Friday 15 August 2014

Creative Expressions August 2014 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Creative Expressions August 2014 Blog Hop! These new Christmas designs from the Singles Range at Creative Expressions, include seven different stamps. As you will see from the samples made for the Blog Hop, they do not just have to be used as they are but can be altered and interchanged to give lots of different options.

One randomly selected person commenting on this blog post before the blog hop closing date will win the following fabulous prize, which includes some of the new stamp designs.

For my project, I used the new Creative Expressions Merry Christmas pre-cut stamp.  I decided to split it apart so I stamped it twice using a black archival ink pad on to milk card.  The "Merry was easy to cut apart as it has a straight line box around it.  The second time I stamped it though, I masked it by covering the "Merry" with tape, inked the stamp and quickly removed the tape before stamping so just the "Christmas" was stamped by itself.  I cut it out with the Radiant Rectangle die and inked it with Antique Linen before removing it.  I cut another in black to use as shadow behind it.  I created a background for my card by inking my embossing folder with Clear Perfect Medium.  I ran a piece of milk card through and transferred the ink to it.  I dusted it with Angel Gold Sparkle pigment for a soft shimmery glow.  I added my "Merry" and "Christmas" elements to the background with mounting foam and added 3mm cream pearls to the background design around them.  I made two small poinsettias and added them to the side of the "Merry" block.  A holly Spray in black was cut and tucked underneath it.  I made two more larger poinsettias and added them to the side of my card with some black tulle and several more holly sprays.  Each of the holly sprays have had Iced Snow added to the leaves as well.  I finished the card with a pierced mat layer of milk card, then a thin black mat with a final mat of milk card.  The finished dimensions are 7" x 8 1/4" in size.  

Thank you for visiting my blog, please leave a comment below in order to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Once you have done that, you will need to click here to visit Julia's blog.

To help you along the way, here is a list for the Blog Hop:-

1. Sue Wilson (you are here)
2. Julia Watts
3. Tracey Laughton 
4. Kim Bacon
5. Donna Ratcliff
6. Neil Burley
7. Tracy Heaton
8. Kerry Hickton
9. Pam Smith
10. Creative Expressions

Start page, prize details and how to take part: Creative Expressions News Blog. The blog hop will start on Friday, 15th August at 6am and will end on Tuesday, 19th August 5pm.

Thank you for taking part in our Blog Hop – good luck! 

Julia Watts has shows today on C & C at 10am and 2pm showing off this gorgeous new range of stamps so don't forget to tune in to see all the inviting samples that she and the design team have made.  All for now, Sue x

I've attached the photo of the blog hop prize for you.


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Pam said...

Gorgeous card Sue, love it. Your surprise is great, will give it a go.
Welcome to the blog Selma, you will love it.
Diane, how lovely to find new cousins out of a sad day, your uncle is watching over you.
Robbie is a very brave determined young man, he is lovely.
Keep well and safe everyone, Steph, please take care. Hugs to Norah and Cameeli, wish you were back with us.
Hugs to all who would like one.

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. Beautiful card, the stamps are lovely but I'm saving for your Christmas dies at the moment.
Missing you Norah and Carmeeli! Welcome Selma to the best blog ever.
Sue xxx

TDQ Karen said...

What a lovely card and how exciting that you are part of a new blog hop too. Great chance to see work from crafters that you may not have come across before and learn something new too. I love the stamps too said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you beautiful card. I shall tune into Julia today. Take care all Kitty.

Ivonka said...

This card looks like a real labour of love, Sue. Anyone would be delighted to receive it, and I'd be very proud if I'd made it! Hugs Yx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue Lovely card today a lot of detail on it which gives a feel of luxury.

I guessed it would be a blog hop hope it goes well!
Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Jan.moogie said...

Wow what a gorgeous Christmas card Sue, wouldn't mind receiving it myself. Enjoy your blog hop.xx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue great card super stamps and l nice blog hop all fun hugs linda

auscrafts said...

beautiful card ,

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card, if I get my birthday cards up to January done this weekend I will be getting to grip with my christmas cards.
Welcome to the new Wilsonettes and where are Norah and Cameeli
Gentle hugs for baby Leo and love and big hugs to all Wilsonettes that need some.
It took me till 7.30 to watch video last night but well worth it, I have been cutting my die cuts up and trying different things some work some don't.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x x x x

Unknown said...

Beautiful, love monochromatic especially on Christmas cards. Xx

Anonymous said...

A very clever idea lovely different Xmas card
Susan D

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Morning all.
Never been on a blog hop ! What worries me is that a few months ago I visited Julia's blog everyday, then she had a problem and had to remove the anonymous selection and as Im no wizz kid wirh technical stuff I could no longer leave her work compliments, I wonder where we stand regarding that and the Hop ?!
Hey Pam- Do The Hop : ) xx

Brr, this beautiful card makes me feel all wintery, what a start to a Friday.
Welcome to Selma. Enjoy this wonderful place of friendship.

To all my beautiful friends
Love You.
Lancashire Steph xx

Linda28 said...

