Sunday, May 29, 2011

LIM17 - Pick a Square

It's been a busy weekend for me here in Florida.  Yesterday, we had a big Memorial Day celebration (a little early as Monday is actually Memorial Day).  My youngest daughter came for the weekend and a big group of the people decided to go tubing down the Blackwater River.  I volunteered to keep my youngest granddaughter, Maggie, who is 18 months old and get things ready for the Low Country Boil we were planning for the late afternoon.  Needless to say, I am totally exhausted today! Whew! I believe the final count was 28 people....in and out of the pool...in and out of the house...and plenty of food for everyone!
This is Maggie...isn't she adorable!
Low Country Boil....Yummy!







Now....on to my cards for this week's LIM Challenge hosted by the talented Chrissie and Mandi!  This week our challenge is to create a card with the following instructions based on this layout:


You can choose which of the 5 SQUARES from our plan you wish to use to place the image of your card, leaving the rest as PURE WHITE SPACE! The image may overflow the area slightly if necessary and the sentiment, should you choose to use one, may extend outside the area also, but it should be obvious exactly which area of the card you have chosen to fill. We will allow a rectangle, but, following the strict guidelines as the squares



I couldn't seem to make up my mind where I wanted to put an image, so I decided to just do a card for each section!  For this first card I stamped in the lower right hand corner. (BTW, all but one of my cards ended up being one layer cards...hmmmm).  I chose to make my cards 4.5 x 4.5 inches, just so I would have an envelope they would fit into...which in turn made it more difficult to get an image that would fit in the designated area!

For this first card, I stamped an image from Flourishes Spring has Spring collection.  The sentiment is a SU sentiment that I've had for a while.  I colored the image with Copics. 

Now stamping in the upper left corner, using Flourishes Berry Sweet collection.  The sentiment is from the same set.  Colored with Copics....done!

Now for the card with the stamping in the lower left corner.  Once again, it Flourishes stamps....I seem to reach for my Flourishes stamps quite often.  This image is from the From the Desk Of collection.  Colored with Copics and added a little gold smooch on the book bindings. The sentiment is from the same collection.

For the top right corner, I chose to stamp part of an image from Flourishes Humming along collection.  The image is colored with Copics and the tiny hummingbird was colored, cut out and then pop-dotted for a little dimension.  Sentiment is from the same set.
And, last but not least, here's my card with the image centered.  I decided to practice my heat embossing (don't ask me why!).  I stamped my image (a very old set from SU) in Versamark and SU's Tempting Turquoise.  Then I added some sparkling clear embossing powders and heat set it.  I pop dotted the dragonfly on the first layer, then added the additional layers behind that.  The sentiment is computer generated and then punched with the slot punch from SU, layered on the teal, and pop dotted on top of the embossed image. 

Basically, I've spent most of my afternoon playing in my craft room and making cards.  I should probably come up for air sometime soon!
 
 
Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments last week.  I appreciate each and every one of them!  Thanks for stopping by! Until next time....

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126 comments:

Rosemary said...

good grief, susan!! not one, but FIVE incredible cards!! you are just amazing!!

Michellem said...

Susan - your granddaughter is adorable! I can't believe you made 5 cards for this challenge! They are all so beautiful and colorful - My favorite would have to be the hummingbird card since that was the one square that I thought NOBODY would ever attempt and you did it beautifully!

Dana Leigh said...

They are all beautiful but my favorite is the 3rd one.

Trinh said...

These are all gorgeous, Susan! I have to agree with Rosemary - you are amazing! And my favorite is the hummingbird; just the perfect image for that square.

Debgem said...

Susan - your LIM cards are just wonderful! You are the master of CAS. I think my favourite is the dragonfly - but it's hard to pick just one!!

Your weekend sounds like lots of fun - now sit down and have a rest :)

Jenny said...

Hi Susan, you have been busy in the craft room too, an amazing set of cards..just adore you eye for design.
Sounds like a wonderful get-together yesterday and yes your grand-daughter is gorgeous :)
Jenny x

Fluffles said...

