Friday, 6 May 2016

Just Because

Hi crafters!  This is my "Ode To John Lockwood" card! LOL    John just loves his ginger card and I hardly ever use it, but one day I was watching him on Hochanda and he used it.  I thought how pretty it looked so I grabbed a piece and this is what I made!  I started with a piece of coconut white card and cut the decorative die from the Wellington once in the centre of the card.  I placed it in a diamond sort of orientation.  Next I used the same die on both ginger card and on black card, but I just lightly embossed the design into both pieces.  I hand cut out the four corners on the black piece, then glued it to the back of the white cut out piece.  Then I glued the Ginger piece behind it so the remainder of the design showed through out of that colour.  I cut four of the Australian corners in black and matted each of them with Ginger card.  I added mounting foam and placed them in the corners.  I stamped a sentiment from the Fabulous Sentiments clear stamp set by Cr. Exp. and cut the inside of the Melbourne die out of black card and created a frame to go over it.  I matted the frame with Ginger card and added mounting foam to raise it over the sentiment.  I added it to the centre of the card.  The card was easily finished with a white pierced mat, a ginger and black mat and a final white layer.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Stunning card Sue.
Lynda sorry to hear you haven't been well, hope you are feeling better soon.
Nanna Tina, June, Tracey, big hugs to help you through your problems, good to hear of the progress made by you all.
Daily hugs to all, including our missing friends

Karen Derbyshire said...

Certainly a different looking card. Very nice colours!

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
A great dad card, Thank you so much.
Take care and have fun Kitty.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a very interesting card and I do like the ginger colour.
Nancyd xx

Anonymous said...

Nice card Sue . Different for you
Would make a nice male card . Enjoy your weekend everyone. JJxx

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Very masculine card today, we could all use help in that department, thank you Sue.
Our perfect autumn is hanging on here in mid north coast NSW, just beautiful even as the days are drawing in.
Muriel x

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning Sue. I can see why John is addicted to ginger card, it really makes this card zing and pop, an ideal 'male colour' and will go beautifully with all the 'sooting' natural colours, yep, one for my collection of Foundation card, along with the Wellington die. Each time I see it used either by yourself or John or by the most talented ladies on fb I need it more and more, I think this lovely die belongs on my own personal list rather than Andy's 'what a girl wants' list lol.
What a wonderful week you have given us with some truely beautiful and inspirational samples, thank you Sue. Hope you have a lovely day xx

Dragonsnap2, Hinckley said...

Hi Sue,
I thought I'd gone to the wrong website this morning and got John instead of you. I usually look at yours and then John's. Very different for you but a great masculine card. I don't use ginger very often but I'm not sure why. It looks great.
D x

Jan.moogie said...

Stunning card and yes colours I would not have used but now I see it made up and WOW love it. Thanks for sharing Sue, have a great day, hugs xxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. This is a beautiful card and with these colours a great one for the guys. I must get my hands on this Wellington die as its a real stunner. Have a great weekend.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card love the colours and the dies thank you tracyw x

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning card & yes it would be ideal for a man's card as some people have said. I wouldn't normally use those colours but seeing your card I will now. Yvonne xx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Different, love the deeper colours.

auscrafts said...

This is a lovely card,

Karen Drew said...

Love it. Perfect for a mans card
Karen xx

Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue
I can understand why you thought of John the ginger card is so manly. Different and interesting.
Jan x
Enjoy your weekend.

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, this card is superb, love everything about it. Have a great day. Bx

A Happercrafter6 said...

The colour is striking Sue and I'm sure John will be so pleased you have dedicated this card to him!

Tina T said...

Morning Sue and crafters all,
Beautiful card and colours so masculine. My you do love the Wellington die, well it is so versatile . You showed us a crafty peak on Hochanda - Ode to John Lockwood. Great !!!!
Love and crafty hugs
Tina T xxxxx

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Mmmmm... Not sure about ginger. It's different. Maybe it'll grow on me the more I look at it?

Alison Thorne said...

Thank you Sue, you've totally solved the question of what card do I make for my partner - yesterday you showed us how to use corners to great effect and today you've matched ginger and black card which looks fabulous. Problem solved - thank you xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, not a colour I have ever used I don't think there is any in my huge card stash, might have to find some and give it ago
Thank you Pam hubby still waiting to go to rehab so just taking each day as it comes will be sad to leave this hospital as the staff have been amazing
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina xxxx

PharmacyMichele said...

