Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Wednesday Weekly Card Giveaway

Hello bloggers!  I have a wisteria, white and black card for the giveaway today!  This one was a demo on Hochanda awhile back but I really liked the way it turned out so I hope you will too!  I started by creating multi-layered frames using the Scalloped Lattice Frames and the Stitched Lattice Frames.  I layered up white, black, wisteria and white to create the outer frames and added mounting foam to the back to raise them.  Next I cut the Pacific Ocean Background out of wisteria and backed it with black.  I cut the centre out, then cut down the frame in size to fit the frames that I made.  I cut the scalloped background from the Scalloped Lattice frames in white and nipped it in half and added a section to the sides under the background.  I embossed a piece of wisteria card with the Dot Matrix Pinpoint embossing folder to add texture and glued it behind.  I stamped my sentiment, then created a small frame for it with the Pacific Ocean Tag Duo and seated it in the middle of the card.  I used the Striped Nasturtiums to add a floral element around the card and inked the edges with Chic Viola Colour Cloud ink.  I embellished the flowers with leaves cut from the Family Tree die.  White, wisteria and black mats were added to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4" x  8 1/2" in size.

If you will indulge me for a moment, today would have been my Dad's 97th birthday, but we lost him five years ago now.  Each year I like to honour his memory by reprinting something that he forwarded to me once in an email as I really found it to be rather profound in it's simplicity.  My Dad did not write this, but I know that he saw the honesty in its wisdom and that is why he shared it with me at the time.  I hope you will be able to take something away from it as well.  Here it is:

  LESSONS OF LIFE .Written By Regina Brett (who was 90 years old when she wrote it)

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. 4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch. 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. 8. It's OK to get angry 9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. 12. It's OK to let your children see you cry. 13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it. 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks. 16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful. 18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger. 19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer. 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 22. Over prepare, then go with the flow. 23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple. 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?' 27. Always choose life. 28. Forgive everyone everything. 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 33. Believe in miracles.3 4. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do. 35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young. 37. Your children get only one childhood. 38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back. 41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 42. The best is yet to come.. 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 44. Yield. 45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift." Remember that I will always share my spoon with you !Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves I think that we all need to take a few moments every day and be grateful and appreciative of what we have.

 All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Beautiful card, so lovely for the giveaway.
My thoughts are with you Sue, I love your Dads lessons in life, so inspirational. He will be smiling down on you.
Helen, what a drama, thankfully you are okay and home now. Hope the physio is helping although it's torture to endure, it's necessary,
Yvonne, an abscess ouch, hope the meds are starting to help.
Laine, you would never have made a nurse lol.
Elaine, it's good that Andrew us planning how his garden will look, gives him something to focus on.
Donita, I love Rhode Island, it's so beautiful.
June good that you are up there with the rest of the ladies, it would never do to lag behind.
Julie, hope you are improving at home.
Tracey, good choice, I have the butterflies, they are lovely.
Norah, Msureen, Wheeley, Tina and NannaTina, missing you all, hope you are back soon.
A little down today, it is Tims Anniversary, 3 years .
Hugs to all, hope your day goes well.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a beautiful card. I can't believe it's Five years since your dad's passing I'm sure you still miss him and it's always lovely to read the passage again. Hugs Nancyd xx

Kim Dibben said...

Stunning card xx love the colour combination xx I love reading your dad's words of inspiration xx love Kim D

Jan.moogie said...

Gorgeous card Sue and love your dads lessons in life. It is amazing how quickly the time has gone as we all know and the older we get the faster it goes. Thinking of you today as you remember him and sending you huge hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

hollyberry said...

Beautiful card Sue.
I always enjoy reading your Father's lessons in life,so inspirational. Thinking of you today xxx said...

Morning Sue.
A beautiful Thank you.
Sue what lovely words from your Dad, all so true.
Take care Kitty.

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes. beautiful give away card today.

Sue sending special hugs to you today, your Dad is still looking after you every day in everything you say and do, the words Regina have written are so true and wouldn't the world be a nicer place if everything followed them. xxx

Pam, special hugs are winging their way to you too on this day, Tim is still looking out for you and I firmly believe that he will send you a sign - xxx

Elaine, pleased about Andrew, looking good.

Off to craft club today, enjoy whatever you are doing.

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

Teresa c said...

Another great card Sue you sure do some loverly cards xxx

Craftynetty said...

Oh Sue, that message from your Dad is beautiful and I read it through tears. My thoughts are with you today - it will be 2 years next month since I lost my beloved Mum and I think of her every day, so I empathise.
My mum's favourite colour was always lilac, so today's beautiful card would have been perfect for her. Perhaps I will try to replicate it as a tribute on her anniversary and keep it for my wall. Thank you so much

Maria - Ivyleaf Crafts said...

A great Card Sue I love the colours
I think of my parents everyday and the lessons in life are so true I think everyone should read it and if everyone takes away something from it the world would be a better place xxx

Denise Bryant said...

Today would have been my Mom's 95th birthday. She passed away in Oct 2015 at 93. Lovely message that your Dad shared with you, and a beautiful card today!

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning Sue.
I remember reading these lesson's on life the first time you posted it.I was so deeply touched by them.My granddaughter is now 19 years old and now is the time for her to read it too. Thank you for sharing Sue. Beautiful giveaway card.
Jan x

Clai01 said...

