Monday, 15 January 2018

Life Is A Garden

Hi crafters!  This is one of my favourite cards from the Nov. release, I just love the autumnal feel to it!  There is a little story that goes with it as well.  As I was making this, I wanted to add a hill for the wheelbarrow to sit on so I hand cut some milk card, but when I finished with it, I decided that the card really needed some stitched hills and I really wanted to design them to have in my line, so that was how the idea for the Stitched Hills and Clouds die set was born.  So in case you are wondering why I didn't use them on this card, they weren't around until several weeks after this card was finished!  From the Wooden Garden Cart set, I cut the wheelbarrow out of tan card and sponged Vintage Photo ink through the die to add some detail.  I cut several of the different sized pumpkins out of milk card and sponged them all with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink and used a bit of Vintage Photo around the edges and stems.  I glued three into the cart and added the other two around the base of the cart.  I cut a square base from the Stitched Pegboard Frames, then added my milk card hill on the lower edge and the wheelbarrow with foam.  the sentiment was shadowed and added above.  I cut a larger piece of white card and extended the hill across it.  In the upper left corner I cut the Sycamore branch in white.  I used Distress Oxides to ink the leaves and stem (Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo.)  I added some sponged clouds around the top before gluing the branch in place (and I actually used two of them to extend further).  I cut a third one and inked it then cut off the leaves and scattered them across the bottom of the card.  I used the sun from the Rain or Shine die set in the upper right corner, lightly inking it in yellow on the rays.  I added the smaller piece with foam on top, then completed the card with white on white mats.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.

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Jan Sayer said...

It looks like a really plentiful garden. A great card.

Clai01 said...

Gorgeous card Sue and can be altered for the seasons x

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
A lovely card, the story brings to mind the proverb,
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Take care and keep warm Kitty.

hollyberry said...

Lovely card and great story as to how the idea of some of your other dies came about.

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, a fabulous card, love the scattered leaves, very autumnal. Now we know some of the secrets of how you think up your designs. Oh to have 5 minutes inside your head. Have a great day everyone. Bx

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
A beautiful card with lovely autumnal colours, love all the stitched details.x

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous Sue.

gr karin

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning Sue
Lovely card with beautiful colours of Autumn.
Jan x

Beverly Fuchs said...

Hello Sue,

What a beautiful card to start the week. Reminds me of a perfect day at the "pumpkin patch." I enjoyed the insight into how you came up with one of your die sets, I bet you have a lot of interesting tidbits.

Have a wonderful Monday.


Stephanie Cotterill said...

Hi there Sue. Firstly is Blogger full of flu bugs too ? 4th attempt here, it takes many hits of the publish button before it responds and then my comments get eaten ! Talking of flu and virus bugs, my heart has being weighing heavy over the past few days thinking my playful "keep your bugs to yourselves" has been the cause of the hurt and upset here (even though I added a heart emoji to show it wasn't to be read the wrong way) thinking its a phrase we use over and over to those that have bugs "keep them to yourself" we use it in jest not to offend, so I've been worrying that I've caused unhappiness and hurt unknowingly. If that IS the case I'm so very sorry. This is the only blog I comment on and I visit one beautiful craft Facebook page but I'd never go out of my way to leave a vicious message knowingly it would cause hurt and sadness so if it was down to me I deeply apologise and will be thoughtful with my comment.
When you first launched this collection I fell in love with it, then when the autumnal shades came into the mix it just wowed me, this has to be way up there in my list of most favourite dies and samples it's just so warming. I look forward to using mine too not only for autumn cards but for so many spring and summer cards when your SB additions will also be so useful to bring into the design of the wheelbarrow.
I hope your feeling a little better each day, and that today brings love and laughter. I hope the hurt and unhappiness here will soon be replaced with caring and laughter soon xxx

TDQ Karen said...

Pretty card with lots of detail xx

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all. I have to say this is a WOW card. The autumnal colours and the design how the dies all work together are amazing. This card should be in a frame.
Sending crafty hugs and well wishes to all. Wendy

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, this is gorgeous, I am amazed at all the new dies you come up with, you really are a very talented lady who I am pleased and proud to call a friend.

Stephanie, your comment about bugs was not taken as offensive, it is something we say in the UK as well, so don't let it upset you - have a wonderful day and keep showing your wonderful samples.

