Sunday, 25 September 2016

Double Brussels Sunday

Good Sunday morning all!  I thought these two cards were the perfect pairing to use for today's double day. Think masculine card for this first one, black card, no frills, no flowers, plus the gilding flakes just show up so nicely on the black card!.   I started with a piece of black card and cut the Belgian border out of it repeatedly (eight times) without the outer cutting edge.  I attached a sticky adhesive sheet to the back of it once cut and turned it over and gilded the exposed adhesive areas on the front.  I used Silver Dream gilding flakes on this one.  Next I used the outer cutting die from the Brussels die set to cut an aperture in the centre of the card.  I added mounting foam to the background to raise it for dimension.  Next I coated the Royal Palace Stamp To Die For with Flake and glitter glue.  I covered the stamp with a piece of black card and quickly ran my hand over it to transfer the stamped image to the card.  Once the flake and glitter glue goes completely clear, you can use your gilding flake on it, but don't forget to clean your stamp straight away.  Using a small piece of rubit scrubit pad, I refined the gilding flakes on the stamped image to remove any extra flake.  I cut the image with the Brussels die  and I used the inner die to cut the centre of it as well to create a frame.    I cut the inner decorative die from the set out of coconut white card and glued it behind the opening.  I seated the entire shape back into the aperture and stamped my sentiment, cutting it out with the oval in the Antwerp die set.  I added mounting foam and placed it in the centre of the card.  To complete the card, a white, black, white mat order was used with Cosmic Shimmer white PVA glue dots around the inner white mat.  The finished dimensions are
7 3/4" x  8 1/4" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

Card number two started by embossing three strips of coconut white card using the Provencale Lace embossing folder.  I added thin back mats and mounting foam and attached them to another piece of coconut white card to create my background.  I wrapped a piece of frilly edged white ribbon around the lower portion of the card and added a double bow to the side.  I topped the bow with a decorative rhinestone accent, some silver metallic linx and a couple of matching stick pins.  The focal element for this card is merely the cut out piece from the above card (we can't waste it now can we!)  I used the inside cutting edge from the Antwerp to cut the centre out of it to create a frame.  I cut the decorative die from the Antwerp and glued it in place behind the frame opening and added another white backing piece to it.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the oval die in the Antwerp set.  Black and white mats were used on this card to finish it as well, but I pierced the inner layer this time.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8 1/2" in size.

The winners of this week's comment game are:

York's Butterfly!!!
Netty the runner!!!
Barbara V!!!

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

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June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, oh this is such a beautiful card today, I love it, will have to try it out, and the shows were fantastic, brilliant, loved everyone of them, especially the rocking shaker card, idea from John.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Pam – I hope you have arrived safely in Bournemouth and that you get some nice weather and can relax and enjoy, we miss you already.
Yvonne – Princess P – It is good that George is now employed again, I remember it well when my sons were at home and looking for jobs, it is so hard these days.
Maureen and others – thank you for your kind wishing regarding my wound healing, - it is progressing well - I have the assessment on Tuesday but the op is not until the 13th October which is hopefully long enough for it to have gone by then, fingers crossed.
Lynda – take care, migraines are not very nice things to have, hope you are recovering
Laine – pleased you arrived home safely albeit with great difficulty, and that the furry family welcomed you back.
Elaine & Andrew – Good on you getting the flu jab done, I have to contact my dr. this week to see when I can book ours in.
Heather – have a great Elvis weekend
Tint T & Peter – good to hear that you are continuing to improve.
Tina & Mick – sending lots of hugs.

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

Dragonsnap2 said...

Two beautiful cards again today Sue. I can't choose between them - love them both.
Congratulations to the winners.
Hope you're having a good holiday, Pam.
D x said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you so much, two beautiful cards.
Great shows yesterday, thank you loved the little rocker card.
Take care and have fun Kitty.

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two gorgeous cards both equally beautiful, managed to watch all your shows last night and they fantastic as always.
Congratulations to the lucky winners.
Nancyd xx said...

