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Kindness Matters for Retro Sketches

Hi Everyone.  Happy Thursday.  I hope you all had a wonderful 4th July!

I saw a great sketch across at retrosketches this week and was inspired to bring out some of my newly arrived goodies!   When I saw the six elements, I knew that I wanted to use my butterflies from Kindness Matters.  I colored them and then fussy cut each one of them before mounting them on the base.

Here's the sketch:


I loved the horizontal feel of the card, but my butterflies just didn't look right.  So, I decided that a little texture was in order!  After trying multiple backgrounds, I settled on the chevron stripes.  The horizontal feel was further enhanced by the new stitched ribbon.   Of course, I had to use my new favorite SU color of all time - Midnight Muse.

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It was only after I had photographed the card that I realized I had not rounded the corners on the right hand side!  Well, it was a little to late for that :-)  I hope the talented team across at retro will forgive me.  I know they will love it if you popped along to their blog and played along with one of their challenges and checked out the great design team cards.

On a personal note:

Still boiling in this part of the world.  It was maybe a couple of degrees cooler today than yesterday, but still waaaaaay too hot for me.  The plants are really suffering as are the crops in the area.  This heat and no rain is certainly not good for the crops.  I'm hoping it's going to cool down soon and we are going to get some rain.

Lou's work on the concrete patios looks really good.  We are really pleased we decided to do it.  It was too hot to stain the concrete on the front stoep today, so we went shopping for storage units for the basement mechanical area instead.  Hopefully, we can now get the last of the boxes in the house packed away.  All that will be left then, is the garage!

We had a return visit from Gilbert the Groundhog.  Except, we discovered that Gilbert is actually, well ... feeding!  Consequently, Gilbert became GilbertA :-)  She's been checking out the area under the feeding station.


Want to know what was visiting the feeding station today? - Always one of my favorite visitors!

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And this always makes me happy!

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Jeanne.   So glad to hear that you have a new furry thing in the house!  I know the loss of Reba was very hard.  I also know how hard it is not to have something to greet you and love you unconditionally, so am so pleased that you have a new dog!  Congratulations.

Linda.... yep.. you were absolutely right about the bird on the feeder being the Grosbeak.  They have become constant visitors and I love watching them fly in and out with the flash of black and white wings.

Cherie, good to have you back and hear that you had a wonderful vacation!

Beth, if you can't find the Oriole feeder at Fleet Farm, let me know and we can always get one and send it to you.

Terri, I know what you mean about not having a grandma.  All children really deserve a grandma and I am sorry that your daughter hasn't been able to experience that, but she has a wonderful mother to make up for it!

Pammie... your chair is waiting.. still.... with a hairy thing on it :-)

As always, thank you to all of you for spending time in my little area of the stamping blogosphere.  I do appreciate your visits and really do enjoy reading your comments.

Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.  Have a fabulous Friday!



Card recipe:  all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

  • Card stock:  Whisper White, Midnight Muse
  • Stamps:  Kindness Matters.  Sentiment: Sweet Essentials
  • Tools:  Big Shot.  Chevrons Embossing Folder
  • Inks:  Midnight Muse.  Butterflies colored with Copic markers
  • Accessories:  Midnight Muse ribbon