Sunday, 1 January 2017

My Favourites Of 2016

Hi there my crafty friends!  Happy New Year to you too!  As is another tradition, the first day of each new year is devoted to showcasing some of my favourite cards from the previous year.  I am not sure why I have picked these, but I do recall that there was just something about each of these as I finished them that made me smile.  Some are very detailed, some are very clean and simple and the first one here is very distressed, so there is no particular unifying thread to any of them, I just really liked them all.  I would love to hear your thoughts on them, if you would have chosen any of the same cards, or is there a card you would have included that I have forgotten. perhaps?  Here are my picks from 2016, in no particular order, for your perusal.  I hope you like them and they give you a wonderful start to a fabulous 2017!

I would just like to add a quick note to all my blog readers too.  I really look forward to all your comments every day, they are the life blood of this blog family, but I think we need to try to keep them more positive as we start this new year.  I have had a number of emails from people saying that they love to come to see what is new each day but they leave feeling a bit saddened from reading all the comments. The absolute hardest thing for me is to get to know each of you through your comments on my blog and then one day suddenly you are gone,  I rarely know why and to be honest, it is a bit soul wrenching for me.  I would hate to think they you have left because the blog too sad. I want my blog to be a place where we can all share our lives, but perhaps we can do it in a more uplifting manner, focus on the positive in our lives.   I think it would benefit us all too and I hope you will agree.  I sincerely hope that this does not offend anyone, my goal is merely to strike a balance that everyone can be happy with on the blog.  Happy 2017, here's to a better and brighter year!  All for now, Sue x

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Anonymous said...

Happy new year Sue and thank you for all the beautiful cards. Have a great 2017. Annie xxx

Pam said...

Lovely cards Sue.
A Happy New Year to you all, especially Elaine and Andrew, Tina and Peter, NannaTina, June, Tracey and all who are not well.
Hope 2017 brings happier things for you all.

Dragonsnap2 said...

Happy New Year Sue and all Wilsonettes. Looking forward to a better year this year.

Sue I love nearly all of your cards and the ones you have shown today are all gorgeous. Have a great day.

Happy crafting.

D xx

Clai01 said...

Happy New Year Sue, looking forward to what new crafting things Creative Expressions may bring us and seeing the delightful makes from all the team too. xx
Very inspiring cards today just a delight to see. xx

auscrafts said...

Happy new year,all of these cards are gorgeous,I can see why you've picked them as your favourites

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
A very happy new year to you and all wilsonettes.
Thank you for all the beautiful cards.
Looking forward to all the new designs in 2017.
Take care all and have fun Kitty.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, Happy New Year to one and all. These cards are all gorgeous I love them all. Looking forward to seeing what fabulous die sets you bring us this year, and all the inspiration you give us.
Nancyd xx

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Sue
All these cards are beautiful, your colour combinations are v pleasing and I love them all.
Hope all your followers have a happy healthy year Anne from Calne

Debra K. said...

Happy New Year to Sue and everyone on the blog!! Wishing you all the happiest year.
Wonderful cards and card designs! Your floral arrangements always make me smile. My favourite from these cards is the first one as I just love vintage looking cards. Debra x

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning Sue and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and Colin.
I can see why you chose these stunning arts of work as your favourites, the cards using your paper pack sing spring and summer and happiness, now they have made me smile, the others are adorable.

I'd like to thank you for all the opportunities you have given us to win dies during your launches, for offering so many gifts for the Blog candy and for every card you send for the Wednesday giveaway plus the gift for each comment winner. Thank you for your inspiration each day no matter what life brings to your door or where you are in the world, and for the help and advice you give if we're struggling with our projects, and THANK YOU for being YOU.
I really hope that people read your end comment as it's been so sad and mood lowering for most of last year so much so I've stopped reading, and just popping in to look and comment, and I think a lot of followers have done the same, so let's hope we have a much happier and brighter blog where we use to leave laughing and smiling and not leave feeling depressed and sad for the day. On that note, I wish my special friends a happy 2017 full of happiness and great crafting and many new dies ☺
sending a special big hug to you today and a big thank you as I know it couldn't have been easy for you to find the words to end your blog today xxxxx

hollyberry said...

Beautiful cards ,all of them. Would like to say thank you for all you have done in 2016.
Here's to a happier,healthier and peaceful new year. Happy new year Sue and every one on the blog .xxx

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome group of cards! I *love* the baby card with the circle cutouts and adorable critters!

Karen Derbyshire, said...

Lovely cards as usual Sue. I also stopped reading the blog comments as I found it too depressing. We all have problems but i think the blog is not the place for them. Looking forward to seeing what you bring us in 2017! HAPPY New Year to you

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning Sue
I can understand why you chose these cards they are simply gorgeous(all of them)
I wish you a happy and healthy 2017 and Happy Crafting everyone.
Jan x

Tina T said...

Good morning Sue and crafters all,
Thank you Sue for sharing your card designs and ideas with us crafters. These cards are special in their own right, love the baby cards.
Love and crafty hugs to all
Tina T xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous set of cards. Love each and every one of them. Looking forward to seeing lots more in this new year. Happy New Year to you and all the blog followers.

Barbara V

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue.
A truly beautiful selection of designs, I'm only surprised that you kept to 16 as your favourites! All are stunning and I would struggle to select a personal favourite from them.
Best wishes for a very Happy, healthy and creative New Year to you and all your blog followers.x

rosiejt said...

Thank you for your reference to being positive. For quite a while, I have felt that some comments were totally inappropriate for this blog, so I now rarely read other comments or comment myself.

Narrowboat girl said...

A Happy Nre Year to You Sue & all the Wilsonettes.
Such a fab selection of cards Sue, I can see why you chose them.
Personally I love the cards made using your backing papers & the sweet baby one just makes me go "ah"

Dawn Searle said...

Hi Sue, a very Happy New Year to you and your family. May it be a peaceful and Healthy New Year for everyone. Haven't posted on here for sometime, due to health problems with myself and my husband, but my New Year resolution is to try and post every day again. I love every card that you show us and look forward to seeing every days New offering. Thank you for your kindness and inspiration
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone xxx❤

Barbara (C) said...

Happy New Year to you all...I can see why these cards are your favourites. There are always so many ideas, hints, tips and techniques on your projects to help us make the most of our dies and paper-craft stash/es. Look forward to the Blog posts of 2017...Keep safe BarbaraC

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. It's lovely to see what your favourites are and this is a gorgeous selection. Happy new year to everyone. Sue xxx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue and a Happy New Year to you and your family
I've been trying to choose a favourite card but I genuinely love them all lol! But if it was down to colour choice it would have to be ANY blue one lol!
I stopped reading the comments a long time ago, we all have stress/sadness in our lives some more than others but I choose to share mine with close family and friends only. I certainly wouldn't leave the blog because of the sad postings I just don't read them. People react differently to stress/sadness etc and can share with total strangers I can't personally but no two people are the alike! As you know I've been with you from the beginning and my card making has improved tremendously with the inspiration I get from your blog and videos. I follow your blog for inspiration and any that leave because they are offended are following your blog for the wrong reasons! You are one of the nicest kindest peopIe I know, your generosity has no bounds! So I'm afraid your stuck with me lol!
I can imagine that you found it hard to write about the sad postings!
Hugs x
Heather T

Deborah Artliff said...

