Thursday, 10 August 2017

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Hi bloggers!  It is time for a Stamp To Die For creation!  I just love how realistic these strawberries look, don't you!  I started by embossing the background with the Beaded Fanfare embossing folder for texture.  I decided to use the same Stamp To Die For (STDF) Strawberry Patch to add some interest to the bottom portion of the background.  I stamped it randomly all across the bottom in Black Archival ink and then sprayed it with glue and glittered it with Diamond Snow.  I then added a black strip of card between the two sections.    I stamped the STDF called Strawberry Patch in black and cut it out with the matching Cape Verde die.  I used Distress markers to colour the images, then highlighted them with a white pencil to add depth.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the inside  die from the Atlantic Ocean tag due set and mounted it with foam in the upper corner.  I tied a messy bow out of thin black satin ribbon and added it with a black crystal sparkler in the centre.  White and black mats and layers were added to complete the card  The finished dimensions are 6" x  6 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Beautiful card Sue,really lovely. Julia did a sterling job demoing your dies last night. She showed a Sue card in black and white with cosmic shimmer and pixie powders, I missed the first show, had my daughter and Twins to see me so I will have to watch on catch up as it was girgeous.
Welcome baxk Laine, we have misse you. You have been through the mill, first your eyes and then the surgery. I'm glad to hear you are on the mend, take care of yourself, we missed you.
Rosemary,as bad as your final diagnosis is, I know it is a lot better than you feared. With medication and a little care you can lead a reasonably normal life. Although I can't see you planning to have babies lol. Take card my friend.
Donita, what a day you had, that would make a good storyline on a comedy show. Hooe the day eventually got better for you.
Fluffycat, I know what you mean about holidays with your husbands stroke. I'm sure you enjoy yourself with him at home.
Maria hope your surgeries help resolve your painful problems. My friend has fibromyalgia and she is in a bad way at the moment. Hooe fir better days for you soon.
Elaine, hope your new neighbour settles in and is a good neighbour. Hopefully now the door situation will be resolved. If not you will have an ally to help your case. Glad that Andrew and Mary are well enough for their treatments.
Sharon, hope you feel better soon. My bug turned out to be a very nasty migraine, haven't had one for over 20 years. I was so weary yesterday after the night before that I slept most of the day but thankfully it seems to be fading today. Thank you so much for well wishes everyone, they really do help you know.
Daily hugs to all, especially our poorly and missing friends and our returnees, great to see you back. said...

Morning Sue.
A lovely card thank you.
Take care and have fun Kitty.

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all .. A WOW card this morning .. The STDF is stunning , I have to agree the strawberries look stunning and the details of the stamp you have created for the back ground with embossing folder work so well.
Julia did a fantastic job last night show casing your collection. I have to say some of your samples was so different. Crafty hugs to you all........ Wendy

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue what a gorgeous card, I love the stamp, and your colouring is perfect. Have a great day all. Bx

Marion Scott said...

Good morning Sue, this is a gorgeous card and I am sure, looks even better in the flesh so to speak, with the sparkle on the bottom of the card.
Marion S x

hollyberry said...

Absolutely gorgeous summery card. Love strawberries.

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. Stunning card, those strawberries look good enough to eat.
Pam, glad you're feeling better. I'm going to echo your comments again this morning, you've said everything so perfectly. Hugs to all. Sue xxx

Maria - Ivyleaf Crafts said...

Those strawberries look yummy .. a lovely card Sue xx

Jan on the Fosse said...

Hi Sue
Lovely fresh pretty card for the summer.Strawberries are my favourites.
Jan x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous card. I love the stamp and you have coloured the strawberries so well and made them look really lifelike.

Barbara V

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, gosh those strawberries look good enough to eat, such a beautiful creation today, love it.

Pam I reiterate all you have said. and pleased that you are feeling a little better yourself.

Unfortunately I was unable to see Julia's shows last night but will be watching today and going onto catch up as well.

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

TDQ Karen said...

Just yummy, you have daughter the look perfectly xx

Unknown said...

