Friday, 18 November 2016

Christmas Double Days

Hi crafters! Two completely different cards today, but both very pretty in their own right.  The first one is a traditional red and white card with poinsettias.  I started by cutting the decorative die from the Poinsettia Border on each side of a piece of coconut white card.  I wanted to add some colour to the background, so I used the die to lightly emboss into a piece of Ruby red card.  I hand cut out the poinsettias and glued them behind in both of the side borders for a pop of colour.  I cut the Filigree Poinsettia in white and backed it in red, then cut the centre out to create a frame.  I stamped my sentiment and covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet.  I peeled the backing off and seated the frame over the sentiment then added Diamond Snow glitter to the exposed adhesive.  I cut two of the Holly Octagon die and added them behind the filigree frame before seating it in between the side borders.  I completed the card with white and red mats and layers.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  8 1/4" in size.  Scroll down for card number two.

The second card is a frosty snowflake card that was actually made with some leftover bits from another card I made, waste not, want not as they say!  I started with a piece of aqua card and used the large polka dot mask and pulled Polar White sparkle texture paste through it.  I laid the mask down randomly in a few spots for this.  I allowed it to dry well, then added a few stamped swirls in the open areas using a Clear Perfect Medium pad.  I dusted them with Pearlescent Mica powder.  I added the Bold Snowflake Flurry that was cut from another card that I had used the same mask on so the snowflake has the polka dot texture paste pattern on it as well.  I added it with mounting foam to raise it.  I cut the Greetings of the season die twice out of silver pearl card and just used it as Seasons greetings in the corner.  I used the seconds cut to snip the "s" off of greetings and add it to "seasons" for this version.  The card was finished off with white, aqua and silver mats.  The finished dimensions are 6 3/4" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Gorgeous cards Sue, just lovely. Too beautiful to choose.
Sharon, I hope you have good news if your daughter, you must be so worried and you are not well yourself. Healing hugs to you both.
Elaine, the hospital will need to thoroughly investigate Andrews Complaint especially where patient confidentiality has been breached. He should hear soon.
Tina, poor Peter must be sick of waiting, you too as you must be worried about him.
June, you are truly amazing, nothing gets you down. Glad you had a good time at the craft club.
We have frost on car thus morning, very co,d.
My colleague at Work came into work yesterday not well, she dare bit stay off and she only has 4 weeks left to work. It's the way our place us run unfortunately.
Daily hugs to all, especially if not well, keep warm and safe everyone. Tracey is all okay X

Jan.moogie said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue but the second one is the one for me with all that texture WOW. Thanks for sharing and have a great day, hugs xxxxxxxxxxx

Dragonsnap2 said...

Two beautiful cards today. I think the red and white just has the edge for me but only just. It's difficult to compare such different cards anyway.
Thoughts and prayers to all who are suffering in any way.
Happy crafting.
D xx

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
Another two stunning christmas cards today love the colours and the dies my favourite is the first one thank you tracyw x

Steph Cotterill said...

Morning Sue. Brrrr it's a cold one so far, I'll be going nowhere today that's for sure.
I think it's card 1 that caught my eye the most, a true Sue Wilson work of art with your tell tale beautiful design. I see elements of Julia in the second card with its varied background elements of stamping and frosting the card through the mask, its a nice card, but number one is more ' you'
Getting through my market festive cards thanks to you and this lovely blog. It so helps being able to 'pin' your samples Sue and keep them all in one place, I thank you for the ideas that grow from your inspiration.
Take this hug and use it when you feel like one and hope it helps you through your day xxx said...

Morning Sue.
Two beautiful cards Thank You, Sorry I cannot choose, oh maybe the first one.
Take care and have fun Kitty.

auscrafts said...

Two lovely cards ,love both of them

JAO said...

Both great cards Sue, but the second is my favourite.

Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue Card one is my first choice today.The red and white looks so fresh and with just the sparkle with the sentiment is beautiful.
Jan x

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, two gorgeous cards today love them both can't choose.
Nancyd xx

Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda said...

Good morning Sue, both cards are gorgeous!!! I love them both!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lyndaxxx

hollyberry said...

Two beautiful cards,favourite traditional number one.

Anonymous said...

