Sunday, July 29, 2012

LIM78 - We're sketchy this week!

I'm running a little later than usual with my submission for the Less is More challenge this week.  This week, Chrissie and Mandi have challenged us to create a card using this sketch:

While I realize that this isn't a difficult sketch, I had a bit of trouble getting something done that I really liked.  Anyway, I finally got a few cards made and here's the results of an afternoon of card making.

I believe this card is my favorite this week.  The stamp is a new stamp I had to have from Sweet and Sassy stamps (and it's all Kim's fault! LOL!).  The stamp isn't wide enough to stretch across the 5.25 inches, so I had to added a few little doodled lines of my own to stretch the stamp.  Colored the water and sand with Copics and then paper pieced the umbrella and popped it up a bit.  The chair was highlighted with a touch of light grey.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set. Border was punched with an EK Success punch.

I think this is my second favorite.  I've had this die from PTI for a while and just never used it, so I wanted to use it today.  The little hexagons are all cut out when you cut with the die, and there are matching hexagons patterned stamps to use on them.  I trimmed the hexagon panel to size then stamped each of the individual hexagons with SU real red ink using four of the different patterned hexagon stamps.  Paper pieced it...then added a PTI Merry Christmas sentiment, also stamped in real red.

This card was stamped with another one of my new stamps from Sweet & Sassy stamps.  I masked off the horizon and sponged in the water, then did some clouds by using a torn mask. The stamped piece is matted on some teal paper, and I added a small scalloped border (Spellbinder).  Sentiment is also from the S&S stamp collection.

This was the last card I did for this week's challenge, and my least favorite of them all.  I was trying something new.  I inked my embossing folder with some HA ink (pool), then embossed a piece of white card stock.  I cut a piece of the embossed image and then punched a border backing.  The border was punched with a MS deep edge punch.  Then I added a touch of glitter and a few pearls.

I have another layout to share with you today too.

This is a photo of my Mama and my Grandmother with me and 3 of my siblings. I used some MME paper for this layout. I used a piece of off-white for the background and stamped some text, and a few old clock faces, then spritzed it with some walnut/gold glimmer mist.  I also sponged the left side with some gold ink.  The chipboard swirls were plain cardboard that I inked with some green and blue inks then touched them with some gold highlights.  The heart was also stamped with some text and inked.  I added a metal key and a few blooms with dewdrop centers.  The stitching on this layout was some really old tape from DaisyD paper company that I've had for years. The title letters were cut with PTI number dies (4 of each number) that were layered.  I also stamped a bit of text on the letters with a PTI stamp.  The other text was stamped with the text stamp from SU French Foliage. The journaling is tucked behind the photo with the pull tab that says "The story behind the photo" and reads:

I remember when this picture was taken.  We lived in what we’ve always call “the old gray house” on Jackson Street in Waycross, Georgia.  The house is no longer there.  Your Grandma told me that the house was moved to another location and turned into a church.  In this photo from left to right is:  Mike, Ruth Perdue (Mama – holding Karen), me, Grandmother Pace, and Randy.  I’ve put the date as 1954 – I’m not really sure of the exact date of this picture, but it was probably close to the end of 1954 or early in 1955, since Karen was born in March of 1954 and Grandmother Pace died on April 19, 1955.  I remember crawling up behind my Mama and Grandmama, so that I could be next to both of them.  The photo on the wall above the mantle was a picture of pink flamingos on a beach.  I think I was always fascinated by that picture when I was a little girl.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I truly appreciate each and every comment! Until next time...



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Chrissie said...

You've been as busy as ever this week Susan, but I think my favourite is the Christmas hexagons, it looks so bright and clean cut!
What a wonderfully nostalgic picture of your family too.
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

debby4000 said...

Love your LIM cards especially the beach scene and the swan ones.
Fab layout too.

Aileen said...

Always an exciting array of cards Susan. I love the first. It sets such a peaceful scene and reminds me of my holidays.

Aileen x

Kathyk said...

FAB projects (love the scrap layout) but I am loving the LIM entry


Sue said...

Love all your cards I just can't choose between them.

Sandra H said...

Wow Susan you really have been busy but wow again your cards are so beautiful xx

Craftilicious said...

Love the family photo - so great to be able to date it too.

I really like the inked EF card - probably drawn to the colour as it's my fave. I love the beach scene too.


CarolCel said...

I can't believe how many cards you created with this one sketch. I do like the first one (beach scene) best.

Rosemary said...

always enjoy coming to your blog to see what you have created for the LIM challenge, susan! another fab set of cards... love the one with the hexagons. the layout is gorgeous!

lin_ka1 said...

Holiday, vacation, holidays ..... Wonderful time and a beautiful card
In general, a lot of your cards according to the template, but each performance and the message of delights.
(sorry for the translation, but I do not know English, so I use the google translator, which explains the sometimes funny lyrics. If there are any errors I apologize for it.)

Carla said...

you made beautiful card, as always. The first one with the beach is my favourite!
The layout is so beautiful,great to use an old family photo.

Jenni's Jems said...

You have been busy! and I love the first it reminds me that the sun does sometimes shine :-)- just not very often in Scotland!! x

Linby said...

wow so many lovely cards and so many different techniques. Great layout too as always.

Deanna said...

Wow, Susan, You have been busy! I really enjoyed your cards and the picture is just priceless. Gorgeous Beach Scene!

Karen said...

Even more wonderful cards Susan but I especially love the paper pieced PTI Christmas one - very clean and crisp. Your layout is brilliant and for some reason really love your sister's name! lol

Karen x

Mandi said...

Fantastic cards as always Susan
I did a little squeal at the first one
Thanks very much
"Less is More"

Vicky Hayes said...

Wonderful wonderful cards as always Susan, each as gorgeous as the next!

Lynne said...

They are all wonderful cards Susan, makes it difficult to pick a favourite. If I was forced to, I think the hexagons might just get the edge.
Love your layout too. 1954 was a very good year, it was the year I was born lol.
Lynne xxx

Dotty Jo said...

Such gorgeous work Susan, love all your LIM cards and that layout is fabulous, Jo x


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