Stippled Blossoms I Believe in Miracles

Good evening...and our week is half over. Let's start our visit with warm welcomes to 2 new followers:

Veerle of Ferns Maps Corner and Jennifer J. of Jennifer's Crafting Rainbow. Both these bloggers have some fine cards for you to enjoy - with some fascinating techniques to share, so please go over and say that I sent you to say hello to each of them.

Today's card idea was born when I saw this lovely card by Miss Bonnie K.  Immediately seeing Bonnie's beautiful creation, was the thought "AHA! I have that set!" - a NBUS. Darnell  and Mt. NBUS will be proud of me I think. LOL. Thanks Bonnie for the inspiration.

- Floral stamps by Stampin up, (Stippled Blossoms). Inked the solid stamp flower with Memento Dandelion. The outline overlay was Morocco and I liked the colors together. Leaves were done with
New Sprout & Bamboo Leaves. Extra blossoms and leaves were stamped and cut out - shaped, edged with the appropriate colors and mounted over the images for some dimension. I notice that the photo makes it appear there is a wrinkle, but IRL it just looks  shaped. (I even had DH check it too!).

- masked the stamped flowers first, then inked Impression Obsession Cover a Card Music stamp with Memento Sand, wiped it off just slightly with a paper towel for a lighter image, and stamped the music background.

- Stamp Oasis unmounted red rubber stamp used for the sentiment. This is VOS - I've had this unmounted set since I first got into this rubber stamping hobby.

- green mat is a snippet from the Silhouette class last week. Cut to fit main image, sprayed with some green & orange-y tones of diluted Dylusions sprays. The center portion was removed with a die so that there is now a piece for another project, and the layers are lighter for mailing. I am pretty certain to whom this card will be mailed.

- card base was sprayed with diluted greens & orange-y tones Dylusions, and added sparkle with some new spray received this week. It's called Lindy's Stamp Gang Two-Toned Starburst, and the color was A Bit o' Bubbly. Saw a video showing this stuff being demonstrated, placed my order and had it within 2 days. Great shipping from Joggles. What was very interesting is that the bottles ship with the dry mica powders. Barbara explains in the video the proper way to rehydrate these powders, and this was my 1st use of the few bottles I've mixed. I was very pleased with the gleam & shimmer. Not much of it shows in this photo, but it's really pretty. I hope I get some quiet time to just play with these, because the colors are awesome I think. Here's the video link if you care to check it out.

I mentioned that at the Fish Camp we had okra, and I would try to explain okra for anyone who didn't know what it is. It's rather hard to describe Okra, so I googled the word and found these pictures:

the plant pod is just a bit 'prickly' with some kind of fuzz that is on the pod (doesn't stick you, just not a smooth surface). The way I prefer it prepared is remove the stem and end bit; slice into medallions crosswise; place pieces into a bowl with beaten egg, then roll in cornmeal; fry very quickly in hot oil. Of course, drain on towels. Eaten while it's hot, should not be heavy or greasy. Okra can be used in soups - usually with tomatoes (I use this combo in jambalaya) can be pickled in a vinegar-sugar type solution. Then it's rather like a sweet gherkin to eat. From my experiences with folks outside the South, this is usually an acquired taste, or something that you grow up eating. Much like Grits!

Hope you had a grand day. I just finished some late evening weeding & trimming in the yard, so I'm ready for a nice clean shower. So thanks for visiting, and ya'll come again soon. Hugs.




  1. Hi Mary, I love the card.

    The Okra look interesting.

    Well you have a lovely WOYWW

    Sue 36

  2. Mary your card is lbeautiful. Love the sentiment,

    Enjoy your day Hazel xx

  3. Hello Mary, once again another of your beautiful cards. I love your flowers and the wonderful sentiment.
    Like the recipe for the Okra, appeals to me.
    I was making Courgette Fritters last night and they were Yummy!!!
    Have a great day

    Patricia xx

  4. What a lovely card Mary and the sentiment is something we should all try and remember when things aren't quite as we would like!! Okra is also known as lady's fingers, I believe!! xx

  5. What a beautiful card Mary - and those sprays sound wonderful... but the pocket snake is hissing so I better not spend more $$.. The okra sounds yummy!