Stunning card, love the colour combination. Reminds me of dark chocolate ginger biscuits....!!


Kathy Baker said...

Morning Sue, I really like this card the Wellington die is another on my list and I do love the colours you have used
Kathy B x

TDQ Karen said...

I like the centre but the corners are a bit too in your face for me, but we all have different tastes. Would have preferred more white x

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Stunning! The Wellington is a gorgeous die and I love the way you have popped the black and ginger behind. What a fabulous colour combo for those awkward to craft for men! I will definitely have to get my hands on some of this ginger card! Thanks for the inspiration.
Have a great day everyone.
Steph.....sorry to ask again, but is there any chance you could post the FB page that you and the other lovely crafty ladies use? I would love to join in the fun!

Debra K. said...

I like the design but the colours don't float my boat today. Debra x

Aspiring crafter said...

Morning Sue , a striking card and great for the guys, John will love it , so do I !!

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue.
A lovely card, the colour combination would be great for male card designs.x

Pauline A said...

Morning Sue, thank you for the introduction to 'ginger' card. Have never seen that colour because I usually choose black and white card for men's cards so this will make a change. Lovely card. Hugs xxx Pauline A

Anonymous said...

Actually got some ginger card which may get an outing now, Sue, never the first colour to get picked! Some clever paper placement going on here, always inspiration to be had.
Dreamt last night that I had hundreds of sets of your dies (in reality only a dozen or so) but all of them had a piece missing and was in a frantic state. There's some sort of Freudian message here lol?!
Lynda - do hope you're quite better soon.

'P' in Wales

Annie Pennington said...

Lovely card Sue, the colour combination is pretty. I enjoy watching John on hochanda, he always makes me laugh. Such a lovely down to earth bloke.

Annie P

hazel young said...

Loving the ginger card stock Sue, gorgeous card x xhazel

SueJ said...

Striking colour combination, perfect for the men in our life.
Love the card,

Jane Franklin said...

I do like the colour its really striking. Certainly one to try. Away on hols now and no WiFi, but will have lots to see when I catch up with the blog next week. Best wishes all luv jxxx.

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is beautiful I love the colours and the dies you have used. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, what a fabulous 'man' card, yes John does love his ginger card and you have put it to good effect with the dies too, love it.

Had a good night last night so hoping am well on the mend now, thank you for all your good wishes.

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

anne mather said...

Hi Sue
I can see why it's an ode to John. just his colourway - love it -very pretty.
Anne M xxx

Chris Curry said...

A very smart card Sue, perfect for a man I think. I haven't used the ginger card but may well have to consider it now. Thank you. Xx

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card, though I'm not a fan of ginger. I like how you've backed the die with the two colours, ingenious.
B xx

Stamps and Paper said...

A very eye catching card it


laura ann kempster said...

Lovely card, Sue. I think it would be great for masculine cards - I normally find myself sticking to blues and greens, so this could add a bit of welcome and much needed variety to my projects!

Laura K x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue. I remember you showing the ode to John card on Hochanda. I have got some ginger card and for some reason don't reach for it very often. Will now get it out and look at it again in a new light. Thank you for sharing this card.

Love Rosemarie x x

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
I too thought I was on John's blog when I Saw the card lol. It is stunning and perfect for a mans card.
Thanks for sharing

foxyg said...

Fabulous card Sue. Love it.

Gloria Robey said...

Morning Sue the ode to John card is ideal for a man card. I will have to add ginger to my stash. Gloria (Sidcup) xx

Theresa said...

Hi Sue and all your crafty crew
Another winner in my opinion love the cut on the die and the colour you have used behind the die
Your use of the corners I have to say is brilliant
I hope everyone is well and enjoying the sunshine
Hugs to all that need one
Theresa G xxxx

marg said...

Hello Sue
I think I would use this on cream card for a mans card, I don't use ginger usually but it is different!
Love Marg

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Wow! your ode to John card is really lovely ,love the style and dies.
Take Care
Elaine H X

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Very striking design - love how the ginger cardstock goes so beautifully with the black and white and how you've highlighted the Wellington die with the ginger and black, very effective...


Karen M said...

