Monday, May 31, 2010

Basket of Daisies

Hello Stampin' Friends. I hope you are enjoying a long weekend and have celebrated Memorial Day in style.

This card was created for the Ways to Us It Challenge to use paint and the Free For All Challenge Inspired by a Collection. It has red, white & blue flowers in honor of our heroes who have given their time and sometimes their lives so we can enjoy freedom.

I collect baskets. My collection has been cut in half since the move. My silk flower collection was cut by three quarters. I vowed not to buy any more baskets or silk flowers, but making them doesn't count does it? tee hee. I can always give this to someone but it will have to be a hand out. I'm not mailing this baby!

I have to tell you a cute story about this basket. While I was folding clothes yesterday, Luke raided my stamp room. He came out with this card in one hand and a blue daisy in the other. I got the card from him but he declared that the 'bue flowder' was his. I figured the basket was over full anyway so I let him have his 'bue flowder'. He had trouble gettin it off his finger because the glue dot was still in tact on the back. When he finally dislodged it, he placed it on my arm for my 'boo boo'. I guess he thought it was a new kind of bandage! The petals were a little crimped but Luke is a very careful fellow and I was able to put it back in the basket.

Now about the card...After I punched and assembled the flowers, I brushed them with Frost White Shimmer Paint. It tones down the blue a bit and makes the white shimmer nicely, kind of like a real daisy. The basket is made with the Top Note die but cutting it once, turning it and cutting it again to make a square. The handle is a left over piece.

Card Recipe
Paper: Barely Banana, Kraft, So Saffron DSP, Brocade Blue, Whisper White, Real Red, Yo Yo Yellow, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
Acc.: Big Shot, Flowers Daisies #2 & SU Top Note Bigz Dies, SU Little Leaves Sizzlit Die, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border, Boho Blossoms & 1/2" Circle Punches, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Ribbon Originals Elementary Ribbon.

I really rambled tonight. Hope you don't mind. I'm glad you came to visit and I hope you enjoyed yourself and will come again real soon. Happy stampin'.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Another Black Magic

Hi stampin' folks. Today I want to share another card done with the Black Magic technique. This one is very simple since I still don't feel like I have mastered the technique.

I love the yellow, black and white combination and since the background design is mainly black, I just had to put it on a yellow card.

The image was stamped with Whisper White. After it dried, I colored it with Prismacolor Pencils and highlighted with the gel pen. I chose to do the dots on the frame instead of the flower. I hope that's not taking too much creative license with Karen's technique.

I'll keep practicing.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Bella's Bloom
Paper: Yo Yo Yellow, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White
Acc.: Big Shot, SU Perfect Details, & Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, Ovals Originals Die, Black Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals

Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day. Please say a prayer for out servicemen past and present.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dragonfly for Dad

Hello Stampin' Friends. Today I am sharing a remake. The main design of this card is one of the Stamp A Stack cards we did last weekend. I always enjoy the Dragon Flies/Darning Needles that fly around my Dad's yard. Their tails are the most beautiful shade of blue. So this design seemed perfect to use for a Father's Day card for my Dad and since he is a big man, I wanted a card that's a little bigger than normal.

The card base is 5" x 7" made from Naturals White. The layout is from this weeks Sketch Challenge. It worked perfectly for what I wanted for this card. I used a piece from a Patterns Pack for the top third. (I thought it was Basic Gray, but I had written Always Artichoke on the front of the pack. It looks like dark gray.) On the bottom third, I stamped some dragonflies in Going Gray.

The main design piece is Taken with Teal that was embossed with the BIG GUY and the Square Lattic Folder from the Summer Mini Catalog. I used a Sending Love Notes Kiss piece from the Occasions Mini Catalog. It has been spritzed with the Color Spritzer Tool and a marker. The dragonfly is embossed in black EP and the tail is colored with a marker.

The belt was embossed with my whacked Finial Press Embossing Folder. I ran it through two times and adhered the ribbon in the center. I distressed the bottom edges with my fingernail. Then I inked all the front edges with Black.

Hope he likes it.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Nature's Nest, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Naturals White, Basic Black, Taken with Teal, Whisper White, Sending Love Notes Kiss, Patterns Pack
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black, Going Gray
Acc.: Big Shot, Square Lattice & Whacked Finial Press Embossing Folders, Color Spritzer Tool, SU Marker, Modern Label & Word Window Punches, Black Gingham Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by to visit. Do come back soon.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My First Black Magic Card

Hello Stampin' Friends. I told you yesterday that I had been working on a new (to me) technique that I would share with you today.

Ta da da daa! Here it is and it's called 'Black Magic'.

