Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Nativity Card

Hi crafters!  More Christmas!  It will be upon us before we know it though!  This is a really lovely card that doesn't take too long to assemble and can easily be done in a batch style.  The background can be done ahead of time to dry too.

The winner of this week's Wednesday Card Giveaway is|:

Welsh Dors!!!

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

 The finished dimensions are 6" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Beautiful card, lovely.
Congratulations to Welsh Dors.
Elaine, hope the leg is feeling better, if not get it checked out again. We are all worried. Hope Andrew is still doing well.
Tina, so sorry the Carers are not sorted out yet but happy that Mick is still doing well, now it's you we are concerned about, hope Mum had a lovely day.
Cheryl, what a lovely day you had planned, great treat for you.
Tracey, the Counselling sessions will help release all if the pent up grief, both from your dad and your illness, you are being so strong.
Sam you are so right about the scam emails, I work in the civil service, we would never ask for passwords, bank details or any personal details in an email, neither would the banks or any responsible companies. A good tip is never open the link, instead use the www, address direct to check it out. Take care folks there are some very bad people out there, cyber crime is the biggest crime in the world now.
Gentle hugs to all who are not well, bigger hugs to everyone else.

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. Lovely card, will save the video for later when I can watch in peace.
Congratulations to Welsh Dors. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

anne mather said...

Hi Sue
Congrats to Welsh Dors! Nice card and as you say it could be batch made.
Anne M xxx

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Hi Sue. So sorry but this isn't one of my favourite samples, I love the background die as it's so useful for other cards, but until my brain and vision meet together I don't find the nativity easy to make out, I don't know if it's the white card that makes it difficult to make out or what. I'm sure I will be the only one with this opinion and for that I apologise, but one card that doesn't make me smile since Jan 1st 2016 can't be all that bad can it ?
Sending congratulations to the new W.W.C. member on receiving your beautiful gift from Sue.
Hope I've not offended you Sue by my comment, hopefully my usual hugs will help. Have a good day whatever your plans on this wet nasty Saturday xx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Congrats Welsh Dors.Great card a Sue.

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
lovely card with the reason for the season.
Congratulations to Welsh Does, enjoy your lovely Sue original
Muriel x

Crafti Moggie said...

Lovely card today Sue, the dies you have used is great and the colours are fab,

thank you.

Congratulations to the card winner, lucky you!

Pearl xx

Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, looks simple but very effective.
Jan x

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you so much this is a beautiful card and a great video.
When I have time I make cards for the charity shop and this one is ideal.
Congratulations to Welsh dors.
Take care all and have fun Kitty.

PharmacyMichele said...

Striking card, I'm sure I'll be in the minority but this really doesn't do it for me.


Anonymous said...

Very striking card, Sue, great background and the touch of micro beads for texture such a good idea. Like Steph, the Nativity not a favourite but could maybe use other dies for the focal element. Thanks again for the video.
Tracy - nothing like a little crafty shopping to lift the spirits! Hey, colour clouds - but are you up for pixie powders yet? ha ha
Well done to Welsh Dors on the card win.
Hugs to all, especially our missing pals.

'P' in Wales

Clare W said...

GM Sue. I love the ray effect on this card. Will watch video later as off judging the craft section of a local show this morning.

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, sorry I am late this morning, didn't have a very good night, woke up about 2:30 and tossed and turned for what seemed like hours and now I am awake but feeling very tired, you know when you head that heavy headed feeling anyway enough about me I am fine.

Congrats to Welsh Dors on your card win, you will treasure it.

Tina, pleased that Mick is continuing to do well but not that the carers are sorted yet, hang in there lovely lady.

Tracey I have never had counselling but I know people who have and they have all said how it helped them, so go for it and stay positive.

Elaine how is the leg today, did you get it checked out?, hope Andrew is doing OK

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

lilian said...

Hi Sue, A real Christmas card, with the real reason for Christmas, love it.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

dmj said...

Nice card, but like some of the others, not one of my favourites,

Doreen x

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous I love the design. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
Another great card for batch making, but the background die would be usefull for many occasions
Pat x

TDQ Karen said...

Great design. Congratulations to WelshDors xx

Dragonsnap2 said...

