Saturday, January 31, 2015

Stamp 443 Color Challenge

These colors just didn’t grab my attention at all but it’s a challenge, right?  Let’s see, what, oh WHAT can I do with these colors?  Well, SCS had a nice little sketch this week and that helped me a bit, so I put on my thinking cap and went to work.  I think the last time I really wore a thinking cap was in kindergarten.  We all got to make our own cone shaped ones.  No, they weren’t dunce caps. Nyah-Nyah  I also wanted to play in “shoe girls” ways to use it challenge on Split Coast.  That was to add beads to our project.  I think I only once added beads to my project and they went rolling all over the place and I was finding them for weeks and weeks.  Gave up on that idea real quick.  But these came out of a container that came from SU at a rummage and they had the prettiest wisteria colored ones in there.  That panel with the hearts IS actually wisteria colored but not in the photo, hey?  And IRL the beads match that paper perfectly, instead of the blue they show up as.  IRL I really like how this turned out.   Entering in MFT color challenge.

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I figured out a way to get the picture to be more of a true color.  Thanks for looking.  The one on the right is a better indication.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Happy Coffee Day

whatever it takes to get an extra cup of coffee and a sweet treat.  Call it Valentines if you want.  This is for our son.  He always acts so indifferent about his card but secretly I know he likes to get happy mail too.  He’s a coffee lovin’, pun lovin’ kind of guy.  Get’s it from my mom.  She’s a hoot.  Anyway, this is the masculine version of the card I posted earlier.  And I guess I might just as well add this to the Simon Says Anything goes use something new challenge.  New Tim Holtz stencil, I’m lovin’ them, and new Distress ink in a bottle.  Lots of companies going on with this card.  The sentiments are from GKD, TCP and MFT.  Don’t you just love all the acronyms the stamping community has?

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I had a lot of time to scope

while not feeling so much like stamping I did have a bit of time to blog hop and I found this card that I thought was so pretty.  Here’s my version.  uhm yeah, that white heart…it’s covering up a smudge. Beans, how does that happen?      It’s on white cardstock that looks blue for some reason.   I will also enter this in the Simon New challenge as I used a new sentiment and an entirely new technique with my new (well they have been here for a year but unopened) Tim Holtz distress stains.  I need to do some googling to see what is the difference between the inks in a bottle and the stains in a bottle but I love the colors that’s for sure.  Photos don’t do it justice.
I think I am going to make a masculine version of this for my son’s valentine card.  he always acts like, no big deal, but secretly I think he is pleased to get his own Valentine in the mail.
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oh what fun it is…

you fill in the blank after the title.  I know what’s fun for me.  I saw this card on SNSS and knew instantly I needed to try this.  As per the unspoken rule, the technique is the same but I have a lot of subtle changes.  I love how it turned out.  Simon Says challenge is Anything Goes with something new.   New technique, new stamp, new die, new flourish die cut from Princess J.  Thank you, Princess, it really was the perfect piece for this.  Stamps 441 & 442 the ticket stamp and the trio of hearts.

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Get Well Wishes

okay!! I have had ENOUGH of this sickness.  Thankfully our daughter gave me some Oregano Oil and I used that with abandon.  Within 24 hours I started to feel a LOT better.  I am using it again today.  This is the best I have felt since before Thanksgiving.  I think I forgot what it feels like to feel WELL!! 

And then these well wishes in the mail box were helpful too.  It’s so wonderful to have cyber-friends.  I received the “bug” card from Michelle Pearson and then the famous Princess from AZ really knew how to make a gal want to get better.  Look at all these goodies enclosed along with a pretty card to make a gal’s day.  Thanks to all who have kept me in their thoughts and hearts with good well wishes.  Today, I am going STAMPING right in my craft room all afternoon!!  shhh don’t distrub me, I’m in the process of getting well!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

oh eeps! having fun with Whimsey

I really really like the dies I won from Whimsey during HYCCT.  Even if you didn’t win you may want to check out their site.  They have a LOT of goodness on sale regularly.

Didn’t this turn out great?  I needed something besides winter.  It’s getting way to long already.  This looks so 4th of July and that makes me think of summer.  Because I used Simon’s heart die on here and added glossy to it, I am going to go ahead and enter this in the Simon Wednesday Challenge Have a Heart. 

I used my MFT star from the blueprints die.  I used Simon’s double stitched circle die for my port hole.  The anchor is Whimsey.  LOVE it cut in the glittery black which roughs it up a bit.  Then the sentiment stamp from Spellbinders.