Pam, not sure where you are but hope all is well.

Oh Sue, a little birdie tells me that you have a new release coming out very soon, exciting isn't it.

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

Netty The Runner said...

Fabulous card Sue. Great autumnal colours.
Annette x

PharmacyMichele said...

Beautiful card today, could be used for many occasions.


Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Another great card Sue.

Chris Curry said...

I love this card. It speaks of harvest, mellow fruitfulness, and is perfect for anyone with an allotment or loves gardening. Thank you Sue, have a good day. Xxx

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Fab card. Love it.

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
A lovely autumnal card. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.

Marion Scott said...

Lovely card Sue.
Marion S x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, lovely card. Love all the autumnal colours and the leaves are so pretty.

Barbara V

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue xx hazel

Jan.moogie said...

Awesome autumn card Sue love it and can see so many possibilities to make different kind of mens card, love it. Have a great day, hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Susan Battensby said...

Gorgeous card. x

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. Lovely card, great for gardeners. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

Donita Naylor said...

Dear Sue and Friends,

This card sold me the wheelbarrow but not the sycamore branch. Love the sentiment. I never would have thought of making the hill yellow.

We had sunshine in the Sunshine State on Sunday, and it promises to be sunny again today. Still cool, but not as cold as Canada. Flowers and green grass feel good on the eyes. It's a surprise to see familiar house plants growing outside as trees.

Best to everyone.


Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - this is a super card, particularly for men who love gardening. You come up with some amazing ideas and it was interesting to read how you came to design the clouds. Sending best wishes

karenlotty said...

Lovely card and how funny that another set of dies was created whilst making it Funnily enough I was watching a recording of Lisa Horton showcasing these on HOCHANDA They look very versatile

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

This card definitely brings to mind the poem about the season of mists and mellow all the autumnal colours you've been using lately, right up my sreet...


Ann said...

Good Morning Sue. Lovely card this morning Sue. I love the little wheelbarrow and I imagine it filled with flowers for a lady card or toys for children. Very versatile card
Pam we are all getting worried for you. You are our top of the page girl, is someone in touch with Pam that can drop her a line and relay back to us..... just to put our minds at rest. I hope everything is ok with you. Sending best wishes to all our lovely bloggers. Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card.
B xx

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, a lovely card, and I do like the colour combination. which you could alter for different seasons.

BenteS said...

Beautiful card!
So pretty colours, and the detailed wheelbarrow is gorgeous :))

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Stunning card! I love the leaves and the way you have coloured them.
Thank you for sharing.
VΓ©ronique L

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
A lovely card & beautiful story of how other dies were created. Yvonne xx

Karen M said...

Morning Sue,
Gorgeous card,love the Autumnal colours,
Best wishes
Karen M

Anne said...

Beautiful card, Sue..

Anne (Northampton)

June Horrocks said...

Wow !!!i love this card sue the leaves are stunning and your presantation is just beautiful anyone would be over the moon to receive such a beauty thank you sue xx
Steph the bug thing everyone is saying the same thing at the moment my hubby and me both have bad colds when people want to come to see us I say don’t come incase you catch the bugs 🐜 I love reading you blog every day thank you xx
My love always sue xxxxxx June Horrocks

Crafty Cruiser said...

Great card, full of lovely detail.
Doreen R

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Beautiful card. love Jean Z xxxx

Kate's Cards said...

A beautiful autumnal card. xxx

Owlish said...

I loved this card the last time I seen it so versatile great colours

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely card and as someone said the wheelbarrow could be filled with lots of different things.
Pam I hope you are ok, we miss you.
Take care everyone, Jess xx

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Really liked this card on the release, love the wheelbarrow die, so handy.
Muriel x

Yorkie girl said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
I have thought of getting this die set many times as it would make a perfect card for hubby as he is a avid gardener and he says I never make him a card wonderful card inspiration Sue thanks for sharing
I send my usual good wishes and hugs to everyone
Take care folks
Theresa G xx

sued99 said...

Fabulous card. This would be an ideal card for my husband too. X

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
Another lovely card today, it's good to hear how you find inspiration for other Dies when making a card. Thank you for sharing.
Love Diane G xxx
Pam I hope you are ok, it's not the same without you at the top. Xxx
Elaine and Rosemary sending hugs xxx

stitchingranny said...