Love the card Sue. I'd been wanting a ray die for some time so as soon as I saw yours it was on my shopping list. It's so useful.
Congratulations to Welsh Dors.
Stephanie Cotterrell - I felt the same as you the first time I saw the nativity but it has grown on me and I love it now.
D x

Debra K. said...

Very striking card! Not my style at all but the Pixie Dust does make a dramatic background.
Congratulations to Welsh Dors! Debra x

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
The more I see of the pixie powders the more I NEED them lol! I love how you've added the micro beads to give the background texture. With the Ray die you could do many different backgrounds to create different cards, gilding flakes is just one idea. I enjoyed the video thanks for sharing.
Congratulations Wesh Dors!
Hugs x
Heather T

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue.
Thank you for another great video tutorial and fabulous idea, I love the Ray of Light die.
Congratulations to Welsh Dors, enjoy your prize. X

Chris Curry said...

A nice card Sue, perfect for anyone who likes the religious meaning of Christmas. Love pixie powders and micro beads, great combination. Thank you. Xx

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful card! I love the background and the Ray of Light die!

sharon casey said...

Morning Sue and all the Wilsonettes
What a stunning card definitely has the WOW factor,
Hope you all have a lovely day whatever your doing

Marion Scott said...

Good Morning Sue, love the background die and the background you have created with the pixie powders and micro beads. Your creation is beautiful. Have watched the video again but still not sure if the nativity die is for me.
Congratulations to Welsh Dors.
Marion S x

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
What a wonderful card. I just love the pixie powders as you say you never get the same finish each time you use it. They certainly make the background pop.
Congratulations to the winner of Wednesday's card.
Thanks for sharing

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning card with plenty of Wow appeal. Congratulations to Welsh Dors. Yvonne xx

carol quinn said...

Stunning card
Congratulations to welsh dors

Annie Pennington said...

Striking card Sue. Love the background, it really pops. I don't have any Pixie powders because I recently bought a full set of Brushos and they give a similar effect when I spritz them with my cosmic shimmer sprays.

Annie P

Pat L said...

HI Sue
Love the ray of Light die, it makes a brilliant card! Congratulations to Welsh Dors on winning the Wednesday card
Hugs to all in need of one especially Tracy, Nanna Tina,Elaine and Wheelybad

Best wishes everyone

Tina T said...

Good morning Sue and crafters all,
Nice card, but as a few previous comments - not my style!!!!
Maybe if the background was shades of palish blue the topper would stand out.
Congratulations to Welsh Dors.
Love and crafty hugs
Tina T xxxx

Debs Artliff said...

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

Debs Cards xxx

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, a stunningly beautiful card, love the ray of light die. Well done Welsh Dors on winning the card. Off to watch the video. Have a good day all. Bx

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful card, loads of impact.
B xx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Love this card perfect. love Jean Z xxx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Beautiful card.

marg said...

Hello Sue
I have this Die, but cut away Joseph's staff to make him stand out more!
Congratulations to Welsh Dors.
Love Marg

Diane Green said...

Hi a Sue
Lovely card today, that really is a striking background. Thank you for sharing.
Love Diane G xxx
Congratulations to Welsh Dors, enjoy your card xxx
Hugs to Elaine and Andrew Tina and Mick and Tracey. Xxx
June have a little nap this afternoon, you could have watched some of the Olympics late last night, more good things from team GB xxx

Anne said...

This is so effective, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue- a very effective card and although it's not my style I'm looking forward to watching the video later. Congratulations to Welsh Dors on winning your beautiful card. Sending best wishes

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
beautiful card - it's beginning to dawn on me, I NEED ideas about batch cards! As you say it soon will be upon us.
Hugs, Rose

Nannieflash said...

Beautiful card Sue, its a lovely one for a religious family, love the simplicity of it. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Rosemary Stickland said...

A very stylish card.
Rosemary xx

hettygarlick said...

A beautiful traditional card.

Marianne's Craftroom said...


karenlotty said...

Congrats to Welsh Dors This is a very modern twist on a traditional concept but also reflects the meaning of Christmas

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue and crafters.

I love the background colour and die but I'm not keen on nativity things. Sorry sue :-(.

