Sunday, 28 August 2016

Double Striplet Sunday

Good Sunday morning all!  I thought I might do double days based on the same dies in two different cards (at least until I run out of enough cards! LOL)  I have selected two cards using the Petite Squared Tile die this week.  For the first card, I cut the decorative inside part of the die three times across a piece of black card.  I added a sticky adhesive sheet to the back of it, then gilded the exposed adhesive with Persian Dawn gilding flakes.  I used the outer cutting edge from the Belgian Tag to cut a shape into the middle of the background.  I added mounting foam to the aperture to raise it for dimension .  I then added the cut out tag shape back into to the recess of the aperture.  I cut the entire tag out of black and glued it into the aperture.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the smaller die in the centre of the tag.  I matted it with a piece of gold card.  The card was completed with a white pierced mat, then thin black mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

Card number two has been paper pieced using red, grey, silver and black card into a die cut white background.  I cut the Squared Tile Striplet die four times across a piece of white card.  I covered a second piece of white card with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I attached the die cut to the exposed adhesive.  I cut the die again in black, red, grey and silver four times and used the waste from each to piece back into the original.  I stamped my sentiment (which, by the way, I thought should have said Get Well Soon because of the red crosses in the pattern, but couldn't find one anywhere!)  I cut a frame from the Bern die and backed the corner area with red card and then filed in the remaining area with black card.  I mounted it in the centre of the card.  I completed the card with the same white black white matting and layering.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7" in size.  Both very simple cards, but two different techniques which both work great for those cards we need for the men in our lives too!

The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Debra K!!!
Denise Bryant!!!
Susan Mitchell!!!

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...

Gorgeous cards, stunning .and opulent.
Congratulations to comment game winners.
June, hope your birthday brought you lots of crafting goodies.
Elaine, hope the leg is starting to feel better from your medication. Hugs to you and Andrew.
Tina and Mick, hope you are managing okay, and that Mick is feeling better.
Tina T, the waiting is the worst, hope the sort Peter out soon.
Tracey, go for it with the pixie powders, should be a doddle after what you have conquered, don't run your hands through your lovely grey hair though.
Yvonne and Laine, how I wish I could be with you at Ally Pally, what fun you are going to have.. Watch out Sue, the girls are coming for you lol.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two gorgeous cards very opulent really like number one.
Congratulations to the lucky winners.
Nancyd xx

hollyberry said...

Two beautiful cards,love the first one,so opulent.
Congratulations to the winners.

Dragonsnap2 said...

Amazing that the same background can make 2 such different cards. I've been using this die as a background a few times recently. Quite a few of the striplets can be used this way. I love both cards.
Congratulations to the winners.
D x

auscrafts said...

Two lovely cards ,paper piecing is one of my favourite techniques

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. Two gorgeous and very different cards. I actually have this striplet and have done something very similar to the first card, but wouldn't have the patience to do the second!
June, I hope you enjoyed your birthday, Congratulations to all the comment game winners. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

Denise Bryant said...

Love the striplet dies and these pretty cards! I am excited to see I was one of the Comment Game winners, so I have sent off my email to verify my address! Thanks so much, Sue! And congrats to the others who won too!

Netty The Runner said...

You've done it again Sue, amazing cards.
Annette x

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Sunday Smiles to you Sue. Oh WOW, 2 absolutely gorgeous samples from the same striplet - if that doesn't prove to all other die designers that your designs are the most versatile then I don't know what will ! I have a feeling Sue that I have an older stamp collection from CE, cling rubber stamps that has that sentiment included, its a few years old now, and id love to go check but all todays market storage boxes are piled up in front of where some of my craft lives, but I will have to check later cuz it's going to drive me doolally until I can get to check it out !
Congrats to the 3 winners today, enjoy your gift.
Hope your day is a nice day Sue xxx

Marion Bull said...

How clever you are Sue - two lovely cards using the same die and two such different results. Thank you for the inspiration.
Maggie B xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
you wouldn't think these were the same dies. The first one is my favourite because of the gilding and black card. The second one is more of a fun one for me. (But more work to do)
Hugs, Rose
PS. Love your double days.

Marion Scott said...

Good morning Sue, two beautiful cards from the same die with completely different looks. Congratulations to this weeks winners. Marion S x

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you so much.
Two very nice cards.
Congratulations to all the winners.
take care Kitty.

