Good morning!  Sorry I haven’t been around for a couple of days, it’s been a little hectic here.  I must admit though that since today was so gorgeous, my friend Bad Bev, came to get me and we went driving around in her convertible!  It was a nice treat for me and good times for sure!

Today is Rubbernecker WACKY WEDNESDAY and Tami has given us a fabulous sketch for this challenge.

I was so disappointed with the first card I did with Pansies and Friends that I wanted to do another.  It so happens that the size of the image works well with Tami’s sketch.

WW3 pansies and friends

The image was colored with Distress Reinkers on Canson watercolor paper.  The background panels were sewn on the card front and then the panels, including the image, were die cut and embossed with  Small and Large Deckled Rectangles.  The edges of all the panels were sanded like crazy to add some texture.

  • Stamps: Stamp Oasis Fantasy Collection – Friends SKU:34 SO JB from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Canon Watercolor; Memory Box Echo; Prism Baby Blue Medium and Majestic Purple Dark
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black and Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed, Broken China and Black Soot Distress
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Small and Large Deckled Rectangles Nestabilities; Sewing Machine; Paint Brushes; Sanding Tools; Ribbon; Brads; Creative Impression Metal Flowers; Venture Mounting Tape

I hope you join us in this week’s WACKY WEDNESDAY challenge.  We love to see your projects!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great day!

I hope y’all have had a good weekend.  My girls finally headed back to school this morning around 10:00.  I enjoyed the noise and all the commotion while they were here, but I’m also glad to be able to get back in my studio.

As I was reading through my daily blogs this morning, I noticed the CPS Sketch Challenge.  Something about the sketch caught my eye and I knew I had to give it a try.  So after I had read the Sunday paper, talked on the phone for a bit, and had all my coffee I headed down to the studio.

Instead of making a long card as the samples on CPS, I made mine 5.5″ x 3.75″.  I just noticed that the CPS Sketch is sponsored by Our Daily Bread this week.  I think I’m gonna have to make another using Our Daily Bread images.


I die cut, embossed and then stenciled the bottom border first.  Using the same paper, the background paper was sewn to the top portion.  The poppies were water colored with Ranger Distress Reinkers and the second was cut out and raised on foam tape.  As I was looking for ribbon to match, I found this scrap piece that I believe came from a box of candy.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’m gonna get ready for my Sunday night television shows . . . don’t ever want to miss Brothers and Sisters!

I can hardly believe that this week is just about over.  I finally got into the studio Friday night and was able to work for a few hours.  When I finished my card, I don’t know why I didn’t go ahead and take my photos.  I had forgotten, yes once again, that Mallory and her friends would be arriving home this morning.  They came rolling in around 4:00 a.m., and when I got up this morning I didn’t dare walk downstairs and wake them all up.

I ended up taking all the girls, Kate and mom included, to lunch and then had to come home and take a nap myself.  That Target trip absolutely wore me out.  The weather has been to ugly the last couple of days, and instead of everyone working in their yards . . . they were all in Target today!  The girls leave in the morning to head back to school, so I’m glad I got to spend a day with them.  They are all way too funny!

Speaking of funny, I love the Home set from Artistic Outpost.  I had to giggle while I was making this card.

AO Greetings Home

And then here’s the inside.  Sorry this pic is a little darker.

AO Greetings Home Inside

The image was water colored with Ranger Distress Reinkers and then I tore the edges and sponged them with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.  The Home sentiment was stamped on the background paper with Aged Mahogany.

I hope you’ve had a good weekend so far and thanks for stopping by!  By the way, I’m still toying with the camcorder . . . I keep looking at it, but I’m a little scared to let you hear and see me.

I must say, that this was the most difficult card I have ever made.  Not difficult in the layout, etc., but difficult in pulling it all together.  I tried a number of times yesterday to make my card for the Rubbernecker WACKY WEDNESDAY Challenge.  The idea, a different fold than a normal card, was not the problem.  However, it just wasn’t working for me.  Finally around 5:00 I had a brainstorm (oh my yes, it hurt) on what I could do!  I headed down to the studio (knowing I only had about an hour to work before I had to leave for a meeting).  The layout came easy, the papers came easy, the whole idea came together . . . and then . . . . the image.  I couldn’t find an image that worked for it. Smiley from

After my meeting, I was in the studio still Smiley from . . . I had an idea that worked.  Somewhere last week, I saw on someone’s blog who used a large prima flower and cut it off at the edge of the card.  I’m sorry, but I don’t remember now who made this card.  If it was you or you know who, please let me know!

I had a large prima, I tried it, it wouldn’t stay on the card.  I began my search again for something else.  I finally remembered that I had a tin of other primas (from the DD Days) and picked one for the card.  It’s not the color I would like, but it does match the paper.  Oh, and then I didn’t have the right ribbon.  Geesh, I could have pitched the whole card and I might yet, but I did get it finished.


So, the ribbon ties the card together so it won’t fall open.  The fold is on the top of the card with more of a card front behind it.  When opened:


Hmmm, I never made Kate a card for her birthday . . . a little late, but . . .

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you join us for Kittie’s challenge!

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Well, I guess I’ve been a little lax in posting the last few days.  Actually, it’s been busy, busy, busy here.  First, Mallory and her friends came in Friday and we all went to Kate’s to celebrate her birthday.  Saturday was a little hectic trying to get the girls ready to leave for their Spring Break trip.  The pulled out of here at 11:00 p.m. Saturday night . . . in MY car!  Now for anyone who really knows this BAD girl, knows that I never ever let anyone else drive my car.  However, it was a good thing I did, because they were packed to the max and never would have fit in any of their cars.

I had Stamp Club here last week too, and I want to share the one card we made.  We have started this year that the Hostess for the month will bring a project to share.  I didn’t have time to get anything done for them, but the Hostess did.  Here’s what we made:

Flip Flop Card

I have never made a swing (flip flop) card was so tickled that Terri had this as her project.  The great thing about the Hostess bringing a project is that I get to learn something too!

During the weekend I also finished up a tutorial I have written for Splitcoaststampers.  It appears this Wednesday and here’s a sneak peek.  Do you know what it is?

tutorial sneak peek

Yesterday I had my follow up with the doctor.  Things are good!  The best part is . . . I’ve lost 9 pounds!  WOO HOO!  I go back again in three months, which is a good thing because it will keep me aware of the food plan I’m on.

I think that’s about all the catch up news I have for you.  Except that tomorrow is the Rubbernecker Wacky Wednesday #2 Challenge.  Kittie has a great challenge for us!

I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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