Saturday, 23 July 2016

Gate Background Card

Hello bloggers!  The Arbour Gate is a very versatile die, don't just think of it as a gate.  It can do so much more.  Today's video shows how you can use it to create a pretty background element on your cards too!

The winner of Wednesday's weekly card giveaway is:


Congratulations!  Please email me at to confirm your address and claim your card.

                        The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x                      

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Karen Drew said...

Beautiful. Love those dies
Karen xx

Pam said...

Such a lovely card, it's beautiful. The flowers are fabulous
Congratulations to Rosie, enjoy your card.
Elaine I hope Andrew and his wife enjoyed the cinema with Darren, little bro looking after big bro.
Tina, poor Mick, he has been through the mill. Let's hope this setback is behind him and he can get back to eating well again.
Steph, did you get treatment plan sorted.
Wheelybad, sorry Mr W did not get sorted, it's so hard when they really want to work to find a decent job. I wish him good luck.
Tracey, big hugs, hope you are looking after yourself.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, this is gorgeous
, congratulations to rosiestj well done.
Nancyd xx

Tina T said...

Good morning Sue and crafters all,
This is truly an elegant card. Love the video. Need to get this Arbour Gate!!!!
Love and crafty hugs
Tina T xxxx

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, Wow this is gorgeous, you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful creations.

I am hoping that all my crafty blog friends are improving if they have been poorly or happy if they have been sad.

Congratulations to Rosiejt, enjoy your prize

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

Dragonsnap2 said...

Beautiful card, lovely. Just my kind of card.
Congratulations to Rosiejt.
D x

auscrafts said...

Another different way to use dies, lovely card

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Sue. You do inspire us with different ways to use the dies. Congratulations to Rosietj. JJxx

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. Wonderful card and video, thanks for more inspiration. Congratulations Rosiejt on your win. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

Unknown said...

0Amazing how many ways you think of to use your dies and what a lovely card this has made!
Maggie B xx

Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card you never fail to inspire me.
Thanks Jan x

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. This is a gorgeous card very classy and elegant. Could be for many occasions. I have all the special occasion dies and they are beautiful. I made the wedding card that you posted a couple of weeks ago and it turned out beautifully so this is another idea on how to use the harbour gate die. Thanks for another great video. Congratulations to Rosiejt on winning Wednesday card. Have a lovely day Sue.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

nzillingworth said...


SueJ said...

A gorgeous card Sue, the colour combo is lovely, very elegant card.

Congratulations Rosie enjoy your card.

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
what a stunning card love the colours and the dies thank you tracyw x said...

Morning Sue.
A great video and a lovely card, Thank you so much.
Congratulations to Rosejt.
Have a good weekend all Kitty.

lilian said...

Hi Sue, very lovely card, just right for a wedding anniversary celebration, will watch video later.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue, such a beautiful and elegant card. The colours are gorgeous. It's amazing how you many different uses there are for the dies.

Denise Bryant said...

Love your use of this pretty die!

Unknown said...

Lovely opulent looking card today! Great tutorial as always.
Congratulations to Rosiejt! Debra x

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Gorgeous card so elegant stunning.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, a very rich looking card today, love the way you find so many different ways to use your dies.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
What a clever use of the gate die, the card is stunning! I enjoyed the video thanks for sharing.
Congratulations Rosiejt!
Hugs x
Heather T!

Unknown said...

GM Sue. Lovely card. Will watch video later.

Marion Scott said...

Beautiful elegant card. Loved the video. Marion x

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue this is a gorgeous card. I love the dies and how you have used them. You are always so good about coming up with ways to use the dies in different ways. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Wacki Macky said...

Love the card today Sue, imaginative use of the dies,

thank you,

Pearl xx

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A gorgeous card. It has the look of a big card but the dimensions are fairly modest which is great for someone who likes to make smaller cards. Great colours too.
B xx

Kim Dibben said...

Beautiful card Sue, very elegant xx love Kim D

Kim Dibben said...

Beautiful card Sue, very elegant xx love Kim D

TDQ Karen said...

