Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Four Cards for Five Challenges

I am in love with this week's ColourQ colors.  They are so bright, fresh and happy.  When I saw Tracey's inspiration card for this challenge, I knew I needed to CASE it immediately.  I will also be linking this card up to this week's CAS-ual Fridays birthday challenge, as well as this week's Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge.

A  recent house guest sent us a wonderful cookbook from Cook's Illustrated--we had been discussing it over dinner during his stay.   I decided to use my new Serendipity Books stamp to make him a thank you card.  This is one of the stamps I picked as part of my prize package a few weeks ago, and I used this stamp to make a background, which is this week's challenge over at SSCB#10.  I tried to make this thank you card as masculine as possible--kraft, brown, woodgrain, no bows, glitter, or gemstones--check.  I thought the books image was perfect for a thank you for the gift of a book.

My last card is for this week's Make it Monday #113:  Perfect Pearls.  I was happy to see this video, since I had bought a little container of Perfect Pearls some time ago, but never knew how to use them.  While I am not in love with the card I made, I am glad that I broke out this powder, and am encouraged to start playing around more with it in the future.

As you can see, it is a bit difficult to photograph, but it does have a nice shimmer in person.  Here is a close up:

My last cad is for this week's 10 Minute Craft Dash #16.  The sponsor this week is Avery Elle, so I broke out 2 of my newest Avery Elle sets--Link it Up and Fanfare.  This card took me 7 minutes 17 seconds.  I will also be linking this card up to this week's CAS-ual Fridays birthday challenge.

Supplies Used (PTI):


Stamps:  Modern Basics, Framed Out
Paper:  White
Ink:  Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, Hibiscus Burst
Other:  Kraft Twine, Tremendous Tags die, Canvas/Linen Impression Plate, bling from Michaels

Thank You
Stamps:  Serendipity Books, A Big Thank You
Paper:  Kraft, SU Soft Suede
Ink:  SU Soft Suede, Versamark
Other:  Photo Finishers Die, White Embossing Powder, Woodgrain Impression Plate

Feel Better Soon
Stamps:  Mini Bloom, Think Big
Paper:  Ocean Tides, Soft Stone
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Grey Flannel
Other:  Perfect Pearls

10 Minute Craft Dash
Stamps:  Avery Elle Link it Up, Fanfare
Paper:  White
Ink:  Plum Pudding, SU Garden Green, Versacolor Opera Pink
Other:  Ellen Hutson Sequins, Canvas/Linen Impression Plate

Thanks for Visiting


  1. Joyce, sit back and grab a coffee this is going to be a long one. I love all of your cards and I am so happy that you CASE`d me. It turned out just beautiful but noddy you, I have to buy that set now that you have taunted me! LOL Love the books thank you card, that stamps is fantastic and the woodgrain background is perfect. So brave to use the Perfect Pearls, I bet it is gorg in person and finally your birthday card with the new Avery Elle sets. I love the link image. Yes you have done it again, I need to buy Link It Up now too. You really are my personal shopper. :)

  2. You are my stamping hero! I love that you can make so many cards and each one is gorgeous! I love the book thank you card and now I have to have that stamp. I love the way you used it! Your Tracey case is gorgeous and I like the way you made it your own. I had a hard time photoing my MIM card as well . Love your 10 min. dash card it is so you!

  3. Joyce, what a fabulous group of must have had such fun making them. I love your book card, the woodgrain impression on the card really makes those book stand out on the kraft cardstock. I also really like your angled card...been thinking of what to make for the blog hop and your card would fit perfectly!

  4. What great cards. I love the stamps you used in the first one. And your second card is perfect for any man. Love how your perfect pearls card turned out and I love the card layout of your last one. Well done.

  5. Well I got here through MIM, but you rocked all the challenges. That book stamped card is a knockout. Agree that it's hard to photograph shimmer with a point and shoot (a great camera is on my wish list!), what a standout the cas'd card is! You're my stamping hero!

  6. very pretty cards! love the books and the texture on oyu colourq card! so happy you joined us again!!

  7. They're all fabulous but love the books...
    you knew that one would be my favorite...
    and perfect for a man! :)
    A gorgeous CASE of Tracey's fabby card...
    and love the diagonal on the last one!

  8. These are fantastic! So nice visiting. Arlene

  9. I am no longer surprised at how many cards you can knock out in a day. They are all fabulous.
    You outdid yourself on the thank you card. It's awesome. A great masculine card.
    I too have had Pearl Ex sitting among my supplies that haven't been touched.
    Love the image of the links. So pretty for a CAS card.

  10. All of these cards are fabulous! Excellent designs and colors... you have such a great clean and simple style! :) Thanks for playing along in the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog!

  11. All of your cards are amazing Joyce. WOW!!!

  12. OK, I totally need to try the perfect pearls! Thanks for that extra push : ) Love them all, but my favorite is the last, 7 minute card (isn't that annoying sometimes when your favorites end up being the quickest to make? It's just not right!) I think it might be the fresh color combo, or that really interesting key design, or the "tilt" : )

  13. They are all so FABULOUS-such great designs and use of colors! You're always tempting me with new sets too! LOVE the books--the perfect masculine card. And the Avery Elle stamps look fantastic!

  14. Gorgeous cards Joyce - LOVE your Avery Elle stamping!
    So glad you joined in the fun at the 10 Minute Craft Dash - hope to see you again soon :)

  15. Lovely cards, Joyce, Your colors are so crisp and fresh on that white background! Thanks for sharing your cards with us at the colourQ.

  16. Really fun card, thanks for playing along with us at ColourQ this week! I have candy up for grabs on my blog, so please stop by!

  17. Wow...I am not sure how I missed this post! So many fabulous cards too! I love your perfect pearls, so stunning. But my favorite card is your ColourQ card, love that design, very pretty for a birthday card!

  18. Still don't know how you get it all done! SO many good things here - love your case of Tracey - it's perfect - everything lined up! The books look so masculine stamped on kraft... that rich embossing - love how I can see that SHINE!! and the last one - the rows of color!

  19. Wow- that's a lot of challenges!
    I'm glad you joined us at The 10 Minute Cratt Dash!
    I love all your cards :)

  20. Hi Joyce, I love these colours too and your floral card is so special. I love the little added bling too. Fab!

  21. So many beautiful cards. I love how clean and crisp the ColourQ card turned out. I don't have a favorite...I like them all.

  22. Joyce, you are the stamping Queen! All fabulous cards, and I love your book background, with the embossed texture it's perfect!
    Thanks for joining us at SSCB!


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