Good morning Sue and a Happy New Year
Well today's cards are absolutely stunning and the designs
Are wonderful so are the colours. I can understand why they are your favourites of the year

Have a lovely day

Debs Cards xxx

catherine lyons said...

morning Sue happy new year to you.
Well it would be very hard to pick one as all are stunning and i can see why they are your favourites.The designs are fabulous and the colour combo is beautiful.

Hugs Catherine

maz said...

Good Morning Sue a very Happy New Year to you and yours! I look at your blog daily, but haven't commented before because I thought there's enough people saying how I feel about you're cards. Truly inspirational, you are so creative in the way you make so many different cards ensigns - from one set of dies...and how you mix and match. I look forward every day to seeing your card, every one is beautiful.
I have a question that comes to me every time I watch you on Hochanda. What happens to all the cards you make, that don't go to people who mail in or are regulars on your blog?
May you and yours be blessed with good health, happiness and prosperity throughout 2017 x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Happy new year everyone. All thwarts lo great, but I'm shocked that my favourites this morning are the clean cut cards.thanks Sue.

Jan.moogie said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR SUE and to all the bloggers on here. Wow Sue I can see why these are your favorites as they are what I call true Sue cards. Love them all. Have a fantastic new day hugs xxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Well, here we are - 2017! What a treat to see your favourite cards, Sue, many of these are in my 'saved' file - particularly love the first, have a bit of a thing about your distressed look. Thank you so much for your generosity and inspiration (and videos) over the past year, much appreciated.
So sorry that you've had the difficult task of asking for a more positive blog and you have always been so compassionate in allowing people to share. Personally have to say never been depressed - only concerned - reading the comments, so many needing a caring response and what's the harm? A lot of the Wilsonettes going through very difficult times so sending hugs to those special people and their loved ones. Could say more but won't.
Thanks to all kind friends who left a message re my wonderful aunt, who never had much in the way of material things and lived in a tiny cottage with no 'mod cons' until she was 90 - but was content in her life and spread love and fun around. Truly remarkable.
Happy New Year all!!

'P' in Wales

Chris Curry said...

Good morning and happy New Year to all bloggers. I can see why you picked these cards Sue, all beautiful and all make you smile. I think the "smile" card may be one of my favourites, or maybe the tree of life, or "hugs", or a flower one. LOL. All gorgeous and inspirational. This blogg is meant to be about your cards and giving us inspiration, which it does every day, but I understand why you said what you did. I try not to read those comments but enjoy the others and hope to continue to do so. On a lighter note I am really looking forward to your inspiration for us in 2017, no taking it easy now. Thank you. Xxxx

A Happercrafter6 said...

A Happy New Year Sue. Lovely cards so hard to choose, but I do like the tree.
Thank you for your sensitively worded comments re blog comments- certainly something I have felt for a while and I'm another who has stopped reading. We want cheer and inspiration from you which we get by the bucketful, and bloggers!

Tracy Stitt said...

Morning sue and fellow crafters.
Happy new year!!! Love all ur cards sue but the baby one especially jumps out at me it's just so cute!!
Thank u sue for ur amazing blog there's a lot of caring people on it. I for one appreciated it so much when I was ill last year but now it's a new year onwards and upwards for us all.

Have a healthy and superb year to all xxxx

hazel young said...

Happy New Year Sue, gorgeous collection of cards x xhazel

Edwina Scotney said...

Happy New Year Sue, thanks so much for another year of brilliant insiration, looking forward to what you have in store for us in 2017. Wishing good health, happiness and continued success. Edwina x

Karen Drew said...

Happy New Year to everyone. Hope 2017 is a good one for all of you
Some absolute beauties with the cards today. Can see why they were some of your favourites. The baby card stands out there for me. So very cute
Have a great day whatever you are doing

Loraine Jefferis said...

Happy New Year Sue. I love most of the cards you have chosen especially the first one and the baby card is beautiful. Thanks for all the great dies you have designed through the year and all the inspiration you have given me. Best wishes Loraine Jefferis xx

marg said...

Hello Sue
Firstly I agree with all your comments re the Blog and hope 2017 will be more positive!
I love all the cards and the Baby one is so cute, but to choose one is impossible!
Thank you for all your inspiration, when I see a new Die its nice to see your take on it!
I hope 2017 is a good year for everyone where ever their lives lead them too!


Love Marg

CHERYL Brown said...

I wish for yours to be filled with love laughter and happy memories.

love & hugs
Cheryl xxx

PharmacyMichele said...

Happy New Year. All the cards you have shown on today post are beautiful, there isn't one I don't like.

I stopped reading the comments on your blog a long time ago, I visit your blog for for ideas & inspiration as a crafter so I understand why people may have emailed you. Let's hope everyone reads your sensitive, kind words and thinks before they post their comments.


lilian said...

Hi Sue, WOW WOW, what wonderful lot of beautiful cards, love everyone.

May I take this opportunity to wish You and all your followers a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

Wendy L said...

Beautiful selection Sue.
I dont comment every day but I do look in my dashboard and admire, not enough time in the day for everything.
Happy New Year to you and yours, xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, I'm an old friend from the past - Tracy Noon. I never went anywhere, I have been quietly keeping an eye on you 😀 How lovely to see your posts on NY day. Wishing you the very best for 2017 and keep up the good work Sue, looking forward to all the wonderful new things you bring will bring us. Yours is the best crafting blog in my eyes. LOVE IT, Currently busy playing with your baby dies. Xxxxxx

Jane Franklin said...

It was lovely to see the card I did for my friends 60th as the 1st card in this beautiful selection. Your inspiration was the key for my card and it turned out 'not half bad' even if I say so myself.
So thank you for all your hard work and sensitivity for us that sets this blog as the best. I agree with Steph it can't have been easy to finish todays post as you did but thank you. There is sadness and issues all around us but this blog is about ideas, cards and inspiration, in my opinion, which is why I follow it so heres to a very crafty 2017.
Best wishes and Happy New Year Sue and everyone.

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A fabulous selection of cards, every time I thought I'd found a favourite I'd scroll down and find another - so much too hard to choose!
Happy New Year!
B xx

Anne said...

What an amazing selection of cards, Sue. It is impossible to pick one out. Thank you so much for all your inspiration during the year. Your blog is the first thing I look at in the morning and it always makes me smile.

Here's to 2017!

Anne (Northampton)

Izzy said...

Hello Sue,

I can see why these were your favourite cards for 2016 and some of them were my favourites too, particularly the first distressed card - that was and still is a stunner..also loved the Perspectives samples and that cute baby card...I was surprised though that there were no festive cards included in the array but maybe you thought we've all seen enough Christmas cards for now!

I have to agree with you that we should all try to be more positive in the comments we leave on your blog, we all have problems and grief from time to time but I was always taught that you should share your happiness but keep your troubles to yourself, but maybe that's a bit old-fashioned nowadays...I do sympathise with those of us who have had a hard time lately and some are still going through the mill so to speak but maybe if we all make an effort to keep our comments happy and positive it might help us all to feel that way too.

On that note may I wish you, Sue and all my fellow bloggers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and I know we're all looking forward to seeing lots more inspiring dies and designs from you to keep us happily crafting away through 2017...


Yvonne H said...

Happy New Year to you too Sue,
Beautiful cards, but your cards are always beautiful. I look forward each morning to see what delightful gem we are going to see. Thank you Sue for all your inspiration for everyone to achieve beautiful card making results like you. Yvonne xx

Yorks butterfly said...

