Summerwalk Designs

Friday, January 2, 2015

Love Lives Here - Revisited

Happy New Year!

I'm starting the year off with a card for the January Love Lives Here revisited from Papertrey Ink.   This is not a challenge but a way to design with an older stamp set.   Perfect, because this is one of my all time favorite sets from Papertrey Ink and designer, Melissa Phillips.

I also took my inspiration from the charming book, The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn, and illustrated by Nancy M. Leak.   We all need the reassurance of love at one time or another.  And little Chester is very unsure about going to school.

"Mrs. Raccoon took Chester's left hand and spread open his tiny fingers in a fan.   Leaning forward, she kissed Chester right in the middle of his palm."  ~  The Kissing Hand.

Beautiful words and a wonderful book for any occasion.   A kiss placed with love right where Chester needed it.   A lovely way to start the new year, or any day - giving our loved ones the reassurance that we are with them always.

My card used the Love Lives Here stamp set, sentiment, and coordinating dies.   A sponged background with a masked and sponged moon.    Rangers Perfect Powder mixed with water and sprayed over the background gives a nice soft sparkle of stars.    A Sakura white Gelly Roll pen dotted randomly adds a depth to the stars, and becomes little fireflies below.  I've outlined each little firefly light with a Sakura Koi Brush pen in a lime green.


I hope you had a wonderful beginning to 2015 today.   Ours was quiet - just the way we like it (she smiles).

Blessings,

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

From Our Home to Yours - 2014 Year in Review

Hello dear friends,

Are you still enjoying the holidays?    I love reading how all our friends celebrate the season with their family traditions.   Whether you celebrate the Christmas season through the Twelfth Night and Epiphany, or take your tree and decorations down the day after,  I hope this Holy season of peace and love has found its way to your home and hearts.

This morning I read through all our Christmas cards, letters, and looked at photo's of children growing up.   I sipped my coffee, smiled, and remembered - my heart full.

We spent a lovely Christmas in Charleston, SC with our DIL's family.   Trips to the Fireman's Museum, Beach, Downtown Charleston and the Battery, Cypress Gardens (which included a boat tour through the Bald Cypress swamp), the 25th Festival of Lights (including a fun carousel ride), and a night of wonderful memories spent with friends.   Smiles, laughter, hugs, and photo's wrapped us with loving memories again.

New changes - After 46 years my husband has retired.   And, with our golden years before us, we couldn't be happier.     We started our celebration in June with a trip back to Arizona and southern California to visit friends and family.   The trip wouldn't have been complete without a stop in Sedona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico - two of our favorite places.     We are planning a trip with friends next July that will take us around the U.S. and Canada.    We are going to have a lot more room in the car this time (she laughs).   In 1971 we took a car trip (in a VW bug) to Holland with this couple, three children, and all our luggage!   What a blessing to hold these friendships so close after all these years.

2014 also brought a busy schedule of designing - both for Sweet and Sassy Stamps, and as a Dirty Dozen Designer for Splitcoaststampers.    I am so grateful for the opportunity.    This year I was a hostess for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge, and in October, the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge which supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   This year 6,000 cards were sent to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Austin, Texas free to patients and their families - all made to encourage and support those who are fighting a long battle.   We wish them all a healthy recovery.

So... how about a card and photo walk through 2014 with some of my favorites?    You can click on any of the photo's to enlarge them.

January - This month we celebrated the 50th Wedding Anniversaries of two wonderful couples - Navy families and friends of many years.

February -  Valentine Smiles and Puppy Dog Tails
  
March -  Mardi Gras

 
April Showers Bring...
  
May Flowers!
  
June -  Westward Ho!

July - Now I am Two!   Jumping, Singing, Reading and Counting.  Each day brings a new experience to explore and share with family.    He'll put a smile on your face, a song in your heart, and cloth you in laughter.    We love his style!
  
August -  Castles of Sand, Laughing Gulls, and Salt Water Spray
 




September - Proverbs 31 Woman  - May It Be So
October - Hope You Can Cling To - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Heart Song. 
November - Thanksgiving, Pumpkins and Planting Spring Bulbs.
 