Beautiful card . Just make some of these stunning flowers x
Congratulations to Rosie

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
Really good way to use this die. It's not as big as I thought it would be but it is still beautiful. Lovely card.
Anne M xxx

Unknown said...

The card is stunning sue very regal and beautiful love the dies are brill love what you have done with them xxx
Congrats to the winner love always June Horrocks xxxxxx

marg said...

Hello Sue
I love watching the Videos, this is a lovely card!
Congratulations to Rosiejt!!!
Love Marg

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, a gorgeous card, very stylish, and great colour combo, and a great video, showing how it all comes together. Well done Rosie. Have a great day all. Bx

Anonymous said...

Great card, Sue, love the use of the gate die as a background element and of course the flowers. Brilliant video - thank you.
Well done to Rosiejt on the card win.
Tina, poor Mick - blocked catheter = agony. (Lots of experience of that here until final successful op. For Mr that is. On several occasions he blacked out in A&E with the pain and waiting for hours for relief, and at one point the resus team were needed - v.frightening. Heaven knows what would have happened if I hadn't been with him and thus called for help.) Hope Mick better, and cooler, soon.
Wheely, wish there were a magic wand for you and for a new job too. Cuddles for Billy.
Laine - yes, do enjoy the wicked moments - would be cheering you both on as no overall favourite yet. You, cats.. Yvonne cakes.. Ummmmm!!
Hugs to all.

'P' in Wales

Chris Curry said...

A lovely, elegant card Sue. Thank you. Xx

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue x xhazel

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
A stunning card today.
Congratulations to the winner,enjoy.
Thanks for sharing with us I shall go and watch the video now.

Gloria Robey said...

Morning Sue a beautiful elegant card. Will watch video later thank you . Gloria (Sidcup) xx

Anne said...

Such a pretty card, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
A very elegant card. Congratulations to Rosiejt. Yvonne xx

Annie Stamps said...

Love the way you used the arbour gate die Sue. Really like the embossing folder too.

Annie P


Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Very classy and elegant, the Antwerp and Bruges duo make the perfect foil for the Arbour Gate peeking out from behind...

Congratulations to Rosie...


A Happercrafter6 said...

Lovely card, pretty embossing folder.

Unknown said...

Morning Sue this card is lovely and so elegant and I domlike the way you used the arbour gate so versatile
KathyB x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I love how you always manage to find so many different uses for your dies. I always feel guilty if I cut into a die but am getting better at it. I hope everyone has a peaceful weekend.

Love Rosemarie X X

Unknown said...

Love everything about this card

Congratulations rosie

Pussycats said...

Morning sue, WOW what a stunning card. every detail is beautiful .

Rosemary Stickland said...

Beautiful card Sue.
Rosemary xx

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
You always amaze me with your use of the dies, i really need to look at what i have as i feel sure i will be able to tweak some here and there .
Beautiful card and colour Sue and really beautiful flowers .
Well done to Rosie enjoy your card .

Pam,,,, So true little bro looking after big bro it was always the other way around until this illness .
They all enjoyed the Film ,did i say Star Wars ? it was Star Trek, lol Darren would never forgive me if i got it wrong he is a trekker through and through and his date of birth is 4/5 i always write " May the 4th be with you " inside his card with his greeting .
Hope you are fully recovered now ?

Take care everyone Big hugs.
Elaine H X

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
Yet another gorgeous card and who would have thought this was the arbour gates! Your dies have so many uses don't they! Love the colours too. Thank you for sharing.
Love Diane G xxx
Congratulations to Rosiejt on winning the card - enjoy! Xxx
Tina I hope Mick is more comfortable today xxx
Elaine I hope Andrew and his wife enjoyed the cinema xxx
Tracey sending big hugs xxx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Singing to me this card is. You are truly inspirational. What a clever use of the gate die. It's got the Sue Wilson elegance and beauty about it. Lovely.
Hugs, Rose

BenteS said...

Beautiful card, lovely colours!
Thanks for the interesting video, so good to learn new ways to use your wonderful dies, Sue :))
Congrats to the lucky winner of this week's giveaway!

Nannieflash said...

