Friday, 19 January 2018

Grateful For My Friend

Hi bloggers!  It's all about the Sunflowers today!  I started with a piece of milk card and embossed it using the Butterfly Dreams embossing folder for texture.  I used a light bit of Antique Linen ink around the edge to bring out the design.  I attached a piece of decorative dotty paper (from my stash) to the bottom of the card and cut a brown border piece and glued it between the two cards.  From the Sunflower Bouquet die set, I cut the sunflower stalks in green and added two different sized flower heads to them, adding medium sized clear micro beads to the centres which were also cut in brown.  Beside that, I cut the Julia die out of milk card and backed it in brown.  I cut the centre separately in the same manner and layered it on top.  I added it with foam to the card then added two smaller sunflower embellishments to the corner.  From the Mix & Match Friendship Sentiment set, I cut the Grateful sentiment in brown and glued it to the top of the card and added the "for my friend" in brown to the decorative paper at the bottom of the card.  I added a single sunflower with a micro bead centre and leaves next to the sentiment.  Milk mats and layers were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/4"  x 8" in size.  All for now,, Sue x




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95 comments:

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Lovely spring time design, love the background and the sunflowers
Hope Houston is going well
Hugs
Muriel x

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, a beautiful card today, hope spring is round the corner soon because the weather is awful here in Kent. This card reminds us of what will be coming along.

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

Jan Sayer said...

Lovely sunflowers on a bright and cheery card.
Jan
Northampton

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, love todays card, the sunflowers are sure to brighten a cold and windy day. Have a good day everyone. Bx

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning Sue
Lovely card to cheer us all up.
Thanks Jan x

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, this is amazing!! I have bought this die set, thanks for the inspiration!! :)

Jan.moogie said...

Stunning card and gorgeous colours today, really cheered me up. Thanks Sue, have a great day, hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Stephanie Cotterill said...

Morning Sue from a freezing very white Lancashire where one very cold 'keeper' is heading out on the first 4paws walk of the day ! But how warming happy and cheerful is your sample. Nothing gives more ray of hope than beautiful sunflowers smiling up and over garden walls to everyone walking past. While I hear the snow knocking at the window, your beautiful sunflower sample makes me long for warmer days so I can leave the house again, talk about stir crazy ! Lol.
So I send love hugs and much happiness to you wherever you are in the world (just hope you are warmer than some of us are !) Have a lovely day xxx

Marion Scott said...

Beautiful sunny card Sue to cheer us all on this cold wintry day in the UK. Thank you
Marion S x

Donita Naylor said...

Dear Sue and Wilsonettes Trying to Keep Warm,

The sunflowers look like they were made to go with Julia, and that's probably because they were.

I was hoping to make birthday cards for our vacation landlady's 43 great grandchildren before I go, but Friday will be spent packing and cleaning. Spent my stamp shop rewards on a stamp positioner.

Hope all is well with you. As one of my new stamps says, "Everything is figureoutable."

Find beauty in the season.

Love,
Donita

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you so much a beautiful card.
I use this die set often.
Take care and keep warm.

Heather Rogers said...

Hi Sue

A lovely cheerful card for these dark winter days

Have a great day

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

hazel young said...

Gorgeous Spring card Sue xx hazel

Netty The Runner said...

Lovely card Sue. The sunflowers are gorgeous.
Annette x

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all . Beautiful card this morning for a chilli day. This card would cheer any friend up. I do like the beads in the middle of the flower.
Crafty hugs and well wishes to all.... Wendy

hollyberry said...

Beautiful cheerful card today.

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Very lovely.

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful card and great sentiment.
B xx

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
What a lovely cheery card to wake up to! Sunflowers always make me feel good and your design is beautiful. The butterfly embossing folder is a perfect partner for the flowers, roll on those summer days!
Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.x

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Very lovely.

P Austen said...

Morning Sue, Such a happy card to start our day. Lots of things I love about it from the lovely background embossing folder and the overall colour scheme to the delightful sunflowers.
Sorry to hear about your awful weather in the UK, but if it's any consolation, we are experiencing more rain here in S.A.. .muc needed, I must add.
Stay warm everyone. Hugs xx Pauline in S.A.

CraftyCoffey said...