June s. I would recommend counselling to anyone if it's suggested to them by a dr it's helped me a lot.and Ive had counselling for other matters not just cancer related. It does really help but it's not for everybody what I would say is try one session an if u don't like it or are not keen don't go again but at least try it

P in Wales. I knew u would have something to say about the colour clouds or trying pixie powders as u know I have "messy" issues I was laughing away reading ur comment. I do love the look of those amazing blue n purple collections. I might branch out and go for it!! Lol xx

Tina. Hope ur leg gets better and that Mick is continuing his progress

Where's our Norah got to? Hope ur ok hunni

Love to all blog buddies

Tracy Stitt said...

Ps forgot to wish Welsh dors on her we'd win congratulation lucky lady xx

June Horrocks said...

Love this card sue I love tradition and this is just the job and as you say you can make a batch for charity love the background too I use this a lot Congrats to the lucky lady
Love always June Horrocks xxxxxxx

Scottydog said...

Love the ray of light die and the effect you have achieved with it. This is going to be lovely for batch cards. Thank you Sue.

Congratulations Welsh Dors, the card will be even better (if that is possible!) in 'real life'. Enjoy!

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Loving your card , lovely and simple just up my street.
Well done to Welsh Dors , enjoy your card.

Thank you everyone for your concern for my leg ,but honestly i am sure it is getting better ,the pain is less and no springing pain any more ,so that's good.

Pam ,,,,Andrew is still waiting for the call however he is at the Caravan site again enjoying chat with others there and the country walks .

June,,, sorry you had a bad night ,nothing worse than feeling groggy when you start your day, you must try to get a little nap later.

Special hugs to Tina, Tracey , Wheeley and all who needs cheering today.

I made two crochet squares yesterday ,am quite proud of myself actually they look perfect, { well to me they do. }.
Will be doing some more today to pass the time away .

Take Care
Elaine H X

DeCor said...

Love the colour you did the background in. A really eye catching quick card. Have a wonderful weekend. Congrats to Welsh Dors.

Lynne L said...

Good morning Sue I really like this card the background is gorgeous &I love the nativity die it was amongst the first I bought from the Christmas collection I like to include an element of the nativity in my cards since it portrays the true meaning of Christmas. Last year I used the wise men striplet a lot & this year will use the nativity scene & angel striplet as well
Congratulations to Welsh dors

CHERYL Brown said...

Hi Sue,

A stunning card with brilliant technique of mixing the Pixie Dust and Microbeads and one which personally I would use with just the Ray of Light.

Gurt bug hugs to all

Love & hugs
Cheryl xxx

SueJ said...

A gorgeous card, lovely background, just right for the ray of light die.

Congratulations Welsh Dors.

Kate's Cards said...


ursula said...

Love this technique, as you say could be made in batch style and wow, I could make this my card for the year and turn them out by the dozen....thanks Sue...luv Ursula xx

Paula said...

A very nice card Sue, but I don't even want to think about Christmas cards yet! :) I know I'll have to soon though, everything takes me so long these days, even 'quick' cards.
Congratulations to today's winner.
Hugs to all in need today,
Paula x

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. A great contemporary style card which would certainly stand out amongst other cards on the mantel at Christmas.


Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue, just been catching up on all your wonderful cards over the past month or so. Today's is no exception and certainly eye catching. Hope you are keeping well love from Jackie xx

Beryl Treble said...

Beautiful card Sue. Love the powders. Congratulations to
Welsh Dors!!!

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a very contemporary card and I can see the attraction but it's just not quite my style as I prefer to be a bit more traditional with Nativity scenes. However I do love the Rays of Light die and the way you have created the pixie powder background.

Welsh Dors - Congratulations on being the Wednesday Winner, enjoy your Sue special :)


Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
Thank you for giving us so many ideas for Christmas I have so many family birthdays around November and December I need to start my cards as soon as possible. Elaine so glad your leg seems to be improving but please be careful my brother fell and hurt his foot and days later developed deep vein thrombosis. Tracy so glad the counselling is helping hope the visit to the hairdresser goes well. Where is Norah? I miss hearing about her beautiful hills.

Yvonne G said...