Gorgeous card Sue, I love that design and those fabulous dies, and Im looking forward to watching your video. hugs Shirleyxxx

Clare Powell said...

Beautiful card, very elegant. Have a good weekend x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely card, great idea to use the die in this way.
Congratulations to todays card winner.
Take care everyone, Jess xxx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Beautiful card, would never have guessed these were your gate die.
Have a good weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue- another beautiful, elegant card and the video is so helpful. Love the edging you have done with the perfect medium pen - another clever idea. Sending best wishes

Unknown said...

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

Debs Cards xxx

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Stunning card, love it :-) Congratulations to Rosie. Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

Unknown said...

Oh Sue, how beautiful this is.
Love Val in Spain x

Kate's Cards said...

Another beauty! xxx

theresa w said...

Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Love your card today sue x I had no idea how versatile the arbor die would be , but then again its the same with all your dies xxx
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, another gorgeous card. Very elegant looking and pretty sparkly flowers. Thanks for your video. Congratulations to the very lucky card winner.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card and the flowers are gorgeous too. Thank you for another great video showing us how, I've learnt so much from these.

Sending caring hugs to Tracy, Elaine,Nanna Tina and Wheelybad
Congratulations to Rosie on winning the Wednesday card

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Suebak said...

Truly elegant card.

Susan x

Unknown said...

Hi sue.
Georgeous card as always. So many possibilities with ur dies just need to access ur brain for the ideas lol

Well ladies another difficult week. Dads flat is now cleared but my house is like a tip with a whole load of boxes and bags with my dads things in them.
At least I can go thru them at my own pace. I felt quite emotional when we had to hand my dads keys back to his landlord. The landlord was quite upset too as my dad had worked for him in his wee corner shop for about 20 years every weekend.
Another chapter closed and a new chapter begins as they say. The past few days I feel as tho I'm so tired an don't want go get outa bed but then I do as it be a waste of a day.

Congrats to rosiejt on her card win.

Love to all xx

JAO said...

Congrats rosiest. Great card Sue.

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Beautiful card love the flowers . love Jean Z xxxx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card that would be a joy to receive. The arbour gate is a lovely die and you have made it so adaptable. The milk and soft gold go together beautifully.

Wheely - what a week of highs and lows you have had. Sorry it didn't work out for Mr W, I am sure something will turn up soon. I hope a good sleep has helped your poor head and you are able to enjoy the week-end.

Rosiejt - Congratulations on being the Wednesday Winner, enjoy your lovely card.


Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
A very elegant card. Thanks for sharing.
Congratulations to Rosie.
Have a great day everyone.

Beryl said...

Beautiful card Sue. Congratulations to Rosiejt

Paula said...

Another different style card from you today Sue! If only I could think outside the box the way you do, my brain just isn't flexible at all, I have trouble thinking what day it is, so why do I expect to look at a die and see something else? lol
Tracy, I know how you feel, I still have a house with loads of boxes etc after clearing my mum's house. I won't tell you how long it is since I lost her! When you know they treasured things it's hard to throw them away. Sending you hugs.
Hugs to everyone who needs them today,
Paula x

Unknown said...

To My Very Special Dear Friend Sue,
Thank You So Very Much For "Today's Tremendous Video And Outstanding Card"
The Only Thing Is It Makes Me Wish To Purchase More Of Your "Awesome Dies" Not Good Lol!!!!
I Havnt Got "The Arbour Gate" But When I Saw How You Used It In Your Video It Made Me Change My Mind
I'll Have To Wait A Little While As I've Spent So Much Recently On "Basic Craft Products" Example: Inks, Paper,
Embossing Poders, Embossing Folders, So It's Time To Slow Down For A While, Maybe After My Holidays....
I Love The Produds You Used Today "The Regal Checkerboard" Embossing Folder, "The Sweetheart Flower,"
"The Bruges Die" From From The Belgian Collection, "The Antwerp" From The Belgian Collection, Are Very Beautiful
The "Arbour Gate" From Your Special Occasion Collection Is Just Stunning.....
I Love The Colour Combination You've Used "The Milk And The Antique Gold" The Milk Card Goes Perfect With
The Antique Gold.....
Sue Thank You For Your Outstanding, Rich, Regal, Extremeley Exquisite, Very Beautiful Card, The Video As Always Was
Extremeley Very Informative You Explain Everything So Clearly.....
Sue Thank You For Sharing You Inspire Me Daily I Truly Appreciate All That You Do....
Take Great Care My Very Dear Friend..
Warmest Fond Wishes To Colin And Heather
Love And Huge Hugs To Yourself
Love From Sam xxx
Hugs To All Wilsonettes "Congratulations" To "Rosie J" For Winning This Weeks Wednesday Gift Card I'm Sure You'll Be Thrilled So Enjoy!!!!!
Huge Hugs To Steph Take Great Care I Do Hope Your Keeping Well.

