Monday, 26 October 2015

Anything For You

Hi crafters!  Think purple and a deeper sort of aubergine colour for today's card.  I started by cutting the Pavo die in opposite ends of a piece of coconut white card.  I used just the outer cutting edge with the decorative insert to do this.  I selected a piece of deep aubergine card (from my stash) and cut a backing piece to go beneath the edges, using just the Pavo cutting edges to do so.  I added mounting foam to the back and added it over another larger piece of white card where I attached a strip of double sided adhesive paper to each end.  I peeled the backing paper off and coated the strips with Iced Snow to add some sparkle to the edges.  For the focal element, I cut the Sintra die in white and backed it with a solid white piece.  I cut two of the Portuguese corners and attached them to the ends of the Sintra die and placed the entire piece in the centre of the card.  Next, I stamped my sentiment and cut it with the Lisbon die on the outside and the inner Sintra die around it, leaving it in the die and inked over the top with Dusty Concord to stencil some colour on to them.  I added this piece to the centre of the card with mounting foam.  I completed the card with a white pierced mat, a thin aubergine mat and a final white mat.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Beautiful card, it's lovely.
Tracey, thinking of you today, hope all goes well. Big hugs.
Melody and Francis, big hugs for you too. Molly, we all do silly things even at my age, come back soon.
Hugs to all.

Unknown said...

Elegant card

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, another gorgeous card the purple really stands out.
Nancyd xx said...

Morning Sue.
Wow a real stunner Thank you.
Take care Kitty.

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning card, lacy looking & sparkly. Yvonne xx

Muriel said...

The card with everything -bling, gorgeous dies and love the purple borders, they really stand out, just beautiful !!!!
Muriel x

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. Love the use of the Gemini die, and the deep purple colour and the hint of sparkle is fabulous.
Hope all goes well today Tracy. Hugs to all and special wishes to anyone in pain or suffering a loss of any kind. Sue XXX

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card love the dies
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
Another stunning card love the colours thank you tracyw

Unknown said...

Hi sue.
Stunner today. Just love it.

Well ladies/gents. Today has arrived and I'm feeling very nervous plus the monthlies started too which I was hoping might come tomorrow /wed but no such luck!
Anyway need to go get ready for my debut
See u all tomorrow with an update if I'm not sleeping all day as I never slept a wink last night am pooped :-( xxx

Love to all xx

Patricia said...

Good Monday Morning Sue,
A stunning offering, everything is just beautiful
Have a great day
Patricia xxx

auscrafts said...

stunning card ,love these colours

Unknown said...

Hi Sue & Lovely Wilsonettes...I have been absent but it has been wonderful to catch up on your cards as they are an absolute delight & well worth the wait, & today’s card is no exception; it is stunningly beautiful. Love the colour card & the dusty concord is now on my list. Thank you for sharing with us Sue & as always I really appreciate your generosity in sharing with us. Not sure who all the winners are but sincerest congratulations from me x x x

My sincere apologies for my absence my friends, I’m sorry to say that my chronic ME kicked in after I had decorated the craft/study room – which I knew it would do but to me it was worth it simply because I had achieved the impossible by decorating & completion & also because it looks clean & fresh & so much better than it did before. Also I have had severe bouts of coughing which causes me to heave my food & fluids, on a Thurs I ate a small piece of grilled chicken with chickpeas & salad but brought it up undigested on the Sat, this has concerned the doctor, to begin with we thought it may have something to do with fluid from my heart overfilling my lungs but he seems to think that 48 hr undigested food may suggest a blocked oesophagus (the exit has shrunk?) so I have to have some tests done, when I don’t know as an appointment has to come through to see a consultant who will then authorise the tests.

Besides, even with going to work I had to rest & recover as tomorrow it is my Birthday & I’m hoping to be well enough to go to see the lovely Tracey demonstrating at CE HQ in the morning, I have a little birthday money to buy some SW/CE goodies. I would also like to help with the poppy collecting inside one of our local stores, to be arranged with the organiser as I used to be volunteer treasurer at a local British legion branch where I used to live before I came up to marry Mr B & I really do miss that position of responsibility & the feeling of knowing I was giving something back to those who gave us our freedom through their own sacrifice.

Apart from that here is a funny story; When Lauren was a pup she began her recall training on a very, very long training lead, she was very inquisitive & a quick learner so it wasn’t long before she got to use the full length of the lead to be recalled. Well one early Sunday at this beautiful reserve we were going through the training, just as she went cantering off a couple of joggers came into view & were heading straight for the middle of the lead, I waved & called out to them to jog around behind me but they waved back & had ears plugged with music...too late; just as Lauren had gone the full length of the lead, it came up into the air & both joggers went flying over the top of it & landed in a heap on top of the lead & each other. Lauren came bounding back, thinking it was some sort of a game & with tail wagging with enthusiasm she climbed over them trying to kiss them with a passion. They weren’t hurt & the guy took it in jest but the woman was fuming which made it impossible for me to hold back the laughter & boy did I roar when they got up & walked away, several people who had witnessed it came over & said they hadn’t laughed so much in ages & thanks for the entertainment. Who said children are the only ones to get you into a pickle; Lol

I haven’t read many of the comments but I would like to say to Tracey that I sincerely hope that all goes well with your op; Melody & family I’m sorry that the news wasn’t what you had hoped, Yvonne sincerely hope you feel better soon & to anyone else who is under the weather I send you all Love & (((healing Hugs)))x x x x x

To Sue, to my special friends & to all lovely Wilsonettes & their 4-paws I send you all Love ‘n’ (((HUGS))) & wishes for a good day. Take care my friends Beth B x x x x x

Steph Cotterill said...

Morning Sue.
As soon as this card appears it shouts regal. Although the colours arnt apparent apart from the shading round the sentiment, I can imagine it looks beautiful. I think it's the Pavo die top and bottom of the card that gives it the regal looking. All in all, a stunning card to start the week.
Had a very busy day at market, and had to stamp in front of someone that asked for 'daughter in law' to be added to a card, I've never been so nervous lol my hand was shaking and I had the vision in my mind that it wasn't inked enough so would have to do it again, or it would be wonky lol in fact I started to wonder why I agreed to do it lol. I always take some centre die cuts and stamps for this purpose but oh my word Sue, to have people watching you do this turned me sick with nerves lol I can't imagine how you must have felt doing your very first demo in front of many many adoring eyes, I list what's sold in a book so I know what needs replacing and you can see the change in my writing where it's readable to spider leg scrawl after stamping that sentiment (note to self - don't offer again) lol.

Thinking so much of Tracey and Sam today as you both face your surgery. Good luck and much love to you both.

Lancashire Steph xx

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, this card is gorgeous, love the very filigree feel, and the purple tones are fantastic. Have a good day everyone. Bx

Maria - Ivyleaf Crafts said...

A wonderful card the ice snow definitely sets the card off xxx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue,
Really pretty useof the Gemini die. It always does the trick to make a card stand uot from the rest. The colours are great ans the shunkly ( shiny toanyone other than a northerner!) bit is lovely.
Well done Sue
Anne M xx

Aspiring crafter said...

Beautiful and elagant Sue, hope you are well , have a great day,

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue, beautiful, elegant card. Unusual colour choice but lovely.
B xx

lilian said...

Hi Sue, this is a very beautiful card, purple is a favourite colour of mine, stopped using for a while as I needed to have a change, time to use again after seeing your beautiful card.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

Unknown said...

GM Sue. Just lovely. The pavo die is fab.

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
A really lovely card .
Take Care
Elaine H X

Croquet Queen x said...

Hi Sue,
What a beautiful card, colours are so uplifting, it's great to see such a deep shade of purple.
Lorna D

PharmacyMichele said...

Gorgeous card, very regal & elegant.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful Sue, my favourite colours. JJxx

A Happercrafter6 said...

Lovely card today especially the aubergine contrast.

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
A beautiful elegant card today really lovely.
I'm still working on Christmas cards at the moment.
Have a lovely day all

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. WOW This is a stunning card. The colours are very rich and elegant looking. Loving all the different dies you have used. This would make a beautiful wedding or anniversary card.
Take care everyone.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous I love all the dies and the colours. The overall effect is stunning. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. Another stunning card that has so much detail, the glitter really adds opulence, gorgeous.x

Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda said...

Good morning Sue, what a lovely card!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
I love this card - change the sentiment and it could be used for almost anything! I can't wait to try it! So many pretty dies - I can only imagine how hard you work to do these lovely cards for us every morning! I really do need to start my christmas cards though! Maybe I could change the colours and make this one into a very unusual christmas card!
Hugs, to you

hazel young said...

Beautiful card Sue love the colours xx hazel

Unknown said...


Roz McLellan said...

Hello Sue

Another striking card - love it.


TDQ Karen said...

Proper classic Sue card, love it xx

Pat said...

Hi Sue
Very elegant card today , I like the sentiment too
Pat x

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
As you know I Love your Gemini dies each one is so beautiful, I am enjoying using the new mini Gemini on my Christmas cards. Although they are not 'Christmasy' they work so well with my Chrismas dies. Today's card is fabulous I love the colours and the dies you've used. The sun is out so off for a walk before I continue with my Christmas cards.
Hugs x
Heather T

Unknown said...

A beautifully elegant card today Sue! Lovely colour selection and fabulous card design. Debra x

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue the purple is such a rich colour and the iced snow really twinkles to set everything off love from Jackie xx

marg said...

Hello Sue!
The Sintra Die, always stays in my mind as Sinatra, thats why I had to type it quickly, to remember the right name for a change!
Pretty card today!
Take care
Love Marg

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous textures and colours, love this one

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

A very elegant card this morning - love that sentiment and how all the dies work so well together...don't own the Pavo as yet but it is on the wish list...


Unknown said...

Another stunning card today Sue. Love the way you mix n match these dies. Wish I was as clever lol. Have a great day everybody
Hugs Sylvia xx

Anonymous said...