Two really lovely cards today, Sue, love the design and colours and frilly holly frame on the first and the contemporary feel to the second. Would be happy to receive either!!
Pam - really don't understand how they can (legally or morally) victimise people who are clearly unwell, so upsetting for your colleague... and all of you.
Sharon - hope good news of your daughter soon.
Bejay - so so sorry to read about your sister's dogs Merlin and Dizzy, what a bad time. Trust little Mouse will keep her spirits up. We no longer have a dog because of Mr P's walking condition (fear is if I should become dodgy - ha ha even dodgier - and couldn't walk it). Do so miss having a dog - they laugh at me at the vets as I get my 'doggy fixes' there - as in "oooh what a gorgeous dog, can I talk to it please?" Fairly often. Just hope that one day something canine will arrive accidentally and fait accomplis!
Hugs all round.

'P' in Wales

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, two gorgeous cards, love them both, but am drawn to the second more contemporary one. Have a great day everyone. Bx

Linda Graham(Bordon) said...

Two lovely cards Sue,love them both,thank you,Linda x

Clai01 said...

Yes both are super cards today, fitting in with the weather also as very Wintery here. x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, two gorgeous cards. The colours of them both are gorgeous. If I had to choose I think I would pick the first card but I love them both.
Barbara V

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. Thank you for the continued inspiration, I need all the help I can get. I thought I would prefer the first, as at Christmas I lean towards the traditional, but the second card just has that "something" that I can't resist. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

Karen Drew said...

Two stunning cards. Love the colour combinations on both. Lots of inspiration today. Thank you
Karen xx

Netty The Runner said...

Both cards are absolutely stunning Sue. If I had to choose it would be the poinsettia one.
Annette x

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
Both these cards are gorgeous. The second one maybe just edges to the front for me! Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day everyone.

Maria - Ivyleaf Crafts said...

I love the first card and then I scrolled down to your second card and fell in love with that too.
You do spoil us xxx

Unknown said...

GM Sue. Love them both. The 2nd card just pips it for me if you were to push me!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Lovely cards today, well when aren't they, the red and white one wins in my world but only because texture paste isn't a media I have ever used, that's not to say I don't like the finished card.

Heather R Oxfordshire

Yorkie girl said...

Good morning Sue and all your crafty crew
Oh my. Double bubble Love it
Today's cards are as usual beautiful the second one does it for me I like the first I think it is just the colour that swings it on card two
I know June Smith will be the same it's our fav colour ehh June ?
Love and best wishes to all
And hugs to everyone that may need one
Pam you are as much of an inspiration on this blog as Sue is always looking out for others Thankyou
Theresa G x

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue.
I love double days and today's is another great example of why. Stunning designs that are so different. The first is beautiful in red and white with just the right amount of sparkle and the second a very clever use of leftover pieces-thank you for the great inspiration.x

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all
Two beautiful cards to wake up to this morning, I love them both. I love the striking colour of the Ruby card with Poinsettia and the finishing touches with the back ground. The second card is also stunning with the texture paste back ground and lovely snow flake.
Send well wishes and hugs around . Wendy

Tina T said...

Hi Sue and crafters all,
Thank you for two beautiful cards today, no 1 floats my boat as they say!!! I love the poinsettia border,corner tag as it is so versatile. My dies I ordered from Johns shows Hochanda via Julia's website have all arrived along with mounting cushion so I am having a play day today.
Peter is still waiting for appointments and complains of being cold. He is wrapped in blankets with hot water bottle and the heating on and I am in a teeshirt - sweating - tats life !!!!!!
Pam - hope you and your work colleague are feeling better, sounds like you are being exploited by your employer- this is the 21st Centenary . If you are all ill they will not have a business to run!!!!!
June Smith - glad you are getting around more easily and enjoyed your craft club.
Elaine hope you have put in a complaint to PALS but they do take time.
Love and crafty hugs to all,
Tina T xxxx

TDQ Karen said...

lovely cads, I like both but love the texture paste dots on card 2, just like lttle snowballs

PharmacyMichele said...

Two lovely cards-my favourite is the second one. I just love blue/aqua colours.


Marion Scott said...

Good morning Sue. Two gorgeous cards, I love poinsettias so am drawn to card one but I love aqua on Christmas cards too.
Marion S x

BenteS said...