Very heartfelt Sue xx

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. Such a beautiful card, love all the framing, not to mention the colours. Sending extra special big hugs your way today, your Dad's life lessons are wonderful and I love reading them.
Pam, thanks for your comments, I'm catching your echo wagon again. I'll be thinking of you today, it's hard to believe that it's been three years since Tim's passing, extra special big hugs are sent your way too. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

Steph Cotterill said...

Morning Sue. I don't remember seeing this sample at all before so it's lovely to see it now, that will give me the perfect reason to look back at all the recorded shows I have stored since you moved to HOCHANDA 😊 it's another giveaway that I couldn't giveaway it's too beautiful Sue !
Reading the email dad sent to you is lovely. I wonder if Regina looked back into her past to write these words, things she would change in her life if she could re-live her 90 years all over. Some I see, some are who you are now, little things that make you the person you are today, some are easy to to do to make a good change in our lives, some not so easy depending on how life has treated you in the past, they are such beautiful words of thought and inspiration and words I shall re-read throughout the day. My thoughts are with you Sue, thank you for sharing a small part of your life. We love you xxx

Unknown said...

Beautiful card
Beautiful verse
Beautiful you

hazel young said...

Gorgeous card Sue. I remember you posting you dad's life lessons before. They are still so relevant today. Thinking of you xx hazel

Suemac said...

Beautiful card and words

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
A stunning card in a lovely colour combination.
Such wise words, that are always good to read and remember as we travel through life. Thank you for sharing them with us.x

Unknown said...

Thank yu fr sharing that with us Sue. I have been it before but it bears looking at again and again. And thank you for the beautiful card, which will also be looked at again and again by the lucky person. Thank you Sue xx

Dolly Daydream said...

Morning Sue,
My dad woukd have been 100 years old last Saturday, but unfortunately we lost him thirty years ago just before he was 70 and my mum followed ten months later at 68. They had been together since she was 14 and dad17. I feel that they missed out on a lot of things, but we have no choice in what happens to us. Your dads life lessons are very thought provoking and wonderful at the same time. I send you a hug today and love.
Today's giveaway card is beautiful. Lots of different elements to it. I look at it and think I could never do that, but after reading your dad's words I am going to try. The colours are lovely. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

Love and hugs to everyone xxxx

Dawn Searle

Unknown said...

ps Sorry for the typos above!

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous I love it. Thank you for sharing the words that your dad sent to you it is full of good advice. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Jennie - The Crafty Wife said...

Wise words from Regina, I have read these before and agree with her thinking, something to live by.

Gorgeous card today!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card and beautiful words, Sue. Have read these several times now and all are as meaningful as ever. Particularly 13 and 40 so true. Also, resistance is futile for us chocoholics!! So enjoy the day everyone.
Hugs for you, Sue, remembering your adored Dad - and also for our lovely Pam on this third anniversary of losing Tim.

'P' in Wales

Chris Curry said...

A lovely card Sue, one of my favourite colours. We lost our Dad four years ago next week, we still miss him but feel lucky to have had such a special man in our lives. Thinking of you. Xx

Liz said...

Stunning card, so many beautiful die cuts. I love the colours.

Thanks for sharing 'Lessons of Life'. xx

PharmacyMichele said...

Beautiful card today, really lovely.

Wise words from Regina-something in there for everyone .


Sandy G said...

Beautiful card Sue. Regina Brett must have been a very special lady, her words are fabulous! Thanks for sharing.
Thinking of you Pam.
Hugs all round.

Geordie Jan said...

Morning Sue, love thus card its so pretty, inspirational as always. Im off to play with my background die.... x

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Your card is beautiful anyone would be thrilled to receive it! I can't believe it's five years since your Dad passed away! Your Dad's life lessons are very thought provoking and I love reading them. Although he never wrote them it was very thoughtful that he sent them to you!
Sending extra love and hugs your way!
Heather T

Unknown said...

GM Sue. Great card as always. Re the words my friend's dad died in January and she was having a tough time so I looked up these words from the last time you blogged them and emailed them to her. They helped her get some perspective in life back. TFS.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue. My thoughts are with you today. I still have your Dads words on my craft room wall and often just read through the different points, if only we could all live by them. A beautiful card today and lovely colours. Pam my thoughts are with you today as well. Treasure the memories.

Love Rosemarie X X

Unknown said...

Lovely card today! What a wonderful email to send you, he chose such inspirational words to share with you. I lost my dad suddenly at 56yrs old when I was only 21 and having just had my first child so I missed out on things like this so thanks for sharing this with us. I hope you are filled with lots more happy thoughts and memories of him today. Debra x

Yvonne19856 said...

Good morning Sue. Thank you for another beautiful card. I watched you demonstrate this on Hochanda and loved it then. It's great to see it again.
Also, I just loved the words of wisdom under your card. They made me smile and how true they are, though I have one more saying that I always live by. Live each day as your last, one day it will be.
Have a great Wednesday Sue. Xxx

Karen M said...

Hi Sue,
Such a beautiful card to go with the wise words from your dad,he must have been a lovely man,
our thoughts are with the today,
Thinking of you Pam,
Best wishes everyone
Karen M

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Heather R Oxfordshire

Chris said...

Hi Sue
Your card is beautiful, as are the very wise words you have very kindly chosen to share with us today. I have reread the words several times and they have brought a tear to my eye. We all hold treasured memories of our loved ones in our hearts forever, and we smile and cry at these memories. You have certainly helped me reflect today.
Take care
Chris xx

Croquet Queen x said...

Hi Sue,
Absolutely wonderful words..
I have taken a few to be my thoughts for the day, truly inspiring!
Card is gorgeous.
L Dewar

Unknown said...

