Sunday, 1 May 2016

Wishing You

Good Sunday morning all!  Today's card is a bit of an experiment for me, but I rather liked the striking way it came out.  I used a piece of acetate and covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I peeled the backing paper off and added some Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes to it,but I did not cover the entire piece.  I left areas quite open on it.  I sprayed the piece with adhesive glue then backed it with a piece of black card to add depth to it.  I trimmed it then matted it with a piece of coconut white card and a thin black mat.  I cut two of the Australian Borders out of black card and glued them to the sides of the card.  I stamped a sentiment (from the Cr. Exp. clear stamp set called Amazing Sentiments)using a Black Archival ink pad, then cut the inside of the Australian Background to create a frame for it.  I backed the frame with a white piece then added it over the sentiment and trimmed away the excess.  I added to the centre of the card with mounting foam.  I completed the card with a white pierced mat, a thin black mat and another white layer.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.

The winners of this week's comment game are:

Jacqui oakes-alcock!!!
Sunset Bay!!!
Linda Graham!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at to confirm your address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Beautiful card, very striking
Congrats to comment game winners
Hugs to all, June hope the clinic went well.

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Wow this card is stunning, thank you so much.
Congratulations to all the game winners.
Take care all Wilsoettes.
Happy May day. Have fun Kitty.

Dragonsnap2, Hinckley said...

Well that's a bit different from the recent cards but it's very striking. Thank you Sue.
Congratulations to the comments winners.
D x

Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue
This experiment turned out stunning.Great.
Jan x

DeCor said...

Congratulations to all the winners! What a great effect the black showing through the gilding flakes is. I like the colour combo with these dies.
Have a wonderful day. Birds are chirping away this morning with the owl I think hooting in the background.

DeCor said...

Congratulations to all the winners! What a great effect the black showing through the gilding flakes is. I like the colour combo with these dies.
Have a wonderful day. Birds are chirping away this morning with the owl I think hooting in the background.

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning sue what a beautiful card and the design is wonderful and congratulations to today's winners xx

Debs Cards xxx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. WOW This is a stunning card. The colours of the guilding flakes are beautiful but with the extra black showing through its very bold and rich. Congratulations to all the comment winners.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Tina T said...

Good morning Sue and crafters all,
Happy May Day
what a striking card, the gilding flakes on acetate makes interesting backgrounds - you could add some midnight snow to the sticky areas not covered by the flakes to make it ping a bit more!!!!!
Back to this card, makes a lovely men's card with the black backing.
Love and crafty hugs
Tina T xxxxx💐

Tina T said...

Ps - congratulations to this weeks card winners xx Tina T xxxx

hollyberry said...

Love the background,really stunning. A beautiful card.
Congratulations to the winners.

anne mather said...

Hi Sue
Very striking. Love the effect. Really nice card.
Anne M xxx

Marion Bull said...

What a stunning card, love the effect and a new technique to try too! Thank you
Happy day everyone!
Maggie B xx

nancyd said...

Hi Sue, a fabulous card love the colour combo with the gilding flakes.
Congratulations to all the lucky winners.
Nancyd xx

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Dramatic Sunday Smiles coming your way Sue. By dramatic I mean the background to this striking card. How come ALL your experiments look amazing and mine end up in the recycled paper bin ?! Lol. I think you must have the nack or am I stating the obvious there. I locked my guilding flakes away until a few weeks ago, we didn't get on somehow, then just before watching your live show from AP on tv I decided to re-instate our relationship but forgot the golden rule about letting the glue 'stand' until it lost its blue tinge so ended up with big silver globs of flakes on limp sopping wet card lol what a good job it was only cheap card and cheap brand flakes (see what I mean about disastrous experiments lol) although you can say I learnt a very important lesson by being a tv viewer that day as you injected some sense back into a very dumb crafter, so I then invested in two pots of beautiful good quality CE flakes, I already own some acetate and I have a post it note at eye level above my craft table to remind me of the flake & glitter glue golden rule ! So after going round the houses and writting a boring essay, what I'm trying to say is I may have a play at your experiment confidence allowing that is, and see if it ends up in the bin or on a piece of card 😊
I will send my congrats to all comment winners and add that Sunset bay sounds like a place I'd love to be today instead of frosty Lancashire - when will this cold weather stop !!!
Hoping you have a lovely day Sue whatever your plans xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Striking background never tried using guilding flakes, maybe one day I'll try
Congratulations to the comment game winners
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina xxxx

Anonymous said...

