Friday, April 6, 2012

LIM61 - Lucky Dip - Inspiration Challenge

I'm running late again!    Time just seems to slip through my fingers these days.  It's been a busy and hectic week and I'm totally exhausted!

Last weekend, we had my daughter and her three children's a photo I took while they were here.  Actually, I think I must have taken about 200 pics while they were here...but I'll just show you one of them! LOL!  I'm sure I'm just a bit biased...but aren't they just beautiful!

My daughter and her children left to go home on Sunday. On Monday, I had a dental appointment (I had to have some oral surgery to removed two teeth and will soon be having implants! ouch!).  On Tuesday, we drove 6 hours to visit with my Mama.  Mama was 87 on April 3, and we went up to be with her on her birthday and to take her to dinner.  We've recently moved her into an assisted living facility so that she will have assistance when she needs it.  It's so difficult to make these kind of decisions, but we'll all be there one day! We spent Thursday driving back home...and I am exhausted!

Anyway...on to the challenge.  This is the photo we used as inspiration for our card.  

I made all three of these cards in a bit of a I can't say that I'm thrilled with any of them.  I tried to get it all together on Monday afternoon after my dental appointment, but just didn't have the time to get them posted.

For this first card, I used Flourishes Gerber Daisy stamp.  I stamped the image on white card stock, then colored the blooms.  I stamped it again on white card stock, colored with Copics and cut out some of the blooms.  The stems were stamped directly on the white card base.  Then I layered the oval cut piece (that was stamped and colored) on a piece of pink card stock and adhered it to the card base.  Then I just pop dotted the cut out blooms on top of the oval colored piece.  It really has a great 3-D effect.  The sentiment is also from Flourishes.

I had stamped the smaller version of the daisies from the same set and cut it out in an oval also.  I had this card base that I'd scored in my "maybe I'll use this later bin" and decided it would be a good backdrop for the small oval.  I sponged some pink ink around the image while it was still in the die.  I figured I could put a sentiment banner on it before I send it out.  Very plain and simple....

Also on Monday when I was skipping around from thought to thought trying to come up with something for the challenge, I decided to punch out some pink blooms from just plain textured pink card stock.  The stems and leaves were cut free hand from some old Graphic 45 scraps from my scrap bin.  The sentiment is from PTI.  I added a little doodling to the blooms and stems, and also inked the edges lightly with a little light brown ink.  I tied a pink bow to hold my blooms together.  The center of the large flower was a punched circle that I pop dotted over the center and added glossy accents for a little shine. I actually finished this card just this morning from the "thoughts" I had on Monday.

Sorry I haven't been around to visit all your beautiful creations this week.  I have hopes to get by some time today!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated! Until next time...


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Lynne said...

Better late than never Susan. Once again 3 fantastic cards. I adore the Gerbera Daisy cards, my all time fave flourishes stamp and you`ve made them look fabulous.
I love the scoring on the second card too.
Lynne xxx

Loli said...

Hola Susan, very busy week with your family:D, gorgeous kids!
Great Gerber daisies, my favourite is the thrid card, fantastic job!beautiful as always.
An spring hug from Palma

Stamps and Paper said...

Such pretty cards Susan


Sandra H said...

Hi Susan, oh your family are lovely, as are your cards they are stunning:)x

Chrissie said...

I hope you're fully rested from all your rushing around Susan; your cards look great, I really rather like the last one!
Thanks so much and I hope you have a quieter week.
"Less is More"

Valerie said...

Love these cards Susan, the gerbera stamp is gorgeous and so beautifully coloured. Absolutely love the last one with the punched flowers and that gorgeous polka dot paper:)
Your family photo is fabulous, such a good looking lot! I'm enjoying Easter with Charlie who has come to visit his Nana and I'm having lots of cuddles!!
Val x

Diane said...

Goodness you have had a very full week, but you have given us loads of inspiration with your fab cards.
Lucky you your grandchildren are lovely, hope all goes well with your dental have my sympathy!!
Take care and happy Easter

Judy1223 said...

Susan, you are right, your grandchildren ARE beautiful! So nice to be able to spend time together (and take 200+ pictures...sounds like me!). Amazing that with all you have going on you still managed to make 3 wonderful cards for the LIM challenge! I am in awe of you! All three brought a smile to my face, just LOVELY! Happy birthday to your mom, much going on!

Julie said...

Well three lovely grandchildren and three lovely cards.
I do love the first card especially! Great flowers and great layout!
My husband and I will be grandparents for the first time in August! I can hardly wait!

Mandi said...

Gorgeous family photo, as are your cards. You put me to shame making so many
Sorry I'm late
Thank you very much
"Less is More"

Michelle said...

You may not be thrilled, Susan, but I sure am! These are all beautiful! I particularly love the first card. So very pretty! I hope you recover from your oral surgery quickly!

debby4000 said...

Well I love them Susan especially love the Gerbers in the first one, what a gorgeous stamp.
Love the pic of your Grandchildren hope you have time to scrapbook some of those 200pics.

Kim S said...

You are blessed!! Not necessarily with the dental implants!! But with a beautiful family and an amazing talent. You may not be happy with these cards but they are each truly beautiful and unique!

cnelson said...

Such beautiful cards and grandchildren! ! What a busy week you've had...hope you get a little breather soon! HUGS!

Jenny said...

Sorry I'm rather late visiting your blog! These are beautiful've still managed to create something wonderful for the challenge :0)
Love your shading on the flourishes image :0)
Jenny x

Steph Mitchell said...

I love your cards (came from Less is More)!

I hope your dental work goes well. I've recently finished the process, finally getting the crown put on my implant after a couple of delays (Christmas and someone losing/misplacing the order!). Getting the actual implant was an interesting story but better left until you've had yours, probably!


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