Morning Sue a beautiful card to day love the colour combo.loved reading your Dads passage such wise words thinking of you today .
Hugs Catherine .

TDQ Karen said...

Beautiful card Sue and thank you for sharing those wise words today xxx

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card and great verse.
B xx

Kevonacrafts said...

Morning Sue. Beautiful card and what wonderful words of advice from your much loved father.
Take care today.

Donna Golby

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
A sad day for you, I can't believe it's five years, thinking of you.

Beautiful card, it's going to make somebody happy.

hettygarlick said...

Such a beautiful card Sue. I love those colours. They work well together. A lovely tribute to your Dad. It's so hard to lose a parent, no matter what age they are or what age you are. It's 35 years now since I lost my Dad and I still miss him very much. Thinking of you today. xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
What a fitting card for your Dad, it is absolutely beautiful - your Dad would have been VERY chuffed to receive it.
The words he shared with you are really something we should all heed - it's so easy to forget in the hurly burly of life.
It's a sad day for you, I can't believe it's already 5 years since he passed away. But one thing I do know for certain: he'll always be in your heart as will the good memories of him (and your mum, of course).
Lots of hugs,

SueJ said...

A lovely card for the giveaway Sue, love the colour combo and dies used.

Thank you for sharing your day with us Sue and the words that are so very true for life. I miss my Dad every day, but I am grateful for the time we did have together. Hope you can find strength in yours Dad's memory today.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - such a fitting sentiment on your card today. Five years have gone so quickly - I lost my dad too five years go in February and it seems like only yesterday. What wonderful words to reflect on and so inspiring. Thinking of you and sending best wishes

Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda said...

Good morning Sue, thinking of you today. I can't believe it's five years since your dad passed. Time flies and that's the truth. It's 18 years this year since my George died. I remember reading your dad's words of wisdom and took comfort from them. Bless you Sue.
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lyndaxxx

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning card, I can see it as looking out of a window into a garden with trellis & beautiful flowers.
I have also lost my Dad & know how you feel, always in our hearts but deeply missed. Yvonne xx

Clare Powell said...

Beautiful card, thoughts are with you for today x

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card today, I love the lattice edges to it and the colours you have used, very soothing. Thank you for sharing your dad's words with us again, they make me smile and think every year. Do you have them framed to look at every day I wonder. I think you are doing ok by them and I know both your mum and dad would be very proud of you and all you have achieved. Sending you a big hug today.
Love Diane G xxx
Pam sending you a big hug today, you are as ever a star xxx

JAO said...

Lovely card Sue. I very often think of your dads words, thanks for sharing them. Good thoughts and wishes.

Muriel said...

Hello Sue and all
Thank you for sharing today Sue, the words are beautiful and really are something to live by. Thinking of you.
Your card is lovely, an unusual colour combination that really works.
Muriel x

Unknown said...

Hi sue a beautiful card today the dies are beautifulalso the colours.
The words are truly beautiful your mum and dad must be so proud of you you never stop missing them god bless them both I miss mine every day and I'm 79 soon
Thank you sue for your inspiration and the words love you june horrocks xxxxxxx

Beryl said...

Beautiful card Sue.

Owlish said...

Hi sue gorgeous card it always amazes me how u put all these layers on one card.
Lessons in life is so touching and so true to each and every one of else and thank you so much for sharing l love it

Hazel said...

Good morning Sue. A beautiful card today, I love all the elements and colours.
Thank you for sharing the words your dad shared with you. I often think of those words and they are what I like to live by. Especially the ones of life is to short , do t waste time hating anyone, envy is a waste of time and No matter how you feel, get up and get dressed. The last one stood me in good stead when I was going through my chemo. I am sending you comforting ((((((hugs)))))).
Pam, I am also sending you comforting (((((( hugs)))))) for today.
Hazel X

Rosie said...

Hi Sue, that message from your dad is beautiful and i had to re read it a couple of times. They did bring a tear or two, as i lost my dad very recently. Sending you special hugs today as you never stop missing them, do you??
A gorgeous card today. I love the dies and the colour combination.
Love Rosie from

foxyg said...

Lovely card Sue. Love the words of wisdom and inspiration from your Dad.

dj2908 said...

Lovely card and colours, Sue. It doesn't seem like 5 years, but hugs
for you today. The words are truly wonderfull.

Doreen x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful card love the colours. Sorry for not being around but I'm slowly getting back to crafting it's still not properly sunk in he's gone, but I remembered it's your dad's birthday as it's also mine and would have been our 14th wedding anniversary today, just got to get through Sunday which would have been Mick's birthday so I have popped along to read your post and send huge hugs to you and your family.
Love and hugs to everyone and to all who have been asking about me thank you I have tried to read some when my phone plays nice.
Happy crafting to all
Love Tina xxxx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Love the card and colours and the words your Dad sent to you are so true very wise lady. Love Jean Z xxxxx

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Can't believe it's been 5 years since you lost Dad. where has that time gone? Lovely card btw. SueL x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, a lovely card for us today, thank you.
Thank you for sharing your dads words of wisdom with us, if only we could all live by them the world would be a better place.
Sending you hugs (((())))
Pam, thinking of you as well today, please have a quiet thoughtful day, (((()))
Thake care everyone, and please take heed of some of Sues dads words of wisdom.
Jess xxx

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and a WOW card this morning. Sending you hugs to day Sue and thank you for sharing the words that your dad sent to you....... Wendy

Jennifer Smith-Kirk said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, thinking of you re your Dad's Birthday, what a wise lady Regina Brett's words are so true thank you for sharing, big hugs 🤗 x x x

rolfi said...