Hi Sue, What a great surprise this morning, love the way you have split the stamp and also the Black/White colour theme. Out of the box for Christmas, but really pretty. Will definitely be following the blog hop. Regards to all, Linda.P.S. Off to work now, but wish I could be crafting:( :(

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
What a beautiful card.
I just love it.
And will do 1 or 2 hops, given the time it is..
Hugs, Rose

Eemeli said...

Fabulous hop and a gorgeous creation! Love the "lack" of colors, that nice
shimmer and all those wonderful details.


Caroljsmith said...

Wow sue what a gorgeous Christmas card I would love to win this one .the stamps and dies wow.

Hazel said...

Good morning Sue, another beautiful card. Blog hopping is great fun I often do it as you find lots of new crafters and their fabulous work. Plus I have meet up with some of these wonderful ladies and had great times. Hazel xx

Unknown said...

Morning Sue, I love the way that the Merry stamp matches with the poinsettia. The embossing folder is very pretty too - what is it called? Have a good weekend.x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card, love the stamps and just love the new Christmas Dies! I am off to do the blog hop now. Love Jean xxx

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue today's card is truly gorgeous there is so much to look at and the black and white is a stunning combination. I'm off to blog hop this is exciting it has brightened up my Friday. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

JAO said...

Really lovely Christmas card.

CraftyAnn said...

A beautiful card which shows off the stamps and dies a treat. I wish I had the time to do some crafting but I'm busy trying to get my house ready for sale so I can move in with Mum to look after her. This is one card I will have a go at doing in a few weeks time.
Thank you so much for the inspiration.
Take care.

Anonymous said...

Great card, Sue, love monochrome and of course the embellishment, poinsettias so pretty, also the holly spray. Nice EF - anyone know if it's a new one?
Shall give the blog hop a whirl and thanks for chance to win some bling and stamps too.

'P' in Wales

Hi to Selma!

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
I love it when you make me think out of the box the way you've changed the look of the stamps is pure genius. Your new Christmas stamps and dies are beautiful and all are must haves. I wouldn't have thought that monochrome Christmas cards would work but they do. The embossing folder is fabulous and gives such a pretty look.
Nice surprise about the blog hop so off to start it now
Hugs x
Heather T

Dolly Daydream said...

Morning Sue
A lovely way to start the day. I will watch Julia today as I have a quiet day as my husband has to go out. These stamps look very impressive and I love the card unusual colours but still very elegant.
Have a really good day everyone and take care.
Love and hugs
Dawn Searle xx

Roz McLellan said...

Hello Sue,

What a great card and a great idea. I am sure I need the holly spray to go with my poinsettia dies!

Love Roz x

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. Thank you for doing the blog hop it was a nice surprise. This is a stunning card you must have put a lot of hard work into creating this master piece. Your new christmas dies are beautiful. I could see this make in many colour ways. Looked through the blog hop and there is some beautiful creations. Have a great weekend.
Best Wishes.
Denise x

Unknown said...

Good morning Sue this is fun. I love your card and look forward to seeing the others Beryl xx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card, love the monochrome look. Looking forward to Julia's shows and will be blog hopping later.
Love Jan x x

doreenj said...

Another stunning card; off blog hopping!!!!!

Doreen x

Unknown said...

Good morning Sue WOW what a beautiful card its so classy I love to see black and white are black and cream cards. So pleased to see you doing a blog hop. I love these stamps I think these will be going on my wish list.
I'm off to see sues blog now so I will be back tomorrow.
Take care xx

Debs A xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card, I'm especially loving the holly sprays.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Unknown said...

WOW Beautiful mono card.
Love the blog hops. Looking forward to seeing Julia's shows to see her demos.
Sheila x

Aspiring crafter said...

Love this card Sue, it is a lovely stamp and your card shows it off beautifully.,
Take care,

Unknown said...

Love thus sue xxxx

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
What a fantastic way to use stamps. It certainly shows that you do not have to have all the expensive kit to make a most beautiful gift. If you don't own a die cutting machine shapes can be done either by hand cutting or buying ready cut shapes and with today's stamp you have a most beautiful card and without all the colour markers too. Mono-chrome is so beautiful.
Sue what a wonderful idea - a'blog hop'. I just know that it's going to take off with a real flourish!

Norah - where are you? Hope you are well. Am missing you.
Cameeli - where are you? Missing you. Hope you're OK.
Sandra - Hope you're having a fantastic holiday.

Well it's Friday so it's Weekly Market Day. Corbigny will be so much quieter this morning after the last hectic week=ens so it will be a stroll down the main street and of course coffee at the bottom and then Pastry Shop. (it sounds as thought all I do is buy pastries doesn't it?).

Hope everyone is feeling a little better this morning and ready for the week-end. Hope all plans come together and the weather is kind. Take care and see you tomorrow.
Janet x

Unknown said...

A beautiful, elegant card. Lots of inspiration as usual from you Sue.

Love Elaine x

Pinky said...

Morning Sue

I do like black and white! Especially stunning for Christmas

Vicki x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow this is a stunner, love the way you have used the stamps and dies

Anonymous said...