Beautiful cards both of them!
I love the background you have created for the frosty one, but the favorite today is still the red/white; love your poinsettia dies :))

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
Two gorgeous cards. I'm drawn to the second one, which surprises me as the first one is more the sort I'd make!
B xx

Muriel said...

Hello Sue and all
Another fabulous twofer, both beautiful but mumble two is a definite favourite. Love the texture paste feature- Have to try that!
Muriel x

Betty McAlister said...

Two gorgeous cards Sue. Love the traditional red and white of the first but also love the second sparkly snowflake card. The background Of this one is lovely.
Best wishes to everyone xx

Anonymous said...

Two beautiful cards Sue.Have a nice weekend everyone.Take care snow here this morning.JJxx

Karen Derbyshire said...

2 lovely cards Sue, like them both but I think the first one just pips the post.

d from kettering said...

More lovely twofers how can anyone decide which is best?? I loved the first one, red and white, then saw the second . . . . . . .

Doreen x

Wendy L said...

Both gorgeous Sue, xxx

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, hurray it is double day Friday and you have not disappointed us, two lovely cards. I have to admit that card 2 just edges it for me as it is my favourite colour, (yes Theresa G we are so alike). I do have a question though Sue, on card one, when you look at both of the pictures that are the full card and look at the side panels it really does look to me as though you have not got anything in the white cut out sections but when you have the close ups it looks like you have used texture paste or ice diamonds or something, can you tell me what you used please. personally I prefer it without anything filling in the white area. Hope this makes sense.

Pam, your company is greatly at fault here with the wait they have treated your colleague, it is our human right to work in good conditions, this is not Dickensian times but the 21st century. Not only is she coming to work feeling very unwell in herself but she is also unwittingly in danger of spreading those germs to others, how would your bosses feel if everyone in the office actually went sick and stayed at home...............surely their is someone in personnel or welfare who could intervene, and what is so sad is that she only has 4 weeks left before she retires, what awful memories she will take with her of the way she has been treated. Sending her a special hug.

Elaine, I told you of my recent experience with a really awfully agency nurse when I was in hospital, I also put in an official complaint (in fact I sent it to the CEO of the hospital) within 10 minutes of sending in the email I had a reply, and in less then 4 days I had everything resolved to my satisfaction with full apologies from so many people and the nurse not being allowed to work in that hospital again. What I am trying to say is that I really hope that Andrew's complaint get's dealt with quickly and efficiently as mine was.

Tina T, oh poor Peter, his body thermostat is really haywire, I do hope you hear from the hospital soon xx

Sharon, hope the news is good of your Daughter, you must be distraught with worry, take care of yourself though xx

To everyone who I have forgotten to mention and you know who you are I send special hugs.

Stay safe, healthy and happy, June Smith xxx

A Happercrafter6 said...

Two lovely cards Sue but poinsettias is my favourite.

crossstitchmarg said...

Morning Sue,
Two gorgeous cards today, I love them both.
Thanks for sharing

Suemac said...

Two beautiful cards,the first has the edge for me.

Unknown said...

Two great cards today. I have all the dies for the first one so might have a go at that design later. Thanks for the inspiration
Denise x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Two fantastic cards, each equally beautiful, I'm loving the sparkle texture paste, very effective.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Unknown said...

Morning Sue two lovely cards but the poinsetta is no.1for me .
Hugs Catherine xx

Chris Curry said...

Two gorgeous, elegant cards Sue. Love them both. Thank you. Xx

Anne said...

Two great cards but I love the second one - a bit different for you. Please do more like this.

Anne (Northampton)

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
Two gorgeous cards again today, I love it because they are so different. Really can't choose a favourite though, they are both so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Love Diane G xxx

Pam that's dreadful you are so in fear of your jobs you have to go in when you are so ill but I know it seems to be the way of the world now. Just say to your friend she will really enjoy her retirement when she can lay in bed on wet mornings listening to the rain on the windows and know she doesn't have to get up! Xxx
Sending hugs to Tina and mick Tina and Peter (enjoy playing), Elaine and Andrew Sharon June and Tracey xxx

Gloria Robey said...

