Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Serenity Scene

Hi crafters!  Today's video card is a sympathy card, which unfortunately we all need to do from time to time.  They can be very difficult to do sometimes, but I think the serenity of this card makes it a perfect choice for those difficult cards.

  John Lockwood has shows on Hochanda today at 9am, 12 noon, 4pm and 7pm.  Don't forget to tune in to see his fabulous demos!

The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x
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Pam said...

Love this colours on this card.
Hugs and warm thoughts to Melody, Francis, Tracey and all who are not well in body and spirit.
Take care everyone

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, this is a beautiful card for a sad occasion.
Nancyd xx

Jan.moogie said...

Love the simplicity of this card, thanks for sharing. Hugs xxxx

Pat said...

Hi Sue
You are right, it is always difficult to make a sympathy card.
Your card is beautiful though.
Pat x

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes - yes unfortunately we all have to make these cards at some time and this one is so serine and peaceful, I saw the video on this when it first came out and had to have the dies to do it, I love the way you do the Moon, lovely little technique.

Saw John's show last night, and am loving the stamps, I even got a mention on the telly so was dead chuffed.

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

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning
Difficult cards to make. It's always a sad time but this card is beautiful.

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
what a beautiful card for a sad time if I got this card it would put a smile on my face thanks tracyw x

Muriel said...

Hello Sue and all
love cards "painted" with distress ink and this one is just beautiful. Thank you for the video too, definitely going to try something like this, beautiful !!!!
Muriel x

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Yes very hard to make appropriate cards for this occasion but your one is beautiful. Yvonne xx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue,
Good card for the occassion. You could change the sentiment and use it for other occasions though. Maybe Get Well? Itis really nice though whatever the reason to send it.
Anne M xx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. I watched you make this card a couple of weeks ago and the background is stunning. The colours are just right. Sadly we do have to make these kind of cards and this is a beautiful example of what you can do if you know the techniques. Thanks for the video.
Take care everyone.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

kittyedavies47@gmail.com said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you lovely card and great video.
I have had to make two of these this week.
Take care all kitty.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card I struggle with sympathy cards
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card I struggle with sympathy cards
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Sue. A beautiful card for a sad time. Sue XXX

Anonymous said...

I think we all struggle with sympathy cards , this is so serene. I tend to use the striplets JJxx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
A lovely atmospheric card for a sad occasion. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.

Unknown said...

GM Sue. Lovely for those difficult cards as you say. Will watch video later.

Anonymous said...

Perfect for the occasion, Sue, always admire your use of inks and wish I could achieve as good a result - not too clever at the arty bits!
cr@fty Heather T - so sorry you've had a tough time too, onwards and upwards hey?
Someone asked about Steph, from what she posted think she's decamped to Facebook. Has anyone any news of Janet (Ecco, Sheffield)? who also hasn't been on for a while. So may regulars gone AWOL, something Sue once touchingly wrote about. Great to see Lindsay back again - how are the horses?
Hugs to all poorly pals.

'P' in Wales

lilian said...

Hi Sue,what a beautiful card,sadly as we are getting older ,have more of these to make.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

PharmacyMichele said...

Perfect card for a sad occasion, like a piece of art that you would keep.


Janice K said...

Good morning Sue. A beautiful card for a very difficult time but so appropriate, especially if the recipient is male.x

auscrafts said...

Perfect card for the occasion

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous I love the design. It is just right for a sympathy card. Have a great day today. Hugs Jackie

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
What a fabulous sympathy card but with a different sentiment I can see a 'Thinking of you' and maybe a 'Get well soon' card instead. The smoothies are THE BEST blending tool in my opinion, I particularly love the mini ones,
Thank you 'P' in Wales I'm getting there slowly but surely X. I wondered why we hadn't heard from Steph I wonder why she's decamped because I know she's a massive 'Sue' fan I miss her comments. I'm afraid everyone is stuck with me I will always support this blog.
Hugs x
Heather T

hazel young said...

Lovely card Sue xx hazel

JAO said...

Love the peaceful scean.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, a very serene card for those difficult times. It is beautiful, I saw the video some time ago.

Love Rosemarie x x

hollyberry said...

Beautiful card for those hard times to send a card.

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
This card is just right for a sympathy card. I like the way you have used the inks.
I will watch your video properly later, babysitting duties again today for me.
Have a lovely day

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, very appropriate for a sympathy card. love Jean Z xxx

Aspiring crafter said...

