Sunday, 23 July 2017

Thinking Of You

 Good Sunday morning all!  I have a little bit of a story to go with this card.  I was taking a gym class one morning and the gal next to me had this bright coloured beach towel over her mat in her space.  It really caught my eye.  I asked her if I could take a picture of it to use as inspiration, which led to a conversation about what I do (always so difficult to explain to a noncrafter!) LOL   Well by the time I got my phone out to snap the pic, class was starting so it was taken hurriedly and  a bit on the blurry side, but you can see it at the end of the post.  To create this card, I sectioned off a piece of coconut white card with some copy paper.  On the lower half, I used Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress inks to build up a bright sunset look on the lake.  I used the side edge of the pad to add some water lines.   I switched the copy paper around to cover the bottom portion and expose the top area.  I used Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord.  I cut the Palm trees in black from the Island Paradise set and glued just the tops around the top of the card. I stamped my sentiment in the lower corner.  Lastly I added some sailboats.  I used the small one from the Little Treasures die set and the larger one from the Nautical Accessories.  I cut them all in black for a silhouette look.  I completed the card with white and black mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8" in size.

Here is the towel that I took my inspiration from for this card!  I was quite chuffed with how it came out, considering what I had to work with!

The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

Chris Curry!!!
Fluffy Cat!!!
Sharon Casey!!!

Congratulations all!  Please email me at to confirm your address and claim your prize.    All for now, Sue x
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Pam said...

Beautiful card Sue. Love the colours ad the holiday theme and the little story too.
Congratulations to comment game winners
Elaine, I hope Andrew enjoyed the Speedway without any trouble. I was glad to hear Mary has started to improve, strong willed lady.
Rosemary, thinking of you. Hope you are coping well.
Sharon, how are things with you, thinking of you also.
CraftySue, how quickly you have adjusted, 2 good nights sleep and you sounded a different woman, I'm very happy to say. All that pressure and unpleasantness gone. Where do you live Sue, you said down the coast. We did have bad weather yesterday, rain and cloud but it got out lovely later in the afternoon with light showers. Didn't go to the Airshow, hoped to see them going down the flight path but no luck.
Carmen, sounds like most if you had a good lunch with the Kid. It will be lovely for him and his girlfriend to go home, even better for them to become engaged. I love happy endings and all seems to be coming right for this remarkable young man.
Thank you all for your support, our building is due to close in 2021 as are all the local offices as they are moving the work into regional centres, our nearest one is Longbenton, other side of Newcastle, far too far for the majority of my colleagues to move to. I wouldn't get any extra leaving then than I would get now, I just really like working and being with my colleagues, guess I don't want to admit I'm getting old, I really don't feel 69, or at least I didn't until recently. I had hoped for maybe another year but who knows. I really don't think anyone higher up the chain cares, they will know. Funny thing is not one of the Seniior Management Team have left, it's as if it has all been orchestrated.
Daily hugs to all, especially our poorly and missing friends. Laine and Yvonne, hope all going well fir you both.

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
A beautiful card and a lovely little story too.
Thank you.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Take care and have fun Kitty.

Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful colours make this card striking and a lovely story too.
Jan x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great card Sue, love the story.

Dragonsnap2 said...

Fab card. I love the bright colours. It really makes me think of the many holidays I've had especially in the Caribbean. Love the background story too.
Congratulations to the comment winners. Enjoy your prizes.
Pam, you could be right about your situation being orchestrated. If everyone leaves of their own accord then there won't be any payouts when the office move takes place.
Thoughts and prayers to all who need them.
Crafty hugs,
D xx

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous colors on these beautiful scenes!

Marion Scott said...