Striking card today Sue. You're experiment turned out well. Congratulations to winners. JJxx

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, wow this card certainly does look effective, I will have to have a try of this when I feel better.

Pam: Clinic went well, although they said it is going to be a long process as I had a serious infection in the wound, don't ask me how, but they said it is extremely common with gyni abdominal surgery. Got another 2 weeks of appointments then am away for a few days so they will give me dressings to take with me, then we will see how we go from there. They are extremely kind at the clinic, lots of people run down the NHS but these nurses are brilliant.

Congratulations to all the winners, enjoy your prize.

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

Anonymous said...

Wow, Sue, a truly volcanic explosion of colour! Think this experiment went very well and it's made a striking background.
Well done to the comment winners.

'P' in Wales

Debra Kenworthy said...

Very different card today! Debra x

Karen Derbyshire said...

Not really played with gilding flakes, although I have a few pots of it. This lovely card may inspire me to open them up.

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
Wow this card is stunning, I will have to try this technique just makes the gilding flakes pop with that bit of black between it.
Congratulations to all the winners including yesterday's winner.
Happy crafting

Sylvia Yates said...

A very striking card today. I have just bought my first pot of gilding flakes so this is a project for me to try. Have a great holiday weekend everybody
Hugs Sylvia xx

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue.
WOW! A very striking design and a great alternative way of using gilding flakes.
I'll certainly be having a go at this one as with a slightly different border die this would make a super male card.
Congratulations to all the winners.x

TDQ Karen said...

Like this, very much, specially in contrast with the black. Congratulations to all the winners x

Chris Curry said...

Gorgeous card Sue. I love what you have done with the gilding flakes and am determined to try it. Thank you. Xx

Kathy Baker said...

Morning Sue, I do like this card, what a clever idea and I love the colours, congratulations to the winners
Kathy B x

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous I just love it. I like what you have done with the gilding flakes I must give this a try. Congratulations to the winners. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Stunning card. Love the gilding flakes and colour combo. Congratulations to all the winners. Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

sonja_w said...

Today's card is gorgeous, loving the background and will certainly be adding this to my list of "must try". Really liking the Australian frame too. Have a fab day xx

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Stunning background - I think the gilding flakes are even more effective with some of the black backing card showing through...

Congratulations to the Comment Game winners...


PharmacyMichele said...

Great card, very dramatic background.

Congrats to the winners.

June-glad appointment went OK & hope you start to feel better soon.


Wendy L said...

Experiment or not, it still turned out quite beautiful, xxx

Aspiring crafter said...

Stunning, stunning card Sue, love it!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Jane Franklin said...

Very dramatic and effective card, its lovely.
Congrats to the winners, luv jxxx

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A striking card. Yesterday I tried using gilding flakes for the first time. I watched your Creative Expressions YouTube video first and then cut the butterfly striplet for my test piece. It was successful, but terrifying at first as the gilding flakes seemed to have a life of their own. Now I can plan a special card for my friend's 60th birthday using the flakes.

Cdteach said...

What a great way to use gilding flakes. It is something that could be done when you are running low on flakes and it will still look great... who'd of thought it.
Thanks once again for the inspiration to try something different.


Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, So different love it. love Jean Z xxx

nattyboots said...

Beautiful card , i love it !
Take Care Sue
Elaine H X

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Love the background effect. Very striking and eye catching.

Anne Crawford said...