Morning Sue
Yes MORNING!!!! Feels like the middle of the night so I would like everyone to take a couple of seconds to be impressed - especially you Laine x
Oh wow. This beautiful creation is perfect. Christmas has become very commercialized and this card draws us back to the true meaning of what the festive season is all about. I am not terribly religious but have many friends and know lots of people who would so appreciate such a wonderful card.
Ray of light die is just amazing and can be used for so many cards. Thanks Sue x
Congratulations to Welsh Dors - lucky lucky you x
Sorry I failed to appear yesterday. My day was quite well planned out. Jake has been away in France this week fishing and it was my last day of freedom, lol. George and him have still not settled their differences so George has been staying here whilst Jake has been away. Anyway my plans of a quietish day - lazy morning George going out after lunch - yipee playtime - was going to play with Pixie powders and then try and make a card with the huge pile of 'backgrounds' I have managed to accumulate since realising I am in love with the pixie powders.
Well - George decided he was staying in and the I had a text from my brother to say could he 'doss' here overnight. He lives in Durham but 3 or 4 times a year comes down to see a band gig in London and take photographs then comes back here to sleep on the settee at about 1 in the morning and leaves about 9 the next morning.
He is not the most organized person in the world and usually I get a text the day before he comes but he had forgotten so my short notice was reduced to a few hours instead of a day!!!
George at a party last night and all set to comment at about 10 last night but my brother returned early as the gig was earlier and shorter than normal.
All my plans for a relatively stress free day out of the window. Never mind, Jake not home til this evening so will try and salvage a little of what went wrong yesterday!
Hoping to speak to Laine at some point today. We did have a call 'scheduled' for about 8 last night butvshe wasn' feeling too good so fingers crossed we will catch up today if she is up to it. Hope you're feeling better hun. Sending hugs. Besides, once you are brighter I can resume the usual service of insults and put downs x
Tracy - all that money you save on your hair can be put to such good use. Think of all the wonderful crafty bits you can add to your stash!! I challenge you to embrace the pixie powders!!! I am not a messy crafter but when you start to 'play' and see what happens you will be so excited. Wholeheartedly agree with you about the counselling. I was so resistant to the idea for a whole year after Steve died. Eventually I crumbled (in more ways than one) and decided to give it a go with the intention of stopping after the first session so at least I could tell people I had tried it. Well this poor lady who obviously was a complete stranger and had drawn the short straw of being my counsellor listened to me blub uncontrollably whilst pouring out my heart for at least 10 sessions. More often than not I would come out and question myself as to why it was that I had managed to tell a complete stranger things that I would not dream of telling anyone else!!
I also managed to keep Kleenex in business for a long time and I believe that their profit margins increased and I take the credit! Lol x

Yvonne G said...

Sorry- far too much to say in one comment. Forgive me as I didn't comment yesterday and was absent for a week!!!
June - so sorry you are feeling yuk. That heavy head feeling is the pits. Take it easy, rest up and craft. Hugs x
Elaine - you really should get that leg checked out. For our peace of mind if not your own. You would be the first person to tell someone else to go and see the doctor so you should follow your own sound advice. Hope Andrew enjoys the caravan. (Jealous - love a caravan hol)!! Well done on your crochet squares. Hugs x
Tina - hope things get sorted very soon. Making all those phonecalls in a bid to solve things is so frustrating. Happy 86th birthday to your mum. Sending you hugs x
Sam - scam e mails are so annoying. I am quite lucky as I don't seem to be plagued by that many. However the phonecalls and texts I get about PPI and all the accidents I have apparently had drive me bonkers x
OK, I think I have said enough for one day. Sorry for such a long and drivelling composition.
Last full day of the Olympics which is rather sad as I have so enjoyed it. Never mind. Only 4 weeks to Ally Pally - yippedy doo da x
Lots of love to every one especially Lynda, Lorraine, Maria, P, Fluffy, Wheely, Pam and any of my other blog buddies whose names I have forgotten. Please don't take it personally and think you are less loved!!! x
Have a good day people.
Take care
Happy thoughts
Crafty hugs

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful Christmas card. A traditional nativity scene given a modern look and I like it. Thanks for your video. Congratulations to the very lucky card winner.

Val Jones said...

