Sunday, 4 March 2018

Love Blooms Here

Good Sunday morning all!  Today's card started from an idea that I had to make a floral spray and use the die cut as it's holder!  I started by using the decorative outer shape from the Julia die to cut a design into the background piece of milk card. I randomly cut it all over and then backed it with a piece of vellum.  Next I cut another Julia die using the outer cutting edge.  I added a bunch of flowers cut from the Sunflower Bouquet die set and attached them to their stems and created a bouquet, wrapping the Julia die around it.  I tied it with a piece of silk ribbon and attached it to the left side of the card.  I cut my sentiment from the Life Is A garden die set and attached it to the centre of the Julia cut area using the circle to raise it for dimension.  Milk mats and layers were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  8" in size.

The winners of this week's Comment Game are:

theresa w in Berks!!!
Myra (friend of Maureen)!!!

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

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Steph Cotterill said...

Morning Sue. Where do you start ? This is just so pretty. With Julia as the background and the bouquet of happy sunflowers how can anyone not fall in love with this beautiful inspiration.
What a wonderful start to our three ladies day to read their names as winners of the comment game ☺ enjoy your gift ladies and your day.
Love and hugs to you Sue. Whatever your plans, wherever you are hope your day is full of love and happiness xxx

hollyberry said...

Such a clever idea using the die as a holder. Beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Congratulations to all the winners.

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, a beautiful card today, love the idea of using the die as a holder, genius, well we know you are Sue.

Off to my craft retreat today now that the snow has cleared some what, at least I will be able to get out of the house, been snowed in for a week.

Congratulations to theresa w in Berks, redfox, and Myra (friend of Maureen)

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

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
What a lovely sunny start to your Sunday - I hope it helps to warm you all in the freezing cold there. Live the bouquet holder and of course the sunflowers.
Congratulations to the winners - enjoy your prizes.
Muriel x

Debra K. said...

Really pretty card today!
Congratulations to all the winners! Debra x

Marion Scott said...

Good morning Sue and what a lovely sunny card to brighten the day. A very clever idea to use a die cut as a holder for the bouquet of flowers.
Congratulations to the comment game winners, enjoy your prizes
Marion S x

Donita Naylor said...

Wonderful! Fabulous! Encore! Julia and the Sunflowers were made for each other, we’ve already noted, but this is so wow!

In case anyone was confused and read the instructions as I did the first time, after you cut Julia randomly into the background, then to make the wraparound, you add the outer cutting edge to the decorative part. It’s obvious from the picture that the wrap has the decorative design in it. I wonder if it would be a lot of trouble to cut a bunch of Julias from vellum and place those for the background. Or emboss a background with sunflowers cut out of stencil material or stacked two deep. Or with one of the heart-themed embossing folders to tie in with the sentiment.

Thanks for the idea of using that sentiment inside the Julia. It looks great there!

Congratulations to the winners!

It’s lovely to get a bouquet on Sunday. Thank you.

Best to everyone,

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Wow what a coincidence, the die set I took out for today is the Sunflower set.
Thank you so much for the extra insiration.
A beautiful card Thank you.
Congratulations to all the winners have fun.
Take care all and keep warm Kitty.

Beverly Fuchs said...

Hi Sue,

What is better than a bouquet of sunflowers to brighten your day? I just love how you have used the Julia die as a holder for the bouquet, what a clever idea.

Congratulations to the lucky comment winners.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. A very cheerful card today, love the different ways you've used the Julia die. Congratulations to today's winners. Sue xxx

Clare W said...

GM Sue. Great card.fab flowers.

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all.
Stunning card this morning . The bouquet of Sunflowers works so well with the Julia die in the back ground. Congratulations to the winners and crafty hugs and well wishes to all.

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
A beautiful sunny card to wake up to on a very dreary day! Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers so this was bound to be a hit with me.
Congratulations to the comment winners. X

TDQ Karen said...

Lovely idez, very pretty, Congratulations to all the winners

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Congrats winners. Lovely card Sue.