Beautiful card , the background is really interesting and dramatic, definitely a worthwhile experiment!
Anne xo

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue x xhazel

Nicky said...

Hi Sue,
I love the black and gold.
Thank you for sharing.
Véronique L

Stamps and Paper said...

Stunning card Sye and a fabulous background


Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - I love gilding flakes and this is a very different way of using them. The black Australian borders look very dramatic against the gold. Also like the sentiment you have used. Congratulations to the lucky three winners today. Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend, best wishes

carol quinn said...

Beautiful card
Congratulations to the lucky winners

Rosemary Stickland said...

Stunning card and an interesting technique!
Rosemary xx

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
A very opulent & elegant looking card. I love using gilding flakes. Congratulations to all the lucky winners. Yvonne xx

Anne said...

This technique is very effective, Sue. Will have to give it a go.

Anne (Northampton)

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
It's singing to me - my favourite colour combo and gilding flakes! Absolutely beautiful.
And the technique is great, it's next on my list to do when gilding.
Hugs, Rose

June Horrocks said...

Wow sue what a beauty you must be very pleased with this card love it thank you have a lovely day. Love always June Horrocks
Congrats to the winners xxxxxx

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, what a fantastic card, love the background, another technique to add to the list of things to try. Congrats to the comment game winners. Bx

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue on a dull Sunday morning, I hope you are going to take some out time today and relax, but knowing you I doubt it. A fabulous card love this technique and that would make a lovely card for a man. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Very striking card, I think your experiment was a great success. SueL x

theresa w said...

Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Very striking and classy card sue x I love gilding flakes but don't use them enough x the border looks stunning on the flakes and think what a great idea tina had with maybe putting the midnight snow in the sticky gaps x thankyou so much so for your inspiration sue oh and thankyou for naming the sentiment on your description its really helpful x
Laine I was being really optimistic about yvonne and yourself sailing away hopeful really that you weren't poorly xxx sending you hugs x
Yvonne missing you x
Tracy hope hubby had a great time x
Gloria hope the wedding went really well x
Congratulations to the lucky winners x
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

Jane said...

Good morning Sue, wish my experiments would come out this way! Striking card ,would suit a men too.
Take care JaneB.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Definitely striking design

gwen70 said...

wonderful card Sue, especially suit the men in our lives

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Lovely card, very opulent.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, This is a lovely card, I wondered how you got the black with the gilding flakes, what a fabulous idea, and so effective.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Elsie Smith said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card, love the background. xx

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
Love rhe effect you get with this tecnique, it would make a great mans card. The square frame for the sentiment looks good too. Thank you for asking the name of the stamp set you have used, that's a lovely font, nice and clear. Hope you have a lovely day.
Take care
Love Diane G xx X
Congratulations to all the lucky winners xx
June enjoy your break, just let nature do its job with a little help from the lovely nurses and just take the time for it to heal properly. Xx

Lisbeth said...

Morning Sue. Yet another new technique to add to my crafty arsenal, and a flat card too so better for posting. The colours of this card would work very well for men, it almost looks a little bit like granite. Thanks for sharing


SueJ said...

A very striking card Sue, love the technique.

Congratulations to all the winners, well done.
Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!
Love Black and Gold together!
Well done to the winners!
June glad there is improvement, if what slow its getting there!
Wheely I hope they manage to sort your head out soon, its been much too long for a soul to suffer !
Take care
Love Marg

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great looking card Sue, love the gilded look.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, very striking. This would make. Great man card.

Love Rosemarie x x

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
What a stunning card you always come up with fabulous techniques and cards.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Hugs x
Heather T

laura ann kempster said...

Morning Sue,

Wow! That card is incredible; it is so striking. I'm definitely going to have to try that technique!

Laura K x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,

I really love that background - fab card.

Beverley W

Theresa said...

Hi Sue and all your crafty crew
What a wonderful technique you have shared with us
I have never used acitate on a card and I have defiantly not gilded it
The effect is stunning Sue and your card is a beauty
Have a wonderful Sunday folks
Hugs to those that need one and congratulations to all the winners enjoy your prize
Theresa G xx

Lynne B said...

