This card is for Katie Sims, our new Featured Stamper and a recent Queen for the Day.
Where do I begin, Katie? No sweeter young woman could be so deserving of both these special honors. A help mate, loving daughter, wonderful sister, and an adoring aunt. A woman who has put other's needs before her own, and yet, still has time for the stamping community.
Katie it's a pleasure to CASE one of your cards. When I read your blog write up on this card my heart filled with love, and a lump rose in my throat. For I have loved a grandmother, reached through time and space to touch her beautiful handwriting on a card, and remembered her just as you have remembered yours. Your card is exquisite, and your heart so full of love.
I've changed several things, but not enough that you can't recognize which card I chose (she smiles). I stamped an image from Flourishes Botanical Bookplate vol. 2 (the larger Lily of the Valley) onto Ranger Watercoloring paper. Then I used my Grumbracher Pan Transparent Watercolors to paint it. I didn't have the type of embossing powder to crack the image, so I used some Ranger Distress Crackle Paint. I cut the image out, trimmed it with the Krylon Gold Leafing Pen *giggle* and adhered it to the top layer.
I didn't use a greeting tag because I finished the inside of the card with another Flourishes sentiment: A Cheery Hello. Both image and sentiment are Marcella Hawley's illustrations. So that's it Katie girl. If I came even somewhere near your lovely creation, then I feel honored. I'm delighted with each and every piece of work you create. And it is my fondest wish that this week you'll know how special you are to so many. Congratulations my friend.
Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 GMT Views: 1146
Registered: May 23, 2009 Location: sunny california Posts: 5857
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 @ 4:17 PM
Susie, I was so awed by your gorgeous card, and then I read your beautiful write up and loved the card even more. My mom and I started collecting bone china tea cups when I was 10...now that she is gone, I have the collection. There is one cup that looks exactly like this card. Your color choices and layout are fantastic. Just a lovely card.
Registered: March 20, 2008 Location: Hamilton, Ontario Canada Posts: 482
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 @ 5:48 PM
Oh my, Susie!!! This is awe-inspiringly GORGEOUS!!! I love how you've used a beautiful frame, lovely button and ribbon, but your central stamped floral image still takes center stage. I just love, love, LOVE this!!! No question, I NEED this in my favorites!!! What a great tribute!!! WONDERFUL!!!
Registered: February 9, 2010 Location: Mentone, California Posts: 7380
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:34 AM
Oh I love this peachy beauty...your Krylon work ROCKS on that incredible image. I can especially appreciate it having just made a card with that pen that wasn't nearly as successful as you were! Your case of Katie's beautiful card is just amazing and I KNOW she will love it. Love how you did your different layers and the sweet bow treatment..I have sweet grandmother memories too...how lucky we were to have that relationship!
Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 20810
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 7:39 PM
Susie, you are one talented, amazing artist! Your color combinations caught my eye long ago and this one is no exception! I love the gorgeous framing and your incredible coloring! Love the use of the gold on the image!
Registered: February 3, 2005 Location: Delray Beach, FL Posts: 23550
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 @ 2:52 PM
Oh, Susie, what a beautiful CASE for our sweet and dear friend, Katie! She is amazing, and you've surely done her card justice in every way! It's so beautifully colored, and I love the cracked glass technique! Hugs!
Registered: March 27, 2010 Location: Georgia Posts: 3273
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:45 PM
Sweet Susie....I know I am so long in commenting here, but you know how much I loved this card. Your beautiful words brought tears to my eyes and the idea that my work is an inspiration to you is flattering beyond words. I have long been a Susie fan....not only for your incredible creativity, attention to details, and keen sense of color and balance, but maybe even more importantly for you enormous heart and sweet, giving spirit. I am so honored that you CASE'd one of my cards and am even more honored to call you a friend. Big, mushy, teary eyed hugs to you..... :)