Saturday, June 30, 2018

Mod Vases


Hello. I was checking out the June color trends challenge over on the CLASSroom blog and the row of little vases caught my eye. I love when I don't have a stamp and it challenges me to create the look with out the vase.

So I started with an 110 lbs white top folding card base. I stamped one of the dots from Essential by Ellen Bokeh Dots in the colored ink then rolled the edge in kraft ink. By making a light pencil line on the card I could get the vases to line up straight. Then masking the top of the vase I stamped the popsicle stick to create the vases neck. I the masked the vase and stamped the flowers from The Stamp Markets Birthday Wishes set in charcoal gray ink. The greeting is also stamped in the gray ink. Finally I coated the top of the vases with Wink of Stella.
It is so hard to get the shimmer to show up in photos. I will also be entering it in the Simon Says Stamp "anything goes" challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Inchies Grid

Hello, Today's card was one of those cards that has been stuck in my head for a few days and just need to come out. I have a question for you guys...when you make a card do you try it out on scratch paper or make a few trial cards? I just hate to waste card stock so I usually do not do a trial run. My card uses supplies from several companies.
Double Take from The Stamp Market, stitched square die and Whimsical Wood Background from My Favorite Things and Mini Blooms and white card stock from Papertrey Ink. The ink was either Stampin Up! and Versafine.  I am going to enter it in several challenges.


I will also enter in the Make-It-Monday #326 inches challenge.  Thanks for stopping by, Sue

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Framed Transformation

Good evening. Working on transforming a card that I was just not happy with.  Both cards used the Fabulous Frames set from Papertrey Ink. The first card I made about a month ago. It just didn't feel right to me. It was meant as an encouragement card.
My second card feels better to me.
Both cards are made with PTI white card stock. This card also uses HoneyBee Stamps Coffee Break and Technique Techniques Tuesday Sassy Coffee set. I will be entering the second card in the Tuesday Transformation challenge on the Papertrey blog, the Timeout "warm"challenge and the "frame" #118 challenge on the AAA Cards challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

CASology #306: Bear

Hey there.  There is a fun new challenge on the CASology Challenge Blog today.  I hope you can join us and create your own "Bear" card today.



My card started with a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper that was made into a top folding, A2 card base. I used the bear from Concord and 9th, Hi There Bear set. I stamped the bear, umbrella and greeting in Versafine black ink.  Then I took Distress ink and a water brush to create the cascading color.  Finally I added some of the pearl watercolor paint from my Kuretake palette to the wash of ink.
Sue Symens (you are here)
Thank you for stopping by for a visit, Sue.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Icy Treats

Hey there. This is a common greeting for me. So with that in mind I decided to create a card with that phrase. I had a piece of water color paper on my desk that I had played with my Arteza Real Brush pens making a rainbow. I hadn't had any bright ideas for it till I saw the challenge over on Less is More about using the "Bits and Pieces" on your desk. All three of these cards were made with the one piece of rainbow water color paper.
My card used a bold alphabet die set.  I die cut the letters from a strip of the rainbow, then cut three more sets of letters from white card stock gluing and stacking them together. I then covered them with Tonic Crystal Glaze. After they were dry I set them back in the holes. I stamped the "there" from a Honey Bee set on a scrap of white card stock and mounted it to the rainbow piece with foam tape. I then mounted it all to a 110 lbs white card base. Next up...Papertrey Ink Inspiration photo.

My next card is for the Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop. We were to use the inspiration photo to create a card. I used that water color rainbow again to cut my popsicles from.  The die is from one of my favorite stamp companies The Stamp Market. I started with a card base cut from Papertrey's white card stock. I blended the yellow ink from Stampin Up! to create the sunshine in the top left corner. Then used the popsicles mounted with foam tape to the card front. Greeting is from Papertrey stamped in Versafine black ink.

The final card uses the rainbow water color paper that I had cut the popsicles out of. I stamped the sticks in kraft ink and then used some Pearl-Ex to create the frosty popsicles on a scrap of white card stock. I stamped the greeting from the same FREE set I received with my order from The Stamp Market. Love that company!! The greeting was stamped in Versafine black ink and then mounted it to the Papertrey Kraft card with foam tape.
The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is "Bright and Cheerful". Thank you for stopping by, Sue.


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.

Summer School: Session 2

Hey there, Just wanted to share a couple of cards tonight. The first one was created for My Favorite Things Summer School: D ay 1. We were...