Morning Sue,
Quite different in colour but I like it,every thing works well together & looks great,
Best wishes
Karen M

fame01 said...

Morning Sue
Sorry not stopped by for a few days our new Dane pup River is keeping us busy
Anyway todays card is so pretty I like it so much
Hugs Sarah xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Great colour combination for a man's card.
Thank you for sharing.
Véronique L

Wendy L said...

This looks fab Sue, xxx

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. I believe you showed this card on Hochanda didn't you as I seem to remember thinking then how nice it was. SueL x

Virginia Davey said...

Love this card and the colour combination good choice of colours John.

Janet Hampson said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning card in Male type colours...just love the Wellington die in fact I think it is my favourite, use it a lot in various ways. Absolutely gorgeous.
Love Janet X
From Wakefield

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very striking colours

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Great card. Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - yes I saw John using his ginger card and although its not a colour which appeals to me it certainly makes very dramatic cards and Ideal for the men in our lives. Lovely dies too. Best wishes

Anne Crawford said...

Stunning card ! In these colours it makes a fabulous male card, loving the Wellington die.
Anne xo

hollyberry said...

Think that this is a very striking card in these colours. Really useful for anyone even those difficult men!

Bente Sørflaten said...

Beautiful card with these colours!
Very suitable for male cards :))

Scottydog said...

Great for a mans card & it really does zing with that combination. Thank you John & Sue!

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
What a great card, perfect for a man. The ginger colour looks fabulous with the black and white, must have a look for it ( although I keep telling myself not to buy card as I've got enough to cover the whole of the U.K. I'm sure! ). I had to really think what you meant about cutting the corners out by hand and then the penny dropped and it all made sense!! I do love this die, it's on the birthday list!! Thank you for sharing.
Love Diane G xx

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card. I'm not too sure about the ginger colour also but then again the card you use is up to yourself as you are making it. But it is very striking.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely card, it would be great for a male card, they are always hard to do I think.
Thank you for the inspiration, take care everyone Jess xxx

carol quinn said...


Anne said...

Love the central part of this card, Sue. Not sure about the corners though. I must try this colour combination as it looks great.

Anne (Northampton)

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue on yet another dull sunny morning. Fabulous use of those two colours and the ginger is definitely a male colour so I suppose its not one we would be drawn to, but your card looks stunning. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Tressa said...

A very striking card indeed. Must admit to rather liking this ginger colour and would buy some if it were part of a mixed colour pack as, as others have mentioned above, it would be ideal for a man's card. Like the prominence of corner dies again today.


gwen70 said...

Fabulous card and colour Sue, love the wellington die

Lynne L said...

Good Morning Sue Lovely card I like the ginger card I bought some earlier in the year & have used it a few times mostly for male cards I think I'll have to buy the Wellington die

Lynne L said...

Good Morning Sue Lovely card I like the ginger card I bought some earlier in the year & have used it a few times mostly for male cards I think I'll have to buy the Wellington die

Rosemary Stickland said...

Lovely card, good colour for male cards.
Rosemary xx

Sue MacFall said...

Hello Sue,
I agree the ginger colour is very pretty and a nice change.
Many thanks,
Sue Mac

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
I can see that it would be a good man card, but it's not one of my favourites. I have the Wellington die, it's very pretty.

Yorks butterfly said...

Good morning Sue, what a lovely card, I was not sure about the Ginger Card, but having seen the cards both you and John have made, I am beginning to to quite like it, especially for our male friends.

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue.
Lovely card. I've never seen the ginger card before. I kinda like it. Def good to use on a make card.

Lynda. B. Hope u feel better soon chick.

Norah hope u had a lovely day out with tammy and hazel and didn't get up to too much mischief!! Lol

Love to all x

pippajb said...

Lovely ginger card.
Luna-Blue Warminster

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Very striking card really like how you haved used the ginger card with black lovely.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning sue what a beautiful card and the design is wonderful

Debs Cards xxx

Paula said...

That is a stunning card Sue, and although I would never in a million years have used the ginger card, I have to say I like it! No one more surprised than me! :)
Hugs to all who need them today,
Paula x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card with a definite masculine feel to it, probably because of the colour and I will have to put the Wellington die to the top of my list

Hugs and best wishes everyone

June Horrocks said...

