Tuesday, March 16, 2010


This is my card for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, as their March Guest.
The stamp is a retired Stampin Up stamp. I colored the image with Copics. Cut the image up according to the sketch and sponged the edges with Rangers new Spun Sugar distress ink. I added designer papers to the top and bottom blocks. Kaiser pearls in the corners. Prima flowers and a bow and charm to finish up.
The matching envelope is from Priscilla's store. The card, even with the flowers sticking up will slide easily in the envelop which is 3/4" thick. No bumps or lumps, I love them. And they go together so easily. I punched the design across the top with a Martha Stewart punch, added the bird, and used the distress ink on the edges. Priscilla's Store is the monthly sponsor for March and she is giving some really great craft items away at the end of the month. Read all about how to qualify to win this great give away on the MMSC blog.
The weekly sponsor for this challenge is Michelle's Scrapbooking & More. Wonderful stamps are being offered, see the details on the MMSC blog.
The winner of last weeks Challenge was #25 - Gry-Beate

The Midnight Madness Remarkables were #2 - Ms Plum and #59 - America Congratulations Ladies!

As a guest this month, I have the privilege of voting for the winner and the remarkables. I want you to know that there are so many beautiful entries that it is agony getting to my top ten favorites. But, as someone who has won each of those honors once, I know how thrilling it is to see that your entry has been chosen. So, keep those entries coming and you could be seeing your name next month!!
Exciting news too! Priscilla has planned a crafting cruise for this summer. All the wonderful details can be found on the Midnight Madness blog, just click on the blinky on my sidebar to take you to all the fantastic information..
As a way to get the word out, Priscilla is offering as blog candy, a Zutter paper cutting machine. I have this machine and it is the greatest thing since sliced paper! It's completely manual, don't have to plug it in, self-sharpening blades and cuts paper in many different sizes, great for matting. This candy runs through April 30th with a drawing 1st week of May.

Have a great Tuesday. Until later............


Larisa said...

Sue, it is so cute! It makes me to look at it again and more and I don't know why... It is magic for me. I love it so much)))) The envelope is so beautiful too ))I love the lacy border on envelope! I am sorry I have not the border punch at me to make the same beautiful things even .

dolcreations said...

This is gorgeous Sue! wow card after card is so unique! Beautifully done! I just love the matching envelope too!

Helen F. said...

This is such a beautiful card AND the envelope is just as gorgeous. What a wonderful gift to receive!

Phyllis said...

Sue, This is just INCREDIBLE. A wonderful take on this challenging sketch. You colors and image are just GORGEOUS!!

Phyllis MMDesign Team

Create With Joy said...

Dear Sue,

What a beautiful card and envelope! You are SO talented - I always enjoy visiting your blog!

Please give Keely a big hug for me - seeing K's photo always puts a smile on my face!

Ramona :-)

Carolyn said...

Sue, You have such a way of beautifying your cards. This is so pretty and feminine, and I love the color so much! Your envelope is every bit as beautiful as the card. What an inspiration for such a difficult sketch.


Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

There are so many things that make this a wonderful set. I think yoiur bird and your bird blocks are fabulous!! WOW Sue, and that charm, so glad I took a closer look on your card and envelope - tops in my book. Thanks so much, I enjoyed it. Blessings, Jane

Michelle's Daydreams said...

Wow Sue! This is just Gorgeous!!! I love the soft dusty pinks with the bird and flowers! Wonderful! :) Michelle

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

WOW! I love this image, and your use of it is so clever! Beautiful colorings.

When you said that the stamp is retired, do you mean that it is noe longer avilable to buy? That would be a big shame, 'cuse this is one fab stamp!


Jeni C Slack (^0^) said...

Sue, Wow, a Great choice stamp for the brick layout! You know it was a rough sketch for me :) Beautiful colors for a beautiful stamp! You are so good at making the card delicate and romantic! xox ~Jeni

froebelsternchen said...

wonderful Sue!

love it!
xxx Susi

Priscilla said...

Hi Sue..WOWZER..You make everything look so easy with your work. Your envy came out GREAT.. you may just become the offical sample person for my store ;) Love love love your take on the sketch this week. Thanks for all the support and wonderful post this week.

Christina C. said...

Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS.
Can't stop looking at it!!!!

Lovely Linda said...

Awww Sue - what are you doing!?!? You are going to have us out of a job soon if you keep on making these DIVINE cards and envelopes!! LOL! This is just gorgeous Sue, I love that image and can't believe they have discontinued it before I have seen it properly BUT I am glad you have it because you use it is beautifully! I love everything about this gorgeous set! Thanks for sharing Sue - I am loving having you here at the MMSC this month!! {{{hugs}}}

Sue McMahon said...

Hi Sue! I love this set even if it is retired! You did an outstanding job with the sketch this week. This one was tuff for me. You make it look so easy! I love that new distress ink you used. Hhhmmm...I might just have to get some. :) Beautiful card and envie!


Debbie Pamment said...

LOVE this "tile" look - and to finish off with an envelope too - just GORGEOUS!

Denise @ kc242 said...

Sue this card of yours is stunning! I absolutely love the soft colors! What a wonderful job on the sketch this week. Your nature image is divine! Wow!

Carol Hurlock said...

Sue this card is a breath of fresh air. I love the soft pink tones and that awesome bird stamp. All the details make for a charming and enchanting display of craftsmanship. So well done and so exquisite.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :o}

stephanne said...

Holy Moly, Sue is feeling shabby lately, isn't she!?? I love the colours and your choice of embellies, yummy, that charm is fabulous, wonderful wonderfully inspiring!!

Benzi said...

Sue, your card is beautiful. Of course, I am partial to birds so that makes me love it even more. I enlarged and saw just how beautiful it was. I love the houndstooth, the sweet charm, brick wall...all just gorgeous.