Saturday, 2 November 2013


Hi there my lovely blogging friends and welcome to my two new Planet Susie followers, you are all stars!!!   

I am so sorry I haven't posted for a while, I've made a couple of cards but they are only just due now.  I have been popping around a few blogs to leave a comment here and there though.   Anyway this one is for the CCC, and it is my blog buddy Christine's turn to choose a theme so she asked us all to make a Christmas card with a religious theme.   As a non-religious person I thought I would have trouble finding a religious stamp in my collection, however I looked in my stamp drawer and found the silhouette of the Three Kings (someone had given me this many many years ago and I had popped it away in my filing system)!  I remembered a card Sheena had made some time ago using a rooftop stamp and Distress Inks, I had made one very similar and loved the technique so thought I would use it again.  I stamped the image then used Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord to make a 'night sky' background. A few little dots of Sakura 'Clear Star' pen added to the starry sky.  Everything else I used is detailed in the Ingredients list below.

I bought some new dies recently amongst them were the Star of Wonder die and the Starburst Die.  The majority of my dies I buy from Dies to Die For  and I really cannot recommend Tracy highly enough.  There is a little box on the checkout form that asks for any additional information.  I often ask if there is a particular die in stock and she rarely fails to find an extra one for me - even when it is marked as OOS.  Not only does she send out your order really quickly, she also pops in a few die cut samples!  This lady is sooo helpful, I told her I was going to mention her in dispatches and NO - my fiver is not in the post - LOL!

The first pic is with the window almost closed, the paper is white and I have used lilac satin Mirri card to mat and layer.  All the stars are cut from silver holographic card.
This one, with the windows open, shows the colours of the night, starting with the Stormy Sky then the Faded Jeans and then the Dusty Concord.  I have just remembered that there is a tiny smidge of Black Soot right on the top edge.
 This is the last one and I liked it because it shows off the lilac matting layer really well plus the windows.  I also typed the sentiment and printed it in purple - I lurve this font.

5.25" x 5.25" White Card Blank - stash
Rubber Stamp - unknown
Lilac Satin Mirri Card - C & C
White Dotty Embossed Card - C & C
Snippet of Coconut White card - C & C
Star of Wonder Die - Memory Box
Window Four Die - Spellbinders Die D'Lites
Starburst Die - Joanna Sheen Signature Dies
Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord and Black Soot DI
Clear Star pen - Sakura
I hope this card fits the theme, I am pleased with the result though, and must admit to it being one of the smallest cards I have made but the stamp would have been lost on anything bigger.  I had been wanting to use the window die for a while and thought this was a good opportunity.  It must be Murphy's Law that this one has used a snippet and I am too late for Pixie's Crafty Workshop Snippet's Challenge!   Darn!!!!!!
I hope you like it, and I would really love it if you have the time to leave a little comment.  Never worry if you can't because I understand.
Oh - thought I would give you a quick warning, I will be giving you a Blossom - or Dirty Gertie as she is now known - update on my next post !
Please take care of yourselves and keep well.
Hugs to you all -
SUE  xxx
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -


  1. Sue, this is absolutely gorgeous! Placing the Wise Men so we could see them through the window was an amazing idea and looks stunning! It most certainly does fit the theme - how could you possibly think otherwise. I absolutely love it. I have put off buying a window die, but I think I will be giving in now having seen what you have done with this. Love and hugs Christine xx

  2. Well me old matey to use your word I absolutely lurveeeeeeeeeeeeee this card! and pray tell why Blossom has now acquired the name of Dirty Gertie??? LOL I can't believe I'm sat listening to a right old hailstorm!!! it's rattling the windows here as I type this. Hope you and Graham are well lots of hugglessssssss and snoggles off 'his lordship' who was swimming merrily in the North Sea yesterday lol xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sue xxxxxxx

  3. Hi Sue,
    me wonderful blog mate.
    What a superb card. I love every bit of it. Great dies used in this gem of a card. Superb night sky too. I think this idea is soooooooo! fab.
    Great photography Graham. Lots of love and hugs to all in the P household.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. WOW! This is stunning Sue, a really fabulous design. I love how you have used that beautiful image and the wonderful sky background. Such gorgeous die cuts too.
    hugs Sue xx

  5. This is stunning Sue, fabulous idea setting your scene through the window. Love your dies too...I have that Signature one and must try to put it to good use! Carol x

  6. Sue this is stunning, I just love the way you have put the wise men as your seen through your window.

    Hazel x

  7. How beautiful this is, Sue! Love the pretty silver cardstock the stars are made out of, and the lovely window scene. But especially the star theme. It reminds us of how special that night, and every night, really is with the beauty of creation at our "fingertips" if we just take time to look. hugs, de

  8. Absolutely stunning Sue! LOVE the die and how cleverly you've used it with the image behind. A really inspiring card.

    Like you, I use Dies to Die for (have done since Kirsty Wiseman owned the business) and can't praise Tracy enough too.

    The gates are open now in the Playground so do please link this lovely card for the girls to see.

    Hugs, Di xx

  9. This is so gprgepus! I love that your scene is through a window! The stars and the starburst are beautiful too.
    The satin mirri card sets it all off so nicely!

  10. Brilliant use of the window die Susie, fab card for Christmas.xx

  11. Schitterende kaart mooi gemaakt met het raampje
    Groetjes Gerrie

  12. Wow!! Sue this is so gorgeous. I adore the window/the star burst and of course the three king image. Well let's face it I love it all. Lol!!!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


  13. This is really lovley ! Its very elegant. hugs xx

  14. I just love the way you have used that window...and I really like the stamped image...great card hugs

  15. Love the gorgeous Christmas scene you created behind the window!

  16. Outstanding, my friend! What a glorious view you have from your window! Loooove this card!
    xxx Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

  17. Morning Susie, what a fantastic card, love the window effect. Take care.

  18. Gorgeous card, and a lovely image behind the window!
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funchallenges.
    Rachelle DT

  19. Definitely qualifies as a religious scene in my book. It's stunning with the way you colored the night sky, with the Wise Men silhouetted against the stars. This is a beautiful window die, and you've used it so effectively to showcase this stamp. The colors you selected to emphasize the window were just perfect too. TFS & Hugs

  20. What a lovely window scene ... so glad you joined our creature feature at jingle belles.

  21. What a wonderful window card - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too. x

  22. What a lovely card! I am a big fan of window cards. Great job.
    Thanks for playing at Aud Sentiments.

    kathy b

  23. This is so beautiful!! Stunning!! I love how you colored it up.. the sky is amazing!! Gorgeous!!! Wow!!

    - Susan
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}

    ps... There is a DT Call over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges

  24. I adore that image and can't believe you achieved that through stamping and ink! I couldn't do that if my life depended on it. really lovely

  25. oh my gosh, what an intricate and elegant card, i especially love those beautiful shining stars! thanks for joining our “creature feature” fun at JINGLE BELLES!!! :)

  26. Lovely and elegant card ! Thank you so much for joining us at Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges !


  27. Just beautiful and such a clever idea with the open window.

    Thanks for joining us at Pink Gem and good luck!

    Helen x

  28. Gorgeous card! Beautifully designed, lovely dies and your night sky is spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin. Hugs, Dawn

  29. I love, looove it! My 3 Kings are staying out to play with those inks. Gorgeous card, beautiful details huni, I love it! Tracy is very good I used to be able to order from her quite a bit and she always went that extra mile for her customers. When I win the Lotto, yeah right, I will go back lol! x

  30. Love the gorgeous scene.
    I bought a window die and I've never used it, must change that.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Craft Challenges


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Hugs Sue Pxxx