Hi Sue, Happy New Year to you and your family and to your blog family also.
I am so pleased to see these beautiful cards again and would willingly give any of them an new loving home. I have really tried to select a favourite but truly Sue they are all beautiful and I just cannot choose between them as they all have different things I love about them.
Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us during 2017
Hugs Wendyx

Christine Collins said...

Hi Sue,
You have shown us some beautiful inspiration today and throughout the past year, I just love all the cards and wonder how you manage to continue to come up with such different inspiration daily. I also agree with some of the other comments today, that your blog is about crafting and inspiration, that is the reason I love to follow your blog, and I think you absolutely said the right thing. I'm sure no offence will be taken. Crafting helps us all have a little respite from the stresses and strains that we all have to endure in life.
Have a lovely New Years Day and a great 2017.
Chris xx

Sue MacFall said...

A Happy New Year to you, Sue and a big thank you for all the inspiration you provide for us through your blog. I love this selection of cards - lots I can get my teeth into and try the ideas !!!

craftynanna said...

Happy New Year Sue, your cards are wonderful and I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued inspiration, I have never seen a bad card yet I do love them all.
It must have been so hard to find the words that ended your blog as we know you would never intentionally hurt anyone, I too stopped reading most of your blog responses as they were so sad but we are all friends on here even though we don't know one another.Happy New year to all of you Johanna

Anonymous said...

A very Happy New Year Sue
I can see why you have chosen these as your favourites such a wide variety. I would like to thank you for your kindness in sharing your crafting talents with us and the generousity you display when new releases launch and your weekly give aways. I find crafters are a giving caring bunch, often using their love of creating as a release from the troubles they experience in life.
Long may your blog continue to give such inspiration.

Heather R Oxfordshire

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Lovely set of cards, each one so different. Happy New Year. SueL x

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue. What a lovely selection of cards. So many to choose from. I love them all, but the first one really sings to me. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Love Rosemarie X- X

June Horrocks said...

Happy new year my dear friend xx
The cards are stunning sue love them all. Your blog is so wonderful and I know it must have been hard for you exsplain how people feel. I don't read many of the comments but the blog is so important to me I love itx
I would like to wish everyone a happy new year may all your dreams come true
Thank you sue all my love June horrocks xxxxxxxxxxx

Marion Scott said...

Good morning Sue, your favourite cards of 2016 are stunning, each and every one. My favourites from this collection would have to be the baby card and the last one and if I could add one to your list it would be the card featuring the Mauritius die that you posted on the 8th September.
I look forward to 2017 and the inspiration you give through your blog, videos and new die releases.
Marion S x

Sandie Braithwaite said...

Every card made me smile! Happy new year, Sue, and I am looking forward forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations this coming year. Your comments about the blog posts are heartfelt and should be appreciated by all. I try to keep my posts short and sweet as I know you read them all every day. This is probably my longest!

hettygarlick said...

All really gorgeous cards Sue. I love the ones with the background papers - must get mine out and use them more!

I very rarely read any of the comments on here because I almost feel like an intruder in a private place - I really just want to be able to post about your lovely cards and dies. As you say, it should be a happy place that we all want to visit. Let's hope that people try to make it more uplifting this year.

Happy New Year to you Sue and all the people on the blog.

Hetty x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - what a great way to start the New Year with such a wonderful selection of cards. They are all so beautiful. I really love the SMILES, HUGS, and LOVE cards as they bring an instant smile and are so meaningful to send. Your comments are so well worded and I think everyone will absolutely agree with you. Your blog is a daily delight and thank you for yet another year of fun and inspiration and amazing generosity. May the new year bring you and all your bloggers a very happy, healthy and creative one. Sending best wishes

Netty The Runner said...

Everyone of these cards are fab.
I'm looking forward to see what Creative Expressions is going to be showcasing. I bought the Graphmaster pens from Hochanda. Lisa demoed them so well and I know that the quality will be second to none because she said so. I have complete trust in CE products, I have never been disappointed with any product. Just a suggestion Sue, how about octagon, diamond etc shaped dies.
Well said Sue re: comments, I agree with you, lets keep the blog to what it was intended for.
Happy New Year everyone
Annette x

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, wishing you all a very Happy New Year, I am sure there are going to be lots of delights from you Sue in 2017 and I look forward to them eagerly.

I can see why you like all these cards, every one is a gem in it's own right, I am not going to pick a winner because in my eyes they are all winners.

It must have been hard for you to compile the right words for the blog this morning, I know from my own experience when I had my knee replaced a few months ago that it helped me enormously with the support and encouragement I got from everyone, and the funny stories (trying to get on a bike) they could relate too.

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

Donna Golby said...

Morning Sue. What a great set of cards. A lovely look back at 2016.
I pop in every day but don't often comment just take the inspiration and run so to speak.
This blog has helped me through my darkest hours as it's quite a great family feeling. The only thing I feel sad about is that I can't always keep up with what goes on. I'm sure it's the same with any family there are sad bits and happy bits but each member finds their own way of dealing.

I wish everyone the very best for 2017 and Sue I know you'll share with us the very best cards in the world.


Beryl Treble said...

Beautiful cards Sue. Happy New Year.

Tressa said...

Another set of great cards to provide inspiration even if we don't all have the relevant dies. I Just need to pin them and think about how I can adapt using what I have.

Much appreciated.


lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Happy New Year.
A beautiful selection of your favourite cards, love them all. It must have been very difficult to choose from so many.
I have to say that I stopped reading the comments a long time ago. I don't think anybody can take offence at your words as we know what a caring lady you are. I visit your blog each day to get inspration, so on that note thank you Sue for sharing your wonderful creations, also the videos which are so helpful.
Have a great day.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, and a Happy New Year.
I love all the cards you have chosen today, I can't pick a favourite, thank you for all your fabulous inspiration during the past year and I look forward to this year with great anticipation.
Take care everyone, Jess xxx

Rosie said...

Morning Sue, what a gorgeous selection of cards. I just love coming on this blog and leaving comments, as you seem to give us such inspiration it makes us all go out and buy the dies, papers, cards etc to try and make our cards as beautiful as yours. Thank you for all that you do, Sue, as we all appreciate it. A Very Happy New Year to you and all your family, plus everyone on your team and the blog. Hope 2017 is a better year for us all
Have a lovely day
Love Rosie from Chorley...xxxx

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue, Wishing you a very Happy New Year. love all the cards you've picked today.
I must admit I don't read other people's comments. I come on her to support
you and the wonderful cards you show us day after day and for that and the inspiration you give me I am truly grateful.

Love Val in Spain xxx

Clare W said...

HNY Sue. The best of the best! Love them all. It must be so satisfying for you to know you designed the dies that created those wonderful cards. I wonder what delightful dies are in store for 2017?....

Karen M said...

Good morning Sue,
Happy New Year , looking at all your cards made me realise how long my list is for new dies they are all gorgeous,
Thank you for the inspiration
Good luck for 2017
Best wishes
Karen M

d from northants said...

Happy New Year Sue, and all, What a lovely selection, can't pick a favourite!!

Doreen x

J said...

I never leave a comment but my morning is not complete without reading your blog, and I felt I had to. I read you blog everyday and it brings a smile every morning looking at your inspirational cards, you have amazing talent. Thank you so much and I too am looking forward all the beautiful surprises waiting for us in 2017.

Jackie Trinder said...

Oh wow Sue all these cards are absolutely stunning. Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope 2017 is good to you. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Sonia Stephenson said...

