Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Best Thing...

What a fun "natural alarm clock" we woke up to yesterday, the last day of our holiday weekend - the first rain since the end of June (not unusual around here) peppered with loud, rolling thunder (a bit more unusual around here this time of year).  It was a most welcome break from the high heat of late, that is supposed to continue for another 3-4 weeks.  As much as I love this area where we now live, and the better quality of life we're able to have, the one thing I do miss about the Silicon Valley area where I grew up was the more moderate temperatures and shorter hot summers. :)

Today's card is one where the color scheme pretty much happened after I prepared the sentiment block using one of Lili of the Valley's Quotables/Friendship stamps.  After I stamped the sentiment in black onto one of the papers in LOTV's new Beach Bliss paper collection , and distressed the edges exposing the white paper core, I knew the color combo I wanted to use...aqua, contrasted with black, and brightened and accented with pure white...

One of the most fun things about my rose die set is that I can custom create roses to match just about any color, especially handy when I want to use a monochromatic, or mostly so, color scheme.  This time I was lucky that I had one sheet left of a pale aqua that was a perfect shade to match the aquas in the patterned papers. I used some ready-made mini roses in slightly different hues to complement the large rose...

I used a couple different mini heart dies to create a chipboard open heart lightly sprinkled with German glass glitter, to sit behind the roses inside the cluster...

Patterned papers:  "Beach Bliss" collection, Susan Darter/Raspberry Road Designs for Lili of the Valley
Sentiment stamp:   Lili of the Valley, Set 62, Quotables/Friendship
Dies:   Spellbinders Rose Creations;   Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork;   Papertrey Ink Heart Prints;
Sizzix Flowers, Branches, & Leaves
Small roses & flower stamens:   Wild Orchid Crafts          Doily:  Wilton          Pearls:   Recollections

Thank you for visiting today...I hope your week started with a smile!


  1. Wow, love this card, the colours are wonderful and the layout and embellys are beautiful
    Hugs Kelly

  2. Oh another gorgeous card and I love your flowers, and if you have hand made them they are especially lovely!!

  3. Beautiful card! Love your flower arrangement!

  4. Love this sentiment and you did a beautiful job of show casing it...simply beautiful.

  5. amazing! I love it.
    beautiful colours
    the quote is also beautiful....
    just great!

  6. Its gorgeous Monochromatic card !Its very difficult to make the embellishments of same color of bg and make it stand out on it !!You have done a wonderful job!

  7. This is a fabulous card, love the colours and lovely sentiment. Hugs, Claire x

  8. This is absolutely stunning! I always look forward to your next project. Amazing!

  9. Hi Kathy! I cannot believe that I participated in the Paper Sweeties blog hop (recently) with you, and somehow didn't take the time to browse your lovely blog. WOW - you are one talented lady. I enjoyed browsing several pages of your blog and wish I could look at everything (some day I will). God has blessed you with GREAT talent, and it's a blessing that you share those gifts with others here on your sweet little blog. I am inspired and in awe!


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