Friday, February 4, 2011


This week's Queen for the Day at SCS is Susan Conrad, also known as One4Joy!  She's a ve-rrrry popular lady this fact, she won one of the Moxie Fab World's Color Inspiration for Card Makers Challenges, and you can see her winning entry HERE!  ('s the cool "newspaper guy" card!)

I chose to case a fave card of mine...this one that Susan posted at SCS!  So here is my card:

Sometimes it takes just 1 card to inspire you to love a stamp set again.  My Asian Fusion set from PTI was one of the first things that I snatched up last year during their big anniversary release.  I loved it so much, but when I got it, I often struggled with ways to use it.  I think I was having trouble, because my bouquets always looked so flat and blah! 

Enter Susan's card!  Those pretty popped up leaves got me thinking!  So I paired the flowers and vase from Asian Fusion with some leaves from Turning a New Leaf that I could manage to cut out.  I then stamped some flowers and more leaves in the background, and added a few of the bigger flowers.  Added some of my fave October Afternoon paper for the vase, which inspired me to use lots of my fave colors...Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, and a little red and "pumpkin" orange for good measure. 

Susan was one of my very first friends at Splitcoast.  She always left me the sweetest comments, and that really encouraged me to keep on posting.  If it weren't for Susan and another dear friend, Anne Ryan (hostess of the Queen for the Day Challenge), I don't think that I would still be stamping!  Susan also sent me one of the most amazing cards/gifts on my birthday one year.  We laughed that I cried "buckets" of tears...I was so touched by the kindness of a person that I had never even met in person before! 

Susan's style is really special.  Nobody else makes cards like she does.  She always has the most perfect sentiments and a unique art style that can't be copied.  She often uses stamps that I have never seen before, and her cards have meaning in each detail.   Susan always has me scratching my head thinking, "How does she come UP with this stuff?"   And as a side note...she often calls me "the 'cat" which makes me feel really cool (schirmcat is my screen name on most of the "boards"!) 

So cheers to you, Ms. Susan!  I am so glad that you are getting recognized today for all of your stamping talents!


Kara said...

gorgeous..i love it!!

Cathy Weber said...

Wow. This is gorgeous. I too have trouble with that set. It never occurred to me to cut out leaves and flowers to put in the vase. The patterned paper you used for the vase was great too. I love this.

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Cammie said...

Kelly, this is so fresh and lovely. How clever you are to take this Asian inspired set and give a folk art feel! Hats off to you!

ferrellgraph-x said...

So clean and classic!
Kind regards,
Jennifer Ferrell

Diane Jaquay said...

I LOVE this card Kelly! Asian Fusion is one of my faves, and I love the paper pieced vase you've made here, along with the beautiful flowers and leaves filling it!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Such a happy, sunshiny kind of card. I love paper piecing you have done on this.