Such a Beautiful Nativity card Sue.
Love Val in Spain xx

auscrafts said...

Beautiful Christmas card

CraftyJo said...

Love it! :D

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
I do love the Ray of Light die and bought it. I'm experimenting with it as its actually more versatile than I thought. A star on top of the top circle looks effective for Christmas too as does the word Joy.
Off to watch the video! Thank you.
Love to all, Myra x

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Beautiful card so meaningful for Christmas.

Congratulations to Welsh Dors

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Sam Smithard said...

To My Very Dear Friend Sue,
Thank You So Very Much, For A Wonderful Very Informative Video Which
I've Watched Before, On You Tube, But I Love It When It Comes Onto The Blog, So I Can Watch Once Again.
I Love The Dies That You've Used "The Ray Of Light" This Awesome Background Can Be Used All
Year Round, I Love How It's Also Got The Detailed Piercing On.
I Love The Outstanding "Nativity Die" And How You've Cut In White And Backed In Black Gloss Card
The Background Of Today's "Extremely Exquisite" Card Using Those Truly Tremendous "Pixie Powders"
Creating Such A Superb Colour Combination For Your Background Just Excellent, Remarkable.
Also Adding Another Favourite The Micro Beads For Texture....
Sue Each And Everyday You Inspire Me With Great Ideas And Creativity, I Love Your Work And I'm Sorry
To Sound Like A Broken Record But I Love Everything You Do....
I Appreciate Everything You Do All The Very Hard Work.
Take Great Care My Wonderful Friend
Warmest Fond Wishes To Wonderful Colin And Heather
Sue Love And Huge Hugs To Yourself
Love From Sam xxx
Hugs To "All" Wilsonettes Take Care
Congratulations To Welsh Dors On Winning The Tremendous Wednesday Gift Card Enjoy......

Lynda's craft's said...

Hello Sure & friendsI love the ray of light background die & LOVE PIXIE POWDERS
Now I need the die. Thank you for the video too.
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

Yesterday I had a mammoth session with pixie powders making lots of backgrounds.
It dosn't have to be messy I have a large plastic box & put paper/ card in it then spray & add the powder
So try useing them P in Wales & Tracy you will love using them. Xx

Congratulations Welsh Dors enjoy your card xx

TRACY glad counceling went well for you. Special Hug's coming your way my friend. Love your cards xxx

Wheelybad how are you my friend Special Hug's for you & Cuddles for Billy xx

Tina hope Mike enjoys his time at the caravan. You take care Hug's coming your way xx

ELAINE glad ANDREW is doing ok. But please get your leg sorted. Hug's xx

YVONNE my you have had a hectic time with all the commings & goings in your house.
Hope you get time to craft today or some me time. As you say Ally Pally sooon yay. Hug's Lynda xx

JUNE hope your feeling better after your bad night have a snooze zzzzz later take care Hug's xx

Hope everyone has a good day xxx

Littlelamb said...

Beautiful card today Sue. I have both these dies and intend using them for a lot of my cards. Not got many pixie powders yet but Ally Pally is coming soon so must buy more. In the meantime I will use my Brusho's.

Theresa said...

Good afternoon Sue and all your crafty crew
What a lovely card today very different I love it not watched the video yet that's a treat for later
I hope that all the Wilsonetts that are suffering in one way or another get some relief from that suffering
This is a fantastic supportive group and long may that continue
Hugs to all that need one
Theresa G xx
Ohh and gongratulations to Welsh Dors on winning the wed card you will treasure it xx

hazel young said...

Beautiful card Sue xx hazel

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

I love the rays of light die and the Pixie Powders make a wonderful backdrop

Have a good weekend

Congratulations to Welsh Dors

June x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. WOW Another of your stunning christmas cards. I saw this one on your christmas die launch and bought both of these dies along with many of your other christmas dies as i thought this was your best launch ever. I made this card but instead of the white nativity i did a gold one with the black behind it and it turned out beautifully, i was so pleased with it. I finally got my hands on some pixie powders and i cant stop useing them, i am having so much fun with them. Thanks for another great video. Congrats to Welsh Dors on your beautiful win, enjoy.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

KarinsArtScrap said...

very beautifulllllll Sue

congrats to the winner

gr karin van eijk

barbara macaskill said...

