Good Morning Folks. I'm happy to report that yesterday saw the front porch cleaning get done. Ahhhhh...that is me sighing because I was totally worn out when the task got finished, we got cleaned up, wet clothes were into laundry. Got in the recliner about 4:30pm, and didn't stir until about 9pm! Now onto cleaning 20 windows. I expected to be really stiff and aching today, but I took an Aleve before I settled in the recliner, and thankfully, seem ok today.

Here's a card for the birthday of a friend's husband. I hope he will like it. I have to tell you - the outer black edge is from what I had placed the card on to photograph. When I first looked at the picture I'm like "How did I get the thing on the cardbase like that?". Then I had a DUH moment! So the actual card is just the green splotchy base and then the die cuts. :-0

- Image is a LaBlanche stamp, stamped & colored with copics last summer. Used more of the LaBlanche specialty paper. I'm thinking when my supply of this is gone, I will stick to Xpress & Neenah, as it 'feels' better to me when I'm using copic markers.

- die cut with S/Binders Labels 29. Used the outer edge of the die to make a black faux mat using a white pencil on black c/s, then handcut.

- splotchy card base was done on Canson Mixed Media paper, 90# weight using Dylusions Green Martini. I mixed some of the original spray in a bottle, diluted with plain water to get another shade of the spray. Then did the same procedure in a 2nd bottle, added some white linen, shook it very well & had 2 new shades of Dylusions. I'm using about 1 oz of each color, then filling the bottle with water. You could have all shades - depending on the mixture of the original spray to the amount of water.  Then after getting the look I wanted on the cardstock, I spritzed - very lightly - with a yellow Dylusions (think it is Sunshine). I sprayed some Tattered Angels gold after the first level dried. I like how it turned out.

- added a punched dragonfly, 2 layers of lightweight glitter paper (American Crafts, 6x6) in light blue, yellow. IRL you can just see the bottom layer of yellow peeking through.

- Elizabeth Craft die cut sentiment using a snippet from the mat cut finished this one off.

We are off to Costco & Sam's (and probably lunch out somewhere...!) to get my new prescription driving glasses, and possibly look for a pressure washer. DH borrowed our neighbor's washer to do the shed & deck last week, and I'm not a big fan of borrowing equipment from other folks. If it breaks, you have to replace it, and I'd rather we just have our own if we're going to be buying one.

Thanks so much for joining me this morning. Have a wonderful afternoon, and I hope to get around to doing some visiting later this evening. Hugs


  1. Mary, hope you're having fun popping Aleve and cleaning windows! Yuck!!! I hate that job too.

    Love your card though and know he will too. VERY pretty!


  2. Lovely card mary, take it steady with the cleaning x Susan x

  3. Very pretty pretty background for the cheery flowers! Great work with the inks and colouring. I hope you are having a great day, I'm heading back out into the gardens... Shirleyx

  4. Great card, love the colours.

    Kath x

  5. Wonderful stamped and colored card.
    Hugs Anja

  6. What a beautiful card, Mary! Very pretty and great colours

  7. That's a gorgeous card, Mary. I like the splotched paper, too. I'm glad to hear your front porch is finished. I'm sure that was a big chore. But, you feel better now, don't you? Get those windows cleaned and take it easy for a while.

  8. Enjoy the cleaning frenzy, then come over to my place, I only have 6 windows and a sliding door for you to do! Easy!! lol LOVE the card, you did a great job on it as usual! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  9. Oh my goodness...that is a lot of windows...oh wait...don't remind me...I have to do mine too! I am doing the lazy woman\s version on the outsides...the Walmart outdoor windex pads on a stick...They work for my windows that \I can't reach without a ladder.
    When I am done thoe few windows, I wash the front porch siding with it and then n hose it off.

    Your card looks wonderful.I love the LaBlanche stamps...I think the detail is amazing when you stamp them! Yours is no exception.
    That background turned out so pretty too.

  10. I wouldn't see why your friend wouldn't like this card, it's beautiful Mary!! I love the image and die cuts and I love how you can color flowers so pretty!! That SB die is gorgeous, I need to get me some more of their "labels" collection. lol I also love, love the background of your card! I am so glad that you weren't stiff the next day after working your fingers to the bone!!! You have a lot of windows to clean Momma Mary! So work at them but don't kill yourself to get them all done at once! Hugs!

  11. This is so pretty, Mary! Love the "splotchy" background and wish I could color with Copics like you do. I need to practice more I think!