Wednesday, May 15, 2013

CASology - Bloom-ing...and a surprise card


It's time again to play along with the CASology challenge.  Here's this week's cue card:


I had a couple of ideas floating through my head....


This first card is actually the second card I made for the challenge.  I used a Memory Box die to cut the flower from a white panel.  I colored the flowers with Copics, adding some shadows on the blooms.  I cut the panel slightly smaller than I usually do so that I could add a scalloped border from some peachy colored card scraps.  After coloring the flowers, I inserted them back into the panel I cut them from and put some double sided tape on the back of the panel to hold them in place.  The sentiment is from PTI.  I rounded the right side corners of the panel and the card base, then pop dotted the panel on the white card base.


This second card was actually the first card I made for the challenge, but I wasn't completely happy with the results of my experiment.  I stamped the image on linen card stock with a very light sand ink, then colored the image with Copics.  I was aiming for a water color look, but I don't think I quite got that.  I scored two lines across the bottom and punched the edge with a scallop punch.  A punched three more scalloped edges in two shades of pink and adhered them behind the white panel.  The sentiment is stamped in sepia ink and is a PTI sentiment. I pop dotted the white panel onto a white card base after rounding the corners of the panel and the card base.

Now....my surprise card....


We have a granddaughter graduating this year and I wanted to make her something special. I searched online for something unique and found instructions for this card at www.JillsInk.com. (I can't seem to link directly to the card, but the tutorial was posted on 4/10/13 and is called a graduation cap money card).  If you want it and can't find it, let me know and I can get you the instructions.  I stuck pretty true to her directions...and it's super easy to put together.  I cut the "2013" in burgundy on my Cameo, then cut and outline shadow from gold foil paper.  I added tiny strips of the gold foil paper to the edges of the "hat".  I made the tassel from embroidery floss and attached it to the "hat" before finishing up the inside of the hat.  The photo below shows how the card looks opened up.



As you can see, under the "hat" there's a cute little pocket made for slipping in a little cash or a check.  I never know what to get teenagers these day...but I do know that they all love cash!  The sentiment I stamped inside of the card is from SU.

Well, that's my surprise card...and I hope it's a nice surprise for our granddaughter!

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

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24 comments:

Bonnie said...

I love the technique you use of putting the diecuts back in the card. What an amazing look! And the graduation card is fantastic! Very special!

Joyce said...

I clicked on your first card because I just got this die, and didn't realize there was a matching stamp. Surprise! What an amazing and creative way to use that die! I may try this myself, although I don't think my coloring skills are near up to yours. I do like your second card, and can't think why you wouldn't love it, too. So soft and pretty. And, of course, that graduation card will be a huge hit, I am sure of it.

Linda said...

Both of your CASology cards are absolutely beautiful. Love them both. Simple stunning...

snapdragon said...

All the cards are great- as usual!! But I really love the grad card. I'm going to have to use that one this spring!
Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous cards Susan, I love the Prim Poppy card and the scallop sets it off perfectly. The grad card is brilliant! xCathy

Darnell J Knauss said...

Congratulations to your granddaughter, Susan! She will be surprised and touched and treasure your card forever! Your other cards are, as ever, also stunning!!

Karen B said...

Two beautiful cards Susan - love them both, but the second (or first......!) is beautiful. Your grandaughter is going to love her graduation card - wht a clever idea.

Karen x

Tracey McNeely said...

Three great cards Susan. Your first card at the top is so brilliantly executed. I have that die and not a new idea of how to use it. Congrats to your grandaughter, my son graduates from high school this June. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at CASology!

debby4000 said...

Oh what fabulous card, I love the floral image on the second and what first class card for a graduation.
luv
Debby

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Lovely blooms and wow, what a fun grad card - it looks complicated, but it also looks like you did it perfectly - well done! Thanks for playing along with us at CASology this week!

Sandra H said...

So beautiful you so creative and good luck to your grand daughter x

Rosemary said...

both CASology cards is just gorgeous, susan... I am a bit partial to the first one, though! and that graduation hat/gift holder is fantastic!

Melissa said...

Susan, that first card has me dreamily staring! It's absolutely beautiful! What a fantastic idea with that die! Your coloring skills are wonderful!!! I love all the white space and the little details you added such as the rounded corners and scalloped border!
Your other two cards are great too! That graduation card looks like a fun project and I love how the money is tucked in! :)
Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week!

Barb Ghig said...

So many fabulous cards, Susan! On your first card, I love how you colored the blooms with your copics...beautiful shading, and the sentiment is so lovely! Your second card is gorgeous, too! I really love how you shaded the pink flowers and your scoring and scalloped trim along the bottom is really modern!
How wonderful that your granddaughter is graduating...she is really going to LOVE her money card! Great job on all of your creations!

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Susan, Woah! Fabulous CAS cards and I absolutely love your surprise card for your Graduating Grand daughter, clever stuff!! Gay x

Fiona said...

I love your second card Susan, very pretty and lovely fresh colours. Your graduation card is a masterpiece.

mypapercraftworld said...

Amazing graduation card, Susan ... and the blooms are both gorgeous ... I particularly love the poppies, they're just stunning! Anita :)

Maureen Merritt said...

Wow, all cards are fabulous, but the first one makes me want to jump up and down, literally I gasped when I saw it!!! Thanks for sharing your talents with us at CASology this week!

Jenny said...

Beautiful inset poppy dies Susan, your shading has given them life and texture, your new grad card is so clever... love the gift pocket concealed under the flap :0)
Jenny x

Carole said...

beautiful cards

Barb Ghig said...

Congrats on your well-deserved Honorable Mention at CASology, Susan...I love your pretty card!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Popping back to congratulate you, Susan, on the well-deserved HM honor from CASology for your wonderful "bloom!!"

Annette said...

Love the shading of the MB die cut. Very pretty.

Doris said...

Very clever grad card. I love rhe first card best, tho--especially the color you chose. You've inspired me to try that die cut technique.

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