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#439 & #440 Gina Kay Designs

Here’s another of the images from that Vertical set.  The cat tails.  We just learned Sunday that our friends that we were so close with in the army just lost their first born son to cancer . He was forty three.  We see them once a year at our church convention and we are feeling their loss deeply.

I used my brayer and a Spectrum pad in orange shades to make the back ground.  After a couple of passes I added a circle punch for a mask for the sun and then went over it a couple of more times.  I like this little ducks in formation stamp #440 from Stamp Scapes for this type of scene.

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#438 Gina Kay Designs

I purchased a stamp set from Gina K and Stamp TV because it had several vertical sentiments in it.  They are not used often but it’s nice having the choice and sometimes it’s the perfect way to add a sentiment.  BUT…Gina is so practical and this set came with some gorgeous images that have not seen ink in my craft room yet.

This little dragonfly is one of them.  I used a tiny bit of stickles on his wing that blended the ink from his wings just perfectly.  I also played with another of my Tim Holtz stencils and an acrylic dauber paint from Tim that has never been opened.  This is the BEST acrylic paint I have ever used.  so soft and not real crunchy when it dries.  I’m hooked.  yep, you get what you pay for. 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

#437 a little bitty snowman

This teeny little guy came home with me last year from the Vendor Show that was held about thirty miles from here. It was one of the PPRS images I purchased that day.  He just looked so cute with his little pipe. 

I wanted this to be real CAS but felt it needed those oh so cool stenciled snow coming down.  I have gotten a lot of use out of that Simon Says falling snow stencil and because last weeks Wednesday challenge is to use a heart I will enter this there!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

B is for baking

The ABC Christmas challenge says B is for Baking.  I thought of this little gal from Door County Rubber Stamps right away.  I used the sketch from the SCS sketch challenge and the colors from Tuesday’s color challenge at SCS.  I really wish the rick rack die from MFT that I used behind the image were a little more apparent but it was all glued down and so I left it.    This is a re-do as it is.  The sentiment just looked so blah and to remedy that I used my German Glitter pen from Viva.  I don’t know why it’s called German Glitter.   To make this a more Christmasy card to meet the challenge requirements I embossed the main panel with a paper tray Christmas die.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

new toys

I got some new toys.  Betty’s Creative Studio has Tim Holtz stencils on sale.  I have been drooling over these since forever and only ever purchased one.  What deal, I had to get several. 
I used the burlap stencil as my background for this card and also cut the edge with my new curved edge Simon Says die.  I knew I would love that little tool.  I used a cream cardstock to apply the Pumice Stone Distress ink with a sponge. 
Now working with SusanLouise transparency, I set to work.  First step was to trim the transparency from the sheet they come on.  I trimmed this one to 3.25 square.  I cut the piece of patterned paper the same size. Next step, find two Spellbinder square dies to cut a frame.  Glue them all together on the edges being careful that adhesive doesn’t of past the frame line.  Using a Spellbinders banner label die for the sentiment, I cut and embossed it and then shadowed it with some more of the Pumice Stone ink.  The rawhide seemed the perfect touch rather than a ribbon.  Before gluing the transparency down I used a scor-tool to trace the curved lines along the edge and used a brown distress marker to make it look like stitching.  I used foam tape all over the back of the transparency and frame and popped the entire piece up for a bit of dimension.  I added the sentiment banner and my Viva Pearl pen to give it a finishing touch.  In real life, this card looks fabulous.  I am so happy I found SusanLouise art images.  They really add an elegance to your card making. 
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#436 MFT (my favorite things)

playing in the sketch challenge with MFT.  This was one of those cards that just didn’t want to come together.  I left it rather than trying to do more.  I don’t know if it’s my color choices or what. I think my little girl looks like a space alien with the way I did her eyes.  it’s not watercolor paper so I can’t undo them.  Smile  Oh well,  the recipient will think it’s my wild artistic side coming out and the message is sincere and I guess that’s what counts the most.  I was just telling an online friend that was bemoaning her creation for the day that a saying on my art calendar says, “create for the fun of it and just know that every creation doesn’t have to be a masterpiece”  so there you have it.  I just fit right into that saying for myself.   It looked so bare and I added the celebrate.  It looks rather diingy on here but IRL it is sprinkled with Art Impressions silver glitter and that is the ONE thing I do like about the card.  

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s getting close to the love day celebration

Did the Hippies invent valentine’s day??  Anyway, I just wanted to jump into the spirit of things.  I’m not much of one for obligatory holidays but I do enjoy the creative process wrapped around them.  Open-mouthed smile 

By the way, to all my fans, I think I am finally on the mend with this second go round of antibiotics.  I feel normal today.  Actually feel I may want to clean the house.  And the SUN!!!!  It’s still there.  We haven’t seen it in forever.  Go away low hanging gray skies.  I see me some SUNSHINE!!! That’ll make any gal feel better.