Congratulations Welsh on winning this week's card!! Enjoy!
The Sunburst background is beautiful and I love how you did the nativity too!!! A beautiful card sure to make joy appear! TFS!

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Stunning card. Congratulations to Welsh Dors :-) Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

A very opulent card, would be perfect for a few people I know. The background die (is it ray of light?) Could have many uses I think. Hope all is well with you Sue, big hugs xxx

Congratulations to all this week's winners xxx

Elaine, love that you have got the crochet bug. I manage a good session every couple of weeks and the odd quarter of an hour between. My mum taught me when I was 5 or 6 and although I neglected it in my late teens I came back and picked it up fast using you tube. So many beautiful yarns though... Sigh! Just watch that American, Australian and UK terms differ, if you ask the search engine you'll find plenty of charts to tell you what is what and then you can take advantage of beautiful patterns from all over the world. Have fun, and hope that leg is on the mend. Glad Andrew is doing well too, big hugs xxx

Tracy, if a guy with grey hair is a "silver fox" then you must be a silver vixen... Has quite a ring to it I think! It's been on hell of a year so perhaps your new hair colour is the mark of a new chapter in your life full of good things, big hugs xxx

Tina, it's been hard enough organising help for my basic needs so I can't imagine how stressful getting Mick the right help has been. Stand your ground with all of the various organisations as your needs are just as important and being messed about is a stress both you and Mick don't need. I dearly hope it's all sorted soon, big hugs xxx

Not long til Ally Pally... I need those that are going to do me a favour- raise a slice of cake and a cuppa to me, buy lots of lovely things, give Sue, Julia and John a hug/ handshake/ high five from me (delete as applicable) and most important of all have a lovely time meeting and greeting each other. I'm working on a way to attend at some point in time but until then, you'll have to have fun on my behalf- that is an order people! I shall be at home, watching Hochanda and maybe even crafting along (and definitely online shopping lol). Desperate to try pixie powders so they'll be my next purchase.

Theresa G, agree 100% this group has done so much for me in the last couple of years, big hugs xxx

Lorraine, I hope you start feeling better soon, big hugs xxx

Lynda, big hugs from me and cuddles from Billy, who sends cuddles to P and Maria too xxx

Cheryl, lovely to see you back, Norah, hope all is well, Julie Laz, hope all is well for you too, Laine, Yvonne, Theresa W, Pat and Sarah, P, Fluffycat Frances, Pam, June, Marg, Maria and anyone I forgot. I started over an hour ago reading this week's comments so please accept my apologies if I forgot to put your name, you all mean a lot to me regardless and send big hugs to you all xxx

Sorry, seems this has to be a two-parter...

Wheely Bad said...

I honestly don't know where the week has gone! Still adjusting to having help everyday but it has made a difference to some things already even though it's exhausting me. Have loved the sport though and think that following that hasn't helped lol. Had one big fuzzy brain and a couple of small ones so not a bad week. Did actually have a couple of hours out in a nearby town with Mr and Billy midweek but we didn't bank on how poor the footpaths were by the river, very sore for a day or two after but was nice to be out. Had an al fresco coffee and brownie while Billy had a rest, people laughing as he drank water from a sports bottle, looking cool in his doggy bandana and generally being a very good boy. May have been because of the cheesy treats I had stashed in my handbag! Will have a shower now then settle down for the football and an early night. My team play tomorrow lunchtime and there's very little hope but I'll watch all the same! Glutton for punishment me! Have a friend coming round so we'll laugh about it together. On the hospital front I have sent a couple of emails to people with experience and am checking other groups, charities etc hope to have a good plan in place before I make an appointment with the Doctor. All your support for that has helped me so much, thank you all x

Forgive the long post, 5 days is a lot of catching up, loved how predictive text had turned me into Wheely bin a couple of times! Really did laugh out loud then, best chuckle I'd had in ages. Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend and send hugs and happy thoughts to everyone. I'll be back asap

T x

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
A stunning card today. Not my sort of card though. Congratulations to the comment winner. Will watch the video later.

Tressa said...