CraftyCoffey said...

Lovely card today.

Congrats to the winners.


Heather Rogers said...

A Good Sunday Morning to you too Sue

A lovely bunch of flowers today reminding us that warmer sunnier days are on the way. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations to the winners of the comment game.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Netty The Runner said...

Beautiful card Sue. So clever using the Julia die as a vase for the flowers.
Annette x

June Horrocks said...

Wow sue I love this card you are so clever no a genius love sunflowers 🌻 not been able to get out for a week going to a craft fair today heaven!!!! Thank you sue
Congrats to the winners June Horrocks xxxxxx

sharon casey said...

Morning Sue and all the Wilsonettes
What a gorgeous card love dies used really pretty

Sending love and healing hugs to all that need them xx

Have a good day and stay safe all

Hunnymummy54 from MK

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card, I love how you've used the Julia to wrap around the bouquet as well as in the background.
Congrats to the winners.
B xx

Pauline Austen said...

Morning Sue, how delightful to see such lovely little faces smiling at me as I opened your blog. Lovely bouquet. You know what they say Sue, "You can take the girl out of the florist but not the florist out of the girl."
Congratulations to the 3 comment winners, enjoy your gifts. Hugs xx Pauline in S.A.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - how beautiful the Julia die looks as a background with velum behind. Such a pretty look when used with the bouquet too . I will add this die to my growing list! Congratulations to the three lucky ladies today. Sending best wishes

Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue
The sunflowers remind me of holidays in France,such a pretty card.
Congratulations to the winners.
Jan x

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
I love today's card, as I've said previously sunflowers are my favourite flowers they make me smile! So thank you for my smile before I head off to work.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Hugs x
Heather T

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
A happy card, sunflowers always have a smiley face.
Congratulations to the winners.

Clai01 said...

Lovely die and card x

Owlish said...


Very clever way of using these dies sunflower
Looks very cheerful
Congratulations to the comments winners


margaret driscoll said...

Good Morning Sue
Pretty card today Love the Sunflowers!
Congratulations to the winners - enjoy your prizes.
Love Marg

dmj said...

Love the idea of using a die to wrap
the flowers in, it does finish it off

Doreen x

Narrowboat girl said...

Love the lacy doily effect of this card.
Congrats to the winners

Ann said...

Good Morning Sue. Beautiful card this morning Sue. All those lovely sunflowers to brighten our winter's morning great idea wrapping the die cut around the flowers to make the bouquet. I see a little investment coming on.
June have a lovely day on your retreat.... wish I was coming with you.
Congratulations to all the winners this morning. Enjoy your gift. Best Wishes to all this morning..... we have rain .... so hopefully it will be "bye bye snow". Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

What a lovely cheery card this morning and doesn't the decorative die from the Julia set make a wonderful background!

Congratulations to the CG winners.


KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous Sue
Gr Karin

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
What a pretty way to use the Julia die to make a sunny card today. The die would look good around small bunches of real or silk flowers for Mother's Day or bridesmaid posies.
Love Diane G xxx
Congratulations to all the lucky winners, especially our Myra. Xxxx

karenlotty said...

Lovely idea to use the die in a different way Other flowers would work so nicely too and it would work for such a lot of occasions

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, oh this card is just perfect. What a great way to use the die as the wrap for the bouquet. Well done to the comment game winners. Have a good day everyone and stay safe in this weather. Bx

Krafty Runner x said...

Hi Sue,

A gorgeous bouquet!!
Just what we need, a cheery sunflower after all that snow!

Krafty Runner x

Heather Treble said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card, looking forward to brighter and warmer days.
Thanks for sharing,

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
A beautiful card which certainly cheered me up on this cold morning. Congratulations to all the lucky winners. Yvonne xx

Lynne L said...