Such a pretty card today. I love my Sycamore leaves but I do not have the others yet - alas you will bring out more before I get the chance to collect the others but at the moment I am saving up to get the stunning Octagonal dies (or at least one set of them) as I would like the plain and the adorned set - well lets be honest I would like the other one too lol.

Hugs Helen xx

Theresa Pace said...

love this card. my kind of hues. must say that i do like the recent cards too. sorry i haven't been very supportive recently but i have been vegetating a lot watching netflix and not checking much else, hugs xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card. I love it from your wheelbarrow with all it's detailing to the autumn leaves.

Brenda Lello said...

Hi Sue
This would be a great card for our gardening friends. I absolutely love those leaves and beautiful autumnal colour you have added.
Hugs Brenda xxx

P Austen said...

Hi Sue, at last managed to get on wi fi. Loved the cake die from the other day.
Today's wheelbarrow card is a delight. However I haven't got this particular die .......yet!
Hope you are feeling much stronger now Sue. This cold virus takes some getting over. It's not for cissies.
Just about getting back to normal after a long flight here to SA., but, would you believe it? Its been pouring this a.m. but it's warm rain. Sorry everyone . I'll do my best to suffer the heat. Hugs xx Pauline in SA

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Sue this is a stunning card I love it. Those dies are stunning and I love the colours you have used. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I loved this card on launch and it was interesting to learn of how you came up with the idea for the hills and clouds dies. Lucky me, I now have all of them. Santa was *very* good to me :-) I love autumnal colours and I think you have got them just right.

Steph - please don't beat yourself up about your comment, I'm sure no-one misconstrued it as we all say something similar at times.

Pam - the last time you went missing we found you had been rushed into hospital, I hope that is not the case this time. We would love to know if you are ok.

Donita - glad you are enjoying your time in Florida, I would be quite happy with 50F just now.


CraftyJo said...

Very nice :)

cr@fty said...

Hi Sue
I love the autumnal look on anything and today's card ticks all the boxes! I loved the little tale of how you came to design the hills etc 😍
Hugs x
Heather T

Ann said...

Love this card and the beautiful cart dies set


Annx without an "e"

Sam Smithard said...

To My Wonderful Dear Sue,
Well I Really Fell In Love With This Particular Die Set When You Released It In November 2017
As Part Of Your Autumnal Release, Its Such A Shame Your “Outstanding Clouds ☁️/Hills Dies
Were Not Around When You Made This Card, As Soon As They Came Out, I Had To Purchase Them
They Are Extremely Useful Dies To Have In Ones Stash.........
Sue, I Love The Warm Rich Colours You’ve Chosen For Today’s Card
Outstanding Products Used In Today’s Card ✨
“Creative Expression Coconut White/Tan/Milk Foundation Card”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Specialists Dries Clear Acrylic Glue”
“Creative Expression Mounting Foam”
“Tim Holtz Vintage Photo/Spiced Marmalade/Peeled Paint/Fired Brick Oxide Ink Pads”
Super Star’s In Today’s Card ✨
“Sue Wilson’s Garden Cart Die Set” (From The Necessities Collection 12 Cutting Dies)
“Sue Wilson’s Stitched Square Pegboard Frame Die Set” (From The Shadow Box Collection 5 Cutting Dies)
“Sue Wilson’s Rain ☔️/Shine 🌞Die Set” (From The Necessities Collection 10 Cutting Dies)
“Sue Wilson’s Sycamore Branches πŸ‚ Die Set” (From The Finishing Touches Collection 7 Cutting Dies)
Sue, You Started Today’s Card With A Piece Of “Coconut White Foundation Card” Then You Cut Out
“The Wheelbarrow” Out Of “Tan Foundation Card” You Then Sponged It Whilst Still Within The Die With
“Vintage Photo Distress Ink” It Brought Out Such A Lot Of The Detail..........
You Cut Out Several Different Sizes Of “The Pumpkins πŸŽƒ” Out Of “Milk Foundation Card” Then You Added
“Spiced Marmalade Oxide” Also A Touch Of “Vintage Photo” Around The Edges/Stems (They Look Outstanding)
You Then Glued Three Of “The Pumpkins πŸŽƒ” To “The Wheelbarrow” Plus You Added Two More “Pumpkins πŸŽƒ”
Around The Base Of “The Wheelbarrow”
You Then Cut A Square Base From “The Stitched Square Pegboard Frame” Then You Added Your “Milk Foundation Card”
Hill On The Lower Edge, Plus You Added “The Wheelbarrow” Using “Mounting Foam” You Also Added The
Exceptional Sentiment “Life Is A Garden” (You Shadowed This Then Placed Just Above the Wheelbarrow)
Sue, You Cut Out A Larger Piece Of “Coconut White Foundation Card” Then You Extended Your Hill Across It
In The Upper Left Corner You Cut Out Two Of “The Sycamore Branches πŸ‚ Out Of “Coconut White Foundation Card”
Then You Inked Them Using The “Truly Outstanding” “Peeled Paint/Spiced Marmalade/Fired Brick/Vintage Photo Oxide
Ink Pads... You Also Added Some Sponged Clouds ☁️ ☁️ Around The Top, You Cut Out A Further “Sycamore Branch πŸ‚”
You Inked It As Before Then You Cut Off The Leaves Then Scattered Them Around The Bottom of Your Luxurious Card
You Cut Out “The Sun 🌞” From “The Rain ☔️/ Shine 🌞 Die Set” Then You Placed It In The Upper Right Corner Of
Your Card You Lightly Inked It In Yellow On The Rays Of The Sunshine 🌞 You Added your Main Focal Point To Your
Background Using “Mounting Foam” Making Sure Your Hills Align Either Side Adding This To Your Famous/Signature/Piercing
Sue, Thank You For Sharing Today’s Exquisite Card Breaking It Down Step/Step
Take Great Care My Wonderful Dear Friend
Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin Also Heather
Sue, Lots Of Love Also Huge Hugs πŸ€—
Love From Sam xxx

