• Cardinal Song


    I started out making this for the Inspiration Challenge on Saturday and couldn’t quite get a handle on the layout, but I loved this little red bird so I used him for my inspiration. Then Sunday’s Featured Stamper challenge came and I did a couple for it, but I also saw this Inspired in Colors Laurie made and loved her layout. I did change the images, colors and added a long sentiment panel on the side but kept her blocks of color w/ the stamping on them. Then today, the Technique Lover’s Challenge had a cute little matchbook candy holder and the instructions were easy enough that even I could follow them.  So I added the little matchbook to my card and finally finished.

    I’m using a new February set,  Sing for Joy, from Our Daily Bread Designs. After stamping the cardinal a couple of times, I colored them in with Prismacolor pencils and used my Out of the Box Nestie Technique on one. On the second one, I cut him and the branch out and added him on top of the base image. A green circle mat was added underneath and I cut 5 ends only of the Spellbinders fancy tags out of dp and added them around the circle.

    I cut 4 small rectangles out of 4 colors of c/s, stamped the pine cone branch and sponged around the edges. It’s attached to a sparkle lime green layer that has the sentiment and another pine cone bough stamped down the right side. A layer of dp, another lime layer and finally a burgundy layer finish it.  I used leftover pieces to make my little matching matchbook and part of sentiment from another ODBD set,  You Will Find Refuge. I couldn’t  remember where I put my fancy colored staples, so I used some plain silver mini staples and colored them w/ a Sharpie.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    stamps: ODBD – Sing for Joy & You Will Find Refuge
    paper: Neena white, sparkle lime green, garden green, pomegranate, burgundy, dp (Basic Grey Euphoria collection)
    ink: Ancient Page coal, leaf, pine, bordeaux
    accessories: Prismacolor pencils, foam tape, Spellbinders lg and small std circle sets, fancy tags set, mini stapler, pomegranate Sharpie




  • Snowy Day in the Deep South

    The weather channel said the snow was coming, but lately, we believe it when we see it. Friday afternoon, it started snowing. A heavy, wet snow. It snowed all afternoon into the early evening. Most years we  get a little snow here in N. Georgia, but usually not this much. This picture was taken just before dark on Friday. This poor little cardinal looks a little bewildered.

    This is what it looked like this morning. Snow everywhere, but bright sunshine and a sky so blue it’d make you cry. I took this picture from my driveway, looking across the street at the other side of the cul de sac.

    Footprint in the snow. It was a little deeper than I thought it would be.


    This is view looking into my back yard. So pretty! I’m glad I took these early. Even though our temperature never made it above 34 degrees today, the brilliant sun melted a lot of it. And the wind picked up and blew the snow off of the tree branches.

    Thanks for stopping by! Keep warm, y’all!



  • Welcome Baby! – IC216


    What an interesting site Stef chose for the SCS Inspiration Challenge today! After browsing all the fun designs, I chose the Geometric Colorblock Scarf for my inspiration. Love the color combo and graphic lines. I’m also including this in C4C21, to use pink.

    For my card, I’m using the sentiment from Our Daily Bread designs Noah’s Ark set. I used my new Cricut to die cut the large hearts and stamped the sentiment on the pink one.

    The sand colored strip was embossed w/ a button strip folder and the pink uses the Swiss Dots folder. The center strip is dp and all are matted w/ burgundy c/s. I punched some small hearts w/ two different size punches and added them. The wide ribbon is made up of two different ribbons attached together.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Stamps: ODBD- Noah’s Ark
    paper: sand, pink, burgundy, dp (SEI – Juliette collection)
    ink: Fluid Chalk maroon
    accessories: ribbons, Cuttlebug Swiss dots & button border folders, Cricut die cut hearts, small heart punches, foam tape