Ok... Think Im properly awake now, my eyes are focusing better than 40 minutes ago, and a quater of my brain cell has just sparked into life ( I think that's what the noise was ) !! So Ive had another look at this beautiful Friday gift. The very first thing my eye's focused on is the stunning EF, its devine, and all thise tiny pearls, wow. Here's my secret - if like me you are a bit 'stingy' with your fav products e.g pretty pearls, I use my 'fake pearls' my PVA glue looks like tiny little
pearls so that is what I use unless its a special or ordered card ! But I too wondered if it was a new folder.
As I thought my hop has flopped ! There are no options to select the profile I usually have to select - anonymous, so Im hopping on the spot today : )
Im sending lots of love and happiness to you Sue, and to my dear friends that have woken up struggling, take your time, and take the day as it comes, tomorrow is a new day.
Love you.
Lancashire Steph xx

Nananne said...

This card is Beautiful! I would never have thought of making or liking a black and white Christmas card, but it am so wrong , I love it and can't wait to try similar. The stamps are so detailed and the poinsettias are gorgeous and the EF so pretty , along with your talent, a real winner!
Will give the hop a go today and watch Julia's progs.maybe also get out to do some gardening as the forecast is for good weather , and we certainly haven't had much of that recently.
Still missing Norah and Cameeli, hope you will be in touch soon.
Hugs and good luck to all xo

englishrose897 said...

Hi Sue great card, will have a go at the blog hop.

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning Sue

Just love today,s card. Monochrome works so well with stamps and flowers.
I have made all white Christmas cards before but never black and white, my friends will be getting cards like this for Christmas.

Heather Harrison said...

Morning Sue. What a lovely card. The stamps are realy nice. Will give the hop a go. Enjoy your day and have a lovely weekend. Hugs Heather.x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue.
Love the Christmas card, from that gorgeous embossing folder through to the finishing touches it is beautiful. Thanks for the blog hop, I'm off to Julias blog now: )
Sending my daily hugs to you Sue,Pam and Robbie, to Sandra and Pat and all of my other special friends and to all in need. Norah, missing you, hope you are ok. Take care.

PharmacyMichele said...

Great christmas card. I'l be recording Julia as i'm off out to Southport Flower show soon. About to blog hop which is a first for me.


Anonymous said...

Love the card Sue, and it show how well black &white works for a Christmas card
Regards Audrey O'Brien, Wicklow, Ireland

Rosie said...

That is just stunning, Sue.

Pam said...

Steph, trying the blog hop by using the Google option and just open an account then you can post, that's what I have to do. Try it Hun, don't miss out x

Margaret corgi owner said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
What a gorgeous and stunning card for today really beautiful, but which embossing folder have you used Sue?
Warm wishes and hugs to those special friends here on the blog.

Margaret corgi owner

Lilian said...

Hi Sue, really beautiful card, the new stamps and dies are lovely, have to be on my wish list. Lilian

Unknown said...

Hi Sue beautiful card. Is that a new embossing folder?
Denise X

julie laz said...

Hi sue, today's card is beautiful, I love the colours you have used, any way I don't know what a blob hop is lol but will ask my son when he gets up, he was 17 last week so I got him driving lessons, his face was a picture driving up our hill,
Crafty hugs Julie xx
Hugs to all Willsonetts have a good day xx

Denise said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card. Just shows you don't always need to do red poinsettias. Denise (mini)x

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue What a wonderful card and loving the new stamps and pleased you are showing Christmas cards I want to start mine. Take Care Love Michelle S xxx

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue beautiful card and stamps. Lots of tips for a lovely Christmas card x

Julsb said...

Hi sue lovely card as always. Xxxx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Stunning card, love it all. Off hopping now.

Unknown said...

Wow Sue!! I love this card, so effective and so many lovely little elements. Beautiful! xx

Jayne S said...

Love this card, black and white always a winner.

Unknown said...

Hi Sue, what a beautiful dramatic Xmas card, love it. The black/milk combo is a real winner. Lol lynne m x x x x

Hubby took poochies over the park yesterday morning as my head was playing up , told that they behaved for him. He really doesn't know how close he is to getting on my last nerve sometimes, with his comments on how his little princesses behave for him.
Well I knew that I had my daughters birthday card to do so off to the craft room I went with pesky critters tagging along behind. Sat at my craft desk busy getting the card done , Tilly led out on her back to the right of me. Cully led stretched out behind my chair. Finished the bit I was doing and needed to get up to get the pearls for the inside of the flowers, turned round in my chair and told Cully to move out the way so I could push my chair back. One eye opened looked at me, smirk appeared, eye closed and no movement occured. "CULLY" move now!!!!!. The absolute little "B" completely ignored me knowing that I wouldn't move cuz was worried the wheels on the chair could catch her fur. Aaaaarrrrrrgggghhhhh!!! payback time , just because of the "breakfast incident in the forest" Cully was now getting her own back. What did she expect , if she had come back when we called , I wouldn't have had to resort to drastic measures. Well there I sat unable to move wondering what the devil to do to get her to move cuz typical if you can't move you want to go to the loo, when salvation happened in the shape of my youngest daughter arriving to say "mum I'm hungry can I cook some sausages for a sandwich". Cullys
head whipped up and like a streak of lightning she was gone . My daughter called up to ask if poochies had had their dinner cuz they were sat watching her cook her sausages. Muttering to myself about the devious divas I dived straight to the loo. The little madam ( cully) had a smile on her face for the rest of the day . I keep telling myself that poochies don't deliberately play me up but there is a little voice in my head that is getting louder and louder saying YES THEY DO.