The use of pixie powders gives the glorious sort of background needed by the Rays die which would be difficult to achieve by a non-artist like me. This is a die that is not confined to Christmas in my eyes. Perhaps the beginnings of a new day for someone starting afresh?

I have to agree with a few others about not liking the nativity die as a topper. For me it doesn't work but I can't explain to myself why that is the case. Perhaps it is the black and white. Not sure! This a rare occasion for me.


Dawn Holben said...

Although this is not my sort of card it is still stunning.
I love the background and the lovely rich colours you have used.
I am quite happy to look at christmas cards anyday of the year lol

Eunice said...

Not really a fa of the Pixie powders, but the card is amazing!!! The Rays die is wonderful and I think it could be used in numerous other ways for other cards rather than just X-Mas.

Janet Wilson said...

Fab card, gorgeous background.

liz spooner said...

Stunning card Sue, something a little bit different.xx

Jan.moogie said...

Lovely card Sue and great video am really chuffed with the instruction for the pixie powders. Hope you had a great day,hugs xxxxxxxxxxxx

Vie Carter said...

A striking card


IVY Cheong said...

Love ray of light die, I bought it! Beautiful card. Ivy C x

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Lovely Card. I love the Ray of light die and this background. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

Norah McPhee said...

Good evening Sue and the lovely Wilsonettes,
This would be a good card for going abroad as it is what that magic time is all about but doesn't cost a fortune to post. I know i still need my eyes tested but i can't really make out Mary and the baby very well but i know they have to be in there some where but i definitely need that opticians appointment i think. Sorry Sue but i'll see it in its glory at some point flower, perhaps that wax stuff will highlight the important bits and show up it's definition.
Sorry folks that i haven't been in for a wee while but Rory has been off college since the 10th of june and seems to need both computer and ipad to play games with his friends, not the same game mark you, two different ones at the same time. Crikey it would take me all that i have just to be able to play one at a time never mind playing with friends as a team defeating whoever and playing another game as well. So this being the case i haven't been able to get a shot of the computer as it seems never ending him on it. Any way i haven't been up to doing much on it this past wee while being a bit down but i will pick up again, just need to get past the next 20 days over with Mum and Jim the same weekend. It was bad enough when i had Jim to get over but Mum deciding to go 2 days before his anniversary just makes it a huge effort and summit to over come. Any way i'll not bore you all with my downs and just say i hope you have all had a good week apart from the rain bursts and that you have a lovely weekend.
Hugs being sent to all that need them, want them or could do with them, Tracy, Tina, Wheely, Elaine
love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil)

theresa w said...

Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Stunning card sue x the pixie powders behind the rays look very striking x
Congratulations welsh dors x
Thinking of all the wilsonettes and sending lots of hugs to you all , your loved ones and four paws x
Theresa w xxx

Karen Drew said...

Lovely card. The ray of light die is a gorgeous die
Karen xx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card. Thanks for sharing.
Congratulations to Welsh Dors.

Suemac said...

Sorry not my style of card

Theresa Pace said...

fab background. goes so well with the nativity. love this card, hugs xx

Steve Harrison said...

Hi Sue. I love your Christmas card today !!! A very traditional, nativity style card !!! I have not yet seen your video but I will watch it tomorrow when I get some time to myself. I love the colours you have used. Your Nativity die is lovely. I also really love your background die. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card today Sue. Sending you lots of love and hugs today Sue from Tres x x x

Sending lots of love and hugs to everyone from Tres x x x

Lorraine Eastwood said...

Good evening lovely Sue and her crafty crew!

