Sunday, September 13, 2015

Having fun with SSS

Hi everyone,
It's been hard getting back into the swing of stamping after Nick's wedding, but it's getting there.

I love the month of September, not only because it's our wedding anniversary month, but also because it bring the best season of the year!  I love fall in Michigan.  The fall colors just make me so happy.  Every year they are just a bit different.  Last year, the yellows and oranges were so vivid.  We'll see what this year's colors bring.  Last, but not last, it also bring STAMPtember from Simon Says Stamp.  This year's collection has been amazing so far.  I haven't had a chance to play with all the stamps and dies I've bought so far, but here's a couple of cards I did make with Drifting Stitched Circles and Leaves background stamp.  I used Tim Holtz's watercolor paper and inked up the Leaves background stamp with TH distress inks in Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral and Spiced Maralade, which I misted with water before putting down the watercolor paper.  I then used the Drifting Stitched Circles dies down the side and added a few circles of Stampin' Up's Summer Sun card stock.  I attached the leaves panel to a piece of SU's Bermuda Bay card stock and Summer Sun card stock.  The happy birthday is stamped in SU's Bermuda Bay and the stamp is from SSS's Circle Sayings that I cut.  I am entering this card in Simon Wednesday and Monday Challenges and also in Darnell's NBUS challenge #5.

This card also uses SSS's Drifting Stitched Circles die and some very pretty designer paper from Penny Black called Painted Blooms.  I love buying patterned paper because it's so pretty, but after I get it home it just sits there because I don't know what to do with it.  I know there are others in the same boat with me.  I was so happy that PaperTrey Ink had Betsy Veldman do a video during their Stampafaire on Mix and Matching Patterned Paper.  Betsy does an excellent job explaining how to use Patterned paper together on a card.  I was so geeked.  I pulled out all my patterned paper and started putting different patterns together.  I loved how this card just came together so easily.  I finished the card off using lots and lots of sequins and the SSS's Smile Circle die.  I just cut the word out from the circle.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.


  1. Beautiful cards Sue! Love the water colored leaves in the first card...SO pretty!! And I honestly thought you stamped the background paper in the 2nd card...absolutely love it! Betsy really does do a great job explaining what to look for when pairing up patterned paper...I guess we just need to take the time and sit down and play around with different patterns and colors and see what works together! Glad you've finally had some time to sit down and stamp again! :0)

  2. You sold me that new leaf background stamp with your first card, Sue! Just adore the colors you brought together! The drifting circles really add alot of fun, too! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  3. What a beautiful leafy inspirational card! Love both cards and the very pretty colors you blended together! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  4. These are so very pretty, Sue and that first card reminds me of the card you sent me for my birthday! Did I ever write to thank you for it? I can't remember. Sorry if I haven't yet! I just love it so much! So beautiful. xoxo

  5. You did an excellent job with your beautiful patterned paper cards, Sue! Before I even scrolled down to the comment section, I clicked over and watched Betsy's video. Thank you for the link! I have heard the basic principles before, but, of course, they go in one head and out the other, so it was wonderful to hear her soothing voice explain them with her visuals. Thank you, too, for playing in my NBUS Challenge #5 ~ so long ago! I'm sorry that my nursing duties have made me so late to come by and thank you. Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell


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