To all my wonderful friends have a great day. Lol and massive hugs loopy lynne & devious divas x x x

ps - Maria if you would like a pic of the poochies please email me at

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, A fantastic card today it just demonstrates that you don't always need lots of colour to make an amazing card.

I hope everyone has a peaceful weekend.

Love Rosemarie xx

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said...

Hi Sue, lovely card - new stamps are stunning! Will hop over to Julia's blog now!

Hugs, Belinda. X

June Smith said...

Morning Sue, Pam and everyone. What a lovely surprise today to have a blog hop, I love the card and will have to try something like that. It really does look so nice in black and white. Have a great day everyone, keep safe, healthy and happy. June Smith xxx now to go to the blog hop xx

Joan D said...

Wow what a great idea. Will give it a go. Lovely card,and the stamps are very tempting. Will watch Julia's dems today x x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - fab card but my eyes are on that holly spray which I've ordered but hasn't come yet - but it will and I cant wait much longer - I want to get my hands on that! Had a good day golfing yday and managed to miss the leavy rain, thunder and lightening which was good - gota catch up on housework today though!
Clare W

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card, love the touch of gold shimmer and how the poinsettias come through from the embossing folder to the embellishments.
Donna Jones

Val Jones said...

Bit confised today. Is this one of your cards Sue or the person who wrote the blog? Very pretty card anyway.
Love Val in Spain x

Sandra Biggs said...

Hi SUe,
Stunning card. How exciting a blog hop. Love seeing what other people are doing with the same stamps. Will have to record the shows as I am out today.
Keep crafting

ellyscard creatief said...

Gorgeous card Sue.
I would be delighted it to receive this fabulous goodies.
Gr Elly

Carole Z said...

HI Sue, gorgeous a rule I'm not keen on black for Christmas (though I did make a black and gold one this week), but I love this - not too overwhelming..beautiful, hugs Carole Z X

Unknown said...

What a stunning card as always Sue! I haven't participated in a blog hop for ages so looking forward to it.

Nanny Jo said...

A Stunning and intricate card, Sue. I look forward to Julia's show today, it's always fun and I learn new stuff! :) Jo xx

Unknown said...

Oh Sue
What a beautiful card, what more can one say you always amaze me with your wonderful creations each day

cheryl brown said...

What a fantastic card and prizes for the Blog Hop. Will certainly give it a try. hugs Cheryl xxx
PS to Pam, thank for your hug, definitely need one, just been diagnosed with BC after being fast tracked and have op set for 8th September. Put your arms around your shoulders and squeeze, now you have a hug back from

Shirley T. said...

Hi Sue,

Love the card. Thank you.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxxxxxxxxx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Very unusual colours for Christmas but gorgeous nevertheless. Love the embossing folder. Thanks for sharing. Am off to the hop!
Hugs to all who need one.

Karen K said...

What a beautiful, unique card. Classic colours. Absolutely stunning. Inspired to start my christmas cards x
Karen in Telford

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue lovely card today like the idea of the blog hop will have a go. Really like the holly must try to do this one. Will have to record Julia's programmes today but will watch them later. Hugs to all who need them today. Sophy n Gran

Elaine W said...

So elegant

AC Design by Sweden said...

So perfect as always from You Sue,
Absoulutly Gorgeous card.
Love you Sue!!

Happy Creation;)
Anki J - Sweden

Annie said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes! Love, love, love the card and great to have a blog hop! Would be good to have the day off work but will have to get involved later this evening when I'm home. Have set the recorder for Julia's shows and I think we have Sam tomorrow as well!
Have a great day everyone
Hugs Annie x

karenlotty said...

Will enjoy the hop and these new stamps look great

samantha wade said...

Stunning card, love the black and white, your christmas dies look to the next hop,xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - this card is stunning! Think I will be making black and white Christmas cards this year as they will stand out so much against usual colours. Love the poinsettias and the way you have used the stamps. Have set the recorder for Julia's shows today. Am now going to the blog hop! Best wishes

Carol Clarke said...

Wow Sue
Just love this card and will be blog hopping now
Carol x

Unknown said...

Hi Sue. Fab card and I love the background design. I just need to give up work to have more time in my craft room!! LOL. But then I would have no money to buy any of your fab products. It's a vicious circle. Ah well. One can dream !! Hugs from Ireland. Evelyn x

Anonymous said...

A fab Sue Wilson style of card the stamps are fab-u-lous.
NOTE TO all bloggers- get your order in at your craft supplier for the new SUE WILSON CHRISTMAS DIES- they are simply divine

nattyboots said...

How Beautiful is your card, love the stamps .
Elaine H X

Diane Green said...