Oh what an embarrassment of riches that I've missed over the past few days, how can you possibly think that we would get tired of your Christmas cards when they provide us with such invaluable inspiration. It goes without saying that I love every one of them, particularly your shaker card yesterday, however today's card offers us the option of creating something quick and simple for batch making purposes. Whilst it doesn't have a lot of intricate dies needed to create this beauty, the attraction of this card has to be the beautiful background achieved by the pixie powders and micro beads....I haven't invested in any as yet, waiting until seeing the range at Ally Pally, but Yvonne has been literally wetting herself with excitement over the effects created by these pocket rockets that I can't wait to give them a test run when I go to visit....she has promised that I can try before I buy but I think that I am already a convert based upon today's demo.
I have to admit that I wasn't too sure about the nativity die either, preferring a more contemporary festive card, but it really works on this card and I love the black gloss background as opposed to matt black card. Lovely card Sue, really eye catching.
I'm well and truly on the naughty step for non attendance lately but with a mixture of dodgy health issues and the gripping Olympic coverage the past two weeks have passed me by. I've made attempts at keeping abreast of everyone's news but such is my sieve like memory that I fear my recollection is rather sketchy so apologies if I fail to aknowledge anything of significance, I'm sure I'll catch up in the coming days. If I've not been watching live coverage of the Olympics I've been watching the recorded action....I deserve a gold medal for commitment to the Olympic cause:-) between visits to the nail technician, I have to have fabulous nails to impress Sue, the hairdressers and appointments for my Caci takes effort to look this fabulous dahlings:-)
I am beginning to get very excited about Ally Pally, it's now within touching distance and I can't quite believe that I will be going. Meeting Yvonne in the flesh will be a thrill....wait...I meant to say meeting Sue will be a thrill and an honour and I don't know how I will manage to contain myself. I will be positively star struck and totally giddy with delight, it's not often that I am rendered incapable of basic conversation but I fear that this will be the case in this instance.....maybe I should take a hip flask of neat gin with me to calm my nerves:-) Meeting Sue will be akin to bumping into George Michael for me, a man who has occupied my dreams since I was ten years old, but fear not Sue, I pose no threat to your physical person despite what some bitter twisted individuals may have suggested, so arming yourself with security guards and taser guns will not be necessary in this instance:-)
Yvonne, we are going to have a whale of a time when I visit, all you have to do now is assure your boys that the "axe murderer from Scotland" isn't going to murder you all in your beds as you sleep:-) By the way, I am well impressed at your early comment today because it's not often that your out of bed before noon is it? Enjoy all that endless amount of laundry provided by Jake when he returns from his fishing tripxxx
Special hugs to my missed blog buddies, I hope to catch up with your news in the coming days, special mention to P, Maria, Beth, Rebecca, Theresa, pat, Pam, Tracy, Jan, Wheely Bad, Frances, nana Tina, and Elainexxxx

Crafty hugs


Nana on the Hill said...

Love the simplicity of this card, & the background is lovely.

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,

Love how you have created the background for this card, thank you for the inspiration.

Love and hugs Brenda xxx

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone.
Yesterdays twofer Sue were both gorgeous, love the navy and white.
Today's card is also nice, love the background.
Congrats to this weeks winners.

Sending my daily hugs to all who need one.
Tracy- glad you felt better after the session. Just take one
day at the time, hope your sister is alright too x
Elaine- take care,well done for taking up crochet. I used to make
some at young age before the cross stitch and card making took over.
Glad Andrew doing alright, will he soon be able to have his treatments ?x
Tina- , bless you to have so much work to find the right carers. Take
a huge breath and I wish it all goes ok in the end. Great Mick has
his appetite .x
Norah- hope Rory have a nice summer brake. Always hard when anniversary's
coming up, wish you be alright x
Yvonne- only four more weeks, eeks. must get my shopping list in order
asap or it be like last time. Bought craft I wanted not what I needed :-)
Shame your boys still not getting along,hope they can settle their
differences one day. You take care so you not overdo things x
Lorraine- you too, please take things easy. Wish you better.x
Laine- good to see you back, this watching of the Olympics have
really got the body clock some weird but haven it been exciting with
the boxing, sailing, hockey, gymnastics, etc,etc. Hope you enjoyed
being pampered . take care.x
Wheelybad- lovely to hear you all got out for a while. Billy must
have looked so nice . Gentle hugs to you and a big one for Billy x
ToB- hope you are alright, haven't seen you for a long time x
Didn't sleep much last night, got to bed first at 4am after taking
double of the norm. of pain killers. Felt a bit like a zombie today so
thought of an early night so I wish you all a very good night x

hugs to you all ! Maria x

Lesley Cann said...

Love the design of the card but not sure about the nativity in black.

Laura O' Connor said...

fab card ,love the background great technique ,Laura O

Jennifer Smith-Kirk said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card, love the background X X X