Good morning Sue,
that´s a wonderful card you´ve made...
Thank you for the wise words of your father.
I´m not sure maybe you wrote them before on your blog???
If not wouldn´t it be a good idea to write them here once a year...
Rolf xxx

Anne said...

Lovely card today, Sue. I lost my dad 30 years ago but still there are still times when something happens and I think "I wish I could tell Dad". Very wise words and you are so lucky to have these memories from your dad.

Best wishes

Anne (Northampton)

SassySaz said...

Morning Sue - what wise words. A stunning card, I love the scalloped lattice die - great for creating a pretty background Sending you love and hugs on this your Dad's birthday xx

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, so glad that you re-printed these words, they are so wise and true. It is so good that you print them in honour of you father and I do hope that you continue to do so, so a lovely tribute to him.
Your card today is also very beautiful and again a beautiful tribute.

karenlotty said...

Lovely words from your dad All so very true Thinking of you today Beautiful card today too

Annie Stamps said...

Lovely card Sue. I like the tree branches as accents, they're really pretty.

The Life's Lessons is very good advice.

Annie P

BenteS said...

Lovely card!
Beautiful and wise words from your dad, thank you for sharing them!

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Sending you a very special big hug today .I remember reading this before with a tear in my eye and today is no different , such a lovely tribute to your lovely Dad , he will be so proud of you.
A very lovely card Sue , good luck to everyone.

Pam ,sending you a big special hug too , Tim will be smiling down on you . xxxx
Jumping on your wagon today thank you Pam.
Take care and big hugs to all.
Elaine H X

ursula said...

A stunning card, I remember seeing this on hochanda ..... you are in my thoughts and prayers today Sue, I know how you feel....those words are so encouraging in all our lovely vets today, more of us need to practise them....big hugs Ursula xx

Bejay said...

Hi, Sue,
First of all, what a beautiful card for this week's giveaway, I know we would all love to give it a new home.
My thoughts are with you, Sue. My dad would be 96 next year. I lost both folks at age 85, my dad on Sept 21 2006 and mum on Mother's day the following March, almost 6 months to the day from when dad left us. Sadly dad didn't leave such wonderful pieces of wisdom as yours did, it was an honour to read what he had sent you. (((Hugs))).
Bejay xx

Magic Maggie said...

I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to copy that list of wise words a. to look at often, b. to share, c. to try and live up to.
Thank you for passing it on.
Maggie (Yorkite)

Cards2Di4 said...

Thinking of you and your family today, Sue. Take care. Hugs, Diane (Cards2Di4) xx

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
Thank you Sue for reprinting these wise words they brought a tear to my eye a lovely tribute to your dad. I have such a busy day today and was wondering how I was going to fit in my visit to my mum she is 90 years old and lives by her self with only my brother and myself to help. Your words have made me realise so what if jobs aren't done my mum is more important. Pam a difficult day for you, you are our rock please lean on us for a change. Nanna Tina so glad you managed to comment today. Elaine so glad Andrew is feeling more positive. Beautiful card.

Rosemary Stickland said...

Beautiful card today.
Thank you for sharing those wise words, they are so relevant to today's way of life.
Rosemary xx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card for the giveaway, I love everything about it. When you first posted the wise words that your dad sent you I copied and saved them and if I am feeling a little down I will re-read them and they never fail to lift my spirits. Thinking of you on this special day.

Pam - thinking of you also today, I hope you have a peaceful time.
Nanna Tina - lovely to see you again. Have the best birthday that you can under the circumstances, thinking of you too.
Laine - Thank you, my 'fluffy cat' was gorgeous. I won't go into a full description today but black & white tuxedo girl, tabby with white tummy and one white leg girl (fatty!) and male tabby with coffee tummy and paws.


Unknown said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
Sorry Again For Not Commenting Yesterday, But This Time It Was Completely Out Of My Hands
No Internet Connection All Day, I Felt I'd Lost My Arms....
Sue Like The Rest Of Your "Wonderful Blog Members" I'm Thinking Of You Today As You Remember Your
Truly Wonderful Father, I Love The E-mail That You Kindly Shared With Us, Its Very Appropriate Indeed,
I Can Remember Saving This When You First Shared This With Us, (My Remarkable Father Passed Away
36 Years Ago At The Very Young Age Of 49, I Miss Him So Very Much)
Products Used On Today's Card:-
"Coconut White/Black/Wisteria Foundation Card"
"Scalloped Lattice Frames"
"Stitched Lattice Frames"
"Pacific Ocean Background"
"Pacific Ocean Tag Duo"
"Striped Nasturtiums"
"Family Tree"
"Dot Matrix Pinpoint Embossing Folder"
"Chic Viola Colour Cloud"
"Black Pearls"
"White Pearls"
Today's Truly Remarkable Card:-
(Their Is Going To Be One Very Lucky Recipient)
I Just Love The Colour Combination That You've Chosen For Your Card Today, Using
The Coconut White/Black/Wisteria Card, I Love How You Created Your Multi Layered Frames Using
"The Scalloped Lattice Frame" And "The Stitched Lattice Frame" You Then Layered Up The
Outer Frames Cutting Them From Your Selection Of Coloured Card, Then You Added Mounting Foam
To The Back To Raise Them, Sue Then You Cut Out "The Extremely Beautiful Pacific Ocean Background"
Out Of Your Wisteria Card And Backed It With Black Card, You Then Cut Out The Centre Then Cut Down
The Frame in Size To Fit The Frames You Had Made, Then You Cut Out the Scalloped Background Using
Your "Scalloped Lattice Frames" In White, Sue Then You Cut Them In Half Adding A Section To Either Side
Of Your Card, Under The Background. (Sue Your Always Thinking Out Of The Box With Your Cutting Dies)
Sue Then You Embossed A Piece Of Wisteria Card Using "The Dot Matrix Pinpoint Embossing Folder"
"Simply Divine" So Extremely Tactile, Sue Then You Stamped Your Delightful Sentiment And Created A Small
Frame For It By Using "The Pacific Tag Duo" In Wisteria/Black Quite Striking, Adding Two Small White Pearls
To Either Side.
Sue Then You Added Your Scrumptious Flowers By Using "The Striped Nasturtiums" You Inked The Edges By
Using "Chic Viola Colour Cloud" Bringing In The Same Colour As The Wisteria Card, Placing "Black Pearls"
In The Centre Of Your Flowers, Then You Chose To Embellish Your Awesome Flowers By Using "The Foliage"
From "The Family Tree" Finishing With Your Mat/Layering Of Coconut White/Wisteria/Black And Of Course Your
Signature Piercing. Thank You For Showing Us How Versatile Your Dies Are, And How You Can Transform Them
Into Something Completely Different, Your A Genius.
Sue Thank You For Sharing This Truly Remarkable Card With Us, You Inspire Me Each And Everyday I Truly
Appreciate Everything You Do Thank You So Very Much.
Sue Take Great Care (Thinking Of You)
Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin And Heather
Sue Lots Of Love And Huge Hugs 🤗 For Yourself
Love From Sam xxx
Good Luck 🍀 To Whom Ever Wins Today's Tremendous Luxurious Gift