So sorry forgot to congratulate all the winners.
Have fun all Kitty.

Anonymous said...

Two lovely cards Sue. Enjoyed your shows as usual inspirational. Congratulations to winners. JJxx

hollyberry said...

Two beautiful cards for us to enjoy.
Congratulations to the winners.

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Love both of today's fabulous cards :-) Looking forward to catching up with your shows from yesterday. Congratulations to the winners. Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

JAO said...

Both fab cards Sue, the first one looks a little gothic, may be as Halloween is on the way.

Steph Cotterill said...

Sunday Smiles to you Sue. Oh my goodness the first sample is a real stunner. Do the flakes throw out the black card, or the card enhance the beauty of the guilding either way it's so opulent. The second has its own beauty. Both stunning. Didn't manage to actually sit and watch any of your shows as I was so busy getting things done in the house, then training then market prep ! But you're all recorded ready for my R & R time later.
Well done to winners today.
Must fly xxx

tracy w said...

Hi sue
Both cards are stunning love the colours thankyou tracy w x

Wacki Macky said...

Beautiful cards Sue, so lacy and dramatic,

thank you

congratulations to the blog winners,

Pearl xx

auscrafts said...

Two lovely cards

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. A surprise two-fer, love it when you show variations on a theme.
Pam, hoping you had a good journey, enjoy your break. Congratulations to all the winners. Sue xxx

Leanne said...

Beautiful cards!

Unknown said...

Hi Sue
Both really pretty. Love them both. Can't choose!
Anne M xxx

Unknown said...

Wow, both cards Are stunning
Congratulations to the lucky winners

Tina T said...

Good morning Sue and crafters all,
Two beautiful cards each special in there own right! Can't choose between them.
Congratulations to comment winners x
Pam - enjoy your holiday and hope you get a Wifi signal!!!
June Smith hope all goes well with you and your op( said my thighs were to bulky to do proceedure.
Peter continues his progress and is back at hospital on 5/10/16. Not only has he the current problems he also has Narcolepsy with Cataplexy syndrome - happy days!!!!!
Love and crafty hugs,
Tina T xxxx

Unknown said...

GM Sue. 2 very stunning cards today. Love both of them.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards, Sue, ying yesterday yang today! So different. Always like a touch of black, and particularly the first card. Stunning.
cr@fty Heather - how did your date with Elvis go? Sounds like fun.
June - have you taken over for Pam temporarily? - what a very early post ha ha!
Well done to all the winners.

'P' in Wales

Jan on the Fosse said...

Both beautiful cards Sue. Enjoyed your shows. Congratulations to the winners.
Jan x

A Happercrafter6 said...

Love black and white cards. Both are so pretty.

Debra K. said...

Two dramatic cards today! Love both designs, I just can't choose between them.
Congratulations to the card winners! Debra x

Unknown said...

Morning sue and crafters.
I love these cards and I love the black with Guilding flakes it's very striking.
I don't know why folk are scared to use black I use it a lot lol. Xx
I'm glad I recorded ur shows on both my sky boxes. As the one in my craft room decided to be naughty and failed to record with a lack of signal!!! I do this as it's happened before so I don't miss out on ur shows. Will catch the rest today when hubby goes to work so I've 3 shows still to watch woo hoo xxx

June nice surprise to see u on the top spot!!! Lol

To all needing a cuddle. U got it!!!!

Unknown said...

Ps as usual congratulations to the winners!! Xx

Chris Curry said...

Two lovely cards Sue. The first is definitely good for a male card and I think the second one is my favourite. Thank you. Xx

Jackie T said...

Good morning Sue both of these cards are gorgeous I love them both. Your shows were amazing. Congratulations to the winners. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Annie Stamps said...

Double delight today Sue. I love both cards. The gilding flakes always make a card look extra special.

Congrats to the lucky winners.

Annie P

Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda said...