Morning Sue again two beautiful cards but the second card has the edge for me . I'm loving the sparkle paste. Gloria (Sidcup) xx

karenlotty said...

Both cards are glorious I do have a favourite - the Snowflake I just live the texture and colours

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
different cards but equally beautiful. So glad I don't have to choose. Must use my texture paste more !
Hugs, Rose

Croquet Queen x said...

Hi Sue,
As you say, two completely different cards and for me the snowflake card is the showstopper!
L Dewar

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
2 stunningly beautiful christmas cards I still have my specials to do but I think I have all my postal ones done need to go through my list and check
Mick had his Rig fitted wednesday they said it was tricky but it's in and we came home tea time yesterday I had my training on setting his feed up and that's going good, I stayed with him while he was in and that helped to keep him calm
I didn't have Internet so I have yet to catch up but I will say thank you to everyone who has been thinking about us I send huge hugs to each and everyone of you, to any one who is not well or recovering I am thinking about you and send hugs to you, I have our macmillan nurse coming this morning so once feed has finished I can get him all sorted
Happy crafting
Love and huge hugs to you all
Love Tina xxxx

Clare Powell said...

Two gorgeous cards, love the poinsettia border on the first card x

Unknown said...

Morning Sue two pretty cards but both really nice I don't have a favourite
Kathy B x

Jean Z said...

hi Sue, both cards are beautiful. love Jean Z xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow they are both lovely but the bottom is my fave, great texture and I love snowflakes

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Both cards are lovely.
Thank you for sharing.
Véronique L

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Two gorgeous cards the traditional red/white poinsettia card but must admit I spent more time looking at the "experimental" frosty snowflake design especially at the greeting because I've just bought that die for the very same reason, that it can be either Greetings of the Season or Season's Greetings!...great value...


Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, two stunning cards this morning, but if pushed I think I would choose the first one. Very pretty. I hope everyone has a peaceful weekend.

Love Rosemarie X X

Beryl said...

Two very different cards.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Two lovely cards, I love them both.,

nattyboots said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful Christmas cards , love them both.

Pam sending big hugs to your friend at work , looking forward to retiring from the work place should have happy memories for her .Hope you are feeling better each day , xx

June , Andrew is hoping to hear soon, he did explain in the letter that he had not got a name unfortunately ,but hopes the time and date will help . Sounds like you are doing very well with your knee , keep up the good work .x

Crewe Trish , yes you are right , Andrew is giving them until Wednesday next week . xx

Sharon ,it doesn't rain but it pours ,hope its nothing serious with your daughter . xx

Diane , so pleased you are feeling better.

Sending big hugs to all
Take care
Elaine H X

ellyscard creatief said...

Very lovely cards Sue.

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Can't make up my mind which I like the best. The first one has lovely Poinsettia flowers, lovely for Christmas and your second you have used my favourite aqua colour. SueL x

marg said...

Hello Sue
Two gorgeous cards today love them both can't choose.
Love Marg

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Not my favourite two Cards this time around, but can still see the versatility of the dies and the wonderful techniques...Mind you i do love your flower the poinsettia is stunning...

Scottydog said...

Two lovely cards, would be more than happy to receive either of these. My head says no.1 is my favourite as it will stand out amongst the other cards, but my heart says No. 2 as that is in my favourite colour. Any shade of blue does it for me but Aqua is my special colour! Thank you so much Sue.

hazel young said...

Beautiful cards Sue x xhazel

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, two beautiful today that I am sure would look fabulous as part any Christmas Card display. Difficult to choose between them but I think number one is my favourite, although I do love poinsettias as they are so associated with Christmas.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, two lovely cards but the second one is my favourite.
Take care everyone, Jess xxx

Rosemary Stickland said...

Two lovely cards, hard to choose a favourite, but I think the
first one just edges it.#
Rosemary xx

Sue MacFall said...

Hello Sue, the texture is beautiful on the second card and the first is just a lovely traditional one with that pretty red card.
Many thanks,
Sue Mac said...

Great cards today Sue, but the second one is my favourite! x

Kate's Cards said...

Love the second one and only don't like the first one because I hate poinsettias! xx

Lynne L said...