  6. A beautiful card with lovely colour combo used....thanks for caring..xx
    ♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

  7. Well, I would say that your card is a wonderful success, I love the flowers, they are really beautiful and the sentiment is lovely too. Well done for removing an item from Mt NBUS too!

    I love Okra, it is very popular in Indian cooking, they tend to cook it whole in a lovely spicy tomato sauce. Now I feel hungry! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. A beautiful card Mary, the colours are so pretty. Carol x

  9. Hello Mary my sweet friend, your card is absolutely fabulous. I love it a lot. Feels good to play with new stuff doesn't it ?
    One thing I'd like to say is I think the machines have translated my blog's name is that correct ? The correct translation is this Veerle her little card corner LOL always the same with those darn machines lol lol lol
    If I am correct its morning now with you there ? If so have a happy carfty day. Lots of love from Veerle xxxx

  10. I love what you have done with this pretty flower stamp Mary and the music background works beautifully. You've got lots of dimension and the colours are gorgeous. Great words too. x

  11. Love the card Mary. Also love okra and I am not from the south. In soup is my favorite way. - Jim

  12. This is a beautiful card Momma Mary!! I saw Bonnie's card too and hero's was beautiful too. I love the colors in this one and I love the music in the background. Still at chemo. We did not get good news from the scan but will fill you in when we are back home. Hugs Brenda

  13. What a gorgeous card, Mary!! The flowers are so beautiful!! The sentiment is gorgeous!! Absolutely stunning my friend!! The okra looks delicious!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. The Stippled Blossoms image is so beautiful. I really love the colors and that you stamped and cut out more for dimension. Wonderful musical background, too. Such a beautiful card.
    Some new sprays, huh? Watching the videos is costing you money. LOL But, what fun to get new goodies. I know you'll enjoy them.

  15. Wonderful card, Mary . I recognized the stamp set right away, and love the way you have used it! We've been enjoying our okra for the past several months here. I cut it the same way you do, but throw the pieces in a plastic bag, add a little olive oil, some seasonings, and shake. Then I spread on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, bake at 400 for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the okra. YUMMY! (but fried is always better) LOL xo

  16. It's beautiful Mary. Love the sheet music background on here too. A very pretty way to use those gorgeous blooms.
    LOL! We had fried okra again last night!!! And yes, it was very yummy tasting once again.

  17. That's a favorite old set of mine too. Loved the Two Step Stamping of SU! Love what you did here with the music in the background and the sentiment fits perfectly. Thanks for sharing your Okra! Sounds so good!

  18. The orange blooms on your card look so pretty popped up like you did them! I love the musical background and great sentiment too! Thanks for the okra directions too! I've never tried to cook them!! LOL

  19. I love this card Mary, the roses are so pretty and look lovely on the music background. I love the sentiment stamp too.
    I have never eaten okra but have seen it in the supermarket, just didn't know what to do with it. I might be tempted to try some now though.
    Jean x

  20. Such a pretty card Mary, love the colours you've used and the musical background. The sentiment is lovely too. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your great comment Wow! what a fabulous welcome you have given me, I really appreciate that. I'm going to enjoy visiting your blog. I do hope some of your blogging friends visit my blog, that would be really nice. I'll pop back soon, have a great week Hun.
    Hugs Jennifer xx

  21. Darnell and Hammy are sitting here at the foot of Mt. NBUS and we couldn't be more proud of you, Mary! Not only did you use your NBUS expertly, but you did an awesome CASE of Miss Bonnie!! This is a beautiful card! I can do without the okra, but I do love your sharing Southern style anything with us!! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Darnell

  22. So glad I could help you with your shopping, Mary! Thanks for the shout out! I love, love, love these roses in these colors! A beautiful card, my friend!

  23. Beautiful ! Love the flowers, the musical score and the fabulous sentiment.

    Did not try okra when I was int he South. I did try grits though!

    IT sounds yummy with the fdifferent ways you have described...the jambalaya in particular.

  24. Where have I been!! This is just so lovely and elegant too! I really like your BG and the floral add is gorgeous!!


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