Morning Sue,
A gorgeous card a lovely stamp and your colouring is beautiful.
Catherine V94 xx

Barbara (C) said...

Good to see the Stamps to Die for having an airing. Beautiful colouring makes the strawberries so realistic - almost good enough to eat! Overall a lovely card...

cheryl brown said...

Hi Sue,

A delicious strawberry card to whet our taste buds. Your colouring is perfection.

Hugs to all poorly, in pain or discomfort ladies and their families.
Love 7 hugs
Cheryl xxx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card today Sue! Those strawberries look good enough to eat :). Fab stamping and colouring. Debra x

hettygarlick said...

That's beautiful and I love the way you've stamped the strawberries at the bottom of the card too.

Unknown said...

Dear Sue and Best Blog Commenters,

Luscious strawberry card! Your coloring does make them look real. And so clever to stamp them without coloring for the background, even though you had only a corner stamp for your all-over pattern.

Strawberries are so wonderful. They hang on the plant like ruby earrings. I almost bought this STDF but wasn't wild about the Cape Verde.

This sentiment would be great for the door/window cards. Maybe inside the card if it's too big for the front.

Laine, so glad you prevailed like a ninja against all the opponents that attacked you. The one with the heap of groaning warriors behind her, that's Laine.

Rosemary Powell, what a relief! You have a life warrant. A future of wellness to enjoy. I would have reeled, too, and probably for months, but you rallied in a day. Wow.

Tuesday's brain fog got my attention, along with not managing to get to work Wednesday. So I made an appointment.

Glad the migraine released its grip on you Pam. Still a few unstructured days to enjoy.

Wishing you all the best, Maria Alder.

The BBC keeps saying it's going to be 50 degrees C in Baghdad. Looked it up. It's 122 F.



Princess Pixie! said...

Hi Sue
My mouth began to water when I saw this card. Those strawberries look divine. Such a gorgeous card - it's scrummy x
So it would seem I am now nocturnal! I have been awake since 2. This is not much fun - feel like a zombie x
Happy thoughts and lots of love to everyone specially my blog besties x
Take care
Crafty hugs
Yvonne x

Unknown said...

GM Sue. Love the strawberries. Great card.

ahappycrafter50 said...

Lovely card Sue.

Dragonsnap2 said...

Lovely card although I have a natural tendency to avoid anything strawberry as I am so allergic to the real thing. Although I wouldn't make this card, especially as the strawberries look so real, I do think it's great.
Pam, hope you're feeling better.
Rosemary, that must have been such a shock but hopefully the meds will kick in quickly and you'll feel better soon.
Thoughts and prayers to all in need.
Crafty hugs,
D xx

PharmacyMichele said...

Gorgeous card-the strawberries look so real (yummy) and I love the embossed background.


Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
Such a beautiful stamped image and consequently gorgeous card. I wish my colouring could be as good as yours Sue! X

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue x xhazel

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. This is a beautiful card and I could just pick thoughts strawberries to eat lol. Your colouring always looks so professional.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A beautiful card.
B xx

Val Jones said...

Very pretty Sue and those strawberries look delicious.
Love Val in Spain xxx

Yorkie girl said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
Ohh now don't those strawberries look great and you are right they just jump of the page
My stamping skills are not to good but they are a work in progress lol. I try
Well I'm off out to York today with the other half so short and sweet this morning got a train to catch at least its not raining
It's getting a bit chilly my heating came on this morning
Any way hugs to all that need one
Take care
Theresa G xx

Diane Green said...

Hi Sue
What a gorgeous card today, it's so good to see your beautiful stamps having their moment on the blog. I love the black and white stamped and glittered background, it looks so effective. Those strawberries look good enough to eat, this stamp would make a gorgeous label for pots of home made strawberry jam! Thank you for sharing.
Love Diane G xxx
Pam echoing your comments today. Hopefully today will be a better day. Xxxx
Sending hugs to Rosemary Laine, PP, Maria,Elaine, Donita and all who need them xxx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Love this card . love Jean Z xxx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Lovely card, the strawberries look so real.