Good morning Sue Two gorgeous cards this morning & both so different it's difficult to choose between them but I think number one edges it for me
Pam the people you work for sound dreadful it's appalling to expect anyone to work when unwell & surely illegal to put employees under such pressure!
Sharon what a worry for you I hope your daughter will be well again soon
Sending hugs to all

Fikreta said...

this is so pretty card!

Nannieflash said...

Good Morning Sweet Sue, a really beautiful pair of cards today, and I adore the first one I would love to have a go at re creating that one. Have a fabulous weekend. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Anonymous said...

Two beautiful cards once again Sue., love both of them.
VC x

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Two beautiful cards today, I love the first one with the poinsettias as I just love them. Yvonne xx

Jackie Meechan said...

Two gorgeous cards. Love both and can't choose which I prefer.

Unknown said...

Good morning Sue

Two beautiful cards today. They are both stunning!

June x

Unknown said...

Hi sue both cards are so beautiful the first one so preety with the flowers the colours are stunning the second just as beautiful I can't choose of course love always June horrocks xxxxx

Wacki Macky said...

Both cards are beautiful Sue, so intricate yet delicate at the same time,

thank you

Jackie T said...

Hi Sue both of these Christmas cards are gorgeous. The dies are amazing. Thank you for all the inspiration. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. 2 very pretty cards today. I can't decide which one I like best as they are just so different.


Paula said...

Lovely cards Sue, if I had to pick though, it would be the first card, that is just my kind of card! Maybe it's because it's the traditional colour for Christmas that you have used. But it doesn't mean the second card isn't lovely. :)
Hugs to all in need of them today,
Paula x

redfox said...

2 really lovely cards, but hands down I love the second one, so contemporary and that aqua shade is one of my most favourite colours. Love to everyone Sarah

Anonymous said...

Both lovely cards Sue. I had to laugh at the bit about using your left overs, you must have been with John for far too long. The first one is more my kind of thing, though I would certainly make something like the 2nd for the younger members of the family, as they would love how modern it is.

Hugs to those who need them
Have a Happy day

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, two lovely cards and although I admire your clever use of 'left-overs' on the second, it is the first card for me as I do love poinsettias and it is more traditional.

In a bit of a rush today as I have to go and scrape the car before going out, the sun is shining but hasn't reached my corner yet. So glad I am retired and no longer have to do it at 7.30am!


Unknown said...

To My Wonderful Friend Sue,
I Couldn't Possibly Choose Between Today's Cards As I Truly Love Them Both,
That's Sounds A Little Boring Doesn't It, But For Me Your Cards Are Always Truly Remarkable.
Number One Is Beautiful In The Traditional Colours Of Red And White I Love The Dies You've
Chosen As I'm Lucky Enough To Have These.
I Love Number Two As The Background Looks Truly Tremendous And Actually Feels Frosty
Just Stunning, Thank You So Very Much For Sharing These Extremely Exquisite, Elegant Cards Sue
I've Loved The Christmas Card Double Days!!!! They Have Inspired Me So Very Much, I Always Place In My Bloglovin
Folder, Plus On My Pinterest Sue Wilson Folder....
Sue Thank You For The Daily Blog And Inspiration I So Much Appreciate Everything .You Do...
Take Great Care Sue
Warmest Wonderful Fond Wishes To Colin And Heather
Love And Huge Hugs 🤗 To Yourself Sue
Love From Sam xxx
Hugs To "All" Wilsonettes.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, two gorgeous Christmas cards. I love them both. The first clean crisp in white and red with poinsettias and more traditional. The second in the more modern sparkly white and blue with the snowflake.

ursula said...

Two most beautiful card today, would be great for my collection of Christmas cards today, must really get down to some serious business of making some....thank you Sue....luv Ursula xx

Margaret R said...

Hi Sue
As you say, two very striking cards, but so very different. If I had to choose, I think the second one is my favourite, as it is so simple, but gets the message across.
Margaret xx

gwen70 said...

Two lovely cards Sue but if I had to choose it would be the first one

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Love today's beautiful cards. Hugs to all xxx

Suebak said...

Two very different but both stunning cards. I particularly like the second card due to its mixed media effect.

Susan x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful cards and there are elements in each of them that I love so couldn't choose between them, particularly love the stamped swirls on the second one

Sending hugs and best wishes to everyone with an extra one for Nanna Tina


Annie Stamps said...