Good morning Sue, twofers my favourite!!! I like both cards never mind the men I would love the first card : ) flowers or no flowers!!!
Congrats to winners!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lyndaxxx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Two striking cards today, short visit this morning I'm waiting for my eldest son to come to take me to London to see my youngest son.
Hugs x
Heather T
Ps June and P in Wales the 'Elvis' weekend is going great it's such fun seeing everyone dressing up,

Muriel said...

Hello Sue and all
I really can't choose between these two cards. Love the simplicity of the first one and perfect for those tough male cards but the stick pins and bow on the second are just gorgeous as well. The Brussels set is one I thought I didn't NEED but am definitely changing my mind on that
Congratulations to the winners
Muriel x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely elegant cards

Anne said...

Two very effective cards, Sue

Anne (Northampton)

TDQ Karen said...

I love the first card because of the striking look, and the second is lovely too Congratulations to all the winners

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue.
WOW! What a great treat! Two amazing designs that are both so opulent and very expensive, I love them both.
Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.
Congratulations to the winners.x

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
Two great cards. I love that the second card uses the waste from the first.
Congrats to the winners.
B xx

PharmacyMichele said...

Two stunning cards, both quite different but both lovely.

Congrats to all the winners.


Izzy said...

Hello Sue,

What a beautiful background the Belgian border makes!...and no, of course you coudldn't waste the central piece, not when you can get another card out of it - now that's definitely a double-whammy!

Congratulations to the Comment Game winners...


Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Two beautiful & exquisite cards today. Both of them are just superb. Congratulations to all the lucky comment winners. Yvonne xx

Unknown said...

Morning Sue two lovely cards this morning i have never used Gilded Flkes must get some have a nice day .
Congrats to the winners.

Clare Powell said...

Two great cards, love the background of the first card x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Both cards are lovely and the background on the first one looks amazing. love Jean Z xxx

Marion Scott said...

Good morning Sue. Two great cards, gorgeous, love them both. Looking forward to catching up with yesterdays shows later. Congratulations to this weeks winners.
Marion S x

marg said...

Hello Sue
Love both cards so elegant
Congratulations to all the winners.
Love Marg

Beryl said...

Two beautiful cards. Congratulations to the winners.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - both these cards are exquisite,love them both but particularly like the one with three panels. Looking forward to catching up with a couple of yesterday's shows. Congratulations to the three lucky winners today. Sending best wishes

gwen70 said...

Two gorgeous cards, love them both

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
forget males, I'd be chuffed, over the moon, delighted to receive either one of them. The background of the first one is exquisite!
I love them both, the second one is a bit lighter than the first, both are different but so, so elegant. Thank you for sharing.
Hugs, Rose

Gloria Robey said...

Morning Sue, two stunning cards. The results on the first card is outstanding . I did not recognise the embossing folder on the second card it looks amazing .Must get my gilding flakes out again thanks. Gloria (Sidcup) xx Congrats to all winners .xx

karenlotty said...

Both cards tick all of my boxes I love the opulence of gilding flakes on black

Unknown said...

Good morning sue what a beautiful pair of cards
And the design is wonderful
Have a lovely day

Debs Cards xxxx

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
WoW ! love both of your cards equally ,i really must get some of those gilding flakes .

Well done to your lucky winners.

Pam hope you have a good weeks holiday .

June ,will keep everything crossed for you.

Sending big hugs to all
Take Care
Elaine H X

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, 2 absolutely brilliant card designs, I love the drama a bit of black card can create. Well done to the comment game winners. Have a great Sunday all. Bx

Ann said...

Hi Sue

2 Beautiful cards each one a gorgeous design.

Congratulations to the winners

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Jane Franklin said...

I love the second card and the use of the 'waste' from the first, but you know me I don't like too much black so though its classy the first is not for me, sorry. I love the use of gilding flakes though.
Congrats to the winners. Luv jxxx

Karen M said...

Hi Sue
Very elegant cards,I like the ideas & design on both cards with the use of gilding flakes,
Stunning,congratulations to winners,
Thank you
Karen M

Rosemary Stickland said...

Two beautiful, dramatic cards.
Rosemary xx

Unknown said...