Very striking card Sue, love the story behind it.
Congratulations to this weeks winners
Marion S x

Theresa Pace said...

oh wow! this is stunning! just love it. you did do justice to the towel! my kind of thing, creating an inky background, hugs xx

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning Sue. Why am I sitting here open mouthed at today's sample when I already know what an amazing artist you are. To think that from a beach towel came this gorgeous work of art. You must have looked at it and thought 'I have dies that match that design' bet you can't remember the exercises you did that day as your head was full of the coloured inks you could use to create this amazing art work, did it feel it was the longest class you've ever done (hope you didn't break the speed limit to get home to your craft room) ?!! ☺
It's beautiful it's restful, it's one of those moments captured when you suddenly look out of the window and it looks likes the sky is on fire ! I don't know what else to say about this apart from you're sooo clever.
Well done comment game winners, enjoy your gift.
Wishing you a day of happiness and sunshine Sue plus love n hugs xxx

Patricia Youdell said...

Morning Sue
What a beautiful card. Just shows that inspiration is all around us if we care to look
Pat x

hazel young said...

Beautiful card and story x xhazel

Chris Curry said...

A lovely card Sue, really nice and warm colours. I like reading where you get your inspiration from, bet there are more unusual places too. Thank you. Xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous card. Love the colours.

Barbara V

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
A stunning card with beautiful colours and a story that shows that inspiration czn strike when you least expect it!
Congratulations to the winners.x

Donita Naylor said...

Dear Sue,

Your creativity finds inspiration even in the most ordinary of places, and then your talent takes over to render it so beautifully!

And then your generosity expresses itself when you give it to us!

Thank you Carmen for telling the lunch story. You're a good writer.

Rosemary, you go, girl!

Pam, I'm glad you like working. Me too. Never a dull moment, except for the occasional dull moment. And if it weren't for work, where would we get the raw materials for one of life's greatest satisfactions, complaining!

Congratulations to Chris Curry, Fluffy Cat and Sharon Casey.

Echoing Stephanie Cotterill's last line.


hollyberry said...

Beautiful,bright,tropical card. It was lovely to have the story behind this card and to see your picture of the inspiration.
Congratulations to the winners.

Debra K. said...

What a fabulous take on the beach towel with your card! You've achieved a stunning sunset with the inks perfect for the silhouette die cuts. Isn't it funny where we crafters get inspiration for our cards sometimes :D. Debra x

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all. I have to say a WOW card this morning . What a fantastic idea from the beach towel and I have to say you have done a wonderful job. The shading with the colours you have created is breath taking and the selections of dies work so well. thank you sharing . Congratulations to the winners. Crafty hugs to all... Wendy

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
you've done it again! Your card just transports me to that wonderful sunset somewhere in the Caribbean.... It oozes atmosphere (at least it does to me ) Your shading is just awesome.
Fab. card (the towel is far too busy)
Have a lovely Sunday.
Hugs, Rose

P Austen said...

Morning Sue, WOW! What a woman you are...... not only a brilliant crafter; a tv star; a card making teacher loved by all of us; a housewife, and we all know how much work that entails; but you find time to keep fit too!! Loved the story and the card. Your sunsets fabulous. You'll have us all looking at our beach towels for inspiration now. Congratulations to the lucky winners. Hugs xx P Austen

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. Fabulous card, I love sunsets, and a lovely story of where the inspiration came from. It just shows that inspiration can be found anywhere.
Congratulations to all today's winners.
Pam, it definitely sounds as though the bosses are trying to get people to leave before they have to do any payouts. I'd say hang in there, but not at the expense of your health and happiness. I like working too, and this is the first time I haven't had a job since I was 13!
Carmen, it sounds as though you all had a wonderful lunch. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, gosh what a fantastic inspiration the ladies towel was and you have captured it so well in your creation, this is a true vision of how clever you are, thank you so much for sharing this with us. Although how you get the time to go to the gym as well as everything else you do is beyond me.

Pam I reiterate all you have said above. I am also in agreement that your work situation has been orchestrated, I had thought that for a long time and Dragonsnap hit the nail on the head because if you all leave they will not have to pay out compensation. I know what you mean about liking to go to work, I must say I still (after 10 years) still miss the atmosphere and friendship I had from all my work colleagues, the challenges of every day life in the work place so completely different from being retired. I think that is why I took up crafting it is a much easier thing to do, don't have to travel up to London every day in the rush hours, oh those were bad days.

