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Kindness Matters for Casestudy

Hi Everyone.  Happy Tuesday night.

I hope you are all having a great start to your week.

I know.... you are all wondering what on earth is it with green this week?  Good question.  It isn't a color that I normally base my cards around, but I have was really drawn to it this weekend.  Tonight though... it was the gorgeous inspiration card on casestudy that drove me to green.  Check out this fabulous card


I really was inspired by the color, the lace, the texture and, of course, the tag :-)

You need to pop along to casestudy and check out the design team and submission cards inspired by this fabulous card.

I pulled out one of my favorite SU sets - Kindness Matters.  I really do love the butterflies in that set.  That was my starting point...and here is what I ended up with:

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Card recipe - all ingredients SU unless otherwise noted:

  • Card stock:  Lucky Limeade (textured), Natural White, Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Kindness Matters.  Sentiment and flower:  Friend to Friend (Amuse).  Wonderfully Worn was inked in River Rock and stamped on to to textured base
  • Inks:  Basic Black, River Rock.  Butterflies colored with Copic markers
  • Accessories:  Victoria Crochet Trim
  • Tools:  Stampin' Dimensionals (I mounted the tag on dimensionals).  Glue dots for the butterflies.  I glued down one wing and left the other free, to give the feeling of movement.  Big Shot.  Sizzix Scalloped labels die

Now, I was very happy with the finished product, but, honestly, don't believe anything could match up to that stunning inspiration card from Agnieszka.  You can check out her blog here.  She is a very talented young lady.

On a personal note:

We are discovering new things - especially birds - in our garden everyday.  We have so appreciated our deck and the view every single day.  In the morning we are awoken by the sun rising in the sky over the wetlands.  One of these mornings I am going to be awake enough to take a photograph.  The sun streams into the bedroom and we are awoken naturally by the sunlight.  It's just amazing for us.  Our last home was in a valley and had a single window.  Even though it faced true East, we were never blessed with this amount of sunlight and expanse of sky.   We feel so blessed and so lucky and really do appreciate it so much. 

The cats continue to find their own spaces in the house.  Sam sleeps in our master closet.  Why?  I have absolutely no idea.  Merlin follows the sun the whole day.  Bailey can normally be found on top of the stairs stretched out on the carpet.  Bilbo takes over our bed.  Charlie... well, he goes where ever I go.  He really is my little velcro cat.  He is rarely separated from me for long.  When we go to sleep at night, I am aware of him sitting beside the bed, looking up at me, just waiting for me to fall asleep.  Only when he knows I am fully asleep, does he jump onto the bed and curl up and go to sleep.  He's really a very special cat.  I think he is very grateful that we rescued him from the field:-)

My craft room is starting to take shape.  I am loving the space and the peace and quiet.  It's even more tidy than normal, as I have a place for absolutely everything and I love it that way.  I'll take some pictures as soon as I have decorated a little - and personalized the space.

Rach.. you are right... one of the great things about unpacking, is finding new spaces for things and it helps you to get a feel for your space.

This week, the landscaping guys come in to put in native grasses and wildflowers on the borders of the property.  It really is important to both of us that we help to preserve, and conserve, this fabulous piece of property that we have.  Yesterday there was a knock and our door.  Luckily I was on a conf call, so Lou answered the door.  It was the local exterminator trying to sell us a contract to rid our garden of bugs and spiders.  He was really lucky I didn't answer the door.   I have a fabulous spider exterminator and he's not in the least bit toxic.  All he needs is the occasional bowl of cat food and he's happy to root out any bugs and spiders in the house :-)  As for getting rid of bugs on the outside..... are you kidding me?  We bought this lot because of its proximity to nature.  There are so many birds in our garden who are dependent on bugs.  Why on earth would I use toxic chemicals to get rid of the bugs, but carcinogenic materials into the watershed and deprive the birds of their form of sustenance.    OK.   OK.   I'll get off my soapbox now. :-)  You can tell I'm passionate about this stuff:-)

Well, I am off to unpack another box!  I want to thank you for spending time in my little area of the stamping blogosphere.   I really do appreciate your visits, your comments and that you have hung in there whilst my posts have been so sporadic the last couple of weeks.  

Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.  Remember... smile at a stranger... it could save their life.




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Very cute card, thanks for playing!! xxx


Good Morning. It was nice to see your post. Good reading as I'm waiting for my colleague to pick me up for work. The sunrise awakening you sounds absolutely wonderful. We have south and west windows in our room--and lots of them!! Lots of light and sunspots in the afternoon! My new little puppy seems to like sun spots too. I tell her she is just like her mama, because, after all, I like them too. I don't follow them, however. :). They just look and feel so "homey".

Oh, by the way, your card is really cute. I love greens.

Take care.


I'm such a sucker for butterflies--you know that. :o) The greens of late? I've been loving them. They are such happy greens. Does that make sense?

I'm glad the furbabies are all settling in so well. The boys are a lot like Charlie--wherever I am, so are they. Fred is especially cuddlesome. He doesn't want YOU to cuddle him, however, he MUST be near you and have you love on him. I can get behind that. :o)

I too have most excellent exterminators, hee hee. I get that. :o) I'm so happy you are continuing to find your spaces and places. There is such happiness and joy in your posts. :o)


P.S. Hey Lou!

Doris D.

I love this card, so bright and cheerful.


green is one of my favorite colores. your card is fantastic. I'm so glad I found you, my card ministry was getting hohum. you have given me such good ideas I give you thanks on the backs

Debby Hughes

Love the lace addition to your tag. Thanks for joining us at CASE study this week :)

Marsha E

Thanks for sharing another great butterfly card. My cat is also an 'exterminator' - if it moves it's history.
Marsha E

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