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10/07/2017

Birthday Flowers

Good afternoon, and thanks for  coming by today. Whew, I finally got the porch cleaning task finished. Hubs found some of the blue liquid turtle wax that he's used for years on the cars, and it really speeded up the process. It's what I've used in years past, but I couldn't find it in Walmart when I was searching. He remembered he had some in the garage, so found it. Poured some in a bucket with water, and was able to wipe off grunge and wax (sort of!) at the same time. It did have to be hosed off, so I  hope it didn't wash off the wax. It protects a car finish, so hope it will the porch railing vinyl. It's a good feeling to get that task finished. (He came out and said "You know you're just wasting your time. It will get all dirty again". I told him, Yep, I did know that, but at least we can start the winter out with it clean! Men. They sure don't think like women!) Next week hope to start on cleaning the windows before our cold sets in.

Sharing a card today that was for DD's Big 5-0. I was ashamed I didn't make a truly "Special" card for her. Too much stuff going on. I did start one with a Tim Holtz Crazy Dog, a couple weeks ahead, but just couldn't wrap my brain around how to use the dog.... Even after looking at Pinterest samples of that stamp set, still couldn't design a card. Found another image that had been colored some time back- made it into a card, and still, last minute to mail it. She did get it in time. We had planned to go to Florida, but Mr. had a doctor's appointment that it was important to keep. We'd have only had 2 days with her, and that's a long way to drive for just 2 days. We hope the check enclosed helped out if she was disappointed! (I put her husband's card in the same envelope. His birthday is right after hers).

 
This is a beautifully detailed Northwoods wooden stamp. I borrowed the stamp from someone when we had the group going, but don't remember if I ever bought one for myself. I've used this image for other cards, and it's always a lot of fun to color. I can spend an entire evening working on it, putting aside, coming back to check my shadows and highlights. This one was 'inlaid' -sort of - into a skinny blue frame, then into the stitched yellow frame, and then placed over a top fold card base.(think this is a Waffle Flower rectangle die-- can't remember!)  Used some clear Nuvo Jewel drops on some of the flowers (I think!). This image stamped out very well, as do all the Northwoods stamps I've ever used.
 
Hope your weekend has been off to a good start. Thought we might get some rain, as we could certainly use a little moisture. Another hurricane is in the news, and hurricane season ends in November, thank goodness. I was watching the dark roiling clouds while working on the porch, expecting to finish in the rain. Guess it blew on by us.
 
If I missed sharing a card from anyone, and you know you sent it, please advise, so I can go through them again. We kept these on the mantle, and I would try to photo when each arrived. So I'm hoping I didn't miss anyone. Until next time, God Bless, and Big Hugs.
 
 
 


32 comments:

  1. Mary, your coloring is OUTSTANDING! The shading impeccable. You say it's a lot of fun to color but wow- the amount of coloring would have taken me forever. This is absolutely gorgeous!

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  2. This is a beautiful card, Mary! The coloring is beautiful and I'm sure Dana thought it very special! I'm impressed that you got your porch railings clean! I hadn't thought of using wax but it sounds like a good idea. It's frustrating to clean those railings and the next rain messes them up again. We had a little rain this evening. Not enough but still we're thankful for it. We aren't looking for anything from this hurricane but you might see some rain from it. Hopefully it won't mess up your railings!

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  3. The baskets of blooms are so pretty and your coloring looks wonderful! Very pretty card. Glad you got your porch project done. I started my back porch last night and have the windows on my "to do" list. It does make a big difference even if they get dirty again.

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  4. So pretty, Mary ... the depth and dimension you created with the colouring is fantastic ... your daughter must have loved it! Hugs, Anita :)

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  5. Hi Mary, Loving the card.

    It is nice to get chores done.

    Hope you have a nice day. Sue

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  6. Fabulous colouring Mary....and a great image....sound like you have been busy too...I have been cleaning all my brass in the house most of it was my grandmothers and I have lovely memories of cleaning these same pieces with her,I have also baked my first Christmas cake as I was given a dozen fresh duck egg by a friend so perfect for my cake.Enjoy the rest of the weekend xxxxx

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  7. The coloring on these flowers is wonderful and I'm sure your daughter loved the card. Being remembered is what matters and you didn't forget her. Glad you got the house cleaned. We did that chore 2 weeks ago as everything is covered with thick dust from the work they're doing down below us to upgrade the sewer system. Unfortunately, it's all covered back up with dust again, so until we get some good rain, it's going to remain that way :)

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  8. Terrific colouring Mary! I'm sure DD will love it! I hope Mr's appointment wasn't for anything serious! Have a lovely Sunday! Luv & Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  9. WOW fabulous colouring and beautiful stamp-windows are my pet hate since getting older -we have soo many 3 big ones in just the living room and the upstairs open wide so I can sit on the window sill and reach out to clean but find it a bit daunting now
    Carol x