Brenda said...

Hello Sue,

Oh such a beautiful card you are sharing with this today, love the dies and the E F is a must have.

Hope you're having a lovely weekend, love and hugs Brenda XXX

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

This is a beautiful and elegant card

Hope you have a good weekend

June x

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
A really pretty and very clever card! Love the colours you have used also. Looking at dies in different ways and cutting pieces out is really fun! It doesn't always work if I do it but as you say - it's just a piece of card!!
Elaine you made me laugh this morning! I'm glad the family enjoyed their cinema trip! Each step gives a boost to morale for everyone!
Tracy - you must be mentally worn out as well as physically. However that's another task completed and you don't have to go to the flat again. I hated going into my parents home after they passed away - only six months between them. The life had gone out of it but the memories and fun are still with me now! Thinking of you.
Tina - hope Mick has a better day today.
For other friends going through troubled times - sending hugs.
Rosie - congratulations on winning a lovely card!
Thank you Sue, lots of love, Myra x

Steph Cotterill said...

Oh my Sue you are clever. Although you do the designing, the brain's behind the beauty of your collections I wonder how all these different uses get to register deep inside your memory bank ! Your brain must be ready to burst with ideas - how I'd love to be there to help collect them up lol. I was handed two bravery awards yesterday 1. Warmest wishes. 2. The Wellington die !! Bless his heart, so much for my 'keeper' for updating his list lol he picked up the Wellington die Thursday for me lol. Message from 'keeper' to Sue..... Enough now lol.

Have a lovely day 😉 xxx

Steph Cotterill said...

Sorry rosiejt - many congratulations on your wonderful win xxx

Laura O said...

great card love the flower finishes the card perfectly ,Laura O

scrAPpamondo said...

Gorgous card!! Great use of this die and love the embossing on the back!!

Suzzette Yandle said...

Your Arbour Gate die is a beautiful die. I ordered it to make a special wedding card for a great-nephew's wedding in November. Now in your video, you have shown me another way to use the die. I like versatility from the dies I purchase and you always give us crafters that flexibility. Thanks for the video.

barbara macaskill said...

Congratulations to Rosie on winning this week's card!
LOVE today's elegant card! Gold and white is always a winning combination in my book!!! Must get this die too!! TFS!

sandieann21 said...

Great combination of dies and colours. Lovely.

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. Love the colours of the card today. It would look great as a wedding card. It's true - we should all think of using our dies in a different way and this card just goes to prove it. Stunning. Love the embossing folder that you have used too.


hettygarlick said...

A beautiful card. Gold and cream is so lovely.

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful classic card.
With best wishes
Elaine Ann

Eunice said...

The more I see the Arbor Gate die the more I am liking it!!!!! Love the effect that it gives the cards as either the focal element or as the background!

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Lovely Card. Great use of the Arbour Gate and I love the colouring, very rich. Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations Rosiejt.

Best wishes

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely card

CraftyJo said...

Lovely :)

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, A wonderful card.
Lots of love from Patricia xx said...

Love the colours Sue - will have to check out the Youtube tomorrow! Susan x

Glenharon said...