December - Peace on Earth - That's my prayer for you.    O Holy Night in the City
 
I loved the closing sentiment in one of the Christmas cards we received this year because it expresses what I believe we all feel (thank you, Rita).   I'd like to share it with you too.

"May this beautiful season warm your spirits with joy, light your world with love, and fill your hearts with happiness."   And may the coming year bring you good health and happiness.

God's sweetest blessing to each and all.    Let's meet again in 2015 and see that the Lord is good!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

After the Rain

Hello friends,

A friend of mine said, "Susie, I was beginning to worry because I hadn't seen anything posted on your blog since March 11th."    Dear friends, please forgive me for not letting you know that I needed to take a little rest from my blog.

The school year is about to end and that means a little vacation for Nana B.    After creating for Sweet n Sassy Stamps for 8 months, and designing for Splitcoaststampers (for 5 months) my current term is about to come to an end, and I will join the ranks as one of their alumni designers.   It is time to enjoy my regular schedule of creating on my time frame (much slower these days), and dabbling in some new trends.   Have you seen some of the beautiful watercolor cards lately *sigh*   Art journaling? Stencils and mixed media?   Photography?   There just aren't enough hours in the day!   Not to mention I am taking some time to do a little container gardening as well.

I've gone back and forth with whether to maintain my blog and keep writing or give it up.    I think I'd like to keep my blog, but, I feel like I need a change; an update of sorts.   Summerwalk Designs has always had a lovely ring to it.   It was a first season of stepping back into the creative world for me.   But seasons come and go and it's time for something that seems more fitting for multiple medias.   I've decided to give the blog a new look and change the name to:  Sincerely Susie ~      Hopefully that will happen by the end of June.   Keep your fingers crossed (she smiles).

I'll be popping in and out throughout the summer with a variety of sweet offerings.     From cards, photographs, altered art projects, maybe something from my art journal, and maybe... some hand sewn projects.    I will still be uploading to Splitcoaststampers and hope to play in more of the weekly challenges, plus trying some new techniques.

I'd like to share the cards I've created during my term as a designer for Splitcoaststampers too, but, that will have to wait for another month.   I think you'll enjoy the creations as much as I enjoyed creating them.   This past year has been a dream come true for me - a God sized dream.    I'd like to thank Korin Sutherland, from Sweet n Sassy Stamps, and Lydia, from Splitcoaststampers for giving me the opportunity of a life time.   The experience stretched me in so many ways, and I know I will continue to benefit in the future from what I've learned.

I'll see you next time.  Until then, may your day be filled with blessings.
Sincerely,
Susie ~

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SNSS March Release Hop Day 4

Hello and welcome to day 4 of the blog hops showcasing the
March Releases at Sweet n Sassy Stamps
Today we are featuring the darling Pick Me Up Clear Stamp Set
along with the coordinating
Pick Me Up dies.

I have used several of the SNSS stamp and die sets for my first card sample today.  The coffee mug and steam is from our newly released Pick Me Up Clear Stamp and coordinating Dies set, the heart from our Hearts Dies, and the sentiment is from the You Clear Stamp set.  The "you" in the sentiment is from a future release and pairs so nicely.   I have also used three different designer papers: Canvas Home Basics (Coffee Stamps on Kraft), KaiserCraft (Tea Party), and Basic Grey (Mint Julep).  The larger panel is SU (Very Vanilla) embossed with the Cuttlebug EF, Swirls.   Some enamel dots and a brown gingham knotted ribbon finish my card.
My second card was featured on our SNSS blog as a sneak peek and uses both our new March releases, Pick Me Up Clear Stamp set and coordinating dies, and Borders & Background Clear Stamp set and coordinating dies.   The little tiny hearts under the coffee mug are the negatives from our Heart & Stars Scalloped Die set (love these sweet offerings).  I stamped one of the frames from Decorative Frames Clear Stamp set, trimmed it out, and popped up the coffee mug.   Just a few chocolate enamel dots to finish off the card.
Have you had coffee or tea with a friend today?
Conversation and a warm beverage ~ always a great pick-me-up that warms the heart!

