Friday, 25 November 2016

Christmas Double Days

 Hi bloggers!  I have two very different cards for you today, like night and day!  First up I started this card by using the decorative die from the Poinsettia Border, Corner tag die set to cut the side edges of a piece of coconut white card.  I cut a double strip of pearls in half and ran a strip down the inside edges of each border and added small pearls to the poinsettia centres as well.  I selected a piece of dusty rose card (from my stash) and added sticky adhesive strips to each side, then coated it with Iced Snow and attached it behind my borders.  For the focal element, I cut the Filigree Poinsettia die in white.  I stamped my sentiment and then cut out the inner die from the set, but nipped away the poinsettia, leaving just the decorative edge.  I added a dusty rose backing and added it over the top of the sentiment.  For a floral element, I cut the Christmas Rose die set creating three different sized roses.  I added a pink centre accented lightly with clear micro beads I glued into place.  I cut the foliage and inked it very lightly with a soft green.  I completed the card with white on white mats.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  9" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

 Card number two is a fire and ice technique background.  I cut the Ray of Light Background out of a piece of black card.  Next I covered the front of the card with a self adhesive sticky sheet.  I turned it over and used Red Blaze gilding flakes on the exposed areas of the dies cut. I trimmed the outside edges even, removing any stray piece of flake then peeled the backing paper off the front and coated it with Iced Snow.  I cut The Nativity die in black.  I cut the outline shape out of a piece of card covered with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I peeled the backing off, attached the decorative die cut, slightly offsetting it, then gilding the remaining exposed area.  I mounted it on foam in the lower corner.  The card was completed with white and black mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 6" x  8" in size.  How are your Christmas cards coming along?   All for now,Sue x

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Pam said...

Gorgeous cards, so hard to choose.
Heather T, sorry to hear you have pleurisy, please take care, it can be very nasty.
Patricia, happy belated Anniversary wishes to you and Mr H.
Wheelybad, how lovely to see your post. It is good that the hospital etc are being so thorough but it must be very trying for you. Hope all goes well, happy to hear Billy is so well and good luck to hubby for new job application.
June, continued good wishes for a steady improvement.
Sharon, you too and your daughter.
Tina, like June I'm curious about Peters new toy but at least it will keep him amused whilst he is recovering.
Elaine, how did Andrew get on, any news yet about his complaint also.
Happy Friday to all.

Dragonsnap2 said...

Two beautiful cards today but so different that you just can't compare them.
Have a great day.
Happy crafting.
D xx

DeCor said...

Two stunning cards today Sue. Love all the details on the first card. Particurly like the micro bead centre on flow r R's. Happy day to all.

DeCor said...

Two stunning cards today Sue. Love all the details on the first card. Particurly like the micro bead centre on flow r R's. Happy day to all.

Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue
Two so different cards today.It is difficult to choose a favourite love them both.
Jan x said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you two lovely cards.
The first one has given me an idea on how to mount one of my stitched toppers.
I have finished all my Christmas cards now, thank you for all the inspiration.
Take care and have fun Kitty.x

hollyberry said...

Two stunning cards but favourite has to be the first with all those lovely flowers.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two gorgeous cards really like the first one.
Nancyd xx

hazel young said...

Beautiful cards Sue x xhazel

Clai01 said...

Happy Thanksgiving Sue x
love the first card especially x

Tina T said...

Good morning Sue and crafters all
Beautiful cards today , thank you Sue for sharing.
If I had to choose it would be no 1,
if my dear friend who recently died was a devout catholic so she would have loved no 2.
Pam - Peter got really excited about having a play with the compressor which he wanted for use with his Air Brush, when he assembled the parts found it had a European two pin plug, so off I went to Argos for an adapter. Got home then the airless had the wrong fitting so it was off to machine mart, Peter in tow and he went in for this.
Until this year Peter was an avid fisherman and made his own floats and lures but never got a good finish - so I bought him the airbrush.
June Smith - hope your walking is improving and you are getting more sleep. Hope the above about Peter's new toy helps.
Elaine - hope things are moving re your complaint
Love and crafty hugs to all
Tina T xxxx

Denise Bryant said...