Two stunners today sue love them both. The black is very elegant. Your shows were great yesterday loved the little snowman the smallest card you have made still had your magic touch sue. Thank you
Love June Horrocks xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, two beautiful cards today. I love black and white cards, very elegant.
Barbara V

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous cards today I do like black cards. Christmas cards are coming along slowly! But love using your Festive range well the ones I am lucky enough to own.
Heather R Oxfordshire

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
Two very elegant cards this morning. Once again I would find it very difficult to choose a favourite! I love them both!
I am looking forward to staying with a friend at the end of the week and will be making Christmas cards with your lovely dies and having lots of crafty chatter, too!
Lesley S x

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sue, two beautiful cards today both a awesome as each other. I dont know how you come up with such fabulous card designs and layouts but you do and surprise us daily, thank you. hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Two beautiful, elegant cards, black and white for me is so classy. Love them.

Heather Treble said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful cards, love the elegant look of both.
Thanks for sharing,

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
2 beautiful cards this morning and it is only right that they are shown together so we know what can be achieved with the beautiful centre piece you cut out. Lovely showcase of your stamps too. I've still got your shows to watch, shopping got in the way yesterday, who would have thought buying a new watch strap could be so troublesome! Thank you for sharing.
Love Diane G xxx
Pam have a wonderful holiday, didn't realise you were going to Bournemouth. It's still sunny and reasonably warm down south and the gardens there will still be beautiful, you might even have the bands still playing today for you to sit in a deck chair and listen to. Have fun xxx
June lovely to see you at the top xxx
Sending hugs to Tina and mick Tina and Peter Elaine and Andrew and a big hug to Tracey xxx
Congratulations to all the lucky winners xxx

Kiraneries said...

Hu Sue, two beautiful cards. Both very elegant with the black and gilding. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, two exquisite cards today, I would love both of them. Your shows yesterday were great thank you.

Love Rosemarie X X

SueJ said...

WOW Sue you have done us proud today.
Just love the first card it is so dramatic.
The second card is more elegant, great use of the dies.

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. I love the way you have used the border die to create the background of the first card but not too sure about the final result of either of them - sorry.


Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. WOW Two fantastic cards this morning. The first one is very dramatic and a great one for the guys. The second one is very elegant. Love the guilding flakes on black card it just makes everything pop with an expensive look to them. Congratulations to all the lucky winners. Enjoyed your shows yesterday but missed the 7pm show so will just have to watch them all again after hubby has gone to work lol. You showed so gorgeous sample cards and the small but perfectly formed snowman card is just a cutie. Looking forward to next weekends shows got everything set to record all your shows again. I like to be prepared in case anything get in the way of my viewing time lol. Have a lovely relaxing day Sue after a busy one yesterday.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Netty The Runner said...

Both beautiful cards. Just amazed at all of your creations Sue x

Karen Drew said...

Two stunning cards today
Congratulations to the winners
Karen xx

Margaret R said...

Hi Sue
Two very different cards. For me, the first one is a little too busy, but I like the second one.
Margaret xx

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Two lovely cards. Thanks for sharing.
Congratulations to the winners.
Have a great day everyone.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Two gorgeous cards, love using gilding flakes with the sticky adhesive sheets but am absolutely useless when it comes to using the flake and glitter glue. Had a delivery yesterday of your star merry Christmas die and the falling snow embossing folder and some Snow White micro beads so I'm ready to start my Christmas cards. Also bought a CE mask of a mini star tree which I shall try with the texture paste

Congratulations to all this weekends winners.
Pam hope you arrived safely in Bournemouth and enjoy your holiday. Thank you June for taking Pams place and hope all goes well for your pre op assessment
Hugs to Tracy, Nanna Tina, Tina T, Elaine and Wheelybad and anyone else in need of one xxx

Hugs and best wishes to everyone

Nicky said...

Hi Sue,
Two very striking cards.
Thank you for sharing.
VĂ©ronique L

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Love both cards that you've given us today. Isn't it funny how using a border like this makes a lovely design. I wasn't able to watch your shows as we only have Freeview and Hochanda is off air at the moment. How frustrating for us Freeview customers. I know we could watch on the computer but the streaming is not very good.