I first saw this technique done on a card by Karen Barber on Splitcoaststampers. You can go to her gallery here and her blog here. (I hope this is actually the tutorial link, but I'm never quite sure.)

This week the Technique Lover's Challenge is to do a card with that Old Black Magic.

So I gave it a try.

I need to work on this technique some more. Actually that sounds like fun to me!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Always, Together Forever
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White
Acc.: Watercolor Pencils, Prismacolor Pencils, White Gel Pen, Big Shot, Texturz Plate, Ticket Corner, Large Oval & Designer Label Punches

I experimented on this next one and used SU Markers. It has a similar look but I like the colored & watercolor pencils on the first one better. They have a smoother look. (I see another reason to invest in the SU Watercolor Pencils.)

Card Recipe
Stamps: Always
Paper: Basic Black, Blush Blossom
Ink: Whisper White
Acc.: SU Markers, White Gel Pen, Big Shot, Whacked Finial Press Embossing Folder, Tiny Pearls

It's fun to try new things and if they don't come out just right the first time, I can look forward to trying again. I hope this will inspire you to try something new.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mr. Hummingbird

Hello Stampin' Friends. It's late but I wanted to share a card with you.

This card was for the Color Challenge today to use Real Red, Bermuda Blue and Kraft.

I knew right away that I wanted to do this hummingbird from the Elements of Style set in Bermuda Bay. Hummingbirds love red flowers so all I had to do was decide on a flower for him. I love this Watercolor Trio stamp. So... I inked the one I had always done as leaves with the Chocolate Chip & Real Red Markers. Mr. Hummingbird looks like he likes what he sees! He is popped up on 2 dimensionals.

The bow was the hardest part of the whole card! Some days the ribbon cooperates and some days it doesn't! Perseverance won out before the ribbon wore out and the card is finished.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Watercolor Trio, Elements of Style
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Acc.: Real Red & Chocolate Chip SU Markers, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Real Red Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Tiny pearl

I also worked on a new technique today. I'm real excited about how it turned out. I'll share that with you next time. Until then, happy stampin'.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Blushing Shells

Hello Stampin' Friends. I hope you had a nice weekend and that this was a good Monday for you.

I spent Sunday afternoon reorganizing my stamp room (which doubles as the guest room). I ended up with a pile of card pieces. Today I put them together. It's always a challenge to find homes for those odds and ends!

You may remember that a while back I did some sea shells and I told you that the shells I did in Blush Blossom weren't quite what I wanted to use that day. Well here they are. They found a home.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Nature's Nest
Paper: Blush Blossom, Very Vanilla Textured
Ink: Whisper White
Acc.: White Embossing Powder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon

I'll be back tomorrow. Until then, hope you get some ink on your fingers.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Another Bird

I am still enjoying my Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch. Did you know that you can still order it?

This one is punched from Elegant Eggplant with wings punched from Tea Party DSP.

He's mounted on a Love Note Hug. Sorry they are no longer available. Maybe they will make a comeback in the 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalog.

He has a little pearl for an eye and the sentiment is punched from the scallop oval punch. ( I stamped a boo boo and had to cover it. I do that quite often.) The sentiment is from the Watercolor Trio set in the Summer Mini Catalog. It can be used for any occasion. I love the script.

This is a quick and easy card. My favorite kind.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Watercolor Trio
Paper: Almost Amethyst, Tea Party DSP, Hug
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Acc.: Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Ribbon Originals Elementary

I have friends and daughters coming to stamp tomorrow. I am so excited!

Hope you have a wondeful weekend too.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Just Chillin'

SSh! This is not Stampin' Up!

I played with my Roanoke Rapids Stampin' Friends last weekend. Nell brought all of her House Mouse Stamps and boy, did we have fun!

I don't usually like mice and have been known to scream "get it out of here" even for the dead ones! I remember one time the kids found an nest outside and brought a baby mouse in the house and let it "accidentally" get away. I really didn't think it was cute at all! But these guys are adorable!

I painted it with Watercolor Pencils and used a Blender Pen to smooth things out. All the card stock is SU. I used my fingernail to distress the edges then inked them.

Card Recipe
Stamps: House Mouse, SU Sanded
Paper: Sahara Sand, Yo Yo Yellow, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Stazon Black, Chocolate Chip
Acc.: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen

I love sunflowers, but don't try to give me one with a mouse in it!

Hope you have a chillin' kind of evening. Come again soon.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Another Greenhouse Garden Flower

Whew! This is for the Sketch Challenge this week. This makes 3 days straight of challenges! I really love that they make me think in a different direction and I try combinations that I wouldn't otherwise try. I love this sketch. It's simple and not too many layers. Just my style!