Love the first one with that gorgeous poinsettia border! That die is now on my wish list!

Steph Cotterill said...

Morning Sue. I don't think I've seen two cards on double days that are so very different in every single way apart from the subject. I've always found it hard to make out the outline of the die on the fire and ice sample, but I do love how you do that technique, one of those many beautiful backgrounds you do that I've never had the confidence to try, I'm sure I will one day when I give myself a 'play day'
I'm still trying to achieve a decent number of cards to take to market Sunday ! But won't get anywhere near the amount I'd have liked to take. Andy, bless him keeps trying to reassure me that I've made the number I sold last year plus the few I found in my box from last year so I should feel pleased with what I've done in under a week, I've managed 17 plus one on the table with mats and layers cut ready to put through one of your beautifully designed folders, pointsettia cut and waiting to be sugared then a little bit more love to be added to it and done, so I'm hoping to add at least another 3 besides that then move over to the children's and baby's first which the onside will help me make a few of those so thank you.
My man is on his way back with 4paws so I need to get a hot drink ready before I do here is your Friday hug to help keep you warm lol have a good day xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, two stunning cards today. The first one us so pretty and sweet. The second one is just as nice but in a different way.

Barbara V

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. Two beautiful but very different cards, if I had to choose a favourite it would have to be the second one simply because I love your fire and ice technique.
Wheelybad, lovely to hear from you. Glad that Billy is recovering and good luck to Mr with his job hunt. Stephanie, well done on making all those cards, you put me to shame as I do well if I finish one in a day. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

Marion Scott said...

Good morning Sue. Two beautiful Christmas cards. I do love your fire and ice technique but my favourite today is No. 1 .
Marion S x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
They are different, but each one is a stunner. That fire and ice technique delights every time I see it.
Hugs, Rose

Netty The Runner said...

Both cards are stunning.
Annette x

Unknown said...

Two very different cards today. As I'm not religious I prefer the first card but always appreciate the fabulous fire and ice technique. Debra x

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, two beautiful cards from both ends of the spectrum, pretty and dramatic, love them both. Have a great day everyone. Bx

Unknown said...

GM Sue. 2 lovely cards again today. My fave is No 1 just! C cards all done, dusted and written ready for posting and giving in a couple of weeks or so.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Two very different cards but each one beautiful in its own right, I think number one is just in the lead for me.
Thank you for your kind wishes Pam X
Hugs x
Heather T

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue.
Two beautiful cards that although very different from each other have great sparkle and appeal.x

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing them.
Heather T......pleurisy is unbelievably painful, I have had it in the past. It's important to take deep breaths every now and again despite the pain. Grit your teeth and go for it! Take care.
Have a great day everyone.

auscrafts said...

Two lovely cards ,I'm all done for this year wrote them all out yesterday and put the stamps on ready to mail.A first for me normally I'm a mid Dec person

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, two beautiful cards today, I think I prefer No 1.

I had a better night last night, only woke up twice and was up at 5 this morning so feel a bit better, got to tackle the ironing today, not looking forward to that.

Wheely Bad, lovely to hear from you, keep up the good work, you will get there, hope Billy Boy’s x-ray goes well next week and fingers crossed that your other man gets the caretakers job, hugs.

Oh Heather T, how awful for you to have pleurisy, I know this is a very nasty thing to have, please take care and do as you are told. xx

Sharon, you too and your daughter.

Tina, I see Pam is also curious to know about Peters new toy, come on spill the beans xx.

Elaine, how did Andrew get on, any news yet about his complaint also.