Kate's Cards said...

Two lovely cards. xxxx

CraftyJo said...

Both very pretty :)

Paula said...

Two lovely cards today Sue, if I had to choose I would pick number 1, unusually for me I like what you called a man's card! I did think I could make it for my brother, but I know if I made it I wouldn't want to part with it lol!
Congratulations to today's winners.
Hugs for all in need of them,
Paula x

Tressa said...

Why did my eyes see one thing in the title of this blog and my brain read Brussel sprouts and so leave me confused? Probably because we were discussing them in Julia's workshop yesterday and the words are deeply embedded!! It must be my age.

Any way, on to the designs and away from my peculiar sad psyche. These are Two lovely cards. I do especially like the first one but I am not sure why. I think it is because I like the combination of gilding flakes and black card en masse. I too need to rethink my need/want for the Brussels dies. OH dear!!!!!!


hazel young said...

Beautiful cards Sue, loved your shows yesterday xx hazel

hettygarlick said...

I love both these cards. The black one in particular is so dramatic!

Unknown said...

Hi Sue

Two gorgeous cards! Really enjoyed your shows yesterday

Congratulations to this week's comment winners

June x

Glenharon said...

Good afternoon Sue and the Wilsonettes,
Sue the first card although dark for me is just right for those men that just don't do any hobbies except sit in a chair and vegetate. How can they not have a shed to go and play in out of our hair and doing something constructive instead of sitting and barking orders or asking every 30 seconds "where are you going?" "What are you doing?" Anyway this just might be one that i can make for my friends' hubby that is turning 70 soon, as he is that above man and i have no idea what to make his card about. The second one that you have used the cut out waste flower, i would need to make a frame to cover the edges on the focal point as it doesn't look finished to me, which is where your other matching dies come into their own to finish off for me. See, you would think you had planned it that way to be able to mix and match with each other, lol.
Well we are on day two of kitchen tiling and so far we are on the second tile since 11:00. Thank goodness they are large 12" x 18" otherwise i think it would need to be a month tiling my wee bit kitchen instead of a short amount of time.
To this weeks winners congratulations girls, i hope that you get great use out of your prize when it arrives.
Sending hugs to all my lovely Wilsonettes that need, could do with or just want some, they are yours for the taking.
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil)

Anonymous said...

Double Brussels Sue......made me think of Christmas dinner!! Two very elegant cards though love from Jackie xx

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Two Lovely Cards. I really like the Classic style and colouring. It is nice to see you using the cut out piece from your first Card, it just proves what you say about not wasting pieces. Thanks for sharing

Congratulations York's Butterfly, Netty the runner and Barbara V.

Best wishes

Yorks butterfly said...

Hi Sue, I was that surprised to see my name as one of the lucky winners of the weekly commment game I forgot to leave a comment on todays cards, which are as usual fabulous. You are so talented Sue and I wish I had your flair and artistic eye
Thank you so much for drawing my name in this week's draw.

BenteS said...

Both cards are really lovely, look very elegant and sophisticated with the black/white design :))
Congrats to all the lucky winners!

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
Two lovely cards to brighten up a Sunday. Thank you June for taking over from Pam today. Tina so sorry to hear about Peters latest diagnosis excessive sleep and muscle problems must be awful for you both I hope they can sort it soon.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow!! Two male amazing cards,very elegant and classy!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous cards and so elegant Sue

gr karin van eijk

Pam said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue, one very opulent, the second a bit lighter.
Congratulations to comment game winners.
Thank you ladies, I have arrived safely, the flat is directly opposite the sea, to the left I can see the Isle of Wight, to the right I look over to Poole,. The flar is sheet luxury with security features and an underground garage so I feel very secure. I have been shopping so all set to go now. The drive took 6 hours with one stop but the roads were fine all the way.
The twins are 13 today so I saw them last night as I was leaving early and they had a day arranged with their Mum in York. Ryan kept asking where are you now Grandma.
June, I was so pleased to see you at no. 1 this morning, but did that mean you are still not sleeping, hope you are not worrying too much about the op. You will be fine, promise.
Tina T so sorry to hear of Peters additional problems, it must be such a worry for you.
Elaine, my ongoing care for you and Andrew, hope all is still well for his treatment.
Tina, how is Mick doing, Hope his appetite is still good and they can stop the weight loss.
Hugs to Tracey and all in the blog who need one.