I had the flower already stamped and since I'm trying to use up some of the odds and ends laying around, I decided it would have to do for my design piece.

I think it took me longer to decide on a piece of Designer Series Paper than it did to stamp everything. Boy did I have fun going through all that paper! I think I need to have a class on using DSP and make room for some more! By the way, I decided on a piece from the Raspberry Tart set from last year.

The flower is done with Cameo Coral and Ruby Red. I used that combination a while back and I really love it. Both colors are going to be retired, so I need to use it all I can now. I used a Rhinestone Brad from the Circle Ice collection in the middle of the flower and some Mistletoe ribbon left over from the Christmas mini. All this is stamped on a Hug Note from the Occasions Mini. I used my Paper Piercer in each scallop.

The sentiment is done with the oval from an Oval All stamp and Short & Sweet. I punched it with the large oval punch and used the scallop punch to punch an Old Olive mat. I pierced these scallops too.

All this is mounted on a card with the front embossed with the BIG GUY and a SU Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate.

Well, this has been fun, but I really, really need to go cut sets out for Saturday.

Thanks for stopping by. Do come back soon.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pocket Butterfly Garden

Hello Stampin' Friends. I'm on a roll this week. I really need to be cutting out elements for my Stamp A Stack this weekend, but these challenges are just beckoning to me. Besides, the deadline for signing up is tomorrow and there's no need to start cutting before that is there?

Today's color challenge is to use Dusty Durango, Rich Razzleberry and So Saffron. Dessert is to use stencilling.

While looking through the gallery, I loved the Saffron embossed with the new Square Lattice Embossing Folder. (You will find it in the new Summer Mini Catalog.) So I had to CASE that and used it for the base of my card. I hadn't used the Pocket Silhouettes for quite a while and when I opened the stamp drawer, this set caught my eye.

The butterflies were stenciled with the leftovers from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit. I pulled out some old stencil brushes and dabbed them in the ink pad. Some I did with the Dusty Durango then added Rich Razzleberry on top of that and then I reversed the process on others. The 2 colors together look real pretty. Who but Betty would have ever guessed that? It took longer to tie the thread around them than it did to stamp the whole project! A thin black wire would work better, but since I didn't have any, I used quilting thread instead.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa
Acc.: Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Word Window Punch, Dusty Durango Polka Dot Ribbon, Quilting Thread, Stencilling Brush

Hope you enjoyed my little garden today. Come again soon.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Monday

Wow! I actually got the CAS challenge done on Monday! Seems like it has been crazy around here lately. Today was a good day and I actually got a chance to think and stamp!

The CAS challenge this week is to do a "Shabby Chic" card. There is a Techniques Lover's Challenge on Monday too and it is to make a card with a shadowbox style frame.

This is what I came up with. I love the soft pinks of some of the "Shabby Chic" stuff so I chose Blush Blossom for the card base. This is one of the colors that we will have to say good-by to very soon. It's been one of my favorites. Maybe there will be an In Color that will be close? Hope so!

For my shadow box frame, I cut 2 pieces of naturals white 3" x 3 1/2". On one piece I used my cutting board to cut a 2" x 2 1/2" hole in the center. (Boy did that make me nervous! I'm relieved to say that I did it on the first try!) Then to add a little more pressure, I scored it, also using my cutting board and a stylus. I made a boo boo so I have 2 scores on each side. I actually would not have tried for 2 under any other circumstance. To give the frame a shabby look, I sponged a little Going Gray ink along the score lines. Dimensionals make the frame stand out from the picture.

The rosebud is from a retired set called Wild Rose. I pulled it out my Someday Box of stamped pieces that are waiting to find a home. I honestly don't remember what ink I used. The leaves and stem look like Certainly Celery and the rose is maybe Regal Rose?

I used the Eyelet Border Punch on the edge and punched a strip on Naturals White to add another row of eyelets. The Dotted Swiss ribbon was in my ribbon drawer. Again, I have no idea where it came from.

Not only did I get 2 challenges in one, but I found a home for a Someday stamped piece! Now I need to find homes for the yellow ones!

Hope you enjoyed your Monday and that you get to stamp a little bit.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Anniversary Shells

Kelli & Matt's 5th anniversary is today.

This is their anniversary card. I hope they like it. I think they would rather have a trip to the beach.

I should have saved the sand their son brought home from the park today. They would have thought they were at the beach! tee hee

Happy Anniversary Kelli & Matt. May your marriage be blessed with love and happiness.