Helen Bell – hope you are enjoying Mexico, would love to go there x

Maria, I hope you get relief soon

Maureen keep up with the eye drops, they do help, love your comment re anniversary’s, I think mine is the same. xx

Special hugs, PP Yvonne, Myra, Patricia Howarth, happy anniversary for yesterday, Diane Green, Elaine H, and anyone else I have forgotten to mention.

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

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue both of these cards are gorgeous I love them both. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

JAO said...

Great cards Sue.

Anonymous said...

Two interesting cards today, Sue, and as you say so different. Love the gentle colouring on the first, really pretty.
cr@fty Heather - please take care, sorry you're so poorly with pleurisy. Well wishes.
Wheely - great to see your comment. Hope all this brings some results for you. So pleased Billy is doing well, and fingers crossed for your man re the job.
Late congrats to Patricia H, hope your anniversary day was good.
Hugs to all.

'P' in Wales

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all. Two amazing cards this morning and both so different and beautiful. I love the poinsettia card with Christmas roses, so pretty and different. The Navivity card is stunning also with the gilding flakes sparking through the background.
Well wishes and hugs all round. Wendy

Karen Derbyshire said...

2 lovely cards Sue, hard to choose a preference.

PharmacyMichele said...

Love the first card, it's gorgeous. The second one isn't for me but I'm sure lots of people with love it.


Anonymous said...

Two very different cards Sue, both are lovely.Have a nice weekend everyone.JJxx

Anne said...

Two lovely cards, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

shabbycraftcabin said...

Wow 2 stunning cards!! I love them both impossible to choose. keep warm, Ivy C x

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
Two great cards. I love the first one best, so much detail to take in, the pink shading on the roses, it just sings to me.
B xx

karenlotty said...

Two gorgeous cards and so so different

dmj said...

Two completely different cards today, Sue, but the first if my favourite!!!

Doreen x

foxyg said...

Two beauties. Love them both.
Received my prize the other day 'swirly Vine background' die. Absolutely fantastic. Can't wait to start playing with it. Thank you so much Sue. X

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Two gorgeous card, hard to choose, the first just edges it.

Clare Powell said...

Two beautiful cards, love the sparkle on the second card x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, love both cards but the first one is my favourite. love Jean Z xxxx

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Two more lovely cards to give us some inspiration, love all the bling on both of them so can't choose a favourite today.


Jan.moogie said...

Wow Sue what gorgeous cards the first one is so so pretty and the second one simply stunning. Thanks for sharing have a great day, hugs xxxxxxxxxx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, two lovely cards today, each wonderful in their own right. Not made many cards yet, hoping we could delay Christmas by a couple of months so I can catch up.

Love Rosemarie X X

Unknown said...

Two very different cards today sue the first very preety reminds me of spring the Christmas card is stunning clever I can't choose you know me xxxxx thank you love you
June horrocks xxxxx

Unknown said...

Morning Sue two fabulous cards today but its the poinsetta corners for me it is beautiful

Catherine xx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely cards but the first one is my favourite. I love the subtle colours, very delicate. Love to all Alison xx

gwen70 said...

Two brilliant cards today Sue

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Two little beauties , the first one is a really classy card with those pearls love it !

Hi Pam , Andrew is short of potassium and Something else i can't spell, he is having tablets for one and an infusion today for the other ,he was asked if he wanted to continue treatment today or leave it for a few days ,so no surprise to me Andrew is having treatment today { he has always been determined } so a long day ahead as the infusion takes over 2hrs.xx

Tina T , Andrew had a letter yesterday to say his case is under investigation. Hope Peter can now enjoy his new toy .x

Heather T , Awww Pleurisy is not nice at all sending you big hugs .

June, so pleased you had a better night, as for the ironing ??? awww only do what you can manage . xx

Wheely bad , sending you hugs and fingers crossed for the job xx

Patricia Howarth, only read today it was your Anniversary ,hope you had a lovely day my friend xxxx

Sending hugs to all
Take care
Elaine H X

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, I do like double days and today does not disappoint two beautiful cards and so different. Number one is my favourite as I love the Poinsettia Border.