Happy New Year Sue and everyone. Oh, I love all of these cards, they're stunning :-)
Love visiting your blog and although I don't comment daily (due to my life being a lot busier since starting a new job), I love to see your beautiful creations. Your blog has always been a wonderful source for inspiration and long may it continue! So a big Thank You Sue :-)
Hugs to all xxx

Kate's Cards said...

Lovely cards Sue as always.
Happy New Year to everybody lets make 2017 really crafty!

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, all stunning cards and many of my favourites there. A Happy New Year to you and all my fellow followers on your blog.

foxyg said...

Gorgeous set of cards, every one of them beautiful.
Happy New Year!!

Gloria Robey said...

Morning Sue ,your cards as always are outstanding . I love the second card because you used my all time favourite The Maggie Die. Also I would chose the sixth card .I will be making this card for my 5th Grandchild. Not forgetting the "BORA BORA " die I am drooling over this card . Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us each day ,can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2017.To everyone on the blog I wish for health and happiness to you all .Gloria(Sidcup) xx

ursula said...

I can agree these cards you have chosen are just fabulous, but ask me to choose a favourite, no ways can I do that, I just love all your cards Sue, I love opening your blog each day for another surprise. Sue I can agree with you, we all need to try and be positive in our lives and I too think it should be kept as a light hearted blog. I am sure we all agree with you. You are my daily inspiration. I pray that 2017 will be good to everyone, think positive and remain happy.....luv Ursula xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
No wonder you had a little smile on your face when you finished these stunning cards. Every single one is special, I love them all.
I'd like to join the good wishes and thank yous expressed here and fully agree with your plea to keep comments to the subject matter, ie the cards.
A day's start which does not include a visit to you blog is unthinkable for me. Thank you for all the inspiration you've given us, and all the tips about achieving these little masterpieces. Have a wonderful New Year with your friends and family, and I'm sure you'll be making new friends as it progresses.
Hugs, Rose

Jennie - The Crafty Wife said...

Wow! Sue what a fabulous collection of cards and I have to admit that the first one has to be my absolute favourite, shabby chic is just right for me and the sentiment is perfect for the first day of a new year.

I just love all the inspiration you give us and looking forward to Ally Pally and all the gorgeousness you create for us, eye candy!

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Beautiful cards especially the first one love it. love Jean Z xx

Nannieflash said...

Happy New Year Sweet Sue, beautiful set of cards today and its such a pleasure to see them again Im not surprised you picked these ones in particular as they really are quite stunning.
Take care hugs Shirleyxxx

Theresa said...

Good morning Sue and all your crafty crew
First may I say to everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR
Ohh my how on earth are we supposed to choose a fav card from the wonderful array you have given us
I love them all and look forward to continuing to follow your inspirational blog through 2017

I have read your comment at the end of your blog and can totally understand your point of view
I am not offended or upset by it. but I also can see the need for some people to share their personal lives
this may be the only place they can do that and if you don't want to read it you don't have to, the support given to those people may just make all the difference to them.
Whatever your views on it may you all have a wonderful new year and Sue can't wait to see what you have in store for us all in 2017
Be happy folks
And remember if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all
Hugs to all
Theresa G xx

Mary Lynn Cox said...

All of these are so lovely. I especially am fond of the first two. It would be very hard to chose just one favorite out of the lot. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us Sue. Happy New Year everyone

Margaret Rogers said...

Hi Sue
Happy New Year to you. I like the first of the cards, and also most of the others, but my absolute favourite is the LOVE YOU card. This says it all. I would love to make something similar for my husband, as it is our Diamond Wedding Anniversary on the 9th February, and it would be just perfect.
Margaret xx

Patricia said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR Sue, may it a great and happy year for you.
Love ALL the cards some more than others, as people we are all different with different tastes.
I am one of your missing Bloggers only because of Family Circumstances and time.
Starting 2017 on a positive note, hoping to manage to comment more.
Have a great day
Patricia x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Happy New Year to everyone!
I love your selection of favourite cards and I look forward to seeing all your new creations in 2017.
Thank you for all the sharing you do.
Véronique L

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Its easy to see why these are some of your favourites. You posts are always wonderful even when they may not be a particular favourite as they are easily used for inspiration and can be adapted to suit. Look forward to what 2017 brings us and hope you have a fabulous New Year.

I dont read other people's comments as I visit the blog to see your beautiful posts...

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful array of cards, I especially like the tree of life and I do hope you do a write up on this one. I know you demonstrated it on hochanda but I can't remember how you did it

Sending my love and best wishes to everyone for 2017

Sandra said...

Happy New Year Sue,
Such a stunning assortment of cards, it's impossible to pick a favourite, you have designed some absolutely amazing cards this year, mainly due to the fact that you have designed some absolutely amazing die collections this year.
I love to look in every day to see what you have to inspire us, thank you for that inspiration Sue.
This year I will be commenting more, I miss the morning giggles we used to share!
Here's to another hugely successful year for you Sue!!
Huge hugs,

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue, what a beautiful selection of your favourite cards I would love to have them all, they certainly show off your amazing creativity. I don' know how you do it!

I totally agree with your comments in your last paragraph-personally I do not read any of the comments now - I found all through 2015 and 2016 the blog was becoming laden with others troubles. We all have trauma in our lives at some point so please try to keep these within your own family and do not burden an excellent blog where most comments are positive.
VC x

Crewe Trish said...

hello Sue
Happy New year here's looking forward to all your new creations can't wait.I agree with your comments Theresa.

SueJ said...

Hi Sue, Happy Hew Year to you and the team. Thank you for all the past inspiration, gifts (some of which I have been lucky enough to win) and wonderful blog.
It must have been hard to write your request but I am glad you did.

The cards are wonderful, although I have my favourites I am always so pleased to see them all.



Anonymous said...

Morning Sue, Happy New Year to you and yours. What a beautiful selection of your favourite cards I would love to have them all, they certainly show off your amazing creativity. I don't know how you do it!

I totally agree with your comments in your last paragraph-personally I do not read any of the comments now - I found all through 2015 and 2016 the blog was becoming laden with others troubles. We all have trauma in our lives at some point so please try to keep these within your own family and do not burden an excellent blog where most comments are positive.
VC x

sued99 said...

A brilliant selection of cards. I also do not read the blog comments anymore. Whilst I appreciate many people have troubles in their life I want to be inspired by your blog and enjoy the happy world of crafting. Happy New Year to you and your family. x

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, thank you for sharing these lovely cards, which are your favourites, some of them are mine too. I know it must have been really difficult to make your request, and understand what you are asking for. So let's all agree to lighten it up in 2017. Bx

Evis M said...

Hi Sue,
Although I read your blog everyday, I stopped commenting as I seemed to be repeating myself, beautiful, fantastic etc. I also found some of the comments distressing and stopped reading them. I will now make a comment everyday even if I do repeat myself as they are all true. These cards are beautiful and I love them all.
A Happy New Year to all.
Evis M.

Cards2Di4 said...

Hi Sue.
How can anyone pick out a favourite when all your cards are so exquisite? Can't wait to see what you up come up with in 2017!! I must admit I don't usually read the comments, and I don't often have time to comment myself, but your blog is the first thing I read every morning, followed by John's and Julia's, and they give me crafty inspiration every day. Thank you again for sharing your skills and ideas with us.
Have a great 2017 with good health and happiness.
Hugs, Diane (Cards2Di4) xx

rolfi said...