Great card Sue, I am looking forward to watching the video and then having a go!

Unknown said...

Morning Sue .This is such a lovely peaceful scene.I did enjoy the video thanks.Gloria (sidcup) xx

Anne said...

Such a lovely card, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
A lovely calming card for the sad occasion , i will watch the video later .
Take Care
Elaine H X

Carole said...

Hi Sue,
Thank you all for you your very supportive messages ithey have all meant a great deal especially when they come from people I don't know. Must admit they made me cry.
I had a lovely birthday all things considered even though he is trying to mess with my head at the moment , I don't recognise this person at all!!
I will get back to my crafting, I've invested far to much into it not too.
Will try and watch you on TV at the weekend .
Thank you all again.
Hugs to everyone how needs them.xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card perfect for such a sad occasion


Sandy (tort) said...

Wow what a change of card type. This is stunningly beautiful.
I love the use of the "sticks" on this one. And so colourful to boot.

Sandy (tort)

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow another stunning card love it, Sue
Gr Karin

Unknown said...

A completely different card from you today Sue. Unfortunately we all need a card like this on occasions. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day everybody
Hugs Sylvia xx

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card today. Have a great day. Hugs to all xxx

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue I'm sorry but as a sympathy card this is too bold for me but ideal for other occasions. Love from Jackie xx

dmj from kettering said...

An unusual one today, not too sure if I like it or not,

Doreen x

Heather Treble said...

Hi Sue,
A really lovely card which is completely appropriate for a sympathy card and we don't always want something too floral. Great video too.
Thanks for sharing,
Heather Treble

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

A beautiful scene, perfect for a sympathy card, the colours are uplifting rather than depressing which you sometimes see on sympathy cards...


ellyscard creatief said...

Perfect scene card .Love it.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
A very serene card that is perfect for a sympathy card. I know I always struggle with these cards and it does seem as though I've had to make a few lately unfortunately. I will certainly bear this one in mind for the future.
Shame to hear about Steph going over to Facebook , I used to look forward to reading her comments.
Love and hugs to Melody, Francis and Tracy and to everyone else in need of them.
Love to all Alison xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A very 'ethereal' card, lovely colours and such a striking skyline. Ideal for a Sympathy card, it is quite magical and peaceful.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

BenteS said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Sue!
Yes, these are the hardest cards to make, but your card is beautiful and ideal for the occasion.

Rosemary Stickland said...

Lovely design, perfect for a sympathy card.
Rosemary xx

Croquet Queen x said...

Hi Sue,
Indeed, extremely hard to do, so thank you for the great video and card idea.
Lorna D

Unknown said...

Morning sue and crafty crew.

Aw this is lovely even if it is a sympathy card. I don't like doin them but we all have to at some point.

Well ladies. Yesterday went well picc line is in and arm is a bit tender so hopefully today chemo will go ahead too. Not that I'm looking forward to the crap week ahead but hey ho.
I'm almost bald now too that takes a bit of getting used too but now I just look like ma dad!! Lol.

Wheely. Glad ur brother is ok u will be happier now knowing he's alright. Shame about his digs must be horrendous. Poor folk in that area.

Laine. A heart attack???? Cracked ribs??? Bloomin hell lady u don't get much luck do u.
Sending u caring and get well hugs my love.

Beth b
Poor u doesn't dound as tho Uve had a nice time either. I don't like goin to dentist but I do have a lovely guy who puts me at ease.

Love n hugs to all in need xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Very serene

June Horrocks said...

Truly beautiful card sue the colours are lovely thank you xxxxxxx love always June Horrocks xxxxx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Something a bit different but gorgeous all the same. Can also see this with a 'just a note' type sentiment.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
this is a beautiful card, it would comfort anyone in need. Your stamping/shading is exquisite. And those catkin branches are lovely.
Hugs, Rose

marg said...

Good Morning Sue
I have a stash of Sympathy cards that I make when I can, so they are ready when needed.
I like the card but not really one I'd use!
Carol so sorry for your situation......been there myself, it took me 4-5 years not to still love him, lets hope you are quicker than me, it will get better, and as his life falls apart, yours will improve!
Tracy hope all goes well. take care!
Love Marg

gwen70 said...