Entering this into Simon’s Have a Heart Wednesday challenge.   I used a Whimsy heart die ( I love all the dies I won from HYCCT)  love them!! Then using a Simon banner and Simon Hand Written sentiments.  I knew those would be a favorite.  LOVE them! I set those atop a die cut doily from Top Dog Dies.   Wink of Stella is used on the large heart and then again on the hearts where the paper is folded back.  It looks kind of mess in the photo but IRL that striped heart just shimmers and doesn’t look messy at all. 

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singing simon says

I love Simon stuff.  Yes I do.  That falling snow stencil.  mmmmm.  I used it to emboss my back ground on this Coredinations paper and then lightly sanded the little raised bumps so it looks like snow!  I used the same stencil on the tag with some Dream Weavers original embossing paste.  More snow.  I used the MFT curvy die cut to make me some snow (also available at Simon).  Didn’t this make just the nicest background for my little hand cut GKD Christmas house image? 

The sentiment die is from Whimsy. I cut it out twice.  I used my Wink of Stella brush to pick up some Tim Holtz salty ocean color and painted one layer.   It looks so shimmery, gilttery, Christmasy!  Then I barely offset that onto the second layer to give it a bit of a highlight.  ( I have fallen in love with my Elmer’s spray Craft Bond for these kinds of chores)  you can get it at Dollar General priced much better than craft stores. I sponged a bit of distress ink to fade down on the tag.

It was pretty as it was but I wanted to add a bit of color and of course Simon Says heart is always a fun addition.

I am entering this into Merry Monday Christmas challenge to use a house and also Simon Says Monday Winter challenge.   This stamp from my stash has already been used so I no number for it. 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Same Same or Different Stamps #434 and 435

I’ve been wanting to play more with  water colors this year and I had fun doing these two cards.  While they both have the same image and both are water colored it was fun to see how both evolved into two completely different looks.
On the one I used multiple colors in a small area and the blue one is all one color in a large area.   It surely was a fun experiment.  All images are MFT.   I used the argyle back ground stamp on the one with a sparkly embossing powder before laying down the color.  I used water color papers for both images.
I accomplished a few things here.  I made CAS cards.  I used NBUS (never been used schtuff).  I used a stencil. I used translucent embossing powder.  I water colored.  I used dies. I used up stuff from my stash.  Those snowflakes so want to get all used up.  Smile  I used flower soft.  Images are colored with Staedler water color pencils and blended with water brush and on the blue one with a blender pen.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

I think I’m gonna make it Stamps 432 & 433

today is the first day in forever that if feel almost normal.  Whew, what a ride.  I made this card a week or so ago when Princess Judy mentioned Merry Monday on her blog.   It is a weekly Christmas card challenge and the week I made this the challenge was Cute Critters.  Well I missed the cut off date for posting it but I will post it here.  It was a fun little card to make.  I used my little gift stamp and cut it out several times to show the exuberance of the happy bear child.  I think I will really like this idea of having my cards all done before the season hits.  If I play in this one and in ABC challenge I will have a nice stash come November.   I’m getting a lot of mileage out of my Simon Says Double Stitched dies. I will enter this in Simon’s Monday Winter Inspired challenge, since Christmas is in Winter in our part of the country.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

how do you say goodbye

Making this card for my friend was the most difficult one to make.  How do you say good-bye?  How do you plan you life from here?  I loved the quote that said  “I didn’t know that grief was described as fear”.  Where do you turn, how do you handle it all?  This man was involved in so many different benevolences.  So many community things.  It’s not a simple death as mine will be.  There is so much complication.  I feel so for her, my friend, who must deal with all these legal things.  I found this card today and wanted to CASE it.  It seemed the perfect one.  And now I am satisfied.

You can’t see the detail in the picture.  The top layer is popped up with the entire back covered with foam tape.  in the square on top of the water colored back ground I cut the same Tattered lace die and glued it down.  then the top tie rests over it inside the frame and is adhered to the front of the card.  it has a lot of dimension.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Journal 52 week 2

BE or Just Be or Being was the journal prompt for our week at Journal 52.  My friends Angie, JoAnn and Rebekah and I have all decided to join in on this fun experience.  I have been wanting to Art Journal for quite a while but just kept putting it off.  I made three pages last year.  Embarrassed smile

This year I decided to commit to this journey and we will all encourage each other.  Here’s my Inky BackGround  for Simon Says Monday Challenge.  I used distress inks and a water brush to create my background grass. I used my DreamWeaver Stencil on the butterfly and then randomly laid it on different portions for a bit of texture and to use up the remaining ink on it.  I used Ranger distress dauber inks for that.  Then I took a bit of that ink and mixed it into some alcohol very diluted to spray my sky.    I used acrylic ink direct to a stamp to create my sunflower head and then drew in the leaves.