Chaffinch said...

Lovely colourway for this card.

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue and everybody

A gorgeous card today, really special. The flowers are lovely and I just love how it all looks together.

How wise of your Dad to send this to you knowing that being you not only would it help you but that you would in turn help many others with its wisdom and simplicity by sharing it. I think it's something that doesn't date and though have seen you post it before I think it's a great idea to be reminded of its content and a great tribute to your Dad. Thinking if you today. X

Special hugs today to Pam, thinking of you. X

Good to see you back Tina, and on your Birthday I'm sure Mick will be looking down on you.x

Thanks again for the well wishes.

Love Helen xxx

Unknown said...

Hi sue and crafters.

Can't believe how quick these Wednesdays come around lol. Beautiful as always sue a stunner every time.

Thinking of u today sue with loving thoughts and a special thought for ur dad. I love the life lesson he sent u. I must copy that and keep it it's so lovely.
It's been 8 months since my dad passed and I miss him so much.

Love to all xx

Paula said...

A beautiful card today Sue, I love the colours, wisteria is one of my very favourite colours. :) I know how hard it is to cope with losing your dad, I've had longer to practice than you and still have a hard time. Your dad was a very wise man obviously, I hope you don't mind but I have copied his Life Lessons, I think it would be good for my granddaughter to read, if you don't mind I would like to print it out and frame it for her. Not to mention it would be good for me to read it frequently too!
Hugs to all in need today,
Paula x

julie laz said...

Hi sue, well let my start by saying I use your dad's words on my children and they work, I'm telling them all the time about tomorrow's another day,
Never be envy of anyone,
And The best one is if you put all your problems outside and other people did the Same you would pick yours up and take them back in again because there's always someone worse off than you,
Sue Your dad is so proud of you, you help a lot of people, me for one, big crafty hugs Julie laz xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, lovely card again today. Such lovely meaningful words from your father.

Barbara V

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a gorgeous card. I love it, especially the colours, dies you have used and the pretty flowers. Thank you for reposting 'The Lesson in Life' your father shared with you. Thinking of you today.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Thank you for sharing such inspirational words with us today as well as sharing a beautiful card. It is good to be reminded of the important things in life at any age.
Véronique L

Deborah said...

Hi Sue. What a lovely card! I didn't use black card much in the past, but am using it with metallic guilding wax thanks to you and your creations! I lost my mom 7yrs ago and you never really lose them because they are in our hearts everyday with all those wonderful moments they created, and my mom was very special in so many ways, like your dad was and is to you. God bless and have a great day of remembering! ☺🙋🌞 Deborah.H.

ahappycrafter50 said...

Hi Sue.
Special thoughts today, and what a lovely card.
All the words are so true. Since my beloved Dave died 20 months ago, far too young, I have kept a happiness diary, just to remind myself of the good things which happen every day. It helps as I so often feel low.

Unknown said...

Thinking of you today Sue, the words in your Fathers email are as true today as when you first posted it. I saved it and go back to read it now and again. I am coming up to my first birthday since losing Mum last year and then 5 days later would have been their Wedding Anniversary. I take comfort in knowing they are together but the tears and sadness are always underneath the surface.
A beautiful card today. Thank you x

Anonymous said...

Carole eaton Stourbridge
love those colours together, wise words we all need to count our lot sometimes and need reminding what we have.

Sue MacFall said...

Thanks for a lovely card and meaningful words. It is always sad to lose a loved one but when they leave you with words and memories, it can help.

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
My what a lovely cad today for the giveaway.
What a fantastic poem you've posted that your Dad liked. So so true about life. Live life to the full and don't worry about what's around the corner.

Jean said...

A wonderful card!

Crafty Cruiser said...

Lovely card and the words are so true. I believe that we owe it to ourselves to live for today and that's precisely what I do. You will have many memories of your dad to cherish and good times to remember. No-one can take that away from you.
Doreen R

Hilary Bunker said...