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Love both of these cards but the first one just pips it for me!

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. WOW Both of these cards are gorgeous. I always said your striplet dies are fantastic as backgrounds and this just proves it. Two gorgeous cards but totally different in finishes. The first one is very rich and opulent and the second is a more fun and playful one. Love the paper piecing technique. Both cards are great for the guys. Conratulations to all the lucky comment winners. Thanks for another double day Sue.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
Such a classic design which could be used for many occasions
Pat x

Anonymous said...

Two great men's card Sue. 1st is my favourite so opulent.
June belated happy birthday hope you enjoyed your day . Congratulations to comment winners. JJxx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Love these cards, have added the squared tile striplet to the list.

Debra K. said...

Two wonderful cards! Great use of the striplet die. Either card would be suitable for men too.
Yay, I'm a Comment Game winner! Thanks Sue, I'm thrilled :). Congratulations to the other lucky winners! Debra x

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
Two gorgeous cards, hard to choose a favourite but the first one is so dramatic and just edges it for me.
Congrats to the winners.
B xx

A Happercrafter6 said...

How effective the paper piecing looks. Both are lovely cards but the colours in the first one give it the edge for me.

anne mather said...

Hi Sue
A lot of work in the paper piecing but well worth it. It's hard to choose. I think I like the first one best though.
Anne M xxx

lilian said...

Hi Sue you are really spoiling us today, two lovely cards.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue.
WOW!! Two very stylish and show stopping designs. The opulence of card one is glorious and the intricacy of card two stunning. To achieve such different results from one die is amazing, add to that the fact that both are ideal for male family/friends it's quite remarkable. Thank you for such brilliant ideas, I'll be 'Pinning' both! X

Tina T said...

Good Sunday morning Sue and crafters all,
What a difference a die makes!!!!!
Thank you for two beautiful cards today Sue. Both are exceptional in their own right and I am sure anyone who receives them would go WOW.
Peter had his catheter removed yesterday but the kidney drain remains, still do not know what is happening with his cancerous prostate. He certainly looked brighter yesterday.
Love and crafty hugs
Tina T xxxxx

Tina T said...

Ps: congratulations to this weeks card winners xxx
Tina T xxxxx

Chris Curry said...

Two very smart cards Sue, and definitely good for men's cards. I have this die and that is the main reason I bought it. Would look good for women too though. Thank you. Xx

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
Both cards are stunning love the colours and the dies thank you tracyw x congratulations to all the winners

PharmacyMichele said...

Two fantastic cards, I have this die so can try both techniques.


June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, what a glorious morning it is today, the sky is blue, it is warm and we are all here to join in Sue's blog., what more could we want.

The double day cards on offer today are phenomenal, two such different cards achieved with the same beautiful dies, they are amazing in their own right. I do have a favourite, even though it was very hard to choose, and that is the 2nd one as I love this technique, I agree with you Sue about the red cross as that is exactly what I thought when I first saw it, talk about great minds think alike, I suspect a lot of your followers have thought the same.

Congrats to all the winners, Debra, Denise and Susan, you will be so overjoyed and proud when you receive your prize.

I had an absolutely brilliant birthday yesterday, a lot of my family were able to get to our bbq and my hubby did us proud. We had so many laughs, lots of hugs and kisses, I have so many beautiful cards, oh my word you should see them, I am going to try and take some pictures later and put them on my facebook page. I would like to thank Sue and EVERYONE who commented here on the blog, and also on facebook, with their birthday wishes, I am so, lucky to have so many friends. Thank you all once again.

I had treated myself to some parchment perforating tools and they arrived yesterday and I was so pleased with them, my mind in in a whirl with so many creations I would like to make.

Laine and Yvonne - well what can I say - you are both going to have a great week together, not sure how much crafting you are going to do because that naughty step and giggle stool are going to be permanently occupied. I am going to AP on Saturday, hopefully I will see you there.

Steph - hope the market stall goes well today and you sell loads and loads, then you will have more money to purchase more craft stuff.....method in my madness....

Elaine I hope the antibiotics and cream are helping with the cellulitis, I have heard that it really is painful, but you do have to keep moving if you can. Hope Andrew is ok.