Card Recipe
Nature's Nest, Teeny, Tiny Wishes
Paper: Kraft, Basic Black, DSP
Ink: Whisper White, Basic Black
Acc.: White Embossing Powder, Heat tool, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stamp A Stack Coming Up

Finally, I have decided which cards to offer during my Stamp A Stack on May 22nd & May 25th. I had so many ideas that it was hard to narrow it down to five cards. Maybe I need to have these more often?

I tried to choose designs that would cover all occasions. There is some embossing, inking with markers, two-step stamping, punching, and embossing with the Big Shot (the dragonfly card is embossed with the square lattice folder).

If you live in the Cary area, and would like to come, send me an email and I will save you a spot. Class times are Saturday, May 22 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Tuesday, May 25 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Now I need to start cutting!

Hope you like them!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Shimmering Lily

This is the card I did for the CAS challenge this week on Splitcoast Stampers. We were to do a card inspired by this card.

Since I'm running way behind this week, I combined it with the Color Challenge to use Soft Suede and Melon Mambo.

I used my new SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder and the BIG GUY on the front of the card and again on the Soft Suede piece. I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch that I earned during Sale A Bration to trim the edge. The sentiment is stamped on a plain strip of card stock and tucked underneath.

The flower was Stamped in Melon Mambo on Shimmery White card stock and painted with Frost White Shimmer Paint with a drop of Melon Mambo re-inker mixed in. I had actually painted the lily a while back and it was a perfect opportunity to use it!

Thanks to using a left over piece on my table, this was a really quick card. Just what I needed this week.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Kind & Caring Thoughts
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Shimmery White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede
Acc.: Frost White Shimmer Paint, Re-Inker, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Coloring with Prismacolor Pencils

Ten lovely ladies from the Creative Arts group joined me today for a hands on lesson with Prismacolor pencils. If you read my blog of March 9th, you will remember that my very artistic friend, Jean gave us a demonstration of the art of drawing and coloring with this medium.

Today, we got to try it for ourselves. Actually, Jean gave me a private lesson a couple of weeks ago. (It takes me longer than most people to learn a new technique!) My first attempt was awful! Today everyone did much better with their first try!

This was actually my second attempt. It was a big improvement from the first time, but still way behind Jean's original.

I was helping the ladies this morning so I didn't get to "paint" until this afternoon. This time I tried a rose. If practice makes perfect, I have a long ways to go! It did go faster and I was quite pleased with the results. I'll show it to you soon.

I didn't write down the colors I used. I'll try to do better on that. The card is Pretty in Pink embossed with the BIG GUY and the SU Perfect Details Texturz Plate. The picture is matted with Whisper White.

I think that I'll work more with this technique. I'm not good at seeing the shading. I'm a person that doesn't see the trees for the forest. Maybe this will readjust my brain a bit so I can see things differently. They say that's good for keeping Alzheimer's Disease at bay. It beats medication!

Thanks for stopping in today. Come back soon.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Feather for a Friend

This is one of the cards we will do at Donna's workshop on Saturday. She requested that all the cards be black & white.

This peacock feather was perfect for this workshop.

I snuck in a little bit of color though. I like to tease her by doing that. The picture doesn't show it well, but there is a little aqua & olive Supernova Glitter in the eye of the feather. I got the idea from Sandi MacIver. You can visit her blog here. She embossed her feather. I like the light and airy look for this card.

The background has been embossed with the SU Background Texturz Plate 1 and the BIG Guy.

There's not a lot of stamping on this card, but there sure is a lot of punching.

Hope they like it.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Nature's Nest, Watercolor Trio
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Acc.: Big Shot, SU Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate, Supernova Glitter, Corner Rounder, Ticket Corner, Large Oval & Scallop Oval Punches

Thanks for stopping in to visit. Come again real soon, ok?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dreams du Jour Color Challenge

This week's Color Challenge was to use Lovely Lilac, Gable Green & Cameo Coral. I thought "Gable Green, ugh"! Evidently I have used it before because there was only a little piece left in my Bold Brights package. All of these colors will be making their fond farewell on July 1st. If you are a fan of Gable Green, my apologies and you may want to stock up while you can.

With these colors, I thought butterflies. I love this little butterfly from the Dreams du Jour set. The other stamps are sweet but the butterfly gets the most use. The little guys are stamped with Black Stazon ink and painted with a blender pen dipped in the corner of the ink pad. When doing this technique, be careful not to rub too hard since it will pull the cardstock.

I stamped and colored 2 of each color and cut one of each out. These were mounted on top of the stamped squares ( 1 5/8" x 1 1/2"). The color squares are 2" x 1 5/8". Did you notice that I added a little bling? Just a little.