Congratulations to all the winners.

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

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Great cards. Isn't it amazing where inspiration can be found if you look for it!

PharmacyMichele said...

Gorgeous card, really lovely.

I have a beach towel in exactly the same colours.


Ann said...

Good Morning Sue. What a lovely way to start off our Sunday morning...... with a beautiful sunset/sunrise. Can't wait for the real thing. Won't be long now. Looking at this card would put anyone in holiday mode. Thankyou Sue. Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
I just love these coloured background cards, this one is fabulous, just love it and will put in my inspiration folder (with most of your other cards lol !!! )
Congratulations to the winners this week
Muriel x

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card and I love the story of how you came to make it.
Congrats to the winners.
B xx

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

What a great story, it shows that inspiration is all around us if we just look - and I must say that I like your "artistic impression" better than the beach towel itself!

Congratulations to the Comment Game winners...


margaret driscoll said...

Hello Sue
Lovely colours and a lovelier story, wonder if she reads the blog!
Pam I worked in Insurance and had to finish at 62, 69 is a lot more, so I'm amazed there is no retirment age for you!
Love Marg

Maria Illsley said...

A very vibrant card and what a story. The colours are wonderful. It makes me want to get my beach towels out now xxxx

TDQ Karen said...

Stunning card I love this xx

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
A very exquisite card today with a lovely story with it. It just goes to show that inspiration comes from everything we see, we just need to let our creative juices flow. Congratulations to all the lucky winners. Yvonne xx

aremgee G said...

It's amazing how clever people can use such simple things for inspiration. Thank you, Sue, for a lovely card.

doreenmj said...

What a lovely sunny card for this damp morning,
loved the idea of the towel!!
Congrats to all the winners.

Doreen x

Annie Stamps said...

Love this card Sue. The black die cuts really make the colours pop.

Annie P

karenlotty said...

It's fantastic! I love it I'm not sure I'd be able to make the background look as realistic as yours

Jan Sayer said...

A fabulous sunset. Like the card more than the towel! A new line for you perhaps?!

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Exactly what I need to look at this miserable Sunday morning, love it, that is absolutely amazing.
Counting the weeks till Hazel and I can be looking at scenes like that.
Elaine, I feel the move will happen long before 2021 just be prepared. As always I echo your wonderful summary.
Happy Sunday
Patricia xxx

stitchingranny said...

People often say "I don't know where you get your inspitation", and now we know lol. I would never have looked at that towel and seen a card, which is why I am not a designer. It is a beautiful card though.

Hugs Helen x

June Horrocks said...

All I can say is wow !!!!!!!!i love this sue what you have achieved with the colours is so so clever but we all know how clever you are don't we ❤️
Thank you sue I'm going to have a go at this one congrats to the winners enjoy your gift.
I'd love to buy that towel for my hols
Love always June horrocks xxxxx

gwen70 said...

Stunning card Sue, love the vivid colours, just perfect

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue.

Omg this is so pretty. I just love the colours it's just drawing me in. If there was a holiday with that scene I'd be going lol x

Pam. I wish I could retire the now at 43. I just want to enjoy what life has to offer. Unfortunately I have bills to pay so canny just leave or else idve said bye bye by now. Guess after last year I learned there's more to life than working non stop like my dad did and hardly got to enjoy things.
The rate things are going I'll be carried out the shop in a box!! lol I've to work till I'm 68 but can go at 65 on my works pension. However if I can go before that I'm off!!!
LOL. I would miss my colleagues dearly as they are part of my life too but I'd still pop in to keep in touch.

Love to all xxx

Jackie Durrant said...

What an interesting background story Sue and the card is quite stunning. Love from Jackie xx

sharon casey said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, wow

Wow what a stunning card today and loving the colours too, what a brilliant idea to taking a photo and making this wonderful card from it, I did something similar with a postcard for a friend its brilliant seeing what can be done with a little imagination, and you have great imagination and inspire us all every day.