Thinking of Tina, Peter, Pat, Sarah, Tracey and anyone else I have forgotten (sorry blame it on my age 69).

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

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Sue. Everyday Expressions stamps by Sam. They must be fairly old stock as there is no CE product number like there are these days xx

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Sue
What delightful effects achieved here. Just shows what variety your dies give. By the look of the skies today I think we should craft!!!
Heather R Oxfordshire

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue this is a stunning pair of cards. They do showcase how versatile the dies are. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely idea showing us 2 cards from the same die. Today's card show how different things could look. Both cards are gorgeous, I do love a gilding flake background, makes a card look really rich, you have tha patience of a saint to do the second one! Have a lovely weekend.
Love Diane G xxx
Congratulations to all the comment winners xxx
Sensing hugs to Elaine and Andrew, Tina and Mick Tina and Peter and a big hug for Tracey xxxx
June glad you enjoyed your birthday, happy parching xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
These are lovely. I still haven't managed to get round to watching the videos yet but hopefully will soon.
Beverley W

Catherine Lyons said...

Morning Sue lovely cards this morning but the first is my favorite
Thank you for my prize i was delighted with it
Have a beautiful day.xx

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, both these cards are fantastic, you may say they are simple but I bet the paper piecing on the 2nd one took a while. I cannot choose a favorite. Well done to the comment game winners. Have a great Sunday all. Bx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow two very different looks. The bottom one reminds me of little Union Jacks

TDQ Karen said...

Brilliant cards, especially the paper pieced version, terrific idea.
Congratulations to all the winners

Tracy Stitt said...

Morning sue and crafty friends.
Two stunning cards this morning. I don't have the patience to do paper piecing but I love the effect that it gives.
I do think the first one gives the wow factor it just pops wth the black and looks expensive with the gilding flakes.

Yesterday I did in fact use gilding flakes and gilding wax on some X as cards using the snowflake flurry die I'll send u a pic sue as I've fell in love with the snowflake and I was very chuffed at my creations lol.
I did have to tell myself not to breathe as I opened the pot to get some flakes out as the last time I tried them I sneezed and I'd left the pot lid off! Not this time lid went back on. So that's two messy things I've used.
Onto the pixie powders today! That'll be fun lol.

Pam. I'll try not to run the mess thru my hair however as well as the granny looking grey, rainbow hair is also in fashion so it's a win win lol. Actually back in my 20's I actually bleached my hair and had bright pillar box red put thru it. Had that for years then went to pink. When eventually I went back to brown after splitting up after a long term relationship and meeting Graeme I went all normal. Graeme didn't like my bright hair as he'd known me prior to dating lol.
My customers in the shop still miss it to this day as I'm not so easy to spot if they need assistance lol ah well.

Yvonne and Laine. I so wish I was coming with u guys it sounds like so much fun. I agree tho I don't think u will manage any crafting for getting up to mischief lol X

Love to all xx

Scottydog said...

Amazing how different two cards can be but made with the same die, just so versatile. Love them both but I also enjoy paper piecing so that might just take the edge on the two cards, but then again I enjoy using the guild I g flakes! Thank you Sue & also for giving us an extra double day!

Congratulations to the comment game winners.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Two very different cards showcasing a striplet, shows them off a treat.
To the winners enjoy your prize.

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Love both of these but love the second card just that little bit more! really enjoy paper piecing especially as I can Pro-marker the "waste" pieces before re-inserting them into their holes - fun and thrifty too!

Congratulations to the Comment Game winners, enjoy your prizes...


Tracy Stitt said...

Ps congrats to today's winners enjoy ur gifts x

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Same die but two totally different cards. Love them. SueL x

June Horrocks said...

Both cards are beautiful sue I love them both Thank you
Love always June Horrocks xxxxx

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, what a great idea to show two cards using the same die. Two totally different cards, just shows how versatile your dies are. Difficult to choose between them but if pushed I think it would have to be card one.

Kate's Cards said...

Good masculine cards.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
How I love double days and both of today's cards! The first card is very dramatic and the gilding flakes used are beautiful. The second card is fabulous! I love paper piecing and go into my own world when doing it, I find it relaxing. Both cards are suitable for a variety of occasions!
Congratulations to all the winners!
Hugs x
Heather T

Deborah Artliff said...