This is a real 'Sue' card - love the Gemini Pavo and altogether a very ornate and elegant card, full of inspiration.
Tracy, Val, Sam - hope all your ops go well. Beth B - hope also a positive outcome.
Rebecca - so so sorry about your lovely Mo, been there lately myself and it's just so hard.

'P' in Wales

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
This is a very elegant card. I love the colours and the sparkle! Thank you for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.

Jane Franklin said...

Love the card today a winning combination, purple and glitter.
Perhaps Steph , you could give me some tips on selling my cards as I am doing a xmas fair soon and I'm nervous already. Wondering if they will like the cards, should I personalize some, and many more thoughts. Oh well will keep making and I can but try. Best wish to Tracy and those feeling less than 100%. Kind thoughts to all Jxxx.

Anne said...

Love the colours on this, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - such a clever use of your dies again. Love the combination and although it looks black on my screen I can imagine it would look fabulous in any colour. Best wishes

karenlotty said...

Very regal By adding the iced snow really softens the effect, something I would not have thought to do

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Lovely design and the colours are great. love Jean Z xxx

Chris Curry said...

Lovely card Sue, very stylish. Thank you. xx

gwen70 said...

Wow Sue love this card, simply beautiful, anyone would be proud to receive

Jan.moogie said...

Stunning absolutely stunning love it. Thanks for sharing Sue, have a great day, hugs xx

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Very regal looking card today, lovely. SueL x

Rosemary Stickland said...

A really stylish card, love the purple.
Rosemary xx

JAO said...

Beautiful card Sue love all the layers.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Stunning card, gorgeous colours too. Love it.

Heather Treble said...

Hi Sue,
Absolutely stunning, I love the Pavo die and the way that you have used it here. The dark purple card really works well behind the white.
Thanks for sharing,
Heather Treble

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card. Love the dies you used.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, this is a very regal card, it would look great in just about any colour combo. There is so much going on to catch the eye.

Love Rosemarie xx

Rosie said...

Good Morning Sue
A stunning card today.....
Congratulations to all the winners
L Rosie xxx

Unknown said...

Fabulous card...!
Luv Rach :)

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card this morning. I was wondering how you got the purple edges so clean and crisp but once I read the description realised you inked through the die. This is a gorgeous set, another for the wish list! x

Unknown said...

Stunning card sue love the dies so pleased I'll hear those words what would you like for Christmas mum ?
Thank you sue love always June horrocks xxxxxx

rolfi said...

Good morning Sue,
what a delicate and elegant card this is.
Maybe it´s one with the richest look this year... simply stunning.
Rolf xxx

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, love today's card so elegant, thank you for all your inspiration.
Take care everyone, Jess xxx

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Stunning card, love the colours and dies. Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

Elsie Smith said...

Hi Sue. A beautiful card, love the colour combination.xx

SueJ said...

Such a lovely card Sue, the aubergine card and sparkle are perfect.

Love2papercraft said...

Greetings Sue & WW,
This is an Ooh LaLa card for me :) I love auvergine, the Pavo die and of course the bling! A real winner for me (well, they are all winners to me, let's just say it's in the top 10% of my faves!)! Why am I always so inspired by things that are not of the type I need to currently be working on lol? I have the Pavo and would love to give this card a try (different center piece tho as I don't, as yet, have any of the Portuguese dies) but it's too feminine for what I want right now. Still haven't chosen design for my Uncle's bday card, now I'm at the point where I'll have to get it done, race it to the post office and cross my fingers it gets to him in time. I drive me crazy sometimes!
Maybe it's wrong of me to feel this way, but I get kind of happy when I hear someone else say they haven't started on their Christmas cards thanks to those who have said so :) makes me feel slightly better!
Beth your story made me laugh! I'm glad no one was hurt- which makes it easier to laugh out loud about someone getting "clotheslined"! Of course the dog thought it was a fun new game, so had to share kisses of thanks with the unwitting participants! Funny stuff! I could visualize it as I was reading it. Thanks for the laugh :) I hope your authorization goes through so they can do whatever testing is necessary. Hope you are feeling better certainly accomplished a lot, it's just so unfortunate it took a toll on your body.
"P" in Wales, thank you for your condolences. I knew someone had recently gone through a similar loss, but I didn't remember who. Here's hoping that soon our memories will be of the happy times - without being tinged with feelings of loss. Hugs and thanks.
Laine, I'm glad Brodie is still enjoying his version of crafting lol...sorry it involves so much clean up on your end!
I didn't realize the UK (or parts of it anyway) also set the clocks back. We don't do ours until next weekend. I think we usually do it earlier, but know sometimes they wait until after Halloween so the little ones can get started with their Trick or Treating before it gets too dark. At least that's what I've been told was the reasoning. I'm always happy to "Fall back" (definately fan of an extra hours sleep), I'm not so happy when it comes time to "Spring forward". I'm one of those odd ducks who likes the shorter days that go with winter, I don't know why, but I do. But yes, our 4paw friends are slow to accept the change! Especially in matters of eating!
My thoughts are with all going through tough of luck (& by that I mean wonderfully skilled hands of the surgeons) for those having surgery. Warm and healing thoughts coming your way...hugs to any who want/need one! I've got plenty to go around. I just love how hugs are mutually beneficial (unless it's a bear hug, by a real bear, that's probably an exception to that rule lol). Rebecca in Colorado

Tressa said...