Amazing, I love this to find my gilding flakes!

Congratulations to the winners.....I'm going to have a play with my prize from last week which arrived within 2 days of winning it - the fantastic 'Birthday Shadow Box'.


Patricia Youdell said...

Hi Sue
Love the way you randomly used the gilding flakes, the card is so elegant
Pat x

Crafti Moggie said...

Lovely card today Sue, the technique sounds great, it certainly looks good in the card you have made - thank you.

Congratulations to the blog winners,

Pearl x

Jess Watson said...

Good morning Sue, this is a lovely technique and one I might just have to try.
Congratulations to todays winners, take care everyone, Jess xxx

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue,
Dramatic and stunning are the words I'm using today for this card.
June, take it easy, glad the nurses are nice and caring.
Congratulations to the comment winners.
love to all
Maureen xxx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Great technique resulting in a very striking background, love it
Congratulations to all the comment game winners

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card. Elegant and dramatic looking. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Sam Smithard said...

To My Very Special Dearest Friend Sue,
Sue How Come Your Tremendous Experiment's Turn Out To Be Outstanding "Masterpiece's"
Mine Never Ever Turn Out This Way I'm Terrible Even If My Matting/Layering Is Wonky I Have
To Throw It Away And Start Once Again I'm Extremely Picky I Don't Like Giving My Cards To Anyone
If I Don't Think They Are Good Enough, I'm No Way Perfect, But I Keep Trying....
Today's Card Is Truly Awesome, Stunning, Rich Beautiful Colours, I Love The Awesome Colour
Pallette, As You Know I Just Love Black On My Cards.
I Love The Fabulous Sentiment "Wishing You The Happiest Of Birthday's" I Love The Colour Of The
Gilding Flakes Used Then Backing With Black Card, Then Matting And Layering With Coconut White/Black
Also Using The Awesome Australian Border's, Also Using The Australian Background To Create A Frame
For Your Beautiful Sentiment From "The Amazing Sentiment's Collection".
Sue Thank You For Such A Great Breakdown Of This Truly Tremendous Card I Love It How You Go Through
It Step By Step, With Colours, Measurement's, Cutting Dies, Also Which Sentiment's Used I'm Aware You Always
Told Us Which Sentiment On The Video's It's Now Really Great To See That You've Included It In Your Other Daily Blogs
Sue As Always Thank You For Today's Truly Tremendous Card And For Sharing, You Inspire Me Each And Every Time I Open
Your Awesome Blog And I Truly Appreciate All That You Do.
Sue Take Great Care
Warmest Fond Wishes To Wonderful Colin And Heather
Love And Huge Hugs To Yourself
Love From Sam xxx
Hugs To All Wilsonettes Congratulations To This Weeks Comment Gift Winners Enjoy Your Gift.....
Hugs To Lancashire Steph.

Annie Pennington said...

Love the way your experiment turned out Sue. It's a stunning effect.

Annie P

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Really dramatic and very striking card love this idea for a designer background

must give this a try as I have pots of "Flakes" from years ago mostly unopened

as I made such a mess with them everything was gilded he he :-) but using

the whole sticky sheets and spray adhesive onto black card is a really good idea

Thankyou for sharing.

Congratulations to the winners

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Tracy Stitt said...

Morning sue and crafty friends.

I really love how this has turned out. Def one for the guys I think. I too struggle with blooming guilding flakes maybe sometime I'll be brave an get them out again. Lol.

Well ladies Graeme had an amazing time yesterday. The instructors made it all look so easy from doin hand brake turns round corners to doin donut circles and also figure of eights round the cones then it was as if the cars were almost dancing round the track with each other I have to say it looked amazing but scary.

