Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SC490--Cancer Cannot

Today's sketch challenge was such a great sketch. I am finding that I use a lot more of my designer paper when I am following a sketch. I am also enjoying using some of the smaller pads of paper. I am finding that often the designs are smaller and you always have a number of papers that coordinate with each other. That was the case today.

I found this poem on-line sometime last year. I have used it in previous posts, but today I wanted to make a masculine card with it. Today's sketch was perfect.

I had to change the oval to a rectangle in order to make the poem work. I chose three papers from the mat pad which matched SU colors -- Marina Mist and Crumb Cake beautifully. This was one of those cards where all the pieces just fall into place.

Here are two more cards that I have made using the same poem. I have also been working at decorating the inside of my cards.

"This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24

Monday, May 26, 2014

CAS274 -- Bashful Birthday

May Flowers  That is the theme for today's CAS challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. I love flowers! It is hard to past up a new flower stamp or a new flower die when I see one. I have been wanting this die from Penny Black called "bashful" ever since I saw it. I finally found it on Friday in one of my favorite scrapbooking stores in Northville, Michigan -- Stampeddler Plus Memories. I used a watercolor wash background that I had in my paper file and did an inlay of the die cut. I also used a leftover piece of the watercolor paper to stamp the birthday greeting which was from the SU Watercolor Trio stamp set.

I had leftover pieces and I just could not see myself throwing them out so I made another card. It is much the same but different. Does that make sense? I guess.

"This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
                              Psalm 118:24

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SC489 -- Dots and Strips

I don't often make square cards so the challenge at SCS today was really good for me. The designer paper was a pad that measured 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 so I went with a 5-inch square card.

Here is the sketch
 This is my card

The sketch translates into a really cool card. I used a natural colored card stock for the base. I chose two sheets of designer paper which gave me the three designs that you see on the card. SU Crumb Cake and Midnight Muse card stock were used for the matting and a scrap of SU Summer Starfruit was used for the button. The sentiment stamp was from the SU "Thoughts & Prayers" stamp set (stamped with Midnight Muse ink).

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sweet 16

Sarah, my granddaughter, celebrated her 16th birthday May 18. We were not able to celebrate the day with her, but we did get to see her the week before. She has grown into a beautiful young lady.

Here is her birthday card

Monday, May 19, 2014

"Water" -- CAS273

"Water" is the CAS challenge today at SCS. WOW! There are so many possibilities. About a year ago, I case'd a card using the SU Build-A-Blossom stamp set to make an underwater scene. I decided to give it a try today and make another card based on the same card. Here is a link to the original card that I case'd -- 3 Little Fishes.

I love the idea of using my stamps and punches in unique ways. These two stamps from SU Build-A-Blossom stamp set does just that. Flower petals turned into little fish. I used SU Calypso Coral ink for the fish, SU Pool Party ink for the plants and SU Sky Blue to sponge the background. I layered the image onto Calypso Coral card stock, then onto white card stock. That was then attached to SU Pool Party card stock which was the base of my card.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Basket of Wildflowers

Finally I have finished yesterday's sketch challenge. I used several new stamps that I got last Saturday at the "Great Lake's Mega Meet" in Novi, Michigan. What fun to see lots of new products that are on the market now. The basket and all the flowers are "Stamps by Judith". I love working with these stamps, but I find that it takes me a little longer. I usually have to do it several times before I get it to look right.

This is the sketch--

Here is my card--

and the inside--

I am looking forward to the beautiful summer flowers.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Today, the CAS challenge at Splitcoast Stampers was a color challenge. And it was a "challenge". They were beautiful colors, but I had trouble getting the right combination.

This is my finished card. I used the Stampin' Up colors Calypso Coral, So Saffron, and Pear Pizzazz. The flowers are from the SU set Secret Garden and the sentiment is from SU Itty Bitty Banners set.

Friday, May 9, 2014

SC487 -- Butterfly Birthday

It has taken me two days to get my card done for Wednesday's sketch challenge at SCS. I kept looking at it and thinking -- How am I going to use this sketch? What stamps can I use? What paper can I use? Well, this morning everything fell into place. I needed a birthday card. I had gotten some new paper from my local scrapbook store on Wednesday which I desperately wanted to use. SO-----

Here is the sketch

Here is my card

I used SU "So Saffron" card stock for the base of my card. The designer paper was from a 6 x 6-inch pad by We R Memory Keepers called "simply spring". I fell in love with this pad of paper the minute I saw it. It matches so many of the basic SU card stock colors. "Certainly Celery" card stock was used to mat the circle under the "Calypso Coral" butterfly. "Calypso Coral" ink was used to stamp the sentiment which was from SU "Itty Bitty Banners" and cut out using the matching SU Bitty Banner framelit.

This is the inside of the card

Monday, May 5, 2014

CAS271 -- my Friend

Today's CAS challenge is to CASE a card from the very talented lady Angela Maine (Arizona Maine) at SCS. Her gallery has been an inspiration to me as I have looked at her cards. I have also enjoyed reading her blog "From The Tool Shed".

And this is my card.

Angela was following a color challenge and I was following her design. I have the Memory Box die "Elegant  Scrollwork" and just never seemed to have any ideas on how to use it. Angela's card  provided the inspiration that I needed. I used Stampin Up card stock in "Wisteria Wonder" to cut the die. The focal image was cut on my Cricut using black, white and Wisteria Wonder card stock. The sentiment is from the stamp set "Six-Sided Sampler" by Stampin UP. The large flower is from the set "Petite Petals" and punches were used to create the other flowers. I snipped off the end of each die that was under the focal image and created a little embellishment for the inside of my card.

I pray that you will be blessed today.