Lovely card today, so bright & cheerful.

Michele

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Love sunflowers, great card Sue.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Gorgeous cheerful card this morning. Just what we need. The back ground is lovely and the sunflowers are beautiful.

Barbara V

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
Another great card this morning and one to make us smile on these very dold days. The sunflowers are a beautiful die and sit so well on the embossed background. I might just have to keep my eye out for that folder. Thank you for sharing.
Love Diane G xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - sunflowers are such cheery flowers and it's nice to see the micro beads again. Loving this card. Sending best wishes
YvonneMayxx

Krafty Runner x said...

Hi Sue,

Ah Spring is in the air!!
Although it's all white here!!
But it's just around the corner and it brightens the day when you give us such uplifting samples....

Krafty Runner x

TDQ Karen said...

Cheerful card to brighten anyone's day love the combination with the green card

Clai01 said...

Love this card today very cheery/ x

Ann said...

Good Morning Sue. A lovely spring looking card this morning ..... Thankyou for cheering us up . It's freezing here in Leeds but we havnt got the snow YET. But were not white over yet like Stephanie Those Sun flowers are lovely and deserve their day. It's my weekly trip into Leeds today..... wondering what our little craft shop has to offer us. I just might meander and have a little browse. Sending warm and best wishes to everyone. Pam hurry back we are all missing you. Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds

catherine lyons said...

Mornng sue a beautiful card it would brighten any ones day.

Catherine V94xx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely cheery card this morning. The sunflowers re lovely. The card makes me think of summer which is very welcome this morning as I look out onto snow and ice!
I hope everyone is staying safe and warm. I feel like a bit of a prisoner in my own home at the moment as it is so icy I daren't go out in case I slip. Mind you there was a beautiful sunrise this morning, it looked as though the sky was on fire - just stunning. However if the "red sky at morning,shepherds warning" is true, we're in for a shocker!!!
Love and hugs to all especially Pam, Elaine,Andrew,Maureen, xxxxx

djones said...



Sunflowers are so cheerful, this is a lovely
card with any sentiment on it!


Doreen x

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeouss Sue
Gr Karin

Suemac said...

A Springtime card

BenteS said...

Lovely card!
Seeing this, I'm longing for Spring to come :))
The sunflower dies are beautiful.

June Horrocks said...

A beautiful card sue reminds us of what’s to come love sunflowers it’s freezing cold here in culcheth hope your in the sun my son is on a flat to lansarotie
Love always sue xxxxxxx June Horrocks xxxx

Anne said...

What a lovely bright and cheerful card this morning, Sue. We have no snow but a hard frost this morning.

Anne (Northampton)

stitchingranny said...

What a lovely bright and cheerful card to brighten our morning. I love the sunflowers.

Hugs Helen

Karen M said...

Morning Sue,
A gorgeous Spring card,love the sunflowers one of my favourites,
We are off to W Australia tomorrow so will be a bit hit & miss for a bit! It will be great to be with our grandchildren again,
We had such a bad year (2017)we thought we must go while we are able,
I will be thinking of everyone & hopefully everyone will be back!!!
Stay warm & safe
Best wishes
Karen M

Mavis L said...


Good Morning Sue. Beautiful card wish spring was really here.
Love the Sunflowers.Mavis L x

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Such a happy card this morning with a clean and fresh colour scheme - I much prefer greens to cold blues, especially at this time of the year - I can look forward to Spring...sadly, the Sunflowers are still on the wish list...

Donita - thank you for the update on Elaine and Andrew - good to hear that his treatment has begun now...have fun playing with your new stamp positioner...I can't believe the 43 great grandchildren!!!?...you gotta be joking, surely?...lol

Izzy

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue such a bright cheery card lots of textures particularly the embossed background love from Jackie xx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
As soon as I saw today's card it made me smile! I love sunflowers, to me they are such a 'sunny' flower and brighten up any room. I love everything about today's card!
Hugs x
Heather T

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Beautiful card. love Jean Z xxx

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
A beautiful sunflowers card today, wish it was spring instead of this snow as everyone is cheery in warmer weather. I also love seeing the birds trying to get to seed heads in the sunflowers. Yvonne xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Beautiful card, sunflowers are such happy flowers.
Lydia
X

Lynne L said...