Clai01 said...

That's lovely colouring Sue and I would love to see your colouring on Hochanda sometimes as i love the stamp ranges but don't think we see enough of your fantastic finished stamped creations.
And you are just so good at colouring in a positive way that all may have a try!
gorgeous card x and extremely inspirational. Huge Thanks for showing today. x

Heather Treble said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card, I love the stamp and the way you have coloured it.
Thanks for sharing,

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, a beautiful card today. As everyone has said they look good enough to eat, might need a large spoonful of cream with them though (lol).

Glad to hear you are feeling a little better Pam.

Love Rosemarie X X

Clare Powell said...

Beautiful card, simple and elegant x

nattyboots said...

Wowee Sue , this card really rocks my boat just perfection in every way , it oozes class and i love it !.

Myra you little tinker ,why do you not listen to an expert of not getting enough sleep , an earlier night is expected of you tonight.

Maria , i hope your days get better ,and all goes well with your appointments, big hug .xx

Dawn ,as a bad back sufferer i know how painful it can be , i hope you start to feel better soon .xx

lorraine ,welcome back you have been so so missed ,{ but eeee duck you have been through the mill } i so hope you continue to get better each day now , big hugs xx

Sharon, i hope you feel better today , take care xx

Pam i think sleep is the best cure for those horrid nasty Migraines, i hope you feel more yourself today. i echo all your words again as you cover everything so well

Andrew may have to go back to the Hospital for an x ray on his pipeline the nurse thinks it is coming out , so he is waiting for a phone call today, but he seems to think it is no different to what it has always been ? decisions, decisions ,,,,,, we will wait and see. .

Sending hugs to all.
Take care
Elaine H X

margaret driscoll said...

Hello Sue
Love the Strawberries you have coloured them so well!
Beautiful card!
Pam sorry you have become a Migraine victim hope its only the one!
Love Marg

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - I absolutely love this card. I really like the way you have used the stamp as a background and your colouring-in is amazing. I don't have the strawberry patch stamp but I have others which I could us. Thank you for giving us so many wonderful ideas. Sending best wishes

Suemac said...

Love the card

Chris Curry said...

A lovely card Sue with a lovely sentiment. Would be great at Wimbledon time. Thank you, have a good day. Xx

Tressa said...

Lovely card. I like the way you have used the stamp to change the bottom area, what a good idea.


Scottydog said...

What a lovely card, makes m think summer is still here (just had two days of rain & now grey skies). Those strawberries look so vibrant, what do you use to colour with? This is my favourite embossing folder as it gives so much texture and I like the way you have used the stamp along the bottom of the card. Thank you for the inspiration Sue.
I liked yesterday's card but forgot to comment!

Olga said...

Love those berries! Nice card!

Owlish said...

This is a very fetching card strawberries are one of my favourite fruits u are so clever with ur ideas in forming ur cards

Jan.moogie said...

Sue, sue, sue you have made those strawberries look delicious and so eatable mmmmmmmmmmm. What can I say but stunning, have a great day, hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Ann Topp said...

Good Morning Sue. Such a summery card. Just what we need as the days start getting shorter. Looks like we have had our summer now. Lovely card Sue. Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
I love your beautiful strawberry card today with your gorgeous colouring of the STDF.
The idea of stamping across the bottom of the card is a great idea and the contrast makes those realistic strawberries really standout!
Lesley S x

Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda said...

Good morning Sue, just to die for!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lyndaxxx

Anonymous said...

what beautiful colouring of the strawberries it must have taken you ages - love the card. WakeyL

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning card today with the strawberries so real looking. Watched Julie last night & was a lovely show & sat watching Leonie & Julie just now. Yvonne xx

SassySaz said...

Morning Sue, a beautiful card. I've only just started using the stamps to die for and have along way to go to get my colouring anywhere near as lovely as yours xx

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, what a lovely card, wish it had been a give-away then I might have been in with a chance to win it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card to greet us this morning and the sun is shining hope it manages to raise the temperature after the last few days and return the summer to us. The addition of the white highlight makes the berries so lifelike.


