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Rejoicing with You for Stamping411

Hi Everyone.

Happy 4th!  I hope you had a truly wonderful day with your friends and family.

I saw a great sketch across at stamping411 today and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it the minute I saw it.


There is a wonderful set in the 2012 catalog that I immediately fell in love with.  I decided that it had to be embossed in gold and paired with my favorite DSP from last year's catty.

Isn't that a fabulous stamp?  I spent ages phaffing with this card as I couldn't get the background right.  I tried it with the polka dot embossing folder.  It really didn't look right.  I then tried distressing the polka dot folder with the Mahogany ink from the distressing set.  That didn't look right.  I tried popping her against an Early Espresso background... that really didn't look right.  Eventually I hit upon using the Wonderfully Worn background stamp with some Crumb Cake ink.  Yep!  That was what it needed.  Then I wasn't sure what to do with the sentiment.  I played around with different placements for that.  In the end I realized that I could use that as my horizontal element from the sketch.  

I love that the dots from the wonderfully worn echo the dots from the vertical DSP elements.  I popped the sentiment using Stampin' Dimensionals and did the same for the Angel.  In the end I was very pleased and really enjoyed playing with the sketch.   I know the talented operators would love you to pop along and visit their fabulous blog and creations.

On a personal note:

It's still REALLY hot.  It was 100 degrees at lunch time - heavens knows what it was with the heat index.  100 was the real temperature.  It was also the temperature that Lou decided was perfect for painting the concrete patio areas!  Yeah, and he did it at lunch time, too!  You know what they say about mad dogs and Englishmen?   Well, I'd say Australian/Italians are even nuttier :-)  The concrete patios do look great though.  In fact, we have decided that we need to do the stoep the same color!

Since we have been in the house, I have hardly needed an alarm in the morning.  The sun rising wakes me up every morning.  However, on Monday I woke up before the sun had risen and was met with the most amazing view over the wetlands.  Steam was rising from the ground and the wetland looked like a fairy land.  Take a look at what I mean.

Early morning mist

Want to see what was visiting the feeding station yesterday?

Grapestation (2)

The grosbeak, the catbird, the female grosbeak and a woodpecker!

Sorry about the quality of the next photo.. but I had to share this.  The Fleet Farm orange grape jelly station is like Heathrow Airport some days.   I saw 6 birds waiting to get their turn at the jelly.  Two of them had gone by the time I got my camera and took a shot.

Grapestation (1)

Sally, I must admit, the feeding stations do prove to be a source of distraction - constantly.  In fact, I have had to position my desk looking into the wall so that I wouldn't be distracted all the time!

Pammie.... just wanted you to know that your bed is up in your room and ready for you.  Your chair, however, has been commandeered by Bailey!

As always, thak you so much for your visit.  I really do appreciate you taking the time - and leaving a comment.   Warm hugs and prayers to those who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:  All ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:

  • Card stock:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Gold metallic
  • Stamps:  Rejoicing with You.  Sentiment:  Christmas Greeting.  Background: Wonderfully Worn
  • Inks:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake.  Gold Embossing Powder
  • DSP:  Mocha Morning



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Fairy land indeed! That mist is gorgeous.

All your experimenting on that card really paid off. Beautiful angel, and the pearls really finish the card.

It WAS a rose-breasted grosbeak! I can certainly see why you needed to face your desk *away* from the feeding station. What is the feeder that looks like a bag?


Your cards is absolutely Stunning. Love it!


Love it! I thought the same thing when I saw that angel--she would look perfect embossed in gold!! GREAT job!!

Beth Rigden

Beautiful card-as always! You will have your Christmas cards all done early!
I loved the bird pictures too. Thanks for the brand name of the oriole feeder. I may order one for a gift for my mom.


That Well Worn background stamp was PERFECT! Trial and error is so important sometimes. What a gorgeous card!

Oh man. I'd be SOOOO distracted by those feeders too. I can absolutely understand why you needed to turn your desk away!

And, that morning view? Heavenly. This new home is so perfect! :o)


P.S. Hola, Lou! :o)


Polka dots, an angel and pearls--that's what I'd consider a trifecta! LOVE it :) Believe it or not, I missed that set in the catty, will be going to find it just now. The misty morning photo is stunning, no one could look at that and not understand why you've fallen in love with the area.
Thanks for sharing it with us!
Hugs and wishes for a happy day to one and all.


I just want to let you know how much I am enjoying all of the outdoor photos you are sharing with us and especially the colorful the birds.I would find myself spending the whole day watching the feeder. :-)
Your card is awesome too!!! I am also glad to hear that I am not the only one who sometimes struggles with what works well when making a card.

Selene Kempton

How fun to make a Christmas card on such a hot day! Thanks so much for playing along your card is awesome!

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