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
This was the card that made me order this lovely Die Set!! It’s gogeous! I have quite a few keen gardeners in the family and this will be used a lot! First time next month for younger son! The wheelbarrow is a good size too . So interesting to hear about your hills and clouds lightbulb moment!! Thank you ! The colours in this are just gorgeous!
Stephanie - I would hope people know when we are just having a bit of fun! I wouldn’t worry about what you said! If we can’t have a bit of fun life gets a bit hum drum!
I comment on only two blogs daily but this was my first one and it’s special ! I don’t want to be forced off it either! They, whoever they are, will have won then!
Re: Blogger - I’m finding it’s working but it’s a lot slower to publish! If I Press Publish and wait for a minute or so - it generally works! I think I was pressing it again too soon. It’s maybe something that an update has caused! Who knows . Hope it helps! If it doesn’t - be gentle with me! Ha ha!
Pam - I hope and pray you aren’t ill . I miss you lots and things aren’t the same without you!
Elaine - love to you , Andrew and Helen.
Love to all,
Myra ( Friend of Maureen) xx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card, love the sycamore leaves and the autumn colours. Can't wait to see these new dies although I still haven't got all the ones I want from the last two collections
Steph I'm certain no one took offence, it's something we all say in fun
Pam do hope you're ok
Elaine daily hugs for you and Andrew

Love and hugs to everyone

Evis M said...

Hi Sue,
A lovely Autumnal card.
Hope Pam is OK.
Evis M.

CCM said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card.
Pam- Hope you are OK.
Elaine - Thinking of you and Andrew!
Warm hugs from cold Toronto to you all,
Still a newbie to Craft / not longer the newest, or the only across the pond Wilsonette

scrAPpamondo said...

Wonderful scene with these dies!! Love so much the autumnal feel!

Diane King said...

Lovely autumn card x

Donita Naylor said...

Pam's son said she is fine but, as you guessed, having IT problems. Whew!


Littlelamb said...

Lovely card Sue. Thank you for sharing this. I haven’t got any of this die set and now hear another one is coming out. I am getting very behind with buying the new sets but there are a lot that I would like. Hope Pam, Elaine and Rosemary are ok. We miss you. Hugs to all who need them.

ursula said...

Amazing how ideas come into one's head sometimes, a brainwave I call it Sue....well done...A really lovely make card, thank you...luv Ursula xx

Anonymous said...

A lovely card Sue

Pawprintx4 said...