When it came to Graeme's turn he said himself it wasn't as easy as it looked but he had fun trying! When it came to the end they got to go with the instructors racing around the track as if to say this is the way it's to be
Plus we were asked if we wanted a quickie round the track only £15. I'm like errrrr NO I might conk out with a heart attack! Lol although I have to admit it did look like fun

Love to all xx

Laura O' Connor said...

another great card ,stricking ,Laura O

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
A really striking card this morning and I can't wait to have a go with my gilding flakes to see how mine turns out!!
The Australian border and the inner frame from the Australian background die really add the finishing touch to your lovely background!
Lesley S x

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue, lovely effect and very striking - that seems to be the word of the day today! Love from Jackie xx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, your experiment turned out really well and one I think I will try. The overall effect is a bit dark for me so I will have to see what other colours will suit this technique, I'm thinking maybe deep red with silver flakes. I have the Australian background so if all else fails I can at least create the sentiment :-)

Congratulations to this week's comment game winners, enjoy your prizes.


Kate's Cards said...

That background is really striking!

Pauline A said...

Morning Sue, well, it looks as if the gilding flakes will be joining the glitter residue on my floor when I give this card a whirl. Hopefully the adhesive sheet will contain them! Lovely card though. Hugs. xxx. Pauline A

Julie Elli said...

This is lovely Sue! It works really well with the black and looks like expensive marble! What it would look like as a kitchen work top!! Wow
Big hug
Julie E

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue and the Wilsonettes,
Sue although not a me card this is definitely one i would try for those awkward people in our lives, namely some men as it is so dramatic in colour and design they cannot fail to see it as their sort of colours. I think you are becoming more Scottish today with only using a few of your gilding flakes and letting the black card do the rest thus saving some flakes, lol.
Congratulations to all our lucky winners this week, i hope that you thoroughly enjoy your prize when it arrives.
June flower, i'm sorry that you are going through a long healing process with your wound but the changing of the dressings is the essential part and i am so glad that you found nurses that are in the job because they want to be and not because it's just a job. Kirsten has a some nurses working with her that just shouldn't be in the job, where as she really wants to turn someone around from being ill to living their life to the full again. Sometimes all a patient needs is that friendly face knowing that they are doing all that they can to help them. Although Kirsten is only 23 her mentors when she was a student invariable were old school, so she learned old fashioned values and decorum. She went from having an old fashioned Mum to having old fashioned values on what was important and she has been commented on by patients and their families for just how gentle, caring and thoughtful a nurse she is, which i am proud off. You have a lovely wee holiday when you go flower and enjoy it, sending hugs your way flower.
Tracy, i'm so glad that your Graeme had such fun yesterday and that you enjoyed seeing him having it. It's great fun going around the track honest but that could be because i have known that sort of driving since i was wee with my big cousins and my Daddy. He was a mechanic so i was down watching him on a frequent basis although i wasn't allowed to become a car mechanic as it would get my hands dirty so that is why i was a hairdresser as you don't get dirty hands with oil, only with tints and semi permenants, lol. It's great to see their faces when they are getting to do something that they can only dream off, but i wouldn't like the repair bill for the tyres, brakes and fuel somehow. I hope you have a good day down your way as we are having drizzle, the clouds have pinched my hills again totally so it's like Brigadoon here today, sending you hugs anyway flower just to keep your spirits up.
Well that's me so i will wish you all a good day hopefully and sending hugs to all that need or could do with them
love and crafty hugs
Norah (glenochil Village)

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, am sorry this card is not for me, I think that it probably looks better in real life, but a very interesting technique.

Jacquie Jacobs said...

Hi Sue,

A stunning creation, very different for you but so beautiful.

Love & hUgs

Jacquie J xxx

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue

This is so different, to me, ideal for a male card using these particular gilding flakes. I like this design so much I'm going to make a card today for a male friend's imminent birthday!


June x

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Stunning, I love it. I like the idea of leaving gaps in the guilding flakes and mounting on a mat. Has given me ideas of how it may look with other colour combinations, will have to try. Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations to Jacqui oakes-alcock, Sunset Bay and Linda Graham.

