I’m very excited to be able to share with you today that I am the June Flourishes Limelight Designer.    I’m so tickled to work with the ladies from Flourishes and look forward to spending my Sundays with them this month!

Here’s my first card I posted for Flourishes.  You can find out everything I talked about by visiting the Flourishes Newsletter!


  • Stamps:  Poppy Patch from Flourishes Stamps
  • Paper:  Prism Spring Willow Medium and Black; 7 Gypsies Market
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black; Ranger Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Broken China and Old Paper Distress
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders Petite Oval and Deckled Mega Rectangles Nestabilities, Petite 5-1/2” Deckled Scalloped Borderabilities, and Tags 5 Shapeabilities; May Arts Ribbon; Vintage Button; Venture Foam Tape; Sewing Machine; Koi Water Brushes; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Ranger Matte Accents

Good Tuesday morning!  You should have here over the last few days . . . I was finally getting my Spellbinders Nesties organized and sorting all the Prism paper that I received in Texas.  I can walk in the studio now and not have to walk over a box.  Such a nice feeling!  I’ll get pictures later of how I organized my Spellbinders.  I based my system on what Shelly posted here.

On another note, and the reason for today’s card, is that my mother, aunt and sister all went through my piles of cards on Easter Sunday.  I had so many that I needed to make some space and they hadn’t gone through my cards in a long time.  I brought them all up the dining room table and let them all a free-for-all.  Once they were done, I took what was left, sorted them into categories and put them in zip lock baggies.  Much to my surprise I had tons of Christmas cards that I could have sent out last year . . . duh!  However, I had very few thank you cards.  So . . . . last night I decided to make a thank you card that could be used for a more subdued occasion.

Of course, I had to add my own quirky twist, even though it’s a pretty simple card!

ThinkOfYou ThankYou April09

The background panel was debossed with the Spellbinders Paisley Impressabilities and the image and borders were cut and embossed with Spellbinders Label Three Nestabilities.  On the inside

ThinkOfYou ThankYou April09 inside

I simply stamped Thank You.  However this could easily be a sympathy and/or thinking of you card.  My quirky touch . . . the button truly does not go with this design, a bow would have been better, but I wanted something a little different.

  • Stamps:  Thinking of You and Many Sentiments from Flourishes
  • Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Baja Breeze and Basic Black
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black and SU Baja Breeze
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels Three Nestabilities and Paisley Impressabilities; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Venture Foam Tape; SU Baja Breeze Ribbon; Button; Black Hemp Twine

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!  By the way, if you like to “Cause a Scene,” you’ll really want to be here tomorrow!

Oh my BADNESS, it’s Friday night already!  I’ve spent the entire day rolling that fabulous May Arts Ribbon (that isn’t up on the Rubbernecker site yet, but will be very soon) that we got over the Dallas Weekend and just generally putting stuff away.  Oh and I also fell to the pressure and joined Face Book.  I never thought I would, but I got an email from a high school friend.  Now this is really cool chatting with high school friends!

When I was walking around the yard the other day, I noticed the lilacs budding out.  I hope we don’t get that snow they are calling for so I have some blooms this year.  Last night I was so inspired by the spring growth in the yard that I had to make this card.  Well I started it last night and finished it this afternoon.


I did something that I haven’t done in a very long time with this card.  I pulled out my SU Markers and colored the lines of the image, misted the ink with water and stamped on watercolor paper.  I then took lighter shades of markers, colored over the marker and worked them around with my NEW Koi Water Brushes.  How I love these Kois.  It may keep me from ever using a regular brush again.  The edges of all the paper and the image are lightly sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then sewn to the cardstock base.  The image and scalloped layer with cut and embossed with Spellbinders Petite Oval Nestabilities.

  • Stamps: Lilac Set from Flourishes
  • Paper: Canson Watercolor; SU Mellow Moss and Retired Enchante
  • Ink: SU Mellow Moss, Lovely Lilac, Chocolate Chip, and Barely Banana; Ranger Antique Linen Distress
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Petite Oval Nestabilities; Sewing Machine; NEW May Arts Ribbon; Venture Foam Tape; Brads

I hope you’ve had a good Friday and it continues into the weekend for you.  New stuff is coming next week so you’ll want to pay close attention!

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’ve actually made two cards today . . .  WOO HOO!  I so wanted to do the SCS Sketch Challenge today, so after my nap I jumped on it.  Hehe – yep got that afternoon nap in.  But sssshhhh, don’t tell anyone!  Since I’m watching American Idol while I’m writing this post, I gonna get right to it.

I loved the sketch today because it is perfect to incorporate inchies with.  You know I do love to make inchies.   When I saw the Home Tweet Home set from Flourishes, the first thing that went through my mind was what I could make inchies with from the set.  I’ve been wanting to work with the birdhouses in this set and today I got to do it.


The inchies were colored with Copic Markers, punched out using a 1″ square punch and then mounted on 1″ illustration board.  While I was at Hobby Lobby one day, I found in the artists section a package of ATC cards made from illustration board.  Today I cut one of the ATCs up into 1″ squares so that I could glue the paper inchies on them for more stability.  The background paper is made with that “inky thing I do” by swiping distress pads on a craft sheet and misting with water.   Even though it is hard to see in the photo, I misted the paper with Broken China/Gold Distressed Pearlized Mist and then stamped the branch from the stamp set in Antique Linen.

  • Stamps: Home Tweet Home from Flourishes
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Kraft and Kiwi Kiss
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Coffee, Adirondack Espresso and Antique Linen, Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Vintage Photo Distress
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Ranger Mini Mister, Gold Perfect Pearls, Ink Blending Tool and Non-Stick Craft Sheet; Clover Craft Iron; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Square Punches; Illustration Board; Ribbon; Button

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

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