Heather R Oxfordshire

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

What a lovely card and you're right, those strawberries do look real!


Beryl said...

Lovely card Sue.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a stunning card. Gorgeous stamps you have used. I love it.

Dipstick said...

Hi Sue and everyone. Well I have to start by saying I am overwhelmed by all the support I have had from you guys. It really has helped me. I have started my meds but have to build up gradually. Have had migraines since Tuesday, stress but that is the least of my worries, having to surrender my driving licence has hit me hard.
Well now to Sue's lovely card all I can say is where is the sugar and cream ??? Lol!!!
Donita and Crewe trish sending love and hugs to you both.
Elaine hopefully now you will get the door sorted, glad Mary and Andrew are feeling better.
Pam so sorry you have not been well sending love and hugs oh and yes DEFINITELY no more babies !!!
Laine welcome back you have been through the wars glad you are on the mend sending love and hugs.
Carmen I would love to visit Canada one day. If we do go will be asking you best places to stay .
Yorkie girl Francis and Little Lamb thank you all sending love and hugs.
You are all truly amazing
Sending love and hugs to you all xxxxxxxxxxx

Unknown said...

Morning Sue

This is a beautiful design. You've captured everything so elegantly

June x

Anonymous said...

Super card Sue beautifully coloured love from Jackie xx

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
These strawberries do look great.
Lovely summery card.

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card and I really feel as though I could pick the strawberries from the card and eat them your colouring is so good. I love the way you have stamped the border, great idea.

Pam - so glad you are feeling brighter, enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Maria - good luck with your procedures next week and I hope the sun shines for you.
Laine - great to see you back last night, you really have been through the mill haven't you. Hopefully you are now well on the road to recovery.


Ann said...

Hi Sue

Gorgeous card those strawberries look so real

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Crafty Cruiser said...

Great card with a lovely pop of colour
Doreen R

P Austen said...

Morning Sue, such a pretty card today. I love your stamp and the way in which you've coloured those very realistic strawberries. I'm never happy with my colouring, maybe I use the wrong products. The trouble is, by the time I've practised and practised, anothercolouring pen etc is launched which produce a much better result. Hugs xx P Austen

SueJ said...

Lovely fresh looking card, love the stamping at the bottom of the embossing folder.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Card love the strawberries
Thank you Sue and Creative Expressions for my beautiful card that I won last week
it will have pride of place in my craft room and hopefully my mojo shall return.
Love and hugs to you all
Elizabeth Bennett

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Oh my this is gorgeous I absolutely love it

CraftyJo said...


Viki Banaszak said...

The strawberries look good enough to eat! They are making my mouth water. Such a pretty card.

Margaret R said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card, and just the size I like to make

Brenda said...

Hello Sue,
Beautiful card, I love how you have used the Strawberry Patch stamp in the background and then coloured it in for the focal point. It really does bring the whole thing together.
Love and hugs, Brenda XXX

Kate's Cards said...