The background was done with my new toy! It's the new SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder. It's on p. 24 of the Summer Mini Catalog. I ran it through the BIG GUY and WOW!, what a nice background. It looks as good on the back as on the front too! I love new stuff!

The Black Gingham ribbon finishes it off. I'd tell you how far apart the knots are, but I just tied them randomly and tried to match them with the butterfly squares. I call it the By Guess and By Gosh technique, LOL!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Dreams du Jour
Paper: Whisper White, Lovely Lilac, Gable Green, Cameo Coral
Ink: Black Stazon, Lovely Lilac, Gable Green, Cameo Coral
Acc.: Ticket Corner Punch, Big Shot, SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Black Gingham Ribbon, Rhinestones

I hope you enjoyed seeing this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Let me know what you think. I love the comments.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fifth Avenue Watercolor

Some of you know that I have a goal of someday being able to watercolor. I love the soft and blended look that watercolor has. I've tried a couple of pieces and it's not too hard except that I need to figure out where to do the dark and where to do the light. I have light and dark but it's pretty much hit and miss.

I finally stamped the rose from the Fifth Avenue Floral. I've used the other flowers but this rose was really scary! I stamped it in VersaMark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I used the Aquapainters and re-inkers...Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink & Cameo Coral for this one.

Then I used Summer Sun and Rose Red on this one.

The Technique Lovers Challenge this week was to emboss vellum. I used the SU Perfect Details Texturz Plate and Paper Vellum (p. 159) and ran it through the BIG GUY. It gave a nice soft lattice look. The roses are both popped up on dimensionals to give them a little more dimension.
I would like to do a class with this. It's really not hard and despite the fact that my light and dark are probably all wrong, it has a nice soft look.
I did the small flower from this set the same way and it is gorgeous! Now I have to put them on a card.
Card Recipe
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral
Paper: Whisper White, Cameo Coral or Yo Yo Yellow, Vellum Paper
Ink: VersaMark (You can use Whisper White instead)
Acc.: Re-inkers, Aquapainter, White Embossing Powder, Big Shot, Su Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon/Crushed Curry Polkadot Ribbon
These would make nice Mother's Day cards, or Birthday cards, or Get Well cards, or........
Need to finish the Color Challenge card and finish preparing for a workshop.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Awash Atilt

I should have posted this last week before it was too late to order this set. Hopefully it will make a comeback in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog because it is such a fun set.

If you look closely you can see that the card base has been embossed with SU Perfect Details Texturz Plate. It's a lovely lattice looking background. I need to use it more often!

The nested design piece is a cut and embossed from Nestabilities label set. I had always admired them on other peoples' cards and since I had some free bucks at an unnamed website, I treated myself. I hope Stampin' Up! will offer something similar someday.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Awash with Fowers, Oval All

Paper: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Old Olive
Acc.: Nestabilities, Large Oval & Scallop Oval Punches, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon

I think I'll post this for the CAS Challenge to do flowers or a Mother's Day card. My Mom's been gone for a long time. Wish I'd told her thank you more often.

Thank you for coming by.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

White Camelia Jazzed Up

Wfew! I finally found the right combination for the Sketch Challenge this week. Good thing too. It's almost next week!

When I saw the challenge I thought, "aha, I have some little squares of DSP that I was saving for just such a card." They were perfect and I had a scrap of Melon Mambo to cut the mats from. Then came the hard part. That middle image just wouldn't cooperate! I stamped and trashed, stamped and trashed. I almost threw the whole thing in the trash, but those little squares with the DSP sitting on that Barely Banana card just wouldn't let me.

Another challenge that had me blocked was the Technique Lovers Challenge. This week we had to pick a card from our gallery and jazz it up or down. Most of my cards are pretty Clean & Simple so I needed to pick one to jazz up. Jazzing up makes me nervous. But, I picked this card from my gallery.

I made the camelia with the BIG GUY and the SU Birds & Blooms die. I cut 2 of the large flower & 1 each of the 2 smaller. I folded, curled with the bone folder, and peeled the petals apart then glued them all together. Instead of using a marker to make the stamens, I used a rhinestone, then put a rhinestone in each corner and for good measure and added bling, I put a pearl in each corner of the punched frame.

Now is that jazzed up or what? Still not as fancy as some. I tried a ribbon but I thought it was a bit much since the card is only 4 1/4" square.

As an added bonus, I can post this for the Free For All Challenge to Celebrate May Day with flowers. Now that was an easy challenge. I love doing flowers.

That's my fun for today. Hope you got to have some too.