Eunice said...

Two very exciting cards, the first one is definitely a male card but the second one is a little lighter. Congrats to the winners, enjoy!!

Suzzette Yandle said...

A very nice masculine card today. Good use of the cutaway piece for the second card. No, we certainly do not want to waste those gilding flaked pieces. I love gilding flakes - as long as I don't sneeze when I have the jar opened! I enjoyed your presentations on hochanda. I still have two more to watch on "catch-up".

Jean said...

Another wonderful card!

barbara macaskill said...

Congratulations to all three of this week's comment winners!
Both of these cards are absolutely stunning!! I especially love the first one! Very mysterious and strong! I have always loved a strong, dark and mysterious card and this one doesn't disappoint!!
The second one is equally lovely but doesn't have the strength that the first one does!!! Gilding flakes are one of my favorite ways to add color to projects!
I remember the first time I got a delivery of gilding flakes in a jar! I headed right into my nice and cool (thanks to multiple fans) craft room and opened that jar right up and dumped it into another container. Well, I should say I TRIED to dump it into another, larger container. Thanks to the multiple fans I had gilding flakes EVERYWHERE! It was like the fairies had gone crazy with fairy dust and it was floating down on my table, the floor, me and every other surface in the room! It has been over three years since that happened and I am still finding flakes here and there! Lesson learned. If using gilding flakes shut fans off! LOL
Have a great weekend everyone and see you next post! :-)

Suebak said...

Two beautiful cards... thanks you. I have fallen in love with the Belgian border die and hope it will be my next purchase. I can see it set in front of colours to create a stained glass window effect. Love the touches of guilding flakes on the black card.

Susan x

Denise Bryant said...

Amazing details in these dies! Awesome card!

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, Two gorgeous cards with beautiful colours and beautiful die-cuts.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, two very nice cards. I love the design, the dies and the gilding flakes but you will know the rest :-) Tracy thinks some people are scared of black, maybe they are and although I am not one of them (I do use it occasionally) basicly I just don't like it lol

Congratulations to the comment game winners, enjoy playing with your prizes.

Pam, glad your journey was ok and that the flat is comfortable. If you like nature then I would recommend a trip to Poole and then a boat ride to Brownsea Island. It is well worth a visit.


Janet Wilson said...

2 super cards, love the masculine one.

Scottydog said...

Two lovely cards from such a beautiful die. The Belgium dies are do lacy looking.
Congratulations to the comment winners, enjoy your prize.

sandieann21 said...

Both lovely but the second is my favorite

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Two lovely cards, and surprisingly for me since I'm not a lover of black, the first one is my favourite. Great masculine card.
Congratulations to the lucky winners.
Love to all Alison xxx

Jackie Meechan said...

Two gorgeous cards

Anonymous said...

Once again Sue two gorgeous cards from same dies
VC x

liz spooner said...

These two are really gorgeous today Sue.xx

Unknown said...

Good evening lovely sue and her crafty crew!