Hi sue love this beautiful card I also love ginge the dies a fab the dies are great your work is wonderful thank you love June Horrocks xxxx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Cheeky card, great for males. I'd be doing it in Red and black, 'cos they're my colours.
Hugs, Rose

Crafty Cruiser said...

The perfect male card!
Doreen R

Sylvia Yates said...

Definitely different!! Not sure it's my style, but effective have a great day everybody
Hugs Sylvia xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card. I am not sure the ginger is for me. I love the dies.

ursula said...

Looks like a definite male card today, not really my colour, but it is striking....just love how you have used the die in the centre, could look lovely on another colour....luv Ursula xx

julie laz said...

Hi sue, well I like it, I think that's a anybody card and we love them, crafty hugs Julie laz xxx

Bejay Roles said...

Hi, Sue,
WOW...this is a card that really makes you sit up and take notice! The ginger and black really go well together and seem to jump out of the card...note to self...add ginger card to wish list :)
Bejay xx

Kate's Cards said...

The colours work really well together to make a lovely card. xxx

Jean said...

This is wonderful!

Lisbeth said...

Morning Sue. I agree, this colour scheme is scrummy. I love the way you have done the central element. I have never tried backing the cuts with 2 different colours but I can see I will have to give this a try. Not too sure about the corners - sorry.


fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I remember you showing this on TV and agree with everyone else that it would be a great card for a man but I love the ginger card and certainly would not restrict its use to just men!

June - glad you are at last seeing some improvement, a good night really helps.


Susan White said...

Love that colour combo - very different! Susan x

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

I really like this Card except the Ginger Card, (not a colour I like) I would have to change the colour. I do think this would make a great male Card. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

terrie said...

Something different in the color combo...the card turned out really nice...well done Sue on the layout.

gailgale said...

Great card.
And you could do this in so many colors.
Quick and simple.

Sam Smithard said...

To My Very Special Dearest Friend Sue,
Thank You For Sharing This Truly Tremendous Beautiful Card With Us,
I Love "The Ginger Foundation Card" One Of The Few Colours I Don't Have
But After Today I Need To Invest, Also After Watching Lisa On Hochanda I've Just Ordered Those
Extremely Stunning "String Flowers" Where Once Cut You Open It All Up Just So Tremendous.
Today's Card Is Great For A Gentleman I Love How You've Used The Wellington
Die I Love Using Mine With The Relevant Stamps....
The Wellington Die Looks Wonderful Cut In The Coconut White Then The Black And The Ginger
Awesome Corners From The Australian Collection, A Wonderful Sentiment From The Fabulous Sentiment's
Clear Stamps From Creative Expression They Are Wonderful.
Sue Thank You For The Inspiration Each And Everyday I Truly Appreciate All That You Do.
Take Great Care
Warmest Fond Wishes To Colin And Heather
Love And Huge Hugs To Yourself
Love From Sam xxx
Hugs To All Wilsonettes
Huge Hugs To Lancashire Steph.

theresa w said...

Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
A fantastic ode to john x I don't own the ginger card or wellington die so will have to go shopping x thankyou sue x
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

cr@fty said...

Hi Sue
I love your ode to John it's a fantastic card for men!
Hugs x
Heather T

Crafti Moggie said...

Lovely card Sue, love the flexibility of the dies you used,

thank you!

Pearl xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's a beautiful card with these dark colours on that white Sue.

gr karin van eijk

Leanne said...

So beautiful!!

barbara macaskill said...

I wasn't quite sure how I felt about this at first glance but after seeing the close up shots I think I like it!! The ginger is a lovely color! TFS!

Crewe Trish said...

This is so striking you never cease to surprise us, thank you for taking us out of our comfort zone.

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
I like this colour combination and what a beautiful card.

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

The colour combo, definitely does the dies and the card justice and the ginger colour is fab for masculine cards. Have had it in my stash for a while and makes perfect plant pots!

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue,
Love the design but not keen on the colours, sorry.
Love to all,
Maureen xxx

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
I like the card but I'm not too keen on the ginger card ! It's probably just me!
Love Myra xx

Val Jones said...

Just love the ginger card Sue. Beautiful card.
Love Val in Spain x

Deb Curtis said...

Hi Sue
love the colour combo on this card, it's a great design for the guys too, beautiful.
Love Deb C xx

Theresa Pace said...