Pam I reiterate all you have said above. Im not to bad thank you have had the packing removed and a clean dressing put on, its a little sore but that's to be expected with the bruising and stitches. I agree with Dragonsnap about your work, its such a shame for you my friend, take care and stay strong xx

Wow Im a winner cant wait and Congrats to the other winners, what a lovely way to start my day and cheer me up thank you so much Sue.

Sending love and healing hugs to all that need them, yor all in my prayers.

Have a good day all

Sarah Wrightson said...

Morning Sue, wow what vibrant colours - stunning xx

SueJ said...

Great inspiration and really gorgeous card.
Congratulations to the comment winners.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Sue
What a gorgeous card this morning ! I love your story of how the beach towel was your inspiration for this card.
The background shading is wonderful and I must try to have a play to achieve something similar!
I hope you and your Blog followers have a nice relaxing day.
Lesley S.x

Beryl Treble said...

Beautiful card Sue. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Clai01 said...

Yes i know now what the sunset cards remind me of ?! beach towels ! just lovely! x

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
What a great card and a fabulous story behind it. Now I'm amazed you have the time to go to the gym as you have such a busy schedule but I can see you looking just as elegant at the end of the session as you did at the beginning! You are just that kind of person - me I would be the limp lettuce leaf collapsed in the corner! Haha. Now I wonder if this card will pay a visit to the gym with you so you can show the towel owner where the photograph led, you never know you might inspire another lady on the downward slippery slope of craft! Thank you for sharing the card and story, it's nice to know how inspiration strikes.
Love Diane G xxx
Congratulations to all the lucky winners xxx
Pam I think you've found the reason for the lack of care in your offices. Yes the management are all holding out for their big bonuses, would you really expect to carry on another 4 years to get the money, I would just go now and enjoy yourself rather than putting up with the hassle. Yes you will miss the routine but I think you will find the friends will stay in touch and a good natter over a relaxed coffee is better than a quick 5 minutes in the loo! I went to a meal on Friday with a friend from the school I worked at, and met so many old friends and caught up with all the news, they are a lovely bunch. The good thing is my lovely friend is now leaving school so hopefully we can catch up with each other more often and craft together. Echoing your comments again today, you say it so well xxx

Yorkie girl said...

Good Sunday morning Sue and everyone
What a fabulous card. You have captured the image on the towel perfectly
Sue you should take the card into your next gym class and show the lady exactly what you were trying to explain a crafter is and does I am sure she will be as impressed as all your Wilsonetts
Pam I do feel for you but I know whatever you decide it has to be the best thing for you big hugs Hun
Have a lovely Sunday Everyone Hugs to all that need one
Theresa G xx

Catherine Lyons said...

Morning Sue,
A beautiful card so calming can see myself on the beach and a lovelh story
Catherine V94 xx

Karen M said...

Morning Sue
A lovely story to make a lovely card,surprising where you can find inspiration!!! Thank you it's beautiful.
Congratulations to winners.
Best wishes
Karen M

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, this card is so striking, love how you have captured the image from the towel photo. And some of my favourite colours combined, bright and zingy and moody. Congrats to the Comment game winners. Have a great day all. Bx

BenteS said...

Lovely card, the colours are gorgeous.
Congrats to the winners!

Liz said...

Fabulous card, what an amazing scene! xx

Owlish said...

Well that was a very good inspiration amazing how we crafters look at things that general ppl wouldn't even imagine doing this lovely card

sued99 said...

Great story and lovely card. X

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, fabulous card, just wish I was there enjoying the sunset, with my other half and a long cold drink.

Anne said...

Fabulous card, Sue - a bit different.

Anne (Northampton)

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. WOW What a stunning card. You never know where you are going to find inspiration from you must have been on cloud nine when you saw that beautiful towel. The colours are fantastic and show up really well on your photos. Congratulations to all the comment winners. Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Lynda Mellor said...

Good morning Sue, wow I would love to be sat looking at that sunset!!!
Congratulations to the winner's!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lyndaxxx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, WOW what a beautiful card, love the story. Are you going to take your card to the gym to show the lady whose towel inspired you.