Annie Stamps said...

Absolutely love the poinsettia border set Sue. Your fire and ice technique looks brilliant on the second card. Hard to choose between the two.

Annie P

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Another two lovely Christmas cards, love the poinsettia border on the first and the ray of light background is stunning with the gilding flakes.

Wheelybad so good to see you back, big hugs for you all and fingers crossed for Mr W xxx
Tracy how are you today, it's been a hard week for you
Patricia H belated happy anniversary
Big hugs to all who are not too well, hope today will be a little better for you

Hugs and best wishes to everyone

BenteS said...

Gorgeous both of them!
Love the background on card #2 and also the dies you have used for it, and the poinsettia border is one of my favorites.
So hard to choose a favorite today, but I go for #2 ;)

Yorkie girl said...

Good morning Sue and all your crafty crew
Well another double day. You spoil us Mrs W
I think the first one is the one I would go for if I were forced to choose
Its lovely and delicate and those poinsettia borders are gorgeous
I wish all those that are not well or have someone who is going through tough times all the best
Prayers and hugs to you all
Theresa G xx

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful cards Sue.

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sweet Sue, a really beautiful pair of cards today, love both of them equally as they are just gorgeous. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Unknown said...

Good morning Sue

Two gorgeous cards today. I really like the detail on the first one

June x

Beryl said...

Two beautiful cards Sue.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful Christmas cards that are so different. The first so pretty and feminine looking with the poinsettias. The second a traditional nativity with your fire and ice background. I love them both.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - two very different and stunning cards - I love anything with poinsettias for Christmas and the first card has to be my favourite of the two. All my cards are made for this year so I am now gathering ideas for next year!! Best wishes

Unknown said...

To My Wonderful Friend Sue,
I Love Christmas Card Double Days, The First Card Would Make A Great
December Birthday Card (Which I Have To Make As Its A Couple Of Days Prior To Christmas Day)
The Beautiful Christmas Rose Is Just Outstanding.
I Must Say The Second Card Is Extremely Opulent And Rich, I Love The Colour Combination Also
The Tremendous Cutting Dies I Have "The Ray Of Light" I Purchased This So It Could Be Used All Year
Round, I Love How You Cut It Out In Black Then Adding A Sticky Adhesive Sheet Using Gilding Flakes And Iced Snow
You Created A Card Using Your Fire /Ice Technique, Then Adding The Extremely Beautiful "Nativity Die" Which In
Itself Is A Very Beautiful Die.
Sue Thank You So Very Much For Sharing Your Extremely Outstanding Double Christmas Card Days, I'll Be Very Sad
When They Finish, But Keeping Them In My Pinterest Folder, Also My Bloglovin Folder I've Got Plenty To Look Back On,
Plus "YouTube"
Take Great Care Sue
Wonderful Fond Wishes To Colin And Heather
Love And Huge Hugs 🤗 To Yourself Sue
Love From Sam xxx
Hugs To "All" Wilsonettes.......

Sue MacFall said...

Love the fire and ice technique so the second card is favourite. However, I think the first card is very pretty too.
Thank you.

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Two fabulous Christmas cards so different but each one is a star in its own right.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, Two gorgeous cards, both so different, but equally beautiful.
My Christmas cards are non existent at present, I can't seem to get into doing them !!! think my mojo has gone on holidays hahaha, I've started cutting out lots of snowglobes for my nearer Family cards, but not got further than that yet, and the ones that I need to batchmake, I have no ideas yet hahaha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Kate's Cards said...

Two lovely cards.
I have not managed to make any cards yet as I am too poorly! I have had to buy some charity cards, but will definitely make a few for family!

