Cross my Heart for CAS(E) this sketch, blog candy alert and a celebration!
Sunshine & Sprinkles for retrosketches and more blog candy!

Cross my Heart for splitcoast and celebrations continue with a little spot blog candy

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday.  I hope you all had a great start to the week.

Firstly, thank you to all of you who sent emails or left messages on my blog congratulating me on my 1,000 posts.  I really did enjoy reading all of them.  I will be responding to all of you in the next day or so.

Celebrations continue and the blog candy that was listed on this post is up for grabs for all comments left through this coming Saturday on any post this week.

In the meantime, how about a little bit of fun -before I share my card with you tonight? How about a blog candy gift of some Stampin' Up Botanical Gazette DSP?  It's fabulous DSP!  Here's a quick reminder of what it looks like.

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What do you have to do to win this spot blog candy?   How about answering a question.  Something totally random!  Yeah...

Question for tonight:  What is the predominant color of clothing in my wardrobe?  So, if you were to take a peek inside the fabulous new closets my darling hubby installed for us, what color would you see the most of amongst my clothes?

I will pick a winner, using random generator, for those of you who choose the correct color.

Leave a message on this post with your answer, or send me an email and I'll choose a winner on Wednesday.  So that gives you a couple of days to play along.

Now.. I guess you'd like to see a card, right?  This one is for Kathleen!

I've been dying to try the chalkboard technique that you see everywhere these days.  However, I've been trying to work out how I can accomplish that look and yet keep it CAS.  Well, this weekend I finally hit on a way to do it - and find another way to use the Cross My Heart stamp!  I saw that splitcoaststampers had a technique challenge a few weeks ago, so I missed the challenge, but at least it inspired me to try it. :-)

I actually made this card with two different backgrounds - one using the SU Woodgrain stamp and this one, using the Sizzix brick wall stamp.  Both of them work really well as cards, except this one worked much better as a chalkboard card.  You can tell I had some fun with this one!

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I really wanted it to look like street art (isn't that what we call graffiti these days)?  So, I ran the card stock through my Big Shot with the embossing folder.  I used a diffuser to make sure that I kept the oval part that would house my greeting free of any brick embossing.  

I then rubbed my embossing buddy lightly over the brick embossed area - and the area for the sentiment.  I stamped it with Versamark and heat set the white embossing powder.

To create a more "chalky" effect, I ran the embossing buddy over the sentiment area again, and shadowed the sentiment with a white pencil.  I love that the embossing buddy powder left gave an uneven coating on the card and that some of the raised areas collected more than others.  I think this really adds to the chalkboard effect

The heart was created using Cherry Cobbler sparkling details.

There you have it.  A CAS card using the chalkboard technique.  Cool, huh?

Before I sign off, I thought I would share some pictures from our storm yesterday.  Now, those of you on the East Coast probably don't want to see them considering you have so much of your own!!! but I know that there are some of you who might appreciate it.  I know Jeanne will appreciate them!

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We have a flock of about 30 pigeons that have taken up residence in our woods.  I really felt sorry for them when I took this photo yesterday!

As always, thank you for spending a little part of your day in my neck of the woods!  Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



p.s. don't forget the blog candy!




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Kelly W.

Oh Jaydee, cool technique. I am really enjoying this chalk and blackboard look. It works well with this stamp set and I can't wait to see what else you create with it. Hmm, my guess for your clothes would be black. Crumb cake comes to mind, but I'll say black. How fun to read these comments!

Missy Smith

Hi Jaydee! This card does like street art/graffiti! I love it! I haven't tried the chalkboard technique but I want to! So, maybe I will try this! The color in your closet would be blue or black. I can see you in both colors!

Janice J

Love your pictures. Your card is very pretty but simple.
I'm going to guess the color of your wardrobe is blue in all different shades.


Wow, I'm mentioned in this famous blog! Am smiling widely! These snow pictures are just wonderful. Love, love. You should sell them or enter them in photography competitions.
I choose light blue for your go-to color - like the color of the sky. Just a wild guess.

Stef Perry

What a clever idea to make your sentiment like a bit of "street art". I love how you dusted up the "bricks" with your embossing buddy, that is a great effect.

Congratulations on your 1000th blog post, Jaydee! Your blog is a nice place to visit - your designs are beautiful and your warmth is so welcoming. TFS!

Sally Davis

I am trying to come up with a chalkboard card for stamp club this weekend. I don't have this folder so maybe I will try a different one. I liked this idea so hopefully something will work out! My pick for your wardrobe is teal/turquoise. And the pictues again are awesome. So peaceful and quiet. I would never get anything done if I lived in your house. I would always be looking out the window. Perhaps that comes from working in a court house basement office with no windows for 28 years!

Carol Parcell

Cool card! I just tried the chalkboard technique yesterday.

I'm going to guess your color is blue. Was going to say green which is my predominant color but for some reason I just want to say blue!


The chalkboard cards are really becoming popular.
I like the simplicity of your card.

Gosh,I think I will go with the blue; blueish/green for choice of colors for you. Either that or the neutral colors in the tans, browns catagory.
Enjoyed see your snow pictures; something that we really don't get much of here in Texas in my territory.
Have a great day and a better day tomorrow.


I love all the pictures, but the one of the grasses laden with snow is really lovely. Thanks for sharing your pigeons, too.
I'm going to go with brown for the colour choice. I think I'm basing that on some of the paint you've chosen to use in your lovely new house. (Having said that, the blue/green of the blouse in your profile pic looks great with your blonde hair.)


What a FUN card! I think you absolutely captured the essence of "street art" and a chalkboard! :o)

The snow is delightful (unless you're one of the pigeons out there in it...), thank you bunches for sharing since I'm fairly certain I've seen the last of mine for the year. :sigh:

The predominant color in your closet? I'm going to have to go with black. I don't know why, but there it is. It's the first thought that popped in my head... ;o)


P.S. Howdy, Lou! I hope you got all that painting done--you dear dear man! I think Brien might have tossed all his painting gear by this point. ;o) Aw, heck, who am I kidding? *I'm* the painter in our house. ;o)

Darlene L

Thanks for the snow pics. We have been very limited with snowfall for the 2nd year in a row here in Southern Il. I see birds again too. My color choice for you would be blue.

Pam Carter

You did some techniques that I have not used before. Did not know about diffusers. That is really cool. Love the blackboard look but have not tried it yet also using a white pencil. Good ideas. I would say your colors are beige, mainly light colors.


Love the snow. It's so pretty. And the chalkboard technique, I haven't try it yet and would love to see a video on looks so real.
The color in your wardrobe would have to be cherry cobbler (or some dark reddish tone). It would be interesting to see what others would say...

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