Stunning card, beautiful colours

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
A lovely calm card, just right for sympathy.
Have a good day.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, quite like the serenity of the card, just right for a sad occasion.
Take care everyone, Jess xxx

Lynne L said...

Hi Sue I love the colours you've used on this card the result is serene and calming The catkin stems are fab I'll have to get that die!

Lynne L said...

Hi Sue I love the colours you've used on this card the result is serene and calming The catkin stems are fab I'll have to get that die!

Kate's Cards said...

Beautiful xxx

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely sympathy card but could also be a nice get well card too.
I must admit I just buy sympathy cards when I need them as I never know how to
design one and lack the confidence to make one in case I cause offence.
All my cards are usually birthdays and general occasions apart from wedding
congratulations as I don't have the right supplies for that either. x

Debra K. said...

Very appropriate for a sympathy card. I must admit that I can never bring myself to make a sympathy card though. Debra x

Paula said...

Such a peaceful card Sue. Like everyone else, I hate making these cards, I can never think of any suitable ideas unless it's to return to the usual cross, but I'm fed up with that. Thanks Sue. :)
Paula x

Beryl said...

This is a lovely sympathy card Sue.

Yorks butterfly said...

Hi Sue, a really peaceful card, so appropriate for a sympathy card, but could be adapted to fit other occasions

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - this card is so beautiful. I can never bring myself to make sympathy cards and usually buy them, but this card is so serene it could be used for other occasions too. I love these catkin dies and use them a lot so I will definitely be trying this technique. Best wishes

ursula said...

A technique I struggle with and you have made it look so easy, will definitely try your method for my next card, thank you so much Sue.....the card is really apt for the occasion, as you say not an easy card to make, but this is so adaptable.....luv Ursula xx

Unknown said...

These are never easy for anyone and I think the peace and "serenity" as you say is so very lovely. We all have to do some of these at some time or another and unfortunately I've had to do a little more than most. I think this card is beautiful in its own right and your have succeeded in making it something really special.
So Sue, a very personal big thank you!

Theresa said...

that is one awesome sympathy card. i do love inkiness. so apt for the occassion, hugs xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card. Very suitable for a sympathy card. Thank you for your video.

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card and can be adapted to be more subtle if people don't like the colours - would also work in grey tones if you prefer a more sombre look. Thank you for sharing the idea with us. I'm usually one to buy a sympathy card as I want to get it sent quickly once I've heard but it has to get simple and not gushy!
Take care
Love Diane G xxxxxx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
Sorry not been around to comment but there have been some lovely cards over the last few days and today's is no exception. Hope your travels are/have been safe in all this bad weather.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

What a beautiful Sympathy card Thankyou.

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Pen Sunshinepen said...

beautiful card xx

CraftyJo said...


Bejay said...

Hi, Sue,
What a beautiful card for a sad occasion. I lost my last remaining uncle a few weeks ago after he had been living with cancer for 18 years. I was at a total loss and had no idea what kind of card I could make to send to my cousin. This would have been ideal. I'm off to watch the video now and see just what I would need to be able to make this when the next time arises.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Bejay x

nzillingworth said...


Unknown said...

Thanks sue for sharing, it is always hard to get the right card when the time comes

Anonymous said...

Oh, my...such a pretty card and really versatile by changing out the word dies. Today's card looks like a Florida scene/setting.

I try to have sympathy cards made and on hand for those terrible times I need to send one. It's difficult for me to be creative when I'm sad...at my age, it seems I need these cards as well as "Get Well Soon" cards more and more often.

You definitely design your die sets with the end user in mind...right/left orientation considerations, more than just one die of a type like foliage and this catkin so you don't have to make so many passes to get enough die cuts, outline dies for making a solid backing for those intricate dies....you seem to think of everything. Do you beta test your designs?

I think you are a genius!!! Have a great day!!!

Jan D., Florida, USA

DeeDee7770 said...

Very pretty a serene cars Sue. I love the colours. Have a wonderful day.

Elsie Smith said...

Hi Sue. Lovely sympathy card xx

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Such a lovely Card, with a colour and sentiment change it could be for any occasion. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

Chaffinch said...