A beautiful card using some lovely colours. Thank you.

Tracey S, I hope all goes well. I remember well feeling the same and the sleepless night before hand.


Evis M said...

Hi Sue.
This card is just so beautiful.
Evis M.

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue, love the unusual shape for the sentiment and youve used my favourite colour to, love the diecut background to, its just stunning. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Paula said...

This is such a pretty card Sue, I love everything about it! :)
Paula x

Kate's Cards said...

Gorgeous! The aubergine really pops. xxx

Unknown said...

Good morning sue what a beautiful card and I love the dies you have used.
And your design is stunning

Debs A xxx

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card, the Gemini die is fab and I love the sparky strip. Colours gorgeous.
Hugs, Rose

Love2papercraft said...

Oh big (yet gentle) hugs to you.!!(()) Sometimes the anxiety leading up to something like this is harder to deal with than the actual thing. So as I'm writing this, I hope you are happily oblivious (via the wonders of sedation) to the goings on. I know there's an arduous journey ahead, but I know you've got the attitude & fortitude to carry on. I realize you won't always feel strong and courageous, but the tears & doubts are actually part of the courage too. You've got this! Of course I'm sorry you r going thru it - but i know you will be triumphant! Hugs n kisses, Rebecca in Colorado

Bejay said...

Good Morning, Sue,
Hi Wilsonettes. this is one very elegant card, Sue. It's fantastic and I love it! It's so intricate and crisp. I love the colour combination and the snowy background. Thanks for sharing with us.
Bejay x

Love2papercraft said...

They say a little bit of nervousness is a good thing before presenting (or in your case being put on the spot). I bet you were the only one who noticed how nervous you felt on the inside. That said, there's nothing wrong with not agreeing to on-the-spot personalizations In the future! Especially if it takes away your joy. I hope the next one goes much more comfortably for you ;) Rebecca in Colorado

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful a card. It has a very regal look to it.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, a bit late today sorry, I am loving the card today, I realised a few weeks ago that I didn't have these dies but have rectified that now and will be having a go at making it, looking forward to that, love the colours you have used too.

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

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Stunning card with a little bit of bling, love it

Hugs and best wishes everyone

Lynda's craft's said...

Good morning Sue & friends
Gorgeous card I love ths colours & die's used it does look very regale & sophisticated.
The sparkley piece under the die cuts is just enough bling & all in all a stunning card.
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

BETH lovely to see you but sorry you have been through so much hope your sorted out soon. Loved your story so funny I had a chuckle
Take care my friend Xxx

Tracy good luck for your opp today your in my thoughts & prayers hope all goes well Hug's Lynda xx

Sam you too are in my thoughts & prayers hope all goes well with your opperation today Hug's Lynda xxx

Hug's for all friends & Wilsonetts xxx

jenny Briggs said...

Hi sue lovely card I've got the Pablo die so might have a try making this card love the colours

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a stunning card. My favourite colours. It's beautiful, intricate and so delicate. I love it.

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card today and such a gorgeous colour with a touch of sparkle . Thank you for sharing
Love Diane G xxxx
Tracey I hope all goes well for you today xxx

Sandra said...

Good morning Sue & friends,
I hope that the weekend has left you all refreshed and ready to face the week a head, it's going to be a busy one in our home!
It's only 4 more days until my blog craft retreat and the excitement is really building!
I love today's card so, all of the those layers of pretty die cuts give such a pretty finish to your beautiful card.
Well I must get on, so much to do, so little time!
Sending hugs to those who need them today,
Love and hugs
Sandra xxxxx

dmjones said...

Love this card, will try it with other dies,

Doreen x

Unknown said...

Hi Sue,

Another stunner, love the aubergine colour thanks for sharing your wonderful creations.

Linda xx

Jan's Paper Flowers said...

Good morning! Oh, this card is so beautiful Sue. I love everything about it...I wish I had the dies but unfortunately I don't (yet)!
Beth, thank you for your very funny story about your pup, the lead and the joggers. You had me laughing out loud. I hope you feel better soon.
Tracy, you're in my thoughts and prayers today as you have your surgery and start your road to recovery.
Val and Sam, I hope your surgeries go well.
Rebecca, I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending big hugs from New York.
Have a beautiful day everyone!

Janette MacArthur said...

Good morning Sue, stunning card today - love the dies used!
Janette x

Lorraine Freeman said...

Hi all. What a stunner of a card today. Wondering if I can do some adaptations agai, I think I am suffering from a severe lack of dies! I may be able to resolve that at the NEC.
I am working on Christmas bunting so I have glitter everywhere.
I am just glad that I am well enough to craft at the moment.
Tracey and Val wishing you both successful ops today.
Hugs to Rebecca on the loss of your paw friend.
Elisabeth all the best for your upcoming tests, very well done on creating your craft room. I totally understand about paying for exerting yourself.
Huggles all round especially for those going through hard times such as Melody and Francis.
Happy crafting to all :)

Meg Owen said...