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  10. oops sorry meant to say Happy Birthday wishes to your Daughter and son-in-law
    Carol x

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  11. Hi Mary,
    what a very super card and your colouring of that wonderful stamped image is excellent.
    Love thwonderful pots of plants they look so real and very lovley.
    I do hope your Daughter had a lovely Birthday.
    My Daughter is the big 50 next year.
    Sounds like a lot of work the porch, and you don't realize the work involved when you don't have one.
    Still as you say will all be spick and span for the winter.
    Yes you are right about the men in our lives they always think we do unecessary cleaning, but it's pride in our houses isn't it.
    Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.
    PS don't overdo things there's always another day. LOL.

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  12. Your daughters card is lovely. You did a fantastic job of coloring it. She is the same age as my son, he just turned 50 too. Just think, if we all adopted your hubbys idea we wouldn't have to clean anymore, it would just get dirty! I have used a product called RainX on my outdoor furniture arms and legs to protect it from summer rainstorms. Windows are next on my list too. I did get the sunporch swept and it looks great.

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  13. Wow! Those flowers are perfectly colored. I love that image and it makes a wonderful birthday card.

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  14. What a wonderful card Mary, beautiful floral image and your colours and colouring are awesome. I'm sure your daughter will love it. That sounds like a massive task you've undertaken, but I'm sure you had a great sense of achievement after it was done, and of course you know it will get dirty again, that's not the point though men! Let's hope you have no more extreme weather Mary, just awful the amount of destruction there's been, take care Kate x

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  15. This Northwoods stamp is a beauty Mary and gorgeous colouring with a pretty blue and yellow to frame it, and your DD will have really loved it I'm sure. Glad you got your porch spruced up and know what you mean about getting the jobs done makes you feel good. x

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  16. What a beautiful card Mary and I am sure it hit the spot perfectly!! I have had my Mr pressure washing our paving and decking this weekend. It looks so much better and will hopefully be less slippery when the rain comes...fingers crossed xx

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  17. A gorgeous card Mary, beautifully coloured flowers - so pretty.
    It's is always a nice feeling when everything is all nice and clean - I don't think men understand that feeling at all!
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  18. This is a special card, very impressive coloring and beautiful color combinations!

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  19. Well Mary you've made a fabulous job of colouring this gorgeous stamp. I love the pretty pots of flowers, your light and shade and pretty colours too. Just gorgeous!
    Lorraine

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  20. Gorgeous image and wonderful colouring Mary, bet your Daughte loved this beautiful card.
    Hugs Pam x

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  21. Wow wow!! Such amazing colouring on your card!! Amazing shades and lights on these pots of flowers! Really they pop out from the base and feel around spring and happiness! I'm sure that your daughter loved her card, Happy birthday to her!
    Thanks for the lovely mails you sent me, you are a so strong and sage lady!
    Big hugs and relax, now that all is clean! :)

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  22. Fabulous card, Mary. The image is gorgeous and beautifully coloured. I'm sure your daughter was thrilled to receive it. Hope your daughter enjoyed her birthday. xx

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  23. You did a fabulous coloring job as always, Mary. I know your daughter loved it. I need to do some deep cleaning in preparation for winter, but don't know that I will - LOL!

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  24. Hello, my dear friend!! I've been away for two weeks and I am so sorry to come back and read of the trials you have been through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I've missed you.

    What a stunning card this is!! The flowers are gorgeous!! You've colored them perfectly!! I love, love it!! Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  25. Such a pretty card! Love the deep hues and the framing is gorgeous too. I know your DD must have loved it!

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  26. Hi, Mary -- your coloring is BEYOND GORGEOUS! Lovely bold colors, and the shading in your pots is fabulous. It's a wonderful image, and I appreciate all the carefully colored areas such as your ivy around the pots. Lovely! Wishing you a day of happiness. hugs, de

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  27. What a beautiful card Momma Mary! I love those flower pots filled with beautiful flowers and you have colored them up so beautifully. I think this is a pretty special card for Dana myself. I'm sure she will love it too. Glad you were able to get the railings cleaned and waxed. Didn't know there was a wax you could put in water like that, I love that idea and would be more inclined to do it that way. lol Hugs, Brenda

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  28. A beautiful card Mary and fantastic colouring as usual. That image is stunning, love the different spring flowers on it.

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  29. Love those flower pots. You colored them beautifuly. Great card.

    Marjeta

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  30. Such a gorgeous card for your DD's 50 BD. I think it's very special. The image is so pretty and you have really brought it to life with your amazing colouring skills, Mary! As you can see, I'm woefully behind on my visiting. xx

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  31. What a gorgeous card this is. I love your colouring. What a shame you were unable to go to Florida but I hope all went well with your Hubby. Barbxx

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