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

Debs Cards xxx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue. Two absolutely great cards today. I love them both. As someone else commented the second one reminded me of the Union Jack flag when I first saw it. You must have a lot of patience. The last time I tried paper piecing the cat jumped on the table and all the little bits flew off everywhere. Next time I will shut her out of my craft room.

Love Rosemarie X X

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue. Two absolutely great cards today. I love them both. As someone else commented the second one reminded me of the Union Jack flag when I first saw it. You must have a lot of patience. The last time I tried paper piecing the cat jumped on the table and all the little bits flew off everywhere. Next time I will shut her out of my craft room.

Love Rosemarie X X

Beryl Treble said...

Two lovely cards. Congratulations to the winners.

Pussycats said...

Both cards are stunning Sue , I love the second card with the paper piecing . Congrats to the winners and Happy Sunday to all.

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Stunning cards, I love them both. Congratulations to the winners :-) Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

Bente Sørflaten said...

Very pretty cards!
Love the way you have played around with the striplet die, especially the last one with the paper piecing ;))
Congrats to the winners this week!

hazel young said...

Lovely cards Sue x xhazel

dmj said...

What a lovely start to Bank Holiday Sunday!!! Both cards are gorgeous, soo different uses from one die!!
Can't decide which I like the most???

Doreen x

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue and everyone

Two great but different cards. Still not tried gilding flakes, but reading Tracy's post has made me think I should try soon.

Love having two cards using the same die, great idea.

Congratulations to the winners.

Love Helen xxx

Sandie Braithwaite said...

Two very different and lovely cards perfectly demonstrating the versatility of your dies

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - thank you for showing us two cards using the same striplet. How different they both look but I especially like the first one and it makes such a great card for men. Congratulations to the three lucky winners today. Best wishes

SueJ said...

Two great cards today, I love double days especially when you have used the same die in such a different way.

Congratulations to the winners, enjoy your prize.

carol quinn said...

Love seeing the different ways to use the dies
Gorgeous card

Congratulations to the lucky winners


marg said...

Good Morning Sue
Both these cards would be just right for masculine birthdays!
Congratulations to the comment winners
June glad you had a good day!
Love Marg

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Wow two beautiful cards today, the first one is very opulent & the second one more modern. Congratulations to all the comment winners. Yvonne xx

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue, oh wow wow wow what brilliant cards and that second one is so striking I love the strong colours youve chosen. hugs Shirleyxx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Love both cards but the grey and red is my favourite - would have to be for someone special as it would be a complete labour of love with all the paper piecing!!!

Congrats to the winners...

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue, two striking cards and no doubt you can make more with all the die cuts from the second card to give completely different effects. I do like the black with gilding flakes though, love from Jackie xx

nattyboots said...

Happy Sunday Sue

Two beautiful cards ,the first one hits the spot for me ,just gorgeous.
Congratulations to your lucky winners.

Pam,, i had a bit of a rough night and feel a bit out of sorts this morning ,i hope to feel better as the day goes on . Andrew is doing just fine ,his appetite is returning and he is enjoying his food again.

Tina T , so pleased Peter looked brighter yesterday ,onwards and upwards .

June so pleased you had a fab day it sounded wonderful , i tried parchment craft a few years ago now ,however it was taking up too much of my time and i have no patience at all.

Lots of hugs to all
Elaine H X

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
Two gorgeous cards, I think the black and gold one is my favourite.
The second one must have taken ages to complete, you really are so very patient.
Hope you have a good day, love Brenda XXX

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, two stunning cards, they would be ideal for male cards, they are always hard to do.
Congratulations to today's winners
Take care everyone, Jess xxx

Anne said...

Love both these cards, Sue. It's a great idea showing two cards using the same dies.

Anne (Northampton)

theresa w said...

Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
I love double days especially when you use the same dies but in different ways x the first card is so striking with the gilding flakes its beautiful x the second is fantastic and perfect for the men x thankyou sue for your inspiration x
Congratulations to the lucky winners x
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two lovely cards. Thanks for showing side by side two different ways of using the same die. I do like the gilded background a little more than the paper pierced one. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Sam Smithard said...

