DieVersions Summer Flowers

Hiya--happy Saturday, with wishes that your weekend has started off well. Still very hot in our area, but we did get a lovely, gentle rain yesterday evening. It was pleasant enough as the storm was ending that we could sit out on the porch and enjoy the cool air, listening to the rain. Our plumbers had just left, so the plumbing fixtures have been installed. (ah, no - we can't use the shower yet! Silicone has to dry, plus we're still waiting on the tile fella to show..hopefully next week!) So perhaps by the end of July we _might possibly_ be able to use that shower. YAY! After all this bother, we're almost afraid to...for fear of what else might go wrong. We're the original Murphy's Law people.

Now, please help me welcome 2 new followers:

DeeDee Anderson
(can't find a blog for DeeDee, so please if you have a blog, do let me know so that I can share a link)
Thanks so much for becoming my newest followers, and I hope that my friends will surf over to say hi & enjoy a visit with you too. It's great to make new friends, and enjoy the wonderful projects that everyone posts. 

Today's card:

Have just been trying to work on some UFO's while still not feeling tiptop (I'm getting there though, just a bit slowly!). Recently Dies R Us has been having some moving sales, so when I see dies at good prices - especially those background dies which can be a bit pricey - I've been succumbing. This is one from a recent sale:

Die-Versions Summer Flowers Background(Whispers DVW-364)...die cut from a previously created background, probably Dylusions sprays, from the Snippets Box. Very easy to cut this intricate die with the metal plate (not the Precision Plate though). A forward/backward pass, 2 times just to be certain all the bits cut from the thicker mixed media c/s - and Voila...easy-peasy.

- Colorbox 8x8 watercolor-marble paper (from Walmart for $5!) cut to fit the background die for the card front.

- McGill flower punch (old one-can't find a link) to cut some tiny flowers from snippets of previously created backgrounds & c/stock bits, add a center of Nuvo Crystal drops...

- Julie Ebersole sentiment Hello diecut from some rather glossy backing (a die was attached to this backing) - so it didn't need extra layers. Tried out an EP combination created from a very bright vivid green (can't think why I bought such a bold color), mixed with a Reflections white that looks more creamy than white. Probably should have done a black or dark blue for more contrast, but I did rather like the look of the combination powders. Just perhaps not so great on this card!

Recently took the Jennifer McGuire Heat Wave class, and one of the techniques was combining EP's to create different looks. So thought I'd try it with some colors I don't use very much. Good thing I had some empty containers from dumping frequently used EP's into Tupperware. I did wipe out the container very well, first though. Now just need to label that container so I know what color combo it is.

Added a beautiful new card to the Cards by Friends, so hope you'll have time to give a look-in. We feel so blessed receiving cards from the talented and thoughtful bloggers who send them to us.

Have a wonderful afternoon. Big Hugs & thanks for coming by. See ya.


  1. This is a great card. I love the background and the die cut. I also love that you highlighted the flowers. I'm glad you are feeling better. I am finally aok but it took over a month. I'm on vacation right now and just taking a break to check in here

  2. Glad you are feeling better hun this is one beautiful card love the colours and design very striking hugs cheryl xxx

  3. Hello Mary, pleased to hear you are feeling better, let's hope you are back to being tip top soon.
    Beautiful colours here and the die is fabulous, all goes to make a gorgeous card, Kate x

  4. Hello Mary, pleased to hear you are feeling better. I hope you will feel tip top soon.
    Beautiful colours here and a fabulous die, all makes for a gorgeous card, Kate x

  5. A perfect summer garden xx

  6. I'm happy to know that you feel better and that the shower has been installed. Fingers crossed for the end of the month! :)
    Your card looks so lovely with the diecut background and the punched flowers, it has a sweet and happy feel with this fresh colours combo! Adorable!
    The sentiment has just the right colour, for me! And I'm very impressed by the mixed powders!! Such a beautiful trick! I want try it, thanks for sharing!

  7. Having an intricate die that cuts well makes life so much easier doesn't it? Especially when they're so pricey! I love the aqua blue color with those pretty, colorful flowers, and everything looks so nice on that golden background too! I never thought to blend embossing powders together, but what a great idea! I hope you continue to feel better and for goodness sakes - give those guys a kick in the rear and tell them to finish that shower! It's been a long time coming! LOL

  8. Hi Mary, Just getting back to a bit of visiting after my extended break. So sorry to hear you've not been too well but glad that you're feeling better today. What a really beautiful card and such lovely colours. Barbxx

  9. Pretty card does look like it represents a "Summer" day!

  10. This is beautiful Mary and I love the colours using pieces of card you have created yourself and the pretty punched flowers, also the sentiment using your own mix of ep's, what a great idea. Glad you had a little rain to cool the air. We have had quite humid air here over the last week and the temps are supposed to be getting up quite high in the early part of this coming week, but then thundery showers to cool it down. I don't mind the heat but hate humidity. Sorry you are not feeling completely better yet, hope it won't take too much longer. x

  11. This is so gorgeous, Mary!! The DV die looks amazing!! I love the beautiful flowers and the background!! Stunning my friend!! Feel better soon!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. Hope you feel better soon and get to use your new shower! love the background die and great tip to mix the EP I have a few colours I don't use so will use that tip and see what if I get something more usable
    Carol x

  13. This is so wonderfully summery, Mary! Great colors, and just so pretty. Glad to hear that your plumbing is on the way to being restored. It's amazing how much we take for granted the "little" conveniences in life, isn't it? Thanks so much for the welcome! I had followed you before, but when I deleted my Deedee's Digis account, it deleted everything including my blog and all of the sites I was following! I couldn't restore it, so I had to start fresh. You can find the new one at Hugs!

