I always feel honored when a friend approaches me to create a card for a special event they’re attending. The other day a friend asked me to create a wedding card for her; my mind went immediately to this week’s Paper Players 164 challenge, which led to this card.
STAMPS: SU Easy Events
PAPER: SU Basic Black CS; SU Modern Medley DSP
TOOLS: SU Scallop Trim Border Punch, SU Ovals Collection, Cuttlebug EF
EMBELLISHMENTS: SU Medium Pearls, SU Clear Embossing Powder
INK: StazOn Jet Black, SU Markers Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Lucky Limeade, Pretty in Pink
When I saw the Mojo Monday sketch, I knew I wanted to pull out my SU Best of Autumn set. I used my SU markers to color the image, then grabbed my sponges to apply a muted background to the image, as well as to my accent strips. A little punch on the end of my accent strips, gave a framing effect to the Real Red candy dots. Then for the perfect fall touch, a piece of burlap ribbon to pull everything together. This is a birthday card for a friend of my daughter’s who sent me the most delicious apples last week!
Best of Autumn Stamp, Sassy Salutations
SU Cardstock & DSP: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Basic Black, Etcetera DSP
Real Red Candy Dots; Burlap Ribbon
SU Markers: Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Garden Green, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, Soft Suede
SU INK: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive
There are some places that just always feel like home. I had a chance this week to reconnect with several old friends at our District Conference Pastor’s Wives Luncheon; I felt like I was “home.” It was a wonderful blessing to be back with my District family for the day! Added to that, was the privilege of having been invited to share my love for card making with these dear friends. There were 6 tables of ladies; I had a different card prepared for each table to make. The ladies were then encouraged to use their cards this week as a practical way of being a blessing to someone else.
This week’s Paper Players Challenge was to combine Rich Razzleberry (one of my very favorite colors!), Pool Party and Basic Black. I love using the Mixed Bunch flowers with Rich Razzleberry ink – it always offers a deep, rich image. To complement the image with something other than ribbon, I laid the Flowering Flourish sideways to add an embossed accent to each side of the “flower” and then ran the stamped strip through the Big Shot with the Finishing Touches Edgelit. A hint of Pool Party peeking out from underneath the Rich Razzleberry and a Pool Party Candy Dot added the third color and the final touches.
STAMPS: SU Mixed Bunch, SU Flowering Flourishes
INK: SU Rich Razzleberry
PAPER: SU Modern Medley DSP, SU Brights DSP, SU Very Vanilla, SU Rich Razzleberry, SU Pool Party, SU Basic Black
EMBELLISHMENTS: Pool Party Candy Dot and Candy Dot Brad Base, Clear Embossing Powder
I’m blessed to be able to work from home and am so thankful for the wonderfully large window that graces the wall directly across from my desk. I can enjoy the beauty of each day and watch the birds flit from tree to tree. I even had a ground hog standing outside my window a few weeks ago to say “hi.” This week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge was to use Midnight Muse, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso. As I considered the colors, I was feeling a bit callenged with how to use them. Then with a glance out my window, I thought, “Aha! I’ll duplicate my view!”
This was my first time using the Grand Madison arched window; I need to play around with this die a bit more to get a feel for the best way to use it. I fussy cut my tea cup and embossed it five times to give it a porcelain effect. The sky was created by sponging crushed curry and midnight muse onto my whisper white, after having heat embossed my early espresso trees/birds.
STAMPS: SU Serene Silhouettes, SU Tea Shoppe (retired)
INK: SU Early Espresso, SU Midnight Muse, SU Crushed Curry
PAPER: SU Early Espresso, SU Midnight Muse, SU Crushed Curry, SU Whisper White
TOOLS: Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Grand Madison Arched Window
We were driving to church Sunday morning and it happened – earlier than I had anticipated, but, nonetheless, there they were – the leaves were drifting gracefully from the trees to the ground. Then this morning when I awoke, the crisp fresh air blowing through my bedroom window confirmed what the calendar was saying; fall is just around the corner. I love the vivid colors of fall and appreciated the Paper Players capitalizing on that by posing the challenge “Falling for You.” My wheels are still turning toward quilt designs, so here’s one more!
PAPER: SU Cajun Craze CS; Core’dinations, SU brushed gold CS, patterned paper is from a big box store (1 sheet provided all the colors/patterns)
EMBELLISHMENTS: 3/8” Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon; SU Rhinestone Brad (retired)
I’ve been having SO much fun lately designing “quilt cards.” My trip to Lancaster last weekend offered me even further inspiration. So, for this week’s Dynamic Duo’s challenge, I just couldn’t resist fashioning yet another “quilt!” Dyanmic Duos #68 challenge was to use Perfect Plum and a color of my choosing; I chose Rich Razzlberry (love the depth of this color!) I admire folks who are able to stitch these beautiful masterpieces; but, I must confess, I’ve been enjoying the gratification of being able to turn out more than one “quilt” in a day. 🙂
PAPER: SU Perfect Plum, SU Perfect Plum DSP polka dots, SU Razzleberry Ripple
STAMP: Friendly Phrases (retired)
EMBELLISHMENT: Antique Brad
TOOLS: 1 inch Square Punch, Needlepoint Border EF, Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder