they may be:-) The fatigue you experienced afterwards was well worth the joy you had meeting old friends again.
You are such a tease though, offering little tidbits of information but never the full juicy details, now I have to wait another 24 hrs to hear what other rampant debauchery you were involved in that rendered you incapable...I'm just jealous coz my life has been so dull since Hogmany:-)
I must be nearing my limit too now so big hugs to my buddies, we'll talk more tomorrow. Off to watch the start of our CE extravaganza, got coke and popcorn on standby.....

Crafty hugs and love,


liz spooner said...

Love this card Sue, so pretty.xx

Nicola Belshaw said...

Absolutely love this card. So classically stylish xxx

Jean said...

So many lovely details!

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Very striking card I do love the Black and White so so elegant.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
An absolute stunner of a card, love the monochrome, the flowers & not forgetting the feather
Thanks for your fab ideas
Marlene O xx

CraftyJo said...

Gorgeous :)

Lynda's craft's said...

Hello Sue & Wilsonettes
GorgeousI card I love everything about it I love black & white cards
Love & Hugs Lyhda Brock xx

TRACY im glad Alis is doing ok give her a Hug from me.
Hope Tuesday goes well for you take care Big Hugs xxx

SABA sending love & Hug's thinking of you my friend xxxx

Shirley T. said...

Hi Sue,

Gorgeous, just gorgeous.

Much love,

Shirley T.

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card love the lacy effect.

Laura O said...

fab card ,amazing what you have done with the canadian border ,Laura O

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

Just stunning, every part enhances the other. Absolutely Beautiful. I hope CHA was a blast and you're getting in some R n'R. Hugs to you, Mom and your family with kisses from Billy. Looking forward to seeing your new dies in acyion, have some earmarked already!

Please forgive the next part being brief... my fault for not being about.

Molly, I hope you'll be back together as a family soon, hugs to all of you. Please pass on hugs to Nanny and grandad xxx

Tracy, hope you're doing ok, hugs xxx

Steph, hugs xxx

Val and others unable to craft at present, I understand how frustrating it is, hugs to all of you xxx

Yvonne, lovely that you made contact with an old friend. Sometimes the aftermath is worth it, hugs xxx

Laine, heal well my dear, plan the most pampered, scent infused bathroom session possible for when you're healed. Scented Candles (if safe to do so), scrubs, face mask, favourite smellies, spritz of perfume after, glass of something fizzy, music, good book, (even if it's pop!) And a do not disturb sign on the door! In the meantime, hugs xxx

Lorraine F hope you're less fatigued now than you were last time I checked in, hugs xxx

Norah, ouch! My sympathies x If Rory keeps going he'll be cooking you a dinner soon, just no chillies, ay? Hugs for you and Rory xxx

Lynda, hugs from (an upside down, sofa hogging) Billy and from me xxx

Saba, hugs xxx

Hugs to each and every one of you all too, I got plenty for everyone and much more besides if you need them xxx

Today I had one of those "where did the last 3 weeks go?" Moments. Quick trip to 'see' John and Julia now. Will watch what I can over the weekend, going to try have a quick peep at the Hochanda website too but been at this 45 minutes so that might be for first thing tomorrow. Shattered!

Wishing for better days to those for who life is dealing them an unfair hand at present and sending smiles to you all. Until next time,

T x

Littlelamb said...

Beautiful card Sue. Like the black and white. Thinking of you Barbara.

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HeatherT said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card, love the way that you have used the Canadian border.
Thanks for sharing,
Heather Treble

Eunice said...

The different textures that you use on this card are amazing!!!

scottydog said...

Lovely monochrome card. must try with the microbeads. Thanks Sue!

Theresa Pace said...

this is awesome. love the whole composition. so striking. i love monochrome, hugs xx

Haze T said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous stunning card & love everything about it.
I really think that monochrome colours make a great statement that looks opulent, clean & fresh without the huge price tag that you may find in the little boutique style shops.
Love it.....

Crafty Hugs
Haze T xx (Norwich)