Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Birthday, Sympathy and Anniversary


Hello there.  I have three cards to share today, and they are for lots and lots of different challenges. First up is a graphic birthday card.  I had a lot of fun piecing this one together--kind of like a puzzle.



The challenge this week at Simon Says Monday is to use any one Simon Says Stamp brand product, so I pulled out the Mod Circle Frame Die and the Sending and Wishing stamp set to make this birthday card.  I cut the Mod Circle Frame die in each color, and used 3 layers of black for the 'wishing' word.  I used the colors at ColourQ #291 and am also entering at Seize the Birthday with toppings:  use the negative, Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge Die Cuts / Punches and AAA Cards #39 birthday extravaganza.







I used the serene color scheme at the Paper Players #244 as my inspirational jumping off point for my next card.  These colors said 'sympathy card' to me, so that is the direction I went.  I started by sponging Distress Cracked Pistachio ink through a screen stencil on to Sahara Sand card stock.  I stamped my bird image (from PTI Iconic Images) in WPlus9 Ocean Drive ink on the stenciled area, and then added my sentiment.  Looked a little too stark, so I impressed it with a woodgrain impression plate.


I am also entering this card at Addicted to CAS #63 Birds, Addicted to Stamps and More #144 CAS, and CAS on Sunday #58 Cheer Up, Buttercup.  



And, I am still making anniversary cards for my mom.  Here is one I made using the sketch at Happy Little Stampers--I know I keep using this sketch, but it is a very fun one and quite versatile.  I pulled out an old favorite stamp for this one--remember PTI Dot Spot?  I paired it with Wet Paint and Happy Everything for a fun mod look.


I discovered a new-to-me challenge at Craft Stamper Take it Make it May Challenge Anything Goes: must use a stamp, so I am playing along there for the first time today.




Thanks for Visiting

39 comments :

  1. Oh, I forgot about lots of dots! I love that set - you've made a perfect, joyful card with it! And other beauties too - love the big circles and the serene bird sympathy card!

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  2. Three wonderful cards, Joyce. Love the pieced birthday card; those circles in all those happy colors are just plain fun! The sympathy card is perfect in it's subtlety and color palette. And I do like the colors and design of your anniversary card. Sweet! Bev

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  3. WOW!! Love the oversized linked polka dots, what a fun card. Your sympathy card is perfectly peaceful and pretty. But your final card KNOCKED my socks off!!!

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  4. Oh so many wonderful cards...love them all but I will have to agree with Lisa about your final card, it is over the top fabulous!!! But all of your cards are always amazing. As soon as I saw your first card, I thought you should enter this over at ColourQ and I am so happy that you did! Thank you so much for playing along with us at ColourQ, hope to see you again next week!

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  5. Terrific cards today, Joyce! Really LOVE the modern, interlocking circles on the first one - what a great die.

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  6. What fun cards. I love the die you used on the first one and your stamping on the last one is so much fun.

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  7. Wonderful cards, Joyce! The circle design looks fantastic with the bold colors. Lovely sympathy card and I love the explosion of colors on your anniversary card!

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  8. Three awesome cards Joyce!! Love the bold, graphic design of the inlaid circles ... definitely a puzzle - I don't know how you did that! And love the soft sponging over the woodgrain background and your sweet bird. And the dotty circles --- LOVE ... such a fantastic design and love the mix of colours --- a really HAPPY card! Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers and ATCAS.

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  9. WOW! 3 fabulous cards as always Joyce. I love your style.
    Obviously the sympathy one is so elegant and perfect for the occasion whereas the other 2 just shout fun and zing! Love the colour mix and design especially the AAA cards one and thanks for playing along there and at ATSM. Sarah x

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  10. omg, Joyce, I am loving your cards. Just a pleasure to see everything you have been creating lately. My favourite is the one using the HLS sketch. You are ROCKING this sketch. Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM, ATCAS and Happy Little Stampers. Good luck with the DT calls xx

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  11. omg, Joyce, I am loving your cards. Just a pleasure to see everything you have been creating lately. My favourite is the one using the HLS sketch. You are ROCKING this sketch. Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM, ATCAS and Happy Little Stampers. Good luck with the DT calls xx

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  12. omg, Joyce, I am loving your cards. Just a pleasure to see everything you have been creating lately. My favourite is the one using the HLS sketch. You are ROCKING this sketch. Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM, ATCAS and Happy Little Stampers. Good luck with the DT calls xx

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  13. Really like going to a gallery visiting your wonderful blog, Joyce! Just keep using that sketch - I love what you've done with it today!! I must have been out of the loop when SSS made the Mod Circles - wow is that cool!
    =] Michele

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  14. All your cards are awesome but I love the bright colors of the first one so much!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday!
    Anni

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  15. Love that bubble card with all the inlays.... so fun and neat! What a fun card for your mom and the sympathy is so peaceful.