Two lovely cards today Sue. Think the first one is my favourite. I love the holly frame.

Annie P

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous designs and very chique cards Sue
Gr Karin

Pawprintx4 said...

While both of these cards are wonderful, I like the use of texture paste and "recycling" in the second. I hope everyone has a great weekend and has time for some craft therapy.
Stephanie K

Bejay said...

Hi Sue,
Both cards are beautiful but I think the first one just wins for me as I love the poinsettias ☺.
Well, what awful weather today. I was woken up really early by the gale force gusts of wind, thankfully no tornado like in Wales yesterday, then someone was chucking gravel at the window... hang on, it was a hail Storm! Now, my little kitten is only just over four months old so didn't know what it was, is this a problem you ask? Yes it was because he was asleep on the windowsill! The noise when him up with a start and he fell off, bouncing off the radiator on the way to the floor. He then made a mad dash down the hall to the kitchen and through the cat flap, only to come back in right away, jump on the bed and rub his wet fur all over me lol. Meanwhile the dog is so stressed by all the news that she's busy trying to give me a bed bath! I think it was a plot between them both to get me up before the sun lol,
It got so dark just now that I had to put the lights on in there, don't you just love November.
Happy crafting and hugs to everyone who needs comfort today.
Bejay xx

Rosie said...

Hi Sue
Two different cards with different technics, but i love both of them...
Love Rosie from Chorley...xxxx

Bejay said...

Sorry for any typos in my last post. My tablet seems to think it knows better than me what I mean to type lol.
Bejay xx

CathyinMN said...

Great Christmas cards! I especially like the red and white one; the red really pops!

Princess Pixie! said...

Hi Sue
Oh how I love a double day x
As always I love them both. Very different but both gorgeous x
The first one is so typically Christmas being red and white and who doesn't like poinsettias?
Love the 'abstract' and 'left over' second card. Snowy, frosty and festive. Just lovely x
Another apology from me today - so sorry - been absent since my early comment on Tuesday x
I had a bit of a complicated 'issue' to try and sort on Wednesday. This involved a realisation that there has been a 'cock up' on the letter of administration which we have after Steve died
When Steve died (almost 6 years now), there was no will and things were very complicated. As Steve and I were not married, despite the fact that we had been together for 21 years, everything automatically went to the boys as legally they were next of kin.
As George was only 13 years old he had to have an adult representative to deal with things on his behalf until he turned 18. Steve's brother was more than happy to fill this role and everything was fine (or so we thought).
Now that George is 18 it should have been a simple case of a birth certificate and the letter of administration which stated that George was a minor and therefore Paul (his uncle) was acting on his behalf until he was 18. No problem!
It turns out that the document gives no indication that Paul is acting on George's behalf and basically means that this is a legal nightmare. Without the correct wording George is unable to act independently and his Uncle legally could throw a spanner in the works if he so wishes! This won't happen as we have a very close relationship, but it is not something that can be ignored in the hope that it will be fine!!
You would think that after nearly 6 years all the legal stuff would have been put to bed. On Wednesday I had to spend a while digging out files and paperwork and talking to the solicitor who guided us through the difficult legal minefield after Steve died. That in itself is a chore as he really waffles and is so long winded so I find it very draining and obviously quite emotional.
I also had to tactfully explain that I am not in a position to pay any money. I felt that this error should have been noticed at the time and as I was by no stretch of the imagination an expert in these matters did not feel that I should have to cover the costs of this mistake.
Anyway, I have gone on long enough. The result of this is that after a couple of long conversations with my solicitor on Wednesday I had brain overload and was done in!
So I will finish for today by congratulating all the lucky winners of the draw. Quite a few familiar names - enjoy your new toys folks x
I will catch up over the next few days but for now I will send you all happy thoughts and lots of love x
Take care
Crafty hugs
Yvonne x

gailgale said...

Love these cards!!!
All your 2016 Christmas dies are wonderful!!!!

Unknown said...

Oh Sue
I love the second card maybe because I'm not a fan of red.
I love it.
Anne M xxx

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Great Cards. I think the first Card is lovely and I like the colours. The second Card I think would be a great Card for a male and I like the contemporary colours. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

sandieann21 said...