!!!HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!!!
All Cards are beautiful, Sue, but my favourites are these ones which are filigree.
So the more delicate a card is the more I like it.
To be honest I don´t read the comments because I need to much time for that. I only read them when there are just a few. You could say if there are more then 25 comments on the blog I don´t read them anymore, sorry.
Best wishes to everyone for 2017
Rolf xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Sorry but it's impossible to choose a single favourite as they are all so lovely. I, like many others it would appear, gave up reading the comments ages ago for the reasons you so carefully specified. We all love you to bits and know what a caring person you are so it must have taken a deep breath for you to compose and post that but well done. Can't wait to see what wonderful ideas and inspiration you have lined up for us over the coming year.
Beverley W

Vie Carter said...

Happy New Year to one and all

Yes all these cards are very lovely, however I think my favorite cards and range of dies just has to be the baby range, so clever and cute, I have loved every baby card you have made

I must agree with you Sue, we all have sadness in our lives at some stage, this is not the forum for sadness just happiness


Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous cards Sue. I agree re the comments, some people seem to write a lot to other people instead of contacting that person direct. I think the comments should be about your post, not everyone's troubles which is depressing. Happy new year x

Jackie Meechan said...

Happy New Year to everyone.

All are gorgeous. I love the baby card in this bunch so cheerful and colourful.

Hugs to everyone

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful cards ,so hard to choose a favourite .So looking forward to what you are going to please us with in 2017.

I appreciate your comments at the end of to days blog Sue and i am not offended by it honestly , it is your blog and should be run as you want it to be run but it saddens me that some bloggers think they need to put in their opinions too , and some being quite offensive , why do they have to do this ?

I wish you and my blogging friends a very Happy and Healthy New Year .
Sending special Hugs to Pam,Tina and Peter ,Crewe Trish , nanna Tina ,'P' in Wales ,June and Theresa.

Elaine H X

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue such a lovely selection of cards and the words of the second one "Happiness is time spent with a friend" sums up your blog to me. I must confess I stopped reading a lot of the comments a while ago but 2017 is a new year for new beginnings and Crafting!! Wishing you, your family and the blog family a healthy and happy year. Love from Jackie xx

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue such a lovely selection of cards and the words of the second one "Happiness is time spent with a friend" sums up your blog to me. I must confess I stopped reading a lot of the comments a while ago but 2017 is a new year for new beginnings and Crafting!! Wishing you, your family and the blog family a healthy and happy year. Love from Jackie xx

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful cards to start the new Year! My new year started with my kitten hiding under the sofa as my neighbours decided to have fireworks...about 30 feet from my lounge room window lol. The 'official' ones were stunning as always and viewed from my back garden. I still think that Sydney won the displays hands down. I never cease to enjoy the golden waterfall of 'fire' falling from the harbour bridge, and all set to music as well. They have two displays as well, I believe, one around 9pm for the kids😊
It's wet and miserable in my corner of Cornwall today so all thoughts of converting the greenhouse into a cold frame are now on hold...thank goodness lol.
Happy January 1st everyone.
Bejay xx

Sam Smithard said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
"Happy New Year"
What A Tremendous Choice Of Beautiful Very Special Cards I Love Each And Everyone "As Always"
Love The First With "The Fabulous Distressed Look" Then Using "The Delightful Zig Zag Die With
The Bed Of Roses Embossing Folder In The Background" All Those Fabulous Cards Made Using
"The Capital Letters Hugs, Smile, Love You" Also Love "The Channel Cards" All The Cards Made Using
Your "Delightful Paper Pad," "The Baby Card" With All The Stitched Animals Etc:
I Loved The One With "The Crisscross Aperture", Who Could Forget The Extremely Exquisite, Elegant
"Tree Card", Using The Truly Fabulous Pixie Powders, Also A Recent Card Which I Loved "The Slate Grey/Blue/White
With An Outstanding Sentiment" Sue What A Superb New Years Day Treat.
Sue I know How Hard It Must Have Been To Place The Comment At The Bottom Of Your Blog, You Are Extremely Kind
And Caring, "I Totally Agree With What You Said", This Blog Is About Cards Video's And All The Tips/Techniques That You Share
With Us, Your Kindness With Your "Wednesday Gift Card", Your "Weekly Comment Gift," Your "New Die Release Draw,
Not Forgetting "The Huge Blog Candy" I For One Want This To Be, "A HAPPY BLOG"
Sue Take Great Care, Thank You For Sharing Your Favourite Cards Of 2016, They Were Truly Tremendous Outstanding
Thank You For The Daily Inspiration, I Appreciate Everything You Do.......
Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin And Heather
Love And Huge Hugs 🤗 To Yourself Sue
Love From Sam xxx

Dawn Holben said...

Happy new year, A beautiful selection of cards and I am so pleased to see my favourite card using the maggie die.
Absolutely love every single one of these cards and I can see why they are your favourites.
Looking forward to seeing what lovely ideas you give us throughout 2017.

karenlotty said...

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU SUE Let's hope the one's that seem to offend/sadden people take notice Like someone else has said I rarely read most of the comments and just leave my comment which is for your benefit not others
I love your favourites One if my favourites was the shaker card made with the Perspective HAPPY Probably because I have tried to emlulate itHappy New Ayear everyone

DeCor said...

IT is wonderful to be able to share your favs!So many of these are mine too! I have printed loadss of them. Thank you for a wonderful Year of great inspirations an d so my new products. Happy start to a :) prosperous and crate new year.🚩☇🔥☄🍾🎶

DeCor said...

Opps auto correct crate was creatve!! Chere's!

DeCor said...

Opps auto correct crate was creatve!! Chere's!

Rosemary Stickland said...

Happy New Year Sue and everyone.
A beautiful selection of cards to start the new year .... the second
one is my favourite, I adapted it for a special friend's birthday
and she loved it. Thank you for bringing us lovely dies to use and
wonderful inspiration. I look forward to what 2017 is going to hold
for us.
Rosemary xx

Paula said...

Such beautiful cards Sue, each and every one of them! They certainly have made me smile today,so thank you. :)
Happy New Year to everyone,
Paula x

Haze T said...

Hi Sue
Wishing you & your family a Very Happy, Healthy & fun new year in all that you do.
Apologies I haven't been on the blog of late but will be back to my daily comments again now as I always look forward to your daily creations.
Loving all your favourite 2016 cards especially the floral ones which are the style I like to make for family & friends & especially love the first distressed one which looks so pretty & opulent.
Looking forward to new creations in 2017 which are always stunning & beautiful.

Crafty Hugs

Haze T (Norwich)

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you Sue and all your followers. Your collection of favourites are amazing. The baby one and the ones with your paper pad are the ones that jump out at me but to be truthful they are all gorgeous. You seem to have that talent to know what works and what doesnt. The way you mix and match your dies, you give us all great inspiration to make beautiful cards just like yours. I would just like to say Thank You for another great year on your blog and your amazing generosity giving everyone a chance to win a card on a Wednesday, a prize for commenting on a Sunday and a die set when you have a new die release but especially your daily blogs with your goegeous cards giving inspiration to us all. I am looking forward to seeing what you bring us this new year and hoping for more happier comments.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Well I love all of your favourites shown here!! You say you are only a crafter....but I think you are an AMAZING crafter!!!

Littlelamb said...

Love all today's cards Sue but especially like the first one. Happy New Year everyone.

Beverley Braybrook said...

Happy New year Sue - loved most of the cards but especially the baby card!

barbara macaskill said...

