Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Garland... Spring garland.

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Hello my dear friends and readers.

Unlike last week, we are enjoying a bit of a break from the brutally cold weather, and now I am really getting excited to get my seeds planted.

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Today's card does not showcase any products from the Occasions catalog, but the products featured are a favorite of mine. The Dostamper Stars 214 is on TIEF and I used here the Elegant Dots on only half of the front layer. The top layer was stamped with the Awesomely Artistic and adorned with this beautiful Watermelon Wonder ribbon. I have chosen no sentiment for this one and I noticed that I made several cards lately which does not have a sentiment. Good thing, as I have needed get well, sympathy, and birthday cards lately, and not having a sentiment sure gives me some flexibility. The bow is perfectly made and placed to give the card the final embellishment.

Thank you for visiting today. I look forward to seeing you again. Be well

Miriam




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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Simply Showers.



Is everyone getting rain? We got a bunch of rain and the roads are too slippery to go anywhere. This has been a weird winter and the temperatures are supposed to go higher as the week comes to a close.


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As you can imagine, I do not mind the "higher" temperatures, and have left my kitchen window a bit open to get some fresh air in the house. Card making continues strong in my craft room, and it does make easy to work when you have two neutral colors and a color of your choice to put a card together, and so it is for The Paper Players 327. My card showcases the Playful Backgrounds stamp set, as well as the Flower Patch and a touch of the Flourish Thinlits. My additional color is Mint Macaron and it paired up really well with the Black and White. The ribbon adds to the simplicity of the card and the bow closes it all. A picture perfect card.

Thank you for visiting today. Come again for more inspiration. Be well

Miriam

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Bold congratulations.

Hello friends and readers,

I have been spending more time in my craft room and I am so happy about it. I have missed it so much and now I am just appreciating it even more. I did a bit of cleaning up and rearranging the space to make it more practical and functional. I have floor tile in the are and it gets rather cold there, despite the space heaters. I added some rubber tile, those big types people use for garage maybe, and put around, so now all my paper, stamps, inks, framelits can be reached without me stepping on the tile. Simple adjustments that do make a difference.


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Do you love the Flourishing Phrases set? I have made several cards with it, and I love it more each time. With the exception of the sentiment, the card is entirely made with the Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits dies. The sentiment is from the Floral Phrases and it was stamped in Mossy Meadow. I did cut the Mossy meadow layer, and then again in Brushed gold, which was then positioned back into the negative. I used the Wink of Stella in gold to color the cut out of the flowers so it was not Vanilla. The leaves and flowers were heat embossed in both Gold and Clear powder, and the flower was hand cut to have just the central part positioned on top. I love the looks and the strong colors.

I hope you found your dose of inspiration today and I am glad you stopped by. Have a wonderful day. Be well

Miriam


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cozy, cozy.

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Brrrr. It has been too cold to even go out; which in a way is perfect so I get to spend time in my craft room and also getting some purging done. Other than the children regular activities, I choose to stay indoors as the cold does not do me well and the wind has been too unfriendly for me.

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Of course we need some warmth, even if only in my wishful thinking. Valentines come to mind when thinking of warmth, coziness, and togetherness. The inspiration from Dostamper Stars 213 got me jump started on Valentines ideas and I pulled out one of my favorites framelits and stamp sets, the Bloomon' Hearts. This time I cut the flowers in Pink Pirouette after stamping them in Real Red. The little "branch" when the birds sit was cut from the new Oh So Succulent framelits and the sentiment is from its matching stamp set The birds from the Thoughtful Branches bundle and add a nice touch of coziness to this card.

Thank you so much for your continuous support, encouragement, nice words, and love. Be well

Miriam





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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spring the stash.

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Well, what a round of crazy weather we had today. Woke up for a below freezing temperature, then it warmed up, rained, got super windy, and now are have icy roads. Not ideal driving conditions and I even missed a meeting on Tuesday night as I did not want to risk driving on a wet road with the temperatures dropping so quickly. We are supposed to get more rain, then snow, then a bit more warmth.


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With all that weather madness, the birds and me are ready for some warm weather for real and for spring. I am already planning my garden and hope to get some seeds started soon and hopefully we will have a very bountiful year. Of course, it all got me thinking colors and flowers and beauty. The sketch from the Mojo Monday 479 is simple and yet complex, and allowed me to incorporate flowers and colors. I got my stashes out and used the Pretty Petals DSP, and it is so Spring looking I could not pass on it. The back Very Vanilla layer was textured using Elegant Dots TIEF and the sentiment is form a long ago retired set. The Ribbon in Mint Maccaroon is soft and elegant and gives a nice double loop bow. Now, Spring is ready to spring. We are ready for you Spring!

Thank you for visiting today. Please do come again. Be well

Miriam


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