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Hi Everyone.

Happy Wednesday.  Oh yes... Friday is on the way!!!  I'll be so glad when this week is over and I can get back to stamping and doing something creative.  I really get withdrawal symptoms.  For tonight's card I'm using Awash with Flowers - one of the new sets from the 2010/2011 catty.  This is the stamp set that you can earn free as part of the two step into spring promotion.  I love this set and you can see my other example cards here.

The curtain call challenge (a new challenge site I found) has a color challenge - crushed curry, going gray, basic grey and whisper white.  This was a great color challenge.... mmm... gray again!!!!  I loved it with the pop of crushed curry.  It worked so well for my homage to retiring colors theme.  In addition, the talented team across at palspaperarts are running a KISS challenge this week and this works for that, too.  So, pop along to the curtain call challenge site  and palspaperarts sites, as always, I know you will find something to CASE and I always encourage you to participate.

You will notice that this is a very similar layout to last night's card.  It's clean and really allows the focal point to take central stage.    I loved the color scheme and am starting to get a little worried that I am addicted to crushed curry and to gray :-)

I thought showcasing a flower card was a great way to celebrate Earth Day!  So here it is!


Here's how I made the card:

Card size:    A2 - Basic Grey

Layer 1:    Crushed Curry 3 1/4"W x 4 1/4"H

Layer 2:    Going Grey:  3"W x 4"H

Layer 3:    Whisper White 2 3/4"W x 3 3/4"H

I stamped the negative stamp images and then stamped the positive image on a separate piece of paper using Crushed Curry ink.  Once the ink was dry, I spritzed the flowers using the Gold Glow SmoochSpritz to give it a little subtle bling! 

I then cut out the petals and adhered them to the negative image using dimensionals.  I added a small half pearl.  I love putting pearls in this position of this flower.

I stamped the "Happy Birthday" from the Messages for Mom set in Basic Grey

I wrapped Basic Grey satin ribbon around the Whisper White layer and adhered it to the Going Grey layer using dimensionals.  The Going Grey layer was adhered to the Crushed Curry layer, also using dimensionals.  The reason I love dimensionals, as opposed to pop up glue dots for this, is the fact that the dimensionals are not as high as the pop up glue dots.  This allows me to do multiple popped up layers without adding too much height to the card.  However, the popped images, bow and pearl, will definitely mean extra postage on this card.

If you make any cards using the retiring colors, we would love to see them, so please send us a link in a comment so we can all come and visit your blogs.  Heck, link any card you would like us to see - retiring colors or not:-)

I'd like to give a big shout out to Terri tonight.  I received the most gorgeous card in the mail from here.  It was such a pleasure to open up an envelope and find a hand crafted card inside.  I know we all love that!  I can't wait to show you Terri's card.  I will also be showing you the card that Beverly sent me for my birthday.  So two great RAKs to show you this weekend.  Terri, I loved the card!  Thank you.

Earth Day blog candy! 

To celebrate Earth Day, I have a special treat for my loyal commenters this week.  I am putting together a little package of SU goodies to give away to one very lucky person.  What's up for grabs???????  An SU stamp set, a Trendy Trees totally recyclable and totally cool SU drinking bottle; an SU compact mirror, SU nail file, an SU pen and a roll of SU ribbon!  I'll put a photograph up on my blog tomorrow so that you can see what fabulous goodies you will receive.  Almost all of the contents of the grab bag cannot be bought, unless you can get something via a famous on-line auction site!

All comments received starting on Monday April 19 will be entered into the draw.  There's an entry for each comment left.   I know I don't need to bribe you with prizes, but it's a way that I can thank you all for your loyal support and to share a little love.  :-)

The draw will take place on April 30th and, as always, Bilbo Baggins, my very willing 4-legged, purry, furry assistant, will be doing the drawing!  So...look out for a pic of the blog loot tomorrow night.

In honor of Earth Day, my blog will also be going Green.  I will be signing up for Green Certification, which allows me to neutralize my site's carbon footprint with renewable energy and will also provide me with statistics to help me optimize my website to use less energy.  So, check out the new badge my site will get tomorrow. I found about about this on Rach's website! In addition, I will be planting trees through the save the redwoods league - one of the charities that I support every year.