Hi. Sue great card today loving the black and white, the stamps the embossing folder and oh wow loving that holly! Have a great day Sue. Not done a blog hop before so just off to start my journey. Take care love Diane G xxxx

Unknown said...

Morning Sue,
You certainly have shown off these stamps in all their glory! The stamps are very elegant and look stunning with all the other additional elements.

Hugs Alice xx

sued99 said...

Lovely card and stamps. Will visit the other blogs later.

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue xx hazel

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, an absolutely gorgeous Chtistmas card and the new stamps are fabulous. Off to do the blog hop.
Nancyd xx

Hilary said...

Good morning Sue, and everyone. Such a beautiful card today. It just sparkles!!! Wishing you, and all your Wilsonettes a happy and healthy day, and have fun blog hopping. Love and hugs. Hilary xxxx

Jean Z said...

Just love this card . love Jean Z xx

Fi said...

Does anyone know the name of the embossing folder? Sue doesn't mention the name in her tutorial.


Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, love your card as always... Would love to win the prize. Love Christine Jones x x

MRS DUCK said...

Good mornining Sue and everyone
Well, this is a surprise. Lovely Christmas card and I'm guessing the poinsettias and holly are new dies coming our way?
Off to hop then.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Clai01 said...

Hi Sue
really enjoy the blog hops, they are fun and give chances to see others members of the team at work. What a fantastic card you've made, it's lovely.
Seems Creative Expressions have come up Christmas trumps again! x

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Gorgeous Christmas Card so elegant and pretty.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning in Black and white, beautiful stamps and I see you have a couple of your new Festive Dies in there (can't wait for these to be on sale!)
Of to visit the other blogs now.
Hugs to all who need them and may your days be alot brighter.

Love Sheila xx

Marion said...

Hi Sue love the card but not sure how blog hopping works.
Marion H

Janette MacArthur said...

Morning Sue - love today's card - off blog-hopping!
Janette xx

Rosie said...

Beautiful card Sue....
Absolutely loved this blog hoping idea....phew...what gorgeous cards along the way too.....xxxx

Jazzylady said...

Good morning Sue,
A stunning card, which you've put a lot of work into. Monochrome will certainly stand out among the more traditional colours of Christmas so I'm going to try this colour scheme this year.
I'll be starting on my Christmas cards soon & am saving for some new dies so I'm certainly going to follow the blog hop.
Lots of love, Karen xx

Debbie Tinks said...

Hi Sue ... Love the card ... Happy crafting and have a nice day... x

Sue from Wiltshire said...

Love the card, it looks quite intricate but your instructions will make it all very clear.

Pam said...

Cheryl Brown,so sorry to hear of your illness. Take as many hugs as you want, I will have plenty for you. Stay positive you brave lady, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Good luck with op on 8th xx

Anonymous said...

A stunningly beautiful Christmas look.

Sandy A

nannapat said...

I just love surprises like this one Sue! What a lovely card, those sentiment stamps are just beautiful and your design is equally so. Pat x

darcydaydream said...

I love this card. My favourite colours. Black and white. Need to save some money for the Christmas stamps. Off to hop hop hop.
Love from Christine in Darcy...xx

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yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A beautiful card and the stamps are gorgeous, love the Angel Gold Sparkle. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Pam hugs to you and Robbie.
Steph hope you are feeling better and get to hop later.
Welcome to the blog Selma, you will love it.
Cheryl B you are in my thoughts and prayers, gentle hugs.
Lynne M you had me laughing out loud with your tale, pardon the pun. Hugs to you, Tilly and Cully.
Fluffycat pass on gentle hugs to dianeand chips.
Daily hugs to Tine E, Margaret corgi owner, Lynda B, Jean D, Lindsay, Magpie, Sandra, Tres, Juile and Lee, Myra P, Maureen K, Wheely Bad, TOB Theresa, Mrs B, Brenda L, Angela W, Maria A, Heather T, Helen K, and of course our Sue.
Norah and Cameeli come back soon, missing you and hope all is well with you both, gentle hugs.
Take care everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Anonymous said...

In a word Sue, Stunning!!! Love it love Nicola x

Anonymous said...

Love the monochrome look Sue, lovely card!
Carole N x

Pat said...

Morning Sue
I love this card especially the flowers
Pat x

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card you have given us for the blog hop. I just love the swirly writing on the Merry Christmas. On these type of cards using just the words you don't need a lot of things to make them stunning. You would have plenty of variety as well if you had a few of them. Thanks for the chance to win some of them.

Theresa said...

spectacular Sue. just my kind of card. monochrome, elegant and sophisticated. i really like that christmas stamp you used. i can feel a purchase coming on ... hugs xx

barbiepinkfairy said...

What a striking card. Fantastic! Will tune in to Julia shortly.

Lancashire Stephen as an imposter you would not have heard of the Nevada. It was an iconic roller rink in Bolton where everybody went that at least 2 generations had used. It burnt down as an insurance fraud in the 80s but is still talked about today! As an imposter you say you don't know many people well you have a new cyber friend in me!