Wow, such lovely sets of cards! Beautiful. Sounds like you had a busy day too. Jx

Margaret said...

All absolutely gorgeous Susan, have to agree that the hummingbird is my favourite too - beautiful!!
Margaret x

Suze Bain said...

What a super set of cards. Your colouring is great, I love the berries but I think the hummingbird is my favourite. xx

Mandi said...

Oh gosh Susan, these are all wonderful!
Would be interested to know what is in that Low COuntry Broil, will have to ask Mr Google!
Your Granddaughter is adorable

Kathyk said...

FABULOUS collection Susan - love that you hit every corner!!

Kathyk

craftattack said...

Wonderful cards, love them all, but the little lady and thr slow boil steal the show! Valerie

Carol said...

5 gorgeous cards, couldn't choose a favourite. Carol x

Suzilou said...

Oh my gosh what fantastic cards, I do like the berry sweet card though and the humming bird and the dragon.........No I cant pick one! :)

TAM said...

WOW five stunning cards Susan - no wonder you turn to flourishes stamps so often - they are fabulous.
PS your granddaughter is adorable too

Viv said...

So many cards this week Susan & you have been so busy too, well done.All look great, can't choose which I like best. Your granddaughter looks so pretty too, have a lovely weekend :O) Viv xx

Jo said...

Wow, what a fabulous selection of cards, all so lovely.

Ang C said...

WOW!!!! Fabulous cards

Maureen said...

Stunnning - all of your cards, well done for doing one on every square.
Maureen...........x

Hello From Texas said...

Wow Susan, these are all gorgeous. Your coloring is wonderful! I am especially fond of the dragonfly card. I think I may have that set and I bet it's never seen ink. I'm inspired to find it and put ink to it.

TFS
Carole

Cheryl Nelson said...

What a fun and YUMMY weekend! Speaking of yummy...your cards are just SCRUMPTIOUS!! LOVE them!!!

Anastasia (Νατάσα) said...

All five cards are gorgeous!!!!!

Diane said...

Wow...as far as I am concerned, you take the prize for this challenge (if there was one...lol)...but really...all the cards are stunning and perfect for this challenge...I see I have alot to learn about CAS....and that boil looks yummy and is making me hungry!! Adorable granddaughter...isn't that age great??

Valerie said...

Wow Susan absolutely brilliant cards, just love how you made one for each square! I love the birds especially the humming bird:) Your Low Country boil looks gorgeous, all those beautiful prawns (or do you call them shrimp?)And a gorgeous granddaughter!!

Jeannie said...

Hi Susan, great cards - you,ve been very busy! The Ruffled Bloom stamp on my card is from Stampendous.
Jeannie x

Regina said...

WOW! Stunning cards, great work!
My fav is with the strawberry!
Regina*

GoonerGirl said...

WOW your cards are Fabulous Susan, you have been busy and what a gorgeous little girl your granddaughter is, have to say my fav is the 1st one. Thank you for leaving such a wonderful comment on my LIM... Chris xx

Carol said...

5 fab cards - well done !

Carol

gerdavriens said...

These are great cards!!

Beryl K said...

Wow Susan, your cards are absolutely beautiful. I love them all
Beryl x

joanne wardle said...

oh my they are all beautiful. I wouldn't be able to pick a favourite

Rita said...

Susan, What can I say, all your cards are beautiful, you are such an inspiration to me. What a little cutie your grand-daughter is so pretty. Soumds as if you has a great time, hope you get a rest now. Hugs Rita xx

Craftilicious said...

it's a fun challenge this week isn't it!!! I like all five but I think the dragon fly is my fave, closely followed by the humming bird :-D

Vicky Hayes said...

Oh Susan - these are all so fabulous! Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day celebration.

Ohneilly said...

Wow! Not only have tyou had time to entertain but also to make so many fab cards fro this challenge, well done!
Claire

Squirrel x said...