Love Rosemarie X X

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Wow ! you are a genius , your card is so beautifully created and i love the story .
Congrats to Chris, fluffy and Sharon.

Pam i also agree with Dragonsnap and Sharon ,i also think your health would improve without all the hassle and tension it must cause you , perhaps you could find a little part time job to fill in a few hours,just a thought.

Carmen i send all good wishes and health to the Kid , i think it would put the icing on the cake for you if the Kid and his girlfriend got engaged, as you care for him so much .xx

Rosemary , how did your night out go ?, hope it wasn't too loud for you xx

Crewe Trish ,lots of hugs to you and yours.xx

I think Andrew is sleeping in this morning , it would have been late when they got home as it is a 4 + hour drive to Cardiff. i have no doubt he will have enjoyed the Speedway Win or lose ,but i will phone him later .

Big hugs to all who need one
take care
Elaine H X

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Beautiful - love cards that have silhouettes and this just takes you away to that island paradise....

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Lovely card Jean Z xxxx

jenny Briggs said...

Morning Sue
Lovely card so striking love the story

Crafty Cruiser said...

A really lovely all occasion card, great for men too. You have captured the towel design perfectly.!
Doreen R

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Great card, amazing story as to how you were inspired.
Well done to the winners.

Rosemary Stickland said...

Beautiful card, the colours are really vibrant.
Loved reading about the inspiration beind it.
Congratulations to the winners.
Rosemary xx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card. It just goes to show that inspiration can be found anywhere! Thanks for sharing.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Have a great day everyone.

CHERYL Brown said...

Happy Sunday morning to you Sue,

Loved the story of today's card. Warmed my inner core looking at the bright sunrise/sunset colours and remembering past holidays with my soul's other keeper Pete.

Congratulations to all the comment winners, you will sure to enjoy playing in your craft room/station with your fabulous gift.

Love 7 hugs
Cheryl xxx

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
This is so vibrant I love it and what a lovely story.
Pam my granddaughter watched a personal development video at school the other day and she informed me that you are not old until 80 so that is official you are not old.Seriously start looking around for part time work you might be surprised what's out there.Rosemary I hope you had a lovely time last night.Tracy you so right you have been through so much it makes you realise life is too short to be doing something that makes you unhappy.Elaine hugs as usual

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love the story of the beach towel inspiring this lovely card and you've transported us to that tropical place! Congratulations to Chris, Frances and Sharon enjoy your prizes
Pam echoing your lovely comments as always and sending special hugs to all who need one

Love and hugs everyone

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue, This is a beautiful and effective card. There is so much beauty and inspiration around us! Thank you for sharing this with us all and thank you for sharing your latest collection with us on Hochanda. Take care! Craft Owl by the Sea, north Norfolk.

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Beautiful sunset card today to cheer us after the torrential rain.

Congratulations to all the winners

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

cr@fty said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful sunset! How clever are you?
Hugs x
Heather T

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's bright very summery and beautiful Sue
Gr Karin

CraftyJo said...

Fab! and how great you could find the inspiration in a beach towel ;)