This is a lovely combo. Should grab it a bit more often lol! hugs xx

Janet Wilson said...

Like these colours, great card

magpie said...

Hi Sue, oh wow! Love this ginger card, it's beautiful! John would be "as happy as Larry" with this! Stunning combination and I love the Wellington die xx "Thank you Sue" x sending love and hugs to you and your family and sending love and hugs to all Wilsonettes in need xx Love Karen xx

CraftyJo said...

Very nice, I like the colours.

karenlotty said...

Hee hee I bought some ginger card on John's recommendation! It is a pretty colour and how you've put it with the black and coconut card shows it off beautifully

Barbara (C) said...

What a coincidence! My ginger card arrived yesterday so todays Blog is a great starting point to introducing it into my projects....A lovely card.

Elsie Smith said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card, love the colour combination. xx

IVY Cheong said...

Hi Sue, I think this is a great masculine card. Lovely, Ivy C x

liz spooner said...

This colour combo would be perfect for a man.xx

Jomada-Dawn said...

Great colour combination and a lovely card.

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good evening lovely Sue and her crafty crew!

Admittedly, I wasn't so sure about the shade of ginger on this card but the more I looked at it the more it grew on me. This was mainly because I love the composition of the card, the corners are lovely and very striking, but the star of the show is the Wellington die with the partially black and partially ginger cut out area. The purity of the coconut white card is in stark contrast with the black and ginger accents. A lovely homage to a fellow crafter Sue:-)
I've had a manic couple of days with hair, nail and doctors appointments so I'm now hoping to have a quieter weekend to finish....okay, start!...a few birthday cards. Weather permitting of course....reports suggest that Mediterranean temperatures are spreading across the south so I am hoping that they extend northwards so that I can get a little colour onto my anaemically transparent skin:-)
Just to let you all know, I've spoken to Yvonne and she informs me that she is experiencing a family crisis at the minute that has knocked her for six physically, but she wants to send her love to everyone and assurances that she will be back as soon as she feels stronger.
Hugs to absent friends, Beth, Rebecca, Wheely bad, Linda, melody , Saba and Alison.xxxx
Cuddles also to P, Maria, Theresa, Lorraine, Tracy, pat, Pam, deb c and Janxxxx
Have a glorious weekend everyonexxxx


Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
I think your colour combination today is so striking and I really like it.
I know I have some of the ginger card amongst my stash somewhere and am off to search for it tomorrow morning so I can experiment with a similar card!
Have an enjoyable weekend everyone!
Lesley S x

Betty McAlister said...

Evening Sue. I like the ginger, black and coconut colours you've used today. The card is beautiful, especially the central feature. X

Dawn Holben said...

I really like this card and must admit I wasn't keen on the ginger card but really like it on this one especially with the black as it sort of tones it down a bit.

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Great card, it just shows that by changing the colours you have a great card for a man, you
have shown us another fantastic card and idea.
Di B.x

nzillingworth said...


Eunice said...

A very bold card today Sue. Definitely a different color from what I usually use, but it grows on you, thanks.

Vie Carter said...

Love the design, but a little too dark for me

Love the centre of the card


Berina RGA said...

Beautiful card!! Love the shades of black and brown!!

Lynda's craft's said...

Hi Sue not sure where the day has gone never seem to have enough time,but
I'm probably just getting slower haha.
I love your card but it's a little dark but great for men's cards.
The die is gorgeous
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xxx

P IN WALES Thank you for your get well wishes. I went to doctors yesterday
For blood test results. I just mentioned I was getting out of breath & a heavy feeling
In my chest & she told me to book appointment for a ECG ASP so booked & nothing till the 12th
as she said I have Angina well that was a shock she also said if it feels any worce to ring 999.
She gave me a spray for under the tongue.,she is referring me to the heart clinic. Xxx

TRACY thank you also for your get well wishes,
How are you my friend bet your both looking forward to your Holliday.I think I need to come with you haha 😀

WheelyBad Big Hug's & cuddles for Billy xxx

Hug' s too all who need them lots i& lots to go round please help yourself xxxx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Lovely card. love Jean Z xxx

Laura O' Connor said...

great card ,great colours ,Laura O

Su said...

Like the concept of the card but not so keen on the colours - hey ho - if we all liked the same it would be a boring old world!