Sunday, July 8, 2012

LIM75 - Show Us the Gold

As some of you have noticed, I haven't played in the LIM challenge for a couple of weeks.  I want to take a minute to say thank you to those of you who sent me a card.  For all the thoughts and prayers of those who left me a message on my blog, I'd also like to say thank you for your messages.  It's been a tough couple of weeks, but I'm working on moving forward.

It's difficult to get back into the swing of things and Chrissie & Mandi's challenge this week at Less is More is to make a card with "gold".  Maybe I should have waited another week before jumping back in!  As usual, I've made quite a few cards, none of which I'm overly delighted with, but I do kind of like this first one.

The butterfly was cut from a dull gold paper.  I embossed the diamond panel with an EF, and added the half pearls.  I didn't have gold pearls, so I colored them with a gold leafing pen.  The tag was cut with a Spellbinder die and the sentiment was stamped in gold.  I added a gold ribbon to hold the tag.

For this second card, I cut a flourish from gold paper with my Cameo. The sentiment is embossed with gold, and I added a gold layer behind the white and cut the corners with a (Deco) corner chomper. Then I popped it with pop dots on a white card base.

Very quick and simple...cut the dandelions from gold paper with the Cameo. Stamped the sentiment with gold ink.

This card was a pain and didn't turn out at all like I'd planned.  I cut the ornaments from gold textured paper with the Cameo.  I used a gold cord to hang the ornaments.  Originally this was going to be a red card base until I realized that I had adhered the ornaments and stamped the sentiment on the card upside down. So...I had to cut it apart and just use it as a topper on a white card base.  The sentiment is stamped in gold ink and is a SU image.  I tied little bows from the gold cord to add to each ornament.

This card is probably totally out of the ballpark, but I had a piece of glossy card stock that I'd played with using alcohol inks.  I'd also added some gold to the alcohol ink process.  I punched some flowers out of the inked up glossy card stock and added gold brads for the centers.  The leaves were cut from gold paper with a Memory Box die.  The sentiment was computer generated (and probably would have looked better moved over a little further to the right...sigh.

So, this is my take on the "gold" challenge.  If you'd like to see some really great cards, hop on over to Less is More and check out all the other cards.  

Thank you so much for all the nice comments you leave for me...they mean a lot and help to brighten my day!  Until next time....


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Ardyth said...

This show of creativity is just completely overwhelming. These are all totally stunning and beautiful! Wow! I'll be thinking about these for a long time!

Loli. said...

Hola Susan, oooh my goshhhh, what beautiful cards, i don't know what is my fav.but the first one and the second one are, JUST FABULOUS!!!, i love your cameo,is the secret weapon:D
Great work Susan, as always.
Hugs from the melted island

Jan Ltc said...

Fabulous cards Susan. So sory about your Mom, hugs xx Jan

Anonymous said...

Susan wishing you better days sending lots of positive thoughts from Greece . I don't know why you are not happy with these amazing cards, each one is beautiful and so diverse , always your cards are so beautifully crafted and these are no exception. I do believe you are being far to hard on yourself.


Viv said...

Gorgeous cards Susan, I hope things get better for you soon :) Viv xx

Chrissie said...

I think they're all as wonderful as ever!
Thanks so much Susan.
"Less is More"

Suze Bain said...

You should be delighted with these Susan, they are all so elegant. I am so loving that flourish in the second one but my favourite is the last one - absolutely stunning. Take care, lots of love. xx

Brigitte said...

...super! Perfect cards. I love Thema butterfly die.


mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Each and everyone of these cards is beautiful, Susan you shouldn't be so hard on yourself! I hope that you will feel better each day going forward, hugs Gay xxx

Anonymous said...

An absolutely beautiful set of cards Susan. I really don't know how you have thought of so many designs - I struggled to come up with one!

Rosemary said...

you never fail to impress me with your cards, susan! another superb group today!!

Valerie said...

A golden shower of cards Susan they are all gorgeous! LOve the butterfly and the cameo cut out:)
Val x

Sandra H said...

Totally Totally stunning Susan as always you have so much talent simply gorgeous:)x

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Susan

Wow such a lot of creativity - you are spoiling us! Love them all!


Viv's Visuals said...

Hi Susan. I lost my lovely Mum just two short years ago - I am so sorry for your loss... and you are so right, life is short - I send you a {hug} from across the pond.
These are a lovely set of cards - I like them all..... and you're far too hard on yourself!!!

Bonnie said...

So glad to see you back, Susan. I've missed you. Getting back into the crafts was a big help to me when my mom died. Your creativity hasn't suffered with your absence. Beautiful cards, all. Especially that gold flourish!

Victoria said...

The gold flourish is an absolute showstopper and the gold pearls look amazing on the first card.

Marrigje said...

Gold really made your creative juices go didn't it? The last one is definitely the best one. But the others are amazing too.


Karen said...

Oh wow Susan - these cards are stunning...all of them. Anyone would be hard pressed to choose a favourite........however (:-)) I love the first one and that flourish is gorgeous. Sending you warm wishes at this difficult time.

Karen x

Mandi said...

These are all sensational as ever Susan.

I hadn;t reaslised your sad loss and wanted to offer my warmest thoguhts and sympathy to you and your family

Thanks so much
"Less is More"

GinaA said...

As usual you have created some stunning cards, when you mentioned about gluing things on upside down it made me smile , I do things like that all the time. I find you can make something just as good with a bit of imagination and you have lots of design skills.

Darnell J Knauss said...

So glad to have back, Susan. I've missed you and all your glorious works of inspiration. EVERY one of these cards is perfection! That last one with the blossoms looks like metal art.

You're back to being just your normal boring amazing!

kingstonmama said...

These are all beautiful, Susan. Glad to see you back. Hope you're well. Ann Y.

Anja said...

Such a lot of great cards! Wish I could only finish one! Very great ideas!

Kathyk said...

Not one but FIVE simply gorgeous cards containing gold-ness! SUPER


Craftilicious said...

They are all beautiful Susan - you always have such great ideas. I love the last one with the inked flowers and really love the 2nd one with the flourish. I'm loving the cameo now I have one - it's soooo much better than the cricut.
Hope you're continuing to growth in strength as each day passes.

Lynne said...

Yet another wonderful selection Susan.
I`m so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you. Stay strong.
Lynne xxx

Bobby said...

What do you mean "go see some really great cards"? These are REALLY great cards. Love them all!

Jessica Strider said...

Beautiful cards. I especially love the first one, with the ephemeral butterfly and gold pearls. Amazing work.

Julie Howard said...

Love, love, LOVE the gold. You nailed the challenge. It's hard to pick a fave but I think it may be the first one... no, maybe the third. Heck, they're all fabulous. Great work.


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