Good morning Sue Oh such a lovely card to remind us of summer I love the sunflowers another die on my wanted list I'm watching Julia on Hochanda at moment she's doing a fantastic job demoing your dies
Donita surely you weren't aiming to make 43 cards?
Karen enjoy your trip to W Australia enjoy being with your grandchildren
Pam I hope your IT problems are sorted soon I'm missing your lovely comments Sending caring hugs to all

Owlish said...

Hi SUE
Very nice card for a special friend l kind of had a wee chuckle when I saw this card as l think the sunflowers looks like they have cookies in the middle
JOY Xx

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
Lovely bright card, very pretty. Sunflowers must be in people's minds just now, I've just finished making a
batch of stamped sunflower cards! x

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card. Very pretty and summery with the sunflowers.

Brenda Lello said...

Hello Sue,
Great card today.
Sunflowers to me always look like sunshine. We all need plenty of that!
Hugs Brenda xxx

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card with bright and sunny sunflowers and I love the way the Julia die reflects their style. I am so looking forward to the summertime as we have yet more snow today that shows no sign of stopping. Knit and natter has been cancelled for this afternoon so I am hoping to make a start on my Easter cards.

Donita - I too am amazed at your vacation landlady's 43 great grandchildren.
Karen - have a safe trip to Oz and enjoy the time with your grandchildren.

If you have to go out please stay safe but otherwise stay in and craft!

Frances

CraftyJo said...

I love sunflowers - the card is fab :)

Yorkie girl said...

Good afternoon Sue and everyone
Ohh sun flowers. Can we have the sun that goes with please. It’s a damp dreary day here in S Yorkshire
I received my wheelbarrow and garden dies this morning so might have a play with those
Missing our friends Pam Elaine. and Rosemary and any other of our poorly and missing friends
I send my usual good wishes and hugs to everyone
Take care folks
Theresa G xx

Kate's Cards said...

What a lovely sunny card to give to a special friend. xx

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue and everyone

I’ll keep it brief as it may not publish again. Great card, makes me think of warmer weather.

Love to all, especially Elaine, Andrew and Helen . So glad he can have treatment now. Thanks to Donita for keeping us informed.

