Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Getting Right To It, Or Nearly So...

Getting right to the cards today. I need to make a sympathy card for a friend whose mother-in-law has passed. I didn't know Nancy's mil, but I have seen a cool photo of her. It's on the cover of Nancy's book.



Love how cool she looks waving her hat. If memory serves, this was taken in the 1940s. Excellent book, too. But I digress...

My first card will head off to my first time playing at this challenge: Cupcake Inspirations. Check out the inspiration:


Love this color combination. My take:


I cut one of my treasured, but no longer hoarded pieces of TC for MME papers for the base. There's a bit of Michaels white, and a scrap of pink striped paper. A ME stamp using Jeni Bowlin ink, and three HS enamel stars. QAEZPZ. 

Next up is a card that I'm submitting to Kelly Latevola's {CASE}ing Genius Challenge.



Wait till you see the gallery of Geniuses; brilliant and wonderful crafters all gathered together in one place. Here, we are to CASE one the geniuses in the gallery. I've chosen the wonderful and talented Amy Tsuruta of Tsuruta Designs.  This is Amy's card from Kelly's post that I've chosen to CASE.


Next we are to nominate someone we love to be a Genius. I nominate Anita Raffo from My Papercraft World. Hopefully, you've all seen her work; it's brilliant. And besides that, she's an absolutely wonderful person! I blessed beyond measure to spend time with her at the Lake House Adventure last year.

Now my card is similar, yet different from Amy's as you'll see:


For this, I found a large black & white scrap of dp and I cut it to fit the base of the card. I watercolored a slip of watercolor paper and die cut it with some NBUS dies. Another scrap of blue which was pretty darn close to the blue paint, cut with the next size up die. A SC stamp in Versafine ink, 2 little enamel dots and one pretty PM flower. Love the simplicity of this card. Wanna play along with me? You should! Head over and check it out. I promise you'll have a blast! Happy dances everyone!!



24 comments:

Sandy said...

Cute! Fits the challenge colors wonderfully. Thank you for joining us this week at Cupcake Inspirations!
-Sandy, DT Sweetie

Aileen (mum) said...

Both these cards are really nice. I particularly like the second one and think you did a brilliant CASe of Amy. That little flower really finishes it of perfectly. And have to totally agree, Anita would be a perfect one for Kelly to CASe.

Shelly said...

So sorry to hear about your friends loss...that IS one cool photo, though.
Onto yours cards, sooo SWEET!! Love the colors on your first card and what a perfect sentiment to go with! And CASEing Amy?!...Super AWESOME!! Absolutely, LOVE it!

Susanne Vargas said...

Your first card is just as yummy as those cupcakes! And the second one is a great CASE of Amy's card! Will you also share the sympathy card you were making today? Always looking for ideas for those...

Bobby said...

Both cards are really lovely, Bev.

I Card Everyone said...

A girl cannot go wrong with pink and navy, can she? LOve that photo of Nancy's mom ... we all have heroes... sounds like she was one of those whose song was sung by a daughter who loved her very much... good for her.
Amy's card was spectacular ... Bev your CASE of it is also! LOve that die-cut's shape, and WOw to the wow on the coloring. I couldn't agree more about Anita ... think I'll second your nomination!
=]

I Card Everyone said...

... sorry - daughter-in-law - which is even more special if you think of it!
=]

Geri said...

Wow...I'd say Nancy's MIL was born a generation too early! It appears that she was a real little spitfire!

Yummy colors in the inspiration photo, yummy colors on your card! Of course, the stripes won me over te moment I spied this card! Great stamp too...and PERFECTLY stamped!!!

2nd card...what can I say? More stripes....ahhhhhh. Love the two random yellow dots and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the beautifully soft, ink blended label!

Kim Heggins said...

So sorry for your loss...that book looks fabulous, I love the cover photo. You are always so sweet. Your cards are so beautiful, like Michele said, you can't go wrong with navy and pink, such a wonderful combination! Miss you terribly!!!!

Petra Swart said...

Love all the stripes on both these cards, Bev!!! The navy and pink are really great together and I love the navy bg paper!!! The simplicity of the 2nd card is really striking and I love that cute yellow flower!!! Beautiful cards, my friend!!!
Have a great day!!
Hugz

*Vicki* said...

These are both really stunning cards, but your top card is so eye catching the way you've used the color combo on it!! I love it! :) Thanks for joining in the fun with us at {Cupcake Inspirations}! Hope you will play again! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT Sweetie

Marybeth said...

Love the cards today Bev! For some reason I just love any kind of stripes and so I love this card! Love the sentiment card and colors! Love the book cover with Nancy’s mom on it!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Loving both cards, Bevie! You did a magnificent job of CASEing Amy!!! And I agree with you about nominating Anita. I couldn't bring myself to choose one of the BABES, but I'm so glad you did!! Now if she nominates you, that would be awesome!! Love you and miss you! I hope you are all better now! Hugs, Darnell

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, how wonderful! Your cards are great, Bev, and I love your CASE of Amy!

Anita in France said...

What a woman she must have been, Bev ... bet she would've been such an interesting dinner guest! Pink stripes with navy and just a smattering of stars ... how simply delicious ... LOVE that colour combo! Your CASE of Amy ... oh wow ... crisp navy and white, delicate watercoloured sentiment frame ... sweet yellow bloom and dots ... how much more gorgeous could this get?! My goodness ... I'm blushing beyond just a delicate (and lady like) blush ... thank you so much for your nomination ... humbled and honoured, mon amie, truly ... and so blessed to have you in my life! Miss you heaps ... big hugs, bisous, bisous, Anita :)

Jen Mitchell said...

Beautiful cards, these two. Your CASE of Amy's card is so great. I love the watercolored die cut!

Michelle said...

Bev, I love the book cover photo of your friend's MIL. Your pink and navy card is fabulous; yay to using that no longer hoarded paper! Your CASE of Amy is superb! I love those bold stripes and the watercoloured label, and I especially love the yellow dots and flower!

Eva Ng said...

Beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations! - Eva, Sweetie DT -

Call me Naki said...

This is so beautiful! I love the simple design with the bold colors! Thanks for joining us over at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!

cm said...

Nancy's MIL appears to be quite the gal; I'm sure her life story is nothing short of fascinating. THANK YOU a zillion times over for playing at the Cupcake challenge. You've created a real gem with that rose/navy colour combination; the big sentiment is fabulous! Card 2 is an awesome take on Amy's; the stripes are a perfect backdrop for your sweet label. I second third and fourth your nomination of Anita as a Genius; perfect!!
Hugs~c

Kelly Latevola said...

This is wonderful Bev! I love that bold stripe, just stunning! Way to give up the paper hoard for a good cause :)

~amy~ said...

I can't believe I missed this post....check out that fab pic! Love the special day card...gotta love pink!

Oh my goodness..I love how you were inspired by my 'lil ole card! How fun! I adore the celebrate piece and the black striped panel💕

~amy~ said...

Those ?? are hearts..,,<3 <3

Kylie said...

Oh Bev, I'm so sorry for your friends loss. She looks like she must have been an amazing woman. What a photograph!

Your cards are so bright and happy. They are sure to brighten the day of the recipients! big hugs!