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Donna's Den; and Nessa of  The Crafty Laydee. Hope you can find time to check out these awesome blogs - 'cause you will see some beautiful work. Thanks to all of you for becoming followers here. Gosh I'm thrilled to see all my lovely followers; if you remember, I started this blog when my doctor told me I needed to exercise my brain cells. Who knew I'd have even _two_ followers!

We were out replacement window shopping again this morning. We've had reps come visit, but wanted to see an actual window and compare 2 different grades - but the same window - from 2 different reps. We went to the window company showroom; learned from the salesman there - who does not sell to the public - that both companies do good work (a relief). But there is a sizeable difference in the price we are being quoted between the 2 companies. The gentleman we saw today, could not of course - discuss the pricing aspect with us, since he sells direct to the businesses. He did give us some things to think about though, and I felt he was honest in his comments.The more we're looking, the more confused I'm getting as to which would be our best purchase...with not knowing how long we'll still live in this house.

Here's another card that I've had in the works. Hope you'll enjoy it.

- image is a wooden Magenta oldie, stamped in Versamark on Cryogen paper, embossed with Ranger Queen's Gold. Colored - carefully due to the embossing - with copics. I've found if I use a dot touch rather than the circular motion Copic teaches you, that the marker nibs don't get messed up. Then blended very lightly.  BG0000 hand done on the background. S/B circle diecut, and probably a square would have been more pleasing.

- kraft border backing, distressed with DI Spiced Marmalade.

- EK Success Leaf Border punch from a teal snippet, distressed edges with the Spiced Marmalade. 2 extra leaves that were trimmed from the border edges, were distressed with the DI. I remembered to do a little shaping with an embosser tool on these leaves before tucking them under the circle.

- sentiment diecut with S/B Fancy Tags, on kraft snippet; faux mat from tracing outer edge of the die, using more teal snippets left from the leaf punch. There was not enough to go out underneath the scrolls, so just used what was available.

- Colored some light blue rhinestones with Teal shades of Copics...think it was in the BG family of colors, but just kept picking a marker, coloring the rhinestones until I got the look I wanted.

- the sentiment is an old Amuse stamp.

I think this will be my 3rd entry at the current Snippets Playground, week 90, which has 2 more days to be open. Just a heads up:  there is a Ryn water droplets stamp up for grabs, along with some other goodies. Let me tell you - this is one fab stamp! So why not put your name(or card!) in the hat and maybe get lucky?

Happy Thursday afternoon. Thanks for joining me today. Think I have time to rest my eyes before a 4pm doctor apt with the DH. We had lunch while we were out and I'm sleepy! Hugs


  1. Lovely card Mary, my allotment neighbour has two pumpkins on his plot, they are enormous - don't know if he will be able to lift them ! Hope you can decide on the window company soon - oh decisions descisions lol x Susan x

  2. Fabulous card Mary. I love the deep colours too. Hugs from a very wet & windy Scotland. Rita xxxx

  3. Beautiful Autumn card, love the image.

    Kath x

  4. Beautiful Autumn card but I hate to tell you - I like Halloween cards the bestest!!

  5. Very pretty, Mary, and such great colors. I really like your leaf border punch. The rhinestones look perfect, too. I love Fall cards but haven't made many this year. I did work on a Halloween card today and it took forever and ever. Ugh!

    Good luck with the windows. We've got to replace a French door at the back of the house so hubby has been working on that.

  6. Very pretty Autumn card with those nice colors, and I love the bling too! Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Lovely card Mary. The orange with the gold is so beautiful ... add to that the deep blue and it 's one gorgeous color combo. Great job! Loll xx

  8. Gorgeous card Mary, I like the image and the design.
    Kevin xx

  9. Very pretty design for Autumn, and indeed Fall has suddenly arrived, the time flies by so quickly. Your candles on the prior post are very pretty as well. Take care, Shirleyx

  10. such a pretty Autumn card :) i sure hope we get Fall this year as last year we went from running the a/c to the heater within two weeks!! not fun!!

  11. A lovely Autumn card Mary - you probably know we don't go a whole bundle on pumpkins and such over here. Such a shame really as the displays of Autumn leaves etc. in Hobby Lobby last September in NM were amazing,

    Well done on still coming to the Playground when other things are so pressing. Re. the windows - hmm. It's all gotta be thought out and your homework done - when we had the same done here a few years back we discovered that one company was charging almost double to install exactly the same product so it's worth checking out properly. Thank goodness we didn't just rush blindly ahead.

    Hugs, Di xx

  12. Wonderful autumnal card Mary.

    Sarn xxx

  13. I love the teal and orange. Makes me sad to think you might one day move from your lovely house. I would say go for what will make you happy whilst you are there and not just for the best resell value. After all until you do move you have to live with it! We used a local firm for our replacement windows (we try to give our business to local when we can)and have been happy with our choice. In fact they are the same firm which came back and did our recent cladding on our dormers. Hugs Mrs A.

  14. This is a beautiful card Mary! I love the sentiment shape with those pretty gems and I love that pumpkin image!! Your leaves sprinkles around the image is just so pretty!! I love this color combo too!!! Autumn has arrived here way ahead of schedule. Now if it only would stay fall until next spring. lol Hugs Momma Mary!

  15. Lovely card Mary-such beautiful Fall colours.Di is right we really don't celebrate Autumn here like you do Fall-why not,it is such a beautiful(and my very favourite)time of year.I would love to see more Autumn card competitions over here,hmmm theres an idea for next time perhaps!
    Have a lovely weekend,Nessa xx

  16. This is another wonderful card. Love the fall colours and those great shaped leaves you tucked in.

  17. Beautiful card, Mary. I love the combinations of colours and the very apt sentiment :) Elizabeth xx

  18. What a gorgeous rich, background color and so pretty to show off the lovely pumpkin! Love the leaf border too!

  19. Elegant and stunningly beautiful!


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