Myra not Mary Berry just yet but like to try things I can do as gifts and make look even better with a crafty gift box. People always love it and are impressed!

Cheryl, thinking of you deal with one day at a time and what you face on that day. Don't let your mind wander to what may or may not be as it may never happen. Be strong xxx

Norah are you ok??

Love to all xxx

Unknown said...

Morning Sue, lovely card, looking forward to doing the blog hop.

Unknown said...

Beautiful card Sue, but to be honest all of the cards you showcase are gorgeous

Croquet Queen x said...

Hi Sue,
What a clever person you are! Splitting the words looks fabulous and making them completely different shapes ingenious!
Your blog is always inspiring.
Lorna D

Marion Bull said...

You've done it again Sue - made a black and white card that I love when I am always uncertain when I try to do that colour way myself. I really will have a go at this and hope that I don't feel my card is funereal! If I could copy yours and it looked that good I would be over the moon!
Hugs to all who need or want one!
Marion B xx

Robin said...

Let's start hopping! Card clearly shows that Christmas can be any colour combination you like.

Wacki Macky said...

Morning Sue, so many comments so early so I don't expect to be winning a prize!!

The card is fab and shows up the new stamps and elements so well, more items to add to my wishlist too, thank you for showing it to us all.

The mono colour is so dramatic and elegant.

Craftihappiness to everyone, love from Pearl.

Unknown said...

I love this card, I wouldn't have thought to use black and white for a Christmas card but I will try it now.

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue

First ever blog hop. If they are all as stunning as this piece I shall have to visit more often
Love all your cards

Crafty hugs

Anonymous said...

Good morning , Sue
Love your card today and will have a go at doing the blog hop today.
Lesley S x

Wendy L said...

Most beautiful all week, love black and white, so stunning, xxx

Christine said...

Wow a Blog Hop, I love them - so many ideas from fabulous crafty people !
Your card is stunning Sue, colours are great.
Off to hop on now.
Christine (Andypandy)

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Gorgeous Card Sue!

I love the black and white and the flowers are gorgeous.

I'm going to join in with your blog hop and I'm going to take a look at the other ladies beautiful creations.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Maggie said...

Hello Sue. I love creative expressions, love these stamps and really love your take on them. what a great day! xx Maggie (better without a bow)

Lacelady said...

Lovely festive card Sue, and I'll have a go at the blog hop too. (I got lost on the last one I tried).

Have a good day.

shabbycraftcabin said...

hello Sue,

Oh wow! I've been waiting for the Christmas range from CE for awhile and so excited it's here!! The card is gorgeous and I love live love it.thank you for your kind inspirations.

Lots of love,

Ivy ling xx

Susi Mortimer said...

Morning Sue and everyone,
What a gorgeous card today, so elegant and black+white Love it.
Have never done a blog hop before, so here goes. Have a good day everyone. Susi x

Unknown said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes. Loving today's card, and lime Steph thought the EF is gorgeous, which one is it?
Off to hop now, love to everyone old and new, Lynne, I'm sure they know just which buttons to push ;-) xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
lovely card it has made me want to get my stamps and dies out and get crafting.

Unknown said...

Good morning Sue - this is the first time on the Blog hop for me.
I love this card and the new stamps - although I'm not a stampist. I really must stop buying Christmas things as I really really have enough - if I say this often enough I may convince myself.
Hope everyone is well and have a good day all. Helen xx

Angela Allen said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card,and using your new Christmas dies.
Love Angela x

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue, and all the ladies.
At first I thought "like the card, don't like the monochrome for Christmas". Then I thought of all the people who would like it (the more modern friends and family - and I include myself in that!) so now I think YES great card!! I Know, fickle is my middle name.
Being a fairly new computer user (7 months) I'm hoping that I can do the blog hop but I'll give it a go. We are having a few days in Cirencester next week for a little break, and I'm taking my laptop so I hope I'll be able to use it there.
Norah and Cameeli, where are you?
I hope all is well.
I hope everyone has as good a day and they can and love and hugs to Yorkilass June, Lynne Mills with all your stories, barbiepinfairy, Lancashire Steph, Ita, Cheryl Brown - (I'll offer up my prayers for you and think of you on the 8th) and all those I've forgotton.
Thank you Sue x

June Horrocks said...

Love the card sue so pretty love to all June xxx

Anonymous said...

Just love the holly and poinsettia dies, lovely unusual card. Can't wait to get my Christmas dies

Julie x

Maureen Killen said...

Alison, if you're ever coming to Ncle or Metro at Gateshead, post on blog a day or two before, and I'll give you my phone number.

Marianna Hammer said...

I love the card toay. And that embossingfolder... just love it!!!
Going to try my first blog hop :)

suejimbel said...

Oooh, Sue, bet you'll gets lots of comments today! Firstly, a gorgeous card and I really like that embossing folder, and secondly - a lovely prize to be won1 Can't hang around - off to Julia's to leave a comment!
Sue of Worcester

Anonymous said...

Lovely card. Take care. Claire

Unknown said...

would love to get to this level its divine xxx

fame01 said...