To My Very Special Dearest Friend Sue,
First Of All Thank You For Yet Again Another Double Card Day
Using The Same Die.
I Must Admit I Have A Slight Leaning Towards Number One As It Has My Favourite
Products Been Used On It, I Love How You Used The Petite Squared Tile Die, The Fabulous
Black Card Also The Very Beautiful Opulent Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes Just So Very Outstanding
Then To Cut Out The Sentiment You Used The Belgian Tag.
Number Two If I Were To Choose This Colour Combination I Would Use For A Gents Card, The Red, Grey, Silver
Also Black.
Today's Double Card's Day Are Both Exceptional, Extremely Exquisite, Opulent And So Very Rich.
I Do Hope We Can See More Truly Tremendous Double Card Days,
Sue Thank You So Very Much.
I Appreciate Every Thing You Do Also The Outstanding Cards You Make, You Are Extremely Kind
Also Very Generous, What Other Blog Shares So Much With Its Blog Family....
Sue Take Great Care
Warmest Fond Wishes To Wonderful Colin And Heather
Sue Love And Huge Hugs To Yourself
Love From Sam xxx
Hugs To "All" Wilsonettes, Congratulations To This Weeks Very Lucky Gift Comment Winner Enjoy Your Gift...
June Smith I Hope You Had A Wonderful Birthday.

sharon casey said...

morning Sue and all the Wilsonettes
Both gorgeous cards Sue as always amazing how differnt they both look and using the same striplet
Have a lovely day everyone

Lisbeth said...

Morning Sue. I have this die and I really love it as it is so versatile, it works for cards for either gender. I love the two cards you are showing today and I had thought of doing paper piecing but thought it would be too fiddly. Having seen the result I think it would be well worth the effort. Thank you for giving me the push I needed.

Congratulations to the lucky winners.


Rosemary Stickland said...

Two brilliant cards, so suitable for the "difficult to make for" men in our lives!
Rosemary xx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Fabulous cards love the way you have used this die great for Male or Female cards

so versatile.

congratulations to the winners

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
Two lovely cards today and both so different! The first one is my favourite as I don't think I'd have the patience for the second!
Izzy - that was a top tip though! Thank you for that.
Laine - I'm so crushed to think that you think that I thought you were trouble!! Never!!! You two will have such fun! Wish I could be a fly on the wall!
Congratulations to this week's winners!
Love to all, Myra xx

Suebak said...

Two winning combinations in these two cards. Guilding flakes are always a winner and red compliments black and white perfectly.

Susan x

julie laz said...
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CraftyJo said...

Two lovely samples :)

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue,
YAY...I've got this striplet so I can have a go at these twp designs...I wonder how long it will tale me to paper piece it all together lol.
I hope everyone is having a great Bank Holiday weekend. We had a great day yesterday, it's dull, gloomy and humid today and I'll bet it rains tomorrow. Luckily we've not had any of those terrible thunderstorms in my neck of the woods and I hope it hasn't affected anyone too badly. I've got a wicked sense of humour and have to hold up my hand to admit that when I read about the waterfall pouring down over the customer service desk in Tesco - Boston, I couldn't help laughing, I was glad no-one was hurt after the lightening strike though as you can always shop somewhere else.
Happy Crafting everyone.
Bejay xx

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue,
Great idea for a men's cards.
Congratulations to the comment winners - lucky girls.
Izzy, top tip, thanks.
Myra, we could both be flies on the wall at the great Laine and Yvonne meet up, it'll be mayhem ha ha!!!!
Love to all in pain, having treatment and their loved ones.
Maureen xxx

julie laz said...

Hi sue, can't choose between the 2 as there both beautiful, crafty hugs Julie laz xxx

Paula said...

Two lovely cards today Sue, but if I had to choose it would be the second card which would be my favourite. :) Just me being me, I prefer brighter colours, although I agree darker cards are more suitable for the men in our lives.
Hugs to all in need of them today,
Paula x

Tressa said...

It is so useful to have a double card session using the same dies as it shows up, beautifully, how one die can result in such contrasting cards. I would be hard pressed to make a preference. I do like the paper pierced second one as it is quite different, but then I just love gilding flakes.......... Decisions, decisions...............!!!!!!!


June Fletcher said...

Hi Sue

Both cards are stunning, the first one has quite a dramatic look and I love that in a card

Congratulations to the comment winners

June x

Suzzette Yandle said...