Hi Sue, what a lovely card. Thankyou for sharing your Dad's life lessons with us so true and inspirational. My thoughts are with you on this special day.
Love Hilary

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Your in my thoughts today I do love the meaningful words of wisdom your Dad left

with you. sending you special warm hugsxx

Today's card is lovely so pretty and elegant.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, A lovely card, very pretty colour this wisteria card.
I always love to read these sentiments your Dad sent to you, they are very inspirational and I wish that I could remember these when things get tough.
My thoughts are with you on what would have been your Dad's 97th Birthday.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tribute to your father....loved the Lessons of Life. Wise words.

Jan D., FL

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card, love the colours and the dies you've used. Sending you a big hug as you remember your dad on his birthday and take comfort from all the happy memories you have of him.
Pam a special big hug to you as well and to all those who have lost someone dear to them

Love and hugs to everyone

Sharron Lonsdale said...

I love this card. Lots of detail but it doesn't come across as too fussy.

I bought the Matrix Pinpoint Embossing Folder yesterday, and I can't wait to try it out when I have some time this weekend. I also recently bought the Pacific Ocean Duo Tag and have been "playing" with this on several Mother's Day cards that I've made.

All I need are more hours in the day and then I'd be able to fit more time in for card making!


P Austen said...

Hi Sue, another beautiful card for a "give away". Thank you so much.
Thinking of you today and thanks for sharing your fathers's email with us. I have also given my friend a copy when she was feeling low and wouldn' it be great if we all read this and did something about it. The world would be a much better place.
Busy packing in readiness for our journey home on Friday, Hugs xx P Austen

Littlelamb said...

Beautiful giveaway card today Sue. Thinking of you today and have re-read the words your dad sent you. This time I have copied them. Hugs to Pam also. Nanny Tina good to see you in today. It will take time.

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
A truly lovely card that anyone would love to own, frame and admire . I do like what you have done with the trellis! Love the Wisteria always . It's really lovely to see this piece which your Dad sent to you once again! I can scarcely believe that five years have passed since your Dad passed away! I remember this well and well looking for it recently. Thank you Sue, it helps everyone to read it and think and be thankful. Thinking of you today Sue and sending hugs as we never forget our parents. I think of mine daily! I too had lovely parents who were a real blessing to many.
Pam - I cant believe it's three years since Tim passed away so suddenly. Thinking of you too and sending hugs and thanks!
Tina - lovely to see you pop in! We miss you! A few hard days ahead! Sending hugs to you too!
Love to all lovely friends on the blog! Nurse Laine??? The Jury is out on that one! : ) x
Love Myra xx

Agnes (Scotland) said...

A beautiful card Sue and lovely colours.

I have printed off your Dad's Lessons of Life and can understand why he sent it to you,
It is so true,
Love Agnes

sandieann21 said...

Fab card Sue, and great words. We remembered our dad on Sunday, having lost him in 2013. Still sad. Everyone should read the messages, no. 40 would seem very appropriate for all.

Nana on the Hill said...

Certainly words to live by Sue, it's a shame it can take some people a life time to see there wisdom. Gorgeous card

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's a beautiful card Sue
Gr Karin

Unknown said...

Hi Sue what a lovely giveaway card today.Beautiful colours you have chosen. Love the meaningful words of wisdom your dad has left you.Thaks for sharing . Gloria ( sidcup ) xx

Helen Terry said...

Hi Sue. Beautiful words and a beautiful card. my thoughts are with you and your family. xx Thanks Helen

barbara macaskill said...

Your Father was a wise man to share this with you and I appreciate you sharing it with me! I am going to share it on my FB page if that is alright with you. Please let me know and once I hear back I will proceed as you wish. :-)
Beautiful card! I love the colors!
I know your Dad is with you today and every day, glowing with pride at what a beautiful human being you are! So caring and generous with the world! (((HUGS)))

julie laz said...

Hi, can I just say a big thank you to everyone's who sent me big hugs and kind wishes with my illness, I send big hugs back and hope your all in good health, crafty hugs Julie laz xx

lindyloo12 said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card and very wise words with it. Your dad is probably looking down on you with huge amounts of pride. linda

Jaye said...

A truly fabulous card that anyone would love to own, Sue.

It's lovely to see this piece which your Dad sent to you, I have read it and saved it: the words are very wise. Thinking of you today- we never forget our parents and loved ones no longer with us. I think of mine daily- my beloved Mum and Dad 15 years and 10 respectively- still loved, still missed but they are in my hearts every day as are my memories. As your parents are.

Pam B said...

Beautiful card and beautiful words of wisdom, thoughts are with you and your family, love Pam

lritchie said...

Hi Sue, lovely card today, so nice to have such beautiful and inspiring words from your Dad.

Lori from Canada

Patricia said...

Good afternoon Sue, from a wild, wet and rather cold Perthshire.
A beautiful card, I love it all, oh! to own, frame, and admire that each day would be a delight.
Your daily inspiration is such a treat for us all, thank you, busy lady.
Thank you for sharing those amazing words again. I have them saved and often read through them.
They are very meaningfull words, without thinking we could waste times in our lives so unnecessarily.
The words state every day is a gift and we have to enjoy it. So true, life is short.
It's hard to believe your darling dad has been gone for five years, sending you some comforting (((((hugs)))))
Pam you need some comforting ((((((hugs)))))) as well, thinking of you both.
Another great daily summary, thank you for all the effort, I really appreciate it.
Everyone have a great rest of the day
Patricia xxx

Lynne L said...

