Sunday, June 30, 2013

Three Cards for Sunday

I am playing along with Muse #23 this week, where our Muse is Anita with this gorgeous card.  I have only recently begun following Anita's blog, and I was so happy to have the chance to make a card inspired by her.  She is so talented, and also leaves such nice comments on my blog, which I read to myself in my head with a French accent.

One thing I have learned this week is that playing at the end of the challenge means that all the good ideas are used up.  Either that, or my brain is being slow.  I took a quick look at the gallery before starting this morning, and was blown away with the number of beautiful cards, any number of them making me slap the side of my head saying 'why didn't I think of that first'.  So, I tried to take a different approach--I focused on the dots, the bling, and all that beautiful white space.  Also, I picked a sentiment from the same Paper Smooches set as Anita used--Sentiment Sampler has got to be my all time favorite Paper Smooches set.

Next up is my entry into this week's RetroSketches RS#70.  I used a Beautiful Butterflies die and some papers from Basic Grey Clippings to create my focal point for this anniversary card.

Last up today is a card for this week's Dynamic Duos DD#59, where I used Berry Sorbet along with Memento Grey Flannel.  I followed the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch CTS#34.  I inked up a Plain Jane set from Verve for the first time, too.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Dot Spot, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Paper:  White
Ink:  Winter Wisteria, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, SU Pretty in Pink, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Sequins, Canvas/Linen Impression Plate

Happy Anniversary
Stamps:  Beautiful Butterflies
Paper:  White, Basic Grey Clippings
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Beautiful Butterfly Die, Lil Inkers Stitched Squares

Birthday Wishes
Stamps:  Verve Plain Jane, Lawn Fawn Belinda's Borders
Paper:  White Berry Sorbet
Ink:  Memento Basic Grey, Berry Sorbet, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Lil Inker Stitched Rectangles, Canvas/Linen Impression Plate

Thanks for Visiting


  1. Joyce, all three of your cards are fabulous! Your Muse card is amazing and I love your take on the challenge with focusing on the polka dots, so clever of you! Fabulous card for DD too, love that red with they berry sorbet, wonderful combination!

  2. lOVING the bright orange peek a boo bloom! Perfect.

  3. Three beautiful cards, as always, Joyce! I love your take on the Muse card! I find it's easier to make my card and THEN look at the gallery, LOL! Your DD/CTS card is really sweet! Great colour choices, and I love that flower! Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos!

  4. Hi Joyce! I just love your Muse creation. I love the colors you used and the focus on the dots and the placement of the bling. Brilliant take! Your RS card is wonderful - I love the paper on the main panel. I love your choice of color on the Dynamic Duos card. That Verve flower really pops out and I love the zig zag lines in back of the panel.

  5. Great set of cards! I LOVE that first one, the stamping and color choices are fantastic!

  6. Great cards! I never look at the gallery before I get mine done--too intimidating! But your card stands out--LOVE your choice of stamps!

  7. 3 great cards Joyce, I especially love your first one, gorgeous colours and design :) Cathy x

  8. Your cards are amazing. Love that fabulous edging on the birthday wishes card!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!

  9. Oh Joyce, these are all fab ... although I'm picking out your Muse card for particular attention (not that I'm biased!) It's so delicious and creatively clever ... I love all those yummy polka dots with just a smattering of bling! Had a giggle at the thought of you reading to yourself with a French accent ... not sure how I could write with one though! Thanks so much for your lovely words and for playing along! Anita :)

  10. Great cards- my favourite is the butterfly going off the edge!

  11. Fabulous cards, one and all, Joyce!

  12. I love your take on the Muse card & agree sometimes checking out the gallery is intimidating and makes me second guess my initial reaction to an inspiration challenge.

  13. I came here from the Muse blog and found more fabulous cards. These are fabulous, Joyce. I love the dots and spots :)

  14. LOL! I laughed when I read your comment about waiting til the end of the challenge - I find the same thing. Sometimes maybe it's better not to look at everyone else's ideas! I love how you took it 'dotty' - thanks so much for playing along!

  15. All your cards are wonderful. I understand what you mean about all the good ideas being taken. Sometimes I see what others have done and just want to throw my hands in the air and say "Forget it!"

  16. Wow! Great cards! Love the way you focused on the dots and came up with your wonderful card! Your last card with the red flower is gorgeous that red dotted paper, and fun zig zag. Great work !

  17. Love them all, especially the dot spot card. Might have to get me that set!

  18. Hi Joyce! I love the negative diecut of that butterfly - the pairing of that floral paper with that brown is just awesome!


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