Good morning Sue beautiful card what a lovely way to make a bouquet using the Julia die to wrap around the flowers it looks fabulous the sunflowers are gorgeous I don't have this die yet but it's on my long list!
June hope you enjoy your crafting retreat sounds like heaven!
Congratulations to the three comment winners enjoy your prizes
Hope you all have a good day Our snow us fast disappearing as we've had rain thank goodness

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Beautiful card. love Jean Z xxxx

Jackie Durrant said...

Good morning Sue I often use a doiley wrap around flowers but hadn't thought about using a die for a similar effect. Very cheery card love from Jackie xx

stitchingranny said...

A lovely bright and cheerful card with a lovely sentiment.

Hugs Helen xx

Yorks butterfly said...

HI sue, such a pretty card, and I love the way you have used the Julia Die to make the background.

theresa w said...

Hi Sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Such a pretty card today Sue x love how you have used the Julia as a holder for the sunflowers x
Cannot believe that I am one of the lucky winners x It has made my day ! Congratulations to Redfox and Myra x
Take care everyone x
Theresa w in Berks xxx

Evis M said...

Hi Sue,
A beautiful and cheerful card for such a miserable day.
Road still blocked and I am feeling 'stir crazy'.
Evis M.

ursula said...

Very pretty card, apt for Mothers Day I think....I love a background like that and the way you used the Julia die as a bouquet holder is lovely...thank you Sue...lov Ursula xx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
what a great idea. And those cheery sunflowers are just what we need on this day!
Hugs, Rose

rolfi said...

Hi Sue,
the card is amazing.
Rolf xxx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card. I love how you have made the background and used the same die to make a wrap for the bouquet. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, what a bright and cheerful card, the sunflowers look gorgeous as a bouquet and doesn't Julia look pretty as the holder, what a clever idea. Love this card.

It is so good to see some bright flowers, I had snowdrops and primroses flowering in the garden but I haven't seen them for a week as they are buried by snow. There has been a very slight thaw but although the forecast was for rain I think they forgot to tell the weather as it is snowing again!

Congratulations to this week's comment game winners - Theresa W, Redfox and Myra (yay!). Enjoy playing with your prizes.


alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card for us this morning. The sunflowers are so cheery on a miserable day, I must say.
Congratulations to the lucky winners.
June have a fabulous time at the retreat - is it the Groovi one? I'm very jealous! Xx
Love and hugs to all, Alison xx

Scottydog said...

What a lovely idea Sue, I can think of endless possibilities with all the different flowers. The sunflowers remind me of long hot days in France. Roll on summer, then we will all complain that it is too hot, or too wet! Lol! Thank you for the inspiration Sue.

Congratulations to the comment game winners.

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue

Great idea, love the bouquet.

Congratulations to the comment game winners.

Love Helen xxx

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Lovely card, such pretty dies. I love the sunflowers. Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations theresa w in Berks, redfox and Myra (friend of Maureen).

Best wishes

Laura O' Connor said...

Beautiful card Sue love the flowers. Laura O Springfield

Dorothy Macdonald said...

Hi Sue & All

Beautiful sunflowers and I love the design with the Julia die, good idea using a wrap around.
Julia die is on my ever increasing dies to buy!

Congratulations to all the winners.

Love n hugs to all

Dorothy of Baldock

Margaret Rogers said...

Hi Sue
I seem to be the only one who isn't thrilled about this card. Sorry, but I find the Sunflowers to heavy for the rest of the card, or perhaps there are too many of them. Love the rest of the card
Margaret x

Craftcornucopia said...

Thanks for a summery card today. All I can see is white outside and there is a 3ft drift below the window.