Good morning! Great cards today using the Petite Squared Tile die. I used this die on an Asian type card last week for a card for my son who just received his Masters. I enjoyed, too, adding gilding flakes to the background and adding a gilded flaked and glittered dragon with a group of glittered ginkgo leaves. I was pleasantly pleased how easy this Tile die cut with the bits and pieces falling out after die cutting it fives times in a row. Wish I had kept all those bits and pieces for the inlay look in the future! Thank you for sharing your ideas.

KarinsArtScrap said...

these are beautiful cards Sue.

congratulations to the winners

gr karin van eijk

NancyR said...

Sue I love the paper piecing idea! Great way to use up some stash and definitely great for those men's cards. Thanks for the ideas you share.

NancyR in Delaware

barbara macaskill said...

OOooO! LOVE the first card! It looks as if it is lit up from behind and so pretty!!! The second is not quite my style and reminds me of one of those video games. Good for a masculine card and a way to use up some scraps I guess.
Congratulations to the three lucky comment winners!! Enjoy your prizes!
Hope everyone has a great weekend and that the week ahead brings happiness, peace and love to all!

karenlotty said...

These are gorgeous and can't decide which I like best! When you showed the paper pieced one on tele it's made me look at (especially Striplet) dies more to do more paper piecing

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Both Cards are lovely but the first has the edge for me as it is mainly black and has gilding flakes, lol The second would be great because you could end with 4 cards, same design but slightly different colour ways, if you understand what I mean. As you say great for male cards. Thanks for sharing particularly as this is a new die to my stable.

Congratulations to Debra K, Denise Bryant and Susan Mitchell.

Best wishes

Yvonne G said...

Hi Sue
Wowee!! What a pair of stunners. How I love a double day and to have 2 cards using the same die showing entirely different styles is such a treat.
The first is so striking with the beautifully rich gilding flakes. The second (red cross) card is more retro but equally fabulous.
I think these cards would be so gratefully received especially for those pesky 'man and boy' cards. Thanks for your continuing inspiration and sharing x
Well much cooler today thank goodness. It has been raining on and off since this morning but is making for a refreshing change and I am not feeling quite so drained.
I managed to get 3 cards made yesterday - yes 3. I'm on a roll. I have been known to gift boxes of handmade cards for friends and relatives birthday and Christmas presents and this has always been a hit causing much delight to the recipient. Well in the past it has been birthday cards and cards for occasions throughout the year which I have given. After hearing a friend expressing her disgust at how expensive it was for 'Special Christmas Cards', and saying how difficult it is to find nice cards I had a brainwave (ouch)! With all Sue's inspiration, what could be better than making some Christmas Cards to gift?
So yesterday I made 3 and I felt rather pleased with myself. Partly because 3 cards in 1 day is something I have failed to achieve for ages and partly because although they were not up to Sue's magnificent and untouchable standard they were not bad.
A little more tidying in the general vicinity of the 'dumping' area in my crafting area and all in all quite fruitful day. I rewarded myself by settling down to watch Casualty with a cup of coffee and a bag of kettle chips - a family size bag of course x
Fluffy - as you know Croydon is a rather middle class, up and coming, hip and trendy place to be! Some would say posh! I just have concerns that this wee lass fro north of the border is going to lower the tone. You know how it is? Lol. Hugs x
Myra - you and me in a room with a white carpet, white curtains and white furniture and some pixie powders - what fun!! Hugs x
Maureen - flies on the wall?? Not man enough to be with us in person? Lol. Hugs x
Laine you will have to eat your cheesecake and Eton mess on the naughty step. I am so thrilled that you have agreed to be in charge of quality control before I give Sue her white chocolate fudge. What would I do without you? Hugs x
Helen - it's apprehension on my part not excitement! Lol. Hugs x
Lynda - we will be at AP on Sunday. It would seem that everyone else is going on Saturday. Hmmm. Do you think they are trying to tell us something? How bout you? Please wear sensible shoes and be carerful to avoid any mishaps! Hugs x
Pam - can you imagine a mass meeting of Wilsonette? Havoc! But well worth it. Hugs x
Tina - glad Peter seemed brighter yesterday. Hugs to you both x
June - a giggle stool will definitely not suffice. I do think stocking up on my tena lady may be a good plan. Lol. Glad you had a lovely birthday. Laine and I planning to go to AP on the Sunday. Hugs x
Tracy - I sincerely hope you are pixieing today. Hugs x
Elaine - I hope you start to feel more 'with it' very soon. Glad Andrew has his appetite back. Hugs x
Off now so I will wish you all a happy Sunday.
Lots of love to everyone, specially Maria, P, Nanna Tina, Wheely, Lorraine and anyone else that my braincell is struggling to remember.
Take care
Happy thoughts
Crafty hugs

Eunice said...