Sam Smithard said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
What Can I Say That's Not Being Said Previously On Today's Blog
Its Not Just The Fact That Everyone Loves Your Card It's Where You Got Your
Inspiration From, You're A First Class Superstar.
Today's Card Is Just Phenomenal I Love The Rich/Opulent Colours You've Used
To Create Your Magnificent Card, You Are A Remarkable Artist Your Crafting Juices
Overflow Within This Card Taking Your Inspiration From A "Beach Towel"
Products Used In Today's Card:-
"Creative Expression Mounting Foam"
"Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Specialists Dries Clear Acrylic Glue"
"Creative Expression Coconut White/Black Foundation Card"
"Creative Expression "Thinking Of You" Sentiment
"Rangers Jet Black Archival Ink Pad" (To Stamp Sentiment)
"Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade/Mustard Seedless Preserves/Dusty Concord Distress Ink Pads"
Star's In Today's Card:-
"Sue Wilson's Palm Trees Cutting Dies" (Island Paradise Collection)
"Sue Wilson's Large Sailboat Cutting Dies"
"Sue Wilson's Small Sailboat Cutting Dies"
Well Sue, You Certainly Did Justice To "The Beach Towel" (I Do Hope The Young Lady Checks Out Your Blog
To See Your Remarkable Creation)
You Started With A Piece Of "Coconut White Card" You Sectioned It Of With A Piece Of Copy Paper,
On The Lower Half You Used "Spiced Marmalade/Mustard Seed Distress Inks" To Create a Bright Sunset
Look On The Lake (You Did A Truly Tremendous Job It Looks Just Perfect) You Used The Edge Of
Your Pad To Add Water Lines (Just Exquisite)
Sue, You Then Switched The Paper Around To Cover The Bottom Portion Thus Exposing The Top Area
Sue, You Used Seedless Preserves/Dusty Concord, (Absolutely Outstanding Then You Cut Out Your
"Palm Trees" In "Black Card" You Glued Them Into Place Using "Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue"
Around The Top Of Your Card, You Stamped Your Sentiment "Thinking Of You" In Lower Corner
Sue, You Then Added Your Remarkable "Sailboats" To Your Card You Cut One Large Two Small Out Of
"Black Card" You Added "Mounting Foam" To The Back Of Your Fabulous Card To A "Coconut White/Black
Mat/Layer Then Added Another Piece Of "Coconut White Card" With Your "Famous/Signature/Piercing"
Then Added A "Black/Coconut White" Mat/Layer That's When We Have A Extremely Magical Card.....
A Definite Masterpiece.......
Sue, Thank You For The Daily Inspiration I Truly Appreciate Everything You Do,
Thank You For Sharing Today's Card All The Great Tips/Techniques The Shading Is Quite Remarkable
Sue, Take Great Care
I Noticed Your Blog Numbers Have Gone Over The 5,000 I'm Truly Thrilled For You.....
Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin Also Heather
Sue, Lots Of Love Also Huge Hugs 🤗
Love From Sam xxx
Congratulations To This Weeks Lucky 👏👏👏 Comment Winners Enjoy Your Gift........

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, your card is gorgeous and looks just like a painting. You have captured the colours and design of the towel (love the back story) perfectly and actually improved on it. Although vibrant it is also very serene and could be used as a change from the usual sympathy cards.

I can't believe I am a winner again and feel a little guilty as I won not so long ago but thanks to the random picker here I am again, thank you. Many congratulations to Chris and Sharon, isn't winning a lovely feeling?

Carmen - glad the lunch went well and I found that in any office there was always going to be a grump that doesn't want to join in. It is their loss and you can enjoy yourselves without them. The Kid's attitude is amazing and I think he will go far. An engagement would be good news.


ursula said...

Wow an amazing card after that....just love how you took that idea from the towel, to be honest, your card is better, love it....the colours are just amazing....thank you Sue..luv Ursula xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

We crafters get our inspiration from so many things. How clever, gorgeous colours

Scottydog said...

Lovely to hear the story behind your inspiration. I love sunsets & the silhouette boats combine to make a beautiful card. Ideal for those pesky men! Thank you Sue.

Scottydog said...

Forgot to send my congratulations to the lucky winners!

Pawprintx4 said...

Beautiful card. Perfect coloring with the Distress Inks. Very interesting story as to how you looked at a towel and thought card.
Happy Sunday to all,
Stephanie K

Brenda Lello said...

Hi Sue,
Love hearing how you got your inspiration for this card, You have certainly translated that into a beautiful card.
The colours are so vibrant and gorgeous. It's the sort of card that brings a smile to my face.i love it.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Suemac said...

Such a vibrant card

rosemary powell said...

Hi Sue and everyone.
This card is beautiful so relaxing to look at you can imagine yourself being there.
Pam you know what is best for you. I am sending you love and lots of hugs (((()))).
Elaine hope Andrew enjoyed his outing to Cardiff, sending love and hugs. Loved Grease it was brilliant not too loud at all.
Crewe Trish and Donita sending you both love and hugs as usual.
Well I managed to get an appointment at the hospital tomorrow at 10.00 re my new lump. Am crossing my fingers.
Love to you all xxxxxxxxxxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Sue this is a stunning card I love the scene you have created. I would love to be there right now it is raining outside. Have a great day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Welsh Dors said...