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  16. These are all gorgeous, Joyce! Love the different designs. So fun!

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  17. Three great cards, Joyce! Such a pretty and soothing sympathy card! Thanks for sharing with us again at ATCAS!

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  18. Love your beautiful birthday card. The background is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

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  19. Joyce all three of your cards are so fantastic. What I love about you is how you design, how you are able to embrace so many different styles and they always turn out fabulous no matter what style you chose! You are a rockstar!

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  20. Can you be ANYMORE AMAZING??!!!!! I love each of these cards so much - the first one is so bold, dynamic and exciting!! The second one just soothes in such a peaceful way - love the way you sponged!! And the third is so Spot On with that challenge sketch and the sentiment is so cool looking! You have been excellent and I am encouraged to try some more challenges!! Thank YOU!!!

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  21. I made a similar card to yours with stenciling in the background and a bird stamped on top. I think it makes a wonderful sympathy card, Joyce. I struggled with a card for HLS and you just push them out. This one is great with all it's dots.

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  22. OMG! all three great cards! It is so fun to visit you because you always have unique cards that are so eye catching! And the birthday card is certainly an eye catcher! I am glad you had fun with that, it is certainly stunning! Thank you for sharing it at STB!

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  23. What a fun birthday card, Joyce, love all the balloon like circles! thanks for joining us at the colourQ.

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  24. Three really fabulous cards, Joyce! I love your Mod Circles with all those fab colors and your sympathy card is stunning! Your last card is so fun...I really love all the 'dots'! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

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  25. Joyce, you've been so busy!! Just love your CAS card for ATSM, its so simple and has lovely, soft colouring with all that white space. Loving the circle jigsaw card, that must have taken ages to put together but is so worth it. And your HLS card is gorgeous, just love the stamp you used.

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  26. That mod look is pretty cool!

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  27. A trio of deliciousness, Joyce ... cool and graphic interlocking circles, delicate and sweet bird ... and yes, I remember Dot Spot ... still one of my faves (probably because I haven't had it that long!!) ... your card is a stunner ... it's fabulous paired with the Wet Paint sentiment! Anita :)

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  28. I love all your cards Joyce! Thanks for sharing with us over at Addicted to CAS!

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  29. I really like the bird/sympathy card Joyce and appreciate that you explained your process.

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  30. You always seem to nail CAS and graphic styles perfectly Joyce - I love the way you can switch so easily between the two styles. These are all gorgeous - such a clever way to use that circle die. Your muted sympathy card is so pretty and the last one is a bold and bright stunner! Thanks for playing along at Colour Q again!

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  31. All your cards are lovely but I particularly like the bright and cheerful colours of the first one! Super fun way to use the 'negative'. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

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  32. Great cards, thanks for sharing!

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  33. Love, love all these cards. The first one is fantastic. Love the clean, graphic design and the colors! The bird is wonderful on that fabulous background. The anniversary card is so great. I am going to have to make me one of those! Hope you are having a fantastic day my friend! Thanks for linking up and joining in our birthday celebration at AAA Cards.

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  34. I love all three cards, Joyce, but the anniversary one with the cheerful and colourful dots is my fave!!!! Love the fun graphic look of the first and the wood grain bg on the sympathy card!!!
    Have a great day!!!

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  35. Wonderful cards! Good layouts too. Thanks for playing with us for our birthday challenge!
    Cheers, Victoria lavender- AAA CAS Card Challenges

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  36. I so love your connecting circles, so glad you could join us at AAA Cards.

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  37. Gorgeous cards Joyce! I love the inlaid die cutting on the first one (such fun colours) but my favourite is definitely the anniversary card - that design is amazing! Thanks for celebrating with us at AAA Cards! Jill

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  38. This is soooo pretty! |I love how you designed this gorgeous birthday greetings. The elements and sentiments are awesome. So unique and stunning!

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