Helen xxx

Sam Smithard said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
I’m Aware I’m Always Saying This But Today’s Card Is Just Stupendous I Love The Tremendous
Texture’s You’ve Created With This Morning’s Card By Using “The Butterfly ๐Ÿฆ‹ Dreams” Embossing Folder
Then The Extremely Impressive Medium Sized Clear “Micro Beads” (I Forget to Use Mine Until You Bring
Yours Out Once Again)
Extravagant Products Used In Today’s Card ✨
“Creative Expression Milk/Brown/Green/Yellow Foundation Card”
“Dotty Card” (From Your Stash)
“Creative Expression Butterfly ๐Ÿฆ‹ Dreams Embossing Folder Designed By Sue Wilson”
“Creative Expression Self Adhesive Flat Backed Cream Pearls”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Specialists Dries Clear Acrylic Glue”
“Creative Expression Mounting Foam”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Medium Sized Clear Micro Beads”
“Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad”
Remarkable Cutting Dies Used In Today’s Card ✨
“Sue Wilson’s Sunflower ๐ŸŒป Bouquet Die Set” (From The Finishing Touches Collection 14 Cutting Dies)
“Sue Wilson’s Mix/Match Sentiment Die Set” (From The Expression Collection 11 Cutting Dies)
“Sue Wilson’s Julia Die Set” (From The Frames/Tags Collection 5 Cutting Dies)
(Named After Our Wonderful Julia Watts...............)
Sue, You Started Today’s Card With A Piece Of “Milk Foundation Card” Then You Embossed It Using
“The Butterfly ๐Ÿฆ‹ Dreams” Embossing Folder, You Then Used A Little Amount Of “The Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Distress Ink” To Make The Design Of The Embossing Folder Come To Life, You Then Attached A Piece Of
Your (Decorative Dotty Card From Your Stash) To The Bottom Of Your Card, Then You Cut Out A Border
From “Brown Foundation Card” Then You Glued This Between The Two (The Embossing/Dotty Card)
Then From “The Sunflower ๐ŸŒป Bouquet Die Set” You Cut Out “The Sunflower ๐ŸŒป Stalks From “Green Foundation Card”
Then You Added Two Different Sized Flower Heads To Them.
You Cut Out The Outer Of “The Sunflower” Heads From “Yellow/Custard Foundation Card?” Then The Centre’s
Of “The Sunflowers ๐ŸŒป You Cut From “Brown Foundation Card” You Then Added The Fabulous (Very Tactile)
“Clear Medium Sized Micro Beads” To The Centre Of Your “Sunflowers”
Sue, You Then Cut Out “The Exceptional Julia Die” From Milk Foundation Card” Then You Backed This
With “Brown Foundation Card” You Cut The Centre Die Out Separately In The Same Manner Then Placed It In The
Centre Of “The Julia Die” Adding Mounting Foam To The Back To Raise For Dimension.
You Added Two Smaller “Sunflowers ๐ŸŒป” To The Bottom Right Corner Of “The Julia Die” Then From
“The Mix/Match Sentiment Set” (Terrific Cutting Dies) You Cut Out Grateful From “Brown Foundation Card” Then You
Glued It To The Top Of The Card, You Added The Rest Of The Sentiment “For My Friend” Also Cut Out Of
“Brown Foundation Card” You Glued This To “The Decorative Card From Your Stash” At The Bottom Of Today’s
Exceptional Card, You Added A Single “Sunflower ๐ŸŒป With The Micro Beads Centre, Plus Leaves ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ” Next To
Your Sentiment You Added This To A Milk Mat/Layer Using “Mounting Foam” This Also Included Your
Famous/Signature/Piercing.....
Today’s Card Is Just Magnificent Sue Thank You So Very Much For Sharing Today Card, Thank You For
Your Superb Blog/Exquisite Cards Each/Everyday, This Blog Is Outstanding Where You Share So Much.......
Take Great Care My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
Extremely Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin Also Heather
Sue, Lots Of Love Also Huge Hugs ๐Ÿค—
Love From Sam xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the sunflowers and the Julia die used together.
Thank you for sharing.
Vรฉronique L

Sue MacFall said...

Thanks, Sue for a cheery card to brighten our day !!

CCM said...

Hi Sue,
This is exactly what I needed it to see on a grey, cold Friday morning!These warm colors made me feel better (here the sky is a sad dark grey, really depressing). Love the card. Julia and the sunflowers are made for each other :)Thanks for sharing.

Donita - Thank you so much for the update on Elaine and Andrew. Glad to hear that his treatment has begun now.Hope he will feel better soon.Sending my daily hugs to them and for you, have a safe trip home.
Pam - we are all missing you.

Warm hugs from cold Toronto to you all,
Still a newbie to Craft / not longer the newest, or the only across the pond Wilsonette
Carmen-Dorothy

Dawn Holben said...

Sue this gorgeous, just what we need to brighten the day.
I love the flowers against that background. absolutely love this one.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely cheerful card. Sunflowers always are, I think.
Hugs, Rose

Chris Curry said...

Love sun flowers, and this is a bright card on a dull day. Thank you Sue, have a good weekend. Xx

Jean said...

A gorgeous card

sued99 said...

Fabulous card. The sunflowers are so pretty. X

Evis M said...

Hi Sue,
A very pretty card today. The sunflowers are
lovely.
Regards,
Evis M.

Ann said...



Hi Sue

This card is so lovely the sunflowers are gorgeous.

Hugs

Annx without an "e"

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

A lovely generic card that can be used for so many occasions. Very beautiful

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Great Card and dies. A nice reminder that summer is coming, lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

Crafty Cruiser said...

Thank you for reminding us that Spring is on the way soon(ish) with this lovely card.
The sun is shining brightly in a beautiful blue sky here.
I suppose we are lucky on the south coast that we haven’t had the horrendous weather many others have had.
This card, though, should brighten everyone’s day!
Doreen R

Yorks butterfly said...

Hi Sue, its nice to see a bit of summer in this awful weather, and this card certainly reminds us of sunnier times.
Wendyx

karenlotty said...

A beautiful card I would never have thought to add that small strip of plain brown card It’s added so much and is just a genius idea

Pawprintx4 said...