Hi Sue,
Fabulous card, thought for a moment you'd gone back to stamping.
Best wishes

Suzzette Yandle said...

I think you did a fab job on this scene card. We crafters do not "see" things as those who do not craft. Inspiration is everywhere if only we "look". You did one better by following through on your inspiration. You inspire me everyday with your lovely art. This fall I will be showing a group of ladies how to "layer" a card per their request. Most of them have never made a card larger than an A2 card. There are a number of us demonstrating techniques that day, so actual crafting time will be limited. I have chosen your Seville Background die to do so. I love this die set. I have been busy die cutting "layers" so these ladies can quickly put together this card and can actually leave the workshop with a finished card. I'll let you know how it goes.

Barbara said...

Stunning card sue!
I love the warm sunny colours, its the nearest I will get to a sunset up here in Scotland.

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Great Card. I think this would be great for so many people and occasions. I love the colours. It is good to see what inspired you, lol. Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations Chris Curry, Fluffy Cat and Sharon Casey.

Best wishes

Mavis L said...

Hi Sue. What another super card. Mavis L x

June Fletcher said...

Hi Sue

Fabulous card, love the vibrant colours

Congratulations to the comment winners... enjoy!

June x

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card. Beautiful sunset scene given your special touch and great for different occasions. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Eunice said...

Love the sunset scene. Sometimes one gets their inspiration from anything!! Love the colors that you used, looks like a pretty good depiction of the towel. Congrats to the winners.

Karen Drew said...

How ingenious using the towel as your Inspiration. So clever
Love the card
Karen xx

Laura O' Connor said...

Fantastic card love the bright colours used. Laura O

liz spooner said...

This is gorgeous today Sue, love the look of this.xx

Lynne L said...

Hi Sue wow this card is stunning what a fabulous sunset I Love it!
Pam I think you're right about your workplace it sounds orchestrated it can't be a good atmosphere to work in no wonder so many are leaving.
Rosemary thinking of you and sending you big hugs hope your appointment goes well tomorrow
Congratulations to the three winners

Tressa said...

Beautiful card.

It just goes to show that inspiration can come in the most surprising places.


Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card today. You'd be surprised were you can get your inspiration from. Wouldn't think you'd get it from a class.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
This is stunning! I do love sunsets. You are very clever.Congratulations to the lucky winners.
Pam, I'm sure like others have said that the hierarchy are hoping that people leave so that they don't have redundancy payments to make. That, if it's true, is despicable! I think you should just join the retirement gang! I used to love teaching but it got to the point when I was 57 that I decided that after 36 years, I'd had enough! It was just after I had my knee replacement done and discovered that there was more to life than teaching! I have to say that was 5 years ago and (apart from falling over a couple of times and well and truly messing up my knee replacement ) I've never regretted it. Yes, I did miss my friends and some of the students, but I still keep in touch with my closest friends and meet up regularly for coffee etc. I'm sure you will do what is right for you. Love and hugs Alison xxxx

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Suel
Gorgeous vibrant card today, and the inspiration was inspired!!!
Pam, I live only 5 or 10 minute's car ride from the offices at Longbenton, you could live here during the week and go home at weekends, that would put the cat among the pigeons in your office!!!
Sharon, glad you're feeling much better and congratulations on being a comment winner.
Rosemary, fingers crossed for you for tomorrow.
Fluffycat, don't be embarrassed at winning again - we don't mind - MUCH ha ha.
Congratulations on your win Chris.
Congratulations to the Wednesday card winner yesterday.
love to all
Maureen xx

Nanny Jo said...

Such a stunning card, Sue!! The colours are fabulous and such a tonic on a grey Sunday in July! Jo xx

Littlelamb said...

Love today's card Sue. Everything about it is amazing. Thank you for sharing this. Brilliant idea. Congratulations to the comment winners. Echoing Pam's comments.