Good Morning (Afternoon) All,
This card is so appealing. I think anyone, young or old...male/female would be delighted to receive it. Just perfect.
I am so glad to hear that Pam is only having IT problems...not that computer issues are any fun. Get well PAm's PC as we miss her.
Donita, even for me, just going to southern coastal SC is so different as to plants and greenery. I love visiting my Sis when we have our colorless, drab winter landscape. Have fun.
Elaine, hoping all is well with you and Andrew is more comfortable.
Stephanie K

Myra said...

Thanks Donita!!! Xx

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. Lucky you had that idea because I really like the stitched hills and clouds. I still like this card though.


Stephanie Cotterill said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
A really lovely card today. Thanks for giving us the insight into how the stitched hills and clouds came about.
cyber bullying is against the law. A friend has nasty anonymous comments left on her blog, which are being traced as we speak.

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

A lovely original post and something a bit different - love it...

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Fabulous card, love the autumnal colours. Seriously thinking about getting this die set - I love it!
Pam glad to hear you're ok and it's just an IT problem.
Sending love and hugs to all, Alison xxx

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

Hi Sue

Stunning card and beautiful autumnal colours

June x

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
This is gorgeous I love your story about your hills and clouds.
Donita thank you for the update on Pam I have been so worried.Glad you are enjoying your holiday.Stephanie we all know you are kind and caring and would never knowingly give offence.Elaine and Rosemary thinking of you I hope you are reading these comments and realise how much you are missed.

Dawn Holben said...

Sue this stunning, i love the wheel barrow and the gorgeous colours.

Berina RGA said...

Such a fabulous card! I love it!

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
I love this card and also the little story behind it. So glad you made the hills and clouds, they are so versatile... Wish the day had 48 hours.............
Hugs, Rose

PS: Especially as we are one sleep away from your new release - a little birdie tells me it's your best one ever.

Elaine Ann said...

Hi Sue
I love Autumn and this card epitomises every thing to do with it. I love these dies and the colour scheme is lovely. It's a beautiful card. thanks again for your great inspiration.
With Best Wishes

Elaine Ann

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, I love this card, the colours are so pretty and I love the 'look' of everything.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Heather Rogers said...

Hello Sue

I trust you are well. I have to say I really loved this card the first time round it is so beautifully constructed and so many elements.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Sue MacFall said...

Lovely card for a man or woman. Thank you, Sue.

Laura O' Connor said...

Very nice sue love the pumpkin and the sun fabulous. Laura O Springfield

catherine lyons said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card love those autumn colours
Catherine V94 xx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
Love this card!.....very Autumnal.

Scottydog said...

Loving the autumn tints, my favourite time of year! Ideal mans card. Love the little story about your stitched Hills. Thank you for the inspiration Sue!

Betty McAlister said...

Gorgeous card Sue and so versatile. As has been mentioned easy to change the wheelbarrow contents for flowers or even toys. xx

Tressa said...

Lovely autumnal card which, with some colour changes, could be adapted for other seasons.


Suzzette Yandle said...

Life is indeed a garden and I enjoy coltivating friends and card making techniques. Learning your thought process for the hill design die is very interesting. "Where there is a will [or need], there is way". I really like this Sycamore branch set. This set is on my wish list. I especially like the tiny leaves. Hope you are well on your way to feeling much better.

Eunice said...

Isn't it amazing how ideas come to reality when we put our minds to it!!!!! I really like your card Sue, and thank you for sharing your thought process.

Latenight SandyH said...

Super card. Love the wheelbarrow.
So pleased to hear that Pam is o.k. Thanks for the update Donita.
Take care everyone.

DeCor said...

Love your card today Sue. Great story look forward to seeing these new dies.

Vie Carter said...

Beautiful card


Marie from Longridge said...

Another beautiful card Sue. I don't have these dies and tomorrow is the day that my Daughter is taking me to spend my gift card at Inspirations. I am also being taken to see my 2 week old Great Grandchild which will also be a treat.

Glad to hear that it'a your IT that is sick Pam and not you. I miss your comments a lot.
Hugs to all.
Marie P.

Kathryn West said...

I have just bought the Hochanda special but may have to supplement with some more dies! I could happily buy your entire range Sue, if only Euromillions would come true!