Hi Sue
I thought that's what you would be doing a blog hop BRILLIANT!A chance to see other work from crafters ..Love the card so pretty I really like the colours hugs sarah xx

janet said...

Brilliant card and love the stamps -off hopping now!!
Hugs Janet in Kent

jan said...

What a fabulously elegant card. Would love to get my hands on them. They are so versatile. Wish me luck on my first blog hop x x

dlough said...

Sue, love all the things you create.

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,

Another beautiful card to start the day. I for one will certainly will be joining in the blog hop not just for the opportunity to win this amazing prize, but to bask in all the wonderful inspiration that the Creative Expressions DT team have to offer. Thank you for sharing this and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Love the card and the dies. Have set the box to record Julia's 2pm show.
Evis McCarthy.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful and elegant Christmas card. I do love the embossed background.

hotpotato said...

lovely card Sue and lovely stamps.

SusanP, Kent said...

Black and white makes a very unusual festive card. Yours is lovely and the stamps look very versatile.
It would be nice to comment on the other blogs in the hop, but some don't have the Name/URL option which rules me out.

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW this is so gorgeous Sue. That background is really to die for, it´s soo soooo gorgeous and I can see it used for many different cards.

Jacqui W said...

Hi Sue, very lovely card. Can you let us know which embossing folder you have used as think I need to add that one to my ever growing collection. Jacqui

Emesbee said...

I'm on holiday so can actually follow the blog hop, yippee! Great inspiration.

S. LeBlanc said...

This card is very lovely. Just love all of the new stamps

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Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Wow - what a beautiful card I really love it especially the shimmery background.
Beverley W

TOB said...

Beautiful card. Love using dies in different ways,just gorgeous.
Have one of those "head in the shed "days, everything I write looks wrong and I can't remember how to spell, thank god for spell check. Hope everyone is coping with whatever life throws at them, if not we are here for you.
Hugs to all love Theresa x

Sue Halliday said...

morning Su and everyone on this blog hop. I love the monochrome look - just the sort of card I would make and send to my daughter who seems to live in black and white

Florence Crawford said...

One of the prettiest cards I have seen, the use of the Antique Linen Distress Ink was an inspiration, which I would never have thought of with the black and white.

SHARICA said...

Fabulous card Sue .. Perfect for a blog hop .. Showcasing such a wonderful card .. xx

Glenharon said...

Good morning Sue and my fellow Wilsonettes,
Sorry Sue for not being on but Rory's DLA form positively done me in to the point i put back and neck out and couldn't move. It has taken until today to uncurl and get some movement back in the body. Because i am a tiny writer(well this you know and i made it bigger for you), i have to write it in capitals and bigger which is an absolute nightmare just because it causes the body to go into cramps and spasms. But although not back yet to normal well as normal as i can be, i am afraid you have trouble back amongst you all again. Your card today Sue is stunning and just my right amount of black to make it elegant, but i spy a new embossing folder and wonder when we can expect it's arrival in our shops?
Janet(Ecco), i'm just thinking of the enforced diet you will be on when you return to the UK as our pastries are nowhere near the standard as the wee French Patisserie. Do you leave parts of you in France or do you bring everything home as thinking of Mr E and his car packing skills?
Oh Lynne, i can just see hubby's little "princesses" and think yip i can believe it as mum has a Bichon Fresch now (2yr) that is going to get flying lessions from my left foot if i could get it high enough. She is a little midden and just ignores mum and what she says to her. Me, awh no, she knows better than ignore me because she has had a few skuds across the behind from me because of what she has done so i can sympathise with your plight. Isn't it amazing how good their selective hearing is when the hear or smell food? Hugs for you and your poor head.
Thank you lovely ladies for your kindness, although i am back on about half power which is enough to let me see and speak to all you again. I hate those forms and trying to get help to fill them in is nowhere to be found, so i just have to try as best as i can. The wee fella was so excited as it was his birthday yesterday. You would have thought it was a million pounds he had got instead of just 3 second hand games(because the new ones were to dear mum was what i got told) and his sister and new big brother gave him the Family guy box set 6-10. It's no wonder i love my wee boy so much as he is not a greedy lad that is always wanting, he never asks for anything and is so content with what he has. Now i need to think about teeny and monday as she is 22 then. See what i mean about that number 7 bus coming along. Anyway it's dry at my hills today but that's about all the good i can say about it, so have a lovely day everyone and a big welcome to our new faces like Selma, you have arrived at the best and most caring bunch of people in the world. Sending hugs to all our special friends that are having difficulties of any sort,
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (glenochil)

Lynda's craft's said...