Love the way you used the same die in two totally different and beautiful ways!! Thanks for making me think a little! Congrats to the winners, enjoy your treats!!!

Vie Carter said...

Great cards


Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
I love your idea for double cards using the same dies. Elaine so sorry you are not seeing any improvement in your leg. Tina T so glad Peter is more comfortable I think the doctors are concentrating on sorting out his kidneys first because it has the potential to cause more problems also they need the scan results before starting treatment. Congratulations to all the comment winners.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Two gorgeous cards. The second is my favourite. Thanks for sharing.
Congratulations to the winners.

sued99 said...

Love the idea of two different cards using the same die. I like both cards today but prefer the first.

Anonymous said...

Great cards, Sue, really like the double days. Nice to have two takes on the same set of dies, really love the first but would definitely have no patience for the paper piecing although it looks so good.
Well done to the comment winners.
Think we're all getting a vicarious thrill about the Croydon meet-up. Whatever, it surely won't be an anti climax!! Laine, you've got to take care of yourself in prep for the big trip south, the anticipation is building!! And that's just with us lol.
Hugs to all who need one.

'P' in Wales

Laura O' Connor said...

great cards ,wow they look so different ,amazing Laura O

Welsh Dors said...

Hi Sue,
Really striking cards.

Sparrow said...

I do love a good striplet card - two great examples here.

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good evening lovely Sue and her crafty crew!

Well, what a bank holiday treat! Two cards, what can I say, I'm over the moon Sue, you are so spoiling us:-) Great idea showcasing two cards using the same principal die, it gives us a clear idea how to utilise it in different ways to achieve differing looks.
It's no secret that I love gilding flakes, their opulence is unrivalled, and when framed beautifully in black it enhances the richness all the more. Paper piecing is truly a labour of love only to be undertaken by the patient amongst us:-) I love the effect of this card, the colours are very complementary and definitely suitable for the more discerning recipients ie men. Thanks for such a treat Sue it's very much appreciatedxxx
If Bank Holidays are designed to be spent loafing about without any real sense of purpose then I am spending mine with the right idea! Whilst my Mum went out to visit Stirling Castle...or a park bench to be more precise because her mobility problems stopped her doing the necessary climbing.....I on the otherhand spent the day pampering myself and watching tv....I feel very guilty now, if it wasn't for the fact that I had a chat with Yvonne this afternoon I would put myself on that naughty step! Meanwhile she tells me that she produced three cards yesterday!!??! I am suitably impressed...and embarrassed by my own inactivity. I will clearly have to pull my creative socks up before I venture South. Speaking of travelling, my Mum has suggested that I start packing now, a full 16 days before I need to leave.....I find that rather too organised and eager, what do you think?
Myra and Maureen, I would never have dreamed of likening you both to pesky, disease carrying flies but if the cap fits:-) Don't worry, you won't miss a thing because I think that I will need the support of my blog buddies during my stay away, it will be a traumatic experience that may need counselling at the very least:-)
June, I'm so glad you had the birthday you so clearly deserved...and to get a personal message from Sue, wow you lucky lady! I wish that I could meet you and the rest of my blog buddies but it appears that Yvonne has arranged for our paths not to cross, such is her jealousy and possessiveness, by scheduling our visit for the's quieter she says, more time to meet my hero Sue she thinks, so I have to bow to her superior knowledge and overriding bossiness. Maybe if I survive this trip we can all meet up next time in April.
Pam, I'd love to have you tag along with us but I fear that I'd only leave you hanging around for hours waiting on my arrival, you clearly are a morning bird whereas if I'm awake before 10am then there's hell to pay:-) I wonder if Sue is nervous about meeting us, do you think that she may have had the foresight to employ a bodyguard?
Elaine, you poor soul, you really are suffering. I hope the antibiotics kick in soon and the cream gives you some relief. June is spot on about keeping moving though if you possibly can. How heartening about Andrew, onwards and upwardsxxx
Tracy, there's nothing nicer than grey hair on a fresh young face, you rock it baby! Pillar box red you say, I've never had the urge to go bright and bold, preferring dark brown/violet tones but I'm sure you looked great despite what hubby don't tend to be adventurous do they? Good luck with the pixie challenge.
Hugs to all my blog besties, Frances, Maris, Wheely, Theresa, pat, P, Beth, Rebecca, Jan, Alison,Lorraine, Lynda, Linda and anyone I may have forgotxxxx


