Accented Blooms Thank you card

This cute card layout was designed by Rich Griffith, husband to the Glitter Queen, Dawn Griffith. You can see her tutorial on YouTube,, here.

Basic Black – 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Score 4 1/4, Plus 3/4″ x 4″ for the banner and a 4 x 4″ square for the black oval matte
Whisper White – 4 x 4″ square for Stamp
Granny apple green – 5 1/4 x 4
Mango Melody – 3 x 3 3/4, 3 3/4 x 1 3/4, Plus 3/4″ x 4″
Coastal Cabana – 2 7/8 x 3 5/8, 1 3/8 x 3 5/8, Plus 3/4″ x 4″

Using your trimmer, line up the left edge of the Granny Apple Green (4″ side) to the 3 1/4″ mark, and using the cutting blade, make a cut from the 1 1/2 inch mark to the 3 1/2″ mark. Alternatively, you can use a ruler and a craft knife to cut a 2″ slit at the 3 1/4″ mark. This is where the little banners slide in.

I stamped the design with Memento Black ink, on Whisper white, and cut it out with the second largest plain oval, from the Layering Ovals dies. I used the Stampin’ Write markers in Mango Melody, Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple green, then went around the designs with my Smokey Slate Stampin Write Marker. You can use the Stampin Blend if you don’t have the Neutral set of Stampin Write markers. Wink of Stella on the flowers and leaves, finished it off quite nicely. I cut out the black with the largest scalloped oval of the Layering Ovals

On the banners, I used “Thank You” and “You are simply the best” from the Varied Vases stamp set, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black.

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Evening visitors

Every evening around 7 or so we have a little guest. There are two different critters, one is a recent mother and the other, we call stumpy because the end of his tail has been cropped by something.

No wonder our feeders are empty all the time.

Glen commented, the other day, how our humming bird feeders were emptied almost every day. Well, the nursing mother was caught drinking the sugary syrup, but I wasn’t fast enough with the camera. Mystery solved.

Over The Moon

A fellow Demonstrator, Julie Gilson of Stampin’ Gala, created this card, and I was instantly smitten. I chose not to change it up, as I thought it was perfect the way it is. You can find the link at her site, and she also has a “how to” video on YouTube.

Card Base – Smoky Slate, 4-1/4 X 9-3/4, score 4-1/4
Powder Pink – 4 X 4
Whisper White – 3-3/4 X 3-3/4, stamp several “spots” from the Love What You Do stamp set. then emboss with the Subtle EF
Smoky Slate, 1-1/2 X 10-1/2, score at 5-1/4. (Half of this strip is on the inside of the card.)
Powder Pink, 1-3/8 X 5-1/8, 3 X 3 – scalloped circle
Powder Pink DSP, 1-1/4 X 5
Basic Gray, 3 X 3 – smaller scalloped circle
Whisper White, 3 X 3, stamp the cow image, color with Stampin’ Blends markers, Stitched
Shapes Framelits Dies

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June Paper Pumpkin

June PP

The June kit makes it easy for you to scatter sunshine this summer—whenever, with whomever. Not only do they give you 16 fun-sized, beach-themed cards and envelopes, but they also provide you with an exclusive carrying case so you’ll always have your cards on hand to share wherever you go. And don’t forget the exclusive stamp set and ink spot that completes every Paper Pumpkin kit!

Coordinating colors: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive

Indigo Bunting Beauty

Yesterday, a baby Indigo Bunting flew into the window at our quilt shop in Cobourg. Glen brought him home, as one of his wings is damaged. It seems to be improving, as it’s not as droopy as it was yesterday, but he still can’t fly. Today, we found a used birdcage at Petticoat Lane, in Cobourg. Petticoat Lane is a thrift shop that supports the auxiliary at the Cobourg Hospital. I was getting frustrated with our search for a birdcage, as I wasn’t crazy about buying a new cage for a short term guest. All they asked for cage was $2.50. Seriously! The bird seed cost more lol. We’ve named him “Smurf”, and I have to say, he’s anxious to get out of dodge. As soon as his wing heals, he’ll be a free agent.