Very elegant with the purple Sue.

Love and hugs

sandieann21 said...

Purple and aubergine . How royal and a super card

Anonymous said...

Simply beautiful. Jan D., Florida, USA

Anonymous said...

Just stunning from Lianne Morrison

Nana on the Hill said...

Such an elegant card, love it!

TOB said...

Fab card, gorgeous colours.
Hugs to all
Theresa xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, This is gorgeous, loving the colours you have used.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

shabbycraftcabin said...

Another lovely card. Hugs, Ivy xx

Lesley said...

Very elegant card love the colours.

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, even with blurred eyes (I have been to the optician and have drops in my eyes) this card is beautiful, a real Sue masterpiece. I love the aubergine/dusty concord contrast with the white and just a hint of sparkle.

Val - I hope your shoulder operation goes well today.
Rebecca - so sorry for your loss. Mo was a good age but we are never really ready to lose them, are we.
Tracy - you probably won't be reading this but I'm thinking of you.


Anonymous said...

Theresa says
Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
A gorgeous card again sue x as others have said its very regal and elegant and the colours are beautiful x I really need to use purple more I love using feminine colours but with a mainly male orientated family rarely get the chance ! So when there is a female card needed I tend to go all out ! Thankyou sue for your inspiration x
Beth so glad to see you back but wish you were missing due to having a fantastic exotic holiday not due to being poorly x sending you a big hug x
Rebecca missed you too and so sorry for your loss x it sounds like a heartbreaking moment to endure the loss of a pet so sending you a big hug too x I have only just started my christmas cards as I had every intention of doing the rest of the birthday cards due before christmas first ! Well that idea went out of the window ! 5 nephews , 1 father in law and 1 brother in law all with birthdays in november x I think you can understand my pradicament !
Laine you really do have a jealous kitty there ! Maybe you should treat brodie to his own crafting box of goodies x
Sending hugs to tracy ,val and melody and family x
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Such a beautiful card a very Sue Masterpiece, lol. The aubergine colouring really makes the Pavo die pop. Your focal element looks so delicate and is a great complimentary colour. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue,
Such a beautiful card today, thank you.
Good luck to Tracy, Sam and Val for your ops today.
Rebecca in Colorado, I'm definitely a "fall back" sort of woman, because I like the extra hour in bed!!!!
Love to all
Maureen xx

Unknown said...

Beautiful card! Love the colours used .
Hugs to all xo

Hilary Bunker said...

Hi Sue What a stunning card. The colours are beautifull so elegant.
love Hilary

Anonymous said...

Hello to Sue and all her girls
I hope that no one will object to me leaving a comment here today.
I'm not a crafter. I am in a way a bystander. So I hope that my comment here today will not go amiss!
I have a lady in my life who has been very, very ill over the last 18 months or so. She has brain cancer.
She is probably one of the bravest people I know.
She is also a great fan of Sue's. So the actual reason for my comment today is to thank this wonderful lady who has given my friend so much hope and joy and pleasure over the last year or so.
I really think that if she had not had her dies and the inspiration and encouragement to carry on with her hobby that she would not be where she is today. She has told me so often over this time that she would have been lost without her daily fix of pretty cards and new dies and programs to watch and learn from.
So Sue, please accept my humble thanks from the very bottom of my heart for keeping my girl with us - I don't think we could have have got her this far without you.
I will always be grateful that you have been such an inspiration and joy to her!
Thank You for all that you do - you are truly an amazing and generous spirit !
With gratitude

Jean said...

Simply stunning!

gailgale said...

This card is so very beautiful!!
I even have all the dies and things to make it with.
I will have fun doing this one.
Thank you.

Wacki Macky said...

Lovely card today Sue, thank you.

Lots of love and craftihappiness everyone,

Pearl x

Sarah Brennan said...

Hi, Thanks for sharing. I love deep purple/aubergine as a colour. Haven't got any of the Portuguese sets yet, but I am seriously tempted.

KarinsArtScrap said...

elegant and gorgeous Sue
Gr Karin

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card,and the pavo die is a stunning die.

Olga said...

Very elegant and pretty! Love the borders above and below! Looks fantastic! Olga Ko

Dorothy of Baldock, GB said...

Hi Sue,

Sorry I have not been online for a few weeks, I have missed you and other crafters.
I have not been very well, then the medication I had, I was allergic to, which made me worse.

However, thought I would brighten myself up and come on here and see what I have been missing. Lots by the look of things.

What a lovely card Sue, I love the colour combination, it is so elegant.

love n hugs from Dorothy Macdonald of Baldock

Unknown said...

Afternoon Sue, beautiful card, love the colour really stunning.

CraftyJo said...

Beautiful :)

DeeDee7770 said...

Very regal card. I love the variety of dies used creating lavish texture. A beautiful and elegant card.

ursula said...