Is there no stopping you woman?!! Five! Wow! And all of them are brilliant. I think if I had to choose a fave it would be the flowers and books one, but it's a tough call. Hugs Sxx

Kathleen said...

What a fabulous set of cards, all stunning in their own way. Couldn't pick a favorite. Great entries.

Kath x

Pauline said...

What fabulous cards, love the kingfisher image, I haven't seen many of those around the web.

Hazel said...

Wonderful, all five of them! My favourite is the flowers and books in the bottom left. Your GD is beautiful, you're very lucky. Hazel x

Tricia :O) said...

Fabulous CARDS :O) Love the yellow flowers HELLO. Tricia :O)

Katina said...

Wow Susan, what a fabulous array of cards!! My favourite one is the books and flowers - just gorgeous! xx

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

WOW Susan, You totally rocked this challenge. Each and everyone is great, love the images and your colouring. Brilliant, well done you:0) xxx

Lin said...

Wonderful LIM cards, Susan!! You've given me lots of wonderful ideas for making similar ones......and thanks for your kind comments on my blog for this challenge!

JeNjOy said...

Wow I love all of them, fantatic.
jenjoy x

Faith A said...

Oh! Susan these are just gorgeous, such vibrant colours on the top 3 and the delicateness of the butterfly, I tried to pick a favourite, but couldn't, love them

Ciara said...

Check you out, making a card for each of the squares! Very impressive!

Sounds like you had a great afternoon crafting, I love 'losing' a few hours that way, xx

Lynne said...

You are so right Susan, you can`t go wrong with Flourishes stamps.
All of your cards are absolutely stunning. The colouring is perfect as is the placement. Can`t choose a favourite, they are all fabulous.
Lynne xxx

http://bevsblog.blogspot.com said...

Susan,your cards are awesome.I love that you did a card to cover each corner and I'm so jealous that you have the time to play and create such masterpeices.Thanks for dropping in to my blog,and please call by again.Bev.x

fatmonica said...

Wow!What a fabulous collection!My favourite has to be the first.That stamp and the colouring are just gorgeous!

Molecraft said...

Wow, what a fabulous selection of cards, love them all but I am especially drawn to the second one for some reason!
Helen x

Dolly Daydreams said...

Susan what can I say incredible work each and every piece is so beautiful. Great images, colours each one so beautifully crafted.

Marie

kingstonmama said...

Wow! What a gorgeous collection of cards. Each image is perfect for the square you stamped it in, and they are colored to perfection!

Kate said...

Beautiful, stunning cards, love them all....and love flourishes stamps, you have coloured them perfectly :0)
Kate x

Chrissie said...

What a fabulous set of cards Susan, they are all stunning!
Thanks so VERY much!
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Wow! All of the cards are gorgeous, and it's kind of fun to see them one after another, to get a picture of what each corner and the center placement would be like. Fabulous work as always!

Linda said...

Fabulous, Susan! And you did all that on such a busy weekend! They are all gorgeous...but I think the hummingbird is my favourite :-)

Netty said...

And other wow from me......5 cards all terrific. Annette x

Erica said...

Thanks for the compliment on my card.
YOU have absolutely out-done yourself with this set. I kept trying to come up with one for the upper left corner, but finally did it the easy way in the center. Love your coloring as well.
With the company, cooking, card-making, and baby-sitting, I'd say you need a vacation from your vacatin. Hope you get some rest.
A cyber hug to you.
Erica

Erica said...

Susan, I decided to become one of your followers.

lilybygilly said...

Great set of cards and love, love, love the dragonfly! Gill x

Heidi said...

Hallo Susan, thanks for your lovely comments, have popped over to see your blog and cards etc, Love it! and you have a gorgeous grandaughter. Heidi x

Claire said...

Love the humming bird card the best, and your colouring is very very good. I hope I can get half as good as that. Your grand daughter looks so sweet, there lovely at that age, shame they have to grow up so fast. The Low Country Boil looks divine.. what have you put in it !!!! I know its not card talk, but I am a chef by trade and would love to give it a go...
Claire xx

Irene said...