Fab colouring. xxxx

Unknown said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
Julia Is A Terrific Ambassador For Your Cutting Dies Plus The Creative Expression Products
I'm Throughly Loving The Shows On Hochanda Also Sharing Her Techniques.
Well My Lovely Friend Today's Card Is Just Exceptional I'm Thrilled That Over The Last Few Days
You've Shared Magical Cards (As Always) That I've Been Extremely Lucky To Have The Cutting Dies Etc:
Today's Card Is Just The Same As I Love To Stamp So I Love It When You Bring Out Remarkable
Cutting Dies That Have Impressive Stamps To Match, So I Purchase Them I Hope You Continue To
Bring Out Lots Of Superb Matching Stamps....
Today's Cutting Die Also Has Yet Another Fabulous Stamp That Fits The Die Its Called The Sweet Magnolia Stamp.
Products Used In Today's Card:-
"Creative Expression Coconut White/Black Foundation Card"
"Creative Expression Beaded Fanfare Embossing Folder"
"Creative Expression Mounting Foam"
"Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Specialists Acrylic Glue"
"Creative Expression Diamond Snow"
"Creative Expression Black Satin Ribbon" (Thin)
"Creative Expression Black Crystal Sparkler"
"Creative Expression Home Is Where The Heart Is" (Sentiment)
"Rangers Jet Black Archival Ink Pad"
"Tim Holtz Distress Markers"
"White Pencil"
"Spray Glue"
Star's In Today's Card:-
"Sue Wilson's Strawberry Stamp" - From The Stamps To Die For Range
"Sue Wilson's Cape Verde Cutting Dies" - From The Atlantic Ocean Collection
"Sue Wilson's Atlantic Ocean Duo Tag Cutting Dies - From The Atlantic Ocean Collection
Sue, You Started Today's Impressive Card By Taking A Piece Of Coconut Whit Card, You Embossed It Using
The Extremely Beautiful Beaded Fanfare Embossing Folder For Texture Gives Such A Striking Detail Also Very
Tactile To Touch.
You Then Decided To Use The Strawberry Patch Stamp To Stamp Randomly At The Bottom Portion Of Your
Background, Using The Black Archival Ink, Then You Sprayed With Glue Then You Added The Luxurious
Diamond Snow (What A Phenomenal Idea, Plus A Great Technique) Sue, You Then Added A Strip Of Black Card
Between The Embossing/Also The Stamped Image That You'd Added Diamond Snow Too.
Sue, You Stamped The Strawberry Patch Stamp Once Again On Coconut White Card Using Black Archival Ink Then You
Cut It Out Using The Matching Cutting Die, The Cape Verde Die, You Used Distress Markers To Colour The Image
Then Highlighted The Strawberries Etc:- With A White Pencil To Add Depth (So The Fruit Doesn't Look So Flat
Great Technique) Sue, Then You Added Mounting Foam To The Back Of Your Stamped Image You Then Placed It In
The Centre Of Your Card, Sue, You Stamped Your Sentiment Then Cut It Out Using The Inside Die From
The Atlantic Ocean Tag Duo Cutting Dies, You Added Mounting Foam To The Back Of Your Sentiment Then Placed
It To The Upper Corner Of Your Stamped Image.
Sue, You Tied A Messy Bow (They Always Look Brilliant To Me) Out Of Thin Black Satin Ribbon You Added A Crystal
Sparkler To The Centre Of Your Bow, You Attached Your Background To A Piece Of Coconut White Card Which
Had Your Famous/Signature/Piercing Using Mounting Foam Then You Added A Flat Mat/Layer Of Black/Coconut White
Using Acrylic Glue.
Hey Presto!!! You've Shared With Us Another Truly Stupendous Extremely Impressive Card
Thank You So Very Much For Sharing Today's Extremely Exquisite Card Also For The Great Tips/Techniques I Truly Appreciate Everything You Do Thank You
Take Great Care
Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin Also Heather
Sue, Lots Of Love Also Huge Hugs 🤗
Love From Sam xxx

Anne said...

What a beautiful card, Sue. I love these Stamps to Die for and have several.

Anne (Northampton)

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
This is a gorgeous card, I love the way you've coloured it. And giving different treatments to the top and bottom adds even more interest.
Hugs, Rose

karenlotty said...

Lovely card, beautifully coloured I love the different textures in the background too

Janette MacArthur said...

Hi Sue, wow - I love today's card! Wish I could colour in as good as you - mine always looked "coloured in"!! Guess this is another for the wish list!
Many thanks
Janette x

scrAPpamondo said...

Amazing card, and those strawberries seem really true!!

Sue MacFall said...

What wonderful colouring - just makes the white and white stand out so well.Thank you Sue.

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Your colouring is perfection, those strawberries just look so lifelike, I love stamping but am useless at colouring and always end up spoiling the image. The card is beautiful and I do like the two part background
Pam echoing you, glad you're feeling better, and sending special hugs to all who need one
Laine welcome back you have been missed, sorry you've been through so much xx

Love and hugs everyone

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Pretty Card. I really like this layout and the stamp is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

Suzzette Yandle said...

I love how this card design came together. The black is perfect to enhance the design. Who would have thought strawberries would look so elegant. Just shows you can create "lovely" out of anything! I hope you will do a design using the Vintage Iris To Die For Stamp. I just ordered it and could use some help with coloring the iris.

sued99 said...

A lovely card to make us think that maybe summer isn't over yet! X

Eunice said...

Wonderful card Sue, trying to hang on to this wonderful summer season!

barbara macaskill said...

Wow! These berries look so realistic that I can almost taste them! A stunning card that is sure to put a huge smile on the face of the recipient! TFS!

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is stunning Sue love it
Gr Karin

Jackie T said...

Hi Sue this is a stunning card I love it. The stamp is amazing. Take care. Hugs Jackie

ursula said...

I really do like this stamp, must look for, such a beautiful card in the end, those strawberries certainly do look good enough to eat Sue....luv Ursula xx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

Love the card and must have missed this stamp so now another want as this is gorgeous...The pop of colour is stunning

Janet in Menston said...

Great card, the strawberries look yummy!

Barbara said...

Stunning card Sue!
I adore the stamps to die for range. Your strawberries look good enough to eat and that white highlight is amazing.

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, This is stunning and 'blingtastic'.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
This makes me think of summer picnics lovely.I have enjoyed watching Julia just have one more to watch.
Pam glad you are feeling a little better.Lorraine you have been through the wars.Marie good luck next week.Elaine Rosemary and Donita special hugs.

Jess Watson said...

Hi Sue, super card, loving the strawberries, they look so real.
Take care everyone, Jess xx

Lynda's craft's said...

Hello Sue
A very pretty card so elegant. The stamp is gorgeous & your colouring is beautiful.
Love & Hug's Lynda Brock xx

CCM said...

Hi Sue,

Lovely card. The strawberries look real. Your coloring is perfection. Thanks for sharing.

Pam- Glad you feel better. Take care.
Maria – Hope the procedures will improve your health.
Laine – Welcome back, princess! As Myra said, you don't do things by halves! All or nothing, right? I hope you are done for this year and the coming years with heath issues. Time to relax and enjoy the sun! By the way, I missed you. (I am trying to be nice for once.) :)

Be happy & healthy,
Still a newbie to Craft / not longer the newest, or the only Canadian Wilsonette

Welsh Dors said...

Hi Sue
Beautiful card.

Annie Stamps said...

Lovely card Sue. The strawberries look fabulous. This embossing folder is one of favourites.

Annie P

liz spooner said...

This card is beautiful today Sue, simple an elegant.xx

Pawprintx4 said...

A charming spring/ summer card to make anyone's day. Those strawberries look edible.
That embossing fold is beautiful too.
Stephanie K

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. Very classy looking card today. I love the simplicity of the black and white card with a small splash of colour and I agree, the strawberries look good enough to eat.


Unknown said...

Good evening lovely Sue and her crafty crew!

