Sunday, March 23, 2014

Potluck Sunday

Oh, how I've missed being here on my blog!  Life's been super-busy since I started my temp job at an accounting firm at the end of February, and I'm too tired most nights to go up to the craft studio.  Good thing I've got posts pre-scheduled for times like these!

Over the last several months, I've made so many cards that I now need to clump some of them together in one post.  

Here's a potluck mish-mash of things -- FOUR posts in ONE!!

#1)  You know how I feel about hydrangeas, don't you?  Just one look at my blog header tells you I'm in love with them.

I was happy to give my Stampin' Up! set, Because I Care, some love not too long ago for this sympathy card:


Monochromatic cards are so appealing to me, so I used only gray and white on this card (plus black for the sentiment - by Verve).  The velvet gray ribbon is by May Arts.


Stamps: Because I Care (flower) - SU; Blessings (sentiment) - Verve Paper: Going Gray - SU; white - PTI Ink: Going Gray - SU; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Fibers: gray velvet ribbon - May Arts Accessories & Tools: White Opal Liquid Pearls - Ranger; Arches punch - EK Success; Victoria embossing folder - Cuttlebug

#2)  This is definitely "freestyle collage" style, isn't it?  I tried it on for size, the "put lots of stuff on a card" thing, and it did not feel very comfortable.  Still, I thought I would share.


The sentiment is from Spring Blossoms by Inspired By Stamping (after I cut off the exclamation point...I often do that 'cause it just seems weird to shout a sentiment to the card recipient). The postage stamps are from their Summer Postcard Add-On set.  


Stamps: Summer Postcard Add-On, Spring Blossoms - IBS Paper: Vintage Cream - PTI; Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, polka dot pattern - SU; butterflies - Mariposa Stack - DCWV Ink: Close To Cocoa, Crumb Cake - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko; Frayed Burlap - Ranger Fibers: khaki gingham - Creative Impressions; crochet lace - IBS Accessories & Tools: pearls - Queen & Co.; Copic markers; Elegant Scrollwork die - Memory Box; Framed Tulips embossing folder - SU; circle die - Spellbinders

#3)  You can tell I had the Mariposa Stack of papers by DCWV out on the same day I made cards #2 & 3.  :-D  This one could be used for all kinds of occasions, though I think I pegged it for a birthday card.


The sentiment is from Big Wishes II / Inspired By Stamping.  The gilded tulip sticker is coordinates with the Mariposa Stack, found on clearance for pennies at JoAnn's.  I matted it on a doily die cut, then a Fancy Tag die cut.


Stamps: Big Wishes II - IBS Paper: white - PTI; Crumb Cake - SU; patterns - Mariposa Stack - DCWV Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: white seam binding - Hug Snug Accessories & Tools: tulip sticker - Mariposa Stack/DCWV; Doily die - My Favorite Things; Fancy Tags Two die - Spellbinders

#4)  And finally, I've got a simple anniversary card to share, using my fave flower once again.


It's from one of the older Stampin' Up! sets, Abundant Joy.  That's a set I will keep for a long time.  Even though it hasn't been inked in forever, it holds images I think are lovely.  The sentiment here is from Love Story / Verve, another set I find too valuable to part with.


Stamps: Love Story - Verve; Abundant Joy - SU Paper: Vintage Cream - PTI; pattern - SU Ink: Crumb Cake - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: pleated ribbon - SU; crochet lace - IBS Accessories & Tools: pearls - Queen & Co.; corner rounder - Fiskars

Happy sigh!  Feels good to blog.  I like it as much as I enjoy making the cards.  I've got posts lined up for the coming week, and now it's time to do the laundry.  Now, THAT is something I do NOT enjoy!

12 comments:

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous Cilleen.... As usual
Hugs Sylvie xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Soooooooooo gorgeous! You are just amazing!!!!!!

Shani Thomas said...

Lovely cards all, Colleen!

Vicki Dutcher said...

So beautiful! That sympathy card is just stunning in the mono color scheme!

Tenia Nelson said...

What GORGEOUS cards, Miss Lady!!

Leslie Miller said...

Mmmmm, yummy potluck! It's amazing how work takes the creativity right out of you, isn't it? I don't want to hurry the years, but I can't wait to retire! So glad you had a chance to share these beautiful cards. Your potluck was much more delicious than the one we had at work on Friday!

Maria said...

All very beautiful cards, Colleen! Love that hydrangea stamp! I believe I have that stamp set, too! I must get it out and play with it! Glad you are keeping busy with your new job, but I know that it does take away from craft time. Hope you get time to create and have fun very soon!:-)

nwilliams6 said...

So pretty things here Colleen. I recognize some of my favorite papers here - lovely work! Hugz!

Benzi said...

Again, beautiful designs and cards. Love the hydrangea and glad I have it.

Lisa said...

Pretty pretty cards Colleen! The first one is sticking, love the big hydrangea!

Bonnie said...

A bevy of beauties, Colleen!

Emily Keaton said...

That top hydrangea card is FABULOUS, Colleen!! Thanks for the gorgeous eye candy. These must be for sale at the gallery--great choices! And I hear ya on the laundry thing . . .

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