Diane in Wales xx

Sam Smithard said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue, 🥇Award Winning Blog 2016
Well You Wonderful Lady You’ve Done It Once Again You’ve Created A Masterpiece
Who Would Have Thought Of Creating This Exceptional Card......
I Have The Julia Die Set But Not The Sunflowers I’m Sure I Could Use Another Of
My Outstanding Flower Die Sets.
Famous Products Used In Today’s Card ✨
“Creative Expression Milk/Brown/Green/Sand? Foundation Card”
“Creative Expression Mounting Foam”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Specialists Dries Clear Acrylic Glue”
“Creative Expression Vellum”
“Creative Expression Gold Thin Silk Ribbon”
“Creative Expression Self Adhesive Flat Backed Cream Pearls”
“Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad” (Not Mentioned But I Believe You’ve Used It Around The Edges)
Famous Cutting Dies Used In Today’s Card ✨🥇Award Winning Cutting Dies 2017
“Sue Wilson’s Julia Die Set” (From The Frames/Tags Collection 5 Cutting Dies)
“Sue Wilson’s Sunflower Die Set” (From The Finishing Touches Collection 14 Cutting Dies)
“Sue Wilson’s Life Is A Garden Die Set” (From The Necessities Collection 11 Cutting Dies)
Sue, You Mentioned You Came Up With An Idea To Make A Superb Card With A Floral Spray (Why Can’t I Have
Ideas Like Yours) You Wanted To Use The Die As The Floral Spray Holder.
You Began By Cutting The Decorative Outer Shape From The Julia Die Set To Cut An Exceptional Design Into Your
Piece Of Milk Card Which Is Your Background, You Cut Out The Julia Die Randomly Into Your Background, You Then
Backed This With Vellum Just Superb To Create A Soft Look, (Then It Looks Like You’ve Applied Antique Linen
Distress Ink From Tim Holtz All Around The Edges Of Your Background To Take Add A Little Colour To The Background.
Sue, Then You Cut Out The Julia Die This Time Using The Outer Cutting Edge Die.
You Cut Out A Bunch Of Flowers From The Sunflower Bouquet Die Set You Attached Them To Their Stems, Then You
Created A Bouquet Wrapping From The Julia Die You’d Cut Out, You Then Tied A Piece Of Thin Gold
Silk Ribbon, You Attached Your Bouquet To Your Background, You Then Cut Out Your Sentiment From The Life Is A
Garden Stamp Set, “Love Blooms Here” Then Glued This To The Centre Of The Julia Cut Area Using The Circle
To Raise For Dimension Also By Adding Mounting Foam To The Back, You Also Went Around The Edges Of The Circle
With Antique Linen Distress Ink, You Added Mounting Foam To Your Main Background Which Was A Milk Mat/Layer
Including Your Famous/Signature/Piercing, (I Don’t Know Whether You Have Used Same Technique As Previously On
The Sunflower Centres Which You Cut From Brown Card You Added Clear Sized Micro Beads These Look Tremendous
I Can’t Tell If You’ve Used Same Technique) On Your Finished Card You Added Milk Pearls To Your Julia Dies..
Sue, Your Card Is Extremely Impressive But Without Sounding Like A Broken Record There Is Not One Of Your
Magical Cards Which I Don’t Love, They Are All First Class Masterpieces
Thank You So Very Much For Sharing Today’s Exquisite Card.
Take Great Care My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
Extremely Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin Also Heather
Sue, Lots Of Love Also Huge Hugs 🤗
Love From Sam xxx
Huge Congratulations To The Weekly Comment Winners:-
Theresa .W. In Berks/Redfox/Myra (Friend Of Maureen) Enjoy Your Gifts

CraftyJo said...

Very pretty and very inventive!

Tressa said...

Very cheerful card for a dull day.


Anonymous said...

Lovely card, Sue
Such a pretty card and dies!
Lesley S x

Jan.moogie said...

Who's a clever crafter then Sue, gorgeous card today and so clever too. Have a great day, hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the sunflowers and the background.
Thank you for sharing.
Véronique L

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
Well this is certainly different I love how you have made the background.
Congratulations to all the comment winners.Enjoy the rest of Sunday everyone.I made the just for you card using the alphabet grid yesterday and your little cupcakes and heart ❤shaped balloons from the shadow box collections fitted perfectly.

Suzzette Yandle said...