Now take a look at the full sets and all the details below:


The DT has shared their gorgeous samples in the thumbnails below.
Stop by each of their blogs to comment for a chance to WIN one of
(2) $20 gift codes to our store over the course of our 4 days of blog hops!

Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all the comments on our Friday release blog post.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all the comments on full reveals in our SCS forum.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all the participants in our release challenge hosted on our blog.

The deadline to comment for a chance to win ismidnight EST Friday, March 14th.   The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, March 17th.

Thanks for joining us today, and enjoy the hop!



Monday, March 10, 2014

SNSS March Release Hop Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of the Sweet 'n Sassy March Release Blog Hops!

Today's feature
This lovely 6 piece stamp set of encouraging scripture verses was a delight to pair with beautiful designer paper from Memory Box (Gossamer).  I've had this paper for a long time and I still love it.  I don't normally machine stitch on my cards - but, I thought I'd do some today - just for you (she smiles). The SNSS scripture stamps look wonderful in so many different styles of card making.   From CAS, clean and layered, to Shabby Chic or Elegant, God's word is timeless!

                                 Here are all the details for this beautiful sentiments stamp set.
  • Includes 6 sentiments
  • Set measures approximately 6" x 4"
  • Largest verse measures approximately 2" x 2.5"
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
The DT has shared their gorgeous samples in the thumbnails below.    Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to WIN one of (2) $20 gift codes to our store over the course of our 4 day blog hops!

Don't miss these opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals on our SCS forum.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on our blog.

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, March 14th.   The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, March 17th.

Thanks for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!



Sunday, March 9, 2014

You Are My Sunshine

Hello and welcome to day 2 of the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps March Release Blog Hops!

This 6"x4" set includes 5 beautiful images that can be used alone to create fun borders or together to create amazing backgrounds.   The matching dies make it even more fabulous.   Stamps and dies are sold separately or save and purchase as a Bundle Set.




I've paired Borders and Backgrounds with
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Happy Place set and Beach Dies
I stamped the Borders & Backgrounds stamp set with SU Certainly Celery ink, and die cut with the coordinating Borders & Backgrounds die set.  The Swiss dot embossed panel in between is 1 1/2"  I attached the borders with adhesive but think it would look darling machine stitched too.   The whimsical flowers and sentiment are from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Happy Place set, and are colored with Copics with a little Stickles (Stardust) applied for sunny sparkle.   The sun is from Beach Dies.

I love the rays of warm happiness on this card.
And, I know someone who's ready to get outside and play too.
    
Hello Sunshine!

Be sure to take a look at the beautiful card samples created by our talented design team in the thumbnails below.   Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to Win one of (2) $20 gift codes to our store over the course of our 4 day blog hop.

Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals on our SCS forum.
(1) $20 gift codes drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on our blog.

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, March 14th.  A list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, March 17th.

Thank you for joining us today, and enjoy the hop!




Saturday, March 8, 2014

SNSS March Release Hop

Hello friends,

It's time for the Sweet n Sassy Stamps March Release Hop!    Today we are featuring a big, bold, floral set called Flower Blocks 3.   This set includes 4 images and 4 large sentiments, and is the third stamp set in the big, bold, block series.   For my sample today I've stamped the rose twice, colored with Copics in a neutral tone of E40, E41, and a little E42.   I trimmed the frame away as well as some of the petals, then angled the two roses around the sentiment which I stamped in Ranger Archival Coffee.   The sentiment is from the God's Will stamps set to be featured on Monday.  I keep every thing monochromatic with vintage cream colored ribbon, rustic cream cardstock, and some cream colored flat pearls.
Our design team has been hard at work this month creating some beautiful samples for you so please check out their designs in the thumbnails below.  Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to win one of (2) $20 codes to our store over the 4 days of our blog hops!

Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals in our SCS forum.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on our blog.

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, March 14th.
The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, March 17th.

Thanks so much for joining us, and enjoy the hop!


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