Good evening Sue and the Wilsonettes,
This is a different card today Sue and i am trying to work it out before looking at the video to see if i'm right. I like the combination of colour that you have used in todays inspiration and it seems so spacious in design. I have some of the dies in fact i have been cutting them out this afternoon as i have not long got them, to see just what goes with what and i can dream up with them. Thank you Sue for a different look to your dies, now i'm going back to see what the video says, have a good weekend flower.
This is the first that the computer has worked today so of course what is the first thing that any of us do when we get it all fired up, look up on Sue's blog to see what we have to try our hand at today and to see if it is possible for us to do so. I am loving the Belgian collection as well as the Swiss that i sort of sneaked in as i have been looking longingly at them for so long. I keep thinking that i prefer one over the other and then cut out the other and back to square one again, lol. I do like the fact that in one of the sets is two corners plus their outlines that are just fantastic as they can make different styles of frames.
Rosie, well done on winning this weeks WOW card as it really was a WOW, i hope that you enjoy it flower when it arrives at it's new home. Sending hugs to all my lovely Wilsonettes friends that need, could do with or just want,
love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil)

Janice K said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card with lovely embossed and cut details.x

liz spooner said...

Gorgeous card Sue, back to your frilly ones.xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
A very pretty card my phone keeps freezing and turning your videos off but I will keep trying to watch
Congratulations Rosiejt on winning the card
Mick has had a better day, we managed to shave and wash his hair and give him a shave so he looks human again, he has been drinking well and managed to eat some yogurt and muller rice and it's stayed down, it's still been very warm here so fans still on full blast
Thank you all for your kind words, hugs and wishes
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to you all
Love Tina xxxx

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue and everyone

A beautiful card and great video. The arbour gate is so delicate and it's great you have shown us other ways of using it. Love the colours you have used too.

Dear Tracy, it's no wonder you feel as you do. It's been an intensely emotional time for you recently, well actually for a long time really. At least you have cleared the flat and can take your time going through those treasured possessions. There is no time limit, this is all part of the grieving process and everyone handles this differently. This is your experience, and your rules. A good friend of mine once pointed out that I used the word 'should' a lot. Something I hadn't realised I did or thought about it much to be honest. I hope I'm not overstepping the mark when I say, please don't let anyone make you feel guilty by telling you what you should be doing/behaving like, especially timewise, even if they believe they are trying to help. Obviously support and guidance will definitely be needed at times by those closest to you on those days where you just don't know what to do. Even though you probably don't think it, I think you are doing really well. Sending love and comforting hugs. X

Congratulations to Rosie for your card win.

Love Helen xxx

sued99 said...

A great card. I love it when you use your dies in a completely different way.

Unknown said...

Lovely card


Betty McAlister said...

Evening Sue. Gorgeous card using the arbour gate die. Would never dream to use it in this way. X

Sandy H said...

Beautiful card, lovely colour combo. Looking forward to watching the video in a few days.
Congratulations to Rosiejt.
Take care everyone.

Muriel said...

Hello Sue and all
Another example of the versatility of your dies, who would have though this possible from the gate die, it is beautiful, as are the flowers and the colours you have used.
Will watch the video later,
congratulations Rosiejt on winning Sue's beautiful Wednesday giveaway card to treasure,
Muriel x

Jan.moogie said...

Love this card because you can see the beautiful embossing as well as the gorgeous flowers. hugs xxxx

Jane Franklin said...

Just had a quiet few minutes and watched the video. Love the versatility of the dies and the card is lovely, very classy. Luv jxxx

julie laz said...

Hi sue, I'm late again leaving my comments ( not well)
Beautiful beautiful cards as always, crafty hugs Julie laz xxx

Jennifer Smith-Kirk said...

Hi Sue
Stunning, stunning card as usual your dies have more than one use thank you for the video X X X

Dawn Holben said...

Oh Wow Sue this is gorgeously stunning.
I just absolutely love the way you have used those dies
and love this in the gold and white.
definately one of my favourites.

Jean Bullock said...

This is beautiful. I am especially impressed by that gate die. I've got that one on my wish list. Pinned as usual.

Theresa said...

lush card and so clever, hugs xx

julie laz said...

Omgoodness sue I love this one, sorry not commented, but been too ill,
just want you to no I always go back and look at your art work,
I love all your cards and I copy most of them lol,
Crafty hugs Julie laz xxx