Best wishes

Paula said...

A striking card today Sue, well within my capabilities too I'm sure. :) Not something I can always say unfortunately.
Hugs to all in need of them today,
Paula x

Lynne L said...

Hi Sue Your experiment turned out well looks good especially for a male card. CONGRATS to all the lucky winners

Anonymous said...

Very elegant the technique. Jan D., Florida, USA

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
A totally different card but very effective,like it.

karenlotty said...

Stunning card and a technique I might be able to cope with! Where are those gilding flakes ....

julie laz said...

Hi sue, your card is beautiful, love the colours in this card, just love it, crafty hugs Julie laz xxx

IVY Cheong said...

Good Sunday afternoon Sue, striking and beautiful background, would be perfect for the guys. Love, Ivy C x

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
What a unusual card I love this effect
thanks for sharing
Hugs Sarah xxx

Susan White said...

Wow - really like the look of that background and what a great idea for a man's card! Congrats to this week's winners, Susan x

KarinsArtScrap said...

fab background and very beautiful card Sue.

gr karin van eijk

terrie said...

Rich looking card......well done Sue and thanks for sharing

Crewe Trish said...

I love this card, gilding flakes terrify me but after seeing this card I am going to give it another try.

Tressa said...

The operative word here is 'stunning'. What a background! Love it. Am I going to try it? You bet!

I agree that it is perfect for a man's card.


Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good afternoon lovely Sue and her crafty crew!

What a stunning creation to greet me on a damp yet sunnyish Sunday. The colours are so rich and opulent, the design so simple yet supremely effective. Black, not everybody's colour of choice but I love it's dramatic impact and incorporate it in many of my favourite cards. You have combined this drama with the rich, expensive shades of gold to stunning effect, and what a great idea using the black card as a mount for the sparsely covered acetate, genius! I love your black based cards Sue, keep them coming, I can't get enough, though I agree that this concept would work with a variety of colours. I only have silver dominated flakes so I will really have to get some richer golden tones because the effect is breathtaking.
Who can believe that it's May already......and the snow is still falling! It's my birthday in 18 days and it has NEVER snowed, well, this year who knows? Hope you all have a lovely Bank holiday regardless of where you are or what you're doing. I'll be putting my feet up watching the snooker final I think, I used to watch it voraciously in the days of Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White.....even meeting them at one point....but in recent years there is always so much to do and see that I never took the time. I've rediscovered the joys and all thoughts of housework and those six birthday cards I've got to rustle up have faded into the background:-)
It's not the warmest of spring days and I'm sitting with the heating on full blast trying to keep a normal body temp because the window is currently wide open for Brodies convenience...we've given in to the pressure and let him out on his own of a morning and afternoon and he is steadily losing weight as a result:-)..... Just a shame about the sticky willies and mucky paws though!
June, so sorry to hear that you've been suffering with your wound but it sounds like you're in good hands, the NHS is a marvellous institution when run with care and efficiency. Hope it clears up soon and you can finally cease to rattle with every move:-)
Gloria, hope you had a lovely day yesterday and that the weather was kind enough for you, how's the hangover this afternoon?:-)
Theresa, thanks for thinking about me and Yvonne.....both of us would have loved a cheeky little holiday but I think the sophistication required for a cruise would find Yvonne falling well short, Ibiza is more her style, a lager fuelled dance fest and a desperate attempt to cling on to her youth:-) but seriously, Yvonne is having a challenging time just now but I will pass on your kind thoughts when I next get a chance to speak with her. Hope you are we'll honey, thinking of youxxxxx
Missing absent friends, Beth, Yvonne,Linda,Wheely bad, and Rebecca.
Cuddles to Maria, P, Lorraine, Pam ,deb c and anyone in need of a hugxxx


Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

What a stunning card, the black looking through the flake looks a bit like a bronzite stone under a zoom lens! I love dark colours, black especially with metallics. Your cards last few days have all been stunning. Hope you're OK and having a lovely long bank holiday weekend, hugs xxx

