Good afternoon, and we have an absolutely perfect Fall day in my area today. It's sunny, but quite cool and Hurrah! I turned off the air conditioner, opened some doors to air out the house. Was going to do that last evening, but someone in the neighborhood was burning - so a/c hadda stay on. The sky is such an intense shade of blue - no clouds can I see. Some of the trees have just a hint of color. I think we're going to have a splendid show of color here in the Upstate South Carolina area this autumn. Although we're seeing lots of brown leaves on the ground.

Here's a card using an image I took to color while I was in Florida.

- Heartfelt image, stamped on Xpress paper, colored with copics. Vase has Glossy Accents added for shine.

- die cut with S/Binders Decorative Labels 8. (I remembered to use wax paper, and it came out of the die beautifully. Because I've had difficulty in releasing intricate dies, I made 2 forward & backward passes in the Big Shot. Should have just done 1, as the scroll work tore in 2 places. When I adhered to the card base, though, it hid the tears.)

- Card base is from a DCWV handmade paper stack found in JoAnn's (thanks to my friend Gloria, who bought it first & showed me! She also had the Heartfelt stamp, ordered from JoAnn's online. I have the loveliest, most enabling friends on the planet!)

- added some green rhinestones around the scrollwork for a little bling.

- Elizabeth Craft die cut sentiment from a snippet of green.

This image was easy to color. When I do it again, though, I won't choose the earth tones for the vase. I wanted to do the flowers in fall colors, but since I'd done the vase in the reddish colors, I needed brighter colors for the flowers. Next time I'll use blue shades for the vase, and try to do the rich colors of fall flowers. I quite liked how this turned out.

Since I have one tiny snippet I am going over to visit the Playground, where I've just seen that there is an interesting new prize available. Not to mention some lovely, lovely cards already linked in. So take a little time and c'mon along.

There's another fantastic challenge going on at The Crafty Laydee, so if you like making cards with Flowers, hop on along with me. I've been wanting to join in with Nessa's fun challenges, but this is my first chance. The challenge is open for 2 more days, and the only requirement is to use something with flowers. If you haven't visited The Crafty Laydee yet, you _really_ should!

OK, I'm off. Things to do, stuff still to unpack.
Oh ---, we were in a Bed, Bath & Beyond store on Tuesday. I have one of the IRobot vacuums, but have been wanting the robot that will wash/clean the floors. I had seen it on websites for a while, but didn't want the hassle of having to return if it didn't work as promised. When we spotted this at B,B & B, (and I had a 20% off know how crazy I get with coupons!)...I asked the saleslady if I may return it after use, if it doesn't work as I need it to. She said yes, as long as I have the receipt. So it's being charged as I write. Maybe this afternoon, it will go for a test drive on our kitchen floor. I'll let you know how it performs.) Have a marvelous day, and thanks for taking time to visit here. Hugs


  1. Mary, that aster image is absolutely beautiful. I think you are enabling me. What an awesome card you made.
    I forget to use my wax paper, at times, and have a mess. I just ordered and received a Cuttlehug plate that can be used with the Big Shot or Cuttlebug and is supposed to be good for cutting those intricate dies. Hope it helps.

  2. Glad y'all are having such a beautiful day! Sounds heavenly.

    Love this - it's framed out just beautiful and colored to perfection! LOVELY!!


  3. Aren't you clever taking something with you on vacation to work on! I love, love, love your card! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina where I am giving away a Mixed Media Kit, check it out! ♥

  4. Your card is beautiful Mary, I really love that whitewash wood background and your colouring is wonderful. Love this! Hugs, Anne x

  5. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and for becoming my newest follower, I am now following you as well : )
    Can't wait to hear how your new robo cleaner goes, I have the IRobot vacuum on my wishlist and that sounds like the perfect next step.

  6. Beautiful card Mary :)
    The shape of those gorgeous flowers against the tall slim vase looks fantastic-and your colouring is gorgeous!
    Thank you very much for the shout out this morning-how lovely :)
    Have a lovely day,
    Hugs,Nessa xx

  7. Looks wonderful Mary!

    Finally home...home to stay for a fewl months anyway. I am so looking forward to late Fall and Winte rroutines...where I don't get so far behind on visiting!!!

    Gorgeous colours on your card. You have the Autumn orange for the base and the flowers you chose are blooming right now in my they are defo Fall flowers!
    Off to catch up on your posts that I have missed.
    Love the Auntum feel to yr

  8. Your flowers are beautifully coloured Mary, such a pretty card. I love the decorative border too. Must remember to try the wax paper next time I have trouble getting a die cut out! TFS, Cathy x

  9. The floor robots sound like a great idea!

    LOVE your pretty floral card.

    Sarn xxx

  10. Beautiful card. Love those colours. Unil such times as I can get my paws on a Roboti that washes and polishes the floor the Doc will suffice. A bit of an antiquated model but needs must. Lol!!!! Happy crafting or should I be saying happy floor washing. Hugs Mrs A.

  11. Hi Mary. Your image is stunning ... especially love the wood background and the bright, red vase! Your coloring is amazing! Loll xx

  12. Love this card Mary - asters are my birthday flower and you did a great job colouring. Yup. wax paper is great for tricky dies and after a few times the die seems to get easy to cut without wax paper - I guess a little film of wax builds up?

    Hugs, Di xx