Saturday, October 22, 2011

Case Study #62

I love cards by Niki Estes!  I have followed her blog for some time and was delighted when the opportunity came to be inspired by her in this challenge.  What a happy card!  However, my need is for a sympathy card so this is what I came up with.

I created a background design, layered a rectangle,  die cut a floral embellishment, and turned the sketch on it's side.  Looks just like Niki's, right? LOL!!!  I have included a second photo so that you can see the sheen produced by using Perfect Pearls on the background, as well as the gold embossing on the ginko leaves.



Thanks for stopping in to see my challenge submission.  If you have the time and interest, I have added several other cards to this post.  I have had a very creative week. (necessity being the mother of invention and all that...)  Details follow each photo.  I hope you see something you like.  Of course, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Card stocks:  Fine Linen, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink) 
Stamp sets:  Harvest Berries, Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Die:  Harvest Berries
Inks:  Perfect Medium (Ranger)
Other:  Perfect Pearls, Biscotti (Ranger), Detail Gold Embossing Powder (Stampendous)

I have been invited to honor THREE mothers-to-be this weekend!  Two are from across the country so they get cards with shipment notices in them for the gifts that have been sent to their home addresses.  The other lives near by, so she got a cutesy little tag on her very large package.  (A Diaper Genie is definitely a great gift, don't you think?) 


Most everything is PTI except for Memento Rose Bud ink, (for the sentiment) and  Angel Pink (for stamping the giraffe and sponging over the tag base).  When I started putting it together, it was just too white.
Cardstock:  White, Raspberry Fizz
Stamp sets:  Sweet Baby, Hanging Out
Dies:  Sweet Baby, Tag Sale #3
Other:  White Silk ribbon (PTI), Pink Grosgrain Ribbon (I don't know), flower punch (I don't know), Copic marker, Martha Steward Glitter

Here are the two cards that will dress up those shipping notices.  The first one is for Nate. (Obviously!) I got to do some things that were really out of the box for me.  I made the background design using three stamps from Polka Dot Basics and two colors of ink.  On the sentiment, I did some selective inking and eliminated "one" from the "Welcome little One" stamp so that it could say "welcome little Nate".  I also watercolored inside  the letters with ink directly from the pad using my Aquapen


and a special note inside


Card base:  Hobby Lobby pre-fold A-2 cards and envelopes
Card stock:  Chocolate Brown, White (PTI)
Stampsets:  Polka Dot Basics, Outline Alphabet, Sweet Baby, Hanging Out (PTI)
Die:  Sweet Baby (PTI)
Inks:  Hawaiian Shores, (PTI), Rich Cocoa (Memento)

Have you noticed a trend in parents not knowing or not telling the sex of the baby before birth?  I like the anticipation myself.  This next card is for little "Yet to be Identified"...


and the inside...


This concept took place as I started clearing my workspace after the post from Wednesday.  There were assorted scraps and rejects laying around that just begged to be put to good use and this is where they ended up.  Serendipity!!!  

As usual, most products are Papertrey Ink except for the circle die, and scalloped circle die, both from Spellbinders.  The card size is 5 1/4" square so that I can use a 5 1/2 " envelope from PTI.
Cardstock:  Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, White (paper-pieced Stork inside)
Patterened Paper:  from Funky Town Collection, Candy Cane Prints (used to paper-piece the baby blanket)
Stampsets:  Bundle of Love
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Frost White (Colorbox)
Other:  White pencil, Martha Stewart glitter

Thanks again for stopping by!


  1. Wow! you have been busy! I love your perfect pearls card - I am deathly afraid of perfect pearls so I am always in awe when someone uses them! and your baby creations are fabulous!

  2. Your CASE of Nikki's card is simply fabulous! :) I love the embossing--I know it's for a sad occasion, but I would have my spirits lifted if I received a card that pretty. :)

  3. Oh, Suzanne, I am overwhelmed in how much there is in this post! You've had a busy time! Your first card is gorgeous. I ordered Harvest Berries in the Sept release and when it arrives here in Australia (via Brazil and whatever other country it has gone to on its way here), I am going to have so many ideas to try out...yours included! I love it.
    Your baby cards are all so different and all so cute, I love them all. I especially love that little pink giraffe. :-) I had to Google Diaper Genie to find out what it was, LOL! And I agree with you, it is an awesome gift. We call them Nappy Wrappers here, and I found mine indispensable.

  4. Those ginkgo leaves look amazing with the gold embossing! And the subtle pattern on the background adds such a beautiful touch. Your baby cards and tag are fabulous too. I especially love the way you personalized the little boy card. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh, wauw!!! You really did have a creative week! Love your cards, very nice style! Pretty happy colors in your layering card!! Love it!!!
    Hugs, Wendy

  6. Suzanne, LOVE the sympathy card with the shine! Those leaves are just FAB! And your array of baby cards is so SWEET! LOVE the giraffe best because i LOVE pink but the other two are equally DARLING!

  7. these are gorgeous cards, great work...thanks for joining as at CASE study...hope you have a fabulous week!

    enjoy *~*

  8. What a great collection of cards. I love the gold Ginko leaves. :)

  9. Beautiful Sympathy card! Wonderful baby cards and tag - love the bright colors on the bottom one!

  10. Whoa! These are seriously FAB cards! LOVE the sympathy card with the embossing and the shine, and the baby cards with the bright colors, and the tag which is so cute, and....LOL!!! Simply fantastic! :)

  11. Wow! What a wonderful collection of cards! I love the gold embossed flowers!

  12. Suzanne, I love you blog and your work and have spent a lot of time here. Tons of inspiration! Thank you and God bless :)

  13. Wow! Look at all those fabulous projects! Your sympathy card is just beautiful. Love how it shimmers, and your use of the ginkgo leaves is wonderful. And all those baby cards and tag - so, so fun and adorable!! Nice work. ;-)

  14. Wow, Suzanne ! Beautiful cards . I need to make a sympathy card so I was so happy to see yours the background is beautiful. Everything is gorgeous . Thanks for your kind comments on my blog.