Oh I feel so spoiled, two stunning cards and only a day after overdosing on your demonstrations on Hochanda and you tube, life has never been so good:-)
Unlike some ladies, I really appreciate a bit of black on a card, I find it elegant and sophisticated like a LBD or a black tie and dinner suit. So today's cards really appeal to me, especially since they are coupled with some opulent building flakes....a lovely combination that is perfect for the men in our lives without being to OTT or garish. The Belgian dies are striking and perfectly suited to this combination, I love the card designs especially the triple embossed panels....lovely, and you just can't beat a bit of ribbon, dazzler and stick pins:)
Well, I think I'm steadily recovering from my trip South and journey home.....aided by a day watching Sue back to back on you tube and Hochanda. What a fabulous assortment of Christmas cards on display, plenty of inspiration and enough to get my teeth into when all of the dies eventually arrive....I'm determined to get as many of the festive dies as I can even though I have plenty from previous's a sickness and I'm not interested in a cure:-) I'm determined to use some of my older dies too so I was watching some old you tube demos with the festive baubles from a couple of years ago, they are stunning and deserve a second outing. I'm just a little bit excited and obsessed by creating festive inspired cards, can you tell?
Oh Pam, you sad and deluded old sweetie. How could you possibly believe that I would be an adequate replacement for you during your much deserved break in Bournemouth when a) no one can replace you in this demanding role, and b) if I don't get a good ten hours my mood and good looks suffer considerably....anything before ten is unusual in my world:-) Have a lovely holiday honey, it sounds absolutely glorious.
June, you have filled the gap left by Pam most professionally but I do hope that it isn't because you are having trouble sleeping again. You have a lot on your mind with your pre assessment and op on the horizon, I hope your previous wound clears in time.
Yvonne, is your life meaningless and empty now that I have departed? Understandably so, so you have to fill the void with food, I lovely for you to have a decent cooked meal at a friends, makes a pleasant change from your own crap:-) only joking dear, I'm actually in withdrawal now that I don't have access to your scabby roast potatoes and white chocolate brownies....I must get the recipe and try them at home because waiting another year to sample them is simply cruel and unnecessary! Thinking of little George tomorrow, wish him luck in his new job....just think of all the dies you can now buy with his board money:-)Happy days!
Sending hugs to tina&peter, tina&mick, elaine&andrew and Tracy, hope you are all
Wheely Bad, hope everything is okay with you and Billy, missing youxxx
More hugs to blog besties incl. Myra, Maureen,Frances, P, pat, Alison, Norah, Beth, Rebecca, Deb c,Lorraine,Linda, Lynda, Maria, Theresa,

Crafty hugs


Theresa said...

lush cards. my favourite is the first one, though i can see what you did so as not to waste the cut out, hugs xx

Littlelamb said...

Two beautiful cards Sue. Love both of these. Thank you for sharing.

Dawn Holben said...

You have spoilt us today Sue with two beautiful cards.
Love the design and layout on both of these so can't possibly choose a favourite.
I love playing with the gilding flakes and have to say you have converted me to using black card lol
These are going to be so fab for the men in my life who can be difficult to make cards for and i know they would love something like these.

Brenda said...

Hi Sue,
Two really stunning cards you are showing us today, love both equally.
Thank you for sharing.
Take care love Brenda XXX

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Tres said...

Hi Sue. WOW, WOW, WOW !!! These two cards today are amazing !!!! I am sorry I am unwell today so it will be a short comment. I really love both of these cards Sue. A very clever idea to make use of your cut out shape for the second card. They both look fantastic and I certainly could not choose a favourite between them. I love gilding flakes, even though I get in such a mess with them. You have used such beautiful dies and colours. The bow and stick pins on the second card are the perfect finishing touches. Just like you say Sue I think the first card is perfect for a man. A really great stamp you have used for the centre of the first card. I do love the detailed designs of both of the inside dies on both cards. Thanks for sharing two amazing cards today. Sending lots of love to you Sue from Tres x x x

Congratulations to all of today's lucky winners love from Tres x x x

Sending lots of love to everyone from Tres x x x

DeCor said...

Congrats to all the winners. Very interesting looking cards. Think I prefer the second one best.

DeCor said...

Congrats to all the winners. Very interesting looking cards. Think I prefer the second one best.

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Unknown said...

Congrats to the lucky winners, lovely cards but I do miss your lovely flowers


jenny Briggs said...

Hi Sue
Lovely cards so stylish

Unknown said...

Hi Sue, oh my goodness I love these two cards, the colours are amazing using the gilding flakes, I really like the first card like you say is very good for a mans card
Kathy B

Fikreta said...

very nice card!