5 absolutely brilliant cards, I also love the humming bird best, and thanks for visiting my blog, love Irene

Anonymous said...

Stunning cards Susan, I like all of them but I think the second and third are my favourites. Thankyou for the comments you have left on my blog and for the tips on photographing my cards.Jean x

Neet said...

Those cards are absolutely stunning and I wouldnot be able to pick a favourite from them - they ar alal so gorgeous.
Lovely weekend,and what a great alternative to tubing you chose. What is Country Boil please? It looks so good.
Hugs Neet

Karen said...

Beautiful. Kx

Scrapaddict said...

Lovely cards! Great idea to make a set.

Amanda said...

Lovely cards with great colouring too difficult to pick a favourite all are beautiful

Marlena M. said...

Wow, you are busy, busy, busy! I am so impressed that you did every corner. I love the one with the books stacked. ;)

scraplouise said...

Thanks for your comment on my Blog, your cards are beautiful.

greetings Louise

StampingStace said...

I love them all!!! Very inspiring indeed.
Stacex

Linby said...

Great cards, just love them all.
Linbyx

Sandra said...

Hi Susan, Thank you for your comments, Each and everyone of your cards are gorgeous love the colouring and the stamped imaged used really is beautifully done....:) Sandra H

Hannah said...

Wow Susan, an amazing bunch of cards, you're colouring is amazing. My favourite is the second, I love the berries, they look so yummy :)

Jo Street said...

Wow, you have been busy, those cards are beautiful and the colouring - I'm so jealous!! Thanks for the comment about my card.
Jo x

Debs said...

WOW Susan these are all gorgeous but my fav is the 'Bunches of Love' one.
Love the vibrancy of the colours.
{{Debs}}xx

Sue - said...

They are all fantastic!

Stamps and Paper said...

Wow so many fabulous cards Susan....and your granddaughter is such a cutie,

Anne

Rica said...

Hi Susan and woweee - all your LIM cards are stunning, fabulous images, beautifully coloured and so perfect for their placement!!
hugs
Heather xx

Timeless Expressions said...

Absolutely beautiful Susan.. thank you for nipping over and commenting on my card.. I appreciate that.

Keep up the good work..

Jo xx

Leah the Orange said...

wonderful use of the squares, Susan! they're all beautiful!

Debbie said...

Wow, what stunning cards! And your granddaughter IS adorable

suzARTe said...

These cards are just beautiful

Shobana said...

Let me breathe here please! :)
Susan...these are simply breathtaking cards! Stunning! :) *applause*
Chweety pie gdaughter of yours!

Karuna said...

very pretty cards :)

misteejay said...

A super collection of cards - just beautiful.

Toni :o)

Nine said...

Beautiful cards, !

Cally said...

Wow puts my one card to shame. Lovely cards Susan

sasa said...

amazing - the whole set - great choice if images and superb colouring - great job!
Thanks for sharing,
Sarah at 281.

ThinkInk Creative said...

Wow! You have been busy and each of your creation - including the low country boil - looks fabulous.

Thanks so much for leaving comments on my blog and leaving a crumb trail straight here.

You are a super crafter and from the sounds of it, a super cook and super grandma. Go girl!!!

cheers,
Malyn at ThinkInkCreative

Elaine Stark said...

WOW you have been busy. Lovely, lovely cards. your grand daughter is so cute and at a wonderful age. Elaine

Suzi B said...

Wow! Susan you have been busy... these are all great!
Sue :)

Carolyn said...

These are all great and I couldn't pick a favorite.
Now please tell me ...when do you find time to cook? LOL
Oh and thanks for the comment on my blog too. I really appreciated it.

Carolyn W

Lisa Jane said...

wow gorgeous cards ... i think the fave for me are the berries... thinking of summer
Lisa x

Lynn said...