Hi Sue todays card is very pretty I love the delicate wisteria shade, the trellis work,flowers and dies are all lovely. I was not a member of your blog when your Dad passed away so have not had the opportunity to read these very wise words before so thank you for reprinting them, the message is inspirational. Thinking of you today Sue and sending you big hugs.
Nanna Tina so nice to see you call in We've all been missing you and thinking of you
Pam a difficult time for you too you are always so caring towards others so I'm sending caring thoughts and big hugs back to you

Margaret R said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, and very nice words. We can all find at least one sentence in there. to ponder on

Margaret xx

Disco Queen said...

Stunning card Sue. The lessons of Life is very thought provoking. I'm sure your Dad would be proud you have posted it in his honour.

Suzzette Yandle said...

I, too, like the way this card turned out. I did get to watch your Hochanda video making it. Thank you Sue for sharing the words your Dad shared with you. It is so profound, full of wisdom, as well as thoughtful and a great way to structure one's life. This email from your Dad has touched my life and I am grateful. I plan to print a copy of it and read it everyday. There are a couple of numbered ones I need to work on for myself. I will also print copies and send one to each of my family members.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Such a beautiful post today!“The lessons of Life” is wonderful and so very true. Thank you for sharing these inspirational words with us today. Every one of us who has lost our dads know how it feels. Sending you a big hug, Sue.

A beautiful card for the giveaway! Love everything about it.

Pam - Thinking of you too and sending hugs.Remember the good times and find peace. Memories are timeless treasures of the heart.

Take care everyone,
Still a newbie to Craft / Not longer the newest and the only across the pond Wilsonette

Sherry said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! thanks for a chance to win it!

CraftyJo said...

Gorgeous :)

Dorothy of Baldock, GB said...

Hi Sue

A stunning card, love everything about it. A lovely card to win.

Love Dorothy
of Baldock

Narrowboat girl said...

Hi Sue. Special hugs on this sad day for you. Those words are very thought provoking & we should remember them more.
A lovely card, I love the wisteria colour

Brenda said...

Hello Sue,
My thoughts are with you and your family today, I love these inspiring and wise words your father gave you, what a wonderful and caring gentleman he must have been. If you will allow me I will share them with my family, especially our granddaughter who is really having a difficult time at the moment.

Today's card is really beautiful, I love the Wisteria colour. Thank you for sharing,

Love and caring hugs, Brenda xxx

Barbara W said...

Hi Sue

Very inspiring words and so important to remember them.

The card today is lovely and I would love a chance to win one of your wonderful creations.

Lol Barbara W (Worcestershire) x

Princess Pixie! said...

Evening Sue
Wisteria is such a a soft, beautiful colour and always makes such wonderful cards. This one is no exception x
Thank you for sharing these wonderful words. They always give me food for thought and reiterate that life is short and we should take each and every day as it comes and count our blessings. Sending you lots of love and a big hug Sue x
Pam - thinking of you my friend. Sending a warm hug and my love x
Tina - stay strong. Still early days but you are doing so well. Warm hugs and love to you x
To everyone else happy thoughts and lots of love.
Normal service should resume soon x
Take care
Crafty hugs
Yvonne x
Take care

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Where does the time go, I absolutely love the 'lessons of life', I typed it out previously and have it proudly framed in my craft room.

I love the card but do love all your cards.

Take care and thinking of you on this anniversary date. Love Michelle S xxx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Thoughts with you and a beautiful tribute, it was my mum's 1st anniversary last week....

Beautiful post of a 'classic' Sue and lovely colour combo - right up my street...

theresa w said...

Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Beautiful card sue x thankyou for reprinting your dads email x the wonderful words certainly put a lot of things in perspective x sending you a hug sue x
Sending hugs too for all the wilsonettes remembering loved ones x
Theresa w xxx

liz spooner said...

Another beautiful card Sue, thank you for all your hard work and inspiration.xx

Dawn Holben said...

Sue this card is so beautiful and i really like the colour combo.
Also those words are so true, thank you so much for sharing some thing so
close to you.

sued99 said...

Gorgeous card. Your dad's words are so true and it's a shame more people don't live by them. X

Unknown said...

Good evening lovely Sue and her crafty crew!

What a beautiful card that really packs a creative punch. There are so many elements to this gem yet they all blend together in perfect harmony. It will be one very fortunate Wilsonettes who wins this beauty. Thanks for the inspiration and your generosity Suexxx
I have been thinking of you all day today Sue after reading the touching, thought provoking email that your dear Dad sent must still be so hard for you on occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries, thoughts of our dear departed loved ones are never far away but how comforting it must be for you to read his messages and remember the good times and what you valued in him...he sounded like an astute man with a good sense of humour, you must be so proud of him and perhaps find some comfort in the thought that he is always close by, especially when you need him most. It has been 12 months since my own Dads passing and not a day goes by when don't think about him and miss him dreadfully, so it is with a lot of love and empathy that i send you the biggest and warmest hugs that i can muster because today must have been a challenge for you. Thankyou for sharing with us an intimate message from your Dad, it has certainly made me think about life in a different way and made me thankful for all that i havexxx
Pam, thinking of you too today honey, feelings must still be raw for you but i hope that you found some comfort in fond memories of your time with Tim....and the excerpt posted by Sue today. Take care and hugsxxx
Pam, P and Myra, you seem to see me in the role of Nurse but is it more Nurse Ratchid than Florence Nightingale? I think i know the answer to that one but I'll just double check....i see myself as caring, empathic, kind, thoughtful and conscientious, all the attributes needed for a good nurse surely, however, some patients need a bit of a push in the right direction otherwise they malinger....Yvonne springs to mind:-)
Frances, your babies sound divine, i too have a fondness for tabbys, all my cats have had tiger striped markings, i only wish we could post pictures of our furbabes on the blog because i am so curious to see them all....sometimes i think that i am slightly odd and eccentric, I'm more interested in animals than i am babies or children!:-)
Tina, how lovely to have you back commenting, you have been missed but i am relieved that you are okay...or as well as can be expected under the thoughts are always with you especially as you face the first birthdays and anniversaries without your beloved Mickxxx
Ive tried to keep it brief today....well, i did say TRIED!......out of respect for Sue because the main focus should be the thought provoking words in her extract, its a time for reflection and counting our blessings i feel.
Hugs to all my besties, i hope that you are all wellxxx