I stand in awe, as always, at your colouring really succeed in bringing to life the images you undertake, these strawberries are particularly succulent and juicy, very tempting and good enough to gorge on:-) The Stamps to Die for range is a real must have to compliment the corresponding dies, i really like this one, it has created a lovely monochrome panel on this card that looks great contrasted with the coloured diecut. A truly beautiful card Sue, be proud of your skills:-)
I am really touched by the lovely response to my post yesterday, i had no idea that so many would have noticed my absence, never mind cared! Thankyou for the well wishes and to those who were so overcome that they claimed to have missed me!!??!?.....yes Myra and Carmen, I was caught off guard, nay, rendered speechless, i won't let it go to my head though because normal bitchy comments will follow no doubt in all good time:-)
I bet you are all wondering how my babies are faring of late, well, Darcey, as befits a princess, has been a real angel of late and not kept me awake at all hours of the night meaning that the bags under my eyes are just about handbag proportions so happy days!
Brodie on the otherhand, is another kettle of fish altogether.....he has taken it upon himself to singlehandedly decimate the entire local bird population. Yes, nothing fazes him, size of bird presents little competition in his quest, yes, we've had everything brought for our inspection. Tonight his trophy was a little sparrow, don't cry though, it was gratefully alive and retrieved by my Mum....she stroked it till it regained its confidence and flew off to safety, yah!!! Some aren't quite as lucky though it has to be said in his defence that most of them are, the other week we arrived home from Stirling tired and laden with bags only to find a fully grown magpie in our kitchen frantically trying to get out the window to its mate! Apart from a bit of bird poo there was no sign of injury or struggle and we managed to set it free but how Brodie managed to catch it in the first place is beyond me due to its size. It has to be said that he is working overtime to prove his usefulness:-)
Pam, glad you're feeling better, migraines are a real nightmare, i do hope that you have had a restful break otherwise though. Hugs
Rosemary, thanks for your kind thoughts, much appreciated:-) Please give your meds time, it takes awhile to adjust to using them but it will be worth the effort because if you can stabilise the seizures during the day then you will get your licence back:-)
Myra, i know it must have been hard for you in my absence but you coped admirably:-) How is Maureen? Is she still driving George to distraction?
Donita, a ninja you say? I quite like that image, I'm ready to kick a##! Would you like to be one of my warriors? Despite your odd behaviour yesterday which i am prepared to overlook, i think you would make a fine lieutenant:-)
Carmen, i am surprised to hear that you missed me, absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder....AND you remembered my royal status!:-)
Yvonne, your excuses not to talk to me are wearing thin now, I'm starting to think that you don't love me anymore:-(
Hugs to all my blog bestiesxxx

Love and crafty hugs


Dawn Holben said...

OOH Sue this is stunning, i love how you have used the stamp twice.
Looks absolutely fab on the background and the focal part of the card.

Theresa said...

i could nearly pick those strawberries off the page. great colouring, hugs xx

Myra said...

Hello Sue,
A really scrummy card!! Internally looks good enough to eat , well, the strawberries do! It's a lovely design and a beautiful card.
Not much earlier but I am in bed!! That's progress!
Pam - sorry about the migraine! For me, headache isn't often the first sign of my migraine! They aren't nice though! I think you are a bit stressed! You then have a holiday and relax and wham! - the migraine strikes! Hope you feel better now.
Laine - I don't know how you cope with all these bird gifts!! A magpie isn't a small bird as you say. Glad you got it out without too much damage to kitchen or bird! Take care young lady!!
Maureen is fine - as ever she is busy but fine!
I'm going to sleep now!
Night Night all,
Love Myra ( Friend of Maureen!) xxx

Betty McAlister said...

Beautiful card Sue. Your strawberries are so realistic. Xx

Littlelamb said...

A really gorgeous card today and yes those strawberries look good enough to eat. Lovely colouring. Thank you for sharing this. I see Myra was a bit earlier tonight and already in bed. We won't be chatting tonight then. Hugs to all who need them. Glad you are feeling a bit better Pam. Echoing your comments.

Latenight SandyH said...

So pretty. Think I might need to raid the strawberries in my fridge now.
Take care everyone.

Geordie Jan said...

Hi Sue this is so pretty, love the stamp its gorgeous x

rosiejt said...

I've only just seen this very pretty card.

Marie said...

Good morning Sue and all followers.
I love this card but as soon as I read it I was transported back to Canada so I guess that is still where my heart is even though I have been back in England almost 7 years now.
If anyone has read my previous comments you will know that my house is on the market so I'm trying to keep it tidy. Yesterday I actually got out some of my new dies and had a cutting spree. Maybe today I'll do some more and wont feel so useless.
Good wishes to all

Meg Owen said...

Hello Sue - what a lovely card today. I do like the beaded fanfare embossing folder and will be looking for that on my next craft shop visit.

Love and hugs
Meg. xxx

Unknown said...

A beautiful card


cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
I'm just catching up on the last few days postings! This card is beautiful I adore this embossing folder!
Hugs x
Heather T