Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year.....and...LIM 309

Happy New Year!  It seems the older I get the faster the years fly by!  Sometimes I can barely keep up! Hopefully, this year, I'll be a little better at keeping up with my blog.  I've been making a few changes and hopefully, keeping up with my blog better will be one of the good changes!

The holidays were extremely busy around here.  We had several family get-togethers and those are always BIG!  There was baking, shopping, wrapping of gifts...and just the general holiday rush! I had to move the location of my tree this year...I'm thinking I like it in this spot. I also managed to make some cards.  Unfortunately, I did not manage to get any Christmas cards mailed this year!  (I'll have plenty for next year though.)

I've made a few cards that I can use as encouragement for a friend of mine who recently found out that she has breast cancer.  

So, let's move on to the cards...

I believe this card is perfect for the LIM challenge. The last challenge of the year was to make a card with dimension...and here it is!  I stamped the flowers on water color paper using a Penny Black stamp and a very light distress ink for stamping.  I colored the images with Tombow markers and a little water on a brush.  Then I cut around the edges of the image and popped on a white card base. The sentiment is from SSS.  I colored some water color paper with the same color used for the blooms, then used the believe die to cut the sentiment.  I cut several layers of the word so that It would be popped up off the card.  The "all things are possible" is from the same stamp set.

This next card also has dimension on it...I used the Peony Swirls stamp from Altenew.  I layered my stamping using masks, then after coloring with Copics, I cut around the image and popped it on the card base. The sentiment is from SSS.

I really love this PB stamp, so i used it again, only this time I stamped it on Bristol paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color brushes. I added a few Nuvo pearl drops.

I love this sentiment from SSS.  I smooshed some distress inks on some card stock, then sprinkled a little water over it and blotted it with a paper towel.  After making sure it was really dry, I stamped the SSS sentiment in Versafine black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I also added a few faux stitches on each side of the panel.

I know this was a looooooong post...so thank you for sticking with me!  Maybe if I keep up with my blog on a regular basis, my post won't be this long! 

As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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Cathy said...

Wonderful cards Susan, great way to add dimension too, love how you've cut around the flowers and popped the panel up, looks so effective. Best wishes for your friend's recovery, Cathy x

Vicki G said...

I love all of your cheery cards and i am sure your friend is going to totally appreciate them. They are very uplifting!

Darnell said...

Pretty cards, Susan! Happy and healthy new year wishes coming to you!! Hugs, Darnell

Esther said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend - best wishes. Your cards are stunning and I'm sure they will lift her spirits. The raised flowers on your first two cards are beautiful, such an effective design, and the third card is so elegant. I love the bright colours and bold sentiment of the final card. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing with us at Less is More, and Happy New Year!

Valerie Nolan said...

What beautiful cards Susan, love the way you've fussy cut to create dimension. I thought at first they were diecut! I love a post with lots of cards probably because my blogging has been intermittent lately!
Happy new year
Val x

Susan said...

Your entry card is just amazing. Your color selection and design is stunning! Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

A beautiful selection of cards Susan and I'm sure your friend will take great strength from the wonderful sentiments on them. Your dimensional designs are fantastic and great takes on the challenge. Thanks so much for playing along at Less is More and a very happy new year to you! Sarah x

Jen Nelson said...

stunning cards as always susan. great to see you joining in with us this week
Thanks for joining us at Less Is More this week
Jen xx

Daffodil Cards said...

A really beautiful set of cards with lovely sentiments and thoughts behind them.

I hope your friend is OK.

Neets B said...

So sorry to hear your friend's news. These cards are never easy to make but you've nailed these. Great dimension and I'm swooning over all those coral shades.
Thanks for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x


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