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Gifts of Kindness for Cards In Envy and Dynamic Duos

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

I got to play a little in my stamping space today and played along with Dynamic Duos color challenge and a sketch challenge from a brand new site (to me at least!) - Cards In Envy.   It's called that because the cards that you make for the challenge have to be able to fit inside an envelope!


When I saw the "dessert option" from Dynamic Duos, I knew that this was an ideal opportunity for me to ink up a new set from the 2013-2014 catalog called "Gifts of Kindness" and paired it with a fabulous sentiment from the new set "Lots of Thanks".

To create my card, I punched out a 2.5" circle using my SU circle punch from Whisper White card stock and placed it on another piece of WW.  I then inked up the floral image with my Pear Pizzazz ink and stamped the image over the circle and the base layer.  I made sure to press hard against the edges of the circle where it met the base layer, to ensure a more even ink distribution across the point where they connected.

I stamped the sentiment over the top of the stem of the flower in StazOn and then mounted the circle to the base using dimensionals.    Notice that little black circle in the middle of the flower?  That's a new item from the 2013-2014 catalog - Candy Dots.   I fell in love with the Candy Dots when I saw them in the new catalog and couldn't wait to order them.   They are a perfect size embellishment and even more fun, they can go through the post because they have a narrow profile.  LOVE THEM.

Gifts of Kindness

This card is slightly narrower than normal.  It's a 4" wide card, as opposed to the normal 4.25".  I wanted to change the proportions just a little to make the flower look taller.  I love the fact that the polka dots on the flower match the polka dots on the DSP.

I also stamped the front of the envelope and will write the address of the recipient right over the stamped flower image

Wetlandsbirthday (1 of 1)-5

I also lined the envelope, just for a little more fun!

Wetlandsbirthday (1 of 1)-6

It was such a gorgeous day today, that I took advantage of that and sat outside in our new gazebo and took the photographs on the dining table.  I'm not sure about the lighting, but I hope you will forgive me for chosing to sit outside and take the photos rather than doing it in my craft room :-)

On a personal note:

Lou and I went to buy some flowers yesterday to put into the new troughs that we ordered for our patio.  You can see the new gazebo and the empty troughs on this post.   The flowers were lush and oh, so pretty.   A very pale pink pelargonium, a variegated pelargonium, a gorgeous hibiscus that had so many buds just waiting to burst through, and a mixed container.   They were so pretty and lush.   Well, the deer came past last night and decided we had obviously been incredibly gracious hosts and this is what our hibiscus looked like!

Hibiscus (1 of 1)

Yep... that poor plant on the left is what is left of our fabulous, gorgeous, bushy, lush hibiscus!  They did leave one tiny little pelargonium flower on the mixed pot for me.

I realized they don't like the leaves of the pelargoniums, but they sure like the flowers.  They ate ALL of the pale pink ones and left half of the variegated.   I suppose by then, they were in pelargonium flower overload!

Pelargonium (1 of 1)

Plant on the left... .NO flowers.  Plant on the right... no flowers on the top of the photo.. oh, and how kind of them, some prettiness for me to look at!  So, we are off to Home Depot to go find some deer repellent.   I've never known the deer eat pelargoniums before, so was a little surprised!  

What's been visiting the feeder?

Redbellied (1 of 1)

The redbellied is a frequent visitor to the feeder and usually makes his presence known around the garden with his very distinctive call.  You can check out more about him - and his call - by clicking on the link.

Operation Write Home card drive - Want to play along?

Cindy and Doris have asked me to host another card drive for Operation Write Home.  It's been a while since we did one, so think now is an ideal time to kick off the card drive and we can make cards to get them to the troops in time for Christmas.  I'll have details on my blog tomorrow, but would love it if you would leave a message letting me know whether you are interested in helping out again.  We'd love to have you join us for this fabulous cause and, of course, as usual, I will offer up blog candy prizes to be won.

Colleen and Rosie - thank you for your messages yesterday.  I really appreciated them!

As always, thank you for visiting my little neck of the stamping blogosphere.  Warm hugs and prayers to those of you who need a little lift today.  Have a fabulous Monday



Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up!

  • Card stock:  Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Gifts of Kindness, Lots of Thanks
  • Inks:  Pear Pizzazz, StazOn
  • Accessories:   Neutrals Candy Dots
  • DSP:   In Color Patterns Pack
  • Tools:  2.5" punch, Stampin' Dimensionals


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Marilyn Leonard

What a pretty card. Love the polka dots through out. Great job on the sketch. Thank you for joining us at Cards in Envy! Hope to see more of your talent on upcoming challenges! ~ Marilyn


Love that stamped flower, Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with us at Cards In Envy!

Janet Zeppa

So cool how you stamped on the circle! The candy dots look awesome! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos!

Wendi R

how cool!!! LOVE how you popped the circle off the card!!! sooo glad you played along with Cards in Envy!!!!


Like what you had done with the card. Really inspiring.
Jaydee,I hate to say this; but sometimes the deer repellent doesn't always work. You need to get plants that deer won't eat.
Sent you an email with link to list of plants that deer don't like and won't eat.
Enjoy your day and once again, thanks for sharing your lovely pictures with us.


Dots--oh how I adore polka dots! What a fun card, Jaydee. :o)

I'm always asked if my gardens are bothered by deer, and the truth is, no. We have the fenced-in yard, and the dogs, and there are *much* easier pickings around the neighborhood so they leave my yard alone. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. But, yes, deer resistant plants are quite commonly sold in HD and Lowe's because of the persistent nuisance they can be. I'm sorry about your flowers--that hibiscus is about the most pitiful thing I've seen. :oS

OWH? Yes, please!


P.S. Hi Lou!


Love your card and how original to make it narrower to make the flower to appear taller! Never would have thought to do that. This is one more example why I love your blog. And yes, I'm making cards for OWH.

Susie Wittwer

Very pretty card Jaydee! Looks very summery and cheerful. I'm so glad you played along with us at Dynamic Duos this week :)

Marge Penley

Really nice card that I will CAS. We use deer repellent which smells like a barnyard. We use it mostly on the Hosta but if necessary other plants and shrubs. It works very well. It is called Liquid Fence -Deer & Rabbit Repellent. It is expensive but a little goes a long way.
Good luck!

Nancy Baxter

Oh, how I would love to see that list of anti-deer plants. Can you post it on your next blog?
You always manage to put an interesting twist on a card such as what you did with the circle and dots. Thanks!


Love this card, and thanks for sharing the new-to-me challenge! But, oh, those naughty deer!

Hayley Kew

Very pretty card you have made this week. I love the effect you used with the cut out image, very clever! Thanks so much for joining us at Dynamic Duos this week, we sure hope to see you back again soon :)

Sandy Trefger

Congratulations! Your card has been chosen by our designers as one of the IN THE MAILBOX cards for our Sketch #5 challenge! Please send an email to [email protected] with In the Mailbox Winner as your subject line and I will send you your winner's badge to display on your own blog!

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