Good morning Sue & Wilsonettes wow Sue a gorgeous Christmas card love the new Samps & what you have done to make this stunning card love the embossing folder with all the little gems on,like other have said What is this EB F called please Sue . Love black & white on cards . Will whatch Julia shows later recorded them. Off blog hopping now. Love & hugs Lynda Brock xx

Welcome Selma to the Wilsonette family blog hugs Lynda xx

Cheryl Brown,so sorry to here of you illness your in my thoughts & prayers be strong your a brave lady & good luck for your opp on the 8 th sending you BIG but gentle Hugs love Lynda xx

Janet enjoy market & pastry shop, & people watching
Hugs Lynda xx

Pam big hugs to you & Robbie take care love Lynda xx

Julie Laz blog hopping is you just leave a comment on all the blogs that are listed on Sues home page under her card. Hope that helps hugs Lynda xx

Lynne M you had me in stitches today Tilly & Cully are so funny I love them. Hugs to you & cuddles for them.Lynda xx

Sending special hugs to Sandra, Yorkilass,Lyndsay ,Margaret corgi owner,Jean D, Tina E, Tress,Tandy,Wheely Bad,Nanna Tina,Tob Theresa,Magpie, Myra P,Maureen K,Brenda L,Hazel,Julie Laz,Ita,Steph,
Norah hope your ok missing you,Camille missing you too hope your ok.
Hugs to all who need one love to you all & our Sue Lynda xx

Caron28 said...

Hello Sue. Those Christmas stamps are gorgeous. Stunning card as always. xx

Alison said...

Fantastic card as always.You are the best card maker in the business and never fail to inspire. said...

Fantastic card today - love the idea of Christmas in black and white and those poinsettia dies are fab!! Thanks for sharing, Susan x

Eve said...

Brilliant card, black and white so unusual for Christmas, but what a statement it makes, just love it, many thanks Sue for the wonderful stamps, want them all.

hugs xx

lilygee said...

Beautifully festive card - love the colours
Lilygee x

Jaccards said...

Fab card, love the black and cream/white theme - this is my favourite stamp from today's C&C show xx

Paula said...

Fantastic Sue, I don't know where you get your ideas from, but I wish I did!!

Paula x said...

stunning card as usual sue x

Micky French said...

Lovely card Sue, all the embellishment's really compliment the stamp.
Hugs to all
Michelle xxxx

Unknown said...

Lovely card Sue, as are all your cards. Love the Black and white theme. Pamelalee

Anonymous said...

This is one hell of a beautiful card & I would love to try & copy it. The materials you have used are fantastic. Just everything about it is gorgeous & I will hope to buy the goody's at Ally Pally next month as I live in France & postage via C/C is rather expensive! Ann, France

Pauline a said...

Morning Sue, What a wonderful card and I love those stamps. Will attempt to follow the blog hop but will have to record Julia's show this p.m. as I have a hospital appointment. Hugs Pauline A xx

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love, love love your Christmas card it is so elegant. Will try to hop round the rest of the blogs when I get time
Norah lovely to have you back and hope Rory had a good birthday
Best wishes to everyone, Pat

Anonymous said...

How nice to see some totally different Christmas stamps. Love the card, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

Maureen Killen said...

Hi Sue,
This is a two-fer. Yippee, I did it, I've hopped with the best of them, although I'm not sure if my comment on Neil's site has posted yet, and I've got two on Kim's!!! ha ha, these little things amuse me. Norah - lovely to see you back, although under the weather. Lynda, I'm sorry I missed you off my hugs list so here's one just for you. x

Barbiedi said...

beautiful card, the die cut poinsettias compliment the stamps perfectly.

Margaret Ann Moffat said...

stunning card, now need everything to make it, this is a card that would go to a special person it is so unique and gorgeous. Love all your creations.

lindyloo12 said...

Another brilliant card with the wow factor!

Linnymac said...

Just love black and white. Great work

Bejay said...

Hi Sue
There's nothing as dramatic as a black and white Christmas card. This one is stunning to say the least. I would love to be able to make a card half as good as this one. xx

JMC Creates said...

What a beautiful card I really love Christmas Cards Jacqui

Unknown said...

Another stylish card sue, really elegant

Lesley said...

Perhaps this will inspire me to start my xmas cards. Love this card.

It'sMe said...

As always lost for words with your cards -would not mind being inside your head.♥

Muriel said...

Elegant black and white for Xmas and the stamps and dies are beautiful. Express post let me down today so no gilding flakes to play with this weekend but you have inspired me to start some Xmas cards instead

Muriel x

magpie said...

Helloooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Fan-dan-man-dozy! Beautiful card Sue and love it all! The black and white looks stunning and takes you away from the usual red, green, gold and silver. I love the new stamps and wow a blog hop! We haven't had one for ages and this will keep us "on the hop" of excitement! Also to add a few more craft bloggers in the favourites! "Thank you Sue" for the inspiration. Watching Julia on the 811 channel craft extra. Wonderful demo's, stamps and stencils! Hoping this finds you and your family fine Sue. Sending love and hugs to you and all our Wilsonettes who need one today. Take care everyone, oooo and forgot to say congratulations to all the winners from the Wednesday giveaway, Baconbits and the comment game! xx Love Karen xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Christmas card. I like the stamp, but I especially love the new dies.

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Love today's card, black and white a classic. I will do the blog thing but don't really understand it, here goes.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Maxine T said...

What a gorgeous Christmas card Sue, who would not love to have it.
Maxine T

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card, I especially like the colour. I always visit your blog for inspiration as I aspire to be as good as you one day! I love all your work and think you are a very clever lady!
Louise x

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