Crafty love and hugs


Barbara (C) said...

Love the colour combination of todays card. Thank you for sharing your personal Lesson of life. BarbaraC

Tooth Fairy Jo said...

Hello Sue,
Another beautiful card today, I love everything about it.
It must have been an especially difficult day for you today. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tribute to your dad. He must have been a kind and thoughtful father to give you such such a gift. There is wisdom, honesty and goodness and a little humour contained within those words and they offer the best advice any father could give to his daughter and I hope his message to you has brought you some comfort today.

Pam, Nana Tina, Laine and each and every one of you, myself included, who are feeling the loss of a loved one just now I hope you can also take comfort in today's message from Sue's lovely dad.
Love and hugs for all

Unknown said...

Hi Sue

Today's card is so beautiful

I can tell how much you loved your dad and what a proud man he appeared to be. It will have been a sad day for you today. I know how I feel when it comes round to my dad's birthday and the anniversary of his passing. He was a month away from being 80 and I miss him every single day

I have read these profound words he sent you sometime ago and they are certainly true. You will have made both your parents proud by what you do and what you continue to achieve

June x

Marion Scott said...

Beautiful card Sue. Thank you for sharing again those very wise words sent to you by your father. They are so very true..
My dad would have been 96 this coming July but sadly died when he was only 63. My husband died a few years later at the age of 47.
Two very special men in my life . I am lucky to still have my mum who will be 98 this coming August.
We never forget our loved ones and they live on in our cherished memories.
Special hugs to you Sue.
Marion S xx

Wendy from Scotland said...

Hi Sue, Beautiful card, and very wise and wonderful words from your dad, thank you
Wendy xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. A beautiful card again for the giveaway. Love the way you have framed the Dot Matrix embossed card with the Scalloped Lattice die. I had a quick look at the blog this morning and saw that it would have been your Dads birthday and i have been thinking of you both today. Saw you had printed you Dads life lessons, just to say i printed them off last year and had them framed, they are hanging up in my craft room and i read them most days. Its amazing how someones elses words can inspire you. Take care Sue.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Margaret corgi owner said...

Such a very elegant and beautiful card I love everything about this one from the colours you have chosen to your fantastic dies.
Not an easy day today for you remembering someone so precious but you have some priceless memories and they will never leave you. Such wise words and so very true, God Bless

Margaret xxx

Stella Munn said...

Love the card Sue and as I have all the dies, I'm going to give it a go.
How fabulous that you can remember your dad in such a positive way. No-one can take those beautiful memories away.
With love x

Betty McAlister said...

Evening Sue. Gorgeous wisteria, black and white card. A beautiful giveaway.
I have read your fathers words of wisdom before and once again find them very inspirational.
My father died quite young 38 years ago and my mother 14 years ago but I think of them all the time and miss
Them very much.
Thinking of you too Pam. Xx

Pawprintx4 said...

Love the wisteria color and the black contrasting. Very pretty card.
Stephanie K

Sandy H said...

Beautiful design.
Lovely to read Regina's Lessons in Life that your Dad sent you. Thinking of you and also Pam.
Take care everyone.

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, it is lovely that you remember your Dad in this way. The words from Regina are so true. The card is beautiful, a lovely colour combo. Bx

Unknown said...

A beautiful card today

Remembering your Dad today, I read this every year and every time I think what wise sayings


Dipstick said...

Such a beautiful card and beautiful words. Lost my mum just over a year ago and miss her every day she was the 5th person I have lost to cancer in my family and I have also been unfortunate to have cancer. I am new to card making and am hooked on your videos. I have made a craft room and enjoy experimenting. Takes my mind off things. Thank you for being so kind to answer my emails lots of love Rosemary xx

Scottydog said...

What lovely words to remember your Dad by. It's good to have something special relating to him. My parents developed Alzheimer's long before they died so my memories are rather sad, not something I wish to dwell on. Neither of them knew me long before they died. They denied I w as their daughter. Good that you have such lovely memories. Hugs Sue. X

Unknown said...

I love the wisteria coloured card you use. This is just gorgeous and the sentiment so true of many in my life. My die stash increases but I still cannot replicate this card, roll on the day. Thank you, Sue, for sharing your inspiration. xx

Unknown said...

I love the wisteria coloured card you use. This is just gorgeous and the sentiment so true of many in my life. My die stash increases but I still cannot replicate this card, roll on the day. Thank you, Sue, for sharing your inspiration. xx

Laura O said...

great card ,stunning ,Laura O

Anonymous said...

We can all learn some of these lessons in life if only we stopped to think of what we do,
what effect it has on others- we all have problems some get more than their share but faith can move mountains- your dad was a very wise caring person. hugs whopperjaw