Category Archives: SU

berry vs. berry – what’s in a name?

I’ve been working on a couple of cards using a berry image that can be colored to look like either raspberries or blackberries.  When I first started I wanted to get some photos of berry images for color inspiration.  So I did a generic search on google for “berry images” and it came back with pages and pages of photos of a berry – Halle Berry!!!

OK – so I learned a quick lesson about not being specific enough in my searches.  I refined my search to more specific “blackberry images”.  As soon as I hit “enter” I knew what I was going to get.  Yes – pages and pages of blackberry’s – the phone not the fruit.

(sigh)  Well – let’s get as specific as possible.  Search for “blackberry fruit”.  Now I am on a roll!  Pages and pages of blackberries – the fruit!   After all that here are my cards – a blackberry version and a raspberry version:

The image  (from Flourishes) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on copic x-press it cardstock, mounted on a black panel, then mounted on a scalloped square with SU cardstock – eggplant I think.   The base card is PTI’s Soft Stone.  The patterned panel is from Basic Grey Eva series and the purple grosgrain ribbon is SU.  There is just enough room on the bottom for a sentiment, which I will add later.

Copics I used to color the image are:

  • For the fruit:  V12, V15, V17
  • For the leaves:  YG99, YG93, YG91, and Y06

Here is the raspberry version of the card – same layout.


The colors on this card are actually less bright than in this photo.  I used SU’s razzleberry for the scalloped panel.  The patterned panel is from Basic Grey’s Urban Prairie series.  The ribbon is from JoAnn’s.

Copics I used for the fruit are:  RV19, RV17, RV11.  The leaves were colored with the same markers as in the blackberry card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!

clean and simple monday is hot!

This weeks clean and simple Monday challenge at  SCS is to use the colors daffodil, poppy, peach and white.  When I pulled these colors out I thought – hot!!    They’re bright, cheery and remind me of summer.  I hope they will bring a little warmth to wherever you are! 

The first card uses a stamp that I have always had trouble coloring, but absolutely LOVE it just stamped in color with no additional coloring.  The image is this beautiful Peony image (from Flourishes).    I started by taking a piece of daffodil paper and stamping the text background in peach. Oh yes, that text background – from Papertrey?  I could probably use on every card and never get tired of it!   The trim and button are from my stash of “stuff” and I have no idea what brand they are.   I sponged the edges of this panel in peach as well and stamped the Peony in red over the text.   The base card is daffodil and I sponged a bunch of peach along the edges.  It really changes the look of the daffodil cardstock and reminds me of summer sunsets.

The next card uses the same colors but has a completely different feel – much cleaner.    I stamped the flower (from the Autumn Leaves Flowers set) in red and colored lightly with both daffodil and peach.   The pearl in the center of the flower was colored with a peach copic marker.   I drew a line with a multiliner and stamped the sentiment (from Mark’s Finest Papers) in red as well.  This panel was mounted on peach and red and attached to a daffodil card base.     So you see – these same colors provide very different looks!

Thank you so  much for stopping by today.  I hope you will join us this week at the clean and simple challenge at SCS!!

a color challenge

It’s been awhile since I participated in a color challenge and when I saw the colors for this weeks challenge on SCS, I almost passed on it.  But….that is why they call it a challenge!

The colors to use included eggplant, red and suede.  I never would have thought to combine these, but I like the end result.

I stamped in image with Memento Black ink on Copic X-Press it blending cardstock and colored with R39, R37-R35 for the flower and V09-V01 for the butterfly.  Soft suede ink from SU was sponged on the panel. 

SU papers in red and suede were used for the base card, cuttlebug folders for both embossed panels.  The brad is from Bo Bunny.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps:  Mark’s Finest Papers

clean and simple monday

It’s “clean and simple” monday once again and today’s CAS challenge is to use the color combination of chocolate chip, kraft, wild wasabi and white. 

I am so glad I was able to finally use this super cute ribbon I picked up at my LSS about a month ago.  It’s a 1.5″ wide grosgrain with the large polka dots.  I snagged a yard of this in the green – which was such a good match for the wasabi paper, as well as in blue, bright pink and a marigold-yellow.   With a ribbon this wide and bold the rest of the card needed to be a bit more subdued.

I embossed a piece of Crane’s Letter paper (this paper was made for letterpressing and it works wonderfully for embossing) with a cuttlebug folder, mounted in on kraft, then chocolate, then the wasabi card.

I threaded some raffia through the button holes and attached it to the ribbon.  The sentiment is from Papertrey and was stamped  on white with cocoa ink and punched with an SU label punch.

I hope you will joins us this week for the CAS challenge!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Holly and berries

Here’s a clean and simple card made for the winter CAS design team search on SCS. 

The image (from Auntie Amy’s – which has been sold to I Brake For Stamps) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on copic X-Press It paper and colored with copics (G40, G85, G99, R46, R89, B0000, B00).

The sentiment was computer generated.  I mounted it on cherry cobbler and sky cardstock and embossed the base card with a snowflakes embossing folder. 

It’s hard to tell from the photo but I used a stardust gel pen to add glitter to the berries and sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today!