I have really enjoyed my two weeks so far.  Smile   Thanks for looking.

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Sympathy Faux laser cut

Bob loved winter.  He loved the cold.  He was hot blooded and would be in short sleeves all winter. In summer he had a fan going on him ALL the time.  he even carried a personal fan with him to keep him cool.  It wasn’t just something he thought, he was always sweating, profusely. His daughter is like him.  I think this card will be for her. IMG_7449 (671x800)  I learned this technique from Jennifer McGuire.


It’s sympathy time again

Needing many sympathy cards.  Our hearts are saddened by the loss of my husbands long time friend from his teen years.  They have been very close through the years because of working, playing and worshipping together.   How does one begin to put your feelings into paper creations.  But it is cathartic and rewarding to see what love brings out.   Here is my first one.  The funeral will be Saturday.  I am still feeling the effects of this pneumonia and haven’t been able to create with my hands though my heart has been wanting to.   The idea came from this video.  thank you for stopping by. 

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This is it

This is it, my last post for PPRS Guest Designer.  It’s been a fun experience and I learned a bit about how to work with limited dies available and still try to make things look different.  I’m such a die cut fanatic I had to really stretch to give a different look to each card.  I hope I have been successful with this.  I have surely enjoyed working with the wonderfully cute images that Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps has.  If you want to spend some of your Christmas money on high quality images with a soft vintage feel stop by their web site.  You’ll be glad you did.
For this last posting I chose the Love Owls with Valentine’s day in mind.  Aren’t they cute?  I used the sketch challenge SC521 from Split Coast Stampers.  At first it looked like an odd sketch and then I went searching and these sweet owls with the moon behind them were perfect for this sketch.
I am adding a photo of a portion of the back ground paper I used and how I made it work.  I wanted those two images in the corners to be on my card but I didn’t want to cut the card stock.  IDEA!! Light bulb  Why not score the card stock and make a fold in it and add a bit of punched scallop border.  I left the flap unglued for a bit of dimension.  I like how it turned out.  And so I say good-bye and wish for you the best crafting experience ever this year.  Try something new, play a little different and enjoy the journey.  Janeen
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

CAS sentiment

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Well I am adhering to my plan to use more DP on my cards however, I am not using up my stamps.  So my count is down.  No matter.  Creating is fun and doing something different is fun.  I am having fun with my dies and DP and that was my goal. 

sometimes it just works.

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I have been wanting to use that back ground paper from GKD and then I had this Celebrate die cut left over from something and a scrap of Simon die.  Well two scraps.  the main base is a scrap too.  the BG paper is glued to the thing frame which is folded from the 4.25 x 5.5 base piece.  So that “hole” would normally have been the card front but I used a die on that and that’s what’s left.

I’m babbling.  Does that make any sense at all.  It’s the drugs, those anti-pneumatic drugs make me spacy.  I hope this goes away SOON.

MFT dies

Simon Says Dies.  I am entering this into the Simon Says Wednesday challenge use Something new.

MFT Sketch Challenge

First of the year fun with MFT and their Sketch Challenge #210.  I used all MFT dies and then a button from a clearance purchase.  nice and bright to go to a Florida recipient. There you have it.  (I’ve been wanting to use that DP for a long time.  For the banner I just used the fish tail banner in my big shot but turned it around so both ends got fish tailed. 

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Friday, January 9, 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge

Well I started this last year and never kept it up past week three, I don’t think.  Let’s give ‘er the good ol’ Heave Ho and try it again this year.  I love the concept.  This year I stored all my Christmas stuff together so that should make it easier.  We will see if that helps.

Here’s the first card, Anything Goes with Antlers as an optional extra.  Click on the link if you would love to have a BIG head start on your cards for the end of the year.