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
Your first card today has received ten out of ten from me! I love the pretty I poinsettia border, the Christmas Rose and the other dies you have used.
The second card is Lovely too but a little dark for me, I am afraid.
I am improving a little every day following my hit and run incident on Sunday. Thank you to Princess Pixie and Laine 1972 who I met at AP last time, Pam, Sharon Casey, Lyn L, Nattyboots, Fluffycat, P in Wales and June Smith and anyone else I may have missed for their good wishes.
June I know you have been in a lot of pain following your op so hope you are improving too.! Don't worry about the ironing, I'm not!!!
I was cheered up yesterday by the arrival of the lovely Timeless Striplet which I won in the recent draw. Many thanks again to Sue!
Lesley S x

Margaret R said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards. I think I like the first one the best.
Margaret xx

ursula said...

Two amazing different cards today, I do love the sunray one you have made, but then I do like the 'fire and ice' technique...thank you Sue, beautiful.....luv Ursula xx

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
Definitely the first one wins for me. Elaine I hope Andrew copes better with his latest round of treatment will it carry on over Christmas. Kate sorry you are feeling poorly.

CraftyJo said...

Nice! Love the second one :)

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful cards you have made Sue
Gr Karin

Suebak said...

Love your border idea in the first card and the soft green shaded foliage is a delight. The ray of light used for your second card is dramatic in contrast to your first card.

Susan x

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
....well both cards are so different...but each of them gorgeous!!! I cannot pick a favourite, I suppose it would just depend on the recipient as to which they would prefer! I'm sure anyone would love to receive either of these beautiful cards! You are just so clever!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Two very different styles but both are equally stunning.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

barbara macaskill said...

LOVE the glow of the second card and the first is so pretty! Delicately colored and the flowers are lovely!! TFS!

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, very different indeed! Both are beautiful but I love the first one more - not just because of the poinsettias but because the second one is a bit dark for me.

Wheely - good to see you back. Happy for Billy, good luck to Mr W and I hope that you can see an end to the tunnel.


Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Both a bit different, but love the use of the iced snow.... one of my fav products.

lritchie said...

Hi Sue, both cards are beautiful

Lori from Canada

nzillingworth said...


Val Jones said...

Both beautiful cards Sue.
Love Val in Spain xxx

Suemac said...

Two beautiful cards

Bejay said...

Hi, Sue,
Wow...both cards are beautiful! I have to say that I love the first one the best, although it's very hard to chose. I think the flowers won it for me as I do love all your flower dies and this Christmas Rose is so delicate and beautiful.
Bejay xx

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. Love both of the cards today. I would have to say that I prefer prettier cards for Christmas rather than the more religious cards (I know that the true purpose of Christmas should be the religious element rather than all the fun side) but on this occasion I like the second card the best. I particularly like the black and gold combination which looks so dramatic.


Karen Drew said...

Two beautiful cards today. Love both equally as they are both so different
Karen xx

Unknown said...

Hi sue.

Two fab cards today really love them both. Loving the sparkle.

Wheely. Lovely to see u popping in. Glad billy boy is doin better and good luck to hubby for his job application.

Pat. Yeah this weeks been difficult but I'm plodding along. My sis and I made up two wreaths for dad. I gave her a quick tutorial and off she went. She quite enjoyed herself. She's getting to enjoy making a card here too lol x

Love to all zx

Janet Wilson said...

2 more great Christmas cards

liz spooner said...

Hi Sue, I thought the top one was actually a very pretty birthday card until I read the sentiment.xx

Lynne L said...

Hi Sue Two fabulous cards today both very different so difficult to choose You're timing is amazing as I was using the nativity die yesterday to make some cards & was trying to think of another variation to make with it so I was delighted when U saw your fire & ice version & will definately give it a go tomorrow
June glad you had a better night hope you didn't tire yourself out doing the ironing
Sharon hope you & your daughter are feeling better each day Elaine hope Andrews treatment went alright
Heather sorry to hear you have pleurisy hope you'll feel more comfortable soon
Sending healing hugs to all who need them

Marianne's Craftroom said...