First I want to say that I love your gorgeous "favorites"! I couldn't choose a favorite from these if my life depended on it! Thank you for sharing your heart, talent, life and generosity with us daily! You really ARE connected to your fans in a way that most designers aren't.
As to the people who have written you because the comments are "sad and depressing", I ask what does it hurt if someone feels a little better after someone leaves them a comforting/caring/informational or helpful comment after reading what they wrote. We all have our troubles in life and all of us need comfort or a kind word now and again. I personally think that if the comments are making someone sad or depressed then maybe there is an underlying issue that they can't face or that maybe they aren't very caring. If you don't like what the comments say, don't read them.
I personally feel honored that these ladies who are from all over the world trust us with their troubles. If I think I can help them to feel a little better I will leave a comment directed at them. I know there is a group of 5-8 (?) ladies who are very close and comfort each other through life's trials and tribulations. I feel bad that a few have decided that THEIR feelings are so much more important than trying to help a fellow human being.
There are days that my life is so off kilter that I just don't read other's comments because I can't take on anymore than I already have but other days I read most if not all of the comments and have laughed, cried and even happy danced when something great is happening to one of the "regulars".
It is YOUR blog and your choice what content you want in the comments so I will honor that and not leave any of life's defeats or victories lest I sadden someone who doesn't want to know about me.
I love your blog, your creations and most of all your kind and generous heart! Thank you for all you do for us and I will see you next post! :-) Happy New Year! I hope your year is as amazing as you are!
to all the Wilsonettes~~Happy New Year! May you have lots of joy and blessings this year!

Catherine Lyons said...

Beautiful cards Sue i could not pick a favourate love the design and colour combo of the cards .
Hugs Catherine.

Suemac said...

Absolutely love your card selection: I agree wholeheartedly with your final paragraph this is after all a card making blog!

Julie Elli said...

Happy New Year Sue and all the family both blog and in real life! Lol
Thank you for all you do to keep the blog going! I know you are a lovely person and it must have been a torture to say what you did today! Well done!
I was able to read between the comments and they never offended me but I can understand why they would put some people off.
Big hugs and big thank you!
Julie E

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous cards.
Happy New Year everyone.

TDQ Karen said...

Some stunning cards Sue, so pleased to see some of my favourites of the year, including the sweetheart flowers, smile and the little animals.
Wishing you and all the blog family all the best for a Happy New Year xx

Karin van eijk said...

these are gorgeous ans stunning cards Sue
Gr Karin

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards as always and you are entitled to have your blog the way you want it.

Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Sue

Your blog is the first one I look at each day and has been for several years but I'll hold my hand up to stepping away from commenting sometime ago due to having to scroll through quite graphic medical details at times(when comments are visible above the comment box you type in, you can't help but see them)and seeing a comment about someone "vomiting blood" was what made me step back.
To the person who said "I have read your comment at the end of your blog and can totally understand your point of view" and then said "if you don't want to read it you don't have to"I'm baffled as to why you would suggest to Sue that she doesn't have to read comments left for her on her own blog.
Whatever we all think of the subject, this is Sue's blog and we should respect what she has asked, instead of pointing fingers at people that may have contacted her or have said "here,here" today. At the end of the day, if Sue didn't agree with them, she would not have made the request she has.
Sue, I hope that people do respect your wishes and please don't think that those of us who don't always leave comments are ignoring your hard work ...... we are still here, in silent admiration.

All the best.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue
Firstly happy new year to everyone, wishing you all good health for 2017. It is always nice to see some of your cards again and cannot disagree with you they are all stunning.
With love Michelle Stanley xxx

Suzzette Yandle said...

Such a delightful array of your beautiful cards that you made in the year 2016. I have three favorites from today's selection: the first card, the distressed one; the "LOVE You" in white and purple; and the "Many Thanks" in white and pink. Looking forward to a more positive and uplifting blog. Yesterday I finished a "Sue Wilson" card, your "Scrunched Vellum Flower Card" which is currently on YouTube but not yet a feature on your blog. This was the first card that I have made of yours while watching your video and not reading directions from your blog. I even had all of the dies you used, as well as the stamp set and the wisteria card stock. I did change the stamped sentiment for my friend. I must admit, I had to play and replay lots of the video, but it was fun and I got my card completed. It looks great! Want to guess who will be the receiver of this lovely card? I want to thank you for all the inspiration you have given me this year. I find myself doing some of your techniques and smiling with gratitude that you share so much of your creativity and that my "right brain" is finally "getting it". Looking forward to more beautiful cards from you in this new year. Bless you Sue!

Sheila Barns said...

Happy New Year Sue, I just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely cards you show us every day and for all the effort put into them. I have been lucky enough to win dies from you this year, thank you for those too
All the best, Sheila xx

Annie Pennington said...

A stunning selection of cards Sue. I pinned a few of them for future reference.

Looking forward to your new die releases this year.

Hoping that 2017 is happy, healthy and full of creativity for all :-)

Annie P

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Lovely Cards. I would not have liked to have picked theses Cards either, so hard to choose. There where a couple that I thought were absolutely stunning this year and although I have them pinned I can not find the titles of them to mention here. I seem to have been drawn to the darker ones this year especially if they also had gilding flakes except for the pastels for the Stuffed Animals and Baby Shadow Box. Thank you for sharing.

On a personal note, I must admit I rarely read the other comments. I might catch a couple as I open the box to post mine. I did notice them more when I first started coming to the blog and I thought they knew each other, I didn't know who they were or who they were talking about, so I just moved on. I personally have no objection to their chatter, I think it gives some people comfort to talk to others, if you don't like it, don't read it, just move on. I hope this doesn't offend anyone.

Pawprintx4 said...

These are all so beautiful, first class choices for the "hits of 2016" list but I would also add some of your amazing Christmas cards. I loved all the creations with the 2016 angel and the snow globe cards especially. There were so many knock dead gorgeous cards that any one would adore if it came in their mail. Also this year were your wonderful autumn cards with the swirly vine background. I ordered that die set because of your inspiring videos & the blog posts. Thank you so much for sharing your talents. You are an excellent instructor and I have learned so much watching you.
Have a Happy New Year Everyone. I will be writing 2016 on dates for a bit like I always do in January.
Stephanie K

Theresa said...

Hi Sue. Due to Adr comment about my post I feel I need to clarify it
My post does read like I was saying that you Sue did not have to read them.
In fact what was trying to say was other blog followers did not have to read them.
I can understand the confusion Adr had regarding my post but I stand by what I said
I know you are a caring sharing person Sue and that this blog belongs to you I will continue to be one of your loyal wilsonetts
I would hope you know me by now I have nothing but admiration for you and your creative inspiration
Theresa G xx

P Austen said...

Hi Sue, please don't ask us to choose a favourite card because they are always my favourite when I see them. You are so creative it puts my attempts to shame, at times,but with the help of your videos and demonstrations on Hochanda,I can see an improvement in my crafting (all thanks to you).so, a great big "thank you".
Whilst I visit your blog every day, I must confess that I do not always comment now as I used to, but I intend ďoing something about that now
. Reading the comments at times was like wading through treacle and the fun seemed to have gone. So sorry that you had to end today's blog in this way but so glad that you did. So Happy New year to you and your family as well as all of the Wilsonettes. Hope it's a healthy and creative one.HUgs xx P Austen

NancyR said...

Sue, I love all of these! You have done so many beautiful cards over the year and have been an inspiration to all of us. I look forward to seeing what 2017 has to offer. I have started my own blog now that will showcase cards made with my favorite products and your dies will definitely be one of the major ones. I only hope that someday mine will be as beautiful as yours!