  14. LOVE those pretty, soft colours Mary! Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling up to par and hope you are fully recovered soon my friend! I love how you explain your process each time and thank you for the links! Have a wonderful Sunday my friend! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  15. This is a beautiful card Mary! I love the soft background color, the color of the gorgeous die really stands out on it. The different color flowers look so pretty. Great job!.................My family came and went and I am missing them so much!

  16. I was tempted by the DRU sales, too, but didn't end up getting anything. Sure can see why you got this one, Mary--a gorgeous card!

  17. Afraid my comment didn't post, so I'll try again.
    Can see why you gave in & got the die in the sale! This is a gorgeous card, Mary!

  18. Hi Mary, I am here again and all is well, but I just haven't time at the moment, I am pretty busy with other things! Thanks for the concern, I appreciate it!

    Your card is very beautiful, love the summer colours and the die you used.
    Have a lovely sunday.
    Hugs, Valerija

  19. What a saga your alterations are becoming Mary - I hope it all works out in the end for you, and you can enjoy the improvements.
    Love your pretty card - and what a great way to use up all your odds and ends :-)

  20. Hi Mary, Lovely card. I like the colour mix.

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Sue

  21. Good that you're feeling better Mary. I am a bit under the weather too. Hubby got very ill three days after comming back from france. He's being ill for 3 weeks now and now the bug caught me too. Your card is very pretty love that background. And your received card with the swans is a real beauty.
    Hugs Veerle x

  22. Beautiful happy colours Mary, love the little flowers on top in different colours and the hello is just right for this beautiful card.

    DeeDee used to have Deedee's Digi stamps, but has taken a break. Always loved her images and I was on her DT for a little while. I hope this means she's coming back soon.

    The cards you have received are beautiful. How lovely of you to let us share them.
    Glad you are able to venture into cooler weather and enjoy the outdoors for a couple of hours.

  23. PS - found Deedee's blog it's here

  24. Glad you are feeling better!! Pretty card

  25. This is a really pretty background die and I love these happy colors! Great job of mixing the embossing powders! Looks like it matches very well.

  26. Oh, I love your beautiful die cut panel and all the pretty little flowers in the lovely colours, Mary!!! Beautiful summery card, my friend!!!!!
    happy to hear that you are feeling better - hoping that you will be feeling 100% very soon!!!
    Have a great day!!!

  27. Happy you are feeling up to creating again! Love the summer colors on this one along with that water color designer paper! The added flowers are wonderful, Mary and love the idea of mixing embossing powders. Thanks for all the inspiration! Welcome to the new followers too!

  28. Hi, Mary! I frequently cannot find the blogs of new followers, and thought there was something wrong with me. Glad to know it is not just me. I think lots of people do not understand the importance of having their blogger and/or google plus ID updated with their information so we can find them and return the favor.

    Wow! UFOs! I envy that you doing that, and long to do the same. I have so many, and the "piles" are neatly organized. Today's creation is lovely, Mary, with the brilliant use of color, and all the happy, colorful punches elements. It's fun using our "old" stuff, isn't it? Helps us remember good times, and helps us decide if we should keep the products!

    thanks for sharing today!

  29. I like this no stamping it is pretty I remember years ago doing challenges 'punching only Fun and some times challenging Lis

  30. That die is a terrific wow factor, Mary. The colors are beautiful. There's nice contrast between the die and the background it covers. I love the pop from the flowers. Keep feeling better, and I hope your shower is done soon :)

  31. Wow@ Lots of nifty flowers in this die. You sure have done them up nice and pretty.

    I had no idea that the shower was almost done! Whoo whee! I'm sure that is exciting but I'm with you, "What crazy thing will happen next?"

  32. Pleased to hear you are feeling a little better Mary! Love your card, the die cuts certainly do look beautiful against your lovely background. Fingers crossed you get a little more rain and that the shower gets completed this week too! Hugs, Anne xx

  33. Fabulous die and some lovely pretty flowers.
    Have a good week Mary.

    Kath x

  34. Oh, what a pretty card Momma Mary! I love the sunny background and I really love that background die. The flowers you have placed around look so pretty, perfect for a summer's day! I almost missed the "hello" sentiment and glad I didn't because I love the embossed color you used on it. Glad that you are slowly getting better Momma Mary, it takes time to bounce back from this stuff. I am also glad that the bathroom is almost done, but would be just like you guys and would be afraid to use it! lol I'm with you on the original Murphy Law!!! Hugs, Brenda

  35. Such a sunny xard! Love the turqoius and yellow combinatoin!Enjoy your week!

  36. So beautiful Mary...what a wonderful card. Love that fabulous cover plate and all your sweet little posies, just as cute as can be.

  37. Really like this card Mary, it is very classy. Excited to see you and Diane are following each other now. Winning a prayer your way that you are feeling 100 percent very soon.

  38. Gorgeous Mary!! I just love the fresh summery colours you used, so perfect for all the dainty florals! You must be getting so anxious now for the bathroom to be finished. In the final stretch, yaay!! sending hugs :)

  39. Beautiful die-cut Mary ... and lovely with the colours you've used. The lovely turquoise die-cut really pops of the pretty yellow background.

    Good to hear that you are getting towards the end of your reno. Hopefully in the next week or so it will be done it. It's so much upheaval. It will be nice for your and Mr. to be settled without having people coming in and out all the time.

    Take care and get better! xx

  40. This is a card that stands out from the crowd, I like the exotic feel of this design from the flowers and colors, it looks fantastic, Mary!

  41. Soft and so delicately pretty, Mary ... this is just gorgeous! Good to hear you're feeling better ... hope by now you're back to yourself! Hugs, Anita :)

  42. This is a very pretty card, Mary. That background die looks great with the added punched flower.


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