Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Color Splashed Squares

Hello. Well we made it to hump-day. Hoping your week finishes strong.
Today's card started with a piece of Strathmore water color paper that I spritzed with Distress Stain spray. I then die cut the two squares with a stitched square die. Then used the butterfly dies from the My Favorite Things Beautiful Butterfly set to cut the panels. I stamped the greetings from the Papertrey Ink Scripted set in pink ink and heat embossed with clear detail powder. Mounted the squares with Elmers blue and popped up the butterflies with foam tape to a top folding A2 card base cut from the same water color paper.


This card will be entered in the My Favorite Things sketch challenge, the CAS on Sundays tic-tac-for challenge (bottom row) and the Simon Says Stamp "bright and cheerful" challenge.
Thank you for stopping by, Sue.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CASology #305: Jumpy

Good morning! Today's challenge over on the
CASology blog is "jumpy". What a fun cue card.
I looked through my stash of stamps and came up with a bunny. The image is from a Papertrey Ink Bitty Blessings set. I started with a top folding white A2, 110 lbs card base. I stamped the grass in bright green ink then stamped the bunny in Versafine black ink on front and inside the card using my stamp platform. 
I then die cut the bunny from a post-it note.
Placing the post-it over the image you can position the die perfectly. Then I ran it through my Cuttlebug cutting the card front to create a bunny shaped window. I then colored the bunny with colored pencils and stamped the greetings from the My Favorite Things Yay For You set in black and tan ink. Finally added a mini pompom for the tail.

Now go check out all the fantastic projects from the team.
Sue Symens (you are here)
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

June Altenew Roses

Hey all. I was playing with a new technique today and decided to make it into a challenge card for Altenew's June color challenge.
 I started with some pieces of white 110 lbs card stock. I took my ink pads and rubbed them across the card stock to create a white side and a colored side. Then die cut the Fantasy Floral dies.
 My goal was to use the white side but by layering them with foam tape you would get a shadow of the color reflected back on the card front.
 This is a side shot to show the layers.
Here is the complete card. The greeting from Papertrey Ink is heat embossed with silver detail powder on a strip of orchid card stock.
I added a few vellum leaves to give it a little softer look. The greeting is a band that goes all the way around the card front.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

CASology #304: Pearl

Hey there. Today's challenge over on the CASology Challenge blog is all about pearl.
My card started with a blush top fold, A2 card base.  I stamped the Concord & 9th Hello Lovely flower cluster in Versamark ink and heat embossed in Altenew Golden Peach embossing powder. This gave the flower a beautiful pearlescent quality. I then die cut four of the congrats die from My Favorite Things from a scrap of blush card stock. Stacked and glued them together and attached to the card front.

As a side note, I have been using Elmers school glue in a Darcie fine tip bottle.
So much less expensive and it has been doing super job of holding for me.

This is just a close up. I was having a hard time 
getting the pretty pearl to show up in the photos. 
Sue Symens (you are here)

I will also be entering this card in the Where Creativity Meets C9 "sparkle and shine"challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and head on over the CASology blog to check out the rest of the Design Teams beautiful card, Sue.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Pin-Sights Inspiration

Hello, I guess I am playing catch up on some challenge posts. These two cards were inspired by the image on the CLASSroom blog.
My first card started with a soft stone card base. I used the Wonky Backgrounds set for my stamps. Layering ink to create my lanterns. I then took a white gel pen and free-handed the blossoms filling them in with a white Wink of Stella pen. Then used white Nuvo drops to create dimension to the centers. Finally I used the Scripted set to stamp the greetings from Papertrey Ink.

My next card uses the same Wonky Backgrounds from Essential by Ellen. I used all the colors from the images side bar to stamp the circles. The greeting is from Altenew.

The first card will be entered in the Papertrey Ink Make-It-Monday #324 "Lots of Dots" challenge too. I thought both cards for the Less Is More friendship challenge also. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Gilded Wedding Wishes

Hey there. Playing with a little gold Pearl-ex today. Simon Says Stamp challenge was anniversary/wedding challenge. I also was playing with the C9 sparkle and shine challenge. The sketch was from My Favorite Things sketch challenge.
I used white 110 lbs card stock, card stock weight vellum, washi tape, Pearl -ex and heat n'stick powder. The floral images was Concord and 9th Hello Lovey and die is from Kaiser Craft. Tag is popped up with foam tape.



Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Boys of Summer

Happy Sunday to you! Just a quick summer birthday card with a manly twist to it today.
I started with the Pinkfresh color palette and their super fun boss as my inspiration. I used their Little Love stamp set and stamped the clouds on a soft stone top folding A2 card base. I then stamped the greetings  from Papertrey Ink in two shades of ink. The stars from the same set were stamped on a scrap of blue card stock and cut in a life shape. I scored and popped up the kite with foam tape to give dimension. Tied the bows to bakers twine and to the kite. There is a drop of blue behind each bow to keep them in place.


Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

CASology #303: Farm

Hey there, I am super excited to announce that I am the newest member of the
 CASology Design Team.
Our cue card for this weeks challenge is 


My card started with an A2, top folding, white card base. I then stamped the ear of corn from the Stampin' Up! Definitely Decorative Vegetable Garden set. I used Wink of Stella on the husk and Tonic Chrystal Glaze on the corn kernels. The greeting is computer generated and mounted to the card front with foam tape.
My second card was made in the same manner.
I am sorry if the greeting is offensive to some.
I thought it was funny.

My final card uses the Tractor Time set from Stampin' Up! and greeting from Papertrey Ink.


Sue Symens (you are here)
Guest Designer: Jenny


Hopefully this will inspire you to join us over on the CASology Challenge blog. Well that is all for now. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Life Has Been Crazy

Hello. So sorry I have neglected the blog the last few weeks. I have had a lot on my plate lately. I have missed creating. It really does give my life balance to sit and play.  So without further rambling...
Today's card started with a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I blended the colors from the My Favorite Things color challenge with my Arteza Real Brush pens. Using water to soften the colors. Then die cut the greeting from Altenew.  I took piece of white card stock 3.75 by 4.5" and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Woodgrain die. Then cut it in 3 equal pieces. Spacing the pieces .25" apart I die cut the greeting again. Then pieced it all back together glueing it to a 110 lbs white A2 card base. I used the MFT sketch also.



Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Watercolor Circles

Hello. Man, am I loving the Arteza Real Brush pens. I know I have a long way to go with them but I love playing with the colors. Today's card was for the Simply Less is More sketch challenge. Then I through in a few other challenges too. My color palette is from the CLASSroom inspiration photo and I used the Tic-Tac-Toe board from the AAA Cards challenge also.
I started with a Soft Stone gray card base(PTI). I heat embossed the charcoal gray circles from the Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots in clear detail powder. Then using the Arteza Real Brush pens and a water brush, I filled in the circles. Drying the card stock between circles to control the warping. I don't like to watercolor on regular cardstock it kind of fuzzes up. So after it was dry I lightly sanded the surface smooth. I then stamped the greeting from Papertrey Ink Scripted set in the same charcoal gray and heat embossed it in clear detail powder also. Finally I mounted it with foam tape to the card front.



I followed the outside right row of the Tic-Tac-Toe.

The inspiration photo was used for my palette.
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

One More Grad Card

Hey there. One more quick, one-layer card tonight.
I started by stamping the CAS-ual Friday's Shenanigans stamp set in various colors of ink to form a rainbow of greetings. I used six instead of three like the sketch. Six is divisible by three. Then I stamped the numbers in Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger gold tinsel embossing powder. I do not know the origin of the number stamps. They have been with me a long time. In fact the two tore in half when I peeled it off the plastic. Guess I will be looking for new numbers.


This is about as wild as I get, just ask my kids. Lol.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Time to Celebrate

Hello, hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Today's card is for the many graduations we will be celebrating in the coming weeks. 
My card started with Distress watercolor paper and my Arteza brush pens. Using a water brush I blended the colors from the Color Throw down challenge across the panel. Let it dry then gold heat embossed the images. Trimmed down the panel to 4" by 5.25" and die cut the letters. I also cut 3 layers of kraft card stock and layered them using the two-way glue pan.  Then mounted the watercolor panel and letters to a top fold, kraft card base. Finally heat embossed the greeting on a scrap of white card stock and mounted with foam tape to card front. Stamp sets are all really old retired sets from Stampin Up and dies from Altenew.


Simon Says Stamp "Time Out" challenge
Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Color Splashed Squares

Hello. Well we made it to hump-day. Hoping your week finishes strong. Today's card started with a piece of Strathmore water color p...