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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



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Mitzi Luttrull

Jaydee, I love the color combo for your butterflies! Very pretty! Nice card all over.


I love all butterflies thank you for telling me about the Flores set. It's terribly hot here. we have a very small yard (condo) and planted two tomato vines saddly they are cooked sigh, maybe next year. I stamp all day tomarrow with friends peace


Wonderful card Jaydee. The Chevrons give the perfect amount of motion (texture just doesn't describe it accurately!) to the card, making the butterflies look like they've just landed. And as always your coloring is flawless. Beautiful.
OK, even I now have to admit I'm tired of this heat; this morning's run in the 78degree air temp/73 degree dew point was Miserable. Thankfully bf/BF was beside me so quiting was not an option. The forecasters have been promising a break tonight, I'm hoping that they have it right this time!
Have a wonderful and Happy Friday One and All.

Beth Rigden

I think you might be the only person I know who would fussy cut so many butterflies! The card is beautiful. I love the new ribbon! And the embossing folder too.
I found that I can order the feeder online, we do not have Fleet Farms in Ohio, but they have a wonderful assortment of feeders online. Thanks for the generous offer.


What a great card! I love the butterflies with the chevron stripes.

I just love your feeding station. We love to feed the birds here also. Mrs. Cardinal was here today. Always love seeing her & Mr Cardinal. I switched my thistle feeder to chips & nyger & the goldfinches just love it!

Just a note on the oriole feeder - if you can't find it at Fleet Farm, they also have them at the All Seasons Wild Bird Store. They have quite a few of those around the twin cities.

Jackie R.

Oh my goodness I LOVE your card Jaydee! I think it looks perfect without the rounded corner. The butterflies are spectacular and the chevron embossing just on the top is beautiful! So glad you played RetroSketches this week.

It's hot here today as well!!! Trying to cool off in the shade while the boys play on the slip and slide.

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