Super duper card, love this due and the colours...luv Ursula xxxx

barbara macaskill said...

Luscious in purple!! TFS!

magpie said...

Helloooo Sue and the Wilsonettes! Ooooo elegant card! I love the Pavo die it is gorgeous and along with the colour scheme and all the dies used, it looks stunning! "Thank you Sue" x Sending love and hugs to you Sue, your mom and family xx Sending love and hugs to all our Wilsonettes who are in need too xx Love Karen xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Another winning colour combination today - love the purple colours.
Beverley W

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Steph Cotterill said...

His Jane. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have but remember I'm no pro I was just lucky to be at the right place at the right time and the only card stall there ! I give my permission for Sue to pass on my email to you if she doesn't mind, but also Jane, there could be other ladies /men here that do craft fairs and with a few ideas along with mine may help you even more. But I'm happy to help if I can xx

Unknown said...

the colors and it is just beautiful

Steph Cotterill said...

SP. So glad that you have left this comment today. Sue has helped so many people at their times of needed, and I'm certain Sue will be so pleased to read your message.
I send my love to you and the lady in your life. May she continue to enjoy this amazing blog of Sue's as we all do, and enjoy many days of crafting ahead.
Thinking of your.

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Gorgeous card really like the aubergine colour lovely with white.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

liz spooner said...

Really love this card and the colours are just stunning.xx

julie laz said...

Omgoodness sue I love it, crafty hugs Julie Laz xxx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! Can't stop using the word but this is an absolute stunner and goes straight to the top of my all time favourite posts I think. The colour combo is perfect but the card itself is sooooo expensive looking. This one is a must or me to try. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

So very touched by ur comment. Can't imagine what u must've goin thru.
Glad she loves sues dies like we all do it keeps us all goin.
I hope the lady in ur life continues to have joy in her crafting xx

Anonymous said...

Hey Tracy - you okay?? Home yet?
SP - what a lovely comment, Sue is a fantastic caring lady and for sure will be very touched. Do hope that your lady has better days; seems as though she's very lucky to have you, too.

'P' in Wales

cheryl brown said...

Good evening Sue,

My oh my, That 'pop' of aubergine makes the card very classy and elegant. Love the different dies you have used for special effects.

Beth, your stories always make me chuckle and today's was no exception.

Best wishes to Tracy, Sam and Val for a speedy and satisfactory recovery from your ops.
Welcome back Dorothy, I hope your recent spate of bad health will continue to improve over the coming days.
Daily warm thoughts to Melody & Francis and all who are undergoing discomfort, pain or loss.
SP what lovely comments you made today, Sue is a wonderful, caring person and I am so glad she has helped your lady friend through her illness.
Love & hugs
Cheryl xxx

Berina RGA said...

Wow!! Stunning!! Love this card!!
Moxie Craftie

Theresa said...

love that deep purple colour. this is so so elegant! hugs xx

Unknown said...

Good evening lovely sue and her crafty crew!

Well, if I did work/go to school and I suffered from the Monday blues this card would definitely bring a little sunshine back into my life and make the working week more bearable! I greatly admire your flair for design and your ability to turn a piece of card into a work of beauty. I'm just a tad peeved with myself that I have only acquired the Lisbon and Porto dies thus far....Festive dies have been my priority of late...and can't recreate your work, but the beauty of your dies and designs is that more often than not substitutions can be made and a similar look achieved:-) I'll try this composition out when I get back to normal Cardmaking after Christmas.
I've been on auto pilot all day long, Darceys body clock is obviously still in British summertime as she woke me at 4.30am to go out for a wander- I dragged myself up as any good mummy would and obliged before collapsing into bed again. I was then rudely awakened by her banging on the bedroom window at 6am wanting back in again!!??! If she was a teenager I'd ground her and take away her internet privileges, but she's not, she's a cat, and she's in charge!:-)
So, I've been like the walking dead all day , performing tasks in a sleep deprived daze. I managed to drag myself out to buy yet another harness and extendable lead for Brodie...he broke off the lead at midnight last night after wrapping himself round a bush....that is hopefully idiot proof. Success! This one actually fits him and he doesn't walk like John Wayne after coming off his horse! It looks like a glorified straight jacket though, and may take some getting used to but hopefully there will be no more daring breaks for freedom.
Also, note to self, find a better hiding place for your smoothie because either Brodie has found it or the smoothie has mutated and developed legs, walking downstairs on its own as a result!
Beth, how joyous to have you back! I have missed you, I was hoping that you had won the lottery and gone on a cruise so to find out that you have been suffering for your recent exertions fills me with sympathy and sadness in equal measure. always one to look on the bright side though, you still manage to put a smile on our faces with your story about Lauren- I was in stitches at the image of two jiggers flying through the air, how embarrassing! Hope to hear more of your tales soon my dearxxxx
Oh! Early birthday congratulations too, just in case you're too busy spending your birthday money tomorrow to pop boxxxx
Tracy, what a trooper you are, back on the blog hours after your operation, respect! I hope it went as planned and that it's one hurdle you've smashed to smithereens. Hope to hear about your progress xxx
Love to Val too as you go under the scalpelxx
I'm in danger of going over my word limit so I will do a cheeky ad on if sue doesn't mind.....