Have a fabulous Thursday everyone.  I hope you have a day filled with nature, love and laughter.  So, go hug a tree - it sounds dorky - but it really is an amazing feeling.  Just don't let the neighbors catch you:-)  Or.... go do a headroll down a hill, make a dandelion necklace, take a rose petal and rub it between your fingers to get that gorgeous smell... do something that you used to do as a child that will reconnect you with this wonderful Earth that we inhabit!

Hugs to you all - and the trees :-)



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stacey schafer

seriously GORGEOUS, Jaydee! love the popped-up petals and silver pearl:) thanks for joining us at the Curtain Call!


This is a fabulous use of this week's Curtain Call colours! Love how you cut the petals out and used the half pearl at the base of the flower. Great card! Thanks for playing the Curtain Call :D

Lynn Hayes

This is beautiful! Love those colors together. I wasn't real fond of the Crushed Curry - then I see your use of it and love it...especially with the gray. Very pretty.

Patricia Hoffman

First I must share a story of when I was a little girl in England. It was a sunny Sunday and I was in my Sunday Best after having gone to Church in the morning. I was outside just wasting time until lunch and I made a Dandelion Headband. Well, when you pick Dandelions they emit a milky substance than got all over my yellow dress. Did I ever get a scolding. The milky substance never did was out and I never got to live down the fact that I ruined one of my Sunday Best Dresses. I will forever remember this day. Funny what we remember and what we don't.

Jaydee, love those colors together. Hooray for Color Challenges, what would we do without them? I really like your petals popped up and the grey pearl is just scrumptious. You do have a talent for adding just the right special touch to finish off a Card. This card too, is bright and happy to me and sings sunshine. You have done a wonderful job.

Would it be alright with Rach if you gave us her Website Addy, so that we could see her work, also? I really would love that.

Cyber hugs, Trish in Wisconsin


Wow, Jaydee! Gorgeous cards from this set! although I am not a lover of flower stamps, some of them I do like, as in time they grow on me, hope we get that set out here in the UK! I am back home from hosp. and the tests went well, I have been told nothing major, but all biopsies have been taken so will have to wait and see! in the meanwhile, I am managing my pain, and feeling a bit happier as this weekend I am moving into my studio, specially built for me by DH. I am hoping I can start blogging so you all can see some picks!
Thank you to all the ladies that have remembered me in prayer, appreciate it very much! Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts! Hugs to all and special one to you Jaydee! Bye for now! G

Beth Rigden

Such a pretty card (again) Jaydee. I like that color combination and that bow just sets it all off! Lovely use of a pearl and just the right amount of bling to keep it simple and beautiful.


I just mounted this set yesterday...can't wait to play. I've been drawn to crushed curry ever since I first saw it (maybe it just brings back memories of the first curry I had at an awesome take-away in SA!)I'll be stocking up on paper, ribbon and ink before it goes away for good. Thanks for sharing another beautiful card, Jaydee you really amaze me with your creativity.
Have a beautiful Earth Day one and All.


BEAUTIFUL card!! And the good news is I just bought this set yesterday at club! Bad news is I don't have it yet! BOO HOO!! That card makes me want to make it RIGHT NOW! I guess I am just going to have to wait a little while! Jaydee you do this to me all the time! LOL! With your awesome creations! But I am not complaining!
I too love that crushed curry. I have used it more than any of the other in color paper! Rich Razzleberry is a close 2nd though!
Germaine- glad to see you commenting! Hope all goes well and you continue to feel better! I continue to pray for you and Trish!
I wish you all a wonderful EARTH DAY!


You have some of the most delicious ideas! Love checking in daily

Ann Schach

Love it! Popping up the petal and adding the pearl are the perfect touches! Great color combo!

Margaret Moody

Hi, Jaydee! Your card is gorgeous! I love the single flower and the great color combo! So simple but so very, very pretty! Not only does this work for Curtain Call, but it works for this week's KISS Challenge at PPA (so submit it there, too)! I love your style, friend! Thanks for sharing!


what a fabulous card! really elegant in its simplicity!

Linda Callahan

This is beautiful - and classy! Love how you popped the petals and used the pearl! Great card! Thanks for joining us at PPA!

Karen B.

Love the simplicity of this, so striking.


What a fabulous card! Thanks so much for playing the Curtain Call this week! xx

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