I love the sunflowers. Had to have them when they came out. My daughter grew sunflowers with faces as big as dinner plates, taller than she is, and the birds loved them. I am ready for summer. I usually am once Christmas is past. Our snow is melting but it has been a harsh winter this far.
Donita, I can see why you didn't get all 43 birthday cards made. Have fun with the positioner.
Karen, have a wonderful trip. Elaine, we are thinking about you and yours. Pam, we are going to send the Geek Squad after you!
Have a great weekend everyone,
Stephanie k
SC/USA

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful cheerful card, the sunflowers are such happy flowers and as Donita said the Julia Die was made to go with them
Karen have a wonderful time in Australia I'm sure you can't wait to see your grandchildren
Elaine my daily hugs for you and Andrew
Pam hope you get your IT problem sorted soon, we do miss you

Love and hugs to everyone
Pat

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. I love sunflowers as I always think they are such happy flowers and they remind me of those long hot summer days. Great card.

Lisbeth

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card showcasing the sunflowers. Reminding us of warmer times. Haven't seen the use of micro beads for awhile.

Narrowboat girl said...

A lovely card Sue. I especially like the micro beads in the middle of the sunflowers to give texture

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
What a lovely sunny card to brighten our day.Julia said you are in America until February so I hope you are are managing to have some me time.
Karen enjoy your time with your grandchildren.Sam I am like you it isn't until I see Sue use one of her products that I realise I haven't used it in sometime.Donita a safe journey home 43 great grandchildren she must have had an awful lot of children or was she a foster mother.My daily huggles to Elaine Andrew,Helen and Rosemary.Pam I hope you are back soon we miss you.

Welsh Dors said...

Hi Sue
Such a pretty, happy card. Strange how sunflowers make people smile.
Best wishes
Dorianne

Scottydog said...

A lovely bright, summery card. Especially like the texture of the microbeads & that pretty die, Julia.. thank you Sue for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
I love your bright cheerful card today.
Lesley S x

Berina RGA said...

I love the bright and cheerful card today. Thanks for sharing.

Di said...


Hi Sue,
Lovely card, love the cheery sunflowers and the lovely dies and background.
Cheers,
Di B.x
Tasmania.

Elaine Ann said...

Hi Sue
Its a lovely card today I like the use of the micro beads, they give a lovely texture.
With Best Wishes

Elaine Ann

Fikreta said...

Wonderful card!
hugs

Jeannie Donnelly said...

A delightful happy card today, so nice to see, it really cheered me up this morning and I needed that. I haven't been creating very much this last couple of months as my dad was very ill and we lost him last week so I'm still not just ready yet to get back into the craft room. Maybe the new die release will give me the boost I need. Xx

theresa w said...

Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Beautiful card today Sue x
Theresa w xxx

Eunice said...

Fun card Sue. love the sunflowers, they make me think of summer!!!!

Tressa said...

A bright and cheerful card that matched the bright morning sunshine, the first for a while.

Teresa

Betty McAlister said...

Evening Sue. Beautiful sunflowers card today.
Karen enjoy your trip to Australia to see your grandchildren. Luckily mine are all close by.
Jeannie, so sorry to hear that you've lost your father following his illness. Thinking of you and sending my condolences to you and your family. Xx

Princess Pixie! said...

Hi Sue
Bright and cheery. A spot of sunshine to chase away the winter blues. Lovely x
Happy thoughts and lots of love to all x
Take care
Crafty hugs
PP
Yvonne x

Viki Banaszak said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the sunflowers!

Littlelamb said...

I thought I had already commented but looks like I didn’t. This is a beautiful card Sue. I love ๐ŸŒป. They are very cheery on a dull day. Thank you. Sending hugs to Pam, Elaine, Andrew, Helen and Rosemary. Hugs to all who need them.

Marie from Longridge said...

Good morning all.
A beautiful card Sue although sun flowers are not my favourites they look lovely on the card. I hope your stash of micro beads are glass as I read somewhere that the plastic ones are going to be banned.
Where are you Pam? have you forgotten us? We all miss you as I'm sure you know.
My sympathies are with you Jeannie. I'm sure your Dad will be watching over you.
Love to all.
Marie P.