June, I wish so much you didn't have to cope with an infection after your surgery. I'm glad the nurses have given you confidence so you can change your dressing. I hope a nice holiday weekend will make all the difference but I have everything crossed that you'll heal soon, hugs xxx

Tracy, it sounds like you and your hubby had a fun time, hope you're feeling good, hugs xxx

Norah, Kirsten sounds like a wonderful nurse, there's a lot to be said for good old fashioned values, hugs xxx

Lynda, Billy sends fluffy cuddles and there's hugs from me xxx

Marg, your message means such a lot. Very rough week this week. Trying to get this done while I can still see straight! Hugs and hope you're well xxx

Laine, Yvonne, Lorraine- hope you ladies aren't suffering too much, hugs xxx

Yup, rough one of late. Going to watch 2nd half of football laying down and hope that settles head enough to do something/anything later. Plan is to have tea with Mr W's parents tomorrow so I got to try and be in a good enough state to go. Will wear me out as access isn't the best so if I'm offline after don't be concerned.

Wishing everyone a lovely bank holiday even with the rain forecast tomorrow- I suggest you stay in and Craft ;-) sending hugs to all of you and there's plenty extra if you need them.

Take care, T x

Meg Owen said...

Hi Sue,very striking design although it's not to my taste.


Nat said...

this is so lovely! I have just discovered gilding flakes and I now have a new addiction to feed! thanks for the inspiration Sue

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
How very effective is this! Leaving some blank black card really makes a difference! Makes me want to have a go with some other colours!
A beautiful card! Thank you!
Tracy - glad your outing was a big success yesterday! Now I know where Norah learned to ride her scooter!! Shhh!
Love to all and congratulations to the winners.
Myra xxx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...


Littlelamb said...

Love this card Sue. Something I must try. Thank you for sharing this.

Virginia Davey said...

Very beautiful card and so cleverly done.

magpie said...

Hi Sue, well for an experiment, it's what you call a little cracker! Gorgeous colours and with the black with white it really makes it pop! Love the Australian dies! xx Love Karen xx Love and hugs for you Sue and the family and to all those who are in need xx Congratulations to all you winners! Wonderful! xx

barbara macaskill said...

Regal, elegant and just plain GORGEOUS!!! LOVe this! Congratulations to this week's winners!

CraftyJo said...

Interesting experiment - can surely take some ideas from it :)

Craftychris said...

This is wonderful! Congratulations to the winners too xxx

Barbara (C) said...

What a great way to be sparing with the gilding flakes but still have a dramatic effect. Another one on the agenda to try. I wonder if you get the same effect if you go pastel or Mirri there's a thought! Thanks Sue

Hele Bell said...

Hi Sue

Very dramatic card today, and very rich. I like the Australian dies a lot.

Love Helen xxx

Bejay Roles said...

Good Evening, Sue,
Good evening everyone. Here is your laugh for the day...I'm feeling REALLY stupid right now as I've been sitting here saying to myself that if Sue has left some areas blank on the sticky sheet, it will get ruined when it's mounted onto the card as the 'bare' bits will still get sticky!!
Okay, I know that the 'top' side was the one that was sprayed and because it's acetate, the back side became the front nice to me, I've had a trying day battling technology and failing miserably lol.
Anyway, after all that...I want to try this right away and if I can find my worktop in the craft room...I'll give it a go. I'm praying for another day of rain tomorrow so that I can get in there and sort it out after the battle of today :). At last I've got some black card that I can use so I've really got no excuse to try and make something wonderful...okat, passable anyway lol.
Enjoy the rest of the evening.
Bejay xx

liz spooner said...