Lorraine Eastwood said...

Oh, huge congrats to the comment game winners, enjoy your prize.
P, it's lovely to see the excitement building, I have to say that I am not immune but there is an overriding sense of foreboding also about spending more than an hour at a time listening to Yvonne , my nerves will be frazzled, I will be a shell of my former self:-) But seriously, you are so right, I must not overdo things in the meantime....hence today's sloth ness....I'll need plenty of vim and vigour to counter Yvonne's bullishness:-)
Yvonne, I am just a touch impressed by your organisational skills, maybe you could extend it to the rest of the house and actually Hoover?:-)
Enough of the naughty step already, I have absolutely no intention of spending any time you will soon come to realise, I make excellent company, funny, humble, witty, intelligent, the list of superlatives goes on, so let it go dear, it's simply not appropriate:-)
Love and hugs


Maria Alder said...

Evening Sue and everyone.
Two stunners today, my favourite is the first one. Gorgeous !

Congrats to all the comment winners !

Sending special hugs to all who need one and gentle ones to
all who are not too good at the moment, I wish you better soon.
Take care everyone, hugs to all Wilsonette's and my good
friends on this blog, have a good night all
Maria x

liz spooner said...

Such good inspirational ideas for this background die Sue.xx

Theresa Pace said...

these are both stunning. the first one is very elegant but the second is just so striking and you are one patient lady, hugs xx

DeCor said...

Great to see the two different cards from these dies. Totally different looking. I favour the first one most . Congratulations to all the winners!

DeCor said...

Great to see the two different cards from these dies. Totally different looking. I favour the first one most . Congratulations to all the winners!

DeCor said...

Great to see the two different cards from these dies. Totally different looking. I favour the first one most . Congratulations to all the winners!

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Two lovely cards but the second one is my favourite although I'm not sure I would have the patience to do it! Congratulations to the lucky winners. Love and hugs to all Alison xx

Dawn Holben said...

Sue these are two beautiful cards and i love them both.
Although i think the gilding flakes one is my favourite.
I love that you have shown two very different cards using the same die.
I don't know about anyone else but sometimes i get stuck and end up doing the same thing so it's nice to be shown different looks.

Tres said...

Hi Sue. WOW !!! Both of today's cards are totally gorgeous !!! stunning !!! I just love them !!! but then I absolutely love the petite tiled square striplet die. I just have to get this die. I love the first card made with the Persian Dawn gilding flakes and black cardstock. The Belgian tag die looks great to. I really love the second card as I love the paper piecing technique. Great colours you have used for your card Sue. I have the die you have used for the centre of this card and it is one of my favourites at the moment. I think if I was to choose a favourite card it would be the second card Sue. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous cards today. Sending lots of love to you Sue from Tres x x x

Sending lots of love to everyone from Tres x x x

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, sorry to be late but it has been a busy day. So glad that I haven't missed out on these two beauties. Both cards are lovely but despite the large quantity of black on show I really like the first one best but then I do love gilding flakes.

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

I hope everyone is enjoying the long week-end and no-one is suffering too much. Going to have a nice long soak in the bath now and will return tomorrow hopefully fully refreshed.


Betty McAlister said...

Evening Sue. Same die but how different the two cards are. My favourite is the first one. Wouldn't have the patience for the second paper pieced one which is a good generic card. Thanks for your inspiration . X

Littlelamb said...

Disnt have a chance to get here yesterday. Both lovely cards Sue. Like the first one best. Thank you for sharing this Sue.

Jennifer Smith-Kirk said...

Congrats Debra K, Denise and Susan, what useful dies and the backgrounds you have created have the wow factor Sue X X X