They are so different to each other, my fave is the top one, such pretty soft colours

Laura O said...

two fab cards ,so different ,love the die used and the colours in the first card ,Laura O

Rosemary Stickland said...

Two very different cards .... love the first one.
Rosemary xx

Jean said...

Gorgeous cards!

Fikreta said...

very nice card!

sued99 said...

Two very different cards. I love the first one but the second is a bit dark for my taste. Sorry.

Barbara said...

Two lovely cards but really like No.1 as I am not a fan of religious cards.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
These are so very different from each other but equally lovely.
Beverley W

Dawn Holben said...

OOh it's christmas double day, that last week went so quick.
These are two different but very gorgeous cards.
I love them both but i think the first one is my absolute favourite
because of the colours.

Tressa said...

Two very different cards. I am not religious but I do like the second one very much.


Betty McAlister said...

Evening Sue. Two gorgeous sparkly cards today. They are so very different but I think my choice would be the black and gold nativity
Card. Xx

Wacki Macky said...

Two beautiful and elegant cards Sue, love them both

thank you

Theresa said...

love the second card. so classical, hugs xx

Pawprintx4 said...

I actually finished 3 cards using The Nativity die today...used one of your videos as my inspiration. I loved the way they turned out, altered them slightly. I also made cards using the snow globe die. These were fun...the snowman. I also have the little cottage scene and will do some with it. I had used the snowman in another way in a card exchange last month so several variations using that die. I recently ordered the Christmas shadowbox die set and can't wait until it arrives. I can see really enjoying making cards with that set. I usually make around 30-35 Christmas cards all together and I should be getting close. I like a mix of traditional, religious, and just fun/good cheer cards to suite a varied mailing list. Your dies have so much variety that there is something for everyone.
I hope everyone has a pleasant & restful weekend.
Stephanie K

Yvonne H said...

Hello Sue,
Two very different cards but still beautiful. Yvonne xx

Lynda's craft's said...

Good evening Sue & everyone
Wow two gorgeous cards todayi love them both the second one is with my favourite technique Fire & ice love all the Dies used on both cards.
Love &Hug's Lynda Brock xx

Big Hug's to all are unwell or just need a hug.
Sorry shot tonight but very tired so I'm off to bed now good night to all my buddies xx

Brenda said...

Hello Sue,
Two gorgeous and really inspiring cards today, Love them both, but have to say number one is my favourite.
Love and Hugs, Brenda xxx

Eunice said...

Both cards a amazing!! Thank you for your awesome ideas.

Littlelamb said...

Two gorgeous cards today Sue. Have only just got a chance to look at the blog and see I was making the second card this morning, what a coincidence. Wheels Bad. Good to see you commenting. Hope all goes well.

Sandy H said...

Two lovely cards. Thanks for the inspiration as I haven't started my Christmas cards yet. I've still got December birthday cards to make and then hopefully doing Christmas cards will get me in the mood for Christmas.
Take care everyone

A Happercrafter6 said...

Two lovely cards, especially the first one.

Heather Treble said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful cards, love them both.
Thanks for sharing,

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
Really love the poinsettia card, beautiful dies & must get it to add to my ever growing 'Sue Wilson' die Arsenal...
Love the colours you have used & will definitely be trying this one out.
Gorgeous designs as always & do like the 2nd card but the first one is my favourite.

Crafty Hugs
Haze T (Norwich)

Johanna said...

Beautiful cards but I don't quite understand how you did the second one and would love to try something similar. Any video available showing how you did it? I am better with visuals.

Dorothy of Baldock, GB said...

Hi Sue,

Stunning card, and something different for Christmas Love it.

Love Dorothy of Baldock

Unknown said...

Two very beautiful cards, the first one is my fav, just lovely


Unknown said...

Loving both of these cards and sorry I missed the opportunity to win one. I've been making some of the Nativity ones myself. Love these two dies.