Hi Sue, this card is stunning, I will have to try this technique just makes the gilding flakes pop with that bit of black between it.xx

Theresa Pace said...

stunning, decadent and opulent...... hugs xx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. OH WOW !!! Your card today is stunning Sue !!! I love it !!! It is so dramatic. I love your experiment and the results are amazing. I have Persian Dawn gilding flakes and some acetate to, so I will be giving this one a go after I have finished the Wedding card I am making for hubbys friend and his fiancé. They are a lovely couple and I need to make sure I do a good job !!! I do not have any of the Australian dies but I have the New Zeland ones and hope to use them instead. I also have your gorgeous New York border die I could try which is an all time favourite die of mine to. Thanks for sharing your stunning card today. Sending you lots of love Sue from Tres x x x

Congratulations to all of today's lucky comment game winners love Tres x x x

Sending lots of love to everyone today from Tres x x x

Jean said...

Simply stunning!

Maria Alder said...

Evening Sue and everyone.
I Love this Card however like many others the Gilding
flaked do scare me still today and I have had a box now
for at least three years and only opened it once, shame on me.

Congratulations to all the comment winners !

Tracy- great to hear that your hubby had a fantastic day, do
think you should have taken the offer of going around the track.x
Lorraine- I hope you are much better and so nice seeing you
back on form with your stories. Missing Beth with her wonderful
writing, hope you are alright x
Lorraine F- hope you are ok ? this weather do absolutely
nothing for us suffering with Fibomyalgia, we need sunshine
and a bit warmer wouldn't be so dumb either x
Wheelybad- hope you had a proper rest today so you can
manage tomorrow to meet the family, cuddles to Billy x
Norah- you have some wonderful kids and they are a credit
both of them to you x
Happy 1st of May to you all and hugs,
Maria x

Dawn Holben said...

This is absolutely beautiful and I wish my experiments
would come out as fabulous as yours.
I love those colours and the parts that the black is showing through really bring out the colours on the gilding flakes.

Angela (UK) said...

Hi Sue,
What a stunning card today.
Angela UK :)

Love2papercraft said...

Greetings Sue & the Wonderful Wilsonettes,
Striking, stunning & dramatic are indeed great adjectives for this fabulous card! I'm always so drawn to black backgrounds or accents, there's something about it that just adds richness & depth that appeals to me every time. That said, I love white on white too! Oh heck, what am I saying? There's never been a Sue creation I didn't like lol! Anyway, your experiment was a huge success!
I have been away from this marvelous blog for so long and I miss it (the beautiful cards & beautiful people) greatly. I've only been able to take a quick peek a couple times in the last 4-5 months. The allotment of characters is not enough to explain my absence (nor would I want to put everyone through the tedium!). Let's just say it's been very challenging and I'm still slowly clawing my way out. My preference of daily involvement in the blog is not likely any time soon, but hopefully I'll be able to check in a little more frequently. Please know that I think of you often & fondly (collectively, and those with whom I feel a special bond- i think you know who you are :) I miss you!
Rebecca in Colorado

elly said...

Simply stunning !

Annette Grant said...

Love your work Sue. It is so inspiring and you enable my friends and I to achieve so much more with our cards after seeing your work shared.

Berina RGA said...

Wow!! Stunning!! Beautiful die cuts!!
Moxie Craftie

Eunice said...

Such a different card Sue, I am still trying to decide if I like the colors!!!

Sandy H said...

Love the design of this card though the black is not for me. I'm visualising dark brown which I like using with the Persian Dawn gilding flakes.
Congratulations to the winners.
Take care everyone.

auscrafts said...

Beautiful card.

Alison Thorne said...

Gilding flakes are always a winner, and this one is interesting as you've not covered the entire piece. Lovely xx

ursula said...

Gosh I love the sound of this kind of background so will give it a try...thanks Sue, ended up a beautiful card....luv Ursula xx

Vie Carter said...

Lovely card, love this technique


Dorothy Macdonald said...

Yi Sue,

Love your card, so different from your regular cards.

Love n hugs from Dorothy of Baldock


Jennifer Smith-Kirk said...

Hi Sue
I never tire of cards made with gilding flakes, the black really makes the card pop X X X