Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hey there! 3 challenges

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It's been a gorgeous weekend for us in northern Illinois.  Sunshine and blue skies.  The low temp last night was 8 degrees, but the high today was a balmy 32!  But I didn't even mind the cold temp this morning because we finally have sunny skies.

I'm sharing a card that I put together quickly this afternoon.  After cooking and cleaning, and some reorganizing in the basement...I rewarded myself with a short time at my craft table.
I found 3 challenges that fit together well (surprisingly) for the card I had in mind.

The Play Date Cafe - challenge #171  (love these colors together, don't you?)
CAS(E) this sketch! - CTS#17 (another fun sketch by Jackie Rockwell)
The Paper Players - PP135 (a sewing theme by LeAnne - and I love to stitch on my cards)

And my take on the 3 challenges:

I almost used white card stock as my card base, because I knew I wanted lots of "white space" or open space.  But I reminded my self that it doesn't have to be white.   Why not change things up a bit and use one of my favorite SU colors...Pool Party?   I like the results.  I did some stitching on 2 of the patterned papers..even tied the thread in bows on the sentiment panel.  Then popped up the largest panel with foam tape.  The finishing touches are a button and my new favorite ribbon (from SU!).
Thanks so much for taking a look.  I love visitors :o)

card stock: pool party (Stampin' Up!)
ink: onyx black versafine
stamps: signature greetings II (Papertrey Ink)
patterned papers: follow your heart - be happy 6 x 6 pad (My Mind's Eye)
other: button (Basic Grey), very vanilla 1/8" taffeta ribbon (SU), glue dots, scor-tape, foam tape, thread


  1. I LOVE this card! You've used my favorite colors and I adore the little bows you tied with the thread on your stitching -- I've never seen that done before. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players this week!

  2. Fantastic Susie. I'm so glad you didn't use white, this colour is perfect as is the added stitching, I'm pinning this!
    Thanks for sharing at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!

  3. This is gorgeous - the various types of stitching add so much interest! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CAS(E) This Sketch this week!

  4. LOVE this, Susie! (Of course, I love all your stuff!) The Pool Party base is perfect for your fun little that sketch too! Thanks for playing with my stitchy challenge this week!

  5. Fantastic card... Love the layout. So glad to see you at The Play Date Cafe this week. :)

  6. Love this! Fantastic grouping of elements - I love all your little banners and bows! Thank you for joining us for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge!

  7. Gorgeous card! Love the colors and added details with the stitching and that sweet bow :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS(E) this Sketch!

  8. Fabulous card! Loving all of you elements and the simplicity too! Thank you very much for joining us at the Paper Players this week!

  9. hi there :) your card is absolutely stunning!! I hope you don't mind but I just had to pin it!! beautiful work :)


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