Like this card - an appropriate card for this situation.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card, I'm not very good at inky things though the smoothies do make blending so much easier so like JJ I use your striplets when making sympathy cards
Have missed Steph and Janet too, come back soon
Tracy good luck with the chemo today, at least having the picc line now might make things easier for you

Hugs and best wishes everyone

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card for a sad occasion. I love the way you have done the inking and I know I have said it before, but I must get those catkins.

Carole - glad you managed to have a good birthday.

Tracy - pleased you got your line in and hope today's chemo goes ok.

'P' in Wales - thanks for letting us know about Steph. I know there is a FB group for Sue but as I am seldom on there I prefer to stay here.

Hope everyone affected is managing to get dried out.


Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue

Yes sympathy cards are incredibly hard to make but this one is beautiful for such a sad occasion. As many others have already said it could also be easily adapted for other occasions too.

Love Helen x

Unknown said...

Hi sue,
I find it really hard to make these types of card, luckily I don't have to do them very often,
Thanks for sharing,

Hugs pat xx

Unknown said...

Hi sue,
I find it really hard to make these types of card, luckily I don't have to do them very often,
Thanks for sharing,

Hugs pat xx

Nannieflash said...

Afternoon Sue, sorry its taken be so long to get around to leaving a comment today, its been a busy morning.
I love your card it reminds me of the desert, that gorgeous sunshine is just what I need at the moment. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Lesley said...

A very suitable card for a sad occasion. As with many others it is always hard to make just the right card. This could also be used for other occasions.

terrie said...

Very nice card and it has a touch of calmness.
I can see card for lots of occasion...tfs
well done Sue

Barbara said...

Lovely serene card for a sad occasion. I tend to buy these type cards as I don't enjoy making them.

Suzzette Yandle said...

A very appropiate and lovely scene card for a sympathy card. Thanks for the video.

Patricia said...

Hello Sue,
Definitely the kind of card we don't like to make but this is just perfect.
Love the design, change the sentiment and it could be used for most occasions.
Patricia xxx

shabbycraftcabin said...

Beautiful card. Ivy xx

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue,
Beautiful card for a sad occasion
Maureen xxx

Jane Franklin said...

Now this is different, but very suitable for those sad times we all have to face. Haven't watched the video yet but off to watch and learn now. Best wishes to all. Luv Jxxx

Lorraine Freeman said...

I would never have thought to do such a bright sympathy card but I can see how it would work and of course so adaptable for other occasions.
Thinking of Tracy, Laine, Wheely, Yvonne, Carol, Melody, Francis, Molly, Linda N, and anyone else in need o f hugs.
Wishing good things to all xxx

barbara macaskill said...

This is a gorgeous Sympathy card!! I think it would give the recipient at least a moment of happiness when they open it! TFS!

Barbara W said...

Hello Sue

Such a beautiful card to express sympathy, but it would also be a good card for other occasions.

I would hope that sending such a lovely card would give some comfort to those who were mourning.

Lol Barbara W (Worcestershire) xx

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card & it certainly makes you feel very tranquil when looking at it.
Beautiful clean lines & the Catkin Stalks adds that special finishing touch to a
stunning card & I also think that it would be suitable for other occasions too...

Crafty Hugs
Haze T xx (Norwich)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I love the inked background.
The card is beautiful.
Thank you for the demo.
Veronique L

liz spooner said...

This is lovely Sue, nice bold colours.xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card today, even though these aren't the cards we want to make. Beautiful sentiment and picture.

weefortune said...

Lovely card for a sad occasion. Hugs E xx

Unknown said...

Good evening lovely Sue and her crafty crew!

What a fabulously calm and serene ensemble, and totally appropriate for a sombre occasion as well as being very adaptable depending on the chosen sentiment. I love the setting and the rich colour tones, like a beautiful Carribean sunset with the midnight blue water shimmering below- the dark catkins provide a stunning contrast in the foreground too.
I haven't had a minute today to enjoy this demo, will definitely treat myself to some me time later on though:-)
I am getting increasingly excited about this weekends shows, even cleared some extra space on my sky+ box in anticipation:-), I've had a sneaky peek on the CE website at the products on show and that has only served to raise my levels of expectation and excitement off the scale! Wishing you a safe flight Sue back to Blighty, be sure to pack some thermal underwear, a pair of wellies and a cagool because Florida we ain't!:-)
Had a busy day today, didn't finish off my cards as planned, decided to visit my friend Monique instead- she has a Shitzuh puppy called Lulu who got so excited she piddled all over the floor:-)....I tend to have that effect on animals and the elderly, and occasionally small children:-) I have to admit that I am more of a cat person though....
My mum has just called me to tell me that my Uncle who she visited recently has just died this evening, we are in a state of shock even though he has been very Ill since September- it makes today's card all the more poignant for me, I have never done a sympathy card and to do one under these circumstances is heartbreaking. I apologise for cutting my comment so short and rather abruptly but my head is spinning and I feel a bit numb.
Huge hugs to my blog buddies and those in need of a comforting cuddle


