Flower Patch for Paper Players #202
Watt's up? For casethissketch

Blooper night

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday.

I have a quick post for you tonight.  A blooper card - and some photos :-)

You know, sometimes, you spent hours trying to create a card and then......... well... something goes wrong and you cannot fix it!

Let's take tonight's card.   I wanted to watercolor a background and stamp the plovers from the Wetlands set.  I decided to do the background first and then stamp the birds.   WRONG IDEA!!!!

I spent ages trying to get the background right, and it came out pretty well.   I stamped the image from Wetlands over the background.  I then went about my business and stamped the sentiment and.... just... ever so slightly rocked it by mistake.   Mmmmmm.... darn it..... a "gost image".

I decided to photograph it anyway and it was then.... darn it.... that I noticed that the left hand side of the image was ghosted, too.  GRRRRRRR... Note to self:  ensure paper is dry before stamping image.  Note to self # 2:  Don't rock the boat I mean stamp!  Note to self #3.  Stamp the image before watercoloring!!!!

Here's the card that I attempted to make.   I do love the colors.  I do love the zigzag embossing folder.  I do like the stamped ribbon.  I don't like the sentiment or the birds :-)


I also have some photos of the screened in porch to share with you tonight!  P&J and R&R arrived last night and we ate dinner out there.  It was a warm and humid night, but we were totally bug free and it was fabulous.  I had such fun decorating the space - and the table - ready for their arrival.  We cut it down to the wire, too.  I only got it finished the afternoon of their arrival.

Here's the screened in porch just after the workmen had finished the screening.

Screened in porch facing empty

Look how different it is with the floor painted, the roof installed and furniture placed!  It's a reasonably large space... 30 feet by 12.  So, plenty of room to have a table and chairs, large comfy chairs and a coffee table, as well as a console table and plenty of room to walk around everything.

Here's a photo taken facing the same direction as the empty shot.

Screened in porch facing west-2

I love the roofing!  It made such a difference, not only because it keeps us from being rained on, but it also brightened up the space as it really reflects back the light.  I also love that the coffee table reflects the trees from outside.

Now, let's take a look facing the opposite direction - from the outside.

Screened in porch facing east

And then... from the inside.

Screened in porch 3

It's really so hard to get a scale of where the furniture begins and ends, but there is a good distance between the dining area and the seating area and about 5 feet from the end of the sitting area chairs to the outside edge of the deck.

This is the view from the chairs looking to the north.  The trees are really providing tremendous shade in the woodland and you can see how the fernery is really coming into its own because of all of that shade:-)

Screened in porch facing north

Of course, I can't finish my blog post without a nature shot.   This guy doesn't visit often, but he sure is welcome when he does!

Grey heron

On that note, I am going to go and cook dinner and prepare for yet another fabulous night of friends and food in the screened in porch.  :-)   As always, thank you so much for your visit - and your comments.   You know they really do mean a great deal to me.

I'll be back on Thursday with another card and some more photographs.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.