Di said...

Hi Sue,
Fantastic card, love the background, dies and my favourite colour aubergine. Beautiful card.
Di B. x

Unknown said...

Hi again,

I do hope that I'm not contravening any blog rules by writing so much but I never was one to keep my mouth shut:-)
I was really touched by the amazing gentleman, SP, who left such a kind and heartwarming message to Sue. Firstly, I'd like to echo his thoughts, Sue most definitely provides an invaluable service that extends beyond her crafting talents by also giving pleasure, hope and most of all camerarderie to so many individuals, she is a total inspiration, a legend! And like SP, I can't thank her enough for her fabulous contribution to my life. Last year I spent about 6 months of it in hospital, I was given little hope of survival after months of serious health problems and the thing that kept me going was reading Sues blog, watching her demos and buying her dies from my hospital bed as I slowly recovered in the hope that I could begin crafting again...I even took my Grand Calibur and dies into the ward to motivate me!
It's no exaggeration to credit Sue with my and others recoveries and how touching to hear a loved one express their gratitude in such a way. I'm sure SP played an important part in his lady's recovery too though, and I am so encouraged to hear that she is on the mend and able to do something that she loves.
Dorothy, nice to have you back with us again, I hope that you continue to improvexxx
Rebecca, Uncles are notoriously difficult to create cards for, I usually do a classic Sue design because even the most difficult recipients appreciate their brilliance. Don't feel guilty about being a late starter for your Chrimbo cards, I've only made four myself so far so close family and friends will be taking priority and I may have to simplify my design for the others. I never learn either, I always seem to be rushing at the last minute to complete tasks:-)
Love and huge hugs to all of the fabulous ladies on Sues blog, hope they bring you health love and happinessxxxx


Unknown said...

Hi sue and crafters.
That's me home. Feeling tired it it's been a long day. I'm a little sore.
Found out today my type is triple negative which is the uncommon one they don't know much about :-(. So I'm a little upset about that.
Anyways I'm not going to dwell on it just get on with things an do as I'm told.
Will find out more 2 weeks time but they are fairly confident that it's all out xx

TOB said...

Hi SP what a very touching comment, and it's so lovely to hear that Sue has helped, it's quite unbelievable how many people rely on this wonderful blog and Sues wonderful cards, and her vast talent. You are both in my thoughts,
Hugs Theresa xx

Scottydog said...

Elegant, classy card today Sue. Thank you. Tracey you are a star, back on the blog so soon. First hurdle over, well done!
Lovely comments for Sue from SP. how kind of him to come onto the blog to express his heartfelt thanks. SP my heart goes out to you & your lady friend. You are both so brave. Thinking of you Melody.

hazel said...

Hi Sue
An Absolutely stunning card
Take care
Hazel G XX

Eunice said...

This is a very regal card, love the dark purple!!

Laura O said...

fab card,love all the layers ,Laura O

nannapat said...

Beautiful card Sue. I love the Pavo die, such a lot of gorgeous detail. The dark purple is so sumptuous and makes this a really classy card. Pat x

Cherie said...

Gorgeous. I think after Christmas (I have bought 4 of your die sets for Christmas cards) I will invest in the above dies and give your design a go. Wonderful inspiration, you have turned a die hard stamper into a die cutter!x

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Stunning Card Sue!

I love everything about it and the aubergine colour is lovely.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Suzzette Yandle said...

Bravo! Lovely. I am in need of a black and white card, and I think I would like to try this style of yours for that black and white card. However, I will have to substitute a few of your dies for others of your's to make it. Thanks for the idea.

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

What a stunning card, the dies, the colours, everything. I love it! Now thinking I need to complete my Portuguese collection, I did treat myself last week with snowflakes & some more configurations dies - can't wait to play! I hope you're having nice weather & Mom is well, Billy sends a special, slobbery kiss to each of you & I'm sending hugs.

Tracy, been thinking of you all day. Sorry I didn't get on yesterday to wish you well. I'm glad you've felt up to posting tonight & hope you're not in too much pain from the op. I'm pleased the doctors said they got all of it. Sending best wishes & as many hugs as you can take. I hope you'll be back at your die cutter very soon for a bit of crafty therapy. xxx

Melody, I'm sorry I missed what happened with Francis appointment the end of last week. I have caught up with some comments so just wanted to send my best wishes & hugs to you both, I have been thinking of you both too. I hope Molly is ok, we miss her so please tell her I say hello xxx

Beth, so glad you got your room done, I know it sounds odd but when I've completed a big task & get a flare up I almost feel like I won because I flared up after, not during. I'm so sorry that you've been ill on top of though, it sounds dreadful & I hope you're well enough for your trip to CEHQ. Happy birthday if I don't make it back tomorrow xxx

Lorraine, Brodies antics do make me laugh. Apart from getting into consistently stranger sleeping positions Billy has been pretty well behaved of late. Thinking you might be needing big dog size leads but now have a mental picture of a large cat in a studded rottweiler collar (!) Billy is the small end of 'large dog' but as he can take off quicker than most things & hit 30mph in about 6 strides whatever is holding him has to be strong as 30kg travelling at that speed will destroy most tethering! Hope you're ok xxx

Rebecca, my condolences, hope you're ok, hugs xxx I haven't started the dreaded C cards yet. I must start asap. Will do special cards with stamps/dies/both & use a kit or cd rom for the rest- or as many as I manage. I think it's about 40 all told. 8 weeks, 5 a week though it never goes as planned! I also buy plain gift bags & decorate them with stamps & stamp my own tags or at least thats the plan. Will die cut a load of bits then do the kit cards whenever I'm in front of the tv. Will get a die on every one regardless!

SP your lovely post brought a tear to my eye. I'm so glad that your lady friend finds so much comfort in her crafting especially with all she has been though. It's lovely you've taken the time to come & thank Sue for the part she plays. I hope your friends health stays as good as possible & she continues to love her crafting. Sending best wishes and hugs to you both xxx

T x

Wheely Bad said...

Sorry, two part-er!

I have to say thank you too Sue, your cards make me smile every day, no matter how I'm feeling. You're so good to us, sharing what you do, answering requests/ questions, the work you put in to this blog is astounding- especially at launch times! I love reading everyones posts, what they're up to, what they're making. I'm like a lot of the others here, I can't get out, I don't have company during the day as a general rule apart from the cleaner & my PA once a week so coming here feels like having a chat to friends. I miss it when I can't get on. The support I've had & what we give to each other is unlike any I have seen from any community. So thank you Sue. My life changes on a regular basis but visiting each day & chatting to all you Wilsonettes is a glorious constant that I'm absolutely thankful for.

Had a nice week, went out for tea Wednesday for brothers fiancees birthday, again Sunday for my Dads birthday. Saw GP Friday & finally have an answer on the horrible migraines I have with new meds to try. Had a whole list for the poor bloke as had been so fatigued, going for minor ailments didn't seem a priority. Not quite so impressed with the oedema socks- beige- I did ask if they came in purple lol. 3 car trips in 5 days kind of did me hence me AWOL to rest before, during & after (slept for 13 hours last night). Sore but hey ho... have hairdresser visiting tomorrow so something to look forward to.

I'm going to finish there so I'm ready for when Sir wants his wander round the garden & his bedtime carrot (not kidding, my lurcher eats vegetables) & tooth cleaning treat. Sending hugs to every one of you. Special hugs & thoughts to those who are unwell or having ops or treatment as I know there are many of you, take care all of you and see you soon,

T x

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue

Yet another really beautiful card.

I have to echo many other bloggers thoughts tonight though Sue and say that you should feel so proud that you touch so many peoples hearts with your wonderful creations and your selflessness. I must admit to a tear or too tonight. You have the ability to reach so many people on so many different levels, who all enjoy your blog and the feeling of belonging. Even through the darkest of times ( for many varied reasons) people still feel able to share their thoughts, fears, inspirations and hopes and that is truly amazing. I'm sure many, many others simply take comfort in belonging and not sharing tough times too. Obviously people love to share all the fun times as well.

SP your comment was lovely, I'm sure Sue will appreciate it. You are an incredible friend and I think you are both incredibly brave. I wish you both love.

Huge hugs to all those who are in any pain, suffering or need of comfort.

Helen x

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
A really beautiful card!
Thank you. Sorry I'm so late.
Love Myra xxx

sued99 said...

A really pretty card.

Melody said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous card lovely dies an the colour is really pretty. Take Care Melody xxxXxxx
Sp hope your friend is on the road to recovery X
It's the big day tomorrow, we go to see if the surgeon is willing to try the operation an Francis as to sy if he wants to go ahead with it, an even this late I don't know what he is going to say, he as been very quiet this las few days, he must be scared I know I am. Thank you all for the on going support. xXx

Sandy H said...

Beautiful card. Love the colour.
Take care everyone.

Kathy Baker said...

Morning Sue, Wow what a beautiful card and so much detail.xx

Yorks butterfly said...

Hi Sue, another stunning card, I don't know how you do it. I just wish I had a fraction of your creativity

gailgale said...

This card is one of my favorites.
I think I say that all the time, but it is true.
I love this card!!!!

hollyberry said...

Lovely elegant and sparkly card.

Dawn Holben said...

Just two words needed for this one and that is gorgeous and stunning.
I really love this one.

Hanne Oxholm said...

Wonderful and elegant card - and that Iced Snow can be
used in so many ways!

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Unknown said...

Absolutely beautiful, just love this design and colour choice


Unknown said...

Hi Sue
Wow what a beautiful elegant card, looks so intricate & love the purple & white colour combo.
Love all the different shaped layers together which makes another stunning & beautiful creation.
Very elegant & expensive looking card.

Crafty Hugs
Haze T xx