Di said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely tranquil scene, perfect for a sympathy card.
Di B, x

Wacki Macky said...

Beautiful and colourful card today Sue, a work of Art!

Thank you,

Pearl x

Anonymous said...

A lovely card for a sad occasion, which we all need
Marlene O xx

sued99 said...

A lovely card.

Anonymous said...

Theresa says
Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Lovely card sue x the background could be used for many things aswell x
Laine sorry for your loss xxx
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

Littlelamb said...

Have had to make too many sympathy cards lately but do like this one. Will have to give this a try sometime. Hoping to be able to see your shows at the weekend.

Brenda said...

Hello Sue,

What a beautiful card I love the background and it doesn't have to be used for sympathy card it would fitting for many other occasions .

Hope you have had a good day love Brenda XXX

Jackie Meechan said...

Gorgeous card but this card would do for anything with a change of greeting. Though would be very nice as a sympathy too.

Eunice said...

I love the colors and really enjoy the scene. This could be used for any type of card, but definitley makes a beautiful sympathy card.

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Sue

Sympathy cards are never easy, I find the ones in the shops are more aimed at older people which sadly isn't always the case. It's nice to have ideas for them that are different. I also agree with some posters that with a change of sentiment it'd be good for a get well or a thinking of you card.

It's Friday soon... hooray!!! Thouh Laine is right, wrap up warm!

Tracy, glad the line is in, hope you're feeling ok after your chemo. Thank you, I'm relieved he's ok and I'll talk to him tomorrow so I will find out how the house is. Many, many hugs xxx

Hugs to everyone affected by the storms, my heart goes out to you all xxx

Laine, sorry for your loss. You have so much to contend with at the minute, sending hugs and a hand to hold xxx

Carole, don't let him mess with your head. I know you can hold it up high and rise above it. Sending lots of hugs xxx

Melody, Francis and Molly, sending lots of hugs your way xxx

P in Wales, I hope Steph and Janet Ecco are ok too. Hugs your way xxx

Lindsay M, lovely to see you back, hugs xxx

Bejay, sorry for your loss, I hope you and your cousin are ok, many hugs xxx

Sending lots of hugs to Heather, Beth B, Lorraine F, Yvonne, Teresa W, Marg, Lynda, Maria and all and everyone on this blog. Wishing you all good things and hapoy times,

T x

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
Sorry very late! Missed yesterday too! I pinned the card and then got sidetracked!
Just rather busy at the moment but should be a bit easier after tomorrow!
I loved yesterday's card - not quite so keen on today's but your sentiment dies just can't be beaten!
Love to all. Looking forward to watching some of the shows at the weekend - if my iPad doesn't let me down!
Love Myra xxx

Angela Wade said...

Such a striking card, Sue and so neat and crisp. I really like this.
Loved yesterday's card too. You do grunge so well !!
I've been dropping by the past few days for a quick peek at the cards, but haven't got to comment :-(

I recorded all John's shows and I'm looking forward to seeing yours on Friday :-)

Hugs and Best Wishes to you and all the Wilsonettes.
My thoughts go out to all Wilsonettes affected by the storm. Sending you hugs (((( ))))

Angela in S. Wales Xx

Sandy H said...

Lovely card. Has a tranquillity about it.
Take care everyone.

DeCor said...

A great sympathy card. I like that it is not gloomy looking yet easy to create. Thank you for it

magpie said...

Hi Sue, an amazing card which comes through as so tranquil and "feeling". Love the whole card and haven't seen the video..... but I will....! xx Love Karen xx

Txcowgirl said...

Lovely card for someone suffering in many different situations. The stamping is so pretty.

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, I really like this card, the simplicity, the colours and the layout. Great video too. I have had way too many Sympathy cards to make this year, and they are difficult and make me very sad. Bx