Janet Wilson said...

Fab set of cards, I especially like the first one but they are all gorgeous. Looking forward to many more lovely cards during 2017. Happy New Year!

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, all of your favourites are lovely but I particularly like the Stuffed Animals (this card MADE me buy the dies lol) and the aqua and white 'Thinking of You' with the lattice background. If I were to list all of my favourites from the past year I would still be typing tomorrow - suffice to say that there are very few of your cards that do not appeal.

Here's hoping that 2017 is a better and brighter year for everyone both here on the blog and worldwide.


Fiki said...

love all your cards!
stunning work!
Happy New Year!
hugs, Ŧĭƙĭ

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. All the cards are stunning but I have always particularly loved the first one. It was so unexpected when I first saw it because it is not quite your usual style.


CraftyJo said...

Nicely worded Sue :)

Happy New Year to you and everyone.

liz spooner said...

Thank you Sue, for all of your hard work in producing the videos and tutorials for all of us. Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year.xx

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
Happy New Year.
Love all your cards, they are all beautiful but my favourite of all is the tree one, just stunning.
I also love the two cards with triple strip backgrounds, must try this sometime.

Princess Pixie! said...

Evening Sue
How on earth did you manage to pick favourites? That must have been so hard. I must admit, the cards you have blessed us with today are beautiful. Each and every one of them is exquisite x
I do have a bit of a soft spot for the card with the stuffed animals. I was delighted when your new launch included all the beautiful baby dies and bought them all from you at Ally Pally x
Has anyone made any resolutions? I think setting goals is a slightly better way of putting it! I always used to give up on my resolutions on about 3rd January so decided it was a bit pointless! One of my goals is to try and make more cards. If I could manage to make one a week it would be fantastic and that is quite a realistic target. Now if I could make one a day ..........
We'll see x
Lazy, chilled day today - disrupted by my being turned into an emotional wreck whilst watching ET! Get's me every time. What with that and poor Dobby in the Harry Potter film the other night I think I am turning into a softy as I age disgracefully. Lol x
I moaned about the Harry Potter films being on every night but then watched them all. Never mind - John is with us on Hochanda this evening so excitement rather than sobbing at the loss of an Elf or ET will be the order of the day x
Speaking of Hochanda - when will you he back with us again Sue? I love John, Julia, Lisa and Phil but noone does it quite like you - you're simply the best!
Ok folks - a big Happy New Year to you all. None of us know what 2017 will bring but I would like to send lots of love to everyone especially all my blog besties - you all know who you are x
Take care
Crafty hugs

Disco Queen said...

Everyone of these cards is absolutely stunning! I seemed to have missed the postings of 5 down 'the purple love card' & 10 down the 'You are special' card with pixie powders. So glad they are included here as they are inspirational. Looking forward to seeing all your new cards for 2017. Theresa x

ang said...

Happy new year to you all.
All gorgeous cards but for some quirky reason love the baby card with animals on angxx

lorraine eastwood said...

Good evening lovely Sue and her crafty crew!

Happy New Year to our gorgeous Sue and all of the wonderful Wilsonettes, may it be a healthy, happy and prosperous one:-)
What a veritable treat for my slightly hungover senses, yesterdays orphans were stunning but today's selection feature some of my own personal favourites from 2016. Most notably your shabby chic offering, i totally fell in love with this beauty when it was featured, you do this style with such flair and finesse and i would love it if you released your inner grunge more often in 2017. I also love the cards using your gorgeous paper pad...i even tried one of the pink efforts myself and was super pleased with the results....they are all exceptional Sue and you have every right to feel proud of your achievements.
I had a "party" of sorts with my Mum last night to celebrate the New Year, it consisted of some fizz, premium crisps and popcorn accompanied by Chicago DVD...boy, do we know how to put the boat out:-) True to form, i showed my age and total lack of staying power by collapsing into bed after four glasses, a quarter of the movie and half a large bag of crisps at 11pm, yes, I didn't even see the bells for the second year in a row! On the plus side, i had a good nights sleep and woke none the worse for my pathetic efforts so my liver lives to fight another day:-)
I must admit that i have been rather dismayed by the mood and feelings expressed on the blog over the past couple of days. I was saddened to hear that comments of others had reduced Elaine to tears, i for one have never been depressed, offended or thought of abandoning this wonderful blog due to any personal details shared by another member. It is a shame that others have felt compelled to complain and bother Sue with their grievances when the simple solution is to just not read the comment you find fault with. This blog can provide a safe, non judgemental haven for those needing a sympathetic ear and i for one am only too happy to give it to them. You see, we may be virtual strangers on the face of it but i really care about what happens to anyone sharing this forum.
Part of me feels insecure about whether or not i am offending people too, whilst i try to be upbeat and humorous i am admittedly overly chatty about issues other than the blog post....though i do try to give Sue a detailed piece of feedback.
I enjoy reading the comments and have felt welcome on this blog always. I have been fortunate enough to make some real friends with whom i share many interests and this would never have been possible if we hadn't shared a part of ourselves on the blog
It matters to me what you think Sue after all this is your blog and it should attempt to honour your wishes at all times where possible. Knowing you to be a kind, generous, humble and caring person i can appreciate that it must have been incredibly difficult for you to express your feelings on this sensitive matter for fear that you may offend or upset. Anyone who knows you will realise that your wishes come from the heart and i for one can only commend you for your honesty.
I hope that the blog is a place of joy and optimism in 2017, not because i find it depressing but because i wish good things to all.
Sending my usual hugs to all my besties, Yvonne, P, Pam,Myra, Maureen, Wheely, Tracy, Elaine, both Tina's, Frances, theresa, Maria, Deb C and anyone else in need of a cuddlexxx

Crafty love and hugs


Lynda's craft's said...

Hi Sue a very HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU & Your family
Wow a lot of gorgeous cards I love each & every one of them all favourites x
Thank you for all your stunning cards over the last year & Videos so much inspiration
Looking forward to seeing you at AP in April fingers crossed I can make it.
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

Sending Special Hug's to Tracy Elaine &Andrew Tina & Peter PP & Laine Pam June Wheelybad & Billy & Nanna Tina & Everyone who needs one WISHING YOU all a very Happy New Year xxxx

Helen Bell said...

Happy New Year Sue and everyone

Apologies for not posting for ages......but I'm back now.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and was lucky enough to get some of Sues dies. I hope you were blessed with whatever was on your wish list too Sue, I bet you are the only person who wasn't hoping for a Sue Wilson die!

I love all of your showcased cards, and it is so difficult to pick just one favourite. However, there are quite a few here that have inspired me to buy some of the dies used on these. I remember so vividly seeing card number 5 (the love) one at Ally Pally and falling in love with the flowers and just having to buy them there and then. I also especially like the cards using your paper pad as they are so lacy and delicate, and who couldn't love the cute baby card? As I said they are all beautiful cards Sue. I look forward to seeing more throughout the year.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative new year Sue. X

Love Helen xxx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Lovely to see your favourites on the blog Sue. They are all simply gorgeous.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year. I'd like to thank you personally for all the time and effort you put into your blog. Plus all the hard work you put into your dies. Quite often we say why don't you do this or the other at Ally Pally. As per usual your one step ahead of us, with, watch this space.
I must say I quite agree with your comments about writing about sad things on the blog. I for one never read them. I have sad things going on in my life and would never broadcast this on the blog. Life's to short to be miserable. It must have been hard to write your comments. But you give us so much joy on your blog, without comments to make us sad.