Love them both but the second one is my favourite.

Heather Treble said...

Hi Sue,
Two beautiful cards today, I love them both but the first one is my favourite.
Thanks for sharing,

CraftyJo said...

Like the red and white, like the pale blue - wouldn't/couldn't pick a favourite :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue. Two gorgeous christmas cards. The first one in white and red with the poinsettias is stunning. The second one with the cool coloured card and the texture paste is very modern another gorgeous card.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

barbara macaskill said...

Love the blue on the second card but the first one speaks to my heart! TFS!

Denise Bryant said...

Both are beautiful! Love the red and white combo with the poinsettias! And pretty textures and snowflake on the second card!

Unknown said...

Hi sue.
Two georgeous cards. I really do love that snowflake but I'm sure u know that already lol x

Well ladies week three finished. It's been a hard week and I'm pretty pooped. Had two Wobblies this week so have a telephone appt for doctor on wed. Hopefully he might up my dosage of happy pill so I can get through this awkward stage. Next fri is my dads birthday so I guess my emotions are stemming from that along with the thought of him not being here for Xmas. It's difficult when people keep asking me what I'm doing for Xmas. Ah well I just need to get this year outa the way and move to next year

Love to all. Thinking of everybody who's poorly xx

sued99 said...

I love both cards. Card 2 is my favourite though.

theresa w said...

Hi sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Two beautiful cards sue x love the dies on the first one and cannot believe the second one you made using waste ! You are a genius x thankyou for the inspiration x
Pam my employers have a similar attitude its awful . If we don't like it there's plenty of people to take our place apparently ! Let's hope you don't catch any bugs now you're feeling a little better xxx
Yvonne what an emotional time for you x sending a huge hug xxx
Tracy sending you hugs too x there will be lots of ' firsts ' so don't feel bad about having a wobble x you're allowed xxx
Take care everyone x
Theresa w xxx

Janet Wilson said...

two very different but equally beautiful cards.

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
Well my first message went awol. Two beautiful cards today. I actually love both this time. I love the red and white and the simplicity of the second.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Adorable both the cards! Love expecially the first one with the gorgous filigree poinsettias!

Barbara said...

Two gorgeous xmas cards and very hard to choose!
I love the colours on the first one, very traditional and also love the more contemporary Blue one.
Its a draw for me!!!!!

Unknown said...

Good evening lovely Sue and her crafty crew!

What a delectable duo, they really remind me why Christmas double days are my absolute favourite. The only problem being, how do you choose a favourite when they are both so gorgeous yet individual? I love the first card, red and crisp white are a favourite combo of mine at Christmas, it is so clean, fresh and oh so very seasonal, like cherries on snow. The poinsettia border die is stunning, i like the touch of sparkle peeking through from behind, possibly my favourite.....However, card two is just so individual and different from your norm. Its no secret that i am a huge fan of texture paste and you have utilised it in a really inventive way the mixture of stamping thrown in for good measure! The colours are lovely and crisp, very appealing. Thanks Sue, for providing me with so much inspiration for my own Christmas cards.
Well, its been a really chilly day with white frost and freezing temperatures, quite seasonal for mid makes creating dozens of Christmas cards more appropriate though i must say i am glad of my daylight lamp because the days are just so dark.
It has been murder tryin to get Brodie and Darcey to venture outside, particularly for Darcey's evening walk because of the plummeting could have something to do will the fact that the other night i let her out as usual then proceeded to fall asleep until 3am, she wasn't amused when i got up to find her crying at the window soaking wet:-(
Bejay, i was so sad to read about your sisters dogs, it is heartbreaking when we lose our babies. I must say though, i am a pure cat person and find that they give you so much love in their own unique way, maybe not as full on as dogs but i prefer that. Your poor kitten, it did make me chuckle though, i bet the dog wondered what all the commotion was about:-)
Lynda, i'm so sorry to hear about Annie, it must be so hard for you. Do you have an operation soon too? Sending you hugsxxx
June, well done on your fabulous progress, you should be so proud of yourself. Hugsxxx
Tracy, what a fabulous effort you have made lately, you should be proud of yourself too, if you need more happy pills to help you cope then so be it, it takes a strong person to ask for help when they really need it. Hugsxxx
Yvonne, glad you're getting that legal mistake cleared, hope the windbag lawyer didn't tire you too much:-) Its such a pain when one slight oversight causes all manner of problems later down the line, hope its sorted
Tina, glad to hear Micks procedure was a success, lets hope it helps him to at least maintain his weight if not put some more on. Remember to take some time out for yourself if you can from time to timexxx
Hugs to Elaine and Andrew & tina and Peter.
Special hugs to P, Myra, Maureen, Frances, Deb C, Pat, Pam, Lorraine, Maria and all my other besties including Wheely who i hope is well, and Billy of course:-)