I am also entering this into Simon Says Use something NEW challenge.  I am using my new “stag” die from Whimsy that I won for HYCCT on SCS and also my new Memory Box Birch trees which I love. (you can purchase these at Simon Says)

Edited to add:  after looking at this for a bit I decided it needed a sentiment.  I had tried to add this die cut sentiment earlier but just couldn’t get the right placement.  I think it enchances the card now.  True color is more like the first card.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Susan and Simon

Susan Louise image and Simon Says double stitched rectangles.  What a marriage.  I love how this turned out.  So simple.  So effective.  To me it looks like a painting you would find hanging in a cottage on the lake.  All canvas like.  Ah, can’t wait for those days again.   It’s for my brothers birthday. 

I am entering this into Simons Says NEW Wednesday challenge.  I am having so much fun with both of these new products.  Another new product for me is the Friendship Messages with Kristina Werner's calligraphy style sentiments.  OMW, I LOVE them.  When stamped it looks just like you did that calligraphy yourself.  Isn’t it pretty???

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Happy New Year

Okay, so I’m a week late with that greeting.  I had to get all my Christmas schtuffs put away first.  It doesn’t make the greeting any less sincere, though.
Isn’t this such a sweet image?  Prickley Pear’s rubber stamp appropriately called BABY.  I cut her out and paper pieced her diaper and colored her with distress inks that I scribbled on my craft mat and used a water brush with.  I am so behind on baby cards and I think she will get used a lot over the next few days.  Everyone is having girls.  I have four nieces that have had or are expecting girls.  My two other young friends are having girls.  I better get busy.
I used two of the Nesting Scallop Circle Dies to layer her and added a fancy punched layer with a Martha Stewart punch.  I gave the little rectangle a run through the embossing machine with a play pen like embossing folder for a bit of texture.  I thought the sentiment from the Scalloped Circle and Oval stamps was perfect for a little hand cut add on tag. A bit of ribbon and some of my go to Viva pearls and she’s all ready for the mail.  Here's a close up of the detail.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Door County Kids #431

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She’s such a sweetie.  ALL the Door County Rubber Stamps have so much character.  I paper pieced her sweater and her face.  As I was water coloring I got some of the blue on her eye and it looked like she had fallen and received a black eye.  I can fix that.  Also a SCS sketch card.

playing with inlaids Stamps: Inkadinkadoo #429 & 430

the technique to use your die cut to cut a sentiment and then fill the holes with coordinating color is really fun.  I love the look and feel of this IRL.  Here are two cards I did for the SCS color challenge.  I will send these out to my girls for all the goodies they brought us on Christmas day.   They really are the same color cardstock but it shows up so gray on the one picture.  oh well, it’s pretty even if it was gray.  LOL   I am entering this into Simon’s Monday Challenge something old and something new.  The technique is NEW to me and the stamps are very very old. 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

getting’ my groove on

Sometimes after a prolonged absence from the stamping room, you just have to start with Clean and Simple (CAS)  Such is the case with this sweet baby card.  I’m getting them all done, yes, I am.  So many babies, so little time.  This was another rummage sale stamp that has gotten tons of use over the past five years.  So simple because it holds it’s own w/o any embellies or extras.  Stamp it blue, purple, pink,  (yellow doesn’t work so well) it’s equally cute for a boy card.  I have dressed it up in the past with layers and ribbons and embellishments but it doesn’t HAVE to be that detailed and still gets the message across.  I’m happy for you and your new little one.    I used a large retired SU lace stamp and taped a large oval die cut into the middle of the card stock before stamping the lace.  Then remove the die cut and there is a beautiful white spot to stamp the shoes.  Voila` simple as can be.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

I go in streaks I guess

Another bambino card for you.  This uses Prickley Pears image and My Favorite Things Blue Prints 6 dies and layout.  I do love the convenience of the pre-designed sketches that come with these and my goal this year is to try and incorporate more patterned paper into my work.  it’s a big stretch for me.  I have lots of it, I love it, I always get stuck when I want to use it.  My PPRS image has already been used so no number count for it.  Aren’t they sweet, these little duckies.  Yep, another girl in the clan.

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First post for the New Year #427

A vintage stamp from who knows when, purchased at a rummage many many moons ago.  Still cute as the dickens.  I still have several baby cards to make from this past summer.  People shouldn’t have their wee ones in the summer when I am out fishing and enjoying the sunshine, but they do, and then I feel badly because I still haven’t made cards for them.  Ay-yi. 

Using the Blue Prints 1 from My Favorite Things I took their sketch but used my own embellies and not their dies for the ribbon and flower.  LOVE how it turned out.  I can almost forgive them for having summer babies I like it so much. –JoAnn C.  if you are reading this, I used that envelope made from home made paper that you sent that sweet card to me in for the yellow scalloped piece.  It made a wonderfully soft blanket like addition to this card.

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