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card, looks so bright and colourful love the use of black to silhouette the branches and yachts

Jean said...


Nikki Roeder said...

This card looks like a scene I might see up my street (I live right along Lk.Erie). We get some beautiful sunsets along the southern shores of our lake. You picked the exact colors that run across our horizon at sunset. Such a beautiful card, you should make a whole set of them. They would be great for wall hangings also. Nicely done!!!

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. I have only just realised I have forgotten to comment to today's post. I opened my emails and saw there was a YouTube post on Silhouette Moonlit Forest Card and got completely distracted watching that and then several other posts afterwards. You have certainly managed to capture the image on the towel with this card, such wonderful colours.


Betty McAlister said...

Beautiful card Sue and such a lovely story behind its creation. Your sunset colours are stunning. Xx

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
Great story! Lovely card!
Congratulations to the winners!
Love Myra ( Friend of Maureen!) xx

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Love the beautiful colours in this card, you had a great inspiration when you saw the towel, shows how you can pick it up anywhere.
Di B. x

DeCor said...

A very uplifting card Sue. Love the story behind it and the original photo.

DeCor said...

Congratulations to all the winners.

Judy Hollers said...

I love this tropical scene! Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us!

LatenightSandy H said...

Fabulous card. Such beautiful colours and yes, for once I actually love the black!
Your crafting mind never switches off, Sue.
Congratulations to the comment game winners. Enjoy your prizes.
Rosemary, hope all goes well tomorrow.
Take care everyone.

CCM said...

Hi Sue,
Wow! So beautiful! Love, love, love this sunset on the lake. This card reminds me of those Caribbean evenings spent on the beach waiting for the sunset. At the fist glance I thought that you stamped the sailboats and the palm trees. I mentioned many times that black is not what I intend to use on my cards, but black is perfect for this one. Love that you stamped the sentiment on the card, love the way you arranged the tops of the palm trees... (Even my hubby loves this card!).Thank you for sharing your story. I am really interested to know where you find your inspiration. My inspiration is always the receiver, first of all. I am making cards for family and friends only that why I cannot send a card to somebody that has nothing in common with that person.

Congratulations to the winners of this week's Comment Game: Chris Curry, Fluffy Cat &Sharon Casey!!!

Rosemary – Thinking of you tomorrow. Hope everything will go well.
Pam – Wish you to get the year that you hope for, without more work and stress. Hopefully the situation will calm down soon and whoever is left, including you, will have a professional work environment. Am I dreaming?

Dear friends – The engagement will be the next step in my vision. The time will tell.

Donita – Good writer? Me? I took it as a good joke, and I laughed. If you remember, or maybe you missed that comment, English is not my first language and also, it is not an easy language to learn at a certain age, but I do my best. This blog means a lot to me: learn from Sue and others how to make cards and improve my English. I am a winner every day, thanks to you all.

In this note,
Have a great Monday & Let's hope for good news only,
Still a newbie to Craft / not longer the newest, or the only Canadian Wilsonette

Viki Banaszak said...

This turned out beautifully! It is a lovely interpretation of the towel.

Jan.moogie said...

Wow what a stunner x

Cards2Di4 said...

This is really cool. Or do I mean hot?!! Brilliant, Sue. Take care. Diane (Cards2Di4) xx

Marie said...

Good morning Sue and all.
It's Monday morning here in Lancashire U.K. I don't seem to get the posts from you on the day they are posted. I don't really have time to read all comments although I do try and am beginning to look for specific commentors . At 86 years of age I think it's really too late to be moving house despite the good reasons for doing so. I had my first viewers yesterday so I do wonder how long I will have to keep the house tidy LOL.
Your card is beautiful Sue as they all are. Congratulations to the recent winners.
Love to all. Marie

Vie Carter said...

Great idea, would never thought of using the dies like that


Dawn Holben said...

WOW Sue this is totally stunning, those colours are gorgeous and absolutely perfect.
I hope you showed it to the lady who owned the beach towel.

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