Maureen Killen said...

Hello Sue,
These are beautiful, but No. 2 is my favourite.
PP, you are certainly going through the legal mill and I hope you get this all sorted out soon.
Elaine, I complained to PALS about my treatment a number of years ago and they were great.
Thinking of Tina & Peter, Tina & Mick, Tracy, and June Smith.
Maureen xx

Tressa said...

Two very contrasting but lovely cards. My immediate reaction was to prefer the first as I like the red and white, however, looking more closely at the second I have decided that I would prefer not to make a choice as I like the design on that one as well.

Reading some of the working travails mentioned in in posts, I have so much sympathy for those who have to work for unsympathetic, unyielding employers. I saw working conditions in FE colleges decline to often unbearable in my many years of teaching and never was I so glad to retire and leave them all behind me as the day I walked out of work for the last time.


liz spooner said...

Love these cards today Sue. The red and white one is the best though.xx

Theresa said...

they are very different cards and pretty but the aqua one is just super. love the clean grunge, hugs xx

Dawn Holben said...

I love the christmas double days and i also love both of
these cards. They are both very different cards but they are equally stunning.
Love the red and white and the poinsettias in the first one and i love
the mask and swirls in the second one.

shabbycraftcabin said...

Two gorgeous cards. My choice would be the frosty snowflake :-) a Ivy Cx

Lynda's craft's said...

Hi Sue & everyone
Sue both cards are gorgeous the second one just pips the post for me love the colour's but equally beautiful.
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

Tracy your doing so well three weeks working already. I'm glad you have a Doctor phone app if you had a wobble & need more tablets if they help you go for it. I can imaging the "first" are very hard sending you Big 🤗🤗🤗🤗 xxxx

Lorraine thank you yes we miss Annie every day.Bambie is just getting used to being on her own. I'm going in hospital on Monday for Stent in my heart for a blocked artery. Take care 🤗🤗on there way.

PP what a nightmare for you thinking of you sending you BIG HUG'S🤗🤗 look after yourself xx

Hug's for Tina,& Peter Tina & Mike Elaine & Andrew wheelybad & Billy June Sharon & Daughter Pam

Bejay hope your sister is ok sending you both Hug's🤗🤗xx

🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗for everyone xxx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
Two beautiful cards today!! Again....I couldn't pick a favourite!!!

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
I'm a bit late today! It's been a busy day again! I can scarcely believe it's Friday once again! I love twofer days but the first card is definitely my favourite! It is lovely!
Tried to watch a bit of Phill's Show this evening but my IPad kept freezing! I think we'll blame the weather!
Will try again on Catch up!!
Lynda - all the very best for your operation next week! Sending you a hug! Hope you got my email thanking you for my Birthday Card!
Yvonne - I'm so sorry you are in this legal quagmire - as the wheels of law grind very slowly! Thinking of you and sending a big hug!
Hugs too for all those who are poorly.
Love Myra xxx

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
Both of your cards today are gorgeous and it is so difficult to choose a favourite!
Lesley S x

Ann said...

Hi Sue

Two gorgeous Christmas cards so lovely.

HUgs to all

Annx without an "e"

Karen M said...

Hi Sue
Both cards are gorgeous but the first is my favourite,
Thank you for giving us two cards ,
Best wishes
Karen M

Sandy H said...

Two fabulous cards today. Love the colour and detail on the first card and the texture paste and swirls on the second.
Sharon, hope your daughter is ok.
Take care everyone.

Jan Ltc said...

Absolutely amazing work Sue xx Jan

nzillingworth said...


Laura O said...

two great cards ,love both ,Laura O