A great set of cards - love the flourish stamps. Maggie look really adorable - beautiful photo. Lynn x

Happy Days said...

Fantastic set of cards. I adore that humming bird! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your very kind words. Claire xx

Yvette said...

Such beautiful cards! My favorite image is the first one, the bird with the flower-branch, I love that one!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Yvette

Sarah-Jane said...

Wow! 5 cards! No wonder you are exhausted...partying and crafting ;-)
I too am curious to know what a low country boil is?? Sounds like you had a ton of fun though, thanks for visiting me :-D
Hugs xx

kelly said...

wow, five fab cards, someone was definitely on a roll! You put the rest of us to shame!
Kelly x

Sarah-Jane said...

Yuummy, thanks Susan for taking the time to explain the recipe for Boil, it sounds as good as it looks :-D
Hugs xx

Lisa A. said...

wow. Susan...you are amazing!! What wonderful cards....all so lovely and all in different squares! I think they are all pretty, but the daisies on the books is my favorite...I think?? Love them all!!:)

Sally H said...

Oh my goodness you have been busy! I love them all! Such fabulous designs and perfect colouring too

Lisa said...

Fab cards Susan but I think the Hummingbird/Flower one is my fave. Ps your grandaughter is gorgeous xxx

Janet said...

Wow you have been busy, they are all lovely but I especially like the dragonfly. xx

Maureen said...

You made me smile seeing you had made a card for each square Susan!! they are all lovely - no favourite!!

Maureen said...

My comments are playing up again so not sure if you got it or not!!

Michellem said...

Congrats on winning the Less Is More prize for May!! You deserve it!

smt said...

A whole set, and each one so beautiful! I really can't choose a favorite. What I will do is thank you fro the inspiration.

Lynn said...

Well done Susan on winning the monthly prize over at LIM. Enjoy your digi stamps. Lynnx

Debby said...

Congratulations with the price of Less is More.
The card is wonderful!
Debby

Wishcraft said...

Wow, such a gorgeous selection - all fabulous cards! And your granddaughter is adorable :o) Lisa x

Karen M said...

Beautiful cards! Very talented lady!

paula w said...

beautiful cards

Lindsey said...

Oh these are just beautiful! xx

Kaz said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! 5 totally stunning cards, I really can't pick a favorite I love all of them!
Kaz x

Sarah said...

Hi Susan, WOW you managed all 5 squares - with 5 beautiful cards. My personal favourite is the last one. The colour and image are just wonderful. Your grandaughter is adorable by the way! Sarah

My name is Wynneth said...

Your cards are all stunning Susan, truly fabulous !

hugs
wynneth
x

Sue said...

Wow wow wow Five fantastic cards in one go you have certainly fulfilled the challenge and what a beautifull Grandaughter you have and no wonder you was tired entertaining and feeding 28 people i think you must be superwoman har har thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment will visit you again hope you visit me too Luv Sue x

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Susan, Just dropping by to congratulate you on winning the prize over at LIM, well deserved!! You are a STAR , hugs, :0) xxx

The Crystal Elephant said...

Great cards, very pretty xx

snailzpace said...

wow! 5 beautiful cards! i love how you used each of the squares to showcase some lovely flourishes images.

Trinh said...

So glad I got another chance to see your beautiful cards, Susan! Congrats on your LIM win!

Bonnie said...

Every one of these cards is beautiful! I wouldn't want to have to pick a winner!

Faith A said...

Conratulations Susan, a really well deserved worthy winner of May's challenge on Less is More, you are an inspiration to me and many.

Well done.
xx

ThinkInk Creative said...

Hi there! Just popping by (again) to congratulate you on your win over at Simply Less is More. Go Susan! Yay!

cheers,

Malyn at ThinkInkCreative

Jack said...

Wow these are fabulous. As my stamp was square it only seemed to go in the centre and I found it really, really hard trying to place anything in the top left-hand corner but you have really got it spot on. Thanks for the link, I shall be watching you, lol.
Jack xx

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