Sue, you are one amazing crafting lady. Your creation today with your idea and execution of using a die cut to hold a lovely bouquet of flowers just shows your mind is far superior to mine. I love how you think out of the box. Please keep those ideas coming to us your followers.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love how you've used the Julia Die as a cone wrap for the sunflower bouquet, lovely card. Congratulations to Theresa, Redfox and Myra, enjoy your prizes
Love and hugs to everyone especially all our missing friends

sued99 said...

What a fabulous idea with the die cut. I love this card. X

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Sue this is a gorgeous card I love how you have used the dies. The sunflowers are just so pretty. Anyone would be happy to receive a card like this one. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Eunice said...

Oh the cards that make us think of spring and summer!!! Gorgeous card Sue, love the flower holder idea!!

Diane King said...

Great idea. I'm sure you could use another die as the holder and make up a bouquet with other flowers. I don't have those particular dies but will have a go with others. X

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
Sorry I wasn’t in yesterday but we travelled to Scotland so it was a long day and then WiFi is a bit hit and miss!
Thank you for pulling my name out of your furry bobble hat!! Lol! Congratulations to Redfox and Teresa W.
I have a friend who adores sunflowers and she would love this card. It’s a lovely cheery card for a rather chilly day!
Thank you!
We stopped for lunch yesterday on the way north and a lady called to the chap who was working the coffee machine - “ Elvis would like a Latte please, “. Well , we couldn’t see Elvis and I thought he was dead . Maybe not - he had a Latte in Moffat yesterday!
June enjoy your day!
Love to all, Myra ( Friend of Maureen) . Xxx

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. What a lovely big bunch of sunflowers, they look so cheerful.


Pawprintx4 said...

WOW! Just a wonderful, happy card today. I love the Julia die which I have been foiling this weekend. It is one of my favorites(of many SW dies). I love the clever way you have wrapped the sunflower bouquet in a lacy Julia cone.
Today I need to make a birthday card for a one year old little boy. Pulled out the cute little stitched animals to use with the birthday shadow box so animals, balloons, and a personalized message for this little doll baby. Thanks for all these fabulous dies so I really can't go wrong.
Congrats Ladies! Everyone stay warm and safe.
Stephanie K

hazel young said...

Beautiful card Sue x xhazel

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone
Lovely card. Like how you use Julia to cut a patterned background.

Congrats to the lucky winners,Teresa,Redfox and our Myra (have
fun in Scotland)

Stay warm everyone
hugs ,Maria x

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, I love it !!
Congratulations to the lucky Winners !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anonymous said...

Wow! Just lovely! Thanks for sharing these ideas in this post. I am so glad you'll started making dies where you have a choice to completely cut or cut just the inner details. It works perfectly here.
Gina in SC

catherine lyons said...

Hi Sue
A bright cheerful card to brighten our day congrats to the winners
Catherine V94 xx

dorothy cattanach said...

Well done to the winners.
A lovely card Sue, a reminder that summer is on its way.
Take care.
Dorothy xxx

Betty McAlister said...

Hi Sue. Congratulations to your three winners.
A lovely card to remind us that summer is on the way!! Xx

Jan Sayer said...

A gorgeous card with such jolly sunflowers.

Princess Pixie! said...

Hi Sue
Another late comment - unexpected but very lovely visit from friends has kept me busy today x
I adore sunflowers - they are my favourite flowers. They always make me smile and this card has done the same. It is such a bright and cheery card x
Well done to all this weekends worthy winners - card and comment x
Crafty hugs
Yvonne x

SHARICA said...

Love this card .. May have to have a go :)

Viki Banaszak said...

I love the flowers you made for this card! So pretty!

Fikreta said...

Very beautiful card!

Latenight SandyH said...

Lovely card to remind us that summer is on it's way. Great way to use the Julia die.
Congratulations to Theresa, redfox and Myra on their comment game win and to Lyn Cleasby on winning the Wednesday card give-away.
Take care everyone.

Vie Carter said...

Great card and such a clever use of dies