Ann said...

Hi Sue

It's lovely to see your special cards that make you smile. Sometimes in life we need

to have a card or a little thing make us smile it really makes our day.

If I had to choose a favourite it would be No. 1 I really struggle with the distress

look on cards etc you have made the distress look just beautiful I love it.

Thankyou for all you do for us Bless you and here's to a good New Year

for all.

Luv n hugs Annx without an "e"

Vanessa White said...

Hi Sue, I love most of the cards that you make you have such a talent & I look forwards to your latest addition,
Take care vanessa xx

June Fletcher said...

Hi Sue

I love each and everyone of today's cards, especially the first one! Thank you for your tutorials and fabulous designs, you are a very gifted and talented lady!

June x

Laura O' Connor said...

happy new year to all ,love all the cards Sue ,love to check in every day to see ehat beautiful cards you have created ,Laura O

Betty McAlister said...

Hi Sue. I love every one of your favourite cards and couldn't possibly choose just one. They are as always gorgeous and have provided us with so much inspiration over the last year. I'm looking forward to seeing your new creations in 2017.
Happy New Year xx

Chritine yorkshire said...

Thank you sue for a fantastic 2016

Shirley T. said...

Hi Sue,

A very Happy New Year to you and yours. Don't always leave a comment but I check in every day to see your beautiful cards so a very big thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Maria Alder said...

Evening Sue and everyone.
Let me first say that all the little Orphans yesterday were all so nice and they all had something to like about them. So many times I made a card and it ended up either in the bit box or more then often in the bin.
Not sure how you got to these cards only because your cards are all lovely and can't wait to see the ones for 2017. Love your stamps,dies and to watch your tutorial videos and one day hope to have the dies together and the courage to make one of your cards at home and not just at Julia's work shops :-).

Reg, the last mention I too wish that 2017 will be a happier and healthier year for you and to all Wilsonette's and everything will be on the up, however life it's not always so easy for some and if they found comfort to tell this on your blog I have no problems with that at all, just a shame some people can't see it that way and can feel happy to support others and I'm sad to see that Elaine got so upset the other day for something someone said. Believe we been there before.....
I am sending special hugs to Elaine and Andrew, Tina and Peter, Nannatina,Lynda, June, Betty,Julie L, Deb C, Wheelybad, P, Craftynanna, Barbara,Theresa, Yvonne, Laine and to many of the Wilsonette's I have met through you wonderful blog Sue and hope to meet many more of you during 2017 at Ally Pally or NEC, other craftshows are available :-)
Sorry I took the limelight from you this morning Myra, hihi
Take care everyone,
Maria x

Anonymous said...

I read your blog every day, but I am not one to normally leave comments. I love the inspiration I get from your site. Thank you! The last card you have in your blog is my favorite card from the entire year.

-Kathy in Raleigh

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
It's late again for me as I have guests staying overnight! I wasn't going to comment ibut I will because otherwise you lose another follower and I don't want that as you are a lovely, kind lady. I'm just sad that trouble has been brought back to your blog yet again! That makes me sad.
It is my hope and prayer for 2017 that everyone has a peaceful , happy year! However life isn't always like that and I'm sorry for those who will have been hurt today. They have a lot to contend with as it is!
Laine - I think you are a kind, funny lady and sensitive too - thank you!
Maria - I forgive you my friend!! Ha ha!
Sue, I'm so sorry this has happened! We will keep going , keep crafting and try to keep smiling!
Night Night , Love Myra xx

Jean said...

Amazing cards!

Myra said...

Dear Sue, Please forgive me! I love all of the cards and thank you for showing them once again! It's lovely to know your favourites too!
Love Myra xx

Robin Sachs said...

Hi Sue,
First off Happy New Year - wishing good health, happiness, love, and peace. All your cards are beautiful! I am excited each and every day to look at your cards or watch a video. I can't wait for new collections!

I am so happy you commented on blog posting. I am one who has commented less for the past several months due to the nature of some of the comments. We all have things going on in our lives. I for one like to read your blog (or any craft blog) to learn and enjoy different card making techniques as well as looking at your gorgeous cards. I do not think a craft blog is the place for sadness and detailed medical discussions. Crafting is a way for me to "get away" from life's issues. so, here's to a more positive 2017.

Eunice said...

All the cards are lovely, but my fav is the Family tree against the pixie powder back ground. I am going to try using these, I promise!!!!!!!

Judy Hollers said...

Dear Sue, I love all your cards. It must have been very difficult to choose this group for 2016. They are all wonderful designs. I'm looking forward to what you have in store for us in 2017. Thank you for your sensitive comments at the end of your blog post. I hope everyone will continue to share comments about card making. Perhaps personal emails to a group of friends and acquaintances is a better avenue for sharing personal details with each other, and leave your blog for cardmaking comments and inspiration. Love, Judy Hollers

Kim Dibben said...

Happy New Year Sue, to you and your family xx beautiful collection of cards xx

Pussycats said...

Happy New Year sue and all. I would like to wish you and everyone a Happy 2017.
WOW WOW WOW what a collection of stunning cards, they are so amazing. You are the queen of card making. Each one is amazing and as always I love the finishing touches. Your cards always blow me away. thank you Sue and creative expressions team for all your hard in 2016. Wendy

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Happy New Year!
Thank you for this beautiful selection of cards and I can see why you liked them so much. I am always amazed at how your creative mind works and thank you for all of the inspiration that you give me and everyone on this blog. Love to all Alison xxxx

Bente Sørflaten said...

Happy New Year, Sue!
Thanks for showing us your favorite cards for last year! They are all so beautiful :))
I try to visit your blog every day to see your new project for that day and get some inspiration, and it always gives me great joy to see your wonderful creativity and lovely cards!

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
Due to having visitors overnight I had a quick look at your gorgeous cards first thing and then forgot to pop back later!
How could I forget to comment on your stunning choice of cards!
Your first card was my favourite card of the year and I would love to see more of this type of card with the distressed look. I also loved the last four cards made with your pretty delicate papers.
Number two, five , six, nine and ten were also favourites, too. In fact one might as well say I loved all your choices!!
Wishing you a Happy, healthy and successful New Year, Sue. I am sure we are all looking forward to seeing what surprises you have in store for us!
Lesley S x

theresa w said...

All beautiful cards sue x I don't know how you could have picked favourites , everyday you show me my favourite on your blog x
Theresa w x

Maria Illsley said...

stunning cards Sue what a gorgeous collection i love so many of them.. xxx

Dorothy Macdonald said...

Wishing you and all the other bloggers and crafters a Happy & Crafty new Year!

All your cards are stunning Sue, I love them all, I am partial to cards in my favourite colour lilac/purple hues or when you use the aqua card to make your cards.

I could not pick a favourite from your list, I love them all.

I also would like to say a big THANK YOU to you Sue for all the inspiration, videos, and help given via your blog etc.

I do hope the bloggers read your last note, and adhere to what you say. After all, it is a CRAFT BLOG, where we come for inspiration and hints etc. on craft and making cards.

I was another person Sue who disappeared but I did come back just before Christmas, and here to stay now, as I love to see your videos and all your stunning ards.

Love Dorothy of Baldock

Diane said...

Wow...all are beautiful I just LOVE them!! I have to admit the baby card is one of my favorites and have a new baby (great grand baby)coming to join us this year, so of course I had to purchase that set right away, it is adorable!! LOVE all the flower cards as well,,,so inspiring!! Have a wonderful New Year!!