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Yippee Skippee for Casethissketch

Four You meets Secret Garden

Hi Everyone.  Happy Wednesday.   Sorry I was AWOL yesterday, but I finished work at around 8.30 and then still had to go feed the cats and get myself something to eat and I was back at my desk around 5.30 this morning....

Before I share a card with you tonight - HUGE shoutout to PAMELA and CINDY.   I received their cards in the mail for our OWH drive.   Way to go, ladies.  You rock.   Oh... and Pamela then let me know that her card club had also contributed another box of cards which should be winging its way to me very soon.   So... double shout out to Pamela and the ladies of her card club for that!!!!   AWESOME!

I have a quick card for you tonight.   I saw a card in this months SU demo only magazine and loved the sheer simplicity of it.   I changed it around a little; moved the flower, changed the sentiment font and changed the background script, and changed the colors a little, but it's essentially the same card and is super easy to make.

I created a mask for the center of my card from a square framelit.  I placed the mask onto my card based and stamped both inside and outside the frame.   the flower was stamped separately and adhered using dimensionals with a couple of basic rhinestones for some added bling.

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I really think it's pretty.  I love the colors and the simplicity of the card and the flower and sentiment are allowed to shine as the stars of the card.   I also love that you could change out the leaves and colors for spring, fall or winter... So I hope this card inspires you to create some cards with a little masking and a lot of punch :-)

On a personal note:

Oh.... the weather outside is.... well WONDERFUL!   Low humidity, cold at night, warm during the day.... glorious!   Sorry, Colleen :-)

I have to share this fabulous shot I got of Niles in our woodland, standing in front of the Buddha.

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I had never noticed his red eye before!   He and Daphne hung around almost all day yesterday and ony left very late in the evening.   I saw them here a couple of times today, but they have been off somewhere else for most of the time.    There is something very serene about their presence as Mary F A will know.... but she's lucky enough to be watching babies grow, too!   Hopefully Niles and Daphne will come back next year and grace us with their presence - and their babies!

Oh... and it seems our Buddha statue is proving popular... I caught a really fuzzy photograph of Georgina wandering around the base of the statue!

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Georgina paired up with George and successfully raised, Georgie Porgie, Pudding and Pie - their 3 offspring.   She kicked them out a couple of weeks ago, spent quite a lot of time spring-cleaning her burrow and has settled down to a single life again.   It really was amazing watching her clean house.  She is meticulous about the placement of the sand, clearing out old bedding and really keeps her burrow and the surrounding area very clean and tidy.   Now, I know most people wouldn't want one living on their property, BUT, Georgina - and her burrow - were here before we built our house and we are definite the kind of live and let live neighbors.    She doesn't bother us; her burrow is in the woodland; she doesn't come up to the deck, and is pretty much a well behaved neighbor.   So, she is very welcome to stay!

Unlike this little guy.... he and his family nested under our deck stairs.   The family has all dispersed and he/she is back on her own.   He drives the cats BANANAS!   He runs backwards and forwards between the stairs and the garden, right in front of the basement door.   He then looks in the window and the cats and, I swear, goes neener neener neener... you can't get me! :-)   I went into the garden and caught him on the table in the gazebo!

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On that note, thank you all for stopping in and visiting my neck of the woods.  You know your visits and your comments mean a great deal.   Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up!

  • Stamps:  Four You (sentiment).  Dictionary (background) Secret Garden (botanical elements)
  • Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush